Member Feature: MukiCrafts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

MukiCrafts

MukiCrafts

Tell us about yourself.

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

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

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

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

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

Tell us a bit about your products.

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

What inspires your work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

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

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

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

What is your favorite quote?

No pain no gain.

Where can people find out more about your business?

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

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

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Butterrum – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2017 is Butterrum.

PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum

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

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

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

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

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

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

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

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

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

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

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

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

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Deborah Ruggiero from 3DesignDimensions says:

Warm, cozy and mellow…the perfect fall neutral!

3DesignDimensions

3DesignDimensions

Deborah Ruggiero from BaubleandaButterfly says:

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

BaubleandaButterfly

BaubleandaButterfly

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

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

Show Us Your Workspace: BrittDesign

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

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

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

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

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

I love working and playing in this space.

September – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Etsy Christmas In July team as we celebrate September – New Arrivals.

Linda from LazyYVintage says:

I kind of have a thing for green glass. I found this at an estate sale in Ringwood, IL He was gentleman farmer, and a great a collector of vintage and antiques for the house and barn. So, this piece and another vase are for the shop; the other pieces I’m not ready to part with yet!

LazyYVintage

LazyYVintage

Niatta from NiattaCrochet says:

These fibers were crocheted in rug a long time ago by me, on my early days of craftsmanship. It was too tensed (small hook) and with no technique in changing rows and colors, had never been used, was stored untouched. During this summer and after my present experience I decided to unravel it and this is my new addition to my carpet section.

NiattaCrochet

NiattaCrochet

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I love art dolls and Halloween so a zombie art doll is the perfect creation for me. I design my own patterns and I love to hunt for vintage findings such as buttons, keys, gears, nails, etc to be the perfect accent for each doll. I hand dyed and print my own fabrics to make each doll a truly unique work of art! Zombies can be a year round decoration…not only for Halloween!

WickedlyCreative

WickedlyCreative

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

In Austria we believe pigs are for good luck so we give each other pig related goodies for new year. When I saw these adorable pig charms I could not resist!

LizPOriginals

LizPOriginals

Maryann from gojjell says:

I love the colour combination of purple with gold! When I came across these raw brass settings, I just knew I had to create these glass opal dangle drops. Add some quality 14K gold filled ear wires and the earrings are a delight!

gojjell

gojjell

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

My favorite stone is turquoise and I incorporated many other types and styles of beads as well. This is a southwest style necklace with a feminine touch.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Anne Irene Angelshaug from angelshaug says:

Since the subject matter that I want to explore and communicate is so dark and melancholic, I like to play
around with a beautiful fairytale-like look to the image. I want to “draw” the onlooker in and then let them
discover that everything is not as it should be in this “beautiful” place. I love the uneasy pairing of innocence/
cute and ominousness.

angelshaug

angelshaug

New Team Members August

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined the Etsy Christmas In July team during August …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

Hi, just joined the team. Thank you for having me!

I am a crochet designer and recently quit my day job to focus on designing. My current favourite item in my shop – and it changes as each new design becomes my favourite! – is this shawl pattern.

I love it because it’s my favourite colour combination of mustard and blue and it’s perfect for this time of year. I’ve been wearing it a lot in the last couple of weeks.

Hi, my name is Natalia.

Here is my hand made earrings freshwater pearls teardrops wire wrapped in gorgeous ornate filigree sterling silver.

Mairi from mairidesign says

Hi, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s work.

I design stained glass home decor and jewellery and have been preparing my Christmas decorations for the upcoming months.

Here is a set of three flat glass baubles to hang on the festive tree or in the window. I made them as presents for students last Christmas and immediately received another three bulk orders for office gifts and window garlands.

The glass has a really beautiful iridescence.

Welcome New Team Members!

Member Feature: RowesFlyingNeedles

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Janis of RowesFlyingNeedles, our featured member!

RowesFlyingNeedles

RowesFlyingNeedles

Tell us about yourself.

My Mom taught me to sew when I was about 9 years old and since then I have been making Needles Fly! Love sewing, crafting, playing with color, putting it all together in a unique useful and beautiful product.

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

Opened my Etsy shop May 2014. After retiring from the corporate world, I wanted an outlet for the items I lovingly created to share with Moms & Grandmas to give their families smiles, giggles and to make treasured memories together.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design and create fine hand made articles combining a little bit of vintage, good old fashioned values, with a modern flair and a flash of color. Everything is washable, affordable and fine quality. My offerings have transitioned from kid’s clothes and purses to Aprons for all sizes and ages and Baby Accessories (small quilts and Montessori balls). I enjoy recycling, repurposing and upcycling. Many of my materials are sourced from estates sales, so I have recently added Vintage Decor and Sewing Supplies to my shop.

What inspires your work

Various designs inspire me – Victorian, Amish, Pop Culture, Modernism, Art Deco, Nature. I find inspiration everywhere I look! Many times I buy fabrics or materials with a design in mind but it turns into something else! Some of the baby quilts in my shop now were made from materials planned for dresses or other projects.

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

My goals are to continue to provide items that are fun, adorable and easy to care for that make people feel good and create memories using them. Cooking together in matching aprons, or playing with their babies. My dream is to continue to donate items and profits to charities that have the same results: good fun memories!

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

To stand out from other businesses I offer Beautiful Affordable Unique Quality items. My quick response and shipping to customers is appreciated. I strive to add that extra touch – a personal note, a free surprise – to exceed customer’s expectations.

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

My studio is a spare bedroom with two large tables (estate sale finds) for designing and cutting. My Grandma’s quilt, ragged and torn after 60 years of use, hangs on the wall and is the backdrop for most of my product photos. It inspires me to make useful beautiful things that will last. The nice big closet is great for clean, orderly storage!

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

I have learned A LOT since opening my business: SEO, copy writing, Etsy, Facebook for business, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. Probably I wouldn’t have learned about these things without having an on line business. There’s always more to learn and I love that about this life!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a supportive community and great place to start your on line business! Give it a go!

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

Creating, sewing, photography have been my hobbies forever and I use them in my business. I hardly ever think about this as work. Work was what I did before I retired! Love spoiling my 13 year old Lab mix, Duke. My Husband and I love to travel by motorcycle, car, any way, to experience our wonderful country! I also volunteer a lot with kids at our local school and church.

What is your favorite quote?

Jeremiah 24:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Where can people find out more about your business?

Visit my shop at RowesFlyingNeedles, my Facebook page: CreativeRowe, Instagram flyingneedles, and Pinterest fneedles.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

In being an entrepreneur, be prepared to invest your heart and mind and an infinite amount of time. Be patient with yourself and keep focused on your ultimate goals. Find joy in the small things!

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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.

Ballet Slipper – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2017 is Ballet Slipper.

PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper

Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

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

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

I believe in using cloth napkins for many reasons, but elegance is certainly one of them. I use my “fancy” glass and pottery daily, for serving food and beverages, and of course. I find the luxury of cloth napkins quite ironic, as they are frugal as well…like me! Elegant and frugal!

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

These sweet foxes love pink! The sweet feminine color of ballet slipper pink makes a great background for these fun foxes!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

The stone of love and compassion. Rose quartz gemstone necklace with a petite antiqued sterling silver chain.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

A dainty necklace featuring tiny (1 cm) origami flowers with the tiniest touch of iridescent glitter in their centres and then finished with Swarovski crystals. Matching earrings are also available in a separate listing.

Gillisflowers

Gillisflowers

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These pretty ballet slipper pink earrings are so feminine and would be ideal earrings for sweet 16, debutante and bridemaids earrings….they feature handmade paper beads and seed beads.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

This upcycled ivory tea pot mobile features a delicate floral pattern accented with recycled jewelry strands in shades of pale ballet slipper pink and touches of gold. A perfect gift idea for the vintage and romance lover!

mscenna

mscenna

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

SLS’s ballet slipper pink Dorm Sweet Dorm printable is bubbly and sweet. Digital art is so affordable and offers so many flexible uses, it’s the perfect choice for college students on a budget.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ballet Slipper board!

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