A Few of My Favorite Things | Feb/Mar 2016

Story & Photos By JD Dotson

Gifts that inspire are always on trend in my book. Whether it’s a subtle wish or a written sentiment, a scent or a token to wear, I prefer to be surrounded by positivity, and I think these items reflect that feeling.

STRING ART BY KIM   AND JUNIOR SCHMIDT  True North, 137 E. Market St., Suite 1, New Albany  www.squareup.com/market/truenorth $15-$18

STRING ART BY KIM
AND JUNIOR SCHMIDT
True North, 137 E. Market St., Suite 1, New Albany www.squareup.com/market/truenorth
$15-$18

A sweet reminder of youthful art projects but bolder and better than my ’70s Cub Scouts crafting.

 

WOOD SHADOW BOXES  Madhouse, 151 E. Spring St., New Albany www.madhousena.com $14.99-$34.99

WOOD SHADOW BOXES Madhouse, 151 E. Spring St., New Albany www.madhousena.com
$14.99-$34.99

I love that these can be hung on a wall or stacked on a shelf. The cutouts with the pattern on the back wall gives a really unique effect.

 

HANDMADE PALLET SIGNS   Olde Country Cupboard, 7326 Main St., Lanesville www.occprimitives.com  $39-$45

HANDMADE PALLET SIGNS
Olde Country Cupboard, 7326 Main St., Lanesville www.occprimitives.com $39-$45

A beautiful, primitive shop in what was the post office of my childhood. The place no longer looks anything like its former self and houses some great local artists.

 

HANDMADE PALLET SIGN   Olde Country Cupboard, 7326 Main St., Lanesville www.occprimitives.com  $45

HANDMADE PALLET SIGN
Olde Country Cupboard, 7326 Main St., Lanesville www.occprimitives.com $45

One of my favorite quotes attributed to one of my favorite actresses, Audrey Hepburn, hand-painted locally on recycled pallet wood.

 

WISHING TREE   Regalo, 234 Pearl St., New Albany www.regaloart.com $30

WISHING TREE
Regalo, 234 Pearl St., New Albany www.regaloart.com $30

I love a piece that grows from participation. This easy-to-assemble tree comes with butterfly, bird or flower decorations, but the kicker comes when your friends, party guests or family members add their own special wish to the tree on slips of stringed paper.

 

WRAP BRACELET IN METAL AND SILK   BY PAMELA MATEI  Gadabout Gallery and Artisan Shoppe 249 Spring St. Jeffersonville, www.gadaboutgallery.com  $26

WRAP BRACELET IN METAL AND SILK
BY PAMELA MATEI
Gadabout Gallery and Artisan Shoppe 249 Spring St. Jeffersonville, www.gadaboutgallery.com $26

Available in lots of inspiration quotes, these beautiful silk wrap bracelets can serve as gentle reminders. I know I need a little help sometimes.

 

CORK CUTOUT FRAMED ART   BY ANNA SOWDER   Gadabout Gallery and Artisan Shoppe 249 Spring St. Jeffersonville, www.gadaboutgallery.com  $65

CORK CUTOUT FRAMED ART
BY ANNA SOWDER
Gadabout Gallery and Artisan Shoppe 249 Spring St. Jeffersonville, www.gadaboutgallery.com $65

I love the look of these cork cutouts in little frames.

 

I LOVE BUTT DRUGS T-SHIRT  Butt Drugs, 115 E. Chestnut St., Corydon www.buttdrugs.com  $14.95

I LOVE BUTT DRUGS T-SHIRT Butt Drugs, 115 E. Chestnut St., Corydon www.buttdrugs.com $14.95

Obviously, this t-shirt speaks to the 8th grade boy in me, and the best part about it is the Butt family is in on the joke. It’s also a great reminder to laugh at ourselves and lighten up.

 

GOAT MILK STUFF SOAP    Pearls on Pearl, 214 Pearl St., New Albany Indiana and Goat Milk Stuff, 76 S. Lake Road, Scottsburg  $6.50

GOAT MILK STUFF SOAP
Pearls on Pearl, 214 Pearl St., New Albany Indiana and Goat Milk Stuff, 76 S. Lake Road, Scottsburg $6.50

All-natural goat milk soap made on a goat farm in Scottsburg available in a variety of scents, including my favorite Patchouli. You can purchase it in New Albany or go to the home of Goat Milk Stuff and enjoy a tour and meet the goats!

 

 

Each issue, we send our resident explorer JD Dotson on the hunt for items that embody the spirit of Southern Indiana and make perfect gifts for family, friends or even yourself. We hope you enjoy JD’s picks as much as we did. And if you have a suggestion of your own, send an email to extol@extolmag.com. Just be sure to put “My Favorite Things” in the subject line.

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