August Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

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

Meet Etsy Seller Cutencurlybowtique

Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014


CuteNCurlyBowtique has been selling on Etsy since December 2011, they sell beautiful hair accessories in lots of lovely colours! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Cupcake Hair bow Girls Pink Purple White Birthday Bows BabyPurple Mini Witch Hat Fascinator Girls HalloweenPatriotic Girls Headband Red White Blue Flower BabyBack to School Hair bow Girls Pink Purple Pola Dot Diva Bows

What motivated you to start your shop?
My daughter! I was always looking for unique, one of a kind hair accessories for her.

What is the story behind your shop name?
My daughter again! Her cute curly hair is the inspiration behind the name. :)

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
What surprised me the most is the community on Etsy. Which is a wonderful surprise! And I never thought I would be spending so much time editing pictures of hair bows! LOL

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
It's very hard to pick just one, I love creating everything in my shop. But these little mini witch hat fascinators were so fun and time consuming but so worth it!

What do you do when you aren't working?
When I'm not working on hair accessories for my etsy shop, I generally spend quality time with my family. I also work full time and when I get the chance I like to read.

CuteNCurlyBowtique is offering a 10% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDSTEAM" at checkout. Valid until August 31st 2014.


Pink Lime Green Hair bow Girls Polka Dot BowsDorothy Girls Hair bow Blue White Red Wizard of Oz CostumeDaisy Girls Hair bow Yellow White Set Baby Girl BowsPumpkin Hair bows Girls Orange White Polka Dots
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Treasury Challenge #40 - Back to School

Posted Saturday, August 09, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #40 was "Back to School".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with a whooping 262 views is...

Educational Childrens Alphabet Snake Wooden 3d Puzzle Waldorf Puzzle
$35.00
Building Blocks, Painted Brights, All Natural, Eco Friendly, Poplar Wood, Set of 25
$40.00
Bloomed flower pencil topper upick colors
$2.00
Back to School Class of First Day of School Custom Personalized Shirt - MADE TO ORDER
$23.00
CLASSROOM WINDOW CURTAIN custom made for Teachers
$20.00
Pixel Map 'Colors of the World' Art Print 20 x 30 // Modern World Map // Modern Art Decor // Map Art // 8 bit Pixels // Digital Print
$78.90
Flower Crayon Wallet, Yellow and Green Retro Flowers, Toddler Activity Book, Crayon Roll, Children's Toy, Soft Toy, Kids Toy, Art Toy
$14.00
Sample Sale Back to School Shirt Bus
$15.00
Back to school Pencil roll - red numbers fabric - children gift, birthday gifts
$25.00
Custom Boutique 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade Rocks Pencil Appliqued Tee
$22.00
Red Hat Robot Knit Hat For the Kids in a galaxy far far away Red Off White and Grey Organic Cotton
$22.00
Reusable Sandwich Bag - 1 bag in Michael Miller Rock Star
$6.00
Teens OOAK Utilitarian Striped Patchwork Shirt and Cap Set Size Adult Small Clothing for Boys Clothing for Teens
$45.00
Story Box, Story Starters, Bedtime Stories, Storytime, Storytelling, Teaching Resources, Homeschool, Preschool Early Literacy, Story Time
$17.99
Girls Purse, Childs Purse, Dr Seuss Purse, Birthday Party Favor, Stripwork Purse
$15.00
Gadget Case for iPhone iPod Kindle Tablet Smartphone PDF eBook pattern INSTANT DOWNLOAD
$5.00
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Thank you YourAngelsAvenue for creating such a lovely treasury!

YourAngelsAvenue makes a beautiful dresses and outfits for kids. We love their Baby Girls/Toddler Girls Butterfly Knot Twirly Dress. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.


Meet Etsy Seller Kaetoo

Posted Wednesday, August 06, 2014


Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop Kaetoo

Kaetoo has been selling on Etsy since May 2011, they sell beautiful textured notice boards. Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Clothespin Photo Hanger. Neon Pink and White. Oblique Stripe.Notice Board. Yellow and Gray. Fall. 16x12. Autumn LeafDinosaur Preschool Activity. Paint Your Own.Miniature Wooden Clothes Pegs. Aqua and White. Triangles. Geometric Pattern. Nursery Decor.

What motivated you to start your shop?
Hello! My name is Kate. I am from a very artistic family (seriously, on Etsy alone my aunt makes clothes, www.etsy.com/shop/jacksdaughter, my brother makes cards, www.etsy.com/shop/BreakfastTime, and my cousin makes underwear, www.etsy.com/shop/LicoriceandCream), but once I left school and began working, I didn't have much time to be crafty anymore. In 2011, I had a year off with my baby daughter. She was so good at sleeping (I know! I'm lucky!) that I found myself with a lot of free time. So I rediscovered painting. After I ran out of walls in my house, I started selling my artworks through kaetoo.

What is the story behind your shop name?
In secondary school, I studied Korean. My Korean teacher wrote my name, Kate, as k-ae-too. It stuck. Friends and family started calling me kaetoo. My business name was born from there.

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
Being naive, I never imagined that selling crafts online required so much work that isn't crafting! All the photography, SEO, marketing, networking and other behind-the-scenes work that is essential to any successful business... for some reason, at first I didn't put two-and-two together that this applied to crafts as well. Now I know!

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
My favourite items to create are big artworks and notice boards. Unfortunately, although these pieces are popular locally, they are not ideal for an international market because shipping is relatively expensive.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
Every kaetoo artwork is vibrant, cheerful and original.

What do you do when you aren't working?
When I am not crafting, I'm a busy lady! My usual day job is as a molecular biologist. However, I am on maternity leave at the moment with my baby son, so my current day job is super-mummy-extraordinaire combined with exceptional-house-renovator.

Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country? 
Handmade in Australia is BIG! Independently designed children's artisian products are very popular at the moment and the handmade movement has a lot of momentum, which has spawned some brilliant online marketplaces, markets, magazines and Blogs so that everybody can keep up with all the great talent out there. In fact, I am the editor over at Handmade Cooperative (http://www.handmadecooperative.com.au), which is a select community of Australian designers who hunt out the latest children's products in the Australian handcraft marketplace.

Links:
Blog ~ http://kaetoo.blogspot.com.au/
Facebook ~ http://www.facebook.com/kaetoo.canvas
Pinterest ~ http://www.pinterest.com/kaetoo

Kaetoo is offering a 5% discount in her shop during the month of August. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS2014" at checkout. 

Clothespin Photo Hanger. Neon Pink and White. Oblique Stripe.Notice Board. Yellow and Gray. Fall. 16x12. Autumn LeafDinosaur Preschool Activity. Paint Your Own.Miniature Wooden Clothes Pegs. Aqua and White. Triangles. Geometric Pattern. Nursery Decor.
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July Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Friday, August 01, 2014

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



Show me a rainbow!
This rainbow skirt is made of seven colourful ruffles and has an elasticated waist for easy fit. 
The skirt can double up as a clown costume, a fairy skirt,... an my daughter likes to wear hers just about every other Saturday.

Here are some more lovely items from AtelierSpatz.
Clown Collar in different colour variationsHandembroidered Drawstring Bag / Pouch / PE/ Gym Bag - personalised with name - CHOOSE your DESIGNEmbroidered Soft Cloth BookCowboy Costume / Outfit - Jeans with Chaps, Shirt & Bandana for Halloween or Dress-up
Baby cuddle / swaddle blanket - either in flannel or minky fleece - choose your colour and hand embroidered namePink Fairy Skirt and Hairband for Flower Girls, Woodland Wedding, Fairy Costume in Organza & TulleBird Cape / Bird Wings / Costume / Halloween / CarnivalCustom made Tripp Trapp Highchair Seat Cushion with backrest
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Five Small Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make in Your Home

Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

We all need to be reminded sometimes about the easy and affordable (sometimes free) changes that make a difference in your household and help lead your family to a greener lifestyle.

1.Vinegar- Make sure you stock your pantry with this versatile natural and non-toxic household product.   Vinegar has enough acidity and neutrality that it can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, as a disinfectant, polisher, and laundry softener.

2.House plants- did you know that you can improve the quality of the air in your home simply by putting houseplants in your home. They act like indoor air purifiers and increase the amount of oxygen available in your home.


3. Clean your refrigerator coils twice a year, more often if you have pets. Condenser coils are located at the bottom or rear of your refrigerator. If they are allowed to accumulate dust and dirt as much as 25 percent more energy is required to maintain proper temperature. This can be a DIY project-buy a refrigerator coil brush from your local hardware store for less than ten dollars and clean it yourself, it takes 20 minutes.


4. Set the thermostat on your water heater at 120° F. This temperature is normally adequate for home use and will save a considerable amount of energy. If you have a dishwasher check the manufacturer's specifications to see if the temperature needs adjusting.



5. Go paper less. And I'm not talking about the  kind you write on, I'm talking about disposable towels.  The kind you wipe the tables with, clean up spills with, wipe hands with etc.  Instead of using paper towels get some rags of fabric, old wash cloths, make your own cloth napkins and reusable "unpaper towels", or purchase them pre-made.  Since they are made with fabric you can use them again and again. You can actually save money!

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



Treasury Challenge #39 - Christmas in July

Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #39 was "Christmas in July".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with a whooping 99 views is...


What's in Santa's toy sack this year?
Hand Knitted Bear - Plush Doll - Stuffed Animal - Knitted Toy - Knit Teddy Bear - Child Toy - Baby Keepsake - Kids Toy - Small Toy - Hannah
$65.00
Set of 8 Eco-Friendly Soy and Beeswax Crayons
$9.00
Tony T-Rex Pattern DIY Stuffed Dinosaur Toy and Baby Dinosaur Set, Tracy TRex Tutorial DIY Friendly Dinosaur Pdf Sewing Pattern
$6.00
Personalized Mosaic Christmas Tree Wooden Boxed Puzzle
$40.00
Wooden Toy Car
$25.00
Lulu the Large Dress up Rag Doll Paris France
$75.00
Large Color Blocks - 1.5 Inch Painted Wood - 8 Cubes
$13.50
Handmade Sock Monkey, Denim Blue Jean,  Redheel, Royal Blue, Personalized, Limited Edition, Doll Toy Plush Stuffed Animal Play Child
$43.00
Winter Dolls, Miniature Nature Table Doll, Waldorf Bendy Dolls
$18.99
Personalized Birthday Felt Crown -Green Fairy Princess, Costume Accessory, Floral Spring Photo Prop
$37.00
Travel Ball
£10.00
Plush Elf, ''Misfit'Elf, Cloth Doll, Christmas Elf Doll, Elf Doll  - Arthur
$40.00
SALE item 1.5 inch round wooden heart concentration matching game
$9.60
Natural Wooden Teething Ring Soother in 'Summer Roses' and Bamboo Terry....another baby gift idea from Cwtch Bugs
£8.50
Build Your Own Snowman Deluxe Felt Board Activity Set
$30.00
Quiet Time Activities for Kids, Quiet Preschool Activities, Quiet Time Kids, Homeschool Quiet Activities, Indoor Activities for Kids
$17.99
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Thank you 2HeartsDesire for creating such a lovely treasury!

2HeartsDesire makes a whole variety of lovely wooden toys, home decor items, paper goods and calendars. We love their Christmas angel ornament. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

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