Saturday, October 23, 2010

white house gifts

There is nothing better than that of having hand-made gifts at the ready. These lovely hand-made pots were made by Catherine White for First Lady Obama to give as gifts. The canisters are to hold loose chamomile tea. The gifts are symbolic of the White House garden.
Can you imagine the thrill of making each one by hand for such an honorable order. As an artist, I grapple with giving and truly feel that a hand-made gift is such a special treat. Do you have any plans to give hand-made gifts this holiday.

Let's share ideas for giving hand-made this year. If you have something you would like to share, please feel free to contact me. I would love to see what other artisans have in store to give.

22 comments:

Joyce said...

These pots are awesome! Last year I gave out a photo calendars (remember?). I am wondering if I should again this year or make some edible. I do like giving homemade gifts to groups of friends.
PS just took a break from sorting through photos and saw your post. xo

pve design said...

Joyce -
I love my calendar from you. I love the images and the words. I would love another calendar or even just a small cover for a journal or perhaps one of your images on a mug. I know you will come up with something wonderful.
Good luck sorting your photos.
pve

bricarwaller said...

Those are beautiful gifts! I generally make gifts each year. I always make an annual ornament for family and friends, last year I got my little guy involved and he started making his own ornaments for family. I give an original painting to family.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

What a fun gift! I make bread and jam a lot as hostess gifts. I think people really love the personal touch.

Karena said...

There is nothing better and so heartfelt. The cannisters are gorgeous!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Laurie said...

Handmade gifts are the best! The pots are so beautiful and to hold chamomile tea is perfect...

Purple Flowers said...

Those pots are so simple and elegant.
I bake alot during the month of December, and give to family and friends. And I always have a wrapped dish of cookies should someone come to call during the holiday season. I also like to give candles. There's something so spiritual to me about lit candles. It speaks to my soul.

jacjewelry said...

Those are lovely! I have a similar tea brewing cup with a strainer at the top, and I use it almost daily. Absolutely! I give out mostly handmade gifts for holidays, Birthdays, housewarming, etc. - either the jewelry I make, or something else that is handmade. Most of my gifts come from Etsy (of course)! :)

Rebecca said...

I make and give home made marshmallows. Sometimes they will be accompanied with my coco mix. It makes such a fun hostess gift, thank you, or just because you are special treat.
Gifts made by someone are so special. How I would love one of those little canisters.
I have kept the special post cards you sent to me. They seem to say "This is who I am, come be my friend".

Lisa said...

I will put my thinking cap on and would love to join in. There is nothing better than homemade!
xo Lisa

two hippos said...

What wonderful gifts! This year I thought of putting together jars of biscuit or cake mix - lots of lovely layers in a glass jars (an idea pinched from lots of lovely blogs). Also making some egg cosies, as they look bright and cheerful nestled in a hamper.

quintessence said...

Home made gifts are indeed the best - and these are indeed beautiful. Just goes to show how Michelle Obama seeks out the best in all categories, not just high level fashion - she really has such great style! I give some baked goods at the holidays but am always on the lookout for great artisanal gifts.

Barbara said...

These are beautiful pots. My homemade cookies have always been a favorite so maybe that will be on my to give list this year.
Best wishes,
BarbaraG

pretty pink tulips said...

What a wonderful gift. There is something so special about a gift that you know was made by loving hands!

Marisa said...

The vessels are so beautiful all in a row

Southern Lady said...

I love handmade gifts! What should I give??? I guess I really need to start giving some thought to that. Carla

Nelle Somerville said...

Those are amazing. Can you imagine that sachet from the rose garden? How neat. I give my Stone Hill Farm Pear chutney and fig preserves. My family is now expecting it which makes me so happy. Xoxo

Ideezine said...

PVE,

Hand made gifts extend the boundaries of time and are felt for many years after wards.

Love the pots incredible!

Bette

Twist of Lime said...

I come from a long line of crafters and I LOVE making things for people. This year for Christmas, I am making ornaments for all of the teachers, coaches and people who help guide our children. I will share photos soon :) I truly believe gifts from the heart and hands are wonderful!

Leslie Fehling said...

I make homemade English toffee with pecans and dark chocolate to give as gifts. Also, silk fabric origami Christmas ornaments.

Brillante Home Decor said...

The only gifts handmade for Christmas are cookies, my specialty is rosemary savoury shortbread to be enjoyed with a glass of wine.

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