I realized the other day that I haven’t done an Etsy roundup for a while, so I think it’s about time. I’ve been hoarding tons of links to fun Etsy shops, and today I would like to share some of my favorites – some are new (to me, anyway) and others are tried and true favorites with fresh new goodies that have caught my eye. Enjoy!
First is this amazing dried flower arrangement from Flores del Sol, a lovely shop whipping up creative designs with flowers and moss, always in adorable handmade pottery. I have Melissa to thank for introducing me to Flores del Sol; I first read about the shop when they participated in her pop-up shop. I think one of these arrangements would make a really special gift because it will last – yet looks nothing like the cheesy dried flowers people were so fond of back in the 80′s. Ha!
Next, I am completely smitten with the ceramics in French Canadian shop Art & Manufacture. It took a lot of restraint to limit myself to three photos because I love all of their wares. I think we all have our weaknesses, and mine are books and adorable cups, glasses, and little bowls. I love having different vessels that feel just right for certain things, like espresso, or tea, or rosé in the garden…I think if I could have a big cupboard just for ceramics and little stemless glasses, I would be a very happy lady.
Photographer Irene Suchocki & her shop Eye Poetry is a favorite of mine, and this print grabbed me instantly. It’s the essence of summer, don’t you think? Tall grass and wildflowers leading down to the beach, the golden light…dreamy.
Maybe it’s because I am such a nesting junkie, I’m not sure, but I find myself drawn to artwork relating to house and home. Whatever the reason, these little house sculptures made me smile. Also, I think it’s nice to mix in a bit of three dimensional art on mantles and tabletops and such; it’s makes life more interesting.
Heather Moore sure has been a busy little bee since the last time I checked in on her shop, Skinny laMinx – there are new fabric patterns, pillow covers (dying to have this one!), yummy bags, and even a new section for kids, Mini laMinx. I so want to get one of these aprons for Bixby, how cute would he be!?
I’ve been a huge fan of Sian for years now, but have yet to purchase anything – just drooling away from my computer screen! I love soft sculpture, there is something so warm and personal about it, and Sian’s work is really special. I am really liking her new plants series – such a fun idea! One would make a perfect gift for cozifying a cubicle or dorm room, don’t you think?
Next we have Tiny Armour jewelry, this shop turns out simple, yet bold pieces, and each one looks like something you could put on and never take off, which is how I prefer to wear jewelry. I even suspect that the name “tiny armour” hints at this idea, that jewels like these are worn like talismans; more a part of you than your outfit.
I am always on the lookout for pretty versions of humble, everyday objects and tools. My husband doesn’t really get this at all. He thinks the .99 cent blue plastic juicer we bought in Chinatown when we were nineteen works fine and there’s no reason to ever get another one. I beg to differ. There is something incredibly satisfying about using a well-designed, handmade tool; it’s just one of those little things that has the potential to enhance the everyday, so I figure, why not? Which brings me to the lovely shop Just Potters, a Vancouver pottery studio that teaches homeless, disabled, and mentally ill people how to create handmade pottery. And their work is spectacular – beautiful without being the least bit fussy, this is stuff I’d love to pull out and use every day.
Well, that brings us to the end of today’s handmade roundup – did you see anything you like? Have any other shops to share? Do tell! xo Laura