Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Crafty Holiday - blog hop and support for buying handmade over the holidays

Angela Flicker at The Artists' House organized a special Crafty Holiday blog hop.  This hop is designed to promote buying handmade over the holidays.  November 1 - December 16, you can find wonderful gift suggestions on the participating blogs.

I'm committed to buying handmade over the holidays and want to encourage you to do the same.  Here are 4 reasons why I buy handmade:

1.  For the individually unique quality of the product that can only come from handmade.
2.  For the care and craftsmanship that goes into each item.
3.  To support fellow artisans and their work.
4.  To pay it forward as I, too, am a handmade artisan who's work has been promoted by others.

These are some of my gift ideas.  I've even included some of my own favorites so that it will be easy to buy for me (hint, hint family).

For me:
(please note, family, that you can find more of my favorites here by clicking "alamodestuff" below):

For all:
Holiday Photo Cards - snowman photo cards by Jumping Jack Designs

For baby:

monkey hat by Cite Fuzz
baby shoes by Caamel Diezel
bib and burp cloth set by Allisa Jacobs

For teens:
zombie silhouette mobile by Salty and Sweet
cheeseburger pillow by Felt Like It
fingerless gloves by The Beach Comber Studio

For him:
beer ties by Toy Breaker
leather Kindle case by Julie Boyles
baseball cufflinks by qacreate

For her:
cloudburst brooch by Fringe
custom flats by Hydra Heart
wool knit poncho top by Sand Maiden

 For the traveler:
  map journals by Kristin Crane

For the typography buff:
recycled wood sign by William Dohman

 For the dog lover:
I dig your dog calling cards by River Dog Prints

You can follow along from the beginning of this hop by visiting the first two posts yesterday:  Angela Flicker's The Artists' House and Where Women Create.  Tomorrow, my good friend, Candy a.k.a. Candied Fabrics, will be sharing her list.  You can see the entire schedule for A Crafty Holiday here.  Join us, won't you?!


  1. This is fabulous! What great suggestions. I love the travel journal, oh, and those great gloves for the teens. Awesome!

    And, as always, your blog looks so beautiful, everything in it's perfect place ;)

    Have a crafty day!

  2. Love that Nerd sign!

    Great post - Thanks for sharing some great finds with us!

  3. I love your picks, especially the map journals and cheeseburger pillow! :) I also wholeheartedly agree with the reasons you purchase handmade.

    Happy holidays! Can you believe they are just around the corner!

  4. Wonderful list! I love the calling cards and the flats! Thanks for your support of handmade!

  5. Great selection. I NEED those shoes from Hydra Heart. Thanks for including my snowman cards. Happy holidays! Tis the season for fun indie shopping!

  6. Gloves for teens are for me! Great selections of handmade goodness, Linda. Thanks for including my Dog Calling Cards. Scout and I dig you!

  7. I love the variety you've chosen! And that nerd sign is awesome.

  8. thank you! What a beautiful blog and sophisticated post!

  9. I love the selections - those zombie mobiles are just great. I also covet their love mobile made with sign language. Nice post!

  10. Baseball cufflinks for him would be on my list.....thanks for sharing.... I'm a friend of Angies......

  11. Great choices! I love the baseball cufflinks... and the nerd sign.

  12. Thank you so much for featuring our nerd sign! We are glad you love it and we truly, deeply appreciate your support of handmade goods. Thanks for thinking of us. We're honored.

  13. That's a great idea, to promote and encourage crafting. Love your collection either, it's really lovely.


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