I first discovered Etsy and the whole business of buying (and selling) handmade online nearly 3 years ago now. Since then, I have done a fair amount of buying as well as selling and I though you might like to check out some of my favourite shops.
The first seller I am going to show you is RoseLullabyDolls. I first came across her on Etsy but she has a shop on Folksy too. Her shops are full of her handmade puppets, each with their own individual personality. I fell in love with Alice - isn't she lovely?
I have a confession - I bought her as a gift for a friend but in the end I couldn't bear to part with her...
A shop where I could quite happily buy everything is HodgePodgeArts on Etsy. If you belong to any sort of art or textile group there is almost always a moment when work is being shown and you think 'I wish I had made that' - I feel like that about this whole shop! At Christmas I treated myself to set of ceramic hearts - I love them!
And last but not least is Beau Papier, a fabulous UK based vintage shop on Etsy. I am not always a big fan of vintage (it's my age - what's vintage now is the stuff I didn't want when I was younger!) but I couldn't resist these buttons, complete with their own box (and I'm not old enough to remember when these were in everyday use!)
Look, there are even some teeny tiny dorset buttons - brilliant!
Of course, there are loads more great shops I haven't featured - if I have bought something from you but you're not here, don't worry, I have loved every single one of my purchases!