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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 Jul 13, 2015 in Children's Apparel, Children's Literature, Product Review, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ants In The Pants

Ants In The Pants

Our youngest loves Georgie! {She is wearing a rainbow romper from Lookie Loo Loo & hair bow from Lennon & Co.}

One can never have too many books. As a homeschooling family, we’re always on the lookout for a good book. Thanks to author, musician, and designer Jolie Della Valle, we have found a great book and brand in Ants In The Pants! Not only did Jolie write the book featuring her own creation, Georgie The Ant & friends, she also makes appearances where she hosts Storytime Dance Parties at schools and events. In addition, you will find Ants In The Pants apparel in the shop from bloomers to leggings and tees, all made in the USA by Jolie, herself. Crawl over to the website & print some free coloring pages with Georgie & his friends!

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Most importantly, Jolie gives back in a big way! In addition to volunteering a live performance and donating a copy of her book to every child at the hospital, twenty percent of every book sale through July is donated to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital! This way, parents have the opportunity to purchase a special book for their child that also gives back. Her mission is to encourage the “ants” in the pants of children everywhere, and to also give back to this amazing foundation.Ants in the Pants, 1We are in awe of Jolie’s inspirational journey and think you will be, too! The book is fun and colorful which draws the attention of all ages. All three of our children – ages 6, 5, & 3 – enjoy reading the story and acting out the pages. We love that the book is so interactive & encourages children to participate in it’s imaginative dance while speaking directly to the child with questions. There is a fun surprise at the end of the book, too! We can only imagine how much fun it would be to have Jolie singing and reading her book in person. Jolie is a tiny ball of happy energy which must be so entertaining for little ones!

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As part of our new Q&A Sessions with handmade entrepreneurs, we’ve asked Jolie to answer some questions we find to be important in our lives. Here are her answers:

•What motivated you to become a handmade shop owner and when did you open/launch?

When I got the idea for making Ants in the Pants, it sparked me with so much excitement, that I had to follow through with it! For a few years I was selling my creations at craft shows only, but then I finally I launched my website in November of 2013.

•Where do you source your materials?

I order all of my fabric and trims online through various websites. I love Timeless Treasures Fabric and Spoonflower. In regards to my recently published children’s book, I used a printing company in the United States.

•What’s your favorite part about being a handmade shop owner?

My favorite part is receiving a picture of a child in a outfit that I made or reading my book! It fills me up with so much happiness to know that I created something with loving energy that is now being transferred into that child’s life!

•Who inspires you?

I am inspired by almost everyone and everything. I am always observing! However, my niece Sloane is my ultimate inspiration! She is the reason Ants in the Pants went from a  hobby into a viable business. I choose to let go of my fears and follow my dreams because I want to encourage her to do that. I’m just trying to lead by example and be an amazing role model to her!

•What do you see your business becoming in the next 5/10 years?

Ants in the Pants began as baby and toddler clothing, and then last year I published my first children’s book, Georgie and the Ants in the Pants. At this time I also started writing kids music and playing the ukulele! The past few months I’ve been touring schools, stores, and libraries with my book and entertaining children, and this turned into my #1 passion and priority. I would have never imagined I would be doing this! My business has evolved so much and I know it will continue to evolve more over the next 5/10 years. I try to focus on each day as it comes- to do my best, to stay inspired and productive, to have faith, and to let life unfold!

•Favorite fellow handmade shops?

I love Little Macks @Little.Macks (media inspired shirts). So cute and funny!

•What is your favorite creation?

My favorite creation is Georgie and the Ants in the Pants! It was the most challenging one by far, but the tougher the challenge, the greater the reward!

•What’s your most important piece of wisdom you think has made you &/or your business who/what you are today?

When there is something major you want to accomplish, understand that it will not happen over night. Be patient, and just do your best to continue to move forward everyday. It is a marathon, not a race, and NEVER compare your business or progress to anyone else’s. Have a reason – something that’s bigger then you, and bigger then the products that you create, that pushes you to keep on each day! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

•What do you wish customers purchased more of?

I will usually get orders of the book alone, or the apparel alone, and I just think it’s so cute for a child to receive both the book and a t-shirt (because the characters in the book are wearing the “I have Ants in my Pants” shirts!).

•Business-wise, why do you do what you do day in & day out?

Every day is so different! Depending upon if I have a school visit or not, or what I feel inspired to do that day! Typically I am writing, brainstorming, sewing, playing the ukulele, making calls, shipping orders, working on marketing initiatives. I also run a completely different business as a personal trainer, fitness instructor. So in between all my Ants in the Pantsing’ I am training clients, or teaching classes. I find that the busier I am, the more I get done! I wake up super early, and it allows to me to get a head start on the day. I prioritize and always get the urgent things done first, knowing that tomorrow will be a bright new beautiful day to continue on this journey!

Wonderful words and advice from Jolie Della Valle! Thank you, Jolie, for sharing your imagination and a little of your world with us! We are ever-inspired by your creativity and lust for life!


NOW THROUGH 7/17/15 on @WeAreHandmade, purchase Georgie and the Ants In The Pants at a discounted price of $15 (includes shipping) & receive a FREE Logo Tee (a $23 value)!! 


***And don’t forget that Jolie is donating 20% of all purchases to

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital!!




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Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

{Handmade} Summer Gift Guide 2015

It is my pleasure to announce our {Handmade} Summer Gift Guide for the year 2015! We have had our eyes on some of the best handmade artisans, makers, and creators on the planet and are thrilled to bring you an eclectic collection of wonderful creations. The work that is put into by-hand art is truly a labor of love for most, if not all, of these amazing people. Among the gifts from the shops below, you will find beauty and humor, inspiration and joy, courage and love. The best notion about buying handmade is that you are supporting a real individual, sometimes a family, and all times a passion. Please enjoy our 2015 Summer Gift Guide, and thank you for supporting handmade! {Simply click on the shop name for website}

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1. Vivie & Ash – Sara Hood, owner and designer at Vivie & Ash, spends a lot of time around the kitchen table as family building, dreaming, painting, imagining and… sewing. After launching in 2014 with their sweet children’s clothing line, Vivie & Ash expanded to create lovely dresses, rompers, leggings, shorts, and accessories for a complete wardrobe shopping experience. We are fond of each and every design including the Mermaid Twirly Dress (pictured). From frilly to handsome, Vivie & Ash has your children covered (quite literally). Vivie & Ash on FacebookInstagram

2. B. Stamped – B. Stamped is a personalized hand-stamped jewelry and keepsake shop that offers wrap bracelets, necklaces, fishing lures, wedding keepsakes, and much more!  Founded in late 2013, B. Stamped grew rapidly from a hobby to a full-time business that now ships to over thirty countries!  Owner Brittany Kollmer creates well-crafted pieces with a sentimental touch. Brittany is as sweet as they come and it certainly shines through her intricate craftsmanship. Brittany stamps each B. Stamped creation by hand, leaving you with a rustic, one-of-a-kind adornment. We really adore their Bar Necklace (pictured). {Wish Brittany well as she is expecting her second child any minute!} B. Stamped on FacebookInstagram

3. 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. Summery must-haves from Christine & Co. Design include her Perpetual Calendars (Gold & White pictured). Ooh, glitter and glam! Christine & Co. on FacebookInstagram

4. Opposite Of Far When I learned of Opposite Of Far, it was love at first sight. It’s easy to grow in awe of these amazing masks for children (and I must admit, adults too!). There are so many designs, we’re not sure how owner and seamstress extraordinaire Jessica Near has time for anything else! Jessica takes pride in her high-quality creations ranging from everything you could imagine including woodland, jungle, and mythical animals, barnyard, arctic, and safari animals, even endangered animals! Don’t forget about superheroes & princesses! We are head-over-tails for Opposite Of Far’s Shark Mask (pictured) – sure to be a hot item this summer! While you’re visiting the shop, please visit the mask of the month club & artist collaborations pages – lots of fun there!! Opposite Of Far on Facebook Instagram

5. Manzanita Kids Meet Adrienne and David, the dynamic husband-and-wife duo behind Manzanita Kids. They design and make beautiful heirloom toys from their Seattle home. They began with the belief that the best toys can be simple, durable, tactile, and spark the imagination. Through good design, quality materials, and fine craftsmanship, Manzanita Kids makes toys to last generations. From imaginative modular houses to classic Montessori puzzles to eco-friendly rattles, you’ll find something for all ages. Every child needs a Modular Tree House (pictured), wouldn’t you agree?! Manzanita Kids on FacebookInstagram

6. The Trendy Treehouse – Tara Johnston, owner and designer at The Trendy Treehouse, knew exactly what she was doing when she went to school for business. Not only do she & her husband manage a family of four children, they also run a construction business in addition to The Trendy Treehouse shop & blog. At The Trendy Treehouse, you’ll find clothing for adults and children as well as some pretty trendy totes to carry them in! Lots of humor and fun lies among these designs. Tara’s unique drawings evolve into clothing and her fans adore her work. We think you will, too, including the colorful Happy Camper tee (pictured). Trendy, yes, but these designs will last a lifetime. The Trendy Treehouse on FacebookInstagram

7. Curly Willow Co. – Upon entering the Etsy shop of Curly Willow Co., you will notice the cottage-inspired color that is displayed in every bit of home decor offered. That’s because owner Vicki Shead LOVES color! Curly Willow Collections offers a wide array of fabric banners, tea towels, and colorful wall decor. You’ll also find some stationery and shopping totes and even some fun pillows of late. We think Vicki’s eclectic personality definitely shows in her vibrant shop – go see for yourself! The latest mini handbags (pictured) are scrumptious! Curly Willow Co. on Instagram

8. Mocc Life – Mocc Life is filled to the brim with handmade leather moccasins and bibdanas for little ones. All of Mocc Life’s moccasins are sewn by Melinda Collazo in her home in Central Florida. Melinda usually cuts patterns in the evening and sews during naptime. You’ll find plenty of fun and colorful moccs in this shop. Isn’t it true that a child can never have too many shoes?! The Sunset Moccasins (pictured) are your go-to summer shoe. Mocc Life on FacebookInstagram

9. BabyFace Boutique Sparked by a passion for making things by hand, BabyFace Boutique was started in 2014 by owner Caylee Williams. Owner Caylee’s daughter Taylor gave her the inspiration to create modern, unique baby clothing for little fashion trend setters. BabyFace Boutique has grown enough over the years to allow Caylee to stay at home with her kids and work her sewing passion into their lives. All of BabyFace’s designs are fully created by only Caylee, including the most-adorable Banana Harem Shorties (pictured), perfect for even the hottest of summer days! BabyFace Boutique on Facebook – Instagram

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10. The Blue Envelope – Mandy Bratton is mom to two and owner of The Blue Envelope along with her business partner Kelsie. After three babies were born between them in two months (Mandy has twins), a custom children’s line was born as well. They have one goal in mind: to raise their children to reach for the moon with endless possibilities. Inspired by the imaginations of little ones, Mandy & Kelsie hope that their new line can encourage your little ones to be dreamers and believers and that anything is possible. “Reach for the moon — even if you miss you’ll land among the stars!” Pictured is their Mama Tee (a shirt I designed per their request), hooray for excellent Moms! The Blue Envelope on FacebookInstagram

11. Busy B BoutiqueBethany is the B behind Busy B Boutique and she is nothing short of busy! Raising three adventurous daughters with her husband/best friend, they have their hands pleasantly full while they homeschool their daughters, travel and both own and operate businesses. Bethany loves the freedom to use her creativity how she chooses through Busy B while setting a great example for her daughters that the sky is the limit. She is fully enjoying her role as a Mompreneur! We really love Busy B’s mug collections, especially the Best Friend Mug Set (pictured) where you choose the cities & states where your bestie hearts lie. Busy B Boutique on FacebookInstagram

12. 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 most recently, jewelry.  Moko and Co was founded by sisters Megan and Kristy along with Laurie, their mother. Their love for travel, trying new things, long walks with their cameras, 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. Once again we are swooning over their Stud Earrings & Pic Pac in Pink Wristlet (pictured) Moko & Co. on FacebookInstagram

13. Life With PeanutWelcome to Life with Peanut: a home and nursery art print shop which strives to brighten your home with colorful, fun, and inspirational prints. They opened in 2014 when owner and designer Meghan was looking for unique prints to decorate her daughter’s room.  She wanted to share her love for creating art prints with others. Perusing the shop, you’ll find an eclectic array of lovely art sure to compliment any decor. We’re inspired by the Tribal Nursery Art (pictured) gently displaying the words “Be Fearless” to remind and encourage. Life With Peanut on FacebookInstagram

14. Francie & Co.Francie & Co. is known for making glamorous children’s teepees for savvy shoppers like you. Whether you have big kids, little kids, pets or dollies, owner Nicole Rees has a beautiful teepee for your family. These amazing handmade customizable teepees come in eight, six, and three feet options. Each is made to reflect your tastes and personality, and will add that special something to family time for years to come. We have a major crush on every single one, like the Small Glam Teepee (pictured). Swoon! Francie & Co. on FacebookInstagram

15. Wuthering IrisJenn Hanson is a stay-at-home mom who was looking for a hobby to add some creative spark to her day while adding some fashion to her little girl, Tessa. At Wuthering Iris you’ll find accessories for you little ones and maybe a few in there for mama as well. From the floral printed headbands to the polka-dotted wraps, the fresh look of Wuthering Iris’ collection is unmistakably theirs. Sweet Skinny Celtic Knot headband sets (pictured) are among our faves. Wuthering Iris on FacebookInstagram

16. Little Faces Apparel – I had the pleasure of meeting owner and designer extraordinaire of Little Faces Apparel, Jennifer Durham, at the Maker’s Summit in South Carolina this past March. I can understand why Little Faces Apparel’s designs are both lovely and sweet since that is exactly who Jennifer is as a person! Jennifer started operating Little Faces in 2014 thanks to the love of all things girly after the birth of her youngest daughter. This eclectic children’s and woman’s apparel line is so much fun, you may have a challenging time refraining from revamping your entire wardrobe with LFA garbe. One of our favorite pieces is the Pink Lemonade Romper (pictured) – the perfect summer attire! Little Faces Apparel on FacebookInstagram

17. Happy Guppy Toys – When you first come across Happy Guppy Toys’ shop, you’ll see a bright, colorful display & words that read “smile if you’re cute and proud!” It’s easy to follow those instructions once you feast your eyes on the beautiful little yarn toys created by owner Danielle Begnaud. There are plenty of tiny treasures in the shop. It’s fun to see the photography as well. Quite the creative mind behind Happy Guppy Toys, and we enjoy her hand-knits such as the Custom Animal Figurines (pictured as Party Animals). Go ahead, we dare you not to smile! Happy Guppy on Instagram

18. Hazzard Lane Clothing  Kate is the mom to three little men, wife to one man, and co-owner of Hazzard Lane Clothing with her brother, Jon. Hazzard Lane is fun kid- and parenthood-inspired tees for you and your minis! Screen-printed tees are their specialty and there’s no shortage of designs in their shop! Sizes range from children to adults, both men & women, and there are some great tees among the pages in Hazzard Lane. A good find for those super relaxed kid in your life is the Straight Up Chillaxin’ tee. Happy shopping! Hazzard Lane on Instagram

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19. Emerson & Oliver Our friends Laura & Mary are the creative designing friends 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 named, 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), our favorites from the shop and quickly becoming an American standard. Add a charm or three to personalize these sassy bangles, or just leave them as is to start a conversation among friends. Outstanding craftsmanship, handmade goodness. Emerson & Oliver on FacebookInstagram

20. Little Darlings Boutique – What’s a little darling without her messy bow?! That’s what Nicole Bulson, owner of Little Darlings Boutique, builds her business after. Nicole’s shop is far from messy, though. Adorable headbands with not-so-messy bows, twisted and top knot headwraps, and turbans with some of the most fun prints available grace the shop’s virtual shelves. The American Flag Bowtie Bow Headwrap is an absolute must-have for the fourth of July or any good ol’ American holiday for that matter! Show your patriotism and wear one proudly! Little Darlings Boutique on Instagram

21. West Of 3rd Nicole Dunlap is the designer behind West Of 3rd, a shop with trendy screen-printed apparel for your littles. Many of the tees you’ll find in the shop are fun and funky, like the Wild Love T shirt (pictured). We love My Pet Fox T shirt as well – so fun for any child! West of 3rd is a relatively new shop, so be sure to follow their story as it unfolds, and stay tuned for new and upcoming designs! West of 3rd on Instagram

22. The Upcycled Panda – Looking for a fresh take on old duds? Sarah Thamm is your girl! At The Upcycled Panda, owner and creator Sarah is always designing new looks with only the hippest little in mind. You’ll be amazed at lines The Upcycled Panda creates. Mama to one by day, re-inventor by night, we are always snickering at the pun-ny prints The Upcycled Panda launches. The ‘Merica fringe tee (pictured) is, without a doubt, a summer holiday & poolside must-have. The Upcycled Panda on FacebookInstagram

23. Pip And Bean – Superheroes, prepare yourselves! Born out of necessity in 2009 while owner Alyssa Wolfe’s husband attended grad school, Pip And Bean’s handcrafted capes won the hearts of children near and far. The shop is full of the most incredible and imaginative superhero gear around! Fun doesn’t cut it – you’ll automatically let go of all inhibitions when adorning a Pip And Bean cape and mask! Alyssa’s super fun and whimsical personality bleeds into the capes she creates. Try starting your collection with a Plain Superhero Cape. With so many color, size, and customization options, you may need one for each member of your super family! Pip And Bean on FacebookInstagram

24. CJ’s Puppy Dog Tails – Owner Angel is the mother to an amazing & busy little boy AKA the reason CJ’s Puppy Dog Tails came into existence. A few years later, and CJ’s Puppy Dog Tails is a full-fledged children’s apparel shop for boys, girls, and their Mamas. Angel’s sweet boy helped her start something she has been dreaming about ever since she was a little girl: to design clothes. The Crocheted Romper is to-die-for, so cute and classic!  CJ’s Puppy Dog Tails on FacebookInstagram

25. Charlie & Gus ClothingGet ready for pinched cheeks this summer when you wear these unique pieces by Charlie & Gus!  Made from 100% organic cotton knit, Charlie & Gus clothes are soft and comfortable and made for mischief.  Every item is handmade with love and double, triple, even quadruple checked for perfection.  They are durable, washable, snuggable, and most of all your little one will be comfy while looking their best.  You can find leggings, shorties, muscle-tees, bibs, dresses, and more throughout the shop. Earning a star this summer are the USA Baby! Shorties (pictured). Don’t let your Independence Day celebration go without! Charlie & Gus Clothing on Instagram

26. Hello Moccs – Years ago via Instagram, I met a woman with a heart so big, though she was on the West Coast, I could feel it on the East Coast. A Wife and a Mama, prime blogger & Hello Moccs owner Kimmie Ess spends her evenings (and any other “free” time) sewing her gracious heart out, spreading the mocc love across the world. We’re not quite sure how she does it with a newborn at home, but somehow she manages solo to stitch each and every shoe that leaves her house, and of course with love. Hello Moccs are beautifully constructed from the finest hides, also hand-selected and cut by Kimmie herself. With so many bold and subtle colors available, you can adorn your infant with a lifetime supply of Hello Moccs and still not have them all. We are crushing on the Wagon Baby Moccs, also known as the perfect summer shoe. Picnic, anyone?! Hello Moccs on FacebookInstagram

27. Caroline Randall Made – For top quality personalized gifts, check out Caroline Randall Made! Based in Orlando, Florida, Caroline Randall is a homeschooling Mom to three boys who enjoys personalizing fun drinkware, teethers, key fobs, and pencil cases, among others, in her spare time. With quite the variety in styles, colors, and prints, you’re sure to find just the right gift for that summer party. We love the Personalized Navy Stars Mason Jar Tumbler, pictured here, and think her organic baby teethers are just the cutest!! Caroline Randall Made on FacebookInstagram

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28. Dragonfly Jewelry – Arlene Sherman takes jewelry to a new level. Within her shop, Dragonfly Jewelry, she creates hand-crafted jewelry with beads, metal rings made into Chaimaille pieces, wire wrapped, stamped and soldered or riveted metal. She is also quite proficient with clays, both polymer and epoxy, and precious metals. Arlene believes each individual deserves jewelry that accents you and that brings out your personal style, and she can deliver! With her large variety of materials, styles, and sizes, there truly is something for everyone. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Arlene through local craft shows which we both attended throughout the years and can attest first-hand that her work is phenomenal, like this Anodized Aluminum Bracelet (pictured), availably in many colors & styles.  Dragonfly Jewelry on Facebook Instagram

29. The Magpie Co. – The Magpie Co. was new on the scene in January 2014, but not new to the handmade world. Owner/Operator Elizabeth Conner has been sewing since she was a teen and has dabbled in other handmade small businesses, and just last year found her footing and passion in her own handmade line for kids. Featuring classic design with a modern and comfy twist for even the tiniest fashion forward babes. Elizabeth also attended The Maker’s Summit and we had entirely too much fun together! We cannot get enough of the Boho Babe Play Suit (pictured, in amethyst, citrine, & emerald). The Magpie Co. on FacebookInstagram

30. Tiny Antlers – Full of bright, functional baby gifts, Tiny Antlers is owned and managed by Leigh McGilvray. Leigh is a Scottish native who emigrated to California to be with her husband. After the birth of their son in 2012, she was inspired to create functional, contemporary products for little ones and their parents! From bibs and banners to pillows and dress-up clothing, Tiny Antlers has your hard-to-find products in unique designs. The Toddler/Travel Pillow in Navy Viewfinders is so unique, in fact, we can only imagine building a child’s room around it. The prints are just so fun! Tiny Antlers on Facebook Instagram

31. Hotsauce & Donuts – Keeping things weird since 2014, Hotsauce & Donuts has a zany collection of tees and dresses for children and adults alike. Jasette Solinger is the brains behind the creations, and in this shop your purchase will leave you feeling wild & free. Express yourself with tees such as For The Love of Donuts Tee (pictured, in yellow). Read the descriptions when you shop if you want to put a smile on your face. Jasette is fun & funny, and we think you’ll love her creations! Hotsauce & Donuts on FacebookInstagram

32. Legacy Learning AcademyAt Legacy Learning Academy, they believe children are their legacy and their priority in the shop is to provide parents and other child care providers with academic enrichment activities to create and build upon the educational foundations that have already been set forth. The joys of learning are realized, as your child’s curiosity and creativity are peaked with activities focused on a variety of educational styles and student-led discovery. Legacy Learning Academy’s self-contained educational activities are ideal for at-home enrichment, on-the-go brain boosting, or even as part of a daycare or preschool curriculum to build on the current learning program. Owner and creator Ashley Hendryx is a driven and organized Mom of three boys. She is inventive in her academy, and with products such as the Rainbow Wooden Sorting Set (pictured), your child is sure to learn while having a ball! Legacy Learning Academy on FacebookInstagram

33. Beautiful Melody Designs – Beautiful Melody Designs is an apparel brand run by Mama Chantal Young during her kiddos nap time. All designs are block printed by hand using hand-carved stamps and eco-friendly materials. Their inspiration stems from a great love of music, a great longing for peace & love, and a great passion to be surrounded by nature. At Beautiful Melody, you’ll find a beautiful by-hand mix of tees, tanks, and leggings among other things like their All You Need Is Love tank (pictured, in gray/purple). You’ll be listening to the tunes in your mind when you wear BMD – what’s not to love about that?! Beautiful Melody Designs on FacebookInstagram

34. My Kookie Jar – Owner Karla Garcia is a stay-at-home momma to three beautiful children who loves pretty things that make you smile and 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 summer designs, My Kookie Jar can equip you with the accessories you need to make it through the hot months ahead. Choose from a variety of fabric-covered earrings, hairpins, and magnets available in the shop. You’ll love the Mini Button Earrings Trio (pictured, in Blue Turquoise Leopard Print). My Kookie Jar on Instagram

35. Swanky Shank – Amazing making comes in all different sizes and for Jen Shank, that’s typically a pretty teeny size. Her inspired creations for little toddler hipsters are colorful, fun and adored by her customers. Jen has a great eye for color, design and style, which isn’t just true for her products but also her presentation. If great making is the result of outstanding craftsmanship and showcasing, then you’ll understand just why she’s Swanky Shank!​ Jen & I immediately clicked when we collaborated on an outfit/peg doll design, but when we met in person at The Maker’s Summit, we knew we would be good friends for life. It was then that I realized Jen’s creations were so beautiful because she, too, is beautiful, inside and out. It’s easy to adore the Spring For Swank skirt with coordinating feather tank (pictured, right) & her horsing around skirt with tank (also pictured left) among so many other fabulous designs in the Swanky Shank shoppe. Summer is in full bloom at Swanky Shank! Swanky Shank on FacebookInstagram

36. Zions Den Apparel – Established in 2014, Zions Den Apparel is shop that specializes in baby, child, and adult clothing and accessories, including custom requests. Everything you’ll see in the shop is 100% handmade by owner Devin Lane, Momma to one and soon-to-be wife to her best friend. The immaculate prints you’ll find are usually available in all styles in the shop – leggings, shorties, headbands – you name it! Devin takes a simple design and adds a fun and exciting twist, leaving you and your littles with the hottest garbe on the block. Try not to get washed away with the Anchors Away Shorties (pictured, bottom right), but we know you’ll want them all! Zions Den on FacebookInstagram

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37. Gray Anchor Apparel – Idaho resident Michelle Peugh opened her shop, Gray Anchor Apparel, in early 2015. Offering fitness apparel, lounge wear, and anything custom you can design, Gray Anchor has become a way for Michelle to share her passion about being healthy, staying fit, and wearing fun clothes! There are several tank tops in the shop we think make for some fun lounge wear & workout gear, like their signature Striped Anchor Tank (pictured). Your wardrobe needs a comfy makeover & Gray Anchor is the place to start! Gray Anchor on Facebook Instagram

38. Maks Chic Bowtique – You can be sure to find the most chic of accessories in Maks Chic Bowtique! Owner and designer Sinthia Haber is a busy mom of three who enjoys making custom beaded chunky jewelry for ladies and littles of all ages! Sinthia was inspired by her daughter to create these wonderful pieces. She puts a lot of thought and time into each piece to make sure its well-made and secured. The Children’s Gold Black and White Striped Chunky Pearl Necklace will dazzle friends and family with it’s sparkly baubles. Shine on! Maks Chic Bowtique on FacebookInstagram

39. Wire and Honey Wire and Honey is a Baltimore-based shop selling rad threads for urban littles. They create clothing that represents the heart and soul of their beloved city. They draw their inspiration from music, culture, and local flair while promoting and endorsing love, tolerance, and global health awareness. The Struggle Is Real Tee has us laughing because let’s face it, we’ve all been there, and yes, the struggle is real! Wire and Honey on FacebookInstagram

40. Southern Adoornments – Nikki McNab has her hands full with two little ones at home, but she somehow finds time to create the most fabulous bows and accessories you have ever feasted your eyes on! Created with many different textures, patterns, and product designs in mind, Nikki enjoys working with leather most of all. Nikki was another Insta-friend turned real-life friend when we had a blast celebrating at Maker’s Summit this past March. In 2015, Southern Adoornments launched a handbag line made from their luscious leathers that will certainly make a statement. We’ve paired a new handbag from the line with one of SoAd’s floral bows and leather key fobs (pictured) for a smooth, stylish look. Get your own summer-y look in SoAd’s shop today! Southern Adoornments on Facebook Instagram

41. sweet whimsy designs –  Moving right along to MEMEMEME! 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 amazing work-from-home biz in 2009 in an attempt to stay home to raise and homeschool our children. Fortunately, hand-painted peg dolls and accessories 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 new-found crew of supporters. Our newest Monochrome Collection (pictured, Monochrome City) is the perfect baby gift: place on a shelf for their optical amazement until they’re old enough for endless hours of hands-on imaginary play! sweet whimsy designs on FacebookInstagram

42. Avry Couture Creations – Surround yourself with the sweet dressings of Avry Couture Creations. Momma to Avry, owner Devon Evenson began as a headband shop but after three years has evolved into a beautiful custom clothing line. Every headband, dress, short, and romper is made by hand using only the utmost attention to detail because Devon believes that every little girl should be dressed in style from head to toe. The beautiful layered gray/silver lace Gwen Dress (pictured) is one of the sweetest creations in the shop. Avry Couture is for lovers of fine children’s wear with impeccable taste. Sweet shopping! Avry Couture on FacebookInstagram

43. Hiplandia – Super hip and spunky are a few adjectives we can use to describe the new line Hiplandia. This custom kids shop specializes in funky printed shorties, leggings, and rompers for your little ones. Scroll through the fabric options before selecting your custom design, then adorn your child with a hip take on a few classics. Owner Greta Hunold will work with you to create that special something for that special someone. We found the most rad selections in the black & white collection (pictured). Hip to (not) be square! Hiplandia on FacebookInstagram

44. The Little Arrows – Bright, colorful, and super fun designs fill the shop of The Little Arrows. With designs such as their Little Bear Raglan, they always have young ones in mind. The Little Arrows also has colorful felt balls in their shop – endless possibilities! For summer, check out the strawberry, ice cream cone, and sunshine tanks in addition to their other tees. Brighten your child’s life with The Little Arrows apparel! The Little Arrows on Instagram

45. Moozega – Moozega was launched in Summer 2014 by Jaclyn Vaccaro, a graphic designer with a background in the apparel industry. Since childhood, Jaclyn wanted to have her own clothing line. She finally decided to take the leap after staying at home with her son for a year. Inspired by her son and all the things she loves most, Jaclyn created a line of unique screen printed tees for little ones. Moozega’s tees are fun, modern and stylish. They’re designed in Queens and printed in Brooklyn. Wondering where the name Moozega came from? Moozega was the nickname for Jaclyn’s dog, Candy. Each and every design is so unique, something will jibe with your lives – perhaps this Happy (Most Of The Time) tee (pictured)?! Be happy! Shop Moozega! Moozega on FacebookInstagram

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46. Tiny Tot Threads – Tiny Tot Threads is a hot new shop that strives to provide an exceptional collection of handmade baby clothes for your one-of-a-kind baby! This is a place to find unique, hip, trendy, and modern clothes, for your ‘tiny tot’, designed to reflect their personality and style. Tiny Tot customers enjoy an assortment of  constantly-changing dress designs for their fashion forward tot. The Nightfall Sea Peter Pan Dress (pictured) surpasses expectations for the loveliest of dresses. For a uniquely special gift, subscribe to their monthly boxes – different each month, they provide a head-to-toe outfit featuring a Tiny Tot piece along with a fun accessory (such as sweet whimsy designs’ peg dolls, available this month!).  Tiny Tots on FacebookInstagram

47. Glitter & Mint – All things pretty, Glitter & Mint offers a wide variety of beautiful baby accessories like headbands, rompers, head wraps and skirts (pictured). These all make great baby shower gifts, birthday gifts, or just for a fancy occasion or everyday wear. Owner Shayla McKeen runs the business from home while caring for her three daughters.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply request a custom color – Shayla will create just for you! Glitter & Mint on Instagram

48. Ahoy Amigo – Ahoy Amigo was created in June 2014 in an effort to create more clothing choices for rad littles. A stay-at-home mother of two kids under six, Stacie created Ahoy Amigo with the inspiration from her own kids. Each design shows a bit of her own kids and all kids, for that matter. Everything is made in her Kentucky home with your littles in mind. Ahoy Amigo is a great choice for fun, versatile clothing. Always Hungry (pictured, tee)? What kid isn’t?! Ahoy Amigo on FacebookInstagram

49. Phoebe and Egg Phoebe and Egg has a collection of handmade dolls with sweet classic features. The dolls, their hair and stuffing are made from all-natural wool and are designed to be played with and cherished. It is  as if each doll contains a magical secret – the attention to detail is impeccable! Find the essence of childhood through sisters Phoebe (pictured) and Egg or even their brother Ging; simply beautiful heirloom dolls to be cherished for generations. Phoebe and Egg on FacebookInstagram

50. On Hand Lotions – A wonderful local-to-me friend is Hayna Weems, the Owner/Mixologist of On Hand Lotions. Hayna mixes some deliciously-scented, food-based organic lotion bars, balms, sunscreen, bug spray, and other seasonal items to help heal and moisturize your hard-working skin. She opened OHL one year ago to support her family of five. Natural living is their way of life and OHL’s marketing and branding aim to reflect an honest belief in the value of a mindful lifestyle. Which is our favorite? We especially love, love, love their bestselling Thirsty-Face Serum! On Hand Lotions on FacebookInstagram

51. Lylee Rose Shop – Lylee Rose owner Margo Martin is so excited to share her handmade items with the world, she may have to sew until her heart’s content. All items in her handmade children’s accessories shop are made by Margo truly with love and care. As a Mommy to two girls, Margo knows what a joy it is to have a fun accessory that you love to put on your babes and she takes delight in making custom creations especially for her customers! Sweet additions for summer are the Fruity and Fun Knot Headband Trio (pictured). Sweet and sassy! Lylee Rose on FacebookInstagram

52. Fresh Pressed Prints –  Brooke Bowen is the sweet mother of three fun boys and owner of Fresh Pressed Prints. FPP was created to bring another option for boy clothing after being bored with all the typical clothes seen in stores. Brooke is an artist and usually paint using oils, but this has been a fun diversion to keep her hands covered in paint. Speaking of boy designs, the Rollin’ With The Pollies shirt (pictured) is a fresh new look for boys & we love every bit of Brooke’s hand-drawn design! We’ve grown fond of Brooke’s artistry and we think you will, too. Fresh Pressed Prints on FacebookInstagram

53. Ants In The Pants – Join along in the journey of Jolie Della Valle, writer and the creative mind behind the book and clothing line Ants In The Pants. Similar to her book, Jolie never stops moving and is always educating and enriching children across the country. Jolie is on a mission to inspire children to embrace their individuality, silliness, and excitement – otherwise known as the “ants in their pants”! We have fallen, er, antennae-over-thorax in love with this storybook and apparel (pictured) – most adorable! I’m fairly certain that most children have ants in their pants from time-to-time, why not let a pair of whimsical leggings serve as a warning to others?! Ants In Your Pants on FacebookInstagram

54. Spath Designs – Grace Spath is the creative mind behind Spath Designs where she designs unique children’s clothing spawned from her child-at-heart passion. You’ll find plenty of adventure and dreams among the threads of Spath Designs, for this is how Grace describes her childhood and adolescence. She often works alone in the creative process but is also known for collaborating with other artists to add a bit of surprise to the shop’s lovely creations. Pictured is their Organic Arrow Tee paired with the Recycled Camel Skirt, sure to stylize any little love! Spath Designs on Instagram

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55. XO Momma ShopXO Momma Shop owner Mindy Perfette hand-makes all the designs in her shop. Mindy prides herself in the quality of XO’s tees and coffee mugs. Mindy loves soft quality and ensure every tee is the best quality you can receive. Baby shirts, kids tees, coffee mugs, coffee cups, & maternity clothing fill this shop to the brim with cuteness! I spy a Be Brave Little One tee – makes a great gift for that little warrior in your life! XO Momma Shop on Instagram

56. Popology – Kamri Pitchford, owner of Popology Apparel, must be full of zest & life because it’s apparent in her clothing and accessories’ designs! Kamri puts the FUN in FUNctional with her tuggable, chewable jewelry made from non-toxic wooden beads. With a supportive husband and two fun kids of her own at home, Kamri beads her sunny days away from her California home. She prides herself on creating gender-neutral creations for Popology that encourage parents to “let them be little”. We have a lil’ thang for the Purple Sparkly Polar Bear necklace (pictured). Popology on FacebookInstagram

57. Hazard Baby Clothing Every baby should come with warning labels! Hazard Baby is an original warning label clothing line for kids.  Launched in the spring of 2014 from the hills of New Hampshire, Hazard features 100% soft cotton infant onesies, toddler t-shirts, rompers, and bibs available with many humorous “warning label” designs.  All of the clothing is designed by owner Lynn Brown and screen-printed locally. You’ll find the Handle With Care Onesie (pictured) to be the perfect gift for any new mom. Just remember to use caution when handling! Hazard Baby Clothing on FacebookInstagram

58. NBT Threads NBT Threads designs and creates ah-mazing swag for mamas and kidsters! Home of #momlife, they interact with their customers and make their inspirational ideas come to life! NBT Threads brings the humor and reality of motherhood together to make rad swag for their Mamas. You can’t help but to giggle at the original designs quoting the woes of parenthood like the Starry Eyed & Sleep Deprived Tank (pictured). Sometimes you just have to laugh! NBT Threads on FacebookInstagram

59. 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 several 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 dainty Floral & Polka Dot Mini Bow Headband Set (pictured) to be just the right touch to your sweetie’s outfit. Share in the joy! Shared Joy on FacebookInstagram

60. Marlee Ro – Vibrant and colorful, full of creative juices describes Markie Hayes, owner of fabulous boutique MarleeRo. Along with her rompers and leggings, MarleeRo’s big bow headbands are plastered all over the internet simply because they’re so adorable and so well-loved by so many! We had the opportunity to meet Markie (at the Maker’s Summit, of course!) and fell in love with her southern charm and lovely personality. The love she puts into her pieces make them what they are – pretty and sweet, and maybe even a little sassy once in a while. Can we pause for a moment to look at the Carnival Trolls Organic Cotton Romper?! Sweet perfection! MarleeRo on FacebookInstagram

61. Learn Live Hope Apparel – Meet Angela, the owner and designer behind the positive brand for littles and their mamas: Learn Live Hope Apparel. All designs are inspired by Angela’s one year-old son Caleb so are sure to be loved. Based in Colorado Springs, Learn Live Hope uses direct-to-garment printing with eco-friendly water-based inks for their simple yet lovely designs. We are hip into their Be Yourself tees (pictured) available in sizes for everyone! Learn Live Hope Apparel on Instagram

62. Lucends – Custom designed fabrics and shapes make up Lucinda Snyder’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 last year to include pillows with inspirational quotes in trendy designs and this year to a brand new children’s clothing line. Women can never have too many handbags and Lucends is an original shop to expand your collection. We are huge supporters of the latest clothing line such as the Brave Wings tee & Wildflower Organic Children’s Leggings (pictured) but will always be a fan of Lucends’ colorful clutches. Lucends on FacebookInstagram

63. Embri Shop – Welcome to the pretty little handmade shop of Embri. Owner Briana Greer always had a love for being crafty and creative and this shop is an extension of just that. She loves all things sparkly, and Embri Shop is stocked with glittery MacBook cases (gold, pictured) for the young at heart. The well-coated cases means your glitter stays on the case and not on your hands (although who wouldn’t like a little added sparkle to their lives?!) Fashion meets function at Embri! Embri Shop on Instagram 

In addition to our Gift Guide, we would also like to announce the launch of our latest venture: @WeAreHandmade! Find us on Instagram to shop the Insta-marketplace supporting handmade entrepreneurs, like many featured in this summer’s guide, through daily deals. You can also SHOP @WeAreHandmade HERE!

Visit sweet whimsy designs on Instagram between Monday, June 1st, 2015 8pm EST and Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 8pm EST for a HUGE giveaway featuring over 60 handmade shops and other small business owners! Over 60 prizes = over 60 winners! 




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Shared Joy

Shared Joy

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Jennifer Broadway is the owner and creative mind behind Shared Joyan adorable boutique where you can find quality girls’ headbands handmade with lots of love! Jenn is the sweetest, hard-working shop owner who draws inspiration from her two most precious creations – her beautiful daughters! Shared Joy has an eclectic mix of styles and designs in the shop as precious as can be. From jersey knits and reversible headbands to bows and lace , there is an accessory for every girl, every outfit, and every occasion!

Thanks to Shared Joy, we have a few headbands for the girls. Pictured below, T is wearing the Red/Gold Jersey Knit Dot Headband, which I think is perfect for the holidays!

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The Jersey Knits are so soft & comfortable, the girls don’t even realize they’re wearing it! What I love most is that they’re adjustable so it fits our two year-old as well as our six year-old. You may or may not catch me sporting it around the house 😉 – hey! It’s comfy!

Another Jersey Knit that I love for the versatility is the Wrap Headband. The print we have is so lovely, metallic silver and ivory wrapped into a perfect bow (pictured).

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I love browsing the different prints available at Shared Joy. One of our faves is the Chevron Reversible Headband:

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Every little girl deserves high style, don’t you think?! Feast your eyes on some florals:

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Just in time for that perfect holiday photo shoot and the upcoming holiday season, Shared Joy is extending a very special offer to very special Whimsical Sweet readers! Use code ‘SWEETWHIMSY’ at checkout to receive 20% OFF your next purchase!! Thank you, Jenn, for sharing your talents with us & spreading your holiday cheer!!


You can find Shared Joy in the latest issue of CupcakeMag featuring Jersey Knit headbands on page 33. For the newest arrivals, sales, and shop updates, be sure to follow Shared Joy on Instagram and Facebook.



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The Little Miss Shop

The Little Miss Shop

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The time has come again to shop, shop, shop our hearts out in preparation for the upcoming holidays. We have two daughters and a son who are pretty easy to shop for. So, I get to have some fun in the process! Thank goodness for social media, or I would have never been introduced to The Little Miss Shop. Owner Leeana is the sweetest Floridian with a shop full of handmade accessories for the little miss in your life.

We were lucky enough to receive some accessories from the Oh, Deer collection. Our daughters each have a turban, our son an infinity scarf, & an infinity scarf for myself. Soft and stylin’ accessories can make any outfit and The Little Miss Shop knows it! Our kids are smitten over their new creations. They feel hip & cool when they throw on their headbands and scarf. Little fashionistas!


Of course, I have my eye on many, many other items in the shop. You must see the new line of Infinity Scarves – especially the B&W Stripe Infinity Scarf or, if you’re looking for a little more color, the Multicolor Feathered Infinity Scarf. I love that you can match Mommy/Daughter with customizable options for both the scarves and headbands.

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You’re sure to find something for every gal on your list this year. Here’s something that will help:  An exclusive for our readers, The Little Miss Shop is offering 20% OFF anything in the shop with code ‘LITTLEMISSS’ at checkout in her Etsy shop!

Thank you, Leeana, for spreading your fun & trendy style to all the little misses of the world!

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The Little Miss Shop was featured in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide on The Whimsical Sweet, showcasing her Fair Isle line of scarves & headbands. Be sure to stop by The Little Miss Shop on Instagram to stay up-to-date on new items, sales, & giveaways!

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{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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