A week-long random round-up of cool links and miscellany: ETSY crafty goodness

It's seems there's lots of random links, blogs and bits of good news from friends I've been longing to share lately. Too many for one blog post. So I made a week's worth. Enjoy!

Last but not least, for Christmas shoppers, DON'T FORGET ABOUT ETSY! Those not in the know -- it's the most awesome handmade marketplace ever.

Yes, I still sell journals and photo albums there (although I'm not actively promoting or adding things now). My sister handles shipping from Washington State, so if you're interested you don't have to worry about shipping from Malaysia or anything.

I'd also like to extend a special etsy shout out to a trio of crafty cousins of mine (I come from a very crafty family) who have all started Etsy shops this past year.

Margaret, who has a great sense of design, makes some fun kiddy bean-bags, piggy banks, belts and back-packs. Jennifer makes beaded jewlery (she only has one listing in her shop -- but maybe she'll add more for Christmas?). And Laura makes girly play-clothes and such. Way to go, crafty FAM!

Well, that's it for my round-up. Whew! That was fun. I'll have to do it again sometime.