Etsy Schmetsy: Stay Gold, Ponyboy.

There’s something about gold. I’m not sure if it’s the brightness of the color, the sheen of the metal, or the cheer that either brings. For this week’s Schmetsy, we give a shout out to all things golden.




Row 1: Good Boy Golden Ring by Fleathers; Tea for One Print by yumiyumi; Golden Urban Set of 5 Rings by AurumJewelry

Row 2: Early Golden Bantam Heirloom Organic Corn Seed by Thebearfootshaman; Buddy Holly Print by modernanthem; Upcycled Tray by thecatalog

Row 3: Soleil Cowl Merino Wool and Cashmere Neckwarmer by TickledPinkKnits; Handy Tools Earrings by dobleele; Kinies Classic Goldenrod Bag by Kinies

Row 4: Be Wise Be Handy Vintage Owl Magnifying Glass Necklace by soradesigns; Golden Delicious Print by amandakindregan; Golden Yellow Baby Girl Felt Booties by sunflowerexpress

Etsy Schmetsy: Ooky Schpooky



O, October! Ookiest of months! As Halloween draws near, here’s an assortment of goods from the dark side of etsy (actually it gets much darker, but regretsy schmetsy this ain’t).

Row 1: Stuffed “Hattie” mummy by tinymonsterSpooky embroidery scissors and thread winder by cheswickcompanyGoth hair bow by CutieDynamite

Row 2: Branches metallic photo by RaceytayTor t-shirt by classichorrorsBrain in a cauldron soap by WashableArt

Row 3: Dia de los Muertos mask by MasquefaireThey Live pinhole sunglasses by dressyourwoundsWinged kitten necklace by AnomalyJewelry

*If you don’t know who Tor is, watch Plan 9 or more enjoyably Ed Wood. If you don’t know why They Live sunglasses are hilarious, perhaps you should watch the amazingly bad fight scene about them from the middle of the movie. And if you don’t understand what a winged cat has to do with halloween, hush now.

Etsy Schmetsy: Etsysaurus Schmex!

This week’s Schmetsy pays tribute to a group that is somehow simultaneously terrifying and lovable: dinosaurs!




Row 1: The Kid’s Table Archival Fine Art Print by WildLifePrints; T-Rex Dinosaur Print by berkleyillustration; RAWR 2 Fine Art Print by UrbanPinkPhotography

Row 2: Jurassic Dinosaur Terrarium by terradctl; Dino Hunting – Dinosaur on Plaque by Jadesun; Hanging Pterodactyl Necklace by BrainsandBeauty

Row 3: Handmade Felted Brontosaurus by FeltedFriends; Ruzgar the Pterodactyl Wool Felt Plush Doll by nonesuchgarden; The First Thanksgiving Original Collage by unusualcards

Row 4: T.Rex Organic Maple Wood Teether by littlealouette; Dinoclasm Passport Case by Mikeatron for Tinymeat; Dinosaur Toy Necklace by pinkavenger

Etsy Schmetsy: Tweeder

Autumn is upon us (mind you, in San Francisco that mostly means delightfully summer days, but I digress) and in New York it’s Fashion Week. Time to put away summer’s lightweight casuals and pull out the warmer, dressier heavy hitters. I am talking about woolen tweed, which in the world of handmade crafts has been reinvented from stuffily professorial – the stuff of John Hodgman and Rupert Giles – to adorable and flirty.




Row One  : :  Wool cloche by lizarietz : :  The Delivery Pack by Sketchbook : :  Deer brooch by shopJoliette

Row Two  : :  corduroy and tweed reversible spats by merrybe : :  wool/cashmere/silk cowl by breadandroses2 : :   “the roaring fire” upcycled pillow by emmadear

Row Three  : :  Bon Bon and Belchick (tweed woodland squirrels in love) by sleepyking : :  upcycled scarf by HTandH : : wool wrap coat by 13threads

Row Four  : :  Recycled suits messenger bag by RumahKampung : :  Handmade Journal by Highland Books : :  travel cape by daintythings

Etsy Schmetsy: Fantastic Mr. Fox

We have featured foxes before, but there are so many fabulous foxy finds, that we felt they warranted another look; we hope you agree!

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Row 1: enormouschampion; TeeShirtGnome; DogDaemona
Row 2: Cabin; deebeale
Row 3: dandyrions; michellechangjewelry; erinf115
Row 4: lulubugjewelry; MishaMakes; bbel

Esty Schmetsy: Succulents, Terrariums and Air Plants, oh my

We’re pleased to share, Design des Troy cards will soon be available in two more stores. One is San Francisco-via-Brooklyn handmade supershop Rare Device, and the other is Portland, Oregon shop Pigeon Toe Ceramics. Lisa Jones of Pigeon Toe makes deliciously exquisite planters and pots (you can buy them at Rare Device, among other shops, and one is featured here in the bottom row), which helped inspired this week’s Schmetsy about the mysterious beauty of succulents and air plants.

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Row 1: DarriellesClayArt; weegreenspot; TortoiseLovesDonkey
Row 2: SucculentsGalore; mudpuppy
Row 3: VivaFlora; PigeonToeCeramics; tohold

Etsy Schmetsy: Nursery Prints

My sister’s friend needed recommendations for prints for her baby girl’s room. I thought that sounded like an excellent idea for an Etsy Schmetsy, so, here you go Lisa.

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Row 1: KidsHaus; darlingclementine; JasonHillDesign
Row 2: moirama; minkeeprints; jlabieni
Row 3: eighthourday; strawberryluna
Row 4: petitcollage; beethings; wonting

We know it can be difficult to sort through the huge selection of handmade stuff on Etsy, so if like Lisa you’d like our help selecting, or if there is a Schmetsy you’d like to see, please let us know. you can comment below, or send us an email. Click here to see all of the past Schmetsy.

Etsy Schmetsy: Go, Cats!

Most of us Experts are cat fanciers (and lovers of fancy cats), so here’s an homage to our feline friends. Love a cat, people!

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Row 1: Fluffy Kitten Print by animalsincolor; Silver Origami Kitty Earrings by AllegroArts; Cat Girl Gold Pendant Necklace by kerenasaf

Row 2: SnuggyLuggage Vintage Upcycled Repurposed Suitcase Pet Bed by ThePopStopsHere; Retro Modern Pet Bed by likekittysville; Kitten Awesome Pocket Journal by nowvember

Row 3 (Rings): I’m All Ears – The White Kitten Ring by TheGoldenPlague; Ine Ring – Feline by HouseofJanis; Kitty Gentleman Ring by soradesigns

Row 4: Nest of Kittens by edisonrex; Keyboard Cat Embroidery by RachelMckay; Cat Disguise Felt Pin by hanaletters

Row 5 (Cat Hats!): Pet Party Hat by xmoonbloom; Pharaoh the Cat by shan329; Meow-La-La Mini Wool Classic Beret by ToScarboroughFair

Etsy Schmetsy: Comic-con

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So Comic-Con was last weekend, and though I couldn’t go, I was riveted to the news that came in. Comics aren’t just for geeks like me anymore, as the movies based on them and influenced them dominate the theaters and are starting in on television. This week on the ‘schmetsy: inspired by the films inspired by the comics.

Row 1: The slit throat choker from Burlesquers (on sale!) would make a fantastic zombie accessory, as would the “I heart brains” necklace from beatblack. Inspired (loosely) by the upcoming AMC show The Walking Dead, which I couldn’t be more excited about: smart long-form zombie narrative on the network that brings us Mad Men.

Row 2: this delightful raven vase from laurawallstaylor and vintage rainbow bridge bookplates from oiseaux relate to the iconography of Thor (Odin’s ravens flank his crazy gilt glitz throne; the rainbow bridge to Asgard I am only hoping with show up in the film). And while I’m interested in Kenneth Branaugh’s take on this film, I was even more excited to learn Joss Whedon is now going to be in charge of the Avengers movie which will be following a year later!

Row 3: Cowboys vs. Aliens. Daniel Craig vs Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford playing a bad guy. Jon Favreau directing, in the vein of John Ford. Ok, enough gushing. How perfect is this print of cowboys and cowgirls shooting space invaders by morrisetsy? He has a whole series in that retro colorscheme. Or this Space Invaders-themed western shirt by mydumpbear — totally my style of geekery.

Row 4: Last but not least, pursemaker farfallagialla is so smart to have made some really nice Ramona Flowers bags in advance of when the film of (my personal favorite graphic novel series ever) Scott Pilgrim arrives. Not only is Ramona the love interest that Scott Pilgrim must fight a league of seven evil exes to date, but her rad purse actually features into the plot a few times, and contains a subspace tunnel. This high-quality reproduction is definitely the go-to bag of the season!

Etsy Schmetsy: Bonjour!

Tonight marks the fifth in a six-week French class that Jessica and I are taking. As you might expect, five weeks has not been enough time to become fluent, but we are enjoying learning something new. So in honor of French class, and of Bastille Day — which was last week — we bring you a little French-flavored Schmetsy. Voilà !

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Row 1: StoriesDivinations; MacaronParlour; plastique
Row 2: tinatarnoff; mimileephotography
Row 3: studiokmo; letterpress

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