Pink Lavender – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 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 Spring 2018 is Pink Lavender.

PANTONE 14-3207
Pink Lavender
Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.

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

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

This beautiful Scandinavian style rag rug is made by my mom. She doesn’t have an Etsy shop so I dared to add this fantastic handmade item to my textile shop hoping that it will be noticed by someone who appreciates one of a kind craft work and is in a need of a country style rag rug in trendy colors. I will be delighted if this fantastic lavender/pink/purple carpet finds its new home.


Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

When the spring comes I always want to work with pink and pastel colors. This original pink lavender macaroons drawing in soft and romantic shades will be a perfect addition to a kitchen interior.


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

I was inspired when I found these beads because the color was so different and the beads were so yummy. Pink Lavender is a lovely name for a beautiful bracelet, don’t you think?


Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

I wanted to make a pair of long earrings that combined my ‘pink lavender’ jasper square beads with crystals and pearls. The range of color and sparkle made me think of my grandmother’s beds of blooming flowers in the early morning dew.


Mairi from mairidesign says:

Pink Lavender is just the shade I’ve been looking for to describe the glass used for this pendant – otherwise, it’s dusky pinkish purplish with wispy cotton-candy-floss white.

Memories of that childhood treat inspired this pendant but sticky fingers are not a problem when you wear this necklace to the funfair or carnival.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Owls are very trending items. I think most of us know someone who loves owls in some form or another! Pair the popularity of the owl with a trending Pantone color of the year and you have an excellent gift idea! This adorable owl scarf slide can be worn all year long too!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Pink Lavender board!

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


Must Haves

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Oh I love that! I have to have it! I think we’ve all said that at one time or another.

Perhaps it was finding something in a department store. Maybe even at a craft fair! Wherever it may have been, I asked our team members what they were passionate about in their shop. The following items are a representation of what they love.

Karen Hafel from TimeTalentJewels says:

When browsing in my shop there are oodles of must haves but to me there is one that stands out the most and that is the “Lucky Strike Orange Wool Felted Clutch Handbag.” I find this little handbag to be so exquisite, knowing all the time it takes just to make one. This one especially has all the detail of the fine beading that not all my other purses have received.

What is most fun about this little handbag is the compliments you will receive and the people will wonder where did you get that. And you will just carry it with pride knowing you have that one of a kind and no other like it! That is what I like most about my little shop and my items that I make! Enjoy!

Wool Felted Clutch Handbag

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

One of the items that I believe is a must-have is a zipper purse for small things. How many of you ladies have tried to find something in your bag without success. Lipsticks, credit cards, coins, earphones and other stuff wondering around and making a big mess in your bag. What a nightmare! Now, this purse is a lovely solution for that mess. It will help you to keep your bag nice and tidy, therefore is a must have for sure.

Bicycle Makeup Bag

Richard and Tatiana from  DesignstheLimit says:

Just SHUT UP & TAKE MY MONEY is the response every seller wants to hear when making a pitch and we have a number of items which we will be listing throughout the year to make you say just that. We specialize in creating top shelf bar ware including deep sand carved decanters which never fail to amaze our customers and their gift recipients.

Choose any design in our portfolio, select any font we have available, or commission an inspired design for any occasion, destination, or celebration. We never include an invoice and offer additional gift services including gift wrap and elegant gift cards for shipping direct.

Bar Ware Decanter

Mairi from mairidesign says:

Everyone ‘Must Have’ beer! For those of us who love a refreshing glass of amber nectar while relaxing with friends and chatting about the week’s goings on, this is the most perfect catcher of the sun to behold. And it won’t add an extra bulge to your beer belly! Go on, you know must have it.

Beer Stained Glass Home Decor

StockLaneStudio from StockLaneStudio says:

So easy to print out yourself and keep on hand for whenever and wherever you need it, our PRINTABLE quiet sign is simple for it says it all. Customers love this sign for quick baby shower signs or cards for new moms, quiet signs for spas and boutiques or even digital announcements. Perfect teen room or dorm room door signs!

Printable Quiet Sign

Member Feature: ColorWondreWarmth

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Chris Greenwood of Color Wondre Warmth, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Chris Greenwood.  I am retired and have been knitting for over 50 years.  For several years I challenged myself seeing how many children’s stocking hats I could knit in 10 months before they were donated.  I still donate hats, but as I discovered new and interesting yarns, I wanted to use my knitting experience for new items.  I have always loved color and the positive effects it has on me.  Creating with yarn allows me to create what I envision.


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

I opened my Etsy shop in October, 2013. I was encouraged by my daughter and many positive comments I had from friends and family.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I try to make my winter items one of a kind and special.  I love working with cables that make up my classic cable scarves. Most of the scarves are unique creations from a certain stitch.  My children’s stocking hats are unique designs full of color.  The baby blankets, baby socks and dishcloths are also colorful knits.

What inspires your work?

My work is inspired by different stitch patterns, colorful yarns and texture.  Most items come from stitch patterns and not written patterns. I love being blue to create what I see in my mind.

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

This year I plan to find some new styles for adult winter hats.  I also hope to have a better selection of classic cable scarves.  I am enjoying working with quality yarn and making signature pieces.

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

I would like my business to show that each item is special and a quality item.

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

My workspace is my home.  I do have a craft area to keep my items going at once.

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

What I have learned is that I need to make what I would use myself and not follow a fad.  My business is a colorful expression of a classic, long lasting style.  I’ve also learned not to buy too much and be overwhelmed with choices.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Most important, be happy with what you make.  It’s hard to be passionate about something you don’t have your heart in.

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

I and my husband do travel some and are busy with our dogs.  I enjoy my gardens in the summer.

What is your favorite quote?

Do what you love.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Information about my shop is on my Etsy site.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?


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: Traveling In Style

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Leader Spotlight: timetalentjewels

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders are an integral part of our success! Get to know leader Karen from timetalentjewels today!


Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I reside in Springfield, Illinois where I grew up. Today I am retired, married and a grandmother. I love color and my shop presents it in the things I made whether it is jewelry or knitting items. I have been knitting since I was a little girl and jewelry came along around the time I set up my Etsy shop back in 2012. At that time I was doing Kumihimo, we have now gone to other things which are of more interest.

What is your favorite leadership quote?

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
Leo Buscaglia

What leader in your life has most influenced you?

My leader/leaders that have most influenced me would be my parents. They always emphasized to get out and work hard and to do your very best and that is what I try to do, my very best. And if I didn’t get it I would have to figure it out.

What is your greatest leadership skill and how did you attain it?

Well, I have been on Boards before as a Secretary taking notes. It is a great skill to pay close attention and catch everything they are saying and come back next week and read the minutes. I was told I took excellent minutes. So I guess that would be my skill.

What leadership skill do you want to achieve and how will you attain it?

 On this team it would have to be the Blog as I am very unfamiliar with a Blog. That would be the leadership skill I would have the most challenge with, I believe.

What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.timetalentjewels
Twitter: www.twiter.timetalentjewel

Chili Oil – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 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 Spring 2018 is Chili Oil.

PANTONE 18-1440
Chili Oil

Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.

PANTONE 18-1440
Chili Oil

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

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Those driving a VW Beetle for sure have colorful personalities. One can say that they are like a chili oil for the food. Here’s a market bag for a sparkly person in an earthy brown based red shade with brighter red spot pattern. This grocery bag is trendy and will make you stand out in the crowd.


Jane and Kate from ShopPoePoe says:

Within the last year we added these cute short skinny scarves. These skinny scarves are a great finishing touch to any outfit. You can wrap this mini scarf around your neck once and tie it loosely or wrap around your neck twice and tie it in a small knot. There are also a multitude of other ways this scarf can be used… such as, hair scarf, purse scarf, wrist scarf or ankle scarf. What a great accessory to add to a wardrobe.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

I am an accessory type of gal! I love wearing them year round and love finding items that can easily transition into any season of the year. This enamel painted butterfly (hosting the hot Pantone color of the year, chili oil) can do just that! It’s a fun scarf pendant to wear and an attention grabber for sure!


Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

With the freezing temperatures and snow we have been experiencing in London, I thought there could be nothing better than to knit this chunky hat to not only keep someone looking and feeling hot, but also show off the hot new Pantone colour, ‘Chili Oil’!

It’s such a beautiful deep colour and a shade that will look great with almost any colour, ensuring it is a staple in your wardrobe for years to come!

I used a pure sheep wool to create this lovely hand knitted ribbed, which is both incredibly warm and soft, whilst also giving excellent stitch definition to really show off the pattern beautifully.

So, if you’re feeling chilly, this ‘Chili Oil’ inspired hat will soon get you feeling the heat!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Chili Oil board!

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

New Team Members: February 2018

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

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

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline shares:

Hello everyone! My name is Caroline and I have an Etsy shop in which I sell my hand-poured soy candles! Soy Candles are a much healthier alternative to other candles on the market. I am passionate about the candles I pour and believe this Lemongrass Candle best represents Soy Candles by Caroline!


Sandra Darlene from SDDigitalDesign shares:

Hi – my name is Sandra from SD Digital Design. My shop is filled with adorable printable art that shares a message, offers inspiration or just makes you smile! I combine text and graphics into one-of-a-kind digital designs!

I started my Etsy shop believing it was “possible”. The first print I designed reminds me dreams do come true.


Savinaki from DriadesNatural shares:

Hello! I am Savina.

Me and my husband own a small, family skincare company based in Greece. We produce 100% natural, freshly handmade to order herbal beauty elixirs. Most of them are vegan and organic, all of them aroma therapeutic.

We are new to Etsy but our lab has a presence of more than 7 years in the Greek market.

We love what we do! Most of all, we love to have happy clients who after using our products realize what Nature can do for our skin and mood!

Nice to be here with you.