Thursday, May 21, 2009

What's Up! mollyannemake has some amazing goods

This amazing woman is located in central Illinois. She uses some of the most inventive applique techniques and has such a great sense of design and style. I hope to some day reach this skill level!! See her amazing shop HERE...

Felt Leafy Mobile!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Newest Goodies from Happy Solez Organics

I have been quite busy this semester with school, but in about 5 weeks, the mahem will hopefully cease. I try to sew or "play" as body + soul magazine calls it, as much as I can these days. I make a few things here and there. But I need to get even busier, because Celebration is fast approaching!! Wish me luck on making it in...
Most of these items are gifts for friends too, a nice change for the focus of my productions.
See more of my items HERE.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Etsy Baby Shower Group

So, I just found this etsy community that I think anyone can join. I think these etsy groups are a good idea for getting your shop name out. There are so many etsy groups to join, like etsybaby, etsyorganic, there are so so many!!

So, go HERE to see the etsy baby shower group page.Let us know if you join...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Art Fairs in Southwestern Illinois

To see even more blog posts about Craft Shows, please visit my other blog Here!!

Music, theater, nightlife and more! Southwestern Illinois will entertain you day and night.

Art on the Square (Belleville)
This juried art show for all media was given the 2005 Art Fair Source Book Award for "The Best Small Town Fine Art Festival in America" and ranked in the top 10 shows in the nation in Sunshine Artists magazine. Held in May.
Downtown Belleville | Belleville, IL

ArtEAST (Edwardsville)
Art lovers get a map to more than 150 studios to watch demonstrations and view exhibition every October. Call for a current map and information.
Edwardsville, IL

Salute to the Arts (Fairview Heights)
This juried art show, held in August, is for all media and has activities for all ages. 100 artists are chosen from around the United States and internationally to show and sell their work. Children can create their own masterpieces to take home.
Moody Park at Longacre | Fairview Heights, IL

Art Walk (Greenville)
Local artists, bands, music, art demonstrations and dinner theatre come together to celebrate local talent. Art includes drawing, painting, sculpture, weaving, quilting and more. Event is held in September.
Greenville, IL

Street Art Festival (Highland)
Artists from the St. Louis metro area and beyond transform the streets around the historic downtown square into an outdoor museum as they create fabulous street paintings in chalk. Watch the artists at work, enjoy a variety of food, drink and music. Young artists can create their own work of art at the Kreative Kids Korner. Visit Our Website
907 Main Street (on the Square) | Highland, IL 62249

Art in the Park (Highland)
Don't miss this up and coming art show held in the fall.
Highland Chamber of Commerce | Highland, IL

Strange Folk Festival (O'Fallon)
This is the Heartland's largest outdoor indie art festival with 120 juried vendors from the U.S. and Canada. Shop for affordable counter-culture eclectic art and enjoy live music, good food, free wi-fi, free art activities for kids. It is held in September and admission is free. Voted Best Festival in St Louis by readers of Riverfront Times. Visit Our Website
O'Fallon Community Park | O'Fallon, IL 62269

Cute Baby Finds: Weego Baby

See the Weego Baby Site Here
and the Weego Home site Here.
I found this site through Aunt Bucky's blog...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cute Baby finds: Oeuf Changing Station

So cute! Not from Illinois, but very nice! See this item HERE...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Neemies Dresses n skirts for Toddler Girls

These dresses and skirts are so cute and look really well made. I also love the setting she takes her pictures in. Isn't the model a cutie!! I can imagine how high-quality her work is, and would love to see it in person. Learn more about her from her bio:
"Hi, my name is Heather. I am a stay at home mom of 1. My daughter Gracie is 2 and so much fun. Even at this early age Gracie has shown an eye for fashion. She inspires me to create adorable designs for children.

Throughout the years while shopping for Gracie and my six nieces, I have come to realize that it can be difficult to find exactly the fashions and sizes I am looking for, especially when in comes to childrens belts.

One day, after a frustrating 4 hours at the mall I decided to dust off my old sewing machine. I soon realized I could take all those ideas in my head and create my own line of childrens clothes and accessories. I never imagined how much I would enjoy making childrens clothes and I am excited to share them with all of you..

A note to buyers - All products are created in my smoke free and pet free home.

I love custom orders too! So if you see something but would like it a little different, just convo me and we can create something together!!"

She is located in Chicago, IL. So please help support this local Illinoisan Artist/Seamstress/Mamma...
See her Etsy Shop HERE...

Catz in the House

This funky shop is filled with super unique toys for babies and toddlers. You may find a toy you have never seen before, and that is the wonderful beauty of etsy!!
She uses very nice quality woods, and her wooden toys look so smooth, I just want to touch them!
Her bio is as follows...
"Hello everyone. I am the proud mother of five beautiful children, two cats . . . oh and one husband. My children are ages 10 (my only girl), 6, 4, 3, and 2. They are the light of my life. I create and sell so I can stay home with all my children but especially my little guy who has heart and lung disease with down syndrome, he is also often on oxygen. God has blessed us richly with this child and if given the chance will change anyone's heart that he meets. All of my children leave faithful imprints on the hearts of those they share their life with. I am truly blessed. In my spare time I love to crochet, quilt, bead, read, and photography because I have so much free time you know:):). Papa Cat does all the woodworking and enjoys making new designs of soap dishes and quilt blocks, he loves to do custom work. My goal for 2008 is to read my Bible from cover to cover not once, not twice, but three times. After losing my Mother this past year to cancer my faith has multiplied tremendously. I always had great faith but it is stronger than ever now. I know there is a God and heaven is very real. Haven't met God yet, been a stranger to Him lately? Find Him and get to know Him in the church of your choice today. God's Blessings be upon all of you by the blood of His Precious Son, Jesus Christ.
Visit our catz family at

Pretty Girl Bows

This etsy seller really has it down to an art. She takes amazing pictures, makes very cute items in great color pallettes, and also has some of the cutes models :)
She has a wide variety of items too. They all look very well made, and it appears she takes pride in her work.
To learn more about her, here is her etsy profile:
"Hi, My name is Stacey. I am a stay at home mom to a beautiful daughter, Addalyn Grace. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful husband who works very hard so that I do not have to work full-time and can be at home with our daughter. After Addie was born, I began to develop an interest in hair bows and other girly things that had not interested me before. I started to love to dress Addie with cute bows in her hair, but I found many of the bows to be very expensive. So.....I learned how to make them myself. I found I really enjoyed this and began making them for friends, baby shower gifts, birthday gifts and just for fun. I have now decided to turn my love of bow making into something more than a hobby.(Hopefully!) Thanks for looking and I look forward to working with you!"

She seems like a great person, so please this local Illinoisan artist HERE...
Or her Myspace Page HERE...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Orchids and LadyBugs and also Frogguru on etsy!!

This mother daughter duo has two etsy shops:
Orchids and Lady Bugs and also Frogguru, they both reside in Illinois. They make fancy items for girls who are of toddler age that are so cute :) Orchids alters clothing and makes them into beautiful dresses. Wow, that model is so cute!! Also, her daughter, Frogguru makes leg and arm warmers. Please check them out and support our local Illinois residents.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

HALF OFF SALE at Alissa's Creations on etsy

This woman really knows her stuff. She makes the cutest girls' dresses, and I believe she begins with Bandanas for a lot of them. Her girl is such a cute little model, I love the pictures she takes!! She is having a half off sale right now, making many of her Bandana skirts, which are just perfect for Spring, HALF OFF!!! She has over 520 Sales, and really great customer feedback. Please check her out HERE on etsy.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Kim G Designs on etsy

Another great Illinois Baby Accessory Artist is Kim G Designs. she uses very cute and baby friendly fabrics, that is for sure. Whe does some great applique work, and is wonderful because she can personalize just about anything made of fabric. What a fun shop!! Check her out on etsy HERE and support a local Illinois Artist.

Illinois Baby Accessory Street Team

A cool, new movement maybe started by etsy, is street teams. The street teams are sometimes divided by location, type of items people make, or other special interests. I believe it would be really fun to start a street team of our own, and maybe make out interests and companies more known. So, feel free to join our new Street Team at FLICKR...
Feel free to join us on flickr, and post your pictures in the group.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

AE BABY on etsy

Wow, these stunning items are made by the ever talented amy from aebaby. She really has an extremely creative mindset, and with over 650 sales, she really knows how to handle little one's wants and needs.
Please visit her delightful shop to see what she is up to.
She is located near St. Charles, IL.


What a cute name! It looks like this Illinois Baby Accessory Artist, Bloomingdeals has a nice embroidery machine and knows how to use it!!! She embellishes very cute and baby/toddler friendly images on her work to add a very cool and unique touch. These items must take a long time to make.
So, check her out on etsy HERE...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


This is an excerpt from a Yarn Guild who is fighting for the rights of craft producers and consumers in the United States found HERE:
"• In conclusion, all the test data gathered to date on products made from pre-dyed or un-dyed fibre, have
shown that consumer craft products sold and distributed in the US are essentially lead and phthalate free. While y p
materials and test data presented today has focused on the manufacturing of handknit products, all other
products made from natural or synthetic fibres would p yyield very similar results.
• We believe that consumer craft products manufactured anddistributedintheUSmarketstodayaresignificantlyand distributed in the US markets today are significantly
below the minimum lead and phthalates content levels established by the CPSIA 2008, and all consumer craft
productsshouldbeexempt fromtestingrequirementsproducts should be exempt from testing requirements."

Please feel free to input any further information you know, or links to helpful resources, as this may affect us all...

ALSO LOOK HERE for more info.

These appear to be the items in question:
Items created after the dates in ()
# Lead Paint, 16 CFR Part 1303 (effective date 12/21/2008)
# Full-Size Cribs, 16 CFR Part 1508 (effective date 01/20/2009)
# Non Full-Size Cribs, 16 CFR Part 1509 (effective date 01/20/2009)
# Pacifiers, 16 CFR Part 1511 (effective date 01/20/2009)
# Small Parts Rule, 16 CFR Part 1501 (effective date 02/15/2009)
# Lead Content in Children's Metal Jewelry

Bonnie Baby Slings in Carbondale, IL

My first featured artist/seamstress is Bonnie Baby Slings. She makes a great array of items for babies, and also has great prices and bountiful products. One listing is for 25 flannel wipes for only $14!! So check out this great Southern Illinois Baby Accessory Artist! She deserves it...