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Countdown to Christmas : Budsies

I love a good business idea, one that impacts the customer and brings them happiness. And this one is a winner: Budsies!

Julian brings home a lot of artwork and I love seeing his skills growing ever since he begun school. He creates a lot of things home too, be it on paper, canvas or by building Legos. The trouble is where to keep it all? I try taking a photo of most of the things before recycling it and feel bad about gashing them. But the reality is you cannot keep things forever-just don’t tell Julian, you remember his hoarding ways…

And that brings us to this little gem of a company. Budsies will turn your child’s artwork into an adorable plush toy that will stay with him forever. Move over teddy bears, here comes whatever your child has designed. Brilliant right?

As I type this Julian’s stuffed toy is being stitched by hand by someone wonderful who looked at his picture of TIE fighter and designed a creation to his exact instructions. How amazing and powerful does a child feel to hold his own art? I told you this Christmas present is a true winner.

I know Christmas is near but fear not. The reason I decided to feature this in my gift ideas series is because not only is this a great gift for your child it makes an even more fantastic gift for a parent you know. Right now you can purchase a gift certificate on their website and leave it under a Christmas tree of your loved ones. Dear grandmas and grandpas, uncles and aunts have you ever found a more cute and faster way to gift your favorite family members in one go? I think not. Kids get a toy, parents get a project and an OK to clean out the art drawer and you get the gift of the year award. Yep, Budsies rock.

I am excited to share with you Julian’s creation as soon as it arrives. In the mean time let me show you what his drawing was ( I actually told him to create what would be his ultimate coolest, awesomest toy to cuddle with and naturally it was a ship from StarWars). You can also CLICK HERE to browse some fantastic creations they made lately. Happy shopping!

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Countdown to Christmas : My print

Hows this for a Christmas gift:

Prints

Settle down. I am not giving away Max!

As my friends will tell you I can pitch well for other people but I am terrible at self promotion. I will keep it short because I am feeling all embarrassed as I type but I figured I have gotten enough emails from all over the world asking me to please print what appears to be everyone’s favorite Instagram photo of mine. So here goes:

This is an 8×8 art print titled ‘Best Friends’. It is printed in Texas by a fantastic printing company on a archival rag paper, signed and numbered by me as part of a 50 copies limited addition. You can order it by emailing me at stasha@northwestmommy.com . I will ship it to you in exchange for $40 to cover my cost and I promise I will donate a portion of that to our local Animal shelter WAIF ( which if you are from Whidbey is a great place to shop for super cool vintage stuff). Thank you xo

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Countdown to Christmas : Chinchar Maloney jewelry

I believe the reason for featuring this wonderful company as makers of Christmas gift win is obvious: JEWELRY.

No girl ever woke up, found an amazing piece of jewelry under her tree and thought: bummer, I was really hoping for new pliers instead. But when that piece of jewelry is designed and handmade by a hip Portland family, features stunning diamonds set perfectly in your choice of gold and is uniquely her… well I think I can rest my case.

It is not often I come across a website and love each and every product listed in the store. At Chinchar Maloney I do! Their engagement rings are out of this world beautiful and so unique. Their birthstone bracelet (two diamonds please) is on my Christmas list and don’t even get me started on the uber cuteness of the kitty cat earnings! You know what why don’t you head on over and see all this for yourself because I will just keep listing my top bazillion favorite things that ever came out of this studio.

Since this is a Christmas gift recommendation list I am doing this year, if I had to choose one item of theirs that I can guarantee you will strike gold with is the Original Birthstone Ring. You get to choose between white, yellow or rose gold and which two stones the ring will feature so you can personalize it and make it her own. The best bit is that it is slightly adjustable so you can be confident she will be able to wear it straight out of the box. Yep, thats how its done!!!

And in case you are wondering what I got my self for Christmas, this is my new silver beauty with a blue diamond. Because there is nothing wrong with a getting a perfect gift for yourself this Christmas either.

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