Items Of The Week: Advent Decorations

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

 

1. Set of 5 mini Christmas ornaments by Elisabeth from LizPOriginals

2. Quilted Christmas Advent Calendar by Gail from QuiltSewPieceful

3. Leisure Arts Christmas countdown cross stitch by mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2

4. Red and white textile Advent stars by Barbara from MinimixMaterial

5. Hand painted Christmas bottle decor by Liesbeth from Aparticle

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Meerkat – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Meerkat.

Pantone #16-1438
Meerkat
A highly adaptable toasty burnished brown

Meerkat

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

Nancy from EponasCrystals says this long tassel necklace with hand knotted toasty brown glass pearls. A stylish version of the trendy tassel necklace.

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mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said This Impulse Craft Iron On Transfer 00316 Matte Finish Brown Bears Love Is New In Package T Shirt Design would be a great craft project to capture the Meerkat color:

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Margie from ZenCatPottery states Pantone’s Fall/Winter color, “Meerkat,” is a lovely warm brown. It is a fabulous neutral. In fashion, especially, it will go with practically anything you have in your closet! These copper butterfly earrings will do just that – go with anything in your closet. They will bring warmth and movement to your face, as well.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Meerkat – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018 board!

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

Member Feature: Jhoomka

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Geneviere of Jhoomka, our featured member!

Jhoomka

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a bit of a gypsy, was born and raised in South Africa, spent ten years in Canada and now I live in beautiful Australia. I’ve traveled quite a bit too. I’m a mom and I have my chef qualifications. I started Jhoomka to stay at home with my little one.

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

I opened my business 2 years ago and in the beginning it was more of a hobby but I have been working really hard on making it grow and I am now a mom so I work from home to spend time with my little one.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make earrings upcycled from doily cloths. Sustainable fashion at its brightest! I paint and stiffen the earrings to make them bright and firm. The doilies are light and bright and unique. I also make glass bead earrings from beads I have found at op shops and in my travels as well as felt ball earrings.

What inspires your work?

Nature in all its glorious colors.

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

My goal is to keep growing until this becomes my full-time job!

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

My earrings are bright and bold and pretty unique.

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

I have a space set up in the sunroom of my house. It’s the best as it gets lots of natural light.

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

I have learnt a lot along the way! Its been such an incredible journey so far! I don’t think there is anything I’d wished I’d known beforehand.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Concentrate on your SEO and join a support group! They help a lot!

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

I love to walk, read and ride horses.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is by Bob Marley
“Love the life you live, Live the life you love ”

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can find me on instagram @jhoomka or on Facebook myjhoomka.

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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.

Light And Reflection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Reflection is caused by a Light (source) bouncing off of another object. Light helps illuminate what we see.

Items like prisms, lights, glass, metal and glitter all reflect light. We want to see your Light and Reflection items.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says light and reflection show most naturally to me at a seaside lighthouse, like this cross stitch kit image.

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Dimensions The Gold Connection Rocky Point 3895 Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Margie from ZenCatPottery said the gorgeous goddess pendant on this necklace is raku fired, a special oxygen-reduction process that brings out metallic effects and iridescence in ceramic glazes. This beautiful pendant reflects hues of copper to mauve depending on how the light hits it!

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Fall Goddess Pendant Necklace

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states reflections in water fascinate me – so do sunsets. If you happen to see both its bliss – like a sunset at the Pacific Ocean, when the colorful evening sky is reflected in the water on the seashore. In this moment life is good.

Ocean Sunset Photo greeting card

Frances from supplysideeconomics says unless you have played with truly vintage rhinestones, you have no idea how different they are from more modern ones. They can given to the faceting can often be as magnificent as a fine jewel.

They do not just reflect the light, but plays with the light as it dances around each stone.

Vintage rhinestone buttons

Mairi from mairidesign said this dazzling angel sun catcher catches and reflects the light beautifully. It looks fabulous in the window, adding a touch of sparkle from the iridescent glass and diamond crystal, so you can enjoy its charm all year-long.

Guardian angel suncatcher

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states special attention to light and prism colors were applied in the making of this gorgeous Nativity scene handkerchief. As if looking at the Manger through a stained glass window, colors dance and play on this Holy Scene. A beautiful play on light!

Vintage nativity scene handkerchief

Mary from CharmedByWine says I made this with swarovski crystal beads that catch the light perfectly! Sparkly on your Christmas tree between all the lights, or displayed in a window.

Beaded snowflake ornament

 

Quiet Gray – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Quiet Gray.

Pantone #14-4107
Quiet Gray
Unobtrusive and timeless soft gray.

Quiet Gray

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

zizzybob from zizzybob says quiet gray, dark gray and silver, its all in there.

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Margie from ZenCatPottery said these earrings are fabulous! They are neutral, so they will go with everything. They are also modern and will add a bit of bling to any outfit!

ZenCatPottery

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox states I love the roaring 20th and I love cloche hats.
This quiet gray jacquard fabric, slightly shimmering and the ribbon with metal beads and sequins gives the hat a noble touch that fits into the 20th. The velvet ribbon is up cycled from an old theater costume and ended in a smoky blue fan made of wild silk.

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Solvia from CuteGiftsforU says How fun are these cat coasters beautifully decorated with a pink satin bow.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Quiet Gray – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018 board!

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

Member Feature: LizPOriginals

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Elisabeth of LizPOriginals, our featured member!

LizPOriginals

Tell us about yourself.

Hello , My name is Elisabeth Perez and I am from Austria, Europe.  I moved to the USA in 1988 after getting married to my husband who is from Miami, FL. I have 2 children and a hedgehog named Oliver.

I have always (even as a child) loved to do crafts with different mediums. Be it painting on stones found in rivers, playing with clay, painting on silk. But after visiting Florence Italy I fell in love with beads and have created jewelry & beaded home decor now for over 30 years.

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

I opened my business on Etsy in 2015 after friends and customers told me about it.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love designing sun catchers for homes, fun jewelry, Christmas decor and my newest item the agate wings for many causes.

The world has so many wonderful beads and charms to offer I just cannot stop using them in my designs. I am branching out with adding pet loss ornaments and Christmas decor  for pet owners.

What inspires your work?

Color and textures all around me. Be it in nature or other artists work, like quilts or photography.

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

I really hope to grow my online business and hope to be seen by more shoppers.

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

I think it’s the way I use beads and unique components and my personal touch with my add-on gift bags. I want them to be as unique and not mass made as possible.

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

After my oldest son moved out I reclaimed his room for my work yet again. I have a wonderful couch and table that I use as my shipping station. I have a desk  to bead and a shelf to store all the items listed on Etsy. And another table and chair in my living room by a window to take my pictures.

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

I think is the knowledge that online selling is so different from in person and direct sales. Pictures matter  the most in attracting customers.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do your homework !! As in make sure the market in what you like to sell is not totally over saturated and then rethink what you like to make that will bring a fresh approach to that product. Also awesome pictures and great descriptions.

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

I love to read and see Korean movies on drama fever, travelling, spending time with family, cooking and baking.

What is your favorite quote?

“Who will guard the guards?”

Where can people find out more about your business?

My Etsy shop : https://www.etsy.com/shop/LizPOriginals

On Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/LizPjewelry/

On Twitter : https://twitter.com/austriagirl625

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Enjoy your crafting and make the most of it!

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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.

Soft Furnishings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Soft furnishings can be any fabrics used in the home. For instance linens,bath towels,curtains,cushions,pillows and more. Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to see your Soft Furnishings!

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says I love Harris tweed cushions! There are now so many gorgeous colors and designs available, and yet every piece of this pure wool fabric is still hand-woven by the islanders. The one I have chosen here is a brightly colored large tartan design to really cheer up your room.

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Harris Tweed cushion cover

Karen from timetalentjewels said something that I have in the kitchen that is a must are my Wool Felted Hot Pads. They are soft and thick so you won’t burn yourself. Many people who I sell to, love to just have them as Art in their kitchens because of their bright colors. Each one is knitted and then felted in very hot water, after that process it wicks and retains its shape and becomes very soft and thick. This particular pair is 7 x 7. Some may vary in size.

What is really fun is to have friends decorate with them! How fun would that be?

True colors wool felted hot pads

Robyn from RobynFayeDesigns states these country-style coasters were made in mind for bowls of hot soup, so larger than a regular coaster but smaller than place mats. When not in use they look great stacked in the farmhouse kitchen.

Country style coasters/mug rugs

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says bedrooms are instantly spruced up with gorgeous textures, patterns and fabrics on your bed. We love this pattern by Ralph Lauren Chaps Home collection for its reversibility! A beautiful soft floral pattern on one side with a coordinating stripe pattern on the opposite side for an instant new look! Add some pillows and you have a luxurious boudoir!

Ralph Lauren comforter set