Saturday, December 11, 2010

TEA photos!

TEA at Voladora Design's Studio was lovely! Join us for COFFEE next Sunday at the French Press.Voladora Designs
Girl Sunday Designs

June B.


Cute Etsy Girls!

Tea sandwiches


Join us for TEA today!

404 Ruth off of Castillo, 2-6pm S.B. baby!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tips for Selling during the Holidays from Top Esty Seller the Black Apple!

I am an admirer of The Black Apple, one of Ety's top sellers, with over 30,000 sales under her belt, WOAH!!!
She kindly blogged out her tips for holiday selling on the lovely Design Sponge blog...advice I will follow next year if I can survive thru this holiday season! yikes! I highly recommend giving it a read.

Squirrel on a String art print by the black apple

Sunday, December 5, 2010

TEA and COFFEE Press Release


Press Contact | Cimmi Cumes | 805-845-7644 |

Etsy S.B. members are available for interviews!


If you haven’t heard of Etsy yet, you will soon!

What is Etsy?

Etsy is the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace. They connect consumers with independent creators and designers to find the very best in handmade goods, while providing these artists with the technology and information they need to start and grow their own businesses.

Etsy is a community that actively supports one another in the shared goal of offering alternatives to mass-produced objects. Etsy works to highlight the true value of handmade goods and their creators and encourage awareness of the social and environmental implications of production and consumption. Etsy to was created in 2005 with the vision of reconnecting maker and consumer, and swing the pendulum back to a time when we bought our bread from the baker, food from the farmer, and shoes from the cobbler.

Etsy S.B. is a “locals only” team of crafters and artists who sell on Etsy and are located in the Santa Barbara area.

What is an Etsy Team? Etsy Teams are smaller groups of organized Etsy members who network, share skills, and promote their shops and Etsy together. A Team forms around a shared location, a medium, or another interest. Etsy's 150+ teams make Etsy not just a marketplace of individuals, but an interconnected and diverse handcrafters' community. Teams are Etsy’s biggest and most creative grassroots engine!

Etsy S.B. will be putting together a series of fun events as a team and helping promote each others arty crafty work in various creative ways. Etsy S.B. will be hosting a series of open studios, trunk shows, a blog, workshops, plus participating as a team in craft fairs, and doing many fun crafty things! Our first 2 events will be held in December and are themed Tea & Coffee. Etsy SB also has a Valentines event in the works for February 5th in Victoria Court.


Voladora Design’s homey downtown studio is delighted to be the first Etsy S.B. Open Studio and will host a fun tea party and a trunk show from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday November 11th to kick off Etsy S.B.! Tasty holiday treats be available for the enjoyment of all! Voladora Designs is the featured artist and will be selling her amazing reclaimed fiber creations. In addition to Voladora, 7 Etsy sellers will be in on site with their handmade goods for sale (click on the links below to see their Etsy shops)

The Strange Bird- fine art and prints

Bohemian Bombshell – Head Ornaments

Cimmerii – Dolls and Plushies

Girl Sunday Designs- Eco friendly bags

Ayapapaya- Feather jewelry

June B Creations- Handwoven beaded bracelets, leather cuffs, Thai silver

Stacylynnc – aprons and fiber creations


Even more Etsy S.B. team members will be on hand for a trunk show at the French Press from 11-4pm on Sunday December 19th, Etsy S.B. will be taking over the back patio with a pop-up trunk show featuring 12 Etsy S.B. members. (click on the links below to see their Etsy shops)

Ecozuzu- Earth Friendly Apparel

Wearwallace – Fine Art

GiggleSparkle- Cute stuff!

Roguebutterfly – Raw Glam Jewelry

Ayapapaya- feather jewelry

rhinck (hairbows by robin)

Stacylynnc – Aprons and fiber creations

Cimmerii – Dolls and plushies

Girl Sunday Designs- Eco friendly snack bags

Voladora Designs- Reclaimed fiber creations

The sweetb- yummy knitter~!

twinbella -Simple and Elegant Jewelry


Etsy S.B. will also have several team members participating in Holiday Craftique presented by Etsy S.B. team member Mary and the Machine on December 18th from 10 am-4:30 pm. Located on Upper State Street at 4159 State.

Check out for more details.

Shop online or at one of our events and bring S.B. handmade home for the holidays!"

For information about ETSY S.B. please visit the blog-

High quality photos are available for your use! See the attached files. For additional photos please contact Cimmi at

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Santa Barbara Featured in Current Edition of ReadyMade Magazine

Posted by Kristen

As an artist and creative person, ReadyMade is one of my favorite magazines. My friend Stephanie affectionately refers to it as "craft porn," and that pretty much sums up how I feel about it.

Last night when I got the latest edition in my mailbox, I ran to the bed to get my relax on (and get warm! I know it's Santa Barbara and all, but it's been c-c-c-old here lately!), and I flipped it open. I couldn't believe my eyes! Santa Barbara was the focus of the Place Setting feature!

I was so stoked to read about Santa Barbara in the way that I know and love it - a place that is home to so many heart and soul creative types. I feel so blessed to live here and to be part of the Santa Barbara creative community, and I am especially excited about this newly formed Santa Barbara Etsy Team!

PS - My bio is coming soon! I promise! :) but in the meantime, you can find out more about me on my blog,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tagging Tips from the Etsy Treasury Team Blog

Hi Everybody!
I wanted to share a great list of Tagging Tips I found on the Etsy Treasury Teams Blog, meant for treasuries but very helpful for listing items too!!! They have alternative words for many colors and commonly used tagging terms. Fun if you are like me and suffer from tagging block!

Check it out here-

Sunday, November 21, 2010

AyaPapaya ~ Feather, Leather, and Lace

Hello, my name is Aya Iwasaki and my etsy store is AyaPapaya. I've been creating, wearing, and sharing my feather adornments for just over a year. I started making feather earrings because I wanted a pair for myself. I bought a lot of feathers, some wire, and hooks and experimented. The first pair that I ever made is the x3 tiered feather earrings
featured in my shop. They were a hit amongst my friends, and several of my friends commissioned me to make pairs for them. From there, I started playing with different styles and fell in love with feathers! In the last year I developed my business, and now have over 20 styles of earrings, hair pieces, and adornments. I use all natural feathers, no synthetic or dyes, because natural feathers are so beautiful that I want to display them as they are. In the last few months I've been working with leather as well, and plan on incorporating more leather work into my pieces.
I love hand-making unique pieces that make the wearer feel beautiful. It is so precious to be vending and to watch someones face light up when they put on a pair of earrings, or a hair piece. There is so much beauty locked up inside of the people around us, it is my aim to draw out natural beauty by adorning them with art.

New to AyaPapaya ~ Feather Hair Extensions

Bored with your hair? Try highlighting your hair with natural feathers! They are semi permanent extensions lasting up to 3 months. Wash, blow dry, flat iron, straighten, or curl along with the rest of your hair. Call Aya for personal appointments or ask about feather parties at 805 453 8060.

(photo by Victoria Slagel,

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Hi! My name is Madeline, I'm the founder and Creator of Bohemian Bombshell. I was born and raised on the Southern coast of California, and recently graduated from UCSB. The idea behind Bohemian Bombshell is simple. To live life according to yourself, and yet to accept and interact willingly with the lifestyles of those who have chosen to live according to themselves. To believe that difference is what defines us, that diversity is not an obstacle, but a gift. That we can learn from each other, and accept each other and ourselves, for who and what we really are and not what we’re expected or told to be. Every Work of Art created by Bohemian Bombshell was created in it’s own moment, not copied from a blueprint. It grew out of friendship, community, expression, enthusiasm, discovery, and generosity.
The Bohemian Bombshell♥ La Bohème beauté
One that is sensationally shocking, surprising, and confident. Who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices. Who seeks days of inspiration, embraces differences, and understands acceptance. Who lives according to themselves. The late great daughters of mother earth. Living a life they have chosen. Who makes something out of nothing. Who goes against the grain. One who may seem unconventional in appearance and behavior, but is simultaneously an utterly gorgeous and exotically beautiful woman. Viva La Vie Boheme! ♥

I am so proud to be a part of this amazing group, Etsy SB! Bohemian Bombshell creates handmade pieces of jewelry for your hair, each one as unique and different as the bombshell that wears it. Inspired by the eclectic style of the Southern California beach girl, Bohemia bands are buzzing with the energy of styles from every decade. With hundreds of ways to wear them, the possibilities of originality are endless. Every girl has a unique twinkle that makes her…HER…this band is not an accessory but rather an expression of individuality. Embrace Difference. Be You.♥
Connect with US♥

Hair Bows by Robin

I'd like to tell you a little about myself and my shop, Hair Bows by Robin.

My name is Robin Hinck and I am a mother to an almost-five-year-old daughter, Anna. Since Anna was a baby, I have loved putting bows in her hair -- in fact, it was a necessity to keep those locks out of her eyes. After spending too much money on bows that would just slide out of her hair anyways, I was blessed with a friend who made Anna some bows for free. Inspired by my friend's creativity, I began making my own bows. At first I made them for free for friends and family, but after several pushes from friends to start selling them, I made the plunge and set up an Etsy shop.

My bows come with a no-slip grip made out of velcro that prevent the bows from slipping in even the finest of hair. They are fully lined, and are made on steel alligator clips, which also offer a stronger hold than traditional clips. Each bow comes professionally packaged on a bow card. My hair bows and clips make great gifts for girls of all ages. Bows are sold in pairs and start as low as $3.00 a pair. Please take a look at my shop and feel free to ask me any questions. I love to make custom orders!

Etsy Coupons

Did you know you can now create coupons for your Etsy shop?

I haven't come up with a promotion yet, but I'm thinking maybe a friends and family discount over the holidays. It would be a great way to generate some repeat business if you send out an email to all your previous customers with the promotion code. The uses are endless.

Learn more about it here.

Leave a comment and share how you're going to use yours!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

More New Members!

Hi everybody! I am please to announce that we have 6 new members and hope to grow more more more and more!!! welcome new members!

Please visit their etsy shops and shop local!
Mary Stanley aka Art Spirit
Vanae Rivira aka Mary and the Machine
Kristen Annie
Bohemian Bombshell
rhinck aka Hair bows by Robin
Stacy Lynn Designs

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Etsy SB Team Member: GirlSunday

Can we talk about me for a while?

I'm the person behind GirlSunday Designs. I started making reusable snackbags when I sent my now 4 year old daughter to pre-school. I would use 2 or 3 zippy bags a day and after several washings of them or rather me just being lazy, I would throw them out. I was feeling guilty about all the waste and thought there's got to be a better way.

About the same time, I started sewing. I new I could sew straight lines and thought I should try and make some sort of reusable something to put my daughter's snacks in. I cruised through the internet and saw a few things I liked. I made several prototypes and finally fabbed up something that I was happy with.

I started using them, and gave some to some friends. They told 2 friends and they told 2 friends and before I knew it, I had a small business happening. I started my Etsy shop soon after.

The name GirlSunday came from my mom's maiden name Domingo, which means Sunday in Spanish. A little play on words and a homage to my mom and grandmother, both of whom were business women and paved the way for me.

Etsy is a great experience. I'm looking forward to building our team and showing SB there's a new kind of homemade in town.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Etsy S.B. Team Member: Cimmerii

Hi! I'm Cimmi and my etsy shop and business name is Cimmerii. I make dolls and plushies out of eco-friendly, scrap and vintage fabrics. I adore handmade dolls for their personality & low impact on the environment. I love etsy and hope that I will be etsying into the future!
Check out my etsy shop:
and my website:
and my blog, the dollhead!

I am also one of the Team Leaders of Etsy S.B., if you have any questions about the team feel free to convo me!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Welcome to Etsy S.B.!

This here blog is for and about the newly formed Etsy Team: Etsy S.B.!
We have 5 members and hope to grow, if you are an Etsier and live in the Santa Barbara, California area please join us!
We plan on putting together a series of fun events as a team and helping promote each others crafty work in various creative ways.
For information please send an e-mail to

Check out our members etsy shops:
Voladora Designs
Girl Sunday Designs
The Sweet B


Here is the link to our group on etsy-