Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mada’s Place Giveaway


Mada's Place is pleased to kick off KNET's 14 days of giveaways.


Mada's Place and Mada's Place {Baby} offer fashionable styles for women and kids at affordable prices. With so many functional items in a variety of fun designer fabrics, you'll be sure to find something you are sure to love. Also, check back often so you don't miss out on the launch of the newest line of scented products from Mada's Place {Scents}. Candles and lip balms are now in stock, and more yummy smelling treats are coming soon.

Now for the fun part! Today's giveaway is for one fashionable and functional key fob of choice from Mada's Place. Key fobs are an easy way to keep track of your keys. You can loop it on your wrist to keep your keys close at hand while juggling kids and bags, or quickly retrieve them from the bottom of even the largest of bags. Check out what a recent customer said about her recent purchase:

"I just have to tell you how great the key fob is. It has made my life with a 2 year old so much easier! It never fails, my keys fall to the bottom of my purse and I'm left standing at my car in the parking lot, wrestling with my daughter and digging for my keys. Now, even if they do fall to the bottom, they are so easy to find."


Want to win one? Check out the rules below!

Contest is open NOW until 10 pm CST on February 1st, 2010 when comments will be closed. Due to shipping costs, contest is only open to US residents.

5 ways to enter:

1.) Leave a comment on this post with your favorite item from Mada's Place Etsy shop.

2.) Follow the KNET Team on Twitter and leave us a comment with your Twitter username or tweet at @KNETTeam and say hello! (But remember to leave a comment on this blog either way so your entry will count!)

3.) Visit Mada's Place and browse the designs, then leave a comment here saying which one you would choose if you won this fabulous keyfob.

4.) Follow the KNET Team blog and leave us a comment letting us know you did.

5.) Tweet the following phrase and leave us a link to your SPECIFIC tweet: “Head over to the @KNETTeam blog for awesome giveaways from Feb 1-14! #day1”

That’s a total of 5 chances per person! YAY!!

Ready, set, go! Winner will be chosen February 1st after 10 pm CST by and will be announced on this blog and on our Twitter page. Winner has 24 hours to contact us via e-mail to redeem their prize at or via Twitter.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Member Feature: Four Harp Designs

Tell us a little about your shop.
My shop is primarily digital files for custom photo cards (birth announcements, invitations, holiday cards, etc.). Occasionally I add other fun items like burp rags, notecards, magnets, etc.

What brought you to etsy?
I learned about Etsy through The Bump community forums and started shopping here in February 2008 when my first son was born.

How long have you been crafting?
I opened my Etsy shop in June 2009 but have always had a crafty streak in me. I'm constantly looking for things to make and even as a child was very crafty. I still find silly crafts and projects at my parents' house that I made when I was young...

What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
Currently, my favorite item is my Snips & Snails birth announcement - I love that it's something more fun and whimsical than you typically see for little boys. I've never been into the baby boy stuff and it's hard to find things not in teddy bear/duckies/bottles themes for little boys.

What is your "day job?"
I'm a stay-at-home mom to two busy boys! Caleb is 2 and Asher is 6 months. This is by far the best (and most exhausting) "day job" I've ever had! I try to find time during their naps to hope on the computer and work on my etsy stuff.

Where do you find inspiration?
I'm always looking around for inspiration. It could be a new pattern I found or it could be something I saw while I was out and about running errands. For example, my Duo birth announcement was actually inspired by the back of a delivery truck I was driving behind one day!
What is one thing you wish you could do better?
I wish I was better at saying 'No' to chocolate :)

What is your favorite book/movie/song?
I love Jodi Picoult's books! My favorites of hers are My Sister's Keeper, Vanishing Acts, Plain Truth and Nineteen Minutes. Also love Alice Seabold's The Lovely Bones. One of my all-time favorite movies is Memento. I love movies that make you think and this one certainly does. If you haven't seen it, you've got to check it out. The movie begins at the end and works backwards in short segments. It's amazing.

Where else can we find you?

Thanks Jan!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Patterns of Love

We got another treasury! The lovely Bella Mia Bows & Things was able to snag one for the team and it is a great one!

Please click the image below to check it out, click the items and leave comments!
Help spread the news about our great team!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Member Feature: Mada's Place & Mada's Place Baby

Tell us a little about your shop.
I have two shops! Mada's Place is a mishmash of everything... cute wristlet clutches, eco-friendly snack bags and sandwich wraps, and key fobs. It will also soon be home to my new line, Mada's Place {scents} - yummy candles, lip balms, and soaps. Mada's Place Baby contains all my items for the tiny tots.

What brought you to etsy?
I wasn't thrilled with the baby items I found in stores when I was pregnant with my son. I taught myself to sew so I could make items for him. Friends encouraged me to open a shop, and I'm glad I listened!

How long have you been crafting?
It seems like all my life. As a kid, I was totally obsessed with making jewelry in my EZ 2 Do oven, and I took the obligitory 4-H sewing projects. I was an utter failure at sewing as a kid, but I find it comes naturally now.

What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
Oooh. Ouch. This is tough. Nearly everything I make has been from a need for that particular item in my life. I'm loving the Katie wristlet clutch most right now, I think.

What is your "day job?"
I'm a stay at home mom who sneaks in sewing and candle making time whenever possible.

Where do you find inspiration?
Like I said, everything I make comes from a need for that particular item. I wasn't happy with the small size of swaddle blankets in store, so I made mine bigger and better. I needed a great multipurpose tote for myself, so the Favorite Bag made its way into my store.

What is one thing you wish you could do better?
Graphic design. Luckily, I have great and talented friends who are willing to trade their services with me.

What is your favorite book/movie/song?
I love anything written by Jennifer Crusie. I couldn't even begin to choose a song or movie!

Where else can we find you?

Thanks Steph!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

KNET Team treasury

All things KNETsy!

This great treasury was curated by our team member Bella MiaBows & Things.

Please take a moment and click on the image above and leave a comment on the treasury page!
We hope to have many more treasuries created to help show off our talented team members!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tutorial: Upcycled Gift Tags

Now that holidays are behind us, you've probably got some Christmas cards sitting around. I know I always hate to throw them away. Well, I hope you saved yours this year, because you can get a start on next year's holiday season with this tutorial from team member Jan at Four Harp Designs. She has shared a crafty way to upcycle old greeting cards (from any holiday) into gift tags. Jump on over to her blog for the details.

P.S. She designed her blog background herself!