My Arts Stimulus Package

I remember hearing some conversation last week about Obama's economic stimulus package including funding for the NEA.  I don't know what happened with that funding, and that's not the point of this post.  The point is that I have recently become a fan of Etsy, and I just want to make sure you all know about it.  It's an online site to buy and sell handmade goods, sort of like a craft fair that's always on. Like any craft fair, some of the stuff on offer is junk, but there are also beautiful items and real gems. It's a great place to buy gifts, and I'm happy to support artists who are trying to make a living (or even a little extra money) at their craft. It can be overwhelming to start, since there is so much to see. I really recommend taking advantage of their "connections" tools--find an artist you like, then find out who they like, etc. My current favorite shops are "tollipop" and "ouou"--both have some of the sweetest prints you'll ever see. (Note--I had trouble linking to Etsy, so these links take you to their websites/blogs, *not* to etsy.  But you can see their work, and then go to Etsy yourself to buy!) 

And, on another note, my brother just got here for a week long visit, and he's already taken some great photos. Once I'm a little more technically proficient, I'll try to post a couple of my favorites. In the meantime, check them out here.


Jennie said...

Just have to tell you that I am absolutely addicted to etsy as well (who couldn't be?) and was very happy to see your shout-out - good call! Hope all is well with you three - miss you!

Sonja Likumahuwa said...

Holy cow! What gorgeous photos!! Thanks, Chip! --Sonja

P.S. loved the ones with Finn in his Steelers tee....here we go!