Handmade for the Holiday (Plus a GIVEAWAY!!)

image Squeezed in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was Small Business Saturday. Did you catch that. Pretty soon we will just name every single day from Thanksgiving to Halloween to make sure you shop as much as possible. It is a little ridiculous. But I am trying to do some of my shopping locally and on Etsy this year. Much like I have changed my eating to support local farmers, I really believe in keeping money local. Especially in this economy.

So I am really excited to be participating in “Handmade for the Holidays”, a celebration of West Michigan artisans by some of my favorite West Michigan bloggers. I am really exited to share with you the artist I have been partnered with, The Elegant Elle. You see I have been admiring the current trend of flowers and feathers in women’s hair. I think it is so feminine yet hip. But I have not yet been bold enough to give it a try. But her products are just the little shove I need to give it a try. You might just see me sporting a flower in my hair at a holiday party.

When I read The Elegant Elle’s profile on Etsy I knew immediately that I would love what she created.

The Elegant Elle came to be when I fell in love with the beautiful headbands and floral hair accessories that I would see celebrities wear in magazines. I couldn’t afford the $100+ price tag of the accessories they wore, so I decided to come up with my own. The hair accessories I made were intended to be worn by just myself, I had no intention of selling them. Soon my friends, family and strangers were complimenting my hair accessories when I wore them out and wanted to know where to get them! That is when The Elegant Elle was born ~ I wanted to share the beauty I created with others. I feel sexy, flirty and romantic when wearing one of my hand crafted pieces and want other women to feel the same way.

As a mom who spends way to much time in yoga pants, I really, really want to feel sexy, flirty and romantic. Don’t you? I would also like to pretend I still am fashionable. Her gorgeous headbands let me do all of the above. And she even has some adorable kid’s pieces. I don’t have any baby girls anymore (sniff), but my “big” girls would love to wear flowers in their hair. Seriously, who doesn’t want to wear flowers in their hair?

How would you like to try out this fancy trend? The Elegant Elle has offered one of my readers a $20 credit to her store.

To enter, simply head over to her Etsy shop and let me know what you love most. For additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each):

The winner will be drawn at random on Dec. 3rd. Also, if you want to place an order in her store, you can use the code DIAPER at checkout and get 5% off your order in addition to the holiday specials she is already running.

You can find all the West Michigan Etsy giveaways over at Eat Local, West Michigan. Please head over and enter some more. It is a great way to support small artisans on Etsy. Good luck!


  1. I love the Leilani – Red Orchid Hair Clip, it would great for a wedding I am going to be in coming up.

  2. Just subscribed by email too!

  3. My favorite is Little Gabbi. Who could resist the headband, or the model for that matter?
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  4. catherine says:

    I love the Elizabeth – RED Feather and Flower Headband…very pretty!

  5. I love the FairyTale headband!
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  6. nicolerenae says:

    I love the Daisy headband! I just started wearing flowers in my hair, when I borrow my daughter’s!

  7. nicolerenae says:

    I subscribe by email!

  8. nicolerenae says:

    I like Diaper Diaries on facebook!

  9. nicolerenae says:

    I like The Elegant Elle on facebook!

  10. i love the gloria hair clip!

  11. like them on FB!
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  12. like D.D. on FB!
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  13. i follow via google reader!
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  14. I like the Diaper Diaries on FB!
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  15. I LOVE the Raquel. Black, black, black.
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  16. I like Diaper Diaries on FB.
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  17. Theresa says:

    I like the Mommy and me set! Of course it helps that I have a 10 month old daughter! How cute would these be for the holidays! Maybe not Christmas as they are pink but New Year’s and of course just an excuse for pictures!

  18. Theresa says:

    I subscribe!

  19. Theresa says:

    I like you on facebook

  20. I love the ‘Elle’. It would go perfect with my favorite outfit. ;o)

  21. I subscribe to The Diaper Diaries via e-mail.

  22. I like The Elegant Elle on facebook.
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  23. I like The Diaper Diaries on facebook.

  24. I like the Juliet hair clip!
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  25. I’m a subscriber!
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  26. I like Diaper Diaries on FB!

  27. Oh girl, sign me up! These are adorable :) I’m dying to try a headband.
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  28. I like Elegant Elle.

  29. I like YOU!
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  30. I subscribe to you :)
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  31. susan ponischil says:

    i like Gloria, the colors and the design.

  32. Love the fairytale headband!
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  33. I LOVE the little gabby baby headband.


  34. The baby flower is such a cute idea.

  35. I think my favorite would have to be the Giselle! :) Beautiful products!

  36. I subscribed via email :)

  37. I liked Diaper Diaries on facebook…

  38. Christie says:

    I love the
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  39. Christie says:

    email subscriber

  40. Christie says:

    FB fan