Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Scoutie Girl Gifts

Who remembers this girl?  Her true name was Jean Louise Finch, but to me and countless others she will always be Scout Finch; narrator of "To Kill a Mockingbird."  I've talked about this movie before, but it's not the movie I'm talking about today.  It's the name-Scout. Or more precisely Scoutie Girl Gifts.  I know Scoutie Girl Gifts was NOT named after Scout Finch.  (And if you want to know where the name came from, you will have to go to Scoutie Girl Gifts to find the answer.)  However, I hear the phrase scoutie girl and I immendiately think of Jean Lousie.  No one ever called me normal or said that my brain works like everyone else's. 
What am I really rambling about?

Scoutie Girl Gifts is this amazingly wonderful gift registry that supports and spotlights indie crafters.  We all know that our landfills are overflowing, that natural resources are being depleted, that most of our nation's manufactured goods DO NOT come from the USA.  What to do about it?  We recycle, we try to shop local, we use cloth shopping bags.  But there is so much more that can be done.  One way to start is by buying goods and products that we know are not adding to the landfills, not depleting natural resources and that support the manufacture of items made in the good ol' USA.

That is what Scoutie Girl Gifts is all about.  The crafters and artisans that are spot lighted are people that are doing their best to provide a quality piece of art or clothing, for example.  We all know the "stuff" we buy at the big box, or even the local shopping center is not usually quality made.  It is most likely made in another country in some big factory and will fall apart after a few uses.  The items that can be found at Scoutie Girl Gifts are made by artisans that sell at Etsy and Artfire and other independent online stores.  These are items you can be proud to say were made with love and care. 

Here are a few of the lovely things I found at Scoutie Girl Gifts

I just want to point out that I wasn't paid or compensated in anyway by blogging about Scoutie Girl Gifts.  I have been following this blog for awhile and the person behind Scoutie Girl (Tara) for awhile.  She has another great blog, Handmade in PA that I've been following too.  I believe in what Tara and all the folks at HiP and SGG are doing to promote and encourage independent regular folks kind of crafters and artisans.  Go check them out and buy something if you can.  I know there are a few Christmas gifts I'll be picking up this year that I found through Scoutie Girl.


  1. Cool! Love it. I will be checking that site out. :-)

  2. Hi Cindi-
    What a great post on Scoutie Girl Gifts! Tara does a fabulous job bringing original ideas to fruition!!

    I am the founder of the Scoutie Girl blog, and it was named after my dog Scout/Scoutie Girl - who IS in fact named after Scout Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" - you can read "the dirt" here So, you were actually closer than you thought with your mental correlation!! :)

    Our Scout embodies the concepts of bravery & courage so apparent in the character - a hero of mine to this day. You can read more about why here ( and here (

  3. hey there, thank you for participating in my giveaway :)
    I also sent you an email, not sure if you received it though.
    Just so you know, I DID enter you for the giveaway, with the button (even though it didn't work).
    Sorry it didn't work, as it is right now, you have to add it as a picture, not a HTML.
    My IT is working on it though :)
    About to randomize it...good luck!
    And thanks again.


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