Artful Holiday Gifts

Hi Friends,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already November, and suddenly the holidays are upon us. I’ve spent the last several months preparing for this time of year, and I have ideas for your holiday gift-giving occasions!

My handwoven scarves make wonderful gifts. These one-of-a-kind pieces add a touch of elegance and vibrant color to a winter wardrobe. Warm, soft and cozy, the scarves are created using luxury yarns to give a sumptuous feel with an artistic flair.

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

My leaf print silk scarves are a unique and eco-conscious gift. I gather fallen leaves on neighborhood walks, press and roll them against silk, and steam the bundle over boiling water. The colors and patterns of the leaves transfer to the fabric. No inks, dyes or paints are used — just the colors from the leaves themselves.

Cassandra Tondtro leaf print silk scarf Cassandra Tondtro leaf print silk scarf

My “Talkin’ Trash” collages are fun, especially if the trash has special meaning for the recipient. I use found trash to create one-of-a-kind pieces with a dynamic design on top of a background made using images cut from discarded magazines. Cleaning up the environment and turning it into art!

Cassandra Tondro collage

For something a little more personal, consider a one-of-a-kind “Healing the Heart” collage. These heart pieces depict universal love — love for oneself, life, all beings and the planet. They’re also made from images cut from discarded magazines.

Cassandra Tondro collage

This Sunday I’m excited to be showing my scarves, collages and handmade cards at the annual Unitarian Universalist Arts & Crafts Fair. If you’re in the Ventura area come and see me there!

UUCV Arts and Craft Fair

You can also see a nice selection of my handwoven scarves, leaf print scarves, leaf prints on paper, and handmade cards at Bird Dog Arts in Tejon Ranch, at the Tejon Outlet Mall. It’s a fun place to go, and not all that far from either Ventura or Los Angeles.

What are your holiday plans for this year? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us here.

With love and appreciation,


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