Cottage Creatives

Handicrafts as additional income for penny-pinched creatives
Implications - The recession has inspired many consumers to create their own handicrafts, be it for function or entertainment; some are even turning their art into profit. The advent of handcraft-focused e-commerce communities has allowed anyone to carve out their own creative niche and an additional source of income.
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Plastic Bag Jewelry - Etsy Artisans Recycle To Make Eco Chic Yarn Accessories
SCORE: 5.6
V. Hot 57,486 Clicks Pub: Apr 9, 09
Plastic Bag Jewelry
Etsy Artisans Recycle To Make Eco Chic Yarn Accessories
Many people are rightly concerned about the excessive use of plastic bags. In an effort to reduce the number of bags going to landfills, several Etsy jewelry artisans now offer various creations made from… [More]
Zipped-Up Eco Accessories - Toni and Tree Make One-Of-A-Kind Zipper Jewelry
SCORE: 5.2
Hot 30,544 Clicks Pub: Oct 2, 09
Zipped-Up Eco Accessories
Toni and Tree Make One-Of-A-Kind Zipper Jewelry
We’ve seen some zipper jewelry before, and Etsy seller toniandtree does a great job bringing even more creativity to the idea. The brooches featured on the site are original pieces that incorporate the… [More]
Broken Heart Bling - Breakup Jewelry By Etsy Artists Symbolize Broken Romance
SCORE: 4.1
Warm 24,429 Clicks Pub: Feb 26, 09
Broken Heart Bling
Breakup Jewelry By Etsy Artists Symbolize Broken Romance
If the glamorization of relationships doesn’t end (Megan Fox broke up with her fiance this week, Rihanna and Chris Brown had their share of heartache earlier this month, and both stories were splashed… [More]
DIY Bracelet Painting - Raw Wood Bangles Make the Perfect Canvas for Creative Jewelry Lovers
SCORE: 4.4
Warm 27,508 Clicks Pub: Aug 7, 09
DIY Bracelet Painting
Raw Wood Bangles Make the Perfect Canvas for Creative Jewelry Lovers
At a Toronto art store the other day, I saw a wall of raw wood bangles ready to be decorated. I picked up a few and then, seeking inspiration, checked out what Etsy artists had created anything a similar… [More]
Lavish Lavalieres - Etsy Seller Tijusai Creates Burgandy Aster from Flowers
SCORE: 3.9
Mild 4,590 Clicks Pub: Aug 17, 09
Lavish Lavalieres
Etsy Seller Tijusai Creates Burgandy Aster from Flowers
Etsy seller Tijusai has made these delicate and beautiful necklaces by hand. The lavish lavalieres ("a pendant with one stone, suspended from a necklace," according to Wikipedia) can make any outfit look… [More]
Nouveau Vintage Camping Gear - Etsy Accessories Fit for Your Next Springtime Adventure
SCORE: 3
Mild 22,079 Clicks Pub: Apr 5, 09
Nouveau Vintage Camping Gear
Etsy Accessories Fit for Your Next Springtime Adventure
Spring is the best season for an outdoor adventure, and these beautiful handmade and vintage Etsy finds are perfect for a day hiking trip. In this gallery, you'll find boots and binoculars, stick soap… [More]