Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Summer Afternoon

Classically designed natural wooden toys are making their way back, through the creativity and imagination of A Summer Afternoon.  Here is what we have learned this week about this wonderful and unique shop:

We are a husband and wife team, Aaron and Erin, working together to bring back the popularity of classic wooden toys! We make wooden cars, trucks, trains, teethers, craft holders (crayons, etc), ferris wheels, blocks, and whatever else we come up with next!

We love these toys for our 15-mo-old, who is our product tester and also loves them, and we want to provide for the growing number of parents out there who are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with noisy, plastic, battery-operated toys! We design our toys to promote creative and imaginative playtimes!

All of our products are made entirely of wood (except for the metal train hooks), and finished with beeswax or organic flax seed oil, so they are completely child-safe. We also offer personalization on all of our items--woodburning by hand gives it that handmade, one-of-a-kind touch!

My favorite item would have to be our wooden ferris wheel--each one is so intricately crafted out of various hardwoods, and no two are exactly the same...and it is just so fun to spin around!

Our best sellers would have to be our Wooden 4-passenger Bus, and our train. We just got started in August of 2010, but we had a great holiday sales season, and are looking forward to all of the opportunities that 2011 will present.

"You are sure to love the classic design of our cars and trucks as much as you will love the creativity and imagination they inspire!"
Erin and Aaron
A Summer Afternoon

PS - to date, 222 sales in 6 months of opening - amazing!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baby Smith by Draft Smith

This week we are talking to Shawna from Baby Smith by Draft Smith.  The items designed and sewn by Shawna include cloth blocks, texture balls, burp cloths and blankets. They are made to be played with by babies, toddlers and children of all ages. The items are all soft and durable, making it a great gift for babies that can last for years.  Here is what we learned about Baby Smith:

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

I am a Mom of two red headed girls, 17 months and 4 1/2 years, a wife of 6 1/2 years and an architect by trade. I started my Etsy shop a little over a year ago when I was laid off from my architecture job and needed extra income. I specialize in cute gifts for babies and children. Which translates to blankets, burp cloths, blocks balls, soft books and more.

Is there anything unique about your product?

I love custom orders and to personalize, whether that means looking for custom fabrics for a customers tastes or just embroidering names on items.

What is your favorite item in your shop?

I love making this custom letter quiet book. It is always different. I like collaborating with the customer to make it unique for the child receiving it.

What is your best seller?

My friendly monster fabric seems to be my most popular fabric and my 12"x12" blanket my most popular item, in any of the fabrics, and embroidered.

What inspires you?

My girls, I am constantly making them things and coming up with things for them, some of which make it to my shop.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Under the Tree

The Perfect Gift!

L to R:

PIY- Paint It Yourself Princess Tee

Fleece Robot Doll Kits

Little Red Riding Hood

Crayon Wallet Travel Case

Mariah Cloth Play Block

Matryoshka Doll

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Remembering Emma

Welcome to Snanimals, where each shoe is handpainted with LOVE.

Jane Perillo, founder and artist of Snanimals, is inspired by her children. She handpaints each adorable little bug, animal, and character with the detail and creativity of a mom creating for a child. Her creations provide Jane with a way to remember and honor her late daughter, Emma, and she believes that Emma lives on in every pair of shoes she creates. In addition, Jane is creating for others something that is fun and practical and that children can wear every day.

The big sellers, according to Jane, are Minnie Mouse, Elmo, Cupcakes, and Ladybugs. Jane enjoys the colorful ones, particularly the green and pink ladybugs and the cows. Along with many different shoes to choose from, Jane also handpaints baby booties, onesies, bloomers, and totes.

Jane's daughter, Anna, is a great and willing shoe model who makes it clear which ones are her favorites! She prefers the sneakers, and she loves Elmo! Anna has quite a shoe collection for a kid!

Follow these links to hear more about her inspiration - her dear Emma.

"Let Us Cover Your Piggies With Our Piggies"

- Snanimals -

Sunday, December 12, 2010

High Steppin' Holidays

Steppin' out with EtsyBABY this holiday season!

Santa Sneakers, Rudolph Mary Janes, Monkey See

Mary Jane Bows, Santa Booties

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sweet Smiles Baby

Sweet Smiles Baby knows what to do with adorable tushies.  Jessica, shop designer and creator, designs and creates custom children's clothing... but her specialty seems to be diaper covers.  If you've got any cute bottoms in your life, you'll need to check out Sweet Smiles Baby.  Here is what Jessica shared with us about her shop and her products:

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

I am a fashion design school graduate and a mom so I combine these passions into creating clothing for little girls.

 How do you make your shop and your product stand out from the others?

My Kimono Sweet Bottoms diaper cover is truly a unique product. I designed it, created the pattern and sew each one, finishing the inside with french seams. It takes a long time to make each one, but I really love seeing them completed.

 Which part of creation process that you like to do the most?

I love coming up with new ideas and working through creating a pattern in my head so that I can actually make it.

What is your best seller?

My best seller is the black and white polka dot diaper cover that features a giant red bow on the back.

What is your favorite tool that you cannot live without?

My favorite tool would have to be the huge sewing/cutting table my husband built for me.
"Sweet Bottoms are made with great attention to detail"
Jessica, Sweet Smiles Baby

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah with EtsyBABY!

L to R:

Reusable Sandwich Bag from Mamamade

Ankle Bitters from Joey and Aleethea

1st Hanukkah Bib from Sew Crafts

Starry Nights Tutu by Danbury Lane

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Team EtsyBABY Welcomes.....







Friday, November 19, 2010

Team EtsyBABY© Welcomes....

Team EtsyBABY© has the pleasure of introducing 2 of our newest members!
For quality baby bedding and decor see IslaCorinne. Beautiful made quilts, bumpers, blankets, sheets and more!
Purple Possom has a cute line of onesie stickers and cupcake wrappers!
Place the decal on your child's t-shirt on their monthly Birthday. Take a picture and start documenting how quickly they grow. This is a fun way to keep an exciting record of how your baby grows. The final pictures look excellent framed in a birth to 1 year old picture frame. Reuse the sticker in scrapbooks or baby books! Such a great product!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Team EtsyBABY© Welcomes....

Team EtsyBABY© has the pleasure of introducing 2 new members!
For ADORABLE knit hats for your little kiddo's visit will be amazed at the darling animal hats she offers in her shop!
At Snuggle Bug Kidz you will find quality items...priced just right! If you need a special problem! They would be happy to make your one of a kind hair accessory!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

From Classic To Quirky

Meet Jennifer, from Manchester.  Jennifer is a knitter, a life coach, a paper crafter, and a mom to FOUR children under FIVE!  Props to the amazing and hard working women we find on Etsy!  Here is a little bit about Jennifer's shop, JayCee Originals:

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

My name is Jennifer and I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home Mommy to four beautiful children: Michael (5), Nicholas (4), Steiven (2) and Tamara (6 months). 

My favourite crafts are cross-stitch, hardanger embroidery, crochet and of course knitting. I have been knitting since forever but it took over from cross-stitch as my main creative outlet during my first pregnancy. I was of course motivated to create beautiful knits for my baby and all of our available wall space (and that of our family and friends) was already covered by cross-stitch!

How do you make your shop and product stand out from the others?

While I do use pastel tones in my creations, I like to spice things up with stronger fashion colors and I always try to find a snappy name for my knits. I use a wide range of fibers in a wide range of colors, textures and garment styles to cater for as many individual tastes as possible. There is something for every occasion and to suit every budget!

What is your favourite item in your shop?

All of my items are favourites in their own unique way however I particularly love this organic cotton sweater vest:

What is your best seller?

My best seller varies from season to season, this winter, the must-have garment from my collection is the Sparkle Shrug which I have reproduced in various sizes and colors.

What inspires you?

Obviously my main inspirtaion is my family, my Avatar and Banner both feature my baby daughter. I love to base designs on outfits from old family photographs, one of my favourites (below) is based on a pram set worn by my father in the 1940's. There are so many design ideas jotted on scraps of paper on my desk I fear it will take a lifetime to realise them all and often find myself waking at night with yet another plan for a great garment. Another source of inspiration is my yarn stash - yarn often joins my stash after an idea jumps out at me ;)

What is your goal for 2010? And are you on the right track?

My business goal at the start of 2010 was to maintain "normal" operation through the expansion of my family - on the day of my daughter's birth, I received 2 orders! Having successfully achieved this, I am working at consolidating my "micro-brand". I knit around my children's schedules so in terms of order volumes, I am currently working close to capacity :)

"Expertly handmade boutique quality baby items from classic to quirky."
Jennifer, JayCee Originals


Team EtsyBABY© Welcomes....

Team EtsyBABY© has the pleasure of introducing our newest member ~ Emmie's DesignsIf you're looking for something fun and different then the same old thing that every other baby has then you've come to the right place.
At Emmie's Designs she strives to bring new and unique styles that every Mom and baby would love to have. Her products are hip and fresh and are sure to be the hit at any baby shower and will always be a great gift for your little ones.

Team EtsyBABY© Welcomes....

Team EtsyBABY© welcomes...Shadow Dragon Dreams
She offers a wide selection of wonderful outfits for your little one! Lots of goodies in her store...♥

Dressing for the Holidays

Dressing Up the Holidays with Style!


Christmas Knot Dress

Christmas Sibling Set

Candy Cane Sibling Set

Christmas Tutu

Happy Holidays! 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Team EtsyBABY© Welcomes....

Team EtsyBABY© has the pleasure of introducing 4 new members ♥
The Chic Monkey Boutique has a variety of beautiful quality baby, kids and mom products. Such as, Minky Baby Blankets (Custom to your liking), Tutus (Can also be custom made) Burp Cloth sets, Aprons, Crochet Beanies and a variety of loveys and toys.
Kinder Kouture has unique, beautiful and elegant children's clothing. She offers a special selection of handmade children's clothing in a wide variety of styles and fabrics. She takes particular pride in offering the very best in quality, so have fun looking at her selections.
Starry Knight Design offers hand crafted leather shoes and slippers from remnant material for babies, kids, and adults. All designs are available in all sizes and in a variety of different colors.
Twisted Snail has chunky, funky & knotty crochet hats for ages zero to infinity. With sizes for babies, toddlers, children and teen/adults, these hats are perfect for families and photographers. Custom colors and designs are available and encouraged.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Team EtsyBABY© Welcomes....

Team EtsyBABY© welcomes our newest member...BMod Designs
FUNKY, MODERN, COOL! This is B:MOD DESIGNS! Check her shop often for new items!
She has a huge selection of creative clothes and leg warmers for your kiddo's!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dilly Bop Designs

Read on about Michelle, designer and creater of Dilly Bop Designs, and what makes her etsy shop unique:

Welcome to dilly bop designs, where the fashions are fabulous and made for FUN!

My name is Michele Williams, and I am a design-at-home mommy to three fantastic boys whose silly-dilly antics motivate and inspire me daily!

100% cotton tees are altered via freehand drawing using color remover for a very unique effect that you won't find anywhere else! All of my designs can be done on a variety of t-shirt colors, and all tee brands and colors react a little differently to the color removing process, so every one will be a totally unique, one-of-a-kind artistic creation.

All designs are available on long or short sleeves!

All infant, toddler and children's sizes are available.

"Our number one goal is your childs comfort and safety."
Michelle, Dilly Bop Designs

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Team EtsyBABY© Welcomes....

Team EtsyBABY© has the pleasure of introducing 4 new members ♥

Fallen Star Bowtique is a one stop shop for all your newborn, toddler and big girl hair accessories needs. Her shop will be changing a lot this month to prepare for the holiday season...many new items arriving!

littleindie (watch for her store opening!)

Morning Star Loft proudly produces unique, handcrafted baby onesies, toddler shirts and women's items perfect for yourself or as a gift. Onesies from Morning Star Loft make orignial baby shower gifts. Each item is hand dyed & hand painted for a one of a kind product. Home of the original Baby Gaga onesie & Little Gaga toddler t's for the tiniest of Lady Gaga's little monsters.

Pure Pixie cares as much for the ENVIRONMENT as for children's health, they select only HIGH QUALITY NATURAL fabrics, ORGANIC for the most part and use just enough color in her designs to make these ECO-FRIENDLY kids' items fun to look at and wear. Your Pure Little One will love to wear these clothes!