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Handcrafted Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Hey y’all! I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving spent alongside of the people you care about. My family and friends are spread far and wide so although we can’t always be together to celebrate, we still care and give thanks in our own ways.

I would especially like to say thanks to you. Thank YOU for being here to share in the special moments and for listening to me (occasionally) rant about this or that. {wink} Thank you for being my blog reader. You’re awesome.

And now that the turkey has settled a bit, you might be strapping on your shopping shoes to get ready for the next big holiday. This year, I’m setting out to buy gifts that are less blah and more boo-yah! {smile} And when possible, hand crafted or made in America.

I’ve put together a mini gift guide to help you find top gifts for everyone on your list… including that really, hard-to-buy-for person that has everything. Each of these products are handmade in America and can purchased on Aftcra.com.

Oak Wood Valet iPhone Galaxy Charging Stand Nightstand Dock Graduation. Handmade in Virginia by Play All Day $39.99. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
Striped Indigo Shibori Pillow Cover- Navy Blue Throw Pillow Cover with hand dyed stripes, 20″x20″ Handmade in Oregon by Natalie V Mason $70. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
Black and White Concrete Planter || Cement Pot. Handmade in Wisconsin by Badseed Studio $25. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
State Friendship Distance Mug/16 oz Custom Mug. Handmade in Texas by Morning Blues Shop $17.50. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
Stained Natural Wood Wine Bottle and Glass Holder Oak. Handmade in Virginia by Play All Day $20.99. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
2 Pack- Citrus Ale Beer Soap, Exfoliant Soap, Handmade Soap, All Natural Soap, Cold Process Soap, Essential Oil Soap. Handmade in Wisconsin by Oil and Ash Soap Company $15. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.

 

Handmade Leather Key Fob w/ Monogram. Handmade in California by Grits n’ Hokum $17. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
Red Plaid Blanket Scarf, Oversized Plaid Scarf, Tartan Wrap Scarf, Woven Fashion Scarf, Womens Scarves. Handmade in Wyoming by Forgotten Cotton $44. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
Lowercase Initial Necklace with Birthstone. Handmade in Missouri by Crow Steals Fire $35.99. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
Black Lace Boot Cuffs Topper White Women Faux Leg Warmers Knee High Socks Accessory Shoe. Handmade in Wyoming by Forgotten Cotton $14. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.
Snap Fabric Pacifier Clips. Handmade in Texas by Sugar Rush Creative $26.25. Click the image to view this item on Aftcra.

Well there you have it. A fun little list of quality, handmade American goods that you can shop for in your PJs. And if you’re heading out to the stores in Raleigh for some Black Friday or Small Business Saturday shopping, stop in the Green Monkey on Hillsborough Street for some local artisan goods. They are the newest retailer to stock our very own RC&D paper goods. {yay!}

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Friday Color Wheel – 5 Things… Yellow

Oh, hello there, October. And hey, thanks for bringing Friday with you. Yep. It’s back. The Friday Color Wheel has returned just in time for Fall. I don’t know about you, but Autumn is my favorite time of year. The air is crisper, the leaves look painted and the pies are apple. {smile} So what better way to kick off the start of Fall than with five things yellow? My thoughts exactly. {wink} Happy Fri-YAY!

 

infinity scarf sea fossil screen print seashell scarf by flytrap. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

I LOVE Fall fashion and with scarfs like this one by Flytrap, what’s not to love? Flytrap does all their screen printing by hand in their studio. To see more of their garments visit them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/flytrap.

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Wooden Yellow Cake Stand Beverage Dispenser Stand Pedestal Cake Plate Smash Cake Stand Prop by Wood Expressions. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

Okay with a cake stand this elegant, I might be tempted to bake more cakes! This stand by Wood Expressions was hand turned on a wood lathe from a single piece of wood. To see more wooden house wares from this Chester SC studio visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodExpressions.

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Rustic Reclaimed Wood Chair- Distressed Yellow
Rustic Reclaimed Wood Chair- Distressed Yellow by Wood & Nails. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

Gardens and outdoor spaces should have plenty of seating for picnics and tea parties and the like. This is one of the best shabby chic garden chairs I have laid eyes on this season! Wood & Nails creates a variety of reclaimed wood furniture and super cute childrens’ toys. https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodnNails

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Yellow Cast Iron Bird Bottle Opener by Juxtaposition. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

This cast iron bird is gorgeous. Love the vintage look of this hand painted and distressed bottle opener made by Juxtaposition. You can see their whole collection of bottle openers, door knockers and garden art at https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodnNails.

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Yellow Window Mirror #549 by The Decorative Company. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

This window mirror by The Decorative Company is a great statement piece for a main room or studio. I have a feeling it would be a bit of a conversation starter, too. {wink} Head to https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDecorativeCompany for more colors and an to check out their other accent pieces.

Well there you have it. Five YELLOW finds from the Carolinas. What are you favorite finds from this week’s line up? I hope you’ll share your thoughts with us in the comments below and then have an awesome weekend. {smile}

Want more? Join the journey by connecting with me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Click the black buttons on the side bar and say hello. I can’t wait to see you there!

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Friday Color Wheel: 5 Things… Purple

Oh Friday, how I’ve missed you so! Here’s a little something just for you. Five things purple and, as always, from the Carolinas…

Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap-Homemade Purple Soap Loaf-Unisex Gift Soap-Jojoba Oil-Moisturizing Glycerin Soap-Unique Handmade Soap-Confetti by Cindy’s Bath Creations. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

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24 Elephant Die Cut, light purple Elephant die cut (3.5 x 2.5 inches) Textured Cardstock die cut A371 by MariaPalito. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

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Raspberry Blackberry Grapes Hat - Baby Size - Soft Hand Knit - Made to Order
Raspberry Blackberry Grapes Hat – Baby Size – Soft Hand Knit – Made to Order by Poppy & purl. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

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Lavender Honey Lip Balm - With Plantain, Chickweed and Calendula Oils - Essential Oils
Lavender Honey Lip Balm – With Plantain, Chickweed and Calendula Oils – Essential Oils by Sea Willow Herbs. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

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Purple Large Rose Resin Flower Hypoallergenic Post Stud Earrings by Nova’s Nook. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

I hope this week’s color picks leave you feeling inspired. Which of these finds is your favorite? Share with us in the comments and have an awesome weekend.

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Friday Color Wheel: 5 Things… Red

TGIF y’all! It’s been a long week and I don’t know about you, but I could use a little color inspiration to start the weekend. This week’s color pick is red and each of these 5 finds were found right here in the Carolinas. Enjoy!

Wheel Thrown Stoneware Red Sage Leaf Mug, Pottery Mug, Handmade Leaf Mug

I am in love with Stacy’s mug! I am a huge fan of subtle color accents just like this bright red feather on a mug by Stacy over at Mountain Mud Babies. I also love my coffee, so the bigger the mug the better. And this mug holds around 12 oz. Sounds like my cup of latte. {smile} For more mugs and functional pieces for your home visit this Greensboro based shop at www.etsy.com/shop/MountainMudBabies

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Red Vera sandal as seen in Lucky Magazine
Red Vera sandal as seen in Lucky Magazine by Chameleon Clogs. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

You may have seen these red vera sandals in Lucky Magazine. Made in Nags Head NC by Chameleon Clogs these gorgeous sandals would look good in your fall wardrobe. In addition to sandals, the shop has a selection of Mary Janes and clogs. To see more visit www.etsy.com/shop/ChameleonClogs

Porcelain Nesting Heart Dishes Set of 3 in White and Red Writing Love Amour Amor So Romantic MADE TO ORDER
Porcelain Nesting Heart Dishes Set of 3 in White and Red Writing Love Amour Amor So Romantic MADE TO ORDER by Muddy Heart. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

Okay, these little dishes are adorable! These porcelain hearts are hand stamped with love, literally. {wink} Meli of Muddy Heart makes a range of functional clay creations in her studio in Raleigh NC. You’ll feel like your stepping into her studio when you check out the pictures of her work in progress. Visit Meli at www.MuddyHeart.com

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Red and white dish towel by AO Handmade. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

AO Handmade is a shop based out of Charlotte NC that makes designer dish towels. This red and white beauty is made using white terry cloth and Amy Butler designer cotton fabric in cherry red. Carter, the shop’s owner, uses a variety of colors and patterned fabrics to complement any kitchen decor. To see more, visit www.etsy.com/shop/aohandmade

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Pack of 5 Blank Pressed Petal Note Cards, Cotton Linen Paper with Cotton Linen Envelope by Raleigh Calligraphy & Design. Click the image to visit this shop on Etsy.

These red note cards are made with real pressed rose petals and cotton linen paper. Each package features a single design by yours truly. {wink} You can head over to my shop, Raleigh Calligraphy & Design to see the various rose petal and leaf designs here www.etsy.com/shop/RaleighCalligraphy

Well there you have it. Five RED finds from the Carolinas. What are you favorite finds from this week’s line up? I hope you’ll share your thoughts with us in the comments below and then have an awesome weekend. {smile}

Want more? Join the journey by connecting with me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Click the black buttons on the side bar and say hello. I can’t wait to see you there!

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Friday Color Wheel: 5 Things… Navy Blue

Hey y’all! So glad you stopped by and your timing couldn’t be more perfect. Why? Well because it’s Friday, of course. And that can only mean one thing here at RC+Blog. It’s time for the Friday Color Wheel to end your week and kick off your weekend. This week’s color inspiration is navy blue.  So sit back and enjoy 5 finds from the Carolinas…

Navy Blue Anchor Pencil Case Pouch Handmade
Navy Blue Anchor Pencil Case Pouch Handmade By Seams Sew Sassy. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

Say hello to this versatile (and adorable) pouch by Seams Sew Sassy. Perfect for on the go or tossing in your everyday bag. These pouches and bags are made over in Rocky Point NC by Julie. To see more colors and sizes visit her at www.etsy.com/shop/seamssewsassync

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World Map Nursery Print - Navy Blue and Gray Stripes Map Silhouette - Travel Nursery - Modern Boy's Nursery Decor - SKU: 120-N
World Map Nursery Print – Navy Blue and Gray Stripes Map Silhouette by BySamantha. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

I love map prints of all kinds. And I just love that this one by BySamantha is on a gray striped background! This print shop and paperie is located in Raleigh NC and is packed full of decor for your walls. To see all Samantha has to offer head over to www.etsy.com/shop/BySamantha

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Click the image to view the hours of the walk-in butterfly conservatory at the NCMNS in Raleigh

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science is one of our favorite places to visit. They have a living conservatory on the 4th floor filled with gorgeous butterflies like this one. The butterflies fly all around you in the hot tropical glass room. If you’re in the area and haven’t been, I recomend going. You can plan your trip here naturalsciences.org

*Local tip, the exibit hours are not the same as the museum hours. Yep, learned that the hard way. {Wink}

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Fine Art Photography in Red, White & Blue / Blueberries / Child Holding Berries Home Decor Summer Art Print
Fine Art Photography in Red, White & Blue / Blueberries / Child Holding Berries Home Decor Summer Art Print by Alicia Zoe Garcia Photography. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

Love the detail captured by Alicia in this perfect summer photo. Anyone else suddenly want blueberries? {smile} Alicia Zoe Garcia Photography of Columbia SC offers beautiful fine art photography. There’s more to choose from in both color and subject matter online at AliciaZoeGarciaPhotography.com

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Deep Blue Bandanna Style Fabric Nursing Necklace/ Teething Necklace
Deep Blue Bandanna Style Fabric Nursing Necklace/ Teething Necklace By Creations by Court. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

I love the idea of bonding necklaces because they give your little one something to play with instead of pulling your hair. {smile} This fabric and wood bead necklace is made by Courtney of Creations by Court. This Summerville SC studio also offers adorable baby booties. Courtney is awesome to work with and can even use customized fabrics of your choosing. See more at creationsbycourt.com

Well there you have it, 5 navy blue finds from the Carolinas hand picked just for you {and your weekend}. I hope you’ll share your favorite picks with us in the comments.

If you want to be included on an upcoming Friday Color Wheel, email RaleighCalligraphy@gmail.com or pop over to Instagram and tag your Carolina find with #FridayColorWheel. Remember to tag me @RaleighCalligraphy!

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Friday Color Wheel: 5 Things… Grey (and handmade)

Hey there, you made it to Friday. Congrats. Let’s celebrate with a little color inspiration from the Carolinas. This week’s color wheel is all about grey. Oh and did I mention, everything on the list happens to be handmade. So scroll on for 5 things grey, southern and handmade with love. {awe mushy face}

 

Fabric Coasters Set of 4 / White and Warm Grey / Lotta Jansdotter Fabric
Fabric Coasters Set of 4 / White and Warm Grey / Lotta Jansdotter Fabric by Suzuya. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

First up, chic coasters by Suzuya. These cotton coasters are made using Lotta Jansdotter designer fabric. This Jacksonville shop also makes cloth napkins and fabric gift bags. You can visit them on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/SUZUYA

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ELODIE leather clutch, fold over clutch in dark grey
ELODIE leather clutch, fold over clutch in dark grey by Sans Map. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

 

LOVE this clutch. The fold over clutch is my favorite day to night bag. This wool and leather clutch is made by Sans Map in Charlotte NC. The shop’s owner, Corey has a simple and inspiring philosophy:

“Sans Map is my philosophy: living life as it comes, taking the uncharted path and embracing the unexpected.
Living life without a map…” Well said, Corey. {wink} See more at www.etsy.com/shop/sansmap

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Gray Ikat Pillow.ALL SIZES.Pillow by LittleYellowNest on Etsy
Gray Ikat Pillow.ALL SIZES.Pillow by LittleYellowNest. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

 

This awesome pillow cover is made by Little Yellow Nest. Tamra’s studio is located in Fort Mill SC and offers decorative throw pillow covers and monogramming. You can see more colors and patterns at www.etsy.com/shop/LittleYellowNest
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Cosmetic / Make-Up Bag. Zip Pouch, Gadget / Pencil / Phone Case - Timber Valley Grey Fog, Metallic Gold, White, Deer, Wildlife
Cosmetic / Make-Up Bag. Zip Pouch, Gadget / Pencil / Phone Case – Timber Valley Grey Fog, Metallic Gold, White, Deer, Wildlife by Ginger and Juniper. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

 

This is one of the best patterned cosmetic bags I have seen! Love the gold accents on this woodland theme bag made by Gabrielle over at Ginger and Juniper. This shop is loaded with handmade fabric accessories. See more from this Matthews studio at www.etsy.com/shop/GingerandJuniper

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Camera Strap Cover lens cap pocket
Camera Strap Cover lens cap pocket by A Diva and 3 Dudes Design. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

If you currently have a black nylon strap on your camera, it may be time to take it up a notch. A Diva and 3 Dudes Design is a studio based out of Belmont NC and creates camera strap covers with lens cap pockets. Awesome, right?There are almost 300 items to choose from. Lisa, the shop owner, has been very busy. {smile} Visit her at www.etsy.com/shop/adivaand3dudesdesign

So which of these 5 things is your favorite? Share with us your top picks in the comments

If you want to be included on an upcoming Friday Color Wheel, email RaleighCalligraphy@gmail.com or pop over to Instagram and tag your Carolina find with #FridayColorWheel. Remember to tag me @RaleighCalligraphy!

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Friday Color Wheel: 5 Things… Bright Yellow

Happy FRI-YAY! #FridayColorWheel anyone? Let’s start the weekend off right with a little color inspiration courtesy of the Carolinas. Here are 5 things so bright and cheery yellow, you might just sing your way through the rest of the day…

 

yellow statement necklace, yellow and gray necklace
yellow statement necklace, yellow and gray necklace by Happy Little Lovelies. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

 

I love those gray Czech glass accent beads on this yellow statement necklace! Dana of Happy Little Lovelies makes this and other fun jewelry in her studio in Charlotte, NC. You can see her whole collection by visiting her here www.etsy.com/shop/HappyLittleLovelies

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1001 // /iPhone 6 Case iPhone 6 Plus Case iPhone 5 Case iPhone 5s Case Samsung Galaxy S5 Galaxy S6 Custom Monogram Phone Case
Phone Case by In That Case 2. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

What a fun phone case! In That Case 2 creates cases in a variety of colors and patterns to fit your IPhone or Galaxy. This mother/daughter(s) team is based out of Winston Salem, NC. You can see all the options available by visiting them on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/InThatCase2. (note: see promo code in the comments)

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Yellow Leather Belt - Handmade in USA
Yellow Leather Belt – Handmade in USA by Hudson South. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

I love Hudson South’s hand crafted belts! These belts are made of thick, full-grain leather and come in lots of fun colors including neutrals. Irene and her team wear these belts everyday, which goes to show their passion for their product. To see more visit www.etsy.com/shop/HudsonSouth

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15 Piece Daisy Bridal Bouquet Wedding Bouquet Set,  Daisy Bouquet, Yellow Daisy Bouquet, Yellow white bouquet, Malibu blue bouquet
15 Piece Daisy Bridal Bouquet Wedding Bouquet Set by Silk Flowers by Jean. Click the image to view this item on Etsy.

Awe what a happy couple! Those white and yellow flowers were made by Kim over at Silk Flowers by Jean. She makes silk and real touch flowers for weddings, home decor and also floral supplies for your creative projects. To see more from this New Bern studio visit www.silkflowersbyjean.com

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Lotsa Lemon Cupcake by Sugarland in Raleigh. Click the image to visit them on Facebook.

Yum… this cupcake looks delicious! The Carolinas are sprinkled with cupcake shops and some even serve wine with them. Sugarland makes this Lotsa Lemon cupcake here in Raleigh, NC.  If you’re in the area, it’s worth stopping by and treating yourself to one of their cupcakes. It’s Friday and you’re worth it. {wink} See more tasty pics at www.sugarlandchapelhill.com.

Well I hope y’all enjoyed these 5 YELLOW things from the Carolinas!  What’s your favorite? Share your ideas for next week in the comments below!

Follow me on Instagram @RaleighCalligraphy and use hashtag #FridayColorWheel to join in the fun!

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