And the nominees are

I started this Etsy Besties contest for a couple of reasons.

One, I wanted to find some hidden gems I didn’t know about. I love finding new special little places where I can find the perfect gift/decoration/piece of inspiration.

And two — and most importantly — because I love creativity.

I love people who pursue it, who aren’t afraid to try it, who believe in it, who know that creativity is not just about being good at some sort of art — but about using the gifts God gave you to make the world better: words, songs, poems, a family, a story, a garden, a prayer.

One of the first posts I ever wrote on this blog was called, “The practice of creativity.” And in it, I said:

We may not all be eloquent wordsmiths or master painters. We may not all be able to write beautiful symphonies or choreograph elaborate theater productions. But in our own way, woven deeply into our unique talents, we were all given the innate ability to create something profound – something that, small or big, could change the world.

I like the courage and passion of the shop owners I’ve discovered on Etsy. I like that a stay-at-home-mama is taking her sewing hobby to the next level. That a craftsman Dad is making wooden toys in his garage. And that creative souls everywhere have a platform to do what they love — and hey, maybe make a living doing it.

The polls open up on Monday where we’ll be able to vote for the “Bestie” in each category. But really — they’re all great. Readers have nominated them because their creations made a 3-year-old smile, a family portrait session successful, a grandmother cry happy tears.

Please check them out, support them, vote for them on Monday — and mostly, be inspired by them. We’re all creative souls. We all have a gift to give the world.

If there’s a store you’d like to nominate, there’s still time. Just comment here!

The nominations so far:

For baby:

Jenna Bee’s Paper Creations: “Baby mobiles: unique, modern, custom. For boys and girls!”

Sew Cute AZ: “Best Selling Car Seat Cover on Etsy!”

Ruby Love Designs: “Modern Baby Memory Books.”

Aunt Bucky: “Modern Crib + Twin Bedding — and apparel.”

The Pat-a-Cake Baby: “Modern designs for the classic baby.”

 

Children’s clothing and accessories:

Sprinkled with Sparkle: “Give your sweetie some sparkle with my handmade headbands, tutus, and other accessories.”

Superkid Capes: “We specialize in adventure making.”

Pitter Patter Shop: “Pitter Patter Shop was started after I spontaneously made some booties to match my children’s Christmas jammies.”

Flower Bucket Boutique: “Trendsetting accessories and more.”

Just Josie: “Handmade accessories and photography props.”

Sherbert Baby: “Original Sassy Pants Ruffle Diaper Covers Bloomers.”

Moore Baby Clothing: “Ruffles And Bows.”

Chicaboo: “Started initially as a line of hair accessories for infants and toddlers & has grown beyond hairclips to include headbands, hats, tutus, pettiskirts, rompers and adorable accessories for your little one!”

Fluffy Girl Boutique: “All my clothes are professionally finished. I use quality fabrics.”

Sweet Pea Toad: “Unique handmade hats.”

Sweet KM: “Sweet. Simple. Handmade.”

The Measure: “Clothes for wandering and for coming home.”

Culpeper General: “Grow babies grow! Custom clothes.”

The Wishing Elephant: “Handmade Baby Clothes and Costumes.”

 

Children’s Gifts:

SaintlySilver: “The original Saint Softie! I’m an independent Catholic artist designing quality gifts to comfort and remind one of their faith.”

Happy Handmade by Jess: “Custom crochet creatures.”

Mama May I: “Handmade Montessori, and Waldorf Inspired Educational Learning Toys.”

Tweet Toys: “Sweet things for sweet kids.”

Doreen’s Baby Boutique: “Quilts and custom baby gift sets.”

Created by Laurie: “Handmade Custom Stuffed Animals.”

Little Sapling Toys: “Modern, natural and organic wooden toys.”

Make It Personal Monograms: “I specialize in monogramming and applique. Let me customize an adorable gift just for you!”

 

Gifts for every age:

Rosie Posie Designs: “Perfect unique personalized designs for hostess, teacher, coaches, bridesmaid, wedding, birthdays, anniversary, showers, sorority and Christmas gifts or something just for you!”

As Unique as You: “Here you will find unique gifts and treasures hand crafted with you in mind.”

Maddie Bee’s: “Camera accessories, handmade clothes and more.”

Michigan Scents: “Fabulous candles and tarts made with all natural soy wax.”

CRAP: “All the left over stuff that would be thrown out, we (bananaknits) and (craft brewer) make into art, bags, wallets and other useable items. We take stuff that would be CRAP and turn it into stuff that is not CRAP.”

Whitties Knitties: “A shop featuring a little something for everyone.”

Jennie Gee: “Keep Calm project bags.”

TAC Designs: “Handmade pouches and accessories.”

Yes Jess Knits: “Handmade in Brooklyn, NY.”

Branda: “Hand-knitted accessories.”

La Alicia: “Recycled Accessories.”

sewZinski: “Eco Friendly Hand Painted Ceramics & Accessories.”

Rory Unraveled: “My name is Carly and I make raggy quilts.”

Shaped Expressions: “Fancy ‘Funk’tional Frames.”

Winsome & Green Skin Care: “Natural Organic Herbal Beauty.”

 

Art & Photography

Elly MacKay: “Prints from Elly MacKay: wonders from a world inside a paper theater — as seen in Oprah Magazine.”

Bee Things: “Handmade, limited edition screen printed works on paper.”

Art Wall Project: “Our goal is to make the most beautiful decals and reach as many people possible to help them create an environment that is inviting and great to look at.”

MWB Studios: “Quality works in wood.”

Eye Poetry Photography: “Fine art photography by Irene Suchocki.”

Squier: “Fine Art & Design.”

Jillian Rene Decor: “Button Art, Decorative Pillows & More.”

The Love Shop: “Beautiful modern typography art prints to inspire you!”

The Wheatfield: “Creations inspired by simple & sweet country pleasures.”

 

Party time:

The Paper Cupcake: “The Paper Cupcake offers custom designed printable partyware and other custom paper goods.”

Stitchinnetka: “Personalized party banners, wish flags and other unique personalized gifts.”

TS Cookies: “Truly scrumptious cookies.”

Vintage Confections: “Beautiful, customized lollipops.”

 

Women’s clothing and accessories:

Xtabay Vintage: “Established in 2001, Xtabay has become a destination for people looking for high end, designer and hard to find vintage clothing for women.”

Made with Love by Hannah: “Delightfully original hand screen printed skirts and much more.”

Maybe the White Dog: “Handmade hats, scarves & other treasures.”

Banglewood Supplies: “Unfinished Wood Bangles and Rings by Banglewood Craft.”

Misty Aurora: “Handmade jewelry and accessories.”

Sentimental Squirrel: “Cuteness 4 sale: earrings, necklaces and buttons.”

Garter’s by Lori: “For brides, costume and for fun, of course.”

The House of Hemp: “Handmade scarves, jewelry and more.”

Tickled Pink Knits: “Fine Knit Accessories, Clothing & Wearable Fiber Art.”

The Generation: “Eco-Friendly Handmade Vegan Shoes & Bridal Flats.”

1AEON: “Hand silkscreened t-shirts and more.”

Twin Syndrome: “High-rise panties.”

Knit Nicole Knit: “Hand Knit Accessories and Fun Earrings”

Precocious: “Headbands that are so comfortable you forget you’re wearing them.”

Boo and Boo Factory: “Handmade Geometric Leather Jewelry Inspired by Color.”

Dear Golden: “Curated vintage shop.”

Grace and Lace Co: “Made with grace and lace.”

BFriend: “Bracelets by Monika.”

 

*Voting opens Monday, October 8, 2012. There will be a category winner and an overall Etsy Bestie 2012 winner. We’ll also have some special featured offers listed for select stores!

4 Comments

  1. hey lauren! thanks for hosting this – there are many, many great sellers nominated here! a great idea, so happy to be included. thank you for being a platform for etsy artists and makers to further their recognition in the creative community! happy voting! <3

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