Items Of The Week: Happy New Year

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium


Show Us Your Workspace: Mairidesign

Contributor post by Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Today we visit the workspace of Mairi from mairidesign who sells stained glass home decor and jewellery. Please take a moment to get to know Mairi!

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

My workspace is a corner of my living room (I often take over the whole room) and it tends to be pretty messy. I’m using found pieces of furniture and plan to paint them and get a large cube unit for keeping all of my bits and pieces better organised so that I, hopefully, contain it all in the corner.

This year, I’m finally putting real effort into designing and making a go of it through Etsy. I like getting to the photographing stage and listing the final piece ready for the world to find. Whenever someone buys my work, I feel so appreciative that someone, somewhere likes what I do and will enjoy it for years to come.

I’m currently celebrating 30 years since I started working with stained glass. I trained with a local artist then went on to work in a large glazing company. I have since graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design, I’ve worked as a graphic designer, a gift shop retail manager and an English teacher. I still teach English, here in Prague, and love being able to travel around this beautiful city taking photos of the stunning architecture.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story and pics of my little workspace.

Vintage Charm

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Remember that? We’re focusing on the something old today! Our Christmas in July team members shared these charming vintage items and stories.

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

These are handmade earrings made from vintage spider web lamp-work glass beads! They were made in the 1950’s in Japan, and are an enchanting and very rare find from the good old days. I’ve made these gorgeous works of art into wearable jewelry, perfect for the lover of vintage style and also the modern fashionista.


Hilary from FabFloridaFinds says:

Well, I have something inherited and blue! This bottle was in my mother’s dining room curio cabinet. I always remember it as a child and when she passed away, it’s one of the things I kept. Well, for this entire time, I thought it was a cruet, but wasn’t sure of the Maker or pattern. I asked in one of my FB Etsy Groups and it ends up being an antique Barber bottle for hair tonic, etc. Goes to show, in the world of vintage and antiques, you are always learning something new.


Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

I adore vintage buttons and crystals and when I find the right box I love to decorate with them! The pewter buttons are from Austria and used to be on folk outfits there my grandmother had a huge button box and I loved playing with them as child.


pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

That is what my house is all about as I have collected vintage items for 40 years. It started when my sister in law bought me a Fenton Bell for College Graduation. From there it went viral to cookie jars, tea pots, milk glass and you name it. A few years after my mom died and I found her purses I opened my Etsy Shop. I have chosen this art deco hall tea pot for my charming vintage item.


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

When I lived in West Virginia I opened a craft store in my home – JAMs Hobby Shop. I sold my handmade items, painting supplies, and taught painting classes. Upon moving to Florida, I had to try the craft show outlet, because my Florida home was not big enough to house my craft store. Thirty years ago I gave my dad a 1 1/2 inch picture of a wooden cash register to use at the shows. From that small picture, he made the cash register, which I stained and painted. He could make anything. I sure do miss him very much.


Linda Britt from BrittDesign says:

Many years ago I started collecting vintage clothing. I fell in love with this gown with the faded blue fabric showing through the exquisite lace. I love the crisp cotton fabric and the tucks in the hem Most of all I love the sleeves and the lace that folds back at the wrist. I was never the right size to wear this but it was enough just opening the closet to look at it. But the time comes when it needs to be shared. I bet that ‘s the way a lot of us feel about vintage clothing!


Items Of The Week: Wild Beauty

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Member Feature: TheNebulousKingdom

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Anne-Julie of TheNebulousKingdom, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.

Hi, I’m Anne-Julie, I am 37 and I live in south of France with my hubby and our little girl. I am an illustrator & crafter of all things coming from the illustrations I create. I run a shop at Etsy called The Nebulous Kingdom.

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

I started my journey as a seller on Etsy in 2007, with another shop simply named “annejulie”. Etsy was new, I wanted to give a try at it and see if people would buy my illustrations. In 2009 (and because Etsy didn’t allow to change business names at this time), I took the hard decision to close “annejulie” and to open “The Nebulous Kingdom”. All my customers have followed and made the move a success.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Every things start with my illustrations, it’s the basis of all my crafted products. I create postcards from them, pocket mirrors, Art prints, stationery but also accessories, jewellery, fabric journals… I love the almost endless possibilities an illustration can offer.

What inspires your work

It comes from feelings, dreams, nature, music and everyday life.. I love colors very much, and I deeply think they influence on our feelings and ideas.

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

I’m happy with what I’ve achieved so far, and I would just love that everything continues as well as past years. But I still have goals myself to learn more creative techniques so I’d be able to offer more unique and great items in my shop.

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

I believe my illustration style makes the difference. Most of my customers are most of all fans of my Art, and they purchase items based on their favorite illustration.

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

I work from home where I have my own little studio, with a windows on the sky, literally! Lots of natural light, which helps me to have colorful ideas for my creations. I sometimes like to work in my living room, still, to share time with my family.

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

Well, I would tell myself that we must appreciate what we have now, and that everything will go fine but one step at a time. Develop an idea, then another, and take time to test it. Don’t discourage yourself, things take time, and hard work is always récompensé.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I would tell them to get prepared to struggle from time to time, because living from our art is not easy everyday. Bills and taxes will still be there, and it can be hard sometimes to deal with it. Other than that, it’s a true dream  and I wish everyone could live from their creations. It’s truly fulfilling. Always make your customer happy, without them your shop is nothing. It’s the very first thing to remember. Learn to show your creations beautifully, with great photos and item descriptions. Try to innovate, to stand out from the others thanks to your style or your technique. Most of all, be passionate!

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

I love to spend my free time with my family. Playing games with my daughter, go outside and have a walk.

I love to listen to music and watch movies. But I also spend a lot of time crafting, reading books.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is from Anais Nin: “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are”. I also more recently discovered this one “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”. How positive!

Where can people find out more about your business?

ETSY : TheNebulousKingdom

FACEBOOK : Anne-Julie-Aubry

INSTAGRAM : annejulieaubry

TWITTER: @annejulieart


Is there anything else you’d like to share?

If you feel you have something special to show to the world, then show it! Always try to stay positive and kind to others, that’s the secret for a better living!


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: Gems

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: 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 Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Trending Holiday Home Decor (The New Classics, Sophisticated Stockings, and Moody Tablescapes), Trending Holiday Gifts (Deluxe Pet Gifts, Cosmic Appeal, Hometown Pride and Treat Yo’self) and Trending Presentation Ideas (Creative Wrapping). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Trending Holiday Home Decor

The New Classics

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:.

I am a lover of nature and I know how important ecology is to our lives. Observing wild birds and animals in nature is what brings the most joy and relaxation. I want to share my impressions and love for wild nature and animals. But for me, ecology is also important and what we do to protect our planet. That’s why I’ve designed a series of home decorations that I make from waste materials. I use wood remnants from the production of other objects: small pieces of panels and frames, these pieces were going to be burned, and I give them a new life. It requires more of my time and work because everything is completely different. It took a lot of time to match those pieces to make them a nice composed whole. That’s why each of these objects is different and unique. and my decorations are made of 100% natural materials. I hope that my decorations bring joy and happiness and make a smile.


Trending Holiday Gifts

Cosmic Appeal

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The stars are trending on Etsy this year and Stock Lane Studio has plenty of Cosmic appeal. Love is written in the stars in our SLS cosmic heart printable. This heart art is great year-round, but especially fitting as a holiday gift. Nursery decor, wall art or a card for a loved one, it’s very versatile. Since it’s digital, it can also be used electronically. Announce an engagement or send a message to a loved one using your downloaded art as a backdrop. Don’t have time to do it yourself? SLS LOVES to personalize, just send us a message and we can work with you. We also offer a printed version of this heart art, and have more Night Sky designs in our shop.


Treat Yo’self

susannah raine-haddad from zouzousbasement says:

This desserts coloring book comes with markers/colored pencils or by itself.


Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

Treat yourself to a pair of these unique handmade earrings – Only you will have a pair like them! They are great for the holidays!


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Treat yourself to a beautiful wrap bracelet with high quality Czech glass beads in tones of green, gold and brown with a golden lotus charm.


Trending Presentation Ideas

Creative Wrapping

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says:

I just added this section to my shop for custom tags for holidays and all celebrations.

I have always loved to give homemade gifts to family. I think it started way before I became an adult! I was always making or creating something and it never stopped. The 1st year I was married -we had absolutely no money. My gift to my husband was all handmade ornaments for our 1st tree. I always love trying something new – sewing, knitting and now my Etsy shop. These tags will be perfect for some of my gifts this year. I added some for my personal homemade gifts and also baking tags which reminds me I need to start planning for cookies.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy board!

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