Being an entrepreneur myself, I am a big fan of small businesses. Especially when I can see the heart and soul they put in to their product or service. I have always been a hard worker. Growing up, my parents would remind me to “work smarter, not harder.” I decided that I would do both. Work smart AND hard and it’s been paying off. I can always pick out a hard worker when I see one because I usually see some of myself in them and I can easily relate.
As I was reflecting back on this year I started to cry. Tears of joy. We have had so many wonderful things happen to us. We had our first child – baby boy Axel. That alone made this year the happiest year of my life! My husband also got an amazing new job early in the year with a much better commute and my blogging journey has exceeded all my expectations. I feel like I have already helped so many people and it helps me to write about all my motherhood struggles!
This holiday season I thought I would pay it forward and pick out some of my favorite small businesses to highlight. Some of these folks I have met in person, others through social media. All of them have inspired me in some way and I want to highlight their one of a kind products and services.
1. Meet Bergen.
The only thing more stunning than her one of a kind artwork is her and her beautiful personality. I am not huge into art and I actually don’t know much about it at all but her work mesmerizes me and gives me goosebumps! She is a painter and designer living in North Carolina. Bergen does custom orders so please reach out to her if you are looking for something unique. She works with her clients to understand their needs and she definitely has the talent!
How would you describe your work?
“My art is an expression of joy flowing from the incredible beauty found in God’s creation. I have always found so much richness in discovery and exploration, and my work pulls the organic uniqueness and unending vastness from nature in a way that both mirrors my heart and exemplifies my client’s taste.”
How did you first get into creating Artwork?
“My artistic ambitions and zest for exploring the world around me sprang from a young age. All my life I have enjoyed creating. Whether it was my first painting of African wild dogs in elementary school (and yes, I was so proud of the first painting I ever did with acrylic paints that I still remember it today) or writing an article to be published in my small town daily newspaper with my almost-completed degree, I have never stopped creating, and I know I never will. It is the way I thank God for this life he has given me. It is the way I worship him for all that he is and has made in the world. ”
You can check out more of Bergen’s lovely work and what inspires her at her website. She also does giveaways every once in a while on Instagram including the below botanical line drawing. Be sure to follow her on Instagram for more giveaway opportunities!
2. Meet Chelsea Genevieve.
She runs an Etsy shop called ThePastelPug. Her niche is whimsical wood burned art. She makes all kinds of amazing wood burned and hand painted creations. I have been following her Instagram for quite some time and I just love every piece she does. Her most common orders involve pet portraits but she is very talented and loves custom orders!
Her work has been featured in:
- Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite”
- Pike market
- Portage Bay Goods
- Monster Art and Clothing
- Michaels’, Joann’s, ACMoore Crafts’ and Etsy’s Instagram accounts.
This is how Chelsea describes her Etsy shop and inspiration:
“This shop is a little slice of me. Many of the pieces you see here have been inspired by my dreams. They fill my home, make great gifts for friends and family, and hopefully make you smile! Whether on wood or paper, each piece you see here is lovingly crafted with my own hands. I try to incorporate color, whimsy, and a touch of quirkiness into all of my pieces. I strive to make every piece unique and unexpected in some way. I love adding splashes of color, flower crowns, and floral borders to portraits so they’re extra fun (and not just a replica of the reference photo I’m using).”
3. Meet Wawita Baby Products.
I met the founder through networking on social media. In my conversations with them I noticed not only how hard working and determined they are but also how much they genuinely care about providing parents with safe and top-quality products for their babies. Some companies just want to make a quick buck and will cut corners even if it compromises safety. This company has consistently shown that they are willing to work hard and even pay extra for shatter resistant glass baby bottles. The bottles even change color to warn the parent that the contents is too hot for baby’s mouth. They saw the need for a great product and they went for it with all their heart. I am so excited to see where they go!
They just launched their website so if you need to do some last minute Christmas shopping, go check them out! They have some awesome bundle deals right now. My baby boy exclusively uses these bottles now and we aren’t turning back. His daycare teachers were raving about the bottles this week. They emailed me saying “these are so wonderful! Very easy to feed Axel!” When I got there to pick up Axel they were still talking about the bottles saying they had never seen anything like it. I blew their minds when I told them about the color changing temperature feature!
It’s always neat to hear how someone got started doing what they do. Here’s what Wawita has to say about how it all started for them:
“Although there are a variety of baby bottles on the market today, we saw a need for something unique and better. Everything started when I was at my friend’s house watching him fill his son’s baby bottle with formula when he accidentally knocked the bottle off the counter. The bottle dropped and shattered into many pieces all over the kitchen floor. At that moment, I knew that there had to be a safer and more efficient way to have a baby bottle be made out of glass. The rest is history and that is how the Wawita baby bottle was invented. We wanted to create a bottle that stood out among the rest. Safety and quality were, of course, at the top of our priority list but we also envisioned a vibrant and beautiful product design. After countless hours of research and hearing what moms had to say, our vision was brought to life! Today we are proud to provide shatter resistant glass bottles that babies love so there is no worry of shattered glass on the floor. We absolutely love hearing all the great feedback from our Wawita parents and are so excited to continue expanding our product line.”
Here is a picture of my son, baby Axel, enjoying his Wawita bottle. In case you were wondering, “Wawita” means little baby in the Peruvian dialect called Quechua. Be sure to check out their new website or check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Maybe your little one can be featured on their social media just like baby Axel!
Shop Small, Shop Local
So whether you are all done Christmas shopping this season or just getting started, consider shopping local and shopping small businesses. There are so many benefits to shopping small businesses such as customization, great quality and great customer service. These people are putting their heart and souls into their business and giving it their very all. That shines through in their work. If you are a small business or would like to recognize someone for theirs please reach out to me as I will be doing a similar post in the future. The three highlights in this post are people I hand picked that have stood out to me. Thank you for reading! Please subscribe if you like what you see! Have a wonderful holiday season.
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