Thursday, July 30, 2009

Why I Love Etsy....


Just look at these creations ---

did you ever imagine you could turn bits of fabric into such little works of art?

I absolutely adore this linen "pear" with charcoal ribbon - and the stamped fleur de lis and crown add the perfect touch of French flair!

Jackie, from Wren's Nest on Etsy, also a fellow blogger that I've come to like to consider a friend (though we've never met) creates these incredible pin cushions that are so pretty that even if you don't sew, you'll love having one (or more) to decorate with!

WHAT? Decorate with pin cushions???

Hear me out here....

Can't you see a bunch of these gorgeous creations piled into a large glass apothecary jar?


Beautiful purple "beets"



Rich, warm tones for this pear - a sort of Tuscany feel...



And this one that looks kind of like a piece of dessert -- Jackie calls it her "Lemon Blueberry Bar" pin cushion.


And how about this burlap banner from EmilieM on Etsy...?


Oh. My. Word.

I ordered one and LOVE it! Haven't had a chance to use it yet, but.... I can't wait to!
(I'm waiting for Fall -- kinda too hot here in Florida to plan any outdoor soiree's right now. Unless your former habitat was the sun... then you'd be comfortable outside now).

If vintage with more of an "edge" or funky quirkiness is your thing, you'll love Bluebell Bazar


they have SO many cool things! AND LOTS OF NUMBERS! They had me at the numbers....

And in keeping with my love of all things graphic (design, not the other implication....) I love Carolina Cottage's shop!


Just look at these little votive cups decoupaged with sewing pattern tissue! I could see these in a sewing room (duh....) to hold straight pins, safety pins, and if the container were a bit larger, even to hold pens/pencils/scissors.

There are also ones with sheet music and vintage dictionary pages, not to mention marble coaster sets with bold numbers.

And since I could go on forever, I'll just share one last fave with you...


Leslie Janson's shop on Etsy has these incredible cuff bracelets made from vintage feed sacks and linen, etc....

Wow.

The creative talent on Etsy is really unparalleled in my opinion. There is something for anyone and everyone -- at every imaginable price point.

The faves I've shared with you have really reasonable price points and when you consider the fact that you are getting either vintage or handcrafted -- or both -- you just can't beat it.

It's like going to this HUGE outdoor art festival -- but instead you get to sit at your leisure in the cool comfort of your home; and again, living in Florida, well -- that's a pretty nice feature.

Happy Thursday to you guys!

Now... HEAD OVER TO ETSY!!!

:)

Your partner in shopping,
~Ruth~

Note: ALL photos used in this post are from the respective Etsy shop owners' product pages.

30 comments:

Adrienne W said...

Good Morning Ruth!

So true. I am in awe and admiration of the talent at Etsy. Their creativeness inspires me! These are great finds. Can't wait to check them out!

Have a blessed day!

Jackie said...

Hi Ruth - thanks for the feature!! I really appreciate it! I have quite a few more that I need to add, so I guess I'd better get busy! and those cuff bracelets - FABULOUS!! Love them!

TUTU Monkey said...

I love etsy too.......so many talented people.

I also love the feel of your blog........good song, good layout.....great vibe!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Simply Me Art said...

Wow Ruth, Thanks for the New Shops to go and looksie in! Love Jackie's burlap Pear Pin cushion.. So, so, Pretty. Off to see the shops. Great Post. Jamie

NicNacManiac said...

Etsy is awesome...we are so fortunate to be able to share in the talent of so many. Love the pear and the welcome banner!!

leslie janson said...

Hi Ruth,

Thank you for placing my cuff in such fabulous company! I'm off to check out my fellow Etsisians... And thank you for discovering an affordable bottle drying rack with such heavenly style and sharing them with us in your store!

Leslie

Bonjour Madame said...

I love etsy! I will definitely be checking out these creative sites.

Daisy's Mercantile said...

I carried stuff from Wren's nest in my store before. She is amazing and it sold really well.

It' an Evolution said...

Etsy is just amazing! Visiting Etsy is an dream and inspiration! I love just browsing and always end up with a new treasure!
Hope you are doing well.
Janet

celiajuno said...

I need to be banned from Etsy. There are too many tempting things.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

You know I love etsy...and your etsy finds are fantastic. By the way Happy Birthday Ruth!!!

Flax and Spindle said...

oh my gosh, your blog is so lovely...added you to my blog roll.
Thanks!

Chrissy said...

Hi Ruth...gosh I miss you,summer is just so busy!! Love this post,so many pretty things,love the little votives! Take care,oh,how is your daughter doing??Talk soon,Chrissy

rochambeau said...

Hi Ruth,
All of these creations~Wonderful.
You have a great eye for beauty!
Hope you have a bonbon birthday!
Cheers to you~
xox
Constance

Laura said...

Hi Ruth!
Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful goodies....we so have the same taste....
Hope you are well!
Laura

Jeanneoli said...

I couldn't agree with you more!!! I am always blown away by the talent on Etsy.

A Vintage Mood said...

I have a thing for pin cushions, and have a small collection. These are all so lovely!

An award is waiting for you at my most recent post...

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Hi Ruth, As usual I love everything you shared....thanks again! Have a great day tomorrow.
~ Rebecca

Cathy said...

Love that #9! Still praying for your daughter and her trip. I'm sure she is a blessing to all she meets!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Ruth, I totally LOVE those little beets! You have such a knack for finding the cutest things.Thanks so much for visiting me today! I have added your name to my give away...
hope you are having a happy day.
xoxo Lidy

Daisy Cottage said...

Good Morning Beautiful Girl!

I LOVE Etsy too!

Wonderful treasures you have found... I've been having fun finding little things there for my dollhouse too! ;-)

xo,
Kim

paperhill said...

Beautiful picks! I love so many of them. I'm a huge fan of Etsy myself great talent there! Your blog is lovely!

Jen R. said...

*sigh* I love Etsy too for those same reasons!

LuLu said...

Did you hear me scream with joy when I received my package? I did!!! I love love love it and i have saved the magazine for TODAY!!! My house guests have left and I can't wait to make a latte and sit by the pool to savor each page! big heartfelt THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!
xoxox,
LuLu

The Flying Bee said...

Thank you my friend, for your wonderful comments! Glad you liked the pics. I am thinking of doing a traveling post soon, where I can show more of them. Oh, and thank you for becoming my first follower!!!

As a newbie, I found out that I am supposed to let you know that I have added you to my blog list. I am still trying to learn all the blogging etiquette. :)

Thanks for your support!

Adrienne

jen from windy ridge said...

Isn't Etsy dreamy?!? I have been having so much fun baby shopping there!

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

very interesting cuff bracelet..great picks!

Cathe Holden said...

Great post and selection of fantastic Etsy items. Thanks to you, I just bought two fabulous 10920s clip boards from bluebell bazar!

Cathe Holden said...

Sorry, make that 1920s.

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Cathe! You're too funny! I thought I felt old and tired yesterday and when I saw what year we were in, I knew why! ;)

Glad you found something great for yourself!!

XOXO

Ruth