Items Of The Week: Nature

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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My Best Friend

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Bestie, BFF, pal, peep, soulmate, kitty or pup, best friends come in all forms. They make us laugh, help us cry, helped make us who we are, and will never be forgotten.   From your little furry tail-wagging pal, to your husband or wive, your perfect bridesmaid, or your bestie who is miles away, Etsy Christmas in July has a great selection of  best friend gifts.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The dog is the symbol of the best friend and many people love dogs and have their pets. Portrait of your favorite pet is a perfect gift to express friendship. This is a very good gift for every occasions and souvenir for many years. I paint oil paintings and draws as well. Today I want to present my offer of Pet portraits – large size pastel drawing the whole silhouette on the scenic background!

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

Best friends are always together near or far. I think the beauty of a best friend is being able to feel connected to them when you have not talked or seen them in a long time.

Candles are a great way to show your best friend you are thinking of them while you are not together! A bff candle allows the flame to still go strong when the other is not in the room and lets your friend know you are always there!

Gifts that can be both useful and appreciated are the best ways to express thoughtfulness in gift giving and an understanding of your friend’s needs. We have the perfect gifts to make a house a home, with personalization.
Choose any of the products we have available depending on your best friend’s needs and personalize your purchase using any of our designs, the fonts we have available, or submit your own images to turn your gift into a personalized keepsake to be treasured and put to good use in good company.
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Sand Carved Engraved Sangria Carafe

Thank you for this opportunity to share my bff craft.

We all need a friend or two whom we can call our ride or die. So to me friends are like flowers they grow with each passing day and when you find a gem like this, you end up picking them over and over again!

Best Friend Lanyard And Keychain

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

 My best friend loves dragonflies so I thought it was only fitting to let her inspire me to create this scarf pendant. Dragonflies have been a subject of intrigue going way back in time. I find this fitting for my best friend. She too intrigues me! I think all best friends seem to have an intriguing or fascinating quality that draws us together.

The fascinating thing about this scarf pendant though is that the floral button is interchangeable! Simply replace it with any other special snap button (which can be purchased separately in many jewelry stores) and you have a whole new look resting on top of the dragonfly! Now that is intriguing!

Interchangeable Dragonfly Scarf Pendant

Mairi from mairidesign says:

For many, their life-long best friend is their mother. When we sadly lose our best friend, she leaves a gap in our lives that can never be replaced. The butterfly is recognised as a symbol of hope, and with my iridescent butterfly plant decoration, I include this poem…

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it.”

Iridescent Butterfly Pot Plant Decoration

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Let’s Go Galactic

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Let’s go Galactic! The team is taking us on a journey into space with their celestial and sci-fi inspired beauties. You’re sure to become starry-eyed browsing this gift guide.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: 

Our galactic line of prints and party signs are out of this world! The background design was a labor of love and I really put my heart and soul into the multi layered twinkly sky.

At SLS we love to customize and our personalized night sky prints and printables are a big hit. They are often ordered for nursery decor or baby shower gifts and can include sweet quotes or the new baby’s name. Party planners and parents also love to purchase printable or printed table signs and posters for girl’s and boy’s space-themed birthday parties. We can add the child’s name, age and a big birthday wish.

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Custom Printable art

Robots and aliens in space! These fun wallets make a great gift for boys to keep their change, gift cards, or earbuds. Brightly colored prints make a very memorable gift for any space or sci-fi lover! Created especially for science and tech minded kids!

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Gift for Boys Robot Wallet Case

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

National Geographic says…”Compared with the billions of other stars in the universe, the sun is unremarkable. But for Earth and the other planets that revolve around it, the sun is a powerful center of attention. It holds the solar system together; pours life-giving light, heat, and energy on Earth; and generates space weather.”

People are drawn to the sun and moon for their decorating purposes. This sun candle holder was a great find and would brighten anyone’s galaxy.

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Candle Holder Glass Sun

Raised on SciFy, Star Trek and the like you can almost always find at least one UFO in my shop! These sterling silver earrings were made with miscellaneous beads, and in the words of David Childress “Could this be some kind of Alien Spacecraft?”
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UFO Earrings Spaceship Sterling Silver

A galaxy of stars for your wrist. Actual photo of a galaxy transferred to a brass cuff bracelet.
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Galaxy Brass Cuff Bracelet

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Starry skies were just catching my eyes – tv commercials etc. And of course for many years we have been fans – Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica, Star Trek – all fun stuff. So I decided to make a set of starry skies paper but instead of a full set of 12 x 12 inch papers, I decided to go with a few and make it stationery / journal pages instead.
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Stardust Printable Lined Journal Pages

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Three big pompoms make this cushion more sweet, making it a sympathetic alien spacecraft.

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Meditation Cushion, UFO pillow

Member Feature: GypsyMadonna

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Robin of GypsyMadonna, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

Born in Canada, I entered the crafts business at the ripe old age of 12! I was taught beadwork by a member of the Squamish Indian Band Tribe (of North Vancouver) and from there, I managed to experiment with every crafting technique available. I had the great fortune in having an Art Teacher who decided to expand the curriculum from painting, drawing and clay to encompass all the handcrafts popular at that time – tie dying/batik, candle making, leather work, macrame, weaving, doll making – you name it, I tried it. I think I drove my parents nuts with wanting craft supplies for my Birthday and at Christmas and finally I just had too much finished product. My father suggested I try a local craft show to see if my finished product would sell. Well, it did and that was the beginning of my lifelong love affair with creating and selling my handiwork!

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

My business really started in 1965 and continues to this day. But if we are talking about when I did decide to open an ETSY shop to showcase my work, well, I think that was around 2010. I also sell antiques and collectibles as well as jewelry on my other site, RobinsNestMidwest, and that business has been around since 1984 though only on ETSY since 2006.

The photo I show was taken in 1969 when a group of my friends from High School decided to take space in a Pier One-like shop at the bottom of Lonsdale – a major street in North Vancouver, B.C. The shop sponsored at craft fair and “my group” was one of the first to sign up!

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love Christmas BUT my heart is with the Victorian era as well as with Retro Modern, 1960s Made in Japan items. So my I have many different lines when it comes to my crafting. My first line is Antique Victorian Revival using ANTIQUE components from the late 1800s, paper, fringes, fabric, beads, etc. My second line is Retro Modern Revival using vintage chenille, tinsel, glitter, paper, etc. My third line is crafting ribbon roses using antique ribbon and modern – the designs are based on those of the French Art Deco era. And my last line, well, it’s hard to explain. It’s Religious with a very soft, feminine feel. I love creating First Communion items using as many antique materials as I can – I restore, I repurpose and I copy. These projects are varied and may be as simple as a card with images or a complicated design utilizing larger components such as crosses, frames and specialty paper. I still experiment with other ideas and while some may work, others may not. So my shop can be filled with many a prototype but most all of my work is ONE OF A KIND!

What inspires your work?

Victorian images inspire my work as well as looking at other designers’ creations. I love the Belle Epoque era of Edwardian France and I also use that inspiration for my creations. And yes, I can’t forget the Japanese ornaments from my youth!

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

Selling on the Internet is my livelihood so at the ripe old age of 64, all I want to do is to continue with what a do – sell my product, make a living and hope, one day, that some company will like my work enough to give me a chance at reproducing my work on a larger scale and offering it to the world market. Well, I can dream, can’t I!

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

I don’t think anyone sells a “similar” product to what I make. First, it’s too hard to find the components – I have been collecting for near on 40 years now and my condo is overloaded with parts. Second, I think you have to have a real “feel” for working with antique items and coming up with a “revival” look. Most of the product in my shop is ONE OF A KIND – the original pieces used to build my foundation for my product. While I can keep a Library of past designs in a folder, I never like to “recreate” an item. I love to experiment too much and if an item I make doesn’t pass MY critical eye, I will tear it apart and start again. With antique parts, you have to be extremely careful not to let even a single bit of paper go to waste.

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

My studio is currently the second bedroom in my condo. It was always intended for use as a studio as well as a computer room and work room. To say that I have now outgrown it is an understatement. So my raw materials are all over my unit – in closets, in storage areas, under my bed, any place I can find space to store my “stuff”.

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

The entire road to my business has been one of trial and error. I was on my first computer in 1971 when the computer was in a class room and the terminal was an IBM Selectric Typewriter! Computers have come a long way but since 1999, when I purchased my first computer, some things have never changed – have a good product, take pictures that, while maybe not the best, still show your product to an advantage, and last and most important, have a knowledge about what you are creating. I learned most of my trade by interacting with the public at craft shows. While I lived in Los Angeles, California, I sold to many a celebrity and the ability to converse was most important in the selling of my handiwork.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

It’s a hard climb – there is no doubt about it. You are competing with everyone who wants to sell their product on the internet and that’s the main obstacle. If you have a distinct product, keep your shop filled, offer excellent service and work at it, success can be yours. This “job” is not for the faint of heart. As my Father once told me, you are living by your wits and it takes a great deal of courage to have faith in yourself.

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

Believe it or not but my work IS fun! But when I do need a break, I get on a cruise and watch the waves on the ocean or I hop on a plane to England to visit the markets of England and France. My work is my hobby and I don’t think I would change a thing!

What is your favorite quote?

Have faith. Faith in yourself, faith in others, faith that you will succeed.

Where can people find out more about your business?

ETSY: GypsyMadonna

ETSY: RobinsNestMidwest

FACEBOOK: GypsyMadonna

PINTEREST: robinyeo

PERSONAL WEBSITE: gypsymadonna

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Items Of The Week: Art

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

What’s In Your Office Bag?

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us when we go to work have a bag or some other container that has projects, items for the office and so on. If you work at home you most likely have a bin or such too.

We want to know what items you have in your office bag or something for an office.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says our ‘Nursing’ door hangers are perfect for home and office. Small and portable, they easily fit into a purse or diaper bag, so keeping co-working abreast of what’s going on behind that door is child’s play. Keep one in your bag, one at home and one at the office. Take one just about anywhere you plan to breastfeed or pump.

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Baby sleeping door hanger

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said the one thing that you should never be without is the one thing more powerful than a gun, a pen. Make sure to get your pen back every time with personalization. We offer a variety of pens including maple wood, rosewood, and bamboo and have both the twist ballpoint pens and rollerball ink pens too. Choose any font we have available to make your pen unique to your personality! We have a whole section of our shop devoted to office gifts for professional gift giving occasions throughout the year. Ship direct with gift cards and gift wrap available and make every gift giving opportunity a personalized gift experience @DesignstheLimit

Rollerball pen

Mairi from mairidesign states I like to dress my bag up with some lovely glass beads. I can attach these danglers to my keys, zips or handles, and fidget with them when commuting to and from work. On a stressful day, they can act as worry beads – beautiful and functional!

Pink glass beaded keyring

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says one thing that I always throw in my office bag when I get to work is my keys. Everyone has keys and this cute movable sexy cat key ring is a fun accessory to own! Perfect for any cat lover or lady with class!

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Sexy cat keyring

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said I always carry some blank inside notes in case I need to write something down or need to leave someone a note.

Classic notes set of 6

Bevan from TimberDimensions states reading is education, education is growth. I always have a Book Bird close to hand so that I can keep up with the latest trends, comfortably.

Page holder

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says the business card holder is necessary for both your own business and at work. I made this small item, especially for the businesswoman.The hand-painted wooden case with little spring songbird in pastel colors is a nice addition to a woman’s handbag in every situation.

Of course, you can order another with your favorite bird or another theme.

Hand painted business card case

Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018

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 Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018 article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: are Home Decor (Wabi – Sabi), Jewelry (Choker Revamp, Mix-And-Match Earrings), Weddings (Jumpsuits) and Hot Hue (Ultra Violet). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Jewelry

Mix-And-Match Earrings

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

Monochrome + mother of pearl + brass wire-wrap = a pair of fashion forward and special handmade earrings.

I enjoy making wire wrapped earrings, and have been experimenting using this particular herring bone wrap with non-round beads. I chose these teardrop mother of pearl beads for their luster and decided it would be interesting and very modern to have one side white and the other black. Wire wrap can be associated with fanciful and heady designs but I find these wonderfully simple and yet bold.

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YOKO from yokojewelry says:

I’ve been thought earrings should be exact same pair. But not anymore! I love to design asymmetrical jewelry. It gives you sassy look!

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Hot Hue

Ultra Violet

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

This Amethyst is a beautiful deep violet shade. This would make a lovely gift for some one special.

I set this natural Amethyst 8 x 6 mm oval gem, into a back set pendant setting, I choose to hang it on a diamond curb chain to complement the shape of the oval Amethyst. I have threaded the chain through the pendant setting so it hangs and slides along the chain.

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Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

I love creating home and garden decor items with colorful beads. This hanging pendant features bright shades of blue and purple and a fun moon and stars theme in ultra violet!

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Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

Hot Hues…Ultra Violet…Yes! I have the perfect hand-painted serving plate for this…It seemed to be the perfect plate for painting using one of my favorite colors. Ultra violet and yellow are such ‘happy’ colors, so I now have a ‘happy’ plate!

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If you are on Pinterest here is the Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018 board!

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