We at Raising Madison love shopping Etsy.com for unique, handmade gifts – especially when they’re made locally! As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to share some more of our favorite local Etsy stores with you. And, once again, we’re having a fun giveaway! Keep reading for details on how to enter.
Black Kat Studio
Sue at Black Kat Studio is an artist and freelance graphic artist living in Madison. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from UW-Madison. She began her love of creating children’s artwork in Chicago while she was designing primary education textbooks over 20 years ago. She started creating original artwork in 2006 inspired by the anticipation of the arrival of her adopted daughter from China. She and her husband are hopeful that this will happen some time in 2011.
Owl on branch
Her artwork includes collages made of archival materials, prints and acrylic paintings. Her collages are meticulously cut out by hand and all of her artwork is signed by the artist.
I love how fun and brightly-colored her pieces are!
Sue’s artwork is also available locally at Oompa Toys – they have more prints and larger originals than what’s available in her online Etsy store.
Jack & Ella Paper Press
Boy's Birthday Package
Jack & Ella Paper Press is “the work of one girl living in Wisconsin who adores all things paper. The goods typically have a clean and organized look about them, are eco-friendly (recycled card stock), with a hint of fun … similar to how we all strive to live our lives. oh…and Jack and Ella are another thing she adores…her offspring!”
Her personalized stationary is a perfect gift for your kid’s favorite teacher! The month’s supply of love notes is so sweet, and I love her birthday package that includes matching invites and “thank you” cards.
Bold Red Kumihimo Bracelet
HRBeaDesign sells beautiful handcrafted jewelry perfect for anyone – from kids to grandparents.
Blue Poppies - Glass Tile Pendant Necklace
I am particularly in love with her glass pendants, which she makes with her daughter: “Together we choose images and together we make the pendants! What that means is that a lot of love, a lot of laughs (and sometimes a few skirmishes) go into each pendant!”
Petite Bee Print
Shop Madison Craft for “fun and affordable pocket mirrors and art prints.” Her pocket mirrors are adorable and would make a perfect gift for any of the ladies in your life. And at $5 a piece, they really are affordable! I love the Petite Bee print – it would look great in Milena’s bedroom!
Visit her sister store – Madison Craft Studio – for matching art pendants and hand stamped sterling silver jewelry.
Little Dandelion Studios
Eli's Ear Flap Hat
At mother/daughter shop Little Dandelion Studios you can find “gifts for the ladies, babies & home.” Both mother and daughter are always trying new things so you never know what you may find there.
I love the idea of “wrapping” baked goods in a handmade basket. And their pretty clip line is the perfect way to display photos or your kid’s artwork.
You can also find pieces from Little Dandelion Studios on sale locally at Tuvalu Coffee House in Verona and Prairie Flowers in Sun Prairie.
Teacup in Bittersweet
You can find “handcrafted pottery, quilts, handbags and home accessories” at NstarStudio.
I love the urban picnic roll-ups – especially since they come with two sets of bamboo utensils & two napkins. The pottery is all beautiful as well – it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite!
Love what you see above? You’re in luck! These Etsy sellers were extremely generous when it came to our GIVEAWAY!
You can enter two ways: 1. Comment here telling us about your favorite local store to find the perfect gift or your favorite item in one of the stores above. 2. Join our facebook group (current fans will automatically be entered).
You have until Friday, October 8th to enter. Winners will be randomly chosen over the weekend and announced next week!
Here’s what you could win:
1. Personalized stationary from Jack & Ella Paper Press
2. Your choice of an in-stock glass tile pendant from HRBeaDesign
3. An 8″ x 10″ Alphabet Print (pictured below) from Black Kat Studio
4. Two sets of 5 Pretty Clip magnets and two “Sweet Tweet” ornament cards from Little Dandelion Studios
5. Your choice of 4 in-stock pocket mirrors from Madison Craft
And be sure to check out the stores we mentioned in our last Etsy post for more great gift ideas!