March 10, 2020

Princeton Insider: Garden Art

Image Source: The Merwin Conservancy

Feather your garden and outdoor space with these eclectic accents, all handcrafted and made in America.

Cotton Garden Party/Chicken Coop Flag String


It’s a colorful parade of delightful chickens! Specially created to decorate home chicken coops, these colorful flags are just as exciting when used to decorate a garden party, deck, porch, window, or indoor doorway. The 6 chicken images are individually printed on hemmed cotton fabric with non-toxic black fade-proof ink using original, hand-carved wooden blocks. Each flag measures 5.5×7 with an approximate overall span of 6 feet. Artist-made in Washington.

Safe for indoor or outdoor use. However, as with all cotton, fabric left outdoors for an extended period will change with the elements and amount of direct sunlight.

Artist-designed and printed in the USA.

Rainbow Garden Creatures Luncheon Napkins


The perfect everyday linens united with handmade style! Using her original hand-carved blocks, Washington artist Jenny Grout prints images of backyard garden creatures upon fabric napkins, bringing an artistic approach to utilitarian function!

The rainbow-colored set includes 6 napkins, one each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Block printed by hand and heat-set in black ink, the animal images provide a playful contrast to the colorful backgrounds. The garden creatures depicted on the napkins are Rabbit, Snail, Bee, Frog, Sparrow, and Squirrel.

The base fabric is 100% cotton, measuring 8″ x 8.5″. Just the right size for a luncheon, picnic, lunch box, or everyday use. Completely functional and long-lasting. For best results, hand-wash and line-dry, but may also be machine washed.

Artist-designed and printed in Washington state.

Iron Welcome Sign: Dachshund


A wonderful way to welcome friends and family to your door while adding a touch of charm to the outside of your home! Measuring 11.5″ x 8″ and featuring a delightful dachshund silhouette, this sign is created from wrought iron and powder-coated to allow a lifetime of protection from the elements. Easy to install on most surfaces with two screws (included). Fabricated in New York. Made in the USA.

Iron Welcome Sign: Cat


A wonderful way to welcome friends and family to your door while adding a touch of charm to the outside of your home! Measuring 11.5″ x 8″ and featuring the silhouette of a curious cat, this sign is created from wrought iron and powder-coated to allow a lifetime of protection from the elements. Easy to install on most surfaces with two screws (included). Fabricated in New York. Made in the USA.

Cast Stone Garden Plaque: The Dreamer


Inspired by the love of Mediterranean gardens and classical European imagery, “The Dreamer” is an original sculptural work individually reproduced by our artist in cast stone/fine concrete. Sturdy and weather-resistant, the use of cast stone allows any garden to be enhanced with fine art. A patina finish adds a rich luster, emphasizes the great detail of the stars and stones, and intensifies the depth of the relief. Each concrete garden plaque is individually cast, sealed and finished in Idaho; ready to hang. Artist designed and made in the USA.

Chestnut Fence Rail Birdhouse


Prior to the 20th century, the American Chestnut tree populated nearly a quarter of some eastern forests, particularly in the Appalachians. With large diameters and a straight growth habit, the largely branch-free trunks made strong, rot-resistant lumber. The iconic split rail fences were traditionally made of the Chestnut lumber. Around 1900, chestnut blight was accidentally introduced to the US through imported Asian wood and wiped out over 99% of the American Chestnut population by 1950.

Today, as old split rail fences are abandoned or removed, much of the wood is reclaimed for modern uses. This birdhouse is crafted from triangular segments of antique chestnut railing, hollowed out and provided with a 1.25″ opening. Each has three screws in the face, allowing it to be removed for easy cleaning after birds leave the habitat. Includes a twig perch and 6″ chain for hanging. Handcrafted in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Made in the USA.

Stoneware Chickadee Feeder


Color: Butternut

Perfect for chickadees and all small songbirds that are heckled by larger birds! The seed is protected within a 1.25″ opening, keeping large birds (and squirrels) from feeding, while attracting the small birds. Individually hand thrown on the potter’s wheel in the mountains of North Carolina, this stoneware feeder is available in royal blue and butternut colors. Features a drainage hole, wooden perch and nylon cord hanger. The high-fired pottery process prevents the feeder from fading and is unaffected by harsh weather elements (including ice). Individually made in the USA.

Recycled Wine Bottle Wind Chime


In the foothills of northern Georgia, our glass artisans have been creating chimes from recycled bottles since 1970. They have since expanded the business to include two of their children, creating a truly artistically-inclined family business! Over the decades, they have mastered the art of wind chime creation so that you may enjoy your chime for many years to come.

Measuring 30″ in length, the Wine Bottle Wind Chime consists of reclaimed wine bottles of green, gold, brown and blue, sliced and melted down to form circular glass drops. The drops are accented with large multicolored glass beads and anchored with the melted bottom portions of the wine bottles. A Resilient woven filament suspends the glass from a one-of-a-kind natural driftwood top. The chime is designed for outdoors, but a sheltered location is recommended, where high winds and moving objects are at a minimum. Please note that each piece of driftwood is individually gathered, so the shape and size of the wood will vary. Handmade in the USA.

Concrete Buddha Lion


Buddhist thought has long regarded animals as perceptive entities, capable of obtaining a sense of enlightenment. The lion is considered a representation of courage and leadership. Our Meditating Buddha Lion is a perfect symbol for those who appreciate the spirit of zen or those who simply love lions!

Cast in strong, high-quality solid concrete – perfect for outdoor use in any climate, the buddha lion adds the perfect dose of delight and tranquility to your patio or garden! Measuring a full 8″ tall, the sculpture includes integrated color pigments to create a consistent antiqued color finish that will never flake or fade.  Includes the Chinese characters for Courage on the reverse of his robe, an appropriate marking for our brave and beloved animal friend. Designed and made in California by Gentilucci studio.

Please note : This item ships directly from the artisan studio. This item cannot be expedited. Please allow 3 to 10 business days for delivery. In addition, this item cannot be shipped outside of the continental USA.

Designed and made in the USA.

Bare Earth Ceramic Zen Totem


Inspired by the principles of zen and meditation, the Zen Totem is crafted from nature’s bare earth, celebrated and manipulated by the hands of man in a harmonious form that respects the origins of the finished work. The totem segments are built from black clay, red clay, and white porcelain clay, all high-fired to a permanent ceramic finish and linked with uv-resistant polyester cording. The white porcelain segment is provided with an artistic motif of nature’s fauna with the calming word ‘breathe’ on one side.  Measuring 13″ long, the totem is a beautiful addition to any indoor or outdoor space. Artist-made in Arizona.

Prairie Mantel Clock with Copper Face and Pendulum


Classic craftsmanship with a timeless style! Honoring the aesthetics and principles of the 20th-century Prairie School Movement in art and architecture, the clock is handcrafted with traditional joinery by furniture designer Desmond Suarez. The Prairie Mantel Clock consists of natural kiln-dried cherry wood native to the Appalachian mountains, framing a clock-face of hand-tooled patina copper behind glass. The handsome merger of materials is further accented with the addition of a copper pendulum with the same rich green patina. A meticulously hand-rubbed finish of beeswax and mineral oil protects and optimizes the natural look of the cherry. Measuring a full 12″ tall x 12.5″ wide, the clock features a strong magnetic back cover, quartz movement, and certified sustainable wood. Requires 1 AA battery. Handcrafted in North Carolina. Made in the USA.

Celtic Cross Suncatcher


Contemporary suncatchers add instant color to any room! Handcrafted in Massachusetts, the Celtic cross design features textured green art glass components and a purple glass gem, framed in sturdy lead-free metal. Each suncatcher includes an optional suction-cup hanger that attaches to any window or glass surface (but may also be hung with wire to decorate other areas). Made in the USA.

Patron Saint Retablo Plaque – San Pasqual


Long a popular folk art form in colonial Spanish and Mexican culture, retablos are devotional paintings depicting divine icons and symbols, particularly Catholic patron saints. Chosen as representations and guardians of particular occupations and life situations, patron saints are often turned to in times of need or to express gratitude for a blessing. Displayed in homes to honor the saint or given as gifts of fortune and inspiration, retablos reflect a beloved historical tradition and cultural artistry.

Made by hand in New Mexico, this retablo plaque honors San Pasqual. An original design by the artist, her art print is decoupaged upon handcarved pine wood in traditional form. The reverse side includes a hole for hanging and a story of the saint’s life.

Saint Pasqual (San Pascual Baylon) was born to peasant parents and spent his youth as a shepherd. He carried a book and begged others to teach him to read. While slowly learning in the fields, his interests turned to religious works. He became a lay brother in a Franciscan order and was known to be a simple, humble, and contemplative man with many visions. He worked in the kitchen of the monastery and stories abound of divine assistance with his kitchen duties and his empty baskets miraculously filled so he could feed the poor. San Pasqual is recognized as the patron saint of cooks, kitchens, and shepherds. ‘I joyfully celebrate the food I am given. May it deeply nourish everyone I feed.’

Order 2 or more retablos and receive 10% off – use coupon code 10retablos in your shopping cart!

Handmade in the USA.