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A Community Love Connection

Feb 15, 2011

by chakrapennywhistle handmade and vintage goods

How lucky are we to be a part of a convergence of like-minded individuals who create, motivate, share and inspire? Etsy — and this handmade community that we find ourselves in — is much more than simply buying and selling. It’s also about the connections we make. Today Rikkianne, a.k.a. yousentimentalidiot and chakrapennywhistle, shares her experience of a virtual collaboration with another Etsy seller. It’s a reminder of the powerful connections frequently made throughout the community.

I  recently stumbled upon a beautiful project from a fellow Etsy seller while browsing Flickr. Lisa of lilfishstudios had combined antique lace and a simple secondhand dress with stunning photography to create a wonderful piece of art.

Photo by lilfishstudios

Lisa’s photograph reminded me of an early American folk art painting and a time when people made their own clothing. I was immediately inspired to incorporate it into my antique diary project. I emailed Lisa straightaway and asked her permission to sketch the dress as I saw it.


Photo by Rikkianne

After I made the two sketches, I mailed prints of each to Lisa as a thank you for sharing. Lisa was incredibly appreciative and wrote beautifully about this connection, stating that “this is what community is all about… a perfect example of sharing inspiration.” Through the course of this exchange, Lisa and I had the chance to get to know one another better. It’s been an incredible experience and motivation to make more connections in a positive way. 

In the spirit of our experience, both of us wanted to share our story. Lisa interviewed me about my art project, while I invited my readers to share their stories of inspiration on my blog. The response to both has been incredibly heartfelt. blog reader that commented on Lisa’s post wrote that “one of the greatest gifts in life is the discovery that you inspired another.” That’s what makes our handmade community so special.

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  • ZinniaSnipSnap

    ZinniaSnipSnap said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love this story!

  • ZinniaSnipSnap

    ZinniaSnipSnap said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love this story!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 7 years ago

    Beauty! Love collaborations.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 7 years ago

    wonderful! i adore the picks too! xox

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 7 years ago

    A humans it is the sense of community that strengthens us. For creative endeavors it adds layers of inspiration. For vintage gatherers it makes one think of where an item has been, who has used it, and what their energy was like.

  • lilfishstudios

    lilfishstudios said 7 years ago

    It was such a pleasure to be involved in this collaboration with Rikkianne. Thank you so much for sharing our story here.

  • paintedforest

    paintedforest said 7 years ago

    I love this story. I am constantly being inspired by other Etsians, it's a fabulous discovery to know there is this whole global community of creative people making beautiful things.

  • PlanetJanetArt

    PlanetJanetArt said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring and lovely story! Thank you for sharing. Both creations are absolutely stunning!

  • BetaPorHomme

    BetaPorHomme said 7 years ago

    What a nice story this is!

  • DrawntoLetters

    DrawntoLetters said 7 years ago

    This is lovely! I really believe in this. At holiday I illustrated childrens'clothing from several other etsy designers and we linked back to each others prints/real clothing. Here's how it looked!

  • yousentimentalidiot

    yousentimentalidiot said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing our story. It is wonderful to read about the daily inspiration and connections made in our community. A gigantic thank you to Lisa for being down right amazing :)

  • ecouturejewels

    ecouturejewels said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic. My grandparents were collectors of those early American folk art paintings, and this brings back beautiful memories of their home. Thank you for sharing!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    It truly is a wonderful story that happenstance brought you together! Thanks for sharing!

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 7 years ago

    I am grateful to be a part of this community. I've made some incredibly fulfilling friendships. Lovely story Rikkianne! Cheers, Mandy

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 7 years ago

    OH MY GOSH I LOVE YOU BOTH! Not only are you super talented but you are some of the nicest, most thoughtful and kindest Etsians out there!!! xoxoxo

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Great story, I'm sure there are thousands of connections happening everyday like this!

  • vintagebyalexkeller

    vintagebyalexkeller said 7 years ago

    fantastic story! i've had the pleasure of knowing Rikkianne personally and know of Lisa through EcoEtsy. What a great community :)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    etsy IS special!

  • oddnia

    oddnia said 7 years ago

    Inspired. Thanks for sharing.

  • wandersketch

    wandersketch said 7 years ago

    etsy really is a great place. there are so many connections made every day whether you know they are happening or not. connecting with people. connecting with a past memory. connecting with history. i wish i saw more collaborations. it'd be great to have an artist start a piece and pass it down via multiple etsy artists of all walks of life and see what happens in the end!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 7 years ago

    This article more or less perfectly sums up why I love Etsy. Thank you to everyone in our special community, especially all the Etsy Employees who keep this place beautiful, fun, and running smoothly.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    Being enabled to make such connections really is the BEST part of Etsy!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 7 years ago

    I am blessed to be part of this community of such talented artists~! Lovely story =)

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 7 years ago

    Lovely story, Etsy is full of connections.

  • LuLusApple

    LuLusApple said 7 years ago

    Just all around Beautiful story :) thank you for sharing.

  • noemiah

    noemiah said 7 years ago

    Etsy brought me friends (accross the world) but also designer friends that I meet almost every week just to talk, in a cafe. We live in the same neighborhood and we talk about creation, new designs we made, future collaborations. We also do modeling for each of us :) If I had never discovered Etsy, I don't think I would have lived of my work. This article is really inspiring, I just posted my own project witch is a special collaboration with Etsy seller Paule T.B. on your blog :)

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 7 years ago

    What an amazing connection! I love bothe pieces of work. Stunning!

  • kintique

    kintique said 7 years ago

    This is really beautiful.

  • cozymemories

    cozymemories said 7 years ago

    so very happy to see their story shared here !!! I love this article and the sentiment behind it ! Three cheers for genuine online friendships & creative collaborations !

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 7 years ago

    Great story, collaboration is an important tool in the development of art.

  • abbigayle

    abbigayle said 7 years ago

    Beautiful angelic and timeless picture, lovely child, exquisite crochet collar. I appreciate and adore the historic parallel in children's dress and simple presentation.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    I have drawn several portraits based on fellow Etsy sellers' product photography (with their permission, of course!) and I just bought a great neck wrap from another seller that will be a pivotal piece in an upcoming series. The inspiration on Etsy is never ending!

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 7 years ago

    What a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 7 years ago

    What a great story!! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts said 7 years ago

    Yay! Artists unite. Creativity squared to infinity. Thanks for spreading the love and inspiration.

  • katryoshka

    katryoshka said 7 years ago

    That is sooooooooooooo inspiring, wow! I have been inspired to make a dress based on some prints I saw just the other day, heres the sign to get on with it!! xx

  • EstherFink

    EstherFink said 7 years ago

    Inspiration was what i needed today, thank you for your loving words.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story!! Yay Lisa, and yay Rikkianne! I am continuously inspired by other's works found here on Etsy. Dresses, photographs, sculptures... when I ask the maker if they'd mind me using their piece as reference for my own spin-off they are ALWAYS so pleasant and sweet!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 7 years ago

    very nice subject, I will try it once I get to know how to navigate on Etsy :)

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 7 years ago

    Great story

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 7 years ago

    Thanks. I am still learning.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    great job

  • ArtPhotosDiana

    ArtPhotosDiana said 7 years ago

    Great story. Love this synchronicity. Inspiring.

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 7 years ago

    Yay, Rikkianne! Thanks for sharing this sweet connection with us <3

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Lovely story!! This is what I love about the Etsy community. People are inspiring and friendly.

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! Personal connection is where it's at! :)

  • hopelovescards

    hopelovescards said 7 years ago

    How beautiful they are!

  • amyfine

    amyfine said 7 years ago

    great post

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 7 years ago

    You guys are an inspiration!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 7 years ago

    my favorite part about etsy is the people behind the art. I've made so many meaningful connections here, thank you!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 7 years ago

    Haahahah! that baby rocks

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 7 years ago

    Very nice:O)

  • Plinkjewelry

    Plinkjewelry said 7 years ago

    great read

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 7 years ago

    Very cool! It gives me so many great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 7 years ago

    one word: synchronicity.

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 7 years ago

    How lovely. haha.

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiring story of how one creator begins another. I love how closely knit the Etsy community is. Keep up the great work ladies.

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 7 years ago

    inspirtational read and a wonderful idea like minded artists working and sharing together lovely

  • bmused

    bmused said 7 years ago

    What a great story!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 7 years ago

    This is why I love Etsy! Everyone is so friendly and willing to share ideas and creativity, thanks for sharing your lovely article!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Exactly why I love being a part of this community! I just love the journal bandolier in your featured items... I'm constantly trying to figure out the best way to keep my pens/pencils with my sketchbook and journals. Thank you for sharing an inspirational story.

  • adatine

    adatine said 7 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • liluchic

    liluchic said 7 years ago

    charming and so true! :)

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 7 years ago

    Great story!

  • ecokaren

    ecokaren said 7 years ago

    I read both of your stories when they were posted and now reading about it here is fantastic! So glad to have two such talented members on our team. What a great idea to collaborate with such talented handmade sellers on Etsy.

  • corilu

    corilu said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story. Very inspirational.

  • JoyGJ

    JoyGJ said 7 years ago


  • HandmaidenBC

    HandmaidenBC said 7 years ago

    Sweet story, thanks for sharing.

  • EarthGrrrlCrafts

    EarthGrrrlCrafts said 7 years ago

    Does anyone else find it ironic that weeks after killing the forums, out comes an article regarding connecting with other artisans? Cute story. Awesome timing.

  • uncorked

    uncorked said 7 years ago

    wonderful story and I love both of these ladies!

  • jesspeterson

    jesspeterson said 7 years ago

    what a great story..

  • secretjewellz

    secretjewellz said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Awesome post! Lisa has to be one of the nicest people on Etsy. And her creativity seems endless.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    collaboration on Etsy is so much fun! I did it with how you can communicate only via convos and still have a wonderful result!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 7 years ago

    Lovely story! Etsy is a wonderful place for all of us to connect!

  • ladybug9753

    ladybug9753 said 7 years ago

    Precious story. Thanks for sharing!Have a super day!

  • LonesomeRoadStudio

    LonesomeRoadStudio said 7 years ago

    Cute. I still don't find Teams to be as sharing as Forums. Oh well, I've moved on and connected in other ways in other places.

  • norunningwithscissor

    norunningwithscissor said 7 years ago

    Great story! Etsy sellers are great! I met 2 at the International Toy Show this past weekend who were so helpful and forthcoming about their experiences so far as Etsy sellers. Definitely a one of a kind community!

  • rachelink

    rachelink said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story, beautiful work.

  • rachelink

    rachelink said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story, beautiful work.

  • CrashingBison

    CrashingBison said 7 years ago

    That's really sweet! Nice story!

  • anandi

    anandi said 7 years ago

    I love that photo.

  • NannateeWay

    NannateeWay said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story. This is what community is all about!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 7 years ago

    So sweet.

  • Giftbearer

    Giftbearer said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • Joystreet

    Joystreet said 7 years ago

    beautiful story!

  • didiy8games

    didiy8games said 7 years ago

    Thanks all for sharing

  • CupidandPsyche

    CupidandPsyche said 7 years ago

    This has made me smile today, well smile more than I already was :) Lovely story.

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom said 7 years ago

    a beautiful story.. congratulations ladies:)))

  • barncatstudio

    barncatstudio said 7 years ago

    Great story!!

  • pinkpainter

    pinkpainter said 7 years ago

    How lovely!

  • FranniesHeart

    FranniesHeart said 7 years ago

    Lovely story!

  • CreativeStash

    CreativeStash said 7 years ago

    amazing story! great feel good way to start my day. inspiring one another is what its all about!

  • HarmlessColor

    HarmlessColor said 7 years ago

    That's really neat!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 7 years ago

    I love to read stories like this one.

  • quiltartfabric

    quiltartfabric said 7 years ago

    beautiful story!

  • HideaHeart

    HideaHeart said 7 years ago

    It is an honor and privilege to be counted among and part of our Etsy-collaborator-community. Thank you for posting such a lovely story. MCatherine

  • littleanu

    littleanu said 7 years ago

    lovely indeed!

  • ZumaLilly

    ZumaLilly said 7 years ago

    wonderfully awesome.

  • brittanylaurendesign

    brittanylaurendesign said 7 years ago

    inspiring. its important to connect with other sellers. we can really learn a lot from each other!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 7 years ago

    Sweet, sweet story. Thank you for sharing...

  • GretchenOwens79

    GretchenOwens79 said 7 years ago

    great article so sweet

  • MadameKoiteh

    MadameKoiteh said 7 years ago

    Great story, very inspiring :)

  • sarahsquiltsncrafts

    sarahsquiltsncrafts said 7 years ago

    Great = common-unity. Love the photo of the little girl with the black lace trimmed dress.

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 7 years ago

    I love it! You're so right about community and the gift of inspiration from each other. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  • notionbyleandra

    notionbyleandra said 7 years ago

    How wonderfully inspiring! It is so awesome to connect with someone with common interests and yet different perspectives.

  • ClaudiaOlivos

    ClaudiaOlivos said 7 years ago

    very sweet! thank you for is wonderful to find inspiration in the randomness of life!

  • 22ndandChatty

    22ndandChatty said 7 years ago

    That's what it's all about...connecting to people!

  • veronicabuttons

    veronicabuttons said 7 years ago

    We don't work in offices or companies like other people so we have to build connections somehow etsy is good for that & so are things like Twitter & fb pages! its important to connect & network!

  • fspillow

    fspillow said 7 years ago

    The real photo of the baby is so darling. Your photography is truely beautiful!

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • bezaleljewels

    bezaleljewels said 7 years ago

    What a sweet story

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce said 7 years ago


  • AllureByU

    AllureByU said 7 years ago


  • KatesStrangelings

    KatesStrangelings said 7 years ago

    Lovely story! I too am meeting wonderful, one of a kind, like-minded, people here who inspire me.

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign said 7 years ago

    that's a story I'd like to hear every day...maybe I can turn it into a mantra...humanity exists behind every avatar and shop front. all we need to do is extend our hand. that inspiration may be gained by viewing another's work is the ultimate compliment. thanks for sharing!

  • LittleBlueMoon

    LittleBlueMoon said 7 years ago

    Often, I feel very inspired by photographs and artworks of other etsians. Hope to collaborate some day. :}

  • LittleMadamtutu

    LittleMadamtutu said 7 years ago

    just when you think you have run out of ideas you take a good look around and see the inspiration right in front of you. I love this story, because I truly believe that inspiration comes from everything and anything. Last year I met a woman who paints and we would always talk about our own craft projects and always looking for new adventures. We recently decided to link up on some projects together. We collaborated on birthday shirts and I have to say since the demand has been great. Creative minds are always thinking, it can make you crazy but you certainly don't think like everybody else.

  • senaysahin

    senaysahin said 7 years ago

    thank you for the story. great!!

  • jenya2

    jenya2 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this story.

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 7 years ago

    One of my favorite stories I have read! I've always been fascinated by old diaries and love imagining what the author's life was like. A wonderful connection - thank you so much for sharing your story!!

  • PamelasCloset

    PamelasCloset said 7 years ago

    Great story about collaborating. Makes me think of the connections I have made here with both of my stores.

  • annykate

    annykate said 7 years ago

    I just opened my shop this week. I would like to connect my art(not yet shown) with objects and their previous owners. I purchase items, paint a still-life with objects, share with shop stories of other special things in the paintings and how it all is connected to me and my stories. We're all in this together1

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver

    MelissaBeeArtDenver said 7 years ago

    I love the pics!

  • halliesboutique

    halliesboutique said 7 years ago

    Excellent creativity and so sweet!:)

  • halliesboutique

    halliesboutique said 7 years ago

    Excellent creativity and so sweet!:)

  • MimiandMoi4519

    MimiandMoi4519 said 7 years ago

    Pretty cool! I'm working on a collaboration with an etsy store that I buy stained glass shards from and make earrings with (glassshack.etsy). She lives in Michigan and I live in California. It's fun and very challenging. Keep doing it, it's a great way to make friends and do business.

  • Athena111

    Athena111 said 7 years ago


  • Athena111

    Athena111 said 7 years ago

    OH, Cute baby too!

  • PalletDZign

    PalletDZign said 7 years ago

    Since I discovered Etsy, I am always looking for new shop to add in my favorites. They inspire me and reassure me that the artistic community exist among "ordinary" people like me. Thanks for sharing with us your story.

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 7 years ago

    Looks great.......thank you...

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