Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Team Crush!

In this Team Crush bl0g entry I'm going to share 2 great Etsy members; the first is a member of the team and the second is not. Both are definitely talented and "crush-worthy!"

Here is Selection #1 from CinderLisaDesign:

Backwards Forwards Dahlia Envelope Journal

I love the bright colors of this journal. They are so cheerful and vibrant! This would be great to use as a journal; I would even carry it around with my notes/lists and watch all my friends get jealous of such a great book!

Here is part of the description of the journal:

"This journal is fun. Is the front really the back? Is the back really the front? Right-handed, left-handed? You decide! Really it's whatever you want. The cover is cut a little extra long, wraps around the spine, and loops over a button on the back (front?) in a nice little envelope cut.

The cover of the journal is made of felted wool, which is lined and covered in designer fabrics, the outside is a fabulous dahlia print, and the inside a gorgeous faux-batik in black. The journal measures approximately 6.25 x 4.5 inches closed, and is filled with 220 sheets (or 440 pages, back and forth!) in signatures of light orange and light gray paper, sewn in with taupe-colored DMC floss."

Here is Selection #2 from Kittygrrlz:

RESERVED HandDyed HandSpun BAMBOO YARN Victorian Rose 154 yards 4.2 oz sport weight Single Ply Yarn

My roommate owns so much Kittygrrlz yarn and most of it is the Bamboo yarn. Why? Because it is awesome! It is so soft and the colors look even better in person, if you can believe that!

I asked Kittygrrlz about this yarn and here is what she said:

"I'm not sure what to say about the yarn.... ;) I enjoy spinning the bamboo yarns because the fiber is so much different than wool - it is very smooth and even a bit slippery, which makes it a bit easier during spinning. I love the colors in this particular skein - very vivid and cheery."

This particular skein is Reserved now, but Kittygrrlz has plenty more to choose from, so stop by her store and check it out!

If you have any suggestions for future "Team Crush" entries please convo me at "ShelleAnne" on Etsy, even if you want to nominate yourself! I will probably share two Etsy sellers at a time for future Team Crush entries - one will be a member of the team and the second won't be; that will give us more variety and allow us to meet more people!

Have a great weekend!

- Rachelle

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: TrishaBDesigns

What a great Member of Our Team: TrishaBDesigns specializes in children's items and reusable decorative items- like darling banners.


Etsy Site

How did you get started on Etsy?
I used to sell on ebay, and one of my friends suggested that I try selling on Etsy. I sell on Etsy as a way to be able to stay home with my children.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a stay at home mom to a 4 year old daughter and 19 month old identical twin boys. Both my husband and I grew up in Southern California. We have been married for 6 years. I love to blog, bake, sew, and craft!

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I love to cook, bake, sew, and blog.

What first made you want to become an artist?
I have always been creative. As a child I loved to paint and do crafts. As I got older I really enjoy sewing. It's relaxing for me.

How do you promote your work?
I promote my work through my blog and facebook.

Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.
My top Five favorite movies are
The Holiday
The Last Song
Music and Lyrics

The Cutting Edge
Wedding Planner
Can you tell I like romantic comedies?

My Top 5 Websites
Tip Junkie
Momma Go Round
Little Miss Momma
Bake at 350

How does your faith influence your work on Etsy?
Family is really important to our religion and to me. I try to focus my Etsy shop around the family.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
In ten years, where would you like to be?

What is your favorite item from your shop?
Right now my favorite item in my shop is the Happy Birthday Table runner

What are your top five favorite shops on etsy?
Your Memories Captured
Two Kazoos
Sew Love Fabrics
Cantaloupe Corner

How has selling on etsy changed your life?
It definitely has made me more busy. I enjoy seeing other families enjoy my products. I love seeing them use the happy birthday banners for everyone in their family.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Team Crush

I've been thinking about some of the things from sellers on the LDS Etsy team. I have a crush on some of them. One of the things I really love are the patterns for the quiet books from CopyCrafts. I love the idea of quiet books- especially when my daughter is trying to steal them from the people we are sitting next to at church.
I love the idea of a little activity book for your kids- my daughter loves fishes and the ocean.

The Description from Copycrafts:

Toddlers sit perfectly still while waiting.

No they don’t! No toddler sits still EVER. At least not without something to keep them busy. That’s why the quiet book was invented – to keep the squirmies at bay. But if the squirmiest age is toddlerhood, why do most quiet books have buttons they can choke on, and activities their little hands can’t possibly do? That’s why we created “Under the Sea.”

Why is “Under the Sea” so great for toddlers?

*It has bright colors and fun rhymes that teach numbers while captivating their attention.
*With over 7 different textures and 5 pages with age appropriate activities, they are sure to be kept busy exploring.
*This book is soft and durable – meant to last a lifetime.
*Best of all, “Under the Sea” is safe – there are no buttons or other small pieces that could pose a choking hazard.

Finished measurements: 10 8 ½” x 8 ½” pages (excluding front and back covers)

Skills required: Beginner Embroidery
Beginner Hand Sewing or Intermediate Machine Sewing

*This ePattern includes 24 pages of detailed instructions, a cover page, color photographs, table of contents, supply list, pattern pieces, instructions for basic sewing and embroidery stitches, and full size diagrams.
*We put forth every effort to make our patterns user-friendly and are more than happy to provide any additional assistance needed through Etsy conversations or email.
*We stand behind our patterns and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!

“Under the Sea” is protected by copyright laws. It is illegal to copy, duplicate, distribute, or share this pattern in any way without the written consent of CopyCrafts. This pattern can be made for personal use. It may also be made for profit under the following conditions: 1) the item is made completely and personally by the pattern purchaser; 2) the phrase “a CopyCrafts design” must be included in the item listing (for internet sales), or with the item for other sales. Please contact CopyCrafts if you have any questions regarding our copyright policies.

P.S. Buy now and you’ll receive this unique ePattern by email within 24 hours! (Please note we do not do business on Sundays.)

I love it- you can get your pattern on etsy HERE.

Monday, September 27, 2010

LDS Team member Spotlighted in Treasury Challenge

Our Team member is part of the treasury challenge this week- so try to make a treasury. You can win a ten dollar amazon gift card and you can make our teammate famous :-) Leave a comment with a link on the other blog- comments won't be allowed on this post.

here is a copy of the challenge: Enter HERE

Treasury Challenge Week 14: Halloween

>> Saturday, September 25, 2010


Halloween is almost Here- let's have a treasury challenge honoring it.
this week the theme is Halloween- and the item in this lovely necklace.
the Prize this week is money- and of course, fame.
Everyone needs a little of both. Every year when the halloween candy hits the shelves in July I am super excited. You know the candy is probably fresh if it is seasonal. Oh I love candy. I have this ridiculous giveaway on my personal blog about Milk duds.
The Prize: a Ten Dollar Amazon Gift Card

first off, please follow my shop blog. now for the official rules:
  1. Go to the Treasury page of Etsy HERE and make a treasury with ANYTHING, as long as the "Silent In Solitude" necklace from EllaBelleBoutique is included in the first three rows of the treasury.
  2. Put "Treasury Challenge" somewhere in the title of the treasury.
  3. Link Back to this blog post- that way people can find the challenges and you can get credit for referring them!
  4. Tag your treasury "treasury challenge"
  5. Tag your item "Halloween"
  6. COMMENT with your link to the treasury- BUT YOU HAVE TO COMMENT HERE.
  7. Please refer people- tell them to say you sent them. If the winner mentions your name you will also get a the same prize they do.
  • if your treasury makes front page you win a ten dollar gift card from amazon in addition to other prizes from this competition.
  • MULTIPLE TREASURIES ARE ALLOWED. and encouraged. You can feature this item to your hearts content.
  • if the item sells out just pick a different item from the shop- as long as you link back here and write a comment you are good to go.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: SweetMellyJane

what a great seller! SweetMellyJane is a great member of the LDS Etsy team- let's get to know her.

How did you get started on Etsy?
A good friend of mine has a shop ( and she suggested I try selling a few of my homemade items on Etsy.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Utah, attended and graduated from USU, met and married my hubby, had four kids, and along the way I've had a lot of fun!

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I teach 20 piano students, teach my two preschoolers preschool, read a lot, and try to keep my house clean and three square meals on the table.

What first made you want to become an artist?
As a small girl I loved watching my mom utilize her talents. She is a wedding cake decorator, and an incredible seamstress. I've seen the joy that creativity brings to her life, and I have always wanted that same sense of fulfillment.

Please describe your creative process.
I try to make the most of the quiet moments when my kids are content (at least for a minute).

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My daughters' blessing dresses. My mom made one for my older daughter, and I made one for my younger daughter.

How do you promote your work?
I am actually pretty old-fashioned when it comes to marketing my items. Occasionally I participate in a giveaway, but for the most part I just spend my time creating new items and relisting the old. I don't blog, facebook, twitter, or anything else.

Name your top five books:
Here are some of my recently-read favorites:
Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Picture books by Sarah Stewart
These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

How does your faith influence your work on Etsy?
I only sell items that I have made or created to make my own home and family a better place to be. I hope that my customers feel the same way when they've purchased one of my products.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Become part of the Etsy community! Purchase a few things. Spend a little time in the forums. Comment on treasuries and create your own. Heart other shops and items. Join a team or two!

In ten years, where would you like to be?
Right where I am now; home with my kids around me! A few extra dollars in my wallet wouldn't hurt, either!

What is your favorite item from your shop?
My baby slippers!

What are your top five favorite shops on etsy?

How has selling on etsy changed your life?
Selling on Etsy has enabled me to make a little money in the comfort of my home. It has encouraged me to gain some skills in photography, marketing, packaging, time management, and computer stuff. I have learned a lot, and I've met some great people.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giveaway On Folding Chair Designs

One of our fantastic members is hosting a giveaway- Click HERE to win. (and follow the directions no comments allowed on this blog to avoid confusion)

but I did copy the giveaway text so you know that it's all about! Thanks Amy!


Here it is...

are you ready for it?

My very first giveaway.

You can win the popular
Blue Moon Rosette Headband
and a couple other surprise goodies!

Open to any country.

Here are your 5 super easy ways to enter
Each one counts as 1 entry
Choose one or more of the following:

1. Follow this blog.
2. Visit Folding Chair Designs shop and let me know your favorite item.
3. Become a fan of Folding Chair Designs on Facebook.
4. Tweet about this giveaway and make sure you include @FoldingChairD
so I can validate your entry.
5. Add a Folding Chair Designs button to your blog
(<--see them up there on the left?).
Please leave your blog address so I can validate your entry.

Leave a seperate comment on this blog for every entry and your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner!

This giveaway will end on Sunday, September 5th at midnight mst.

Good luck!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inspirational Thought

Charity is the pure love of Christ. It is the love that Christ has for the children of men and that the children of men should have for one another. It is the highest, noblest, and strongest kind of love and the most joyous to the soul (see 1 Nephi 11:23).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Inspirational Thought

God has given us the capacity to exercise faith, that we may find peace, joy, and purpose in life. However, to employ its power, faith must be founded on something. There is no more solid foundation than faith in the love Heavenly Father has for you, faith in His plan of happiness, and faith in the capacity and willingness of Jesus Christ to fulfill all of His promises.

Richard G. Scott, “The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Uncertainty and Testing,” Ensign, May 2003, 75

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Winner: Just Enough Stye

The winner for the Just Enough Style Giveaway was: Number 49!

Nichole Cianci, August 6, 2010 7:33 PM

I love the white dahlias or the grapefruit earrings!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Our Members; A Giveaway!

Check Out This Great Giveaway on Webbisodes
My Creative Side- thanks for posting a link on the Group!

so easy to win! Make sure you all enter!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Treasury Challenge Featuring EllaBelleBoutique

Well beautiful LDS Etsy team members, EllaBelleBoutique has been featured as the weekly challenge this week and for this monday we should all enter.
Why? you can win real money, that's why. Also to support each other.
Let's all make a treasury with this item and at least 5 other LDS Etsy members!

Because that's how we help each other- get on the front page and get more exposure.

enter the challenge HERE (you won't be able to leave a comment on this post so there is no confusion)

>> Saturday, July 31, 2010

Well this week I decided to use an item from someone who is doing the month challenge. And is always nice and entering my other challenges. And we are on a team together. And I just like her. Also her three month old weighs 18 pounds. I bet that is one cute cuddly baby.
we are etsy best friends these days.

Her earrings are adorable! you should check them out and buy some. if you want to buy me some I like the ones with little flowers on them. Just a simple post with a pop of color.
I picked the Grace Dangle Earrings for the challenge. My niece is named Grace and this blue is so beautiful.

first off, please follow my shop blog. now for the official rules:
  1. Go to the Treasury page of Etsy HERE and make a treasury with ANYTHING, as long as the Grace Dangle Earrings are included in the first three rows of the treasury.
  2. Put "Treasury Challenge" somewhere in the title of the treasury.
  3. Link Back to this blog post- that way people can find the challenges and you can get credit for referring them!
  4. Tag your treasury "treasury challenge"
  5. COMMENT with your link to the treasury- BUT YOU HAVE TO COMMENT HERE.
  6. Please refer people- tell them to say you sent them. If the winner mentions your name you will also get a the same prize they do.
  • I am super excited to see what people will come up with. I contact the winner through etsy. Sometimes I am slow. It can take up to four days after I post the winner to contact you- what can I say, my kiddos are crazy right now. If you see that you have one sent me a convo with your address and I will send you a prize.
  • if your treasury makes front page you win a ten dollar gift card in addition to other prizes from this competition.
  • MULTIPLE TREASURIES ARE ALLOWED. and encouraged. You can feature this item to your hearts content.
  • if the item sells out just pick a different item from the shop- as long as you link back here and write a comment you are good to go.
The prize this week? a 10 amazon gift card. I can send it right to your email address which I LOVE. Or a target gift card in the mail, which is slower. TREASURY CHALLENGES GO FROM SUNDAY TO SUNDAY from now on. You have a week, please spread the word.

Spiritual Thought on Work

Here is a spiritual thought from President Uchtdorf:

“I have seen enough ups and downs throughout my life to know that winter will surely give way to the warmth and hope of a new spring. … I am optimistic about the future. For our part, we must remain steadfast in hope, work with all our strength, and trust in God.

“The Lord doesn’t expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn’t (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can — that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Work, Learn, and Love,” New Era, Nov. 2009, 5

Giveaway Saturday: Just Enough Style

This week's giveaway comes from our fantastic member JustEnoughStyle
I want to win.
You can win any pair of her stud earrings from her shop. I love these flower ones.
I really think you can never have too much jewelry. She has offered to give away a beautiful pair of stud earrings of your choice!
Thanks so much-


BUY IT- go to her etsy shop to support her.

WIN IT!- there are a few simple steps to entering this great giveaway.

  1. Leave a comment with you favorite item from her shop (this is required)
  1. Follow our blog and leave a comment that you do (with google friend connect- if you already follow the blog you can leave a comment saying you already do. and you are awesome.)
  2. Follow and leave a comment that you do.
  3. Buy something From Just Enough Style's store and leave a comment here.(3 entries)
  4. Follow LDS ETSY on Facebook and leave a comment here.
Don't forget to leave a seperate comment for each of the above steps. Thanks and good luck!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our Fantastic Members: Congratulations FloresDelSol

One of our fantastic members was featured in an Etsy article today about handmade weddings. Floresdelsol lives in New Jersey and her blog inspired me to make more beautiful planters for my front yard.
Check out the Article about handmade weddings HERE.
You can get these beautiful craspedia flowers in her etsy shop HERE.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Month Challenge

I was doing a little month Challenge on my blog and I thought I should have one for the LDS Etsy team. actually I think we should all participate in more challenges. If members are having challenges on their blogs, let me know and I will post about them here.
Here is the entry about entering the Month Challenge on the Claireandjanae blog:
you should enter there because you can win things, which is AWESOME.


>> Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here you can enter the official Month Challenge with Claireandjanae. Do you make things? Do you want to make things? This month we are hosting a month challenge where you make one thing every day. Maybe you sew an apron or make some custom drapes. Maybe you do an illustration, or make a beautiful necklace. For the next 30 days make a consecutive item and you will be entered to win a gift card to

YOU HAVE 14 days to sign up for the month challenge- just leave a comment on this post. In you want you can comment on my daily posts with pictures of your items, or a link to your etsy shop or flikr or whatever. I want to see pictures!

want to donate a prize? contact me!

Making things every day has been interesting so far. It has only been six days. I always feel like I have so many projects- home, church, and I don't always make things for Etsy or for my kids. I was looking at my stack of fabric and it is a bit overwhelming. I thought one item a day would be more manageable, and so far it is going well. I even made an item while I had the flu last week. It was simple, but I couldn't just quit! Every night I make the item and then in the morning I snap a few pictures with my daughter during babies nap time and post what I made.

I am still hoping to make a few quilts this month- I thought if I just did a little at a time I could finish them.

Of course my sister in law asked if making food counts- yes it does, especially if it is a dessert and you shared it with people you love.

What did you make today? enter the challenge today!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Treasures

My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Whenever I hear, the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,

Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me.

He gave me my eyes that I might see
The color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear
The magical sound of things.

He gave my my life, my mind, my heart:
I thank him reverently
For all his creations of which I'm a part.
Yes, I know Heavenly Father loves me.

Children's Songbook, #228

Navy Petal Flower at BabyByBrooke
Orange and Tangerine double rosette headband at Miss Marci Designs
Behind the Waterfall at Katria's Creations
Colorful Butterfly at Beans Things
I am a Child of God Vinyl Wall Art Decal at Kids Corner
Shelly/Sheldon Turtle Pillow Toy at Kid Giddy
Decorative Pillow Covers - Carnaby Street in Red at The Pillow Barn
Dance Away the Blues Earrings at AmbreRose
Unstable an Original Painting at Art by Bryan Zingmark
Tangerine Happy Bobby Pins at ShelleAnne's Splendor
Mary Jane Baby Slippers - White with Turquoise Flower at Sweet Melly Jane
Black Eyed Susan Seeds in Autumn Colors at flowersforusall
Lonely Girl Necklace Pendant at Sleepy Dreamer
Forest Fun In Wonderland Reversible Pinafore at Twigs
8 x 10 Count Your Blessings Warm at Persimmon&Pink
RUSTIC ROSE - Porcelain Ceramic Cuff Links at GemmaBeads
This week I picked beautifully represented items. Keep up the good work!

**Add the "LDS Team" tag to your items to help be included in team treasuries!**

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: KaceFace

a happy bright studio
How did you get started on etsy?

I had been making purchases on etsy since 2008, but never thought I'd be a seller. In 2009, I decided to quit my day job and open my art shop KaceyKendrickWagner where I sell various sundry doodles and collages. In February of this year, I started sewing and making my own hair clips and headbands. I was reluctant to attempt sell hair accessories since it's such a saturated market, but with some encouragement from my husband, I opened Kaceface Sewing & Accessories. (Turns out he was right...I sold my first 2 items within 10 minutes of setting up shop!)

Tell us a bit about yourself....

I am a 26-year-old "stay-at-home artist." I earned a BA in Art Education from BYU and taught public high school for three years. I married my favorite guy in 2008 and quit teaching shortly thereafter so I could stay home to create, teach private art lessons to little kiddos, and take care of the house.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I'm a big reader. I looooove books and hope to have a library in my home one day. I also enjoy trying new recipes, blogging, watching BYU basketball, and spending quality time with the hubby.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I've always been good at drawing. In fact, I think I got my start as a preschooler doodling all over my dad's legal pads during sacrament meeting! My parents and teachers really encouraged me to develop my talent and I ended up studying art in college. Since I've been married, that artistic talent has morphed into all kinds of crafting as well.

Describe your creative process.

I make what I like...which is always changing! It can be detrimental--my art shop is SO random--but I try to stay really true to who I am. All of the hair accessories I make are something I would totally wear myself. I generally start with a color or print or shape I find interesting and run with it. I don't plan my designs ahead of time, they just come together as I go.

What handmade possession to you cherish most?

Hmm...I have a quilt my mom made us for our wedding. She spent over 200 hours on it. I also pieced my first quilt top a few months ago...I'm pretty proud of it!

How do I promote my work?

Blogging, posting pics on facebook, wearing it, doing giveaways, etc.

Top 5 books, movies, musicians, and websites.

I don't know if these are top 5, but here are a few favorites...

Anne of Green Gables series
Harry Potter series
The Poisonwood Bible
The Grapes of Wrath
Agatha Christie mysteries

Taylor Swift
old school Goo Goo Dolls
Carrie Underwood
songs from Glee
Wicked soundtrack

Big Fish
Emperor's New Groove
P.S. I Love You
Notting Hill
Alice in Wonderland

All kinds of blogs...

How does your faith influence your work?

Pres. Uchtdorf's talk "Happiness: Your Heritage" is one of my all time favorites. He talks about how we all have the power of creativity and reminds us that the things we create don't have to be perfect. It inspires me and keeps me from getting discouraged even if things aren't selling. Creating things makes me happy and brings me closer to Heavenly Father.

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

I want to be a mother more than anything!

What is your favorite item in your shop?

My favorite clip and headband sold last week (which is always exciting but a little sad too!) so my new favorite is the little girl's purple/black rosette headband. If I had a daughter I would have kept it for her! Haha.

Top 5 shops on etsy.

I don't have steady favorites, I like to scout out different shops. (I'm always looking for good deals on fabric if you know of any!)

How has selling on etsy changed your life?

When I was teaching, school consumed my life. I never made time to just sit down and draw or paint or anything. Now I have a million projects going on at once and I create literally everyday, either for etsy or for myself. It makes me happy and keeps me sane.

shops: kaceface, KaceyKendrickWagner

Monday, July 19, 2010


AnnaVirginia asked me when we would post a winner. I apologize! Here we are
and we will return to our regularly scheduled giveaways this Saturday I promise!

Kelly@seeitandmakeit!, June 29, 2010 7:57 AM

My favorite favorite is the HOBO bag, but I also LOVE all her flowers, but the baby shoes are so cute too! It is very hard to pick just one. I love her shop, and she is a doll!

Monday Treasures

Little Wonders

Our lives are made in these small hours
These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate
Time falls away but these small hours
These small hours still remain

~Rob Thomas

The Chunky Chain Me Up by Zig-Zags
White Fringe Crocheted Cuff Bobby Sock by Slade Made
Baby Sleeping Sign by Sweet Melly Jane
Custom Photo Celebration Invitation by Sugarhouse Ink
For You ACEO by Oh Hello, Dear
Heart of Brass by SylvieGirl2
Girl's Flowered Headband by Yours Truly Dear
Baby Cocoon Knitting Pattern by Yarnlovertn
25 Vintage Scrabble Tiles by Sweet Old Stuff
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Pendant by Sleepy Dreamer
Pretty Lady by Time Captured
The Hamptons by Lush Boutique
Beanie with Huge Carnation by SchierKnits
In a Nutshell Wreath by The Chic-Adee Shop
1970s Vintage Off White Gunne Sax Maxi Dress by Sassy Sister Vintage
Creative Cards - Set of 4 Stamped Birthday Cards by Cute N Creative

Giveaway on Dandelion Wishes

Check out the giveaway Dandelion Wishes is hosting for our team member Kelly Kruner
Enter by clicking HERE
I quoted the giveaway but you can't leave comments here- go to Dandelion Wishes.

seriously, stop...I know she is stinking CUTE, but the point of posting this picture is to show you the super adorable headband I am wearing...don't you love it?

You want one of your own huh?

How about this one? Cute right? It's called The Alice Beautiful Garden Colors
It was created by Kelly from the Etsy shop The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner.

So let me tell you how you can win THIS adorable headband AND choose a pair of earrings from The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner. ANY pair...suhweet right?!

Mandatory Entry:
visit The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner take a look around and come back and tell me what you fell in love with.
Extra Entries
(leave ONE comment for each one you do, I will do the math)
1 Follow ME
1 Follow Kelly on her blog See It and Make It!
2 become a fan of Dandelion Wishes on Facebook
2 become a fan of The Pink Elephant Shop on Facebook
2 become a follower of LDS Etsy Team
1o entries for creating a post on your blog about the giveaway
(be sure to add my cute button and link The Pink Elephant Shopby kellycrunner to your post)

So there ya go...lots of ways to build up those entries and WIN a darling headband AND a pair of cute earrings of your choosing.

Contest ends Saturday July 24 Winner Announced July 29


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: Persimmon and Pink

One of my favorite Lds Etsy sellers is Persimmon and Pink LOVE her shop. now we can get to know her a little better.

I can be contacted at

The Interview: Persimmon and Pink

How did you get started on Etsy?

It seemed all the world was a buzz about Etsy so I checked it out. I thought it was a wonderful resource for selling handmade items and thought I would give it a go. I made these embellished kid hoodies and listed two of them. They never sold. I finally unlisted them and then used them for my own daughter. So was it the best intro to Etsy success? No. But I after feeling a bit sad and embarrassed I got over it and gave it another try.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm a thirty-two year old woman, wife and mother. I have red hair, but my natural color is a beautiful mousey brown. I use the red to amp it up as well as cover my lovely patch of early grays. When I'm not mothering and taking care of my home I love to read and create.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

As seen above, I am a mom. Creating (and surviving) an entertaining day with two young children is a success in itself and by the end of the day I'm wiped! Sometimes I work for a bit in the evenings but often I relax with some lovely TV with my husband after the little ones are in bed.

What first made you want to become an artist?

As a child I loved to draw and create and did well in art classes. It wasn't until I'd bombed out of Chemistry in college and realized that being a nutritionist wasn't going to work for me that I thought I'd turn to my backup—an artist!

Please describe your creative process.

Usually I get an idea in my mind of something that I want for myself or something that I think would just be cool. I stew on it for a while thinking of how I want it to look in style, color and typography and then finally I get it created. I often am harboring ideas for a good six months before they ever are made a reality.

Also, I would be a real low person if I didn't mention my amazing husband Marc who is a big part of my success. My computer skills are abysmal and I'm lucky to be married to a graphic designer and techie. Part of the design process is refining it in my mind or through sketches and then sweet talking my husband into sitting down with me for an hour (or four) until we have the design just so. I tell him the font I want, colors, where I want things moved, move things back, etc. He is so great to be humble to just be there for me and follow my vision. He is my creative partner.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

I try not to get too attached to things because with small children everything is bound to get dinged, scratched, chipped, busted, stained and flat out ruined. One thing that came to mind are the quilts I made for my children. Many hours went into them and they were made while waiting for my children to join our family. I suppose a lot of hopes and dreams were stitched into them as well.

How do you promote your work?
I wouldn't consider myself a natural business woman and don't think I do the best job at promoting my work. I do have a few blogs that I pay for sponsorship on and host giveaways on other's blogs occasionally.
Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.
• The Good Earth
• The Seamstress (my most recent read)
• Scriptures (Bible/Book of Mormon)
• Summer of the Monkeys
• Sense & Sensibility
• Danny Deckchair
• Pride & Prejudice
• The Road Home
• Matilda
• The Bourne Identity
• She & Him
• Neil Diamond
• Adele
• Beyonce
• Corrine Bailey Rae
(I don't want to admit to and

How does your faith influence your work on Etsy?

The whole reason that I started making prints with religious and upbeat sayings was because I felt guilty. Besides a print of Christ hanging in a hallway I had no religious artwork in my home. If someone was to walk into my home could they tell my love of Christ and His teachings? Were my children seeing images of the temple? Where were the little reminders to help renew my faith? While such products existed they did not fit my personal style and decor, so I made my own.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Don't be afraid to try, don't be afraid to fail. Just give things a go. Doesn't sell? Switch up your prices or make something else. And above all to be original in your work.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

I'd like to have another child or two and be done building my family and onto the adventure of growing old together. I would like to get back into doing some fine art. I have all these blank canvases stashed away that I'd love to work on. I hope to have gone to India by then, to not have excessive wrinkles—just an age appropriate amount. Still very in love with my husband and hopefully not still making the same old things for dinner. I better have some new stuff in rotation by then.

What is your favorite item from your shop?

My favorite is the 'Love One Another' print in green. They don't sell as well as my other designs but if I and everyone else would just try harder to do this, our relationships within our families and the world over would be better. Plus I love the Archer font and am a sucker for a map.

What are your top five favorite shops on etsy?

There are loads, but here are a few:

How has selling on etsy changed your life?

It has made me feel successful in a way I never anticipated. I never thought I'd run a small business like this. It's such an honor that people choose to have my designs in their homes—to spend their hard earned money on my work. Its something I'm very grateful for.

I was also contacted through my little 'ol Etsy account by a major gift company to design a line for them that I'm just finishing up. Being creative and selling your work requires you to really put yourself out there, and that can be scary, but also very rewarding as well.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How-To Wednesday

I've been keepin my eye open for more photo hints - many of us have various types of products, so this suggestion is for smaller items. I believe, however, that these ideas can be applied to bigger items (like a full woman's outfit, etc). But it is catered to work for smaller objects. So pay attention, because this advice is great for:~Jewelry
~Purses/Bags (handbags, pencil pouches, wristlets)
~Small articles of clothing (baby clothes, shoes, gloves)~Small objects (camera, stuffed animal, seashells)~Soap, candles~Accesories (watches, headbands, hair flowers)and the list goes on. I think this advice works for most of our shops, and can be helpful for many of our items. I'm thinking about going out and buying and Ott Bulb!!
Here are some hints from Bomobob on taking photos indoors. Especially when the weather outside isn't condusive to photographing! You can find the full forum entry here. I'll quote and include some of his photos, but I'd also recommend reading his words!
He says rather than buying a "Lightbox," a

"piece of cardboard and light bulb have always served me just fine. Here’s what I call my 50 cent lightbox:"
Doesn't look too expensive... Just a nice piece of poster board or cardstock. He tapes it to the wall and the floor to hold it in place. He said that the weather was dreary outside; making it perfect for his makeshift Lightbox.

Next, he says,

"Yup, a sheet of Bristol board taped to the floor and wall. And today was a perfect day to demonstrate; cold, cloudy, blustery, and quite dark. What you see there is what you get. Not very good light. Big deal.
"Enter the light bulb, or to be precise, the Ott bulb. These are cheap, easily available at hardware stores, and the best lighting invention since sliced bread. Even better in fact, since sliced bread has very little to do with photography.
Take one table lamp, remove shade, screw in Ott bulb, and put on stairs. What a difference!"
He also compensated for the darkness by changing the F-stop exposure on his camera. If you don't know how to this on your camera, you can take care of it after the fact, in a Photo Editor, like Google's Picasa (which is free - so affordable!), or Adobe Photoshop. **In Picasa, you would adjust the light-exposure by clicking on the Tuning tab, and increasing Fill Light and Highlights.**

Here's a sample of how he used his easy-peasy light box:

Isn't that camera look stunning? On this photo, he used the Macro setting, which looks like a flower. Here's someone's close-up of their macro button on their camera:Macro allows your camera to focus up-close and to allow the background to blur a little. You can increase the amount of blur in your photo editor. ** In Picasa, you can select Soft Focus under the Effects tab. It's not the most fancy way to blur out the background, but for some pictures it's the perfect touch.**

Another Etsy Storque article (part 2 of the article I shared last week, I believe), shows some great images that may inspire you on new, exciting ways to present your items. Remember to avoid using flash, as Janae said, using flash is a great way to murder your photos.

Here are some more great ones from our own team! Thanks for presenting your images so beautifully! These are the kinds of photos that work for Etsy's Treasuries and Front Page and Storque articles: