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The Good Word Project – 2.14.2014

It is important to us at Earthen Artisan House to support the incredible talents that live right here in Colorado. We carry a number of products by different local artisans, many of them are among our most popular and must-have sales! The ceramic bee mugs we serve you your coffee and tea in, the granite slabs, all of our jewelry, the Mountain Mittens and many of the scarves; the list goes on and on.

We introduced you to Thomas Earing, a local chainsaw carver, in November, and this month we are honored to tell you about one of the newest local artists to grace our store with her impressive and beautiful talents. Jean Lamborn is the creative behind The Good Word Project. Her art mixes beautifully colored letters, an incredible use of both positive and negative space, and God’s word. Each piece (from color combinations to letter placements) is carefully considered and the result is beautiful and encouraging. The Good Word Project prints currently come in several sizes; unframed 5×7 and framed 12×12, 9×12, & 12×15. They are a beautiful and affordable addition to anyone’s personal art collection.

We are consistently in awe of the talent that is all around us, and we are humbled to be able to be a home for those artisans to display and share their works with the community. Local and handmade gifts make the best gifts, whether it be for a birthday, anniversary, “just because”, or just for yourself. Our desire is to share the talents of these artists with you, our invaluable customers, and for you to in turn share them with your loved ones. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Custom Furniture & Design Services – 1.16.2014

Everything comes with a surprise or two, and we think that is what makes life exciting! There is often much more than what first meets the eye. Story-tellers we are, we like to dig a little deeper, ask more questions, and look at all the details to find the “something” that we don’t initially see. The two big “somethings” we find people are surprised to learn about Earthen Artisan House is that we sell custom made furniture and offer Interior Design Services!

When you first walk into the store, it’s easy to become enamored by all the beautiful little things; the small home décor, bath oils and soaps, gourmet foods, down pillows, handmade scares and mittens, and more are spread throughout the store and often the bulk of what our customer sees.

Underneath all that, we also have beautiful, custom made in America furniture. An elegant ebony bed, sophisticated chairs and rustic tables are just a few of the many pieces we have to take home with you. If you’re looking for something different than what you see in the store, with countless catalogs and resources, the designers at Earthen Artisan House are able to work with you to create the perfect custom furniture piece for your home.

Our designers are also available to assist you with everything from paint colors to full home design. Whether you’d like a fresh set of eyes to recommend new flooring and hardware or would like someone to come in and give your home an entirely new look, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us; give us a call or send an email! We’d be thrilled to help you find your ideal home style and nurture your unique.

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Antique of the Week, Cog & Wheel – 1.8.2014

Happy 2014!! With each new year, it’s only natural to reflect on the past as we look forward to the future. We all tend to reminisce on all the memorable moments and smile at how far we’ve come in 12 short (or long, depending on how you look at it) months. We look at the year’s resolutions and laugh at the ones we didn’t stick with and always vow to be better the next year. Sometimes, we too, sing praises for a chance to start again and to bid the past year goodbye. We look ahead to new days and think back to the ones that got us here.

We are beyond grateful for a blessed 2013. We are thankful for each day, each victory and each challenge. We are thankful for another year to continue growing and to continue learning about the past and moving forward into the future.

Looking into things of the past, one of our favorite and more often commented on antiques in the store is the cog and wheel from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Did you know that the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest in the world? The railway officially began operating and taking groups of tourists (the first being a Denver church choir) to the top of the summit on June 30th, 1891. In the 1930s we were introduced to gas and diesel powered locomotives, during which time six more railcars were added to the fleet, which were widely used until the early 1960s, when the modern train used now, the Swiss Train, was presented. Adding over ten more railcars over the years, the trains have accommodated the increase in tourism. What before could be a tour for only 50 people, was now able to carry up to 200!

We think the cog and wheel could make for a fun end table, but maybe you have a different idea in mind? Nonetheless, we think this is one part of the past that belongs in the here and now. It’s these special pieces of history that make for great story-telling. In this new year, may you have countless blessings and many good stories.

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Christmas Decor through the Years – 12.18.13

Earthen Artisan House believes all things Christmas. We believe in winter wonderlands, in snowflakes, in beautifully lit trees. Christmas is a time to tell it on the mountain, to sing halleluiah, to jingle those bells, and to deck the halls.

The Christmas season has long been a time for special decorations. Nativity scenes date back to early 10th century Rome. In the 15th century, it was tradition that every home and parish in London be strung with holly and ivy. The modern day Christmas tree became widely popular by the 18th century, with homes from Germany to Britain to the United States all having one.

History lesson aside, Christmas is a time of unity and miracles. Christmas brings families and strangers alike together, and what once seemed impossible is suddenly shining right in front of us. While the Christmas customs have adapted and grown as the world has changed, much remains the same. We sing carols and string our trees with lights and garlands. We hang angels and words that remind us of our favorite Christmas tune or hymn. We place wreaths on our doors and candles in the windows. Just as these many traditions began, we do all these things to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to invite his love into our homes and hearts.

No matter who you are or what you believe, the spirit of Christmas is difficult to ignore. This is a very wonderful and special time of year. Whether you decorate with white and silver or the traditional red, green, and gold; whether you have one tree or 5 trees or no tree; whether you choose to celebrate the joy of Christmas with the soft glow of candles or bright LEDs set to the tune of Carol of the Bells, may this Christmas be merry and filled to the brim with sparkle and gleam, both in your home and on your heart.

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