April Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

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

Treasury Challenge #32 - Autism Awareness

Posted Sunday, April 20, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #32 was "Autism Awareness".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with 115 views is...
Autism Awareness Puzzle Pieces Baby Ribbon Tab Tag No Loops Fleece Blanket with Minky Dots
$26.00
Autism awareness - autism headband - puzzle headband - toddler headband
$3.50
Autism Awareness Hair Bow, autism hair clip, autism accessories, autism puzzle piece bow, blue autism bow, Meghan and Julie
$7.75
Autism Awareness Button Brooch
$5.00
Autism Awareness Shirt... Autism has touched my Life Autism Awareness shirt...Asperger's Awareness
$22.00
The Hope Tree for Autism Awareness Wooden 3D Puzzle  - Ready to Ship
$50.00
Autism Awareness Owl - Puzzle Piece Owl
$18.00
Animals Sight Words Laminated on a Ring For Toddler or Preschooler: In Boy, Girl, or Neutral Colors!
$5.99
baby blanket puzzle pieces autism awareness gender neutral
$40.00
Sensory Bean Bags - Mini - Full of Color
$35.00
Montessori Personalized Hand Kite - Waldorf Wind Wand - Fairy Wand - Wooden Toy - Outside Toys - Rainbow
$7.00
Kids Safety ID Wristband - Autism 8/Pack
$5.95
Riley Blake Designs Pieces of Hope Mulit Words by RBD Designers for Charity Quilting Fabric YARD
$8.95
SALE Autism awareness Autism is my Super Power shirt toddler & youth
$13.50
RockerByeBasics Baby or Toddler Blanket puzzle pieces with red flannel boys girls unisex 36x42
$20.00
Baby Nursery Wall Art, Rainbow Button Art Wall Hanging, Button Art,  Upcycled Canvas Painting  Framed 8x10 Made to Order
$50.00

JoellaCrochet sells crochet photo props, baby hats and accessories. We love this pink butterfly cape for baby photo shoots that is available in her shop. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.


Meet Etsy Seller Your Mom Designs

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop Your Mom Designs

Your Mom Designs has been selling on Etsy since November 2008, they sell a collection of yarn and textile goods with families in mind. All items are designed and made by YourMomDesigns, a momma of three kids that thoroughly and aggressively(at times) put to the test and explore creative play. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

roygbiv nesting bowls, made from eco friendly upcycled t-shirts by yourmomdesigns  waldorf, montessori puzzle
$30.00
crochet flower necklace for little girls in fuchsia, orange and purple with buttons by yourmomdesigns
$12.00
crocheted red superhero mask for infants by yourmomdesigns(rts)
$5.00
handful of love baby's first toy in roygbiv by yourmomdesigns (rts) made from eco friendly upcycled t-shirt yarn montessori inspired
$14.00

What motivated you to start your shop?
I chose to stay at home when my first child was born, but knew that I wanted to invest time and interest into a personal passion and etsy.com was the perfect avenue to pursue selling my crocheted goods while being able to start at my own pace and learn as I went.

What is the story behind your shop name?
"your mom" jokes always make me laugh - in high school I would often chime in with a "your mom" does such and such and became maybe a little too well known for it. When considering shop names I wanted to come up with something fun and memorable and yourmomdesigns just naturally came about.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
The opportunities that I've had to sell wholesale, have patterns published and be a part of collaborations because lovely folks have found me on etsy.com.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
My nesting bowls are by far one of my favorite things to create - because it is a set, each bowl I make fits into the next I create so the process of making them is just as fun as playing with the finished product and I get to play with color variations as well.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/79119697/roygbiv-nesting-bowls-made-from?ref=shop_home_active_5

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Finding the right balance of time to invest in my personal venture and sticking to a regular work schedule are not my forte, but planning and providing myself with time to actually work and developing a schedule have helped me the most to rise to the challenge.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I want everything that I sell to serve purpose but also be bright and a lot of fun. It's also very important to me to use eco friendly materials when possible, which is why I love working with my handmade up-cycled t-shirt yarn.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I get to enjoy life with my dear husband and three kiddos, the work and wonder of it is something I consider a huge privilege. I am a huge fan of coffee and have a small part time job working for my local Church as a coffee shop manager. I also have a big extended family, with 9 siblings, and spending time with them is one of my greatest treasures.

Your Mom Designs is offering a 15% discount in her shop on orders over $10. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDSLOVE" at checkout. Valid until May 16th 2014.
electric handheld rainbow, crocheted t-shirt yarn key ring toy for baby in neon by yourmomdesigns(rts)
$10.00
black crocheted pirate eye patch for kids by yourmomdesigns(rts)
$4.00
crocheted flower necklace for little girls in pink by yourmomdesigns removable buttons learning toy
$12.00
crocheted navy to sky blue ombre nesting catch all bowls, made from crocheted up-cycled t-shirts by yourmomdesigns
$15.00

Meet Etsy Seller MASProductionArts

Posted Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop MASProductionArts

MASProductionArts has been selling on Etsy since December 2012, they sell educational materials for kids and beautiful black and white photo prints. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Children's set of six plush felt toy cupcakes for pretend play
$35.00
Hand painted wooden monster blocks
$15.00
Valentine's Day Monster Finger puppets
$10.00
Set of ten sorting circles hand stamped and painted
$10.00

What motivated you to start your shop?
When my daughter was first born I was working full time outside the home. I eventually went to part time and found myself spending some of my spare time making things for her, but I quickly decided she can only have so many little things made by me. So my Etsy shop was born!

What is the story behind your shop name?
My initials are M A S, and I thought it was a clever play on words to say something was "MAS" produced, essentially handmade by me, rather than mass produced, or created in bulk factory style.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I naively thought that I would just list my items and shoppers would flock to my shop and that would be it. I was surprised at the work that has to go into the right tags, product descriptions, great photos etc.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I really love working on the monster themed items in my shop. My two year old is fearless and loves all things scary, so she is definitely the inspiration for all the little creatures that I make.

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
I can be a bit of a perfectionist, so branding and marketing is challenging for me since I want it all to be exactly right!

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
As a former preschool teacher and parent of a young child, I want to create things that encourage imaginative play. Too often children are given toys that talk or make music, or light up and I want to offer things that children can use in their own, creative way.
I also try to offer products that travel well, so parents have an option other than giving their child a phone or tablet to play with while they're out and about.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I feel like I'm always working! When I'm not trying to make the ideas in my head into a reality, I love to read and spend time at the park with my family. Now that I'm a full time stay at home Mom, I've also started baking with my daughter and that's been a lot of fun.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
For a sneak peek at what I'm working on, and to participate in giveaways follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nevermassproduced) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/masproductionarts)

MASProductionArts is offering a 10% discount in their shop. To use the coupon visit their etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS10" at checkout. Valid until April 30th 2014.
8x10 Eggs Black and White Print
$20.00
Set of eight wooden blocks with two brightly colored patterns stripes and solids
$18.00
Square wooden matching game with two patterns, polka dots and chevron
$15.00
8x10 Black and White Photo titled Sanctuary
$20.00

Treasury Challenge #31 - Spring Flowers

Posted Sunday, April 06, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #31 was "Spring Flowers".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with 157 views is...

Spring Flowers with a late frost...
Light blue linen girl dress and hair clips  -  Rustic Linen flower girl dress and hair clippies in light blue
$63.99
Baby bow tie blue white stripe nautical sailor cute toddler boys smart formal neck tie wedding kids accessories boy suit outfit pastel
$10.00
Tooth Fairy Pillow, Bird Pillow, Handprinted Linen and Pure Wool Stuffing, Cornflower Blue and White, Children's Pillow
$21.00
18 inch doll sleeping bag spring flowers butterflies girl pastel yellow, green, pink purple american
$12.00
Snowdrop Swing Fairies Spring Children Art Print
$26.00
Knitted overalls in sky blue with a cloud. 100% cotton. READY TO SHIP size newborn.
$65.00
Girls Thanksgiving Dress shabby chic teal blue lace dress
$55.00
Natural Wooden Teething Ring Soother ORGANIC Dottie Cream Grass & Unbleached Bamboo Terry....an eco friendly gift idea from Cwtch Bugs
$9.00
Newborn Toddler Baby  Boy Diaper cover and suspender  set custom Order your design
$31.00
crochet flower necklace for little girls in blue and green with buttons by yourmomdesigns (rts)
$12.00
greyish green blue Dahlia Cabochon Resin Flower Earrings studs
$6.75
fabric wall flowers. 3d wall decor for girls room. green and white fabric flowers. flowers for wall. fabric wall decal. sale
$22.40

sneakypea sells bespoke dresses and skirts with pockets for little girls. We love this mint toddlers dress that is available in her shop. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.



Meet Etsy Seller LaPetiteMaisonBlanc

Posted Friday, April 04, 2014


Today we would like to introduce you to

LaPetiteMaisonBlanc has been selling on Etsy since May 2012, they sell original, unique, personalized gift items from notebooks/mini jotters, fabric storage baskets and lavender bags to glasses cases and home furnishings. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Pirate Boys Bedroom Storage Basket with parrot
$17.00
Owl Notepad. Covered notebook for shopping lists, diary, to-do list...
$7.00
Little Beach Huts Fabric Storage Basket
$15.00
Fabric Storage Basket in a Cartoon Style for little Girls
$17.00

What motivated you to start your shop?
La Petite Maison Blanc started in 2011 when our family moved from the UK to the South of France with my husbands job. I've always been in an artistic role (Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Marketing etc) throughout my career but this move gave the opportunity to go back to my first love of crafts and particularly sewing.
I decided to open a store on Etsy in 2012, and haven't looked back since. I love the fact my work is now in lots of countries around the world including Australia, USA, Europe and Japan.

What is the story behind your shop name?
La Petite Maison Blanc raises a few eyebrows in France as it's grammatically wrong for the ""Little White House"" which many people assume the name means.  (Our house is in fact canary yellow!).
Our family name is White and so the name means The Little Whitehouse :-)
Its a great talking point and ice breaker over here and I enjoy explaining the meaning to bemused locals.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I used to sell crafts on a stall where people can touch and feel the products and see the quality. Starting selling online was exciting as there was a challenge to get the photography right, the descriptions involved enough to provoke interest and then keeping a customer informed of the whole purchasing process so they felt confident and happy to buy from La Petite Maison Blanc. It's a constant learning curve, but a fun one.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I love my storage baskets - we have loads here we use ourselves!  Having small children means there is always little pieces of lego, dolls, hair clips etc to tidy and we keep a basket on the stairs to carry things upstairs!  I also have one by the door for car keys, dog leads, one in the kitchen for eggs, one in the bathroom for make-up...
I try to imagine where a buyer will keep their's and what they will use it for to influence the designs and I love a custom order, my customers have the BEST ideas ever!

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Although my background is in Web Design I'm in no way advantaged when it comes to getting found and getting my listings high on product categories. I constantly tweak things to try and better my reach. I'm getting there I think,  but it's a slow process.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
Make it well. Make it unique. Make it to last.
Quality products you can't buy on the high street.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I have four children and two lively dogs who keep the house constantly busy. I've recently started running with my eldest daughter which is challenging but fun and we're doing well heading for our first 5k!
Living in the South of France we have the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees on hand to always have something to do and somewhere to go and I love exploring the countryside.

Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country? 
Handmade is growing here in France but I think there are few people who would search online for it.  Vide Greniers (Like car boot sales) are very popular as are Brocantes (More like an Antiques Fair) and would attract attention if you were physically there. Of all my sales I have the least in my home country, which is really sad.
On the whole I would say the French market is interested in value for money, quality and uniqueness.

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
You can find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/lapetitemaisonblanc
We're on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/lpmblanc
Pinterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/lpmblanc/

LaPetiteMaisonBlanc is offering a 10% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS10" at checkout. Valid until end of April 2014.
Notebook. Love to Sew, fantastic journal or mini diary
$7.00
Provence Lavender filled hanging pillow - decoration
$4.00
Storage basket with Union Jack fabric VW Camper Van
$17.00
Padded Spectacles Case with two Mint Butterflies
$9.00
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