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Ogden Area Influencers Summit March 26, 2015

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I decided to go to the Ogden Area Influencers Summit last Friday.  I have not been to an event like this before.  It was a chance for businesses to connect with bloggers and Instagramers.  I went as a business and had a wonderful time.  I enjoyed the talks by local business and community leaders:


Mayor Mike Caldwell at the Ogden Area Influencers Summit.


Mark Johnson from Ogden City.


Angelica Sweet from the Historic 25th Street Association and Kim, from The Family Practice and kbENT, who wonderfully organized the entire event.


Shane Osguthorpe from Visit Ogden

Here is as small sample of some of the wonderful peeps I got to meet: A big hug of thanks to Kim Bowsher from kdENT Media and the Family Practice Blog for organizing such a wonderful day.


Amazing people at the Ogden Area Influencers Summit. Great hanging out with All About Socks & More, Whitespace Contemporary and more.


More awesome peeps at the Ogden Area Influencers Summit from Eco Flower,, Indie Ogden, Whitespace Contemporary and Davis County Moms.


Hey, it is me hanging out at the Ogden Area Influencers Summit with Eco Flower, Whitespace Contemporary, All About Socks & More and Indie Ogden. You can also catch Lucky Slice Pizza and Color Me Mine Ogden in the background. So many more wonderful people that I didn’t get a picture of.


Incredible bloggers and businesses in Ogden. What a great day! I am pretty proud of myself. I created my first media kit (see the blue recycled jean folders). I have never seen one before so I goggled it late and night and created it.


Fun at the Balloon Festival August 27, 2014

We had such a fun time at the Balloon Festival at Nordic Valley. What a beautiful way to spend the weekend. Every morning they did a balloon launch:



Saturday night they had a stunning balloon flow:


All day long they had wonderful music playing:


Here are some of the amazing items in our booth and some of the cool people we meet. One of the next things about festivals is seeing friends and making new ones:














It was great to see you all, hugs,


Creating Eco Friendly Mailing Envelopes June 10, 2013

Having run my online shop for a few years now I was so excited  to figure out how to make more eco friendly envelopes.  This is a super easy, no pattern way to reuse paper bags.  I think that these envelopes turn out stronger then the average paper envelopes that clasp on the top.

All you need to start is a old paper bag, packing tape and scissors.


Then you cut the bag to the size you need.   That is what makes this so great, you don’t need any patterns.   I would recommend that you cut about an inch to an inch and half around the item your shipping to allow for folding (next step).  Also consider how bulky your item is when you cut out your paper.   If your item is smaller and light (like pictured below) then it is like gift wrapping but making the wrapping bigger so that it is an envelope size.  I have also shipped clothing like this and when it is a bigger item like that I just wrap it like wrapping paper and it works wonderful.


Next you fold all the edges in around the paper.  This will give your envelope a more finished look in the end.


Then fold the paper bag in half over the item you are shipping making sure that all the edges meet so that it looks nice when your customer receives it.  Then tape up around the three edges and you have your new envelope.


Completed envelope looking awesome and eco friendly!!


Enjoy making these fun and easy recycled bag envelopes.


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! 😀

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: https://ourchildrensearth.wordpress.com/

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

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Team Upcyclers Awesome Interview and Pictures February 2, 2012

I am so honored to be able to offer you this interview with one of my favorite teams on Etsy.   Team Upcyclers  has  1737   people on it and is constantly growing (1766 now,  they grew that much since I started writing this…WOW) .  They are a friendly and wonderful team that supports shops and ideas that are helping our Earth.  The Captain of the team is Cat from Collagical and has two leaders Melissa from Mellostuff and Bee from WoodenBee.

 Team Upcyclers Logo

This is what their team pages says about them (http://www.etsy.com/teams/6610/upcyclers):

“Buyers can find our products and Treasury lists on Etsy using our official team search tag: Teamupcyclers! We encourage you to follow us on Facebook or our blog: Love 2 Upcycle! You can find the links in the left column of this page.

Upcyclers are artisans who repurpose existing materials or post consumer waste to create fashion, art or products with a new value, purpose or aesthetic appeal, thereby reducing the consumption of raw materials, energy and resources that must be conserved for the environmental health of the planet. We also re-introduce vintage fashion and objects to the marketplace thereby rescuing them from being discarded or neglected.”

I personally love all three of their shops, the way they do business and run this great team.  Here is our informative interview with the three of them covering topics like  how it incorporate Upcycling into your family  life and what is the Upcyclers Team blog about.

Our Children’s Earth:   What is Etsy and how has it helped your business to be successful?

Bee (Leader) TheWoodenBee: Etsy is an e-commerce website where you can buy and sell handmade and vintage items, art and craft supplies.  It has offered our business an online shopping venue, where customers are passionate about the handmade and eco-friendly items they purchase.

Our Children’s Earth:   What are teams on Etsy and why do you feel that they are an important part of your business.

Melissa (Leader)  mellostuff: To me an Etsy team is where like minded individuals come together to promote each other and the team itself. It helps your shop by being featured in team treasuries, featured on blogs, twitter, and other sites the team may keep up with. Its all about team work and friendships. I feel like it is a family to an extent, I have talked to many of the team members and I feel like they are not only team mates but true friends.

Our Children’s Earth:  What  inspired you to start the team Upcyclers on Etsy?

Cat (Captain)  Collagical:  I love upcycling and first started a group on Etsypreneur when they launched their Etsy community website. When Etsy changed their team format, I jumped on the opportunity to start Upcyclers. I had no idea it would be such a popular team or that Etsy would start marketing the movement as well! They say timing is everything, but I feel like luck was a big part of it too~ no one had taken the name Upcyclers yet!

By Collagical:

Collage Angelic Child Vintage Photo Pressed Flowers

Our Children’s Earth:   There are a huge variety of Eco Friendly terms that people us these days.  What do you think the big difference is between Recycling and Upcycling?

Bee (Leader) TheWoodenBee: One of my favorite questions!  Upcycling, to me, is reusing something without degrading the quality or composition of the material during its next use.  Recycling is breaking down that quality or composition to reuse it.  For example, I use junk mail in some of my wall art.  I feel this is an upcycled material. Junk mail is cut up and turned into a design.  Now, if I took this same mail junk mail and threw it in a blender with some water and turned it into pulp to make paper, well then that is recycling. I think the definition of each word lies in how you are cycling the material.

Our Children’s Earth:    Melissa, what does the term upcycling mean to you and your business?

Melissa (Leader)  mellostuff: Upcycling to me means being able to reuse, recreate, and relove items that most people may throw away. I want to know that I can do whatever I can to save the earth, and recycling and reusing old items is a great start for our shop. It gives me great joy knowing that I can bring happiness to others by designing something that is unusual and pieces of the past, meant for the garbage.

Our Children’s Earth:   Cat, why do you feel it is important to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and of course Upcycle?

Cat (Captain)  Collagical: Cheap throwaway products lead to a lack of respect and care for what we own or consume~ when we reject the trend to own more and make an effort to value our resources it not only affects our personal life and budget, but also those we interact with; our families (especially our children), co-workers and/or partners or customers in business and commerce. Most importantly, we contribute to the preservation of our past and to a bright and better future!

Our Children’s Earth:  Bee,  I love all of your amazing items in your shop.  You work with a variety of items that you upcycle in your business.  What is your favorite material to work with?  Are there any unusual places that you have found items to upcycle?

Bee (Leader) TheWoodenBee: Why, thank you! Not surprisingly, my favorite upcycled material is wood. I just love the smell and the feel of the wood grain. Different species of wood have different personalities. Maple is hard and unforgiving. Cherry is warm and understanding.  Seriously, I just love salvaging reclaimed wood.

It is amazing all the places you can find reclaimed materials once you start looking.  We use a variety of sources to feed our upcycling habits: a cabinet shop, construction sites, Good Will and other thrift stores, garage & estate sales, and yes even the occasional dumpster diving.

It’s not really an unusual place, but I find the most unusual stuff just by word of mouth. Once people started finding out that we save wood and hardware, we started getting some unique materials.  A solid stump of mahogany and an exotic bird’s eye maple bench seat, are just a few of the rare finds we’ve encountered.

Above is the salvaged bird’s eye maple bench seat that TheWoodenBee talked about.  They kept the exotic wood and turned it into a toy box for their kids and used old wallpaper and wood letters on the inside of the top. 🙂

Our Children’s Earth:   Cat you make wonderful collages in your shop, how long have you been upcycling and creating these amazing pieces of art.

Cat (Captain)  Collagical: I’ve been involved in conservation efforts since I was a child and I always felt like we should find treasure in our trash! In the nineties, I worked with over 700 students in my children’s elementary school to promote Earth Day projects. As part of the celebration, each year we held a contest called “Treasures from Trash” which typically had over 200 entries! They were amazing creations that would impress any member of Upcyclers today! Now I create collages assembled from vintage trinkets, scrap materials, old photos and a variety of “treasured trash” I find~ I also love to use vintage sheet music and my own photography as a backdrop for the compositions.

Our Children’s Earth:     Melissa have some stunningly beautiful jewelry in your shop.  What are your favorite items to work with and places to find old jewelry to upcycle.

Melissa (Leader)  mellostuff: Thank you so much for the compliment on my jewelry. I love working with old broken jewelry, if it is in reparable condition I will try to repair it first. But, if the items are beyond repair, I really enjoy altering it and using it. I go to alot of rummage sales, flea markets, antique stores, and have a few friends that would save me all their old broken items. Another great place that I find awesome jewelry is here on Etsy. I often will trade some of my items for others destash.

By Mellostuff:

Time travelers wife cuff

Our Children’s Earth:   Can you tell us some of the great things people can find on the Upcyclers Team Blog and how can they find you?

Cat (Captain)  Collagical:  We have a little of everything on Love 2 Upcycle! DIY’s, tutorials, consumer watchdog articles, sustainable product reviews, gift ideas, conservation tips, free giveaways and more! We also have a team gallery and feature team members monthly, as well as resources for Etsy sellers and a guide to Upcycling for consumers. You can even find links to our members’ blogs about upcycling and handmade products.

Our Children’s Earth:   Sustainable Sundays is a great piece that you do on the team blog.  Can you tell us what this is about?

Bee (Leader) TheWoodenBee: Sustainable Sundays, is a weekly post showcasing a handmade, upcycled design from one of our team’s shops.   It’s a way to recognize a few of our shops each week, which have helped promote upcycling.    We have over 1700 shops in our team, so it’s always hard to pick a weekly winner. Runners up are also selected, and all are promoted through the article, and on our social networking sites each Sunday.

Our Children’s Earth:    Cat what is your favorite thing about being the Captain  of Team Upcyclers?

Cat (Captain)  Collagical: The members! They are a supportive and incredibly kind group of people that remind me everyday why I love being one of the leaders of this team! I am also inspired by the creativity of this group and am always challenged by the ideas they come up with. It’s a blessing for me to be involved with Upcyclers.

Our Children’s Earth:   What is your favorite thing that Team Ucpcylers does?

Bee (Leader) TheWoodenBee: Personally, the team gives me upcycling ideas and support.  Active shops on our team are passionate about upcycling and recycling, and they love to share their findings.  Team discussions are about good will finds, eco-friendly crafts, and new listings.  Teammates share ideas on reducing waste, recycling shipping materials and general shop concerns.

For my business, Team Upcyclers gives my shop a new dimension. We are an eco-friendly home decor shop, but in the upcycling world we are seen as more.  Upcyclers understand the quality that goes into reusing, and there is great support among artists.

Our Children’s Earth:   You have a few shops on Etsy.  What are they and can you give us any ideas on how to run multiple successful shops?

Cat (Captain)  Collagical: I chose to have several so that each would be cohesive and organized by theme or products. I’m Sew Pretty focuses on sewn objects and supplies, Living Nicely is for upcycled and vintage home decor, Collagical is a little of everything, just like my collages~ and, of course, Photo Art by cnicely is for my own photos and vintage prints I’ve found. I also am opening XO with Love for wedding and party favors and decor in the near future. My best piece of advice for running multiple shops? Forward all your emails to one central address and use more than one browser so you can jet back and forth between shops more easily!

Our Children’s Earth:   Bee, you and your husband make a wonderful team together.  What is your favorite way to help teach your family about Recycling and Upcycling?

Bee (Leader) TheWoodenBee: I enjoy creating with my husband. Thank you.  We are definitely trying to raise a sustainable family.  We garden and compost at home.  I love making the food cycle complete and teaching my children that our food scraps are nutrients for our next meal.   I also think it is important to teach confidence in recycling and upcycling.  Don’t be embarrassed to pick up trash when you see it.  My oldest is five years old, and when we go walking or hiking she makes sure we take a small trash bag so we can pick up any litter we see along the way.

By TheWoodenBee:

Upcycled PHOTO Wall Hanger - made from reclaimed wood, 5 dollar shipping sale

Our Children’s Earth:   Melissa, your shop is a Sister Team on Etsy.  Can  you tell us any fun stories on your upcycling and recycling adventures?

Melissa (Leader)  mellostuff:  There are a few funny stories, but my favorite is a friend of mine is an interior designer, each year she cleans out her shop, My sister and I get a call to come and pick out what we want. The fun and funny part is we look like little girls sitting in the floor of her shop going through all the fabric, wallpaper, tassels, etc. it  was really fun. It is really funny when I go to the toy section of goodwill, salvation army etc. and dig through the toys like a child. I could do that for hours.

Our Children’s Earth:   Cat what is your favorite item from your shop and from The Wooden Bee’s shop?

Cat (Captain)  Collagical: I love lots of things in Bee’s shop, but my favorite item is her bamboo Zen art creation (see below). (www.etsy.com/listing/76622681/wall-art-made-from-recycled-wood) In my shop, Collagical, it’s definitely my collages. I love creating them and can’t wait to list more of them. I actually have tons of inventory: jewelry, vintage goods, photos, charms, ephemera and more~ all waiting to have their pictures taken and listed. Not to mention all the project ideas running around my brain! But I have faith that, little by little, day by day, I’ll achieve my goals for myself and for Upcyclers!

Wall Art made from recycled wood & materials - Bamboo Zen 5 dollar shipping sale

Our Children’s Earth:   Mellissa what is your favorite item from your shop and from Collagical’s shop?

Melissa (Leader)  mellostuff: It is really hard for me to choose my favorite items from my shop or anyone elses. But, I guess that my favorite piece from my shop is the Time travelers wife cuff.

And in Cat’s shop, Goodness, do I have to choose just one? LOL. Hmm, The seaside dream mixed media (see below), I love the ocean and everything about it. But, I am also crazy about the aurora borealis earrings.

Seaside Dreams Mixed Media Collage Assemblage Upcycled

Our Children’s Earth:  Bee what is your favorite item from your shop and from Mello Stuff’s shop?

Bee (Leader) TheWoodenBee: Right now my favorite item would have to be this reclaimed cabinet door. Everything on it is upcycled! I love how the mirror fit perfectly on the door.


Oh I love MelloStuff! Since I’m a true Floridian I would normally answer her barefoot sandals, but I love this Sea Fever Brooch!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69141868/brooch-sea-fever (see below)

Brooch- Sea Fever

Thanks so much ladies for your amazing answers and insights into how to run a successful team and shop on Etsy all while maintaining a great balance with the Earth.  If you would like to find out more about the Upcyclers Team you can also find them here:

On facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/upcyclers

and twitter at:  https://twitter.com/#!/teamupcyclers

and their blog at: http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/

Upcyclers has the following requirements:

Membership to their team is open to all Etsy sellers who Love 2 Upcycle!

Upon joining, all members should read our discussion titled ‘Welcome to Upcyclers’ found @ http://www.etsy.com/teams/6610/upcyclers/discuss/9376351/

~Please also read the Community and Teams section of the Do’s and Don’ts of Etsy @http://www.etsy.com/policy/dosdonts#thecommunity

A significant effort should be made by members to reuse, reduce, recycle, repurpose and relove the products they create. This can be applied to new handmade goods as well by practicing green standards in their production, for example, minimizing waste and donating unwanted materials. You must be an active seller on Etsy with some listings that are considered upcycled: recycled, reused, repurposed, reclaimed or a vintage item that needs to be reloved. A communal spirit of sharing support, resources, ideas and advice to further the upcycling movement is the foundation of the team and its primary mission. Anyone who shares these values and goals is welcome to join the team, until such time that they prove themselves to be otherwise motivated or conduct themselves in a contrary manner to this charter.

OR individually you can find them here:

The Wooden Bee:



www.flgardening.wordpress.com  (our gardening blog)



For Collagical:




For MelloStuff:



Organizing and Keeping it Green Baby! January 10, 2012

Reorganizing things in my house is always fun…not!   I have the best husband in the entire world (sorry ladies and gents but it is true).  One of the many amazing things about him is that despite my best efforts my business can leave a trail of messes through out the house.  He never says a word about it and I know it drives him nuts.  I am always trying to find ways to make it better for his and the rest of my families sanity.

I have found some cool ways of organzing the messes in the past but yesterday  I just found a super cool Plastic Tote.  The tote is called Planet Friendly Plastic.  It is made with 99% Recycled Plastic.  How cool is that??   You can find them at www.PlanetFriendlyPlastic.com.  They are also made in the USA for those that live here then there is no overseas traveling and pollution causing shipping from super far away.  I found them locally at Big Lots for only $5.00 each!  What a great deal, I was so excited!

Another idea that has worked great was in the summer when our local Costco had strawberries, I got some of the boxes they were getting rid of.  I use those in my Office/Art room to organize.  They are great for stacking and restacking and you can peek in them without having to open them up and take everything out.

I will see how this all works out and see if I can earn the best wife award by keeping the house cleaner and more of my items in my Office/Art room (I think that is where they really belong, right??).


Last Minute Kid Craft Ideas for the Upcoming Winter Holidays December 20, 2011

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This blog called Living Green by National Geographic (see link below) has some great ideas about recycled craft ideas that kids or adults can make.    These would be great for that last minute gift you are trying to figure out or a wonderful way to help teach children about the gift of giving to others and helping our Earth by recycling.
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How to Craft With Recycled Items

by Kimbra Cutlip, Demand Media

Teaching children the value of items that have served their initial use encourages global citizenship.
Teaching children the value of items that have served their initial use encourages global citizenship.


Using recycled items is an inexpensive way to make crafts, but it also an important step in reducing the waste that the human population produces. In 2009, Americans generated more than 30 million tons of plastic waste (see References 3). Paper is also ubiquitous, with Americans using 68 million tons each year but recycling only 43 million tons (see References 1). Despite this better than 60 percent paper-recycling rate, more needs to be done, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Every ton of paper recycled keeps 3.3 cubic yards out of the landfill and saves enough energy to power the average American home for six months (see References 4). Reusing items is just as effective as recycling them when it comes to keeping them out of the landfill.

Items you will need:

  1. Scissors
  2. Razor knife
  3. Craft glue
  4. Hot glue
  5. Hot glue gun
  6. Milk or juice cartons with screw-on plastic pour caps
  7. 24- to 32-oz. plastic containers with lids
  8. Bottle caps
  9. Old magazines
  10. Photos
  11. Buttons
  12. Jewels
  13. Pieces of old jewelry
  14. 1/4-inch-thick round magnets
  15. Colored paper
  16. Paint
  17. Paintbrushes
  18. Clear waterproof spray paint
  19. Plastic paint and primer

Milk Carton Bird House

Step 1:Rinse out an empty half-gallon milk or juice carton and dry thoroughly. Do not cut the top off the carton or open its peak. After rinsing, replace the screw-on cap.
Step 2:Cut a 1 1/2-inch circular hole on one side of the carton, about 6 inches from the bottom.
Step 3:Cut pictures of trees, flowers and outdoor scenes from old magazines. Glue these to the outside of the carton.
Step 4:Spray paint the entire outside of the carton with clear waterproof spray paint, available at most hardware and craft stores. Apply two or three coats. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly between coats.
Step 5:Cut two small holes in the top of the carton, one on each side of the peak. Thread a length of yarn through the holes. Tie the yarn into a loop and hang the birdhouse from a tree branch.

Bottle Cap Refrigerator Magnets

Step 1:Wash one bottle cap or more and dry thoroughly.
Step 2:Paint the outside wavy edge of the bottle cap.
Step 3:Cut an old photograph or a colorful piece of photograph from a magazine into a small circle the same size as the top of the bottle cap. Suggestions include a face, a flower, a dog, a sailboat or just a swath of color to make an abstract image.
Step 4:Glue the image to the outside of the bottle cap with craft glue. Press the edges down firmly.
Step 5:Hot glue a 1/4-inch-thick round magnet to the inside of the bottle cap. When the glue cools, the refrigerator magnet is ready to use.

DIY Toothbrush Holder

Step 1:Wash and dry a plastic container, such as a large yogurt tub, soup container or ricotta cheese tub.
Step 2:Cut four to six holes in the bottom of the container. Make each hole large enough to fit a toothbrush into. Space your holes evenly about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the edge.
Step 3:Paint the outside of the tub with primer paint that is made to adhere to plastic, and then decorate it with plastic-adhering paint in the colors of your choice. Let the paint dry. Paint made to use on plastic is available online or in specialty craft stores.
Step 4:Hot glue small buttons, photographs, jewels or trinkets from old jewelry to the outside of the container.
Step 5:Place the lid on the container and turn it upside down. Your toothbrush holder is ready to use. When you are ready to clean it, simply remove and wash the lid.

Aluminum Can and Paper Pencil Holder

Step 1:Wash and dry an aluminum food can.
Step 2:Measure and cut a rectangular piece of colored paper so it fits all the way around the can. Leave an additional 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the top rim of the can.
Step 3:Spread glue on the paper, wrap it around the can and fold the extra 1/4 to 1/2 inch of paper down inside the open top of the can.
Step 4:Decorate the outside of the can by gluing pictures cut from magazines, buttons and jewels to the paper or by painting it. Let it dry.
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  • When you are making crafts with children, write the date and the child’s name and age in an inconspicuous spot on the project. Use a permanent ink pen.


  • Always supervise children during any craft project that involves cutting or using a hot glue gun.
About the Author

A former science writer for the Smithsonian Institution, Kimbra Cutlip is a freelance writer and children’s book author whose articles have appeared in numerous national publications. A certified group fitness instructor and emergency medical technician, Cutlip co-owns a remodeling company specializing in energy-efficient sustainable building and solar hot water systems. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in magazine journalism and anthropology.

Photo Credits
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