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.
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.”
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!
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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!
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.
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