Nordt Family Farm is a 2014 finalist in Martha Stewart's American Made Contest. Dianne Nordt raises a flock of 40 sheep who's wool, after being spun in mills in Michigan and Virginia, becomes yarn for her beautifully handcrafted blankets. Using a combination of natural coloring and plant dyes, Nordt creates heirloom pieces on her two looms. Her blankets are available on her Etsy shop and you can learn more about her work on her American Made finalist page.
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Paloma's Nest is a family owned and run business founded in 2007. Named for the artisans' daughter, Paloma, the company combined Caroline Colom Vasquez talents in ceramics with her husband's, Jose Vasquez-Corbalan, expert woodworking skills. They create modern heirloom items and are recognized as one of this year's finalists in Martha Stewart's American Made contest. Below are a few favorites. I am particularly obsessed with the children's animal furniture. Have a great weekend!
Martha Stewart's American Made contest began in 2012 and honors makers across the USA. The nomination period started June 3rd and continues to August 29th after which the winners will be selected and awarded a free trip to NYC, a spot in the American Made market as well as $10,000 to grow their business. Creative entrepreneurs in the areas of crafts, design, food and style are honored and get to join the incredible group of past winners.
I just discovered the contest so I haven't had much time to explore this year's nominees but I was pleasantly surprised to be familiar with some of the past winners. Maura Grace Ambrose of Folk Fibers won last year - featured in this past post and as well as being the first image in the "a pin a day" series.
I don't want to rush through featuring this amazing set of makers so stay tuned for more dedicated posts. In the meantime, check out the contest's website and its admirable mission to recognize American makers.