Gift Guide 2016: Local Makers

Whether you are short on time or your creative juices just aren’t flowing fast enough to DIY-all-the-gifts, this list is for you!

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{Background image credit: Jocie Pots – ceramic goods made in Greenville, SC}

With the holidays fast approaching, I knew I wanted to share some gift ideas from handmade businesses I have discovered and love supporting. When my friend Shanika came to me with the idea I was all.in.! Shanika shares my passion for supporting fellow mover, makers, and shakers – she and I run Cola Indie Makers together. Keep an eye on her blog for more holiday gift ideas featuring handmade shops she loves!

As you may know by now, I feel very strongly about supporting local businesses {specifically handmade businesses} as often as possible. I could go on and on about this for days, but this quote really sums up what I’m getting at…

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When at all possible, buy local / buy handmade / buy from a friend …

In the spirit of staying organized {and hopefully saving you time if you reference this later}, I’ve split the list up by group and highlighted gifts for certain people on your list. I hope it helps!

Less of a disclaimer and more of a point of clarity: I have not been provided anything in exchange for featuring the shops below and I do not receive anything if you purchase the item(s) using the link(s) provided. Unless otherwise noted, all of the shops mentioned were discovered at local craft fairs or events (in the Southeast U.S.). Some I have purchased from and others I simply lusted after. I have seen and felt the quality of the goods in person and recommend them with confidence. 

Happy handmade shopping!

For the GENTLEMEN on your list

1. For the man who needs a leather belt in his grown-up wardrobe | buy it

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Photo credit: Maycomb Mercantile – click the image to shop the item shown.

In addition to the fact that this belt will surely last forever, you can add a personalized message to remind your main man how much he means to you.

2. For the man who needs decor in his Man Cave | buy it

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Photo credit: True Cotton – click the image to shop the item shown.

If your guy is more into camping, this print would be perfect.

Just head over to your local thrift store to look for a rustic wood frame.

3. For the man who likes a little heat on his meat | buy it

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Photo credit: Red Clay Hot Sauce – click the image to shop the item shown.

I bought some of this hot sauce for my Hubs at Made South and he was a big fan!

“It is the only hot sauce born in southern bourbon barrels and cold-pressed to retain subtle and firm flavors.” – source.

4. For the man who likes to travel [or get ready at the gym] | buy it

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Photo credit: Sans Map – click the image to shop the item shown.

This Dopp kit is made from repurposed Pendleton wool (so cool!).

You can hear more about our discovery of Sans Map in this post – my sister loved my Sans Map bag so much she ordered her own.

5. For your grandpa who may use this mug for whiskey rather than coffee | buy it

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Photo credit: Thrifted Sisters – click the image to shop the item shown.

Grandpas sure are hard to buy for. Thrifted Sisters just made your life oh-so-easy by making this vintage “Grandfather” mug available just in time for the holidays.

Pro tip: Follow Thrifted Sisters on Instagram for hot-off-the-thrift-store-floor items. They find the coolest stuff.

6. For Mr. Money Bags himself | buy it

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Photo credit: Miss Ashley Jewelry – click the image to shop the item shown.

Get him a personalized money clip from Miss Ashley Jewelry.

For the LADIES on your list

1. For your perfectly Southern Grandma | buy it

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Photo credit: True Cotton – click the image to shop the item shown.

Grandmas are so hard to buy for – they have everything! Just pick up a lovely frame for the print and you’ll be all set.

2. To help your Grandma keep her purse trinkets organized | buy it

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Photo credit: Trish Stitched – click the image to shop the item shown.

Fun fact: Her gift card holders perfectly fit 3 essential oil rollers or 2 essential oil bottles {see proof in this post}

Disclaimer: I did not discover Trish Stitched at a local market. However, I have been following her blog for quite a while and won a giveaway where I received 2 pouches she made – you can read more about those in this post. The quality is great – Trish is very talented!

3. For the gal who loves nothing more than breathing the mountain air | buy it

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Photo Credit: January Jewelry – click the image to shop the item shown.

Remind her of her favorite vacation spot with this lovely necklace from January Jewelry.

4. For the free spirited, stylish gal on your list | buy it

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Photo credit: Sebastian Harper – click the image to shop the item shown.

The colors in this vest make my eyes melt into hearts! Shanika [of Sebastian Harper] uses all natural dyes – like indigo and madder root for this one – to make her knit and sewn goodies even more one-of-a-kind.

I mean…look how chic the vest looks in use!

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(This isn’t the exact same vest [it’s actually this one], but I HAD to show you how sexy it looked on!)

PS: I have knit ear warmers from Shanika that I purchased a few years ago and wore all over England when we visited in December 2014 {documented herehere & here} which is proof 1) it was so warm and cozy and 2) well-made [after all the travel, the head band is still in perfect condition!].

For the LITTLE ONES on your list

1. Because a bonnet with ears is a necessity | buy it

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Photo credit: Owlette – click the image to shop the item shown.

…and why not get a matching bib while you’re at it? You can mix-and-match/choose your own pair here.

2. Because babies can’t decorate their own rooms | buy it

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Photo credit: Little Red Flag – click the image to shop the item shown.

The best part about these safari prints is that you can print them yourself! So no one has to know that you forgot to buy the baby something 😉

I have 2 prints from Little Red Flag in my living room: a gold foil print of South Carolina (my home state) and one of Georgia (the Hubs’ home state).

3. Because some people only have FURRY little ones | buy it

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Photo credit: Sup-Dog – click the image to shop the item shown.

Don’t forget to treat your fur babies too! Sup-Dog makes the best collars. It’s all my three pups wear (mostly because they don’t have a choice, but even if they did I’m sure they’d choose Sup-Dog collars!).

For EVERYONE ELSE on your list

1. For your Friends who just bought their first house | buy it

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Photo credit: @maycombmercantile on Instagram

A pair of these custom key fobs from Maycomb Mercantile with “HOME” stamped on them would be perfect.

2. For your Friend who loves to Travel | buy it

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Photo credit: Maycomb Mercantile – click the image to shop the item shown.

Get a tag he/she will love and truly appreciate in those moments of frantically searching the conveyor belt for a sign that this generic red bag is theirs {Been there. Literally. In London. Thankfully we found a lacrosse ball in the bag verifying our possession. #awkward}.

3. For your Friend who loves Essential Oils | buy it

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Photo Credit: Cotton and Cursive – click the image to shop the item shown.

This essential oils case from Cotton and Cursive is perfect for travel or carrying essentials oils on-the-go.

4. For the hostess with the mostest

The Hippy Do-Da Creations shop on Etsy is closed until December 4th for local shows, but you can follow along on Instagram and Facebook until then.

I have a really fun stamped bracelet from Chris that says: “wake up. kick ass. sleep. repeat.” – I love it!

5. For your friend with sensitive skin | buy it

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Photo credit: Carolina Soap Works – click the image to shop the item shown.

Carolina Soap Works sells Authentic African Black Soap which is supposed to be amazing for sensitive skin. Shanika is a big fan of it. I also have a friend who bought it for her sister who has rosacea.

CSW also carries a wide variety of Goats Milk Soap which I love. My favorite scent: Rosemary Mint.

You can also find Carolina Soap Works on Amazon (and use your Prime account for 2-day shipping)!

6. For your friend who truly believes breakfast is the most important meal of the day | buy it

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Photo credit: Kyle Smith Pottery – click the image to shop the item shown.

These egg cookers from Kyle Smith Pottery are supposed to be all the rage. You can cook the perfect omelet in 1 minute – count me in!

I have several pieces from Kyle and love to gift them – they make great housewarming gifts. He also made my friend Caroline’s set of dishes for “everyday wear” for her wedding (see one of the bowls in this post).

More gift ideas

Here are a few recaps from markets I’ve attended that are packed full of handmade gift ideas and shops I discovered while there…

If you’re planning to DIY some holiday gifts, check out my Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas post from last year and my 2014 Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – find links to all of the blog posts from the 2014 “hop” in my recap here.

So remember this as you are shopping this holiday season…

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I hope this list has inspired you! I would love love love to hear who your favorite handmade shops are! Leave a link to their shop in the comments below – I love discovering new artists and shops to support.

Happy holidays ❤

 

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Made South

Disclaimer: I’m probably the.worst. at remembering to take photos/not being scared to death to photograph someone else’s creations. Many photos throughout this post have been borrowed from the maker’s website, shop or social media account. All photos that are not my own are linked to their original source. Please click around to see what the artisan has in store!

Made South

Late last month, my sister and I volunteered at Made South in Taylors, SC.

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No lie: We were kind of in it for the t-shirt!

It was so fun! The event was held at Taylors Mill with 100 (!) artisans!

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Of course I wanted to share the highlights including some new makers I discovered that I think you’ll love too.

1. True Cotton | websiteshop | Facebook

As event volunteers we got a kind of “sneak peek” at the vendor booths before the event started Saturday morning. We passed True Cotton on the way to our station and fell in love with pretty much the entire booth. She had some really lovely tea towels, watercolor prints, stationary and notepads. I picked up a gorgeous set of notecards that are perfect for any occasion:

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{Image borrowed from True Cotton’s Facebook page – click the photo for source}

Arin has closed her shop for the summer to spend time with her little ones but you can still “favorite” her shop on Etsy and follow her on Instagram for creative eye candy.

2. Maycomb Mercantile | shop | Facebook

My sister and I were “stationed” right next to this booth and could not stop lusting over the leather goods. I couldn’t resist these beautiful stamped luggage tags:

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3. Doux South | shop | Facebook

I walked up to this booth while eating a pimento cheese sandwich I’d packed for lunch. He insisted that I let him put a piece of the Mean Green Tomatoes on my sandwich – as he said “it’ll cut the heaviness of the cheese for the perfect balance.” SOLD. He was so right.

In fact, I’ve already eaten the whole jar.

I also bought 2 jars of the Angry Cukes because they were so tasty! They sound spicy, but don’t be fooled: they’re pickled perfection. We cracked them open for Father’s Day and they were a huge hit!

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The pickled goodness is hand packed in Decatur, Georgia which isn’t far so I’m hoping I’ll see them at more local events! If not, no worries: they ship or you can search the list of retailers on their site (The Gourmet Shop is on the list along with a few other places in Columbia).

4. Posey Beans | shop | Facebook

My sister picked up the sign shown here to hang in her house. The wood is over 80 years old – scraps from an old barn.

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5. The Kindred Companyshop | Facebook

I picked up a jar of the Lavender Face Wash as a treat for myself and the Beauty & Beard Face Wash for the Hubs (the difference is the scent: peppermint & wild orange for Beauty & Beard). I also snagged some of the deodorant to try (it smelled so good! And: no aluminum!).

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One of the coolest items was the eye shadow his wife makes with kale flakes! The colors were shimmery perfection (not your average handmade make-up!). If I would a) remember to put on eye shadow, b) remember not to rub my eyes, and c) care enough to wear anything other than powder and blush, I would’ve totally snagged a jar.

6. Red Clay’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Hot Sauce | shop | Facebook

I can’t give you a personal testament to how tasty the sauce is because I refused to try it (#wimp), but I trusted Geoff’s recommendation of the Original as an “everyday hot sauce” (vs. the Carolina Hot which was most popular for the day but packed a little more heat).

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7. French Broad Chocolates | shop | Facebook

Jeremy’s friend Ben introduced us to French Broad during a visit to Asheville one summer. Their truffles are out of this world. I snagged some chocolate drops that I promptly made some vegan gluten free cookies with {recipe from the last issue of Vegetarian Times – but here‘s an easy favorite!}

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8. Quite Swanky | shop | Instagram

We could see Hannah’s booth from our “station” and we watched her paint several new signs throughout the day. She is mega-talented and we loved her handpainted goods!

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Photo credit: Taylors Town Square on Facebook – linked.

The lazy susans she makes are pretty amazing.

9. Roar Haus | shop | Facebook

know you’ve heard me talk about Amber and her many talents before! She’s become a dear friend of mine and she’s a bag-making-genius. The prints she picks are so fun, she uses super high quality hardware and she takes the time to be thoughtful in the design (pockets here, hooks there, adjustable strap – she’s thought of it all!).

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Roar Haus booth at Made South {Photo credit: @roarhaus on Instagram}

10. January Jewelry | shop | Facebook

Melissa is super talented – I love following her creative process on Instagram. She’s local to Columbia so I see her around quite often which I don’t hate one bit. 😉

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January Jewelry’s booth at Made South {Photo credit: @januaryjewelry on Instagram}

11. Jocie Pots | shop | Facebook

We discovered Jocie Pots at a craft fair we stumbled upon on the way home from Greenville once. I purchased two beautiful ornaments from her for Christmas gifts.

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{Image borrowed from Jocie Pots’ shop on Etsy – click the photo for source}

12. King of Pops

King of Pops are harder to find around Columbia {though I did spot them at Soda City last weekend & did a happy dance!}. Our local Whole Foods sells a few flavors, but you can’t beat the flavors you can find from the carts at local markets (like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough which they had at Made South! If the drive were shorter I would’ve tried to smuggle a few home in my lunch box).

13. R&B Printery | shop | Facebook

We stumble upon this couple at almost every craft show we go to. They have the most beautiful letterpress cards! Last year I bought a pack of their Christmas Carol cards to send to friends and family.

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R&B Printery’s booth at Made South {Photo credit: @rbprintery on Instagram}

14. Whispering Willow | shop | Facebook

The soap, the lip balm – all of it! – it’s the best quality.

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{Image borrowed from Whispering Willow’s Facebook page – click the photo for source}

My sister and I had a great time at Made South! There’s not much we love more than craft fairs and discovering new handmade shops.

Good Reads for Spring

I have been on a serious reading kick this past month. In fact, I’m pretty impressed with the number of books I’ve actually finished {I have a bad habit of starting a book and not finishing it…}

While visiting Marblehead during our road trip adventures during spring break, I stumbled upon the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore and Card Shop while wandering around town.

What a treat! This indie bookstore is what book nerds dream about. I wished so badly that my sister were there with me – she loves to read and no doubt would have spent hours with me browsing the selections.

My favorite part of the shop (there were many!) were the rows-and-rows of books with handwritten descriptions sticking out of the top at the front of the store.

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It was like listening to a friend describe a book she’d just read that she just knew you’d enjoy!

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I loved reading the staff’s response to the books.

In addition to the whimsical handwritten reviews from staff, the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore also had a “Blind Date with a Book” section which totally hooked me.

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Between the surprise of not knowing what may be wrapped inside to the fact that the payment for the book would be gifted to a charity to purchase new book had me so smitten!

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I browsed the table full of wrapped books trusting only the handwritten description and settled on two: a Southern American/Mystery/Romance fiction novel for my sister and this one for myself:

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I’ve been completely engrossed with the current political scene. I’m certainly more interested in the stories of the democratic candidates so I reasoned that I’d be happy with a biography of either of the two.

As soon as I got back to my sister-in-law’s apartment after leaving the bookstore, I unwrapped mine and was quite delighted. hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can by Cynthia Levinson

Inside the brown paper was a preview copy of Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can.

I started reading the book while we were still in Marblehead and finished it as we drove home. In just 3 days I’d read it cover-to-cover.

Watching Hillary (we’re on a first-name-basis) run as the first likely female presidential nominee has been fascinating. As a woman in any field or on any platform there’s a tricky dance to balance power and being “like-able.” The struggle in politics really magnifies that pressure. It’s hard not to admire her.

If you like an inspiring story about an empowered female, this book’s for you.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I’ve had my eye on Where’d You Go, Bernadette for a while. I love supporting locally owned shops so I jumped at the chance to treat myself to a copy after reading the staff’s review at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore.

“To her Microsoft guru husband, Bernadette’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to her 15-year-old, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.” – Review via Lauren of Spirit of ’76 Bookstore

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GUYS. This is the best book I’ve read in a while {and it had been a while…}.

For a week it completely consumed me. I carried it everywhere. When I got to the last few pages, I considered abandoning it because I just didn’t want it to end!

I found myself relating to both Bernadette (the Mom) and Bee (the daughter) in ways that surprised me. I felt like the wildly eccentric recluse Bernadette was my soul sister. She represents the extreme of what I could probably become if I 1) didn’t allow myself to create, 2) allowed my introvertedness to run wild, 3) hadn’t found a therapist I love.

Bernadette is so bazaar and yet I think we can all relate to her on some level.

If you’re looking for a story that will consume you, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a winner. You can purchase a copy of Where’d You Go, Bernadette here from the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Visiting the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore reignited my love of reading and set me off on a whirlwind of reading adventures.

After returning from our road trip, I finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. My mother-in-law bought it for me for Christmas and I couldn’t wait to read it.

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This is a must-read for creative people. I felt so reassured while reading Elizabeth’s stories about her creative struggles. In a world where it always feels like everyone else is succeeding in all of their creative adventures, it was comforting to hear that despite what I see on social media, we’re all struggling. Sometimes it’s hard to hear the creative spark and if you miss the opportunity to fan the flame, the fire may just die. And on that note, I’m trying really hard to recognize when Big Magic is coming my way, toss my ego to the side and PLAY with the magic.

Read this book with a highlighter in hand if you’re feeling creatively defeated – Elizabeth will have you feeling better about your pursuits in no time (use your highlighter for some of those one-liner gems she sprinkles throughout so you can quickly refer back as needed for inspiration 😉 )

Current Reading: Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel

My sister is an avid reader {she is, after all, a Reading Coach..}. Lucky for me, she keeps my bookshelves stocked with hand-me-downs. I was looking for another capturing story to get lost in when I pulled her copy of Sea Creatures from my stash. So far it’s really good!

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What are you reading? I’d love to hear your recommendations for what I should read next!

Cyber Monday

If you’re not too hungover from Black Friday shopping, there are some really great sales going on today!

As promised last week – I’m revealing Marley Lilly‘s Cyber Monday Special…

If you spend $50 today, they’ll send you this super pretty statement necklace for free:

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Perfect holiday party bling!

I received my necklace last week and let me tell you: it’s fabulous! The rhinestones are all securely in place [which if you’ve ever shopped for statement necklaces you know how great this is!] and the metal is sturdy – creating a great holiday accessory.

Gather ideas from my Marley Lilly themed gift guide and you’ll be earning that free statement necklace in no time! 🙂

If you’re in Columbia, SC and looking to do some local, handmade shopping (and I hope you are!), check out Sustainable Midlands’ Holiday Celebration. You’ll find over 40 local artisans selling their amazingly sustainable handmade goods – perfect holiday gifts!

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{Click the photo to find more information on the Sustainable Midlands’ Facebook page}

What deals are you partaking in for Cyber Monday?

#CraftParty Recap

I hope you saw my plug for the #CraftParty on my What I’m Lovin’ in May post last week! I wanted to give you an update of how it went!

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Two sweet gals and I emptied out our craft closets, made many emergency runs to all the craft stores in town stocking up on supplies and obnoxiously posted on social media about the event – and, alas, it all came together and was a perfect evening!

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Search the global Etsy hashtag #CraftParty and our local tag #GatherAndCraft on Instagram for photos from the event! {Photo credit: @makemeovereb on Instagram}

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The night’s theme was “Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs” which our participants took to heart with embroidery, stickers, stamps and other mediums!

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I even got a little time to color some stamped postcards! {Photo credit: @MASWDesigns on Instagram}

Keep up with Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook to stay in the loop for future craft parties and where to find your favorite local Etsy shops popping up around town!

Coming in July, one of our Craft Party hostesses – Shanika of Life is Pichey – will be hosting crafting workshops! Keep up with her page – Gather and Craft on Facebook – for updates on upcoming classes!

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#CraftParty hostesses in the Photo Booth!

Here’s a full list of vendors & sponsors for Columbia’s Etsy Market Team’s Craft Party – be sure to keep up with them on social media and support them by shopping local and handmade!

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  • January Jewelry – Melissa donated a beautiful pair of earrings for one of our giveaways!

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MaryAnn of MASW Designs [pictured here with yours truly!] made all the photobooth props – like this cute pipe & mustache!

  • Nana by Sally – donated a zipper wallet for one of the giveaways
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{Photo credit: @makemeovereb on Instagram who won the wallet!}

  • No One Alike – a father + daughter team who donated a marbled scarf for one of the giveaways

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  • Owlette – lovely handmade goods for the little ones (really beautiful bibs!)

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  • resliced – I donated this coral and gold bird nest ring for one of the giveaways!

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Thank you to everyone (especially my super supportive friends!) who came out and participated in the #CraftParty! I’m really looking forward to many more of these in the future!

Happy crafting! ❤

 

Tasty Tuesday: French Toast Bliss

I recently discovered the blog Cooking with a Wallflower & I love her recipes! They’re my favorite kind: light on effort & heavy on flavor.

Last weekend she posted a recipe for Baked Maple Almond French Toast. The pictures alone were convincing enough, but the recipe looked relatively simple.

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I’ve always steered clear of attempting french toast because of the messy-egg-dipping-fear-of-spreading-salmonella issues I have–this recipe was the perfect solution to combating my fear.

You may have seen the delicious french toast I’m addicted to at drip on last week’s Mother’s Day recap so I was hoping to create an alternative that would allow me to stay indoors in my pajamas. Success!

The Hubs spent the weekend visiting his grandfather in the Blue Ridge Mountains (near Ellijay, GA). After a few early mornings of fishing, I knew he’d want to sleep in on Sunday, so I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to try out this recipe! {This paragraph makes me sound like I’m the best wife in the world. On that note, I want everyone to refer back to this in future posts 😉 }

Jeremy is the spitting image of his PawPaw and I’m pretty sure he represents exactly how my husband will act at age 78–I don’t hate it if that’s what my future holds. 🙂

PawPaw took up beekeeping a few years ago and when the season’s right, he’ll send home some honey with Jeremy. When the Hubs got home last night, he proudly presented my very favorite of gifts!

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YAY! Harvesting has begun!

Saturday I ventured down to the Soda City Market to visit my favorite vintage pop-up shops (& sweetest gals I know) — Emily of Butterfly Vintage & Lindsey of Saint & Rambler.

On another note, when you visit Soda City – be sure to look for Indigo Chocolate. Any time I see Katherine (or her lovely daughter!) at Soda City or the Irmo Farmer’s Market, I beeline for her table to stock up on chocolate. Y’all–she makes her own chocolate from scratch! It’s heavenly. I couldn’t resist getting some of her Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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I resisted eating the cookies until the Hubs got home, but man it was tough.

While at the market, I picked up a loaf of challah bread (per the baker’s recommendation that this would be best for french toast) from Heather’s Artisan Bakery. If you haven’t tried her bread, you must. I’m a big fan of carb-o-loading at all times – because you never know when you’re going to need to run a marathon.

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I’ll spare you the details of the recipe (because you can find that over on Cooking with a Wallflower’s post!), but I tell ya: this is going to be a weekend staple! So easy AND delicious!

french toast2I hope you all had a great weekend too! 🙂

 

 

Welcome Butterfly Vintage to the Blogosphere!

I met Emily while visiting the Soda City market (our local pop-up street market that happens every Saturday on Main St – it’s the kind of thing that makes me LOVE Columbia!). As soon as my eyes saw her racks of vintage goodies, my body took over and next thing I knew I was frantically screaming “I want this! And this!” while my husband rolled his eyes in the background and pleaded silently to leave.

Here's me & Emily at the market in Sept 2013!

Here’s me & Emily at the market in Sept 2013!

Since then our friendship has blossomed and she’s become so much more than my clothing supplier. As you’ll see on her blog, Emily wears many hats! Before moving to Columbia, she taught art to high school students in Tennessee. Since I now work in the field of education, I try to bounce ideas off of her (and my sister!) to gain some teacher perspective. She’s always willing to listen to my geek speak – thus, she’s a fabulous friend in my book. In addition, Emily has also become my fellow craft-a-holic friend who can helps inspire my creativity. She’s just the best!

And while I could go on and on about how cool Emily is (and how you should follow her blog so you too can soak up some of her awesomeness), I’ll leave you with a collection of selfies showcasing my BFY vintage staples!

1950s sheer purple floral top with rhinestone buttons & a bow! Yes, please!

1950s sheer purple floral top with rhinestone buttons & a bow! Yes, please! (Even if it did cause my husband did call me “Little Bow Peep” that morning.. :))

The ruffles on this sheer blue top make me swoon every time I wear it!

The ruffles on this sheer blue top make me swoon every time I wear it!

She even keeps my hair stylish with her pretty hairbows made from vintage fabric scraps!

She even keeps my hair stylish with her pretty hairbows made from vintage fabric scraps!

This rainbow dress remains one of my favorites!

And last – this rainbow dress remains one of my favorites!

If you’re local, stop by the Soda City market this Saturday (April 26) to check out all of Emily’s vintage goodies! She’ll have the dress below (I just finished converting it to a mini-dress!) that is would be the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

Here's a dress I repaired for BFY Vintage - it's a glamorous mini-dress now!

Here’s a dress I repaired for BFY Vintage – it’s a glamorous mini-dress now!