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Amethyst May 12, 2017

Amethyst, a semi-precious stone, is the traditional birthstone for February.  It is a violet variety of quartz and is found in South America, North America, Africa and Asia.  The best amethyst comes from Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far east.  Greek for “not-intoxicated”, amethyst was believed to prevent drunkenness and in fact people made …

Triskele Knot Wood Trivet
Celtic Symbols March 13, 2017

What are Celtic symbols and where do they come from?  The Celts are a diverse group of peoples united by a common language and related cultures. The Celts originated in central Europe, spreading out to France, the British Isles, and parts of Spain.  From what historians and archeologists can tell, the Celts arrived in Great …

Happy Chinese New Year (of the Red Rooster)! January 13, 2017

Celebrating Chinese New Year is a great excuse to throw a make-your-own wonton party! It’s also a fun time to wear our new rooster earrings. This year, the Chinese New Year starts on January 28th. Chinese New Year is 16 days of festivities. There are seven lucky foods which include fish, dumplings, spring rolls, rice …

Christmas City Village, Bethlehem
Christmas City Village 2016 October 20, 2016

Christmas City Village – Bethlehem PA Christmas City Village, an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt, will be opening soon!  Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Bethlehem, these charming wooden huts are decorated for the holidays and filled with unique holiday gift and treats. The Christmas City Village Weihnachtsmarkt is nestled in the beautiful downtown Bethlehem featuring …

Artisan Boutique Show October 5, 2016

Swain School Holiday Marketplace Moves to Macungie This year The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is hosting a Boutique Style show at the Macungie Institute.  We have a new name and a new venue – but you can expect the same quality of fine hand-made crafts from local artisans. Saturday, October 8th …

Garlic Grater Dish
Garlic Grater Dish Instructions September 8, 2016

In case you misplaced your copy, or didn’t receive one, here are our garlic grater instructions with some ideas for how you might use your grater. This simple to use, hand-made dish offers a more efficient way to puree and grate foods like garlic in order to preserve flavor, use more of the food, and …