Ornaments - Handmade in Michigan
Some of my favorite ornaments at FOUND are ones that are handmade, right here in Michigan. Deanne Nieburger, aka Deets, is an Ann Arbor artist who makes wonderful little ornaments incorporating recycled vacuum tubes (once used in TVs, radios, speakers and electronics of all sorts). Above is a robot. Below are her new style penguin ornament and a snowman ornament. Each tiny sculpted face has its own personality! She brought in dozens last week - some with old Christmas light bulbs instead of the electronics tube. I love the quirky expressions. And the adorable little scarves that Deanne makes for each of them. The Au Gres Sheep Factory, located in Au Gres, Michigan, provides us with fabulous felted wool ornaments each year. They mainly produce wool and roving for weavers and knitters, but we're really glad they take time out to make these wooly white polar bears! We carry wooly little Au Gres lambs and sheep year round. For Christmas, we ordered red wool cardinals and these fox ornaments. The Au Gres animals are $18.50 each. The ornaments by Deets are $16 each. If you're looking for extra special ornaments, handmade in Michigan, these 2 makers are our top picks. In addition to these, we stock dozens of styles of imported ornaments and a nice collection of vintage ornaments at prices from $3 to $10 each.