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In Honor of the Inauguration

Barack Obama will be sworn into office next week on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009, and along with the official ceremony, many unofficial celebrations will be taking place. Washington DC locals are preparing their homes as swarms of guests descend on the capital. This collection should help with the hosting preparations! Are you going to DC?…

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Tribute to Mundogominola

Artist, friend, and Etsy seller Claudia Moya aka Mundogominola recently passed away from a rare heart condition. She was a young and talented illustrator living in Madrid, Spain. According to Claudia’s final wishes, her friend Kristina aka Krize is finishing sending out Claudia’s sold artwork. We asked Kristina  to share this tribute she wrote about…

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CPSIA: Exemption Announcement, Resources & Action Items

We’ve gathered some encouraging news for makers of toys and children’s items. Seems like the voices of handcrafters are being heard! This just in from the ombudsman of the CPSC:   CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in February Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children’s Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores…

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CPSIA: Updates and Calls to Action

UPDATE: This morning we spoke with the Deputy Director at the CPSC and he expressed the CPSC’s desire to communicate with the crafter community, whether in a Virtual Lab, podcast, or blog post.  However, there’s work that needs to be done before that can happen. He will be keeping us in the loop, specifically regarding…

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Happy Hangover Day!

Folks around the world are having nice greasy breakfasts and perhaps “a little hair of the dog that bit you.” 2009 is here! There’s no denying it. The millions of headaches prove it. Happy New Year and hope you enjoy the silly theme for the collection below!

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Etsy Video: Year in Review 2008

As we’re taking stock of 2008, we’d like to thank our members for being a part of the Etsy marketplace and community. We picked a few videos from our Handmade Video Portraits, Process Videos and How-Tuesday Videos to highlight some of the sellers who have collaborated with us over the past year. See our free…

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I’d Like to Propose a Toast…

To creativity! To our family and friends who supported our ideas that were “just so crazy they might work.” What’s your New Year’s Eve toast? Post in the comments below!

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Good Projects

Many creative types have kids home during winter break right now — or maybe you’re just home by yourself and you’re itching to be productive.  You’re not alone!  With New Year’s resolutions on the horizon, the motivation for craftivism projects should push you over the edge. Below you’ll find some inspiration to get crafty and…

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Etsy Addicts: New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone?

It’s that time of year when self-reflection and New Year’s resolutions can lead us all to a deeper understanding of ourselves, the Etsy addicted. I’ve been known to fall asleep with my laptop in bed, but now I know I’m not alone. I think we can can all get a big laugh from buttonhead‘s funny…

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Hello Craft Podcast: Your Handmade Holiday Stories Wanted!

Each week, the Hello Craft Podcast collects stories of making and buying handmade. tinaseamonster, who runs the podcast, wants to hear your stories from the holiday — what handmade gifts did you give and receive? What weird and wonderful, touching or sad tales do you have to share? Here’s the latest episode to get you…

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Fresh Shop: MattiasA

This illustrator creates characters that inhabit fully-formed imaginary worlds.

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Sorry Cards for the Deadbeat Gift-givers

Ok, last minute shoppers, you’re probably steeling yourself to say something along the lines of  “I’m so sorry, I stink. I forgot to mail your gift in time for Christmas. It’s going to be an awesome gift, really! … I know, I know. I’m late for everything.” When in such a bind, it’s best to…

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Party Duel: Down Home New Year’s Eve

Check out the swankier Disco Ball party from TeenAngster. Vote in the comments below if prefer this “down home” New Year’s Eve party! Ring in the New Year with your best friends, s’mores and hot toddies! If you’re out in the country, it’s a great time for a bonfire, an impromptu hockey match on the…

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Happy Hanukkah!

Get out the menorah and get ready to light the candles, for Hanukkah starts today, December 21 at sundown. From Etsy to you and yours: Happy holidays and happy Hanukkah! Holidays Category | Gift Guides | More Jewish Lifestyle Posts | Etsy Chai Team

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Holiday 2008: Our Favorite Sparkly Jewelry

Whether it’s a holiday gift or a glittery addition to a New Year’s Eve ensemble, jewelry lifts up the spirit and adds a little wearable art to our lives. This round of voting was really, really difficult. Etsy blog editors picked a pool of 60 jewelry pieces varying in style but all with a sparkle,…

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Shop Live: Expert Shoppers in the Virtual Labs

Last one tonight!!! Lucky Magazine – Fri, 12/12 @ 7pm EST. Ever wish your favorite style-savvy magazine would somehow come to life and help you navigate the wide variety of items on Etsy? Imagine if your favorite blogger would magically appear and point you to the perfect holiday gifts for your friends and family… (sound…

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Shop Live: Teen Vogue’s Picks

Last night in the Virtual Labs, Aya Kanai, senior fashion editor of Teen Vogue, picked some very cool gems for the fashion forward teen! If you missed this fun event, have a look at Aya’s favorites below. Tonight is the very last Shop Live events of the season, so make sure you tune in at…

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Shop Live: Brownstoner’s Picks

Last night in the Virtual Labs, Jonathan Butler from Brooklyn’s biggest blog-about-town, Brownstoner, picked some unbelievable must-have housewares and art for the holidays.  Hope you didn’t miss it! But if you did, have a look at a selection of his favorites below. There are only two Shop Live events left, so make sure you tune…

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Holiday 2008: Our Favorite Decorations

We put out the call and you voted! You want to know which holiday decor item was picked as numero uno? (silence of hushed anticipation)…Let It Snow Paper Wreath by haru! (sounds of excited cheers!) Congratulations to all the sellers whose items were featured. Below you’ll find the top 21 favorites. Look for them soon…

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Etsy & the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum nominated Etsy as one of their 2009 Technology Pioneers.  Etsy’s founder Rob Kalin will be traveling to Davos, Switzerland to represent our community and to voice Etsy’s mission at the January meeting. About the World Economic Forum: “The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit…

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Holiday 2008: Choose Your Favorite Decorations!

Etsy’s blog editors picked a pool of fun holiday decorations for sprucing up your home this season. We want to know which ones are your favorites so we can featured them here on the blog and in the Gift Guides. Click here to VOTE! Voting ends this Friday, December 5 at high noon (EST).  Spread…