Sunday, November 30, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Jennifer Ladd

Jennifer Ladd offers some of the cutest purses, accessories and baby items I've ever seen. She uses a wide variety of bright, playful-patterned cottons that compliment one another beautifully. Everything is lined and given reinforced stitching for extra durability. Some of her other items, such as her nifty laptop bags are padded to protect your personal belongings. I would certainly love to buy one of her purses or bags one day, when I have the extra moola n_n;;

You can see more of Jennifer's work at:

Anomaly - 816 E Brady Street, Milwaukee
Fasten Collective - 2224 S Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee

You can also follow her on Twitter, Flicker and Facebook.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Etsy Site Review: LunarraStar Jewellery

LunarraStar Jewellery (the "jewellery" bit being British English spelling), invokes a romantic, old world feel through their professionally handcrafted pieces. Heavily inspired by fairytales, history, unusual charms and subjects of the magical kind, much of their shop features necklaces, bracelets, earrings and cufflinks.

For more gothic-inspired pieces, please check out their other shop, Dark Elegance Designs. Also, check out their Facebook group.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Bright Eyed Creatures

Bright-Eyed Creatures is a whimsical mix of fantasy, the eccentric and the creepy crawly. With river rocks, glass marbles and polymer clay as her prime materials, StrangeChild creates a variety of creatures such as Sun Dragons, Moon Dragons, Imps and more. Her spider creations are even frighteningly realistic (I'm a HUGE arachniphobic!), that one could easily mistake them as the actual living versions from a distance.

Even scrap clay does not go to waste in this shop, which are used to create jewelry. :)

To learn more about Bright Eyed Creatures, please check out her website. BEC is a proud member of Fantasy Artists of Etsy and Western Massachussetts street teams.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Etsy Site Review: KayzKreationz

KayzKreationz is a fairly new Etsy shop that offers handmade glass creations for your home and yard. With a passion for all things involving gardening, Kay picked up several glass crafting courses such as stained glass and mosaic art over the past several years and has incorporated such into her gardening.

Some of her items are eco-friendly, such as wine bottles that were upcycled into serving dishes. Having sold her and her husband's business of thirty years last year, Kay hopes to devote more time to her shop and glass-making.

For further updates, please visit her blog, and check out her store profile to find other online communities where Kay's works are available.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Etsy Site Review: CThings

CThings (short for "Cindy's Things") offers gorgeous jewelry for that special someone. Much of her creations incorporate Swarovski crystals in complimentary, prismatic hues, strung together with sterling silver. I'm one of the few odd women who don't wear jewelry, but I would certainly love to buy one of CThing's lovely necklaces! These would make fantastic gifts for that bride-to-be!

You can check out Cindy's latest updates through her blog, Twitter and Flickr. She's also a proud contributor of EFA.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Etsy Site Review: GlitterStar Designs

From funky to punky, GlitterStar Designs has the stuff you're looking for! From art, to jewelry, to clothing and even duct tape wrist cuffs, this shop has much to offer for those who want to add a bit of boldness to their ensemble. Some of Jessi's cute beaded bracelets even glow in the dark!

For further shop updates, please visit her MySpace and blog. GlitterStar Designs is also holding a weekly sale with her street team; info is pasted directly from her profile:

****TNT Weekly Sale****

1. TNT, or Thursday night temptation is a weekly sale presented by DIYscene street team.
2. Non-DIYscene members are welcome to participate with the sale, Convo MTcoffinz for details.
3. Each week from Noon to Midnight EST there will be sales and special deals in many of our shops.
4. Check out the chatrooms to see who has a sale, any avatar that has 'TNT' in it is offering a sale at that time.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Etsy Site Review: CraftPudding

CraftPudding is home to some of the cutest stamps I've ever seen. Owner, Magda K. painstakingly carves out her original illustrations into rubber stamps, which are perfect for cute little projects. Stamp it on fabric, greeting cards, thank you notes, anything you can think of! She also has a few Christmas-themed stamps, tags, stickers, stamped boxes, ceramic goods and handmade trimming. I've personally taken printmaking courses during college, and from what I can tell you, the procedures are teeeeedious. I'm utterly impressed by how fast she can churn out these stamps!

Currently, CraftPudding is not taking any custom orders due to the high volume she's currently dealing with. For further updates, please visit her blog and Flickr.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Greencard Designs

Send messages to your friends and loved ones the creative way! Greencard Designs specializes in fun, cheeky and clever greetings in contemporary, colorful greetings.

Katherine Kelly's humble beginning started with designing stationery for her own wedding. From then on, friends and family convinced her into turning her hobby into a profession. She has since expanded onto holiday cards, announcements, locker notes (great for kids!) and notecards of the tongue-in-cheek variety. Her eye-catching designs incorporate a modern approach with bold colors, clean lines...and a hint of vintage influence. And what's also great is that her cards are printed on eco-friendly, 80lbs. card stock.

Katherine has been featured in Wife, Mom, Woman. Also, please check out her other website to view her other past creations!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Moody Girl Aromatherapy

Here are some brilliant bath and body products I've never heard of before: Moody Mud (TM), Bath Taffy (TM), Bath Icing (TM) and Moody Scrub (TM). All available exclusively at Moody Girl Aromatherapy.

Moody Mud is stress-relieving play dough that releases aromatic scents with every squeeze while the essential oils "work their magic in your hands." It's reusable and can be used like a stress ball.

Bath Taffy is aromatic bubble bath in bar form, made from natural ingredients derived from coconuts to be mild and gentle on the skin. Simply crumble 1/2 to 1 bar's worth into your running bath and watch it bubble! Comes with two bars, or in a set of eight. SLS-free.

Bath Icing is a SLS-free, versatile cream that not only moisturizes, but can also be used as body wash, facial cleanser and even shaving cream!

Moody Scrubs are sugar scrubs that moisturize and exfoliates at the same time. Infused with extra moisturizing coconut oil, olive oil and vegetable glycerin that leaves your skin super-soft and glowing. Comes in a variety of yummy scents!

For further updates, you can follow Moody Girl at her blog.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Little Pink Plum

Little Pink Plum's shop offers pocket mirrors that are both handy and cute! They're great for all occasions, and now is the perfect time to snatch up these gems for stocking-stuffers. Measuring 2.25" in diameter, these mirrors come in a huge variety of designs and can also be converted into jumbo magnets. Also available in sets of 4, 5 and 10.

Little Pink Plum also sells cute necklaces made from Scrabble tiles and come with their own gift tins. Custom and wholesale orders are gladly welcome.

Proud member of San Diego East County, Military Brats and Etsy Moms street teams. Please check out her other shop at Indigo Bay Designs

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Shup(g)

Pronounced "shoop" (G can optionally be silent), Shup(g) is all about jewelry that incorporates unusual, yet fascinating elements. Inspired by dogs, books, flowers, retro clocks, music and caravans, this Singapore-based seller whips up her fabulous creations from scratch - "inspired by the Big Guy," as she puts it! Puffy pendants, DJ consoles, apples and flowers, combined with one another as if to tell a story. It's wearable art!

Shup(g) is a proud member of JETs Street Team

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Renewed Resources

Renewed Resources is all about, well...renewed resources! From rocks, to branches, to feathers, much of the supplies are gathered from nature which surrounds the seller's home. And of course, all supplies from the great outdoors are sanitized. She also has two little helpers - her three and seven year-old granddaughters. This eco-friendly shop will surely catch your fancy if you're looking for that extra special finding to embellish your latest art project!

Renewed Resources will soon be offering one-of-a-kind hand-painted fabric by the yard, half-yard or squares. For further updates, please check out the shop blog.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Zeba Collection

For classy 'n' chic jewelry, check out Zeba's Etsy shop. From updated classic designs to more unusual ones, Zeba's jewelry uses high quality materials, such as cultured, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Her shop is also very informative on the materials used, as well as the significance of their backgrounds.

Zeba is a proud member of Etsy Jewelry Design and Supply Street Team. You can see more of her work at her Flickr account.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Unique Garden Essences

Tammy of Unique Garden Essences provides deliciously aromatic bath and body products derived from the earth. All of the plant and flower ingredients actually comes from her own organic garden as well as those of her friends (also organically grown). Many of her items are vegan-friendly, although some contain honey, which can alternatively be made into vegan versions upon request.

UGE's items come in a wide variety of scents, and best of all, no chemicals, artificial preservatives petroleum or oil refinery products are used. So check out her shop and treat your body!

Tammy is a proud member of EFA, Great Circle and BBEST Street Teams. She also has a shop for home made doggie treats and jewelry.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Threaded Goodness

Please welcome new Etsian, Threaded Goodness! As a proud mother of three (with number four coming in December), this crafty crafter specialize in crocheted items for babies and young children. She also has some killer cute arm warmers for women :)

Threaded Goodness will eventually be stocking various gift items and heirloom quality items, such as lace coverlets, table runners, tablecloths and more.

As a special for this month and December, complimentary gift wrap is offered on all purchases! Just be sure to make a note of it during checkout. For further updates, please check out the shop's blog .

Friday, November 14, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Mary Zoom

From glam gloves to art smocks, Mary Zoom's Etsy shop is stocked with a wide variety of cute, handmade goods. Her art smocks are eco-friendly, one-of-a-kind amd are reconstructed from 100% linen-thrifted shirts. They're also available in kid sizes, too!

Please also check out her other Etsy shop, ResourceQueen for sewing supplies and other findings.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Purple Daisy Jewelry

If vintage is your thing, then definitely check out Purple Daisy Jewelry! Born and bred in Texas, Sue loves treasure hunting for jewelry, vintage vanity items, clothing and more to bring you fantastic finds. Such items are hard to come across, so you may just find that special necklace, or a very unique brooch!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Nora Karen

NoraKaren is your one-stop shop for one-of-a-kind handpainted apparel and accessories. Based in Boca Raton, FL with a background in fashion design, Nora derives her inspiration from the graphic elements of nature. Each piece is a work of art, as she meticulously paints out her visions on textiles, using three to five coats of paint. Sometimes, she will accentuate said painting with a smattering of glitter and a clear seal of paint. Due to the nature of each piece, no two pieces are exactly alike.

Nora is a proud member of Poshmama, Land of Etsy and Kawaii street teams.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Etsy Site Review: CraftilyCharms

Based out of Edinburgh, Scotland, CraftilyCharms provides fantastic, hard-to-find charms for your crafting needs. Each charm is made of certified solid sterling silver (0.925) and come with an attached silver jump ring.

She is a proud member of Etsy Supply Street Team and also has another supply shop on Etsy if you're ever in need of buttons, ribbons and more. Also, check out her blog!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Paintings by Jude

"There is a relationship of love in all created things," said Jude Maceren. Based in both New Jersey and Costa Rica, this established fine artist derives his inspiration for his paintings from the beauty of nature, such as flowers, landscapes, butterflies, cats, dogs and much, much more. His preferred mediums are watercolor, acrylic and oil.

Mr. Jude has won a number of awards and has been featured in many magazines, books, posters, as well as brochures of editorial, corporate and advertising publications. His extensive client list consists of many well-known businesses, such as the Chicago Tribune, MCI and Oracle, to name a few.

Currently, Mr. Jude is offering only prints at his shop, but he will be offering original paintings sometime in the near future. You can check out more of his works through his blog and his portfolio site.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Baby Makes Three

Baby Makes Three is the crafty creation of a stay-at-home mother who loves to create high-quality and unique designer pieces for her little girl. She believes that "every little girl needs a tutu!" and thus, she opened a shop that features handmade tutus for little ones.

All of her tutus are made from only the finest materials and techniques, with comfortable elastic waistbands and come in a variety of colors. These poofy, tulle skirts will surely make your little girl feel like a princess, faerie, or whatever she wants to be!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Ella Dean

It's that time of year when it gets uber-chilly and everyone gets chapped lips. Ever wish your chapstick had a kick to it? Ella Dean has that covered! Based out of Ohio, her lip conditioners are vegan-friendly and come in a huge variety of flavors - from yummy, buttery pancakes to minty goodness...and there was even a limited edition ketchup flavor! What's also great is that they're made from 99% au naturale ingredients, and absolutely no petroleum (like store-bought lip balms).

Ella also has nifty body sprays in various unique scents, and even has gift sets - perfect for the upcoming holidays! But be sure to order ahead of time if you want to beat the rush!

Ella is a proud member of Etsy for Animals street team.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Go Go Kioko!

Meaning "beautiful child" in Japanese, Kioko's handmade jewelry is perfect for the FRUiTS fashionista kid in all of us!

Much of her pieces are bright 'n' bold, such as one of her pendants shown on the left (a personal fave of mine!). What's fascinating is that she incorporates actual candies and sprinkles in her resin pieces, making them look delectabuhl and omnomnomnomable (a la Cute Overload). But seriously, don't eat 'em! n_n;

If you prefer a more subtle look, Kioko also offers more elegant, Ukiyo-e and other Japanese jewelry.

Kioko is part of the Eastern Washington street team. For the latest updates, check out her blog. You can also check out her DH's shop, 2039Rebellion for nifty manga prints and charms.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Random Scraps

Need a greeting card but don't want your run-of-the-mill Hallmark card? Then check out Andi's shop, Random Scraps! Based out of Eastern Washington, all of her cards are lovingly handmade, using only the best quality scrapbook paper and cardstock, so absolutely nothing is skimped here! And what's also great is that no two of her cards are alike!

I love how each piece has a playfully unique feel to them. The sets are even custom-packaged with her shop logo, giving her items a professional look.

Andi is a proud member of EtsyFriends team as well as Eastern Washington team. She's currently taking Christmas card orders, and the deadline for request is November 10th. There's only a few days left so hurry, don't miss out!