Cold weather has arrived in Kentucky, USA. The wool is pulled out of hibernation. The Holiday Season is upon us. Memories of quentão, a hot mulled wine we drank in Brazil, surface… cold days and nights, no insulation, laughter, music and bonfires… The changes of season hearken to the cycles of life and death, of birth and old age, and of the rituals we create to mark time.
I like to find a theme to bring our Artizan Made shop products together into a cohesive story. We have such a diversity of work, contemporary and old, sleek and whimsical… but to me, they all tell a common story and work together nicely. I had the song, “Red, red wine” in my head when I went surfing for products, but then I read the lyrics and it was a “nah…”. So, I looked around and found “Iron & Wine”, new to me. This video is about half an hour long, but it fits so well into how I think of Artizan Made: dreamers and makers, creating their own reality. This is the story of a musician who didn’t realize song would be his life work and about another guy who loved music, had some land in a remote place in West Virginia. He wanted to build a performance theater, believing that “if you build it, they will come”. He did and they did.
This is the core of what we are all doing here at Artizan Made. Each shop pursuing a dream, a need, believing that if we do it, others will come. We create our tribes, our common language. It’s a work of passion and love and you are a part of it! Watch the video and be inspired. You can explore our Artizan Shops while you do it. Calming and centered… away from the craziness that is out there!
Dreamers and Makers, an Artizan Made Collection
Each item below links to a member shop, so click and explore. They may be on Etsy or have their own indie sites, but we hope that you will support them and find something that speaks to your soul, to your way of life.
How about that Brazilian hot wine? “Quente” means “hot”, so quentão is something like “the big heat”. Spicy and delicious, this is a great holiday drink, especially around a bonfire, with the people you love… Here is the recipe, brought by From Brazil to You:
34 fl. ounces (1 liter) red wine such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon (or grape juice if desired)
17 fl. ouces (1/2 liter) of water
1 orange, sliced
2 slices of fresh ginger, peeled
3 cinnamon sticks
1 cup sugar (or more, if desired)
Place all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly just until sugar has dissolved (about first 2-3 minutes of heating). Let boil for additional 10 minutes. Strain and serve warm. Garnish as desired.
Need a mug for your hot wine? We have them! Check out our feature on our handmade mugs for just some of the beauties made by our ceramic artists!
Finally, we need that bonfire where songs are sung, memories shared, hands warmed, and hearts over filled. Another new-to-me band is perfect, The Head and the Heart: