There are a heck of a lot of people who are much more creative than I am around here. And I don't mean creative in dressing or facial art or language use. I mean truly creative and talented. A couple of local moms have "stores" on Etsy.com, and their handmade items are really incredible.
In the Sloanester store there are baby/toddler hats, neckwarmers, something called a Kumano Felted Vessel (it's beautiful, but I've never seen one before), some fingerless gloves, and some very cool felted necklaces (one is featured here in a photo). Prices range from $3 for a handknit bracelet to $99 for the Kumano Felted Vessel.
Susan, the creator of the above items, describes her Etsy store on the homepage:
"All items are handmade in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A., using sustainable practices and materials. Made in a smoke-free environment. I like making one of a kind pieces so each one is unique."
Another Etsy store from a Sunset Park mom is Jack Sprat, focused mainly on clothes for boys, although other items show up once in a while. Items currently in the store include a houndstooth shirt (featured in the photo), a pair of olive kangaroo-pocket pants, and paper and thread collages for a child's room. Prices range from $32 to $75.
The store is described on the homepage:
"Jack Sprat seeks to outfit little fellows with dash and spunk. Each garment is thoughtfully crafted to be both smart and comfortable. New garments will continue to appear throughout the fall/winter season."
So, if you're looking for gifts or a splurge for yourself, check out the stores your neighbors have set up on Etsy. You will be supporting a local parent, as well as purchasing a one-of-a-kind item.