This year has been blowing with the wings of change. Between the pandemic and political campaigns, I am MOONSTRUCK. How can I experience vertigo from sitting so still? The only thing keeping me sane right now are small businesses and creatives! It's ALSO that batshit time of year where as an American culture, we mash a ton of western commercialized 'holidays' together to sell corporate products.
The silver lining is a lot of talented and passionate beings have had the opportunity to put their life energy into their personal businesses. I've had a blast adorning myself and personal spaces with items that creatives have to offer. Like I said above, this kind of support has been the only thing giving me life energy besides creating myself. WE can choose to spend our money differently this year and years to come. When we create new shopping habits we help build a community of small businesses. Let's consistently support small business, so they can actually GROW.
Citrine Tangerine's Small Business Shopping List:
I have to start with Citrine Dream! The candles and body products are non-toxic and made with gratitude! I highly recommend the candles and body scrubs specifically from here. Treat Yourself.
Glenn Lehrer is an obvious choice to share with you because he is a self taught gem carver from the US. We met a couple years ago at Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference. His fine jewelry is available for a variety of price points. I am particularly fond of his Sterling Silver Collection.
Polymer clay creations are all the rage but something about Baublebee Handmade speaks to me. The level of creativity in the colors and textures are truly exciting. Plus these designs are just so dang cute!
Daisy Illustrations creates colorful art that you need to fill your space with! Cover your laptop and notebooks with stickers, purchase prints, or contact her directly for custom portraits. I've got a portrait she made from a couple years ago hanging on my wall. Who doesn't love stickers or personalized art?
Huckleberry Roasters is where I get my daily coffee beans from. I am a huge fan of their beans specifically their single origin flavors! YUM! This is one coffee roaster that has my vote. They are informed about their products and are creating a global community through the love of coffee. Respect!
Can you guess what my favorite thing to collect is? CRYSTALS! Treefort Bizaare is my go to spot for gems! They seem to be the crystal plug when it comes to any jewels you desire. Life is better with gemstone friends!
When the lockdown began, the most devastating blow was losing the ability to travel. Recircle Home is a destination mystic shop in Long Beach, CA. They keep odd hours but when you do finally catch the shop while it's open, it's pure delight. There is a small online shop available but if you have the chance to put yourself in the building, I highly recommend it.
That's all I've got for now. I can't share all of my secrets but I will say two other things. Reading has been a fabulous way to escape the fatigue of being indoors. I know it might be hard to get yourself started but when you do get into a good book it will feel so good to mentally go somewhere else... TRUST ME.
Lastly, if you haven't already, please check out the two collections I've released this year. I know I've been putting a lot of focus on jewelry these last couple years. It's because I am truly passionate about gemstones and creating jewelry collections as Citrine Tangerine brings a lot of my talents together in a very satisfying way. Jewelry design just might be that one skill that I could not live without. It brings me so much joy. Thank you. Shop small.
About the Author & Artist
Megan LaCroix also known as Citrine is the daughter of a Navy Veteran. She’s lived all over the US but has roots in Michigan where her family is from. Spending summers in Northern Michigan exploring nature inspired her to create art work starting with jewelry and photography. She’d spend hours looking for rocks and creating assorted beaded jewelry with her sisters. In 2014 She graduated from University of Michigan School of Art & Design with a BFA then moved to Detroit where she is currently living and working. She is a multi-media artist with ever expanding skills but is best known for her jewelry, screen printing, photography, and paintings. Detroit Graffiti has a significant influence on her painting and drawing style. She’s participated in ArtPrize 2015 & 2021 and currently has a studio in the Village Arts Factory of Canton, MI.