It’s summer, as the steamy weather this week has made evident. So I thought I would check out some local Etsy shops and see what summer themed offerings they have. I wasn’t disappointed with my findings, and I don’t think you will be either!
Take this bracelet by Albany based Jems by JB and Company called “She Sells Sea Shells.” Made of Freshwater Coin and Biwa Pearls with Sterling Silver, this piece screams summer afternoons at the beach and elegant evening parties wearing frilly sundresses and sipping lemonade. I love the different shades of white and the textures of the pearls.
One of my favorite local artists Ali Herrmann has a “Colors of Summer” original encaustic painting that uses both collage and oil painting in its creation. I am a big fan of encaustic work (it’s in my blood, my Mom is a gifted encaustic artist). Encaustic, in simple terms, means encasing or layering artwork with beeswax. It gives it a warm yellowish or creamy color, a great smell, and an ethereal quality. This piece by Ali Herrmann is like a dream of summer, due to the wax, colors, and shapes she uses.
What about a summery print for your walls? I love this print of a painting by David Hinchen Design called “Summer Afternoon, Provincetown.” Nothing says a Northeast summer like Cape Cod.
These sweet little silver flower and quartz earrings by Jewels by Jaime Lynn are so delicate and lovely. They would be equally nice with shorts and a tee or a dress.
This scarf or sarong by Polkadot786 makes me think of late August with its mustard yellows and rich warm tones. It would look great wrapped around one’s waist, hanging out poolside while the kids jump and splash.
There are lots of other great summery finds, so take a few minutes and browse the local shops on Etsy, or head over to Lark Street Albany, Jay Street Schenectady, or River Street Troy and pick yourself up a beautiful handmade piece to make your summer really sizzle.