Small Business Saturday: My Favorite Independent Artists

By Jessica Friedman

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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.

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.

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.

My Paperblooms Aplenty

My Paperblooms Aplenty is the studio of my friend Alana. Her handmade paper flowers are so colorful and happy, and I have serious studio envy whenever she posts pictures of her working space on Instagram. I am also loving her delightful paper succulent collection because who doesn’t love a succulent you can’t kill? Check out her Facebook page for all sorts of colorful, flowery goodness.

Juniper Foxx

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 websiteEtsy Shop, Facebook page, and Instagram.

Rangeland Roots

Rangeland Roots is a metal stamping studio run by my cousin, Lindsay. She offers custom Christmas ornaments, jewelry, keychains, pet name tags, and other accessories. Be sure to check out her Facebook page and Instagram.

Dog Leash Creations

If your dog or your dog-loving cousin are looking for something practical and beautiful, check out Dog Leash Creations, a shop run by my former oboe teacher, Michelle. She makes a variety of leashes for different dog sizes and situations 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 out her Etsy shop, Facebook page, and Instagram.

Art Vera Shop

I first discovered artist Vera Kisseleva on Instagram earlier this year and instantly fell in love. Her landscapes are bright and airy, and her relaxed brushstrokes are perfect for her subjects. I just want to take a stroll down this road or watch this storm roll in. Check her out on Etsy, Facebook, and Instagram.

Jest Kept Secret

And not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve got a bit of a shop, too. If you’ve enjoyed my photos on this ol’ blog here, check out my collection on Society6. I’m still working on adding pictures to my gallery there, so if you have a particular image in mind that isn’t listed yet, just let me know!

What are your favorite artists and small businesses to support on Small Business Saturday – or any other day?

2 Responses

  1. Wow. I’m absolutely in love with those cookies and the fox shop. I’m honored to be part of this amazing lineup! Thanks for the shoutout Jess! Miss you roomie!

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