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Celebrate the season and celebrate our state by giving gifts crafted by Kentuckians. We highlight a variety of gifting options—for him, for her, for the kids, for the quirky and more— and hope to inspire you to include a bit of Bluegrass State love beneath the tree this season. Happy Holidays from the Kentucky Monthly family to yours!

On the Cover: Bellevue husband and wife team Ray and Amy Bridewell marry science with art to create their distinctive jewelry. Ray creates crystalline gems by melting quartz and elements to over 2,300 degrees and as the molten mixture cools, crystals bloom. He cuts and polishes the stones, and Amy fashions silver to create one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. 859-663-6945 | wegrowcrystals.com

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| Tree Art | Trim the tree with miniature ceramic sculptures by Karen Brown Levy of K Brown Pottery. $35 | 502-456-5013 | kbrownpottery.etsy.com

Shop online and save at shopkentuckymonthly.com. Save 15% on orders of $50 or more. Enter coupon code GIFT-15 at checkout. Offer expires 12-31-13. ONLINE EXTRA We present a selection of shops across the Commonwealth that offer primarily Kentucky-made or -themed products. Happy Shopping!

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| Forever Snowflakes | Louisville artist Dick Scheu’s intricate and elegant snowflake ornaments are fashioned of fine woods, including bamboo, bloodwood and white maple. In addition to these “Kentucky Snow” beauties, which are available in a variety of styles, Scheu creates religious ornaments. $20 - $32 | 1-888-376-5159 | kentuckysnow.com

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| Lucky Kentucky | Artfully handcrafted of steel, the Lucky Kentucky ornament by Phoenix Creative Metal of Salvisa features our state silhouette cradled inside a horseshoe. $20 | 1-888-329-0053 | shopkentuckymonthly.com Save 15%! See page 4 for details.

| Memory Books | Record your special messages and favorite holiday moments on the blank pages of these tiny memory book ornaments from ReImagined by Luna. Lexington artist Melissa Oesch handcrafts each one-of-a-kind ornament from recycled materials. Available in two sizes and a variety of colors. $10 - $16 | 859-420-6536 | reimaginedonline.com

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| Patina Perfect |

| Alpaca to Art | Denise Coonley of Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm in Crestwood makes fabric using silk gauze and fleece from her beloved alpacas. “I love everything about alpacas,” she says. “Their fiber, their personalities, even their antics in the field!” Her scarves, wraps and capes—many of which are hand-dyed—are trimmed with Kentucky mohair locks, raw silk or Gotland sheep locks. Custom orders and specific colors are available.

Nora and Dale Swanson of Berea oxidize copper and brass to create stunning patinaed jewelry, including these cuffs. “I’m totally in love with Kentucky agate,” says Nora. (The mineral, discovered in only a handful of Kentucky’s counties, is featured on the cuff at left.) “There is an endless variety and depth to it that just sings in harmony with the patinas we do here.” Prices start at $35 | 859-866-2420

Prices start at $65 | 502-727-2072 | bluealpacas.com

| Perpetual Amaryllis | The “Perpetual Amaryllis” folding photographic sculpture by Lexington photographer-media artist Mary Rezny transforms from bud to blossom in four moves, each creating a beautiful composition for the gift recipient to enjoy—no watering necessary. The 4-inch by 5-inch sculpture is packaged with instructions and an envelope for easy mailing. $25 for one; $20 each for two or more | 859-252-4647 | mail@msrezny.com Holiday Gift Guide

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Merry & Bright | Kluster Happy Jewelry | Bright pinks, vibrant blues and greens, glowing oranges and reds are just some descriptions attributed to Laura Holmes’ jewelry, all designed and crafted in a Louisville studio. “I started making jewelry for myself … because it’s what I wanted to wear. It was nice jewelry without being super fancy and expensive,” says Holmes Jewelry artist Laura Holmes of her Kluster Happy Jewelry line. “I had friends tell me I should try and sell online so I opened an Etsy shop two years ago. It just took off from there and it took over my life.” Running a small business is right up Holmes’ alley. As the daughter of a small business owner and an accountant, Holmes knew what was needed to handle a growing enterprise. Before Kluster Happy hit the market, Holmes launched a small business and consulting firm, P is for Possible. Her mission is to help small business owners, who otherwise may not focus on the business end of their craft, come up with a long-term plan for training, management and finances. “I do my best to try and leave them with the best skill set,” Holmes says. “For the most part, they end up pretty independent.” Which is fortunate for Holmes since she also has to focus on her jewelry business. The ever-changing and expanding colorful collection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings is made from semiprecious gemstones and sterling silver. klustershop.com | kluster.etsy.com

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| Custom Cufflinks | Meet in Montreal? Honeymoon in Hawaii? Vacation in Valdosta? Give him a gift highlighting a place of personal significance. These custom cufflinks by Beth Holloway of the Oldham County-based Tomato-Made feature vintage maps under a glossy resin dome and set in sterling silver. You choose the location—even your Kentucky hometown. $28 | tomatomade.etsy.com

| Spiffy Socks | Bowling Green father and son Fred and Harrison Rich wanted fashionable dress socks that wouldn’t sag—so they created their own men’s hosiery line: Dapper Classics. They offer more than 120 styles, all with an overthe-calf fit, and in your choice of cotton and nylon blend or merino wool. $20 - $24 | 270-991-7625 | dapperclassics.com

| Crafted Leather | Central Kentucky Tack and Leather in Lexington specializes in handmade leather goods for horses but also offers fine quality products for two-legged customers. The stitched leather belt and golf bag tags can be personalized and are available in your choice of four colors. Belt: $29.95 - $37.95; bag tags: $14.05 | 859-299-8225 | centralkentuckytackandleather.com

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| Natural Comfort | Stuff a stocking and soothe the sniffles with Wilding Hill Bath and Body’s mangolyptus chest rub. Owner Katie Williams of Nortonville infuses mango butter with eucalyptus, lavender, thyme and tea tree essential oils to create this all-natural alternative to vapor rubs. $5 | wildinghill.etsy.com



| Beautiful Boards | Serve your fromage in style! Kentucky Cutting Boards’ striking designs and fine craftsmanship elevate kitchen tools—such as this American Cherry cheese board with fleur de lis inlay ($49.50)—to artwork status. Many other styles and products are available from the Louisville company. 502-439-8851 | kentuckycuttingboards.com

| Cheese of the Month | Boone Creek Creamery’s cheeses are made by hand using Old World European techniques. Give the creamery’s Cheese of the Month Club—available in 3-, 6- or 12-month subscriptions—and each month your lucky gift recipient will receive two different wedges of artisan cheese, such as the pictured “Sassy Redhead,” an Old English Cheddar with whole peppercorns, mustard seed and red pepper flakes topped with a dusting of paprika. $25 per month | 1-866-835-2135 | boonecreekcreamery.com

| Custom Meats | Fa la la la la filet mignon! Fifth-generation butcher John Rediess, namesake of John’s Custom Meats, a small, family-owned meat market in Smiths Grove, is boxing up his best for holiday gift giving. His steak boxes feature USDA Prime and Choice Dry Aged Beef, cut fresh to order, individually vacuum sealed and quick frozen to preserve freshness and flavor. $25 and up | 270-563-4048 | johnscustommeats.com

| Saucy Trio | The Pappy Gift Pack from Louisville’s Kentucky BourbonQ is a barbecuing trifecta, featuring award-winning sauces in mild (Pappy’s Not Made in China), sweet (Pappy’s Chicks Dig Me) and hot (Pappy’s Moonshine Madness). $19.99 | 1-866-472-7797 | bourbonq.com

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| Colorful Confections | La Petite Sucré’s signature gift box includes 12 French macarons in six flavors: raspberry, blackberry, pistachio, salted caramel, lemon curd buttercream and vanilla buttercream. These glutenfree confections, made in Winchester, are almost too pretty to eat … almost. $33.50, includes shipping | lapetitesucre.com | lapetitesucre.etsy.com

| Small Batch Goodies | Louisville chocolatier Art Eatables is the creator of the Small Batch Bourbon Truffle. The company features more than 50 fine bourbons in their various decadent delights, which include flavors such as Signature Black Cherry Bourbon, Fair Rose and Gobble-It-Up. Prices start at $9.50 for a 4-piece box. Custom collections also are available. | 502-589-0210 | arteatables.com

| Game Day Bowl | Cheers start early when you serve up snacks in the Game Day Multipurpose Bowl from potter Matthew Gaddie of The Meadows Pottery in Bardstown. $275 | meadowspottery.com

Snacking is both healthy and delicious with Sun Sugar Farms’ edamame, sustainably grown in the hills of northern Kentucky. Three half-pound servings are shipped overnight, frozen and packed in the farm’s trademarked, collapsible and reusable CRESBI crate. $29.95 | 1-888-883-7259 | sunsugarfarms.com Holiday Gift Guide

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| Commonwealth Cooking | 2014 will be a year of delicious eating for the recipient of Seasoned Cooking of Kentucky: A Collection of Kentucky Monthly Recipes Recipes. $29.95 | 1-888-329-0053 | shopkentuckymonthly.com

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| Stylish Serving | An exclusive damask design adorns a long rectangular tray and small square bowl from Louisville Stoneware. Flag Fork Herb Farm’s Dillicious Dip Mix completes the gift set. $55 | 1-888-329-0053 | shopkentuckymonthly.com Save 15%! See page 4 for details.

| Farm Fresh | Milk from the Meadows family’s Jersey cow, Clover, along with honey and various organic botanicals, are used in Sunny Meadows Farm’s soaps. With a variety of scents available, this Kentucky Proud, Morehead-based business has a soap suitable for everyone in the family. $4.50 | 606-784-9890 | sunnymeadowsfarm.com

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Darling Duds | SnapDolls |

| Retro-dorable | Wife and husband team Maria and David Merklin of Josiekat’s Trunk in Independence offer up an adorable array of retroinspired shirts, dresses and accessories for the kiddos (and their parents). A snappy little Santa adorns this raglan-sleeve T (additional styles are available). $21 | josiekatstrunk.com | josiekatstrunk.etsy.com

Sure, the choices in young girls’ clothing are endless. But Stacey Hoskins Beeler knew she had an idea that would make a huge mark in the industry—and SnapDolls was born. With the help of her mother, Dale Hoskins, Beeler was able to patent a T-shirt featuring a screen-printed girl onto which various little outfits can be interchanged. “I had never seen anything like it,” Beeler says. “I did a search and there was nothing even remotely like it. We were able to get two patents.” Sales of the shirts featuring “Kate Snap” and her wardrobe of snap-on outfits took off, leading Beeler to hire Liberty native Kevin Salyers to run the company. Salyers had worked as a New York fashion executive and decided to return to his hometown to become SnapDolls’ CEO. The company also has tapped into the talent left displaced when OshKosh B’Gosh closed its Liberty factory in 2004. Beeler says they were able to “pull back” some of that talent and increased their employee count to 10. Beeler says they have sold shirts in 18 states and plan to expand into even larger markets. “We’re really just in the start-up stages, but we feel like we’re a little bit over that hump.” $29.95 for T-shirt; $9.95 each for outfits | snapdolls.com

| Cuddly Creations | Judy Geagley’s menagerie of delightful critters include owls, giraffes, monkeys, elephants, bunnies and more. Each soft toy is handmade in Lewis County from recycled fabrics, making each creation as unique as the child who receives it. $32 | 606-798-3901 | judygeagleybyhand.com

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| Bluegrass Art | Owensboro artist Aaron Kizer created this likeness of musician Bill Monroe, which graced the cover of our June/July issue. Get an art print from Kizer Arts and the Bluegrass legend can grace your wall. $30 | kizerstore.com

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| Heaven = Kentucky | Legend has it that Daniel Boone proclaimed, “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” Even if he didn’t, the fine folks at Kentucky for Kentucky—a Lexington-based group dedicated to promoting our fair state in a kick ass kind of way—will. And you can, too, with this T-shirt, available in black or gray.

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Your Gin Rickey, Tom Collins, Old Fashioned or Manhattan cocktails will feel right at home resting on these Retro Kentucky coasters. The set of four cork-backed, marble coasters feature a vintage state map, a colonel and various points of interest. $39.99 | 1-888-329-0053 | shopkentuckymonthly.com Save 15%! See page 4 for details.

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| Christmas Stories | This landmark anthology, edited by James B. Goode, features holiday-themed works by Wendell Berry, Frank X Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Stephen M. Vest, Crystal Wilkinson and many other Kentucky authors. $24.95 | 1-888-329-0053 | shopkentuckymonthly.com Save 15%! See page 4 for details.

| (Soda) Pop Art | Invented by G.L Wainscott and bottled in Winchester since 1926, Kentucky’s very own soft drink gets the Warholesque treatment in this flashy, signed pop art print by Lexington artist Jerielle Hanlon.

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