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    The Story Behind Our Boots

    The Story Behind Our Boots

            We recently had the honour of working with Megan Osburn who took these dreamy pictures featuring our Paseo and Ticuantepe leather boots. We are still blown away by your response to them and wanted to share a little bit of the story behind these gorgeous boots!
           
            When we opened up shop last year, we had 6 original sandal designs and had found one young, talented artisan in Nicaragua who agreed to make them for us. Our artisan had just quit his full time job at a shoe factory with hopes of working independently, so he could earn more to support his family. The response to our sandals in our first season in business was above and beyond what we could have imagined, and what started out as just a side job for him, quickly turned into the full time work he had hoped for. When summer started to end, we knew we had to come up with an idea to keep giving him business during the winter months. You can imagine living in Nicaragua's year round hot climate, boots are not a common occurrence, so when we explained what we had in mind and asked him to make two different styles of a shoe he had never even seen before....we were completely blown away with the results! He had created the most beautiful and timeless children's boots.
                            

     

            Because of the overwhelming response to our boots, not only was there enough work for our one artisan this winter, he was able to hire on several more cobblers to help him, providing more work for more families. It has been so amazing for us to see all your little ones enjoying these boots this fall and winter season. We say this a lot, but we are so thankful for you all and we wanted to share how you are all directly impacting so many lives by choosing to shop small with us. We can't wait to show you what Spring has in store! 

    Rachel & Allison, Xx

     

     
    Photo credit: Megan Osburn Photography.
     Dark Green dress: @aliceandames

    Orange/green floral bow: @maisielovesnory
    Blush and floral dress: @pineandhoneyhandmade
    bow: @redroverkids
    moccasins: @starryknightdesign
    boys clothes: @ryleeandcru

    small shop baby gift guide

    small shop baby gift guide

    The holidays are upon us and we wanted to share a little round up of our absolute favourite mama and baby gifts. We both own these items, love them and think they would make the perfect gifts for any mama or little one!

    Fawn Design Bag - These beautiful bags were designed by Jenny Wrecker, a mama in her 20's who has 2, sweet little girls. She started her company in 2014 and originally sewed each bag by hand! With a design this amazing and the demand so high, her husband soon joined the business and they started having them manufactured. If you were ever to be inspired by a small shop owner, she would be at the top of your list!Fawn Design Diaper BagFeatures we love:

    • They are 100% faux leather making them SO easy to clean (even inside the pockets!)
    • There is a backpack option, which is great all the time but absolutely necessary when you are baby wearing
    • They are the perfect size (big but not TOO big)
    • They don't look like a diaper bag! I've gone on vacation without my kids and this is still my go-to carry on bag

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    Gathre - Mare & Jess started their company a couple years ago and make bonded leather mats in various sizes that fit all of your needs! Whether it's for changing a diaper on the go, wanting a mat under your high chair to catch all the food your little throws off their plate (or is it only my kids ;)?), or a mat for the park, beach, picnic, etc. Gathre's mats have you covered!

    Gathre Bonded Leather Mat

    Features we love:

    • They fold up SO small- even the bigger styles fold and fit in your bag so nicely
    • They wipe clean with ease... from explosive diapers, to dirty sand or spilled dinner, you don't worry about having to throw them in the wash- just wipe them down and they are good to go!
    • Again, they are an item that doesn't scream baby. We love our kids, but we don't necessarily want to be overrun with graphic tees and disney characters on everything we own 

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    Semilla Handmade - Ashley, a friend of ours from Vancouver started this company a couple years ago and every picture she posts of her dolls has us swooning! She makes each one by hand and adds so many beautiful details like amazing knit hair, one of a kind outfits, floral crowns, and flower pressed wings (made from flowers her kids collect during their walks together).

    Semilla Handmade Dolls

    Features we love:

    • Although they not recommended for children under 3, they make gorgeous nursery decor in the meantime
    • They are a beautiful keepsake to pass down through the generations
    • Each one is unique and you can even order a custom made doll with your choice of hair, fabric, clothing, etc.
    • Basically you won't find a more beautiful doll in the entire world - so need I say more?!

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    Tnee's Tpees - There is not much I love more in my house than kid's toys that look more like decor than a toy! Courtney's kids were building forts out of blankets and chairs and taking them down all the time - so she designed a teepee that her kids could play in and would be pretty enough to leave up at all times!

    Tnee's Tpees Teepee

    Features we love:

    • They are beautiful and add to our house decor
    • They are easy to set up and take down if necessary
    • Our kids absolutely LOVE playing in them
    • I'm a neutral girl so I love this one pictured above, but Courtney has so many beautiful patterns and colors on her site to chose from!

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    Adelisa & Co. - We started our shop in 2016 and our macrame swings go along perfectly with our love of neutrals and beautiful items for kids. They are the perfect addition to any nursery, living room, kitchen, porch, back yard, etc. Our swings can be used by babies from the time they can support their own weight and they hold up to 55lbs.

    Macrame Baby Hammock Swing

    Features we love:

    • They are handmade by talented artisans in Nicaragua
    • They are a beautiful cream, cotton macrame
    • Babies and littles of all ages can enjoy them! From the time they can support their own necks up to 55lbs. My 18 month old and 3 year old both LOVE using our swing!
    • Indoor swing option? yes please!

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    Wildbird -  I first heard about ring slings when my second girl was 4 months old and I've been hooked ever since. Tayler started Wildbird after her first baby was born to provide mamas with affordable and beautiful ring slings.

    Wildbird Ring Sling Chickadee

    Features we love:

    • They are so easy to put on and take off (especially handy when you don't have anyone to help you buckle up!)
    • They are 100% linen
    • They hold up to 35lbs
    • They are small enough to fit in diaper bags with ease
    • Again, as with everything above, they don't look like they are only for babies. We love having functional baby items that fit our style and Tayler is always coming out with new colors that always have us wanting more!

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    This is not a sponsored post. We truly love each of these items and their makers, use everything in our daily lives and really just wanted to share our top gift ideas with you!

    Please show these small shops some love this Christmas season! They are all super hard working mamas and by shopping small you are supporting their families directly. 

    Small Shop Gift Guide by Adelisa & Co.

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