Chili Oil – 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 Chili Oil.

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Chili Oil

Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.

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Chili Oil

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

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Those driving a VW Beetle for sure have colorful personalities. One can say that they are like a chili oil for the food. Here’s a market bag for a sparkly person in an earthy brown based red shade with brighter red spot pattern. This grocery bag is trendy and will make you stand out in the crowd.


Jane and Kate from ShopPoePoe says:

Within the last year we added these cute short skinny scarves. These skinny scarves are a great finishing touch to any outfit. You can wrap this mini scarf around your neck once and tie it loosely or wrap around your neck twice and tie it in a small knot. There are also a multitude of other ways this scarf can be used… such as, hair scarf, purse scarf, wrist scarf or ankle scarf. What a great accessory to add to a wardrobe.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

I am an accessory type of gal! I love wearing them year round and love finding items that can easily transition into any season of the year. This enamel painted butterfly (hosting the hot Pantone color of the year, chili oil) can do just that! It’s a fun scarf pendant to wear and an attention grabber for sure!


Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

With the freezing temperatures and snow we have been experiencing in London, I thought there could be nothing better than to knit this chunky hat to not only keep someone looking and feeling hot, but also show off the hot new Pantone colour, ‘Chili Oil’!

It’s such a beautiful deep colour and a shade that will look great with almost any colour, ensuring it is a staple in your wardrobe for years to come!

I used a pure sheep wool to create this lovely hand knitted ribbed, which is both incredibly warm and soft, whilst also giving excellent stitch definition to really show off the pattern beautifully.

So, if you’re feeling chilly, this ‘Chili Oil’ inspired hat will soon get you feeling the heat!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Chili Oil board!

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


New Team Members: February 2018

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

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

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline shares:

Hello everyone! My name is Caroline and I have an Etsy shop in which I sell my hand-poured soy candles! Soy Candles are a much healthier alternative to other candles on the market. I am passionate about the candles I pour and believe this Lemongrass Candle best represents Soy Candles by Caroline!


Sandra Darlene from SDDigitalDesign shares:

Hi – my name is Sandra from SD Digital Design. My shop is filled with adorable printable art that shares a message, offers inspiration or just makes you smile! I combine text and graphics into one-of-a-kind digital designs!

I started my Etsy shop believing it was “possible”. The first print I designed reminds me dreams do come true.


Savinaki from DriadesNatural shares:

Hello! I am Savina.

Me and my husband own a small, family skincare company based in Greece. We produce 100% natural, freshly handmade to order herbal beauty elixirs. Most of them are vegan and organic, all of them aroma therapeutic.

We are new to Etsy but our lab has a presence of more than 7 years in the Greek market.

We love what we do! Most of all, we love to have happy clients who after using our products realize what Nature can do for our skin and mood!

Nice to be here with you.


Member Feature: Occasions Boutique

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Tammy of OccasionsBoutique, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Tammy Boudreau, and I design wreaths and garlands.  I have been happily married for 14 years, and I have two awesome daughters.  I decided to attempt to make a wreath for Christmas a few years back, and it was at that time that I feel in love with designing wreaths, door swags, and garlands.

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

I opened my Etsy shop in 2013.  I have loved the appearance of mesh wreaths since the first time I laid eyes on them. I decided to give it a shot, and all of a sudden I was receiving orders from family members, co-workers etc.. I really enjoy making these wreaths and seeing the outcome.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I offer wreaths (and garlands) for all holidays, as well as everyday (non-seasonal). I love the colors that deco mesh has to offer, and I am addicted to ribbon.  I truly believe that stepping outside of the box and mixing different tones is what has made my shop successful. I also use a ton of faux floral products and glittered picks to give fullness to all of my wreaths.

What inspires your work?

My clients truly are my inspiration.  I am huge on customer service, and it is such a great feeling getting to know many of my clients, listening to their ideas, and then putting together a product that they fall in love with.

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

I would like to offer more ready to ship items, as well as add a few more of my character wreaths to my inventory. My character wreaths are my best seller, but they are also very time consuming.

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

I believe one of the most important factors in running a business is customer service.  I really focus on customer service 100% of the time. I also custom design a lot of the decor found on my wreaths, items that can not be purchased in stores.

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

I design my wreaths in my home office, and I have extra storage in my garage and a storage building.  Staying organized is a must for me.

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

When I started selling on Etsy I had no idea the amount of work and research that would need to go into it.  Online sales can be very misleading.  You would think I can just create a product and list it and boom it sells.  That is so wrong on every level.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I would suggest to anyone wanting to open a shop to do the research.  Take a look of others on Etsy and make sure that you can be in a competitive price range.  Also, think outside of the box.  I believe to be successful you must stand out.  And always remember that customers are buying from the picture they see, so do not over edit your photos, and make sure to take good photos even if it takes a few more minutes.

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

I love spending time with my family and traveling.

What is your favorite quote?

Everything happens for a reason.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy Shop: OccasionsBoutique
Facebook: OccasionsBoutiqueWreaths

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I love designing wreaths and hope to be making them for many years to come.


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: Twists And Turns

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s Make It Personal

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

As special as a gift may be, it becomes even more special when it’s personalized. Personalized gifts show the recipient put some thought into the gift and those types of gifts also suit any occasion.

Our Christmas in July team members were asked to share a link to something in their shop that would qualify as a personalized gift. It could have been something that had a name added or boosted a personal connection to a special person.

Here are some special gift ideas that were shared.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Whether as partners or best friends, true soulmates don’t come around often, but when they do they can last a lifetime. Our custom ‘Sole’ Mate cards are a great way to reach out to your ‘Bestie’. Let SLS make it personal by adding your names and the date when your friendship began. Did you solidify your friendship on the shores of Camp Kawabunga during the summer of 6th grade? We can add that too!

Printable Personalized Quote

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

These little chalkboard buckets can be used as Table Numbers or fill with something special and give as a gift with their name written on it. I found a bunch of these at an Estate sale. At the time I had no idea what to do with them, but I had to have them. Then I thought…wedding or party…chalkboard paint…Voila! I now wish I had more of them. I only have this one set left and would love to make more.

Tin Pail with Oval Chalkboard

Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

The Baby Boy Burp Cloth is personalized and gives a much more personal touch to the Baby´s objects. It is unique and there isn’t any other like it.

Baby Boy Burp Cloth

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

This pillow which has the saying “always kiss goodnight” is personalized with names and wedding date to make it a perfect gift for a bride and groom.

Always Kiss Goodnight Pillow

Mairi from mairidesign says:

Personalized wedding horseshoe candle holder, with the couple’s initials. Made from gorgeous iridescent stained glass and curled wire, and comes with a display gift box-bag. Decorative, yet functional, this lucky horseshoe symbol can be a lasting keepsake of the happy couple’s big day, and they can light a candle each year, on their anniversary, in celebration of their love for one another.

Wedding Horseshoe Candle

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says:

I think that the best personalized gift is a portrait.Over time, this is a great memory that never loses value. I offer oil paintings of people and animals. So you can order a portrait of a person with her favorite pet. You can choose the dimensions that are best for you. The finished image can be sent framed.

Custom Dog Portrait

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We specialize in personalized gifts for every occasion and celebration. Turn your gift giving opportunities into a gift giving experience your recipient will never forget. We recommend our top shelf gifts including one of the newest to our shop, the Spiegelau lowball tumbler.

Choose from our designs, submit your own images, or have us create an inspired design for any idea you have in mind. We offer gift wrap and additional gift services to make your gift giving as unique as the personalized gifts we create @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized Spirit Tumblers

Little Boy Blue – 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 Little Boy Blue.

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Little Boy Blue

With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.

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Little Boy Blue

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

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I love shades of blue. I wanted to put together a set of digital paper with blues and greens because I love love love the way they go together. Hence, this set:


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Strong, bright and energizing, Pantone’s ‘Little Boy Blue’ is definitely not just for little boys! We used a blue sky background for our funny, quirky quote art to evoke a positive vibe. This affordable printable word art makes a great addition to dorm rooms or first apartments, but since it’s digital, you can also send it as a cute text or email addition to artist friends or lovers. What color are you feeling today?


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love painting on glass. I also love taking something vintage and adding my personal touch to that item. Here is an example…vintage little boy blue mugs with hand painted floral accents. I also love having something unique as a decor accent in my home. Here’s yours…


Mairi from mairidesign says:

The Little Boy Blue hues in these sky coloured beads are definitely singing out for the season’s promise of new longer days that are fast approaching. I’m ready for spring, are you?


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

The beaded bracelet is made with aquamarine chip beads and golden Czech glass beads. The aquamarine stones are the color of the blue sky and is the birthstone for March. This blue is also one of Pantone’s colors of the year, Little Boy Blue.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Blue is one of my favorite colors, in case you couldn’t tell by some of my shop branding! This one-of-a-kind sun visor clip was inspired by my blue car and love for bling. I am a firm believer in “bling” everywhere.

The concept of this item is simple and fun. I chose the ohm symbol because that is associated with stress relief and peacefulness. Sometimes you need that while driving! Or, at least I do!


Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This ribbon is in the Little Boy Blue color. Great to add that wonderful Blue touch to many crafting projects or to add this fun blue to your package when gift giving. Will add a special touch to so many things.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Little Boy Blue board!

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

Leader Spotlight: StockLaneStudio

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders are an integral part of our success! Get to know leader Mary from StockLaneStudio today!


Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I have been heavily influenced by the artists in my family. The poets, writers, potters, painters, dancers and musicians from my past have made a mark on my creative process. I am also a bit of a vagabond, and my husband and I have passed that trait on to our daughters. We consider it remarkable when we have lived in one city for more than 4 years.

I am the ‘mother’ of the mother-daughter team that is Stock Lane Studio. Our cards and prints are partly inspired by the roles we play in our day-today lives. My days as a teacher and worn out young mother needing sleep prompted me to design our ‘quiet’ signs My daughters are older now and soon both will be off in college so we have affordable and inspiring word and photo art that make great dorm and apartment decor. One of my daughters is the artist behind our quirky cards and some watercolor art. All three of us are inspired by our travels, which has resulted in great photography and photo cards.

What is your favorite leadership quote?

One of my favorite authors, Maya Angelou is the source for these 2 quotes that I think relate to the creative souls selling on Etsy:

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
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“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

What leader in your life has most influenced you?

Two leaders have really made an impression on me are my mother and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Both women have shown me the importance of a good education, how to listen and think and then choose my words wisely, how to admit to your mistakes and learn from them and to constantly strive to improve the lives of those around me.

What is your greatest leadership skill and how did you attain it?

•Organization: A a single working mother of 7, my mother was super organized and I’ve carried that with me into adulthood, in parenting my own children and with my business. I am still no where near as organized as my mom though and have not yet reached her advanced level of labeling and ordering everything.

•Communication: In a past life I used to be a pretty decent teacher. Throughout the years I have taught a variety of subjects to a variety of age level and nationalities. This has really helped me learn how to communicate.

What leadership skill do you want to achieve and how will you attain it?

 I hope to develop greater personal and business confidence and improve my ability to work well with others by interacting with and working with #EtsyCIJ team members. I’m a mild introvert and I like to accomplish things on my own, but a leader doesn’t do everything on her own. I hope to improve my cooperative skills and learn to work better with others (ha!). Leaders need to be able to listen to others, communicate and delegate effectively and have the confidence to implement the right decisions on behalf of the team.

What are your social media sites?

You can find SLS on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @ stocklanestudio!