One year ago today while searching for fabric on Google I found Etsy entirely by mistake. I had never heard of it before, and it was immediate love at first sight. I promptly signed up and made my first purchase that day, this sweet little halter made with the fabric that led me to Etsy in the first place. I had always had a love for handmade items and was tiring quickly of bidding and losing on Ebay. Most of the boutiques near me were either overpriced or too "cutesy". Etsy was a dream come true. Set prices, no bidding, a bit on the "indie" side and surprisingly affordable. What I wasn't prepared for was the kindness and community that it fosters. Every seller is more than willing to share tips, secrets and encouragement. They happily create custom items for you, usually at no extra charge. Many even send sweet free goodies in their packages. I feel no sense of competition or envy, just a collaboration of like minded, creative people. People began stopping me to ask where I found the unique things my girls were wearing. I have since played a part in many a friend's introduction and subsequent Etsy addiction. (Sorry!) We email each other items we like and buy many of the gifts we exchange there. Etsy has encouraged me to start sewing, blogging and even open my own little shop. I truly cannot imagine life without it. Because of my deep affection for Etsy and all of the passionate shop owners I am going to do a little giveaway. Leave me a comment telling me the best thing you have bought on Etsy, or your favorite shop. I would love a link too... then I can peek around at things I have yet to discover. Haven't visited Etsy yet? Don't feel left out. Sign up, and send me the link to something you love. I encourage you to make a purchase and support handmade. The more items/shops you tell me about the more times I will enter you in the drawing for... a fat quarter of the fabric that originally led me to Etsy. Summer in the City by Urban Chicks. It is extremely hard to find and tragically out of print. It is difficult for me to let it go, but I love Etsy so much, it is worth it. Heart away! I will draw a winner on Friday.