Finding the perfect gift for folks in your life can be stressful this time of year. So, I thought I'd share a few folks who are creating beautiful art, food, clothing, decor, and jewelry on a small, local scale. Some are friends, some I've never met, but all of them are genuine people who are putting their heart and soul into what they are creating.
Barnacle Bags offers beautiful, handmade wallets, backpacks and bags. I own one of Lissas bags and I carry it with me EVERYWHERE and love it! Lissas blog about her creative process, sweet little family, and life on a small island in the San Juans is also one of my favorites.
My friends at Thunder Island Brewing in the Columbia River Gorge make delicious beer, and they have awesome t-shirts, hoodies, growlers, or a gift certificate for the beer drinker in your life! The sweet couple behind Drifters Fish spend their summers up in Alaska gill netting for Copper River Salmon. Fresh, smoked, or frozen, who doesn't like salmon?
Justin and I met Michelle, the one-woman-force behind Cape Porpoise Trading Co. this summer. Michelle is making gorgeous, colorful doormats and other decor from discarded lobster rope on the coast of Maine where she lives. She is passionate about what she does, and it shows in her work. We are now the proud owners of one of her beautiful door mats (thanks Michelle!) and we love it! Here's a beautiful video about Michelle and her process.
My sweet friend Maya Dooley is an amazing photographer with an eye for color, light, and for capturing the spirit of a moment. What better gift than that of photography? Maybe a family session, or couples portraits?