Last Day of Holiday Sales – Free Shipping on All Orders!

After a wonderful season with a house full of felt and twigs, our last little bird and twig ornaments have been prepared for their new homes! They make wonderful, sweet gifts for friends, family, coworkers, new babies, newlyweds, and just about anyone!

Today only, use the code “LASTMINUTEFREE” at checkout in our Etsy shop to get free shipping! And have a wonderful holiday!

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Bird & Twig Tree Topping Stars

Each year, the holidays seem more commercialized – so much so that I’ve heard from friends who have sworn off gift giving altogether out of disgust for the shameless salesmanship presented at every turn. I can’t quite go that far – I adore finding the perfect (usually handmade) gift for my loved ones, and by far, my favorite tradition is the bringing of a tree into your home.

Stemming from age-old solstice celebrations, the evergreen is a reminder that despite the dwindling light, spring will return again. According to Wikipedia, the European pagans that first celebrated evergreens in the darkest season wouldn’t be caught dead defacing one, much less chopping it down, so the Christmas tree tradition is actually a lot younger than I thought. Think 16th century Germany instead of Stonehenge era.

Regardless, I somehow find justification to side-step my usually nature-friendly tendencies, stop by a friendly local car-dealer’s seasonal Christmas tree stand, and bring the sweet-smelling product of years of tender care into my living room. Nothing quite matches the feeling at night when all the other lights in the house are turned off in preparation for bed, but the tree is still glimmering, just daring you to end the magical moment and dim it too.

Which is why I adore my husband’s tree topping star invention. Growing up, we had our series of angels and stars, including one ceramic one made by myself or my brother in a pottery class which was much to heavy for the top of the tree. One day last year, though, while I was toiling away with my felt birds, Jared turned to me with a beautiful, five-pointed, copper-wired tree star, and asked me if I could put a little bird on it.

It is just as rough hewn as the tree itself, but lends a sense of whimsy to our tree.  It’s wonderful to look up at it and imagine the little bird filled with pride for finding the perfect perch. We’re making them to order, too, if the sentiment and style matches yours.  You can find them in our shop HERE, or email us to request a custom order.

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In Love with Etsy

So, I know we put our own little birds on Etsy, but it’s impossible to be so close to the site and not get drawn in by the simply stunning work of other artisans as well!  Today, I’m swooning for the work of a fellow felter who makes darling pea-in-a-pod ornaments, stunning, antique-looking smoky glass earrings, a gorgeous milled limestone bowl, and a knitted mug cozy that makes my mittenless fingers jealous.

All these wonderful items are available HERE.

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Comforts for a Blustery Day

It is exceedingly cold, rainy and windy in Portland today. The indoor plastic seals on our windows are moving visibly with each gust, which just goes to show how necessary the winter plastic is for our leaky house. All I’d like to do is curl up with a good book, a fuzzy blanket, and a cup of steaming hot tea, but since I’ve got plenty of non-relaxing work left for the day, I thought I’d indulge the sentiment by featuring my favorite sellers of comfort-inducing goods.

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Little Bird & Twig Ornaments Have Returned

After a long hiatus due to many things (beginning a master’s program, accelerated day-job responsibilities, and a temporary jaunt into non-profit work), we started sewing our little birds at a feverish pace to prepare for some lovely holiday art bazaars around our fair city.

Which means only one thing – they’re back!  And in many colors!  And come in a sweet little box perfect for gift giving!

You can find all these little guys at our Lint & Lavender shop on Etsy.

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Win A Handmade Bird and Tree Cake Topper!

We are so excited to make one couple’s wedding celebration a little cheaper!  Tell your “How We Met” story on our Facebook wall, and you will be entered in a drawing for our most popular handmade product: a customizable cake topper ($72) made to order in your colors!

Our cake toppers feature two hand-sewn felt birds perched together on a tree branch, and have an Oregon black walnut base (food-safe) that is designed to sit right on top of a cake tower or amid a cascade of cupcakes.  You can match your painstakingly picked colors or, like myself and my cheesy (still new) husband, feature your rival high school colors.

We will announce a winner on Sunday, June 12th.  We are so excited to hear your stories!  Feel free to share with friends and family!

Quick link to our Facebook wall to tell your story: Lint & Lavender on Facebook

Quick link to our customizable cake topper listing: Etsy Shop

Sample Customized Cake Topper - Choose Your Own Colors

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Official Unveiling of Pie Platform v1.0

After waiting for the right (non-rainy) light, and resisting an absolutely delicious pie in our refrigerator for a day or two, we got the shots we were hoping for! Welcome to our Etsy shop, Pie Topper Conversion Kit!

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