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Ways to Support Artists/Makers/Local Biz without Spending Money

While making an actual monetary investment is a wonderfully straightforward (and always appreciated!) way of supporting a small business or artist, there are times when you simply don’t have the funds, or really just don’t need what they’re selling at the moment.  That doesn’t mean you can’t still help out!  Until you’re ready to give them your cash again, here are a few ways you can show the love:

1.  Click that “Share” button so your friends can learn about the fantastic work your favorites are doing…it might be just what they were looking for.

2.  then “like” and comment!  While bills cannot be paid with good vibes (unfortunately), we still appreciate them!  And sometimes, the simplest kind word can totally make someone’s day.

3.  Write a review and/or leave feedback for previous purchases.  If you’ve bought items from a seller via Etsy or a similar venue, don’t forget the feedback!  You can also leave a review on their facebook page, on Google, Yelp, etc…

4.  Blog about them, if you have a blog.  If not, maybe just throw a nice tweet out there (and don’t forget to tag them!)

5.  Offer your time if the need arises.  This doesn’t seem to happen too often, but it’s not unheard of.  Every now and then, an indie artist or maker might need volunteers for a project.  Whether it’s setting up a show or posting fliers around town, think about setting aside a few moments for this if you can.

6.  Actually tell your friends, in real life.  In the virtual whirlwind of information, things can get overlooked.  Don’t forget to tell your friends, in person, about that business or artist you just adore!

Can you think of other ways to support local without spending cash?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Valentine’s Finds

Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your sweetheart(s)?  If you’re like me, you probably are, because you like to wait until the last possible minute.  ;)   Check out these fabulous finds now!

Mint and rose soap by Rouge and Rye, $8
Unicorn necklace by Moon Garden Designs, $26
Bunny Pouch by Orange Apollo, $12.74

 

Tiny Bird by Art Farm, $6
Leather keychain by Tenerina Bags, $15.37
Hematite Star Earrings by Beees Beads, $10
Heart ornament by the handmaid, $10
Dress Pattern PDF by Very Shannon, $9.95
Handwoven cowl by These Isles, $174.14
Floral arrangement by The Plaid Prairie, $28
Mini Max doll by Duke and June, $28

Autumn in Kansas: Bohemian Finds

How can we possibly be into October already?!

The grand opening of the shop (and subsequent giveaway!) is coming up soon, but in the meantime, I’ve got some work to do.  So this week’s post is all about inspiration.

Autumn is such a romantic time: perfect for sunset walks among the changing leaves, accompanied by a rising full moon whilst wearing long, flowing skirts, the scent of campfire smoke and incense on the crisp breeze…or something like that.

Sad news:  My intention today was to create an Etsy treasury, but much to my dismay, as of today, treasuries will no longer be a feature.  (Really, Etsy?!)  Good news: I can still spotlight artists’ work and am also reminded that it’s almost always going to take a grassroots effort to promote handmade.  (Sneak peek: next week’s post we’ll explore Generation Handmade.)

These finds are special–not just because they’re beautiful and autumny, but because each of these items is crafted by a Kansas artisan.  Enjoy, follow the links below, and remember to always support local!

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  1. yarn by http://thestashbuckler.etsy.com
    2. http://www.etsy.com/listing/159212397/sleep-forever-skull-sleep-mask
    3. hair accessores by http://plainsrevival.etsy.com
    4. http://www.etsy.com/listing/238684284/double-field-notes-arts-sciences-leather
    5. http://www.etsy.com/listing/90952290/woodgrain-heart-necklace-custom-initial
    6. http://www.etsy.com/listing/276751222/roving-merino-silk-top-fiber-velvet
    7. http://www.etsy.com/listing/246360671/sterling-and-onyx-teardrop-pendant-black
    8. http://www.etsy.com/listing/292306099/pink-yellow-floral-rose-bear-ears
    9. http://www.etsy.com/listing/468465896/argentium-silver-with-carnelian-earrings
    10. http://www.etsy.com/listing/230063241/josephine-hand-body-lotion-jasmine
    11. http://www.etsy.com/listing/150758499/oracle-exotic-fig-spices-and-musk

I want to mention, The Soiled Dove lotion (#10) and Madame Scodioli’s solid perfume (#11) are both exquisite and absolutely heavenly.  (The Soiled Dove is a sister company to Scodioli.) I cannot praise their body products too highly!!

In the spirit of Fall inspiration, I must also share my Pinterest feed from this morning…could it be any more lovely?!  (If you’d like to see who I’m following and check out my pins, you can see my profile at pinterest.com/sweetlee)

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What’s inspiring you today?  Please share!