my love for etsy shops have blossomed in the past year or so. there is truly nothing better than purchasing something from an individual whose blood, sweat, and tears went into making something by hand that they are truly passionate about. i would much rather support a small business rather than a big company because you know that (most) people are in it for the right reasons. plus it feels good to say that your new item is a one of a kind (or two or three or four of a kind) and you can’t buy it in a store; you have to buy it from the sellers shop. so really when i buy/receive things from a shop on etsy, i make sure people know it so it drives business for that seller. here are four of my very favorite etsy shops lately (and of course some things that i am lusting over).

old english: this shop is the jack of all trades.  it has a little of everything for everyone and i want it all.  this mug and this tea towel especially.  and speaking of tea towels, what does one even do with a cute tea towel when you don’t actually want to use it?  anyone have any cute ideas on how to display them?

rouge and whimsy: i bought this polka dot and leather handbag a few weekends ago at the renegade craft fair in chicago and can’t stop wearing it. it’s so small and simple for on the go when i don’t want to grab my giant purse and the giant diaper bag. this one is on my list to buy for a certain someone for christmas!

bluhm’s gardens: our photographer that did addison’s six month pictures is honestly the jack of all trades. she has five children (and has managed to keep them all alive – superwoman in my book) plus she has a photography hobby that is growing into a small business and she also runs this handmade shop where she creates headbands and hats for littles. she sent addison a headband and though it’s a smidge too big still i can guarantee she’ll be wearing it nonstop once that head of hers grows a bit more. i’m itching to get this one and this one too for little a. she’s becoming quite the trendsetter when it comes to rocking headbands.

pen and paint: i have adored lindsay’s paintings and prints that she creates for so long and a few weeks ago and finally purchased this one for myself. i plan on making a cute rustic frame for it and displaying it in our new home. i’m dying to get this one and this one too. someday soon i’m sure!

baby jives: i discovered this shop before addison was born and have been lusting over one of these mobiles ever since. i still haven’t got one yet and by now she probably doesn’t need one anymore but someday soon i’m still going to buy one. it would just look so dang cute hanging in a corner of her room don’t you think?!


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