Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meet Handmade Precious Gifts!

Hi there!  Donna is one of our Donating Shops for the Fall 2010 Shower, making beautiful crocheted gifts: 

Hi my name is Donna and ever since I can remember I have always loved making crafts.   My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 10 years old and I have been hooked ever since.  I also love the beach, the sand and the sounds of the ocean which I live close to.  I have been married for over 26 years, to my husband who is my best friend. 

I attended the Summer Etsy Baby Shower as a spectator, just to learn more about it and thought it was a great idea.  I am excited to be participating as a donating shop this time around. 

My shop Handmade Precious Gift was started after attending my niece’s baby shower.  I make crocheted dresses, sweaters, blankets, hats and booties.  Most of my items start out with a pattern, but I always end up changing something to make it unique and my own creation.  I just love making baby items, I think they make the perfect gift, my favorite is the little girl dresses.

Thank you,

Thank you Donna, your work is amazing!  Please, if you are a donating shop, email me your bio so you can be featured too!

Lot's of Love,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Introducing and Nora and Liam!

Congratulations to Jenn, a recipient from our summer shower, for welcoming  her beautiful babies,
Nora Ailene, and Liam Xavier on August 23rd, 2010!  They  weighed in at 6lbs 8oz, and 7lbs 5oz!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mo & Ozzy

Hi everyone!  Before I start, I wanted to apologize for the earlier post, my youngest son Noah came down with a virus, so I did not get a chance to send out emails.  They will go out this week, and thank you to those who have emailed me thus far!

On another note, I would like to introduce Monica from Mo & Ozzy on Etsy, who is a wonderful and kind lady, and who I had the pleasure of donating a bracelet to in the last shower!  Thank you Monica for sharing your story!

I'm Monica McDonald and I'm a yarn addict. And a shoe addict. And a paper addict. And, well, you get the idea! I have a tendancy to be a hesitant person, but once I jump in the pool, I don't get out! 
I was raised in beautiful, rainy, grey and green Western Washington, but somehow ended up in the mountains and desert in Utah! The things we do for love, huh? I've got a great, sweet, handsome hubby who is a great dad to our two boys. I participated in the Summer Etsy Baby Shower as both a donating shop and a recipient. It was a great experience and I'm so excited to donate again for fall! 
My shop, Mo & Ozzy, started after my first son was born. I had been an elementary school teacher before he was born, and now, as a stay at home mom, I was lonely, isolated, and feeling down. I made a caterpillar hat for him and had tons of compliments. I'd made hats back in college, so I got down to work, designed and made a few more and started my shop! It was a great pick me up for me to feel productive and I found crochet super relaxing. I've made lots of amazing friends in the handmade community and continue to love every minute of it! 
My shop specializes in hats, of course, and includes acrylic winter hats, cotton hats for warmer weather, and wool hats. I also create sweaters, booties, dresses, leg warners, bags, and hair accessories. I design each item and don't work from patterns. I prefer the challenge and freedon of figuring things out on my own and changing them as I go!

Thank you Monica!  If you are a donating shop, please send me a bio so that I can feature you in an upcoming blog!

Lots of Love,
Jess...a.k.a. The Etsy Baby Shower

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Hi everyone,
Today I am going to be sending out a confirmation email if you have signed up to participate, just to make sure you are still in.  Then the matching can begin!  I am very excited, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask, and we can get this going before the holiday rush!  Let the fun begin!

Speaking of fun, if you are a donating shop this year, please send me a bio of you and your shop and some great pictures, so I can brag about you!

Lots of Love,

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall 2010 Let's Go!

Hi everybody!  I hope everyone is doing great, and is going to have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
(I'm a big fan of exclamation points).  I wanted to give you some updates on a few things I was working on.

  • I rearranged the blog a little bit, to help me organize my thoughts a little bit, and I hope you enjoy the new clickable pages on the top!
  • I have been reading over the emails I have been receiving, and if I was delayed in responding, I do apologize!  
  • We are currently looking for Etsy donating shops!  If you would like to be a donating shop, please email me at, and include:
    • Your name, your Etsy shop
    • email address
    • What you make!
  •  Donating shops must be willing to donate a gift, free of charge (including shipping) to the mom they are assigned. In return, we help to promote your shop through different activities. We blog about your shop, include pictures of your gifts in our Flickr Album, and run other activities on Etsy to promote you!
  • Mothers that want to participate in this baby shower, the eligibility dates for your baby to be born are September 1st-December 31st 2010, and you must be Etsy members.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the, or through my Etsy Store, A Nursing Reminder, which by default I tend to be on throughout the day.  

Thank you and Lot's of Love!!!