With Love from New Hampshire

Cymbidium Floral - val image flower onltValentine’s Day is a delightfully, whimsical holiday! There are the grand, romantic gestures from shy, yet adoring husbands, handmade kids’ cards that become lifetime keepsakes and unexpected “Galentine’s Day” rituals with your closest girlfriends. Here are some of our favorite finds from NH Made members to help you make the most of the moment!

Every woman loves flowers, but not all bouquets are created equal. Working with a local florist, you can design an arrangement that truly fits the personality and style of the woman you love. Pick a mood (sensual, mysterious or playful) and your neighborhood florist can create an arrangement to make sparks fly just like this one from Cymbidium Floral.

Little River DesignsNew Hampshire is also home to many amazing jewelry artisans. Avoid the big box jewelry stores and give your significant other a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted piece. Little River Designs makes gorgeous statement necklaces inspired by the outdoor excursions of the artist, Lynn Graham. She created this one from purple jasper, bronzite and amethyst. Lynn’s jewelry style is “laid back with a surprise at every twist” just like the river the company is named after.

Sweet Pea JewleryIf you’re looking for a personalized gift, we recommend a picture necklace from Amy’s Sweet Pea Jewelry Design. You can customize it by choosing charms that symbolize passion points or evoke a favorite memory. Create a wearable love story with hearts, music and roses.

Human SpeakersYou can also make music this Valentine’s Day by surprising your mate with a new set of speakers. Did you know you can find locally make speakers made right here in New Hampshire? HUMAN Speakers builds speakers for music enthusiasts who demand the best in sound quality. They offer a range of different cabinet finishes and sizes, from bookshelf models to portable automotive speakers and home theater systems.

Moonlight MeaderyTo set the mood, there is nothing quite as romantic as a glass of mead. This honey wine is more popular than ever and new adventurous flavor combinations are being created right here in New Hampshire with fruit and spices. Moonlight Meadery touts “romance in every glass” with its flights of fun, award-winning wines including: Desire, Kisses, Moon Dance, Smolder and Flirt.

Valentine’s Day is also the time to get in touch with your creative side and grab your best friends for a night out – Canvas Roadshow to the rescue! Enjoy one of their “Paint and Sip” events and rediscover your inner artist.

heartpalletknife_canvas roadshowValentine’s Day is fast approaching so if one of these ideas didn’t strike your fancy, please visit our NH Made Member Directory to explore our hundreds of NH Made members. You’re sure to fall in love with one of them or at the very least, find a retail shop to flirt with until spring arrives!

Maple Merriment

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is wonderfully hectic – visits from friends and family, delicious holiday meals and thoughtful gifts to share. These magical gatherings have their own tastes and smells, transporting us to our childhood and helping us to reconnect with the important people in our lives. For many of us in New Hampshire, it’s the taste and smell of maple that brings us home.

A touch of maple syrup can take a dish from good to fabulous. A casserole recipe that is always a crowd-pleaser is Maple Bacon Mac & Cheese from Fuller’s Sugarhouse. This savory, sweet, cheesy combination is the ultimate comfort food for the holidays. While selecting a grade of maple syrup is often a matter of personal preference, it’s best to use “Grade A – Dark Robust Taste” maple syrup (formerly known as Grade B) in cooking. You’ll enjoy a rich maple flavor that complements the smokiness of the bacon. For the cheese, we recommend an aged cheddar, such as Cabot Artisan Reserve Cheddar from The Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Many small New Hampshire family dairy farms supply milk to Cabot, which has achieved B Corporation Certification for its environmental and socially responsible practices. You can find many local sources of maple syrup, cheddar and bacon just by searching our NH Made Member Directory.

For a healthy breakfast or afternoon treat, check out Maple Nut Kitchen, which makes granola sweetened only with maple syrup. All thirteen flavors are handmade in a dedicated gluten free facility, using only the best ingredients. They also come in pouches so they’re the perfect snack for long road trips in the car to visit grandparents and cousins.

Stepping out of the kitchen, you can layer scents throughout your home with candles and room fresheners. NH Made member, KKE Candles and Gifts, makes Maple Cream, Maple Hot Toddy and many other whimsical scents to set the perfect mood for your guests. They’ll think you baked all day!

Another way to make your guests feel welcome this week is to refresh your bedrooms and bathrooms with new linens, lotions and soaps. Visit a gift shop in your neighborhood to find local products that can help you create the feeling of  a New Hampshire getaway. Look out for Misty Hill Farm Goat’s Milk Lotion in New Hampshire Maple scent. Many stores now carry a wide assortment of sample sized lotions, shampoos and soaps so you can create a small take-home gift for your guests to remind them of their holiday with you.

Wishing You a Merry Maple Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Holiday Planner and Gift Guide

Each year, The New Hampshire Union Leader and NH Made partner together to help you shop local during the holidays. In the November 30th print edition, The Union Leader published their annual Holiday Planner featuring over 60 NH Made members and events going on around the state. On December 7th, they also released their Christmas Gift Guide. These guides profile jewelry and wood artisans, glass artists, specialty food companies, toy makers, pet treat producers, gift basket sources and more. Many of them have online stores so you can shop from anywhere. We hope these guides make your holiday shopping experiences more joyful and that you’ll discover some new finds that you’ll want to support all year long.

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Happy Holidays!

Conrad Young’s Latest Book

History and art lovers alike will enjoy Conrad Young’s latest book, New Hampshire’s Historical Covered Bridges. This book is the culmination of ten years of researching and painting various NH covered bridges and consists of eleven 10” x 8” watercolor paintings and a black and white ink drawing of the oldest NH bridge, the Bath-Haverhill. It also includes a NH location map and information on the 54 state-recognized bridges.

Conrad Young considers himself blessed to have grown up on farms throughout New Hampshire. Vivid memories bring him back to the years spent in the woods and hayfields with his father who made a living as a farmer, logger, blacksmith, and horse breeder. These memories also instilled a passion for the rural scenes portrayed in his watercolors with their unique lighting, composition, and colors.

Conrad Young’s book can be found at Lakes Region Art Association Gallery at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton, Covered Bridge Gallery in Contoocook, Hopkinton Historical Society, Warner Historical Society, Cardigan Country Store in Bristol, Concord Photo Service, or by calling Conrad Young at 603.224.6361.

Just in time for the holidays, Conrad Young is having a book signing on December 3rd at 2pm at the NH Historical Society in Concord. Along with fellow New Hampshire writers, Rebecca Rule and Marek Bennett, Conrad will give a brief talk about his book and have copies on hand to purchase.

Preview his book

Give Local This Holiday Season

Give a gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. By shopping locally and purchasing New Hampshire-made products, you’re supporting your community. Small businesses reinvest more of their earnings back into their neighborhoods – they give more to local charities than national chains, sponsor town holiday happenings and create local jobs. They also have one-of-a-kind gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

NH Made makes shopping for the holidays easy. To find a specific store in your area or to learn more about our 800 NH Made members, you can search our Member Directory. You can search by region, product category or keyword.

Many of our NH Made members are having open houses to showcase their work and offering holiday specials to help you save money on gifts, home décor and foods for entertaining. Click on the link below to see a full list of promotions and events.
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NH Made also has an online store featuring a selection of member products. We ship across the country so you can share a little New Hampshire love with your family and friends living near and far.

Happy Holidays!

Keep Calm and Chaga On

Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that you can make into tea or extracts. NH Made member, Chaga Grove, sells a variety of Chaga mushroom products and was recently featured in the fall issue of Around Concord Magazine. All of their Chaga is hand harvested and ethically collected from the remote wilderness of NH.

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