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.....