Cherry Tomato – 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 Cherry Tomato.

PANTONE 17-1563
Cherry Tomato

Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored, shade is viscerally alive.

PANTONE 17-1563
Cherry Tomato

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

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The red color emanates energy and is a symbol of life in many cultures. It is associated with an appetizing tomato and also with the blood that revives our bodies. In the winter, when it’s gray and dark, we need colors and we enjoy them more than ever. Perhaps this is why the Chinese recognize this color as lucky and they chose it as the symbol of the New Year.

I made home decorations for the New Year 2018 with a dog symbol and I used a red background to accent the meaning of this symbol. Both the dog and the color of the red tomato carry the message of joy.


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

Cherry Red, just love the Pantone name for this lucky and energizing red! A perfect color for our dynamic popcorn bar sign.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

This cherry tomato red handmade glass basket was purchased at an estate sale. It wasn’t that I just saw it and picked it up to purchase. Another lady saw it first and picked it up. I followed her around for a good 30 minutes hoping she would change her mind…and she did. Once she put it down, I immediately picked it up. I didn’t give her a chance to change her mind again.

I displayed this basket in my kitchen for a while holding my wooden spoons. At Christmas time I would move it to the living room coffee table and add some holiday picks. I even had it in the bathroom holding toothbrushes. Yes, this is a very unique and versatile basket for use in any room to add a little spice to the decor.


Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

I may have just that in my shop … love bright orange reds that remind me of fire!

These cherry tomato colored earrings will add a splash of color to dreary winter days -just looking at them makes me happy!


Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

I use a lot of red in my items because I think it’s a dynamic color that adds the “pop” accessories should bring to a person’s look. These cloche hats were inspired by the 20’s style, but simplified for today’s fast-fashion trends and busy lives. No need to find a dry cleaner or hat block for this one, and you’ll still look great!


Evan from VamptVintageDesign says:

I am a vintage lover, and this is one of my cherished treasures. This classic Chanel inspired vintage bag will naturally attracts attention whether you carry it day or night!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Cherry Tomato board!

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

Coffee Colored Dreams

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Ahh a subject dear to our hearts.. coffee! What do you carry in your shop that is coffee-colored or related – we’d just love to see it!

Show our readers your vintage coffee items, plus coffee and espresso colored listings – and of course, include your wonderful coffee related stories.

Have fun!

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

I used to drink coffee by the gallon, but then one ran out milk (because the kids drank it all) so had a cup of black tea …. that was about ten years go and haven’t drank coffee since!! But I do love the colour and smell of coffee, especially fresh beans. These beads remind me of the shape and colour of fresh coffee beans, and are ideal for a range of jewellery making and craft projects.

Plastic Barrel Beads – wood look!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Our stainless steel travel mugs are available in a variety of colors, can be personalized with any of our design and font combinations, and we offer engraving on both sides of the mug. We encourage everyone to stop using disposable cups! Personalize your mug and you never have to worry which cup is yours again. Choose the design and font to fit your personal. We love coffee, tea, wine, beer, & spirits and offer a number of monogramming options for any occasion or recipient. Ship direct with gift wrap and cards available, custom orders accepted for logos or inspired designs. Make your next gift a personalized gift experience @DesignstheLimit.

Stainless Steel mug

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

I love my organic mild smooth blend cup of coffee a day. When I saw this fabric print I just knew coffee lovers whom were also dog lovers would totally love this dog bandanna. The bandanna shows off different styles of java, alternative names we use for coffee and there are a few coffee beans sprinkled around just making you want that coffee break just to inhale that freshness!

Pet Coffee Time Bandanna

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

The best coffee is the first cup of coffee in the morning! I love to drink coffee in all variations: black, cappuccino, latte macchiato. This cap is made from a used coffee bean sac. I get the bags from a coffee trader and it is so interesting when I get them. I don’t know the lettering, some bags have the typical hole where the coffee is tested and when I cut out the seams to prepare the burlap for the project I find coffee beans inside.

Up-cycled Burlap Coffee Bean Bag

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

This handmade mug not only holds a generous cup of coffee but the rim is also a sumptuous coffee colour. Being fired to stoneware temperature (1300C) this mug holds the heat of your hot beverage and is also oven safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe.

Coffee Soup mug

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

What is the key to your ideal cup of coffee? Is a strong version that is dark in color like the dark brown on these beaded dangle earrings? Perhaps you’re the type who needs to add a little creamer? I’ve got that covered (in color) with the smaller seed beads too! Prepared just right, coffee resembles satin to the soul! Which by the way is the type of focal bead made to design these earrings! Start your morning right – take time to stop and smell the coffee!

Skeleton Key Earrings

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

Instant coffee is fine when you’re rushing out to work on a weekday, but after dinner and at the weekend you deserve the real thing. If you’re the kind of person who makes a big cafetiere of coffee and settles down with the papers on a Sunday morning, then this is for you: a beautiful Harris tweed cosy to keep the rest of the coffee warm while you take your time enjoying the first cup.

Tweed Cup Cozy

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Don’t forget the cream. In my house the creamer is just as important as the coffee. No skim milk for us! It has to be half and half with fat – no fat free. We want to enjoy the cup of coffee. Here is a large Mexican creamer so we can refill our coffee with good creamer.

Mexican Pottery Pitcher

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

The sock color is light espresso. Dressed for the outdoors on those very cold mornings these all wool socks will keep your feet extra warm as you are out and on the go and when you need a quick pick me up, I find one of those Starbucks Frappuccino’s to be a great treat! Just enough espresso and you are charged and ready to run!


Espresso Colored Socks

Ineke de Vries from InekedeVries says

I love coffee! Especially freshly brewed early in the morning. This coffee cup features one of my life drawing sketches.

Sketch Drawn Unique Coffee Cup

Linda from LazyYVintage says

I’m posting this while drinking my fair trade organic coffee this morning. I love the smell of coffee, the look of it in a nice big mug. And, it does have to have plenty of cream in it. Doesn’t having a cuppa just make you take a moment to be grateful and mindful of the simple things in life? And, no dinner party is complete with a cup of coffee after dinner with a lovely dessert.


Coffee Cart with Carafe

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says

I love my cup of coffee in the morning ! Nothing better then that first sip. It has to be just the right color with the perfect amount of cream added, not too little not too much just the right ivory color.


Vintage 1950s Satin Wedding Dress

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says

I came to appreciate coffee in my 30’s, and gradually evolved from flavored instant varieties (the horror!) to custom blends brewed with a hint of cinnamon. But I still love going out for a hold-in-your-hands cafe-au-lait style mug, with the swirling designs made by an artistic barista. These earrings remind me of those lovely cafe trips.

Agate and Howlite drop earrings

Carla from CarlasCraft says

I love when an author describes a character and uses names for skin color that immediately resonate with the visual artisit in me. So, when I saw the title of this thread, I immediately thought of my Turban Girl and the warm cafe au lait tones to her skin.

Turban Girl Print

Maryann from gojjell says

As soon as I laid eyes on these handmade glass beads, I knew coffee and cream was the most apt description! Now the owner of this necklace can be reminded of the great brew each time the necklace is worn!


Glass Lamp beaded necklace

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love coffee and love collecting fun and unique coffee mugs for myself and for repurposing. This colorful mug includes birds in the pattern so it lent itself to becoming a bird feeder! I combined it with a vintage saucer that features a coffee colored pattern too!

Re-purposed Tea cup and saucer

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Well, I don’t drink coffee at all and am a cocoa and tea lover! I think that pretty gifts including gourmet coffees, teas, cocoas and snacks are a nice way to greet your host and or hostess when you are invited over for beverages, snacks and meals! This vintage ceramic basket is a nice coffee color and would be great to bring with you to a friend’s or relative’s home wrapped up with gourmet coffees and teas, etc. for a special, thoughtful gift!

Vintage Brown White Slag Candy Basket

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I am a coffee addict. Well, I drink my honey and creme with coffee in it! This necklace is Red Creek jasper nuggets, accented with turquoise and coral beads, and genuine brass beads. Great fall colors or to accent turquoise and coral as a layering necklace.

Bohemian Tribal Jewelry


Cut It Out

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many items that have cut outs in them, some by accident and some by design.

Holes in jeans, paper snowflakes and so much more.

Here at EtsyCIJ we want to see all your items that are cut out. Please tell us something about your item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says a beautiful find! A cutout pottery bowl. It is a signed pottery bowl with a cutout and etched design glazed a wonderful blue green on the inside of the bowl. The bowl would look lovely on a shelf, or as a coffee table bowl. I keep moving it around the house to see how it looks here and there…..just so pretty.


Brown cutout pottery bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said here are hand punched paper hearts. Great for scrap booking, table scatter or party confetti. This would make a great present for a language teacher.

In a previous life I was an English teacher and had the opportunity to teach students from all over the world. Although I encouraged everyone to speak English most of the time for the sake of learning, my Japanese English dictionary came in handy when talking to brand new struggling students or visiting parents. I used it a lot when traveling to Japan as well.

Scrapbooking hearts

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios states I created these tags for last year’s Etsy/Plan Australia Make For Good fundraiser, which had the theme of “Making brighter futures”. My idea was to use bright coloured card and featured little cutout hearts to bring colour and love to those less fortunate. Collectively, the Australian and New Zealand sellers involved raised over $38,000 together to help young women in Sri Lanka build a better life for themselves.

Heart gift tags,set of 10

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this is a unique vase in 3D carved relief.

I imagine the artist enjoyed creating this miniature scene inside.

Made in Japan in the 50’s or 60’s.

Blue Bud 3D relief vase

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said In knitting, we usually use a yarn-over (or yarn forward) to create holes & spaces. When done with very fine yarns, you get those ethereal cobweb shawls. When done with a thicker yarn, you get a lot more structure holding the “cut-outs” together – like this:

Pink fringe shawl


Boho Style

Contributor post by  Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

Gypsy, Boho, Bohemian, Ethnic, Hippie — whatever you choose to call it, it’s FUN! In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohemian, for “gypsy”).

At the beginning of the Bohemian ‘movement’, it was said that gypsy girls themselves “…are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion.”

When the style was first identified, it was the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 60’s and 70’s when major designers started to routinely promote the “peasant look” and sold a range of “uniquely eccentric clothes.” (How many of you still have some of those in the back of your closet, like me??)

Fast forward again to the late 1980’s, when variants of the short and fundamentally un-Bohemian rah-rah skirt (which originated with cheerleaders) were combined with leather or denim to create a look with some Bohemian or even gothic features. New names emerged, like ‘hippie chic’ and ‘boho-chic’. Similar styles were sometimes referred to as “bobo” or “ashcan chic” or “luxe grunge” — with leading proponents including actresses Mary Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel.

Whatever it’s called, and whatever the iteration or era, we L.O.V.E. it. What do you have or love that’s Boho? We asked our team members to share their stories and items with us, and here’s what we got —

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

Some people think that these little bags are Bohemian style bags and I share them with the teenagers as cute chic bags to carry for fun. Cool colorful stripes and colorful flower button makes it a fun bag for any teen! What is fun about this style of bag is it can be made into the school’s colors too, that is pretty chic too!

wool bag

Hand Knitted, Chic, Boho Teen Fun, Wool Felted Unlined Handbag, Accessories, One of A Kind

Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:

Cut from a fallen and dried cherry plum branch, these are a very early example of my foray into hand-made timber buttons. Nicely boho, they each have a dash of ‘silver lining’ paint on one side … flaunt it or keep it secret!
wood button

Wooden Boho Buttons with a dash of silver paint! Hand Made from Locally Grown Cherry Plum Tree (pack of 6)

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:

For me ‘hippie’ is all about flowers and especially daisies and daisy chains.  This pendant was made with this in mind and features daisy heads impressed into the clay while still soft during the design process.

Pendant Necklace Boho Jewelry Ceramic Daisy Spring Flowers Forest Green Handmade Pottery Round Statement Hippie Handmade Gift Pouch

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said:

Pearls, Leather and Lace Tassel Necklace – The epitome of bohemian! Leather, lace, hand-knotted pearls, sterling silver beads and silk. Think Stevie Nicks! I love the style.

Tassel Necklace Pearls Lace Silk Leather Bohemian Jewelry

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said:

It was the spots that got my attention. They brought to mind lush jungle foliage, moss on rocks, lizards and that sense of long ago. Add the copper disk, and I started thinking about Amazon warrior-women and the tribal nomad style of the hippie commune days. Obviously, I have a fertile imagination…

Tribal Earrings – Mother Daughter or Best Friends Set, Turquoise DangleEarrings on Nickle-Free Copper Finish Earwires, Ready to ship.

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

To my eye, the Bohemian look is earthy and layered, with flowing colorful fabrics and accessories made from natural materials. Our Tagua nut stacking bracelets are an earthy combination of tagua nut hollow triangle slices, wooden tubes and lightweight colorful resin rounds hand-knotted on silk thread.

While Bohemian fashion may cycle through fashion popularity over the years, true Bohemians don’t care about popularity or style – they care about expressing themselves. So wear what makes you feel good!


LIghtweight Capri Tagua Nut Earthy Stacking Bracelet

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

Boho or hippie brings to mind closeness to nature and the earth.

The earth toned beads accentuate that feeling. Add to that the brown cord and the large brown beach glass, it’s a statement piece that screams I love nature.

beach glass

Lariat beach glass and bead pendant/Boho Hippie jewelry/beach glass pendant/sea glass pendant/Boho lariat pendant

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:

I think of unique, eclectic designs and earthy colors when I think Boho home design. These repurposed wind chimes combine old and new with a unique free flowing style and earth tone colors.

Repurposed boho wind chime

















willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

We found these vintage napkin rings in Ann Arbor, Michigan!

We love their puffy hats and long eyelashes!

Who needs napkins?! These girls are perfect on their own!

Ceramic girl napkin rings













Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:

Boho style is the best! This pillow has a lovely boho vibe and is a perfect accent for your gypsy style chair, bed, or room. Bright color and lovely hamsa symbol make it a unique decorative piece!

Hamsa chair cushion













Our friends sure proved they know boho! Until next time,


The Joy Of Color

Contributor Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

As an artist I love colors of every hue, brightness, patina, neon! You name it I have used it in some aspect in an art or craft item. As a collector, I love the unique and wonderful vintage item, the older the better – in many aged woods and metals, or any combination, even plastic and fabrics!

If this topic has swept over you with magnificent rainbows, fluttering golden wings and blue-green ocean waves Please share your thoughts! We’d love to hear them and see your items.

Leila Blakely from LasLovelies says

 I have always loved the bright and bold color palette . My favorite is the rainbows I get to see from my view into the river valley below me. I have several beautiful double rainbow photos I have been able to capture. God’s handiwork and promise.

This little gal is the epitome of a rainbow. Ha! Her colorful leggings and bright multi colored cumber bun. I really don’t think anyone can get any closer to a bright and bold statement as this little doll. As much as this palette is my favorite I certainly don’t think I would be caught dead wearing an outfit like this. Ha!

Alexander Doll Jingles Juggler 10404, Brown Haired Juggler Doll, Madame Alexander Doll Made in USA, Jester Juggler Dressed Doll

Alexander Doll Jingles

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE says

 I enjoy beautiful colors, and a cold, drab winter makes me anxious for spring when the green shoots of grass begin to appear and colorful Easter eggs can be hidden among the budding spring flowers. This gift bag is perfect for spring and for Easter gifts; it is the color of spring!
Easter, Springtime Gift Bag

Springtime Gift Bag

As an artist I love getting my hands covered in paints. I seem to paint myself as well as any piece I am working on. My favorite color is Yellow warm and relaxing. I totally get lost in colors and thoughts while painting. Painting and designing my work bring joy to my life with a slash of color to my world.
Easter egg door hanger Easter door hanger Easter Egg Spring door hanger Spring Wreath Garden stake Yard Art ©Jack Jack's Wayart

He is Risen Sign

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Soo….as an interior designer, I’m an equal opportunity COLOR lover!! There really isn’t ANY color I don’t enjoy working with! I often push folks to step away from the safe and boring ” beige” as I know they are always more thrilled with the “feeling” a color brings to an interior.

As for my ETSY work…COLOR is always critical. I like things to blend well, so I’m very “picky” about how an art piece comes together. Every addition to a piece has to be complimentary. I consider the “balance” of color throughout every work as well. Here are Holt Howard Kitties that are “Vintage Valentine’s brought to life!” Putting together a pleasing palette for this pair was fun for me!

Holt Howard Kitty Cat Valentine Decoration Vintage Japan Mid Century Modern 50's 60's Kitsch Style Whimsical Retro Holiday Figurine OOAK

Kitty Cat Valentine Decor

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Many people are afraid of color! As a designer, we love to start with a few key pieces in solids and start adding colors and textures. Most kitchens tend to have a neutral color palette and this is one of the easiest rooms to add pops and sparks of color! Start with a colorful vase, a piece of artwork or a series of colorful tea towels. It will liven up the room and your enhance your spirit!
Vintage Tea and Scones Kitchen Towel by Lamont Strawberry Jam Scones Recipe Tea Dish Towel English Cottage Cream Teas Tea Time Gift

Vintage Tea Towel

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says

 I don’t think I ever met a color I didn’t like (except maybe mustard yellow). When I find a design or pattern I like, my first inclination is to make it in every color that the fiber comes in. I have made my winter hats in all the basics – black, brown, gray, blue – and have more to work through. My favorite so far is this bright pistachio green, accented with a hint of white & gray alpaca.
Pistachio Green Russian Style Hat, Hand Knit Cossack Hat, Wool Ski Cap, Winter Toque, Warm Winter Hat, Man's or Woman's Hat, Ready to Ship

Russian Style Hat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 I love colour (even when it is not in fashion – lol) and one of my first memories of colour is looking through a kaleidoscope as a child. The patterns and colours left an imprint on my mind that I am still inspired by today.

These beads, available in a range of colours, remind me of the kaleidoscope effect because of the faceted surface which reflects colour, and look great when incorporated in jewellery, costume design , bunting, journalling and more.

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads in Blue, Green, Gold, Silver, Purple & Red Jewellery and Craft Supplies 2.2 cm x 1.1cm - lots of 20

Tear Drop Sew On Beads

Mi H from MCART30 says

 Color is magical! It tells stories hidden in a piece of art. I love all colors ranging from black and white to pastel and bold rainbow colors. I guess it depends on my mood at that moment to decide which color to use in my painting. I am thankful to be able to enjoy colors and appreciate them as much as I can.
Cute Beaded Elephant, 3D Beaded Animals, 3D Beaded Miniature Blue Elephant, Cute Animal Home Decor, 3D Figure, Home Design, Bead Toy

Cute Beaded Elephant

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

 Once upon a time I was completely intimidated by color. As a then Manhattanite I tended to wear black – a lot. It was not until I began to take classes in jewelry design that my eyes were opened to the endless possibilities of color. In much of my work I lean toward bright colors and unusual pairings of disparate colors. Finding vintage materials in unusual colors or color pairings is always a joy.

These three necklaces feature a trio of vintage hand painted fish with a folk art vibe in bright and interesting color combinations. The fish were originally part of a large statement necklace. The original piece had large oxidized chain links with antique brass bells and etched fish as well as four smaller plump hand painted fish which I turned into earrings. The necklace was a vintage piece that belonged to a family member but no one seems to know its origins. Reimagining that original funky strand of odd bits of vintage painted wood and metal was such fun!

Folk Art Fish Necklace

Folk Art Fish Necklace

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

 My favorite colors are that of a glorious sunrise. Pinks, blues, orange, and white, with the yellow of the sun mixed in. I made these earrings with that in mind.

Reminiscent of the colors in a desert sunrise, these earrings will be sure to start off your day in a colorful way!

Desert Sunrise Multi Color Copper Beaded Earrings Bohemian Jewelry Tribal Jewelry

Bohemian Jewelry

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

 We love to use different colors to tell a story with our listing photos. When photographing our new 7 ounce juice glasses last spring, the flowers in our yard where in full bloom and we picked the flowers in this listing photo from behind our garage. We love the way this listing came together and are looking forward to taking more pictures as soon as the flowers start to bloom.
We started offering wine and champagne glasses for the bridal party and on occasion would receive a special request for the Flower Girls and Jr. Bridesmaids so we decided to take action. At Design’s the Limit, we love custom order requests. let us know if you have any out of the box ideas, we look forward to hearing from you.
Flower Girl Personalized Juice Glasses Engraved for your Recipient with Our Bridal Party Monogram Design Options (Each - 6.75 oz.)

Flower Girl Juice Glass

Dawn Whitehandfrom DeeDeeDeesigns says

 I love colour! This charm bracelet is created from paper beads – made by myself. Glossy advertisement brochures are used to make the beads – and we all know how colourful advert mags are! So they are prefect for designing colourful paper beads.
Handmade Charm Bracelet Bright Colourful Paper Beads Recycled Vegan Jewellery

Handmade Charm Bracelet

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says

 I LOVE color – which is evident if you take a scroll through my shop! I made these pendants after being inspired by the color of a glacier I saw, which was blue even though we think of ice or snow as white. This led me to think about all of the colors that make up white light until it is bent by a prism! Hence, the “Colors of white” enameled pendants!
Colors of white enamel pendant - blue, green, orange, pink, purple, yellow, colorful jewelry, gift for her, casual, feminine, unique

Colors of White Pendant

christine from designmefab says

 I love bright colors and unusual textures in my pieces!

I have always had a flair for fashion, and design.
Something about bright, bold colors, just gives you that feel good feeling of calm and serenity.
All my creations are colorful bold and a part of my personality.
Bright, stones and fabrics, just seem to make the world a sunnier place!
I hope you love my creation!
Rainbow color stone teeth, pink turquoise Buddha’s.

Amazing bohemian stone and turquoise statement necklace, colorful boho necklace, tigers eye necklace, statement necklace, gift for her, boho

Bohemian Necklace

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 Here is a bright colorful photograph from my photography shop. Carnival or Mardi Gras season is coming up and I though this shot of the Gilles of Binche in Belgium would be perfect. I love how the photograph captures the wind blowing their white ribbons and ruffling their ostrich plumed hats. This white creates a sharp contrasts with their colorful hand stitched traditional costumes and baskets of oranges.
Travel Photography Carnival Parade Belgium European festivals photo 4x8 wanderlust decor Belgian culture carnaval spring celebrations Binche

Belgian Travel Photography

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

Anyone who’s been into my shop will see a riot of colour! My home is like a rainbow, rooms of blue, yellow, green, red, grey and beige all because my kids got to choose their bedroom colour and they went bright as kids do. When I saw this beautiful colourful fabric I thought perfect for a little girl’s bag!


Little girls flower fabric purse

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

As an artist I love creating many of my pieces with vibrant colors in mind. Color to me makes even a gloomy day seem brighter!! While my favorite colors are purple, red, coral, and turquoise I will still experiment with any color to its fullest potential. As you can see in this wristlet I love many shades of color and will use just about anything to bring it to life.

In my home I have painted the walls a neutral color so that I can use vibrant colors to bring life to each room and tell the story of what they are used for which leaves my guest walking wanting to take those ideas to implement in their own homes. Yes….color is the way to express yourself to its deepest level.

Peace and Love crossbody bag

Peace and Love crossbody bag

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks says

I like to knit a bright and colorful socks. It reflects my approach to life. I believe that colors have a therapeutic effect.As a knitter I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.
All my items are made with love and positive thoughts and My goal is to make you smile and bring you Joy.

Colorful hand knit wool socks

Colorful hand knit wool socks

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

Each and every item in my shop are bright and colorful and it is visible in this necklace. The beads are bright and bold and remind me of when I was a kid, little rock candies and bright-colored jawbreakers or even bubble gum that you could buy for a penny. Nowadays I don’t believe you can buy anything for a penny! A penny doesn’t go very far these days…does it!

Rainbow colored wire crochet jewelry set

Rainbow colored wire crochet jewelry set

Jerry and Opalfrom ApronStringsOwlLady says

Hello everyone, these are great examples of the joys found in color combinations.

I work mostly in pastels and when I set my shop up found myself challenged by a special order (and realizing I had limited my palette) when a customer requested bold colors of red, black and white.

My owl paper towel holder came out pretty cute!

Owl Paper Towel Holder, Wooden Owl Kitchen Decor, Owl Kitchen, Owl Gifts, Owl Decorations, Custom Owl Gifts, Cute Owl, Hand painted Owl

Owl Paper Towel in Bold Colors

Flame – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 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 Spring 2017 is Flame.

PANTONE 17-1462 Flame

A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun-loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the color Flame! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Here’s a fun way to keep halls quiet and motivate students during testing season (coming up for lots of High School students right now). It’s printable, so it’s quick and easy and always at your finger tips. Would make a great teacher gift or home school decor.


Linda from LazyYVintage says:

I just love this vase. The geometric designed and the wonderful color. Although it is a flower vase, it is beautiful and unique just as it is.



pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I always wanted to wear cowboy boots. This Amberino flame glass boot makes me want to wear cowboy boots!



Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

As orange can be such a warm and fiery color, it always fascinates me how colors come together. When knitting this hot pad with Noro Kureyon yarn the colors just worked up beautifully to create a fun little piece.



Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a cool idea! I love color! These are hot as flame!



Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

When I made these earrings, I was taken by the contrast between the flame orange of the bottom bead and the cool orange of the center one. The faceted bead on top brings back the fire with a bit a sparkle. Just like a real flame, the colors shift & blend into each other.



Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says:

These earrings are a brilliant orange and with the black fleck throughout are reminiscent of the dancing flames in a campfire. I am always inspired by the beauty of the materials I am blessed to work with.



Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

These pendants were inspired by lava flowing from a volcano! The original flame orange! These make nice gifts for men or women, who like unique jewellery.



Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Vintage sari silk wrap bracelet in burnt orange and lavender. A golden heart charm hangs in the center. I love sari silk and the vibrant color of this silk begs to be seen! Perfect for Valentine’s Day too!



Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

I love the combination of flame orange and purple – and marbling is the perfect way to capture both!



Natural And Neutral

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Natural and neutral are trending this year in home decor and so much more…
Do you have something that has neutral or natural elements in it?

These could be wood,cement,neutral color palette,stones and more.

Melissa R from missy69 says I love natural items. I love wood, especially. I recently have been teaching myself the art of Pyrography or wood burning. It is a very relaxing art. These wood slices came from a tree that had to be cut down for removal. I hand drew the dragonflies, onto the slices. I don’t use stencils, or tracings. Then I wood burned the image onto the wood, and used glow in the dark paint to add some interest, and color to the pieces.


Set of 4 wood slice coasters-dragonfly coasters


Linda Yunker from LazyYCrochet said this hat and scarf set is made using 100% worsted superwashed Merino wool in butternut and chocolate brown. The pattern is an Irish-inspired design that I use in a lot of my scarves and shawls.

The yarn is wonderful to work with it, you almost hate for the project to end. It is wonderful to wear; getting softer with each washing. There is a yarn shop that I have to travel to, Wool & Co. in St. Charles, IL, that stocks this yarn. Mostly I use it for projects that are gifts. But once in awhile, I have used it for some of the Lazy Y’s stock.

I love to crochet and find time daily to do a little or a lot of it. I have a spot on the corner of the couch, all my bags of yarn projects close by. I like to sit just a moment and look at them. What do I feel like completing? Starting? Or moving along in the process. Then I pick it up and start. I really believe that there are health benefits in the crocheting/knitting process. A focus for the brain, calming of the blood pressure and stress of the day, eye/brain coordination, and the contentment of just feeling that great natural yarn and seeing it become a useful, everyday piece or accessory.

As far as neutral? The colors bring forth beauty in subtle ways. The tones are perfect to accessorize and enhance so many colors and winter coats.


Women’s hat and scarf set

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery states that brown and tan tones are definitely neutrals, and tiger’s eye is a natural gemstone! My friend Jody made the lovely flamework glass beads, and I was lucky enough to acquire them! I kept them in my ‘stash’ of gemstones and beads until I realized the tiger’s eye went so well with them. They make a nice warm toned necklace.

Brown tones necklace

Brown tones necklace

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says natural and neutral means Shaker Wood so I am featuring my Peg basket-Amish made. It is Simple and beautiful. I bought it for myself, kept it boxed and never used it or gave it as a gift. Here it is for Etsy. I love supporting Amish people and respect their hard work.

Shaker Peg-hanging basket

Shaker Peg-hanging basket

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says these dangle earrings feature Cat’s Eye shells with small seashells and coconut beads hand knotted on waxed Irish linen thread in a neutral walnut color.

Cat’s Eye shell is a natural biological curio considered by some to be a magical charm. Because of its unique and eye-like appearance it is thought to be particularly effective in warding off the Evil Eye. I was drawn to them because of the opposite side of the shell which has a lovely spiral.

These earrings are one of a kind as each Cat’s Eye shell is unique.

Cat's eye and shell earrings

Cat’s eye and shell earrings

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said this necklace features a natural raw stone in a wire wrapped setting. It abounds with neutral tones that only nature can provide! I think the wearer of this necklace would receive great comfort from the feel of this organic object against their skin

Wire wrapped stone pendant

Wire wrapped stone pendant

Robo Mage from WizardsCove discusses the ring is carved from solid and natural peach seed, and oiled with virgin olive oil. peach trees and wood are a symbol of eternal life, fertility and can protect from evil eye. this ring is very simple, natural and delicate.

Wooden engagement ring

Wooden engagement ring

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies said natural and neutral tones are great because they are so versatile for a wide range of decors and outfits.
This set of wooden barrel beads feature a wood grain texture in neutral tones and are ideal for jewellery designs and wide range of craft projects. They are also perfect for macrame and dread beads.

Wooden barrel beads

Wooden barrel beads

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says neutral colors in the mild camel tones of the beads; from nature in the nacre shell chips that are the focal points of these simple, minimalist earrings. They would provide an elegant touch to any look without going too far into glitter & glam. Naturally.

Camel shell drop earrings

Camel shell drop earrings




Keeping Out The Chill

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

As the winter season settles in, it ushers in a dazzling display of glistening snowflakes and the chill of Jack Frost nipping at your nose.  In addition to going to work every day, during the Christmas Season, we are often out and about, even more attending parties and events.

When the objective is to stay warm, yet be fashionable how do we select an outfit that meets these requirements?

  • For a casual day, I like the look of pants, top, and jacket in neutral colors. Then spice it up with splashes of color from accessories like shoes, hats or scarves.


  • For a day at the office, pair up a colorful summer maxi dress with some tights. Accessorize with a pair of boots and leather jacket.


  • Another great look is a pastel colored maxi skirt combined with a dark-colored sweater. Complete the look with a coordinating dark jacket, oversized scarf and boots.

I posed the question “In the winter, how do you stay warm and fashionable?” to members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.  Here are their suggestions and a winter weather fashion accessory to help keep you in style.

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

With hats! I have always loved a good hat, and now that I make them myself, I have styles and colors for just about every outfit, season, and mood. Hats keep you warm and can also cure bad hair days. Got to run to the store before you have a chance to get tidied up? Not a problem with a good hat! I usually end up with the test model for new hats, so they can sometimes be a little quirky, but that’s fine because I am too. (And many thanks to my good friend for the excellent photograph and her lovely daughter modeling.)


Gray Bucket Hat With Rolled Brim


Jennifer Acevedo from JennCrochetCreations adds:

This hat is perfect for those days you don’t wanna mess around styling your hair but want to be warm and stylish!!! You can keep your hair in that messy bun or ponytail and no one will know.


Crochet Messy Bun Hat


Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns responds:

There is nothing like a faux fur jacket to keep your warm and stylish on those cold winters nights when you have to go out.

I made this design for one of my daughters who had to go out a lot for dinners for work and she was always cold. She needed something to keep her warm while still looking good!



Faux Mink Wedding Cape



Melissa R from missy69 replies:

Here in Florida, where I am, it does get cold, just not for long. A nice light shawl or sweater is perfect for most Winter days in the South. This lovely angel wing crochet shawl is all done in white. Perfect for evenings outdoors, church, parties, or just a light piece to wear around the house.



Crochet White Lace Prayer Shawl



pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam states:

These New Vintage Gloves Come From My Mother Pearl’s Glove Collection
They Are Warm BUT.. Soft as a BABY”S BOTTOM, Color of Soft Creamy Butter, Warm as Toast and Made of Deerskin Leather. My Mother worked at Martin’s Store in Great Neck NY selling Gloves!!  They are a treasure not yet purchased by a lucky buyer!



Grandoe Deerskin Leather Gloves



Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

Of course, you accessorize by proclaiming your love of snow! These pendants are about the joy of ‘swooshing’ down a snowy hill. Although, they still are an awesome winter jewel even if you are a terrible skier like me!



Slalom Enamel Pendant



Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign adds:

Oooh winter!!! What is winter without snow?  These little snowflake charms would be a great item to make a bracelet, necklace or earrings out of!




Snowflake Charm Beads



Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

Many men today sport the fashionable clean shaven head! Hard to keep that head warm without the extra layer of hair!! His fabulous wool cap is sure to keep any guys (or gals) head warm and be fashionable as well!

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap


Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz discusses:

I grew up in Germany where winters can be really cold – and long. Now I’m living in Northern California where winters are pretty mild. We have a few frosty nights and mornings, but compared what I used to experience this is nothing. However, a hand knit hat comes in handy when I go out for an early walk, and the leaves stitched on the hat remind of warmer days to come

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves



Getting Organized, Making Room And Keeping Focused

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

On Monday I was cleaning out yet another closet to store my shop’s bulletin boards. I then spent the rest of my day trying to space out free time between managing listings, team commitments, and handcrafting items.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you successfully manage all these important Etsy shop agendas.

Are your items small and fit into a 5 drawer cabinet? Or have you moved everything in your dining room to one side and made it your physical shop?
However you’re choosing to organize here’s your chance to tell the world (literally

Please share your organizational tips and tricks and don’t forget to include a photo of a shop item.

Helpful idea’s from Pam Maggio of PamsPawsJewelry:

Oh boy, this is a loaded thread and info. and opinions or advice can be very helpful to some of us struggling with storage and space issues!

Not to mention someone like me who is not organized because of my work schedule and that I have a hard time with it

I have always lived in small apartments and clutter can be a way of life, LOL!

I have found that with my Etsy business I HAVE to try to do some organization and I still have trouble finding items that sell….

I started with my handmade jewelry which is small and I mostly have it inside these plastic storage containers on wheels with 3 or 4 draws.

I mark them on the outside with a Sharpie marker and have separate draws for earrings, pins, bracelets, and necklaces, etc.

The harder part was finding places for my vintage items and so I have decided to stick with smaller items which are easier to store and also to wrap and ship.

I purchased 5 more plastic things on wheels and put various vintage items also in certain draws like mugs, trinket dishes, small plates, etc. and marked the draws.

Everything is wrapped in plastic bags, bubble wrap, etc. to keep it clean, safe, and for the jewelry, helps to keep the sterling silver mostly tarnish free.

I also use some draws for my shipping supplies such as tape, labels, small thank you cards, business cards, and jewelry bags, etc.

I still have to get some shipping boxes, etc. and put them downstairs so I can get my back bedroom looking much neater again!

I wish I had the room to have a studio and equipment to make ceramics or do silver smithing, etc. but that is not likely to happen any time soon, LOL!

I do not smoke or have friends that smoke so my home is free of those smells which can really not be good when making or sending out products to customers.

I have 2 cats and always make sure items are clean and wrapped up, even if I photo them with the cats, then they are cleaned and put away so everything is good to go when a customer orders!

They like the jewelry but must be supervised when around and then the jewelry is safely put away where the kitties cannot get into my products!

I will be making some items for cats and will have photos with Moses and Mirri in them with their own items I made for them so that the ones for sale will be fresh, clean, and wrapped for customers because animals do not like strange odors on their items, etc. but will prefer to have their own family and home scents on them which is comforting to them.!

Here is my Moses with some of my handmade earrings:

Tan Cat Earrings Handmade Carved Bone Cat Earrings With Red Garnets and Gold Pearls Cat Lovers Christmas Stocking Gift Feline Cat Jewelry

Handmade Tan Cat Earrings

Helpful idea’s from Linda of LazyYVintage:

I use empty copier paper boxes for storing my vintage items. I then list them in categories on an Excel spreadsheet with their location, and cost of the item. When it sells I cut it off the list and paste to another spreadsheet that then figures out my profit (sold price-cost-etsy fees-printing, etc).

I wash everything before I take pictures of them, so then I just wrap them up (using newspapers, bubble wrap, whatever I have available) and put them in the paper boxes, number the box when it is full and store it….well that’s changing a bit.

I started putting everything in a bedroom closet and under the extra bed. Then slowly into the garage. I just bought an industrial strength shelving unit to redo the garage for better visual and additional storage. It will also have a better storage system for Jimmy’s boxes and bubble wrap, etc. We are hoping to work on that over the Labor Day weekend (it will be painful for Jim to finally part ways with all of the stuff he keeps in case he’ll need it some day, maybe I’ll find some vintage items?).

I do have a small bin that I keep smaller items in my work/office room (which is also the guest bedroom). The bed makes a great place to put my washed and pictured items to write the descriptions and then weigh them out when I post.

When an item sells, I look up the box number and have it ready to go quickly. I then add to that box, remembering to change the spreadsheet as I go (learned the hard way on that piece of it!).

As far as organizing my day, I use an app called Cozi for a planner for my whole life. I have it on my phone and on the computer. All my personal reminders as well as my business reminders are set up there. You can send yourself alerts as well as other members in your household (which now is just Jimmy, and he makes fun of my Cozi alerts). So, my life in one large electronic filo fax. It has a calendar, shopping lists, to do lists, recipes, dinner planner, etc. The lists can be customized so some of mine are; Gifts, Holidays, Remodeling, Projects (like the picnic table I’m painting, or the coffee table I plan to refinish) volunteer projects as well as a schedule for social media for the shops.

I’m definitely a list maker!

Additional comments from Linda – When I first started, I had a box for each item that I listed. But as my inventory has grown storage was the problem.

For my crochet shop, I keep my yarn stash in clear (very large) bins so I can see what I have in them. My hats and scarves are kept in those plastic bags that you can suck the air out of and put under the bed. Since we are pet free, it works well as a way to store them and you can see what is in them. Then I have bags of crochet projects in almost every room. I’m determined to go through each one and complete the projects, but I haven’t given myself a deadline, and since I am deadline oriented, I’ll probably just keep adding more bags…….lol

Well, all my crochet projects are in one place now, and I’ve thinned them out into the categories of 1. add to pile to finish 2. add to pile of what was I thinking? 3. Add to pile of not sure yet, and to pile 4. put into the pipeline to start. I have my old baby crib in the “art” room, so I have all the bags there. Jim thought the living room looked bigger, lol.

I plan to breakdown the projects that I know now I will not be doing, and that should narrow it down and bit (and increase my yarn stash).

Getting there. And, Opal the suction bags really work well for finished pieces. Not sure I’d put supplies in them. And, your finish pieces are not as suckdownable (new word)!

I’ll have to check out Ravelry, I have a good friend (who is a true fiber artist) who loves it.

Cotillion Dinnerware by Sango Yellow Roses Salad Plates 1950s Set of Four (4)

Sango Yellow Cotillion Dinnerware

Helpful Idea’s from Lisajoy Sachs of saxdsign:

Clutter is a constant challenge for me. As a lapidary (stone cutter) I am always picking up cool stones and rocks here and there, they end up piling up in all corners of my house. Being Self Made and having a home business can be a struggle for any artist or crafter.

Laguna Agate Cabochon Large Free Form Pseudomorph Designer Handcut Handmade Lapidary Lavender Purple Lisajoy Sachs Rare One of a Kind Unique

Laguna Agate Cabochon Stone

My Etsy shop is dedicated to mostly supplies for other artists/crafters so I have over 3000 items for people to choose from. Organizing them had to be a priority for me, because there is NOTHING worse than getting an order and not being able to find the items. Which, in the past, I have to say has actually happened on more than one occasion. I have been close to pulling out my hair looking through every box, under boxes, and through all the bins I used to have my stuff in.

Then came the label maker and clear plastic cube drawers! I use a label maker with a QUERTY keyboard it really makes it faster.

There are quite a few discount stores nearby like Ollies, Big Lots, the Dollar Store, where I found these adorable desk organizers. It’s like a cube of three little drawers about 6″ x 6″ x 2″ for a bargain – less than $70 for 24 of them. They are also stackable, and fit perfectly into my packaging area. I labeled each drawer with the type of stone and organized them alphabetically so there is no hunt any more. I know exactly where every stone, rock crystal, and cabochon is.

As for my continued collection of rocks, I keep most of them in clear shoe boxes so I can see what is in each box. These are also labeled clearly so that I know what is in each box, they are stacked neatly on a shelf in an extra closet, and are easy to get to.

Last week at the EtsyUp Conference in NYC we had the great pleasure of listening to one of the keynote speakers Fay Wolf. who just wrote the book NEW ORDER. She had many tid bits of information she shared to help us Etsians declutter. I have started reading her book and already have cleared out a few more shelves of books (going to Savers) that I am sure I will never read again. Her book is specially designed for Creative folks to help De-clutter their spaces so that we can strive and create in a more productive and less distracting space. I can’t wait to finish the book and get myself even more organized so I can start making jewelry again, something I have put off because I ran out of room.

If you are interested in Fay’s book you can get one here:…

It is totally worth it – a fast read and there are even some pages in the middle of places where you can donate stuff you have been holding on to for a while because it may have some value to someone.

Helpful idea’s from willowvalleyvintage of WillowValleyVintage:

I am tired of “wasting time” hunting around for an item when it sells!

I saw another Shop that wrote a cryptic message at the bottom of the Listing description, telling where the item was–great idea!

So, now I’m doing that, along with putting the bigger items in the boxes that they’ll ship in and writing the contents on notes taped to the outside. It certainly looks a lot neater and hopefully saves time when the busy season begins!

This is one of our favorite listings:

Viewmaster Storage Box Display Case View-Master Reels Vintage Divided Wood Container Divided Shelf Tray Primitive Home Decor Cool Gift

Vintage View Master Box

Helpful idea’s from Marie-Antoinknit of 9ElizabethStreet:

I have not visited the team threads much for the past year due to work commitments and time constraints, but when I saw this topic I had to check it out! So glad I’m not alone – this is exactly what I’m supposed to be working on right now. I’m in the processing of trying to control the chaos in my business center: shipping, storage, photo studio & office all in one tiny back room. The tips so far are right on target: corral it, contain it, and make sure you can FIND it.

I currently have my knit goods sorted by type and stored with like items: round berets stored flat, ruffle scarves in clear hanging shoe storage bags, scarves in a long box, etc. All knit goods are washed after the photos are taken, then put in clear plastic storage bins. Earrings are put in plastic bags before I put them in their box because, like Pam, I found it helps keep them from oxidizing.

Yarn, of course, owns the downstairs storage area. All of it is kept in clear plastic bins, and sometimes plastic bags within the bins as well. I have 3 large shelving units so I can keep the bins more accessible, but I could use 2 more. I knit with many different fibers and the chunky & bulky weights fill up a lot more space. I try to keep track of the yarns themselves on Ravelry, because it was built for that. For me it’s important to be able to find what you want when you need it, remember what you have that you put away for “something special,” and keep all the fiber in top condition, free of odors as well as pests. Many people are deathly afraid of spiders: I’m deathly afraid of moths!

Here’s one reason why:

Black Rolled Brim Hat- Twenties Style Woman's Cloche, Retro Bucket Hat, Chunky Knit Winter Fashion Hat, Handmade in the USA, Ready to Ship

Twenties Style Brim Hat

Additional comments from Marie-Antoinknit : Looking for some more good ideas here. I need motivation & inspiration! Especially for maximizing minimal space when you are NOT handy at all with most DIY ideas…or even kits. Any more contributors to keep the thread going?

Helpful Idea’s from Leila Blakely of LasLovelies:

I feel so overwhelmed at times and I know it’s good to be organized and to have a plan.

After I hit my first year I started changing all my listings so that on the bottom of the description I would have my location of the item. It’s better than not knowing! Which happened to me once. I lost that sale.

Example: (section) & AB1 or AB2. AB stands for Aqua Blue, or CT Clear Tote
I can have bunches of AB1’s but I put my section name on top of label 1st. I’ve only got 2 sizes of totes so they can all stack.
It’s working. Ha!

Opal – I use to change out my decor for the seasons. Now everything is a ‘dust’ blend. Ha! I don’t have room for anything. The only thing organized is what I’ve already photographed and listed and put in totes.

Drip ware Pottery Bean Pot, Vintage Bean Pot, Kitchen Decor, Brandied Fruit Crock, Made in Taiwan Brown Drip Pottery, laslovelies

Pottery Bean Pot

Helpful Idea’s from Opal  of ApronStringsOwlLady:

I have some new tips that worked for me!

I have taken over an empty room haha and it has two closets, filled with shelves, shelving units against all the wall, a work space with places for my paints, brushes etc, new fluorescent lighting – the works (my desk and computer are also in the space.)

My tip is everything being in one space – I feel more organized than I ever have! I have everything in bins, labeled, big plastic jars (recycled from our almond, pistachio and cashew purchases) and for the first time in my crafting history – I feel organized and can find things.

Today I started a large journal – not loose pieces of paper but a binder with pages that can’t fall out to write down my team responsibilities and orders, what dates to follow-up etc. This made me feel very organized and I’ll keep you updated on how my new system works.

The physical aspects of storage in this shop include wood, floral and large bulky items such as bulletin boards and wreaths, not mentioning all the silk flowers, wreaths, fabric and other materials I need on a daily basis.

A linen closet is now filled with bulletin boards and wreaths – and I like them in there – big roomy shelves with height for the wreaths not to get crushed. I need to organize my fabric for the owl shop and I have a ton of it so this week I am getting large totes, marking with fabric types and stacking them someplace out of my workplace.

These very large, tall birdhouses need to be cared for as not to get dusty or damaged – they are now in a hall closet that I fitted with a sturdy shelving unit.

Green Home Decor, Decorative Birdhouse, Beautiful Green Birdhouse, Wooden Birdhouse, Housewarming Gift, Gift for Her, Handcrafted Gifts

Hunter Green Birdhouse Decor

Additional comments from Opal:

Hi everyone – I can almost laugh at all the ups and downs I go through trying to get organized! Yet not real funny as I sit here in my “craft cave” surrounded by items in all the wrong containers.

I started to organize and change things around and what a mess! I can’t find my chair, the floor or the sewing machine today, but now my fabric is neatly folded in the closet (on shelves!) where all this other stuff used to be – oh my!

Thank you all for contributing to the blog – it’s been fun! – Opal

Decisions, Decisions

Contributor post by Beverly from designbcb

When I was ‘just a knitter’, it was an easy enough decision when it came to what I would make next: anything I wanted. If I wanted to do a scarf, then I’d just cast on and off I went. If I wanted to try something new; I’d just do it. It was a luxury moment, deciding what to do next.

But the moment I became a shop owner, that processed changed a little. Obviously when I opened my shop, I put in items I liked and then had to see if someone out there liked them, too. After a while, I had to pay attention to views and stats and analytics and all those other crazy things, to see what was trending. OMG – I had to trend. Doing something I loved had to partner with doing things other people would love. Nameless, faceless people who, at least in my mind, were just sitting at the computer waiting for that sign that the thing they were looking for just posted in my shop.

The weather is beginning to warm up and it’s the time of year when a knitter can put down the needles and pick up a book. But not if the knitter has an Etsy shop. My thoughts have already turned to the fall and what will the great fall color be and Halloween, what can I make for it and then the real holiday season begins.

It will be here in six short months. You know how fast that goes. I mean – it’s already the middle of April. I have a calendar and still didn’t see it coming this fast.

I know I still want to make more warm weather items because we’re global and it’s always summer somewhere but do I start on fall things now?

I cannot be the only one without a more defined system of deciding what to make. Or maybe I am and one (or more) of you can rope me into being more responsible. I’d love to read your process in the comments. In the meantime, here’s what some fellow Etsians have to say about their process.

Decisions…are impossible for me.earrings I have meltdowns in the cereal aisle. I want to make THIS. And THAT. And THE OTHER. And buyers of fashion are fickle – assuming that you can be found to be bought from. So I compromise. I make an amount of staples that people seem to buy no matter what (like my ribbon necklaces), and then try to add things that I would personally wear, buy and/or give as gifts. I do look at what others are making, mostly to see if I can be competitive and maintain quality. Before I decided to offer earrings I made several pair, wore them to test the wires and durability, and then began to make more of the ones that pleased me. I got feedback from my daughter, friends and co-workers, and that got the ball rolling. I would totally wear every pair I make. Here is my favorite pair – so far. I made a pair for me and one for my cousin before they ever hit the shop.

From Corkycrafts: I can not decide upon colors for bird houses this spring for my listings however lately the cardinals visiting my yard suggested red…..ha!birdhouse







For the record, I knew I wasn’t alone. But a little confirmation never hurts. There’s more:

From Stock Lane Studio:

I often get intimidated by the great pool of talent on Etsy, there are so many talented artists and crafters producing amazing things. This way of thinking just blocks me and prevents me from putting my ideas into production.yes And I have a lot of ideas ( I keep a mini notebook in my purse and write dictate ideas into my phone when the notebook is not handy). My daughters are teeming with ideas too, constantly drawing or writing. So I talk myself into taking the plunge and showing the Etsy world our thoughts, feelings and experiences. And then it’s really fun to get the positive reactions from our art.




From Sheila and Shannon and Beady Eye Bird:

When Shannon makes jewelry for me to list in the shop, she tries to focus on materials and designs we know people are looking for — but we also target items incorporating our own favorites and values (natural gemstone jewelry, chunky/exotic designs, Southwestern, Tribal, Boho, etc.)

We aren’t disciplined about checking our stats or doing lots of research — we just try to make sure we’re being true to ourselves and our brand. I know taking a more scientific approach would result in more sales, but this is what we have time for at this point. necklaceWe really admire folks who can wrangle the business/science side to their benefit!

Here’s one of ‘our style’ pieces for sale in the shop:



See? We are in this together. That’s one of the fun things about being an Etsy shop owner – there’s another owner going through the exact same thing!