Friday, December 28, 2007

Etsy Featured Shop: LadyArtisan

Eva Buchala, the woman behind the Etsy shop LadyArtisan, works with polymer clay to create a variety of items, primarily blank journals with sculpted covers. She also makes art dolls and smaller items. Her favorite items to create are the journals, as she enjoys every aspect of the process of making a book. The books she creates are works of art in and of themselves, and allow the recipient to fill the interior pages with art of their own, whether in the form of drawings or words.

Eva is glad to make custom journals for her customers, and can make these in a variety of sizes. She also maintains two blogs: one for bookbinding and one for sculpting. In addition to her Etsy site, you can also see her work at her website.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Etsy Featured Shop: ErinLillies

Heather Donahue of ErinLillies creates one of a kind and limited edition jewelry items. She uses a variety of techniques and styles in her jewelry making, including many chainmail pieces, and a number of more simple designs.

Whether you are looking for a bracelet, a necklace, a pair of earrings, or an anklet, ErinLillies has a number of options to fit what you want. Heather's husband does woodworking, and her shop offers a few of his pieces alongside her jewelry.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Etsy Featured Shop: BirdApparel

Bird Apparel is the creation of Toronto-based seller Anita Condron. Anita makes women's clothing in knit fabrics. While many of the colors and styles are simple and understated, she also uses bright fabrics and interesting lines for a number of her pieces. Anita learned her love of sewing and fabric from her grandparents, who were a tailor and a seamstress. She also studied fashion design, and is certainly a seamstress in her own right.

In addition to Anita's Etsy shop, her clothing is also available in several brick & mortar stores in Canada. Her favorite items to make are dresses, but she is willing to make items from her shop in different sizes or colors, depending on your preferences. You can also see her work at

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Etsy Featured Shop: AurynDesign

(Author's note: Due to my own hectic schedule, I haven't been able to write the article-length pieces that I had been writing previously. However, I still have time to write brief features about Etsy shops, so here is the first of those. Enjoy!)

AurynDesign, the Etsy shop of Heather Hyatt, offers jewelry with a modern and Asian flair. Heather uses Japanese washi and chiyogami papers to create some of her beautiful pendants and earrings. She also uses sumi-e painting techniques for other pieces.

This Washi Geometry Pendant is just one of the pieces in her shop that really appeals to me, with the bright colors and bold lines. Other pieces may have a more subtle design to them, and are gorgeous in their simplicity. AurynDesign offers items that will appeal to nearly any aesthetic sensibility.