Botanical Magnets, Art Markets, Oh My!

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It’s Small Business Saturday y’all!  I love that there is a day to celebrate shopping small, though I wish every day were a day to recognize, and make a conscious effort to support small businesses.
Sometimes the products that we sell cost more, because we source our materials differently, trying to ensure they are produced with care or fairly, humanely, that the workers who create them or harvest them are paid a fair wage etc.  Sometimes we are making our products by-hand, or making them here in the United States, where labor costs, commercial space, utilities, and the cost-of-living is significantly greater than developing countries, and thus, our products cost more.  So if you can still support us with your shopping dollars, we appreciate it!
This holiday season, I am introducing new pieces to the Hieropice product line, Botanical Magnets!  They are miniature landscapes designed to attach to any metal surface, and come in a variety of styles.  I will have them at my upcoming art markets at the Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3rd, and at the Etsy Artists of Boston chalet at City Hall Plaza December 16th through 22nd.  I love  making them.  Tiny, perfect ecospheres preserved in time.  Yay, nature!  And yay, handmade!

Autumn has arrived!

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I am so thrilled that Fall has finally come. It is the best season, in my opinion!  There is an incredible natural color palette that forms just about everywhere in New England that makes every vignette look like a painting.
I’ve been experimenting with making my own liquors and bitters, starting with a cardamom/vanilla pod-infused liquor that I haven’t gotten quite right yet. I figured, why just make the glass vessels, but not the liquors to go in them?
For my first attempt, I toasted the cardamom and vanilla pods, which gave a powerful flavor, but perhaps too anise-y/too much like licorice. So the next batch was made with raw pods, and no vanilla. We shall see how it goes!
I collected a number of my etched glass vessels, etched and painted lanterns, and all things Autumnal for this Fall-inspired scene to remind you of why Autumn is just the best thing ever. A number of these pieces are available at my Hieropice on Etsy shop. Happy Fall!