June Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Sunday, June 28, 2015

June's Design Challenge had the theme "Bowties & Pearls".
We had lots of lovely entries from our team member but the winning entry with the most votes was...

Features four vintage cornflower blue transparent glass flower buttons (7/16 inches in diameter); these buttons are estimated to have been made in the 1940's-1950's
Three round white glass 4mm pearls contrast with the buttons
Faceted iridescent clear and blue glass beads fill out the bracelet and add sparkle!
Bright silver lobster clasp closure

Here are some more lovely items from ThatsTheCutestThing

Photo Prop Elf Hat, Crochet Pink Blue White Striped with Tassel, Newborn Photo Prop Stocking Hat Elf Hat, Newborn to 3 Month Size (Item 774)Newsboy Photo Prop Hat Crochet Charcoal Gray Textured, Newborn Photo Prop Hat Newborn Newsboy Hat Gray Newsboy Hat, Newborn to 6 Month SizeNewborn Sleep Hat, Prop Multicolored Newborn Photo Prop Baby Photography Baby Knot Elf Stocking Hat, Newborn Size (Item ----/1431/1432/1433)Pink Baby Beanie Hat with Floral Print Bow, Pink Crochet Baby Hat Pink Toddler Hat, Newborn to 10 Years Size (Item ----/----/1310/---/---)
Mint Green Newborn Headwrap Headband, Photo Prop Mohair Silk Knit Bow Headwrap Newborn Photo Prop, Newborn to Small Baby Size (Item 1382)Pink Damask Baby Headband, White Crochet Flower with Damask Print, Pink Baby Headband, Newborn to Teenager Size (Item ----/---/----/473)Photo Prop Flower Bonnet, Crochet Pink Petals with Green Leaf Ties, Newborn Photo Prop Bonnet Baby Flower Hat, Newborn to 3 Month SizeBunny Photo Prop Set, Bunny Ears Hat with Braids and Adjustable Diaper Cover, Newborn Photography Custom Order, Newborn Size (Item 1033)
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Treasury Challenge #62 - Black & White (with a dash of colour)

Posted Sunday, June 21, 2015

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #62 was "Black & White (with a dash of colour)".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner is...

Treasures from the EtsyKidsTeam! Enjoy and spread the hearts!
Graphic design - "SAVE" - Save the whales Series - Instant Download
Dressing Up Chalk Mat // Chalk Roll // Blackboard Placemat // Colouring Mat
SUPER SALE - Shortall in Seersucker Poodles
Stuffed toy animal decorative pillow - Panda
Embroidered Baby Bib, Cat Baby Bib, Swirl Cat, custom baby bib, infant bib, boy bib, girl bib, burp cloth, cotton baby bib
Blue and Brown elegant decorative pillows 16x16, kids room decor to modern nursery for boy or girl
Ladybug Party Invitation (Ladybug Invitation, Ladybug Baby Shower, Ladybug Birthday Invitation, Lady Bug Invitation, Lady Bug Party, First)
Geometric Men's Bow Tie, Little Black Dress
Art Print Raven with Flower,Funny Bird Art,for Children Room
Sleeping Fox Print from an Original Drawing in Black Ink on Recycled Paper
Born to Stand Out Pillow, Great Graduation Gift, Celebrate You
Small coin purse heart shaped white blue | Zé love letter glutton: funny coin purse | fabric zippered purse | small card case | unique gift
Crochet Summer Hat Baby Toddler Girls Sun Hat Cotton Infant Girls Beach Hats Floppy Hat Cream Photography Props Baby Girl Shower Gift
Valentines day gift, love bird, choose a name to sew on it, love gift, bird in love,   Felt Stuffed Animal
Felt Pretend Play Food Garlic Bulb
customized initial wall art
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Thank you AtelierSpatz creating such a lovely treasury!

AtelierSpatz sells a real assortment of beautiful items for kids. From dress up outfits (perfect for Halloween!) to everyday clothing, play mats and bibs! These stunning black raven wings are a perfect match for this treasury! Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

June Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

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

Meet Etsy Kids Seller Gumcrackkids

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015

This week we meet Etsy seller Gumcrackkids.  Gumcrackkids makes customizable knobs and wall hooks for nurseries and children's bedrooms and they have been selling on Etsy since November 2013.

retro camper pull toy in mint and pink, caravan art sculpture for nursery  ice-cream necklace in pastel color for trendy girls  woodland animal coat hook, raccoon wall hook in grey and green for kids, rustic cabin lodge hook  4 decorative knobs for drawers and kitchen cabinets, costumizable  midcentury inspired pulls

What motivated you to start your shop?
I had put up shop in the end of 2008, but unfortunately life came in between.
I seriously relaunched my shop in November 2013 due to the financial crises here in Portugal and Spain.  I had a fair amount of success in brick and mortar businesses, but one by one shops kept closing. Etsy being a platform for handmade products would be a perfect additional venue for my kids decor products.

What is the story behind your shop name?
gumcrack - adj. kitschy, tawdry, cheap, flat, worn out?
It is a provocative adjective supposed to make you think about my products.
My knobs and hooks are made of paper clay, a cheap material - but does cheap mean cheap?
My products are colorful and bright - does it mean they are kitschy or tawdry?
and I like the sound, it really is the sound of a bubble gum popping :)

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I didn't expect it to be that hard in terms of SEO and marketing plus the work hours involved in taking photos and writing descriptions. I am also a very introvert person, so socializing on social media is kind of a dread for me.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
My favorite creations is always the last one, in this case I had loads of fun making my happy camper pull toy.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I try to source only prime materials I cannot produce myself and everything has to be sustainable and child friendly, production leaving a minimal footprint.
I take the 'Handmade' very seriously.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I work.

Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country?
Here in Portugal there was a growing market since the early 2000's with a great interest in handmade and personalized items.
But since the crisis hit harder and Portugal being a small country, priorities have changed and unfortunately less money is spent on handmade products for children.
The craft movement on the other hand is growing and a lot of street markets are popping up like mushrooms all over the country.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
Thank you for giving me the opportunity of this interview and for all the great work you do for our team members!
I wish everyone the greatest success!

Meet Etsy Seller Fiber & Twig

Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This week we meet Etsy seller Fiber & Twig. Fiber & Twig has been selling on Etsy since July 2014 and creates unique handmade infinity scarves, bags, and more for tween girls.

Ready to Ship Olive Green Narwhal/Handmade Toy/Handmade Stuffed Toy/Narwhal/Children's Toy/Plush Toy  Fold Over Clutch Purse for Tween Girls/Wristlet for Girl/Kitty Dreams by Lizzie House/Handbag for Girls  Hand Dyed Fabric Clutch Purse for Tween Girls/Wristlet for Girl/Mice on Bikes by Lizzie House/Handbag for Girls

What motivated you to start your shop?
I am motivated by the inner beauty of my daughters ages 9 and 10. They are just the most fantastic pair of girls a mom could ask for! Everything I create is liked by them, worn by them, and approved by them. I also use my girls in my product photos. It's a family affair.

What is the story behind your shop name?True Story...I woke up one morning and said, "I'm going to start a new creative business. It's going to be called fiber&twig." That's it.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
Well, my girls like the Narwhals. The Narwhals are their favorite. Every time I receive new felt for "Narwhal Making" I have to search for the material in one of my girls' rooms. Someone escapes with it when I'm not looking. I enjoy all the awesome fabrics available for creating my unique items. I use a variety of my own hand dyed fabrics mixed with commercial textiles. My favorite textile designer is Lizzie House...especially her Catnap series. L.O.V.E.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Tho most challenging aspect of being an Etsy seller is getting traffic to my site. I use all the usual social media avenues. Growing a business takes time and I have the patience.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I create my products using my own patterns and designs. It's very important to me and gives my shop its uniqueness and integrity.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I'm always working. If I'm not creating, I'm thinking about it.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
For all of us "creatives" out there. Don't give up.

Fiber & Twig is offering 20% off in their shop until June 14, 2015. Use the code SSS20 upon check out.
Boho Briar Rose Infinity Scarf for Tweens/Hand Painted Scarf/Hand Dyed Scarf/Girls Summer Scarf/Flower Scarf/Teal Scarf  Ready to Ship Oatmeal Hue Narwhal/Handmade Toy/100% Wool Toy/Narwhal/Children's Toy/Plush Toy/Fish Aquatic Toy  Aqua and Orange Double Knotted Handmade Barrettes for Tween Girls/Gift for Girls/Boho Barrettes/Spring Hair/Summer Barrettes

Treasury Challenge #61 - Teddybears picnic

Posted Sunday, June 07, 2015

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #61 was "Teddybears picnic".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner is...

Teddy Bears Picnic

I hope you enjoy! ~tracie
SUPER SALE - Overall in Creamy Urban Garden - featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine
bear nursery art banjo bear small painting childrens room decor cute painting little artwork kids wall art woodland nursery woodland art
Rainbow Triangle Quilt
Mason . Bow Tie . Multicolored Dots on Cream
Riding Bearback - Bears On Bikes Art Print
Felt Ball Garland- Nursery Decor- Birthday Garland- Playroom Decor- Baby shower Decor- Pom Pom Garland- Hot Pink Yellow Gray Aqua- Bunting
Knit Doll - Knit Bear - Kids Toy - Stuff Toy - Stuff Teddy Bear - Plush Doll -  Knit Toy - Kids Room Decor - New Baby Girl Gift - Addison
Honey Pot and Dipper with Honey Bee // In-Stock Ready to Ship // Little Cooker // Wooden Kitchen Toy // Waldorf // Kitchen // Play Food
Tooth Fairy Pouch - CUSTOM COLOR
Made to Order Little Red Riding Hood Wool Blend Cape. Sizes 2/3, 4/5,
Felt Food Baking Set, Play Food Cooking Set, Milk, Butter
decorative throw pillow for kids room with polar bear & leaves wreath in gray - 12 inch / 30 cm
Children hat with Brown Teddy Bear/ Turquoise kids beanie/ Boy Hat/ Girls Hat
Spring & Summer handmade hair bow, watermelon hair clip, hair accessories, grosgrain handmade hair bow, hair bow, girls hair bows, hair clip
Set of 6 Eco-Friendly Soy/Bees Wax Gummy Bear Crayons
Watermelon Rompaloone, Maxaloone Romper, Cloth diaper friendly romper
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Thank you fiberANDtwig creating such a lovely treasury!

fiberANDtwig sells tween accessories, clothing, and decor. This sweet & simple blue bow tween headband is a perfect match for this treasury! Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

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