Friday, February 19, 2010

Etsy Spotlight: Creative Kiwi's Crochet Baby Flower Booties

Check out my new feature on these adorable Mary Jane-styled baby booties at Indie Smiles!

Here's a preview:

Going all-natural has never been so adorable!

Containing no synthetic materials with hard-to-pronounce names, Etsy seller Donna Barnard’s (“CreativeKiwi”) Crochet Baby Flower Booties Mary Janes are a great way to keep Baby’s feet warm and safe.

The booties are simply styled to look and fit similar to an adult’s Mary Jane-type shoe. They are light pink and have a one-button closure on the side. They are also very feminine, with an oversized, eye-catching white flower on top of the shoe, which was crocheted “in the round.” The booties will fit a 3 to 6-month-old baby girl.

Stitched using 100 percent cotton yarn, Donna said she is very selective with the materials that are used in making her booties, and only uses cotton or bamboo yarn on them.

“Cotton breathes and is not harsh on babies’ skin,” she said. “The yarn I use is a fine, smooth fiber made from beech trees and then spun with cotton. Babies are so precious, so why not wrap them in comfort? It’s just my way of keeping baby natural.”

Donna also likes to make each pair of these booties unique in some small way.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Attn: All Etsy, Artfire, Folksy, 1000 Markets Baby Product Sellers!!

I'll be doing a feature article for the Indie Smiles blog on handmade baby products. I'm looking for some sellers of these products to feature in the article. Basically it will be like a buying guide of sorts to all handmade baby items. I think it would be really helpful to parents and soon to be parents--with handmade, you actually know exactly what materials your baby stuff is made from. This is really important, especially now with all the stuff you've been hearing about seemingly harmless toys and products having lead, cadmium, and all sorts of dangerous chemicals in them.

Comment or email me at if you would like to be featured!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Etsy Spotlight: Here Comes the Sun Fingerless Gloves by theemptynest

A love for all things fabric and a classic Beatles song “come together” to create the perfect antidote for those cold and gloomy winter days in this edition of the Etsy Spotlight.

Inspired by “Here Comes the Sun” from The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album, and a few random sweater pieces, theemptynest’s (real name: Janet Metzger) Here Comes the Sun Fingerless Gloves are an all-in-one cozy glove and arm warmer.

Check out the full article at