We are excited to announce that Team FEST (Florida Etsy Street Team) is now presenting a monthly BNS! Round 1 will kick off on Sunday October 23rd and will be open from 10:00am – 6:00pm. There will be no minimum buy in. Please stop by, peek around, shop for the holidays, and enjoy the Florida Etsy Street Team Shop Offerings!
On October 15th some area Team FEST folks got together to meet & greet in person. We met at The Social Chameleon in Orlandos Milk District. They were kind enough to open their doors for us to meet and brought in food from Spookys Cafe.
We enjoyed chatting together about etsy … our shops, strategy, tips, and general conversation getting to know each other. It was wonderful to take the relationships we have built online into an in person gathering!
Exciting news… I won the July Team FEST blog giveaway! My lovely team mate Garden Whimsies By Mary was giving away one of her delightful art pieces … that now has a home in my garden! Here is what I won:
I’ve never considered myself to be the “creative type”. And, I’ve always been envious of others who were blessed with that particular gene. It wasn’t until I reached age 50 and downsized from my job that I realized there was something more to life than the corporate world of 9-5 daily. My children are grown and successfully on their own. I’m also blessed to be “Gigi” to the most amazing and beautiful grand-daughter. So what did I want to do for the next chapter of my life?
I’ve been an avid gardener for many years and recently combined my love of gardening with decorating. Who says you can’t decorate your garden with things that are beautiful (besides flowers)? I love fun, whimsical gardens where you find unexpected treasures. That’s what my creations are. They are the unexpected treasure that adds whimsy to your garden. I want to share this joy with everyone who has a passion for their garden. And, in the process bring new life to objects that might otherwise find themselves in a landfill. I love repurposing objects so they can become useful again.
You could enter to win this months Team FEST Blog Giveaway!
Our FEST Blog Giveaway for August is a sensational Lily Inspired Dragonfly Hug Ring by MadScientistsDesigns . Mad uses beautiful antique copper to fashion her whimsical jewelry masterpieces. Her creative and lifelike representations are fanciful and exotic and this wonderful Dragonfly Ring is no exception. It conforms to your finger, is adjustable and comfortable with wings that hug your finger and a tail with a fanciful curl.
Mad loves designing jewelry to match steam punk and goth fashion and also is committed to rescuing cats and giving them a good home. She initially started selling on Etsy to help pay for their food and care and this charitable endeavor has blossomed into her wonderful Etsy Shop with so many fabulous offerings such as the Vacuum Tube Necklace pictured below.
HOW TO ENTER: Enter to win by visiting the Team BLOG POST for instructions on how to enter. Winner picked on 09/05/11. Simple and Easy!
Summer is sizzling and so is our FEST Blog Giveaway for July from GardenWhimsiesByMary. Mary has combined her love of gardening with decorating and producing gorgeous unexpected treasures to add whimsy to your garden. Her pieces are one of a kind garden art and so colorful and fun as seen in this month’s Giveaway – a Sapphire Blue Petite Plate Flower.
Mary stacks plates for “flower” garden stakes and fits them with a holder on the back so they can be set on a copper pipe and placed anywhere. Her amazing talent for combing colors and textures is evident in all of her works of art. An added benefit is her love for bringing new life to objects that might otherwise find themselves in a landfill. Treat your garden to a touch of Whimsy!
HOW TO ENTER: Visit the Team FEST blog and Enter to win by visiting Mary at GardenWhimsiesByMary or any of the FEST Team members listed in the Member Section. Find your favorite item, share it with us and tell us why you love it. Remember to add your email address so we can contact you if you are the Winner! Winner picked on 08/07/11. Simple and Easy!
To enter: Go to the FEST Blog Giveaway Post, visit Carrie at either or both of her Shops HappyLittleMonkey or MonkeySeeMonkeyDo or any of the FEST Team members listed in the Member Section. Find your favorite item, COMMENT on the team blog thread – share with us your pick and tell us why you love it. Remember to add your email address so we can contact you if you are the Winner!
Winner picked on 07/04/11
Our lucky June Winner will have an opportunity to select one item from either of Carrie’s Shops – HappyLittleMonkeyor MonkeySeeMonkeyDo. Carrie is a Florida native now living in Tallahassee. She creates wonderful products for kids with practicality, utility and parents in mind.
HappyLittleMonkey specializes in great baby gifts and you can choose a Premium Swaddling Blanket and Burp Cloth Set from this Shop similar to this lovely blue, aqua and white blanket combo as your Giveaway.
MonkeySeeMonkeyDo features items for bigger kids, from age 1 to around kindergarten and growing. Or select as your Giveaway, an Appliqued Shirt from this Shop. Here’s an example of Carrie’s special designs.
About the Artist: Carrie is a stay-at-home mommy of two little ones and loves the opportunity to create great things! Her product inspiration comes from her kids, and then she create things that Moms will love too. Carrie learned how to sew as a little girl, along-side her mother who gave Carrie her very own machine at a very young age!
She has taken her hobby of decorative painting to the next level on Etsy. She has been painting for about 20 years. Her husband has contributed some of his wood-turned pieces, some of which she has painted on, thus, Painted Lathees. Mary also helps her daughter-in-law once a week with her Etsy shop, OhBananas. She grew up in New England where a lot of her art is inspired from. Now living in Florida she finds new inspiration all around on the Gulf Coast.