Favorite Shops // Holiday gifting made unique

Sharing a few of my favorite shops & retailers today.

I’ve been on a more deliberate mission to shop local, shop American made and support artists as much as possible. I still have the occasional Kohl’s or Target shopping trip, but those have become few and further in between.

I find people like the unique, handmade items more than generic goods. I know I do.

Here are some of the small businesses I like to support:

Moorea Seal (https://www.mooreaseal.com/)
I’ve followed Moorea’s blog for a few years and participated in her 52 lists project. Her shop is an eclectic mix of handmade and quality goods. There is currently free shipping on the site with the code: MERRY.

Three Hearts Home (http://www.threeheartshome.com/)
I was fortunate to be able to visit their brick & mortar in the summer. Carefully curated with American made and fair trade items, and they have a hedgehog for a mascot. They currently have free shipping on orders over $50.

Laurel Denise (http://laureldenise.com/)
I actually discovered Laurel Denise at Three Hearts Home. I placed a customized order with her earlier this year for her tiny scripted leather bracelets. One of these bracelets has my One Little Word reminder for 2017 on it. Her items are so delicately made and lovingly packaged. Custom design orders need to be placed by December 9th for Christmas delivery.

WildHartPaper (https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildHartPaper)
A local and favorite paper goods company. Check out her festive gift wrap and awesome holiday card designs. I decided to use the ones I got for display because they are so pretty!

Mud and Maker (http://www.mudandmaker.com/)
Creative and original pottery for all of your needs. I was able to visit her stand at the Clover Market in the fall for a pumpkin mug and this adorable dish. I brought it into work to liven up my desk & store some random stuff.

K-Deer (http://www.k-deer.com/)
If you are looking for some flashy & originally designed yoga leggings, K-Deer has it. These leggings are high quality, American made and eco friendly. Check out the signature stripes line, which benefit worthy causes. Sign up for the email list to get discount codes and be notified of sales.

Fancy Flours (http://www.fancyflours.com/)
Unique baking and gift items. I purchased the Retro Reindeer wafer paper for cookies this year and some beautifully printed tea towels for gifts. I love scrolling thru their catalog for baking ideas and they offer the recipes as well.

Paper Source (http://www.papersource.com/)
Is not-so-small, but they still carry a variety of handmade and unique items. Obviously the paper goods are high quality, but they also carry kitschy gift items. Same thing, sign up with an email to receive discount codes and be notified of exclusive sales.

Here are some other suggestions based on places I’ve been shopping for myself.

If you have a yogi, creative soul in your life, you may want to check them out:







For some creative classes & introspective work:



And again, my favorite photo printers &  for other photo gifts:





Disclaimer: I do not get anything from promoting these retailers, I simply actually shop there and like my goods & customer experiences.


December 2016 // Field Notes

04. Circles // somewhat obvious but I love my boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's. Can't beat it's $10 price tag either. #decemberreflections2016 #traderjoes

‘Tis the season. I have to admit, I am not a huge Christmas lover, but I am actually feeling good about it this year. I think I’ve gotten better at cutting out the stress and just enjoying it. I feel ahead of the game as far as gift buying goes and once I finish decorating (hopefully this weekend) the house will feel more content.

I’ve skipped doing any sort of December Daily or scrapbooking project this year, but am participating in the photo challenge with Susannah Conway for #DecemberReflections2016. I like the bit of getting outside of what I normally photograph and being creative.

There are a few decorations I want to work on making, but I am just doing it as I go and I don’t really care if I actually finish by Christmas or not. Going to just use the time sitting by the fire & watching my fav classic movies to do a little crafting.

I know which cookies I am baking and will probably start next week. I start with shortbread and sugar cookies because those freeze well. I am excited to use my new oven. The old one was not keeping temperature and Home Depot had the right deal around Black Friday. Hoping I can get my baking times figured out without too many fails.

Listening: Joni Mitchell, Polar Express soundtrack, Pentatonix

Reading: Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson (I like to read a seasonal story – so far so good, I recommend it if you like music!)

Eating: Chocolate Chip Dunkers from Trader Joe’s

Watching: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, White Christmas & the Flyers!

Thankful: for B, who keeps me sane & on target all times of the year, but especially this one where I sometimes lose my mind.