Ohio is full of talented, local artisans who have turned their abilities into prosperous business ventures. This December, we are featuring companies from around Ohio for the “Handmade for the Holidays” theme who use their skills to create crafts and goods we can all be proud to give, or receive, as gifts during the holiday season. Sirius Alpacas, in Geauga County, are former alpaca farmers who work with Ohio fleece producers to help them sell their yarns for socks, scarves, blankets, and a variety of other products. Buck & Libby, in Hamilton County, named for owner Megan K. Ball’s late grandparents, create hand-drawn illustrations for a line of charming products that are sure to brighten your home and your day. In Allen County, Elida Candle Company was started in 2011 by a husband and wife team who wanted to turn their hobby and love for clean burning soy candles into a thriving business. Mother and daughter entrepreneurs started Lulu & Max, in Fairfield County, using fresh milk straight from their Lancaster farm to produce goat milk soaps, in addition to gourmet loose leaf tea and face creams. Sparkvites, in Hancock County, started in 2012 as a wedding stationery design shop, but continue to add new products, including rubber stamps and greeting cards, to their line - all original and handmade right here in Ohio. The Happy Groundhog Studio, LLC, in Hamilton County, is proud to be an eco-friendly company, utilizing recycled materials to many of their products, including handmade, plush critters, monsters and pillows that are made from up-cycled sweaters.