SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH - Since January this project has been in the works and semi top secret. While it killed me not to scream it from the roof tops, I can finally talk about this awesome opportunity for the Boondocks Babies Hat Shop. Over a year ago I became a member of The Artisan Group, a collection of people who are dedicated to promoting handmade products and the artists behind the work.
For Mother's Day this year The Artisan Group has put together gift bags for 25 celebrity moms and moms-to-be. I am very excited for this chance to be a part of this gifting event. It is a chance to promote the kind of products being offered by small shops, artists and just downright creative people. I won't go into all the reasons buying from an artists helps support a family or community but handmade is something that should be supported.
The Pixie is the hat selected to be gifted this year. The first one made for my daughter Molly was berry mix in color one and she wore it everywhere. Where we live you really don't leave the house with out a hat at least 6 months out of the year due to the fall/winter weather. Everyone said she looked like Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch movie, or something out of Dr. Seuss. When we would go shopping, to the doctors office or to the post office everyone would ask "where did you get that hat", or just smile and giggle from a far. It really is just too cute! While I am still working on the best pitch for when people say "where did you get that hat," (how do you say to a total stranger "well I made it and they are awesome!") all our products are cuteness tested.
Each celebrity mom will receive a handmade gift bag in a woodland, owl motif (shown in next photo, center) containing a pixie hat in a size appreciate to fit their baby for next fall/winter season and a hand stamped card with wishes for a happy Mother's Day.
Here are all the amazing products including our gift bag on the right.
Handmade and knit in some of the softest yarn available in a wool, acrylic, nylon blend and can be ordered in several vibrant colors. (Wish there was feel-o-web feature online so you can understand how soft and comfy this is). It is used often as a photo prop but can also be worn for every day use. It is available in sizes newborn to adult has been a fan favorite for many years on Etsy.com Pixie Hat and on Aftcra Pixie Hat .
To see the wide range of awesome homemade products by all of the artists included in the fabulous black Artisan bag check out the Mother's Day 2014 Gift Guide. The talent ranges from photography to soap and everything in between. There are things for mom, things for baby, great Mother's Day gift ideas.
ABOUT BOONDOCKS BABIES
Boondocks Babies is based out of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It offers baby hats, kids hats, photo props, summer bonnets, and hair accessories for girls. Knitting and filling orders is a mother-daughter team effort between owner Angela Kipling and master knitter Nancy Victorson who is based out of Newberry, Michigan. The birth of Angela's daughter Molly 3 years ago lit a spark for her to start a business geared toward hand making accessories for babies and kids (and adults on request.)
ABOUT THE ARTISAN GROUP
The Artisan Group® (http://www.theartisangroup.org) is an elite art promotions group representing talented small business artisans at the best celebrity gift lounges. The organization provides a collective sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities and members of the press at top luxury gift lounges such as those leading up to The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The MTV Movie Awards and The Primetime Emmys. The Artisan Group also coordinates product placement of its member's handcrafted products on such hit television shows as "The Voice", "The Vampire Diaries", "Parenthood" and "Scandal", among others. Membership in The Artisan Group is juried and by invitation only. (Photos and Info Courtesy of www.theartisangroup.org)