May 31, 2008

Sweet Steals

What's a sweet steal? A "sweet steal" is a list of specials deals and current sales that handmade sellers are offering to you our loyal readers! This list is compiled and updated by Sweet Figments every Saturday.

All specials are valid from May 31st - June 6th unless otherwise stated. All you have to do to get your sweet steal is to convo the seller during or after checkout with the code "SWEETSTEAL". *Please note it is not the responsibility of Sweet Figments to uphold these deals as they are written up by the individual shop owners. Enjoy!


Shop Name: 10oneworld
Shop Address: 10oneworld.etsy.com
What you sell: organically embellished shirts & totes
Sweet Steal: Free shipping if you put "SWEET STEAL" in note to seller.


Shop Name: tangente
Shop Address: http://www.tangente.etsy.com/
What you sell: women's clothing that blends the old with the new
Sweet Steal: Free shipping if you put "SWEET STEAL" in note to seller.


Shop Name: Art by MAR
Shop Address: http://www.artbymar.etsy.com/
What you sell: Original Art Pendants, Other Jewelry & Artwork
Sweet Steal: Free Shipping if you put "SWEET STEAL" in note to seller.


Shop Name: asugaraffair
Shop Address: http://www.asugaraffair.etsy.com/
What you sell: yummy goodies and gifts, fathers day is coming
Sweet Steal: 15% off if you put "SWEET STEAL" in note to seller


Shop Name: CraftyAnna
Shop Address: http://www.craftyanna.etsy.com/
What you sell: crocheted items for you, your kids and your home
Sweet Steal: 15% off if you put "SWEET STEAL" in note to seller


Shop Name: Om Shanti Handcrafts
Shop Address: omshanti.etsy.com
What you sell: All-natural herbal bath & body stuff, beaded jewelry
Sweet Steal: Any order over $20 comes with a free lip balm -- just mention SWEETSTEALS in the note!


Shop name: TamaranDesigns
Shop address Tamaran.etsy.com
What you sell: Jewelry and accessories, focusing on crochet.
Sweet steal: 20% off any order over $50 if you mention seeing this on Sweet Figments.


Shop Name: CricketsCreations
Shop Address: cricketscreations.etsy.com
What you sell: 100 fashion scarves for any season or taste!
Sweet Steal: Only $30 each (25% off) if you tell me which mark down before checking out. :)


Shop Name: KismetCreations
Shop Address: kismetcreations.etsy.com
What you sell: Cloth pads, cloth diapers, recycled notebooks and coasters.
Sweet Steal: Store credit for 20% of your purchase.


Shop Name: PattyMara
Shop Address: pattymara.etsy.com
What you sell: Hand painted silk, ceramics, jewelry, collage
Sweet Steal: Free set of dog and cat angel notecards with purchase.


Shop Name:LoveMeKnot Creations
Shop Address: lovemeknotcreations.etsy.com
What you sell: muscle relief bags, eye pillows, handbags, mini wallets, key fobs....
Sweet Steal: 20% off total purchase, not including shipping.


Shop Name: SeaJewels
Shop Address: seajewels2005.etsy.com
What you sell: jewelry "affordable bling for just a little cha-ching"
Sweet Steal: Free Shipping


Shop Name: Jarvisgift
Shop Address: jarvisgift.etsy.com
What you sell: accessories, for home, pets, kids and adults
Sweet Steal: 25% off if you put SWEETSTEAL in notes to seller!


Shop Name: washi by maoiliosa
Shop Address: maoiliosa.etsy.com
What you sell: japanese-paper jewelry and accessories
Sweet Steal: free shipping if you enter 'sweet steal' in the 'notes to seller' section at checkout ;).


Shop Name: Designed by RJ
Shop Address: designedbyrj.etsy.com
What you sell: Jewelry for the Playful Spirit!
Sweet Steal: Free Shipping on all orders, Worldwide! Just put "sweetsteal' in the notes at checkout and I will refund your shipping.


Shop Name: Ann Radcliff Designs
Shop Address: annradcliff.etsy.com
What you sell: Custom embellished children's clothing
Sweet Steal: Free shipping if you enter 'sweet steal' in the 'notes to seller' section at checkout and I will refund shipping charges


Shop Name: Beneath the Rowan Tree
Shop Address: beneaththerowantree.etsy.com
What you sell: Clothing & Natural Toys for wonder-full little people
Sweet Steal: 15% of if you put 'Sweet Steal' in the notes to seller.


Shop Name: Silver River jewelry
Shop Address: silverriverjewelry.etsy.com
What you sell: Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry
Sweet Steal: 15% off entire order not including shipping. Will refund thru paypal after purchase.


Shop Name: Something Different Designs by Bari
Shop Address: designsbybari.etsy.com
What you sell: FuNkY New York style UNIQUE jewelry
Sweet Steal: Buy one ring, get one free (free ring my choice in your size) NO LIMIT


Shop Name: CuteAbility
Shop Address: CuteAbility.etsy.com
What you sell: Fun , Funky and Unique Jewelry
Sweet Steal: Buy 3 or more items and receive free shipping, enter "Sweet steal" in message to Seller . Will refund through Paypal after purchase.


Shop Name: It Really Adds Something
Shop Address: itreallyaddsomething.etsy.com
What you sell: Handmade silk thread accessories and cute crochet animals
Sweet Steal: Mention "Sweet Steal" in notes to seller for free shipping.


Shop Name: Bits & Bobs & Things Inbetween
Shop Address: http://www.slvrlily.etsy.com/
What you sell: steampunk and wearable art jewelry
Sweet Steal: Mention sweet steals in notes to seller and receive free shipping. Will refund through PayPal after purchase.


Shop Name: Homemade Art
Shop Address: http://www.homemadeart.etsy.com/
What you sell: Mosaic Art
Sweet Steal: Mention "SWEETSTEALS" in convo to my shop prior to checkout and receive 20% off total purchase price (not including shipping).


Shop name: TheTinyFig
Shop Address: TheTinyFig.etsy.com
What you sell: Cute & fun accessories.
Sweet Steal: Free shipping if you enter "SWEET STEAL" at check out.

May 30, 2008

A little bit of jewelry for everyone!

Picks from our Flickr pool.

1. Willow earrings by ishi
2. Vintage Gold Birdcage Necklace by outofthepinksky
3. EAT ME necklace by stoopidgerl
4. Oscar the Octopus Necklace by pulpsushi
5. C-C-C Cookie Bracelet by beatblack
6. Cacao tile ring by PrettyInPeace

May 29, 2008

SoCalledMommy

Successful as both a mom and a seller! Meet Steph from SoCalledMommy and find out how she manages time for crafting and for her family.


1. Decorated notebook
2. White flower on black scrabble necklace

1. What are the top 3 things you love and hate about your craft?
---I love:
1) Creating things that I enjoy
2) Getting the "validation" that someone else likes something enough to purchase it
3) Hearing that a buyer loved their purchase
---I hate:
1) Working on the "business side" (finding places to promote, etc)
2) Writing descriptions for my items...I can make them, but I get stuck writing about them.
3) Still feeling like I don't have a real balance between all the things I need to do

2. Is it difficult for you manage your time as both a mother and a seller?
Sure, because it seems that whatever I'm doing, I feel like I should be doing something else. I'm able to do some crafting and computer work while my girls are sleeping, and after their in bed, and I get to sneak in a little time during the day when they're playing nicely. We'll see how that all changes when #3 comes! I want to feel like my kids are getting enough of my time too.


3. I noticed that your husband has an Etsy shop as well do you help each other promote? Is there any sense of competition between you two?
We like to compare how many hearts we've gotten in a day, or who had the most recent sale, but it's all fun. I think our items are different enough that there's no real competition that way. And since our names are so similar, I think that whenever either of us is posting in the forums, we're also helping the other.


3. Pink and yellow gift card holder
4. Blue Father's day card

4. Where else can we find your work? (Flickr, Myspace, Indiepublic, etc…)http://flickr.com/photos/socalledmommy

5. What's one piece of advice that you would give a new seller?
Don't compare yourself to other sellers, but do take their advice.

6. Anything to add?
I've just had so much fun on Etsy in my 7 1/2 months here. Between meeting some great people, selling some of my items, and purchasing some other fabulous ones, it's been a great experience.

5. I'm blue, and I miss u
6. Monogrammed Cards

May 28, 2008

Matryoshka dolls

Matryoshka themed items are turning up every where and in every form you could possibly imagine!



1. 3 wooden ladies in 3 colors by Gypsy and Twink
2. Polina Stationary Set by Micasita
3. A handstiched fleece Mama Matryoshka by Tizzalicious
4. Matryoshka cupcake toppers by The Peach
5. Matryoshka rubber stamp by Corrabelle
6. Russian dolls necklace by Bebopgirl1969Jewelry

May 27, 2008

Savor Soaps

Some the best soaps on Etsy are found at Savor! Where else?!? Keep reading to find out more about Lisa the owner of Savor who is constantly on her toes trying to keep those spectacular bars of soap in stock!



1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Apart from soap making what do you like to do?
I don't have much free time these days! What I LOVE to do is explore San Francisco and the East Bay for great new restaurants. I am a total foodie.

I am also a huge geek – I love to work on PCs (I a a tech for my “real” job). I love video games and I love to read. The absolute best times, though, are spent with my husband. Bike riding and camping are big pastimes of ours.

2. I noticed you have quite a unique variety of scents what is your favorite and what is your most popular seller?
My favorite right now is rhubarb. I got a darling rhubarb fragrance that smells just stunning – and it is a perfect summer scent, I think. I wanted something mouthwatering.

My top seller is the Amaretto Honey Oatmeal – the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is screaming to catch up! I can't make enough, it sells out in two or three days.

3. All of your soaps are very creative and some even resemble the name/scent of the soap! When creating how do you pick your scents? Do you pick ones that are easy for you to create into those delicious looking bars?
I love to browse real recipes for my soaps. I also use food that I love as an inspiration. For example – I once read that cornmeal is a great exfoliator – well, I LOVE polenta, so the Polenta soap was born. Not everyone has to smell like lavender!

I recently recreated an Indian dessert for my store, that was one of my most difficult tasks. It has a lot of scent notes – so it's very complex. I'm very pleased with it! I didn't think the name (gajar halva) would really “sell” very well, it's a little bit obscure – so I went with Sweet Carrot.


Japanese Mango

4. With all those yummy scents will you be adding some lotions and lip balms to your shop in the future?

I've done some lotions, and they were very well received! But right now, I can barely keep up with the soap demand. I would have to scale that back before I tried to expand. I do some bath salts, too, but soap is the focus.

I've bought some lip balm making supplies but they aren't ready for mass production yet :)

5. What is the greatest thing you've learned as a seller?
I have learned that other sellers can be your support network. It's not a rat race on Etsy – most of the time. There will be problems, and there will be copying, and there will be fights. But there can also be amazing friendships and partnerships.

6. Anything else you want to add?
To be a success, do what you do well. It's not about following the latest, greatest thing, or what is popular – when you do what you do the very best, people will notice it! And people want quality as well as value. Quality is extremely important – quality of product, of store, and of customer service.


May 26, 2008

Go Pens Go!

Any hockey fans out there? Who are you cheering for?
If not a hockey fan, I'm sure you'll become an instant fan of these little guys.


Yoga Penguin (So many cute penguins in the shop!) by teenybeak


Crochet penguin by anapaulaoli


Penguins screen printed kitchen towel by PataPri


Stella the penguin hair clip by mimisayshi


Tie and bow-tie penguins by PetiteFraise

May 24, 2008

A Week in Review


From left to right:
Trashtastic Neon and Gold Charm Earrings by peroxidepixie
Scribbles key rack by thedarkcottage
Yellow-Orange Canvas Tote by Lofti
Coffee,tea or me? ring by AlwaysAmy
Let's Eat invitations by tuccipaperco
100010101 is binary for I love you by AlwaysAmy
Air Routes Map Journal by bowerbox
Rainbow key rack by thedarkcottage
Trio of lip balm by YouStinkSoap

AND Don't forget about the "Link to us" Giveaway!
Link to us by adding us to your blog roll or by using the code in the right sidebar. Then post a comment HERE with your blog or website address(es) and tell me how you think the blog is doing so far. All entries will be submitted for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to spend at TheTinyFig. Contest ends June 19th, 2008

May 23, 2008

Sweet Steals

What's a sweet steal? A "sweet steal" is a list of specials deals and current sales that handmade sellers are offering to you our loyal readers! This list is compiled and updated by Sweet Figments every Friday.

All specials are valid from May 23rd - 29th unless otherwise stated. All you have to do to get your sweet steal is to convo the seller during or after checkout with the code "SWEETSTEAL". *Please note it is not the responsibility of Sweet Figments to uphold these deals as they are written up by the individual shop owners. Enjoy!


Shop Name: Cassowary Jewelry
Shop Address: cassowaryjewelry.etsy.com
What you sell: Funky but elegant jewelry
Sweet Steal: 25% off all items until Sunday 25th


Shop Name: rubyfig
Shop Address: http://www.rubyfig.etsy.com/
What you sell: beads, buttons, craft supplies
Sweet Steal: Free US shipping (1/2 off International Shipping) on Orders of $50 or more until June 1


Shop Name: MiStephShop
Address: misteph.etsy.com/
What you sell: Handbags and Diaper Bags
Sweet Steal: Free shipping to the US from May 23rd - May 29th


Shop Name: Nolaladysplace2
Shop Address: http://nolaladysplace2.etsy.com/
What you sell: Handcrafted Jewelry
Sweet Steal: Free shipping from May 23-May 29.


Shop Name: LoveMeKnot Creations
Shop Address: lovemeknotcreations.etsy.com
What you sell: Handbags, eye pillows, muscle relief bags
Sweet Steal: BOGO 1/2 off, equal or lesser value!


Shop Name: AlwaysAmy
Shop Address: alwaysamy.etsy.com
What you sell: Quirky & colorful handmade jewelry & oddball creations!
Sweet Steal: Buy any 3 items Get a pair of Stud Earring FREE!


Shop Name: Bijoutery Designs by J. Earles
Shop Address: Bijoutery.etsy.com
What you sell: Jewelry, ACEOs, Supplies
Sweet Steal: Free Gift with Purchase!


Shop Name: Brooklyn Things
Shop Address: brooklynthings.etsy.com
What you sell: Handcrafted one-of-a-kind elegant jewelry.
Sweet Steal: Free shipping, just mention the blog in comments to seller.


Shop Name: Chrys Designs Jewelry
Shop Address: chrysdesignsjewelry.etsy.com
What you sell: vintage -style, brass, copper, sterling silver Jewelry
Sweet Steal: Free Gift with Purchase!

Shop Name: Baby Love Blankies
Shop Address: babyloveblankies.etsy.com
What you sell: Handmade blankets and Spy bags
Sweet Steal: Free shipping on any of my Itsy Bitsy collection :)


Shop Name: Bamabelle Vintage
Shop Address: bamabelle.etsy.com
What you sell: Vintage, altered vintage, handmade soaps
Sweet Steal: Get a free handmade soap with your $25 purchase, mention in a convo to me


Shop Name: Gill Boulter
Shop Address: GillBoulter.etsy.com
What you sell: Handmade - ACEO, Bears, Bracelets / Cuffs, Charms,
Earrings, Hats / Bags , Headpieces / Tiaras, Mythical Creatures, Necklaces / Sets , Purselets
Sweet Steal: Free shipping from May 23-May 29!


Shop Name: StrangeLittleGirl
Shop Address: strangelittlegirl.etsy.com
What you sell: Handmade gemstone jewelry, my specialty is rough gemstone pendants wire-wrapped in sterling or goldfill
Sweet Steal: Free ring with every order (I'm learning to make wire rings and practicing a lot!)


Shop Name: Kismet
Shop Address: kismetcreations.etsy.com
What you sell: cloth pads, recycled notebooks
Sweet Steal: Free origami coaster with every order, until May 31.


Shop Name: Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen
Shop Address: soapdeli.etsy.com
What you sell: Soaps, lotions, and scrubs.
Sweet Steal: 20% off your regular price purchase of $25 or more. Ends May 29th, 2008 12am ET.


Shop Name: The Velvet Patch
Shop Address: thevelvetpatch.etsy.com
What you sell: blankets, bibs, burps...baby gifts
Sweet Steal: FREE shipping with $25 or more purchase May 23-29.


Shop Name: CricketsCreations
Shop Address: cricketscreations.etsy.com/
What you sell: Handknit Scarves for any Season or Style!
Sweet Steal: Only $30 each if you contact me before checkout and let me know which to discount (25% off)!

Shop Name: motherGoose Designs
Shop Address: mothergoosedesigns.etsy.com
What you sell: cloth pads, wipes, waldorf style toys
Sweet Steal: free mama pad with purchase


Shop Name: bub
Shop Address: shopbub.etsy.com
What you sell: unique gifts, wedding accessories and party favors
Sweet Steal: 15% off total party favor purchase ordered May 23-29


Shop Name: Guiding Light Candles
Shop Address: guidinglightcandles.etsy.com
What you sell: Hand-poured Soy Candles
Sweet Steal: Free shipping on purchases of $20 or more. May 23- 29


Shop Name: The Tiny Fig
Shop Address: thetinyfig.com
What you sell: Cute handmade gifts & accessories.
Sweet Steal: Free gift with purchase.