Last August my family went on our annual vacation to the mountains of Colorado, and we were joined for the first time by my brother’s girlfriend, who in the year+ since has become his wife. Kyle and I have been climbing 14ers for years, or in my arthritic case attempting to climb, but with Kyle having a new climbing partner he attempted more peaks during our trip than he normally does. Ali & Kyle ended up climbing three 14ers that week and I joined them for one. When you climb a 14er it makes sense of all the individual peak collectibles you see. It’s hard work. It needs to be celebrated.
While shopping in Leadville Ali noticed woodburned ornaments for the individual peaks and she said “you could make these.” And a plan was hatched. I knew that while I do woodburn, I would not be able to be as precise as I would like using that method, so I decided that I would use chalkboard, hand lettering and hand drawn outlines of the mountain.
So, for Christmas last year, I made Ali these ornaments:
And then my friend Amy saw them and said, “you could probably sell these!”. And so I have been on my Etsy page!
I’ve been lucky to long have the support of family and friends when it comes to purchasing my handmade goods, but it has been incredibly exciting to have random folks from all over the nation stumble across my ornaments and purchase them. I am currently producing them on finished rounds instead of the natural barksided ornaments of Ali’s and have produced artwork for Elbert, Missouri, Sherman, Quandary, & Bierstadt. I also except custom orders for peaks that I have not yet done.
And to document that they are indeed handmade with love, here’s some progress pictures for you:
They make the perfect holiday gift for your favorite mountain climber. Order today to get them in plenty of time to wrap and get under the tree.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS ORDERED THUS FAR!