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Friday, August 16, 2013

Unique Back-to-School Gifts and Pretty Clothes via my Favorite Etsy Shop! (and a book winner!)

 (Scroll to the bottom to find out the book winner from my interview with Tina Wexler!)

Hi All! Today I'm featuring a new favorite. One of my critique partners is an incredible seamstress and, lucky for us, has set up at Etsy Shop. 

-Do you have a kid who takes his/her lunch to school?
-Do you like pretty scarves and flowy skirts?
-Are you a sucker for hand-sewn items?
-Are you environmentally-conscious, or do you have a enviro-friendly friend who’s birthday is coming up?
-Do you like to support fellow writers?

If you said yes to any of these, please check out Joy McCullough-Carranza’s Etsy Shop (click link) SUSTAINABLE JOY

For your younger kids (or for grown-ups like me who find themselves packing lunches for hiking picnics, baseball games, etc.), Joy makes these sandwich wraps to order:

For the kiddies, she also has handy pencil holders that are great for home or travel use—seriously, if you have a young kid or a niece or a nephew to buy for, nothing is more perfect than a box of colored pencils, a really big pad of paper, and one of these holders to keep the pencils mobile and nice & neat (trust me, the moms will appreciate it).

For a classy, dare-I-say, writerly look, she makes these gorgeous “stained-glass” scarves to order:

And these whimsical skirts and dresses are SO ADORABLE. Here are a few. Go check out more items at her shop!
Forest T-Shirt Dress
Forest Skirt

Rainbow Sprite Dress

Forest Sprite Dress
Joy is such a talented writer and seamstress, and I’d love for you to go visit her Etsy shop. Here’s that link again:


*Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food, bath and beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys.

Do you want to set up your own shop with creative handmade or vintage items? Here are some links:

How to set up an Etsy Shop
Etsy on Wikipedia
Etsy Homepage

Aaaaaand, picked by Random.org, the winner of a book by one of Tina's clients is....

Kimberly!! Congrats, Kimberly~ please email me to get a list of your MG choices :)


  1. Aw, thanks, Jess! Sweetest CP ever, as always!

    1. Happy to feature your talent, my dearie :)

  2. Cute stuff - love the pencil holders. I could use one of those!

  3. Oh, Wahoo!! This made my day! Thanks Jess!

    I love the scarves, my daughter would love those too. And I need to tell my niece about this site, she is such an awesome artist. :)

    1. Yes, I think the scarves might be my favorites!

  4. Congratulations to Kimberly! And if my girls were just a bit younger, I'd buy that Forest Sprite dress. It's adorable!

  5. The sandwich wraps are adorable. I think my husband might have something to say if he opened his lunch and saw his sandwich wrapped in one of those. I'll have to see if they come in "manly" colors.

    1. They're made to order, so I'm sure you could request a "manly" color if you contacted her!

  6. The etsy store looks great. Love the pencil holders!

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