Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Two Members Featured on Indieshopping.com

Two EtsyNJ members are currently featured on Indieshopping.com!

Collective Elements is featured here.

Happiknits is featured here.

Congrats Ladies!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Featured Artist - Urrbody

Who are you? Cate Blanchard, bath and body product maker on Etsy, herbalist, techie, mom and Princeton, NJ resident.

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? Urbbody - Urban + Herbal + Body care products = urbbody - urbbody.etsy.com

What tag categories do you specialize in? Bath and body products...right now I have solid perfume, sugar scrubs, alcohol-free sprays and talc-free powders and cuticle balms, herbal bath teas.

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? Women and men, though I just have the men's shower scrub gel in shop right now; more to come for the guys, I promise! And I am working on a kids and babies' line of products, too, that I hope to have up this summer.



What do you like about Etsy? Etsy is wonderful because it's very egalitarian and affordable for an online shopping venue. You get what you put into it. I think there is a great deal of opportunity and a chance to connect with a burgeoning DIY culture. Plus, it's just fun and full of items you could never find anywhere else.

Where do you find inspiration for your products? I studied herbalism and natural body care product making, and try to put what I've learned to use in my choice of ingredients. Of course, the first products I ever listed on Etsy, the solid perfumes, came from a different inspiration...the scents came from a study I read on the internet (where else?) about fragrances that are most arousing to (straight) men and the top scents were Pumpkin Pie & lavender and black licorice & donut. I couldn't believe it but I decided to make these scents, for....let's call it "research." I like them both though I don't know that they have any particular effect on my husband, or anyone else, though one customer told me that she was complimented quite a bit on it by a guy.



What do you love about your business? The fact that I am making things that people are using and enjoying while I enjoy making them!

What is your favorite product right now? Lemon cuticle balm...I need it! I love the lemony scent for summer.


What makes you unique at Etsy? I think the fact that I have a few unique items and really want to give a different spin on handcrafted bodycare products...hip without being "hippie" if you will.

What other street teams are you a member of? Etsy Green and Clean Guild

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
I get a lot of supplies from FromNature With Love and they have a great blog, http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com. Also, I received my herbalist education from Australasian College of Health Sciences and they are a great place to learn if you are serious about herbalism, aromatherapy or natural health in general.

Urrbody has lots of great looking items in her shop. This one really caught my eye, herbal bath teas, they sound fabulous!


Perhaps you know someone who needs this gift set?




Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Featured Artist - Dragon's Den

Who are you? We're Amanda and Sarah, roommates and business partners living in Burlington, NJ.

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? Dragon's Den - Natural Products for Body and Soul - http://dragon06.etsy.com

What tag categories do you specialize in? Bath and Beauty, Candles

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? Our products are for all ages and sexes. Our soaps and lotions are gentle enough for children. Though the majority of our regular customers are women, we've heard lots of feedback about the popularity of our soaps with husbands!

What do you like about Etsy? We love being part of a community where we have access to fantastic handmade products. It's so important to support independent artists and crafters, and Etsy provides a very convenient way to do that. It's so much easier than hunting through markets and craft fairs. That kind of convenience means we can have handmade products as part of our everyday lives.

Where do you find inspiration for your products? The biggest inspiration would probably be nature. We try to use natural ingredients and look to nature to find healing and nourishing qualities to add to our products. Also, we'll depict scenes from nature (or nature based spiritual symbols) on our painted candles.

What do you love about your business? We love hearing back from customers, friends and family about how our products have helped them in some way. We take a lot of pride in our products, and it's so great to hear the feedback and say to each other, "Hey, we did that!"

What is your favorite product right now? Right now that would have to be the Summer Kisses scented solid lotion bars. The scent is light and sweet and the lotion is doing wonders for our dry skin.



What makes you unique at Etsy? There are many wonderful B&B and candle sellers on Etsy. We have formulated our B&B products for our own and our family's needs. We took simple recipes and expanded on them until we found what worked for us. That means you'll never find exactly the same recipes with any other seller. That doesn't make ours better or worse, but it provides important options and variety for customers. Try out products from different sellers and find what works best for you. Also, our painted candles are completely unique - the designs are created and painted by us. And there is even the option of having custom painted candles made as unique and thoughtful gifts.


What other street teams are you a member of? We're part of the Etsy Green and Clean Guild (EGCG) and the EarthPath Artisans Street Team (EAST).

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create? You can find out more about us through our Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/craftydragon

The Dragon's Den has a wide variety of items including massage/bath oils, soaps, pure beeswax candles and even treats for your pets! These chocolate mint votives are so pretty and I'll bet anything they smell divine!


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Featured Artist - Andrea Maiolano

Who are you? Andrea Maiolano, designer behind amarie by andrea maiolano

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

What tag categories do you specialize in? Bags and Purses


Do you create for children or adults, women or men? Mostly women and also a few can be used by children

What do you like about Etsy? I love buying handmade items. Everything is so unique and it's great to see the talented artists from all over the world showcase their special craft. It's awesome to purchase things that are so uniquely different than what you see in regular stores.

Where do you find inspiration for your products? My inspiration really comes from my love for color and graphic prints. Being a graphic designer helped me in choosing prints and color combinations. I only choose fabrics that really stand out to me and that I really believe are beautiful and eye catching.

What do you love about your business? I love making my own schedule and working at home in my little "studio." I also love the satisfaction I get out of being creative in my own way and seeing my design ideas come to life. Something else that I love is getting out and meeting all different customers at parties and craft shows.

What is your favorite product right now? My favorite is the *angie* tote. It's so fun and roomy enough for your everyday needs and then some.


What makes you unique at Etsy? What makes me unique at etsy is my choice in fabrics and color combinations. Also small little details such as bows, braided handles, or beaded zipper pulls.

What other street teams are you a member of? none... just NJ all the way!

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/amarie-by-andrea-maiolano-handmade-handbags-accessories/7416517810?ref=ts

Andrea has some really pretty bags in her shop. Right now I am really loving her wristlets and small clutches:

You can even design your own wristlet, small clutch and key fob!