Complementing Colors That Also Contrast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green. These create a high contrast, so they are used when you want something to stand out. Artists are known to use these colors in their artwork to allow something to “pop” or “stand out” in whatever they are creating. One color will often be used as a background color while the other color will be used for accents.

Here are some wonderful items from team members of the Etsy Christmas in July team who have used this concept to create some beautiful items on display in their shops. Be sure to check them out and witness some talent in action!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Red Longhaired Dachshund on a dark green background. This cute dog is similar to a small fox. To paint him very realistic I put it on a dark green background. The strong contrast makes it very realistic and the whole composition is in autumn colors. You can choose the color of the frame, but I prefer gold because it slightly neutralizes the contrast and adds warm colors.


Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I designed this cross body bag around a piece of Japanese fabric featuring cranes. I love the contrast of green treetops against the red background and of course the metallic gold for a bit of bling. Definitely a stand out color combination!


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  says:

Blue and Gold – cool and warm, complimentary and contrasting.

This is all reflected in our Best Friends Card: Soul Sisters. Perfect for your childhood best friend, graduation buddies, or members of a bridal shower.


Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The contrasting colors in this Harris tweed tea cozy make it really eye-catching. Many traditional tartans use red and green, but I think this twist to brick and turquoise is rather unusual.



Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Bright pink has a fantastic contrast on a black background.


Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

Here you will see the contrasting decorative stitch in a golden yellow upon a terrific purple flannel backing of this baby bib set.

The yellow and purple are repeated in the painted Easter egg fabric. The contrasting yellow verses violet (and orange verses blue ) add to the excitement of the holiday! Feed your little golden egg with less mess and more style.


Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

I chose these contrasting colors when creating the label so that when you need light during an emergency situation, you can easily find this candle! This candle provides light and is very lite!


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Chunky jewel tones gemstone necklace in tones of blue, amber, bronze, brown, turquoise and gold. The gemstones included are African turquoise, amber, natural blue aquaterra jasper beads with a mixture of a fabulous blue and a sparkling gold quartz, red agate, pietersite and brown mookaite jasper.


Cristal Hughes from DesignsByCristal says:

Purple and gold are the colors of my favorite school. To me these colors represent strength, spirit and excellence. Purple is also so regal!


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

It is interesting to me how the orange will stand out differently with the shades of deep purples and then with the shades of teal greens. This makes a cool wool felted hot pad how it all came together after knitting and felting. Color is so fascinating, don’t you think?



Member Feature: Lee Art

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Cathy Lee Brown of Lee Art, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am an acrylic artist, painting originals, prints, cards and Christmas ornaments.  I have been painting and teaching for over twenty-five years.  I specialize in folk art painting and paint almost every day.

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

I started selling on Etsy in 2010, when I saw one of the founders on television.  I was excited to see a site for handmade goods and joined that day.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Christmas ornaments are my best selling products.  My chickens sell quickly and I have to paint every day to keep up with the orders.   All the ornaments can be personalized for free.  I also sell original paintings which are vibrant in color and fun.

What inspires your work?

I love to paint whimsical pictures.  They are light-hearted, colorful and are meant to give joy.  I’m inspired by my son’s video games and my three cats and two dogs.  I often put a cat in my original paintings.

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

My goals for 2018 is to concentrate on chickens and roosters for my Christmas ornaments, as they outsell all my other products.  I would also like to do more whimsy and folk art paintings.

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

My products are hand painted with love.  Each ornament is an eight hour project.  I usually paint one a day.  I take time to put in every detail, no matter how rushed I am, I want my customer to see the effort I put into every piece, which is reflected in my feedback from happy customers.

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

My studio is in the basement.  I use the entire space for painting and an office space for uploading and selling on Etsy.  I spend most of my day there creating.

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

I have learned that social media helps tremendously in my sales.  I post every day to as many platforms as possible.  Also, a good pictures is really important.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I highly recommend it.  It’s a great place for hand made items, with worldwide recognition.  My advice would be,  to give the best quality you can.  Spend time and make it exceptional.

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

I like sewing, and am currently learning how to use my new Cricut machine.  I also do needlework and crocheting.

What is your favorite quote?

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. – Henry Ward Beecher

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy Shop:


Twitter: @leeartpaintings

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

In my spare time, I love to read and I edit books for a Canadian publisher.  I painted a picture for the cover of The Amazing Adventures of Grandpa Ramsbottom book for children.


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: From The Sea

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Make My Life Easier

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When you think of getting organized for yourself, your family, your business and your life in general what comes to mind?

Lists, storage containers, bottles, boxes, planners etc.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says what a pretty way to organize your papers, magazines, etc., then this gold wire Cottage Chic beaded wall organizer? I love when I find something unique at estate sales and this is one of them.


Metal organizer

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said I happen to be a lady who has a lot of rings and stud earrings. The earrings really don’t store well in the homemade earring frame I made so they often would get thrown into a bowl and sit in a muddled mess on my counter.

This unique koi designer shoe solved the problem! Not only can I use it to store rings, it also works for my stud earrings! All I have to do is simply slide the jewelry I want to store in between two of the cushioned rows and I’m organized!


Koi fish patterned high heel ring holder

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I love cooking, and I have loads of coffee and flour stained cookbooks. But many of my family recipes are scattered on loose papers and frequently lost or overlooked. My Mother’s beloved handwritten recipe booklet is getting worn and tattered.

Printable recipe papers for a family recipe binder has solved that problem. My sisters and I are gradually transcribing my Mother’s book for future chefs, and we’re adding our own new recipes as well. Since the recipe papers are digital, we can print out at home, but also email recipes to share with family and friends.

Our SLP customers love these printable recipe pages. This black and white version is especially popular because cooks can print out as many as needed but they don’t have to use up a lot of their home computer printer ink in doing so. The papers can be printed out in black and white, or used with standard American letter-sized colored paper.

We have a Deluxe version as well, with many more options, and more designs available in our ~Recipe~ section. SLP even offers an recipe transcription service! Happy baking.


Printable recipe binder

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says I prepared a series of wooden painted boxes with natural themes. Here is a natural wooden box for jewelry with the theme of spring bird and apple blossom. It’s very good also to hold credit cards or other treasures. This is something for those people who like to have a lot of small things and can hide this little mess into a nice, colorful box that will decorate your bedroom or desk.

Decorated wooden jewelry box

Marta from GottliebTextiles said a makeup bag is a very big helper to keep your bag nice and tidy. All your lipsticks, credit cards, coins, keys, or any other small items can fit in this practical purse. No more desperate digging in your bag.

Bicycle makeup bag

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states the perfect personalized gift for the owner of a disorganized desk is only a click away, we permanently engrave all of the products in our shop and specialize in creating personalized gifts using any of the designs in our portfolio, fonts we have available from our selection, and also offer additional design services for logo conversion, gift wrap, and gift cards for shipping directly to your recipient.

Personalized pen holder

New Team Members: January 2018

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who joined in January! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Lasma from StorkyDesign shares:

We are two girls from Latvia. We make baby booties, wedding ring pillows and crochet toys.


DeUno from DeUno shares:

Hello to all members! Happy to join! Looking forward to participate in group activities!


Grazyna Ossowska from GOceramikaautorska shares:

Hi, I am a ceramics addict based in Poland. I make ceramic home decorations and functional pottery also. Thank you for having me in the group. Please have a look at my store.


Viancamercedes from viancamercedes shares:

Hi,  My name is Vianca Mercedes and I am from Brooklyn, NY.  I make handcrafted jewelry from scratch. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this group.


Marta Gotliba from ArtByMartaGotliba shares:

Hello everyone,

My name is Marta and I am totally addicted to color pencils. I draw almost every day and since I have many drawings in a folder I decided to open another Etsy shop (I have one that sells embroidered textiles) to sell my art works. My favorite themes are birds and desserts but occasionally I go a bit outside my comfort zone and try drawing other subjects. This is my most favorite bird – kingfisher, it also describes my work style – loads of color, white background and many structured details.



Weather Forecast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey says:

The winter, spring, summer and fall seasons each have their own weather associated with them. What is your favorite? Do you like waking up to the sunshine? How about playing in the rain? Perhaps you are the type of person who loves a walk in the crisp fall air? Maybe the colder weather in winter is your favorite? Whichever it is, many of our daily life activities are affected by the weather forecast.

In this post we are going to be showing off some wonderful weather related items. I encourage you to check out these beautiful items and learn a little bit about the inspiration in creating them.

Judy Merashoff from Jam’s Craft Closet says:

This vintage resin thermometer was hanging outside the sun room of my first home overlooking the pool area. My pool was not heated, so I needed to know the temperature to be sure the pool water was warm enough to swim. The Florida sun does help in raising the water temperature pretty quickly. Even in Florida, the temperature does drop, especially at night. This unique and lovely thermometer helped me to decide if I was swimming or cleaning. Most of the time I was swimming.

Vintage Resin Thermometer

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Let it snow! These are round stud earrings with a sparkly snowflake pattern. Perfect for those holiday parties!

Snowflake Earrings

Gonet from Gonet Jewelry Designs says:

Brrrr.  Even though there is ice and snow, you can warm up with the ice princess earrings.

Crystal Quartz Earrings

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Let the sunshine in. One look at Bungalow42 and it’s pretty obvious that I am partial to sunshine.

This fondness for sunny days was most likely instilled from childhood. As a girl growing up in Texas, I only saw snow once in my childhood. There was barely enough slush to cobble together a miniature snowman.

Most of my childhood memories are bathed in sunlight; beach days at Galveston Bay and more than one Christmas day attired in shorts.

My shell earrings are an ode to those fond childhood memories of days spent walking sunbathed beaches collecting seashells.

Seashell Organic Earrings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

Let it snow.

Defy the rainy and snowy days with a lucky colored hat. The hat is made of coated cotton with an extra width brim, to protect again the wet and windy conditions.

Waterproof Women’s Hat

Stock Lane Studio from Stock Lane Studio says:

A low winter sun casts shadows on an old red dog house buried in deep winter snow.

What I love is a year full of all four seasons. I just love what every season brings to the outdoors. Being part Akita and mostly German Shepherd, my dog is not a big fan of the rain or the heat, but he LOVES the snow. The minute he steps outside he tries to bury his entire body in the snow. He is a great snowshoeing companion. We bought him a brand new fancy modern Igloo dog house for his back yard spread, but I rarely see him set paw in it. His preferred abode is this old crumbly red dog house. Sitting perched up on a hill, he is well protected and can survey the land and thinks he’s king of the county.

Winter Snow Photograph

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

What fascinates me in the phenomena of weather is light. Every region of the world and every country on earth has its own unique light. This is related to the unique conditions of this place on earth. I live in central Europe and gray misty mornings are often here. I like a fog. My friend, who moved to Australia, says he had a big problem to adapt to the strong sunlight in that country and he misses that gray.

For me, this is the experience that is associated with spring and autumn and the moments spent in the wild nature. Fog is also the subject of many works of art. I introduced wild birds in the scenery of a forest lake covered with autumn fog. This is a pastel drawing and this technique allows me to show many shades of colors and create a subtle mood.

Wild Birds Pastel Painting

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Let the fireworks began!

This dog bandana reminds me of the summer when we celebrate 4th of July to be exact! I absolutely love when it’s the perfect weather to actually wear flip flops and not get sick.  The colors of red, white and blue on the flip flops represent the 4th of July a summer holiday very well.

Red, White And Blue Flip Flop Dog Bandana

Member Feature: Joom

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Joom Klangsin of Joom, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

Hi! My name is Joom Klangsin. I’m an artist and designer who live in San Francisco Bay Area, California with my husband and my dog, Seven.

I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bangkok, Thailand.

In 1996 I studied graphic design at the Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, California.

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

I started my business in 2006. I’ve never thought of myself as a seller. I’m more like a shopper and want to see the products that I like on the market. That is when I decided to start my small business. I think that actually helps me to understand what the shoppers like and helps me to see things from their point of view.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Joom design is a home decor and accessories brand.

I personally create these pouches, bags, pillows, prints and artwork myself. Currently I’m working on my art work and pillow project, finding inspiration in the environment and the world around me. My style is simple, clean, and full of color and unique shapes.

What inspires your work?

I get inspiration from the things around me, and am especially interested in nature, textiles, art, love and architecture. I like to use simple raw materials to create a new design of my own.

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

This year, I want to finish updating my own website and be able to connect with my customers directly.

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

All my products are uniquely designed and created by me.
I also care very much about the customer service and always make sure my customers are happy.

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

Part of my living space in my home was converted to my working studio.

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

I wish I knew the important of marketing. I wish there were social media back then. It’s a lot easier now.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I ’ve read some of Etsy seller’s advice. The best advice that I really like.

Think of yourself shopping on a website and think of all the things you’d wish were
in the descriptions and the images, and do that for your shop.

Make your shop looks professional.

This includes having well products, good descriptions, especially in your profile and shop policies.

Maintain a high standard of customer service and respond to inquiries as promptly as possible.

What people see on Etsy is all they likely know of you.

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

I love cooking, work on my gardening and paint sometimes.

What is your favorite quote?

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
-Mark Twain

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can reach me at
Instagram – joomklangsin
Twitter – joomklangsin
Facebook – joomk
Pinterest – joomklangsin

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

That’s about it.


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.