#5Faves: Recent Etsy Purchases

Usually before I shop elsewhere, I check Etsy because – indie artists and PayPal. Things I love. Here are my #5Faves purchases as of late. Shameless promotion: check out my shop. New Valentine’s Day necklace up!

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Dia de los Muertos Rosary: Allison designed this piece for me so that I could pray for souls in purgatory and the unborn. And because I love DdlM. In case you didn’t know me.

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Plush Crown: Sam is forever nabbing all of Ellen’s tiaras and snapping them in two like, “I mean, it’s just plastic, it’s really just… A piece for Gretchen Wieners, a partial Spring Fling Queen…” So, anyway, we bought him his own plush crown, and um, it’s adorable.

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Lion Pouch: I originally bought this to put some prayer books in until I realized I measured wrong. Measure once, buy twice. So, since I still love it, I am using it to organize some embroidery stuff. I feel like royalty.

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Hair Clips: These were stocking stuffers for my girl who loves “hair pretties.” She is also a sucker for Peppa Pig. Perf.

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Dapper Fox Tie: When I saw this tie I thought 1. my brother must have this and 2. that fox is so dapper. Turns out it’s called the Dapper Fox Necktie. So fitting. It really…suits…it. ha.

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Your Guide to Buying Indie on Cyber Monday + Giveaway

As an indie artist myself, I know how much it makes my day when I open up my email to see an order in my inbox. And, while big companies employ lots of great people who need to make a living, I don’t think those companies feel that deep satisfaction every time a purchase is made.

So, consider doing a bit of holiday shopping from some of my personal friends this Cyber Monday. Many of them have great coupons and deals just for muh readers. AND, they are all giving away an item to ONE lucky reader. That’s a total of TWELVE gifts just for special you! It’s a beautiful thing.

Cyber Monday Indie Shopping Guide + Giveaway

Whole Parenting Goods

Artist: Nell
About: Textiles and knits for you & your baby with drooling & teething bibs, burp cloths, and blankets for baby! Little girl twirly skirts for your tot! And flaxseed heat packs and knit scarves for you. We source local and use organic fabrics and yarns whenever possible. With love from my home to yours.
Coupon Code: CALLHERHAPPY20 for 20% off for the next month
Giveaway: One Bandit Bib & Contour Cloth gift set in red and white polka dots! $40 value

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Rosaries by Allison

Artist: Allison
About: I am a Catholic convert (Easter 2013) and am passionate about praying the rosary. I have been designing rosaries pretty much ever since my conversion and don’t feel it’s a job because I love it so much! I love helping clients design their perfect rosary, one they won’t find in a store. That, after all, is how I got into this ‘business’ in the first place!
Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAYFREE for free shipping; through Christmas Eve: ADVENT10 for 10% off
Giveaway: Orange Matte Czech glass bead one-decade ‘pocket’ rosary with copper plated Rose center and crucifix

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Little Miss Pea Gifts

Artist: Jenni
About: Beautiful handmade gifts with careful attention to detail for that little extra touch. We have special luxuries for baby, unique children’s gifts, and lovely décor for your home.
Coupon Code: FALLFESTIVAL10 for 10% off
Giveaway: Cape, Crown, Magic Wand Set – color of your choice

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Harvesting Home

Artist: Caitlyn
About: Caitlyn is an amateur housewife and mediocre mama of two. She likes to run slow, drink coffee, pretend her garden is a homestead and sew. She also likes to drink wine and thinks everyone should do it in a pretty speckled glass.
Coupon Code: 
CALLHERHAPPY – Good for 15% any listing, expires December 15th
Giveaway: a pair of hand painted wine glasses ($20) in color of your choice

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Big White Farmhouse

Artist: Ashley and Andrea
About: Named after our great-grandmother’s farm in Maine, Big White Farmhouse was founded by cousins Andrea and Ashley as an online boutique specializing in home décor, accessories and gifts.  Through the shop, we hope to share our love for both the old and the new. We believe in the value of quality versus quantity, which is why we strive to find the best products from independent American designers across the country. We welcome you to our family’s store and hope you’ll find heirloom-worthy items to have in your own homes!
Coupon Code: CALLHERHAPPY for 15% off throughout December
Giveaway: Pewter Joy Heart Ornament

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Pretty Handmade Design

Artist: Laura
About: I started up-cycling t-shirts into memory quilts in college and have continued doing so for family and friends over the past 10 years. To craft away the long Michigan winters and whittle away at our students loans I recently opened my Etsy shop. I currently offer custom t-shirt quilts and plan to add other knit and sewing creations as well.
Coupon Code: CHHFriends for 15% off, expires at the end of Dec.
Giveaway: Ultra-soft t-shirt quilt throw (4’x4′)

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Scents of the Saints

Artist: Joelle
About: I am a suburban, Polish, homesteader housewife trying to find ways of feeling closer to Our Blessed Mother. This perfume is created in honor of our heavenly mother, Mary. It is called “Mary’s FlowersTM“.  Packaged in a seed box which will bloom into garden of flowers when planted. A meaningful gift for mothers, sisters, daughters and friends that need a little something inspiring.
Giveaway: 1 Bottle Blessed Mother Perfume

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With Joy Calligraphy

Artist: Elise
About: Elise blogs at {in endless song}, and owns the etsy shop {with JOY calligraphy}. A handwriting artist, Elise creates pieces she hopes will inspire your heart. A new line of printable designs is now available in the shop, in addition to handwritten art pieces, and calligraphy for wedding invitations & escort cards. Custom work is always welcomed and makes for a wonderful and personal gift!
Coupon Code: 10% off purchase with code CALLHERHAPPY {through December 12, 2014}
Giveaway: winner’s choice of any print in the new printable line 

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Signs of Love by Rakstar Designs

Artist: Rakhi
About: I’m a full time wife & mom of 2 who works part-time out of the home and all of the time at home. Having always flirted with art, I am finally taking the plunge to share my creative endeavors with others. My hope is that the artwork here will capture the whispers of our hearts and bring them to light…or at the very least lighten our hearts!
Coupon Code: 15% off with CALLHERHAPPYXMAS
Giveaway: choice of 8×10 “Dream Big” print or 8×10 “Play Hard, Pray Harder” print

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Carrots for Michaelmas Cookbook

Artist: Haley and Daniel
About: Daniel and Haley are Catholic converts who love food, Flannery O’Connor, and learning about their faith. Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simply Living for the Christian Year is an ebook that includes 23 simple recipes and a handful of simple traditions to celebrate the liturgical year and lives of the saints as well as reflections on the seasons of the Christian calendar.
Coupon Code: HAPPYFEAST (25% off if purchased before December 15th)
Giveaway: one copy of Feast! and one copy of the new ebook we have coming out (it’ll be more recipes to go along with Feast!)-ebook versions.

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Sarah G. Ortiz Photography + More

Artist: Sarah
About: Sarah G. Ortiz is a wife, stay at home homeschooling mama, and a photographer. This shop offers acollection of prints and other delights depicting my images from around the world. Each item is of the highest quality and ready to be shipped directly to you.
Coupon Code: 10% off through December 31st: CALLHER10
Giveaway: An 8″x10″ ready to frame print of ‘Nighttime in Nicaragua’

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Call Her Happy

Artist: Jenna
About: These tiny embroidery hoop necklaces are perfect for anyone who likes to stitch, sew, craft or create. They are dainty, adorable, simple and charming – all of my favorite things. Materials: unbleached muslin, bamboo ply hoop, antique brass chain and findings, felt backing for comfort. Measurements: 1″ diameter hoop, 18″ chain
Coupon Code: Free domestic shipping with code CHHFREESHIP {through December 31, 2014}
Giveaway: winner’s choice of any 1″ necklace – even custom!

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An Easy Way to Cinch Up Messes

I’m still kickin’ it low tech style over here: not much blogging, candles, leaves and pinecones for…ha. nope. But, I did come out of hibernation for un momento to showcase a lovely little Etsy shop.

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Wanda, the owner of Cinch It, says, “Drawstrings….. Because everything should be tied up nice and neat!” She knows my heart, people. And, her adorable little mess keepers come in sizes Rosary through Yoga. So, you should be able to find a little cinch sack for anything you need to keep tidy.

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I’ve got to say, I am partial to Cinch It because she sent me a little bag for Sammy J to tote his beloved cars and shoes around. The kid has a shoe.fetish. He loads up his bag, tosses it over his shoulder Huck Finn style, and is on his merry, saggy diaper way. And you know, it’s really hard to find cute things for boys sometimes.

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And, look all around you. I guarantee you have a million messes you’d like to cinch. If you are telling me no, then you’re a big ol’ one. Think about what you’d like to keep tidy and handy. You’ll need this answer later for the…

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Avery Lane Boutique Giveaway

I was given a product for review, but thoughts are all my own. Por supuesto.

You know when you find one of those little gems on the Internet, and you want to tell all of you friends about it? This is me telling you about it: Avery Lane Boutique.

Avery Lane Boutique is a one woman operation by Casey Hanks (the pretty gal in most of the pictures). Everything in her boutique is completely current, but at the same time, totally wearable (and there is free shipping!). I would say that pretty much sums up my style: I love to stay on trend, but it needs to be affordable and practical. Because, you know, sometimes there is puke and kids running into traffic and kids puking while running into traffic. That is Avery Lane Boutique – not the puke stuff; I mean all the good stuff I said before.

Ahem. So, wanna see my sweet duds?

I have rocked both of these already, and they are totally adorable and cozy. I feel kind of guilty that they look that good on, yet I feel like I am ridiculously comfy all day. I want that for you. I want you to love like I love, so it’s giveaway time! Can I suggest the Dolman tops or the Falling for You Hooded Jacket to spend your winnings on?

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Livin’ in a Dress Up Castle

And that was a word from my sponsor!

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I am so excited for when Ellen wants to play dress up. I already asked my dad to make her a cool dress up box (Because he is talented like that and made me one when I was little…remember those dad? The built in ones in our basement? So cool.)

Anyway, I can’t wait to see what kinds of fun things she dresses up as. I already bought her a little doctor’s coat, some scuba flippers and various other odds and ends.  I keep my eye out for things when I am thrifting or garage-saleing. And although she doesn’t use the stuff on her own, I sure have fun playing make believe. Here is Ellen as a beauty queen-astronaut:

In addition to the random stuff I bought her, Ellen has an abundance of tutus. I always said I wouldn’t be that mom who bought her daughter tutus (and quite honestly, my mom does most of the buying), but why the heck not? In a world where things are so politically correct and confusing, why not celebrate being a female and just how beautiful and fun that is?

I digress. Let me get to the point. I was talking about tutus, not trying to start a gender revolution. So, tutus. Among Ellen’s various tutus (polka dot, flowered, red, pink, etc. etc. etc.), is a really cute Christmas one. It is red, green and white (duh), and made by my good friend, Lisa. Ellen loves it, and can really wear it year-round because we are Italian, and that’s just national pride, bupalina. Back when we first got the tute. Look, ma! No hair!

 

Not only did Lisa make her a really cute tutu, she also made her an adorable paci clip and a tote bag that Ellen uses as her baby’s diaper bag now. Check them out:
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So, Lisa didn’t ask me to write this post. She is just such a sweet friend who loves children and crafting. Check out her Etsy shop (for girls and boys) and show her some love. She does special orders too!