Eight Local Etsy Shops You Need to Know
Missing the Atomic Holiday Bazaar this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t get awesome, locally crafted goodies to delight those on both your naughty and nice lists. You’ll find everything from one-of-a-kind accessories to charming ceramics in these eight local makers’ Etsy shops.
Troll Fairy Designs
Dreamed up by local artist Suzy Kalin, Troll Fairy Designs gives new life to discarded toys. From collectible DAM trolls to teddy bears, Kalin gives each a head-to-toe makeover. New hair, fresh paint and custom styles upcycle the figures into playful characters ranging from fairies to KISS. This holiday season she has festive ornaments in addition to Grinch and Krampus trolls, perfect for the Scrooge on your list.
Stickers, enamel pins and prints, oh my! Fans of the creepily cute will delight in artist Robin Bloom’s playful shop. Beyond creating monster babes and colorful pop cultural references, Bloom has expanded into ceramics. Find unique pot-bellied mugs, nesting bowls and handy little jars in a wide variety of colors and designs.
Who says day planners have to be boring? Each year, painter Teresa Stone uses watercolor and acrylic to paint a fresh series of flowers for her line of organizational tools. Her Etsy shop offers vibrant planners, calendars, notecards, notepads, placemats and planning pads, all with her signature floral motifs. She also offers a series of art prints with inspirational or empowering messages.
With a steady hand, artist Tara Ruble paints delicate pinstripe designs onto secondhand treasures. From purses and clutches to retro bangles, each piece is given a “hot rod revamp” to create a unique eye-catching accessory. Original pieces of pinstriped wall art and decorated tchotchkes are also available. No two items are the same.
Plant Craft Designs
Artist Christine Schroeder imagines fae-like scenes from natural elements such as preserved moss, lichen, shells, cork and reclaimed wood. Lush and organic-looking, Schroeder describes her designs as “kind of like living walls without the labor and mess.” Custom sizes and designs can be created upon request and shipped anywhere in the U.S.
Stitch of Whimsy
Maker Sara Leigh brings magic creatures from an enchanted forest to life. Known for fantastical faux taxidermy—picture unicorn head mounts—she also carries a line of shirts and accessories. Find stocking stuffers like Bowie bunny keychains, happy mushroom stickers and whimsy deer holiday ornaments.
Who doesn’t have a fox lover in their life? Artist Konrad Losiak celebrates the adventurous vulpine spirit with a series of T-shirts, stickers and accessories. There are artistic foxes, foxes performing BMX tricks and even foxes in space. Currently a senior graphic design student at Ringling College of Art and Design, Losiak screenprints each of his designs himself.
Let’s Create Art Studio
Etsy doesn’t just help you find crafts, it can help you make them, too. Local art studio Let’s Create Art offers online packages for beginner artists of all ages. Sign someone up for digital downloads of painting tutorials or enroll a youngster in online art classes. For those feeling adventurous, there’s the Acrylic Paint Pour Art Kit that comes with all the supplies to make creative—and potentially messy—abstract art.