Monday, November 25, 2013

Handmade Monday Sale

Hello Everyone,
I am so excited that HANDMADE MONDAY is finally here. If you are not familiar with Handmade Monday, let me explain a little about it. As you all know there is Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday. However, there has never been a day to allow handmade sellers to provide the public with huge deals and discounts. Therefore to support handmade shops, the Monday before Thanksgiving has been declared Handmade Monday. On this day you will find handmade sellers from Etsy, Zibbet, Artfire, Storenvy, Meylah and many other handmade marketplaces and shops will be offering great deals within their shops. Therefore, if you are looking for the perfect handmade Christmas gift, TODAY would be the best day to shop and take advantage of the sales and discounts.

For Handmade Monday, I am offering a 15% off your total purchase discount in my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen. To take advantage on this special, simply enter coupon code: HANDMADE15 at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required.

Some of my fellow All Handmade By Me Team members are offering great deals as well. Please visit our Facebook page to find out more about their discounts. Also, while shopping on Etsy, be sure to look for our team badge (see below) to ensure that your item is truly handmade, and not manufactured by a machine.

[Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman from SMART Designs]

I hope everyone is able to find some wonderful handmade gifts for that special someone today. Happy Handmade Shopping!!!

~ Jenn


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

All Handmade By Me Team on Etsy

I am a proud member, and leader of the All Handmade by Me team on Etsy. You may have read about the team in a recent article on Yahoo Shineabout the reactions of some Etsy sellers in response to the new Etsy policy changes.

This team began after Etsy announced new policy changes allowing mass produced and manufactured items on the site. The goal of this team is to keep the true spirit of Etsy alive by helping buyers to recognize true handmade items. Each applicant who applies to the team is screened by a group of leaders to make sure that the items in each shop are truly handmade. When a member is approved they are given a badge to place in their shop to show that all the items in that shop are handmade. 

Any Etsy seller who sells items handmade by them self. The team does not allow Etsy sellers who sell vintage or pre-made items. 

If you are an Etsy seller and would like to join the team, you can APPLY HERE.

When you are browsing Etsy make sure to keep an eye out for our handmade badge. This way you can be sure that a person created the item, and not a machine.

[Art Credit : Stacey Sobelman]

Visit Stacey's shop SMART Designs on Etsy

Here is a treasury featuring All Handmade by Me Team Members

'Turkey Day!' by jennsurprenant

Thanksgiving Cards Set of 2, Turkey Day Cards - apaperaffaire
Thanksgiving Cards Set ...
Printable Thanksgiving Photo Card (4x8) - SMARTdesignsbyStacey
Printable Thanksgiving ...
Fall Leaves Thanksgiving Cookie Favors - One dozen - WhimsicalOriginalsDB
Fall Leaves Thanksgivin...
First Thanksgiving bib, first turkey bib, boy version, embroidered holiday bib - GiftsbyGita
First Thanksgiving bib,...
Fall/Autumn Painted Wine Glass, Leaves, Filigree, Thanksgiving Set of 2 - Hand-painted & Personalized - FlutterbyGlass
Fall/Autumn Painted Win...
Crochet Fall Napkin Rings, Set of Four Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, Fall Flower Decor for Thanksgiving Table Setting - SweetheartsStitches
Crochet Fall Napkin Rin...
CLEARANCE - Set of 4 "Pumpkin" Placemats / pumpkin / orange / beige / green / Thanksgiving / table / kitchen / dining room - AmbersLittleBoutique
CLEARANCE - Set of 4 &q...
Thanksgiving Table Runner - Autumn Bountiful Harvest - MoonDanceTextiles
Thanksgiving Table Runn...
Thanksgiving Kitchen Tea Towel Thanksgiving Turkey and Sunflower Hanging Kitchen Towel - SnowNoseCrafts
Thanksgiving Kitchen Te...
Autumn Leaves Apron. - coolcoverups
Autumn Leaves Apron.
Pumpkin Scented Soy Candle Tin / 6 oz Primitive Fall Decor - SoapForYourSoul
Pumpkin Scented Soy Can...
Beeswax Acorn Votive Candles - Woodland Decor- Eco friendly home decor - pure beeswax  - set of two - ButtercupBees
Beeswax Acorn Votive Ca...
Soap - Turkey - Thanksgiving Turkey Soap - Vanilla Hazelnut, Gingerbread & Spice, or Almond Scented - BigTRanchSoap
Soap - Turkey - Thanksg...
SALE: Fall Wreath - Daisies - Autumn Wreath - 14 inch Wreath - Grapevine Wreath - Thanksgiving Wreath - Wreath for Door - HomeKissed
SALE: Fall Wreath - Dai...
Vinyl Wall Decal Subway Art Autumn - MulberryCreek
Vinyl Wall Decal Subway...
Gobble Turkey Wreath for Shelf or Mantel - WyliesWhimsicals
Gobble Turkey Wreath fo...
Treasury tool by StylishHome.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Stella Ziganti Designs ~ An Etsy Shop Above the Rest

Are you looking for an extraordinary piece of handmade jewelry that exceeds your expectations when it comes to quality? Are you in search of a gift for someone who loves exceptionally beautiful jewelry, but you can't afford the prices at the mall? Well I would like to tell you about Stella Ziganti Designs. Stella Ziganti Designs is an Etsy shop run by my new friend, and fellow All Handmade by Me team member, Suzanne Smith.

Suzanne creates beautiful, one of a kind, natural gemstone jewelry using untreated gemstones and sterling silver. Here are some of my favorite pieces she has created.

Suzanne's shop, Stella Ziganti Designs, is a fairly new shop which opened in September 2013. However, you would never be able to tell with the very professional customer service, and gorgeous jewelry she creates. It looks likes she has been doing it for years.

As Suzanne states on her shop about page: " I love jewelry—I love wearing it, seeing it, giving it and receiving it. However, there is one thing I love more than all of that, and it is designing and creating it. Picking out natural stones that look like the river in the spring, or the ocean on a clear day and making that into something that can be worn is so exciting to me—it reminds me of my kids when I hand them paint and brushes and send them off to have fun, and their faces just light up."

She really puts her heart and soul into every handmade piece she creates, and it shows in the quality of her jewelry. Not only does she enjoy making the jewelry, but she does it with the intent that her jewelry "brighten" someones day. 

Please take a moment an visit Stella Ziganti Designs on Etsy, and see for yourself the incredible amount of work Suzanne puts into her jewelry.

You can also find Stella Ziganti Designs on:

FACEBOOK (where she is currently having a giveaway)

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope you enjoy Suzanne's work as much as I do!

~ Jenn


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