Gift Shop

= Products made by The Wallace Centers of Iowa

Located in the farmhouse at the Country Life Center, all but a handful of the items carried in the Gift Shop are created in southwest or south central Iowa. More than 25 local artists provide a constantly changing selection of gift items and seasonal pieces. Items shown below are just a small sample of what’s available. Prices range from a couple of dollars to a little more than $100. Sorry, at this time we aren’t able to do online sales or ship items.

Shop Hours:

Regular hours: 10 am – 3 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm Friday.

Lisa Swanson, manager. Call 641.337.5019

Dirt Road Candles

$10-$25
Hand poured soy candles made by Michelle Meyer of Atlantic come in different sizes and fragrances such as Rainwater and Black Sea.

rugs

Handwoven Rugs

$25-$125
Weavers Betsy Keenan of Maloy and Nathan Hamilton of Creston create completely different styles of rugs–all beautiful.

Tomato Jam

$10/pint
Made from a recipe created by Chef Katie Porter, this tasty jam pairs nicely with cheddar cheese on a cracker or on a slice of beef. Limited quantity.

Goat's Milk Soaps

$5-$6
You’ll be obsessed with washing your hands with these amazingly scented handmade soaps from Michelle Carter of Dexter.

Flavored Salts

$6/jar
Just a pinch of garlic smoked or rosemary orange salt is all you need to make meats, vegetables, even popcorn better! Quantities limited.

Doll Clothes

$10-$30
You’ll find an entire wardrobe for your favorite 18″ doll from retired home economics teacher Lois Houghtaling of Greenfield.

Artists:

From time to time, we’ll feature one or more of our local artists here.

Judy Gile, Creston, IA: Porcelain Painter

My first love is portraits of people or animals. My painting ideas come from pictures, my imagination and frequently just develop and change as I paint the piece. I am not a traditional porcelain painter as I rarely do flowers or fruit in traditional style. I want my art pieces to tell a story about the subject to the viewer. Most of the time, my hope is to make the viewer smile.