#CIJVacation – Crater Lake, Oregon, USA With OnSiletzBay

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Melody from OnSiletzBay

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Crater Lake, a National Park here in the Cascade mountain range of Oregon.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

The historic lodge, built by the park service in 1915. If you want to stay there you have to make reservations months in advance, but the lobby and veranda are open to visitors. Driving around the rim is wonderful, and if you want to focus on the scenery you can take a trolley tour with a ranger guide, which includes stops for photos around the lake. You can also book a boat tour on the lake, which I have been lucky enough to do when my knees were up to it. It is a mile down a steep trail to get to the boat, and the return hike up is equivalent to 70 flights of stairs.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Crater Lake was formed when a volcano exploded about 7500 years ago and left a huge caldera, which over hundreds of years filled with water to create on of the purest bodies of water on the planet. No river flows in or out of the lake.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Food is managed by the park service, and so a lot of it is not very exciting – the exception was the fine dining in the Lodge was excellent. You can also order appetizers and drinks in the lobby and on the veranda overlooking the lake. A bottle of wine shared while watching the stars (incredible view of the milky way) makes for a special night.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

This was my fourth visit, once with young children, several times with teens, and this time with just my hubby. Each experience has been different, including the snow in late June, and the thunderstorm combined with the sunset on my birthday last week.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: FreshwaterFibers

Very Vintage

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage is a very big part of what is for sale here on Etsy. There are home decor, games, clothing and more. There are now things that are considered vintage from when I was growing up.

We want to know what you have in your shop that is vintage. We would also like you to tell us something about the item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says I love vintage and antiques, always have. Milk glass is a favorite as is American glassware makers. Fenton glass is beautiful and collectible. This lovely milk glass cake stand is designed in Fenton’s silver crest line of milk glass serving ware. So a lovely addition to your next holiday or dinner party.

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Fenton milk glass silver crest cake stand

NeatoKeen said I collect and sell vintage tea towels with fun graphics from the mid-century. I was first drawn to them because they made me smile. I am continually amazed that I keep finding “new” designs after a decade of looking for them. This London souvenir tea towel is one of my favorites because there are 55 people from all walks of life on it. I never tire of looking at it. In fact, I have one framed and hanging in my house!

Vintage Tea Towel London people

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states that I like Vintage because it reminds me of happy memories from the past. I feature many vintage items at 2aEmporium. This Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat from the 1950s is one of my favorites. One day I was watching a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show. While Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee were eating dinner, one of them passed a gravy boat. I yelled “Hey, that’s a Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat. It looks just like the one I have in my shop.” Now, while I’m quite sure that the gravy boat I have listed isn’t the exact same one used on The Andy Griffith Show…wouldn’t it be fun to pretend it was?

Vintage gravy boat

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says vintage tea kettles are special. This copper Revere kettle is very special.  My father in law worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Rome NY. I am featuring a copper tea kettle.

Copper and Brass tea kettle

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said who doesn’t love vintage books! This is a kids cookbook made in the early 1980’s. it has some cartoon type pictures drawn next to the recipes.

Kids cookbook

Member Feature: Kestrel Collection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Kristen of KestrelCollection, our featured member!

KestrelCollection

Tell us about yourself.

Hello and Well met! I’m an old soul and young at heart. A scientist and an artist. I love to live and live to love. But I’m pretty quiet in day to day life… just observing and thinking… some people think I’m shy but I’m not at all!

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

In 2003 I started making jewelry for friends and relatives. I was working long hours at my day job and was often coming home stressed out. Spending my evenings designing jewelry for someone else turned out to be my favorite way to relax and switch gears before bed. It wasn’t long after that I started up my Etsy store.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love blacks and grays and find the look elegant so there is a lot of black jewelry in my shop. I also love COLORS especially creating floral and natural inspired jewelry using colors that are brighter than nature.

What inspires your work?           

I’m kind of a nerd.  I take my inspiration from the books I read, the movies I watch, nature, and old mythology. Right now I’m working on a line of steampunk jewelry inspired by movies.

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

 This year I want to increase sales by 10% by utilizing better tags and working with social media more to engage customers. This year I also plan to sell at my first craft show!

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

All of my items are one of a kind. I follow my inspiration and then move on to the next
thing that strikes me.

Because of this all my items are guaranteed to be a gift the recipient will have all to
themselves. They are great conversation starters.

The way I work creates another positive for the customer in that all my items are ready
to ship. My shop policy says I ship within 5-7 days but I am usually faster than that.

Also if a customer messages me I can easily get their order out the next business day
so they have that special gift on time.

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

My workspace is a desk in the corner of my living room. I love being able to work and still hang out with my husband at the same time. I am kind of a neat freak so when I’m done each day everything packs up into the drawers and cupboards. This way I can keep it a multi use space and it keeps everything safe from my feline helper.

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

Advertising and social media are truly vital to the success of your shop. In the past I haven’t enjoyed that part of the work so I tend to neglect it occasionally… But wow! It’s amazing the results that happen when you start connecting with your customers and sharing your process and your day. It’s fun too when you look at it as another way to learn.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I spent a long time thinking about it, then a long time more planning for it… I wanted to make it perfect from day one and that held me back. You will learn as you go and improve the storefront as you go so just dive in!! One solid piece of advice though is pictures, pictures, pictures. Research how other sellers of your product stage their photos to get a feel for where the market is at. Make yours clear, bright, and use all 5 slots on a listing. People want to see what they are buying!

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

I love to learn and reinvent myself. I’ve been a research scientist, high school teacher, and flavor chemist. Now I’m a project manager for a food company. I love my day job. However, it is through my art that I am able to continuously learn and grow as I try out new materials and techniques. My jewelry business allows me to reinvent myself with every new idea. My other hobby is reading. A book is such a lovely way to experience a new world.

What is your favorite quote?

I am a reader remember? Picking just one quote is so hard… Can I have 2 and a poem? “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe A man once told the Buddha “I want Happiness.”

The Buddha replied, “First remove I, that is ego. Then remove want, that is desire. Now you have happiness.” “What is Success”? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I am also on Instagram at KristenCreates. There I share progress pictures of new jewelry plus pictures of my drawings and other adventures.

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for the opportunity to share with you about myself and my art! Have a wonderful day!

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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.

#CIJVacation – Taos, New Mexico, USA With LilacHouseFlorals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Stacey from LilacHouseFlorals

Taos, New Mexico, USA

Taos, New Mexico, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

One of my all time favorite vacation destinations is Taos, New Mexico located in the southwestern United States. I love the big, blue skies and the beautiful western scenery.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

 If you ever have the chance to visit, you should make time to tour the Taos Pueblo and go to the Rio Grande Gorge (maybe even go on a white water rafting tour). Also, it is fun to tour the many art studios on the Taos Square. If it is winter, the Taos ski valley is close by.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Taos is famous for it’s beautiful southwestern landscapes. You can see the tallest mountain in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak, from the town. It is known as an artists colony and people come from all over to paint the New Mexico sky.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

The chile rellenos at the Taos Inn are delicious!

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We used to visit Taos almost every year but our life is pretty hectic right now so we haven’t been in a while. I hope to get back soon!

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lilachouseflorals/?hl=en
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LHFlorals/

#CIJVacation – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia With alustrousjewellery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with JO from alustrousjewellery

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My favourite local vacation destination is Mount Tamborine it is located in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. We have been there many times and it is beautiful, it has great natural scenery and lovely gift shops and cafes.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Worth visiting is Curtis Falls, Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens and at the showgrounds on the second Sunday of the month they have a great local market.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Mount Tamborine is a rain forest area with waterfalls and also great views down to the city of the Gold Coast, it is part of the scenic rim of Queensland.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Eating spots, one of the best is Eagles Heights Hotel, great food, good prices and all with a view.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We have been many times and we will go again, some times we go for a day, some times for a weekend as it’s quite close to where we live and yet it feels like a world away.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alustrousjewellery

Instagram: www.instagram.com/alustrousjewellery

Pinterest: au.pinterest.com/joalustrous

Twitter: twitter.com/joalutrousjewel

#CIJVacation – Florida Keys, Florida, USA With 3DesignDimensions

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Deborah Ruggiero from 3DesignDimensions

Florida Keys, Florida, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

I’m a landscape artist by trade, jewelry maker by hobby and avid, deep sea fisher “lady” enthusiast by sport! “One if by land 2 if by sea”! My favorite vacation is driving down to the Florida Keys, the southern-most part of this great country. The Keys are small islands surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. The quaint, laid-back atmosphere creates a year-round vacation setting, away from the hustle and bustle. The air is different and super clean thanks to the cross winds over the crystal clear waters surrounding the islands.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

A ride on a glass bottom boat is a must for all visitors. It’s a fascinating view into another world with beautiful reefs, exotic looking fish and multi colored corals. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a beautiful place to visit. The evening sunset party in Key West on Duval Street happens 365 eves a year and sets the mood for the evening till dawn festivities. Throughout the Keys are intriguing little boutiques and shipwreck shops but my favorite place is the Rain Barrel, a great spot comprised of a group of local artists showing their wares. I never miss it or leave empty handed!

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The Florida Keys are known as the fishing capital of the world and there is always a fishing tournament going on someplace. Most of the Keys are still left wild with undeveloped area landscapes of native Florida trees and plants. Bird life is abundant and two of the rarest butterflies make the Keys their home. The vistas are beautiful as you cross the countless bridges and the endless sky is a beautiful clear blue. Diving or snorkeling John Pennekamp, Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is a perfect place to swim among the fishes, down in Tavernier, Harry Harris Park is the perfect place to explore trails and fish for the illusive Bonefish…catch and release…naturally.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

For the foodies, there really isn’t anyplace where the freshest fish is not served. For me, breakfast begins at “Harriet’s” for the best pile of pancakes ever. Some other places to eat and enjoy are “Snappers”, “Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen” and the “LoriLei”. The best part of the Keys is there is always a party going on if that’s what you’re looking for. Personally, coming from Miami Beach…the “25 / 7” party city, I love the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and fabulous fishing.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I’m always escaping to the Keys…close enough to go fishing for just the day! It’s the favorite spot of my entire family and we head down at least once a month. The natural beauty, relaxing atmosphere, fabulous food and fun-filled days keep us all going back for more!

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/deborahdd3

Twitter: twitter.com/DeborahPvi73

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ruggierodeborah/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebRuggiero

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeborahDesigns3/?pnref=lhc

Polyvore: deborah-ruggiero.polyvore.com/

Summer Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies are the beginning to summer time creative moments!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are sharing their summer supplies with us! Seize the inspiration!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Flowers are everywhere in summer! I love bringing in the flowers for vases this time of year. This printable paper pack is just cheerful, colorful and useful for creating summer greeting cards or scrap booking those summer events.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love summer time, the warmth, flowers and having some time off to relax. I have these journal cards which are summery colours. They can be used for anything paper crafty including scrapbooking, journaling, card making or other crafts!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

These hearts are so versatile. As a teacher, I used to hand out paper heart cut outs to students at the end of the day, with little messages written on the back for each student. Customers have purchased these 2-inch single-sided hearts for table scatter or to add to greeting cards. And they’re always practical for scrapbooking.

StockLanePaper

StockLanePaper

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

One of my favorite Summer Supply is this fun Fruit Ribbon. I use it on gifts for those with summer birthdays and also to make a summer meal more festive by wrapping around the bowls filled with summer fruits. I also used a bright yellow or lime green table cloth and wrapped this fun ribbon around the table with a bow to give the table a festive fun summer look.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Summer is such a great time for outdoor entertaining! Colorful decorations will enhance the ambiance of dining in the garden. Our new “Jungle Flower Table Runner” pattern features colorful flowers to create a vibrant setting for your next dinner party. This project is easy to make using your choice of colorful fabrics.

Happy quilting!

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

Everyone loves to go to the beach or dreams of a vacation to a tropical paradise! This little button can be used in sewing, jewelry making or other crafts to enhance a summer vacation inspired design.

beadloverskorner

beadloverskorner