Kelly Creates Handmade Holiday gift guide for Christmas shop small and have a big heart.

I have a deep love of all things handmade.  I value and cherish the artistic expression, care and creative spirit that is within a handmade item, whether it is jewelry, pottery, watercolour art or stitchery. It is my honour to introduce you to 4 incredibly talented people, who are makers, artists, and owners of small businesses that will flourish with your support. Shopping small means shopping with a big heart. (Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the Giveaway).

Meet Ashley Prodahl, the owner and designer behind True Leaf Collection. Not only does she make ALL the pretty bags (that could hold all my pens and paper), a portion of her profits is donated to Northern Animal Rescue to help abandoned furry friends in need.

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My name is Ashley, and I am the creator behind True Leaf Collection. What started with making my own yoga mat bag has grown into making all kinds of bags designed for travel and inspired by nature! All of my designs contain some part of repurposed material, and a portion of each sale goes to help Northern Animal Rescue. Thank you for supporting local, handmade makers such as myself. [ Click HERE to visit Ashley’s Etsy Shop or check out her Instagram @true.leaf.collection ]

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. Shop small for the perfect Christmas gift. Unique artisan and artist work. #bag #pouch #pen #pencil #case #makeup #cosmetic #toteHandmade Holiday Gift Guide. Shop small for the perfect Christmas gift. Unique artisan and artist work. #bag #pouch #pen #pencil #case #makeup #cosmetic #tote

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. Shop small for the perfect Christmas gift. Unique artisan and artist work. #bag #pouch #pen #pencil #case #makeup #cosmetic #toteHandmade Holiday Gift Guide. Shop small for the perfect Christmas gift. Unique artisan and artist work. #bag #pouch #pen #pencil #case #makeup #cosmetic #tote

Meet Cara Rosalie Olsen , the visionary artist and writer behind Mollusk LOFT, whose exquisite botanical watercolour paintings will take your breath away.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. For Christmas. Presents. Give the gift of handmade. Support small business. Art and artisans. watercolor art. botanicalsHello! I am a writer and artist, and most importantly, full-time mama to my daughter Hazel Gwen. I get by with a little caffeine, a lot of grace, and the support of my best friend and husband, Michael. I named my shop Mollusk LOFT because I am a Mollusk — which, by my own definition, is to say that I am soft-hearted, acutely-aware, intensely-feeling creature, with an insatiable desire to connect with others. I truly, truly hope for the opportunity not only to sell to you, but to know you, and discover YOUR art. [ Click HERE to visit Cara’s Etsy Shop and you can check out her Instagram @molluskgrl ]

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 Meet Kentia Naud, of Terre Ferme Pottery, an artist whose hands touch clay and work profound magic. The richness and forms of her pieces leave me yearning to hold each one.
Kentia Naud, ceramic artist, pottery, mugs, handmade holiday gift guide, present, maker,
Hi everyone! I left a successful career to follow my heart in clay creations and a celebration of life. Clay became the door to my heart and soul, a muse bringing forth human connections, creativity, and our common dream of making a better world. Inspired by the need to slow down our fast-paced lives, the use of ceramic vessels made by hand and loving intentions reminds us that every little moment, every ritual, has its place and deserves our attention.   [ Click HERE to visit Kentia’s Etsy Shop and check out her Instagram @terrefermepottery ]
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 Meet Ashley Merkle of Clair Ashley Designs, who transforms metal into meaningful art, combining words and symbols to create inspirational…and FUN…pieces of jewelry.
Clair Ashley designs metal stamped jewelry, silver, silk wrapped bracelets, necklaces, handmade, holiday, Christmas presents, gift,
 Hey there! I’m Clair Ashley, and I handcraft each piece of jewelry, stamping one letter at a time, in my home studio on the Canadian prairies. [ Click HERE to visit Clair Ashley’s Etsy Shop and check out her Instagram @clair_ashley ]
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I know you will LOVE the treasures that come from the hands of these 4 extraordinary artists and artisans. In fact, all have happily agreed to offer a giveaway of one of their unique handmade pieces! To be entered to win, comment below which item you would like as a gift: Clair Ashley bracelet OR Cara Rosalie’s watercolor botanicals OR Terre Ferme coffee mug OR True Leaf tropical bag / clutch. GOOD LUCK! ( 4 Winners will be chosen on Dec 15)

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47 Comments on Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017 & Giveaway

  1. Connie N
    December 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm (5 days ago)

    Thanks for enabling. Gorgeous stuff!!❤️

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    • Connie N
      December 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm (5 days ago)

      And I covet one of those coffee mugs most of all😀

      Reply
  2. Lysa McCall
    December 7, 2017 at 6:01 pm (5 days ago)

    Oh wow, Kelly!!! Gorgeous items and amazing gift ideas! So love each and every one of these artisans and their creations! Thank you so much for sharing with us! <3

    Reply
  3. Kamy M
    December 7, 2017 at 6:07 pm (5 days ago)

    Thank you for this opportunity! I love them all, but I love the bag!

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  4. Fernanda Fatio
    December 7, 2017 at 6:09 pm (5 days ago)

    Oh my! So hard to choose! They all are so talented and make gorgeous things. If I was to choose, I think I would love that “sisters” bracelets for my and my sisters.

    Reply
  5. Christine Henley
    December 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm (5 days ago)

    The bracelets are just beautiful! I love all of these items!

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  6. Patty McClung
    December 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm (5 days ago)

    Oh my! All are such talented ladies! How to choose?? Well, eeny meeny miney moe…a watercolor piece would be delightful! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply
  7. Amy Bollana
    December 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm (5 days ago)

    Lovely stuff! I would love a Claire Ashley bracelet.

    Reply
  8. Deborah
    December 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm (5 days ago)

    I love the pottery, one of my found passions. I wish I had room at my house for a pottery wheel and kiln!!

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  9. Charlene
    December 7, 2017 at 7:23 pm (5 days ago)

    Luv,luv,luv the Clair Ashley bracelet

    Reply
  10. Kirstin W
    December 7, 2017 at 7:26 pm (5 days ago)

    I love handmade gifts thank you for the recommendations the mug would probably be my most used item. Thanks again for sharing!

    Reply
  11. Denise Bryant
    December 7, 2017 at 7:47 pm (5 days ago)

    Wow, all of these creations are amazing! But I hear a Terre Ferme Pottery coffee mug calling my name, so that would be my choice!

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  12. Anna
    December 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm (5 days ago)

    All of these products arw gorgeous. If I had to choose one it’d be a necklace or bracelet by Claire Ashley.

    Reply
  13. Sandra Dickie
    December 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm (5 days ago)

    Thanks for introducing us to these talented women and their beautiful products. The watercolour botanicals appeal to the gardener in me.

    Reply
  14. Mariam patel
    December 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm (5 days ago)

    Ohh, they all are so gorgeous. I would like to win the watercolor botanicals!

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  15. Christine
    December 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm (5 days ago)

    All of these items are beautiful, but my personal favorite is the Terre Ferme coffee mug. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!

    Reply
  16. Susan carlson
    December 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm (5 days ago)

    What a plethora of awesomeness! If I’m forced to choose one item from these artists I’d request a CR water color

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  17. JewelsB
    December 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm (5 days ago)

    Claire Ashley Bracelet

    Reply
  18. Johni Komisak
    December 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm (5 days ago)

    Thanks Kelly for great handmade gift ideas! That is the best kind to give and get. There is one thing I love more than pens and art supplies and that is jewelry! But because I just ordered a bracelet from Ashley last week I think I will go with the True Leaf bag, that I would love to win 😊. I will definitely be adding these creative women to my places to shop!

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  19. Debbie Shuping
    December 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm (5 days ago)

    All are gorgeous! I would love to own one of the bracelets.

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  20. Oanh
    December 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm (5 days ago)

    Thank you for introducing us to these amazing artists and their beautiful works of art. I would live to win the True Leaf tropical bag/clutch.

    Reply
  21. Sheena Sibartie
    December 7, 2017 at 11:07 pm (5 days ago)

    Awesome post. It’s so generous of you to showcase other artists 😃 I would truly love to get the CR’s watercolor botanicals. It’s so pretty.

    Reply
  22. Lori Mastrobuono
    December 7, 2017 at 11:14 pm (5 days ago)

    Claire Ashley bracelet. But EVERYTHING IS AMAZING!

    Reply
  23. Margery C
    December 7, 2017 at 11:21 pm (5 days ago)

    Oh, so hard to choose. They are all sooo talented. I would love a Claire Ashley bracelet.

    Reply
  24. Mary Jeane Davis
    December 8, 2017 at 12:09 am (5 days ago)

    LOVE all of these beautiful works of art but the pottery is stunning!!!

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  25. Heidi Benjamin
    December 8, 2017 at 5:07 am (5 days ago)

    Wow! Thanks for introducing these ladies to us. I’m interested in the true leaft tropical bag.

    Reply
  26. Renee Glendenning
    December 8, 2017 at 5:42 am (5 days ago)

    They are all beautiful so much talent but I think I love the bracelets most of all.

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  27. Lori
    December 8, 2017 at 6:16 am (5 days ago)

    I would love any of them, but sinceI have to choose, I choose a Terre Femme bracelet.

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  28. JULIET bEAVER
    December 8, 2017 at 8:29 am (4 days ago)

    I adore all handmade things and keep attempting different mediums as well.
    Would LOVE the True Leaf tropical bag/clutch.

    Reply
  29. Lisa
    December 8, 2017 at 9:07 am (4 days ago)

    I love them all!!! Really love the bracelets!!❤️❤️

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  30. Jodi
    December 8, 2017 at 11:35 am (4 days ago)

    I would be delighted to receive any of the items, they r all beautiful!!

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  31. Miranda
    December 8, 2017 at 11:40 am (4 days ago)

    These are all gorgeous! I absolutely love handmade items. They are so much more special to know that someone worked so hard to create that beautiful piece. I would LOVE to win a Clair Ashley bracelet! They are definitely my style!

    Reply
  32. Karen Kaminski
    December 8, 2017 at 11:45 am (4 days ago)

    Cara Rosalie is awesome!

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  33. Karen Kaminski
    December 8, 2017 at 11:46 am (4 days ago)

    I would love Cara Rosalie’s work!

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  34. Stefanie B
    December 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm (4 days ago)

    Thanks for spotlighting all these fabulous artists. I’m always on the lookout for quality handmade products. I must say Ashley’s bags are my faves since bags in general are my guilty pleasure…

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  35. Trina
    December 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm (4 days ago)

    I love discovering new Canadian talent! Thanks for sharing. It’s tough to pick, but I think I’d have to go with a bracelet from Clair Ashley.

    Reply
  36. Gale
    December 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm (4 days ago)

    So hard to choose when they are all so beautiful but I have to say those bags are calling to me! So gorgeous!

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  37. Katherine Chess
    December 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm (4 days ago)

    They are all lovely but I would like a Claire Ashley bracelet!

    Reply
  38. Charlene
    December 9, 2017 at 8:30 am (3 days ago)

    I would love a Clair Ashley bracelet, but a Terra Firme mug is a pretty close second.

    Reply
  39. Cathryn Hanson
    December 10, 2017 at 11:31 am (2 days ago)

    What gorgeous gifts these would be!!! I love them all but I think I would pick those incredible bracelets!!!

    Reply
  40. Mary
    December 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm (2 days ago)

    “Sisters” bracelets for my sisters! Thank you for this
    opportunity <3

    Reply
  41. Laura
    December 11, 2017 at 6:19 am (2 days ago)

    Beautiful, all of them. If I had to choose, it would be the bracelet.

    Reply
  42. Kelly D
    December 11, 2017 at 10:46 am (1 day ago)

    I like the Terre Ferme coffee mug .

    Reply
  43. Nora
    December 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm (1 day ago)

    Each and every one is a treasure – if I HAD to pick – I would go with the Terre Firme pottery.

    Reply
  44. Sara S
    December 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm (24 hours ago)

    The Clair Ashley bracelet is super cool!

    Reply
  45. Laurel
    December 11, 2017 at 7:25 pm (23 hours ago)

    Cara Rosalie’s watercolor botanicals are so gorgeous!! I am in awe of her talent, and how wonderful of you -Kelly – to help showcase other artists and makers – such a great way to build community!!

    Reply
  46. Kim Gowdy
    December 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm (22 hours ago)

    I swoon over great bags… True Leaf Collection would be my top pick

    Reply

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