Handmade shops I’m crushing on…

geometric ring maggie whitley

via NS Pottery

ceramic mug maggie whitley

via Mud Pie Studio NC

ceramic house maggie whitley ceramic house maggie whitley

via Jessica Jane HANDMADE

dinosaur mug maggie whitley

via Karin Lorenc

Confession: I have a small crush on handmade ceramic wares. I keep a little folder on my computer of handmade pretties I think are super great, and lately I’ve got my eye on all things ceramic. I love the combination of a shiny glaze and pop of color.

A few of my favorite handmade shops I’m crushing on: this geometric ring from NS Pottery, this dinosaur mug from Karin Lorenc, anything from Jessica Jane HANDMADE particularly this little pink & aqua house that sold (tear!), and lastly this custom name mug from Mud Pie Studio NC. I had one of her yellow mugs customized for Zack a few years ago with the word “champion”. It’s his favorite for so many reasons, but the real truth is I love to use it too. It’s perfect! The wait time is kinda long now, but totally totally worth it!!! Promise.

PS. Jessica Jane HANDMADE is having an Instagram sale on Wednesday (tomorrow) at 12pm PST — definitely be there! ;)

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The process of upholstery. [video]

It may have been a few years since I sold my wares on Etsy, but one thing that hasn’t changed is my adoration for the Etsy blog. I love the community they cultivate and the processes they share. Even though selling with Etsy wasn’t the best fit for my shop, I’m still able to appreciate other areas of their website — like the inspiring words that fill my screen when I’m on their blog, reading along with a [by now] lukewarm cup of coffee in hand.

A few years ago I found this video featuring one of their sellers, Spruce Home, and their upholstery process. Seriously, I fell in love with the video. Since watching it for the first time I’ve gone back to it over a dozen times. I love watching the process of something, especially something sewn. Fabrics and hard work and creating beauty — these things catch my attention.

Is there a handmade process that catches your attention? I’d love for you to share a link below. xo

PS. we’re still looking for 2 Assistant Seamstresses, perhaps you know someone you could send our way?

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{I’d like to introduce you to our Mama+Baby Gift Guide sponsors…}

click here to view our Mama+Baby Gift Guide online

Our BRAND NEW! Mama+Baby Gift Guide went live on Friday and we are soooo excited over each + every shop that is participating. There are over 40 unique vendors with handmade shops featuring gifts perfect for newborns and mamas.

Click on over, inside the guide you’ll find clothing, accessories, custom dolls, toys, wall art + more for gifting new babes. You’ll also find items to help mama feel beautiful: make-up, jewelry, pampering/spa gifts, organizational notepads/kits, maternity gowns + more.

NEW THIS YEAR >> download a copy of our 2013 Mama+Baby Gift Guide by clicking here.

A huge thank to you every sponsor listed below, and happy shopping! xoxo

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OUR MAMA+BABY GIFT GUIDE SPONSORS, listed in alphabetical order:

BABY BE BLESSED – a doll ministry where each handmade doll has the Word of God printed on a patch sewn to their belly. Handmade in New Knoxville, OH

BABY JIVES – a shop that creates handmade, one-of-a-kind mobiles and art that inspire wonder and imagination even after the nursery has gone. Handmade in Philadelphia, PA

BACK40LIFE – a family run shop of vinyl wall decals, carved signs, growth charts, cut-out wood monograms and more. Handmade in Travelers Rest, SC and Indianapolis, IN

BEKAH’S BOUTIQUE –  handmade heating pads can provide some R&R and help soothe aching muscles for new moms. Handmade in Republic, MO


{photo via blabla}

BLABLA – a popular children’s line of soft, whimsical knitted playthings and clothing, founded on the belief that children are driven by their senses + imagination. Based in Atlanta, GA

BOBALOO! – a darling line of modern handmade goodies for babies and kiddos with a focus on quality, practicality, and great design.  Made in Indianapolis, IN

BUTTONWOOD COTTAGE – a shop of hand crocheted accessories, including our adorable “My Little Monster” series of hats and booties, the ever popular Hoot Hats, and more! Handmade in Burlington, NJ

CELEBRATE PRETTY – a whimsical little shop specializing in personalized gifts, accessories, and keepsakes — handmade for life’s sweetest celebrations. Handmade in Long Beach, CA

CHAMELEON GIRLS – Chameleon Girls’ dresses are for “everyday” wear.  Going to the park, school, market or napping, your little Princess will be the Belle of the Ball. Handmade in Baton Rouge, LA

CLEAN MAMA PRINTABLES – the home of the ORIGINAL printable homekeeping kit concept, including The Busy Mama Kit, The Cleaning Kit and more! Designed in the USA


{photo via Curtsay Designs}

CURTSAY DESIGNS – your go-to shop for crochet patterns and accessories, each item is geared towards making babies look cute and helping moms look their best! Handmade in Apex, NC

DEBORAH & CO. – feminine and lovely clothing for women, maternity and girls! Custom sewn skirts and nursing covers for all seasons of life and ages! Handmade in Independence, MO

ELK DRESSES – soft, comfy dresses, skirts and leggings for babies and big girls. Dress them up, dress them down, play in them, go out in them! Handmade in Queen Creek, AZ

ELLE DEE DESIGNS – a handmade boutique that is packed full of a fun mix of colorful, vintage, modern + classic items for those sweet little people in your life. Handmade in Austin, TX

ELLE JAY – a sweet shop that researches your baby’s name, finds a verse or blessing that corresponds with the name, and wraps it all into a cute design to match your nursery! Handmade in Sioux Center, IA

HEMMED IN – A handmade boutique specializing in modern & feminine clothing & accessories for Little Ladies, with a few goodies for Mama, too! Handmade in Denver, CO


{photo via Jane Heinrichs}

JANE HEINRICHS – a collection of charming whimsical illustrations and fine art prints by children’s book illustrator Jane Heinrichs. Handmade in Cape Town, South Africa

KAI RAI – a handmade, homegrown company that focuses on simple, crisp pieces crafted just for babies, toddlers, and big kids. Handmade in Lancaster, CA

KNOT FORGOTTEN – custom canvas and metal signs are a great way to remember life’s big moments and embellish a home. Handmade in Plano, TX

LISA LEONARD DESIGNS – handmade jewelry + gifts, from fine pewter cake toppers to hand-wrought 14k gold necklaces — each piece is made with love in our workshop. Handmade in San Luis Obisbo, CA

LITTLE ALOUETTE – a reinvented way of thinking of natural toysby creating the first modern and fun shapes that the country had seen in a long time. Handmade in Columbus, OH


{photo via Little Hip Squeaks}

LITTLE HIP SQUEAKS – a shop featuring exclusive prints that are hip and modern organic baby bedding, baby clothing and accessories. Handmade in Brooklyn, NY

MATTIE MAE DESIGNS – onesies, bibs, pillows, pennant banners, stuffed lovies… unique and one-of-a-kind pieces for all the special moments in your life. Handmade in Murfreesburo, TN

MISSY DEAR DESIGNS – specializing in wool and fabric hair accessories they have something you’re sure to love. Handmade in Canton, MA

MOMMY MOXIE – a one-stop shop for stylish moms and babies: designer maternity delivery gowns to nursery bedding and decor — you decide on the details. Handmade in Fort Worth, TX

MY LITTLE BUFFALO – affordable and adorable art prints, cards, announcements and design services for big kids and little ones alike. Handmade in Holland, MI


{photo via My Little Heart}

MY LITTLE HEART – crocheted and custom accessories and clothing made of natural fibers for infants, children and adults. Handmade in Southern California and Virginia

ORIGAMI OWL JEWELRY – a beautiful shop where customers can create a beautiful, one of kind piece of jewelry that will fits their budget. Made in Chandler, AZ

PAMELA JOYCE DESIGNS – if you love the idea of handmade, custom made items then come explore our shop for something special and always Made With Love. Handmade in Cataula, GA

PILLOW FACTORY – a shop that offers pillows that combine the simplicity and beauty of linen with the richness and warmth of felt. Handmade in Fullerton, CA

POCKET BABY – modern, personalized gifts from Burp Cloths to Bibs to Onesies.  Give each item a personal touch by picking from a variety of fabrics – go ahead – get creative!  Handmade in Frisco, TX

POCKET FULL OF LOVELIES – inspired by beautiful photography, Pocket Full of Lovelies outfits your littles for creative photo’s or for fun everyday wear. From Kansas City, KS

PRETTY PALETTE – a shop that specializes in making custom art for nurseries and children’s rooms! All artwork is hand painted and can be personalized to match any decor. Handmade in Portland, OR


{photo via Radiant Cosmetics}

RADIANT COSMETICS – a makeup company whose vision is to end human trafficking, donating 20% of profits to our partner anti-trafficking organization. Based in New York, NY

SHAGGY BAGGY – Shaggy Baggy Buckets are perfect for storage in any room, including our new line of kids prints, perfect for nursery and play room. Handmade in Minnesota

SHE DOES JUSTICE – a handmade shop filled with products created to fit your lifestyle; a portion of each purchase goes to help support an organization. Handmade in Minneapolis, MN

SILLY MAMA QUILTS – a shop full of fresh and fun handmade projects ranging from mug rugs and snack mats to table runners and baby quilts. Handmade in Willmar, MN


{photo via Spicy Pinecone}

SPICY PINECONE – a shop dedicated to bringing you handmade baby items that infuse a dash of color into your baby’s wardrobe. Handmade in Phenix City, AL

SUMMER BIRDS – handmade baby blankets, quilts, musical door pillows, burp cloths and more. Created to be used + loved for a long time. Handmade in East Stroudsburg, PA

SWEET SEAT – handcrafted booster seats for children, expertly combining style + function in one product you’ll want to keep around until your grandchildren come over! Handmade in Boerne, TX

UMI SLING – a modern and customizable ring sling and when you purchase an Umi Sling, one is also given to a mother in need in rural Papua New Guinea. Made in Portland, OR

WEE AND ME – an adorable shop for babies and mamas! Featuring modern lovey blankets, pacifier clips and zipper pouches. Handmade in Springfield, MO

WITTLEBEE –  Simply put, Wittlebee is convenient and fun — a service that ships you a monthly box of kids clothes based off of your child’s size, gender and age. Based in Los Angeles, CA

Don’t forget to download a copy of our 2013 Mama+Baby Gift Guide by clicking here.

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{7 helpful Etsy articles}

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If you’re not already, sign yourself up for Etsy’s email newsletters. They have about 9 to choose from that range from shopping/new listed items to business tips/how to quit your day job. Even though I don’t sell on Etsy I receive a few each week and they’re fab. I’ve been saving some of my favorite articles for you and so here are, in no particular order…

Creative Marketing ~
1. Are you ready for marketing?

2. Creative ways to promote your shop

3. A creative way to promote your shop

Connecting with buyers ~
4. What buyers are learning from your profile page

5. Huge list of ways to help promote and advertise your shop + marketing tips

Beating creative burnout ~
6. 9 tips to be more creative

7. Fearless creativity

Also from Etsy email newsletters I found these videos. I love them both and am so inspired by them. I too have a home studio and so I love to see how others embed it into their life, and then the second video is on reupholstering furniture, which is such an amazing trade. Enjoy them both ♥ ~

How has Etsy inspired you?

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