Tuesday Treasure: Tie Dye and Fine Photography

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

Wide-ranging creativity describes this week’s treasured shop, CarolSueDesigns. First, the t-shirts. CarolSue’s tie dye creations are real knock-outs! They are unusual in style and design, and you won’t find only Beefy-T’s in this shop. Sexy tank tops? Check! Stylish oversized t’s you can belt? You got it! Men and women will both find styles they’ll want to be seen in.

In addition, CarolSue features some really interesting scientific photographs in her shop. Gorgeous macro shots of real snowflakes glitter on different backgrounds. Truly one-of-a-kind pieces! And finally, if you need the perfect item to accessorize with your new CarolSue tie-dye top, there are handmade jewelry selections to browse through. You won’t be bored when you browse this lovely new Etsy shop – but you might find yourself checking out through PayPal – so be ready!

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Tuesday Treasure: Firefighter turned jeweler

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

This week’s Tuesday Treasure brings us sleek, unique jewelry designs. Andrea, owner of AssortedAdornments on Etsy, left her career as a firefighter to care for her daughter, who needed a life-saving liver transplant. While her shop is relatively new, it already has the hallmarks of a successful Etsy shop: Clean, appealing photographs, a compelling back-story, and unusual jewelry that makes you take notice – not easy in Etsy’s crowded jewelry marketplace. Andrea combines up-cycled vintage components with contemporary elements and, in many of her pieces, creative wire-wrapping.

You can find Andrea on Pinterest (asstdadornments) or Twitter (asstdadornments) – and she might even give you a discount code if you look her up there.

Below are three of the designs that struck our fancy – but take a look through her shop and you’ll find that no two pieces are alike. Each item is a new discovery!

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Tuesday Treasure: Crisp Graphic Designs

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

There are countless reasons to browse Etsy’s PaperMarkCreative shop. To list just a few: (1) You want to memorialize an adorable phrase from your toddler in a piece of art for her bedroom; (2) You are celebrating a special someone’s milestone birthday, and are creating the perfect artistic poster for the event; (3) You want to frame your favorite inspirational quote for your office to keep you going on those crunch days; or (4) You are looking for a logo or a new look for your latest product, blog or storefront.

Meredith Nawrocki’s creations are sophisticated, clean and bright – check out her shop or send her a convo to see if she can help you with your latest graphic arts needs! And if you need a touch of summer to help you celebrate the season ahead, here are just a few designs from PaperMarkCreative to get you started:




Tuesday Treasure: Custom wood frames and more

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

For beautiful rustic, natural and hand-painted wood frames, look no further than Ryan Schaeffer’s new Etsy shop, Schaeffer Fine Arts and Crafts.  Here you will find a variety of stained or unstained wood frames, as well as hand-painted frames in various styles. Ryan will custom-paint a frame just for your needs. But frames are not all you will find in this shop. You can also browse the shop for Ryan’s unique,  artistic creations. Many are whimsical, and all are one of a kind. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to enjoy the offerings in this new Etsy shop!




Tuesday Treasure: Quilled Paper Creations

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

Come to NorthStarPapercraft for some delightful discoveries. Learn a thing or two about fabulous art that can be created with paper. The shop owner and designer, Fiona Payne, specializes in “quilling,” or “paper filligree.” This is a painstaking process using strips of colored paper to create swirls of all sizes, resulting in designs that can be as simple as a delicate pair of earrings or as complex as an intricate scene that can be framed and hung on the wall. Below are just a few of the surprises you’ll find in Fiona’s shop. Check out her Facebook page, too, to track her works in progress!




Tuesday Treasure: Glorious Beaded Jewelry

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

Glory of Jewels, one of Etsy’s newer shops, features handcrafted beaded jewelry by artist and shop owner, Sabrina Washington. Sabrina’s work is colorful, creative, and truly glorious. Many of her offerings include necklace with matching earrings, which is helpful when you are looking for the jewelry that perfectly matches a particular outfit.

As with many Etsy artisans, Sabrina was encouraged to open her shop by friends and family who had been enjoying her creations. Now she is making them available to all of us, and we look forward to seeing what new items she will be bringing to her shop!




What Etsy Shop Owners Need to Know About Copyright Infringement

by Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads



copyright free image source: morgueFile.com

In mid-April, Etsy’s stock went up for sale on the Nasdaq exchange. According to Business Insider, Etsy’s stock increased 88% in value after the initial public offering (IPO). CNN Money noted that Etsy was even out-doing Alibaba and Twitter by early May.

Then, just a month after going public, Etsy’s stock plunged 8% in a single day, and has been declining ever since. The trigger? A report by a Wall Street financial analyst that millions of the items for sale on Etsy might be infringing on copyright laws.


In four words: Etsy is cracking down.

As Etsy shop owners, we must now be more vigilant than ever about infringement practices. Do you refer to an NFL team or a Disney film or character in your title, description, or tags? Now is the time to remove those references. Do you offer a crochet Mickey Mouse hat in your shop? Now is a good time to remove it from your shop or reach out to Disney to see if they’re willing to sell you rights to the ears.

But don’t stop there. Keep in mind copyright claims can be filed by “little guys” too. If you found a cool image online that didn’t claim a copyright, or are simply using a sports team’s mascot – “Go Badgers!” – you may be infringing, believe it or not. Visit the links provided below if these examples sent chills down your spine.


Etsy has a very helpful post about avoiding copyright infringement, explaining some of the surprising areas to watch out for, and their own role in enforcing protections. Equally helpful, however, is a post by blogger Beth Picard about copyright infringement, using real (and sometimes VERY surprising) examples from shops that were shut down on Etsy. She explains the process that results in a listing or shop being shut down. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Etsy will ONLY act against shops if they receive a complaint directly from the owner of the intellectual property.
  • Most companies don’t pay people to pore over Etsy listings. But anybody (even a competitor on Etsy) can turn in a shop to the owner of the copyright.
  • The copyright owner can petition Etsy to remove your listing (or your shop, if the issue is widespread).
  • This can happen with no warning – so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Have you had an experience with copyright infringement, from either legal side? Please share it here, as we can all learn from each other’s experiences.

Tuesday Treasure: Beautiful Moods in Photographs

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

Etsy’s DTeam has been graced with another new-to-Etsy shop with great promise. Browse through Harley Marie’s shop, HarleysChapel, and you will be impressed with how Harley Marie captures the essence of things with her camera. Many photographs in this shop feature natural elements  – animals and flowers. Others feature abandoned buildings being taken back by nature. Regardless of the subject, the photographs each create a mood that encourages you to stop and reflect for awhile. Check out this shop, and enjoy!




Tuesday Treasure: Wire Wrapped and Beaded Gems

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

One of our newest team members, Karine Hanot, has created a brand new Etsy shop, KarineJewelry, with exquisite wire-wrapped and beaded jewelry pieces. She selects stunning gemstones, and then creates lovely settings for them with intricate wire wrap. In addition, she has some simpler beaded pieces in her shop that are worth checking out. We can’t wait to see her new listings as she builds up her shop inventory. Come check out the beautiful jewelry in Karine’s shop today!




Tuesday Treasure: Loving the Good Old Days!

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

Do you sometimes just wish you could surround yourself with items made the old fashioned way, with good quality materials and lots of love? Well, we have found you an Etsy shop full of just those sorts of things: LovinTheGoodOleDays. Owned and operated by Lisa Haley, this shop is chock full of hand-sewn goodness. Lisa’s most popular items lately have been her fabric checkbook covers – but her oven mitts have also been very popular over the years, as have her aprons. Browse around and you’ll definitely find a household item you really don’t want to live without!







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