New Retailer in the house: MarketHouse in Westwood NJ!

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We super excited to introduce Market House as a new retailer of our handmade goods! Located in Westwood, New Jersey, Markethouse is a beautiful boutique shop that highlights a variety of beautiful crafts made by local artisans. Always on the search for meaningful gifts, Market House owners Chelsea and Sarah are delighted to begin stocking some of our very own handmade clutches, bags, and linen catchalls.

Market House was conceived by friends Sarah and Chelsea during their trip to Valladolid, Mexico to donate groceries, toiletries, and other basic necessities to a handful of local families in a poverty-stricken village. Inspired to continue their benevolent mission, they expanded Sarah's wholesale organic beauty products business. As a retailer, Market House allows these New Jersey natives to fund local talent and provide their community with handmade, meaningful gifts all while doubling their capacity to raise funds for the families in Mexico.

The mission behind Market House is very simple: they believe in giving back to others. The best way to bring more happiness into the world is often with handmade crafts that are sewn with a bit of love and a few words of encouragement. If you're a New Jersey local, make sure to check out our meaningful gifts and décor at our new favorite retailer!

Celebrating A Partnership with Gifts that Give Back

Sandra Smith is proud to announce its new domestic violence awareness partnership with the NCADV—the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Two percent of all future proceeds will be donated to the NCADV to help in their efforts to affect public policy, strengthen the voice of survivors, and extend confidential aid to those struggling to escape from abusive relationships.

Domestic violence awareness is at the core of our company's mission and is the driving force behind our own designs. Sandra, herself a victim of long-term domestic abuse, began her own business selling gifts that give back to empower others and encourage the growth of meaningful intimate connections and strong friendships. With short and sweet inspirational messages, Sandra's custom-made bags and décor help foster those connections on a daily basis. Strong support networks are essential to building the confidence and security necessary to break away from harmful individuals and toxic environments.

The NCADV is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a culture of zero tolerance for domestic violence across America. Besides providing essential information and helpful resources via their website, the NCADV offers tangible help through their extensive networks and partnerships to help victims escape from their current situations and take ownership of their financial, reproductive, and physical health.

Our team here at Sandra Smith knows how easy it is for victims to blame themselves, and, as an extension, how love plays an important role in combatting self-doubt and disparagement. A few words of encouragement go a long way, and each individual has the power to make a world of a difference simply by offering a helping hand and a glimmer of hope to someone in need. In honor of this domestic violence awareness partnership, Sandra Smith is coming out with two new exciting gifts that give back—a "Warrior" long throw pillow and a linen catchall that reads "Life is Tough but so are You." So, please come and join us in our effort to combat domestic violence with a personalized gift that is sure to remind someone dear to you that he or she is loved and valued every single day.

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Perfect Sister Quotes to Use for bridesmaids in your wedding party

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Wedding gifts are always tricky, but they can be especially difficult to find for a sister or sister-in-law. 

Your sister was there on your first day of school, your first date, your high school graduation, and too many birthdays to count. So, how do you condense a lifetime of memories into a neatly wrapped package tied with a bow?

You may not have known your sister-in-law as many years, and now you're practically family! What kind of gift would set the right tone for a meaningful relationship for years to come?

With Sandra Smith's custom bags, you can embed a personalized message into a gift she can treasure long after the banquet hall is swept and the flowers have withered away.

A few words, if chosen correctly, can go a long way. Here we've listed some sister quotes and sister quotes for your sister-in-law to get you started with the perfect wedding gifts:

Sisters

Sisters by chance, friends by choice

So lucky to have you as my sister

So thankful for a sister like you

Distance wherever, Sisters forever

No better friend than a sister

Always my sister, forever my friend

Sisters make the best friends

Sisters are joined heart to heart

A loyal sister is worth a thousand friends

Big sister, biggest role model

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden

Sisters-in-Law

Thank you for being the sister I never had

Love you like a sister

Sis•ter-in-law: (n) Sisters by marriage, friends by choice

Now you really are my sister

Thanks for being my un-biological sister

Sister from another mister

Forever my soul sister

You’ll always be my person

Bridesmaid and soon my sister

Today I gain the sister I always wished for

Hopefully, these sister quotes and sister quotes for your sister-in-law will help you celebrate your loved ones on their special day. Enjoy and comment below to let us know which ones you liked and which ones you'd like to add.

50 SHORT QUOTES THAT RESONATE

As a creative designer, I am forever on the hunt for words that "speak" to me. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a quote-hunter, too!

I just can't resist those little nuggets of wisdom that touch my heart and tickle my imagination—the ones that resonate with me on a whole other level. Usually though, I don't have the time to peruse a big ol' block of text to get to the heart of the message (and I'm guessing you don't either.) Most days, I just want the meat - give me the meat!

Short quotes get right to the heart of the matter, and somehow they seem to pack a bigger punch because of it. Small enough to fit into your pocket but profound enough to make you stop and think, short quotes inspire you when you least expect it.

So, I did a little homework, and – ta-da! – I’ve curated this tidy list of fifty short quotes of no more than three words. So pick one that resonates with you, and use it as your mantra—in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening...read it whenever you need a little pick-me-up!

MOTIVATE

1.   start somewhere

2.  be a boss

3.  prove them wrong

4.  rise & grind

5.  do not settle

6.  go for it

7.  keep moving forward

8.  find your fire

9.  let's do this

10.  decide to rise

11.  believe you can

12.  you got this

13.  fail forward

14.  purpose fuels passion

15.  stay focused

16.  conquer from within

17.  aim high

18.  no excuses

19.  do your part

20.  nobody owes you

21.  hustle hard

22.  improve 1% daily

23.  face your fears

24.  do epic shit

25.  smash your goals 

CULTIVATE

26.  good vibes only

27.  make the time

28.  see the good

29.  rise & shine

30.  love yourself

31.  happiness is key

32.  go live

33.  shine on

34.  follow your heart

35.  time will tell

36.  never complain, explain

37.  choose joy

38.  find your bliss

39.  shake it off

40.  don’t survive, thrive

41.  love deeply

42.  fear no evil

43.  share your smile

44.  enjoy every moment

45.  keep it simple

46.  stay weird

47.  trust your dreams

48.  count your blessings  

49.  be nice first

50.  find your eyes

Artist: Vanesa, LetteringBird

Artist: Vanesa, LetteringBird

Artist: Joyce McCown, Moon Shadow Press

Artist: Joyce McCown, Moon Shadow Press

Artist: Adrienne & Christine, PocketFullofLetters

Artist: Adrienne & Christine, PocketFullofLetters

Which ones are your favorites? Do any of these short quotes resonate with you?

Sandra

Put a Strap on it!


It's finally here!

Requests for a wrist strap on our personalized bags have been answered; removable strap add-ons are now available in the shop! 

The wrist strap makes it infinitely easier to carry your personalized bag; simply clip the lobster-claw clasp onto the zipper pull and you're ready to go! 

We create each strap to match the textile and metal hardware of its bag. Just add it to cart with your customized bag, and we'll take care of the details.

Handmade-to-order here in NY, of course. 

Nat, Team Sandra Smith

Source: https://www.etsy.com/listing/521088685