September Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

Let's get ready for some football!!! Get toddlers through adults ready for football season with this Auburn inspired beanie. Navy blue with orange trim and paw print lets you show your team pride while keeping your head warm.

Here are some more lovely items from WhimsicalMimsys.
Football Can Koozie, Crochet Can Cozy, Beer KoozieCrochet Football Headband, Earwarmers, Teen Accessory, Football Season, Cheerleader, Fall FashionCrochet Baby Bottle Cover 2 Piece Set Choice of Anchor - Flower - or Skull, Baby Shower Gift, Baby Gift Set, Bottle CozyCrochet Baby Pink Cupcake Hat, Infant Photo Prop
Crochet Baby Bird Hat, Baby Beanie, Baby Boy Hat, Baby Girl Hat, Newborn Beanie, Made to Order, Photo PropMini Christmas Stockings, Crochet Stocking, Handmade Christmas OrnamentCrochet Gold Crown, Princess Crown, Prince Crown, Dress Up Crown, Baby Crown, Kids CrownCrochet Reusable Mustache Coffee Sleeve, Coffee Cozy, Environmentally Friendly
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Bubble Wrap Fall Tree Project

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

Have your little ones create Fall trees using left over bubble wrap.  This is a fun and super easy eco-friendly craft for little ones of all ages.

What you'll need:
                   paper: heavier stock paper works best
                              squares of bubble wrap. mine were about 4x4
 brown markers or crayons

  1. If you child is older they can draw their own tree trunk, if they are younger draw it for them.
  2. Put a thin layer of each color of paint on a left over lid or reusable bowl or plate.
  3. Show your child how to take the square of bubble wrap into their hand and dip it into the paint, then dab up and down on the paper in different spots above the tree trunk.
  4. Use different colors to create a fun Fall picture. Enjoy!

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

September Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

Posted Sunday, September 21, 2014

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

Treasury Challenge #43 - Pirates!

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #43 was "Pirates!".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with a whooping 166 views is...

PIRATE Thank You Cards - set of 15
REDUCED - Bandana bibs baby toddler dribble bib set stripy bandanas stars blue red black white four organic cotton bamboo stripes pirate
Pirate Birthday Party Edible Cupcake Fondant Toppers, Pirate Face, Pirate Baby Boy Shower Decor, Boy Summer Sea Birthday Nautical - set 12
Pirate Snack Tray, Pirate Ship Snack Tray, Children's Snack Tray
Cute Diapers and Wipes Carrying Case -Black White Red Pirates, Crossbones, Skulls, Polka Dots
Pirate Boy or Girl Party Custom Cake Topper - Ahoy Matey Collection from Tea Party Designs
Pirate mobile - Pirate themed nursery children decor - Pirate ship - pirate parrot - treasure island
Pirate Birthday Shirt - Pirate Party, Pirate Shirt, Pirate Ship, First Birthday Shirt, 1st Birthday Outfit, Jake and the Neverland Pirate
Pirate Tooth Fairy Box - Pirate Non Toxic Vitamin Box - Tooth Fairy Box for Boys - With optional matching Pin Back Button Badge - Powder Box
Pirate Hat Shirt
Pirate Chest Tags For Favor Bags or Gifts Qty 6 By Your Little Cupcake
Baby bandana bib - Little pirate - baby boy - baby shower gift - handmade in canada
Children's Pirate Shoes, Skull and Crossbones, Hand Painted, Black Hi Top Sneakers
Pirate Chalkboard Mat Reusable Art Draw Toy Boy or Girl Blue Red Quiet Travel Toy
PRINTABLE Boy Pirate Party Circles (Personalized)
Anchor Print - Anchor Art - Nautical Print - Nautical Kids Room - Pirate Room - Etsykids Team
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Thank you Magical Attic for creating such a lovely treasury!

Magicalattic makes custom children's costumes. We love their pirate girl size costume set. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

Meet Etsy Seller JoellesDolls

Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

JoellesDolls has been selling on Etsy since January 2007, they sell beautiful unique art dolls and cloth dolls. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Girl Doll Holding Kitten - Handmade Cloth DollPretty African American Doll - Cloth Doll by Joelle's DollsHippie Guitar Guy Doll - OOAK Rock n Roll Doll - HandmadeHandmade Fairy Doll - OOAK Faerie

What motivated you to start your shop?
I had been selling my one of a kind handmade cloth dolls at arts and crafts shows in Upstate New York. I wanted to reach a wider market. So I opened a JoellesDolls shop on Etsy in 2007. It was my first online shop, and it worked. I sold my first doll on Etsy to a customer in California. That was pretty exciting. Since then, I've shipped dolls throughout the U.S. and to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Someday, I hope there will be one of Joelle's Dolls on every continent.

What is the story behind your shop name?
My mom named me Joelle after a nun who was my brother's kindergarten teacher, Sister Mary Joelle. My husband said my name is pretty and unusual, and recommended I use it as my shop name.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I make a variety of dolls, from mini dolls and dress up dolls that are mostly aimed at children, to very fancy collectible dolls. Over the years, I have made original characters that are angels, brides and grooms, ballerinas and bikers, cowboys and farmers, fairies, mermaids, nuns, princesses, pirates and witches. All of my dolls come from my own original designs and no two are exactly alike.
My favorite dolls to make are girls with fancy outfits. I love going through my stash of fabrics, imagining an outfit, and selecting the material and trims to make it.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Getting my dolls seen on Etsy is the toughest challenge. The marketplace is so big, it is hard to get noticed. Allowing shops to sell items on Etsy that are not handmade has made it even more difficult. I try to drive traffic to my Etsy shop using an off-site website, a Joelle's Dolls page on Facebook, and a Joelle's Dolls account on Twitter.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I am a mom to three grown sons who are creative. One is a cartoonist and illustrator, one a writer, and one is a guitarist in a punk rock band.
In addition to being a dollmaker, I have another unusual job, working at a Syracuse teaching hospital as a standardized patient. Standardized patients are people who help train the resident doctors and med students. We are given a script with a character that has specific ailments. We act as patients during simulated visits to the doctor so that the students can practice giving examinations and their diagnostic and communication skills. Sometimes I have my heart listened to six times a day.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
I love cats. If my husband would agree to it, I would have a house full of cats. But I only have two right now. So I make a lot of cat dolls.

Momma Cat Doll - Kitty Doll - PlushSummer Fun Girl Doll - OOAK Cloth DollPirate Doll - OOAK Child Friendly DollMini Monster Dolls - Handmade Toys - Stuffed Animals
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Meet Etsy Seller Misslottiesboutique

Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Misslottiesboutique has been selling on Etsy since November 2013, they sell ballet skirts and all things beautiful! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Lottie-da - Polka Dot Hair Bow - Pink and Yellow Hair Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler Hair Bow - Daisy - Boutique Hair Bow - Hair AccessoryTiny Dancer - Pink Ballerina Hair Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler Hair Bow - Satin Ribbon HairBow - Hair Accessory - Hair Clip - Shiny BowGirls Light Pink Heart Ballet Skirt - Dancewear - Ice Skating Skirt - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - TutuLottie-da - Girls Pink Yellow Ballet Skirt - Dancewear - Ice Skating - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - Tutu

What motivated you to start your shop?
We have been dancing for 25 years. When we were five years old, Momma Lottie put her little babies in ballet class, and we have been dancing ever since!
As the little Lotties grew and became interested in many things, we began traveling multiple avenues. In middle school everyone had to take ""Consumer and Family Studies"". The most fun part of this class was that everyone sewed a pillow. Momma Lottie brought out her sewing machine, and the creative process began. The sunny yellow and pink striped pillows are still proudly displayed!
College studies provided degrees in Education, Fashion, and Dance. As you can see, these are the foundations of Miss Lottie's Ballet Boutique.
Once the idea of our shop was born, the designs began. It's fun to see all the thoughts come together in thrilling colors on a piece of paper. The fashion sketches made the dream come to life, and the thoughts, combinations, and sketches are endless! Our work table is covered in beautiful visions and dreams!
Next, we began sewing ballet skirts to wear while teaching dance classes. Every time a new skirt was worn, the children loved them! The kids got excited to see what new and beautiful skirt would be worn next. The older dancers even coined the phrase ""Miss Lottie's Skirt Day"" where we would bring the skirt collection and the dancers would have a fun day all dancing like Miss Lottie!
That's when we decided that every little girl should feel special and beautiful and have fun dancing just for joy. Miss Lottie's skirts make every little girl feel like a prima ballerina.

What is the story behind your shop name?
The shop name, Miss Lottie, actually came from a poem that we wrote. It talks about a little girl dancing for joy with her mother. That poem has been so dear to all of us that we decided it was the perfect name for our shop.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
We enjoy making all of our creations. It's fun to think of different themes and color combinations. Our hair bows coordinate with our skirts.
Every skirt and hair bow first begins with a trip to the fabric store. Now, this may not sound exciting, but this is actually a little like Christmas morning for us. We walk in the door with a few ideas on hand, but the magic comes from the discovery around us. Maybe it's a button that sparks the first idea, or it could be a new color of chiffon. Every inspiration begins differently!
We take that inspiration and then we're off. Pairing, matching, mixing and creating until we have everything that we need to make the perfect set!
We bring it all back to our work table and then begin creating. It's all a wonderful team effort.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
We want every little girl to feel like a prima ballerina! Whether she takes dance lessons every week, or dances in her own living room, every little girl needs to feel like a princess! The little ballerina in your life will dance for joy every time she wears a Miss Lottie's Ballet Boutique Creation!

What do you do when you aren't working?
There are two fields that we love to do besides creating our ballet skirts and hair accessories. The first is Musical Theater, and the second is Children's Stories and Poetry.
Musical Theater has been in the forefront of our lives for a long time. Momma Lottie grew up in school and church choir, and passed the love to her Little Lotties. We became more deeply involved in musical theater during college. Taking courses in both performance and behind the scenes, as well as performing in numerous musicals and plays. Now we bring that passion to our students in musical theater classes. Creating wonderful shows for the kids to perform for a fun loving audience. We write the script, choreograph the dances, edit the music, build the sets and sew the costumes. Then, it's show time!
We also love to write and illustrate. We have written and illustrated several children's books. They are unpublished, but maybe someday :)

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
We are so glad to be featured in this blog. It is such an honor to share what we love and what we do with everyone. We hope that you have enjoyed getting to know us, and we hope to get to know you too! Stop by our shop and see what we have in store for the little ballerina in your life!

Misslottiesboutique is offering a 10% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "LETSDANCE" at checkout. Valid until September 30th 2014.

Cupcake Hair Bow - Mint Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler Hair Bow - Boutique Hair Bow - Hair Accessory - Polka Dot Hair Bow - Stacked Hair BowGirls Mint Green and Pink Ballet Skirt - Girls Ballet Skirt - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - TutuLavender Butterfly Hair Bow - Purple Hair Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler HairBow - Boutique Hair Bow - Hair AccessoryGirls Lavender Ballet Skirt - Dancewear - Purple Skirt - Ice Skating - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - Tutu
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Treasury Challenge #42 - Tweet Tweet

Posted Saturday, September 06, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #42 was "Tweet Tweet".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with a whooping 191 views is...

SALE * Natural Wooden Teething Ring Soother in 'The Sweetest Thing Birds' fabric and Unbleached Bamboo Terry....A gift idea from Cwtch Bugs
NEW - Shoulder Bird - White (WOW070714-1)
Baby Girl Bib - Birds in Spring - cotton bib with terry cloth backing
Baby crib mobile - Bird mobile - baby mobile - You pick your colors - polka dot - nursery decor
Alexandra Birds Wooden Growth Chart, handpainted, FREE nail cover and personalization
Tweet . Embroidery Hoop
Warm and Dry Birds - Childrens Art Print
INSTANT DOWNLOAD | Nursery Art | Wall Art | Subway Art | 4x4 | 8x8 | Follow Your Dreams
Adorable Bird Hair Clip - Meet Miss Sapphire (Treasury Item)
Custom Owl and Bird Pillow - Plush Owl Pillow and Bird Set
Bucket hat with cute birds and pink polka dot, summer hat for children, fabric hat
Umbrella Bird Applique, Spring- May Showers Bird,  Water-boots, Spring or Autumn applique design, Machine Embroidery via instant download
SALE - Custom Hand Painted Boutique Childrens Hair Bow Holder Penelope - LARGE
Girls A Line Dress Peasant Dress Handmade MammaBird 6mos to 12
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Thank you LemonLaneOrganics for creating such a lovely treasury!

LemonLaneOrganics makes organic accessories for babies, children and home. We love their cozy knitted hats. Visit their shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

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