Our favorite ABQ vendors on cottage-industry supersite etsy.com
These ceramic dinner plates have personality—yours. The silhouette plates are cameo-style portraits that the artist models after whatever shot-in-profile photo you send in. She'll even include the name of your poser on the plate. Each is hand-painted in the color of your choice and glazed without toxins.
Baked by Ashleigh
Twisty, organic, tentacle-like jewelry for gauged ears (the word "earrings" just doesn't do these justice) in a huge variety of shapes, colors and finishes.
Felted, crocheted and knitted everything—hats, scarves, bowls, a huggably sweet mouse doll and a cute place to stuff your ugly plastic grocery bags.
Wearables (hoodie-scarves made from recycled fabrics, resin-cast belt buckets, jewelry), off-kilter fabric dolls and muertas with Burque folk-art flavor
Attention Waldorf toy fans! Forever Afters makes durable wooden children's furniture and play sets that let young imaginations soar. There are cribs for baby dolls, kid-sized reading chairs and tables, play food (the nine-piece "Breakfast Special" set is delectably adorable), and cars, all with rounded edges and nontoxic, washable surfaces.
HazelHoney Handmade Bags
Handbags, clutches, totes and wallets that pack a big tactile punch, thanks to contrasting textures like corduroy and pleated canvas, suede with curvy quilting lines, and a well-placed ruffle or two. They're all priced between $12 and $20.
Vintage and costume jewelry and other objets d'art from the personal collection of artist Karen Sipe (visit etsy.com/shop/karansipe to see her finished assemblages, shrines and jewelry).
Thrift store scores remixed into statement pieces for hipster women and the men who attract them (I'm looking at you, vintage leather motorcycle jacket with the airbrushed howling wolves).
Handmade necklaces, earrings and cocktail rings that strike a balance between nostalgic elegance and modern, graphic impact. Materials include blooming acrylic flowers and enameled roses, antique brass sparrows, onyx, Czech glass and copper filigrees.
Mod Jess Modern Jewelry
Diminutive "Scrabble" glass-tile pendants let you hang messages ("Geek"), illustrations (mod blobs of color) and photography from your neck. For $19, ModJess will create a custom pendant from a photo of your pet.
Vivid, saturated mineral eye shadows in so many stunning hues, you'll want to buy them in batches—and at $4 apiece, you can.
My Darling Dinosaur
Vintage-inspired art objects by Valerie Roybal create their own little histories—embroidery (done freehand, without patterns), collage, gravure prints layered with magazine cutouts, antlers wrapped in thread, even a trio of vintage award ribbons ("Best Champion Adult, South Western Zebra Finch Club"). Super!
Nancy Wiedower Art
"If it isn't fun, I don't care to do it," the sage Nancy Wiedower says on her Etsy bio page. Wiedower is an assemblage artist who's dabbled in a little of everything. With such a broad skill set, she can scurry up the walls of her imagination as deftly as a spider instead of being limited to a few technique footholds. But it's her pragmatic sense of humor that leaves the biggest impression.
On a planet where fine, heirloom pieces and plastic, gogo-style bobbles interbreed freely, this colorful line of jewelry would surely be queen. Also neat: Ten percent of every OP purchase made until end of the year will go to Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico.
Wallets with clean lines, meticulous interior organization and literate design (themes range from pure paisley to pi signs). Vinyl construction means they're cruelty free and appropriate for all money-grubbers, even hard-to-shop-for vegans.
Handmade, one-of-a-kind creatures that "escaped from the tyranny of Planet Xenon." Each fabric doll is highly stylized with a mishmash of prints, colors and shapes, and has its own carefully considered backstory. Right out of a good children's book.