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My love for Etsy

Etsy is an amazing online marketplace, where ordinary people make and sell their extraordinary items.  If you’ve never been before, go here.   I have bought so many things from Etsy in the last 3 years, and every time I want to buy something, I always check to see if I can get it on Etsy.  There are thousands of sellers on Etsy, most working from their homes, many with full time jobs, families, busy lives of their own, and they sell on Etsy to supplement their income, to provide an outlet for their desire to make something, and if they’re lucky, to work at something they love.

There is a feature on Etsy called “Quit your day job” where they highlight Etsy sellers who have been so successful on Etsy, they have made the move, and their full time job is now their Etsy shop.  I’m always so inspired by those stories and the artwork and amazing craftsmanship I see on Etsy, I only wish more people knew about it, or were willing to buy from people who work really hard for their craft, and put their heart and soul into their work.

You can buy business cards, source out graphic design work, buy stuffed dolls, jewelry, clothing, knit items, vintage supplies, papercrafts, artwork, wooden docking stations for you ipod, the list is really endless, and it can be overwhelming if you don’t narrow down your search, but it is incredible at what you can find on Etsy.  Here are some of my past and present favourites:

Handmade woodland bookends - how cute?

Link here.

Beautiful watercolour map

Etsy link here.

Beautiful pottery

Etsy shop link here.

Unique and personalized jewelry

Etsy link here.

Since my love for Etsy began, I have bought pottery (have you ever seen an “Eran” mug?  Neither have I, but Etsy can make it happen – here), jewelry, supplies for my own Etsy shop (fabric, zippers, ribbon, trim, business cards, logo design, labels), little fabric pouches, knitting patterns, digital art prints, photography prints, wine bottle etched drinking glasses (link here), natural deodorant (yes, you can buy deodorant on Etsy!), alphabet stencils, a steel dry erase memo board (link here) and so many other things.

If you take away anything from this post, I really encourage you to check out Etsy.  You can buy almost anything there, and most things are amazing quality, made by good people who stand behind the product they make.  Before you buy, just make sure you check the seller’s feedback, where buyers can comments on the quality of the goods, and the service they received. If you haven’t already, check out my shop, and some of my friends, here and here.

Why buy from giant big box retailers, where everyone has the same thing, when you can buy from independent people who really care about what they are making and have a passion for it.  Support the individuals who work really hard.  Of course, I am one of those people, so I’m obviously biased, but I’ve just been amazed by the quality of the products I’ve received, as well as the kindness of the buyers I have bought from.  When you’re in it for yourself, you really want your product to be the best – to stand out, and you work really hard.  No where is this more evident than on Etsy, so go there, look for something, and support a person, rather than a corporation.

I’m really curious to see what you’ve bought from Etsy, so let me know, and if you haven’t bought something from there before, get your Etsy account, get a PayPal account, and start shopping.

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aprons and snack bags

So lately I’ve been thinking about what to add to my Sophiebelle shop.  I’m doing a show in May – the Babyvibe Spring Fair – and I wanted to have some new things.  My mom made Sophie an apron along with some oven mitts and pot holders for Christmas, so I thought that making kids aprons would be a good thing.  Sophie wears her apron when she plays in the kitchen, and I like the idea of adding new things to the shop, so enter Sophiebelle’s reversible kids apron!

reversible apron

Some special features of this baby include the elastic neck band, and velcro waist band, so kids as young as 2 years old can put this sucker on by themselves, fostering a spirit of independence and pride – yay!  I’ve also introduced fabric snack bags.  I made a bunch of these over the year, and have used them whenever we go out, stashing cookies, crackers, rice cakes, fruit – you name it.  I love that you can reuse it over and over and over again – anything to stop the growing pile of garbage that we keep creating, but that’s a whole other blog post.

large snack/sandwich bag in crazy stripes

large sandwich/snack bag in space dots

After posting these on Etsy, I was happy to already sell one – yay!  Man I love Etsy.

Anyways, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, just haven’t been inspired, but I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to on the crafting front.  And of course, a picture of the monkey.

playing in the sand at Sasamat Lake on Easter weekend

Sophiebelle on Etsy

So, when Sophie was almost a year old, I decided to try my hand at Etsy.  If you are not familiar, Etsy is an amazing online marketplace, where you can buy amazing handmade things, from mugs, to clothing, jewelry, mittens, ipod cases, pretty much anything you can think of.   You don’t have to buy everything from a store.  You can buy beautiful handmade items, from millions (literally) of Etsy sellers from all around the world, and receive very high quality items.  I’ve bought a bunch of things from Etsy since I discovered it, and opened my own shop.  I’ve mostly purchased supplies (fabric, clothing tags, business cards), but also fun stuff, like an awesome magnetic memo board from this shop.  Having my Etsy shop is my third job, after being a mother, and teaching two days a week.

hard at work

It’s craziness in our place when I’m working, with fabric, patterns, thread, snap presses, all over the place, but, such is life when you work out of your home.

Working with Sophie at my feet, and wandering amidst the madness can be overwhelming, but I really enjoy making things, and usually have a few projects on the go at once (one I’m in the middle of which I’m super excited about – more on that one later!).

I think the results are pretty worth it also.

I initially thought I would focus on making dresses, but it seems like Etsy is pretty saturated with those.  I do sell dresses here and there, but the main sellers are Sophie Savers, fabric straps to attach a small toy or snack cup to a stroller or car seat, so they don’t get tossed out.

Save Sophie!!

They really are helpful, and I’m not just saying that because I make ’em.  If you have a Sophie, you don’t want to lose it, because while very wonderful and helpful for teething babies, it does cost around $20 in Canada, so it’s an investment you don’t want tossed out of the stroller by an unruly child.  I’ve had a great reaction to these handy fabric straps, and people often buy them as a pack of 3 – we have 2 on our stroller (for a toy and another for a snack cup) and one on our carseat, because you don’t want to be reaching back while driving to retrieve a fallen toy.

3-pack of Sophie Savers

It’s difficult trying to fit in time for lesson planning, and keeping up stock in my Etsy shop, but that’s what naptime and bedtime are for, right?  If you’re interested in checking out the shop (if you haven’t already), go here.  Enjoy!