When I'm not feeling my particular best, I find window-shopping at Etsy often cheers me up. I make a point of strolling through categories of things I couldn't make myself, let alone dream of. If I wander through jewelry, which I make, there's a big chance I could start feeling a bit low ("why couldn't *I* have thought of that, etc.). That kind of attitude is just no good to your psyche!
My first Etsy find involves dimensional paper Luna moths, a huge favorite of mine. Candygears makes beautiful Luna moths, among other things, and I'm enamored with them.
Aren't they beautiful? You can glue the dimensional art to headbands, costumes, or enjoy as art. They make me think of fairy princesses of the night garden.
Next is art from an artist whom I've followed for a long time, Wyanne. I've always loved her dreamy art, but through the years, I feel she's really grown. This print is called "Catch and Release" and I love both the idea behind it as well as the colors and emotion it evokes. Plus, narwhals.
Moving on ... with two cats who live to play, these handmade catnip jellyfish (jellyfishes?) are too darned cute.
Lastly, yarn. I've noticed that many, many bead makers and jewelry designers gravitate toward knitting and crocheting. I think it's first about the colors, second about making something, and third the ability to create yet another stash with nary a shred of guilt. (Well. Maybe a *little*. But not enough to stop!)
Megan Risk creates gorgeous yarn for any occasion. This is definitely not your grandmother's Red Heart yarn! Sumptuous with lots of yardage, you can make a decadent scarf or a sumptuous sweater. Stuck on finding a pattern? Try Ravelry.com and discover a world of wow.
Hopefully your day is a bit brighter from exploring these handmade vendors. Have fun shopping!