Sargasso Sea – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Sargasso Sea.

PANTONE 19-4031
Sargasso Sea
Boundless and fathomless blue mooring the palette.

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

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says:

Sargasso Sea is a gorgeous deep navy. I have used the ceramic technique known as “sgraffito” to decorate this spoon rest. Sgraffito is scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color. In this case I scratched through a layer of dark blue slip (liquid clay) to reveal the white clay beneath.

Sgraffito has been used on walls in Europe since classical times and was popularized in Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries. It can even be found in African art! Sgraffito is my favorite technique for decorating pottery because I love color and because it gives me a chance to draw freely, without following/tracing a pattern.

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zizzybob from zizzybob says:

A very popular thing to do when in Key West Florida is to take a sunset cruise. This card represents that. It would also make a great card for any sailing fans.

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mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says:

This fat quarter embodies the essence of Sargasso Sea, with it’s boundless blue! Use this fabric for quilting, doll making, general sewing, or kids crafts.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

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

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

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Member Feature: HollyBeeandCompany

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Debbie of HollyBeeandCompany, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

I am a compassionate women who loves to be passionate about my businesses. I love taking something that is pretty much nothing and finding a new use for it! I love coffee, yoga and being creative.  One of my greatest passion is helping others find their talents and put them to use. I love seeing others succeed!

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

I opened my business 4 years ago just selling to my local community. Two years ago I had a friend encouraged me to open an Etsy store to expand. I have always been creative and sold items here and there but Etsy took me to the next level. I absolutely love the growth I have had in the past 2 years on Etsy. I love sharing my talents and seeing all the different places my work goes around the world.

Tell us a bit about your products.

We use a lot of reclaimed materials in our products. We like to keep with the idea of taking something old and making it new. We make all our stain from earth pigment so each piece is unique in the fact that the stain is custom. We liked to work with the outdoor elements and bring a touch of outdoors inside.

What inspires your work?

Nature inspires us. We also like to keep up with the trends and incorporate that into our own style! Yoga and meditation is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. When the mind is quite it is free to create.

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

My goal is to expand my following and my customer base. We want to continue to add new designs to our shop and offer the best products we can. I would love to see my business double in size by the end of this year. It is our dream to have Hollybee and Company be our full time income that allows us freedom to do what we love most.

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

It is our desire to see everyone be successful at what they are doing. We care deeply for our customers and send each product out with love and hope. I also think our passion for keeping things as environmentally clean and safe as possibly by using natural products as much as possible sets us apart.

One thing for sure we are grateful for each and every order we receive. We love what we do!

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

We work from our basement and garage right now. We are hoping our dreams of owning a separate studio come true this year For now it has served us to work from home.

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

Photography, shipping, and marketing. It’s so hard to say because I feel everyday I learn something new. If I had waited until I thought I had everything figured out I wouldn’t have ever opened my my shop. The one thing I would say is ask for help. Hire out what you are not comfortable doing. Don’t try to be everything all the time. Wearing too many hats leads to burnout.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just go for it! You never know until you try and there is a place for everyone! I am a dive in and figure things out as you go kinda gal. You will learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to push yourself past your fears and step into something. If you fail you just try again. I would say I have learned to fail faster. The faster I fail the quicker I will succeed. Not all my products have been successful but I kept trying and it has been a joy!

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

I do a lot of yoga, hiking, and  spending time outdoors. We love to travel. Mostly this business is my hobby and I am lucky to have it as a job as well.

What is your favorite quote?

Whatever is good for the soul do that!

Where can people find out more about your business?

Website: www.hollybeecompany

Instagram: hollybeeandcompany

Facebook: HollyBee and Company

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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.

Member Feature: HellaGanorJewelry

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Hella of HellaGanorJewelry, our featured member!

HellaGanorJewelry

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Hella. I’m jewelry designer, sculptor and manufacturing jewelry for over 25 years.

I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel.

At my jewelry design I love combining materials in a nontraditional manner such as gold, gemstones, diamonds with nontraditional materials such as stainless steel, and other industrial materials.

My passion for jewelry design comes from architecture and sculpturing.

HellaGanorJewelry

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

I opened my business 30 years ago as I was frustrated that I could not find then a piece of Jewelry I liked.

On the other hand I wanted to become an architect but life had different path for me.

Tell us a bit about your products.

The Netline Collection combines classy, reserved cachet with contemporary spirit. The distinctive look is rooted in design and production techniques which bring together handicraft and 3-D computer printing. Created with this unique technology, common now among avant-garde architects, the pieces hug the body and flow with its natural movement. The pieces surge on with fine lines, as in an etching, evoking sensations of both hollowness and wholeness while making extraordinary use of the inner spaces of each piece, and coalescing into rich but airy objects.

What inspires your work?

My passion for jewelry design comes from architecture and sculpturing (big jewelry).

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

My future goals are to have worldwide sales both retail and wholesale.

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

My design and high quality stands out!

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

Yes, I have a separate studio and I work with other manufactures.

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

You need to have patience and passion, high quality items and great customer service.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

You need to have patience and passion, high quality items and great customer service.

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

I love my work and design is my passion. To unwind I like to walk on the beach or travel to different countries and learn about people, their life & culture.

Where can people find out more about your business?

In my new website: hellaganor

My Etsy shop: HellaGanorJewelry

Facebook (HE): HellaGanorShop

Facebook (EN): HellaGanorJewelry

Pinterest: hellaganor

Instagram: hellaganor  

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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.

Ultra Violet – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Ultra Violet.

PANTONE 18-3838
Ultra Violet
Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.

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

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1. Ultra Violet Drop Earrings by Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals

2. Ultra Violet Cushion Cover by Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann

3. Ultra Violet Pendant by Mairi from mairidesign 

4. Ultra Violet Socks by Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks

5. Ultra Violet Ring by friedasophie from friedasophie 

6. Ultra Violet Beaded Photo Holder by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey 

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1. Ultra Violet Stuffed Snowman by Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom

2. Ultra Violet Brooch by Mairi from mairidesign 

3. Ultra Violet Bead Ornament by Marjorie Scenna from mscenna

4. Ultra Violet Appliqued Quilt Block by zizzybob from zizzybob

5. Ultra Violet Dangle Earrings by Kristen from KestrelCollection  

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ultra Violet board!

Are you a member of the Etsy Christmas In July team? Do you have Ultra Violet items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the #EtsyCIJ forums to participate!

Member Feature: DoveGlove

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ebru of DoveGlove, our featured member!

DoveGlove

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Ebru and I design lace gloves and bridal accessories.

Located in Turkey and all products handmade by me.

I learned fashion design and sewing lessons at the university. I’m a professional photographer also.

My strong relationships with my suppliers and vendors ensure that you receive the best service and quality available. I am constantly seeking out the best, most unique products to help make each event one of a kind.

I take pride in making your dream of the “perfect day” into a reality and we look forward to working with you.

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

The Dove Glove was founded in 2008 and has become a wonderful and quaint one stop shop for the bride-to-be.

I have always liked to design new things.

It is a dream to start wholesale sales in this small business. Day by day, I can do I can do that faster production and more production. My business is very important for my family and me.

It’s a great pleasure, and it’s my priority job.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I am doing handmade gloves. I use French lace, guipures and tulle.

Sometimes I have different ideas and I create new gloves with the materials I have.

I accept custom orders also, because I love to be a seller. And make people happy. For their wedding days or formal days or casual days.

What inspires your work?

First of all, brides and weddings are affecting me.

Everything in the nature, an accessory I see or just the fabric itself.

Seasons and colors inspire me all the time.

I like to look at the good side of life.

And it’s great to share the happiness of people.

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

I will continue to work hard, of course.

I am looking forward to refining my product line over the coming year. Working on new ideas for products and hope to get close to 500 to this year.

I will continue to look for shops where I can do wholesale in different countries.

I want the whole world are recognized DoveGlove brand.

Because it is very fortunate.

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

I love all of the people who do this job. They all work to share the best days.

All my products are genuine handmade. Using very good quality materials, I complete my orders carefully.

I’m also an artist, and I can paint in any color my customers want.

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

Yes I’ve got a small work space or studio.

But I like to make my gloves with my family room.

And sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet and undisturbed work space to create in..  I can work and listen to my playlist. I like old rock music and I listen very often.

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

The most important thing I know and am sure of; honesty.

It never changes!

I learned very well the importance of not doing sales without being sure about the colors.

These are the things you should pay attention to when selling from the internet; colors and sizes.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a most beautiful and useful platform for selling handmade products..

Etsy is a very dynamic place where things often change and you just have to be committed to keep learning and working on your craft and your shop.

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

I’ve got a lot of hobbies.

I’m a photographer and I love take photos since 2006.

I’ve got a bicycle and I’m going beautiful places for taking photos with my music.

.Music is my never give up hobbies and makes me happy always. I love rock music. Like Survivor, Journey, Asia, Hammerfall, Bon Jovi etc.

What is your favorite quote?

The world’s your playground, enjoy it.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy: DoveGlove
Instagram: byharemdesign
Twitter: HaremDesign
google+ : Ebru
Pinterest: byharemdesign

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I thank you very much for this opportunity first of all.

I would like to say that I feel there are many talented people in the world and I encourage them to share their gifts with others, whether through teaching or making and selling.

Be happy and  spread happiness!

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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.

Fall Jewelry Trends – Back To the Classics: 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 Fall Jewelry Trends – Back to the Classics: Etsy article on the Etsy blog.

Gold Chains, Cocktail Rings, Hoop Earrings, Lockets, Pearls, and Charm Bracelets are the Fall Jewelry Trends – Back To Classic on Etsy! Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Hoops

Mairi from mairidesign says:

The article says, “When it comes to hoops, we’re not afraid to go big.” Well, here are a pair of big hoops with the most gorgeous rainbow thorn beads. Perfect for grabbing the limelight on the dance floor as the purply flames frame your face and sparkle like fireworks.

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Lockets

Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

Hi! This necklace was assembled piece by piece until it just felt “done.” Sort of like, “if you give a mouse a cookie” just keeps going… I started with a green organza ribbon and then this necklace just kept going.

I love the classic and simple charm of a good ribbon but it needed a little dressing up, so I decided to add a golden book locket for a pendant. The locket on a ribbon was beautiful on its own but a book that can hold a secret reminded me gardens so I added a piece of gold filigree that reminds me of sunshine and dangled some clay flowers to grow.

Wear this necklace and take the garden with you! Remember that anything can grow if you work on it.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fall Jewelry Trends – Back to the Classics: Etsy Pinterest board!

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

Member Feature: MaribelleCampa

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Maribelle of MaribelleCampa, our featured member!

MaribelleCampa

Tell us about yourself.

Hello!! I am Maribelle Campa, come and enjoy my creations. Everything you see in my shop has been made with lots of enthusiasm and love!! From engineering to metalsmithing, and the most important, motherhood, I have been growing into a very creative person. I have always loved making handmade items. As a teenager, I used to sew everything my sister and I wore. When my kids were born I crochet little booties, blankets and everything I could. Then I started gardening but couldn’t withstand the insects!! After being into home improvement for a while I decided it was time to make something that could make me feel and look pretty, not the house! It has been a couple of years of handmade jewelry and believe me: I love it! I enjoy it to the point that I went back to college and took courses on metals. What makes me so happy is the support I have receive from family and friends!! If you like something from my shop just let me know. To design, to create and to smile is my goal of everyday. Welcome to my shop, and lets forge that idea together!

Maribelle Campa
Certified Bonafide Artisan
Metalsmith

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

Soon after finishing my silversmith degree at the University of Puerto Rico I began searching for a venue where I could show my pieces to the world without having to go from fair to fair. At that time my kids were at very young ages and required lots of mommy’s attention and it was very difficult for me to attend long hours fairs. That is when browsing the starving artists chat room I found out about Etsy. More than ten years ago! I immediately opened an account and the rest is history!

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love to work with gold, silver, copper and gemstones. My original pieces involved subtle hammering, lots of movement and everlasting quality. From hammered hoops that will last a decade to unique rings with large gemstones.

What inspires your work?

My motivation is to create pieces for the modern woman who is on the run and needs to have jewelry that goes from casual to elegant with great quality. Love gemstones, pearls, turquoise, rough diamonds, everything. During the last couple of years I have resurrected my love for filigree! Creating pendants, earrings and rings that have awaken the local customers Spanish roots and their love for intricate filigree work including cameos!

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

I would love to keep working on filigree creating more intricate works of art! Our Spanish heritage is very rich and would be very proud to contribute to keep this for of art alive.

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

My shop is a one person shop where I Create, photograph, pack and ship, do the social networking, customer service, everything! I think people love to have special treatment and support small business more than ever! I am ready to make you custom order alive!

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

One of the things that allowed me to have my business going is to have my studio right at home. I am my own boss, decide my working hours and at the same time I am available for my family needs! It is been wonderful!

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

I have learned to be more organized and definitely to follow my passions always!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Start! Have clean good photos, detailed descriptions Start and do not be afraid. Maybe later your username will not be available!

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

I love to go to the beach! For inspiration, or just to relax! Happy and grateful to be an islander!

What is your favorite quote?

Smile! Keep on working!

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can look for updates of my job at instagram or facebook. Look for Maribelle Campa Artisan Jewelry on Facebook and Maribelle Campa on Instagram.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Follow your passions and smile!

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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.