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Review | Etsy iPhone App

So, you got a new iPhone for Christmas and want to know what is out there to turn it into a craft geek power tool?

Well, if you love all things homemade, a great first stop is the new app from Etsy, the online marketplace for all things unique and handmade. I spent several days testing the app out, and I’m pleased to report that it’s stable, easy-to-use, and oh-so-beautiful to boot! It puts the convenience of supporting small sellers and cottage industry at your fingertips, making one-of-a-kind gifts, fashion and home decor just a search-and-mobile-phone-enabled-payment away from landing on your doorstep!

The front page of the Etsy iPhone app displays a selection of hand-picked items, along with a sampling of Treasury Lists, much as the front page of the full Etsy site does. The Dancing Snowflakes list immediately caught my attention (I have just a tiny obsession with snowflakes), and I couldn’t help tapping on it to browse further.

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Etsy & HGTV Partner For The Holidays

HGTV has announced that it is partnering with handmade marketplace Etsy to produce holiday content that features creative handmade products sold on Etsy.

The home and garden network says it will be featuring Etsy sellers for gift and DIY decorating ideas on the “Handmade Holidays” section of their website.

There will also be a holiday television special airing on HGTV featuring Etsy sellers. “15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas with Michelle Beschen” will be an hour long and begin airing after Thanksgiving. According to posts made by some of the Etsy sellers selected for the show on the Etsy forums, it is unclear to them whether the Etsy sellers whose work will be featured will be named, or whether the show will just credit Etsy in general.

Some sellers discussing the partnership on the Etsy forums have expressed concern about the fact that HGTV seems to be presenting Etsy content in a DIY framework to their readers/viewers, telling them they can do the crafts themselves instead of having to purchase the items on Etsy. However, many sellers seem to believe that the exposure for Etsy will be a positive for them overall.

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Boutique Shop Embellishments

A growing force in the scrapbook industry, small boutique shops are opening up and adding new shopping choices all the time. Instead of creating a company that sells on a larger scale wholesale to other shops, they are making scrapbook supplies to sell direct to consumers. These aren’t companies you’ll usually find in your local craft store or favorite on-line shop, but rather small independent companies. These are women (and some men, I’m sure) who are creating treasures every day.

Some have their own websites, while others rely on sites like Etsy to host their stores, but they all have one thing in common: they’re little on-line shops making things for us scrapbookers to use in our pages and projects. With the rise of the internet and sites like www.etsy.com, it’s become easy not only to set up shop, but to find great things on-line. Today I’d like to share some lovely bits and pieces that I’ve found in my searches over the last few weeks.

At $5 for a set of six, I find these pastel crepe paper flowers from the Shabby Pea Designs shop tempting.  The shop has an eclectic mix of handmade embellishments, plus a few other treats as well.

The Crescendoh shop has all kinds of stamps, kits, and special supplies designed to bring out the inner artist in you. This set of stamps in particular caught my attention, and I know I’ll be back to browse more.

FuDi crochet is tempting me with a number of handcrafted flowers and crocheted shapes. These flowers, just $1.99 are one of many items I’m considering adding to my stash.

I have been addicted to Evalicious ever since discovering her shop via Ali Edwards’ blog a few years ago. I love the dictionary paper + button flowers and her felt circles with buttons so much. I use them frequently!

I’ve ordered from Tessa Ann before, and many times I’ve browsed her shop and sighed with longing. The buttons she creates are truly little works of art! This camper set sells for $6.50, and she will also do custom batches of buttons to order – a great thing for sure!

Pretty Little Studio is a shop I’ve been sucked into – and can’t stop looking! Filled with vintage inspired flashcards (image shown is part of a set - $5.99) and other paper goodies, it’s heaven.

Sweet Vintage 78 is based out of Australia, and the shop is filled with lovely things, including this trio of doilies that are available for $2.75. I really like that she cuts and custom dies these from vintage tablecloths, and that she lists ideas and notes that they are colorsafe.

These rosette flowers in the Sugared Songbird shop are lovely, but at $5 each I would be more inclined to choose them for a very special project like mini-book cover or photo frame that will be prominently displayed.

Those are just a few of the shops out there, and some of my favorites (including shops like Elle’s Studio, Ormolu, and Shabby Chic Crafts) I didn’t even get to! When looking to buy things for yourself I have a few suggestions:

  • Get a recommendation from someone who’s ordered with them before, or if it’s an Etsy shop, view their rating to see if customers are satisfied with purchases from them.
  • Read the fine print! That bargain lace that you’re buying might only be 1/2″ wide, or 1/2 a yard long, thus making it not quite such a bargain. Know exactly what (and what size) you’re buying.
  • Search! Just type in some key words (on Etsy search) and you’ll be amazed at all the treasure you can find based on what you’re looking for.
  • Check and see if the shop will do custom orders. Sometimes small boutiques will let you mix & match pieces, or will custom create things to your needs. This can get you exactly what you desire, and most do not charge extra for such a service.

Above all, enjoy! It’s a beautiful thing that thanks to the internet we’re able to enjoy the work of so many creative people in this way. I’ve only scratched the surface with this article – I won’t even get into finished art pieces, sewn treasures, jewelry, kits and supplies, and all the other goodness that is out there waiting for my wallet to find the money for!

If you have a favorite shop or site for boutique supplies, please feel free to leave a comment here on this post to share with the rest of us. After all – enabling others is the best part of finding new goodies.

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