According to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), “March is National Craft Month. And with 63 million households crafting each year, there’s a lot to celebrate!” With that in mind, hats off to the talented EtsyTwitter Team members who are not only fabulous artists and artisans in their own genres (SAT word!), but also share their knowledge and expertise by providing instruction to others:
Meet Theresa of TiLT creations, featured EtsyBlogger of the Month. Theresa makes one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories in various sizes and styles. Some bag styles are only made once, while others are made again in different sizes, with different fabrics or embellishments.
Theresa is a member of the more-than-100-member, international CABTeam (Carried Away Bag Makers Team). The team was established so that members could give back to those in need. All proceeds are given to charities voted upon by their team members.
One of their recent charities was HeroBox, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides custom support to our heroes overseas. Their mission is to provide items that deployed American soldiers need and want while they are away from home defending our freedom. A HeroBox is a care package that has been customized to a soldier’s specific request. Theresa donated the following handbag to the cause:
You can find out more about Theresa:
Welcome to the February 15th, 2010 Edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival. Team members had the opportunity to blog about one of the following topics:
1) February 14th is Valentine’s Day. What is your best childhood memory of Valentine’s Day, or what childhood tradition do you now carry out with your children?
2) February is Heart Health Month. What is your best heart healthy recipe? What do you do to stay heart healthy? How do you promote heart health?
Following are the links to the EtsyBloggers’ posts on one of these topics, along with the links to their fabulous blogs.
gilliauna presents Heart Healthy… with Chocolate? – A Rare Post By Leal posted at The Meandering Musings of a Consummate Shopper.
BunnyKissd presents Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too: Valentine’s Day Traditions posted at Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too.
Mary presents Heart Health Month Recipe: Tuna and Red Onion Spiedini posted at Misobel: Handmade Hooligan with a Mystic Touch.
GO RED for Women!
February is National Heart Month. The Go Red for Women movement celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress now stand for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and the cause of one in every three female deaths. African American and Hispanic women are even more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases due to higher rates of excessive weight, diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. They are also less likely than white women to know that they may have major risk factors.
The perception that heart disease is a “man’s disease” must be changed. By teaching more and more women how to talk to their doctors about heart disease, thousands of lives can be saved each year because the good news is that heart disease is often preventable!
To learn more about heart disease in women and the choices you can make to live heart healthy, visit GoRedforWomen.org, and sign up for the movement. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter to keep you motivated to make healthy choices and a red dress pin, the symbol of the heart disease in women movement to wear proudly as a supporter.
Erika, the face behind NicoDesigns and Featured EtsyBlogger for January, has a great sense of humor:
After years of being a behavior specialist and special education teacher, I now am in need of a specialist myself as a stay-at-home-mom. My two babies (ages 2 and 1) make everything in the past seem so ordinary. What lies in front of us as amazing. And chaotic. Hence, the specialist.
NicoDesigns features item with both style and functionality, utilizing a combination of new, repurposed, recycled or upcycled materials. You will have such fun checking out her shop – especially the new Art Dolls and Home Décor Sections.
From the World ORT website: Chanukah (also spelled Hanukah and Hanukkah), the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of the Jews over the Hellenist Syrians in 165 BCE.
Following their victory, the Maccabees, who led the Jews in their revolt against the Syrian overlords, entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem defiled by the Syrian invaders, cleansed it and dedicated it anew to the service of God. Then, in memory of their victory, the Maccabees celebrated the first Chanukah. (Chanukah is the Hebrew term for dedication).
The Talmud, the body of Jewish oral law, relates how the Judean heroes, led by Judah Maccabee, were making ready to rededicate the Temple and were unable to find enough undefiled oil to light the lamps. However, in one of the Temple chambers, they came upon a small cruse of oil which, under normal circumstances, would have lasted only one evening. Miraculously, this small amount of oil kept the Temple lights burning, not for one night, but for all the eight nights until new oil fit for use in the Temple could be obtained. This is the miracle commemorated by the kindling of the Chanukah lights on the Menorah, a nine-branch candelabrum. On each night, one more light is kindled, beginning with one candle on the first night of Chanukah and ending with eight on the final evening. The ninth branch is reserved for the shamash, the servant light, which is lit first and used to kindle the other lights of the Menorah The lighting is accompanied by the chanting of appropriate blessings and the singing of songs.
Chanukah is a joyful family festival. Gifts are exchanged, parties are given, children play games and latkes (potato pancakes) are served. These are delicacies made with oil, long associated with Chanukah.
The children play dreidel, a game of luck. The dreidel has four sides, each bearing a Hebrew letter – nun, gimel, hey, and shin – the initials of “Ness Gadol Haya Sham” meaning “a great miracle took place there.”
And should you want to send a Chanukah “cod,” look no further!
The Other Miss B.
Becky Kozanza features cards, garlands and PipePets, perfect for the holidays:
madebymelissa, the Etsy Blogger of the Month, is an engineer by profession. By nights and weekends, her inner child comes out to play, and she talks to the animals.
Penny the Pink Elephant is looking for a loving home filled with peanuts! Her eyes are sewn on with acrylic black yarn so he’s safe for even the littlest member of your family.
Jenny the Funky Jellyfish is the life of the ocean party! She is made with red, pink and grey striped yarn and has an adjustable hang tie.
Phoebe the Pretty Little Pig is a pretty little pink piggy who needs a home with lots of love. She has a curly little tail, and her eyes and nose are stitched on making her safe for even the tiniest of piggy fans.
If you would like to provide a loving home for one or more of these little cuties, you can contact madebymelissa, and she’ll draw up the adoption papers!
Look at the Birdie!
Where else but on etsy could you get handmade jewelry, paper goods and an ornithology lesson at the same time? Meet designsbyvanessa, the Etsy Bloggers featured seller for September. Here are a few of her wonderful designs:
Back to School brings on the heightened anticipation of football weekends, tailgating and cheering on your favorite professional sports team, college or high school team. Here in Georgia, there’s a whole lifestyle around attending the University of Georgia (UGA) Bulldogs and the Atlanta Falcons home games, including dressing in the team colors of red and black for the games. Of course, if you are in Kentucky, it’s all about the Louisville Cardinals. If you live in North Carolina and aren’t decked out in Duke Blue Devil Blue or Carolina blue, you might just be wearing the red and black of the North Carolina Wolfpack. Texas Tech Red Raiders also wear the red and black, as do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a tribute to whomever you are cheering on, here’s a preview of Foxy G.’s brand new Game Day Collection in red and black.
You’ll be ultra game chic in this rich and luxuriously soft red and black stripe scarf. With its ample length, you can tie it, wrap it, wear it long or toss one end over your shoulder.
Add some pizzazz to your game day accessory wardrobe with this eye-catching, one-of-a-kind, extra long, red and black sassy wrap.
On a chilly day, there will be no need to sacrifice style for comfort when you wrap yourself in this ruby red, reversible scarf. The open design keeps the scarf lightweight while keeping you warm. And tiny flecks of jewel-tone ribbon run through deliciously soft, gem-inspired yarn.
Flirty, fun and fashionable, Red Hot and Ruffled can be twirled, twisted, flipped, looped or tied.
Add a “twist” to your game day wardrobe with this eye-catching, one-of-a-kind, red and black shawl wrap. Dress it up, dress it down. Tie this versatile shawl in front or off to the side. Go glam and toss one end over your shoulder. Accessorize with a chic chopstick or fabulous pin!
You are saucy and sassy, sultry and sexy, stylish, smart and oh, so sophisticated. Just showing up in this elegantly simple, femininely tailored scarf makes words unnecessary. You will mesmerize anyone within eye shot at the game or the after-parties.
To view the entire Collection: http://bit.ly/qX8xt
From August 25th to September 7th, the Etsy Twitter Team is going Back to School, and you’re invited to come along! There will be unique, handcrafted items, great deals and discounts galore for students of every age, as well their families. The team, which uses Twitter to expand its reach to a global audience, also thinks that buying handmade can be an important part of a larger lesson during Back to School time.
“We really want to show consumers that there are high quality, creative handcrafted products available that aren’t expensive or time-consuming to find. Events like this help to educate people about buying responsibly and choosing items that support the small business entrepreneurs and artisans in their own communities,” says Vickie Porter, the team’s leader and the artist/owner behind the recycled domino jewelry of InMyHeadStudios For more information on which shops are participating in the Back to School event, please visit the EtsyTwitter Team blog. Between now and September 7th, Foxy G. Knits will be offering 10% off all Game Day Section items. See shop announcement for details.