Vintage maven Mitzi Curi wants you to skip the big box and chain stores and discover something unique right on her Etsy shop! Mitzi's Collectibles caters to clever folks that are on the hunt for unusual, well-crafted, up-cycled, re-purposed, old-timey treasures.
Kat Goldin's designs offer a fresh look at crochet with vibrant handmade hats, gloves, legwarmers and more, for kids and grownups. Got a crafty person on your Christmas list? Kat's original patterns could be just the thing.
Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess, along with Smile and Wave's Rachel Denbow offer up splendid E-Courses on a variety of subjects, from blogging to photojournaling to home design to sewing. Treat a friend (or yourself!) to a class (or two or three) and start 2013 with a bang.
As photographer Linda Niehoff says, "There's not much difference between a story and a picture. Both are a play of light and shadow, both can be redemptive or tragic, and both can take you somewhere else for a while." Her images are gorgeous, and can be bought in 5x7, 8x10, or in a custom print package. Buy "Waving Weeds" for the nature lover on your Christmas list.
Talented illustrator Laura Clempson is the brains behind the adorably grumpy Clara and her crew. Her shop, Cupcakes for Clara, features delightful paper dolls, stationery, sewing kits, and oodles more. At under £5 ($10) a pop for paper dolls, you'll want pick up a few for the kid (or kid at heart) in your life (don't miss Christmas Clara!).
Natasha Newton is the talented painter, designer and illustrator behind The Blackbird Sings, featuring original contemporary watercolor paintings, illustrations, prints and decorative homewares inspired by nature and mid-century design. For a gift out of the ordinary, don't miss her abstract seedpods collection.
It you're shopping for vintage or handmade jewelry (or both!), start at Rhubarb, where you'll find carefully selected vintage, and artfully crafted handmade designs (that can even be customized) perfect for gifting. Keep an eye on the Not All Those Who Wander wrap bracelet and Vintage Cloisonne Ball Necklace for the boho lass on your list.
Century Farmhouse's handmade soaps are created in an historic 140 year-old log farmhouse that has been in the family’s ownership since the 1880s, located in the lush Kettle Moraine region of southeastern Wisconsin. Created as an homage to a beloved grandmother who crafted her own soaps in a bubbling pot in the back garden, their story is almost as lovely as their products! Don't miss their gift packages, perfect for any lady or gentleman on your Christmas list.
Direct from the Hudson Valley comes Pulp Sushi, handmade by crafty superstar Marilyn P. Sushi! This fun, fresh jewelry is guaranteed to add a bold but classy splash of color to any ensemble. Don't miss this mod little number!
Gypsy Forest Handmade features beautifully crafted organic quilts, hand-dyed play silks (perfect for kids who like to play dress-up), and fantastic, functional aprons, all lovingly made by artist and gypsy Stephinie. Make sure to check out her quilts; you might just find the perfect gift for a loved one, certain to become a family heirloom.