Handmade for the Holidays

We read an interesting article in VTDigger the other day; a news release from the Vermont Grocers Association promoting an awareness campaign for “Shopping Vermont” this holiday season. When interviewed, Governor Shumlin remarked on the Vermont brand which continues to be vibrant, strong and sought after around the world. And commented that we’re fortunate “to have so many innovative and committed entrepreneurs and merchants to choose from right here at home.” Inspired by this effort, the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers has put together a holiday sampler of festive handcrafted items; for you, for your home, or for someone very special.

(1) Glass from Simon Pearce

the Vermont Evergreen from Simon Pearce

(2) Original Watercolors from Gloria Palmer Art

Original Art from Vermont Painter Gloria Palmer

(3) Ornaments from Miranda Thomas of ShackletonThomas

Handpainted Holiday Ornaments from Miranda Thomas

(4) Mariner, Skipper and Captain Oil Lamps from Danforth Pewter

danforth oil lamps(5) Farmstead Goats Milk Caramel from Fat Toad Farm

Fat Toad Farm Goats Milk Caramel

As the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, our studios are scattered in towns and villages throughout Vermont. In each of our communities, there are eateries, specialty shops, independent bookstores, art and craft galleries and cooperatives, workshops, and studios offering their best for the season.

If you’re interested in any of the items we’ve selected here for our Wish List, click through from the photograph to the maker’s website. But don’t stop there! Head downtown this season, or just next door. See what joy you can find and give that’s made right here. If you’re feeling social, come on by our Facebook page where we sharing local events and updates from our makers.

And, we welcome you to share your own ideas and inspirations by commenting below. Introduce us to a few of the special things made in your neighborhood!



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