Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hometown Love #4


"Snowbody" knows snow better than Buffalonians! Do winter in style with these coooooool finds.


"Snow and Ice" is the 4th in the series of "Hometown Love" gift finds in support of Buffalo's talented artisans and pickers. Maybe you'll find a little gifty for yourself in one of these collections :)

View Hometown Love #4 here:

Hungry for more local finds? Discover more Buffalo Etsy Team shops here:

Stay warm!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Shop Buffalo Etsy: Staying Warm and Cozy

It felt like Western New York was dropped straight into deep winter yesterday: brr! If you're looking for something to keep you or someone special warm and cozy, the Buffalo Etsy Team has got you covered. Here is a sampling of what some of our members have to offer:

This wool scarf looks soft and snuggly

It may be cold, but those texts won't send themselves!

If you don't have a fireplace, the glow of this lantern will make you feel cozy

Use this ashtray for its intended purpose, or as a place to rest the spoon from your favorite hot beverage

They may claim otherwise, but little ones get cold, too!

Claim that cup of coffee as your own with these charms

If you have to leave the house, take this with you

These guys know how to spend a cold night

These earrings will warm the heart of the homesick ex-pat

They're so cute!

Set your mug down on one of these guys

Don't you want to cuddle this llama?!

Dream of sweets underneath this quilt

So colorful!

Nothing warms you up like a homemade meal

Fruit likes to be cozy, too! Put it in this bowl

Sharing a beer and some cheer with friends warms your heart

Pour something yummy into this bowl!


I hope you found something you love in this week's gift guide. Next week we take a look at personalized gifts, but until then you can shop with the Buffalo Etsy Team right here!

Work Space...

Whether you sell on etsy part time or full time, a place to work is a must. No matter where it is you gotta get creative someplace. This new series for the blog shares the esty sellers workspace, be it a studio, kitchen table, or in a comfy chair and three items that each individual "needs" to help them succeed. 
This week I am sharing my own studio space and my three must have items 
that help me make mealy monsters.

I am Nicole Johnson of
Mealy Monster Land. 
and this is where I create polymer clay art dolls and creatures.
I have a very small, very dark, basement "nook" that I spend way too much time in, or maybe just enough. 
It is packed to the brim with supplies that are constantly becoming out of control and have to be reorganized often.

Three things that I can not work without would be music. I love Pandora radio and Spotify.

This old table with a metal top would be number two on my list. I got it at a garage sale a few years back.The metal top works perfect for rolling out clay,

The third thing on my must have list is coffee.

if you would like to share your work space with readers please contact mealy monster land for more information.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hometown Love #3


Cold, gray days got you down? Boot the doldrums to the curb with these dazzling bright delights from Buffalo-area Etsy shops!


"Merry and Bright" is the third in the series of "Hometown Love" gift finds in support of Buffalo's talented artisans and pickers. Maybe you'll find a little gifty for yourself in one of these collections :)

View Hometown Love #3 here:

Hungry for more local finds? Discover more Buffalo Etsy Team shops here:

Wishing you loads of Buffalove,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Upcoming Show List: Where to Find Buffalo Etsy Team Members this Holiday Season

Here's where you can find some of us throughout the season. This list is subject to change so check it often. Convo me through my Etsy store ( if you'd like to add an event to the list. 

Events are listed by date and location with the participating team member(s) listed below.

Thursday November 21
5:30 pm - 9pm

Shea's Soiree 
Shea's Performing Art Center
646 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14202
This event is a fundraiser for the Shea's 

Shaun of Road Kiln

November 22-24
Friday 5-9
Saturday and Sunday 11-5

Kenan Holiday Show
433 Locust Street, Lockport, New York 14094
Friday 5-9
Saturday and Sunday 10-5

Shaun of Road Kiln

Nicole of Mealy Monster Land

Alison of Silent Mylo Studio 

Knox Farm Holiday Art Festival at Knox Farm State Park
437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, New York 14052
Friday 6-9
Saturday and Sunday 10-5

Deb from debdds

November 29-30

St. Gregory the Great Holiday show
200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville, New York 14221 
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-3

Sara of GoldhawkPotteryEtc

Al of HarvestWoods

Friday November 29th
Black Friday Shopping Event At Beans to Brew Cafe
39 East Main Street, Springville, New York 14141
10am to 4pm 

Alison of Silent Mylo Studio 
** Alison has an exhibit of original paintings at the cafe that will run through January 2014. She will be at the cafe on Friday November 29th with smaller works and gift items

Saturday November 30th

Parkside Community Holiday Art and Craft Show
at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, New York 14214
Shaun of Road Kiln
Monday and Tuesday December 2nd and 3

Artisans and Ales
Sterling Place Tavern, 1487 Hertel Aveenue, Buffalo, New York
 This is a fundraiser show

Shaun of Road Kiln

Friday thru Sunday December 6-8

Burchfield Penney Open Studios Weekend Event 
Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222
Friday 5-9
Saturday and Sunday 10-5
This show is a fundraiser for the Burchfield Penney

Shaun of Road Kiln

Robin of Aremel Soaps

Alison of Silent Mylo Studio 

Saturday December 7

Queen City Market
Karpeles Manuscript Library
453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14201
11am - 4pm

Nicole of Ania Jane 

Saturday and Sunday December 7-8

Williamsville Schools PTA Holiday show

Sara of GoldhawkPotteryEtc

Al of Harvest Woods

Sunday December 8th
Open Studio with Deborah Petronio and guest artists
1640 Blakeley Corners Road
East Aurora, New York 14052

Friday and Saturday December 13-14

WNYBAC Last Minute Panic 
Western New York Book Arts Center
468 Washington Street, Buffalo, New York 14203


Sauturday December 14

Unitarian Universalist Church 
695 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222

Shaun of Road Kiln

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hometown Love #2

Mmmmm...MUSTARD! Modern, vintage, and modern-vintage items from Buffalo!


Pass the Weber's, please!

"Mustard" is the second in the series of "Hometown Love" gift finds in support of Buffalo's talented artisans and pickers. Maybe you'll find a little gifty for yourself in one of these collections :)

Speaking of gifties for yourself, I bought this today from Buffalo Etsian, KitchTowels

View Hometown Love #2 here:

Find even more temptations within each of the featured shops when you use the following links: 





Hungry for more local finds? 
Discover more Buffalo Etsy Team shops here:

Wishing you loads of Buffalove,


Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Interview with Antoinette!

 This week Antoinette from Anxiety Antoinette shares a little bit about her etsy shop.

Please tell us a bit about yourself?
I go by Antoinette! I'm from Buffalo, NY. I love making things with my hands, cooking and baking, reading and writing, and learning other cultures and languages.

What do you create? How long have you been working on your craft/art?
I make a bit of everything, but I "specialise" in custom bleached shirts. I've been making them for just over a year now.

How did you come up with your store name?
I made my Etsy four years ago, while I was studying French. My nickname in French class was "Antoinette." I am a fan of alliteration, and having anxiety, Anxiety Antoinette had a ring to it.

How does Buffalo influence your work?
I love Buffalo! I love representing Buffalo! I have made Buffalo shirts, NY shirts, and will make other city/state shirts as well. I also make scarves to keep warm in! (: I am also in a team with Methods & Madness's Sara, and Sewing Wonder's Pam, and we make all Buffalo-related wearables and accessories.

How do you promote your work to the world?
I do a lot online-- pinterest, facebook (, blogging (, reddit, and treasuries on Etsy ( I do contests and coupons on my facebook to promote sales and views. I do craft shows and give out business cards and sometimes candy with my card! I often wear my shirts in public to promote my work.

Where do your ideas come from? What do you do when your creatively blocked? 
What inspires you?
I'm often inspired after a big craft show event. After so many people give me their ideas, I usually fill up with plenty of my own! After reading a good book, watching a new movie or show, or learning new things, I often come up with new ideas as well. This really helps when I get "writer's" block! My friends and experiences with them often inspire me. I will come up with ideas of things that fit them and will then make them a shirt based on the idea they have sparked.

If you would like to be featured on the blog please contact mealy monster land for more information.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Shop Buffalo Etsy: Thank You gifts

Attending a fabulous party? Bring a thoughtful token of your appreciation for the hardworking hostess!

Pretty and unique colors for fall!

Festive Christmas colors for the holidays

Adorable and unique potholder style

Terrifying you into having a great time!

Show your Buffalo pride

Maroon is perfect for the fall

Cozy neutral colored scarf will go with everything

Keeps your counters clean while adding whimsical charm

Two-sided mug rug is both beautifying and protective

Pillow does double duty for winter holidays

Buffalo ornament is feeling festive

Display your special items in this unique pyramid-shaped glass container

Your presents will stand out from generic wrapping with a special bow

Anything that looks this warm is perfect for Buffalo winters

Cowl scarf, $20

Tiny cups in three colors are great for an ombre look in your home

Not just any wine bottle decoration

A personal touch for thank you cards

How could you go wrong with Buffalo food earrings?

Cleaning is never dull with these lacy dishcloths

This is the only version of "let it snow" that I can get behind

No one fast forwards through Fast Times at Ridgemont High, not even Mr. Hand

Movie bag, $40

We will be publishing our gift guides weekly through the holiday season, so continue to check in for locally made gift and decor ideas!

- Jocelyn | paragraphloop