Friday, October 21, 2011

Etsy - Keeping you in touch with yourself and others

I quickly found a theme betwixt and between the three shops I reviewed this week: paper and communication. Paper crafts, greeting cards and handmade journals...the connection was immediately obvious and one that I love.

How impersonal emails are when you get a million of them a day. How out of touch we can be with ourselves when our own hand is no more involved in writing our journey than tapping on a keyboard! Paper has always fixed this. Being of the "older generation", I love the smell of paper, the personal touch of holding something written by someone else. Fascinated with calligraphy after my sister sent me something written in the flowery script, I taught myself the mysterious art when I was 12. Much later I wrote the lyrics to my and my future husband's favorite song in calligraphy and gave it to him as a present. Knowing it has always been a special gift that is made even more precious by how little it is used today.

So, please peruse these samplings from these wonderful shops. The prices are right - treat yourself to a special gift of communication that will be remembered.

Slim Leather Journal, Embossed, Hand-Bound,
4.5 x 6 Journal - 64 Pages - by The Orange Windmill

Grinning Pumpkin, Halloween Greeting Card,
Blank Inside by Empty on the Inside

Blue, Green, and Turquoise Hummingbird Hello Card
by Creativity Bugs

More links for these vendors:

TheOrangeWindmill -

EmptyOnTheInside -
Facebook page:

Creativity Bugs -

We are all members of a great Etsy shop owner’s support team called BESTeam (Boosting Etsy Shops Team). We support each other’s Etsy shops with intense social networking and promotion of each other on our Facebook, Twitter and Blog ‘sites. Want an article written about YOUR shop each and every week? Want to write about others and support their creative efforts, thus Paying it Forward? Then get on over to the team page, visit the team blog or forum and see if you can keep up with us. If you are the BEST, we want you on our team!


  1. Great post, Kristine! I love the personal touch you've included and what a fantastic connection between shops. Thanks for including my pumpkin card!

    Dough, Dirt & Dye

  2. great theme. I also miss the "old" days, but my handwriting is atrocious so I'm sure that others are glad that I type now. lol

  3. Thanks for the wonderful post! We have made sure to send a twitter and FB post to share it.

    Sue & Sandy