Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cute clay creations

One of our members, Melanie, known for her Etsy shop MelaniesOriginals, has just opened a new shop MelysClayCreations where she is now offering her fun handmade polymer clay beads and other items. Currently the new store is stocked with cute pieces specially designed for Halloween. Go check it out and watch for Thanksgiving and Christmas creations to follow soon...

Happy pumpkin beads -

If you like Melanies' new shop, you might like to know that her banner was created by Maura, of LiliMava. Do check out Maura's super shop if you are considering a change of banner, or avatar, amongst other things!

PROMOTION PACK offer for Etsy sellers

One of our HOST members, Dee, from thegypsyjewels, will be participating in a craft show on 11 October. She is also planning a second event - a "Ladies Night Out Show" during November.

Dee would like to collate some PROMOTION PACKS from Etsy sellers and is inviting sellers to send her any promotional items of their choice.

Items can include business cards, samples, promo offer codes - you choose what you would like to contribute, and how many!

The first event is not too distant now, and Dee will need time to collate the PROMOTION PACKS, so if you would like to participate, please convo Dee via her Etsy shop thegypsyjewels to sort out the details!

Thanks for such a super offer and opportunity Dee!!

Play with Fire and get one FREE!

One of our HOSTies - Michelle, of FireandIceDesigns - is a talented glass artist and jewellery designer. She is currently running a fantastic...
...offer in her Etsy shop. The BOGO offer will run for a limited period only - including this weekend 20-21 September - so go check out her shop and don't miss out! The details are as follows:
  • Offer applies to all items in the BOGO category of the shop
  • You pay for the higher priced item, plus shipping
  • Checkout using the "other" payment option and wait for an amended PayPal invoice
  • OR purchase items as normal and your second item will be refunded via PayPal
Just one of the stunning dichroic glass handmade pendant and earring sets you will find at FireandIceDesigns

Welcome back Maggie!

One of our HOSTies, CrochetMaggie, had a rather a scary "Gustav" moment... Fortunately, she and her lovely family came through unscathed, and with only minimal damage to their home but rather a lot of sorting and clearing up to do. We are delighted that things are now back on track and so Maggie has re-opened her Etsy store. To celebrate, she is running a
*** Grand Re-opening SALE ***
The offers run from 19 September to 21 September and this is what you will find if you visit her wonderfully colourful shop:
  • FREE shipping in the US
  • FREE shipping to Canada
  • $1 shipping for most other destinations

Maggie will be adding new items throughout this weekend, so do heart her shop and keep checking back!

Just some of the fabulous hand crocheted wash or dish cloths you will find at CrochetMaggie

This re-opening SALE also coincides with Maggie's Etsy-versary, so everyone at HOST would like to wish Maggie a very Happy and Prosperous Etsy-versary!!!

End of Summer SALE

One of our HOSTies, LavenderDragonHerbs is now running a super

*** End of Summer SALE ***

The SALE runs from 19 September to 1 October at 12 midnight PST, and this is what is on offer:
  • Buy one item and get 50% off a second item (offer excludes incense)
  • All incense is now 10% off (except the sample packs)
  • All gift baskets have $5 off the listed prices
  • You will receive a FREE tea or incense sample with your order
At checkout, please select to pay with "other" and then wait for an amended PayPal invoice.

Please put your choice of tea or incense in 'notes to seller' comments box at checkout.

From now until 5 October, every order placed will be entered into a drawing for a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to spend in LavenderDragonHerbs.

Just one of the fabulous herbal tea blends you can find at LavenderDragonHerbs

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome back Quirky!

One of our HOSTies, Andrea, of QuirkyBags, recently re-opened her Etsy shop after taking the Summer off to spend vacationing with her kids. We are delighted to see her shop open again - she is a favourite with many for her original, quirky market tote bags. Her shop is now full of wonderful bags in a huge range of fun, colourful fabrics - of which this is just one example:

Do check out her super shop! You are bound to see something you like - either for you, or for the kids? Maybe a book bag for school? Or one of the fun Halloween themed fabric bags for collecting candy when you "trick, or treat"?!
Welcome back Quirky - we missed you and are glad to have your shop to stalk through again!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The World's Greatest Garage Sale!

Best wishes to HOSTie Debbie of soulinchains who has a stall at the World's Greatest Garage Sale today.

The sale is organised by The Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association and is taking place at the Fair and Expo Center, Rochester, New York.

Opening hours for the public are from 8am to 3pm and you will find directions here...

Debbie has kindly offered to donate 20 per cent of her sales proceeds to HOST, to use to help Etsians in need.

Have a fun and fabulous day, soulinchains... and lots and lots of sales!!!

Don't forget to take a look at the wonderful Etsian's shop at Debbie makes the most delightful scarves and mini bags (for which you will find a million and one uses!).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Etsy Birthday EFA!

EFA is a team of about 500 people from all over the world, and most members donate a portion of their monthly sales to animal charities. The EFA team shop - much like the HOST shop - is stocked with items contributed by many artists and each month, the proceeds from the shop go EFA's chosen 'Charity of the Month'. Currently the team are in the process of trying to make EFA a not-for-profit organization.

EFA is celebrating its Etsy Birthday this month and to celebrate, team members are working together to get more exposure not only for member shops but for the EFA team shop and the team's worthwhile causes. The EFA Birthday Bash promotion runs from September 15-30 and our HOST member, artbysusmitha, will be participating along with over 120 other EFA member shops! Participating EFA members are offering a 20% discount in the form of a coupon that can be used in any participating shop. For a full list of member shops participating in this fantastic Birthday offer, just follow this link to the EFA website:

Susmitha says:

All you have to do to use the coupon is put "EFA Birthday Bash coupon code SUSMI" in the notes to seller for ANY participating shop and then either wait for a revised invoice or pay and get a refund. There will be different codes for every shop keeper so we can keep track of who brings the most people to the sale (the winner gets a special prize from EFA - $50 will be donated to their favorite charity, mine is the Visakha SPCA Cow Sanctuary, so if I'm the first person you've heard about this from then use my code in any participating stores but if you got someone else's code first, then use theirs. Oh and feel free to pass my code on to anyone else you know who might enjoy this sale. Don't hesitate to contact me - - if you have any questions.

If you would like to read more about the charities that EFA supports, just follow this link to the press release on the new EFA Website for all the information about the team's contributions to various animal charities in the last year...

HOST would like to wish EFA a Happy Birthday, and great success with your Birthday Bash!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Fairy Tale Sweepstakes

We are very proud that HOSTie Drew of fairytalefibers is participating in The Handmade Kids Sweepstakes on Etsy!

There are seven different 'Handmade Kids' categories to vote in and our Drew has her wonderfully whimsical fairy hoods under TWO different categories:
  • Eco-Friendly, and
  • Clothing

Voting closes on September 8, 2008 at 11:59pm EDT - so go check out the sweepstake NOW if you haven't voted already - and chance your luck at winning one of fourteen $350 Etsy Shopping Sprees! To review all of the finalists and categories, follow this Etsy link while it is still active:

Care to SHOP or BUMP?

HOST is running - or assisting with - the following promotion threads for:

These are the threads... Do take a look at these sellers' terrific Etsy shops if you don't know them already - or post to help keep the promos afloat! You can always heart the shops to visit later :)

For LavenderDragonHerbs:

For melaniesoriginals: and

For dkjewels:

And finally, for our PW ad-boxes:

Thank you for looking!

Got a few spare minutes to play and feed the world?

THANK YOU to Drew of fairytalefibers for passing on a fantastic link she found to I thought this was a wonderful thing to add to our 'extend the help' twist on this blog and have now added a link from this site to the left-hand column... Basically, the link will take you through to a fun word game, and for every correct answer, FreeRice will donate 20 grains of rice to help end hunger!!! You can visit the FreeRice website via the above link but here is some info from the site's FAQs that you might find interesting...

FreeRice is... a website committed to the cause of ending hunger around the world. While it is not a registered non-profit organization, it is run entirely for free and makes no profit. All money raised by the site goes to the UN World Food Program to help feed the hungry. Sponsors make all payments to the UN World Food Program directly.

The rice that you donate is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). WFP is the world’s largest food assistance agency, working with over 3,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, WFP helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, WFP buys food locally to support local farmers and the local community. Please visit the WFP website to learn more at

The UN World Food Program (WFP) works around the globe and FreeRice donations are made with no restrictions. This freedom of use allows WFP to apply the donations to countries that need it most, often those that don’t make the headlines in the news, yet where chronic hunger continues unchecked. Often WFP is able to purchase the rice in the very countries where the beneficiaries are located, cutting down on the transport time to reach the hungry and helping to stimulate local economies at the same time.

The first FreeRice donations have gone to purchase rice:

  • In Bangladesh, to feed 27,000 refugees from Myanmar for two weeks. Please click here to watch FreeRice being distributed in Bangladesh.
  • In Cambodia, to provide take-home rations of four kilograms of rice for two months to 13,500 pregnant and nursing women.
  • In Uganda, to feed 66,000 school children for a week.
  • In Nepal, to feed over 108,000 Bhutanese refugees for three days.
  • In Bhutan, to feed 41,000 children for over 3 days.
  • In Myanmar, to feed 750,000 cyclone affected people for 3 days.

The rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it. According to the United Nations, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. To a mother or father watching a loved child die in their arms from hunger, the rice you donate is more precious than anything in the world.

Please remember that you are not the only one playing FreeRice. Though 20 grains of rice is a small amount, it is important to remember that while you are playing, so are thousands of other people at the same time. It is each and every one of you together that makes the difference. Your 200, 500 or 1,000 grains may not seem like much by itself, but consider that in its first five months, FreeRice generated enough rice to feed more than one million people.

Click on the link and have a go! Even one correct answer gets results, so go for it and have fun :)


Treasured moments - by mcnovelties

This is the latest treasury west curated for HOST team members by mcnovelties.

"I get BUY... with a little help from my HOST friends!"

It is dedicated to promoting four HOST member shops:

Please visit and give them all a click and a comment!

Thank you :)

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