Saturday, July 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Aunty Ann Designs is a delightful shop featuring the newest, soft and cuddly hand crafted sock monkey creations and traditional sock monkeys. You will also find a variety of baby accessories including tutus and bibs.
I have been in the home sewing business for 28+ years, most overlapping a full time government job. I am the mother of 2 grown kids and have four beautiful grandchildren, 3 boys and 1 brand new baby girl! I've been sewing since I was a teenager. My 80 year old mother helps me create the monkey sock dolls.
My husband of almost 40 years offers very creative suggestions that are sometimes funny and sometimes helpful. I'm inspired by my grandkids, who constantly are making me laugh and are the primary joy of our semi-retired life!"
Aunty Ann Designs began her home business in 1983. She created her own patterns and they received copyright protection in 1992. Since then, she has won State and Local Textile Sweepstakes High Point, Peoples Choice and Superintendent's Choice awards.
Beginning May 1st, she will be offering a free ice cream or beverage cozy with purchases of $19 and over before shipping.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Melissa Mercer of MKDM Artz specializes in unique jewelry designs and a small variety of findings and journals.
Tell us a bit about your work and inspiration:
"As long as I can remember I have always been doing something crafty. I mostly make jewelry now but I like to mix it up & make a quilt, a card, a journal or scrapbook. I always have a list of projects I want to do.
I started making jewelry almost 2 years ago. Stampington’s Belle Armoire Jewelry publication really inspired me. Ever since then one of my dreams was to be published in one of Stampingtons’ publications. Well, on April 1, 2010, that dream came true. One of my necklaces & rings were featured in the premier issue of Stampington’s Jewelry Affaire."
One of Melissa's current goals is for Nordstom's to begin offering her Sparrow necklaces & Vintage Butterfly & Dragonfly rings.
You can follow Melissa and view her full collection on facebook and on her blog.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Nicole of Nicole's Homemade Treats is a stay-out mom of two “lovely little men! Zachary and Gabriel. They are the joys of my life and make my days brighter!” She works out of her fully licensed kitchen in New York State. She offers a variety of Belgian chocolate treats and snacks that include Dark Chocolate Truffles; Ooey, Gooey, Goodness; Peppermint and Dark Chocolate Spoons; Chocolate Pecan Pie Candy and many more. Her Chocolate Caramel Truffles were featured on the front page of Etsy!
Nicole uses only all natural, preservative free products, and as many organic ingredients as possible. All of her packaging is made from recycled products, or purchased from ecologically conscious companies.
“I am really conscious about who I purchase my products from - the majority come from local companies, farms, and shops, however if that is not possible I buy from companies that are known to be eco-friendly/green themselves.”
Nicole’s inspiration came from her love of good food. “Candy making is a great stress reliever and creative outlet for me! Selling my products locally and online is a fun and rewarding endeavor!” One of her best-selling products is her all natural, healthy Granola. Several of the local restaurants even feature her Granola on their menus. All her goodies are made in small batches to preserve the taste and quality of the product, and to ensure that there is no waste.
Nicole's other shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/nikid2.
You can follow her on her Blog http://www.nicoleshomemadetreats.blogspot.com/, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicoles-Homemade-Treats/74886477777, and Twitter http://twitter.com/nikid70.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Erin loves sewing and crochet. Her favorite products are those she makes for babies such as crochet hats, outfits, hair clippies, booties, and headbands. She sells a variety of items in her store and enjoys designing new items.
Functionality plays a big part of what she makes. Erin designs many things for her son and for friends before selling them on Etsy. She is inspired by what she sees, and any fun materials she comes across. She was recently drawn to vintage style rosette fabric that "wanted to be bloomers, twirly skirts, and sundresses." She says to be on the look-out as those items begin to make their appearance.
Erin offers discounts to her shoppers every month in a different way that is posted on the shop's Welcome page.
Other shops she works with are:
Her Blog can be found at http://erinsnewleaf.blogspot.com/
She also writes freelance work for Associated Content.