Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Featured Artist - Empty Heart Creations

Who are you? Lisa M. Bello

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? EmptyHeartCreations - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5295534

What tag categories do you specialize in? jewelry, guitar straps

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? adults.. mostly women but I have had quite a few guys buy my guitar straps!

What do you like about Etsy? Oh what is there NOT to like? The community, the craftsmanship, the variety (you really can find anything on Etsy) and most importantly the ability to buy all handmade!

Where do you find inspiration for your products? music (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Juliana Hatfield, Tegan and Sara), books, my active imagination.

What do you love about your business? the fact that I can make whatever I want, whenever I want and no one is above or below me. I can just be myself.

What is your favorite product right now? It would have to be my two wrapped wire hearts: The Red One and the Dark Heart.

What makes you unique at Etsy? hmm.. My guitar straps don't look anything like any other guitar straps at Etsy and I don't see many wrapped seed bead pendants either.

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create? I am also a musician. Synthetic Sympathies is the name of the band I sing and play guitar in www.myspace.com/syntheticsympathies and I also have a personal website www.lisambello.com

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from EtsyNJ!

The EtsyNJ street team would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and crafty new year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Silver Forge Farm Featured at Asbury Park Press!

Silver Forge Farm has lovely quilts in their Etsy shop, but that's not all they make. Check out this article in the Asbury Park Press to read about their organic farm - http://www.app.com/article/20081223/BUSINESS/812230317/1003

Monday, December 22, 2008

EtsyNJ is all over the place!!

Holy cow! EtsyNJ is really popular these days! Three of our members were featured in three different places. Please check them all out and leave a comment so we know you were there. Tell them EtsyNJ sent you!

Suebeebuzz's sensory blankets were featured by Art Whims: http://artwhims.blogspot.com/2008/12/suebees-sensory-blankets.html

EtsyNJ member AJK Artistry featured fellow member Heart of Nature on her blog here: http://ajk-artistry.blogspot.com/2008/12/featured-seller-heart-of-nature.html

Heart of Nature also featured AJK Artistry on her blog - check that out here: http://kittysheartofnature.com/?p=55

And saving the best for last, Trashed Clothing was featured on VH-1's Best Week Ever blog! Her Golden Girls necklace made quite the impression! Check it out here: http://www.bestweekever.tv/2008/12/17/is-the-thank-you-for-being-a-friend-necklace-the-best-christmas-gift-since-christ-was-born/.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Its almost time for Santa!!

Its almost Christmas time! What are the little kiddies talking about? The big guy in red - Santa! EtsyNJ knows how important Santa is and we have lots of Santa themed goodies to help you and the kiddies get ready for the big day!

This Needle Felted Santa Claus by chimera is a perfect addition to any mantle, window sill or desk:

Every Christmas tree should have some Vintage Style Chenille Christmas Ornaments handcrafted by oldworldprimitives:

Perhaps you know someone that needs a little Santa cheer via snail mail? Check out this Santa card by AJKArtistry:

And last but not least, doesn't everyone need a Santa pin for their coat, suit jacket, red sweater, purse..... Check out this collage pin by Katylua:

There is so much more amazing Santa and Christmas things by the EtsyNJ street team, please check us out (and tell them Santa sent you!)

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Monday, December 1, 2008

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

Abelee’s Handcrafted - http://abeleeshandcrafted.etsy.com/
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 - http://www.ajkartistry.etsy.com/
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 - http://www.loveamarie.etsy.com/
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 - http://www.azaiez.etsy.com/
Buy two or more items and get free shipping on the entire purchase!

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

Bella Mental - http://BellaMental.etsy.com
15% off all items, excluding custom orders

Beachchiik - http://beachchik.etsy.com
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 - http://beebdesigns.etsy.com
Beaded jewelry and ornaments
10% off Your Total Purchase
FREE Gift with purchases of $30 or more

Berd & Bee - http://berdandbee.etsy.com
Handmade Candles, Handpainted Mugs and Unique Gifts
20% off any Cyber Monday purchase

Capital City Crafts - http://capitalcitycrafts.etsy.com
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 - http://collectiveelements.etsy.com
Ultimate Paper Love! Cards, Journals, Bookmarks, and more Paper Goodness!
Buy 2, get 1 free (lowest priced item) Will receive refund via Paypal.

Copabananas- http://copabananas.etsy.com
Sock monkeys, repurposed products, holiday items, and more!
Free gift with any purchase.

CreationsByRobin - http://creationsbyrobin.etsy.com
Handmade Jewelry, Inspired by Nature
CYBER MONDAY SALE- Free shipping (refunded via Paypal) & Gift w/ Purchase

Deirdre Ryan Photography - http://blackbird72.etsy.com
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 - http://designdolcezza.etsy.com
Scrapbook, cards and so much more!
Free Domestic Shipping!

Dhara Holistics - http://dharaholistics.com/
Free Shipping on all orders

Dictioncanary - http://dictioncanary.etsy.com
Free shipping on all orders

EmptyHeartCreations - http://emptyheartcreations.etsy.com
Pendants, Handmade Guitar Straps, Jewelry
Free holiday gift bag and tissue paper with your purchase

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

Happiknits - http://www.happiknits.etsy.com
funky handknit accessories.
FREE US shipping with purchase of 2 or more items.

Heart of Nature - http://heartofnature.etsy.com
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 - http://jtatmusic.etsy.com
Hair clips, Hair Clip organizers, and more!
1 FREE Hair Clip (of my choice) with any Cyber Monday purchase!

Jewelry Designs By Me - http://www.jewelrydesignsbyme.etsy.com/
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 - http://kameknits.etsy.com
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 - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6116978
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 - http://littlebitcrafts.etsy.com/
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 - http://www.LizArti.etsy.com
Fun Selection of Handmade Jewelry at Reasonable Prices
20% off anything in the shop!

Made By Melissa - http://madebymelissa.etsy.com
Beaded Jewelry, Crochet, Vintage, Destash
Buy any 2 items and get the 3rd half off (refund issued via PayPal)

Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry - http://www.marjoriescracked.etsy.com
Broken china jewelry, sea glass jewelry, shell jewelry
Free shipping on both US & International orders

Melia's Creations - http://meliascreations.etsy.com
FREE Gift with any purchase of $5 or more

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

Orange Slice Art - http://www.orangesliceart.etsy.com/
Paintings , pillows, bags, coasters, tiles, dolls, prints
Free shipping on any order over $50

Quizzlebob - http://quizzlebob.etsy.com
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 - http://purplelicious.etsy.com
Handmade Fabric Headbands, Ribbon Belts and More!
Free Shipping on all US orders and special sale section.

Seahorse Designs - http://seahorsedesigns.etsy.com/
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 - http://shutterkate.etsy.com
Original Knitted and Crocheted Accessories
Every purchase gets you a free knitted key fob as a gift!

Strand and Toggle - http://strandandtoggle.etsy.com/
Beaded jewelry that’s fun and fancy
Free icicle earrings with the purchase of any necklace

Suebeebuzz - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=110805
Free comfrey lip balm with every order

SusanItkinBatik - http://www.susanitkinbatik.etsy.com
Batik clothing, wall art, home decor and greeting cards.
20% off all items.

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

Third Floor Designs - http://thirdfloor.etsy.com
Unique accessories for your every mood
20% off all orders (excluding shipping) and free US shipping for orders over $50

Yinsouciant - http://yinsouciant.etsy.com
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!

Friday, November 28, 2008

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!

Visit http://www.etsynj.com/cyber-monday for all of the participating shops or come back here on Monday!

Happy Shopping!

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! http://grecowoodcrafting.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/fraud-protection/

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Featured Artist - Marjorie's Cracked Plate Jewelry

Who are you? Marjorie Cunningham

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? http://marjoriescracked.etsy.com

What tag categories do you specialize in? jewelry, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches, anklets, broken china, wire wrap, wire crochet, sea glass, shell

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? Mostly women

What do you like about Etsy? I just joined it so am not too familiar with it. It seems like a friendly and reasonable place to sell products.

Where do you find inspiration for your products? I mostly find inspiration from the china itself. China has such a history to it and such beauty. Some china is hand painted by artist and is like a miniature piece of art. I usually do a bit of research on each piece of china that I use to find out when and where it was manufactured, whether it's hand painted and anything special about it. Plus I'm inspired by other jewelry designers that I've met.

What do you love about your business? I love being able to give new life to a broken piece of china. China holds such a special place in our lives. We attach memories and sentimental value to it. When a piece of china that we value has broken, we're heartbroken. I love being able to restore that china into a piece of jewelry that can be treasured for years to come. It's a very "green" business. I also create sea glass and shell jewelry, which, being from the Jersey Shore all my life, is right up my alley!

What is your favorite product right now? My wire crochet necklaces. I think the lacy look of the wire crochet beautifully complements the broken china pieces.

What makes you unique at Etsy? Most broken china jewelry designers use solder on the broken edges. Instead of solder, I file the edges completely smooth, varnish the edges and then wire wrap the piece. I think that technique lets me be much more creative in my designs. Plus I also wire crochet necklaces and bracelets, which isn't often done with broken china work.

What other street teams are you a member of? I'm in the process of joining EtsyVeg and EtsyForAnimals.

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create? http://www.marjoriescracked.com & http://marjoriescracked.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Featured Artist - Miss Emma's Closet

Who are you? Alison, wife and mom of two

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5705715 and http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6320332

What tag categories do you specialize in? baby, wedding, accessories for women and the home

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? I mainly create for women and children. I have a line of home decor coming out soon. I like to focus on shabby chic designs.

What do you like about Etsy? Ever since I can remember, I have been crafting. I love all things handmade. I think it is fabulous that Etsy has been created to allow people such as myself to show their designs, and for others to appreciate them. Oh and I really like the fact that you can keep track of your favorites. I have met some fantastic people through my favs.

Where do you find inspiration for your products? I love to go out on little excursions. I am always collecting in my travels. Anything can become something. I love to go to flea markets and antique stores, it's a great stepping stone for my original shabby chic designs. My husband laughs at me. He says, 'you're the only person I know that looks at a rusted old cake pan and gets excited about it!', and it's totally true.

What do you love about your business? I love that I can constantly do what I love. I can work when I want and I can design what I like. It is not uncommon for me to be feverishly sewing away at 2 A.M. It is my hope that my shop will be increasingly successful so that I can stay home full time with my kids. My daughter was born sick, the only child that they know of with her illness, it would be great to build my business up enough to leave my job.

What is your favorite product right now? Oh, I am so excited to incorporate the finds from my last trip excursion. I purchased a huge box of old spindles from a porch. Not your usual "product". I have about 20 or so different ideas for them, from feet on a foot stool, to handles on a box to the base of a candle stick, and a few other surprises! More conventionally, I am obsessed with fabric. I LOVE to go to the fabric store, all alone:)

What makes you unique at Etsy? I like to meld together new and old. It's great when I can take fabric from an old quilt and give it new life, or old molding from a house and turn it into a shelf. It is great to have the ability to work when I can and create things that I love, but I also have another mission here as well. I am taking 10% of the profits from my sales this year and donating them to my daughter's hospital. They have done so much for us, and have literally saved her life, it's the least that I can do to say thanks.

What other street teams are you a member of? EtsyNJ is my first team, YAY!!!

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
& http://web.me.com/alisondraine/Site/Welcome.html

This little boy box is so adorable! It would be the perfect shower gift!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Handmade @ Om Baby - EtsyNJ Art and Craft Show

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: http://dragon06.etsy.com

Made By Melissa: http://madebymelissa.etsy.com

Yin Souciant Accessories & Bags: http://yinsouciant.etsy.com

What's Eating Yin: http://whatseatingyin.etsy.com

Yin Vivo Weddings & Photography: http://yinvivo.etsy.com

Beach Chik Designs: http://beachchik.etsy.com

Blue Pie Designs: http://bluepiedesigns.etsy.com

Heart of Nature: http://heartofnature.etsy.com

Copabanans: http://copabananas.etsy.com

Creations By Robin: http://creationsbyrobin.etsy.com

Kit Kat Quilts: http://kitkatquilts.etsy.com

Capital City Crafts: http://capitalcitycrafts.etsy.com

Creations By Danielle: http://creationsbydanielle.etsy.com

Seahorse Designs: http://seahorsedesigns.etsy.com

Lemoncholy's: http://keeshagirl4.etsy.com

BK Designs: http://bkdesigns.etsy.com

Madeleine Bake Shop: http://madeleinebakeshop.com

Carol's heART Creations: http://CarolsheARTCreations.etsy.com

Max Scent Soy Candles: http://maxscentsoycandles.etsy.com

Abbie Road Artful Designs: http://AbbieRoad.etsy.com

The Celebration Boutique: http://www.thecelebrationboutique.com

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!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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!

ContactAboutDirectionsVendor List

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

EtsyNJ Presents Handmade @ Om Baby!

Om Baby Yoga Studio in Pt.Pleasant, NJ is hosting a craft show organized by the EtsyNJ Street Team. Come support the Etsy NJ Team there on November 8 from 12 - 5 PM. It will be a great opportunity to get started on your holiday gift shopping – there is no better gift than a truly one of a kind handmade gift from an EtsyNJ member!

In order of appearance above:
1) http://KitKatQuilts.etsy.com
2) http://beachchik.etsy.com
3) http://yinsouciant.etsy.com
4) http://bkdesigns.etsy.com
5) http://madebymelissa.etsy.com
6) http://capitalcitycrafts.etsy.com
7) http://creationsbyrobin.etsy.com
8) http://baobablove.etsy.com
9) http://bluepiedesigns.etsy.com
10) http://Seahorsedesigns.etsy.com
11) http://Creationsbydanielle.etsy.com
12) http://copabananas.etsy.com
13) http://heartofnature.etsy.com
14) http://whatseatingYin.etsy.com
15) http://dragon06.etsy.com
16) http://Pinkee.etsy.com

We hope to see you there!

EtsyNJ Om Baby Show Featured on The Storque!

The EtsyNJ team is putting together its very first all EtsyNJ craft show! We pitched the details to the Storque and less than a week later - they published it! Check us out here: http://www.etsy.com/storque/events/teams-digest-location-based-teams-2715/

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Miss Emma's Closet Featured at Crafty Dragon!

Please check out Crafty Dragon's blog for details on how you can donate while you shop!

Crafty Dragon also donates a portion of her sales to charity. Read about it here:

The Handmade Faire - Halloween Edition! Coming Soon!!

The second edition of the Handmade Faire is happening soon! It will be on Saturday October 25 at the Flying W airport in Medford, NJ from 10 AM - 4 PM. The event is being organized by EtsyNJ team members AbbieRoad and Webmavennj and will be chock full of EtsyNJ team members as vendors! There will be vendors selling jewelry, knit and crochet, cards and scrapbooks, bath and body, ornaments and decorations, toys and so much more! You will surely be able to get all your Christmas shopping done in one day!

Here is the list of vendors who will be participating: Handmade Faire Vendor List

And last by not least - don't forget your costume! Its all about Halloween and Handmade!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Featured Artist - Design Dolcezza

Who are you? Design Dolcezza creates beautiful custom-crafted memory albums for all occasions: memory boards, gift albums, and cards; whether for home or business, Design Dolcezza has the perfect solution; always archival quality and acid-free. JoyceAnna, the creator of Design Dolcezza, is a perfect example of someone who turned a passion into a profession. She lives in Cherry Hill with her little family in their lovingly restored Victorian home. A high school teacher of World Languages, JoyceAnna is also a MemoryWorks™ Independent Consultant and a Xyron Independent Demonstrator. She enjoys crafting and participating in various online communities including Craftster and South Jersey Scrappers.

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? http://designdolcezza.etsy.com

What tag categories do you specialize in? Paper Goods (scrapbooks & cards)

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? My products appeal to people of all ages: usually adults do the scrapping and kids get scrapped!

What do you like about Etsy? Etsy shops provide big opportunity with little outlay or risks. For someone with a talent to share, what’s not to love? I particlularly enjoy learning on the forums and working with all of you on the EtsyNJ team. It’s great to be part of the handmade revolution.

Where do you find inspiration for your products? Lots of places! Inspiration is really everywhere. I think my husband and baby, my friends and neighbors, as well as my travels throughout America and Europe . Often, the patterned paper I’m working with will “tell” me what it wants to become.

What do you love about your business? I love working with my hands and preserving memories, which is so very important. Helping others do the same is truly rewarding.

What is your favorite product right now? My favorite is the lunchpail album it can function as beautiful d├ęcor, a fun conversation starter, and more importantly, it encourages people to save and share memories, their real treasures, with anyone who enters their home. What a welcome!

What makes you unique at Etsy? Having studied art at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Louvre in Paris , as well a having seen in person much of the great art and architecture, my life experiences have given my unique eye for design. From 2004-2006, I was a member of the Design Team at http://www.theperfecttitle.com. I have completed Bachelors and Masters of Scrapbooking programs through Scrapbook Design University®, seminars at Memories Expo™, Creating Keepsakes Conventions. My work has been published in Memories Community Magazine and Scrapbooking your Wedding (Memory Makers Books, 2004). In creating my own hand-crafted art, I’ve found my true artistic calling and I’m here to share it!

What other street teams are you a member of?
EtsyMoms: http://etsymom.blogspot.com/
Paper Designs 4 U: http://paperdesigns4u.blogspot.com/

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
Visit with me at my life blog: http://dolcezza.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Check out our new website!

Take a look at our brand-spanking new website at EtsyNJ.com! Find out where we'll be and when we'll be there!

Monday, September 15, 2008

We Shop Local, We Shop EtsyNJ, Part 2

Here at EtsyNJ, we love each other! Not only do we help promote each other, offer advice on pricing, handling difficult situations, taking great photos and so much more, but we also support each other by shopping! Just take a look at some of the things that EtsyNJ members have bought from each other. You'll recall from this post a few weeks ago, that we are our own best customers. Here's even more EtsyNJ love!

LizArti was so excited about her first 100 hearts (as she should be) that she celebrated by purchasing this necklace from Karin's Creations:

She also couldn't resist this vintage snowflake brooch from Made By Melissa and snapped it up instantly!

And she's really happy that she did!!

I'm sure you remember all the EtsyNJ shops that Creations By Danielle has supported, well, amazingly, here is one more!! Danielle bought these two barrettes from orchidsdream and here's what she has to say about that purchase: "I loved her hair accessories and asked her to custom make a barrette for me. She had two to chose from and I couldn't decide so I bought both! She was a pleasure to deal with. Promptly responding to convos and friendly person! :) I was very pleased."

Collective Elements is a big fan of Lemoncholy's work. She bought four items from her at the Handmade Faire this past April and has this to say about her: "She truly is a talented artist. I wear the dove necklace almost everyday and I always get compliments on it."

Wow! EtsyNJ members really take pride in each other and we take the Handmade Pledge seriously! Way to go team!!

Do you want to support EtsyNJ too? Click here to check out all EtsyNJ members! Did you buy something from EtsyNJ? Do you absolutely love it and want to share it with the world wide web? Simply send a convo to Made By Melissa and we'll feature it and your shop link on our blog!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Featured Artist - Scrap Lisa Designs

Who are you? Lisa

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? http://scraplisa.etsy.com

What tag categories do you specialize in? Scrapbooking, Cards, Tags, Judaica

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? Everyone who loves to take pictures!

What do you like about Etsy? I like that everything is handmade, that it is an international site that brings crafters together with like minded people.

Where do you find inspiration for your products? My wants and desires, I create items that my friends and I always want to use in our personal albums!

What do you love about your business? I love that people are preserving their cherished memories in something that I created, that current and future generations will be able to share in the daily lives, special occasions, and holidays that families celebrate year after year.

What is your favorite product right now? Right now, I love Die Cuts with a View Christmas Glitter Stack papers. Traditional Christmas colors jazzed up with silver and gold glitter. Really makes the pages go BLING!

What makes you unique at Etsy? I try to create items that anyone can use at an affordable price. If you like to take pictures, you can use my products with ease. I’m a stay at home mom, and always on the hunt for a good bargain so I price accordingly! Additionally, as a Jewish Scrapbooker, I have found it hard to buy any type of Judaica items to use in my work. It is my hope is to create beautiful Jewish items such as cards, invitations, tags, albums, etc., that people can use to make treasured, everlasting memories with their families.

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create? thesagathatismylife.blogspot.com

Lisa has scrapbooks for every holiday as well as books that you can use for any and all of your pictures! I really like her pink and yellow scrapbook.

And you better snatch this Halloween album before its gone!