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Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Christmas, Random Acts Of Kindness, Uncategorized | 0 comments

sweet whimsy designs Presents: The Happiness Elf!

sweet whimsy designs Presents: The Happiness Elf!

He’s baaaaaaaack!: Cheery, The Happiness Elf! He is bright, cheerful and full of holiday spirit! In fact, he loves to spread holiday cheer and encourages others to do the same! Cheery is a loyal and kindhearted best friend for all children. There’s no end to what he can do to help others and give the gift that everyone deserves: happiness. (Click here to view in our shop! Limited quantity available!)



From something simple to more involved, we have plenty of free or inexpensive ways to encourage your child to spread joy with our Happiness Elf!:

Be generous! 

  • Help at your local food pantry.
  • Make “Needs Bags” for your local homeless! (plastic baggies with travel toothbrushes/paste, soap, tissues, or a snack) to give when you meet someone in need.
  • Bring unopened toys to donate to your local children’s hospital.
  • Start a donation page to gather goods/items for a charity foundation of your choice.
  • Bring flowers to your teacher, doctor, bus driver, etc to say “thank you” for being happy!

Be creative! 

  • Write a note of kindness to a friend or family member to tell them why you like them!
  • Make something creative for someone you love! (a drawing, a painting, Christmas tree ornaments/decorations, any type of arts & crafts!)
  • Read your favorite book to a friend and tell them why you love it so much!
  • Bake something yummy for your neighbor.
  • Draw a rainbow as bright & beautiful as you can, and hang it for your whole family to see!

Be kind!


  • Give hugs to someone suffering, or to just anyone at all!
  • Leave positive post-it notes in public places like your school or library.
  • Help your mom or dad make dinner; if you’re able to use the stove or oven, plan a meal for your family & cook; they will certainly appreciate that!
  • Rake a friend’s leaves or shovel a neighbor’s snow. Every bit helps!
  • Write a letter to your local grocer and let them know you appreciate them.
  • Help a friend with their homework.

Be happy! 


  • Keep a journal of what makes you happy & write something each day. Share with those you love & encourage them to do the same!
  • Sing carols from door to door and/or at a local nursing home or children’s hospital! (Organize with a larger group for more smiles!)
  • Host a Happy Party! Ask your friends to bring something to share. (Fun winter party ideas: Hot cocoa parties, popcorn & a movie, fort parties, sledding parties, and many more! Get creative, be safe & have fun!)


Allow Cheery to encourage your child to spread joy & happiness this holiday season & throughout the year! He’s pocket-sized for carrying along on your journeys. He will bring out the best in your child, as long as you remember to let them be the creative force behind the elf – they’ll feel both empowered and kind-hearted for deciding what good things Cheery will do next. Suggest a few ideas from our list to get their thoughts flowing, but they will likely think of some really brilliant ways to shine all on their own. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!! Isn’t that what life is all about?!

What will The Happiness Elf bring to your family? Please share your photos and ideas with us! Find us on Instagram & tag us with #thehappinesself – we love to share! For even more ideas, follow us on Pinterest – many more fun ways to share are coming soon!!

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Handmade, Holiday Gift Guide, Holiday Gift Ideas, Uncategorized | 0 comments

{Handmade} Holiday Gift Guide 2014

{Handmade} Holiday Gift Guide 2014

The holidays are quickly approaching! We have been scouring social media over the last year to bring you the greatest in handmade this holiday season. When you shop handmade, you give directly to a shop owner, and there is no better way to spend your dollar than to keep artisans, designers, and creators in business. For this, we thank you. Without further ado, here is our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: A collection of unique, beautiful handmade creations brought to you by lovely small businesses across the Americas. Gift Guide 2014 No. 1 1. Tribe Is Alive – a husband-and-wife team who make screen-printed hip tees for your little ones. Their creations are inspired by music and their adorable daughter, Ollie. All tees are printed in their home which allows them to spend more time with their daughter. Our kids love to rock some of their lyric tees. You’ll find yourself singing the tunes every time you see one! Their Pretty Young Thing tee (pictured) is one of my faves. Facebook – Instagram

2. Moko & Co. – Moko and Company is a design company based in Charlotte, North Carolina specializing in screen printed fabrics, surface designs, welcome tote bags, and handmade products.  Moko and Co was founded by two sisters and their mother, Megan and Kristy (sisters) and Laurie (mother).  Their love for travel, trying new things, long walks with their camera’s, and doodling in the park have all influenced their designs.  Taking their inspirations and combining them with their design techniques has developed the handmade, original, Moko and Co design aesthetic. The Abigail Carryall (pictured, in grey) is a must-have!  FacebookInstagram

3. Freshly Picked – The leader of the moccs world is, has, and always will be Freshly Picked. Susan Petersen began making moccs out of her home in 2009. I know first-hand that these moccs are so durable, fit well, and are beautifully made. They stay put on little feet – an important feature & what many other baby/toddler shoes are lacking. Susan is a perfect example of how to make lemons into lemonade & create a very successful handmade business from the ground. We’re currently drooling over the Amour moccs (picutred). Facebook – Instagram

4. Bakery Charms – Bakery Charms is an independent jewelry store that specializes in realistically cute dessert charms for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and more. Designed with fun and happiness in mind, every piece is made to order and meticulously crafted by hand out of polymer clay and other materials. All products are designed and sculpted by Jenn K. Lee, who fell in love with miniature foods as a child but only learned she could actually make them herself as an adult. Jenn lives in Hawaii with her husband and their two little girls. Some of our fun faves include Banana Split Sundae charm, the Rainbow Cake Slice and of course the Gingerbread Cake Pop charm (all pictured). FacebookInstagram

5. sweet whimsy designs – Can we talk about me for a minute? I’m Leandra Sweet, owner and sole creator at sweet whimsy designs where I create playable art for children of all ages. I began this little work-from-home biz in 2009 in an attempt to stay home to raise our children. Fortunately, hand-painted peg dolls are finding their way into hands across the world and for that I am extremely grateful. Each and every piece is created with intricate, detailed love by myself and my brand new assistant and friend, Becky. A popular favorite this time of year – our Custom Family peg doll sets (pictured). Facebook Instagram

6. Loved By Hannah And Eli Sarah Duncan, the fun and creative mind behind Loved By Hannah And Eli, lives in sunny California with her little ones, Hannah and Eli! She states that all designs and concepts are inspired by the hearts of her children, their imagination, and their adventures together. Sarah is so grateful for the support she and her team of hard-working Moms receive and loves to give back to the greater good. Currently, we’re crushing on the Country Floral Mama Bear Hoodie (pictured). Instagram

7. Carken Design – Here you will find beautiful handmade things for you, your loved ones, and your home. Owner Carly Kenney loves to sew for her littles and herself, but admits that creating anything is what she truly loves. As you peruse through Carken Design’s shop, you will see such fun and colorful quilts, skirts, leggings and stuffed elephants, you’ll have trouble deciding which gift to choose! We adore the Stuffed Elephants (pictured, in pink polka & gray/white stripe). FacebookInstagram

8. Leila’s Flower Garden Owner Marwa Diaz’ daughter loves flowers; unfortunately she is not known for her green thumb. Despite her botanical shortcomings, she decided to make her daughter some flowers. The end result was a beautiful indoor garden on her bedroom wall that requires no watering. The best part is the flowers are always in bloom, and Marwa can’t kill them. Each set of wallflowers is unique – we are enamored by the Wall Decals in her shop (pictured)! FacebookInstagram

9.  lovelane designs I am totally and utterly in love with everything about Love Lane Designs. The products, the website, the Insta-feed…the entire experience is fun and wonderful! Owner and designer Lane Huerta ventured into screen-printing while mentoring with a graphic designer and poster artist in San Francisco. lovelane is committed to sustainability and “upcycling” by creating tea towels, totes and reusable produce bags, as well as full line of luxury home goods made with eco-friendly, water-based inks and dyes on organic and regional materials. She also prints on vintage fabrics finds from flea markets around the world. It would be a challenge not to fall in love with any of the Superhero Sets, including the Flying Superhero Set (pictured, in pink). FacebookInstagram

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 10. Bluebonnet Touches  – Brand-spanking-new to the handmade world, Bluebonnet Touches opened their Etsy shop in September of 2014 and has been growing quickly! Owner Ashley Nasburg creates original wooden travel maps and other wall art using reclaimed wood. Bluebonnet Touches has recently launched an equally unique collection of glass-domed necklaces that can be personalized with your loved one’s handwriting to always keep them close to your heart (pictured). We think that’s a beautiful way to bring your loved ones near. FacebookInstagram

11. Hemmed In –  Wendy Valderrama, owner and creator, believes little girls should be little girls. She wants them to be dressed adorably, and appropriately with clothes that let them do what they do best: twirl, run, climb, play and dance! I agree!! She designs & hand-makes items such as skirts, dresses, totes, and car canopies that are fashion-forward, age-appropriate, and childhood-friendly for active little ladies. Every piece is constructed with professional quality that lasts. We find everything in the shop to have such a fun twist on the modern little girl. We really love the 50’s-inspired full-skirted Aprons (pictured, in ‘Baking Tools’) – where fashion meets function! FacebookInstagram

12. Max + Moose – Max + Moose was created by a whirlwind of ideas. They made a sheet for the crib out of the bamboo fabric and immediately fell in love with the soft and luxurious feel of the fabric. They also were trying to figure out a more convenient way for nursing covers on-the-go. After several trial creations, co-owners Alyssa and Brenda had an “ah-ha” moment! Mamas are always carrying around a lightweight blanket with them, so why not give it a dual purpose?! That’s when the Nursing Blanket came to life. From there we created a baby line with organic bamboo and organic cotton blankets, crib sheets, and nursing blankets. Plus, Max + Moose gives back : a percentage of each sale is donated to a charitable cause. The textiles in the shop are so yummy; we are gaga for the ‘Raindrops’ Nursing Blanket (pictured, with ‘Bridge Stripe’). Facebook Instagram

13. Mommy & Baby Too – Owner Marcy Martin of Mommy & Baby Too is a stay-at-home Mom looking to share her handmade life with other Moms. The shop is full of crocheted & sewn items for babies and toddlers. Hats and bonnets, teethers and accessories – you’ll find great gifts for little ones in this one-stop shop. Marcy can customize creations for you as well – simply contact her to discuss ideas. The Baby Pixie Bonnet (pictured, in ‘Dusty Rose’) will have your little munchkin warm & cozy and even more adorable! Instagram

14. Lynnburg Lane Soap Co. –  Lynnburg Lane proudly creates handcrafted cold process soap bars and 100% natural skincare products that are beneficial to your body and the environment. Promoting healthy choices for individuals and families – including mama and baby – every product is Non-Toxic. Owner Amber creates products that are fragrance free, paraben free, phthalate free, sulfate free, and free of chemicals, synthetic preservatives, colorants, dyes, and synthetic perfumes. Their handcrafted recipes are made of plant and vegetable based ingredients, with only natural growing plant based preservatives and antibacterials. Handcrafted in small batches, each product is made to order with sustainable, high quality and organic materials to guarantee quality and freshness. We adore their gift sets (pictured, bar soap set) with tidy packaging ready to give. FacebookInstagram

15. Vivie & Ash – A shop loaded with fun and hip children’s clothing, Vivie & Ash’s owner, Sara, uses scrumptious organic cottons to create her designs. The beautiful collections are bursting with gorgeous colorways. You’ll find the trendiest leggings, dresses, and headbands in the shop ready to dress your stylin’ little one to the nines. Grab some organic cotton leggings, like the Tribal Ikat Leggings (pictured), to add a touch of awesome to your little one’s wardrobe or as a gift for a lovely little friend. Only one warning: you’ll want a pair of your own. FacebookInstagram

16. Foiled Prints – Foiled Prints was born when owner Ashley was encouraged to share her passion to create with others! She realized there were plenty of other people out there who loved filling their homes with encouraging reminders for their families to read- most people enjoyed that daily dose of inspiration! Ashley decided what better way to do what she loves (and not completely cover her own walls) than to share it with the public through her prints. Ashley is Mom to two super cute kids and the wife of an awesome and supportive husband. You’ll love Foiled Prints Oh Happy Day print (pictured) along with every other pretty metallic-foiled print in the shop! FacebookInstagram

17. Pretend With Poppins Pretend With Poppins is owned by the creative Nia Box who  started her shop because she wanted to combine her love of art and creating with her love of working with children. Everything in the shop has been inspired by all the dramatic play Nia had in her classrooms or with the kids she cared for as a Nanny. Pretend With Poppins is based on the belief that learning through play and imagination is one of the most important things in childhood and really hopes to captivate that in every item in the shop. We love everything, of course, especially the Arctic Bunny Plushes (pictured). Surely the little people in your life will love them, too! FacebookInstagram

18. Wake Me Up Designs – Wake Me Up Designs started out as a handwritten mug shop because of owner Sarah Kil’s love for coffee and coffee mugs. They quickly branched out to apparel. Most of the designs are inspired by Sarah’s daughter, her love for coffee, and really just everyday shenanigans!! There are many whimsical designs in the shop at any given time, including the Mommy’s Coffee Date tee (pictured). Who doesn’t love a little side kick?! FacebookInstagram

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19. Baroque Garden by Glenna Curren – Glenna Curren is a cellist, teacher, and visual artist. Glenna’s love of nature is reflected throughout her work. She finds much of her inspiration in the rural landscapes and rustic architecture of Northern and Eastern Europe, Upstate New York and Vermont, as well as in nostalgic memories of childhood, home, and family. Seeking to study both the forest and the trees, Glenna enjoys the contrast between portraying a simple landscape in order to illuminate one of nature’s particular moods, and capturing the subtle details, revealing something special that might have gone unnoticed. Enamored with tiny treasures, she loves to work within the scale of a postage stamp: the bulk of her work is within two square inches in size. Glenna is a pure and true artisan who is passionate about her art and music. Feast your eyes on her Shadowbox Pendants (pictured) – incredibly delicate works of art! FacebookInstagram

20. Lumina Candle Co–  Lumina Candle Co. opened just this year with a fresh approach to lighting. Owner Sarah Thomsen found challenges along the way but has settled nicely into her new role as shop owner alongside her stay-at-home Mommy status. Certainly you’ll wish you had smell-o-vision to grab hold of the scents in Lumina’s natural soy candles. It is obvious that Sarah is passionate about what she does & that shows in her product. Be sure to check out their Holiday Collection (pictured) – Cranberry Creme Brulee is out of this world!      FacebookInstagram

21. Le Pepin – Rizabhel M. is the creative mind behind Le Pepin where she creates handmade infinity scarves and skirts for little ones to adorn. The textiles Rizabhel chooses are delightful in every way. They look great on the hanger but even more adorable on a tot! Le Pepin even has fabric remnant sales from time to time. We are fond of the Happy Holiday Infinity Scarf (pictured) but would be happy with any of her stylish clothing under the tree this year. Instagram

22. Tubby Todd Bath Co. – Made with 100% natural ingredients that is also BPA-free, Tubby Todd soap is entering the market at just the right time. Andrea Williams is the owner & mixmaster at Tubby Todd who believes that bath time provides the best case scenario for parenting: good, clean, fun. What’s not to love about a squeaky clean baby?! We are delighted to try the Love Lake Lavender Wash (pictured) and think you will be, too! FacebookInstagram

23. Pine Tree Designs / Fairport Pharmacy – Step into Fairport Pharmacy in a quaint canal town in Upstate NY and you’ll find the works of many local artisans headed by the fantabulous Stefani Tadio. Stefani brings the community together in many ways, including at the Fairport Pharmacy. You can feast your eyes on her own intricate creations from Pine Tree Designs where she hand-stitches original designs on paper. Stefani is a true artisan for life and it shows in every stitch of her work. Visit the Fairport Pharmacy if you’re ever in the area & stand in awe at the amazing art from the people of the area. Every home needs a hand-stitched Star this holiday (pictured). FacebookInstagram

24. Lookie Loo Loo – One chat with Erica Bizon, owner of Lookie Loo Loo, and you’ll see why her handmade goodies are so much fun! Stop in her shop and you’ll find tons of little clothing such as leggings, shorts, tees, and skirts as well as cute and stylin’ accessories. Custom orders are always welcome at Lookie Loo Loo, just give Erica a holler! We want to cozy up to the Campfires & Marshmallows Tee (pictured) during those cold winter nights. In this industry, there’s not much better than a shop with a sense of humor. We appreciate that about you, Erica! FacebookInstagram

25. The Little Miss Shop The Little Miss Shop makes handmade accessories for your little miss & company. Owner Leeana is the Mother of 2 based in Miami sewing her heart out to bring you the most fashionable accessories to embellish your little love. The mountains of different fabric for headbands and wraps are undeniably cute. We are loving the new Fair Isle Infinity Scarf Line with coordinating Andee Band (pictured). Spice it up! Instagram

26. Gal-Pals – You won’t be able to resist the adorableness that is Gal-Pals, particularly if you have a fashion-conscious babe in your life. Gal-Pal owner Aesoon finds she is most alive when making things with her hands and loves to spark the imaginative spirit in children. She has brought this belief to life through her incredible collection of playable softie dolls and toys. We are ooh-ing and aah-ing over Deborah, a stylishly witty fabric rag doll (pictured) currently in the Gal-Pal shop. Delight your child this year and surprise her/him with a Gal-Pal! Instagram

27. My Kookie Jar – Owner Karla Garcia is a stay-at-home momma to three beautiful children who loves pretty things that make you smile mixed together with colors that make your heart happy. The concept behind her exciting shop radiates though the fun and whimsical earrings, hair accessories and other collections Karla offers. Plentiful in holiday collections, My Kookie Jar can equip you with the accessories you need to make it through the holiday season. Choose from a variety of holiday fabric covered earrings and hairpins (pictured) now available in the shop. Instagram

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28. Christine & Co. Design – My fun & crafty friend, Christine, is always finding ways to introduce new designs to her ever-growing shop, Christine & Co. Design. I love her motto – that we each have a singular sense of style & she makes the jewelry to match it! Most of her glass pendant necklaces are created using acrylic paints, Japanese washi tapes, and alcohol inks, so you can rest assured that each design will be completely unique. Christine makes her jewelry with a finely-tuned eye and steady hand. Our holiday must-haves from Christine & Co. Design include her Birthstone Sparkle Small & Sweet Glass Mini Pendants (pictured). Ooh, glitter and glam! FacebookInstagram

29. Tumbleweeds Handcraft – One of the first shops I followed on Instagram when I joined years ago was Tumbleweeds HC and I’ve been a fan ever since. I’m fascinated by the process in which they create their wood veneer sunglasses, or as they put it, handcrafted goods for exceptional humans. The end result is a stellar, one-of-a-kind product that you’ll have for years to come. They’ve recently added home goods and apparel to their shop, just in time for some fine holiday shopping. Our favorite, favorite (if we had to choose) would be the Confetti collection (pictured). Very unique and highly original, completely handmade. Tumbleweeds HC rocks the optical house. FacebookInstagram

30. Gracie Lou Boutique – Being a part of the handmade community in the social media world means I get to virtually “meet” lovely by-hand creators such as Anna Carlson of Gracie Lou Boutique. Anna puts together some of the sweetest hair accessories for little girls. Choose from hair ties, bands, bows, clips and more! There will always be the proper color palette for any given holiday so your sweetie is sure to coordinate. Treat your little love to a Floral headband or hair clip (pictured) or browse the shop for plenty of other cute ideas. Happy Shopping! FacebookInstagram

31. Little Faces Apparel – If you’ve been searching for the perfect slouch beanie with leggings and accessories to match, look no further than Little Faces Apparel. With slick, punny tees and vibrant, colorful patterned leggings, your little fashionista will be sure to stand out in a crowd. Owner and stylist Jennifer Durham has got you covered, literally. (At least your children.) We have so much fun searching through Little Faces’ collection. My only wish is that they made a line for grown-ups! We like the Moose leggings to sport during the impending winter months. Stylin’. FacebookInstagram

32. Bannor Toys – Stacey Bannor and her husband Jesse are the masterminds behind the shop Bannor Toys. Even after several years of business with much success, each wooden heirloom toy is still handcrafted one at a time. With a family of five to support, Stacey somehow finds the time to avoid mass production and continue to create toys that are fun, safe, and creative. We are crazy for the State Rattles (pictured, New York represent!) which can be personalized with name and birth stats like any other wooden toy in the shop. In other words, the perfect gift. FacebookInstagram

33. Ahoy Amigo – Ahoy Amigo is about making modern tees for the modern kid. Owner Stacie Downs confesses, what started as a quest to find rad tees for her daughter turned into a new adventure. Stacie personally designs and hand-pulls each tee with water-based ink. Ahoy Amigo strives for comfort for your kid and states they never make anything they wouldn’t wear themselves. The Always Hungry tee (pictured)? Perfection for the little piggy in your life. Ahoy! FacebookInstagram

34. Better Life Bags – Owner and Designer Rebecca sews and sells bags with the intention and desire that each bag would make lives better. Since opening in 2009, Better Life hires women from a Detroit community known as Hamtramck, who otherwise could not work, to work for them.  They pay their employees a living wage (20-25% of the total retail price) and watch them gain dignity, honor, and respect. Rebecca’s designs are impeccable – using a mix of fabric and leathers, she creates works of art otherwise known as handbags. Don’t see something you like? Tap into your own creative roots and design a custom bag like the Brynnda (pictured)! (Custom orders are available until 11/28/14.) FacebookInstagram

35. On Hand Lotions – Fortunately for me, I have another friend in Hayna Weems, the Mover-and-Shaker/Owner of On Hand Lotions. Hayna mixes some amazingly yummy organic lotion bars, balms, and seasonal items to help heal and moisturize your hard-working skin. She opened On Hand Lotions just this year and is flying her business to new heights, always creating new concoctions with only the finest ingredients. When Hayna isn’t moonlighting with the biz, she’s tending to her husband and three lovely children. We love, love, love the Glitter Star Lotion Bar (pictured) for a little extra shimmer this holiday season. FacebookInstagram

36. Brave Sunday – Something that sparkles, something that shines – if that isn’t Jillian Halvorsen’s motto for her shop, Brave Sunday, it should be! Jill’s wire-wrapped jewelry line will have your friends and family pea-green with envy. The pieces are uniquely wonderful with just a touch of fun. Visit Brave Sunday and you will find bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in many metals adorned with colorful stones. Jill is thoughtful in her well-made designs fit for a queen. Try rocking the Wire Wrapped Oval Earrings in Cobalt (pictured) for your next party & see how many head-turns you receive. FacebookInstagram

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37. Sunshine On WaterWhen we met while vending at art show together last year, I could see that Betsy Murray has a knack for handmade jewelry. Her shop, Sunshine On Water, is plentiful in beautifully designed jewels. Betsy’s creations are modern and slick yet with a classical twist. You’ll find her sterling silver necklaces, bracelets and rings wrap and twist into lovely forms ranging from letters and words to animals and creatures to symbols and shapes. Clearly the possibilities are endless, and if you don’t see it in the shop, Betsy can design something custom for you. I think it’s time to have one of our very own Silver Initial Necklaces (pictured). A ‘C’ for Christmas, perhaps? Facebook Instagram

38. My Sweet Merrimint – Adrienne Hipple’s shop, My Sweet Merrimint, contains handmade quilts and other baby goodness. Adrienne has a supreme eye for color – her quilts are stunning and brightly colored in sweet combinations appealing to both babies and adults alike. Beyond quilts, you’ll see crib sheets and burp cloths alongside tooth fairy pillows and blankets in the shop. My Sweet Merrimint is so lovely for your growing children but will become heirlooms for your grandchildren and even great-grandchildren to enjoy. We want to be wrapped up in the Indian Summer Triangle Quilt (pictured), or at least snuggle next to it for a bit. FacebookInstagram

39. Kismet Love Collection – Founder and CEO of Kismet Love Collection, Shelly is a busy Mama with a need for nursing cover in order to breastfeed her newborn son in public. She stumbled upon the clever idea of a Nursing Scarf when she realized an accessory could have a functional purpose. That is when Kismet Love Collection was founded, and now Shelly vows that each nursing scarf is made with care and love for you and your little one. There are a plethora of fabric choices to select, we think the Pretty Plaid in Green & Blue Nursing Scarf (pictured) will nurse you through the upcoming months. Wouldn’t you agree? Facebook Instagram

40. Molly’s Chic Boutique – Molly’s Chic Boutique is definitively a chic boutique for your little hipster. Owner Allie Sims is a Mommy to a beautiful little girl who has inspired her to take a hobby and turn it into a shop. With everything from monthly stickers and invitations to apparel, Molly’s Chic Boutique is sure to please even the most stylish tot. Choose from a vast variety of colorful options or contact Allie to customize something just for you! We are all about the Monthly Tribe Stickers, Love My Tribe and Run Wild & Free Tees (all pictured). Something for baby, something for Mom all in one shop! Facebook Instagram

41. Mommy & Miles – Mommy & Miles is the perfect shop to order custom birthday and special event invitations. We had the pleasure of having customized invitations for our oldest daughter’s recent birthday designed by Kimberly Roller, owner of Mommy & Miles. Kimberly has a knack for graphic design and creates custom pieces quickly and efficiently. Birthday invites are a breeze with Mommy & Miles (pictured). Why not reach out to Mommy & Miles to design your holiday card this year? FacebookInstagram

42. Little Pretties  – “Yes, Please!” That is what I said when I first caught a glimpse of Little Pretties little jewelry for Mamas and their little girls. Sweet & tiny beads make up the collections in Allie Cooper’s shop. Little Pretties handcrafted jewelry would make a great gift for that hard-to-shop-for woman or girl in your life. I’m sure Allie would be thrilled to take your custom request to create something completely unique for that special someone. I think a matching set sounds good, or perhaps the Molten Gold Bracelet (pictured) would look nice perched atop your wrist?  FacebookInstagram

43. Lucends – Custom designed fabrics and shapes make up Lucinda’s shop, Lucends. She begins the creation process from scratch, working with a designer to create one-of-a-kind textiles then whips those fabrics into clean-cut designer bags. Lucends branched out this year to include pillows with inspirational quotes in trendy designs. Women can never have too many handbags and Lucends is an original shop to expand your collection. We are snuggling up to the Clear Eyes Full Hearts pillow (pictured) but will always be a fan of Lucends’ colorful clutches. FacebookInstagram

44. The Faded Wildflower – How adorable are the custom crocheted cuties filling the shop of The Faded Wildflower? Rachel Holland enjoys crocheting completely custom orders just for you or always items ready to ship in the shop. Rachel is the sweet Mama and Wife behind the needle at The Faded Wildflower guaranteed to loop some fun into your little ones lives. The Solar System Play Set (pictured) is a hot item & would be the perfect stocking stuffer and a healthy alternative to sugary treats! FacebookInstagram 

45. Honey Bee True Co. – Fun & witty just don’t cut it when we’re talking about Honey Bee True Co. custom clothing and prints. Sisters Nicole & Heather, co-owners of Honey Bee True Co., make each garment one at a time, the way you order it. With so many colors and options available, the creative process is up to you! We are crushing on the Forever Trust In Who You Are tee (pictured). A great message for all! FacebookInstagram

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46. Shop & Apparel – Owner & Designer of & Apparel, Andrea Updike, takes inspiration from the saying “Expect the unexpected”. Throughout each collection you will find unexpected combinations like fancy embroidered detail on everyday essentials, preppy nautical & punny phrases, neutrals mixed with neons, basic stripes & lovely lacy, & vintage vibes with nouveau trends. We are head-over-heels for the jewelry line & NEED the any one of the various colorful Statement Necklaces (pictured). Treat yourself! FacebookInstagram

47. Simply Love Creations – This tidy little print shop is womanned by the lovely Crystal Johnson. Crystal loves creating prints for the home including baby’s nursery. She is constantly finding inspiration in day-to-day life for you to enjoy happiness in your home. Allow Simply Love Creations to create something just for you by requesting a custom piece of artwork. Every little superhero needs the gentle reminder of the Superhero Bathroom Prints (pictured). So much FUN! FacebookInstagram 

48. Tink & Key – Owner Stephanie of Tink & Key drew inspiration for “Miracle Baby” from her second son Trent. He was born with Tetralogy of Fallot. It was not diagnosed until his 5week checkup and we could have lost him anytime before that. He’s truly a Miracle Baby. Stephanie loves to share some encouraging words through their collection of children’s apparel. Each shirt has significant meaning to Stephanie and her family. Through these shirts Tink & Key would like to share how they have found hope during the storms and have been lifted up through these familiar verses and songs. The Heart And Soul tee (pictured) is a winner! Tink & Key is such an inspirational handmade shop! FacebookInstagram

49. KiraArts – If I didn’t find Kira Arts at a local craft show last year, my kids surely would have. It’s hard to miss Owner Kira Sinclair’s whimsical and colorful setting at a show. Full of fun and imagination, Kira’s shop is popping at the brim with hand-stitched sweater monsters (the friendly kind), owls, and her popular, super kid-friendly Nubbins. Kira Arts creates each creature with recycled sweaters and super cozy fleece. They’re easy to love – I’ve seen kids beg for these lovable one-of-a-kind monsters first-hand. We are sly over the Fox Nubbin in his Handsome Plaid (pictured). A stocking-stuffer DO! FacebookInstagram

50. Hungerford 318 – Nestled within the walls of the Hungerford Building, a hip and special place many Rochester, NY artisans call home, is Hungerford 318. This collaborative space features the works of local artists Mary Terziani Glass, L Prince Designs, Stefani Tadio, JK Stitches, and Tom Zachman Glass. Consider Hungerford 318 the place for all you holiday shopping desires. FacebookInstagram

51. Emerson & Oliver – Laura & Mary are the creative designers behind the hip jewelry line Emerson & Oliver. They have made their imprint on the jewelry world with their fabulous collections of every day silver and gold creations. Their story stems from their children, you guessed it, Emerson & Oliver. As their littles grow, they introduce new and exciting masterpieces for women to spoil themselves with. You can’t call it arm candy if it’s not embellished with DIA bracelets (pictured). Add a charm or three to personalize these sassy bangles. Happy Holidays! FacebookInstagram

52. Shared Joy – Little girls may find this shop for it’s collection of headbands, but they’ll love it for the creative comfort and style Shared Joy’s designs bring to the kid fashion world. Jennifer Broadway started Shared Joy around two years ago out of  inspiration from the birth of her daughter, Emma. Now the mother of two sweet girls, Jennifer has no problem introducing darling new additions to the shop. Sweet just doesn’t cut it – the tiny bows found in her shop are delectable! You’ll find the Red & Gold Dot Jersey Knit Headband (pictured) a dazzling addition to your holiday fun! Ho Ho Ho! FacebookInstagram

53. Yumme Designs – Sweet body gems by Basia brings you Yumme Designs – a vast collection of healing amber, bridal headwear and jewelry, beach footwear, prayer beads, & unisex jewels. You will feel the healing powers behind the bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Yumme Designs utilizes colorful, shapely stones to mesh fashion together with function. The Amber Rings, Bracelets, and Necklaces (pictured) make a perfect gift to yourself or a loved one. Give the gift of healing! FacebookInstagram

54. Baby Face Boutique – Caylee Williams is a first-time Mom who began Baby Face Boutique out of the love for doing things with her hands. She wanted to create fun and exciting new clothing for her little girl, Taylor, out of the textiles and fabrics she has collected over the years. Baby Face Boutique designs patterns from scratch and handmade 100% by Caylee. The diverse collection of leggings (pictured) has to be some of our favorites from the shop. Snazzy! FacebookInstagram


This lovely collection of shop owners thinking outside the box are finding ways to earn a living without straying too far from home. I commend each and every one of these hard-working individuals! Support small businesses by liking their pages on Facebook, following their shops on Instagram and making purchases from their shops this holiday season and throughout the year.

Visit sweet whimsy designs on Instagram on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 2pm EST through Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 2pm EST for a HUGE giveaway featuring over 50 handmade shops and other small business owners! Over 50 prizes = over 50 winners! 

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Baby, Birthdays, Children, Christmas, Creative, Family, Holidays, infant, Jessica LK Photography, Lifestyle, Memories, newborn, Photography, Pregnancy, Product Review, Reviews, Stay At Home Mom | 0 comments

Jessica LK Photography

Jessica LK Photography

Our Christmas card this year still has me in awe. (Forgive the poor quality of this first photo; it is a snapshot of our card taken by myself. The quality of the actual card was lovely.)

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One brisk day in November, we rounded up the Sweet kids and met with Jessica Kemp, the master behind the lens of Jessica LK Photography.

Jessica had the stellar idea to join us at the Strong National Museum of Play, our local children’s museum, which would have never crossed my mind. It is a perfect location for a photo shoot, especially with children! The carousel, the brick wall, the old fashioned diner…all fun and whimsical backdrops for our holiday photos (or any photos, for that matter).

Thank you to By Cee Cee for outfitting our girls with beautiful dresses.


All images copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013. Girls dresses: By Cee Cee.

We aren’t very good about taking family photos. We have done it formally only once before, and that was when we only had two children. Jessica made us feel right at home, in the vast museum, which must not be easy to do. However, it came naturally to her. She is clearly meant to be with camera in hand. She whisked the kids in a few settings, added us here and there, and we had a lot of fun in the process. We could see the moments taking place, yet we had no idea her eye would turn them into something magical.



Just look at these captures.



Image: copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013. Bowtie: Tiny Chaos


The fact that the children didn’t know Jessica upon shooting made for some very intruiging photos. We were melted by the expressions she captured in our childrens’ faces. There aren’t even words to describe these looks, these expressions.

I love the attention Jessica Kemp pays to detail. At one point she moved some poinsettias into the shot, which added a little festive flair. From the actual shoot to the editing afterward, Jessica LK Photography is a true professional. Browse her website and you will see, she clearly loves what she does, and it shines through in every photograph she makes. The photos you will see can draw you in. It’s as if you want to get to know these people pictured, but you’ve never met them in your life.


From newborn sessions to weddings, she can and does do it all. She even has boudoir sessions available – mighty tempting for the upcoming Hallmark holiday. Her sessions are very affordable and her work, simply gorgeous. One photo is more stunning than the next. It will be difficult for you to choose a favorite, as it was for us. Plan on ooh-ing and aah-ing over your photos when your session is complete. We know we sure did!

We are grateful for Jessica’s time with us and hope to have her create beautiful work for us in the future.

Jessica LK Photography is graciously offering The Whimsical Sweet’s readers a custom timeline cover for those sessions booked in January, February, or March. Perfect timing for Valentine’s Day and Easter photo sessions! Thank you, Jessica!


Full disclosure: Jessica LK Photography provided us with a mini photo session and images. Girls dresses provided by By Cee Cee. All opinions are my own. All images are copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Christmas, Christmas Music, Favorite Things, Holidays, Music, Song Of The Day | 1 comment

12 Days Of Christmas Music: Day 1

12 Days Of Christmas Music: Day 1

I’m a procrastinator at Christmastime. I have never been one of those people who shops for Christmas in July, nor will I ever be out at 3am on Black Friday. One thing I can do to be sure my shopping isn’t complete until December 24th is write! Yeah, that’s it!! Because I love anxiety! {What a glutton…} So I’ve come up with a little idea to share my love of Chrostmas music with all of you.

I’m not really sure when the twelve days of Christmas actually begins, but I’m doing my own little countdown with our favorite Christmas songs in the twelve days leading up to Christmas.

Music is most certainly one of my most favorite things in the world. If there’s one time of year when I listen to the same music over and over again for one month plus, it’s the month of December. I’m a sap for holiday tunes of any kind. Though it has been tough to narrow down my ridiculously long list of favorites, I will begin by listing some favorites this year. Next year, well, that may be a different list. (I’m an indecisive Libra, what can I say?!)

Our first, but not necessarily our favorite (because really, how can anyone choose just one?!) is “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay.

Always a favorite band, Coldplay hits every schmaltzy bone in my body with this creative and clever video, and the music just gets to me. They did it in one shot – quite a feat considering all that goes into this elaborate video. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorites? Share with us & you could win some swd goodies in the new year!!

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Children, Christmas, Crafts, Creative, DIY, Economical Activities, Education, Gift Ideas, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holidays, Homemade, Homeschool, Kids Activities, Kindergarten, Parenting, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 0 comments

This Is Homeschool: Gingerbread Crayons

This Is Homeschool: Gingerbread Crayons

It’s snowy and cold. Winter is here, and so are the holidays…in full force!

As busy as I’ve been, I always try to make time to craft with the kids. For the past several years, we have collected broken crayons from our home, restaurants, etc. We just hold onto them to make our own crayons!

I found a fairly inexpensive gingerbread crayon mold at Hobby Lobby last week (it was 50% off) for a total of about $4.

The kids love to peel stuff (it’s a gene, I swear), so we got to work stripping the crayons. This takes a while, but with a little Christmas music & storytelling, we passed the time fairly easily.

Speaking of time, we’ve been learning about the passage of time – how long is a minute, an hour, a day. We guessed how long it would take to melt the crayons in the toaster oven. We didn’t get too scientific, rather we kept it simple. Each child guessed & Marsden came the closest! Then we did the same for guessing how long it would take for the crayons to cool. Tavia was closest this time.

A fun and pretty time consuming activity – with lots of play time in between!

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Baby, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, bowtie, Carnival Party, Children, Christmas, Creative, Etsy, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, headband, Holiday Gift Ideas, holiday shopping, Holidays, Party, Photography, Product Review, Reviews, Save money, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom, Support Handmade, Tiny Chaos, Toddlers, Working Mom | 1 comment

Tiny Chaos – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Tiny Chaos – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

I’ve fallen in love. I simply adore bow ties, especially on little boys. Our own little man also simply adores wearing bow ties. He thinks they’re handsome, and so do we.
Bowtie by Tiny Chaos, Photo copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013

Bowtie by Tiny Chaos, Photo copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013

The best place, the only place to find super adorable toddler bow ties is Tiny Chaos.
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Natalie Carter is the creative mind behind some really handsome handmade bow ties and hair bows at Tiny Chaos. I found her on Instagram, though she also has a Facebook page and shop on Etsy. Tiny Chaos is so good about posting photos of her latest bow creations, and even better – she has flash sales often!
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I love that Tiny Chaos puts together color combinations, textures, and patterns that are unexpected, yet they are always beautiful and unique. Her holiday collection is spot on with both classic styles & modern looks. Every little guy needs a Tiny Chaos bow tie in his stocking this year…but why wait?! Take advantage of her Black Friday weekend sale – many of the shop’s listings are marked down plus free shipping on all domestic orders over $10.00 until 12/25 with the code ’10FREESHIP’!! How much do you love these bows?!
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tiny chaos pink headband
tiny chaos glitter headband
Natalie is so easy and fun to work with. Shipping is very fast & those darling little bow ties and headbands come packaged very nicely. It makes a good gift or a perfect accessory for your holiday photo shoot! (And keep in mind she can make matching Father/Son bow ties, even sister headbands to match!) Tiny Chaos was gracious enough to supply our mini man with a special celebratory bow tie for The Big Carnival Bash!
Bowtie by Tiny Chaos Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Bowtie by Tiny Chaos
Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

We have decided to be sure to have a Tiny Chaos bow tie for every occasion now through college graduation! How can you resist?!
Tiny Chaos is giving away a handsome bow tie to one lucky winner!
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You could and you should win this handsome fall gingham bow tie! Simply just click the link above & be on your merry way.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One will receive one (1) Fall Gingham Bow tie by Tiny Chaos (a $14 value). Contest begins November 30, 2013 at 12:00am and ends December 7, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Saturday, December 7, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. States within one to two weeks of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.
Thank you to Pamela Rayburn Photography & Jessica LK Photography for providing their beautiful photographs. Rochester, NY & Finger Lakes-area friends, keep them in mind when looking for superb photography!
Full disclosure: Tiny Chaos provided me with a bow tie to review to be able to write this post. I have not been compensated in any other way to feature Tiny Chaos in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).
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