Catholics on Etsy! Mostly! Here is a selection of handmade goods by Catholics, so we can all support each other when we shop for Advent and Christmas. Some these goods are religious, some are not. Some of the stores sell all kinds of items, and the featured one is just the tip of the iceberg. It was painful to narrow down this list to a manageable size!
Today, I’m showcasing jewelry, because I like jewelry, and art and prints, because I like art and prints. Here we go:
Mazzoni Mosaics: Handcut Glass Mosaics and Jewelry
Featured item: Red Millefiori Mosaic Pendant, $40
So arresting! I love it. Like a poinsettia made of living stone. Millefiori is wonderful. Many more original and eye-catching designs in the store.
Cherokee Copper Greg Stice, a deacon who works for the Cherokee Nation, makes the jewelry that he and his wife, Lisa, design.
Featured item: Rain texture copper cross bracelet, $40
Oh, copper. Spectacular. You could wear this cuff with jeans and a t-shirt, or with an evening gown.
IronLace Design by Kyra Busbridge
Featured item: Silver Lace necklace with deep red beads, $60
I think everyone knows by now how much I adore Kyra’s chain mail jewelry. It makes your neck feel strong, cool, and beautiful. Elegant and powerful designs, including earrings and chainmail rosaries, too.
Pink Salt Riot by Jill Simons
Featured item: Amen cuff bracelet, $16
So light and pretty! Many of the goods in this store are made from books that schools and churches were about to throw out.
Janalyn offers handmade fiber goods, and also milagros and Day of the Dead jewelry, jewelry made of sewing notions, and some really neat bookmarks and Loteria fabric art.
Featured item:Hand-felted indigo earrings, $8
Boy, it was hard to choose just one, because the goods in this story are so varied. Really interesting, quirky stuff.
Ornamentation by Mary
Featured item: Leather wrap cross boho bracelet with semiprecious stones, $119.99
I may have gasped out loud. Do check out the rest of the stock at this store. She has the rare skill of making artfulness look casual and careless. Gorgeous.
ART, PRINTS, and CARDS and CALLIGRAPHY
Wood Pigeon – oils and watercolors by Kristina Closs
Featured item: Crow watercolor, $100
Check it out! This crow is about to launch himself off the page, as soon as he’s done cooling off in this breeze. Many more vivid and arresting paintings of birds, bees, and landscapes on the site.
Brain Cheeks by Rochelle
Featured item: Set of eight Mother and Child watercolor print cards, $15
Oh, sweetness. She never gets tired of looking at Him.
When Beauty Met Truth by Lauren Santos: watercolors, prints, and hand lettering
Featured item: “Wherever the art of medicine is loved” print, $15
Eek, a heart! I love it, and your favorite doctor will, too.
Herons Gate Arts by Sarah Pierzchala
Featured item: framed print of her original painting of a cosmic Sacred Heart, $40
Sarah also offers an array of fantasy dolls, wings, and hair jewels. Clay, twigs, beads, loveliness.
Santa Clara Design, paper prints and instant digital downloads
Featured item: Padre Pio Print, $10
Etsy is flooded with bland inspirational digital downloads, but there’s real artistry in Santa Clara’s graphic designs. Many designs and styles, digital downloads as well as physical prints.
This isn’t an Etsy site, but Katrina Harrington was kind enough to send me one of her “Offer It Up” mugs, and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t actually work. It makes morning better when I get that reminder. It is a nice mug, too, large and sturdy.
Along with mugs, Hatch Prints also has watercolor and hand-lettered art prints and tote bags inspired by the saints.
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Featured item:“Jesus, Coffee, Naps” sign, $25+
Made me laugh! It’s as good a motto as any, although most days, I’ll settle for two out of three.
Featured item: Holy Family 2, $35, one in a series called “The Saints Project” which uses Catholic photographic models
Neat project! I’m looking forward to seeing more.
A few WOODEN FIGURES and STATUES
In the Loft by Sue Dow
Featured item: Mary Holding Jesus wood figurine, $40
There’s a very appealing quietness in these gentle painted figures. Also various nativity figurines, saints, animals, and a few nativity backdrops for your home.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, $95
Breathtaking. Look at her beautiful face. This is just a detail; the full work includes the entire image of Our Lady of Guadalupe supported by an angel, painted on rough wood with a laquer finish. Lots of variety in this store, including matrioshka dolls, beeswax goods, and very cozy tea cozies.
“Offer it up, Buttercup” print, $15
HA. This is kind of perfect. Heather says, “Because sometimes I need to just gather up my fragile little buttercup feelings and OFFER IT UP, nah mean?” For when your prayer life isn’t all thees and thous and “vouchusafe unto us” this and that. Sometimes you just need to offer it up, buttercup.
That’s all for today! Tomorrow: Rosaries and rosary accessories; knitted and crocheted and fabric items; and a bunch of wonderful goods I couldn’t categorize but couldn’t stand to leave out. See you then!
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Simcha, I know I missed the submission deadline, but here are a few of my local Catholic friends: