"Mother's Day"

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Fresh Five || Mother's Day

Our main goal is to bring you the best and brightest on Etsy.  We also want to showcase the latest or "freshest" finds, so that's why we have created the Fresh Five. The Fresh Five will be five items that are new to a shop + share a common theme.  The theme this month is Mother's Day of course!  It's a little over a week away.  I think any mom would be thrilled to get any of these items I have featured. I have my eye's on the ceramic wall art. I think it would look great on a garden wall.  You still have time to find Mom that perfect gift.

Fresh Five
1. leather belt || Blue Mountain Thyme
2. circle wall art || Ce Ce Works
3. wood cut pendant || Cloth and INK
4. hand painted necklace || trees 4 the wood
5. leather tote || Leah Lerner

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The Keys to Success || The Story of Mmim

Brooke and a selection of frames from her shop

1. When and why did you choose to open an online shop on Etsy?

 I opened my shop 3 years ago. I first opened a shop with my 2 sisters and Mom (Mom's idea) to sell our mix of handmade items. We all did our own thing and thought it would be nice to combine them all and open a shop. As time went on it was difficult to juggle family, work and other parts of life. In the end, I opened my own shop and named it MMIM. Etsy opened up a whole new world for me! I was a single Mom working 2 other jobs at the time and working so hard to find my niche in the ever growing world of Etsy! It has truly been a blessing for me and my family. I now work on my Etsy shop as a full time job!

Brooke in the process of creating a wood bank

2. What got you started in your craft?

 I tried many different little things in my Etsy shop. It did take some time to find my niche and set my craft apart from so many awesome Etsy artists!     
I wanted to create something that was unique, fun, HANDMADE, and affordable. In my shop you will find a little something for everyone. From a small pill box for everyday use to wedding ring boxes and wool felt baskets. My frames seem to be my customers favorite though. With SO many different styles to choose from, it is not hard to find the perfect one for a baby shower gift or a cute Halloween frame to decorate your home.

bright + colorful frames available at Mmim

3. Who or what influences your style the most?

My kids...... I wish I had these fun prints and designs to decorate their rooms with when they were little! I remember when my boys were smaller how hard it was to find something that suited their different personalities and was still cute! I think that is why I have so many little boy things like space ships, robots and baseballs. The girls inspire my colorful side! I love bright colors and bold prints. Something that will put a smile on your face and brighten your day!
I am inspired by other artists!! That goes without saying. :) 
I am so amazed by all of the wonderful artists and crafters here on Etsy. They inspire me to keep creating new things. To stay up on the trends and to be a part of this creative community gives me such an accomplished feeling. I could keep going but I won't.....

a necklace, bank and designs

4. How do you stay focused and motivated?

New style, trends, designs, seasons. Other artists, my family, my love for the craft and definitely the customers. The world of Etsy is always changing. I swear just when I start getting "bored" of one thing there is a new "HOT THING" happening and I have to stay on board. The competitiveness keeps me motivated. I enjoy it......

Brooke- owner of Mmim

5. What would be your insight on "Keys to Success on Etsy"?

Hmmm.....my insight on "keys to success"...
Love what you are doing!!!! If you love what you are doing and you are excited about your product I think that shows through to your work. 
I have tried many different things. Many things that I thought would be "the next big thing" and then they would flop. :( 
I'd get frustrated and think maybe I should just get a desk job....
So I would say DON'T GIVE UP!!! Always keep trying at times you will fail but then you may just come up with something that nobody else has done or your own way of doing it that will make your product unique! 

Mmim Important Information:
Brooke is the owner, maker, designer, curator and photographer for Mmim
Founded: January 24th, 2010
Her other Etsy Shop: Mmim Designs
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Celebrate Earth Day with Etsy!

Earth Mama by Red Tile Studio

Here at Elite16, we're all about helping people connect with some of the best shops on Etsy.  If you've ever tried searching the Etsy site, you will be able to relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed with so many search results to look through!  As shop owners on Etsy, we bring you Inside Etsy by curating mini shopping guides where we present 16 of our favorite items together in a stylized grouping.  To celebrate Earth Day, we've asked our team of curators to create theme based collections inspired by Mother Nature.  I'll be highlighting four of my favorite in this post, but you can see the whole range of collections here - you'll notice we've added the twist of combining "mother" with "earth" to celebrate both the upcoming Mother's Day and Earth Day!

The above collection titled Earth Mama is curated by Amber of Red Tile Studio and it reminds me of a beautiful woodland garden.  She uses an earthy brown tone to set the stage and then punctuates the collection with vibrant greens, blues and a hint of pink.  This soothing Earth Day shopping guide is filled with great gift ideas for the earthy mom!

Dark Forest by Knit Frekkles

This next collection comes from Nic of Knit Frekkles and is titled Dark Forest.  Nic has a special touch when it comes to curating shopping guides and when you click on the link, you'll see what I'm talking about!  She is able to communicate a mood through the items she pairs together so that not only will you find super cool items, but you'll also admire the natural beauty of her collections.  True to her title Dark Forest, this Earth Day shopping guide literally takes you by the hand and guides you through a mysterious and lovely place - isn't this a fun way to shop Etsy?  We think so!

less CO2 by bonnbonn 

In this shopping guide by Bonnie of bonnbonn, she uses a really creative title to unify her Earth Day collection - less CO2!  Don't you just love it?  Bonnie's collection is filled with 16 items which all reference nature through earthy patterns and colors.  Can you imagine trying to find such items on your own through an Etsy search?  It wouldn't be fun, right?  Let us do the hard work for you and present our favorites in a stylish layout which is both gorgeous and useful!  Bonnie's shopping guide feels like walking through a meadow where shopping Etsy feels as easy as taking a deep breath!  Nice!

Upcycle Me Pretty by Growing Up Herbal

I'll finish up with this super cool shopping guide by Meagan of Growing Up Herbal titled Upcycle Me Pretty.  Aside from the creative title, Meagan has put together 16 upcycled items for you to choose from - an awesome way to celebrate Earth day, don't you think?  When you look at Meagan's complete collection of 16 items, you'll immediately notice how she's used color and texture to unify her guide.  What makes our team of curators unique is their skill in creating shopping guides that are not only filled with cool Etsy finds, but styled for your viewing pleasure.  Which is evident in this collection by Meagan and all others featured here!

Hope you've enjoyed our Earth Day Shopping Guide celebration - Etsy style, of course!

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Mother Earth Day || A Style Guide Challenge

1.  arrow head studs | o bliss jewellery
2. ikat scarf | french felt
3.  triangle shelves | Perrodin Supply Co.
4.  triangle necklace | A Quiet Curiosity
5. screen printed cowgirl blouse | zwzzy
Spring is in full bloom. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the Sun sets later and later each night. With all this nature waking up from a long winter's sleep it's the perfect time to celebrate this beautiful planet we live on.  Earth Day ( April 22nd) was created to raise awareness of our environment and to protect and conserve our natural resources. Our Style Guide Challenge will merge our celebration of our beautiful planet + Mother's Day (May 12th).  That' why we are calling it our Mother Earth Day Challenge. To kick off this fun combination of holidays we created some gift guides for Mom built around different regions or landscapes.


Style Guide Details:
On the 16th of each month, you can count on us to bring you Inside Etsy.  We work with a team of talented gift guide curators who also happen to be shop owners on Etsy.  Why is that important?  Well, you can trust us when we say that we all spend way more time than we may be willing to admit not only managing our shops, fulfilling orders, and answering questions, but also on creating what Etsy calls a treasury.  It's a tool that you can use to put together a showcase of 16 items together in a group, which then means we spend even more time finding those items by scouting around for favorites!   We know how to navigate around and through our own internal networking, we know where to look for those quality items.  Through our gift guides, we do the hard work for you!  Sound good?  Excellent. 

Over the course of the next 3 days, we'll be sharing our Style Guide Collections with you.  These are theme based collections.  Want to see them?  Click here or on the button over on the side that says "Style Guide".  Presto.  Your personal Etsy shoppers at your service!!

1. head band | Seven White Rabbits
2. silk scarf | by Cinne Worthington
3.  scallop shell pillow | created by storm
4. lavender bath salt | little flower soap co.
5.  earth and sea pendant | Studio by the Forest

1.  coral summer dress | Assaf Pelleg
2. pink striped iPhone case | Red Tile Studio
3.  porcelain wood block vase | L & M Studio
4.  set of paper sculptures | The Vintage Vogue Story
5. hammered wrap ring | lolide

1.  trois wall vase set | Pig & Fish
2.  chalkboard with clay tile magnets | romy and clare
3.  laminated zipper pouch | oktak 
4. daisy stamp | creatiate
5. flower bobby pins | be something new

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The Price is Right : Mother's Day + Etsy

We are finishing up our Mother's Day gift guides today and wanted to focus on PRICE. No matter what your budget, there is something amazing + handmade for your Mom on Etsy. We hope that we helped you find something fabulous for your Mother and to all you Mom's out there a very happy Mother's Day!

Under $35 Guide:

Under $15 Guide:
Rustic Beach Cottage | Orly Design
Muscle Massage Balm | Little Flower Soap Co.
'You Are' Hand Carved Stamp | creatiate
Yellow Air Plant Pod | Sea and Asters

Under $75 Guide:
Copper + Silver Stacking Rings | Roots Jewelry
Original Water Color Painting | Francesca Lancisi
Upcycled Halter Top | Broken Ghost Couture
Orange + Geometric Pillow Cover | Kaftan Sarafan

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Southwestern Mom: Mother's Day + Etsy

Locally salvaged Elm slab si...
Art Block 5x5 SIX 6 Set Cho...
Toffee and Buff Stoneware Bo...
APPLE of MY EYE, stoneware t...
SILK: modern wall mount can...
T12 Organic Bezel Ring with ...
Rustic Tree Slice Wall Art S...
Chevron Zigzag Colorful Roun...
Wood Necklace // Fringe no7 ...
Vintage Southwestern Pottery...
Watercolor Porcelain Owl Scu...
4 Mexican Green Aqua Glass M...
Eco Friendly Soy Candles. Ha...
Litttle Cloud Mint Necklace
Recycled Metal and Magnet Ha...
Brown Hardshell Suitcase

There are endless gift ideas when it comes to celebrating mom and all week we've been exploring different themes to bring you a cool assortment of gifts straight from Etsy!  From Modern Mom to Beachy Mom, we've been hand selecting some of our most favorite finds just for you.  We love Etsy + if you're reading this - well, we hope you do too!  And have you ever wished that you had a magic Etsy shopping genie who would bring you a collection of things to love?  Our magic genie today is also known as Jillian of Jillian Rene Decor and she's put together a fabulous Mother's Day gift guide centered around the theme Rustic Southwest Flair.  Yes, when it comes to curated gift guides - Jillian is a dream come true!  Her soothing palette invites you to take a closer look...and upon looking, "Ah- HA!!" - you just found the perfect gift for your mother, didn't you?

Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection with us today Jillian!

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