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A Spoonful of CREATIVE – Gypsy Spoonful is Open!

October 23rd, 2016


14717125_620135304825875_8667437990505055098_n There’s a brand new place to gather for lovers of handmade items! Gypsy Spoonful is the beautiful brainchild of Heather Grey (some of us in the boutique community know her as Goosie or GoosieGirl). Heather saw a real need for a handmade community for buyers and sellers to come together but without the mass produced items that other sites have allowed to flood out true small business owners and artisans.

Gypsy Spoonful is a community of people supporting independent, small business owners who specialize exclusively in handmade items.

Their site features an awesome Blog, and Discussion Forum alongside a Handmade Marketplace dedicated to items from independent makers including all types of items from home decor, gift items, clothing, accessories jewerly, party supplies & more from creative designers, makers & artists. There are also digital products, and much more! New items are listed every single day.

If you’re looking for quality handmade, you simply must check out the NEW Gypsy Spoonful!

Do NOT miss out on the Gypsy Spoonful Facebook Handmade Group here.

Legwear is All the Rage!

November 7th, 2012

Feast your eyes on the cutest legwear for your little ones! Etsy has loads of beautiful handmade designs to tip that outfit over to the “Ridiculously Adorable” scale!

Legwear on Etsy here >>>

Handmade Halloween on Etsy

October 25th, 2012

For a handmade Halloween, look no further than the talented sellers on Etsy! They have loads of lovingly made Halloween costumes and gear to make your little ghosts and goblins happy!!

Enjoy these links to Etsy Halloween Items:

Halloween Treat Buckets & Bags >>

Kids Costumes >>

Halloween Dresses >>

Other Links include:

Halloween Toys >>

Pet Costumes >>

Treats, Bags & Favors >>

Decor & Party >>

DIY >>

Jewelry >>

Sweet Handmade Ideas for Mother’s Day + a FREE Mother’s Day Printable for you!

May 2nd, 2012

Mother’s Day is May 13th (ahem, Gents that means it’s right around the corner).

I’ve had a deliciously fun time collecting handmade gift ideas for the sweet Mom, Wife or super woman in your life. Here’s a few great ideas and I’ve included our GIFT to you, a FREE Mother’s Day Printable from Boutique Cafe and our friend Maggie at Honeysuckle Art. Enjoy honouring the beautiful Mom in your life.

Polymer Clay Decorative Handmade Pears – on Etsy by SkyeArt

Ipad case – padded with retro colorful measuring tape and pocket (don’t forget to buy her the iPad too for extra points!) – on Etsy by PinkOasis

Gorgeous Felt Flower brooch white poppy – on Etsy by Roltinica

Custom Family Tree Typography Art – on Etsy by Lesleygracedesigns

Boutique Cafe and Honeysuckle Art FREE Mother’s Day Printable in several sizes!! Get it FREE here >>

Buy handmade for your children this St. Patrick’s Day!

March 2nd, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, it’s time to find adorable treasure for the day of Green & Clover.

On Etsy you can find well over 6,000 current items for children’s St. Patricks Day delight including clothing, accessories and more. Etsy is a great place to shop and support the handmade and boutique community – We {HEART} Handmade!!

Click to discover the perfect St. Patrick’s Day gifts and clothing for your kids here>>

Handmade Halloween on Etsy

October 11th, 2011

For those of you looking to outfit your little ghosts and goblins for Halloween, don’t forget to seek out all the beautiful handmade costumes on Etsy! Lola and my little boys still have yet to decide on their costumes this year, but you can bet I’ll be seeking out what’s hot this year on Etsy because these sellers are fantastic!

You’ll also find a host of ideas for those of you who like to sew and craft your own. See Halloween on Etsy Here >>

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way

April 15th, 2011

handmade-easter Easter is quickly hopping our way, but it’s not too late to snag your children some special Handmade creations, clothing and accessories from talented Mom Businesses. The boutique community offers oodles of original, custom and “created with love” designs for your little bunnies.

Shop Children’s Easter on Etsy>>

Search “Boutique Custom Easter” on eBay>>

What’s NEW At YouCanMakeThis?

October 14th, 2009


Our good friends at YOUCANMAKETHIS have so many sweet NEW ebooks to make your fall and holiday season a hit! Don’t miss out on a jump start on those Christmas projects, now is the time to get planning. YouCanMakeThis has an incredible collection of everything you need to start your projects off right.

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Tomorrow is the LAST day of Apronfest

August 6th, 2009

The Apronista is having the sweetest festival on her popular blog and you still have time to be a part of it!! Simply visit this link and enter your blog address. Now you’re signed up in the Linky directory to recieve all kinds of blog attention. Don’t forget to host a Giveaway of your own, prizes are a BEAUTIFUL thing!!

**Giveaway:For our own little contribution we’re going to offer one lucky commenter a FEATURE article on ApronADay!! That’s right, if you’ve been hankering to get noticed, we’ll share your (handmade or apron related) blog or shop with our readers and give you a little boost of attention. All you have to do is leave a comment here along with your url and email address. We’ll draw the winner at Midnight on August 7th!!

Good Luck and have fun visiting all the lovely blogs participating in Apronfest this year! Loads to see and win – its a feast for the eyes!

Fuel the Obsession Early – Baby Shoes

July 13th, 2009

As you may have already read, we’re expecting baby #5 (we have four boys, so please pray “girl” for me this last time)! While the little one is only 16 weeks along, and occupying itself by pressing on my bladder, I’m entertaining myself with an Etsy-wide search for adorable infant shoes.

There is nothing sweeter than handmade baby shoes, so tiny and nowadays they are so fashionable to boot! In my wonderful wanderings today I came across some darling designs (and designers) to share with you. Enjoy and Fuel the Obsession early with me! – Daria

Etsy Designers Featured (L to R): pedrosprout, ivoryandmoss, prairiemother, barettzz, Tosweetpeafromme, lilcubby, loopyllama, pedrosprout, lilcubby

A Ray of Sunshine – CPSIA Update

January 12th, 2009

Article by: Heather Flottman
liliputians NYC

On December 17th, I wrote my first article for Boutique Café. It summarized the CPSIA and its effects on the handmade toy and clothing industry as well as the unintended consequences for a gamut of other businesses that sell or manufacture products for children 12 and under. Fortunately there have been some positive developments to report since then.

For one, the media seems to be finally paying attention. News programs are reporting the ramifications of CPSIA, blog postings have a steady stream of calls-to-action, and newspapers big and small are focusing on the issue. This needs to continue to make the public aware of the impact the legislation will have to small business if not amended.

The thrift and resale shops were given a reprieve yesterday with the CPSC’s press release which clarified that “sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.” It later goes on to state, “However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and should avoid products that are likely to have lead content.” And, “Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.”

A particularly, promising statement for the handmade clothing sector was reported in the McHenry County Business Register, a Chicago area paper, by Hyacinth Filippi Worth. As stated in the article, “Davis [CPSC Spokesperson Patty Davis] said all products intended for children 12 and younger must adhere, Davis also said hand-made, one-of-a-kind items likely will be exempt, which would allow small-time crafters and seamstresses of children’s products to continue making and selling original products.” This is a promising assertion, but unfortunately is not an official ruling at this point. I hope we can make it one.

On January 9th, a notice of proposed rule making was posted on the CPSIA web site (see Children’s Products Containing Lead: Proposed Determinations Regarding Lead Content Limits on Certain Materials or Products; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under What’s New). This preliminary ruling will possibly exempt the following natural materials provided that “these materials have neither been treated or adulterated with the addition of materials of chemicals such as pigments, dyes, coatings, finishes or any other substance, nor undergone any processing that could result in the addition of lead into the product or material.
•precious and semiprecious gemstones
•natural or cultured pearls
•surgical steel
•precious metals: gold (at least 10 karat); sterling silver (at

least 925/1000) platinum, palladium, rhodium, osmium,
iridium & ruthenium
•natural fibers such as cotton, silk, wool, hemp, flax & linen
•other natural materials such as coral, amber, feathers, fur &
untreated leather
This is a very positive development and hopefully a definite ruling. However, it is just a start. DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO USES UNDYED FABRIC? Children’s apparel is about color. There needs to be more exemptions.

The CPSC has formally requested comments. The rules regarding testing are not final. Comments on testing methods (eight questions have been asked) are being accepted until January 30th and can be emailed to Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov. For a discussion on these questions, the Fashion Incubator forum is a great place to familiarize oneself.

I am hopeful that component testing will be allowed along with exemptions for all components which clearly are not a lead risk as well as excluding some products altogether (such as books, handmade clothing, second hand clothing). I also hope that X-ray fluorescence ( XRF testing) is permitted as a more reasonable (read nondestructive and inexpensive) testing method.

Please help in getting this amended. Safe products are possible without the demise of small businesses in America. At this point it is imperative to keep up the momentum.

As mentioned in the article, satisfy the CPSIA’s request for comments by emailing them your thoughts on 3rd party testing methods.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce sponsored CPSIA and it is the chairman of the Committee that can call hearings on this matter. Let’s convince him to revisit this legislation by writing letters or calling (202-225-2927) to express your concern and how this law will affect you. If you’ve already written them, please write them again. Here are their names and addresses:

The Hon. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman
Committee on Energy and Commerce
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Joe Barton, Ranking Member
Committee on Energy and Commerce
2322-A Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Bobby Rush, Chairman
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Ed Whitfield, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
2322-A Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Continue CALLING and writing your congressmen and senators (Search by your zip code in the top left and right pages to find your representatives contact info.) Make sure they hear your views on this issue. Mention the REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY Act and explain that because CPSIA burdens small businesses unfairly, that CPSIA needs to be amended. Convince them to join their colleagues such as Congressman Charlie Dent, Congressman Jim Gerlach, Congressman Tim Holden, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Congressman Anthony Weiner who have taken up our cause.

The second round of voting has started at Change.org. Register if you haven’t already and make this issue one of the top 3 items presented to President-elect Obama.

Keep blogging about CPSIA and utilizing sites like facebook, twitter, and YouTube. The internet is a buzz with CPSIA. Just google it.

Join the mail-in protest, sending soon to be “hazardous goods” to CPSIA founder Rep. Rush.

Take this survey to help ascertain the economic impact of CPSIA for retail and manufacturing businesses.

And if you haven’t already . . .
Sign this petition for the Children’s Apparel Industry and this one from the Handmade Toy Alliance.

Visit the CPSIA war room” and CPSIA Central to discuss get up to date news on the topic.

Help save small business!

December 15th, 2008

“Ball of confusion, oh yeah; that’s what the world is today, hey…” Those are the lyrics (originally sung by The Temptations) that come to mind when reading about the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, or CPSIA for short. I’ve tried reading the info on the CPSIA website but my brain quickly becomes its own ball of confusion. What does it all mean for small business who manufacture/design/create products geared toward children age 12 and under? Will they (us included) go bankrupt because we can’t afford third-party testing of our products to certify they do not contain lead or phthalates?

We are still doing our research but we have done enough to know reform is necessary to keep thousands of small business from closing their doors. “The CPSIA: Good in Theory, Hurting Small, Favorite Green Businesses in Practice” from The Smart Mama is a great post outlining the impact of the CPSIA on small and not-so-small business. It gives a better picture about what types of products/business are affected and the types of testing involved. Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the article:

On August 14, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). It was drafted as a toy safety law in response, at least in part, to the numerous recalls in 2007 for lead in children’s toys and jewelry. It was also drafted in response to the tragic death of a 4 year old after ingesting a charm that was almost pure lead.

It was designed to be a toy safety law, but its reach is much, much broader. And, like all broadly written, reactionary laws, it has very significant, it appears largely unforeseen consequences. Like perhaps putting out of business thousands of small manufacturers of children’s products, including some of my favorites – the small manufacturers of reusable cloth diapers, natural wood toys, handcrafted costumes, and innovative children’s products.

She promises to have another post on the phthalate portion of the CPSIA next, and we’ll be on the lookout for it.

Another site serving as a clearinghouse for info is NationalBankruptcyDay.com: “February 10, 2009 untold numbers of children’s products manufacturers and retailers will be closing their doors.” Sounds like a national bankruptcy day to me. This site has the most recent info and FAQs on the new legislation with links to how you can get involved, from forums to writing the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and your legislator.

Z Recommends, one of my most favorite sites for children’s product reviews, safety information and pretty much everything a parent needs to know, just posted “Five steps you can take to save natural/handmade companies from the CPSC and CPSIA“:

Livelihoods, work-at-home arrangements, and the availability of handmade and natural products for our children are at stake. Here are five things you can do today to help force Congress to address the mess they’ve made before the law goes into effect on February 10, 2009.

The steps are fairly straightforward and require only a small amount of time. You might think the new CPSIA doesn’t affect you, but even if you don’t design and sell children’s products, you probably buy them. With the way the CPSIA is now, you will have far less products from which to choose and the ones left on the shelves may carry a price tag no one can afford.

LeShan and I are still learning the ins and outs of the CPSIA but you can bet we’re doing our part to make reform happen. Because if it stays as is, you will no longer see georgie tees cute infant onesies and tees online or in boutiques…—Emily

Fashion Show – Upsiedoodle

October 15th, 2008

upsiedoodle I’m so thrilled to share a new Fashion Show this week on Boutique Cafe. This week we feature the work of designer Becky Brumley of Upsiedoodle. If you’re looking for beautiful quality baby gifts, try Upsiedoodle for that special little tot in your life. I’m in Love with her gorgeous quilted bibs!

Designers Quote:
“I love creating baby gifts that my customers can be proud to give to their friends and family. I have been sewing since I was a child, and fell in love with quilting in my 20’s. After having children, I still needed that creative outlet, but felt overwhelmed at tackling an entire quilt. That’s when my quilted bib was born—still a quilt, but it can be completed in one sitting. I am inspired by bright, modern, and fun prints, and I hope babies enjoy wearing my bibs as much as I enjoy making them.” – Becky

**GIVEAWAY and Promo Code!
Comment on your FAVORITE item from the Upsiedoodle website and we’ll draw a winner on Oct. 27th for a free bib Also…everyone can use the coupon code “grandopening” and get free shipping on the Upsiedoodle website.

Shop Upsiedoodle through their online store, you can also find more offerings in their Etsy Store. Learn more about Becky Brumley via her Blog **Please allow time for the show to load.

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Get Ready To STRUT Your Stuff!

February 10th, 2008

BC Flickr STRUT Boutique Café invites you to Strut Your Stuff in our NEW Flickr group! Share pictures of your crafty crafts, DIY, boutique creations and handmade wares.

It’s time to break out the pictures and STRUT YOUR STUFF!


Designers, Crafters, Sewing Fanatics, Photographers welcome!

Boutique Cafe.com

Custom Valentine

January 1st, 2008

That special Valentine’s Day dream outfit can still be ordered in time for your child’s favorite “Love-ly” holiday. You’ll find hundreds of Valentine themed custom and handmade listings on eBay by searching “Boutique Valentine”.

Not only can you indulge in a unique handmade creation, but you can feel spectacular knowing that you are supporting WAHM’s!

Click here to start shopping and bidding >>

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