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Teams Spotlight: Etsy Project Embrace

When Kristin, a.k.a. loveartworks, the leader of the Project Embrace Etsy Team first emailed me last month and told me how and why the group was formed, I knew it was a tale that had to be shared. Today team member Sam Collins, a.k.a. cityroad, with the help of teammate Laura Slocum, tells one of the most…

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How to Organize a Craft Show With HandmadeMN

Every year the summer season blooms with craft fairs and markets showcasing the handmade work of independent designers across the country and the world. In this week’s edition of How-Tuesday, Julie Meyer from HandmadeMN, a team of Etsy sellers based in Minnesota, shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the organization and process of their first craft…

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Etsy U Abroad: A Student’s Guide to Jet-Setting in Style

Erica Macaranas is the self-taught fashion designer behind Sweets and Hearts and writes a fashion style blog of the same name. She recently graduated from Woodbury University with a degree in fashion marketing. She is the founder and  leader of Etsy U, an Etsy team for college students that allows its members to network, interact,…

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Goodbye Dorm-Life, Hello First Apartment

Arielle Wilkins is currently a college student, as well as a member of the Etsy Street Team, Etsy U, whose members are entirely made up of current college students. On her time off from school she works on her brand Abreaka Studios, as she creates in-your-face bold and vibrant works of art. She also spends…

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Celebrate Gay Pride With The Queer Etsy Street Team

Multimedia visual artist Michelley, a.k.a. queenofqueens, was raised by a bedazzled brood of drag queens and dandies in the Northeast corner of the United States. Besieged at an early age by endless trips to the “house where George Washington slept,” Michelley retained an indoctrinated revolutionary streak, which is evident in both her visual art and…

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Fathers and Sons: The Men of Etsy Team Shares Inspiration

This year as part of our Father’s Day celebration, we asked some of our male sellers to share stories about their grandfathers, fathers or children. Here, members of the Men of Etsy Team talk to Team Leader Giani (a.k.a. GalleriaDiGiani) about their personal father-related sources of inspiration. Patrick Sikes of norskwoodshop‘s grandfather was a furniture…

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Etsy at the Design Triennial: Why Design Now?

UPDATE: The Cooper-Hewitt National Design exhibit is now open. If you live in New York or you are visiting, you should definitely check it out. And if you’re not in the area, the Cooper-Hewitt has a great website. (Here’s the Etsy page, by the way!) The opening night was very exciting: It was great to…

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Father’s Day Blues With The Etsy Latino Team

The Etsy Latino Team is an active group composed of talented Latino-American artists spread around the world. Lolo Sinclair, a.k.a. lolos, is a Chilean artist working as a designer in multiple disciplines . Mariló Puerta, a.k.a. BululuStudio, is a Venezuelan artist, crafter and interior designer that loves to work with wood. Lolo and Mariló like…

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Community Council Summary: May 2010

Hello, Etsy community! With May’s meeting in the books, let’s talk about what the Community Council has been up to this month! Etsy’s taxonomist, Amy, has been working with the Council to obtain feedback on some of the Category work she’s been doing. She solicited ideas from the Community Council on the proposed Category changes…

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Before and After With Etsy’s Old Timers & Full-Timers

There’s a bit of a who-had-the-worst-photos competition between a few of us Etsy Admin who also run Etsy shops. Thankfully, we learned from our mistakes and over the years we worked hard to now have clear and well lit photos, but we definitely weren’t exempt from the bad lighting, blurry shots and funky graphics that…

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The Subtitled Silver Screen With the ES Etsy Team

We, the ES Etsy Team, are a group of artisans united by a common language — despite the cultural differences and geographical distances between Spanish-speaking countries. It is our shared artistic affinity and unique combination of cultures that makes it possible to discover a vast diversity of artists and products. Today we find inspiration in…

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Putting Themselves on the Map: The Eagle Team

When I received a newspaper clipping in the mail about the Eagle, Wisconsin Etsy Team, it was so heartwarming and inspiring, I knew it was a story that had to be shared. Candy Abel, a.k.a. CandyTheArtist, is an Etsy seller, a blogger, and the founder of the Eagle Team. Below is the story of her…

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Shop Local: Japan

The members of the growing Etsy Japan Team display a wide range of influences. Some members live under the bright lights of urban Tokyo or Osaka and others in the lush countryside. Japanese arts and crafts encompass much more than kawaii and cosplay, incorporating the juxtaposition of tradition and innovation in Japanese life and culture….

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RI Handmade Team: From Independent to Interdependent

Hearing success stories is one of my favorite things about working with the Etsy Teams. Many people ask about what their Team can do to gain more members or get publicity. Today Ceylan from paperinstyle shares her experiences and gives some valuable advice on how her Team, RI Handmade, has flourished. RI Handmade is a…

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Community Council Summary: April 2010

Hello, Etsy community! April provided a cooling-off period to contrast with the very busy March that the Community Council had, and so for this month there are just a couple of items to cover. Vanessa gave the Council a first look at our blog article highlighting the work of MICA students redesigning portions of our…

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Working Overtime: GrannysKnits

If Elaine, a.k.a. GrannysKnits, could, she would knit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Her day job at with Cindy (a.k.a. CiCiBianca) and after-hours Etsy shop both fall in line with her creative career. But her world was rocked when this grandmother became a mother again. Read about how this inspiring member…

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Greening Your Work and Life With the EcoEtsy Team

As a global coalition of eco-minded Etsy sellers, Team EcoEtsy’s mission is to protect the planet by utilizing methods to reduce the carbon footprint in managing their businesses and maintaining eco-friendly lifestyles. Not only do they practice these earth-friendly ways on a daily basis, they also try to educate the community on how to lead…

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Community Council Summary: March 2010

Hello, Etsy community! March has been a busy month for the Community Council, with the month’s activities nearly overshadowing the monthly meeting! Danielle heard feedback from the Council on the current format and content of Etsy Success newsletters; the Council universally appreciated the content in Etsy Success emails, though several members acknowledged that life would…

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Shop Local: Sand and Sea With the Mediterranean Team

As the Mediterranean Street Team, we would like to begin our story with the Mediterranean Sea. The word “Mediterranean” comes from the Latin mediterraneus, meaning “in the middle of the earth” (medius and terra). The Mediterranean is the sea surrounded by land and it encompasses many diverse cultures. The ebullient nature of the Mediterranean people…

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Modern Quilter Meet Ups: The Quilting Bee Comes Full Circle

A lifelong sewer/knitter and former weaver/spinner, Linzee Kull McCray, a.k.a. lkmccray, started quilting five years ago and can’t stop. Linzee is a writer and editor and she feels fortunate to meet and write about people, from scientists to stitchers, who are passionate about their work. Her freelance writing appears in Quilts and More, Stitch, Fiberarts,…