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Letter From the Editor: May 2013

May 1, 2013

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods

Do you remember celebrating May Day as a child? I don’t know about you, but growing up in Iowa, we’d pull together tiny baskets of candy and flowers — usually hastily picked dandelions from the backyard — and leave them on friends’ and neighbors’ doorsteps. I hadn’t thought about the tradition in years until a friend received a beautiful bouquet from her father as a May Day treat. Now I’m wishing my desk was directly adjacent to a lilac…or that someone would send me a lilac bouquet!

But beyond our love for flowers, this month my fellow editors and I are excited to try something new. Along with all of our usual stories about Etsy artists, food, shopping, and how-to’s, we’re focusing on marbling. It’s a trend we’ve been noticing everywhere, and we’re so excited to explore it through an Etsy lens. From the allure of handmade glass marbles (and the collectors who love them), to the intoxicating beauty of Nemadji pottery, to the magic of marbling paper, to DIYs on how to marble a silk scarf or a homemade cake, we’re eager to dig into this continually evolving style.

Be sure to watch for marbling posts through the month of May, and for more of our marbled favorites, follow along on Pinterest.


  • 711laurakay said 6 years ago

    loving those salt and pepper shakers!

  • emberair said 6 years ago

    Great items highlighted! And I do remember picking flowers for friends and neighbors on May Day as a child! Also hadn't thought about that in quite awhile

  • ASParkerJewellery said 6 years ago

    Really beautiful salt and pepper shakers! I love the pastel colous against the grey and gold! :D x x

  • onlymadeonce said 6 years ago

    Love,love,love the salt and pepper shakers

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    So pretty! I love the colors!

  • EdelweissPost said 6 years ago

    Minneapolis has a very large May Day Parade -- 50,000 attend annually! It is quite a spectacle to behold. Incidentally, I have a great-great aunt named Mae Dea, which is pronounced "May Day"!

  • pamelakinniard said 6 years ago

    We have been talking about marbling fabric by hand to sew with. It is an endevour I have not taken and hope it will be a success.

  • lapisbeach said 6 years ago

    I am currently obsessed with the water marbling - such a gorgeous effect! and using alcohol (not the consumable kind)- give it even more depth - so cool! Looking forward to the articles!

  • cujicoo said 6 years ago

    Very nice, thanks Alison.

  • spoonfulofmint said 6 years ago

    Lovely! Beutiful colors.

  • 777carolala said 6 years ago

    For some reason as a kid, I thought May Day was more like sound the alarm, bombs a comin'! Can't remember why.

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    No MayDay celebrations in my past. Marbling is one of my favorite things.

  • CreteArt said 6 years ago

    We've had a lovely May Day here in Greece; all the children have been out picking armfuls of wildflowers...although it feels like summer is already here

  • TheStitcherie said 6 years ago

    Ooh, marbling is fascinating and so beautiful. This should be really interesting. What an awesome idea!

  • deekish said 6 years ago

    Lovely salt and pepper shakers. Look forward to the articles - something new to learn!

  • sukran said 6 years ago

    love the pastel tones, beautiful

  • agebo said 6 years ago

    I am also loving those sale and pepper shakers. Great colors!

  • krjewelrydisplays said 6 years ago

    When in elementary school we use to have the huge May Pole that you wound ribbon around. Not sure but I think they later found out this was a fertility dance!

  • willikers said 6 years ago

    UM... I LOVE IT.

  • SkyNightClouds said 6 years ago

    wow. those colors would look good this spring

  • valeriephoto said 6 years ago

    I made some marbled paper when I was about 10 years old in a summer art class. I didn't realize it had become a hot thing!

  • ballandchain said 6 years ago

    love those S&P's !

  • Na0sGlass said 6 years ago

    Can't wait to see the glass marbles from the talented lampworkers out there!

  • Minxshop said 6 years ago

    Awesome. I will have to look into some fabrics. I have been looking the patterns of agates, marble, and other rocks for a while now.

  • AlisaDesign said 6 years ago

    Love marble textures !

  • skyvalleyjewelry said 6 years ago

    Great items with the marbling .

  • TheSewingGin said 6 years ago

    Looking forward to seeing all the marbled items.

  • grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    ♥ the dreamy abstract effect of marbling.

  • WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Sounds like great articles are coming!

  • H88255 said 6 years ago

    Happy May everyone!!!

  • leahleaf said 6 years ago

    gorgeous! I'll gladly look forward to more marbling.

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  • DynamiteFibers said 6 years ago

    I love marbling!

  • OhDearViolet said 6 years ago

    love Nemadji pottery! great to see the resurgence of this lovely technique!

  • OhDearViolet said 6 years ago

    love Nemadji pottery-- so nice to see a rekindling of interest in this lovely technique!

  • ConfettiWestern said 6 years ago

    Check out DynamiteFibers, the marbling featured in the middle of the second/bottom row--it is my friend and former classmate who makes them, and she is ooo talented!

  • BeadLady74 said 6 years ago

    The marbled fabric is inspiring me to get into my quilting room. Love the feature, and can't wait to see more!

  • lizhutnick said 6 years ago

    I've done marbling on paper, wood and plastic objects. Looking forward to this month's blogs.

  • catherinemaria said 6 years ago

    The blogging just gets better and better! Thanks for always keeping us inspired!

  • pancakeandlulu said 6 years ago

    these are so beautiful! I have always love marbling. Happy May!

  • ThreeBarDGifts said 6 years ago

    I'm looking forward to seeing more on marbling. You've shared some very lovely pieces in this article!

  • carolwagner1 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Love the salt and pepper shakers!

  • aressa said 6 years ago

    I had not realized this was a new trend..Thanks for sharing...I love it!!

  • mariarufino said 6 years ago

    I love the colors used, they are so soothing. I have always been intrigued by marbling and look forward to reading more about it.

  • 118jan said 6 years ago

    I have always loved marbling, I'm so excited to see more! Thanks for sharing it!

  • AlisonBrent said 6 years ago

    Hi Alison, Thanks for featuring my Salt & Pepper Pots :-) Wishing you a warm and fun filled May. All the best, Alison

  • geralyns said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan of Alison Brent's ceramics for long time - love that you highlighted her new salt & pepper shakers! Now I want a new set.

  • lizettev said 6 years ago

    Those salt and pepper pots are absolutely gorgeous! I keep on nipping up to the top of the page for another look. Feasting my eyes.

  • glynniskillen said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Your marble selections are gorgeous. I love marbled items! Can't wait to see what Etsy has in store next!

  • WomanShopsWorld said 6 years ago

    Oooh....marbling! I'm looking forward to seeing more of this trend. Good call etsy admin, this should be fun!

  • lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Very nice!

  • sarahmoon503 said 6 years ago

    Sounds great, I love the etsy blog. The marbled fabric is beautiful!

  • cottonbirddesigns said 6 years ago

    Lovely finds!

  • byvala said 6 years ago

    I love the idea that you're featuring everything marbled. I'm sure it's gonna be super!

  • NicolasKnitKnacks said 6 years ago

    The salt and pepper shakers are so cool!!!

  • textilechicken said 6 years ago

    I love marbling looking forward to trying out some projects, Plenty of May blossom in England,warm days at last.

  • vansantdesigns said 6 years ago

    I offer my hard work for YOUR projects!

  • nativestrandsjewelry said 6 years ago

    Nice soft colors in these picks.

  • PoshPrincessBows1 said 6 years ago

    Loving the marbled trend! Maybe I can find some marbled ribbon to make some bows with :-)

  • johntasto said 6 years ago

    Awesome combinations of patterns and colors

  • aliceart2011 said 6 years ago

    Sorry but I don't know where else to ask this question. Can anyone tell me how to "unfollow" someone on Etsy? alice

  • bferreira1 said 6 years ago

    so great!

  • realfaery said 6 years ago

    Really cool stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nemki said 6 years ago

    I remember experimenting with marbling as a little girl, I still think it's absolutely beautiful. Many thanks for bringing it into the limelight this month, some gorgeous pieces!

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