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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50



We have curated a list of gifts that are under $50! It's always so nice just to get someone something. It's the thought that counts. And it's amazing how many beautiful presents are out there that make great presents and don't cost an harm and leg! We found some amazing finds, jewelry, home decor and clothes!



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Friday, 9 December 2016

Friday Finds


Friday Finds
 is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!


  1. Check out our Top 5 Gift Picks for the Creative Entrepreneur over at Buzzing Creatives

  2. This is what innovation and creativity is about, A graphic designer lost her ability to draw due to Parkinson's Disease, This innovation helped her draw a straight line again! Watch here! Continuing with the theme and innovation check out this amazing creation - a spoon that let's people with disabilities eat without spilling their food, Watch here!

  3. Our grandparents meant the world to us, and losing both of them in the last 6 years has been some of the most difficult time.  This idea of a grandparent and grandchild letter book is brilliant!  It is full of prompts that are exchanged between grandparent and grandchild. You place them in the box for keepsake and then look back at them, a great gift for the generations!

  4. How beautiful is this Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve! It is something that I certainly like to start with my family in the future!

  5. How amazing is this? Black Rights Activist Viola Desmond is the first Canadian woman on our $10 bill!  



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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

handmade and local are the best gifts!

 It's that time of the year! Time to make sure you have all (or almost) all your holiday shopping done! If not, head over to the nearest Rocky Mountain Soap Co. and grab one of these really adorable gift boxes (or order online!).  And you know what? the best gifts are handmade and local so these little gift boxes are perfect.  And you know what else makes great gifts? self care products! 

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. comes out with this limited time Vanilla Candy Cane formula during the holidays, they have limited quantities.  


c/o rocky mountain soap

The best part? these are local, handmade, fresh and toxin free products! 

*note: we are rocky mountain soap co. brand ambassadors and have received all of these products c/o rocky mountain soap co.  we were not paid for this blog post and all opinions expressed are our own. 

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for the Frequent Traveler


I love putting together holiday gift guides, because I absolutely love buying gifts.  Being a avid traveler myself, The Holiday Gift Guide for the Frequent Traveler is definitely one of my favourite gift guides to put together. Some of my picks are practical such as the electronic luggage scale, travel blanket, passport holder, or the luggage.  And some of the gifts are more thoughtful neat gifts to give a person who has a severe case of wanderlust, such as the clock, print to hang on the wall or the remote controlled Volkswagen.  

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Handmade Finds November

It's here! Handmade Finds November! If you are in the holiday gift buying spirit then nothing is sweeter than receiving a handmade gift.  So here a few shops that make beautiful handmade products that you can definitely put on your wish list or give as a gift!


1. A Cat-Like Curiosity 




A Cat-Like Curiosity is a fabulously arty, creative and curious business based in Yorkshire in the UK. It is staffed by Sarah Leonard - an artist, creativity coach and curious soul who loves all things arty and cat-like. I work from my home studio using mixed media and illustrative techniques to create gorgeous art. I then use that art to create all kinds of other goodies. I transfer my art onto necklaces, candles, brooches, cards and more!


This gorgeous and whimsical piece of art work is created on canvas board with lots of lovely layers of collage, paint, watercolours, stamping and more. It features a wonderfully whimsical lady with a soulful look and a musical soul. She appears by moonlight with her owl companion and they sing their own song.


2. boohua


boohua is a ceramic jewellery design studio in Shanghai


a set of three ceramic snowflake brooch

3. The Artisan Tribe


A collection of unique antique gemstone jewellery & accessories by The Artisan Tribe
Antique, vintage, handmade and bespoke semi-precious jewellery pieces and accessories, gift wrapped to make the perfect present. 



A pretty handmade antique golden choker with a delicate vintage ornate oval frill pendant with a beautiful rose cut soft purple natural amethyst. 
Amethyst is a calming stone with soothing energy that provides balance, patience and peace.


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We want to thank all the shops that participated in this blog post and partnered with us.  It was great getting to know and work with some very talented artisans! 
 If you have an Etsy shop or a Handmade items shop and would like to be featured in a blog post similar to this please email us for more information! footnotesandfinds@gmail.com 
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss Out On!

It's that time of the year, there are some awesome deals available online - cyber monday, cyber week, black friday etc.

We have curated some of the best deals here for you!

1. ASOS - CODE: GOGOGO


2.  TOPSHOP





3. Anthropologie 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT; valid Nov. 27 through Nov. 29




4. JCREW use code HOLIDAY



5. SHOPBOP


6. H&M
and we have deals over at buzzing creatives as well, this is great for small business owners, online entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs, new bloggers etc. Also great to buy as a gift!:



Final Course price: $117
Pre sale price: $97

Black sale & Cyber Monday Price:  $48!








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Friday, 18 November 2016

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!



*A side note:  So this is our first Friday Finds after the Election Results in the United States of America. As a person of colour and a woman let's just say I'm scared of what this world is coming to.  I have drowned myself in podcasts, news articles, and social media trying to understand the results and the global political environment right now and the movement towards a very very very dangerous place and time in history.  But I am glad that I am Canadian, but at the same time I am scared with the global trend right now towards nationalism and isolationism that this might be taken away from me as well.  


  1. Twinkle Khanna, a bollywood actor, daughter of the first ever bollywood Star Rajash Khanna, is an outspoken feminist. And way I say outspoken, I mean she does not bite her words and in a really raw way convey  things that I wish more people could do so in the same manner. Here are some awesome quotes by her about feminism!

  2. You know how there are lots of trendy, fashionable bags out there to carry your books and laptop? But they always seem impractical because they seem to be more about looks than practicality. For example, they always have a thin strap or just handles. I have always been a backpack person because of this.  But I have now found a beautiful bag, fashionable, great size, made to carry your laptop and guess what? It has a thick strap! Check it out! 



  3. This past week, we heard about the loss of Leonard Cohen, Canadian Singer, Songwriter and Poet.  Leonard Cohen's lyrics are some of the most beautiful poetry I have read.  He contributed so much to the art of songwriting and many didn't even know of this. For example, his song halleluah, is famous because of the most popular version of the song sung by Jeff Buckley.  If you haven't listened to him, take the time to do so! 


  4. Can't believe that it is almost time to put up christmas decorations! Time flies by so fast.  Time remove the mini pumpkins and put these up on our mantle, p.s. Isn't this an awesome gift to give someone during the holidays? 

  5. Check out this: A Map of How Canadians View Other Canadians

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Vitamin D Deficiency - living in Canada and darker skin

The days get shorter, it gets darker quicker and you spend more time indoors.  It's harder to wake up in the mornings.  And your mood? well your mood is also darker and your energy levels are just not the same. Where am I going here? I want to talk about Vitamin D deficiency.

Living up North, so far away from the equator does not help in these colder, darker months when it come to Vitamin D deficiency.  But you know what else factors in when it comes to your Vitamin D levels? The colour of your skin.  


According the StatsCan, here is a explanation of Vitamin D and it's importance:

"Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. When it is deficient, the body absorbs very little calcium. Deficiency in children can cause nutritional rickets, a condition that results in soft bones and skeletal deformities. In adults, low levels of vitamin D can cause osteoporosis." - Stats Can





Therefore, living in Canada, and having darker skin is definitely a couple of factors that contribute to my basically non-existent Vitamin D levels - I have NO Vitamin D - as in they couldn't even measure it when they did a blood test.  

According to StatsCan, darker skin makes it harder to absorb the Vitamin D you would receive via sun exposure:

"A factor associated with lower concentrations was, for some people, darker skin pigmentation. This is because it is more difficult for people with darker skin to get adequate vitamin D through sun exposure."

This brings me back to the cold, dark winter days that are ahead of us.  Although there is lots of mixed information out there regarding this, but Low Vitamin D levels also seem to have an affect on your mood.  In the summer, when you tend to be out in the sunshine more you might not notice the changes in mood, but in the winter this becomes quite apparent.  

It might be that your mood disorders are being exaggerated or that you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Any which way, I know, that for me I always noticed a drastic change in my mood in the winter months. Low energy levels and low mood, made winters feel really long and miserable. Having my birthday smack dab in the middle of winter (January) didn't really help either.  

For some odd reason, Vitamin D deficiency, was not on my family doctor's radar. But my specialist did rigorous blood work in which it turned out that my levels were so low that they couldn't even put down a number for Vitamin D on the report!!

So my friends, I want to take this space that we have online, and tell you get your Vitamin D tested.  And if you live up North, especially Canada, check out the guidelines of how much Vitamin D you should be taking - and then take it! 

Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D ---> Eggs (yolks), Fish (salmon), Oranges, Cod Liver Oil etc. 

It's amazing how having deficiency in key nutrients, vitamins and minerals can have an overall affect on your health - both physical and mental.  

p.s. Another piece of advice i have received is to use light therapy in the winters, it is supposed to help with your energy levels, mood and sleep. 
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Metallics Trend in Fashion




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This has got to be one of my favourite trends in fashion as of late. Metallics! I love how you can just add a pair of metallic shoes and it changes the entire look. Or you can be head to toe metallic.  I especially like the mixing of chunky knits & sweaters with metallic skirts. Metallics have been everywhere from the runway to street style. The best part of this is that you can invest in one good piece this season and style it in various different ways. A metallic dress is also a great option to wear to a holiday party.   I have been eyeing this trend for a while, especially metallic shoes.  I love the subtle hint of fun that a little pop of metallic on your feet can bring to your look.  



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Friday, 4 November 2016

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!




  1. Have you heard of this awesome Browser Extension? It will Automatically find and apply coupon codes. You can shop on sites like Macy's and Groupon etc. and this App will apply coupons automatically on checkout for you! This is perfect for all the holiday shopping!


  2. Have you noticed this fashion trend everywhere? I am in love with metallics!


  3. Being an Intersectional feminist myself and having studied Gender and Development in Grad School, I cannot emphasize how important it is to look beyond the box of white feminism that we are constantly fed in Western Society and media.  It is not just important but crucial when it comes to lives of women and men not just only here in North America but everywhere.  Check out this video of Unboxing White Feminism.

  4. Ideas on CBC is one of my favourite podcasts to listen to. Do give this one a listen where Jennifer Welsh discusses Francis Fukuyama 1989 essay "The End of History?" essay . This is part of the Massey Lectures.


  5. You wouldn't realize it but your skin also needs fatty oils full of vitamins. Investing in your skin goes a long way, especially paying attention to products that are organic and toxin free. This is what I swear by!

This week on footnotes and finds:

  1. Instagram Course for Creative Entrepreneurs Like You
  2. Are you a hugger or non-hugger? 

From the archives:

1. Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
2. 7 things not to Pack on your Trip
3. Cool things for the office

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Are you a hugger? or a non-hugger?

Within my short time of being on earth thus far, I have come across all types of people. And let me tell you there are huggers and non huggers. The half huggers? They fit in with the non huggers, the half hug is the obligated "I have to hug the person but don't really want to". Just within our family we have people all over the spectrum when it comes to huggers.



Generally speaking, my father's side of the family is known as the "non huggers" and my mother's side of the family is considered "huggers".  I also need to had in a small caveat here, my family is of Punjabi background. And Punjabi's are known stereotypically as really affectionate people who love to party, laugh, hug, kiss you on the cheek etc. But note the word stereotypically, because in my understanding and experience thus far, I feel that the whole "hugging" and showing affection in this manner really matters what side of the rivers you are from in Punjab. An exemplar of this is clearly my Punjabi family.

To give some context here: My father's side is from an area within Punjab known as Malwa, more specifically near the city of Ludhiana, in Punjab India. Whereas my mother's side of the family is from an area known as Majha, near the city of Amritsar in the India side of Punjab and near the city of Lahore in the Pakistan side of Punjab. And let me tell you - they are quite different culturally when it comes to many things. In fact the dialect they speak of Punjabi is very different as well, so sometimes there are cases of them not even understanding words from the other place. So in this plays in the whole "hugging" people thing.

My mother's side? Major huggers. You hug when you greet one another, You hug a "aunty" that your mom somehow knows and you have never met, You hug when you are leaving. You hug every guest that is already sitting in the living room at the function you are invited at but have show up a little late to.  Hugs and kisses on the cheek from your grandmother - yep very common! Random hugs? yep there are tons of those too! Birthday hugs, thank you hugs, feel better hugs - hugs all around!

My father's side? Major non-huggers! (well except for my dad - he loves hugs).  They have their own way of showing affection. You greet one another - but no hugging required. In fact - hugging is really awkward for them.  Birthday hug? nope - makes it really awkward! But speak about your feelings and emotions? yes - there is lots of that! Discuss your weird ideas? yep lots of that too. So therefore, even if they are not huggers, they have other lovely ways of connecting!

Me? where do I fall on this spectrum? I'm a hugger. Although I prefer to receive hugs than give hugs.  Hugs to me, from the right person,  make me feel so much better. Let's just say I usually need a hug a day. The best hugs for me are from Prabh, my mom and my dad.  I also hug when I greet people. But to be honest those are usually half hugs, unless I know you really well! But this hugging thing took a while to grow on me to be honest. Growing up I was not much of a hugger. I would find it super awkward. But somehow and somewhere in my adult life I have come to love hugging and not thinking much of it. I also am usually able to gage, what people are more open to receiving hugs.  



Honestly for me, I get it, there are huggers and non-huggers and that's okay! We all have our own ways. I think living in such opposite spectrums of ways of showing affection just within my family has really informed my understanding of this. Prabh and me? we are huggers.  My two younger sisters? not much of huggers. Especially my youngest sister. But again they have their own ways of showing affection :)

Anyways, who knew I can write so much about the topic of hugging.  


What about you? Are you a hugger? or a non-hugger/half-hugger? 



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Monday, 31 October 2016

An Instagram for Creative Entrepreneurs like you!

Just taking a break from our normally scheduled blog posts and bringing you over to our other job!

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Instagram is where it's at! It has fast become a popular social media platform for bloggers, influencers, small business owners and Etsy shop owners.

Today I want to share with you some of the things I have learned along the way about Instagram as a social media platform and what has worked for us!

In order to succeed on Instagram you need:


  1. A Cohesive feed! That means your grid needs to look put together and cohesive, thus you need to stick to a colour palette, certain types of content, certain filters etc. In order to do this we use a style guide.  The style guide informs every aspect of our Instagram Strategy which then results in a cohesive feed. >> check out this free Instagram style guide
  2. Utilize the power of editing apps.  Instagram has lots of filter options and editing options but if you want to up your game even more then we highly recommend using editing apps!
  3. Make sure your bio is AMAZING! Your Instagram Bio can be the key piece in growing your following, traffic to your blog or even your income/sales.  >> read this blog post: how to write a kickass blog post and download the Instagram bio checklist 
  4. You need to be active and engage! You cannot just post and disappear. You need to comment, like, and follow. You also need go find your target audience!

Now I understand there is so much to learn out there about so many social media platforms. But Instagram as a social media platform should really be a key piece in  your strategy to grow your business, blog, income etc.

So instead of googling and search all over the internet on how to really succeed on Instagram where you will find lots of blog posts filled with quick fixes and shortcuts (which we know don't really serve you well in the long run)

Check out the Instagram Course we have launched: Instabuzzing! Along with this blog we run a business called Buzzing Creatives, where we help creative entrepreneurs like yourself grow their business online by leveraging their online presence.

So if you are...
Tired of trying to grow your Instagram and barely seeing the number of followers change?
Tired of all your followers being just your peers and not your ideal customers?
Tired of not being able to find your target audience?
Not sure how to use Instagram to grow your sales?

Not sure how Instagram can help grow your business?
Or you might be just starting with the platform and want to learn to succeed and get it right the first time



Then INSTABUZZING is for you!
With INSTABUZZING you will learn how to make your Instagram work for you and your business. Because with the right strategies in place Instagram can be the key to growing your business as a creative entrepreneur!



So Enrol now (prices will go up in the new year) and you too can:
  • Gain targeted followers daily by implementing the strategies we did 
    ...Not just any followers, but the right followers! That will become YOUR loyal followers and customers
  • Increase engagement (likes and comments), making organic followers and relationships with your client base
  • Use Instagram to go your business and make actual sales off of Instagram
  • Hashtag like the hashtag BOSS that you know you can be using the right hashtags to attract your ideal customers
  • Have a killer Instagram feed that is cohesive and consistent with amazing visual content, making YOU that Instagram account everyone wants to follow!

if you have any questions regarding the course, feel free to email us at footnotesandfinds@gmail.com with the subject line: "instabuzzing question"




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Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday Finds



Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!


1. Just wanted to share the beautiful landscape of our vast country coast to coast - check out this amazing video of Canada

2. This , my friends, are brilliant illustrations really showcasing our life and technology and how the lines are often blurred between the two! Check out these sarcastic illustrations - I'm sure you will see yourself in at least one of them!

3. It's really interesting to see how trends from my high school year have come back and kids are finding it cool to dress like they are from "back in the day". Here is a perfect example of this! Although fashion does work in this cyclical fashion, I guess it's just that I can't believe trends from when I was a teenager are becoming "cool" again!

4. By now, if you are a longtime reader of our blog, you will know that we LOVE Bollywood! We are super excited because this awesome movie, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, is releasing this month, super excited to watch it. Check out the trailer!

5. I know it might seem like it is too early - but isn't This  perfect for all the holiday parties coming up?

*new section* SALE ITEM(s) of THE WEEK:





This week on footnotes and finds:


1. Handmade Finds - October

From the archives:

1. heart shaped shortbread cookies
2. my travel wishlist
3. 3 reasons I love fall


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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Handmade Finds October

After a little bit of a hiatus our really popular series on the blog, Handmade Finds, we have brought it back! 




1. Commonsensical Spa



After becoming a parent, I became obsessed with giving my family the best start in life by limiting, and reducing our exposure to the toxins in our environment. I started making most of our personal care products and cleaning products. One year, I gifted some sugar scrubs to family for Christmas. They were such a big hit that I decided to start my own business. Since my first launch back in 2010, I've picked up a couple of partners along the way and added more products to our line.  Commonsensical Spa is a hippy but chic skincare line that nourishes and pampers the skin. We are committed to creating products that practically pamper the consumer while not taking advantage of the producers. Every effort is made to ensure that our products---from raw material to finished product--are natural and handmade, organic and fair trade.  It makes sense that our skincare products should have all these qualities. Commonsensical Spa lip balms, sugar scrubs, hard lotions, deodorants and facial cleansing oils are made fresh, by hand, and offer the most luxurious skincare experience that also doesn't break the bank. You can even sign up for a subscription for your favorite products!  Shop online at www.commonsensicalspa.com.  Follow us on Instagram (@CommonsensicalSpa) and like us on Facebook for natural living tips as well as spotlights on products and how to use them.



Everyday Sugar Scrub in Wild Lavender:

Organic, fair-trade sugar combined with nutrient rich oils to gently yet effectively polish and moisturize your skin.  Gentle enough to use daily or enter it into your weekly routine for nourished, silky skin you can feel and see.  Safe for use on every part of your skin. Insider tip: this product works great on your lips--getting rid of dry skin, and leaving your lips rosy for a natural look or primed for applying your favorite shade. Available in two sizes: 8oz and 16oz. Shown here in Wild Lavender, but is also available in Sweet Orange and Peppermint.

Ingredients: Organic & Fair Trade Evaporated Cane Juice (sugar), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Organic Avocado Oil and Organic Essential Oil. (Peppermint, Wild Lavender or Sweet Orange Essential Oil)

shop: Commonsensical Spa





2. Once Again & Forever


Once Again & Forever wishes to keep craft alive and history still burning within our hearts. Ensuring generations to come that craft skills are enjoyable and practical. Passing on the nostalgia and beauty of things handmade. To keep the past at the present, remembering and keeping the memories aflame of somewhat a simple life of not long ago. By living a life that many miss.


Queensland Walnut Bentwood Ring

Diameter - 20mm
Width - 8mm
Material - Queensland Walnut
This beautiful handcrafted wearable natural bentwood ring is made over time to create a unique gift. Perfect for gifts, wedding rings, either male or female.
Sanded by hand and then finished with quality acrylate finish creating a beautiful shine.

shop: Once Again & Forever





3.  Oh Frankie Handmade


My name is Anna and I was born in Poland but currently based in UK.  I do things, try to create them in my own way. I spend most of my free time sketching, sewing. I love to try new prints, fabrics. I am an ethical vegan and I never use any animal products. Recently I felt in love with linen, cotton is also great. I make prints in unusual way, using shaped vegetables and non-toxic ink. I've got lots and lots of ideas but so little time. It doesn't matter. Every single creature in my little shop has its own story. I adore them, hope you will too!



The Cloud


Hi there!

If you are looking for someone cute, it's me! You can tell me anything and I'll keep your secrets. Grey clouds are not always sad, some of them can make you smile:)

As you can see I am a little pillow in a cloud shape, made from 100% grey linen. My eyes and long lashes are painted with non-toxic fabric paint. My cloudy body is 27cm wide, from left to right;) I can wear a hat, but it's not perfectly fitted.. I am the one and only, created in oh frankie studio.
Inside me you will find a washable polyester filling (cleanliness: BS1425 fire safety: BS5852, suitable component for all articles required to carry the CE logo and for those requiring BS5665/EN71 certification)

Don't worry, I don't contain dangerous parts.

oh..did I mention that my legs are grey too?


Shop: Oh Frankie Handmade


4. The Artisan Tribe


A collection of unique antique gemstone jewellery & accessories by The Artisan Tribe
Antique, vintage, handmade and bespoke semi-precious jewellery pieces and accessories, gift wrapped to make the perfect present. 



Sharya Antique Opal Necklace Ethopian

A precious handmade antique, ornate necklace with a fiery Ethiopian Welo opal which is the October birthstone known to have properties that en-kindle optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.


5. Tweep & Peep


I'm Neeli of tweet & peep - my handmade handmade shop. I love making special pieces such as jewelry for flower girls, weddings, or just everyday wear.




The Harper choker necklace/wrap bracelet


Stretch choker necklace 15" made with amazonite beads finished with gold tube bead and small gold star. Can be wrapped and worn as a bracelet.

shop: Tweep & Peep


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We want to thank all the shops that participated in this blog post and partnered with us.  It was great getting to know and work with some very talented artisans! 
 If you have an Etsy shop or a Handmade items shop and would like to be featured in a blog post similar to this please email us for more information! footnotesandfinds@gmail.com 



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