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Monday, December 12, 2011

Featured Shop of the Week: MKH Quilts

Mary, owner of MKH Quilts has fond memories growing up in the smaller towns in the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Challis, Idaho, a town of about 850 people, Mary enjoyed the close friendships formed at the local Community Church which was the smallest congregation in town. Her father made his living as a manager for the rural electric company while her mother stayed home raising Mary, her 2 brothers and a sister. “ I think having grown up in small towns was a good thing, as I was always close to my family, and the community,” Mary says.

In 1973, Mary's family relocated to yet another small town, Davenport, Washington. Her family joined the Presbyterian church, but Mary was having a tough time adjusting to a new town and accepted the Lord as her Savior while visiting a friend's church. She was 16 at the time and felt that event was an important change in her life. Later that same year, Mary and her sister lived in Spokane, Washington for the summer . During her time there, Mary found some wonderful new Christian friends at The Local Church. She later moved in with some of the girls and relates that “it was a wonderful experience as we really studied the Bible, and had church meetings almost every day. I think I would have followed a much different path without the church.”

During her high school years, Mary sewed many of her own clothes and made her first quilt. She recalls, “I enjoyed making that first quilt, even though it was hideous! “ It's difficult to believe that could ever be true when you look through Mary's Etsy shop. Here's a look at one of her favorites.

"This quilt is so unique and fun! I was playing around with a new technique-free piecing-last year, and made severl quilts using this technique. I did sell two of the quilts that I made last year using free piecing."
Quilting is a far cry from where Mary started out in school. After graduating from Davenport High School, she enrolled at Eastern Washington University, but realized she wasn't ready for a four year college and opted to attend Spokane Community College the following year and entered the Commercial Baking program. Being mostly a male dominated course, Mary was one of only two or three women enrolled. She graduated and acquired a job at Safeway where she worked for two years and was able to join the apprenticeship baker program. She traveled throughout the city as a “floater”, which was hard especially when she came up against some of the older bakers who “were not so nice”. Most of the bakers she worked with were receptive to her being female as long as she could hold her own with her skills. She later achieved journeyman status and decided floating was no longer desireable and got a job at Albertson's as a cake decorator when Safeway couldn't find a permanent position for her. She worked for several years with Albertson's, then worked 6 more at Fred Meyer until a mutual decision between Mary and her spouse landed her back in college to try something different.

In 1997, Mary was back in college, but this time looking towards a degree as a Registered Dietician. She changed her major and since 2001 has been enjoying her career as a Registered Nurse and says, “I am very happy I made the choice to go to school for nursing.”

Mary and her spouse have been married going on 32 years. They have 2 grown sons, 2 dogs and 3 cats. She enjoys spending time with her family watching movies, sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting, as well as attending a jazzercize class 3-4 times per week. She also loves her pets.

After acquiring an actual sewing room to work in, quilting became Mary's passion. A friend, who is also Mary's massage therapist introduced her to Etsy. “I went online to see what it was about, and thought it would be fun! I love that someone buys my quilts and has them to enjoy in their home, and the money I make from selling quilts goes back into buying MORE FABRIC!!! I am a confirmed fabricaholic, so I had to do something to support it," Mary easily admits.

I'd say her addiction is well founded. Just take a look at some more of Mary's shop favorites.
"I love this one because of the positive message for the holidays."





"I love the colors and design in this one! Those blocks were challenging to make!"







"This one is another favorite, due to the challenging nature of the patchwork and the colors of fabric I used. My work almost always has a large number of fabrics included. I decided on a color scheme and then work a great many fabrics into it. My favorite way of designing is to choose a “focus fabric”, usually one with many colors in it and choose fabrics based on the colors found in the focus fabric. Then, I often branch out from there and include some unexpected choices."

When asked what she is passionate about, Mary had this to say, “my passions are again quilting, and knitting, but also caring for my family is really a passion. Being a nurse is a passion. And world peace and our troops coming home for good is a big passion! I pray for their safe return!”

This article was submitted by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Featured Shop of the Week: Antler Pantry

This week, I have the pleasure of sharing a very special shop and person with all of you. Linda, the owner of Antler Pantry, is also my big sister. I'm so thankful to have her in my life and so proud to have her serving on the TAGT Team as a leader. I hope you enjoy a little look into her life and I know you will enjoy her personality as it really shines through in this interview. She gave me 3 photos to use, and I chose this one. She made sure to tell me that she is the one on the right!

Linda begins her story, "I come from a family of 4 girls, of which Leanna is one. I grew up in Spokane, WA and lived there pretty much until about a year ago. (except for a 6 month stint living in Seattle, WA in my early 20's)

We were Middle class with a working Dad and stay at home mom but nowhere near a Leave-It-To Beaver type family. :) Are there really any of those?"

I know Linda as a very intelligent and versatile woman, which shows in her past work experience. She says it best, "I always felt I should go on to be Something Important - like a Neurosurgeon, discover a cure for something, somehow leave my mark...but I was too interested in Everything to focus and have the dedication to complete just 1 area of study. Consequently, I never figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up." I just have to interject that I am convinced Linda has crafting A.D.D. I've seen her studio and it is clear she is indeed interested in "everything".

She goes on to say, "I started working for the phone company (then Pacific Northwest Bell) just before getting married and moving to Seattle. I worked in various positions and finally landed in Large Business Marketing working on the equipment side of the house, and learned programming telephone switches and voicemail systems. I worked there for 17 yrs and one day my older sister was diagnosed with MS. At that moment, I decided that life really is too short and we should be happy for as much of it as we can be. I left the phone company shortly thereafter and began a job with a start-up phone company.

I worked with start-up phone companies for the next 10 years, helping them get up and running on the technical and network side. That was never a career path I had in mind as a young adult but don't regret the time and all the training I received.

Talking about unexpected career paths- I now saw up antlers for dog chews." :)

Not only does Linda have a great business mind, but she is a loving and devoted mom as well. "My daughter is my only child. She is the light of my life (except for the usual 15-16 yr old timeframe when she was possessed). It is amazing to me to see the blend of her dad's traits and mine. The good ones are from me, of course. :)

I was married for 10+ years and then divorced with a new baby, single for 20 years, and now married again going on 2 yrs.

My daughter is 23 and living in Arizona. That is the one place I always wanted to live, but with her dad being in Spokane, that didn't feel like an option. Funny that she is there now and I am still -NOT. :) Her dad is moving there at the end of this year. :) I am still working my hubby to convince him to go there too at least for 6 months out of the year," she says.

Life comes with it's challenges. Linda's outlook is always geared towards what we can learn from each event. She shares, "I had another perspective altering moment when my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 10 yrs old. She had just come back from a 10 day vacation in Disneyworld with her dad, and when I saw her I was sure she had some incurable disease and was about to start the grieving process (only a slight exaggeration I assure you) when the doctor came back to say she was going directly to the hospital because she was diabetic. I could have done a happy dance in the parking lot - which would have been an inexcusable reaction normally - but she was not dying! That initial over reaction of mine has been a blessing - since I am always grateful it was not cancer or anything terminal, the rest is workable."

How did she get started selling on Etsy? Linda replied, " Starting a shop on Etsy was Leanna's idea. Not that she is the boss of me...that is mostly for her...but it was one of her better ideas. :)

My Sewcial Graces shop was the first - opened in 2007. The going was so slow it came to a standstill, I have just recently re-opened it. Here is a look at some of her recent work in this shop.








My main job is making antler dog chews for Antler Pantry. I have a website along with my Etsy shop : http://www.antlerpantry.com/ and during most of the year I do Farmer's Markets and craft shows."

Here's a look at a few of Linda's shop favorites.


Linda says this when asked about her hobbies, "My hobbies all show up in my shops, eventually. I love crafting and remodeling houses. With the new husband - I need to stick to crafting. The older I get- and the harder it is to get up from squatting, I tend to agree with him on the no remodeling. But there is still always a plan going on in my head." :)

I asked Linda to share her favorite piece of advice. She indeed has a profound answer, "I believe I have always led a charmed life. I choose to believe that anything that comes along is only for my betterment, or the betterment of those around me. I have had to learn that I can't control all - and that even if I could, my vision would be so limited, that I would possibly cause more harm than good trying to orchestrate things to my liking. Life is an adventure and just like remodeling or crafting, it is always a challenge to figure out how to work with what you've been given."

I have so enjoyed the camaraderie and support from the people on this team. People enter our lives for a reason, even via cyberspace. ;)

This article was submitted by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Good Food...Good Fun...and Good Friends Make the Holidays Complete!

If you've been following along, you know it was Challenge week on the TAGT Team on Etsy. It was a fabulous event and we now have the final results!

Tuesday, November 15th was the starting point for the challenge and was our non-prize day. The participants were given a set number of team shops to feature in their treasuries and then could pick any other shops from within the Etsy community to include as well. Seventeen treasuries were made and the choice was difficult but we have some winners.

First place goes to Heidi of Elegant You Beads with this gorgeous depiction of Christmas Past


Congratulations, Heidi!

Second place goes to Jennifer of The Bracelet Tree with her Blueberry and Orange Muffins treasury!



Congratulations, Jennifer!

All 17 treasuries may be viewed here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9302238/page/1/

Wednesday was the first of two prize days. This day had no particular theme, but the participants were again given a list of team shops to work with and could include any other Etsy shops they desired.

We brought in another Etsy team to act as judges for us; Positivity Team. You might recognize that team name from last month's challenge week. They had so much fun judging for us that I invited them to again participate and they jumped at the chance. Please visit their shops here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/6120/positivity-team! I just want to thank the team Captain, Kate, personally for organizing her team to help us! Kate is an absolutely lovely lady and a pleasure to chat with. Please visit her gorgeous shop; Kate's Cottage 2! We are so happy to have met such great new friends in the Positivity Team!

The judging for this challenge day was difficult, but winners have been chosen.

First place went to Bekah of Stitches and Hearts for her beautifully festive treasury; Stuff My Stocking!



Congratulations, Bekah!

Second place goes to Shelly of Handmade Creations by Shelly for her beautiful treasury of Sparkling Blues for the Holiday!



Congratulations, Shelly!

The full list of Wednesday's treasuries can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9308406/page/1/

Thusday marked the end of the event with the most challenging day of the week, themed prize day! Each participant was required to make a treasury depicting their favorite holiday recipe and titling their treasury as such. They also included the recipe in their treasury comments or supplied a link to an outside source so that anyone viewing could obtain the recipe and try it out for themselves. It was so much fun to see page 1 of the treasury full of food related treasury titles! It was our "community service" day for Etsy, so to speak.

Again, we brought in another Etsy team to help us with the judging. I am so glad that I didn't have to choose the winners! The team that helped us with our Holiday Baking theme was the W.E.S.T Winnipeg Etsy Street Team. Please visit there shops here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/5032/west-winnipeg-etsy-street-team
I am so happy to have had the chance to meet Ruth, the team Captain! She is a completely delightful lady and I hope you will visit her gorgeous jewelry shop, Periwinkle Dzyns! Thank you, Ruth for organizing such a large group of judges for us!

The W.E.S.T team members also expressed what a difficult time they had coming up with winners for this challenge. The treasuries were delicious and I'm sure we had many people drooling over their keyboards by the end of the day.

Alas, I had to bring in a special guest to break a tie. My dear friend Catherine of Gallery Zoo Art and Gallery Zoo Art Designs graciously accepted my request for her to have the final say.

I am pleased to announce that the winner for the Holiday Baking theme challenge day is Susie of SmiLe aGain Creations with her Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint treasury!



Congratulations, Susie!

The second place prize then goes to Debbie of Knotty Notions for her Holiday Ham and Cheese Ball Served with Crackers treasury!



Congratulations, Debbie!

A few of the W.E.S.T team members also expressed that they would give honorable mentions to the following treasuries.

Ode to the Bacon Breadstick by Amie of Timber Green Woods


Pizelles by Angi of Unique Necks


AND Holiday Tradition: Baking Cookies with Mom by Sarah of My Vintage New England


All of the treasuries made for the Holiday Baking theme can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9314278/page/1/ and many of the recipes can be found on our blog here: http://tagtreasuryteam.blogspot.com/2011/10/tempt-my-tummy.html. I will be adding them all, eventually.

Gorgeous treasuries, everyone! I can't wait for next month's challenge week!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Challenging Theme!

Today is the final day of November's challenge week! The holidays are upon us, so we picked a fun theme to go along with this event; Holiday Baking. Each of the participants must create a treasury using a favorite holiday recipe. All of the titles will be recipes and the content of the treasury must represent the recipe either in colors or ingredients.

There will be some great prizes available for this day as well and all of the winners for the challenge will be revealed on Friday morning.

I am so happy to announce that we have another team on Etsy helping us with the judging today! A huge THANK YOU goes out to the W.E.S.T Winnipeg Etsy Street Team! We appreciate your help so much! Please visit their shops here; http://www.etsy.com/teams/5032/west-winnipeg-etsy-street-team

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Featured Shop of the Week: Shy Photog!

“I’m usually taking a picture of some odd detail that most people have completely overlooked, while I bend myself into some awkward angle to get the shot,” says Heather, photographer and proprietor of the Etsy shop, Shy Photog. Her shooting stance influenced the origin of her shop name: “I take photos where there are not a lot of people.”

She started her shop a little over a year ago, in October of 2010. “I decided to push myself outside of my comfort zone – way out of my comfort zone," she recalls. “My photography has always been a very private thing for me. A lot of my friends and family were not even aware I was taking pictures. It was something that I did for my own personal enjoyment.”

“I love taking photos of what I call “gritty” things. Rust or peeling paint always catches my eye. I like to take small details and turn them into something beautiful. One of my favorite pieces is a detail shot of an old drawbridge in Cambridge, MA. I love the 3-dimensionality of the piece:




I’m also in love with the color in this one, from a Day of the Dead exhibit at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology:




Heather received her first manual SLR (single lens reflex) camera as a high school graduation gift from her father - a Minolta x-570. “I took a couple of photography classes in college and really enjoyed them but never pursued it outside of documenting my life and vacations.” During those pre-digital years, she tells of how “film and developing started to add up for a poor, recent college graduate. My mom teasingly calls some of those early photos I took as my ‘artsy’ stuff. Now, I think every wall in her entire house is covered with my photographs. I joke that it’s like walking into my own personal gallery.”

While on a tour of London, Heather’s old Minolta SLR started to act up. “It began to let light in. It was about twelve years old. I never knew if my photos were going to come out or if there was going to be a light mark down the middle of them. It made it hard for me to want to take pictures, knowing that they might not come out. I had actually given up photography for several years.

“Then, a few years ago I was planning a trip to Italy, trying to figure how to get my camera fixed – a vacation without a camera is not a great vacation at all. By that time, places that would fix manual SLRs were few and far between and digital cameras were the norm. My boyfriend at the time realized how much my photography meant to me and did something completely unexpected - he sent me a DSLR camera in time for my trip. I fell in love all over again - with photography! Now if I go a week without taking a photo I feel like something is missing.”
My favorite picture from my travels in Italy:




The color of the water is amazing – the water of Venice is always this awesome color.

Heather grew up in a small town in northern Utah. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In 2001, she moved to Boston in part to pursue a masters in Arts Administration from Boston University, and in part to be near family. “Both my parents are originally from the Boston area and I still have family here, so I settled in the area. My grandparents recently moved back here after living in Utah for about 40 years.”

Even though she counts her main hobbies as photography and gardening, she admits that her “most recent hobby has become Etsy!” She laughs, "I never knew it was going to be as addictive as it has become when I first started. There are just so many cools things to look at on the site.”

She works at the New England Museum Association (NEMA) which provides professional development to people working within New England’s regional museums. “I was able to combine my love of museums into my day job,” she says. “My favorite type of museums are art museums but I love all museums in general. One of the perks of my job is being able to visit them for free.”

Heather is passionate about photography, museums, art and gardening, but above all she simply adores her four nieces. “I think one of my greatest talents is being able to listen to others and always being there for my friends and family,” she says. When it comes to doling out advice, she keeps it simple: “Do something that makes you happy.”

In addition to visiting Heather’s Etsy shop, Shy Photog, you can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shyphotog and follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/shyphotog


Interview and article by Linda Loca of Fire Grog Studio

Challenge Week on the TAGT Team Begins!

Each month, we hold a Challenge within our team. We usually take 2 or 3 days to complete the task of dividing up all 191 of our team shops by the number of paricipants, who then must create treasuries around 4 or 5 of their teammates. We then have a secret list of criteria that each treasury must meet in order to be selected as winners. We are awarding prizes for 2 of the 3 days.

This month we actually have 3 days to work with as the excitement for the project grows! On Tuesday, November 15th, we had our "non-prize" day. Each particpant featured their assigned shops for the day and there were some GORGEOUS treasuries made! Take a look here:

http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9302238/

Today, Wednesday, November 16th, begins our "prize" day. Each participant is featuring 4 teammates and our Featured Shop of the week, Shy Photog, if they can. There will be 2 winners chosen from this day and they will receive prizes that have been donated by team members! How fun is that!!
Check out the fabulous treasuries made here:

http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9308406/

To make this day EXTRA special, we have again enlisted the help of another team to act as our judges for this event; Positivity Team! They were so gracious to accept our invitation in October to act as impartial judges that we decided to invite them again for this month's challenge and we appreciate their acceptance very much! Please visit their team shops here:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/6120/positivity-team

What's even more fun is that they will be sharing their votes for first and second place in the blog comments so you will be able to watch it unfolding before your very eyes! A BIG THANK YOU to the Positivity Team! WE LOVE YOU!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Featured Shop of the Week: Jill's Joy!

Jill, of Jill's Joy, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, the fourth of five children and “one half of a set of twins named - you guessed it! - Jack and Jill,” she says with a laugh.

Reared in college-preparatory Catholic school, Jill felt creatively stifled. The all-girls high school she attended didn't even have an art teacher until she was a Senior. After begging her parents to let her attend public school so she could study more art and history, a compromise was reached. During her Junior year, her folks arranged for her to take art classes at night.

In her Freshman year of college, Jill began to explore her creative talents by taking a few art courses. However, her parents were not supportive of her pursuing a career in the arts. “They admonished me to stay focused on subjects that could bring me a real way to support myself.” She delayed declaring a major until her third year as an undergrad. The only subjects she liked well enough to major in were seen as leading to “no end” in her parents’ eyes.

“Since I was paying my own tuition, I finally decided to go with history,” she remembers. “A Bachelors degree in History got me a job in a bank, which I hated.” She went back to school to get an education degree, but the resulting teaching job afforded her just enough money to either pay for a car or pay rent, not both. After receiving her Master's degree in History, Jill took a summer job that lasted 22-years - and led her to a career in research and management.

“I worked for the US National Park Service as a Research Historian, Park Planner, Program Manager, and Park Manager. I loved it! It had a wonderful combination of creativity plus facts, interest plus influence. I was in my element as a researcher, writer, teacher, planner and manager - usually most of those things at once. Every day was an adventure.”

Due to government cutbacks, Jill and many other professionals were “released” from their government positions in 2001. “I decided to feed my creative side,” recalls Jill. She learned custom framing while working at a framing shop and taught at a local art studio. “During this past year,” she says, “I’ve been increasingly devoted to ‘quitting the day job’ and making my art the focus of my interests - beyond my family, of course.”

“My favorite of all of my recent pieces is this mosaic bowl entitled ‘Scattered Thoughts.’ It portrays all of the jumble of things going on in my head - bits and pieces without beginning or end.”
“My coordinating art pieces are also fun.”













“I'm into a new palette with warm browns and oranges.”










“Every time I see something, I want to translate it into art. For example, the folded paper decorations I saw in a store became folded paper earrings in my shop.” Jill feels her greatest talent is the “willingness to try almost anything - the ability to visualize - to figure out how to do something, and to follow through. If something doesn't work, try something else,” she says. “I once had a mentor tell me, ‘Whatever commitment you make - in time, in money, in anything - is worth everything it costs to keep it. Follow through on your commitments.’ I believe in this strongly.”

Jill began making jewelry in the 1990s, as she was studying metalworking, glass and silk-painting. “I finally realized I was an artist when I learned to accept the serendipity of my efforts,” says Jill. “I finally understood that art is not science; it does not produce certain predictable results when specific factors are controlled. I learned the use of the tools, I learned the properties of the materials, but I still couldn't fully predict the results. Art is like life. When you start, you never know how you will finish. The joy is in the journey.”

Interview and article by Linda Loca of Fire Grog Studio

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Featured Shop of the Week: Janet Long Arts!

Janet Long of Janet Long Arts grew up in Seattle, Washington, where her father was a Presbyterian Minister. “I'm a Child of God,” she says.

Classically trained in both piano and voice, Janet graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Music, the very place she met her husband, Eric, of 45 years. When they bumped into each other in college, they soon discovered that they had met long before, back when they were toddlers.

During the 1950s, both sets of their parents were involved in founding a private Christian school in Seattle. Janet’s folks attended organizational meetings at Eric’s family home. Little Janet tagged along.

“Eric and I met when we were two or three years old. Then sixteen years later we met again,” she remembers. “I attended an Inter-Varsity social event at the University of Washington. I was looking for a speaker for our church’s college peer group. He volunteered and that was it - still is .”

After graduation, Janet founded a music program at a private school while teaching piano and choir, earning enough to put Eric through medical school. As he continued his education, they moved to Detroit for his medical internship, where Janet continued teaching music part-time.

“When we moved to Cincinnati for Eric’s three-year residency,” Janet recalls, “we had two of our four children. I was blessed to be able to stay at home with them.” She continued to teach piano and choir, all while raising and home-schooling their children.

On doctor’s orders, she had to cut back on her hectic schedule due to health issues. “It was hard,” says Janet, now the mother of four grown children, Grandmother to four, and Mama to a large German Shepherd, Koenig, and a small Chihuahua named Poppy.

“My mother and grandma are my creative inspiration. My mom knitted and sewed so much beauty in her lifetime.” Janet’s mother was a professional knitter for a handmade children’s shop in Portland, Oregon, and her grandmother made draperies and upholstery for upscale homes & offices.

Janet launched her own website, www.janetlongarts.com, in early 2011, so the decision to open her shop on Etsy wasn’t a difficult one. “Since my website was up and running ,” says Janet, “I already had photos of my items, so it wasn’t a huge jump to put a few things into my Etsy shop. TAGT has intensified my involvement with Etsy, so I’m spending a lot more time on Etsy than on my website now. There is ‘community’ on Etsy that I enjoy.”
When asked to pick a few favorite items from her shop, Janet provides a long list. Here are a few of the highlights:

“Triplets” watercolor painting:






Rainbow Mitts:








“Rose’s Hip Parade” photo:







Cobalt Scarf:









Janet feels she her greatest talent is “trying to do too much! My husband tells me I have $10 worth of energy to spend and I try to spend $100. I have yet to find a shop or store that sells energy,” she laughs. Along that same line, she has numerous online outlets she uses to promote her wares:

WEBSITE: www.janetlongarts.com
ETSY: Janet Long Arts
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Long-Arts/192517394097105
BLOG: www.janetlongarts.com/blogabout.html
TWITTER: twitter.com/jwl43

…as well as Twitpic, Stumbleupon and LinkedIn.

Janet advises people to “be thankful for what you have. It doesn’t keep you from having more, but maybe it paves the way for more. If it doesn’t bring ‘more,’ it brings contentment.” When asked what she’s passionate about, her answer is no surprise, after hearing her story and looking at her vivid, vibrant shop. “Faith, family and COLOR!”

Interview and Article by Linda Loca of Fire Grog Studio

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tempt My Tummy!

The holidays are fast approaching and with that comes good food, good company and family fun!

Most of us include wonderful tummy tempting recipes along with our holiday festivities. I don't know about yours, but my family members like to try new recipes, especially for Thanksgiving. If you have a wonderful, tried and true recipe you'd like to share, please send it to me for inclusion in this blog post. Send to: lealoureed@hotmail.com

Well, if we're going to share recipes, what better way to start than with brownies! With a title like this, how can you go wrong, right?

BETTER-THAN-SEX BROWNIES

Cream together: 1 stick of softened butter and 1 cup sugar.
Beat in one at a time: 1 1-pound can of Hershey's chocolate syrup and 4 eggs.
Add: 1 cup unsifted flour and 1 cup chopped nuts.
Pour into a 15" x 10" jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet with sides).

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.


While baking,make the frosting as follows...............

The Frosting
1 stick of butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Melt the butter completely in a 1/1/2 quart saucepan, on medium heat setting. Twirl pan until all melted.
Add evaporated milk; will look yellow and white and gurgle.....(i swear that is what the directions say!) Stir till a clear yellow.
Remove from heat and add sugar, stir, and then return to medium heat.
Stir very gently till sugar dissolves in a fuzzy cloud.
Turn up to medium high heat.
After dissolving sugar, boil 1-2 minutes, and remove from heat.
Add chocolate chips and stir into glaze (when it gets a medium brown color).
Spread in thin layer with hot, wet knife right when you remove the brownies from the oven!

This recipe was submitted by Cheryl of Just Aspire


Quick is the word! Aren't we all looking for tasty dishes that don't take forever to make? This one is a family recipe handed down from Mary's Grandma.

Quick Sauerbraten

4-5 lb pot roast (chuck, round, or rump)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tsp. salt
2 T. mixed pickling spices
1 cup red wine vinegar
3 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
12 gingersnap cookies, crumbled


Brown roast slowly on all sides in oil in heavy kettle or Dutch oven. Pour off excess oil. Add onion, salt, pickling spices, red wine vinegar, water, and brown sugar. Simmer 3 to 4 hours or until tender. Remove meat, keep warm. Strain liquid left in kettle and measure out 4 cups. Add gingersnaps. Cook and stir until smooth and slightly thickened. If a thicker gravy is desired, add more gingersnaps. Serve with noodles or mashed potatoes. Roasted carrots make an AMAZING side dish for this item!!

This recipe was submitted by Mary of A Look of Love!



Never Fail Fudge

2 1/2 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1 5 oz. can evaporated milk (2/3 c.)
1 Jar (7 1/2oz) Marshmallow Fluff
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 /2 c. chopped walnuts

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan; set aside. In large saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients. Stir over low heat until blended. Increase heat to Medium and bring to a full-rolling boil being careful not to mistake escaping air bubbles for boiling. Boil slowly, stirring constantly for 5 minutes (use Soft-Ball test; http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/faq.html). Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and chocolate until chocolate is melted. Add nuts. Turn into greased pan and cool. Makes 2 1/2 pounds.

Hint: As with all fudge recipes, cooking time will vary depending on factors such as humidity and altitude. For best results, use the softball test to make sure the fudge has been cooked enough. The softball test can be found in any cookbook and on our website under frequently asked question (FAQ's).

This recipe was submitted by Patti of Loves Paris Studio!

Apple Crisp (serves 6)

4 medium peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples (green ones)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup softened butter plus a little extra to butter the pan

Preheat oven to 375

Butter a square baking pan (with the little extra). Place the apple slices in the pan, mix the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the apples. Bake 30 minutes until apples are tender and topping is browned. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

This recipe was submitted by Bridget of XO Ribbons!


Classic Sugar Cookies

When I was growing up. It was tradition every year that we would bake batches and batches of sugar cookies. Each one cut into a lovely shape with my mom’s cookie cutters, that were given to her from her mother. My unique (sometimes called rebellious lol) artistic side would come out even then. As my cookies were lovingly nicknamed by my step-dad as “indigestion” cookies. I would cover them in every different color icing and decorative topping possible. The crazier the better! I can even remember my mother foregoing the craziest ones on the “big” table on Christmas eve. Relegating them to Santa’s snack dish that we always prepared before bed. Which was fine by me!

Ingredients
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.

Icing Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
3 drops red ( or green) food coloring
Various colored sugars, chocolate chips, silver balls, peppermints

Directions
Combine confectioners' sugar butter, vanilla and milk, beating until creamy. Thin with a few more drops of milk (if necessary) to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in optional food coloring. Spread frosting over cooled cookies and decorate with colored sugar and toppings.

This recipe was submitted by Sarah of My Vintage New England!


Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 cup butter or shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
melting chocolate (or chocolate chips!)
sprinkles


Preheat oven to 375
Mix together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
Stir in flour and salt.
Roll into 1" balls then roll in sprinkles.
Place on cookie sheet, bake for 5 minutes, remove and press thumb into each cookie.
Bake another 8 minutes.
Cool then fill the "thumbprint" with melted chocolate.
To add color and fun place an M&M in the middle of each :)

This recipe was submitted by Susie of SmiLe aGain Creations!

Zucchini Pie

2 unbaked deep -dish pie shells – 9”
4 cups of peeled and grated zucchini *
5 large eggs
½ tsp cardamon
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
2 cans evaporated milk (12 oz cans)

Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix sugar, eggs, vanilla together. Stir in milk and spices. Mix well. Add zucchini.
Mix until all well blended. Ladle or pour into pie shells.
Bake on a cookie sheet for easier clean-up if overfill.
Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake 30-40 minutes
more or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
*(can use baked and pureed zucchini if wanting a smoother texture)

This recipe was submitted by Linda of Antler Pantry and Sewcial Graces!


Pumpkin Pie with a Flair.......this recipe originally from Mary of littlebrownbird

To whatever recipe you follow for making pumpkin pie:

--add a 1/4 tsp of almond extract,
--a 1/4 tsp of vanilla
--a tiny bit more ground cloves than what they call for.
--before I put the pumpkin mixture into the crust, I add a thin layer of caramel to the bottom of the pie crust
--then add a layer of chopped pecans
--drizzle with more caramel.
--cover with pumpkin mixture.
--add whole pecans around the edge of the pie (or cover the top if you wish) and sprinkle with brown sugar.

--bake according to the recipe.

--serve with Cool Whip whipped with 1/4 tsp of your choice of rum, brandy, or bourbon.

This recipe was submitted by Pam of cooljewelrydesign and cooljewelrydesignJR


Pear Pie

1 large egg - slightly beaten
Add egg & beat well with the following:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp vanilla

Fold in:
1 cup sour cream (you can use "light" but not the fat free kind - it
doesn't set right or taste right)
2 cups chopped pears (large can of pears in light syrup drained and chopped)

Put in pie crust and bake for 25 minutes at 450

Topping
4 1/2 tbsp flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp margarine or butter (slightly melted)
6 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp nuts

Mix together and put on pie.
Bake 10-15 minutes more

Pie tastes best when refrigerated overnight.

This recipe was submitted by Heather of Shy Photog


Favorite Candy Cane Cookie Recipe:

1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners (XX) sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
red food color

Heat oven to 375. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, XX sugar, egg and extracts. Blend in flour and salt. Divide dough in half and mix red color into it until dark pink/red. Shape 1 teaspoon of dough of each color into 4 inch ropes. Form smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side and press together lightly and twist. Complete the cookies one at a time. Place on ungreased baking sheet, curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. Bake for 9 minutes until lightly browned.

This recipe was submitted by Barbara at Blue Sky Knitting
and is available on my shop under my candy cane scarf at http://http://www.etsy.com/listing/85700792/hand-knit-candy-cane-christmas-scarf-in


Eggnog Bars

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons brandy or rum flavoring
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup dairy or canned eggnog
1 cup chopped candied cherries
1/2 cup chopped almonds
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
Milk

Cream first 2 ingredients; blend in 1 1/4 teaspoon flavoring. Stir flour with soda, nutmeg , and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add alternately with eggnog to creamed mixture. Stir in cherries and nuts. Spread in greased 15 ½ x10 1/2x 1- inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Mix powdered sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon flavoring, and enough milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make mixture pourable. Drizzle over warm cookies. Cool; cut into bars and serve. Makes 48

This recipe was submitted by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez


Moplacron Pie (Mock Pecan)

When my son was little, he couldn't make his mouth say "mock pecan" so this pie has always been known at our house as Moplacron Pie. It is soooo good!

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark Karo syrup
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup coconut
2 eggs
9 inch pie crust
 
Mix all ingredients well and pour into 9 inch unbaked pie crust. Bake 40 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees until the center is jiggly, not soupy!

This recipe was submitted by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez

Pineapple Drop Cookies

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple
in its own juice, drained (save the)
juice for glaze
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
glaze (optional)
4 tablespoons butter
1 lb powdered sugar
juice from canned pineapple

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. To prepare cookies, sift flour, salt and baking soda together and set aside. Beat butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs; beat until well combined. Add pineapple, vanilla and flour mixture. Mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls on pan. Bake 12 minutes.
3. To prepare glaze, beat butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and pineapple juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture is the consistency of a glaze. Spoon over cookies while they’re still warm.

This recipe was submitted by Megan of  mkt Engineer

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Results Are In!

I'm excited to announce the winners of Challenge week! It was a difficult decision for all of our guest judges, but alas the results are in.

Tuesday, October 18th was our non-prize day. Seventeen gorgeous collections were curated. From there, we decided who won based on several criteria. First, we looked at how many people, who do not belong to our team, added these treasuries to their favorites. We also checked to see how many trending tags, chosen by Etsy, were put into use on the treasury list. Finally, we were interested to find out if the rules were completely followed. The following 2 treasuries were chosen based on these criteria.

The first place winner for Tuesday is Jennifer of The Bracelet Tree! Take a look at this gorgeous treasury she created. Congratulations, Jennifer!



The second place treasury was created by Nancy of NH Quilt Arts Congratulations to you as well, Nancy! Here's a look at Nancy's treasury.



Wednesday brought the first set of treasuries slated to be judged for a possible prize. Participants could use any theme they wanted. We also brought in another team to help us with the voting. The Positivity Team of Etsy was gracious enough to view all 13 treasuries and provide us with 2 winners. Again, we have a Grand Prize and a Second Place prize for these lucky winners.

The Grand Prize winner, with this stunning collection is Keri of Too Cute Custom Crafts! Here's a look at her winning collection. Congratulations, Keri!



And the runner up is, Robin of Jarmfarm! Congratulations, Robin! The judges acknowledged the serious difficulty they had choosing a winner and this one was so close it needed a tie breaking vote! Here's Robin's creation.



Thursday marked the culmination of the week's events. I'm proud to say the Sweet n' Stuff Team was our panel of judges for this final Challenge day! Again, there were so many gorgeous treasuries, that one of the judges remarked that it took her 4 hours to decide on the winner! That's some stiff competition! Not only that, but I had to bring in another outside voter to break a 4-way tie! Many thanks to Catherine of Gallery Zoo Art and Gallery Zoo Art Designs for her help!

Without further adieu, the Grand Prize winner of the day is Sarah of Airy Obsessions! Congratulations, Sarah! Here's a look at her beautiful winning treasury.



The second place prize goes to Kellie of Kell Belle Studio! This is Kellie's gorgeous collection!



Congratulations to all of the winners! Fabulous work on the treasuries for Challenge week, everyone! I can't wait until November's challenge week.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wrapping Up Challenge Week With Christmas Themed Treasuries!

Today is the big day! This is the largest group of treasuries to be posted and it is also our themed challenge day. Each of the participants must create a treasury using a Christmas song title or lyrics from a Christmas song as their theme. There will be some great prizes available for this day as well and all of the winners for the challenge will be revealed on Friday morning.
Here are today's links! Check them out:

http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9161486/

I am so happy to announce that we have another team on Etsy helping us with the judging today! A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Sweet n' Stuff team! We appreciate your help so much! Please visit their shops here; http://www.etsy.com/teams/6893/sweet-n-stuff

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's Challenge Week on the TAGT Team!

Each month, we hold a Challenge within our team. We usually take 2 days to complete the task of dividing up all 188 of our team shops by the number of paricipants, who then must create treasuries around 4 or 5 of their teammates. We then have a secret list of criteria that each treasury must meet in order to be selected as winners. We are awarding prizes for 2 of the 3 days.

This month we actually have 3 days to work with as the excitement for the project grows! On Tuesday, October 18th, we had our "non-prize" day. Each particpant featured their assigned shops for the day and there were some GORGEOUS treasuries made! Take a look here:

http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9147629/

Today, Wednesday, October 19th begins our "prize" day. Each participant is featuring 4 teammates and our Featured Shop of the week, Arlene's Boutique, if they can. There will be 2 winners chosen from this day and they will receive prizes that have been donated by team members! How fun is that!! Check out the lovely treasuries that were created today.

http://www.etsy.com/teams/6797/tag-treasury-team/discuss/9155418/

To make this day EXTRA special, we have enlisted the help of another team to act as our judges for this event; Positivity Team! They were so gracious as to accept our invitation to act as impartial judges and we appreciate it very much! Please visit their team shops here:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/6120/positivity-team

What's even more fun is that they will be sharing their votes for first and second place in the blog comments so you will be able to watch it unfolding before your very eyes! A BIG THANK YOU to the Positivity Team! YOU ROCK!

Monday, October 17, 2011

TAGT Featured Shop of the Week: Arlene's Boutique!

Arlene’s passion for fashion began as a child. “I loved playing with fashion paper dolls and if I didn't have a paper doll book, I would use the Sears catalog,” she says. “I have always had a love for fashion and clothes. Over the years, I taught myself to sew which ultimately developed into my first business .”

That business was, in essence, giving makeovers to Barbie dolls. Arlene and her partner, under the moniker of Hunter-Goldblatt Designs, would remake average Barbies into one-of-a-kind dolls. Sometimes they would create limited editions, “with never more than five dolls in a series,” Arlene remembers. “At the time, the Barbie doll fashion redesign market was developing. My partner and I would take a Barbie doll, I would design couture fashions and my partner would do the accessories.

“We made jewelry, hats, bags, even gloves and nylons. We loved doing the 40's and 50's fashions. We even did a Jackie Kennedy pink suit.” Arlene and her partner not only designed the clothes and accessories, they completely redesigned the dolls, including custom, rethreaded hair and repainted makeup. They even made sculptural eyelashes fashioned after the original Barbie doll. “I don't think there was anybody in the industry who did that,” she says.

They sold their custom Barbies at doll shows and Barbie doll conventions. Arlene purports their greatest claim to fame was an inclusion in the book ‘Fashion Doll Makeovers’ –a series of books published in the late 1990s which featured doll makeover artists from all over the world.

http://www.amazon.com/2nd-Fashion-Doll-Makeovers-Vol/dp/0875885152/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318823916&sr=1-3

“Over a period of 5 years, we did over a thousand dolls,” says Arlene. “I became so burned out with the sewing machine that I turned to other crafts. That lead me to knitting. I have always had a love for scarves and yarn so I taught myself to knit. I was giving them away to family and friends and they loved them, so I thought that I would try to sell them. They did quite well in the local market.”

She decided to give Etsy a try after she heard about it from a friend and Arlene's Boutique was born! After a slow start over the last two years, she says she is “finally getting a lot more attention from being on the TAGT team and I’m loving it.” She also uses Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlenes-Boutique/120200037996052) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/ardelle60) to help promote her shop.

Her favorite pieces include an apple green cable knit scarf:









One of her best sellers – a long scarf that mixes colors and textures using boucle with eyelash yarn in different shades of lavender and purple:








And finally, a classic red number:








Arlene grew up in Aberdeen, SD, the eldest of ten children. “I came from very humble beginnings which taught me to appreciate everything in life.” Her husband Neal, of 40 years, claims that her greatest talent is perfection. “In other words, attention to detail.” She and Neal partnered in real estate over three and a half decades and have enjoyed living all over the United States. They now reside in Phoenix, AZ, and have two grown children. She loves reading, walking, attending jazz festivals and traveling.

“I am most passionate about my family's well being,” she says, “and I am also passionate about my current business - to make it a success – and about the TAGT team. It is the best thing that has happened to me on Etsy, and I love and cherish everyone on the team and wish everyone success.”

Interview and article by Linda Loca of Fire Grog Studio.

Monday, October 3, 2011

TAGT Featured Shop of the Week: Pet Collage!

There's never a dull moment on the TAGT Team! We're constantly doing new and exciting projects and the most recent one we launched in mid-July is our Featured Shop Project.

Each week, we feature one of the fabulous shops within our team. This week, we are featuring Nancy's shop, Pet Collage Paradise!

Get a cup of your favorite beverage and sit with us a moment and get to know a wonderful lady!

First, I asked Nancy to tell us what inspires her.
"I started taking photographs many years ago but have no formal training as an artist. Why pet collages? Well, the pieces just fell into place over time, just like a collage does. I took some good photos of animals, made some collages for friends, then I got a cat and had an AHA moment. Why not make pet collages for fun AND profit? The fun part is handled - the profit part, not so much - yet!"

Artists are usually surrounded by all sorts of materials. Here are some of Nancy's favorites: handmade papers, rhinestones, vintage ephemera, and pretty miniature things (that she's always buying everywhere she goes). She loves stickers too.

I also asked her to share some of her favorite items for sale in her shop. Take a look at these lovely creations!

"My current favorites are the "I love" line. I'm quite proud of these, especially since I figured out how to make my own backgrounds and how to use photoshop to write on stuff. (in this case,on dresses)



I'm working on the "top 10" - the most popular dog breeds. So far, I've done Shitztzus, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles and Beagles. I can custom make an "I love" collage to feature any animal and can even include images of an actual pet and person.








Nancy treasures her talent as a recent blogger. She's having fun with her new site and hopes you will become a follower at http://www.petpooparazzi.blogspot.com/

When I asked her about other hobbies she'd like to develop, she only replied that she wants to have more time for making collages and writing for her blog.

We love our teammates for the personality they bring to our team. Nancy is no exception. She is passionate about her relationship with animals and the role they play in enriching the lives of humans. Here are some final thoughts she'd like to share with you.
"I am a clinical social worker with a private practice and I also work at a middle school helping kids deal with the dramas of the pre-teen years (OMG!) For the holidays, I'm thinking of offering anyone who buys a pet collage a free therapy session! In my professional opinion, though, the best therapy of all is having an animal companion...And if you live near a dog beach, going there and just taking it all in. I consider dog beaches "heaven on earth" and myself a "Chicago beach pawparazzi". Check out some of the photos on my blog at http://www.petpooparazzi.blogspot.com/2011/07/bullies-on-beach.html

I donate a portion of sales to Chicago's "Red Door Shelter", where all kinds of animals are rescued and the only place in the city that rescues rabbits. I'm a member of ETSY's team EFA - Artists for Animals, a wonderful group of artists who contribute to animal related causes and promote animal welfare.


On a final note and I do mean final, I lost my beloved Persian cat, Roscoe, a few months ago. I miss him madly.
This is a photo of Nancy as a child with her beloved dog, Nicky. "These are the most important animals in my life (along with my husband, Steve, of course!)".

WOOD You Like To See A TAGT Team FP Treasury?

Well, here's a dandy curated by Sylwia of See World Thru My eyes! It made the FP of Etsy on May 11th and included several of our teammates; Carol of The Vintage Attic, Heather of Shy Photog, Leslee of Rare Earth Beads, Steven of Knot Just Knots Tanja of Tanja Sova, and Jennie of Duryea Place Designs. What a beautiful treasury, Sylwia! Congrats to all!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

No Broken Hearts on the TAGT Team!

This gorgeous treasury was curated by Katherine of My Beautiful Romance. It features 7 of our team members and made the Front Page of Etsy this morning! Featured are; Debra of Miss Priscilla Pomeroy, Nicole of Katalins, Brande and Amanda of Vintage Urban Cowgirl, Jennifer of Breathe Couture, Jayne of White Oak Room, Scarlett of 3 Vintage Hearts, , and Lee of Rock Stone Treasures. Congratulations to all!

Monday, April 11, 2011

TAGT is on a roll!

Jen of Blue Room Gems, created this gorgeous treasury which made the Front Page of Etsy today!
There were several teammates featured as well; Minna of Maybe The White Dog, Angie of Angie Gets Personal, Katie of Katee Marie, Natalie of That 70's Shoppe, Shari of Luvs 2 Create 2, and Nicole of Baby Dobbins. Congrats to all of you!

A Little Coffee With Cream?

Laura Johnston made a winning treasury that hit the Front Page of Etsy this morning! She is one of our newest team members. Check out her shop, Laura Johnston
Also included in this treasury are Nil of I Love YoYo, Elif of Marbled , Andrea of Dot Stitch, Tanja of Tanja Sova and Tania of The Little Vintage Cottage. Congrats to all of you!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

ZiBagz is Zi-Woman!

We love Lisa of ZiBagz! She's caught the eye of Etsy again with this fabulous treasury that hit the Front Page today! Included in the spotlight are, Kathy of Readesign, Katie of Kateenmarie, Donna of Manastash Pines, Leslieanne of Sereba Design, and Mary of MKH Quilts Great job, Lisa and a wonderful FP feature!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring is Blue-ming!

Take a look at this beautiful treasury that appeared on the Front Page of Etsy today! It was created by our very own, Shari, of Luvs 2 Create 2. Congratulations, Shari! What a beautiful treasury!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Meet Our Team

It's no secret that I believe we have THE best team on Etsy! In order to further illustrate this fact, this section will be dedicated to giving you an inside look at the people that make the TAG Treasury Team truly outstanding.

Pam is a rambunctious, ball of fire! She keeps us laughing with her adorable sense of humor and quick wit! Not only that, but her jewelry is really and truly COOL! Meet Pam, then be sure to check out her shop!

Hi, I am Pam Robinson of cooljewelrydesign.

Originally from New Jersey but I was not neighbors with the Sopranos ... though Bruce Springsteen and BonJovi lived just a few miles away and we could drive to SeaBright for fresh lobster...ah, the "good old" days.

Currently I live in North Atlanta in the suburbs...Alpharetta, GA. Moved here with my job at the time in 1990. They moved to Chicago in 2000 and I decided to remain. Slightly eccentric, wacky sense of humor, family trickster (yes, grew up in a family where practical jokes were the norm), animal lover (currently abide by the rules set forth by my two orange tabby 14-yr old brothers Smooothie and Clouseau).

I was sprung from the womb loving jewelry and probably thought the umbilical cord was a neckace...sold sterling silver jewelry as a part time fun thing and then discovered Etsy in '06 and came to appreciate the power of hand crafted and understand better why it is so special. I am so grateful to have found this hobby/budding business later in life because it really keeps me off the streets for one. For two, it allows me to create little pieces of art and carry the family DNA for color matching to another level.

The TAGT Team allows me to interact with so many cool people, and to expand on my treasury making which I have always loved. Curating a treasury is like decorating a room (best way I can describe how I feel about it)...I "will" veer off into the "what the heck is she up to NOW" land sometimes with both jewelry and treasuries. Random chaos at its best. I love to treasure others and besides making jewelry, that is my main focus. You guys rock!!



Next, I'd like you to meet Shelly. She's a newer member of our team and will knit her way into your heart. She is the owner of Handmade Creations by Shelly.

I grew up in Connecticut, went to college in Boston and moved back to Connecticut in 1978. I live in a nice small town with my husband, one male dog (we had two and one passed away in June), two male lovebirds, two turtles and three salt water fish all are in the grouper family. I have two grown daughters who also live in Connecticut and have three cats that are my grand daughters.
My passion is hand knitting and I love creating NEW items all year round. Customers at my shows love watching me knit while having a conversation with them without looking at what I am doing. My husband and daughters never see me without needles in my hand and working on something. I guess you could say that I am a knitting FANATIC.
When I was around 10 years old, I watched my grandmothers. One loved to knit and the other loved to crochet. I sat behind them every chance I could to watch what they were doing and taught myself how to knit & crochet.
I picked it up again around 8-9 years ago when my oldest daughter told me that she saw a scarf made out of something that she said looked like eyelashes and my PASSION began. I became obsessed with all of the NEW types of yarn that were on the market and I haven't stopped creating ever since.
My signature is using fun fur accent for most of my items. The industry seems to be going through more changes again and fun fur seems to be on its way out. I still have plenty left and I will continue to accent a lot of my product line until I run out of the fun fur yarn.
I also love creating my Designer One of a Kind Items for Special Orders. That's where I use more colors, styles and textures. Let me know what you are looking for. Anything from sweaters, blankets, coats, you name it, I can make it...



I'd like to introduce you to Bekah. She is the owner of Stitches and Hearts, and a new member of our team.

Hello TAGT! My name is Bekah, and I can't tell you how happy I am that the lovely Etsier, By Jodi, sent me a message telling me I should apply to join this group! I am so excited to have an etsy community to love on and be loved on.
I'm 25 years old, and have a Master's degree in Communication. I live in DC, am recently married, have a little songbird (Tiki the Cockatiel) and an awesome puppy (Lulu the Lab/Corgi mix).
I love handmade everything (because obviously it's the best). I use a lot of color in my things, probably because my mother is a painter, and I learned all my craftyness from her! I mostly make knitted things, but am expanding my skills everyday (I even handmade origami flowers for my wedding centerpieces). I've been on etsy for two years now, and have loved it so much! I can't wait to see how great being on a team is. :-)



Maybe the White Dog is the name of Minna's shop, and she is pictured here with "the white dog". Please visit her lovely shop after you read her story!

My name is Minna and my Etsy shop is Maybe The White Dog. I am originally from Scandinavia, born and raised right on the Arctic Circle. I met my darling husband 24 years ago, when he was a very cute American boy, backpacking in Europe. We have one son, and a lovable big white dog, for whom my Etsy shop is named. We do also have a Betta fish, and we have deemed him to be immortal as he is soon entering his eighth year!
 I have been making things as long as I can remember. I even sewed most of my own clothes throughout middle and high school. This is when I also started to knit and crochet seriously. It might be interesting for you to know that in the Scandinavian primary school system both boys and girls were, at least in those days, introduced to crocheting, sewing, and woodworking!
 I was always given a lot of encouragement for any artistic pursuits, especially by my grandfather, who was an artist and an accomplished artisan. I was very fortunate to attend a high school for the fine arts, where I became seriously involved with photography. Then I was accepted to an art institute to study product design, and that is how I got introduced to woodworking, blacksmithing, silversmithing and stone working. That was wonderful because I have always enjoyed exploring different materials as they all have their own promises and possibilities. But even during those years, photography was closest to my heart, and it became my livelihood for many years, until I got married and moved to the States.
 Moving to the U.S. was obviously a major change, and a kind of a new start. We lived in Boston and I was given wonderful academic opportunities. I earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and my career was solidly progressing in a very different direction...
Then, few years ago we changed the city life to a rural one, and with that came our decision to home school. This is where I am now, and I have to say that I love my life here, even if it is quite different than the one I had envisioned years earlier. It turns out that I am much more comfortable wearing Wellingtons than a pantsuit!!
This is also where Etsy very recently came in to the picture. I just opened my shop in January and it is all still very much a work in progress. Becoming a member of the TAGT team has been immensely helpful, and I have gotten to know some really wonderful people on the team. Thank you for making me part of the TAGT family♥   


I'm pleased to introduce you to Alycia. She's the owner of YUMMI. Be sure to visit her shop!

Greetings! My name is Alycia D'Avino, I am a full time artist and business owner with a B.S in Art Education. I learned how to felt while teaching a summer art program at a Waldorf School of Garden City, NY. One of my mentors introduced me to the technique and I fell in love with it and began teaching the process to my students. That summer was a very tough time for me. It had been more than 3 years since I had graduated and I had yet to find a permanent job within my field. I was struggling with my finances, my health, and to top it off I had just moved. At this time felting was the only thing that took the stress away. And so I began a felting frenzy! From that frenzy grew YUMMI. A whimsical line of accessories and home decor for unique individuals. As a starving artist I started off with craft shows and quickly found out about Etsy as other vendors at the shows were also sellers on Etsy.
Since I began selling on Etsy it has all been up hill! I quit my day job and now operate YUMMI full time. I couldn't be happier! I am so grateful to Etsy and my mentors for helping me find my niche.



Sylwia has quite a background! She comes from Poland, but makes her home in the United States. Take a look and be sure to check out her shops!

My name is Sylwia and I was born in Poland on August 31 1976. I came to the U.S. when I was 25 years old so almost 10 years ago. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved art – all kinds of art. I am a person that gets bored easily so to keep myself happy and entertained I have to try new things all the time. As a kid I loved to draw, sketch, watercolor and do oil painting. I tried pastels and loved calligraphy. My grandma taught me all things that old-fashioned girls were supposed to know like knitting, crochet, sewing, and cooking. We would make folklore decorations together. I used to spend a lot of time with my dad in his garage. We would carve in plaster or wood and make sculptures. He is a very talented person. He made me fall in love with photography and that’s one thing in my life that I never got bored with. I got involved in making batik and weaving arras and even had some exhibits with them. I knew that art was what I wanted to do in my life and it didn’t matter if that meant being a cartoonist, interior designer or photographer, anything would make me happy.
My parents didn’t let me study art. They told me it wouldn’t pay my bills (they were right) and they advised me to get “a real” education first and do art in my spare time. I listened to them and graduated from Technical University with a bachelors degree in marketing and management and a masters in ocean technology. During my student time I traveled a lot ( that’s my other love). I used to hitchhike or bicycle around Europe. As a student, I had full time and part time jobs and I was making some pocket money by painting glass. Friends, family, their friends and friends of their friends were bringing me glass, bottles, coffee sets etc to paint for them and that is how my obsession for stained glass started. Glass painting helped me make enough money for my next trip – the dream trip – to the Grand Canyon. I liked it so much and there were many more places to see that I decided to stay.
I am a research associate in one of the biotechnological companies in San Diego. I know, it doesn’t really have much to do with my education. I would never have thought that after doing so many things in my life, from tutoring, being a gardener, cook, assembler, basketball player and many others, that I would end up messing with DNA – sequencing and genotyping it. I came a long way to the point I am now and I wouldn’t change anything in my life. I learned and saw a lot of things and I am grateful for that. I bought a house near San Diego, adopted the most beautiful dog from the shelter ( some pictures of her are in one of my shops) and I am doing everything I like. I spend a lot of time outdoors (hiking, biking, rollerblading),do photography, paint glass and of course travel whenever I get a chance ( Visit SylwiaU.smugmug.com for my trips pictures)
I have two shops on Etsy; Sylwia Glass Art, and See World Thru My Eyes, thanks to my husband who believes more in my artistic success than I do. He was the one that started those shops for me and here I am. I feel very lucky I got the invitation to join the team and be a part of this group of fantastic people.



Next up is Rita! If you need some relaxation, be sure to check out her shop, Soy Comfort .

Hi, my name is Rita Chatagnier and most can’t pronounce my last name. CHATAGNIER is Cajun French and (Shot-in-yay) is how it sounds and means “Chestnut Tree”. I’m a Louisiana native that moved to Texas 4 weeks before Katrina hit New Orleans. I’m 30 something and holding. I have 4 beautiful children, 3 daughters that are 20, 16, 12 and a son that is 5. I’m a proud grand-mother to a 1 year old grand-daughter.
Normally, I’m very shy and I tend to sit back and “listen” before I put my 2 cents in. I feel like lately I’ve come out of my shell, so to speak, being a stay at home mom you tend to lose yourself and I’m not the same person I was a year ago.
Thirteen plus years ago I worked for a candle company when I found out I was expecting my daughter and decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I’ve had the time of my live molding my children but as they have gotten older I needed something to fill my time and always loved making candles. I found out about etsy after Martha Stewart mentioned it on her show one day and the rest is history. As of October of 2009 Soy Comfort Candles was born. I love using ingredients for my candles and spa line that has the least harmful impact on our environment. I am basically using what nature provides to get the best out of our world without harming it. My husband works for a bio-diesel plant and we are very conscious about protecting the planet. We try to recycle or reuse whenever possible. Here lately I have been learning all the ends and outs with the chemistry of bath and body products, which goes to prove you are never too old to learn something new.
I never thought I would be where I am at my point in life. It’s even better than I thought it would be and I would change absolutely nothing about it.



Tania has been a member of the team since it was first created. She is very creative and talented. Take a look at her story.

Hi, my name is Tania, I have three Etsy shops; Little Vintage Cottage, and Cest Magnifique,and The Vintage Dresser. I run the last one with my mom Nancy who is also on the team… I think you ought not hold your breath for her sending in a picture of herself though! LOL! I have been creating since I was young, I think I started out with embroidery! I can remember telling my mom that I wanted to make something all the time and she was always ready to indulge my creative urges! I then got into decorative tole painting, don’t do too much of that anymore. I also enjoy sewing (but nothing as spectacular as Leanna ;), scrapbooking, and altered art/mixed media… this is my favorite at the moment!
I am 42 years old… act like I’m 2… and I have one daughter who is now 20! I work a regular full-time job outside Etsy but I really would like to pursue the art stuff full time. I am also going to school to get my BA in business administration. I recently got a divorce (don’t worry, it’s a happy thing for me!) and purchased a new home so I’ve been busy fixing it up to suit my tastes! I have a dog, Roxanne. She is an English bulldog/Scotty dog mix and my daughter and I recently adopted another dog, Pongo who is a Chihuahua mix.
Hi everyone (waves hand) it’s so much fun “meeting” everyone and getting to put a face to the name!


I'd like to introduce you to another one of our new members. This is Cayce, the shop owner of Lebelle Boutique

Hi! My name is Cayce, and I am 25-years-old. I am a mother, a wife, a clinical researcher, graduate student, and much, much more. I became a mother this past August when I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl, Mayce. She is my life! She is definitely a handful sometimes though. Taking care of her alone while my husband is overseas is sometimes overwhelming, but I love every minute that I spend with her.
I am currently the lab manager of a molecular biology lab that specialize in preterm labor research. I love, love, love working in the medical field and doing clinical research. I am almost finished with graduate school, and I intend on going to medical school to become a neonatalogist. My plans got put on hold when I became pregnant with my daughter. She was a surprise baby! Here is a link to an abstract of one of the newest scholarly journal articles that I co-authored, if you are interested: http://medicine.journalfeeds.com/obgyn/placenta/cigarette-smoke-induces-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-normal-term-fetal-membranes/20110305/
I started my Etsy site, Lebelle Boutique, a year ago when I decided that I was tired of spending lots and lots of money on baby shower gifts when I could make them myself. I started making tutus and hair bows, then eventually moved on to dresses, headbands, etc. Now that I have a daughter, I have the perfect inspiration for new items for my shop. I love making new hair bows! It's a lot of fun! Plus, I get to model them on my daughter. She is such a good team player, and she is only 7-months-old!


The next teammate is our resident quilter, when she's not doing her other job as a nurse. Be sure to check out Mary's shop!

Hi, I am Mary Hopkins and I am a quiltaholic. I became addicted to fabric at the young age of 12 and have loved working with fabric since then. I started out making clothing, but advanced to quilt making when I was 17 years old. I made a very ugly scrappy crazy quilt back then, but it was enough to hook me! I am now 53 and now have several bins of fabric, lots of quilt tops, and finished quilts. I was able to purchase a long arm quilting machine about 4 years ago, and that has made my passion grow! I turned the two bedrooms in the upper level of our house into quilting and sewing rooms. Do I need help? I don’t think I need help with this passion, because it is a healthy one. Seriously though, I do love my quilting, and recently knitting, and incorporate it into my life as much as I can.
I have two wonderful grown-up sons-Matt and Michael. Matt is a conductor for UP railroad, and Michael is a chef at Cooper George retirement home. My dear spouse, Shara is a NAC at St. Joseph Nursing Home. I went back to school 14 yrs ago, after a career in commercial baking and got my BSN degree in nursing. I now work as a cardiac care RN at Holy Family Hospital-night shift.
My spouse Shara is a lovely male to female transgendered person whom I have been married to for 31 yrs. Our marriage has understandably been rocky at times, as Shara began life as Sean. She has been living full time as a woman for around 8 yrs. It was hard for our family, but we love and accept Shara as she is. I believe that this experience helped me to grow as an RN and as a person in being accepting of people’s differences.
I opened my etsy shop MKH Quilts. in 2007. I had several quilts and kept making more. My friend Michele told me about etsy and when I looked into it, I thought this would be a great experience for me. I continue to make quilts and share my passion with others, and sometimes people buy my quilts! I just think it is wonderful to have my quilts gracing people’s homes all over the world!



I'm pleased to introduce you to Cheryl. She has a wonderful sense of humor and we can always count on her for some fun!

I have wanted to do many things in my lifetime; be a concert pianist, a schoolteacher, an astronaut, a photographer, a writer, a world-renowned traveler, and a folk singer.
Then I grew up. Always with me, though, was a desire to create. I just didn’t know what my “niche” was until one day a new friend introduced me to the world of beading. I fell in love the second she had me look for my first beads. My mind swirled with ideas for designs. She taught me a few basics and I never looked back. Then I was blessed with training under a jewelry artist who taught me in her Chamberlain, South Dakota shop until I flew out of the nest to Virginia with my husband and began making jewelry on my own.
There are so many more techniques I want to learn, but it will have to take place a little at a time. My goal is to make beautiful, unique jewelry in a wide variety of styles, affordable to women everywhere, without sacrificing quality and craftsmanship. Each piece is different and will not be reproduced.
One of my joys is my friend, Janelle, who lives on the coast of Washington State, and her two beautiful children, Krissy and Ben. They, along with my husband, Bill, have been a source of constant encouragement and provided the confidence I needed to try Etsy. In my niece’s honor I have opened “The Krissy Corner” in my shop. We have a little “business arrangement.“ She sends me drawings of designs that she feels girls her age would like, and sometimes beads that she feels are special. I do a little tweaking here and there as I create them.......and then she gets a dollar for every one of her designs.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop, Just Aspire. . Thank you for visiting!
(And if you are ever passing through Chamberlain, crossing the beautiful Missouri River, stop in at the "Morning Star" and tell Maureen or Beth hello, and then walk up the street for a latte and scone at "The Derby Coffeehouse.")



Mary is our next feautured teammate. She owns two shops on Etsy and we are happy to have her in our "family".

I am a Colorado native, born and raised in beautiful Denver, Colorado. My birthday is September 29, 1947, which puts makes me a very early baby boomer. I remember triple sessions (three separate student bodies) at my junior high when my class entered. We overburdened the school system so much that the city could hardly build new schools or put additions on the old ones fast enough to meet our needs. I believe we literally burst upon the scene—hence, the term “baby BOOMERS!” My sister, Beth, was born a year later.
After high school, I attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs for two years and then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to earn a B.A. in Elementary Education and English. I earned an MA in Curriculum Development and International Studies ten years later from the University of Denver. I also have many post graduate hours in Gifted Education.
My husband and I were sent to Germany (Bitburg AFB) for almost four years (1970-1973) after his return from Vietnam. We traveled all over Europe during our time there.
My daughters were born during our brief stay at Dover AFB in Delaware. We were sent back to Denver in 1976 and my husband and I separated and divorced in 1978.
My working life was spent in the elementary school classroom. My final years before retiring were focused on the teaching of gifted and talented students.
My daughters are grown now and have married wonderful men. My husband and I (I’ve remarried!) enjoy our two grandsons and one granddaughter mmensely. They keep us young. Julia is almost nine, Andrew is almost eight and Beck is almost five.
My hobbies have always included reading, reading, reading! I also write--poetry, a memoir about my family and I am now working on a family history. Researching my family has rekindled an interest in the old arts and crafts of my grandmothers. I taught myself to knit, and from there I have extended my interest to felting—both needle felting and wet felting. My husband and I love to explore old historic places and antique shops. Since we both love the culture of the past, we also love vintage and antiques.
I have three stores on Etsy. The first is, Cat Woman9396. I call this store Retro Cat because this is where I sell my vintage items. Some are family items, some are items that I think someone else might value. The other is, Three Hedgehogs This is the store for MY stuff, named in honor of the three hedgehogs on my Harris family crest. I have knitted items and one embroidered item on there now, but will be expanding it to felted items shortly. I also have other crafting plans in the works. I consider this my showcase store.
I love TAGT team and I enjoy all the wonderful people I have met through being a team member.



Next, I'd like to introduce you to Trish. She is the owner of Sadie's Snippets

Hi everyone! I am 48 years old, and live in Troy, Illinois, near St. Louis, Missouri. I was raised in a small town in South Carolina, the oldest of four girls. It was a wonderful childhood, running barefoot and building "forts" in the woods, rarely in front of the T.V., always using our imaginations!
I married young, to an Air Force man, and lived in Turkey for 2 years and England for 3 years. Along the way we raised 3 children: Nathan, who will be 31 on March 19th, James is 27 and Rachel is 25. I have two granddaughters, Sadie & Sophie and a grandson, Jackson.
I had sewn some as a child, but mostly loved cooking. In my early 20's, I discovered I enjoyed sewing and began making simple outfits for my kids, then hair barrettes to match all my daughter's outfits, then on to cross-stitch and lots of other fun crafts! Once my kids were all in school, I went to work full time and fell away from my crafting.
After my divorce in 1997, I went to work at a nursing home and rediscovered my love of making things while helping the elderly with craft projects. It was there that I met my husband Ron, the love of my life. We have been married 12 years.
I left my job in 2008 to raise my granddaughter Sadie and to homeschool her. I still wanted to pull my weight, so to speak, so I fell back on what I really love, that is creating! I love Victorian, country, girly, lacey things! I also love all things vintage. I find such joy in recycling vintage linens. There are so many beautiful things to be made from scraps of lace, tablecloths, old hankies, etc. It is a way to pass a part of the past onto the next generation. I have started to pass the love of creating onto Sadie, who can use my sewing machine and can do counted cross stitch at the age of 7!
A friend at a local craft show told me about Etsy and that is how I got here! When I am not busy creating or homeschooling, I enjoy taking care of my 34 chickens, my dog Ginger, and a stray cat we have adopted. I also love going fishing in my pond and gardening!


Next up is Natalie. She is one of our vintage shop owners, and one of the first members of our team!

I was born and still live in Yakima, WA. I am 48 yrs old, married, and have two children, a 17 yr old boy graduating from high school this year, and a 14 yr old daughter who is a freshman. I have two shops on Etsy, That 70's Shoppe where I sell mostly 1960s-1980s vintage items and 13th Floor Vinyl where I sell vintage record albums and other vintage music related items. My shops are technically a partnership between myself and a fellow high school classmate Richard.
My long story short is that I graduated from Central WA University in
Ellensburg with an accounting degree and worked in the field for 12 yrs,
10 of it as an accounting department manager. I "retired" to be a stay at home mom to my two kids in 1997, a year after my daughter was born. In 1999, I discovered Ebay and realized that even though I didn't have much personally to sell, that I could sell for others. I started selling things from my parents' motorcycle dealership that were new, old stock. Eventually I signed up on Ebay as a Trading Assistant and got some other work but nothing steady. My steady work came right in the beginning of 2004 when Richard from Somewhere In Time /That 70s Shop hired me to sell for his vintage collectibles store on a commission basis. We have been working together ever since. I joined Etsy in 2008 after looking for some other options besides just Ebay to sell items from Richard's shop. I've found this to be a wonderful place and have "met" so many nice people and had so many pleasant experiences.
I have no craft skills at all so I am always in awe of all the creativity on the team. I have, however, a lifelong love of music. In my younger days, I played several instruments and was involved in different local performing groups, but now I am content to sing in my church choir and occasionally substitute as the piano player. They say music is an art, so I guess it's the only art I can claim to do.



Marge is a newer member of our team. She is the owner of Personal Designz

Hi all, just thought I would tell you a little about me.
I am going to be 62 years old soon. I have been married for 40 years. I live in Melbourne, Florida and have since 1988.
I am a Cosmetologist, which means that I cut, color, and style hair for a living. I have done this for over 42 years I still work 2-3 days a week doing the same clients that I have done for over 20 years in some cases.
I have 4 brothers and 1 sister, who are my biological family, I grew up as an only child.
I have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren and am very blessed to have them, they are the joy in my life.
I grew up as an Army brat, spending most of my time in Germany, so much so that for all practical purposes, I grew up there. I married an Air Force man so I spent my married life traveling between Florida and Washington DC.
I have been designing jewelry for about 3 years now and I enjoy every part of it that I have tried so far. I do regular beading, but not so much anymore, I spend most of my time doing my wire wrapping. I also use metal clay and cover leaves with silver, design silver pieces with molds and then set stones in them after they are fired. I also work with different kinds of chains, joining them together and adding pendants to make very pretty pieces. I want to learn to do many other kinds of jewelry design.



Next, I am pleased to introduce you to Ronda!

My name is Ronda and I reside in Whitehouse, Ohio with my husband, Joe. I have 2 sons, and 2 grandsons. My oldest son, Rob, is in the Navy and resides in Marysville, WA with his wife and my 2 grandsons. My younger son, Adam, resides in Findlay, Ohio. I also have a stepson, Cody, that lives close by visits on a regular basis.
I must not leave out the Weimaraner named Gauge and the cat named Annie. Those are the inside critters....we also have an outside cat that we managed to trap and get fixed. The outside cat is named Biddy and showed up during a snowstorm a few years back. We are pretty sure that she is the offspring to the Tomcat that came with the purchase of our house...yes, we had to agree to feed the cat when we purchased our house.
I have always been interested in crafting, and have tried various venues, from woodcrafts to candles and soap making. Making items from nature is shown in my cement cast leaves. They are created from items grown in my perennial beds. The most popular being rhubarb, grape leaves, and elephant ears. The leaves make great bird baths and feeders.
Jewelry making came as something I could do while recuperating from a back surgery. I use inexpensive items, so as to keep the cost down for potential buyers. With the economy taking a turn, I've found that many people still want to make purchases, but are a little more cost conscious.
I've really enjoyed making, what I initially called "industrial chic", and now call "Steam Punk". Putting odds and end clock parts, game pieces, etc. together to create weird jewelry that sells, has been fun.
Well, that's a quick overview of who I am and what I like to tinker with. Come visit my shop, Stems of Stone, to see more of "Me".



This next teammate is a favorite of Etsy and we are so proud to call her our very own! Meet Lisa of ZiBagz !

I'm a NorthWest Gal who enjoys all things outdoors; beachcombing, hiking, bicycling, x-country skiing, and swimming. My designs reflect that spirit of wild nature and life's experiences in Alaska, Arizona, Washington & Montana.
About 22 years ago I went from the Sedona, Arizona area to Fairbanks, Alaska to marry my true love. We lived in a little cabin on 63 acres along with moose, bear, wild roses, blueberries and an outhouse. I was truly introduced to the "sour dough" life in a hurry! I loved it! Our daughter was born there, then seven years later, after moving to Anchorage for my husband's work, we had a son.
In 2004, we ventured down to Washington state, near Seattle, to be closer to my folks in Spokane. Because of cutbacks, my husband was transferred to Wenatchee about a year and a half ago... much drier and not near as many trees.. here we are. We live right on the mighty Columbia River and enjoy the beauty of being on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. I am glad I am only 3 hours away from family instead of 6.
My mom is a very creative lady (Montana born & raised) and has inspired her five children. She gave us the gift of imagination, the love of a beautifully presented meal and the self-assurance to "fend for ourselves"! I have a very strong sense of family. That's My Mom in my Avatar. The gals in ZiBagz' banner are my grandmas.
I prefer to use vintage and previously "loved" fabrics. My motto is "Reuse Recycle ReVive!!!" I recreate and redesign treasures from the past to live a new life apart from time. I am always on the look out for new goodies. I keep a sketchbook for ideas that roam in my head. For the most part, my creations are one of a kind. I love the rustic gypsy/bohemian free-spirit with an eclectic mix of hippie & a wee bit shabby chic thrown in.
I love being part of such a wonderful group of creative individuals. All are such an inspiration and encouragement. We are truly a wonderful TeaM!!!



Today, we are featuring my dear friend, Carol! I have known her for many years, and I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do.

I was born in Spokane Washington on December 11, 1948, where I have lived most of my life. I am the mother of seven children and grandmother of 13. I am married to a great guy, Glenn, who supports me in all that I choose to do.
Throughout my life, I have been involved in one craft or art project or another. When my youngest child was six I returned to school and got my degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. I worked in that field for awhile, however I fell in love with watercolor and devoted my time to painting whenever I could fit it in to a busy schedule. Since my retirement two years ago I have painted whenever I desire and also taken up jewelry making. At the encouragement of my friend, Leanna, I opened my first Etsy shop, C Schmauder Watercolor, featuring prints and cards of my paintings. Later I opened my second shop, Beads Galore 2. featuring my jewelry.
I love to make treasuries and was excited when Leanna started the TAG Treasury Team. I have “met” many wonderful people on that team and enjoy them very much.



Jayne is our resident "cheerleader" teammate. She is full of passion and cares deeply about many things.

Hello Everyone!
My Shop is White Oak Room. I sew designer pillow covers, doll sleeping bags, place mats and I also do hand stenciling.
I guess by now, everyone knows I'm a "red-head". I'm 54 years old, have 2 grown daughters, Kathryn and Megan, and 2 granddaughters Shannon and Lindsey. I have Welsh, German, Polish, and English blood running through me. I have been married to my husband for 35 years.
I think the Welsh blood in me shows the most in my personality due to the fact that I love stone walls, stone houses, and stone foundations. My favorite fabrics are the heavy woven textures, such as tapestries. I fall in love with all of the rich, weighty fabrics. Rich, earthy tones are my favorite colors.
I am a self-taught seamstress! I bought fabric first and then 2 weeks later the machine.
I love meeting new people and this team has certainly alowed me to do that!! Actually Etsy has done that for me!
I was lost for a long, long time. Just living each day in a numb state, But I have come back to God and his teachings and I am very thankful for each day, now, and look forward to every tomorrow!
I love all types of design and art. My taste as far as decorating goes, is a little country (not primitive country) but like "Country Home" style or "Pottery Barn" country style.



I think you will enjoy getting to know our next teammate, Laura. She is the owner of LC's Cottage

My name is Laura and I live in the gorgeous mountains of the northeastern corner of Washington state. I am married, have two fantastic grown children, who married fantastic people, four fabulous grandchildren, a hyper chocolate lab, and numerous almighty warrior barn cats.
I am the kid who ate her mud pies. I'm all grown up now and even raised a family of my own but I still play in the dirt. I like my hands messy. I am a sucker for a flower. My garden cannot make up its mind. Is it formal? Definitely not. Is it a rose garden? Indeed. Is it a perennial garden? Most definitely. I have my own version of a cottage garden. It isn't neat or orderly, but oh is it ever colorful. I love color! But I live in the north. It is white in the winter and I starve for color. But no longer.
I discovered quilting and dyeing fabric and threads. Now my hands are messy and my heart sings in winter. My quilts tend to be traditional or influenced by traditional quilts of yesterday. I love floral quilts and enjoy appliqué very much. I've never entered a national quilt show, but have won many awards locally. I have served in several positions,including president of a local quilt guild.
I love experimenting with all the luscious colorful threads and embellishment tools on the market today. I am also a serendipity kind of fabric and thread dyer/painter, preferring the surprise of the play over the scientific formula of the color (although I've done that too).
LC's Cottage is a garden growing from eclectic interests of my real embroidery, gardening, quilting, and fabric dyeing/painting play. I'm still a work in progress and so is the cottage.



Next up, I'd like you to meet Donna. She is the owner of Widgets and Whatsus, and Beauty IS...Art Studio

My name is Donna L. Allen and I was born in Hartford Connecticut on Flag Day,June 14th, 1950. I grew up in East Hampton, Connecticut and Howard Beach, Queens, New York. I have one Son, Jeff, who is currently living in Minneapolis MN, for his job. He was my designer/matter/framer for all the time I had my Art Studio. I started my art training with private teachers at the age of 11. I went to UCONN for my degree in fine art. My grandmother was also an artist and teacher, and my biggest supporter.
I have bought, sold, and collected antiques for most of my adult life, and have a real passion for it. I love the stories behind each piece. I had my first antique store at the age of 29, and my Mom was my partner in crime! I had my Art Studio in the Smokey Mountains from 1978-1991, and traveled the United States, touring with professional art exhibits, one woman shows, juried exhibits and Demonstration shows for Children. I currently live in Merrick, New York, on Long Island. I am so happy to have my stores on Etsy and be a member of the Best team on earth! The TagTeam is my "family".
Donna♥



I am the team Captain. My name is Leanna and I reside in the beautiful state of Washington. I was born and raised here and can't imagine living anywhere else!
I have been married to the same man for nearly 28 years, have 3 wonderful and grown children; 2 boys and a girl, a sweet dog that was a rescue, and 4 large Koi fish.
I was raised by a brilliant man that has a thirst for knowledge and sees no boundaries to his abilities. I think I inherited that thirst and am constantly looking for new things to learn. I am particularly interested in all things crafty. Some may say I have crafting A.D.D. They are probably right!
I have 3 Etsy shops. The first is Seams Victorian. It was born from my intense love of the Victorian Era. I love to design dresses that I think would have been worn in that time period. I have been sewing since I was 12 years old and find it very relaxing and fulfilling.
My second shop is Bits and Purses. Women love purses and handbags and I love to make them unique and artsy. I am currently working on a line of patterns for the frames and hardware that I also carry in this shop.
My third shop is Teez Loueez. I created this shop just last year. There were all kinds of designs floating around in my head and I discovered screen printing to put those designs onto t-shirts. Of course this means I will always have to be upgrading to the newest and latest techniques, much to the dismay of my husband who fears our entire house will soon become "the shop".
That's a little about me. I hope you enjoy learning about all of our team members in the days ahead.