Small Is Beautiful: Tiny gifts from small makers.

I know, it’s a little early to be talking about the holidays. (When spoken this early in the season I feel like I should whisper that word — like the grandmother in Sixteen Candles who would only whisper ‘cancer.’ I’m probably really dating myself right now, huh?) At any rate, the reason I bring up the gift-giving season so early is so that y’all can find lovely handmade presents from small batch makers and designers.

Seriously though, wouldn’t it be nice to avoid a trip to the mall? Here are some Small is Beautiful members who can help you:

Lady Vivienne has some beautiful photography available over at Viva Photography. These tiny things, like images of dandelion puffs or fairy-perch mushrooms, are created by taking digital photos through an antique camera. You can order any image as a glicee canvas print or as greeting cards. A steal at $20!

Christine Valters Paintner has been working her photography skills for some time now and is offering a beautiful collection of nature prints at SmugMug. (Click here to see her prints, then click on “gifts and prints” at the bottom of the page to see how Smug Mug operates.) Christine’s photography is also featured on her laminated prayer card over at her etsy shop. I could see you slipping one of these into someone’s stocking or tucking one into your holiday cards.

Our newest Small is Beautiful member, Aurora has re-purposed sweaters, art quilts, and other beaded surprises over at Borealis Beads.

Aine is offering fibery gifts for under $10 (coffee cozies anyone?) and her pal Michelle has some lovely beads over at her place.

Indigo Soul has high quality art prints from her mixed media collection, art cards with gallic blessings, and holiday cards (coming soon.) Go see ’em at the The Happy Girl Shop.

Two of our fine artists are having sales right now. Go see Elyana at her studio, or Leonie at hers.

As always, I’d like to toot a horn for Jen Lemen and her place, where she’s now offering downloadable prints for a song. Of course she also has her inspiring gifts at her shop as well.

And finally, if you don’t mind, I’d like to sing my own praises because I’m offering a new crop of vintage coats and clothes, along with hand embroidered jackets for children.

Make your list and check it twice, then go support some other folks who are small, but beautiful.


Greenwoman October 27, 2007 at 11:23 am

What a lovely group of shops to browse! Wonderful stuff. *grins* I like Etsy. Its the first time I’ve seen it….and its attractive. Reminds me of blogs.

Goddess of Leonie November 1, 2007 at 3:41 pm

thank you lovely… you are too precious :)

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