thekeepershouse

Eclectic collection of baskets & things for the home

Henderson Harbor, New York
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Announcement    "There are no straight lines in nature."

Fresh evergreen wreaths will start to appear in my shop around the middle of November. Weather permitting, I usually start collecting the greenery around November 10th. I hope to have wreaths listed the week of Thanksgiving. Availability is always limited and I usually sell out, so order yours early!


Shying away from any dyes or preservatives, my dried flowers are mostly locally grown or foraged. This naturally primitive feel has become a signature look for me. Some of the bunches are strictly ornamental while others are not so pretty, but have useful applications.
My focus is on the raw, useful or unusual and not on weddings or more formal applications. There are, luckily, plenty of shops who do specialize in wedding work.

Expect quantity and availability of all the dried flowers to change quickly. I keep a live inventory in my shop, adding items as they are available, but all of the flowers can sell quickly. A live inventory indicates that you are seeing an" up to the day" account of what is currently available. Your item might have a slight delay if it is not entirely dry and ready to ship. This usually only means a few days. I will not ship fresh items or items that are not completely dried.
It is not uncommon for things to completely sell out in the winter months.

What makes my wreaths unique is that most of them start from the seed itself. I use materials that I plant, grow and harvest myself. Foraging and harvesting the dried flowers is an ongoing daily task. In some cases, this activity takes longer than the actual wreath construction! You can expect the quantities available to change rapidly. On average, each bunch of dried flowers/herbs is about 10 stems....closer to 20 stems with smaller blooms...and slightly less with larger items. I do my best to give you the specifics in each item's description.
The wreaths are listed as each one is completed. This prevents me from overselling...or over anticipating a harvest.

In the area and want to stop by in person?
Although I no longer run a brick and mortar shop, I still use it for pickups.
I am always happy to meet someone locally for a special appointment
Just contact me with any questions.

My baskets have been featured in the November/December 2013 NNY Living Magazine, artisan gift guide.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 17, 2019

"There are no straight lines in nature."

Fresh evergreen wreaths will start to appear in my shop around the middle of November. Weather permitting, I usually start collecting the greenery around November 10th. I hope to have wreaths listed the week of Thanksgiving. Availability is always limited and I usually sell out, so order yours early!


Shying away from any dyes or preservatives, my dried flowers are mostly locally grown or foraged. This naturally primitive feel has become a signature look for me. Some of the bunches are strictly ornamental while others are not so pretty, but have useful applications.
My focus is on the raw, useful or unusual and not on weddings or more formal applications. There are, luckily, plenty of shops who do specialize in wedding work.

Expect quantity and availability of all the dried flowers to change quickly. I keep a live inventory in my shop, adding items as they are available, but all of the flowers can sell quickly. A live inventory indicates that you are seeing an" up to the day" account of what is currently available. Your item might have a slight delay if it is not entirely dry and ready to ship. This usually only means a few days. I will not ship fresh items or items that are not completely dried.
It is not uncommon for things to completely sell out in the winter months.

What makes my wreaths unique is that most of them start from the seed itself. I use materials that I plant, grow and harvest myself. Foraging and harvesting the dried flowers is an ongoing daily task. In some cases, this activity takes longer than the actual wreath construction! You can expect the quantities available to change rapidly. On average, each bunch of dried flowers/herbs is about 10 stems....closer to 20 stems with smaller blooms...and slightly less with larger items. I do my best to give you the specifics in each item's description.
The wreaths are listed as each one is completed. This prevents me from overselling...or over anticipating a harvest.

In the area and want to stop by in person?
Although I no longer run a brick and mortar shop, I still use it for pickups.
I am always happy to meet someone locally for a special appointment
Just contact me with any questions.

My baskets have been featured in the November/December 2013 NNY Living Magazine, artisan gift guide.

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About thekeepershouse

Sales 18,433
On Etsy since 2006

A big life in a small Town

Found on the shores of Lake Ontario, The Keepers' House is the name of my little brick and mortar shop here in the small town of Henderson, New York.
Located in Northern New York, the local land is rich with nature. It is this natural world that has the greatest influence on the things I create.


The Keepers House name came because we lived in the local lighthouse for many years. Even though we are no longer lighthouse keepers, the name has stuck and continues to serve me well. Think of it now, as things worth keeping...or baskets to keep things in.

I am a professional floral designer by trade with a degree in philosophy, so I try to bring that sense of color and thought of design to everything that I do. The local shop is an eclectic mix of vintage and handmade. It carries everything from soap to woodworking to fresh flowers from my own gardens. I have been making and selling textile art baskets for over 16 years and have sold thousands of them.
An avid gardener, most of wreaths are created from locally grown or gathered materials. My leanings are more toward the primitive and the organic, so if you want a more glitzy polished look, I might not be the designer for you. I am not a fussy, matchy-matchy kind of person. I often find that it is the imperfections and the weeds that inspire me the most.

I am a member of the North Country Arts Council and a former organizer for Henderson's Art in the Park Festival. I am also honored to be in the top Craftcount Etsy sellers in Home Decor.

Although I did run a brick and mortar shop for over ten years, I now operate almost exclusively on-line. Trying to do both became just too much for one person to do!


WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ME?
The Etsy Rhode Island Street Team took a blogging road trip around the USA. I am delighted to be their stop in New York.
Read the interview at
http://arts-in-ri.blogspot.com/
Thank you Harmony (harmonyvanlue)
and the Rhode Island Team!

My baskets have also appeared In NNY Living Magazine, November/December 2012

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  • Linda Stoddard Leonard

    Owner, Maker, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on April 30, 2022
I love what I do.
For me, it is more than just making a good basket or growing a satisfying crop.
I try my best to take good photographs, write creative descriptions, and offer fair pricing. I think customer service is very important, and I strive to make it a priority.
I promise to always ship and answer emails in a timely manner.
I am a buyer too, so I try to treat my customers like I would want to be treated.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I always accept returns. All I ask is that you notify me immediately (same day) upon receipt. If a Priority box has been damaged in transit, the replacement cost is covered by the post office, not me. I often kick in extra funds to make sure that the items travel with insurance.
Once feedback is left, the shop considers the transaction to be completed. Any resolution should take place prior to the final feedback step. We appreciate the opportunity to correct any mistakes before you publicly shame!
So, do please contact me directly if you experience any problems. Insurance claims however, do not need to go through me and you should do that directly on the USPS website.
If you do need to make a return, do please let me know when the item ships out so that I will know when to expect it on my end.
Sorry, but shipping costs cannot usually be refunded and I do not offer return labels.
Payment
I accept Paypal and money orders for on-line Etsy orders. If you don't have a Paypal account and want to pay with your credit card, Etsy also offers a direct check out through them. Since Etsy has added this feature, I no longer take direct credit card payments myself.



I am always willing to work with a buyer in regards to payment, but communication is everything. Please contact me if you have special circumstances. Otherwise, I expect payment at the time of your order. If I do not hear from you within three (3) days of receiving your order,and payment is not made within that time, I reserve the right to cancel the sale and relist the item(s) for sale.
New Yorkers should be prepared to pay sales tax. It is automatically added by Paypal when you check out.

I am also always happy to hold any special orders for you. But, because a lot of my items are seasonal, I cannot reserve items indefinitely. In most cases, I cannot hold any items for longer than 10 days.Special Order pickup is expected at time of completion unless other arrangements are made. Items held for longer than 10 days may be taken off of reserve and sold.
Shipping
I will always try to ship within one to three business days of receiving your payment. If the cost to ship your actual order ends up being less, I will always refund the difference back to you. This sometimes happens with multi item orders or items that are being shipped to locations very near to New York.
Please note that I will use Etsy or Paypal for labeling and shipping. Please make sure that your address is correctly listed. If you are sending a gift to another location, it is more efficient to change the address on the actual order. Also be sure to include any gift card message you would like to enclose.

SPECIAL NOTE: I am a huge recycler. Not only does this help to keep my prices reasonable, but it is also good for the planet. You should expect that I will reuse package material and shipping boxes and acquire these things from multiple sources.

DOMESTIC (within the USA) items are usually sent USPS Priority Mail. I do try to use Priority whenever possible because then your item travels with insurance. However, in the case of overly large, heavy boxes,or boxes traveling a far distance, I may opt for the more economical Parcel Post. If you are in a hurry for your item, please let me know. Items are always sent with a confirmation, tracking number.
INTERNATIONAL shipping has been estimated on most items. Although, I have not always done this if the item is very large or heavy. It is not the case that I will not ship to you, but because international shipping can be so expensive, it is best if you contact me with your exact location.
CUSTOMS: My local postmaster is a friend. Unless you are really sending a present to a third party, please do NOT ask me to lie to her about whether or not my package is a gift. Any customs charges are the responsibility of the international buyer.
If you are used to shopping with me locally feel free to order here. I will refund the shipping costs and arrange with you for pickup. I often use the location of my former brick and mortar shop for ease in pickup. It is now run by a new shopkeeper and is called The Purple Pirate, but has regular hours.
Additional policies and FAQs
AVAILABILITY: I also sell locally. If an item suddenly disappears, it is probably because it has sold locally. Keep in mind that each basket is a one of kind and may not be able to be duplicated.

However, I do a lot of custom orders and I am always happy to work with you to create the perfect basket. Do keep in mind though, that mine is a very labor intensive craft and it can take weeks to fill your request. It all depends on my work load and the size of your request. ORDER EARLY! The largest baskets will typically take 4-6 weeks. Dried flowers are grown and harvested in the warmer months. I often sell out before the next season arrives.
I am sorry, but I am unable to offer wholesale or quantity discounts.
Instead, I work on keeping my every day prices reasonable.
I am also unable to trade. That blurs the line between personal and business and gets confusing for my bookkeeping.



SPECIAL DISCLAIMER NOTE: I do not live or work in a controlled environment. Both my shop and my home are over 100 years old. Both have a constant stream of visitors, some of them unruly. In the case of my home, this includes way too many men and twenty something boys. There is always something cooking on the stove, harvested herbs hang from the rafters, fruit and nuts are always on the table, and I often photograph with them... and I have a personal fondness for peanuts. Recently, I spent the morning wrangling a bird out of my studio. We have pets, which includes horses. We heat our home with wood and a fireplace both of which can produce smoke.
My studio also has a wood stove.
I also work with a lot of vintage and reclaimed items whose origins, history, and content will never be known. And, like a squirrel, I routinely, gather, stash and use natural finds. These include, but are not limited to, nuts, berries, acorns, pinecones, antlers, moss, fungi, twigs, bark, vine, seashells, and pebbles.
If you have severe allergies, I would rather lose a sale than cause you any distress. So, if any of this concerns you, I may not be the seller for you. In short, if you need to ask if I am pet free, smoke free, synthetic free, vegan, hypoallergenic, or fat free...assume that I am not.