This week some of my friend’s helped me celebrate Ketchup is Vegetable’s first birthday by donating their products for giveaways on my Facebook page. If you are looking to do some holiday shopping and want to support small businesses and artists based out of the good ol US of A, I HIGHLY recommend all of these items!
Bethany from Loopholes donated two of her super cute (and VERY affordable) necklaces. Folks were all but throwing elbows to win!
Jewelry made by my friend Ellie of One Crafty Mother (blog), her Etsy shop, Shining Stones is full of beautiful and inspirational handmade jewelry. Not only is Ellie an amazing writer and artist but she works tirelessly in the recovery community helping women all over the country who are recovering from addiction. You can find her brand-spanking new podcast HERE!
I met Karen from Playful Planet at Creative Alliance ’12 in Ojai, CA this year. When she described one of her products, a DVD called Storyland Yoga— I flipped out. I’ve become obsessed with yoga over the last few months and anytime I was practicing at home, Emma and Sadie wanted to join in. Obviously they needed to be centered on my mat, underneath me to do so. Storyland Yoga is an interactive DVD for kids which combines story-telling and movement to keep your kids totally engaged. It’s a genius idea! Me and my girls are hoping for more DVDs!
My friend Amber is just finding her feet in the blogosphere but she has one of the few blogs that I read religiously. The Unconventional Doctor’s Wife is witty, warm and insightful. Amber’s honesty and creativity inspire me. As do these ADORABLE stamped leather bracelets she is making…
B, my sister, started calling me earlier this year and reading passages from Lela Davidson’s first book, “Blacklisted from the PTA.” I knew I was going to love her immediately. I bought her book, started following her blog and was able to meet her at BlogHer this year and confirm what I already knew to be true. She is amazing. Her second book, “Who Peed on my Yoga Mat?” was just realized and I loved it. Loved. It.
Miki McCurdy is one of my favorite people on the planet. I’m trying not to use the word amazing again, but I don’t know how else to describe her work. I met Miki after seeing countless family photo shoots she had done around Greenwood. The thing that stood out to m the most was that in one picture, Miki could totally capture the spirit of a child. That sounds almost ridiculous but if you like her Facebook page you can flip through her work and see what I mean. I don’t know how she makes her colors pop like that or how on a Sunday afternoon she was able to: shoot the cover of Ketchup in my kitchen, take new head shots for me, and get all five members of my family to look at the camera and not just “cheese” but be themselves. And her paintings…
I can’t even… words fail me.
Her use of color– amazing. (I couldn’t help myself.)
And of course, my bloggy Sister Wife, Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, whose holiday humor book “Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat,” is TEARING up the Amazon bestsellers’ list right now. (Because it’s really, really funny.)
I can’t say enough how grateful I am to all of you for reading, telling your friends about the blog and my books, leaving comments and sharing your stories (which makes me feel less crazy)… for all of it. Because of YOU my dreams have come true. I wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl reading Judy Blume and The Babysitter’s Club but I never thought it would happen. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!
I’m going to make available the option to order signed books directly from me in the next few days– stay tuned!