Here’s what I got my boyfriend this year. I ordered both items from two of my favorite Etsy sellers, whom I wrote about in this post last week.
I’ve recently become obsessed with Etsy. I’m sure everybody knows about Etsy by now, but in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s a website where individuals can sell handmade products and vintage finds. There is also a way to only view local products, so that you can support artisans from your area. I love the idea of directly supporting artisans, and in return getting one-of-a-kind items. It was really hard to narrow this list down to 10 shops because I have so many favorites. Some of these sellers listed below I have actually ordered from, and others I’ve just been admiring for awhile.
Click the photos to be linked to each seller’s Etsy page.
1. Jenna Rose: sewn items with original screenprinting
2. Odette New York: jewelry
3. Erin Flett: screenprinted pillows with nature-inspired designs
4. One Clay Bead: ceramics
5. Portland General Store: men’s grooming products
6. Small Adventure: illustrated paper products and artwork
7. For Strange Women: natural perfumes
8. Rocky Top Soap Shop: soaps & salves
9. Woodland Belle: jewelry with a woodland theme
10. Leah Goren: scarves, accessories, apparel
Pinterest has been my go-to website for keeping track of my favorite style, design, recipes, etc, and I have also made a lot of discoveries of new things there. I recently made an account for Rusticity, so check it out by clicking the photo below. I’m happy to send you an invite (Pinterest is invite-only) so just leave me a comment with your email address if you’d like an invitation.
Please bear with me while I figure out the design and layout of my blog. I have been blogging since 2008, and I have had two blogs in the past, Organic Joy (green lifestyle blog) and VioletMoss (makeup blog). Both of them had very specific themes, so I found myself feeling a little confined by them, and I ended up quitting in 2011 when I got too busy to keep up with regular posting. Since then, I’ve been itching to share so many ideas with the blogging community, and started craving a creative outlet again.
I chose to name my blog rusticity because I have always been enamored with the richness of rustic life. I grew up on an island in Maine, so the country mouse in me has always daydreamed about woodlands, the ocean, farms, etc. Living in cities including Boston, London, Florence, and Denver has made me appreciate nature even more, and I was always excited to visit home in the country. I have since settled in a New England town where I feel right at home. Finally, I have a “big girl” house where I can decorate, garden, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.