Tuesday, 28 July 2015


home, interiors, furniture, table, tables, side table, bedside table. Toronto, Canada, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Sunday, 26 July 2015


candle, candles, handmade, cucumber, cedar, sage, scented, oakmoss, guava, grapefruit, travel tin, Grand Rapids, MI, Michigan, USA, United States, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Friday, 24 July 2015


wedding, bridal, bride, dress, silk, corset, lace, bustier, handmade, Kiev, Ukraine, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Thursday, 23 July 2015


bride, bridal, wedding, veil, polka dot, handmade, handcrafted, headpiece, floral, London, England, UK, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Monday, 20 July 2015


home, kids room, decor, cot, crib, bed, cover, blanket, yarn, knit, knitted, throw, bassinet, Victoria, BC, Canada, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Friday, 17 July 2015


vintage, home, decor, interiors, homewares, wares, handmade, concrete, finds, Ruston, LA, Los Angeles, USA, United States, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


fashion, footwear, shoes, shoe, handmade, heels, flats, flat, boots, sandla, sandals, Tel Aviv, Israel, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Tuesday, 14 July 2015


stand, clock, jewellery holder, wall hook, hooks, vase, wood, wooden, home decor, interiors, Pasadena, CA, Califonria, USA, United States, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Monday, 13 July 2015


cook, cooking, bake, baking, bakers, cake, cupcake, decoration, sprinkle, sprinkles, rock candy, sugar, Newcastle Village, ON, Canada, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Saturday, 11 July 2015


home, interiors, sconce, ceiling fixture, pillow, decor, lighting, light, lights, Los Angeles, CA, California, USA, United States, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


home decor, interiors, wallpaper, magnetic, wall paper, decor, dino, dinosaur, kids room decor, bear, cushion, print, prints, art, illustration, bedlinen, linen, kit, London, England, UK, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Tuesday, 7 July 2015


design, graphic design, package, digital download, floral, flowers, pattern, NJ, New Jersey, USA, United States, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Monday, 6 July 2015


beauty, skincare, soap, scrub, body, cream, exfoliating, lip balm, handmade, Sydney, Australia, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Sunday, 5 July 2015


As Etsy celebrates its big 1-0 this year, and I likewise celebrate three years of A Cut Above the Retsy, now seems as good a time as any to highlight some of the many amazing items that I've sourced from Etsy over the years and how I styled them in my own home.

My first purchase from Etsy was on July 2, 2008. 7 years whole ago! Time really does fly. It was two gorgeous prints by Sarah Jane Studios (Orem, UT) that I bought for a nursery.

12 pages of transactions later and my home is now filled with goodies from all over the world, and here's a small selection of my favourites...


Some things take time gold foil print by Congo Studio (Barcelona, Spain).

No. 13 photo on cotton by The Rain Room (Atlanta, GA).


Seven Train ComingUnder the Seven Train... Rain and View From the Seven Train 30 Queens Blvd photographs by Tao Sorrento (New York, NY).

Square geo stand by Yield Design Co (St Augustine, FL) and No. 2 photo on cotton by The Rain Room (Atlanta, GA).


Dahlia print by The Black Apple (Portland, OR).

Parade Day canvas print by Kiki & Polly (Portland, OR), felted XO by Cherry Time (Ljubljana, Slovenia), paper garland by Happy August (Joensuu, Finland) and cloud dish by Urban Cartel (Melbourne, Australia).

Personalised felted elephant by Sisters' Dreams (Eastern Europe).

Happy Party to Us print by Trafalgar's Square (California).

Vintage blanket by About the Place (Cape Paterson, Australia)


So what have you treated yourself to on Etsy and how did you style it in your home? Show me on Instagram (@acutabovetheretsy) by tagging me and #etsyandme. Mel x

Friday, 3 July 2015


soap, home, interiors, candle, soy wax, beauty, products, soaps, bath, salts, mist, skincare, Vancouver, Canada, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


plan, planning, planner, time management, printable, A5, professional, Perth, WA, Australia, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Monday, 29 June 2015


Today's new best-of-Etsy store is Billy & Scarlet from Sydney, Australia. I asked its owner, Jillian, a few questions about her beautiful work...

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your etsy shop, Billy & Scarlet?

I’m Jillian, the designer behind Billy & Scarlet, watercolour art prints for nurseries (and now party products!) I started Billy & Scarlet four years ago when I finished studying graphic design at uni. While I was studying, I realised I wanted to get back to my paints and pencils and incorporate a more hand-drawn/-painted look into my designs. It was this desire that lead me to start experimenting with illustration. I fell in love with kids illustration, particularly painting cute animals. I knew when I started my line I wanted to release a boys range and a girls range, and the names ‘Billy' and ‘Scarlet’ together just seemed to fit.

Your shop is the sweetest and I'm absolutely loving your party packs. What led you to creating that range?

The funny thing is, I have talked about the idea of "Billy & Scarlet Party" from day one! It wasn’t until I started receiving enquiries from customers wanting a printable party pack in the Billy & Scarlet style though that I seriously considered designing a range.

What's included in a pack?

There are lots of little decor elements that make up each party pack, along with a big backdrop of each design. Each item in the party pack is laid out on an A4 or 8.5”x11” printable page, complete with assembly instructions to help you put each piece together. Each pack contains:

- Party backdrop (55.5" wide x 39" high / B0 Size)
- Party hats
- Cake topper
- Cupcake wrappers
- Favour tags
- Food tent labels
- Milk bottle labels
- Water bottle labels
- Straw flags
- Cupcake toppers / straw flags
- Blank 5"x7" sign / note card
- Blank 4"x6" note card
- Thank you note card 4"x6”
- A customised invitation
- A PDF with instructions and tips for printing and assembling items

The backdrops can be printed through poster-printing businesses and each party element can be printed through your home printer. Helpful links and tips for printing are included in the Instructional PDF included with the pack.

Are your printables available to purchase separately?

There are plenty of purchasing options when it comes to the party packs! The whole pack purchased as one offers the biggest saving, even if you don’t end up using every single item. If you’re just looking to fill a wall and create an atmosphere around the party table, the backdrop can be purchased on its own. Likewise, the whole party pack (everything except the invitation and backdrop) can be purchased as one pack. If you’re just after some food tent labels, thank you cards or an invitation, these and most other items can be purchased separately too.

What about custom work (say, if I wanted the name of my daughter added to the artwork.) Do you offer this kind of service?

Yes! Every little detail you see in the party packs has been lovingly hand painted, carefully finished and set up as a PDF ready for printing. With the same illustrative process, a name can be added or wording can be customised – from the initial watercolour hand-painting, to making sure the final design prints beautifully. Pricing for artwork customisation starts at $50.

These days, parents tend to spend quite a bit of money for their kids' parties (admittedly, I'm one of them!) What do you think of that trend?

A child’s birthday, particularly a first birthday, is such a momentous occasion in both the child and parents’ lives, that it makes us want to create something exciting and memorable to mark the occasion! For many mums, designing and styling their baby's birthday is a creative outlet, something they can enjoy planning and collecting decorations for. Not only that, it’s a creative project that can be shared and enjoyed by friends and family and will leave their son or daughter with some special photos to look back on later in life. The Billy & Scarlet party packs are designed in a way that you can print as many of each item as you like – even months before the party! You might decide to spend a little bit of time one or two nights per week, assembling some decorations over a cup of tea. You might prefer to spend an afternoon with friends or family putting together the pieces while catching up for a chat. Throwing a birthday party is the perfect opportunity to get creative and enjoy the process of bringing a special event to life. I think it’s a worthy investment when you’re having fun, enjoying some creative downtime and making memories along the way.

If you had one piece of advice to give to parents who want to create the perfect party for their little one, what would it be?

I would say, above all, have fun! Decorate in a way that celebrates your little one’s personality and who they’re growing up to be. It’s a special time of life and the perfect opportunity to get everyone together and celebrate!

Visit Jillian's shop on Etsy and get 25% OFF her range until June 30 by using the code JUNE2015 at checkout.

Mel x


print, art, artist, illustration, watercolour, party pack, invitations, kids party pack, party hat, tags, cupcake wrappers, cake topper, Sydney, Australia, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


home decor, interiors, wall clock, cutting board, chopping board, hanger, strap, bowl, Frederica Bubani, Faenza, Italy, cool Etsy shop, Etsy's best