Monthly Archives: September 2013

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (almost)


I know, it’s only the end of September why am I thinking about Christmas already?!? I’ll tell you why! My gift giving list contains many hand made items I wish to purchase for my loved ones, and as an owner of a handmade shop, I know the earlier you order the better! Especially if the items are customized to the lucky ducky receiving the gift. Waiting until December to purchase handmade gifts will result in rushed orders (read extra $$$), stress on you and especially the artist trying to put a bit of themselves and a part of their soul into each handmade inch of the gift they are creating for your loved one (or you!).

As I was browsing my favorite shops and items on Etsy, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! These are just a few of the amazing handmade items I’ve fallen for, there are more on my Pinterest boards, check out my Gift Giving (for her), Gift Giving (for him) and the What I want for Christmas boards, along with the Sparetire Design Stationery boards. My shop has several great gift ideas, personalized stationery and note pads to name a few. But the trick is to order early!

Here are 14 pics for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Image1. Key Chain by theCopperPoppy
2. Hand thrown Bowl by OneClayBead
3. Bracelet by TownofBeadrock
4. Bike shirt by iheartanalogue
5. Napkins by giardino
6. Leather Bracelet by SariBlue
7. Travel Mug by snowhillpottery
8. Earrings by huiyitan
9. Slippers by Molipop
10. Journals by ordinaryartists
11. Feathers by jodyvanB
12. Scarf by AnniesCloset
13. Dog Toy by wagsandwiggles
14. Poster by JumpOffThePage

Many of these shops I have purchased from, others I have long admired. I hope you buy Hand Made this holiday season, online or in your local shops; buy something made with love (and order early 😉 ).

Only About the Music: Artists for Autism


I am counting down the days to the first weekend in November! Why you ask? I am traveling down to Fairfax, Virginia for an incredible music weekend, Artists for Autism, hosted by Only About the Music (OATM). November’s show boasts 10 + musicians from around the globe and proceeds from the show will be going to The Grafton School‘s Music Therapy program.

Last September I went to a private music weekend hosted by OATM, I not only heard some amazing musicians, I also met some amazing people (including the musicians) whom quickly became friends. It is an experience that has stuck with me ever since, and I can’t wait to experience again. Artists for Autism is open to the public, but has limited tickets on sale through September 20th – so act now!!!!! 10 + musicians, meet and greets, merchandise and a musical experience I promise will be worth every cent!

Here is a list of musicians performing over the weekend. Check them out, buy a ticket and join the fun! I know I can’t wait to see them perform…
Tom Bertram

Miles Garber

Edward Hartline I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Edward play, his soulfulness will capture you the moment he sings his first note

The Hunts

Naseem Khuri (lead singer for Kingsely Flood) I saw Kingsley Flood perform at Newport Folk Festival this past summer and I am looking forward to seeing his solo show!

Shannon Labrie 

Lee Lindsay Who happens to be the mom of the talented Sam Bradley, featured here on our Emerging Artist Series

Bobby Long I’ve had the pleasure to see Bobby play numerous times. He just keeps getting better and better!

David Mayfield Parade who is very entertaining! I first saw him perform with Cadillac Sky several years ago, then again solo at a Communion New York show. Excited to see Mayfield play again!

Alex Starling

Surviving Allison who is getting heavy rotation on my playlist lately. Check them out!

Toy Soldiers very excited to see these guys live!

Denny White