BeWitched!

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

Hello, Everyone!

If you’re one of those crazies like us who LOVES Halloween, you might be starting to get ready already! Also known as Samhain by some, this is one of the most magical times of the year. Samhain predates the Roman feast of the Dead, Lemuria, and All Hallow’s Eve – the eve of the Christian holiday to honor the saints, All Saint’s Day. The secular holiday today is known as Halloween. All of these festivals, despite their different names, focus on reverence for the dead, as well as a time to communicate with the deceased.

What do you do to prepare for Halloween, or celebrate your special ‘Bewitching Hour’? We asked our CIJ teamies to share their stories and bewitching items that show their love for this special time, and here’s what they told us.

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

No other holiday provides the fun and festivities like Halloween! Although we don’t sell anything specifically for Halloween, we love to see what the Etsy community delivers during October. From choosing the perfect costume to planning the perfect party, Etsy sellers have some of the best ideas around and shopping on Etsy is never more fun than it is in the fall. Go Etsy and get in the spirit!
We love to go all out on our costumes, visit haunted attractions, and see the creative decorations in our community.
After a long night of thrills and treats, kick off your shoes and enjoy your favorite spirit in style! We encourage responsible enjoyment of spirits in moderation and good company. Cheers to all of the responsible adults who make Halloween a fun and enjoyable holiday across the USA!
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Olde English Personalized Rocks Tumblers Engraved with Font Selection OPTIONAL Black Ice Stones or Engraved Stones

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

We are American, and loved trick or treating when the kids were little. But we traveled around a lot and lived in countries where trick-or-treating didn’t happen. In those cases we would have a big fun Halloween party, inviting neighbors and friends of many nationalities who were all too eager to wear a silly costume, bob for apples and drink cider.
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Kids Halloween PRINTABLE Welcome boys ghouls 8×10 digital DIY Halloween Sign, black red white handprint art, party decor, jpg pdf png

Suzy Tomlinson from WillowsAndMore said:

The thing i love best about Halloween is making my grandchildren’s costumes helping them transform into whatever they can imagine every year they come to me with there ideas of what they want to be and we spend time together getting their costumes just right.
Kids Costume Broom. Broom Making kit DIY

Kids Costume Broom. Broom Making kit DIY

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

I haven’t really ever been into Halloween as such. When I was young, occasionally people would come to the house trick or treating and we would give them some lollies. I don’t tend to celebrate Halloween but since many people do in other places I made these Halloween themed gift tags!
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8 Halloween tags, gift tags, party tags, pumpkin, spiderweb, bats, hang tag, party decor, Halloween party supplies, graphic 45

Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals said:

 I LOVE Halloween! My Dad used to make our costumes, carved the pumpkins, and thoroughly enjoyed the handing out candy to all the trick or treaters! I made these spider earrings to go along with a witchy costume on Halloween.
Spider Swarovski Crystal Silver Chain Dangle Earrings Halloween Goth

Spider Swarovski Crystal Silver Chain Dangle Earrings Halloween Goth

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said:

My husband and I LOVE Halloween! When the kids were younger and we lived in town (we live in the country now) our house had the most creepy decorations around and people would drive from all over to see our house. We tried to do something different every year and it was a big event. The kids loved helping and now they decorate or do something similar at their own houses.

Eventually we moved and now we live in the country so no one is around to see anything, I miss doing all the decorations so what I do now is decorate my Etsy Shop Banner, my Avatar wears a witch hat, and I also decorate other online places like Facebook banners, etc.

Halloween Necklace Black Witch Hat Sterling Silver

Halloween Necklace Black Witch Hat Sterling Silver

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

Halloween was a fun time of year when my children were little! The selection of their costumes, parties at school and receiving greeting cards from family, all added to the excitement!  We live in Michigan, so we always had to be prepared for cold weather while trick or treating—sometimes their costumes were covered by winter coats!

We found this Gurley Witch Candle at an antique show this spring and were excited to list her in our Shop:

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Witch Candle 60s Gurley Figural Halloween Decor Hunchback Witch Black Hat Cape and Orange Broom Unused Vintage Collectible Novelty Gift

 

 Melissa R from missy69 said:
I think people love Halloween because it is a fun way to be scared, and be someone else for a night. I love to see all the little ones in their cute outfits, and I love Fall décor. Since my kids don’t trick or treat anymore, we have to find other ways to enjoy the Fall holiday, so we decorate. I love Fall/Halloween décor, like my painted sugar skull plate.
Happy Halloween Sugar Skull Painted Orange Plate with Gold and Black Paint Handmade Holiday Decor Table Wall Party Plate

Happy Halloween Sugar Skull Painted Orange Plate with Gold and Black Paint Handmade Holiday Decor Table Wall Party Plate

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:

I absolutely love decorating for Halloween and live in a neighborhood where people enjoy decorating their yards and homes. I have always enjoyed creating my own decorations and have combined my love for vintage and Halloween into one this year!
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Halloween Mobile, Beaded Wind Chimes, Sun Catcher, Recycled Repurposed Jewelry Art, Window Decor, Halloween Decor, Hanging Garden Yard Art

Debra Bond from DebraBondDesigns said:

We’ve only started getting in to Halloween, as we’re in Australia. My daughter is 2.5 now and is beginning to discover the fun of dressing up, so I think we’ll really be able to enjoy it this year, but nothing too scary while she’s young. I created this invitation for those who like a spookier tone to their Halloween parties!
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Halloween invitation, customised party invitation, spooktacular, haunted house, digital printable

Jaclyn Machowicz from JacolinisCeramics said:

Halloween has always been a fun time in my house growing up! My husband and I just bought a house and can’t wait to decorate our front porch for all the trick or treaters to come around. These pumpkins from my shop will definitely be on my front porch for Halloween time:
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Tall White-Glazed Ceramic Pumpkin — Fall Decor — Fall Wedding Decor — Thanksgiving Decor — Halloween Décor

We had such a GREAT response to this invitation to the blog! Many thanks to EVERYONE!  We love the stories and the items!

Until Next Time,

Sheila & Shannon

Etsy #DifferenceMakesUs Campaign – Week 3

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Christmas In July team received an Etsy fellowship in 2015 which focused on Instagram. Team leaders Dawn, of DeeDeeDeesigns and Alicia, of AliciasFindings joined me for this fellowship. That is when we launched our Christmas In July Instagram account.

As team leaders we are always looking for creative, innovative ideas to be active on social media. Three weeks ago it was announced that Etsy Success is hosting a #DifferenceMakesUs campaign.

The #EtsyCIJ team is going to bolster our marketing efforts by coordinating a Difference Makes Us campaign with our team members. Here’s how:

We will share the weekly hashtag challenges with our members and ask you to post using #DifferenceMakesUs and our team hashtag (#EtsyCIJ). Follow @EtsySuccess on Instagram for weekly reminders.

As our members start sharing, we will highlight your posts on our team’s social accounts to encourage participation and show the world the creativity of our team’s work.

We are looking for handmade, vintage and supply items!

Important information:
CIJ Team Instagram – www.instagram.com/etsychristmasinjuly/
Etsy Success Instagram – www.instagram.com/etsysuccess/
Tag your photo with #DiffernceMakesUs, #EtsySuccess, #EtsyCIJ, @EtsySuccess and @EtsyChristmasInJuly
How to Participate in Etsy’s Global Brand Campaign –
www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/how-to-participate-in-etsys-gl…

This week, share your unique clothing and other wearable products with#DifferenceMakesUs#EtsySuccess and #EtsyCIJ for a chance to be featured by @Etsy. Pro tip: Try styling your item as it would be displayed or used. (Check the link in bio for more tips!)

Here are a few jewelry and other adornment items that were featured by #EtsyCIJ team members last week!

saxdsign

saxdsign

InekedeVries

InekedeVries

We look forward to seeing you on social media! #EtsyCIJ!differencemakesus

The Tradition Of The Halloween Costume

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Every year kids and some adults dress up in costume for a night of trick-or-treating and revelry.  We accept this as a normal behavior, but how did this tradition come to be?

Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Two thousand years ago, the Celts, who lived in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.   On October 31, they celebrated Samhain, the summer’s end, a day of celebration before the long cold days of winter, which brought the death of nature, life and the harvest.

During the 16th century, this festival included mumming and guising, in which people would go door-to-door dressed in costume and perform a song or recite a poem in exchange for food.  It is often thought that this tradition originally began with people impersonating the souls of the dead and received the offerings on their behalf.  It was believed that wearing a costume would offer protection from these dead souls.  It was thought that the mummers and guisers were the old spirits of winter and would give good fortune in exchange for a reward.

The first recorded incident of children trick-or-treating in North America occurred in 1911.  In order to conform to Victorian era morality, Halloween became more of a private holiday and only children celebrated the festival.  Halloween was considered to be a rather dark and gothic holiday with costumes made at home.  As trick-or-treating gained in popularity during the 1930’s the first mass-produced costumes became available.

Most often, Halloween costumes depict a scary monsters such as vampires, ghosts or witches.  Extremely popular are superhero characters and pop culture figures.  Another costume trend are characters from our favorite movie or television show.

My most memorable Halloween costume is Pammy Panda.  My oldest daughter absolutely loved the animated series “Shirt Tales”, which aired during the early 1980’s.  She simply just had to be Pammy Panda.  I was unable to find this costume in any store, and was only able to come up with a sewing pattern.  My skills as a seamstress have always been rather limited, but I gave it the old college try.  It was the most complicated sewing project and Halloween costume that I have ever encountered.  Lots of fake fur-lined with lined with silk for a head, shirt, pants, spats and mittens.  It turned out adorable and my daughter loved it.  She wore it every Halloween until she out grew it and still has it packed away.  Every Halloween we smile and reminisce about our sweet little Pammy Panda.

I asked the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team to share stories about their most memorable Halloween costume and feature a costume or accessory from their shop.

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts shared:

Halloween is my favourite holiday!

My favourite costume was a simple one – the Wicked Witch, but it meant my last little dog, Taz, got to be my Toto and went trick or treating with me.

I love making Halloween creations too. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I had great fun making these shrunken heads. They can be worn around your neck – great for any cannibals, warlocks or evil spirits.

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Cyclops Shrunken Halloween Decoration

 

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

When I was eight years old, I dressed as Raggedy Ann in a red checked dress and white pinafore. We purchased the outfit at a Hudson’s department store, near Detroit. It came with a matching doll that we recently sold in our Shop!

I’ve always loved the novelty candles made by Gurley. We found this fun Witch Candle at a recent antique show:

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1960’s Gurley Halloween Witch Candle

 

From Nancy Duncan Fellowship at EponasCrystals:

My favorite costume was last year when I dressed up as Janis Joplin. Well, it was an aging Janis Joplin! LOL Bell bottoms, beads. fur vest, huge round sun glasses, and a long streaming head band. Got lots of comments!

These are perfect for a gothic look on Halloween. Earrings with gold tone webs with a black widow spider in the center.

Golden Black Widow Spider Earrings

 

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore answered:

I love dressing up every year… but my favorite costume of all time had to be one that my beloved mother made for me when I was in the 3rd grade! My mom made a Raggedy Ann and Andy costume for me and my best friend to wear and we won first prize at school. Our “hair” was made out of red crepe paper that my mom had stitched into a wig. Later that night when we went out to do our trick or treating, it began to rain and the dye from the red crepe paper went streaming down our cheeks… the end result was a rather scary sight – we looked like we had blood running down our faces!

Halloween Witch Charm Necklace

 

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt commented:

As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved Halloween. I grew up along the bayou of Southeast Louisiana. When I was young, my family would celebrate Halloween with a bonfire. We would congregate by the bayou, dressed in our costumes, and light the bonfire. Then, we would spend the night eating, drinking and telling creepy tales. Looking back, I believe my favorite costume was my black cat outfit that my Mom had made for me. As you can see by my shop name and avatar, I love cats.

I chose to include this poetry art print because the cat is actually my cat/avatar and part of my family. And also she reminds me of my black cat costume.

Cat Art Poetry Print

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

My most memorable Halloween by far was when I was about 10. I had made my own green alien costume out of my older sister’s old Jazz dance costume. We had a Halloween party with lots of friends and had a blast complete with apple bobbing and pumpkin carving and costume contests and spooky decorations like a skeleton candle. Since there are 7 kids in our family and we all invited lots of friends, the place was pretty noisy and festive. At one point we forgot about that darn skeleton candle and the wooden dining room table caught on fire. The fire department came and quickly put it out while we were all standing outside. Which made it the most exciting Halloween party ever for all us kids and our friends, much to my mother’s dismay. It was interesting though how the skirt on my oldest teenage sister’s costume managed to get a little shorter when the fire department arrived.

Trick or Treat Halloween Printable Decor

Trick or Treat Halloween Printable Decor

 

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts added:

My parents bought a new refrigerator when I was 9, well guess what my costume that year ? I was a computer, I painted the box and gave out printed thank yous when candy was dropped into the slot. It was hard to see thru the holes I got tangled into tree limbs because the box was so tall. My parents love telling me that story of not losing sight of me because of a giant box walking down the street.

Every year our acreage becomes the haunted forest, and we don our headless horseman costume & ride the horses to greet our trick or treaters and the kids love it. It’s annual haunted festival. Each year I create mummy heads for my ghosts and goblin (nieces & nephews) when they come to visit – and now offer them in my shop. How can anybody refuse 1 night a year to be a kid again in costume?

Mummy Heads Bowl Filler - Set of 3

Mummy Heads Bowl Filler – Set of 3

Play It By Ear

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Earrings are such a fun way to dress up any outfit! You can have so many styles-stud, dangle, drop, chandelier, threader and so many more.

Here at Christmas in July we want you to show us one of your earrings and tell us a bit about the type of earring, what makes it special and so on.

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I make earrings from a variety of materials, but one of my favorites is using enamel to give a pop of color! I do traditional kiln fired enameling, which is using a (very) hot kiln to fuse powdered glass onto metal. One of the fun aspects of this technique, for me, is that you can’t control the process completely. All sorts of wonderful surprises come out of the kiln! These earrings are part of my “Colors of white” line. Of course, white light is made up of many different colors, so there are many to choose from!

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Colors of white Enamel earrings

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said one of my favorite pairs of earrings, purchased years ago before I ever dreamed of making jewelry were made from shells. I found them while on vacation in Mexico on Isla Mujeres, an island off the Yucatán Peninsula coast. It is the memory of these long-lost earrings that inspires my shell earring designs.

One of my initial goals for my jewelry was to work with unique materials. Given the unique nature of the patterns and color variations in shells no two earrings are identical which I think is part of their charm. The shells sway gracefully and make a sweet sound that is so faint only the wearer gets to hear its whisper.

These coral and white shell earrings are a combination of several different shell varieties. Nautilus cone shells in a coral spotted pattern, peachy conical top shells, white natural Nassau shells and small strawberry conch shell rounds create a lovely coral and peachy-white palate.

I hand tie the seashells that I use to make my shell earrings to waxed Irish linen thread in an array of colors. For these earrings I chose a dark rust color to create a contrast to the lighter coral, peach and white colors in the shells. Each shell is spaced expressly to mirror the opposite earring.

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Coral and white shell earrings

Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGiftsO states one of my favourite earrings are made by resin. Each earring I make with resin is different but these have beautiful purple glitter in them for extra sparkle, especially in day light. There are four shapes to choose from, flowers, circles, square and love heart.
Each earring can have a different meaning to the wearer. With the glitter although great for the day they can also be incorporated into night wear.
The other special thing about these earring are you don’t just have to have purple, you can choose from a range of different colored glitters to make it even more personal.

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Purple glitter resin earrings

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals discusses that she  loves dangle earrings. I guess it’s because my hair is long and I must have something of substance or you can’t see them. These unique earrings from my shop combine two of my favorite colors, turquoise and golden tones. Tiny cathedral windows with a verdigris wash, feather charms (another favorite), and small brass and gemstone beads.

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Cathedral window earrings

Melissa R from missy69 says I don’t make a ton of earrings, but I have been trying to convince myself to do more. I am a ring, and bracelet kind of girl, but all the ladies know earrings make your outfit. I love dangle earrings, the most. Flirty, fun, and feminine is what I call dangles. This pair was made with neutral colors for Fall outfits. Perfect for professional wear, or a fun night out.

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Brown and white glass dangle earrings

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint states I like to make fun novelty earrings, so they are often a mixture of Lego bricks, games pieces and other bits and pieces.
These are made from Lego plates and vintage buttons to give a slight retro look.

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Button and plate dangle earrings, upcycled lego part earrings

Pam Maggio from PamPawsJewelry says these earrings are in a rose color which is trending this year.

They are made from Rose Quartz and Rhodochrosite semi-precious gemstone beads and all Sterling Silver.

They are fancy so would be great for evenings out, festivals, weddings, or as shower or bridal gifts!

The cute flower ear wires give them a Woodland or Boho touch!

Pink and Rose fancy Drop Earrings

Pink and Rose fancy Drop Earrings

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs states I adore these beautiful clear rhinestone clip on earrings from the 1950’s. These sparkly little crescents have an Art Deco feel, and would add a bit of vintage bling to any outfit!

Vintage Gold and Rhinestone crescent shaped clip on earrings

Vintage Gold and Rhinestone crescent-shaped clip on earrings

Welcome New Members for August

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for August to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
Wojciech Stanisław Skowronek from MURUCeramics says
Hi all my name is Wojtek I specialise in porcelain and ceramics. I am originally from Poland and I like most of my creations to be slightly unusual or quirky. Pictured below is one of my lanterns, its special to me as it was one of the first items that I created for Christmas last year.
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LED lantern

Hi Teamies! My name is Brenda and my best seller is a fireplace blowpipe that makes starting your fire in the fireplace, wood stove, fire pit or camp fire a snap. It’s fun to use! Trust me on this one, everyone will want a turn trying it! It works amazingly well the next morning when restarting your fire that has a few leftover embers too. I named this tool a BetterThanBellows.
In addition, I make Christmas wreaths and Mistletoe Kissing Ball ornaments out of up cycled pickle balls, tennis balls and golf balls. www.etsy.com/listing/259090222
Thanks for looking and good luck and blessings to all!
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Fire Pit, Fireplace bellows, Fireplace tools

Aloha from Manila Extract, home of “Hawaii’s Fashionable Coffee Bags”! My name is Tanya and I make handbags from Hawaii’s coffee sacks, proudly promoting the only coffee commercially grown in the USA. My hobo bag made from a Honolulu Coffee Company sack is one of my best sellers. Customers love the beautiful screen print featuring an island girl framed by Hawaii flora.
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Custom Island girl burlap purse

Hi, I’m new to the group and wanted to share this festive altered cigar box!
I love gathering bits & bobs, odds & ends… then bringing them all together to create something unique! It’s a challenge and a treasure hunt – and a lot of fun! Hope you enjoy the end result of this recent project:
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Christmas boy shadow box

Hello everyone,
I’m new to the group too and wanted to share this little angel with you! I am a french photographer and my favorite subjects are sculpture and architecture.
Thanks for looking and greetings from France .
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Angel photography art

Member Feature: GypsyGeneralStore

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Joni of GypsyGeneralStore, our featured member!

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GypsyGeneralStore

Tell us about yourself.

I was an “oops” baby in our family; born several years after my three older sisters.  As a result, I was the recipient of all of their “hand me downs” – from their clothes to their record albums.  When everyone else was listening to Duran Duran and the Bangles, I was rocking out to Janis Joplin and the Doors.  To this day, I have a deep appreciation for ‘old’ things, passed down from generation to generation.  Maybe my “hand me down” childhood experience is the reason for that or maybe it’s simply because I love anything with a story.

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

The Gypsy General Store was officially open for business in 2010 and is the result of my roaming free spirit and the “road less traveled”… I’m always up for an adventure!  I enjoy treasure hunting at thrifts and estate sales to find new pieces.  I love to discover exciting new crafts, meet interesting people and to add fabulous new items to my “gypsy wagon” inventory.gypsygeneralstore

Tell us a bit about your products.

A passionate collector and enthusiastic crafter, the Gypsy General Store is a stockpile of my wanderlust creations, homespun treasures and vintage keepsakes.   I’ve recently been adding some of my original artwork to my inventory.  That’s been a slow process for me, but I’m coming along.

What inspires your work?

My desire to create is probably my biggest inspiration.  I just love the creative process – regardless of the final outcome.  I have many pieces that no one will probably ever see because it wasn’t about the end result, it was about the creative journey.

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

I want to continue to learn.  If I’m learning, I’m succeeding.  I want to grow my business and start incorporating more of my artwork into my retail inventory.  So much of “me” goes into some of my pieces… it’s hard to put it out to the universe –  let alone put a price tag on it and hope someone will appreciate it enough to buy it.  I admire those who can do that and do it successfully.  That takes courage and I’m working on that.gypsygeneralstore1

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

Each item has a story that I am happy to share and tell.  I enjoy hearing about what my customers plan to do with the items they purchase from the Gypsy General Store – if it’s a gift for someone else or simply something they had to have for themselves because it “spoke” to them.  When I find vintage treasures, I know there is someone out there looking for that very item – it’s wonderful to find homes for orphaned keepsakes from the past.  When I create something to sell, I know there is someone out there that will find meaning in my efforts – creativity can mingle souls.  I love to connect with my customers on a personal level.  Every customer receives a hand-crafted, hand-written thank you note from me… their business is appreciated and I want them to know that!

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

My work space and my creations evolve from my home-based studio, affectionately named the “Hyacinth House” – it a magical place that inspires me every day!  Despite my studio space, there is often traces of my gypsy endeavors around the house.  The dining room table is often the location for my “spill over” projects and I tend to leave a trail of glitter wherever I go.

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

Everything has a season… life ebbs and flows… but never lose sight of your passion.  A friend recently asked me, “What would you do even if you knew you would fail?”  The answer came easily, “CREATE!,” was my rapid response.   Staying true to your passion and keeping your focus is so important.  It’s easy to be get frustrated.  Disappointments will happen, but you will learn from them.  But, be open to failure – it’s a great teacher.gypsygeneralstore4

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

DO IT!  Etsy is a great community of supportive people who are willing to share their ideas, advice, experiences and offer feedback.  Be sure to join some teams and network.  I have made some wonderful friendships through Etsy!

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

I love to garden – there’s magic in the dirt!  Gardening gives me a chance to reconnect with nature and the beauty of creation.  I never get tired of seeing a seed sprout out of the ground, having a conversation with a crow or watching a butterfly drift from flower to flower.

Dirt therapy is great – the fresh flowers and veggies are an added bonus, too!gypsygeneralstore3

What is your favorite quote?

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~  Steven Pressfield

Where can people find out more about your business?

I keep my shop announcement updated with information about my upcoming pop-up/vintage markets, craft shows and people are always welcome to contact me on Etsy!gypsygeneralstore2

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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.

Etsy #DifferenceMakesUs Campaign – Week 2

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Christmas In July team received an Etsy fellowship in 2015 which focused on Instagram. Team leaders Dawn, of DeeDeeDeesigns and Alicia, of AliciasFindings joined me for this fellowship. That is when we launched our Christmas In July Instagram account.

As team leaders we are always looking for creative, innovative ideas to be active on social media. Two weeks ago it was announced that Etsy Success is hosting a #DifferenceMakesUs campaign.

The #EtsyCIJ team is going to bolster our marketing efforts by coordinating a Difference Makes Us campaign with our team members. Here’s how:

We will share the weekly hashtag challenges with our members and ask you to post using #DifferenceMakesUs and our team hashtag (#EtsyCIJ). Follow @EtsySuccess on Instagram for weekly reminders.

As our members start sharing, we will highlight your posts on our team’s social accounts to encourage participation and show the world the creativity of our team’s work.

We are looking for handmade, vintage and supply items!

Important information:
CIJ Team Instagram – www.instagram.com/etsychristmasinjuly/
Etsy Success Instagram – www.instagram.com/etsysuccess/
Tag your photo with #DiffernceMakesUs, #EtsySuccess, #EtsyCIJ, @EtsySuccess and @EtsyChristmasInJuly
How to Participate in Etsy’s Global Brand Campaign –
www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/how-to-participate-in-etsys-gl…

This week, share your jewelry and other adornment products with#DifferenceMakesUs#EtsySuccess and #EtsyCIJ for a chance to be featured by @Etsy. Pro tip: Try styling your item as it would be displayed or used. (Check the link in bio for more tips!)

Here are a few home and living items that were featured by #EtsyCIJ team members last week!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

mooseinthemint

mooseinthemint

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