Happy New Year everyone! The first few months of the year tend to be slow for design projects, between the holidays and impending taxes, things tend to slow down a bit. So while I’m managing the natural lull I decided to spend some time on Etsy with a focus on supporting artisans directly and items that are more sustainable. As a designer, I’m always on the hunt for fantastic pieces whether they’re for clients or myself. So enjoy these January Etsy Finds.
1. Brass Measuring Spoons | $80. These brass measuring spoons are one heck of an upgrade to your cooking and baking prep. I started looking at these when I realized that the printed measurement on my plastic measuring spoons had rubbed off, these are awesome because the measurement is imprinted into the metal so they won’t ever wear off. These are going to look really wicked as they patina too.
2. Minimal Travel Roll | $83. When I travel I have the tendency to just throw everything into my dop kit and go, which probably makes me a monster. This easy travel roll will help keep all my bathroom sundries (yes, I said sundries) organized and easy to find. Now all that’s left is to plan a trip!
3. Travel Wallet | $50. Speaking of trips, check out this wallet. Believe it or not, it’s made from a durable, washable, eco-friendly paper. You don’t want to be the person going through TSA looking like a hot mess, so get all your boarding passes, passports, and metro cards in one place while you’re globetrotting.
4. Ceramic Coffee Mug | $35. I love the depth and texture of this coffee mug, and I love that the handmade quality makes it one of a kind. In my house, we’re more of a mixed bag of mugs vs. a matched set so this is perfection.
5. Linen Bento Bags | $14. Have you been looking for ways to cut down on Ziploc bags? Yeah, me too. I just feel so guilty with their limited use. These linen bento bags are an awesome Japanese tradition that you should consider as a more eco-friendly way to carry dry foods. Throw in some almonds for a snack, or a slice of sourdough to go with your soup lunch and tie it up. When they’re ready to be cleaned just toss them in the laundry and reuse. So easy.
6. Brass Drawer Pulls | $6. The New Year means getting a fresh start, and if you’ve been tired of your dated kitchen or bathroom cabinets consider a quick DIY like updated hardware. These brass pulls have a classic and modern sensibility about them that I love. I promise you can do this, just be sure to measure the distance between your existing hardware screws before you order.
7. Wood Desk Organizer | $53. I was getting inspiration for a kids’ project and came across this cool wood desk organizer. It reminded me of the wood planes I would put together and play with as a kid. If you’re an adult eyeing this for your own desk, don’t worry, I had the same thought.
8. Handmade Tea Towel | $36. I know this is a bit of a splurge for a tea towel, but the texture is so good. Put this one in the “pretty towel” category and don’t let anyone use it for cleaning up messes in the kitchen.
9. Ceramic Coasters | $28. You can never have enough coasters to protect your furniture, but in case you do, these are the perfect host(ess) gift. I’m a sucker for the painterly quality of the indigo and the price is hard to beat. Your guests will be trying to sneak these out in their bags.
10. Enamel Inlay Gold Ring | $38. Finally, something for you to wear! I love minimal jewelry like this gold ring with black enamel inlay. Talk about classic unisex style.
I put together this list and nothing was sponsored, but in the spirit of full disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.
If you got caught up in the holidays and missed it, please check out the December Etsy Finds. They’re good all year round.