Items Of The Week: Coffee Or Tea

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am blessed to live in Minnesota where there are all four distinct seasons. Winter brings the snow and warm nights in front of the fireplace. Spring is filled with longer days and gardening. Summer is family time at the lake and dining outdoors. Fall brings refreshing mornings and glorious leaves! I don’t have one favorite season – I love them all!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are creative all year long and since we are a global team our seasons are different depending on the hemisphere! Here are favorite winter, spring, summer and fall inspired items from members of the #EtsyCIJ team!

SPRING

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

I love Spring, when all the flowers start to bloom and vibrant colours start to appear. This natural Amethyst gem stone which I have set into a Sterling Silver pendant will add vibrant spring colour to your outfit.

alustrousjewellery

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Spring is my favorite season after a long winter and all colors being just white and gray–the first green and bloom is so exiting like these agate pendants in beautiful pink hues.

LizPOriginals

LizPOriginals

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

Hello, my favourite season is spring. I absolutely love the flowers this time of year! The lovely perfume from jasmine, roses, freesias, lavender and more! These cards remind me of spring time!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Summer

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love summer! We vacation on Cape Cod. This year we retired so we spent most of the summer at the Cape. In 10 days we return to New York state. Summer means clamming at the beach, crabbing, fishing, pool time and walking. What a good life!! Of course it included shopping, listing and teaming On Etsy. Here’s the sun at the Cape.

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

FALL

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Fall is by far one of my favorite season!

You get to open some windows and let the fresh air just pour in around you. The leaves begin to change colors and this prompts us to take a drive through the north GA mountains or through Stone Mountain park to get close to Gods handy work!!! My morning walks are even more enjoyable!

While we are true sweet potato lovers we do love the smell of things pumpkin spice!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors of leaves and the migration of birds. I love the drop in temperatures and the big cozy sweaters.

These earrings speak fall to me because they might be leaves changing to those beautiful bronze colors or they might be bird feathers sparkling in a fall sunset.

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Autumn is both my favorite and least favorite season of the year! Allergy season is in full effect, but the beauty of the season makes it glorious. We love the changing of the leaves and hope everyone has the opportunity to visit Virginia at least once to experience our fall foliage.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

My favorite season is fall! I love the leaves changing color and the mild weather! Harvest time and Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! Just a wonderful season! This Scare Crow pillow cover is just right to capture the fall feeling!

joliefemmebydiana

Member Feature: chapelviewcrafts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Cheryl of chapelviewcrafts, our featured member!

chapelviewcrafts

chapelviewcrafts

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Cheryl Cunliffe and I am the the owner, designer, maker and tea drinker at Chapel View Crafts. I have always liked food and started working with polymer clay 15 years ago and love recreating cakes and foods in miniature.

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

It started as a hobby making dollhouse miniature food which I still make to a lesser degree. As I grew in skills and confidence I then started selling on the internet. Since 2014 I have been selling on Etsy and this has allowed me to sell to people all over the world.

Tell us a bit about your products.

There is a strong food theme running through my products. Mainly cakes and biscuits made in polymer clay which are textured and then turned into jewellery, sewing accessories, planner accessories and other polymer clay gifts. I also continue to make dollhouse miniatures but the craft based items are my focus at the moment.

What inspires your work

Colour and texture tend to inspire my work. I love making something look like it could be picked up and eaten, I like looking in cake shops and bakeries and thinking that I could recreate that.

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

My goals for the business are for it to continue to grow, slowly adding to my product lines and being a success in what I do. This year I am actively taking part in some craft fairs to go out and meet people rather than selling over the internet and I hope this experience will give me ideas of where to take me in the future.

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

It’s the attention to detail I believe that make my products stand out. I spend a lot of time behind the scenes mixing clay, practicing techniques and improving my skills. I think my background as a miniaturist gives me an eye to look at the small things and be as accurate as I can in my reproductions.

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

I have two rooms in my home I use for work. One is a studio space and one is a storage and packing area. I am lucky that I have this space to work in, I can walk into the room in the morning to work and then shut the door when I am finished for the day.

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

Let customers help you decide the direction of your business. I started in one area food jewellery but in the past 6 months the business has started going in a different direction which came from a customer request and has proved one of my most popular items and sales to date. This new direction of needle minders and knitting charms is where my current focus lies but would never have thought of it before.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Read up on how etsy works in terms of search etc and then keep learning. Have fun customers on Etsy really appreciated the personal touch many sellers give as it’s not another auction site with massed produced items it is a collection of unique products made by unique people.

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

I knit and crochet and currently I am working on a cross stitch sampler.

What is your favorite quote?

I don’t really have a favourite quote but I have a favourite word – serendipity which means the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way, which describes my life perfectly.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy – chapelviewcrafts
Etsy – chapelviewminiatures
Facebook – chapelviewcrafts
Instagram – chapelviewcrafts

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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: Geometric

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak, peak, and post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the 2017 Holiday Merchandising Guide article on the Etsy blog.

2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy are: All The Greetings, Greenery, Modern Farmhouse, A Fragrant Season, Pawsitively Great, Gingerbread Everything, Win The Gift Exchange, Naughty Is The New Nice, Just For Them, and Moody Hues (Nordic Snowfall and Deep Jewels).

All The Greetings

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I actually have a Merry Merry Everything Christmas Card featuring a rather dashing gargoyle.

TheOldBarnDoor

Greenery

Mairi from mairidesign says:

I created the above design after I had been using beads, made here in the Czech Republic, with my glass jewellery and knew that they would enhance a stylised evergreen tree. I had sketched several Christmas themed ornaments in this simple, swish-curve style and chose the perfect green and iridescent glass for my final design. Topping it off with a glass crystal is, simply, the cherry on the cake – or rather the diamond on the tree.

mairidesign

A Fragrant Season

Tanya from socksandmittens says:

I wrote this Holiday potpourri Ball DIY post on my blog a while ago and it fits the 2017 holiday trend theme “A Fragrant Season”! It is a very easy and enjoyable project.

socksandmittens

socksandmittens

Pawsitively Great

Nicole Bridge from MamasHookin says:

Your puppy’s on the nice list! (Was there ever any doubt?) Make sure Santa Paws has someplace to leave the treats and toys on the big day for your furry friend. This Christmas stocking was made just for dogs (although, dog lovers can also enjoy it)!

MamasHookin

MamasHookin

Gingerbread Everything

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

For the holidays l created two small wreaths dedicated to children, because they are decorated with clay family members (crafted by me), shaped as ginger bread. But not only for children: l thought this decor could also be a fun way to announce a new baby is arriving. I have two of these decors: with one and two kids. I hope this item will work also in this way, not only as Christmas decor.

Ghirlandiamo

Win The Gift Exchange

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

A bead embroidered seashell pin is the last thing anyone would expect to find in a gift exchange, and in a very good way at that! Perfect for someone who really wishes it were summer and can’t wait for the sunny weather to come around again.

QuirkyEleganceEm

Tanya from socksandmittens says:

Win the gift exchange with this handmade crochet bath pouf! Great idea for stocking stuffer, too

socksandmittens

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Did you draw names for holiday gifts? Did you draw the hip retro/mod one in your gift exchange group? We’ve got you covered! No worries about sizing. No worries about duplicate gifts.

The wasabi, dark teal and avocado three petal flowers engender a mod retro vibe in these dangle earrings. The hand knotted flowers sway softly on the waxed linen thread creating a floating effect, particularly fun against a backdrop of tresses.

Bungalow42

Naughty Is The New Nice

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Show the world you know how to be “naughty” in a nice way by taking a step back in retro time with this sexy cartoon pin up girl scarf pendant! Perfect way to warm up those cold winter days… or evenings!

Cynhumphrey

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says:

Cheer up your cozy evenings at home with these fun socks made to look like Santa’s socks.

Knitwoolsocks

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Of course SLS has a Christmas card for the ‘naughty’ one on your list. This card is funny without stepping too far over the line and makes a great card for a husband or wife. As an interactive card, the mirror inside always gets a fun reaction and it’s one of our biggest hits at holiday craft fairs. Merry Christmas everyone!

StockLaneStudio

Loranesss from TurquoiseNature says:

My extremely Naughty Santa! He lives in Ukraine now but he can leave me anytime and go to another county soon!

TurquoiseNature

Just For Them

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Did someone say Monogram! We specialize in creating personalized gifts for every occasion and monogrammed gifts make the perfect touch to any celebration. We are ready for the holidays and hope you make every gift giving opportunity into a personalized gift giving experience.

Choose from our selection of products to use as a canvas, select any combination of our available designs and available fonts from our selections, include gift wrap and gift card for shipping directly to your gift recipient, and send us your custom order requests!

DesignstheLimit

Moody Hues (Nordic Snowfall and Deep Jewels)

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

These jeweled scarves are done in jewel tones of red, purple, green and blue.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

These handmade earrings feature gorgeous sapphire blue vintage lamp work beads set off by sparkling silver accents. The spider-web lace like detail on these glass cage beads remind me a bit of frost, and the colour simply takes my breath away!

QuirkyEleganceEm

Linda B. from lindab142 says:

This deep jewels bracelet combines metallic blue with silver and a white tassel to top it off.

lindab142

If you’re on Pinterest here is the 2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy board!

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

Member Feature: SovietWatches

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Alex of SovietWatches, our featured member!

SovietWatches

SovietWatches

Tell us about yourself.

My Mission : Give New Life To Vintage Watches.

We restore and repair watches and they keep their original form. My team has mastered the method of vintage watches restoration! We remove the top layer of the watch case and putting a layer of gold.

As a result – the new watch case, which will serve a long time. And the mechanism remains vintage.

I always loved mechanical watches, it is some kind of magic when one complicated mechanism
consists of many small parts and gears, which are working together.

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

I have collected watches for a while, but in 2012 I decided to open an Etsy shop. At first it was small, it was some kind of hobby for me. But step by step it grows and now my shop is my full time job.

Often watches which I find at flea markets are in very poor condition, but I think my mission is to help them keep alive, so in 2014 I opened another Etsy shop with restored vintage watches, and you are welcome to visit it!
TickTackShop

Tell us a bit about your products.

Vintage watches and clocks from USSR.

What inspires your work

Love to the technique.

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

Make my own trademark with unique stone watches.

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

I have a unique stone watches and a watch with a dial that is hand-painted.

Experience, a large assortment, a thorough check before shipping and the ability to return the order.

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

Yes.

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

About promotion.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Great place.

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

Yoga. Sauna.

What is your favorite quote?

Best is better.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Instagram: SovietWatches

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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: Knit

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium