EtsyKids Design Challenge: We have a Winner!

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2012

Congratulations to the winner of our November's EtsyKids Team Design Challenge, Cloud shaped pillow with nightcap and plush hands with a softie teddy Bear - white, beige and blue. Nursery room decor made by Milipa

"This softie cloud shaped pillow with stuffed hands and hanging Teddy Bear will be perfect as a room decor in white, beige and blue for your little baby."

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Designed and hand made by Milena, Etsy shop Milipa is one of a kind, full of color and wonderful characters.  Milena is an art historian, illustrator and toy maker.  Her work is inspired by infinite textile patterns and colors, and conveys her love for good design.  Be sure to visit this exciting Etsy Shop, Milipa

Meet Etsy Seller PinkNounou

Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Today we would like to introduce you to Ana
and her Etsy shop PinkNounou

PinkNounou has been selling on Etsy since September 2009, she sells a beautiful range of handmade softies, dolls, baby goods, accessories and paper products designed for the little ones and also for their parents who appreciate creative, practical and unique pieces. Today she is sharing a little about her shop and selling handmade items.





What motivated you to start your shop? 
I started my Etsy shop as a way to showcase my products to a larger audience.

What is the story behind your shop name?
I was "playing" with my daughter's short name and the name come out combined with a colour ;)

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I am always surprised by the number of people I make contact with and get to know from all over the world.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Standing out in such a big, big "crowd" is really challenging. There are so many shops on Etsy that you really need to have something special to catch peoples eye.
Also English is not my first language, so I am always trying to find the right words to describe my products and work in a clear way to customers.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
Quality is really important to me, and also creating products that are original and functional in design.

How would someone (other then you) describe you?
Hmmm that is a hard one! Thorough maybe?!

What do you do when you aren't working?
When I have a chance to get away from work, I go to the beach with my daughter. It is so refreshing especially when it gets too hot.
We also love the green and mountainous landscapes (specially my husband), so it is also nice to meet up with friends and go for a picnic in the very nice Lisbon surroundings.

Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country? 
I use a number of antique and traditional Portuguese techniques in the creations of my toys and baby/children items. I find it gives them a special uniqueness compared to other techniques.





Tutorial:: Holiday Felt Garland

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Article by RaisingGreenKids, blog - RaisingGreenRichmondKids

Felt Garlands are a quick, easy and affordable craft that anyone can do. I have recently gone a little felt garland crazy and I wanted to share this project with all of you so that you can make your own and enjoy them too!

What you'll need:

  • A few 12x9 sheets of felt (I usually choose 3 colors but that's up to you)
  • A cut out of the size or sizes you would like your circles to be for tracing. You can make all your circles the same size or vary the sizes.
  • scissors
  • A sewing machine
  • Thread- I use heavy duty thread


Trace your stencil onto the felt

    Cut out the circles

    Sew them together one by one making sure that the circles are close together in a pattern. Make sure you secure the start and end by stitching back and forth several times.

    If you would like to hang your garland you can add ribbon to each side. Or you can leave it as is and decorate your tree, mantle, hallway or any other place!

    Experiment with different color combinations for different occasions.  Raising Green Kids offers finished garlands in a variety of color combinations for sale in her Etsy shop if you would rather buy one than make it yourself.

    Sensory Activity:: Candy Corn Sensory Seek

    Posted Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Who doesn't love a good game of hide and seek? Halloween and Thanksgiving are over and I'm sure y'all have some extra candy corn, Indian corn or candy pumpkins left, no? I know I do! Here's a fun way to use it up without eating all that sugar!


    • Box/Bag of White Rice (I used just about 2 boxes) 
    • Rubbing Alcohol 
    • Food Coloring (red & yellow) 
    • Large Zip Bag 
    • Sensory Table/Water Table/Bucket/Storage Bin...anything really! 
    • Candy Corn (the yellow, orange & white kind) 
    • Cookie Sheet 

    You will be separating your rice so you can make 2 colors (since the rice is already white, you won't need to do anything to it for the white color...obviously). I'd say I used about 3-4 cups of rice for each color.

    To dye the rice, just pour your rice into a zip bag, add a splash of rubbing alcohol and a few drops (I think I used about 8 drops of each color) of food coloring. Close the bag and have either your child or yourself shake it up! I found that to make the orange color it was best to pour the alcohol in a bowl and add the red and yellow first before pouring it into the bag. This gave it an even orange color.

    Once you are done coating your rice with the color, spread it out onto a cookie sheet to dry overnight.

    Now you can play! Mix the yellow, orange and white rice together in your sensory tub and add the candy corn. Bury the candy corn so it's not visible. You can leave some peaking out for starters.

    We used an egg carton to collect all the candy corn Bug found.

    She doesn't look too thrilled here, but I promise she was!

    Isn't that fun?! Bug certainly thought so!

    Like what you see? Come visit my blog Tutus & Tea Parties for more fun with the kiddos and; even some DIYs for you!

    Black Friday Discount List

    Posted Friday, November 23, 2012

    Its Black Friday!!! Lets Shop!!!!

    This year the EtsyKids Team is so happy to share with you loads of discount codes and deals from our members shops.
    From percentage discounts, free shipping and free items. And with such a wide range of kid related handmade goods, you are sure to find loads of goodies to fill those Christmas stockings this year!!

    Search for EtsyKids Team Black Friday and Cyber Monday SALE items on Etsy
    (Or search "ETSYKIDSBLACKSALE" on etsy)

    Discounts and deals are valid from Friday 23rd November until Monday 26th November 2012


    Sells Baby bibs, toddler bibs, and baby blankets all in adorable patterns that are sure to make mommies and babes happy. And there's always superheros for the dads ;)
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDS for 15% discount.


    Sells Children's handmade and personalized clothing..
    Enter coupon code 30OFF2 for a discount off your second item.


    Sells handmade little girls & toddler clothing; dresses, pants, and outfits that are thoughtfully designed and hand sewn for long-lasting quality.
    15% discount in her shop today.


    Sells Diaper Clutches, Changing Pads and First Aid organizers to help keep Mom's organized! We also will be selling Crayon Totes and Wallets for the Holiday Season!
    Enter coupon code FREESHIP for free shipping.


    Sells hair bows, head bands, crochet hats, and more! All kinds of accessories for little girls.
    BOGO on all headbands and 10% off crochet hats.


    Sells stylish clothing and accessories for sweet little ones; specializing in dresses and purses. Customization is possible with embroidery and monograming.
    Enter coupon code CYBER for free shipping.


    Sells original storybook style art.
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2012 for 10% discount.


    Sells handmade puppets, key rings, christmas items, toys for babies and children and paintings.
    Enter coupon code BLACKSALE2012 for free shipping.


    Sells one-of-a-kind skirts for little girls; custom made doll clothes; cozy little stroller quilts.
    Enter coupon code FREESHIP for free shipping.


    Sells personalized Sock Monkeys, wild and tame. Machine Embroidered Changing Pads, baby accessories.
    Enter coupon code EKSALE15 for 15% discount.


    Sells boutique style Satin Trim Baby Blankets made with ultra soft minky. Also available in Throw sizes and Toddler Bed Sets.
    Visit discount section in her shop for great deals.


    Sells unique, embroidered items for infants and toddlers. Items include: blankets/bedding, hooded towels, changing pads, washable coloring books and other toys.
    Enter coupon code HOHOHOLIDAY25 for 25% discount.


    Sells Fun items for babies and children including mustache baby bibs, chalkboard mats for kids and burp cloths.
    Enter coupon code THANKS20 for 20% discount.


    Sells Fitted Bamboo and Organic Cotton Cloth Diapers, fleece diaper covers, longies and skirties and other earth friendly goodies.
    Enter coupon code 10BLACKFRIDAY for 10% discount.


    Modern kids boutique. Specializing in matching sibling, twin clothing. Matching children Christmas clothes.
    Enter coupon code FREESHIP for free domestic shipping.


    Sells Hand-printed apparel.
    Enter coupon code SHIPFREE for free domestic shipping.

    Bright Life Toys

    Sells Waldorf and Montessori toys, plushies made from hand dyed organic bamboo velour. Creative Play for Creative Kids.
    Enter coupon code HOLIDAYS2012 for 20% discount.


    Sells functional, fun and modern clothing and accesssories for babies and kids.
    Enter coupon code HOLIDAY10 for 10% discount.


    Sells natural crayons, watercolor notebooks and other handmade products perfect for stocking stuffers or holiday presents!
    Enter coupon code STUFFASTOCKING12 for 20% discount.


    Sells crayon rolls, chalk mats, crayon aprons, tool belts, toddler purses, chef aprons, toddler backpacks, messenger bags and much more.
    20% discount off items in her shop.


    Sells adorable handmade children's clothing and hair accessories. .
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY for 20% discount.


    Sells adorable baby essentials including baby burp cloths, lovey blankets, soft blocks and more! We believe baby items should be pretty AND practical!
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDS for 15% discount.


    Sells Whimsical & Inspirational Glow-in-the-Dark Pillowcases for ALL ages. Start-at-any-month Photo/Keepsake Calendars. All MADE in USA!
    Enter coupon code 1FREESP for free shipping and personalization.


    Sells one of a kind handmade clothes and blankets for babies and toddlers. Simple styles with long wearing designs made in bright fun colors.
    Enter coupon code COMFYFEELY2012 for 20% discount.


    Sells crochet patterns for baby accessories and blankets, stuffed toys, hats and scarves for the whole family, holiday and seasonal items, afghans and home decor patterns.
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDS for 15% discount.


    Sells custom party invitations, cupcake toppers, party banner, favor tags, and more!
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDS for 15% discount.


    Sells Boutique Baby Accessories - Bamboo Dribble Bibs, Organic Jersey, Natural Wooden Teething Ring 'Bunnies', Baby Comforters/Security Blankets, Cosy Snuggle Blankets, Hand Crocheted and Knitted Accessories
    Enter coupon code BFCM12 for 10% discount + Free UK shipping on bibs.


    Sells Boutique style personalized gifts for all ages. Birthday and seasonal shirts and bibs. Big/Lil Brother and Sister shirts, personalized towels and much, much more!
    Enter coupon code DOODLESSALE for 20% discount.


    Sells Crocheted baby items and slippers for the whole family!!
    Enter coupon code BFCM10 for 10% discount.


    Sells personalized felt crowns, bunting, banners, cupcake flags, crayon rolls & more.
    Enter coupon code BF2012 for 20% discount.

    Flutterbye Chic

    Sells personalized embroidered items for baby & Momma.
    Enter coupon code EKIDS15 for 15% discount.

    Frayed Fuzzies

    Sells warm and snuggly rag quilts in all sizes and themes from baby to teen. Shop also has OOAK educational toys--rag quilted letters--that are perfect stocking stuffers!
    Enter coupon code 20HOLIDAY12 for free shipping.


    Sells hats and slippers for children.
    Offering free shipping in her shop.


    Sells children's clothing and giftable items for all ages!
    Offering buy 1 get 1 50% off, or buy 2 get 1 free in her shop.


    Sells unique handmade plush toys that are my own design. Many are made out of repurposed materials such as socks and buttons.
    Enter coupon code CYBER25 for 25% discount.

    Girlie Pearlie

    Sells girls dresses, ruffle pants, swimsuits, and Tops.
    Enter coupon code CHRISTMAS12 for 15% discount.


    Sells cute animal nursery art and greeting cards featuring designs like tennis-playing bunnies, pole-vaulting hippos, and bulldozing aardvarks.
    Enter coupon code GBSHIP for free shipping.

    Handmaiden Canada

    Sells clothing, toys and accessories of heirloom quality for the whole family.
    Enter coupon code THANKFUL12 for 10% discount.


    Sells original, one of a kind, handcrafted coat racks, artwork display hangers, barrette holders, original wall art, and wall clocks
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRDAYSALE for 10% discount.


    Sells handsewn items for boys, girls and AG dolls.
    20% discount on bowties and hats.


    Sells cute hats suitable for your Newborn Baby's First Photo Shoot. Hats are also custom made in larger sizes.
    Enter coupon code SHIPFORFREE for free shipping.


    Sells coffee/tea koozies, keychains and coasters.
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDSBLACKFRIDAY for free shipping.


    Sells hand embroidered and appliqued onesies, tshirts, hats, and hair accessories.
    Enter coupon code FREESHIP for free shipping.


    Sells gorgeous handmade flower girl tutu dresses, adorable petti tutus, and baby and maternity products such as reusable nursing pads, baby ring slings, diaper clutches, crib shoes and tag blankets.
    Enter coupon code CHRISTMAS12 for 15% discount.


    Sells nursery decor, crib bedding, and nursing accessories. For the holidays we will be featuring stocking stuffers (natural teethers, rattles, lovies, and more) for infants!
    Enter coupon code FALALALALA for 15% discount.


    Sells Baby Blankets, Burp Cloths & Bibs, Kids Clothing & Accessories, Crayon Rollups & Lots More :)
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDS for 15% discount.


    Sells knitted products for children of all ages. Hats, sweaters, jackets and leg warmers.
    Enter coupon code BONUS11 for 10% discount.


    Sells diaper bags, matching waterproof changing pads, binkie holders, bibs, card holders, change purses and wristlets.
    Offering discounts on selected items in her shop.


    Sells cloth diapers, trainers, wipes, woolies, fleecies and nursing pads!
    Enter coupon code GOBBLEGOBBLE2012 for free shipping in US and Canada.


    Sells Art for Kids and Their Grownups Reproduction prints, Original pastel paintings, personalized and giclee prints, jewelry. note cards and invitations.
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY for 20% discount.


    Sells handmade linen dresses for girls, christening gowns, boys costumes, girl's hair accessories, handmade gift bags.
    Enter coupon code HAIR20 for 20% discount on all hair accessories


    Sells fabric wall flowers and fabric butterflies. Flowers and butterflies are 3-dimensional and can by customized to match your room decor.
    Enter coupon code BLACKSALE2012 for free shipping (when you purchse 3 or more items).


    Sells whimsical yet practical and eco-friendly chalkcloth items for home + kids: Write Drink Tags, Knob Notes, Dine.n.Doodle chalk mats, art folios, crayons wallets.
    Enter coupon code THANKYOU20 for 20% discount.


    Sells designer customized cards, invitations, art prints and handmade journals.
    Enter coupon code HOLIDAY10 for 10% discount.

    Little Pea Pod Crafts

    Sells children's paper art, personalized decor and greeting cards
    Enter coupon code BLKFRI2012 for 10% discount.

    Little Sweetie Boutique

    Sells little girl pillowcase dresses, peasant dresses, skirts & more!
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY for 10% discount.


    Sells baby tutus and headbands for EVERY occasion. Custom orders are welcome.
    Enter coupon code BLKFRI for 25% discount.


    Sells custom designed heirloom – quality costumes for children. Our superhero capes make great Holiday gift for any little girl or boy.
    Enter coupon code FREESHIPUSPS for free shipping.


    Sells ribbon sculptures, hair bows, headbands, and pretty much all things girly.
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY20 for 20% discount.


    Sells modern clothing for children & babies. contemporary baby gifts for girls and boys. minimalist & unisex styling. baby pants with graphic tops to match.
    Enter coupon code NOV20121 for 25% discount.


    Sells handmade plushie owls that are simply irresistible! They're soft, chubby, & ready to be snuggled with! I also make soft & fluffy lovey blankets.
    Offering free shipping in her shop.


    Sells boutique childrens clothing, peasant dresses, skirts, costumes etc.
    Offering buy 1 get 1 free in her shop.


    Sells heirloom quality jewelry for boys and girls ages newborn to 12 years.
    Offering 15% discount in her shop.

    My Sweet Sunshine

    Sells Children Clothing for Baby , Toddlers and Kids.
    Enter coupon code WINTER25 for 25% discount.


    Sells boutique clothing for girls and boys. Bibs, shoes, booties, hats, t-shirts dresses and more.
    Enter coupon code HOLIDAY for free shipping.


    Sells Insulated Lunch Bags, Reusable Sandwich Bags, Crayon Holders, Zipper Pouches, Nursing Pads, and more ... all handmade in Canada.
    Enter coupon code FIFTEEN for 15% discount.


    Sells children's items made from upcycled t-shirts
    Enter coupon code 2012BFFREESHIP for free shipping.


    Sells toys for kids, goods for moms and families, nursery and home decor Homemade and handmade by Mom Earth and people friendly!
    Enter coupon code 20OFFANDRUN for 20% discount.


    Sells girls hair accessories, bows, wipe cases, tutus, leg Warmers, felt hair Clippies, tuxedo style hair Clippies.
    Enter coupon code NEWCUST2012 for 10% discount.


    Sells canvas art children and animal themed illustrations greeting cards.
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2012 for 25% discount.


    Sells affordable and easy to use clip art and digital papers. The print ready graphics are great for greeting cards, holiday decor & more!
    Enter coupon code EKT15 for 15% discount and buy 2 get 1 free promotion.


    Sells hand-dyed batik clothing for babies, toddlers, and the big people in their lives! Adorable T-shirts, dresses and bodysuits in fun designs and bright colors.
    Enter coupon code FREESHIP for free shipping.

    Petunia and Marigold

    Sells three inch button covered bookmarks.
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDSBLACKFRIDAY for free shipping.

    Picture a Tale

    Sells nursery art inspired by Brothers Grimm stories.
    Offering 40% discount in her shop.


    Sells fun and funky girls dresses and boys clothes. All of our kids clothes are versatile, contemporary and affordable. Baby, toddler and kid sizes.
    Enter coupon code LOCAL for free shipping.


    Sells Holiday cards, Gift Tags, Birth prints, wall art, invitations, printables and more!
    Enter coupon code BLKFRIDAY2012 for 25% discount.


    Sells hair accessories handmade specifically for you! Boutique styles made just for you!
    Enter coupon code FREESHIPPING for free shipping.

    Raising Green Kids

    Raising Green Kids is committed to helping families live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. We hand make products that are natural and eco-friendly and will help families make small green changes.
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY for 10% discount.


    Rhoadworks Diaper Shirts and Toddler Tees make great gifts for new babies, birthdays or just for fun. Do you love clothes that are unique, funky and show your sense of style? Babies do too!
    Enter coupon code BFCM12 for 25% discount.


    Sells original whimiscal folk art and children's books, prints,notecards and original paintings featuring bright colors, a whimsical imagination and unbridled joy.
    Enter coupon code THANKSTOGOD for 20% discount.


    Sells handmade reshaped crayons of all kinds.
    Enter coupon code ETSYHOLIDAY12 for 15% discount.


    Sells adorable baby gifts for the newborn baby: bibs, burp cloths, receiving blankets, baskets, blankie's.
    Enter coupon code HOLIDAY10 for 10% discount.


    Sells a variety of embroidered handmade baby and toddler keepsakes at affordable prices.
    Enter coupon code SLOFREESHIPPING for free shipping.


    Sells Children's Boutique Clothing and Accessories. Custom orders are welcome.
    Enter coupon code SHIPFREE for free shipping.


    Sells baby gifts, handmade dresses, tie onesies, blankets, hooded towels, die cut tags and hair bows/flowers.
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY for 20% discount.

    Snowfall Studio

    Sells artisan dolls, mermaids, stuffed kitties, and other plush toys made with natural fibers.
    Enter coupon code THANKFUL for free shipping.


    Sells Custom Children's clothing and pageant wear.
    Enter coupon code TURKEY20 for 20% discount.


    Sells hand painted keepsake chests and memory boxes.
    Enter coupon code FREESHIP12 for free shipping.


    Sells whimsical gifts to celebrate the sweet kid in your life! We specialize in boutique layered hair bows, bottlecap clippies, tutus, children's jewelry, invitations, and more!
    Enter coupon code CELEBRATE for 25% discount.

    Toastie Studio

    Sells fleece cushion covers, felt fairy wings, hair accessories and room decor. Lots of bright and happy colours!!
    Enter coupon code EKBLACK12 for 20% discount.


    Sells art prints / ABC cards / Manner cards. Some are posters for nursery or kids' rooms, some are home decor like mounted wall art and some are playful stickers for kids.
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDS2012YAY for 10% discount.

    Too Cute Invites

    Sells handmade one of a kind invitations for childrens birthdays and baby showers . Matching accessories and we can work with your theme to customize the whole party.
    Enter coupon code BLCYBER for 10% discount.


    Sells custom denim tutus, hair accessories, and onesies.
    Enter coupon code ETSYKIDS for 15% discount.


    Sells plush fun for everyone! Specializing in super soft, washable owls.
    Enter coupon code BLACKCYBER12 for free shipping.


    Sells kid-friendly eco wall decals
    Enter coupon code ECOFRIENDLY for 20% discount.

    We HIVE Personalized Story Books

    Sells personalized story book. Name, friends, hometown and more included. Becoming the "Star of the Story" is a great help in encouraging a child to read and a wonderful keepsake for years to come.
    Enter coupon code EKC2012 for 15% discount.


    Sells tutus, stuffed creatures, wands, party puffs, kids aprons, ballet length tutus, oil cloth bags, doll tutus, costumes and scarves.
    Offering 50% Off of All Items in the SALE shop section.


    Sells handmade kid costumes and accessories for imaginative play
    Enter coupon code 2012BFFREESHIP for free shipping.


    Sells stylish diaper bags, diaper clutches, bibs and burp cloth sets, quilts, knitted baby blankets, hats and sweater sets.
    Enter coupon code YBB15OFF for 15% discount.


    Sells hip, stylish children's clothing and accessories boutique.
    Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY15 for 15% discount.
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