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While I’m not a fan of the commercialization of Christmas, I do like supporting independent artists, many of whom make a good chunk of their annual profit during the fourth quarter. As you look for those perfect presents for your loved ones this Christmas, Small Business Saturday (tomorrow!) is a great opportunity to support these incredible artists.
I am blessed with a lot of friends and family members who are artists, and I am constantly amazed by their talent and creativity. Here are some of my very favorites—some are people I know, and some are studios that I’ve stumbled upon by happy accident. Enjoy!
Red Roof Barn
Red Roof Barn is owned by my college roommate, Jannie. I honestly had no idea she was such a talented artist when we lived together, but I’m sure glad I know now! She offers beautiful wood burning art and modern farmhouse decor. I love her custom wooden spoons, beautiful farmhouse signs, and this gorgeous peony tote bag. Check out her Etsy Shop, Facebook page, and Instagram.
Floret Flower Shop
I first stumbled upon Floret on Facebook and I am OBSESSED. I mean, look at these dahlias! And these peonies! *swoon* Not only does Floret offer seeds, bulbs, and tubers for many of their incredible varieties, they also offer stationery, calendars, and planners featuring their delightful flowers. Check out their website and follow them on Instagram. You won’t regret it.
Darling Cookie Co.
Another college pal, Erin, runs the Darling Cookie Co, which makes drop dead gorgeous sugar cookies. Like seriously, look at these beautiful llamas. And these pumpkins. And don’t even get me started on these ingenious paint-your-own cookies. (Yes, you read that right.) If I got one of Erin’s cookies, I don’t know that I’d ever be able to eat it because it’s just so dang beautiful. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go drool over the cookies on her Instagram feed.
I love a good animal rescue story. I also love a good animal-turned-artist story, and little miss Juniper Foxx is both. Juniper and her buddy Fig were rescued from fur farms and live with several other exotic rescues in the home of their “mom,” Jessica. (Y’all don’t realize how badly I wish I was that Jessica…) Their Instagram account is always a highlight of my day, and I love Juniper’s fun fox pawprint art. They also have stickers, pins, calendars, and books. Check out her website, Etsy Shop, Facebook page, and Instagram.
With a variety of sewn, crocheted, and knitted projects, my former oboe teacher Michelle’s cute shop Craftwin Creations has something for everyone on your list. I’m especially fond of her dog leashes, which she makes using Tunisian crochet, a unique stitch that is really strong. She even makes leashes for weddings if you plan on having your pooch escort you down the aisle! Check her out on Etsy and Instagram.
What are your favorite artists and small businesses to support on Small Business Saturday—or any other day?