September 2012 EtsyKids Team Desktop Background

Posted Friday, August 31, 2012

Autumn is here, soon the leaves will be orange and golden, decorating the ground. So this month we are celebrating the seasons colours in our EtsyKids Team desktop calendar.

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Featured this month:
AUTUMN Pumpkin Headband - Orange and Brown Fabric Yoyo Headband with Turkeys, Polkadots, and The Great Pumpkin from SadieBloomDesigns, Girls Apron Knot Dress Size 6 from handmaidencanada, Pumpkin necklace Harvest Halloween Nursing teething necklace in orange, brown, green Baby shower gift New mother gift Fall fashion oht from boorashka, JBows - Scarecrow Applique Shirt w/ Matching Hairbow - Happy Fall Yall - You Choose the Size from jbowsboutique, Girls Jumper Dress-Halter Autumn Leaves on blue--12M TO 2T from togs4tots, Girls Tutu Candy Corn from kadydiddesigns, Girls Pumpkin Shoes Painted Toddler or Baby Kids Canvas Sneakers from boygirlboygirldesign, Autumn Girls Twirly Skirt in Orange Damask and Lime Polka Dots - CUSTOM sizes 12 months to size 8 from ThePolkaDotTotSpot, Autumn's Fruit A Handmade Dress for Little Girls by Pink Mouse Boutique from pinkmouse, Children clothing - boy's cotton sweater, striped in orange and light green - READY TO SHIP size 7years from KriksisLV, Fall Knot Dress Brown Pretty Bird by Groovy Gurlz Available in Sizes 6-12m, 12-18m, 18-24m, 2t, 3t from GROOVYGURLZ,Damask Pillowcase Dress from GirliePearlie3, Orange toddler clothing trousers warm autumn fall unisex pants children babies fit cloth nappies pumpkin colorful loose baggy from OliveAndVince, Autumn squirrel corduroy child's tote bag Amy from KatieClairesCottage, pumpkin orange reversible dress 6 months with bloomers from ComfyFeely, Waldorf Doll Sweater, 15 inch, Cotton, Bright Orange from luvkin, felted high top baby shoes - pumpkin orange - size 1, 0-3 months from thecleverkitty, Baby Blanket Orange Circles/Minky from kikikiddos, Orange Chevron Blanket Swaddler Light: Receiving Blanket, Swaddling Blanket from Ahmelie, Millie's Bright Orange and Pink Flower Clip from thebitsybeau.

Introducing Apple n Amos

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2012

Today We Introduce You To Amos from Apple n Amos

Q: what motivated you to start your shop?
Back in July of 2010, I lost my job and found myself needing a position that would still allowed me to be home with my son, Henry. After months of endless searching, I decided to try my hand at opening a Etsy shop.

Q: what is the story behind your shop name?
I have always wanted to own my own business..many of them in fact. I remember wanting to open a tattoo parlor / hair salon, where you could get dreadlocks or crazy big blue mohawks, it was to be called "Dye n Pain". When I was in my twenties I had a idea to open a restaurant that was called Apple n Amos, with a friend of mine who's nickname was "apple". Everything on the menu was to have a apple theme mixed in. So, naturally, when it came time to open my own shop I was totally stumped on a good name until I remembered this one. "Apple n Amos" has a few new meaning for me now though. Being that it has a educational feel to it and the "apple" is associated with education, it naturally fits. Also, my son Henry is my inspiration and he of course is the apple of my eye.

Q: do you have a favorite Etsy Shop (non-child related)?
I love Machel Spence Photo, she has amazing nature photos. Visualingual is a terrific shop that makes seed bombs. Such a great idea! Vital Temptation make wearable felted art...the things she makes just blow my mind. If you are looking for fun, funky winter fashion look no further than Odette, she creates incredible crochet and knitted cowls. I totally dig her photos and the overall style of her shop and blog. Lastly, I love Halloween and everything creepy I have to give a shout out to Pumpkinhollow and Frighten..perfect treats for the spooky holiday.

Q: what surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
I am a little stunned by how much work it is. From creating, to photographing to is a ton of work. But all the great feedback and returning customers make it all worth it.

Q: what do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
I have a really hard time balancing my personal life while running a business from home. The house is always messy, wood is piled everywhere, there is a never ending to-do list. I always feel pulled in so many directions. I have a very good work ethic and I don't like to leave things unfinished. I think working in a 9-5 is way easier than working from home. When its 5 o'clock, you punch out and go home. But, not around here, whenever I open the computer, no matter what time of day or night, I can't help but jump onto Etsy to see if there are anymore sales, or emails that need to be addressed. I have to learn to "punch out" until tomorrow.

Q: what's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
I just want to make good long lasting Earth friendly toys that you and your children will love. I want my toys to be a part of your memories. There is nothing better than hearing how a one of our simple toys entertained a child for hours all the while teaching them valuable skills. Warms my heart it does.

Q: how would someone (other then you) describe you? depends on who you ask. If you were to ask my hubby Joe, he would say control freak. If you were to ask my friends they would probably say loud and funny. I have a big personality and it is really hard for me to contain it, funky

Q: what music do you have on while you are creating?
Well this list could go on and on...I am really into early Little Richard right now..I love me some funky James Brown too. But then again Bob Marley is always not too far away from the radio. ZZ Ward is my new go to girl- she is bluesy, funky and groovy with a wonderful raspy voice. Some others off the top of my head are Regina Specktor, P.J Harvey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Q: what do you do when you aren't working?
When I am not working on shop stuff and assuming the motherly, maid and mama duties are all done, then I find myself either reading or with a camera in hand. My new favorite outing with Henry is letterboxing. Letterboxes are everywhere in the world. You go on a hike, follow the clues and at the end of your journey you find a hidden box usually with a hand carved stamp inside as well as a sign in sheet. It is cool to see how many names have found the box before you. We really enjoy camping and whenever we go to a different place I always look up a letterbox near by.

Q: anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
As far as some news goes..My little man Henry is off to Kindergarten. I am really excited for him but sad for myself because I just don't know what I will do with my cuddlebug gone all day- but not to worry because I will have my hands full again in January when my second one comes along.


'Introducing Apple n Amos' by Lilikin14

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EtsyKids Team Treasury Challenge Winner!

Posted Monday, August 27, 2012

The themes this week were "One Last Trip to the Beach" and "Fall Fashion". It was a very close contest this week! We had lots of beautiful treasuries, and five had over 150 views! Head over to Etsy to check them all out! The winning entry was curated by Sunflowers and Daisies.

'One Last Trip to the Beach' by Mommytwiceblessed

One last trip to the beach.... Adorable beach and nautical inspired items designed and created by my fellow Etsykids Team members.

Family Sign Embroid...

Summer Spring Vacat...

Starfish Jumper Nav...

All American Girl S...

SALE - s is for sai...

Newborn Baby Boy Sh...

Teething necklace &...

Child Robes-Surfer ...

Blue seaside cloud ...

Lobster Lover -ruff...

Baby Boy Nautical J...


Summer Whale Capri ...

Baby Bib - AHOY THE...

Embroidered Baby Gi...

Original Painting, ...

Sunflowers and Daisies is approaching their one-year "Etsyversary". Owner Shanna is a native New Englander, a former special education teacher, a pastor's wife and a mom of two. She makes the most adorable and creative hair bows I've seen! Her shop is named after her two favorite flowers. When asked what inspires her, she says, "I am inspired by nature, life and watching my children learn, grow and laugh. I love to incorporate these things into my hair accessories and my creations."

We will be taking a week off from the Treasury Challenge due to the upcoming holiday weekend, but we'll be back next week!

Introducing KriksisLV

Posted Thursday, August 23, 2012

Today We Introduce You To Kristine of KriksisLV
Q: What motivated you to start your shop?
I’ve liked to knit for as long as I can I remember. When my oldest child was born 6 years ago I started to knit for kids. The motivation for me to open an etsy shop was my third child and time at home. For me it is easier to work/sell from online then from local shops. I started to actively sell from my etsy shop in February of this year. It is easy for me to go to the post office when I go walking with the baby in her stroller, when she sleeps I can knit and work online.

Q: What is the story behind your shop name?
KriksisLV – my name is Kristine and Kriksis is my “nickname” from childhood. Children in my country are also kids named “Kriksis”. the initials LV are my country’s initials – Latvia – my mother land. A small country near the Baltic sea.

Q: Do you have a favorite Etsy Shop (non-child related)?
There are a lot of shops I really like on Etsy. I like all of the Latvia team shops (, I’m proud of them. I like XauXau crochets, OzolinsPottery, Amizanti linen works, fineDollyLolly, and ZIBTextiles

Q: What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
The amount of clients. It’s amazing to work with clients from all around the world. I have my world’s map and I mark places where KrisisLV’s work is sent.

Q: What do you find most challenging about being an Etsy seller?
Getting noticed.

Q: What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
My knit works is inspired by my kids. The materials I choose are comfortable for kids and easy to care for by for moms. Colours are joyful. A lot of my work is one of a kind. I strive to do work with love and of a high quality.

Q: How would someone (other then you) describe you?
Full of ideas, enthusiastic in her work and family life. A good mom and wife.

Q: What music do you have on while you are creating?
I do no have any specific inspirational music. Sometimes I listen to the radio, if I am knitting with the kids it can be some kids music.

Q: What do you do when you aren't working?
I’m a full time mom. My little baby daughter’s daily regime is intensive – she has started to walk. The older children’s activities outside of school are are singing and theatre for my daughter and football and judo for my son. I take my knitting with me and knit in during my free minutes. Because I like to do it it is like meditation for me.

Q: Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country?
Increasingly, buyers in Latvia are valuing handmade items for their children. More and more are choosing to order unique party dresses and coats for their little sweeties. I’m glad to work on special orders for my clients.

Q: Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
feel free to visit my shop
And my FB page

EtsyKids Design Challenge: It's time to Vote!

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It's time to vote for your favorite item! Voting will be open until August 27th. This month, EtsyKids members were challenged to create an exciting new item based on a theme "Let's blast off back to school!". We received a bunch of fantastic entries from some talented people. Please vote for your favorite item from the list below.

EtsyKids Team Treasury Challenge Winner!

Posted Monday, August 20, 2012

This week's themes were "Back to Obedience School" or "Before the Fall Harvest". The winning treasury from lilsweetieboutique received 244 views! You can see all of the entries here.

'Before the Fall Harvest' by lilsweetieboutique

There's still time for some fun summer activities before Fall begins!From the EtsyKids Team

Summer Picnic Dress...

Strawberry Fields A...

Ice Cream Cone Clip...

Ice Cream Boat (Ban...


Boutique Hair Bow ...

Memory Game- "...

Sweet Pink Lemonade...

Daisy Summer knot D...

Summer Ice Cream Co...

Camping - Summer To...

Girls Strawberry Sh...

Picnic Guests - gre...

Hand painted childr...

Summertime Popsicle...


Lilsweetieboutique was started after owner Laurie fell in love with the pillowcase dresses the girls in the preschool class she taught were wearing. With her own pattern and an eye for coordinating fabrics, she sold so many dresses that she was able to quit her job and run Lilsweetieboutique full-time! She began sewing for her children (now 26 and 18) when they were little. Lilsweetieboutique also features twirl skirts and peasant dresses. Laurie plans to add headbands to match her dresses soon, so keep an eye on her shop!

Laurie chose "Last Trip to the Beach" or "Fall Fashion" for this week's challenge. You can check out the entries here (entries will be added all week). The entry with the most views wins!
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