Sunday, December 30, 2012

monkey mind design

Owls - Mini 2013 Calendar
"Feeling boxed in by the advertising world, I decided to set free my creative spirit and fully embrace my love for handmade products. In the fall of 2009, I went out on my own with high hopes and a lot of creative determination. After many sleepless nights, a few X-Acto cuts, and more cups of coffee than I can remember...I DID IT! I got everything I wanted; creative freedom, my own business, working from home, and total happiness. I'm enjoying every minute of this crazy ride. I am constantly discovering new sides of my personality, perspectives, and funny bone. The coolest thing I have discovered by far, is how much I enjoy brightening someone's day. I really mean it when I say...I hope you enjoy the work and find it positive, fun, and inspiring."
bio written by Anita via her etsy about page


Gold and Silver Metallic Masquerade Mask
"I started making accessories and masks during college because I needed to de-stress after a LOOOONG day of chemistry. Over the years I had collected many sparkly things, buttons and vintage jewelry, and just had to do something with them so hair accessories and masks seemed like the logical choice. Every piece is handmade with loving care by me, The Crafty Chemist. I'm always in the mood to create something new so check back often and Enjoy!"
bio written by Jessica via her etsy shop announcement

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hannah Longmuir

Christmas Card - Red Squirrel - Pencil Drawing
"I'm Hannah Longmuir. I'm 25 years old and I'm lucky enough to live in the beautiful Scottish Borders. I have a little black puppy called Buddy and a very ancient grumpy budgie called Chirpy. I work from a garden shed which has a view of the Cheviot Hills. I share my shed with spiders and swallows and snails. My work is inspired by the animals and landscape around me. I aim to create a small place of quiet and a sense of calm. My weapon of choice is my pencil, and using it I explore the world around me. I'm constantly surprised and delighted by the things I find. I quit my job in May 2011 and moved back to the Borders to start my business. As well as selling cards and brooches through fairs and shops, I undertake drawing comissions of animals and landscapes. As well as arting, I like day trips and red wine; I collect postcards; and seeing a heron makes me happy."
bio written by Hannah via her etsy profile

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

three bad seeds

the Bear: Plush Wool Pillow
"we are three, three bad seeds -- a family adventure in handmade art and independent craft. we create quirky and functional graphic objects from discarded materials. we take thrifted wool and linen clothing... wash it/felt it... deconstruct it... then transform it into- plush animal pillows, appliqued pillow covers, coasters, banners, wall art... whatever floats our boat. we also hand embroider reusable produce bags. color, texture and simplicity drive our designs. amanda leads the charge...but the mister and the small one contribute often and with gusto."
bio written by amanda via the etsy profile

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

cabin + cub design

Cute Original Collage - singing red bird
"I am a freelance art director and designer from Vancouver who loves to make crafty things. My favourite mediums are wood (surprise) and paper. When I am not collageing, I am wood burning, and when I am not wood burning I am drawing. Check out updates on my work as well as the occasional giveaway I also have another etsy shop called Tiny Cub that specializes in cute stationary and prints. Check it out here. "
bio written by Valerie via her etsy profile

Monday, December 17, 2012


Sterling Silver Musical Bell Flower Earrings - Sterling Silver Bell Earrings - Artisan Jewelry
"Mocahete is a design team of two, Sabrina and Dante. Progenitor and progeny, working from our studio in rural South Georgia. Everything in our shop is a collaboration from design through fabrication. A melange of ingredients go into our work. Materials often consist of wonderfully juxtaposed ingredients that combined, create most unusual one of a kind pieces. The whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Our favorite metals include copper and silver. Copper is hypoallergenic, like its sister metals--gold and silver. Evidence of copper being used as adornment has a history that dates back to 10,000 years. For great information about copper and its many benefits, health and otherwise, please Sterling silver is a standard in many of our designs. We make our earwires and findings. When beads are needed they are selected from an ever increasing assortment, from lush gemstones, tribal beads, precious metals,wonderful vintage, antique collectible trade beads, plus many more. We mix all of this up with ingenuity, creativity and skilled artistry to bring you exuberant, passionate jewelry that will delight you for years to come. Do you hear a different drummer?"
bio written by Mocahete via the etsy profile

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Owl & Otter

Hand Finished Christmas decoration - Christmas decor - Christmas Ornament by The Owl & Otter
"We're based in the sunny seaside town of Brighton and we design and make beautiful gifts and household items. We hope you like our products as much as we do and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're currently expanding our product range and its a very exciting time."
mini-bio written by Rachael via the etsy profile

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kat's Fab Fancies

Made to order Gingerbread House
"I'm a freelance writer by profession and crafter by hobby. I've always been arty and good at making things - just rubbish at everything else - so it was natural for me to drift into writing and crafting. I love making things and like to try all sorts of crafts. People wanted to buy my items and persuaded me to sell them on Facebook and when that took off, with lots of help and advice from a crafting friend, I decided to open the shop on here."
bio written by Tina B. via her etsy profile

Monday, December 10, 2012

ornaments by deb

White Swirled Tree on Bronze Glass Holiday Ornament
"I am a craft loving mother and grandmother who has been making ornaments for my family and friends for years and years. A few years ago, I started selling my ornaments through word-of-mouth. It is time for the next step, now, to my own Etsy shop. I love to personalize my ornaments, especially the snowman family, but I will put a family name on any ornament that has room on it. I have all my standby ornaments, but I usually try something new and different every year. My daughter and I also have a joint shop on Etsy called Times and Chimes. We make birdhouses out of reclaimed wood and decorate them with relics from the past. We have been open three years now, and really enjoy the friends we have made all over the world. Since Angie moved to Colorado, I have taken over the shop, but don't really know where it is headed yet. I have 2 grown children. John lives in Branson and has a daughter, MaKayla, who is 11. Angie and her husband Steve moved from Branson to Denver, Colorado last December and have Nathan, age 11 and Mathew, age 10. I have a stepdaughter Becci, who lives in North Carolina with her daughters, Nikki and Chloe. My partner, Jim, sometimes helps with the woodworking, but doesn't get involved in my ornaments, except as support."
bio written by Deb via her etsy profile

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Geometric Wood Earrings - Large
"Hello! Welcome to my shop! I draw/design everything that I sell. I also do all of the screen-printing with lots and lots of love. All of the garments listed are American Apparel, so they are super soft and fit rather nicely."
mini-bio written by Lindsay via her etsy shop announcement


Trees in snow coin purse
"Oktak was founded by Aki, a Tokyoite living in the heart of Manhattan, NYC. Aki studied handbag design & construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) from 2003 to 2004, and has been making colorful bags and frame pouches since."
mini-bio written by Aki via the etsy profile

Apples Modern Art

5 Paper Ornaments book pages
"I started this shop three years ago with the vision of making a green company. I love the thought of taking something unwanted and making it into something beautiful that people can enjoy. Each piece having it's own history, giving it new life and hope. I repurpose when ever possible it's a way of life in our household."
mini-bio written by ApplesModernArt via the etsy profile

Friday, December 7, 2012


Tiny Pine Cone Elves -- set of 3 ornaments
"Hi there -- I'm Karina and the artist behind kaniko. Thanks for visiting! If you take a peek around, you can see that I love creating with a variety of materials and am inspired by vintage, fairy tale designs. My creations are each lovingly crafted by me in my cottage studio, made to add a special touch to life's celebrations with unique and personalized artistry. I grew up in Connecticut, and still miss the quiet nature and woods that surrounded my childhood. I think this early influence can be seen in my work ;) My professional background includes experiences as an environmental activist, educator, writer, illustrator, name a few! But there has always been an artistic impulse and the desire to create in the background, and now I'm so glad it's in the foreground! Much thanks and gratitude to Etsy for providing an outlet :) Living in the San Francisco Bay Area fills me with inspiration, as does daily life with my artistic husband, energetic boy, and sweet baby girl. Our small but colorful home is filled with art, love, and life, and a lot of comical moments."
bio written by Karina via her etsy profile

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

lesa likes

White Vintage Lace on Dusky Rose Brooch, Lace and Mahogany Series
"Hi, I'm Lesa. I paint without putting paper down. I garden without gloves. I often have trouble falling to sleep cause I've had an idea I can't shake. I love vibrant colour, strong patterns and thoughtful design. I am inspired by master crafters and people who create. And it really is the pretty things in life that give me joy."
bio written by Lesa via her etsy profile

Happy Flying

Christmas gift Jewelry box Wooden box Ring box Carved wood box Wedding gifts Wooden boxes Jewelry boxes Wood boxe Wood carving Cigar box B38
"My name is Nick and I live in Ukraine. My father taught me wood carving. And now I am a designer and craftsmen in wood. Wood is a natural product and all the wooden things look natural. I also love the leather-craft. Wood and leather inspire me. Sometimes my wife help me. We are pleased to welcome you to our store."
mini-bio written by Nick via his etsy profile

Monday, December 3, 2012

Barbara Szepesi Szucs

Cardinal Winter Berries Christmas Watercolor Illustration Print Feather Nature Branch Woodland
"My name is Barbara Szepesi Szűcs, I am a Hungarian illustrator. I have done my Diploma in Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Budapest) specialized for graphic designer. Since my childhood I wanted to be an illustrator. My ceaseless ambition is to create a unique style, regardless whether the illustration is prepared manually or digitally. In fact, everything around me makes me very much creative. Of course my greatest inspirations are CHILDREN. I think life has got only one important sense: to make people smile!"
bio written by Barbara via her etsy profile

For You Design

Teal Blue Hat with Ivory Hearts - Fall Winter Fashion
"Hello and thank you for visiting ForYouDesign! I am a passionate crafter living in Istanbul, Turkey. My journey to the world of yarns and colors started as a little girl when my dearest grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet wonderful dresses for my dolls. Now as a mother of two beautiful kids, this journey still continues with love, care, and even much more passion. After graduating from university, I worked abroad and even then my yarns and needles were always with me to create for friends. I quitted my teaching job after the birth of my first child and have become a stay-at-home mom. This has made it much more possible for me to create my own designs. I use the best quality yarns for all my products. Each and every item is made by me in a smoke-free and pet-free environment with a great attention even to the tiniest detail."
bio written by ForYouDesign via the etsy profile