I love Etsy. Apparently everyone else is feeling the love, too -- I heard that many Etsy sellers did way better than they expected to over the holiday shopping season. I guess one good thing about a turndown in the economy is that it drives people to seek out handmade gifts instead of expensive big-box store stuff. Good for makers and sellers of unique handmade stuff, anyway.
Some of my favorite Etsy vendors include BeckyM (I got a really cute felt food set for Measure for Christmas), Maryse, of the very cute knitterly photo cards, and Sharon Montrose, whose animal photography is just awesome. I got my father-in-law a couple of her photos for Christmas, and am seriously jonesing for a set for myself. One of my favorite booths at Stitches was that of Etsy seller Pigeonroof Studios, full of beautiful colors and totally squishable yarns. It was great to see all the pretty goodness in person.
My very favorite vendor, though, is of course my little sister, Emily. Even if I weren't related to her, I'd still think the stuff in her shop, Emcards, is really cute. I especially like the little moleskine notebooks she Gocco printed with wooly mammoths. She also prints the mammoths, as well as Dodo birds, on notecards. The animals may be extinct, but hopefully the art of the handwritten note is not.