Creative gifts originate
from the heart
Options to create own
beckon in valley
Milk Bath Salt
(Courtesy Cindy Hamlin
1 cup powdered
˝ cup Epsom or sea salt
1 tbsp. cornstarch
Few drops of essentials oil
Lavender for relaxation.
Lemon for uplift.
Eucalyptus for sore muscles.
ingredients in bowl and then put into an interesting looking bottle or jar,
attach a ribbon or tag with ingredients listed. Add an herbal soap for complete
Express Staff Writer
many of us try to think of some original way to properly express our gratitude
and appreciation to our friends and families.
commercial intrusion of the holidays by making our own gifts is one way to solve
this dilemma. It feels good, it doesn’t cost as much and people love the
effort. And here in the valley there are several options if one doesn’t have
the means or room at home.
At the Boulder
Mountain Clayworks in Ketchum one can get a $60 punch card that allows budding
ceramists 15 hours of work time in the roomy multi-level work space. Studio
assistant Jen Smith said the card would not be appropriate for total beginners,
but "Susan Ward, the owner, will help people out with private stuff like
Bevins of Ketchum works on at the pottery wheel at Boulder Mountain
Clayworks in Ketchum. Express photos by David N. Seelig
Clayworks has 12
electric pottery wheels and two kick wheels, a 14-cubic foot gas kiln, two
electric kilns, which can be used for custom firings, a bisque and high fire
electric kiln, and two raku kilns. Raku is a quick Japanese firing method that
uses "lots of fire and lots of smoke, " Smith said. Boulder Mountain
Clayworks can be reached at 726-4484
If getting your
hands in some wet clay isn’t the most irresistible idea, than maybe just
painting your own pottery would suffice. Local Color. also based in Ketchum,
currently has a couple hundred different shapes to choose from, owner Lyn Holt
There are plates,
dishes, mugs, pitchers, coffeepots, boxes, vases and much more. A painter can
have up to four colors to work with at a time. The fee includes paint, glaze and
firing. A serving platter, for instance, may cost between $30 to $60, depending
on the size.
There is no time
limit in which to finish the work and many people take more than one session to
complete a job, Holt said.
She fires the
pieces every night in the busy season and they can be picked up the next day. No
reservations, except for parties, are needed. Local Color is open weekdays from
noon to 6 p.m., and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Wednesdays.
Since time began,
beads have been used as a decorative source. And nothing could be easier for all
ages than to string a lively assortment into a piece of decorative jewelry for
The Bead Store in
Hailey is a sweet little spot just off Main Street where there is a great bead
selection of wooden, porcelain, semi-precious gemstones, glass, gold, silver and
charms. A bracelet can be made with glass and silver for around $5, or a
necklace for about twice that. Semi-precious stones will add to the price, of
course. The Bead Store is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
slightly more inventive, are having a room painted as a surprise. Heidiglyphics
does a variety of custom looks for kid’s rooms, such as jungles and scenes
from favorite stories.
There are also
several trompe l’oeil artists such as Fee Fi Faux, Karen McCall, Marion Monge
Cindy Hamlin, of
Twigs, a Wood River Valley concern that uses all home grown materials for
various items that she sells, said making bath salt is one of the easiest items
to make and personalize.
Making a tangible
gift isn’t the only way to go, though.
choreographing a dance, writing a poem or composing a piece of music in someone’s
imagination is the only limit.