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UK Etsy Finds: Self Appreciation on Valentine’s Day

Feb 12, 2010

by AmityUK handmade and vintage goods

Samantha Jones: “Yes, I love you! It’s just…I’m just gonna say the thing you’re not supposed to say: I love you but I love me more and I’ve been in a relationship with myself for forty nine years and that’s the one I need to work on.

Sex and The City: The Movie

When a friend posted the above quote from the first SATC movie on her Facebook page one Saturday morning (you know what’s coming, right?), I found myself sitting at my laptop, staring pensively out the window, asking: Does authentic self love make us selfish?

Self appreciation can take so many forms: a candlelit bubble bath when you’re feeling down, a marathon of your favourite TV programme, treating yourself to a couple of your Etsy Favorites, reading for hours on end or allowing yourself the time to delve into that creative project your crafty fingers have been itching for. Whatever your heart desires, whether you’re single or not, let’s take the time to show #1 a little love this Valentine’s Day.

Gift Boxed Heart Soap – Antique Blossom

By soapychica, $8.

Shabby Chic Cottage Style Rosebud Candle

By purplesparkle, $13.

Dreams – blank notebook

By nuvonova, $25.

Book hearts – 2 gocco printed bookmarks

By askingfortrouble, $3.25.

vintage. leather FAWN runched pumps

From LittleBeeVintage, $24.

Vintage 1980s earrings

From hedgerowfancies, $6.

Funky street,  set of 5 handmade  buttons

By hodgepodgearts, $15.

Oak Leaf Metal Cookie Cutter

By GreenRiverSupplies, $5.50.


Ego much, Original ACEO

By tinyminds, $12.


my secret self…original drawing…

By restlessthings, $95.

How are you going to appreciate you this Valentine’s Day?  Get creative and let us know in the comments section below!

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Lucky Horseshoe Charm Necklace
Lucky Horseshoe Charm Necklace
SALE  Pansy Corsage
SALE Pansy Corsage
Out of the Box - 8x10 Illustration Print
Out of the Box - 8x10 Illustration Print
Reserved for giacomo VINTAGE hot pink HIGH HEELS - Cotton Candy
Reserved for giacomo VINTAGE hot pink HIGH HEELS - Cotton Candy
PRINT \/ Buy 1 get 2 \/ My Prada Bag 8x10
PRINT \/ Buy 1 get 2 \/ My Prada Bag 8x10
Follow Your Heart Sign Through The Viewfinder TTV Photo Print
Follow Your Heart Sign Through The Viewfinder TTV Photo Print
floral brooch, cotton candy and cream
floral brooch, cotton candy and cream
Lightning Bolt Gold Tone Earrings Vintage Style SATC Carrie
Lightning Bolt Gold Tone Earrings Vintage Style SATC Carrie
Red Garden Party Headband
Red Garden Party Headband


  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 6 years ago

    that yellow notebook is just beautiful:)

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 6 years ago

    I'm all for self love -- any time of the year. And that shabby chic candle in a tea cup is adorable!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 6 years ago

    great post - love to all - and to self is just as important!

  • abacusbeadcreations

    abacusbeadcreations said 6 years ago

    Great article, AmityUK. And I want those hot pink shoes!!!

  • delectabledenim

    delectabledenim said 6 years ago

    lovely article Amity! and quite appropriate as I am full of cold and watching the rain and feeling sorry for myself - so I'm going to do a bit of shopping on Etsy right now! guaranteed to make me feel better :)

  • thelightningbolts

    thelightningbolts said 6 years ago

    candle and notebook lust!!

  • hedgerowfancies

    hedgerowfancies said 6 years ago

    Great post. I love that candle in a tea cup, so cute!

  • MagpieMine

    MagpieMine said 6 years ago

    Found some lovely new (to me) shops here!

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 6 years ago

    Great article and finds! Thanks Amity! ...... now for that indulgent bubble bath ...... ;)

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 6 years ago

    Thank you - important lesson to learn. Purplesparkle's lovely teacup would certainly make its user feel very special. Thank you.

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 6 years ago

    Lovely Founds! great Items!

  • snapdragonbeads

    snapdragonbeads said 6 years ago

    Great post! I'm glad that Valentine's day falls on a Sunday, I might get some me time if my husband looks after the toddler for a while ;-)

  • corelladesign

    corelladesign said 6 years ago

    Hey, Thanks for that Amity! I needed that reminder. By the way, Love your Hair!

  • restlessthings

    restlessthings said 6 years ago

    hello you! thanks for including my drawing :)

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    Love the high heeled pop art shoes!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 6 years ago

    Beautiful finds~ I love the handmade buttons! (-:

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 6 years ago

    Too right! Going to treat me me me this Valentines! Love SJP, and then I found myself thinking, self love makes us happy and Etsy is fantastic for treats.. choccies, bath stuff, books, jewellery.. and thanks a lot for treating me by featuring my print!

  • xoxsmiley

    xoxsmiley said 6 years ago

    I'm going to appreciate myself by getting a haircut. :]

  • mtcoffinz

    mtcoffinz said 6 years ago

    That heart soap is beautiful! I would almost hate to get it wet and ruin it.

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs said 6 years ago

    Very well said, I'm hoping for a little quiet time away from the kids to curl up and read a book :) Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    I dig restlessthings drawing and her shop - love the name. Taking time for one's self is a great Valentine idea!

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 6 years ago

    Nice finds :)

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

    Love the teacup candle :o)

  • sabahnur

    sabahnur said 6 years ago

    ohh it is almost at the door.. happy valentine

  • TeesignsDesigns

    TeesignsDesigns said 6 years ago

    The Lucky Horseshoe Charm Necklace is super cute!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 6 years ago

    Great collections... Happy Valentine's Day..

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 6 years ago

    cute items!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    Hearts to everyone this valentine's day!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    Love is flowing in the air around already! Thank you for such nice finds! Dear AmityUk!

  • creativeaccidents

    creativeaccidents said 6 years ago

    Great items! Self love is important! If you don't love yourself how can you expect others to love you! But don't forget to spread the love!! Happy Valentines Day everyone :)

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 6 years ago

    Great items

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 6 years ago

    Me time is always a good thing! Great finds. Love the smoochy necklace!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 6 years ago

    Thank you for validating the art of self appreciation that often gets lost in the shuffle of caring for others! Happy Heart Day to all.

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 6 years ago

    I definitly believe in bubble baths as a way to love yourself by taking time to relax and reflect. The clouds of cotton candy print is beautiful!

  • greenriverstudio

    greenriverstudio said 6 years ago

    YAY! Thanks for including my alter ego's (greenriversupplies) little cookie cutter. Perked my weekend right up. Happy Valentines to all!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 6 years ago

    I love the book hearts and the vintage shoes!

  • deltamoonsoap

    deltamoonsoap said 6 years ago

    I am thinking a nice glass of wine would be just the ticket! Wishing everyone an awesome day!

  • girlindustries

    girlindustries said 6 years ago

    Love the book hearts! I'm feeling inspired to treat myself to the luxury of free time, and spend Sunday curled up with a good book.

  • Anastasiasdolls

    Anastasiasdolls said 6 years ago

    Great collections...

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 6 years ago

    love this feature!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    After seeing the cute house buttons and checking out her site, I've hearted hodgepodgearts!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 6 years ago

    OOOH I just adore those House Buttons!!!!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    all of these are great finds:) I love how chic everything looks!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago

    Beautiful finds!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 6 years ago

    Finally get a date night with hubby & no kids, and all we can talk about is NOT going out for V-day! Crowds, bleck;)

  • GemAddict

    GemAddict said 6 years ago

    Good job!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Love "my secret self" drawing. Great pics Amity!

  • bonbiforest

    bonbiforest said 6 years ago

    those bookmarks are adorable!

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 6 years ago

    A lot of beautiful items ! I love your choices !

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love the 80's earrings and shoes!

  • HeartsofTrees

    HeartsofTrees said 6 years ago

    I love this looks out for everyone on Valentine's day..haha.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Nice read, heart soap is beautiful, "my secret self" is kewl. Great job.

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 6 years ago

    This is great! It's nice to know that it's OK to treat yourself sometimes :) I convinced my boyfriend that we should stay home, cook dinner and watch a movie. I'm cooking us MY favorite meal...which happens to be a million times more tasty than his favorite!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Whatever you do there's always someone willing to tell you that you're doing it wrong... the important thing is to do what feels right for you. Some people need more time to themselves than others & if you genuinely need to do something for yourself to make yourself feel strong enough to face the rest of the world then go for it! Life's too short to spend it feeling guilty at treating yourself as good as you treat others.

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 6 years ago

    I like treating myself every now and then. Love those handmade house buttons!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 6 years ago

    Ohhh I love your article, thanks!

  • minimummouse

    minimummouse said 6 years ago

    Ooh I adore Soapy Chica. Got some stuff from there for my Mum for Christmas and she was one happy lady! As for Valentine's, well if you don't look after yourself you aren't going to be any use to anyone else, so treat yourself and enjoy!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    great article!

  • cayennepeppy

    cayennepeppy said 6 years ago

    you can't truly love others if you don't truly value and love yourself!!

  • ffflowers

    ffflowers said 6 years ago

    I like this new spin on Valentine's day :)

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 6 years ago

    Cool finds! Love the follow your ♥ sign.

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 6 years ago

    yeeah! SATC wisdom wins every time x

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Great items!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 6 years ago

    Love the candle!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 6 years ago

    Great concept!

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 6 years ago

    I love those pinky 1980's earring - very Molly Ringwald! Its great to see Uk artists featured here, I've discovered a few new favourite sellers. Looking forward to your next post AmityUK ;)*

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 6 years ago

    While I love the picks from the post, I don't understand why a "Chanel Inspired" necklace is included in the Etsy Mini. While it may be beautiful, the design clearly uses a counterfeit Chanel charm.

  • unikmotif

    unikmotif said 6 years ago

    The pumps from LittleBeeVintage are to die for!

  • SewEnglish

    SewEnglish said 6 years ago

    Self love is my excuse for buying myself a Valentine present! :0 Just adore the printed bookmarks. Can't wait to be move back to UK and spread the ETSY love.

  • tinyminds

    tinyminds said 6 years ago

    i'm giggling about self love... (such a child)

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 6 years ago

    nice post! :D those vintage pink shoes are so sweet!! those are my favs.

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 6 years ago

    I love that Samantha quote! she was always my fav on sex in the city.

  • eroa

    eroa said 6 years ago

    love hugs to all! really dig the smoochy necklace:D

  • RubyRougeJewellery

    RubyRougeJewellery said 6 years ago

    What a fantastic post! I love all the items you've featured and thank you from the bottom of my heart for featuring one of mine! Now must indulge in a bubble bath and read for hours on end! :)

  • soapychica

    soapychica said 6 years ago

    Lol Tinyminds you made me giggle too! Thanks so much Amity for the feature among such adorable treats

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Teacup candle is cute for my bedroom!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 6 years ago

    oh yes, treating yourself to some Etsy favorites, love it!

  • MunroBoutique

    MunroBoutique said 6 years ago

    lush. I really fancy a bubble bath now! Does anyone remeber matey bubblebath?

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    i think i needed the reminding that it is ok to spoil myself once in awhile. thanks!

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 6 years ago

    I'm making my famous Rosewater Pistachio Vegan Cupcakes all for myself! I love being single on Valentine's Day! ❤

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 6 years ago

    I'm so in love with the dreams notebook!!!

  • grahamcyrus28

    grahamcyrus28 said 6 years ago

    Happy Valentine's Day!!! The Dreams notebook is very nice. I really liked it. Acai Berry

  • KnitFrekkles

    KnitFrekkles said 6 years ago

    Well said, it feels good to treat yourself sometimes. I love the Bleeding Heard Ring by DoughLadyDesign.

  • wychbury

    wychbury said 6 years ago

    Fabulous! Valentine's should be all about the self-spoiling :) Thanks so much for including our pansy corsage with all these gorgeous things ❤

  • funchi

    funchi said 6 years ago

    Great article, Amity! Thank you.

  • Allthingsmade2287

    Allthingsmade2287 said 6 years ago

    Cute items - love the homemade buttons and bookmark hearts. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day whether your single or not. It's always important to put yourself first to be the best in who you are. Hugs.

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! This is what each one of us MUST do. :)

  • LustreBeads

    LustreBeads said 6 years ago

    Awesome! I have an unusual addiction to buttond and those litte house buttons make me want to go on a button buying spree. Love the wychbury pansy corsage too, and wychbury only live a couple of miles away from me! :D

  • KattyKinns

    KattyKinns said 6 years ago

    That soap is so beautiful <3

  • hodgepodgearts

    hodgepodgearts said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for featuring my house buttons! :-) and I am all for a bit of self indulgence! Think I am going to treat myself to something from one of the wonderful creative people on here. Happy Valentines day to everyone!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 6 years ago

    Soapychica's antique blossom soap and all the soaps in their shop are just too lovely for words. I'm afraid I wouldn't let anyone actually use them as they are such pieces of art! Audrey

  • litapsilverj

    litapsilverj said 6 years ago

    Thank you! I needed a friendly reminder. Going to start off with a nice long hot shower. Then a little brunch.

  • TheSmartCat

    TheSmartCat said 6 years ago

    Neat stuff! Nice to be reminded that we need to love ourselves too. ;)

  • Kukaramba

    Kukaramba said 6 years ago

    nice article!

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 6 years ago

    Love your choices! Found some new favorites!

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 6 years ago

    Great choices! I looked after #1 today with a little chocolate indulgence - well, all right, I admit it was a little too much. But it was soooo good!!!!!

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 6 years ago

    Lovely! :)

  • adoreadornments

    adoreadornments said 6 years ago

    Perfect choices! found a new fav!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 6 years ago

    Too very Sweet!! Audrey

  • AgataBalbina

    AgataBalbina said 6 years ago

    awesome idea! And of course great finds!

  • hdunstan

    hdunstan said 6 years ago

    i think it's so important to take time out for ourselves. every night before bed, i like to massage my feet, reflect on the day, and just relax a little after a hectic day!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Great post..

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