Friday, June 05, 2015

gofundme Campaign

Please support my gofundme campaign to print up two new designs for my card line.   This will be so helpful to me as I rebuild my business after a long battle with Lyme Disease!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Zip Pulls for Lyme Relief

Dear Friends,

It has been some time since I've updated this blog. I have been recovering from chronic Lyme disease. It's been a long road, but I'm happy to feel well enough to be giving you news of a new project.

I am pleased to announce a new project called "Zip Pulls for Lyme Relief." I am launching a campaign to sell $2000 worth of my Fern House Studio zip pulls to put towards my Lyme recovery. I hope you will take part!

There are 3 styles available: owl, bunny and lucky kitty zip pulls. Each zip pull is $10.95 plus $4.05 shipping and tax. The more zip pulls you buy, the better the deal. So total price, 1 zip pull = $15, 2 = $28, and 3 = $36. (If you want more than 3, go with the $12 each price).

You can purchase these at my Etsy shop

 To see my newest watercolors, please visit my FaceBook page 
Don't forget to "like" it while you are there. 


I have a new Ebay shop featuring items from my studio as well as Japanese pottery finds and other handmade goods.  Check it out by clicking here


Thursday, February 28, 2013

You Can Help

Dear Friends,
My friend Sarah Brandon sent out this email to help me out recently.  If you feel moved to help, that would be greatly appreciated.  I know you all have your own projects and problems and have no expectations.  Wishing you all the best.  

Dear Friends of Christina Heiniger,

Putting a call out to all of you seeking your help and support for Christina who is feeling quite debilitated from a chronic shoulder and back injury, which was made worse after a car accident last Summer. To top this off, she recently reinjured her shoulder and isn’t able to work. Until now she has attempted to forge ahead with a brave face and has mustered a positive attitude, but having this injury while being self-employed, without health insurance and living by herself has taken it’s toll – not only physically, but emotionally and financially. Currently Christina is not able to drive, lift heavy items or handle some of the everyday tasks at home that we often take for granted. That’s where we come in… 

Ways We Can Help:
·     rides to appointments
·     meals : currently avoiding wheat, tomato, white sugar & corn  
      also TMJ makes chewing hard foods difficult
·     help with laundry 
·     vacuuming
·     prayers/visualizations
·     healing CD’s
·     errands
•    other random acts of kindness

To arrange a time to help or offer rides: 
please call Christina at 664-2404   15 Wood Run Lamoine, ME. 04605
(emailing is on hold for now until her shoulder is better)

A temporary Special Account is set up at TD Bank in Ellsworth –  
217 High St., Ellsworth Maine, 04605 (667-2536)  If you’d like to make a donation please 
make checks payable to “Helping Hands - Christina Heiniger”.  You can either mail a check or stop in at the Ellsworth branch. 

The hope is that with 6 – 8 weeks of rest and rehabilitation, attending osteopathic adjustments, medical appointments and other healing modalities that Christina will be on the road to recovery and independence once again -  and Making Art for All of us to Enjoy!

With thanks and loads of appreciation, Sarah Brandon 
                                                              (artist & fan of Fern House Studio)

Feel free to pass this on to anyone we may have missed and who might like to know

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Business Saturday at The Gifted Hand Shop

Join us this Saturday Nov. 24

to celebrate Small Business Saturday at 

The Gifted Hand Artisan Shop. 

{Shop Small Instead of Shopping Mall}

In appreciation of your support of my local artisan endeavors,

 I'll be offering:
• 20% off all Fern House Studio artwork, prints, cards, 

stickers, mirrors,
felt purses and zipper pulls.  Plus...
• 10% off many other selected items only on  Nov. 24. 

I'll have some treats & hot cider to share with you
Enter a raffle to win a gorgeous 24" wreath decorated by
Leslie Harlow!

• E X T E N D E D  H O U R S on 11/24: 9:00am To 7:00pm •

You'll find us at 169 Main St, Next to The Grand Theater in 

Downtown Ellsworth.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gifted Hand Show Receives MAC Grant

I'm pleased to announce that the Gifted Hand Show has received an Arts Visibility Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. The grant will be used for a special invite program for Maine gallery owners, members of Maine State Government, arts patrons and collectors, members of the media, and Maine museum directors. The goal is to benefit Show Artisans by connecting them with new outlets for their work. We also seek to spread information about the creative economy to those in leadership positions in State Government. It is an honor to receive this grant, which was sought after by applicants throughout the State. It is a testament to the quality of the Gifted Hand Show and the Artisans involved to win this grant. The Maine Arts Commission is a State agency that seeks to encourage public interest and participation in the cultural heritage programs of our State. The agency also strives to expand the state's cultural resources, as well as encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts. The Gifted Hand Show is an annual fine art, craft and gift show taking place in Ellsworth. Now in its seventh year, the show features works by sixty five juried Maine Artisans. Including pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, glass, wood, and paintings, the show has become a Holiday shopping tradition in the area. This year's show will take place at the Ellsworth Ramada on November 9 and 10. Cleonice Bistro will also be at the show selling meals and snacks. For more information visit or email show organizer Christina Heiniger at

Fall Bead, Jewelry and Fiber Show Coming Soon

Beads, Baubles & Fleece Downeast: Fall Bead, Jewelry & Fiber show 4th Annual Show, happening Autumn Gold weekend in Ellsworth. Friday September 28, noon-7pm Saturday September 29, 9am-4pm Ramada Inn (Schoodic room, off lobby) 215 High Street, Ellsworth, Maine Doorprize of over $150 of beads and goodies. $1 Admission Adults, children 12 and under free. 25 Vendors will be participating in the show, including Bead Shops, area jewelers and fiber artists. Something for everyone: Featuring both supplies and finished work. BEADS: Czech glass, gemstones, vintage, porcelain, crystal, pearls, lampwork, findings, and more. JEWELRY: Handcrafted by talented artisans. FIBER SUPPLIES: Handspun and hand dyed Yarn, Roving, Buttons, felt beads and more. FINISHED FIBER ART: Knit, woven and felted clothing, accessories and more. FMI: or call Christina at 664-2404 Beads, Baubles and Fleece Downeast is part of Ellsworth’s Autumn Gold weekend of family events and fall sales. For more information about Autumn Gold visit Throughout the weekend many businesses will be offering specials and Autumn Gold Savings, the Grand Theater will be featuring the World’s Only Global Film Festival, Home Depot will host the 29th Autumn Gold Car Show, and the Downeast YMCA will present a 5 and 10k road race, among the many activities.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Bead & Jewelry Show Coming Up

The 4th Annual
Beads & Baubles Downeast
Spring Bead & Jewelry Show

Friday May 4, Noon – 7 pm
Saturday May 5, 9 am – 4 pm
At The Ramada Inn (Schoodic Room – off Lobby)
215 High Street, Ellsworth, Maine

$1.00 Admission for Adults
Children 12 & Under FREE
Door Prize of over $100 worth of beads!
Sweet treats and coffee available at the show from Yummy Perfection

The Show features the largest selection of beads and handmade jewelry in the area.

Beautiful and unique
Mother’s Day gifts!

These exceptional artisans and bead shops will be selling their wares at the show:
Priscilla Wentworth (polymer clay beads & jewelry), Margaret Hagopian-Slack (beads & handcrafted jewelry), Kathleen Henderson (Lampwork glass beads), Butterfly Beads (Bead Shop), Sharon Broom (hand crafted jewelry in fine silver with gems),
Sihaya Hopkins (Lampwork glass beads, buttons & jewelry), Jennifer Miller (Beads), Janelle Delicata (handcrafted jewelry in gold & silver), Jenny King (Beads and beaded jewelry), Leslie Jones (Beads and beaded jewelry), Downeast Sticks ‘n Stones (Bead Shop), Eyrlynne Kitagawa (handmade beads & jewelry), Christina Heiniger (Beads – specializing in pearls & porcelain beads), Mira Coleman (Fair Trade beads, buttons & handmade jewelry), Jackie Haines (gemstone, glass & seed beads and hand crafted jewelry), Emily Delfin (handcrafted jewelry in silver & gold wire, and Swarovski Crystal), Tina Beachy (Lampwork beads and jewelry), Beads from Ginger Manna’s collection, and Veronica Espinoza of Yummy Perfections (Coffee, delish cupcakes & cookies, plus other treats).

This show and sale of Beads, Beading Supplies and artisan created jewelry includes:
Pearls, gemstones, lampwork glass beads & buttons, vintage beads & buttons, seed beads, Czech glass, findings, porcelain beads, Fair Trade beads, Swarovski Crystal, felt beads, handmade polymer clay beads, and so much more!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Beads, Baubles & Fleece Downeast

Beads, Baubles & Fleece Downeast:Fall Bead, Jewelry & Fiber show
3rd Annual Show. Newly Expanded!
Friday October 14, noon-7pm
Saturday October 15, 9am-4pm
Ramada Inn (Tennis Court area)
215 High Street, Ellsworth, Maine

Doorprize of over $150 of beads and goodies.
$2 Admission Adults, children 12 and under free. Admission will be donated to The Ginger Manna Scholarship Fund, in loving memory of the show's co-founder, Ginger Manna, who passed away on June 21, 2011.

45+ Vendors will be participating at the show, including Bead Shops, area jewelers and fiber artists.
Something for everyone:
Featuring both supplies and finished work.
BEADS: Czech glass, gemstones, vintage, porcelain, crystal, pearls, lampwork, findings, and more.
JEWELRY: Handcrafted by talented artisans.
NEW! FIBER SUPPLIES: Handspun and hand dyed Yarn, Roving, Buttons and more.
NEW! FINISHED FIBER ART: Knit, woven and felted clothing, accessories and more.

Snacks + light meals available at the show from Cleonice Bistro.
FMI: or call Christina at 664-2404

Bring your ticket from the Beads, Baubles & Fleece Show to The Grand Box office on October 14th or 15th, and receive $2 off admission to see the movie Handmade Nation, playing at The Grand Theatre in Ellsworth Fri. Oct. 14 at 7:30pm and Sat. Oct. 15 at 7:00pm