Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for some great holiday gift ideas? Well, we’re here for you with 10 incredible local businesses who have great gift ideas for the holiday season! We are a huge advocate of shopping local this holiday season. Our list is comprised of local entrepreneurs selling fantastic goods. Please take some time to look at the list and check out all these great businesses.

This girl. She rocks. I pretty much love all her things. Naturally, because she’s a designer, all her designs are well-designed, creative, and adorable! She has a huge selection of products but we have chosen some of our favorites to feature in our guide. Seriously… how adorable is that HOME sign where you can swap out the wreath for different seasons? We love it. Do ahead and check her out, we guarantee you’ll find some gifts for a few people on your list. (And probably something for you too!!)

Find them online: Website | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

Melissa Jenkins is probably one of our favorite handcrafted jewelers in town. We’re pretty obsessed with tassel earrings, and she has so many cute options with great color choices. She also makes these fabulous wall hangings and weavings that are so trendy and so adorable. One of the many things I love about what Melissa makes is that each piece looks a little different. Fabulous variety while sticking to the same Melissa Jenkins style. Yes, please!

Find them online: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

Obviously, we can’t do a local holiday gift guide in the Wisconsin without including something to get you through those lonnnnnng colddddd winters. We love the snuggly + warm pieces CroquisKnits creates. She has a ton of styles and great colors to choose from. We love all things creative, but one still we’ve never been able to wrap our heads around is knitting. That’s why we love to know fabulous women with amazing talents! Stay warm this winter with CroquisKnits.

Find them online: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

We love these pieces fromDolce Home (formerly Madison Craft Studio). We first discovered them at the Madison Night Market and fell in love with what they created out of wood ( and fabric too ;) ). We pretty much wanted to buy everything for ourselves and for others. A truly great sign when you want to buy something for everyone on your list. We originally picked Dolce Home for our guide because of their cool die-cut wood artwork for your home, but they also have cute pillows and custom cutting boards. (If you know Carly, she has a slight obsession with pillows, lol #truth). Check them out for some fabulous gift ideas! They have so many Madison-based designs, BUT if you’re buying for someone who doesn’t live in town, you can totally order something custom – SCORE!

Find them online: Etsy | Facebook

If you follow Sprout on Instagram, you probably already know we’re in love with these felt succulents. A simple concept but it’s totally amazing! We already have a few of them and we continue to want more. For our house, for our office, for everywhere! They just make us smile every time. Aside from the adorable succulents, she also makes felt flowers and other great gift ideas. We would love to have a felt flower wreath or this flower ampersand. Who can complain about flowers you DON’T have to water!? We’re sold :)

Find them online: Etsy | Instagram

Alright, we are majorly fangirling Diana from To Di For. We are literally obsessed with her delicious cupcakes. If you follow her on Instagram, be prepared to drool every day over the new things she’s cooking up and incredible flavors you’ll “di for”. My favorite flavor is the Badger Bites (pictured in middle photo above). You will love her delicious treats, they are totally the best! If you want to try some of your own. Contact Diana for orders, or you can get her cupcakes (if they don’t sell out first) at Cool Beans Cafe on the east side of Madison, WI.

Find them online: Website | Facebook | Instagram

One of the things we love about creating this list is finding unique gifts for you and your loved ones.

We perked up when we saw these wool wrapped bars of soap by Shovel + Spade. Get rid of that old loofa and replace it with these amazing products. We got one and love it! Shovel + Spade is fiber art for sustainable living. She also has other great products like wooly can coozies, wooly jars, and fiber art decor. Check out her website to find more ideas!

Find them online: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

We instantly fell in love with Plushzilla’s children’s creations. They are these adorable handmade “stuffed animals”, and we use the air quotes because they’re so much better than a plain old stuffed animals. These animals are so well crafted and they come in so many different animals and colors. If you’re buying gifts for any little ones, you’ll want to check PlushZilla out. AND if you need a fun adult gift, you’ll love these F Bomb’s! A perfect thing to throw when life’s not going your way. What a great fun idea, We’d love to have one on hand when our web design trouble-shooting isn’t going our way.

Find them online: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

Our next featured business also creates adorable “stuffed animals”. These are cute guys are knit by HPKnits and she has some great gift ideas. How cute are these yard pouf wreaths and Christmas trees? We love how fun and modern these are. Decorate your house with these or you can also gift them to someone with lots of Christmas spirit. HPKnits also creates other knitted pieces like hats and scarves too! Check her work out online or at Booth 121. She also sells her products through ReKindled, one of the amazing businesses we featured in last year’s guide.

Find them online: Facebook

Last but not least, the incredible work of Blue Giraffe Glass. We love these pieces as gift ideas — this is truly an art. We could never in a million years create something like this. They have great holiday-themed pieces like the stars and little Christmas tree ornaments. To state the obvious, we also love these little glass cacti! Blue Giraffe Glass makes some pieces that are so lovely and unique.

Find them online: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

 

Want even more ideas? Take a look back at last year’s list, lots of great ideas there too!

I hope that gives you some great ideas for you to #shoplocal this holiday season. I encourage you to add these items to your holiday wish list as well as purchase them for friends and family gifts. They provide a much more personal touch than that tempting Amazon Prime option :)

Why it took a year to develop our new site

As some of our closest friends know, we have been working on our site for about a year.

Sounds crazy right? Yep it is.

You’re probably thinking, Carly, you make websites for a living how can it take so long? The problem is it’s so hard to design for yourself. It’s so easy to be critical and analyze everything and lose yourself in the design process. Most designers know the challenge of designing for themselves, it’s 300% times more personal, vulnerable and harder.

We continually found ourselves saying, “We’re working on our site, it’s almost done.” Well, that “almost done” phase lasted a couple months, because we kept working on it, wanted it to be the best that it could be. (Notice I didn’t say “perfect”, because that’s never possible in design! haha)

So our hard work continued, however, as most entrepreneurs know, your own work comes last because you’re always working and focused on clients projects.

When push came to shove, I knew it was time! I’ve spent a long time knowing our site could be so much better. While I kept getting compliments on my site, we knew it wasn’t bad, but we felt ashamed knowing how much better it could be. This year we celebrated 4 years in business and we knew it was time to level up. We wanted to show off how we’ve evolved over the years with the launch our new site.

So Carly, why did it take so long?

Since we started developing our new site, we had a couple things that held us up. One, it was hard to find the time to work on our site. We always put our clients first. Client work takes priority and sometimes that means setting our own development aside.

Secondly, we were lacking the confidence in writing our copy and how to market ourselves. Just like it’s hard to design for yourself, it’s also hard to write for yourself!! We know Sprout, we know who we are, but it was hard to put it into words. We spent a long time putting off the hard stuff (writing about ourselves) and procrastinating with other little design details (because that’s what we love). Finally, we realized we just have to be ourselves and it will be authentic, real, and informative.” It was so important that it sounded casual as if I was chatting with a friend. (Hopefully, that’s the case!) So in the end, all we needed to do was sit down, write, and be ourselves.

After tackling those 2 obstacles, we found ourselves nearing the end, and finally wrapping things up. And man, it feels good!

We are so happy with how it turned out and feel like it really speaks to who we are and shows the growth that Sprout Studio is all about.

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Now – its time to celebrate!

We’re pumped to have you here to explore the new site! Do you love the new site?

Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide

We are a huge advocate of shopping local this holiday season. So to celebrate the holiday season we’ve put together an incredible list of 10 ideas to put on your christmas list or to give to others. Our list is comprised of local entrepreneurs selling fantastic goods (things you’ll probably want year round). Please take some time to look at the list and if you’re interested in buying, which you probably will be, all the information is included.

 

 

Our first artist on the list is The Felt Whisperer. The name says it all! She makes the most fantastic gift bringing a new life to this childhood crafting essential. All her work is carefully crafted and looks so great. Jessica, the woman behind the brand, makes the most adorable wreaths, the white and gold “Joy” is my absolute favorite. She so makes homemade sock puppets (SO CUTE!) and these custom Pennants. I featured this “HOME” one because we’re featuring our #shoplocal theme, but she also makes colorful ones custom to your desired name. Check out her etsy shop because there’s so many cute gift ideas to purchase there.

Pottery holds a special place in my heart because I was very into ceramics in high school. And my teacher (Shout out to Mr. Losey) had a major influence on the person I am today. Mostly because he went to UW-Stevens Point and suggested it as I was looking for colleges to pursue my graphic design education… I will spare you all the details which I will save for a later post, but needless to say, I went there and it was the best thing in my life and would recommend it 150%.
But anyways!! Imago Dei Pottery is creating some gorgeous work! She’s creating these stunning pieces out of her garage! Huge props to her and her work. They have so many fun options on their etsy page. I want one of everything. How incredible is that hanging succulent planter? I also was excited to feature her ring holders which are so nice, and for the holiday they almost look like little christmas trees. Very chic.

I’m guessing that a lot of my followers are into art, well, US TOO! This gift will be perfect for you! DVINci Box is a local startup subscription box where you get everything you need for an art project in the box. An art class at the convenience of your own home? That sounds pretty fantastic! The pricing offers a few different options and you can buy based on herself, or get a group together to work on it. Ladies Night Anyone?

Okay… These tees are one of my favorites. The different designs from ReKindled will make you wanting one of each. As a continuation of the fun ReKindled spirit, these shirts not only sport unique sayings, but they were also designed to look and feel “vintage”. The cotton/poly blend provides an amazingly soft and comfy feel. I LOVE the “Dream Bigger” one, this is something I always think about with my business AND my personal lifestyle. She’s just starting out and taking orders through Facebook, so be sure to contact her today.

How great are these designs from The Tin Owl?! This is such a fun way to incorporate the vintage grudge of these old license plates with a modern chic style. I will most certainly be getting a Wisconsin design for my home. They sell all the designs in all the states, in case you’re interested in another state. The designs can also be found on different products, such as cards, pillows, magnets, tea towels, etc.

MollyKate Design is selling beautiful calligraphy pieces on wood and prints that you can frame. She has a great style and her calligraphy is beautiful. Take a look at her etsy shop and you’ll see she has some great holiday decor (although it’s selling fast!) and other decor that can be displayed year round. For example, this monogram design which she can make with whatever letter you choose. These will make a great gift for anyone into the shabby chic artistic style.

Casa & Co has the most adorable handmade heirlooms, perfect for your home or gifting. They are made in small batches by block-printing each design with vintage typography blocks. It really makes the typography nerd in me so happy. Handmade in her Madison studio, each item is truly unique and the quality is made to last. She has so many fun and witty sayings that you’ll be sure to find one for everyone on your list. I personally LOVE the “ten thousand goodnight kisses” and the “maybe later…” one. As they say, “Supes Cute”

 

 

I have been obsessed with Lovely Retro Renos since the first time I laid my eyes on these gorgeous floral masterpieces. Totally girly and totally cute! She’s well known for these wooden states with the floral over, a perfect blend of my girly side and my badger state love. She sells a variety of products featuring these floral patterns (Yes! There’s pattern options!) including little boxes, coasters, clippy frames, and more. And again, available in other states, not just Wisconsin. You can order online at her etsy shop, or she sells her art at Booth 121 in Monona, WI.

 

 

ShadeTreeNaturals is a Small Batch, Artisan Home and Body Products brought to you from Sun Prarie, Wisconsin. These handcrafted naturals by Tara will make a great gift this holiday season. Shade Tree Living is all about living a simple, natural life! They provide body and home products that promote a healthy, natural lifestyle. She has a line of snowflakes, christmas trees, and more! I for one can’t wait to get my hands on the Peppermint Snowflake Soap. What a great stocking Stuffer!

Because gift giving isn’t always about physical gifts, I wanted to add a little bonus holiday idea for you. Lady Forward Tea Celebrations is a local company that crafts a personalized tea party experience that you’ll never forget, complete with all the planning, preparations, and supplies you need. You could plan a party with a group of your closest friends that will make the holidays extra special. OR you could attend one of her pop-ups events which could easily be added to your christmas wish list. She has a New Years Eve celebration coming up that you won’t want to miss!

 

 

 

I hope that gives you some great ideas for you to #shoplocal this holiday season. I encourage you to add these items to your holiday wish list as well as purchase them for friends and family gifts. They provide a much more personal touch than that tempting Amazon Prime option :)

Branding Broad Moodboard

We are so passionate about branding that we want to start our journey with some discovery and research on who you are.  After we have a firm handle on this, we can start the design process. We’ll create a moodboard for your brand, then get into sketching and your logo design, and continue the creativity with matching marketing pieces (letterhead, business cards, social media, email signatures, website, etc).

What is a mood board? A mood board is a visual representation of your brand. This is how we love to start off our logo projects. It is a compilation of pictures, typography, patterns, and colors the evoke the style of your brand. It’s a great way to lay out the visuals of a brand and communicate a clear style. When creating your logo, marketing pieces, or your website, we can look back at the mood board and ask ourselves, “Does this fit with our brand?”

 

Images are found online. Working on getting all the source links posted.

 

Be our Guest!

 

We’re excited to announce that we’re ready to dive into the guest blogging world. I am so thrilled to introduce you to some fabulous people I know + a few new creatives I’ve (happily) stumbled upon. We are still getting all of our ducks in a row, but this is a very fun time for us and can’t wait to share. We’ll be having a few different categories established to provide readers with a variety of topics.

Think guest blogging is something you’re interested in? Send me a note with a little bit of information and I’d love to tell you more.

Uncover Something New

I’m really excited to share my moodboard for an upcoming project! I was so inspired by my niece who LOVES to paint and knew that watercolor would be an important element in my next branding project. I’m also really excited for these bright pops of color, I can’t help but be drawn to this energetic color pallet.

Here it is folks! – I can’t wait to reveal more, and of course, uncover the finished product!

 

Uncovered Moodboard | Sprout Studio

Moodboard image sources: Limes | Pink Room | Watercolor Alphabet | Love never gives up | Floral Bouquet | Ampersand | Watermelon Notebook