Meet the Local Talent!
We'd like to introduce you to the talented artisans and crafters who present their amazing creations at Great Gifts. Learn a little about them, why they do what they do, and browse the slide shows that are just a small selection of their work. Then, be sure to stop by Great Gifts soon and choose one of their items to be your own.
"I have worked on many things over the years but just started the leather crafts last year. Weaving is new to me but is something I can quietly work on while others are working or doing school. These are more hobbies to me. I like to be busy and enjoy creating."
~ Juantia M
At Tranquil Pottery the words,”always learning” are often heard.
We live with our three sons on a small 10 acre hobby farm in Hope, Michigan in Midland County. My wife and I enjoy making functional pottery as well as artistic pieces. We mix all our own custom glazes from scratch which are nontoxic and lead free. Our pottery is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. Other interested include raising Romney sheep that produce wonderful spinning wool used for knitting and weaving. Our farm also includes a few cats, roaming chickens and our dogWyatt. Some years bees abound for honey production.
Thank you for your interest in our pottery."
~ Jared & Kimmy, Tranquil Pottery
"We are a husband and wife team that makes a variety of artsy items, but is currently focusing on soaps (Rhonda) and polymer clay jewelry and decorative bottles (Scott). Both of us have a Fine Arts background and seek ways to elevate craft into art and integrate art into crafts. We both love creative, unique, and whimsical items. You can often find us at a museum or bookstore, hoarding information and gleaning ideas for what might come next! We have been married for 23 years, and having separate art rooms at home has kept us relatively sane. We are thrilled to be a part of Great Gifts."
~ Rhonda & Scott, RaftcRafts
"What's in a name? A fun question we are usually asked is "Is your soap made from Kangaroos?" Haha! No! It's just our name. I'm an Australian soap maker living in Michigan and created the brand in 2018. We love to use only the best ingredients in our soap.
Nourishing organic oils, natural colorants, and reusable plastic-free packaging is what you'll find in our Kangaroo Soap range. Our kids Joey Soap range is perfect for little hands and is full of fun colors and fragrances to make bath time fun! Make the jump from regular bar soap to Kangaroo Soap. Your skin will love you for it!"
~ Dawn, Kangaroo Soap
""Up-cycle +. Paintings on canvas, metal, wood, furniture— basically, I will paint on anything that doesn’t move! I particularly enjoy taking something that is dented, scratched—or just plain old and worn out—and giving it a new look, a new life—ready to be cherished in a new home!"
~ Lindia (Render Creations)
The Bow House Shop
"I do headbands, tiebacks, and hair clips. All of them are unique designs from hand made flowers. I love mixing colors, fabrics, and textures. I take a special look to little details and don’t rush on making any piece. Each accessory is light and super comfy for big and little girls to wear. I learned how to handcraft when I was 10 years old with my mom. In 2013 crafting was my relaxing therapy. I'm confident you won’t find hair accessories like mine from anybody else"
~ Rocely, The Bow House Shop
Galaxy Paintings by Bree
When we were preparing to open, Bree stopped by and asked if we might be interested in her Galaxy Paintings. She's just begun making them, and we really admire them! They look amazing on our walls at Great Gifts, and we think they'd be a GREAT addition to your home as well.
Steady Forever Creations
"Everything is handmade and can be customized. Whether you're looking for cute and summery or dark and devious, Steady Forever Creations has it or can make it! We happily take custom orders. Everything is made by me in my home in small batches to ensure quality and craftsmanship. I look forward to helping you find your perfect match.!"
~ Sarah (Steady Forever Creations)
Nature No. 5
Our friend, Stephanie, creator of Nature No. 5, has brought us a variety of items. From pillows to tea, coasters to bags, eyeglass cases to wine glasses, and even an amazing high-top bistro table and chairs! Stephanie will happily provide customization of items as well. Check out her work here, then stop by Great Gifts to snap up some of these great gifts for yourself or someone you love.
"We are a husband and wife business from Beaverton, MI.
We have always had many hobbies and are looking at making this hobby something to take us into our retirement years. We love to create unique wood crafts and decorative items for others to enjoy. HANDMADE--made with love, made with care, and made just for YOU. Personalized and custom items such as signs, holiday decor, ornaments, engraved cutting boards, coasters, living hinge items, and more created for family, friends, and others."
~ Jennifer & Milan, JaM Creations
The Paisley Mitten
"I created The Paisley Mitten in January 2019 after spending the previous holidays creating handmade items for loved ones. I began The Paisley Mitten making hand-cut and painted signs. I have been working to grow The Paisley Mitten with the hope to make it my full-time job once my two children are in school full time. With the help and support of my husband, Bill, I have added home decor and sublimation items. I love being in my woodshop creating new items and watching my sketches take form. Personalized and custom items, such as family trees and functional decor, are a few of my favorites. I am most touched when I create a memorial piece, especially ones that incorporate a picture. It is such an honor to create these and I hope that each one brings some comfort to the recipient every time they look at it."
~ Kim, The Paisley Mitten
BS CNC Plasma & Powder Coat
"Founded in Elsie, Michigan, BS CNC Plasma & Powder Coat stemmed from thoughts and ideas. We took a leap towards making our thoughts and ideas a reality, and focus on creating unique pieces of art for our customers. Customized pieces are available. Inquire today at Great Gifts!"
~ Brady & Samantha, BS CNC Plasma & Powder Coat
"Upcycled guitar string jewelry!
Strings come from music stores and musicians around greater Detroit!
I'm Kera, owner/creater! I've had a guitar at home since I was 16, even though I've never learned to play! I've had opportunities to use strings from Metallica to make bracelets for a charity auction, personal strings from loved ones to make sentiments for family members, made keychains out of "meet n greet" concert picks...I never thought making jewelry from trash would have such a personal effect on people.
From the start, I've kept my prices under $20. And have found guitar pick providers to offer custom picks to my customers at no extra cost! Everything is made in my home in Waterford, MI."
~ Kera, Restrummed
White Daisy Candles
"At White Daisy Candles, we have been creating hand-poured, 100% soy candles for 2 years. A family member inspiration opened up the opportunity for this new crafting adventure and we've been enjoying it ever since. Long time crafters, our candles are affordable, non-toxic, and clean-burning with over 30 fabulous scents to choose from which make great gifts for any occasion!"
~ Sherry & Cyndi, White Daisy Candles
"Holiday seasons in my family were marked by the ladies exchanging homemade Christmas ornaments. That usually meant my mother would create some form of crochet ornament - I remember watching her form delicate white snowflakes with a tiny steel hook, then starch them and add a layer of sparkly glitter. Another year, I remember her using blue thread with gold running through it to crochet halves of spheres, and using those to cover Styrofoam balls. It wasn’t until my daughter (now 17 years old!) was born that I entered the world of crochet myself. I taught myself out of a book while I was on maternity leave (Yes, my mother laughed!). Since then, my daughter has watched me the same way, and I’ve crocheted everything from baby blankets and booties to amigurumi and jewelry. She has asked for many items of her own, and proudly worn them to school and to visit gramma & grampa. I’m now designing items of my own in addition to crocheting just to keep my hands busy! I’ve had my own Etsy store since 2017, and am on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, all under the name Castle Wackerly. As well as momming my three kids, I’m also completely in love with my Harley Davidson and enjoying riding all over the state. Plus I’m working on some home improvement projects. I recently switched my day job from a journalist at my hometown newspaper to auto sales (Lols, yes, a big career switch, but all the same skills! Who knew??)."
~ Kelly, Castle Wackerly
" I have been involved in crafting of one form or another since childhood. From learning to machine knit sweaters and afghans as a young girl, I moved on to paper crafting in college when I discovered the creative outlet that comes from creating scrapbooks and greeting cards. My projects now involve more glitter, paint and vinyl; but I still enjoy the creative process and seeing the smiles that my items bring. "
~ Anna, AMW Designs
"I enjoy sewing. Making quilts is a pass time that I love. Giving a homemade gift for someone special means alot to me. I also love to watch TV in evening with a crocheted project to work on."
~ Debra Dickman
Crafts In Mind
"I don't create my wood designs out of a desire to make money. I do it simply because I enjoy doing it and sharing my work with others."
~ Barb Koscielski
ShirtTail & Co.
"We are a husband and wife team from Kalkaska, MI. We love doing all arts and crafts. John does photography and epoxy, Laurie scrapbooking and cards, but together we love doing the Fractal Burning. We use raw woods, water, baking soda, and electricity to make unique one of a kind products. We start with raw wood paint a light coat of baking soda and water solution on the wood, hook up electricity to both ends of the wood and turn it on. The electricity tries to complete the path across the wood burning a unique design into it. We have been burning for about 4 years now. We make candle holders, coat hooks, crosses, key/jewelry hooks, bottle openers and much more."
~ John & Laurie
Creekside Wick Co.
"My wife, Christina, and I started this company as a result of her losing her job due to COVID-19. It started as something small, the company is now growing so fast that it has become a full-time job! We strive to provide our customers with a soy candle that is clean-burning, strong-smelling, and long-lasting!"
~ Rodney Laney, Creekside Wick Co.
Craft & Seoul, Inc
" I have been in business running Craft & Seoul, Inc. since 2019 and am located in Midland, MI. I'm a native of Wisconsin and a lifelong maker and I like to think of myself as a cross-crafter who can do most crafts (except knit, crochet, and make candles). My goal with Craft & Seoul is to provide quality, handmade home and holiday decor for you, your family, and friends. I love a challenge and welcome requests for custom orders."
~ Mary, Craft & Seoul, Inc.
Along the Shores, LLC
"Along The Shores LLC handcrafted art pieces are designed using unique combinations of vintage embellishments, raw gemstones and all natural beach glass tumbled by seas and lakes over time. Each collection is curated to reflect the world's waterways."
~ Keli & Mike, Along the Shores, LLC
Uniquely Made By Design
"I handcraft leather goods, jewelry, and loose flamework glass beads. All my designs, handcrafted in my workshop by me. I love to teach those interested in learning the crafts, and offer opportunities for small groups to observe or learn or make their own projects. Join the fun!"
~ Anne, UMBD (Uniquely Made By Design)