Let’s get right down to business.

I love handmade crafty things. I love shopping for gifts. I love sticking it to The Man. (Come on. I don’t spend a lot of time sticking it to The Man. However, for the sake of this entry, let’s say that I do.)

Because of my love for crafty things, shopping for gifts, and Man sticking, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time browsing Etsy shops.

May I share some of my recent favorites with you?

Erin sews zombies. I own one (his name is Dummkopf), so I can attest to the zombie sexiness. I’m thinking about sticking Dummkopf on the top of my Christmas tree this year. Not as a snub to angels or stars, but because it will really kick ass to have a freshly fed zombie perched on top of a tree in my house.

Choppa bakes charms. And let me say this: She just made a severed thumb charm for me, and because I’m married to an amputee, I’ll be wearing the thumb charm against my chest until the day I die.

Secret Agent Josephine creates prints and stuffed cat heads. I can’t even look at Pockets the Lumpy Cat without getting a big goofy grin on my face. (Buy it for me. Really. Right now.)

Schmutzie takes photographs. No. Wait. Schmutzie takes Amazing Photographs. Her Etsy store just opened, and I can’t stop visiting.

Squaresville sews smile-stirring pot holders and oven mitts. I have the A pot holder, and I get compliments on it every time someone comes over to watch me put together one of my fabulously inventive pies. (I’m lying. That never happens. BUT, three people have seen the pot holder in my purse, and they all oohed and aahed over it!)

Kishcraft does the most amazing stitch markers I’ve seen. The doughnut stitch markers? Let’s just say that the doughnut stitch markers make me want to be a better knitter. And a better mother. And a better wife, friend, sister, daughter, and aunt. Kishcraft’s doughnut stitch markers will teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.

Don’t you think buying a mass produced Hello, Kitty doll seems so silly when there are zombies and lumpy cats who need good homes? (That was my official Stick it to The Man question. Take THAT!)

Do you have an Etsy store? Do you sell your handmade stuff elsewhere? Where do you buy your handmade gifts? Don’t you love the idea of hosting a Christmas party where everyone brings a handmade gift? (If you host one, please invite me.)

(If you DO sell your wares, by all means: Pimp yourself in the comments!)

((Oh. Please know that if you DO invite me to your Christmas party, I will never say something like “Pimp yourself.” You know I don’t talk like that.))

(((No offense, pimps.)))