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Upcycling for Greener Living

In the year 2007, being concerned about the environment is not a new or revolutionary idea. The general public has accepted that we’re standing at the crux of an ecological crossroads, and that in order for people to maintain their current way of life, major changes will have to take place in how we raise…

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Recommended Blogs: Plush-a-holic

Hey folks! Do yourself a favor and check out LookWhatICanDo‘s blog: http://plush-a-holic.blogspot.com. We also love her flickr series of her daughter’s lunches. So colorful and wonderful!

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Burdastyle: Neighborly Sewing Patterns

BurdaStyle is a new company on a mission to share sewing patterns freely and openly, spreading the word about do-it-yourself style. We like to think of our website as a virtual sewing circle, an open-source hub of ideas, expertise, and amazing patterns you can download and sew at home. We’re offering our ideas, expertise and…

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Customer Care: Edit Mode Tip

We often get this question: How do I hide an item in my shop without deleting it? I don’t want people to buy it because I have a customer waiting for it, or I am going on vacation and want to be sure that customers absolutely don’t buy anything. Here’s what you should do: Your…

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The Art of Virus Crochet: It’s Infectious!

I started making viruses last year. I am a virologist by day, so it was a natural subject choice for me. I started out with flu (which is what I work with), and then moved on to other viruses. At this point, the HIV viruses have been the most popular. A part of the proceeds…

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The Handmade Tourist: Hatch Show Print

I admit I’m drawn to places that give me the feeling of stepping back in time. When I crossed the threshold of Hatch Show Print I felt that nostalgia, with the creak of the wooden floor and the smell of old paper. I was a bit thrown when the manager barked at me, “How can…

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Featured Seller: elasticco

“Exhibitions, google, and behaviors that I observe a lot inspire me. I stare at people in the subway, it’s really bad.”

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MAKE zine: Kit It Out!

While there are certain folks who consider themselves “crafters” and others who would call themselves “techies” — I really consider all of them makers. Anyone who works with their hands, has boundless curiosity and wishes to bend technology in ways they see fit spans across multiple groups of creators. What’s interesting is the intersections between…

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Etsy Comics: I’m Just a Caveman Crafter

I grew up in and around Providence, RI. Father. Cartoonist. Tall person. Very proud brother of Etsy Person Vanessa Bertozzi! I do a regular series for Nickelodeon Magazine and just had my first graphic novel “The Salon” published. Please visit my website: NickBertozzi.com

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Featured Buyer: BUST Crafty Lady Callie Watts

This week’s Featured Buyer is BUST magazine “Crafty Lady” Callie Watts, aka Calisha Jenkins of Drunky Brewster fame. She’s a crafty tastemaker, and we love her for it. She knows what she likes, and how she likes it. Her choices, as follows! As the middle child of two sisters I would love to get three…

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The Whimsical World of Lavender Diamond

Lavender Diamond‘s music has been described by Matador Records as “pull[ing] together elements of folk, pop, country, performance art, children’s music, and protest anthems to make one of the most original musical statements we’ve heard in years.” The key to Lavender Diamond’s appeal can be found in its simple, pretty harmonies and front-woman Becky Stark’s…

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Etsy Youth Sellers: Not Back to School

My name is Sarah Higgins and I am a thirteen year old homeschooler. I became interested in selling online about six months ago. My mom and I own a children’s book and curriculum store called Blue Thistle Books, where I work part-time with my family. I started saving the money I earned to start selling…

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Etsy Wuvs Babies

Within a month of joining Etsy and spending a lot of time in the forums, it became evident that Etsy was not just an online selling venue: it is a wonderful community made up of people from all over the world sharing their lives as well as their products. While using the forums, I soon…

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Etsy Commissioned Artist: Matty8080

Etsy commissioned artist and Etsy seller Matty8080 to make a custom press kit. While we were at it, we figured we’d squeeze some secrets out of him, namely how he stays so darn creative. The Storque: Please introduce yourself. My name is Matt M. Cipov. I am in theory 30 years old, but if pressed…

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Featured Seller: yogagoat

“Just the action of making is inspiring in and of itself; creating a surface to decorate.”

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Featured Seller: tabidesigns

“I love fabric!! And I horde a lot of it, I also love paper and little trinkets, things like buttons, beads and other notions.”

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Featured Seller: armatodesign

“Sometimes a piece prints beautifully on the first try while other times a 4 hour set-up time is not enough to get the same piece right.”

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Featured Seller: joehavasy

“When I was little I used to flip through encyclopedias and nature books constantly learning about animals and dinosaurs”

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Featured Seller: honeybee

“I get most of my ideas while on rambles through the fields and woods around where I live.”

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Featured Seller: KupKup

“My inspiration comes from the materials themselves, the fabrics, the colors the drawings and the ornaments etc.”

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Featured Seller: pancakeandlulu

“One thing I have learned about making things: don’t be afraid to break the rules.”

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