Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winning Treasury #209

Some words from Vic...

THANK YOU THANK YOU merci BEAUCOUP, to everybody who kept me guessing this week...
I COULDN'T believe I'd won the challenge in the first place, thank you Sarah from thejetty so so much, an honour and as you said last week, it is about the most exciting thing to happen on etsy! I have been attempting it for years now! Thanks.
SOOOO first of all why didn't I choose a fun and friendly french item, which is typical form my shop, well I just knew I would get bored and so decided on something which left it as wide open as possible..
AND you people are very very very good at variety and maximising the ordinary into something spectacular! I didn't get bored, NOT AT ALL...

from crazy headdresses, haystacks, Halloween and hurting souls to the most beautiful of blue grey and purple art feasts..... what more could I have wanted!!

without further waffling ado... I had to choose as my winner:
Amber Bessette with this amazing and bold creation: maybe she was asking for it.

I think her message is powerful and of such incredible importance, that despite there being some other equally beautiful and inspiring treasuries, her message must be heard and acted upon...sexual abuse and rape can destroy lives, you can protect your people.




Congrats to Amber!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #210 from her shop Mambies.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Challenge #209

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Vic from ancienesthetique will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...



Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 4 spots. 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 209" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Winning Treasury #208

Some words from Sarah...

There is hardly a thing more exciting on Etsy than winning the Nonteam Challenge, even making a sale pales in comparison, so it was with a thrill that I learned from Kellie I would judge this week's contest. I want to thank everyone who made a treasury for my little rope bracelets, I loved every single one and am grateful for the buzz of activity you all brought to my shop. I've decided to pick as the winner ancienesthetique's "Learning to Dance in the Rain."

It is a wild and crazy treasury full of thunderstorms, supercells, high winds, heavy rain (in the form of dangling keys), dancing and what, sunflowers? One image in particular drew me right into the treasury, the photo of a dark, circling storm, and sitting in the open spot at center of the maelstrom is a little person. I'm pretty sure that was me. (Upon closer inspection it was a little cloud.) Thank you, ancienesthetique, for your uniquely wonderful treasury!
Sarah
TheJetty




Congrats to ancienesthetique!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #209 from her shop.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Challenge #208

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Sarah from TheJetty will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...
 


Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 4 spots. 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 208" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Winning Treasury #207

Some words from Christy...

This was my second time winning the NonTeam Challenge, and it was just as exciting as the first... It is *always* amazing to see the creativity, humor, and depth of this team in action. Thanks to Iva for choosing my treasury last week, thanks to everyone who made a treasury with my quirky little onion hat, and thanks also to those who left wonderful, supportive, thoughtful comments on other team members' treasuries (especially since I wasn't able to start commenting until late Friday).

It was a trip to see the many places you took my hat - from Our Gang to the perils of industrialized food, beautiful gardens, mouthwatering flavors, and poignant (and sassy) presentations of boyhood. I truly loved them all. In the end, though, I found I couldn't resist a quirky, stylish, and seasonally appropriate costume drama - "Sit Still, This Won't Hurt a Bit" by Sarah from The Jetty. Congratulations, Sarah!




Congrats to Sarah!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #208 from her shop TheJetty.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Challenge #207

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Christy from PoppyAndPurl will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...


Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 4 spots. 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 207" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Winning Treasury #206

Some words from Iva...

Hey you guys!
I guess it's time I finally sorted through the whirlwind of thoughts and impressions that swept me up after Anna Lisa put me in the spotlight so generously. Thank you, dearest Anna! :)

I know that my pick of the inspiration item was challenging and not necessarily the most relatable image in our shop, yet for me its pull was irresistible. As you must have gathered by now, Rusty and Joe's Scrap Heap is a joint endeavor by my wonderful girlfriend Nina and myself. The photos in our shop were taken by either her or me, except for this one, particularly precious to me since it resulted from our collaboration. I feel like it represents our combined creative spirit more accurately than any other image on display; I see it as a symbol of what you can accomplish when you meet your creative soul mate. I remember the walk during which we discovered the abandoned, derelict trailer park and how the energy of the setting set us in motion. We walked away in animated conversation, returning with props - hats, instruments, beverages - as well as fully developed alter egos we were excited to bring to life. After the shoot I felt elated and vowed to finally open that Etsy shop we had been talking about. And just like that, we finally knew what to call it! I also told myself that if I ever won the NonTeam Challenge, I would enlist others into spinning tales about the adventures of Rusty and Joe. I knew that if I went with a more popular choice of image, it would be a personally disappointing culmination to this story - and so I picked Rusty and Joe.

Going into the challenge, I was hoping for oddball, off key, gently humorous celebrations of the kind of life Rusty and Joe embodied. I was completely unprepared for the insightful and personal treasuries with which a lot of you addressed us. I guess a part of me is still skeptical about online communication, even if I am consistently confronted with evidence that we really do see and engage each other on levels which transcend the superficial. Thank you to all of you who participated and engaged with the image in such fun, creative and insightful ways. By now you're either nodding away or in agreement, so let's cut to the chase and crown the new winner!

My choice of queen is the lovely Christy from poppyandpurl. Her ramshackle won me over the minute I laid eyes on it, as my rambling comment betrayed to anyone who cared to look for it. I was completely smitten with this seemingly casual collection which was nevertheless arranged so carefully, with precision, depth of feeling and a most excellent eye for detail. There was something forlorn about it, yet it was simultaneously deeply comforting and hopeful. You know what it was like? It was like an indie movie. And I'm a sucker for indie movies - in fact, this one looks so oddly familiar I could have sworn I already saw it, complete with a soundtrack by Ed Sheeran. :) Thank you, Christy, for reviving the memories of those hours spent traversing the cinescapes, and for creating your own, so engaging, soulful and memorable, filled with an indescribable longing and a pulse of its own. I love it. Thank you.

All hail Queen Christy! :)




Congrats to Christy!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #207 from her shop PoppyAndPurl.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.