Sh*t My Friends Make

 

One of my favorite parts of my job – and my life – is that I get to meet and befriend the most amazing people. People who spend late nights working on their passion projects, who understand why shopping small is so important, and who are just generally awesome. I had every intention of getting this post pulled together earlier in the month, but my other jobs (I’ve got some hustle, too) have kept me busier than usual. I’m sure some shipping windows have already closed to order things in time, but you never know! And plenty of these guys have sales, free shipping, etc going on right now. Please know that the best, most genuine people are behind these shops. (I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few as well!)

 

20×200 // fine art prints // photography prints // artist-made objects // limited edition art

 

Alternate Histories // prints // greeting cards // books // calendar

 

Amy Hamley Ceramics // tableware // serveware // accents // planters // vases // one of a kind

 

Ashley Cecil // kimonos // wallpaper // scarves // giclee prints // coloring // snail mail

 

Black Dog Printshop // linocut prints // watercolors // greeting cards // tote bags // ornaments // t-shirts // kitchen towels

 

Block Shop // scarves // robes // table linens // pillows // kantha quilts // woodblock paper prints // rugs // notecards

 

Boots & Arrow // dog collars // dog bandanas // poop bag holders // people accessories

 

Brave New World Designs // adult and kid size t-shirts

 

Chipper Things // apparel // home

 

Commonwealth Press // t-shirts // tote bags // pillows // prints // greeting cards // magnets

 

Cotton & Flax // pillows // tea towels // napkins // coasters // notebooks

 

Debbie Carlos // prints // ceramics // jewelry // democracy prints // workshops

 

Emily McDowell Studio // greetings cards // mugs // keychains // pins // tote bags // pouches // napkins // magnets

 

Everyday Balloons Print Shop // apparel // greeting cards // prints // can coolies // magnets // ornaments // pins // pint glasses // sketchbooks // tea towels // tote bags

 

Garbella // baby // bags + pouches // kitchen + home // magnets // mugs // ornaments // stickers //  pins // apparel

 

Jaime Derringer // original art // prints

 

Jen Hewett // tea towels // postcards // calendar

 

Lisa Congdon // prints // greeting cards // notebooks // books // pins + patches // stickers + tape // magnets // temporary tattoos // embroidery patterns

 

MGG Studio // bracelets // earrings // necklaces // rings

 

Mom’s Stuff // salve // body oil // face balm

 

Moop Canvas Bags // backpacks // tote bags // messenger bags // crossbody bags // clutches

 

Moulton // bracelets // earrings // necklaces // rings

 

Nicole Aquillano Ceramics // cups + mugs // plates // scoops // ornaments // vases // etc

 

Noble Friends // pet portraits // pillows // socks // necklaces // tote bags // blankets // mugs // phone cases // etc

 

Reconstructing Ideas // iconic homes // nautical maps // collage // typography // LGBT greeting cards + prints // custom illustrations

 

Sapling Press // greeting cards // key tags // mugs // magnets // napkins // notepads // pouches

 

Savannah Hayes // fabric // pillows // throws // baby // tea towels // zip pouches

 

Stak Ceramics // planters // tablet docks // phone valets // desktop phone amp // vases

 

Strawberryluna // prints // stationery + cards // print sets // lunch bags // totes

 

Studio Stockhome // candles // table linens // pillows

 

Whimsy & Spice // biscotti + shortbread // marshmallows // sandwich + drop cookies // hot chocolate mixes // brownies // gift boxes

 

Wild Folk Flower Apothecary // face // body // lips // bath // scent

 

Wit & Delight Shop // prints // stationery

 

Wood & Faulk // bags // accessories // home + lifestyle //

 

Worker Bird // embroidery // home goods // prints // stickers // tees // original tin work

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63 Christmas Cookies You Might Want to Try

ROW 1: 5 Ingredient Funfetti Shortbread Bites // Butter S Cookies // Candy Cane Cookies    ROW 2: Chai Spiced Thumbprint Cookies // Cherry Almond Amish Sugar Cookies // Chewiest, Crackliest Molasses Cookies    ROW 3: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Sticks // Chewy Orange Spice Cookies // Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookies (V)

 

ROW 1: Chocolate Cranberry Cookies // Chocolate Espresso Shortbread Cookies // Chocolate Sea Salt Rugelach    ROW 2: Chocolate Shortbread Sandwich Cookies // Cinnamon Stars // Cinnamon Tahini Cookies    ROW 3: Cookie Butter Biscotti // Copycat Thin Mint Cookies // Cranberry Macarons

 

ROW 1: Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread with White Chocolate Glaze // Crispy Chocolate Cookie Cutter Cookies // Death by Chocolate Brownie Cookies    ROW 2: Drop Style Christmas Sugar Cookies // Easy Lace Cookies // Eggless Fruitcake Cookies    ROW 3: Eggnog Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies // Elephant Ear Cookies // Fried Rosette Snowflake Cookies

 

ROW 1: Gingerbread Cookies with Ombre Buttercream // Gingerbread Spiced Snowflake Sugar Cookies // Healthy Eggnog Sugar Cookies    ROW 2: Holiday Wreath Meringue Macarons // Lemon & Cardamom Gingerbread Cookies // Linzer Cookies    ROW 3: Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies // Maple Pecan Meltaways // Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies (V, P)

 

ROW 1: Mini Christmas Tree Cookies // Mocha Swirl Meringue Cookies // New York Cheesecake Cookies    ROW 2: No-Bake Mint Chip Cookies // Orange and Chocolate Star Cookies // Orange Cranberry Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies    ROW 3: Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies // Pecan Pie Cookies with Butter Pecan Frosting // Peppermint Ganache Sandwich Cookies

 

ROW 1: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies (GF) // Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies // Raspberry Lemon Snickerdoodles    ROW 2: Red Velvet Sugar Cookies // Rosemary and Fig Rugelach with Caramelized Walnuts // Salted Lavender Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies    ROW 3: Salted Toffee and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies // Santa’s Whiskers Cookies // Soft Amaretti Cookies

 

ROW 1: Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies // Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze // Sweet and Savory Rugelach    ROW 2: Three Ingredient Brown Sugar Shortbread // Tutti Frutti Cookies // Vanilla Bean Marshmallow & Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Cookies    ROW 3: Vanilla Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Bean Marshmallow and Dark Chocolate Ganache // Chai Coconut Oatmeal Cookies (V) // White Chocolate Candy Cane Drop Cookies

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36 Holiday Ornaments to Buy or DIY

 

1/ Alabaster Ornaments
2/ Clay Cat Ornament   3/ Etched Mercury Finial Ornament
4/ Friendly Face Ornament   5/ Glittered Northern Star Ornaments, Set of 3
6/ Gopi Shah Decorative Holiday Bell   7/ Heart Brass ornament, Set of 4
8/ Kelaoke Tassel Ornament   9/ Mercury Glass Letter Ornaments

 

1/ Metal Rainbow Ornament
2/ Mid-Century Pastel Car Ornaments   3/ Mid-Century Ranch Ornament
4/ Plumb Bob Ornaments, Set of 4   5/ Painted Nutcracker Ornament
6/ Pastel Retro Deer Ornaments, Set of 4   7/ Raw Wood And Wool Reindeer Ornaments, Set of 3
8/ Shiny-Brite Tiered Ornament   9/ Wood Swedish Horse Ornaments, Set of 3

 

1/ DIY Boho Tassel Ornaments
2/ DIY Cinnamon Dough Ornaments   3/ DIY Chinoiserie-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments
4/ DIY Clay Rainbow Ornaments   5/ DIY Heirloom Wool Ornaments
6/ DIY Indigo Marbled Ornaments   7/ DIY Leather Bird Ornament
8/ DIY Line Drawing Ornaments  9/ DIY Marbled Star Ornaments

 

1/ DIY Matisse-Inspired Ornaments
2/ DIY Modern Ornaments   3/ DIY Paper House Ornament
4/ DIY Terrazzo Ornaments   5/ DIY Wooden Ball Ornaments
6/ DIY Paper Christmas Stars   7/ Printable Retro Ornaments
8/ DIY Terracotta Clay Ornaments   9/ DIY Wood Burned Monogram Ornaments

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60 Favorite Holiday Cards

1/ 2018 Holiday Cards
2/ All I Want for Christmas is a New President Card
3/ Balance Holiday Card
4/ Vintage Clip-On Birds Holiday Card
5/ Birds and Holly Card
6/ Bouquet Holiday Card
7/ Candle Holiday Wishes
8/ Christmas is Merriest Card
9/ Cocktails for All Holiday Card
10/ Colorful Pine Holiday Card

 

1/ Cozy Christmas Houses Card
2/ Deck the Halls Card
3/ Doe a Deer Card
4/ Feliz Naughty Dog Card
5/ Floral Hand Lettered Holiday Card
6/ Foil Holiday Pine Branch Card
7/ Foil Stamped Merry Christmas Card
8/ Folk Village Holiday Card
9/ Geel Holiday Card
10/ Get Merry Santa Card

 

1/ Goats in Sweaters Holiday Card
2/ Happy Holidays Card
3/ Happy Holidays Pinecone Card
4/ Holiday Confetti Card
5/ Holiday Crescent Card
6/ Holiday Macrame Card
7/ Holly Jolly Christmas Risograph Card
8/ Hope, Wonder & Joy Filled Holiday Card
9/ House in the Snow Card
10/ It’s That Time of Year Card

 

1/ Join Us By the Fire Holiday Card
2/ Jolly and Joyous Holiday Letterpress Card
3/ Joy to the World Woodland Animals Card
4/ Let Your Heart Be Light Card
5/ Letterpress Cheers Joy Peace Card
6/ Letterpress Merry Christmas Ornament Card
7/ Lovely Holiday Card
8/ Making Spirits Bright Holiday Letterpress Card
9/ Meowry Catmas Card
10/ Merry and Bright Optical Card

 

1/ Modern Holiday Wreaths Card
2/ Most Wonderful Time Card
3/ New Year Thistle Card
4/ Nordic Knits Holiday Card
5/ Painted Tree Foil Card
6/ Peace On Earth Dove Note Card
7/ Rosa Navidad Letterpress and Foil Christmas Card
8/ Santa Claus Card
9/ Season’s Greetings Citrus Fruits Card
10/ Sleep Santa Merry Christmas Card

 

1/ Snow Dogs Card
2/ Sweet Holiday Card
3/ Tidings of Comfort and Joy Holiday Card
4/ Tinsel Tree Holiday Card
5/ Tis the Season Card
6/ Toy Shop Holiday Card
7/ Tree Farm Card
8/ Vintage Christmas Card
9/ Warm and Cozy Holiday Card
10/ Watercolor Painted Wreath Holiday Card

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31 Days of Alcoholidays

 

‘Tis the season for stress, procrastination, and heavy pours in your rocks glass. This year I’ve taken the usual 25 cocktails of the Alcoholidays and upped it to 31 – a full month of tasty libations, if and when you want one. Want even more? Check out recipes from years past: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step It Up for Giving Tuesday


Silouxa

The Birthday Party Project
Our goal is to make every child feel known and loved. Your gift helps us reach children in your backyard, and all across the country. At our parties, every birthday child receives a birthday badge, individual birthday cake, and a birthday gift. All the kids and families enjoying the party participate in crafts, games, and activities and leave with cupcakes and party favors.

RAINN aka The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Donors Choose
Support a classroom. Build a future. Teachers and students all over the U.S. need your help to bring their classroom dreams to life. Get crayons, books, telescopes, field trips, and more for a classroom today.

The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. The Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of Sierra Club’s charitable environmental programs.

Feeding America
The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger. Donors, staff, and volunteers all play an important role in our efforts to end hunger in the United States.

The Humane Society of the United States
With your help, we fight the big fights, working to end all forms of animal cruelty and achieve the vision behind our name: A humane society. (Or Google your local branch and donate directly!)

Big Brother Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. (You can also directly donate or volunteer at your local branch!)

ACLU
Defending our rights in the courts, empowering communities across the U.S., and influencing public policy with a powerful voice.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

 

Pittsburgh-Specific

Animal Friends
Our full-service companion animal resource community serves our region by providing approximately 15,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually, and impacting more than 120,000 lives through humane education, pet behavior classes, pet therapy and our pet food bank each year. Animal Friends is proud to continue to save lives simply put, because it’s what we do.

Center for Victims
For more than 42 years, Center for Victims has provided effective and quality services to hundreds of thousands of victims of all crimes including: domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, child sexual assault and physical abuse, elder abuse, homicide, burglary and incidents of mass violence. CV’s staff provides critical crime victim support and training and education that meet the diverse needs of all people regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical disability or socioeconomic status.

Coro Pittsburgh
Our mission is to advance ethical leaders and build leadership capacity in order to create a more connected and inclusive community where people of all backgrounds and circumstances participate in making their community more livable for everyone.

Day One
We work to end the cycle of poverty for single parent families by providing housing, education and career support, and community connections so that parents can achieve self-sufficiency and their children can succeed in school.

Girls Rock! Pittsburgh
Girls Rock! Pittsburgh is an empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities, and backgrounds. Our program utilizes the process of making music to instill tools for the amplification of self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, mutual respect, and cooperation while cultivating a supportive and inclusive community of peers and mentors.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger. We work toward our mission daily, guided by commitments to nutrition, sustainability, inclusion and more.

Humane Animal Rescue
We strive to provide all aspects of care to abandoned, neglected, and injured animals; reunite lost pets with their caregivers or seek new families for them; educate the community on humane care and interactions with all animals with the goal of reducing pet overpopulation and negative relationships with native wildlife; reinforce a standard of living for animals and prevent cruelty; and provide assistance and medical care to injured, orphaned, or ill native Pennsylvania wildlife with a goal of returning them to their natural habitat. Our open door policy ensures that no animal is ever refused shelter.

THRIVE Southwest PA
THRIVE envisions educational communities where students, educators, and families can celebrate, learn about, and thrive in diversity of gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation. Their mission is to nurture and empower educational communities where students, educators, and families create and sustain LGBTQ-inclusive environments in which everyone reaches their full potential.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Andrea Howey

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all of you celebrating today! I’m hosting around 15 of my nearest and dearest for dinner and saying a silent thank you for all of the lovely things in my life.

PS: Pop back over around midnight EST for our Black Friday sales roundup!

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