Kansas native, Charity Fontaine, of Steel Shop Designs, spends many weekends checking out estate sales, yard sales and vintage markets searching for the perfect pieces to create her One-Of-A-Kind accessories.
We included two of Charity’s pieces in our first box. The first is the “Love” pendant necklace she made from salvaged vintage silverware. She cleans, trims, flattens, smooths, polishes, stamps, curls and inks each vintage spoon to create her “Love” pendant. We loved the pendant when we saw it because it was not obvious it started out as spoon and love how awesome it turned out.
Not wanting to waste a thing, Charity then used the trimmed pieces from the “Love” spoon pendant, and created the second
item on our box, the “Bee Kind” Key chain.
Charity custom made and stamped the “Bee Kind” keychain for us because we wanted to highlight one of our core values we have at Eclectic Box Goods. Simply put, we think kindness matters and love having a little reminder to “Bee Kind” on a key chain.
We also love that Charity is a giver as well as a maker. “I make stuff to sell so that I can raise money to take my family to Africa to work for the charity “Village of Hope.” My family spends a couple weeks every summer helping the people of Africa.”
Each month, Eclectic Box Goods will make a donation to a cause or charity and this month we will be making a donation to “Village of Hope”.
It is always interesting to watch a maker do her thing and see her passion at work. To “Bee Inspired”, check out the video below of Charity making her goods.
You can find Charity and her Steel Shop Design goods at pop up shops, boutiques and maker events in the Wichita area. We are also selling a few of her things in our Makers Marketplace. You can also follow Charity and the see the things she makes on her Steel Shops Designs Facebook page.
We are packing up our January Eclectic Box Goods next week… Our theme for this box is “Happy Everything”...