thekeepershouse

Eclectic collection of baskets & things for the home

New York, United States · 8793 Sales

thekeepershouse

Eclectic collection of baskets & things for the home

New York, United States 8793 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(4388)

Announcement   Happy Summer! It is harvest time! This shifts the focus of my shop more toward the floral. 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.
This time of year often finds me outside harvesting and tending to the gardens. So,
you can 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 picked and bundled. 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.



NEW is Etsy's shipping calculator. I plan to add this convenient option to most of my listings. While this option is helpful (especially to international buyers),
The handy dandy calculator seems to fail at combining purchases that are going to the same address. I have a lot of buyers who buy a lot. So, rest assured, I will automatically always ship best way to help reduce shipping costs. When there is an overcharge, I routinely refund back any savings.

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.
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?
I now share my brick and mortar shop with new shopkeepers.
They keep regular shop hours for easy access to NY goods!
Weather and schedule contingent, I am always happy to meet for a special appointment or can leave any item there for easy pickup.
Just contact me with any questions.

My baskets have been featured in the November/December 2013 NNY Living Magazine, artisan gift guide.
You can see one of my baskets on the cover:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=349889621774249&set=a.151920224904524.31749.121269591302921&type=1&theater

I am a proud member of
The Etsy Craft Count Team ( currently number 20 in the list of top 100 Housewares sellers.)
The North Country Arts Council www.nnyart.org
North Country Crafters http://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthCountryCrafters/

and a past organizer for:
Art in the Park Henderson, NY


To see a little more about me, visit Linda Stoddard Leonard on Facebook.

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 18, 2016

Happy Summer! It is harvest time! This shifts the focus of my shop more toward the floral. 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.
This time of year often finds me outside harvesting and tending to the gardens. So,
you can 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 picked and bundled. 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.



NEW is Etsy's shipping calculator. I plan to add this convenient option to most of my listings. While this option is helpful (especially to international buyers),
The handy dandy calculator seems to fail at combining purchases that are going to the same address. I have a lot of buyers who buy a lot. So, rest assured, I will automatically always ship best way to help reduce shipping costs. When there is an overcharge, I routinely refund back any savings.

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.
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?
I now share my brick and mortar shop with new shopkeepers.
They keep regular shop hours for easy access to NY goods!
Weather and schedule contingent, I am always happy to meet for a special appointment or can leave any item there for easy pickup.
Just contact me with any questions.

My baskets have been featured in the November/December 2013 NNY Living Magazine, artisan gift guide.
You can see one of my baskets on the cover:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=349889621774249&set=a.151920224904524.31749.121269591302921&type=1&theater

I am a proud member of
The Etsy Craft Count Team ( currently number 20 in the list of top 100 Housewares sellers.)
The North Country Arts Council www.nnyart.org
North Country Crafters http://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthCountryCrafters/

and a past organizer for:
Art in the Park Henderson, NY


To see a little more about me, visit Linda Stoddard Leonard on Facebook.

Linda Stoddard-Leonard

Contact shop owner

Linda Stoddard-Leonard

BABIES BREATH naturally DRiED FLOWER Bunches
US$6.50
DOCK WREATH Natural DRIED Flower for autumn
US$35.00
MONEY PLANT autumn dried flower Lunaria WREATH
US$36.00
SUNFLOWER natural dried flower WREATH
US$36.00
DOCK WREATH Natural DRIED Flower for autumn
US$35.00
SEA HOLLY naturally DRiED FLOWER Bunches
US$4.50
BEE BALM naturally DRiED FLOWER Leaf Bunches
US$4.25
SCABIOSA DRIED FLOWER Bunches Pincushion Flower
US$6.99
BORAGE naturally DRiED Flower & HERB Bunches
US$4.00
RHINEBECK Rag Weaving RUG
US$59.00
View all 472 items

About

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.

In my local shop, I now share my space with other northern New York artisans. We are a small rural area and selling opportunities are limited, so I am honored to support our local talent. 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.

I am currently in my 13th year of business and my 8th year of successful selling on Etsy.



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

Tweet
Around the web
Shop members
  • Linda Stoddard Leonard

    Owner, Maker, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
I love what I do.
For me, it is more than just making a good basket.
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

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
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 business day 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. 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 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.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to love your item (s).
And, if for any reason, you don't, I will gladly take it back and refund the purchase price. All I ask is that you notify me immediately (same day) upon receipt.
After notification, the exchange or return must happen within a thirty day period from original shipping date.
Sorry, but shipping costs cannot be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
AVAILABILITY: In the warmer months, I participate with a brick and mortar shop. 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.
I am sorry, but because the baskets take so long to make and I have two shops to fill (on-line and my own brick and mortar), I am unable to offer wholesale or quantity discounts. This includes offers of consignment.
I am also unable to trade. That blurs the line between personal and business and gets confusing for my bookkeeping.

BANNER NOTE: The sketch used in my banner was done by artist, Garrett McCarthy. Visit his website to see more of his art.


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.