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One of Etsy’s Most Hearted: TheBlackApple handmade and vintage goods

For Valentine’s Day, we at Etsy’s blog thought we’d seek out the Etsy members who are the most beloved (or rather, be-hearted). We tracked six of out of the top one hundred most-hearted users and sought them out for interviews. They were totally surprised and pleased to find out! The fifth in this series is theblackapple.

Emily Martin, alias The Black Apple, is a twenty five year old girl who lives among the giant fir trees of Portland, OR. Her fellow adventurers in this land of oversized trees are a boy named Josiah and a boy-cat named Miette. Scribbling, stitching, painting, and baking are certainly the things she does best. Also, it is important to note that she loves toy pianos, vintage sewing notions, documentaries, Little Golden Books, swans, and that her fondest wish is to live in a house in the forest. You can read her blog at

Tell us how you first got involved with Etsy:
I heard about it via Leah Kramer of Craftster fame in 2005, and since I had just graduated from art school and was crafting like a maniac, I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about. Little did I know…

What’s your favorite Etsy feature?
Hmm…I do like the Storque. The “Time Machines” are neat, too!

How do you think you became so beloved in the Etsy community? (You’ve got a lot of hearts!)
Goodness, I don’t know! I feel very lucky for all the love that has come my way, though. And I think I’ve just been around a long time (long by Etsy standards). I’m a bad penny.

Who are your favorite Etsians?
, Kateblack, CleverNettle, TheSmallObject, artandghosts, and Skunkboycreatures.

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?
Probably cooking a really good dinner at home, or, since it’s my birthday just the day before, taking a short trip to Seattle with my sweet pea.

Below you’ll find some of Emily’s favorites. Check out the other Most Hearted individuals here...