Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Last minute gift guide for locals (Western WA edition)

Hi all! Sorry for the lack of posts on this blog. I have a ton of excuses like any mom on the planet so I won't bore you with any. I am going to pull a cross-posting move though for today and come back tomorrow with a super (SUPER!) easy soup recipe.

This week and next tends to be a time where many head out to the stores to pick up any last minute gifts. Or if you're like my husband - you've just begun to shop.

Why not make it easy on yourself and shop local? Shipping would most likely be quick, you'd be avoiding long lines at the stores and you'd be supporting a small local business.

Let me give you some ideas.
A little something for everyone-
I discovered Pepperjack Home at Urban Craft Uprising. They were my neighbors at the show.

They're based out of Arlington (Northern Snohomish County) and they have a wide array of home products. Everything from reusable snack bags, cotton washcloths, laundry soaps, reusable dryer sheets and more.
I picked up some dryer balls. I've been wanting to try some out. I have to say I love mine!

Dryer Balls from Pepperjack Home
For someone who is making the change to a greener lifestyle definitely check out theirwebsite and or their Etsy store.
Have a sweet tooth on your list? Well, definitely check out Sweet Coconut Bakery.
Sweet Coconut Bakery's table at EtsyRain's Handmade Holiday Show
Based in Seattle - Hazel's sweet treats are delicious! We were vendors at two shows together and I treated myself to her goods at both.  Cookies, Filipino sweets (polvorones are my favorite!) and so much more. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop. It's okay if you get yourself a "gift" too.

For the wee ones in your life:
World of Whimm and NueToMe both amazing shops with one amazing Everett based designer at the helm. World of Whimm offers imaginative costumes, masks & capes for kids. NueToMe offers more costumes, clothes and play food created from recycled t shirts. I just adore everything she makes!

A snapshot of her display rack at the EtsyRain Handmade Holiday show.
For the cook or host/hostess-
Annie Two Braids Designs is based out of Seattle and creates clean and sometimes silly etched glasses, jars and other containers for the home.
Photo By Annie Two Braids Designs
Wonderful reusable containers and a wonderful girl behind the products!

Other honorable mentions:
For the shoe lover - Strut in the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge area. Shoes, socks, accessories & an attractive shop owner to boot. I adore her so I am biased.

For your fashionable lady - The Frock Shop (Seek out the glam.spoon line - glam.spoonuses vintage fabrics and upcycles them into awesome creations!!!)

For your fashionable man - Momo - in the International District actually offers a bit of everything for him and her. But the men's section there is quite nice, Button up shirts, tees and hats.

For something that sparkles-
Elizabeth Space - Seattle local who makes wonderfully classy jewelry. I love the earrings I bought from her.
GlassElements - Another Seattle local who makes the most colorful jewelry with glass components. I drool every time I see her work - the colors are so vivid!

And bit of everything else:
Loran Scruggs - I believe is based out of Port Townsend makes the most creative whistles and toys from recycled bottlecaps and tins. Her work is amazing- please just go have a look.

All things Rockabilly, Vintage and Kitsch - my friend Sassy has a great eye and collection to share in her Etsy Shop. - She's local to Edmonds.

Know someone who likes to write? Sydney Designs based in South King County creates the most wonderful cards from vintage wall paper. What a great use for vintage wallpaper right? Each card is unique.

One of my personal favorites is Amanda Kindregan - is based "out in the sticks" of Seattle's Eastside near me. She creates the most whimsical art that reminds me of the art in books from my childhood. I love to just admire her work. One of her pieces hangs predominately in my family room.

I hope I've helped someone out with those last minute gifts yet to get.
Shop local & handmade!


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