Winners of My Favourite Things Day 4 - Modern Mama

Hello everyone and I am so sorry for the delay.  Yeesh!!  Christmas is in three days!  How did that sneak up on me so fast?  I still have so much wrapping to do! And now, in the spirit of giving and thank you so much to Connie Peters from Modern Mama the lucky winners of the three Modern Mama Membership Perks Cards are:

April F.
Jillian G.
Tara F.

Check your emails ladies,

Connie will be contacting you shortly to send you your cards and we will see you at the next fabulous Modern Mama event!

My Favourite Things: Day FIVE - Tweeling!!

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens..." ~Maria, The Sound of Music

I have said it before and I will repeat it again....I am not crafty.  And thus, I love all of the amazing artisans and craftspeople that abound in Edmonton.  Sally Abbott of Tweeling is one of these such artists.  Her medium of choice....socks!!

Yes, you heard right, socks.  And the amazing things this mama can make with a pair of socks is nothing short of genius!  Her staple character is of course the Sock Monkey and these cuddly monkeys come in so many different colours, variations, and themes that are only limited by yours or your child's imagination.

Connie the Garden Fairy Sock Monkey

Here is what Sally has to say in her own words:

I'm a mum of boy/girl twins and they are pretty much the inspiration behind the things that I make. They are also the inspiration in the the naming of my shop, Tweeling means twin in dutch. They both help with the naming of new critters and product testing. Such as if you tie a monkey to your book shelf will his tail fall off or if you hold a bunny by his ear while jumping on the bed will he become a one eared bunny? The answer to both those questions are no, everything is double sewn. They also test for how cuddly a bunny is while watching a movie or reading a book or what kind of food monkeys like to eat at tea parties.

All my sock creations are one of a kind, and I couldn't duplicate them even if I tried. When I start with a pair of socks I don't usually know what I'm going to end up with. The more I sew the more their personality comes out.

I think that everyone is an individual and that children should be encouraged to be individuals. So if you have a one of a kind kid (or grownup for that matter) at home why not consider getting them a one of a kind gift.

Sally also does some amazing custom work and will try almost anything.  I asked her a few months ago if she could make the Natural Urban Mamas Flower Babies for me and she agreed.  They turned out even better than I imagined.  These little baby faces come with me to all my trade shows and workshops and often just hang out with the kids at home!!

Flower Babies!

You can find all sorts of fun and exciting critters at Tweeling's online Etsy shop and here are a few of my faves that she has in stock right now.  I am so loving the fuzzy little bears!

You can find Tweeling critters in her Esty shop HERE, or find her FaceBook page HERE.

Sally is offering a 10% Discount to all of my readers and followers on her in-stock items at the Esty shop until the end of December.  Just enter the discount code 'naturalurbanmama' at checkout.  And for you local mamas, you can pick up your items from her and save on some shipping too.

Now go get one of these great one-of-a-kind gifts to put under the tree for a little someone special!

Happy (8 more days of) Shopping, Natasha~

P.S.  These are the Sock Monkeys that my littles are getting. (Yes, they picked them out themselves and then I promptly took them away when they were not looking and have hidden them until Christmas morning!!)

These are a few of my favourite things... Day ONE: Stella & Dot!

Oh Stella & Dot!  How I love you so!  This incredible line of jewelry has made me want to actually wear jewelry again.  It is timeless and classic and yet trendy and fashion forward all at once.  There is literally something for everyone, including the little girls in your life. (PLEASE check out the Stella & Dot Girls line--it is so adorable and any one of the pieces would make an amazing stocking stuffer or Christmas gift!)  I have always been a big accessories kind of gal and the designers and stylists at Stella & Dot make it so easy for everyone! I just had a Stella & Dot Trunk Show a few weeks ago and I managed to get myself a nice early Christmas present out of it. I now have these incredible stacking bracelets and I got them all for FREE as part of my hostess rewards!

My best friend Janine Weber is my local stylist and has made quite a name for herself in the Stella & Dot world (she just came back from a trip to Cabo last month!!) and here is what she has to say about Stella & Dot.

Stella & Dot gives every woman the means to style her own life.  We have a vision of the world where strong women live bold and joyful lives.  They know what they want and they work for it.  They inspire each other.  Passion and joy are their best accessories.  Of course, our gorgeous jewelry is their next-best accessory!  As a Stella & Dot Stylist I am helping women find the means to style their lives, either by starting their own business, by hosting trunk shows, or by purchasing something that makes them (or someone else) feel great!  Our trunk shows are simple and fun.  Invite some friends, open some sparkly drinks, share style tips, gab. Try on all the jewelry you want.  As a trained Stylist I provide personal service and, of course, no pressure. And as the lucky hostess, you earn $100s in free jewelry for enjoying an evening with friends.  How fun is that?  Contact me to learn more.

What is more likely to be on your mind at this time of year is that holiday shopping list of yours!  Let me save you from circling a parking lot and fighting the crowds.  Shop from the comfort of your home.  Our jewelry all comes in irresistible packaging, just waiting to be gifted.  Contact me for a Look Book or check it out online at www.stelladot.com/janine.  When you're ready to order, call or email me and I will place the order with the discount.  We have an awesome Style for a Steal sale section right now too!

Janine has been ever so generous and is offering all of my readers and followers the following:

A friend of Natasha's is a friend of mine, so until December 15, enjoy 10% off your purchase! Orders must be placed by December 15 to ensure delivery by Dec 24.

Make sure to send this link over to your husband or boyfriend or mother or whomever needs it, with your wish list of course, and get what you want and deserve under the tree this year!!

.....brown paper packages tied up with string....
These are a few of my favourite things.....

More great local shopping coming your way, check back everyday for more of my favourite things~

Natasha~