Each year, the Etsy Design Awards celebrates the work of extraordinary creatives around the world and opens our eyes to loveliness. Inspiring Artists on Etsy & Crafty DIY revisits a few favorite past finalists as well as the inspiring fruits of their labor! Wonder which will be your favorite? Plus, just in case Spring finds you feelin’ crafty, a handful of DIYs to try will keep those hands busy.
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Inspiring Etsy Artists & Crafts to Try
With the holidays four months away, let’s also collect ideas for thoughtful gift giving…are you in?
Is anyone else over age 50 comforted by all the 1970s nostalgia showing up among the creations?
Instant Lounge Chic
If you have ever experienced the luxe beauty of handmade furniture, then you will understand these pieces are as much art as they are seating.
Nature Honoring Beauty to Wear or Display
Earth-Friendly & Oh So Lovely
Wouldn’t these lovely handmade creations look amazing in a sweet nursery with this mural (amazing as well as a shockingly friendly price!)?
Awakened joyful monkeys sewn with love and a smiley face mouth…oh, goodness…you know lovely, Pepita Calabaza!!!!
DIY in the Same Spirit
In case you’re in the mood to craft a rag doll, be inspired first by this:
and then find the tutorial RIGHT HERE
Hello Lovely, Hand-dyed Fabric
UK finalist TWOMEshop on Etsy creates beautiful, cross-back, linen Japanese aprons by first hand-dying the fabric in Hampshire England.
This finalist also offers her hand-dyed fabrics to photographers and stylists, longing for naturally made textiles to elevate their vignettes and flatlays.
Inspiring Styling With TWOMEshop Creations
In Case You Want to Make a DIY Japanese Pinafore Apron
Creative Collaborations: So Much Eye Candy!
2019 Etsy Award finalist AnimalAristocrats creates handmade digital Renaissance pet portraits to royally thrill their pet loving following even as they preserve precious memories.
How does the process of commissioning a portrait of your pet work? Before going to work in photoshop, Animal Aristocrats asks you to send high resolution photos of your pet to decide on the best shot for the final portrait.
You’ll also work together in determining your pet’s specific quirks and personality details to capture an authentic furry fantasy to honor their belovedness!
Personality Plus Pet Portraits
In Case You Want to Paint: Encaustic Mixed Media DIY
If you have never worked with wax, then you are in for a treat!
Personalized Messages Inside
Unique, personalized, and also a treasured keepsake, these handmade clutches printed with a message inside FROM YOU make a heartwarming gift for a 50th birthday, an anniversary, a bride, or just because.
Etsy Award finalist Fontem creates these beauties from fine Italian leather.
Inventive Decor Creators Shine
How sweet and nostalgic are these wee clay handpainted houses from finalist Maisie Parks Designs?
Imagine a collection from Maisie Parkes Design on a window sill or in a child’s room.
In Case You Want to Make DIY Christmas Ornaments
Swing Into Stylish Storage
It’s easy to see how the trapeze-like ceiling mounted hanging clothes rack by Kroft Studio caught the judges’ attention.
What a breezy and also minimal alternative storage solution. You can also make a more industrial yet still minimal hanging rack here:
Find more lovely Etsy sources for beautiful finds to wear in this fashion over 50 story.
Handmade Ebony Pottery
Inspired by nature, rustic black pottery pieces from makers such as Wurzel Welt Raum bring an organic edginess to modern tablescapes (just in case you crave a taste of cozy autumn wonder around the corner!).
I love the Crafts Manhattan concrete side table with its rugged statement yet feminine curves (I bet it easily wooed judges as well!).
In case you’ve ever wanted to try a concrete DIY, you may love Jenna Sue’s recent tutorial for a lamp HERE and also…
Functional Beauty Standout (And MY FAVORITE FINALIST!)
How amazing is this lovely cat flower tree!?!
Charming & French
Handmade pouches for your makeup, meds, and mini bits, anyone?
These pretty pouch cuties from award finalist, Madame Gustave Couture caught my eye!
Apparently, even beginners can learn to sew a lined zipper pouch!
Awards finalist illo Leather creates well-made stylish bags, clutches, and accessories that may be customized in a color to your liking.
So sophisticated, simple, and chic.
Festive Celebrations: Rocking Romance!
Handmade leather ballet flats from The White Ribbon may be designed for brides to be, but blogging fairies and followers can be smitten by The White Ribbon too!
Oh, what dreams may come on a wedding day in these!
Did I mention metallic?
Speaking of weddings, ever see my ditty about what to wear as well as decor inspo for a wedding shower? A must have treat served at my nephew’s wedding shower was French macarons, and I’m always seeking tips for perfecting my own recipe…check out this tutorial:
Lovely & Handmade Creations
There’s also romance blooming in lovely handmade creations to wear and give from awards finalist Foe and Dear…Hello, Lovely!
One More Earth Friendly Fav!
One glance at this herbarium lovely flower press from Studio Karamelo, and you’ll recognize the beauty blossoming for the judges at Etsy.
Have a moment to read one of my soulful reflections?
Peace to you right where you are.
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