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Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Handmade, Holiday Gift Guide, holiday shopping, Shopping | 0 comments

{Handmade} Holiday Gift Guide 2015

We are so thrilled to present to you the {Handmade} Holiday Gift Guide for the year 2015! In this guide you will find a little something for everyone! There is no end to the delight and wonder that everything handmade brings. Every shop is filled with positive messages like creativity, humor, joy, faith and love. One of the best parts of buying from handmade shops is getting to know the owners, because behind every shop, there is a tale to be told! This year for the first time, you will have instant access to your favorite items on sale in the Handmade Holiday Bazaar through our sister website, @WeAreHandmade. Simply click on the sale link to purchase & you will receive your products well in time for holiday gifting. So without further ado, welcome to the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, and enjoy! {Simply click on shop name for website}

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  1. Sail East Co – Candice Collins is the owner of this stylish shop, which carries a wide variety of shoes for children. Their handmade moccasins, such as the adorable “Bone Jilly Janes” (see photo above!) are each unique with all kinds of different styles and colors! Sail East Couture allows for children to be stylish while expressing themselves through these cute and delightfully designed moccasins. Not only do they have garb for children, but they have cleverly designed shirts for mommies as well!
    Sail East Co on Instagram – ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  2. Bannor Toys – This shop was created and is run by an extraordinary duo, Stacey Bannor and her husband Jesse Bannor! These two were inspired by the lack of long lasting, decent quality toys for their children. So they decided to make their own, and what a remarkable journey it has been for them! They encourage creativity and open ended education. Their adorable wooden toys are handcrafted in the USA, down to the smallest piece. The wood, paint and finish used is all organic. A lot of care and thought is put into every creation, so that kids everywhere will be able to experience safe, long lasting fun!
    Bannor Toys on FacebookInstagram 
  3. Bombshell Bath Bomb Boudoir – This shop is owned by Vanessa Stepp, who handmakes every bath bomb herself! These colorful bath bombs are unique and made with natural, wholesome ingredients. None of the ingredients or the products are tested on animals, and they are 100% vegan! Bombshell Bath Bomb Boudoir believes that everyone deserves a blissful bath experience, and their products help customers to do just that. Every type of bath bomb is unique and colorful, such as the Christmas Wishes Bath Bomb (pictured above), creating a special and relaxing experience for everyone during bathtime!
    Bombshell Bath Bomb Boudoir on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  4. sweet whimsy designs – This shop is the crafty creation of our very own Leandra Sweet, who creates playable art for children of all ages! This stay-at-home-mom has been painting peg dolls for littles since 2009, and puts time and care into every handmade creation. From her colorful Circus Set (see photo above!) to castles and princesses, this shop has all kinds of inspiring toys for children. These peg dolls make the perfect stocking stuffers, as well as a wide variety of other uses, such as cake toppers, party favors and even educational art. With her intricate artistic skill and love for all things handmade, Leandra creates new worlds every day!
    sweet whimsy designs on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  5. Emerson & Oliver – In this shining shop, each piece of jewelry is designed and handmade by the co-owners, Mary Presutti and Laura Bascomb-Werth! These lifelong friends have a patience, talent and love for jewelry making that is indelible. After a decade of living apart in two different countries, they come together to create this shop and help it flourish, with the influence of their mingled personalities and experiences. Their jewelry is simplistic and lovely, such as the Dia bracelets (see photo above!), and tell tales about love and life!
    Emerson & Oliver on Facebook InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  6. Moko & Company – This shop was founded by two sisters, Megan and Kristy, and their mother, Laurie. They make a great team, inspired by their loves of travel, long walks, and arts of all kinds! Every product is designed and handmade with care, and there is a wide range of what they offer. Their “Follow the Leader” mini pouch (pictured above!) is just one example of the dynamic designs of Moko & Co, and all their products will make great gifts. From tote bags to jewelry, there is no end to the creativity these ladies harness!
    Moko & Co on InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  7. Madly Wish – Whitney Surane is the goofy, wonderful mastermind behind this shop. Madly Wish is a delightful shop, the name of which is an anagram of Whitney’s children’s names! If that isn’t enough to display how creative and quirky she is, take a look at her work. There’s plenty of “mad” designs in these beautiful beddings and blankets (such as their Madly Wish Lovey– pictured above!), and in many other creations as well. There is no limit to the creativity that lies within Madly Wish; you just have to be curious and crazy enough to take a peek!
    Madly Wish on Facebook InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  8. The Patchery – This uniquely innovative shop is the creation of Amber Gunn Thomas, who was inspired during sewing clothes for her own children. She wanted to be able to create something that allowed people to become immersed in the creative process of making their clothes, even if they didn’t know how to sew. And thus, The Patchery sprung to life! The process is simple. First, the customer picks a product online, and from there gets to design their very own clothing creation. Every piece of clothing is made and shipped with care, and never ceases to please!
    The Patchery on Facebook InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  9. The Dottery – Austynn Rains is the incredibly talented artist and owner of this shop. Her specialty is intricately painted dishes. Each dish is hand painted with eye-catching designs and expressive clusters of color. These pieces will brighten everyday cooking in the kitchen, and are perfect for festive gatherings such as dinner parties or holidays!
    The Dottery on Facebook InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
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  10. Hazard Baby – This shop was brought to life by the realization that the kinds of warning labels used for equipment and material safety could be applied to kids as well! It may sound silly at first, but it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Take their “Handle With Care” onesie (pictured above!) for example. Too perfect! The owner, Lynn Brown, isn’t afraid to admit that babies, like many other things in this world, can be quite the handful! This shop has a wide range of cute, clever t-shirt designs for babies, toddlers and the like.
    Hazard Baby on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  11. Gracie & Marie – Michelle Kilmon is the lovely lady behind the creation of Gracie and Marie, a shop full of festive felt garlands. She creates garlands made for any occasion, from birthday parties to Christmas (see photo!), and everything in between! Aside from the different colors, the garlands can be styled in any way that fits the desired appearance. This inspires creativity and festivity all throughout the holidays and during seasonal house decorating as well!
    Gracie & Marie on FacebookInstagram – ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  12. HandMaid Jewelry – Michelle Gornichec, proud owner of HandMaid Jewelry, stamps each piece of jewelry herself. Many are adorned with colorful gems and or memorable quotes from inspirational movies or books. The fangirl in you will squeal as soon as you see some of these references! Their “Be Brave” necklace for example (picture above), is particularly inspiring. Clever, simplistic, and sweet, HandMaid Jewelry conveys tales within each morsel of metal, and their products are perfect for any occasion. Each piece of jewelry is unique and special down to the last letter!
    HandMaid Jewelry on FacebookInstagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  13. Chamel’s Creations – Chamel Evans, another immensely inspiring woman, is the owner of Chamel’s Creations, which is a shop of style, creativity and faith. The goal is to inspire, encourage, and empower people through the word of God and through her handmade creations. This shop has lots of faith-adorned jewelry (see photo!), clothing, and accessories. These wonderful handmade creations implore faith, positivity and inspiration all through bright, colorful designs.
    Chamel’s Creations on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  14. Artistry by Lisa Marie – Lisa is an amazing artist with a talent for capturing the beauty and exuberance of animals through portraits. Her portraits range from common house pets to majestic wildlife, and sometimes a cute and quirky doodle! This art is brought to life by the use of Prismacolor colored pencils, graphite, and/or ink, and each piece is signed by the artist herself before it’s sent out to a lucky client. Lisa has a wide range of beautiful pieces in her etsy shop, and she also takes custom orders! Animal lovers will especially adore her expressive pet portraits (pictured above!).
    Artistry by Lisa Marie on FacebookInstagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  15. Kismet Love Collection – Shelly, the owner and creator of Kismet Love Collection, is an inspiring woman and a brilliant mother! Her delightful nursing scarves (such as the one pictured above) are a product of her personal journey as a mother and a proud breastfeeding advocate. The goal of the nursing scarves is to provide comfort and confidence in women, not only when they’re nursing, but while they’re pregnant as well. These scarves are very versatile, and can be used as a fashion statement, nursing cover, blanket, changing cloth, or even car-seat cover! This shop is a wonderful way to welcome pregnant women into motherhood, as well as supporting positive thinking for women everywhere!
    Kismet Love Collection on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  16. Cuddle Cups – Janell Phillips is the owner of Cuddle Cups, a “cupcake” shop with a twist! This shop has many cupcake-shaped decorations, made of colorful felt and adorned with adorable designs. They also make delightful Christmas tree ornaments (see photo!). Along with party decorations, Janell makes colorful felt sewing pin covers and felt pincushions, for those who love to sew. Whether for parties or everyday decor, these cupcakes will brighten everyone’s mood!
    Cuddle Cups on InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  17. Little Faces Apparel – Jennifer Durham is the owner of Little Faces Apparel, a clothing store for kids that is made up of pretty patterns and darling designs! Clothes are made from organic cotton, and all items are made to order. They have items for infants and toddlers, with a wide range for every age and size. From tops to bottoms (see photo), this shop will have your little one decked out in trendy threads!
    Little Faces Apparel on Facebook InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  18. Little Ones Chic Bowtique – This precious shop has quite the array of children’s hair bows, as well as bowties! They come in many different colors and designs, and are swell for any season of the year. (Pictured above are three of their Christmas bows!) The owner, Laura Dubfee, is a creative and crafty lady who puts care and time into each and every fun little bow! These adorable accessories make the perfect gift for any fashionable boy or girl, for any holiday or birthday!
    Little Ones Chic Bowtique on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
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  19. Little Rascals Shop – Mary Plancarte is the owner of this trendy shop, and was inspired by her three little boys. With her magnificent talent, she designs and carves all of the stamps herself, which are then stamped onto tanks and tees. These designs are permanent; they won’t wash off! Not only that, but they’re perfectly designed for all kinds of kids, from wild things (see photo!) to princesses and superheroes. There’s an endless chance for children to inspire and express while wearing these clever and cute garments.
    Little Rascals Shop on Instagram 
  20. The Bucking Mare – Looking for something a little more cowgirl-chic? Then The Bucking Mare is perfect for you! Tracy Nangle, the owner, is happy to promote wild and sassy accessories that match her wild and sassy customers. Her handmade, leather feather earrings (pictured above!) are the perfect accessory for any look, casual or formal. While their sister shop, Dirty Name Ranch & Saddlery, is mainly known for its one-of-a-kind leather items, The Bucking Mare has a wide array of funky items and accessories that make this shop an absolute rustic paradise!
    The Bucking Mare on FacebookInstagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  21. Puccoon Raccoon – This is the quaint shop of Jessica Goodenbury, a talented jewelry maker with a love for the small and intricate! She’s been a jeweler for 10 years and puts care and detail into each piece of jewelry. She makes many different styles of jewelry, from engagement rings to necklaces with adorable charms (like the unicorn charm pictured above!). Puccoon Raccoon is unique, friendly and fantastical, with jewelry that tells tales of all kinds!
    Puccoon Raccoon on Facebook Instagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  22. MyKookieJar – This shop is the creation of Karla Garcia, a talented stay-at-home mom of three. With a love for all things cute, colorful and pretty, Karla decided to make her own business, which is full of all of the above! Her button earrings (see photo above!) are absolutely darling, and come in pairs designed for all kinds of ensembles. Each earring is handcrafted to simple perfection!
    MyKookieJar on InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  23. Ed and Edith – Alison Stumpf is a wonderful artist with a knack for combining modern art with vintage styles! Her pieces are delightfully expressive and colorful, and can be personalized to fit the desires of the customer (see photo above!). Alison’s favorite media are watercolor, acrylic, ink, and her own brilliant imagination. She creates sweet, simple family portraits as well as vintage fashion ones, and there is no end to her artistic creativity.
    Ed and Edith on Instagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  24. Sophie’s Splendid Shop – This shop, as its linguistically lovely name suggests, was inspired by a little girl named Sophie. Whitney Blair’s, little girl, to be exact! Whitney, a stay-at-home mom, started off by making usable and fashionable bibs and bows for her daughter, and this shop was the product of her creativity. Now she makes an array of colorful knot bows (see photo above!) and bibs for all babies!
    Sophie’s Splendid Shop on FacebookInstagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  25. Ky.te Designs – Kym is the mastermind behind Ky.te Designs. Her two little boys inspired the creation of this wonderful shop! She noticed that there was a lack of trendy clothes for boys, so she decided to change that. Her shop is full of adorable fashion statements for both boys and girls, each with uniquely designed fabrics. Four of these fabrics are exclusive and original to the shop, creations of Kym herself! From rompers to beanies (see photo above), this trendy shop has got your cool kids covered!
    Ky.te Designs on Instagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  26. Kablooie Store – This artsy shop is the creation of Keneena Fanning, a talented woman who clearly has a love for pizazz! This shop is full of colorfully designed children clothes, such as skirts (see photo!) and shorts. Everything is handmade and designed with an explosion of color and creativity. The store truly lives up to its name, with an eclectic array of designs for princesses, adventurers and the like!
    Kablooie Store on FacebookInstagram – ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  27. Lookie Loo Loo – Erica Bizon is the proud owner of Lookie Loo Loo, a shop that places emphasis on fun, creativity and style. This shop has all kinds of clothing and accessories for little ones, and sometimes have some items for moms as well. Their t-shirt designs are clever but simple, sending messages of childhood, fun and learning (like the “A” Alphabet tee pictured above!). Every item is inspired by the colorful excitement of childhood and the dreams beyond.
    Lookie Loo Loo on FacebookInstagram
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  28. Tula Blue – This is a shop of tranquility and balance, and its creator is Heather Stringer, a woman who fashions jewelry that represents these qualities. Tula Blue started in Hawaii from Heather’s love of creating. The only thing she loves more than jewelry making is her children! And, as a mom who strives for balance and peace, she desires to inspire through her creations. Tula Blue jewelry ranges from bracelets to necklaces (pictured above!) and is made from waterproof Polynesian rope. With fine quality and an inspiring, tropical theme, this shop is sure to take you to paradise!
    Tula Blue on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  29. Grazie Mamma – This wonderful shop is the creation of Shannon and her sister Lara. These sisters live in different parts of the world, but are a truly dynamic duo with their shop! Grazie Mamma is made up of numerous timeless European designs laced with modern North American flair. Their designs can be formal and elegant (see photo!) or quaint and casual. This unique combination of culture and style makes for a delightful shop!
    Grazie Mamma on Instagram
  30. Ellie & James – Meghan Benson, whose children also influenced the creation of her shop, is the owner of Ellie & James! Her jewelry is decorated with sweet messages of faith and love, spreading positive outlook through her creations. She opened her shop originally to help support the adoption of her son, James. She loves telling her story, but she also enjoys telling other people’s stories through expressive jewelry. Aside from necklaces (see photo above!), her shop also contains a few clever and inspiring t-shirt designs and tote bags as well! There are many channels of inspiration to choose from in this delightful shop.
    Ellie & James on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  31. Ahoy Amigo – This fun shop is owned by Stacie Downs, who believes that kids should be allowed to be themselves and have fun! Playing pretend is one of the many themes conveyed within this shop. Another theme is kids just being themselves, as exemplified by their “Always Hungry” tee (pictured above!). All clothing and accessories are handmade in the USA, and are high quality. Their clothing inspires kids to be themselves and allow parents to feel confident in the quality of the pieces their children wear.
    Ahoy Amigo on FacebookInstagram
  32. Jossy’s Knitch – This shop is the creation of Josseline Corniel, a maker of the cute, unique and affordable! This shop carries all kinds of crocheted products, such as their adorable “Beary Beary Cowl” (pictured above!). From soft and cuddly to colorful and fashionable, Jossy’s Knitch has it all: Blankets, hats, sweaters, scarves, and many more for all ages, children to grown ups. This shop will definitely keep you and your littles warm this holiday season!
    Jossy’s Knitch on InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  33. Gods N Gladiators – This is the shop of the mighty talented Alexandros Hatzigiannidis, an artist who has the power to create all kinds of different designs for business and for fun. Gods N Gladiators is a street apparel label, an in-house custom screen print shop, and a graphic design studio all in one. Alexandros has been drawing for as long as he can remember, and is proud to present his shop for all those looking for fresh logo designs or art (see photo above!).
    Gods N Gladiators on FacebookInstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  34. Luci & Leavi – Roxanne Crawford, owner and creator of Luci & Leavi, was inspired by her two children, Luci and Leavitt, to create her shop! Through lots of experimenting and exploring, she was able to find the perfect material for her adorable, long-lasting pacifier clips (pictured above!). Not only are they super cute, but they’re super convenient and safe for babies too! This shop has an abundance of sweet and simply designed pacifier clips that are the perfect baby accessories.
    Luci & Leavi on FacebookInstagram ON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  35. Feltman & Co. – This is the clever little shop of Caitlin Feltman, handmaker of shirts for both babies and mommies! These graphic tees are smart, cool and trendy, with neat yet simplistic designs and styles. Caitlin takes cute and crafty and turns it into clever phrases and inspiring messages. There is quite an array of tees to choose from (see photo above!), with a little something special for Mom and her babes.
    Feltman & Co. on InstagramON SALE: Click here to shop now!
  36. Magnificent Mouse – This is the lovely shop of Sarah Rousselle, whose passion for beading was inspired by her mother and grandmother. She comes from an artistic family, where arts and crafts was a frequent activity. Having a true talent for beading, she fashions each piece of jewelry with love and care! This shop is full of lovely pieces, from anklets to pod earrings (pictured above!). Many of the items are made from upcycled materials, such as textiles, colorful beads, and glass pearls.
    Magnificent Mouse on FacebookInstagramClick here to shop now!
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Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in holiday shopping, Philosophy, Stay At Home Mom, sweet whimsy designs, Work From Home | 2 comments

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

This extreme thankful feeling keeps crossing my mind, as this season passes and the motivation to create is both necessary and overwhelmingly present – it just wouldn’t be possible without some wonderful people in my life. First, a supportive family – a husband who does laundry and dishes and even has learned to make a few good meals; independent children who don’t mind being neglected for the month (sort of not kidding) & who have been helpful & loving, and learning much on their own, many times even painting alongside me. An extended family of supportive kindness & the most awesome babysitters on the planet. Supportive friends who encourage and praise, making this gal feel oh•so•loved. And last but certainly not least, a fan base of clientele who ROCK THE CASBAH! Thank you all so very much, with all of my heart! We are grateful for your support & sincerely hope you enjoy your swd creations for years and years to come. Happy Holidays!!


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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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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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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Birthday Parties, Carnival Party, Children, Gift Ideas, Girls' Dresses, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, holiday shopping, Precious Peanut Shop, Product Review, Reviews, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom | 0 comments

Precious Peanut Shop – Shout Out & Black Friday Special!

Precious Peanut Shop – Shout Out & Black Friday Special!

One thing I recommend to new Moms, especially stay-at-home Moms, is to join a local Moms group. For support, for play dates, or simply just to vent. We’ve met some really great families through our Moms group. Thank goodness I joined, or I never would’ve crossed paths with Julie Roman of Precious Peanut Shop. Though we’ve never actually met in person (she moved to TX, I live in NY), we keep in touch through various social media. She’s a big fan of sweet whimsy designs 🙂 (I even designed her logo!), and I’m a big fan of Precious Peanut Shop.

I could tell you allllll about Julie and her wonderful shop. I’ll try my best to be brief.

For now, I just want you to Ooh and Aah over her amazing creation for The Big Carnival Bash.

Dress and Headband by Precious Peanut Shop Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Dress and Headband by Precious Peanut Shop
Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Can you stand it?!

The whole entire process was amazing! I designed a dress, Precious Peanut Shop suggested some great alterations and per my request, was able to find each and every fabric and then some. She designed this dress from the bottom up, literally. It also included a multi-colored tutu layer (our dress-up-loving daughter didn’t want to wear it this day, go figure!) and Julie whipped up a coordinating headband with the most adorable little florette. She had insightful suggestions to making the dress more fun and carnival-like than I ever imagined.

Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

This dress is amazing.

The quality is beyond anything you’ll ever find in chain stores. The handmade design is both creative and clever, and it looks even more beautiful in person.

Precious Peanut Shop also stitches handmade children’s napkins and snack bags, which we love and take everywhere! Since cutting paper products such as paper towels and napkins from our day-to-day life, we are always in need of quality cloth. Precious Peanut has it! Julie will help you select from oodles of fabric choices to please your mini diner. My suggestion? Grab a coordinating snack bag. Your kids will want to constantly carry their own snacks & meals on every picnic, party, and play date ’til college!

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So. Much. Fun!

I would love to tell you more, but we’ll have Precious Peanut Shop back again soon, promise :).

In the meantime, Precious Peanut Shop would like you to enjoy FREE SHIPPING in her shop until December 4th, 2013. Just visit her Facebook page & mention the code “FREESHIP” when ordering.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Arts, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Children, Christmas, Creative, Etsy, Favorite Things, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, holiday shopping, Holidays, Jewelry, Lovely Lyla Jean, Product Review, Reviews, Shopping, Support Handmade, Toddlers, Work From Home, Working Mom | 0 comments

Lovely Lyla Jean – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Lovely Lyla Jean – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

All right, lovely people, it’s getting a little crazy around here. It’s about to get a heck of a lot crazier with a giveaway from one of my favorite children’s accessories shop.

Let me introduce you to Lovely Lyla Jean!

A wee side-note – I would not have met Melissa Griffo, owner of Lovely Lyla Jean, if it wasn’t for the Rochester Brainery. Melissa & I tabled next to each other at a Brainery Bazaar show this past summer. *Rochester, NY Locals: If you haven’t made it to a Brainery Bazaar, you are seriously missing out! LOADS of unique, handmade goods from an eclectic mix of artisans. Second Saturday of each month, and TWO SHOWS in December!)

Lovely Lyla Jean creates the most fun and whimsical accessories for girls & boys! The Chunky Bubblegum Beaded Necklaces are what stand out, but there are oh-so-many more sparkly pretties to select!

Lovely Lyla Jean holiday purple necklace

Melissa is a super-fun Mom to two littles who began creating her beautiful jewelry for her toddler daughter. What little girl doesn’t LOVE jewelry, right? (What little boy, for that matter?!) Where she finds the time, I’m not sure, though I have a pretty good idea it’s in between her full-time job, making dinner, and catering to her small children. You know, there’s just so much time left in a day to whip up lovely necklaces, earrings, and other accessories. Yes, I think that’s spot on. 😉

Lovely Lyla Jean earrings

Lovely Lyla Jean’s pieces are fun to play dress-up with, yet sophisticated enough to wear for a photo shoot or a family outing. Melissa is great about creating customized jeweled pieces to coordinate with that favorite outfit, especially with upcoming holiday attire. If you don’t see something that matches in her shop, she will be more than willing to whip up something wondrous for your little charmer to don in those Christmas card photos (sneaking up on us quickly!).

Lovely Lyla Jean Christmas
Lovely Lyla Jean Hair Ties

It’s no surprise that the creations that come from Lovely Lyla Jean’s shop are so much fun – Melissa is a ball of energy with lots of laughter and a positive outlook on life. She is excellent fun to be around, and that certainly shines through in her art.

Lovely Lyla Jean Thanksgiving

When I saw Lovely Lyla Jean’s display at the Bazaar, I knew our kids had to have a handful of somethings from her shop. We ended up with a few zipper pulls and hair clips. Our son wears his zipper pull on everything, his belt loop, backpack, he even clips it on his shirt and pants. The hair clips are so adorable on the girls, and they always get compliments when they wear them. It’s hard not to purchase everything Melissa makes, it’s all just so darling! I sincerely hope she has plans to expand to making jewels for Mom…I think I need a chunky bubblegum bead necklace stat!

Lovely Lyla Jean Sweets

Photo by The Whimsical Sweet

Get your cutie gussied & get ready to accessorize, because Lovely Lyla Jean is giving away a super adorable Purple & Cream Faux Pearl Holiday Toddler Necklace and Bracelet Set (valued at $32.50)

– Lovely gift for your favorite Daughter, Granddaughter, Goddaughter or Niece
– Necklace measures 19 inches long with 2 inch extender chain for adjustable sizing
– Bracelet is made of strong highly stretchable cord to stretch and fit little wrists
– Perfect addition to any holiday outfit
– Beautiful photography prop for your holiday photo shoot
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In the meantime, visit her shop or read her blog, and for goodness sakes, start making a list of every little girl you know and gift her lots of lovelies from Lovely Lyla Jean this holiday season!! Start SHOPPING!


TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive a Purple & Cream Faux Pearl Holiday Toddler Necklace and Bracelet Set (a $32.50 value). Contest begins November 11, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 18, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, November 18, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize must be claimed within one week of winner announcement. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within two weeks of winner announcement and claim. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post or feature All About Kraft in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).

All photos copyright Lovely Lyla Jean, unless otherwise noted.
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Second Seed In Stitches – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Second Seed In Stitches – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Becoming a handmade artisan is one of the neatest achievements I’ve made in my lifetime, probably because it has opened my life to other handmade artisans. Each show I attend, I meet an eclectic and superb batch of people who likely think outside the box and are generally lovely people all around.

Not too long ago, at a monthly Brainery Bazaar hosted by Rochester Brainery, I was showing my playable art alongside Nancy Topolski, owner and creator for Second Seed In Stitches. I was immediately blown away by Nancy’s colorful display – ranging from her oh-so-adorable “Foundlings” to the hand-knitted fingerless gloves and felted floral arrangements. I just knew we’d become friends.

We spent the entire day chatting, everything from schooling (and un-schooling) to how to succeed in the handmade craft business. You see, Nancy’s a pro. She’s been in the game for a while longer than myself. She is full of excellent advice and had a gentle approach in lending her ear to my newbie questions. I wanted to share Nancy and her work with the world, so I decided right here on The Whimsical Sweet would be a good place to start.

Banner by Second Seed In Stitches Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Banner by Second Seed In Stitches
Photo copyright Pamela M. Rayburn Photography 2013

Nancy created a one-of-a-kind birthday banner as part of The Big Carnival Bash. It was on display throughout the party, and it definitely added exactly what we were looking for. I don’t think the party would’ve been complete without the banner hanging proudly above the photo booth. I asked that she make one of her felted banners customized with red & white stripes and black lettering. She didn’t even have to ask any questions. She just got it. I love people that just get it.


Banner by Second Seed In Stitches
Photography copyright Pamela M. Rayburn Photography 2013

Second Seed In Stitches is led by a strong and passionate woman who has a beautiful handle on her craft (or crafts, as the case may be). I have yet to see all of the varieties of art Nancy is capable of creating, but those I have seen, I have fallen in love with. Though she is no longer making the banners, her Foundlings are always available in her etsy shop & usually present at her shows. They are FANTASTIC! She gets down to creative business & repurposes/upcycles old wool sweaters into fantabulous, soft, furry creatures she calls Foundlings. Every child should have at least one, and grown-ups, two or more!

Nancy Topolski foundling

The good stuff? Second Seed In Stitches is giving away a super-fun, handcrafted felted “happy birthday” banner to one lucky reader! This fun & festive banner measures approximately 5 ft. with plenty of grosgrain ribbon for hanging.

Nancy Topolski banner

Everyone needs a family banner to celebrate birthdays year after year. It’s such a great addition to any celebration. We are looking forward to unpacking ours for each birthday for many years to come.


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Good luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive one (1) ‘Happy Birthday’ banner from Second Seed In Stitches (a $50 value). Contest begins November 9, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 16, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Saturday, November 16, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize must be claimed within one week of winner announcement. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: Second Seed In Stitches is providing the winner with the prize of a felted birthday banner. I was not compensated in any other way to feature this artist. All opinions are my own It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :). I support local, handmade art and you should, too. :)

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