The Offbeat Mama Directory is steadily getting cooler and cooler — in addition to a plethora of amazing kid’s clothing and wonderful photographers, I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for artists, cool upcyclers, and pretty much anything I think might strike your fancy. So check these ouuuuut:
The Monster Den claims to be a “most delightful place to be” and I totally and completely agree with them. I’m the biggest fan of just about anything that’s upcycled, and when you throw in super cute hats as well, I’m a goner!
I’m a big fan of art, but wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea of someone actually painting a portrait of my son until Ginny Webb did it. This looks EXACTLY like the photo I sent her — down to the fact that you can tell Jasper is grinding his teeth.
Ginny is magic personified with a paint brush. We chose one of our favorite ages (so far) for her to capture, and I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again.
SEWNnatural makes these impossibly wonderful sleep mats for kids. Everything is eco-friendly and hand-crafted, and you can also get things like quilts, toys, and silk pillows. They’ve been featured in about a zillion magazines and publications, so you may have heard of them already. If not, I’m stoked to introduce ya!
Frenchie Stiles Clothing Co. has punk, rockabilly, pinup, and indie style clothing for just about every shape and size you can be. She’s got maternity clothing and non-maternity clothing, and everything is BRIGHT and COLORFUL and AWESOME. If you’re into animal print, she’s got it. If you want to wear clothes that have several different colors, you can find it. PLUS nearly all of the designs are truly one-of-a-kind — once someone buys a particular design, it’s gone forever.
Of course this isn’t IT — we want more! If you have an awesome business, get yourself listed already! If you know of someone who’s doing something amazing, send their info our way!
Comments on You need new pinup attire and your kid definitely needs a monster playmate
On an unrelated topic (other than its an ad, and this a sponsored post) why are all the sites except offbeat bride showing a video ad at the top? It showed for a while on lots of pages then went away. I think that sort of ad (video on the top of the page) is distracting and taking monetizing these sites too far.
Kahlan, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I’ve written pretty extensively about the difficult decision to run these ads on Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Home. Offbeat Bride doesn’t have the banner ads because readers there purchase the products sold by the site’s sponsors. Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Home readers have made it clear they simply do not have the budgets to spend, and so in order to keep the sites online, I’ve had to resort to these more invasive CPM banners.
I’m sorry if these ads strike you as taking things “too far” — the banners are quite literally allowing me to keep Offbeat Mama online, which doesn’t feel too far to me.
Banner campaigns will come and go, but if you ever see an ad that strikes you as objectionable, feel free to contact me directly with a screenshot. (The screenshot is key, as readers in different regions will see different ads — I may not see the same ads you see.)
Furthermore, if you have questions or feedback about how I run my business, I’d recommend heading on over to offbeatempire.com, where I talk about this stuff all the time.
I will even click through annoying pop up video ads for you, Ariel. Just stay online!
Sorry, I wasn’t sure where to post the comment. It isn’t banner ads that are a problem (I understand you need to keep the site running somehow) it was a video and the pages kept scrolling back up to the top to show the video whenever you clicked a link to go to comments. A bit annoying, but it’s what it takes to keep these sites running, I understand. I didn’t mean to offend or question your business practices.
Certain naughty banners expand into videos — again, if you see one: email me a screenshot! I can request it be removed from the site. I have my ad network settings to disable video ads, but sometimes they sneak through.