Etsy Treat from Australia : Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree

The lovely Jacquie from Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree recently sent me this gorgeous necklace/earring/hair clip combination all the way from Tasmania, Australia - making this my "Etsy treat" of the month! I love the Japanese chiyogami papers she uses to make her unique handcrafted jewelry, and I had been looking at this set for a long, long time...

Actually, I've decided that I will make at least one purchase a month from a fellow artist selling their wares on Etsy - what goes around, comes around - and it's so important to collectively support one another, don't you think?

Jacquie did such a beautiful job of gift wrapping these, it felt much more like receiving a gift from a friend than simply receiving a mail-order purchase. I believe that is what the spirit of supporting artists directly through Etsy and other online shops is really about. I love how easy it is now to contact artists around the world, and I found out that Jacquie and I even have a few things in common - she also has a German husband and she likes to bake too :) You can check out her fun blog here.

Hmmm.... now the next step is to decide what to buy next month! I have so many favorites! Any shop suggestions you'd like to share?