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I’ve been a fan of Etsy, the online marketplace for artists and creators, for more than a decade. I attended art festivals and art walks as a child – and this was the online version of that, where I had access to amazing creations all the time!
To this day, I remember the first “Etsy find” that really sucked me in. Wanna see? I still have it saved in my Favorites. And every once in a while, I go back to look at it, even though someone else purchased it years ago!
What I love about this painting (Music of the Land by Virginia Lee) is how calming, yet imaginative and playful, it is. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend a day here? 🙂
Great Etsy finds that I’ve written about over time
So…I naturally think of artists and creators when I’m brainstorming book nook ideas or ways to nurture kids’ hearts and minds on Valentine’s Day. Or writing a light-hearted article about gift ideas for Potterheads or awesome pieces for a Star Wars-inspired room or Minecraft-themed space.
If you want to see these Etsy finds, too, see my running list below:
Shirts that convey love, inclusion and a growth mindset
Want a simple way to remind kids that you care, even if you’re connecting with them via Zoom? These inspirational and affirming tees make it easy! (read this story)
Want to refer back to it later? Save this story to one of your Pinterest boards.
Ways to express all of our COVID19-related emotions
Whether you’re frazzled, tired or thankful, or you simply want to share some social-distancing humor, Etsy creators have a pandemic-related product that will convey your emotions. There are ideas for educators, too. (read this story)
Save this article, with the graphic pictured here, to one of your Pinterest boards. (Or this image for suddenly homeschooling moms.)
Enrichment for grown-ups
Distance learning for yourself? Yes, please! Whether you want to expand your professional skills or discover a new hobby, there’s so much you can learn without in-person instruction – and have fun while doing it!
Etsy creators offer an impressive range of do-it-yourself kits, that will teach you how to make everything from gorgeous paint-by-number art pieces to candles, cheese or cured bacon! (read this article)
To refer back to this story, save it to one of your Pinterest boards.
Ways to nurture students’ hearts & minds on Valentine’s Day
Holiday-themed lessons and team challenges by TpT sellers, instant-download Valentine cards and bookmarks from Etsy creators, and tons of tees with affirming messages, this article covers it all. (read this story)
To keep this article for future reference, save it to one of your Pinterest boards.
Teacher gift ideas
Teachers are as different as the kids in their classrooms, so the gifts you give them should reflect that. Here are dozens of fun and unique ideas. (read this story)
Need gift ideas for a Harry Potter fan?
Great finds for Potterheads, including: ah-mazing chess pieces, awesome bookmarks and key rings, and magic wands for 21 of the characters. In addition, I included a fun way to “gift” someone a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (read the story for details)
Want to save this article for future reference? Add it to one of your Pinterest boards.
Awesome ways to teach kids about space
Know someone who is a space enthusiast or aspiring astronaut? Check out these books and room-decor ideas, and interactive, online classes for kids!
The space exploration courses I mention are through Outschool; not Etsy. (read this story)
Save this article to Pinterest. (Unfortunately, the “shuttle launch lamp” pictured here is no longer available, so I removed it from the article. There are many other cool lamps, nightlights and other creations, though!)
The art of decorating with books
Books make a room feel cozy and lived in. Here’s how to decorate with them, and add your own personal touch to this trend, even if you aren’t artistic! (read this story)
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How to create a super cool Star Wars-themed room
Sixteen awesome Star Wars-inspired products (and links to dozens of others). Plus, tips on how to create a cohesive look. (read this story)
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Room decor for Minecraft fans
Lamps, light switches, drawer pulls, artwork and other decor ideas for a Minecraft-themed room. (read this story)
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