All posts tagged: shop small


Paper goods and plant babies??? Dream store! On a recent work trip I found myself in Orange County so I scouted out some fun places to go frolicking. On my list for this visit: M.Lovewell. I strolled in fresh from the airport, luggage in tow. All the paper things. All the writing things. All the plants. I’ll take one of everything! I spotted some pins from my friend Angel of Design and Happiness. M. Lovewell has a workshop space in the back, too. Lots of calligraphy, macrame, and other pretty crafting happens there. I found a notebook for travel journaling, plus a few pens (of course!). In the area? You gots to visit!

bella vita.

Last weekend I had a Feed the Fish co Valentine’s pop-up at Bella Vita in Oakland. I set up a my 4-foot table with pennants, wall hangings, and flower crowns. And I brought lots of Love Day goodies. I met a few fans and made new crafty friends! Mimi from Hello Shiso was there – she creates the cutest clips! And Alina from Petals Poured Candles – she makes soy candles in so many scents! If you haven’t been to Bella Vita, you need to visit! The owner, Jennifer, curates the most fun items for her shop. Clothing, accessories, lots of gift ideas, and things for the littles…. Lots of local love happening here! Check out the dreamy inspo wall, too! Thank you to Jennifer of Bella Vita for inviting me to spend a Saturday in the shop, to all the supporters of local who braved the cold and the rain to shop small, and to my crafty lady constituency who always comes to see me at my crafty events! Feeling all the love!

knits & knots.

Here’s the yarn store I mentioned in my last post! Knits and Knots is filled with all the things! I’m not a knitter or crocheter, but I do love me some locally dyed yarns for special tassels and weaving work. When I stumble upon a yarn shop while on vacation I always ask where to find the special yarn. Shops usually carry one or two local brands. Here, they carry Storyteller yarn. I’m always inspired by the projects on display. Sometimes I wish I had this kind of craft patience. The shop also carries giftable items ~ cards, DIY kits…. PS And they are located behind Wildwood so you can get a double dose of shopping small! Do pretty yarns make you swoon, too? Share yarn tales below!


Another show in the books! I’m on fiah this craft season, and it’s getting easier and easier for me to just pop in somewhere with one cartload of goodies, meet all the fun people, then roll out. One of my favorites – Wunderfaire – was last week at IDEO. They went with a wonderland theme for their 10th annual event! This year was my second year participating. The show is open to the public, but it’s largely an event for IDEO staff to shop small for the holidays. Plus, the booth fees that are collected are always donated to a local organization. This year all the booth fees went to Rebuilding Together San Francisco, an organization that provides safer and healthier living situations through home repair and renovation programs. My booth! I set up so fast I had some time to visit maker friends and meet new ones ~ Timmy Mays (I met her at a West Elm Local event!), Moonwalker Things (I totes Instagram stalked her! :)), and Batsu/Maru! (we met and even did a crafty …

broad room.

Welcome to Broad Room! I made a pennant for the occasion! 😉 The Broad Room is a community, co-working space. They host tons of creative workshops, wellness events, pop-ups, and social activities. I got to participate in their first annual Holiday Market! Behold, my lil set up. I was among one of twelve vendors invited to set up shop. I love participating in crafty events in new spaces! Smaller events are really nice, too, because I get to walk around, meet the other makers, and be a shopper! I was especially super excited to meet Leah of L Nickson Designs. She makes crocheted adorableness; spot her stuff below. There was also a taco truck and a raffle! I contributed some felt goodies – a Pizza Me wall hanging with a trio of matching pizza pennants. Before heading to the craft show I made a shopping list! This is super helpful when your main focus is selling, but you also want to get some gift shopping done. I made sure I wouldn’t miss out on all the fun …

etsy come to life!

The 6th annual SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium marks my 4th year as a vendor. This year it felt like a total reunion ~ I loved it! I shared a booth with my friend Joy of Lighten Up Shoppe. Twas the perfect balance of party, party, party and zen, calming scents and tones. 🙂 On the first day, there was a line out the door and Etsy came to interview me. That was terrible, but at least I looked supah fly in my felt flower crown. And speaking of flower crowns, my felt flower crown bar was a hit! It’s my new favorite thing BTW. On the second day, Joy and I discovered the photobooth station. Commence cheese! The weekend’s top seller: boba-related goodies! Also, this pup’s name is Boba. There were lots of Shop Small freebie bags for the first few visitors, a VIP shopping hour (super exclusive and came with a bag of goodies!), and free coffee. Plus, all the makers got an exclusive SF Etsy show pin – it’s tradition now! Twas …


¡Hola! I visited Artelexia and it was amazing! You are welcomed in by this gorgeous mural! Elexia of Artelexia curates the most colorful items from Mexico. It’s like Coco come to life! 😍 Hats, pom pom garlands, cards, pillows, stickers, books… …chocolate, gift wrap, bags, embroidered clothing, piñatas, … …papel picado, jewelry, art, candles…in all the bright colors! And all the Fridas! This may be overboard eye exhausting for some, but I loved it!! My fave items: everything with conchas! Artelexia also sells popsicles, has a fun paper flower backdrop, and hosts crafty workshops and Mexico tours! Oowee, this place is magic. This is a must-visit the next time you’re in the North Park area of San Diego! So jealous I’m missing out on all their fun Dia de los Muertos events!