handmade holiday gift guide 2020 with kellycreates.ca

UPDATE:  Contest Closed.  WINNERS have been emailed: Sandra D(grazing Board), Allyssa Leah (Candles), Debbie M (Hand Dyed Ribbons), Julie Bea (Pen Pouch), Kim D. (Rust+Wire Ornament).

It’s time for my favourite blog post of the year…. my annual “Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!” Being a ‘maker’ myself, I come across so many artisans online who are working really really hard every day to give the gift of their creative expression to the world. Now more than ever, during our worldwide economic downturn, it’s so important to support small businesses.

Here is this year’s fabulous line up of 4 incredibly talented makers who will inspire you, plus a ‘special’ mention too! SURPRISE! This year’s line up includes a TEENAGER! At this time of year, let’s remember to support small business and handmade xo

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post by leaving a comment!(Your comment might not show up until it’s approved). NOTE: SCROLL DOWN PAST ALL THE COMMENTS TO LEAVE YOUR COMMENT (instead of clicking REPLY on someone else’s comment).

Meet Kymona Tracey of “Kreative Kymona.”

Hello, I’m Kymona Tracey. Who am I, you ask? I am a woman who never slows down and loves it. Yes… I am the energizer bunny’s sister! I keep going and going. I am a single mother of two beautiful children who are eight years apart. My 22-year-old son is off at college, learning how to be independent. My 13-year-old daughter is a real-life princess who loves anything crafty and girly. Talk about yin and yang! …but I love it!!

Besides running from one activity to another with them, I work full time at a hospital (public health background), teach high school students on the weekends, love traveling, and have an immense love of learning new things. I’ve taken classes in photography, web design, knitting, scrapbooking, card-making, and a host of workshops.


In 2017, things changed for me. My daughter taught me how to sew. I instantly fell in love with fabric, thread, and the sewing machine. I love the feeling of creating projects that someone will call their own, so I opened my online store, Kreative Kymona, in 2019. You can find all of my handmade items there.

You can find Kymona online here: Blog, Shop, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter.

Meet Jeannine Hurlic of Armo Love Crafts.

Hi There!  My name is Jeannine Hurlic and I’m the maker of Armo Love Crafts.  I am a passionate crafter that puts my heart into everything that I make.  I love candle making, sewing and all fiber arts!  I developed a passion for crafting when I was 10 years old when my Mom bought me my first sewing machine and have been hooked ever since!  I love to constantly learn so I always try to learn a new craft every year.
By day, I am a full time Quality Manager for a manufacturing company and by night, I enjoy making candles and sewing.  I’m also a wife and Mommy to an 11 month old beautiful little girl and an amazing 5 year old son!  My little family is wonderfully supportive in my crafting and totes of supplies for crafting! Ha!  I have to admit… it’s really difficult to juggle work, family life and crafting.  But it’s what I love to do so I find the drive to get it all done!
A little background on the name of my company… I’m half Armenian and that is where Armo comes from.  And I make everything with a lot of LOVE!
My favorite craft is candle making.  I find it so therapeutic and relaxing.  I put a lot of thought and love into every candle that I make.  All my candles are made in small 1 pound batches to ensure the highest quality.  I use natural 100% soy wax with premium fragrance oils, a lead and zinc free cotton wick and non-toxic dyes.  All hand poured in my studio (the kitchen lol)  located in Long Beach California.  Available in mason jars, travel tins, and mugs!
One of things that I miss the most since the pandemic started is being able to both attend and be a seller at craft shows.  I miss connecting with both makers and shoppers face to face.  Like others, I have had to find different ways to connect with my crafting community and social media is my go to!  I’m looking forward to finding a new normal after the pandemic and being able to be part of craft shows again!  But until then, we can connect online!
You will find Jeannine on Etsy by clicking HERE and on Instagram: @armolovecrafts


Meet Kayley Clark of Rust + Wire Home Decor


Meet Carter Tisdale of Carter Tisdale Designs!

This young 13-year-old entrepreneur has kept busy during COVID turning his life-long love for woodworking into a small business.
Carter Tisdale was only 7 years old when he started making tables at the family cabin to sell to their surrounding neighbours. His Dad taught him how to read a measuring tape, use a drill and even a handsaw to cut the free scrap wood Carter would gather from the neighbours. Carter spent many weekends building tables, each one nicer than the last.
When the COVID pandemic hit, recreation centres and school gyms closed and extracurricular sports were suspended. Carter, an avid basketball player, needed a new hobby to occupy his free time and was drawn to his Dad’s woodworking garage. A night owl, he often works late into the night measuring, cutting, gluing, planing, routering, sanding, branding, oiling and finally tie wrapping the finished pieces.
While he and his dad pondered what to make, Carter mentioned he had seen ideas for cutting boards online. His Dad shared he had had a similar idea. They worked together and made their first prototype and Carter took over from there. Throughout Covid, Carter has honed his skills at the table saw, miter saw, router and planer tools to create these custom pieces. He is also a big fan of Ryobi power tools.
These beautiful boards are made out of a variety of hardwoods including ash, cherry, walnut, maple and African red Padauk.This has become a real family affair, with Carter hiring his two older brothers to help him fulfill orders.
Carter has already made over 150 items… from cutting boards to serving trays to trivets. His charcuterie boards , also known as ‘grazing boards,’ have been been hugely popular since we are all creating comfort & coziness while ‘staying at home’ during this crazy Covid time.
I can vouch for the beauty and durability of these boards, and we spent the summer getting creative with our grazing board while sitting around our fire pit visiting with friends. My dog Finn especially loves Carter’s board!
You can follow Carter on Instagram and contact him for custom orders there.
Our special ‘maker mention’ today is my friend Kerry Engel of Engelbelle Designs. One random winner will be chosen from the comments and receive a package of Kerry’s beautiful hand dyed ribbons.

Hi I’m Kerry Engel, I’m a creative educator and mojo maker. I love mixed media and have had a life long love of photography and memory keeping.

This summer, cloistered in my home in the North Saskatchewan River Valley I embarked on a self-directed, textile-science class.  It started simple enough with an Amur Cherry tree, then Raspberries, Saskatoon berries and then, wait, “are those Chokecherries and Sea Buckthorn behind the fence?”

The North Saskatchewan River Valley in Alberta, Canada is a foragers dream. Every week a new berry ripens offering a new opportunity to cook up prairie hues.

I soak my cotton fabric in a soy milk mordant two times, drying it completely in-between soakings. Then, the fabric is boiled in a berry dye for an hour and hung to dry again in the prairie sun.

I learned  quickly that the colour of the berry did not always reflect the colour of the fabric in the end. I’ve watched the bright berries turn to gorgeous shades of pink and grey as they move from my dyeing pot to my clothes line. No two batches were the same.

The dyed fabric is made into ribbon. It is hand ripped in generous 2.5 cm strips. They vary in length from 43-46 cm (around 17 inches).  Each batch of ribbons looks a little different from the next.  I’ve also created a ribbon line in brighter hues, using pigment dyes, to round out my collection.

The ribbons make the prettiest bows and the colours combine beautifully. They are perfect for tags, cards and snippet rolls.

The production of these ribbons has been a journey of curiosity. It totally sparked my creative mojo. I love to use just bit and pieces and the strings to add depth to my mixed media and cards too.

Find Kerry’s online shop HERE , as well as Facebook and Instagram @engelbelle


To enter the Handmade Holiday Giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post telling me which of these 4 beautifully handmade gifts you would like to win:

Hand sewn Pen Pouch 
Candle Gift Set
Rust + Wire Custom Ornament
Grazing Board 
(All subject to availability). One comment per person. Each comment also will be entered to win 2 sets of hand dyed Engelbelle Ribbons. For an EXTRA entry, share the photo above on Instagram and tag #kellycreates and all 4 makers. The contest closes December 10, 2020 midnight MST and winners will be announced December 12, 2020. Good luck!


207 Comments on Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2020 & GIVEAWAY!

  1. Sandra Dickie
    December 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for introducing us to these talented artisans! I would love to win a grazing board for my new kitchen.

    • Susan Robison
      December 6, 2020 at 3:18 pm (4 years ago)

      This is one of my favorite blogs too! This year I am all about supporting small business and makers!! Not one gift I give this year will come from a chain store!

      • Sue Allen
        December 6, 2020 at 10:49 pm (4 years ago)

        How very inspirational, I often try and support local businesses and so admire those with a talent to produce their own work. Handmade gifts are made with love and we need love right now.❤ I would really love to win the candle gift set

        • Deb
          December 9, 2020 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

          Kayley….I love the style.

    • brenda george
      December 6, 2020 at 5:01 pm (4 years ago)

      Kerry’s fabrics are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing

  2. Cathy
    December 4, 2020 at 4:59 pm (4 years ago)

    That’s a hard choice! But as a sewer and painter I’ll choose the pen pouch because I loved the fabrics. Thanks so much!

    • Catherine
      December 5, 2020 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Wow all their work looks amazing! My family loves scented candles and I would love to win some to warm up our home during the winter season.

    • Yolande
      December 6, 2020 at 3:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Kymona pouches are adorable.

      • Jessica Gonzalez
        December 7, 2020 at 4:32 am (4 years ago)

        Amazing work from these creative artists. Its hard to choose….I’d like the pen pouch though

  3. Mariana Harris
    December 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I have to pick just one? My favorite is the grazing board, but the hand sewn pouch is a close second!!

    • Carol McLean
      December 6, 2020 at 7:27 pm (4 years ago)


      • Carol McLean
        December 6, 2020 at 7:28 pm (4 years ago)

        Wow everyone’s work is fabulous. Way to go crafters

  4. Patti Johnson
    December 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great article! I would love any of these items. I am really interested in young Carter’s grazing boards. They are beautiful! I will be checking out all of these artists!

    • Jennifer
      December 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm (4 years ago)

      The grazing boards from Carter. They are so amazing….

  5. Christine Shaw
    December 4, 2020 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love Kelly’s ribbons. The soft colours are beautiful.

  6. Kristina Taylor
    December 4, 2020 at 5:18 pm (4 years ago)

    These artists are all so talented! I love seeing others creations!! I would love to have any of these items, but the grazing board is what I would really enjoy having the most! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Barbara
    December 4, 2020 at 5:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing artists. I will check them all out but I would love to have the grazing board.

  8. Laurie Nykaza
    December 4, 2020 at 5:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Each item is so amazing love all of them such talent. I would love to have Carter’s grazing boards because I could use it this year for our family party of 4 my kids would love putting the food on it.

  9. Judi jenkins
    December 4, 2020 at 5:25 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s great to see so many creative people using what they have on hand…love them all but especially the wood block by such an aspiring young person. Thank you.

  10. Melissa
    December 4, 2020 at 5:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Such talented creators! I love pouches and would love to win the pouch. Thank you Kelly and all of the talented artists.

    • Krista d.
      December 4, 2020 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you for sharing this article. Would love to win some Engelbelle ribbons!

      • Kelly Owens
        December 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm (4 years ago)

        Amazing work and great talent! I’d love to win the Hand sewn Pen Pouch and
        Rust + Wire Custom Ornament

  11. Debbie McKinley
    December 4, 2020 at 6:07 pm (4 years ago)

    thanks for sharing these articles on these fantastic artists. They are all amazing

  12. Christine
    December 4, 2020 at 6:27 pm (4 years ago)

    They all are unique. I Carter’s craftsmanship and entrepreneurial skills. It reminded me of lemonade stands where no matter how sweet the lemonade is, you still buy to bring a smile to a child’s face. I ribbons look fantastic…they all do. Kudos to everyone.

  13. Annie Fox
    December 4, 2020 at 6:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I would be thrilled to win any of these wonderful things!

  14. Itzel Rendon
    December 4, 2020 at 6:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing!! I love all of the talent you have showcased!! I would love the hand sewn pen pouch!

  15. Patty
    December 4, 2020 at 6:55 pm (4 years ago)

    What wonderful talent! Any of these items would be great!!

  16. Nancy
    December 4, 2020 at 7:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Such a great article supporting other artisans, would love to win a candle mason jar! Looks so pretty!

  17. Deb
    December 4, 2020 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow….sometimes you make things tough!
    I would like to win something from rust and wire ?

  18. Sue D
    December 4, 2020 at 8:31 pm (4 years ago)

    All of these are fabulous! I would like to win the grazing board.

  19. Amy Joy
    December 4, 2020 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Oooooh those ribbons are gorgeous! Definitely on my wish list

  20. Jeanette Y
    December 4, 2020 at 9:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Everything is amazing! I would love any of these items! Thanks for introducing us to these fantastic artisans!!

  21. Carol Grell
    December 4, 2020 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

    What a hard choice. Everything is awesome. I think the grazing board would be top on my list. Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. Michelle Hrabak
    December 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm (4 years ago)

    It was so nice of you to spotlight these talented creators. All their creations look beautiful. The grazing board would get a lot of use. Second choice-the pen pouch because you know all of us who follow you have a ton of pens!!

  23. Kathy
    December 4, 2020 at 11:39 pm (4 years ago)

    All these makers are very impressive. I love all the beautiful products.

  24. Terra
    December 4, 2020 at 11:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow such talent from amazing artists. I was intrigued by them all but really liked the grazing boards.

  25. Kim Garey
    December 5, 2020 at 12:47 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, what a spectacular array of artisans! I think Carter’s boards are just stunning!

  26. Laraine Kawasaki
    December 5, 2020 at 3:16 am (4 years ago)

    Wow❣️ Such talented artists. Thank you Kelly for showcasing their work. Carter’s grazing board would be a great b-day gift for me?? But then again Kymona’s pen pouch will be useful holding my watercolor pens.

    • Sher Fox
      December 5, 2020 at 8:34 am (4 years ago)

      All are great! I would have to lean towards the pencil pouch as I have a lot of need for those 🙂

  27. Denisha
    December 5, 2020 at 6:21 am (4 years ago)

    Wow! These are amazing crafters! I would love a pen pouch. I need one of everything, though. ??

    Thank you for the opportunity, Kelly! And for supporting these artisans!

  28. Vivian Hood
    December 5, 2020 at 6:36 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for showcasing all these amazing artist, their work is inspiring and beautiful. With dreams of entertaining more in 2021, my choice would be the grazing board! Wishing all of the artists much success!

  29. Julie S
    December 5, 2020 at 8:15 am (4 years ago)

    Such talent! It’s very hard to just choose one but I would love to win the grazing board.

  30. Katya
    December 5, 2020 at 8:41 am (4 years ago)

    So many wonderful things! I’d love to win a board or a rust + wire item. Thank you for introducing new artists to us

  31. Lisa
    December 5, 2020 at 9:10 am (4 years ago)

    I’d be honored to have any of these beautiful crafts, but I have a weakness for beautiful wood grains so I’d go with Carter’s grazing boards with Kymona’s next in line.

    • Sammy Ford
      December 6, 2020 at 3:53 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s so lovely to do a giveaway, but so mean to make us choose between the amazing items ? I definitely think I’d have to go pen pouch, but rust and wire ornament follows as a very close second!

      • Sammy Ford
        December 6, 2020 at 3:54 pm (4 years ago)

        Sorry, wasn’t meant to post as a reply, I’ll post it again as a separate comment.

  32. Debbie McKinley
    December 5, 2020 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    wonderful artists would love to win one of Carter’s Charcuterie boards

  33. Vickie
    December 5, 2020 at 11:38 am (4 years ago)

    Man…what talented artists!!! I can’t wait to check out their websites. Thank you for sharing. I love all the crafts but if I had to choose, it would be the grazing board. Second choice would be the jar candle.

  34. Michelle Escamilla
    December 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm (4 years ago)

    amazing how a little encouragement and inspiration goes a long way

  35. Cathy Fahie
    December 5, 2020 at 6:27 pm (4 years ago)

    The grazing boards are my favourite but each item is wonderful. You have found some gifted crafters and home made items.

    • Malea Bogan
      December 6, 2020 at 4:11 pm (4 years ago)

      It is so inspiring to see teenagers my age creating something beautiful! This really encourages me to presume my calligraphy and try to get better. I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out that an amazing artist like Kelly had little bits of wisdom and talent to share with the people she inspires.

      • Malea Bogan
        December 6, 2020 at 4:14 pm (4 years ago)

        I would be so thankful for anything these people have created!

      • Somaiyeh
        December 10, 2020 at 9:17 am (4 years ago)

        Handmade items are a perfect way to make you spl one feel spl .. just so beautiful the ribbons, sewed pouches, candles & grazing boads are my fav ..
        All are doing an amazing job ❤

  36. MelodyJ
    December 6, 2020 at 12:01 am (4 years ago)

    The Candle Gift Set looks great.

    • Diya
      December 6, 2020 at 7:13 pm (4 years ago)

      This is soo good! They are all Talented…. Loved the hand sewn pen pouch!!

  37. Jan
    December 6, 2020 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your git guide.

  38. Elizabeth Silva
    December 6, 2020 at 1:56 pm (4 years ago)

    So much awesomeness!!

  39. Julie
    December 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm (4 years ago)

    I love everything! How much talent

  40. Elaine Lozano
    December 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I love Kymona’s sewn pouches and Carter’s boards. Love how are these designers are so inspiring..makes you believe you can make it too!

  41. Kelsey
    December 6, 2020 at 2:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for introducing us to these incredibly talented artists! They are so inspiring and unique. I would be honored to win any of the work up for this giveaway! My first choice would be the hand sewn pouch.

    Thanks again for creating this giveaway and a chance for us to meet Kymona, Jeannine, Kayley and Carter!

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

  42. Rochelle Hickey
    December 6, 2020 at 2:07 pm (4 years ago)

    So hard to choose! I am also a sewer so I would love a sewn pouch from Kreative Kymona!

  43. CAM van Santen
    December 6, 2020 at 2:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Candles from soy wax, with fragrance! That is so awesome! It is so hard to find vegan fragrant candles here. Besides that, those ribbons look so cool, I might try some berry painting at home next summer!

  44. Zainab
    December 6, 2020 at 2:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Why don’t I have to choose one, ugh I can’t choose one, well I think I will go with with candle gift set. God I really wish I win

  45. Joanne
    December 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I love them all! I will definitely visit all these websites. I would love to win a grazeboard because I think I would use it the most at this time. Thank you for showcasing these amazing artists, Kelly!

  46. Linda
    December 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s a hard decision, but I think I would choose the grazing board as I have always admired them when visiting friends.

  47. Jeanne
    December 6, 2020 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

    The energy and creativity (and general sparkle!) of these makers is inspiring! The variety of ages and backgrounds and crafts gives me hope that anyone with spirit and love of crafting could become a successful maker … maybe even me? I would be delighted to win any of the lovely items listed, but I would especially like to own a hand-sewn pen pouch. thank you!

  48. Deanne Biron
    December 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow Kelly! Thank you for showcasing these fantastic artists! I love it all! Since I’m sensitive to most candles… I find it really difficult to find good quality soy candles where I live… I would LOVE Jeannine’s Candle Gift Set. Everyone’s talents are so amazing! I am particularly impressed with Carter’s charcuterie boards and trivets… He is great inspiration. Kerry’s fabric dying reminded me of when I tried Kool-Aid to dye fabric…. it was fun.

  49. Lee Anne Brassell
    December 6, 2020 at 2:17 pm (4 years ago)

    These would all be wonderful gifts, but the pouches are very unique. I would love one of those.

  50. Nathalie Howell
    December 6, 2020 at 2:17 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve been search high and low for the perfect Charcuterie board. I LOVE the grazing board but want to mention that I’ll buy something from each of these people as I have so many gifts to buy and prefer to buy from small businesses.

  51. Yuchen Zhang
    December 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for introducing us to these amazing crafters and artists! They are all so inspirational! 🙂 I am especially moved by Carter and his Grazing Boards so I have to choose that! I’m excited for what awaits him in the future! 🙂

  52. Janny Haak
    December 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

    How to choose … Everything is so beautiful!! I would love to win any of these gorgeous items, but if I would love a handmade pouch the most.

  53. Raquel Moncada
    December 6, 2020 at 2:24 pm (4 years ago)

    great people and beautiful things to give1 The wooden boards are amazing!

  54. Jeannine Chuckvar
    December 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I lived each one of these makers but would love one of the boards please! Thank you for sharing their stories with us!

  55. Debbie Martelli
    December 6, 2020 at 2:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Dying fabric has always scared me. So ’I’m amazed at Kerry Engel’s talent of crafting these beautiful ribbons. The colors are gorgeous and calming. Thank you for showcasing these artists.

  56. Kelly Vestweber
    December 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the grazing board! Thank you for introducing us to these talented creators!

  57. Jane Werthmann
    December 6, 2020 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

    love the grazing board, but each one is so good!

  58. Joanne Niwa
    December 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I love reading the stories of these creative people. My favorite are the scented candles.

  59. Sandra Dufoe
    December 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm (4 years ago)

    They are all so lovely but I would have to choose the grazing board. It’s amazing what he can do at his age.

  60. Kristen
    December 6, 2020 at 2:48 pm (4 years ago)

    The wooden cheese boards are incredible, let alone the fact that they’re from a 13 year old. So impressive!

  61. Susie Stagnaro
    December 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm (4 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea! All the items are great!

  62. Dorothy Ayotte
    December 6, 2020 at 2:56 pm (4 years ago)

    So fun to meet these creators! If I were to win, I would choose the grazing board. I just love things made from wood.

  63. Alice P
    December 6, 2020 at 3:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the charcuterie boards, ribbons also look great.

  64. Tracy
    December 6, 2020 at 3:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh that Finn is SOOOOOOOOOO cute!! I love all the colorful, beautiful, creative things….but that Finn STEALS MY HEART!! (Just as my two furbabies do!)

  65. Marisela Delgado
    December 6, 2020 at 3:07 pm (4 years ago)

    What beautiful crafts! Those ribbons are gorgeous! ? Feliz Navidad to everyone! ?⛄

  66. Stormee Heyd
    December 6, 2020 at 3:11 pm (4 years ago)

    These are all amazing artists. I was very impressed with all the makers but the Rust & Wire ornament and the grazing board were my favorites.

  67. Liesl Bohan
    December 6, 2020 at 3:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I’d love to win them ALL, but my top choice is the Grazing Board for my 16-year old son who requested a charcuterie board for Christmas. (!)

  68. Amanda Allan
    December 6, 2020 at 3:20 pm (4 years ago)

    All of these beautiful people are amazing artists and I love all their work. While recently on holidays I enjoyed making up small grazing boards so I would love to win one of these talented young mans beautiful grazing boards… please

  69. Eva
    December 6, 2020 at 3:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, all of it looks amazing! I think I would prob use the grazing board the most though. Love all of this creativity and talent!

  70. Sammy Ford
    December 6, 2020 at 3:55 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s so lovely to do a giveaway, but so mean to make us choose between the amazing items ? I definitely think I’d have to go pen pouch, but rust and wire ornament follows as a very close second!

  71. Kathy T
    December 6, 2020 at 3:58 pm (4 years ago)

    This is amazing! You’re so talented! I’m learning a lot from you. Thank you!

  72. Terry Goings
    December 6, 2020 at 4:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! What a great bunch of artists! I will be checking them all. I would be thrilled to win any one of their wares!

  73. Dana
    December 6, 2020 at 4:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Wwoza a grazing board or the pen pouch but all these makers work is lovely!

  74. Veronica
    December 6, 2020 at 4:21 pm (4 years ago)

    These all look absolutely amazing, but I’m simply in love with Kymona’s pouches. They’re so neat. 🙂

  75. Vicki
    December 6, 2020 at 4:23 pm (4 years ago)

    These are all very talented people, but I would love the grazing board. The young man doing them is an inspiration for all. Merry Christmas & May God bless you in the new year.

  76. CB
    December 6, 2020 at 4:32 pm (4 years ago)

    This was a hard choice but I especially loved Carter’s story so I’d have to go with his beautiful board!

  77. Kim
    December 6, 2020 at 4:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love one of the grazing boards!
    I had ordered from Kymona over the summer when you talked about her in a newsletter! I love her stuff!

  78. Margret
    December 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for featuring these creative businesses. They all look great but if I had to choose one it would be the candles.

  79. Denise Bryant
    December 6, 2020 at 4:44 pm (4 years ago)

    The Hand Sewn Pen Pouch by Kymona would be fabulous! I think it would really come in handy! I love the hand dyed ribbons too!

    December 6, 2020 at 4:53 pm (4 years ago)

    So great to see fellow artists in community! I think my choice is Carter’s grazing board. Happy holidays to everyone!

  81. Anne H Kraft
    December 6, 2020 at 5:14 pm (4 years ago)

    My father was a wood worker and when he started out he made dozens of cutting boards one Christmas for family and friends. He became a very accomplished wood worker. I love the woods that Carter uses and how he has made it a family business. I would love to give a beautiful grazing board to my mom and dad.

  82. Sandra Cook
    December 6, 2020 at 5:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I really enjoyed reading about these creative artists. My favourite is the mason candle. Those berry dyed ribbons are beautiful. Love the colours!

  83. D Janelle
    December 6, 2020 at 5:32 pm (4 years ago)

    So hard to pick just one! I would love one of the sewn pen pouches.

  84. Lynn Schly
    December 6, 2020 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

    The candles are my favorite, but they are all beautiful gifts made by amazing people!

  85. Cathy H.
    December 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for a great giveaway. Any of the creations would be lovely. I would pick the hand sewn pouch. If it’s big enough I would use it for travel pens/paint brushes. 🙂

  86. Rosemarie Crawford
    December 6, 2020 at 5:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovin’ this post and I’m enjoying all of the creative greatness inside. Super fantastic inspiration from all. I’d especially love to support 13-yr-old Carter’s grazing board/woodworking business. The colorful and artistic grazing boards are my favorite at the moment. Thanks for sharing. ~ Rose

  87. Susan
    December 6, 2020 at 5:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing these great talents! Small businesses rock! Any of these gifts would be a pleasure to receive and use.

  88. Kieisha
    December 6, 2020 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

    These artist picks are awesome!!! They are truly talented. Sad to be able to pick only one. With that being the case, I would LOVE to win the candles. I am a candle lover!!! Thank you for the opportunity.

  89. Kim Boguski
    December 6, 2020 at 6:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Love all the crafts, but my favorite is the grzing board.

  90. Stacey B
    December 6, 2020 at 6:20 pm (4 years ago)

    You’ve found some truly amazing artisans! Thank you for sharing!

  91. Virginia S Furr
    December 6, 2020 at 6:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you Kelly, for featuring these fine artists, they are truly inspiring. It is a very hard choice, but I would love a grazing board, the picture with Finn is precious, I love that you let us know what he is doing when you do your classes – he has a lot of fans as well. Thanks for all you do to help others

  92. Pam R
    December 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing artists! My choice if I had to choose would be the grazing board. Thank you for sharing.

  93. Tricia
    December 6, 2020 at 6:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I love all the items, my favorite would be the grazing board- I love that it is made by such a young, talented artisan.

  94. Diya
    December 6, 2020 at 7:13 pm (4 years ago)

    This is soo good! They are all Talented…. Loved the hand sewn pen pouch!!

  95. Tammy Joyce
    December 6, 2020 at 7:18 pm (4 years ago)

    I like them all but I would have to say the grazing board simply because I want to see the children reach their creative process. I love to watch kids grow and inspire to teach and share my love of crafting to them.

  96. Toni Micai
    December 6, 2020 at 7:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Amaaa-zing talents here! I’d love any of them, but the art pen pouch would be lovely as a gift for my sister who is an artist!!

  97. Janice Harrison
    December 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm (4 years ago)

    What a neat variety of talented artists. What I noticed is how driven and energized each one is. Many using items from the area they live in to make their special craft/art.
    I would be honored to receive any hand made item. I will say the beauty of the wood in Carter’s pieces speaks to me. Any of them would be wonderful displayed AND used as they were designed to be.
    Thank you for sharing.

  98. Lucy
    December 6, 2020 at 8:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing artists!!! Hard to choose, but I would have to go w/the hand sewn pen pouch (I collect pens), the candle gift set (I love candles) and the grazing board (love to cook, would come handy)

  99. Viviannette Sanchez-Smith
    December 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm (4 years ago)

    So much fun looking at the work of these talented artists. I like all of their products, but if I have to choose one it would be the Rust + Wire custom ornament.

  100. Wendy Cousino
    December 6, 2020 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Theh hand sewn pouch would be a favorite in our house! All such talented artists – thanks for taking the time to share them!

  101. Kim
    December 6, 2020 at 8:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Great post! So many talented people! I do love Carter’s grazing boards!

  102. Iris Susanna
    December 6, 2020 at 9:05 pm (4 years ago)

    These artists are amazing and talented! Thanks Kelly for sharing. I would like the grazing board and 2nd choice would be a candle gift set since I love lighting candles in my home

  103. Wendy
    December 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Such amazing artists. Thank you for showcasing them. I would love to win a hand sewn pen pouch and would keep the ribbons in it!

  104. Michelle Lark
    December 6, 2020 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

    How amazing are all of these creative artists! I would love to win a hand sewn pen pouch for my brush markers so that they can travel in style!

  105. Jacqueline Dickey
    December 6, 2020 at 10:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Its fabulous that you highlight these small businesses! All wonderful. My fav is the candles. I love the ambiance they create when lit. I love soy especially.

  106. Amelia
    December 6, 2020 at 10:36 pm (4 years ago)

    All the crafters have beautiful items, but I have been an admirer of Kymona’s scrapbooking and papercrafting for some time and who couldn’t use one (or more!) of her adorable pouches!
    The wire ornaments are a close second 😉

  107. Rausheen
    December 6, 2020 at 10:55 pm (4 years ago)

    i really loved that hand sewn pen pouch …..??…..so for the giveaway ..i would want that ??

  108. Sophie
    December 6, 2020 at 11:11 pm (4 years ago)

    TY for the giveaway. Amazing products and artists! I choose hand sewn pen pouch.

  109. Carol
    December 6, 2020 at 11:58 pm (4 years ago)

    All of these artists have something unique to offer. My choice for a prize would be the Grazing Board. Looks like this young man ( and his father) have perfected beautiful boards —any one of which I would cherish.

  110. Marie Mol
    December 7, 2020 at 12:34 am (4 years ago)

    hi, wow the woodwork is amazing!

    • Marie Mol
      December 7, 2020 at 12:38 am (4 years ago)

      the kids woodwork

  111. Lorenzo
    December 7, 2020 at 12:36 am (4 years ago)

    what beautiful stories that bring a lot of inspiration to imagine a new beginning. i think i will choose for the giveaway “Hand sewn Pen Pouch”. Thank you!!!

  112. Kelina
    December 7, 2020 at 12:45 am (4 years ago)

    I am marveled at the work that a 13-year-old boy does.
    I also literally fell in love with the pencil cases Kymona CREATES. I would love to have one of those.
    Thanks, Kelly for sharing these beautiful people with extraordinary talents.

  113. Viv Jones
    December 7, 2020 at 3:17 am (4 years ago)

    So many projects and ideas. Wonderful!!

  114. Diane Hidey
    December 7, 2020 at 3:51 am (4 years ago)

    All are so creative!! I’d get the most use out of the board, but each artist is so creative.

  115. Twila Young
    December 7, 2020 at 4:54 am (4 years ago)

    All of these artists should be very proud of their work. So hard to choose a favourite, but I fell in love with the bags at first glance so I guess that’s what I would have to pick if you make me choose.

  116. Bonnie
    December 7, 2020 at 6:06 am (4 years ago)

    The grazing board I think but all would be lovely to win. Thanks for supporting small business. All the best to everyone for sharing their wares!

  117. Patty
    December 7, 2020 at 6:21 am (4 years ago)

    The young man working with wood at such a young age is impressive. His grazing board is beautiful and so useful. Love the story behind it.

  118. Brandee Steffens
    December 7, 2020 at 6:37 am (4 years ago)

    I love each and every one of these products. If I had to choose just one, I would pick a candle. I love candles this time of year. Thank you for introducing us to these artists.

  119. Laura
    December 7, 2020 at 7:30 am (4 years ago)

    What amazing talented artists. I am always on the hunt for non toxic candles and would love a chance at winning them. I can’t wait to check out all these artists sights. Great ideas for homemade gifts.

  120. Beckie Whitby
    December 7, 2020 at 7:53 am (4 years ago)

    Very creative artisans shared here. I look forward to seeing more of their products…. I would like to win the pen pouch. Thanks!

  121. Janet
    December 7, 2020 at 7:54 am (4 years ago)

    These artisans are fantastic! Bravo to each of them. Carter, it’s great that you began your artistic career so early in life. Keep it up! I always try to buy from local artists for birthdays and holidays. Kelly, I love your artwork and supplies! The colors are always vivid and beautiful!

  122. Ruth Moore
    December 7, 2020 at 8:09 am (4 years ago)

    There is no way anyone could pick just one, they are ALL beautiful. Anyone would be humbled to receive any one of them. Amazing work❤️

  123. lyn
    December 7, 2020 at 9:28 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful cutting boards made by talented young hands. What’s not to love?

  124. Julie
    December 7, 2020 at 9:49 am (4 years ago)

    I adore the hand made pen pouches. I would love to win one.

  125. Sarah
    December 7, 2020 at 9:53 am (4 years ago)

    I always look forward to your monthly letter ?

  126. Dawn
    December 7, 2020 at 10:45 am (4 years ago)

    Good to see people using their creative talents to make a living.

  127. Mary C.
    December 7, 2020 at 10:49 am (4 years ago)

    I agree it’s hard to choose any single one of these inspired creations. Each is super special, and I’d be happy to have any one of them. Thank you for introducing us to these artists.

  128. Janice McGregor
    December 7, 2020 at 10:50 am (4 years ago)

    I would love to win one of Carter’s beautiful grazing boards. I love to support local artisans and it is good to see a young entrepreneur develop his skills in creating beautifully crafted items.

  129. Joan Anderson
    December 7, 2020 at 11:46 am (4 years ago)

    They’re all special and wonderfully made but I would probably pick the hand sewn pouch because I am in need of something for my pens.

  130. Traci Rivard
    December 7, 2020 at 11:52 am (4 years ago)

    Amazing work! Thanks for introducing me to these artists! Their work is beautiful!

  131. Jacqueline
    December 7, 2020 at 11:59 am (4 years ago)

    All wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing!!!

  132. Zinia Agosto
    December 7, 2020 at 12:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh boy, all of them are wonderful items to have, so difficult to choose. I like the cutting board, the ribbon making sounds so interesting as well. Amazing work from all of them. Thanks

  133. Coleen
    December 7, 2020 at 12:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh wow those are some amazing and talented artisans! What a generous and lovely set of gifts! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. <3

  134. Jan Liron
    December 7, 2020 at 1:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! These are all so great! I am amazed by Carter’s love by woodworking and now making it into a business! The boards are so beautiful I would be honoured to own one of them! Thank you!

  135. Michelle
    December 7, 2020 at 9:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Congrats to the very talented and very busy artists. I love all their products. My favorite are those adorable sewn pouches. So cute!

  136. Melanie Hershberger
    December 8, 2020 at 12:15 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing these makers, Kelly! I certainly would not have come across them otherwise! I would love to win a Candle Gift Set! Thanks!

  137. Carina
    December 8, 2020 at 7:42 am (4 years ago)

    Love love love!!!!

  138. Melissa Fitch
    December 8, 2020 at 9:35 am (4 years ago)

    I love how you are highlighting local artisans and their crafts. We need more of this. With the pandemic, small businesses have suffered and especially those needing close connections, events and shows to grow. I’m afraid Amazon is going to take over the world, LOL. I would be ecstatic to win any of these beautiful items but I must say my favorites are the cutting board, the beautiful dyed ribbons and the gorgeous pen cases! They are all so amazing and I loved learning how they all got started. Thanks for sharing.

  139. Giovanna Dias
    December 8, 2020 at 12:17 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s so great to finish another year with your tips and stories!
    Oh, and please come to Brazil when you’re able to! I’ve followed u for so many years and I’ve always dreamt of being taught by you! ♡
    Happy Holidays!

  140. Lucy shaffer
    December 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for doing this! I would love a grazing board for my boyfriend! He moved into his new house recently and this would be perfect for his kitchen!

  141. Erica
    December 8, 2020 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

    What talented artist! ????? If i had to pick, which is hard I’d say Custom ornament or candle set would be my pick. Good luck to everyone!

  142. Erikka Novacheck
    December 8, 2020 at 1:55 pm (4 years ago)

    That grazing board is amazing!

  143. Debby Lakerveld
    December 8, 2020 at 2:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Always love your blog! I already got a lot of gift ideas out of this post. Thank you!

  144. Kris Christen
    December 8, 2020 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

    All very talented beautiful artists! Would love the cutting/cheese board!

  145. Melissa Moyers
    December 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Love all these gorgeous handmade goodies!

  146. jazming
    December 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m already in love with those grazing boards <3 but I also really enjoyed what your friend Karry had to say about dying ribbons. She makes it sound so romantic.

  147. Christine Kraus
    December 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Artisans make the world a beautiful place. I would be honored to win the grazing board and use it for my friend gatherings.

  148. Joyce
    December 8, 2020 at 8:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing artists featured! Love all the items but I’d choose the wood grazing board.

  149. Julie Radetski
    December 8, 2020 at 8:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love absolutely any of these! I think the cutting boards are amazing and I love the ornaments!

  150. Carleen Greaves
    December 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm (4 years ago)

    What wonderful talents you are sharing.I would absolutely love to win the Grazer Board. I am so impressed with the work of this young man. I know my husband would love this as a gift.

  151. Asmina
    December 8, 2020 at 10:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Such talented artists!! I would love to get a candle from Jeanine!

  152. Kim DeMarcus
    December 8, 2020 at 11:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! All of these artists are amazing and inspiring (yourself included, of course) I would love to win any of their “heartwork”, truly, but I love the Rust & Wire ornament the most, I think. All Beautiful. I will also be supporting them through the next year. I appreciate the introduction!!! Happy holidays everyone!! ?♥️

  153. Billie
    December 9, 2020 at 4:44 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing new to me artists and their beautiful handmade creations! ❤️

  154. Kathy Dawson
    December 9, 2020 at 5:54 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for showcasing these artists. I love the candles and pouches.

  155. Gladys
    December 9, 2020 at 8:41 am (4 years ago)

    Wow that first pen pouch is beautiful! But really, they all are! Thanks for introducing us to these small businesses. Also, how great that Carter is so talented and motivated at such a young age!

  156. Amanda
    December 9, 2020 at 11:50 am (4 years ago)

    These are all wonderful! Thank you for introducing me to these makers! I would especially love the candle set! ???

  157. Rebekah
    December 9, 2020 at 12:39 pm (4 years ago)

    I love them all!!! But if I had to pick just one it would be the Hand sewn Pen Pouch 🙂

  158. Ellie Beatty
    December 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow!! All of these are amazing!! Love and appreciate anything handmade.
    I am drawn to Carter and his wood working. So proud of him for being creative instead of wasting his time with the tv or video games.
    Thank you, Kelly, for introducing us to these great people!!

  159. Shauna Grabinsky
    December 9, 2020 at 12:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing the works of these artists! Everything is wonderful, but I particularly like Kymona’s zippered cases!

  160. Kim
    December 9, 2020 at 12:52 pm (4 years ago)

    So many talented folks!!

  161. Chona Agujo
    December 9, 2020 at 12:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Pouch. Board. Coloured fabric. Candles. Love them all. I am appreciative of the people who could do these stuff. The efforts, times and the ideas notwithstanding the monies spent to produce one. Wishing everyone good luck in your endeavour. Continue inspiring people. Cheers!

  162. Victoria
    December 9, 2020 at 1:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you Kelly for supporting this amazing creative women and that very young men!
    I like very much Kreative Kymona pouches.

  163. Annie Monroe
    December 9, 2020 at 1:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful! Love the handmade pencil pouch!

  164. Samantha
    December 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Hope I win the giveaway, so I can add to my KK collection!

  165. Samantha
    December 9, 2020 at 1:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Fingers crossed I win, so I can add to my KC Collection!

  166. Jaclynn F
    December 9, 2020 at 1:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Love seeing these stories. The passion is electrifying! I especially fell in love with the Grazing Boards!!

  167. Sheryl Kaplan
    December 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the grazing boards! I love that all these creative people are using their passions to make a living!

  168. Abby
    December 9, 2020 at 3:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my! All of these people make beautiful things. There’s just something special about shopping from someone.

  169. Rebecca M Cook
    December 9, 2020 at 4:01 pm (4 years ago)

    These Kymona bags are amazing!

  170. Alyssa
    December 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm (4 years ago)

    These are all remarkable! I especially love the rainbow candles! It’s been so grey and gloomy here these would certainly cheer up a room! ?

    • Dayna Vitale
      December 10, 2020 at 11:05 am (4 years ago)

      I would love a beautiful handmade candle ! ?The colors and scents look great ! Happy Holidays !?

  171. Christy DeMary
    December 10, 2020 at 5:08 am (4 years ago)

    These are great! I would love to win the board, I think it’s amazing a kid makes these! Let’s be real, I would love ANY of these gifts! These artist are so talented. Thanks for sharing their stories!

    • Deb Scott
      December 11, 2020 at 7:21 am (4 years ago)

      Love Kymona’s work, very beautiful

  172. Teresa Gaston
    December 10, 2020 at 8:11 am (4 years ago)

    The grazing board is simply beautiful and comes from such an inspirational young man! He has some serious talent!!

  173. Cindy Monroy
    December 10, 2020 at 9:07 am (4 years ago)

    Hello, what creative people, I would like to win something of all this nice. All of this inspires. Happy Holidays to all!!

  174. Sri Kopuri
    December 10, 2020 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

    Wow I can’t believe how talented that 13 yo boy is! Definitely want to win that grazing board!!!

  175. Katie S.
    December 10, 2020 at 7:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous items!!! My fingers are crossed 🙂

  176. anna
    December 11, 2020 at 1:30 am (4 years ago)

    what extraordinary stories and amazing works!
    Thank you for sharing give all of us new inspirations.
    Happy Holidays to everybody!!

  177. Michele
    December 12, 2020 at 10:52 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for info about these artists. Can’t wait to check them out.

  178. Annette Clark Bridges
    December 13, 2020 at 3:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow all these talented people must have more than 24 hours in a day. They all do so much with their time and are so very talented. I am totally swept away by them all. I love the fact they have taken a time that has been tough and managed to hone their skills and really grow their businesses. Here’s to you all a big Hooray!

  179. Jennie
    December 13, 2020 at 8:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this!!! So many talented people 🙂

  180. Michelle
    December 14, 2020 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow that’s pretty cool that you showcase different artists! I have been obsessed with candles lately and would love to win the set!

  181. Kate McGough
    December 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Amazing artists!!! I would love everything obviously, but the grazing board I would use ALL the time. Thanks for sharing

  182. Laura Gauthier
    December 22, 2020 at 7:32 am (3 years ago)

    Wow. I love supporting local small businesses, and i love all discivering new craftsmanish products.
    The candles look amazing.


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