What did we do before ETSY?

Artwork for a tv show is tricky.   And by tricky i mean ugly, bad, hotel art.  I mean, you can’t even call it ‘art.’ You could call it ‘stuff to put on walls so it doesn’t look empty’.  

Well, welcome to my biggest pet peeve, wait, styling shelving with empty bins is my biggest tv pet peeve, and bowls of green apples randomly on a coffee table is up there, too.  Anyway, I’m a huge fan and user of ETSY,  and I thought i’d highlight some of my favorites that i’ve been buying for the show (with subsequent permission).  

I’m also starting a ‘where i’m shopping’ tab above and all my favorite resources (LA, vintage, online, big box, web-sites and etsy artists that i love will all be included on there….slowly, so keep checking back…and i’ll update when i find new artists and stores…as i do love a ton, so if i’ve forgotten you or your store or you think i’d like you or your store please email through the contact form to remind me).  

I tweeted about this last week, but man i just got it in the mail and i’m obsessed:

And this guy, one of my favorites:

They are handmade pieces, of simple perfect paper hearts.  They are customizeable (which i did for a family member and a client) where she writes with a pencil either on the hearts or on the bottom of the piece.  And then i bought one for me because i couldn’t live another day without paper heart art (as i have a thing for hearts and paper art).  And they are framed beautifully.  Don’t be scared that it ships from Europe, i got mine in 10 days.  

The company is called Sarah&Bendrix, and you can buy them on etsy, here.  And you should.  Guaranteed a happier life. 

The BigHarumph

Adorable letterpress posters.  I just got one and the quality is high and the colors are super saturated.

Buy them on ETSY here.    Some of their quote posters are pretty great, too.

Next up:

Linda Donohue:

original abstracts that i think are super beautiful.  Ethereal.  happy.

Check out her etsy shop, here.

MoxieDoll.  Happy, adorable little pieces of love.  There is something about embroidery art (and paper art) that somehow seems more approachable to me than others.  I think it reminds me of my years and years as an obsessive crafter.  College was spent reading books, writing papers (despite my lack of respect of capitalization, spelling and grammar, i actually did get an english degree), but i also watched Felicity and crafted – collaging, mosaic-ing, sewing…so these kinds of pieces of art remind me of my potential (that sounded dark, but since i can’t paint worth squat somehow these seem more like me).

I know.  Ridiculous.  And totally well priced.  What a good good gift.  (hint, hint)

And she has a ton more.  And she’s from Portland.  Shop here for MoxiDoll’s other pieces of happiness.

Tracey Kafka, super pretty afforable abstracts:

I just commissioned Tracy to do one for the show – basically i gave her a color palette and she sent me something perfect.  I’m pretty sure she’s open to doing this, so if you see something that you love but in colors that don’t work for you, ask her.  You’ll see her piece in episode 9 of season 2.  Buy Tracy’s work here

Laura A Miss

Its stitched canvas art and its ridiculously cute.  I want this one bad (keep meaning to buy for the show, might just need to buy for me).

And this one i  want for my future kids room.  So happy.  See more Here.

Pajamasnpaintbrushes.  Tractors aren’t a normal obsession, but i think these paintings are visually super appealing and great for a little boys room:

Right? there is something tough and sweet about them that makes me want to hug them.  Buy them here.

Black Daisy Blue:

Yes i have a thing for blue abstracts.  So sue me.  Although i wouldn’t recommend it.  you can’t exactly win a case against somebody who likes blue paintings.  Just a thought.  

oh and one more abstract by LorieMarie that i used in a beach house, so cute

I just installed this guy in a clients house…they were from the mid-west and while its kinda cold they loved it.  I think it was crazy inexpensive, too. like under $30 or $40, i don’t remember.

Cute, right.  See the other work here, by Thirteen13creations

THen this guy makes me smile:

I mean.  That’s pretty happy.  have you ever seen a bird with a french fry? those fools be crazy happy.  and i understand, birds, i do. No one, NO ONE likes french fries more than i do.  Sometimes (often) for lunch i order a salad to look cool and healthy, with a side of fries, and then depending on how good the salad is often i just eat a side of fries.  Yup.  Because they are very, very delicious.  I just feel bad for birds that they don’t have ketchup.  although, what if they do? if i was  a smart bird that wanted to get rich i would totally invent ketchup and set up shop near a burger joint.  Thats my new skinny margarita idea.  become a bird, invent ketchup for birds and make 120 million dollars.  or seeds.  as i’m assuming that birds pay with seeds.  wait, that’s boring.  i don’t like seeds. new idea. 

Buy that print here.  

Being that i have a thing for peacocks (well birds in general, see above rant about birds and french fries) i’m super attracted to this guy:

I think I ordered this, but i havent’ gotten it yet. i could be wrong. i go on these crazy etsy sprees and forget what i actually payed for.  But i love it. Buy her here.  by FauxKiss

That’s about it for now.  I am accepting sponsorships starting last week, so if any of you artists want to buy an affordable space email lana@stylebyemilyhenderson.com.  Spaces are filling up, but i would love to be able to promote and work with all y’all.  (none of the above artists are sponsors – as far as i know – they are just who i love and wanted to give a good old fashion independent shout out).


  1. anna

    before etsy? I spent alot more time actually work at work ;)
    The The BigHarumph has the cutest "there are no monsters in the closet" print!
    thanks for sharing!

  2. I have been shopping with Etsy for years now. LOVE the handmade movement!!

  3. Ha. "Etsy Sprees." I totally understand. Then they're like little presents that just keep showing up in the mail at random times ;-)

  4. That bird poster made me smile….and crave fries. It has been quite a day so I needed that little dose of happy and the laughter that followed after reading your master plan for ketchup :) Great art selections too! Love me some Etsy!! Can't wait to see more!

  5. heidi

    Yes to all of these, have seen the paper hearts before and loved them too. It is so easy to kept swept away, I feel like there is a lot of goodness at Etsy. And the more blogs you read, the more you see favorites of the blog authors and it is just an endless cycle!
    Some of my fave's (currently):
    PerlaAnne, still need to get around to ordering her arrows print and the feathers print
    Chaiv – for kids room, really cute birth announcement posters – the shop is closed for summer but you can see them on ohdeedoh in Simon, Levi, and Josie's room (which is an awesome room by BTW)
    and lastly, Element Clay studio.

    love your blog and show!

  6. Joyce

    Thanks for sharing some artists I haven't heard of yet. I love ETSY! Have you seen Patricia's (PVE) artwork? She does beautiful illustrations. http://pvedesign.blogspot.com/ I am lucky to own a few of her pieces. Have a golden day! xo

  7. jenn

    I am so glad I am not the only one who buys stuff and then forgets what she bought!!! Just this week I had to go back through my emails to check the paypal ones to see if I had in fact made a certain purchase! Thanks for sharing your picks.. some great choices!!

  8. kim

    thanks for sharing your picks. i can get lost in etsy and i love it! between craigslist, etsy, and ebay, it's amazing i actually get any work done.

  9. Petra

    I love Etsy! Its the only way I want to shop these days. A few days back (when you mentioned Laura A Miss before) I went to check her out and favorited the street scene. I grew up embroidering with my grandmother so those hand stitch touches really hit me in the heart. <3

  10. Becky

    Thanks for the etsy finds. I love seeing what other people like on there. I'm excited you're going to be blogging more because you have so many great ideas! Love your show and can't wait for the new season. :) Please do my house~near Chicago? please please

  11. Emily thank you! I was up until 2am last night on Etsy looking for blue abstracts so this definitely helps me narrow my search!

  12. Liz

    Some awesome Etsy finds here!

    It seriously shocks me how much amazing art and crafted goods are out there and are really amazing… and would never seen the light of day without Etsy. I kind of love how the site has almost single handed-ly revived the notion of handmade/cottage industry. Also, I know there's a whole sector of people who have been able to do what they love to do and actually make a living at it… thanks to that site.

    I used to spend WAY too much time looking at artwork on etsy, but now that I've run out of wall space, I've had to move on. I'm currently in love with the whole vintage/repurposed/industrial style and you can find some really amazing vintage pieces & accessories from shops on there. They have a whole section for it!

  13. Donna

    I also love Etsy- I'm currently obsessed with mincingmockingbird.com, I love the krazy little birds!

  14. Emily

    I have a red '10 mil besos' print fron the big harumph on the wall in my gray bedroom and I love it so much! Etsy is the best, practically everything in my wedding came from there!

  15. Yes!… between etsy and 1stdibs… I don't get out much.

  16. Wow! What a great line up! The most challenging part of searching Etsy is the overwhelming amount of choices, it's nice to see such a great selection here – definitely checking out these artists' shops.

  17. Ashley

    Love me some Etsy. I've ordered art from the UK, France and a multitude of states in the US. How would I have ever found the art without Etsy? I love to have interesting/conversation pieces in my house and Etsy is chock full of them. Thanks for sharing your favorites. I added some to mine. :)

  18. Oh Etsy, how you thrill me. I love those happy houses and the old car and tractor. Delicious. And of course, the french-fry loving bird. So brilliant.

  19. Emily – I have yet to get my jewelry on Etsy, but hope to this summer. I know there's a great Etsy artist's community online you can message with and trade advice with, and can't wait to be part of it. A friend who designs handmade tile for her Etsy shop and Waterworks stores is itching to get me aboard.

    Thanks for supporting independent artists!


  20. Sarah Moriarty

    I recently gave you a shout out on my blog, http://porchlightstreetlight.blogspot.com/2011/06/interieor.html, and included an inspiration board pulled almost entirely from Etsy. Clearly, I need a silkscreen in my house. I love Linda Donohue, thanks for the introduction. If only I had wall space left.

  21. Laurel Kadas

    You should really check out the artist Geninne Zlatkis! She is one of my favorite artists, and her art is really affordable.
    Her etsy shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Geninne but it is closed until the 1st of next month.

    She also has one of my favorite blogs to read, found here: http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/
    Hope that you check her out, she is really amazing.

    Can't wait for the second season of SFAS, i'm truly missing it right now!

  22. My name is Rene Dohnal and I am a motorsport rally fan from the Czech Republic, and am interested in all events around it. I would like to ask you this way for sending me some card or photo of your team with autograph or your car-crew (also older please). Thank you in advance and at the same time I wish You and your team success, many experiences and good

  23. Katie

    I love this list! Thanks for putting this together! You should also check out Deebs on Etsy who does fiber art, it's super amazing, I love the texture and it's all nice landscape and some more impressionistic stuff. I think i was browsing to find stuff similar to Laura A Miss with the kind of mixed media feel and stumbled on fiber art, it's pretty amazing looking!

  24. Sparrow

    Yes, etsy is AMAZING. The most amazing thing this earth beholds on the internet. A miracle little know of.
    Second season of SfaS tonight! whoop whoop! Can't wait!

  25. Nanci

    I {loved} the peacock and french fry piece. I have a large art piece that sits atop my pottery barn cabinet that says "you are my sunshine, my only sunshine" my kids and i love this because i used to sing it to them before they went to sleep or when they worried about something.

  26. Hi Emily, I just wanted to thank you for featuring my work!! (I did the tractor and antique car). I actually discovered this today when I looked at my Google Analytics for my Etsy store and saw a *huge* jump in traffic… when I saw that it was because of your site I was over the moon! I absolutely loved you on Design Star and your aesthetic reminds me of my own ;) Thank you for the Etsy Love :)
    All my best,

  27. M4419u I really enjoy the blog post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

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