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Friday Loves – Etsy

These are my current favourites on Etsy.

It took me awhile to come around to Etsy though I can’t tell you exactly why. For years I have been singing the praises of independent artists and supporting them and have done my best in the offline world to pick up individual pieces here and there. I think my initial reaction to Etsy was that it was just crafty things that perhaps weren’t so great or useful. How wrong I was.

My love affair with it began last winter when I was in need of a coat rack – something small, beautiful and would fit in perfectly with the seaside cottage I was renting. All my usual stores didn’t have anything close or, if they did, were ridiculously over priced. A quick search on Etsy revealed one from Willow Oak Home Decor and that had me hooked.

Since then I’ve purchased a few things from tea cosies to camera straps to my favourite, Travel Kitty. And there’s still some more on my wishlist.

One of the bits of advice I give to people who ask me how to have a successful career as an artist, freelance or entrepreneur is that you must support what you want to be. I can’t tell you how many people want to be artists but have never bought a print, how many people want to run a small business but buy stuff from big stores. After having used Etsy successfully for awhile, I really believe in it and think it’s a wonderful thing to support.



  1. May 24, 2008 / 8:07 AM

    I stumbled upon your site a few weeks ago and have been emailing its link en masse to my friends. You speak from the heart of so many overworked and overconsumerized persons living today. In our attempts to make our lives ‘convenienced’, we have complicated it with fast food high blood pressure and stylized Gap t-shirts.

    Thank you for reminding our souls that simplicity is what it truly craves. I have tried to incorporate the simplicity theme into my life these past few years. Yet I continue to find it very difficult to embrace “white space” in my life. If there is available time, then it must be filled with productivity. so.not.true! Sitting back and seeing the refreshing plainness of empty time is a new habit that can be difficult to form; but rewardingly appreciated.

    Thank you for a new term in my life: hygge. My friends remind me when I’m getting too overburdened, “Are you living the hygge principle?”

    And daily, I am doing better. Giving things away. Reusing and repurposing what I have. Delighting in small symbols of joy and happiness that occur in my life daily. And saying no – to myself and to The Joneses – to the things I don’t need. Because in the end, there is so very LITTLE that we actually ‘need’.

    I can’t think of anything that will free us from the world’s pressures of busyness and solidly tie us to our true inner core than that: little is needed; much is to be enjoyed.


  2. May 29, 2008 / 8:14 AM

    I am thrilled to be featured in your favorites … thank you Alex! I love your various blogs and sites and have been a reader for a little while now. How lovely to see my work here. Cheers!

  3. June 5, 2008 / 3:57 PM

    I’m so excited to see my wren notecards are on your favorites list! Thanks so much for featuring my little cards. Following your bliss is hard work and takes a lot of bravery. I learn that lesson every day. Thanks again!