Century Farmhouse's handmade soaps are created in an historic 140 year-old log farmhouse that has been in the family’s ownership since the 1880s, located in the lush Kettle Moraine region of southeastern Wisconsin. Created as an homage to a beloved grandmother who crafted her own soaps in a bubbling pot in the back garden, their story is almost as lovely as their products! Don't miss their gift packages, perfect for any lady or gentleman on your Christmas list.
Direct from the Hudson Valley comes Pulp Sushi, handmade by crafty superstar Marilyn P. Sushi! This fun, fresh jewelry is guaranteed to add a bold but classy splash of color to any ensemble. Don't miss this mod little number!
Gypsy Forest Handmade features beautifully crafted organic quilts, hand-dyed play silks (perfect for kids who like to play dress-up), and fantastic, functional aprons, all lovingly made by artist and gypsy Stephinie. Make sure to check out her quilts; you might just find the perfect gift for a loved one, certain to become a family heirloom.
Marc Johns' Serious Drawings will make you smile. His shop features original illustrations, prints, and t-shirts, perfect for the absurdist in your group of friends. Collect as many signed prints as you can!
Mignon Kitchen Co. is an online shop created by Rachel Ball out of her love for making and sharing food. The shop carries a selection of curated goods for prepping, baking, serving, and sharing food, perfect for the foodies on your list. Don't miss the la-dee-dahs!
Katie can draw: little kitties doing yoga, twists on Doctor Who, The Avengers, and My Little Ponies, or even a custom mini-painting of anything your heart desires. Don't miss Gronk; the star of her weekly webcomic now has his own books!
Toy designer Hilary Lang and her shop, Wee Wonderfuls, are well known for offering colorful, sweet, sewing and cross-stitch patterns, embroidery stitchettes, and paper goods to delight kids and adults alike. Be sure to pick up a Big Footed Bunny or Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern for the clever crafter on your list!
Elizabeth Rosemond's Handmade Modern is your perfect source for paper goods for the high-end scrapbooker. Her modern twist on this traditional craft makes everything in her shop a great gift for the crafty person in your life. Don't miss her holiday embellishments and hand-stitched Moleskine notebooks!
Equal parts haunting and beautiful, Caryn Drexl's portraiture will delight the shutterbugs and art lovers on your list. Add an antique frame and you've got the perfect gift. Don't miss The Memory Collector - Walk Down Memory Lane!
The next three years will see more transformation in marketing than the last 10-15.
- Marc Andreessen, IAB MIXX 2012
We love our mobile devices. Really, really, love them. More than 50 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartphone and nearly 30 percent own tablets. And the connections we’re making with them are intense. Take a recent study that found 53 percent of people check their phones in the morning before showering or even saying "good morning" to their partners. Or the fact that over 26 percent confessed to sleeping with their mobile phones in bed, effectively taking spooning to a whole new level. In another recent study, subjects responded to the sound of their phones as they would the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend or family member.
Yes, our relationships with our mobile devices are more intimate than ever.