Meet Etsy Seller Misslottiesboutique

Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Misslottiesboutique has been selling on Etsy since November 2013, they sell ballet skirts and all things beautiful! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Lottie-da - Polka Dot Hair Bow - Pink and Yellow Hair Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler Hair Bow - Daisy - Boutique Hair Bow - Hair AccessoryTiny Dancer - Pink Ballerina Hair Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler Hair Bow - Satin Ribbon HairBow - Hair Accessory - Hair Clip - Shiny BowGirls Light Pink Heart Ballet Skirt - Dancewear - Ice Skating Skirt - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - TutuLottie-da - Girls Pink Yellow Ballet Skirt - Dancewear - Ice Skating - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - Tutu

What motivated you to start your shop?
We have been dancing for 25 years. When we were five years old, Momma Lottie put her little babies in ballet class, and we have been dancing ever since!
As the little Lotties grew and became interested in many things, we began traveling multiple avenues. In middle school everyone had to take ""Consumer and Family Studies"". The most fun part of this class was that everyone sewed a pillow. Momma Lottie brought out her sewing machine, and the creative process began. The sunny yellow and pink striped pillows are still proudly displayed!
College studies provided degrees in Education, Fashion, and Dance. As you can see, these are the foundations of Miss Lottie's Ballet Boutique.
Once the idea of our shop was born, the designs began. It's fun to see all the thoughts come together in thrilling colors on a piece of paper. The fashion sketches made the dream come to life, and the thoughts, combinations, and sketches are endless! Our work table is covered in beautiful visions and dreams!
Next, we began sewing ballet skirts to wear while teaching dance classes. Every time a new skirt was worn, the children loved them! The kids got excited to see what new and beautiful skirt would be worn next. The older dancers even coined the phrase ""Miss Lottie's Skirt Day"" where we would bring the skirt collection and the dancers would have a fun day all dancing like Miss Lottie!
That's when we decided that every little girl should feel special and beautiful and have fun dancing just for joy. Miss Lottie's skirts make every little girl feel like a prima ballerina.

What is the story behind your shop name?
The shop name, Miss Lottie, actually came from a poem that we wrote. It talks about a little girl dancing for joy with her mother. That poem has been so dear to all of us that we decided it was the perfect name for our shop.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
We enjoy making all of our creations. It's fun to think of different themes and color combinations. Our hair bows coordinate with our skirts.
Every skirt and hair bow first begins with a trip to the fabric store. Now, this may not sound exciting, but this is actually a little like Christmas morning for us. We walk in the door with a few ideas on hand, but the magic comes from the discovery around us. Maybe it's a button that sparks the first idea, or it could be a new color of chiffon. Every inspiration begins differently!
We take that inspiration and then we're off. Pairing, matching, mixing and creating until we have everything that we need to make the perfect set!
We bring it all back to our work table and then begin creating. It's all a wonderful team effort.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
We want every little girl to feel like a prima ballerina! Whether she takes dance lessons every week, or dances in her own living room, every little girl needs to feel like a princess! The little ballerina in your life will dance for joy every time she wears a Miss Lottie's Ballet Boutique Creation!

What do you do when you aren't working?
There are two fields that we love to do besides creating our ballet skirts and hair accessories. The first is Musical Theater, and the second is Children's Stories and Poetry.
Musical Theater has been in the forefront of our lives for a long time. Momma Lottie grew up in school and church choir, and passed the love to her Little Lotties. We became more deeply involved in musical theater during college. Taking courses in both performance and behind the scenes, as well as performing in numerous musicals and plays. Now we bring that passion to our students in musical theater classes. Creating wonderful shows for the kids to perform for a fun loving audience. We write the script, choreograph the dances, edit the music, build the sets and sew the costumes. Then, it's show time!
We also love to write and illustrate. We have written and illustrated several children's books. They are unpublished, but maybe someday :)

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
We are so glad to be featured in this blog. It is such an honor to share what we love and what we do with everyone. We hope that you have enjoyed getting to know us, and we hope to get to know you too! Stop by our shop and see what we have in store for the little ballerina in your life!

Misslottiesboutique is offering a 10% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "LETSDANCE" at checkout. Valid until September 30th 2014.

Cupcake Hair Bow - Mint Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler Hair Bow - Boutique Hair Bow - Hair Accessory - Polka Dot Hair Bow - Stacked Hair BowGirls Mint Green and Pink Ballet Skirt - Girls Ballet Skirt - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - TutuLavender Butterfly Hair Bow - Purple Hair Bow - Girls Hair Bow - Toddler HairBow - Boutique Hair Bow - Hair AccessoryGirls Lavender Ballet Skirt - Dancewear - Purple Skirt - Ice Skating - Toddlers Ballet Skirt - Childs Ballet Skirt - Faux Wrap Skirt - Tutu
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Treasury Challenge #42 - Tweet Tweet

Posted Saturday, September 06, 2014

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #42 was "Tweet Tweet".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with a whooping 191 views is...

SALE * Natural Wooden Teething Ring Soother in 'The Sweetest Thing Birds' fabric and Unbleached Bamboo Terry....A gift idea from Cwtch Bugs
NEW - Shoulder Bird - White (WOW070714-1)
Baby Girl Bib - Birds in Spring - cotton bib with terry cloth backing
Baby crib mobile - Bird mobile - baby mobile - You pick your colors - polka dot - nursery decor
Alexandra Birds Wooden Growth Chart, handpainted, FREE nail cover and personalization
Tweet . Embroidery Hoop
Warm and Dry Birds - Childrens Art Print
INSTANT DOWNLOAD | Nursery Art | Wall Art | Subway Art | 4x4 | 8x8 | Follow Your Dreams
Adorable Bird Hair Clip - Meet Miss Sapphire (Treasury Item)
Custom Owl and Bird Pillow - Plush Owl Pillow and Bird Set
Bucket hat with cute birds and pink polka dot, summer hat for children, fabric hat
Umbrella Bird Applique, Spring- May Showers Bird,  Water-boots, Spring or Autumn applique design, Machine Embroidery via instant download
SALE - Custom Hand Painted Boutique Childrens Hair Bow Holder Penelope - LARGE
Girls A Line Dress Peasant Dress Handmade MammaBird 6mos to 12
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Thank you LemonLaneOrganics for creating such a lovely treasury!

LemonLaneOrganics makes organic accessories for babies, children and home. We love their cozy knitted hats. Visit their shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

Meet Etsy Seller AtelierSpatz

Posted Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Atelier Spatz has been selling on Etsy since October 2013 (almost a year), they sell a real assortment of beautiful items for kids. From dress up outfits (perfect for Halloween!) to everyday clothing, play mats and bibs! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Pirate Captain Vest and Trousers / Knickerbockers in sumptuous Damask and twill to fit any little Jack SparrowCustom made Tripp Trapp Highchair Seat Cushion with backrestFairy Skirt and Hairband for Flower Girls, Woodland Wedding, Fairy Costume in Purple and Turquoise Organza & TulleBird Cape / Bird Wings / Costume / Halloween / Carnival

What motivated you to start your shop?
My grand-mothers and mother have been great crafters, so making things by hand has been a family passion. I got a child's sewing machine when I was about 10 years old and all my Christmas presents were hand made until I was 18. I knitted my way through university and making things by hand balanced out my desk job career. Eventually, I started knitting for family and friends, for my own kids, and just people who had seen my creations.
Starting an Etsy shop was a natural extension.

What is the story behind your shop name?
"Spatz" is the German word for Sparrow. In the South of Germany - where I am originally from - we use it as a term of endearment for little kids.

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I love making children's costumes. The Bird Cape and the Native American outfit are amongst my favourites and I would love to make another bird cape in African wax print fabrics of blue and yellow hues. But I just finished a great pirate outfit and am working on an astronaut, so... the list of favourites gets ever larger.

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
Creating childhood treasures!
My work is all about making the life of kids and their parents more joyful. May this be through a baby play quilt that becomes an heirloom and gets passed through generations, a simple little changing mat that brings joy to the ever recurring task of nappy changing or a stunning costume that creates an unforgettable memory.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I enjoy being a mother!

Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country? 
In the UK, parents are increasingly keen to enjoy handmade items of good quality / organic materials. There are more and more classes to learn crafts available and people remember the joys and value of hand made items.

Watch out for Atelier Spatz anniversary discount code in October to be published on their Facebook page:
Washable Matryoshka Travel Changing Mat / Pad with pocket for change of cloths and nappies (ORGANIC bamboo batting)Cowboy Costume / Outfit - Jeans with Chaps, Shirt & Bandana for Halloween or Dress-upEmbroidered Soft Cloth BookClown Collar in different colour variations
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August Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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

Your little mermaid will dazzle everyone in her mermaid tail, shell top and crown. Perfect for the first trip to the beach or just for newborn photos, this will be a keepsake to treasure! Take your beach anywhere with the sandy beach blanket surrounded by ocean waves and a starfish on the shore.

Here are some more lovely items from IrishHooksAndYarn.
Baby Lamb hat with pink or blue ears in three sizesFigure Skate booties and an earflap hat available in three sizesApple - Banana  Sacks - buy 3 for Teachers - Dad - cyclists - kids - or Diaper BagPick-your-colors-stocking hat with a long braid for baby up to 24 months
SALE - Memom Slippers for baby - Size 6 to 12 months Ready to Ship FREE in the USGemini cocoon hand-crocheted for two infantsTeam Colors Sweater - Hand-crocheted for babies and children up to size 6SALE - Orange Running Shoes in Newborn to 3 month size - Ready to ship FREE in the US
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Meet Etsy Seller Littlelilybamboo

Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Littlelilybamboo has been selling on Etsy since June 2009, they sell organic bamboo baby towels and wipes! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.

Organic Bamboo Bandana Drool Bib, Matryoshka DollsOrganic Bamboo Swaddling Blanket, Extra Large, CharcoalOrganic Baby Bamboo Hooded Towel: Teal ElephantsOrganic Bamboo Hooded Bath Towel: Elephants, Toddler Size

What motivated you to start your shop?
It first started when a friend of mine expressed her disappointment at the lack of quality of baby washcloths. I had been looking to start some sort of hobby, so I started looking into it. When I found bamboo fabric online, I knew I had to try it, so ordered a yard and experimented. It just grew from there!

What is the story behind your shop name?
I had been trying to think of a cute name for it, and was coming up blank. One day I was talking to our second daughter Tegan and called her by her nickname, Little Lily (lily is her middle name). As soon as I said it, I knew I had my business name!

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I was surprised at just how much work one could put into it! I knew it would be lots of work, but between editing photos, perfecting SEO, and writing the perfect descriptions...I'm still miles away from where I want my shop to be! I really do love working on it though...almost as much as I love sewing the products!

What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I've always loved making my towels. I love the creative freedom I have with them, and picking fabrics is always fun!
I just started making cuddle blankets though, and I have to say, I'm falling in love with them quickly!

What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
I'm usually pretty competitive with just myself, but I find that on etsy I find it hard not play the comparing game. There are so many great shops out there and sometimes I find that instead of being inspired by them I start to feel discouraged that I'll "never have a shop that nice/successful" (although I know I can build a shop and business that fits me perfectly).

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I have a passion for babies in general. I know how nervous I was as a new mom, especially when it came to bathing and calming my baby. I wanted to create a business that provides products to help moms with those things. I'm in the process of adding tutorial to my blog for bathing a newborn, swaddling, etc. My current motto is "we make bath time cozy!"

What do you do when you aren't working?
My husband and I have five daughters, and I'm a stay at home mom. We live out in the country, and when we are not doing chores at home, the girls and I love to get together with friends who live near us. We seem to keep ourselves pretty busy!

Littlelilybamboo is offering a 15% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "ETSYKIDS15" at checkout. Valid until September 3rd 2014.
Bamboo Hooded Baby Towel: Charcoal DinosBamboo Cloth Wipes, 10 WhiteOrganic Baby Blanket, Bamboo and Organic Cotton, Polka Dots, extra largeOrganic Bamboo Bandana Drool Bib, Blue Trains
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