Meet Etsy Seller kappamakidesign

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop kappamakidesign

kappamakidesign has been selling on Etsy since early 2014, they sell beautiful handmade felt applique designs for babies and toddlers! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Personalized Christmas Stocking, Baby's First Christmas, Personalized Name, Custom Felt Applique Design, Hipster Baby Xmas StockingPersonalized Superhero Shirt, Customized Superhero Baby Bodysuit,  Felt Applique Design, Cute Baby Clothes, Hipster Baby Shower GiftPersonalized Name Shirt, Custom Name Organic Toddler T-Shirt, Felt Applique Letter Shirt, Cute Baby Clothes, Hipster Baby, Kids ClothingBaby Monthly Milestone, Choice of 6 MONTHS, Personalized Baby Bodysuit, Felt Applique Designs, Custom Baby Gift, Cute Baby Clothes, Hipster

What motivated you to start your shop?
I have been creating felt appliqué designs for the little people in my circle of family and friends for years as gifts. Over the years, people had encouraged me to produce more and try to sell them but I had no desire to create a whole bunch of stock and try to sell them at shows.
In 2011, my sister-in-law announced she was expecting and I decided to create a series of monthly milestone onesies for the new baby. At the same time I was doing more and more shopping on Etsy and began thinking... why couldn't I sell my stuff on Etsy? It would give me a creative outlet while appealing to my self-employed mentality. This was 2011... I didn't ACTUALLY get my shop open until almost 3 years later well after my own child was born.

What is the story behind your shop name?
One of my signature styles when creating my monthly milestone shirts for my niece and my best friend's new baby was a maki sushi roll. I love sushi, which is what inspired me to create the design in the first place, plus it translate really well to the medium of felt.
When I decided to open my etsy shop I wanted to find a name that I would still like after a year or two, could lend to a simple but effective logo and had the possibility of being more than just a kid's clothing shop (I do have some designs on invitations, etc in the future).
I also wanted something that didn't exist on the internet (at least not when you did a simple Google search). I went through a lot of possibilities and finally settled on Kappamaki Design (which I am still very happy with).

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
How much I would want it to be "perfect", meaning when I originally set it up I was of the mind, "this is my creative outlet - if I don't have any sales that's fine, let's just get my listings up and see what happens".
That evolved quite quickly to trying to find ways to improve my photos, my listing write-ups and most importantly my tags (I had really poor tags at the start). Then I decided to start joining some teams that could help me get out there more and meet other like-minded artists.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
My First Birthday Shirt. It has been my most popular item but also the most fun to do since every time it's different and very personal. I really enjoy working with my customers to make the design really reflect their little one.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
I run a video production business with two partners (one of whom is my husband). That is technically my "day job" although it can spill out into my evenings and weekends depending on work load. We also have a 2 year old who isn't in any kind of formal daycare (just nursery school 2 mornings a week) who needs to be looked after... so the most challenging thing is finding dedicated time to work on my shop (and my orders when I get them).
Some people might ask, "why on Earth would you start an Etsy business if you already have your own business, plus a kid?" but to me my Etsy business is a creative outlet that I might not make time for otherwise. I love making my designs and it's nice to have someone to make them for and share them with.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
With each product I make I put in as much love and attention to detail as if it was made for my own daughter.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I love spending the day out with my daughter and husband, if time allows (and their isn't any pressing house maintenance to do!) Sometimes just walking down to the park by the beach and having a coffee at our local coffee shop together is just the ticket.
I've also recently started doing Yoga again and it's been wonderful to have a couple of hours to myself every once and a while. Hopefully, I can keep it up!

Baby Monthly Milestone, Month SEVEN, Personalized Baby Bodysuit, Felt Applique Designs, Custom Baby Gift, Cute Baby Clothes, Hipster BabyPersonalized Name Shirt with Design, Organic Toddler T-Shirt, Felt Applique Letter Shirt, Cute Baby Clothes, Hipster Baby, Kids ClothingWood Elf Woodland Forest Friends Shirt, Felt Applique Baby Bodysuit / Organic Toddler Childrens T-Shirt, Cute Baby Clothes, Hipster BabyBaby Monthly Milestone, Month FIVE, Personalized Baby Bodysuit, Felt Applique Designs, Custom Baby Gift, Cute Baby Clothes, Hipster Baby
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October Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For October our Design Challenge theme was "Pumpkin Patch!"
We have lots of lovely entries from our team members, browse down and vote for your favourite item!
Voting is open until 27th October

EtsyKids Treasury:: A Little Batty

Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

a little batty

Treasury made by littlekind, for EtsyKids team challenge "going batty."
Black cat dress up costume for Halloween
Halloween Treat Bag
Knitted sweater.Baby set for the Halloween. 100% wool. READY TO SHIP size Newborn
Halloween Wall Decals - Pumpkin Fabric Wall Decals
17. CANDY CORN from 100 tiny brushstrokes (the childhood memory project) - Original Painting
Day of the Dead...... Skeleton Ponytail Holders
Owl Felt Mask - Perfect for pretend play or as part of a costume
Halloween Smiley Ghost Felt Hair Clip - Cute Halloween Clippies - Fall and Autumn Felt Hair Bows - Black, White and Orange
Skulls Baby/Toddler Scarf or Drool Bib
BOO Halloween Loopy Bow Hair Bow Holiday Photo Prop Black Cat Bow Pumpkin Bow Spider Bow
Monster & Robot Eyes Sticker Set of 3 : Cupcake Toppers Party Favor  // Playful Everyday Kids Toys
Cats & Skulls Paper Mache Daisy Headband
Halloween Party Banner, Scary Glitter Decoration, Haunted House Bunting Flags, Eco Party Garland, Photo Prop
Halloween Candy Corn Banner for INSTANT DOWNLOAD
Custom Rod Pocket Curtains-Pair-Zazzle, Chili Pepper Orange, Grey, white
Stuffed toy animal - Bat

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Operation Christmas Child with EtsyKids

Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014

Submitted by Kate of Kaetoo

Christmas is sneaking up on us. As you are preparing for Christmas celebrations with your family and friends, it’s worth thinking about the children around the world who aren’t going to be getting a Christmas gift this year.

Operation Christmas Child is an initiative that provides children in need with a shoebox filled with gifts for Christmas. Since 1993, more than 100 million shoeboxes have been given to kids in more than 130 countries. The goody-filled shoeboxes are donated by families, churches, schools and businesses and distributed by Samaritan’s Purse.

Joining in and contributing a box is easy. Grab a shoebox and decide if your gift is for a boy or a girl and the age of the child (2–4, 5–9 or 10–14 years old). Then fill the box with presents. Different countries have different guidelines on what to include, but in general select:

Something to love
Something for school
Something to wear
Something to play with
Something for personal hygiene
Something special

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a child happy. For example, there are a great range of products under $15USD that could be selected from EtsyKids Members.

Something to loveCrochet owl by Snowfall Studio (top left)
Something for schoolCrayons by A Childhood Store (top middle)

Something to wearT-shirt by Hype365 (top right)
Something to play withI Spy Bottle by MAS Production Arts (bottom left)
Something for personal hygieneHeadband by Maddie B's Boutique (bottom middle)
Something specialChalkboard mat by BAM Crafty Mommas (bottom right)

Make sure that you check the list of items not to include and remember to donate money for shipping and include a letter for your child. It's a great idea to remove and recycle all your packaging to help the environment.

When your box is packed, you can download a label for it and take the present to the drop-off center. Make sure that you get your children involved in packing and dropping off the boxes; it’s great for them to experience the joy of giving. The drop-off dates are coming up, so start packing now.

Have fun packing and bringing a smile to a child's face.



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Treasury Challenge #45 - Going Batty!

Posted Friday, October 17, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #45 was "Going Batty!".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with 149 views is...

An Etsy Kids collection of all things "Batty!" curated by CreationsSewFabulous

Halloween Bats Cupcake Wrappers Set of 12  By Your Little Cupcake
Halloween Shirt - Bat Shirt, Monogram Shirt, Halloween Dress, Halloween Outfit, Custom Shirt, Coordinating Sibling, Bat Dress, Bat Halloween
Superhero Owl Hair Clip, Bat man Owl, Felt Owl Clippie, Owl Hair Bow, Owl Feltie, Embroidered Hair Clips for Baby, Toddler or Girls
Sparkly Black Bat Hair Clip- Cute Halloween Hair Bow
Crochet Pattern Halloween Vampire Bat and Ghost Toys - Digital Download
Baby Bib Black Bat with Orange Dots with Skull and Crossbone Flannel
Sparkly Bat Felt Bow || Halloween 2014
Girls Halloween Dress Baby Toddler Fall Dress Orange Black Boutique Clothing By Lucky Lizzy's
Halloween Themed Pillowcase Dress
Knitted sweater.Baby set for the Halloween. 100% wool. READY TO SHIP size Newborn
DIY Iron On Halloween Applique - Halloween Flying Bat Applique - Bow Included [FBA01-]
Halloween Girly Bat Appliqued Tshirt
Trick or Treat Halloween Appliqued Tie Shirt - size 12 months to size 5 - long sleeved
Halloween Stickers, Foam Stickers, Foam Halloween Stickers, Glitter Sticker
Baby Bib Reversible Green Black Halloween
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Thank you CreationsSewFabulous for creating such a lovely treasury!

CreationsSewFabulous sells personalised kids clothing, accessories and more. We love this 'Batty for Daddy' tshirt. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

Meet Etsy Seller TheToadstoolForest

Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop TheToadstoolForest

TheToadstoolForest has been selling on Etsy since November 2013, they sell waldorf inspired creations for living, learning and playing! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Expanded Waldorf  Weather Gnomes Set of 6~Snowy, Windy, Lightning, Stormy, Cloudy, Sunny~Weather Manipulative~Weather Teaching Tool~Peg DollDIY Waldorf Inspired Make Your Own Math Gnome Kit ~ Peg Doll Kit ~ Handwork Activity ~ Kids Craft ~ Gnome Supplies ~ Math ProcessesWaldorf Inspired Trick or Treaters ~ Witch, Jack O Lantern, Ghost peg dolls ~ Halloween Gnomes ~ Story Telling Props ~ Black, Orange & WhiteWaldorf Inspired Children's Wood Burned Perpetual Calendar ~ Teaching Calendar ~ Wood Calendar ~ Custom Calendar

What motivated you to start your shop?
I have always been a crafty mama making toys and gifts for my family.  My hands need to be busy.  Just over a year ago I joined an on-line swap group where we each made five of the same item, sent them off and received five lovely hand made items in return.  I created my first Lantern Children for that swap and they were so well received. Mamas who didn't get one in their packaged offered to purchase them and that started it all.  This year's Lantern Children have just made it to the shop.  Amazing what happens in a year.

What is the story behind your shop name?
I've always been drawn to toadstool and mushrooms.  I find them beautiful and amazing.  So when thinking about a shop name that would carry mostly gnomes and other "little people".  Toadstool Forest just seemed to fit.  I imagine little gnomes and fairies playing among them in the forest and hiding behind them when we human approach.  Lucky for us the gnomes I create aren't the least bit shy and love to come out and play.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I think what surprised me most about having an Etsy shop is the number of true friends I have made, both with customers as well as other shop owners.  It is an amazing community which I am so proud to be part of.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
Oh this is hard.  Honestly I only make things I love.  I think that shows through.  And while I have some old favorites I try to continually create new toys.  I guess nearest and dearest to my heart would have to be the Complete Perpetual Calendar set.  We have the first one I ever made and use it every day.  It is a wonderful morning "ritual" in our home.  I also love the Daily Rhythm Gnomes!  My favorite would have to be Grain, the Baker or Forest, the Nature Gnome.  I truly love them all.  It always enjoy hearing what other people's favorites are.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
I think the most challenging thing about being an Etsy seller is balancing my job as a mother and wife with my job as an artist.  It takes time and commitment to have an Etsy shop.  Balance is key but not always easy to find.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I strive to create toys that are not just beautiful but also serve a purpose while being fun to play with.  Many of my creations have a learning element to them.  Matching games, calendars, Math and Weather Gnomes as well as story sets.  Toys that inspire creativity and fun is what I hope to create.  It is also important to me to use all natural materials.  I find they feel so much nicer in little ones hands.  They have a warmth and feel that can't be matched.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I'm a Waldorf inspired homeschool mama to three wonderful girls.  We live in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and love to spend time out doors hiking, paddling and camping.  I also love to cook and bake.

TheToadstoolForest is offering a 10% discount in her shop on orders over $15. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDSPROMO10" at checkout. Valid until Nov 15th 2014.
Waldorf Daily Rhythm Gnome ~ Knit, the Handwork Gnome ~ Knitting ~ Craft Time ~ Miniature KnittingWaldorf Daily Rhythm Gnome ~ Paint, the Painting Day Gnome ~ Art Day ~ Paint Pallet ~ Color GnomeOld Peppermint, the Candy Cane Gnome ~ Waldorf Inspired Peg Doll ~ Christmas Ornament ~ Red &White ~ Peppermint Scent ~ Christmas GnomeWaldorf Inspired Mermaid Peg Doll ~ Summer Doll ~ Ocean Play ~ Teal and Seafoam
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