Meet Etsy Seller Bows For Your Bellas

Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop BowsForYourBellas

BowsForYourBellas has been selling on Etsy since July 2014, they sell adorable handmade hairbows! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Green, White & Red Christmas Holiday Hair Bow, christmas hair clip, girls hair accessory, alligator clip, grosgrain ribbon, green ribbonChristmas Holiday Grosgrain hair Bow with Alligator clip, red grosgrain ribbon, grinch printed ribbon, handmade hair bow, girls hair bowsElf themed holiday hair bow, alligator clip with hair bow, girls hair clip, girls hair bow, handmade hair accessory, Christmas hair bowChevron red, white and green grosgrain ribbon , Christmas Hair Bow, on a  alligator clip, girls hair bow, handmade hair clip

What motivated you to start your shop?
My three girls are what motivates me!  I would buy hair bows for my girls when I needed something special for the holiday's or picture day with the family and I found that I just could not find exactly what I was looking for.
I thought to myself, I am sure I could make a bow myself!  So I went shopping with the girls and we picked out their favorite colors and went home and started creating.  People started asking where I would get our themed bows from and I told them I made them, they would ask if I could make them one, and so that is where I started from.

What is the story behind your shop name?
Bella means beautiful in Italian and every girl is beautiful, so why not let them feel beautiful every day!  Of course there are days when we do not feel beautiful, but why not at least try and give these girls a smile when they pick out a Frozen bow, or a Disney inspired bow, or even a sports bow for the older girls, they walk away feeling beautiful even if they did not feel it early on.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
How much fun I would have creating new items for people when they asked "can you make this" or "do you have that"?
One of our favorite things is knowing that I can get a frozen bow or a sports bow out to that little girl in Chicago, because she cannot find one in her local boutique!

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
My most favorite creations are all of them, but I love the holiday bows, they are so much fun when picking out fun and scary Halloween cats or pumpkins.  There are such cute turkey bows for Thanksgiving and my personal favorite How The Grinch Stole Christmas bows!  My family loves the Grinch, we have a few different styles with the Grinch!

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I want my products to be durable for the little babies or girls out there that love to pull the clips out of their hair, but yet I want them to be dainty, soft looking and fun looking.
I want these hair bows to last longer than a year so they can wear it whenever they choose.  Since I want the bows to last for years to come I use all high quality grosgrain ribbon or silk ribbon and I use large and small alligator clips with teeth so they will hold in any type hair, I also put a small round felt piece on the back of all the bows attached to the clip and bow it self to make more durable.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I am with my 5 kids, I am on the PTA with their elementary school and preschool, I am with my kids taking them to sports practice and we just enjoy spending our time together as a family on the off days of no work and no school.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
I know that there are so many wonderful shops out there that have bows and headbands, but I try to set my bows aside from others with my themes, and the sports bows along with that I am available to anyone one any time for custom orders, whether it be for your little girls birthday party or family picture day.  I am here to listen to the moms out there looking for that special something instead of having only what's available on my shop sight, I am open to any custom idea and will try my hardest to be able to fill it for you!

BowsForYourBellas is offering a 25% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS" at checkout. Valid until December 31st 2014.
Bat Girl Hair Bow!Winter Snow Flake Hair Bow with alligator clips, grosgrain ribbon, white ribbon, holiday hair bow, handmade girls hair clip, blue grosgrainBreast Cancer Awareness Bow on alligator clip with teethGrosgrain yellow and printed Easter ribbon hair bow.
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Treasury Challenge #49 - All I want for Christmas...

Posted Sunday, December 14, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #49 was "All I want for Christmas...".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with a whooping XXX views is...


....... from the Etsy kids team! Enjoy!
Snowman Plush Minky Rag Doll - customized - dinosaur - made to order
$30.00
Christmas Photo Prop Hat, Elf Stocking Crochet Red and White Striped with Tassel, Newborn Elf Photo Prop Hat, Newborn to 3 Month Size
$25.00
READY TO SHIP Whimsical Christmas Elf Stocking-Christmas Stocking-Elf Toe Christmas Stocking
$17.00
Girls Flower and Polka Dot Party Dress, Girl Dresses, Peasant Dress, Christmas Dress, Toddler Dress, red dress, size 5
$41.00
Snowman Christmas Quilt
$85.00
Christmas Cupcake Edible Fondant Topper Santa Elf Reindeer Holiday Party Decor, Christmas Birthday Baby Shower Party Vegan Toppers  - set 12
$26.95
Santa Claus's reindeer - Paper reindeer - Rudolph - Christmas decoration - Instant Download - PDF DIY
€1.80
Waldorf inspired Pocket Doll with Bag, all natural
$29.00
DIY Iron On Reindeer Applique -  Red Nosed Reindeer Applique - Bow Included - [RA03-]
$5.25
One EXTRA LARGE pine tree // PegCorn Play Set // Wooden Waldorf Toy // Gnome Forest // Nature Table
$27.00
girls red dress- gingerbread man pocket pinafore story dress
$65.00
Baby's First Christmas Ornaments, Felt Ornaments, Christmas Tree Ornaments, Glove, Boot, Tree, Bird, Toy, CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
$29.00
Child, puppy, kitty, snow, Laurie Shanholtzer, Print original Pastel Christmas Painting, Choose size, "Told Ya Santa's Coming Tonight"
$18.00
ORGANIC Baby Bandana Dribble Bib in 'Cream Coral' - an Eco Friendly gift idea from Cwtch Bugs
£8.00
Quilted zipper coin purse. Quilted zip bag.  Zip pouch quilted. Red, pink, aqua. Rile Blake print.
$10.00
Momma Cat Doll - Kitty Doll - Plush
$12.00

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Thank you CuteNCurlyBowtique for creating such a lovely treasury!

CuteNCurlyBowtique sells cute and curly hair accessories for little girls. We love this Christmas ribbon. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.


Meet Etsy Seller ShereesAtelier

Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop ShereesAtelier

ShereesAtelier has been selling on Etsy since February 2009, they sell beautiful handmade clothing, cushions, accessories and more! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Red Floral Twirl Skirt - liberty of london fabric- girls kids fall winter holiday fashion - ready to ship - size 6 7 8Modern Graphic Grey White Peasant Dress - girls kids fall winter fashion clothing - handmade custom size 2T 3T 4 5 6 7 8Pink and Red Floral and Dots ava Peasant Dress - girls kids fall winter fashion clothing - custom size 2T 3T 4 5 6Tween Teen Laminated Cotton Tote Bag - waterproof fabric- reversible - vintage style floral and dot print fabric

What motivated you to start your shop?
I officially opened Sheree's Atelier in February of 2009 while living in Germany.  I had left my job as a chemist because my husband took on an expat assignment in Duesseldorf.  So we moved the family over to Germany and I started a blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and family back in the US.  The blog is called Sheree's Alchemy and I talked about our travels in Europe and I shared my sewing and knitting projects.  The blog started drawing an international audience of makers and not just my family and friends.  Many blog readers loved my fabric choices and combinations.  They were constantly asking where I got the fabric from and wanted tips to make the handmade items I was sharing on the blog.  They eventually encouraged me to open an Etsy shop selling fabric.  I opened Sheree's Alchemy in the Fall of 2008.  I sold lots of European fabric as well as US designer fabrics that I have moved over to Germany with me.  Next came the nudges to sell my handmade items.  So I started Sheree's Atelier to sell the things I made.  I have stocked the shop off and on over the years.  I just started this Fall working hard to build inventory and build up the shop.  I had a brick and mortar shop for a few years here in Michigan where I now live.  I closed the shop and now plan to focus more on selling on Etsy.

What is the story behind your shop name?
Well, my name is Sheree and ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with France and the French language.  I have no idea why.  I always loved perfumes and pretty things.  In middle school, I started taking French classes and continued through high school and college.  I am a chemist by training.  I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.  I taught myself to sew when I was 12 and have been obsessed with it ever since.  I am naturally a creative person and I have always loved making things, mixing up things and seeing what new would come of it.  Because of this, Sheree's Alchemy would have been a perfect name for the shop, but I was already using it for my fabric shop  and I knew I wanted to have a separate shop for the handmade items.  I started thinking about studios and picturing myself in an old brick studio in France.  And the image of a French Atelier popped into my head.  Voila, it was a perfect fit.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I have always been surprised at how many people shop on line for handmade items.  I don't know many people in my personal life that share my passion for making and handmade.  So I have always been pleasantly surprised by the fact that people from all over the world somehow find my little shop and then make a purchase.  I actually have more international customers at this point.  So that is even more amazing and awesome to me.  I am always tickled when I package orders that are going to Australia or England.  The coolest place I have sent a package was Tasmania.  My kids really got a kick out of that.  I am also surprised at the support and networks that exist on Etsy.  I have made so many changes to my listings as far as pictures and descriptions, all based on help I have gotten in Etsy forums and team forums.  And I am still learning and improving.  As I start to put more effort in to building up the shop on Etsy, I have been using the online labs to learn about marketing.  Chemistry and lab work, I can handle.  Sewing, knitting, baking....no problem.  Marketing is a whole different kind of beast and I tend to shy away from self promotion.  But I am learning to put myself out there.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I also love to make a dress for a little girl.  When I was little, I lived in dresses.  I loved them with the fold over ruffle socks and fancy shoes.  My daughter also loved to wear dresses when she was little.  For a few years, I made nearly all of her clothes.  She was quite the little fashionista and that is when I first got attention from people requesting me to sew for them.  I sewed a little for customers and eventually met with a buyer for a local boutique where we lived.  I made a few collections for this boutique as well as another baby boutique in the town I lived in.  This was all before we moved to Germany.  It was the first experience of someone paying me to make something for them.  So little girls dresses are always special to me because of that and well, I just love a sweet little girl in a sweet little dress!

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
My biggest challenge is actually the isolation involved.  I am a one woman show.  I am running two shops and I do custom work locally.  So I tend to need to be very productive when it is work time.  As a result, I have found that I am not socializing as much.  When I had my brick and mortar shop, I was talking with people all the time.  I taught several classes every week, so I was interacting, teaching, learning, all the time.  Now, I tend to be in my studio alone, listening to music very loudly.  Most of the time I enjoy the alone time and quiet (besides the music).  I need to be alone and undistracted by others to sew and create new designs.  But I do wish sometimes that one or two days per week, I would be in a more social and creative setting.  I have considered opening my studio up for classes soon.  My customers want me to.  But on the flip side, it is very time consuming and goes against me building up my Etsy shop.  So I will stay focused and when the time is right, I will likely start to offer classes again.  We'll see what the future holds in that a regard.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I really aim to provide extremely well made products that are unique and beautiful but also have a practical purpose.  I work pretty much exclusively with natural fibers and fabrics, many of them are certified organic or made in Europe where harsh dyes are not used as much.  My taste is pretty bold and eclectic but I think classic and yet modern.  I spend a lot of time sourcing fabrics and supplies, making original patterns and designs and items are my one at a time with a great attention to detail.  Many people feel like handmade items are not as well made as those you can find in high end stores.  I am proud to make items that meet and exceed those high expectations.  With my girls clothing especially, my philosophy is that the clothing should be lovely, fun and even whimsical.  But they should never overwhelm the girl.  They should enhance her sweetness and beauty.  So I aim to keep it simple, but lovely.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I spend an enormous amount of time running my kids around.  My husband travels a fair amount for work, so I hold down the home front.  My daughter does competitive dance.  So I spend many weekends on the road with her and her dance team or shuttling her to and from practice.  My son loves sports and is a great little piano player.  He also plays the upright bass and the trumpet.  So I am running him to and from lessons as well.  When they are not consuming all of my time, I enjoy baking, experimenting with cooking gluten free/grain free foods, doing DIY projects at home and knitting.  In the summer I garden and we travel a lot.  My husband is from Europe and he traveled extensively with his parents and brother while growing up.  So it is important to him especially that we travel a lot as a family.  This past summer we spent time in Chicago, Germany, Austria and the South of France.  Meeting my girlfriends for lunch is always fun.  And I just started doing barre exercise and am enjoying it very much.  The dancer in me is coming back out!

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
Thanks to the Etsykids team for welcoming me and providing support and insight in to selling on Etsy.  I am honored to be a part of this group.

ShereesAtelier is offering a 15% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDSBLOG" at checkout. Valid until December 31st 2014.


Deer Antler Throw Pillow Cover - 16 inch square - modern patchwork - Modern Rustic Home Decor -  Red and Aqua Modern FabricInfinity Scarf - Blue Japanese Floral - Cotton Jersey Fabric - Modern Fashion Accessory - Women Tweens TeensEmma Dress...School Girl Print..Purple and Brown Combo Custom size 2T 3T 4T 5 6 7 8Whimsical Cat and Bird Throw Pillow Cover- vintage reproduction of Tammis Keefe -  cotton linen blend fabric - modern country style decor
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Meet Etsy Seller TheDamaskBaby

Posted Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop TheDamaskBaby

TheDamaskBaby has been selling on Etsy since February 2013, they sell classically beautiful hair pieces, accessories, & props! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Pink Top Hat- Couture Fedora Girl First Birthday Costume- Photo Prop- Whimsical Feathers Flowers Bow HeadbandMermaid Newborn Photo Prop Set- Crochet Pearls Mohair Tieback- Baby Girl Sack Tan Beige Tail Fluke Nautical BeachStud Muffin Top Hat and Wrist Cuff Set- Fedora Bowler Photo Prop Newborn Infant Baby Boy Toddler- Black White Mustache- Shower GiftSteel Gray Couture Feather Fascinator- Wedding- Flower Girl Prom Formal Pagent- Photo Prop

What motivated you to start your shop?
After having my daughter in 2012, I quit teaching to stay home with her. I needed a creative outlet that was just "mine," and decided to start making hair accessories for little girls. Since then, my little shop has grown into many different directions. I currently design and make hair pieces, accessories, crochet items, and photo props.

What is the story behind your shop name?
I wanted a name to reflect class and elegance and also my target audience, hence "The Damask Baby" was born.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I go through phases of what I want to design... right now I am all fired up about my new line of top hats! They are so fun to design.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Getting noticed! Etsy is flooded with sellers who make the same products, that's why it's so important to be unique and have professional photographs. Even then, having your items show up in search is a daily challenge.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I am a stay at home mom with a newborn and a toddler, a job that never ends!

TheDamaskBaby is offering a 15% discount in her shop on orders over $20. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS" at checkout. Valid until December 30th 2014.
Newborn Legwarmers/Tieback Set- Pink Gray Flower Crochet Photo Prop- Photography Baby Girl GiftRoyale Eggplant and Gray Lace Headband or Clip- Flower Rose Bow- Grey Purple Plum White- Pearls Rhinestone Netting Veil- Wedding PromRainbow Dash Couture Feather Hair Clip- Sky Blue Satin Flower Pearls Rosette- Birthday Girl My Little PonySage and Cream Aerie Headband-Rosette Shabby Flower-Ivory Beige- Pearl- Baby Girl Hair Clip Photo Prop- Wedding
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Treasury Challenge #48 - Santa's toy sack

Posted Sunday, November 30, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #48 was "Santa's toy sack".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with a whooping 159 views is...

Waldorf Days of the Week Peg Gnomes ~Set of 7 ~ Rainbow Day Gnomes ~ Calendar Days ~ Educational Toy ~ Circle Time ~ Natural Wood & Felt Toy
$56.00
Personalized Toddler Riding Toy Scooter Fab 57 Flyer Toddler Bike
$130.00
Waldorf Hand Kite Ribbon Streamer Waldorf Montessori Learning Toy
$7.00
Moms, Pops, and Kids Felt Board Set
$20.00
Hand Knit Bear Stuffed Animal - Child Toy - Knit Teddy Bear - Kids Toy - Stuff Bear Plush Doll - Small Toy - Knit Toy - Valentines Stephanie
$65.00
Eco Friendly Baby Toy - Design Your Own Crochet Fish - Natural Materials - Custom Rattle
$26.00
Children's Stocking Stuffer - Wooden Toy Bowling Set - Christmas Toy - Waldorf Toys - Montessori Toy  - Big Kid Toys
$25.00
Wooden pull toy eco friendly - ELEPHANT ELLIE
$40.00
Handmade Mini Sock Monkey, Pocket Sock Monkey, Redheel Socks, Collectible, Limited Edition, Doll Toy Plush Stuffed Animal, Geekery Toy
$23.00
Build-Your-Own-StoryBlox - 36 Educational Alphabet Blocks - 144 Sentence Fragments
$60.00
Pink & Bright Blue Stegosaurus Dinosaur Plush Toy
£28.00
Ludovico the handmade soft toy elephant in red and blue
€78.00
The Cat in The Hat Dr Seuss Ring Stacker Toy
$24.99
Mushroom Toadstool Doll Softie Sewing Pattern PDF Ragdoll Stuffed Toy
$10.00
Wooden Toy Truck
$70.00
Doll Face Baby Nursery ..Sensory Pillow - Security - lovey - PILLOW BABY Hattie -Round - Rainbow RIBBON Pillow Great Shower Gift - Etsykids
$18.95
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Thank you JoellesDolls for creating such a lovely treasury!

JoellesDolls sells unique art dolls and cloth dolls. We love there kitty dolls. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

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