4 New Shop Faves

Every now and then when I find an item or company I am just absolutely smitten with I like to drop in and share about them here.  I’m always looking to add unique shops to my gift giving toolbox and maybe some of you are too.

Lindsey, from Bottle of Tears, and I finally met in November, but kicked off an internet friendship a little earlier than that.  I gushed my heart out about Lindsey HERE on my post about Guatemala.  If I had all day to talk about how kind Lindsey is that still would not be enough so I’ll make a long story short.  1.  It’s true, Lindsey is crazy kind.  2. Lindsey knows suffering well and she knows how to support those who are suffering, in pain and who are walking through great loss.  3. Lindsey is a gem.  Seriously.  A shiny, amazing gem who has weathered so much…who is still weathering so much, but goodness does she shine.

At this point, I have so many Bottle of Tears items and have given lots of them to friends and family, but right before Christmas Lindsey sent me the Long Arch Teardrop Charm Earrings from her shop and I about died.  They are just perfection.  And gorgeous.  And lightweight.  And when I wear them sometimes they jingle a bit in my ear and I love it so much.  I also have her Vintage Brass Month Adjustable Ring and since the moment it arrived in my mailbox I have worn it every single day since.  Everett was born in July and died in July so I got the July ring.  I had been on the hunt for the perfect little piece of jewelry to wear in honor of him and when I saw this ring I was done.  Instant tears and instantly ordered.  Lindsey’s store is a one-stop-shop for those looking for a special little something for someone in your life who is hurting or suffering or trudging through loss & grief.  Everything is beautiful and thoughtful and not cheesy at all.  Check her out immediately if not sooner.


Mercy House Global is an oldie, but a goodie for me.  I haven’t ordered from them in a while, but Harper was looking for a special little something to share with some of her best friends for Valentine’s Day.  When I saw their post about some of their Valentine’s goodies…particularly their Friendship Bracelet Valentines…felt heart made in Kenya filled with colorful friendship bracelets made in the Philippines…it was instant love.  Be still my heart.  When I was a kid I would have eaten this up and since Harper is kind of my mini-me at heart, she asked me to order them and brought me $13 of her cash.  Mercy House has about 1000 amazing items made my women around the world.

From their website:

Mercy House exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Engage those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty. Empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Disciple women to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

For Christmas Josh Kelley gave me two of the sweetest gifts in honor of Everett and I have absolutely loved both of them.

I take my rings off most mornings and had really been needing a little ring dish to leave them in.  He bought me one of the Monogram Ring Dishes from Prodigal Pottery.  It is absolutely beautiful.

 Prodigal Pottery is made by women who are/have fleeing domestic abuse and homelessness.  Such an amazing shop with amazing hearts behind it.  They have so many gorgeously crafted items and that sweet little gold E gets me every time.

And the last share for today is The Jackie Blanket from Indy Brand.  You guys, just shut the front door and come take a snuggle with me on our couch.  This blanket is insanely colorful and pretty and reminds me of our sweet Everett.  It’s a great size and perfect for several Kelley’s to cuddle under.  So pleased with this gift and it was a must share.  They have so many other cute items, but this was my first Indy Brand item.

One of my goals for 2018 is to try and stop in more often around here.  When I write my head feels clearer…even if it’s just about shops I love.

This year has taken me an adjustment period.  Maybe you’re like me and your goals didn’t kickstart on January 1st.  It’s never too late and despite it being January 22nd, today feels like the perfect time to get started on some of my goals for the New Year.

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  1. Frances Dunaway says:

    So good to hear from you. I made a list of these shops so I can order when I need a very special gift for someone special.

    Thank you for being who you are – for sharing your life with us, for sharing your faith with us.

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