28 November 2008


i hope you enjoy discovering these fabulous artisans and their discounted
one-of-a-kind goodies! just fyi, i never receive any sort of payment for the shops and products i blog about. i am simply a big believer in small business owners and wanted to provide an opportunity for a bit of free holiday advertising. what you'll find listed below is a fine collection of my favorite online shops, kindly offering weekend discounts & special offers to m.writes readers. i know you'll agree, there are such lovely gifts for the giving (and for the keeping). scroll down to view darling and unique handmade items in categories such as paperie, jewelry, home decor, photography, unique crafts, and more. ready, set, shop.


paperedtogether letterpress: a letterpress studio offering a line of hand-printed cards, coasters, and miscellaneous paper goods as well as custom letterpress printing. enter "giveathon' in the 'notes to seller' field for a special gift with purchase!

Sweetbeets: a eco-friendly letterpress stationery that's perfect for special correspondence or framing as affordable artwork. Enter "GIVEATHON" in the message to seller during checkout to receive a 20% refund via PayPal (expires December 1st).

Heatherjeany: makes Gocco screenprinted stationery perfect for any occasion; be it a saucy secret admirer note or a sweet thank you note to Grandma. For a special deal, enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and you'll receive 20% off your purchase, this weekend only.

MadeByGirl: creates colorful cards and bold posters that capture emotions and thoughts for various occasions. MadeByGirl is offering readers of MartaWrites a 10% discount off cards & posters, this weekend only! Enter code: HOHOHO2008 to make sure you receive your discount!

Winifred Studios: features darling cards that you can mix and match to make the perfect stationery sets for your gift giving needs! Place an order worth $20 or more through December (and mention "GiveAThon" in the 'notes to seller' field) and you'll receive a set of 4 holiday hang tags with your order!

enjoy design: a little letterpress shop filled with quirky prints and simple cards. Also available from enjoy design are lovely custom letterpress stationery sets - a perfect gift for everyone on your list. Enter "mwrites" at checkout to receive free shipping on any order this weekend only.

story by mia: quality cards + calendars + paper goods. Unique gift ideas and personalized items. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and get free shipping and free gifts, this weekend only.

Isabell's Umbrella: specializing in stationery that will lift the clouds of a rainy day, Isabell's Umbrella has the perfect gifts for those stationery lovers on your holiday shopping list. Stop by this week to take advantage of our Thanksgiving Sale, Buy Two Get One Free (details on website). Enter "happy holidays" in message to seller upon checkout, and receive an additional free gift! Sale and offer ends Monday, December 1st.

finali design: the place to go for your original holiday greetings. The artist will create a custom greeting just for you, or pick from the numerous hand drawn designs. Enter "GiveAThon" in message to seller at checkout and recieve a free gift with purchase this weekend only!

dutch door press: feature items which are unique, brightly colored aesthetic. Letterpress designs that blend modern with vintage inspired pattern & folk icons. This weekend only they offering three limited edition prints from the series "birds & blooms of the 50 states" for $40, regularly priced at $15/each.

things are better with a parrott: a small gocco, letterpress, & design studio featuring everyday stationery & custom invitations. Enter "giveathon" in the notes to seller upon checkout to receive a free letterpress lovely to keep for yourself!

Linda & Harriett: features fresh, fun letterpressed paper goods for the holiday season! Our 2009 calendar and holiday gift pack are perfect to gift to loved ones! Until December 31, get 15% off your entire order at Linda & Harriett by entering "MARTA15" at checkout.

Lizard Press: combines vintage wood and lead typefaces with digital designs, each limited edition combination is hand printed on an old-fashion vandercook proof press. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout at Lizard Press and you'll receive a free hand printed limited edition "big blues" holiday card, good while supplies last (or December 25th).

PaperSchmaper: offers unique holiday cards created by a designer with a passion for paper. Enter *Marta at checkout for free shipping on orders over $15.00 (shipping refunded to purchaser's paypal)

Sarah & Abraham: an online boutique specializing in children's stationery and wall art (great gifts for children, moms and grandmothers!)

12fifteen: offers modern design and letterpress lovelies.


Carta, Inc. by Angela Liguori: originally from Rome, Italy, now located in Boston, is a graphic design studio specialized in custom made invitations, business cards, hand-bound books and cotton ribbons, directly imported from Italy. Mention martawrites at checkout and receive a few yards of free cotton ribbons, included in the package. Offer valid this weekend only.

seventy and sunny: a creative design studio offering customized blog headers, business cards and limited edition designs. Currently in the shop, The 2009 Collection Calendar, a calendar full of nature's best finds. Enter "sunny10" when you checkout and receive 10% off your purchase, this weekend only.

LobotoME: Give the gift of sanity & organization this holiday season with LobotoME, eco-friendly organizational products. Free shipping on orders of $20 or more thru the holiday season!

Mrs Eliot Books: sells little wooden books, original collage pieces, stationery and notebooks. Free shipping when you buy 2 or more paper goods and half price shipping on all wooden goods. Offer valid until December 12th. Just checkout as normal and your shipping will be refunded via paypal.


Vivi Dot: offers everything from floral watch necklaces to robot money clips, there's truly something for everyone. Enter the coupon code 'giveathon' at checkout for 10% off your order (expires December 10th)!

Lucky Me Beads: home of the custom silhouette pendant necklace. Enter "marta" when you check out and receive 10% off your total order, this weekend only.

dindi jewellery: sells handmade and reworked, preloved jewellery. Special online discount for martawrites readers! Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and you'll receive "10% discount and free shipping by registered mail" off your purchase, this weekend only.

Armelle Jewelry: a line of feminine, modern, and delicate handmade pieces that capture a spirit of fun and uniqueness. 20% off your entire order from now until the new year. Enter "marta writes" in the comments section at checkout and we will refund 20% of your sale. [this will happen after you check out, you will get 20% reimbursed]

Prismera Design: a jewelry line that features modern botanical motifs with various treatments of gold, silver, steel and bronze in its collections. Until 12/31/08, get 20% OFF orders at www.prismeradesign.com by entering MARTA20 at checkout.

Kelly Couture & Design: handcrafts accessories for life... customized hand-stamped jewelry, perfect for remembering the special people and moments in your life. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and your shipping will be refunded, this weekend only!

Handmade Jewelry by Lisa: offers handmade and unique jewelry, made using quality ingredients. Let me know you found me through martawrites, and you will get a special gift with your order!

leedle deedle designs: offers simple earrings (perfect for holiday giving or treating yourself). Free gift wrapping on all orders through November 30.

Shop by M: offers jewelry, tags, pins, pillows and picture frames. Your one stop for little to big treasures. Visit this weekend for a whole new section of sale items marked at half price!


Gracielane’s Quilts and Such: Quilts, table runners, baby blankets, gifts for all people big and small. Enter “GiveAThon” and receive 20% off of everything that is ordered before December 10th. New productions will be added after Dec 1st so check back daily!

Scribble It: a hip and fun vinyl wall art and lettering company. Scribble It offers great gifts for under $20.00, be sure to check with us on Black Friday for a whole website full of items on sale, right in time for the upcoming gift giving season.

Red Square Design
: offers truly custom furniture. Choose to mix & match from a series of ideas or bring your own inspiration and see it become reality!

SimplySwell: This little shop is stocked with cheery Christmas trimmings and children's items. To add to the holiday cheer, just enter "GiveAthon" when you order, and a charming set of handmade Christmas gift tags will be sent your way!


Simply Photo: celebrates the simply beauty found in daily life. Mention martawrites in the comment section and receive one of my 4x6 winter wonders prints. Please specify which one you would like.

Miss Avocado: specializes in illustrated goods of a quirky and colorful nature. Shoppers this weekend who include the code "GiveAThon" in the "Notes To Seller" section during checkout will receive free shipping on all purchases over $30."

Fieryeyed Photography: is brimming with perfect stocking stuffers and hostess gifts, you will have a hard time not treating yourself to one of Jen Altman's soft and luminous signature Polaroid prints. This weekend only, spend $50 or more and receive a free 2009 Fieryeyed Calendar with your purchase. Enter code "GiveAThon" in the Message to Seller at checkout. (Items must be paid for at time of placing order.)

Lottie Frank Design & Illustration: features fashion inspired prints and accessories to adorn your home. Receive an additional print of your choice (worth $20) with any print purchase, this weekend only. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and the name of the free $20 print you would like in the comments to seller box.

Photography by Lauri: features beautiful and vibrant photography, featuring nostalgic spring flowers and retro signs. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and you'll receive a free 5x7 with your purchase, this weekend only. Just enter the title in the notes section upon checkout.

Dallas Shaw: features artwork, tees, prints, tea towels, and more! Simply email dallasshawdesign@gmail.com and mention this giveathon list and you will receive free shipping on any of the items (including artwork) on dallasshaw.com this week!

BeHappyNow: makes and sells lovely illustrations which can shed a ray of happiness into your home! Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout at my shop and receive a free print of your choice, next 2 weeks only. At the checkout instructions, please mention which free print you’d prefer.

Fall Down Tree: is a collection of fine art for little ones. It's the perfect gift to bring whimsical excitement to any ordinary holiday. Mention martawrites and receive free shipping on any print order, this weekend only.

Sarah Jane Studios: features vintage inspired art and stationery for the modern child. Charm your walls with these warm and inviting images from illustrator Sarah Jane. Purchase through DEC. 17th and receive a FREE illustrated Christmas card! (CODE marta writes)


rae dunn, clay: showcases her handmade ceramic wares where no two items are identical. Enter "GiveAThon" by mentioning it in the message box when checking out, and you will receive a free porcelain ornament with each purchase, this weekend only.

Caramel Jubilee: offers delectable artisan caramels in a variety of intriguing flavors. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and you'll receive 20% off your purchase, valid 11/29 and 11/30 only.

Haru: a little celebration of paper! This shop features gorgeous one-of-a-kind paper wreaths made with beautiful paper and forgotten books. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and you'll receive 20% off your purchase, this weekend only.

Goose Grease: Give Goose Grease hand-painted dolls this Christmas. Your mom would be proud. Free ninjas and bandits for all on Black Friday! Request your own sneaky little ninja or bandit in the "Note to Seller" at checkout on purchases of $10 or more (before shipping).

The Mayberry Sparrow: The original etsy shop of hand carved, custom rubber stamps! A little extra surprise goody for martawrites readers.


Moop: specializes in handmade bags for men, women and kids! Moop is offering free U.S. shipping from Black Friday to Cyber Monday (11.28-12.01)

How About Orange: Patterned goodies designed by Jessica Jones, including hip stocking stuffers for $10 or less. Receive a free Utopia Postcard Set with any tote bag purchase on Friday, Nov. 28.

Elsabags: has lovely bags and purses made from upholstery fabrics. Enter "GiveAThon" in the message area when you checkout and you'll receive 10% off your purchase plus free shipping, this weekend only.

Emily Burtt Handmade: Explore the whimsical at Emily Burtt Handmade with intricate biro illustrations, colourful hand prints and unique yoga bags and totes! Enter ""GiveAThon" when you check out and receive a set of five "doodly blue labels" (vauled at $5) for free!

Apostrophy Designs: creates good quality, handmade bags that make the perfect gift for anyone. Enter "GIVEaTHon" in the comments section and receive free shipping, refunded after checkout. Offer good until December 10, 2008, US Orders only.

v.lou textiles: offers original designs, drawn by hand, then silk-screened and/or sewn.

All things Artsy: To make the mundane tasks of life more fun and stylish, hand embroidered wool felt accessories. To celebrate this joyful season enter GIVEATHON in the "message to seller" section when you check out to receive a free handmade Christmas ornament with your purchase.


Little Alouette: Wood for the Wee Ones. Little Alouette is a small family backyard industry making lovely wooden toys. Friday sale is going to be 15% off all toys with LA15 code left for seller. This ends Midnight Friday. Merci!

Baby Bumpkins
: offer Boutique Style Hairclips and Goods. Enter "GiveAThon" when you checkout and you'll receive an additional 10% off your purchase, this weekend only!

My Three Sons Designs: Treat the special baby in your life to a creative, custom blanket or another one of a kind product. Choose a free custom burp cloth with any order $25 and over until Christmas! Specify fabric choice in the note section at checkout. Also FREE SHIPPING until Christmas!

RP McKenna: offers whimsical, modern, and original baby kimonos and quilts. Hand crafted products novel enough to give as gifts and practical enough for day-to-day use. Automatically receive 20% off your purchase, this weekend only (prices listed are sale prices).

Jig: a children’s clothing company founded on the belief that everything is more fabulous when handmade & has dozens of modern tot designs that are completely customizable and are made with the finest quality of materials around.

Rae Gun: creates adorable handmade baby and toddler clothing for boys and girls. Retro inspired designs. Enjoy 10% off Thanksgiving weekend. Just enter the code THG10 in the notes to seller’s section when you check out and wait for a revised invoice.

Cha Shop: offers handmade lovelies, using fashion forward sewing skills to create unique, fresh, and interesting clothing for children.


Hair Stylist: If you live in Utah and need a fabulous style to look hot for the holidays, book an appointment with Emily at The Mirage Day Spa (Murray, UT / 801.281.4114). When you schedule your first color service, you’ll receive a free eyebrow wax.

happy holidays. the fine handmade details that go into a heartfelt gift makes all the difference this season.
a big thank you to the creative & inspiring shop owners who sweetened the deal today. {am off to do some serious Christmas Mischief myself.)


Jen said...

Marta, you are so amazing! Thanks for the discounts!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting all of these Marta and for inviting me to participate. I'm off to do some serious shopping too!

Molly said...

Excellent list! Thanks so much for including Vivi Dot. Happy handmade holidays!

Anonymous said...

Great list ... I have to laugh several of your favs are mine as well!
hoganfe handmade
handbag originals

amy turn sharp said...

kisses to you!!!

Anonymous said...

this is AMAZING and WONDERFUL! you are too great :) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Lynne said...

Wow, that is a serious list. I am definitely doing all of my Christmas shopping online this year - there's no way I'm braving the crowds!

Buby + Bleu said...

What a nice surprise for your readers!! Thanks. I'm having fun going through all the shops.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting about my shop! I love your selection!
best wishes,

Erna Price said...

Thanks for posting all of these, Marta and for inviting me to participate!

LobotoME said...

Thanks for including ME!

ps- i blogged about your delightful blog today!

amy said...

holy cow marta! you are insane. i seriously think you are insane. so giving.

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