Sunday, June 17, 2012

Vacation Treasury Theme Winner - Petrina Blakely

Here's our treasury theme contest winner for the vacation theme!  Petrina Blakely from Kauai Hand Painted Clothes
Please show this wining treasury some love by leaving comments and favoring it! 

We asked Petrina to share her thoughts on treasuries.  Here it is...

I am a 30 year resident of Kaua'i - immigrated across the moat from California. I come from a family of hobby artists - my grandmother painted scenic art in Tahiti where she lived and my father dabbled in water colors. I have been creating wearable art for 20 years inspired both by my love of whimsical, tropical art and clothes.

Treasury inspiration comes to me in different ways - once was my husband asking me how to spell plumeria, others have come from looking at different treasuries and thinking of word play such as the one I did on pitchers. I am working on one right now from cleaning up my yard yesterday that will revolve around palms... Inspiration comes from life, much of it from living in paradise!

I have come to look at treasury making as my guilty pleasure. I love to shop, vicariously or otherwise and can find so many wonderful items on Etsy alone. I also delight in putting together colors and objects. I aim to find and create levity wherever I can to lighten up my daily life and figure if it puts a smile on my face it will hopefully do the same for someone else.

Creating treasuries has helped me discover stores that I would never have looked for otherwise. In doing so I've made some wonderful virtual friends and connections. It is so awesome to have Etsy available as a 24/7 craft fair store with items from around the world. I think it is an amazing resource. It has become a favorite place for me to shop as well as to market my clothing - I still have a lot to learn and do not consider my shop to be a success yet but I truly believe in Etsy as a fantastic mode of marketing.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Team Newsletter #6

Team Newsletter #6

We’re organizing a summer treasury giveaway!  Here’s the thread to sign up:

We’re also thinking of trading mini moos/business cards to create a “treasury pack” of advertising to mail out w/orders.  Here’s the idea:

We added a daily check-in thread for you to promote your items and for a chance to be included in a team treasury.  I’ve also been submitting some items from the check-in to Wanelo.  Just check-in w/one of your items everyday!

Finally, there’s 6 more days to submit a “man cave” treasury for the contest!

Congratulations to Petrina ( for wining the Vacation! treasury contest.  Here’s the winning treasury:

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Greeting Card Giveaway!

Enter to win a free Greeting Card from LuckyStarsHawaii (  Use coupon code LUCKYSTARSHAWAII to get a 10% off discount off the entire store.  Visit the store to see more greeting cards, earrings, bracelets and Swarovski USB drives.

How to Enter the Greeting Card Giveaway:
*Comment on this post and vote on your favorite card.  Look for the poll on the top of the screen.
*Get a bonus entry by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, your own Blog or G+.  Please post a comment to let me know you shared this post.

Winner will be announced on the 20th.  Here are the greeting cards to vote on:

#1 Mickey's Fun Wheel during the World of Color

#2 Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai, Hawaii
#3 Bright Yellow Rose at Balboa Park, California

Treasury Theme Winner - Bevin Holcroft

We're excited to introduce our first treasury theme contest winner!  Bevin Holcroft, owner of  CrampCakes is the curator of the winning Mother's Day theme treasury.  Here's her Gifts She Will Never Forget treasury.  The following is Bevin's story.

-Brief intro about yourself

Hello, I am Bevin Holcroft. I am A former business executive turned stay at home mom. I have three wonderful children ranging from 3 to 11. Although 3 kids, 2 dogs, a ninja cat, and a husband keep me pretty busy, when I have a moment to spare I love designing and creating, I have been drawing constantly and coming up with ideas since I was a kid, starting with finger painting my bed at 2.

-What is the motivation behind your shop?

Since I stopped working 3 years ago, I knew I wanted to do something creative, just wasn't sure what. Once I came up with the idea for CrampCakes I knew I wanted to be able to share them with others. I get horrible sinus pain and migraines and the only thing that ever helped was the natural heating pad I had, but after years of use and abuse it was looking a bit haggered, and it wasn't so cute to begin with. So I started researching and testing different natural fillers and aromatherapy... and If I was going to make something it needed to be cute, and heck whats cuter than a cupcake.

-What is your favorite item to create and why?

The item I feel most strongly about is my CrampCakes, they are the most soothing thing ever, and I could not live with out mine. However my favorite item to create that is in my shop is my vintage button earrings, I love hunting down and searching for antique buttons, and turning them into cute dainty earrings.

Shop Link:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Treasury Theme for 5/1 to 5/15 - Teachers

Did you know May 8 is National Teacher's Day in the US?  Make a treasury that will make our teachers proud!  Post your teachers themed treasury in this thread:

The winner curator will receive a blog feature on the team blog plus free promo via Facebook, Twitter, Wanelo, and Pinterest!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Petrina Blakely - Kauai Hand Painted Clothes

I'm happy to introduce another member from the Aloha State!  Petrina Blakely - aka Petrina - Kauai Hand Painted Clothes.  Here's her introduction of her creative shop:

"I opened this Etsy shop in January of this year after hearing several other local crafters talking about how well it worked for them.  I had an Etsy shop a few years ago but did not know how to make it work for me.  It seems as though there is a lot more information and support this time around so I am excited to try this again, I still have a lot to learn!  As a crafter and avid shopper I love the variety I can find on Etsy - it's like one huge craft fair.  My craft is hand painted clothes for children and for women.  I started doing this over 25 years ago when my boys were young and continue now creating for my first grand son - RJ who is 2 months old.  I especially love painting my children's line - the designs make me feel happy as do the smiles on people's faces when they first see them at the local craft fairs.  My current favorite designs are the Kauai Mermaid, the Kauai Chick, and Puff the Magic Dragon."

Kauai Mermaid      

Kauai Chick
Puff the Magic Dragon

Tuesday, April 10, 2012