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Mar 15 2014

National Quilting Day!

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March 15th is National Quilting Day. I hope to be using the longarm to finish another quilt. I might even stay in my pajamas and quilt all day!

Here is an idea to celebrate the day.

From Craftsy

Do you have a neighbor, babysitter or hairdresser who deserves a little recognition? Make a simple quilted pot holder and pair it with fresh flowers to give a quilted gift that’s sure to be remembered. After all, quilting is a hobby that’s designed to be shared. Maybe your gift will inspire the recipient to take up quilting as a hobby!

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Nov 20 2012

The Rise Of Etsy –The Crafter’s eBay

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If there’s one thing people love, it’s a good bargain. Shopping online can be a stressful experience, whether you’re looking for inspiration or know exactly what it is you want; there are so many distractions and variations that sometimes you just want to slam your laptop shut in a fit of frustration! Etsy combats these common feelings of consumer woe with utter wonder, as the pleasures of discovering so many visual treats in one place is nothing short of captivating. It’s a hive of creative minds showcasing some of the best homemade and vintage bits and pieces on the net, from candelabras to crock pots and from cravats to cupcakes.

The feverish demand for vintage clothing and home-wares is at an all time high, with charity shops and independent stores making a fair percentage of their profit from up-cycling treasures from times gone by. Even big high street names such as Urban Outfitters and Topshop have begun to stock brands solely dedicated to rejuvenating old pieces from as early as the 1950’s, to create original garments with a slice of contemporary influence.

Handmade is big news too, in no small part thanks to the rising demand for eco-friendly goods over mass-produced, mass-polluting products from the high-street. Etsy nails both of these markets in one – here are just a few of the reasons that we’re falling in love with this booming online retailer…

If you’re looking for one of a kind fashions for either men or women, Etsy will have you covered. From vintage frocks to hand-crafted handbags; these high quality wares are testament to the love that the Etsy community shares for creating and innovating. You can find vintage classics and seasonal trends with an original touch, all lovingly hand-crafted or cared for. Kids are also catered for, with an adorable range of clothing for all ages sure to keep your little ones toasty this winter.


Home Décor
Whether it’s a vintage tea set or a recycled baroque dresser, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the home wares section. It’s so easy to find a statement piece that’ll add a real edge to any room, something no one else will have rather than an off-the-rack piece from IKEA that’s sitting in a thousand different lounges across the country. Plus, it’s also nice to get your creative juices flowing and be inspired by all the little projects you could take on yourself!

If your purse strings won’t stretch to the likes of the original works by the likes of Monet and Picasso, that doesn’t mean you can’t still own a one-of-a-kind, beautiful creation! In the Art shops you’ll find sculptures and paintings from a range of Etsy’s resident artists. Some of the items on sale exhibit examples of real talent and it’s always nice to encourage independent artists by endorsing their pieces with a ‘favourite’ or perhaps even hanging it in your bathroom?

Etsy is your one-stop-shop for all manner of trinkets for the ones you love, or just a pretty little something for yourself! You can find personalised gifts, original designs and one of kind treasures that form the perfect accessory to any outfit. From the subtle to the statement, this collection of wearable curiosities will suit any taste and any budget. If you have an Etsy shop you’d like us to know about or just stories of great finds, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Estelle Page is a green-fingered interior designer with an unparalleled love for arts and crafts. She is an avid blogger and often writes for Goodheart Gifts when she isn’t running around after her kids!

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Jun 17 2011

Yellow Flowers

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A week or so ago, I made this purse but was not satisfied with the way the handles made the bag look. I had put a cane handle on the purse and it pulled the ends in too much. I had used all my fabric but found a yard at the Piece of Mind Etsy store. I made cloth handles and like the way the bag turned out much better!


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May 27 2011

Nice to be Included

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in a treasury at the Etsy site!

I was checking my emails for messages from friends, requests for m drol reviews and new recipes when I found a pleasant surprise. Susan, from HottieHandbags, included one of my bags in her treasury of beautiful blue bags. My bag is shown in the top row, second from the left. You can click on each bags picture if you would like more information about any of the bags shown. They are all handmade and, in my opinion, are beautiful!

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May 25 2011

Pushing My Buttons

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I seem to be stuck on a certain purse I am making. I made a purse that I have made a zillion times before but for some unknown reason, it came out too narrow. My machine may have made the seams too wide or something. Couldn’t have been the one pushing the pedal could it? Ha!

So, I made the bag wider and it looked nice. Then, I decided to add a zipper. For some reason, I always have trouble with zippers. I cannot put them into a purse that is made by turning the bag inside out. I just can’t wrap my head around which way the zipper goes. Of course, I have tried, but it just means I use my seam ripper over and over. Well, I finally got the zipper in.

The bag has a zipper and it looks nice. So I decided to add a bottom to it. I bought heavy mat board, used a utility knife to cut it to size and discovered I don’t have enough fabric to cover it. The bag still looks nice but is without a bottom until my Etsy order arrives.

I put a pretty, cane handle on the bag but it makes the bag pull to one side. Please tell me why I started this project.

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May 09 2011

Moving in on Monday

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend. My husband cooked chicken on the grill and we had my sister in-law and the Grandmas over for dinner to celebrate mother’s day. I had a great time overall, biting my tongue a few times as I witnessed abrasives in personalities. Do you have drama queens in your family?

After church, I spent the afternoon putting together this Snap n’ Go bag. You may have seen the kits for these if you haunt any quilt or fabric shops. (The lady who created the pattern for the Snap n’ Go lives in our county.)

The bag has a liner that can be snapped in when the bag is used for a beach tote or diaper bag.

butterfly bag

snap grab n go liner

snap in liner

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Feb 05 2009

CPSIA Mandatory Testing & Certification Proposed 1 Year Suspension

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I have been following the news concerning legislation on homemade products. I make purses, quilts and other items that I sell. I don’t want to have to stop selling my products. While my items might not be made specifically for children, I still believe the legislation will affect me. I read the following on the Etsy website.

From Etsy:

We are so excited to announce that the Commission has voted for a “Stay of Enforcement of Certain Testing and Certification Requirements of CPSIA” — which means that they are proposing a 1 year suspension of the burden of lead testing and certification while they take more time to review the rules and plan enforcement! All of your hard work is paying off (for the time being at least!). You wouldn’t have to pay to do the certification and testing, though you are still liable if your products are found to have lead. We are so pleased that artisans and vintage sellers got their voices heard. Your hard work is not over; we must continue to play a role in advocating for small business people throughout the coming year.

“The action taken today provides breathing space to get in place some of the rules needed for implementation, but it should not be viewed as a full solution to the many problems that have been raised.” —U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission

You’ll find the press release below:

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.

The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.

The stay does not apply to:


Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:

The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008;

The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009;

The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and

The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.

Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.

Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and

Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children’s garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA.

Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates.

The stay of enforcement on testing and certification does not address thrift and second hand stores and small retailers because they are not required to test and certify products under the CPSIA. The products they sell, including those in inventory on February 10, 2009, must not contain more than 600 ppm lead in any accessible part. The Commission is aware that it is difficult to know whether a product meets the lead standard without testing and has issued guidance for these companies that can be found on our Web site.

The Commission trusts that State Attorneys General will respect the Commission’s judgment that it is necessary to stay certain testing and certification requirements and will focus their own enforcement efforts on other provisions of the law, e.g. the sale of recalled products.

Please visit the CPSC Web site at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA.

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Jan 22 2009

Etsy Shop Is Open!

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Boy am I tired. I spent all day today working on my Etsy shop. I have been saying I was going to put my bags and other sewn items on Etsy and I finally did it. It is a big job. I never did get on the treadmill today but I feel like I did a full workout.

I gathered together all my projects and photographed them. It took some time to get a good picture. I wanted the items to look as pretty on the web as they do to me. I am not a photographer and it was a challenge. Have you ever tried to hold something and take a picture of it at the same time? I am pretty sure that my hand is in some of the shots.

I keep going to my Etsy site to see how many views I’ve had. LOL You can check it out at http://kreatedbykaren.etsy.com Let me know if you think I need to add anything.

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