All Handmade By Me – An Epic Movement To Put The Hands BACK Into Handmade

Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman

The All Handmade By Me Team Badge
Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman

Happy Tuesday all!

I’m not sure how many of our readers are aware of this but quite recently Etsy changed their policies on what they will allow to be sold on their site.  One of the core changes being that now artists can work with a manufacturer to mass produce their goods. While it benefits the people that can afford to mass produce their items those of us that operate as a truly handmade are getting hurt.

For a long time now there have been people on Etsy marketing manufactured goods that they had no part in actually making. Just do an Etsy search for soap molds and you will see what I mean. You’ll find thousands saying they are handmade when 30 other stores have the identical product saying the same. Rather than cracking down on the trend and on people abusing the system, Etsy’s new policy practically ENCOURAGES this.

Here is how it works. Imagine this… One day I wake up and decide I don’t feel like making washcloths anymore. I call a factory in China full of children and underpaid employees, I give my pattern to them, and have 50 washcloths made for less than what I’d pay for the yarn here in the States. I could then ask that company to take care of the shipping for me as well. For all intents and purposes not only I would NEVER have to stitch another washcloth but I also would never have to even see them and under the new policy I could still market it as handmade.

Now y’all know that I would NEVER do that. This is just to illustrate how ridiculous the new policy is and I’m not the only one pissed off by it but there is hope! If any of you read Yahoo! news you may have seen THIS ARTICLE from their Shine network featured on Yahoo!’s home page just a few days ago. After reading the article I immediately looked up the All Handmade By Me team that’s mentioned and let me tell you…. this team GETS IT!

I joined the team the day I read the article and I proudly Display the badge on my banner in my shop. The team is growing so fast that they’ve just opened an awesome new forum outside of Etsy. There are many other sites out there for handmade goods and this removes the Big Brother aspect of keeping it all on Etsy.

Another thing I am loving about All Handmade By Me is their goal to keep everyone involved in the team. You can’t join the team looking to just self-promote, something that many, many teams on Etsy turn into. You need to participate and you need to help promote other team members.  The more you put into it the more you get out of it. There are still plenty of ways to self-promote within the team but it requires a little more effort than just people standing there going LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! BUY MY STUFF! Which frankly I find annoying as hell and I’ve left multiple Etsy groups over it,

If you are interested in joining All Handmade By Me you just need to head over to the team page on Etsy and apply. Understand that to get accepted on the team you must make your items yourself. Nothing made in a factory for you.  Designers, artists and photographers that have their work professionally printed are welcome as well. I encourage everyone that can to sign up!

If you are a consumer that buys on Etsy looking for handmade goods, look for the All Handmade By Me badge. It comes in a variety of colors so keep your eyes peeled. In most cases it will be on a shops banner. I have it on my banner but I think I will increase the size on it when I have some extra time. Likely after the wedding when I have tome to fart around with it on Gimp. I am also hoping to buy the rights to the fonts I want later this year so I may just overhaul my banners and buttons all at once. I also have it listed on my about page so it shows up on every listing. If you are trying to buy handmade and DON’T see the badge be sure to read the shops policies and their about pages. If it is still unclear if they sell handmade ask!

The best way to get Etsy to return to their roots is to stop buying from the sellers that use mass production all together and to start turning to alternative handmade venues. Itis my hope that we as a community can band together and return to our roots. Please buy handmade. You no only support an artisan and small business but you also get items made with passion and love.

That’s it for today folks! I will be back tomorrow with some photos of new stuff in progress!

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We’re Still Here!

It was not so graciously brought to my attention by one of my readers that it’s been “FOREVER” since I’ve posted to the blog. So I’m back with an update. While it hasn’t been “FOREVER” it HAS been close to a month since the last post. I apologize for that, quite a bit has been going on that needed to get taken care of.

Baby Dog finds the exaggeration silly.

Baby Dog finds the exaggeration silly.

So here is the low down:

Stud Muffin and I have called off the wedding (including our back up plan to the previous cancellation of the big wedding). We are still getting married but it is going to be a small, private ceremony, officiated by my sister, held at our favorite restaurant during Thanksgiving break. I think there will be a total of 13 people there, possibly 14. It’s not exactly what we want. Honestly it’s not even close to what I want but what I am getting in return makes cancelling worth it (see the next paragraph).

In giving up the wedding plans we’ve decided to have a baby. Either one of our own or if we are unable to conceive we plan to adopt (which is entirely possible given our ages and personal medical issues). We’ve also decided to buy our own home. None of this will happen before Pretty One graduates in 2016 but it is something to plan and save for. By plan I am not joking when I say I am already planning out nursery ideas (remember how much I love stars) and we spend a couple hours a week discussing baby names. My personal favorites at the moment are Dominic Alexander and Katie Mae.

Baby Dog approves of getting his own little human as a pet.

Baby Dog approves of getting his own little human as a pet.

Part of the decision to cancel is because the IRS still owes us over $5,000.00. With the government shut down it is looking like we aren’t going to see it any time soon. Because of the money we are owed Bathe Happy is also in a holding pattern. I can’t start home parties until I have the money to do so and that money is in that $5k we are owed. The same goes for craft shows. We’ve had to cancel next week’s appearance because we can’t afford the booth fees and we haven’t yet been able to pay for the next Girl’s Day Out (coming up in Dec.) either.

Sales are slowly picking up, which has been great, but there haven’t been any sizeable purchases. Hoping to see more coming up in the next several weeks.

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Pretty One modeling her Wristers before “Maroon and White Day” during the week-long Homecoming celebrations.

Lots and lots of crocheting going on as the weather cools. I’ve been making wristers (cute fingerless gloves) for the current challenge for The Crochet Crowd. I started a blanket for Pretty One in her school colors. I’ve also been working on donations for the Crochet-arium charity.  I made a freeform mermaid doll that I am super proud of. I’ve also been getting back into cross stitch. It’s something I had a massive interest in when I was younger and now I am getting back into it.

The Mermaid Doll I Made for there Crochet-arium.

The Mermaid Doll I Made for there Crochet-arium.

So that’s where we are now. I’m still working through the disappointment with not having the wedding but the smaller ceremony will still be nice. In the coming days and weeks I will lay out the details and will be getting back into daily blogs. Things here have really been rough but hopefully as the year ends it will start looking up.

Thanks for all your support and remember:

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Contest Starts Today!

Starting right now we are running a Back To School Contest!

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We are giving away a grab bag of goodies including a soap, a solid perfume/cologne, a lip balm, a washcloth, and a scrub!

Here’s how to win:

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That’s all there is to it. Remember you must share the original image from our page!

Additional contest entries are available. You will get an additional entry into the contest if you follow our blog(there is a link at the bottom of the page), another if you favorite us on Etsy, another if you follow me personally on Etsy, and yet another if you follow us on Twitter. You MUST follow us on Facebook, as well as like, share and comment on the contest photo to qualify for additional entries. That means each person can get up to 5 total entries.

If you are following or favoriting us for the bonus entries please be sure to Contact Us with the screenname(s) you are following us under so we can confirm for credit.

Contest ends at 11:59 pm on 9/12. Winner will be chosen at random on 9/13 and announced that same day here on the blog and on Facebook.

Good luck!

These are a Few of my Favorite Things…

Happy Friday! How are all y’all Happy Bathers doing?

Today I’d like to talk about an Etsy Feature I just love… Treasuries.

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Tiny Star Ring – $19.00 from laonato on Etsy

If you are new to Etsy they are a great way to search what’s out there. Basically a Treasury is a carefully curated list of items one person puts together. Many people do this by color, or a color scheme as well as a theme because the prettiest and most voted for Treasuries can end up on Etsy’s home page.

You can view all of the Treasuries here: http://www.etsy.com/treasury

LEO Zodiac Constellation Hardcover Journal - $34.00 by CoffeeMonkeyPress on Etsy

LEO Zodiac Constellation Hardcover Journal – $34.00 by CoffeeMonkeyPress on Etsy

Remember when I mentioned Manic Designs a couple of weeks ago? The Star Wrap that I am still in love with inspired my latest Treasury. I call it Star Light, Star Bright and you can check it out here: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzE3MDA5NjR8MjcyNDgzNzMwMA/star-light-star-bright?index=2&ref=treasury_search&atr_uid=

Tiny Sterling Silver Star Necklace - $14.00 by West9th on Etsy

Tiny Sterling Silver Star Necklace – $14.00 by West9th on Etsy

I really do have a personal obsession with anything and everything with a star on it. So now I’m asking all of you to head over to my Star Light, Star Bright Treasury and give it some love! Lets see if we can get Bathe Happy featured!

Blue Galaxy Star Field Pillow Cover - $42.00 by geographyhandmade on Etsy

Blue Galaxy Star Field Pillow Cover – $42.00 by geographyhandmade on Etsy

All of the photos in the post have been selections from the Treasury! Be sure to go check it out. If you have a Treasury you’d like to share be sure to link to it in the comments!

Thanks all, see you Monday!