Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Grizzly Cub" Keychain

This handmade grizzly cub is made from 100% wool and then felted. My keys should  be easier to find if misplaced...with this little grizzly bear key chain!  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Moose Country

This is moose country where we have cotton  knit dishcloth bundles of 2 in natural colors. They  are tied together with jute with a moose tag at the Crystal  Pinecone gift shop in Grand Marais. They are $6.50 a set.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Natural North Woods

These rustic ornaments were made using natural items from the north woods of the U.P. of Michigan. The pine trees were hand painted by Dorothy Woropay. The frames around the little paintings are made from cut twigs with a twig branch on the top of the ornament.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Best Kept Secret in Grand Marais

We have been told"the Crystal Pinecone Gift Shoppe is the best kept secret in Grand Marais".  Actually, we
are located  a bit out of town, just at the top of the hill but,  but, really not far at all! Customers will say " Oh wow, we did not know you were here". We are located on West ridge Road off M-77 surrounded by  pine trees and the  northwoods of the U.P of Michigan. Here are a couple of photos of the inside of our shoppe. We have a nice display of antiques behind the counter that helps to set the mood of a little general store when  Grand Marais was a booming fishing and logging town.
The last photo is some of the soap we carry along with other handcrafted soaps by the Denali Dreams Soap Factory in Alaska.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Deer Hunter, that Time Forgot

Here is is very old photo that my dad  had for forever. Don't have any information  about this deer hunter
that bagged this huge buck. No writing on the back of the photo, either...just a story in the photo itself.  No doubt, this  whitetail buck was taken in the U. P. of of Michigan. Great photo!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

White Owl

This white owl rock was made just using black paint for the design.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Artful Gifts

This "Artful Gifts" sign was made with driftwood  and beach pebbles. Some of the driftwood pieces have been painted to create the little house, roof, door, and the front steps to the doorway. Pebbles were used for  pathway to the house and a small rock painted yellow for the sun. This sign hangs at the door of The Crystal Pinecone Gift Shoppe.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rock Painted Rocks

This gathering of hand painted rocks were done by artist, Dorothy Woropay. All the rocks were collected on rock excursions and then Dorothy  did her magic with a artist brush. I will post different examples of more of these hand painted rocks again.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hand Painted Rock

        This just one of several of the hand painted rocks available at the Crystal Pinecone gift shop in Grand Marais, Michigan. Acrylic paints were used in this masterpiece and painted by the artist, Dorothy Woropay.  All the rocks at the shop have scenes from the Upper Pennisula of Michigan.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Little Hands

These colorful fingerless gloves are for little hands. They are hand crocheted with pink and white  polka dot buttons.  

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pink Cat Stuffling

This pink cat Stuffling key chain is just one of several colors that I have been handcrafted and available at The Crystal Pinecone gift shop in Grand Marais, Michigan.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I handcrafted these Stuff-lings key chains. Original designs made with colorful fabrics. Herringbone fabric was used in the was used in the brown shade Stuff-lings. They all have been dyed with either coffee or color dye to enhance  their character. Various buttons, beads,ribbon, or felt flowers were used for embellishment. All handmade in Grand Marias, Michigan.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Sock in Progress

I have been working on a pair of socks. This in the first one. I just finished the heel section  and am into the ankle section. The little dog bead is a row row marker and also marks the end of each round. In the one photo  is an ergonomic crochet hook. These  kind of crochet hooks are so much nicer to work with than a regular crochet hook. The yarn is from Knitpicks and is 75% merino wool, and 25% nylon. The color is called "PUNKY".

Monday, March 25, 2013

Over the Rainbow Gloves

These hand knit  fingerless gloves are made using yarn with 50% Merino Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Nylon. The yarn is from Knitpicks and the color is called " Over the Rainbow " ....the perfect name for such colorful yarn!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stay Warm in March

It sure does not seem like Spring is here in the U.P. of Michigan....still a lot  snow  and COLD!  These pink socks with wine shades of yarn are bright and cheerful { like a colorful flower}.The socks are crocheted with yarn from Knitpicks which is 75% Superwash Merino Wool and 25% Nylon. . 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Warm Feet

Socks, we need them to keep our feet warm...and these do. These socks were crocheted using Stroll Thunderhead Tonal sock yarn from Knitpicks. 75% Merino yarn and  25% nylon  is the yarn content.

Friday, February 15, 2013

This rock has been hand painted by Dorothy Woropay, but first was found on the  shore of Lake Superior in the  U.P. of Michigan.  Acrylic paints were used to create this little masterpiece of art!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Up North Owl Keychains

These cute little owl key chains  are 8.95 each. Shipping cost is 5.35. They are all handmade using 100% wool yarn. Handmade in of  the U.P of Michigan.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Two for One

Very vibrant splashes  of color for these two for one  hotpads..that can  can be either potholders or hotpads. They are handcrafted and washable. . Set  of /2, for  9.50 plus 5.35 for shipping.  Made in Michigan.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Owl Purse

There are a lot of items lately with an owl theme, and they are very creative and really cute!
I was inspired to to make this little owl purse after viewing all the wonderful owl things that people have made. There are even really sweet owl hats for babies children.