These days, there are so many wonderful shops owned by women in Blogland. After reading their blogs for some time, I almost feel like I know some of these girls. I'm sure you probably know what I mean. The amazing Internet connects us all in big ways. I always try to support my fellow women entrepreneurs, and wanted to share a few pretty packages that have found their way to my mailbox recently.
The picture above is a new (old) hat I bought from Heather's shop, Pretty Petals Boutique. It's covered with strawberries and, well, you know I couldn't pass it up. Heather sure knows her stuff when it comes to pretties! One of my "to do" projects is to get my collection of old hats hung on the wall in the studio. It will require a ladder and moving an awful lot of stuff....but one of these days I'll do it!
Do you remember a month or two ago when I wrote about the tough week I was having, being sleep deprived and still trying to adapt to my new role as mother of 2? Well, that week I received this surprise package in the mail from my friend Jeni.
At that time, I didn't really know her and she didn't really know me, but she read my blog and wanted to send something to make me smile. As I stood in the kitchen and opened the box, tears rolled down my face. I was so incredibly touched by her kindness and thoughtfulness. Can you believe how wonderful this box of goodies is? She filled it with pink things she knew I would enjoy such as millinery flowers, note cards, heart marshmallows (yum) and the cosmetics bag you see with the ruffled trim and pink bird on it. She is one of 2 women behind the company just be, a fabulous web boutique that sells one of a kind handmade purses and girly ruffled skirts. I love their stuff! The philosophy and tag line of the company is that there is beauty in individuality. It's so true. Thank you again, my friend.
These fun and colorfully wrapped parcels came from the Ohio girls at McMaster & Storm. Shop owners Kara and Darcy have a brick and mortar store and are expanding into the world of e-commerce in March! (Great for them and bad for my checkbook.) I called their shop recently and got to chat with Kara. What a sweetheart. We talked shop as I placed an order of luxury soaps (for my mom's Easter basket), gourmet candies and this fabulous "fastener", among other indulgences.
If staplers can be graceful, this one's the ticket! It gently fastens pages together with tiny little brushed metal staples, and it doesn't jam. I think I am in love with it. I just want to staple everything! I would like to take a trip down to their store sometime when I'm visiting family in Ohio.... even though it's on the other side of the state. Maybe someday I'll take a detour.
These are just a few of the many warm-hearted women I have "met" through their blogs and shops. There are so many more that I think I'll do another post soon .....Shop Girls ~ Part II. Stay tuned.
Happy Weekend everyone!