In the spirit of my ongoing conversation about gifts with meaning, I want to encourage you to shop on Etsy. If you're not yet familiar with Etsy, it is an online marketplace focused on handmade, artistic, and vintage items. I know lots of incredible women artists who sell their one-of-a-kind artworks and products on this popular site and I love to seek out their treasures.
All of the women I know who sell via Etsy are artists or entrepreneurs who work incredibly hard to make a living doing what they love. These women have huge hearts, soaring spirits, and great talents for bringing beauty into the world.
I know it is late in the game, but please consider supporting women artists this holiday season. Lots of shop owners are taking orders through this weekend, so you still have time to get those last minute unique gifts. You'll have a great time wandering around looking at these online shops!
Below are some pics of random items I've purchased in the last year. Gorgeous, whimsical, and fun — right!? (Disclaimer: I didn't purchase that exact hat, but I LOVE it and I own LOTS of ADS hats!) I've also included a list of some Etsy shop owners whom I know from an online class taught by artist Kelly Rae Roberts. I haven't yet had a chance to check out all of their shops, but I plan to do so SOON — I've seen lots of their work posted in our Facebook Group as it is in-progress and I am so impressed with the mryiad of styles, colors, and textures. These gals are AMAZING.
What could be better than finding affordable, unique, creative gifts and supporting women artists/entrepreneurs at the same time?! Merry, merry!
P.S. If you are the owner of an Etsy shop or you have a favorite Etsy shop, please let us know! Leave a comment and the shop link in the comments so we can support even more fabulous artists!
Talented Artists with Etsy Shops from Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons Class 2011
Ady Alamanza – http://www.adrianaalmanza.etsy.com
Angela DiGiovanni – http://www.etsy.com/shop/AngelaDiGiovanni
Ann Marie – http://www.etsy.com/shop/thatgirldesigns
Artsy Twist – http://www.Etsy.com/shop/aartsytwist
Carol Bray – http://www.etsy.com/shop/brushstrokesandmore
Cindy Jones Lantier – http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/MixedGrillFavorites (inactive)
Christina Fajardo – http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChristinasMagic
Connie Rawlins – http://www.etsy.com/shop/jiffyphoto
Erin Williams- http://www.etsy.com/shop/smaill?ref=si_shop
Helen A Naylor http://www.etsy.com/people/ArtConglomeration
Jacquie Williamson – http://www.etsy.com/shop/JacquieWilliamson
Janet Forrest – http://www.etsy.com/shop/tatterednworn
Jill Lambert – http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillsdream
K Nadine Booth – http://www.etsy.com/people/HiddenGlassStudio
Kanokwalee Pusitanun http://www.kanokwalee.etsy.com
Kathleen McKinnon – http://www.harmonyschoolhouse.etsy.com
Kathy May- http://www.etsy.com/shop/kathymaydesigns
Karie Jorgensen – http://www.etsy.com/shop/NanaMontana?ref=si_shop
Kerrie Bowles – http://www.madeit.com.au/storecatalog.asp?userid=48410
Kim Critzer http://www.etsy.com/shop/3wishesstudio
Laura Warecki (Paper Taxi) – http://www.etsy.com/shop/papertaxi
Lenore Angela – http://www.etsy.com/shop/rarerabbitsdesigns
Lesa Pascavis Smith – http://www.etsy.com/shop/1wingheART?ref=pr_shop
Lisa Michele – http://www.etsy.com/shop/lisamicheleproducts
Lori Leissner– http://www.etsy.com/shop/LeissnerArt
Margriet Ebben – http://www.etsy.com/shop/MargrietEbben
Michelle Dwyer – http://www.etsy.com/shop/magnetisedbylife
Rachel Payne (Rae)- http://www.etsy.com/shop/bohemianhideaway
Rain Hannah – http://www.etsy.com/shop/honeyandollie
Rhiannon Connelly – http://www.etsy.com/shop/starrybluesky
Rhonda Franks – http://www.etsy.com/shop/moonseazendesignz
Ruth-Mary Smith- http://www.etsy.com/shop/patchworkfamilies
Siobhan Ryan – http://www.etsy.com/shop/Siobhan22
Stacey Chadwick Brown – http://www.etsy.com/shop/staceycbrown
Susan M. Walls-Beverly – http://www.charmingtrinkets.etsy.com
Tina Carlborg – www.http://www.etsy.com/shop/tinalouisephoto?ref=pr_shop
Tracy Bante Yarbrough – http://www.etsy.com/shop/tracyyarbrough
Ursula Smith – http://www.etsy.com/shop/easyscraps
Violet Kelly – http://www.etsy.com/shop/kellymaekreations
Wini Dougall http://www.etsy.com/shop/artlovejoy