Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Featured Seller - PJM Designs

Upon checking out this shop I realized I haven't really featured scrapbook materials in awhile so it's actually really nice that PJM Designs was randomly chosen as this week's Featured Seller! PJM are the initials of our seller, Paula, living in New Hampshire who loves all things scrapbooking. Her enthusiasm shows in her shop and blog. Check out these cute items.

Floral Beauty Greeting Card

Camping Out Premade Scrapbook Layout

Little Birdie Notecards

How sweet are these? I love the colors. To see more of these fun and cheerful designs, have a look at her shop. :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hey, Where'd Thursday Go?

Sorry all, Thursday flew by and now it's 10.52 pm.

I'm working on the Friday Featured Seller post so sit tight!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


In just over a year, Ink Painter has racked up an impressive amount of sales. I suppose this gets categorized under vintage as the shop sells 1886 Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes bookplates. The illustration on these pages is fantastic, and I'm sure you'll have fun flipping through to recognize rhymes from your childhood.

Jack Sprat

Jenny Wren

Jack and Jill

Lovely prints. There are sooooo many more where that came from. Check out the shop and tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wacky Wood Works

I saw one of Wacky Wood Works' mugs on the front page of Etsy the other day, and I was really impressed by the detail and design. The seller is really knowledgeable about process and the different types of wood he uses and how to care for your finished product. I'd recommend reading his profile page as that is as fascinating as looking at the mugs!

Brew Pub Mug (from the front page)

Pencil Holder/Tumbler

Children's Mug

How fun are these? Tell me what you think in the comments section.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Imeon Design

I found Imeon Design in Etsy chat and fell in love with her charming shop. One of the reasons I like her cards, invites and stationery so much is because she actually takes the time to put in the little details, whether it be a hand-cut dinosaur or little cherry on top of an ice cream cone. There are many designs to admire, so check out her shop after checking these out:

Beach Party Invites

Ice Cream Party Invites

Baby Shower Umbrella Invites

How cute are those? There are many more to be found, dinosaurs and cars and cupcakes oh my! Make sure you leave a comment telling me which ones you like best! :)

Gift Certificate Winner - Audrey's Country Crafts

Last week I asked blog visitors to give me some feedback as to what I could do to improve my blog. Ask and ye shall receive! I enjoyed reading all the feedback and found it to be really helpful. As an added bonus, one of the commenters would win a gift certificate to my shop. The winner is Audrey's Country Crafts. Thank you Audrey! You win a gift certificate towards free shipping on one item in my shop. I'll be sending you a copy via Etsy conversations soon.

Thanks to all who participated. Keep an eye out for some improvements coming in the next few weeks. :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Featured Seller - ExoDesign

Happy Friday! Time for another long awaited featured seller post and this week's winner is ExoDesign, a brand new shop on Etsy. She began making jewelry while studying design in school, and her artistic flair shows not only in her shop appearance but also her jewelry choices. I love the color choices and gradients. All of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and she invites custom work. According to her profile, she works with heavy and fine gauge silver, sterling silver, gold filled wire/chain, and hand selected semi-precious gemstones.

Celeste Earrings

Sparkling Pomegranate

Midnight Duchess

Support your Etsy community and check out her shop! Don't forget to leave a comment here. Who knows, you might be the next Friday Featured Seller!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Loose String

I was toying with the Shop Local function on Etsy and found a shop I had not seen before, even though they have been around for quite some time. Meet Loose String, maker of the cutest pincushions I've seen in awhile. All handcrafted, felted, sewn, embroidered, the end result is something you want to put on your craft table and admire.

Oh So Mighty Orange Cream Bird Pincushion

Blues Retractable Tape Measure

Aqua and Grape Elephant Pincushion

There are tons more where that came from. All in great color combinations. Go check it out and be sure to leave a comment if you want to be considered for a Friday Featured seller post tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Couple Questions

As you know, the point of this whole blog is to advertise not only what goes on in my shop, but also what's going on in many of the interesting, quirky and beautiful shops of yours. Lately I've been thinking about how to bring my blog to the next level (whatever level that is) and I need some feedback from you, my loyal readers.

Question 1 - How do you feel about advertising? We're not talking Google AdSense, I don't necessarily like having ads tailored to what I'm writing at the time as I find it a little 1984-ish, but what about Project Wonderful? Something that allows more Etsy shops to be discovered? Love the idea but not on my blog? Let me know.

This next part is more of a comment than a question, but is there anything else you'd like to see in my blog posts? More chances for giveaways? Should I write more about CPSIA legislation issues? Should I write about my shop every so often about process and new items? What do you want as readers?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. By next Monday at 9a I'll pick a comment and send that person a gift certificate towards my shop for participating.

I look forward to reading your comments!


I feel like PartyPoms needs not to be said aloud, but announced like you're singing the words, like "Party Poooommms!"

Why you ask?

Cause they're just so gosh darn cheerful! And look, there's even a patriotic color scheme as well. Perfect for this upcoming weekend. Reminds me of a Souza parade march.
Perfect for parties, weddings, picnics, your dorm room. Whatever you want. Like little bursts of color in flower and ball form.

Set of 10 Poms

Patriotic Poms

Petite Poms ... Love it!

There are tons of colors to choose from all made from recycled tissue paper. Go see! Go plan! You know you want to hang these up all over the place.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Family

What's in a name? Well, Happy Family certainly lives up to its name. A husband and wife team with their two small children, this artistic clan whips up some smart and chic t-shirts with interesting designs. I pulled together a collage of shirts I would buy that describes both my and my fiance's interests.

Grow Your Own Food


Wind Turbines

Cool right? There are many other designs to choose from, so hop on by and check it out. Which would you buy? Be sure to leave a comment here as well!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Every so often a paper art shop comes along that is drop-dead amazing. I guess I just don't have the patience or the sharpened exacto blades necessary for this kind of work, but after seeing Elsita's work, it'll almost make you want to try it out for yourself. Almost. But first we have to all collectively bask in this amazing-ness:

Secret Anatomy of a Girl - Papercut Print

Girl With a Magic Fruit - Papercut Print

Knitting Print

The best part? These are all prints. That way, more of you can enjoy the papercut goodness flowing from this shop. There's even better news too. If you visit her blog, she's offering up a giveaway of one of her original papercuts ending May 31st. So stop on down! Don't forget to leave a comment!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Featured Seller - PeaceofPi

Happy Friday everyone! The birds are singing, the rain is hopefully staying away, and it looks to be an otherwise great day. I'm sure it's going to be a great day for PeaceofPi as she is today's Featured Seller! Yay! I noticed a common theme in her work: birds, text, other animals, nature. All of these forces combine to create practical yet charming gifts you can give or keep to use in your home. Check these out.

Amber Bird - 4 Art Cards with Envelopes

On a Limb Notebook

4 Beagle Notecards

Fun, colorful and whimsical all in one shop. To see more, stop by and have a look. And if you want to be a featured seller just like PeaceofPi, don't forget to leave a comment below for next week. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


ByApryl is such a convenient shop name as the trees I'm about to show you are indeed by Apryl. Can't forget that, now can you? You also won't forget her shop once you see these gem trees. Maybe you've seen them. They're advertised in the wedding section on Etsy for cake toppers, but these trees would look awesome just displayed in your home. Apryl learned the art of tree sculpture and wire wrapping jewelry from her grandparents, and the experience shows. I certainly would not know how to even start the process, let alone make something this good. So without further ado, the trees!

Wedding Cake Top/Centerpiece

Carnelian and Gold Gemstone Tree - July

Unakite Mini Willow Tree

There's much more where this came from, including other wedding essentials like place cards and year round gifts like ornaments and such. Go check it out and be sure to leave a comment for tomorrow's Friday Featured Seller drawing!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Love For Earth

You might have seen these before under the username ThumperLove, but now you can get these totally awesome produce bags from Love For Earth. They're moving shop to their new home so I figured I'd give a shoutout for such an awesome idea. We've seen tote bag after shopping bag after lunch bag on Etsy, but what I haven't seen until now is a reusable produce bag. No more getting those plastic bags to put oranges or zucchini into in the store. I think this idea is fabulous.




I wish her many sales and the best of luck. Check out her shop and leave a comment, you'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I was surfing through Pounce again when I came across DoubleThinkUK, a brand new shop set up by an art student based in Glasgow. She says she specializes in presenting her work in new and unusual ways, and she's definitely on to something: printing on to pillows. Each image is a limited edition of 100, so once they're gone, they're gone! However, this means there will always be something new and worth checking out over the coming months.

Dear Green Place


Have a look and check out her shop. Be sure to leave a comment!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Point of View Photographic Art

I felt Monday needed some nice photography and Point of View fits the bill. There are plenty of nice small ACEO sized prints available for 3 dollars and other larger prints around 25 dollars. Any of these images would go a long way to spruce up an area in your home or give as a gift. Plus, Point of View is a member of Etsy For Animals, which is fitting when you see the majority of the subject matter of deer and birds and so on. Check these out:

Just Resting

The Early Birds

Seaside Souvenirs

Check out her shop to see the many more vibrant pictures beyond the ones I've shown here. Don't forget to leave a comment!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Featured Seller - Gladys GladRags

Today's post is an example of what happens when random number generation turns into a shop find that I would've put in my hearted favorites section in Etsy had I found it sooner. I haven't really scoured vintage all that much on Etsy but the finds in GladysGladRags shop have made me reconsider that viewpoint. Straight from the UK, here comes some awesome vintage!

Faux Amethyst Scottish Thistle Silvertone Drop Pendant

Vintage Mohair Wrap Stole Big Scarf in Cranberry Red
Vintage Mohair Wrap Stole Big Scarf in Cranberry Red

Fabulous Vintage Cape in Welsh Wool Tapestry

So nice. And the best part is there is more where that came from so go check it out! Want to be a featured seller too? Just leave a comment and you might get picked next week!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Argyle Violets

I was thinking "hmmmmm, who should I feature today?" when I thought of it: Argyle Violets! She's a new shop on the Etsy block, (somewhat) local to me, and has a cool product I have not seen in the Etsy rotation yet.

Monthiversary Onesies!

I know, a few of you are probably thinking, "huh?" but check these out.

Argyle Rhino Set

Custom Inside-Outside Onesie

Owl Set

The colors, patterns and of course the model all add up to cuteness. What a great gift idea. I'm already eyeing the owl set for a friend. :)

What do you think? Leave some love in the comments section below!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Paper and String

Paper and String inspired me to write a poem of sorts:

Paper and String
makes me sing
of colored wool
that looks so cool
go look at her things
so you don't look like a fool


No but seriously, I love her shop. The colors, the animals, the objects. Well, just see for yourself:

Owl Ornament

Medium Felt Storage Bucket

Little Pink Turtle Pin

See? Now go check out the rest of her shop and tell me which piece you are inspired by in my comments section.