Monday, April 28, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Baubles by Hand



Baubles by Hand is the Etsy shop of Meghan Harrington, who is a transplant from West Virginia to the Seattle area. Long before she made the cross-country move, Meghan was interested in crafty things, a trait she attributes to her mother's influence: "We always had watercolors, markers, and clay around." She has been selling her jewelry and magnets on Etsy for about 8 months, and also sells at home parties.



Baubles by Hand offers several different types of jewelry pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Many of these jewelry pieces feature larger beads and striking focal points, great for both formal and more casual occasions. In addition to these pieces, Meghan also makes magnets out of fabric covered buttons, which are both super cute and super stylish--the perfect thing for a housewarming gift to a friend or to keep for yourself!

Meghan also has a second Etsy shop, It's Made at Home, but I'll save the details on that one for a later date!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Divinity Gardens



Divinity Gardens is the Etsy shop of Itaya, of Bremerton, Washington. Itaya has been interested in arts and crafts for her entire life, and has been selling her work for about 20 years, though only a few months of that time has been on Etsy. She gave up a 4 hour daily commute recently, and is now a full-time artisan and crafter! Divinity Gardens features a variety of different arts and crafts, and Itaya says she will be adding more types of items in the future.



Right now, you can find original paintings, cold pour process soap, sewn bags, and jewelry at Divinity Gardens. Itaya finds that her soap has been the best seller thus far, and with scents like black raspberry vanilla, I suspect that her customers have been more than pleased with their purchases. She plans to add more sewn items to Divinity Gardens in the near future.

You can also find more soap by Itaya at DivinityGardens.com. She also has two sites for her paintings, here and here.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A break from our regularly scheduled programming

Just wanted to pop by here and let my faithful readers know that I won't have any new shop profiles this week, as I'm traveling for my day job. But to keep you all from suffering withdrawals for your Etsy fix, I do have a couple of street teams to mention.

Street teams on Etsy are a way for the various sellers to come together to promote Etsy as a whole and their specific shops. Some of the Etsy street teams are geographic, some are based on a specific art form, and some are just for like-minded individuals.

One such team is EtsyRain. EtsyRain is the name of the western Washington state street team, which encompasses the Seattle metro area and then some. Most of our members live in or near Seattle proper, but we have members living as much as 2 hours in any direction. I've featured quite a few EtsyRain members here at Shop Etsy, but if you're looking for more, check out our EtsyRain blog. Here, you'll see a small sampling of items created by team members, and there's also a LONG list of shops to browse.

Another team, which comes from the last of the three categories above, is the Big Damn Crafters. The members of this team are fans of the short-lived Joss Whedon series, "Firefly," and the related movie, Serenity. We're an ecletic bunch, living all over the world, and creating a bunch of different items. We also have a team blog, which similarly showcases some of our team items and has a list of shops to browse.

So hopefully these will tide you over till I return. Until then, I'm off to explore yet another part of Washington state. See ya next week!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: From Ewe to You



From Ewe to You is the very cleverly named shop of Etsy seller Bumble, a Seattle-area fiber artist. She has been a full-time crafter for several decades, and has been a seller on Etsy for nearly a year. Whether you are looking for fibers or yarns to create your own items, or prefer something already made, Bumble's shop is a great place to look!



Bumble sells spinning fibers, yarns, and knitted and crocheted items in her Etsy shop, all of which are her own creations. She begins with animal fibers, turns those into dyed roving, then into yarn, and then into her knitted or crocheted items. As she puts it, "Literally From Ewe to You!" The knitted and crocheted items in her shop include hats, scarves, shawls, socks, and purses. While a few of these items are made from commercially produced yarn, there's plenty of truly handmade items, from start to finish, at From Ewe to You!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Seattle Bead Creations



Cheryl Z of Seattle Bead Creations is a Seattle-based jewelry artist. She has been making jewelry to sell for about 2 years, and has been selling on Etsy since June of 2007. The jewelry she makes uses semi-precious stones and precious metal wirework to create a variety of unique jewelry pieces. Cheryl's Etsy shop offers individual pieces of jewelry as well as sets that include more than one piece.



Whether you just need the right pair of earrings or an entire ensemble, Seattle Bead Creations has just the combination you are looking for. If you're looking for something that really stands out from the crowd, I recommend the Zany Ladies collection (see the first photo for an example). These ladies are created from wire and beads, and each has her own unique personality and story, for a truly one-of-a-kind item of jewelry. Cheryl is also happy to work with customers on custom items, whether they are for a special event like a wedding or just for everyday wear.

If you're interested in seeing more of Cheryl's jewelry, check out her Etsy shop or Classic Beadwear, the latter of which features a slideshow of her photos!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Katelyn Jane


Katie Smith, of the Etsy shop Katelyn Jane, has dabbled in a variety of crafts: "if it's craft related, I've either tried it or love it!" Her Etsy shop, which has been open for just over a year, contains primarily sewn bags, in a variety of sizes, from tiny little "Zippies," to shoulder bags. One of her newer projects has been making toy bags for kids to store their toys in. Although she remembers early frustrations with her mother's sewing machine, she has overcome that to create several cute styles of bags.



In addition to the sewn bags, Katie also makes paper covered boxes, and is also branching into the realm of wedding planning services. She has worked with several couples in "real life," and looks forward to working with couples through Etsy and the internet as well. The wedding planning work is, of course, all custom, and she can also take custom requests for fabrics or colors for her bags.