12 Days of Christmas Countdown

hot-cocoa1It’s Day No. 7 in Cathy’s 12 Days Before Christmas Countdown, quiltand here’s one of the best online shopping sites ever: http://www.etsy.com/. I started visiting because my two daughters and several friends kept talking about the one-of-a-kind jewelry and other creative designs they’d find there. I was skeptical — “Really? Another shopping site?” — but quickly got hooked, and you will, too. Etsy is like no other site. More than just a place to list merchandise, Etsy believes in supporting artists and artisans and creating a world in which quality and handmade are valued. Just visiting the site , even if you don’t buy anything, is inspiring. And the Etsy folks make it so easy to find what you want: You can browse in a variety of ways — my favorite is searching for local artists. You’ll find christmas-and-new-years-2006-07-01811art work, pottery, jewelry, clothing, food, decor, quilts, toys and so much more. It’s like an arts/crafts gallery combined with an upscale gift shop and Real Simple magazine. Customer service is excellent. It’s probably too late to order for this year, but start planning your 2009 gift list right now — or treat yourself for being the best Christmas Elf ever with a little something special from . Tomorrow, it’s Day No. 6 in the Christmas Countdown — a super last-minute gift idea.