THIS POST COURTESY OF MY SPONSORS.
Hello. How are you? This is my monthly sponsor post.
You may have noticed that once a month I feature the businesses you see featured in the little square ads on my sidebar. It’s my added bonus to the advertisers who spend their advertising dollars here on my website where they know they’ll reach an audience who is interested in their products. People who garden, chicken and decorate. And cook and clean and read and watch tv and dream and make things and break things and swear when their gas bill goes up. So regular folk.
Most of the advertisers have been with me for years. Brenda from Cattails Studio has been with me from day 1 of advertising.
So thank you for reading my sponsor post every month. Not only do you get great ideas for gifts (for yourself or others but mainly yourself) you keep this site and a bunch of other small businesses going. Advertising is how websites make money and as much as I love this blog I wouldn’t be spending 12 hours a day doing it if I didn’t make any money. Blame it on my unnatural affinity for food, shelter and tea light candles. I know that comes as a shock to 3 or 4 of you. You’re the 3 or 4 who complain to me every month that you don’t like that my website runs ads, lol. But 3 or 4 of you out of a quarter of a million is pretty good. That’s probably about the same percentage of people who eat their own toenails.
Now onto the things I love. First up is this encaustic cement tile from Cement Tile Shop. I happen to love this particular colour with all of my heart, but if you don’t, it can be ordered in any colour you want. Unless you’re American. In which case it can be ordered in any “color” you want.
Give the gift of a gasp. This walnut salt/spice cellar and matching spoon from Brenda at Cattails is just about the most perfect hostess gift I could imagine. Also great for that person who owns really old ugly salt and pepper shakers covered with goo.
I’ve been a sucker for anything Gucci since I was a teenager. When Tom Ford started designing for them I was a goner. When Gwyneth Paltrow wore his red suit with a blue blouse at the MTV awards … well … nothing really dramatic happened other than I loved it and still remember it 20 years later.
Pre-owned Gucci tote, only $197 from Lab Consignment. (slight wear on corners)
Golden Scarab earrings from Crafty Little Gnome! Wanna know what a Scarab is? ‘Cause I thought it was a June Bug. It is not. It’s a dung beetle. Which is way more fun to wear all golden and shiny, hanging from your ears.
Honestly. Do I need to explain my love of this one? Bainbridge Farm Goods make the nicest garden, farm, pet signs around.
One of the best foundations on the planet. Yes. I use it. FACEatelier available from Ellenoire.
Daniela continues her travels in the Far East. When last we checked on Daniela of Curious Citizen she was making her way across Thailand. Since has since crossed a few borders and is now in Vietnam. And it might not be what you think it’s like. As evidenced in the photo of the beautiful cafe below.
Amanda from Diamond Dust Studios started her Etsy shop with custom, handmade Western shirts for men, women and kids. But her machine embroidered tea towels are the things that always make my heart beat faster.
I’m constantly amazed at how many people don’t own a stitch ripper. If you sew and don’t own one of these because you could never be bothered to pick one up … pick it up from CraftdeVille. $3.99 could save you hours of swearing )and hundreds of dollars if you’re the kind of person who throws and breaks things when you’re frustrated.)
Next month I’m going to talk about exactly how blogs make money. Start a blog now with WayLay blog designers Wayne & Selina. If you don’t just go ahead and do it you never will.
I’ve always loved these waiter’s aprons and now Tricia at Rough Linen has made them out of 100 % linen and put them for sale on her site. She originally designed these aprons for a local restaurant in Los Angeles. I want one and I might even carry a notepad in my front pocket and charge people who eat here. I might not, but I might. I might just use it to doodle pictures of cats.
Thanks again and I hope you found something you like!
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