Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This the season to buy from a small business

Anna from Door Sixteen is crowdsourcing a list of independent crafters, artists and designers that offer an excellent alternative to shopping in big box stores for your holiday gift. Supporting a small business means supporting a talented artist make a living. I strongly believe that making a living through your art and work should be a viable alternative in this day and age.

 So I combed through the links of talented designers and makers, and picked a few gift options that are made in Europe:

1. Inge of Windward Made offers sustainable fashion accessories and home goods made of fine hemp fabrics. A couple of her creations that I really like:

Hemp and organic cotton tea pot cozy and tea towel. Hand-printed, non-toxic ink and organic fabrics.

Hemp and organic cotton tea pot cozy by Windward Made on EuropeanBeautiful

Hemp and organic cotton tea pot cozy by Windward Made on EuropeanBeautiful

 2. Ella Moe makes mesmerizing kaleidoscopic cards that you can buy in a set of 4.

kaleidoscopic cards by Ella Moe on European Beautiful

3. Boxwood pendants stamped with handmade stamps are a really unique gift made by Judith of  Kiriku Artesania

Boxwood pendants by Kiriku on European Beautiful

4. Yvonne of Mouseblossom is drawing botanical prints on ceramic brooches. You'll know that these mushrooms are in good company, if you look at the other nature-inspired illustrations in Yvonne's shop.

Botanical prints by Mouseblossom on EuropeanBeautiful

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