Small Business Saturday & a Tiny Gift Guide

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday & the last day of my print sale! 

And in an unusual twist, I've compiled a small but sure gift guide featuring some items that have honestly impressed me recently.

Look to those who have vision and be inspired!

Holly Bobisuthi's Mystic Eye necklace (photo: Holly Bobisuthi) 

Holly Bobisuthi's Mystic Eye necklace (photo: Holly Bobisuthi) 

1. Mystic Eye necklace by Holly Bobisuthi.

When I first saw it, Holly's mystic eye jewelry conjured up the large staring eyes of ancient Mesopotamian sculptures. Her pieces stir feelings of mystery & cause one to think of far away places that may or may not exist.
The Mystic Eye necklace is my favorite example of her work. Tears of chains hang from a wide open eye. I feel this one. It's so strange and beautiful.

See her shop for more: Holly Bobisuthi


Asphalt bracelet/eighteen by The Good Machinery (photo: The Good Machinery)

Asphalt bracelet/eighteen by The Good Machinery (photo: The Good Machinery)

2. Asphalt bracelet/eighteen by The Good Machinery

When I was very young, my dream of traveling bloomed. I spent many hours imagining what it would be like to visit other countries, to hear other languages. There are certain things you imagine about traveling like the way the light will filter through the leaves of a tree in a foreign land. Or how the colors of your clothes will reflect on your skin as you travel under the sun in a place you've never been before. Seeing history, feeling new. The concepts are floaty & intangible but that's the best kind of daydream.

When I see jewelry made by The Good Machinery, I think about my young imagined travel. The colors often bleed into each other like sand. They are bright and soft at once, feeling alive, awake and sophisticated. They speak their own language but it's one anyone can learn.

See the shop for more: The Good Machinery


The Black Forest Capelet by April Leino (photo: April Leino)

The Black Forest Capelet by April Leino (photo: April Leino)

3. The Black Forest Capelet by Aprile Leino

April Leino makes beautiful clothing & jewelry often with a nod to the deco period. She pulls together luxurious colors & textures… deepest greens, gold, black, glass, velvet & wool. 
The sensibility is artful and luxurious teetering on eccentric in the best way.
Adding to the experience, her items arrive wrapped in shimmering gold paper. 

Capes or capelets... I love them. The Black Forest capelet speaks of forest walks over beds of pine needles. Perfect.

Visit her shop for this and more: April Leino

 

All photos are © to the respective shop owners.