Meet Etsy Seller MASProductionArts

Posted Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop MASProductionArts

MASProductionArts has been selling on Etsy since December 2012, they sell educational materials for kids and beautiful black and white photo prints. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Children's set of six plush felt toy cupcakes for pretend play
Hand painted wooden monster blocks
Valentine's Day Monster Finger puppets
Set of ten sorting circles hand stamped and painted

What motivated you to start your shop?
When my daughter was first born I was working full time outside the home. I eventually went to part time and found myself spending some of my spare time making things for her, but I quickly decided she can only have so many little things made by me. So my Etsy shop was born!

What is the story behind your shop name?
My initials are M A S, and I thought it was a clever play on words to say something was "MAS" produced, essentially handmade by me, rather than mass produced, or created in bulk factory style.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I naively thought that I would just list my items and shoppers would flock to my shop and that would be it. I was surprised at the work that has to go into the right tags, product descriptions, great photos etc.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I really love working on the monster themed items in my shop. My two year old is fearless and loves all things scary, so she is definitely the inspiration for all the little creatures that I make.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
I can be a bit of a perfectionist, so branding and marketing is challenging for me since I want it all to be exactly right!

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
As a former preschool teacher and parent of a young child, I want to create things that encourage imaginative play. Too often children are given toys that talk or make music, or light up and I want to offer things that children can use in their own, creative way.
I also try to offer products that travel well, so parents have an option other than giving their child a phone or tablet to play with while they're out and about.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I feel like I'm always working! When I'm not trying to make the ideas in my head into a reality, I love to read and spend time at the park with my family. Now that I'm a full time stay at home Mom, I've also started baking with my daughter and that's been a lot of fun.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
For a sneak peek at what I'm working on, and to participate in giveaways follow me on Facebook ( and Instagram (

MASProductionArts is offering a 10% discount in their shop. To use the coupon visit their etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS10" at checkout. Valid until April 30th 2014.
8x10 Eggs Black and White Print
Set of eight wooden blocks with two brightly colored patterns stripes and solids
Square wooden matching game with two patterns, polka dots and chevron
8x10 Black and White Photo titled Sanctuary

Treasury Challenge #31 - Spring Flowers

Posted Sunday, April 06, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #31 was "Spring Flowers".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with 157 views is...

Spring Flowers with a late frost...
Light blue linen girl dress and hair clips  -  Rustic Linen flower girl dress and hair clippies in light blue
Baby bow tie blue white stripe nautical sailor cute toddler boys smart formal neck tie wedding kids accessories boy suit outfit pastel
Tooth Fairy Pillow, Bird Pillow, Handprinted Linen and Pure Wool Stuffing, Cornflower Blue and White, Children's Pillow
18 inch doll sleeping bag spring flowers butterflies girl pastel yellow, green, pink purple american
Snowdrop Swing Fairies Spring Children Art Print
Knitted overalls in sky blue with a cloud. 100% cotton. READY TO SHIP size newborn.
Girls Thanksgiving Dress shabby chic teal blue lace dress
Natural Wooden Teething Ring Soother ORGANIC Dottie Cream Grass & Unbleached Bamboo eco friendly gift idea from Cwtch Bugs
Newborn Toddler Baby  Boy Diaper cover and suspender  set custom Order your design
crochet flower necklace for little girls in blue and green with buttons by yourmomdesigns (rts)
greyish green blue Dahlia Cabochon Resin Flower Earrings studs
fabric wall flowers. 3d wall decor for girls room. green and white fabric flowers. flowers for wall. fabric wall decal. sale

sneakypea sells bespoke dresses and skirts with pockets for little girls. We love this mint toddlers dress that is available in her shop. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

Meet Etsy Seller LaPetiteMaisonBlanc

Posted Friday, April 04, 2014

Today we would like to introduce you to

LaPetiteMaisonBlanc has been selling on Etsy since May 2012, they sell original, unique, personalized gift items from notebooks/mini jotters, fabric storage baskets and lavender bags to glasses cases and home furnishings. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Pirate Boys Bedroom Storage Basket with parrot
Owl Notepad. Covered notebook for shopping lists, diary, to-do list...
Little Beach Huts Fabric Storage Basket
Fabric Storage Basket in a Cartoon Style for little Girls

What motivated you to start your shop?
La Petite Maison Blanc started in 2011 when our family moved from the UK to the South of France with my husbands job. I've always been in an artistic role (Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Marketing etc) throughout my career but this move gave the opportunity to go back to my first love of crafts and particularly sewing.
I decided to open a store on Etsy in 2012, and haven't looked back since. I love the fact my work is now in lots of countries around the world including Australia, USA, Europe and Japan.

What is the story behind your shop name?
La Petite Maison Blanc raises a few eyebrows in France as it's grammatically wrong for the ""Little White House"" which many people assume the name means.  (Our house is in fact canary yellow!).
Our family name is White and so the name means The Little Whitehouse :-)
Its a great talking point and ice breaker over here and I enjoy explaining the meaning to bemused locals.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I used to sell crafts on a stall where people can touch and feel the products and see the quality. Starting selling online was exciting as there was a challenge to get the photography right, the descriptions involved enough to provoke interest and then keeping a customer informed of the whole purchasing process so they felt confident and happy to buy from La Petite Maison Blanc. It's a constant learning curve, but a fun one.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I love my storage baskets - we have loads here we use ourselves!  Having small children means there is always little pieces of lego, dolls, hair clips etc to tidy and we keep a basket on the stairs to carry things upstairs!  I also have one by the door for car keys, dog leads, one in the kitchen for eggs, one in the bathroom for make-up...
I try to imagine where a buyer will keep their's and what they will use it for to influence the designs and I love a custom order, my customers have the BEST ideas ever!

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Although my background is in Web Design I'm in no way advantaged when it comes to getting found and getting my listings high on product categories. I constantly tweak things to try and better my reach. I'm getting there I think,  but it's a slow process.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
Make it well. Make it unique. Make it to last.
Quality products you can't buy on the high street.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I have four children and two lively dogs who keep the house constantly busy. I've recently started running with my eldest daughter which is challenging but fun and we're doing well heading for our first 5k!
Living in the South of France we have the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees on hand to always have something to do and somewhere to go and I love exploring the countryside.

Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country? 
Handmade is growing here in France but I think there are few people who would search online for it.  Vide Greniers (Like car boot sales) are very popular as are Brocantes (More like an Antiques Fair) and would attract attention if you were physically there. Of all my sales I have the least in my home country, which is really sad.
On the whole I would say the French market is interested in value for money, quality and uniqueness.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
You can find us on facebook at:
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LaPetiteMaisonBlanc is offering a 10% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS10" at checkout. Valid until end of April 2014.
Notebook. Love to Sew, fantastic journal or mini diary
Provence Lavender filled hanging pillow - decoration
Storage basket with Union Jack fabric VW Camper Van
Padded Spectacles Case with two Mint Butterflies

Easter Traditions Around the World

Posted Thursday, April 03, 2014

Many countries celebrate Easter with church services chocolate eggs, Easter bunny visits and Easter egg hunts. But I thought it would be fun to see  some Easter traditions from different countries. And what better country to start with than my own!

In Australia rabbits are considered a pest.  While there are still plenty of chocolate rabbits given out at Easter there is a lovely tradition of giving a chocolate Bilbie instead of a rabbit.  Bilbies are a cute but endangered Australian animal. 
Greece: Our family also celebrates some Greek traditions at Easter as my husband is Greek.  The celebrations are all about the food with a traditional Easter bread called tsoueki and eggs dyed red. The red dyed eggs are tapped against another persons to try and crack it.  It is said that the person left with their red egg uncracked will have good luck for the remainder of the year.  Special candles called labatha are made and given as gifts and the traditional Easter greeting is used "Christos Anesti".
Poland: Pouring water on one another is a Polish Easter tradition called Smingus-Dyngus. It originates from when a Polish Prince back in 966AD was baptised on Easter Monday.

Italy: Thousands of visitors flock to St. Peters square to await the popes blessing form the church's balcony.

Bermuda: Bermudians fly homemade kites, eat codfish cakes and hot cross buns.

Haiti: Holy week is marked by playing traditional rara music and colourful parades.
Norway: In Norway a tradition known as Easter crime or Raskekrim is practiced.  This is where people read mystery books or watch crime shows or movies.

How do you celebrate Easter and what special traditions are special to your part of the world?

Guest blog post by Mel
Mel's Etsy shop Creative Wishes, Handmade Toys For Creative Play.
Mel Blogs at Melinda's Creative Wishes.

March Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014

March's Design Challenge had the theme "Geometrics".
We had lots of lovely entries from our team member but the winning entry with the most votes was..

This quilt is incredibly special. These equilateral triangles in bright and happy colors gives the quilt a fresh feel with modern flare. Flip this reversible quilt over and display the colorful bricks alternating with neutral spacing. Great for a little girl's room or as a photo prop.

This quilt is perfect for a new baby or toddler - at 46" x 59" it can start as a tummy time mat in the living room or something to throw down in the backyard to enjoy the fresh air. It will keep your sweet babe warm on a cool spring night or a breezy day at the beach. It will be perfect in a toddler bed as your baby grows, and your pre-schooler will drag this along as they shuffle through your home in slippered feet.

This quilt is perfect for adults as well. I great accent to throw over the back of a couch! Sit with quilt in lap holding your favorite mug of tea and a good book. Perfect for catching stray popcorn on movie night! Drape it over your shoulders as you enjoy your outdoor fire pit with a glass of wine.

Here are some more lovely items from myteaandbrie

You Are Loved hand embroidered hoop display PINK and TEAL
Personalized Pillow Cover - Made to Order for baby shower, hostess gift, housewarming, wedding, christening, birthday
Equilateral Triangle Quilt Bright Happy Colors Bubble Gum Pink Charcoal Gray Steel Grey for Baby Toddler Teen Lap Quilt Throw Photo Prop
Coordinating Pillow and Hoop BUNDLE: 14" pillow cover and 6" You Are Loved Hoop
Personalized Hand Embroidered Quilted Pillow Cover 14x14 - Made to Order with RED embroidery
Tiered Clutch in a Linen Cotton Blend Perfect for Spring || Rustic Bridesmaid Wristlet || Valentine's Day
Personalize Heart Hoop 6 inch hand embroidered hoop display
Personalized Hand Embroidered Quilted Pillow Cover 12x16 - Made to Order

Meet Etsy Seller RainbowsLollipopsArt

Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Today we would like to introduce you to

RainbowsLollipopsArt has been selling on Etsy since December 2012, they sell playroom, kids bedroom and nursery art prints! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

What motivated you to start your shop?
As a mom, I know how exciting it can be to decorate a children's bedroom or a nursery. I wanted to help mothers get personalized and colorful prints. I started to design some and discovered Etsy afterwards. It seemed like the perfect place to sell my creations!

What is the story behind your shop name?
Well, as you can see, my shop is pretty colorful. This name just popped into my mind and seemed to fit. You could say I was inspired, or that this name is like the soul of my shop.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
The amount of time I would consecrate to my shop. I changed my pictures 3 times before I was really satisfied of my shop's look. Marketing can be quite time consuming too. But overall, I really enjoy it. I guessed that surprised me too. I LOVE having an Etsy shop.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?My favorite items to create are my bathroom rules prints. I really enjoy creating them, finding new characters, new animals, new styles for them. I have more than 30 sets of bathroom prints in my shop. I'm constantly working on creating more, and they sell very well! I also enjoy customizing them to match my customer's shower curtains!

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I want to make my products perfect for my customers. I want them to really LOVE their prints. I send as many previews as they need, and if they want anything changed, I'll do it.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I am a stay at home mom, so basically, I'm taking care of my kids. My kids are 3 and almost 2, so it can be pretty challenging sometimes, but still so worth it!

RainbowsLollipopsArt is offering a 10% discount in their shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "10FORYOU" at checkout. Valid until March 31 2014.

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