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?


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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:

  4. 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:
    And a summary on the Garden Therapy Blog:

  5. 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

    Thanks for your time,

    Deborah Brackenbury
    [email protected]

  6. 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 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.

  7. 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,

    Bob Denman

  8. 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. [email protected].

  9. 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:

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

  10. Hi,
    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

  11. 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 [email protected]
    ~Cindy Davison Designer/Owner

  12. 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 for $30 and free shipping. Thanks 🙂

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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:

  17. 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!

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