Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Meet EmbellishedBayou

Name: Christy

Craft: Embellished Photo Frames, Antique Tins and Candle Embellishments, plus more!

Etsy Store:

How long have you been in business? I joined Etsy about a year ago under another user name, but have been selling as Embellished Bayou since February.

How did you get started? I got started by making gifts for friends. I would see things in stores/boutiques and know that I could make it for less money and put my own unique stamp on it.

Do you have formal training? None whatsoever!

What's the best part of having an Etsy store? I love being able to reach people all over the world. So far I've sent my products all over the US and to Australia and Thailand as well! I also love to create custom pieces for people.

What surprised you about having your own business? The bookkeeping is a pain to keep up with!

How would you describe your style? I am a bit traditional, a bit shabby chic, and definitely girly!

What one item should everyone see in your store? This pink shabby chic jewelry box has gotten a lot of hearts, I just love it:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Free Printable- Snowman Soup

Donna from Swish Designs has been kind enough to offer a free printable for Snowman Soup. This is a great idea for an inexpensive Christmas gift you can put together quickly. The recipe is on her blog, as well this accompanying poem that you can print for free. Just visit her blog and leave a comment. Then she'll email you the high resolution file. Thanks Donna!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

2. The Bamboo Forest print by Kristin's Eyes
3. Floral Box Bag by mary*mule designs
4. Candle Embellishment by Embellished Bayou
5. Photo Aluminum Ornament by Personally Speaking
6. Ear Flap Beanie by Bowrene

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $10

Need a gift for less than $10? Maybe you have a Secret Santa or just want to stick to a budget. Then check out these gifts from the knetteam.

1. Wristlet Key Fob by Mada's Place
2. Monkey hair clip by Bella Mia Bows n Things
3. Bue Halo Earrings by Karma's Creation
4. Pom Pom Rose Clippie by Mop Top Maven
5. Turtle & Frog Soap by Plumb Pretty
6. Red Pepper and Garlic Jelly by Monkey Pie Creations

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Meet MopTopMaven!

Name: Melanie

Craft: marvelous handcrafted hair accessories

Etsy Store: MopTopMaven

How long have you been in business? opened Etsy shop in July 2009

How did you get started? My daughter finally had enough hair to use clippies, but I wanted something more unique than what I saw in stores. I created woven ribbon snap clips for her and she got so many unsolicited compliments. Then a friend asked if I could amkes ome for her...

Do you have formal training? I come from a long line of talented, creative women on both sides of my family - between the genes and watching them I was bound to join their ranks!

What's the best part of having an Etsy store? My daughter can wear only so many clips, so this lets me share the rest of my creative designs!

What surprised you about having your own business? How much I enjoy the networking, and how I've learned to be more forthcoming in promoting my own work.

How would you describe your style? Adaptable - what I may like may not be your style, so I try to offer pieces that will appeal to a range of styles - from simply stated solid colors to bold, bright and whimsical to ultra-girlie, to more mature...

What one item should everyone see in your store? The Ivory and Black Floral Buttons Woven Ribbon Snap Clips are beautiful and unique, and my favorite part? The fabric covered buttons were created by a fellow Etsian!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Reminder- 12 Days Of Christmas Sale is Happening Now!

Just a friendly reminder that you still have time to snag one of the great deals that the KNET Team Members are offering!

Here’s a rundown of some of the deals: Buy one, get one 15% off (lesser or equal value) Buy 1 print, get one free Buy one, get one 50% off Buy one, get one 12% off Buy one, get one freebie Buy one card (invitation), get a matching return address label or favor tag. Buy one, get one 12% off (of equal or lesser value) Buy one, get one 25% off Buy one, get one 20% off Buy one, get one 25% off

Questions? Confused? Please convo the individual shop owner. :-)

Holiday Gift Guide: For the chef

Have the next Top Chef on your list? Check out these neat gifts:

1. Kitchen Blooming Bouquet by Christie's Creations
2. Recipe cards by NotMoira
3. Recipe Cards by 2BirdStone
4. Apron by Monkey Pie Creations

Thursday, November 26, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Sale

It’s that time again…sale time! The KNET team loves our clients dearly, and to celebrate the holiday season, 13 of our team members are offering really great deals on merchandise* in their stores!

Here’s a list of participating KNET merchants:

*Promotions/discounts will vary slightly from store-to-store, so make sure to look at the stores’ shop announcement for details. Like always, feel free to convo any of us through our stores and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: For the girls

Here are some cute gift ideas for the little girls in your life.

1. Beanie by Bowrene
2. Bracelet by PlumbPretty
3. Tinkerbell Hair Clip by Mop Top Maven
4. Jumper by Belle Papillon
5. Hair Clippies by Belle Mia Bows n Things
6. Frame by Embellished Bayou

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: For the boys

Gifts for boys can be difficult to find on etsy. Here are a few suggestions to help you out.

1. Romper by monkeypiecreations
2. Dragon by Bowrene
3. Hat by Bowrene
4. Swaddle blanket by madasplace

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Meet WeddingMonograms

Name: Rebekah

Craft: Graphic Design

Etsy Store:

How long have you been in business? Since June 11th 2009

How did you get started? A few friends on the Project Wedding brides forums asked me to make monograms for them and I found I really enjoyed it. I decided to create my little etsy shop and I've been having fun with it ever since.

Do you have formal training? Some college courses in color theory, fine art and graphics design

What's the best part of having an Etsy store? Getting so many hits in one day. Its way better than trying to attract traffic to another website.

What surprised you about having your own business? I was really surprised how much I enjoyed interacting with my customers. I'm not normally a people person.

How would you describe your style? Vintage Elegance.

What one item should everyone see in your store? This is my favorite monogram:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: For the eco-conscious

Perhaps you have some eco-conscious people on your list. Help them reduce, reuse and recycle by buying them a gift from one of these knetteam shops.
1. Coffee Cozy by marymule
2. Snack bag by madasplace
3. Sandwich wrap by madasplace
4. Grocery bag by monkeypiecreations

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th isn't so scary when there's a sale! Check out this post for more details and a list of participants!
Happy Saving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Meet Mary*Mule

Name: Mary L.

Craft: sewing- "handmade fabric accessories"

Etsy Store: mary*mule-

How long have you been in business? Since March 09.

How did you get started? I bought a sewing machine about a year ago when I decided I wanted to learn to sew. I am one of those people who sees something in a store and thinks "I can make that." I also wanted to be able to hem my own pants instead of always paying someone to do it for me. My first project was a pair of PJ pants (that didn't fit), then I moved on to a purse and tote bags.

Do you have formal training? I am self taught.

What's the best part of having an Etsy store? Sharing my creations with others. I guess I don't really "do it for the money." But I like making things and have to get rid of it somehow! I love that I can now make gifts for people too.

What surprised you about having your own business? All the "housekeeping" work that goes along with it. Recording cost of supplies, keeping a log of what I sell, all that mumbo jumbo.

How would you describe your style? Simple I guess. But not in a bad way.

What one item should everyone see in your store? This purse!

Holiday Gift Guide: To stuff the stocking

My mom thinks shopping for stocking stuffers is the hardest part about Christmas shopping. If you are like her, check out these ideas!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Holiday Cards and Such

It's that time of year to think about holiday cards. If you like to send photo cards, it is even more important to think about ordering them sooner than later. To help you with that task, we've compiled a selection of holiday cards offered by some KNET team members.

Swish Designs offers several photo card designs. After she adds your photo, you can print the cards locally.

FourHarpDesigns has a multitude of photo card designs. She'll also add your photo, send you the file, and then you can print them locally.

Go Against the Grain offers photo cards, notecards, stickers and gift tags for the complete package!

NotMoira offers "handmade hilarity." With titles like "Enjoy the regift" and "You bring the ho to the holidays"these are not your grandma's Christmas cards, folks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Upcoming Sale: Friday the 13th

Once again members of the KNET team will be banding together for a sale! This sale will be starting on Novemeber 13th (Friday!) and go through the 15th. Unless otherwise noted in shop announcements, shops will be offering 13% off purchases. Please read each shop's announcement for full details.

Four Harp Designs unique custom creations
Bella Mia Bows n Things fun handmade bows and other products
Belle Papillon fun.stylish.handmade
Certainly Chic when your details have to be unique
Swish Designs elegant and stylish paper products
Mary*Mule handmade fabric accessories
Any Cards cards~picture frames~trinket and jewelry boxes
Kristin's Eyes see the world through my eyes
Not Moira handmade.hilarious.greeting cards
2 Birdstone unique and custom paper creations perfect for the DIYer
Wedding Monograms custom designs for the chic bride on a budget
Karmas Creation Handmade accessories

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Meet Bella Mia Bows & Things!

Get to know your fellow Knotties and Nesties as they share their creations on Etsy. Today we bring you an interview with Rosamaria Bonesse, the artist behind Bella Mia Bows & Things (

So, what is it that you make?
Bella Mia: Anything involving ribbon: bows, clips, bowholders, cards, scrapbooking, etc.

How long have you been in business?
Bella Mia: Officially I opened my etsy store in June of 2009, but I have been making bows for friends and family since 2008.

Do you have formal training?
Bella Mia: Nope, learned how to do most of my crafting projects through trial and error.

What's the best part of having an Etsy store?
Bella Mia: Meeting other people who have the same passion for handmade as I have. I have found some great gifts and personal purchases on Etsy and you can see how much heart and soul goes into each handmade piece. And getting my name and product out to people who live on the other side of the country is pretty cool too -- I'm not gonna lie :)

What surprised you about having your own business?
Bella Mia: I really didn't calculate all the time that needs to be invested in marketing and promotions. When I first started I thought I'd put my items up on etsy and I would be bombarded with sales. (LOL). In reality, most of my sales have come from the chat rooms and forums and getting to know other etsy sellers.

How would you describe your style?
Bella Mia: Chic and affordable. That goes for my items as well as my own personal style. I love finding great things at a good price! I am a sucker for a sale and the highlight of any shopping trip is to see how much money I saved or how many great things I got at a good price! I <3 fnding those diamonds in the rough!

What one item should everyone see in your store?
Bella Mia: I love my ice cream cone clips. So cute and fun to make!

See it here:

Thanks for the awesome interview, Rosamaria!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween with the Team

Since joining etsy, I have tried to find ways to incorporate hand made items into each holiday.

Halloween is getting closer and there are some great decorations and treats out there!

I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of great hand made items from our team members!

From Go Against the Grain

From Jannypie Crafts

To check out all our teams please visit our team profile page on etsy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Meet the team!

Check out the stores of some of the members of the Knottie&Nestie Etsy Street Team (KNET for short!) and get to know what your fellow ladies are making! Just search "knetteam" on Etsy to see more!

Green Beaded Fern Drop Earring
Handaltered Embellished Layered Wood Frame with Fleur de Lis Art
1 set of 15 Elegant Damask print votive, candle wraps for wedding, home decor, office, gifts, place cards, bridal shower, reception
Doggone Cute Clippies   OOAK
Gold Mexican Spoon Pendant
PINK VELVET GLAM- set of TWO- 4.00
Peony Wedding Invitation-100
The Kelly and Tim Fushcia and Damask Pocketfold
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Welcome Team Members and Guests!