Holiday Trunk Show features artisans’ wares

Holiday shopping gets close to home next week when the Wilton Historical Society presents its Holiday Trunk Show featuring five pop-up artisans.

There’s a time for everyone, with Ladies Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8, when browsing is bolstered by a glass of wine and some nibbles. Early birds may visit on Friday, Dec. 12 from 9 to 11, and enjoy coffee, tea and pastries while they shop for gifts from the artisans and the historical society’s Betts Store.

Hook and Ladder Handknits

Jerre Dawson began her business, Hook and Ladder Handknits in the fall of 2010 in Wilton’s own historic Daniel Gregory house. Featuring hand-crafted knit and felted owls and other wildlife, as well as seasonal decorations; Ms. Dawson’s work is one-of-a-kind.

Anita Designs

Anita Sobelson of Weston creates pillows, throws, runners and other accessories and gifts. Her designs are inspired by traditional patchwork with a modern twist. She combines fabrics and trims with luxurious texture and bold color, then adds a touch of the unexpected to her beautifully crafted collection.

Jewelry by Isabel

Parisian-born Isabel Johannsen has been making jewelry for the last decade. Using the finest materials, her whimsical designs are inspired by her travels throughout the world. Her time in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America has had a profound influence on her work.

Nod Hill Soap

Catherine Romer hand-crafts soaps with luxurious, creamy lather, gorgeous scents, light fluffy bubbles, skin-loving properties and beautiful packaging. An enticing assortment will be available, along with lotions and lip butters, refreshing rose water facial toners, soothing bath salts, rejuvenating salt and sugar scrubs, scented sachets and room sprays — all made in Wilton.

Southern Yankee

“Vintage Linens for Modern Girls” describes enchanting handmade clothing for babies and girls. Clothing, including skirts, shirts and aprons are made with 100% high-quality new cotton fabric adorned with vintage hankies, lace, and fabric — even up-cycled dress shirts. Enchanting baby bonnets for newborns — made with vintage hankies, trims, and mother-of-pearl buttons — are delicate heirlooms. Made in Wilton by Jennifer Angerame.

Designs by Jess

Jess Morgans of Fairfield has been making jewelry since 2007. “Classic with a twist” designs incorporate interesting semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and sterling silver. Looking for objects that inspire, and stones with soul and character, she crafts pieces that are delightfully different.

The society’s museum store, like the original 18th-century Betts Store, always features locally made and one-of-a-kind items, many hand-crafted. The store is freshly stocked for holiday shopping, and is brimming with an eclectic and interesting collection of affordable finds and follies. Some new offerings this season are paperweights and necklaces by Chartworks with designs which incorporate maps with Wilton; magnolia wreaths with dried flowers; vases and creamers from Farmhouse Pottery; Tiny But Mighty’s Ancient Heirloom Popcorn; pewter ornaments; Weston-sourced Red Bee honey; and much more.

At the Betts Store are gifts for holiday giving, from jewelry, scarves, and letterpress note cards to  toys, games and crafts for children. There is a selection of home accessories and hostess gifts — unusual candles, artwork, mugs, vases, cups and redware plates. The store is committed to supporting local craftsmen and businesses; some items are made in Wilton, some in Connecticut, and all are made in the U.S.A.

There is a particularly good selection of Wilton-themed items featuring local landmarks. There are totes, linen tea towels, note cards, mugs, plates, key chains, holiday ornaments, soaps, even hand-painted marble coasters with familiar Wilton buildings. Books about Wilton, including Wilton Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places and Progress by Bob Russell are in stock.

The store also stocks nicely crafted classic wooden toys such as spinning tops and Jacob’s Ladders, fun games like jacks and marbles, and a variety of games to be played outside on the lawn. A selection of puppets, craft kits, wooden dolls and other unexpected treasures round out the children’s section.

The Betts Store at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4.