Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Very Etsy Christmas

This Christmas, I had the best time searching for gifts on Etsy. My purchases ran the gamut from jewelry to prints. Everyone seemed genuinely pleased upon opening everything. Also, each of these sellers sent everything quickly, so I didn't have to worry about stuff not getting here before the big day. So, without further ado, here's what I bought.

My sister was the easiest person to shop for, as she had helpfully marked several Etsy shops and items as favorites. Here's what I picked:

Andy Williams Christmas Album Notebook, Ivy Lane Designs,

Red Sparrow Necklace, Design by Cassandra,

Headphones Owl Tee, Gnome Enterprises,

Ladder Necklace, Jibby and Juna,

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner Magnets, Elloh,

Mysterious Butterfly Necklace, Mama's Little Babies,

Queen Anne's Lace Jersey Print Scarf, Dwellin Style,

Yellow Flower Super Bunny, Murdock Design,

My sister liked this Mysterious Butterfly Necklace and Queen Anne's Lace Jersey Print Scarf so much that she put them on right away! And the Yellow Flower Super Bunny was such a hit that she carried it around all day.

Philadephia Eagles Golf Club Cover, Tracey Knits,

Ode to 30 Rock Print, Elloh,

At first I thought it would be impossible to find something for Dad on Etsy. But then I interviewed Tracey Rediker of Tracey Knits for my featured artist series. I asked her if she could make a custom Eagles golf club cover, and she obliged in record time! My dad, who is the most diehard Eagles fan out there, got a huge kick out of it. For Dad's next gift, I returned to the tried-and-true Elloh, where I stumbled upon this striking likenes of the "30 Rock" crew. "30 Rock" being one of Dad's favorite shows, I knew he'd be happy. He was, adding that he had no idea that Etsy offered such personal, unique gifts.

Flirty Brown-eyed Susan Scarf, Babbidge Patch,

Mom loves a great accessory, and this Flirty Brown-eyed Susan Scarf screamed her style in brown in gold. She wouund it around her neck immediately.

Yoda Star Wars Golf Club Cover, Tracey Knits,

AC/DC Vinyl Fine Photograph, Brief Moments,

Superhero Fridge Magnets, What's Eating Yin,

Looking over my shoulder as I was surfing Etsy one night, the bf spied Yoda and was instantly charmed. "You don't even play golf," I said. "So?" he replied. "You can put him anywhere." I couldn't argue with that, especially because Yoda was so darn adorable. So into the cart he went. The bf started doing a (surprisingly dead-on) Yoda impression upon opening it. Nuff said. Yoda now resides on an empty paper towel roll on our bookshelf, on display for all to see. The bf was also excited about the AC/DC Vinyl Fine Photograph (already hanging in our hallway) and Superhero Fridge Magnets. They were my little way of saying, "Here's some masculine decor. Thanks for living in a house overflowing with girly tote bags and shoes."

Nautical Lighthouse Throw Pillow, KelRae Designs,

The bf's stepmom loves lighthouses, so when I found this Nautical Lighthouse Throw Pillow, I knew it was perfect.

So there you have it. My first Very Etsy Christmas was a success. I can't wait to see what I find next year!


Brief Moments said...

Tracy, fantastic post! I love all the gifts you featured and gave to your family. Thank you for including me in your holiday fun! Wishing you all the best for 2010. Maribeth

The Tote Trove said...

It was my pleasure! Also, thanks for becoming a follower. Happy new year to you also!

Cassandra Watsham said...

Yaaaa! Amazing! The cool stuff you find on Etsy!

My sis-in-law loved the tote, by the way! (I have yet to update my blog since Nick and I have moved!)

Thanks so much for featuring the Red Sparrow necklace, and I'm sooooo glad your sister loves it!

Talk soon, baby!

redlinc said...

I am so glad everyone liked their presents! Looks like you did very well.

Made by Melissa said...

woo-hoo! An Etsy Christmas for all!

The Tote Trove said...

Yeah, Etsy really is a treasure hunt! I'm sure I'll be back to search for Valentine's Day. My immediate family exchanges gifts; it's kind of silly but lots of fun. Last year I got my sister, an art teacher, a Freida Kahlo pouch from Art by Jess. It may sound cheesy, but it's always awesome finding that perfect personal gift for someone.