It’s never too early…

This is the time of year when those of us who are artsy or craftsy begin hankering for the holidays. How early is TOO early to begin taking the holiday decorations out of storage? When can we begin knitting, crocheting, hammering or painting the handmade gifts we’ll be wrapping up or stuffing in stockings? The answer is different for everybody (just as the holidays we celebrate may be different), but the treasuries here may put you in the mood for Halloween or Christmas…

‘Pilfer the Pumpkins!’ by Albosinensis

A feature for pumpkins and their alter egos: jack-o-lanterns

Halloween Luminaries - WindsorHillsWL Pumpkin Poop Halloween Fall Autumn Candy Gag Gift Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Halloween Onesie and Flower Headband Set - CrossMyHeartStore Jack O Lantern Lighted Jar - LoveAndSparkle
Place Cards - 16 Stamped Pumpkins - Perfect for your Halloween, Fall or Thanksgiving Dinner Party - oneofakindbabydesign Black and Orange Halloween Pumpkin Beaded Door Tassel - lizbethsgarden Halloween earrings - Lampwork pumpkins with green stems - ElephantBeads Pumpkin Organic Catnip filled Cat Toy - KittyCrackHouse
Halloween "Boo" Wooden block set - CreationsByEmilyD Personalized Halloween Bucket - TheQuirkyCork Spooky Black Halloween Baby Bib - BrennysBibbies Soy Candle - Pumpkin Pie - 8 oz Mason Jar - Hand Poured - SimpleScentsByKeisha

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘The Spookier Side of Things’ by Albosinensis

Vampires, Ghosts and Witches, oh my! (as well as a few zombies, pirates and skeletons)

At least they brought candy.

Vampire earrings, Gothic, Fang earrings, Chainmaille, Red and silver, Rosettes weave - DoBatsEatCats Personalized Halloween Bucket - TheQuirkyCork Hot Fiery Red Cinder and Black Wired Crochet Bracelet Crystal Matching Earrings Available - MegsCrochetJewels Red and Black Beaded Ribbon Headband - SomethingColorful
Breakaway Cat Collar - Free Shipping 3/8" - Swashbuckling Pirates - TheWhiteSchnauzer Spider Web and Bat button necklace - SassyBelleButtons Sweater Chain With Pink Goddess Zombie Cameo Resin Skull Resin - Rockabilly Lolita Vintage Style - PrettyLittleTragic Day of the Dead earrings with dancing skeletons - long silver dangle earrings on hypoallergenic earwires - ElephantBeads
Printable Halloween Witch Invitation - Wicked Good Time - SweetDStationery Halloween Greeting Card, Black Cat - MissTanDesigns Halloween "Spooky"  Wooden Block set - CreationsByEmilyD Skeleton Tribal Bracelet w/ Tribal Skulls - Yellow and Orange Beads - SoulMakes
Spooky Halloween Cross Stitch Pattern, Black with yellow accents 5" x 7" pattern - oneofakindbabydesign Halloween Candy Corn wood post handmade earrings - ThimbleManiac Halloween Spider Stamp Wood Block Mounted Rubber from Studio G for Spooky Card Making, Scrapbooking Crafts - VintageCarolina Halloween Sign - If the Shoe Fits - SparkledWhimsy

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Christmas Is Coming! the-etsy-d-listers-aka-the-dteam’ by whatsingramasdrawers

T he colors and flavor of Christmas in a Treasury list featuring members of The-Etsy-D-Listers – The D-Team.

Beaded Tassel Brooch with Love Always in Sterling Silver - lizbethsgarden Ceramic Ornament - Good Ole Santa Claus - GrapeVineCeramicsGft Amazing Vintage Gold Plated Rootbeer and Dark AmberRhinestone Brooch with Faux Pearl Accents - BlackMagicStudio Vintage Cookie Cutters Tupperware Holiday Set of 4 Red for Farmhouse Retro Kitchen & Kitsch Collectibles Midcentury Modern Plastic 60s 70s - VintageCarolina
Handmade Polymer Clay Beads Large Bulky Round Disc Rondelle Purple Pink Cream Set of 5 - TotallyToTheT Gold Brown Terracotta Earth Tones Bead & Button Necklace - LucyRoseTreasures Red Stacked Flower Hair Clip with Jewel Center and removable headband - CrossMyHeartStore Beaded Christmas Necklace - TheCraftyBlueCat
Wire crochet necklace, crocheted necklace, beaded necklace, green turquoise, peridot, red glass on red wire - ElephantBeads Lip Balm Case Keychain Crocheted Deep Red Variegated Cotton w/button closure - BittyBitsandBaubles Red and Black Beaded Ribbon Headband - SomethingColorful DELISH Kitchen Sign - SparkledWhimsy
Knitting Project Bag/Crochet Project Bag (reversible wristlet) in oranges and reds - IntrovertCreations Reindeer Food for Rudolph & Friends Santa Christmas Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Wire wrapped heart necklace, pearl, coral, SS - JudysDesigns Coffee Mug Cozy - Tibetan Red - CrimsonMosquito

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Thinking Far Ahead- Christmas’ by Albosinensis

A little soon, but etsy has already inspired ideas for holiday decorations and presents.

ORIGINAL Tree Landscape Painting Jewel Tones Contemporary Acrylic Canvas, 20" x 16". - TracyHallArt Soy Candle - Juniper Breeze - 8 oz Mason Jar - Hand Poured - SimpleScentsByKeisha Gold filled Christmas tree earrings, No5 - JudysDesigns Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments - Satin Finish Magenta - Set of 5 - BlackMagicEmporium
Ceramic  Ornament - Tea Cup -  Cup of Christmas Tea - GrapeVineCeramicsGft Vintage Crochet Angels for Crafts - AuntMegheysCottage Crochet Christmas Holiday Bracelet Peppermint Stripes Gold Plus SIze - MegsCrochetJewels Chainmaille Christmas ornament Ball Red and green - DoBatsEatCats
Crystal snowflake ornament: Swarovski crystal and glass in red and white - ElephantBeads Pearly White Bird 3-D Paper Ornament, Delicate, miniature Set of 12 - oneofakindbabydesign Christmas Ornament Red and White Beaded Tassel - lizbethsgarden Moustache Christmas Ornaments set of 4 made from Eco Felt - BittyBitsandBaubles
Snowman Poop Winter Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gag Gift Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Painted Slate: Wish Upon A Star Snowman - whatsingramasdrawers Coffee Mug Cozy - Seafoam - CrimsonMosquito Vintage Cookie Cutters Tupperware Holiday Set of 4 Red for Farmhouse Retro Kitchen & Kitsch Collectibles Midcentury Modern Plastic 60s 70s - VintageCarolina

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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TotallyToTheT – Inaugural Post

D-Lister team member Tonya McDonel posted her first blog entry, and it’s a great read! Learn more about Tonya, and get a few pointers about how to create an expansive chicken coop. We look forward to reading more of her blogs!

Also don’t miss this opportunity to check out Tonya’s shop on Etsy – TotallyToTheT.

Chickens

Inaugural Post.

Fairy tales, a secret garden, a splash of color…

By Molly Kimball, elephantbeads ♥♥♥

The DTeam was very excited by Etsy’s recent “Etsy Success Symposium” treasury challenge. A limited number of treasuries were selected for Front Page status if they entered the “Get Found” challenge. Here are the gorgeous DTeam results – fairy tales, a secret garden, and a splash of color:

‘Fairy Tales Can Come True’ by Aspenn2010

“It can happen to you, if you’re young at heart” – Enjoy these unique items from the Etsy D-Listers aka the D Team! My solution for “Getting Found” with the Etsy Success Symposium!


Princess Invitation…

$15.00

Peach pearl leather…

$40.00

Floral Distressed A…

$389.00

Crochet Cotton Bath…

$12.00

OOAK Pink Swarovski…

$76.00

mid century tea set…

$21.00

Gasparilla Pirate S…

$45.00

Clip Earrings Pink …

$40.00

Hanging Felt plante…

$20.00

Multistrand necklac…

$54.50

Abstract Figure Dra…

$30.00

Mother’s Day Ca…

$4.00

Ceramic Dragon – Lo…

$50.00

Crochet Bath Set – …

$10.00

Tiny happy house hi…

$10.00

Fairy Tale Castle F…

$21.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

‘The Key to My Secret Garden’ by ElephantBeads

Unlock these blooming beauties with the hidden key! Enjoy the quiet garden of the Etsy D-Listers Team! Made in honor of the Etsy Success Symposium.


Floral Distressed A…

$389.00

Recycled Beer Bottl…

$30.00

Vintage Jacket Blaz…

$29.00

VERY CHARMING Tumbl…

$17.30

1950-60s Fenton Mil…

$17.00

Butter Yellow Chrys…

$89.95

Key necklace, Never…

$30.00

Garden Photography …

$39.99

Red Abstract Figura…

$80.00

My Valentine Red Wh…

$12.99

Sale Blue Floral Bi…

$30.00

Red Bows on White V…

$6.00

Handmade Ceramic Bu…

$10.00

Shabby Green Wooden…

$42.00

Free Shipping– Fel…

$12.00

Flannel Diaper Wipe…

$5.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

‘Finding the Bright Spot’ by BlackMagicStudio

Finding the right team on Etsy is a bright spot in selling. I found the Etsy D-Listers!In honor of the Etsy Success Symposium on “Getting Found”


White Heart Eco Fel…

$12.50

Fine Art Photograph…

$24.99

womens leather vint…

$25.00

Black and white pea…

$40.00

Black and White Pol…

$118.45

Black and White But…

$12.00

Bright Abstract Ori…

$20.00

White Melmac Melami…

$16.00

White Beaded Tassel…

$6.00

Knitting Project Ba…

$15.00

Guitar Pick Necklac…

$16.00

Crochet Coasters se…

$12.00

Pearly White Bird 3…

$25.00

Beaded choker in bl…

$42.50

Scarab Beetle Bug P…

$4.00

Motivational Art Pr…

$15.00

Treasury tool supported by three quick questions

51 Days Until Christmas

A continuation from yesterday to the tune of ‘My Favorite Things’.

Cream Colored Ponies

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep 1975 Glass 100th Year Horse Sports Collectables Vintage USA 17 Glasses Available

Crisp Apple Strudel

Printable Recipe Cards Collage Design

Doorbells and Sleigh Bells

Stocking Tassel Red with Green Beads

Schnitzel with Noodles

Organic Sweet Potato and Chicken Crunchies Small Dog Snacks new Seasonal Limited Time

Wild Geese that Fly with the Moon on their Wings

Vintage Italian Goose Box

 These are a few of my favorite things!

What wonderful things will we find next? Stay tuned!

NYer, Cat Lover, Photographer: Deborah Julian

How’d you get started on Etsy?
I’d been making cards for family and friends for years. Iheard about Etsy on The Today Show a couple of years ago. I finally started myown shop this year.
What was your inspiration for your shop?
A lot of my images involve my cats so the shop was createdwith my whimsical cat designs in mind. I have recently decided to put some ofmy more serious photos in the shop too.What’s your favorite shop item and why?

I think the Handle With Care image is my favorite. My catGeorge is a natural born clown and makes me laugh a dozen times a day.
How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
At home I unwind by playing with the cats, or by watching an old movie. I loveto cook but don’t seem to have much time for that anymore. I also lovewandering around New York City, usually with my camera.What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?

Chocolate with chocolate frosting; I love anythingchocolate!What pushes you to want to create something?

As a photographer, I’m an observer by nature. I love to takea photo or to create a cat image that captures something interesting I haveseen.What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it whilechannel surfing now would you stop & watch?

I loved Bugs Bunny and still do. I’m a sucker forsmart-alecky animals. I guess that’s why I live with cats.
What’s your fantasy job?
Taking photos for a travel magazine so I could go everywhere in the world!Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?

I can’t think of one.List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
Travel, Art, Animals

Do you have a favorite author?

When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page,or grab anything handy to mark your place? I love Anne Tyler and eagerly waitfor her to come out with a new novel which I then devour. I buy lovelybookmarks but usually can’t find them when I’m reading so I pick up the nearestpiece of paper to use as a bookmark. Unfortunately, this problem of not findingwhat I need does not just apply to bookmarks,
If money was no object and you can live wherever youwant….where would that be?
Italy. I’m 1/2 Italian and have two good friends living inItaly. My husband and I have actually fantasize about retiring there. I’mstudying Italian just in case!
What is your best childhood memory?
My mother’s two older sisters who never married lived withus when I was a child. My wonderful aunt Stella was fairly shy but she lovedtaking my sister and me places. I think doing things for us gave her courage todo things she wanted to do. She took me on a few trips when I was veryyoung–to New York City, to Washington DC and a few other places. I think sheinspired my love of travel. When my nieces were kids I tried to do the same forthem.
For more information and gift ideas, Deborah Julian can be found in her Etsy shop. She can also be found on Zazzle where you can customize accessories with  her prints and on Facebook.

Designing Impressions’ Crocheted Plush Charm Shop

How’d you get started on Etsy?
I was laid off and without many prospects. A local bead shop owner who later became a friend suggested that I look at Etsy as a viable shop for the jewelry I was creating at the time. Since then, I’ve moved into crocheted amigurumi and the shop has morphed along with me.

 

What was your inspiration for your shop?
I switched to crochet when I realized their popularity spans many demographics that held me back with jewelry. The teenagers and tweenagers love to hang them from their backpacks and their mothers like them on their purses and keys.

What’s your favorite shop item and why?

My favorite? Wow, I’m not sure. Each one is so unique. The owls are my general favorites.
How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
That is my unwinding. I have always created something. If I’m doing I feel a bit lost. Sometimes getting lost is a good thing and that’s when I get delve into popular urban fantasy like The Dresden Files book series and Doctor Who on TV.
What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
The kind that’s been decorated by my daughter with chocolate frosting and loaded with sprinkles.
What pushes you to want to create something?
I’m constantly looking for the next thing. I’ll find a piece of junk and an idea will pop in using some kind of technique I have tried or seen. Most of the time I just mentally file it for reference. If I own it already, I have no problem tearing into a new project and start creating.

What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid? As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?

I get enough cartoon time with my 7 year old in charge of the remote on most weekends. Phineas and Ferb along with Scooby Doo is at the top of our list. My favorite favorite is Dexter’s Laboratory which I can’t see much of because I don’t have cable or satellite. This is so totally different from what I watched as a kid. Star Blazers was one of my favorites as well as anything else that had aliens, time travel and photon torpedoes.

What’s your fantasy job?
To be a paid artist with a large open studio and endless supplies.
Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
Yes, but I’m not telling. I’d feel too guilty.
List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
Chocolate
Salmon
Fresh ripe tomato sandwich with lots of mayo and salt & pepper on white bread.
Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?
Jim Butcher, JR Ward, Patricia Briggs and Rachel Caine are my faves. I use a bookmark that has seen better days and needs replacing. When I can’t find it, I’ll grab just about anything to use.
If money was no object and you can live wherever you want….where would that be?
There’s a little place in NC called Whynot that is virtually nothing but potters. I’d love to be in a community that is craftier than most. And Whynot is gorgeous with lots of rural farmlands.
What is your best childhood memory?
Spending time with my dad and my 100-n-1 electronics kit making an AM radio. We made it several times over the years in the kitchen and used the plumbing pipes as the antenna. We graduated from that to soldering my first digital clock together.
You can find more from Designing Impressions in her Etsy Store. She is also on Facebook and Twitter and has a Blog. For other quality items, please visit Etsy and keyword search “DTeam“.

Get to know ad87, She’s full of surprises!

How’d you get started on Etsy?

I started my business much earlier than intended (was just doing the marketing/pr at the time) and since I was already out there, I decided to go ahead and add on the artistic side as well. I opened the shop in April and listed my first in May after I attended my first anime convention (part of the target market I was trying to draw in).
What was your inspiration for your shop?
I’ve been working in the underground European/East Asian music scene–be that blogging, online promo, or street team work–for the last 4-5 years now. Outside of the music, the fashion also pulled me in. I wanted to created the pieces I wish I could see in my favorite overseas stores; I wanted to find away to truly make an outfit my own. So while I was sitting my room in college (lovingly referred to as “my breadbox”), I used some needle and thread to attempt my first choker. It came out fantastic. So after years of sketching and wondering “what if”–I made the shop.
What’s your favorite shop item and why?
Currently? I’d say the cyberpunk braid falls I made not too long ago. They are very symbolic of where I stand as a designer–spontaneous, an unusual combination, and familiar all as the same time.
How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
I’m not even sure that’s a part of my vocabulary. Unwind…Well, I run a street team for a Swedish rock band and have friends throughout the entertainment industry. So visiting/talking with them unwinds me. I grew up dancing, so that’s another avenue. Reading’s my big thing though. If I had to choose between a shopping spree at the mall or a bookstore, I’d take the bookstore.
What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?
I don’t eat them a lot, but if I had to choose–mint chocolate.
What pushes you to want to create something?
If only there were a way to let someone see into my mind for a second…It’s as if I have a vault in my head. Each piece I create helps me to connect the dots and make more sense of the world around me.
What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid. As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?
Who says I ever stopped? *grins* I had a number of them as a child: The Care Bears, Jem and the Holograms, etc. As an adult, I’m into anime (Japanese cartoons). Some are specifically created with adults in mind. My favorite one is Inuyasha. But there are numerous ones I enjoy.

What’s your fantasy job?
I was just speaking with my friends a few days ago about this. I would love to do 2 things in my life: work for Cirque du Soleil (makeup or costume design departments) and supply musicians with accessories/free promo. The latter would involve endorsing signed/unsigned bands with materials for music videos and shows.
Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?
Not that I know of. Though, if I were to think of it, wouldn’t sharing it sort of kill the idea?
List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.
Watching YouTube videos, using my Blackberry for any and everything, & helping people.
Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?
J.R.R. Tolkien. I even took a class on his works in college. When I read, I do it in one sitting–whether it’s 100 pages or 10,000 pages. I get lost in the book when I read, so it’s just easier that way. I do own some bookmark’s though. I volunteers in libraries like crazy growing up, so dog ears or anything else but a bookmark irritates me when I see it.
If money was no object and you can live wherever you want….where would that be?
I’m already trying to save up for England. I’ve said I’d move there since I was in second grade and studied abroad there early on in college. It’s the closest I’ve ever felt to home. I’m a number of years out on that plan, though. The visa requirements vs. this economy are the main reasons.
What is your best childhood memory?
Wow. After answering all the other questions, this one is the toughest. I don’t know, to be honest…I do remember when my mother took me in to Chicago for a ballet class I was attending. We had stepped off the train (I live in the suburbs) and there were these two older women in the bathroom saying the rudest things about this younger woman. I had the guts to actually verbally-reprimand them about it.
I know that sounds weird to read and meant nothing real deep to me at the time. They were making fun of a woman I now know was dressed in cybergoth clothing and hair (Google it–quite interesting fashion). I’ll never forget the smile the young woman gave me as she left the room. I didn’t even know I was defending a subculture–let alone one that would intrigue me later on.
But just imagine it–a young black child in a leotard lecturing two grown woman about a young woman with red and black yarn attached to her hair. Brilliant image.
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