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We just got home last night from gallivanting around the Redwoods in the rain, and I returned to an inbox full of Black Friday deals.

Not that I was complaining -- this holiday season I was thrilled to see some truly wonderful things happening (check out Everlane's new Black Friday tradition if you haven't had a chance) and an increased focused on small businesses and handmade goods.

I decided to share a selection of small business goods from around the web that I felt a personal connection with.

1. Teardrop Vase

Emily, Reinhardt, aka the Object Enthusiast, makes brilliant made-to-order stoneware, and I'm always inspired by her journey. After graduating with a degree in ceramics, she set up her own studio in her home and has been taking the world by storm ever since -- she's even had items in Anthropologie!

2. USA Shaped Cutting Board

I first ran across AHeirloom at a craft fair I participated in, and was blown away by their professionalism and response to their consumers. They are sort of my role model when it comes to small business ownership: the idea was born out of a craft the husband and wife team made for their wedding, which has now grown into a large production with employees and a workshop.

3. Peak Studs

I love seeing artists evolve, and have followed Kristyn's journey from her older blog and jewelry style to her newer incredibly elegant shop. Her work has quickly become my go-to for simple and beautiful pieces.

4. Pencil Case

I've been following This Is Ground for a while, and I love how they combine traditional leather-working techniques with beautiful modern designs for electronic devices -- for everything from annoying tangled-up headphones cords to full-size iPad cases.

5. Concrete Vase

I'm a bit of a fan-girl for Traci's gorgeous, graphic work. After following her on Instagram for months, I ran into her at the San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair, and she was an absolute delight! (I may have completely geeked out.) She has a beautifully simple but bold aesthetic that I just love.

6. January Miniature Postcard Painting

Yes, I am including one of my own paintings in this round-up, but I'm honestly really proud of the series. Creating these paintings was more emotional and meaningful to me than I expected and I'm excited to see them go out in the world. For those of you interested, I'm offering a Small Business Saturday (and Sunday) deal -- get 10% off any order in my Etsy shop over $50 with coupon code SHOPSMALL. Get one postcard for you, and one for a friend!

7. Reverse Denin Dopp Kit

Everlane's been doing some great things when it comes to business and factory transparency (and Black Friday, see above!), but also I seriously love their simple, well-made goods. I've been lusting after this particular dopp kit for a while -- perfect for traveling, right?

8. Happiness Tote Bag

Not only am I completely in the dog-people camp, but I'm a huge fan of all things hand-lettered, so this tote bag is definitely in my sweet spot. To top it off, the creator, Jess, is incredibly sweet and supportive of other makers -- she recently interviewed me on her blog about my new painting series. (She's also a fabulous graphic designer, so made my works look just stunning.)

9. Winter Landscape Mug

Brit of Paper & Clay is another incredible self-starting woman entrepreneur. I just love the beautiful but supremely functional pieces that come out of her one-woman studio and adore following her process on Instagram.

Do you have any favorite independent makers or small businesses? I'm putting together my own holiday shopping list and would love to support some of your favorite makers!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

xo Diana

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