Local Buys: Summer 2024

Discover fingerprint jewelry, local leather goods, and handmade garden gems.

June 14, 2024 | | Made in the Hills

One-of-a-Kind Jewelry

Amid the birthday party fun Tanya Frew oversees at her Pottery Parties Studio in Orangeville, the ceramics pro also offers the Tanya Louise Collection, a bespoke jewelry line featuring silver clay fingerprint charms.

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A piece as unique as your own fingerprint.

“During your appointment, you press your finger into our silver clay to create the charm,” explains Tanya, who then fires the imprint in a special kiln and carefully attaches it to a sterling silver bracelet or necklace. “This beautiful experience is not just creating jewelry, it is crafting cherished memories to last a lifetime.” (Bracelets from $162. Necklaces from $132, Tanya Louise Collection)

A Lifetime of Leather

At Hides in Hand on Erin’s Main Street, Teresa Paul will tell you crafting leather products has been her passion for nearly three decades. At a facility in Rockwood, Teresa and her team use soft deerskin and moose hide leathers collected from local hunters to create deerskin ballet slippers, handbags and a range of intricately handcrafted moccasins.

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Handmade leather pieces from Hides in Hand, Erin.

The bags feature classic shapes with added touches that are decidedly of the moment, including fringe for a rodeo-chic feel. (Ballet slippers from $99. Moccasins from $125. Handbags from $50, Hides in Hand)

Jewels for the Garden

Kelly Williams of Hockley Designs fashions sparkly suncatchers with Egyptian crystal and semiprecious stones that act as jewelry for your garden.

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Adorn your garden with eye-catching sun catchers by Hockley Designs.

The Hockley village resident was first inspired by a friend from Arizona who shares her passion for stones and crystal suncatchers. Believing they would thrive in Canada, Kelly staged a pop-up shop at Caledon’s Spirit Tree Estate Cidery in July 2020. The pop-up popped off and Hockley Designs is now Kelly’s full-time business. (Suncatchers from $31, Hockley Designs)

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Janice Quirt is a freelance writer who lives in Orangeville.

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