Items Of The Week: Halloween Mood

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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New Team Member September

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team member who joined in September! Take a moment to check out her shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Salwa fayk from BSBridaLShop says:

Hello all happy to be with you! I make wedding items handmade with love!

BSBridaLShop

BSBridaLShop

Shaded Spruce – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

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 2017 is Shaded Spruce.

PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce

This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

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

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

This hat is handmade of a warm boiled wool fabric in Shaded Spruce. Shaded Spruce is one of my favorite colors for accessories during the cold seasons. It’s a warm autumn and winter color and it fits perfect with other colors like brown and black.

MermaidsHatbox

MermaidsHatbox

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says:

The green stones in this bracelet are Moss Agate. The color is a great match for Pantone’s Shaded Spruce. When I made the bracelet it reminded me of a day at the creek. Walking along a tree lined creed is so relaxing. The agate is hand-knapped, which gives it a rustic boho look.  The earrings are glass beads in the same shaded spruce color.

DesertDabbler

DesertDabbler

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Shaded Spruce what a beautiful color! This floral Shaded Spruce cigarette/glasses holder makes a great gift.

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Shaded Spruce board!

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Fall Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies are the beginning to fall time creative moments!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are sharing their fall supplies with us! Seize the inspiration!

Alberto and Tania from HOUSEOFMOLDS says:

This blooming collier clear mold is for creating resin jewelry. We designed this shapes to create amazing unique resin or other liquid casting materials. We create molds in Italy with great care and love.

HOUSEOFMOLDS

HOUSEOFMOLDS

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These handmade ceramic buttons are heart shaped and feature two holes for sewing onto fall accessories such as scarves, beanies, bags, boot cuffs and home knits.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These paper beads are handmade using recycled paper and are the perfect colour for your fall accessories.

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Our Stock Lane Paper heart tags have a wonderful antique look to them. Illustrations of pears, apples, grapes and deep greenery make the perfect harvest theme papers for autumn scrapbooking or Thanksgiving table scatter.

I hand punched these 2 inch paper hearts from beautiful paper I purchased in Venice, Italy. The rich colors of the fruits and vines bring me back to a special time of wandering the cobblestone streets and canals of this magical city with my family.

StockLanePaper

StockLanePaper

Barbara from MinimixMaterial says:

Small wooden pieces in the shape of hedgehogs and mushrooms are the ideal ingredients for autumn decorations. They give florists, knitting and sewing and crafting the special touch.

MinimixMaterial

MinimixMaterial

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I wanted to create a paper pack that was fall colors, mainly honey beige. They can be used for scrapbooking autumn photos, for making decor for fall events – even Thanksgiving. The colors are neutral enough that they can be used for other seasons as well.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Member Feature: Clayfuffles

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Karen of Clayfuffles, our featured member!

clayfuffles

clayfuffles

Tell us about yourself.

I LOVE creating! I not only have my Clayfuffles polymer clay shop but also a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. Feelings of Love Jewelry! I make anything and everything clay, I quilt, make all types of jewelry, I cross-stitch and the list goes on! I currently reside in a city called Oshawa, which is about an 45 minute drive outside of Toronto. I have an amazingly supportive hubby and have 3 fur kids, 2 dogs – Winston and Georgie and one cat Ella, who thinks she is a dog!

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

I first started making jewelry and like many other people, I was told that I should be selling online! So I started out on Etsy in 2010. The sales were great but I found that I needed to do something that was more creative, something I could get my hands in to and introduced myself to polymer clay! I Love working with clay because you can turn a piece of plain coloured clay into a piece of beauty! That to went over well and after a bit of a push from a friend I met online. Hence the beginning of Clayfuffles!

Tell us a bit about your products.

Because i have a love for jewelry I make all types of clay jewelry which some people think there is nothing pretty about it but if you take a look at my pieces you can see the amazing colors that can be made! I have expanded now and make my own ring dishes which are extremely popular! I also make custom beads for other jewelry makes. If you need something different and unique this is the shop to come to!

What inspires your work

Colour inspires me! If I can make a beautiful colour mix than I am off to the races! I try that color in many of the necklaces and bracelets and even the earrings.

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

My dream would be to have a boutique style shop and be know for the pieces I make.

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

I have to be honest it’s my customer service. There are many clay artists that are stand out but to have A1 customer service is important to me. Good customer service is very hard to find these days and when someone leaves your shop after having a positive experience, they well be back and besides that, I like to treat my customers the way I would expect to be treated.

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

I do have a large studio in my home and spent most of my time there. It also has a living area and it’s great because I can have my customers in so they can either pick up their order or sit and have coffee and a good chin wag!

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

I wish I had known more of the techniques used in polymer clay. There is a lot to learn with polymer clay!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Be patient! It takes time to build up a shop and get clients but the things you learn will help you in your journey to getting your own website!

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

I love to do any kind of hobby I can. Beading is a big one. I also like to watch a good movie and any good tv show!

What is your favorite quote?

The earth smiles in Flowers.

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can go to clayfuffles.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I would like to thank Michelle for the opportunity to share my shop with everyone!

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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.

Items Of The Week: Burning Autumn

 

Home Luxuries

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

We all like to feel pampered once in a while. What better place to feel this way than Home Sweet Home? We checked in with our teamies to see what they love and/or sell that’s a luxury for at-home use, and here’s what they shared:

Hello everybody!

I’m happy to present you handmade felted shoes made of softest merino (Australia) wool of anthracite colour. Merino wool is the best wool in the world! You feel these shoes like a second skin on your feet and they are perfectly light and tender. The shape is slim, which wraps around your feet. They are soft, perfect for soothing your tired feet at the end of a long day. And the anthracite color is good for every interior also. Sole is made of natural latex.

wool slippers

Wool slippers Elegant felted ballerina shoes Pointy flats Unique design clogs Anthracite merino

Hi to Everyone,
We want to present a beautiful mustard velvet pillow cover. It can bring color to your house, texture, warmth, design, and comfort.

mustard pillow

Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique says Hi to Everyone, We want to present a beautiful mustard velvet pillow cover. It can bring color to your house, texture, warmth, design, and comfort, Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique

Hi everyone, thanks for opening this lovely thread.

Probably our best-selling little home luxuries are our beautiful leather butterfly and fish key chains. They’re printed using a unique technique on pure leather and padded to be super tactile. They make really wonderful tokens to say, ‘Welcome to your new home’, but are also just a gorgeous pick-me-up to keep in your pocket or as a bag charm when you want a hint of luxury.

Butterfly Key Ring

Butterfly key ring / Leather key ring / bag charm – Marmaduke Butterfly

All my creations are based on my mood and my daughter’s mood! These sterling silver napkin rings would make a wonderful gift!

butterfly ring

Napkin rings, sterling silver, butterfly, set of 4, silver 925 serviette rings, wedding gift, silver anniversary, housewarming gift

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

So many times, when making a purchase, home decorating is not at the top of the list of things to buy. Essentials like clothing, food, school supplies, etc. usually take precedence over little things like home decor luxuries. Although these types of items are not at the top of the list, they do make wonderful gift ideas.

One of the favorite home decor items in my shop is the cascading tea cup floral arrangements. These are not only elegant but they are also a conversation piece too. The floral arrangements compliment any room in the house and are quite capable of reminding you about the good things in life every time you look at them.

pink teacup

Pink Floating Botanical Tea Cup Floral Arrangement | Cascading Tea Cup Floral Arrangement | Recycled Home Decor

SosoMe from Sosomeshop said:

Love your home and give it a little exotic luxury with this multi functional pillow designed in the silhouette of a women made with African inspired cotton fabrics and poly fibre filling all machine washable. The pillow is multi functional because it is not only decorative but also acts as a neck rest in an unconventional way.

neck pillow

Novelty African print lady figure cushion ankara pillow accessories handmade gifts for the home gifts for men and women

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks said:

A super soft, chunky knit blanket, hand knitted throw made from hand spun super bulky yarn. Perfect for wrapping around your shoulders or simply to add a splash of color to your home.

blanket

Hand Knit Blanket, Brown Blanket, Chunky Knit Blanket, Giant Knit, Extreme Knitting, Super Chunky Knit, ready to ship, Bulky Throw

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Home luuxuries! How about a nice warm bath? You can soak in the tub and wash with these sweet soaps. My mother Pearl never showered but loved to soak in the tub, even when she had trouble getting out! I was there to help!

bath soap

Christmas Bath Soaps New Gift Box Set of 4 Vtg 1990’s Virgin Mary Baby Jesus Joseph & Town’s People 5 Oz Bars Cross on Top Religious Gift

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Owning Waterford crystal is definitely a lovely luxury. These champagne flutes make any occasion an enhanced luxury event. Cheers.

glasses

Waterford Champagne Flutes Carnegie Pattern Crystal Wineglasses Vintage Barware New Year’s Eve Celebration Set of Four (4) Champagne Glasses

Many thanks for all the great shares!

Until next time,

Sheila