Monday, September 23, 2013

Our American Made Top Picks

We have had so much fun being a part of the American Made Awards competition, and mostly enjoyed having the opportunity to discover some new makers in the realms of design, technology, and craft over the last month. Today we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite makers from around the country with you! Read on to see who inspires us.

Nordt Family Farm is a sheep farm in Virginia, specializing in hand-weaving and dying Merino wool. Their fibers are gorgeous, visit their website & shop to see more from this amazing American maker. 

Andie's Specialty Sweets is the coolest -- they make the most beautiful sweet edibles. We are suckers for the buttons, of course, and are in awe by their ability to recreate daily objects into sweet treats. Check out their Etsy shop -- you can get these right at home!

We LOVE vintage bottles, so when we saw these beeswax candles from Pollen Arts in the shape of vintage bottles, our hearts jumped a bit. The natural color of beeswax is so beautiful, we want to cover our whole mantle with these amazing candles!

Native Bear is a print & stamp maker from Decatur, GA, a favorite maker of ours for a while now! We know the mastermind behind these gorgeous hand-carved stamps because she made stamps for us (hooray!) and participates in the Indie Craft Experience every year. She's one of our favorite Atlanta-area makers, and we're excited to add her to this list of makers featured on American Made this year. 

We are so impressed by the work from Shop Keep, a South Carolina studio that creates modern quilts with machine-pieced quilt tops, hand quilted with Japanese sashiko thread. 

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