October Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014

October's Design Challenge had the theme "Pumpkin Patch!".
We had lots of lovely entries from our team member but the winning entry with the most votes was...

This Pillowcase Dress is just so adorable! Dress is made with orange cotton fabric. An applique Jack O'Lantern face is featured on the front. Green ties form a pretty bow at one shoulder. A classic little dress with an updated style. 

Here are some more lovely items from SewSoNancy.
Horse Applique Tshirt SewSoNancy BoutiqueThomas The Train Applique A-Line Jumper Dress Custom Size 6mo to 5T SewSoNancy BoutiqueApplique Candy Corn Halloween Gaucho Jean Set Custom 12mo-6 SewSoNancy BoutiqueJohn Deere Overalls Johnny Tractor Applique size 12 mo to 5T SewSoNancy Boutique
American Girl Doll Clothes Bridesmaid Formal Gown Party Dress SewSoNancy BoutiqueAmerican Girl Doll Clothes Ghost Pillowcase Dress SewSoNancy BoutiqueAmerican Girl Doll Clothes Stripwork Twirl Skirt Top Nautical Patriotic Red White Blue SewSoNancy BoutiqueAmerican Girl Doll Clothes Kitty Pillowcase Dress SewSoNancy Boutique
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Meet Etsy Seller tinybrushstrokes

Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop tinybrushstrokes

tinybrushstrokes has been selling on Etsy since August 2010, they share collections of colourful, contemporary paintings to amuse little ones and their parents! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

1...2...3...PENGUINS - Original Painting - Wall Art, Nursery Artwork, Childrens Wall DecorPARTY TIME - Tiny Treat Bag - Small Cotton Drawstring Bag for collecting, storing, playing & gifting! Kids,Grandkids,Friends,BirthdaysPeekaboo Party Animal Celebration Card: lion in green & white striped party hat on aqua - kids birthday welcome baby bamboo cardAUTUMN Memory Game - Wooden Children's Matching Game, Celebrate Fall, Thanksgiving, October, Halloween

What motivated you to start your shop?
Like many artists here on Etsy, my shop is the result of an on-going  journey to find an outlet for rewarding, creative work that allows me to connect my artwork with kids, kids-in-training and kids at heart. My background in visual art, interior design, teaching and retail has played a big part in developing my creative business.
I love sketching for new paintings & designing artful products just for kids which I hope will inspire a love of art. With each painting, I get to share colourful, contemporary designs to amuse little ones and their parents!

What is the story behind your shop name?
When I paint, I use a lot of tiny paint brushes and my paintings are mostly created for little ones. Tiny Brushstrokes was actually the name of my blog originally and when it came time to refresh my business name – it just seemed like a natural fit!

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
The thing that continues to surprise me about my Etsy shop is the daily support by fellow shop owners and customers through likes, purchases and inclusion in treasuries. I also love the wide customer base Etsy provides – it is exciting to ship out orders to customers, from down the street to across the world!

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
That is a tough one - I love each and every one of my products! But I do enjoy painting the peekaboo birthday cards – animals are one of my favourite things to paint and I enjoy adding the pops of colour to each one. And to know that most of the recipients of these cards end up popping them in a frame is awesome!

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
The thing I find most challenging about being an Etsy seller is the balance between creating the work, promoting the business and being active in the shop on a daily basis.
Also connecting with the customer is always on my mind - I aim to make my shop approachable in this online space and to connect with potential customers through photos and descriptions, as if I am speaking with them in person at a marketplace.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
My personal philosophy behind my products is to celebrate the painted image and inspire a love of art in little ones. To create a painting that will decorate the space where they rest, play and grow is so rewarding – especially when it is a custom order which is my specialty. I strive to create each individual painting and artful product with colour, creativity, thoughtfulness and skill.

What do you do when you aren't working?
When I am not working, my weekdays are dedicated to our 3.5 year old son who loves to play with cars, build cities and play outside. We try to draw/colour together every day and I have inspired a little love of painting in him, albeit painting using cars instead of a brush! Weekends are a balance between family life and painting, with a little fun and Sunday pancakes thrown in there!

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
I am currently painting my way through an ongoing series of 100 objects that evoke memories of childhood. These paintings aren't geared towards children yet they are inspired by childhood & a sense of nostalgia geared towards those from "my generation" and others.  
I invite you to follow the project along with my blog http://100tinybrushstrokes.blogspot.com and check out the 100 tiny brushstrokes section of my shop to add a little childhood memory to your own art collection. These paintings are always conversation starters and bring smiles to people’s faces at the marketplaces I participate in.

Peekaboo Party Animal Celebration Card: bear in navy & white striped party hat on orange - kids birthday welcome baby bamboo cardPARTY ANIMAL PINS - Peekaboo Party Animal Pin Back Buttons for Birthdays - Kids Loot Bag, Fun Little Treats42. HOPSCOTCH from 100 tiny brushstrokes (the childhood memory project) - Original Paintingcustom order BIG SISTER - Tiny Treat Bag - Small Cotton Drawstring Bag for collecting, storing, playing & gifting! Kids,Grandkids.Birthdays
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Upcycled Apple Tree Craft

Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

Another fun Fall project is making  apple trees from toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and saved colored tissue paper. Before you start the art project you could read an apple themed book like  "Dappled Apples." It's a great book about the start of Fall and all the new activities and changes that happen in the Fall.  This project is suitable for small children who might need a few items cut for them and older children who can do most of this project on their own.

What you'll need:
toilet paper rolls
green construction paper
left over red, green, and yellow tissue paper


Have an adult cut a 1 inch slit on each side of the toilet paper roll. This is where you will slide the green paper in.
Pre-cut green trees tops out of green construction paper
Have the child tear off and bunch up little pieces of tissue paper( a great small motor skill) They will be the apples.
Have the child glue the apples onto the tree.
When they apples are dry take the green paper and slide it into the slits at the top of the toilet paper roll.
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.

EtsyKids Treasury:: A Very Batty Halloween

Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Very Batty Halloween!

EtsyKids team batty-ful picks from blackdogcircus.
Spooky halloween headband, purple, orange, green and black for  fall,  inspired with pearls, lace and feathers, newborn girl
Halloween Bat Party Favor Boxes - Halloween Goodie Box DIY Digital PDF
Halloween Black and Orange hand-felted PomPom Garland on Bakers Twine, Party decoration, Home Decor
Tooth Fairy Pillow, cushion, handmade gifts for children, nursery decor, kids halloween decor, felt pillows, HALLOWEEN WITCH
Knitted sweater.Baby set for the Halloween. 100% wool. READY TO SHIP size Newborn
Girls Halloween Dress Baby Toddler Fall Dress Orange Black Boutique Clothing By Lucky Lizzy's
Pumpkin Print on Wood - Day of the Dead Wall Plaque - Halloween Decoration - Fall Foliage
Batman halloween birthday photo tutu costume
Stuffed toy animal - Bat
B for Batman / Dark Knight : ABC Block Bamboo Wall Art Series // Alphabet Kids Wall Art Room Decor Superhero Sci-fi
Hero, Super kids boxer briefs for boys,  boys boxer briefs
Halloween Invitation Download - Halloween Party Invitation - Kids Halloween Invitation - Halloween Editable Invitation (Instant Download)
Bat Door Hanger
Boo to you Halloween ghost top hat, ghostly mad hat, white and black ghost top hat, boo-tiful white and black detail promp hat
Vampire Doll - Halloween Toy Dracula Doll
Crayon roll - Personalized Halloween mini crayon roll holds 4 crayons with either elastic or ribbon closure Perfect party favor

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EtsyKids Treasury:: Bats, Bugs & BOO!

Posted Friday, October 24, 2014

Bats, Bugs, & Boo

EtsyKids Team Challenge October 2014 - Going Batty by DazzlingDarlings.
Sparkly Black Bat Glitter Headband for Baby on Halloween
Halloween Shirt - Bat Shirt, Monogram Shirt, Halloween Dress, Halloween Outfit, Custom Shirt, Coordinating Sibling, Bat Dress, Bat Halloween
Black Orange Hair Elastics Ponytails:  no crease  hippie hair ties chevron dots orange black grey
Bandana Dribble Bib with Organic Bamboo/Cotton Fleece and 'Grey Stars' fabric  - A Gift Idea by Cwtch Bugs
Five Felt Finger puppets / fridge magnet
Cat cape Halloween costume handmade in black velvet
SALE 18m Pillowcase Dress HALLOWEEN You + Me = Scary from Alexander Henry Fall Ready to Ship
Halloween Clippie - Itsy Bitsy Spider Hair Clip
Baby/Child Fall Halloween Halo Headband, Black Bats Halloween Glitter Halo Headband, Unique Headband, Baby Girl Photo Prop Hair Accessory
Jack O Lantern Magnet - Smiling Halloween Pumpkin Magnet - Polka Dotted Halloween Magnetic ART
Kooky Vampire Hankie Holder - tissue holder
Atutudes Oz The Great and Powerful Inspired Tutu Dress - NEW for Halloween and Parties!!
Autumn Wool Felt Ball Garland- Count Your Blessings- Free Gift from our Farm- Brown, White, Green & Orange Wool Felt Ball Fall Mantel Decor
Bat Girl Halloween pony tail holders make great party favors!
Knitted sweater.Baby set for the Halloween. 100% wool. READY TO SHIP size Newborn
Candy Corn Bow Tie, size 2-5, Fall, Halloween

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