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Etsy Shopper: Gift Ideas For Kids!

Felt Flower Pins from my Shop :)

Felt Flower Pins From My Shop

Hello Holiday Shoppers!

Can you believe it’s almost the holidays again?! I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this! But nonetheless it is exciting! I have compiled a nice variety of Gift Ideas for Kids this week. Children are so much fun to shop for! Each of the featured sellers have many other products that would make fantastic gifts as well so make sure to stop by their shops after browsing the post! I am making an effort not to be super wordy right now because I can go on and on so let’s just dive right into the products, shall we!?

Remember that you need to scroll past the pictures to get a product description and link to each seller’s shop, just match the numbers from the pictures to the descriptions…

1. What a great idea to help kids learn another language as well as a nice wall decoration, I love they way she has them hanging in her photo! Cards are available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Swedish (I feel like I can never find anything in Swedish, so YAY!) or Chinese. They are printed on eco-friendly card stock and you can request bigger cards too. Just adorable! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33885635

2. Perfect for the chilly months ahead! The top of the line fleece used in making the wrap is made from 100% recycled polyester. These are so cute and the pockets are the best! I like having pockets in everything so I’m definitely a fan! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34063136

3. I want this shirt! Inspire hope sustainably and look great! I love the look of the material used to make the shirt and I was so happy to learn it’s a blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester and naturally occurring rayon. They are made right here in the USA, in Manhattan to be exact. I have a feelign these are going to fly off the shelves so grab yours! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24670632

4. If you are looking for a unique gift for a baby, or even a toddler who likes making music, you’ve found it! How beautiful are these?! The rattles are made from remnant wood, natural bees wax is used instead of stains and there are a variety of colors (different kinds of wood) available! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=34128014

5. This is a fun toy for any child and you can feel good giving it to them! Each ball is made from all natural materials including: organic cotton terry cloth, bamboo fleece and organic cotton/hemp corduroy, sewn with organic cotton thread and everything is hand died by ecoleeko. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30884064

6. Hoooow cute is this Stegosaurus?!  He is made from a recycled wool Sweater. I am impressed that he is a decently big plush toy, measuring 19 inches long from nose to tail and his body is 9 inches high. He has vintage buttons for eyes, I’m a sucker for vintage buttons on anything! I just love this Stuffed Dino! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18916750

7. These tic tac toe game are made from eco-friendly felt. These would make great stocking stuffers to keep the kids bust for a bit before it’s time to open presents. You could be a nice gift for all your children’s friends, itsthesmallthings loves custom orders so you can speak with them about color combinations to get exactly what you want! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30952194

8. If your kids love Fisher Price Little People, then you can get them some vehicles that none of their friends have! All of these vintage pieces are in great condition and ready to play! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34096061

9. I love these fun buddies! There are a variety of animals available to choose from and all are handmade from upcycled materials. Each is so unique and your kids will love having something so unique are truly only theirs! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34081082

10. These lovely boots are made from repurposed suede. Desgined to keep the elements away from your little one’s feet! There is flannel in between two layers of suede to keep their feet warm and the suede is so chic. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34100521

11.  This Kathy Panton’s brand new book! I hear Two Birds is a picture book with great colors and the text is simple and easy to remember so I’d be willing to bet that your child will be reciting it right along with you after you read it together a few times! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33976634

12. Adorable! These clipboards are made from 100% recycled fibers/materials. I know that when I was little I played office and school all the time and I would have been SO excited to get my own clipboard (I used to have to borrow them from the home office) with my name on it!  Great personalized gift! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34000309

13. Whenever I look at these, I smile. They are so cute and would make such a great stocking stuffer! My parents were big on filling our stocking with things to keep us busy while they made coffee and toast and mentally prepared themselves for gift time. These would have been a hit at our house! http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittybblove?section_id=5957464

14. EEEEE! I LOVE KneeDeepQuilt’s bears! Look at the expression on his face! He is so cute and has a personality that any kid (or 25 year old named Katherine haha) would just go gah-gah over! There is only a few so if you love it make sure you grab one!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34317989

15. I have a thing for rattles. I just think people get so creative with them! These particular rattle are Crocheted Animals made from Eco-friendly Organic cotton. So cute, original designs and you get to choose 2 from the variety of animals available in the shop. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33986982

16. I’ve never seen anything like these whistles, have you?! I think they are so cool! It is a working wristlet made from recycled vintage bottle caps and tin cans. This would be a great stocking stuffer http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33754519

17. When I was a child I ALWAYS wanted a chair that was just my size! Check this one out! It is so unique and absolutely beautiful! Everything in this shop is breathtaking. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32819448

18. Oh Rupert. ho doesn’t love Rupert. This would be a great gift that you can read after opening, which would be special for your child! It looks like it has lots of pictures to be enjoyed as the story progresses. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34082145

19. Okay, this is such a fun product! It is a hammock that is small for you child! How cool is that! It is made from recycled cotton fabric and uses professional heavy duty ropes and karabiners to your little one will be secure once you set it up for them. It is portable too so you can bring it to the park or beach with you! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34061708

20. If your child loves to draw or write, give them this one of a kind journal! The pages inside are recycled paper together with the original story! There are so many uses for this journal that the seller lists in her shop as well as many other journals to choose from. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34104254

21. These blocks are gorgeous! Not only will your little one have fun playing with them but they can learn their letters too! There is a bag for easy storage and clean up but they are so ornate and would make a great decoration for your shelves! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33264572

22. If your child love to help you cook, I know I used to, this is the perfect gift for them! It is a child’s size rolling pin. This product is made to last more than one lifetime and is sealed with natural beeswax based wood creme. Enjoy this product for years to come! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34071027

23. When it comes to decorating your gifts, why not stock up on these great upcycled magazine gift bows in green?! They are made from old teenage girl magazines! I think these are just fabulous! and a nice conversation starter if you bring a gift by a friend or neighbors house! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32120451

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form this company.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products in her shop: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.



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A Great Resource – NEW (The Unofficial) Etsy Business Blog

Do you need help with your Etsy shop?…

…are you looking for some tips about running a business on Etsy.com or just want to learn about some of the MANY interesting and talented sellers there? I have just the thing for that: (The Unofficial) Etsy Business Blog. I am so excited that Justine of PlumeAdore, has taken it upon herself to launch this blog and go out of her way to help other Etsy Sellers, by providing advice and/or publicity on this site!

Who is Justine?

justineJustine had an Etsy shop called PlumeAdore. Between April 20, 2009 and August 30, 2009 she racked up an impressive amount of sales and expertise around everything “Etsy”. She was featured on the front page of Etsy 10 times, wrote for Etsy’s blog (the Storque), was chosen for Admin Curated Gift Guides and Storque articles, as well as had her Forum Help Threads picked up by Etsy’s EMail Newsletter. I mean, wow, all very impressive and obviously her hard work has paid off because her business is doing very well (she now sells wholesale to numerous stores), she is lucky enough to work at home to be with her young daughter and has now launched this blog to help everyone else out there in Etsy-land.

So what is this blog all about you ask?!

(The Unofficial) Etsy Business Blog launched last Monday, Nov. 2, and is already full of fantastic features and advice columns! The purpose of the blog is to ” provide you with advice and information to help you: Make Steady Sales; Increase Exposure; Build Your Brand; Manage Your Business; Provide Great Customer Service; Grow Your Business off Etsy”.

I really like Justine’s perspective on the issues that concern all Etsy sellers, she is confident and logical in her advice and explanations. The way she writes is clear and easy to understand. She gets straight to the point that she is trying to make, instead of lecturing the reader. This blog definitely provides the tools that an Etsy seller can use to get themselves moving in the right direction towards success. I have enjoyed reading through the existing blog and am looking forward to updates in the future. Given her track record, I am betting that this blog will serve as a useful resource for a long time to come!

Bring me to this Fabulous Blog!

The Unofficial Etsy Business Blog

You’ve got it! Enjoy (The Unofficial) Etsy Business Blog! Let me know what you think!

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company owned  by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to start this company.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products to chose from at her Etsy shop, www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

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Etsy Shopper – Thanksgiving

Katherine's Apple PieI LOVE THANKSGIVING! There is no way around it! I live in New England where the first Thanksgiving took place  and where we have the most brilliant fall colors that you can imagine! I love how the weather is getting brisk and you can start cozying up in your sweaters, build fires and drink hot cider. While compiling this post, I just kept getting more and more excited! Any excuse to bring family and friends together, give back to the community and …well… eat is GREAT in my book! So. That being out of my system, I will get on with why we have come together today….

Etsy is chok full of talented artisans and vintage collectors. All I can say is that they make putting together these Etsy Shopper posts so easy! You are all so talented and it always such a pleasure to get to know all of you! Anyone out there looking to buy unique items for their home, as a gift or something special for themselves should start their search at Etsy. I know that I am bias because I have an Etsy shop too but I am consistently impressed by the community of people here and how talented they are. WOW, I am really gushy today!

Here is a great group of items to spice up your Thanksgiving. Make sure to check out each shop because there is always more where this great stuff came from!

Remember that you need to scroll past the pictures to get a product description and link to each seller’s shop, just match the numbers from the pictures to the descriptions…

1. This is a great custom made dress set for your little one this Thanksgiving! The colors and little appliqued turkey are just perfect for the occasion! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33118499

2. This slumped glass bottle is a great addition to any hors d’œuvres spread you have planned for the holidays! It is perfect for cheese and crackers or any other small finger food. There are small rubber feet attached too, so it will stay in place and not slide all over! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33182259

3. This adorable turkey hair bow is made to order! It will look SO great with any child’s Thanksgiving outfit! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=33806663

4. Want to keep the kid’s entertained before and after dinner? Why not give them a big sheet of recycled paper and this Tom Turkey Crayon Puzzle. Its fun to take apart and put back together as well as draw with. Best of all, it is made from recycled crayons! Bring it as a gift if you are not hosting this year! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33148353

5. I love this! It is a vintage New York Trade School News, “Thanksgiving Issue”. There 12 pages full of fun text and illustrations, all Thanksgiving themed. This would be a lot of fun to look through with family and friends! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30984018

6. This vintage pleaded apron will help you look cute and stay neat while helping to make Thanksgiving dinner! It is 27” long and light weight, so you won get hot while you are working! The colors are great for the occasion too! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33078489

7. Ooooh Adorable. This little Tom Turkey is made from an upcycled, 100% wool sweater and stuffed with wool fleece. He is just so cute and would make a great decoration, and toy for the kids, at Thanksgiving dinner! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33047969

8. I love candles! This 8oz Pumpkin Pie soy candle has hints of clove, nutmeg, vanilla and just the right amount of spice. It’s in a 100% recycled aluminum container. Great gift for someone hosting Thanksgiving or for yourself! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33317116

9.This silky brown dress will help  you look great while you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner! Very cute dress and it’s at an unbeatable price. Snatch it up before someone else does! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31903513

10. Looking for a vintage tablecloth!? Look no further. This great Fall themed piece will be a welcomed addition to any Thanksgiving table! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33302396

11. This unique piece can be used for gravy or soup. It will sit proudly on your Thanksgiving table waiting to serve. It is at least twenty years old and looks great! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33092411

12. This lovely apron is made from an upcycled pillowcase! Perfect for preparing dinner and is definitely a unique item that no one else will have! My favorite part is the ruffle at the bottom. Nicely done! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30752065

13. Could this garland be any cuter?! It was hand cut from upcycled wool sweaters! Such a wonderful decoration for around your dining room this Thanksgiving! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33296744

14. This is such a cute T-shirt! Custom-made and in a variety of children’s sizes, it will be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=33777411

15. My family used to have a serving dish that looked similar to this. This serving plate encompasses the image that comes to mind while thinking about Thanksgiving. It’s beautiful, ornate and deserves to have the most important part of the meal upon it! I just love this piece! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33288450

16. Serve yourself something delish using this art deco style serving spoon (say that 3 times fast!)! Look at the fun details on the end and picture using this spoon year after year during your Thanksgiving feasts! Great piece with a great price to go along with it! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33512877

17. I’ve always wanted to know how to make pot-holders like this. This autumn colored pot-holder is crocheted from a recycled tablecloth. Great addition to your Thanksgiving cooking arsenal. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33384903

18. Wine charms are one of the best inventions! This particular set is just perfect in color and texture for Thanksgiving. Made with beach stones from Lake Michigan, you will not only have nice pieces to mark your glasses with but  they will be a wonderful conversation starter! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32445637

19. oooooh my goodness! How cute is this! The first thing I think when I look at this hat is that it must have taken a long time to make! It is so cute, love the colors! I can see some of my younger cousins wearing this to Thanksgiving! They might even get away with leaving on their hat for awhile inside! But of course the best part is that its made from 100% cotton yarn and stuffed with recycled clothing!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32683527

20. Soooooo beautiful! I almost don’t want to see it covered! Perfect Thanksgiving colors. The edges are just lovely and this would be a great accent on top of another red or white table cloth, creating a real festive table! Oh I am getting excited about Thanksgiving while writing this! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27287063

21. These are the most beautiful place cards that I’ve seen in a long time! They are made from recycled post consumer paper and have threads of gold embedded into them. I love the gold tree that finishes the cards off perfectly. These are the wonderful place cards for any holiday meal, so lets start with Thanksgiving! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29486954

22. Wow, talk about statement pieces! This wine/whiskey rack will have everyone that visits your house impressed! You can even get a personalized carved plaque to finish it off. Each piece is unique, I think the price is extremely reasonable and I can’t wait to get my own!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32040910

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form this company.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products in her shop: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.


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Etsy Shopper- Fall Colors

Yay! Fall is here! This is my favorite season! The crisp air and most of all the colors! I have compiled lots of Fall Colored items here for you to enjoy. Also, remember that the holiday season is quickly approaching so keep your eyes open for gift ideas!

Remember that you need to scroll past the pictures to get a product description and link to each seller’s shop, just match the numbers from the pictures to the descriptions…

1. I love to Scrapbook. This is such a great piece because at first glance, you’d never know it was made from 3 paper bags!  All you need for this Fall themed scrapbook are your pictures and mementos, everything else is all ready for you! This is perfect for those of you out there that want a unique album but don’t have the time to make something this ornate! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=324185732. These are so fun! This clock is made out of a record! This shop is full of all different designs that are hand painted and everything is under $20! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=33443258


3. This wonderfully colorful wool yarn is hand spun from mill-ends. It is bulky-weight and would make and awesome scarf, hat or mittens! It looks so luxurious! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33324841

4. This great journal, and a whole shop full of others, are manufactured from recycled hardcover books! There is plenty of unlined sheets for your musings, including many pages from the original book, and you can take pleasure in knowing how unique your journal is! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19243316

5. This adorable quilt is filled with batting that was made from recycled plastic bottles. I love the fabric and the simple diagonal stitching. The quilt measures approximately 30” X 40”. As a nice touch, the designer keeps the designs gender neutral so the quilt can be passed down to anyone! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33330827

6.  This is an amazing gift for a child, heck I’d love it! 🙂 This horse is made from new, vintage and recycle goods. The mane is made from recycled T-shirts as is the heart shaped “birthmarks”. The natural wood dowel is just the right size for little hands! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33208119

7. This lovely Cushion cover is made from high quality fabric taken from a heavy pair of curtains. The curtain’s original neutral lining has been used to create a plain vintage envelope-style backing. I am sure you will find endless places to use this cover! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33295011

8. This Celluloid and Metal Vintage pin is just gorgeous! A perfect addition to any fall outfit. This pin would look perfect on a scarf, lapel or even on a wrapped dress! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33320557

9. This is  lovely piece of vintage upcycled luggage. It is a brilliant red with a design in waterproof ink and has all silver hardware! It is made from a vintage American Tourister suitcase and is in excellent condition. Inside there are a bunch of pockets and clothing straps to hold all your stuff in place!  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32583582

10. This is a stunning footstool! It is a reupholstered antique footstool that bursts with color and style. The yellow, chartreuse, black and grey in the Thomas Paul fabric work together so well and make this a chic piece that will stand out in any room. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33178046

11. These fun zip up hoodie embellishments will add an extra splash of color and style to whatever you choose to add them to! The embellishments are hand stitched to recycled paper and attached to a glue dot for easy application! Go wild! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33307176

12. These upcycled watering can lamps are so much fun! There are a variety of colors that she can make the lamps available in and make sure to snatch up a paper lamp shade too!! Plus you get a free gift with your purchase! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21516334

13. Wow is this scarf beautiful or what! It was recently featured on Etsy’s front page  as well as in an Etsy Gift Guide! Made in the USA and is full of all the colors that make fall such a brilliant season! Make sure to stop by and get ourself one! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31162437

14. ADORABLE! I love this little Scottie dog! The dog’s name is Lottie and she is made from red vintage chenille! The other side is a red and white polka dot fabric and there is a baby-blue satin bow around her neck! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32348162

15. This beautiful bracelet is sewn out from a vintage grain sack. There is an adjustable metal interior to add to the comfortability. It is edged with embroidery thread and made right here in the USA. It is a unique, one of a kind bracelet! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33296052

16. This is a beautiful painting! It is an original floral landscape by an award winning artist. The colors are breathtaking and I can imagine the perfect place for it in my house, can’t you!? It measures 24” X 24” X 3/4”. If you do not have a frame, she will paint the edges for you to finish it off. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33329515

17. This beautiful set of 6 cards have an original designs on the front and printed on heavy, 100% recycled paper. They are blank inside for your own personal message and are the perfect way to send Fall greeting to everyone you know! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33327574

18. This autumn themed 12” X 12” wall hanging is perfect for the season. Made with love in rural Utah, this piece (among many others beautiful items in this shop) can capture your imagination and add a unique touch to any room or front door.  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33330111

19. This fabulous blanket measures 62” X 47”, that’s 20 square feet! It is made from reclaimed vintage fabric from the 60s. With all the places to have a picnic, you will find endless uses for this blanket. Best of all, it is lightweight and comes with a carry strap. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32493500

20. Don’t these look so soft and warm?! They bought a wool sweater and transformed it into a pair of one of a kind mittens! These are sized large and will fit a man’s average to large hands! Love them! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20149399

21. I am in love with these adorable pumpkins! This would be such a great addition to any home for the season or you can use it as a pin cushion! The stem in made out of recycled corduroy. There are many different sizes and colors of these pumpkins in this shop so stop by for a peak!  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33202802

22. I’m sort of obsessed with thick headbands and love this one for the fall! The colors and great, it is made with reclaimed materials and is attached in the back with an elastic so it will fit many different sizes!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27801157

23. This wonderful handmade hat is crocheted to perfection and is adorable! It covers your ears and is just the right amount of warmth for this time of year, The pumpkin theme is really cute as well, of course!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7463750

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form the company.  Every bag is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of style bags and products to chose from! Her shop is at: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.



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Etsy Shopper – Halloween

Halloween, the time of year to dress up in fun costumes, watch scary movies and get together with friends to celebrate all that is spooky! I had a lot of fun compiling a selection of Halloween treats from Etsy. Everything is wonderfully fun and all made from recycled, reclaimed and vintage materials! It’s scary how creative these Etsy Sellers got in creating their Halloween products! Enjoy!

Remember that you need to scroll past the pictures to get a product description and link to each seller’s shop, just match the numbers from the pictures to the descriptions…

1.Argh!  I love pirate… anything! These brass earrings are a great addition to a costume are as an everyday accessory! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32030188

2. These hair clip is made out of eco-friendly felt (from post consumer soda bottles and the black daisy shaped piece has a handmade domed resin eye (like Edward Cullens’s) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31966146

3.  This adorable handmade fall ornament is made in a reclaimed butter container. The fine craftsmanship is evident is all the handmade and painted details throughout the piece. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30197862

4.This fabulous piece, by one of my favorite shops and this is their second appearance in this feature, is made from many vintage materials put together to create an eclectic necklace that I’m gah-gah over. And it has a skull and bones element to it so of course I would love it, right?! This shop is also having a 20% off sale all THIS week so stop by http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32296242

5.These creepy crayons are are handmade from “orphaned crayons”. They are melted down and shaped into monster fingers, this is such a fun product! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32854272

6. Great pillow with reclaimed materials! It is made using a repurposed sweater and the candy corn is made from a vintage quilt. Perfect for fall home decor! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31114030

7. This great ring is made from a vintage button. Really great accessory for Halloween! AND it’s adjustable so it will fit growing hands for years to come! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30683527

8. I love products that can be used for all different things! These fun earrings are crocheted from fused plarn (Yarn made from recycled plastic, bags usually). But you can wear them as earring or use them as an accent piece on a sewing or scrappbooking project, among other things! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31431410

9. This is such a cute hair accessory! The bow is made from reclaimed T-shirt material, very sustainable. I’m sure you can find other uses for it as well! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32860949

10. Absolutely genius! These are plantable recycled paper gift tags. They are shaped like little ghosts which is perfect for the season and when you are done with them you can plant put them in soils and grow wild flowers because there are seed in the paper! How cool is that?!?!!  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32213591

11. This one of a kind handmade doll is so impressive. It is made in part with recycled wool. The orange dress is halloween ready and so intricate, just lovely. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32047704

12. These two Halloween hairpins are made from reused Scrabble tiles! They come gift wrapped, are available in larger quantities and have wholesale options! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32396169

13. This Max costume from Where the Wild Things Are will be a big hit with your child! This costume is made from eco-fleece and is ready to ship! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_2&listing_id=32846344

14. This Halloween themed reusable snack bag is the perfect sustainable product for the season! Not only that but this shop is having a 10% off sale on all Halloween items! Many quantities are available. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30653212

15. These arm warmers are made from recycled T-shirt.  There are anatomically correct bones painted on them, great for Halloween or anytime! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32741678

16. EEK! This creepy Tarantula is made from a vintage tv.radio glass vacuum tube and bendable legs. You can wear it on your Halloween outfit or put it in the candy dish for Trick or Treaters to find! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28644818

17. Great Halloween decoration! It is made from a recycled Aluminum can and the details are hand cut. Drop in a votive candle and you are ready to go!  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=33000459

18. Great halloween necklace! The pendant is made from a recycled scrabble tile. There are interchangeable pendants and chains for every taste so stop by this shop and you can find something you love! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=33008365

19. This mask is made from upcycled junk mail! Great idea, great product and perfect addition to any Halloween outfit! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16151712

20. This necklace works wonderfully for Halloween or everyday use. It is made from a tea stained piece of black cherry wood and the raven was printed onto recycled paper and the necklaces lobster clasp is antique. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32750627

21. I love charm bracelets. This intricate piece boasts reminders that Halloween is near. The working star watch charm is a practical, yet chic, piece. I love it ! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32856829

22. This Hells bells necklace is made from vintage lucite and gun metal chain. I would honestly wear this anytime of year and it will add a nice touch to your Halloween outfit! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31467083

23.  Aren’t these boots fun! These orange boots are in great condition and have been decorated quite nicely. I’m sure these will turn lots of heads this Halloween! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27433187

24. Fantastic! These pins are a ready to wear costume! They are made from recycled playstands and I get such a kick out of them!  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32747792

25. This fun Halloween doll is sewn up using recycled sweater, it takes 2 or 3 days to sew one of these unique pieces so make sure to stop by and snatch up your own! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32871733

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form the company.  Every bag is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of style bags and products to chose from! Her shop is at: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.


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It IS East Being Green- Halloween “Good”ies

JJ says "Happy Halloween!" on behalf of Reclaimed Threads

JJ says "Happy Halloween!" on behalf of Reclaimed Threads

Halloween is such a fun holiday. You get to dress up, eat candy and spend time with friends. Halloween can also be one of those holiday where you buy tons of things that you use once and then throw away. This year why not try to find some ways to be one of the people who celebrate sustainably?! Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

General Party Ideas:

Kids Konserve, Party Pak

Kids Konserve, Party Pak

Utensils, plate and platters. Even though this may seem scarier to you then the scariest Halloween costume, try using reusable utensils, serving plates and platters instead of disposable ones! You can use them year after year and won’t contribute to the massive amounts of trash during any holiday season!  Here is a great Party Pak from Kids Konserve: http://store.kidskonserve.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=KKPP. You get 25 of each item: plates tumblers, fork, knives and spoons. All of the items are made from 100% recycled yogurt containers and are BPA, Lead and Phthalate free. Great deal.

Green Planet Parties

Green Planet Parties

Decorations and other “Good”ies. If you are looking for your one stop sop for green Halloween decoartions and such, look no further! Green Planet Parties has everything you need. I was blon away at the selection of great products they have. This is a defite must see so check them out here: http://www.greenplanetparties.com/category_43/Halloween.htm

Children Party Activities/ Decorations:

Make some Scarecrows! This is a really fun activity and give you the opportunity to use up some old cloths and newspapers. You can form a couple of groups and have a contest!

Reclaimed Threads' Trick or Treat Bag, now available at Lil' Green Wagon in Southern CA

Reclaimed Threads' Trick or Treat Bag, now available at Lil' Green Wagon in Southern CA

Decorate Trick or Treat bags! Every year we used pillowcases as trick or treat bags. You can do the same and let you children decorate theirs with fabric scraps and old clothing. Either glue them on or this would be a great opportunity to teach your children how to hand sew!

Starched T-Shirt Ghost at Kaboose.com

Starched T-Shirt Ghost at Kaboose.com

The Starched T-Shirt Ghost. I used to love making these when I was little. You can use an old T-shirt and some clothing starch to create a little ghost decoration for your house! Here is are some nice instructions for this project: http://crafts.kaboose.com/starched-tshirt-ghost.html.

Tombstones, coffins and other decorations can be made out of cardboard. Get creative and use those materials again before you recycle them. If you have scrap wood laying around use those too and save them for use again next year!


Costumes on Etsy.com

Costumes on Etsy.com

You can always make your own costume, but you can also go on Etsy.com and find handmade costumes! http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=handmade&search_query=halloween+costume&order=date_desc&ship_to= There are many people who can probably work with you too, to make something really unique. Check back this Thursday, October 22, for other Halloween items off Etsy.com.

I can’t remember where I heard this idea awhile back but you can have a costume exchange party! No one uses a costume more than a couple of times so you can get them in really good condition and get rid of your child’s costume from years past! Plus it’s an excuse to get your friend’s together!

Trick or Treat! – What Will You Be Handing Out?

Global Exchange for Fair Trade Items

Global Exchange for Fair Trade Items

The Global Exchange Store is another one stop shop, this time for all Fair Trade goodies. They can be found at: http://www.globalexchangestore.org/category-s/263.htm

Little bags of popcorn

Caramel apples! (you can use locally grown apples if you live near an orchard!!)

Dried Fruit

Pamela's Products

Pamela's Products

Home-made gluten-free cookies. Listen, you might be think EWWWW but hear me out. I thought I had a Gluten intolerance, turns out I don’t but for a few weeks I was eating a gluten free diet. I came across Pamela’s products, you can find them in the baking section of most grocery store’s “naturals section”.  But I got the pancake and baking mix and OH MY GOD! I am telling you these are the best cookies! I still make my cookies from this mix because they are that good! Anyways if you want to offer cookies, definitely use this mix and don’t tell people that they are gluten-free so that they give them a chance! http://www.pamelasproducts.com/

To Wrap Up

Try using as many repurposed items as you can in your projects! You can use these opportunities to educate your children on recycling and how it is important to use up what you already have before buying something new. If you have favorite Halloween craft ideas, share them here!

Also try to buy items that can used year after year. Not only is this good for the environment but for your wallet as well! Why buy new things veery year?! If you want to have different things each year, then think about bring that costume exchange party to a new level and have a Halloween items exchange party and include any and all things Halloween!

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form the company.  Every bag is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of style bags and products to chose from! Her shop is at: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

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Etsy Shopper: Featuring Dog “Stuff”

Welcome to the first installation of the Etsy Shopper Feature here on the Reclaimed Threads blog, home of Reclaimed Threads Sustainable Bags. I am an Etsy Seller myself (Reclaimed Threads is the name of my shop, obviously) and am always marveling at how many talented people there are selling on Esty! I LOVE to shop and seem to always be on a mission for something in particular. Here I will share a compilation of items from Etsy and link you to the various sellers that provide these amazing handmade creations! While I prefer to buy items that are eco-chic and organic (I will always include items that meet these standards) let’s be honest, sometimes that isn’t always reasonable in our lives. Thankfully since everything on Etsy is either handmade or vintage and many sellers give money to charity (including myself), which is very sustainable, I personally feel fine buying pretty much anything off of this site!

In this post I would like to focus on Dog “Stuff”. I love my crazy little Jack Russell Terrier. His name is JJ for “Just Jack” (those Will and Grace Fans out there will understand) and he is a ball of energy that loves to get stuff! He seems to know when a gift is for him and he gets all excited, well honestly he gets excited about everything but that’s what makes him so cute!

I am so impressed with the amount of wonderful pet products there are out there! I was able to weed out a bunch a fantastic products that I cannot wait to share them in a gallery format with all of you. Not only are the products great but I have been in touch with all the people who make and sell them and they could not be nicer.  They all work very hard hand-making everything that you see. Let the sellers know if you love an item you see, I know they’d love to hear from you!

Scroll down to match the picture number with the description number in order to get a link to the products’ website! ENJOY! 🙂

DRESS THEM! Whenever I try to put clothes on JJ, my Mom says to, “stop, you are embarrassing him” but he loves the attention and I like him looking nice. Some of this stuff is cute and funny so I think your dogs will enjoy them as well!

1. I love this collar by 3pooches because it makes me think of J.Crew. It is very preppy and I love the colors. There are all sorts of sizes available so it is very customizable. In addition the collars are adjustable so you know that it will fit your dog comfortably. it looks like it is easy for you to get on and off your dog and has a great ring on it for tags and your leash. There are also all kinds of matching leashes and such! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28927290

2. Anniessweatshop made this collar out of  a reclaimed neck tie. There is no nylon used and if you recycle your old dog collar parts with them you get a $5 rebate! There is a matching leash that you can buy separately. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29571816

3. Check out this collar from thcoolpuppy! I have never seen anything like this! They have a variety of sizes and they will do their best to meet any special requests that you may have! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23578997

4. This is a cute idea from BowWowCouture! It’s a flower to put on your dog’s collar. You can get it with a loop to slide your dog’s collar through or a piece of velcro. You can even ask for certain colors for a special occasion or your dog’s favorite sports team. This is a very customizable product! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28674546

5. I love this pet ID tag from makeyourdogsmile! It is such a stylish way to present your dog’s important info. Check out their shop for all different kinds of unique dog tags. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30942881

6. Stop by mrsofttop for this cute scarf. The scarf is made from pure wool, is hand-dyed and comes in a variety of sizes to fit your pup. I love the button on the side as well. There is only a limited amount of each color, so act fast! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29738018

7. Handmade4hounds is offering up these adorable dog scarves! They were donated by KimsCritterDesigns and she did a wonderful job with them. Handmade4hounds donates proceeds (less shipping and transaction expenses) to a charity of the month. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24721152

8. This is such a cute little “boo!” dress! It is from PetPortraitsAndMore. As you can guess from their name, they also make dog portraits but in fabric! They are really cool, be sure to check them out. But this dress will look SO CUTE for Halloween! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30107301

9. Speaking of Halloween, or any day really, check out this sweater from StylinDogsBoutique. I love the skull and bones on the back! This is this sellers second shop offering all pre-made, ready to ship items. You can also find this and many other items at their other store DianaDesignsNY for custom made items. This seller also makes many items with eco-friendly yarn!  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25133747

10. The dogcoatlady makes great buttons such as this one with her computer and heavy duty button machine. You can attach this to your dogs sweater or on your own! You can also ask her to make the pin into a magnets and she also offers pocket mirrors or keychains. Be sure to stop by! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30944701

FEED THEM AND KEEP THEM SAFE JJ loves his treats, I love keeping his food and water off the floor and we both love when I am able to do one extra thing to keep him safe…

11. What a beautiful dog feeder by andrewsreclaimed. Not only does this feeder help your dog with its digestion, reduce strain on its joints and keep its food off the ground but it is made from cedar mill end-cuts… very sustainable! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30941182

12. Another way to keep your dog’s food off the ground is with this adorable non slip bowl mat by StylinPupPillows. I love the colors and they are willing to make the mat bigger or smaller based on your needs! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30877829

13. After your dog does something super special to deserve a treat, why not toss him or her one of these personalized dog cookies from KbOriginalsetc. You get 35-40 cookies in each batch and they are all made from fresh ingredients to order.  You also get $5 off any treat jar with cookie purchase. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26607380

14. This door hanger is your one extra little thing that you can do to keep your pets safe. Tailwaggers makes this hand-painted door hanger with indispensable information that could save your pets! Obviously the seller thinks so too because she told me that they take a lot of time and patience to make. I think they turn out very nicely! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18476813

Play Time! JJ’s is a big toy guy! They are all over the house but they make him happy.

15. Is this cute or what?! Lyonesque made this adorable toy that they say is “Beagle Approved”. They use some reclaimed materials and all the packaging is recycled. It has a squeaker in it which is a must and they donate to the Kentucky Humane Society. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24772160

16. Thelab also has a cute dog toy! It looks like a chocolate lab and will be fun for the dog to play with, with a squeaker which is wrapped inside a canvas pouch to help keep it from getting punctured! Since i asked to list this item I have had to change the link twice because they keep selling so grab yours quick! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31039428

17. If your dog likes rope toys this is the one for you! RockingKPet is a new seller and i think this product is a winner! It is soft and supple FLOATS which is awesome if you dog likes to chase toys into the water! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30879380

18. RachelsPETdesigns offers a cute  fleece tug chew toy. I made my dog a toy like this awhile ago and he loved it so definitely check these out.  10% of the shops monthly sales go to MaxFund.org. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30927437

19. Here is woofpurrcreations version of the tug toy. This tug toy is made of fleece, has a washed tennis ball on it and a squeaker. There are lots of colors to customize yours so have a look! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30534454

20. Here is a cute toy from athenaknits. Its is handmade to look like a piece of candy. It has been pet tested and can withstand tough playing. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24819637

21. RescueMeTugz has this fun fleece ball dog toy. You can see how much the seller’s dogs like it in the pictures and proceeds are donated to Great Dane Rescue! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28725912

22. ITinker4U offers up this set of squeaky toys. This adorable pair of plaid squeaky toys (one cat, one dog) are sure to makes your pet happy and you can machine wash them as well! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30940493

23. This squeaker toy is from tangledhangers and is made out of 4 layers of natural hemp! This toy is made to last and you can feel free to contact the seller to customize! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12729712

Clean up and a take nap! When JJ plays with his toys he leaves them all over the house! We try keeping them in ples but that doesn’t last long! While we are busy cleaning up after him JJ enjoys napping in his cushy bed

24, jakeybb offer this FANTASTIC one of a kind pet toy box. It looks great and keeps all your pets stuff in once place! There are matching bed and leash hook also available. Now they even offer to customize the toy box with your pet’s name! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25446260

25. If your dog gets chilly like mine does you’ll want to check out this adorable dog blanket from twosleepydogs. It is made from cotton and fluffy quilt batting. The edges are frays which is really nice looking. You can contact the seller for custom pieces as well! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30891688

26. For snooze time allingwelsh has made this very pretty Pet Bed! I love the fabric and the design is so regal! It would look great in any home! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29647223

27. When the dog is outside and wants to lay around, sometimes it is too hot! That why this raised bed from dianesk9creations is so great. It keeps our pet up off the heat, is waterproof, holds up to 100 lbs and has a warranty. Stop by and pick out yours from the variety of color options http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24674753

28. When you are en route somewhere and want your furry friend to be comfy you’ll need one of these travel beds by BowWowBeds! There is no zipper, it is machine washable and can be made to fit your sports utility vehicle or you can send them what measurements you need. This is like a duvet cover that you stuff with whatever you want, also keeps shipping costs down! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28551997

Remember to check out Reclaimed Thread’s shop as well for Eco-Chic Bags! www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com


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