Monday, May 17, 2010
Happy Monday morning (is that an oxymoron? lol)! SP here :o) Thought we would start the week off with some ‘favorite things’! Every Monday, we will be posting something about fashion or beauty or home…or just shopping in general lol! So, this week…I decided to talk ETSY! Etsy is a website where you can buy and sell various handmade items (along with vintage items and craft supplies, etc.). I know that MANY of you are already avid Etsy shoppers…but I wanted to show some super fun ‘stuff’ that I think most of us digi scrappers would love (or need lol)! I will be linking to the Etsy seller’s shops and not directly to the product shown…simply because most of these items are one-of-a-kind and once they sell…they are gone! However, if you love something and can’t find it in the linked seller’s shop…consider sending them a message via Etsy’s site to see if they can create a custom listing for you (I have found that most sellers are soooooo super nice and happy to help in any way they can)! Of course, keep in mind that what I am showing is just a tiny little peek at what you can find at Etsy! You could literally spend hours just browsing camera straps alone lol…and I hope you will :o)
So here goes…first – a couple of my fave things that I have purchased at etsy for my adorable niece! Thanks to my SIL for the adorable pic of her in the apron dress (how stinkin’ cute is that?)!
(Camera Straps) So, there are LOTS and LOTS of camera strap options at etsy! You can choose from straps that simply slide over your existing camera strap…OR…get one that totally replaces your camera strap! I have the latter (but will no doubt be buying some of the strap ‘covers’ as well at some point lol). Many will come with a ‘minky’ backing which I absolutely love! Ya know…especially for us girls who have dSLR cameras…they get HEAVY…and that super soft, plush minky lining really helps. Anyway, I’ll show you a few of my faves that are available at etsy right now (the sellers shops will be linked below)! But, just remember that at etsy…most everything is one-of-a-kind…so once someone purchases these…they will be ‘gone’ :o)
Don’t those just look YUMMY?! There are three different Etsy sellers represented above…and here is the info for ya if you want to go shopping! The strap on the left (brown and blue damask) is made by AUGUST BLOSSOMS (she has lots of gorgeous designs)! The strap in the center (bright and beautiful) is made by COTTON CANDY (again…lots more in her shop)! And, the strap on the right (damask with pink minky backing) is by PHATSTRAPS (lots and lots of camera straps available).
(Cellphone/Gadget covers and cases) Ok, so we all know that we can easily purchase covers and cases for our phones, ipods and gadgets at just about any tech or department store. But, why…when you can get super adorable versions that are handmade and do the job (as well as show off your personality and style)?! At Etsy, there are tons of choices and options for just about any kind/brand of phone, ipad, kindle, gaming devices, etc.! So – check them out! Here are a few that really jumped out at me (the sellers shops will be linked below).
Just love, love, love all of those! Again, three different Etsy sellers shown above…and here is the info and links to their shops :o) The cover/sleeve on the left (bold floral pattern) is from WALLABY BAG CO (lots of other adorable options, too). That super cute crocheted bag in the center is from WEE WITTLE TIDS’ BOUTIQUE (they offer so many crocheted items…all equally gorgeous)! And, the pretty sleeve on the right (green) is from THA MEOW DESIGNS (again, lots of great options to choose from).
(Camera Bags) There are lots of functional and gorgeous camera bag options available all over the internet…including Etsy! Most of the Etsy sellers offer lots of different fabric options as well as custom combinations – so you can find the bag that fits your camera (and lenses, accessories) and your personality perfectly. Here are a few beautiful options (seller’s shops linked below).
While the bags shown above are generally for dSLR cameras…Etsy also has many options for smaller, point and shoot cameras – so be sure to check them all out! The camera bag on the left (black and white damask) is from XCESSRIZE (many more fabric options). The bag in the middle (colorful paisley) is from JANINE KING DESIGNS (again, lots of fabric options). And that gorgeous bag on the right (bold pattern with polka dots) is from GYPSY ROSE HANDBAGS (many, many options on both fabrics and sizes, etc.).
(Premade Scrapbooks/Albums/Brag Books) So, I know that as digi scrappers – many of us do not have all of the scrapbooking supplies laying around for creating gorgeous ‘traditional’ albums! So, if you are itching to have a beautifully crafted album – check out Etsy! There are lots of sellers who create scrapbooks and albums that are ready-to-go! All you have to do is add your photos and/or journaling! You can find them for specific themes…or just for everyday photos – some sellers will even customize the title for you :o) They are especially nice if you are looking for something super special as a gift (think about a special wedding album to give to the bride or mother of the bride…a newborn baby album, etc.). Check out some of these (seller info will be linked below)!
Knowing the amount of time, talent and supplies that goes into creating albums like these – I really think that these are a great deal and ‘concept’! Especially if you have no desire to purchase and store all of the ‘stuff’ necessary to put these albums together! So, the album on the left (you are so sweet) is from PAPERSILLY…love it :o) The album in the center (you are my tweetheart) is from EFFORTLESS HEIRLOOMS. And that super cute album on the right (birds of a feather) is from WHATCHAMADOODLES (lots more great options)!
(Pampered Pets) If you like to pamper your sweet little pet (they are members of the family, too!) – then you have to check out all of the fun stuff available at Etsy! From dog collar and leashes to beds, clothing, carriers and custom dog tags – they have it all!
Seriously – if you love buying special things for your puppy, kitty (or other pet) – you will just love shopping on Etsy! Those super cool and unique initial dog tags (on the left) are from URBAN PUPPY (love those). The gorgeous dog collar (in the center) is from MIMIGREEN (lots of fabric options). And, the super sweet star dog collar (on the right) is from byNICOLA (she offers lots of color and graphic options)!
Alright…so I have shared some fun items with you…but as I’m sure you know – there are a gazillion beautiful products available at Etsy…so have fun shopping (all the while, supporting talented artisans…many of which are stay-at-home moms trying to add to the family income)! Consider checking out the amazing handmade clothing (especially for kids…just do a search on APRON dresses lol)…jewelry (so many gorgeous pieces…especially in silver and beadwork)…purses and handbags…kids hair accessories…home decor – you name it! Just know that all of the time you spend shopping at Etsy can seriously cut in to your digi scrapping time LOL!
Please note that the photos above were taken by the Etsy sellers (not me) :o) If you are one of the Etsy sellers that I featured…and would prefer that we not use your photo – please just let us know and we will be happy to remove it ASAP :o)
THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by the BLOG! We have a fun week planned with lots of great posts and content…so be sure to check back!