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Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)

November 16, 2010

It’s time to share five of my most recent favorite Etsy shops! There are many beautiful things to enjoy that are handmade with love by some very talented creatives out there. Handmade is the big holiday theme this year, have you noticed? Interiors magazines from Australia to England, the Netherlands to the US, Germany and beyond are all a-buzz about handmade – no doubt due to the influence of bloggers who have been heavily promoting handmade arts & crafts for years now. More on that below my finds…

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Peggy Wolf – This German artist is one I’ve shared before but I can’t take my eyes off of her gorgeous watercolor-y collages of lovely ladies. Great prints, fun colors, adore!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Blushing Pearl – Custom design and letterpress cards, tags, business cards, wedding ephemera and more!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
White Owl – This sister duo makes some of the most feminine yet edgy pieces of jewelry with lots and lots of vintage charm (and charms!).

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Sweet Harvey – A design studio that prints their designs on textiles, papers… so many sweet things to choose from!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Helkat Design – More union jacks! This studio run by two textile designers in England churns out gorgeously tactile hand printed pillows and others that show a combination of both hand print and applique work. I love seeing these two techniques combined.

Handmade crafting as a trend in holiday decor is all the mainstream rage this season. If you cannot make things by hand yourself due to limited time or perhaps you are self-conscious about your work, you can try a craft that is relatively easy but still fun and somewhat challenging – use a kit or try a DIY exercise online from one of your favorite websites or blogs. Remember, the more you make things and practice, the better you will be become and with each accomplishment your self esteem grows and soon you’ll be making beautiful things completely on your own.

Of course, time is always an issue and some simply don’t have extra moments to sit down and take time to learn a craft, especially during this hectic season, and if that is the case then you have thousands of talented sellers to buy handmade products from. Be on the look out for indie craft fairs in your local city, or when you travel try to find them because cities like Boston, New York and London (to name a few) usually have many arts & crafts shows this time of the year.

Of course, you can also scout for handmade products online through your favorite blogs and online marketplaces, like Etsy, DaWanda and so many others…

See anything that you love this week? Any etsy shops that you’d like to share with us in the comments section below, including your own? Will you be attending a handmade market this season in your season or elsewhere? If so, please put a link to it below!

(images: linked to their sources above.)


  • Reply adele {modernemotive} November 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Love the union jack pillows. Added to my faves and I’m definitely getting one as I’m a Brit living in Canada.

    Would love for you to check out my shop Holly. I sell friendly paper goods. –

  • Reply SparklePaw November 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Love your picks! Peggy Wolf’s use of color is fantastic.

  • Reply Stacie (Gingiber) November 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I am attending and participating in a little show in Arkansas (where I live) full of handmade goodness!

    my shop on etsy is Gingiber

    Love the picks this week!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha November 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Love those cards–so sweet!

    I sell bright, modern canvas paintings! Perfect for gallery walls, nurseries, adding that bright pop of color to your home!

  • Reply Laurel G November 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    LOVE the lace pieces from white Owl.

    would love for you to check out my shop!

  • Reply mina November 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Helkat Designs is one of my favorites too, I guess the British invasion is still going strong. White Owl is just divine!

    Personal Shop

    You have featured my work before, a long time ago, I have new works up that I am very excited about, you can view one of them here:
    If you see it fit for any of your future posts, I would be honored to be on you blog again.

    Holiday Markets
    Face to Face Holiday Market- December 3rd, 4th, and 5th 2010
    This Winter Lower East Side Gallery and Boutique NORFOLKSNYC invites you to our three day co-op holiday market, featuring a uniquely curated line up of 30+ artists. More info and how to apply to be a vendor here:

  • Reply Wit & Whistle November 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Check out Wit & Whistle’s line of unique handmade holiday cards and invitations on etsy! :)

  • Reply Corinna, pidix November 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Love the lovely color combos throughout.

    And since you’ve kindly opened it up for self-promotion, I’ll list one of my favorites from my shop:

    Thanks for always having such fun Take-5s.

  • Reply jenn November 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    The Sweet Harvey store is adorable!

    Even though I craft, I never miss Crafty Wonderland in Portland, Oregon. So much amazing talent under one roof! It’s overwhelming in the best of ways :)

  • Reply hena tayeb November 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    great friday finds… I am liking the work of Sweet Harvey the most

  • Reply OrangeFarmhouse - Maike November 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    came here earlier but comments where closed… I have no shop but like to recommend a few of my favorite dutch shops: (Belgium) (check out Ingrid’s Xmas tree! and the cool wood signs)

    X Maike

  • Reply brokesy November 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Great picks! Especially love White Owl’s jewelry.

    ps. Brokesy will be at Renegade LA’s holiday sale!

  • Reply ValentinaBlossom November 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I loved Peggy Wolfs work! Lovely!
    I also have an etsy shop, but is just beggining. I hope you like it!

    (I’m such a huge fan of Etsy Take Five Tuesday!)

  • Reply Cami November 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I’d love to share my shop! – eco-friendly stationery + invitations + paper goods

    Thanks for always supporting hand-made!

  • Reply Bess | English Muffin Shop November 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Holly!
    As always your Etsy picks are just lovely. Thanks for opening up the comments to a little Etsy shop sharing! Here’s the link to my Etsy shop:

    The English Muffin Shop : Design for kids and kids at heart…

    Thank you, and happy holiday shopping!
    xo Bess

  • Reply Jeanne McGee November 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I’ll be participating in a craft show in Minneapolis, here’s the link:
    I make hand block printed lampshades!
    Thanks, Jeanne

  • Reply STYLIZIMO November 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Oh, I love all 5! Especially the pillows ( Big pillow-fan ) :)
    Handmade presents and decoration are very charming I think, and it reflects your effort and unique personality. I have already made both decoration and presents for this Christmas – it’s so much fun!


  • Reply Lindsey November 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I’ll be updating my shops very soon with new holiday merchandise! Lots of beautiful things to go under your tree!

    Vintage & Handmade Jewelry and Accessories:

    Vintage & Handmade Home Decor & Books:

    I have also discovered some BEAUTIFUL new shops this week! Here are some of my new favorites…


  • Reply Tinkie November 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    i looked at a page of a swedish designer/photographer today but i can’t navigate to the page again, i have tried and tried but to no avail, can’t find the page and i don’t remember the artist’s name. the featured artist made an arrangement of birds sewn out of a free bird pattern and displayed the birds on branches. she also made a lot of fuzzy animals/objects. can you help me find the link? i would really appreciate it. thanks in advance.

  • Reply Jahje aka Baby Jives November 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I am on etsy with my shop BabyJives – – and I am constantly depleting my paypal account to buy great stuff like this! I love the jewelry by White Owl, maybe Santa can leave one of those in my stocking.

  • Reply Judy November 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    WOW thanks for sharing Peggy Wolf- her prints are brilliant!


  • Reply Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate) November 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I’m very excited to say that between working on preparing for Christmas markets I’ve been slowly adding stock to my Etsy store.

    In Brisbane we have lots of great handmade markets, the ones I’m really excited about are the BrisStyle (Etsy team) Twilight and Indie Designer markets.

  • Reply Jacquie November 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for the links. I especially love the first shop and have added it as a favourite (and to my Xmas wishlist!)

    My Etsy store is
    Would love you to have a peek!

    I’ll be going to this fabulous market on the weekend.
    and I’ll be having a stall there myself on December 12th.


  • Reply fee November 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I love peggy wolf!!
    I’m all for sharing, my etsy site is..

  • Reply Tricia McKellar November 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Holly! Lovely shops! White Owl is one of my favs! :)

  • Reply Sharon Nevins November 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Don’t have my own website BUT I do have a fabulous etsy shop It really is sublime. Everything is handmade by my loving hands and I’d love you to check it out! Cards, tags, handbags, pillows and incredible art sculpture People made from junkyard finds! I add new items all the time so please check often.

    Thank you,
    Sharon Nevins

  • Reply Amber November 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks so much for including these wonderful Etsy shop’s. I really like those pillows from Helkat. They look gorgeous. My shop is Redtilestudio on Etsy. We will be at the Dallas Flea. on Dec 4th. Thanks for supporting handmade! So glad to see it everywhere this holiday.

  • Reply meg November 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    LOVE Etsy – thanks for sharing these. Am so enjoying your blog – I only recently joined you but I always look forward to see what exciting things you’ve uncovered. I end up on the Internet for hours after reading your blog! :-)
    Next time you are on Etsy, do stop by my little shop We do vintage lights, lamps & decor items for babies and children. Thanks again, Meg from Vintage Nursery Lamps

  • Reply juliette crane November 17, 2010 at 12:42 am

    so many good finds here! thank you!

    my shop features whimsical mixed media art originals + prints :)

    thank you so much for having such loveliness here!!!


  • Reply Jillian November 17, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Holly, I was so excited to see that you featured Sweet Harvey who is also a Des Moines local. Her work is so colorful and fun!

    I’ll be at Market Day in Des Moines on Black Friday ( which is an awesome monthly craft market, and I’m also running a pre-holiday sale in my jewelry shop for Facebook Followers (,

    A few of my recent Etsy favorites are:

  • Reply Stephanie November 17, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Fantastic picks!

    I am an Etsy fanatic and now part of an Etsy collective that sells DIY party supplies just for boys. Thanks for the opportunity to share! We’re called Spaceships and Laser Beams and you can find us at

  • Reply sarah s. November 17, 2010 at 2:12 am

    hi there. I just purchased an australian flag pillow from helkat. I love their pillows. Thanks for sharing these finds.

    I have a little shop on etsy that showcases my photography and have a limited edition 2011 calendar available also. I was too late to submit it to you holly so thanks for allowing this little plug…. missing class already…… (redlinedesign photography and art)

  • Reply amy November 17, 2010 at 2:17 am

    so many lovely shops featured here!!

    i recently came across this shop and i’ve been eyeballing these frames big time:

    i’ve put on a huge holiday sale in my etsy shop, here:

    thanks again for sharing all these shops (many of them new to me) :)

  • Reply Desha November 17, 2010 at 2:21 am

    I LOVE Peggy Wolf. I bought a couple of prints of the tatooed ladies from the previous post on her and they make me smile~

  • Reply Amanda November 17, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Oooo I love White Owl’s jewelry!
    I will be doing most of my holiday shopping at the craft fairs I am participating in this year.
    Patchwork in Santa Ana and Long Beach, CA
    Renegade LA and Renegade SF (there is also one in Chicago)

    My Etsy shop is full of handmade jewelry:

  • Reply Wit & Whistle November 17, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I love those pillows! Too bad my husband has banned me from buying any more. : )

    My collection of unique holiday cards is available in my Etsy shop, Wit & Whistle. My current favorite comes with 3D glasses! Check out the holiday lineup here:

  • Reply Brooke November 17, 2010 at 3:34 am

    White Owl’s stuff is amazing! thank you for the tip! I have recently opened my own etsy shop and will be doing my first handmade market event this thursday in Dallas at Mockingbird Station.

    my shop name is Pure and Noble

    Handbags, pillows and pillowcases all handmade and using a lot of vintage feedsack fabrics. Recently featured on Bloesem Kids as a favorite find of the week. xo

  • Reply conan November 17, 2010 at 4:24 am

    peggy wolf is awesome

  • Reply Brooke H November 17, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Love Sweet Harvey and actually just made a little purchase! :)

    My shop is

    I’m a fashion illustrator who sells prints, cards, magnets, pocket mirrors and bookmarks. This holiday season I’ll be participating in 2 sales, one in NYC on Dec 2nd and the other on Dec 9th in Rutherford NJ. I’ll have a blog post up on my blog shortly with all the details. . .Thanks Holly!

  • Reply Lisa Golightly November 17, 2010 at 4:58 am

    i spotted those Helkat pillows recently and fell in love!

    I am having a sale on my limited edition prints in my etsy store this week!

  • Reply Anastasia November 17, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Hi Holly
    I have so many favourites – i recently interviewd a fun blogger from STockholm who also has an Etsy shop

    i also have a little etsy shop too – offering papergoods and gift wrap supplies

  • Reply Kim Burks November 17, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Such wonderful etsy shop finds, Holly! Thanks for allowing us to share our shop links on your blog!

    My shop is Paper Lovely, a letterpress and design studio in Omaha, Nebraska…

    The shop is stocked and ready to go for the Holiday season! :)


  • Reply Jenna Templeton November 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

    My little shop where sell “My Life In Biscuits” publication & biscuit & tea cup gift tags!

  • Reply Mary November 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Such great picks! I especially love the Peggy Wolf prints. I have a small Etsy shop full of handmade felt items that would be perfect stocking stuffers. I’ll be adding ornaments in the next week or so. I’d be honored if you stopped by!

  • Reply ChristinaInAustralia November 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I LOVE: (she’s got more in her Dawanda job)

    And I think I might treat myself (and our house!) to one of the Helcat cushions. I love the red one w. the fox…

  • Reply Judith of Felicity Crew November 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share information about our own shops here. My photography can be found in the Felicity Crew Store on Etsy:

    and I’m happy to offer free shipping until the end of the year!

    And of course there are so many other fabulous shops up there, just have a look at my favorite shops list once you’re up on Etsy. Welcome to the store :)

  • Reply juliette November 17, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I love those necklaces! I added so many to my Etsy wishlisht =)

    Handmade markets: I’ve been really inspired by the handmade markets I’ve been hearing about around Germany, your Hanover one included. I’ve also recently learned that there’s a small village near me that hosts a Christmas Markt that tries to only sell stuff from locals. I know you’ve been to a few German Christmas markts by now, so you know what I mean when I say you can end up passing a lot of booths selling the same thing, and then the handful that are selling random stuff from Nepal that looks more ‘hippie’ than holiday. It’s too soon for me to contribute to this particular local Markt this year, but I’m thinking of rounding up a few friends to run a booth together for next year!

  • Reply Janina Lear November 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hey everyone,
    I run a fabulous artists market in Geelong, Australia and the pre Christmas Market on 28th November will be HUGE, 80 stalls of the most amazing. talented artists. Check out my blog

    Janina {BYW)

  • Reply notabilia November 17, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Just moved here, but already found a craft market or two to check out:

  • Reply ana November 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Dear Holly your Etsy take five series are wonderful. The works you shared this week are fabulous.

    I would like to share with you my own etsy shop: fill with one of a kind pieces for women that love to accessorize her outfits.


  • Reply Kristi A. November 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I have to plug my friend Hannah.

  • Reply Cindy November 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Oh those portraits are just beautiful. I love seeing what shops you’ve found and always enjoy these posts. I have added some new items to my etsy shop, including stitched holiday cards.
    Hope you are having a good week!

  • Reply Grey Lemon November 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Great selection! I particularly like the white owl shop!

    I’ve updated my etsy shop with some new greeting cards (not to mention apple, cupcake cards…):


  • Reply Emilie November 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm


    All my prints are under $15 right now, and I have updated my shop with brooches and notebooks also :)
    Have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Wendy November 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    What a lovely selection!

    Please check out our etsy shop, featuring coordinating hand-printed and hand-woven textiles from Providence, RI.

    Our work along with other local, regional and international artists can also be seen at the upcoming Craftland holiday show in downtown Providence.

    Thanks for supporting handmade!!

  • Reply shereen November 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    great idea! I would like to add my Mom’s shop – she hand knits all the goods with love, and I help her with the etsy site.

  • Reply Nix November 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    What great picks!

    I’ve got two shops. One for Natural History inspired Fine art and one for Jewelry of the same inspiration.

    You can visit both at: and


  • Reply Sweet Harvey LLC November 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I just wanted to chime in and thank you greatly for this feature – I am so honored and flattered to have been chosen and I adore your blog and find your style and features to be completely amazing!

    Here are a few of my personal favorite Etsy shops as well:

    Super fun pottery:
    Awesome Illustration:
    Fantastic purses:
    Gorgeous Jewelry:

    Thank you so much again for featuring my work!

    Brandi Powell
    Sweet Harvey LLC

  • Reply Alison November 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm


    I make handbags and housewares from found pieces of japanese obi’s and kimono’s. I will be at many shows this Christmas in the Toronto area. Here is a link to my Etsy shop:


  • Reply Lily @ Birch + Bird November 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    As usual, I love all of your finds! Helkat is a favourite…if only I could decide which pillow I love most! Can’t wait to browse the other shops…

    Rachel and I run a vintage shop:

    Thanks for supporting Etsy :)

  • Reply Lindsey November 18, 2010 at 1:46 am

    LOVE, Love, love. All of it!

  • Reply Jessica November 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Ugh! I LOVE Peggy Wolf’s work! I’ve been lusting over a few of her prints for quite a while now! Freaking beautiful.

  • Reply Jen November 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I love this weekly feature as well! Thanks for letting us share our shops :)

    My Etsy shop:

    I sell dreamy, lo-fi, retro Holga photographs that I take myself.

  • Reply Teresa November 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Hello, thank you for this opportunity.
    I have shop on etsy, where I sell photo prints and cards to add a touch of inspiration and sweetness into your life.

  • Reply kristina dutton November 19, 2010 at 4:25 am

    we’re a young duo of ladies breaking onto the publication and lifestyle scene! based out of atlanta!

  • Reply Lauren November 19, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Holly, thanks for letting us share our shops on this post! You can find my paper goods and related items here:

    I’ve always loved your Etsy Take Five Posts. I’ve found many shops that have become favorites thanks to you! Woo hoo for Etsy!

  • Reply Kristeen Griffin-Grimes November 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Holly, thanks so much for all the support you have given the independent artisans of Etsy!!!
    We French Girls have a little Etsy shoppe that offers beautifully packaged, feminine, organic lotions, crèmes and lip tints made with care and love…here it is:
    Merci Beaucoup! Kristeen & the French Girls

  • Reply Diana L November 20, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Sweet of you to let us share our Etsy shops with all your readers. I so love seeing whats out there in the Etsy world. So many talented designers out there.
    Sea glass jewelry. Take the beach with you wherever you go.
    Keep your toes in the sand!
    My Etsy shop is

    I am an Interior Designer turned Jewelry Designer. My passion is color. The right paint color is the back drop for the perfect room. I love all the colors of the beach. Sea glass inspired my decor at home and my collection of sea glass or should I say the abundance of sea glass inspired me to create my unique jewelry designs.

    I will be at the Indie Banditas show in Bainbridge Island, Washington

  • Reply amy November 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Check out Denver’s Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market!

  • Reply Mateja November 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Hi there Holly, a bit late commenting here, but better late than never, right?! :)

    I’ve got a brand new etsy shop selling photo prints…(not a single sale yet, the whole thing can be a daunting with etsy shops galore around. but I did have one ‘front page appearance’ since I started listing my prints a week ago – gotta start somewhere, right?! :)

    anyway, my shop:
    (mostly inspired by nature, my everyday life and travelling to faraway countries – including Morocco – I know you were there not long ago :) I was there in March and loooved it!

    some other Etsy shops I like:

    Thank you for letting us share our shops – much appreciated :)

    have a lovely day. xo Mateja

    (not sure if my etsy links will actually appear as links, sure do hope so.)

  • Reply Kim Johnson December 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Love those greeting cards! Thanks for spotlighting Etsy artists!

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