Inspired Buffalo’s Custom Heirloom Tea Towels capture written memories like a handwritten note from someone dear or a treasured family recipe. The 30-by-30-inch linens are printed with water-based inks on all-natural flour-sack cotton, with a range of designs to complement your much-loved recipe or correspondence. If necessary, original written pieces are carefully restored.
Lightweight and foldable, they also make for an easy-to-ship gift. Visit Inspired Buffalo’s print shop at 115 Hertel Ave, Buffalo (appointments only, 545-5544). Or browse Inspiredbuffalo.com.
Talented local photographer Ann Peterson’s “Buffalo Signage Mosaic” tray showcases many of the Queen City’s most iconic views. Available in small and large sizes, the eco-friendly trays are made in the U.S. using FSC-certified paper from renewable sources and frames constructed from reclaimed wood. Custom text can also be added. Find them at Mundo Images Gallery at the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St. Buffalo, Suite #255), Nest in the Village (5436 Main St, Williamsville) and Thin Ice (719 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo).
Enamelist Shaun Silverwood, the maker behind Buffalo’s Roadkiln, repurposes old American pennies to produce original wearable art at an affordable price point.
For each Birthstone Bangle, pennies are sorted, cleaned and drilled, then fired in a kiln several times using vitreous glass enamel. They are then hung on a stainless steel bangle along with a pewter buffalo charm and Swarovski crystal representing the birthstone of each month. These great-for-stacking birthstone bangles are available at BFLO Gallery and Gift Shop locations, The Perfect Gift in Clarence (6000 Goodrich Road) and at Beulah’s General Store in East Aurora (726 Main St).
Buffalo Gal Organics
Area chemist and holistic practitioner Kasia Cummings founded Buffalo Gal Organics to provide quality, plant-based skincare products that incorporate all-natural, organic, vegan and ethically-sourced ingredients. The brand’s new Green Beauty Box includes the company’s signature basics including pre-cleanse makeup remover, Deep Clean Charcoal Cleanser, Hydrate Toner, Instant Recovery Serum, Skin Renew Moisturizer, Green Beauty Matcha Tea Mask and Pure Beauty Enzyme Exfoliating Mask. You can sample the company’s skincare, cosmetics, bath and body, men’s skincare as well as baby bath and body at the Buffalo Gal Organic boutique (5655 Main St, Williamsville). The store also features an exclusive, curated selection of beauty and wellness products by local artisans.
Jackie LoVullo produces more than 75 varieties of handcrafted, ethereal wreaths inspired by season. Combining better-quality embellishments like realistic faux fruits, autumn leaves, sparkly garland and crystal swags as the base, one or more garlands is then added to impart an airy willow tree-like feel. Browse more Zenjoy designs by appointment at LoVullo’s workshop/studio (868-8628), or see them at Kona Oasis Spa (326 Cayuga Rd. Cheektowaga) or at area art & craft shows.
Christine’s Wild Imagination
Pyrography, also known as woodburning, is used to decorate these one-of-a-kind artisan wooden bowls. Every line or dot in this wooden bowl is burned individually to enhance depth or depict movement. Kelemen’s bowls are available at Thin Ice in Buffalo (719 Elmwood) and at many area craft shows. Or see more at Christine’s Wild Imagination Facebook page.