Tuesday, 28 February 2012

What Is Etsy And Why You Should Shop There

Brooke's Little Stitches
http://www.etsy.com/shop/brookeslittlestitch?ref=seller_info

Almost every time I mention that I have an Etsy shop, I see a completely blank look on people faces and I know they have never ever heard of it. Etsy is an American run website so I know it might be a different story if I lived in the States, but since I live in Canada, I feel I need to spread the word.

Etsy is a community of sellers who have handcrafted there product or they sell vintage. I know this can bring up images of aunt Ruby's crochet dish cloths of Grandmas prize pickles and yes there is some of that but it is SO much more! Some of these artists are fashion designers, designers of wedding accessories like unique table number cards and centre pieces. There's shops that make handcrafted invitations or cupcake banners or beautiful packaging and gift giving ideas that have been discovered by Martha Stewart herself! Handcrafted jewelry has been featured in In Style magazine and children's products get highlighted in Parenting magazines. I even had one of my gift giving items featured in Stylish Home magazine. Etsy is a place for up-and-comers so to stay in the loop, you need to check it out.

Ever since I discovered Etsy 2 years ago I have been getting much more creative at gift giving and all of my family and friends have appreciated it. Here are just a few of the examples of what I have found.

Ainsley, and I don't know why, asked for a moose hat for her birthday??! But I knew where to go to find one, Etsy. This shop owner was selling the pattern but was willing to make the pattern for me and sell me a completed hat. It was SO cute I got one for Taya too!

Here's some stocking stuffers I found:
Bird memory game
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70904567/natural-wood-toy-match-me-birds-big-kid

I got the bigger kids yo-yo's. They have butterflies and robots and lots to choose from.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/77873821/spider-ant-wooden-yo-yo

I got one of each colour. One for each of my girls and one for my niece! We used them in Disney and they are the perfect overnight bag! The girls love that they have their names embroidered on them!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/monkeyseeboutique?ref=seller_info

I just love the rubber stamps from this shop! I don't even want to tell you how many I have. My best friend sends a lot of packages and so I got her one with a big gerber daisy on it to stamp on her mail as they are her favourite thing. It's become her signature flower.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53775483/small-bird-rubber-stamp

I have a few pieces from Piss Potery. The items in her shop are all incredible and I could take one of each! I use this dish to place my jewelry when I take it off.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/93608580/ceramic-heart-for-ring-catcher-or
Although I haven't purchased this yet, I would really like to.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65327809/aqua-short-sleeves-sweater


So, if you haven't yet looked at Etsy to see what it's all about, I hope I gave you some inspiration to take a look. Trust me, you'll be hooked in no time and so impressed with the variety of items available.

While you're there, you may want to have a look at my shop too. http://www.etsy.com/shop/2sistershandcrafted?ref=si_shop

Let me know what you think of Etsy and if you've found any new favourites!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Crafts for Bigger Kids

Well, I don't know if you know this about me but I have 2 girls of my own, ages 7 and 4 and I also provide childcare for 2 other children ages 8 and 3. Finding things to do to keep everyone busy is sometimes a struggle because of the age difference. I actually find it quite easy to find fun stuff for the little ones but sometimes have a harder time occupying the bigger kids.

If you read my last post you will have learnt about my new addiction, Pinterest. Not only is it fun but I have found so many great craft ideas for the kids to do when they get home from school and finally even some for the big kids too. Today I'm sharing some of my favourites. I'll give you direct links to tutorials and show you some of the finished product from our craft time.

1. Who doesn't love to colour? Even big kids can enjoy colouring again with these more elaborate designs.

http://www.craftjr.com/dragon-paper-craft/
Here's one that my 7yr old completed. All the kids made them and used them as puppets and had dragon races. It was a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year!
http://www.art-is-fun.com/image-files/free-mandala-designs-to-print.gif

2. Bring out the little chemists. How about some homemade lip gloss or solid perfume?


Cool-Aide Lip Gloss
http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2011/01/make-your-own-lip-gloss.html
A great site for many kids crafts and bento lunch box ideas!!

Here's our finished cool-aide lip gloss. We didn't print the free printable labels but they still look so cute. We used medicine containers purchased from Walmart in the pharmacy section. Even Our one boy made these to give to mom for Valentines. P.S. they taste good too  :)

Home made solid perfume

http://www.craftpassion.com/2010/09/recycle-pencil-holder-tutorial.html

3. Fun with string.
http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/sticky-hands-warm-hearts-973682/

http://www.craftpassion.com/2010/09/recycle-pencil-holder-tutorial.html


Really, if you look through the sites where these projects came from, you'll find so many fun and creative things to do with your bigger little kids. Some of them will be new and exciting. Others will be oldies but goodies. But really, with so much great content out there these days , it's easy to find something to do. Even on yucky days like today!
Brrrrrrrrrrrr!


So, get searching. Get creative. Get messy and have some fun with your kids!!
See more creative and fun projects by following my craft and DIY boards on Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/2SistersJewelry/

Have a great weekend!
Colleen ;)

That's TWO girls in my case! <3

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

My new addiction

I have to admit I'm not a very social person. I'm usually pretty shy around new people and don't really have the ability to charm everyone I meet like my husband does. So social networking is something I'm still working hard to get good at. That is until I found Pinterest.

Pinterest is an on line pin board. A place to visually post things you enjoy, things you might like to try like crafts with the kids or DIY for the home. I'm a visual person so for me, Pinterest is sooooo much fun. I love to share great finds. I'm the type of person who will tell you I got a pair of shoes for $7 and how you can get some too when you complement them, instead of letting you think I spent a fortune. On Pinterest I can show you all my finds and I can browse through yours too.

Pinterest doesn't have to get personal or deep in feelings and conversations. It's simple, fun and somewhat addictive. OK, who am I kidding? If I had nothing else to do I would probably spend many hours a day there.

For anyone who follows my facebook page you would have see some of my favourite finds that I post there from Pinterest. But if you haven't given it a try yet, come have a look at some of my "pins" and see if you can't help yourself from finding your own new addiction.

Come visit me at Pinterst here: http://pinterest.com/2SistersJewelry/

Here's a peek at my "Have Fun With Your Kids" pin board
http://pinterest.com/2SistersJewelry/have-fun-with-your-kids/
This craft was fun to do with the kids after school. They especially loved drawing with their new crayons when done. ;)