Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Favorite Etsy Finds

Oh man, do I love Etsy!  I could waste hours just going through all the different products that are available.  I also get inspired by the products that are offered or the art that is available.  I always think to myself, "Hey- I could do that!"  

Throughout the years, I've bought my fair share of items off of Etsy.  Some are items that are unique and I would definitely recommend, which I'll be sharing today, and others were complete misses.  I'll also be sharing some things that are on my wish list, which I think is even more fun!  I hope you enjoy, and maybe even find something to add to your wish list!


Plum Paper Designs

Planner
I've been talking a lot about my planner lately, and I'm in love with it.  This is actually my second year in a row getting one from Plum Paper Designs, and they made some improvements in this version.  Instead of having a frosty page covering up the planner cover, it's a new material that is water and tear resistant.  It gives the planner a much more professional and clean look.

I also love the fact that for every month, there are a few blank pages to take notes, as well as a goal page- where I list out my goals for the month along with important events.  
The layout that I chose has three sections for each day.  They're labeled Morning, Afternoon, and Evening, but I use them differently.  Morning is where I list my exercises for the day, based on my marathon training plan.  Afternoon is where I list any activities for the day or things I need to remember to do.  Evening is where I have my meal plan.  There's also a check list at the bottom of each day where I list my blog post for the day.



I also purchased a My Bills page.  There are a few different additional pages that you can add to your planner that will be added to every month, like a monthly cleaning chart, to do lists, and even blog planning!  I liked the idea of the bill tracker so that I could track my expenses and make sure that my budget is on track!


Overall, I'm really happy with my planner. The shipping takes a bit of time, but I love the fact that you can get it customized with your pattern and name on it.  There are so many cute designs in the shop, and different planner options to choose from.  I got the regular planner, but there are also specific ones for families, teachers, weddings, fitness, and more.  


Calendar
David DiCello is a great Pittsburgh photographer, and I love following his instagram account.  He gets the most beautiful pictures of the skyline during sun rise, and has some seriously epic fireworks photos as well.  My dad is a huge fan and is actually the person who introduced me to his work, so I knew a calendar with his photos would be a great Christmas gift.  In David's shop, he has a ton of photographs available to purchase, as well as a calendar.  It's great quality and all of the pictures are gorgeous!



World Love print
I love this little world watercolor print!  I have it hanging in my cube, and it reminds me of the trips that I've gone on.  There are lots of different sizes and colors available from this shop, as well as specific countries.  I could see myself getting a large print for my future office!


Now let's move on to some of my wish list items!

Jewelry


Rose Quartz
I had to plug Pelistones, because it's the business of a fellow Bloggers Gonna Blog girl!  I love her bracelets so much, and there's such a strong message behind each one.  If you're interested in learning more about Lindsey, check out her interview on Georgie's blog!


Allure Wedding Jewelry 

Wedding Hair Vine
One thing that I really love about Etsy is that you can find absolutely ANYTHING.  I wanted to find something delicate and nature-inspired for my wedding hair, and I found so many beautiful options!  I love how this particular one mixes pearl, clear beads, and rhinestones.  


StyleForMiles Jewelry

FitBit Bracelet
Not only do I love this as a stand-alone bracelet, but its a cover for a FitBit!  I think it's so cool that there are designs out there specifically made for the FitBit.  The covers that are available at stores are kind of boring and ugly, or super expensive.  This one is affordable and has a great message.


Future house picks


Large Geometric Planter
There are so many unique home items on Etsy.  I love how you can really find a one-of-a-kind item for a great price!  I think that all of the planters in this shop are really interesting.  As you'll see below, I'm really into the geometric aesthetic! 


Geometric Pendant Light
There are also really unique light fixtures.  I just know that when I get a house, I'm going to be decking it out in lots of Etsy finds!


Geometric Shelf
How cool are these honeycomb shelves?  I saw a similar DIY on A Beautiful Mess that I might try out, but it's good to know that I can buy some if they don't end up working out!


Modern House Number
How cool would it be to have a unique house number?  There were SO many options online, but I love how this one mixes industrial with nature.  That's one of my favorite styles!


PocoVintage

Turkish Kilim Rug
Rugs can be pricey, but I found some really unique and beautiful ones on Etsy.  I love how vibrant the colors are, and the pattern is edgy yet classic.  I think this would look great in a study, or to jazz up a living room!

Are you an Etsy lover as well?
Have you made any recent purchases on Etsy?
Who else is a planner?  What kind do you have?

linking up with Amanda

35 comments:

  1. I just jumped on the Etsy bandwagon last year and now I'm hooked!

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  2. What a fun post! I love Etsy, but don't get on there nearly enough. I thought I had a cool planner (just from Target) but now I see that I am sadly mistaken and missing out! That thing has it all. I'm keeping it in mind for next year because I love the goals and checklists.

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    1. Hey, if yours works then it's a good planner! I don't really see the point of getting one more expensive, but some people like those bonus features. This is the perfect amount for me to spend!

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  3. I love Etsy too! I love that lamp and that rug SO MUCH. I'm scared to click on the link because it'll be too hard not to spend money. GACK. Oh yes I use a planner too! I keep mine every single year. I've got a pile of them in the storage room. I usually stay with the same make but I couldn't find it this year so I switched to a different one. I don't like it as much but it has more room for each day, so that's good.

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  4. I love Etsy, so much that I actually can't take myself to the website or I'll buy everything. I bought some super unique Christmas gifts from Etsy this year, but I have a set of art prints done on old dictionary pages that I love. They're so unique.

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    1. Same here..it took a lot of control to post what I want and not buy it all! Great idea for gifts!

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  5. Love Etsy--I got my website design from it! There are some amazing things that you can find on Etsy, and these are adding to my list of things that I need in my life.

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    1. I love how you can buy services from Etsy as well! I should have mentioned that!

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  6. I love Etsy, I always look there when I'm searching for gift ideas. I recently bought a race medal display from there and I love it! Love that planner too.

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    1. I love all the options for medal displays as well!

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  7. Great post Gretch! Love seeing the different homemade items that are out there. Also that journal looks perfect - so organized but tons of space for free thought

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  8. That planner looks amazing! I have been trying to decide on mine. I think I might get that one. I love that house number too.

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    1. You should! I also love that you can start with any month, so even if you get it now you won't be wasting January :)

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  9. I have a love/hate relationship with Etsy. I do LOVE so many things that I see. I've had some big hits, but also some definite misses. It's hard for me to trust the quality with unknown "brands." Also, I want to make sure that I'm supporting actual people like it was in the beginning.

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    1. Sorry to hear that! It's also hard to return sometimes, so it's definitely a gamble.

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  10. etsy is so dangerous, i try and stay away hahaha. i love my plum paper planner, though i don't have those awesome little goal thingys though. i added the my bills section too, it's my favourite haha!

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    1. Yes...so dangerous! Everything looks so great and usually affordable!

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  11. I'm obsessed with Etsy! I recently bought this to hold race medals and bibs: https://www.etsy.com/listing/233672657/celebrate-every-mile-race-bib-and-medal?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=race%20medal%20holder&ref=sr_gallery_35

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  12. Love the planner! I actually prefer a plain notepaper style so that I can create my own sections, but I'm looking for some new notebooks so I'm going to check theirs out because I like the design. And that hair vine is gorgeous!

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    1. That's a great idea Jennifer! And probably much cheaper...

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  13. Etsy has SO many adorable things on it -- it's crazy how talented and creative people are! And it's crazy how giddy I get when I hear people talking about their planners. I'm kind of a junkie myself, so I love getting a sneak peak into how other people organize their lives :P

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    1. Seriously!! I get so inspired by their ideas.

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  14. I went with all the bloggers pushing EC. :) I am loving it, but I get the hourly layout & it's probably not right for me; oh well, live & learn. It's definitely making my blogging much, much more organized!

    I try to stay away from Etsy . . . I shop too much as it is. But I do love supporting small businesses!

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    1. It's hard to know what works best for you unless you try out different layouts! At least you know not to get that next year!

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  15. I am such an etsy fan! I really had great luck with them with party decor!

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    1. I bet they have party decor for ANY theme!

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  16. These are some fun finds. I love those honey comb shelves. I love supporting the folks who sell on etsy. I bought stuff from there so often when I planned our wedding and its a great place to get personalized gifts too.

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  17. I have to tell you -- I literally just unsubscribed from all the Etsy emails. Like, right before I read your post. Lol! I love Etsy but the emails are out of control!

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  18. Oh my gosh, you just made me want to go waste hours browsing. Love your planner!

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  19. I love that honeycomb shelf! I bought my wordpress design on Etsy and I just posted about a pin I bought from there.

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  20. I'm afraid of the damage Etsy will do to me, so I haven't let myself indulge in it too much ;) I've heard awesome things about that planner, though!

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