Monday, December 29, 2008

End of the Year Sales

Many of our team shops are having end of the year sales, including Car Don Creative Design - who sells Handcrafted Supplies. To find other shops having their end of the year sales, please search for Team ESST + Sale on Etsy!

Our team shops are looking forward to starting the new year with some new supplies in our shops. Please check back often to see what we have for you!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

And a Merry Christmas too!
- Team ESST

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a Happy Hanukkah from Team ESST!

Looking through our team members shops, I found this Menorah stamp and some Hanukkah vintage gift tags too! We hope you have some time to get some crafting done during these next 8 fun nights!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snowflake Ornaments -- How To

I adore snowflakes. Whether they're stylized or realistic, elegant shades of white or bright and garish colors, I love them all! Now you can make your own~

Materials needed --

Large round beads
Large metal beadcaps
Metallic Silver ribbon - Available at supplycandy

Round nose pliers

Take one wire form. Working on one branch at a time, thread one spacer bead (I used vintage white lucite), a silver round bead, a beadcap, a large round bead, another beadcap, another silver bead, a large faceted oval, and a last silver round.

Using your roundnose pliers, make a loop on the end of the branch.

Repeat this pattern on each of the following 5 branches.

Your snowflake is finished, but you still need a way to display it. Decide how long you'd like the snowflake to hang, and cut a length of ribbon twice that long, plus a couple inches. Thread the ribbon through one of the loops you made and even up the ends. Tie an overhand knot, leaving a bit of a tail.

Now, you can display your ornament however you see fit. I like to make several in varying lengths and sizes to display in my front windows.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sewing Supplies: Patterns - Gremly Girl

Gremly Girl is a great shop with vintage sewing patterns and other goodies. It is really easy to find exactly what you want in this shop, as the patterns are organized by decade. You can also search the shop by measurement, such as bust size. Gremly Girl has a return policy, so you can be confident with every purchase at this shop.

What Gremly Girl loves about vintage patterns is that each one is a little treasure, offering a glimpse into the past. She loves finding new designs, studying the changes in fashion, and running across notes and ephemera a prior seamstress might have added to a pattern. For more on her obsession, visit her blog at

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Altered Ribbon - How To

Materials Needed --

Decide what length of ribbon you need for your project. Cut it off, plus a couple inches.

Place some scrap paper over your work space. I like to use copy paper. Put the ribbon on that and run the inkpad over it until you reach your desired color intensity. I chose the weathered look for the sample.

Run your paper towel over the newly inked ribbon to remove the excess ink.
Using your small alphabet stamps, choose a message to stamp out. I like to spell out the message and space it out before committing. This also helps to avoid spelling errors.

Once done, set it aside to dry completely. I like to leave mine at least overnight.

You now have customized ribbon, with a handmade touch. I wouldn't recommend laundering this ribbon, but it's great for most projects.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Gift Tags

With Christmas around the corner, it's time to think about what those gifts of joy should be tagged with. A search on Etsy with the terms "Esst tag" will give lots of possibilities for tags galore. This gift tag is from Circle in the Sand's shop.

Here's another gift tag that I found doing this same search. These homemade, handcrafted tags are simply delightful details. The recipient will know that a lot of care and love went into your selection of their gift.

Begin your search for Holiday Tags here.

Posted by Natalie -- NKP Designs

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Team ESST Christmas Supplies

For anyone looking for some crafting supplies that are specifically Christmas related, we've got a way for you to search for them on Etsy. Just do a search for "ESST Christmas" and you'll find over 375 items to choose from. There are Christmas Tree cupcake toppers from Layer Cake Shop, Victorian Christmas Tags that you download and print yourself, Snowman Stamp, and more. So while you're working on giving handcrafted cards and gifts this holiday season, don't forget to support the Etsy Supply Street Team.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Social Networking

Team ESST is everywhere. You can find us on My Space, We Love Etsy, Indiepublic, Flickr and Facebook to name just a few Social Networks. What are the benefits of having a presence on all these sites though? Why are we everywhere?

Social networking benefits both parties in a shopping relationshiop. It helps us get to know our customers better through their comments on our blogs and networks. We get to see who our customers are, what they respond to, and a bit more about why they've chosen to shop with us. It also allows our customers to get to know us a little bit through the personal information we post about ourselves. When shopping online it can be difficult to establish that wonderful in-person relationship you might find in your neighborhood store, but Social Networking helps to recapture that feeling by providing an easy way to communicate with each other.

Please take the time to get to know us a little bit better though our many outlets, and please continue to give us feedback. We love hearing what you have to say!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wists: Create your own Wish List

My family always asks what I'd like for gifts for the holidays. Sometimes, there is a crafting supply or some hard-to-explain item I want on Etsy. Unfortunately I find it pretty difficult to show the gift giver exactly what I want.

That is until I discovered Wists. It is a wish list & social shopping website that allows you to collect images and links to all the things you'd like to buy on the web. This is a particularly good idea for shopping on Etsy. I know you can use your favorites on Etsy to do this as well, but with Wists you can write up a little note giving details about each item. For example: If I added a fabric swatch I can say "I'd like 2 yards of this fabric please."

It is pretty easy to use. Just sign up and follow the directions to install their button on your browser's toolbar. Any time you see something you like you can click the button in your browser and it will add the item to your wish list. Whenever someone asks what you'd like as a gift, just send them a link to your list. Hopefully it will help you get everything you want this holiday season.

Here is one I started to try it out to see what it is all about: Take a look and let us know what you think.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thedestash Interview

Jessica Sharrah is a talented Ceramic Artist who makes beautiful beads of clay and gorgeous ceramic rings. Her Thedestash shop is one that jewelry artists flock to for unique design opportunities. Here is a short interview with Jessica. Enjoy.

1. Why clay?
I began just using gemstone and glass to make beads...then thought it would be great to be able to make the colors and shapes that I wanted - when I wanted....and then things sort of fell into place.

2. What's your favorite tool?
My kiln - magic happens in there (I know - it's more equipment - but it's my favorite!)

3. How long have you been claying?
Almost 2 1/2 years.

4. What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
The L-O-V-E links

5. What are you currently creating?
Unfortunately right now I am working on things for my other shop, but very soon will have beads and pendants of all shapes and sizes filling this shop!

6. What do you want your customers to know most about your work?
That I love it - and hope that it shows!

Yes, it does, Jessica. Thanks for a great interview.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sewing Supplies - Patterns: Destasing Diva

In the world of Etsy you'll find an array of supply sellers. Some sell new items, some handmade, some vintage and some specializing in destashing. Destash is a term used when a crafter tries to free up their supplies, or stash, by selling or trading them for newer items. Destashing Diva a member of Team ESST is one of these shops. The idea is brilliant, it is great for the environment, allows for more affordable prices, and puts some fantastic patterns back into circulation.

Destashing Diva has a nice range of vintage to contemporary children's and adult patterns available in her shop. She gives a nice description of what types of fabric work for each pattern as well as sewing level and condition of the pattern.

Please visit Destashing Diva on Etsy for new and destashed sewing patterns.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sewing Supplies: Patterns - Pattern Shop

I've talked a little bit about all the great fabrics that the Etsy Supply Street Team has to offer, but what to do with all that fabric? Why not try out a vintage sewing pattern? A series of Sewing Supplies posts will highlight the members of Team ESST who offer amazing sewing patterns.

This week we will focus on Pattern Shop

What I love about Pattern Shop is her wide range of pattern offerings. There are clothing pattens for children, women and men - patterns for bags & purses, doll crafts, and home decor. Many of these patterns are vintage and of retro style but others are contemporary. I think there has something for everyone in this shop.

Another great feature you'll find at Pattern Shop is a nice clear image of the front of the pattern, and best of all, a scan of the back too! This way you'll be able to figure out all your fabric needs before you purchase the pattern.

Pattern Shop currently has a BUY 1 GET 1 HALF OFF SALE! Buy any sewing pattern and get the second pattern half of equal or lesser value - enjoy this sale while it lasts. Also, if you buy 3 patterns at once you'll enjoy free shipping.

Please visit for all your sewing patten needs.

posted by Diane of Bee Square Fabrics

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Introducing the ETSY Supplies Street Team: Flying Circus

This is the next in my series about the wonderful peeps of Team ESST. Today's topic is:

You never knew what you would find with Monty Python's Flying Circus, but you knew that it would be hip, cool, and different. Flying Circus absolutely lives up to her namesake. she has retro buttons and bottle caps, as well as cork, regular bottle caps, beads, and fabric for making your fun and funky designs.
Flying Circus is also ESST seller Cocomo. As Flying Circus, she has only 120 sales, so go lavish some love on her shop!

If you'd like to find older posts in this series, search for the tag ESST members.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Introducing the ETSY Supplies Street Team: Fabric Stash2

This is the next in my series about the wonderful peeps of Team ESST. Today's topic is:

Fabric Stash 2 is just recreating her shop (formerly "Fabric Stash"), but it promises to be a super shop!

If you'd like to find older posts in this series, search for the tag ESST members.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Introducing the ETSY Supplies Street Team: Fabricsamples

This is the next in my series about the wonderful peeps of Team ESST. Today's topic is:

Fabricsamples has wonderful, elegant fabrics that you simply will not find anywhere else unless you have contacts in the fabric trade or are a wholesale purchaser. She has toile, velvet and chenille, florals, designer samples, wholesale packs, and vintage fabrics. This is a wonderful resource for the bag maker, the decorator, or anyone else who wants excellent, unusual fabric in small lots.

FabricSamples is currently having sales, as she says here:

***10% OFF my any NON SALE ITEMS, when you Buy 4 or more Designer Fabric Samples. 15% OFF when you Buy 10 or more Designer Fabric Samples. I will send you a refund through Paypal after you pay! This is a limited time offer.*****

I have Reduced the Price of numerous items in this Etsy Store.
**PLEASE use the word SALE or REDUCED to find my Sale and Reduced Items in this store. I simply don't have enough sections!***
Fabric has nineteen sales, so go lavish some love on her shop!

If you'd like to find older posts in this series, search for the tag ESST members.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fabric Blog

There are many fabric sellers on Etsy, and some particularly wonderful ones that are part of the Etsy Supply Street Team. But where to read about all fabric all the time? Try True Up!

Kim of True Up keeps all of us crafty sewers up to date on the latest fabrics - what is coming out, when it will be in stores and what the latest trends are too. She throws some vintage goodness in to drool over too! Enjoy her Swatch of the Week, and Sale Alert Sunday features, as well as interviews with designers and retailers (like me!)

Did you see something on her blog and just have to have it? Try searching for it in one of our Etsy shops!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Handcrafted Holidays - Supplies on Sale

The last time I looked, members of Team ESST had 680 items on sale. I see that there are items such as sewing supplies, jewelry making supplies such as beads, wire and fittings, scrapbooking supplies and a few unique items as well. To find these fabulous finds just search
Team ESST + Sale.

And if you have any great ideas for what to make as gifts, please, post them in the comments.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gift wrap idea - Fabric!

I just love this idea from Sheila at Fabric Samples...

Use fabric to wrap your Holiday gifts, then reuse to make your fabric crafts!!
Search Etsy with terms Team ESST + fabric. Or visit to one of our fabric shops directly:

THEN use this fantastic ribbon to tie up your fabric wrapped packages!!
Search Etsy with terms Team ESST + ribbon

posted by Diane of Bee Square Fabrics

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Etsy Plug on Apartment Therapy

Amber B on the blog Apartment Therapy has written a post entitled: Simple Green: Gearing Up for Holiday Shopping. It's about saving money whilst being eco-friendly, and among the techniques she suggests is to shop at Etsy.

• Better yet, buy everything handmade. You can delve into the world of online shopping, turning to Etsy to find the perfect hand-knit scarf for your best friend, or just the right wallet for your younger brother. Supporting handmade goods is a great way to impact local communities. Plus, without mass production, the carbon footprint is itty-bitty. And, of course, you can look for upcycled or recycled items that will have an even better green imprint. You need to shop soon, though; Etsy items need to be shipped, and many sellers already have holiday instructions up on their site. So plan ahead!

It's nice to hear a public reference to Etsy that does not seem to think that ETSY is only a "flea market." So get thee over to her blog, teammates, and comment positively on her post! (That gets your name out there for her readers to look for when shopping at ETSY.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Handcrafted Holidays - Reusable Shopping Bags

Looking for something to craft and give for gifts this holiday season? Why not try to knit, crochet, or sew some reusable shopping bags. Curbly has 35 free patterns listed on their blog. They have featured 18 options for sewers, 9 for knitters, and 8 for crocheters.

Now that you know what to make, you'll need to know where to buy your supplies. There are many yarn and fabric sellers that are part of the Etsy Supply Street team, all willing to answer any questions and assist you in any way they can.

To get started, just find the pattern you'd like to try and get shopping!

Team ESST Fabric sellers:

Team ESST Yarn sellers:

Written by Diane of Bee Square Fabrics

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tutorial: Guaridan Angel

Originally uploaded by dsgndbyrj

Want to make your own guardian angels? RJ of RJ Beads shows you how...

1 pair flat nose jewelry pliers
1 pair round nose jewelry pliers
1 pair wire cutters

1 4mm frosted white glass bead (for head)
1 pewter angel wing bead
1 12mm glass flower bead (for skirt)
1 head pin
1 jump ring

Step 1
- assemble components on your head pin from bottom to top, ie. skirt, wings, head (see fig.1). Fit tightly together at bottom of head pin.

Step 2 - Using flat nose pliers, bend head just above the angel-head bead.

Step 3 - Using round nose pliers, loop headpin around pliers creating a small loop, then wrap the head pin around itself, between the loop and the angel-head bead to secure (see fig.2).


Step 4 - Using wire cutter, trim head pin. Using flat nose pliers flatten any excess wire to prevent snagging.

Step 5 - Using both pliers, gently open jump ring - pulling one side towards you and one side away from you. Slide headpin loop onto jump ring. Close jump ring.

Voila! Your own guardian angel! You can now strong your angel onto a chain, ribbon or cord! Make it into a bookmark, or even a cell phone or purse charm!

Visit RJ Beads to buy individual components and ready-to-assemble Guardian Angel Kits!

fig.4 Finished Angel

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Seasonal Cottage SALE SALE SALE on paper die-cut scraps!

The Seasonal Cottage says:
*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~ OCTOBER SPECIAL ~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*

check out my imported paper die cuts/scraps-over 140 to choose from. I even have holiday ones for creating Christmas items:

This week I will also include in this sale my special paper prints-buy 4 get one free:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

How to Find the ESST Promo Thread on ETSY's Forum

Tutorial: Finding the Team Esst Weekly Promotion Thread

I. For People Who Need To Find The New Thread / Find the Thread For The First Time.

1) Navigate to the forum main page, the one with the five most recent posts under each category. or Etsy--->community ----> forums.

2) In the main ETSY header there is a search bar. It has two sections--a drop down box to the left telling you what category of item you are searching, and a blank bar to the right for you to enter your search terms. The default option on the drop down box will be "Forum titles" (if you are on the main forum page), so you don't have to make any changes there.

3) Type "ESST" into the search window and press the "Search" button, which is directly to the right of the search bar.

4) You will see a new screen that has all the forum posts that have "ESST" in the titles. Generally the most recent promo thread will be at the top (or near to the top), and will read something like, "@--}--Team ESST-Etsy Supply Street Team Weekly PROMO *Oct 19 to 26".

5) Click on that thread title to go to the thread. When the thread is closed the last post will give the link to the new thread.

II. For People Who Have Posted In the ESST Thread.

1) Navigate to the forum main page, the one with the five most recent posts under each category. or Etsy--->community ----> forums.

2) BENEATH the main ETSY / search bar there is, on the right, a bright blue link: "View Topics You've Posted In."

3) Click that link. The page will refresh to show you all the threads in which you've posted; the most recent will be at the top. You should be able to find the ESST thread in the first few entries.

4) If not, see above :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A fond farewell...

It's with sad hearts, but multitudes of best wishes that Team ESST says farewell to one of our fearless team moms, Faro.

Faro has been an amazing driving force behind Team ESST - she's kept us organized, on our toes and banded together, and we'll miss her dearly!

One of the main reasons Faro is saying good-bye is that her passions have changed and she'll be moving on from mosaic supplies to focus on her fabulous vintage jewelry, found at Oh Faro 2. So for all you mosaic makers - be sure to keep your eyes on Oh Faro! to take advantage of Faro's bulk tile sale - coming soon!

On behalf of the team, a big fond farewell and best of luck with your new vintage-ventures! And don't forget to come back and visit - we'll miss you!

Introducing the ESST Street Team: Destashing Diva

This is the next in my series about the wonderful peeps of Team ESST. Today's topic is:

Destashing Diva has a funky shop, focused around sewing patterns and supplies. She's got 1980s and earlier patterns, a hefty chunk of sewing supplies, and cool fabric fat quarters and bundles, like this piece:
Her patterns are great for kids and adults. She even has some scrapbooking supplies -- fiber is fiber, after all, and many scrapbook embellishments use sewing notions.

With 175 items for sale, and 100% satisfaction, you're sure to find something good in this shop!

If you'd like to find older posts in this series, search for the tag ESST members.

Cross posted from A Torching Good Story (Four Tails Lampwork), 10/23/2008 9:00 am.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Introducing the ETSY Supplies Street Team: Doodles Mosaic Tiles

This is the next in my series about the wonderful peeps of Team ESST. Today's topic is:

Doodles Mosaic Tiles has a broad array of mosaic tiles for mosaic artists. Many of her tiles are clear, in a variety of patterns and sizes. However, she has lovely broken china tiles, glass globs, and holiday items. Fhe also carries neodymium magnets, and a wonderful clearance section (titled, amusingly, "Oops!") that almost seduced me into trying my hand at mosaics.

By far the most interesting part of her shop, though, are her custom made hand painted tiles. Whimsical, bright, and cheerful, these tiles would turn any mosaic art from humdrum to spectacular.

With 597 sales, Doodles is going great guns! Check her shop out. If you'd like to find older posts in this series, search for the tag ESST members.

Cross posted from A Torching Good Story (Four Tails Lampwork), 10/24/2008 9:00 am.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sale Alert! specials:
*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~ OCTOBER SPECIAL ~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*
*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~ OCTOBER SPECIAL ~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*

Introducing the ETSY Supplies Street Team: Crinoline Stash

Cross-posted from A Torching Good Story by Four Tails Lampwork, 10/17/2008, 9:00 AM.

This is the next in my series about the wonderful peeps of Team ESST! I'm back on a roll, and the next ON the roll is the lovely Crinoline Stash.

Crinoline Stash has a brightly colored stash of supplies. She says in her announcement, "I've got acrylic felt, shrinky dinks, fun beads, findings, and an eclectic mix of supplies!" And she's not lying. Looking through her shop is like looking at the most cheerful rainbow you can imagine. She has a lot of wonderful findings, including colorful jump rings for your chain maille needs. There's ribbons and cords and overall a riot of rainbow colors!

Crinoline also has a store for her own crafts, and uses many of her own supplies to make her goods--so check that out, too, if you want even more inspiration.

If you'd like to find older posts in this series, search for the tag ESST members.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Introducing the ETSY Supplies Street Team: Cocomo

(Cross Posted from "A Torching Good Story" by Four Tails Lampwork, 10/16/2008)

This is the next in my series about the wonderful peeps of Team ESST! It's been over a month, and my poor teammates have been very patient. Here's introducing a team member with a fantastically funny sense of humor, Cocomo Mosaics.

Cocomo has mosaic art in several different styles, ranging from the lovely to the quirky. She has a wide assortment of finished tiles, from glass blob tiles, retro tiles, and flower tiles. My favorite section are the coolio tiles. These are just!

Cocomo has 728 sales ... and lots of happy customers! So go check her out if you're looking for mosaic art supplies.

If you'd like to find older posts in this series, search for the tag ESST members.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Supply Your Holidays with Team ESST-Etsy Supply Street Team!

Here's just a short list of some of the fabulous deals and steals Team ESST is offering during our "Supply Your Holidays Sale!" Click on a supply section below to view the sales!

Beads and Charms
Fabric and Patterns
Mixed Media and Paper

Beads and Charms
Free shipping on any size order, large or small!
CarDon Creative Design will have a special "Team ESST Holiday Sale" Section - Check it out!
Buy More – Save More! See my shop announcement for details!
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Grams Vintage Buttons is offering a great "Team ESST Holiday Sale" section, click and see the wonderful sales.

Fabric and Patterns
Scandinavian folk inspired prints from Japan "My Folklore" are on sale for $9.00/ yard.
BOGO: Buy One Get One Half Price (lower priced item is half price item)
Buy one item and get 20% off second item of equal or lesser value.
Sale: Free items of your choice from fat quarters to strands of beads
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Mixed Media and Paper
BUY FOUR 7GYPSIES RUBBINGS AND I WILL INCLUDE ONE SHEET FOR FREE - check my shop announcement for details!
Sale offer: Free washi scrap pack with every order!
20% off everything
Sale: Numerous prices have already been lowered throughout shop, so go ahead and proceed thru paypal checkout. No need to wait on a revised invoice.
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I am having a Buy Two Mosaic Tile Sets and Get a Seller's Choice Set Free
Buy any 2 items get third free (equal or lesser value)

Free Cupcake Supplies with every purchase, and an entry to win a Layer Cake Shop Sampler worth over $25.00 with each item purchased. See shop for details. Oct 8-12th.
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And be sure to search "team esst" at Etsy to see the full range of ESST team shops! The sale runs from Oct. 8 thru 12th - but ESST is always best for your supply needs!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The ESST Holiday Sale is Coming!

It's just around the corner! Come back tomorrow to see the big list of ESST team member's sales - we've got everything from mosiac supplies to fabric, to paper goods to jewelry supplies, and so much more!

Here's a little taste - of course you don't have to celebrate the holidays to celebrate our sale!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Check Out: Sandritocat

Sandritocat's Original Vintage Sewing Patterns has been open for business on Etsy since December 2007, I recently asked owner Sandra a few questions and here's what she had to say:

Q: How did you start selling patterns?
A: I collected "graphics" on vintage patterns then I came into a large amount of patterns and decided to sell them.

Q: What's your favorite item in your shop, right now and why?
A: This fabric reminds me of fabric my Mom used to sew my clothes from.

Q: Recommend something *different* a crafter could use your supplies for.
A: I've used some of the patterns envelopes and patterns pieces in collages. Only if they are missing so many pieces, no one could sew from the pattern.

Q: Do you have a frequent buyer program? or offer bulk pricing?
A: I usually do something special for my 100th, 200th .... sale. I just recently gave 50% to my 500th customer. I also offer combined and free shipping:

FREE SHIPPING OFFER! Offer good in USA only.
Buy 3 patterns or more and I will ship for FREE
Buy 5 Sewing Patterns and get 5% OFF + FREE SHIPPING
Buy 10 Sewing Patterns and get 10% OFF + FREE SHIPPING
Buy 15 Sewing Patterns and get 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING
Buy 20+ Sewing Patterns and get 20% OFF + FREE SHIPPING

Buy 1-2 patterns = $5.00 shipping
Buy 3-4 patterns = $7.00 shipping
Buy 5-6 patterns = $9.50 shipping
Buy 7-9 patterns = $12.50 shipping
Buy 10 patterns = $20.00 + 10% off
Buy 15 pattern = $20.00 + 15% off
Buy 20 patterns = $20.00 + 20% off
Buy 25+ pattern = FREE SHIPPING + 20% off.

Must pay from one invoice for Paypal payment.

So pop on over to Sandritocat's Original Vintage Sewing Patterns and take a look around. If you're a collector or looking for a fabulous vintage pattern to whip yourself up something new, Sandritocat has an amazing selection - with Women's patterns going all the way back to the 19030's!

"Check Out" is a series by RJ Beads, featuring a new ESST shop each week. ESST has a wide membership and so many different types of supply shops, no matter what you're looking for one of the ESST shops is bound to have what you need! The next time you're shopping for supplies, be sure to shop ESST!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Check Out: MK Supplies

Margaret of MK Supplies has been selling supplies on Etsy since March 2008, I recently asked her a few questions and here's what she had to say:

Q: How did you start selling supplies?
A: I am obsessed with vintage beads and supplies in general, I myself am a jewelry designer and artist. I decided when I started to hoard vintage supplies for my own creations, that I might as well own a shop for supplies as well, as half of the fun to me is searching out the materials. It has since blossomed, and become a business that keeps me very busy, and super happy.

Q: What your favorite item in your shop, right now and why?
A: My favorite item in my shop right now are the vintage brass roses with genuine rubies set in them. They were so gorgeous, that I bought every last one of them! I saw endless possibilities with these pieces, and was instantly inspired.

Q: Recommend something *different* a crafter could use your supplies for.
A: While I market my items as jewelry supplies, a lot of jewelry supplies are suitable for altered arts, card making, scrap booking, and embellishing just about anything. I have seen gorgeous collages made using vintage plastic flowers like the ones I sell in my shop
To sum it all up Margaret says that her shop has a large amount of unused (old stock) vintage items, and new contemporary items that work wonderfully with vintage style designs. She also carries a decent amount of contemporary Czech glass beads. MK Supplies is constantly expanding, and Margaret takes great pride in my customer service. And she ships worldwide! So pop on over to MK Supplies and have a look around.

Margaret also uses her supplies in fabulous creations - which you can check out in her other Etsy shop, Margaret Kelly.

"Check Out" is a new twice-weekly series by RJ Beads, featuring a new ESST shop each week. ESST has a wide membership and so many different types of supply shops, no matter what you're looking for one of the ESST shops is bound to have what you need! The next time you're shopping for supplies, be sure to shop ESST!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Autumn Beads from ESST

Autumn is just around the corner for many of us. I can see the difference around here. The air is cooler and the landscape is starting to slowly change.

I've noticed the palette on Etsy changing too. Here's a sampling from our street team to help you get ready for Fall.

1. Bamboo Tiles from Vigaro Creations
2. Autumn Brights by Four Tails Lampwork
3. Yellow Jade from UBB Business
4. Greek Ceramic Beads from Adobe Supplies
5. Vintage Glass Leaves from Black Star Beads
6. Bronzite Faceted Ovals from CarDon Creative Designs
7. Whole Bunch of Beads from schOOLLOcker
8. Autumn Swirl Nuggets by Bead Blanket Bingo
9. Dzi Beads from Beads4You
10. Topaz Mix from RJ Beads
11. Citrine Rondelles from Mermaid Stones
12. Copper Sky from Mountain Shadow Design
13. Variegated Autumn Leaves from Pinkee
14. Vintage German Honeycomb by MK Supplies
15. Autumn Leaves by NKP Beads
16. Orange Seed Beads by Plurfection

Article written by BlackStarBeads.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Summer Clearance at RJ Beads!

Check out the ever growing Summer Clearance section at RJ Beads!

With currently over 40 items on clearance, there are lots of fun and unique finds at up to 50% off! Take advantage of the flat rate shipping offered at RJ Beads and stock up on some great glass, wood, shell and semi-precious stones today!

Monday, July 28, 2008

New at Bee Square Fabrics - summer sale!

Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossom is on sale for $6.00/ yard. They are going fast, so get them while they last!

Also on sale:
Zazu by Tina Givens for $6.00/ yard (30% off)
Kokka's Trefle collection for $10.60/ yard (35% off)
Chestnut Hill by Joel Dewberry $4.80/ yard (now 50% off)
Come Quilt with Me $4.50/ yard (50% off)
as well as select Japanese prints for 30% off.!

Sale ends August 15th, 2008

View all SALE fabrics at Bee Square Fabrics.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Some ESST Favorites

Some ESST Favorites

My ESST Favorites

1. LadyBugs, 2. Large Hand Painted Flowers for Mosaics, 3. flower pewter pendant, 4. Lava Flower Mosaic Focal Tile, 5. Shell Flower Beads, 6. Rare Sea Glass Nuggets, 7. Daisy Field, 8. Beautiful Boy Kit 8, 9. Textured felt flowers, 10. McCall's 3089, 11. Carnival Large Fibers, 12. Handmade flowers , 13. VINTAGE AND NEW JEWELRY AND CRAFT SUPPLIES, 14. DSC08811 copy, 15. Forest Friends, 16. 100_4310

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

Posted by RJ Beads.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Yart Sale!

What exactly is a Yart Sale you ask? Well it's a yard sale for art! Yard + Art = YART!

And team ESST is going full on with it's Yart Sale offerings!

Need tiles for your latest mosaic creation?

Beads for some new jewelry?

Are you a scrapbooker? Maybe you're a collage artist and need some fabulous paper?

Whatever you need, Team ESST has it, and even better - is offering you a fab deal! So head on over to Etsy and plug in "team esst yart" into that search bar, for all your supply needs!

Sale runs from June 11 to 20th. Many shops have devoted a whole section to the Yart Sale - so get shopping!

About the author: RJ Beads is a full-on bead addict and is happy to be able to share her addiction with you! She's also participating in the Yart Sale with some fabulous beads, vintage patterns and more!

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Fruits of Summer!

To find these, and more great supplies search "team esst" in the tags, and don't forget to set the search drop-down menu to supplies!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What'cha Looking For?

Since the rebirth of Alchemy on Etsy there have been many a commercial supply request posted there... of course if you read the D&D's you know that commercial supply requests are not kosher in alchemy. Soooo.... after a quick chat and a bit hurah ESST will be hosting a Commercial Supply Alchemy thread in the forums.

It's a place to safely come and make your requests for those hard to find commercial supplies, and be seen by a number of supply shops! Even outside of the promos threads can be burried quickly, and you may not always get the results you need. So we're hoping this thread can help bring supply hunters together with suppliers!

Come on over and post your commercial supply requests today! :)

A Super-Quick Super Simple Tutorial

I originally posted this tutorial on my blog, but have agreed to share it here. I've been wearing my bracelet all over town and get tons of compliments on it.

I've been looking at
these sequins for 6 months, thinking that they'd make cool jewelry. Today, I finally sat down and did something with them!

Here's what you need to make your own -

  • 1 pkg of the above sequins, available in my Etsy shop. One package should make 2 bracelets. You could also get two packages and make a necklace.
  • 1 clasp - I used a silver snap clasp for ease of use.
  • Jump Rings - I used 7 (seven) 6mm jump rings.
  • Pliers for opening jump rings

How to make it -

  1. Using your pliers, open a jump ring. Link two donut sequins, through the small holes along the edge, using a jump ring. Close the jump ring.
  2. Open another jump ring. Connect another sequin to the chain of two you've started. Close jump ring. Repeat until bracelet reaches your desired length. I used 6 sequins.
  3. Once your bracelet reaches your desired length, open another jump ring. Use this to connect your clasp to one end of the sequin chain. Repeat with the opposite side of the clasp and other end of the sequin chain.
  4. Voila! You have a very cool, very bold, very lightweight bracelet!

    Make sure that you don't have a twist in the sequin chain. If this happens, simply open one jumpring and untwist the chain. This may happen when you add the clasp.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Treasuries - April 21 thru April 27




Thursday, April 17, 2008

Team ESST Spring Sale is Here!


Our team shops are offering a wide variety of supplies. You will find great everyday prices, special discounts, free shipping, free gifts...check them all out!!

Here's a list of participating shops ~ check each shop annoucement for their specific offer!

Beads & Jewelry Supplies:
CarDon Creative Designs
RJ Beads
Bead Blanket Bingo
Four Tails Lampwork
Just Jaynes
Gerrys Jewel Box
Artistic Jewels and Beads
Black Star Beads
NKP Beads

Mosaic Supplies:
Doodles Mosaic Tiles
Oh Faro!
Artful Mosaic Supplies
Artsy Hand Paints

Paper and Embellishing Craft Supplies:
Barking Dogs Boutique
The Artist's Closet
Beck and Call Girl
Krazy Kate Designs
Aunt Sues Old & New & Lovely Too!
School Locker
Dainty Pretty Crafts

Boutique Supply Shops:
Jazzies Junque
Grams Vintage Buttons
Fritz/Bitz Craft Kits
Supply Riot

Matieral and Handspun Yarns:
Kitty Grrlz
Fabric Stash

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

ESST Treasuries 4/14 - 4/20