New Year Crafts for Kids

Posted Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Years Eve does not just have to be for grownups!
Here are some fun activities and crafts for the kids to do and celebrate the new year.

Kids New Year’s Resolution Printable from 30 Handmade Days.

Create and decorate noise makers from Alphamom

Teach the kids New Year’s traditions from around the Globe for Kids from (Cool) Progeny

New Year’s Eve countdown bags from Hoosier Homemade.

Countdown confetti boxes from Homework

Good-luck Goldfish from Spoonful.

Transform your Christmas tree into a New Year’s Eve tree from Our Best Bites.

New Year's Eve kid's party surprise balls from Little Wonders Days.

New Year’s Eve printable banner and party hat from Toad’s Treasures. Fun to colour in for the kids.

New Year Collage from Activity Village.

New Years Time Capsule from Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

New Years Eve pot banger craft from Free Kids
New Year Worksheets & New Year Puzzles for Kids from Activity Village.

Mini marshmallow shooters (or confetti shooters) from Come Together Kids

First-night Hats from Spoonful.

Meet Etsy Seller Mamie Co.

Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012

Today we would like to introduce you to Amy
and her Etsy shop Mamie Co.

Mamie Co. has been selling on Etsy since December 2010, she specialize in making one of a kind, handcrafted felt memory games for kids of all ages, as well as lots of fun and useful baby carrier accessories. Today she is sharing a little about her shop and selling handmade items.
What motivated you to start your shop? 
A couple of years ago I was brainstorming ideas for gifts I could make for the children in our small playgroup. One day as my son and I were playing a wooden version of the Memory Game, it occurred to me that the game was perfect for his age group. I decided I would try my hand at a homemade version. I made a felt game for each of the kids in the playgroup and in the days that followed after the gift exchange, I was contacted by almost every mom saying things like "Awesome gift!" "My child LOVES it!" and "You should sell these!"   At first I brushed it off, but then the more I thought about it, the more it started to sound like a good idea. I researched and discovered that there were no games like mine on Etsy at the time, so I decided to make a few games and go for it!

What is the story behind your shop name?
"Mamie Co." is a play on my childhood nickname. As a young child, I had trouble pronouncing my first and middle name correctly. "Amy Nicole" came out "Mamie Cole."  Even after I grew up, most of my extended family still referred to me as "Mamie Cole" and they continue to do so to this day. It is a nickname that reminds me of my childhood and brings me back home each time I hear it. When I was brainstorming ideas for a shop name, "Mamie Co." just popped into my head and I knew that it was the right fit.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
One of the most surprising things about opening my own shop has been the amount of time it takes for the peripheral things involved with running an online shop. Things like packaging items, printing postage labels, editing photos, writing listing descriptions, etc. take up just as much time as my actual crafting. It wasn't something I was wise enough to think about before opening my shop. I was focused on the time it takes to create my items and was quite surprised by how much time the "rest" of the stuff takes.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I am a big believer in making sure the items I make are high quality. In the early days of my shop, I made my memory games from acrylic felt. I soon discovered that the quality of wool blend felt is head and shoulders above acrylic, so I switched to wool blend felt exclusively. I know that when I ship an item to a customer, my reputation is attached to that product, so I want my customers to be impressed. I want people to get exactly what they see in the photos and descriptions of my products and not be disappointed when their item arrives. I love making things that I personally love, which is how I ended up adding babywearing accessories to my shop offerings. I figure that if I love it or if my kids love it, then there are other parents and kids who will love it as well. If I can bring a smile to a child's face when they open their memory game pouch or make a mama's life easier with a babywearing product, then it is all worth it.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I feel like I am always working. As a wife, stay at home mom to two home schooled boys ages 6 and 3, and an Etsy shop owner, I am always busy and there is always something that needs to be done. I do intentionally keep my shop small enough and manageable enough so that we have plenty of quality family time and time to just do nothing. If I had free time, I would probably spend it reading books, watching movies, or going wine tasting with my husband.

Mamie Co. is offering a free shipping for our blog reader  To use the coupon, visit her etsy store and enter code 'ETSYKIDSBLOG' at checkout. The voucher is valid on domestic shipping through the month of January 2013.

EtsyKids Design Challenge: It's time to Vote!

Posted Friday, December 21, 2012

It's time to vote for your favorite item! Voting will be open until December 27th. This month, EtsyKids members were challenged to create an exciting new item based on a theme "Under the Etsy Tree ". We received a lot of fantastic entries, please vote for your favorite from the list below.

Meet Etsy Seller CwtchBugs

Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today we would like to introduce you to Laura and Kim
and their Etsy shop CwtchBugs

CwtchBugs has been selling on Etsy since May 2011, they sell a beautiful range of handmade items bursting with cuteness for the modern baby. From organic bamboo bandana bibs, organic jersey accessories, natural teethers, newborn photo props and cuddly comforters. Today they are sharing a little about their shop and selling handmade items.

Minky Baby Comforter/Lo...

Natural Wooden Teethin...

Organic - 'Robot Factor...

Minky Baby Comforter / S...

What motivated you to start your shop? 

I started making bandana bibs and blankets when our friends started having babies as I wanted to give a gift that was different to what was available on the high-street & thought a handmade gift was so much more personal. When the gifts were well received a friend told me about Etsy and it sounded great so I opened a shop in May 2011. I think I just fell in love with the idea of handmade items being lovingly made and people choosing our products to give as gifts at a very special time in someone's life.

What is the story behind your shop name?
I really wanted to have the word 'cwtch' in our name  as i wanted it to represent where we make our products and  it's a word I use on a daily basis!  I love the word as it means an affectionate hug or cuddle and that's what I wanted my products to be, a security for babies. As for why I chose bugs to go with it I'm not sure, I think it was the thought of it translating to hug bugs!

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
What's surprised me the most has to be how I fall in love with sewing more every day! There is always so much to learn and I'm always trying out new stitches and new designs! I love coming up with new patterns and learning new techniques! It still doesn't feel like anything other than a hobby to me and I'm sure that will never change!

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
We work hard to ensure every product made and sent out is completed to a very high standard and made with love.  We want our products to be loved, to last & be used time and time again!
We love organic materials and use 100% cotton on nearly all of our products and like the thought of our products sending out a Cwtch to all that receive them. :)

How would someone (other then you) describe you?
A dreamer someone who doesn't really live in this world! I always try for the Unachievable and never have a back up plan! I think they would also say I talk too much!

What do you do when you aren't working?
When I'm not working I'm drinking lots of Starbucks, catching up with friends, walking my puppy and spending time with my handsome husband! I also try and keep fit but my gym membership keeps gathering dust! :)

Natural Wooden Teethin...


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Get your party dress on!

Posted Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas time is a time of parties and celebrations! Dressing all nice and enjoying fun and games with family and friends!!
Our team members make and sell some beautiful creations and here are some of my favourite to dress up in this Holiday season!

Toddler girl's ruff...

Girls Dress Eiffle Tow...

Linen girl dress - Rust...

vintage style floral EM...

Kimono DRESS for Girls ...

As seen in Babiekins Ma...

Girls Peasant Dress in ...

Ruffled Neck Party Dres...

Upcycled Children's...

Flower Girl, Birthday, ...

Girls Hawaiian Dress Hu...

Blue and Green Floral G...

Girls Red Russian Doll ...

Children Clothing, Girl...

Classic Beauty Black an...

An Alpine Christmas Kno...

And lets not forget the boys! With their snazzy ties, and jackets!!
School style - Knitted roy...
William . Bow Tie . Grey, ...
Boys Handmade Hawaiia...
Little Boys Vest, Rock Star
Baby boy bow tie red, w...
Dark blue elephant waist...
Mezzanine Appliqued Tie...
Dr. Watson Vest and Bo...
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