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Back to Basics with Hope Learning Toys

By | Meet the Maker, Product Reviews | No Comments

In an age where everything around us beeps and lights up, I have to make a conscious effort to provide my daughter with toys and experiences that are basic, not battery operated and don’t have a screen. There is so much research out there that explains the importance of limiting screen time and getting back to the basics with toys. So, I was so excited to receive a package from Hope Learning Toys for my daughter.

I want to give you a little background about Heather, the founder and creator of Hope Learning Toys because this is what makes her products so spot-on and so much more than just toys.

Heather was an elementary educator for ten years with a passion for literacy development. The decision to become a stay at home mother allowed her the time to create unique sensory learning products. The mission of Hope Learning Toys is to nurture children’s curiosity and cultivate a love of learning.

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Guest Bloggers Needed

Guest Bloggers Wanted | Handmade Loves

By | Food For Thought, Meet the Maker, Product Reviews, Tips & Tricks

Vendors, Makers, Artists, Writers, Influencers… come one, come all! Guest Bloggers Wanted!

We are launching a guest blogger column on our blog and who better to ask, then all of you talented individuals!

The sky is the limit creatively and will bring you and your small business plenty of exposure and recognition! From filming your own DIY projects, writing your own ‘Meet Our Maker’ piece, to making custom Handmade Loves pieces and sharing your production process! You may have other ideas as well, and that is wonderful! We are open to them all.

If interested, email hello@handmadeloves.com or tag someone below you think would be perfect.

Looking forward to all the collaborations!

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Firefly Handmade Market | Our Top 3 Vendors

By | Events, Meet the Maker, Product Reviews

Every time we attend a handmade market, we are reminded of their importance. We spent the weekend with makers from all over Colorado and surrounding states, and we could not be more proud of the makers we met and of this amazing handmade community.

It takes a lot of courage, perseverance and positivity  to own a small business. We could not be more impressed by the people who share this industry with us.


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Big Fake Wedding

The Big Fake Wedding | Top Vendors

By | Events, Product Reviews

 The Big Fake Wedding is a trade show like no other. Instead of walking around, being bombarded by vendor after vendor, the Big Fake Wedding has created an event to showcase the best in the wedding industry in a unique way.

To the public eye, the event we attended in Denver last week could have been a real wedding. Leading up tot the event, vendors spent an entire day transforming NOAH’s event center into a truly beautiful wedding venue. The bride and groom are actually a married couple that wants to use The Big Fake Wedding as a venue to renew their vows.

The day of the event I visited with vendors and watched the event space change before my eyes. The vendors collaborated to ensure that the couples’ “big day” went off without a hitch.

Each table in the reception area was displayed differently to showcase various styles and decor.  The flowers were beautifully arranged in several styles through out the venue as well. We could see the excitement of the guests as they wandered from table to table collecting ideas for their big day!

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Firefly Handmade | Top 3 Vendors

By | Events, Meet the Maker, Product Reviews

You never have to have a reason to be outside in Boulder, but the Firefly Handmade markets always gives you a great one! It is rare to find handmade-only markets but Firefly has done a wonderful job at ensuring that all their artisans are handmade, creative, and exceptional in their craft.

This year’s summer market was no different! Beautiful location, friendly vendors, and astounding art, we were not disappointed!

Although we were thrilled with all the artisans we met, there were a few that were real standouts!

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Golden Paisley Wooden Artwork Front and Back view

Product Review | Golden Paisley

By | Home Decor, Product Reviews

I was so happy when I stumbled upon Golden Paisley one lazy weekend afternoon! Her work is amazing + I just had to commission her to do a piece for my daughter’s room. I’m filling an entire wall with art. I can’t wait to show it off once it is complete!

Owner + maker, Caite, is so lovely. We instantly connected via email. Our stories are very similar, staring off as teachers and moving towards a more creative + free line of work. However, talent is where we diverge. Catie, has more talent in her pinky finger than I do in my entire body!

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Product Review: Sink + Soak

By | Product Reviews, Treat Yourself

Sink + Soak creates handmade soaps, bath bombs, lotions and more all from natural healthy ingredients made in wine country, Livermore, California.

Their soaps are made using a cold processed method. In their shop, you will find artisan soaps, vegan soaps, natural soaps, fun scented soaps and other bath products. Their handmade goods are made in small batches to ensure freshness and many are made to order.

Made in their kitchen, these handcrafted, cold processed soaps are Dorothy Lewis’s, Sink + Soap’s owner, passion. Nature, desserts, coffee, teas and aromatherapy inspire her and she aims to turn bath time into your own personal spa and sanctuary… and that’s exactly what her soaps did for us!

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