Shop Local: Gifts from Del Ray Home Studios
In addition to the fabulous retail stores in the neighborhood, these artisans are ready to make you the perfect just-in-time holiday gift in their home studios.
We toured Sue Henry’s studio in Del Ray last summer to see and admire her hand-carved linoleum wood blocks up close and watch her demo her textile printing process.
When she took up sewing in addition to textile art, Sue started creating as she puts it, “objects and functional art people can admire every day.” You can order her homewares, like a set of these vibrant chrysanthemum placemats, from her Etsy shop. If you are local, you can arrange to pick up your order from her house to save shipping costs and time.
Be sure to read her item descriptions on Etsy that include charming aphorisms like: A single petal from the chrysanthemum flower placed at the bottom of your wine glass will encourage a long and happy life!
Handmade and Bound Journals
Journals, photo albums, wine travel, guest books, agendas, you name it, Katie Wagner makes and handbinds them in her Del Ray studio, Moonlight Bindery. A rare book conservator for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, as well as a bookbinder and librarian by profession, in her home studio, Katie experiments with upcycled materials to make unique and funky books. Her chalkboard journal, for example, is made using black oil cloth and comes with a chalkboard marker.
You can buy a variety of these journals in Katie’s Etsy store and arrange for pick-up from her studio. Each one is made to last, crafted with extreme care using acid-free paper, cloth, and glue. A personal favorite of mine is this journal made from a turn-of-the-century German patent book featuring a 1903 bicycle design.
She also thought up these amazing Lego journals. The really fun part is that you can move the Lego pieces around to design your own cover.
I can’t wait to do a full studio tour with Katie to hear more the different binding techniques she uses and hear more about the workshops she teaches on ancient bookbinding techniques.
Rebecca’s Cake and Cocktail Cake Pops
Seriously, is anything more festive and joyous than biting into one of these beauties?
Rebecca Underly makes each and every one using all natural ingredients. You can order a dozen of these holiday cake pops with candy jimmies for $24 plus tax.
The jimmies are not to be confused with candy sprinkles. When you bite into a cake pop with candy on the outside like these, you’ll taste something extra special indeed. These are Rebecca’s spiked cocktail pops, flavored with bourbon or scotch. They run $30 a dozen plus tax.
Rebecca doesn’t stop at cake pops. Before starting her own business, Del Ray Cakery, Rebecca was a pastry chef for many years at The Blair House, the President’s guest house. There, she created desserts, pastries, and fine chocolates for presidents and heads of state. She can make these delicacies for you too.