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.

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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:


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tiny Prints 5 Days of Deals - Today's Deal Save on Paper Upgrades

Tiny Prints 5 Days of Deals -  Today's Deal Save on Paper Upgrades


Attention Paper Crafters

Tiny Prints company has been hosting five days of deals this week.  Today's feature deal is savings on paper upgrades.  

Upgrade to Pearl White Paper Shimmer paper for free or get Premium DoubleThick Matte Paper for $0.50!

Top Shops of Etsy is a Tiny Prints Affiliate.  All purchases made through this blog help to support Top Shops of Etsy.

To take advantage of this offer:  Click Here

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Featured Shop: Creations by Kelly

Featured Shop:  Creations by Kelly

Shop Description:  Our daughter, Kaylee, was born pre-maturely, but healthy, in the summer of 2006. When she came home from the hospital, she was having trouble eating and had to be readmitted the following week due to dehydration (that summer was up over 90 degrees every day!) and feeding issues. She was observed in the NICU for a week and determined doing well enough to go home.

Unfortunately, when we went into get her, my husband and I were brought into the "back room" where no parent wants to go with the doctor. We were told our sweet little girl had hydrocephalus and had to go into the city hospital to have a shunt placed to help the pressure subside. The ambulance to take her in was on its way!!!

Throughout the years, we have had very little complications due to her shunt placement, but we have had many other medical concerns with Kaylee, stemming from her hydrocephalus. I have always had it in my mind to figure out how I could "give back" and support those that have helped our little girl survive and thrive, and that is how I came up with the idea for my business.

Each piece is handcrafted and put together by my own hands and therefore, no two pieces will be exactly alike, just the way no two kids with hydrocephalus are the same. 
Where Did You Learn Your Craft:   I took a couple of classes to get the basics and have really tried to allow self-expression for each piece. As you will see in my shop, each piece can be slightly different, but unique as it is made by my hands.  This passion of creating each piece comes from my daughter's condition and knowing everyone that lives with this condition is different, there is no "way to recognize a hydro kid," everyone has different symptoms, as different medical conditions can go along with the condition.  This view is not restricted by creating items a certain way or using a certain method, it again allows me to just freely create!!  I hope this makes sense!!!
What Inspires You:   Not what inspires me, but who!  My daughter Kaylee is the inspiration for my creations.  She is the strongest little girl I know, from when she was born and to this day!
Biography:  I live in Massachusetts with my hubby and 2 wonderful children.  Spending time as a family is my most favorite thing in the world.  I have been creating items for about 1 1/2 years and hope to expand my business and raise awareness about Hydrocephalus. 
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Where to Find Creations by Kelly:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Featured Shop: SALTI Nautical Rope Bracelets by Cathy Davey

 Featured Shop:  SALTI Nautical Rope Bracelets by Cathy Davey

Shop Description:  SALTI bracelets are the highest quality nautical rope bracelets. Sailor made. Using the best marine ropes and stainless steel shackles allows the bracelets to hold up very well in salt water and weather. They will not shrink, stretch or rust. A perfect casual bracelet for the outdoorsy type especially water enthusiasts. These bracelets were recently a big hit on the Nautica Runway in the New York Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2014.

Where Did You Learn Your Craft:  I learned my craft through a lifetime of tying ropes on sailboats and ships. My love of ropes and all things nautical combine with a creative design talent to make these aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, durable bracelets.

What Inspires You:  The Ocean and Nature with all their magnificent colors and ever changing beauty are my biggest inspirations. 

Biography:   I grew up on the picturesque Cape Breton Island and now live in the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Where to find SALTI Nautical Rope Bracelets by Cathy Davey:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Etsy Shops Directory and Giveaways Are Now Open!

Etsy Shops Directory and Giveaways Are Now Open!

At the Top of the Page you will find the Etsy Shop Directory and Etsy Giveaways tabs.  The links on both tabs had been closed to new submissions for a few months but now they are both open and accepting new submissions.

To add your Etsy shop to the directory, simply click on the tab at the top of the page and add your shop under the appropriate category.

If you are running a giveaway or sponsored a giveaway on another page or blog, you may add a link to the giveaway on the Etsy Giveaways page.  Just click on the tab at the top of the page and add follow the directions to add your information.

Please help spread the word that Top Shops of Etsy is back in business.

Top Shops of Etsy Is Back!

Top Shops of Etsy Is Back!

I am pleased to announce that Top Shops of Etsy is back.  I did not mean for my absence to be so long but I was forced to stop blogging for a time to deal with some medical issues.  But, I am pleased to announce that Top Shops is once again up and running!

I am now accepting applications to be featured on Top Shops of Etsy.  

To apply please e-mail  with the following information:

Your Name

Your E-mail Address

Your Shop Name

A Link To Your Etsy Shop

I will review each application as soon as possible.  If your shop is selected, I will send you a follow-up e-mail requesting further information for your feature.  Please make sure to to add to your e-mail list so that if you are selected my follow up e-mail doesn't end up in your junk mail folder.

Thank you all for your patience and I look forward to featuring more fabulous shops soon!

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