Last Minute Christmas Ideas!

Last Minute Christmas Ideas!

Happy Holidays & Last Minute Christmas Ideas!

Wow, it is December 13, 2017!  Are you ready for the Holidays?  Have you bought all your Christmas presents!  Are you a person who waits until the last minute to buy your gifts?

I have only purchased 1 present!  Oh, I have waited until the last minute and I am pretty sure I  am not alone!  Have you been too busy to go shopping or you do not like crowds?

I used to buy Christmas throughout the year but I have fallen off the wagon for sure. The 1 gift  I have I bought during the Summer months. Nothing else…

Have I waited too long to order online?  No!  Plus, I do like to support my handmade Makers on Etsy.  You can find things that are ready to ship items. Also, many Handmade sellers on Etsy that I have not showcased here on the Blog do have completed items that they can gift wrap for you and you can add expedited shipping as an upgrade.  It is getting close as United States Postal Service is BUSY.  If you take that into consideration for gift giving then, go for it.  Buy something for your loved ones that are made with lots of love and handcrafted! I cannot tell you enough that it is good to support a local seller within the USA, or if you are in Europe to support your sellers there!

See my shop at Nike E. Bottalico on Etsy

I have 3 Etsy Sellers this week who are all members of  ArtisanIndie which is a wonderful Business Coaching Community “…where handmade, local business is celebrated and nurtured.” Do click on the link and see what it is all about. The owner of the Company is Sarah Sewell and her Experts who are a dream to learn from!

I queried the sellers if they were last minute shoppers themselves and if they have any ready to ship items in their Etsy shops for all those last minute shoppers.  Now, they do have ready to ship gifts, (YAY!) but get on it as time is ticking and the United States Postal Service is super-duper Busy!  So if you click on a link, like it buy it right away,  and hopefully, the post-person can get it to you on time. Some of you may know the old Postal slogan, “through rain, sleet, and snow, etc, etc…” (I forgot I had to look up their Motto): “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” While the Postal Service has no official motto, the popular belief that it does is a tribute to America’s postal workers.” That is their Motto, however, there is so much more mail nowadays with online shopping than when this motto came into play.

Sheila Ryan at Babymoon

My first Ety Seller for this week is Sheila Ryan of Babymoon.  I have blogged about Sheila before (sometime last year).  I am constantly amazed by her spirit and energy as she is a business owner, a wife and has 9 children!  I cannot imagine how much she has on her plate and I love her creative soul!  I have seen an evolution in her creativity!  It is really cool to watch. I would love to get to know Sheila better and she only lives a few hours away from me… maybe someday we can have a coffee together!

Sheila is like many of us who are creatives and she does not have her own Christmas list bought and completed!  However, Sheila does have some last minute gift ideas for you to check out and purchase!  I have listed two here for those of you who have waited (like me!).

Sheila named her shop Babymoon since she sees a new addition as “…a babymoon [which] is that sweet time when a mother and family welcome the newest little…” baby into their home. “It is a time of gentleness, reflection, love, and peace…” Sheila sees a Babymoon “…as the qualities, she strives to incorporate in all of her products.” The time a mom has with her “…newborn is so very precious and short, but so incredibly powerful in the life and growth of the new mother.” Sheila believes that by supporting “…new moms is one of her dear passions in real life, and she has made bonds and has dear friends because of her former work with the la leche league and that will last forever.”

Babymoon
      Love Key Fob – Gifts for Her: Click Here
   Pen Planner Holder – Babymoon: Click here

Sheila makes any number of accessories from monogrammed luggage tags, pen/pencil holders, Halloween/dress-up masks, fingerless gloves, fun planner items, travel cases, personalized Christmas ornaments, and allergy tags.  Most if not all of Sheila’s items can be personalized!  She is an amazing small business owner and she adds new collections of her work frequently.  Listed above are a couple of ready to ship items!  Now onto my next Etsy Seller!

Meg McGhee at SirWinslowsZoo

Another shop is SirWinslowsZoo, owner, is Meg McGhee.   I asked her if she has anything that is ready to ship and she does!  Again, my caveat is to order now, and order fast! Don’t wait until the last second when you have to depend on the USPS (United States Postal Service).

Meg has really precious items. She makes stuffed animals, pillows, fish, sharks, and Gnomes (a few other items too)!  Her items are adorable, whimsical and unique.  I smile looking at her items as they make me happy to see them!


Click pictures to go directly to the Shark in Meg’s Shop

Click pictures to go to site

These shark cases, as well as the Gnome pillows, just make me smile as Meg’s products are magical to me and oh so, sweet!  Who would not want a shark to keep up with your pencils, your sunglasses or any small item you need for the day! I find them to be great fun and may have to get my own!

Meg named her shop after a fictional character named Sir Winslow Smith who was a professor of zoology at Oxford University. He traveled around studying Tigers, plants and other things of interest. Sir Winslow has been a part of Meg’s life for a long time! Be sure to read her about page as her story and the way she has developed her products for you, is awe-inspiring!

You can also see Meg’s website at SirWinslowZoo and see more of her products and her own blog.  She has amazing products that you and your child will love!  Meg is also a member of ArtisanIndie’s Community.

Jacqueline McLaughlin of BlueLotusDesignsShop

Ever since I joined Flourish @ArtisanIndie I have been able to get to know Jacqueline McLaughlin of BlueLotusDesignsShop She is delightful and a person I wish I lived closer as she is funny. I could see us being friends (more than online).  

She is very active in Artisan Indie and I have learned a lot from her questions of the group.  I also love her products!  She makes very creative items that her customers love!  She also has a shop that offers a number of items for your perusing and shopping.  You will love her offerings.

Jacqueline McLaughlin shop BlueLotusDesignsShop offers mobiles with lights (ingenious!) and had jewelry, crystals, crystal necklaces, and earrings.  She also offers Crystal crowns that are so boho chic — meaning a cross between Bohemian and hippie influences!  I personally adore her product and have purchased some stones from her to add to my own supplies. Jacqueline also makes Crowns, Jewelry and many other items. Do check out her items!

Jacqueline McLaughlin’s Click pictures to go shopping

Gorgeous Earrings from Jacqueline’s shop Click the picture.

The three women in this blog are all successful members of “Flourish” which is now becoming ArtisanIndie.  The people who have all used the training to better their businesses from Sarah Sewells Community are successful in many ways!  I am a member too, I learn more and more each day.  I love to give Sarah a shout-out as the community is great and will assist anyone with their small business to grow.

 

As with each blog, I thank you for reading, clicking like, commenting and sharing for all the beautiful handmade sellers!  I so appreciate you coming! I want to remind you that I am an affiliate blogger for Etsy.com and I receive a very small fee if an item sells from clicks on my blog. It is not why I support handmade sellers, I am one myself. I support them as I believe it is good to purchase from small businesses and to purchase handmade items made with loving hands.

~nike

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Fall Essentials

Fall Essentials

What are your Fall Essentials, your “go to,”  so you are prepared for the Season?  Do the leaves change where you live, those Brilliant colors, or is it snowing right now where you live and you need to be pulling out your warmer clothes? Do you rearrange your closet putting Summer clothes away and getting out all your warmer clothes?

I live near Austin, TX so it does not get cold here for a bit more… it is November 22, 2017, so we are just getting a few cold fronts.  I  cannot wait for my winter wardrobe~  How about you?  I love cozy warm things to wear that a soft.  I learned that my dear friend Leila West of Leila Nicole Designs also likes to wear warm sweaters, loose but warm pants, having a fireplace is “a must” for her and drinking Hot Cocoa is a wonderful distraction!  Leila’s weather is a bit like mine living in the Northern part of California.  I asked Leila about her weather,  and am learning it is a bit like mine with the high and low temperatures. However, as you know recently in the news Leila’s area gets wildfires and that can be very worrisome. Her home was safe but many lost their homes and many forested areas were burned.

I normally showcase 3 Etsy Sellers per blog, but oh my goodness everyone is so busy!  So today for this week’s blog I am showcasing my friend who is not only an Etsy seller but she also has a storefront on Amazon Handmade!  Leila and I are pen pals of a sort,  we talk about all things business and have made fast friends!  I am amazed by her regularly, as she works full time, has two young children, a hubby, a home to take care of, and dinners to juggle!  She is one busy lady because on top of that she is a jewelry designer who has two handmade storefronts!

I am going to shop for myself at  Leila’s Nicole Designs!  I hope you enjoy and go visit her shops!  It is time for Christmas shopping!  She makes beautiful handmade pieces that are delightful and have a sense of whimsy with the small flowers embedded into her designs.  Leila states that she is “a very visual person, I love to look at all sorts of imagery, whether its artwork or jewelry creations. Often times I will wake from a night of dreams with jewelry designs in my thoughts.”  How cool is that?  I love her design methods! One of her pieces below:

Leila Nicole Designs on Etsy

She makes magical jewelry using real flowers in her work! She has a lot of patience in her work using these very small items to place in her pendants for your jewelry. Leila is excellent about getting her product out to Amazon Handmade also.  She uses Fulfillment By Amazon, meaning she sends her jewelry packaged in her beautiful packaging to Amazon and it is ready for those who want to get their products fast!  I admire her work ethic and her abilities!  Some of Leila’s packaging:

https://www.amazon.com/Peruvian-Gemstone-Minimalist-Necklace-Sterling/dp/B075W89FY2?ref=hnd_adp_tp_2

An offering of hers on Amazon for your Christmas or Winter Holiday needs:

https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Beaded-Pendant-Necklace-Adjustable/dp/B076619SMT?ref=hnd_adp_ap_44

One of my favs!  I may have to get this one off of Amazon~ You really need to check out her work!

Another piece I am super intriguedhttps://www.amazon.com/Peruvian-Gemstone-Minimalist-Necklace-Sterling/dp/B075W89FY2?ref=hnd_adp_tp_2 with is this Peruvian Gemstone! It is a yummy color and the silver is gorgeous with the color of the gemstone!

Did you see Leila and her jewelry on showcase on her local Fox News Channel?  She was featured and wow, good for her!

She says, “Missed me on Fox 40 News? You can check out the replay here!”  Click the tag!

http://fox40.com/2016/09/05/leila-nicole-designs/

I adore her work if you cannot tell!  Well I am a busy person right now and I must say this is my happiest time of the year as I love the change in the season, I feel a warmth of Fall.

 

Have you wondered just what Etsy is?  Etsy is a selling site that has Handmade Sellers who offer for sale, Handmade items, Vintage Items, Supplies to make Art,  and Services to assist handmade sellers.  I am an affiliate blogger for Etsy.com.  I am always looking for new shop owners to showcase on my blog. Feel free to drop me a line or comment if you are interested in being showcased on the blog.  I also have two shops on Etsy.  One is nikeebottalicodesigns and  objectsandoddities.  I offer Bridal, Bridesmaid and Children’s Accessories in one shop and the other shop I add supplies that are vintage and new.  I would love it if you would visit my shops!  You can also find me on my Nikeebottalico.com Website.

Now Amazon is also offering Handmade Sellers as part of their [dot]com.  You can search for Handmade sellers on their toolbar.  It is amazing to purchase an item that is actually handmade by a person, and not made by machines. All handmade makers use quality products that make many of their Jewelry items (and other items) where they will become heirlooms for you and your family!

Leila and I are both members of Artisan Indie which is a marketing group to help us learn more about selling online.  I always want to give Sarah Sewell a shout out because I have learned so much about having online sales businesses from her group.  She has many experts in her group to assist anyone who wants to own an online business!  I will be showcasing a number of the experts from Sarah’s site who also sell their services on Etsy to assist you in growing your own artisan business!

Be sure to check Artisan Indie out as it is growing like crazy.  You can also see the Instagram for Artisan Indie which is gorgeous!  The Instagram of Artisan Indie is beautifully laid out content that showcases the best of the best of handmade! The Artisan Indie Instagram is for members only. Sarah has an eye for beauty and loves to showcase her members!  I was showcased on the Artisan Indie Instagram with a Green item:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/517469264/bridesmaid-emerald-green-earring-wedding?ref=shop_home_active_30

Well if Christmas is on your mind, be sure to check out handmade!  You can get anything you desire by an artisan who cares about what you get when you make a purchase!  Remember to shop small handmade businesses!

Lots of love and see you next week where I will be talking about your perfect morning!  And oh yes — are you a handmade maker?  Let me know I am always looking for new people to showcase!  Just let me know!

Please leave a comment, and heart the blog, I will so appreciate it!

 

~nike

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