Member Feature: Vadjutka

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Judit Wild of Vadjutka, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am Judit Wild, a Hungarian jewelry designer, but I wasn’t born as a jewelry designer. I studied photography, journalism and sociology. I was working as a journalist and a market researcher for 15 years in total, and I slowly changed to making and designing jewelry.

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

I opened my Etsy shop 10 years ago, in February, 2008.  At that time I was already making jewelry for 6 years, as a hobby, and I wanted to have a consistent online presence.

 

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design and make jewelry. You can see my sterling silver work in my Etsy shop.  I love to combine all sorts of materials. My newest love is plexiglass, and it goes with sterling silver very well. Back in the time of opening my Etsy shop I was using glass beads, fused glass pendants, later fabric, and then wood.

What inspires your work?

My greatest inspiration is the sea / ocean, and the sky above.  My main aim is to express feelings via my jewelry, so anything can inspire me from food to buildings and nature.

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

I have a small shop in Budapest (capital of Hungary, my home) and my plan for this year is to have only silver jewelry in my shop. Currently I have the fabric / wooden jewelry as well as the silver ones.

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

Honestly, I have no idea. I haven’t seen too many people so far combining sterling silver and plexi.

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

Yeah, I have a shop in the heart of Budapest, and I make my jewelry there. For the sterling silver jewelry line I work in a different studio, that is suitable for silver smithing.

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

Many-many things. Actually it is a constant learning process. I will try to highlight a few.
1) Being persistent and patient.
2) One should really mind his/her own business, and not look at others too much.
3) Balancing between my own way (artistically) and what people like / want.
4) Listening to my gut feeling. Rational decisions are important, but one cannot neglect the gut feeling.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I think that being active on 1-2 social platforms is essential for any online businesses. I chose Instagram and Facebook for myself, because they suit me the best. Others may prefer other platforms. The main point is, that the platform you use, suits your skills. (I am strong in photography, but not in 160 characters texts, so Twitter is not for me.

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

Photography, dance and cooking.

What is your favorite quote?

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. (Oprah Winfrey)

You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference. (Steve Jobs)

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a website: http://vadjutka.hu/eng/about-myself/
A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vadjutka.design/ (mostly in Hungarian)
An Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/vadjutka/ (mostly in English)

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you for reading this through!

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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.

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Items Of The Week: To The Moon

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Your Favorite Song

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Listening,playing or making music is something that usually leads us to making memories. Memories that can remind us of events, people, places and more.

Most of us have a favorite song that we always listen to, but can’t get out of our head!

We want to know what your favorite song is and an item from your shop that relates to the song.

Karen from timetalentjewels says Livin On Love By Alan Jackson – anything country are favorites of mine but Alan any day of the week and this one of my very favorites.

The song relates to two young people just starting out and how in love they are and all that is need is Love. “Livin on Love.” She doesn’t care about what’s in style, she just likes his smile. It takes more than marvel and time living on love.

Living on Love, buying on time, without somebody nothing ain’t worth a dime, It’s like that old fashion storybook rhyme Living on Love, its sounds simple that what you’re thinking; Love can walk through fire without blinking, it doesn’t take much, when you get enough living on love.

Then it goes on about how you grow old and the children are gone and they still sing, side by side, living on love, even though they can’t see and can barely sweep the floor they still walk hand in hand through the door, just living on love.

Somehow I feel that relates to my husband and myself. I can only hope that continues until we grow old. In July it will be 42 years of marriage.

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Cowboy theme memory wire beaded bracelet

Nancy from EponasCrystals said Crystal by Stevie Nicks is another of my favorite songs. It is from the sound track to Practical Magic, one of my all time favorite movies.
These earrings are made of crystal quartz and make me think of the song Crystal.

Then I knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
Drove me through the mountains
Through the crystal-like and clear water fountain
It drove me like a magnet
To the sea…
To the sea…
To the sea, yeah

Quartz point earrings

 

Rita from RitzySelection states

Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Rise up this mornin’
Smiled with the risin’ sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying’, (this is my message to you)

Three Little Birds
Bob Marley

On my pillow, exactly one small bird sings

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Embroidered bird motif pillow

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says my favorite song is “El condor passa” also known as “If I could” by Simon & Garfunkel. It’s a beautiful melody for flute. In my shop there is a hand-painted flute box with little songbirds.

Hand painted long wooden box

Mairi from mairidesign said my sea-glass black heart still holds a warm, inner green, in the sun light, but only the wearer knows its fragility.

‘Paint it Black’ by the Rolling Stones

“I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door, I must have it painted black
Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun

My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I want to see your face painted black
Black as night, black as coal
See the sun blotted out from the sky”

Rare black sea glass necklace

Carola from CarolaBartz says I have several favorite songs and it is hard to name just one. However, in the end it comes down to “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac (written by Christine McVie), also sung by Eva Cassidy (both versions are very moving). It is one of the most beautiful, heartfelt love songs I know. Just thinking of it right now (and listening to the melody in my head) gives me goosebumps of the good kind.

For you, there’ll be no more crying.
For you, the sun will be shining.
And I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right.
To you, I’ll give the world.
To you, I’ll never be cold.
‘Cause I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right.
And the songbirds are singing, like they know the score.
And I love you, I love you, I love you, like never before.
And I wish you all the love in the world.
But most of all, I wish it from myself.
And the songbirds keep singing, like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before, like never before, like never before.

Bird and butterfly mini journal

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states I bought a baby toy that played this for my Granddaughter and when I would babysit her I would sing her to sleep with this song…

You Are My Sunshine…

You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I Love You
Please don’t take my Sunshine away.

Yellow button set

Silvia from ForCutiesKids says Black coffee (Ooh)
Is my name
Black coffee (Black coffee) is my thing

Black coffee (Ooh)
Freshly ground and fully prepared
Hot black coffee, boy (Black coffee)
Mmh that’s where it’s at

Way back yonder when I don’t know when
See I got hungover before I was ten
You see my skin is white but my soul is black
And a hot black coffee, that’s where it’s at

(Black coffee)
That’s what I’m talking about
(Black coffee)
(Black coffee)
Ooh, you’ve got to feel it in the air
(Black coffee)
(Black coffee)

Will you hear that?
Some black tea
It can’t compare with me
(Can’t compare with me)
Some black tea (Ooh)
Well it’s as good as, it’s as good as
It’s as good as it can be
But it’s a cup of black coffee
That a working man needs to see, yeah

Here in America, where it’s the land of the free
And you can get what you want if you’ve got some do re mi
And I’ve got me a job, and I’m working like a slave
Yeah I’m independent and you know I get laid
Say I got me a man, and I got me a little place
I got a spit of black coffee, and how good it tastes
I said a dime is all it costs in the States
For a cup of black coffee and how good it tastes

(Black coffee)
And alright
(Black coffee)
Oh
(Black coffee)
That’s what I want, that’s what I need
(Black coffee)
Ooh, what I want me
(Black coffee)
That’s what I want, that’s what I need
(Black coffee)
That’s what I’m talking about
That’s what I’m talking about
(Black coffee)
A black coffee
(Black coffee)
A black coffee, child
(Black coffee)
It’s where it’s at, it’s where it’s at
(Black coffee)
It’s where it’s at, what I need
Black coffee
It’s where it’s at, what I need
Black coffee

Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa

Skinny Shorts

 

Arcadia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

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 Spring 2018 is Arcadia.

PANTONE 16-5533
Arcadia

Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green that with its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

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

Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Succulent drawing in arcadia and purple shades – a little accent to your home in very trendy colors. This botanical drawing is made with color pencils on an A5 size landscape paper, and is recommended to be displayed with a passe partout.

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

A fun little bead which I found interesting to work with shares a real treat as the color is Arcadia a cool, clean take on green but has a little blue along with hints of browns. How fun is that? As I sat at my table I contemplated what to put with it and there it was some of Jenna’s beads. She was there to help me out. Just like an angel on my shoulder to help me to complete my necklace. The glass beads and the Czech crystals were hers and as many of them that I have had, are now all gone. Jenna passed away a couple years ago. She dedicated her life to nursing. This is a final goodbye to her and her beads. The necklace measures 28 inches and pierced earrings to match.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Gemstone accessories are so fun, to not only work with, but to wear too! This cute striped agate clothing clip is perfect for year round use and is a great eye catcher when being worn! It’s a one-of-a-kind treasure that turns slightly baggy clothes into a more form fitting style. This not only is a perfect compliment to Pantone’s Spring Colors but it will also compliment you!

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

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

Camouflage

Posted by Mairi from mairidesign

Whether this disguise is used to conceal ones presence in the greenery or purely to make a fashion statement, we can all agree that camouflage is here to stay. It’s so versatile that it’s suitable for accessories for both sexes and for all ages as well as for home furnishings. Take walk through our hidden treasures and click on the photos to buy in Etsy.

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Once upon a time …… there was once a couple of beautiful cushions. Time passed over and worn, they were old. But hipp-hopp charmed the cushions of the good fairy and new cushions were given to the old pillows. This is my camouflage story!

Sleep well, on your beautiful new cushion covers, dear children!

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Linen Camouflage Cushion covers

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Animals are masters of camouflage. I was fascinated by patterns and colors of lizards and snakes. A large pastel drawing depicting protected European reptiles and amphibians for those who are passionate about these unusual animals.

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Snake Lizard Frog Pastel Painting

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

Camouflage Yarn… Great to make many wonderful creations with…
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Variegated Green Brown Beige / Camouflage Yarn

Kristal Leigh from KLeighVintage says:

My shop features camouflage jackets, cargo pants and sometimes bags. Each item is collected from estate sales from retired military families. They make a wonderful fashion statement or gifts for friends who have had dear love ones serve.

My favorite story was from a man who bought a WW1 camouflage medical bag for his wife as a Christmas gift. Her father had served and passed away when she was a child. He wanted to buy her something with meaning and to remind her of her father. This story brought me to tears and made me so thankful that the items we do sell can make such a big impact on someone else’s life.

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Camouflage Army Pants

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I have always been fascinated with most, but not all Camouflage Patterns. I was approached by a customer who asked if I could make a camouflage Fine Pen Box for a veteran, loved the final result! So I decided to add this as a regular item.

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Camouflage Fine Pen Wood Storage Box

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I didn’t actually think of camouflage when I created this set – but I’ve often thought that’s how the colors turned out. I just liked the yellow, green and brown combination, so it’s been lurking about in my shop ever since.

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Digital Paper Pack Yellow Green

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I was thinking about Fathers Day when I came up with this. The camouflage pattern is very masculine, combined with the shape of a motor home makes a unique coaster fit for a man cave.
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Camo RV coaster

Beth Morgan from FromBeths says:

A personal favorite from my Etsy shop. Girls love camo too! Celebrate with camo ! Made with love for my niece.

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16th Birthday Party Decorations

Lisa van Heerden from PricklyPaw says:

I had been making a lot of original art and it reminded me of an abstract camouflage. Since I work in multiple mediums like original paintings, digital art on blankets and hand painted shoes, I thought it made sense to make some camo military themed shoes. I am also influenced because in NC we have several military bases like marines Camp LaJeune and Fort Bragg which is an Army base. This is a traditional army camo (and by the way, apparently the top selling camouflage is Mossy Oak for hunters…) so I decided to put their motto on the shoe. As I have done this I realize I have stirred so many political questions. I am sure my Army clientele will love these shoes, but I think so will anyone wanting to make a political statement and spark a dialogue when there is none.

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Custom Military Shoes

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says:

I have a son-in-law who is a duck hunter and loves all things camouflage. A couple of years ago I created this birthday card in his honor.

This went over so well that I received more requests for camouflage themed greeting cards. So my camouflage collection was born. I now offer birthday, baby, wedding, anniversary and Christmas cards with a camouflage theme. This also includes pink camo for the ladies!

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Camo Birthday Card

Member Feature: Claudia Marie Felt

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Claudia Marie Lenart of ClaudiaMarieFelt, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am a self taught needle felt fiber artist, children’s book author and illustrator.  My career was as a community journalist, but I always practiced some form of art. I’ve played with watercolor painting, sketching, colored pencil drawing.  I also learned all the handwork arts as a child – embroidery, crochet, knitting, and sewing. When I discovered needle felting, I knew I had found what I was meant to do.

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

Claudia Marie Felt was born in 2012, but I had an Etsy store previously in which I sold vintage and antique picture books. When I started needle felting, it was natural that I would start offering my items for sale. My first pieces were bunnies and flower fairies. I was felting as a hobby back then as I was working full-time as a journalist.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My creations fall into three categories, needle felt animal sculptures, angel and fairy dolls, and wool paintings. My animals are known for their realism and character. I focus a lot of energy on their faces and I use soft fibers like alpaca, cashmere, mohair and yak. My Waldorf angel tree toppers are very beautiful and distinct. My wool paintings are fairy tale interpretations or they show children playing outside in the seasons.  My Waldorf Seasons wool painting actually inspired my book “Seasons of Joy: Every Day is for Outdoor Play.” It was illustrated with dreamy wool paintings that show children joyfully playing outside through all four seasons.

What inspires your work?

I am inspired by my love of nature and animals. As a young adult, I worked in three national parks out west and observed wildlife up close. Today, I enjoy hiking in the woods with my dog and I often see the regional wildlife – deer, chipmunks, cottontail rabbits, red-tailed hawks and various birds. The animals I see in my backyard tend to be my most popular felted items.

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

I’d like to grow the print side of my business. I also aim to continue to improve my work and to create some new amazing designs.

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

My customers tell me they like how I capture the personality of animals. I spend a lot of time felting the details of the animal’s face, especially the eyes. My angel tree toppers are distinct and customers have told me that they are the most beautiful.

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

I have an open floor plan in  my house, so my work space is a corner surrounded by windows, with a couch, a table and a cedar chest overflowing with wool.

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

To account for all the costs when pricing an item, the time it takes, the supplies, the fees and even the time you spend marketing. Don’t undersell yourself.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

My advice would be to always do your best work and also always aim to improve. Reply to customers promptly and always be extremely polite.

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

I like outdoor activities — hiking in the forest preserves and kayaking on the lake. To relax I play guitar and read. My favorite books are novels with a touch or fairy tale.  I also enjoy playing with my dog, gardening and spending time with family.

What is your favorite quote?

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” St. Francis of Assisi

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudiaMarieFelt
Website: http://www.claudiamariefelt.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaMarieFelt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claudiamariefelt

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

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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: Clocks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium