Handmade from the Heart

A lot of my blogging friends are sharing their favorite handmade/online shops this week so I thought it'd be fun to do the same. I'm a big fan of etsy and my love for handmade and unique gifts is increasing at a rapid rate. There's just something about giving or getting a gift that you know wasn't purchased in a mega department store. It's unique, and it's not likely than millions of other people are going to have the same thing. Shopping 'handmade' promotes creativity, individuality, and often times (depending on the shop) a great cause. A lot of handmade shop owners give part of their profits to causes like at-risk, women, education, orphan care, clean water, etc. 

So here are a handful of my favorite shops... some of which I've purchased Christmas gifts from for friends and family this year. I had the opportunity to meet many most of these women at The Influence in October and believe me when I say, their hearts are even more beautiful than their products. 

MelodyJoy1983 // beautiful handmade jewelry, cowls, painted art by Melody.

Naptime Dairies // unique and one-of-a-kind prints, often featuring scripture, for your home by Jessi and her husband

She Does Justice // scarves, prints, and accessories being sold in order to help others who are helping others

Better Life Bags // incredible handmade bags by Rebecca and other women in her community. A portion of the profits help employ women who otherwise wouldn't be able to work. {I have the 'molly messenger' bag and I adore it.}

Button Bird Designs // incredible handmade art by Angels. Too many wonderful things to list!

Amber Zaccagni // one-of-a-kind handmade leather cuffs by Amber

Snow Drift Designs // beautiful handmade cowls and other knitted beauties. {I have a grey cowl made by Kirtley and I love it!}


  1. Personally- I purchased a bundle of prints from Naptime Diaries for Christmas gifts. So excited about them!

  2. I LOVE Naptime Diaries and Melody's things. soo beautiful :)