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My husband and I love old cars. He once restored a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, and we can’t seem to let go of our 1985 Toyota pickup truck. So of course I was drawn to the Half Hitch Goods space at last week’s West Coast Craft show. Owner and curator Carrie Caillouette created a boutique on wheels—which she calls her Rolling Shoppe—out of her Volkswagen Vanagon T3. Inspired by the process of gifting, Half Hitch Goods offers heirloom treasures that are one-of-a-kind and handmade by artisans.

The truck may look small, but it is able to carry a lot of merchandise, so you’ll be able to find gifts for the easiest to the pickiest. The Half Hitch Goods Rolling Shoppe is usually set up around the San Francisco area, and you can keep track of where it will be here. For those of you outside of the Bay Area, fortunately, there’s also an online shop.

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{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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West Coast Craft 2014

by Nancy on December 4, 2014

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I especially love this time of year because I am a craft fair junkie and look forward to finding gifts at the events that pop up throughout the holiday season. So I was pretty thrilled to hear that West Coast Craft will be returning to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center this weekend. Founded by husband-wife team Nick Sarno and Paulina Nassar, along with furniture designer Sergio Traverso, the show highlights the overlap between art, craft, and design. Hence, this year’s event will feature 188 vendors and installations from West Coast designers, craftspeople, and artists.

West Coast Craft takes place this Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. From furniture, clothing, accessories, and art, I’m excited to see new designs and maybe even find a little something for myself! If you aren’t in the area or want a sneak peek of the participating makers, you can check out the vendor list here.

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{ Images via West Coast Craft, from 2013 }

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Sweet Gum Co.

by Joanna on November 12, 2014

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As a fan of one-of-a-kind and handmade design, I was delighted to recently discover Sweet Gum Co., a boutique specializing in Southern-made provisions. The shop is bursting with pieces both vintage and handcrafted, hailing from Tennessee and the South. The real treat here is that each item is selected to carry on the storytelling tradition of the South. Whether it’s a wooden stirring spoon that’s made to use a family recipe or a handbuilt serving bowl full of warm biscuits, these pieces tell a story while also bearing witness to the new stories you create in your home.

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{ Images via Sweet Gum Co. }

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Kim Baise Mobiles

by Anh-Minh on October 16, 2014

kimbaise_mobile1Los Angeles artist Kim Baise‘s work appeals to me on an aesthetic and a nostalgic level: one of my earliest memories involving decorative objects is my childhood mobile (it was a polka-dotted umbrella with animals suspended from it), and I can’t even tell you how many elementary school projects I did that involved papier-mâché (a reindeer for a holiday scene stands out).

Back to Baise: How ridiculously cute are her ice-cream mini mobile strands (shown above)? Each one consists of five treats, among them an orange creamsicle with a bite taken out for extra whimsy. If you’re on the hunt for a cool mobile and already have a particular motif in mind, good news: Baise allows for customization. In addition to what she offers in her Etsy shop, you can see more of Baise’s creations on her blog.

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{ All images from Kim Baise }

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Signe Yberg Ceramics

by Anh-Minh on October 10, 2014

signeyberg_jugSigne Yberg is a Brooklyn-based stylist who, about four years ago, started dabbling in clay. And I for one, am glad she did! On her website, she notes that she is “inspired by color and texture, and drawn to simple shapes, clean lines, and elegant proportions. I like to make functional pottery—pieces that I want to use in my own home—to add beauty to daily rituals and special occasions.”

Yberg’s handcrafted collection includes bowls, cups, vases, and other vessels. My favorite is the Glug Jug—shown above in coral, with gray and white stripes on the speckled buff stoneware. It’s large enough to hold the contents of an entire bottle of wine, and there are also matching cups … Well, when the pieces aren’t sold out, that is!

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{ All images from Signe Yberg }

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