Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vote in our Monthly Team Challenge!

Welcome to our second monthly challenge project! ACE team members were invited to make sunshine themed project. The winner will be whoever gets the most votes!

Check out the projects and vote for your favorite using the POLL located in the right sidebar. Voting will close on Thursday September 3, 2009.

Here are the candidates:

Zip-adee-do-da Day - art print by DeborahDee

Fun Yellow Beaded Crocheted Necklace by MBSignatureDesigns

Scotty Dog Bank (plays Over The Rainbow) by McCoyToys

Summer Buttercup Guest Book by UberArt

Summer Sunflowers Drawstring Purse by Zellbell

Friday, August 28, 2009

Feature Friday 8/28/09

Here you will see some lovely items made by members of the ACE team. Just click on the photos to visit each seller's Etsy shop.

Wooden Climbing Bear by McCoyToys

Lime Green Glass Bead Necklace by MBsignaturedesigns

Patriotic Placemat Purse by mychelle

Friday, August 21, 2009

Feature Friday 08/21/09

Here you will see some lovely items made by members of the ACE team. Just click on the photos to visit each seller's Etsy shop.

Pistachio Crocheted Dishcloth by laksawareWho said doing dishes is a chore? It certainly isn't with this eco-chic pistachio dishcloth by laksaware! Crocheted from 100% cotton yarn, this kitchen must-have is a great alternative to germy sponges and endless paper towels. Measures approximately 6.5 inches (16.5cm) square and is machine washable.

Oriel, The Little Owl by agreenelephantThis colorful little owl by agreenelephant is too adorable to pass up! Oriel (from the French origin, meaning Bird) is a pretty little stuffed owl made from yellow cotton/pink polka dot fabric, with cotton fabric by Michael Miller for her cute little wings. She has green felt eyes with black buttons and stands about 5 inches tall on her orange felt feet. She would make a great gift for back-to-school, or just to tell someone they're loved.

Under The Sea Mini Notepad Set by PamperedPapierIt's not Fall yet! Celebrate the warm sunny days of Summer with this colorful mini notepad set by PamperedPapier. Each 4 in x 2 1/2 in notepad features 40 pages of blank white paper - the perfect size to keep in your car or purse to jot down a quick note! These little notepads would also be a great birthday party favor, or as a little Thank You to someone who let you use their beach house this summer!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Feature Friday 08/14/09

Here you will see some lovely items made by members of the ACE team. Just click on the photos to visit each seller's Etsy shop.

This lovely bag is bright and cheerful with Deborah's own artwork and pretty pink ribbon to add a special spark! It would be the perfect gift for a little one starting school or someone continuing their education.

Doesn't this look good enough to eat? Children will love these cute little lunchables from Alicia at LittleMissSewNSew. The set even has a chocolate bar that comes out of its wrapper! How sweet!

This quilt is so luxurious and soft, you will want to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Karol used fabrics from designer Phillip Jacobs in purples, yellows and blue. The colors go great together and would look amazing draped over a comfy chair.

Friday, August 7, 2009

July Monthly Challenge Winner

Congratulations to our 4th of July themed contest winner, Elise of inthelightglassworks. Elise's lovely hand blown glass globe won 40% of the vote.

This globe is great for Christmas or everyday beauty around your house. There is a mixture of colors with dominant red and blues in the swirl. The globe measures 3 inches in diameter.

Each piece of Elise's glass is hand-blown in her studio in Asheville, NC. She enjoys creating her own original designs and color combinations and loves to share her playful creations with others.

Our first runner-up with 33% of the vote was the Patriotic Plush Pear by agreenelephant. Perfect for your mantle, shelf, counter or window sill, plush pear in white cotton with a blue felt leaf and red felt stem. Firmly stuffed with polyfil. Measures appx 4" tall without stem.

Coming in next with 20% of the vote was the
Jacob's Ladder Toy by McCoyToys.
Jacob's Ladder is one of the oldest folk toys that we have history of & remains a fascination to children of all ages! There are a few mystical/magical tricks that can be done with this toy!

A big thanks to all of you who joined in and voted. We really enjoyed sharing our creations with you. Be sure to join us next month for August's team challenge, and please, let us know if you have any suggestions for themes that you would like to see us try.

Feature Friday 08/07/09

Here you will see some lovely items made by members of the ACE team. Just click on the photos to visit each seller's Etsy shop.

"How Do You Do" notes by Ennaneve
These note cards would make great ice breakers for parents to give to teachers on that first day of school. Believe it or not, teachers remember this sort of thing. These come in sets of 5 with coordinating envelopes. They measure 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches and are made out of 100% recycled green grocer paper. Plenty of room to write an introduction and a personal note.

Puzzled Messenger- Word Search by ACAmour
The wheels on the bus go round and round and the ride on the bus all through town can be long! A neat way to carry school stuff and pass the time with this Puzzled Messenger Word Search messenger bag. It even comes with a washable marker and the answer key. The bag measures 15"w x 11"h x 3.5 drop, 2 outside pockets and one inside zippered pocket.

Chubby Mean Green Eco Friendly Pouch by Whitehope Designs
This 6 x 4 "monster" pillow with a pocket was designed to hold the little things - you know, the ones that always end up in the bottom of your bag? Like for instance LUNCH MONEY! Great to put in a backpack, then your child always knows where to find it or for notes to and from the teacher, not to mention, your child will always have a friend along for the ride.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


This week we have Jo of Jo has been photographing people, places and things for about 20 years and is based in Savannah GA. She has been selling on Etsy for a year.

How did you choose your shop name?
Brain storming with family, fotojo won!

What is your specialty and what drew you to it?
Photography is my specialty, I received at camera for Christmas one year and fell in love. I seemed to have a gift for it. So family and friends were soon asking me to do their photos.

What inspired the “birth” of this item?
The Cardinal himself.

Does this item have any personal significance to you (ie-I’m passionate about bunnies, or I just love trees and photograph every interesting one I see…)?
I enjoy watching / feeding the birds, this was taken in my backyard. I have bird sanctuary so to speak, everything a bird needs to live. LOL

What is your favorite part of the process of creating your item?
Wow, that’s a hard one. When you see the thing or person and there is a leap inside and you know it’s a got shot, then loading up or printing the photo and seeing that you were right and it’s a really great shot. As a photographer you will take many shots before you get that great “one.”

Please briefly describe a workday in your “studio” and how you created this item.

I up load my photos and began sorting through them looking for that perfect shot. In other words pictures that do not need Photoshop touch’s, but is great just as it is. There is nothing wrong with using photoshop and I do use it, but I get excited when I get the prefect shot on my own.

Check out Fotojo's Etsy shop or for more awesome work from Jo!