Etsy Youth Holiday Shopping Wishlist

Stephanie Lynn, age 25, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

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Last year I featured several young artists and crafters actively selling their homemade crafts, jewelry, fashions and accessories, art work, and photography on Since Etsy is so much fun to browse, buy, and sell cool homemade items (as well as supplies, patterns, and vintage items), I decided I'd spotlight some of the talented young entrepreneurs I've met there recently. I'm really impressed by their level of creativity and skill, and I think you will be too.

Fair Isle Tote
By Anniebeeknitting, Annie, age 21, California

I absolutely love this tote! Annie's Fair Isle Tote is a fun, colorful one-of-a-kind accessory made of 100% wool, handknit, and felted. The beautiful colors and patterns are sure to brighten up even the gloomiest of winter days. What a perfect tote to carry books to your college classes or take with you for an afternoon of apple picking ... or whatever you do! Annie also offers custom versions where you can select the colors you want. The tote is proudly featured on this issue's cover, modeled by Annie's sister Eliza. Awesome job, ladies! :)

Little Crocheted Ninjas
By KnitThisCrochetThat, Daryn, age 14, Colorado

Aren't these the greatest? What an awesome gift to give a roommate, sister, cousin, best friend or yourself this holiday season! Daryn's little crocheted ninjas have mad skills and super powers. They measure in at about 4.5" tall, 4.25" wide, including arms, 9" around NOT including arms. Each one is made with acrylic yarn and polyester stuffing ... and lots of love, of course! No young woman should be without!

Leather Beaded Wrap Bracelet with Jade Beads
By Theluckyowl, Kelsey, age 17, Kentucky

How unique! Korean jade beads are laced between two strips of dark brown leather with durable waxed beading thread. The bracelet wraps around most wrists 3 times or it can be worn as a necklace. The wrap bracelet secures together with an awesome silver owl button. Need some wisdom in your life? Each bracelet arrives wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a ribbon - ready for gift giving or to treat yourself.

High Tide: Filigree Chandelier Earrings
By reverberate, Melissa, age 25, Indiana

What perfect chandelier earrings for a date, formal night out, or just because! The swirls can be compared with beautiful waves crashing onto the ocean shore, and they're finished off with complimentary sea-green and dusty purple glass pearls and silver beads. Earring measures a bit over 1" across at its widest point. I'm sure you know at least one friend who'd absolutely love these earrings!

Custom Modern Portrait on 11x14 Stretched Canvas
By Empwr, Kellie, age 23, South Carolina

Custom portraits are an excellent gift idea for Christmas or any time of year! Take a photograph of you with your boyfriend, best friend, sister, mother, cousin ... whomever. Then Kellie will create a unique and eye-catching stretch canvas masterpiece just for you. Capture those favorite moments forever and put a long lasting smile on the face of someone you love!

Flowered Stripe Earflap Beanie (Shown: 5T to Preteen)
By CrochetRUs, Mareenez, age 18 and Lora, age 15, New York

The Crochet Sisters, Lora and Mareenez, have done it again! Keep warm this winter with their most adorable 100% cotton hand-crocheted flowered stripe earflap beanie. Beanie is white with red and emerald green stripes and a red flower. They make all kinds of awesome crochet accessories for children and young teens in their shop. The hat shown is size 5T-Preteen 20.5"-21.5". (To find your size, measure the circumference of your head at the thickest part.) So, if you ever need a sweet gift for a younger sibling or niece, this is the place to be!

Oriana Lace Mitts
By Virvatuli, Rebekah, age 21 and Grace, age 18, Michigan

Another awesome sister-sister team, Rebekah and Grace bring us these snazzy Oriana lace mitts. Look at the beautiful knit detail! The Oriana mitts are made of a cotton-wool-acrylic mix for softness. Intricate cream lace is complete with golden sueded accents. Some of the details include: Latvian braid resembling wheat, leaf patterned lace on the palm and back of hand, and sueded eyelets on the wrist. These look great with denim!

Red and Green Peppermint Mixed Candy Cane Earrings
By PetiteCreation, Jennifer, age 20, Canada

Nothing says Christmas quite like these adorably fun 2.1 cm tall peppermint candy cane earrings made of sterling silver and clay! Still thinking of what to wear for Christmas dinner? Traditional Christmas colour candy canes are wrapped with a cute red bow. What a great gift idea for you or a friend!

I truly hope you enjoyed this selection of seasonal creations by the talented young women on Etsy. I plan to write more features like this for 2011, so if you enjoyed this one, definitely stay tuned!

Stephanie Lynn

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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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