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Support Small Business by Shopping Small this Holiday Season

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Are you shopping small this holiday season? Yes, ordering from Amazon or hitting up those Black Friday deals makes holiday shopping much more convenient, but when you swap out a few of those items from big companies for purchases from small businesses like myself, you make a world of difference in the lives of the people you actually know and support. An order from a small business might not seem like much to you, but it means you're supporting someone's dream and livelihood. So as you start your holiday shopping, consider some of these amazing small business.

Quinn of Quinnaire Studio makes some of the most gorgeous hand painted pieces of functional art. I love her abstract style and desert color tones. My favorite things of Quinn's are her a one-of-a-kind and affordable zipper pouches.

Ashley, creative maker behind The Beige Motel sculpts gorgeous ceramics and fiber art. I've been drooling over her newest collection of vases and wall hangings!

Kristen is the designer of all the amazing jewelry at Fade Into The Abstract. I love how Kristen's work feels golden, earthy, and evokes the desert. As I write this holiday favorites blog, I'm also wearing a pair of her earrings. They are even more beautiful in person and I'm hoping to add to my collection of her work.

Marybeth creates gorgeous pieces of woodworked beauty with her business Going Stag. I gifted my sister-in-law one her her mountain breakfast trays as a housewarming gift and almost kept it for myself! I loved it that much. Marybeth's attention to detail and craftsmanship make all of her work gorgeous.

Linda of Lulumiere makes some of my favorite candles! These beauties are a breath of fresh air using only natural ingredients like long-lasting soy wax, a cotton paper wick, and 100% essential oils. Linda's scents are inspired by the Pacific Northwest. So take a little bit of nature indoors with you in candle form.

Micah the fiber artist of Micah Clasper-Torch, blew my mind when she created these punch needle coats. I've dabbled in punch needle myself and I love seeing what other artists are doing with this truly American handcraft. Check out Micah's work and learn more about her creative process in her For The Love Of Craft interview.

Kelsey is another PNW local ceramic artist whose work I absolutely adore. Her shop, Kelsey Melville Ceramics features planters, functional decor, and sculptural art. Some of my favorite pieces of hers include the sunshine planter and her cacti paddle dishes. Kelsey shares more about the inspiration behind her work in her For The Love Of Craft interview.

Natalie is the fiber artist, Combed Thunder. I found her work on Instagram and instantly fell in love. This summer I treated myself to one of these amazing necklaces (the red and coral one) and just adore it. Everytime I wear Natalie's work I'm asked where I found such a unique and gorgeous necklace.

Paige, maker behind Ponderosa Creative, creates gorgeous quilted goods from hand dyed and upcycled materials. I'm always amazed at the color combinations Paige creates as well as how she upcycles jackets. I'm a huge fan of her thread gloss and also treated myself to one of her custom order quilted pouches for my birthday. If you've ever wanted to try of gift Paige's thread gloss, use code MCREATIVEJ for 10% off all thread gloss orders in her shop.

Jessica of Spalted Home handcrafts the cutest mini cactus kits. I'm a sucker for all things cacti so Jessica's kits are right up my alley. She hand carves all of these tiny ceramic vases and even grows the cactus pups in her kits. These are truly an entirely handmade gift. Learn more about Jessica's work in her For The Love Of Craft interview.

Agnes, the garden master behind Flowers Sow Urban, cultivates gorgeous flowers and greenery from her urban cutting garden in southwest Seattle. Her arrangements and seasonal floral decor are fragrant, full of lush foliage, and are the perfect textural element to reflect the abundant pacific northwest seasons.


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