Updated: Mar 20
If you read my post last week, you’ll know it was all about supporting others and how hard it is to start a business. So this week, I thought I’d do something different. I have accumulated a list of all the small-business owners I know and all the artists that I turn to for inspiration. I’ve attached a little bit about them and links on where you can find them. I would love for you all to go and check them out! Everyone on this list is amazing and they work so hard doing what they love and it’s so inspiring to see. Please share this post around as well and feel free to drop your own links or companies below for all of us to follow and to support each other!
First is one of my dear friends, she is a Graphics Designer and an amazing artist! She has stickers, sticky notes, and she once did some beautiful pin badges. Her store is closed currently but go and follow her on Instagram where she will keep you updated on the store. She also shares other artists on her Insta Stories and seriously, the amount of creativity shared is amazing!
Hanny is an artist and also the first person who helped me on my first day at uni. She showed me shortcuts in the modeling software and gave me tips and advice. She is amazing at what she does! Her artstyle is so incredible to see and she has the cutest stickers on Etsy! (I really don’t think I can control myself so I’m going to need a spending limit).
James Luke Burke -
James is a highly skilled artist in many art forms. He does watercolour, acrylic, gouache, one-line contours, journaling, travel journaling, and so many more. He offers online workshops (and some in-person) and he’s about to launch his next Virtual Voyage! (It’s all cruise themed and they are all amazing classes to take, highly recommended). His youtube channel has so much inspiration and his website blog has Instagram live replays where he works in real-time. He also has an etsy where you can get the most kawaii washi-tape! AHH I love everything he makes, so go check him out!
G.o.s.h Girl -
I met Amy during a business workshop and she is the loveliest person ever! She makes some amazing, one of a kind bags and her Instagram is full of fun charity shop finds and a lot of sparkles!
Phoebe is the nicest person you’ll ever meet and her Etsy store has one of a kind, clay earrings and Lino cuts! It is currently closed, but it’s always worth following in case she comes back for some lush Christmas presents ;)
If you’re looking for 3D printed minis that aren’t warhammer related, this is the Etsy shop to go to. He delivers high quality prints and he responds to every query as quickly as he can. It can be a long wait for some of the prints, as he is very maticulous with the quality of the prints you receive, but don't let this deter you. There are so many different artists on his store page, there’s something for everyone! And if he doesn't have the print you're looking for, if you ask him, he will source the file or locate another artist who can print it for you.
Lovely Aesthetics By Liss -
Liss and I have been friends since high school and she is the nicest, funniest person I’ve known! She is so close to graduating from Esthetician school and she just created her new Instagram! She is offering facials, waxing, eyelash extensions and so much more! Go show her new Instagram some love!
The next recommendations are from some very lovely women I had the opportunity to meet in the Developing Entrepeneurial Women's Program back in 2021. These ladies have developed and started their own companies and I just had to spotlight all the hard work they've been doing! These are first hand insights into the companies from the people running them.
Work Smart Live Happy - Emma was so kind and sent me a little snippet to use!
As a therapist-coach, for Christmas, people can have…
Reflection and Review:
For reflecting on the past year and planning the year ahead in terms of what is important in your life and your business.
A fast-track ticket in extreme personal growth:
For strengthening you as a person so you can have not only a good year but a much happier and fulfilling life ahead. The result is like coming back refreshed from a holiday, but without the dread feeling because you’re already dealing with the things you don’t look forward to coming back to.
Care and Repair:
Christmas can be a joyous time in some respects whilst being really stressful in others. Unwrapping sessions to help understand, process, manage and adapt from recent triggers such as grief (from bereavement or other big changes that are beyond your control) and awkward family interactions and relationships.
Why wait until Christmas? 🎄
Wild Human Skincare - Lizz sent over a lovely bio!
Wild Human Skincare takes beautiful organic botanical ingredients and expertly blends them together to make a range of 100% natural, vegan skincare. We use high quality organic ingredients that are nourishing and kind to delicate skin.
We are based in the Vale of Glamorgan and handcraft all our products with love.
Our range of products include face creams, body butters, cleansing oil, face mask, hand and foot balms and more - we have something for everyone and all budgets. Website coming soon.
Find your balance - Jane also sent a beautiful bio!
Based in Swansea... clinical reflexology sessions for all your health and well-being needs. Vouchers available for single sessions for relaxation or for block bookings to treat everything from menopause, migraine, adhd, stress, muscular and skeletal issues, and everything in between.
Hany.H.R. - (No longer trading, but info still accessible)
Kimberley is an amazing person to know, she’s a world full of knowledge! She didn’t think I would actually mention her but I absolutely am! She is the former owner of Handy.H.R and you can find her here if you want quick tips for HR! I didn’t know a thing about HR until I read through her Instagram and followed her, some really good information to know over there.
The Grown-Up School -
There are just some things we aren’t taught in school. (Especially American school systems….) luckily The Grown-Up School has free courses for everything you can think of and growing every day. They have an active Facebook group to be a part of as well!
Shine & Show You're Beautiful: Your Guide To A Beautiful You - Natasha was so kind to send over a bio about her book!
My book Shine & Show You're Beautiful helps you to learn to love yourself, improve your self-image and confidence so you can feel and live the best possible version of you. How you feel about yourself has a domino effect on your way of living, if your emotions change, so do your actions, the way you present yourself and even the way you look.
This book will show you how to use the power of your mind to make your inner beauty shine, you'll also pick up on super useful and practical beauty tips to make you feel more attractive, energetic and love yourself for who you are.
Shine & Show You're Beautiful was Amazon's number 1 bestseller in the first week of launch.
I also offer 1:1 Coaching.
Menopause Lounge Wales -
Eileen offers ladies free menopausal empowerment education on their private Facebook group.
They also offer a variety of F2F menopause’s courses, from being a menopause champion to Menopause health and well-being.
They also offer 1:1 virtual or F2F menopause consultations along with prescribing HRT for your individual requirements.
For more information contact Eileen on: Eileen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact her on 07530761858
I have some more accounts and store pages I can suggest, but I’ll leave these for another time. I hope you can find some inspiration from these artists and pages as well as some Christmas present or birthday ideas. We have a guest writer next week which I think will be fun seeing as it’s our FIRST guest writer! I’m very excited!
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! See you next week!