Young Artists Get Crafty

By Stephanie Lynn, age 23, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

With the brand new year, it's a goal of mine to feature more young artists, designers, photographers, and crafters under the age of 25. So starting this past summer, I set up an account at and have found a lot of young people who are selling their homemade crafts, fashions, jewelry and accessories, art work, photography, graphic design, and even supplies, patterns, and vintage items.

Since Etsy is so much fun to browse, buy, and sell cool homemade items (and lots more), I decided I'd spotlight some of the hot young entrepreneurs I've been in contact with so far.

Make It a Meal Fast Food Eraser Set
By Moogu, Joyce, age 19, Canada

You may avoid fast food in real life, but these are the cutest fast food erasers I have ever seen! Okay, they're the only fast food erasers I've ever seen. Joyce creates some super-cute sushi, ice cream, and popsicle erasers and earrings, as well as felt flower clips. In addition to her Etsy shop, feel free to visit Joyce's website at for more hott jewelry items. She also loves and sells origami!

Eiffel Tower Earrings
By FunnyPeopleCo, Sophie, age 22 and Louie, age 18, Puerto Rico

Bonjour! If you're a fan of Ol' Paree, you'll definitely want these elegant Eiffel Tower earrings. FunnyPeopleCo was started by two sisters, Sophie and Louie, offering bracelets and earrings in a variety of styles, as well as plaid messenger bags. Buttons, beads, and Asian charms? Only at FunnyPeopleCo. Feel free to add Sophie and Louie on MySpace. ( and visit their blog (

Skull Necklace - OOAK
By PenguinsPlunder, Ashley, age 23, Utah

Ashley designs everything from cherries and mushrooms to toast and zombie candy corn, as well as puppies and full-sculpted figurines out of polymer clay! She offers a few charms as jewelry pieces, but you can also attach her cute charms to your cell phone or keychain. She also enjoys custom painting figurines. You can see a lot more of her work by visiting her Etsy shop or blog at

Recycled Altered Open Book Wall Art
By Ptlu, Lyndsey, age 15, Massachusetts

You've heard the term "going green" so many times, but it's obvious Lyndsey values the act of recycling with her beautiful open book wall art. These books were going to be trashed by a company that went out of business, but she's transformed them into interesting art. She combines her painting skills and ingenious imagination to create her masterpieces. Her shop is still new, but she sells a variety of hand-painted items, including some cute PacMan shoes!

Craft / Sewing Apron
By PearlGirl901, Lydia, age 19, Michigan

Lydia sells sewing aprons and sewing patterns perfect for any new or experienced fashion designer. She has been machine sewing since she was 7 years old, and sold her very first item at the fresh age of 9. Besides aprons, she also sews quilts, clothing, and curtains. Lydia also enjoys paper crafting, and she occasionally knits, crochets, cross-stitches, and embroiders when the mood fits.

Itty Bitty Party Animals Set with Customized Greeting
By Clementineclay, Jessica, age 22, Massachusetts

Aren't these animal greetings just the cutest? You can customize the message to say anything you wish, whether it's "Happy Birthday" or "Get Well Soon". The tiny animals are made from polymer clay and hand-painted with acrylic paint and glaze. Jessica runs this shop with her boyfriend Andrew, who's also 22. What a cute team! Besides their cute polymer pieces, these two college students design earrings and other goodies. M&M earrings, anyone?

Boo Boo Kits
By TheMilkShake, Tessa, age 17, Washington

Tessa's boo boo kits will definitely come in handy the next time you're babysitting. When one of the kids gets a boo boo, just tear open one of these life-savers. Inside you'll find a sucker, band-aids, and stickers sure to make any young child brighten up and forget about the pain.

Rose Lampwork Charm Bracelet
By EnidJewelry, Valerie, age 22, Quebec, Canada

Valerie has been making jewelry since she was 15 years old. She designs a variety of jewelry types including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings, even selling religious/Christian jewelry! She really cares about making a difference, which is why 75% of the proceeds for this charm bracelet and other pink items in her Etsy shop will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Way to go, Valerie!

If you're an artist, designer, photographer, or crafter under the age of 25, and would like to be featured in Sweet Designs Magazine, please contact us using the form below.

Be creative and have fun!
Stephanie Lynn

A Note about Using Etsy

Etsy does have a few basic rules about those under 18 having buying and selling accounts on their website. I quoted them below for your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns regarding starting an Etsy account, please contact


You must be at least 18 years of age to hold an account on Etsy. If you are under 18, you must have the permission and supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years of age; that adult is responsible for the account.

Selling on Etsy

Anyone who is at least 18 years of age can be a seller on Etsy. If you are under 18, you may use Etsy only with the permission and supervision of a responsible adult (parent or legal guardian). This is for legal reasons, not because we think kids or teens are any less creative or capable.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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