So like I said, I really like to support independent artisans when possible. It's nice to know your purchases are going to support an individual and their family. Plus as someone who is passionate about memory keeping and scrapbooking, it gives me a lot of satisfaction knowing I'm helping someone else live out their dream of doing their passion for a living.
Each of the following businesses will be featured on my sidebar all month long and into December. I hope when you start thinking about holiday gifts you'll check one of them out first! I've been to each one and have found lots of great things. I've found lots of new favorite shops and I'd like to feature "My Pick" for each one below.
It was easy to pick out my favorite thing at Happy Hapa, it's gotta be Sharon's camera straps. Why, you ask? Because I already own one :)
Maryanne from Scrappy Gifts is the third blogger I regularly read and visit online. I often participate in her monthly Online Crops and have won a few prizes from her. The scrappy canvas is in my daughter's room and the scrappy box she made us is in my office. If you missed it, check out her guest post from last Friday.
Definitely the Scrappy Box, it's such a unique way to show off your favorite photos. I love that it's interactive and visitors to our home always think it's just the neatest thing ever. Get the laminated version, because you and your friends won't be able to put it down. It's going to be handled and looked at constantly.
The blogger behind Love Notes by Lauren is a newlywed preschool teacher doing crafts, going to school, and loving fashion. Her shop is called Lulu's Little Loft and in this virtual loft you'll find signs, banners, artwork, frames, design, invites, and more.
You and Me Word Board - I love the look of hand lettering but never like it when I do it. Lauren's is such a fun mix of eclectic handwriting styles and all the different phrases are so sweet.
Suzy from Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom specializes in Ukrainian Eggs. They make fabulous, unique Christmas ornaments and gifts. If you've never seen Ukrainian eggs before you won't believe how impressive they are, really gorgeous! She'll tell you a little bit more about them in her guest post Friday.
Two Turtle Doves-Ukrainian Egg: I love the motif and colors of this one of a kind egg representing a line from one of the season's most famous songs. Series of dyes and bees wax went into creating this fabulously decorated goose egg. I am fascinated by the technique that goes into creating these!
Amy from One Artsy Mama stocks her shop with a combination of things she makes. She focuses mainly on jewelry, with an emphasis on modern, personal family jewelry for moms, grandmothers, and the other women in your life. She also does blog buttons/headers/other graphic design. Amy will be here next week with a tutorial on how to make her Pop of Color Earrings.
Sweet Peas in a Pod Necklace: This pendant caught my eye right away. Now that I have two kiddos it would be a fun mommy necklace to represent both of my little loves. This necklace can be customized with up to four glass beads to fit your family. Amy also has another family jewelry options, a cute nest and birth stone necklaces. Her wrapped wire style is really quite dainty looking, very feminine and pretty.