Hecho en Las Cruces- Family Business (Part 2)

November 19, 2016 raguirre

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Great Spirit Creations

For a gift that’s truly New Mexican, check out Great Spirit Creations, founded 14 years ago by the husband and wife team of Sal and Silvia Ramirez. Silvia says the duo started small, making gifts for family and friends, but it soon grew into much more. They currently sell jewelry, crosses, and other handcrafted items, at festivals and fairs all over the region including the area wine festivals, the apple and cherry festivals in High Rolls, and at the Renaissance ArtsFaire in early November.

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While their booth does include a few items from other artists, Sal and Silvia hand-make most of what they sell out of their own home. Their Native American cotton boll angels are popular during the holiday season, but their gorgeous beaded and turquoise jewelry is the big draw. Pieces range from earrings and cross pins to full earring, necklace, and bracelet sets, all crafted in traditional Southwestern style and offered at extremely reasonable prices. “Whenever I visit Santa Fe, I’m always shocked by the high prices,” Silvia says. “From the beginning, we’ve always said we were going to keep prices affordable so our customers can find a beautiful accessory, no matter their budget range.”

Over the years, Silvia’s gotten creative with how she exhibits their work and it’s worth a stop by their booth just to see the colorful pieces displayed against wood, rock, beans, and other locally-inspired elements.
575-642-3011 | greatspirit88@yahoo.com

1736 Creations

136_3-1When Delsie Fuqua realized retirement wasn’t as fun as she’d anticipated, she started sewing quilts and aprons. When she had more than she could use or give away, she moved from Dallas to Las Cruces and partnered up with daughter Jill Summerlin to form 1736 Creations. “Mom was bored in retirement and she talked me into starting a business with her. Now I’m hooked,” Jill says.

Find the mother-daughter team every week on the north end of the Downtown Farmers’ and Crafts market selling a variety of homemade items from handmade quilts, aprons, and pillows to fresh artisan breads, spice mixes, and granola. They have a wide range of baked goods available at their booth, but also take special orders for delivery or pick-up. Check out the full menu of over 50 items on their website including rare finds in these parts like Irish soda bread, Swedish rye rolls, French boules, sun-dried tomato focaccia, and German pretzels.

For the holiday season, 1736 Creations will be offering gift baskets with aprons and baked goods packaged together, as well as pre-made dry mixes in jars so you can make your favorite holiday treats at home. And be on the lookout next year; Delsie says they are currently working on a cookbook with recipes using some of the ingredients they sell, like their spice mixes.
214-784-3482 | 1736Creations.com

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