Hello! Here I am finally linking my blog with my YouTube channel (took me long enough - ha!). However, it's like the universe knew I wasn't ready to launch just then, because of all the posts that could be my first, I'm most proud of this one. I have always been drawn to things considered unique and crafty - I like things that stand out among the common, but which equally prove functional and are made of quality. I'm also a deep believer in supporting the community of people who are brave enough (yes, brave - it takes courage, in my humble opinion, to sell things made by your own hands) to venture into the business of producing such things. The idea occurred to me that I could share some of my favourite Mompreneur products that are made by women and fellow mothers from my corner of the world... and so here I am, not only showcasing their amazing talent and items, but I'm also offering YOU the chance to win two groupings of these products.Watch the video below for more on the thought behind this collaboration, see the items and hear my review of each. More information on both the businesses and the products can be found in this write-up, you'll note the business links and make sure you enter to win (you're more than welcome to enter both giveaways)! Oh! and thank you for finding your way to my blog, I'm happy to have you and hope you frequent often!
Mairi's Must Haves:
Named after my own daughter, this pretty little collection of girly items is sure to delight any little lady! They're all unique, whimsical, and of course adorable!
Chunky Bubblegum Necklace by Bella Sophia As I mentioned in my video, when I opened the package containing LeeAnn of Bella Sophia's Bubblegum Necklace, I let out a genuine squeal of excitement (my Mum was there, she'll totally support this claim). The Rainbow pattern easily matches any outfit and is a combination of chunky solid and rhinestone beads - sure to be an instant accessory favourite of any little girl. Lee-Ann, who sweetly named her business after her own daughter, got her start over three years ago and quickly became a success with her line of accessories that include: hair items, bracelets, loopy bows, and of course her signature bubblegum necklaces. Lee-Ann pays considerable attention towards ensuring her necklaces are made with the highest quality jewelry wire and silver-plated toggles. She also uses a special technique to assemble the necklaces, but does suggest that any child under the age of four be supervised while wearing the accessory.
It doesn't get much more unique than owning a custom designed onesie by Abbey from The Spoiled Soother (Fun Fact: She has made approx. 700 custom Birthday shirts so far). Abbey is a creative Mom of three and a teacher by profession. Her "I'm the Fairest of Them All" infant shirt is sure to be a wonderful addition to any little princess' wardrobe. The clip set, which has has an inner foam strip is not only very trendy and makes for a cute everyday accessory, but it's gentle on sensitive heads! Win-Win! Abbey has been running her mom-powered business for five years and it was born out of wanting to buy a soother clip, but living in a remote area of the time and not being able to purchase one locally, she got crafty and DIH (Did It Herself). From a handy soother clip Abbey's business has grown to include a full line of accessories for both little girls and boys, offering such items as hair accessories, clip-on shirt ties, toddler belts and more!
Peasant Dress by O Sweet Madeline Tanya, the Mompreneur behind her business, O Sweet Madeline, is a stay-at-home Mom of two who turned her love of sewing into a very popular business which features lots of handmade sewn items including hair accessories, bibs, bunting, dresses, bonnets (they're beyond adorable), hats and more. She loves mixing fabrics and matching patterns and it's easy to tell she has a talent for both. Tanya's peasant dress was truly my go-to summer outfit of choice for Mairi. They're a classic design that is functional and feminine. I also love that it's a piece that can transition well between the seasons and, bonus, grow with her from a dress to a tunic as she gets bigger. O Sweet Madeline - Facebook
Reusable Snack Bag Set by SugarBee Baby & Kids
Rebecca, along with being a busy Mom of two elementary school aged daughters, and a part-time Dental Hygienist can quite confidientally add "innovator" to her list of credentials Rebecca is the brain behind SugarBee Baby & Kids, a business whose foundation is built on the idea of creating handmade products that are "functional, fun, and useful for moms and kids on the go". Her reusable snack bags are a wonderful example of Rebecca's desire to produce items that are made well and from top materials as they are constructed with a linking that is waterproof, food safe and also CPISA compliant. SugarBee Baby & Kids has a wonderful range of goods including: PocketDoodlers (as shown in my video), take-along art kits and more recently custom made dolls and stuffies (they're amazing). SugarBee Baby & Kids - Facebook SugarBee Baby & Kids - Made Urban
Mummy's Must Haves
A great opportunity to spoil yourself and your home, this collection featuring some of my favourite handmade Momprenurial items is such a treat to be able to share with you!
Ruffle Clutch Purse by Teebags Sewing since the age of 13, Tracy of Teebags has definitely perfected her craft. As a busy wife and mother, Tracy, has found fulfilment in pursuing her entrepreneurial endeavour of really "putting herself out there" and working hard on something she loves, her business. She has been designing amazing sewn products since 2010 with one of her most popular ones being her Ruffle Clutch purse. I was so excited to be able to share one of these wristlet-style pieces as part of this collaboration, they're functional, stylish and a stand-out accessory. I love that it's small enough for a night on the town, and yet still roomy enough to contain everything I need (the built in card slots are definitely a plus!). Tracy is also very welcoming to custom design requests. Teebags - Facebook Teebags - Etsy
White Clay Tag Set by Harbourside Designs Erin's work stands on its own for creativity and uniqueness. Her business began three years ago, innocently enough, while experimenting with clay and her own handmade rubber stamps in pursuit of adding embellishments to gifts. What started as a hobby, has now afforded Erin the blessing of being able able to work creatively and stay at home with her family. Her pieces are reflective of and inspired by the East Coast, all with a whimsical, nautical feel and have been sent to customers around the world. While wonderful as a gift tag, among other options, these pieces can also be enjoyed as a decorative home decor item or a special Christmas tree ornament. Harbourside Designs - Facebook Harbourside Designs - Etsy
Reclaimed Wood Signs by Rustic Mountain Designs
Sarah's story of how her business came to be is one of those that many Mompreneurs are all to excited to share; hobby, turned side job, turned full-time job that now allows her to be home for her two school-aged children. Sarah's business, Rustic Mountain Designs, has become a go-to for home decor signs that include her own creations as well as custom requested pieces. Sarah works with all reclaimed wood and uses paint distressing methods to create the rustic look for which she's well known. The piece that was sent to me, is a daily reminder of a lot of important things - it causes me to reflect on what matters most and not to lose sight of the blessing of every day. The 'All is Well' sign was actually inspired by a poem that a friend of Sarah had shared with her, I have included it below: Rustic Moutain Designs - Facebook
Chalkboard Wall Art by Ashley MacLennan Designs I recently discovered Ashley's work via Facebook and became an instant 'like' to her page. I fell in love with this Mom's creative style, the trendy chalkboard look of her pieces, but moreover the messages she chooses to design around. Ashley pays incredibly close attention to craftsmanship of her canvases and stained wood frames. Equally, her artist talent is beyond impressive and a talent all on its own. The piece I showed in my video, is a favourite in our kitchen that I'm always being asked about. The chalkboard art included in the giveaway can be seen above in the photo and a great compliment to any kitchen or cozy spot in your home. Ashley MacLennan Designs - Facebook