Wednesday, June 23, 2010

the joys of buying handmade

clockwise from top right:

:: vintage spaniel swap playing cards from: OnlineVintage ::
:: mini Z Is For Zebra bunting flags from: prettylittlestudio ::
:: travel clutch from: owlsay ::
:: small initial heart sterling silver necklace from: moncadeau ::
:: Wizard of Oz everyday wallet from MishmashDesigns ::

I've formed a new habit: when I need something, like a new wallet, a gift, or something cute to bring a smile to my face, I head straight over to etsy . Today I was contemplating whether or not to buy that adorable (and very practical! see the details inside here )travel clutch with the airplanes on it. I have been eyeing it for a while, but the $25 price tag plus $5 shipping had me hesitating. Then I made a funny decision; I decided I would read the seller's profile, and if I liked what I read, I would buy it! When you read it , you will see why I chose, with a very happy heart, to support this seller.

It made me very aware of just how special etsy is. I am so grateful to this platform for stay-at-home-moms, college students, retirees, artists and artisans of all walks of life. It's such a fantastic feeling to not only find cute, handmade or vintage items, but to know your money is going directly into the hands of a talented individual who is appreciative of each and every sale. 

It has made large companies and corporations feel cold and impersonal, and I hope to buy as many of my future belongings through etsy as possible. 

I bought this stroller blanket for my sister-in-law, who gave birth to her second son last week.
:: chenille and cotton blanket Funky Monkey stroller blanket from BubblesandSqueaks ::

So next time you are looking for something, be sure to stop by etsy before heading to a chain store. You will find so many wonderful things there. Your hard-earned money will be appreciated by the sellers, and you will experience a very gratifying shopping spree.

Just a little reminder to consider handmade.

yours, xoxo country girl

Today, one year ago: Rainy Day Baking 


  1. Go Etsy girl go!
    I love the shop and cant wait to be up and running with my own things...
    Can you find me a cute small purse that goes across the shoulder and fits EVerything?

  2. Hello Dawn,
    Love all your cute finds on Etsy. Thank you for sharing them with us! xo

  3. I think this kind of shopping mindset goes hand in hand with shopping at local farmer's markets, thrift stores and antique fairs - you always find a hidden gem, meet interesting folk and fill your home with unique prettiness and I love it!
    Very nice purchases by the way!
    Lots of love

  4. Oh my golly crumpets I have just read the Owl Say shop bio and I love it! Kelley's story reminds me of my own corporate struggles and she has inspired me to follow my dream and be happy whilst earning a few pennies along the way. Am off to buy something, anything from her shop!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely shop and seller with us Love Morwenna

  5. i just adore etsy and everything it stands for - i LOVE that airplane travel clutch!! so cute! and what a great find with that stroller it

  6. I am longing to linger over all your thoughts and etsy, but am OFF to an adventure.

    I WILL hug Sue and Joe for you and for Rachel too. I can't wait for the four of us to catch up on everything.

    Love to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  7. Oh yes Dawn, I love etsy and will post a photo of my latest buy. I'm like the fact that something was made just for me...uniqueness and with artfulled hands.

    Have a blessed day!
    xoxo Gert

  8. i buy a lot from etsy. i SO believe in it.
    your purchases are just lovely.
    i would love to do a post about my etsy buys, one day soon.

  9. Etsy is so cool. I got a sleeping face mask and the seller sent me such a sweet little note to go with it I kept it, it was almost worth more than the item I purchased, some people are so sweet and deserving.

  10. You're turning me into an etsy addict! I love that you remind us all of this wonderful place to shop.

  11. I just love etsy. With all those lovely handmade and bohemian goodies, it reminds me of the 'Apple Market' in London's Covent Garden,where I used to love browsing with my mum. That heart necklace is gorgeous. I think I'm going to have to splurge on one for myself. Thanks, Dawn.

  12. thanks for the reminder. I, too,love etsy. especially for jewelry. First time visiting your blog. love it! will be back.

  13. Dearest Dawn, well that's the bank account raided - ANOTHER Etsy purchase thanks to you!! You're so right, it's a wonderful place to browse & shop. the best of creative minds! xoxo Rachel

  14. Dawn,

    Thank you for your sweet commment on my blog. Your blog is're a really talented artist!

    I wish all the best for you and your hubby during this time of waiting. I'm so sorry for your loss...I understand. I too am comforted by others who have gone through the same thing. You were an encouragement to me. And although we are pregnant, I still feel sad on occasion because our sweet baby we lost last Fall was still it's own can't replace that.

    Be blessed bloggy friend. God be with you.


  15. hey you:). i love the monkey blanket- it's adorable! and i agree- buying homemade is so wonderful and it's good for everyone involved.

    i hope you're well and enjoying the beginning of summer. i'll post a nature table soon too- your previous post got me very excited to share the massachusetts summer blooms too:).


  16. i love the idea behind etsy, too!
    what an adorable stoller blanket!

  17. ...Thanks for a great blog entry!.....
    Delightful etsy shop too!

  18. Hey Dawn! Back from holiday and getting geared up to catch up on all your news - totally agree with your sentiments...if only there were more small companies and less big corporate giants out there...

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