Etsy Handmade Challenge Award Winners
Etsy, the website that features all things handmade to buy and sell by artists and artisans, held a contest to pick web readers' favourite choices of handmade children's items in seven different categories. These were: toys, eco-friendly, furniture, clothing, art, home decor and accessories.
Yours truly was a member of the "Expert Panel" for the eco-friendly category and my choice for the winner was this sweet green felted wool hat (pictured). Why? "Maybe it is the Canadian in me, but I love cozy hats for children: the only thing my doctor told me when my son was born was: he had to wear a hat in winter and summer. This one is green and made of felted wool, another favourite thing of mine." It was a hard decision; there were so many adorable items.
Interestingly, the people's choice was completely different. The Members' first choice was ( 679 votes cast) the sweater ball made out of recycled sweaters and filled with fibrefill (pictured). The plum creek snack bag was second with 631 votes; it's a fabric bag for snacks and lunches--not a bad idea. And third was a recycled blue jeans cocoon. What does this show....not sure but voters and judges agreed in only two categories out of the seven.
As for the other categories; in Toys you have to love Frank Porter the Hot Dog Eating Monster (pictured). He thinks everyone has a gift and "hot dog eatin' just happens to be his."
In the Clothing category, this cotton appliqued little girls' dress is irresistible. It has white stitching on denim and pockets in the shape of a little house.
The winning Furniture toy box has a lift-off lid and 2 compartments. It is made from eco-friendly birch plywood, using non-toxic paints. A lovely addition to a room and a treasure to keep. :: Etsy
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