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One of Etsy’s Most Hearted: TheBlackApple

Feb 9, 2009

by 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...

single fluffy white silver-lined cloud on black background
single fluffy white silver-lined cloud on black background
wool cloche - honeycomb
wool cloche - honeycomb
Rabbit, print
Rabbit, print
RABID FOX Bunny Love ring
RABID FOX Bunny Love ring
In the Tree - Print of my Illustration
In the Tree - Print of my Illustration


  • AliBaliJewellery

    AliBaliJewellery said 8 years ago

    This is one of my fave shops here on Etsy and Emily's volume of sales is just amazing!!

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 8 years ago

    Many More Hearts in Return!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 8 years ago

    Great shop , I just checked it out... I couldn't help but heart it!

  • lilacpop

    lilacpop said 8 years ago

    Emily's work is amazing! Great job on Martha too by the way!

  • elizabethwren

    elizabethwren said 8 years ago

    Great shop and fun picks. I love the squirrel towel!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 8 years ago

    she has my heart, heh <3

  • merlinsbarkproducts

    merlinsbarkproducts said 8 years ago

    Congrats and happy (upcoming) birthday!

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 8 years ago

    Hot Damn that's a lot of hearts! Has that been the most so far? Congratulations!'s... ummm... kinda inspiring for me cos she's young and so successful :D

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    love it! the black apple illustrations are awesome! love the pics too!

  • JoyAnna

    JoyAnna said 8 years ago

    An amazing shop and, obviously, an amazing girl.

  • pancakeandlulu

    pancakeandlulu said 8 years ago

    Always a fan, Emily! Happy V day!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    Wow, her illustrations are fascinating. I can see why she's so behearted!! :o)

  • dennisanderson

    dennisanderson said 8 years ago

    Ive always admired you, I think I even heart you too. Maybe I will run into you up in Portland since I am moving there in a couple months. Congrats.

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink said 8 years ago

    I'm a big fan!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    I love your shop and your blog...big fan over here in Maine!

  • DownToTheWireDesigns

    DownToTheWireDesigns said 8 years ago

    Congrats and well-deserved! Even though your sales are mind-boggling, they are not surpising at all considering the excellence of your work. If you ever want to meet up with the Seattle jewelry contingent on a visit here, let me know-- I am sure they would all love to meet you.

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns said 8 years ago

    Just love me some Black Apple! I had to control myself and only buy 2 prints!

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt said 8 years ago

    Very heartable indeed! I believe one of the first items that ever struck me on the Etsy front page was an Alice painting by theblackapple. So beautiful! Portland seems to be a mecca for Etsy's top sellers of handmade goodness. Looking forward to having dennisanderson here too!

  • marymary Admin

    marymary said 8 years ago

    Congrats Emily!

  • lincolnchristian

    lincolnchristian said 8 years ago

    I am such a huge fan! I love just window shopping in her shop! so stinkin creative:>

  • FoundVintageStyle

    FoundVintageStyle said 8 years ago

    easy to understand all the hearts... multi-talented for sure...

  • ashleyg

    ashleyg said 8 years ago

    Yay! Emily! A true talent!

  • Minnie829

    Minnie829 said 8 years ago

    Emily deserves all the hearts including mine! I check her shop out everyday.

  • annarubyking

    annarubyking said 8 years ago

    congrats Emily! amazing work- well deserved success!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    Her blogs are just as wonderful as her creations!

  • theblackapple

    theblackapple said 8 years ago

    Aw, thanks guys!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great article Emily.... Have a happy birthday!!

  • IndigoRain

    IndigoRain said 8 years ago

    Happy B-Day Emily!

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 8 years ago

    I can see why you have so many people hearting you! Very nice!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 8 years ago

    Yay! Congratulations! Well deserved.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    Wonderful ~ Congrats Emily :)

  • mylavaliere

    mylavaliere said 8 years ago

    congrats! your work is so amazing! i love my greta print, its the first thing i see every morning! your blog is really sweet too!

  • krize

    krize said 8 years ago

    I love your art! :)

  • MyDearest

    MyDearest said 8 years ago

    strange! I just found your blog the other day! congrats on being so loved (and young and talented). happy birthday (saturday)

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 8 years ago

    hooray Emily!

  • jewelscurnow

    jewelscurnow said 8 years ago

    Theblackapple story makes my heart soar!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    Nice article on an amazingly successful fellow Oregonian. I'm lucky enough to live in a house in the forest :)

  • truLuxe

    truLuxe said 8 years ago

    Wow, Emily... really, wow... that's a lotta love!

  • thegratulatest

    thegratulatest said 8 years ago

    Great shop!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    Oh yea I love her items such unique work.

  • OrganicPanic

    OrganicPanic said 8 years ago

    The illustrations are awesome! It's nice to see a fellow artist getting so many hearts.

  • kateblack

    kateblack said 8 years ago

    Congrats on even more well-deserved attention, Emily! If I could heart you 10x over, I would. (Shall I start lobbying Etsy to provide nth power to the hearts?)

  • estatesale

    estatesale said 8 years ago

    Yay Emily!

  • LotusJewelryThreads

    LotusJewelryThreads said 8 years ago

    I heart your work :)

  • Legacy925

    Legacy925 said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Emily - you have one of my hearts! Love your black mask.

  • LaughingDogPhoto

    LaughingDogPhoto said 8 years ago

    Congrats to Miss Emily! I just got one of her prints, and boys and girls let me tell you, I see why she's so hearted! ;)

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    One of my favorites!

  • mimisayshi

    mimisayshi said 8 years ago

    I've already bought 4 blackapple prints for myself, and 1 as a gift...and I definitely have my eye on a couple more. Emily is absolutely one of my first and favorite-ist faves! =)

  • mimisayshi

    mimisayshi said 8 years ago

    oops, not 4 but 2 - I just WANT so many! ;) Totally worth the hearts...

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago


  • goddesstones

    goddesstones said 8 years ago

    Fun and original.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 8 years ago

    love your artwork! congrats, Emily! :)

  • angelene

    angelene said 8 years ago


  • SweetAndKindOf

    SweetAndKindOf said 8 years ago

    Love your stuff!

  • GumballGrenade

    GumballGrenade said 8 years ago

    Anytime I tell anyone about how great etsy is for artists your name always comes up!

  • thebline

    thebline said 8 years ago

    I first learned about etsy during Emily's spot on the Martha Stewart show and I've been hooked ever since! She deserves those hearts!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Great shop~ Awesome story~ Continued success wherever life leads. Congrats on all the hearts as well, you got one from me long time ago. Seattle is a great place to spend a birthday.

  • EmilyMe

    EmilyMe said 8 years ago

    absolutely love her! got two lovely prints a while back really want to get more soon :)

  • sophiori

    sophiori said 8 years ago

    Beautiful, truly personal and inspiring art!

  • ProcraftinationParty

    ProcraftinationParty said 8 years ago

    I <3 you too! i would love a house in the forest one day too :)

  • kricketbee

    kricketbee said 8 years ago

    It's always nice to hear from Emily. She is such positive energy & very inspiring. :)

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

    I'm definitely a fan!

  • autumnsarrival

    autumnsarrival said 8 years ago

    WOW- All the way around! You're amazing!

  • honeytree

    honeytree said 8 years ago

    So inspired such awesome success !! I love Portland Oregon too home town :)

  • Julzevi

    Julzevi said 8 years ago

    Just excellent!!

  • Nafsika

    Nafsika said 8 years ago

    Great article and i love the selected items!!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Love your shop. Very nice. ^^

  • swellvintage

    swellvintage said 8 years ago

    She has such a unique style - love it x

  • NayArts

    NayArts said 8 years ago

    super awesome

  • 2BellesBeads

    2BellesBeads said 8 years ago

    Oooh, love your work. Happy birthday! :)

  • monamivie

    monamivie said 8 years ago

    I am so impressed with this seller! I only hope she continues her beautiful work for a long, long time.

  • LeahSutton

    LeahSutton said 8 years ago

    Your shop is fab! :) Have a great birthday!

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 8 years ago

    I really LOVE your work! Congrats!

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 8 years ago

    Love your artwork, one of my favorites on Etsy!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago


  • johnwgolden

    johnwgolden said 8 years ago

    Congrats Emily!!

  • noahslandingart

    noahslandingart said 8 years ago

    Congratulations to an inspiring, talented artist! Love your work!

  • HELICOPTERstudios

    HELICOPTERstudios said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love your blog too!

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 8 years ago

    Love your work! No wonder you're so beloved! Happy Birthday too! :o)

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 8 years ago

    congrats have a wonderful birthday, love your work:)

  • MrsGibson

    MrsGibson said 8 years ago

    Ditto here... big fan of your work and blog.

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 8 years ago

    lovely shop!

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 8 years ago

    Really nice work! Congratulations, and Happy Birthday!

  • bonecalinda

    bonecalinda said 8 years ago

    Super cute! You are really talented. Happy Birthday!

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights said 8 years ago

    congrats Emily dear!!

  • SewRecycled

    SewRecycled said 8 years ago

    I love her work, so fresh and full of intrique!

  • chickmunkfunk

    chickmunkfunk said 8 years ago


  • TangleWitDesigns

    TangleWitDesigns said 8 years ago

    Serene and intriguing!! What beautiful fresh work!! I love it!

  • ElegantSnobbery

    ElegantSnobbery said 8 years ago

    Hurray for Emily. Her shop and blog are always a treat to visit.

  • thecozyloft

    thecozyloft said 8 years ago

    One of her prints sits atop my desk and was actually one of my first few etsy purchases!! Lovely!

  • fuzzibax

    fuzzibax said 8 years ago

    I love the squirrelly stuff!

  • Jqline

    Jqline said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Emily! I adore your art work, blog and shop!

  • FerragamoStudio

    FerragamoStudio said 8 years ago

    I also like to read your blog. You've done a wonderful job defining your style and creating your brand. Good luck in the future!

  • cinnamonsticks

    cinnamonsticks said 8 years ago

    Congrats Emily! Love your art!!

  • Linotte

    Linotte said 8 years ago

    ooh, Emily, thank you for including my print! x

  • kilsook

    kilsook said 8 years ago

    very impressive. excellent shop. nice work.

  • pamglew

    pamglew said 8 years ago

    ah this was a really lovely read nice to see the other favoutite etsians, also some of my favs, skunkyboycreatures rock hard

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 said 8 years ago

    very cool

  • ygscreations

    ygscreations said 8 years ago

    WoW! This girl is really talented! Each piece tells a story. Love it!

  • prettywit

    prettywit said 8 years ago

    Yay! Congrats Black Apple. I have loved your shop for so long!! Your Some Girls Wander blog is one of my favorite blogs as well. My favorite black apple painting? The Red Piano. So beautiful..... Genevieve

  • acageybee

    acageybee said 8 years ago

    One of my fave shops! Emily's success was a big part of the reason I joined Etsy last year. So talented & seems like such a sweet person too.

  • novella

    novella said 8 years ago

    love the Bubblegum Betty print!

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 8 years ago

    MAJORLY inspiring! Love a good bad apple :) theaxx (

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch said 8 years ago

    love her blog! I'm a fan of the blackapple!

  • ChocolateBeachFlower

    ChocolateBeachFlower said 8 years ago

    you are so inspiring! love your style of painting:)

  • 5erg

    5erg said 8 years ago

    Definitely a great shop! :)

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