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The Etsy Artists of Westchester: Holiday Edition

Healing Hearts for Camp Sunshine on Etsy.com
Healing Hearts for Camp Sunshine on Etsy.com
There's nothing like shopping local, especially when you have the ease of buying some special items right from your laptop. Above is a vivid sampling of the brightest, most unique items we've found trolling around the great halls of Etsy. 

The many vendors are from Yorktown Heights, Scarsdale, Rye, Mamaroneck, Pleasantville, Croton, White Plains, Ossining, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow and Peekskill (local shops include PeekskillDrumWorks and Jeorjia Shea recycled cashmere).

Here's one particularly special story and gift close to home:

Healing Hearts 

Tarrytown's Katie Smercak made a painting of flowers when was five, and in chemotherapy for leukemia. Her family has created heart ornaments imprinted with that floral motif. They are selling these on Etsy for $10 a pop, all proceeds to go to Camp Sunshine in Maine, a camp for children with life threatening illnesses and their families, at no cost to the families.

Katie is now 15 and cancer-free. A survivor.

She writes, "Camp Sunshine is the place where we became happy and hopeful again. From the second my family arrives to the minute we leave we have smiles on our faces and never stop laughing and having a good time. It’s a place where you can talk about your problems but have fun and smile while doing so. You can take a deep breath and fall if you need to and know someone is always there to catch you."

Read more about Katie and her family's journey here

Are you an Etsy artist from Westchester? Share a link to your shop in the comments.
Anne Perzeszty Giordano December 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Visit: www.etsy.com/AnneMadebyHand for funky and fun hand crocheted wire and bead jewelry to give as gifts! Westchester based!
Anne Perzeszty Giordano December 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Visit: www.etsy.com/AnneMadebyHand for funky and fun hand crocheted wire and bead jewelry to give as gifts! Westchester based!
SquirrelGirl December 15, 2013 at 01:01 PM
My Etsy shop is Squirrel Den Studio. We create fun, happy tee shirts and donate a percentage to animal rescue groups. Come visit us! bwww.etsy.com/shop/SquirrelDenStudio
SquirrelGirl December 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
(In Peekskill)
Ashley Tarr (Editor) December 20, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Great to know! Thank you for sharing Anne and SquirrelGirl.
SquirrelGirl December 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Thanks for this article! I met Krista last night at a artisan gift party - what a nice woman!

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