December Sponsor News

Welcome to new sponsors:


rustic wooden toys

The Vermont Branch Company:: The Vermont Branch Company was a family’s dream come true – to work with natural materials found near or on their homestead in order to create a livelihood where the family can work, play, learn, and love together.  Their offerings include Waldorf inspired toys and rustic home decor.  You can read more about their family’s lifestyle at their blog, Plain and Joyful Living.


knitting patterns

The Sitting Tree ::  We are Liz and Mike, a pair of soon to be off grid homesteaders, living in the north woods of Wisconsin with a trio of wildly creative and beautiful unschooled boys, an English Setter called Bailey, and a reclusive black cat who wandered into the house a few years ago and never left.  In the shop you’ll find an ever changing variety of natural, sustainable products including our homemade soaps, tree branch buttons and ornaments, upcycled clothing, knitting patterns and hand dyed yarns.  If you’d like to join us for stories about creating, homeschooling, and our journey to homesteading, meet us under the old oak tree at our blog.

Welcome back!

Springtree Road ::  Maya sells beautiful luxury hand dyed yarn in gorgeous colorways.

Wooly Moss Roots ::  handmade wooden buttons, herbal goodness, and wooly delights.

Alphabet Glue ::  Alphabet Glue is an e magazine for families who love books, featuring fun paper crafts and reading lists

Brambleberry Yarns ::  Beautiful, high quality, plant dyed yarns and fibers. Cynthia has a new website, but her Etsy shop is still up and running too.

Stubby Pencil Studio ::  eco friendly art supplies and other creative goodies

Gypsy Forest ::  Handcrafted quilts and beautiful things– Everything in the shop is hand-sewn, hand-dyed, and designed by Stephinie.

Armadillo Dreams ::  High quality handmade wooden toys including teethers, pull toys, animals, figures and more. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook to receive updates and our daily specials!

Luna Grey Fiber Arts ::  Luna Grey Fiber Arts is the work of Jackie Vlcek – Mama of two spirited little boys living an inspired life on the sunny, western slope of Colorado. Jackie creates colorful, hand dyed, natural fiber yarn in her home studio. Each skein is hand painted or kettle dyed making for truly one-of-a-kind works of art.

Maestro Classics ::  Maestro Classics produces Stories in Music™, a classical music CD series for children ages 5 to 12 and their parents. Entertaining and educational, these CDs have won over 45 national awards.

Mamma 4 Earth ::  wonderful knitted animal and flower patterns and toys from a mom of four

Little Spruce Organics::  Little Spruce Organics offers a unique selection of organic baby apparel, organic cloth diapering products, breastfeeding apparel, and natural wooden & organic cotton toys. We specialize in wool for babies and are committed to carrying only apparel & cloth diapering products that are made from organic and natural fibers.

Connected in Hope::  Gorgeous scarves and baskets handmade by women who once were fuel wood carriers in Ethiopia. Connected in Hope Foundation introduces, promotes, and sells the women’s handmade products in local and global markets providing the women a predictable, sustainable, fair-trade income.  Use coupon code SMALLTHINGS to receive 10% of your order.

The Blog Maven ::  In addition to blog design and moving blogs to WordPress, Jeni helps bloggers grow their blogs while remaining true to their unique style. She moved my blog to WordPress last year.

madbird :: We are a husband and wife team specializing in handmade tools for knitters, crocheters, and spinners in high quality, unique cotton prints.  We offer project bags and totes in many sizes, organizers for hooks and needles, pattern storage solutions and more!

sweetpod :: SweetPod baby gear patterns are downloadable PDF patterns designed by homeschooling mom of 6, Jessica, from www.seepodcraft.com. Because she’s always had one little baby or another for the better part of 12 years she has designed sewing patterns to make her life easier. She hopes they can make your life easier too by keeping that precious little bundle close.

Maya & Ruhi :: Pearl Bhasin is a self-taught jewelry artisan, work-at-home mom, living in London, UK. With artistic inspirations including 1920s Art Nouveau, the art and poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites, Mughal paintings, baroque music, desert sunsets, Istanbouli pottery, and Marie Antoinette, MAYA & RUHI is an ever evolving range of jewelry that promises you your daily dose of classic chic. When she is not tinkering about in her box-room studio at home, she is busy watching her daughters grow up, the real Maya and Ruhi.

Made by Alejandro :: Made by Alejandro makes reenactment toys for children to inspire their imaginations so they can become heroes, dragon slayers, and protectors of their moms. Each item is a unique piece of art made from quality leather, designed for active play, equipping your little knights and princesses to lead the charge through the leaf piles for years to come.

Please visit these lovely small businesses!
I am very thankful for all of your support.