Etsy, the online market for handmade goods, is a great resource for finding awesome ideas and items for your wedding. With tons of shops selling everything from birdcage veils to actual birdcages, it can be a little difficult to find that one specific thing you have in mind. If you are new to the site or haven’t had time to really delve into the handmade goodness, here are a few tips! In this little tutorial of sorts I’m looking for bridal shower invitations for a friend as an example, but these tips are applicable to pretty much anything!
Ok! Let’s Go! From Etsy’s homepage you’ll see a nifty sidebar that is divided into sections. Since this is a bridal shower thing, I’m going to go ahead and start in the ‘Wedding’ section.
Screenshot of the Etsy Wedding Front Page
From the sidebar on the homepage, I have gotten to the Wedding: Invitation section. Oh dang! There are over 13,000 listings. I don’t really have enough time for to peruse that many, even though I am on summer vacation! So, I’ll narrow it down by using the additional options on the sidebar. This is what the orange arrow is pointing to. By clicking on the shower sub-category, I’ve narrowed the listings down to 2,000 and I haven’t even typed anything in yet. My friend’s colors are Royal Blue and Yellow, so I’d like to find a card that fits that. She is also very eco-conscious, so I may want to keep that in mind too when I go the search box. The cool thing about Etsy is that it follows your search. This means that if I were to look for a specific color, say yellow, it would only search the wedding: invitation: shower section. It is really handy, but remember to go back to the homepage if you are starting a new search.
Posted on June 23rd, 2010 by Erica.
Photos by Just Be Designs
A wedding gift. A gift for my bride that we would bring out of its safe keeping place in the future and say to whoever would listen (most likely our dreamed of kids), ‘This is the present Erica gave to Alex on their wedding day.’ We would smile and sigh, and I would be grateful I had found the perfect gift to last a lifetime. These were the thoughts that were kicking around in my head as I sat down to conduct an Etsy search for the perfect wedding present for Alex, oh, last November. Yes, I’ve been keeping it a secret that long and, of course, I couldn’t share it with you guys ’cause Alex didn’t know about it yet! But let me tell you as we start: I found it, and it’s perfect. A compass on a pocket-watch chain.
I am not a big fan of my arms. Even when I was riding horses multiple times a week, mucking stalls and really working those biceps and triceps, I still had a strong distaste for my appendages. They are palest of pale and prone to stress induced eczema breakouts. So, you can imagine that I started looking for jacket options the minute I ended up buying a strapless wedding dress.
Also, I wanted something that would cover my tattoo on my back. Is that weird? Don’t get me wrong, I love my ink! I just never really show it off. My tattoo is of the Tudor Rose, so it isn’t obscene; unless you find the merging of the Lancaster and York lines to form the greatest royal blood line ever witnessed in England’s history* offensive. However, with family there and all– it just seemed appropriate to find a jacket that would go ahead and cover it all the way.
I’ve looked at local dress stores, but only found oddly stiff satin jackets that made me resemble the giant marshmallow man from Ghostbusters. Finally, after months of searching, I went back to the first jacket I saw on Etsy from Crimson Empress. I’ve had this piece on my favorites list for over six months now!
The Camellia Silk Ruffle Shrug from Crimson Empress.