Let’s Support Christian Small Shops this Mother’s Day

I first put together this guide in April of 2020 when small shops were hit hard by the pandemic. And I found myself enjoying the process of curating creative Christian products so much (say curating creative Christian 3x fast) —- in fact, I even got to know some of the shop owners.

And though I had no idea of it then, but I have since become a Christian small shop owner myself.

So I will present 8 wonderful, faith-based shops with items mom will love, and then I’ll introduce my spring line of items in the Stone & the Oak shop.

WHICH SHOPS WILL PROSPER?

I will never try to convince you that you need to accumulate more things on this earth. Jesus reminds us to store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy.

That being said, when we do purchase items—say, a gift for mom—we can be mindful of where our dollars are going.

Where we place our dollars is like casting a vote for what companies will prosper.

If we put our money towards Christian-based shops, we are helping those Christian shop owners prosper which will give them more resources to do good works for our Lord.

Am I saying that we should never shop at big-box stores? Not at all. I am fully aware that many consumers have limited budgets and options when it comes to their purchases. Big box stores are a blessing in those cases.

But if you do have the resources to shop small, consider buying your Mother’s Day gift from a Christian small shop this year..

I’ll tell you a little more about each one of the nine I’ve included here:

1. Hills and Valleys Studio: hand-embroidered gifts

Kelleigh is a fiber artist in Mesa, Arizona, and I have been blessed to get to know her better through Instagram! We even did a joint giveaway with one rainbow and a crewneck sweatshirt from my shop.

Each piece that Kelleigh makes is unique, and you can tell by the pictures that she has been focusing on rainbows in her recent work.

If you know a mom who has a rainbow baby (a baby born after a pregnancy loss), these beautiful hand-embroidered hoops are a sweet way to celebrate God’s faithfulness.

Mother’s Day gift for rainbow babies
From Hills and Valleys Studio on Instagram

She does have an ETSY shop (click here to access) but she says most of her inventory is listed on her Instagram page @hillsandvalleys_studios (click here). Head over to her account, and find her story highlight that says “for sale.”

from @hillsandvalleys_studios on Instagram

Be sure to purchase by Friday, April 23rd to get your handmade item by Mother’s Day.

2. Pretty Little Pots : handmade ceramic gifts

Canadian friends, here is one for you! Kerri hand-makes all of her mugs, bowls, and planters in her Canadian shop. But American friends, she’s got you covered as well with shipping to the US.

I love this bowl from her spring line that includes that sweet French Country pattern… so darling!

French Country Pottery for Mother’s Day Gifts
Click the image to shop

And if you have a mom who loves the farmhouse aesthetic, maybe she needs this mug for her morning coffee:

Farmhouse Mug for Mom
Click the image to shop

Kerri says the last day to order for delivery by Mother’s Day is April 25th in America, and the last day to order in Canada is April 30th.

Click here to follow Kerry on Instagram, and click here to be taken to the Etsy shop with the rest of her inventory.

3. She Pens Truth: watercolor gifts

Maggie Greenway really does it all: writing Bible studies, painting beautiful watercolors, and running her She Pens Truth shop.

Last year, I did Maggie’s study on Philippians, and we have been Instagram pals ever since (click here to follow her on Instagram).

She creates beautiful prints and gifts from her watercolors, and one of my favorite items in her shop is a set of stationary cards with encouraging verses:

Click the image to shop this notecard set

But you are getting a sneak peek here at her special Mother’s Day gift series:

  • Original watercolors in the Floral Encouragement series. The painting is 4×6″ and comes in these lovely floating frames.
  • The Floral Encouragement series is also available in a set of prints with wooden holder (perfect for a desk).
  • For a budget-friendly option, she is launching a couple new sticker designs from that same series (great for mom’s refillable water bottle)

Starting Thursday (the 14th) at 4pm PST, Maggie will be launching this special Mother’s Day line via her shop. Click here to be taken to her shop.

Want 15% off? Click here (and scroll all the way down) to get on Maggie’s email list to get a coupon for her Mother’s Day Market (Thursday the 15th after 4pm through Sunday the 18th).

All of her items will be ready to ship, so she can accept domestic orders until May 1st.

4. Dandelions in December: pressed floral jewelry and gifts

Shiela is an artisan who uses resin to preserve treasures from nature. She is known for her preserved floral jewelry items that come in several different casings.

Sheila likes to include references to scripture in her works as well. She has several pendants that include a mustard seed to represent Jesus’ reminder that even a little bit of faith can change everything.

Last year she collaborated with Natalie, from Vintage Porch, to create a necklace inspired by the verse: “Truly, I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move” Matthew 17.20

If you find her on Instagram (click here), you will see she has been playing around with making pressed flower cottages and churches!

Send her a DM on Instagram to inquire about purchasing one of those adorable new creations.

Sheila tells me that all orders placed by April 23rd will arrive in time for Mother’s Day.

5. Birch Fine Tea: gourmet loose-leaf teas

As a tea-drinker myself, I would love to have a specialty loose-leaf tea gifted to me (hello lavender earl grey).

And if your mom is a tea drinker, this makes deciding what to get her really easy!

from @birchfinetea on Instagram

Based out of North Carolina, Birch Fine Tea offers gourmet specialty teas in 2oz increments. Most bags run between $9-$15 Check out their collection of teas on their website.

From @birchfinetea on Instagram

Imagine a bag of special tea paired with a sweet little tea steeper. Steeper? Ok, I just looked it up — tea infuser.

And give them a follow on Instagram as well (click here).

6. Antique Candle Co: hand-poured soy candles

I don’t think I can state enough just how much I love this company! I have been a customer of Antique Candle Co for a few years now, and I was drawn to it because the company keeps Christ at the center of its narrative.

The founder of the company, Brittany, started this company with $200 worth of candle making supplies and faith. Six years later, she employs a team of 30+ employees who hand-pour each candle in Lafayette, IN. They use domestic soybeans and non-toxic fragrance oils to ensure a quality product.

I use the candles in almost all of my giveaways, and I have a rotating selection of my own favorites.

They are seasonally-driven, so expect fresh, fruity scents in the spring and summer and warm, cozy scents for the fall and winter.

They recently launched lemon eucalyptus and pink grapefruit which both sound so incredibly refreshing!

Click the image and select “new fragrances” to shop Lemon Eucalyptus and Pink Grapefruit

On their website they do run occasional sales, and they offer 15% off your first order if you subscribe to their email list.

The antique part of their name comes from their practice of finding antique treasures (tins and copper vessels) and filling them with soy candle goodness. Each antique find runs more than the mason jar prices above, but you may just score a tin that strikes nostalgia with your mom:

Find the full collection at Antiquecandleco.com and click here to follow their Instagram where they keep Christ at the center of their mission.

7. Sparrow Soaps

Sparrow soaps is a family goat farm in Connecticut that uses the raw goat milk to create the most beautiful bars of soap I have ever seen.

They are always posting pictures of their cute kids and friendly goats over on their Instagram page: @sparrowsoaps.

Image from their Instagram (click to be taken there)
Image from their Instagram (click to be taken there)

Individual bars run $7 a piece plus shipping, but they have lots of sets for sale at a great deal:

Click the image to shop this set of 6 for only $18

And did you know goatsmilk soap is incredibly nourishing for the skin? Another gift to pamper mom.

Here’s a link to their website for ordering. Orders placed by May 2nd should be delivered in time for Mother’s Day.

8. Jenna Makes Jewelry: handmade earrings

Locals to Clovis and Fresno, this one hits home! I met Jenna through my church (she has even babysit my little ones before), and she makes the most lovely statement earrings which I find to be well below market value.

I have purchased one set for a friend, but I have my eye on that yellow pair (shall I get a Mother’s Day present for myself?!)

Click image to shop these yellow beauties

The guiding verse for Jenna’s shop is “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you” (Song of Songs 4.7).

Click here to shop Jenna’s Etsy site, and click here to give her a follow on Instagram.

Jenna says you can order online until April 30th and until May 5th for local pick-up orders (hello last minute gifting!)

9. the Stone & the Oak: Christian apparel

It would be weird to create a smallshop guide and not include my own smallshop, right?

I started the line of His wear to funnel my love of clothing into something fruitful for Him. The line is based on Luke 9.26, and if you want to read more about how the shop came to be click here to read the blog post about the origin.

Click image to be taken to the shop

I am thrilled that I have been able to create items for the warm spring and summer seasons!

Though the professional pics are coming, here is an early look at the items:

The Lucca tee (white V neck) and the Landyn tee (the sea mist crewneck)

I test the shirts before I order them because I am only interested in super soft, comfortable shirts— no scratchy shirts here!

The Anne (circle patch) and the Aaron (square patch) are trucker-style caps with hand-stitched leather patches

If you are interested in become a His Wear promoter, click here to be taken to my Instagram and DM me to get 50% off the new shirts and 40% off the new hats in exchange for promotion on social media.

If you want to sneak into the shop and snag some spring items before the official spring launch (4/26), click here.

Orders placed by May 1st should arrive in time for Mother’s Day.


I hope this list inspired you to get your mom something special while also supporting a Christian smallshop.

Love hard on those mamas this year— especially those you haven’t seen in person in too long— like my own.

with His love,

Adelaide

Three Fun Ways to Encourage Generosity with Our Kids at Christmas

Our modern culture can make it hard for kids to understand the beauty and importance of generosity. And no time is more difficult to fight the battle of “I want!” than at Christmas:

  • The enormous “kids’ gift guides” come in the mail, encouraging kids to add stickers to their favorite items.
  • Every mall, carnival, and festival Santa asks the kids one question: “And what do you want for Christmas?”
  • The bright and flashy commercials that suggest kids “add this to their Christmas list.”

Now, I am not anti-capitalism, nor do I admonish these people and companies for doing their jobs. It’s a supply-and-demand market—simple as that.

But I do think we parents can show kids just how wonderful it is to give just like Jesus did.

Here are three fun ways to bring kids into the joy of giving.

#1 SECRET ELF

My cousin Sarah told me about Secret Elf-ing about five years ago, and we have done it consistently for the last four years.

It’s easy, and doesn’t have to cost a ton:

  1. Select someone who has had a recent tough spell (death in the family, illness, financial worries, relationship troubles… we all exist in these places at some point).
  2. Determine what kind of treats or goodies they prefer (coffee/tea, chocolates/cookies, nuts, candles, warm socks, fun mugs, etc.) and stuff a basket full of their favorites.

3. Have the kids make cards including one that explains what they are up to. We keep them anonymous.

4. Be sneaky-sneaks by escaping out of the back of the car, dropping the basket on the porch, ringing the doorbell, and running back to the getaway car before the recipient sees anything!

My eldest even has the sneaky creep happening
Is that pure mischief in my middle son’s face? Let,p’s go with a mischief-joy combo.

What I love about Secret Elf is that it allows the kids to give without expecting any praise or credit. Plus, it’s really fun for boys to be stealthy and pretend like they have a secret operation.

2. SET UP A MAKESHIFT TOY SHOP WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY

Again, I take no credit for this idea; this was all my friend Nicole.

She and her kids set up a homemade, ticket-based reward shop in our neighborhood to help offset the frustrations that come with school Zoom. We parents contributed dollar-store finds that the kids used their earned tickets to buy.

In November, we switched it over to a Christmas gift shop so that the kids could buy and wrap presents for their siblings (and for the parents, too! They had a parent gift table).

The kids made their selections for each sibling, and the older kids helped the younger ones wrap them up before they left the “shop.”

Nicole made the shop safe during COVID by only participating with families she knew did not have symptoms or recent travels, and by spacing out the families in different blocks of time. The shop was outside with hand sanitizer and optional masks.

A family friend helps my son wrap his selections

There’s nothing cuter than kid-wrapped presents, right?

What I loved about our neighborhood shop was watching the kids think through the gift choices in terms of their siblings’ preferences and tastes.

3. SPONSORING A CHILD OR FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s important for my kids to understand their privileges and to give them perspective about how other people live.

A few years ago, we took our kids down to the Povarello House in downtown Fresno to give them an image of what it means to be homeless. They had heard us talk about others not having homes, but they hadn’t seen it for themselves until that trip.

My kids watched their dad help volunteer at the Povarello House Christmas event, helping homeless kids make ornaments and arranging for homeless moms get their toenails painted.

It was a small effort, but it seems my sons now have improved perspective when I mention that some kids in our city are not getting Christmas presents.

Our church arranges for impoverished children to make Christmas wish lists, and this is the first year that we haven’t been to church during the Christmas season due to COVID (so we’ll be increasing our Salvation Army donation for this current situation).

But in years past, we have had such a great time getting the kids involved in selecting a child, shopping, wrapping the gifts, and even using chores to help “pay” for some of the gifts themselves.

Wrapping up our sponsored child’s gifts
And proudly marching them to the church table

All this said, we don’t chide our kids for wanting a toy or looking forward to the presents on Christmas—it’s a natural kid thing to eagerly await gifts.

We just want to mix in the joy that comes from giving because we have the greatest model for giving: Jesus.

What did Jesus give? His wisdom. His guidance. His time. His comfort. His love. His life.

To live like Jesus means to give.

with His love,

Adelaide

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When I was walking past my husband’s work-from-home station the other day, I noticed that he was reading my latest blog post. As a subscriber to my blog, he gets an automatic email when I post something new.

What I didn’t realize about this automated program is that all of my colors and formatting is lost through this service.

A bit of the spirit of the blog was lost in translation, so to speak.

So, after talking to another very helpful blogger friend (Sarah Butterfield!), I decided to start an email service that would allow me to connect more with those who want to engage with the blog.

I’m now signed up with Mailchimp for email communication, and if you would like to continue to get notifications of a new blog (some of the subscribers will already be connected with the new system, but not those via WordPress), enter your email address here:

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As an extra incentive, if you subscribe, you will be given five entries into the One Thousand Gifts giveaway to win this bundle of goodies:

The giveaway remains open until Thursday, September 3rd at noon (PST). I will announce the winner within 24 hours of giveaway closing (more details can be found by clicking on the image).

I would be honored if you choose to follow the work I believe God is leading me to accomplish.

with His love,

Adelaide

Let’s Support Christian Small Shops this Mother’s Day

I will never try to convince you that you need to accumulate more things on this earth. Jesus reminds us to “…store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy.”

That being said, when we do purchase items, say, a gift for mom, we can be mindful of where our dollars are going.

Where we place our dollars is like casting a vote for what companies will prosper.

If we put our money towards Christian-based shops, we are helping those Christian shop owners prosper which will give them more resources to do good works for our Lord.

Am I saying that we should never shop at big-box stores? Not at all. I am fully aware that many consumers have limited budgets and options when it comes to their purchases. Big box stores are a blessing in those cases.

But if you do have the resources to shop small, consider buying your Mother’s Day gift from a Christian small shop this year. As we all know, small shops are hurting in this strange and unprecedented time.

I’ve put together a list of nine Christian small shops that I love and have really neat gifts to give mom this year.

I’ll tell you a little more about each one of the nine I’ve included here:

1. Sparrow Soaps

Sparrow soaps is a family goat farm in Connecticut that uses the milk from the goats to create the most beautiful bars of soap I have ever seen.

From @sparrowsoaps on Instagram

They are always posting pictures of their cute kids and friendly goats over on their Instagram page: @sparrowsoaps.

They have a whole variety of different scents/colors to choose from:

From @sparrowsoaps on Instagram

Bars run $7 a piece plus shipping, but they are running a deal right now to get 6 soaps for $35 with the code WASHYOURHANDS. That’s less than $6 for a large bar of goatsmilk soap which is incredibly nourishing for the skin.

Order by 4/30 to ensure the order arrives by Mother’s Day.

Here’s a link to their website for ordering

2. Hills and Valleys Studio

Kelleigh is a fiber artist in Mesa, Arizona offering lovely, hand-woven and hand-embroidered gifts.

from @hillsandvalleys_studio on Instagram

The florals above seem perfect for a mom who loves flowers and springtime.

She has also been featuring lots of irresistible rainbow designs for moms with a more bohemian vibe:

from @hillsandvalleys_studios on Instagram

If you know a mom-to-be or a new mom, these would be perfect in a sweet little nursery.

Smaller pieces run around $20 and some of the larger pieces are more like $50.

She does have an ETSY shop linked here, but she says most of her inventory is listed on her Instagram page @hillsandvalleys_studios

Though custom orders might take a bit too long to arrive by Mother’s Day, all of her ready-made pieces are ready to ship. Kelleigh says ordering by May 1 is safest, but she might be able to extend past that date a few days if need be.

3. Gracelaced Shoppe

Almost every reader of this blog will be familiar with Ruth Chou Simons: theologian and watercolorist who has brought the Word to life with her stunning, nature-based paintings.

It this week—Tuesday, April 21st to be exact—Gracelaced is launching a Mother’s Day collection with a variety of gifts for mom.

From @gracelaced on Instagram

This “Count it all joy” tote and top are two featured items in the collection, but they have so many other beautiful gifts to choose from: new watercolor prints, Ruth’s newest book, stickers, tea towels, mugs and dessert plates—to name a few.

Here is a link to the Gracelaced shoppe; if you check it after Tuesday, the new collection will be launched!

And if you are on Instagram, be sure to check out @ruthchousimons to see how she creates beautiful art at the intersection of the gospel and her life as a wife and mom of SIX boys (not a typo).

4. Crazy Cool Threads

Based out of Alabama, Crazy Cool Threads offers modern, faith-based apparel.

One of their newest releases is so stinkin’ cute I might need to place an order before the sale runs out:

I wanted to include a budget-friendly option for daughters and sons who want to buy something for mom but money is tight:

$2.50 on Crazycoolthreads .com

Their stickers come in at $2.50 each and are coated with laminate if your mom wants to adorn her favorite tumbler with one.

You can browse all of the shirts and accessories at Crazycoolthreads.com or find the company on Instagram @crazycoolthreads.

To ensure delivery on time, the company asks for orders to be placed 12 days prior to the date needed. So have these orders in by April 27th.

5. Antique Candle Co.

I don’t think I can state enough just how much I love this company! I have been a customer of Antique Candle Co for a few years now, and I was drawn to it because the company keeps Christ at the center of its narrative.

The founder of the company, Brittany, started this company with $200 worth of candle making supplies and faith. Six years later, she employs a team of 32 who hand-pour each candle in Lafayette, IN. They use domestic soybeans and non-toxic fragrance oils to ensure a quality product.

16 oz. Country Pear by cottonstem from @antiquecandleco on Instagram

I use the candles in almost all of my giveaways, and I have a rotating selection of my own favorites.

They are seasonally-driven, so expect fresh, fruity scents in the spring and summer and warm, cozy scents for the fall and winter.

On their website, wax melts are $6, 8oz. mason jar candles are $20, and 16oz mason jar candles are $29. They do run occasional sales, and they offer 15% off your first order if you subscribe to their email list.

The antique part of their name comes from their practice of finding antique treasures (tins and copper vessels) and filling them with soy candle goodness. Each antique find runs more than the mason jar prices above, but you may just score a tin that strikes nostalgia with your mom:

Find the full collection at Antiquecandleco.com and follow their Instagram @antiquecandleco where they keep Christ at the center of their mission.

6. Birch Fine Tea

This is a new company to me, but it seemed like a great choice for the mom who loves loose-leaf tea.

from @birchfinetea on Instagram

Based out of North Carolina, Birch Fine Tea offers gourmet specialty teas in 2oz increments. Most bags run between $9-$15 and right now they are offering free shipping. Check out their collection of teas on their website.

From @birchfinetea on Instagram

Imagine a bag of special tea paired with a sweet little tea steeper. Steeper? Ok, I just looked it up — tea infuser.

Order by May 1st for Mother’s Day delivery.

7. Dandelions in December

Shiela is an artisan who uses resin to preserve treasures from nature. She is known for her preserved floral jewelry items that come in several different casings.

Sheila likes to include references to scripture in her works as well. She has several pendants that include a mustard seed to represent Jesus’ reminder that even a little bit of faith can change everything.

Recently she collaborated with Natalie, from Vintage Porch, to create a necklace inspired by the verse: “Truly, I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move” Matthew 17.20

The necklace is priced at $43 but is currently 20% off with code VINTAGEPORCH20. Click here to go to Sheila’s website

Sheila tells me that all orders placed by April 30th will arrive in time for Mother’s Day.

8. Nickel and Suede

I am so glad a colleague at work clued me in to this company. They are posited as the original leather earrings, and the founder is a Christian boy mom just like me!

Leather earrings are lightweight so that they don’t overtax your earlobes, and you can size up for the statement earrings.

Though Nickel + Suede is known for the teardrop shape, they now offer so many different styles of earring to suit a whole range of tastes.

The company offers free shipping on orders of $50+ and if you order by April 27th, you will allow plenty of time for delivery by Mother’s Day.

9. Harper Grayce signs for locals in the CA valley

I love a local shout-out!

Jen from Harper Grayce makes the coolest rustic wooden signs to order. In fact, a year ago, we commissioned her to make a sign for my mother-in-law from all of the grandkids’ self-portraits:

Image from @harpergrayce on Instagram

The sign is featured proudly in her new kitchen and preserves their little imperfect drawings.

If you are local and have a handwritten message for your mom, Jen can create a gorgeous one-of-a-kind sign for her.

Image on @harpergrayce on Instagram

Custom designs start at $75 and price is based on the type of sign and the complexity of the custom art.

Start creating at http://harpergraycesigns.com; local pick-up in Clovis.

I hope this list inspired you to get your mom something special while also supporting a Christian small shop.

If you know of a Christian small shop you would like me to feature on my Instagram, reach out to me @thestoneandtheoak.

Love hard on those mamas this year— even if it is from six feet away.

with His love,

Adelaide

The little free library needs truth

I snagged twelve unmarked Bibles that my college was looking to get rid of, and I have an idea for what to do with them.

Our most recent addition, Lucy, claims one of the Bibles

I’m going to take a Bible (the one Lucy snagged, I suppose) and I’m going to try and get it to someone who needs it.

Here’s how: I marked a page and passage that brings comfort and hope (here I have marked 2 Corinthians 4:6-18)

And I will clip the Bible open to this page. Then, I’m adding a note to the front:

And I will take it to one of those little wooden free libraries that can be found at parks (I know of two in my area) and drop it in. Right before I leave it, I will lay a hand on it and pray the the person who needs to pick it up will do so.

Would you like to do this, too? I have a stack of bibles in fair to excellent condition that may be life-changing if they make it to the right hands at the right time.

Leave a comment on this post if you want a free bible, and I will send it to you! Of course you can tailor the note and verse to whatever you feel guided to select.

You never know, maybe #freelibraryneedstruth will catch on!

with His love,

Adelaide