Category Archives: Notes About Businesses I Like

1 Week Photos & Blanket Adventures

As I’ve mentioned before, my wonderful sister Katie is an amazing photographer and has spoiled us with lots of wonderful photos of our babies! 🙂 Just take a look at this sampling of baby N’s 1-week photos:

Oh — and she sent baby N on some AMAZING “blanket adventures”:


If you are interested in checking out more of what she does, check out her website: K Photography.


Handmade Heaven: A Mini Holiday Shopping Guide

Yesterday I got to spend a couple hours at the Autumn Festival held at Canterbury Park in Shakopee this weekend. It’s basically a GIGANTIC arts & crafts fair…we’re talking hundreds of booths and thousands of attendees (which I find kind of funny since I’d never heard of the fair before!). Anyway, I just love going and walking around, by myself, for a couple hours, perusing the goods and taking a look at what others have created (not to mention doing some Christmas shopping!). I think I have found a new little tradition. 🙂 Last year I didn’t find a ton of booths that I loved, but yesterday I was happy to find a couple of really cute booths that I was pretty excited about!

My favorite was JennaLou Designs. Seriously, check out her website. Isn’t it cute?! Lots of cute handbags and accessories. I fell in love with this:

And this:

But there was lots of other cute stuff, too. I think I spent like a half hour at her booth! Be sure to check out her etsy shop.

Another booth I liked was Everything Unique Boutique, which had lots of fun kids clothing and accessories. The booth actually had WAY more than the website shows (and their best merchandise was at the booth, in my opinion :)), but the site gives you an idea. I scored these cute little monogrammed purses for Christmas presents for my girls 🙂 :

(um, yeah. The photo is backwards. Just picture it flipped the right way :)).

My third favorite booth was called Harmony Hill Signs. They had the most beautiful wooden picture frames/shelves/signs — but unfortunately their website is not currently working! Still, if you happen to visit an art fair in the near future, keep an eye out for them. They had some beautiful stuff!

…and thus concludes my 2010 Mini Holiday Shopping Guide from my travels at the craft fair. 🙂 Hope you find it helpful!

What are some good places you’ve found to shop for handmade stuff? Share your finds in the comments!


I Interrupt This Blog…

…to promote a giveaway that a friend is doing on her blog. 🙂

Remember my post about this adorable dolly I got from my friend who makes them herself? She has a blog and a little crafty business called Threaded Basil that is really too cute to miss.

Anyway, she is giving away a Kitty-Kat-Kitty dolly (also very cute) on her blog, and you really don’t want to miss it! Go here for details, and HURRY, as she will be drawing the winner on Friday. I just did the math and that’s the day after tomorrow. Oops. HURRY!


Today I got my hair cut at my new favorite little salon: Jaide Salon. My stylist’s name is Christina, and she is great! I’ve loved every hair cut I’ve gotten there, the pricing isn’t too shabby, and the whole salon has a really nice atmosphere…very artsy and peaceful and relaxing, minus that new-agey feel that so many salons seem to have. Also, all of the products used are organic, which is kind of cool. Oh, and it’s an independent small business, which you gotta love. So if you are in the Minneapolis area and are looking for a new place to try, you should definitely check it out!