Live Creatively & Celebrate Every Day

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About ThePathLessTraveled

Sales 56,182
On Etsy since 2010

Live Creatively & Celebrate Everyday

We have always had a love for taking ordinary materials and using them to create extraordinary things that fit into our everyday lives. Or, as we like to say, Live Creatively & Celebrate Everyday.

In her early years, Elizabeth started a personal blog to capture and share beautiful moments of her life. She named her blog The Path Less Traveled in keeping with the end to her favorite poem, The Road Not Taken, written by Robert Frost. Not realizing what difference it would make years later.

"…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
-Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken-

In early 2009, John experienced a serious pay cut at his “normal” job and finances became very tight. It was time for a different road. Both John and Elizabeth had been born into families that valued creativity and dreaming big. Hard work, determination, initiative, and sacrifice were valued as the stepping stones to making those dreams become reality. With some quick brainstorming, they both realized that John was an entrepreneur at heart and Elizabeth had a love for handmade items. It was time to start their own business!

In the spring of 2009, after scraping a few dollars together to buy a few yards of cloth to make aprons, they opened their first shop on The business needed a name. A catchy one. One that stood out and separated them from everyone else. After a few days of talking about it, John suggested Elizabeth use the name of her blog. Thus was born The Path Less Traveled®, LLC.

Sales were slow but showed signs of growth. By 2010, The Path Less Traveled® had switched market platforms to and added a few paper goods, vintage items, and cloth garlands. Today, The Path Less Traveled® is hosted on two major shopping platforms, offers hundreds of handmade items, and ships around the world.

From the humble beginning of making simple aprons to providing 3-D art for large corporations to use in dynamic photo-shoots, The Path Less Traveled® continues to innovate and look for creative ways to make ordinary materials into extraordinary things. With the rapid development of new technology and some strategic investments, The Path Less Traveled® is excited to push the boundaries of this passion for many years to come.


John & Elizabeth Smillie

The Path Less Traveled®’s products have been featured in:
The White House (Christmas - 2015), Terrain, Nordstrom advertisements, The Mississippi Children's Museum, Romantic Homes Magazine, Wedding Bells, Celebrate Magazine,,,, Birds and Honey, Before the Big Day, Style Me Pretty,,,, Blush Magazine,, and many others.

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  • John

    Owner, Client Services, Product Development

    Retired from a "9-5" job in June 2014.

  • Elizabeth

    Designer, Photographer, Chief Creative Executive

    I believe little moments of life matter, every day is to be celebrated, & the beauty all around us is a gift from the Creator to enjoy. I'm married to a guy who happens to be my greatest cheerleader & best friend & I am mom to 5 little ones.

  • Pam

    Creator, Designer, Shipper

    Joined the PLT team in Feb. 2014

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Last updated on Jul 19, 2022


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Most of our items can be personalized or customized to meet your needs. For basic personalization changes, simply leave a note with your order about the change(s). For more detailed changes, please contact us before placing your order. Custom orders are not elegable for refund/return unless the item(s) are not created per custom order details. Please review custom order details closely before placing custom order as they are not eligible for return unless the item is not created per order details.

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Our belt sizing is NOT based on pants size, but rather a specific measurement that can be found by measuring a person's current belt. Please using the guide in picture #2 of our belt listing for more details. If you have questions or need help, please contact us.

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All of our products arrive either wrapped in white tissue and tied with bakers twine or in a high quality cotton travel bag (belts, etc).

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For hygienic reason, food related items (cupcake toppers, cake toppers, cupcake wrappers, etc) and earrings are NOT returnable. If your order arrives defective or not as ordered, we will replace it free of charge. Please contact us and we will work quickly to resolve the issue.

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