Show us your Workspace: Saxdsign

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Lisajoy Sachs from Saxdsign who sells natural opals, gem stones, other stone supplies for jewellery making. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what Lisajoy has to say about her workspace:

I’ve been in the jewelry designing/making industry for about 20 years now, and before then I was a professional glass blower for 8 years. I’ve pretty much always owned my own business, and consider myself a maker of things.

Right here in the Lovely City of Baltimore I have a really large studio it is about 23×23 feet with 9 foot ceilings – it is JAM packed with lots of projects.

Less than a year ago I learned how to make my own cabochons and do lapidary work – since then I have sold off some of my glass blowing equipment to make room for lapidary equipment, and I even have a hole drilling station now.

My biggest problem is organization – so every couple of weeks I pick a spot to organize – last week was the “Hole drilling” station. I can drill a hole in Most of my cabochons now. It has been such a success for me to be able to add that option for my clients – I am probably drilling holes every day now since the drill press was added to my shop.

Relaxation Ideas For Home

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many ways to relax at home. There are low-cost and higher cost ways to do so.

You could use aromatherapy, meditation, reading, crafting, writing, feng shui, play some tunes and so much more.

CIJ Team wants to know what do you have in your shop that can help one relax at home.

Tami Wooliver  from HannaHerbals says this is my Zen Sleep Stick. Its made from organic oils, butters and essential oils. You rub the sleep stick on your temples, wrists and spine to help promote relaxation and sleep. This stick is a great product for children or adults. All the essential oils used are safe for children, 2 and older. Essential oils are great way relax and enjoy aromatherapy. I keep one with me all the time, and use it whenever I feel stressed.


Zen sleep stick- aromatherapy


Pam Colangelo  from PearlsVintagebyPam said snuggle up with the reverse side of this blanket. It is soft and warm, just the right size not to get tangled in the covers. Take a soothing and relaxing nap. It helps me.


Aztec design blanket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states having a relaxing focal point always helps me. This calming photo of the fall foliage in Germany helps create a relaxing environment anywhere. Perfect for office or school walls . I captured this photo on an autumn walk in Germany’s Pfälzerwald, or Palatine Forest.


Woodland Photography

Woodland Photography

Gift Set Ideas For Holiday Gift Giving

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

During the holiday season it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your Christmas list. There are many times when I simply cannot decide on just one single gift.  With several small gifts combined together, you can give a spectacular gift set.

I love the fact that a gift set can be themed to the interests or hobby of the recipient.  We have a hunter in the family so naturally camouflage comes to mind.  For the hunter, a gift set including camouflage soap and towels.

Extremely popular for the ladies are spa gift sets that often include lotions and bath salts.  It gives her the gift of relaxation after a long stressful day.

My favorite type of gift sets are those that are food themed.  For a morning treat, combine a gourmet coffee blend with a unique handmade mug.  An epicurean delight is a cheese board and tools along with a fancy cheese.

To help you with your holiday gift giving, the Etsy Christmas In July Team offers these gift set ideas:


Suggested by Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

This set of four dishes is ideal for holiday gift giving – the dishes are perfect to hold candles to decorate the holiday table or equally suitable for condiments such as mustards, chutneys and dipping sauces.



Ceramic Condiment Dish Set


Linda  from LazyYVintage recommends:

A set of Mikasa Christmas crystal for your holiday table setting. Two adorable Mikasa candle holders to enhance your centerpiece will be included in your gift set. Then the matching Mikasa Holiday Bells serving bowl and small crystal tray adds beauty and usefulness for your serving needs. Order all three and receive a 25% discount with the coupon code Mikasa25. The crystal trio makes a lovely hostess gift or a gift for your holiday table.


Mikasa Crystal Serving Bowl

Mikasa Crystal Serving Bowl


An idea from Julie Herbert at EveryoneLovesGifts0:

Combine these elegant crystal earrings with our coordinating bracelet to create the perfect gift set for teenagers and adults alike. Faceted Rondelle Crystal comes with three different colours to choose from. A great gift for all occasions to put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Preciosa Faceted Crystal Earrings

Preciosa Faceted Crystal Earrings


Valerie Brown  from FirepanJewellery adds:

My Colors of White pendants and earrings work well as gifts sets (and have happy recipients as fans!). You have the opportunity to choose a color that the recipient will like. These pieces of enamel jewellery are modern in style and unique, which really is appreciated when it comes to gifts!



Colors of White Enamel Pendants



Suggested by pam colangelo  from PearlsVintagebyPam:

This is a Men’s Suspender and Neck Tie Set! It is very retro. The colors and paisley design make this set unique. Men’s gifts are difficult to find. A man who wears suspenders and a tie that appreciates wearing stylish and daring clothes will love this gift. This is a gift for all aged men. Bright colors create perfect wear for the holidays.


Men’s Paisley Tie and Suspenders Set


NeatoKeen  from NeatoKeen recommends:

A complete set of vintage cocktail napkins makes a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life. Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief? Doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief? Lots of fun discussion will ensue after he opens this unusual gift set that dates from the Mid Century.


Vintage Cocktail Napkins


Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls says:

For the person who has everything!
These delightful little poodle dogs are here to help out with passing out the hand towels to your guests. Whether they are actually used, or just displayed in a bathroom, guests will certainly enjoy these charming towels!



Vintage Poodle Dogs Hand Towels


Of The Moment Wedding Trends

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Over the years,months and weeks different wedding trends emerge.
Wedding dresses with puffy sleeves, candy bars, photo booths, birdcage veils and so much more…

Some of the Fall’s Wedding Trends are plum and burgundy as color choices, clean textured cakes with few tiers, personalized signage of all kinds, wild-looking fresh bouquets, creative food and drink stations, metallics, elements of hometown,romantic touches, custom monograms and cool fonts, DIY touches, epic action shots and so much more…

Here at CIJ we want to know what do you have that is a wedding trend of the moment?

Valerie Brown  from FirepanJewellery says this dainty pearl necklace is right on trend, with burgundy pearls! It would make nice accent for the bride, or be the perfect finishing touch for the bridesmaids outfits. It is also perfect as a gift for the Mother of the Bride or Groom.


Dainty marsala freshwater pearl necklace, wedding jewellery


willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said vintage theme weddings are always in fashion!

We love the spunky haircut and pensive expression on this Honeycomb Bride Centerpiece made in Japan.

Bride and Groom Wedding Centerpiece-Vintage 50's

Bride and Groom Wedding Centerpiece-Vintage 50’s


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states our shop sells a variety of romantic cards for proposals, newlyweds, anniversaries and ‘just because I love you’. I do personalize a some of them. We also have printed and printable car signs and even decor that brings a laugh or just shows how much two people love one another. These signs can be personalized which makes them very popular.

Bride to Be Printed wedding sign

Bride to Be Printed wedding sign


Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says my shop sells wine cork kissing balls which is also a great floral alternative and its small enough that children can carry it plus it can be a lasting memento from the big day. Its’ versatile I’ve had clients use them as a substitute for mistletoe at Christmas time. It’s one of my main stay one of a kind items in my shop. I do personalize by coordinating flower girls dress color with ribbon upon request.

Wine cork kissing ball

Wine cork kissing ball


Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry said this is a lovely vintage Goebel Artis Orbis Masters Collection lidded small trinket dish with a lovely couple dancing at their wedding on it!

It is from a painting originally done by A. Renoir called Danse En Ville!

The classic and traditional colors and style will go with any wedding style! The vintage box is perfect for a vintage style wedding!

Black and white are always in and it has a touch of dark green and a mauve pink too!

It’s a very romantic piece with 24K gold gilt paint around the edges!

It can be used to hold the bride’s wedding rings or an engagement ring for the proposal!

Wedding couple vintage trinket box

Wedding couple vintage trinket box


Melissa R from missy69 states I truly love being creative. I have recently taught myself to wood burn. This is one of my favorite items I have done so far. This is a wedding keepsake, card or gift box. It can all be to store a family Bible or other heirloom. I hand drew the roses, and ribbons onto the box, then wood burned them with my tool. Rustic, wood and natural items are all the rage right now. This can be stained and personalized. Check it out!

Wedding gift card/keepsake wooden box

Wedding gift card/keepsake wooden box


Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls discusses vintage embroidered items is trending now in the wedding scene. We love the detailed work that has gone into this set of His & Hers pilllowcases! Beautiful embroidery meant to last a lifetime!

Vintage His and Hers Pillowcases

Vintage His and Hers Pillowcases


Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said by far the most popular line I have within my Wedding range are these personalized tags, which customers have used for their invites, their wedding favors and as decorative touches on candle jars on the guests tables. I love that by customizing the names and date that my customers are getting a one of a kind touch to their special day.

Personalized Wedding Favor Tags

Personalized Wedding Favor Tags

Member Feature: PamsPawsJewelry

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Pam of PamsPawsJewelry, our featured member!



Tell us about yourself.

I work in Healthcare caring for Seniors at home right now through an agency. Before the Recession hit I was in the Biotech industry in Quality Assurance and 2 Microbiology Labs.

I have always wanted to be more creative and have my own business! It is fun to learn and try new things which keeps me young!

I love helping others and adore animals of all kinds! I have 2 cats right now, Moses and Mirri, who model items in my shop sometimes!

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

I first started my shop in 2011 but did not know about teams and promoting so closed it.

I decided to really give it a go again in 2014 and have learned a lot!

Basically, the economy and wanting to work less and have financial help made me start it. I also wanted to have more time to be creative and make a lot of different items so started with handmade jewelry.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love jewelry and so started to try to make quality, lasting jewelry from Sterling Silver, Gold Vermeil, and many different types of semi-precious gemstone beads.

After a while for variety, I added Vintage items to my shop. I try to find unique products which are in very good to excellent condition. I enjoy finding pretty items to save and that I hope will find good homes to be appreciated in again!

Then, I branched out a bit more with some handmade and hand sewn fabric items such as table runners.

I hope to also add other handmade items, especially some blankies and toys for pets!ppj1

What inspires your work?

A lot of my work is inspired by nature and natural things from the Earth!

I love the many gemstones that are found all over the world, genuine and real materials, and real metals such as Silver, Gold, Copper, Brass, and some Pewter, etc.

I also like other items that are either made from natural sources or depict nature, such as wood, ceramic, hand painted products, nature, animal, or botanical themed items!

It’s also enjoyable to be creative with my item photos with which I like to add flowers, stones, shells, and other natural props to enhance the pictures of my items.

This way, I believe, it gives shoppers a fun and enjoyable experience when they visit my shop, as if they were walking into a pretty and unique boutique!

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

My dream is for the shop to grow and get sales each day like a regular business!

I also have goals to branch out with craft fairs and selling on other sites using my same brand name.

The real dream is to be able to be self-sufficient and not depend on companies for work.

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

There are many jewelry businesses and I enjoy seeing what others make. Someone always makes or sells something that you either cannot make yourself or would not be able to find elsewhere.

So, I think my shop and others all have something unique for shoppers.

I try to make unique, quality jewelry and hope that it will stand out depending on what someone likes or is looking for!ppj2

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

No, I have a small apartment with limited space and mostly work from my table in living room where my computer is.

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

I wish I had known that there is so much time involved with trying to sell online.

Also, I wish I had branched out from the beginning with different ways of trying to sell as it is very difficult to sell on any sites.

I have learned, too, that I must organize my time better and be sure to balance the promoting with time to learn new things, but most of all making time for being creative which is really what I want to do the most!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

You really have to think about selling  on more than just one site and finding all about this perhaps before jumping into it. There is a lot to learn and the promoting takes up most of the time.

On Etsy you really have to join a few teams to get advice, learn about Etsy and how things are done, and also get others to help you promote.

The best thing about Etsy is all of the nice people I have met on my teams from all around my country and the world!

It is important to be an honest and supportive person on Etsy and also in general if you wish to have a successful business as it takes a while for people to know that you are trustworthy!ppj3

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

I used to but working and having my business takes up most of my time.

But, I like reading, walking, animals, nature, horseback riding, swimming, and being with friends hanging out, going out to eat, taking trips, watching movies, going to many different attractions such as museums, etc.

I love things that younger people like and enjoy people of all ages!

What is your favorite quote?

I love many and cannot think of one in particular.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Wanelo: pammaggio

Pinterest: maggio0847

Twitter: Critter249

Facebook: PamsPawsJewelry is a work in progress

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I try to get back to every customer and provide friendly, and the best customer service I can.


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.

Show Us Your Workspace: Butterflykilns

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Carolyn T from Butterflykilns who creates beautiful  ceramic  home decor  and pottery tablewares.

Here’s what Carolyn has to say about her workspace:

Hi, I’m Carolyn and I’ve been designing unique ceramics on Etsy since 2012. I have been off and on Etsy for a while, as I have moved around so much within the last 4 years! The challenge was shipping all my ceramics and kiln from Virginia, to California, and now living in Idaho! Most of my inspiration starts flipping through Wayfair catalogs, trips to Pier 1 and patterns in nature. I like experimenting with different patterns and contrasting colors on ceramic pieces. I see them as a blank canvas waiting to happen! From there, the creative magic happens in my small workspace in the garage; it’s a bit messy and challenging since my husband also likes to do welding and car renovations.



Opal Opulence

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

You know that gorgeous, translucent, milky-colored stone filled with the light of a thousand colorful stars, shimmering like the aurora borealis? Opal, that is! We love it, and we know many of you do too. We asked what our CIJ Teamies what they might have/sell with opals or something similarly magnificent — and to tell us the story behind it.  Here’s what they said.

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

I went to the Kane County Flea Market yesterday, and Jim says I must of picked up every piece of glass opalescent that I saw. In my head, I think, look how beautiful. My sons call it my “squirrel moment.” You know the movie, UP? The dog is talking and then suddenly goes, “squirrel” losing his focus and chasing the squirrel.

This is a piece of blue opalescent from Northwoods. Made in America Northwoods was founded by Harry Northwoods in PA in the early 1900s. I can never pass this ice blue color up without admiring it.

I’m a fan of Mr. Northwoods. His colors are amazing and his designs are unique and beautiful.


Northwoods Beaded Drapes Blue Opalescent Dish

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:

This set of six handmade ceramic dishes are glazed in a gorgeous luscious opalescent glaze and are ideal for the wedding table – for condiments, candles or as wedding favours.


Ceramic Condiment Dishes Cream White Handmade Ring Dish Candle Holder Trinket Set of Six Wedding Décor

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

This is Mother of Pearl yet it has an Opalescent Look. It is a great pin to Honor MOTHER. I opened my Etsy Shop in my Deceased Mother Pearl’s Name hence pearlsvintagebypam. I am hoping people will buy things to Honor Their Mother. Sometimes we just don’t know what to give our Moms.


Mother Pin & Locket-Goldtone Mother of Pearl Brooch-Floral Heart Locket-Great Jewelry Gift for Mother-Vtg 40’s Pin-Estate Find-HOLIDAY SALE

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I was drawn to the delicate design of this brooch! It took a little detective work, and the confirmation from another Etsy Shop owner, to identify the beads—they are Peking Glass.


Gold Filigree Pin with Blue Peking Glass Beads Forget-Me-Not Flowers on Ribbon Vintage Romantic Victorian Jewelry Keepsake Gift

Maryann from gojjell said:

Love, love, love opals! Their inherent dreamy colours always amaze me. I like to use man- made glass opals in my jewewllery designs and my latest earrings feature just the thing!


Hoop earrings. Blue glass opal art deco style earrings.


Many thanks to all who contributed! Lovely items!

Until Next Time,