Items Of The Week: Sports Fan

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

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International Seasons: CanisArtStudio – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Spring Is The Favorite Season Of Przemila K from CanisArtStudio


1. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season of the year is spring. I like it when the day is getting longer and nature wakes up. For me, this is the time when the best light for painting is. I paint with nature and I always look forward to painting flowers when they are in the greatest bloom. I love when birds sing because I also paint birds and I like to watch them.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

I live in central Europe and I am currently in summer. This year is very hot and August is the time when there is a lot of fruit, and farmers harvest. This year there is a lot of fruit, especially apples and plums. This is the first sign of the coming autumn. Today, I also noticed a cold morning – it is also a sign that the end of summer is approaching.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

In my shop, there are many items representing different seasons, because I paint nature: animals, birds, flowers, etc. You can also find a lot of spring paintings and painted clocks with birds. But today I chose this pastel painting to tell the story of a little flower. This is the “Golden Lily” (Lilium Martagon). This plant is very rare and, in my country, it is under legal protection.
In the place where I live, are steep limestone rocks and on one of them is an old castle. There is also a legend. The owner of this castle hunted in this area together with his servant. This servant – a young knight candidate found the entrance to a cave full of treasures. The jealous ruler knocked him off the rock. When he came back home, a viper bit him. He could not be saved and after his death, the castle was ruined. No one else found the treasure…
One day, I was walking with my dogs in this forest and I found this little flower. This picture is my interpretation and illustration of the legend.
The painting was presented during my own exhibition and I attach to the parcel a catalog from this exhibition.


4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

I live in Poland and in my country, at this time of year, there are two traditional feasts: Our Lady of the Herb (15 August) and Harvest Festival.
On that day, people make bouquets of flowers and herbs. This day is an official celebration and a day off from work.

5. What are your social media sites?


Ultra Violet – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Ultra Violet.

PANTONE 18-3838
Ultra Violet
Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.

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


1. Ultra Violet Drop Earrings by Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals

2. Ultra Violet Cushion Cover by Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann

3. Ultra Violet Pendant by Mairi from mairidesign 

4. Ultra Violet Socks by Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks

5. Ultra Violet Ring by friedasophie from friedasophie 

6. Ultra Violet Beaded Photo Holder by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey 


1. Ultra Violet Stuffed Snowman by Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom

2. Ultra Violet Brooch by Mairi from mairidesign 

3. Ultra Violet Bead Ornament by Marjorie Scenna from mscenna

4. Ultra Violet Appliqued Quilt Block by zizzybob from zizzybob

5. Ultra Violet Dangle Earrings by Kristen from KestrelCollection  

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ultra Violet board!

Are you a member of the Etsy Christmas In July team? Do you have Ultra Violet items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the #EtsyCIJ forums to participate!

International Seasons: CarolaBartz – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fall Is The Favorite Season Of Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz


 1. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is fall. I love how nature changes and the colorful display I enjoy every day. The light is warmer and not as harsh as in summer. I absolutely love the earthy color palette of fall. The fog returns and it’s not as hot anymore, but the days have lovely temperatures that still allow to walk around without a jacket and in sandals.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We have summer right now, but already I can see the first yellow, orange and red leaves on some of the Chinese Pistaches. They are usually the first to turn and in October they are spectacular.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This journal represents the warm and earthy colors of fall. I personally love to journal and I especially like the smooth paper of composition books. Their sure are other people who share this and with them in mind I created this journal.


4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

There are two big celebrations in fall in my part of the world: Halloween and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Here, in wine country, the harvest of the grapes is also very important and often accompanied by small festivals with music, food and, of course, wine.


5. What are your social media sites?


Member Feature: DoveGlove

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ebru of DoveGlove, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.

My name is Ebru and I design lace gloves and bridal accessories.

Located in Turkey and all products handmade by me.

I learned fashion design and sewing lessons at the university. I’m a professional photographer also.

My strong relationships with my suppliers and vendors ensure that you receive the best service and quality available. I am constantly seeking out the best, most unique products to help make each event one of a kind.

I take pride in making your dream of the “perfect day” into a reality and we look forward to working with you.

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

The Dove Glove was founded in 2008 and has become a wonderful and quaint one stop shop for the bride-to-be.

I have always liked to design new things.

It is a dream to start wholesale sales in this small business. Day by day, I can do I can do that faster production and more production. My business is very important for my family and me.

It’s a great pleasure, and it’s my priority job.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I am doing handmade gloves. I use French lace, guipures and tulle.

Sometimes I have different ideas and I create new gloves with the materials I have.

I accept custom orders also, because I love to be a seller. And make people happy. For their wedding days or formal days or casual days.

What inspires your work?

First of all, brides and weddings are affecting me.

Everything in the nature, an accessory I see or just the fabric itself.

Seasons and colors inspire me all the time.

I like to look at the good side of life.

And it’s great to share the happiness of people.

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

I will continue to work hard, of course.

I am looking forward to refining my product line over the coming year. Working on new ideas for products and hope to get close to 500 to this year.

I will continue to look for shops where I can do wholesale in different countries.

I want the whole world are recognized DoveGlove brand.

Because it is very fortunate.

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

I love all of the people who do this job. They all work to share the best days.

All my products are genuine handmade. Using very good quality materials, I complete my orders carefully.

I’m also an artist, and I can paint in any color my customers want.

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

Yes I’ve got a small work space or studio.

But I like to make my gloves with my family room.

And sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet and undisturbed work space to create in..  I can work and listen to my playlist. I like old rock music and I listen very often.

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

The most important thing I know and am sure of; honesty.

It never changes!

I learned very well the importance of not doing sales without being sure about the colors.

These are the things you should pay attention to when selling from the internet; colors and sizes.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a most beautiful and useful platform for selling handmade products..

Etsy is a very dynamic place where things often change and you just have to be committed to keep learning and working on your craft and your shop.

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

I’ve got a lot of hobbies.

I’m a photographer and I love take photos since 2006.

I’ve got a bicycle and I’m going beautiful places for taking photos with my music.

.Music is my never give up hobbies and makes me happy always. I love rock music. Like Survivor, Journey, Asia, Hammerfall, Bon Jovi etc.

What is your favorite quote?

The world’s your playground, enjoy it.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy: DoveGlove
Instagram: byharemdesign
Twitter: HaremDesign
google+ : Ebru
Pinterest: byharemdesign

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I thank you very much for this opportunity first of all.

I would like to say that I feel there are many talented people in the world and I encourage them to share their gifts with others, whether through teaching or making and selling.

Be happy and  spread happiness!


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: Multifunctional

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign



International Seasons: mairidesign – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Summer Is The Favorite Season Of Mairi from mairidesign


1. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer is my favourite season! At different times of my life, I’ve enjoyed each season. As a child, it was winter because playing in the snow was so much fun. At one time, it was Autumn because of the lovely colours of nature, but now, it makes me feel that time is slipping away and the dark nights are looming. For a while, spring made me happy and there was a freshness with new growth. But, summer, in Central Europe, is the best for me now. There’s little rain or wind and the sun shines for days on end, unlike in Scotland. For me, it’s a tonic.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We’re changing from summer to autumn and the leaves began to change colour, on some trees, at the end of July. The temperature has dropped and more leaves are browning. Other than a couple of rainy days, the sun is still shining.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This surfer’s necklace, with a piece of industrial safety glass, which had found its way into the sea, was tumbled around by the waves for years, and then washed ashore in the surf, is a perfect symbol of summer. Walking along the beach, watching the surfers dance with the waves, whilst I collect sea glass in the sun, is my happy place.


4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

The 28th September is the feast day of Svaty Vaclav (St. Wenceslas), the patron saint of Bohemia, and is a national holiday, Statehood Day, in the Czech Republic. This is the same Good King Wenceslas, who is mentioned in the Christmas carol. Around this time, there are folklore festivals with traditional craft demonstrations and battle reenactments, grape harvest festivals and burcak drinking (partly fermented young wine). So much fun!


5. What are your social media sites?