holiday shopping guide (part one)

Nov 19, 2008 | Life in Progress

they call it the painted city (trento, italy).

have you guys started shopping yet? in between packing and coordinating this move to seattle, i’ve been shopping online. yes i have. here’s where i’ve been…where have you been? i’d love it if you left some links in the comments of some of your favorite gifty finds. let’s support our crafty and artsy friends who are doing it their own way, making unique and special goods, and celebrating creativity.

here are some of my affordable faves so far:
** i bought these adorable mits from katrina. how seriously cute are these? check out her other items here.
** myriam’s meaningful t’s are perfect for the tots in your circle of family and friends. how adorable. i mean really.
** i bought this pendant from jen to pair it with a pendent that my friend liz gifted to me. when you put them together, it looks something like this. both necklaces are totally affordable and can be found in jen’s shop and in liz’s shop.
** alex is having an online sale and my goodness. seriously. i love her images. so unique and fresh and vibrant. i could go on and on.
** i’ve bought a few copies of brene’s imperfect parenting cd’s – not just for parents. these cd’s change our perspective on everything, especially how we see ourselves against the backdrop of how we’ve filtered the world’s (including our family’s) messages to us throughout the years.
** i bought just about everything out of my sister’s shop, but there are a few things left πŸ™‚
** jen’s don’t write journals are perfect for your writing (and non-writing) pals. love this. and i also love her stories of light in the dark cd – perfect for your story loving friends. you will be blown away by her story telling. i’ve been in the room when she does it and it gives me the chills in the best of ways.
** this is also one of my all time favorite gifts to give.
** oh yes, have you guys met kayla yet? she’s a teenager making adorable story quiltlets and i’m a big fan.

that’s that for part one. more soon. who are you supporting during this holiday season? leave links (not of your own shop, silly). i’d love to know as i have some more shopping to do πŸ™‚


Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (18 comments)
  1. kayla

    ahhhhh!!!! Thanks for linking up my etsy. You are too kind. Enjoy your holidays.

  2. Jennifer Valentine

    Thank you my sweet sister, for including my etsy site in this post…

  3. Julie H

    hi Kelly
    Life has taken me away from blogs for a while, but I have returned to find eight posts here that I have missed.
    I so enjoyed seeing Italy through your eyes – so beautiful. and now I have loads of windows open as I checkout the places you shop.
    I actually sat at the weekend and shopped for all the kids in my family from an Australian fair trade organisation and now for the adults….

  4. Gypsy Alex

    What a fabulous guide! And I am honored to have my little store featured in it! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your support, dear friend!

  5. christy

  6. oksana

    Than you for that information! I love these jewelery! I have a question: if I want to buy both of them how long has to be a “mantra” chain?

  7. Robin

    I loved this post. Thanks for the great links. So great to see such wonderful handmade gems! I’d love to share, my friend Joanne’s shop. She makes incredibly beautiful and energetic jewellery

  8. Tammy

    I bought your book last week and am working on the project by Lauri Mika, I am using a ceramic tile trivet from the dollar store which I have gesso’s and painted. Instead of using polymer for the embellishment I’m going to use modeling paste, I’m doing 2 at once and crossing my brother’s wives off my Christmas list when they are completed! Thanks for such an inspiring book!

  9. sarah ahearn bellemare

    fun fun! i’m making most almost everything this year.. but i just love your choices for lovely gifts! i may just have to snap up a couple of special treats….xoxo, *s

  10. Charisse

    Hi Kelly Rae. I ordered your book from Amazon last week and got it yesterday! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the fun! I am so happy to have found you!

  11. Jilly in Idaho

    One of my new favorites is
    Her shop is called Pinks and Needles. She has the cutest pin toppers. They’re adorable and unique and perfect for the sewing people on your list. I just bought several for the friends in my quilting group. The pin toppers are so cute for pin cushions, which I’m making for gifts.

    I can’t wait to gift these!

  12. kosenrufu mama

    hello i found you via shutter sisters and i love your blog and especially your work!!!

  13. Lynn

    Our entire family will be giving hand-made gifts this year. Some of us will make our own things and the others are making thoughtful purchases from ETSY. Here are my favorites: Shiloh Ridge Glass Design for really funky dichroic jewelry, The Pendant Factory for lovely pendants that will be stocking stuffers for all the girls in my family, Kreativelink for the gift of a journal for myself and last, but not least for a colorful, organic onesie for my new granddaughter.

    I love your book and your work, Kelly!

  14. Jill Nalette

    I have been thinking about shopping and now getting some wonderful ideas from your blog, I will be doing some shopping through esty.
    XOXO Jill


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