Saturday, January 1, 2011

Etsy Love

As I mentioned in my last post, we did a fair amount of our Christmas shopping and Christmas wish-listing on Etsy. I love Etsy. I could quite literally spend all day browsing the amazing arts and crafts to be found there and easily spend all of our money there. It supports small business folks and families. And you can really find sellers who are true forces for good in the universe, which is pretty hard to do at, say, the mall. This post is devoted to two Etsy sellers who made our Christmas fabulous.

First, my parents sent E this most amazing wooden truck from My Father's Hands. E was delighted in every way.

Yup. Love at first sight. Here's the part where the truck had to help us bake bread.

This was my parents' first Etsy purchase, and Tamar helped them through it. Maybe they'll order again sometime! I know that we will.

We ordered a whole mess of way cool peg people from Goose Grease Undone for E and his cousins. I've been meaning to order these for a year at least.

We got all sizes of people plus acorns and they were a hit. He plays with them all the time and uses them in all kinds of ways. They truly foster creative play! I can't wait until he has the attention span to paint them. In the meantime, he dresses them up in fabric scraps, which is pretty darn cute.

On the non-Etsy but still handmade front, Sarah's sister-in-law made us this beautiful quilt. The pattern is Oh, Fransson!, one of my favorite quilters. This quilt was on my If-I-Had-Six-Lifetimes-To-Live-Simultaneously Fantasy To Do list. I wasn't going to get around to it until easily 2019. Now I can scratch that off.

One of my 2011 goals is to continue the trend to buy local or small and make as much as we can. Stay tuned!

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