Imagine a small town arts and crafts fair — an emptied parking lot filled with a smattering of wooden booths, each boasting a variety of goods ranging from homemade herb-scented soap bars to handsewn leather sandals to crocheted cozies intended to cover every single household item you’ve ever owned.
Now imagine that same crafts fair with a lot more sophistication and a lot less banjo music and folksy wooden sculptures of forest animals, and you’ve got etsy.com. Since discovering this website full of truly one-of-a-kind pieces, I’ve made a lot of fantastic jewelry purchases. My favorite to this date is this quartz crystal necklace featuring an old bullet casing:
In addition to pages on pages of trendy, vintage-inspired jewelry, I also turn to Etsy for fresh, undiscovered artists with unconventional viewpoints. My latest find was Kari Herer, a botanical photographer who producers gorgeous prints. Although she seems to specialize in floral arrangements, I love her pieces that combine loose illustration with real life, vividly pink roses and golden dahlias. The result of the floral fusion is bright, friendly, and eye-catching pieces that I would absolutely love to cover every wall in my apartment.
Although my decided favorite of Herer’s work is this mixed media piece with the straight-forward title, “No. 9894 fox and flower,”:
This print inspired me to create the following outfit for summer:
PS: Speaking of Etsy, I also have my own shop on the site if you’re curious :)
On my mind: Never lose hope for something that you want most.
On myself: BCBG mint tee, Forever21 high-waisted shorts, vintage coral necklace