Items Of The Week: Gems

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium


Cozy Accessories

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Accessories are items that you can add to a wardrobe or to a room. During fall and winter, I tend to think of cozy items to add to my wardrobe.

What cozy accessories do you have for your wardrobe or household? Please tell us all about your item, how it can be used and so forth.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states there is nothing cozier than a hand knitted pair of socks made just for you from someone that loves and cares about you.

Knitting patterns for socks

Karen from timetalentjewels said everyone is looking for that nice warm scarf in the winter time and here is the one that will do it! Very stylish and yet warm! Beautiful colors too!

Women’s ruffled scarf

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states when you hear the word accessory, do you automatically think of jewelry or something to add to clothing? You can now change that!

There is nothing more cozy in the fall and winter months than either sitting by a crackling fire in a fire place or having a dim candle burning in a room. In fact, candles can be used all year long! Think about those candle light dinner dates for example! This adorable leopard print heart shaped candle accessory is a necklace specifically designed to fit around a large jar candle. It’s an easy way to make those romantic moments even more memorable!

Candle embellishment

Michael from BurntEarthHorseHair says when I hear accessory around Christmas time I think of ceramic clay luminary bags, horsehair fired that can be used for many purposes. You can put a candle in them, Original purpose, to light the way on Xmas eve, an office desk gift to put on a desk for pens, or with a larger bag in the kitchen to hold utensils or K-cups.

Luminaria clay bags or holders

Ilda from lililapt said there’s nothing like a set of soft, cozy and unique crosstitch bath towels, made of cotton and use them after a deserved hot shower.

That´s the best way to finish your hard and long working day!

Crosstitched bath towel set

Evgeniia from SecretStoneLab states cozy Crystal Mobile from natural wood and genuine gemstone -so warming & healing for house and soul!

Crystal and feather bohemian mobile

Tanya from socksandmittens says we knit these mittens with festive Christmas cheers in mind. They are warm, cozy and red! A perfect gift for a friend or co-worker! 100% merino wool.

100% merino wool knit mitts

Astrid from RedNeedleQuilts said to me, cozy household accessories mean a warm and cozy snuggle quilt. Snuggle up on the couch to keep warm while watching TV, listening to your favorite music, reading a book etc. This quilt is backed with soft flannel. It can also be used as a couch/sofa throw or wall hanging.

Christmas Lap Quilt

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox states always looking for good fabrics I’ve found a fleece fabric, that is extremely soft and cuddly, and ideal for my winter accessories.

One layer of this scarf is a blue sweatshirt with bright stylized reindeer antlers, the second layer is this super soft and warm natural white fleece fabric. The warm and cozy companion, in the cold season.

Infinity scarf cowl

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says being in southern Florida, we can’t get too terribly cozy with out winter attire, but I originally grew up in Texas, where we had a winter to speak of and could pull out our boots, sweaters, and scarves every year much to my excitement! To continue that warm and cozy trend and style in a new climate to me, I decided to go with sari silk (warm but very breathable) and an arm knitting method of production to give that cozy knitted texture with lots of air to keep cooler if needed. This scarf necklace is perfect for warm or cold climates. The silk and airy arm knit structure allow for both breeziness and trapping in warmth.


Knitted statement necklace

Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: 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 – 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 Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Trending Holiday Home Decor (The New Classics, Sophisticated Stockings, and Moody Tablescapes), Trending Holiday Gifts (Deluxe Pet Gifts, Cosmic Appeal, Hometown Pride and Treat Yo’self) and Trending Presentation Ideas (Creative Wrapping). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Trending Holiday Home Decor

The New Classics

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:.

I am a lover of nature and I know how important ecology is to our lives. Observing wild birds and animals in nature is what brings the most joy and relaxation. I want to share my impressions and love for wild nature and animals. But for me, ecology is also important and what we do to protect our planet. That’s why I’ve designed a series of home decorations that I make from waste materials. I use wood remnants from the production of other objects: small pieces of panels and frames, these pieces were going to be burned, and I give them a new life. It requires more of my time and work because everything is completely different. It took a lot of time to match those pieces to make them a nice composed whole. That’s why each of these objects is different and unique. and my decorations are made of 100% natural materials. I hope that my decorations bring joy and happiness and make a smile.


Trending Holiday Gifts

Cosmic Appeal

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The stars are trending on Etsy this year and Stock Lane Studio has plenty of Cosmic appeal. Love is written in the stars in our SLS cosmic heart printable. This heart art is great year-round, but especially fitting as a holiday gift. Nursery decor, wall art or a card for a loved one, it’s very versatile. Since it’s digital, it can also be used electronically. Announce an engagement or send a message to a loved one using your downloaded art as a backdrop. Don’t have time to do it yourself? SLS LOVES to personalize, just send us a message and we can work with you. We also offer a printed version of this heart art, and have more Night Sky designs in our shop.


Treat Yo’self

susannah raine-haddad from zouzousbasement says:

This desserts coloring book comes with markers/colored pencils or by itself.


Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

Treat yourself to a pair of these unique handmade earrings – Only you will have a pair like them! They are great for the holidays!


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Treat yourself to a beautiful wrap bracelet with high quality Czech glass beads in tones of green, gold and brown with a golden lotus charm.


Trending Presentation Ideas

Creative Wrapping

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says:

I just added this section to my shop for custom tags for holidays and all celebrations.

I have always loved to give homemade gifts to family. I think it started way before I became an adult! I was always making or creating something and it never stopped. The 1st year I was married -we had absolutely no money. My gift to my husband was all handmade ornaments for our 1st tree. I always love trying something new – sewing, knitting and now my Etsy shop. These tags will be perfect for some of my gifts this year. I added some for my personal homemade gifts and also baking tags which reminds me I need to start planning for cookies.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy board!

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

Member Feature: postcardsintheattic

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Colleen of postcardsintheattic, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.

I grew up a Midwest farm girl from Wisconsin but through a series of moments of self discovery I have since moved to California and live the city life in Palm Springs. I live in a beautiful contemporary home where my husband and I have designed a small but very beautiful Japanese Garden.

Unfortunately, though, the contemporary look does not blend with my passion for vintage and antique Victorian froufrou. So I have created for myself a virtual world with my shops. I welcome you to my attic filled with all the treasures found and creations made especially for you.

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

I opened my business 2011.  I have had a dream to sell vintage postcards since I was a small child.  At the time my mother informed me that it would never happen because no one would ever pay more than a few cents for the cards I collected.  I guess she was mistaken!

Now that I am a photographer I also have a passion to create my own postcards.  One of my favorite things to do is recreate the types of vintage cards that were popular in the early 20th century.  Big Letter, Tall Tale and night scenes are a few that I have dabbled in.  Of course it is much easier now since I have the advantage of digital art vs having to manipulate plates and film.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I sell almost any type of vintage postcard but at least half of the vintage postcards I sell are over 100 years old.  I have a love for anything that is paper and withstand years and years of handling.  To me it is amazing to see something that age in such great condition.  Sadly there are some that have not been able to survive fully intact but often I use those for digital art where I restore the card to a new state.

I sell my digital work on Sellfy under the same name.  I also create clip art from the designs to use for digital papers, gift tags and art.

More common are the Linen cards from about the 30’s and 40’s but while these are not rare I love the bright vivid colors that the linen paper creates.  The ink soaked in creating supernatural tones. Plus this is a period where the fun Tall Tale, Big Letter and Night Scene postcards popped.  The intense colors is almost like looking at the world through rose colored glass.  Everything in these images are vivid and exciting.

I carry a small number of recent vintage cards from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  While these often do not catch my eye I have found several political and advertising cards that are quite intriguing.

What inspires your work

I work in images.  As a photographer my style is macrophotography and closeups so I see the world slightly different.  I relate to my environment through imagery so collecting and selling vintage images is right up my alley.  In fact often seeing something in a postcard will dictate a trip or even a move.

In fact one of the reasons for me to move out West was due to the postcards from Arizona and the deserts that my grandparents sent to me.  These amazing images were such a contrast to what I seen in Wisconsin that I would spend hours daydreaming of what it would be like to visit the desert.  Now I live in the desert of the Coachella Valley.  And it is even more beautiful than those vintage images from my childhood.

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

My goal this year is to increase sales in my Postcards In The Attic shop (sure that is everyone’s goal)  My long-term goals are to build a self sustaining shop that generates enough income that it can contribute significantly to my income.  I have designed my own website from my photography; my long-term goal for this shop is to earn enough to use this as my primary income.  I would also like to be featured locally in either a gallery or a similar forum.

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

My Postcards In The Attic stands out visually because of my professional and creative branding and banners.  Aside from appearances; my prices are competitive, I provide excellent customer service along with free US shipping.  I also include a depth of information for most of my cards that exceeds many of my competitors.  I also take the time to research each card, what the publisher was, printer, date etc. so that the information is as accurate as it can be.

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

No but since I am photographer my work space is the whole world.

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

I had been selling vintage in general and included everything from ephemera to knickknacks, books to jewelry which took up a lot of space and time.  I also sold handmade crafted items (which part of me still loves) but this made my stores too wide spread and not specialized in anything.

I have not focused Postcard In the Attic strictly on ephemera and Butterfly In The Attic Photography on just that photography.  While I am still trying to reduce my original inventory on Bonanza I must admit it is neglected and I will be glad when I can just focus on the two.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do not over estimate the time you have for your shops.  I often do this but with working more than full-time for my day job it leaves very few hours left in the day aside from sleep and eating.  there is only so many hours in the day no matter how much we try to make it stretch.

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

I have many hobbies that includes: travel, playing the piano, photography, writing, and spending time with my 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  We live quite a ways from each of them so we are not able see each other frequently but when we can this is my favorite way of spending my free time.

What is your favorite quote?

“God would not have put the dream in your heart if he had not already given you everything you need to fulfill it” Joel Osteen

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have two blogs one on my new website and a long established blog  On the latter site I spend a lot of time promoting not just my self but others.

I am also available on facebook at and
Twitter and many others social media venues that are interlinked once you find my blog.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

My shops have been slow starters and have been reshapened many times over the years trying to find what fits for my life and helps me balance my work and my business.

I think one take away is that I refuse to give up on my dream.


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: Girly

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJCookieExchange – Snowflakes

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s Make Snowflakes – Recipe from Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

1. What is your recipe?

Recipe from Barbara – Germany

250 g Butter room temperature
100 g Powdered Sugar
2 Vanilla beans
1 Pinch of Salt
100 g Flour
250 g Cornstarch

Mix all dry ingredience and scrape out the pulp of the vanilla beans, add the soft butter and mix it up to a dough.
Place it into the refridgerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius.
Roll the dough into balls of about 2 cm in diameter and place the balls on a baking sheet.
Press the rolls down with a fork and
bake 16 minutes.
These biscuits should not turn brown. Let cool them down.
Place powdered sugar in a sieve and sprinkle over the cookies.

2. What is it about this cookie that you love?

This cookies are really like snowflakes, they melted in your mouth. And they are easy and quick to make!

3. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.

From the sixth to the tenth grade, I attended a girls school.

This school was still run by nuns at that time and we got besides the normal lessons also household lessons. We had to clean the kitchen, iron the nuns’ handkerchiefs to a perfect square and had regular baking and cooking classes.

That was the most fun for me back then. Our teacher’s name was ‘Sister Magdalena’, but her nickname since student generations was’ Schnüff’ -‘Sniff ‘. Not without reason, because she smelled all our mistakes immediately and that were many. Especially when something started to burn, when something disappeared from the pantry, when salt was mixed instead of sugar, when the amount of biscuit had shrunk because the burnt were secretly hidden, or because we could not wait to taste it. She came immediately behind it. So we were always a little bit scared of her, even though she always scolded a little with us, and then it was forgotten again.

We always wondered how she came after our misdeeds, but today I would say it was her experience with us students.

I still have all the recipes we had to write down neatly one of them are the Snowflakes.

4. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: FrauMitHut

Facebook: MermaidsHatbox

Instagram: MermaidsHatbox

Twitter: OllerHut


Member Feature: ClarityArtDesign

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie of ClarityArtDesign, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.

I am a life loving person who adores creating. I can’t stop making things. I also love to sell things and can’t help but try to make more things that I can sell. I love living a life that isn’t completely dependent on the office life. A life that can one day travel the country freely.

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

My business was very gradual. I first started with a painting of my own pet, Deja around 12 years ago. I then started selling paintings on Ebay and at craft fairs. I actually was on Etsy long ago, but didn’t invest the time into learning the nuances of the platform. In 2013 I resigned from my full time job as a legal secretary to jump into the world of selling on Etsy. Prior to that I had mostly sold from word of mouth. From there, I learned everything I could about Etsy to start myself off. This proved to be a wonderful experience and the sales and my shop have been growing ever since. I have also now just opened another Etsy shop for resin jewelry which is in its very beginnings.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I hand draw and paint each one of my pieces. My work focuses mostly on creating custom pet portraits using photographs provided by clients. Sometimes the artwork is a very straightforward replication of a photo provided and sometimes I really have to get creative with the pictures I’m given to produce a scene of multiple pets together or just go off of a really fun idea a client has. I spend hours upon hours creating each piece.

What inspires your work

My clients inspire my work! I love hearing their ideas, seeing their pictures and working with them to create something specific for either themselves or someone they love.

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

My goal for my business is to grow it to the point where I can travel eventually while still creating art. I want to build it to a point where it supports me anywhere I want to go and I don’t need to supplement with part-time income.

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

I think that us pet portrait artists all have something to contribute. My style focuses more on realism, but I think it’s just a personal preference to what a client wants. I really try to work with my clients so that everyone is completely satisfied before shipment even takes place. So far this has been a success.

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

I have a large living room that I place my studio in. I like being a part of the every day life of our home and not secluding myself into a separate studio. I’ve always lived apartment life so this to me is very normal. I actually use the desk I had as an elementary school child. When I was little my mom found it at a garage sale and sanded it and stained it for me. It’s held up for 30 years!

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

I wish I had focused on Etsy way back when it first opened. There was less competition then. I have learned though that there are plenty of customers for us all. You just need to grab their attention.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do it! Why not? I do think you need to be honest with yourself about your product though. You must have a good product. You must have good photographs and you must take the time to learn about the platform and understand that it takes time like building any other business. If you have realistic expectations, obtain the correct knowledge and work hard (as well as have a great product), then I see no reason why you won’t be successful.

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

Actually when I’m not working, I tend to make other things (to sell!). I started my resin jewelry business out of my free time. I also really love hanging out with my nieces and nephews and traveling, hiking and hanging out with dogs.

Where can people find out more about your business?

I’m on Facebook,; I’m on Instagram, @clarityartdesign; Twitter, @stephclarityart and of course my Etsy shop, ClarityArtDesign.


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.