Etsy Christmas In July 2018 – Begins In 3 Weeks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2018 begins 3 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

This year we have many new daily activities planned!

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

#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!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired articles? Here’s one from Mairi of mairidesign! A big thank you to Mairi!

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

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Almost Mauve – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Almost Mauve.

PANTONE 12-2103
Almost Mauve

With its gentle petal like touch, delicate and ephemeral Almost Mauve adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette.

PANTONE 12-2103
Almost Mauve

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Almost Mauve! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Mairi from mairidesign says:

Sweets from the past evoke happy memories and this colour reminds me of the flavour of parma violet candy sweets – strangely aromatic yet magically likeable. This pendant is also quite magical: depending on the light, it slightly changes colour and can look pale blue rather than lilac.  Thank you again, Pantone, for finding the perfect name for the colour of this subtle lilac colour.

mairidesign

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Almost Mauve board!

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

Memories Of The #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

During the month of May 2018 the Etsy Christmas In July team hosted a photo challenge.

The Photo Challenge opened May 1st and ended May 31st! We saw may stunning floral photos from our team members!

Many team members shared their photo during day of the challenge. Please join us as we celebrate the closing of our #EtsyCIJ #FloralChallenge!

We will be hosting another #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge during the #EtsyCIJ 2018 event July 1st – July 10th. Watch for details both here in our blog and our team forum on Etsy!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge!

Alicia, Cindy, Mairi and Michelle1. M Mendoza from MendozamVintage Instagram: mendozamvintage

2. Rebecca from OrnamentsbyRebecca Instagram: ornaments_by_rebecca

3. #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

4. Cristal from DesignsbyCristal Instagrm: Creativedesignsbycristal

5. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1

6. Nancy from EponasCrystals Instagram: eponascrystals

7. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1

8. Nancy from EponasCrystals Instagram: eponascrystals

Member Feature: HeidisHomemadeSoaps

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Heidi of HeidisHomemadeSoaps, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am a mother of three children whom I home-school. I take great pride in offering safe and effective products that are environmentally friendly and never tested on animals.

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

I started my business in 2014 and opened my Etsy shop in 2015. I have many of my products in local stores.

I started my business because I began reading all the harmful ingredients that were in the products I was using on myself and my family; and I did not like it. I am passionate about the products I make & sell. My products are made using organic ingredients. They are ALWAYS cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, and NEVER tested on animals. Many of my items are also vegan. My soaps are made using hot and cold process. ALL of my products are made with extra care and love.

I truly enjoy hearing the testimonies of my customers who have purchased my products and have fallen in love with them.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I am in business because I want to offer natural and organic options. I believe that what goes ON your body goes IN your body! I use organic ingredients whenever possible. My products are NEVER tested on animals. They are environmentally friendly.

What inspires your work?

I am inspired by God first and foremost, and by His beautiful creation. And sometimes by food.

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

My future goal for this year is to continue making quality products that are safe and organic. I would also like to expand my product just a little more. My dream and long term goal is to open a store and sell my products at a location so customers can come in and sample and smell my products. In doing so, I would like to employ individuals who are in great need of a job such as battered women, sex trafficking victims, and the homeless. My goal isn’t just to make a profit but to touch as many lives as I can while I’m on this earth.

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

I make a pretty large variety of products. Every item is handmade by me from start to finish. This includes choosing responsible companies to purchase my ingredients from all the way through designing labels and packaging each individual item. I am about quality control and happy customers.

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

I work out of my home at this point and time.

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

That life is a learning process and this is no different. Fortunately, I had some experience running my husband’s business so I was somewhat business savvy. I understand customer service and quality control. But, I am still learning new things every day. I prefer to listen more than I like to speak. One thing I did not realize before I started my business was how much work would be involved. However, I have learned with a lot of work there is great reward.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Networking and advertising are keys to success, but this takes perseverance and patience. Stick with it!

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

My business started out as a hobby and then very quickly grew into a business. I enjoy making products; I find it to be very relaxing. However, when I am not working I like to spend time with my family.

What is your favorite quote?

“Cast all your care upon Him for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

Where can people find out more about your business?

My Facebook page and my Etsy site.

Facebook: HeidisHomemadeSoap

Etsy: HeidisHomemadeSoap

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thank you for this opportunity!

 

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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.

Emperador – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Emperador.

PANTONE 18-1028
Emperador

The rich chocolate infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the spring 2018 palette.

PANTONE 18-1028
Emperador

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Emperador! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Mairi from mairidesign says:

Emperador is a much more fabulous way to describe this, abstract botanical fairy dust starburst illustration, than brown and gold. As you can see, this pendant is so full of life that I have a string of adjectives I want to use. It just shines with happiness and would be a great gift for a recent graduate who is, themselves, ready to shine in the big wide world.

mairidesign

mairidesign

Do you have a loose fitting dress or shirt? Perhaps you’ve lost some weight and your favorite outfit is a little baggy? This garment cinch clip may be just what you’re looking for! If you answered yes to either of those questions, you NEED this item! Carly dresses and Classic T tops love to be accented with bling like this! You’ll be able to look stylish, and trendy all at the same time with just the right amount of bling this clip offers! It’s even great for light-weight shawls and vests!

Cynhumphrey

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Emperador board!

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

Say Hello to Spring With These Fresh Jewelry Trends: 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 Say Hello to Spring With These Fresh Jewelry Trends article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Mountain Jewelry, Tutti Frutti, Lucite, Brooches, and 2019 Prediction: Animal Jewelry. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Brooches

Mairi from mairidesign says:

“Brooches are back, and they’re bigger (and more varied) than ever!”

Great! I love wearing a brooch to accessorize my outfit. As all the flowers blossom and bloom, what better time to add a flash of colour in unison with nature? This vibrant red poppy is just perfect to wear with denim jacket cut-offs or to pin floaty no-button cardis this summer.

mairidesign

2019 Prediction: Animal Jewelry

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Owl Bracelet – We have a horned owl (or two) that live in our area. I love to hear them in the evenings calling to each other. This bracelet has a large silver owl bead as an accent!

EponasCrystals

If you are on Pinterest here is Say Hello to Spring With These Fresh Jewelry Trends: Etsy board!

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

The Most Inspiring Wedding Trends of 2018: 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 Most Inspiring Wedding Trends Of 2018 article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Style (Stackable Rings, Embroidered Embellishments, Statement Veils, Flirty Capes), Decor (Clear Acrylics, Guest Book Evolution, The New Rustic: Southwestern Style, Pet-Friendly Weddings) and 2019 Prediction: Puffed Sleeves. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

The New Rustic

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This wedding banner is a perfect example of The New Rustic Wedding Trend on Etsy. This has a great rustic look. It is great to hang at the reception or just about anywhere you would like to hang it in the wedding. I can put names or dates on it also.

ThisandThatCrafter

Pet Friendly Weddings

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This bling dog collar came about after some friends asked me about making one for their wedding. After creating one I thought how many people would love to have their pet in on their special moment and be dressed in a more formal collar.

So, my bling collection of pet collars is born. There are several colors choices available that could go perfectly well with your wedding theme.

DesignsbyCristal

If you are on Pinterest here is The Most Inspiring Wedding Trends Of 2018: Etsy board!

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