For this holiday season (and any time you need to give a gift!) I wanted to share with you my favorite women owned small businesses to support and shop with! Not only do they make quality products, many give back, are eco-conscious, sustainable, and all are created with love by talented and wonderful human beings.
I’ve separated out the shops by category. Below are pictures as well as each shop’s website, owner name, and a few highlighted products from their line. In addition to these handmade businesses, a few of my favorite non-profits are on this list too :)
At the time of posting, many of these businesses are having awesome specials and offers for the holidays so be sure to check out their sites and social media if you like what you are seeing! I hope you enjoy this guide and shop small with us this holiday season!
PS: I am also participating in Etsy’s cyber sale this week! From 11/21-12/2/2020, enter the code cybersale2020 at checkout and receive 10% off everything in my shop: cards, brush lettering kits, stickers, mugs, t-shirts, and more! Click here to visit my shop.
BATH + BODY
B.A.R.E. SOAPS Owner: Jessie B.A.R.E. Soap’s goal is to bring antiseptic resources to everyone. 20% of every purchase helps to support sustainable initiatives such as employing women in India to recycle used hotel soaps for distribution in slums & clinics Highlights: Soaps in seed paper packaging, shampoo/conditioner bars
LB LOVE ORGANICS Owner: Meredith Consciously created organic skincare for Every Body Highlights: Natural deodorant in zero waste packaging and sugar scrubs
THE WILLOWFIELD Owner: Cait Shop plant based healing products using mother nature’s finest herbs Highlights: Body oils, herbal rollers, sprays
FOR YOUR HOME
LAIT CANDLES Owner: Jennifer Hand-poured soy candles for the eco-conscious minimalist Highlights: Discovery set: choose 6 tealights to experience, charity candle for breast cancer
LIBERATA DESIGNS BY NDAHEI Owners: Kaysha, Ndahei Handmade baskets supporitng local women in Rwanda Highlights: A variety of colorful and unique designs (I love the black and white one my friend Susan gifted me–it’s so pretty that it’s hanging on my wall!)
LUNA REECE CERAMICS Owner: Andrea Handcrafted ceramics for the modern home Highlights: Rainbow pots and wall hangings
CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES
ANN REVERE JEWELRY Owner: Allie Consciously crafted demi-fine jewelry Highlights: Nora necklace benefiting Baby2Baby, Marsha ring benefiting New Avenue’s SMYRC PDX
OLATHES ART Owner: Olathe Artwork by a navajo and shawnee artist Highlights: Wrapped in wildflowers tee and sweatshirt, Nanise’ botanical poster
SWEET PEA COLLECTIVE Owner: Lauree Sweet Pea Collective is a curation of handcrafted + vintage + modern goods. We value quality, artistry and creativity. Highlights: I Got It From My Mama tee, SP love notes necklaces PS: We collaborated on this world changer tote! Proceeds will go towards SP’s World Changer Program + help provide meals
CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES (CONT.)
HELLO SHISO Owner: Mimi Cute, modern, and unique hair accessories and clips for little ones and adults Highlights: Adorable animal and food snap clips, bunny ears headband
FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
HERA THE DOG VODKA Owners: Julia, Alli A portion of every bottle goes to helps animals in need by supporting local rescue groups Highlights: Cheers to helping our furry friends!
LANGE FOUNDATION – GIFT OF LIFE Founder: Gillian This tax deductible gift will help care for an animal that was recently rescued from an overcrowded shelter. Highlights: Your recipient receives a personalized story and photo of one of the rescued pets in our care. Each card is written personally by Gillian.
THE PAPER WILDERNESS Owner: Jenna Illustrated watercolor stationery and gifts for animal and nature lovers Highlights: Letter writing stationery kits, 2021 animal swimsuit calendar
LEANNA LIN’S WONDERLAND Owner: Leanna LLW is a playful gift shop and art gallery featuring independent artists + designers for the young at heart! Highlights: SO many fun books and games, DIY activity kits, original art and prints by local artists
KINDRED POST Owner: Christy Neighborhood gift shop and post office located in Juneau, Alaska Highlights: Growing Upwords–a collection of items inspired by what Christy’s son has said (the card shown in the image is one of them and the story is even cuter!)
SHARE AND DO GOOD Owner: Lilly EVERY item in this shop is carefully curated and gives back! Highlights: Be Kind wall hanging, ornaments, gifts for babies (animal rattles crafted by artisan women, Kind Is Cool Wonder Bib)
CHILIS ON WHEELS Make a donation in honor of a loved one and help Chilis On Wheels provide vegan chili and vegan-friendly meals to those in need across the US. Highlights: This non-profit is based in NY and was started by mother and son, Michelle and Ollie. This is also the only vegan food distribution program I have come across serving the US.
KIVA MICROLOANS Give a Kiva card and someone you know will receive the chance to change someone’s life through a micro-loan. Your recipient chooses who to support and when the loan is repaid, they can relend or withdraw the funds. Highlights: Loan recipients are based around the world and have businesses in all different industries!
If you know me at all then you know I 1) LOVE HALLOWEEN and 2) LOVE TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE! The second movie was released back in February and the moment I saw this scene, I KNEW that’s what Valentine and I were going to dress up as for Halloween! (Yes, I knew since February what my costume was and I saved a box for 9 months to make the toast lol And I even planned on growing my hair out so I could braid it like this!)
In case you haven’t seen To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, PS: I Still Love You, I’m dressed up as Lara Jean dressed up as French toast and Valentine is dressed up as John Ambrose McClaren as a deviled egg :) Here’s some reference photos but please watch the first and second movie if you haven’t yet!
Valentine is such a good sport :) Because of Covid I actually didn’t have any plans but since I had my heart set on this costume for SO long, I decided I had to do it! Even if it was just for a few pics and getting Val to be an egg lol.
Little did I know that this Halloween would be the BEST HALLOWEEN EVER because LANA CONDOR (the actress who plays grown up Lara Jean) COMMENTED ON MY PHOTO!!!!!!! I literally stopped functioning when I saw this:
AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Seriously I love her in the movie so much, this was so exciting and awesome! Then THIS ALSO HAPPENED:
Both Lana AND Jenny Han, the author of the TATBILB books, shared our costume in their stories!!!! And here I thought it was going to be an uneventful Halloween lol
Just thinking about it still makes me so excited and happy lol I am seriously a super fan so this SO made my day/year/life!
I hope you had a happy and safe Halloween! Now it’s time to start brainstorming what next year’s costume will be 😄
WE REACHED THE FINISH LINE! Here’s my last page of Inktober!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already day 31! When we first started, the idea of doing all the prompts was a little daunting and it seemed like it’d take a long time to get to the end! But in reality, it flew by.
My favorite part was looking up what the day’s prompt was and trying to figure out how to translate it into lettering. Which definition of the word should I use? How do I want it to feel? What’s the look I’m going for? This year I tried to go outside of what I normally do and experiment more with different forms and shapes as well as add more drawings.
If you had asked me to draw 4 pages of letters this month, it would have felt like too much. But breaking it down into 1 (or 2 if I was a little behind!) drawings a day was completely doable. I enjoyed this project so much and creating just for the fun of it!
Here’s a look back at all the prompts!
If you’re interested in joining in, Inktober continues on throughout the year in the form of Inktober52, one prompt a week. You can learn more here.
I am already thinking of Inktober 2021 and am excited to take on the challenge again–until next year!
Another page of Inktoberis complete! I was able to fit days 18 – 28 on here–now just 3 more days left!
I didn’t plan for there to be so many doodles but that’s how it ended up! My favorites to draw were dizzy, coral, chef, and float! Actually I enjoyed drawing all of them :)
If you’d like to see my Inktober entries in real time, head over to my Instagram. And while you are there, be sure to browse through the Inktober hashtag to support other artists and creators! It’s a great way to discover new people, art, and ideas!
As we wrap up the October mini challenge, I am getting ready for the November one! The email about it has already been sent out, but you can join at anytime! If you’d like to participate, be sure to sign up for the challenge emails by clicking here (this is different than Atiliay’s regular newsletters). You’ll get access to the challenge page and be able to find all the worksheets and details there. November is all about practicing daily lettering and gratitude–I am looking forward to it!
My sweet Samone. She was the most adorable little rotund lady with a touch of sass who came into my life in Feb 2015, when she was about 9 years old.
Samone LOVED nose, cheek, and chin scratches (especially with her comb), biting her comb, rolling over and having her belly rubbed, delicious snacks and being hand fed, looking out the window for birds and squirrels, swatting at her worm-like cat toy, loafing, sleeping in cubby holes with her butt and tail hanging out, and trying to swat Makani when she wasn’t looking (it wasn’t until this year that I found out Samone was the instigator and not Makani!)
I loved that anytime she saw me, she would walk over and proceed to throw herself down next to my feet like a sack of potatoes and wait for me like that to pet her. If I stopped for a second she would nuzzle and push my hand to remind me she wasn’t done receiving pets and chin scratches yet!
She was not a fan of catnip and did NOT like to be picked up or sit in my lap–if you tried, she would wriggle and move non-stop so it was pretty impossible! Instead she preferred to sit right next to me but not held.
Samone also had the sweetest sounding meows and her purrs were really deep and low. They were very quiet, or at least compared to the other kitties who were super loud! At first I was worried she wasn’t purring but one day I put my head next to her side and could hear her purring non-stop!
She loved the cubby holes and when we first moved to this home, I walked into their room and couldn’t find her! It wasn’t until she walked out that I saw she had found a little path way behind the window seating that led to an opening of one of the cubbies that was under the bench! I put a cushion in there for her and she enjoyed taking her naps in there but would always come out when she heard me.
I loved her cute little paws that looked like they were dipped in white paint and her incredibly soft grey fur.
Samone had such a sweet disposition and personality and always made me laugh! Looking at photos and videos of her always puts a smile to my face.
I said goodbye to Samone in the comfort of our home, peacefully on the morning of October 2nd. Although I know this was the best thing I could do for her, it was a very hard decision to make and I feel heartbroken.
I hope she had a happy life and is now at peace and free. I am very lucky to have had the chance to love her and to receive her love in return.
I will miss her so much and already do.
There is an added layer of sadness, having to have said goodbye to Makani just two months ago and not having any cat presence in the house for the first time in 8 years.
I know I loved and cared for Samone as best as I could but I do wish I had spent more time with her. I hope that she knows how much I love and care about her. I hope she’s in a place where she continues to feel loved and cared for. If you are reading this and have a furry family member in your life, please give them extra cuddles, treat, love, and attention for me, today and everyday you have with them.
Samone will be in my heart, forever. Thank you for all the love, joy, and memories. Until we meet again, my sweet little lady. ❤️
This Saturday I got to spend a wonderful morning exploring new places and enjoying the outdoors with my good friend, fellow card designer, and animal lover, Jenna of The Paper Wilderness! The cool, overcast weather (is fall finally here?!) was perfect and it was so nice to take a break and get some fresh air.
Jenna recently found out about Sherman Garden and Library so we decided to go take a look! On the way there, I passed by one of those huge bunny statues and since it was on both our ways home, we decided to check that out too! Below are photos and info on each of these places–we had so much fun!
Safety first–both activities were outdoors and in places where social distancing was possible. We both wore masks and only took them off a few times when we were still outside and 6+ feet apart. Being able to do this made me feel comfortable enough to visit both these places. The pandemic is still happening and I have been trying my best to move forward and live my life while keeping myself and those around me as safe. With that said, I know everyone’s comfort level is different–please always do what feels best for you!
This was such a beautiful garden and I loved that they had fun decorations up for Halloween! The library is currently closed so we probably spent about an hour or so walking around the gardens, looking for turtles (we found them!), admiring the different varieties of plants, flowers, succulents, and cactus, and enjoying all the colors, textures, and shapes!
If you plan on visiting, head over to their website for all the details but her are a few quick notes. You must have a ticket to enter which you can purchase ahead of time online on or in-person day of. It’s $5 per person and free for members and children under 3. There was plenty of free parking available. Masks are required at all times and social distancing encouraged whenever possible. They also had plenty of hand sanitizers available for use throughout the premises.
So much plant inspiration! My favorite was definitely the succulent and cactus garden, specifically the layout of the succulents. We both loved coming here so much that our new life goal is to visit ALL the botanical gardens, arboretums, etc. in the area!
I’ve driven by these bunny statues so many times and am so glad I finally stopped to check it out! I was also with the perfect person–Jenna is an amazing bunny mom to LouLou :)
I actually thought it was just a few statues that were part of the library but when we started walking around, we realized it was a whole park that included a sculpture exhibition!
It was such a nice trail with different sculptures along the path as well as picnic tables and benches, and plenty of grassy areas. We definitely want to go back so we can have a picnic there and I can bring Valentine. There’s actually a dog park on the other side of the bridge but we missed it and didn’t even realize there was a whole other side! I highly recommend stopping by–it’s both adult and kid friendly and a nice way to spend some time outside!