Monday, March 31, 2008

Mini Monday - Baby Friendly Beads

Today out featured shop is Baby Friendly Beads. Her shop has been open on Etsy for about 2 years. From her profile I will let her introduce herself-

Hi! My name is Jen, and I've made beaded jewelry for almost two decades. When my 9 month old son began to pinch me while breastfeeding, a nursing necklace was clearly needed, so I decided to make my own. BFBeads ~ Baby Friendly Beads were the result.

Baby Friendly Beads are the original, adjustable-length, one-piece design for nursing necklaces. Because there is only one, continuous piece of cord used in my necklaces, there is no risk of the pendant breaking off and scattering beads everywhere.

I created my innovative, adjustable-length design so that it does not require a clasp, because the clasp is often the weakest part of a necklace. All of my necklaces and bracelets are one of a kind -- while you may find attempts to imitate my necklaces, no other breastfeeding jewelry is quite like Baby Friendly Beads!

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing, but it can be challenging, particularly with older babies. I'm happy to make something that can help other mothers with their nursing experiences.

All of my necklaces and bracelets are one of a kind and handmade by me with a mother's love and my innovative Baby Friendly designs. No other breastfeeding jewelry is quite like Baby Friendly Beads!


Also from her profile you find information from the artist on her line of products.

***The Story Behind Baby Friendly Beads***

As I thought about what might help distract my son from pinching my skin and pulling my hair, I envisioned something that he could hold as well as play with. I wanted it to be adjustable in length and sturdy enough not to break as he tugged on it. After a few attempts, I came up with a design that I believe to be unlike any other nursing necklaces.

Attractive enough to wear every day, the necklaces also effectively occupy a baby at the breast. The beads slide easily on the cord, delighting a baby's curious eyes, and the pendant is the perfect size for little hands to grasp. Some of my necklaces include jingle bells to add to the fun!

My son (and later, my daughter) helped me to fully babyproof my basic designs both for durability and for interest. While this design is the template for every necklace I make, each is one of a kind. My customers tell me their babies really like to play with the beads. Whenever I wear my necklaces around babies, their interest is immediately attracted to this nifty thing around my neck.

I decided to make reminder bracelets as well when I discovered that using them was MUCH easier than keeping a nursing log. And more discreet than massaging one's breasts to see which one is more full ;-)

My new Stuffy Puffy line was inspired once again by my son. As he got older, I found that he really liked squeezing and playing with the stuffed pendant. He is now weaned, but he still loves it when I wear them. He calls them my "hot air balloon" necklaces.

You can visit her wonderful blog Mama's Magic to learn more.

March 31 Edition of the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival

The March 31 Edition of the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival has been posted at TuLips Talking. The theme for this week is "April Fool's" and we had a record breaking 22 submissions. Wow! Great job team! Head on over to read what our members had to say and see what wonderful items you can find at their shops. Thanks to the members that participated this week!

Other Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival news:

Call for submissions for the April 7th edition of the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival. The theme is “Diamonds and Daisies”. These are the birthstone and flower for this month. Our host is Cozy of Cozy.etsy.com

This should be something easy to write about. Everyone loves daisies and diamonds are a gals best friend.

Submit your blog article for this carnival by Friday April 4 at midnight EST to http://blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_1992.html

Please make sure that your submitted post is on topic and not late. Late and off topic submissions will not be included. Late submissions end up going to the next available carnival host and will be discarded as off topic.

Are you a new member of our team? Would you like to know how to participate in our weekly blog carnival? Just check out the info at the Blog Carnival Weekly Themes, Hosts & FAQ at the team message board.

Not sure how to submit your article? Check out the NEW Carnival Submission Tutorial on our team message board.

Hosts are needed
for future carnivals. If you'd like to host please check the list of available dates and sign up in the Blog Carnival Weekly Themes, Hosts & FAQ discussion.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!

That's right. Today we have three EtsyBlogger Street Team members with birthdays!







We hope you all have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Mini Monday

Today's featured shop is Pink Ice Jewels. From the profile of the Pink Ice Jewels shop, this Detroit, Michigan jewelry maker says-

I love creating things especially jewelry. A beautiful pair of sparkling crystals or gemstones always catch my eye but then again, I am addicted to beads. They look like CANDY to me. All shapes, sizes and shades ~ hum! hum! Lovely!

Newest line of jewelry is the Funky Tribal Collection that consist of organic materials. This type of jewelry is called organic jewelry, which includes all jewelry that originates from a living creature, plant or other living organism.

I hope you enjoy all the wonderful treats I have created.


Lovely? We agree!

This wonderful artisan has been an Etsy seller since November of 2006. You can find out more by visiting the Pink Ice Jewels blog
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival: March 24th edition

I'm so excited to be this week's Blog Carnival host!

This week's theme was "green" as in anything green...going green, the color green, etc.

Please join me over at my blog and check out our team members' Blog Carnival entries: Joey & Aleethea's blog

*NEW RULES* effective 03/24/08





Here are *NEW RULES* and also some exciting updates for the entire EtsyBloggers street team, which I'll also be posting over at our Message Board:

- I've updated our EtsyBloggers website, so be sure to stop by. You'll notice 2 new links there, more info on those will be posted at our message board: http://etsybloggers.com

- There are *NEW RULES* going into effect first thing tomorrow morning 03/24/08. You can read what they are over at our website, and also stay tuned at the message board for more info: http://etsybloggers.com

- This week's EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival is posted on my blog right now. This week's theme was "Green": http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog

- As part of our *NEW RULES*, in April we will begin a new event!! On a monthly basis, we will select a "Featured EtsyBlogger", and all members of our team will be required to blog about that member. That's an entire month of features on various different blogs...for every EtsyBlogger! Stay tuned to our Message Board for the announcement of our very 1st featured EtsyBlogger!

Happy Easter and Happy Blogging everyone!

Celebrate Two Times!

First of all Happy Easter to all who celebrate this day!
Next we have the birthdays of two Etsy Blogger Street Team Members today. They are FoxBox and jmcocoadesigns.

FoxBox is a buyer on etsy and you can check out her blog here.

The other is jmcocoadesigns. Happy birthday to you both!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Blog Carnival BUTTONS for your blog

Here's a simple way to see all of our past Blog Carnivals, and also a simple way to submit your weekly Blog Carnival posts.

Just put these 2 buttons on your blog! I posted the code at our Message Board.




Blog Carnival archive - etsybloggers






Blog Carnival submission form - etsybloggers




One button points to our Blog Carnival's Archive, and the other is a Submit button. Easy as pie!

Happy blogging!

A Birthday Greeting

This goes out to Create a Thought of Saginaw, MI. We all hope you have a wonderful birthday!
You can take a look at her blog here and of course her etsy shop too.



Monday, March 17, 2008

March 17 Blog Carnival!

This week's blog carnival was about Cultural Leanings. You can read all about them by visiting my blog - AliciaMae's Xanga. We had great participation this week, but it would be great to see more! See the link on the right for upcoming hosts and themes!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Today's Birthday

It is the birthday of the artist behind the shop Indigo Luna. You can learn more about her by reading her blog.
Happy Birthday from all of us!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Madison Gre Mini Monday

Look below for links to the blog carnival for today. The theme is spring and has some great posts by several members of the Etsy Bloggers Street Team.

Today for our Mini Monday feature we are showing off the shop of Madison Gre. From this seller's profile she would like you to know-

Our on-line boutique offers one of a kind handmade vintage and ethnic inspired handbags, plus the latest must have accessories to complete that perfect outfit.

We design for strong confident women who love to accessorize and look great doing it.

Our quality handbags are made in small quantities, because we want our customers to feel that the handbag was made just for them. Thanks for looking and if you don’t find anything you like, please return soon and check us out again.

Biography: We are dreamers, creators and students of life. Inspire us, so that someday we may inspire you. Our inspiration comes from art, culture, life and fashion. Shopping is our therapy and creating is our break through.

We joined Etsy in April 2007, but it wasn’t until June 2007 that our collection was launch. Our first week was a hit and we have all you Etsy buyers and sellers to thank.

To all our fantastic buyers that keep our business thriving, our heart and appreciation goes out to you. You make us feel prized, and your support encourages us to keep on living our dream and to keep on designing.

According to the shop announcement Madison Gre also has some pretty exciting news, take a look-

1/28/08 Madison GrĂ© will be opening a retail shop this upcoming March-April 2008 in Gilroy, CA. It has been a life long dream of ours and we can’t believe that it is actually happening. Our shop will include mainly trendy, Indie and handmade clothing, handbags, jewelry, accessories, footwear and bath/body products.


Lasso the Moon

Happy Birthday to You!
It is the birthday of Lasso the Moon!
Have a wonderful day!

You can check out her blog here.


March 10 Edition of the Etsy Bloggers

The March 10 Edition of the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival has been posted at Stormy Designs. The theme for this week is "Thoughts Of Spring" and the submissions were fun to read as always. Head on over there and read what our members had to say and see what wonderful items you can find at their shops. Thanks to the members that participated this week!

Other Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival news:

Call for submissions for the March 17th edition of the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival. The theme is “Cultural leanings”. Blog about how you integrate your own heritage into your work or how you are attracted to another culture - like celtic knotwork, african art, island themes, renaissance, etc. Or how your culture/heritage/upbringing influence you in some way.
Our host is AliciaMae * AliciaMae.etsy.com

Are you a new member of our team? Would you like to know how to participate in our weekly blog carnival? Just check out the info at the Blog Carnival Weekly Themes, Hosts & FAQ at the team message board.

Not sure how to submit your article? Check out the NEW Carnival Submission Tutorial on our team message board.

Hosts are needed
for future carnivals. If you'd like to host please check the list of available dates.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Happy Birthday!

It is the birthday of Olivia Ew of the shop Felt Like Crying. We all hope it is wonderful and turning 20 to leave your teen years isn't so bad. Find out about that on her blog.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

This week's Blog Carnival Theme-March 10

The March 10 Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival theme is "Thoughts Of Spring" and Stormy Designs is the host. Tell your thoughts on spring, show something that reminds you of spring. This should be a REAL easy topic to write about, I know everyone is ready for spring ;-) I will be doing an Etsy mini in the carnival post for each of the participating members.

Please submit your blog posts before 10PM EST on Sunday March 9. You can use the Blog Carnival widget that is on the sidebar on Stormy Designs blog to submit your posts. Please note that the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival is only open to team members. All other submissions will be excluded.

Are you a new member of our team? Would you like to learn how to participate in our weekly blog carnival? It's a great way to get your blog noticed. Just check out the info at either of these links:

Blog Carnival Themes and Hosts @ StormyDesign's:
http://www.stormydesigns.biz/blog/?page_id=75

and Blog Carnival FAQs @ Miss Malaprop's:
http://www.missmalaprop.com/etsy-bloggers-carnival-faq

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Birthday Mini

We are showing off Ikonic Vintage who is having a birthday today!
All of us on the Etsy Bloggers Street Team hope it is a great day for you!


Monday, March 3, 2008

Read Across America Blog Carnival

This week's EtsyBlogger Blog Carnival is hosted by Andrea Baker at This Mom's Life. The topic was books as a part of Read Across America - to encourage literary enthusiasm in children and adults. Stop by her blog and read about our favorite stories and characters!

Studio Marcy

I find myself drawn to dimensional art. Things like glass, pottery and woodworking. I don't do any of those things myself and maybe the mystery of the craftsmanship involved is what draws me to them. If you feel like I do about these things you will want to take a look at the shop of today's featured seller. It is Studio Marcy of Atlanta. From her bio she would like you to know-
"Hi, I'm Marcy Lamberson, a glass artist who loves making people smile through my whimsical beads and sculptures."
I think she is very sucessful at doing just that(making people smile). Take a look!


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Pictures of Lily

Today's birthday mini is for Pictures of Lily. Stop by the shop or the blog to say hello!



Happy birthday and we all hope you have a wonderful day!