But is it Art?, Taking Your Gardening Dollar

Calling All CraftyPersons

So there's been a discussion on Facebook with a certain artistic garden writer about how she really must make her beautiful artwork available for sale as holiday cards. She's promised us that she will, and that got me thinking:  Who else makes cool stuff that holiday shoppers might want to know about?

In particular:

Garden photographers, artists, etc with 2011 calendars to sell

Or greeting cards to sell (especially with a winter/holiday theme)

Fabulous handmade garden-ish gifts on Etsy, eBay, or your own site

Etc, etc.  If you make it, we want to flaunt it!

Post a link to your online store in the comments and we'll do a holiday round-up soon. If you post a link, we assume we also have permission to grab an image of your stuff and run it here on GardenRant in our post. Feel free to write a little something about what the thing is or how you make it if you feel readers would want to know that.  (i.e, "I make this soap with milk from my own goats and olive oil from my own olive trees."  Could happen, right?)

And if you're not making your wonderful art available for the masses, why not?  Check out Zazzle, CafePress, and Blurb to find out how to put your designs on everything from iPhone cases to yoga mats to coffee table books.

Posted by on November 17, 2010 at 9:21 am, in the category But is it Art?, Taking Your Gardening Dollar.
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24 responses to “Calling All CraftyPersons”

  1. CabinTiger Studio is a new product development company based in Waverly, Alabama, whose mission is to deliver quality products that are useful, inspiring and easy on the wallet. Our anchor product, The Perpetual Gardening Record Book, has received rave reviews from Master Gardeners, career horticulturists and beginning gardeners too! The gardening products feature Lauren Graves’ photography, along with her grandmother Evelyn Corley Buzbee’s gardening quotes. CabinTiger Studio’s Big Holiday Sale is just starting at http://www.cabintiger.com — thanks for the invite to post about it, and have fun shopping!

  2. Janit Calvo says:

    Hey thanks for doing this! Here’s what I have:

    Find one-of-a-kind and unusual miniature garden accessories from the Janit Calvo of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center on Etsy. Great ideas for the mini, fairy or terrarium garden ~ or have a little garden fun on your windowsill or desk at work. Items rotate so check back often: http://www.etsy.com/shop/janit

  3. Steve Aitken says:

    I think Fine Gardening would fall into the “etc with 2011 calendars to sell” category:


  4. Cindy McNatt says:

    DirtCouture.com is THE marketplace for handcrafted garden items. Pottery, tools, garden gear, soaps, birdhouses, manure tea.

    And we’ve got an interesting lineup of artists from botanists who weld on the weekends to organic gardeners making their own luscious soaps.

    All handmade. Feel free to grab handfuls of images!

  5. I have a CafePress store with calenders and blank notecards for sale. A few people keep telling me how great my photos and calendars are and that I should sell them, so let’s see if they’re right. http://www.cafepress.com/heathersgarden

  6. I’ve got three Ellis Hollow calendars on zazzle, one featuring my Gardener Blogger Bloom Day scans, and the other two featuring photographs through the seasons: http://www.zazzle.com/cdcramer

  7. Susan Day says:

    I have 2011 Butterflies calendars for sale–all 12 photos were taken in my yard by my husband, Richard Day. http://www.daybreakimagery.com/products.html

  8. I’ve put together a 2011 calendar of my gardening cartoons:

  9. Genevieve says:

    This isn’t photographs or Etsy, but I would be pretty happy to find some of Annie’s manure teabags in my stocking!


  10. Nora Graf says:

    Wow, it’s generous of you to help promote “garden” art. I’ve been doing gourd art and selling it for several years and just recently started selling on Etsy. I grow some of the gourds I use but most come from a family farm. I started in gourd art because I grew some one year and then had to figure out what to do with them. That simple beginning started a small business. The deal is: how many gourds can you have around your house before they overwhelm you. So now I am the owner, bookkeeper, saleswoman and creator of Mesquite Gourds. (I live in the desert, so that’s where the Mesquite comes from. No gourds don’t grow on mesquite trees, a question I’m asked frequently. The first time I was asked that, I was completely baffled by it, but since then I’ve found out how little people know about plants.) Anyway my site is http://www.etsy.com/shop/MesquiteGourds

    After Thanksgiving I will have more posted for the holiday season.

    I’ve been reading Garden Rant for about two years and just love it. I’ve used ideas I’ve gotten from the rants to write articles for a Master Gardener newsletter I do. Keep up the ranting, it’s a refreshing antidote to some of the silliness I see when it comes to gardening. It starts my morning on a happy note!

  11. What a lovely and generous offer.
    Here is a link to my new Zazzle store. There you will find aprons, mugs, cards and other products with images of my botanical oil and watercolor paintings.
    I especially love “The Three Little Figs” apron.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all 🙂

  12. Thanks for the offer to share our work. My son (who lives in Missouri) and I (here in Galveston) have a small business that specializes in photo cards of natural and built environments (no people). My contributions are all photos taken on Galveston Island, and many of them are of flowers from my garden. My son’s photos are all of Missouri wildflowers.

  13. Dave Eames says:

    Hi. Thanks for the offer. I create a variety of metalwork for the home and garden, using primarily found objects and recycled materials. My studio is called Fossil Forge, which is located in my sculpture/nature park called Fossil Gardens. I just finished a large bird feeding station that is really pulling in the birds. Check out http://www.fossilforge.com

  14. Marsanne says:

    So many interesting places to shop! I’ve checked several out and have others on my list. 🙂

    I’m a photographer, specializing in florals and the natural environment. See if there’s something to suit your fancy over at http://www.etsy.com/shop/creatingcharacter. If not, check out http://www.flickr.com/littlethingscreatecharacter. If you see something you like there, shoot me an email.

  15. Good Morning it was suggested to me this morning by @NCoastGardening to post my web site and information about Authentic Haven Brand, premium soil conditioner teas to your GardenRant craft section for review. So here we go http://www.manuretea.com.

    I’m proud to say that Authentic Haven Brand is a hand harvested, hand packaged garden soil by-product from Haven raised livestock only.

    We offer our Cow, Horse and Alfalfa teas online and Wholesale for Green minded garden growers.

    I would consider it an honor to have Authentic Haven Brand listed in your hand made gift for the Christmas Season section.

    Over the past several years our Sampler 3 Gift Pack “Stylishly Wrapped” has become a Stocking Stuffer hit!

  16. Thanks for extending this invitation! In my full-time job, I write about gardening for our state Extension system. But I’m also an artist who specializes in unique upcycled accessories. For example, I used felted wool sweaters to make the red flower brooch and hydrangea-inspired headband that are currently in my shop: http://sassycrafter.etsy.com.

  17. Laura Bell says:

    Well, I hemmed & hawed for long enough. Many of my photos – mostly nature-related if not actually garden-related – can be purchased @ http://LauraBell.imagekind.com/

  18. Amy, you lit a fire under me! Thank you for encouraging me to do this. I now offer my photography and artwork–with an emphasis on succulents–on mousepads, holiday greeting cards, keychains, magnets, mugs and more at http://www.zazzle.com/debraleebaldwin/. (I authored and illustrated Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens.)

  19. I’ve been making a custom holiday card for my garden design clients for the past 7 years, and two years ago started posting a version for sale. Unlike the beautiful artwork I’ve been admiring from earlier commenters, my cards are on the silly whimsical side. This year’s theme – “If Gardeners Ruled the World.”

  20. rose says:

    My Etsy shop has a section devoted to framed 19th and early 20th century botanical lithographs and die cuts of garden vignettes. Many ethereal images of Victorian flowers….

  21. HI!
    My friend Betsy sent me over…she and I sell together at the local Farmers Market. She grows and sells flowers and plants at the market alongside me! I make and sell 100% vegetable old fashioned soaps. I sell at Farmers markets, yearound (we now have indoor winter markets here in Maine) as well as selling at craft fairs, wholesale and online.
    Please visit my website: http://www.cascobaysoap.com and my blog http://www.cascobaysoap.blogspot.com
    to learn more about me and my soaps.

    I also sell a gardeners scrub soap which is a lemon verbena fragrance with lots of cornmeal and poppy seeds for scrubbing hardworking garden hands: http://www.cascobaysoap.com/gardenersscrub.html

    Thanks for the invitation to post and feature small businesses.

    Shannon Grauer ~ Owner & Soap Maker
    Casco Bay Soap Co.
    Freeport, MAINE