I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to learn that two of my favorite humans, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, were pairing up together (again) for the new TV show called Making It! Not only were they going to be hosting the show, but the show itself is a (super sweet) reality show about craft making. (Think “Great British Baking Show” meets Bravo’s now defunct “Work Of Art: The Next Great Artist” with a dash of Etsy-ness thrown in!)
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One of the fun things about Making It (besides Amy and Nick’s hilarious craft-inspired pun-offs!) is the fact that the winners get these cute patches when they win a round. That got me thing: what Etsy shops would I give Making It patches to, if I could! At first I thought I’d find a handful of shops, but it soon became obvious that there were SO many amazing makers, crafters, and artists on Etsy, I’d really need to break it down into categories.
Now, these categories aren’t representative to all that Etsy has to offer, so I encourage you to check it out for yourself! (And if you’re inspired by the new tv show Making It and want to open your own Etsy shop, click here to get your first 40 listings free!) But they are some of my own favorites categories of things to shop for on Etsy.
Inspired by the new TV show called Making It: These Etsy Shops Would Get a Winner’s Patch from Me!
This category is particularly hard for me, because I’m an artist myself. But I tried to choose from a variety of styles so you can get a glimpse of the amazing artists selling on Etsy. Plus, you can buy art directly from living, talented artists for much less than you might expect.
Prolific and accomplished, Lisa Congdon is by far one of my favorite artists.
Portland, OR, USA
Fine Artist & Illustrator
From Lisa’s bio: “Fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including the MoMA, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Simon & Schus ter, and Cloud9 Fabrics, among many others. Lisa writes a popular daily blog about her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of six books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and illustrated books The Joy of Swimming, Fortune Favors the Brave, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015.”
And yes! She sells her art on Etsy!
I’m a long time fan, and proud owner(!!) of Nancy Mungcal’s art. It’s quirky and abstract and so expressive!
PrettyLittleThieves aka artist Nancy Mungcal
Southern California, USA
From Nancy’s bio: “i draw, cut, paste, color, and print. i love helvetica, kraft and graph paper, pantone colors, black pens, 05 pencils, marker, and notebooks…illustration, graphics, hand drawing, patterns, art, nature, animals, travel and especially music. i also believe that you can never have too many books.”
Bonnie Christine is an amazing illustrator and teacher. Her work is soft and feminine, and would be just as lovely in a child’s room as it would in your living room.
SweetBonnieChristine aka Bonnie Christine
Franklin, NC, United States
From Bonnie’s bio: “creating patterns with summery sweet hues is my happy place. i am a self-taught designer and am constantly insp ired by the natural world around us, from the biggest of trees to the tiniest of leaves! i thrive on botanical gardens, sunshiny days, and nature walks- camera in one hand, sketchbook in the other. … since i was little, i’ve always loved learning to create things. after growing up in the beautiful mountains of north carolina, my husband david and i made our way across the country to where we live now- tucked away in a little vine covered cottage on the central coast of california. on most any day, you can find us playing with toaster, visiting the veggie stand or walking along the vineyard at sunset.”
And it shows in her work!
BATH & BODY:
Self-care is important, and I just love the bath and body products you can find on Etsy. Many of them are even organic and locally sourced!
UrbanOreganics – a Botanical Apothecary
Portland, OR, USA
From their bio: “As a full-time mama and avid DIY-er, I spend my days remodeling my home, finding treasures at second-hand shops, searching Pinterest for projects or healthy recipes, and taking care of my sweet babies, Milo & Max. My shop, Urban Oreganics, is full of uniquely handcrafted bath and body products. I have been a long time Etsy shopper, but began my journey as a maker on December 24, 2013. And amazingly, had my first sale that very same day! The response from customers so far has been overwhelming! It is so inspiring to see that many of you focus on living naturally and sustainably, just like me!”
See what I mean?
ForStrangeWomen – natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary
Kansas City, MO, USA
From their bio: “Since 2009, For Strange Women has created small-batch artisan perfume with avant-garde concepts and a timeless handmade aesthetic. The perfumes are thoughtfully constructed with high-quality natural materials; the plant extracts carefully sourced and composed into sublimely balanced blends. These scents meld with the skin and stay close to the wearer. For those who are normally allergic to perfume, this is typically a reaction to the chemicals hidden inside synthetic fragrances. We find natural plant oils to be safer, more satisfying to the senses, and to benefit the mind and body with aromatherapy. The complex scent arrangements evolve as they are worn and fade within eight hours. For Strange Women perfume has been featured in: O, the Oprah Magazine, BUST Magazine, NYLON Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Buzzine, FAMOUS Magazine, Willow and Sage Magazine, and other print and online publications.”
I think you’ll see why they are so popular…
SageAndStoneOrganics – Botanical Soap & Skin Care
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
From their about page: “Sage & Stone Organics was founded in 2015 by Hayley Miller. We offer botanical soap and skin care products made with simple ingredients to nourish the skin. I believe in using all natural, organic, high quality, food grade ingredients. All of our products are all natural, vegan, scented with therapeutic grade essential oils, and cruelty free. All creations are free of synthetic dyes and fragrances, SLS, parabens, and preservatives. Each product is lovingly handmade in small batches in Ann Arbor, Michigan”
Check out these gorgeous photos!
When I was in art school, I tried almost every art medium there was — except ceramics! It’s something I regret to this day. I have such a lost for this medium, it’s practical, beautiful, and goes so far back in history. I appreciate things like ceramics that people do with their hands, even though in today’s modern world, they don’t really have to. (Another art form I love, printmaking, is the same way!)
paperandclaystudio – Scandinavian Inspired Modern Handmade Ceramics
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
From their bio, “My name is Brit McDaniel, and I’m the owner and artist behind Paper & Clay, a modern handmade ceramics design studio. My studio is located in Memphis, Tennessee. I love making beautiful, functional ceramics that can be used everyday. My hope is that each Paper & Clay piece will make a meaningful addition to someone’s home and add something special to their routine.”
I just love Brit’s minimal, classic aesthetic!
amyhamleyceramics – Modern handmade porcelain tableware and home accents
Oakland, CA, USA
From their bio: “Amy Hamley is a ceramicist and product designer based in Berkeley, California. As reflected in her carefully curated glaze palette, her work is a subtle nod to the soft hues of California’s coastal mountains, local flora, and the blush rock of the desert floor. An embodiment of her love of minimalism with a touch of art deco inspiration, it offers an easy vibe paired with approachable sophistication. Amy’s work has been featured in Dwell, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Country Living, Vogue, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Refinery 29, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, and more.”
I love buying things made by hand here in the U.S.!
vitrifiedstudio –Handmade pottery custom urns and utensil holders.
Portland, OR, USA
From their bio: “vitrifiedstudio is a small home based ceramics studio located in portland oregon usa. all of the ceramics are made by me, shelley martin. the work can be described as minimal modern utilitarian handmade wheel thrown pottery.”
What a unique idea for a pet urn! (Middle image.)
FOR BABIES & KIDS:
It’s hard not to feel the cute overload (as well as the cries from your ovaries!) when looking at all the cute handmade things you can buy on Etsy!
From their bio: “Based in our Parisian studio, I’m creating the patterns, choosing the materials carefully and always thinking on the next step. The main production is in Bretagne next to the sea, our soft toys are 100% hand crafted in France in a small atelier that makes stuffed animals with a lot of love and care. Sewn by devoted seamstresses whose expertise and passion allow us to offer a very quality product. All of our babies wearing the CE mark and are safe for all ages.”
I want a stuffed Albino Manatee!
OffOn – It’s what we wear
From their bio: “We are a family of four, also we are the founders of OffOn clothing brand. OffOn was created in 2012, since then we produce hand-made or as we like to say – heart-made clothes for women and little girls. Our company is unique of its customized approach – we do not produce seas onal collections but rather we specialise on individual orders. Every piece for each client is created with dedication and sensitivity, from the very start to the very beginning. We believe that OffOn is a sincere, functional and intelligent clothing company. At OffOn we create for people that appreciate honest beauty and authentic simplicity. For those, who choose to live positively and who enjoy the lifestyle of slow living. All clothes that we produce are inspired by our family’s personal experience and our every day stories. OffOn is not only what we believe in but it is also what we wear.”
And while they aren’t exclusively a kid’s shop, there clothes for girls are just too cute not to share! (And can’t you just imagine that baby on the overalls fitting right in with Amy on the show?!)
BabyJivesCo – Handmade Nursery Decor: Mobiles, Swaddles and Keepsakes
From their bio: “Baby Jives Co creates mobiles and artwork to inspire wonder and imagination and is the work of Jahje Ives, an artist and mother living and working outside of Philadelphia, PA. Before it was a company, Baby Jives was the nickname for our little one, then he was born and he got a real name. Handcrafted in the USA, these modern heirlooms are made to last long after the nursery is gone. Baby Jives Co has been seen on The Today Show, the cover of Today’s Parent, in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, HGTV’s Dear Genevieve, Martha Stewart Living’s blog, Kirstie Allsop’s Vintage Home and more.”
I first fell in love with their mobiles, but their swaddle blankets are the cutest new edition (plus they’re organic)!!
And because I just couldn’t not share this cuteness (I mean, sushi swimsuits?!), here is one more from BathingBelleSwimwear:
Etsy isn’t just for ladies, either! Check out all these cool things for guys…
CraftsmanSoapCo – 100% All Natural Handmade Goods
Woodland Hills, California, USA
From their bio: “I’m a man known for my enthusiasm for working with my hands. Channeling that energy first into cooking, I found it naturally led me to discover an array of foods and goods that we find around the house, whose sources we sometimes take for granted. When I first stumbled on soap making, I found a synergy in bringing together select ingredients which complement and improve each other, becoming something entirely different. Yes, that is chemistry, but there is also some magic to it that captivated me. A few years later I decided to take this craft and share it as Craftsman Soap Company, and I’m thrilled to be able to put my passion for this craft into products that people love.”
I think Nick could use some of these for his beautiful beard!
TwoTmbleweeds – Unique gifts for foodies and people who love to cook
Santa Rosa, California, USA
From their bio: “Two Tumbleweeds is a Sonoma County, California-based company that creates uniquely crafted goods that inspire creativity in everyday life, the first of which is Foodie Dice.™ We think about every little element of what we make, with no detail left unconsidered. It’s not enough to have a great id ea; we also want everything that we create to be beautiful and thoughtful. Hailing from the great Midwest, then individually tumbling through many locations, we’re two sisters who always hoped we’d eventually land in the same place and have the chance to combine our unique talents to create something bigger. We’ve found so far that when you can solve an everyday problem (What’s for dinner?) in a unique and creative way people get really excited about it. And that’s exciting for us. Though we originally thought that we’d be making Foodie Dice™ in our garage, because of the number of people that want Foodie Dice™, we’ve had to partner with outside vendors to help us make it. We work with an engraver to engrave the dice, a glass company who collects the wine bottles and cuts off the tops to make our tumblers, and a local screenprinter for the cotton pouches. We also have a fulfillment company to help assemble and ship, but we’re there every step of the way, and often assembling the final product along side of them. Every bit of the design of the product is ours and each element is handcrafted.”
Such unique ideas in this shop!
I also think this wooden bike rack from Woodstick is amazing!
Etsy is an amazing place to find unique gifts for every occasion you can think of (and probably some you can’t!) So while I love the following shops for gift ideas, they are literally just a few in millions of other shops on Etsy!
theZenSucculent – low maintenance terrariums, succulents, living gifts
Durham, North Carolina, USA
From their bio: “We are a modern terrarium and plant craft business created by the mother/daughter team of Margaret and Megan George based in beautiful Durham, North Carolina. Our living landscape creations are a modern take on traditional terrariums inspired by our natural surroundings, love for urban planting and delight in color. We play with the concepts of nature’s classical elements (air, earth, water) though our individual terrariums use of tillandsia air plants, Japanese marimo balls, vibrant succulent and more plants that each inhabit its respective landscapes. Each ZEN Succulent terrarium is created solely by hand featuring natural and preserved plants and sea life. The ZEN Succulent’s design process is completely organic though gathering all terrarium components in hand and dropping them on their craft table. Where the items fall dictates the direction of the design, making each terrarium one of kind.”
And their products are just so giftable!
stoneandviolet – Handmade Curio Shelves and Tarot Boxes
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. USA
From their bio: “Stone and Violet is run predominately by myself, Lauren, with the additional helping hands of my husband, daughter and son. As the daughter of a carpenter, I have had a love of woodworking since I was a young girl. My love for crystals was a gift handed down to me by my mother. I still hav e in my possession her small collection of stones that I cherished as a young child. Our workspace is currently on the grounds of our home in eastern Pennsylvania. In 2012 we started making pieces out of our home garage and used our family room as a creative workspace. In 2014, both our workspace and garage were simply bursting with supplies, tools and bounds of creativity. We decided it was time to spread our wings and had a new structure built to house the Stone & Violet wood shop and studio. Our new space is not large, but rather quaint and cozy and just the right amount of additional space needed for us at this time. Having our workspace on our grounds affords us the flexibility to come and go as needed and creatively work and grow together as a family. Here in our online shop you will find handmade shelf displays for your crystal and mineral collection. For years I found myself longing for a special and artistic way to display my crystals and other treasures and had begun crafting and offering these designs online in 2011. Sacred geometric boards, grids and sphere stands for crystal energy work and display eventually became a focus. We continue to work hard to keep as many of these designs available in our shop as often as possible.”
Can I just say, I’ll take one of everything in this shop, please and thank you!?
POPBYTS – Paper goods, home goods and art for the modern home
Portland, Oregon, USA
From their bio: “My name is Tith Sin, I’m the print-maker and artist behind POPBYTS. Since founded POPBYTS in 2012, I’ve been creating art and functional art products that has ( a sense of ) playfulness with combining my love for plants, colors, nature and my surroundings. I design, cut, sew and hand print in my at-home-studio in my attic which I’ve dubbed the “Design Attic.” Based in Portland, Oregon. POPBYTS …is a on-line design shop specializes in unique modern paper goods, home goods and art: in digital designs, linocut and screen printing designs. Inspired by colors, plants and nature. Unique, fun and colorful designs for the modern home.”
What an array of talent from this maker!
From kitchen to living room, bedroom to walls, you can find the most amazing goods from your home on Etsy. Here are a few of my favorite shops…
YieldDesignCo – New American Standards
St. Augustine, Florida
From their bio: “Yield is an independent design house established in San Francisco and based in Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the US. Yield is directed by Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant, who started working together in late 2012 after meeting the year prior at California College of the Arts (CCA). With backgrounds ranging from architecture to industrial design and graphic design, the two lean on their multi-disciplinary experiences to create a range of goods that are distinguished by their high level of craft, modern sensibility and ethical production. Yield aims to pair American craft and ingenuity with an eye toward the future. Yield’s products have been featured in numerous publications such as the New York Times, Dwell, Sunset, Oprah, SF Chronicle and more.”
I love their minimal, modern style!
From their bio: “Golden Biscotti are lovingly designed valuable items for daily use. The focus is on simple and clear shapes that can be easily combined. High-quality products are developed in small series and all manufactured by hand in Switzerland. The focus is on traditional production techniques and natural mate rials and this is reflected in the individual products. It is important to Golden Biscotti how products are designed and produced, what materials are used and where they come from. The work is carried out with great respect and intensity; if the products are seen as something special and are used for as long as possible, then the goal of Golden Biscotti has been achieved.”
You can probably tell I have an affinity for modern and minimal home items!
HedgeHouse – Hardwood Furniture | Made in the Midwest
From their bio: “As a Midwest, family-owned company, we believe happiness comes from usefulness. To us, success is building a quality piece of furniture that becomes an integral part of your daily life and home. Our furniture only gets better with age, becoming an heirloom that can be passed down for generations.”
I knew Nick would especially appreciate this one!
The jewelry category is so vast and diverse, even if you don’t find what you’re looking for in my list, you should definitely check it out!
FableAndLore – Handforged jewelry + adornments for the mystical babe.
St Louis, Missouri, USA
From their bio: “Each Fable & Lore piece is made in small batches from scratch by one pair of hands, right here in our sunny home studio. Using basic metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, hammering and soldering, we hand-fabricate jewelry that is bold, bohemian, and perfect for the modern free spirit.”
This is another shop that I’d love to have one of everything!
LoopHandmadeJewelry – L O O P J E W E L R Y | HANDMADE IN PORTLAND OR. |
Portland, Oregon, USA
From their bio: “Lauren, native to Colorado but a Portlander at heart, has had a life-long love affair with color and texture. An imaginative, artistic child born into an artistic family, painting and drawing were always second nature to her. However, she realized one day that a three dimensional medium was a bette r fit for her creative urges. Jewelry design comes naturally as the perfect medium, in that it allows her to combine a love of classic elegance with playful, quirky symmetry. Added to the mixture is her penchant for all things antique! In 2017 Loop Jewelry was able to welcome the very talented Kieron Thomas, making Loop Jewelry a husband and wife team. … Inspiration for Loop Jewelry stem strongly from the geometric motifs of the Art Deco era and the sensuous fluidity of Art Nouveau creations. Each piece incorporates nuances from the past—but with a new twist. The result is a channeling of classical designs with Lauren’s own artistic vision added, making Loop Jewelry not just an item of personal adornment but a piece of art as well.”
A piece of art, indeed!
From their bio: “The pairing of old and new forms the basis of Sanktoleono’s creative process. Influenced by a background in Theological studies, ancient tribal religious symbols and motifs made from raw natural materials are processed using contemporary technology or combined with rare vintage findings to produce one-of-a-kind pieces. Aztec-like geometric motifs, primitive unprocessed mineral stones, raw brass and living, breathing materials like feathers and corals make the stage of a mysterious ceremonial universe, both ancient and at the same time strangely futuristic.”
I just love this bold, primitive handmade jewelry!
I had to include some totally unique and amazing ideas, too!
I couldn’t talk about all the fabulous makers and sellers on Etsy without a wedding category. So many brides these days are pretty much planning their entire weddings on Etsy!
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
From their bio: “Here at Cleo & Clementine, we create gowns and accessories that are just as one-of-a-kind as the women who wear them. All made in-house, one at a time. Since 2008, we have been refining our unique approach to special occasion apparel and accessories. Our process is rooted in caring for each and e very step along the way. From communication of your vision, color, fabric, all to the final fit. We draw inspiration from ethereal fabrics, brilliant colors and the irreplaceable feeling of turning a radiant vision into the perfect dress. Every item that leaves our Phoenix studio is infused with thoughtful artistry and handmade quality, whether it is a custom dress, hand-dyed veil or delicate lace garter. We carefully select each and every fabric, which range from tulle to European lace to natural fibers, like cotton and silk. Then, we let our hands and imagination go to work, hand dying and blending hues to get just the right color; pairing unlikely fabrics together; then cutting, pinning and sewing to create your dream dress.”
For a truly one-of-a-kind wedding!
PomLove – HANDMADE PARTY GOODS!
Portland, Oregon, USA
From their bio: “Celebrating and decorating have always gone hand in hand. What PomLove offers you is a means of expressing the excitement of your event with fun, whimsical, and versatile decorations that can be made in any color, and in many different designs to suit your palette. I started this company with a desire to hand-make an array of decor that is beautiful, affordable, and of the utmost quality. After nine years, and thousands of orders for birthday parties, weddings, baby showers and many other types of events all around the world that I have catered to, none of that has changed. Making people happy on their special day is what I love to do.”
Let the (cutest!) party begin!
SimplyPressedPS – Simply Pressed Print Shop
College Station, Texas
From their bio: “howdy! we’re anna & spencer, and this is our story of simply pressed: it all started when he asked that most special question, and i giggled and said yes. i never knew that the beginning of my lifelong journey with my best friend would also lead to the start of this beautiful business we both love so much. when we were planning our wedding, we both knew we wanted something unique for our save the dates. spencer introduced me to letterpress and i was instantly in love. we knew somehow we had to use this art form for our invitations, and that’s when we came up with our letterpress coaster idea! spencer, a graphic designer, put together our design while i researched diy letterpress. then together we hand pressed each of our save the dates side by side, and that’s how we’ve been doing things ever since.”
Confession: I’m a sucker for letterpress. It’s so luxurious, yet simply elegant!
If you love handmade, and these picks from Etsy, I definitely recommend checking out the new TV show called Making It on NBC!