TAG Treasury Team

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".

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.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sometimes There Really IS a Silver Lining!

One of our lovely teammates has been having a particularly challenging time lately. However, in the midst of it all, she managed to create a stunning treasury that was picked up for the Front Page! We are all so proud and happy for Cheryl of Just Aspire. Here's one cloud that definitely has a silver lining! Congratulations Cheryl!

One of our other teammates, Natalie, of 13th Floor Vinyl caught a little time in the spotlight in this treasury as well.

Also, Kathy of Traveling Gypsies and Michelle of ML Danforth Studio were included as alternates. Check out all of these shops!