19 November 2015

these are a few of my favorite things

I know people freak out when big stores put out all their holiday products months in advance. It's like, just let us enjoy the moment, people! I generally feel like that, too, except when it comes to Christmas. Seriously, put out the twinkly lights and the glitter and the plaid in September, and I will be a happy girl.

We are just moments away from full holiday cheer, and I thought it'd be the perfect time to share a few of my favorite things from some of my favorite small businesses to help inspire your holiday shopping, check some things off your wish list, and get your homes and hearts ready for the very best time of the year. I own at least one something from each of these shops, and I really love them all. 

Ok, so I may be slightly biased because these hand lettered signs made of reclaimed wood are from my sister's shop. But really, they are such beautiful pieces of work. I may have to start a gallery wall just to showcase all of them. She is restocking her etsy shop on November 27 - follow her on instagram for flash sales, sneak peeks, and some fun Christmas discounts.

My friend and fellow Noonday ambassador, Amanda, started Spoken For this fall as a way to help raise money for her trip to Rwanda and Uganda. It's a collaborative effort among many in the handmade community (including me!), and she has curated some truly beautiful things. Stamped jewelry, prints, upcycled wine bottle candles - I've already made two orders for Christmas, and can't wait to pick out a few more things!

Amber of Beautiful and Beloved has a heart that seriously inspires me to no end. She created an online boutique filled with jewelry, accessories, and clothing, that is all created by women around the world who have overcome incredible odds, fought their way out of sex slavery, and have a vision for creating a better world for themselves and their children through dignified work and community. I love everything I own from Amber's boutique, and I am currently drooling over that quilt made from vintage saris (so many heart eye emojis). You can get free shipping through November with the code "grateful".

I am seriously swooning over these stockings from Linnea's shop. I love every single thing that she makes! I have an initial ornament for each of my kids and I am lamenting not knowing what this next baby is so I can order their ornament asap. Everything she creates has the sweetest aesthetic (and she has the sweetest personality to boot!).

Coffee cozies, reversible headbands, fabric flags, and garden calendars. These are some of the gorgeous things Natalie creates from her farmhouse in Arkansas. Everything is so lovely and made with love, you can't go wrong picking something out for your favorite soul sister. AND she's offering you guys 15% off orders of $10 or more right now with the code "lovelylittle15". Don't miss out! Her stuff goes FAST.

For the foodies in your life. These all natural jams are SO delicious and Nicoletta offers sweet little gift packs and monthly deliveries. It's kind of a fun, unexpected gift for someone special - a grandparent or a teacher, or for yourself! We had fun making jam thumbprint shortbread and trying all the different flavors, or if you need the perfect recipe that makes a star out of orange marmalade - this yogurt cake from PW is ridiculous. It's one of the first recipes of hers I'd every tried, and it was amazing. Nicoletta is offering 10% off to all my readers with the code "littlewhimsy"!

And finally, my girl Stephanie of Sand and Starfish, is so talented and makes the dreamiest things. I have many of her zippered pouches, tassel bracelets and necklaces, her driftwood and seashell wall hangings, and some of her sweet vintage floral garland. Basically, I'm obsessed with everything she makes. She is having an awesome sale right now (bracelets start at $4!). It runs through December 2, so get going!