No Tricks, Just Treats

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Here comes my FAVORITE holiday! (Yes I know I’m strange!) But I do enjoy it when all the little ghouls and goblins roam the streets in search of candy. We wanted to know what our teamies love about Halloween (and what they offer); here’s what they have to say about how they celebrate this special, spooky day!

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says

I love Halloween too! Love all the creepy decorations, costumes, etc.


Zombie Necklace Horror Jewelry Walking Dead Inspired

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says

These vintage  Halloween cupcake wrappers are perfect for your treats.


Vintage Halloween Cupcake Wrappers

I love it to see the kids dress up and search for candy not so much all the gory stuff though.


Halloween Over The Collar Dog Bandana, Halloween Pet Neck Wear, Halloween Pet Clothing, Orange and Black Dog Bandana

Sue Kenny from SusySewandSew says

Love this cute day of the dead pups fabric…

dog skeleton

Cross body bag , Dog hipster bag, Dog handbag, Dog zipper bag, Cross body purse, Day of the Dead Pup bag

Halloween is my favorite holiday! This skull necklace would be perfect for Halloween or Dias de los Muertos!

purple skull

Skull Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Gothic Jewelry, Halloween Jewelry, Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead Jewelry, Skull Jewelry

A special mug for your special Halloween ‘Brew’…

Halloween is NOT just about getting candy.


Mugs Cups Halloween Trick or Treat Hand Painted by ME Unique One of a Kind Awesome Gift Idea Holiday Decor Halloween Decor Kitchen Decor

Jump into fall with our spooky witch hat wine cork reindeer’s! We can also make you a whimsical cork moose featuring these handmade ribbon bows and bewitching hat.


SPOOKY Halloween Wine Craft, DIY Whimsical Cork Reindeer, Wine Craft Kit, Witch Hat Reindeer, Fall Home Decor, Halloween Wine Party, Gift

YOKO from yokojewelry says

I love Halloween because you can enjoy unique outfit official :p
Here is little ghost for your 9-5 style!


Halloween earrings, Ghost stud earrings, Gold studs, Raw brass studs, Color resistant, Hypoallergenic ear post, Unique gift

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Trick or treat time! I just love pumpkins so I chose a pumpkin cookie jar. Store candy or cookies in this treat pumpkin jar.

glass pumpkin

Vintage Clear Glass Pumpkin Cookie Jar Halloween Candy Jar Vintage 1980’s Holiday Cookie Jar Thanksgiving Fall Decor Jar Home Decor Gift

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

Trick or Treat! Our digital download quilt pattern features cute animals who are all dressed up for Halloween. Stock up on candy- they might be coming to your house!


Halloween animals trick or treat applique PDF quilt pattern; whimsical skeleton or vampire or superhero or witch kid’s quilt pattern

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love decorating my house, inside and out, for Halloween! This colorful Halloween ornament features repurposed jewelry in orange and black and a cute black cat!


Black Cat Ornament, Repurposed Orange Black Ornament, Upcycled Sun Catcher, Hanging Garden Art, Beaded Window Charm, Halloween Decoration

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop says

My favorites!


Halloween Decor Cute Halloween ornament Halloween party favor Spooky Cute Felt Toy Ornaments Halloween Decorations

Kristen from KestrelCollection says

Halloween is my favorite holiday too. My Mad Max Fury Road inspired earrings are great for a fan of the film but also perfect for the spooky season.


Mad Max Inspired Earrings- What a Lovely Day! One of a Kind- Steampunk

Many thanks to all who shared, and happy Halloween!

Until next time,



Marina – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2017 is Marina.

PANTONE 17-4041 Marina

Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Marina! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

This iconic Canadian image is taken from a vintage postage stamp and to me it evokes strength and determination with a touch of elegance. Some pretty good qualities to live by I think.



Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Blue is a cool color, it’s the color of the sky and sea. It symbolizes stability, loyalty, confidence, intelligence and peace.

Blue always seems to put me at ease which is why I love being on the beach in the early morning or early evenings to just sit back and watch the movement of the ocean while visiting the beaches on vacation.

I think if we didn’t have any natural disasters I’d go retire on a beach somewhere to live out the rest of my natural life!



pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Marina blue is one of my favorite colors. This color reminds me of childhood floral bedroom wallpaper! This is a Hall Pottery marina tea pot!



Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

An awesome winter flower girl basket in silver with two huge Marina blue bows accented with white snowflakes and crystal flowers.



Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Blue is one of my favorite colors so it’s not uncommon to find something blue in my shop. In fact, you’ll find a lot of blue in my shop!

My personal preference to jewelry is something that is light weight and looks classy. I like comfort and elegance all wrapped up in one item.

I think these marina blue earrings capture that and are a personal favorite of mine.



Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

This marina blue glass crystal bracelet also features a clear cut glass crystal up-cycled from a chandelier. I love to reuse items and see them live again and thought these colors together were so calming, like a day at the marina.



If you’re on Pinterest here is the Marina board!

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October – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Etsy Christmas In July team as we celebrate October – New Arrivals.

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I have just finished making this flip book! I was inspired by Instagram, seeing many posts on flip books and junk journals that I decided to make one. It has many pages and is great for keeping papers, tickets, tags, cards, photos and other memorabilia in or finish decorating it and send it to a penpal!



Olena from Rainbowsmileshop says:

Miniature snowmen are made of New Zealand wool. Decorated with hand-embroidered. The scarfs are made of felt. The story of their appearance is a little sad. My little son is sick. And I decided to please the child. He likes to play with small toys. I made 1 snowman with a blue scarf. My son really liked the nice little snowman. He said let’s make him friends. After all, he is bored to walk alone. So there was the cheerful company of snowmen.



Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

Here is a new arrival, it just appeared today along with several other pairs. Wool felted hot pads/trivets are wonderful to have in the kitchen when lifting out those hot casserole dishes from the oven or just a hot pot from the stove. These are soft and thick so you won’t feel the heat. This is just one, they also come in pairs. They make wonderful housewarming gifts!



Barbara from HometownUSA says:

The fall colors are so beautiful this time of year in my neck of the woods. I wanted to create something, that in some way, would reflect those colors. I do mostly home decor so I decided to create a pot holder. I saw this neat color pattern for a granny square that I really liked so I made a granny square pot holder using fall colors. I loved how it turned out. I liked it so much I thought it would be nice to have some matching coasters.



Stitch Cottage Stephanie Claussen from stitchcottage says:

My new arrival is a new digitizing technique I tried in making this raised satin embroidered monogrammed towel. The hunter green thread really leaps up off the fabric in this method of embroidering the monogrammed M. I also had fun adding variegated dark red to soft pink fall leaves around the M too. I love taking custom orders and give each customer a design draft to approve their custom design, fabrics, and thread colors. Many of my customers love having their own ideas designed into a finished product showcasing their ideas. Stop by and take a peak at some of the crafts I make.



Deborah Jayne from PJsandMore says:

I started making special Christmas Eve/Christmas morning PJ”s for all my family members a few years back. Everyone always takes tons of pictures for Christmas and they make them look so much more put together. They just add color & cheer to all your pictures. Everyone loved the idea, so I decided to make them to sell also.

This set is fairly tall, but the colors & pattern make them appropriate for men or women.



pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I’m sad summer is over but exited about the holidays coming soon. Here is a plaid beret just in time for holiday attire! Perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years! This beret is red and black wool plaid with a cute covered black button.



Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

I found a fabulous long black necklace with chunk big beads at an estate sale. The daughter selling it estimated it was her mom’s in the early 1960’s. The beads have such a deep and shiny color you could fall right in. I upcycled them into a classic graduated pearl style necklace that is an adjustable 17-20 inches long. The look is modern and retro together I think and suits the beads well.



Member Feature: JewelryByREffa

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Rachel Effa of JewelryByREffa, our featured member!



Tell us about yourself.

I live in Columbus, Nebraska, USA. I am married with one child, a daughter. I’ve lived in this town my entire life. Crafts and art have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I have always loved crafts. I got a seed bead loom at the age of 10 or so. My grandma also did beading and worked in craft store in Arizona. I would order beads from her store and make all sorts of things. At some point, I lost the desire and it was all put away.

I visited my grandparents in February 2011. While there, we looked at all her beading stuff and I was sent home with a lot of her extras and such that she didn’t need. In March of 2011, my home was robbed. I had most of my things that entertain me stolen. While waiting around for insurance and such, I dug out my seed beads that had been all mixed up and sorted them. From there, the desire to make jewelry once again
sprung up.

I started with the extras from my grandma and purchased some on my own. It just grew from there. I have now built up enough made pieces where I can start selling and keep up with demand if successful.

I would definitely say my grandma is the inspiration behind this. When they visited last summer, I showed her all the pieces I had made to that point. Her opinion on them meant the most to me.

I love jewelry and hope that shows in each piece that I have made.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make, one of a kind, handmade jewelry pieces. They are made from stone, glass, and other materials from around the world.

What inspires your work

Many things inspire me. Sometimes it is a color palette. Or a scene from nature. Most of the time, it comes from the beads themselves. I choose what I want to work with and then lay them out in different patterns until I get something I like. Certain beads are bought with a certain idea in mind, but most are purchased without such thoughts.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

My main goal for the year is to make enough profit to finally register my business name in my state. This also gives me time to try and come up with a catchier name, if possible. I also do craft shows throughout the state. My goal for 2017 is to get a stable set of shows to try and attend each year. My overall dream would be to make this a full-time career. My sister has experience in the jewelry industry, and to open a store with her would be an ultimate goal for me.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My biggest stand out feature is that no two pieces are the same. There may be two with a similar pattern, but the metal or stones would be different. One thing I find appealing about a handmade item is that even when replicated, there are no two that are exactly alike.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

At present, my work and storage space are where ever I can find space. I do have plans to clean out the computer room in my home to make a small work and storage space for myself.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Keeping up on promoting is more time consuming that I would have realized. I knew this whole venture would be lots of hard work, but just how much caught me off guard.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t give up and don’t let yourself fall into a promotion slump. Set up a set schedule on when you promote your store and stick with it. If you only have time to do it once a week, then just focus on making sure you do that. If able to promote 3 times a day, then stick with it. If you find that something doesn’t work, then don’t be afraid to make changes. Tweak items titles to improve SEO results. If able, study your views to see what people like, what they search for, how they found you, etc and work on improving that. Don’t let yourself get discouraged.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I like to read, write, paint/color to relax. I’m also a gamer, and often use my various types of videos games to relieve the stresses of life.

What is your favorite quote?

“Do or do not. There is no try.”- Yoda, Star Wars

Where can people find out more about your business?

I’m on a variety of social media sites. You can search for “jewelry by rachel effa” on the following: Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr.


If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Items Of The Week: October Finds

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Mommy And Baby

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new little one into our family — my neice’s new baby Scarlett. As closest ‘Auntie’, I get to babysit and cuddle and enjoy all the thrills of an infant and growing baby, and I am thrilled! I loved learning about how my teamies celebrate the beloved babies in their lives and what they offer to help the rest of us celebrate; check it out!

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

It’s a girl! We are expecting our first granddaughter on Thanksgiving! Little girls like to dress up. Mommies and grandmas like to dress up little girls from hair to shoes! Girls can be expensive. Here’s a chalk elephant bank to savevfor her future. It holds lots of money in this big bank secured with a plug.

coin bank

Large Elephant Coin Bank Chalk Plaster Piggy Bank Retro 1940’s Yellow Hat Upward Trunk for GOOD LUCK Child’s Room Decor Child’s Bank Gift

After the birth of my son, I was inspired to create this piece after listening to the song “Carry” by Tori Amos. The quote: “here I will carry you forever” deeply resonated with me, and provided the jumping off point for this piece. Ultimately this powerful illustration symbolizes the idea that even after birth, I will always carry my son with me. A beautiful gift for new moms and a precious heirloom for children to come.


Mother’s Heart and Child Print, Motherhood Illustration, Meaningful Gifts for Mothers Doulas, Nursery 8×10 Graphic Art Print, Wall Decor

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals said:

Adorable little colorful memory paci charms for the proud auntie and all the relatives. Great for purse, planners, anywhere a little color and bling is required! Congrats to all new moms!


Kitschy bright acrylic binky – baby zipper pulls – shower favors – pacifier – stitch markers – diaper bag – new mom gift, LizPoriginals

There’s nothing like welcoming a new life into the word, full of hope and promise and dimpled cheeks and soft coos. Congrats Sheila and Shannon!

Whenever a new baby arrives in my extended family, the aunts and uncles and cousins go wild decorating the family’s front yard and door with signs and balloons and banners and storks.

Here’s a sweet heart full of baby love to welcome a new girl.

Our printable baby art is perfect for decorating a nursery or adding to printed and digital announcements.

baby heart

Pink Nursery decor, Baby shower gift, Printable Pastel Pink Baby Love art, baby girl’s room, baby shower party decor, diy pink heart poster

Vaishali Chudasama from NVillustration said:

Papercut portrait in layer its very beautiful customize portrait of her.

baby 2

Custom Baby Paper Portrait- Paper cut Portrait -First Borthday- Gift Idea- Birthday Gift- Baby Shower- Free shipping- NVillustration

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said:

Here is cute vintage 1960’s maternity dress with lovely and colorful polka dots and rainbow striped.


Vintage 60s dress Polka dot Chevron A line summer Maternity dress Small

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Maybe a functional item that allows mum to have some me time…reading a book.


Page Holder. Book Bird. Thumb book holder. Page Pal. Book Buddy. Book Holder. Victorian Ash

Sue Kenny from SusySewandSew said:

I loved it when I had my babies, recieving hand made items. I especially loved the quilts/blankets that baby could use for play time on the floor.

quilt 2

Baby quilt, pram quilt, floor play , chicken quilt, chook quilt, baby blanket, newborn gift, farm animal quilt

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset said:

How about a little positivity hanging in the nursery or child’s room. A simple reminder that you are loved, to be happy, smile, dream, and love your family.


Wall Decor Family UpCycled Cottage Chic We Are Family Laugh, Love, Smile, Faith, Dream, Imagine Believe Gold and Yellow Wall Hanging Gift

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium said:

After the excitement of welcoming my own sweet little bundles and now having had the joy of six precious grandchildren, I always feel a little sentimental when I think of a new baby arriving.

Here is a bit of nostalgia for the new one’s nursery decor — “Wish Upon A Star” nursery rhyme collectible plate.


Wish Upon A Star Plate, Collectible, Baby Gift, Nursery Decor, Home Decor, Blue

SosoMe from Sosomeshop said:

Congrats on your latest addition to your family.
My novelty lady figure cushion is not only a stylish addition to any home but is also perfect for Mums, Dads, and babies because of its unique design which can act as a comfy resting spot for the baby and also act as a comfy neck support for you when you most need it.


Novelty African print lady figure cushion ankara pillow accessories handmade gifts for the home gifts for men and women

Many thanks for all the great shares!

Until next time,


Golden Lime – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2017 is Golden Lime.

PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime
Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Golden Lime! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Golden Lime and retro! This great color is on my newly listed daisy design thermo serv tumblers.



Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

The golden lime is a nice accent color on this pink and black dog bandana!

When picking out this fabric I wanted something pink but not all pink so as I was browsing through the fabric store this cute design stood out amongst the others’.

The golden lime really does pair well on this stylish over the collar dog bandana!



If you’re on Pinterest here is the Golden Lime board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!