BY Teresa Lu
on Apr 22, 2013
Hey girl, what's your sign? In this starry embroidery workshop lead by Jessica Marquez, maker behind Miniature Rhino and author of Stitched Gifts from Chronicle Books, we'll make personalized zodiac constellations, and learn a handful of stellar stitches.
$12 kit fee includes fabric constellation pattern, practice fabric, embroidery floss, needle, embroidery hoop, and a cotton bag for storing. All signs are available, so you can pick your own sign or make a gift for someone you love. This is a fast, fun project open to all skill levels. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 09, 2013
Headpieces can be a little intimidating, especially if you're not used to changing up your hairstyle often. (I'm usually too lazy to do anything more than blow-dry my hair before leaving the house.) Maybe you, too, own some super cool fascinators but have yet to rock them because of your fear of improperly securing them and then looking like a crazy person when it falls off. BUT NOW we've got this awesome chignon tutorial to give us the perfect hair for any headpiece. This classic 'do provides maximum comfort to keep you from constantly checking a mirror or feeling your head up in worry. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Feb 21, 2013
Author, co-founder of the Huffington Post, and general badass Arianna Huffington sat down for a chat with Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson in a new series called IdeaCraft. Our much-loved friends at Etsy created this internal series to provoke dialogue about great leadership in order to learn from their expertise. Arianna was a clear choice. After writing 13 books, running for governor against Arnold Schwarzenegger, raising two daughters, and, of course, running Huffington Post, Huffington had many wise words to share with the Etsy staffers. Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Feb 08, 2013
Engineering is a male dominated profession. Etsy is a website where you can get a personalized monogram necklace or a boob pillow. Now Etsy is making these two worlds collide by making a concerted effort to hire more female engineers in order to reflect its 67% female demographic. According to The Atlantic Wire, the popular retail site was dismayed to find that, despite its emphasis on hiring more women, there were only four women on their staff of eighty-five. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jan 31, 2013
February is upon us and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We know that nothing shows that you care more than a gift made with your nimble fingers. That’s why Miniature Rhino’s tutorial on creating your very own nifty message in a bottle is perfect for this lovey-dovey season. But what makes this idea even more awesome is that it doesn’t have to be lovey. You can write any message you want, making it a suitable surprise for your best friend, significant other, mom, cousin, grandma, etc, etc, etc. Read More
These rap and R&B votive candles from Chicago-based artist Meaghan Garvey are my current Etsy obsession. Paying tribute to a variety of artists both dead and alive, they make for conversation-starting decorations that both celebrate and poke fun at the idea of extreme fandom. I love them all, but the woman who belongs front and center on my R&B altar is Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, for four reasons:
She was a safe-sex advocate. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Dec 24, 2012
Like many of my underemployed and vintage-loving peers, I spend a somewhat absurd amount of time and money on Etsy. Whenever I’m in need of a one-of-a-kind gift, keepsake, or outfit, this vintage and handmade marketplace is always where I begin my search.
Never do I appreciate Etsy more than during the holidays. The site is a veritable treasure trove of unique gifts and fabulous holiday ensembles. And the fact that I can do my eclectic/vintage holiday shopping from my couch rather than the teeming hell pit that is Midtown at Christmas? Priceless. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 28, 2012
For adorable, vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories with a twist, look no further than With Care. Created by Rhode Islander Elizabeth Novak, With Care is an Etsy shop that includes items like place-themed souvenir rings and lockets, nautical necklaces, Victorian-inspired perfume pins, and more.
Many of With Care’s pieces are vintage-inspired, with an edge — the collar bar will take you back to the Mad Men era but the Virgin Mary charm attached to it? You’d never see Don Draper wearing one of those. Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 19, 2012
What’s with fan conventions and sexual harassment? Is it the general vibe of cosplay (short for costume play) that makes dudes animalistic in their horniness? They really just can’t control themselves around women with some cleavage and bodysuits?
When a female cosplayer publicly called out her sexual harasser as it happened on video at this year’s New York Comic Con, the crowd responded with silent disbelief. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 15, 2012
Fall! It’s the worst. My skin feels like newspaper, I can’t find my house keys in the early-evening darkness, and pumpkin-flavored things make me want to die. Really.
If you, too, would rather be schvitzing at the beach than shivering in layers of tweed, here are a couple treats to make it through this gnarly season.
Lush Oatifix Soothing Banana Mask, $6.95
Blustery early-October breezes are the stuff of romance for many fall-oholics, but they also turn my face into a peely, cracky, and painful mess. Read More