It’s the first day of December…it’s the beginning of our silly season. Our family is together, our tree is up and we are gearing up for an exciting month of blogs and stories and give-aways.
I love handmade. Handmade everything. Not only are handmade wares sustainable and fair trade they are also unique and special. When someone gives me a handmade gift I know that it is the product of a persons creativity, and that purchasing home made supports a person, a family, a community – not just a big corporation. It means something to me. It’s more than just a gift, more than just a gesture.
With Christmas just around the corner the department stores are in a flurry of energy. So many people loading up trolleys with the exact same toys, the same flashing lights, the same tank tops and the same holiday garnishes. All of this money goes into big business, which is great for the people who own big businesses but it’s not so great for the little people. The people who choose to work from home, the people who create their own wares or sell others handmade creations.
This Christmas I’m going to try to support local companies and artisans as much as absolutely possible. Buying and making unique and special gifts for my family and friends. And I hope that you will consider doing the same. At least in part. It’s a tough economy for the small businesses out there. But we can all do a little, and if every one of us does a little – a lot can happen.
So in the spirit of giving. I’ve got some awesome give-aways sponsored by some local-Aussie mama’s who are doing some awesome things. Go visit their online stores, browse their wares, and pick up some gifts for yourself and your loved ones from other mamas trying to make their dreams come true. And you know what… you might just win something along the way.
Let me introduce you to some beautiful women and their beautiful products.
Rachel from Yarra River is one fab-mama. She is a mad-thrifter and scours thrift stores and op-shops and trash sales for the perfect finds. Rachel collects unique vintage jewellery and even a few household items and upcycles them (seriously, could she get any cooler?) creating some pretty amazing one-of-a-kind funky pieces. Rachel made me a beautiful name-sake necklace with Bo’s name on it (top), it’s beautiful and will be greatly treasured. The necklace pictured is up for grabs. It’s so pretty, I hardly want to part with it. But it’s this one (oh and this one) that’s on my wishlist for Christmas… Santa, are you listening? Shop for the women in your life on Yarra River and add a few precious pieces to your wish list.
Willow baby is not just another online baby store. When Ashleigh got in touch with me and asked if she could be included, I was really excited. Ashleigh may not make her own products but the little shoes she stocks are handmade in England and she swears by the product, using them to clothe her own little ones little toes. She sent Bo a pair and we LOVE them. These are the best soft soled shoes I’ve found so far and I’ve been looking for them for ages. Bo hates shoes, but not these ones, they were easy for her to crawl in and walk in and they DIDN’T FALL OFF. They are soft, lush and the attention to detail in even the smallest stitching is really lovely. Want your own pair? Willow Baby is offering one lucky winner their choice of a pair of Starchild shoes for the little one in their life. Perfect stocking stuffers for Christmas and all-year-round-gifts!
Two little Ducklings founder and designer Jacinta is a mama after my own heart. Not only is she gentle and kind she has such a quirky design eye and a beautiful little girl the same age as Bo. Two Little Ducklings is her little love child which is just about to make its debut with its own website. This little company holds Jacinta’s big dreams of being a work at home mama and that’s something that is worth supporting. Her products are not only gorgeous but extremely affordable and totally customisable. Two Little Ducklings is offering one winner a customised Christmas card and gift tag set delivered to your door in time for the silly season. Check out the Two little Ducklings facebook page for more great designs.
Last, but certainly not least is Sarah from Homemade Anomalies. These rainbow lovelies and mod-tastic creations are beautiful. Each item is made unique and many out of re-purposed fabrics and upcycled wares. Bo loves the mushroom rattles and has played with them since she was a tiny bub. For me? The womb warmer, awesome during labour, awesome when it’s cold, awesome for Bo’s sore tummy in the middle of the night or just for a bit of extra pampering. For you? Homemade Anomalies is offering a prize pack including one of each (one mushroom rattle and one womb warmer) for one lucky winner. Check out Sarah’s Etsy store for some affordable, awesome and unique presents for the whole family this Christmas. I have a serious love for this one… and this one… and these… with Homemade Anomalies adding new creations to the store all the time (the new jewellery range is lovely!) you just have to keep going back for more.
Would you like to win? Visit the Facebook pages, Websites or Etsy stores of each of these wonderful women and comment below what your favourite item across the board is. Some of my favourites are here and here and here and here. But to choose just one? Better you than me! Share this post far and wide and get these ladies some real exposure, they deserve it.
I will random.org the four winners. The first will get to choose the prize they want and so on until all four prizes are awarded. Because of the nature of this support-local campaign this competition is open to Aussie residents only so as to keep postage costs down for our lovely work-at-home mamas. Sorry international ladies! We have a few great International give-aways that you are eligible for next month… ’tis the season for giving after all!
Good luck! You gotta be in it to win it!
Because the best things in life are handmade.
As always all of the views in this blog are mine and mine alone. I do not charge to write reviews and I keep them as honest as the rest of my writing… Blatantly so.