**I did not receive any compensation for this post—all of these products were purchased and enjoyed by me/my family (or wrapped and saved for Christmas gifts—yes, I start this early!!).
Good morning friends! I want to start a new thing once a month this fall where I feature some of my recent purchases from my craft show shopping during my favorite season of the year!
I love shopping small and supporting other creative businesses, and I especially love finding things for the people on my Christmas list from small shops and local events. I almost always bring Charlotte home a little present from the shows that she can’t come to (she’s so funny—she’s always like “I want to come to the craft show” and does a little pouty face when I tell her that she can’t. It’s the most adorable thing ever), so you’ll find some children’s items sprinkled through these posts alongside soaps, candles, clothing, food, and gift ideas.
Today I want to feature my friends at Petoskey and Pine, Flint Candle Co., Kosho Krafts, Grow Up Awesome, and Sub Rosa Tea—these are all lovely folks that I met at shows I did during the later part of the summer, and I’m enjoying their products immensely. If you’re looking for some awesome back to school or holiday shopping suggestions, here you go:
- Porcupine Mountains Bar Soap, Petoskey and Pine ($6.50)
I was next to Pierre and Nicole when we did the Auburn Hills Summerfest together back in June, and they were kind enough to offer me a free sample after I gave them a vendor discount on a purchase Nicole made in our booth. Pierre is a certified aromatherapist, and he puts tons of time into researching his process and ingredients. One of my favorite things about these natural, artisanal soaps is that they are inspired by different places all around the state of Michigan, which I always think is super cool. Back in June, I chose the Torch Lake scent because I was planning to take the soap up north with me for the bathroom in the Bellaire house, and Torch Lake is one of our favorite nearby spots to visit. It also smells great and looks beautiful, by the way—all their products do.
Later in the summer, I picked up a bar of the Porcupine Mountains soap at Made in the Mitten in Royal Oak, which stocks Petoskey and Pine products. If you’re looking for a great place to shop handmade this fall, check out Made in the Mitten for sure. As a bonus, it’s right down the street from Nada and Co., where I buy my Annie Sloan chalk paint, so if you have a project in the works, you can kill two birds with one stone, my friends.
Petoskey and Pine has some great gift boxes available for only $30—you know your fallback option for someone on your list is going to be one of those generic gift sets from Bath and Body Works—why not support a small, MI business (that’s also 100% natural) instead? Check them out on their website, Facebook page, and Instagram.
- Peach and Rose Soy Candle, Flint Candle Co ($15)
I love anything peach (flavored, scented, colored—anything, I swear), and when I smelled this candle for the first time at the Shabby Sundays show in June, I had to buy it. This is another item that I took up north with me right away, because my house is already lousy with candles, but I burned it so much that it was nearly gone by the end of August, so I ordered another one from Lindsay’s Etsy shop as a birthday present to myself (my birthday is August 30—feel free to send gifts next year). Lindsay does the Flint farmer’s market and some other events up that way—but it’s easier for me to place an order on Etsy (though that can be hard with candles because you just want to smell them all!!).
These candles burn perfectly and smell divine. Let’s face it, candles are another common fallback option for gifts—I’m trying to plan ahead so I don’t have to rush to the mall last minute for a generic stocking stuffer! Lindsay throws in a box of matches with every purchase, too, which is super convenient if you’re always losing yours (that’s me, for sure).
- Fox Plush Toy, Kosho Krafts ($12)
Charlotte couldn’t make it out to the St. Augustine show last month, so I bought her this little guy at Lisa’s adorable booth, and Charlotte loved him! She immediately named him Ryder, which I didn’t get right away—she’s only recently begun to name things actual names. Just two months ago she would have named it “fox” and left it at that. I should have known that it was a character from Paw Patrol, though, since she’s obsessed with that show right now. She may have tried to throw him in the Paint Creek one afternoon as we were walking in the woods, but she’s really into cause and effect right now, so I promise it wasn’t out of any bad feelings towards him!
Lisa has a ton of great designs available, and her plush toys are the perfect stocking stuffers. Obviously I still shop at Target for some of Charlotte’s Christmas gifts (I’ve been known to get carried away on Amazon, too—it’s just so easy!!), but I also really like to share my passion for the handmade with her. I hope that she will appreciate all of the hard work that goes into crafting some of these products, and that she will celebrate the creativity and passion behind these special gifts. When we walk around shows together, I love pointing out pieces that I especially love, and she will almost always exclaim “oh, that’s so boo-ful.” Here’s hoping that sweetness will stick around for a bit. I’m dreading the teenager days when she thinks I’m super lame and the last thing she wants to do is get dragged to one of my events.
- Books Are Rad T-Shirt, Grow Up Awesome ($28)
I want to start out by stating the obvious–I am not a model, so please don’t judge too harshly! This is kind of a funny one because I really wanted this T-Shirt for Charlotte when I saw Chris’s booth at the Shed 5 Flea in August, but they didn’t have it in her size (I have since ordered it from Chris’s website, since Charlotte is only too happy to wear matching outfits right now, and I have to capitalize on that while I can. I think it’s super cute, but it’s probably actually really dorky–the matching, not the T-shirt). I told my mom about it, and she went off and bought it for me as a birthday gift. My mom is the best.
This T-shirt is perfect for my English professor self, and for Charlotte–so far I’ve successfully inculcated in her a love for the library, reading, and books–I’m confident that she’s a nerdy about it as a little kid can be, which is perfect. To go off topic just a little bit, one of our favorite books to read right now is Rosie Revere, Engineer–it’s a great book in general, but I think you maker mamas out there will particularly love it. Here‘s a link in case you’re interested!
I love these T-shirts because they are super soft, original designs, hand-crafted by a MI artist. What could be better? We all love T-shirts, and Grow Up Awesome makes them for babies, kids, women, and men, so that’s about everyone on your list, right? Check out this adorable onesie for all of you girls with hairy husbands–it almost makes me wish I had a little baby to put it on–almost.
- 0.5 oz Peach Margarita Loose Tea, Sub Rosa Tea ($10/3)
I love tea (and peach things, remember?). My two favorites right now are Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Peach and Mighty Leaf’s White Orchard, but this Peach Margarita blend is amazing. I haven’t really done loose leaf tea a ton, but I might be sold on this one. Each package of Sub Rosa tea lists the ingredients and a recommended steep time to prevent bitterness, and I love that as I’m measuring out the tea (the package tells you exactly how much to measure out, too) I can see actual chunks of dried fruit—it’s not so pulverized that I can’t even tell what the real ingredients are. I don’t know why I thought that was so cool, but I did. I got a few extra flavors for the tea lovers on my Christmas list. I usually add lemon and honey to my tea, but I seriously don’t even need it with this blend–it’s delicious enough on it’s own! I’m almost done with my little 0.5 oz pouch, and I’ll be ordering more this week, especially with the weather starting to get so chilly.
I also purchased these disposable loose leaf tea bags, which work really well and are only $2/20. There were some fancy mugs and cups available with the steeper, but I didn’t want to invest too much into that equipment right away. Plus, I tend to like whimsical mugs and travel cups—they aren’t always practical, but they are pretty, and that’s what matters, right? I found Sub Rosa at the Finder’s Keeper’s Vintage Market in Belleville, but you can find them on Instagram and Facebook, too (in addition to their website).
I’d love it if you would join me in shopping small this Christmas season! If you’re on Instagram, tag me @wildanddaisy and use the hashtag #metrodetroitmaker to show me what you got! I’m not above stealing a really good idea for a Christmas gift, and I have so much fun spoiling friends and families with handmade finds and all-natural products.
What are your favorite small shops this fall? Any other peach recommendations for me? I’m already working on my list for next month, and I can’t wait to share it with you! In the meantime, leave your comments and recommendations below–I love discovering new small shops!