Taking Your Gardening Dollar

Crafty People: Call for Submissions

Dirt couture snail


As we have done in years past, we are once again putting out a call for any and all gifty handmade garden-related items that our readers make.   Such as this sweet little hand-carved snail made by California artist Sandra Healy and sold on the wonderful Dirt Couture site, which features all manner of handmade garden-ish gifts from talented artists.

So.  Tell us about your stuff!  Engage in some shameless self-promotion! We will compile them all into a future post on handmade holiday shopping opportunities.

Just post a comment here with a link to your Etsy store or website or wherever people need to go to make a purchase.  And please remember that if you post a link to your products, we are going to take that as permission to grab a photo of the product from your site to run in our upcoming post on the subject.

And handmade means handmade!  No books, please–we give plenty of love to books throughout the year.  (Well, unless they are handmade books, artist books, letterpress, that sort of thing.) And no mass-produced tools or trinkets.  The more handmade, the more one-of-a-kind, the more garden-ish, the better.

If you're an artist and you're selling calendars or notecards featuring your garden/nature art (including, of course, photography), we would like to hear about that too. 

Spread the word!  During this season of giving, let's give a little financial love to the artists and craftspeople, yes?

Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 4:57 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar.
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42 responses to “Crafty People: Call for Submissions”

  1. Carol says:

    I don’t have anything handmade, but I do have a garden hoe of the month calendar available. Who wouldn’t be pleased to get a hoe calendar? http://www.cafepress.com/maydreamsgarden.332163095#

    Thank you for letting me shamelessly promote my hoe calendar. Hoes… you need at least three of them to make it Christmas.

  2. Donna B. says:

    Can we shamlessly promote another person?

    I am actually a digital/comic artist [fantasy-themed specialized]. I don’t know if people are interested in illustrative works being done, but I can/will do it!

  3. Margaux Kent says:

    Visit Peg and Awl for treasures for the garden, home and body! Journals, garden boxes, kitchen treasures, olde fashioned tree swing and loads more – all made out of abandoned (or reclaimed!) materials:


  4. Cathy says:

    I have a whole bird section! This is one of my favorites, a bird nest necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/86391439/bird-nest-necklace-sterling-silver


  5. Rayana says:

    Hello my name is Rayana and I own WithTheRain on Etsy and make SLUGS fleece rain boot liners. You will live in these fleece boot liners! Completely practical and comfortable…and they just so happen to look really cute, as well! Fleece is so soft and comfortable! Once you wear your rain boots with SLUGS you will never want to wear them without SLUGS.

    The actual intention for these wonderful fleece socks is to prevent that annoying problem of socks slipping down in your boots! They are long enough that the top cuff can be folded over the top of your boots even Hunters, to keep your feet and legs cozy! SLUGS make a perfect gift for any gardener.


  6. visualingual says:

    Hi there. We’re VisuaLingual, a Cincinnati-based design studio that makes seed bombs — little balls of seeds, clay and worm castings that you can throw wherever you’d like to see plants grow! We currently offer ten different varieties that make for great stocking stuffers or host/hostess gifts. You can check them out in our Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/visualingual.

  7. Lorna says:

    June Hunter, in Vancouver, BC, offers much to covet. Her urban crows series is fantastic, and I just had one of her large rust images mounted under plexi for a bathroom. Love the botanicals, too.


  8. Oooh, how wonderful! I’ve just launched Garden Therapy Handmade, where I’m selling beautiful flower photographic prints that I’ve made into throw pillows. And yep, they are truly handmade, I even grew the flowers!

    It’s a great way to bring a little garden therapy into homes for the holidays.Each print is a limited edition, so when they are gone, new designs will take their place.

    Here is the store: http://gardentherapy.etsy.com
    And a summary on the Garden Therapy Blog: http://gardentherapy.ca/shop-gt-handmade/

  9. Yup, I got photos on Etsy, of flowers, insects, and leaves. And other stuff. All from my Nebraska prairie garden. http://www.etsy.com/shop/BRVogt

  10. I’m very pleased and proud to tell you that my Succulents 2012 Watercolor calendar features my paintings of aloes, agaves, aeoniums and more. Miss December, a cactus that looks like a snowflake, also is available on holiday greeting cards and postage stamps. From my online store: Succulent Chic, Cards and Gifts by the Succulent Chick. http://www.debraleebaldwin.com/Winter2011news.htm

  11. Hi,

    I hand-make concrete vessels that are created for garden and home use and I believe they are a product that would be of interest to Garden Rant readers. My Impure Vessels are multi-colored concrete vessels made through a unique process I developed of layering hand-rolled and hand-cut colors of concrete in molds and wet-carving the green concrete. All color in the vessels is actual integrated concrete colorant; no paint is used. The pieces are waterproof and food safe, and because concrete is such a multi-functional material, the vessels may be used either inside or outdoors as serving platters, fruit bowls, vases, birdbaths, or decorative additions to the home or patio.

    The vessels can be purchase through http://www.impurevessels.etsy.com

    Thanks for your time,

    Deborah Brackenbury

  12. I hope this isn’t too much of a stretch: I don’t make Yard Birds, but I sell them online on behalf of the artist. He’s a retired tool and machine-repair man, and he usually makes one big batch of Yard Birds in late winter and early spring to sell at a local arts festival. The rest go into his shed until next year.

    From time-to-time I photograph what’s in his shed and post the Yard Birds for sale at http://www.homekitchengarden.net/yard-birds The list there is getting thin and I fear many of the Yard Birds shown have been sold, so I plan to have a photo session and update the page immediately after Thanksgiving.

    Each Yard Bird is a one-of-a-kind creation, made from old garden tools. Some include broken or rusted parts, but all are hand-welded and hand-painted with automobile paint.

  13. Anneheathen says:

    I have some handknit garden gnomes, and kits to knit your own! http://annearchy.etsy.com

  14. I have 8 x10 photographic prints of roses, magnolias and other flowers available through my online store, A Passion for Flowers…


  15. Bob Denman says:

    Hand ploughs, crack weeders, diamond hoes, root saws, dibbles, ball weeders, finger hoes, bulb lifters and weeding forks are just a few of the garden tools I make by hand. I’m a blacksmith and make more than 250 garden tools, long and short. They’re made the old fashioned way with fire, anvil hammer and lots of sweat. My warranty is simple–they’re guaranteed to work for my lifetime or yours, whichever ends first. You can find about 50 of them on my website, http://WWW.redpigtools.com

    Bob Denman

  16. Joepapendick says:

    My name is Joe Papendick and I make handcrafted welded steel bird feeders in St. Louis, Missouri.


  17. I have always enjoyed seeing the mason jars full of the past year’s harvest. So now I’ve created a Vintage Canning Jar exterior light to shine on your porch or patio.


    Jann Richardson

  18. Gail says:

    While I don’t have an etsy site yet I made concrete leaves mainly out of hosta’s but other plants as well. I use a variety of colorants for the leaves. I leave them out year round in my Wisconsin climate. I also made glass flowers for garden art. I can email photos if interested. gailthegardener@gmail.com.

  19. Erin Nelson says:

    I make handmade soap! My gardener’s/mechanic’s soap is made with pumice and coffee grounds and smells like heaven. Whole array of soaps made with all natural ingredients and essential oils. Our website is: http://www.irishtwinssoaps.com

    please fill free to use photos, etc. Thanks for sharing the love. Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving

  20. Fi says:


    if paintings with a vegetable theme appeal, then I have a cornicopia of seasonal-food-inspired original, affordable art.
    Official Art Store: http://theglitterisevery.wherefishsing.com
    Quick overview of all the art:

  21. Laura says:

    Hi there,
    My best sellers this time of year are subscriptions to my Organic Seed of the Month Club:
    and my Colourful Carrot Collection:

    Lots of people are telling me they are including seeds in their christmas cards or in place of gift tags.

  22. Alright, already! Thanks for the little kick in the rear, Amy. My DH has been bugging me for weeks to get my Etsy shop up and running… I guess that is the best way to put in a plug for myself, so here goes: http://www.etsy.com/people/SmallWondersBotanics?ref=si_pr#
    Hope ya’ll like these flowers and towers!

  23. magalerie says:

    Hello Amy,
    And thank you for the opportunity. I have an Etsy shop where I sell photography.
    I have a few prints for gardeners. This one for example
    Please come for a visit. 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving !

  24. Marsanne says:

    I use Zazzle to showcase my photography on different items. There are lots of flowers, nature and architecture options available. Please come on by and check them out! http://www.zazzle.com/mapetty

  25. We make smart, bold, Latino-inspired clothing and paper goods.

    Here is our hand-printed super cute organic peas T:


  26. Fran Mueller says:

    My love of gardening and making jewelry naturally came together in my designing jewelry with nature and gardening themes. This butterfly one was in the Holiday Wish Lists Section of the December 2011 Issue of Romantic Homes Magazine.


    To make this necklace I chose the vintage reproduction art, fitted it to the bezel and applied with TLC several coats of protective resin coating.

    Fran Mueller

  27. Joe’s bird feeders are awesome! My family owns two!

  28. Nora Graf says:

    So glad you are doing this again. My products come from the garden. I do gourd art. You can find my work at

    For special orders look at my past work at

    You can go from my website to Etsy easily but not the other way!
    Stop by and have a look!
    Love reading GardenRant
    Nora Graf

  29. moira clune says:

    I make the World’s Coolest Rain Gauge, the original floating rain gauge. The measurement tube floats UP to show rainfall. Practical, fun and very cool!

  30. Kyle Gross says:

    I am a silversmIth with a very organic and nature inspired style. Here is a link to my Bodhi Leaf Spinner ring on Etsy:

  31. Kyle Gross says:

    I’m a silversmith with a very organic and nature inspired design sensibility. Here is a link to my Bodhi Leaf Spinner ring on Etsy:


  32. I make beeswax and soy candles from original molds created from vintage figurines…
    Here is a link to my Etsy store with a section devoted specifically to these candles:
    Thanks for checking them out!

  33. Cindy Davison says:

    Succulent Rooftop Birdhouses for our feathered friends. Made-to-order, custom designed birdhouses using colored stains or outdoor fabric for water and uv light resistance. The Succulent Perch on facebook. For our Fall/Winter Catalog & Order Form please email thesucculentperch@hotmail.com
    ~Cindy Davison Designer/Owner

  34. Rebeca Smile says:

    I couldn’t first differentiate this handmade snake from a real one. Very nice done, close to life.

  35. I’ve got two calendars this year. One is mostly photos. The other is all my scans from Garden Bloggers Bloom day: http://www.zazzle.com/cdcramer/

  36. Thanks for the opportunity here! My dad makes a wonderful garden tool called the hoedag in his shop in Lewiston, Idaho. It is perfect for digging, weeding, preparing soil , etc. and it has almost a cult-like following in the NW (he’s made and sold over 5,000 hoedags). He heat treats the steel blade so its exceptionally strong, and the handle is made of solid wood, yet its really light and the perfect weight in your hand. They are fantastic gifts for any gardener and he guarantees every hoedag for life. You can buy them at dirtcouture.com for $30 and free shipping. Thanks 🙂

  37. I have a set of gardener’s quotation cards that I sell on etsy.com and thought I’d share with you too! Each set comes with 15 cards, and an easel in a sweet metal tin. Thanks! ~ Stephanie

  38. Meredith says:

    I have a number of floral items in my etsy store, but this Rose Lariat is one of my best sellers. I have them in a few different colors.

  39. valerie rice says:

    Hi there!

    I’d like to tell you about our chef-formulated Orchid Infused Mandarin and Honey Body Butter, which is part of our Piper Tate organic body care collection and a big hit with gardeners.

    Having been a professional chef and a costume designer, my husband and I began creating organic, botanically-infused products using local, organic and fresh ingredients.

    Our body care collection is handmade in small batches, free of harsh chemicals, sulfates and parabens, using calming and gentle ingredients such as organic jojoba oil, aloe vera and organic shea butter.

    Gardeners, chefs and others who work with their hands are loving our body butter! Formulated specifically to condition, nourish and absorb quickly, a key component is that there is no greasy feel after using it, for one may be picking up a trowel or a knife.

    Mandarin & Honey Body Butter:



    Valerie & Bill

  40. Thanks for the opportunity. At first thought, hand crafted Tough Girl Tutu doesn’t sound garden related. But it is! It’s more than a garment — it holds a similar nurture and flourish we gather in gardens. It’s a symbol for one way to shed our preconceived notions and try on new ideas.
    Photos of Tough Girl Tutu in the garden, and at the farmer’s flower market, and hanging between two large oak trees out in the back yard, show it as not only garden apparel but a statement of freedom. http://toughgirltutu.com/

  41. Mary Ahern says:

    My name is Mary Ahern & I’m a Garden Artist. I use my extensive gardens in Northport NY as
    inspiration for my digital & traditional Fine Art work.

    I have a line of Botanical Note Cards which are derived from my original traditional media paintings.

    I also have original paintings & mixed media work available in an array of sizes.

    Some of my most popular gift purchases are made from the Designer Print collection.

    All these can be seen on my website at:

  42. Lisa says:

    I’ve been making small paintings of bees at work on plants in my Northern California garden this year.
    They have their own blog… and now they have paypal buttons on all the paintings that are still available! I hope to have postcards & such before long, but for now it’s just the paintings
    thank you for the opportunity!