Inspired by Travel (Etsy shops features!)

This past month I sent out a call for travel inspired creations among our Etsy NY team members.  I was fascinated by how differently we translated our inspirations, and awed by the variety of talent in the group!

Some designers learned and collected materials as they went from country to country.  And by far the best example is by Saskia from SdVDesigns.

I have traveled extensively across Asia and beyond where I have sought out local markets and craftspeople. New journeys with exciting new artisans and vendors opened my eyes to metals and glass from West Africa, lapis and pendants from Afghanistan, wood from the Philippines and Bali, and stunning Thai silver. I collect materials that inspire me from across the globe and tie them together with my own style that integrates old and new world sensibilities. Each finished piece tells the story of its origins and makes a bold statement for the wearer.
— Saskia de Vries

Meanwhile something that never occurred to me (but makes so much sense!) was to create conveniences for these trips. Ilaria from Body Stuff and Susan from Naturally Susan’s both had their take on handmade products that would pamper and revitalize the tired travelers.

I have always travelled. A lot, and everywhere, for fun, work, or to visit family. Every single time I was putting together my beauty-case I’d get frustrated at the amount of tiny bottles, jars, sprays, and nonsense I thought I had to carry with me. As soon as I started my skincare line, with the aim to simplify the beauty routine, I knew I had to create a multipurpose product. Thus enters TONE N CLEAN, my traveling best friend (I even take it backpacking!). Tones, firms the skin, gives me a glow, moisturizes, and I use it instead of soap to cleanse.
— Ilaria Tarozzi
Naturally Susan’s products are travel-friendly, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free. Susan started making skin care products for herself because she wanted chemical-free and fragrance-free beauty care suitable for her sensitive skin. And, drawing from her extensive travels, Susan designed her products to be effective since travel and travel environs can be drying for your skin. And to help minimize your travel bags and carbon footprints, Susan’s products are versatile so they can be used for all-over-body, and long lasting so they’ll last your travels. Naturally Susan’s product are handmade by Susan in NYC.
— Susan Ng

And then there are the sellers and artists that materialized the sensations of adventure and beauty in their travels into drawings and home decor.

Life is Balance

When I travel to scuba dive, I take both underwater photos as well as scenic photos of my travels. From the underwater photos I create artwork that rings a bit of the underwater world into my shop. Here are some examples of scarves, throw pillows and wall art inspired by my tropical travels.
— Sheryl Checkman
Rarely do I get to see the true fall foliage. It definitely gets me in the mood to start designing and making seasonal aprons and napkins. Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time when friends and families come together to celebrate at the table.
— Tracey Toole
My favorite thing about traveling outside of the U.S., especially to a country where I am not familiar with the language, is the newness of everything. I consider a trip abroad to be a cleansing of the senses. When I see, smell, hear, and taste new things I am taken away from what I know and this has often led to fresh ideas once I return home. After a trip to Paris, one of my first greeting card ideas gave birth to Adele (on the Paris Rain card). I received such a strong response to her image I went on to create more artworks and build a story around her.
— Nancy Sampson
I lived in Tasmania for 3,5 yrs, and inspired by my time there I created a series of Tasmania inspired birthday cards.
— Malou Zuidema

But perhaps what struck a chord with me most was the hometown nostalgia inspired creations.  I moved from Taiwan to the U.S. so long ago that I forget that I'm already a constant traveller.  When traveling and new adventures become the everyday norm, then a taste of home is what I often crave the most.  So I was very touched by these members that created products that honor their homes and heritage.

Spice Tree Organics

Our 100% organic Middle Eastern Shawerma blend was inspired by the Middle East’s favorite street food- Shawerma! Shawerma stores are found on streets throughout Egypt and are the sandwiches are so much tastier than what you get here in the states. We spent months perfecting our blend- it has 11 different spices that combine for highly flavorful, aromatic flavor bomb - so that everyone could replicate that Middle Eastern deliciousness at home.
— Doaa E.
The search for inspiration has taken me to some far-flung places in the world. I have climbed mountains to find ancient petroglyphs on maraes in Tahiti, learned kanji calligraphy in a third-grade classroom in Japan, and met a sculptor who can drive his wooden Ferrari through Venetian canals! Learning about the art of many cultures inspires me to create using almost anything. This particular piece is inspired by my Italian heritage, and is a tribute to the amazing country of Italy.
— Nicoletta S.
From my travels back to my native island, Corsica, I gathered this hay corn and made a casting of it. Those earrings are a tribute to the hay corn’s beautiful shape and texture inside out.
— Sandrine B.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this gives you a greater appreciation of our members, and how their creations came to be.  And if ever inspiration is just not coming to you, get up and travel!

'My eyes are looking down the road, soon my heart will follow, and if my body does not go, those parts of me will die forever.' - Eugenia Y. (Moobury)

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Eating Good at Chelsea Market, While Shopping at the 2016 Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

One of the best things about the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is its location, in Chelsea Market. Chelsea Market is chock full of good things to eat and I’m going to share some of my favorites!

If you love coffee like I do, you will appreciate the smoothness of a 9th Street Espresso cappuccino. Named after its original site in the East Village, this location is sort of in the middle of Chelsea market.

The Cavalcade is just across from Amy’s Bread, where in addition to loaves, slices of cake, cupcakes and other delicious baked goods, you can get freshly made sandwiches. Amy’s also has, in my opinion, some of the best lemonade around!

When you’re craving Thai, I recommend Chelsea Thai Wholesale. Here, you can buy authentic Thai grocery ingredients as well as a comprehensive selection of prepared-to-order food. Here’s my Pad See Ew with tender rice noodles and chicken.

Another fantastic choice – and super cheap – is Los Tacos No. 1. Just look for the line (don’t worry, it moves very quickly!) by the tea and spice place. I love the molcajte mortar and pestles that hold the serve-yourself salsas and lime wedges.

It’s pretty common to see people feasting on whole lobsters from The Lobster Place. I asked a couple if they would mind my taking a picture because, really, what more is there to say!

Inside Buon Italia, there is a vast selection of hard-to-find authentic Italian ingredients to make your own meals.  Outside, there are prepared foods to eat on-site.

Dickson’s Farmstand creates sandwiches and hotdogs from their house-made charcuterie. Take home a freshly made rotisserie chicken and sides for an easy dinner.

Indie Fresh features a health-conscious, organic lineup of soups, salads, mains, and juices along with many vegan options.

It’s important to stay well-fed while shopping the Holiday handmade Cavalcade! These are just a few of the many lunch options at Chelsea Market to help you shop happy. And don’t forget the free brownie samples at Fat Witch Bakery

See you at the Cavalcade!


Lu, of LuCrafts, is a part-time crafter who lives in Manhattan where she loves using paper to create beautiful objects for everyday use. Her cat Cookie helps by being cute and not judging the state of her workroom, aka living room!

Fall Craftstravaganza by Fair Lady Markets This Coming Saturday, October 29th!

2016 Fall Craftstravaganza

October 29, 11:00am-5:30pm

West 17th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues

Fair Lady Markets presents the Fall Craftstravaganza, an outdoor free handmade craft fair featuring over 30 local, indie artists and crafters, food, animal adoption van, and more

Shop for jewelry, clothing and accessories for kids and adults, bath and body, gifts, art, ceramics, pet products, home decor and more!  EtsyNY Team Members: Wallcojr, RebelIdeal, *Paper*Crane*Heart*, JantarHandcraftedJewelry, Citybitz, LavazzonGallery, Astridland, Angie Colombo Jewelry, and A Life Full of Charms.

Nosh on goodies from Daly Pie ($5 off first 40 whole pies bought or ordered), Empanada Sonata, and The Awkward Scone.

Adopt or just cuddle a critter on Animal Care Centers of NYC's animal adoption van, talk to a real urban wildlife rehabber, and learn everyday Mindfulness techniques.

All to benefit the NYC Museum School and all free at the one-day-only Fall Craftstravaganza!

Next Team Workshop on November 2nd - "Planning Your Etsy Shop Video"

Our next team workshop is scheduled for Wednesday November 2, 6:30 - 8:30pm and is open to the public. 

The key to launching a successful Etsy shop video is to plan before you start to shoot.  In this workshop, you'll learn the following:

  • How to write a video outline and script
  • Planning work scenes vs. talking scenes
  • How to record voiceovers
  • Tips on how to shoot with your iPhone
  • Recommended tripods to use
  • Shooting with natural light
  • Basic editing in iMovie

Another workshop will be held in January/February 2017 on how to shoot your shop video...stay tuned!

Host:  Rekha Krishnamurthi (Etsy Shop:  DivineNYCo) designer of home accents, hand-dyed textiles, unique prints & craft kits will share with you her tips and strategies on how to launch a successful Etsy shop video

Location: Pearl Studio, 500 8th Avenue (between 35th and 36th St.), Rm:  405

Tickets: Members: $5,  Non-Members:  $10


Amberlee Isabella Home + Macy's!

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to host a two-day trunk show at Macy's on 34th street Herald Square in New York City to sell products from my Etsy store, Amberlee Isabella Home. Since 2012, I have sold bright, charming art, home decor and stationery. My products aim to empower women to be the best version of themselves by encouraging, supporting and reminding us not to take life too seriously. 

I've received a lot of questions about this opportunity from other sellers so I wanted to use this space to share my experience and offer some insight into the process. 

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Esty Wholesale and Macy's about an order for the holiday season in the existing Etsy shop-in-shop there. The space was established in January 2016 and the Etsy vendors inside rotate approximately every 2 months. 

How did Macy's pick you for wholesale and trunk show opportunities?

Macy's found my products through the help of the Etsy Wholesale team. Etsy Wholesale searched shops for items that were unique and could be personalized. I was informed those were two important factors of the selection process. 

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What did you do at the Macy's trunk show?

I spoke to customers about my products and process. I also explained a lot about Etsy and handmade retail. Less than 1/4 of the shoppers I spoke to were familiar with Etsy. This was an eye-opening experience and not one I anticipated. A lot of the time spent at Macy's was educating international consumers about Etsy as a place to buy handmade and vintage goods from independent makers. 

One of the things I enjoyed most about the show was offering customized prints in person for the first time. I had my laptop and portable printer to design artwork directly alongside customers. It was rewarding to help them bring their ideas to life in real time. 

How many people were chosen for the Macy's trunk show?

A total of five Etsy sellers from across the US were selected to host trunk shows at five different Macy's stores this past weekend. I was the only trunk show vendor this weekend in New York City. 

How much did Macy's order?

The wholesale order and trunk show request were large for my small business. It was as much of a logistical and planning puzzle as it was a strain on my time from a design and production standpoint. While having a full-time job and teaching put a lot of pressure on my time, my family helped support me through the process. I could not have done it without my patient and committed boyfriend, and his valuable SUV which is a blessing here in New York City.

What did you learn from working with Macy's?

You never know who is looking at your shop or what opportunity is just an email away. That's why it's always important for your shop and social media to be up to date, accurate, and professional.

What's your advice for someone who thinks their products are a good fit for Macy's?

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, big or small, that's a good fit for your business. Smaller experiences play an important role in laying a foundation of knowledge for a bigger opportunity. I had invaluable experience as a smaller wholesale vendor by working with amazing retailers such as Story in Chelsea. That primed me to seize this opportunity. 

What are your next steps after the Macy's trunk show?

Starting this week, you will be able to shop Amberlee Isabella Home products at Macy's in Herald Square! I look forward to developing a strong relationship with the entire Macy's and Etsy Wholesale team and working to grow the Etsy shop-in-shop in Herald Square.

If you have any questions or are curious about anything, feel free to comment below and I will respond. Thank you!



This Holiday Season Don't Miss the Etsy NY Team's 9th Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

Dates: December 5th through December 11th  

Times: 10AM to 7:30PM

Location: Chelsea Market (side entrance), 410 West 16th St

Admission: Free when you RSVP here,  $2 at the door

The Etsy NY Team is happy to announce that the 9th Annual Handmade Cavalcade will be making a return to Chelsea Market this holiday season. Come support handmade artists and artisans who are all based in the tri-state area. With the broad selection of handmade goods, from jewelry, greeting cards, art, beauty products, clothing, sweet items for baby, and more, you will find the perfect gift for everyone and anyone on your holiday shopping list.

For the first time ever, the market will be held for seven days, starting on Monday, December 5th. The hours will be 10AM-7:30PM each day with a special Sip 'n' Shop event sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday December 8th from 6:30 to 9pm. Guests of this special event will enjoy complimentary cocktails and swag bags while they meet the vendors and shop. As an added bonus, guests can also take fun photos of their handmade finds at the free photo booth to snap and gram their holiday handmade finds.

Once again, amazing swag bags featuring a selection of goods from various members of the Etsy NY Team and the Cavalcade's sponsors will be given away on Saturday and Sunday to the first 100 people in line on those days. These swag bags will not disappoint anyone (who knows, you may even find the perfect gift for someone inside)! With every purchase, shoppers will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win handmade prizes made by the talented makers of the Etsy NY Team.

Admission to this event is $2 at the door, but free to attendees who RSVP through our Eventbrite page.

For more information about the Etsy NY Team's Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, visit


Drop Everything and Draw! Sketching a Pumpkin


Let's take a break and draw a pumpkin! What is your favorite pumpkin shape?  A tall oval or traditional round? What kind of stem do you like? Short and sturdy, or  long and twisted? Imagine your pumpkin, or go pick your own pumpkin so you have a real one to look at (highly recommended!).  No fancy supplies needed, just grab a pencil and paper. These steps illustrate the basic elements of my particular pumpkin. Feel free to go wild and add your own creativity to your sketch!

Step 1: Draw your favorite pumpkin shape: oval, round, or bumpy. Tip: be fearless!  Add a stem using only curved lines. Sketch a jagged line where it connects to the pumpkin. Make the stem short, long, bent, wide, thin, broken: any way you wish!

Step 2: Draw the contour lines. These are curved lines which follow the shape of the pumpkin. Sketch the lines spraying out from the stem down the sides of the pumpkin. Add more coming up from the bottom of the pumpkin.

Step 3: Angle your pencil and add dark outlines to edges and contour lines. Smudge the sides of the pumpkin with your finger. Add final smudges to represent surface shadows.You can erase if you oversmudge. And remember, practice makes perfect!

Post by: Nicoletta Siccone / ETSY Shop: ArtologieDesigns / Website:

Nicoletta is a lifelong artist and art educator, with an M.A. in Art Education and Administration. She travels the world seeking cultural inspiration for her art, and has worked in fibers, acrylics, oils, and sculpture. Her current work is inspired by the reinvention of the mundane zipper, elevated to an art form into unexpected jewelry designs. Nicoletta’s artwork is shown throughout New York/New Jersey area and worldwide.


Protein Packed Peanut Butter Pick-Me-Up

Just in time for apple picking season! This protein packed pick-me-up is a sweet treat that will crush sugar cravings & keep you energized. The light creamy texture of the yogurt is like ice cream, but much better for you to snack on in the middle of the day. 

I use peanut butter because I am an absolute peanut butter fiend! You can substitute almond butter, or sunflower seed butter, or even 'soynut' butter for a nut-free alternative. 

Here is all you need to whip up this deliciousness:

  • 5oz Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey (more if you have a sweet tooth)
  • Cinnamon, Cinnamon Sugar or McCormick Chai Spice
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Fruit, cookies, anything you like snacking on!
Gather your ingredients & your mixing bowl to get started

Gather your ingredients & your mixing bowl to get started

1. Add the peanut butter, yogurt and honey to the mixing bowl

You'll need a nice sturdy spoon to mix with, that peanut butter doesn't mellow out easily!

You'll need a nice sturdy spoon to mix with, that peanut butter doesn't mellow out easily!

2. Choose your spice and sprinkle it on! I usually go with McCormick Chai Spice Blend. It adds a nice little zing :-)

3. Mix mix mix! Whip the ingredients together until the peanut butter is smooth and the honey is all blended in. 

5. Enjoy! I especially love dipping apple wedges into this peanutty delight; but it's just as yummy on pear slices, nilla wafers, anything you like to snack on!

Post by Coleen Phoenixx


Alpaca! I choose you!

Fall is here!  Each year I used to get sad about putting away my pretty summer clothes, and had to give myself a pep talk to survive the upcoming 6 months of ugliness.  In comparison with my summer closet, my winter clothes were all dark, bulky and boring; which was fine when it was keeping me warm, but sometimes they were just heavy and I was still cold!

In general I used to stay away from wool products, but I guess it was because  I always picked the cheap stuff that was scratchy and difficult to keep on.  Eventually I'd get too itchy, shed the layer that's supposed to be warm, and be all cold again.  

Now you can imagine how excited I was when my friends and I were backpacking in Peru to Machu Picchu and introduced to this funny looking creature:

'The fiber of the gods' indeed! Such soft plushness and the culture being so rich in color made a good dent in my yearly clothing budget picking up sweaters, ponchos, scarves, and gloves.  Now my closet is less boring, I get to be warm, while having warm, happy Alpaca thoughts.

During the trip we also stopped by a place that taught us how things were woven and dyed, it gave us a greater appreciation towards the handmade items I picked up there as well.

The material they ground up to make the dyes.

The material they ground up to make the dyes.

Soaking and boiling in the colors into the fibers.

Soaking and boiling in the colors into the fibers.

Before they started the class, I thought we were getting food. lol

Before they started the class, I thought we were getting food. lol

Absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Hand weaving in action.

Hand weaving in action.

If you guys ever find yourselves in Peru, don't come back without some alpaca goodies.  But if you don't have that chance, I was actually pretty impressed and the selection available as I browsed through my Etsy searches. Happy alpaca shopping this fall!

Happy alpaca shopping this fall!

Happy alpaca shopping this fall!

Post by Eugenia || || Etsy || Facebook & Instagram @Moobury

Photo credit to Alex Zhang || Flickr @Kaiser Fenix


Save the Date! - Etsy NY Crafts in Chelsea at PS 11 Fall Festival for the Arts - October 15, 2016

When: Saturday, October 15th, 2016

What: Etsy NY Crafts in Chelsea at PS 11 Fall Festival for the Arts

Where: West 21st Street, btwn 8th & 9th Ave, NYC


Contact: Jenny Topolski email:


2016 EtsyNY Crafts in Chelsea – Local Designers and Artisans Show Support for PS 11’s Arts Program with Handmade Market

Chelsea, NY, October 15th, 2016 - As autumn breezes into the historic Chelsea neighborhood, as children fall back into the routine of school, and the cooler weather make strolling the streets a delight, comes the time to once again join PS 11 and Etsy NY at their classic harvest time celebration, Crafts in Chelsea.  

The Etsy New York Street Team, a vibrant collective of multi-discipline artisans from the metro area, and PS 11, The William T Harris school, are presenting on this date a wondrous array of celebratory activities sure to please young, old, native and visitor; games, raffles, homemade sweets and goodies inside the school grounds, and on the street, an affordable artisan market full of original, hand-made-only products from local designers.

Shoppers will find beautiful handcrafted jewelry to suit every taste, but especially the tastes of New York.  Whether you like elegant and simple, or bright and funky, our artists are locals and so run the gamut of New York style.  We have paper goods and charming stationery, knitwear that will get you ready for winter, unique children’s clothing and footwear, adorable little monsters in plush and crochet, eco-friendly home goods and unique fashion, ceramics, original art prints, and amazing skincare products.  There will even be treats for your pets, and captivating art for the pet lover.  All artist vendor fees and festival proceeds will benefit the school and the children's art enrichment programs. So come out to support our public school and our Etsy artists this fall on October 15th at Crafts in Chelsea and the PS 11 Fall Festival. Everyone will be sure to find something special, one of a kind, and locally made!  


About the Etsy New York Street Team

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Etsy, Inc. is a handmade online marketplace with 1.5 million active sellers, 21.7 million active buyers and $1.93 billion in annual revenue. The Etsy New York Street Team, one of the oldest and largest teams representing the best active sellers on Etsy, Inc., is a vibrant, nonprofit collective of artisans in the New York area who pool their talents and skills, to create highly-quality opportunities for customers to buy handmade items directly from the artists that create them. To learn more about Etsy New York Street Team visit


About PS 11 – The William T. Harris School

PS11 is a school where every child has the ability to reach his/her true potential within a diverse community of learners. As each student brings his/her unique strengths and challenges, our teachers strive to teach in a variety of ways to tap into those strengths. Our philosophy and culture support a standards-based education that is challenging and focused on the individual learner. We carefully guide our students to become actively involved in their social growth, teaching them to be responsible for themselves and respectful of others.