I’ve had this post in my head for a long time… without enough actual minutes to sit down and write it.
Something about the state of the economy and how we can do our part to help small businesses and moms who work out of their homes. And the words never made it to the keyboard – but it didn’t keep me from actually purchasing a few Christmas gifts from these artists.
Like many families, we’re reining in our holiday spending this year. Not that we went overboard in years past; but that we have a deeper appreciation for the good we can do with the funds we spend. And our focus has changed from MORE, to MORE MEANINGFUL.
I have something up my sleeve.
But let’s have fun with it for a bit, want to?
Etsy is my go-to source. Am I the only one who says, “I can do that!”, then remembers the glue gun scar on my left arm, and that my art teacher asked if I was sure I didn’t want to take horticulture instead?
You might be able to do them… you might be inspired by them… but if you’re anything like me; you’ll drool over them, know you don’t have time to make them, and you couldn’t possibly do them as well.
(Well, unless you’re Brandi, but she’s got that crazy Martha gene)
Here are some favorites… some old, some new, and some already under our tree (shhh!)
Who doesn’t need a silhouette of their offspring? (I’ve actually given these as gifts, and trust me – they are a hit!) OutOfAlabaster draws these professionally, then sends you a digital image to print however you want. Love the detail!
For a piece of jewelry that is whimsical and sentimental, I adore this:
If you’re more about practicality… this one is a winner in our house:
Greenbubbleshome sells this laundry detergent. Like knockyoursocksoff stuff. Seriously, I have been using this for months, and it takes a TABLESPOON per load to get those stains out.
I was hesitant to use something new with our front loader, but this works perfectly in the High Efficiency machines – to the point of outperforming my liquid stainlifter.
I use a mixture of 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water as a softener, and I am doing laundry el-cheapo.
Now… I need a cute jar label, cute spoon, and cute container for the vinegar :)
With all the money you save on laundry, you could spring for a superhero zebra for your favorite little!
Love this from easterstudios – lots of sock monkeys, puppies, and hippos too!
If you have a wedding gift to plan for, I adore these!
jessicaNdesigns… amazing work and perfectly personal!
(She’s super nice too… just saying)
And if you’ve got a wee one to dress up this Christmas, I cannot think of anything better than this package of adorableness.
I exaggerate not.
(As the rest of you are reading, Brandi has now left and is already sewing the second bootie)
AnimaliaRepublic crafts these goodies. And they make my ovaries hurt. Someone please go buy this and send me a picture of your little reindeer? I mean, there’s even a hoofprint on the bottom of the bootie!
And last, but not least… anyone up for a good old fashioned game of Pirates vs. Ninjas checkers?
Goosegrease makes these wonderful little characters – and you can totally get sucked into their Etsy shop. Insanely jealous of the creativity!
I promised I had something up my sleeve.
And I do.
You might want to just keep an eye out on our little blog as we share some more Etsy fun in the next few days.
Bill and Lynsay are blog-friends-turned-real-life-friends ministering to babies who have some severe health issues – sometimes showing them the only real love and care they will receive in their short lives.
Please help me. If every single person voted who normally reads here, we would be in the lead. A few clicks and you’ve just helped get us one step closer to making a difference halfway around the world.
My heart breaks seeing the pictures. But reading the captions…
It never, ever gets easier to hold a baby who is dying, or to hear news that one of the one that we were supposed to help died before she could get here.
Much love… and stay tuned!