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Happy Earth Day Everyone! April 22, 2013

This is such a busy time of year for us…wonder why Earth Day would be busy for an Eco Friendly shop….lol.  Since Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays, we have a great coupon code for everyone!! Get 25% off by saying that you LOVEGREEN when you see us at Earth Jam next weekend. Not to forget those that are far away….you can also use the the coupon code LOVEGREEN on our Etsy site for 25% off. We have two of our favorite shows this time of year.  Last weekend we were at the Ogden Nature Center’s Earth Day Celebration.   Here is what they had to say about the celebration on their facebook page: Earth Day Celebration Today from 12-4! A native plant sale, great food, workshops, animals, gardening, and lots of fun for the kiddos including a rock climbing wall, llama rides, head wreaths, puppet shows and more! Artists, entertainment and green gurus from all over Utah! Come learn and play!  To find out more about this amazing place you can find them at: http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org/

We did have a great time this year.  Usually I take a ton of fun pictures to share with everyone but this year we had rain and lots of it.  So I would set up the booth and then pull everything into the middle again as the rain started again.  I did not even think about pictures until it was over and I was taking my tent down…a duh moment!  So all pictures in this post are from facebook or google. It was a brilliantly beautifully day because of the rain.  It was cool and refreshing and I am so grateful for my good friend Athena from Simply Eden Goat Milk Soap.  She let us borrow two of her extra tent sides so we did not get anything ruined (why we did not bring our own on a day like this could be added to the duh moments…lol).  We love her and adore all of her amazing products!  You can find her at: http://www.SimplyEden.com

Yes, these soaps, oils and lotions smell and feel as good as they look!!

                                                                                                                      

She raises her own goats and they are so cute.  She brought them out to the Earth Day Celebrations and all the kids loved them!  We went out to her house a few weeks ago and had so much fun playing with her goats and their babies.   Future pictures to of that.

Photo: Goats and Alpacas at the Ogden Nature Center today!!!

Tonight we are going to go and help clean up the Earth.  One of our very favorite local shops, Green The World,  is hosting this amazing event.  Here is what they have to say about it on facebook:

Green The World - West Ogden, UT

Please join me for a Beautiful Walk on the evening of Monday, April 22nd to pick up some trash and enjoy the scenery along the Ogden River Parkway.Meet at my store at 6pm and we will walk along Lincoln Avenue towards the Ogden River Parkway and head west. We will be picking up all trash along the way and ending up back at SLACKWATER Pizza & Pub. Green The World will offer FREE appetizers to all who helped and hopefully you can purchase a drink and support Slackwater as well.AUTOLIV has offered to help support this event and will be giving gloves and trash bags to all who come and help.We will have a small raffle at the end of our walk with several local artisans and businesses donating….Baby Bump Maternity, Debbie Warren (Wool Dryer Balls), Our Children’s Earth, All About Socks, Laylee Beads (Silverwear Jewelry) and Bravura Boutique and more to come.Please spend an hour and come out and support. All are welcome, bring your children, spouses, friends, anyone who wishes to help “Green The World”

If you live local and want to help, you can find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/398098643622608/

EARTH DAY WALK/TRASH PICK-UP EVENT

One of the reasons that I started my own business was to be able to donate and give to causes I believe in.  I for sure believe in helping the Earth so we have donated some fun items to tonight’s get together.

This weekend we will be participating with Earth Jam down in Salt Lake City.  This is always a fun event with amazing music, great artists and of course the coolest people to come and see everything.  Here is what they have to say on facebook: Earth Jam Productions is a non-profit organization that comes together every April in celebration of Earth Day. Our annual Festival is held in Liberty Park located in Salt Lake City, UT. We offer a variety of different activities that all help educate on bettering the environment and bringing people and community’s together. Earth Jam is a FREE FAMILY EVENT

The music of Earth Jam is the heart of the organization. We have 2 stages The Earth Stage, The Fire Stage, that we fill with local talent, performing arts, and speakers

Please visit www.earth-jam.org

We hope that you have an amazing Earth Day and find something fun to help make the world a better place :)

 

Recycled Eclipse Viewer May 24, 2012

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For the Solar Eclipse we made our own viewer that turned out so cool and was all recycled.   We used the directions from our past posts on how to make them.  For the boxes we used two soy milk containers that we taped together and instead of tin foil we used an old potato chip bag that was silvery on one side.  The kids had fun looking through and we even had people that were walking down the street stop by and take a look.

 

 

Solar Eclipse with the camera.

 

 

Solar Eclipse through our recycled viewer.

The kids and hubby having fun with our viewer.

 

Earth Jam Here We Come! April 27, 2012

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This year we are excited to be going to Earth Jam down in Salt Lake City at Liberty Park this weekend.  Last year we had so much fun.  We were right next to one of the music stages and got to hear good music all weekend.  We were also next to one of our best friends which is awesome to have a great booth partner (big hugs to An Array of Artistry)

Here is a link to a great article about it this year:  http://www.globeslcc.com/2012/04/25/jam-out-in-celebration-of-mother-earth/

or check out their actual site at: http://www.earth-jam.org/

Last year we got some great pictures of the happenings (we will show you some more of this year when we get back and some of Earth Day at the Ogden Nature Center):

Hope you come and see us again this year!

 

Earth Day Tips and Contest Winner! April 22, 2012

The Earth flag is not an official flag, since ...

The Earth flag is not an official flag, since there is no official governing body over Earth. The flag holds a photo transfer of a NASA image of the Earth on a dark blue background. It has been associated with Earth Day.

Earth Day…what a wonderful day!  A day to celebrate the Earth and how to take care of her.  Since we love to recycled, upcycle, reuse and repurpose, it is like Earth Day is our favorite holiday!  Move over Christmas, Halloween, Valentines, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa,  and Thanksgiving.  We LOVE Earth Day!

Here are some great suggestions from some of our readers on how to celebrate Earth Day:

  • *Easy one: Plant something beatiful.Good for the earth and your spirit
  • *Visit Red Butte Gardens! It is nature at it’s most beautiful and it is so peaceful and serene that you leave feeling at peace. I’d say the Nature Center but I figured that was a given.
  • *Get a programmable thermostat. We did and the last two years our electric bills have dropped!
  • *Not just for Earth Day….but recently I’ve loved going up into the mountains and “reconnecting” with them. Taking off my shoes and feeling the cold ground (as it can be now..hehe), truly feeling a connection between the Earth and myself, and just being grateful for it. Also trying to be more self sufficient in our intake….we have birds that give us eggs now and we use their ponds to water their yard and quite a bit of our backyard as well.
  • *I like to go to the park with my kiddos, have a picnic, let them play on the playground, and go on an outdoor scavenger hunt! This site has a lot of optionshttp://www.scavengerhuntsforkids.com/naturehunts.html

 

 

 

I was also part of an Upcyclers Blog today where everyone had to give a tip.  My tip was: One of the best ways to help the Earth is to Reuse items. So instead of throwing clothing away create a Clothing Swap. Then your friends, neighbors and coworkers can come and swap clothes for themselves and their kids.  To find this awesome article with more tips and some great coupons to other upcyclers shops and a coupon to my shop too: http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2012/04/sustainable-sundays-24-hour-earth-day.html?showComment=1335104842094#c489320377707593981

 

 

 

This is a great article on how Earth Day even came to be http://earthday.envirolink.org/history.html.  This is written by Sentator Gaylord Nelson who got Earth Day to even happen.  Give him a HUGE hug of gratitude!   He explains what steps he did to make it happen and how on April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day and how it really took all of the grassroots local people to make it happen.  It helps me to continue to believe that one committed person can make a difference.   I found this article on this great site:  http://www.envirolink.org/.   You can find out about different Earth Day celebrations happening all over, find thousands of environmental resources, online new information and so much more.  This is a great website to check out.  They have such great information on how we came to celebrate the Earth.  I love to think about how it started and what it is today.


 

No mater how you choose to celebrate our Earth today,  I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

 

P.S.  We also had a contest happening for a $10 gift certificate to our shop…want to know who the winner is??  Lets draw a name out of a hat……

My son is picking the name from a hat (my kids just love to do this!)….the winner is The WoodenBee!  Congrats Bee!

 

Gratitude to YOU! April 18, 2012

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You know those times when your heart is so full of gratitude and thanks? This is one of those times! Thank you to all of you for all the support and constant love you give this business and me. I just reached over 500 likes on this facebook site! I am also grateful that it is Earth Day on Sunday!

Heart Planet Earth

Heart Planet Earth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I decided to combine the two…..what? What you say??? how are you going to do that??? Well, I am going to ask all of you brilliant people to give me ideas for Earth day…things to do, things you like, places to go etc… I am then going to put them all on my blog on Sunday and I will randomly pick a person’s name from a hat and give them a $10 gift certificate to my shop!  Again a big HUG to you ALL!

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What is the Share the Love Team All About Anyways? April 11, 2012

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Another great team to interview!  This is the Share The Love Team  on Etsy.  Their team moto is:”  A group of great people who love to help one another out!”.  They also say this about who can join the team:   “ANYONE!!!  So long as he or she has a good, positive attitude, like to help others out as well, and will stay active in the Team BNS/BNRs”.   Kelli Sako from  Waterflowingwest and  Malachitemoon Supply is the captain of the team.  Cyn  from kcdestash, ravenphoenixstudio and  everywitchway does the team Power Hour.   Shauna from  MeLadyJewelry and Wing’s Wardrobe and Treasure Kelly from Treasure2Remember and my self help run the team BNS.  Leanna from Funkychunkies is our team promoter.  This is a fun team to be on and helps everyone to get sales!  So lets get started learning more about some of the wonderful things they do:

OurChildrensEarth:  Kelli, you have been on Etsy since 2010.  What made you decide to start this team?

Kelli Sako (Captain)  waterflowingwest and  malachitemoonsupply:  I started the team because I was meeting all of these great people and I wanted to give us a space of our own to get together, chat, and play.

36x31mm Honey and Dark Aqua Porcelain Puffed Heart (1) No. 212

Photo by MalachiteMoonSupply

OurChildrensEarth:   Cyn you do a very cool feature on this team called Power Hour.  Can you tell us about that?

Cyn (Leader) kcdestash, ravenphoenixstudio and  everywitchway:  A friend of mine who is Captain of another team does them on her team and I just love the whole idea of letting team members build a treasury to honor one person’s shops, to highlight them, and to give them their hour in the spotlight. I love browsing shops and chatting and in a BNR or BNS that is hard to do. In a regular treasury there really is not chatting at all. It’s a fun way to spend an hour and to see what other team members think of as THEIR favorites in that person’s shop!

Sassy Woman III Retro Scrabble Tile Neclace

Photo by RavenPhoenixStudio

OurChildrensEarth:  Shauna, you help the team with their monthly BNS.  Can you tell us what a BNS is and about some of the details of the team BNS?  Can I just as a totally biased side note that you are an awesome assistant on this!

Shauna (Leader)  MeLadyJewelry:   BNS is called Buy and Sale, It starts off as a Treasury with selected shops that anyone can buy from in which they will be a featured shop in the next round or BNS. Will fill up to 16 spots and start again. It is a great way to advertise a shop, bringing buyers in to the shop. With Etsy the more a person can put their shop out there into the Etsy world the more buyers they will get. The Share The Love Team BNS, is a montly BNS and one of the greatest features for any buyer is the ability to buy in right away. If someone buys from the curator or the assistant they can get a spot immediately as well as in the next BNS. Also the raffle is a nice little extra, any buyer can enter a raffle winning an item from the shop that donated that month.

OurChildrensEarth:  Kelly, you are amazing at promoting and getting people involved and together in a team.  What do you think is the best way to do this?

Treasure Kelly (Leader)  Treasure2Remember:  Believe in people. If you can’t believe in them, you can have a tough time. We are all here, together, some of us homemakers, some of us retired, some of us (like me) here to find a common ground where we can relate and HAVE FUN! Who doesn’t like to shop? :P Who doesn’t like to come to a place and be accepted. This is a place where we belly up to the bar of life and enjoy our cupful of all the experience life can give. This may be gone tomorrow but the memories we make today will be with us forever.

OurChildrensEarth:  Leanna, you have a great role on this team in helping it with the Come Together Team.  Can you tell us about what the Come Together Team is?

Leanna (Leader)  Funkychunkies:  The Come Together BNR team is a place that smaller teams join together for BNR events to increase traffic and sales for their team members. The purpose of this team is to increase traffic in BNRs when the membership of one team will not support that venue for promotion by itself.

You Say You Want a Revolution Plus Size Bracelet (Made To Order)

Photo by FunkyChunkies

OurChildrensEarth:  Kelli you run the team BNR.  Can you tell us what a BNR is and some of the great things about our team BNR?

Kelli Sako (Captain)  waterflowingwest and  malachitemoonsupply:  BNR stands for Buy and Replace. I build a treasury of 16 items from shops that have bought into the BNR and team members. You can buy anything from any of the featured shops–so long as it meets minimum purchase requirements–and then your shop replaces that shop on the board. The thing that makes our team BNR a bit different is that you will remain on the board or on my future feature list until you make a sale. So each and every buy in guarantees you a sale at some point.

OurChildrensEarth:  Kelly, you have a unique situation where you were a great buyer on Etsy first and then became a seller.   Can you tell us about that and why you decided to become a seller on Etsy?

Treasure Kelly (Leader)  Treasure2Remember:  Treasure Kelly (Leader)  Treasure2Remember: I was giving all my spots away to other Sellers when I bought into the BNS as a buyer, so I had to get my own shop! LOL Besides all that, I have always loved to buy and sell and I never felt like I was able to fully understand what most of the chat was about re; selling until I created a shop. I was inspired by the other sellers thus the birth of my shop. It was so much fun creating Treasure2Remember, it was inevitable.:)xo

OurChildrensEarth:  Cyn, you are always helping everyone.  You and your family have some great shops on Etsy.  What made you all decide to sell on Etsy and how do you think that Etsy helps small businesses?

Cyn (Leader) kcdestash, ravenphoenixstudio and  everywitchway:  Heather, Kevin’s daughter, has been selling on etsy for years. My business partner and late husband and I decided it was a good creative outlet for Kat and I. We started as quilting buddies and that just expanded . . . or rather blew up! Each of us never met a craft we didn’t like! We do all things as partners and that is part of our creative process. But honestly, we were just buyers before Heather convinced us to sell!

OurChildrensEarth:   Shuana,  you are on a lot of teams. What do you like best about this team?

Shauna (Leader)  MeLadyJewelry:  Well, I like that it is smaller, many teams that I am on i feel like just one of the many. They are totally oblivious to my existance. Share the love team is more of a tight group and appreciative of all their members. I love the power hour as I call it, picking one member and creating a treasury around that person and their shop. Such a wonderful idea :) Also I feel like part of something and I love helping out, and the Share thelove team welcomed me with open arms in that respect letting me help with their monthly BNS. I love it

Soladite and Silver Bike Earrings

Photo by MeLadyJewelry

OurChildrensEarth:  Leanna, you are always helping everyone with fun jokes and stories.    What is one of your favorite memories on Etsy?

Leanna (Leader)  FunkychunkiesWell Steph your involved in a number of those memories but I’m not sure this would be a proper venue for those stories. I guess the best memories though come from all of my co-leaders. I’m always surprised at how even online you can connect with the same people you would if you met them on the street!

OurChildrensEarth:  Kelli I just love all the jewelry that I have gotten from your shop.  You have just opened another supply shop also.  What is your favorite item from each of your shops and what is your favorite item from one of Cyn’s shops?

Kelli Sako (Captain)  waterflowingwest and  malachitemoonsupply:

from Water: http://www.etsy.com/listing/89332125/layered-wrap-bracelet-memory-wire-coil

from Malachite: http://www.etsy.com/listing/95539769/40mm-purple-and-white-fiesta-teardrop

from EveryWitchWay: http://www.etsy.com/listing/86321400/print-of-original-oil-painting

Print of Original Oil Painting Stonehenge by Kat ACEO

Photo by EveryWitchWay

OurChildrensEarth:  Cyn  I love the Om Quilt ACEO’s that I got from and for my brother.  You have amazing and unique items in each of your shops.  What is your favorite item from all of your shops and what is your favorite item from one of Shauna’s shop?

Cyn (Leader) kcdestash, ravenphoenixstudio and  everywitchway:  That’s totally mean to give me Shauna’s shops to find a favorite in. I already OWN my favs from her shops!!!!! Love her stuff. Okay, okay, I’ll play nice. . . . only one?

how about this one

http://www.etsy.com/listing/96954506/lampworked-emerald-green-heart-and-brass

Lampworked Emerald Green Heart and Brass Key on Brass Chain

Photo by MeladyJewelry

Or maybe this one!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/93707431/byzantine-silver-aluminum-chainmaille

I have one very similar to this one

http://www.etsy.com/listing/89847470/memory-wire-bangle-bracelet-with-heart

and I just adore this!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/78672581/zodiac-pendant-fancy-jasper-nugget

See, that’s the cool thing about Shauan’s store, nothing is the same and she has such a wide range of styles, you can ALWAYS find the perfect thing, whether it’s for yourself or a gift!

Okay, from Every Witch Way my favorite is this:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/76441644/sabbat-quilt-wallhanging-patterns-set-of

Because this is what started our whole etsy experience. We conceived this patterns about two years before we finished them and Kat and I designed them together, each making a set of the wall hangings.

from Raven Phoenix Studio:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/79049304/felted-knit-witch-hat-pattern

Again, this is something Kat and I created together so . . . . and it’s fun! Who doesn’t think a felted witch hat is great for Halloween? right?

From KCDestash my favorite is

http://www.etsy.com/listing/90983819/black-and-cream-elegant-tag-kit-for-18

as it is a DIY Tag kit

OurChildrensEarth:   Shauna I have been drooling over your jewelry in your shop for months now.  I am in love with a few of your earrings and necklaces.  You are one talented lady!  What is your favorite item from  one of your shops and from Kelly’s shop?

Shauna (Leader)  MeLadyJewelry: I don’t have a favorite item in my shop, I love all my babies. So it is really hard to pick one inividual item. I love all my wire wrap bracelets, they are so easy to wear. It’s just hard, because I just have so much fun making each item.

Now right now I can’t say what my favorite item is in Kelly’s shop, since she doesn’t have anything available. But I always buy her beads, the last set I bought from her are some 5mm white heishi shell beads, and I love them :)

OurChildrensEarth:   Kelly I got of the cutest beads from you.  You are so sweet in how your wrap all of your items with such care.  What is your favorite item from your shop and what is your favorite item from Leanna’s shop?

Treasure Kelly (Leader)  Treasure2Remember:   My favorite item in my shop is my Worm-Carved Pinion Tea Light Holders  http://treasure2remember.storenvy.com/products/307356-pinion-tea-light-holder They are so fun to make because every  one is different and the designs the worms create are so beautiful! I love them!;)

Awww, that is very kind of you to say that about the wrapping.

A quick reference here, when I first began as a buyer on Etsy I remembered how I felt at the moment I received my packages, opening them and seeing the little personal touches some of the sellers would give. And when I became a seller I didn’t want to forget the way I felt as a buyer and that is why I try so very hard to make sure my customers are taken care of from the listing to the feedback and all of the nuances in between. Communication is vital to me. I value that highly and respect those who value that as well. So, even a little extra time in packaging means so much, to me and hopefully those who buy from me will come to see that as how much joy I take in the items they receive from me. Now, the caveat is after a huge BNR, I am trying like mad to get everything out in time and I know my buyers appreciate a timely delivery rather than me remembering to tie the bow correctly. But, even in that I want my customer to know how much they mean to me and how I am willing to go the distance for them. It’s only right, integrity is paramount. Being a seller on Etsy makes me feel good about  myself and If ever I can’t give back what I am given then perhaps it is time to move on because I want to be able to Share The Love!  But for now, I have my Summer gig and can’t wait to return!

Hummmmm, my Favorite from Leanna’s Shop? :P I can’t say I have a favorite. I mean, have you seen all her Chunkies? They are all made with such wonderful quality and care! Leanna, I will say though, your rings are adorable!

Thank you Steph, Thank you Our Precious Team Members, and lastly, Thank-You to the ones who help make this such a wonderful experience. It’s those persons that make this a place worth returning to! :) Happy Summer, Happy Sales and Happy Lives!!!

Thank You Our Childrens’ Earth News!!! You are Awesome! Xoxo   See You all In The Fall!

Blackbird Chunky Bracelet (Made to Order)

Photo by FunkyChunkies

OurChildrensEarth:   Leanna you know that I am in love with your Funky Chunkies!  I have two and just got one for my daughter’s birthday.  She loved the Batman!!  What is your favorite item from your shop and what is your favorite item from one of Kelli’s shop?

Leanna (Leader)  Funkychunkies:  It’s my Lonely Blackbird chunkie. My Favorite and a big seller: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66148272/blackbird-chunky-bracelet-made-to-order

From Kelli’s shop it has to be the variety of beads. I’ve become somewhat addicted to beads!

Wrap Bracelet--Turquoise and Wood

Photo by WaterFlowingWest

OurChildrensEarth:   Kelli, since I run the BNS for this team, what is your favorite item from my shop?

Kelli Sako (Captain)  waterflowingwest and  malachitemoonsupply: 

from OurChildrensEarth: http://www.etsy.com/listing/89592961/steam-punk-ring-that-is-fun-and-sassy-to

 

Steam Punk Ring that is Fun and Sassy to Wear that is a One Of A Kind (OOAK)

Photo by OurChildrensEarth

This team is so great to work with and support each other as you can see from our interview.  If you would like to find them you can look on Etsy at: http://www.etsy.com/teams/10412/share-the-love-team .  Here is to many more good years to come with wonderful ladies!

 

 

Here are some more amazing links to find these shops individually:

Cyn (Leader) kcdestash, ravenphoenixstudio and  everywitchway:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/everywitchway

Etsy:http://www.etsy.com/people/ravenphoenixstudio

Etsy:http://www.etsy.com/people/kcdestash

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Every-Witch-Way/193578687325063

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KCDestash/330897700268726

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RavenPhoenixStudio/134635153294730

Kelli Sako (Captain)  waterflowingwest and  malachitemoonsupply:

Etsy:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/waterflowingwest

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/malachitemoonsupply

Blog: malachitemoon.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Water-Flowing-West/328419232933

Shauna (Leader)  MeLadyJewelry:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeLadyJewelry

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WingsWardrobe

Leanna (Leader)  Funkychunkies:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Funkychunkies

OurChildrensEarth:

You can find my shops right next to the blog

Treasure Kelly (Leader)  Treasure2Remember:

Her shop is on vacation right now but can be found in the Fall

 

 

 

 

So you are totally loving these shops right?  Come and find them and use a coupon too!

Cyn (Leader) kcdestash, ravenphoenixstudio and  everywitchway:   coupon is always ILOVEKEVIN for 15% off

Kelli Sako (Captain)  waterflowingwest and  malachitemoonsupply:  Coupon: SAVE15 for 15% off @ Water

OurChildrensEarth:   coupon is EARTHDAY for 10% off your entire order

Shauna (Leader)  MeLadyJewelry:  Lady10 for 10% off both my shops

 

Interview with the Amazing Etsy team Supporting Artists March 7, 2012

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For the month of March we are interviewing the Suppporting Artist Team on Etsy.  This is what their team page says about them:

“The Supporting Artists Team is comprised of artists who want exposure, who are serious about your Etsy business and who have a desire to support other members as well. “A give and you shall receive mentality”.

We limit “identical” shops so that you can stand out instead of getting lost in the crowd. We know you by name…really! Our team is very active, supportive and enthusiastic. We also like to have fun!”

I  am on this team and have loved every minute of it.  This is one group of amazing and talented artists that truly talk their talk and walk their walk.  They really are all about supporting each other to be successful.  In other words, I love this team!  Just so you all know I am a leader on this team so I could be biased but I think as you read on you will begin to understand why so many people love this team also.  My role on the team is to help out when I can and I also run the team Facebook page.  Cheydrea is the Captain of the team and the other leaders on the team are Darlene, Theodora, Jessica, EastwoodArt, Christa, Lisa and Whitney.  This was a great interview and I got to learn about a variety of things from all of these brilliant ladies.

Our Childrens Earth: Jessica, how do you feel that Etsy helps small businesses to be successful?

Jessica (Leader) MommyandMeBoutique8:  Etsy is an amazing resource for those running a small business from the comfort of their own homes. I know that without Etsy, my business would not be half as successful as it is; I just don’t have time to run the craft show circuit and I also haven’t found Facebook to be as helpful when it comes to getting sales. Etsy makes it possible for people to find our shops and our items — and with the continuing popularity in online shopping, I can only imagine that Etsy and its user base will exponentially grow.

Our Childrens Earth:  Eastwood, why do you think that teams are important to have on Etsy?

EastwoodArt (Leader) EastwoodArt: Etsy is a community of so many talented artists from around the world. …..It’s huge!  Being  a part of this wonderful Supporting Artists team is just that… We are very supportive of each other, making our own unique sense of community with friendship, advice, group finds & treasuries, and  a fantastic sounding board when we want to share our daily joys of what it takes to run a  business on Etsy. I am so proud to be a member of this fantastic diverse group. We learn from each other and we have so much FUN!

We may work by ourselves in very different parts of the world, but being on a great team makes you feel like you are not alone!

Picture and Artwork by EastwoodArt

Original Art,  Abstract Landscape, Purple, Pink "Clouds Fallin' to Earth" by EastwoodArt

Our Childrens Earth:  Cheydrea, you started this team.  Can you tell us how you came up with the idea of this team?

Cheydrea (Captain) Cheydrea:  When I joined Etsy at the start of 2011 – I was trying to find my way around the site and get connected with others. I wasn’t seeing much in the form of views or sales. I joined a couple of teams but quickly learned that I was getting swallowed up by the whale – so to speak. These teams had large numbers in the form members. When I joined a smaller team, there was nothing really happening on the team.

I felt like one of those tiny fish in the ocean swimming relentlessly and hoping not to get swallowed. I could write a book about all the details. I knew that there were probably a thousand other members feeling the way I was, so I decided I was going to start a team and reach out (with my fishing pole) and find those members, so we could team up and avoid the swallow.

Picture and Jewelry by Cheydrea

WABI SABI CRYSTAL Rustic Silver Pendant Necklace by Cheydrea

Our Childrens Earth:  Darlene, you have been on this team since it first started.  What inspired you to  join?

Darlene (Leader) KatieBelleDesign: Etsy is bursting with so much talent, creativity and wonderful people. It’s also intimidating for sellers, especially new ones, to get started and shine through the crowd. Being able to relate to this feeling, I have helped others in many ways, by including their work in treasuries, answering questions, and providing motivation to keep doing what they believe in. So when Andrea contacted me and asked if I’d like to join, I knew that this was a perfect fit.  A place where we can learn, share, and connect everyday!

Our Childrens Earth:  Whitney, you are one of the newer team leaders.  Why do you think that this team is important to have on Etsy and what made you decide to become a leader?

Whitney Korstange from MapleStreetPaperCo: I’m drawn to this team for it’s diversity both in product and geography.  The team has enormous knowledge & likes to share it with one another.  There is a huge benefit to this.  The more we learn the stronger we become; sharing in each others successes, questions, woes & joys helps us become better at business.  Etsy needs groups that are active to promote each other and ultimately Etsy itself.  So, the more active we stay the more visibility for our shops.

I feel like I became a team leader by default.  I have an academic background and collaborating, critiquing, brainstorming, and listening was/is part of the everyday artistic process, both for my artistic practice and my students.  So it was only natural to start brainstorming with the group and throwing my two sense out when applicable.  It’s been a fun transition.

Picture and Handmade Paper by MapleStreetPaperCo.

Handmade Paper Journal with Envelope Cover

Our Childrens Earth: Lisa, you were an important part of helping out team to grow with our last team promotion.  What do you think it important to have in other team mates?

Lisa Menold (Leader)Handmadelove13 and Bellapetbeds: Having other team mates is wonderful because we all need love and support from others who know what we are going through…whether we are having a problem with a customer or having a GREAT week in our shop! Team mates are a great support system during good times and bad. The love and support we get from one another on this team is fantastic!

Our Childrens Earth:  Theodora, you play an amazing role in helping this team with treasuries.  Tell us about some of the fun things that you have helped this team to do?

Theodora (Leader) THEODORADESIGNS:  When I first got involved with running Treasury promotions we had two Treasuries running every week, and had members setting up the Treasury and then the team and members of the group would spend time trying to get the Treasury to the first page of the Treasury listings. We did have quite a few that made it to the top of the listing pages….as I recall we even made it to number one once and it became almost a celebration since it was a real team effort. During the summer we switched over to once a week for the Treasury. Now I think that the MIGHTY 17 seems like the most fun that we have had since it gets everyone who has time to do some promoting a chance to make a Treasury they created and we all pitch in and promote as much as we can. The added benefit is if you can’t do it one week there is always someone else who wants to try their hand at joining in to play on the MIGHTY17. The amazing part is everyone creates a whole different picture with their Treasury even though we are all pulling items from the same group of 17.

Our Childrens Earth: Anista, one of the fun activities that the team does is supporting each other on  social networks.  Can you tell us a little bit about this and one of your favorite activities that you do?

Christa (Leader)  Anistadesigns: Basically we complete challenges each day that incorporate posting other shops/team members items on our social media sites. I think it is really important to offer variety on your social media sites – rather than simply promoting your own product all the time. It also gains additional viewers to your items that otherwise may not get a chance to see them. My favorite activity is to “pin” items to Pinterest! I love that site – it is like an online sketchbook of inspiration and wonderful products that are available. I love looking at a full display board of images too – such a feeling of accomplishment!

Picture and Vintage Wedding Invitations by AnistaDesigns

Vintage Wedding Invitation - Sample- Parisian Perfume Label - Ava Collection

Our Childrens Earth: Andrea, you started this team less then a year ago but it has become a great team that others look up to.  What do you think made this team so great, so fast?  Where do you see this team heading in the future?

Cheydrea (Captain) Cheydrea:  Early on in my Etsy journey, I was invited to a BNR. I was open to anything at that point. I soon discovered a wonderful lady and BNR curator (Darlene – KatieBelleDesigns). She was friendly, organized and very caring. We didn’t know each other very well, but I could just tell by the way she communicated with all the members that she would be a perfect fit for the team that I was envisioning. I didn’t care about her shop or her success on Etsy, I noticed her kindness. I knew in order to have a great team, I would need to find some great leaders and she was my first pick for a leader.

In order for anything to be great it takes teamwork and my goal from the start was to find as many people like Darlene that I could. Friendly and caring for others. Not selfish or self promoting. This is the basis of our team charter. I knew the details would work themselves out as we went along. And in running a team there are many details. It is like having a second job.

I see so much in the future for our team. Do you have a few more hours to chat? My mind is like a tornado full of ideas.

Our Childrens Earth:  Darlene, you are amazing at running BNR/ BNS’s.  Can you tell us a little bit about each of these and how you feel that they support this team.

Darlene (Leader) KatieBelleDesign:  Absolutely! BNR’s (Buy and Replace) and BNS’s (Buy and Stay) are treasury events that motivate other sellers to purchase from the shops that are featured. Upon purchase from a shop, a buyer would either have his or her shop featured instantly (in a BNR) or in the next round (in a BNS), and would then be up for consideration for purchases from other shop owners.

What I love about these events is the networking/socializing aspect that they offer. While they’re excellent at providing a shop with great exposure and sales potential, they also allow sellers to connect and get to know one another on a closer level. The events are run “live”, and the discussions take place chatroom-style. Since our team holds Open Houses (members-exclusive BNR’s), teammates have been enjoying the opportunity to bond and laugh together! That, plus a boost in sales and exposure, are all tremendous sources of support that BNR’s provide, and it’s simply amazing how much motivation and team spirit comes through in our Open Houses.

Picture and Necklace by KatieBelleDesigns

Owl necklace in Tibetan silver ... hoot, hoot

Our Childrens Earth:  Jessica you are always there to help with the team Open Houses.  Can you tell me a little bit about what a Team Open House is and why they are important to the Supporting Artists Team?

Jessica (Leader) MommyandMeBoutique8:  I LOVE our open houses! I think this is such a unique feature that Andrea has incorporated into our team, and really connects us as business owners and friends. An open house is an all day BNR event where team members can come and chat, peruse the wonderful shops on the team, and do some shopping within those shops! It is a way to help, promote, and really support each other in a fun and unique way. I love getting to chat with other teamies and having an excuse for a mini shopping spree ;-)

Picture and Hair Accessories by MommyandMeBoutique8

Sampler Pack -- Summer Brights

Our Childrens Earth:  Whitney you have some wonderful ideas on expanding our team blog.  Can you tell us about the importance of a team blog and what a team blog can do for a team.

Whitney Korstange from MapleStreetPaperCo: Thank you.  My goal for a team blog is to gain exposure for our members and create sales opportunities.  Our team has a strong and active presence within the Etsy website, but with the way the web and search engines function the more you’re appearing around the web the stronger you are.  The plan is to have many ways to create exposure for your shop.  You can take advantage of those that are best for you.  This could be as big as writing posts and content for the blog or as small as signing up to be part of the online directory.   Both give you back links to your Etsy shop; a definite plus for SEO.  We are currently in the planning stages for this blog, so stay tuned for more information and blog opportunities you can take advantage of. 

Our Childrens Earth:  Minden, you spent a lot of time and created a wonderful directory for the team.  What are some of the ways that you invasion us using the directory in the future.

EastwoodArt (Leader) EastwoodArt: The directory is a great tool for shopping within the team as it lists each shop under a specific category.  I look within the team first if I am shopping & and it’s very easy to find what you want if you use the directory.

A client could use this directory to shop within the team as well ….. It would be something that I would pass on to my sister or a friend for sure!

The Supporting Artists team is very consistent in making & promoting treasuries.  I also see the directory as a great tool for making treasuries as it is so easy to find a great mix of product.

Our Childrens Earth:  One of the wonderful things that this team does is allows it’s members to start any thread, to share and support each other.  Anista, why do you think that this sounding board style works so great for this team?

Christa (Leader)  Anistadesigns:  I think it is really important to gain feedback from other members. People often see things from various perspectives, therefore allowing you to get a variety of suggestions. We all share a common bond of being an Etsy shop owner and many teammates have a wealth of experience and advice to share. It also allows you to see a wide range of exceptionally creative products and interact with some extremely supportive people. Being on this team offers a place to call “home.” Everyone is so friendly and supportive – not sure what I would do without this team, actually! :D

Our Childrens Earth: Theodora, you have such a unique style of Art.   I absolutely love the prints that I have from you.  Your art is beautiful!  Can you tell us a little bit about what an ACEO print is?

Theodora (Leader) THEODORADESIGNS:  Aceo stands for ART CARDS EDITIONS & ORIGINALS.  In order for a work to be considered an ACEO it has to be 2 1/2 inches X 3 1/2″. There is no strict rule as to the medium that can be used. They can be painted, pencil, clay, pastel, glass, fabric and on and on….any medium is acceptable Size is the main factor. The ACEO is kind of the bubble gum collecting card of the ART World.  Purchasing an ACEO can eventually lead to a sizable increase in your small original investment. Just imagine how many more bubble gum cards are available and the prices that some of the scarce cards cost. Works of some artists in this size have already soared in price.  ATC are the same thing only they are traded instead of being sold.

Picture and ACEO by TheodoraDesigns

Home Sweet Home Fraktur with Flowers,Hearts ACEO by Theodora

Our Childrens Earth:  Lisa, you actually have two shops on Etsy. They are both doing wonderful and are such awesome shops.  What do you think is the best part of having two shops?

Lisa Menold (Leader) Handmadewithlove13 and Bellapets:  I feel so blessed to have two blossoming shops here on Etsy! It is nice to be able to link my shops together for more traffic. I sell such different items between my two shops that is it great to meet so many different people here in the Etsy community as they pass through my shops! It is wonderful having two shops, but a lot of work…I do have a full time job outside of Etsy!

Picture from Lisa’s shop Handmadewithlove13

Black Design Gift Box Set - FREE Shipping Valentine's Day, Birthday, Wedding or Party Gift Bag Wrap, handmadewithlove13

Our Childrens Earth: Cheydrea, I absolutely love your jewelry!  I own a few pieces and think they are high quality and just all around beautiful.  What is one of your favorite pieces from your shop and from Maple Street Paper Co’s shop?

Cheydrea (Captain) Cheydrea: Thank you Stephanie for being one of my customers. I so appreciate you! One of my favorite pieces is my Wabi Sabi Necklace. Before Etsy, I designed many pieces like this. I had a lot of rustic chunky statement pieces that I sold at shows and donated to fundraisers. These statement pieces are more popular when people see them in person because they have a WOW factor. These are harder to sell on Etsy because of the price point and are normally purchased by the avid jewelry collector. I love Maple Streets entire shop. It is sooo elegant. My favorite paper is turquoise paper . www.etsy.com/listing/80848635/turquoise-handmade-paper-sheets (see below).  It reminds me of the coast. I hope to have some of her paper someday soon.

Turquoise Handmade Paper Sheets

Our Childrens Earth:  Darlene, you also have wonderful jewelry that I just love!  I have the cutest flower ring from you and my daughter tries to take it from me sometimes because it is so beautiful.  What is one of your favorite pieces from your shop and from Theodora Designs Shop?

Darlene (Leader) KatieBelleDesign:  I’m always on the go, and I’ve found that my shabby chic rose studs (http://www.etsy.com/listing/82094923/shabby-chic-pink-rose-stud-earrings) have been a soft, fuss-free and feminine set that instantly softens my (often rushed and tired) appearance!

I absolutely adore Theodora’s shop. I have some ACEO prints of hers, and I can’t stop admiring her blend of beautiful details, color and texture. It’s hard to pick a favorite. Right now, I am so drawn to her LOVE prints, particularly this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/85839318/love-aceo-art-cards-editions-  (see below) and It stuns upon first glance, is bold in its simple yet meaningful message, and is a print of Theodora’s gorgeous mosaic design.

Love ACEO art cards editions and originals Print  by Theodora

Our Childrens Earth:  My Grandparents just loved the prints that I gave them from your shop.  I love your Fraktur Style Art.  I actually have the one that says “HOME SWEET HOME” hanging above my desk right now.   What is your favorite piece from your own shop and from Mommy and Me Boutique8’s Shop?

Theodora (Leader) THEODORADESIGNS:  This is going to sound odd but I am always in love with the current piece that I am working on. I would love to have one of everything from Mommy and Me….I know that sounds sooooooo greedy….but I am an addicted shopper !!  See picture below for her Tuxedo Bows.

Tuxedo Hair Bows -- You Choose Four: Purple, Blue, Pink, Green

Our Childrens Earth:  Jessica, you make the cutest hair accessories.  They are made with such high quality materials and skills. I have loved all the ones that I have gotten from you (so has my daughter).  What is your favorite item from your shop and what is your favorite item from Eastwood Art’s Shop?

Jessica (Leader) MommyandMeBoutique8:  Thank you Steph :-) Well, I’ve always loved the look of tuxedo hair bows, and I recently started putting them on bobby pins. Those are my go-to bows for my daughter everyday. I’m working on getting more listed in my shop now! (I don’t know if you wanted a link — here is one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/84448533/sweet-hair-bow-bobby-pins-glitter-blue) I love the colors that Minden uses: subtle, yet eye popping. If I had to choose one painting from her shop, it would be “Fishing Boats 2″ (www.etsy.com/listing/67581665/original-boat-art-fishing-boats-2, see below). It exudes serenity and peacefulness, I would love to have this hanging in my office :-)

Fishing Boats Original Painting Original Art

Our Childrens Earth:  I love your Paintings Eastwood!  It makes me happy when I see your painting in my house every day.  What is your favorite item from your shop and from Anista Design’s Shop?

EastwoodArt (Leader) EastwoodArt:  Sometimes the unexpected happens when you are painting, that makes a piece special. I like to paint abstracts & landscapes, but love to put the two together in an “abstract landscape”…..usually the unexpected happens!    My absolute favorite is Clouds 1, a large work with layers & layers of  filmy cream clouds dusting the earth.  It looks like something you may see from a spaceship rather than the ground.

I love Anistadesigns!!!   Her vintage stationary is out of this world!  Can you tell I am a repeat customer? I think I have almost all of her vintage tags as well as custom pieces that I have ordered that I use for my own shop. Her work is so beautiful & very unique. I am currently shopping there for vintage wedding invitations as my daughter is getting married.  They are so elegant & they are now my new favorite!!!!’ …. But every time I go back to shop I am finding another new fav!  (see below for her  Marie Antoinette Wish Tree tags/Gift Tags/Treat Tags – Gold Embossed Platter of Cupcakes)

Marie Antoinette Wish Tree tags/Gift Tags/Treat Tags - Gold Embossed Platter of Cupcakes - Set of 5 - featured on WedLuxe.com

Our Childrens Earth:  The quality of your products is amazing Anista!  They are imaginative and not the same run of the mill ideas that you can find at every store.  I love my Santa Naughty list tags…way to cute.  I think I might actually want to have another wedding just so I can have you make the invitations for me they are just that Awesome!  What is your favorite item in your store and in Bellapets or Handmade With Love13’s (Lisa’s) Shops?

Christa (Leader)  Anistadesigns:  Thank you so much for the compliment, you really know how to make a girl blush! As far as my favorite item in my shop, I would have to go with either cupcake tags: www.etsy.com/listing/71903014/marie-antoinette-wish-tree-tagsgift?ga_sea…, the Marie Antoinette-inspired wedding invitation: www.etsy.com/listing/66436689/vintage-wedding-invitation- sample?ref=v1_o…  or bridesmaid cards: www.etsy.com/listing/66392901/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-cards-with  The bridesmaid cards just make me laugh because I love the sentiment on the front – I think a lot of girls could relate.

I love the cupcake tags because they turn out gorgeous when they are complete – they are a labour of love because they have various stages to them. I love the invitation because it is whimsical and it isn’t like most invitations out there. It also reminds me of the beginning of my Etsy shop and how it was commissioned was an interesting tale. (it actually involves Minden from EastwoodArt so I think indirectly I have her to thank!)

As far as Lisa’s shops – I love that she works with paper – big fan of the paper love! As for her pet beds – I have a cat and these little beauties would save my couches from being covered! The materials she uses are really cute. I like this dog bed the best www.etsy.com/listing/87320152/bella-pet-bed-cover-for-dog-or-cat (see below) …I could see how it would complement any modern space, while being very practical for a furry friend.

Bella Pet Bed Cover for Dog or Cat - Machine Washable - FREE Shipping Cozy Fleece Burrow Snuggle Pet Beds Cover - bellapetbeds

Our Childrens Earth:  Lisa, your pet beds are so cute!  You also have such fun and beautiful gift bags in the your other shop.  What is your favorite item from both shops and from Katie Belle Design’s shop?

Lisa Menold (Leader) Handmadewithlove13 and Bellapets: 

 Handmadewithlove13: www.etsy.com/listing/92454025/custom-wedding-gift-wrap-package-paper

Bellapetbeds: www.etsy.com/listing/87162950/dog-bed-cover-for-dog-or-cat-machine

Katie Belle Designs: www.etsy.com/listing/85680017/ivory-white-flower-ring-hydrangea (see below)

Ivory white flower ring ... hydrangea cluster on adjustable ring

Our Childrens Earth: Whitney, you have the most beautiful paper and journals in your shop.  I love the ones with flowers in them.  They are just stunning to look at!  What is your favorite item in your shop and in Cheydrea’s shop?

Whitney Korstange from MapleStreetPaperCo:  Oh such wonderful choices!  I’d have to say her Pearl Necklace.  Listing:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/87869630/pearl-necklace-antique-silver-and (see below).    It’s beautiful and a contemporary take on a classic.

PEARL NECKLACE, Antique Silver and Freshwater Pearls by Cheydrea - Ready to Ship

Our Childrens Earth: Cheydrea, here is a fun question for you.  sSnce I am a leader on this team also and you do own several  items from my shop,  what is your favorite?

Cheydrea (Captain) Cheydrea:  Absolutely hands down your record bowls are my favorite (http://www.etsy.com/listing/89542723/retro-record-bowls-for-that-special-love, see below). I love music and I love old records. I gave my teenage son one of these bowls and he loves it! I love what you and your shop stand for. You are a gift to our team and to Etsy.

Retro Record Bowls for that Special Love of your Life

So, what do you think?  I was right!  What an awesome team!  If you would like to find out more about the team you can find them at the following:

Etsy:  http://www.etsy.com/teams/8735/supporting-artists-team

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Supporting-Artists-Etsy-Team

Blog: http://www.cheydrea.com/www.cheydrea.com/Blog/Blog.html

 

 

You can find these amazing shops individually at the following:

❤❤Cheydrea (Captain) Cheydrea:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Cheydrea

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheydrea/198305350195515

Twitter: twitter.com/#!/Cheydrea

Stumble Upon: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/cheydrea/

 

❤❤Darlene (Leader) KatieBelleDesign:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatieBelleDesign

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/KatieBelle-Design/153067294747991

 

❤❤Theodora (Leader) THEODORADESIGNS:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/THEODORADESIGNS

 

❤❤Jessica (Leader) MommyandMeBoutique8:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MommyandMeBoutique8

 

❤❤EastwoodArt (Leader) EastwoodArt:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/EastwoodArt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/eastwoodart

 

❤❤Christa (Leader)  Anistadesigns:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/anistadesigns

 

❤❤Lisa Menold (Leader) Handmadewithlove13 and Bellapets:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bellapetbeds

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadewithlove13

 

❤❤Whitney Korstange from MapleStreetPaperCo:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MapleStreetPaperCo

Website: http://www.maplestreetpaper.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maplestreetpaperco

 

❤❤Stephanie (Leader) Ourchildrensearth:

Website: http://www.ourchildrensearth.org

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/ourchildrensearth

Ethical Community: http://www.ethicalcommunity.com/eco-shop/sell/ourchildrensearth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Childrens-Earth

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/rchildrensearth

Blog: http://ourchildrensearth.wordpress.com/

Pintrest: http://pinterest.com/rchildrensearth/

Ha ha ha…you can find me on the side of the screen also

 

 

A SPECIAL COUPON is being offered for the month of March by some of these amazing shops so you should go and check them out:

KatieBelleDesign: MARCHMADNESS for 10% off

Cheydrea: TEAM35 for 35%off

OurChildrensEarth: MARCHUPCYCLERS for 10% off

Bella Pet Beds = coupon code THANKYOU for 15% off

Handmadewithlove13: coupon code THANKYOU for 10% off

 

 
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