Items Of The Week: Outer Space

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium


Summer Trend to Watch: Wanderlust Style Straight From the Source: Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the Summer Trend to Watch: Wanderlust Style Straight From the Source article on the Etsy blog.

Let the globetrotting & shopping begin! Japan: Understated Ceramics, Spain: Sculptural Jewelry, Germany: Vintage Rattan, Lithuania: Modern Linen, Netherlands: High-Concept Lighting, India: Block-Printed Textiles, Israel: Leather, France: Soap Making, Italy: Accessories, UK: Typographic Artwork, Australia: Eco-Approach Jewelry, Kenya: Beading Techniques, Canada: Modern Woodworking, Uruguay: Woven Merino Wool Designs are the trends. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Italy: Accessories

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I’m from Italy, where people are very careful to match everything they wear: from the dress to the shoes. For this particular attention to the accessories, together with other characteristics, Italians are world known for their elegance.

This bracelet can be used either as wedding and as prom corsage. The roses are so tender and the corsage so rich in flowers, that it can enhance any dress, even the simplest! Of course it’s one-of-a-kind, just for a special girl!


Australia: Eco-Approach Jewelry

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDesigns says:

I am an Australian seller, and these earrings fit right into the Australia: Eco-Approach category being made from recycled guitar strings and beads made from recycled paper. They are lightweight and comfortable to wear, and environmentally friendly!


If you’re on Pinterest here is Summer Trend to Watch: Wanderlust Style Straight From the Source board!

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

Warm Sand – 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 Warm Sand.

PANTONE 15-1214
Warm Sand

Warm Sand is a comforting neutral shade that effortlessly connects the seasons.

PANTONE 15-1214
Warm Sand

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

Lois from FeltWithAHeart says:

The colors on my little dog and his mat remind me of sand. He looks so calm, like he’s just been lying in the sun, and I like to mix pretty neutral colors in with the brighter ones in my shop for a lot of variety.


mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says:

I simply love this counted cross stitch design, the colors of blue sea and warm sand and the lovely image of two young children at play. It reminds me of The Little Golden book I would read as a child, A Day At The Beach.


patontheback from patontheback says:

A fabric to please just about anyone, regardless of gender, nationality, age! Fabric can be made into any number of gifts. Stretch this around a frame, and put it on your office wall to take a trip to the beach on your break!


spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love neutral colors, especially the lighter earth tones like “Warm Sand” because they work well with just about any color in fashion, home décor, etc. I chose to highlight the fawn deer plaque because I love the mixture of its lighter and darker earth tones … the lighter “Warm Sand” color of the bass wood with the darker earth tones of the fawn deer that result from the hand burning process!


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Bohemian beauty with matte druzy beads in the colors of a sandy beach. Hand knotted and closes with an artisan bronze clasp. Boho luxe!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Warm Sand board!

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

Back To School

Contributor Post by Mairi From mairidesign

Ah, it’s that time of year again, where the children are excited to be starting or returning to a new year of education. Most likely, they’re sad that the holidays are ending but happy to be seeing their friends and meeting new ones on their first day. It’s a very special time for all and what better way to keep the memories, than with items from our talented team? And, let’s not forget the teachers! It’s a huge day for them too. Have a browse through the selection below and click on the photo to buy in Etsy.

We all send our good luck wishes for the little ones’ first day back to school.

Now that my daughter is grown and out of school, I don’t have to worry about the back to school craziness. Can’t say that I miss it either! Finding the perfect binder, the perfect notebooks and let’s not forget that some schools even have “recommendations” of what to buy that you must follow. That is not my idea of a fun time.

I do however, have a recommendation for you to consider! Back to school isn’t just about the students! How about the teacher too? Many teachers are seen carrying clipboards during the school year and here is a UNIQUE one that could be the envy of all the other clipboard carrying teachers! It features unique muted purple colors, a sense of nostalgia, is durable AND can even be hung on the wall when not in use. If your desk looks anything like mine, you’ll appreciate this!


Decorated Clipboard

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This is a big seller amongst my teachers because of the inspirational words it speaks to them. I worked in the public school system and would see 90% of the teachers with lanyards around their necks that held keys to opening the classroom and cabinets where important belongings or school supplies were. This lanyard would be perfect. It can come as a one piece or a detachable (the key section comes apart). Either way it’ll be useful, yet fun and versatile.


Inspirational Teacher lanyard

Going back to school and having to remember so many things, and sometimes being stressed, I think this would make a bright and happy add on to Planners/journals and Backpacks.


Sun moon charm zipper pull

Being a teacher, I know I needed lots of things to begin the school year, just as my students did…

I loved my magnetic handmade decoupaged mousetrap note holder that was on my whiteboard. It held reminders, papers to pass back, certificates, etc. I knew right where to go each period to grab what I needed without wasting time looking for something that I thought I put in a safe and handy place…not…


Noteholder Mouse Trap

This reusable shopping bag will serve well for a good while. This handmade market bag will make a great back to school gift idea for a book fan. Without a doubt, it will be a perfect gift to a student.


Student Tote Bag

Back to School theme crafts are fun to create with these fun School House Buttons.


School House Buttons

As a teacher, I see that organization is truly one of the keys to students being successful and confident in their abilities. I love love love pencil cases, and create personalized cases for students.


Pencil Case

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Quilters are always looking for ideas to make their next quilt. Let’s suppose you wish to make a quilt for your child’s favorite teacher. Here’s a quilt block to get you started on your next teacher quilt, wall hanging or table topper.


Schoolhouse Appliqued Quilt Block

This stone apple is a vintage find. When I found it, I thought that this will be an excellent traditional gift for a teacher. You can use it as a paperweight or just put on a shelf for display. A sweet and useful gift.


Green Apple Paperweight

Hard to believe I’ve been making these over 20 years, but these are great for the walk or ride to school, and have an adjustable strap (or removable), a clip that can attach to a backpack, and insulate for hours. Several standard sizes, and custom sizes available. One woman returned to replace hers after a year on the playground! It had been dragged across asphalt, swung around by elementary school kids, and generally bullied!!! They’re great for keeping on a desk, kept near a lunch, fit into an auto cup holder, and if you keep your beverage in here with a tight fit, it won’t have condensation.


Insulated Tote

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all the way to school! Our fun to make foundation paper pieced school bus pattern could become part of a quilt, a homework folder, a tote bag, or a mug rug for the teacher’s desk. Just use your imagination!


School Bus Quilt Block Pattern

Member Feature: TopShelfJewellery

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Anne Houghton of Top Shelf Jewellery & Accessories, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I have always loved to create!! Even from the earliest age I had a pencil in my hand drawing or coloring.

My great-Aunt taught me crochet when I was very small and I have loved it ever since.

Painting was my passion for many years, I have always needed to do something with my hands.

Around 15 years ago, I had my first encounter with a Bead Market. All those shiny glass beads, well that was it. I was hooked! I went home armed with a few basic tools, findings and some beads, and taught myself how to make jewellery and never looked back!

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

Top Shelf Jewellery & Accessories was born not long after.

For many years I made and sold beaded jewellery at markets then opened my Etsy store in 2012.

I started to work with jewellery wire and found you could do so many things with it, from wire wrapping to crochet, which I love.

Tell us a bit about your products.

All my creations are one of a kind , jewellery crochet with wire and beads or even crochet with cotton and beads, beaded jewellery and wire wrapped.

The process is unique and no two pieces are ever the same, as such they make stunning statement pieces and one of a kind wearable art.

What inspires your work?

The very uniqueness of the process, depending on the beads, wire used and inspiration is very exciting! Each creation takes on its own form as it evolves.

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

I would love to see more exposure for Top Shelf Jewellry & Accessories, get my brand out into the world.

More time to create, continue to develop as an Artist and never stop learning.

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

Each creation is original, unique and one of a kind.

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

As many of us I started out on the kitchen table, this then took over half the house! Now I am lucky enough to have a dedicated room which is my studio.

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

It will not be easy, the isolation of working on your own can be an issue. You need to network and find like minded people.
Not everyone will get what do or even like it, that’s OK, each to their own. You need to learn rejection is not personal.

Believe in what you do and do it, there will be hits and misses. Mistakes are an opportunity to learn. Some even have become my best work !

If you love what you do it will show.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Persistence,  like most things you get out of it what you give, hard work and networking.

Etsy is a huge platform, you need to be noticed, exposure and embrace it.

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

Spending time with my family, going to the beach, BBQ’s with friends and bead shopping!

What is your favorite quote?

“What if I Fall. Oh But My Darling. What if you Fly?” by Erin Hanson

Where can people find out more about your business?

My Etsy Store:  topshelfjewellery
Facebook:  Topshelfjewellery

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you for the opportunity to feature my little store.


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: Friendship

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

New Team Members: June

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Cindy Witt from Bowsbaublesandbeads says:

Hi Everyone! My name is Cindy Witt. I live in the sunshine state where even at Christmas it’s July! I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. Several years ago I fell in love with making tutus. They put a smile on everyone’s face! I put my fun tutus on everything from nail polish to mason jars! Then a Christmas I decided to put a tutu on my Christmas tree. From there my tree skirts were born.

I custom make them to match the customers tree and so far they have been a big hit.


judy mullins from vintagetochic says:

Hello everyone, my name is Judy Mullins and I live in the great smoky mountains, Piegon Forge and Gatlinburg area which is the craft capital of the east coast and so many Christmas shops it is Christmas all year around. My love of decorative art begin over 35 years ago and has been a great full time business for me. Holiday items have always been my favorite to create and my best sellers. Sharing one of our recycled glass jugs with you today decorated for Christmas and lighted. My hubby is my partner and does most all my prep work. Come visit, happy to chat.