Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Shop name: willywaw
A little about you: When I was growing up, my Dad would tromp us out into the woods with our Peterson Field Guides in hand to discover and identity what was growing there. So it’s by nature that I still find inspiration for my art and designs. My name is Ashley Van Etten and I live in Narragansett, R.I., with my husband, Joe, and our rescued border collie/Alaskan husky, Cody. Joe is a marine engineer, avid diver and kayaker. I love the ocean and the creatures that inhabit the shore but I also have a passion for mountains and snow.
I've worked as a freelance illustrator for over 15 years and enjoy creating just about anything. My favorite mediums are oil, watercolor, screen prints and wood. I have a B.A. in studio art and background in fashion design. At one time I designed couture under my own label and after volunteering on a trail crew in the Tetons lead to a move out west, I designed ski clothing and outdoor gear for five years.
My Etsy shop shares the name of my web site, willywaw.com, and my design studio. Named after the ferocious arctic winds that sweep down coastal mountains and slam onto the ocean (I like reading non-fiction arctic adventure), Willywaw is the creative outlet for my own work.
A little about your products: A few years ago I became a master gardener. The program teaches sustainable gardening practices and reinforced my concerns about the environment, so choosing organic textiles was a no-brainer. My tote bags are screen printed on organic cotton canvas, and I use hemp webbing for the straps as it wears better than cotton. I am trying to buy only fabric grown and milled in the U.S. and get most of my fabric from NearSea Naturals and their blog but I've had to make some compromises. For now, my t-shirts are not organic and the decision to offer a t-shirt with great cut, style and colors won out. The dye house does have a state of the art water treatment recycling system and is in New England so they get some points.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: When I swim in the ocean or dig in my garden, I think about how what goes in is going to come out, or go somewhere, or end up back in me. I’d like to be part of a solution not part of the problem.
What’s your current project?: My big project right now is building a bigger light box so I can burn very large screens. My tote bags are screened as one piece and then sewn so I am limited by the size of the tote I can create. Customers have expressed a lot of interest in bigger bags, pillows and new styles. I’m also working on multi-colored prints and paint as often as I can.
Where your products can be found: Right now I am only selling on Etsy. I will be at the URI East Farm Spring Festival next May and the Coastal Growers Farmer’s Market at Casey Farm throughout the summer 2009. Both events take place in Rhode Island.
Blog, under construction: willywaw.blogspot.com
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Shop Name: ecogeneration
A little about you: I have always been conscientious about how wasteful we are as a society but I wouldn’t classify myself as an environmentalist in the traditional sense of the word. I recognize that we live in a disposable and “we want it yesterday” era that quick and convenience take priority over worrying about landfills or the environment, even including me, at times. But I am changing and I owe it to both my mom and my mother-in-law. They have been the ecological savvy matrons for years without knowing that they were saving the environment. In fact, they were being just frugal! They don’t buy any new plastic containers. They always reuse ice cream tubs, yogurt containers, Chinese Take Out tubs, and alike… (Now, the studies have shown that they may leak chemicals into foods. Yikes!). They also reuse glass jars before recycling became mandatory. Now, I, the one who always complained that we had too many empty glass jars and plastic containers in the pantry, am filling my own pantry with glass jars and non-recyclable plastic containers. I am also looking at ways to reduce buying the “want’ items and just buying the “need” items. I also started converting some non-recyclable items into functional housewares (see bottle caps) instead of throwing them out with the trash. I am also buying organic, including my knitting yarns. I have organic and natural rubber mattresses. I have organic sheets. I use phosphate free laundry detergents (safer for the local waterways) that are plant based (Eco brand). I don’t use commercial cleaning agents anymore; instead, use vinegar and baking soda (another one of my mother in law’s secret for years). I started making my own dishcloths, inspired by my mom, and haven’t bought a commercial sponge in years.
So, after considering many of my friends suggestions to sell my ever growing selection of handmade ecological goodies, I decided to sell them on Etsy….not just to make money (trust me, I’m not retiring any time soon) but also to educate and send out a message that we should all reduce, renew, and recycle. And we can do it in style.
A little about your products: My Organic Washcloth is long lasting and is so soft (and gets softer with each washing) that it can be used even on babies’ soft and sensitive skin. The washcloth gently exfoliates tired cells and you’ll feel so much cleaner. I use 100 percent certified organic cotton and dyed to meet the organic guidelines. I also made reusable makeup remover pads with organic cotton yarn. These pads will eliminate the need for disposable cotton balls or make up remover pads. Teenagers can use them for their acne prone skin. They’ll love using them. The organic pads can be used over and over, saving you money but also the environment. I started out making dishcloth before I started selling on Etsy. I’d give them away to my friends and family. I love them because they clean better and last longer so they don’t end up in landfills as quickly. (I don’t use organic cotton yarn for the dishcloths or scrubbies because, frankly, rougher acrylic yarn cleans the stains better than the soft organic ones.) I have other products on Etsy but they are not made with organic materials. They are made with reclaimed or repurposed materials so they are still contributing to saving the environment.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: My mom developed an allergy to formaldehyde from years of working in the garment industry. Formaldehyde is used in almost everything we come in contact with, including fabric, lotion, soap, furniture, and more. She also loves gardening and prolonged exposure to pesticide and insecticide in the past has made her become very sensitive to any chemicals. I started buying organic more conscientiously after she started feeling all that. But I won’t buy organic products from another country. It defeats the purpose of being environmentally conscious if we have to have them shipped or flown from a foreign country, wasting energy. We have so many fine products produced right here at home. Of course, I’d prefer to go to a local farmer’s market and buy “Local Organic”. That’s the best.
What's your current project: It’s a secret. No, seriously, I am currently working on making some toys using plastic bottle caps. I already sold a set of birds’ nest magnets (my avatar) that I made from plastic bottle caps so I am really happy that I am putting these non-recyclable caps to use. I am also knitting a preemie’s set: a hat, bootie, and glove with organic yarn. I’m hoping to finish them for Christmas season.
Where your products can be found: ecogeneration.etsy.com
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Many thanks to the talented BoolaBoolaLand for her patience and all of the work that went into this!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Shop Name: Rosebud Organics
A little about you: I'm a work at home Mommy with a 15 month old baby girl and one on the way. My husband and I are in an organic folk rock band called The Art of Whimsy, so we're on the road a lot, but I always make sure to bring a craft bag along. I absolutely love letting the creative juices flow in crafty, expressive ventures. My shop focuses on baby attire, but I also love photography, watercolor painting, collages, scrapbooking and finding ways to use up all the knick knacks I can't help but collect. (I just started a yarn jar for small peices of yarn that I know I'll find a good use for someday...)
A little about your products: My items are all organic, and mostly geared towards babies, though I have some brooches and bath items on there as well. I love embroidering and started making personalized onesies for friends' babies awhile back. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was 8, so as soon as I was pregnant with my first child I started making all sorts of little hats and things for her. The shop kind of grew from there.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: I was inspired to make my own organic baby products when I had my own little one and realized how hazardous the world can be when you're so very small. My whole lifestyle was revamped as I learned about organic living. I started out by throwing away all the cleaning products in the house and making my own. I also planted an organic garden, started composting and recycling everything (not just the bottles and cans), and started trying to support sustainable and organic companies. I hope to raise my little ones to know that God has intrusted them with the care of the earth as well. We're all in this together.
What's your current project: Where to start?! I'm currently making note cards, elf beanies, tie-dying onesies, and have a load of stuff I need to put up on etsy that I haven't put aside the time for yet.
Where your products can be found: So far my products are on etsy, occasionally on ebay, and sold at the merchandise table at The Art of Whimsy shows.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
That’s what I tell people when they ask me how I came to the wonderful land of Etsy. Now granted, I wasn’t tied and held at paw point, but without my two canine companions, I wouldn’t be here.
In 2003, I had the wonderful experience of becoming a doggie mom to my Siberian Husky mix, Anakin. As a first time puppy parent, I wanted to make sure that not only would he have a loving and nurturing home, but a healthy, plentiful source of nutrition. With all of the kibble and treat options filling the grocery store shelves, I was confused and overwhelmed with what would be the most beneficial choice for my little guy’s diet. I took my query to the internet and what I saw was disturbing. The bags of commercially produced of kibble I inquired about promised “whole chunks of chicken and fresh garden vegetables.” Digging deeper into the translations of “chicken meal” and “lamb by-products,” I found synthetic vitamins, beaks, hooves, chemical preservatives and other not-so-appetizing ingredients littering my pup's choices for dinner. With no readily available alternatives to this problem, I began my quest to provide my dog with a healthy alternative to processed dog food and dog treats.
I researched the ins and outs of canine nutrition and found what ingredients were beneficial to the growth and overall wellness of my pup such as omega three fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, and Vitamins D, E, and K, which are crucial for growth, appetite, gastrointestinal regulation, and skin and coat health. I also kept close eye on what ingredients I needed to steer clear from, such as theobromine, grapes, raisins, and onions.
As a wholehearted supporter of organic farming, I wanted to incorporate a mission for chemical free diet as well. Specifically, organic refers to the way food is grown, as well as the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to preserve the environment for years to come. Organic products such as meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that have not and will not be given antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Foods can be labeled organic only after a government-approved USDA inspector inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is compliant with each and every rule necessary to meet USDA organic standards.
In experimentation with ingredients, I conjured my own recipes, and before long, I had created a healthy and tasty diet that not only my own dog enjoyed, but the dogs of my neighbors and friends. I began to sell my dog treats in small volume, but after several years, I decided that it was time for me to share my wholesome healthy goodness with a larger market. I stumbled upon Etsy during the summer of 2007 and have been here spreading the good word since! Etsy has been key in my ongoing quest to reach and teach as many doggie parents as I can. I’m a proud member of the Dog Mafia Team, where a fabulous group of Etsians meet to discuss and promote all things dog.
I run my Etsy shop Organidog with the help of Anakin and the newest four-legged addition my household, my adopted Siberian Husky, Vader. Running shop can be quite tedious with eight paws in charge of quality control. They taste test a sample from each and every batch to ensure it is 100% deelish.
While what each doggie parent chooses to feed their pup is a personal decision — raw versus cooked diets, what is best for their breed, advice from their veterinarian, and personal convictions — all of these factors weigh heavily on what we feed our furry companions. Etsy has a multitude of dog treat sellers to satisfy the most persnickety of pup parents.
While I am all about the dogs, we can’t forget our other four-legged pals, the kitties. From freeze dried salmon treats to kitty collars and catnip lovies, our feline friends make their mark on Etsy as well with a plethora of shops offering fabulous items to choose from! My fellow Dog Mafia Team members LuckyFiona and BentleysBones have catered to this calling. While Lucky Fiona makes small-scale collars for our kitty companions, Bentleys Bones creates a catnip toy in the shape of fortune cookies. With over 6,200 pet items for sale here at Etsy, it is clear that we value our furry, scaly, fluffy, and slimy friends.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Shop Name: herbanlifestyle
A little about you: Back in the late 1990s/early 2000s, I had a handcrafted
herbal bath and body product business in New England. I sold my all-natural
lotions, masques, balms and oils at my local farmers market, as well as through
my (primitive by today's standards) online store. I delighted in the process
of creating new products, and I took great pleasure in learning about the
aromatherapeutic properties of essential oils and the healing properties of
Then one day, I took a position in NYC, which made my days very long. I soon
found that I had little time for my business. So, reluctantly, I let it go. But
I never let go of my herbal habit. I loved the process, and continued to
make bath and body products for myself, family and friends.
I live in the DC area, working as a wellness consultant and Reiki practitioner.
After 10 years of self-study in aromatherapy and herbalism, I began formal
herbalism studies early this year, and it occurred to me that this would be a
great time to re-start my herbal bath and body product business. So, after
several months of planning and formulating, in August I launched my new love
child 'Herban Lifestyle'.
A little about your products: My products contain pure oils, essential oils and
herbs, which are either certified organic, or pesticide-free/chemical-free.
They are handcrafted in small batches using natural and organic ingredients,
pure-essential oils, earth-friendly packaging, and made with Love and
Gratitude! Currently, I offer a range of bath salts, bath/massage oils, lip
balms and body balms.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: Natural living has been a way of life for me as long as I can remember, and I am so happy to see the recent
paradigm shift that has opened up tons of new choices in terms of access to
organic products. It's great to see that people are making the connection
between their consumer habits, their health and the environment. I like knowing
that I am part of this movement to improve the quality of life for all living
beings. Plus, I've always felt that organic foods, body products, clothes,
etc. smell better, feel better, taste better!
What's your current project: I'm working on a line of dream pillows with a
fellow Estyan who does fabric art. Stay tuned!
Where your products can be found: herbanlifestyle.etsy.com
Etc.: My other non-Etsy related blog is stellarself.typepad.com
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
First, a note. This will be a US-based swap, to make things easier in terms of organizing and making sure that no one's promo packs get confiscated by customs. brendaml mentioned that she'd be interested in sending promos to members outside of New Zealand, but she agreed that it would be easier to do on an individual basis -- at least, for the moment.
Instructions for this trade:
1. Send in only promos for your organic stores. Other included, non-organic shop promos will be returned to you.
2. Please include $5 for return shipping. These will be sent in Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes to minimize shipping costs. If it turns out that we don't have many participants, I will send them First Class and include excess postage. Please DO NOT send printable labels through PayPal, as these are only good when mailed from your location. Contact me if you'd like to pay for postage through PayPal or RME.
3. Keep in mind that the promos you mail in will be divided up among the participants. Currently NINE people have expressed interest. I will keep you updated on those numbers.
4. I will begin packing promos as I receive them and will be sending out everyone's envelopes on 17 October (changed to compensate for Columbus Day). That's three full weeks to get them to me for this quick trade before the holidays.
5. Contact me through the etsy convo system or email me at fluffnflowers [at] gmail [dot] com for address information.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
A little about you: My name is Jennifer and I'm a work at home momma of two beautiful boys ages 14 months and 3 1/2 years. I have been sewing forever and I started to make baby accessories after the birth of my first son. In January I decided to stay at home with my baby boy and make my love for sewing and passion for fabric into a business.
A little about your products: Turtle Park Tots is a line of handmade, modern and functional accessories for momma and tot. I have recently introduced the Green Tots(tm) line of organic baby accessories. This line features beautiful organic fabric from Harmony Art and the highest quality organic cotton fleece and terry cloth. Currently, the Green Tots(tm) line includes organic changing pads, bibs and burp cloth sets. More organic accessories are in the works.
All Turtle Park Tots/Green Tots items are handmade with the utmost attention to detail and using the highest quality designer fabrics. All Turtle Park Tots accessories are double and topstitched for durability and longevity.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: The health of my babies and the health of the Earth. There are far too many chemicals in our environment much of which we really know nothing about. I've worked hard to create a "chemical free" environment in my house. Whenever possible we purchase organic food/milk, non-toxic/organic cleansers/soaps and other household products (especially diapers). We are also avid recyclers and composters.
I'm now extending this to my business by using Gerber(tm) certified organic cloth diapers in all the Messy Baby! Burp Cloth Sets and by creating the Green Tots(tm) line of accessories which offers organic versions of the already well established Turtle Park Tots baby accessories.
What's your current project: I'm in the process of expanding the Green Tots(tm) line of accessories. I'm adding more fabric choices and designing new products.
Where your products can be found: Organic Green Tots(tm) accessories can be found at turtleparktots.etsy.com, www.boodabubs.com.au (Australia), www.gokye.com (US) and http://en.dawanda.com/shop/turtleparktots (Europe).
Organic fabric choices featured by the Green Tots(tm) line can be found at www.turtleparktots.com.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
EcoBunga - a directory of "Green"-themed giveaways, contests, deals and discounts. They accept relevant discount/contest listings from companies (including small businesses, I assume) right via the website (link below). If you make eco-friendly products and have a sale or a giveaway going on, this may be a great vehicle to help you spread the word about it.
WhiteApricot - White Apricot is a website and online newsletter that is your “go to” place for the latest trends, news and information on eco fashion, organic skin care and natural cosmetics, as well as other cool eco and socially conscious products and services to incorporate into your lifestyle.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Shop Name: Mama Love Perfume
A little about you: I make my living partially as a spiritual counselor and healer with my partner Paul and do my Mama Love Perfume business “on the side.” Although, to tell you the truth, some months it’s been the other way around!
I’ve always been drawn to plants and flowers. As a kid I used to spend hours in the woods gathering leaves and berries, mashing them up, and pretending to be a Native American medicine woman (this is true!). Now I make healing formulas for real. My first Mama Love perfumes came as a result of an emotional crisis I was in. I made them for myself and they helped! They’re not strictly “perfumes” at all--they’re spiritually guided formulas combining principles of flower essence therapy and aromatherapy made for emotionally healing purposes. But I believe smelling good makes healing fun so I decided to create something people would really like to use (whether they believe in the spiritually-guided part or not).
A little about your products: I sell 90-100% organic flower essence and aromatherapy formulas in the form of perfumes, bath, body and massage oils, and skin cream (other products are sure to come.) I also sell books I've written and artwork related to flowers, healing and nature.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: Everything! I believe we’re paying for the damage we’ve done to the planet and to ourselves in so many ways--chemical sensitivities, climate change, sick and dying bees, and worse things predicted to come. I’m not a zealot when it comes to organic but I make it a priority to make kinder choices for the planet in the products I create and in my life in general whenever possible.
What's your current project: Finding a place to live and a way to pay for it. My current and very unusual situation is shifting out from under us and we need to move without adequate means to do it. If someone reading this has a house to offer and a job to help pay for it we have a lot to offer! Contact us via email or convo through etsy, our blogs or any website below and we’ll be glad to talk it over!
Where your products can be found:
- Retail stores in Santa Cruz, Big Sur and here and there across the country
Our Spiritual Counseling and Healing Website:
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
A little about you: I was an elementary school teacher for 5 years, now I am a stay at home mom to two little ones. I started to knit in 2004 and I have been in love with it ever since. Besides knitting I love to cook, crochet, camp, and skydive. Right now my kids are my life, so all that other stuff comes second. I find the time to knit during nap time and after the kids go to bed.
A little about your products: I custom make all my hats from organic cotton. I never follow someone else’s pattern, I have created all my own patterns and designs. When I started my business I wanted to make unique custom items for little ones. I decided to use organic cotton because I wanted my business to reflect my eco-friendly lifestyle and values.
What about the organic mission inspires you? I try to live a natural lifestyle. So I am very excited about the new green movement and everything it involves. Living naturally is very important not just for our environment but for our own health as well. The amount of organic choices that are surfacing is wonderful. I just hope that as my children grow, organic becomes the way of life and that conventional growing methods are a thing of the past.
What's your current project: Currently I am working on creating some knit toys and a couple of sweaters for my kids.
Where your products can be found: lovebugknits.etsy.com and lovebugknits.com
Sunday, August 24, 2008
A little about you: My name is Sheila Clancy. I started Shecological about 2 years ago after trying to find a bag for myself that would be functional and chic enough to carry when I traveled around Europe. I have been sewing my whole life and I have never been able to follow instructions. I like to design, create, break the rules and see where the materials lead me. I studied printmaking, natural dying and various other fiber arts. I love to travel and have lived in London and Australia.
A little about your products: I make bags of various shapes and sizes. The emphasis is on fun style, functional construction (lots of pockets) and earth friendly materials and practices. I get inspiration from the Arts and Crafts Movement, Japanese culture, high fashion and the natural fibers that I work with.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: I have always been and environmentalist and into organic food and natural dyes and home products so it was perfect to do organic bags. I love the feel and smell of the raw cotton and other natural fabrics. I really want to see ALL fabric grown, produced and used with organic processes in my lifetime.
What's your current project: I am mixing organic cotton and cotton/hemp fabrics with my stash of printed fabrics to make limited edition and ooak bags. I am always working on new screen prints. I have a load of organic t-shirts that I haven't gotten to. I also plan to dye some of my raw fabrics with natural dyes. (And I am going to start learning Japanese this fall!)
Where your products can be found: Right now, I only sell locally and on etsy.
Blog, Etc.: I want to start a blog with all my work and travel stories but I am still learning internet savvy. I am up on flickr!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Shop Name: ecoleeko
A little about ecoleeko: Went to school for textile design, Living in Upstate NY, dealing with a historic house, raising chickens, gardening, stacking wood and Making dolls while dancing to 80s music..nice!
A little about your products: All are Hand made made of Eco friendly materials like organic cotton/hemp and bamboo fleece. I make plush dolls and soft baby rattles along with some bath mittens. I hand dye and print all fabrics to make them colorful and fun, then stitch with organic cotton thread. I only use all natural fillings such as kapok fiber and buckwheat hulls.
What about the organic mission inspires you?: Just feeling good that I am offering a great product made from all natural materials and I'm having fun doing it.
What's your current project: Currently working on learning to do wholesale, marketing and possibly designing some new toys more for boys..might bring in my husband to help.
Where your products can be found: at ecoleeko.etsy.com of course, and my website at www.ecoleeko.com..They are also sold at some stores now..yeah!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Shop Name: GreenWorks
A little about GreenWorks: There are 2 of us in GreenWorks. I'm Maura and my partner is Edijs. We both come up with idea's for designs but Edijs is the artist. He also makes the screens up but we both do the printing and I handle all the admin type work.
A little about your products: We source good quality hemp and organic cotton clothing and silk screnprint our designs onto them.
Aside from quality there are other criteria that the supplier has to meet:
- Organic certification
- FairTrade certification (or who can demonstrate that they trade ethically and fairly)
- Ethical in their business practises (eg investments)
- Local - this last one is difficult for us as there are no local Irish suppliers but we try to source as close to home as possible to minimize the environmental footprint from shipping.
When it comes to creating the designs and printing we use the latest technology - otherwise known as an ironing board to print on! lol The fabric inks we use are the most eco friendly inks available and most of the frames are old picture frames from second hand/thrift shops.
Typically we print new designs on a few different types of clothing but the bulk of our printing is custom orders. We like it that way as it's less wasteful and more personal.
What about the organic mission inspires you? Everything! We're lucky to have a great organic farmers market locally and for anyone who needs convincing that organic is better - just taste the difference. Then think how about what you've just ingested wasn't laden with pesticides. In the same way that we care about what we eat and drink we believe the clothes we wear, the personal care preparations we put on our skin, laundry and cleaning materials etc should be as pure and uncontainated as possible.
Our take on Organic is that it's about being good to the planet, the people on it and ourselves.
What's your current project: I'm re-learning sewing and have a number of recycled sewing projects I want to complete. We still have some selt belt materials that we plan to transform into wall art. Painting, trashion style creations, mosaic, making recycled paper and dying techniques are all in progress. The difficulty is getting time to complete these.- but there are great plans and idea's which would translate into another shop with the emphasis on recycling.
Where your products can be found: greenworks.etsy.com
We also have a website though it's not being used yet as it will house our own collection of hemp and organic clothing - some day! www.nuorganics.com
We also sell some of our own products but also resell fair trade and organic at www.allthingsgreen.net
Etc.: Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. Cree Indian Proverb