Thursday, October 30, 2008

EtsyNJ Presents Handmade @ Om Baby!

The EtsyNJ street team is organizing its first craft show! We've hooked up with the fabulous owners of Om Baby in Point Pleasant and have rented the studio for a Saturday afternoon of shopping bliss! Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and get a one of a kind made in New Jersey gift for every person on your list!

The following awesome vendors will be showcasing their 100% handcrafted items:
Dragon's Den:

Made By Melissa:

Yin Souciant Accessories & Bags:

What's Eating Yin:

Yin Vivo Weddings & Photography:

Beach Chik Designs:

Blue Pie Designs:

Heart of Nature:


Creations By Robin:

Kit Kat Quilts:

Capital City Crafts:

Creations By Danielle:

Seahorse Designs:


BK Designs:

Madeleine Bake Shop:

Carol's heART Creations:

Max Scent Soy Candles:

Abbie Road Artful Designs:

The Celebration Boutique:

Visit us from 12 - 5 at Om Baby Studio on 726A Arnold Ave, Pt Pleasant, NJ! The first 70 shoppers will get an EtsyNJ swag bag - so come early!

Monday, October 27, 2008

I love handmade!

I didn't realize how many handmade items I use everyday until recently. I get up every morning and use some nifty crocheted cotton face pads made by yours truly! After I get dtressed, I accessorize with a bracelet I made myself that has the birthstones of myself, my son and my hubby and I put on the super cool star earrings I bought from Capital City Crafts. I take care of my dry skin with some tasty vanilla bean hand lotion from Lollibomb and protect my lips from getting chapped with some equally tasty coconut lemongrass lip balm from You Stink Soap.

Then I grab the tote bag I got from Bugga Love aka ALaine Designs this past Christmas and I pack my son's bag for daycare, next I grab my totally awesome hooker tote bag from Trashed Clothing and pack my lunch.

Once everything is packed and everyone is dressed, I rummage through my bag from Tracy Joy and look for my car keys which are attached to a fabulous wristlet keychain from PurpleLicious.

I finally then scoop up my son and walk to the car. His sweet little neck and cheeks are protected from the stiff car seat straps by blue fleece protective covers from Handcrafted Baby Accessories by Georganne (bummer! I see that she's closed her shop! How sad!) and since its been so cold latey, I toss the blanket on his lap that I made for him when I was just barely pregnant.

And that sums up all the handmade items I use on a daily basis. Have you taken the handmade pledge yet??

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Spooky Fun for Halloween

I was sitting here thinking, I feel like writing a blog, but what should I write about?? Do you ever feel that way? I'm almost positive I'm not the only one because otherwise there would be no such thing as the Etsybloggers Blog Carnival!! So, the topic this time around is this: Spooky: Tell a spooky story, real or made up. Or present a Halloween crafting project or something in your shop that will give us the creeps .

I don't really have a spooky story, I was never much into telling tall tales of ghosts, goblins, aliens, wolfman or whatnot. But, I did love to read them way back in my pre-teen years. I particularly enjoyed Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan.

Now though, there isn't much time for reading, although Halloween is still lots of fun! This skull necklace would be a great accent to any spooky costume:

And these cute purple spider earrings would be perfect for us who can't get dressed up in costume for work, but still like to show a little Halloween spirit!

Remember, you have to jump on these soon in order to be sure to get them in time for Halloween! And if you visit my shop between Friday night 10/24 and Saturday night 10/25, there won't be much there as I'll be packing up for the Handmade Faire.

Have a spooky day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Handmade Faire : Halloween Edition 10/25 Medford, NJ

The Handmade Faire: not your average art and craft show...

A new generation of nearly 100 original, unique indie artists and crafters will be selling their creations at the Handmade Faire in Medford, New Jersey this Saturday October 25 from 10-4. You'll find amazing Handmade finds such as handmade soaps, unique jewelry, paper crafts, metal sculptors, clothing designers, basket weavers, painters, organic pet treats and much more - everything you need to start and finish your holiday shopping! It's no coincidence that the Faire is exactly 60 days until Christmas! It's best to get your shopping done early and this is your perfect opportunity! All items are being represented by the artist that created it, it is truly a wonderful thing to buy a one of a kind item directly from the hands that created it! Check out our vendor list!

The first 100 visitors will receive our signature treat bags, chock full of free goodies from local artists. This Faire is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping, too!

The Handmade Faire
Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the Flying W Airport Resort
Medford, New Jersey; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
for directions, click here

The ambiance at the Faire will be be festive so if you have been waiting for a reason to put on a costume, now is your chance! Many of the vendors will be in costume and we encourage you to do the same! Abbie Galie and Mother in Law, Pola, the event coordinators will be in costume as well!

Similar to our April Handmade Faire, Abbie has some very special giveaways planned for our shoppers and the vendors have really outdone themselves in the goodies that they are offering. Some of these freebies are special presents all in themselves. Not to mention the amazing Treat Bags that will be given to the first 100 shoppers!

Admission and Parking are both free and abundant! Come do your Holiday shopping and save on shipping AND gas by shopping all in one place!

Shopping not your thing, but your spouse loves it? Don't worry - you can grab a bite and watch the flat screen tv's in the on location Flying W Bar, while your better half is shopping! Or have a scenic lunch while watching the airplanes fly in and out! There's certainly lots to see! Make the whole day a Halloween Extravaganza by checking out the Medford's Annual Halloween Parade after the Faire at 7, on Main Street. A fun day for the whole family!

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Handmade and do all your Christmas Shopping at the Handmade Faire!
#1. Support Local Independent Artists
#2. Be an Individual, not some brand
#3. Own or Give something that is completely unique
#4. Better Gift Giving - no chance of doubles!
#5. Think Green - Not Factory Made
read more about why it's better to shop handmade!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Who's on Facebook?

OK, so here I am hanging out in Facebook and I find all these cool things that I can set up to promote my Etsy shop. So, if you are a fan of me and are on Facebook, I ask that you please visit the links below.

Be my fan:

Follow my blog:

Follow the EtsyNJ blog:

Thanks a million!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

EtsyBlogger Featured Member - BFBeads

As I am sure you are aware by now, every month a different team member from the EtsyBloggers street team is selected to be the featured member and their prize is that we all blog about them! How totally cool is that? Anyway, October's featured blogger is Jen from BFBeads (that's baby friendly, by the way) and Mama's Magic Studio.

Jen has some really awesome baby friendly jewelry. And believe me, its hard to wear jewelry when you have a curious little one tugging at you with the fear of those pudgy little hands snapping your necklace and tiny beads going flying everywhere! Oy! What a disaster! Well, thanks to Jen, not only can you wear stylish and pretty jewelry, but you can let your little one tug on it all they want (so long as they aren't hurting you) without fear of it breaking. Take a look at some of these stunning necklaces:

So, check her out! Oh, and by the way, Jen featured me on her blog last October!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Help find a cure for cancer....

.... and smell great doing it! My fellow EtsyNJ team member Amanda of Dragon's Den is currently donating 10% of all of her sales to the Cancer Research Foundation. Please visit her blog for more details.