I've met quite a few Etsy artists online in the Forums. Yesterday, I met Sheela Goh of Eclettica the Atelier after posting she had featured Etsy artists in her blog. I really liked the way she set up her article...a mini gift guide with a short bio of the artists along with one piece from their shops. Here's the link: http://www.ecletticaonline.blogspot.com (If that doesn't click, go down to the left side of my blog...under my photo is an area with links to Etsy bloggers.)
Keep an eye on her blog, 'cause yours truly is soon to have an item featured!