I love me some Etsy. This site is like a huge mall of handcrafts. Not only is the site design among the cleverest I have ever seen (try shopping with the Time Machine 2 - so cool!) but there be treasures there.
Here are some of my favorites:
Pencils! Who woulda thunk that such pretty art could come from slicing up pencils? Jen Maestre is a wild woman with the pencils!
Ceramic jewelry that looks kind of rustic, from Block Party Press.
Rachel Austin's art uses recycled maps as a base. I love its whimsical look.
If you like dessert as much as I do, PukaShell's little creations will make your mouth water. How does she do it?
And then there's Project Grab Bag, turning old cans into pretty earrings.
These are just a few of my favorites among the thousands of Etsy shops. I may never have to buy a gift from the mall again.