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From tiny terrariums to sustainably sourced stuffies, these 918 makers are sharing handcrafted customs forged from inspiration, talent, and heart.
Some work out of their garage or basement instead of a storefront. Others can be found in online shops or local boutiques. Some do it part-time, and some do it full-time as their only job.
There’s the satisfaction of civic pride that comes with buying local and supporting the work of Green Country artisans, creators, makers, and handmade masters of all sorts. And we’re here to help you discover some of the handmade talents that can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season, no matter your budget.
A-Anchor Customized Tumblers
A-Anchor Customized Tumblers is the result of a Christmas gift idea turned income-making hobby, says maker Allie Talbot. The creative venture took on a life of its own as the stay-at-home mother began gifting customized tumblers with favorite scriptures to friends and family. Today, Talbot’s designs are the perfect fit for a wide range of gift-giving occasions — holiday and seasonal; birthday, wedding and anniversary; businesses and giveaways; and fun personality pieces.
• Customized Ozark Trail Tumblers ($20-45)
• Reduce Coldee Kids’ Straw Cups ($30)
• Munchkin 360 Degree Sippy Cups ($25-30)
Boggy Creek Terrariums
facebook.com/BoggyCreekCreations | 903-399-4410
Captivated by a floral design course she had taken, Amanda Reschke started Boggy Creek Terrariums in 2015. Her self-sustainable, living dioramas are inspired by natural landscapes and feature moss, rocks, and pieces of wood found on her family hikes and explorations. Reschke especially enjoys the opportunity to recreate special memories or favorite vacation spots for clients — complete with tiny, realistic figures.
• Small-to-Micro Landscape ($25)
• Medium-to-Large Landscape ($50-65)
Mary + Hazel Likewise
Mary+Hazel Likewise crafter Jesse Pavlik is passionate about making sure her children and future grandchildren have a secure and sustainable home on Earth — one where they can learn to appreciate their unique beauty and differences. Her business, which uses organic cotton almost exclusively in sewing and crafting playthings for children, is the embodiment of those goals. Pavlik’s custom ragdolls are available in six skin tones, eight hair colors, 10 hairstyles, and a multitude of eye colors for round or almond-shaped eyes. Glasses, freckles, and other custom features like name embroidery allow buyers to give the gift of individuality to their favorite youngster.
• Ragdolls ($35-65) and Floppy-Eared Bunnies ($25)
• Whimsical Gnomes ($20 comes with storybook)
• Smaller Creations (from $5)
etsy.com/shop/TreehouseWoodworks | 918-268-9222
What’s old is new again thanks to Treehouse Woodworks maker Ken Thibert. A semi-retired contractor, Thibert has been a student of furniture building since he was just a teen. Today, he uses his talents to transform reclaimed wood and barn wood into rustic, useful furnishings — from gun boxes, corner cabinets, and clocks, to pie safes, tables, and liquor cabinets. Most pieces are custom made to order and come in a variety of styles, paint washes, and sizes.
• Reclaimed Wood Clock (from $89.95)
• Liquor Cabinet (from $345)
• Antique White-Brushed Barnwood Hutch (from $1,450)
Two Guns Leather
twogunsleather.com | 918-871-9108
A powwow world regular, Osceola Red Shirt was inspired to try leather tooling by his uncle Darrell Brushbreaker, Sr. As an adult, Red Shirt began making smaller tooled items to sell to powwow vendors. Custom belt orders for fellow dancers followed, and eventually lead to the creation of Two Guns Leather in 2017, which also features work from his wife, Genevieve. Together, the pair lends a modern touch to Native artwork in the form of functional leather art.
• Totes (from $200)
• Wallets (from $40)
• Dopp Kits (from $110)
facebook.com/urthgems | 918-822-2388
Described as earthy, feel-good, and grounding, Urth Gem styles incorporate many urth-friendly elements, including wood, gemstones, fossils, bone, and leather. Artisan Jacqueline Falk is a graphic designer by trade and nature enthusiast and mushroom hunter by choice. She believes jewelry should accentuate your natural beauty, not distract from it. In addition to custom-crafted creations, Falk also retrofits (no silversmithing) old jewelry into new pieces.
• Nomad ($20-50) and Modest Necklaces ($15-20)
• Gemstone Earrings ($10-30)
• Stack ‘ems Bracelets (one for $5, three for $12)
wanderrust.com | 815-258-8265
Unsatisfied with the quality of jewelry found in most retail outlets, Joseph Jenner set out to create his own. It all started with a pair of simple, solid sterling studs for his wife. Today, the Wander Rust artisan crafts bespoke, minimalist pieces with quality construction and materials, drawing his inspiration from basic geometric shapes, historical textile patterns, and natural forms, such as bird feathers, crystals, and plants.
• Minimalist Stud Earrings ($18-$35)
• Mokume-Gane (Japanese for woodgrain, $70)
• Textured Belt Buckle ($65)
• Copper Textured Bracelet ($30)
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