Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Gratitude and Gratefulness shop - inspirational and motivational gifts
You may not have thought of it, but many small businesses are online only. The folks who sell crafts at etsy, many of the shopkeepers of Zazzle and Cafepress, independent artists who run small businesses out of their homes and maintain a web presence, are just as deserving of your consumer dollars as any other bricks-and-mortar shop. So if you're in the mood to relax and shop from the convenience of your own home, here is a list of small home-based businesses offering unique gifts you won't find at the mall.
I've preselected these so you can be assured they are (1) safe to click on, and (2) legitimate small businesses.
CurryPlum - Asian furnishings, decor, film, art, books, jewelry and apparel.
Studio Metzger - logo wear, custom t-shirts & merchandise
Roses That Last - An amazing site for lovers of roses. They have a growing selection of rose-themed products - over 70 species and named hybrids to choose from.
Scarebaby Design- a shop that has everything from calendars to baby clothes
ShoeFiti - A site you have to see - devoted to those shoes that people toss over the overhead wires.
The Art of FoxVox -home of original Celtic Knotwork & Spiral Art by artist Kristen N. Fox
Fig Street Studio - a personal favorite of mine, featuring authentic New Orleans art by a fantastic group of artists
Barbara Burns, artist - fine art from a fine midwestern artist
Customize A Card - unique cards, playing cards, commitment ceremony certificates and customizable greeting cards
Living Zen - Zen cards, Buddhist words of wisdom on our own framed art, Taoist tshirts, Chakra symbols and lots more. Customizable.
Pregnant By Design
Pregnant By Designclever maternity wear
The Shops at Etsy - a site devoted to small art and craft shops, well worth a visit!
Maggie Ross Dogs - She'll do a painting of your dog or cat for you, and I guarantee you will love it!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
To donate to the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. To schedule a blood donation or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent. You can also help victims of Hurricane Sandy while you shop at Zazzle, the online t-shirt store. Here are some t-shirt designs that were created specifically to raise funds, and according to Zazzle, "All of the gross profits (including commissions that would ordinarily be paid to sellers) from sales of products that are tagged “hurricanesupport” will be donated directly to nonprofit organizations who are funding the relief and recovery efforts."