Treasury Challenge Winner August – UnexpectedTreasure

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The August winner is UnexpectedTreasure who loves sewing,crocheting and anything crafty.

What got you started on etsy?

Family and friends had been telling me for years that I should be selling online. I’d been selling locally for about ten years. In the November of 2009 I saw a Martha Stewart segment featuring an Etsy seller who had the cutest onesies. It was the first time I had ever heard of Etsy but I decided I had nothing to lose. So I spent two months whipping up some inventory and opened my shop, Unexpected Treasure, in January 2010.

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What do you love about fall/autumn?

I love just about everything about autumn; the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, apple and pumpkin picking then baking delicious pies with them, hay rides, corn mazes, etc. The only thing I don’t like about autumn is that winter comes right on its heels. LOL

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Do you plan to use the holiday trends of 2014 in your shop and if so how?

I’m not really a trend follower. However, there are two trends I was reading about recently and I plan to follow them. The first: According to Money magazine, people will shop online earlier to avoid last year’s shipping nightmare. The second kind of goes right along with the first: According to e-commerce intelligence, the trend for the past two years has been for shoppers to spend more online during the holiday season. So I plan to list as much new inventory as possible by October 31st so buyers will have lots of delightful gifts to choose from and also to allow plenty of time for shipping and, hopefully, on time delivery.

What do you enjoy about team CIJ?

I love that it’s a year-round team instead of just a seasonal one.

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How and what are your plans for this holiday season? Shop wise and home wise (only if you wish to tell us about family part).

My plans for the holiday season shop-wise were probably best answered by question #3. But to add to that I’ve already stocked up on plenty of shipping supplies and plan to offer lots of priority mail shipping, especially using the regional rate boxes whenever possible.
My family plans for the holiday include lots of sewing gifts, cookie baking, eggnog drinking, playing Christmas carols beginning on Thanksgiving day, and generally just taking the time to savor the spirit of the holiday.

This shop is filled with a mix of crochet, sewing and so much other unexpected treasure.

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Top Ten Tips for Busy Moms

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Welcome to our first “Top Ten Tips” blog entry! Each month, we will offer our readers ten tips and products to make a task easier, less expensive, or just more fun. This month’s Top Ten Tips is for all busy moms. We hope you walk away with some tips and products to save time and money and really maximize your time with your kids.

10) Sherry from treasuresRtimeless says “Get Organized”

School time is now upon us and mom’s will even be busier than before! They will have all those wonderful “after school activities ” to do, adding an even more hectic schedule! I thought perhaps, this listing article that I am presenting to you could be used two fold to help a busy mom get organized!

This wonderful lazy susan can be used as a quick supper station! The compartments can handle a quick supper before or after a school function. It could also be used to organize, keys, kids usv drives for school, pens, pencils, notes that needs to be returned to school, almost anything, just a little imagination is all that is needed! What do you think?

Get organized with this lovely Lazy Susan.  Add fun to a Taco Dinner or organize all those Back to School supplies.

Get organized with this lovely Lazy Susan. Add fun to a Taco Dinner or organize all those Back to School supplies.

 

9) UnexpectedTreasure says “Keep it Simple”

I think this 3-piece accessory set is perfect for the busy mom on the go. Key chain coin purse wristlet can replace a large purse or handbag so mom can carry just the essentials few folded dollar bills or twenties along with her credit cards or ATM cards.

Fill up the business card holder with your cards and have them at the ready to pass out to prospective customers.

The tea wallet carries four tea bags, sweetener and lemon juice. All mom needs to do is add the cup and hot water! She can sip a nice soothing beverage while she waits for the kids to come out the school building.

This three piece accessory kit has so many uses... First Aid Kit, Snack, or organization.  Great for a mom on the go!

This three piece accessory kit has so many uses… First Aid Kit, Snack, or organization. Great for a mom on the go!

8)  Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts says “Keep your memories close”.

For those of us who are crafty moms trying to fit in some scrapbooking time during naps or when the kiddos are at school, I’m busy playing “catch up” by using scrapbook layout kits! I can get one done in about an hour, so not only did I accomplish something crafty and fun but also relaxing.

Keep all those photos organized and turn them into a family keepsake with this adorable scrapbook page!

Keep all those photos organized and turn them into a family keepsake with this adorable scrapbook page!

7) Bar Shiff from kukiness says”Keep the Diaper Bag fully stocked and organized”.

 This stylish and functional accessory is the perfect solution for parents who are tired of losing pacifiers at the depth of their diaper bag.
This adorable pouch is perfect for keeping your baby's pacifier clean and easy to find in the diaper bag.

This adorable pouch is perfect for keeping your baby’s pacifier clean and easy to find in the diaper bag.

6) Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says “Take a little time for yourself…and when you can’t: Wear a hat!”

 My favorite time saver when I am on the go and in a hurry, a hat. Look good with out having to fuss with your hair. No one will ever know you didn’t take time to fix it . Just tuck it up or quick pony tails, and you look perfectly polished.
Pull your hair up under this darling hat for a great look when you are in a hurry to get the kids!

Pull your hair up under this darling hat for a great look when you are in a hurry to get the kids!

5)  Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says “Always be Thankful…no matter how busy you are”.

 As Mum’s/Mom’s, we’re all running around crazy and frantic getting everything sorted, people to places, meals cooked, the endless mountain of washing… and we sometimes forget to just sit down with our kids and just watch/play and interact. I have this print on my wall at home near my front door as a reminder each day to think of something I’m thankful of, and a lot of the time it ends up revolving around my daughter.
Lovely sign to remember to be thankful for the love and laughter in our life no matter how hectic our life becomes.

Lovely sign to remember to be thankful for the love and laughter in our life no matter how hectic our life becomes.

4) charlene c from CeeCeeandBee says “Always remember…wash your hands!”

 Back to school, or starting school for the first time… means coming home with germs and getting sick. I should know, I’m a single mom of two elementary school aged kids! Make sure everyone washes their hands when they get home – and all the other regular times.

I’ve made this non-toxic hand soap perfect for killing germs and bacteria without any of the crazy chemicals in other products. Stay well my friends!

Be sure to keep germs at bay so you can give your best to the people who depend on you.

Be sure to keep germs at bay so you can give your best to the people who depend on you.

3) Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says “Always remember…you are beautiful, too”.

 I think Mom’s on the go need a little magic in their lives (what this cool star Quartz crystal pendulum represents). Just something in their pocket to remind them remember to stay calm and hug the kids, because nothing else matters more.
A magical pendant to remind you how special you are to everyone around you.

A magical pendant to remind you how special you are to everyone around you.

2) Ifigeneia tsiltikli from fifirixtra says “Always remember the baby wipes”.

My tip ( as a new mam) is to have ALWAYS in your bag baby wipes! You can use all the time to clean any kind of mess that a baby can make! In my house i have 1 pack in every room!!!!

Keep your daughter's hairclips (or your clothespins) organized with this adorable holder.

Keep your daughter’s hairclips (or your clothespins) organized with this adorable holder.

1) Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says “Stay on track with an organized calendar and some treats for the toddler”.

Keep one calendar with separate colors of ink for each person to keep items all in one place.

Also, keeping a few small treats with you while running errands always can keep a toddler calm. Dollar store toys, crayons, goldfish all work well!

Keep goodies, toys, or other small items organized and within easy reach with this zipper bag.

Keep goodies, toys, or other small items organized and within easy reach with this zipper bag.

We look forward to more Top Ten Tips articles with advice and time savers from our Christmas in July Team.  Thank you, Busy Mom, for taking the time out of your day to read our Tips for You!