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Become New Mexico True

This past month Annie of ASpinnerWeaver completed a live training session for the team on how to become New Mexico True. If you missed it that’s ok we have brought the training to you.

The New Mexico True Certified program is part of the New Mexico Department of Tourism.

It brings national attention to the quality, care and craftsmanship behind products that are uniquely New Mexican, while providing opportunity for small and large businesses to integrate the New Mexico True Certified mark on their packaging, fulfillment, and marketing materials.

The program is free.

Products can be in one of the following 3 categories:

  1. Made in New Mexico- products made in NM (does not require that all ingredients or components are made in NM).
  2. Born & Raised in New Mexico- Animals and livestock which produce food and fiber products. Dairy products, meat and wool.
  3. Grown in New Mexico- Plants and agricultural products, food products.


  • Company must be located in NM
  • Products must fit into one of the categories above
  • Must have a business name
  • New Mexico Tax ID #
  • Website where your product can be purchased. (either your own website, a platform like Etsy or from a retail outlet with a virtual store like Amazon).


  • Permission to integrate “New Mexico True Certified” mark on packaging and marketing materials
  • Business or product listing on (Under the tab “Things to Do” and “True Certified Shopping”)
  • Consideration for inclusion in an upcoming issue of New Mexico Magazine and/or future episodes of New Mexico True Television
  • Retail opportunity through designated New Mexico True Certified e-commerce site
  • Referral to consumer retail merchandising consultant
  • Advertising, social media, and public relations support for the New Mexico True Certified program through the New Mexico Tourism Department
  • Listing in online “Gift Guides”
  • Additional promotional opportunities as they arise




Know which specific products you’d like to have certified New Mexico True.

Be able to present ideas on how you would use the New Mexico True Certified mark if approved (e.g., packaging, website, marketing materials, merchandising, point of sale, signage, press release or other public relations outreach/materials, trade show display, storefront, etc.). You will be required to provide mockups of how you will use the logo. For example, I printed the logo and made tags for my straps, attached them and photographed. I also did a screenshot of my website and Etsy shop banner, overlaid the logo on them and saved these as jpg. Files.

If you are applying for “Made in New Mexico” certification: Photos or other evidence/documentation (such as lease or contract manufacturer agreement) of New Mexico-based facilities for the production of your product(s). Acceptable formats for upload include .jpg, .png, and .pdf. Since I work from home and have no such written documents, they asked for a photo of my production area.


If you are applying for “Born & Raised in New Mexico” or “Grown in New Mexico” certification: Source-verified third-party documentation from NMDA or qualified company such as Where Food Comes From, Inc. Must be in .pdf format for upload.

Have all of these things ready to go before you start the online application as you will not be able to save it and go back to it. It must be completed in one session.  I recommend pulling up the online application (or printing it even) answering all of the questions on paper and then returning to the online version to complete and submit.


Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified by email

If accepted, you will have to:

Create your listing on the website

Print a simple affidavit form certifying that your product is made in NM, get it notarized and return it

Fill out a licensing agreement detailing the specific ways in which you will use the logo/brand and submit visual examples (mockups)


To apply:


2015 Etsy Craft Party

Hello, party people!

Each year, the Community celebrates creativity together at Etsy’s annual Craft Party. The Etsy community will be celebrating together in towns and cities across the globe on June 5th and 6th, and you’re all invited! The 2015 party theme is:

 “Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape”

This summer, indulge your creative side and join the worldwide Etsy craft party happening on Saturday, June 6th. At this free event, you can meet other local creative folks, de-stash your supplies, and take home new craft making treasures. We will offer up an opportunity to laugh with friends, snap colorful crafting pics, eat some cookies, and celebrate two of the best things in our handmade lives:  craft and community. 

…this is a FREE family-oriented community event


 Here is the scoop…

Day/Time: Saturday June 6th, 2 PM to 5PM
Location:  Indie Chic, 10814 Cochititi St SE, Albuquerque, NM

What should you expect at this event?

  • Paper crafts galore
  • Delicious food and drinks
  • An origami folding station
  • Collaging
  • A photobooth for showing off your crafts
  • Tons of fun-filled craft surprises

What is the featured craft project?

We will be making paper weaving art using colored paper, photos, magazine pages, ribbon and fabric to create an awesome geometric effect. You can also opt to personalize your artwork by bringing two of your own 8.5 x 11 inch photos to use.

What is the cost? 

The registration is FREE; however, registration REQUIRED!  You can easily register for the party at:

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Partygoers will be asked to bring:

  1. A platter of finger-foods or some drinks to be shared
  2. Some treasures from your hobby or business (coupons/ freebies to add to the “loot bags”
  3. Your own craft embellishment-horde, tools (you should feel comfortable working here), although limited supplies will be provided
  4. Fold up/Camping chair so we can craft outside too
  5. OPTIONAL: Two of your own 8.5 x 11 inch photos to use.
  6. OPTIONAL: Children, but they should come with an adult to supervise.

April Monthly Design Challenge: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

You know the old saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?  I know you do, but did you know that it is originally from the Victorian Era:“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

While we generally associate this saying with customs of the bride on her wedding day, how can you associate this saying into your artwork?  Get creativity and show us what you can create!

[1] Mother’s Day Red Glass Flower Earrings by BlueQuailCrafts; [2] A Field of Modern Poppy Mug by CNJCeramics; [3] PDF Crochet Pattern Eight Foot Scarf by Hoooked; [4] Blue Sodalite Beaded Necklace by LotusJewels

To enter, post a link to your item in the comments of this blog post.  All of the official rules can be found here.

Entries are due April 30th at the enchanted hour (Midnight, MDT).

Where were you?!

There was a team meeting held on March 4th!  Did you make it?  Don’t worry if you didn’t you can find our discussion here.

For the next meeting we would like to a have a craft night…When can you meet?

Team Treasury Challenge is Back!

It has been so long since we have had a New Mexy Etsy Team Treasury Challenge! It is time to start getting creative and promoting each other again…

This month we will be creating treasuries based around the following item:

Make sure to include this item in your treasury!

ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE April 10th, 2012.

To enter, make sure to include the name of your shop, and a link to you Etsy treasury in the comments section below. Click here to see all of the guidelines!  And as always, feel free to email us at with any questions.

Happy treasure hunting!

Meet Beloved Bijou

Meet Myria of Beloved Bijou of Albuquerque, NM…

Four Random Facts About Myria:

  1. I’m a first-time mother to a 10-month-old baby girl.
  2. I love all things kawaii which might be strange to some because my arts and crafts don’t really reflect that.
  3. Advice: Learn anything that anyone is willing to teach you.
  4. Don’t steal people’s designs!

Why exactly Myria started crafting?

I started sewing when I was 3. My mom gave me a needle, thread, ribbon, and a button and set me down to entertain myself while she was sewing – I was hooked on being crafty from then on!

You can find Myria selling her wares at: craft fairs and on Etsy.

What Is Myria’s Source of Inspiration?

Vintage and antique jewelry, antique odds and ends, sparkly things, shiny things, pretty things (did I say sparkly things?).

My mother retired and moved from New Mexico to Arkansas and she left me with a 30 year collection of vintage and antique buttons. I was looking for something to make with them and one of my friends who is originally from Iowa told me that the ladies there make stacked button brooches. That sent me on a tangent making brooches, rings, earrings, etc.

Myria tells us a bit about one of her favorite things to create…

My favorite button jewelry that I’ve made is the military buttons set in antiqued brass filigree rings. I love how they look and I am so proud that I made them 🙂 I like the fact that they can be one of a kind if you find a rare button OR you can make a set of them to give as gifts.

Why Myria thinks you should buy Handmade?

I feel that handmade items are more valuable than items purchased at chain stores. They are unique and made with love and that, to me, is priceless!

Where to find Myria:

Treasured: Roses of New Mexico

‘Everythings coming up roses–New Mexy Etsy team items’ by MiSuenos

Wonderful items from sunny New Mexico

















Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.