September Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Monday, September 30, 2013

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

Is your little one ready for the big game? This adorable football hat will melt any football fan's heart. If needed for a girl just specify in "notes to seller" box at check out if you would like the laces and stripes done in pink.
~ TupeloHoneys

Here are some more lovely items from TupeloHoneys!

Little Mermaid crochet newborn photo prop set - TupeloHoneys Witch HAT - TupeloHoneys Crochet Cowgirl Or Cowboy Hat and Boots - TupeloHoneys SALE: Crochet Football Baby Cocoon & Hat Set Pattern - TupeloHoneys
Hot Pink Butterfly cuddle cape photo prop - - TupeloHoneys Crochet Cuddle Cape Set - Minnie Mouse - TupeloHoneys Bunny Cuddle Cape and Hat, Newborn Photography Prop - TupeloHoneys Baby snowman beanie & diaper cover  0 - 3 month - TupeloHoneys

Meet Etsy Seller Avry Couture Creations

Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Today we would like to introduce you to

Avry Couture Creations has been selling on Etsy since November 2011, she sell adorable baby headbands and lace petti rompers. Today she is sharing a little about her shop and selling handmade items.

Children's Flower Headbands-Persnickety Fall 2013 Headband-Matilda Jane Headband-Brown and Pumpkin Headband-Fall Wedding - AvryCoutureCreations Fall Lace Romper-Couture Baby Outfit-Ruffle Romper-Lace Petti Romper-Cake Smash Outfit-1st Birthday Outfit-Flower Girl-Photo Prop - AvryCoutureCreations Strawberry Lace Romper-Girl 1st Birthday Outfit-Ruffle Romper-Lace Petti Romper-Cake Smash Outfit-1st Birthday Outfit-Flower Girl-Photo Prop - AvryCoutureCreations Baby Headbands-Matilda Jane Inspired Headband-Newborn Headband-Matilda Jane Headband-Flower Girl Headband-Fall Wedding - AvryCoutureCreations

What motivated you to start your shop?
After realizing there is absolutely nothing cute in the stores around here we live for newborn and baby hair accessories, I began designing my own little creations. My little girl had the craziest hair and wearing a headband just made sense, not to mention made her look fab. We got compliments everywhere we went, that's when I began my Etsy shop.

What is the story behind your shop name?
Avry is my first and only daughter. I love Juicy Couture, and added in creations just so I wasn't stealing Juicy's thing.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I was surprised that my shop took off so fast, I had orders in first week. Being able to do something I love for work is amazing. When I began I still was working full time as a medical Esthetician. Slowly I cut back days and now Avry Couture Creations is full time. It is so fun making new headbands and outfits for the seasons and holidays. Nothing is better then seeing fan photo's of their little girls in my own creations. Makes my day.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
Some thing like this is the most fun. All the details make it one of a kind.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
More then anything it is finding a proper balance between work and family..

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
There is a headband for any style and age in my shop. From the daintiest to the most glamorous extra big headband, there is truly something for everyone and every budget.

How would someone (other then you) describe you?
Laid back, friendly and helpful.

What do you do when you aren't working?
Relax with my family.

Avry Couture Creations is offering 15% discount to all our blog readers. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "AVRY2" at checkout.

Baby Lace Romper-Girls 1st Birthday Outfit-Lace Romper-Vintage Style-Ruffle Romper-Lace Petti Romper-Baby -Toddler-Photo Prop - AvryCoutureCreations Baby Girl Headband-Baby Headbands-Rosette Headband-Newborn Headbands-1st Birthday Girl Headband-Flower Girl Headband-Photo Prop - AvryCoutureCreations Baby Headbands-Headbands-Neutral Shabby Chic Headband-m2m Persnickety Headband-Matilda Jane Headband-Flower Girl Headband-Fall Wedding - AvryCoutureCreations Red Lace Romper-Lace Romper-Baby Petti Romper-Christmas Outfit-Lace Petti Romper-Baby Lace Romper-Photo Prop - AvryCoutureCreations

Hang It Up! Displaying Children's Art

Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Contributed by Cindy, of coopercreations

School is in full swing which means lots and lots of creative works coming home each day.

If you are anything like me, you give loads of praise to the construction paper, painted and glued masterpieces and then place them in a pile for a few weeks until they start to cascade onto the floor – you then move them into a sacred file or box never to be seen again.

Now, while giving praise to any and all artwork your child creates is VERY important you can’t look past the importance of placing those “most favorite” works of art on display. This doesn't mean setting it on the mantle for a week or two then moving it aside as a new piece replaces it. It also doesn't mean hanging it on the revolving refrigerator door. What it does mean is elevating the work of art to a level your child perceives as “important”. Yes, it means placing it in an actual frame and hanging it on your wall with an actual nail!

You will not believe the complete and totally aw that comes from your child’s face as they gaze upon their very own artwork being displayed next to art and photos of the utmost importance in your home. I would not have believed this if I hadn't seen it for myself.

Despite my praise and encouragement, my son had always lacked confidence in his artwork. He wasn't terribly interested in painting and drawing. Being an artist myself, I was sad for him. Creating art is a wonderful process I wanted him to share in it. So I did something so simple that changed his art world - while he was out playing one afternoon, I took 5 pieces of his artwork, framed and hung them. I specifically took down works of art and vacation photos that hung in key spots in the house and replaced them with his.

I can’t describe the look on his face when he saw his framed creations hanging in their place. It was a look of pride, delight and complete accomplishment all at once. It was so heartwarming.

Now my son proudly points out all of his masterpieces to our guests and has been sketching and painting with zeal ever since.

Who would have thought!? Something so simple could make such a big difference. Here are a few tips I found to be helpful when hanging artwork.
  • Buy frames on sale and keep a stash handy. (Ikea has very inexpensive frames)
  • Set up a collage wall of frames. It is easy to add more frames without having to search for fresh wall space.
  • Look for discounted, tacky artwork that has been matted and framed in bargain bins. Pop out the outdated prints and pop yours in. It will look like you spent big bucks for it.
  • Place scrapbook paper behind artwork that is too small to fill a standard frame. It gives the illusion of a mat and is most often of archival quality so it won’t fade.
  • You can’t possibly hang all of their artwork so choose their favorites and place the others in a hope chest specifically for artwork. Don’t hide it in a closet never to be seen again – flip the lid open on rainy days and peruse through the masterpieces. You can have a custom box painted to match your d├ęcor. I keep mine in the family room. 

Cindy Cooper is a Huntersville, North Carolina artist who specializes in painting everything and anything.    You can find her handpainted toy boxes and children's room themed painted canvases in her Etsy Shop, CooperCreations.  If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, Cindy is available for mural work.  Visit her website, for more information and to schedule a consultation.  Cindy is also on Facebook, stop by and say, "Hello!"

Re-purposed Glass Jar Jack-O-Lantern Fall Craft

Posted Monday, September 23, 2013

This is a fun and relatively quick Halloween craft project you can do with your children.  Save a few glass jars and you can make a whole row of jack-o-lanters to decorate you home.  The directions are simple and you can keep this craft and reuse it again and again for many years.

You will need:
masking tape
clean glass jar
paint or foam brush
orange acrylic paint ( non-toxic and washable)
battery operated tea light
Modge Podge

Cut the masking tape into simple Jack O -Lantern face pieces( I made all triangles) and stick onto the jar.
Paint the jar with the orange paint.
after the paint dries pull off the tape pieces
cover the entire jar with Modge Podge so that the paint won't chip.
Put the battery powered tea light in after it's all dry.

Dorinda's shop, Raising Green Kids, offers eco-friendly products for your family. Follow her on Facebook and twitter and at her blog.

Treasury Challenge #18- Pirates and booty!

Posted Sunday, September 22, 2013

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #18 was "Pirates and booty!". Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with 187 views is...

black crocheted pirate eye patch for kids by yourmomdesigns(rts) - yourmomdesigns Boys cotton shorts, checked black and white 100% italian cotton with two side sky-blue pockets, 4 years size. Ready to ship - robedellarobi Day of the Dead Skull No:4 Wall ART Sculpture - Mixed Media Vintage Skull Assemblage - Housewarming Gift - WalterSilva Boys Pirate Shoes, Baby and Toddler, Skull and Crossbones, Hand Painted, Black Hi Top Sneakers - boygirlboygirldesign
Overall in Pirate Skulls and Crossbones - NEW for Fall - OverallBaby Stacking Town - a Montessori and Waldorf Inspired Stacking and Nesting Toy - MamaMayI Vintage Luna Binoculars Old Binoculars Scope Binoculars - ransomletterhandmade Baby boy linen short pants, bermuda shorts, shorts. Size 12-18  months. 100% raw linen, soft and resistant. Checkers print. - arch190
Dark Green Newsboy Cap, Boys Flat Cap Pageboy, Ring Bearer Spring Easter Photo Prop, 2T 3T 4T 5T, Forest Green Organic Cotton - LemonLaneOrganics Tweedy the Octopus yarn doll - bikbikandroro Custom Crochet Crab Rug Navy, Baby Blue, and White Cotton Round Circle Rug Custom Colors Nautical Nursery Kids Rug - KingSoleil the retro collection: a trio of sock monkeys - thewhimsicalsweet
Pirate Onesie - Eye Patch - funlittlethings Wooden -Waldorf- Kids -Toy-Spider & Ant  Wooden Yo- Yo - applenamos Baby Bibs - Nautical Bib / Navy Chevron Bib / Designer Baby / JULY 4TH - Babiease Necklace for men - Crochet for men - Crochet grey/black necklace - Some special for Daddy - YarnBallStories

Thank you MaiseysDaiseys for creating such a lovely treasury!

MaiseysDaiseys makes paper mache flower accessories, so maybe not something you would find a pirate wearing but we think they are lovely! We just love this pink and dot daisy paper mache headband.

September Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

Posted Saturday, September 21, 2013

For September our Design Challenge theme was "Football Fever", as chosen by last months winner twinzzshop.
We have lots of lovely entries from our team members, browse down and vote for your favourite item!
Voting is open until 27th September.

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