For the Red, White and Blue

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Each week EtsyKids team members search the hundreds and hundreds of EtsyKids listings on Etsy for items that catch their eye and co-inside with a fun theme of Daisycreek's choosing. These highlights are listed in our weekly promo thread on the Etsy Forums. This week she put out a call for everyone to show off their colors - their flag colors, that is. Here is just a small collection of items from our USA members that are highlighted this week. Check out this weeks thread for more great links, or to contribute your own.

EtsyKids Design Challenge - We Have a Winner!

Posted Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Congratulations to the winner of this month's challenge 18.Nautical theme custom word name blocks- set of 6 by babybirdieboutique! Baby Birdie Boutique is a charming store created by two stay at home moms. It offers a wide variety of trendy handmade pieces, from cute accessories to elegant home deco for little tots. You can view more of their creations by following this link.


Posted Sunday, June 27, 2010

I've been sewing for almost 20 years now...sigh - I still remember when I first started...the sewing patterns read like stereo instructions - good grief!
Along the way I've learned a few shortcuts and tips and one of my favs is this method of sewing a pair of pants - and it works for any length or style of elastic waist pants or shorts. See the tutorial HERE.

Kids in Black and White

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This fun and edgy treasury of EtsyKids team members was created by OriginalsbyLaurenToo, stop by Etsy and give it, some well deserved comment love!

EtsyKids Design Challenge - It's time to VOTE!

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010

It's time to vote for your favorite item! Voting will be open through midnight EST on Sunday, June 27th. This month, EtsyKids members were challenged to create an exciting new item based on a theme "Sea Life". We received a lot of fantastic entries from some talented designers and crafters. Each designer was assigned a unique random number. Please note your favorite from the list below and place your vote. You can also view each entry in detail by clicking on links provided at the bottom of this post or HERE.

(If you can't view the voting poll above, please follow HERE to vote.)

1. Big Boutique Doubled Layered Hair Bow Clip and 3-D CLIP------MAINE LOBSTER-----Navy and White Stripes----- by SOUTHERNBABYBOUTIQUE
2. Goldfish Toddler Hair Bow by stewey75
3. NAVY CRAB BEANIE- Newborn Size- MADE TO ORDER by NinisHandmades
4. Personalized Octopus Shirt by cortsthings
5. Little Submarine Invites by ModernClassicsKids
6. Kids Arts and Craft Apron for 3-8 years old by tinystitches
7. Little Sailor Nautical Bustle Skirt for Girls - Size 6 Ready to Ship by sweetsmilesbaby
8. Key Largo Cotton Baby Booties by ohbabydotcom
9. Nautical Apron Knot Twirl Dress by AveryLane
10. Childrens Capes Custom Personalized Shark Kid Cape by babypop
11. The Orca Whale Dress by elisehooperdesigns
12. Underwater Adventure----Baby Toddler Childrens Car Seat Neck Travel Pillow by Tracysarah
13. Toddler T-shirt size 3T - Olly the Octopus by Mamadeesboutique
14. Cancer (Crab) Print with Chinese and English Names (Solo Animal Series) 8 X 10 by gracehesterdesigns
15. Walter the Whale 6-12m up to 18-24m by plumtreestudio
16. No Sew Iron Sea Horse in Blue Mermaid Fabric by Bellesmademoiselles
17. CSL Boutique SeaHorse Halter Dress choose your Size by CandyStickLane
18. Nautical theme custom word name blocks- set of 6 by babybirdieboutique
19. Sea Serpents and Sea Monsters are Nearby - Waldorf Toy - Natural Play by prettydreamer
20. RED LOBSTER BEACH/POOL TERRY CLOTH COVER UP WITH HOOD 12mos-2T, 3/4T, 5/6 by thetrendytot
21. Under the Sea Sundress and Bloomers - Infant Size 12 Months by BabySewPretty
22. Custom Chenille Applique Name Pillow with Applique Sailboat by TheRoyalDetails
23. Batik Green and Yellow Sea Turtle Onesie or T-Shirt by hounddogdesigns
24. a fishy set of pillows by jencdesigns
25. Octopus Ribbon Sculpture by dragonflybowtique
26. Batik Dolphin Handmade Crib Booties Shoes by OriginalsbyLaurenToo
27. Mermaid Trio - Wool Felt Finger Puppet - handmade toy for children by stayawake
28. Sea Beauties -- Creativity Wallet -- Includes Crayons and Notepad by DucksInARowBoutique
29. whale bodysuit/burp cloth gift set by sobrightdesigns
30. Cotton Plush Stuffed Fish - Green Batik by woodponddesigns
31. Maine Lobster Ribbon Tag Blankie Blanket Lovey Lovie in Red, White and Black by LifeInTheSassLane
32. Party Bow Dress, French Seaside, Size 5 by HotFudge
33. Ollie the Octopus Bodysuit by petitefish
34. Mini minky blanket, for dog or cat, puppy or kitten, adorable Heather Ross tadpoles in jars by yourloveyboutique
35. Blushing Mermaids Knot Dress by MommySaidSew
36. Owie Fixer - Fanciful Fish - blue red yellow green - boo boo pack - ice pack cover by thecrazyelephant
37. Mermaid Applique Shirt or Onesie - Embroidered Personalized Custom by EmbroideryByCindy
38. Schooling the Fish - Receiving Blanket and Burp Cloths by Lilikin14
39. Cupcake Toppers - Perfect for a summer beach or pool party by ALittleLollipopTree

It's Getting Closer!

One of the highlights of the summer on our family is an annual 4th of July celebration, complete with burgers and hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream and great company ~ plenty of fireworks too! In honor of the time to come, here are some of our favorite 4th items from EtsyKids!

Patriotic Patchwork Twirl Skirt from Chew Chew's Closet

Flower Clip Set from the Sunshine Shoppe

4th of July Picnic Blanket from BoogaBoo Babies

Boy's Patriotic Tshirt Short Set from Kid's Fashions by Linda

Happy Fourth of July!!!

EtsyKids Design Challenge for June: Sea Life

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010

Each month EtsyKids Team members are challenged to create a unique item within a chosen theme. This month's challenge, "Sea Life", was picked by last month's winner GreenGoat. EtsyKids members will have until June 19th to submit their entries, and voting will be open to everybody from Monday, June 21st to Sunday, June 27th. So, be sure to come back to the EtsyKids blog for a new post on the 21st to see all of the entries and VOTE! In the meantime, please click here to get a sneak peek at some exciting entries so far!

Do You Have an Adrenaline Junkie?

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010

I could say that my 3-year-old is a daredevil, but that doesn't seem to tap into her need for a thrill. In fact, I think it's fair to say that my daughter is an adrenaline junkie.

I never had to childproof the house for Peri, but Ryah on the other hand has been curious from the start. If it can be opened, climbed on, jumped off of, she'll do it. Lately, she's taken to climbing halfway up the stairs and jumping down to the landing with a really loud thump. I don't always catch her doing it and I swear I'm just waiting for her to sprain her ankle or something.

Last weekend, Jim and I took our first big trip without the kids and my in-laws were kind enough to watch the chicklets. They took the girls to the local aquatic center for swimming and good times. Ryah likes to jump off the side of the pool in the deep end and my MIL had to constantly keep tabs on her because she'd just jump in when no one was around. When Pat would pull Ryah up she'd be all smiles and wanted to go again. She even tries to step to the side and jump in next to you so you won't catch her. She loves the thrill of it!

Then this weekend my neighbor was showing Ryah her garden. About 20 minutes later, they both came strolling down to my house and Ryah was carrying something. "Ryah has something to show you." A freakin' garden snake! She just picked it up and started playing with it by whipping it against the ground. By the time I saw it, it was dead. Not sure if she found it that way, but it looked recently dead. I couldn't believe it. After tossing it in the debris bin we asked Ryah if she was scared of spiders and she said, "yes." When asked if she was scared of snakes, she said, "no." Ack!

So, apparently I need to keep a closer eye on my adrenaline junkie or enroll her in a 12 step program. Yup, AA, Adrenaline Anonymous.

7 Days to an Organized you....well....

Posted Saturday, June 05, 2010 here I go again - organizing attempt number 10,329...tisk! I saw this one on Yahoo's home page and fell in love (as I always do) because it's just a little bit every day - -doesn't seem quite as overwhelming! I'm very excited to get started Monday! I won't type out the entire article because you can read and print it for yourself HERE ...but I will hit the high points!

MONDAY: Organize your in-box: Slip into the office an hour early for an uninterrupted cleaning session.

TUESDAY: Calm Cabinet Chaos. Roll up your sleeves and tackle your kitchen Cabinets.

WEDNESDAY: Create a hassle free hall closet. Plow through the gear crowding the closet.

THURSDAY: Lick the linen Closet. Pull out all like items and organize by shelf.

FRIDAY: Manage your meds. Sort through the prescriptions in your medicine cabinet.

SATURDAY: Draft your family. Time to include them in the organization efforts. Identify on a cleaning schedule weekly and monthly tasks for each person.

SUNDAY: Plot your pleasures. This day is all about you! Order Take out, spin your favorite tunes and resist the boob tube temptation. In a notebook, scribble wish lists...

Ok Divas - I'm outtie - we've been at the pool all day and now we're gonna watch the Wolfman and Alice and Wonderland...for the 1000th time! hee hee

Berry Picking with Tots

Posted Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Monday after attending a flag raising ceremony and pancake feed to benefit the local scout troop, we took a drive to the country to pick strawberries at a friends patch. Oh the berries we picked ... 15 quarts, in just under an hour!

Picking berries is one of our families favorite activities during the Summer. With five little helpers this summer, Papa and I knew the experience would be much happier if everyone had their own berry bucket, but as I started to collect bowls from the kitchen, I didn't have enough. eeek! think fast...
A couple of months ago I saw the "super scoopers" in Family Fun Magazine and started saving milk jugs and made a half dozen or so for craft supplies. They are fantastic for markers, glue bottles, scissors, etc. They looked like they might work for berry picking, so I grabbed the three closest to the kitchen, (dumping the glue sticks, glue bottles and scissors out onto the craft room floor) and quickly rinsed and cut up the jug waiting for the recycling bin from last nights dinner. Armed with four super scoopers, and three graduating plastic bowls, we were off.

A super scooper makes a fantastic berry picking bucket for little hands! They are light weight, have a handle, stand up well on their own, and hold plenty of berries! This new found use means I'm going to need to hang on to a half dozen more jugs (I won't have to wait long, 7 gallons is what we go through in less than two weeks). I'm thinking they'll come in handy when the garden starts producing peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.

Need a hands free bucket? Loop the handle through a belt, or thread a rope through the handle and loosely tie it around your waist.

You can make your own by follow these instructions from FamilyFun.
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