Hand-made Thursdays: a gift for Mother’s Day
Just in time for Mother’s Day, 12 Small Things has launched a new gift collection for Spring 2012, featuring fair trade gifts made by artisans around the world, including San Francisco. The FeltLink Vase Collection, is created by San Franciscan resident Kate Frankel, from her home-based Roger & Hebe Studio in Noe Valley. Kate has been making clever gifts for her family and friends over the years, out of the high quality, colorful felt she buys from Germany.
Kate had been planning to sell her gifts online, but it wasn’t until she gave 12smallthings.com founder, Laurie Kanes a felt vase holder as a hostess gift, that she found a place to launch her collection. Long after the guests left the party, Kanes was still enamored with the bright green felt fabric, hugging three glass vases full of flowers and herbs that Kate had brought. Kanes wanted to offer Kate’s product to my customers but needed the gift to be able to give back to the community in some way, which is a requirement for all the products on offer at 12smallthings.com.
When Kanes asked Kate if she would consider donating a portion of the proceeds from her sales to a local nonprofit organization, without any hesitation they both agreed on La Casa de las Madres, the only domestic violence shelter and outreach program in San Francisco that accepts victims 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Kate and I felt that donating to La Casa is particularly relevant for Mother’s Day, in support of mothers in the Bay Area and beyond.
The FeltLink Vase Collection, $60, is made of bright green felt with two tall glass vases and one canning jar, perfect for holding both fresh flowers and herb clippings, and includes a $10 donation to La Casa. But there is also a FeltLink Holder, $30, made of olive green felt sold without vases for those who prefer to use their own jars, and includes a $5.00 donation to La Casa.