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The All New Team EtsyMalaysia.

Some of you might have noticed the recent changes on the appearance (namely logo) of Team EtsyMalaysia. The truth is, Team EtsyMalaysia has been quietly working behind the scene for a whole new appearance.

After a month or so of hard work and collaborations from members, I’m proud to announce that Team EtsyMalaysia is ready to move on to a new site. Welcome Team EtsyMalaysia. This will be the new home for the team, so remember to update your bookmark.

The new editorial board is still fixing things here and there, but please feel free to browse around as we’re at it.

Theme Challenge January – Valentine

To encourage creativity amongst members, we had our first ever theme challenge last month – “Valentine” We hope to have a theme challenge on a monthly or bi-monthly basis (depending on time and response from our members) to stir-up some brain cells and to help each other make more beautiful things to share with our customers.  If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone special, look no further! Our members have some pretty neat stuffs which just might be the gift you are looking for:

Plush by Beanipet ♥ little girl’s dresses by manmanku ♥ dyed yarn by eleraine

Origami Jewelry & Lucky stars by JainaBee ♥ tags by Phings ♥ Purse Hooks by jpbeads

Charm bracelets by yeepiicloset

Handmade cards by PoochD, Nukilan, Rekhss &, Rabbitandme ♥ Illustration print by schin

Handmade cards and tags by angelicquirk

Secret Santa/Santarina of Etsy Malaysia Local Team – Part 2.

Coming back to the second part of Secret Santa/Santarina gift exchange (see Part 1 here). We have a team member currently in Australia sending in her report. Tracy of dustofenchantment received a wire wrapped pearl jewellery set which she described as ‘simple and nice’, but was unable to confirm who her Secret Santa/Santarina was even after she opened her package, because her cute Secret Santa/Santarina ‘literally signed “Secret Santa” on the package‘. :) Luckily her Secret Santarina, Alison of mettaville contacted her later.

Amelia of CalienteJewelry received 5 adorable mini notebooks, 1 bigger notebook, 6 cards and 6 bookmarks from Nadiah of nukilan. ‘Yup it’s a lot! 1 year supply!’ She said.

Nadiah also team up with Rekha at funkytiles, and sent Alison of mettaville a package she considered one of the most delightful gifts ever. Following the instruction from her Secret Santarinas to open on Christmas day, Alison could only opened the package on 27 Dec as she was away. The package contributed to her collection of funkytiles magnets and coasters. ‘The reindeer is super cute and handsome!’ She added.

Madeline of beadscraftz received her package a little after Christmas. She opened a package with a set of cute cupcake cards, mini tags, a little notebook, a flip paper album, butterfly cutouts hanger and bakers twine (whoa sounds A LOT!) from Evelin of angelicquirk.

Zurien of lovefatejewelry received some Japanese-themed goodies from Pek Mun of JainaBee: a framed Japanese paper doll, and a sweet collection of Japanese paper. And yes, that’s an angel lollipop!

Secret Santa/Santarina of Etsy Malaysia Local Team – Part 1.

Happy holidays everyone!

Wow it’s been really a while since the last post on Team blog. I personally had a total blasting month and am finally able to relax a bit now. I heard from many team members that they too had been busy over the last too months. If you are reading this, I hope you two had a good year end. :)

Earlier this month several members started a Secret Santa/Santarina gift exchange (private thread, for team members only) on the team’s forums before Christmas, and with about 30 members participating, everyone got what they wanted + plenty of surprises. Special thanks to Jenny of jpbeads for organising this superbly fun team activity! Here are some reports from team members. Take note that none of those participating knows who their Secret Santa/Santarina was before they got their package, so there were really a lot of excitement and fun! :)

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Crafty Art Market Goodness

It’s 8:45am on a bright, crisp and cool Saturday morning, and my phone rings. “Hello, it’s Emi here. How do I get to Jaya One from the Federal Highway?”

WHAT? Someone’s already on the way to the Crafty Art Market and I’m not even out of my pyjamas yet! Talk about committed. So begins the frantic scrambling to dump my gear into the car, along with baby Reuben, who was serenely observing the chaos while sucking on his toes.

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Limited edition screenprints of this Crafty Art Market's poster hung outside The Bee

It’s 10:30am when I arrive at Jaya One and the normally sleepy sidewalks are already bustling with Etsy sellers and enthusiastic visitors. All tables lining the sidewalks were fully occupied, with just 3 spaces left further inside, adjacent to The Bee. I am thoroughly impressed with how early everyone is, and slightly embarrassed that I am among the latecomers. The organisers had clearly done a fantastic job of getting the logistics settled so that we could concentrate fully on doing up our shops and getting ready to meet our customers.

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Handpainted tiles from ReiYap.etsy.com

I glow inside upon observing excited smiles and chatter being exchanged amongst vendors, as well as with customers and curious passers-by. Light, classy jazz numbers float out of The Bee, echo down the hall and spill onto the street to meld with those conversations.

There is an unmistakable, undeniable warmth, and it’s not from the weather.

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Owl pillows from FongStudio.etsy.com

Throughout the day, customers come and go. At times the walkways are quiet, then suddenly we’d find ourselves awash with visitors and buyers, everyone jostling to get a closer look at what’s on display or to squeeze past the narrower walkways. We talk about our art, share what inspires us to create what we do, wander over to another Etsian’s table and make new friends. Our friends and family stop by to say hello and exclaim their surprise at just how lively the Market is. And when we get a little downtime, some of us scuttle over to The Bee for food and coffee, both of which are whisked over to our tables by friendly waiting staff.

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Display at TrinketTrove.etsy.com's table

In the afternoon, it rains. Plastic sheets and boxes appear, protecting our goods from the worst of the weather. From what I hear, everyone’s spirits were still bright and buoyant, unaffected by the downpour. The rain eventually clears, leaving the streets open to browsing once again.

Visitors continue to pass through the market right till 6pm, when we are meant to close shop. We call out our take-cares and goodbyes, and all too soon the streets fall back to their usual quiet calm.

At this point, I am mentally kicking myself for not making time to take photographs of the Market, or to visit everyone’s stall to welcome them personally (more photos courtesy of Skyejuice and Kiirey can be found on Team Etsy Malaysia’s Facebook Page). But I know we all had a great experience with this inaugural Crafty Art Market and are looking forward to the next one in December.

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The lovely girls behind MiniFanFan.etsy.com

Thank you everyone for bringing your enthusiasm, your warm smiles, and of course, the craft that you make with such passion. The secret ingredient that gave the Market its unique sense of warmth and camaraderie, was, I truly believe, the Etsy culture that we all innately share as members of this global community of handcrafters.

Let’s spread the love. :)

p/s: More personal accounts of the Crafty Art Market have been written by MimpiMurni, Irene of Bloesem, Alison of MettavilleChristine of Kalleo Handmade Soaps and Jia Wen of Inkypots.

What I bought from The Etsy Malaysia Crafty Art Market

Wow, it’s awesome! It’s happening! It’s crazy! It’s fun! It’s the Etsy Malaysia Crafty Art Market.

Here’s what I bought from the market…


1. postcards from I_KL (I am crazy with postcards and postcrossing, so I can’t help but grab a pack of those posties)

2. washi ningyo bookmark from my friend Pek Mun (JainaBee)

3. soap bar from Kalleo Handmade Soaps (once I tried the handmade soap from Michelle, I don’t use store bought shower gel anymore!!)

4. pocket calender from Minifanfan (her arts and crafts are sooo cute!!!)

 

I know I would go crazy at bazaar like this, that’s why I limit myself at a RM50 note. There are still so many things that I would like to buy. And it’s so much fun chatting with each of you. See you again :)

More picture sharing at the Facebook page. Michelle will follow up with a thorough blog post bout the market.

The New Etsy Groups in Beta!

Etsy has just launched a new Etsy Groups feature, basically replacing the old Team Profile. Etsy Malaysia Local Team has been selected as one of the beta testers for the first phase, and hence we are one of the first few to migrate our Team Profile to the new one. Wee! :)

More features for the Etsy Groups are said to be available soon. While we wait for updates, I’ve sent invitations to the existing members so we can all migrate to the new page. You should be receiving an email from ‘Etsy Group’, asking you to go to the page to join. As of now, there are still 23 members who haven’t responded. Kindly do so ASAP.

I’m still in the middle of playing around with the basic features and haven’t got the time to check the Groups Handbook. Also, as you can see, our avatar and banner in the new page are the old ones done by me. So if anyone of you have the time to help out, I’d appreciate a fresher and prettier set. Thank you! :)