Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mother's Day Wish List

Its time for the much anticipated EtsyNJ Mother's Day Gift Guide Part 3! Today Monica from Dribs N Drabs shares her wish list with us.

Pretty Peridot Green Shawl Wrap by Seahorse Designs

Olivine Green Geometric Swarovski Crystal Ring by Kelbelle Designs

Frame Pouch - Floral Stream Olive by fieldofroses

Stop by Dribs N Drabs for some great stamps, journals, travel sewing tins and more.

New Hope Beading Featured at EtsyMoms

Wow! Its a busy week for Caroline from New Hope Beading. Check out her blog feature over at EtsyMoms: Let them know that EtsyNJ sent you! :-)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mother's Day Wish List

In the second part of the EtsyNJ Mother's Day Gift Guide series, Caroline of New Hope Beading shares her wish list with us. So, anyone who should be buying for her, should take notice! *wink*

Stacking Rings - Made to Order by AntiGenre

Cranberry Red Sea Glass Necklace by Creations By Robin

Stop by New Hope Beading and check out all the great jewelry items - every one of them would be a great gift for mom!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Its almost time for Mother's Day! The EtsyNJ folks have been setting up their wish lists for themselves and also a list of gifts they'd love to get for their mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, best friend and whoever else they want to show their love for in honor of Mother's Day. So, the first installment of the EtsyNJ Mother's Day Gift Guide comes from The Fairy Ring.

For her mom:
2 Section Frame Purse Pouch by fieldofroses

Blue Floral Mother's Day Card by AJK Artistry

For her mother-in-law:
White Cotton Facial Pads by Made By Melissa

Spearmint - Bergamot Shampoo Bar by LusciousNaturals

Golden Pinstripe Make-Up Bag by liesl

Mother's Day Flowers Card by AJK Artistry

Those are two lucky moms! Check out The Fairy Ring and The Enchanted Cupboard for some adorable playsets for your little ones.

Got an EtsyNJ Mother's Day wishlist? Send me an Etsy conversation at madebymelissa and I'll feature it here!

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spotlight - Entertaining Angels

Friday, April 24, 2009

Deirdre Ryan Fine Art Photography Featured at Cinnamon and Honey

Deirdre Ryan Fine Art Photography Featured at the Cinnamon and Honey blog. Check it out!

Spotlight - Rags Nehali Unique Handcrafted Paper Goods

The Clay Muse Featured by The Crazy Suburban Mom

The Crazy Suburban Mom featured The Clay Muse on her blog - check it out!

Featured Artist - Hawk Leather

Who are you? Bill “Hawk” Connelly and Beverly Spoer(Creative, Design, Fabrication, and Life Partners)

What is your Etsy Shop Name/link?

What tag categories do you specialize in? Leather Products of all types

Do you create for children or adults, women or men? Mostly for adults, Mostly Unisex but also customize leather accessories for our 4 legged friends.

What do you like about Etsy? I loved how easy it was to start up the shop on the internet. Everything as far as the layout, design, and tools was unbelievably easy. And the cost can’t be beat!!!

Where do you find inspiration for your products? Our shop is our own little creative universe and it’s amazing what pops into our heads sometimes. We go into the shop, turn on some tunes and create, create, create. We have our own work areas next to each other and we generally start by coming up with our individual design concepts. Then it’s a matter of feeding off of each other with thoughts and opinions. Bev is the more artistic of the two of us where I am more the “How can we do this?” part of the team. Almost all of our inspiration comes from our own life experience, nature, world culture, and our own inner spirit.

What do you love about your business? The ability to create something from our own artistic processes that in some way will bring pleasure to someone else.

What is your favorite product right now? We have devoted a lot of years to designing bracelets and belts but lately we have been expanding with leather journal covers, custom laptop bags, and custom guitar straps. So basically our favorite product is anything leather.

What makes you unique at Etsy? All creativity is unique. We pride ourselves in our originality, workmanship, and ability to get our artistic trade out to the community.

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create? Our shop has always been supported by word of mouth and local sales. The exposure via the internet is new to us and we will be expanding in the near future.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Do It Yourself!

Like to make things? Need a little inspiration? Perhaps some directions, maybe a pattern or two? We're here to help! Check out these babies!

1) Green Sea Silk PDF pattern by The Spinning Hand 2) E PATTERN FOR FREEFORM FREESTYLE CROCHET HAT WITH EARFLAPS by woolmountain 3) Ahava Socks pattern by fritzl

4) McCalls 2272 TEA PARTY BEARS stuffed animal pattern OOP uncut by LizArti 5) Neck Sausage Knitting Pattern by KnitStorm 6) New Berroco Crochet Knit Pattern Book 241 by KraftySupplies

Did you create something using a pattern from an EtsyNJ member? Send us a pic! We'd love to see your work.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Do you know the way to....?

Lost? Can't find your way? Looking for directions? Check out these fab EtsyNJ finds!

1) World Atlas - Vintage Book - Color Maps - 1956 by fishlegs 2) Vintage Washington DC Walking Map by madebymelissa 3) London Map Pendant by Siarh

4) Glasses Case-Fun and Funky-Road Trip by copabananas 5) Vintage Collectible State Glassware c.1950's NEW YORK by astrums 6) Custom Traveler Atlas Pendant by kristinmc

Before you head out for that road trip, check out all the great artisans of EtsyNJ by searching EtsyNJ at

Monday, April 20, 2009

Art Attack! Indie Craft Show

The Jersey City Craft Mafia is organizing an amazingly cool event on Sunday, April 26 at Club H in Jersey City.

EtsyNJ's very own Lollibomb Beauty, Trashed Clothing and Sparkletree are JCCM members and will be present at Art Attack. You can also meet EtsyNJ'ers Prim At Heart, AJK Artistry, Made by Melissa and Retro Rocket Girl.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spotlight - Phoenix Jems

Saturday, April 18, 2009

This One's For the Boys

Need a gift for that special man in your life? Here's an array of gifts for the boys - from young to old, there is something that is sure to please!

1) Dapper Donald Vintage Tie Clip by Creations By Danielle 2) The Urbane Man cowl by Happiknits 3) Toy Army Man Keychain by quizzlebob

4) Repurposed Indian Poster Billfold by copabananas 5) Knitted Tie in Teal by ShutterKate 6) Give Dad a Beer Card by AJK Artistry

7) Skull Coasters by beachchik 8) Camo Baby/Toddler Blanket by Made By Melissa 9) Spider Cuff Links by WitchyStarr

Click for more gifts that are sure to make all the boys smile - includes wallets, cuff links, ties and so much more!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chimera and Pancake & Lulu Featured at Made By Melissa

Chimera and Pancake & Lulu are featured at Made By Melissa's blog. Check it out!
Made By Melissa: Chunky and Soft - Handspun Yarns


Looking for an eye-catching ring? EtsyNJ can help! Check out these cool rings:

1) Green Butterfly Ring by TrashedClothing 2) Freshwater Pearl and Amethyst Wire Wrapped Ring by seahorsedesigns 3) Silver ring with sparkly green dichroic gem by Meribella

4) Galaxy Ring by AntiGenre 5) Amethyst Stacking ring set by capitalcitycrafts 6) Fiber Bling Flower Ring by KnitStorm

7) Sterling Silver Artisan Handforged Ring- Abstract Design by JuliaCatherine 8) Purple Flowers Photo Glass Adjustable Ring by blackbird72 9) Blue Topaz Catseye Glass Ring by Kellbelle Designs

Check out all the great rings from EtsyNJ artisans by searching "EtsyNJ Rings" at