I’m finally back from my family reunion, with another Etsy shop to feature. One look at this shop, and I know you’ll fall in love with it, just like I did! Zerumpees offers “unique, handmade plush monsters,” and they’re so cute I wish I could reach through my computer screen and hug them all!

I think these monsters would be a great present for a child who “has everything.” What gift do you think they’ll remember more: another run-of-the-mill teddy bear, or a totally unique, handmade, friendly monster? It’s a no-brainer! I can also envision these monsters as a way to help little ones get over their fear of things that go bump in the night. After all, if you have a cuddly monster to hug and protect you, night time might not seem so scary anymore.

Here are just a few of the great items that Zerumpees has to offer:







Gus Gus

Gus Gus


Run, don’t walk over to Zerumpees today, to read the terribly cute descriptions of these and other monsters, and to order yours today!

If you have an Etsy shop, or just love Etsy, why don’t you post about it, and link up below?


As Etsy has a virtually inexhaustible wealth of cool stuff, I have another awesome shop to share with you today. Deadworry (an anagram of artist Edward Gorey’s name) is full of truly fun and funky screen printed items. If you’re looking to add some variety to your wardrobe, look no further! These designs range from cute to slightly creepy, but they’re all fantastically unique, and in my opinion, they all totally rock!

Some of my favorite Deadworry items include this Tentacles Womens Short Sleeve Hoodie:

I covet this Bicycle Built for Two tote:

Bicycle Built For Two Cotton Canvas Tote

Advertise you craftiness with this Crafty Tatoo Style shirt:

Crafty Tattoo Style Organic Tshirt  Sizes Small Thru 4XL

Give your talkkative friend a subtle hint with this Chatterbox Vintage Telephones shirt:

Chatterbox Vintage Telephones Womens Tshirt

And what do you think of this Octo-Owl shirt (I think it’s fantastic!)?:

Octo-Owl Womens Moss Destroyed Tshirt

Sorry, no giveaways today, but hopefully I’ll have another Etsy-related giveaway soon. In the meantime, check out Deadworry today!

Have you recently found something on Etsy that you truly adore? Do you have your own Etsy shop? I’d love to see it! Blog about it, then link up below!

I’d also love it if you’d spread the word about I Love Etsy, my weekly celebration of all things Etsy! Grab my button if you wish!

Happy Monday! The winner of a Customized Fairy Ornament from Melanie’s Crafts is Rebecca C, who had an excellent chance of winning, with three entries total. 🙂 Congratulations, Rebecca. You can expect an email from me!

Remember, all the goodies at Melanie’s Crafts are very reasonably priced. Why not zoom on over there and pick something out for your little cutie (or for yourself)?



Welcome to my very first I Love Etsy blog carnival. You can join in the fun by posting about an Etsy shop or product you think is great, and then coming back here and linking up! Anyone who links up has an extra chance to win a customized fairy ornament from Melanies Crafts! Read below for details!

I am starting this blog carnival because I really do believe that handmade items are the absolute best, and I so appreciate sites like Etsy for bringing handmade to the world. There are so many wonderful products on Etsy, it almost boggles my mind! I could spend hours “window-shopping” on Etsy! I also appreciate that Etsy allows crafters and sewers to share their products with a much larger range of buyers, and make a little money in the process.

If you don’t have the time, money, inclination, or maybe the know-how, to make handmade items and gifts yourself, Etsy is the next best thing! I can guarantee that any item you find on Etsy has been made with a million times more love and care than any item you could buy in a big box store!

Okay, I’m off my soapbox now! Today, I am featuring an interview with Melanie, from Melanie’s Crafts! Her creations are darling!

 Snowflake Ornaments Set of 5

Andrea: What made you decide to open an Etsy shop

Melanie: I have been making polymer clay ornaments for about 15 years for family and friends as gifts and favors for showers.  Along the way, I have sold some of my creations to friends.  I have always wanted to sell my creations to the public.  One day on the Martha Stewart Show she had the founder of etsy on and he explained the process.  Once I found Etsy, I knew it was the right place for my creations. 

Andrea: Your creations are so whimsical and cute! How do you come up with your ideas? 


Melanie: My creations are inspired by my friends, family and customers.  I was inspired to make my cherry blossoms pendant after creating a cherry blossoms treasury on etsy.  So whimsy and fun.  I started making my fairies when I was pregnant with my daughter.  I love to create new things.


Andrea: What kind of custom orders do you do?  


Melanie: My very first sale was a custom order to Australia and she wanted my fairies customized to her fit her daughters.  I had one customer ask me if I could make my cherry blossoms pendant into an ornament, another asked for different color kitties.  I can change most of my creations to fit your need and have made new creations upon request.  I am a very convo friendly shop. 


Andrea:  I sew, and am a tad crafty, but I have practically no sculpture experience. Could you tell me a little bit about your creation process? How do go from a lump of clay to a finished product? How long does it take? Do you draw your designs first? 


Melanie: I start out with an idea in my head of what I am trying to create.  Some of my creations, like my flowers, I have been making for what seems like forever.  Sometimes I sketch out my designs.  I take a piece of polymer clay and condition it (warm it up) with my hands or sometimes I use my pasta machine.  My figures start out as different size balls of clay pushed into different shapes.  I reinforce all of the seams with liquid polymer clay (acts as a glue).  Sometimes designs work out fantastic and sometimes I find I really dislike what I came up with.  I learn from my mistakes…and designs evolve over time.  Some creations take 10 minutes but others seem to take hours.  My snowflakes for example take a while to make because each piece is individually placed in the correct spot.  It’s time consuming, but well worth the effort.


Andrea: What kind of materials do you use? Are there certain brands you prefer? 


Melanie: I use Sculpey and Fimo brands of polymer clay, I love the variety of colors they come in.  To ‘glue’ joints together I use liquid Studio by Sculpey.  My pasta machine has been one of my favorite tools along with my exacto knife and a variety of kemper tools.

 Sock Monkey Ornament

Andrea: What is your favorite creation you have for sale in your shop?


Melanie: That is a hard one…I love all of my creations for different reasons.  I have to say the one I am most proud of is my Cherry Blossoms.

 Cherry Blossoms Necklace


Andrea:  I know you’re the mother of two kids. How and when do you get your crafting done?


Melanie: I find time during naps and in the evening when my daughter goes to bed.  My daughter is a fantastic sleeper and she goes to bed really early.  Sometimes I can get her to play in her highchair while I work on stuff in the dining room.  My son, age 7, loves to watch me create items and has created a couple of things on his own. 

Children's Bear Bracelet

Thank you, Melanie, for your wonderful products, and all the time, energy, and love you put into making them! Thanks also for giving away a customized fairy!

Do you want to win a customized fairy from Melanie’s Crafts? Melanie will make a fairy just for you! To enter, jog on over to Melanie’s Crafts and take a look at all the great stuff she has to offer. Then, come back here and tell me what color you would choose for the fairy’s hair and clothes, if you won.

And of course, you can gain extra entries by doing one or all of the following:

If you choose to do any or all of the above, please let me know, so I can give you credit for your hard work!! This giveaway ends next Sunday (Sept. 21) at 11:59 p.m, CST. I will announce the winner on next week’s I Love Etsy post. Open to U.S. mailing addresses only.

Every Monday (except for the last two Mondays), I’ve been running a feature that I call “Etsy Find of the Week.” I love Etsy so much that I decided that instead of spending hours window-shopping without much to show for it, I’d turn those hours into something productive and share my finds right here with you, my readers. Each week, I would get some very nice responses, all of which basically said the same thing, “I love Etsy, too!” So, I decided to start a weekly blog carnival called (what else?) I Love Etsy!  (BTW, ChocolateFingerprints.com is my new domain, which will be taking effect shortly!)

I am holding my first I Love Etsy carnival this Monday (September 15)!

To Participate, surf around on Etsy and post this Monday about any great find you’d like to share. Then, come back here and see my Etsy find. There will be a Mr. Linky, so make sure to link up. After that, why not visit some of the other participants’ Etsy finds? Lastly, it would be very nice of you to contact the owner of your featured Etsy item or shop and drop them a link to your post. The owners I have profiled have always loved that!!


  • Yes, you can post about your own Etsy shop, if you have one. I’d prefer, though, if you spread the love around a bit, and only post about your own shop every other week, if that’s okay with you. I’m going on the honor system here.
  • If you’d like to see some examples of my past Etsy Finds of the Week, click here, here, and here.
  • You can post about a single item, lots of items or do a profile of a specific shop (don’t forget to add links so your readers can find the wonderful items!)
  • PRetty please, with sugar on top…if you particpate, grab my I (heart) Etsy button and place it somewhere in your post. Copying and pasting will work fine. And also link somewhere in your post back here, so that people who want to participate can find me!
  • Don’t forget to at least attempt to contact the owner of the store/item you profile. It’s a very nice thing to do!
  • Last but not least…Some weeks, I will be having Etsy-related giveaways. Make sure you notice, and enter correctly (I’ll explain how in giveaway posts). Extra credit entries will most likely be available, too, so watch out!!

Any Questions?

First of all, I must say a HUGE thank you to all the sponsors and participants of the Babywearing Bonanza. This last week exceeded my expectations by far, thanks to all you wonderful, babywearing-promoting people! It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing you’ve promoted such a wonderful parenting skill, isn’t it??

If you haven’t entered all this week’s giveaways, make sure to do so soon. Here’s a rundown of all the giveaways, just in case you missed one:


I plan to host more celebration weeks in the near future. Let me know in the comments section below, if you have a theme you’d like to see me cover. I’m thinking that for sure I’d like to do a breastfeeding week, green parenting week, fitness for mommies, and maybe some others, too. Any suggestions??

If you love Etsy as much as I do, be sure to come back here next Monday for the beginning of my weekly Etsy blog carnival. Want to know what that entails?? Further details later this week!

One last announcement: I’ve purchased a domain: http://ChocolateFingerprints.com

At the moment, I have my new domain redirected to this blog, so if you type in ChocolateFingerprints.com, it should automatically bring you here. Very soon, though, I’ll be employing a blog designer and moving to my new domain for good! Expect some exciting things!!