Friday, November 28, 2008

EtsyNJ Cyber Monday Sale!

EtsyNJ is hosting its first ever team wide sale and what better day than Cyber Monday!! With all the great EtsyNJ shops that are participating, you can easily finish all your holiday shopping without even leaving your seat!

See the list below for participating shops. Please be sure to enter “EtsyNJ Cyber Monday” in the notes to seller at checkout in order to receive your sale. Sale code is valid Monday, December 1, 2008 only.

AbbieRoad Artful Designs -
Screenprinted Clothing, Art Prints & Accessories
Free Mirror or Magnet (you pick) w/ any $20 purchase

Abelee’s Handcrafted -
handcrafted earrings made from sterling silver, gemstones, antiqued brass, and unusual glass beads.
Free shipping, and 10% off any item made with pearls (glass or natural), refund via PayPal.

AJK Artistry -
Greeting Cards, Custom Invites, Fine Art and more!
Free shipping on every item in both of my shops! Shipping fees will be refunded through paypal.

amarie by andrea maiolano -
handbags made of beautiful fabrics - hobo totes, wristlets, clutches, keychain wristlets and more!
Buy ANY 2 items and receive free domestic shipping and a FREE WRISTLET KEYCHAIN!

Azaiez Designs -
Buy two or more items and get free shipping on the entire purchase!

Baobab Love -
Jewelry that brings Joy - Timeless, Unique, Hand crafted
Free Earrings custom earrings with any purchase of $50 or more.

Bella Mental -
15% off all items, excluding custom orders

Beachchiik -
Beachy Art & Gifts, Accessories for your home. Seashell Dining Accessories. Goodies for your Gromets (aka- your little surfer kids) and Custom Kids Tote Bags for all occasions.
10% off Your Total Purchase and Free Shipping in the US .

Beeb Designs -
Beaded jewelry and ornaments
10% off Your Total Purchase
FREE Gift with purchases of $30 or more

Berd & Bee -
Handmade Candles, Handpainted Mugs and Unique Gifts
20% off any Cyber Monday purchase

Capital City Crafts -
Sterling silver jewelry with freshwater pearls & semiprecious stones
All orders in the shop are discounted as follows:
$50 to $99 -10% discount
$100 to $199 - 15% discount
over $200 - 20% discount
Cyber Monday- bonus gift with purchase of $50 of more.

Collective Elements -
Ultimate Paper Love! Cards, Journals, Bookmarks, and more Paper Goodness!
Buy 2, get 1 free (lowest priced item) Will receive refund via Paypal.

Sock monkeys, repurposed products, holiday items, and more!
Free gift with any purchase.

CreationsByRobin -
Handmade Jewelry, Inspired by Nature
CYBER MONDAY SALE- Free shipping (refunded via Paypal) & Gift w/ Purchase

Deirdre Ryan Photography -
Fine Art Photography and Gifts
Buy any 5×7 Set of Prints and receive 2 FREE 4×6 of Your choice from any 4×6 listed!

DesignDolcezza -
Scrapbook, cards and so much more!
Free Domestic Shipping!

Dhara Holistics -
Free Shipping on all orders

Dictioncanary -
Free shipping on all orders

EmptyHeartCreations -
Pendants, Handmade Guitar Straps, Jewelry
Free holiday gift bag and tissue paper with your purchase

Fisheye & Fishlegs - &
Unique Accessories and Vintage Finds.
10% off all orders, refund via PayPal

Happiknits -
funky handknit accessories.
FREE US shipping with purchase of 2 or more items.

Heart of Nature -
Fine art photography, greeting cards, and other nature inspired creations by Kitty Wilkin
5% off all greeting cards and sets & 20% off all matted fine art prints!!
Free recyclable greeting card for all orders over $50!!

Jtat Music -
Hair clips, Hair Clip organizers, and more!
1 FREE Hair Clip (of my choice) with any Cyber Monday purchase!

Jewelry Designs By Me -
Eclectic jewelry designed with glass, shell, wood, acrylic, resin, metal beads, & semiprecious stones beads matched with Swarovski.
20% off ALL ITEMS + FREE SHIPPING. Please convo me for a revised PayPal invoice

KameKnits -
Crocheted and knitted items - blankets, scarves, hats, and custom items!
10% all items and free shipping in the US for purchases of 2 or more items

Lil Dab Designs -
Swarovski Bracelets,Holiday Cards,6×6 Themed paperbag Albums all Handmade .
Free Shipping in U.S.A only, on every item in shop , plus free gift with purchase

Little Bit Crafts -
Crafty creations made with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Great holiday decor & gift items!!!!
FREE Gift with each order and 10% Off Total Order of $40 or more!!!

LizArti -
Fun Selection of Handmade Jewelry at Reasonable Prices
20% off anything in the shop!

Made By Melissa -
Beaded Jewelry, Crochet, Vintage, Destash
Buy any 2 items and get the 3rd half off (refund issued via PayPal)

Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry -
Broken china jewelry, sea glass jewelry, shell jewelry
Free shipping on both US & International orders

Melia's Creations -
FREE Gift with any purchase of $5 or more

Meribella -
One of a kind fine silver and sterling silver jewelry made to love.
FREE SHIPPING. (shipping will be refunded via Paypal.)

Orange Slice Art -
Paintings , pillows, bags, coasters, tiles, dolls, prints
Free shipping on any order over $50

Quizzlebob -
Affordable and fun novelty and geek accessories, plus a little bit of everything else
FREE Shipping on any purchase $10 or more
Buy two keychains, get the third one FREE
Buy an item for charity, get a keychain or piece of jewelry half off
Refunds issued via PayPal

PurpleLicious Designs -
Handmade Fabric Headbands, Ribbon Belts and More!
Free Shipping on all US orders and special sale section.

Seahorse Designs -
Fun Knitted Scarves, Neckwarmers, Fingerless Gloves, Jewelry and Beaded Accessories.
10% off Your Total Purchase of $25 or more
FREE Gift with purchases of $30 or more
FREE Shipping to US, Canada and UK on purchases that total $50 or more
Shipping and the 10% discount will be will be credited back via Pay Pal.

ShutterKate -
Original Knitted and Crocheted Accessories
Every purchase gets you a free knitted key fob as a gift!

Strand and Toggle -
Beaded jewelry that’s fun and fancy
Free icicle earrings with the purchase of any necklace

Suebeebuzz -
Free comfrey lip balm with every order

SusanItkinBatik -
Batik clothing, wall art, home decor and greeting cards.
20% off all items.

The Spinning Hand -
Handmade knitted delights for women and children; unique vintage finds.
Free knitted gift with any purchase of $20 or more

Third Floor Designs -
Unique accessories for your every mood
20% off all orders (excluding shipping) and free US shipping for orders over $50

Yinsouciant -
Go green and get free shipping with every custom order!
Just for Cyber Monday all buyers will receive a pair of X’mas gift tags free, handmade from vintage song sheets

Enter "EtsyNJ Cyber Monday" in the notes to seller to get your sale or send a convo to the seller if you have any questions.

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Photo Tag

I was tagged by Julie from to participate in this cute game of photo tag.

This is my puppy Mae on the first day we brought her home over two years ago. She was just 8 weeks old and weighed less than 8 pounds! I gave her a soft shawl that I had started knitting but finished it off when I realized exactly why I preferred crocheting. She still has it buried in her crate along with a gagillion other toys.

Here are the instructions:

* Go to your sixth picture folder then pick your sixth picture.
* Pray that you remember the details.
* Post it on your blog.
* Tag 5 others, leave a comment to let them know they’ve been tagged.

Feel free to participate, even if I haven't tagged you.

Also, remember, EtsyNJ is hosting a massive Cyber Monday Sale on December 1. Visit for all the details!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Important Info on Fraud Protection

EtsyNJ member Greco Woodcrafting wrote a great blog post on how to protect yourself as a small business owner from getting tricked into accepting false credit cards, checks and cash. It's a must read!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thanksgiving Traditions

The EtsyBloggers pose an interesting question for this month's blog carnival - "What is your favorite tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday?" Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday, we have so many traditions that I am sure I will miss some.

My father, sister and I always make our Thanksgiving stuffing from scratch - ALWAYS. We toast the bread and cut it into chunks, saute celery and onions, brown the sausage, measure out the spices and moisten the whole thing with turkey stock that my father boiled the night before. And we always get a rather larger turkey, I'm talking 25 lbs of turkey! So, in order to have the bird cooked and cool enough to carve by 2 PM we have to start making the stuffing quite early. In fact, we start so early that we are often pretty much done by the time the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade starts.

My mom always makes pumpkin pie and chocolate pudding pie, my aunt always brings apple pie and mince pie. Although, my grandfather was the only one who ate the mince pie so after he died a few years ago, we replaced the mince pie with blueberry pie. Sorry, Grandpa!

My sister always gets one turkey leg, my father always gets the turkey wings, someone always spills the gravy, and I always get the first slice of pumpkin pie.

The traditions have changed slightly since my sister and I got older and I am sure as my son grows up they will continue to evolve. I just hope he enjoys the madness of Thanksgiving as much as I do!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As a thank you to those of you who read this silly little blog post, I offer free shipping on any purchase in my shop, just put "TG Blog" in the notes to seller and I will send you a refund via PayPal.

Monday, November 10, 2008

EtsyBlogger Featured Member - Storybeader

Can you believe that its November already? Wow, time really does fly these days. Anyway, being that its a new month that means its time for a new featured EtsyBlogger and this month its Deb from Storybeader. Deb makes unique jewelry and each necklace comes with a haiku, written specifically for the piece! How cool is that?

This fancy jasper cabochon is my favorite item from her shop.

And don't forget to click on over to her blog at

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Meet them TODAY at Om Baby!

Read this blog post and then RUN, RUN, RUN to Om Baby Yoga Studio in Pt Pleasant, NJ. TODAY is the big day! We'll be there from noon to 5 PM and this is your chance to get gifts for each and every person on your list. Here are three more EtsyNJ shops who are waiting for you to visit us this afternoon.

Copabananas has a unique assortment of goodies in her shop. She has cute sock monkeys, adorable gLove dolls, upcycled totes and reusable lunch bags and so very much more. You simply have to take a look to see everything. Since I feel like I always feature her sock monkeys whenever I get the chance, today I am going to show you something that I just noticed in her shop - glasses cases! I love this one made with cute kawaii fabric:

Seahorse Designs has handknit scarves and fun, funky, wearable art & accessories. Her shop also spans the creative spectrum with items ranging from shawls to jewelry to lip balm cozies to stitch markers and more! I know someone who would love this Wizard of Oz crystal charm bracelet:

Max Scent Soy Candles is a new member of the EtsyNJ street team and she has soy candles in really unique containers! Who would have thought to put candles in wine glasses, vintage tea cups and even an old fashioned sundae cup! I can't decide which is prettier, the candle or the containter!

See you this afternoon!!

EtsyNJ Presents Handmade @ Om Baby Craft Show!
Originally uploaded by madebymelissa

Friday, November 7, 2008

Meet them on Saturday at Om Baby Part 2!

OK, so in my effort to feature as many sellers as possible who will be at the EtsyNJ craft show at Om Baby Yoga Studio in Point Pleasant NJ THIS SATURDAY from noon to 5 PM I present to you three more fabulous EtsyNJ sellers!

Dragon's Den makes awesome candles, soaps and lotions and donates a portion of each sale to the Cancer Research Foundation. Get gifts for everyone on your list who likes to smell pretty and help find a cure for cancer at the same time - that's a double gift!! I simply love this Christmas Candy Chunk Pillar Candle, I think it would be a great gift for my mother.

Also be sure to check out her beeswax candles, I think they are so incredibly cool!

Capital City Crafts makes stunning sterling silver jewelry that really makes a statement. And her photography skills are awesome! These round midnight earrings are sure to make a statement at this season's holiday parties!

Also be sure to check out the Jet Holiday Sale section, but make sure you do it before 11/8!

Heart of Nature has gorgeous photography and Saturday will be her first ever craft show! Check out her shop for greeting cards, matted photographs and so much more. I simply love her 8x10 muscle love photo:

See you Saturday!

EtsyNJ Presents Handmade @ Om Baby Craft Show!
Originally uploaded by madebymelissa

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Meet them on Saturday at Om Baby!

I had wanted to feature one artist each day over the last two weeks who would be selling their awesome handmade goods at the EtsyNJ Handmade @ Om Baby Craft Show in Pt. Pleasant this Saturday 11/8 from noon to 5 PM. But, then I got bronchitis and all that went to h*ll in a handbasket. So, to keep my promise to myself I will feature three artists who did a great deal of work to make this event happen and they are Kim from Beach Chik Designs, Yin from Yin Vivio Weddings & Photography (and 2 other shops) and Danielle from Creations by Danielle.

This whole thing was Kim's idea and she made it happen by getting in touch with the owners of Om Baby Yoga Studio. She's done a ton of work organizing and promoting the event. Her painted and personalizeable tote bags are great for kids and adults to lug around all the things we must lug on a daily basis! I've been loving her Son of a Hot Mom ringer tee forever now and I really think my little guy would look charming in it!

Yin did an amazing job designing our flyer and postcard which I am sure you have seen plastered all over this blog, the EtsyNJ blog and as well as all over Facebook! Yin has three shops on Etsy where she offers a plethora of handmade goodies. She has stunning photography, extemely popular curry popcorn sample packs and lots of eco friendly goodies. I've been eyeing up her Voila buiness card holder for quite a while now, perhaps I'll pick one up on Saturday!

Danielle was kind enough to take on the task of collecting promos from the entire EtsyNJ street team and organizing them into juicy swag bags which will be distributed to the first 70 shoppers. Danielle has a little something for everyone in her shop including vintage, jewelry and crochet scarves and toys. I think Danielle's Om Earrings will fit in very well at Saturday's show!

See you Saturday!

EtsyNJ Presents Handmade @ Om Baby Craft Show!
Originally uploaded by madebymelissa