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By Hand - A favorite gift

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I've always been a fan of hand made gifts.  I guess it goes back to those little clay vessels that I made for my mother and father in third grade!  We all took such care in painting them appropriately, and of course, they were greatly appreciated!  

Craftsmanship and attention to detail are my guiding thoughts when purchasing handmade gifts.  I so appreciate the way artists take time with finishing.  It really speaks to the time it takes to create and do something well.  As you look for gifts for the holidays, birthdays and special occasions, consider pieces made by artists and artisans. These pieces stand out in our high tech, mass produced, manufactured world. 

Have fun, stay safe, and make merry this holiday season.  We so appreciate you visiting us and hope that 2017 is a healthy, happy and peaceful year for everyone.  

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