Monday, November 22, 2010

HOLIDAY Marketplace...Part One!

 Welcome to our Holiday marketplace!

We are highlighting some of the beautiful wares, artistry, and talents of our HOLIDAY advertisers to help you with your holiday shopping. As a group, we all prefer to buy as much as we can from small businesses, either locally or those of our talented online friends. Shopping from the warmth and convenience of our homes has proven to be a huge time-saver and the quality and cost-savings has been an added bonus! Our HOLIDAY team has made their lists of favourites from the shops and websites of our advertisers (blog and magazine), and we encourage you to visit their shops to make light work of your shopping list!

Who doesn't love stamped, personalized jewelry?

 From Charmies Online, where they make personalized hand stamped necklace for everyone and for all occasions. You customize the type of metal, the shape, the names/dates, the birthstones, and the charms. A huge bonus? They offer free worldwide shipping on every order!!

Jenny loves this personalized family tree locket. 

Jenny particularly loves the surprise inside! Matthew, take note!!

Linda loves this beautiful necklace from Tippy Stockton for its sparkly, wintry appeal:

Perfect for a special night out over the holidays! Luckily for us, shop owner Patricia Mackey is offering a very special discount for HOLIDAY readers for ALL items in her shop:
From Black Friday thru Cyber Monday - take 10% off, plus free shipping.  To qualify for this discount, please write HOLIDAY in notes to seller at checkout.

 Matthew recommends An Indie Christmas for its wonderful holiday shopping ideas. He found this holiday toy guide especially useful for finding gift ideas for the children of friends.
An Indie Christmas: Handmade for the Holidays - Gifts, Crafts, Music and More

Also, you can find great holiday gift ideas to make on your own on their main website. Like this
Yarn Christmas Tree with Mini Bunting. With some yarn, embroidery thread, and scrapbook paper, you can make a darling little table-top Christmas tree with mini bunting draped on it like garland:


Crystal B. is a favourite shop of both Jenny and Linda. Both already own several of her pieces and Crystal is also the creator of the All is Well necklace Stephanie Nielson wore when she re-conquered hiking "The Y" in Utah. It was and is a very symbolic piece of jewelry and showcases the thoughtful attention that goes into every piece Crystal makes.

Linda's pick, found here

*Crystal also has a special offer for Holiday readers during Thanksgiving week.  Anyone who makes a purchase over $25.00 will receive a free flower bobbi-pin.  To qualify, when checking out of Pay Pal you must leave a "note to buyer" or send Crystal an Etsy convo with the code: Matthew Mead Holiday. *

Visit Shabby Cottage Shops, "where the  finest boutiques gather." While there, they invite you to enter their "Pink Present" Holiday Giveaway on their blog - no purchase necessary to enter for a chance to win! Jenny, who collects hankies, loves these holiday-inspired hankies found in one of the Shabby Cottage shops. 


Tiny Prints offers unique and stylish Christmas Cards and New Years Cards. They also have chic and modern stationery from photo cards to thank you cards and business cards. Their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities. All designs are fully customizable.

 Matthew's favourite card is this elegant choice:


A Great Impression is a Christian company which makes Vinyl Wall Decals.  All of their items are unique to them, as they do their own designing.  Says owner Mary Zimmerman, "The difference between A Great Impression and other vinyl wall art companies is our commitment to keeping things positive and inspiring. You also cannot beat our affordable prices"

Linda's pick? This decal with its inspiring holiday message:


Chick's Picks by Hillary is a private boutique and now, online, shopping experience, featuring unique & funky fashion & home accessories created (mostly) by women, for women. Fun children's items, too!

Jenny loves this beautiful belt  found here:

And Linda thinks these lunch box notes are fun!
Stay tuned for part two of our HOLIDAY market...tomorrow!

 Holiday with Matthew Mead is sold only via this website. 
Have you ordered your copy yet?


  1. Wow! Great market place...Christmas lists are always needed. We will have a bloggy Christmas list soon at the Guidebook. I'll let you know when it's up.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving ya'll!


  2. Lots of lovelies to explore here...!

  3. Oh, what fun! There are so many things to add to my wish list. Thank you for letting us know about such wonderful artisans. (Hi Patricia! I love the necklace! : )

    Happy Creating!

    : )

    Julie M.

  4. Oh I'm loving these selections... I'm thinking a few have to end up on my holiday gift list! Thanks! Enjoy your turkey day!


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