Meet the Makers behind the creative, inspirational products you'll find at Finding Roots.
We're proud to host these amazing, local Michigan artists.
Augusta’s ceramic artwork is hand-built and comes simply from a love of nature and the sounds of the buoy bells on the lake where she grew up. She finds nature to be soothing and healing and feels that she was called to catch these moments of nature's beauty for all to enjoy.
DaniJo Hawkins Pottery
The first time she touched the clay on the wheel she was in love. She loved everything. The way the clay smelled like the river when the bag was opened. The way it felt on the wheel. Creating something out of nothing, even being covered in mud at the end makes her happy and feel like she has accomplished something! Pottery fulfills a part of her that she didn't even know was empty!
First Density Material
Jason is a constantly changing expressionist that uses art as one of the many tools to connect to others. He has used many different art styles throughout his many years of blending science with art. This style is called electroforming, and after five years of using it in different ways, he started designing crystal jewelry out of the love of crystal and mineral collecting.
Helping With Love
Our unique cherry pit bags are made from 100% soft cotton fabrics. They are homemade so each one will be a little unique. We are confident that you or your loved ones will find that they provide warmth, comfort and relief. Instructions are tied onto each bag and are beautifully wrapped with ribbon and ready for you to enjoy or for gift giving. Remove ribbon before using. Made from all natural cherry pits grown in beautiful Northern Michigan.
Young or old, male or female, they make the perfect gift. Great for Birthdays, Holidays, Thank You, Get Well, Teachers, etc. Or simply keep one for yourself! Thank You, Helping With Love
Many moons ago in a far away place, I saw clay. I touched it. It was squishy. I made a mud pie and contemplated the possibilities of this substance. Fast forward many sunrises to a time when I was in a classroom and my teacher held up a ball of this magical medium for all to see. He handed it to me and said, "Go forth and create." So I did. ;-D I am Marla James. I am a Potter and dabble in Polymer Clay. With 38+ years of playing in the mud, I am still loving what I do. I hope you find my creations fun and useful!
Rose’s Cloud 9 Designs
What I love most about creating my illustrations is starting from the blank page and ending up with something that can put a smile on someone’s face. I love how it turns into something. I love the way creating them makes me feel. It’s like meditation for me to work on them. It’s a passion for me to create something every day to balance things out.
Second Journey Woodworks
Simply put, Randy enjoys experimenting with different types of wood made into various unique household accents, whether it's a sofa table, side table, shelf or something else. He is excited to see what his "Second Journey" will become.
Tapestry Arabian Farm
Michele does all the wire twisting and designing, with the hardest part usually being the engineering of a project - how to make it sit up or hang properly. She loves playing with rocks and crystals, glass marbles and copper wire. Her yard is full of prototypes, to see how her creations stand up to the weather - pretty well so far! She also has a lot of help from her many fur persons!
Yia Yia's Homemade Soaps
Kelly’s family and friends encouraged her to sell the soaps they all love to use. She searched to find the best earth-friendly, natural ingredients to create her skin-nourishing, amazing-smelling and beautiful soaps and bath bombs for all to enjoy.
I often look to nature for my inspiration when creating jewelry and even use real nature captured in metal through an electroforming process. Each piece I create is handmade with love and light. I use high quality components, crystals and stones in my unique adornments as well as premium ingredients for my soy candles and melts. I am excited for what I have in store for 2018 and cannot wait to get started on it. Please follow me on my new adventures.
Dee Dee's Feltworks
Janette loves where her creative mind takes her. She is inspired by art everywhere - in Nature, museums, people, and has been creating for over 20 year in her Howell home!
Fleece & Thank You
At Fleece & Thank You, our focus is to provide every child who has a life-threatening illness with a colorful, fleece blanket prior to the start of their hospital stay.
We believe there should be a colorful, fleece blanket waiting on the hospital bed for the child, and we are going to make that happen in every hospital in the United States.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Leighann from Hippie Patchwork as been sewing and creating for years. From playing with her sewing machine to designing for record labels, Leighann has traveled the world and has found her roots in Howell. Each creation is infused with vintage fabric and one of a kind appliqués.
Marvin and Robin’s -Iron Garden Art
Marvin and Robin are a husband and wife team who have been creating unique iron art and architecture for over 25 years. Their works reflects the combined efforts of a master gardener/artist and welder/metalsmith. They specialize in one-of-a-kind and custom pieces created in their Linden area workshop.
Ryan’s teacher and greatest inspiration is his grandfather. He enjoys finding new places to explore and discover his next subject. His attention to detail and unique mounting methods offer a fresh perspective of nature as well capturing our local community.
Stitch in the Eye
Traditional cloth dolls have become something of a lost art. Erin is pleased to have this opportunity to offer one of a kind, heirloom dolls that will las for generations to come.
They come to life the moment they are completed, some look sassy, others proud and some shy. Each individual creation is further complimented by the story that will surround them in time to come. Erin feels that this is the most unique thing about her work - the idea that the doll continues to grow, change and mold in character even after the last stitch has brought the doll together.
Don is a creator of fun and repurposed silverware yard stakes, critters, jewelry and whatever else he imagines. His inspiration comes from playing with the various metal pieces, along with the suggestions of his many followers. He stays extremely busy and smiles all the while in his Pinckney studio.
Your Yesterday is a collection of products made with pure and natural ingredients formulated to maximize their benefits.
Meticulously handcrafted with carefully handpicked ingredients to ensure quality. It is produced in small batches for freshness and optimum results.
Polly's creations often come alive without using a pattern, a skill learned with 52 years of crocheting experience! She enjoys the artistic approach and uses local fibers when possible. Her first collection includes these unique barefoot sandals - make your feet happy!
The creator of these beautiful mandala skirts prefers to remain elusive... Her attention to detail is incredible; the back pockets being the perfect finishing touch on the skirts, and the unique and soul-touching words on the intricately beaded bags!
Graces Awesome Hemp
Grace created Grace's Awesome Hemp when she was inspired to make gender neutral jewelry made from natural hemp. Grace spends hours intricately knotting and braiding the hemp fibers, while adding natural stones and gems to her wearable creations. Grace is a Howell native and enjoys spending time in thoughtful meditation while creating for you.
Everywhere is beauty, and that's what inspires this duo (Christina & Bob) to create even more beauty to share. Their unique carved and stamped designs in leather offer functional pieces of art for everyday use, created in their Pinckney home!
One Way Up
Erin's creativity comes out to play in her leather jewelry, string art and canvas art. She has searched for leather earrings with no success, which inspired her to create her own unique line. We are happy to have her share them with you, created locally in her Howell home!
Sea Rock City
Lori’s glass pendants are the ultimate in recycling! While stones were her usual tumbling choice, she discovered the smashed wine bottles added for proper tumbling of the stones turned out beautiful pieces of glass. A new passion was born as she paired the colors and shapes to create interesting, unique pieces.
Snarky But Joyful
Encouraging and colorful cards, wall art and more. Each piece is unique and made just for you!
Willow Bunny Felt
Connie has been felting for over 10 years, and has been a creative soul for forever. Evolving, the cycle of life, infinity, new beginnings, growth, regeneration; these are all themes she has incorporated into her psyche and her art.