Amy’s Soap GardenI met Amy (and her fabulous soaps) during an Art and Crafts event last summer and fell in love with her product! The soap is of outstanding quality and there is a wide selection when it comes to colors and scents. Soaps make awesome stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and if you are like me, they make excellent linen closet deodorizers. Visit her shop http://www.amys-soap.com/ or her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmysSoapGarden to see her inventory and treat yourself or your loved ones to some awesome soaps.
Brandy is another amazing jewelry artist. She makes all of her metals and is truly creative with her pieces. You can find her beautiful work on her website http://brandyhoullahan.com/ or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandy-Houllahan/10150136950645201 Here is a sample of her beauties (the picture does not do them any justice, take a look at her website)
Sweet Caroline’s Jams and Jellies I make a lot of jams and this lady is my inspiration!! I hope that one day, my jams will come close to hers in taste and creativity. Caroline pares unique flavors together and creates magic. You can enjoy her jams on a pastry, cheese, integrate them into cooking or like I do by the spoonful. Along with jams, Caroline make Shrubs–delicious vinegar based syrup infused with fruit that when added to sparkling water (or booze) creates refreshing beverages. I tasted her blueberry basil shrub and fell in love. Read more about her and her creations on her website http://www.sweetcarolinesjam.com Sweet Caroline’s jams and jellies are available on her website or at various farmer’s markets. Check out her facebook page for her whereabouts https://www.facebook.com/SweetCarolineJams
Laarni and Tita: Handmade in Seattle
Laarni is a true bag lady! She makes ALL of her bags and they are gorgeous and very useful. Wristlets, clutches, IPad covers oh my, this lady makes them all kinds to meet all of your bag needs. Check out her website http://www.laarniandtita.com and her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LaarniAndTita to get better acqainted with her product and find out where in Seattle you can find them. I have three Laarni bags and I constantly get compliments!
Beer, beer is always a good choice of a present for the man in your life or perhaps a gift card to their tap room, and make a date out of it. Hilliard’s is a reasonably new brewery opened in 2011 in Ballard. I found them at Whole Foods and fell passionately in love with their Saison. These guys do a heck of a job. Give them a try, you won’t be sorry! http://www.hilliards.com