Monday, June 28, 2010

Giveaway Saturday (or Monday) - ShopAnnaVirginia

Although it is two days late, this Giveaway is still awesome! It is brought to us by shopannavirginia. Here is a little about her from her shop announcement:

Experience and quality in all handmade products!
I can do custom requests, so that your purchases are as unique as you! Convo me with any questions, modifications, or ideas.

See my portfolio and purchase crochet patterns at:

"Like" shopAnnaVirginia on Facebook:

She offers some very cute things in her shop and one of those things is her crocheted flowers for your hair. That is what she is offering to the winner.

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 your 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. "Like" her on Facebook and leave a comment on it. Then come back and leave a comment here saying you "like" her.
  3. Buy something From shopannavirginia's store and leave a comment here.
  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!

Monday Treasures

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...
And I think to myself/ What a wonderful world

1. Knitted Baby Hammock Photo Prop from Jennifer's Junction
2. Pink and Blue Rosette Hair Clip from Flapper Fashions
3. 5X7 Count Your Blessings Multi from Persimmon & Pink
4. Glass Pendant from Art by Bryan Zingmark
5. The Carnival -- Multicolor Bead and Silver Chain Layering Necklace from Lush Boutique
6. Creative Cards - Flower Factory Friendship Card from Cute and Creative
7. Android Plush Doll - Rainbow Coalition Set (Army of 6) from Army of Android
8. MELON COOLER - Abstract Beaded Bracelet from Gemma Beads
9. Black Vintage Patent Leather Austrian Tassel Shoes from Sassy Sister Vintage
10. Apology Business Cards from Claire and Me Designs
11. BRIGHT Blue Necklace with Handmade Rosette Pin from Mary Poppins Presents
12. Creative Glass Techniques Fusing Painting Lampwork Book from Love Elizabeth
13. Purple, Green and Blue Fabric Bead Necklace from BellaCute
14. 25 Assorted Customizable Eco Friendly Wedding or Party Favors from CinderLisa Design
15. Vintage Green Old Covina Pot from Sweet Old Stuff
16. Oregon Trail Cookie Mix from Made With Love Oregon

**Don't forget to keep adding "LDS TEAM" as one of your 14 tags on each of your items. We'd love to be able to locate our team!**

Also, please add your Etsy Mini to our collection; follow this link (it has instructions): Etsy Mini-a-Thon.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: Kellycrunner

I love the Pink Elephant Shop from kellycrunner. She has such a great shop on Etsy- I love her photos and they are so colorful. I am really impressed with her etsy skills. It was hilarious when she sent me her photos and said "here is photo of me in my kitchen- oops, I mean studio" I love it.

Facebook- facebook page

Etsy shop- my etsy shop

Blogs- and


How did you get started on etsy?

I like to make my own things. People would start to ask me where I got it, or do I sell it, or if not I should. In May of 2008 I discovered etsy after seeing Emily Martin on Martha Stewart. I finally set up shop in Jan. of 2010.

Tell us a bit about yourself....

I am 26 years old a wife and mother to 2 boys age 3 and 16 months. I love to run, watch movies, and I LOVE to listen to music. Music is what inspires my work. My voice box never fully developed and as a result my voice sounds like a child. And I have a crazy obsession for buttons.

Apart from creating thing, what do you do?

I am a mom and wife first. I am a crazy bargain shopper, which landed me the calling as the "Relief Society consumer specialist." I run when I can. I did a small voice over job for an animated educational series and would like to do more of that when the kids get a little older. I mostly just like to be with my family, I am very much a home body.

What first made you want to become an artist?

Well I have wanted to be an artist since I was in 2nd grade and I won an art contest. However I did not expect that I would develop into this type of art.

Describe your creative process.

I usually see fabric I love and then go home and play with it. I am also very inspired by music and films. Many times I will hear a cool song and then imagine a cool piece to match my interpretation of it.

What handmade possession to you cherish most?

That is a hard one. I would have to say it was this clay vase I made in ceramics when I was in 11th grade.

How do I promote my work?

Mostly by wearing it and people ask where I got it, also facebook, and blogger.
Top 5 books, movies, musicians, and websites.

This one is SO hard for me, so I am going to skip the websites so I can put more music and films.
The book of Mormon
My name is Asher Lev

The Life Aquatic
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
The Sound of Music
Cry Baby
Funny Face

Tegan and Sara
Depeche Mode
Florence and the Machine
Thom York/Radiohead

How does your faith influence your work?

Knowing that Heavenly Father has given me this talent to share with others inspires me to practice daily. I am grateful everyday for it.

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

I really have not thought too much about that. I just take each day as it comes.

What is your favorite item in your shop?

Right now I am liking THE ALICE- DELICATE PINKS, AQUAS, AND CREAMS WITH A BIT OF LACE. It is very feminine and pretty.

Top 5 shops on etsy.

How has selling on etsy changed your life?

I think it has forced me to keep up with my talents and push me to do and learn new things.

thanks for being part of the team!

Choose This Day

"There is a danger in the word someday when what it means is “not this day.”

The thought “Someday I will” can be a thief of the opportunities of time and the blessings of eternity.

Even the Savior, who was without sin, set an example of the need not to procrastinate. He said:

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

A morning prayer and an early search in the scriptures to know what we should do for the Lord can set the course of a day. We can know which task, of all those we might choose, matters most to God and therefore to us.

For most of us the temptation to delay will come from one or both of two feelings. They are polar opposites: one is to be complacent about what we have already done, and the other is to feel overwhelmed by the need to do more.

The temptation will be to believe that you will return to serve again, someday.

It is hard to know when we have done enough for the Atonement to change our natures and so qualify us for eternal life. And we don’t know how many days we will have to give the service necessary for that mighty change to come.

In the hardest trials, as long as you have the power to pray, you can ask a loving God: “Please let me serve, this day. It doesn’t matter to me how few things I may be able to do. Just let me know what I can do. I will obey this day. I know that I can, with Thy help.”

For those who are discouraged by their circumstances and are therefore tempted to feel they cannot serve the Lord this day, I make you two promises. Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day.

The other promise I make to you is that by choosing to serve Him this day, you will feel His love and grow to love Him more.

You would not want to delay receiving that blessing. And feeling His love will draw you back to His service, wiping away both complacency and discouragement.

I know that Heavenly Father lives and answers our prayers. I know that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and that we can choose to feel joy and peace in His service this day." (“This Day” Elder Henry B. Eyring, April 2007 General Conference.)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A winner: Kreative Karen Designs

thanks so much Kreative Karen Designs for sponsoring our giveaway. and the winner is... number 5
Kelly@seeitandmakeit!, June 20, 2010 2:06 PM

I LOVE that cupcake bib!

Ok she was also the spotlight person this week. good job Kelly.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Etsy Storque Feature!

Hello LDS Team Members!

My shop was one of the many stores featured in the Storque today!

It's a great article on how to celebrate the Fourth of July this year! My Black, White and Red Piggy Peeps(TM) are considered Parade Wear!

Find the article here.

**If you're items are featured anywhere (treasuries, storque, someone's blog, front page), let us know, and we'll share the news!**

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Treasury Initiative

Some team members have asked for tutorials and ideas about the team. I love this team- I was so excited that we were on the front page last week. and I curated the treasury :-) I thought we should all keep in mind the pointers etsy gives us for making a treasury.
I am still compiling the list of our members to use in treasury making. The people on the list so far are those that have given me their etsy mini, so they are probably more active than other members. Some of the most popular etsy sellers aren't as active in the group- PROBABLY because they are really busy with sales- but they have excellent products and pictures so they are fun to include. I think the best place to find members is our etsy team page- but some of the newest members can take a few weeks to update.

THE LDS ETSY TREASURY TEAM INITIATIVE- we try to make treasuries for the team each monday (thanks annavirginiafashioneering) and would love if everyone made treasuries featuring team members once a week. you can post them on facebook and our google group, then we can all look at your ideas.

Tips for making a team treasury:
  • include at least 8 lds etsy team members
  • NEVER include yourself. a treasury where the curator featured themselves has NEVER been on the front page. It never will I think.

    *Keep this next part in mind, which I took directly from the link below: “The Treasury is not intended for self-promotion, but instead to acknowledge and share the many cool things for sale on Etsy.”


  • When you make a treasury- remember to put the link on our facebook page- we need more action over there.
  • look for shops with lds team tag
  • have a theme- color or mood or item
Helpful sites:
Craftcult- has archives and screen shots of front page treasuries- browse them for ideas and the "feel" of what etsy wants
Craftopolis - has a search feature to see if you are featured in treasuries
Etsy Poster Sketch tool lets you lay out your treasury and move things around before you are done

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Treasures

All Things Bright and Beautiful:
The Lord God Made Them All

1. Craspedia Bunch by FLORES DEL SOL

2. Grapefruit Earrings by JUST ENOUGH STYLE

3. Lavender Gerber Daisy Hair Clip by SHELLANNE’S SPLENDOR

4. Sarah Chunky Bracelet by BOW PEEP CREATIONS

5. Read Us a Story Please by OH HELLO DEAR

6. Arielle Puff Sleeve Sundress by ELLA BOUTIQUE

7. Bette Vintage Ring by ELLA BELLE BOUTIQUE

8. Antiqued Solid Copper Wire Cuff Bracelet by CRAFTY JULES

9. Royal Burst by KATRIA’S CREATIONS

10. Sunflowers in Star Pocket by FOR ALL SEASONS

11. Mad Hatters Teapot by MAGNOLIA POTTERY

12. The Alice – The Blues by THE PINK ELEPHANT SHOP

13. Bumblebee Mini Garland by MY CREATIVE SIDE

14. Set of Three Sunflowers on dowels and bases by A TOUCH OF SUNSHINE

15. Women’s Newsie Hat – Chocolate Lemon. Med by ANNAVIRGINIA FASHIONEERING

16. Girl Girl Girl Applique Long Sleeve Bodysuit by CLAIRE AND JANAE