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!

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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!

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What Etsy Shop Owners Need to Know About Copyright Infringement

by Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

BACKGROUND:

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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.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR SHOP OWNERS:

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.

WHERE TO GO FOR MORE SPECIFICS:

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!

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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!

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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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Tuesday Treasure: Handcrafted and Recycled Gems

 

Visit Etsy’s GlossyPapierRecy shop for handcrafted treasures in many mediums: primarily paper and paint. All are created by Martha MacDonald, the shop’s owner and designer. The lovely and unique creations in this shop range from decorative bowls to ceramic and beaded jewelry. All are fabulously colorful and creative! Here are just a few treasures from Martha’s shop – you’ll have to stop by to see more!

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Tuesday Treasure: Paper Crafting for Spring

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

A new shop has opened on Etsy, and its owner, Tanya Gonchar, is taking Spring by storm! This shop, SoStampingCute, features paper crafts for a variety of occasions, with great gift ideas for men, women, kids and teachers. There are some special treats for spring that are worth checking out, a few of which are featured here.  Come check out this adorable shop!

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Tuesday Treasure: Vintage Collectibles from SecondImpulse

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

The vintage collectibles in Etsy’s SecondImpulse shop were collected with devotion by shop owner Harriet, but she is now ready to part with them one by one. She takes pleasure in knowing that each treasure finds a new home and creates happiness in a new life – which is one of the wonderful things about vintage items.  We have selected just a few of our favorites – but there are many more, and it is worth a visit to see what you might find!

Vintage German Lady Figure Lamp Base 1920s

Sterling Silver Vintage Enamel Flower Pendant

Vintage Footed Amber Glass Dish

 

 

Tuesday Treasure: Adorable Crochet from BeautyReimagined

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

No brand new Etsy shop beats this one for sheer cuteness! Jessica Turner, owner of BeautyReimagined, brings unique, adorable creatures and wearables to life. This is a shop to search for gifts – whether you’re shopping for your young child or your Mother-in-Law. Below are just a few of Jessica’s recent creations. We can’t wait to see what she whips up next!

Easter Chicken Crochet Plush

Tie Dye Infinity Scarf

Easter Bunny Crochet Plush

 

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