Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BESTeam Feature: pecanieregirl - Custom Monogram Handcrafted Apparel And Gifts

This week we introduce you to: AKA Gramme's House. A fabulous etsy shop speacializing in Custom Monogram Apparel And Gifts.

Personalized Bib and Burp Cloth Set - Applique fish

Gramme's House is handcrafted in Livonia, La., United States by a mother and grandmother who works as a hospice nurse.  Gramme learned to sew from her older sister.  She sews and machine embroideries all of her products herself.

Embroidered little slugger set - bib and burp cloth

Gramme's House is full of dresses, little boy outfits, bibs, ribbons, hair bows, and diaper bags for the sweet little ones in your life.

Insulated Travel Beverage Tumbler Mug cup - Purple and gold plaid with embroidered tiger head

Gramme's House also has great adult gifts too. Check out the key fobs, badge holders, koozies, purse organizers, and kleenex tissue holders.

Personalized mini key fob - Hot pink polka dot ribbon with black webbing

Gramme's House can be found online at:


Have a Fabulous Week!

Monday, March 21, 2011

BESTeam Feature:AllAboutCats - Handmade Items For Cats (and for humans who love them)

Our feature this week is All About Cats. One thing that I noticed when I first visited this shop were the bright colors. It is a cheerful shop and if you like cats, you are going to love it.

Four Whimsical Fabric Cat Magnets

All About Cats was created by Linda in South Burlington, Vermont, USA.  Linda and I have something in common, we both share our homes with three fabulous cats that we rescued.  Their names are Jerry, Maggie, and Brady. Thank goodness for lint rollers! She also has an aquarium full of fish-sounds like a bad combination!

Marty The Blue Owl Organic Catnip Bell Cat Toy

Linda's Favorite Things...

Crafts - sewing and painting. I love to paint on rocks!

Movies - from the 1940s and 1950s.

Retirement - I get to nurture my creative side.

Outdoor Activities - horse back riding, gardening, hiking, and camping in Vermont State Parks.

Four Reversable Cat Print Fabric Coasters


Find All About Cats Online:
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Pete The Penguin Organic Catnip Bell Cat Toy

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Beadery Destash - Great Deal on Beads and Jewelry Findings

Visit Beadery Destash Online at:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BESTeam Feature: sandyvern - Sandy's Handmade Soaps and Things

This week we introduce you to: Sandy's Handmade Soaps and Things. 

Sandy's Soaps are made from scratch using the old-fashioned cold process method of combining various oils, butters, and lye in just the right amounts to create a luxurious soap that she is proud to offer to you. Her soap is made in very small batches for quality control over the entire process. After curing for 4 - 6 weeks, she hand-cuts and individually packages each soap.

Vanilla Bar Soap

Sandy's Things are other items she creates including whipped shea butter, lotion bars, lip balms, stitch markers and earrings.

Stitch Markers

And Now An Interview With Sandyvern...

How did you get started?

Making soap...I got started because I was looking to do something as a thank you to all my pet sitting customers for Christmas...that wouldn't break the bank of a small business owner.
Tell us how you decided on your shop name.

Sadly I did not put much time into the thought of a shop name because I had already had a user name for Etsy for purchase before I started selling stuff...and then over time I just kept adding things to my Sandy's Soaps & Things became a good catch all :-)

Brown Sugar Scrub Soap

How did you feel the first time someone actually paid money for something you had made?

LOVED IT!!! It was so cool to think that someone wanted to pay me money for something I made ;-) It is rather addicting!!

How do you handle your family life while creating from home?

My life gets a little hectic now and then with pet sitting jobs all over the place and so I try and "relax" by crafting in between running from one job to the other.

Handknit Washcloths

Any advice you would like to share with a newbie who may be reading this?

Just do it! Ya never really know who will want to pay for something you make...there are a lot of people out there who are not 'crafty' or have never tried to be crafty and are willing to pay to have what you made.
Where can you be found online?

Etsy - &
Facebook -
Twitter -
Ravelry - rav id is: sandyvern

Lavender Bath Bombs

Stop by and visit soon!  New items are being added daily.

Have a great week Everyone!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Ellesbeads - Funky Eco-Friendly Jewelry and Accessories

Looking for one of a kind, funky handmade jewelry? Then you should check out  Ellesbeads features both vintage-inspired jewelry with funky color combinations and eco-friendly accessories for the modern fashionista.

On to our interview...

How did you get started? At the encouragement of family and friends, I decided in September 2009 to share my passion for jewelry with others and I've been selling my creations ever since.

Tell us how you decided on your shop name. Elle is my nickname

Where do you create? I've carved out space in my dining room for my beads and sewing machine.
 How did you feel the first time someone actually paid money for something you had made? The first person to buy from me was a friend. It felt great to have someone show their support that way.

What inspires you to create your products? A desire to make something beautiful with my hands, color, pieces of old jewelry that can be recycled, etc.

Where can you be found online?

Ellebeads is making new jewelry and accessories all the time and would be happy to create a custom piece for you! Her pieces make excellent gifts for teens, young adults, and the young at heart. If you don't find exactly what you're looking for, please contact Elle and she'll be happy to help you out!

Any advice you would like to share with a newbie who may be reading this? Running a successful Etsy shop takes a lot of time and money. It can be a rewarding experience, but do your homework and make sure you know what you're getting into.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kansas City Metro Craft Shows Blog Is Here!!!

We have created a new blog to help Kansas City Artists and Crafters find shows in the metro area.

If you have a show you want to list, send me a message at  I will need the name of the event, event location, even dates, event times, and event url link to application or a contact name and e-mail.  The event must be within a 50 mile raidus of the KC metro area.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sale Treasures!!!

I found some awesome treasures on sale at

See what I found:

Stop by our treasury and leave us a comment!