If you are like me, sometimes you just don't want to go out of the house this time of year. Here in Michigan, our crazy weather has ranged from two above zero Fahrenheit to 57 degrees a couple days later. Today it's snowing again! When the weather is warm, that's fine, but when the cold winds blow, I like to stay inside and do a little shopping online.
Etsy is the finest indoor shopping venue around, in my opinion. Just looking at their front page is always a treat! I'm going to share just a couple special things I've found on Etsy just for you...
I love the pale green color and unusual shape of this shade:
I'm not into expensive diamonds and other Zales or Kay Jewelers type jewelry. It leaves me completely cold! When I spotted this handmade crown ring in the Etsy shop Phyrmetal, I put it on my birthday wish list:
My friend and blogger Dawn Coleman Edmondson from The Feathered Nest has a wonderful Etsy shop you must visit called sewmanyroses. What really attracted me recently were her gorgeous sachets with vintage script. Aren't these fabulous? And Dawn recently filled her Etsy shop with them, although they fly off the shelves when she re-stocks:
Have you ever ordered an online tutorial to learn to make something yourself? I have, and I recommend them! Dawn offers a gorgeous Angel Wing Tutorial in her Etsy shop. Wouldn't you love to make some of these on a cold winter day?
My BFF Carrie Clifford inherited her grandmother's massive brooch and pin collection years ago. She's taken some of them that don't have sentimental value and started an Etsy shop called The Pin Collection (what else?) These brooches were lovingly hand-picked and stored from the 1950's through 80's, although many are older than that. Stop by The Pin Collection to see what the offerings are today!
I've picked a couple of Carrie's pins that I like, including this monkey climbing a tree from the 1920's:
And this brooch with multicolor rhinestones:
....and a beautiful filigree and enamel butterfly. But I need more jewelry like I need another hole in my head, so please don't feel guilty if you buy these out from under my nose!
Being the dog lover that I am, I was tickled pink when I saw this pea coat on Etsy in The Rover Boutique:
Laurie Campbell Romanaggi from Magpie Ethel maintains two Etsy shops, one for things she makes and one for things she finds. Here is an example of one of Laurie's delightful creations from Magpie Ethel on Etsy:
Laurie's second Etsy shop, E is for Ethel, is definitely worth a visit. She combs estate sales and offers things she finds for you to treasure or use in your own creative endeavors, like these cheerful apple appliques:
That's where I'm going to end this post. Once you begin exploring Etsy, you can shop there for hours, especially if you are at work and your boss isn't around!