Spring, a time of new beginnings, is my favorite season. Opening day for the Colorado Rockies, new plant life brought by the rains, and milestone events such as graduations and weddings.
As a recent spring bride, I found myself with the task of determining important items that my husband and I needed for starting our lives together. I gravitated toward kitchen and decorative items with the ultimate goal of transforming our house into an inviting home.
If you’re looking for a wedding gift, The Shop in the Hamilton Building has a large offering of unparalleled items that would be excellent for any new couple. Following are some of my personal favorites:
Kei & Molly Dish Towels $12
These eco friendly screenprinted100% natural cotton dish towels are super soft and printed with non-toxic inks. Available in vibrant colors, each design is an original from Kei & Molly, and inspired by the landscapes and plants of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the perfect environmentally friendly substitute to paper towels, and make excellent gifts for any time of year.
Dreamfarm Garject $20-$37.95
For garlic lovers everywhere, this heavy-duty metal construction ensures a long life span, and the handy garlic skin eject button makes for easy cleaning. No digging to remove skins! Pressing garlic is now quick and easy. Heavy-duty plastic version also available in multiple colors.
Dreamfarm Chopula $14
Both a spatula and a chopping utensil, the utilitarian Chopula has a specially notched handle that keeps the blade elevated when set on any surface, keeping your blade and countertop free from mess. The durable nylon blade can withstand temperatures up to 480 F. With a rainbow of color options, I recommend getting more than one.
Dreamfarm Clongs $25
Another Dreamfarm creation with multiple color options are their Clongs. Stainless steel construction ensures durability, and the silicon grips allow you to pick up even the most delicate fish or pasta with ease, sparing your non-stick and metal cookware from scratching. With the same specially designed elevated handle as the Chopula, the silicone grips remain elevated when set on any surface. Clongs can lock closed, for easy storage.
Charles Viancin Silicone Lids $9-$20
These nature-inspired silicon lids, come in various sizes between 6” and 11” in different designs including lily pad, poppy, sunflower, and a rectangular banana leaf. These lids stick to any smooth surface including bowls, casserole dishes, pots, and pans. They hold an airtight seal, and can be used in the fridge and the microwave and are oven-safe up to 428F. Easy cleaning in the dishwasher. This is the ultimate replacement for aluminum foil and plastic wrap. These have been a lifesaver as replacements for my bowls that have lost their lids.
Simon Pearce Glass $100-$200
As a student, Simon was trained and perfected his glass-blowing craft in of the glass houses in Europe. He now operates his studio from a refurbished wool mill in Vermont. His elegant translucent glass pieces are hand blown, and precision made. Thee timeless bowls (pictured at top) are gorgeous as decorative or functional serving pieces.