Navy Peony – 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 Navy Peony.

PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony

A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.

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 Navy Peony! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

These luxurious cloth napkins were inspired by my love of natural things around me. I live where huge Loblolly pine cones fall seasonally and make great fire starters for the fireplace, terrific decorations in baskets and fun projects for children during the winter season.

Navy Peony and a rich chocolate brown partners well with the the look of glistening snow- whether it is your white dinner set, milk glass, crystal goblets- or even tin!

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Navy Peony is a classic color perfect when combined with white. This bag is just right for any occasion from a dinner date to a casual wedding! Navy peony is great for all seasons and goes with so many colors as an alternative to black.

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joliefemmebydiana

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Navy blue is a perfect back drop to display the pink ribbons for Breast Cancer. In this print it’s no wonder they paired navy peony with the pink ribbons because a Breast Cancer survivor or fighter is strong (solid), faithful (dependable), and secure (stable) in this battle.

I have both friends and family whom have battled this illness and I’ve seen how each one was solid, stable, and dependable for their families even though they were in a fight to live!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Navy Peony: A dependable and anchoring shade. That’s a great way to describe what a home means to me. Our little family has seen our fair share of planes, trains, suitcases and hotel rooms, but as long as we are together, we can make any place a home. We offer printed and printable ‘HOME’ art, and SLS is happy to customize the map to show where you’ve made your home.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Navy peony color
Reminder of the ted, white and blue!
Patriotism
Hurray for the red, white and blue!
Go USA!

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I had started work on a new paper pack – I wanted to do something in navy or denim blue and make it look a bit old and worn – so, navy peony seems a perfect color for this set. I love how it contrasts with the beige to give it a classic old denim look.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

When choosing a color for my paper cut card the navy color was my first choice as it makes the design really stand out against the white parchment paper. It can be used for any occasion and any season.

cwagenblass9

cwagenblass9

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Designing with the color blue is like second nature to me. I love the color. This elegant lapel pin is not only beautiful but it can also add color and conversation to any dull outfit. It’s versatile enough to be added to a hat, purse, or tote bag too!

Cynhumphrey

Cynhumphrey

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Navy Peony is a super cool colour for summer! And this sparkly ring is ideal for summer night parties! Made from upcycled buttons the ring makes a great fashion statement!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Linda B. from lindab142 says:

Navy Peony blue is one of the colors in the Israeli flag and I use it in my Jewish jewelry designs. This charm bracelet can be worn year round since it features Jewish symbols and Jewish charms representing different holidays.

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lindab142

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Blue goes perfectly with jeans, which are my favorite wardrobe choice! Gypsy style chandelier earrings in tones of blue. Swarovski crystals , iridescent blue seed beads, and tiny gold beads.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

One of the most coveted colors in the universe is navy. It is fitting that Navy Peony is a featured Pantone color for the Etsy Christmas July Team. Since we are a solid and stable team of creative souls. I am featuring one of my beautiful natural blue sapphire cabochons. This stone is a slice cut from a larger blue sapphire crystal.

saxdsign

saxdsign

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

I love navy peony blue tones. This agate pendant caught my eye when shopping for stones. The rich deep blue is so wonderful and it almost begged to be a suncatcher!

LizPOriginals

LizPOriginals

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Navy Peony board!

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

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Show Us Your Workspace: PatriciaARTShop

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of PatriciaART from PatriciaARTShop who makes a great range of abstract and realist paintings for your home …  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

I work in a room in my apartment. I have there a big number of oils and about 100 watercolor paintings. I feel very good in my studio room and love to be there working or just arranging the place. I am a visual artist and exhibit word wide. Lately work in the fashion design too and have a manufacturer which I work with as a designer. We make scarves and kimono printed from my aquarelles.

Outdoor Entertaining

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many places you can entertain in your home, including in your outdoor spaces. Have a screened porch or deck? Make it a party spot with lighting, decor and so much more.

We want to see all your outdoor entertaining products. Please tell us all about them and how they fit with the theme. How would you use the item? What makes it special?

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says we really enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening during the autumn months, when the sun is going down and the temperatures are dropping. It is a great time to enjoy a cozy outdoor supper!

A pretty table setting adds to the enjoyment of friends & food on the patio! Make a beautiful runner and some matching place mats with our “Easy Pieced Leaves” pattern to create the perfect autumn table!

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said sitting on the back deck in the evening! Let’s light a candle for romantic lighting! We had a large deck built and received 2 wooden adirondack chairs as a gift by my son.

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Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states I love decorating my outdoor spaces and especially love accenting with wind chimes and mobiles.

I’ve created this unique wind chime with an eclectic mix of re-purposed jewelry in metallic tones and black, a great accent for a patio, porch or deck!

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says this tapas condiment set is ideal for casual outdoor dining! And would make a great foodie gift.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said our BBQ Tool Sets offer the opportunity to give the kitchen a break and spend time outside and are an excellent gift which can be admired and put to good use. Entertain in the style you design in our Etsy shop! We believe that every gift giving opportunity can become a personalized gift giving experience when you take the time and make the effort to create a custom engraved gift for your gift recipient. We are free spirited artists and employ a variety of skills learned from years of experience to offer our customers what they are looking for, in the style they are looking for, with no reason to look anywhere else. We transform items into artwork with the personalized touch and encourage our customers to turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to be useful and appreciated.

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Seven Hot Outdoor Decor Trends To Try Now – 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 Seven Hot Outdoor Decor Trends to Try Now article on the Etsy blog.

The seven trends are: Summer Wreaths, Nouveau Nests, Next-Wave Wind Chimes, Fairy Gardens, Planters With Personality, Backyard Glamping and Swinging Seats.

Next-Wave Wind Chimes

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

Wind chimes are perfect for accenting outdoor spaces with a bit of sparkle, style or color. This upcycled wind chime and mobile features a unique mix of repurposed metallic parts and jewelry with a touch of crystal for sparkle too!

mscenna

mscenna

Planters With Personality

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

This wooden wheel barrow planter will look great in the garden, on your porch or on your deck. It lays flat to hold potted plant or flowers. The wheel barrow really moves. You can paint it decorate it, or leave it in it’s original condition.

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Backyard Glamping

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

At Design’s the Limit, our Personalized BBQ Tool Sets are the Summer Trend in Backyard Glamping! We offer the options of engraving the case, each tool handle, and a gift message on the bottom using any font we have available or any design in our portfolio with custom orders accepted for any idea you have in mind.

The perfect gift for Birthday, Father’s Day, Weddings, & Anniversaries! Fire up the BBQ Grill and spend some time outside to save on the cost of air conditioning. Every act, now matter how small, helps to contribute to change. Inspire outdoor cooking with a gift that is useful and appreciated and make every gift giving opportunity and personalized gift giving occasion.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Seven Hot Outdoor Decor Trends to Try Now board!

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

Member Feature: MukiCrafts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Marie of MukiCrafts, our featured member!

MukiCrafts

MukiCrafts

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Marie and with the help of my two little girls, we run a knit and crochet pattern shop here on Etsy.

Thanks to my mother who is an artist, I’ve been crafty all my life but my passion and inspiration has always been yarn. I learned to knit and crochet about 4 years old when my grandmother left me a big basket full of ugly colored soviet yarns. With no Barbie clothes available, I learned to crochet in the round to make them skirts and tops. This is how it all started.

Somehow I didn’t become a fashion designer as I always dreamed, my drawing skills aren’t that great, and ended up working in a bank dealing with large corporations. As we have long maternity leave here in Estonia (up to 3 years), I discovered a way to unite my passion for knitting and crochet and designing.

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

I opened my shop in 2014 when my daughter who models almost all my items was about 9 months old. I started with knitting patterns and a year later added crochet. Etsy is a good way to sell internationally and when people like and buy what you make – it is so rewarding.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I offer simple and cute knitting and crochet patterns, mostly in kids sizes. My patterns are suitable for beginners who have some experience and know the basic stitches. I tend to write my patterns out more and therefore they are easy to follow, most contain photos of key points of the progress.

What inspires your work

My inspiration comes from the yarn (I never order online, have to touch and feel) and my girls. I have a lot of woodland theme garments for the little ones. The inspiration for that comes from the bedtime stories, nature and from all the fun we do together.

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

I’m hoping to reach 15 000 sales this year. I’m doing a lot of fun collabs with yarn companies and hope to share them soon. I’m at the point where I should decide if I’ll keep doing my Etsy shop and quit my bank job or go back to the corporate world.

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

My designs are suitable for not that experienced crafter, you can create something adorable using just basic stitches and good natural yarn in a beautiful shade – no complicated stitch pattern or tricks needed. My patterns stand out thanks to my fantastic daughter who loves to model the garments mommy makes.

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

I do not have a studio, my work space is my couch and I’ve covered all the house with my yarn! I hope that someday I’ll have a studio big enough to take photos and keep all my yarns (I should open a yarn shop instead.. with a big back room where to take photos)!

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

It’s not about quantity but the quality. To get a shop going you have to have more items but it is the quality of the pattern that keeps people coming back to buy more.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you’re already thinking – just do it! You do not have anything to loose and the worldwide market is yours.

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

I do a lot of sports, at least 5 times a week. I love tennis which I discovered last year, this year I’m already going to tennis camp in Southern-Europe. I’ve been going to photo school and just bought a new camera so this is one thing that I want to dedicate more and more of my time.

What is your favorite quote?

No pain no gain.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Visit my Etsy shop or find Muki Crafts on Facebook. I also gave a deeper interview to Etsy last year: Visit my Etsy shop or find Muki Crafts on Facebook. I also gave a deeper interview to Etsy last year: MukiCrafts.

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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.

Butterrum – 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 Butterrum.

PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum

This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

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 Butterrum! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

Thank you for considering this two sided chip board door sign that has original art on both sides.

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This handmade ceramic bowl is a gorgeous Butterum colour, and is great for entertaining. It is the ideal size for olives, dips, tapenades and any condiment in general!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

My horse themed lanyard is picture perfect on a butterum background. The butterum backdrop makes the color of each horse pop even more.

I have so many horse lovers as friends who love nature and life on the farm. Well when I found this print it seemed to fit right in with what my gal pals suggested trying to search for. So, off to the races we went with what has become one of my best selling lanyards thus far!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These beads would be great to make accessories for your 2017 wardrobe – and are equally suitable for bunting, scrapbooking, cardmaking and all your craft projects in general!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Deborah Ruggiero from 3DesignDimensions says:

Warm, cozy and mellow…the perfect fall neutral!

3DesignDimensions

3DesignDimensions

Deborah Ruggiero from BaubleandaButterfly says:

These butterum freshwater blister pearls are the perfect compliment to all skin types, neutral in color to be worn will all of falls fabulous deep hues.

BaubleandaButterfly

BaubleandaButterfly

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

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

Show Us Your Workspace: BrittDesign

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Linda Britt from BrittDesign who makes a great range of handcrafted jewellery and accessories…  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

There is a long room in my house that once was a porch I think. It has windows on 3 sides and I get to use half of it for my studio. The light is wonderful and I get to watch the deer, squirrels and a variety of birds.

I’ve made a U-shaped work area with stations for polymer clay, metal clay and tools for finishing my jewelry. There are bookcases for my supplies on the one full wall.

I love working and playing in this space.