Where military pride runs deep.

Uncasville, Connecticut

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Last updated on Jan 12, 2021

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If you have any questions, please contact us to ensure you get your answers.

Copyright © the little black boat. All Rights Reserved.

Thanks for stopping by and Hooyah!!!



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About thelittleblackboat

Sales 138
On Etsy since 2012

Military pride runs deeps at {the little black boat.}.

My journey as a crafter began with my upbringing. I was raised in Seabeck, a tiny little town just outside Silverdale, WA. I grew up in a very crafty, art-oriented family. At a very young age, I was learning to paint, sew, draw, and appreciate art and hand-made pieces. My Grandmother, I know her as Mum, could make almost anything with yarn, paint, fabric, & many other mediums, while my Grandfather was the consummate woodworker, creating equally wonderful items made with expertise. I, too, love to create things and enjoy sharing them with others!

Fast forward 20 some years and I still have my hand in some kind of craft. Anything can be made into something wonderful with a bit of imagination. Writing, sewing, and crafting feel good to me. I can’t seem to remember a time when I haven’t been creating something. I am a collector of paper, ribbon, buttons, and anything inky. I make cards, sew, scrapbook, and much more. You know you’re a craft addict when you come up with designs in your sleep. Several of my close friends refer to me as their own Martha Stewart.

Being a wife of a US Navy Submariner, I find a lot of pride being part of our nation’s military family. To show this pride I’ve developed a new little business creating military pride signs. What’s it’s name? {the little black boat.} It’s very fitting, don’t you think?

With our last PCS, like so many other military spouses, I got fed up with leaving job after job, just to start all over again in a new location. After years of making signs for my friends, I decided to take it to the next level and {the little black boat.} was born. My mission is simple; Give military families a way to showcase their pride in serving our country.

My wooden signs are rustic and perfectly imperfect and no two signs are exactly alike. After I design the signs’ shape and decide on wording, I cut all the signs out and then sand and prime them. Then its given lots of love with paint. All signs are then signed and dated by me prior to shipping.

I work mostly from my shop. All of my creations are original designs that you won’t find anywhere else. They are all handmade by yours truly and all machinery used is mine, nothing is outsourced. I run the shop mostly on my own with occasional help from Mr. tlbb. I keep stock, photograph all my work and handle all promotions. I also order shipping supplies, package everything myself and post each order. There is love in everything I make!

All items come from a smoke-free home. I have two pups (Abby & Duke) and they don’t smoke either. If there is any specific sign you’d like that you don’t see here, please feel free to message me. I love custom work... especially when it makes me step outside of my comfort zone.

It has always been a dream of mine to start my own business, and with the blessings and support of my friends and family, I hope it will grow from 1 page to several more. I hope you will find the time to stop by and visit {the little black boat.} again and again. I will be working hard to make this a valuable resource for you!



PS. You may have noticed I use the word “we” here at {the little black boat.} a lot but I also use, “I” and “me”. Why? Well my husband happens to be underwater a good portion of the year, so sometimes I’ll be making things on my own, and other times he’ll be making things with me. {the little black boat.} is definitely a joint venture.

Shop members

  • Jessica

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I wear many hats… wife, mommy, designer, friend, daughter, military spouse… they’re all different, but they’re all nice and snug.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 8, 2019
Welcome to {the little black boat.}. I'm so very happy you stopped by!

My shop offers an array of whimsical, unique and handmade Military Pride signs.

I look forward to doing business with you. If you have any questions, please send messages through the link "Contact the shop owner".

All of my items come from a clean & smoke-free home.

Please leave feedback as soon as you receive your item so I know you are satisfied with your purchase.

Thank you!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
I don't accept exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Your complete satisfaction is my priority. If for whatever reason the item you receive doesn’t meet your expectations, I will issue a refund within 30-days of purchase. Item must be returned in the same condition as originally received with original shipping invoice.

Shipping fees are nonrefundable and are the responsibility of the buyer when processing a return. Once item is received, refund will be processed less shipping. Please contact me prior to returning your purchase.

Please read item descriptions thoroughly before purchasing and I encourage you to look at my photos. As is the nature of handmade, each piece is different.

Should you have any concerns with your purchase, please send me a message before leaving negative feedback. I am always happy to help!
We accept payment via Direct Checkout and PayPal. If no payment or contact has been made in 2 days, the order will be canceled and the item re-listed.
Signs are shipped via USPS Priority shipping with Delivery Confirmation. Shipping will be determined by order size. If purchasing more then one item, shipping will be combined.

Signs are shipped within 2-3 weeks of submitted order to give ample time for customization. If for any reason it takes longer, I will promptly let you know. A shipping confirmation email will be sent to you once your order has shipped. Please allow 5-7 business days from date of shipment for your order to arrive.

At this time, {the little black boat.} only ships to US, US Territory, and APO/FPO addresses. Insurance is available and will be added to your order once requested. If your order is over $60 AND you're shipping to an APO/FPO address, please convo me prior to making your purchase. I'll adjust the shipping to an APO/FPO rate.

Please Note: I ALWAYS SHIP TO THE ADDRESS YOU HAVE SPECIFIED ON THE ETSY INVOICE, if you need an item shipped to a different address, please let me know at the time of sale.
Additional policies and FAQs

{the little black boat.} pieces are for personal use and subject to the following conditions. By purchasing a design within this shop, you accept and agree to adhere to these conditions. Please read them carefully and contact me with any questions.

Each item sold in this shop is copyrighted by {the little black boat.} and all credit for the designs must be attributed appropriately. Claiming the work of {the little black boat.} as your own is prohibited.

Terms & conditions have the right to be modified or changed without notice.

Copyright ©2019 {the little black boat.} | All Rights Reserved.

The materials including text, photos and design elements in this shop are © the little black boat. and they are not to be copied for use in publications and/or contest entries. If you like something you have seen in this shop please pass on the word where you have found it. Thanks!