October Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Thursday, October 29, 2015

October's Design Challenge had the theme "Halloween Dress-up".
We had lots of lovely entries from our team member but the winning entry with the most votes was...

Handmade lion photo prop bonnet. The base is soft fleece and the mane is cotton fabric handstitched the base. Sweet little burlap ears. This hat is sized to fit a 9-12 month old child. Other sizes available. 

Here are some more lovely items from sugartogs

Toddler Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack HatToddler Hipster Christmas Bowtie Bow Tie Photoprop Photo Prop  RTS Ready to ShipBaby Fox Foxy Handknit Photoprop Photo Prop Baby Toddler Bonnet Hat RTS Ready to ShipHipster  Bowtie Bow Tie Suspender Long Sleeved Onesie Photo Prop Christmas
Vintage Style Baby Girl Photo Prop Burgundy RosesStrawberry  Vintage Skirt Cotton Upcycled Strawberry Twirl Skirt Size 5 One of a Kind OOAKRed White and Blue Patriotic Denim Repurposed Recycled Upcycled JeansHandmade Knitted Pixie Bonnet Photoprop Photo Prop Fall Autumn 9-12 months RTS Ready to Ship
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Meet Etsy Seller Amy's Top Stitching

Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This week we meet Etsy Seller Amy's Top Stitching who has been selling on Etsy since March 2011.  Amy has been creating formal fashion clothing such as vests, neckties and hats for men, women, and children. She also make old fashioned dolls for children and embroidered, personalized gifts; and fun cowboy and cowgirl play vests. 

Knickerbocker pant, bow tie, vest and cap set for toddlers, Size 2T, handmade original USA, early america wedding vintage wedding style  Sewing Pattern Cowboy Vest, sizes 12 mo to 5, beginner sewing pattern, western wear, quick sew pattern  Reserved for Sabrina,  2 Knickerbocker pant, custom fabric, with matching suspenders, handmade,USA, early america vintage wedding style  Boys Vest & necktie, black wool vest, 100% acetate lined, black clip tie, 4 welt vest, formal wear, leather buttons, handmade, USA

What motivated you to start your shop?

I had been sewing for many years, for friends and family, and in 2009 made some Raggedy Anne dolls for my daughter and her friend.  Some people saw the doll and asked me if I sold them online.  I gave the idea some thought, and later opened my shop with my first product - the Raggedy Anne doll.

What is the story behind your shop name?

I thought of the name Amy's Top Stitching  when I was 16 years old. At that time, I was designing patterns for cross stitch and embroidery.  I had such grand aspirations for my own business of designing!  The name is based on what I consider to be the most difficult operation of sewing - top stitching!!

What is your favourite creations from your shop?

Back to the basics.  My all time favorite item to make is that Annie Doll.  I like to see the smiles on  children's faces when they hold the doll.  Unlike apparel, a favorite doll is a friend for life, and holds all your precious childhood memories and secrets.  Only a handmade doll can do that! I believe that store-bought dolls are just toys, that are eventually thrown away or given to goodwill, but a handmade doll is a friend forever.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
This shop has been one amazing surprise after another.  The way a shop that opened with a ragdoll listing has changed and expanded into an upscale formal wear boutique that has outfitted weddings in 6 countries all over the map just astounds me.  

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
There are so many challenges.  Time management has to be the biggest one.  I hate to turn down orders because of lead time, and that is one of the toughest decisions I have to make. 

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?

Quality, quality, quality.  Our focus is function, durability, consistency, and practicality.   Yes, we are boring engineers like that.  If something is "out there" and people like it, I try to find a way to make it better.  If I sell the exact same thing as someone else, there just isn't any point in buying from me.  If I can't give someone  at least 3 reasons why it's better to buy from me, then I would be better off not making that product at all.  

What do you do when you aren't working?
When I am not working I am homeschooling two wonderful kids, singing and playing guitar and piano, and enjoying visits with my adult sons.  My husband and kids and I enjoy long family trips in our RV.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?

Thank you so much, Etsy Kids Team, for the interview.  I am so proud to be a part of this group of fine artisans!  I wish every one of you all the success in the world, and sanity for these next few busy retail months! Love you guys!

Amy is offering 20% discount to readers of this interview!  
coupon code INTERVIEW20 will run until November 1, 2015 

Raggedy Ann with pretty pony tails, including two-piece outfit and coordinating hair ties, handmade, USA  Girls Play Vest  Red bandana print, size XS, S, M, L in Cotton print and Bright Red or Blue patchwork, handmade, USA  Driver cap hat, newsboy cap hat, toddler child size, grey stripe wool, satin lined, flat cap Irish hat usa handmade Amy's Top Stitching Co.
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Treasury Challenge #70 - Spooky Time

Posted Sunday, October 25, 2015

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #70 was "Spooky Time".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner is...

Boo! - Halloween Appliqued Boys or Girls Shirt - Orange shirt size 12 months to size 6 - Long or Short Sleeve
HALLOWEEN TOYS, kids toy, fabric doll, wizzard, witch, fall decor, witch costume, witchcraft, broom witch hat, kids girls tutu,costume
Applique Pumpkin with Kitten Shirt - Halloween Shirt - Kitty - Pumpkin - Personalized Fall Shirt - Glitter Shirt - Thanksgiving
Musical BOOsical Halloween Girls Jumper or Tunic etsykids team
Halloween Costume Mouse Tail and Ear Clippie Combo
Sugar Skull Mask - Day of the Dead - Dias de los Muertos - Halloween Mask - Halloween  Costume - Dress Up - Girl's Halloween Mask
Halloween Baby "Lil GHOUL" bodysuit for baby girls, perfect for 1st Halloween photo prop, 1st Halloween onesie
Waldorf Inspired Trick or Treaters ~ Witch, Jack O Lantern, Ghost peg dolls ~ Halloween Gnomes ~ Story Telling Props ~ Black, Orange & White
8x10 Eat Drink and be Scary Halloween - printable
Halloween Skull Cupcake Wrappers Set of 12  By Your Little Cupcake
Boo Halloween Baby Bib, 0 to 3 mos., Autumn Infant Bib, Burp Cloth, Baby Shower Gift, White Bib, Neutral Baby Bib, Velcro Closure, Fall Bib
Halloween Witch Doll With Spider Pal
Halloween Candy Corn Personalized Initial Appliquéd Tee
Baby Burp Cloths with Necktie in Polka Dots and Plaid, Set of 2 Halloween Baby Burp Cloths, Orange and Black
Knot Dress- Happy Halloween Little Pumpkin, Fall Dress: Made to Order, Size 6-12m, 12-18m, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5/6, 7/8
Frankenstein Monster Halloween Jon Jon or Jumper
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Thank you Handmade Cuddles creating such a lovely treasury!

Handmade Cuddles sells felt garlands to brighten up children's rooms. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

Meet Etsy Seller The Baby Handprint Company

Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This week we introduce you to Etsy seller The Baby Handprint Company. The Baby Handprint Company has been creating 

Kids & Baby Handprints and Footprint Ceramic Keepsakes in California since 2010.


What motivated me to start shop?

My children first and foremost. I wanted to be home with my children. I began with a home preschool and wanted to pursue my love of art and art background. I opened up my home studio and began taking appointments. I then realized I could sell online by creating a mold I came up with and began sending out to customers all over the country and world.

What is the story behind shop name?
I recently changed my shop name to be a more direct link to what my shop is about. It doesn't get more direct than The Baby Handprint Co to understand what I create.

What is your favorite item in your shop?
I have several I love. My favorite handprint and footprint pieces are the heart ornament , Snowman ornament , elephant plaque and the unique abstract heart plaque.

What is the most challenging thing about being an etsy seller?
Turning it off. I am always on and need to shut down occasionally to get my work done in studio and being with family more. Being just one person to advertise and promote, photograph work, consult with customers, time working on each ceramic piece, boxing and mailing can take much time.

What I do with time off?
I spend with my time with my husband and two girls. Whatever that may be as long as it is time with them. 

Personalized Ceramic Art with your Child's Hand Print and Foot Print,  Gift Idea for Mom and Dad - Baby Print Plaque

October Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

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

Every kid wants a puppy!

Posted Thursday, October 15, 2015

I am a dog lover, and I recall as a kid begging my parents for a dog, promising I would walk it everyday! They never did give in and the closest I got was a gold fish :P

Every kid wants a puppy!

Doggy appreciation from EtsyKids Team Members
Puppy Love Bib, Puppy baby bib, Valentine Baby Bib, custom baby bib, infant baby bib, girl bib, boy bib, cotton baby bib, embroidered bib
Wooden pull toy eco friendly - DACHSHUND WINNY
Instant Download Printable Adopt a puppy Dog bone sign
Modern patchwork baby quilt, the dog in the hot air balloon, crib quilt, wall hanging, nursery decor,nursery bedding, Made to order
Boston Terrier Hair Clip, Felt Dog Hair Clip, Boston Terrier Clippie, Dog Hair Bow, Embroidered Felt Hair Clip for Baby, Toddler or Girl
Plush Stuffed Bulldog 3 to choose from or message me about colorful patterned fleece
Black and Fawn Brother/Sister Pugs
Fire Dog Handpainted Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Beagle Wall Art - Dog Nursery Print - Personalized Name Art
Fitted Cloth Diaper, OS, Flannel - Dogs, aqua
Boys First Birthday Chevron Number 1 Shirt with Dog - 12 month short sleeved heather gray shirt with one in gray orange navy red
JustJotz™ Dogs Puppies Print  3" x 5 " MINI NOTEBOOK JOURNAL Teen Tween Grocery List To Do List For Her Gift Idea
Puppy Felt Hair Clips - You Pick 1 Clip - Hot Pink, Light Pink, Aqua, Lavender, Purple, Khaki, Chocolate Puppy Dog Clippies - Felt Hair Bows
Playful Puppy Food Tags Place Holder Set of 12 By Your Little Cupcake
Halloween Costume Puppy Dog Ears Hair Clips
Sports Dog Wooden Growth Chart
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