Sunday, December 20, 2009

Make It Yourself: DIY Tutorials by Etsy Artists

Handpicked on Etsy
Panic Mode is now in full gear. Christmas is five days away. The streets are clogged with bewildered, wandering drivers and stores are mobbed with cranky shoppers. If, like me, you're feeling a bit like Scrooge right now, take a breath and check out Etsy's search pages for tutorials for gifts you can make yourself or give as gifts to your crafty friends and family. Under almost every category you will find instructions for all manner of homemade stuff -- recipes for soaps or delectible edibles, jewelry, accessories and wearables for all ages, collectibles, toys and treasures. Showcased today are but a few tutorials you can download and print with ease. Click on the pictures to see more from today's featured sellers. Prices range from $3.00 to $13.99.
From top left to bottom right, today's Etsy artisans include: heidiandfinn, RomeoandMae, LeahSutton, jennylovesbenny, thegemreaper, chullozoo, monkeysbug, spoonfulofchocolate

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Origami Inspirations on Etsy

Handpicked on Etsy
We're all crazy busy right now with the holidays, so I took just a quick moment to share some remarkable paper creations that caught my eye on Etsy's search pages. Origami (folded paper) and kirigami (cut paper) are traditional Japanese arts, and these techniques inspired today's featured artists. Click on the pictures to go directly to these artists shops. Prices range from $3.95 to $24.00.
From left to right, today's featured Etsy artisans include: kissadesign, Bricabraca, Rigamarole, popupcardmaking, theStarcraft, alyoisiusspyker

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gift of Time: 2010 Calendars on Etsy

Handpicked on Etsy
Precious time. We Etsy artists know its elusive nature. It cannot be captured for our own use, or to wrap up in a ribboned box for gifting. It is a thing too easy to waste or throw away. Who doesn't resent a thief of time: Traffic jams, sitting in a waiting room, standing in a slow moving line. The abstract promise of a future deed, or a little trip to the countryside on the first spring Saturday would be a lovely gift idea for those who love our company and can never get enough of it. For those who crave time for themselves, planning ahead helps us manage it, and an inspiring tool such as one of these uniquely lovely calendars created by Etsy artists may be just the thing. Click on the pictures to go directly to these Etsy listings. Prices range from $9.99 to $49.00.
From left to right, today's featured artists include: littlebrownpen, jerseymaids, JavaJaneDesigns, labokoff, MyHandBoundBooks, immortalongings