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{Handmade} Holiday Gift Guide!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Handmade Makers, Holiday Gift Guide | 0 comments



Welcome one and all! We are honored to present to you the {Handmade} Holiday Gift Guide for the year 2016! Supporting handmade means that you are supporting family. These business women & men are extremely hard-working entrepreneurs who likely have started from the bottom and designed, printed, sewn, knitted, painted, sanded, cut, stitched, glued, mixed, and sautered their way to the top of their craft.  This year, we have many special offerings for you, including some gems you might recognize from previous Gift Guides. From jewelry and accessories, toys and baby clothes,  body care to festive decor, there’s a wide range of products so feast your eyes! {Click on shop name for website}


  1. Just A Felt Dream – Amanda Hutto is the lovely owner of this shop, and she offers a wide array of colorful felt mobiles. These beauties will make a lovely addition to your nursery, especially since each one is custom colored to match the room! They come in a variety of shapes and designs, from the violet floral pattern of the Wisteria Baby Mobile (see above photo) to a flock of magical unicorns that will enchant your little darlings and give them the sweetest of dreams.
    Just A Felt Dream on Facebook – Instagram
  2. Vivie & Ash – Sara Hood, the dynamic designer behind this shop, was inspired by her children to create modern and comfortable children’s clothes. Each piece is organic and locally handmade, with fun and colorful prints designed by Sara. The Peplum Top, for example, (see above photo) is both comfy and cute, and perfect for stylish little girls of all ages. We’re very excited for them, as they can currently be found in five retailers, and continue to expand their creative cuteness above and beyond!
    Vivie and Ash on Facebook – Instagram
  3. B. Stamped – Sweet simplicity is everything with this beautiful jewelry shop, owned by Brittany Kollmer. What started as a hobby blossomed into something wonderful! Brittany creates personalized pieces that adorn the body and soothe the soul, such as the Customizable Bar Necklace (see above photo). Each piece is hand stamped by Brittany and created with care and love. This shop generates wonderful gifts for any occasion!
    B. Stamped on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter
  4. Swanky Shank – Jen, the creator of this snazzy shop, has been creating and decorating her whole life! She has a love for bows and frills and all things fancy. She too was inspired by her two lovely children and has been designing and making clothes since they came into the world. Each piece in her shop is cute and clever, such as the “No Prob Llama” Raglan (see above photo). Her handmade apparel is the perfect combo of precious and fashionable. She doesn’t call it “swanky” for nothing! Your child will look fresh and fun with these crafty ensembles!
    Swanky Shank on Facebook – Instagram
  5. sweet whimsy designs – This splendid shop is the creation of our very own Leandra Sweet! This marvelous mama-of-three has been an artist throughout her life, and has created the coolest and most intricate peg dolls around! These pleasant non-toxic wooden toys, cake toppers, and playroom decor aren’t only the perfect companions for your kiddos, but they’re also educational and fun, such as the Perpetual Calendar and Weather Peg Dolls (see above photo).  There’s no limit to the imagination and these hand-painted family heirlooms will let their (and your) mind wander endlessly. You and your littles will love playing with these child-friendly, eco-friendly playable art pieces!
    sweet whimsy designs on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter
  6. Livie Loo’s – Jennifer Bothel is the owner of this adorable shop, which specializes in children’s hair bows and accessories. Every accessory they offer, like the Hailey Bows (see above photo), are good for both special occasions and every day. These bows make great gifts for your favorite little girls and are perfect for any season. Your precious princesses will look like little queens with these beautiful bows!
    Livie Loo’s on Facebook – Instagram
  7. Finley & Bub – This shop was created by the delightfully quirky Natalie Romanello, who makes it a point to make the world a more colorful place! Her shop, Finley & Bub, has a collection of fun and whimsical children’s apparel. Each piece is unique and imaginative, much like the children who wear them! The Pom Pom beanie (see above photo) is perfect for any little girl who wants an extra spark of special in her outfit.
    Finley & Bub on Facebook – Instagram
  8. Ryan & Rose – Another strong woman with a touching background, Lindsey Ferrell also utilized faith to strengthen and inspire. After multiple health complications, Lindsey persevered, and created shop. This shop specializes in pacifier clips, something she couldn’t find in decent quality when she had her baby, Ryan Rose. They’re great quality and absolutely precious to behold. Each has a unique and fun design, like the Willow Cutie Clip (see above photo). If you’ve been searching for the perfect pacifier, you’ll find it here!
    Ryan & Rose on Facebook  – Instagram – Twitter
  9. Little Faces Apparel – The founder of this shop, Jennifer Durham, started making children’s clothing after the birth of her daughter. She aspired to create stylish and comfortable children’s clothes, and that’s exactly what she’s been doing! From accessories like the Celtic Knot Headband (see above photo) to baby blankets, her creations are versatile and comfy for kiddies and babies alike. These designs are fresh and fun and your little faces will light up when they see their new outfits!
    Little Faces Apparel on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

img_503510. MyKookieJar – This shop is the creation of Karla Garcia, a stay-at-home mom-of-three who loves pretty things. Her shop offers a plethora of precious items, such as the Fabric-covered Button Earrings (see above photo), perfect for both adults and young ladies. The designs are colorful and endearing, each with a different design and style, while still maintaining the simplistically beautiful look that Karla adores. Your beloved ladies and girls will love all the cute accessories this shop has in store!
MyKookieJar on Facebook – Instagram

11. Opposite of Far – Although Jessica Near doesn’t have any kids of her own yet, she absolutely adores making cute clothes for children all year round! Specializing in children’s costumes, this shop has many festive pieces to offer, such as the Rudolf Mask, just in time for the holidays (see above photo). Between the adorably clever shop name and her innate passion for creating, Jessica’s made a haven of imagination bursting with fun!
Opposite of Far on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

12. Raconteur Kid – Searching for some epic apparel for your little adventurers? Look no further! Raconteur Kid’s got you and your little one covered. Their dynamic “Take a Hike” Tee, along with dozens of other cool designs, is perfect for every little explorer’s expedition. Jillian and Luke Watkins are co-owners of this shop, and their daughter has been a huge inspiration for them, fueling their creative spirits and bringing great success to Raconteur Kid. You’ll fall in love with every story these clothes tell.
Raconteur Kid on Facebook – Instagram

13. Bannor Toys – Year after year, this shop has impressed us beyond belief, and they’re at it again! Stacey Bannor and her family are behind the brilliance of this shop, and pride themselves in creating original and organic wooden toys for children of all ages. Their toys are handmade and designed with the best intentions for all littles and their imaginations. They have all kinds of fun designs, such as the Pretend Wooden Cash Register (see above photo), each made with care and love. You will love these high quality toys as much as your children do!
Bannor Toys on Facebook – Instagram

14. While They Slept – This nifty shop was brought into the world by Carrie, a mama-of-two who loves making things that allow children to create their own stories. The name of her shop stems from the fact that “nap time is craft time” for her! So while her littles are resting, she’s hard at work, fashioning beautiful felt toys for other children of all ages. Perfect for Christmastime, her Nativity Felt Story Set is one of a kind and will teach your children the meaning of Christmas while keeping them entertained all day!
While They Slept on Facebook – Instagram

15. Dudley Denim – What’s cuter than a tiny pair of blue jeans? This shop, created by Courtney Reed, a stay at home mama who loves to upcycle, offers a wide range of stylish and trendy jeans for even the tiniest of tots. Having received her bachelors in Fashion Merchandising, Courtney utilized her talents and passion to create the cutest pairs of pants, such as the “Rad Plaid” Skinny Jeans (see above photo). Just in time for the fall and holiday season, these jeans are high quality and perfect for any stylish little boy or girl!
Dudley Denim on Facebook – Instagram

16. Happy Creature – Veachel Hosch, the happy creator behind this shop, has been crocheting for 20 years and counting. She prides herself on creating handmade crocheted hats, such as the adorable Plaid Bear Ear Beanie (see above photo). These cozy handmade hats are perfect for this winter season and will keep your baby boys and girls toasty warm! What better present for a child than a cozy cap handmade with happiness and love?
Happy Creature on Facebook – Instagram

17. Reagan Twenty Five – Heather Bienz is the marvelous mama behind this shop, where she sells faith based clothing. The shop is named after her second daughter, Reagan, who passed away during their 25th week of pregnancy to Turner Syndrome. After such a deep tragedy, Heather was inspired to create this shop, placing an emphasis on strength through faith and love. 25% of this shop’s funds go to help support families who lost their babies. With delightful pieces such as “J is for Jesus” Raglan Tee (see above photo) , and a beautiful message to match, this shop is sure to hug your heart.
Reagan Twenty Five on Facebook – Instagram

18. Subsidy Shades – Summer may be over, but that snow is blinding, baby! Grab yourself a pretty pair of sunglasses at this shop, owned by Melissa Mugar. This place has shades for both kids and adults, and styles range from Harper Tortoise Shades (see above photo)! You’ll be ready for both snow days and beach days with these fun sunglasses! They make the perfect gift for any cool kid during any season.
Subsidy Shades on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter


19. Pip and Bean – This super duper shop was created by Alyssa Wolfe, and spurred from the need to give her daughters’ friend for their birthday. Like a true Super Mom, Alyssa made a cape for the little one, and it was a huge hit! She and her husband have been the dynamic duo behind this crafty shop, and have been making superheros out of little ones ever since. Her Superhero Capescan be personalized and come with matching masks and lightning bolt power bands (see above photo). Your super kid will be zooming all around the house with joy!
Pip and Bean on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

20. Legacy Learning Academy – This shop, created by Ashley Hendryx, is all about developing little minds and helping kids reach their full potential. Ashley prides herself and her shop in creating colorful and educative toys that help children expand their creativity and learn exponentially. From language games to toys that help with motor skills, such as the Bean Pot and Ball Sorting Set (see above photo), your baby will become your legacy and grow to nurture themselves and the world!
Legacy Learning Academy on Facebook – Instagram

21. Hip Kid Apparel – This cool and fresh shop, created by Ilana Robinson, has tees for both boys and girls. This mama believes kids can be fashionable while having fun! From stylish and trendy to nonchalant, this shop has a lot of different styles to offer, all of the highest quality and some of the coolest designs. Combining modern colors and trendy catch phrases, including the Family Garage Band Collection(see above photo), these clothes are the coolest of cool. Your kid will be hip and hoppin’ all over the place with these sweet unisex tees!
Hip Kid Apparel on Facebook – Instagram

22. Handmade Happiness by Ruth – The shop’s name says it all, folks! Ruth Rau, the creator of this beautiful shop, truly does make handmade happiness. She prides herself in creating toys that are safe for children and made from eco-friendly materials. Not only are these toys safe, but they’re also colorful and fun for children of all ages. Just one look at the Rainbow Stacking Bowls (see above photo) is enough to get kids ready for play!
Handmade Happiness by Ruth on Facebook – Instagram

23. Plum Polka Dot – Inspired by the birth of her daughter, Christina Crowe created this shop out of love for her and all things girly and sparkly. Even before the shop came to be, Christina was a lover of creating and crafting, and desired to make things that were local and high quality. Clearly, she has succeeded doing just that! These charming accessories are perfect for little girls who want to be fancy or casual, ranging from Sparkly and Bright Glitter Clips (see above photo) to natural and laid back. With so many styles, you’ll have fun choosing the perfect bow for your little girl!
Plum Polka Dot on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

24. Jagger Lees Teepees – Speaking of unique, you’ll go ga-ga over these very special teepees, hand painted by Alisa Johnson. For a bit of fun, rustic flare in your child’s room, look here! These colorful canopies are an eye-catching decoration for any room. Not only that, but they can also be functional. From clocks to Teepee Banks (see above photo), this shop’s got your room requirements covered.
Jagger Lees Teepees on Facebook – Instagram

25. Ahoy Amigo – Get ready to set sail on the salty seas with this shop, created by Stacie Downs! This children’s apparel shop will have you ready for adventuring with pirates and mermaids, and each piece is inspirational and dynamic. They don’t only have clothes fit for summertime; they also have more cozy pieces for the chilly season, such as the “Wander the Sea” Sweatshirt. This shop’s style is the perfect combination of avid adventurer and nautical nonchalance!
Ahoy Amigo on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

26. Manzanita Kids – Looking for high quality toys that are durable and inspiring? Check out this splendid shop, owned by husband and wife, David and Adrienne! These two love to create and inspire children, and pride themselves in creating well-crafted wooden toys that spark the imagination and light up the soul. They can be found in many retailers around the country, and we are so excited for their continual spread! From extra interactive toys such as the Modular Dollhouse (see above photo), to smaller toys for smaller babes, they have everything your children will need.
Manzanita Kids on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

27. Bug & Wink – Looking for some unique and trendy clothes for your littles? Feast your eyes! This shop, created by Brittani Kerr, has a whole slew of fashion-forward pieces for all kinds of child styles. Take the Mono Plaid Cape for example (see above photo); it’s both comfy and super adorable. Each piece has a dynamic design that your kids will love to wear, and you won’t be able to stop taking photos of them.
Bug & Wink on Instagram


28. Batzkids – Chelsie Sanders is the stay-at-home mama-of-three who created this shop. She, like our other dear shop owners, has been creating for her whole life! When she decided to sell her blankets and create her shop, she never knew that it would become such a hit. Each blanket has a unique and adorable design, like the Monthly Milestone Blanket (see above photo), which keeps track of your baby’s growth while swaddling them in softness. You’ll be bubbling with joy at all the precious blankets this shop has to offer!
Batzkids on Facebook – Instagram

29. Holly Blossoms – Speaking of creative cuteness, check out this precious gem of a shop! Holly Tallent, creator of Holly Blossoms, has some of the sweetest and softest headbands you’ll find for your little girls. Being a mother and lover of family and fun, Holly also enjoys cooking and photography. The selection ranges from flower clips to jersey knotted and Braided Headbands (see above photo), all comfy and colorful. Each piece is an absolutely adorable addition to your child’s style.
Holly Blossoms on Facebook – Instagram

30. All Snazzied Up – If you want to match your baby, check out this shop! Alyssa Bradshaw, the creator of this fashion forward baby clothes store, offers comfy clothes for both babies and mamas. She has 2 littles of her own, and loves cuddling in their cozy apparel. ‘Tis the season for comfy clothes and baby cuddles, and this shop will help you find the perfect outfits for your kiddies, such as a Soft Hoodie (see above photo).
All Snazzied Up on Facebook – Instagram

31. 4th Generation Designs – Cheryl Bryan is the owner of 4th Generation Designs, a pleasant shop that stretches across generations. She makes unique and beautiful creations for adults and children alike, from baby hats to Pendant Necklaces (see above photo). Each design is simple, sweet and as comforting as a warm hug to wear or read.  Modern designs with a vintage undertone, this shop combines old and new to create something absolutely beautiful!
4th Generation Designs on Facebook – Instagram

32. Mila’s Zoo – Nia, the creator and maker behind this shop, has created an entire menagerie of plush friends for your kids to play with. Made mainly from fleece, felt and organic cotton, these soft little buddies make the perfect toys for your child and the perfect presents for holidays and birthdays alike. There’s no end to what Nia can sew, and the animals range from bunnies and pandas to a Plush Pig Friend (see above photo). Your children will love cuddling with these creative creatures!
Mila’s Zoo on Instagram

33. Green & Lovely – If you’re a lover of body products with pleasant scents and all-organic ingredients, check out this shop, created by Samantha Heithaus. From their bestselling Nature’s Herbal Calendula Salve (see above photo) to diaper creams, this shop carries a wide array of very green and very lovely products. Samantha, who has a background in product Research and Development, knows how difficult it is to find products that work well on sensitive skin, and this is exactly what she offers. You will fall in love with all the soothing salves and products she has to offer!
Green & Lovely on Facebook – Instagram

34. Kindergarten Toolkit – Carrie Ball, the creator of this shop, has illuminated and expanded children’s minds with her Toolkits. This program is a fun way for parents to be more involved in their children’s learning process and prepping them for Kindergarten. It’s good for valuable one on one time with your kids, as well as expanding their beautiful brains. With the help of this Toolkit, your children will be more than ready to dive into school!
Kindergarten Toolkit on Facebook – Instagram

35. Lovelane Designs – Lane Huerta, the crafty creator behind this shop, grew up as an only child and found entertainment through imagination and creation. Harnessing and combining her talents as both a seamstress and artist, Lane has fashioned one of the brightest shops you’ll ever see. Inspired by her imaginative and adventurous childhood, she makes dress up clothes in all kinds of styles, from fantasy to Flying Superhero Set (see above photo)!
Lovelane Designs on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

36. Hun & Bun – Having always been interested in clothing design since she was young, Brooke Helfen created Hun and Bun with the intention of fabricating dramatic flare. Inspired by her past in theatrical studies and drama arts, Brooke loves to create pieces that tell a story, such as the Mod Daily Dress (see above photo). With all these unique and artistic designs to choose from, you certainly won’t be bored with the selection this shop offers.
Hun & Bun on Facebook – Instagram


Please join us in congratulating these fine makers on their beautiful works! Purchasing something from a handmade artisan will support the big hearts behind the small shops. Please share the guide as well – spread the love! We thank you for your ongoing love and support! Happy Holidays!

sweet whimsy designs Presents: The Happiness Elf!

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

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!!

{Handmade} Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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

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.
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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!

Ants In The Pants

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

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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{Handmade} Summer Gift Guide 2015

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

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! 




Happy 2015!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Handmade, Handmade Makers, peg dolls, Shopping, sweet whimsy designs | 1 comment

Why, yes, it is April! And no, I haven’t posted on the blog yet this year.

Why not, you ask?

Well, as per usual, I’ve been a little busy. A little busy with the kids, painting, homeschooling, painting, growing sweet whimsy designs, painting, traveling for sweet whimsy designs, painting…do you see a theme here?

I wanted to share the latest with you all so you can see for yourselves.

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In March, I attended The Maker’s Summit in Greenville, SC. Not only was it an entirely magical experience, I learned a lot, too! I even shared some time with one of my oldest & dearest friends who we lodged with in a nearby town. I was fortunate to meet some of my newly-instated shop owner BFFs like Jen from Swanky Shank, Jennifer from Little Faces Apparel, Markie from MarleeRo, Elizabeth from The Magpie Co., Jessica from Opposite Of Far, Nikki from Southern Adoornments, Cristin from Cristin Rae, and Stacey from Bannor Toys and hang out with my in-person friends like Bethany from Busy B Boutique and Hayna from On Hand Lotions.

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Why did I just list everyone & tag there shops, you ask?

I would like you to peruse their shops & see what wonderful handmade items they offer. There’s something for everyone!

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The Maker’s Summit is really the perfect place for makers to meet, to listen and share, to bond and grow. There were some truly genius speakers and panels of creatives and as you can imagine the energy was pungent being all in one space. We thoroughly enjoyed and will be attending again next year for sure!



Photo copyright Indie Craft Parade 2015

Photo copyright Indie Craft Parade 2015

Beautiful Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper as a backdrop at Methodical Coffee in Greenville

Beautiful Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper as a backdrop at Methodical Coffee in Greenville

At the Summit, I also met & fell in love with Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. Rachel is the guru of handmade awesomeness. She has raised the bar for makers across the universe. I am still elated that Rachel featured a post I created for Handmade Charlotte sharing our Peggheads family pegg dolls in a fun DIY post! Read all about how to Recreate Your Family as Custom Wooden Eggs!

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Thanks to Rachel & her team of super fun creative people, the post was in turn featured on PopSugar soon after it went live. We couldn’t be more thrilled!

Tune in tomorrow for another spectacular announcement as we celebrate the launch of our Monochrome Collection in the shop!

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