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Friday, April 27, 2012

Featured Friday - Etsybtsy

I would like you to meet Annie and her Etsy shop:  Etsybtsy

If you like Handspun yarn, spinning fibers, handmade soap and so much more.... Then you will love the items at Etsybtsy.

Annie has generously offered my blog readers a coupon code:  SHEEPY10 for 10% off purchases from her Etsy shop.  Just remember to enter the coupon code at checkout.

Let's get to know Etsybtsy and Annie :

What would you like us to know about you?
Hello! My name is Annie and I am a crafty kind of gal, living in the mountains of New York with my partner of many years. He and I keep farm animals as well as our awesome miniature schnauzer. I enjoy creating new things out of anything I can get my hands on. I try all sorts of crafts and like to teach others everything I learn. I’m hoping to live a more self-sustaining lifestyle and would like to show others how to do the same.

What prompted you to open an Etsy Shop?
I’m sure I’m not the first crafter who could chuckle at how many finished pieces they are sitting on. I think I finally realized that I could do something with all of those creations!

How did you come up with your shop name?
I opened up an Etsy account many years before I opened up my shop. At that time, I figured if I ever had a shop that it should be something catchy, so Etsybtsy was born. I made that name back in 2004 and I wonder how many people have tried to open that same name since.

How would you describe your shop?
At this moment, it’s an eclectic mix of hand spun yarn, homemade soap, seeds, fiber and jewelry. If you visit the Etsy forums, many sellers will often debate on opening up a second shop when their goods start to be less than cohesive. I decided to leave mine all together, and focus on the overall crafty and farmy aesthetic. In the future, I plan on adding more hand spun yarn and soaps. They’ve been popular items for me and I enjoy making them.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the world around me. I learn so much from my animals and I hope that what I create can give people the opportunity for people to enjoy a little piece of my farm. You really appreciate wool and goat milk soap when you know the animal it came from and how it was cared for. When I see people sell feather jewelry, I often wonder about those birds. Were those chickens spoiled like mine are? I think the energy of working with natural materials travels with that item. It makes me proud to be able to bring a positive energy into my natural items, using materials from the wonderful creatures that I’ve had personal experience with.

Which item in your shop is your favorite to make/find?
There’s something so completely cathartic about spinning wool on a wheel and watching it come to life. The hand spun yarn is my favorite to make by far, especially when I have processed the fiber from its raw state to the finished product.

If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what are the 3 crafty must haves?
Does Blake Shelton count as a “crafty must have?” I’m sure I could use him as an assistant! So – Blake, my spinning wheel and sheep so I could spin their wool.

Where else can we find you?
I have my own site, where you could read about my pursuits in self-sustainability.

Please look for my Facebook page in the future! If you live in the tri-state area, you may see Etsybtsy wool or soap products appearing in your local boutiques!

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to thank you for this feature! If anyone out there has any questions related to anything I work with in my shop, I’d be happy to help. If you are starting out as a soap maker or spinner and have questions, let me know. Likewise, if you’d like to know more about raising your own chickens or other farm related questions, send an email to me: annie at etsybtsy dot com

Thanks so much Annie .  It has been great getting to know you and discovering your shop and your lovely items.

Now please show Annie some support and let us know which of her pieces are your favorite from her shop! Oh...and go ahead and heart a few of her items along with her shop :)

Have a great weekend!

knitting yarns


  1. This is a great interview. Annie did a great job answering the questions and even made me laugh. I'm now following your blog.


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