Outfit Of The Week ♥ Barbie Girl

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
What girl doesn't love Barbie? She always looks so pretty and ready for a night out on the town! She is picture perfect from her stylish hair, to her glamorous outfits and her pretty heels. Her blinged out accessories are like the icing on the cake. Why not feel pretty and dress up just like her for a day--or maybe two or three days?! Here's an outfit I threw together using some goodies from the shops of some members of the Etsy Tea Party Team!

Rock and Roll Barbie tshirt From Imyourpresent $28

Baby Pink Vinyl Fancypack from carrotcake $44

Silver and Black Trashy Polka Dot Tutu Skirt From SugarpopClothing $40

Massive White Bow Necklace From Gingerbread Jewelry $16

Barbie Gem Heart Earrings From Zebracakes $6

If you would like to share any cute items that you think Barbie would wear, feel free to leave a comment with the link! If you would like to purchase any of these items, just click the pictures and they'll take you directly to the shop!

Lotsa Love,

Amber AKA Laceybabydoll

Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Hello! this is Kelsey from Kelsey Genna, I am lucky enough to be guest blogging on here once a month or so, sharing some pretty collections of Etsy Tea Party goodies!

KELSEY GENNA, Halloween Prom Dress $74.00

Halloween is just around the corner, and I have got to say... nobody does Halloween as good as Etsy Tea Partiers! Here are some of my favourite picks (all of which i wish i could buy) for this year!

EM AND SPROUT too cute bat masks and fancy hair clips!! both $10.00

BUNNY MASSACRE gorgeous black bubble dress! $46.00

CARROT CAKE adorbable custom halloween fanny packs!! $38.00

123 LA LA LOVELY fun bow ring $8.99

KELSEY GENNA pretty bat tutu $54.00

ZEBRA CAKES adorable lace purse $45.00

IM YOUR PRESENT Pumpkin Playsuit $85.00

Lots of love Kelsey! xxx (http://www.kelseygenna.blogspot.com/)

Meet Julie Of Rairen!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The following is an interview with the lovely Julie of rairen.etsy.com. She is a wonderful member of EtsyTeaParty

Name: Julie (or Rairen, my art/pen name -- I respond to this irl haha)
Birthdate: 06.05.88
Location: Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Shop Name: Rairen
When and why did you first join Etsy?
Feb. 2 ,2007 - I don't really remember why besides it was a new place to shop. But I left Etsy and didn't go back to it for a year. Then it became a serious addiction haha.
Did you open your shop right away?
No. I was a buyer first :) I opened November 2008.

Why are you a member of EtsyTeaParty?
Love love love Lolita lovelies, making and buying. I'm not a true Lolita yet but I will be someday! :D(still a closet Lolita somewhat, until I get my hands on a REAL dress mm)

Easy one, what is your favorite color(s)?
White, cream, gold, silver, (anything metallic) brown, red.

How did you choose your shop's name?
It was already my art / pen name so I decided to stick with it for Etsy too.

What is your favorite item that you have listed in your shop and why (add URL)?
Oh my that's a hard one.. because I like everything I've listed (or else I wouldn't even bother making it!)
But my favorite favorite would probably be http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31341340 because I was able to take something made by another artist, be inspired, and create something new. To me this is what art is about these days, to borrow elements from what you see out there already, and create anew. So this item was a challenge for me, and I'm happy with how it turned out :D

Do you have any other hobbies besides crafting/creating gorgeous handmade things for Etsy? Drawing, animating (hobby and for school), reading good fantasy books, and playing video games! OH and yes, browsing other sellers on Etsy.

Do you have any pets?
Not here in Vancouver but two loveable kitties back home in Maryland at my parent's house :D One's a dummy but he's super cute and snores, the other's a fatty but super smart! (So smart that she can be in a room farthest away from the kitchen, with the tv on loud, and she'll STILL know when you've opened a can of friskies lol no food escapes her!) I miss them lots!

What is your most cherished possession and why?
I have a couple. A blanket I've had since I was a kid, I'm a miserable insomiac without it :(
My external hard drive, it stores EVERYTHING in my life. Images, music, artwork, I'd die if it died. (Because I have a terrible memory, I need it!)
Three rabbit plushies that my mom sadly threw away without asking me while I've been away at uni. :( Luckily I have photos of them! They were super beat up and raggedy, but all those memories!

What is/are your favorite item(s) that you bought from Etsy?

1. Even though there was a bit of a problem with the transaction because she was sick, it's still one of my favorites because it looks like a tattoo design I came up with that I've yet to get. (Needle fear that I need to get over aha)
2. I use this on.. almost everything. Sketchbooks, packages, etc. So awesome that it was invented.
3. Sadly I can't wear this everyday or some homeless person might follow me while walking to school D:
4. This little guy makes me go "awwww D:"
5. Keeps my hands super warm, whether outside or inside. My hands get cold very easily ):
But there's a ton of items I would buy if I could! (Oh the woes of being in university)

Tell us about your family members.
I have a mum, dad, and older brother. They're frustrating to live with (partly why I went so far for uni) but otherwise they're great! Always there for me when I need help, and great for letting me live my life the way I want and not forcing me to study something I don't care for. My brother is my tech support haha.

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three things, what would they be?
Even though they wouldn't be very practical / help me, the blanket and external hard drive mentioned before and a flashlight. (I hate the dark, especially water at night... funnily enough, my dad does too.)
I think I'd be able to survive as long as there was edible things and trees & rocks on the island :O I'm fairly resourceful!

What things inspire you to craft/create?
Supplies usually, if I see a supply I like, I try to find a way to use it to make something. Other times it's what I want to wear that I think other people would like as well.

What advice do you have for fledgling Etsy sellers?
Stick to it no matter what, but don't be blind. If your items aren't up to a level of selling quality, of course no one will want to buy! Be honest and true to your customers, they'll want to come back that way :D Even when days are slow and you haven't had a sale (ever or for a while) keep at it and make new items!

Meet Amber of Laceybabydoll!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The following is an interview with the lovely Amber of laceybabydoll.etsy.com. She is co-leader of EtsyTeaParty and is a super Doll all around!

Name: Amber
Birthdate: 11.30.87
Location: Clearfield, PA
Shop Name: Laceybabydoll
When and why did you first join Etsy?
January 13th, 2008. I was searching Google for jewelry supplies and came upon Etsy. It
was love at first sight.
Did you open your shop right away?
I opened up my shop around a month or two later.

Why are you a member of EtsyTeaParty?
Because I wanted to meet other people who share the same interests as me! Also, because Etsy
Tea Party is the best!

Easy one, what is your favorite color(s)?
Pink, Lavender, Baby Yellow, Mint Green and
Baby Blue in that order... pretty much all pastel colors have my heart!

How did you choose your shop's name?
I combined two of my favorite things: Lace & Dolls and came up with Laceybabydoll. I imagined that the girls that would wear my goodies would be very girly and doll like and wear lace and pretty jewels and accessories to get all dolled up so I felt the name fit.

What is your favorite item that you have listed in your shop and why (add URL)?
Probably my Pretty Pink Dollhouse Pin http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23932299 because I had the idea in my head for a month or so and really wanted to create the pin! When I finally gathered up all of the supplies I needed to make the dollhouse, the pin turned out just as I had imagined. I always think it's so much fun and it's so neat to be able to create something exactly as you had imagined it to be in your dreams. Not to mention, I have a slight obsession with dolls and dollhouses. It also has most of my favorite things including pink, bows, lace, charms, etc. However, all of the items I list in my shop are something that I would wear myself!

Do you have any other hobbies besides crafting/creating gorgeous handmade things for Etsy?
While my mind is always thinking of pretty things to create, I do count shopping as a hobby of mine. I'm a shopoholic and I take it very seriously! I also like to collect vintage things, like charms and vintage Strawberry Shortcake Dolls. I'm also into decorating, going for walks in the woods and being with friends and family!

Do you have any pets?
Yes! My family has two dogs, Emma and Cookie. Three cats, Tevy, Cinnamon and Adia. We also have a fish named Coral which actually belongs to one of my best friends and I. In my room, I have what I like to call a mini zoo. I have the cutest guinea pig named Pandy ( Her middle name is Bear). Since I can't have an actual Panda Bear, she is my replacement. I have a mouse too named Lovey, but I always end up calling her mousey. I wish I could have a bunny except my mom is allergic *sniffle sniffle*

What is your most cherished possession and why?
I have lots! A bible that my Grandma gave me that was her wedding bible. It's covered in pearls--faux pearls of course-- and has her pretty white lace wedding gloves inside as well. I felt very honored that she picked me to give these special items to. Also, I have a pretty crocheted blanket with adoreable teddy bears that have pastel bows on that I found at Goodwill that I love to pieces. It always keeps me warm on cold days and when I'm sick and it's just so cute! I also am very attached to a stuffed dog named Roscoe that my very special best friend gave to me. This list could go on and on, but I'll stop now in case I bore anyone.

What is/are your favorite item(s) that you bought from Etsy?
Panda Party Dress from Kelly of ImYourPresent http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=16171502
Black Lace Leggings from Kelly of ImYourPresent http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=10478705
I Like Your... Series from Belleandboo http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=8771477
Pink Mermaid Kitty Earrings from Joyce of Zebracakes http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=9949428
Gold Teddy Bear Pendants from Fancyfeast http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=9330968

Tell us about your family members.
I have a very sweet mother who I love very much. Also, my dad lives with us. I have one older sister and she has a daughter named Lily who I love dearly. Lily means so much to me and she's such a sweet little girl! I spend as much time with my family as I can. I also have wonderful grandparents that I think the world of! They are always there for me no matter what.

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three things, what would they be?
I would bring my canopy bed because I have a hard time sleeping anywhere else. I'd also bring a mall that had a never ending supply of food/goodies. The last thing I would bring would be a friend so I wouldn't get lonely!

What things inspire you to craft/create?
I'm very inspired by fairytales and things that I loved--and still love--from my childhood. I guess you could say that I'm still pretty much a kid at heart. I'm also inspired by Sweet Lolita fashions. Pretty much anything that can make me smile inspires me!

What advice do you have for fledgling Etsy sellers?
To always follow your heart and to never give up on your dreams!

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