December Design Challenge Winner!

Posted Sunday, December 29, 2013

December's Design Challenge had the theme "Sleigh bells are jingling ring-a-ling-a-ding-a-dong".
We had lots of lovely entries from our team member but the winning entry with the most votes was...

These Crochet Ugg inspired Baby booties are made with acrylic yarn.
Color is red but feel free to request another color.
These are perfect to keep those tiny feet warm this winter or as a great photography prop!
Available in: red, gray, beige, turquoise or pink.
Sizes: 8cm for 0-3 months, 10 cm for 3-6 months, 12 cm for 6-12 months.
~ BabyGirlsGlam

Here are some more lovely items from BabyGirlsGlam!

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On Sale Baby Beret Hat, Baby Crochet Hat, Baby Hats, Crochet Hats, Girl Beret, Crochet Baby Beanie, Ready To Ship - BabyGirlsGlam Modern Gray & Pink Cotton Soft Hat, Baby Hat, Girl Hat, Newborn Hat, Ready To Ship  - BabyGirlsGlam Baby Girl Headbands - Newborn Headband - Baby Headband - Headband - Lavender Pink Cream frayed flowers topped with rhinestone headband - BabyGirlsGlam Modern Pink & Yellow Cotton Soft Girl Headband, Newborn Headband - Girl Hair accessories - Flower Girl Accessories - BabyGirlsGlam

Treasury Challenge #25 - We <3 EtsyKids!

Posted Saturday, December 28, 2013

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #25 was "We <3 EtsyKids!".
Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with 115 views is...

Boys Cowboy Shoes, Toddler, Birthday Party, Hand Painted, Hi Top Sneaker - boygirlboygirldesign
Boys Cowboy Shoes, Todd...
Soft Quiet Felt Book E-Pattern (PDF) - Three little pigs - CaterpillarShop
Soft Quiet Felt Book E-...
Felt Rainbow - Montessori Colors Early Education -  Felt Stories - Flannel Stories - Felt Board - Flannel Board - CakeInTheMorn
Felt Rainbow - Montesso...
Baby's first fabric book/ baby's quiet/soft book - nenimav
Baby's first fabric...
Traffic Crayon Wallet, Stocking Stuffer Children's Gift, Transportation Cars, Quiet Activity Children's Art Take-Along Toy, READY-TO-SHIP - JaneandJoshua
Traffic Crayon Wallet, ...
BEST SELLER - Baby Boy OR Girl Rainbow Soft Block Toy with Rattle Ribbon Sensory Jumble Ball - WoodPondDesigns
BEST SELLER - Baby Boy ...
Snail toy, baby rattle toys, hand knitted animals, colorful rainbow snail - Agutik
Snail toy, baby rattle ...
Baby Rattle and Teether - Olivia the Bunny - OOAK - ready to ship - Owlsandco
Baby Rattle and Teether...
Stuffed Animal  White Bunny with blanket white and blue - baraqada
Stuffed Animal White B...
Wooden -Waldorf- Kids -Toy-Natural Wood Toy - Waldorf Inspired- Take n Go HOME- Wooden Doll House with Family and Tree - applenamos
Wooden -Waldorf- Kids -...
Eco Baby Toy Fish - Create Your Own - Natural Wool Happy Fish Rattle - SnowfallStudio
Eco Baby Toy Fish - Cre...
Set of 6 Eco-Friendly Soy/Bees Wax Bear Crayons- Great First Crayon - childhoodstore
Set of 6 Eco-Friendly S...
Froggy Fun - Large Cloth Jingle Ball - ThePolkaDotTotSpot
Froggy Fun - Large Clot...
Baby Shower Gift Set, Wet Bag Set, Diaper Bag Set  - 12" x 12" Wet Bag & 5" Pacifier Pouch - Zippered, Reusable, Washable, Eco-Friendly - AThreadofGrace
Baby Shower Gift Set, W...
Little red monster amigurumi plush softie with long arms - mouhoxlab
Little red monster amig...
Hand Knitted Teddy Bear - Small Toy - Ready To Ship - Kids Toys - Plush Doll - Stuff Animal - Knit Toy  - Stuff Bear - Madeline - cotuitbayknitter
Hand Knitted Teddy Bear...

Thank you UlrikesSmaating for creating such a lovely treasury!

UlrikesSmaating is from Denmark, Europe and makes lovely toys and quiet books for kids. We love this felt doll set that is available in her shop. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

It's Not Too Late for Some Eco-friendly Holiday Tips and Tricks.....

Posted Monday, December 23, 2013

The holiday season is in full swing! Running errands, extra trash, and buying gifts take up a lot of resources. That doesn't mean you and your family have to forgo all of your eco-friendly practices. I've compiled a small list of tips and tricks to keep things eco-friendly in your household during the busy holidays season.

Wrapping gifts: 
  • Find a unique way to wrap a gift. Your children can decorate paper or you can use the art work they bring home from school. 
  • Newspaper can be used to wrap gifts. 
  • Use fabric to decorate gifts, fabric can be stored and reused. 
  • Put the gift into a reusable fabric bag and tie it in a bow, it's two gifts in one.

Holiday Lights:

  • If you haven't already done so upgrade you festive holiday lights to CFL or LED, you will use about 75% less energy. 
  • Some home improvement stores even give you a coupon or discount for trading in your old incandescents. 
  • Don't forget to use a timer on your lights.

  • A different option for a tree is to buy a living tree. Sure it's a little more complicated but you can enjoy the tree for many years to come in your backyard. 
  • Decorate with nature; go outside and get berries,branches,leaves and put them in vases instead of buying decorations. 
  • Use fun cloth napkins instead of paper ones. They brighten up any table and are easy to throw in the laundry.

  • Whether you are cooking for a small or large group allow your oven to multi task.
  •  Bake several items at once and use glass and ceramic cookware. Food will cook quicker and you can reduce your cooking temperature. 

Buying gifts: 

  • Buy less, focus on quality instead of quantity and create thoughtful home made gifts. Buy used, shop consignment sales for used toys. Many are in great condition. 
  • Shop local and online ( Etsy of course!)

  • If you send cards opt for online cards or recycled paper. 
  • When you are finished with your cards send them to St.Judes.  They accept new and used cards all year long. Check out their guidelines for specific details.

Dorinda's shop, Raising Green Kids, offers eco-friendly products for your family. Follow her on Facebook and twitter and at her blog.

December Design Challenge. It's time to Vote!

Posted Saturday, December 21, 2013

For October our Design Challenge theme was "Sleigh bells are jingling ring-a-ling-a-ding-a-dong!"
We have lots of lovely entries from our team members, browse down and vote for your favourite item!
Voting is open until 27th December.

Meet Etsy Seller The Polka Dot Tot Spot

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Today we would like to introduce you to
Etsy shop thepolkadottotspot

ThePolkaDotTotSpot has been selling on Etsy since January 2007, she sell handmade birthday shirts for boys and girls and more! Today she is sharing a little about her shop and selling handmade items.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Reusable Fabric Banner - RETRO in Aqua Blues, Lime Greens, and Browns - ThePolkaDotTotSpot Boys ONE Shirt for First Birthday - 12-18 month long sleeved navy blue tshirt with aqua and white lettering - READY to Ship - ThePolkaDotTotSpot Girls 4th Birthday Shirt - 4t long sleeved number 4 and pennant banner in navy and pink - ThePolkaDotTotSpot Girls First Birthday Pink and Brown Polkadot Set - 12-18 month ONE birthday long sleeved shirt and matching skirt - ThePolkaDotTotSpot

What motivated you to start your shop?
It started when my daughter was a few months old...... The whole mass produced - "made in China" toy scare was going on so I was looking for some alternatives for my baby girl to play with. I can upon a pattern for some super cute cloth blocks so I made a few for her and for some friends and they were a hit! I was cloth diapering her at he time and started selling the blocks online on the Diaperswappers "work from home mom" forum just for the fun of it. People were snatching them up as it was right before Christmas. I couldn't believe people were actually liking something that I made enough to pay me for them! Crazy huh? I truly felt honored and was beyond excited about it! So it just bloomed from there and I found Etsy and my stock kept growing and expanding to what it is today...approx 400 unique items!!

What is the story behind your shop name?
Every name I thought of on Etsy someone had already taken so I just kept playing around with words until I came up with "The Polka Dot Tot Spot" Yeah, its a mouthful but its mine!

What surprised you most about having your own craft / online shop?
The time it takes to keep it going. Its not just having the items, its promoting, renewing, restocking, updating, answering emails, creating new items, and of course filling orders! I am glad my kids are both in school now so I can concentrate on work while they are away and still have some mom time when they are home! Working from home is the best!

What is your favourite creations from your shop?

This is a hard one! Usually whatever is newest is my favorite! I LOVE to make new things, this is most definitely the part that is the most exciting as I get it use my creative side! I would have to say the birthday shirts and birthday banners are my favorite though. Each birthday only comes once so I think they should be special! Oh, my new birthday bunting shirts are super fun!

What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?Customer service is the most important thing! I always try to get back with my customers as soon as possible and get there items made and sent out quickly. I think if you don't have that, people wont come back and repeat buyers are a big part of sales. I really do love my customers! Especially the ones that take time to let me know they love their item and even send photos of their kiddos using something they got from me!

What do you do when you aren't working?
I love photography, gardening, hiking, and spending time with family and friends! I also like decorating and remodelling! My house has so many layers of paint I think if the nails fell out it would still hold together!

Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?Thanks Etsy Kids Team for letting me share a little about my shop and myself! I'm so glad to be part of the team!

ThePolkaDotTotSpot is offering a 10% discount in her shop at the moment. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "MEETTHETEAM10" at checkout. Valid until January 31st 2014.

Boys Second Birthday TWO Shirt - Size 2 long sleeved orange with monsters/aliens in orange lime and blue - ThePolkaDotTotSpot HAPPY BIRTHDAY Reusable Fabric Banner - Sweetwater by Moda - ThePolkaDotTotSpot Girls 1st Birthday Pennant Shirt - Size 18 month aqua long sleeved with number 1 and pennant banner in pink and aqua - ThePolkaDotTotSpot Apples and Pears - Large Cloth Jingle Ball - ThePolkaDotTotSpot

Treasury Challenge #24 - All I want for Christmas...

Posted Sunday, December 15, 2013

The theme for the EtsyKids Team treasury challenge #24 was "All I want for Christmas...". Our team members created lots of beautiful treasuries featuring some amazing items, but the winner with 147 views is...
Juvie Moon Designs PDF  Christmas CHANTIA Apron Dress Design It Yourself  Size 18 months to 12 years - JuvieMoonDesigns
Juvie Moon Designs PDF ...
Paper House Ornament Template - Rose Cottages - chichiboulie
Paper House Ornament Te...
Little Girls Christmas Dress - Custom Boutique - pinkmouse
Little Girls Christmas ...
MERRY CHRISTMAS Reusable Fabric Banner in Sparkle All the Way and Funky Christmas fabrics - ThePolkaDotTotSpot
Personalized Sock Monkey. Catawba, Soft and Cuddly. Limited Edition - Large Size. - auntyanndesigns
Personalized Sock Monke...
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Hair Clip....Ribbon Sculpture,Hairclip,Hair Accessory, Hair Bow - KutieKlipz
Rudolph the Red Nose Re...
White and Red Knit Hat -  Baby Hat with Earflaps and Ties Scandinavian Red Hearts Organic Natural Cotton - BabbidgePatch
White and Red Knit Hat ...
Red Snowflake Kanzashi Fabric Flower Hair Clip- Perfect for Family Christmas Pictures- Matches Hanna Andersson - MyLittlePixies
Red Snowflake Kanzashi ...
Holiday Winter Christmas Bib for Baby or Toddler Girl or Boy - Jingle Birds in Bright - MomNMiaQuilts
Holiday Winter Christma...
Girl and Doll Matching Pillowcase Dress - SPECIAL SALE - Red Damask - Sizes 2-5T - PoppyPatch
Girl and Doll Matching ...
Red dot on shades of green. Teething ring toy with crochet wooden beads. Rattle for baby. - nihamaj
Red dot on shades of gr...
Woodland Snowman Wall Decoration - Let it Snow, Let it snow, let it snow Holiday Decoration - Modern Christmas Housewarming Gift - WalterSilva
Woodland Snowman Wall ...
holly leaf and berry brooch - hand sewn felt pin - thecleverkitty
holly leaf and berry br...
Wood Janod Alphabet Puzzle Letters - weandthebean
Wood Janod Alphabet Puz...
Christmas star confetti, small star felt shapes. 5/8 inch / 1.6 cm - HandmadeCuddlesShop
Christmas star confetti...

Christmas Decoration Red  ...

Thank you HarmonyGirlsClothing for creating such a lovely treasury!

HarmonyGirlsClothing makes beautiful dresses and outfits for little girls. We love adorable party frock that is available in her shop. Visit her shop to see more of her wonderful creations.

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