3 Pines Mercantile is a husband and wife run company out of Plainfield, IL featuring woodcarved decor. What attracted me to them was the sheer beauty of their excellent craftsmanship; I mean it, their stuff is beautiful!
I ended up purchasing one of the trivets seen in the photo above with the idea of using it as a charcuteire board, chosing the natural cedar wood design. Tangie of 3 Pines told me that if I wanted to put food on it, it was best to clean it afterwards with mineral oil, to preserve the integrity of the wood.
Handicraft Soul is another husband and wife run company, where they split their time between their home in both Wisconsin and South Africa. What attracted me to Handicraft was their message: using upcycled or repurposed materials to make items such as purses, scarves, cooler & tote bags and knitted toys, and being a Fair Trade company. When I spoke to one of the owners, Ashley Anderson, about the cooler bags (which I purchased to help keep any produce I get from markets fresh before I can get them home), here’s what she had to say: