Friday, September 7, 2012

An Etsy Hallowe'en

As most know, I am an Etsy addict. Part of my purpose on this planet is to share the creativity, fun and occasional twistedness that resides within artists and crafters who share their goods with the world, making it a bit more beautiful and bizarre. So in the spirit of Hallowe'en, that holiday that lives on at my house year-round, I wanted to feature 13 Etsy shops (more to come later) whose crafty goodness grabbed my attention and needed to be shared with all of you.

I have included a picture from each shop after a short description and link directly to their Etsy home. Please keep in mind that all images are the property of the respective shops and are just the tip of the dark, spooky iceberg. At the end I am also including a link to a group of artists I absolutely adore. Many of them have been kind enough to wander past my blog, share it with others, share their thoughts and allowed me to feature their work more indepth. The Etsy Dark Team features 384 of the most fabulous crafters, seamstresses, creators and artists over whose work I have had the pleasure of sighing, drooling (in a ladylike manner, of course) and splurging when the budget allows. I encourage you to check them out and get lost wandering their shops and reading about the individuals behind the delights.

Now to the first 13: (Isn't that such a lovely number?)

Aberrant Affixments -
Wonderfully macabre vintage-inspired stickers, labels, stationery and other Old Time Hallowe’en goodies.  A very splurge-worthy shop.

The Gingerbread Shoppe -
Homey décor, handpainted signs and garden goodies for all seasons.

The Dusty Raven -
Vintage art created from discarded items and wire art. Fantastic spider webs that will last for ages, yard art, bird houses and other treats guaranteed to add character to any haunted homestead.

Dahlia House Studios -
Gorgeous art, photography art and jewelry featuring the beauty of nature and this old crow’s favourite time of year.

Farm Field Primitives -
Scented blacked beeswax ornaments and primitive-style dolls and décor perfect for this time of year. This little smiling guy won my heart.

Minks Paperie -
Silhouettes, paper art and amazingly detailed luminaries to lend a warm, yet macabre air to any Hallowe’en décor.

Primigram -
I don’t even know where to start. If it’s papery, scented, fabric and hand-stitched or glows from within an old jar, it is here. The nod to old Salem is a wonderful touch and the dolls are adorable.

Kasket Kustoms -
One of my favourite shops for Day of the Dead and Hallowe’en-inspired jewelry and trinkets.  Creepy and Cute both reside here.

Swamp Water Primitives -
Another fabulous primitive art shop with all manner of things hand-sewn, aged and stuffed. These goodies absolutely scream “cabin in the woods” in the spookiest sense.

Sandra ArteagA -
Paperdolls and handcrafted trinkets. This Spanish artist has “disturbingly adorable” quite literally down to an art. Even the pastries have faces! One would never want to eat them, but may fear being eaten BY them.
Old Goat Primitives -
Yep! Another primitive art shop. After all, what says Autumn, cozy, cuddly and Hallowe’en creepy like handmade, antiqued one-of-a-kind decorations? From witches to candy corn and a touch of Americana.

Jojos Bootique -
Serious Cuteness warning here. The specialty here is knitted baby/newborn caps in the shapes of everything from pumpkins to reindeer, but what really caught my eye were the wonderful Witches’ hats decorations. Each little ornate hat comes on a stand to be showcased and adored.

Decor Classic Florals -
I did not forget the importance of a good wreath. My front door never goes without some form of dead foliage spilling forth to startled the postman and confuse hummingbirds. The Black Hat Society wreath is a must-see.

And now for that link I promised you:

And if you do stop by, check out The Moonlight Muse and tell her I said Hi.

Now off with you. Go shop, get ideas, embellish your hauntings and get lost in the fun. And always remember to support small business, encourage creativity and if you know of a shop on or off Etsy that you would like to see featured here, please let me know.

Keep it Spooky.. and be warned... only 53 days until Hallowe'en!!

1 comment:

  1. That little winged skull is a lot like the images one finds on old tombstones in Scotland! I'd get him as a souvenir.