Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Baby Its Cold Outside!

Baby its a COLD December here in New Jersey! Is it cold where you live? Really? It is? Then you need a hand crocheted scarf from Made By Melissa!! These are the ones I have available in my shop right now:

Glitter Lavendar Scarf:

Cotton Scarf - mostly cream with rose, sage green and mustard yellow:

Feelin' Peachy Keen Scarf:

Skinny Blue and Green Scarf:

Don't see your favorite color? Drop me a conversation in Etsy and I'll be happy to custom make you whatever scarf you'd like.

Happy Shopping!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tooting my own horn!!

If I don't, who will??? Actually, these satisfied customers will! Take a look at what they had to say after getting their products from Made by Melissa!

"Incredibly fast shipping! Beautiful earrings! We looked high and low for something like this and we couldn't be more pleased!" (American Flag Charm Earrings)

"THANK YOU! I love the bracelet to death; I've worn it to work every day since I received it! Thanks so much for resizing it for me; it fits perfectly! Wonderful seller! Thank you thank you!" (Green and White Beaded Bracelet)

"I wore these seconds after getting them out of the package. They are so cute. Great Shop!" (Halloween bat charm earrings)

"absolutely perfect! thank you so much!" (Custom order - 5 beaded necklaces)

"Terrific crafter and designer!<3 Will do business again =)" (Custom clear glass and green seed bead necklace)

"We love this necklace! My daughter doesn't want to take it off! Great communication and quick shipment!" (Ice cream charm necklaces)

"*Very* satisfied buyer here...the earrings are beautiful! (and thanks for getting them in the mail so quickly!) Highly recommended by me!" (Blue teardrop beaded earrings)

To see all of my feedback (currently 160, 100% positive) click here. Check out Made By Melissa!! Free shipping to anyone who puts "You rock" in the message to seller!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Melissa Sale!! Ends 11/18

In honor of me surviving another year, I am having a Happy Birthday sale. Simply put HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELISSA in the notes to seller form and I will give you free domestic shipping. Its that easy! Wish me a happy birthday, wait for a revised PayPal invoice and get free shipping on your entire order!

Valid until midnight Sunday 11/18. Wait for revised invoice before paying, I will not refund shipping costs if you pay before the invoice is sent. All items will be shipped USPS parcel post (7 day delivery). Offer valid to US residents only. If you live outside the US and would like to participate in my birthday celebration, please convo me and we can work out a reduced shipping rate.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Holiday Theme Jewelry

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.... well, first Thanksgiving is coming, but Christmas shopping comes right after that (and I mean RIGHT after). So why not accessorize in cute Christmas jewelry to get yourself in the mood!

These bells really jingle - Green Jingle Bell Earrings:

Oh Christmas Tree Beaded Bracelet:

Noel Beaded Bracelet:

Candy Cane Beaded Bracelet:

There is more to come, I have fimo clay beaded bracelets with snowmen, Christmas trees and Santa Claus for kids and adults, I have an adorable glass lampwork beaded Snowman bracelet and more jingle bell earrings!!

I also plan on making some zipper pulls, key chains, cell phone charms, ornaments, more bracelets, more earrings and jingle bell necklaces!! Keep an eye on my shop for more holiday items!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Vote for Mae!

I was home with Dean and Mae yesterday since Dean has pink eye and couldn't go to day care until he was on the medication for 24 hours. He was giving me such a hard time about taking a nap. I finally laid him down on the couch and wrapped him in a cozy fleece blanket. He still put up a fight... until... Mae jumped up on the couch and curled up at his feet. Then he finally settled down and they both took a nice long nap.

It was just too cute for words, so I snapped a picture to send to my hubby to brighten up his work day. Then it dawned on me!'s contest! Its perfect!!

The 3rd Annual World’s Coolest Dog & Cat Show
Where the people — not the pedigree — decide!

Here's the picture:

To vote click here: And if that doesn't work, go here and enter Mae's ID number in the box - 631905


Monday, October 22, 2007

Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer

I have been accepted to Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer! I'm honored and really excited about it. It took them a few weeks to get back to me, so I was starting to get a little bummed, but alas, there was no reason!

Check out the graphic they made me:

For more information about SRAJD, visit their website here

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Feeling Blue???

So, I was sitting at home going through my bead stash - I wanted to make something I just had no inspiration. That all changed as I was going through my mass of blue glass beads and found these lovely clear ones with blue and silver foil linings. They now have a new life in this 58 inch necklace and matching 7 inch bracelet (sold separately!)

Once I finished those two pieces, I looked at the seed beads in the container with the ones I was using and this necklace was born!

It was a very productive day after all!

My good friend Ali has some super cute new items in her shop too, I am in love with this one:

I also stumbled on a shop called You Stink Soap and I bought this fabulous coconut lemongrass lipgloss:

While I'm sharing the love, please mosey on over to the EtsyNJ blog I just updated it with a new featured artist!!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Article About Etsy on!

This is featured on

A Marketplace with a Mission founder Rob Kalin hasn't just created an online marketplace for crafts; he's built a site that creates entrepreneurs and strives for a sustainable future.

By Laura Tiffany
Updated: 11:00 a.m. ET Oct 8, 2007

After speaking with Rob Kalin, the founder of handmade products marketplace, it's apparent that like any true entrepreneur, his company isn't just a means to a paycheck. It's a mission: A mission to change the way commerce works; a mission to promote sustainable products; a mission that, much like eBay, is creating an exponential number of entrepreneurs in its wake.

EBay is an apt, but ironic, comparison. It was frustration with the online auction giant that first inspired Kalin to create Etsy in 2005. As a woodworker, he was looking for a place to sell his wares. "I [felt] like eBay [had] grown to the point where it's this faceless corporation, and I wanted to create a company that would have a handmade feel to it," says Kalin, 27. He and a group of college friends holed up in his Brooklyn apartment for six weeks before launching the initial beta version of, with Kalin on design lead and his co-founders, Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik, handling programming.

A little more than two years later, Etsy has 100,000 active sellers and 500,000 members. More than 1 million items have been sold through the site, which has become synonymous with handmade goods. Part of the site's attraction is its simplicity. With just a few steps, a crafter can set up his or her store with a subdomain and list items at a set price. Users pay 20 cents to post an item for four months plus 3.5 percent of the selling price.

And the site already has gained cachet in the crafting world. It's not considered unprofessional to forego building your own website in favor of having an Etsy store; in fact, some crafters who already have established websites build a presence on Etsy, too.

This rapid growth has proven to be a challenge. Etsy now has 47 employees; building the engineering team was so difficult that Kalin opened a new office in San Francisco to attract talent. While rejecting the idea of bringing in an outside CEO to manage Etsy, he has hired a financial person. "We have a really good advisory team, but I also want to keep that experimentation and I don't want to feel like I have a formula for how things work," he says.

For the Long Haul

Kalin applies his deep interest in sustainability to his company, not just the products that are sold through it. He views Etsy as a long-term commitment, not as a ticket to dotcom 2.0 wealth, and treats his employees like a community. He pays them a fair wage and provides good benefits and profit-sharing, as well as a casual work environment. "I wanted the company itself to be a community, based on how much we see each other but also because we do have this common purpose," Kalin says.

This sense of community also pervades Etsy on the user end. The forums hum with Etsy members answering other users' questions. The latest feature on Etsy, The Storque, is an online magazine written by members. And Kalin hired five of the top Etsy sellers to run Etsy Labs, a community crafts center that shares space with Etsy's 7,000-square-foot Brooklyn, New York, headquarters. "It's been incredible," he says. "Two nights ago at 11 p.m., there were 10 people sitting around cutting patterns, learning how to make their own skirts and shirts."

For Kalin, it all ties back into his bigger mission: helping to build a sustainable future. "[An item] has this whole other layer of meaning to it if you know who gave it to you, who made it, or if you made it," he explains. "When it breaks or needs alteration, you can fix it or you know somebody who can fix it. Instead of living in this utterly throwaway culture where if something doesn't work or doesn't fit, you just get rid of it."

Kalin and the 100,000 Etsy sellers aren't alone in this mission to create. The Craft & Hobby Association charted a 3.3-percent annual increase in the crafts market from 2002 to 2005. The association also says 4 million people each year discover crafts. This all bodes well for Etsy, which should bring in more than $2 million in sales this year.

Right now, Etsy's engineering team is catching up with the site's growth, but Kalin's mind is always racing ahead, thinking of new features. He sees a huge opportunity in internationalization, where Etsy will be served up in local languages, showing items in a user's native currency first.

"I think there's still 99 percent of the world who doesn't know who the hell we are," says Kalin, in a very glass-half-full manner. That just means Etsy is still on its way to becoming the sustainable world marketplace that Kalin has always envisioned.

Copyright © 2007, Inc.
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Friday, October 5, 2007

The Littlest Yankee Fan

Just thought I'd share another picture of Dean - aka the littlest Yankee fan (too bad he sleeps through the games!!)

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Go Yanks!!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Last Chance for Halloween Earrings!

Wow! Who would have guessed that my Halloween earrings would be so popular?? Not I! The entire first set that I listed sold very quickly! I made a second set and this will be the last of them! So, quick! Grab them!

My bottle cap magnets are also flying off the proverbial shelves, surprisingly, there aren't many like mine on Etsy! I have three more sets drying at home and will list them over the weekend. In the meantime, take a looksie at the ones that are available: Bottle Cap Magnets.

Thanks to all my great customers!!
Happy Shopping!!
Made by Melissa

Monday, October 1, 2007

New at Made by Melissa - Bottle Cap Magnets!

What happens when a crafty girl has a beer loving family??? You get bottle cap magnets!! That's right, I nagged my entire family (even the in-laws) to save their bottle caps for yours truly and created some ultra nifty bottle cap magnets for you to decorate your frig with! What a fun way to up-cycle!

For those who prefer Guiness, I have these:

Perhaps you like Michelob:

Rolling Rock is a favorite in my hubby's family:

Then there is this set of Coors and Sierra Nevada:

And finally, here is a set for the designated driver in your group:

Keep checking here for more magnets!!

Happy Shopping!!

PS - Check out the EtsyNJ Blog!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Dress up your ears for Halloween!

I just listed a bunch of Halloween earrings in my shop - the are great for kids, teens and grown-ups (and those that fall somewhere in between)!!

Candy Corn Glass Lampwork Beaded Earrings:

Little Witch Halloween Charm Earrings:

Pumpkin Jack-o-lantern Charm Earrings:

Also availble in charm earrings are Frankenstien, Count Dracula, black cats, purple spiders and purple bats. Check them all out at:
Made by Melissa's Halloween Earrings

I also listed a blue glass beaded bracelet, a kid sized blue plastic beaded bracelet, a double stranded purple and white beaded necklace, a green beaded charm necklace, two fabric sashes/belts 1, 2 and a set of ribbon pieces. Visit my whole shop here: Made by Melissa

Also visit Ali's Adorables for some cute Halloween picture frames!!

I'm featured in Ali's treasury here: Halloween Treats Treasury, hurry up and take a look, it expires on Wednesday!!

Thanks and Happy Shopping!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I'm Featured on the Etsymom Blog!!

Well, I'll be darned! Look at me, I'm featured on the Etsymom blog!! Check it out here!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Items from EtsyNJ Members

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Luck Be A Lady Jewelry Set

Hello Again!

I would like to promote my set of dice jewelry - these items are one of a kind and will never be made again. I have never seen these beads in the store since I bought them two years ago!!

The necklace and bracelet are double stranded and have a lobster claw clasp. The earrings have 4 dice each and are accented with silver spacers. There is even a 6 inch bracelet made on elastic stretchy cord for the little lady in your life.

Just click on the images below to go to the Etsy listing:

If you buy two or more of the dice set and mention this blog in the notes to seller, I will give you 10% off your order. If you buy anything else from my shop and mention this blog, I will give you free shipping. Just wait for a revised PayPal invoice before paying! (Please be sure to wait for a revised invoice, I will not refund you once you have already paid).

Thanks and Happy Shopping!!

PS - Check out the EtsyNJ blog

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Introducing the EtsyNJ Street Team!

For those of you who are familiar with Etsy you may or may not know about street teams. Street teams are a group of sellers that come together and promote each other - these teams are based on a common interest - in this case, its sellers who live in the glorious state of NJ! This blog will feature two of my fellow EtsyNJ members - Kate from and Catherine from

Kate is a student at Rutgers University and calls herself a spontaneous crafter. She says "I began knitting and taking on other various forms of crafting about 3 years ago and have been obsessed with crafting ever since. I'm not sure how I lived happily without making things before that time."

Check out Kate's Black and White Skinny Scarf:

And while your shopping take a peek at Hooded iPod Cozy and Colorful Coffee Cozy!

One of the things Sweetyprize struggles with is whether the plural of scarf is scarves or scarfs. She makes a lot of scarf/ves so she needs to know. She makes them out of unique materials, reclaimed yarn and fabric, cassette tape! Reconstruction and rethinking objects is all over her shop: housewares, jewerly, accessories, clothing, paper goods. Check it out! is also a member of the Trashion street team, the Etsy Fiber Artists street team, and Old World Shoppes.

Check out Sweetyprize's Romantic Green doily Scarf w Flowers:

And while your there make sure you check out
Crocheted hat with cassette tape and Colorful round throw rug.

For more information on EtsyNJ visit the Yahoo group at and Flickr group photos at or simply search for EtsyNJ at Etsy.

Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Everything on Sale - in honor of Baby Dean

To celebrate the arrival of my first baby - Dean John, I am having a huge sale! Just put "Its a boy" in the message to seller section and get 10% off your entire purchase (including shipping!) AND buy 3 items or more and get 10% off PLUS free shipping!!

Visit and start shopping!! All items on sale - jewelry, cell phone charms, crochet, kid's items - EVERYTHING! Now is the time to buy that item that you've been eyeing up!

Here's a pic of the wee little man:
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Happy Shopping!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Help Me Reach My Goal

I have a new goal now that my work schedule has been altered. Its actually a two part goal, one that I can handle myself and one that I need help from all of you on.

Part 1 - list at least one new item in my shop every day

Part 2 - sell at least one item every day

This goal began last week when my OB told me I couldn't go to work anymore and will continue to exist until I return to work after the baby, of course that first week or two with the baby home, I'll take it a little easy on myself!

So, PLEASE help me out with part 2 and visit

Friday, May 18, 2007

Color of the day - PURPLE!

I decided that today feels like a purple day! And boy is there a lot of purple at Made by Melissa!

There is a brand spanking new purple glass beaded bracelet:
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Purple Glass Beaded and Black Seed Bead Long Necklace:
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Purple Shell Anklet:
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Pink & Purple Dangle Earrings:
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Wind Chime Earrings:
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And for the little lady's jewelry box:

Set of three bracelets:
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Flower Power Bracelet:
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Star Necklace and Bracelet Set:
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Purple and Blue Bracelet Set:
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Have a fantastically purple day!!


Do you have any purple? Post it in my comments!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Been Tagged!

I've been tagged! Time to share some personal information about me on here. Thanks to Get Carried Away for the tag!

1) I have an extensive sock collection - so many socks that they don't fit all in one dresser drawer.

2) Speaking of socks - I can NOT sleep with socks on, I can't fall asleep until I take them off. It doesn't matter how cold it is, I can't sleep with them on. Most nights I even kick my feet out of the blankets.

3) I adopted a puppy 6 months ago that looks almost identical to the dog I had growing up - a black lab/hound dog mix. We fell in love instantly, its almost like she is the reincarnation of my childhood companion!

4) My husband got me into baseball when we first started dating, now I watch it more than he does! He'll only watch Yankee games, but I'll watch any team play.

5) My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 10 years old. I never got the hang of it although I tried for years. Then a family friend taught me to crochet and now its one of my favorite pastimes.

6) There is a good chance that my son will be born on my father's 60th birthday! My due date is June 11 and his birthday is June 9.

7) I have a weird fear of nail salons. I can't go alone. Although a few weeks ago, I did take myself to get a pedicure! Maybe I am getting over it!

I know I am supposed to tag people now, but it seems as though everyone I would tag has already been tagged! *sigh*

OK, now go to my shop! :-D
Made by Melissa

Monday, May 14, 2007

Baby Blanket!!

Good afternoon everyone!

I just listed my very first crocheted item, its a granny square pink and green baby blanket and in my opinion is just too pretty for words! There is a little baby girl just waiting to be wrapped up in this one!

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And a more traditional item for Made by Melissa - an adorable flower bracelet for the little lady in your life:

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Just click on the images to go to the listing page at Etsy! Also check out the rest of my shop, I have lots of new items!

Visit Made by Melissa

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

New Items and a personal note


I'll start off with the personal note - now that my doctor has put me on "limited activity" until the baby is born (4 weeks from now!!!) I'll most likely be making and listing lots more stuff, hence this blog will be lots more active!

These two items are a response to a EtsyKids craft challenge - the theme was beach/island and the goal was to make something from your current stash. Here's what I came up with:

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And while I was going through my beads, these gorgeous pink crystal beads were just begging me to make them into something. So, I made them into two somethings! An adorable Mommy & Me bracelet set.

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Just click on the images to go to the listing at!

And just for laughs, here is what my little pup was doing while I was hard at work!
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Happy shopping!! :-D