Is anyone else obsessed with finding incredibly talented people and then bragging about your find to all of your friends?
Well, get on board, because that's what I'm doing today!
I love shopping small and working with talented women who are dedicated to making their dreams of owning their own businesses or shops a reality. Dramatic? Yep. I can't help it, the holiday season makes me weepy.
And with that awkward preamble out of the way, let's get down to business.
Ink and Bobbin
Ok, I'm obsessed.
I stumbled upon Ink and Bobbin's Insta feed and immediately ordered a custom print of my friend Meg's daughter. The process to order is extremely easy - just choose the listing for a single child, family or house and go from there. I sent Heather the picture that I wanted painted and literally that was it! Heather was so quick to respond, sent me a sketch of the piece before she painted it and let me know when she was planning to ship. I wish someone would have recorded my reaction when I opened the painting. Ya'll, Heather took such care with painting my favorite girl... she even made her tiny sandals metallic. It took everything I had not to immediately FaceTime Meg and show her!
Instead of blabbing my surprise, I told all of my friends they needed to place a custom order and insisted that Heather let me brag about her here and on Instagram.
I have seen the work she did for one of my best friends and I am thrilled that her piece is just as gorgeous as the one that I commissioned. And y'all will die when you see her prices.
Ink and Bobbin was sweet enough to offer my readers a coupon code, Newlyweds, for 15% off of your order.
Birch Landing Home
As I'm writing this post, I'm realizing that I found most of these shops through Instagram and Birch Landing Home is no exception. I love that each piece is hand cut and etched using woods from the North East - including white birch from my current neck of the woods in Maine. Thanks to our house being on the market and tons of travel, I am only decorating our mantle this Christmas, so I wanted it to be super special....enter the birch etched garland. It is so rustic and sophisticated - birch medallions with etched snowflakes in varying patterns tied together with rough twine - it's really amazing. And the craftsmanship? Girl's got skills. Skills enough to land in Martha Stewart Living!
Sarah was sweet enough to send her etched birch ornament along with my garland and the buffalo check ribbon reminds me of a certain accessories line!
I found Poppy Style through Instagram and then learned through commenting on each others's photos that she lives in Charlotte (where I used to live as a young, single, twenty something version of myself), her pieces can be found in the boutiques that I dream of when shopping at LL Bean in Maine and went to my alma matter! She makes such amazing statement pieces and I honestly love every single one. Her tassel strands are perfect for day to day and her agate pendants pair perfectly with my fave faux fur vest and jeggings. I'm thinking that a Poppy Style necklace might just be a perfect stocking stuffer for your sister, mama or bestie. Oooooor for yourself. Just sayin'.
P.S. I need that necklace.
Thanks so much to Maddy for offering 20% off your order when you use the code NN20!
Custom Portraits by E
I am crazy jealous of this girl's talent. Ellie is a preemie boy mama, wife and the creative skill behind Custom Portraits with E. I spotted a photo that she did of our friend Maria's new home as a wedding gift and fell in love. I actually can't think of a better wedding gift for a couple buying or living in their first home together. Ellie carries a line of prints in her shop of Universities from our home state, Virginia.
Being the smart cooking that she is, Ellie offers gift certificates for custom home portraits, which means you can grab one as a Christmas gift and not have to worry that you missed the holiday deadline (thanks to a certain blogger who wasn't on the ball)!
At the very least, I highly recommend following all of these shops on Instagram. I'm amazed at who I've "met", connected with and worked with through following other's profiles.