‘Tis Gift Season, Last Minute Shop Local

The holiday gift buying crunch time has arrived with well timed seasonal snow and ice, but don’t let that stop you. If you haven’t wrapped all your gifts yet, there are some great local shopping options worthy of a browse. One of a kind clothing, accessories, and art make great gifts, lets face it everyoneContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Last Minute Shop Local”

‘Tis Gift Season, Buy Local Fashion, Madam Chino’s

Many clothing items leave a first impression that they probably came straight from a major retailer, or worse yet a department store. I actually have a phobia of being seen in an item of clothing that has an immediately recognizable origin. Local maker Vanessa Andrew’s alter-ego┬áMadam Chino will cure that ailment when you stop byContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Buy Local Fashion, Madam Chino’s”

Delia Sophia Cutting Boards, Art vs Craft 2011

Kitchens are for cutting tasty eats. I asked personally if you could cut meat on Delia Sophia’s Handmade Cutting Boards and the answer is yes. Just make sure you clean it thoroughly like anything else worthy of thorough cleaning. Click pict for more from Delia… Why @LocalTrolley Checked-Out: Art vs Craft 2011, MSOE Wehr CenterContinue reading “Delia Sophia Cutting Boards, Art vs Craft 2011”

Speakeasy Pens and Gifts, Art vs Craft 2011

Pretty soon we won’t need hands anymore. I mean literal evolution of the one finger lemon hand, only used to swipe touch-sensitive cellphone screens. Until then learn to write cursive, or sip a bottle of wine slowly learning cursive. Speakeasy Pens and Gifts had a very nice selection of handmade pens and wine stoppers. TheyContinue reading “Speakeasy Pens and Gifts, Art vs Craft 2011”

Seize the Moment, The Brass Rooster

Milwaukee has a knack for growing inspired efforts. The Brass Rooster leaped out of no where this past Spring, to become a prime example of resurgent artisan crafts fusing with entrepreneurial pursuits. At The Brass Rooster hats are not just sold, but blocked, shaped, and re-banded. Crafting dreams happens the same way, if you wantContinue reading “Seize the Moment, The Brass Rooster”