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Awesome list of small cyber businesses!
I've decided to start Small Cyber Business Sunday!
There's Black Friday for the big businesses, then there's Shop Small Saturday for the small retail shops, and even Cyber Monday for the likes of and other major online retailers. But where are the small cyber businesses?

They don't have brick and mortar locations. They aren't an online behemoth selling everything under the sun. They are artists and professionals with an online presence that provide products and services. Forget the 10 pack of socks this year. Buy something different and special.

Have something made for that special person in your life. Buy a one of a kind piece of jewelry. Hire a photographer for a portrait session, to shoot a family reunion, or to create an amazing conceptual photograph that will be cherished for decades. Hire a writer to create a special story or a designer's services to give a fresh look to your own website. Support artists and independent professionals by shopping with them today before you opt for the usual gift.

I've put together a list here to get you started. Please feel free to share this post and help to spread the word about Small Cyber Business Sunday. Thanks for your support!


+Abigail Markov
Abby creates gorgeous hand formed metal jewelry and each piece is unique and special.

+Angela Migliore
Angela creates one-of-a-kind metalwork and beaded jewelry. She supports fair trade and also offers charitable jewelry.

Design & Writing
+Kyla Palin
Kyla is a talented photographer, graphic designer and writer. She can help you with logo design, web design, writing, as well as portrait or event photography.

Handcrafted Goods
+Anita W - Woods Naturals
Anita makes handcrafted, cold process soaps in small batches. She has an amazing selection of scents created with essential oils. She also creates knitted shower scrubbies and washcloths. Buy from her site to please the person on your list who loves natural things.


+Ugo Cei
Do you have a budding photographer that loves to travel on your list? Ugo leads amazing photography workshops in Greece and Italy every year. Would that special someone love the gift of shooting the Italian Riviera in May or Greece in June? Visit his site for more information on how to purchase a spot for that photographer in your life. 

+Anja Wessels
Anja offers gorgeous floral photography from the Netherlands.

+Carla McMahon
Carla is a tremendously talented photographer living in South Africa. She has amazing conceptual photos, food and nature photography as well as beautiful photographs of South African landscapes.

+Cathy Custer Donohoue
I call Cathy "The Butterfly Whisperer" because somehow she can get a butterfly to sit still for an up close portrait. She also has lovely floral photos and shots of her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

+Charles Payet
Charles is a dentist in North Carolina but he's also a talented photographer who makes beautiful photographs. He really excels in landscape photography but some of my favorite work from him is his fireworks shots. 

+Christina Lihani
Christina is part photographer, part digital artist, and 100% amazing. She has her work available through Fine Art America so you have the option not only prints, but pillows, totes, phone cases and more. Go check out her gorgeous offerings.

+Cindy Voorhees
Cindy is a photographer based in Chicago, Illinois and her website offers great shots of the city and surrounding area.

+Corey Gibson
Corey is a talented photographer based in South Carolina and he can do it all. He shoots for weddings, real estate, portraits, nature and landscapes. Plus, he has a beautiful photography book published called "The Sky" which you can find more info about on his website.

+Dave DeBaeremaeker
Dave is a unique and fun photographer living in North Carolina. He has his landscape photography available through Fine Art America but I bet if we asked really nice he'd upload some of his Lego images. He has such a creative eye and his work is different in the best way. 

+David R Robinson
David makes gorgeous images of places around the world. From Texas to Paris he captures the beauty of the moment.

+David Seibold
David is a diverse photographer making shots of the world around him in California. He has everything from macro nature to landscapes.

+Gary Paakkonen
Gary offers wedding and portrait photography in Canada. He has a unique outlook and a great sense of humor which translate into his varied images.

+Gene Bowker
Gene has a love of railroads and Americana so he creates wonderful images to share that love with others. If you have a train enthusiast on your gift list, this is the place for you to go.

+Heather Simpson
Heather is a wedding, family and portrait photographer from Washington state. She has a unique perspective and can create that special memory for you to cherish.

+Jayme Spoolstra  - YelloCoyote Photography
Jayme is an outstanding sports, dance, event and portrait photographer living in Elgin, Illinois. She can help you document that special get together or create a unique portrait.

+Lauri Novak
Lauri is known for her exceptional architecture and landscape photography but she also has a love of photographing ballet and dance. She has an exceptional eye and talent for creating stunning images.

+Lora Lee Chapman
Lora Lee is an award winning photographer living in the Santa Cruz, California area. She creates truly lovely photos of the beautiful nature around her - sunrise, sunset, beach, trees and everything in between.

+Marsha Leigh
Marsha is a photographer offering portrait photography as well as photo restoration. Do you have old family photos that need to be rescued? Marsha can help you preserve your family memories.

+Martin Heller
Martin is a creative photographer who enjoys macro, abstract and portrait photography as well as nature and floral shots. He has a nice collection of images available to purchase as prints.

+Melissa Beagle
Melissa is truly a talented nature and landscape photographer but some of her best work is her conceptual photography starring a family of walnuts. Seriously! Go check it out. You'll instantly be in love. If you have someone who loves whimsical or even just a nutty family of your own, go to her Fine Art America site. You can get her work printed on pillows, totes and more.

+Michael Bukraba
Michael is a portrait and event photographer in southern California. He also has an eye for nature and landscape photography.

+Michelle Smith
Michelle lives in Maine where she can shoot the amazing fall colors that the northeastern U.S. is known for as well as the beautiful coastal areas. She captures magical landscapes that burst with color and make you wish you were there.

+Patrick Kelly
Patrick has a diverse portfolio available on FAA. He shoots the world around him on his travels and offers images from macro nature to architecture and landscape.

Paula Contreras - +Art through the Aperture Photography
Paula is a talented nature and conceptual photographer who is also a poet at heart. She sometimes pairs her beautiful images with her poetry to express her special artistic voice.

+Sam Breach
Sam is a tremendously talented fashion and conceptual photographer living in the San Francisco, California area. She has an amazing artistic vision that is uniquely her own and her images are lush, sensuous, stunning, and unforgettable. Sam has a long list of very happy clients and she's available to travel worldwide. If you're looking for extra special and one-of-a-kind, Sam will create it.

+Shannon Adelson
Shannon is a nature photographer living in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania. He offers beautiful floral photography on his FAA site but I happen to know he's also a talented portrait photographer. If you're in the Philly area and want a portrait session, contact him to get more info.

+Shari Seibold
Shari explores the world around her through her camera lens. She has a creative eye and her sleeping baby images are magical.

+Sharon Ragner
Sharon is a digital artist that offers her designs on a wide variety of products sold through Zazzle and Society 6. These would be appropriate for anyone on your list.

+Tom Gort
Tom's photography focus is on black & white, street, and architecture photography with a smattering of sports photography. He sells his work through FAA.

+Tom Woll
Tom is a talented photographer with an eclectic collection. He recently had a month long gallery show of his work in South Dakota and has received accolades for his work. I would say that his work tends to feel rustic.

+Tonya Freed Tonya's photography is primarily nature along with some concept photography. Have you ever seen a hedgehog on a skateboard? Trust me, it's too cute.

+Wade Brooks
Wade recently started a collection of toy car photos shot as if they were life size cars. His work is beautiful and if you have a toy car collector on your list, these images would make a perfect gift. Wade also offers lovely nature and landscape photography.

+Yvette van Teeffelen
Yvette has a very special talent for creating entrancing minimalist images. Every one will draw you in and make you linger. Her work is available as prints but also on other products through FAA such as phone cases, tote bags and more. You will definitely find a great gift here.

Digital Art

Nancy Levan
I can't forget me! I create digital art - fashion illustration with an abstract, modern bent. Come check out my page and find a unique gift for the fashionista in your life.

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Today is day four of reveals in the Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt.  Today's word is angry - here's my photo - of my son. We had a great time taking the photo - he was giving me a lot of different faces and we were all laughing.
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These are my kind of bugs - cute and made out of paper. :)
Try sticking these #BugStore  bugs in a suitcase!
Luckily, they fold flat.
My desk as I get ready for a pop up book masterclass at Andover Museum tomorrow.
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Thanks Sharon, having great fun working with these with children.
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Here is my submission for the "bite" category of the Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt.  Today is day three of reveals - enjoy the different perspectives of over 200 photographers of the word "bite"."
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Amazing how pretty a weed can be.....
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Lovely day to tiptoe through the tulips.
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Awesome cake!
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That is a fabulous cake!!!
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This kind of falls into that cool and gross all at the same time category. :)  It's growing on what is left of a birch tree (was cut down, but the trunk has not been removed).
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So, the question is......are tulips perceived as being so beautiful because they are a magnificent flower? Or is it that the winter has been so long and grey and dreary that any bit of color would be perceived as being exquisite (such as the humble yellow dandelion)?  
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Drinking in the sunshine!
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I found a treasure in our yard yesterday!
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We've got flowers growing all over the place here, too! I'm seeing tree buds all over the place!
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Love the warmth of the sun, a good book, flowers, bright colors, taking photos, design
Design is my passion, and I love learning new techniques and tricks.  Finding new websites with cool tutorials feels like finding buried treasure, and exploring my growing collection of books on boosting creativity is inspiring.  

My job allows me to design logos, dabble in web design and social media, do marketing, take photos, and do layout for publications (both print and getting more and more into digital). I love my job!
Bragging rights
Received Honorable Mention for "Freeze Motion" "Spill" and "Bubbles" in the Chrysta Rae March 2013 Photography Scavenger Hunt. My entry for "Fuscia" in the "2014 New Year New Hunt" won Honorable Mention.
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