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NASA & Etsy Space Craft Contest: Another Mission

Nov 23, 2010

by missbatch handmade and vintage goods

CBLEEphoto3.jpg12/8/10 Update: Congratulations to the Space Craft Contest finalists! (We are one step closer to crafts in space!) Thanks to everyone who entered and voted, your participation has been truly out-of-this-world. View the finalists here and if you have any questions about the contest, see the FAQs. Stay tuned on the Blog to learn about the final judging event in the new year!

Last week, we received reports that we had overlooked some eligible entries for the Etsy & NASA Space Craft Contest. We’ve spent the last few days carefully reviewing exactly how the entry data was collected to determine contest eligibility, and we have confirmed that some eligible entries were accidentally excluded due to a technical error.

We appreciate everyone who got in touch about this concern, and we sincerely apologize for any confusion or distress that our technical error may have caused.

It is very important to us that every entry is fairly considered for the contest. In order to extend the contest to all entrants, we are holding a second public voting period for an additional group of semifinalists.

We welcome all registered Etsy members to vote for one entry per category in the “Group 2 Semifinalists.” (Voting will be open today, November 23, through Monday, December 6, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET.)

What about the first group of semifinalists? Every vote will be counted, with the 20 top-rated entries per category moving on to the finals. The second public voting period will determine an additional 20 entries per category that will also move on to the finals. (A total of 40 entries per category will become contest finalists.)

Everyone involved in the contest at both Etsy and NASA appreciate the time, energy, and creative talent all of the contest entrants have demonstrated. Thank you in advance for your patience as we do our best to make sure every eligible entry is fairly considered.

I’ll be available in this forum post if you have questions. You are also welcome to contact me directly through convo or email at

For those of you that entered the contest and may have been affected, here is some more detail on what happened, and what we are doing to ensure fairness moving forward:

  • We have confirmed that 163 qualified contest entries (out of 603 total qualified entries) were left out of consideration for the 3 semi-finalist categories in the initial public voting period.
  • Entries for the second round of semifinal voting have been selected from those contest entries that were incorrectly left out of the initial vote, and from qualifying contest entries that did not place in the first group of semifinals, according to the process and criteria outlined in the official contest rules.
  • We have extended the length of the second voting period in order to allow for people’s schedules with the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend approaching.
  • After the completion of the second round of voting, all 40 finalist entries per category, will be made public. Those entrants moving on to the final round will be contacted personally with instructions for the next steps. See official contest rules for details.



  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    This NASA contest is quite popular - can't wait to see the enties :)

  • econica

    econica said 6 years ago

    Fantastic! Off to vote! :)

  • tecsjack

    tecsjack said 6 years ago

    Can we enter ourselves in the contest or is it nomination based, ie other people putting you forward??

  • jonijames

    jonijames said 6 years ago

    wow, bummer. This doubles the final amounts to be judged which really dilutes it for everyone. And, gives the second group a better chance for more votes due the the lengthier voting time. What a let down.

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 6 years ago

    Hi tecsjack- Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, the contest entry period has ended. Here is the original post about the contest: We're now voting on the second group of semi-finalist entries. Please check it out, and cast your vote!

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 6 years ago

    jonijames- Just to clarify, the voting results for the two groups of semifinalists will be kept separate. The actual number of votes will not be a factor.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    Contests are so difficult to keep fair...thank you Etsy for trying to give everyone a chance

  • CreaShines

    CreaShines said 6 years ago

    I just wanna know what is in that NASA photo? Because it's beautiful and memorizing. And I believe I'm slightly hypnotized right now.

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 6 years ago


  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Very nice!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 6 years ago

    Ohhh, Off to vote!! xo, MJ

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love this! :)

  • crittercre8r

    crittercre8r said 6 years ago

    A wonderful surprise! Thank you etsy for trying to rectify this unusual error.

  • julieandco

    julieandco said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much! So happy to find my embroidered thread ball in the finalists! Would be grateful for your votes!

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 said 6 years ago


  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 6 years ago

    Thank you! I'm quite surprised to see that my work is still in the contest, but really happy to be included.

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 6 years ago

    Awesome~ Let's vote!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 6 years ago

    Thanks Etsy! Thanks for your fairness! Ray & Dawn, the Astronuts, appreciate the attention and are hopeful for votes.

  • Patriacontemporary

    Patriacontemporary said 6 years ago


  • missbatch

    missbatch said 6 years ago

    CreaShines- The photo is of Cassiopeia, "a supernova remnant", from NASA's image archive. You can click on the link at the bottom, right of the photo for details.

  • LittleSketchyCards

    LittleSketchyCards said 6 years ago

    Thank you! I was bummed that I didn't make it to the semi-finals but glad to see that it was an oversight :) Thanks Etsy!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    I hope you relook at my titanium rock with meteorite beads, all handmade and all recycled.

  • TheKnitBrit

    TheKnitBrit said 6 years ago

    Woohoo I KNEW it! Lol

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago so excited~~~ rocket!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Well, it's not there. But I'd like people to see it: What is up?

  • FizzyPopLocks

    FizzyPopLocks said 6 years ago

    Thanks for being so fair, Etsy peeps. Thumbs up.

  • littleleezard

    littleleezard said 6 years ago

    Love this! Anything spacey is neato to me!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Good luck to all the contest entrants! Looking forward to seeing the next stage finalists : )

  • blindwolfspirit

    blindwolfspirit said 6 years ago

    I am glad to see some of the beautiful pieces in this second round that I was surprised not to see in the original finalists. I am humbly honored to be among the beautiful pieces in the second set of finals. This definitely made my day.

  • PintSizedDesigns

    PintSizedDesigns said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful surprise to see my entry made it in the 3D category for this second round of voting. Thank you etsy for recognizing this issue and making it right.

  • beckarahn

    beckarahn said 6 years ago

    Thank you. I was left out of the first round and so confused why I was disqualified. This made my day.

  • leuckit

    leuckit said 6 years ago

    Lucky I stumbled upon this. I had told everyone I didn't make the cut. I will get the word out.

  • Lapenca

    Lapenca said 6 years ago

    Great idea!

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    MomsantiquesNthings said 6 years ago

    I agree with Jonijames, big let down! Well this makes me think that i'm out now!! The 2nd group will get more votes because of the longer time, and now instead of 20 to compete there are 40 to compete with!

  • WunderAround

    WunderAround said 6 years ago

    So excited--thank you!

  • thetimetravel

    thetimetravel said 6 years ago

    interesting :)

  • Gynx

    Gynx said 6 years ago

    Cool, thanks for the info.

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 6 years ago


  • HopePhotoArt

    HopePhotoArt said 6 years ago

    Thank you! I can't believe I made the semi-finals! How awesome is that! There are so many great entries. Just another blessing from above....beyond space.... :)

  • DrChaosRobots

    DrChaosRobots said 6 years ago


  • ddots

    ddots said 6 years ago

    oh how exciting! thank you so much for this second opportunity! it's an amazing contest and i'm proud to be a part of it! siempre- dorana

  • EyeShutterToThink

    EyeShutterToThink said 6 years ago

    This is really awesome!

  • SheilasVintage

    SheilasVintage said 6 years ago

    love it!

  • barbaraswimmer

    barbaraswimmer said 6 years ago

    I just found my painting made it to the finals. Amazing!!! Whoever voted for "Escape to Infinity," thank you VERY much!

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