"Gourding is my passion!"
Leslie fell in love with gourds more than ten years ago when a friend had a “gourd party” and provided gourds, tools, and embellishments for guests to use.
Leslie's creative decorative gourd art incorporatess stone inlays, wood burning, carving, and other embellishments.
Each gourd is unique, seemingly with a mind of its own. Talented gourd artists learn to listen, to find out what the gourd "wants to be."
Leslie says, "When a gourd design is finally revealed, it is often a surprise, even to me! When it works out well, it is a great joy to me and I hope to those who choose to adopt one of my creations."
Fine silver, sterling, stones and found objects.
Leather cuff bracelets recycled from old belts; some will have her signature tags, and all will be a great gift for both women and men.
The popular angel wing charms will be back, along with a full line of handcrafted silver earrings.
In the gazebo this year: Walker Mountain Meadows, located in Quilcene Washington, raises pork, beef, lamb and goat.
All USDA certified, the meat is sold frozen, by the pound.
Kris will have holiday roasts, steaks, and homemade sausage, to give away or add that special touch to your holiday table. You may take them home or purchase a gift certificate. They ship!
Also a specialty and perfect for holiday giving are their eye-appealing, tasty dog cookies.
We met Kris at the Bainbridge Farmers Market, and have been enjoying her high quality meats for two years; if you haven't tried them yet, you are in for a treat.
Walker Mountain Meadow Meats
Lerna Eng was first introduced to origami in high school by a Japanese-American classmate,
and that love of folding has continued for more than 40 years. A fabric store class more than 12 years ago altered her perception of origami by introducing fabric in conjunction with box making, and as they say, "The rest was history."
Lerna's innate sense of color, design and artistry can be seen in her one of a kind fabric origami gift boxes. Each is a stand-alone work of art and a gift by itself, as well as a unique way to present a gift.
Lerna has begun delving into a card making technique called "iris folding" which typically uses paper, but Lerna manages to sneak in some stiffened fabric every time. Arrive early and you may be able to score one of Lerna's limited addition iris folded cards.
Presentation is key to extraordinary gift giving and placing even a small surprise in one of Lerna's fabric origami gift boxes, or tucking a heartfelt note into one of her cards will definitely earn you extra points with friends and family members.
Absolutely Lerna's Folded Origami Boxes
Arlene Egan's spectacular one-of-a-kind wearable art and accessories for the home are museum quality.
Her pieces are made with hand-dyed yarns and fabrics in luscious jewel tones, intricately crafted with subtle details that reveal themselves upon close inspection, after you are drawn to walk over and just touch them. Words cannot describe the beauty of Arlene's work. Browsing Arlene's collection is a pleasurable experience, and each year her fans are delighted with new evolutions of her work.
Nuno felted scarves
Felted hats, purses, pincushions, coasters
Felted flower and leaf pins
Knitted wire jewelry
Arlene Egan Wearable Art
Farm Kitchen near Poulsbo celebrates the Holiday season with delicious edible gifts for your family and friends.
Everyone looks forward to Hollis's special Christmas Stollen, a traditional fruit-filled loaf soaked in rum & butter and sealed with powdered sugar. It has been a local favorite for more than 25 years and comes in both gift and family size loaves.
New for the 2012 Holiday Season are the Farm Kitchen Sampler Gift Box of assorted specialty cookies, Ginger Biscotti, Cranberry Ginger Granola and the Holiday Sampler Gift Box with Christmas Stollen and tasty orbs of Russian Tea Cakes. Available again this season, pick up Cranberry Apple Bread, Ginger Biscotti and Cranberry Ginger Granola and a full assortment of Holiday cookie packs.
Farm Kitchen, with its rural setting, fields of veggies and flowers grown by local farmers and the two pet draft horses browsing in the pasture, has become a destination for weddings, office parties, family reunions, annual Gingerbread House Parties (Nov. 24 - Dec.16). Year-round, its First Saturday of the month farm breakfasts are a community tradition, a gathering place and a great place to meet or make friends over farm-fresh baked goods, Rosemary Apple Sausage and other specialties
Hollis Fay & Anne Thatcher
Melanie and Bob Delaney are a husband and wife artistic team whose medium is 16 gauge steel, designed and cut with a computerized plasma cutter and welded into sculpture, garden art and wall hangings.
Melanie has an extensive background in graphic design and advertising art, while Bob's expertise is IT and commercial sign making; combining their talents led to this unique business based in Port Orchard, where they are raising their young family.
We know you will enjoy this new addition to the creativity on display this holiday season at Sweetlife Farm.
Melanie and Bob Delaney
Blackwaters Metal Design
Savor the fruits, berries, honey and botanicals lovingly grown in Sweetlife gardens and incorporated into products produced in our farm kitchen.
Stock up on handmade and homegrown in the form of edible treats and luscious natural soaps and skincare products, all presented in Sweetlife’s signature packaging, ready for truly special gift giving. You will find plenty to choose from here...all handmade, always with an eye on protecting the environment, and always functional.
Stroll the gardens and shop your way from house to gazebo to the Sweetlife studio for beautiful creations offered by the Fortners and other talented artisans who will be sharing Sweetlife Farm for the weekend.
New at Sweetlife Farm: Cranberry Jalapeno Jelly, Bainbridge Bitters, Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar, Burnt Caramel Sauce, Peppermint Pedicure Kit, Pamper Me With Lavender Gift Sets