Thursday, November 14, 2013

Featured Shop: Ritzy and Glitzy

Featured Shop:  Ritzy and Glitzy 

Shop Description:

My artisan jewelry is designed and professionally handcrafted using some of the finest materials. The pieces in my line consist of semi-precious stones, silver, gold plated, Swarovski crystals and pearls, and genuine leather.

My elegant pieces have accessorized many brides on their wedding day as well as their mothers and mothers of the groom. Although elegant pieces are my specialty, I design and create pieces for every style and occasion.

I spend a lot of time making sure that every detail of each piece is perfect. My jewelry is "made with love." 

Where did you learn your craft?:

I've always loved jewelry. I'm drawn to it. I also love to express my creative side. I have been making jewelry since the 70's. You know, the hippie days. Technically, I've been making jewelry since I was a tike. Remember pop beads? So, I guess my mom started me off and I've been honing my craft ever since.

What inspires you?:
My love of creating jewelry is my biggest inspiration, but the amazing feedback I receive from my customers fills my heart with joy and inspires me to continue pleasing people with my designs.

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Where to find Ritzy and Glitzy:

Ritzy and Glitzy Etsy Shop

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Don't Forget to Enter the Win It All Giveaway!

Don't Forget to Enter the Win It All Giveaway!

Only 15 days left to enter the Win It All Giveaway co-sponsored by Top Shops of Etsy and Tampa Bay Crochet.  You could be the lucky winner of every crochet pattern designed by Tampa Bay Crochet!

The contest is open worldwide to ages 13+.  You can enter daily so make sure you bookmark the giveaway and come back each day.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Special Note To All Those Who Have Applied to Have Your Shop Featured

Special Note To All Those Who Have Applied to Have Your Shop Featured


Special note to everyone who has applied to be featured.  Once you have applied to be featured, Top Shops of Etsy will review your application.  If you are selected to be featured, Top Shops of Etsy will send you an e-mail asking you for further information.  Please make sure to check your e-mail for this response.  You may need to check your junk e-mail as well.  Thank you!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Featured Shop: Rustic Groves Designs

Featured Shop:  Rustic Groves Designs 



Shop Description:  

I love to create things from a passage in time. From the piece of fallen aspen, a shed antler or hand molding a single rose. When the design is complete, it is truly one of a kind, made with personal feelings and inspiration. I am enveloped with images of enjoyment and satisfaction, knowing that what was once a simple piece of wood, antler or paper can become in my hands a true artistic expression.

Where did you learn your craft?:

When I was very little, my mother was very ill. My Aunt Mary would come from back east to take care of me and my siblings. She had so much class, my Aunt, and taught me how to express myself in paper designs. These teachings eventually developed into my own creative work with items that are found not only in nature, but everyday life.

What inspires you?:

I am inspired by delicate things, timeless things. Things that might bring people back to a memory in time.


I am from a small town in Montana. I love the outdoors, the forest, walking through the grass. All things in nature, from pigeon berries to tall pine.

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 Where to find Rustic Grove Designs:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Win It All Crochet Pattern Giveaway from Tampa Bay Crochet

Win It All Giveaway

Crochet Pattern Giveaway from Tampa Bay Crochet

Tampa Bay Crochet is hosting their largest giveaway of all time.  One lucky winner will receive ever crochet pattern currently for sale by Tampa Bay Crochet.  Two runners up will receive on crochet pattern of their choice.

The giveaway is open to everyone 13 and over, worldwide.  The contest opens tonight at midnight and ends November 29th at midnight.  

You may enter the giveaway below.

Reebok Friends & Family Sale - Save 30% Until 11/11 with code FRIENDS

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Top Shops of Etsy Newsletter: Sign Up Today!

  Top Shops of Etsy Newsletter:  Sign Up Today!


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Featured Shop: Amelia Costa Art

Shop description:

I started my art career as a painter. Clay was a challenge and a door to unlimited possibilities. It allowed me to express more than just one interest, by combining the aspects of sculpture and illustration. And even after all this time, I still am in love with the medium. I know that like all loves, it will stay with me forever.
Amelia Costa Art is an opportunity to share my work you. Enjoy!

Where did you learn your craft?:
 I was studying painting  in college, when I had to take an elective course. I took pottery and was completely hooked. I found a way to combine my painting experience with my love of the clay medium. 

What inspires you?:
I am inspired mostly by nature. I live in Florida . Here the colors and light are extraordinary, and I try to include them in my work.

I was born in Peru. My family moved to the US when I was 20 years old. My career path started in a completely different direction. But I was always interested in "making" things. I decided to go back to school and learn and be inspired by other artists. I live in Florida with my husband, John   McCoy who is a potter , and our dog Tony ( studio dog extraordinaire).

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Where to find Amelia Costa Art:


Monday, November 4, 2013

Welcome to Top Shop's First Sponsor: Green Charm

Welcome to Top Shop's First Sponsor:  Green Charm


Green Charm is a wonderful Etsy shop selling natural and organic soaps and cosmetics.  Below are a few of the many fantastic items Green Charm has for sale.


Please take a moment and visit, Green Charm's Etsy shop and view all of their fabulous items for sale.

Interested in sponsoring Top Shops of Etsy?  For more information visit the Sponsor page by clicking here.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Craftsy Trick or Treat Flash Sale 48 Hours Only

Craftsy Trick or Treat Flash Sale 48 Hours Only

Check out our scary good deals on Craftsy classes! This spooktacular sale is happening for 48 hours only, and this treat is no trick!



Featured Shop: Green Charm

 Featured Shop:  Green Charm

Shop Description:  
 I have made my own cosmetics for a couple of years. Firstly for myself, then for my friends and now for you. I try to use only natural and organic ingredients, that I buy in organic shop in Latvia and in Europe. Some ingredients I prepare myself. I pay special attention to products for blemished, oily skin and skin with acne as this problem is familiar to me. But I know that with properly selected means it can be solved and you'll get healthy, good-looking and gentle skin! All products I do first for myself, I test them and I am sure in their quality and effectiveness.

Where did you learn your craft?:

 I am still learning, like all etsy sellers, I suppose.  I have, in addition to my basic education (linguistics) nurse education. I read a lot of literature before starting making my own cosmetics. I pretty much read and constantly learn from my own experience and from the experience of others.

What inspires you?:
I love happy people, I love beautiful women and I think that nature have almost all to help us to stay young and be happy. 

From early  youth I have oily and acne prone skin. I have tried many remedies, went to the doctors, but unfortunately, it's not really helped. And one day I thought: "Maybe I can help me myself?" and then I started to read books on dermatology and Cosmetology, interested in what happens to the body and the skin, look for recipes. Gradually, I realized that I could do for  myself my own scrubs, creams and medicated ointments.
Later, I became interested in other cosmetics (for hair and body). I started to study and this side of Cosmetology. Many of my friends have become "trailblazers" because I gave them  my new developments and insistently ask their opinion to improve what I do.
Recently I realized that I can help not only myrself, but also to make anyone's life more easier and the skin more beautiful. Then I opened the shop.
I have, in my opinion, a very mundane history: first you do something for yourself, then for friends and then you want to share your knowledge with everyone else.

Featured items:

Where to find Green Charm:

Green Charm Etsy Shop

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ad Slots Available for Purchase at Top Shops of Etsy

Ad Slots Available for Purchase at Top Shops of Etsy

Advertising slots are once again available for purchase at Top Shops of Etsy.  There are two different advertising options available.  

The first slot is a right sidebar ad.  The ad will display near the top of the right sidebar underneath the word "sponsors".  There are three right sidebar ads available.  Each ad is 250x250 in size.  The price for this ad is $5/month.  Ads may rotate if enough of them are purchased

The second advertising slot is a top page leaderboard ad.  This ad will be displayed at the top, center of the page right underneath the pages tabs.  There are two ads slots available for purchase.  Each ad is 728x93 in size.  The price for this ad is $25/month.  Ads may rotate if more than 1 is purchased.

In addition to your ad slot, each sponsor will be welcomed in a blog post on Top Shops of Etsy and will be welcomed and promoted on Top Shops of Ety's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ad slots may be purchased by clicking on the "sponsor" tab at the top of the page or by:

Featured Shop: Bead Lovers Korner

Shop Description
 I design and make beaded jewelry, beaded accessories like key chains and bookmarks and I also make rosaries and prayer beads. I am also and authorized dealer for Carlo Biagi Beads and Landmark Beads, both brands are high quality sterling silver European style beads. Last but no least I carry some jewelry supplies for other jewelry designers.

Where did you learn your craft:
About 12-13 years ago I became enamored with beads and took a couple of classes in Orlando, Florida. I had done some beading as a craft when I was younger, along with other types of art, but really liked the idea of making my own jewelry and decorations so I took the classes in Orlando. To enhance my knowledge of precious metals, beads and jewelry I also took the Accredited Jewelry Professional course with the Gemological Institute of America and received my diploma in 2009.

What inspires you?:
I can’t really put my finger on any one thing that inspires me... designs and ideas just kind come to me at different times. The more I handle different beads, the more ideas I get and I have been known to sketch out an idea, put it aside and then come back to it when I am ready. I really try to make beaded creations that have meaning or a purpose, and sometimes they are goofy or nerdy, but you never know who might be looking for just what you are making.

I have been beading and selling beads for over 12 years and love what I do. About three years ago I quit my full time day job and have been trying to make ends meet with my jewelry and beads. While I am by no means “raking in the bucks”, I am able to contribute to the household budget and keep my little business going. I love working for myself and have a schedule I try to follow every day and I am so much happier than I used to be working for other people. This year I was accepted into the Artisan Group and have learned so much more about promotion and designs from all of the talented artists in the group. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to send one of my earring designs as part of a Stylist Gift Bag initiative, coordinated by The Artisan Group®, to the Wardrobe Stylist of the hit TV series “The Vampire Diaries”. My “Eternal Reflection Earrings” were chosen by the stylist and worn by Elena (actress Nina Dobrev) in the recent episode “True Lies” (Episode 5:2) which aired on October 10th.
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Where to Find Bead Lovers Korner:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Special Deal: 60% Off The Entire Site Plus Free Shipping at Easy Canvas Print

Special Deal: 60% Off The Entire Site Plus Free Shipping at Easy Canvas Print

Easy Canvas Prints is having a huge sale!  They are offering 60% off their entire site plus free shipping on any size order!

Easy Canvas Prints sell canvas from 8x10 to 24x36.  They offer several services to help your photograph look it's best such as sepia tone, black and white and retouching services.

Additionally, Easy Canvas Prints gives you several options to help customize your canvas to fit your needs.  You are able to select your canvas border, and pick between a hanger or easel back.

We were notified of this sale because we are affiliates for Easy Canvas Prints.  That means when you make a purchase through the links in this post you are helping to support Top Shops of Etsy.  So, if you were thinking of purchasing a canvas for your home, now might be a good time to take advantage of a great sale while helping to support our blog.

Featured Shop: Paw Paws Workshop

 Featured Shop:  Paw Paws Workshop


Shop Description:  Specializing in handmade items cut in wood with both band saw and scroll saw. Custom request are welcome.  Over 50 years of woodworking experience.

Where Did You Learn Your Craft?:     Woodworking shop during jr. and high school.  Self taught thru trial and error over the years.

What Inspires You?:  Became fascinated by the intricate work that can be done on the scroll saw.

Biography:  My favorite items to make are portrait type signs and jewelry boxes

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Where to Find Paw Paw's Workshop:

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