Give the holidays handcrafted cheer


By Maria Pilar Clark

Contributor and blogger

When it comes to spreading the holiday spirit, I'm like the holly wreathed-wearing, icicle adorned, fiercely festive Ghost of Christmas Present: loud, proud and ready to celebrate in all kinds of handcrafted style.

Pottery Ba122009_PBKadventcalendarrn Kids offers those who love to decorate every inch of their walls, halls and any other available surface a classic collection of handmade decor with whimsical details that make the season special.

122009_PBKstockingsBefore the first snowflake even has a chance to fall, kids are already thinking about the holidays. PBK came up with a Telluride Advent countdown calendar to make the days leading up to the night before Christmas even more magical. Each fleece calendar features decorative embroidery and 25 appliqued pockets perfectly sized for a teeny trinket, treat or Christmas wish.

Make sure Santa 122009_PBKdollsknows where to put the gifts with their personalized stockings. The hand-quilted collection is sewn of cotton chambray with percale lining and appliquéd with colorful seasonal designs in an assortment of plush fabrics and ribbon trim. But it's the three-dimensional detailing (think real tulle on the dancer and tassels on the snowman's scarf) that really makes them feel like one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

Tuck a sweet-faced plush doll under the tree to create a long-lasting favorit122009_PotteryBarnkidsCarse on Christmas Day. Each exclusive, 17-in. Sophie, Anna or Cloe doll has soft yarn hair and comes dressed in her own outfit. Flexible wire frames allow them to be posed for tea parties, playtime or naps. Add PBK's ballerina outfit (other outfits also available) to appea to any little dancer. It includes a pink organza tutu and matching ballet slippers, both with real ribbon ties.

Classic plywood- and teawood-made wooden toys get a modern twist with electronic lights and sounds (think a humming sound for the hybrid car). Rubber rings on the wheels give a good surface grip and make them easy for little hands to push around.


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