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

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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.

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

Items Of The Week: Steam Punk

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

1.  Gothic Skull Salvaged Wood Art  by Richard and Richard from A Third Life

2. Steampunk Submarine Applique Quilt Pattern by Susan – Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA

Member Feature: The Sunflower Cupboard

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Patricia Jarrett of The Sunflower Cupboard, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am a wife, mother, grandmother and a decorative painter.  I have been painting since 1985 and have gone from painting other’s patterns to designing my own patterns.  The majority of my listed painted items now are one-of-a-kind treasures.  I fully appreciate the fact that I have a wonderful art studio that my husband built for me and it is where I can be found most days.  When I am not painting, I am knitting, in the garden, making soap, and spending time with my family and friends.  My favorite things to paint seem to be leaning more toward whimsical designs and I hope this trend continues!

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

I started painting in 1985 when we lived in Wyoming and then moved to Maine where I worked full-time in a medical office and  painted and did many many craft shows.  In 1999 we moved to Cape Cod and then in 2009 moved to Virginia and in 2014 – all the while working as a medical transcriptionist and painting on the side.  After we moved to Minnesota, I started painting as a business and here I am!  The painting has been a big part of my life since 1985 because I LOVE TO PAINT!

Tell us a bit about your products.

I paint on many different surfaces – wood, metal, glass, fabric – probably paint on anything that is stationary. I purchase and paint other artists’ patterns but am pretty busy now creating my own patterns and publishing the patterns in some of the online magazines.  My style is mostly folk art with some prim work but all seem to follow a bit with a whimsical theme.  Recently I have delved a bit into some of the new mixed media items but am still getting “used to them”.  I do try and stretch my talents as a personal challenge from time to time.

What inspires your work?

Life inspires my work.  I buy a lot of re-purposed items and quite frequently I will pick up an item at a thrift shop and have an idea of what to paint on it at that time which makes my life real easy (not always the case though).  My garden inspires my work as it is full of color with perennials.  I loved living in New England as there were so many inspirations – the ocean, local architecture, small quaint villages, etc.  The 4 seasons inspire me with all the designs and colors they provide.

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

What are my goals for the business this year?  My main goal is to be happy painting.  I want to continue concentrating on painting for painting’s sake and not being rushed or stressed.  My best work comes out of adhering to these principles.  I want to be as excited about painting as I was back in 1985 and so far, I am still excited!

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

I like to to think it is because of the designs, the colors I gravitate to and choose, my use of detail.  My painting is an extension of me and I am a one-of-a-kind!

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

I fortunately have a 16 x 12 foot studio that my husband created for me.  I have a bin storage rack on one wall that holds 63 – 58 quart bins of all kinds of surfaces to paint (almost at hoarder stage).  One wall is my business area with computer, printers and binders of stencils, transfer images, collage paper, patterns, etc.  The wall opposite from my shelving unit is my work table with wonderful lighting, large work surface and a TV!  The final wall is shorter as this is the entrance to my studio and it holds wood shelves with more paints, mediums, embellishments and another shelf for more surfaces and larger pieces.  To me it is all eye candy.

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

I have learned a lot more about taking photos of my items and all that goes into this  – cropping, exposure, framing and putting the best photo out for all to see.  Wish I had known about all the wonderful programs are available for these photos!  Wish I had known more about Etsy at an earlier date.  But, you know what they say, “If wishes were horses.”

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

The easiest advice, is try it.  It is really easy to list on Etsy and is very reasonable!  What do you have to lose?

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

As listed above, I knit, garden, make soap, cook, shop for items to re-purpose, visit with friends and family, and the list goes on.

What is your favorite quote?

Old Scottish saying. “From Ghoulies and Ghosties and long-legged beasties, Good Lord deliver us.

Where can people find out more about your business?

My website – www.thesunflowercupboard.com
A small online shop – www.pfattmarketplace.com – under my shop name The Sunflower Cupboard
Etsy – www.etsy.com/shop/thesunflowercupboard

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share what I do!

________

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: Floral

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Member Feature: Vadjutka

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Judit Wild of Vadjutka, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am Judit Wild, a Hungarian jewelry designer, but I wasn’t born as a jewelry designer. I studied photography, journalism and sociology. I was working as a journalist and a market researcher for 15 years in total, and I slowly changed to making and designing jewelry.

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

I opened my Etsy shop 10 years ago, in February, 2008.  At that time I was already making jewelry for 6 years, as a hobby, and I wanted to have a consistent online presence.

 

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design and make jewelry. You can see my sterling silver work in my Etsy shop.  I love to combine all sorts of materials. My newest love is plexiglass, and it goes with sterling silver very well. Back in the time of opening my Etsy shop I was using glass beads, fused glass pendants, later fabric, and then wood.

What inspires your work?

My greatest inspiration is the sea / ocean, and the sky above.  My main aim is to express feelings via my jewelry, so anything can inspire me from food to buildings and nature.

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

I have a small shop in Budapest (capital of Hungary, my home) and my plan for this year is to have only silver jewelry in my shop. Currently I have the fabric / wooden jewelry as well as the silver ones.

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

Honestly, I have no idea. I haven’t seen too many people so far combining sterling silver and plexi.

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

Yeah, I have a shop in the heart of Budapest, and I make my jewelry there. For the sterling silver jewelry line I work in a different studio, that is suitable for silver smithing.

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

Many-many things. Actually it is a constant learning process. I will try to highlight a few.
1) Being persistent and patient.
2) One should really mind his/her own business, and not look at others too much.
3) Balancing between my own way (artistically) and what people like / want.
4) Listening to my gut feeling. Rational decisions are important, but one cannot neglect the gut feeling.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I think that being active on 1-2 social platforms is essential for any online businesses. I chose Instagram and Facebook for myself, because they suit me the best. Others may prefer other platforms. The main point is, that the platform you use, suits your skills. (I am strong in photography, but not in 160 characters texts, so Twitter is not for me.

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

Photography, dance and cooking.

What is your favorite quote?

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. (Oprah Winfrey)

You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference. (Steve Jobs)

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a website: http://vadjutka.hu/eng/about-myself/
A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vadjutka.design/ (mostly in Hungarian)
An Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/vadjutka/ (mostly in English)

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you for reading this through!

________

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.