Monday Organizing

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011

Part of being organized is doing your best to keep things from getting lost. Binkies, toys and blankies are the last thing you want to lose while out and about with a little one. These little clips are fantastic for helping keep your child's necessities close at hand, and somewhat self-managed while being pushed in their stroller or sitting in their car seat.

EtsyKids Design Challenge: We have a Winner!

Posted Saturday, January 29, 2011

We are please to announce our winner for this month's challenge "Winter Wonderland" Congratulations to 23. Personalized Winter Owl Print - 8x10 by SweetpeaKidPrints!

Check out these cute bright prints designed by talented EtsyKids' member Liz of SweetpeaKidPrints. What a lovely way to announce your baby's birth or remind your children to brush their teeth! To view more of Liz's work, please visit SweetpeaKidPrints.

Monday Organizing

Posted Monday, January 24, 2011

This week we're sharing two organizing DIY projects to keep small things together and at your finger tips while shopping, so you can save time and money.

FIRST:: Shopper Card Key Ring
, from TinyStitches

Lots of stores now offer customer cards, shopper cards. They are free cards the store uses so they can offer you special discounts and coupons. My poor wallet didn't have enough card slots, so I implemented this tip I saw on the Martha Stewart Living TV show during her first season.

Round up the supplies::
Your non-credit card, plastic cards (reward card, library card, grocery card, preferred customer card, video rental card, etc.). Cards that are scanned (bar code) are better than those that are swiped (magnetic strip), but you can* make the swiped ones work too.
A key ring.
A single hole punch.

Double check the back of the card for the placement of the bar code and/or magnetic strip. Select a corner that is free from the bar code or magnetic strip and punch in approximately the same location in each card. *Cards with a magnetic strip that need to be fully inserted into a card reader are better off not being stored on this ring, as the placement of the punch and ring make it very difficult to get the card full inserted into card readers.

Once every card is punched, start threading them on the key ring, working carefully so the card doesn't break. Now you can drop the ring into your bag and because their are a half dozen or so on the ring, they will be easy reach for.

SECOND:: Beautified Coupon Organizer Tutorial, from RaeGun

Earlier this month, Modern Handmade Child Magazine launched a new feature, their blog. If you love the great ideas, projects and information shared in Modern Handmade Child Magazine, you're going to love the resources shared on the blog too!

For example, last week EtsyKids Team Member, RaeGun shared how to beautiful a very plain and very plastic coupon organizer. So find your oh so boring plastic coupon holder, get a piece of fabulously chic fabric, dust off your basic sewing skills and make yourself one of these cuties so you can save yourself some money in style!

Visit the Modern Handmade Child blog for the full tutorial.

EtsyKids Design Challenge: It's time to Vote!

Posted Friday, January 21, 2011

It's time to vote for your favorite item! Voting will be open through midnight EST, January 27th. This month, EtsyKids members were challenged to create an exciting new item based on a theme "Winter Wonderland". We received a bunch of fantastic entries from some talented people. Each participant was assigned a unique random number. Please note your favorite from the list below and place your vote. You can also view each entry in detail by clicking on links provided at the bottom of this post or HERE.

(If you can't view the voting poll above, please follow HERE to vote.)

1. Snowman Trio - 3 Wool Felt Finger Puppets by stayawake
2. Angel Baby Collection Light Pink Jester Hat Newborn by ohbabydotcom
3. Girls Dress - Woodland taupe longsleeved prairie dress custom handmade by littlestarclothing
4. Smores Snowman Applique Jeans Swing Top 12mo to 6 Christmas SewSoNancy Boutique by SewSoNancy
5. Fleece Snow and Ski Mask PDF Pattern Ebook Size Child to Adult by appletreeboutique
6. The Woodcutter's Ax (No 1) - Classic Wooden Tools for Children and Fairy Tales by prettydreamer
7. Let it Snow by gracehesterdesigns
8. Let It Snow Boutique Hair Bow...Adorable Snowmen and Snowflakes...Blue, White and Red...Perfect to Wear All Winter Long by gigglebabydesigns
9. Little Bo Peep has lost her SHEEP... Custom Made Hat Newborn to Adult. GREAT Easter photos by Bethanys5
10. Winter Wonderland, loopy hair bow,hairbow,blue and white. by BetsyBows
11. Pillowcase with Snowmen by fireflyblankets
12. Glitterati Snowman - Hair Clips by SweeterThanSweets
13. Snowflake on White T-shirt or Onesie by hounddogdesigns
14. Mini Ears Baby Hat in Honey- Free Shipping in US by jaclyn43552
15. Upcycled Winter Woodland Wonder Pinafore with Pine Cone Buttons and Leaf Applique by Berchtasbelly1
16. SNOWMAN & LEG WARMERS Holiday Set by thenook
17. Light Blue, White, and Silver Glitter Winter Snowflake Double Layered Ribbon Flower Bow Clip with Interchangeable Headband by InspirationsByJordan
18. Frosty the Snow Man Puppet and BOOK Set by MFcrafts
19. Vintage Dots Winter Mittens Shirt - Long Sleeved CUSTOM sizes 0-3 months to size 6 by thepolkadottotspot
20. Hooded Cabled Jacket by 0chaosbydesign0
21. Cupcake Toppers - Winter Owls, so cute for your next party by ALittleLollipopTree
22. Lil' Working Man Boys Penguin Onesie Shirt 18 months FREE SHIPPING by DoodiesBooties
23. Personalized Winter Owl Print - 8x10 by SweetpeaKidPrints
24. Hockey Skate booties - hockey pants - NHL color hat in three sizes by IrishHooksAndYarn
25. Snowman Hat by BrandisBowBoutique
26. Winter Monster Mittens (boy) Childrens Applique Shirt by monster in the closet on etsy by monsterinthecloset
27. RAG QUILT Football, NFL Inspired, Minnesota Vikings,Throw, Made To Order by avisiontoremember
28. Flannel Regency Gown for little girl or baby by AriaCouture
29. Child's snowman coat with hood, 6 by kangaroocuddles
30. Snowman Shirt by EllesAttic
31. 20% Off Sale - Use coupon code "20PercentOff" at checkout - Infant Car Seat Cover - pink polka dots by sophiemarie
32. AWWWW ...It's Snowing...Snowflake...Crochet Hat...Made to order in any Size and any Color.... NB - Adult... by Snugglebugkidz

warm and sweet in central

Etsykid team members are in general AMAZING people. I have been introduced to so many talented and dedicated individuals since joining. The central region has been hard at work this winter ….playing, doodling, stitching, crafting, throwing a few snowballs…you name it. January is nudging us on quickly as we dream of sunny days.

here are a few picks from the etsykids central team to brighten your day.

1. rockerbye baby custom punk rock crib sheet
2. melon dot ‘i heart dad’ tee or onesie
3 (and 9)little elephant co. set of three (3) handpainted light pink daisies outlined in dark pink with dark yellow centers.
4. looploft custom made to order boy or girl heart softie
5. the polka dot tot spot reusable fabric valentine’s day banner
6. spoiled sweet sherbert tutu...infant on up
7. tootsie bear  clothspin clippies
8. my little pixies medium fushia pixie posy
10. melon dot falling for you tee
11. joyfully sewn polka dot twirl baby dress

I hope your year is full to the brim. and that you take the time to..
            .1. instigate joy whenever possible.
            2. smile often.
3. send out parcels in the mail. few sights top that of a box of happy little things sitting on one's porch.

wishing you all a lovely day.


Monday Organizing

Posted Monday, January 17, 2011

The Bag ... the carrier of all things important, and not so much. I can't tell you how many times I've dumping the entire contents of my bag to find, change for the parking meter, the baggie of crayons or a favorite board book, a ringing cell phone, wet wipes or a band-aid.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and check out these little diddees. Perfect for helping to make everything in your bag chic and easy to find!

EtsyKids Design Challenge for January: Winter Wonderland

Posted Sunday, January 16, 2011

Each month EtsyKids Team members are challenged to create a unique item within a chosen theme. "Winter Wonderland" is our challenge for January, picked by our last month's winner TZ Burps! Anything that has to do with winter-snow, things you wear in the winter, things you play with in the winter or things to do in the winter. Hats, scarfs, games or toys for outdoor and indoor play when it is too cold outside, hot coco, etc.

EtsyKids members will have until January 19th to submit their entries, and voting will be open to everybody from Friday, January 21st to Thursday, January 27th. So, be sure to come back to the EtsyKids blog for a new post on the 21st to see all of the entries and VOTE! In the meantime, please click here to get a sneak peek at some exciting entries so far!

Monday Organizing

Posted Monday, January 03, 2011

A new year always brings on the strong desire to clean out, de-clutter and organize.

During the month of January, every Monday I'll offer up a few ideas from EtsyKids team members on ways to organize your life, while also making it beautiful with chic handmade items.

This week, the focus is on hair accessories. Oh my goodness, what a cluttered mess they can make! Little girls love their bows, ponies, headbands and clips, but dumped in a drawer it makes it hard to find what your looking for during the morning rush. Check out these chic organizational tools you can put to use immediately!

Find more EtsyKids Team Member offerings like these here.
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