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

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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!

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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Autumn and Etsy Sellers ~ What Do They Have In Common?

Autumn and Etsy Sellers ~ What Do They Have In Common?

 

Welcome to another blog here on WordPress! I will be featuring 3 Etsy Handmade Sellers again this week.  Our topic for the week is to learn what do Etsy sellers and Autumn (Fall) have in common?  Well, it is all about creating in the fall and I have asked them just what is going on in their studio in the next couple of weeks?

Most of us are really busy getting ready for the Winter Holiday Season and are making many products by hand.  Possibly the rest of the peeps who aren’t creating are thinking about their Gift list!

My First Handmade/Handcrafted Seller is Harry Wood:

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Harry Wood at Oscarcrow not only make fabulous jewelry but he is the go-to person for all kinds of art supplies.  Please do not only pursue his handcrafted jewelry but he also has an “in” to purchase Vintage Frozen Charlotte’s and he also has a kiln (and many other tools for making!).  He makes wonderful pottery findings with Raku finishes!  It is an honor for me to showcase Harry as he is such a wonderful talent!  I own several of Harry’s Raku finished pieces and a few Frozen Charolettes and have always been pleased with my purchases!

Harry has a basement full of supplies and art! If you ask Harry how to describe him as an artist he would probably reply that he is a maker, he is always learning,  super curious,  a teacher for other makers,  a person who gives,  and an explorer of eclectic and esoteric realms as a talisman maker.  I would give almost anything to be able to visit he and his wife and explore his studio to see his workbench and see all his different methods of making!

 

 

Ellen Wodoslawsky Gonchar’s Etsy shop ( BufferflyLoftDesigns) is filled with delights! Ellen has been in the “jewelry business for some time and in the sale of jewelry.  She began to be interested in the construction of jewelry after a time.  She found that she had many broken pieces and wanted to give life to these.  She studies books for a while and began to experiment.  Ellen’s designing methods she says are best described as “one of organized chaos.” Her work table in her studio is covered with “…vintage bits and pieces, beads, rhinestones, brass stampings, and filigree along with other new jewelry components.”  Ellen’s pieces are unique and are for a woman who wants to stand on her own two feet and aren’t afraid to be bold in her fashion sense.  I love Ellen’s design style, I admire her work and want one of her pieces for my jewelry collection.

 

Ellen’s offering for this blog, click the pic to go to her shop!

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Last but certainly now least is another of my favorite jewelry designers,  Lori Prull Meyer. Her shop  ParisienneGirl on Etsy showcases romance!  Oh-La-La, Lori’s designing style and methods are delightful confections for the “unabashed romantic soul who has grace, timeless beauty which infuses delight by wearing her jewelry.” Lori makes beautiful jewelry that will fit any woman who wants to sparkle! Would you like to feel like Audrey Hepburn– buy some of Lori’s  jewelry for yourself or for a magical gift for another.  I love her offerings and she has beautiful collections coming regularly, all I can say if you see something you like, get it right away so you do not lose out ~ you will not regret it!   I love her style and would really love to see each piece in her collections!  I cannot wait to get a piece myself!

Click picture to go to her shop!

Lori ‘s beautiful Topaz Hearts, perfect for Fall! I love the                 romance of these earrings and adore hearts!

Lori Copper Choker Necklace

Thanks for reading the blog, and be sure to check out the Etsy Sellers featured for all your Holiday Shopping needs, it is so important to shop handcrafted!  These three artisans make quality jewelry and you will love what you buy.  It is so important to support the community of handmade/handcrafted artists we have here in the USA!

When I blog about overseas artists I will let you know because it is important to shop small business no matter where someone lives.  We artists are just trying to make it in this world and delight in making products just for you!!

 

 

Oh and P.S.  My Etsy shop is www.NikeEBottalico@etsy.com 

Peace to you, and thanks so very for reading, and please comment and share!  I will be doing a blog each Wednesday so do come back and read each week!  Some of these artists are members of   Artisan Indie  which is a community of Artist who are learning how to run a small business and how to make it grow, come visit us there!

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