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Thursday, November 12, 2009

We Have Been Busy

With the upcoming downtown open house this weekend and the holidays rapidly approaching we have been busy getting the store ready for the season. Above is a picture of one of our windows loaded with beautiful handmade wooden items from Germany along with some wonderful hand knitted woolen stockings from Maine.
The other window should be finished today. Once it is done I'll post another picture.

Holiday Open House - Saturday November 14th

Ready - Set - Go!
Downtown Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 14th from 10 AM - 6 PM
Join Jordanwood along with 40 other downtown merchants in this holiday kickoff
Refreshments - Raffels
All of our Holiday Items* as well as our wonderful unique gift selections will be out and ready for you.

* Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter, Muller and Richard Glasser Smokers, Pyramids, Nutcrackers, Ne'Qwa Ornaments, Jewelry by Hapa Nihon, Santas and much much more.

Friday, October 30, 2009

New Puzzles Have Just Arrived

Some new and challenging puzzles have just arrived. You can try your hand at the "World's Most Difficult" puzzles or take the less challenging route of a 300 piece puzzle or something in between. Come on in to Jordanwood and check them out today.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Handbags from Material Things

This is just one of the many new beautiful pieces recently arrived from the collection of Material Things Handbags. Handmade in the U.S.A. these pieces start with beautiful fabrics coupled with contemporary styling and finished with the finest detail. Several pieces from Janet's collection in different styles and fabric patterns are now available at Jordanwood. Come in and take a look or visit our website www.jordanwood.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=material to see the wide selection of Material Things Handbags.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Vermont Grand View Thermometer by Conant and Weems & Plath

The Vermont Grande View Thermometer was designed in response to a growing demand for high quality, easy-to-read weather instruments. The numerals are double the size of those found on most thermometers of its kind. Its 12.25 inch length allows huge half-inch numbers. This classic design has a solid brass housing finished to a beautifully warm antique patina. A crystal clear glass tube will assure years of unobstructed viewing. Solid brass mounting hardware is included.
This beautiful thermometer and other fine products from Conant and Weems & Plath are available through Jordanwood.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Birds in Trees

These sculptural wall hanging are made from dried Manzanita branches, the bases are made of hardwood ash, and the birds are hand crafted porcelain. Every bird is hand carved by the artist and carefully placed within the Manzanita branches. Each branch has been carefully selected for its unique and graceful line. In the end these sculptures are a rendering of a moment in time. Designed, created and made in California by Chris Stiles. Available through Jordanwood in Grass Valley, CA.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Max the Cat

For all you cat lovers out there - these beautiful representations of “Max the Cat” come from the studio of WGK glass works in Germany. The craftsmanship, detail and colors of these handmade lamp work pieces is something to see and appreciate. Come in today and take a look at our collection.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Holztiger Truck and Crane

Another wonderful toy by Holztiger of Germany.
Their toys are aesthetic in form, feel good when you play with them, are designed for creative and imaginative play, are so well made and durable that they can be passed down from generation to generation, and of course meet and exceed safety standards.
Shown above is a basic truck with a crane attachment. The beauty of the truck is that it can be fitted with a flat bed trailer, a dump bed, a garbage truck attachment or the crane. In addition to items like the truck and crane, at Jordanwood we carry a wide selection of Holztiger animals, including a beautiful and unbeliveable Noah's Ark. Come on in and take a look today.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fine European Photography from Barloga Studios

Jordanwood has just received 10 beautiful pieces from the Barloga Studios. The photograph above was taken in France and is entitled “24 Pots”. The pieces we currently have in stock are from a variety of European locations including England, Belgium as well as France. The photographs are available in a number of different sizes and as portfolio prints (framed or unframed), image panels or on canvas. Drop in at Jordanwood and take a look at these beautiful pieces of art.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Japanese Teapots and Cups

At Jordanwood we have a wide selection of teapots and cups from Japan. Pictured above is a beautiful Porcelain Leaf Teapot. We also have a large selection of cast iron teapots from Japan. Nothing sets off a wonderful cup of tea like a beautiful and artistic teapot.
Come in today and take a look or call us to request images from our in-stock selection.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Glass by Charlton Glassworks

For a number of years we have carried the ever popular work of Charlton Glassworks out of Seattle. The pieces reflect the magical transformation of glass infused with copper, steel and brass. These and many other beautiful pieces are not only lovely to look at but are functional as well. We have a wide selection of Charlton pieces in the store ready for you to appreciate in your home.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tiny Glass Animals & Creatures from Germany

Just arrived from Germany are these tiny (1/2" -1" long) handcrafted whimsical glass animals and creatures. Currently we have more than 80 different little glass figurines in stock. They are priced at $4.50 each or, if like everyone else you have difficulty choosing just one, three for $12.00. Each one comes in their own little box.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Waiting For Our Plane at JFK

We are sitting at the airport waiting for our flight. A recent storm just rolled through and it has delayed a number of flights. Hopefully, our flight is still on schedule; however, I refuse to check the board until our departure time gets closer.
Our latest addition to Jordanwood is a couple of beautiful pieces of porcelain by Minh Long from Vietnam. An additional piece shows a little boy doing calligraphy with a brush while being supervised by a little girl.
Deanna and I are tired and looking forward to getting home. The 6+ hour flight will give us a chance to catch up a couple of our orders that we need to place after we get home.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day Six of the New York Gift Show

Well the show is final over and thank goodness there will be six months to allow us to recuperate before the next one. Most of today was spent putting the finishing touches on our Christmas merchandise. One of the last of many additions is pictured above - Girl and Boy Angel by Boehm Porcelain. Boehm is a long-standing U.S. manufacturer of fine porcelain and we hope this will be just one of many of their pieces that we will bring to Jordanwood.
Tomorrow we get to sleep in a bit later, have a somewhat relaxing day and then we leave Manhattan and are off to JFK for the flight home.
If I don’t have a chance to blog tomorrow at the airport I will get back to it as soon as my feet hit the ground and I catch my breath from this trip.
It has been a wonderful trip.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day Five of the New York Gift Show

As many of you already know, for a number of years we have carried fantastic shaving products by Edwin Jagger in England. This year Neil has introduced their first line of after-shave lotions to complement their shaving cream and soap lines. Pictured above is the new after-shave lotion line which includes the fragrances of Seabuckthorn, Sandalwood and Aloe. These after-shave lotions will soon be in our store for that discerning man who may already be using products from the Edwin Jagger line.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Day Four of the New York Gift Show

I thought we would have a picture of some new products for this blog entry. We did order several new items today, but their respective pictures will have to wait. As you can see the West Side Story Playbill took precedent. We started the evening with dinner at Virgil’s Real Barbecue Home Cooking on W44 Street. As you might expect, it was delicious. After dinner we hustled down to the theater – after some of my misdirection, we arrived. (Of course, my excuse is that the theater’s address is stated on the tickets as Broadway but it really is on 7th Avenue.)
The musical was fantastic, especially the dancing and the individual performance by Josefina Scaglione as Maria and Karen Olivo as Anita. (I had seen Karen in The Heights a year or so ago in which she was awesome as well).
As we were walking back to the hotel we started to see lightening in the sky. When we got to our room huge booms of thunder started – and the rain is now a gully washer. It is beautiful – but tomorrow it will be humid.
Speaking of tomorrow - More Shopping.
I know I won’t get the pictures of our new products in the blog while we are still in Manhattan so many of the pictures will wait until we get back to California.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Day Three of the New York Gift Show

We’re getting tired but we just keep on going like a Worn Down Energizer Bunny. We ordered a number of items today from current and new suppliers. Pictured above is one of a new line of Italian puzzles. In addition, from the New York Puzzle Company, we ordered a number of puzzles with various vintage themes from Popular Mechanics, The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, and House Beautiful. All the puzzles will be fun as well as a challenge to put together.
For dinner tonight, sorry no picture, we had buttered fettuccine, chicken saltimbocca (chicken with prosciutto on a bed of spinach), and finished with tiramisu.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Day Two of the New York Gift Show

We walked our feet off but we are going through a rapid recovery. It’s amazing what a shower, a good glass of wine and a nap will do. Saw a number of new items that in all likelihood will make their way into the store, so stay tuned during the next several blogs to keep up on what is happening.
One of our wonderful suppliers is Napa Soap out of… you guessed it, Napa, California. These are handmade in small batches in the heart of the Napa Valley with grapeseed oil and wine. Some of the new items we will be adding to this line include Ladies Shaving Soap with Brush, Brown Sugar Body Butters, a couple of new lotions and several new bar soaps (White Jasmine, Mandarin Chardonnay, Clean-O Noir and Lavender Cedar). They should arrive within the next week so come in soon to check them out.
More tomorrow.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Day One of the New York Gift Show

Last night we did make it to Junior’s and had the best combination pastrami and corned beef Reuben topped off with the famous Junior’s original cheesecake. If you ever have a chance to hit Junior’s when you are in New York City, we would highly recommend it. After gorging ourselves on dinner we went to the AMC 25 movie theater in Times Square and saw Julie and Julia. Great, great movie – (5 stars and 2 thumbs up). Now we have to buy Julia’s cookbooks and turn our Sundays into French cooking days.
We walked the Handmade and At Home sections of the gift show today. Saw a number of new items that we are considering for the store. More on these new items as we progress on our decision making this week. In addition, we met with a number of our current suppliers and placed some orders.
We had planned to start this blog entry off with a picture of a product but we got hooked on a great dinner tonight. So we had to show a picture, (though the picture doesn't do it justice), of the great tasting and beautifully presented Lamb Shank with Soft Polenta and Baby Carrots from Saju Bistro in Manhattan. Though not shown, since we ate it before remembering to take a picture, we also had Panna Cotta with Figs, (in fact we started with this desert first), Chilled Cucumber Soup, Baby Greens with Goat Cheese and Figs, Crab Cakes, the Lamb Shank, and finally Chocolate Mousse and Coffee. We did share everything so we weren’t complete gluttons.
I promise that the next blog entry will be more about the show and less about the food.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Here We Are In The Big Apple

We made it! The red-eye was wonderful if you enjoy being in a can of sardines. You know how you can’t find a comfortable position so it is nearly impossible to sleep? Well, the flight, though only 5 hours long, seemed like it would never end. But, it did and it was worth it. We’re here - the weather is beautiful – not too hot and not too humid. The weather is supposed to be getting a little warmer with a few showers.
Tomorrow we hit the Gift Show so we will have an exciting picture or two to share with news about some new products we have seen.
We’re going in search of a fabulous dinner tonight. After all, we are in New York and pastrami and cheesecake at Junior’s is calling; and, later we hope to catch a movie.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Soy Candles from Makana and Our San Francisco Trip

Last Sunday Deanna and I took the day to visit the San Francisco Gift Show. First, it is always wonderful to spend time in San Francisco for whatever reason. Second, though the show was small compared to what we will see in New York later this week, we had a wonderful time discovering some new possibilities for the store. One of the items that will soon be in the store is pictured above. The Makana soy candles are made by a small “mom and pop” company down in southern California and will be available in a number of different fragrances including a “non-fragrance”.
We also had an opportunity to visit with a number of our current suppliers including Menus and Music – cookbooks with music, CafĂ© d’Amore – delicious hot cocoa and sipping chocolate drinks, Tampopo - Japanese tea pots and cups, Holztiger – wonderful German wooden animals, Green Hill Music - great music CDs, Kubla – for those beautiful little boxes, and several others. So you can count on the fact that many of our most popular lines will continue to have a presence in the store.
In conjunction with the gift show the Gourmet Housewares Show was going on. Again we saw lots of great stuff, but we just aren’t a kitchen store. We did see some gift items that may find their way to our store.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Doggie Fire Hydrant Cookie Jar

This piece is just one of many from Elias Ceramics depicting whimsical and happy little dogs and cats. Each piece begins with a hand drawn design, which is then hand painted, and finished with a clear glaze. The line we carry at Jordanwood includes cookie jars, bowls, ornaments and mugs. The finish is dinnerware safe and nontoxic. Handmade in the U.S.A.. Come by and see these delightful little pieces.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sitting Bear by Rockin R Metal

Metal wall art in original designs by Rockin R Metal Craft of New Mexico. Handcrafted, torch colored and finished with a unique polished clear finish. Each item is a unique piece of art and these fabulous pieces are now available at Jordanwood.
Handmade in the U.S.A.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Butterfly by Haw Creek Forge

From a riverside studio in the mountains of North Carolina artists create these beautiful handcrafted pieces of unique and whimsical art. Each piece starts with copper, then torch finishes and brilliant patinas are applied and finished with a clear coat for weather fastness and durability. Pieces of art from the Haw Creek Studio are on display in fine art galleries and museums, including Jordanwood. Handmade in the U.S.A.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Copper Matte Raku by W.K. Turner

Signed and dated by the artist these beautiful pieces of decorative Raku are unique pieces of art. Using his own special techniques developed over 20 years William is a master Raku craftsman. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the nation and overseas. A number of his pieces are on display at Jordanwood. Other pieces from his collection are available through Jordanwood.
Handmade in the U.S.A.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Handbags by Material Things


This beautiful piece is from the collection of Material Things Handbags. Handmade in the U.S.A. these pieces start with beautiful fabrics coupled with contemporary styling and finished with the finest detail. Several pieces from the collection in different styles and fabric patterns are now available at Jordanwood.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Autum Brown Pumpkin Set from The Glass Eye Studio

The Glass Eye Studio was founded on the belief that talented glass artist should have a place to work where their skills and creativity are fully appreciated.
Today the work of the Glass Eye Studio artists is sought around the world. The artists use a variety of materials when blowing glass, from recycled bottles, to fine gold, to their signature ingredient, ash from the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Individually crafted by artists, every piece has its own unique characteristics.
Whether you have been collecting art glass for a number of years or if this will be your first piece of art glass, we are confident that you will enjoy your selection from The Glass Eye Studio.
Handmade in the U.S.A. and now available at Jordanwood.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hand-Turned Seed Pots by Karen Fielding from Taos Dragonfly Art

Karen's creativity is inspired not only by the enchanting landscapes of Taos, NM that surround her, but also by the spirit of the place she calls home. This sacred ground was named Rito de la Olla (Pot Creek) in the 1600's by the Spaniards who found the river bed full of pots left by an earlier civilization. These ancients were among the first to create pots for function, beauty, and trading.
Each pot is individually crafted and serves as a reminder to use our renewable resources in the propagation of food and the creation of art. The pots are wheel thrown, burnished, and bisque fired. For the final finish, she has developed a modern non-traditional approach to pit firing.
Although these pots are for the traditional use of seed storage from harvest till sowing, they are mostly desired for their decorative display. This decorative quality is achieved utilizing small diameter wood harvested during forest restoration and other green products obtained locally. From the fire and ash, arise pots kissed with a blush of color, subtle charcoal touches, and smoke tinged designs from horsehair, feathers, and sometimes ... even with sugar on top.
The function of these pots are to dry and store seeds. They can also display dried flower arrangements. The exterior surface may be gently cleaned and polished using a soft cloth and a paste wax such as Butchers wax. These pots are NOT FOOD SAFE and DO NOT immerse or fill the pot with water, doing such will cause leakage and damage.
Handmade in the U.S.A. and now availble at Jordanwood.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thursday Night Farmer’s Market

Don’t forget that every Thursday evening from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm you can get some great “homegrown” vegetables and fruit. The first week we got some beautiful bing cherries and apricots. Last week we picked up some swiss chard, green beans, cucumbers and beets. Besides the fruit and vegetables there is always some great "street" food and treats.
When you’re downtown for the market stop in, say hi and check out what’s new in the store.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Leather Handbags from the C.L. Whiting Collection


No leaf has ever touched this leather. The leaf designs you see in these beautiful handbags have been hand-tooled using individual stamps. The leather is fantastic, the handwork is amazing and the stitching on the bags is superb. You’ll find each bag not only visually exciting but practical as well. Owning a piece of the C.L. Whiting handbag collection means that no one else in the world will have one exactly like yours.
And to top it off these bags like many of our other products in the store are hand made in the U.S.A.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Orient & Flume now at Jordanwood

Deanna and I are pleased to announce that we have begun carrying Orient & Flume in our gallery. As many of you already know Orient & Flume produces fine art glass for the collector – from beautifully intricate paperweights to the simple elegance of fruit and animal forms. These signed pieces capture nature’s inspiration in both iridescent and crystal clear glass.
Nationally acclaimed for its excellence in design, the glass of Orient & Flume utilizes both traditional and contemporary motifs and can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Chrysler Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Corning Glass Museum and private collections through out the world.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The American Crafts Retailer Expo (ACRE) show in Las Vegas

Well it has been almost a week since we returned from the ACRE show in Vegas, and I have been neglectful in not getting the blog updated. The flight from Sac to Vegas was fine as was the return flight. Unfortunately the room at the Hilton was not so good. We had requested non-smoking and of course we got a smoking room – purportedly they were out of non-smoking rooms. Deanna and I were absolutely certain that our hair and clothing immediately took on that stale cigarette smell – yuk. Of course the other thing I will never understand are those folks who sit for hours in front of a slot machine. One wonders if they never found a good book to read, movie to watch, or ever had a great discussion with another human being. Oh well. I will have to say we had a couple of great meals while we were in Las Vegas.
The ACRE show itself exceeded our expectations. We had never attended so we were pleasantly surprised. Though the show was small there was an abundance of beautiful items. A number of those items will soon be making their way into our store. A partial list includes handbags, raku, metal wall art, glazed pottery, art glass and more.
Keep checking the blog to see and learn more about these items as they roll into the store.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

They say "What Happens in Vagas Stays in Vagas" .... but we will tell all.
Deanna and I are headed to the American Crafts Retailers Expo in Las Vegas this weekend, and once we get back we will fill you in on all the details. All of the exhibitors are professional artists from North America. Besides seeing some of our existing popular artists like Robert Held and John Charlton, we expect to see many new potential providers of high quality handmade unique items for our store. Check back with us next week for all the details.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

In Case You Missed It – Sierra Festival of the Arts

Here are a few scenes from Sunday’s Sierra Festival of the Arts. This is an annual event held in the historic district of downtown Grass Valley, California. It was a beautiful day, there were many wonderful exhibits and a great time was had by all.
Mark your calendar for next year – the event is always held on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hopscotch Stepping Stones

Remember the good ol’ days when children ate homemade ice cream, jumped rope and played hopscotch?
Bring those days back with our creative version of that most popular game, Hopscotch.
Designed by an Oregon sculptor, these unique and different stepping stones are true works of art. Made of concrete, the 12 pieces take up a space of approximately 33” x 72” depending on how you place them.
These sets have found their way into gardens, parks, business, patios and sidewalks, creating a sense of wonder and beauty for all ages.
(Photo above courtesy of one of our many happy Hopscotch customers.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Join Us for the Sierra Festival of the Arts

This Sunday, May 24th, Memorial Day Weekend, 10 am – 5 pm, in Historic Downtown Grass Valley. Join all of us for fun, food and viewing of fine arts and crafts. While walking the festival be sure to drop into the store to say hi and see what’s new.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Classy Classic Handbag by Alicia Klein


The Tulip Bag - Designed by a woman for women, this is just one of the beautiful handbags by Alicia Klein. It not only looks great but inside it is functional as well. There are plenty of pockets for all your accessories, including your computer, and with its light colored interior it is even easy to find those items at the bottom of your bag. As with all her bags Alicia has combined beauty with function.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Heart for Mother’s Day

These beautiful hearts are from Robert Held Art Glass Studio. Nothing says “I Love You” like a heart from you to mom. So when you take mom out to breakfast or brunch on Mother’s Day, cap it off with a gift of a heart.
These and many other great gift ideas are in our store now. So come in and make your selection today. If you can’t come in and if you can’t find exactly what you want on our website wwww.jordanwood.com give us a call and we will work with you to find the perfect gift for mom.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Celebrating The Heritage of The Gold Country

Reflecting the heritage of the Sierra Foothills, these Miner’s Candles are created by Tony Miller of Nevada City. The unscented candles come in three sizes: 3” x 6” which burn for an approximately 90 hours, 3” x 8” which burn for approximately 120 hours, and 3” x 10” which burn for approximately 150 hours.
Ideal for the mantle, or for those times when you just want to set a candlelight mood, or whenever you just need a warm glowing light in the dark.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Oh You Beautiful Doll - or aka Zoro

As you stroll through downtown Grass Valley take a look in the store windows to see many of the Art Dolls that will be auctioned off on May 7th. So take a look and save the date – May 7 – for the 2nd annual Art Doll Show at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City where this year, Music in the Mountains joins the Gold Country Kiwanis in producing the event.

Above is a doll by Mike Weaver , one of the local wood turning artists who displays his artistic turned pieces in our store. The hat, arms and boots are beautiful pieces of finished wood. Stop into our store to take a closer look. And go to www.jordanwood.com/index.php?cPath=56
to see other fine pieces of wood by Mike.

Nevada County artists and community members are busy transforming some 130 plain muslin doll shapes into “art dolls” which will be available for sale at a wine and cheese auction and reception from 6 PM to 9 PM. Local personalities donating their time and talents include artist Julianne Van Dijk, cartoonist Bob Crabb and decorator Judy Soldavini.
Half the proceeds from this live and silent auction will be used to buy hundreds of the plain muslin dolls to be given to children by doctors and caretakers in hospitals and care centers in our area. The other half will be used by Music in the Mountains for their youth music programs.
Tickets are $10 and include a complementary glass of wine. For more information, contact Jan Nottingham 274-7164 or jan@hjmanor.com.
You can click on www.goldcountrykiwanis.org/Art%20Dolls%202009.htm to see more of these creative dolls.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gourd Artistry by Tricia Burbank


Tranquil Seas - just one of Tricia’s wonderful gourd pieces.
Translucent turquoise dye simulates the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Black Ponderosa Pine needles woven around the rim and accented with an Asian coin and Chinese Pheasant feathers complete this tranquil creation.
Tricia Tricia lives outside Nevada City in the beautiful foothills of the Sierras and is just one of several local artists that show their work in out store.

You can see more of Tricia’s beautiful work at:

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Car Show - An Annual Downtown Event


Coming up this Saturday April 25th is the annual Downtown Grass Valley Car Show. The downtown streets will be closed to accommodate the 300 plus entries that are 30 plus years and older. The above pictures are only two examples of the hundreds of gems you will see. Fast Cars, Classics, Hot Rods, 50’s Music and some great street food make for a fun-filled day. So come on down and enjoy a walk through memory lane.

Friday, April 3, 2009

An Easter Egg Than Isn’t Hardboiled


A beautiful hand painted collectible porcelain Easter egg by Royal Copenhagen of Denmark. These eggs are beautiful hanging from your window or as a collection in an Easter Basket.
We carry a wide selection of collectible Royal Copenhagen pieces in our store.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Recently Arrived - Handmade Italian Jewelry

Bernini’s Sun Truth was inspired by the image of the sun in the sculpture of Truth Unveiled by Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680). Bernini was the supreme artistic genius of the Italian Baroque, arguably the greatest sculptor of his time. These earrings are in 18k gold plated sterling silver.
These new pieces and many others from Italy are now available in our store.
For other jewelry selections visit our store or our website at:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Kaleidoscopic" Art


Just arrived - Another great addition to the store, Kaleidoscopes by The Sea Parrot.
The Sea Parrot is an exquisite collection of handmade glass kaleidoscopes. They are meticulously crafted in a broad color palette designed to surprise and delight the senses.
Kaleidoscope designer, Bob Rioux has been working with glass since 1976. Using creativity and fine craftsmanship he designs and produces beautiful works of art. Bob’s wife and business partner, Elissa comes to The Sea Parrot with 20 years of experience from her business, Elissa Glassworks. A love of glass and textiles has inspired her to design several new kaleidoscopes in the collection.
The Brewster Society, an international organization for kaleidoscope enthusiasts, has honored The Sea Parrot with several awards for its kaleidoscopes. The Sea Parrot is known for incorporating unique fused dichroic glass and iridescent stained glass in their designs, using detailed glass embellishments and having especially brilliant colors in the images within. These kaleidoscopes are in collections all over the world.
The Sea Parrot takes pride in creating unique and original kaleidoscopes for both the first time buyer as well as the experienced collector. Bob and Elissa work from their Kennebunkport, Maine studio where the ocean and the beautiful surrounding nature continue to inspire them. They hope that you enjoy your kaleidoscope as much as they enjoy making it for you!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Great Time Had By All

Yesterday, Saturday March 7th, found masses of people enjoying themselves on the streets of Grass Valley. Well they weren’t really on the streets, for the most part they were in the various downtown shops tasting wine and food from wineries and restaurants participating in “Foothill Celebration”. Jordanwood hosted Coufos Cellars' Winery (see picture below before the crowds arrived), and the Pleasant Valley Grill. Need I say the food from the PV Grill, (cheesecake and chicken), and the wine from Coufous was excellent. The Pleasant Valley Grill is located in Penn Valley and Coufous Winery is located in Rough and Ready - so drop in and say hi.
If you didn’t participate you missed out. Next year mark your calendar for the first Saturday in March, and be part of the throng.
Events like this are always posted in our monthly newsletter. If you do not already subscribe, go to our web page and sign up at the bottom of the home page.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

WOW!! - Aren't These Absolutely Amazing?

The perfect wedding, anniversary, birthday or "I Love Me" gift.
Just in – these beautiful pieces from the Robert Held Art Glass Studios. Pictured are a number of items from his signed, numbered and limited collection entitled “Cherry Blossom”. Each piece is as individual as nature itself, with bountiful, pillowy blossoms against the strong, sinewy trunks and branches. Grab anyone of these pieces before Deanna decides they need to be in our home.
We carry a large selection of Robert Held Art Glass, ranging from Vases, Bowls, Ginger Pots, Hearts, Ornaments and more. Each and every one unique and lovely.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Time For A Little Pampering

Even in these times a gal needs to pamper herself. For the bath, from “Do Not Disturb”, three Fortune Fizzies in a Take-Out Box. Each Lavender scented “Cookie” contains special Words of Wisdom. So relax in your bath with the scent of lavender and see what wisdom is bestowed upon you.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spring Brings Easter

Some of the most popular items in our store are the beautiful hand-cast and hand-painted pewter items by Wilhelm Schweizer. We always carry a wide selection of these highly detailed pieces. The Schweizer Easter collection is now available in our store and through our internet site: www.jordanwood.com/index.php?cPath=153

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Spring Around The Corner?

Spring Is Around The Corner And These OKA’b Copper Malia Flip-Flops Prove It.
Below is a sample of the one of the spring collection of OKA’b sandals, flip/flops and shoes that have arrived. The OKA’b line has always been a proven winner with our customers. And why not? They are made in the U.S.A., washable, colorfast, one piece construction, ergonomic foot-bed with massage beads, antimicrobial and odor resistant. Many of our customers buy a pair and soon return for additional pairs.
Come on in, take a look, and try a pair on.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Candies - "How Sweet It Is"

Wonderful items have started to arrive.
One of our most recent arrivals are these brightly colored and very tasty candies. You will love these eclectic mixes of candy coated cocoa sunflower seeds, almonds and other goodies. The small boxes are $6.99 for 4 oz. and the larger boxes are $11.99 for 8 oz. These candies come to us directly from “The Cocoa Factory” in Chicago. As they say “Cool Chocolate – No Drama”.

Come in and pick some up today.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Back In Beautiful California


Well I have been home from the Big Apple for several days and thought I needed to bring you up-to-date on what’s going on. The weather here in northern California is beautiful – but we desperately need moisture, especially snow. It feels like spring but from the news reports yesterday Mr. Groundhog is saying we should have 6 more weeks of winter.
For the last few days I’ve been busy catching up on things at the store, accounting, returning messages, moving stuff around, etc. Fortunately we are blessed with two very capable employees that keep things going when I am out of the store.
Items from the New York show began arriving on Monday and more is on the way. As you can see I’ve included images of some of the items. To the left and up is a sampling of some wall plates and at the top of the blog is a set of Heart Vases. These products are made of a composite wood and then finished with numerous coats of lacquer. They are beautiful.