Small not corporate. I'm pro little. I'm absolutely for the people digging their heels in to make their dreams a reality. Not just for themselves, but for their families. I'm behind the ones up late at night honing their craft. I'm fanatical a bit even for the humans that write their own paychecks and pay their own taxes.
Why? It's not just because I am one of the very above with k.Mac. And well, maybe it is. I know that feeling. It's kinda akin to completeness. All kinds of invigorating. And very much soulful to know your passion, the very gifts God has laid upon your person, is worthy of someone else's experience.
Is owning a small business lucrative? Nope. And oh, so yes very. For big fancy cars and ginormous vacations are no where a part of our business plan, but buying little boy's soccer cleats and some nice suppers every now and again most definitely are.
Being small finds its overflow & excess in freedom. Our empty dreamed spaces become cherished and hoped for by others even. Its lucrative is the chance to do what we are called to love and love a little more what we are called to do. With provisions for our family and to what our hearts just know as 2nd nature.
This Saturday, November 29th, is Small Business Saturday. With this in mind, I want to give you my TOP 10 small business gifts. These were chosen by yours truly. It is my hope that you will check these businesses out and purchase something from them for a loved one to open under the tree or perhaps pull out of their big ole stocking.
The BIG of this world is rockin'. It's zooming with sweltering speed. Corporations are on one HUGE holiday spending CAP LOCK as we speak. And that's super. Because we all need jobs. We all have to spend out to provide within.
But, taking the time to invest in the little and/or local around has some kinda magic in it. It gifts unique & it supports dreams.
My top 10? I thought you would never ask!
1. Lisa Weedn. Her work is so very eclectic and beautiful bright. I love the wood as a base for her work. Below is a sample of one of her signs.
I featured them on my blog with this outfit if you'll remember. I also gifted my best friend a pair of MASHUGANA's emerald earring for her May wedding day gift from me. Super sparkly. They.make.my.ear.lobes.smile. Go check her out. She is offering 20% off her entire shop now through Monday. Use this code at check out: BFCM2014.
3. Daisyeyes Handmade. I have known this local artist for about 6 years. I've had the pleasure of meeting her a time or two for coffee and shop talk. This artist is brilliantly talented. Her skill set is near perfection. She's even got a super great Black Friday Sale going on.
I know a little girl or 2 who may be getting one of these for Christmas.
And I my eyes are all over this for my home. BUT, it's about giving, you know.
Daisyeyes Handmade has a wonderful Facebook page too. I am most certain you will find her space lovely . Her last day for holiday orders is this Sunday, November 30th.
4. Andy Ellis of The Rusty Nail. This dude is legit. Perfectionist. Passionate. Personable. I can't say enough great things about his craft.
This sign is simple and so very beautifully strong. It measure 32 x 18 and is just $35.
And check out these stars? A $20 gift would make such a great addition to a grouping on the wall.
These frames are just $20 each.
5. Art Kits by I Am An Artist Studio.
Kelly is the studio owner and creator of these kits. For $12 you receive your choice of a cat, robot, flamingo or rocket. $15 with shipping. Not only do these kits teach, but they inspire original twists and eclectic additions to a child's art work. So much more than just a coloring book! Go here to visit here new Etsy shop and place your orders.
6. Donald Miller of Storyline. I get that he is a bit bigger that the small businesses listed so far, but man, I am all over his work with the importance of story and what it does when we choose to share it. He has a new book out called Scary Close. It's all about being in tune with who you are God given to be and living that life in your most authentic fashion. In a word from good ole Meg:Yeah, dawg.
And if you sign up to receive his newsletter, LIKE I DO, you will get the opportunity to nab some of his goodness for 40% off WITH FREE SHIPPING on Black Friday. Go do it & I may just be gifting myself that shirt this year. Yeah, dawg.
7. Candace Crabtree's new book! Jesus Light of the World Praying the Scriptures Through Advent
This book is available in eBook or soft back form. The eBook and Kindle version is 50% off now through Monday! Candace is a dreamer-turned-doer. Her wisdom and experience has given life to this wonderful resource. I am honored to watch her dreams of writing become tangible and scattered throughout the lives of others.
8. SpoonerZ. Hand pressed jewelry. Oh, how I love this designer. Her last day to take holiday orders is Wednesday, December 10th.
I purchased this key chain from her for my Dad for Christmas a couple years ago and he absolutely loves it.
Check out this piece:
$29.99 and just beautifully unique. I adore.
9. Loves To Create Stamps. Everyone wants a super cool return address label stamp, but no one wants to really splurge and get themselves one.
I actually broke down and bought one of these from this small business when we moved to our new home a few years ago. I completely love it. There's something all kinda fun snapping this bad boy in the top left hand corner of some good ole snail mail. Ahh, snail mail.Good stuff.
And check out the extra 15% off the entire store. Gotta love a sale!
10. k.Mac Candles
A wonderful stocking stuffer or teacher gift. And beginning Friday, 11.28- Sunday, 11.30, you can receive these candles for the small business SALE price of not $11 BUT $10 each and FREE SHIPPING on orders of 3. Please use code: LIFEISBIGINTHELITTLE when placing your order in the discount code box on order form. Place orders here.
These new holiday scents are going like hotcakes.
k.Mac gift certificates make the perfect present under the tree. Give your loved one the gift of custom design.
From pillows, to personalized leather jewelry, hand poured candles and diaper bags too, this gift is a wonderful opportunity to encourage your loved one to help custom design something wonderfully unique. From Friday, 11/28-Sunday, 11.30 there will be FREE SHIPPING on all gift certificate purchases. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place your gift certificate order.
Life. It's big in the little.There's something worthy in the small. I hope you find happiness in gifting the craft of artisans so very thankful they have a beautiful kinda good within them to provide not only to their customers, but to their family.
Here's to a wonderful Christmas season!
EDIT to ADD:
I have a few more shops I've stumbled upon that deserve a little k.Mac love.
Unlock Hope. Super great t-shirts purchased to help orphans in Uganda. My boys are each getting a tee.
Sweet July Shop. Handmade barrettes for precious little locks. I have a niece who just might be getting a set of these from her Aunt Meg. BE SURE to check Sweet July's Instagram feed for her Cyber Monday coupon this Monday.
DorothyArt. This artist is out of Memphis, Tennessee. The above is just one of her prints up for grabs. Use code GIVETHANKS for 20% off your entire purchase now through Monday.