Items Of The Week: Plaid

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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Etsy Christmas In July 2018 – Begins In 1 Week

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Etsy Christmas In July 2018 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

This year we have many new daily activities planned!

Must Have Stocking Fillers

On Tuesday July 3rd we would love to share your must have stocking fillers. Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your must have stocking stuffer item!

Alicia: Must Have Stocking Fillers – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

Red, White And Blue Day

On Wednesday July 4th we would love to share your red, white and blue items. Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your favorite red, white and blue item!

AliciaRed, White And Blue – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

Favorite Holiday Recipes

On Thursday July 5th we would love to share your favorite holiday recipes! Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your favorite holiday recipe!

CindyFavorite Holiday Recipes – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

A CIJ Year In Review

On Friday July 6th we would love to share what the Etsy Christmas In July team means to you! Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your your stories!

AliciaA CIJ Year In Review – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

On Saturday July 7th we would love to share your Holiday Goals For your shop! Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your holiday goals!

Alicia: Holiday Goals For Your Shop

What Makes Christmas Special

On Sunday July 8th we would to love share what makes Christmas Special means to you! Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your stories!

Mairi: What Makes Christmas Special – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

#CIJParty 2018

On Monday July 9th we will host the virtual #CIJParty 2018 right here on our blog! This is another great way to share your shop and your talents with a Christmas Inspiration theme!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2017? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2017

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2018 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2018: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2018: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2018: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Etsy Christmas In July 2018!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 9th!

AliciaWhere To Visit During Christmas – #CIJParty 2018 Blog Feature

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2018

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2018

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2018

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly2018

Lime Punch – 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 Lime Punch.

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Lime Punch

Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus like presence in the spring 2018 color palette.

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Lime Punch

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

Nina from Mishelino says:

Meet a lime punch monster!

This super fluffy monster likes to break the order running everywhere with his horse on a stick. He is incredibly fun and groovy. The monster couldn’t have been a different color. He chose him to be bright, juicy and please the eye of everyone who looks at him.

Mishelino

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

Lime Punch…what an exciting color. When I was painting my Happy Dot vase, the Lime Punch was the color I needed to add a ‘punch’ of color to help the vase stand out. This vase turned out to be one of my favorite ones. It is a HAPPY vase made with HAPPY DOTS!!! A perfect vase to brighten any room or as a gift for a ‘happy’ friend.

JAMsCraftCloset

patontheback from patontheback says:

Normally you don’t think of lime punch with the holidays, but the creator of this fabric did! It’s a very joyful color, and makes things pop when you use it with others. Brighten someone’s day with this!

patontheback

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Lime Punch board!

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

Measuring Up

Blog Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We think of being good enough or things meeting ones expectations when we think of measuring up to someone or something. For our purposes we want all of our items to measure up to 10 inches tall.

What items do you have in your shop that measure up to 10 inches tall?

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says two of my passions are vintage items and green glass. With that said, these vintage green glass pasta canisters hit both my passions in one swoop…I had two sets of these canisters and am down to one. therefore, I believe someone else out there has my same two passions. Does anyone else love vintage green glass?

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Vintage green glass canister

Becky from CottonPickingFolkArt said these are the epitome of summer. When we spend more time outside, it ‘s nice to come have some light, season inspired decor on the inside.I enjoy creating my own patterns, and bringing them to life. I love to eat local strawberries, and with their limited season,these serve as a reminder of summer goodness!

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Strawberry bowl fillers

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states the red poppies always remind me of my native country Germany. In early summer they seemed to pop up everywhere. There were entire meadows filled with red poppies and blue bachelor buttons. Sometimes it looked like a field of red, green and blue stretching out to the horizon. I loved it so much and I miss this sight!

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Red poppies mixed media painting

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says I have always enjoyed knitting. I love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy. My socks are knitted with love from the heart and positive thoughts. My goal is to make you smile and bring you Joy.

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Knitted men socks

Mairi from mairidesign said you can make sure you meet all expectations by checking yourself in this classic beauty, with a stylized rose in your choice of colours – purple or pink are clear favourites. Measuring 26.3 x 20.3 cm (10+3/8″ x 8+1/4″), my Glasgow Rose, Mackintosh style mirror is based on the work of the artist, designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who has inspired many artists from Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.

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Art Nouveau Mirror 10×8″ Purple Glasgow Mac Rose wall mirror

Sandra from SDDigitalDesign states this 8” x 10” digital print was inspired by all the fond memories I have climbing trees as a child. To me a tree symbolizes balance, strength and growth. I felt as tall and as beautiful as the tree itself. Although I’m not climbing trees these days I will continue to cherish those times when I did. I hope the tree in my design inspires you as it did for me.

Digital download inspirational quote

Member Feature: Accents By Cat

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Cathi of Accents By Cat, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Cathi (Cat) and I have four amazing children ranging in age from 8 to 20. They can keep me pretty busy but I also enjoy doing all sorts of crafts. Besides my jewelry, I also paint and sew. I enjoy going to the Renaissance Fair and have sewn my own clothing to fit the era. I have made some of my jewelry also based on the Renaissance time period.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and it has taken a toll on my health and a lot of my abilities. Even though making jewelry has become somewhat harder for me and takes a little more time than it once did, I still enjoy doing it very much. It makes me feel relaxed when I am in creativity mode and proud when I reach my final product!

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

I opened my shop on June 7th 2014. I had been making jewelry for a while at this point and selling pieces to friends and family. Everyone had encouraged me to open a shop on Etsy so I finally took their advise.

I first started dabbling with making Hemp necklaces and bracelets back in the early 2000’s. I also would make my own beads out of clay. I had stopped until around 2012 when I had found some of my old supplies in my attic and I have been creating new pieces since.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I have found it hard to concentrate on just one style. I love to create new pieces that can be enjoyed by anyone and not limited to just one type of genre. Some of the styles I have worked with would be Vintage, Renaissance, Steampunk and Boho.

I enjoy learning new techniques! I especially enjoy working with wire.

What inspires your work?

There are many different things that inspire my work. I think what inspires me the most is knowing that there are people out there that WANT to wear my jewelry and that it makes them happy and feel good about themselves when they are wearing it. Kind of like when you go out shopping at a store and you see something that you really like and then you put it on and it just completely changes your mood. Makes you feel like you look great and feel great about yourself. Then I think to myself “I made this and people get that same feeling from something that I created!” That is inspiring.

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

My goals for this year are to try to learn more techniques to better my skills and make my small business more successful! I would love to increase sales and surpass 100 sales before the end of the year.

My dream for my business is to become more established and to maybe find a place that would want to feature some of my pieces in their store or shop.

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

I do not have a designated work space where I create my jewelry. I have brought supplies with me on the go and worked while parked in my car waiting for school to let out. I have worked at a table next to my boys at their Pokemon league! But mostly, I work at the living room table or sitting on my bedroom floor!

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

I think that the biggest things that I have learned since opening my shop that I wish I would have known before hand would be that it is not easy. You don’t just list and sell. You have to put a lot of work into it. Research what it is that you want to sell first! There are a lot of products that are an over saturated market, jewelry being one of them! You need to put a lot of thought into your descriptions and also your titles and tags. And also be prepared to do a TON of marketing and promoting of your items and your shop.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

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: Fitness

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2018 – Begins In 2 Weeks

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Etsy Christmas In July 2018 begins 2 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

This year we have many new daily activities planned!

Must Have Stocking Stuffers

On Tuesday July 3rd we would love to share your must have stocking stuffers. Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your must have stocking stuffer item!

Alicia: Must Have Stocking Stuffers – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

Red, White And Blue Day

On Wednesday July 4th we would love to share your red, white and blue items. Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your favorite red, white and blue item!

AliciaRed, White And Blue – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

Favorite Holiday Recipes

On Thursday July 5th we would love to share your favorite holiday recipes! Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your favorite holiday recipe!

CindyFavorite Holiday Recipes – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

A CIJ Year In Review

On Friday July 6th we would love to share what the Etsy Christmas In July team means to you! Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your your stories!

AliciaA CIJ Year In Review – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

What Makes Christmas Special

On Sunday July 8th we would to love share what makes Christmas Special means to you! Please see this thread in the CIJ forum to submit your stories!

Mairi: What Makes Christmas Special – #EtsyCIJ 2018 Blog Feature

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly2018

#CIJParty 2018

We recently announced that on Monday July 9th we will host the virtual #CIJParty 2018 right here on our blog! This is another great way to share your shop and your talents with a Christmas Inspiration theme!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2017? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2017

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2018 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2018: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2018: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2018: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Etsy Christmas In July 2018!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 9th!

AliciaWhere To Visit During Christmas – #CIJParty 2018 Blog Feature

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2018

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2018

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2018