Unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Him – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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Spice up your gift giving this Christmas when you’re buying a gift for him, and let us help you find a gifts that matches his hobbies, personality or your love for him. aftcra has put together a list of unique Christmas 2016 gifts for him – full of all handmade, all made in the USA gift idea that is sure to leave your guy loving your thoughtfulness.

If you’re not seeing something that’ll wow your man, be sure to check back often as we’ll be frequently adding new gift ideas to this unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Him list!

 

Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica Mug from The Office-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

1. “Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica” Mug from The Office

Handmade by Silver Spider Print Shop in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/15057/bears-beets-battlestar-galactica-mug-the-office-tv-show-pop-culture-coffee-cup-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 

Mens Custom Leather Cuff-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

2. Men’s Custom Leather Cuff

Handmade by StudioJewel in Indiana

Price: $172.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/studiojewel/listing/6168/mens-cuff-bracelet

 

Horween Tannery's Essex vegetable-tanned leather toiletry case dopp kit-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

3. Horween Tannery’s Essex Vegetable-Tanned Leather Toiletry Case Dopp Kit

Handmade by Gruffwood Studios in Ohio

Price: $48.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/GruffwoodStudios/listing/218559/leather-toiletry-case-leather-travel-bag-leather-dopp-kit-mens-leather-toiletry-bag

 

Black Concrete Coasters - Set of 3-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

4. Black Concrete Coasters – Set of 3

Handmade by BadseedStudio in Wisconsin

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138735/black-concrete-coasters-set-of-3

 

Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock Birthday-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

5. Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock Birthday

Handmade by PlayAllDay in Virginia

Price: $59.99

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/216935/personalized-oak-wood-valet-iphone-galaxy-charging-stand-nightstand-dock-graduation

 

Boston Map Coasters-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

6. Boston Map Coasters

Handmade by Carolina Cottage in Florida

Price: $30.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/carolinacottage/listing/211311/boston-map-coasters

 

Custom Wooden Bar Sign-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

7. Custom Wooden Bar Sign

Handmade by Callahan Creations in Utah

Price: $74.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Callahancreationsllc/listing/224034/wood-bar-sign-wooden-pub-sign-pub-decor-bar-decor-restaurant-sign-custom-bar-sign-business-sign-custom-pub-sign-pine-sign-beer-sign

 

State Roots Tee – Available in All States - State Home Tee-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

8. State Roots Tee – Available in All States

Handmade by Seven Miles per Second in the USA

Price: $23.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/1086/state-roots-tri-blend-track-t-shirt-unisex-tee-shirts-size-s-m-l-xl

 

Custom Runner Nutcracker - All Nutcrackers Customizable-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

9. Custom Runner Nutcracker (All Nutcrackers Customizable)

Handmade by Really Cool Nutcrackers in North Carolina

Price: $150.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/ReallyCoolNutcrackers/listing/160682/click-here-to-customize-a-runner-nutcracker

 

Georgia Bulldogs Cornhole Set with Bean Bags-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

10. Georgia Bulldogs Cornhole Set with Bean Bags

Handmade by Cornhole by Blake in Georgia

Price: $180.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/cornholebyblake/listing/220087/georgia-bulldogs-cornhole-set-with-bean-bags

 

Camping Shirt - Camping Is In Tents Shirt-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

11. Camping Shirt – Camping Is In Tents Shirt

Handmade by 7 ate 9 in Washington

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/7ate9/listing/221577/camping-shirt-camping-is-in-tents-shirt-mens-grey-t-shirt-camping-hiking-outdoors-mountain-nature-tee-funny-humorous-t-shirt

 

Herbivore vs Carnivore Sign-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

12. Herbivore vs Carnivore Sign

Handmade by Honeysuckle and Pine in Pennsylvania

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/HoneysuckleAndPine/listing/209162/herbivore-vs-carnivore

 

Hand-Stamped Stainless Steel Coordinates Keychain-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

13. Hand-Stamped Stainless Steel Coordinates Keychain

Handmade by The Azure Rose in Delaware

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150798/hand-stamped-stainless-steel-circle-coordinates-key-chain

 

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14. Leather Mason Jar Sleeve

Handmade by Gruffwood Studios in Ohio

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GruffwoodStudios/listing/218569/leather-jar-sleeveleather-mason-jar-sleeve-mason-jar-cozy-leather-jar-cozy

 

Custom Leather Luggage Tag - Topo Tag-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

15. Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Handmade by American Bench Craft in Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156519/topo-tag-custom-leather-luggage-tag

 

Custom Engraved Wooden Coasters Set of 6 Personalized-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

16. Custom Engraved Wooden Coasters – Set of 6

Handmade by Hanson Tool & Fabrication LLC

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/hansontoolandfab/listing/207712/custom-engraved-coasters-wood-set-of-6-personalized

 

11x14 All Gave Some, Some Gave All Military Picture Frame-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

17. 11×14 All Gave Some, Some Gave All Military Picture Frame

Handmade by Legacy Images in Indiana

Price: $39.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/175484/11×14-all-gave-some-some-gave-all-military-picture-frame

 

Upcycled Fire Hose Sling Pack-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

18. Upcycled Fire Hose Sling Pack

Handmade by Kettuak in Alaska

Price: $130.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/kettuak/listing/208164/shoulder-pack-fire-hose-bag-sling-pack-recycled-fire-hose-upcycled-bag-backpack

 

Mens Leather Herringbone Bracelet-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

19. Men’s Herringbone Leather Bracelet

Handmade by American Bench Craft in Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156524/herringbone-bracelet

 

Mens Fire Department Deluxe Leather Trifold Wallet-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

20. Mens Fire Department Deluxe Leather Trifold Wallet

Handmade by American Craftsman 10 in California

Price: $79.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/10866/mens-fire-dept-deluxe-trifold-wallet-apple-iphone-5-5c-5s-6-carrier-genuine-leather

 

Airplane Notebooks 2 pack-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

21. Airplane Notebooks 2 pack

Handmade by DangBat Industries in Washington

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/dangbatindustries/listing/224212/airplane-notebooks-2-pack-35in-x-5in-pocket-notebook-handcrafted-journal-diary-sketchbook-gift-set-handmade-kraft-premium-notebook-no-logos

 

Handmade Leather Key Holder: Utility Clip for keychains and belt-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

22. Handmade Leather Key Holder/ Utility Clip for keychains and belt

Handmade by Grits n’ Hokum in California

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19509/handmade-leather-key-holder-utility-clip-for-keychains-and-belt-loops-1-wide-saddle-snap-heavy-duty

 

Handmade Leather Eyeglass Case Custom Monogram-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

23. Handmade Leather Custom Monogram Eyeglass Case

Handmade by Grits n’ Hokum in California

Price: $50.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19534/handmade-leather-eyeglass-case-customized-monogram-hand-sewn-stained

 

Men's Personalized Keychain - Personalized Hand Stamped Batman Keychain-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

24. Men’s Personalized Keychain – Personalized Hand Stamped Batman Keychain

Handmade by Like Mother, Like Daughter Hand Stamped Jewelry in Tennessee

Price: $19.95

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/217074/mens-personalized-keychain-personalized-hand-stamped-bat-keychain-you-are-my-superhero-bat-superhero-key-chain-valentines-day-gift

 

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25. Custom Leather State Wallet

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $48.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177144/mens-custom-leather-wallet-hand-stamped-wallet-mens-anniversary-gift-dark-brown-color

 

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26. Luggage Tags Leather Luggage Tags Custom Luggage Tags

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177148/leather-luggage-tags-custom-state-luggage-tags-tan-color

 

 

 

 

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Unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Her – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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You want to make her holiday, and we don’t blame you. Get her a completely unique gift (made with love) for the holidays – and let aftcra be your little helper! We have come up with our list of unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Her – a list of some of our favorite products. All of the products on this list are handmade AND made in America by talented artisans, so each gift is not only unique, but handcrafted with love for the loved one in your life.

Don’t see something that she’ll go ga-ga for? Check back often as we’ll be updating this unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Her guide regularly with new ideas that’ll be right up her ally.

 

Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Concrete Coasters with Gold-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

1. Concrete Coasters with Gold

Handmade by BadseedStudio in Wisconsin

Price: $27.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138734/concrete-coasters-with-gold

 

Gray and Silver Concrete Planter-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

2. Gray and Silver Concrete Planter

Handmade by BadseedStudio in Wisconsin

Price: $16.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138733/gray-and-silver-concrete-planter

 

Narwhal Embroidered Handkerchief-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

3. Narwhal Embroidered Handkerchief

Handmade by WrenbirdArts in Washington

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/wrenbirdarts/listing/161447/embroidered-narwhal-sea-unicorn-original-hand-embroidery-narwhal-gift-by-wrenbirdarts-on-etsy

 

Felted wool heart ornaments, set of 5, Natural White, heart theme-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

4. Felted wool heart ornaments, set of 5

Handmade by House of Moss in Oregon

Price: $22.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/houseofmoss/listing/216898/felted-wool-heart-ornaments-set-of-5-natural-white-heart-theme-decor-mini-christmas-tree-ornament-valentines-day-decor-white-heart

 

Keychain ID Wallet - Credit Card Key Holder Wallet - Blue Plaid-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

5. Blue Plaid Keychain Wallet

Handmade by Crooked Smile Creations in Florida

Price: $19.99

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/CrookedSmileCreations/listing/206052/keychain-id-wallet-credit-card-key-holder-wallet-blue-plaid

 

Red Plaid Infinity Scarf-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

6. Red Plaid Infinity Scarf

Handmade by ForgottenCotton in Wyoming

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21621/red-and-white-plaid-flannel-infinity-scarf

 

Mint Jade Beaded Necklace-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

7. Mint Jade Beaded Necklace

Handmade by Less is More Jewelry in Texas

Price: $36.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/lessismorejewelry/listing/205742/beaded-necklace-mint-jade-necklace-mint-gemstone-necklace-mint-bar-necklace-mint-beads-necklace-mint-gold-necklace-mint-jade-smile

 

To Me You Are Perfect Love Actually Mug-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

8. “To Me You Are Perfect” Love Actually Mug

Handmade by Silver Spider Print Shop in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/174631/to-me-you-are-perfect-inspired-by-love-actually-cute-coffee-cup-mug-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 

Cream Large Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

9. Large Chunky Cream Knit Infinity Scarf

Handmade by Guy Piper in Virginia

Price: $75.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/guypiper/listing/224073/infinity-scarf-no-1-in-oatmeal-wool-blend-circle-scarf-cowl-scarf-chunky-knit-scarf-hooded-scarf-ready-to-ship (SOLD OUT!)

Other option from Guy Piper: http://www.aftcra.com/guypiper/listing/224084/infinity-scarf-no-1-wool-blend-circle-scarf-circle-scarf-chunky-scarf-choose-your-color-made-to-order ** Specify color as oatmeal

 

 

Horween Essex Vegetable-Tanned Leather Tote Bag-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

10. Horween Essex Vegetable-Tanned Leather Tote Bag

Handmade by Gruffwood Studios in Ohio

Price: $94.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/manictrout/listing/148090/statement-necklace-gemstonenecklace-carnelian-necklace-geometric-jewelry-statement-jewelry-colorful-statement-jewelry-fall-jewelry

 

Tribal Feather Pocket Notebook-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

11. Tribal Feather Pocket Notebook (2 pack)

Handmade by DangBat Industries in Washington

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/dangbatindustries/listing/224224/tribal-feather-notebooks-2-pack-35in-x-5in-pocket-notebook-handcrafted-journal-diary-sketchbook-gift-set-handmade-kraft-premium-logo-free

 

State 'Made' Maternity T-Shirt-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

12. State ‘Made’ Maternity T-Shirt – Available in All States

Handmade by Seven Miles per Second in the USA

Price: $26.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/7276/state-made-maternity-t-shirt-s-m-l-xl-2xl-3xl

 

Starry Night Mountain Cuff-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

13. Starry Night Mountain Cuff

Handmade by Butterfly Sundries in Washington

Price: $61.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/ButterflySundries/listing/20783/starry-night-mountain-cuff-beautiful-world-collection-available-in-brass-or-copper

 

Hipster Mountain Bracelet-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

14. Mountain Bracelet

Handmade by Cynical Redhead in Illinois

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/cynicalredhead/listing/160881/mountain-bracelet

 

Wooden Fashionable Jewelry Organizer-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

15. Wooden Fashionable Jewelry Organizer

Handmade by The Wooden Corner in New Jersey

Price: $132.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/TheWoodenCorner/listing/210990/all-in-one-jewelry-board-wooden-wall-hanging-jewelry-shelf

 

Perfect Thickness Cookie and Pizza Dough roller-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

16. Perfect Thickness Cookie and Pizza Dough Roller

Handmade by Fyerfyeter in Virginia

Price: $65.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Wood/listing/165011/perfect-thickness-cookie-and-pizza-dough-roller

 

Handmade Brooch Toast Pin Bread Cute Kawaii-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

17. Handmade Brooch Toast Pin Bread Cute Kawaii

Handmade by Catherine Bradly Arts in Georgia

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/catherinebradlyarts/listing/205249/handmade-brooch-toast-pin-bread-cute-kawaii-clay-jewelry-artisan-accessory

 

Grow Old Along With Me - Wood Sign-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

18. Grow Old Along With Me – Wood Sign

Handmade by from a little birdie in Ohio

Price: $45.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/fromalittlebirdie/listing/211214/grow-old-along-with-me-wood-sign-home-decor-sign-decorative-wood-sign-fixer-upper-sign-living-room-decor-handmade-wood-sign

 

Pro Cat Funny Tank Top-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

19. Pro Cat Funny Tank Top

Handmade by The Feline Boutique in Florida

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thefelineboutique/listing/134706/white-racerback-flecked-and-black-cat-tank-top-funny-cat-shirt-black-cat-yoga-clothes-hipster-cat-tshirt-teen-girl-crazy-cat-lady

 

Desk organizer and mason jar holder

20. Desk Organizer and Mason Jar Holder

Handmade by Honeysuckle and Pine in Pennsylvania

Price: $60.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/HoneysuckleAndPine/listing/205776/5-section-desk-organizermason-jar-holder

 

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21. Custom Last Name Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade by Thistle and Thread Designs in Kentucky

Price: $56.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190633/custom-embroidery-personalized-hoop-art-last-name-wall-art-needlepoint-cotton-anniversary-personalized-gift-wedding-gift-for-couple

 

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22. Leather Tote Bag, Diaper Bag, Leather Purse

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $250.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/225832/leather-tote-bag-diaper-bag-leather-purse-leather-bag-large

 

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23. Leather Luggage Tags

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177151/leather-luggage-tags-custom-state-luggage-tags-womens-christmas-gift-purple-color

 

 

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Introducing One-OneThousand: A Midwestern Maker Community

Introducing One-OneThousand - a Midwestern Maker Community

We love meeting inspired entrepreneurs on a mission to put a spotlight on makers in and around our communities. We were lucky enough to be introduced to Sarah Artz, the Founder of One-OneThousand. One-OneThousand is a new organization focused on bringing together Midwestern makers with workshops, markets and other events.

Learn more about Sarah Artz and the mission behind One-OneThousand below – we’re sure you’re going to love it! You can also visit One-OneThousand here.

 

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At One-OneThousand, we’re working to build a community around handcrafted home and lifestyle goods and the people that make them in Madison, Wisconsin and the greater midwest. Right now we do this through helping professional makers hone their skills, sell their goods and build their businesses and helping hobbyists develop their creative skills and get access to buying well-made handcrafted goods. We host creative workshops, biz labs, pop up events and market and sell hard to find supplies and products.

Around seven years ago I started learning upholstery – I fell in love with the tactile, problem-solving, physical aspects of the work – it felt empowering and gave me a creative release I didn’t have at my day job. The functional side of furnishing my home with things I made with my own hands was very fulfilling and as I delved deeper into the craft, I looked for an artisan community to connect with. What I found was that there were many talented people exploring and making beautiful, practical things right here in my city but that they were isolated and disjointed. I knew other cities were building thriving handcrafted communities and building strong local economies around the niche and I wanted to create that ecosystem right here and connect it to the movement happening in the greater midwest.

The name One-OneThousand is meant to evoke a sense of anticipation. It’s a nod to the childhood counting game, one-onethousand, two-onethousand, three-onethousand, etc. It’s people counting down to something big together – building momentum, gathering energy and looking forward with excitement. And while we do serious work, we don’t take ourselves to seriously so I wanted the name to have a sense of playfulness to it.

One-OneThousand hosts a Shibori dyeing workshop at Wonder Studios in Madison, Wisconsin on March 5, 2016. The workshop was lead by Cara Moseley. Beth Skogen Photography - www.bethskogen.comWe’re winding down on events for the summer and we will have a busy fall. We’ll have a couple of events happening in July including a Floral Watercolor workshop, a drop in Weave & Sip, a drop in work day and a Beyond Shibori workshop in August. But we’re busy ramping up for a release of fall programming.

 

There’s so much to come – the pop up events have just been a taster. This summer we launched membership, which included a professional maker level and a hobbyist level. We’re also actively searching for a space to set up a permanent home base to expand our events, create a drop in workshop and have private studio rentals. We’re also working on creating some custom product lines from maker collaborations. Come fall, we’ll have a complete line up of creative workshops, biz maker labs, pop up events and our holiday market announced.

The best way to learn about what we do is by visiting our website at oneonethousand.net and signing up for our email news – we email twice per month and occasionally for special announcements. You can also find us on Instagram or Facebook.

 

Introducing ONE-ONETHOUSAND, A MIDWESTERN MAKER COMMUNITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share Your Talent: Teach on Skillshare and Earn Money!

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Have you heard about Skillshare? If not, you NEED to get to know this special platform where you can teach and learn a variety of skills. We partnered up with the Skillshare community to offer this special opportunity just for you! Get to know more about Skillshare and this awesome opportunity to share your craft below.

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Skillshare is an online learning community of over 1.5M creators. Take thousands of online classes focused on improving creative skills like Design, Arts & Crafts, or even teach a class yourself. We’ve seen your amazing Crafts skills & we want you to share them!

As a teacher on Skillshare, you’ll build your brand and reputation as a crafter while earning money for every student who enrolls in your online class. No prior teaching experience or special equipment is needed. To make a class all you need is your talent, passion and a computer. Skillshare will help with the rest!

Click here to get started. If you publish a class by September 30th, you’ll be eligible for a $100 cash bonus.

Have a question? Feel free to reach out to the aftcra team and we will get you in touch with the members of Skillshare.

 

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Meet the Maker: Jen of Nautical Wheeler

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This nautical-inspired handmade jewelry shop is everything that summer is about – just a look through the collection gives you all of the beach feels you can get. From simple wave bracelets to more detailed feather rings, every piece quickly becomes a summer staple that can be layered upon, or left to star on it’s own. We want to share the story behind Nautical Wheeler, the shop focused on beach jewelry wear.

Let’s get to know Jen and the story behind the Nautical Wheeler (visit the aftcra shop here)!

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Hi, I’m Jen from Nautical Wheeler Jewelry (shop here) and I handcraft nautical and beach inspired jewelry for mermaids and gypsy souls.

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I live in New England and work from home. I think it’s especially important that when you work from home, you make your office a place you really want to be. I’ve filled my office with pieces that inspire me and remind me of the beach. I always keep seaside treasures nearby, like seashells and driftwood, just in case I need a little added inspiration.

What is your background? How did you get started in your line of work?

I’ve been doing metalwork for 4 years but jewelry making for well over 10 years!

I’ve been very lucky to have family in the jewelry industry. I studied metalwork under my aunt who was a goldsmith for over 40 years. I taught myself other kinds of jewelry making skills, like knotting techniques and beading but found my true passion in metalwork.

How did you come up with the name of your shop?

I wanted a name that rang true to who I was and what I loved. A nautical wheeler is a person who builds ships and is a sailor at heart. Having spent most of my childhood on boats and out at sea this expression really spoke to me.

How do you create your work?

My process starts with an idea. Sometimes it’s easy to bring an idea to life, other times it takes several rough drafts before I get it looking the way I pictured. I usually start by either hand-sawing a sheet of Sterling silver or balling small pieces of silver together. The item is now just a soft notion of what I want it to be. So I’ll go in with metal filers and a variety of shaping tools to add details and get rid of sharp edges. From there it really depends on what type of jewelry I want the piece to be. If it’s going to be a ring, I’ll handcraft a Sterling band using a torch and solder to attach the two pieces. Next the ring will go through a series of cleaning and polishing until I get it just right. That’s when it’s ready to be wrapped and sent off to one of my lovely customers.

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What is the inspiration for your work?

I grew up in Vancouver and spent every Summer on Vancouver Island. There wasn’t a day in my childhood when I couldn’t smell the salty air, that I wasn’t rummaging on the beach for seaside treasures or out on a boat with friends. I never lost my love for the sea as I grew up and I still find myself drawn to its sandy shores. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what inspires me about the beach. There’s so many different textures and colors, that I always feel like there’s some new form of inspiration. Whether it’s sea glass tumbled by the waves, the glistening water or a small feather found in the sand.

What is your next new exciting project?

I’m planning on doing new designs for Fall/Winter using coastal enamel colors and organic shapes. As soon as the new collection is ready, I’ll be putting it up on Aftcra so stay tuned!

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As a small business owner, what is one piece of advice you would share with other small business owners?

The best advice I could give is that if you have a great idea or product, don’t sit on it. Just do it! I thought about creating Nautical Wheeler Jewelry for a year before I finally decided to test the waters. This has always been my biggest regret. There is only so much research you can do, only so many people you can talk to and only so many business plans you can write. At the end of the day you just need to get out there and show people what you’ve got.

What is a quote that you personally live by, or you have shared with others for inspiration?

The quote that has most inspired and motivated me is this one from Roald Dahl, “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”

What handmade-related business resources do you use to help improve your business?

Earlier this year I started taking classes on Skillshare. I had read about it from an article in Inc Magazine (another great resource!). I wanted to increase my presence on Instagram and took every class Skillshare had to help figure out what I was doing wrong. A few months later I went from having 60 followers to over 900! I was elated and not just because my follower count had increased, but because I finally felt that my Instagram account reflected the story I was trying to tell through my jewelry line.

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Why did you choose to join aftcra, and what do you enjoy about the community?

I love that Aftcra features products handmade in the USA. I think it’s so important to know where your purchases come from and how they’re created. Aftcra really lets you reach out to the creators of products. It’s people dealing with people and I love that!

What does “handmade” and “handcrafted” mean to you?

Handmade is an endearing term meaning something that is created from the heart. Everyone should own something handmade, even if it’s just one thing. There’s something special about handmade items that you can feel when you hold them. I think that something special is love. With every piece of jewelry I make, I like to think I send out a little bit of love with it. I think that’s something everyone deserves to have.

Get regular updates from Jen and her shop Nautical Wheeler! Connect with Nautical Wheeler’s social profiles here:

instagram: @nauticalwheeler
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nautical-Wheeler-Jewelry-219673108050946/
pinterest: nauticalwheeler
twitter: @nauticalwheel

Want to get featured on aftcra’s homepage! Interested in becoming aftcra’s Featured Store of the month? Send an email to info@aftcra.com and we will send you the requirements. All requests will be considered to become the next aftcra Featured Store.

Have you checked out aftcra yet? Discover handmade goods from American artisans at aftcra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Maker: Chris and Jason of American Bench Craft

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We wanted to highlight a maker doing some really badass work this month, so we decided to showcase the artisans behind the aftcra shop American Bench Craft. From beautifully crafted leather wallets to handmade leather herringbone manly bracelets, they’ve got everything covered at American Bench Craft. And we’re sure you’ll find something amazing here for the man in your life for Father’s Day! We also really love Chris and Jason’s story behind their shop.

Let’s get to know Chris and Jason and the story behind American Bench Craft (aftcra shop’s here)!

Hello, we are Chris and Jason Angelini of American Bench Craft (aftcra shop). We created custom designed and handcrafted leather goods and accessories, including wallets, cardholders, belts and other high end, ultra durable gift and personalized specialty items.

We have a workshop, offices, storage and fulfillment center in downtown Reading, MA.

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What is your background? How did you two get started in leatherwork?

My brother Jason went to school for engineering and has been designing and creating things since he was young. He used to make furniture for my parents when he was a kid. He began working with leather when his wallet fell apart and designed this wallet that was ultra durable and pretty unique to anything that was on the market. My background is in marketing and film production. We both eventually quit our jobs, and my brother started making these wallets and I started making videos about the wallets and selling them online and that’s how we started the company.

How long has American Bench Craft been around?

My brother designed the original Hammer Riveted Wallet that would build our company in 2013, which is also when we quit our jobs. It took us several months to design a Web site. We officially started selling the Hammer Riveted Wallet through a successful Kickstarter campaign beginning of 2014.

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How did you come up with the name of your shop?

We knew our name had to have American and Craft in it, since all of our products would now and always be handcrafted in the USA. Before we could afford a workshop and warehouse for our company, we were actually making all of the Hammer Riveted Wallets we were selling out of our parent’s garage using an old tool/work bench my brother had made when he was younger, so American Bench Craft seemed appropriate at the time and the name stuck.

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As a small business owner, what is one piece of advice you would share with other small business owners?

You really have to spend money to make money, but make sure you’re getting something of value for your hard-earned money. I was doing marketing for other companies before American Bench Craft and I saw how companies that spent good money on marketing were generally bigger, more successful and profitable than companies that were always pinching pennies and looking for the cheapest option. So, I knew we’d have to spend money to remain competitive. The problem is you have to make sure your getting something valuable for the money you’re spending and that’s tricky trying to decipher between who’s calling to sell you something legitimate, and who’s calling just to make a sale without any thought or consideration for you or your company. There was definitely a slow learning curve there and because we bootstrapped our company with no outside investment money or capital, it was a challenge and setbacks were difficult. We learned how to be smarter about business and that along with our products which have always been some of the best on the market has been what I attribute most to our success. We know our customers expect the best products and we strive everyday to put out the best products on the market. And therefore, we expect the best from the people we work, be it companies that supply us with raw materials or provide us with necessary services to operate our company.

How do you create your products?

When we get an idea for a product, we first design it using a CAD program. Once we’re satisfied with the design, we begin prototyping it to see if the design works. Usually, the design needs to be tweaked a few times before we get it right. Prototyping is usually a long, tedious process. However, once we have something that looks good, we test it out for a few months to make sure its functional and we make adjustments along the way. To bring a new product to market is a long arduous process, but crossing that finish line is always worth the time and effort.

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What is the inspiration for your work?

Solving problems and being the best. The first wallet my brother designed and created was done so to solve the age old problem that eventually your wallet will fall apart. My brother had no interest in a metal or plastic wallet, as nothing really beats leather, but he was sick and tired of his wallets falling apart so quickly. We continue to design and create products that solve problems, so that consumers can keep our products forever.

What does “handmade” and “handcrafted” mean to you?

We design and create all of our products entirely by hand using only simple hand tools. Even our 8 Ton clicker press runs on good old American muscle, no electrical power. Everything from the cutting, stamping, riveting and finishing is done by hand. That’s what handmade/hand crafted means to us.

What is your next new exciting project?

We’re currently working with our local fire department to design a new, ultra durable holster for their radios, which we are really excited about.

What is a quote that you personally live by, or you have shared with others for inspiration?

“Don’t Count the Days, Make the Days Count” – Muhammed Ali

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Why did you choose to join aftcra, and what do you enjoy about the community?

Aftcra seemed the perfect match for us “Crafted by American Hands” so it was an easy decision to join the Aftcra community and being apart of something that focuses solely on handmade goods is what’s most enjoyable.

 

Get regular updates from Jason and Chris and their shop American Bench Craft! Connect with their social profiles here:

Instagram: @BenchCraft

Facebook: facebook.com/hammerridgeproducts

Pinterest: @BenchCraftUSA

Twitter: @BenchCraftUSA

 

 

Want to get featured on aftcra’s homepage! Interested in becoming aftcra’s Featured Store of the month? Send an email to info@aftcra.com and we will send you the requirements. All requests will be considered to become the next aftcra Featured Store.

Have you checked out aftcra yet?  Discover handmade goods from American artisans at aftcra.

 

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From $0 to a Profitable Product Line – Introduction to The Handmade Seller Magazine

From $0 to a Profitable Product Line - Introduction to The Handmade Seller Magazine

You’ve probably seen ads for the Handmade Seller magazine pop up once in awhile or noticed other sellers talking about it on Facebook, but I bet you didn’t realize that this particular magazine isn’t actually about showcasing products, but about helping you learn how to become successful with your own product line. For example, in April we started a detailed video series showing you exactly how I get 20,000 targeted Instagram followers every 6 months. In each issue readers progress to the next lesson and eventually will complete that entire course, but that isn’t all they get. At the same time we have a series about starting a blog for your business, another one about getting exposure to your website, several about creating copy that sells, and many more helpful columns geared towards showing you how to be successful with an online platform. We even do keyword research for you and include those downloads in the magazine. Don’t take my word for it, though! You can check out our free sample here!

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Hiii! J My name is Dani and I’m the CEO of theHandmade Seller magazine. First off, I’d like to thank Aftcra for inviting me to share the magazine with you! It’s been a pleasure working with them and getting to talk to all of you. Their platform gives you a great opportunity to get exposure to more online traffic, which everyone is a big fan of.

$52,930.45 From One Product Line.

I share these numbers to show you that the experts behind the magazine are experienced in selling online. I see coaches and courses pop up all the time from people who never prove they’re actually qualified to teach. The number above is the gross amount from one product line on Amazon that I launched in October, 2015. That’s after running out of inventory twice and I’m about to run out again because I can’t keep up with the demand.

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I personally have been selling online for 7-8 years (I’ve been so busy since that I can’t remember when I actually started, ha!) I still create product lines and my partners have all had/have successful product lines as well. Only qualified people contribute content in the magazine because we want you to have access to the best information there is.

Here is what our subscribers get access to each month:

1.     Monthly issues plus all of the previous issues

2.     55 – 65 pages which you can print out if you wish to

3.     Video tutorials (sometimes text tutorials just don’t cut it!)

4.     Resource links (we send you straight to the tools and resources you need)

5.     Keyword downloads (we do the keyword research for you!)

6.     Download guides and templates such as biography templates and trending colors

7.     Expert columnists in every field

8.     Knowledge to skyrocket your business

9.     Chance to have your story featured in the magazine or your product featured on our Pinterest accounts

10.  Letters to the editor (ask questions and get them answered)

11.  Featured stories from top sellers (learn from the best in your industry)

12.  Discounts on helpful products

If you’re interested in joining our family of subscribers, we’d love to offer you a gift for being a seller with Aftcra!

5% Off Coupon Code: AFTCRA

Happy Selling!

 

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Dani has been developing product lines and selling online for the last 11 years. This has lead her to become the CEO of the Handmade Seller magazine, a best selling author, and the VP of Flourish (a coaching community for handmade sellers). Through these three avenues she helps others find success with their product lines and marketing strategies!

 

 

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Unique Father’s Day Gifts Under $25

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Your dad deserves something awesome, but sometimes your wallet doesn’t reach as far as you’d like it to. But if you give him something thoughtful and special, we’re pretty sure your dad will love it! That’s why we created this list of unique Father’s Day gifts under $25 – all handmade by artisans around the USA. That’s a lot of gift ideas that are extra special and made with a little extra love that your dad is bound to love. From custom fishing lures to cheeky coffee mugs, we’re sure you’ll find something for your dad here.

And check back once in awhile for updates to this gift guide as new products are added to aftcra.com.

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Daddy's Future Hunting Buddy Custom Onesie

Daddy’s Future Hunting Buddy Custom Onesie

Handmade in: Louisiana

Price: $12.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174665/daddys-future-hunting-buddy-custom-onesie-hunting-baby-onesie-deer-oneie-geeky-baby-onesie-custom-baby-onesie-daddy-onesie-deer

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Daddy's Future Fishin Buddy Custom Onesie

Daddy’s Future Fishin’ Buddy Custom Onesie

Handmade in: Louisiana

Price: $12.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174661/daddys-future-fishin-buddy-custom-onesie-custom-baby-onesie-daddy-onesie-fishing-buddy-outdoors-onesie

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Customized Beer Bottle 10oz Soy Wax Candle

Customized Beer Bottle 10oz Soy Wax Candle

Handmade in: Georgia

Price: $13.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thriftycraftaholic/listing/180879/assorted-customized-beer-bottle-soy-wax-candle-10oz

 

 

Under 15 Fathers Day - Wayne Gretzky Michael Scott Quote Mug - The Office tv Show

Wayne Gretzky Michael Scott Quote Mug – The Office tv Show

Handmade in: New York

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/16959/wayne-gretzky-michael-scott-quote-mug-the-office-tv-show-pop-culture-coffee-cup-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Beer Bar Decor Hoop Art Embroidery Mixed Media

“Where Do You See Yourself in Five Beers” Cheeky Hoop Art

Handmade in: The USA

Price: $17.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Thistooksewlong/listing/195335/funny-where-do-you-see-yourself-in-5-beers-hand-stitched-modern-embroided-hoop-wall-hanging-decor

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Copper “Daddy You Rock” Guitar Pick

Copper “Daddy You Rock” Guitar Pick / “Play For Me Daddy” Custom Guitar Pick in Copper

Handmade in: Colorado

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120563/copper-guitar-pick-22-gauge-hand-stamped-with-daddy-you-rock-ready-to-ship-gift

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http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/123810/play-for-me-daddy-handstamped-copper-guitar-pick

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Stainless Steel Custom Bottle Opener Keychain

Steel Custom Bottle Opener Keychain

Handmade in: Colorado

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/125104/handstamped-bottle-opener-keychain-personalized-keychain-in-stainless-steel-gift-for-him-wedding-party-gift-gift-for-dad

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Hand stamped stainless steel collar stays personalized gift

Hand-Stamped Stainless Steel Collar Stays

Handmade in: Colorado

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120553/hand-stamped-stainless-steel-collar-stays-personalized-gift-for-him-25-inch-medium

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - DSLR Camera Wrist Strap - News Print

DSLR Camera Wrist Strap – News Print

Handmade in: Oregon

Price: $19.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/craftystaci/listing/183116/camera-strap-for-wrist-dslr-quick-release-news-print-ready-to-ship

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Men's Personalized Batman Superhero Keychain

Men’s Personalized Batman Keychain

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/100498/mens-personalized-keychain-personalized-hand-stamped-bat-keychain-you-are-my-superhero-superhero-keychain-dad-keychain

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Men's Personalized Fishing Lure Keychain

Personalized Fishing Lure Keychain

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135400/mens-personalized-keychain-personalized-hand-stamped-hooked-on-you-key-chain-daddy-we-are-hooked-on-you-fish-keychain-fishies

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Ohio Roots State Tee - All States Available

Ohio Roots State Tee – All States Available

Handmade in: The USA

Price: $22.90

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/7450/red-series-ohio-oh-roots-or-made-tri-blend-track-t-shirt

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Handmade Leather Key Fob: Keyring

Handmade Leather Key Fob/Keyring

Handmade in: California

Price: $23.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19524/handmade-leather-key-fob-keyring-34-trigger-snap-multiple-colors-hand-cut-stained

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Police Officer Fathers Day Gift Idea

Police Officer Fathers Day Men’s Necklace

Handmade in: Connecticut

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176706/police-officer-gifts-daddy-daughter-set-police-daughter-necklace-badge-number-hand-stamped-my-daddy-my-hero-necklace-thin-blue-line

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Reclaimed Wooden Tablet or iPhone Stand

Reclaimed Wooden Tablet or iPhone Stand

Handmade in: the USA

Price: $24.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/fwtreasures/listing/171065/rustic-tablet-stand

 

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Stepdad “It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons” Silver Keychain

Handmade in: Connecticut

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176724/step-dad-gift-stepfather-stepdad-gifts-for-step-dad-hand-stamped-dad-keychain-christmas-gift-for-stepdads-step-son-daughter

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Custom Personalized Golf Ball Marker with Leather Keychain Case

Personalized Golf Ball Marker with Leather Keychain Case

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135457/personalized-golf-ball-marker-brown-leather-keychain-case-mens-gift-grooms-gift-grandpa-dad-tap-that-golfer-gift-golf-marker

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Custom Leather Luggage Tags

Custom Leather Luggage Tags

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177148/leather-luggage-tags-custom-state-luggage-tags-tan-color

Unique and Handmade Father’s Day Gifts

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If your Dad is awesome, then he deserves something extra special this Father’s Day. Let’s give him something unique, custom and personal from this list of handmade Father’s Day gifts. The best part about this list is that everything was crafted with love from an artisan in the USA. That means that you’re giving your dad two doses of love – a gift made with love, selected with love. You know he’ll love these gifts!

Let’s celebrate our dads with this list of handmade Father’s Day gifts.

 

Fathers Day - I Will Always Be Your Little Girl or Little Boy Picture Frame

I Will Always Be Your Little Girl or Little Boy

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $25.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/142560/8×10-i-will-always-be-your-little-girl-or-little-boy-picture-frame

 

Fathers Day - Men's Custom Leather Wallet

Men’s Minimalist Custom Leather Wallet

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $26.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177143/mens-custom-leather-wallet-minimalist-wallet-groomsmen-gift-tan-color

 

 

Fathers Day - Rustic Reclaimed Distressed Pallet Wood Amercan Flag Sign

Rustic Reclaimed Distressed Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $26.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/seasiderelics/listing/194714/handmade-rustic-reclaimed-distressed-pallet-wood-amercan-flag-sign

 

Fathers Day - Gifts For Men, Rustic Bottle Opener, Home Bar Decor

Rustic Bottle Opener

Handmade in: New York

Price: $27.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/160282/rustic-home-decor-wall-bottle-opener-home-bar-decor-wood-home-decor-gifts-for-him-gift-for-men-bottle-opener-man-cave-decor-dad-gift

 

Fathers Day - Military Tribute Plaque - Marine Corps, Army, Navy

Military Tribute Plaque (Marine Corps, Army, Navy)

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $27.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/142609/military-tribute-plaque-marine-corps-army-navy

 

Fathers Day - Topo Tag -- Custom Leather Luggage Tag Imprinted Unusual Gift

Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156519/topo-tag-custom-leather-luggage-tag

 

Fathers Day - Handmade Leather Key Holder

Handmade Leather Key Holder

Handmade in: California

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19509/handmade-leather-key-holder-utility-clip-for-keychains-and-belt-loops-1-wide-saddle-snap-heavy-duty

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Hand Stamped Silver Custom Cuff Links

Hand Stamped Silver Custom Cuff Links

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135344/hand-stamped-personalized-cuff-links-hand-stamped-cuff-links-cufflinks-for-dad-handstamped-cuff-links-wedding-cuff-links

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Leather Herringbone Bracelet

Leather Herringbone Bracelet

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156524/herringbone-bracelet

 

 

Fathers Day - Life is Better At the River - Rustic River Sign, Cottage Decor, Camping Sign, River Decor

“Life is Better at the River” Plaque

Handmade in: New York

Price: $37.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/175824/rustic-river-sign-life-is-better-at-the-river-camp-sign-cabin-sign-camping-decor-river-decor-distressed-sign-handmade-wooden-sign

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Unique Leather Riveted Cardholder

Unique Leather Riveted Cardholder

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $38.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156534/riveted-cardholder

 

 

Fathers Day - I Love You More Than Tacos Embroidery Hoop Art

I Love You More Than Tacos Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade in: Kentucky

Price: $38.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190629/mothers-day-gift-i-love-you-more-than-tacos-best-friend-gift-embroidery-hoop-art-gift-for-him-kitchen-decor-funny-gift-unique-gift

 

 

Fathers Day - Handmade American Jackal:Coyote Leather Keychain

Handmade American Jackal/Coyote Leather Keychain

Handmade in: California

Price: $40.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19512/handmade-american-jackalcoyote-leather-keychain-w-brass-swivel-snap-hand-cut-stained

 

 

Fathers Day - Handmade LSU Tigers Reclaimed Wooden Serving Tray

Handmade LSU Tigers Reclaimed Wooden Serving Tray

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $44.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/seasiderelics/listing/194250/handmade-hand-painted-lsu-louisiana-state-university-tigers-reclaimed-wooden-serving-tray

 

 

Fathers Day - Jameson Irish Whiskey Liquor Bottle Lamp Accent Light

Jameson Irish Whiskey Liquor Bottle Lamp Accent Light

Handmade in: Connecticut

Price: $44.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/bodaciousbottles/listing/194543/jameson-irish-whiskey-liquor-bottle-lamp-accent-light-bar-man-cave-fathers-day

 

Fathers Day - Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock

Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock

Handmade in: Virginia

Price: $49.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/134275/oak-wood-valet-iphone-galaxy-charging-stand-nightstand-dock-graduation

 

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Men’s Custom Leather Wallet

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $55.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177147/mens-custom-leather-wallet-thin-leather-wallet-mens-anniversary-gift-dark-brown-color

 

Fathers Day - Handcrafted Wine Rack with Early American Finish

Handcrafted Wine Rack with Early American Finish

Handmade in: Texas

Price: $62.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/tdrusticreflections/listing/187928/handcrafted-wine-rack-with-early-american-finish

 

Fathers Day - Working Man's Quality Leather Belt with Interchangeable Buckle

Working Man’s Quality Leather Belt with Interchangeable Buckle

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $68.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156527/working-mans-quality-leather-belt-with-interchangeable-buckle

 

Fathers Day - Handmade Leather Pocket Knife Holster (((America))) Hand TOOLED

Handmade Leather Pocket Knife Holster (((America))) Hand TOOLED

Handmade in: California

Price: $70.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19520/handmade-leather-pocket-knife-holster-america-hand-tooled-stained-sewn

 

 

Fathers Day - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Leather Wallet

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Custom Leather Wallet

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $79.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177141/mens-leather-wallet-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-wallet-mens-anniversary-gift-mahogany-color

 

 

Fathers Day - Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait for 4 People

Custom Grandkids Portrait for Four People

Handmade in: California

Price: $80.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/clothandtwigshop/listing/175432/custom-cross-stitch-family-portrait-for-4-people-housewarming-gift-custom-portrait-custom-cross-stitch-custom-gift-by-cloth-and-twig

 

 

Fathers Day - Mens Window & Zipper Wallet, With 24 in Leather Braided Chains

Men’s Window & Zipper Wallet, With 24 in Leather Braided Chains

Handmade in: California

Price: $94.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/5547/mens-window-zipper-wallet-with-24-in-leather-braided-chains-genuine-leather-mens-biker-wallet-durable-wallet-made-in-socal-made-in-usa

 

 

Fathers Day - Hand Painted Reclaimed Pallet Wooden Washington Sign

Hand Painted Reclaimed Pallet Wooden Washington Sign

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $95.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/seasiderelics/listing/194238/hand-painted-reclaimed-pallet-wooden-nfl-football-washington-sign

 

 

Fathers Day - Men's necklace handcrafted from natural shell

Men’s necklace handcrafted from natural shell

Handmade in: Wisconsin

Price: $98.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/jennyhoople/listing/193073/black-sands-mens-necklace

 

Fathers Day - Handmade His and Her Leather Luggage Tags. Personalized

Handmade His and Her Leather Luggage Tags. Personalized

Handmade in: California

Price: $100.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19523/handmade-his-and-her-leather-luggage-tags-personalized-double-sided-set-of-2-hand-sewn-stained

 

 

Fathers Day - Mens US Military Deluxe Trifold Wallet with iPhone Holder

Men’s US Military Deluxe Trifold Wallet with iPhone Holder

Handmade in: California

Price: $110.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/10857/mens-us-military-deluxe-trifold-wallet-iphone-5-5c-5s-6-genuine-leather-18-chrome-chains-key-fob-army-navy-marine-air-force

 

 

Fathers Day - Dog Pet Portrait 5 x 7 Colored Pencil Art

Dog Pet Portrait 5 x 7 Colored Pencil Art

Handmade in: Iowa

Price: $155.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/PetPortraitsbyCarla/listing/137211/dog-pet-portrait-5-x-7-colored-pencil-art-by-carla-kurt-cat-dog-horse-memorial

 

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad for Father’s Day

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I think we can all agree, sometimes dads are tough to shop for. I’ve always found the best way to find gifts for the guys in my life is to pinpoint an interest and work backward from there. If he’s a great cook, an apron or some customized utensils would be perfect. Maybe he’s into cars, and would welcome a unique key chain. A movie lover might appreciate a hand-painted popcorn bowl.

The point is, Dad likes something, which means there’s a gift that’s perfect for him. There are so many great handmade artists out there, making exactly what you’re looking for. Be the kid that puts in the thought and effort into finding it, and make it even harder for Dad to not have a favorite. Here’s a list of handmade gifts for Dad for Father’s Day.

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Buzzing The Lake of Geometrees

1. Buzzing the Lake of Geometrees Mounted Print

This fun, retro print would be perfect for a guy who appreciates air travel, or the one who has a soft spot for nostalgia.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/luciajohnson/listing/183579/buzzing-the-lake-of-geometrees-10×10-mounted-print

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Reclaimed Wood Wine Bar

2. Reclaimed Wood Wine Bar

Granted, this would be a big statement gift, but imagine the place of honor this beauty would have in the man cave.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GearGrove/listing/183771/reclaimed-wood-wine-bar

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - DOG Art- Red PUG - Glass MAGNET By Artist A.V.Apostle

3. Red Pug Glass Magnet

Did your dad find a little four-legged buddy to shower his attention on when you moved out? Show your acceptance of your new canine brother with this sweet magnet.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/avapostledesign/listing/176211/dog-art-red-pug-glass-magnet-by-artist-avapostle-2x-2

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Handmade Leather Eyeglass Case

4. Handmade Leather Eyeglass Case

Here’s a gift to help ease Dad’s pain at having to wear those reading glasses. Especially if he’s the kind of guy who loves his books.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19508/handmade-leather-eyeglass-case-medium-hand-sewn-stained

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Wooden Beer Growler holder

5. Growler Holder

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but beer growlers are HUGE here in Oregon. When your dad takes his to the local shop to have it filled, everyone else will be asking “Where did you get that carrier?”

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/clampwoodworking/listing/120781/growler-holder

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - handmade fishing lure- custom gift for the fisherman

6. Handmade Brass Fishing Lure

Make sure Dad is thinking about you when he’s out there trying to land the big one.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/162746/handmade-brass-fishing-lure-personalized-gift-for-him-hand-stamped-gift-for-him-anniversary-gift-groom-gift-custom-mens-gift

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - DSLR Camera Wrist Strap - News Print

7. DSLR Camera Wrist Strap

If your dad is into photography, he might appreciate an easier way to carry his camera. Found in my own shop here on aftcra.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/craftystaci/listing/183116/camera-strap-for-wrist-dslr-quick-release-news-print-ready-to-ship

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - ready to ship guitar pick for dad Play For Me Daddy Fathers Day Gift Idea

8. Guitar Pick for Dad

You know you love it when dad picks up that guitar to play. Make sure he knows it.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/123810/play-for-me-daddy-handstamped-copper-guitar-pick

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Custom Engraved Rosewood Pocket Knife with Belt Clip

9. Custom Engraved Rosewood Pocket Knife

An outdoorsy dad would appreciate this personalized gift.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/21260/custom-engraved-rosewood-pocket-knife-with-belt-clip-scouts-groomsmen-gift-outdoors-hunting-camping-gentlemen-safety

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Mens Leather Wallet, Custom Leather Wallet with custom quote or phrase

10. Men’s Leather Wallet

This is the perfect gift for any dad. Slip a gift card inside to make it even better – bonus points if it’s redeemable for lunch with you.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177143/mens-custom-leather-wallet-minimalist-wallet-groomsmen-gift-tan-color

 

CraftyStaci ProfileAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Staci of CraftyStaci

I’ve been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember. If there’s a technique I haven’t tried, it’s probably on my wish list. At my blog, Crafty Staci, I share beginner-friendly craft and sewing tutorials, simple recipes, links to fun things I find elsewhere and my successful, and sometimes not-so-successful, attempts at expressing my own creativity. I find that people who haven’t tried it before are occasionally hesitant to take that first step into making things. I try to guide and inspire them to jump in and not be afraid to make mistakes along the way. I hope to encourage others to create and keep handmade alive and well.

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Handmade Gifts for Dad for Father's Day - Unique and Artisanal Father's Day Gift Ideas - All Handcrafted Gifts by Artisans in the USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Father’s Day Gifts for the Extraordinary Dad

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Dad. The head of family. The provider. The rock. The coach. The softie. The man – Dad is ‘the man.’ A dad’s role is a full one, and they work hard at it. From the earliest days of the caveman dad their role was to provide for and protect their family while being crafty and resourceful too. Obviously a dad’s role in the today’s family has evolved to include so much more than this – but these basic principles of still often apply in all they do for us. Father’s Day is a great day to find an extraordinary Father’s Day gift that lets that special man in your life know how much you care.

Finding the right gift to really show your appreciation for dad can be a challenge. Of course, homemade coupons for free lawn work or a car wash are always a nice gesture, but sometimes a little something extra is necessary. Whether the dad you’re thinking of this Father’s Day is trendy, outdoorsy, or a good old-fashioned manly-man, Aftcra’s online collection of handmade American products has a selection of gifts perfect for every kind of dad. A handcrafted gift made with great care and craftsmanship will help you express your appreciation to the dad in your life for everything they do. Here are just a few great ideas for three different types of dads to help make any dads day:

 

The ‘On Trend’ Dad

If the dad you’re thinking of is the stylish type, then you now they are on a mission to work hard and look good while doing it. These gift ideas are must haves to help dad make his mission possible:

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Hand stamped personalized tie tack in sterling silver

1. Hand Stamped Personalized Sterling Silver Tie Tack

We know dad already has a great selection of stylish ties in his closet, so this tie tack is the perfect accessory to help him have a complete look.

Buy this tie here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120546/hand-stamped-personalized-tie-tack-in-sterling-silver-lapel-pin-for-men-monogram-initals-custom-gift-accessory

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - 2 Pack-Spiced Stout Beer Soap

2. Spiced Stout Beer Cold Process Soap

Dad is meticulously about his morning man ‘routine,’ as he should be; looking and smelling great helps him take on the day. This manly scented beer soap is just the right thing to start the morning off right.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/oilandash/listing/171579/2-pack-spiced-stout-beer-soap-cold-process-soap-essential-oil-soap-beer-soap-exfoliant-soap-handmade-soap-barley-soap

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Personalized Copper Guitar Pick

3. Personalized Copper Guitar Pick

This well cultured dad can do just about anything, and picking up the guitar and strumming a few hits is just another talent he possesses. This guitar pick customized with your own words lets him know how much you appreciate all his skills.

Buy this here:  http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120563/copper-guitar-pick-22-gauge-hand-stamped-with-daddy-you-rock-ready-to-ship-gift

 

The ‘Sit Back and Relax’ Dad

What dad doesn’t like to stop and relax awhile after a job well done? These gifts help dad take on the hard chore of a little well deserved chill time.

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Wooden Growler holder

1. Wooden Growler Caddy

If dad enjoys one or two cold ones while relaxing, this handcrafted growler caddy allows him to easily tote his favorite craft brews to his desired spot of relaxation.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/clampwoodworking/listing/120781/growler-holder

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Handmade Wood Bench

2. Reclaimed Red Oak Bench

Of course dad will need someplace to sit and take a load off. This handmade natural red oak bench made from fallen trees is the perfect thing for enjoying some quiet time around the campfire.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GearGrove/listing/123835/handmade-wood-bench

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - handmade fishing lure- custom gift for the fisherman

3. Handmade Fishing Lure

What is more relaxing for dad than a day out on the water fishing? This custom, handmade fishing lure is beautiful, meaningful and meant to be used to catch the big one.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/162746/handmade-brass-fishing-lure-personalized-gift-for-him-hand-stamped-gift-for-him-anniversary-gift-groom-gift-custom-mens-gift

 

‘Salt of the Earth’ Dad

He’s one with the earth – a real nature lover who knows the name of every bird, tree, and fish in the creek. Help him stay connected with his passion by giving him something he can use on his adventures, or while dreaming of one.

 

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1. Custom Engraved Pocket Knife

Dad can start a fire without matches and build a shelter in no time flat – he’s a real pioneer. This engraved pocket knife engraved will remind him how much you care while he’s getting the job done.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/21260/custom-engraved-rosewood-pocket-knife-with-belt-clip-scouts-groomsmen-gift-outdoors-hunting-camping-gentlemen-safety

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Field Notes Journal Cover

2. Leather Covered Field Notes Journal

The stories of his explorations in the wild can entertain and inspire us all for generations to come. This leather covered journal is the perfect accessories for dad to keep on hand and record all his amazing adventures.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156522/field-notes-journal-cover

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Walk in the Woods Spritzer

3. Walk in the Woods Spritzer

He loves the forest and the stream, but currently lives in a concrete jungle. Help dad to remember all he loves about nature with this unique woodsy, earthy aromatherapy spritzer. It can be used on the body, clothing or linens.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/brewcitybotanicals/listing/34663/walk-in-the-woods-spritzer

 

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Cristy of W CollectiveAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Cristy of W. Collective

I’m a lover of all things interior design, a wannabe fashionista, a wine and good food enthusiast, and a dreamer and realist combined. My blog, W. Collective combines all of these passions and provides me an outlet for expressing them.

In my personal time I enjoy spending time exploring new places, learning new things, experiencing new culinary adventures (both at my own hand and the hand of other), learning about people, and spending quality time with my husband, two young sons, and my chocolate lab.

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - W COLLECTIVE INTERIORS LOGO 2W. Collective (www.wcollectiveinteriors.com) is an interiors and lifestyle blog that aims to provide readers with design tips and inspiration to help them incorporate great design and décor into their home. Our content centers on providing inspiring house tours, looking at current interior and home décor trends, and DIY projects – with a touch of lifestyle content thrown in as well. W. Collective has a selection of curated products that align to our bright, neutral décor style for our readers to source for their space.

 

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Website: www.wcollectiveinteriors.com

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Meet the Maker: Karly of Cloth and Twig Shop

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We can not get enough of the hip and unique designs that Cloth & Twig Shop creates. From fancy custom wedding portraits, to adorable family portraits, to silly and cheeky embroidery hoops, you’re going to find something you love with Cloth & Twig Shop. And what is super intriguing is Karly’s creative journey and how she eventually founded Cloth & Twig.

Let’s get to know Karly and the story behind Cloth & Twig Shop!

 

Hi there! I’m Karly and my shop name is Cloth & Twig Shop. I create family & wedding heirlooms in cross stitch. I also create home portraits, cross stitch pillows and other fun wall art!

I work out of my home in Southern California. More specifically, my kitchen! I’ve converted a small portion of it into a functioning work space. I started stitching in 2013. I opened Cloth & Twig Shop just under a year ago!

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How did you get started in your line of work?

My background is not super crafty. I graduated from FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) with a degree in cosmetics merchandising and marketing. I worked as a makeup artist for a few companies and then moved into children’s wholesale clothing & accessories. Once I became a mom, I chose to become a doula and childbirth educator. It was an amazing time in my life but my on call schedule and home life was very out of balance. During my time as a doula, my husband started traveling a lot and I decided to take up a hobby. Cross stitch called my name and I gave it a go! It took me 4 months to finish my first project. But I was hooked.

During my last few months of doula-ing & teaching, I had a few friends ask me to make them in cross stitch. And thats how Cloth & Twig Shop was born.

 

How did you come up with the name of your shop?

The naming of my shop was a bit random. I wanted it to reflect the product that I was offering but not include cross stitch or something of the like. I looked at what my portraits were made of and it was essentially a piece of cloth to stitch on and a twig thats been formed into a hoop.

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How do you create your work?

Each piece that I create is personalized. Each client fills out a short form with details for their portrait & we discuss their photos and outfits they’d like to see. Then I send over a color sketch for their approval or to make any tweaks before I stitch. Then I get to work! It normally takes about 8 hours for a simple portrait of 2-3 characters. More characters = more time spent!

When stitching is done, the portrait is cleaned, ironed, and mounted to be put into a frame or put in a hoop. Each portrait is beautifully wrapped and sent off to its home!

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What is the inspiration for your work? 

My inspiration is all of my clients! They send me photos and small pieces of their lives for me to freeze in stitches. I never get the same request twice. There are items in my shop that clients have inspired! I feel so lucky to create these portraits that will be in families for a very long time.

 

What is your next new exciting project?

Right now, I have a new product coming out the end of May. I have a large pillow for home decor but I will have a small version for anyone thats planning a wedding to add that special touch.

I am also going to be working on career portraits. Graduations, professions, etc like the doula I have in my shop now. I just need some time to get them in the shop, my clients keep me busy. Stay tuned!

 

As a small business owner, what is one piece of advice you would share with other small business owners?

I would want to encourage everyone to be their biggest cheerleader. Believe in your product. Believe in yourself. Believe in your creativity. If you can do that, you can reach your biggest goals, dreams, and beyond what you imagine. Its not always easy, but don’t give up on yourself.

 

What is a quote that you personally live by, or you have shared with others for inspiration?

My personal quote is verse from Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

It reminds me that I can do anything & I know Im never alone.

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Why did you choose to join aftcra, and what do you enjoy about the community?

I chose to join to have more ‘eyes’ on my product, and I appreciate that aftcra supports US-based and created businesses!

 

What does “handmade” and “handcrafted” mean to you? 

Handmade means that its made with your two hands! For me, my product is a true labor of love. I put about 15 hours average into each portrait. Usually more! Handmade means authentic, loving, and unique goods.

 

Get regular updates from Karly and Cloth & Twig Shop! Connect with their social profiles here:

instagram.com/clothandtwig

facebook.com/clothandtwig

pinterest.com/clothtwigshop

twitter.com/clothandtwig

Snapchat @clothandtwig

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Shop on aftcra Etsy Alternative for handmade goods made in the USA

Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift to suit your mom can be a daunting task. This Mother’s Day gift guide simplifies the giving process this year by pairing unique and handcrafted goods with her style and personality. Presenting her with a token of your appreciation while supporting local businesses has never been easier.

I have been following style and gift trends for several years. I owned and operated a successful confectioners business and partnered with many local boutiques and florists to make days like Mother’s Day an extra special event. Now, as the busy mother of seven, I help other entrepreneurs with their business goals from inception to launch, and beyond.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Yellow Project Bag coiled rope basket with handles

For the Multi-tasking Mom: Yellow Coiled Rope Project Basket

The Coiled Rope Project Bag is the perfect combination of style and versatility. This chic and modern looking bag makes an ideal carryall for every occasion from the farmer’s market to the beach.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/littlemeadowstudio/listing/188688/project-bag-coiled-rope-basket-with-handles 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Cabled Coffee Cozy, Knit Coffee Cup Cozy, Reusable Coffee Cozy

For the Coffee Mom: Hand Knit Coffee Cozy

Jazz up her cup of joe with this amazing hand knit Coffee Cozy. Just like her favorite coffee, you can customize it to suit her personality and style.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/nevadaknits/listing/186117/cabled-coffee-cozy-knit-coffee-cup-cozy-reusable-coffee-cozy-knitted-cozy-knit-coffee-cozy-stocking-stuffer-gifts-under-15

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Mothers Birthstone Necklace

For the Sentimental Mom: Generations of Love Mother’s Necklace

The Generations of Love Mother’s Necklace is a gorgeous piece of heirloom jewelry that will be treasured by mom. As her family grows, so do the options. The customizable outer rings can include the birthstones of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/generationsoflove/listing/116727/mothers-birthstone-necklace

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Summer's Skin Sweet Slumber Body Scrub gift set bath and body works

For the Spa Mom: The Summer Skin Sweet Slumber Gift Set

Allow her to pamper herself with relaxing and soothing bath and body products. The Summer Skin Sweet Slumber Gift Set is all natural and made with fair trade ingredients.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/SummersSkin/listing/182836/gift-set-summers-skin-sweet-slumber

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - gifts for mom, mom necklace, personalized baby name necklace 

For the New Mom: Mommyz Metals Personalized Baby Name Necklace

Help the new mom in your life celebrate her first Mother’s Day with the Mommyz Metals Personalized Baby Name Necklace. This hand stamped necklace includes a charm and the phrase, “I loved you before I met you”.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176744/gifts-for-mom-mom-necklace-personalized-baby-name-necklace-mom-necklace-with-kids-names-mom-necklace-kids-mothers-day-gift

 

 


Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Black and White Concrete Planter || Cement Pot 02

For the Green Thumb Mom: Modern Black and White Concrete Planter

This is the perfect alternative to flowers this Mother’s Day. The Black and White Concrete planter is ideal for succulents. It will match most decor and is an excellent accent piece to any office.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138737/black-and-white-concrete-planter-cement-pot

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Rustic Upcycled Pallet birdhouse

For the Nature-Loving Mom: Rustic Up-cycled Pallet Birdhouse

Is your mother a nature lover or avid bird watcher? The Rustic Pallet Birdhouse is made with reclaimed wood and has a ton of character. This charming and versatile birdhouse is the perfect accent to any green space.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/fwtreasures/listing/171069/rustic-pallet-birdhouse

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Hello Notebook, Hand Illustrated and Stamped, Brown Kraft Paper

For the Writer Mom: “Hello” Kraft Paper Notebook

Joyful Roots has a collection of beautifully hand stamped notebooks. With no two exactly the same, mom can get her creative energy flowing in style.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/joyfulroots/listing/104889/hello-notebook-hand-illustrated-and-stamped-brown-kraft-paper-hand-altered-artistic-inspirational-quote-block-print-one-of-a-kind

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Type of Mom - Angela Horn - Ohana Means Family 8 by 10 Art Print

For the Non-Traditional Mom: Ohana Means Family Print

Honor the woman who has been a mother figure to you on Mother’s Day with a reminder that she is truly a part of your family.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/capturewonders/listing/174561/ohana-means-family-lilo-and-stitch-art-print-disney-quote-art-print-ohana-art-print-family-poster

 

 

Angela Horn (1)About aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Angela Horn of The Roaming Catholics:

I am an unschooler, day dreamer, adventure seeker, and peanut nemesis. I love to write in colorful notebooks, bake, garden, watch the Gilmore Girls, and drink coffee. My life consists of art projects, dirty diapers, middle of the night feedings, tooth fairy visits, and listening to audio books. In my spare time, I do copywriting, web design, and public speaking on Unschooling.

My next season in life includes long term family travel. Follow my family as we prepare to explore, learn and traverse across the country.

 

Connect with Angela!

Website: http://www.theroamingcatholics.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theRoamingCatholics/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRoamingCaths

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theroamingcatholics/

 

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Unique and Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Unique and Handmade Mother's Day Gifts on aftcra - handmade marketplace

We love love LOVE our mamas, and they deserve nothing but the best for Mother’s Day. So let’s give them something unique, custom and personal from this list of handmade Mother’s Day gifts. The best part about this list is that everything was crafted with love from an artisan in the USA. That means that you’re giving your mom two doses of love – a gift made with love, selected with love. We’re getting all teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Let’s celebrate our moms with this gift guide list.

 


Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Custom Saying Vintage Teaspoon Garden Marker

Custom Quote Vintage Teaspoon Garden Markers

Handmade in Colorado

Price: $11.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/125109/vintage-teaspoon-garden-markers-hand-stamped-inspirational-personalized-gift-one-marker

 

 


Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Black and Gray Screen-print Cat Shirt

Black and Gray Screen-print Cat Shirt

Handmade in Florida

Price: $27.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thefelineboutique/listing/134655/black-and-gray-cat-shirt-cat-tee-t-shirt-funny-cat-shirt-yoga-clothes-gift-for-cat-lover-crazy-cat-lady-teen-girl-cat-silhouette

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Monogrammed Engagement Ring Box

Monogrammed Engagement Ring Box

Handmade in Oklahoma

Price: $29.50

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mwbstudios/listing/189911/new-monogrammed-engagement-ring-boxes-free-shipping-and-engraving-rb67

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Concrete Coasters with Gold 
Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Gray Coasters with Copper

Concrete Coasters with Gold / Gray Coasters with Copper

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $30.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138734/concrete-coasters-with-gold-set-of-four / http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/184006/gray-and-copper-concrete-coasters

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Special Adoption Symbol Necklace

Special Adoption Symbol Necklace

Handmade in Missouri

Price: $30.99

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/crowstealsfire/listing/110498/hand-stamped-jewelry-adoption-symbol-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Mom of Boys Personalized Name Necklace

Mom of Boys Personalized Name Necklace

Handmade in Connecticut

Price: $31.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176745/mothers-day-gift-for-mom-theres-this-boy-mothers-necklace-theres-these-boys-stole-my-heart-mom-of-boys-personalized-name-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Red Cocktail Ring with gold setting

Red Cocktail Ring with Gold Setting

Handmade in Texas

Price: $35.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/manictrout/listing/20360/red-cocktail-ring-with-gold-setting

 

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Children Hand-stamped Name Necklace

Children Hand-stamped Name Necklace

Handmade in the USA

Price: $36.95

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/JessicaBe/listing/188952/sterling-silver-square-mothers-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Mother-Daughter Infinity Necklace – Silver and Gold

Mother-Daughter Infinity Necklace – Silver and Gold

Handmade in

Price: $45.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/LaSouciqueStudio/listing/150222/mother-daughter-double-circle-infinity-necklaceone-large-circle-and-one-small-sterling-silver-with-necklace-length-of-16-18-or-20-inches

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Rope Basket with Handles - White with Yellow, Brown or Red

Rope Basket with Handles (White with Yellow, Brown or Red)

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $46.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/littlemeadowstudio/listing/188705/rope-basket-with-handles-natural-white-with-yellow-brown-or-red

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Personalized Mother’s Necklace with Two Birthstones

Personalized Mother’s Necklace with Two Birthstones

Handmade in Missouri

Price: $47.99

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/crowstealsfire/listing/5090/personalized-mothers-necklace-washer-with-2-birthstones

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Mother’s Initials Heart Necklace - Silver

Mother’s Initials Heart Necklace (Silver)

Handmade in Delaware

Price: $54.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/190256/hand-stamped-mothers-heart-initials-necklace-in-sterling-silver

 

 

Rustic-Style Coat Rack with Oil Rubbed Bronze Hooks

Rustic-Style Coat Rack with Oil Rubbed Bronze Hooks

Handmade in Nebraska

Price: $54.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/ghwoodcrafters/listing/190955/rustic-style-coat-rack-oil-rubbed-bronze-4-hook-white-custom-finish-avail

 

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Custom Last Name Embroidery Hoop Art

Custom Last Name Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade in Colorado

Price: $56.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190633/custom-embroidery-personalized-hoop-art-last-name-wall-art-needlepoint-cotton-anniversary-personalized-gift-wedding-gift-for-couple

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - She Believed Silver Necklace

“She Believed” Silver Necklace

Handmade in Delaware

Price: $58.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150839/she-believed-sterling-silver-hand-stamped-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Silver Sideways Simple Cross Necklace

Silver Sideways Simple Cross Necklace

Handmade in Indiana

Price: $60.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/studiojewel/listing/179390/sideways-cross-necklace

 

 


Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Home is Where You Are Embroidery Hoop Art

“Home is Where You Are” Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade in Kentucky

Price: $64.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190662/home-is-where-you-are-embroidery-hoop-art

 

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Women’s Leather Passport Holder - Mustard 01

Women’s Leather Passport Holder (Mustard)

Handmade in Utah

Price: $69.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177142/passport-holder-custom-leather-passport-cover-womens-travel-gift-mustard-yellow-color

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Silver Sand Dollar Necklace

Silver Sand Dollar Necklace

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $70.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/nicolenoellejewelry/listing/184249/silver-sand-dollar-necklace

 


Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Shibori Indigo Throw Pillow

Shibori Indigo Throw Pillow

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $75.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/188713/shibori-cushion-cover-in-indigo-blue-decorative-throw-pillow-cover-12×22-lumbar-cushion

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Custom Family Portrait Hipster Mothers Day Mom Fun Gift Idea

Custom Family Portrait (for 5 People)

Handmade in the USA

Price: $90.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/clothandtwigshop/listing/175427/custom-cross-stitch-family-portrait-for-5-people-housewarming-gift-custom-portrait-custom-cross-stitch-custom-gift-by-cloth-and-twig

 

 


Agate Sliced Hot Pink, Magenta and Fuchsia Necklace

Agate Sliced Hot Pink, Magenta and Fuchsia Necklace

Handmade in Texas

Price: $110.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/manictrout/listing/136673/agate-slice-statement-necklace-pink-statement-necklace-agate-statement-necklace-agate-necklace-pink-agate-slice-pink-geode-slice

 

 

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The Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Mom

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Yes, it’s that time of year already when you’re dashing around trying to trump last years Mother’s Day gift. When you’re shopping for the perfect gift for your Mother dearest you can quickly become overwhelmed with all of the choices.

So, to save you the stress of the gift dash, we have put together a bit of a gift guide for those of you who are after some inspiration. With this helpful list you won’t have any troubles finding for the perfect little something that will mean the world to her and what’s even better is that they are all handmade with love.

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project Mothers Day Gift Guide

Sweet and Sentimental

Introducing the Ohana Means Family Print.

This gorgeous print sums up what family means to you and your Mom will be oh so proud to put it on display. For those of you who aren’t Lilo & Stitch fans, this touching quote is a real touching moment in the movie and will be perfectly suited somewhere in her home without a doubt.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/capturewonders/listing/174568/ohana-means-family-lilio-and-stitch-art-print-family-definition-gift-for-family-disney-quote-art-print-ohana-wall-art 

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Fine Leaf Silver Impression Necklace

Shiny and Something to Cherish

Say hello to this Fine Leaf Silver Impression Necklace.

This handcrafted leaf impression necklace is a perfect statement piece for your Mom. This is a unique gift that will never be able to be duplicated due to the individual leaf imprint that has been casted. It is 99.9% fine silver and will look ever so chic around your Mom’s neck and is definitely something she can cherish for years to come.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/nicolenoellejewelry/listing/33282/real-leaf-neckace-in-fine-silver

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Scented Soy Rose Candle

Nice and Rosy

Scented Soy Rose Candle

Can you smell that? It’s the sweet and timeless aroma of fresh cut roses and another amazing Mother’s Day gift. With a rose being a symbol of love,your Mom will think of you every time this candle is burning bright and when it is not burning at all. The elegant scent of this candle is so strong due to the quality of the fragrance oil and will uplift your Mom’s home every day.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/brooklynfirefly/listing/189017/rose-candle-scented-soy-13-ounce-reusable-glass-tumbler

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Black and White Concrete Planter

Everyday Reminders

Black & White Concrete Planter 

This stylish addition to you Mom’s home will scream sophistication and class. For added effect include a plant that she can love and nurture, just like she did to you for all those years. This white and gray concrete planter is made especially for indoor displays of succulents and other low water house plants which means it won’t be too disastrous if you she forgets to water it every now and then.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138737/black-and-white-concrete-planter-cement-pot

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Leather and Tweed Canvas Tote

Practical and Fashionable

Leather and Tweed Canvas Tote

Whether the leading lady in your life needs a super sturdy bag to carry her library books, groceries or laptop; this stylish tote has classic charm and style. With it’s durable base and triple sewn straps, it also features a unique antique brass latch that brings the design together.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/woodlandsoftgoods/listing/143769/leather-and-tweed-canvas-tote

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Good Morning Sunshine Energizing Bath and Body

Clean as a Whistle

Good Morning Sunshine Energizing Bath & Body

Now this product hardly needs to be described as it’s perfect for the hardworking woman we know your Mom is. The Good Morning Sunshine beauty pack is an exciting mix of citrus with notes of fresh cucumber, pineapple and champagne and treats it’s relaxation seekers with the perfect pick-me-up every time. Just add some soothing melodies, a glass of bubbles and some uninterrupted ‘her-time’ and your Mom will be well on her way with this gift.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thebathplace/listing/187888/good-morning-sunshine-energizing-bath-body-trio

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Rhinestone Bling Pen

Something to write home about

Rhinestone Bling Pen

If your Mom is a fashionista in the office and a little bit of a diva she needs this sparkly gift. These rhinestone encrusted pens are handmade and are as unique to one another as a snowflake. With over 250 hand placed gemstones your Mama will exude sparkle inside and out and she will know if anyone tries to claim this pen as there own.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GeorgiaGypsy/listing/113612/gorgeous-handmade-rhinestone-bling-vape-pen

 

That’s a wrap!

So there you have it. A complete guide to just some of the amazing gift choice this Mother’s Day on aftcra. And don’t forget, sometimes the most precious gift of all is your time, love and gratitude. But enough with that, get shopping, you still have your siblings to out do.

 

Tahlia MaynardAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Tahlia of The Freedom Project: 

If you manage to find me without a Caramel Latte in hand, you’ve spotted yourself a rare sight. I’m a blogger and digital nomad, writing from one café to the next. I have a degree in Business (Marketing major), have started and sold two online stores in the beauty and fashion space. When I’m not writing or on the road, you will find me spending time with my beautiful family, friends or my amazing man. I also like to watercolor paint and enjoy sloth mode with popcorn and tragic rom-coms. My blog ‘The Freedom Project’ is my journey of the ongoing pursuit to be happy, be free and living an unconventional life that I am proud of. This does mean I said goodbye to ‘normal’ a while ago. I haven’t looked back.

Connect with Tahlia!

Website: www.thefreedomproject.me

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefreedomprojectt/

LinkedIn: https://de.linkedin.com/in/tahliamaynard

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tahliamaynard

 

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Special Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms

Mothers Day Gifts - Little Ray of Light Blog Suggestions 01

Mother’s Day is such a special occasion for me, now more than ever since becoming one myself. Spending time with those special women on our lives who have given so much to us unconditionally is one of the things I look forward to on this special day. For me gift giving on these particular days is more than just buying a gift: it’s about choosing something that carries a sentimental value and will be, not only useful, but also resonates with that person’s lifestyle and taste. I am so elated to share with you a few items I have absolutely fell in love with for Mother’s Day which I believe represent my views on gift giving.

As a writer for my blog, Little Ray of Light, a life and style blog, I like to find things that are not only stylish but are functional and timeless. As a new mom, I am aware that even though there are new trends to try out every season , sticking to my classic and effortless pieces (be it in clothing, beauty products, etc.) are what really work for me and my everyday style. Running after a toddler is no joke!

Here are my top Mother’s Day gifts:

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Teardrop salmon drop earrings

1. Teardrop salmon drop earrings 

I love the simplicity of these drop earrings which can be used just as much for everyday errands or on a special occasion and they will always look timeless.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Amayeli/listing/186693/teardrop-drop-earrings-salmon-pink-earrings-peach-earrings-bezel-set-gold-earrings-gold-earrings

 

Mothers Day Gifts - I Love You To The Moon And Back Hand Stamped Necklace

2. I Love You To The Moon And Back Hand Stamped Necklace

This piece is very personal which, for me, stands for that unbreakable bond between a mother and her child. It’s endearing and any mom would be more than happy to receive it.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150763/i-love-you-to-the-moon-and-back-hand-stamped-necklace

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Hanging Jewelry Box

3. Hanging Jewelry Box

A lot (if not all) of the women in my family are big jewelry lovers. I’d even classify them as “jewelry hoarders”. This piece is so pretty and helps keep all those beautiful trinkets organized and even displayed in a lovely way.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/cwco/listing/181020/hanging-jewelry-box

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Country Rustic Wine Rack with Stemmed and Stemless Wine Glass Storage

4. Country Rustic Wine Rack with Stemmed and Stemless Wine Glass Storage

For the mom who is a wine lover (like mine) this is such a functional gift that will also give her a chance to showcase her favorite bottles in a stylish way.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/tdrusticreflections/listing/187932/country-rustic-wine-rack-with-stemmed-and-stemless-wine-glass-storage

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Reclaimed Wood Headphones

5. Reclaimed Wood Headphones

As soon as I saw these I was in love. These headphones are quirky, cool and functional all at the same time. An avid music lover would love to receive these for sure.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/envaudio/listing/175426/reclaimed-wood-headphones

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Mother and Daughter Mug

6. Mother and Daughter Mug

For the coffee lover mom, what better gift than a pretty mug with a heartfelt message? These are so endearing and can be used as a complimentary gift as well.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174799/as-long-as-im-living-mugs-set-2-mugs-mother-and-daughter-mugs-custom-mugs-custom-text-distance-mugs-birthday-gift-going-away

 

Mothers Day Gifts - 1 Year Customizable Planner – Small

7. 1 Year Customizable Planner – Small

For the busy mom who’s always got a million things to do (and doesn’t like using her smart phone to schedule her stuff) this is the perfect gift in a size that fits neatly in her tote bag.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/AutumnBreezy/listing/177126/1-year-customizable-planner-small

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Apple Jack and Peel Scented Soy Candles 12 oz

8. Apple Jack and Peel Scented Soy Candles 12 oz

The packaging alone won me over. Simple and elegant. For every mom who loves to unwind with a nice warm bath and an aromatic candle, this one’s for her.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thesoycandlebarn/listing/155113/apple-jack-and-peel-scented-soy-candles-12-oz-new-fall-scents-ready-to-ship-to-you

 

 

Raquel - Little Ray of Light BlogAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Raquel of Little Ray of Light. I am a thirty-something, first time mom to a little boy named Lucas. I work full time as an online psychology course instructor and Curriculum developer for an online institution in Puerto Rico. I hold a degree in School Psychology and in my free time, I blog about my passion for fashion, style, beauty and family life. Please stop by and say hi any time!

Connect with Raquel!

Website: http://littlerayoflight.com/

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/littlerayoflightblog/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/raquel1672/

 

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Unique Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25

Unique Mothers Day Gift Ideas Under 25 - Handmade Gift made in the USA - Artisanal Handcrafted Gifts for Mom

An expensive gift doesn’t always mean a meaningful gift, which is why we put together a list of some of our favorite and most unique Mother’s Day gifts under $25. And what’s super awesome about this list – it’s all handmade by artisans around the USA. That’s a lot of gift ideas that are extra special and made with a little extra love that your mom is bound to love. From custom necklaces to gorgeous home decor, we’re sure you’ll find something for her here.

And check back once in awhile for updates to this list as new products are added to aftcra.com.

 

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Mint Lace Wrist Cuff Jewelry

Handmade in Wyoming

Price: $11.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21693/mint-lace-wrist-cuff

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Mint Lace Wrist Cuff Jewelry

 

 

“You Are My Person” Wall Decor

Handmade in New York

Price: $14.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/176636/best-friends-plaqueyou-are-my-persongifts-under-20friendship-signwood-word-artgallery-wall-decorcountry-home-decor

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - You Are My Person Wooden Wall Decor

 

 

Lavender and Chamomile Goats Milk Soap (Pack of 2)

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $14.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/oilandash/listing/115265/2-pack-lavender-chamomile-goats-milk-soap-handmade-soap-all-natural-soap-cold-process-soap-essential-oil-soap

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Lavender and Chamomile Goats Milk Soap - Pack of 2

 

 

“Living the Dream” Coffee Mug

Handmade in Georgia

Price: $14.95

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/littlerusticsignshop/listing/190918/coffee-mug-living-the-dream-ceramic-8-oz-mug-item-123

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Living the Dream Mug

 

 

“I’m Not a Regular Mom, I’m a Cool Mom” Mean Girls Mug

Handmade in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/36067/im-not-like-a-regular-mom-im-a-cool-mom-mean-girls-movie-coffee-cup-mug-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - I’m Not a Regular Mom, I’m a Cool Mom - Mean Girls Mug

 

 

Wooden “Eggs” Rustic Wooden Kitchen Sign

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $15.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here:  http://www.aftcra.com/foothillssigns/listing/171179/wood-eggs-sign-hand-painted-distressed-rustic-wood-sign

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Grey Concrete Trinket Box

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $16.50

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138743/concrete-trinket-box-with-lid-cement-jewelry-box

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Mother/Daughter “Knows No Distance” Matching Tumbler

Handmade in Louisiana

Price: $16.99

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174672/mother-and-daughter-knows-no-distance-tumbler-with-miss-you-states-miss-you-tumbler-with-straw-long-distance-mother-n-daughter-custom

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Mother:Daughter “Knows No Distance” Matching Tumbler

 

 

Grey Houndstooth DSLR Camera Strap

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $19.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/craftystaci/listing/183122/camera-strap-for-wrist-dslr-quick-release-grey-houndstooth-ready-to-ship

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Grey Houndstooth DSLR Camera Strap

 

 

New Mom “Baby” Arrow Necklace

Handmade in Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135415/baby-arrow-necklace-hand-stamped-necklace-arrow-necklace-pointing-to-expecting-baby-necklace-expectant-mom-necklace-brass-necklace

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - New Mom Baby Arrow Necklace

 

 

Turquoise Seahorse Necklace

Handmade in South Carolina

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/onceagainsam/listing/704/cameo-pendant-seahorse-turquoise

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Mother’s Bracelet with Personalized Children’s Names and Birthstones

Handmade in Tennessee

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135591/hand-stamped-personalized-bracelet-adjustable-bracelet-mothers-bracelet-with-birthstones-birthstone-bracelet-personalized-jewelry

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Mother’s Bracelet with Personalized Children’s Names and Birthstones

 

 

Embroidered Flamingo Handkerchief

Handmade in Washington

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/wrenbirdarts/listing/161459/embroidered-flamingo-handkerchief-flamingo-accessory-ooak-gift-unique-handkerchief-by-wrenbirdarts-on-etsy

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Embroidered Flamingo Hanky

 

 

“Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” T-Shirt

Handmade in Ohio

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/radquotetees/listing/177221/sorry-for-what-i-said-when-i-was-hungry-tee-shirt

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Hangry Sassy Tee

 

 

Coffee, Books and Rain T-Shirt

Handmade in Ohio

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/radquotetees/listing/176642/coffee-books-and-rain-tee-shirt

Coffee Books and Rain T-Shirt

 

 

 

“Mommy-To-Be” Pregnancy Bracelet

Handmade in Connecticut

Price: $23.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176732/mothers-day-gift-mommy-to-be-mommy-bracelet-bangle-bracelet-hand-stamped-jewelry-personalized-bracelet-pregnancy-announcement-gift

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Mommy-To-Be Pregnancy Bracelet

 

 

Personalized Aromatherapy Necklace

Handmade in Tennessee

Price: $25.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135342/personalized-necklace-hand-stamped-aromatherapy-necklace-aromatherapy-essential-oil-diffuser-locket-essential-oil-diffuser-necklace

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Personalized Aromatherapy Necklace

 

 

“Home is Where Your Mom Is” Wooden Painted Sign

Handmade in New York

Price: $25.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/160284/gift-for-mom-home-wood-sign-rustic-sign-gifts-for-her-handmade-sign-hand-painted-sign-wooden-sign-signs-for-mom-rustic-home-decor


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Meet the Maker: Lisa of Little Meadow Studio

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Spring is here! Are you prepping for upcoming Farmer’s Markets, beach days, and Mother’s Day celebrations that are sneaking up on us? Artist Lisa Coffee of Little Meadow Studio handcrafts understated and incredibly beautiful tote bags and baskets that will be a staple for your spring and summer activities. From Market Totes to Harvest Baskets for your foodie finds, and Project Baskets for creative home storage, you’re going to find something spectacular with Lisa … and fall in love with Little Meadow Studio‘s designs while you’re at at.

Let’s get to know Lisa and how she derives the inspiration behind her work!

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Hi, I’m Lisa Coffee. My shop is called Little Meadow Studio, and I handcraft rope baskets.

I’m blessed beyond measure to live, along with my husband and two children, on a twelve acre homestead in Western North Carolina, just outside of Asheville. I work from home, and my studio is a hallway room of sorts. It’s a room that connects two other rooms in my house, and is centrally located so I can be working, yet still in the middle of everything. My studio has amazing built-in shelves, a skylight and a window overlooking our flock of chickens – it’s a sweet space!

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How did you get started in your line of work?

I am a Maker, and I always have been. I inherited my paternal grandmother’s crafty gene, for her hands were always busy with one project or another. As a teenager, I taught myself to make candles, and to sew. During my early twenties I seasonally followed the Grateful Dead on tour, and to fund my travels, I sold dresses and candles in the great traveling craft show known as The Lot. This was a carefree and enlightening time in my life full of adventurous travel and personal growth, and from these experiences, though more than twenty years past, I still draw inspiration. Over the years I’ve dabbled in all sorts of handmade crafts, it’s no wonder that I chose two “hands-on” careers – I spent ten years in private practice as a Massage Therapist, followed by five years working in the Deaf community as an American Sign Language interpreter. Throughout the years I kept my hands busy making beeswax candles, sewing household goods, embossing copper, learning photography, making gemstone jewelry, exploring the art of wheel-thrown pottery at a local pottery guild, knitting, and a ton of gardening. After starting a family, my husband and I moved from Colorado to Western North Carolina to live out our homesteading dreams. We purchased an amazing piece of property nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, expanded our gardens, bought our first flock of hens, began keeping bees, continuing to grow and preserve as much of our own food as possible. With my two young children as inspiration, I began sewing their clothes, quilting and knitting more. When I first spotted a rope basket during an internet search, I just knew I had to make one. And so, one afternoon I sat at my machine, and worked it out. The first two baskets were lovely and imperfect and practical and I was hooked. I didn’t start making baskets with the intent of selling them, but as I shared my process on social media, the response was overwhelming – people wanted these baskets, and I loved making them – et voilá, a small business was born!

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How long have you been doing your artwork?

I’ve been sewing for 24 years, and sewing rope baskets for nearly one year.

 

How did you come up with the name of your shop?

The inspiration for my shop name Little Meadow Studio comes from the land I live on. If you were to walk with me around this property, I’d lead you first through the expansive gardens where my family and I grow our food. From there we would swing by the backyard playground, and head toward the Tricky Trail. We’d cross the creek at Fairy Crossing, stopping long enough to spy salamanders and play in the rushing water. From here we would first amble, then run along winding forest trails, ducking under hundred year old rhododendron trees, spotting mushrooms, bear scat, and vibrant green moss at the base of each tree trunk. After winding along, we would cross the creek again and follow the path up through sourwood and oak to a little rainbow colored wildflower meadow. Here we would watch how the afternoon light casts through insect wings. We’d notice how the breeze turns each bloom towards us, like a welcoming wave – dandelion, oxeye daisy, goldenrod, red clover, joe-pye weed, poppy, jewel weed, yarrow – depending on the season – the whole rainbow blooms here. We would wander around admiring each bloom, perhaps laying down a blanket, a place to rest and daydream the afternoon away.

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How do you create your work?

I do most of my sewing in the middle of the day when my children are otherwise occupied around the homestead. However, since my studio is in the middle of the house, they are often by my side, if not sitting on my table as I sew. Each of my baskets is sewn using a continuous piece of cotton rope. I hand dye the rope in small batches prior to sewing. Sometimes I have a specific shape or pattern in mind when I’m dyeing, other times, I make it up as I go. Some of my most favorite baskets have come from those days when I sit down with a hank of rope and start sewing with no particular shape in mind. I love the organic shape building aspect of making these baskets, which reminds me of wheel-throwing clay.

 

What is the inspiration for your work? 

My inspiration for most things in life has always come from the natural world around me. I spend most of my waking time outside in the garden, or exploring the forest with my kids. My work is influenced by the need of having beautiful and functional ways of storing my homesteading tools, harvests, knitting WIPs, and crafting supplies. I often joke that one can not be both a homesteader and a minimalist because the work of growing, harvesting, and preserving food requires a lot of stuff, and I’m forever looking for creative and beautiful ways of storing that stuff. The idea of creating something that is as beautiful as it is useful motivates me. I’m practical but I also like pretty, and I’m not willing to compromise beauty for functionality if I can have both.

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What is your next new exciting project? 

This spring I’m planting a dye garden on the homestead. The idea of cultivating plants for dyeing textiles has me beyond excited. My seeds are ordered, my garden beds prepped, and as soon as the spring weather takes a firm hold on my mountain garden, I’ll be growing indigo, hopi sunflowers, goldenrod, amaranth, elderberry and many, many more. I hope to transition to completely homegrown plant dyes within the coming months. Long term, I have plans to turn our back room into a pottery studio. It’s been years since I’ve sat at a wheel and played with clay, and I plan to revisit that love affair soon!

 

What is a quote that you personally live by, or you have shared with others for inspiration?

“It’s never too late – in fiction or in life – to revise.” – Nancy Thayer

 

As a small business owner, what is one piece of advice you would share with other small business owners?

Make what you love, and Share The Love with your buyers. Without the people who actually buy my art, I would have a hobby, not a business. I strive to respond promptly to customer inquires, clearly communicate my process, rates and shipping times, and generally try to be available. Sending out a token of appreciation to customers, whether it’s a handwritten note, special discount offer, or small handmade gift are a few ways that I share the love with my customers. I see working from home, creating beautiful functional art, to be a great privilege, and I’m grateful every day to have this lifestyle.

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What handmade-related business resources do you use to help improve your business?

I don’t use any specific handmade-related business tools. Should I be?! I joke, but really, my most useful tool for the business side of my work is a simple google docs spreadsheet, which helps me keep the numbers in check. I also can’t say enough good things about the instagram community. I am inspired and uplifted daily by Makers of all sorts.

 

What does “handmade” and “handcrafted” mean to you?

I interpret Handmade and Handcrafted to mean, quite literally, the work that comes from one’s own hands. Handcrafted means being involved and “hands on” during as many steps of design and fabrication as possible. It means authentic, personal, unique. It means time well spent.

 

Why did you choose to join aftcra, and what do you enjoy about the community?

I’m new to Aftcra, and I came for two main reasons:

1) I was looking for an online community serving American Makers, and

2) I wanted to find a platform where my work could stand out as unique, and not just one in a million.

I was very impressed with the ease of setting up my shop, and overall the user interface feels welcoming and intuitive. I’m excited for the opportunities within this community!

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Get regular updates from Genevieve and Little Meadow Studio! Connect with their social profiles here:

Facebook: Little Meadow Studio

Instagram: @littlemeadowstudio

 

Want to get featured on aftcra’s homepage! Interested in becoming aftcra’s Featured Store of the month? Send an email to info@aftcra.com and we will send you the requirements. All requests will be considered to become the next aftcra Featured Store.

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Meet the Maker: Genevieve of The Azure Rose

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From simple silver and gold necklaces to intricately hand-stamped jewelry, we felt the need to introduce you to the maker behind the aftcra shop The Azure Rose. Not only is the jewelry in The Azure Rose stunning, but the variety that she offers is incredible. What we found even more interesting was the story behind The Azure Rose, and how Genevieve got the inspiration to create her shop and work. Let’s get to know Genevieve!

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My name is Genevieve, my shop is called The Azure Rose, and I create hand stamped sterling silver jewelry and stainless steel key chains.

I work out of my home in Newark, Delaware. I have a work bench in my house, but I have my basic tools in a carrying case so I can take them outside on my deck when the weather is nice. It’s great to be able to work outside!

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How did you come up with the name “The Azure Rose“?

One of my middle names is Rose, and I really love the blues of the sky and ocean, so I chose to combine my name with one of my favorite colors in nature, azure.

 

How did you get drawn to making?

I’ve been crafting various styles of jewelry for about 7 years, but am now focusing mostly on hand stamped jewelry. I’ve been hand stamping for almost 2 years.

My background is in geotechnical engineering. I started creating jewelry when my first daughter was born, and I decided to take a break from engineering to stay home with her. I’ve always liked making things with my hands, and when I tried crafting jewelry, I found I really enjoyed it and was able to sell it. Seven years and four kids later, I love the flexibility of my business, and the creative outlet it provides me.

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How do you create your jewelry?

I love to sit down at my work bench with a bunch of blanks, tools, stamps, wire, charms, and anything else that has caught my eye that day, and get swept up in creative inspiration. I’ll pair various blanks and charms together, or try stamping designs or words in different ways, or I may just grab my hammer and work on texturing methods to find one I like. Those are my favorite days, the ones where I am free to just create something new, whatever I feel like. Then when I’ve made something I love, I finish all the details and photograph it to add to my shop.

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What is the inspiration for your work?

Generally, I feel inspired to work with my hands. I love the feeling of working on a piece of jewelry and then seeing the finished piece at the end, a physical representation of something I imagined. More specifically, for my personalized hand stamped jewelry I am often inspired to create things by my friends and family. I like to make things that would be meaningful to the people in my life, to remember an anniversary or a child’s birth, or a loved one that has passed. I like that I can create pieces inspired by meaningful events in the lives of people I know, and then personalize those pieces for my customers.

 

What is your next new exciting project?

I am excited to expand my new line of minimalist geometric jewelry, which focuses on the lines and textures of the metals I work with, rather than the impressions I stamp into the metals for my hand stamped jewelry. I am starting to work with other metals in addition to silver, including gold-filled and rose-gold filled materials, and have been creating simple mixed metal pieces which combine different shapes, metals, and textures.

 

As a small business owner, what is one piece of advice you would share with other small business owners?

Believe in yourself and your craft! Starting my business was challenging, and there were a lot of bumps along the way. I always strive to improve my jewelry, my brand, my photos for online sales, and am fortunate enough to have a wonderful husband and family encouraging me. I believe in myself and love what I do!

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What is a quote that you personally live by, or you have shared with others for inspiration?

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of all of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

-Author Unknown.

As a wife, a mom to four kids under the age of seven, and a small business owner and jewelry artisan, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by everything going on in my life. This quote reminds me to stop and take a deep breath, that I can still feel peace within myself when the world around me is chaotic.

 

What handmade-related business resources do you use to help improve your business?

I don’t really use handmade-related business resources specifically, but I think one of my best resources has been other artists. Whether I meet people in person at craft shows, or through my online selling communities, I find that other artists have great advice and lots of new ideas that have helped me along the way. Building real and virtual friendships with other artists has helped me discover both better success with selling my jewelry, as well as helped me improve my crafting techniques and creation process.

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Why did you choose to join aftcra, and what do you enjoy about the community?

I like the idea of an American artisan marketplace, and I think it’s awesome that this whole thing was created by a mom, like me. I think Aftcra represents “handcrafted artisans” in a way that fits me, and it’s been a welcoming and friendly community.

 

What does “handmade” and “handcrafted” mean to you?

Handmade and handcrafted, to me, both mean something created by the hands of a skilled artist. It’s a physical expression of a person’s creativity, and the imaginativeness and care behind something created by an individual artist’s hands adds a depth and significance to the item for person who receives it.

 

Get regular updates from Genevieve and The Azure Rose! Connect with their social profiles here:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheAzureRoseJewelry

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theazurerose123

Twitter: @theazurerose

 

Want to get featured on aftcra’s homepage! Interested in becoming aftcra’s Featured Store of the month? Send an email to info@aftcra.com and we will send you the requirements. All requests will be considered to become the next aftcra Featured Store.

Have you checked out aftcra yet?  Discover handmade goods from American artisans at aftcra.

 

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Maker Tips: 3 Craft Show Do’s and Don’ts

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Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Danielle Spurge of Merriweather Council. Sign up for The Merriweather Council’s newsletter here.

I love to go to craft shows because it is so fun to get out of the house and be amongst crafty friends and lovers of craft! Plus it’s fun to set up your booth and talk about your work all day. I realize some people are not into this at all, but I love it and encourage everyone to do it at least a few times!

To preface these tips there is the mother of all craft show logic: only shows that suit your work, price points and appeal to your target audience. Will your people be there? This is the number one consideration! No point in investing time, money and energy into a show that doesn’t attract the people who want to buy your stuff. No matter how much promotion you do for a show you’ll be at, the organizers are the ones who will primarily determine what kind of audience this show attracts so do your research!

Ahh craft show season!! Gotta love it. On top of the main factors in craft shows such as location and target audience, you want to consider a few more things that are specific to you and your product’s presentation at a show. Being mindful of display, attitude and personal behavior is essential when doing a show! Here are my personal craft show do’s and don’ts for making it through this craft show season.

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3 Craft Show Do’s

1. Do Display Wisely!

You want to present your item as close to it’s “natural environment” as possible. This means that if you sell wall art, you want to display it hanging, on a “wall” in your craft show booth. Some folks are lucky – photographers and painters especially- in that people generally understand you hang these up or frame them. But if you sell an item that is a bit more cryptic, let’s say a ceramic tile, people might not “get it” if it’s just laying on the table. Give your work as much context as possible for the passerby.

2. Do Use Signage.

Signs are essential. For pricing or additional info, signs are great for giving people info they are too shy to ask about. If you have a product that is difficult to adhere a price tag to, a sign is an easy way to communicate that info. Likewise, you want your signage to promote your brand and give interest to your space, so consider hanging signs above your table or from the sides of your tent if possible – rather than only putting a sign across the front of a table, where it will be blocked as soon as someone comes to your table, which is what you want! A sign that explains you take credit cards will also go a long way.

3. Do greet customers.

Time to break out of your shell here, people! A simple hello and welcome is a nice way to let patrons know you are the person in charge of this space. A friend of mine who worked many years in retail passed this phase along to me: “let me know if i can answer any questions while you look around.” This immediately takes away the weirdness associated with “Let me know if you have any questions” / “no I’m just looking” exchange. You have already acknowledged that they are browsing, and offered a no pressure invite. Don’t harp on people, some folks find it annoying.

 

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3 Craft Shows Don’ts

1. Don’t spend the whole day on your phone.

Or otherwise huddled in the back corner. Be present and available for questions, discussions and most importantly, transactions! You are the brand, so be the brand!

2. Don’t only accept cash.

If you have the ability to sell online, you have the ability to accept credit card in person at a show, assuming there is decent cell service at your event’s venue. Many people will not have cash on them, don’t make it harder for people to buy from you.

3. Don’t compare yourself to your neighbors.

Shows are hard in that, you are competing in real life with the person directly next to you! You will get mad, frustrated and confused if you spend the whole day wondering how everyone else is doing. Not to mention distracted. Focus on the customers in your booth, and making sure your display is enticing and presents your products as well as possible. Don’t spend your day hypothesizing with your neighbor on how things are going down the hall or in the front of the room. Just make the most of what you’re got going on!

 

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About the Author, Danielle Spurge of Merriweather Council:
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Danielle is a crafter, blogger and crafty business consultant. She empowers creatives to share their work with confidence, optimize their handmade shops + leverage their creations. More info can be found at the merriweathercouncil blog.

 

 

 

 

 

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