Let’s support our local communities and Blog Friends ….

5 Oct

It’s October, so of course I’m thinking of Christmas—hahaha! Well, sort of. I was looking at a couple of blogger friend’s etsy pages the other day and thought how I’d love to support them.

Then, I thought how wonderful it would be to do some of my Christmas shopping online at our blogger-friends “stores.” There’s pashimas, and art, and hand-made notebooks, and crafts, and leatherworks, and no telling what all.

So, Angie Ledbetter and I are doing a shout out to our blogger friends and their family/friends who sell “artsy” kinds of items. Place a link or the information in the comments section and then we’ll post them. Stop by Angie’s place and let her know, too!

As well and just as important, I’d also like to give a shout out to the local vendors and shops in our communities. Like my communities in Haywood County–especially my little Maggie Valley and Main Street Waynesville. They need us, too. Very much so. The local vendors and shops are the hearts of our communities—indie booksellers, little mom and pop shops, etc. So please keep them in mind as you go into the coming holiday season. Maybe their products aren’t as cheap as some of the big discount stores, but, you can find things made in your own community by people who live there and need you. Same concept as shopping online with our blogger community friends—helping and supporting each other!

I just believe we should support each other in our little(big) blogger world and towns. I know how many of you may never have heard of Tender Graces were it not for Blog Land and indie booksellers and community libraries—so the “power” of getting the word out through our blogs and little communities to help one another is tremendous.

Let’s make this Christmas an interesting and fun one by buying from local vendors/shop owners and by purchasing online from our blogger friends!

Ho! ho! ho! and a bottle of Rum…er….or something like that *laughing*

35 Responses to “Let’s support our local communities and Blog Friends ….”

  1. Analisa October 5, 2009 at 7:36 am #

    What a great idea!

  2. Maria-Thérèse afiori.com October 5, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    Great idea! I'll be back to check the list when I do my own shopping!You already know what I do but here goes: http://www.afiori.com – fine art photography, collages, unique mixed paper notebooks, custom wedding books and guestbooks. Everything is handmade by me from scratch and the notebooks have my art on the covers. Direct link to shop: http://afiori.etsy.com

  3. Carol @ TheWritersPorch October 5, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    This really is a great idea you and Ang have but I hate thinking about Christmas until after Halloween! :)

  4. Barry October 5, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    This is a wonderful idea. Count me in.

  5. Ronda's Rants October 5, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    What a wonderful idea! You have inspired me!

  6. Strange Fiction October 5, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    Wonderful idea Kathryn. I was thinking about Christmas yesterday…

  7. Janna Qualman October 5, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    This place is local to my state. I haven't ordered yet, but plan to. Gave Angie the same link.www.riggscreations.org

  8. t i m October 5, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    that's a really good idea so i'll forgive you for mentioning the 'c' word in october :)

  9. Angie Ledbetter October 5, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Yay…I can almost hear the Christmas caroles. NOT! It's hot and I'm barefoot here, but never too soon to start making gift giving lists, hunh? Hugs!

  10. Jessica October 5, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Great idea you two had. I need to shop local more.

  11. Glynis October 5, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    I need to get to Halloween first (birthday :) ) then think Christmas. It is a great idea to support each other. I am also shopping in the breast cancer stores.

  12. Small Footprints October 5, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    This is such a great idea … and lots of fun, too! Thank you for the opportunity to not only display our shops but … to shop from our fellow blogger's shops. Very cool!Here's our shop (mine and "Art's"):http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6820529I'll pass the word!Small Footprints

  13. Deb Shucka October 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    What a great idea!

  14. The Accessory Lady October 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you so much for your support! :-). You can find our crafty creations at:http://www.theaccessorylady.comhttp://theaccessorylady.blogspot.comHave a wonderful week. PS: Your dog is adorable!

  15. Mommy Tyme October 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks for promoting the artisan/handmade community! I think I speak for all of us when I say, we appreciate the shout out! Mommy Tyme bath and gifts is handmade soap, bath and body items, jewelry, scarves, accessories, and gifts for the home… All made by me! So, if you have time to shop, stop by http://www.MommyTyme.etsy.comhttp://fuzzb.com/MommyTymeThanks!

  16. Sheila Deeth October 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    What a lovely idea. But help! Christmas???!!!

  17. Linda October 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    What a great idea. Thank you so much for doing this. If you have a banner I would love to post this on my blog for you.Lindahttp://ribbonsrosesandmore.com/

  18. Lazy Writer October 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Great idea, but must you force me to think about Christmas already? :)

  19. trusk4u October 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    I was referred here by smallfootprints! Thank you so much for this opportunity! My links are:http://trusk4u.etsy.comhttp://trusk4u.winkelf.comhttp://www.artistryarts.com/shop.php?user_id=100006

  20. Debbie October 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    I am loving this idea so much! You two are the best:)

  21. ~JarieLyn~ October 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    This is a great idea. I bought a piece of jewelry from a fellow blogger and I just love it. I wear it all the time. I purchased it from Denise at the Seasonal Cottage. I can't recall the name of her etsy shop but she's a member of the FMTSO meme. She does fantastic work.

  22. Gibsongirl497 October 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Wonderful idea! I really love shopping handmade. In fact I'd rather shop this way than any other.These are my shops for hand crafted jewelry:http://www.1000markets.com/users/gibsonwirecreationshttp://www.artfire.com/users/GibsonWireCreationshttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=49783

  23. Andy Lowe October 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi my friend i was also sent an invite by Smallmy wee shop/gallery is at http://www.photoboxgallery.com/3004962wher i sell my pictures of the highlands of Scotland all the proceeds go to charitymany thanks for the chance to share the link

  24. jeweledrabbit October 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    I make jewelry, and I just found out about this from trusk4u.Here's the link to my Winkelf shop:The Jeweled RabbitI'm planning to change artistic direction, so I'm liquidating much of my current stock. Most of my jewelry has been marked down 50%, so here's a great chance to stock up on jewelry at great prices for Christmas gifts.I'll be posting about this opportunity to promote indie artists on my blog.Maureen

  25. Stephanie Faris October 5, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    I don't sell anything but I'd love to support others. Maybe someone could feature some of the best gift ideas and put them in a blog closer to time? Maybe we could do it as a group. I'd definitely participate.

  26. Diane October 5, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    I noticed your sweet comment on my blog regarding my friend Sara and her new ribbon necklace business. Thank you so much for this great idea! :O)Sara's sites:http://twillypop.blogspot.com/twillypop.etsy.com

  27. MairzyDozy October 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    This is a great idea! My sister and I are planning to support handmade for this Christmas shopping season as well. We would be honored if you would list our shop! -Dawn at MairzyDozyhttp://www.mairzydozy.etsy.com

  28. Patience-please October 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    I didn't post anything at first. It is a brilliant idea. I don't have an etsy shop, but I have a websitehttp://www.dogwalkers.netwhere you can find my custom made fancy dog collars and where you can buy my book of dog stories.Thanks!Patience

  29. Titus October 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Could I recommend Aiko Harman's site, where she sells her "Poetry Pets". Fabulous single poems with a hand-made soft toy to go with them.She's here:www.lionandsloth.com/

  30. Meghann LittleStudio October 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Fabulous idea! All my presents are always handmade – either by myself or another artist. Here are my shops:http://www.LittleStudioJewels.etsy.comhttp://www.LittleStudioJewels.artfire.comhttp://www.icraft.ca/littlestudiojewelsBlog: http://www.meglittlestudio.blogspot.com

  31. Meghann LittleStudio October 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Woops! I guess I should tell you I make handcrafted jewelry and also do art photography :)

  32. Michelle October 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    http://michelle-colourmyworld.blogspot.comThat's me, Michelle, for artworks :)

  33. Denise October 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    hello – thanks for the "shout out" JarieLyn – I wasn't sure how to sign up but I would love to participate! I have three handmade shops on Etsy and three supply shops. Just let me know how.thanks!!!

  34. Anonymous December 27, 2009 at 9:35 am #

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