This week, we’re highlighting makers who are Audience Choice Award Nominees for the second year in a row. It’s been a treat for me to see how their businesses and products have changed over the past year. Meet some of our return nominees below and start spreading the word about your favorites. Public voting for the Audience Choice Award winners in each category starts Aug. 26 (less than one month away!).
Lisa Anderson Shaffer’s handcrafted men’s and women’s accessories are a wonderful hybrid of traditional crafts such as cross-stitch and modern design aesthetics. I personally love the family story behind the brand’s name as well.
Araya Jensen’s beautiful dipped homegoods are designed and crafted in Minneapolis, MN. Richly grained wooden bowls, spoons, and more are dipped into uniquely colored synthetic rubber. Araya mixes each color-way in small batches, playing with the effect of mixing bright pops of neon or cool white with wood’s natural texture.
Doesn’t that mac & cheese look yummy? Sarah’s on a mission to turn convenience foods into something you can feel good about eating with ingredients sourced from small producers and a product that tastes just as fresh out of the freezer as it would if you made it at home. Since the 2012 Awards, the business has expanded and Good Tastes mac & cheese is now available nationwide.
These cute little baby booties are the brainchild of Erica Hager of Mandan, ND. The fuzzy sherpa lining keeps toes cozy and they’re designed to stay on no matter how much babies wiggle.
Sucre Shop has grown from one little Etsy shop run by Brooke Pratt to a whole team passionate about colorful, eco-friendly flatware and party supplies. All of Sucre Shop’s patterns are printed by hand.
Valerie McKeehan’s hand-drawn chalkboard art has expanded into a full line of greeting cards and prints offering, as she puts it, “a realistic chalkboard appearance minus the dust.”
These are just a few of the nominees back for year two. See all the nominees here.