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Posted Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Toy Story

Posted Saturday, July 30, 2011

There was a very very large package under our tree last Christmas. It wasn't the first present that Maizie opened. My own present-opening strategy would have been to start with the biggest first, but she started with the small boxes under the tree. When she had opened the last book, she looked at the penguin wrapped tower in front of her, not sure if it was really a present or not. David and I had been tittering with barely concealed anticipation, while she slowly went through the small stack. We managed to wait patiently without blurting out, "JUST OPEN THE BIG ONE ALREADY!!!".

The moment finally arrived. She tore off the paper and paused a moment. "It's a house for all my dolls". She scurried away, returning with an armful of princesses.

My favorite present as a child was the dollhouse that my father had made. Wendy and I played with it for longer than any self respecting twelve year old would admit. Watching Maizie, open her's started the deja vu's rolling in.

Waiting patiently upstairs in our attic were the boxes of doll furniture, from that Christmas over 30 years ago. Maizie helped me bring them down stairs, now her time to be tittering with excitement. We unpacked kitchen appliances. She exclaimed over tiny pots and pans. Furniture had to be placed just right. I cleaned the pieces while she played, smiling. I had found a time machine back to my childhood.

Not everyone was as happy as Maizie and I that morning. My own dolls, stripped of their clothes for washing, watched homeless piled on the side lines, while Cinderella and her pals settled into their house.


Activity:: Birdseed Treats for Feathered Friends

Posted Friday, July 29, 2011

Each winter Michelle, of Hi Mamma, and her family make bird seed ornaments. They've done it for years during the kids winter break, but it really does not need to be a winter craft/project. Their craft room is the sunroom and they enjoy listening to music and watching their feathered friends have a little snack. Depending on the type of birds you have in your area, really depends upon the type of bird seed that you purchase for this project. If your children really get into watching the birds, there are lots of great kid friendly bird watching books and state specific bird field guides you can pick up at the local library, that will help you identify your backyard birds and what they enjoy eating.

Here's how you can make your own::

Ingredients and Supplies
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup (can be dark or light)
4 cups birdseed
cookie cutters (to form the shape of the bird seed holders)
waxed paper

Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed together.

Add the bird seed and continue mixing until it is well coated. You can tell when the bird seed is coated as you cannot see the flour on the seed, and it starts to clumping.

Spoon your bird seed mixture into each mold (aka the cookie cutters), fill it half way in the mold. Use your fingers to push down on the bird seed so that is packed/dense and will stay in it shape. Then add your “hanger” at the top of the mold. We cut our desired length of yarn and folded it over to form a horseshoe…placed the ends of the string about 1 inch down from the top of the mold, so that the loop would be hung on the tree branch, and then placed more of the bird seed mixture on top of the string and the mold. Once again made sure that we packed the bird seed down tight.

Keep the birdseed mixture in the molds for roughly 2 1/2 hours. Afterwards, gently remove the ornaments from the mold pressing lightly at the edges (not the middle or it might break), and place them back on the wax paper. Allow the shapes to dry for at least 2-3 hours or even overnight before hanging.

Thanks Michelle for sharing one of your families traditions. This makes a fun activity to do with cousins or when it's too cold to play outside.

Michelle's shop, Hi Mamma, is participating in our EtsyKids Christmas in July promotional and offering free shipping when you enter the promotional code,
711CHRISTMASINJULY at checkout!

This post and many more like it can be found on Michelle's blog,
Hi Mamma Designs, where she shares her journey through motherhood, crafting, cooking and living.

Gifting:: Etched Glass Cookie Jar

Posted Thursday, July 28, 2011

Special post from Nikki at NikkiInStitches.

You can thank me now … or later … whatever’s easiest for you.

I know … I just gave you the perfect gift for that person that you were thinking “I really should get them something, but I don’t know what…I wish I could make them something…I don’t have a lot of time, so something simple…something cute, that I know they’d like.” (I know you’ve had this conversation in your head at least once this past week!)

Enter … this cookie jar.

And it takes like 10 minutes … now you really need to thank me!

Hint … If you love the star that totally puts this little project over the edge, I would also become a subscriber. You’ll have it just in time to put on your cookie jar…and everyone will think you are the craftiest!

  • Glass Cookie Jar (I picked mine up at my local chain craft store for just a few dollars.)
  • Stencils (I made my own…see directions below.)
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Glass Etching Cream (Again, I picked up a small bottle of Armour Etch…that will be more than enough.)
  • Paint Brush
  • Cookies!!

1. Make Stencils
If you look closely at the picture, you can see I have two stencils that I used on my jar. The first is the “M,” which I just printed out from my computer (in Brush Script font, size 350), and then carefully cut out with a craft knife on my cutting mat. The second, which is harder to see, is a snowflake. This is simply just a punch that I had in my arsenal of craft supplies.

2. Adhere Stencil and Etch
Using the temporary spray adhesive, adhere your stencils to your jar, being sure to really get them down securely so that no etching cream spreads underneath them. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the actual etching process. For me, it pretty much went: glop it on, then wait for it to dry. (The directions actually said to put on a thick coat, brushing in all directions, then allow to dry for 5 minutes.) When the etching cream was ready, I just took it over to the sink, and with water and a soft cloth, wiped off the stencils (since they are made from just printer weight paper, they almost dissolve in the water), and the dried etching cream, and project complete!
Here’s one more pic to remind you of how cute it is!
Enjoy…(and you’re welcome!),
Nikki, In Stitches
PS…What will you fill these with??
Here are two yummy suggestions:
A recipe for my great-grandmother’s butter cookies … they are the best!
Martha Stewart’s Peppermint Bark … I’ve made this in the past, it’s really easy, and it is one of my faves!
Want the directions to the origami star??
Take a look in this post: Origami Stars!

Nikki, In Stitches is offering 15% off everything in her shop for her EtsyKids Christmas in July Sale, just use coupon code JULY15 at checkout! Her headbands and hair accessories would add a lovely touch to your family picture for the Christmas card photo or complement a special holiday outfit.

Nikki recently launched a beautiful new website. Her blog is a delightful and fun read. A seamstress at heart, Nikki enjoys putting fresh twists on traditional crafts. Her modern methods mashed with old school techniques is a great source for creative ideas in crafting. It's instantly evident when you visit her blog and her shop. Thanks again Nikki for sharing this great holiday project.

Freebie from Blush Printables:: Little Letter to Santa

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Special post courtesy of Jen at Blush Printables.

When I was little, my brother and I used to leave a note out for Santa to read. We always set it out next to his plate and cookies, and we always left a little treat for his reindeer, too!

So here's a set of your very own free 5x7 printable letters to Santa. They come in three sets: Each with a coordinating color scheme, both with and without text.

Each Letter is a finished size of 5x7 and can be printed at home.

To use:
1. Download the Free Santa's Letters. The zip contains 6 files!
2. Print on cardstock (I use 110lb white matte)
3. Trim to size.
4. Have your child sign his or her name OR write their own personalized message to Santa!

A special thanks to Blush Printables for sharing this free printable. You can see more of Jen's beautiful designs in her etsy shop, Blush Printables, where she offers DIY Invitations and accessories for weddings, showers, birthdays and events. Blush is participating in our EtsyKids Christmas in July sale and is offering 15% off photo cards.

Jen has a beautiful blog that you won't want to pass up. She shares lovely pieces of inspiration and designs for brides and more recently babies! as she patiently awaits the arrival of her own little bundle. Jen is also extremely generous to her readers and offers amazing freebies throughout the year. So don't miss out and become a regular reader of Blush Printables.

EtsyKids Design Challenge: It's time to Vote!

Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's time to vote for your favorite item! Voting will be open through midnight EST, July 27th. This month, EtsyKids members were challenged to create an exciting new item based on a theme "All about the Boys!". We received a bunch of fantastic entries from some talented people. Each participant was assigned a unique random number. Please note your favorite from the list below and place your vote. You can also view each entry in detail by clicking on links provided at the bottom of this post or HERE.

(If you can't view the voting poll above, please follow HERE to vote.)

1. NEW Little Man in Overalls, 5x7 print by MossyRockDesigns
3. MATCH ME- Football- Memory Match Game has gone Green by applenamos
4. WYATT the friendly CRAB tee by twogreenolivetrees
5. Wee Woodland Gnomes (Set of 3) by MysticMoor
6. earflap hat scandi design by VillaPernilla
7. French Blue Jon-Jon Custom Handmade Fully Lined by RagsNRibbons
8. The Woodcutter's Ax (No 1) - Classic Wooden Tools for Children and Fairy Tales by prettydreamer
9. Baby Hat Skull and Crossbones by MFcrafts
10. Drive My Car: Children's Classic Neck Tie by PetalPetal
11. City Streets Play mat by ChildishThoughts
12. Boys & Baseballs Pillowcase by fireflyblankets
13. Boy's Security Blanket - Robert Kaufman's Space Walk Royal Designer Cotton Print with Blue Dot Minky by SnazzySnugglies
14. Custom Baby Boy Subway Art Font 1 by ChickadeeVinyl
15. Busy Little Backpack - Jeep by busylittlehands
16. Pinocchio Inspired Halloween Costume by lakiesplace
17. Boutique Chenille Burp Cloth Trio - Minds Eye Orange Circles by kdbuggie
18. The Original Bow Tie and Secret Mustache Tee for Boys by byohfiddlesticks
19. GUITAR CUTIE Onesie or T-Shirt - EKchallengejul11 by thenook
20. Child Backpack Teeny Tiny 2D Zoo in Pool by LittleSproutBaby on Etsy by LittleSproutBaby
21. Large Personalized Diaper Bag - Tan Denim - Fisherboy by TriedAndTrueDesigns
22. Christmas in July SALE 15% off - Kate Spade Inspired Nautical Navy Blue and Yellow or Navy and Kelly Green Custom Baby Shower Invitation by greenbeansie
23. Infant Bodysuit and Corduroy Pants: On the Go by NannyBoutique
24. newest....little man mustache tee or onesie by melondot
25. 30% off SALE Pirate ARRganic Cotton T Shirt by BoutiqueLuckyStars
26. Dinosaur Amigurumi Set of Three by HooksNLoops
27. Start Your Engines -- Color Creations Crayons -- Set of 5 Cars by DucksInARowBoutique
28. On-the-go Car Mat by BeepsPeeps
29. Red Orange Yellow Bandana Pants For Boys or Girls One Size Fits Most by TheVoodooKitten
30. Opihi hunting ankle biters from Happy Honu Maui BOYS barkcloth lavacloth SHORTS sizes 6 months to 5T by tikitales
31. Little Owl handprinted singlet by ali bird by smithandbird
32. You pick the fabric Boys Necktie by cuddlebuggifts
33. Boys and Their Toys - Cupcake Party Picks You Choose The Colors by designgirl16
34. Dirt Bike Stencil Onesie by MaxandMagnolia
35. Jon Jon Romper with Matching Hat by reetmomma
36. I am a Robot Wall Flag by MyNoisyBoys
37. Custom Romper Toddler Boy Cotton Twill Red White Stars, You Choose Size & Fabric by monkeyandfriends
38. Deluxe Car Roll With Playmat by thecrazyelephant
39. Robot Bison Booties Size 6 to 12 Months Ready to Ship by bisongirl
40. Letter Art 8x10 Custom Canvas Paintings with Name or Initials by paintingitpersonal
41. Magnetic Pirate Finger Puppets - Set of 5 with Magnetic Glove by sosimplesosweet
42. Tooth Fairy pillow - Sherman the tooth fairy pillow by Kooky Critters by kookycritters
43. Personalized Birthday Party Choo Choo Train TShirt or Onesie Great for Big Little Brothers by CutiesTieDyeBoutique
44. Donnie the Dragon by DinosInSpace
45. Fuzzy green Robot Pillow by BBsForBabies
46. Red Wagon Baby shower invitation - set of 20 by polkaprints
47. Aligator Applique Onesie- 6m 12m 18m by ChirpAndBloom
48. Personalized Applique Soccer 3-piece Infant Set by SewSeaminglySassy
49. Baby Gift Set with Hat, Bib, Burp cloth, Pirate by 2sproutsstitchery
50. Donegal cap for babies in four sizes by IrishHooksAndYarn
51. Knight Helmet by ThisNThatBoutique
52. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES Scarlet and Grey Helmet Hat - All Sizes Available - Size 6-12 months by marykaren
53. ohn Deere Tractor Applique Baby Boys Overalls size 6 to 9 mo Ready to Ship Sale SewSoNancy Boutique by SewSoNancy
54. Blue Batik Anchor Onesie or T-Shirt by hounddogdesigns
55. Memory Game- "Boy, Oh Boy, We're Having Fun Now" by MamieCo
56. Little Stinker Skunk Hat - Baby to adult sizes available by Redrane
57. Personalized Boys Pirate Red Short Sleeve Shirt by tagd
58. Out of this World Crayon Roll Organizer Great gift or Party Favors SAVE 15% by BabyChicCreations
59. 3..2..1..Blast Off Custom Baby Memory Book by CustomMemoryBooks
60. Child's hand knit blue sweater with hood. by bebbyjumpers
61. newborn to 3 months blue sack hat knit- ready to ship by ohbabydotcom
62. Boutique Custom Circle Appliqued Monogram Jon Jon Size 6 Months to Size 5 by fabricfunetc
63. CIJ SALE - Little Man Football Hat/Beanie with Brim by crocheting4baby
64. Custom Toddlers neck tie with velcro closure pistachio and brown damask by AngelDivineCreations
65. Dinosaur Birthday Invitation Customized with Photo and Party Information - Light Blue & Brown Colors- One 5x7inch Digital JPG File by papertreehousestudio
66. Mod Geometric Baby/Toddler Hooded Towel and Washcloth Set by SweeterThanSweets
67. Yellow Car 2 sided Red T shirt by LeighandMichael
68. Personalized Surfer Monkey Burp Cloth by OriginaliteeToo
69. Handcut and Painted Wooden 3 foot Wood Surfboard Wall Art Made to Order by myartsybaby
70. Twinkle twinkle Little Star. Childrens Blue 2 piece set 3-5 years. by denisejacobsohn
71. Blue Monkey Baby's Bib by ScarlettDaisies
72. Baby Blue Seersucker Sailboat Pillow Cover with Ties by loloepps
73. Blue and Brown Script Nicknames Blankie with Ribbons by SlugBugNoHitBacks
74. Dress for Success Small Waterproof Bib/Pacifier Clip Gift Set by QuiltedHugsBibs
75. PHOTO Prop - FOX - Hat and Cape - Newborn - Baby - Boy - Girl - READY to Ship - Cocoon - Orange - Rust by pixieharmony
76. Gecko Lizard Baby/Toddler Blanket by TwoLovebugs
77. Wrangler the Wild West Pony by MichellesZoo
78. Custom Boutique Crochet Tiger Hat UNISEX ANY SIZE photoprop each hat unique by BellaSeraBoutique
79. Pirate Tooth Fairy Pocket Pillow by KnittyMomma
80. Quilted Baby Blanket - Little Man by littlepearlquilts
81. Turtle Art - Father and Son Time..10x8 by HamjArt
82. Knit Stripes Baby Tassle Hat by thebitsybeau
83. Baby boy denim diaper cover- For the Boys by allthingsforbaby
84. Monkey Baby Blanket in Aqua and Brown by SquishyBee
85. Multicolored Blue Green Aqua Wool Baby Socks, Newborn to 3 Month Size (Item 374) by ThatsTheCutestThing
86. Brother Owls by tzburps
87. Amigurumi Rocket Man and his Amigurumi Sky Rocket by TheIndigoToybox
88. Boys 2t lounge pants with matching shirt by lilcleo
89. Little Man Bike Suspenders - 18-36 months by stargrafdesign
90. Birthday Banner with Surfing Boards by stitchinnetka
91. Little Man (or Woman) Professional creeper or t shirt - Name your color(s) by roseprintsonline

Tradition:: St. Nicholas Day

The story of Santa Claus starts with St. Nicholas, a saint who was known for anonymous gift giving to the poor and needy. Although it is mainly a European holiday, many families inside the US celebrate aspects of St. Nicholas Day on December 6th as apart of Advent or as an activity in their Christmas countdown.

The tradition is that on the eve of December 6th, children place their shoes/boots outside their doors for St. Nicholas to fill with chocolates and candies, fruit and nuts and small gifts.

Harvest Moon by Hand, has observed this tradition with her children for a couple of years years now. "It is something that they look forward to each year. It's such a simple tradition, but one that I know they'll remember when they're older." She also uses the opportunity to teach them about who St. Nicholas was - his life, how he lived it and the impact he had on the world.

If you'd like to learn more about St. Nicholas and see what parts of the tradition you might like to enjoy with your family, the St. Nicholas Center website has many resources for individuals and families, religious and non-religious.

Many EtsyKids sellers have little gifts perfect for slipping into a child's shoe to help make the morning fun and exciting. And putting in a couple for sharing with friends and siblings helps to continue the legacy of St. Nicholas and warmth of the season. Here are just a few suggestions:

Set of 6 Saddle-stitched Pinwheel bows by thebitsybeau
Felt Play Black Cherries by pippiclippies
Dragon Fly Wooden Yo-yo by applenamos
Snowmen Pencil Toppers by MFCrafts
Red Rocket Moleskin Cahier Notebook by ClareBears

You can search shops participating in our EtsyKids Christmas in July sale by searching EK christmasinjuly or EK CIJ on Etsy. Each shop promotion is a bit different, so read each shops announcement or see this list of participants for the details.

Tree Trimming with Auntie Robin

Posted Monday, July 25, 2011

Today Auntie Robin shares one of her Christmas Traditions.
While I have only two daughters, my extended family is very big. I have been an aunt all my life and now have 76 nieces and nephews!! That’s counting my nieces and nephews, their children and even their grandchildren! Hence the name of my etsy shop, Auntie Robin.
With such a large family, buying that many Christmas gifts is out of the question. Many years, ago I started making Christmas ornaments every year for all the kids. I try to make something different each year with fabric, felt, and/or embroidery. My favorites so far have been little fabric stockings and wool felt ice skates. I’ve made personalized snowmen, gingerbread men, mittens, candy canes, you name it! Everyone thinks it’s fun to see what this year’s ornament will be. I usually sweeten the gift with a little cash or candy.
I love making the ornaments and other gifts. It’s heart-warming to hear that these are some of the kids’ favorite ornaments. One of my adult nieces has a separate tree in her home decorated only with ornaments I’ve given them. She has five children so over the years they’ve received a lot of them! A couple of years ago another niece gave away all their ornaments except for the ones I’ve made them. Now that she has little ones of her own, she appreciates that these ornaments can’t be broken!
It’s time for me to start making ornaments for this year’s gift-giving. I won’t mention what they are, but I’d better get busy!
During the Christmas in July sale, use Coupon Code CHRISTMAS15 to get 15% off all your in stock orders.

Give Them the Sun and the Stars...

Posted Sunday, July 24, 2011

It won't cost an arm and a leg to take advantage of EtsyKids Christmas in July SALES! Christmas in July doesn't last much longer. Sweeten up your Sunday with special savings!

Tutorial:: Beeswax Ornaments

Posted Saturday, July 23, 2011

This tutorial comes from Ann of Harvest Moon by Hand. It was one of their family advent activities. The results are beautiful and we are so pleased Ann is sharing how to make these charming ornaments.

3 Beeswax Ornaments

These beeswax ornaments are made by pouring melted beeswax into ceramic ceramic cookie molds. The mold designs lend themselves well to the ornaments, and in the window, the sunlight reveals the pattern. It takes about a pound of wax to make eight ornaments.

The first step was to melt the wax. My daughter, emptied a huge can of black beans and washed out the container. I put the wax into the can and then into a heavy pot with a few inches of water.

The next step, once the wax was melted, was to pour it into molds. Initially, we poured the wax directly onto the mold. It ended up sticking. One of the ornaments came off easily, but the rest stuck. After getting the wax off, I put some vegetable oil onto the molds. We re-melted the wax and tried again.

This time, there was too much oil and the ornaments looked greasy. Removed all the beeswax and re-melted it. Wiped off some of the oil so there was barely any there.

Third the wax in the molds and put little holes where the ribbon would go through.

The beeswax hardens quite quickly. For the initial ornaments, we made holes with toothpicks through the wax so a ribbon would go through them. For the last batch, I put the ribbon in the back of the hardening wax.

If we had trouble taking any of the ornaments out of the molds, we put them in the freezer for a few minutes. Then they would come out easily.

After drying them for a couple of days at room temperature, I took a paring knife and cleaned up the edges as well as put a ribbon through the holes for hanging them.

My daughter and I enjoyed making these ornaments together, and look forward to making more of them.

Many thanks to Ann for sharing one of her projects for the holidays. Ann's shop, Harvest Moon by Hand is participant in our Christmas in July Sale. Save 10% on everything in her shop by using code EKCIJ10 (products only; not on shipping).

If you love these Beeswax Impressions but aren't up for making them yourself, you can purchase them in her shop here.

Follow Ann's articles and photos about homeschooling; arts and crafts; cooking; nature walks; natural living; needlework; and see what inspires the creation of products available through Harvest Moon by Hand by reading her blog.

No Need to Stick Your Neck Out to Take Advantage of EtsyKids Deals!

Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011

All of the EtsyKids Team shops below are having Christmas in July SALES! Click on any listing below to find more photos and then take a trip through their Etsy shop to browse all the great deals offered by these talented artists and artisans.

Michelles Zoo

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Today's Christmas contribution is from Michelle's Zoo.

One of my favorite things about Christmas when I was little was pulling out the stockings that my Grandmother hand made for us. All of her kids and grand kids had handmade stockings that she made out of felt and and sequins. By the time her great grandchildren (my kids and my nieces and nephews) came along she started making needlepoint-cross-stitch stockings. My grandmother taught me to needlepoint/cross-stitch when I was very young. I love doing all kinds of crafts, but needlepoint is probably my biggest love!!

I love giving homemade gifts. Christmas, birthdays, any excuse I can find. I started making stuffed animals in February 2010 when my niece had a baby girl. I made my first stuffed animal ever for her nursery, a pink giraffe with purple spots. Everyone in my family, my mother, especially my sister and her three kids (17, 19 and 23) love all the stuffed animals I make. Every time I make a new stuffed animal I send them pictures or post a pic to Facebook. I swear they are worse than little kids (especially my sister who happens to be 43 years old). I want it, I want one, I want that. Needless to say, there are not enough birthdays and holidays to meet their growing wish list. They definitely keep me in stitches!

Since I started making stuffed animals a year and a half ago, I have given over 50 away as gifts. I love making these adorable little stuffed animals!!! They thrill me to no end when they are finished and show up with their own little personalities. The only reason I sell them on Etsy is so that I have an excuse to keep making them. Every animal I have listed is ready to ship, which translates to my cozy living space being overrun by stuffed animals. Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Michelle's Christmas in July sale is 20% off your entire purchase. Use coupon code CIJ20 at checkout.

Easy Oreo Truffles

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I love a good truffle – I make chocolate chip cookie ones every year when I do my holiday baking. So, it goes without saying that I was super excited to try these Oreo Truffles at a meeting of my MOMS Club a few weeks ago. My friend served them as pops with sticks in them (so cute!), which I will do the next time.

These are super easy. Start them now, and they’ll be ready to eat in just a couple of hours. I’ll be making these again soon, perhaps trying a different kind or flavor of sandwich cookie.

Oreo Truffles

16 oz. package of Oreo cookies, crushed in food processor (or in a Ziploc bag with a wooden spoon)
8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

Mix the cookies and cream cheese together. Form into balls (I used a melon baller for size), and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Freeze until set. (I left mine in about two hours.)

Melt chocolate (white or semisweet), and dip the frozen truffles into the chocolate. While the chocolate is still soft, decorate with seasonal sprinkles, colored sugar, etc. (I'm already thinking that this recipe will come out again at Christmastime.) My chocolate coating ended up a little messy. Next time, I’ll use block baker’s chocolate rather than chocolate and white chips.

Chill in the fridge to set the chocolate. Then, try to limit yourself to just one. Or two.

Enjoy! -Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

Select EtsyKids Christmas in July Sales

Posted Monday, July 18, 2011

Come chat with EtsyKids Team members and enjoy the fine deals offered for EtsyKids Christmas in July SALE!

Silva Ware

Posted Sunday, July 17, 2011

Walter Silva shares this memory of Christmas with the Etsykids Blog today.

It was Christmas 1972, I was 3 1/2 years old and I received a Fisher Price Pull Toy from Santa.
Wow! It was a "Snoopy" dog! Not, to be mistaken for Charles Schulz ‘s Snoopy dog from "Peanuts" or the smaller Fisher Price Snoopy dog still in production (made of plastic).
This was a bigger version, a Basset Hound made out of wood and it had a plastic red leash attached to it's neck.
I remember walking "Snoopy" back and forth for hours on our driveway and walk way too. I would take "Snoopy" with me everywhere, including visits to my Grand Parents home. Those were the good ole days...

Not sure what ever happened to my "Snoopy" but he sure made an impact on my life. Matter of Fact, the illustrations used for these wonderful toys are what inspired me to study illustration!

I have been collecting Vintage Fisher Price Pull Toys for over 2 decades. I have them displayed in my studio and they continue to inspire me.

I absolutely love creating for Children. My Niece and Nephew play an important role in helping me decide what types of animals I should create and what they want to see next. Soon, I promise... Cats, Dogs, Fish and more Owls.

During the Christmas in July Sale, everything in Walter's shop is 15% off with coupon code

Tutorial: Homemade Pop-Up Cards

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011

One rainy day, my son and I needed something to do. We’d played, watched TV, done puzzles … we were bored. So, I started flipping through Usborne Summer Activities, and we decided we’d try our hand at making pop-up cards.

We had so much fun that we ended up making six of them to send to family and friends. This was a great activity for my son (he’s three) because there were lots of things he could do and decisions he could make. As he gets older, I can see him taking on this project from start to finish. For now, though, he needed help with the scissors and the assembly of the cards.

Christmas and the holidays are going to be here before you know it -- no, really, I saw Christmas decorations going up in Hobby Lobby the other day -- so if you're a cardmaker, now is the time to get started on your holiday cards. And if you've got kids, this is a great way to get them involved in the process. There's a good chance I'll be resurrecting this project and dragging out trees, stars, Santa, and reindeer stickers!

Here’s what we did:

First, cut two pieces of paper exactly the same size. I used white cardstock and cut ours 5” x 10”. Folded in half, it makes a 5” square card. (Next time, I think I’ll break into my patterned scrapbooking papers rather than just using white -- maybe those Christmas and winter papers!)

Take one of the cards, and make two cuts of the same length in the center of the folded side of the card.

Fold the flap made by the cuts one way and then the other. Crease.

Open the card and push the center out so it pops up. Glue this card to the other piece of paper you cut. Don’t glue down the pop-up flap – you want this to stand up when the card opens!

I copied a page of several small vehicles for my son to color and dragged out all kinds of stickers. While he was stickering the cards, I cut out the vehicles he colored. Once he had covered the cards with stickers – sometimes two or three layers deep! – I glued the cutout onto the pop-up flap.

Write a note in them and address the envelopes, and they’re ready to go! Depending on the number of stickers your kid used, it’s wise to have them weighed at the post office in case they need extra postage. We used foam stickers, so ours cost a few extra cents per card.

Our recipients were delighted with them, and my son loved sending notes to some of his favorite people.

Have fun! -Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

*P. S. Please stop by and join the fun of today's EtsyKids BNR (buy and replace) Treasury! All of the EtsyKids featured in this BNR are having Xmas in July SALES and discounts!

EtsyKids Design Challenge for July: All about the Boys!

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011

Each month EtsyKids Team members are challenged to create a unique item within a chosen theme. "All about the Boys!" is our challenge for July, picked by our last month's winner Squishy Bee. Featuring items such as apparel, accessories, decorations, games and more, all handcrafted with care exclusively for the boys.

EtsyKids members will have until July 19th to submit their entries, and voting will be open to everybody from Thursday, July 21st to Wednesday, July 27th. So, be sure to come back to the EtsyKids blog for a new post on the 21st to see all of the entries and VOTE! In the meantime, please click here to get a sneak peek at some exciting entries so far!

Check out these boys items on sale during the Etsykids Christmas In July Promotion.

Only 163 Days Left To Christmas

Posted Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't wait until December 24th to finish your Christmas shopping. Take advantage of the Christmas in July sale going on at Etsy right now. Visit Etsy now to find special deals on an amazing array of items.

Please join the EtsyKids Team in our first BNR (buy and replace) treasury in honor of EtsyKids Christmas in July! If you have an Etsy shop, purchase a listing from any of the featured shops and have a listing of your choice replace the featured shop. Click on the listings that intrigue you in the treasury below and visit the corresponding EtsyKids Team member shop. Wishing you all many merry purchases for your kids! Stop by the treasury and hang out with EtsyKids Team members!

Christmas in July Team Sale

Posted Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The sale we have all been waiting for begins tomorrow.
It's time for the EtsyKids Team Christmas In July Sale!

There are two ways to visit our team shops.
1. Use the links below to visit each shop
2. Go to and in the search box use EK christmasinjuly or EK CIJ to find the team shops and view sale items.

Please enjoy and take advantage of these great sales, deals, and steals!
Don't wait to shop because the team sale is only from July 14th - 31.
Here is a list of participating shops who are included in the sale.
Etsykids Team Members be sure to share the sale news on Facebook, Twitter, and on your Blogs. Make sure your friends know about the sale, too!

2 Sprouts Stitchery
Stitched Stuff for Families to use and love everyday!
Sewing for babies, kids, and moms. 10% off entire store with coupon code: christmasinjuly

Infant through size 8 little girl's clothing and nursing covers
10% off all items except already discounted items in my sample/discounted section coupon code is CIJ10

hairbows, headbands, hair clips,pony tail holders, etc.
offering 25% off entire purchase. using coupon code CIJ25

All Things Girly!
A collection of hair bows, clips, bling and girly things!
15% off entire order - coupon code CHRISTMASINJULY

Apple n Amos
Wood Toys
15%off the entire shop

Auntie Robin
Clothing for little girls and quilts for babies and toddlers
All in-stock items will be included in sale at 15% off with coupon code JULY15.
Aunty Ann Designs
Wild, Fun and Unique Sock Monkeys
Bonus will be "free" name embroidery with sock monkey or blankey purchase. Be sure to put EKBONUS in comments at checkout with the name. Plus a special 10% discount when using the code EKSAVE10 at checkout on all purchases.

Ava Bowtique
I sell all kinds of hair accessories
All items will be 10% off.

Christmas themed lounge pants on sale
The lounge pants will have free shipping

custom made clothing and accessories for babies and toddlers free shipping on select items
15% all car cozies and crayon rolls

I sell baby and kids toys and christmas ornaments
I will offer 15% entire store coupon code Christmas10
I sell quality handknits for babies and children.
10% discount off the purchase price coupon code is ~ xmasjuly2011

30% off sale on anything red in my shop

photo prop crochet hats
all holiday item 20% off

Bibs Blankets and More
bibs, receiving blankets, baby gift baskets, nursing pillow covers
Promo: Free Shipping

I sell fine art and art prints for children's rooms and the young at heart
Use code FREESHIP for free shipping (domestically) on anything in the shop

Accessories patterns
15% off storewide

Bison Girl
Bison Booties (soft-sole infant/baby/toddler booties made with designer cotton fabrics)
15% off all Bison Booties with code "SUMMER15

Blush and Bashful Studio
Crochet designs for all ages
Free Shipping Promo

I design photo cards & invitations for birthdays, parties, and events
15% off all photo cards

Organic T's and Bodysuits
30% OFF Coupon Code ChristmasInJuly

Bows, clips, hats, botties and other crocheted items
25% off your entire order

BronStar Originals
Growth Charts, Art Prints, Bow Holders
Free Shipping(Excluding Stretched Canvas)

BOGO Half Off Wristlet Key Fobs
Coupon Code is BOGOFOB... Users are also required to ""Like"" my Facebook Page.

Chew Chew's Closet
Children's clothing and accessories
15% off your total order excluding shipping Coupon code: ChristmasinJuly

Childrens toys, example: crayon rolls, tool belts, car rolls, crayon aprons and some fun dressin up dresses. My sale will be 20% entire purchase

Elementary school memory books for mothers and daughters
20% off storewide using code "EtsyKids20"

I am going to have lots of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas shirts listed and all will be buy one get one half off!

I sell children's clothing -- skirts, dresses, onesies, t-shirts, and more
offering 25% off your entire order

crocheting4baby {aka Tutus & Tea Parties}
crochet beanies & blankets, handpainted baby bodysuits and tutus
All will be included in the sale Free Shipping

hair accessories for kids, pacifier clips for babies, badge clips and stethoscope tags for adults
15% off everything

Photo Birthday Invitations and Party Supplies
15% off all birthday invitations with code: JULYSAVE

Cute items you'll find in my shop: cloth dolls, cloth baby dolls, headbands, aprons, print artwork,original nursery paintings...
50% in most of my handmade items with tag: EK Christmasinjuly Free shipping in most of my items with tag: EK Christmasinjuly

Custom Party Invitations and Decorations, Personalized TShirts
15% off of Entire Purchase - Use Coupon Code ETSYKIDSROCK

I make felt sets, felt boards to go, felt animal masks and felt books
15% off entire purchase excluding felt books. coupon codechristmasinjuly15

Dapple Gray Designs
Clothes that are cute & comfortable for little boys and sweet & sassy for little girls! - dresses, shirts, skirts 40% off entire purchase (excluding shipping) - Code CIJ40

Darcey Lane Designs
Sassy Ruffle Fancy Pants (Bloomers), pillowcase dress. Christmas outfits, birthday outfits
15% off

Denise Jacobson- Momma Fix
Little girl dresses sizes 6 months-9 years My sale will be
40% off entire stock of dresses

Dinos In Space
one of a kind felt applique wall pieces for kids of all ages I am going to be having a
20% off sale of everything in the shop, plus I slashed the shipping charges!

Dragonfly Bowtique
Hair Accessories
30% off using code christmasinjuly Spend $25 and receive a free item (buyer does not choose this item)

Ducks In A Row Boutique
Crayon Wallets and Creative Crayons
15% off everything in shop - coupon code JULY15

Fairy Godmother for Hire
Selling children's dress up costumes
Free shipping to the US coupon code SandyClaws

felted kitten
felt crowns
all items in my shop will be 10% - 50% off.

I sell natural, Waldorf inspired toys, dolls and pretty treasures for children of all ages!
I will offer free shipping coupon code XMASINJULY1
All items in my shop will be included in the Christmas in July special.

Children's Clothing, Accessories, Granny's Little Blessing Dolls.
Entire shop will be on sale Free Shipping US. Discounted shipping Everywhere Else. use code FREESHIP

Harvest Moon by Hand
Origami window stars/suncatchers, hand-embroidered/all-natural toys for children; needlefelted toys made from all-natural sheep wool; PDF patterns, children's accessories, and crafting supplies
Everything is for sale in the shop! Use code EKCIJ10 to get 10% off everything in the shop (products only; not on shipping)

himama Changing pad covers, fun pillow cases, and coffee clutches free shipping as my promo with the purchase code of 711ChristmasinJuly

I sell custom, handmade art, clothing for children, and drawings
20% off anything plus a free surprise gift with each purchase

baby, girls some teen and adult hair accessories
offering 30% off discount on entire order

Kidz Wiz Padz
Waterproof Carseat Padz-Great for potty training on-the-go!
Buy one, Get one 1/2 off coupon code KWPCIJ

Kind Living Designs
personalized gift items
will be on sale a % off.

Stylish Cloth Play Blocks and hand knit items
BUY 1 MEDIUM sized cloth play block, get 1 FREE

Kooky Critters
tooth fairy pillows, baby blankets, t-shirts, bed pillows and plush critters
Use coupon code LSLSL10DIS for 10% off anything in my shop!

laniec1- Niah Bella
custom kids clothing and a few other tidbits
get free shipping all month and on all items by using coupon code FreeShip.

Creative on-the-go-fun for young Picassos: art folios, crayon rolls, and Dine.n.Doodle mats
Free Shipping (worldwide) on children's products

I sell lil ones clothes and things for baby or lil ones rooms
FREE shipping to USA all through July and a free custom painting for your lil one

Linda's Krafty Kreations
I sell felt quiet books and toys and stuffed animals
offering 15% off of any purchase before shipping

Little Miss Iz
Little girls Skirts and leggings - size 12 months to 6T
15% off entire purchase, shipping not included. Code CIJ15

Little Purple Dragonfly
Boutique Hair Accessories and so much more!
15% off using Code: CIJSave15

Little Sweetie Boutique
little girls pillowcase dresses & skirts
10% off all items

Lo Lo Littles
Children's Handmade Clothing, Quilts, and Accessories
20% off all Regular Priced Items throughout site!
fiber arts made with repurposed + natural materials... softies, tooth fairy pillows, wall art, fiber jewelry, party decor and lots more!
10% off entire shop and free shipping on christmas stockings

Lovely's Baby Boutique
Diaper Cakes/Cupcakes, Hair Clips, Boutique Diaper Wipe Cases
15% off entire purchase

Lucy Mae Designs
Boys Tie Shirts and Hair Accessories
FREE SHIPPING on all hair accessories

Heirloom Children's Clothing
10% off (coupon code CHRISTMAS) on all new custom orders that are paid in full
25% off (coupon code RTS25) on all "Ready To Ship" items

specialize in newborn - children photography props including hats and booties. I have a great red and green stocking hat, with jingle bells that is a big seller for christmas pictures!
offering 20% off items in my shop.

Markoos Modern Design
Modern Kid's clothing and accessories
offering a 15% discount on all purchases with code - 711XMAS

specialize in hand dyed & stenciled baby onesies, but sell paci clips, look books, & I SPY bean bags

Michelle's Zoo
Stuffed Animals
20% entire purchase coupon code is CIJ20
Monkeys 'N Munchkins
children's jewelry (baptism, flower girl, big sister/big brother, everyday, special occasions)
15% off entire purchase with code "july15"

My Little Angel Co.
Diaper cakes, baby shower items, hair clips, beanie caps, and headbands
40% off hair clips and headbands, coupon code is SANTASWEATIN

My Little Pixies
Creative Hair Accessories All Christmas and Holiday items will be marked
15% off. These items will be featured in the "Christmas Preview 2011" category in my shop.

My Lovebug Baby
Useful items for mom and baby
Free Shipping to US & Canada with code: FREESHIP

My True Nature
Natural & organic kids bath products
30% off using code "christmasinjuly"

Everything! Custom children's wall art, canvas & wood growth charts, wood surfboards, wood dolls
Use coupon code OPENJULY for 20% off everything!

Nana Brown's
Insulated Lunch Bags, Reusable Sandwich Bags, Sun Hats, Travel Crayon Caddies, Baby Bibs, Cosmetic Bags, and more
15% off purchase, excluding postage. Coupon code FIFTEEN

Nikki, In Stitches
handmade hair accessories
15% off code JULY15

Northwoods Toys
felt play food and plushies
Free Shipping promo

Handmade children's accessories: blankets, car seat canopies, bibs, burpies, paci-bibs, changing mats, pillow shams, nursing covers & adult throws
15% off all items during CIJ promo event Use coupon code: JULYXMAS

embroidered hair bows, bottle cap hairbows, embroidered clothing and accessories
offering FREE SHIPPING on any order over $20.

Peace, Baby! Batiks
batik clothing for babies and toddlers, including T-shirts, dresses, and bodysuits. I also have a limited selected of items for youth and adults.
All ready-to-ship items (which is everything in my shop!) is 15% off with coupon code SUMMERSANTA. The coupon is good through July 31

Children's couture including modern, customizable birthday and flower girl outfits
Enter SUMMERISFORLOVE for 20% off your entire order!

Pickled Beads Jewelry
All children's jewelry
Free Shipping (Domestic (US) Orders Only)

Pink Stripe
We make Fun and Funky Goodies for Children and their Families. Sale items include tie shirts, birthday shirts, tulle cupcake aprons and lots of other fun goodies!!
HUGE sample sale on ready to ship items-- plus low flat rate shipping for unlimited sale items.

felt play food, unique plushies and rattles among other kids goodies.
free US shipping for july- JULYSHIP coupon code

infants/toddler quilted waterproof bibs/sets & coordinating paci clips - all bibs are individually quilted
Use FREESHIP at checkout

Red Baby by Redrane
Baby and Toddler Items - Swaddling blankets, burpies, car seat blankets, some OOAK clothing
10-35% off selected items

Reet Momma
make personalized xmas stockings and each one is uniquely designed for the person

Snuggly Monkey
Ouchie Pouches, Toys and Accessories
Certain items are 20-25% off - look for the "CIJ SALE" in the title (including my Snuggly Baby Dolls!); And 10% off all non-CIJ SALE items with CIJSALE coupon code

sugarbumps creations
unique children's appliques, accessories, and clothing
20% off any purchase coupon code JULYSALE.
Sunny Brook Farm Design
specific items marked down with "Sale" in the title

All holiday items - hooded towels, hair clips, etc. - will be on sale.
20% off all holiday items

Swirly Sensations
tie dyed items (tshirts, dresses, bags..etc)

The Bitsy Beau
Childrens hair accessories and hand knit hats
Entire store is 15% off with coupon code CIJ15 and a free gift with $25 or more purchased

The Little LOVE Bug
Felt Play Food
Use coupon code LOVE15BUG for 15% off your order

The Lollipop Boutique
hair accessories (bows, clips, headbands etc), Baby wipe cases

The Sewing Loft
Unique Children's Accessories and Gift's
15% off entire order - coupon code CHRISTMASINJULY

the trendy tot
Red Snow Flake Jumper and other items are also available in the sale section

The Trendy Tot Shop
tutus, tutu outfits, and flower headbands. Everything will be on sale
10% off everything just enter coupon code christmasinjuly

The Voodoo Kitten- Cranky Cat Studio
Baby and toddler items including blankets, bibs, burps, clothing, hair accessories, diaper bags, and more 20% off everything coupon code ChristmasInJuly

Trendy Tykes- TTykes
embroidered items for Infants, Toddlers & Moms. I will have my Cookies & Milk Place Mat & my Princess Playwear Jacket on sale @ 20% off plus free shipping on both items

Baby blankets, burp cloths etc
Everything will be 20% off with coupon code JulyXmas

TZ Burps
plush owls and birds and other gifts for children
20% off purchase with coupon code Julyxmas

Villa Pernilla
a free snackbag with every order in my shop.

WalterSilva aka: Silva Ware
Kid's Decor, Original ART, Wall Plaques, Wall Sculptures
Everything in the Shop 15% off

Zoe Girl Designs
Children's Clothing Boutique
Buy 2 items and receive the 3rd item 50% off (3rd item must be of equal or less value)

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