Happy Saturday all! For those that celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you had a fabulous and safe day celebrating with your loved ones. If your inbox is anything like mine I’ve been bombarded with big corporations sending me cyber week discounts, mostly on things I don’t need or want. Over on instagram I’m sharing some love for my favourite small businesses and thought why not share it there too! I’ll be sharing a mixture of UK & US favs as that’s where the majority of you reading this is from. Some will be my friends who run badass brands and others are ones I’m planning to shop from this year too… Plus I will be adding a couple of new ness from my Etsy store too, shameless plug i know.
Dapper Pupper are Melbourn based and create these adorable custom bandanas and illustrations for your four legged best friend. Every post brightens up my insta feed, I mean look at that cute pup Cricket *full heart eye emoji*. When we get a pup (fingers crossed next year) I’ll be ordering one of these.
My friend Hanna is the badass babe behind HanmadebyHaHa. We actually go way back as we studied fashion together at university and then later worked together at our day jobs for the last 5 or so years, before I moved out here to LA. She makes the cutest facemasks and matching hair scrunchies, along with wash bags and even Christmas decorations, plus plenty more. All using recycled fabrics handmade in Manchester, England.
US based Jollie Ollie has the cutest illustrations and this fab Grand Budapest Hotel quote for sale in her Etsy shop. I’ve been following her on instagram for a while now and love everything she designs. I’m especially in love with her Christmas collection, I mean those little pups how could you not love them. A fun fact that her business is name after her adorable Corgi pupper Ollie, she also has lots of great Corgi drawings for sale too!
Now I follow a couple of indie candle brands on instagram but Studio Sukoon is New York based and dreamy af. I really want to have a go at candle making but I have plenty of other crafts and drawing to be doing so for now I’ll be buying from here. I have my eye on those daisy candles and that white collection of shapes is heavenly!
Stormy is graphic designer & illustrator from the US, I’ve been following her on instagram for a while now and always love her work, plus her adorable pup Blue makes a cameo in her stories which always brightens my day! Her illustration style is just dreamy. If you’re looking for a custom poritats hit this girl up! Plus she sells notebooks, planners, tote bags and loads more.
I think Ella’s The Positive Postcards are the best thing to come out of lockdown. It’s such a good concept, you pick a card a you wish to send to a loved on and leave a note and Ella beautifully handwrites it, then wraps it up and pops it in the post. It’s a great way to send some love to family and friends you can’t see due to Covid. There are so many designs to choose from and Ella’s also sells her illustrations, ceramics and much more!
Scotty Scribbles is run by Sarah, another friend of mine from London. She sells the wittiest hand painted modern calligraphy greeting cards & prints. Plus she’s recently branched out and produced this brilliantly funny tea towel and Christmas cards! I love how each thing she creates showcases her sense of humour perfectly.
Lastly, I can’t share a shop small guide without including my own small business in it. I sell prints I’ve illustrated along with handmade macrame coasters. I have big plans for next year and I can’t wait to add even more products to my store. I also offer free US shipping 😉
All image used in mood boards are linked to original source below the image.