Unique Gifts for the Nature Lover

 

MB-Heart-GS-sm1Let us help you pick out the perfect gift for the nature lover on your list.  Here are a few of our products – many more in the store. Please stop in and browse our unique lines.

 

 

We are pleased to offer:

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“For over 20 years, the artisans at Motawi Tileworks have been handcrafting art tile in their Ann Arbor, Michigan studio.  Their distinctive tiles have rich glazes and uniquely American Designs, inspired by nature, art and architecture.

Meet Nawal Motawi the founder and principal designer of Motawi Tileworks.  A University of Michigan art school graduate with a relentless spirit and an interest in applied arts. She learned tilemaking at Detroit’s storied Pewabic Pottery. Recently Motawi tiles have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Timesnawal-headshot-2014-web300, and Dwell Magazine. “

In 2015 they were featured in an hour PBS segment on tile making. Winter Cardinals was the featured tile.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few of the beautiful tiles available at Backyard Birding

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We are pleased to offer:   Uncle Goose Blocks

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“The Artistry of Block Making – Meet your Uncle Goose

Uncle Gooses makes wooden blocks.  We handcraft every set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, using choice materials from around the Great lakes. and yes, we are 100% made in the USA. Environment: we source our products using fast-growing sustainable basswood and Uncle Goose uses non-toxic, child-safe inks on all of our blocks.  Process: Why such fastidious attention to detail? One hundred years from now, a child will be playing and learning with the same set of heirloom blocks we made today.  Our products need to do more than look photogenic. They need to embody what it means to be beautiful and sustainable.”

Stop in and see our selection.  If there is a specific set you want we will do our best to help you with that. Uncle Goose blocks come in over 20 languages , traditional blocks and amazing fun designs.  Here are a few examples.

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We are pleased to offer:  Smitten by the Mitten

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“Smitten with The Mitten State isn’t just our brand, its a lifestyle and our belief! Its the feeling of being “smitten”with our beautiful Mitten State, including the majestic U.P. This feeling is the inspiration behind all of our designs and products. Based in downtown Boyne City, MI we are spreading the “Smitten”feeling throughout the state, across the country and around the world.  Join us in celebrating our pride for our home town and spreading the love in being Smitten with the Mitten State.”

We love our state and Ivette Dixon has expressed that love in very unique gifts.

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We are pleased to offer: RT CERAMICS

Ryan Taylor is a Michigan artists from Hillsdale, Michigan.  I fell in love with his work when I was in  Boyne City at the Smitten store.  We have a few items in stock and more coming.

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We are pleased to offer: Charley Harper Items

 

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“Charley Harper (1922-2007) was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. In a style he called minimal realism, Charley Harper captures the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. When asked to describe his unique visual style, Charley responded: When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of the painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.”

We have Charley Harper art on mugs, ornaments, tiles, coloring books, puzzles, games and more.

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