I thought it would be a good idea to explain about Etsy for those people who do not know or have not heard about it. Basically, Etsy is a community based company which was founded in 2005. It brings people together and enables and facilitates them to buy and sell hand made items on-line. Etsy says that their mission is "to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade." Here is a link for the Etsy website: http://www.etsy.com/
Etsy also provide what is known in the blogosphere as "buttons" which enable bloggers to spread the word about their worthwhile endeavour to support handmade. They also have a page whereby once you become a member of their website for free, you can make a virtual list of your favourite shops selling handmade items. You can also make a list of favourite items and if you wish you can have as many of your favourite items as you want displayed on your blog. So this is what I have done on the left hand side of my blog page. I should make clear that there is nothing to be gained financially by promoting Etsy and the products on sale at Etsy. I haven't bought anything from Etsy and there is no obligation to buy but I do like to know that I am using my blog to promote something worthwhile. Handmade items whatever they may be are so special, they are one of a kind and they are lovingly made with care and attention to detail.