Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blog Love: Healthier Steps

Meet Michelle Blackwood of Healthier Steps.

What does Michelle have to say about herself?
My name is Michelle, I’m passionate in sharing with others how they can achieve a better lifestyle, by avoiding the pain and suffering plaguing society through disease. I give health lectures and cooking classes for the public, in between homeschooling my children and keeping home for my hubby Devon. I also enjoy organic gardening, foraging wild edible plants, baking and decorating vegan cakes. 
I'm a home school mom of 2 children. I live in the beautiful countryside of Virginia. I love nature and decided to create beautiful handmade soaps using the finest ingredients, all natural, free of chemicals, gentle enough that I use them on the delicate skin of my 2 year old.  My 13 year old home schooler leads out in design, photography, and graphic as part of home schooling . We grow all of the herbs organically that are used in the soaps. 
I will increase my product line gradually, I like to do custom orders, please contact me if you are interested. These creations are from my home to yours, we want you to enjoy that luxurious feeling we experience daily.
What can you expect to find on Michelle's blog?
Vegan Cooking
[Vegetarian Fried Rice]
[Gluten-Free Tofu Nuggets]

Natural Soaps
 and Natural Remedies

To learn more about Michelle and Healthier Steps, please visit her blog or her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

EAOC 2011 Holiday Catalog

The holiday season is fast approaching, so as you endeavor to check-off the names on your shopping lists, don't forget to shop at the many EAOC member stores. You're sure to find something there to meet the needs of all those on your list. Here are but a few of the stores featured in our Team Catalog.

For a complete list of EAOC member shops, please click here.

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Photography by Team Member Incitephoto.

Lovely.  I just love the fall season.  I could see this print hanging in my living room or bathroom.

I love the dramatic sky. Very inspirational.  I think this print would look amazing in a home office or bedroom.

Check out IncitePhoto Etsy shop to see more of her travel and nature photography. 


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blog Love: Niki Art Studio

Meet Niki Lopez of Niki Art Studio.

What does Niki have to say about herself?
I am a creative spirit. I have been attracted to art, color, and weird places in my mind since I could remember. Work from home on my art, photography, and graphic design while my two year old tries to rule the house...

For my paintings, it's not just about the end product or where my painting will end up. For me the journey and the process that goes into creating, the brush strokes, the energy, and for some pieces, the research. Some of my work is a personal piece of my story, while others are about research, story telling, and awareness, while some are just response to the energy or vibe of the day and very cathartic.

My photography work allows me to tie in my graphic design process and techniques and explore another aspect of story telling.

When you support and share my work, you help me in my journey of sharing and growing as a artist.
What can you expect to find on Niki's blog?
Of course her beautiful artwork...

...and how she uses her talents to support community organizations and efforts

To learn more about Niki's work, please visit her blog or her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Blog Love: Musings of a Jewel in the Rough

Meet Lauren of Musings of a Jewel in the Rough.

What does Lauren have to say about herself?
I'm a 24 year old college senior who loves to bead and belly dance. I'm in love with all things victorian and victorian inspired (needless to say, I love steampunk clothing). I also enjoy buying handmade items from etsy to support artisan work.

If you have anything you'd like to trade, feel free to ask- especiall if its well-made clothing. I'm always looking to expand my costume closet :)

I do cater to plus sized women so if you ever need anything extended a few inches for comfort no charge, please, please, do not hesitate to ask. I will be happy to do that for you!

..++**+..++**++..You Can Change A Child's World..++**+..++**++..

A percentage every sale I make is donated to, an organization helping needy children around the globe get food, clean water, warm beds, schooling, and more.
What can you expect to find on Lauren's blog?



To learn more about Lauren and DiademJewels, please visit her blog or her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blog Love: Mopheadz City Rambler

Mopheadz City Rambler

Meet Zulma Brooks of Mopheadz City Rambler.

What does Zulma have to say about herself?
I hope to make a living making toys from my original designs. I am a native New Yorker who 4 years ago moved to North Carolina to seek new job opportunities. However due to the economic downturn, I found myself permanently unemployed. In April 2010, I decided to turn a love for soft dolls into a business and MICO TOY CO was born. It's still in the fledgling stages but the best thing about my company, ALL of the toys will be made in the USA! 
What can you expect to find on Zulma's blog?
Her soft dolls

and many ways to help make her dream a reality of creating her own doll company!

To learn more about the Zulma and the Mico Toy Company Project, please visit her blog or her Facebook Fan Page!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Good and Natural.

Check out this lovely Treasury by EAOC Team member Madamekoiteh.  Don't forget to comment and share it with your facebook friends.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Takeaways From Hello Etsy

Sunday, September 18, 2011, I attended what I hope will be the first of many Hello Etsy conferences. The Washington, DC summit was one of five such events held in the U.S. simultaneously with the two-day Hello Etsy: A Summit on Small Business and Sustainability held on September 17-18 in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of the two-day gathering was to provide a venue for small business owners to connect with their peers, learn the skills to find success and independence, and partake in the movement to build human-scale economies.

After the keynote address by Jenny Hart, I attended a Think Local First DC breakout session where the organization’s Executive Director, Stacey Price, provided information on the benefits of appealing to the local market as well as how to better tap into it. In addition to specific references and tools, one of the more compelling takeaways was how to use “local” as a unique selling point in promoting online shops.

I was pleased to have gotten an opportunity to meet Tara Gentile (, creative business coach and blogging guru extraordinaire. I had read her 52 Week of Blogging and the follow-on 52 More Weeks of Blogging which have become my blogging library and are essential reading for those who are already blogging or hoping to set up a blog. Tara had lots of tidbits to share on how to bridge the philosophical gap between creating what you love and feeling justified in profiting from it. Her lecture focused on what she calls the pillars of making money: Passion, Productivity and Profit. My big takeaway from her segment was that “you don’t sell stuff; you sell experiences.” The experience is the deeper meaning behind the thing (item for sale) itself.

For more information on both presenters as well as their conceptual approaches, visit the following links:
Think Local First DC:

Tara Gentile:

I’m sure you’ll pick up something of value. I know I did.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Blog Love: Eclectic Life

Today's blog love goes to the Eclectic Life blog.

What does the writer behind the Eclectic Life blog have to say about herself?
I'm a self proclaimed "diva on a budget." Lover of fashion, jewelry maker and soon to be mother of three. Life is hectic but I love every minute of it.

What can you expect to find on the Eclectic Life blog?


and Fashion Recreations.

To learn more about the diva behind the Eclectic Life, please visit her blog or her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blog Love: Intertwyned

Meet Cecile of Intertwyned.

What does Cecile have to say about herself?
I always liked tinkering with things but never thought of myself as very patient. When I met my best friend Jamie, she woke a sleeping beast..... She was a self taught crocheter and I recalled learning how to knit in middle school in Sweden. We discovered that the way I knew how to knit was different from the American way of knitting, but the results are the same, go figure!

When I moved from Colorado to Alabama in 2010, I figured it would be too hot to knit. I needed a new hobby. Someone suggested earrings but I just couldn't see myself capable of creating such small and delicate items. It just so happened I was in Michael's craft store one day and instead of going straight to the yarn section like I usually do, I took a detour through the bead aisle. Talk about sensory overload! I wanted to buy the whole store. I was so overwhelmed by all the pretty that I just walked away from it empty handed. I went home and did my research and once I knew what kind of materials, findings and beads to look for, I returned with a shopping list.

Now I enjoy making unique earrings that are comfortable and light (no one wants split earlobes, ladies. It just isn't cute)

I LOVE to travel and I have seen so many pretty places around the world. I draw inspiration for my earrings and knits from places, colors and impression of places I have been so that my buyer can bring a piece of the world home or wear it.
What can you find on Cecile's blog and Etsy shop?


To learn more about Cecile's work, please visit her blog or her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Love: The Knitter's Restaurant

Meet  Beverly Bochenek of The Knitter's Restaurant.

What does Beverly have to say about herself?
I learned how to knit in grade school - using pencils. I made a hideous looking scarf that I wore my freshman year in high school and after that I put down the knitting needles until a few years ago. Now it's amazing they are out of my hands long enough for me to write this!

I have a degree in English Literature and I love to write. Please visit my blog: for a steady update on knitting (it really is quite interesting) and other things as I see them.

StitchCraft is a knitting group I founded in 2007 and has over 100 members. The group has three components:

A social network for people who just want to get together and knit. No pressure to make things for charity or knit a sweater or anything like that. Just getting together for the love of the craft and the enjoyment of those who love it the same.

A mission component for those who are interested in knitting for a cause. We are asked to provide items for different charities and we hold an annual Sit & Knit where we get together for a morning to knit for a specific group or organization.

The Marketplace - for those who want to sell their items, we provide opportunities to participate in craft sales and shows. It is a way to get into the business side of knitting without too much of a financial impact.

If you are in the Chicago area and would like to join the group, please visit for information on our meeting schedule.
What can you expect to find on Beverly's blog? 

To learn more about Beverly's work, please visit her blog or her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.



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