Treasury Challenge Winner August – Cynhumphrey

Contributor post by Kristy of KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine. These are done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those that really enjoy making them.

The Christmas in July  team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

The August winner is Cynhumphrey started by Cindy Humphrey. Cindy enjoys making one of a kind treasures for others such as; unique beaded jewelry, recycled items or home decor.

 1. What made you open up your shop?

There were two reasons I opened my shop. The first was because I was tired of going to the store to purchase “just the right color” or “just the right style” of something I wanted to wear or give as a gift, and not finding what I was looking for. After much frustration, I remembered I was crafty in my younger days and I figured I could bring back those skills, even though it had been years since they were utilized,and make what I wanted myself. This led to me showing off my homemade items to family and friends, which eventually led me to the second reason I opened my shop.


I had strong encouragement from friends. They loved what I created and told me others would too. I had never even heard about Etsy until a co-worker encouraged me to check it out and open a shop. After about a year of listening to them decided to open shop since I would be doing something I loved anyway.

2. What business advice would you give to new business owners?

I think one of the big lessons (I learned the hard way) was to be patient with sales. Shop success does not happen over night for most people and it takes a LOT of hard work. It’s important to have good pictures, great tags, and clear descriptions.


 3. I see you are a maker of many products. what is your favorite type of product and why?

This is hard for me to answer! I truly put my heart and soul into everything I create. I don’t offer anything that I myself wouldn’t like as a gift. If it’s not good enough for me,it’s not good enough for anyone else! If I had to pick, it would be a toss-up between my home decor items and my accessories. I think the reason for that is that they are “different” and not something that everyone else has.


I would like to think that if someone received one of these items as a gift, they would constantly be reminded that they are loved by the person who chose the gift for them. Jewelry is a common accessory for women and worn every day. However the piece getting worn changes day by day. With home decor items, you look at them displayed in just the right spot of your home all the time.


 4. Do you have a fave business tool? what is it and why do you like it?

I’m not sure if this counts but I LOVE TreasuryBox! I enjoy promoting others through treasuries and this app makes it so easy and quick!


5. What are your social media links?

August – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate August – New Arrivals.

Judy from BestDressedBaby says:

I love this little boho chic sweater and matching headband! The colors are perfect together, and coordinate perfectly with any outfit. The ruffle along the yoke adds a girly feature. This sweater will take your favorite baby through any season. The matching headband has a nice stretch to fit easily on baby’s head and the flower can float along the headband to position on either side, or top, of the head.



Roberta Wills from SquishyHugsDesign says:

I really don’t want to make Santa hats for Christmas, so am making hats in Christmas colors that can be worn for more than a few days. This one is for under 6 months. I make most of my items for children from Caron simply soft wool since it has a sheen to it that I like, it is very soft and cuddly, and it is made in the USA.



Julia from Fabpatterns1015 says:

This is a Vintage pattern (NOT the finished product). It has to be sewn. This is a cute dress for someone’s young girl. This was a pattern given to me (there were a lot of them) by my friend’s family. They were getting the house ready for an estate sale.



Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

This vintage blouse I found in a Palm Springs Thrift store. It has an awesome historical print of compass sometimes called a wind-rose, is a figure on a compass, map, nautical chart or monument used to display the orientation of the cardinal directions—North, East, South and West—and their intermediate points. Just amazing and one-of-a kind item!



Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

In keeping with what is in my heart, I have been starting to make more things related to cancer awareness. I do not want to charge much for these things as I want them available to everyone – and so this is the part of the shop where my heart is at the most and where I am expanding and always looking for new products and ideas. I have many plans in the works for adding much to this section by early fall. This keeps me on the right path in life and grateful every day!



Lorraine from EyeGloArts says:

I have always been interested in actually being able to create the type of wonderful flowers I saw everyday growing up in a 10,000 square foot silk flower business. I have combined this with my love of all things that glow in the dark and 40 years of working with different clays to bring you this line of fun forever flowers to wear and share!



Andrea Mados from EveryKnotIsAPrayer says:

I love making friendship bracelets, they take my mind off my worries knot by knot, and I also love experimenting and trying out new patterns and color combinations. I consider that Every Knot is a Prayer, every purchase is a little contribution to my son’s treatment, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 2 years. He still undergoes chemotherapy, and thankfully responds well to it. He’s 6th birthday will be on the 18th of August!



Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet says:

Hi! I’d like to share my Yellow Duck Coffee Mug Cozy. I just created him this week. I’ve had owls, penguins and pandas for over a year now and since the owls and penguins are so popular I decided to add a yellow duck to my line! I am very happy with how he turned out, especially with the quacking beak. I think he would mainly be a gift for her but I could see him working for a man if I chose a more manly button to fasten him on with. He is a made to order item and I am able to customize him a bit like changing the background color if desired or using a different kind of button or even making the duck a different color. I could also give him sleepy eyes if someone preferred but I think ducks are usually though of as bright-eyed. Thanks for letting me share a little bit about Mr. Yellow Duck!!



Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I started making little wallets like this to have some small items to sell at craft shows. Not everyone attending a craft show can afford to purchase a quilt! The little wallets are great for holding credit cards, business cards, gift cards, transit passes and more. I use them as an attractive way to present a gift card as a present to friends and family. They have proven to be a great seller both at craft shows and in my Etsy shop.

I’ve just started making coordinating tissue cases, so this is my first listing to offer shoppers either the set or individual pieces.



Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Just in time for Back-to-School, this Keyboard & Mouse Wrist Pillow Rest is an excellent way to personalize that new dorm room and make sure your student is getting proper Ergonomic Relief from those hours of computer use doing homework.

Now offered individual or as a set. This set is filled with a combination of Flax seed & Rice for contour and comfort for any wrist. Use “as is”, or added comfort is easily achieved by heating in the microwave for soothing heat, or place in the freezer for cooling relief.

The Keyboard rest measures 16 x 3″ inches in Length & Width. This versatile size can adapt to either standard keyboard or across or in front of your laptop. Got a tense neck after hours of computer use? Just heat or cool this pack for instant relief!

The Mouse Rest measures 7 x 5″ inches in Length and Width (at its widest points). Unlike most on the market, this pack is designed with a curved indention allowing for added comfort and free mouse movement. When using it can either lay flat or “tip up” allowing the sides to come up around the wrist. Caution: You may not want to stop working at that computer – because “it feels so good!”
This “New” fun Leopard fabric pattern has been requested several times, so that tells me it is time to add it to more products in my shop. We have several other patterns available and always enjoy working with buyers for special requests. Contact me today and let’s get to personalizing that work space!



Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams says:

I went with my dogs and my partner to the Irish sea and it was a wonderful day in the sun.

We all brought something in this decoration, even my one dog found one driftwood. So it is for us a wonderful memory at a beautiful day at the sea!



Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s a new product from my shop. I’ve been meaning to create and add some wall hangings to my shop.

The idea came from some customised mini floral wreaths that I did for a customer. The directions that I decide to take from this wreath are endless.

I’ve chosen pastel floral this time as winter is soon to finish here in Australia and we’ll soon be welcoming spring. These butter yellow, pale pink and pale blue are just perfect for it.



CartoCreative from CartoCreative says:

This was a really fun project that accidentally became a map. I was experimenting with different fonts and wanted to see what it would look like putting a whole bunch of them together. Obviously I’m obsessed with maps because that experiment turned into a map of the United States with each of the state initials in a different font.



kosmosa from GiftyTreasures says:

This summer I went to an art store I have not previously been to and discovered they had a selection of very interesting papers. Instantly I got a bunch of ideas on how I could use them. The person packing them for me asked what I’m planning to do with them, and I told her I paint with watercolors. She said those are not really suitable for watercolors (they have a texture that would make it very difficult to paint on), but having a poor art teacher in the past, I learned to ignore “advice” that limits creativity. I knew I’d come up with a way to make this stuff work for me, even if it took some trial and error first.

And here’s the result: you could call it a mixed media project, because that’s what a lot of people call this kind of collage technique these days. I only used my watercolor supplies, so I guess it is still technically a watercolor painting. One reason is I know those are high quality and will not fade or change color over time.

I see a lot of people endorsing bad quality art supplies for mixed media projects on the internet. I’m not sure the artists realize this, but I remember it’s very disappointing to see your artwork change appearance over time. It takes a bit of research and testing to find the good quality supplies, but it’s worth it when you look at your colorful artwork and know it’ll be just as beautiful in the future as it is now.

As you can see I love colors, and you might ask: What is this rainbow spill nonsense? Well this is abstract art, so you can look at it any way you want.

Some artists would advise to limit the color palette to just a couple of colors when creating artwork. But there’s that word again: limit. That’s not how I roll.



BeLuli Designer from BeLuliDesigns says:

This is my newest item, Apple Fabric Table Runner!

I use quite a lot of retro style fabrics & I love GREEN so this fabric is a definite favourite of mine. I also make co-ordinating placemats in sets of 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12. It’s certainly a gift for a woman & especially if she loves green or has a vintage decor theme in her home.

My most popular fabric is my ‘Retro Coffee’ & I sell so many placemats, table runners & sets.



Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

Every Saturday, my husband and I have started a tradition of hunting for wonderful one of a kind finds. objects of beauty and charm from years gone past.Yesterday, as I was picking this sweet bowl was hiding in the back of a nest of other bowls. I love the warmth and the rustic farmhouse feeling that it gives. The thought of those cold winter mornings, to come to breakfast with a breath of sunshine.






Treasury Challenge Winner August – UnexpectedTreasure

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The August winner is UnexpectedTreasure who loves sewing,crocheting and anything crafty.

What got you started on etsy?

Family and friends had been telling me for years that I should be selling online. I’d been selling locally for about ten years. In the November of 2009 I saw a Martha Stewart segment featuring an Etsy seller who had the cutest onesies. It was the first time I had ever heard of Etsy but I decided I had nothing to lose. So I spent two months whipping up some inventory and opened my shop, Unexpected Treasure, in January 2010.


What do you love about fall/autumn?

I love just about everything about autumn; the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, apple and pumpkin picking then baking delicious pies with them, hay rides, corn mazes, etc. The only thing I don’t like about autumn is that winter comes right on its heels. LOL


Do you plan to use the holiday trends of 2014 in your shop and if so how?

I’m not really a trend follower. However, there are two trends I was reading about recently and I plan to follow them. The first: According to Money magazine, people will shop online earlier to avoid last year’s shipping nightmare. The second kind of goes right along with the first: According to e-commerce intelligence, the trend for the past two years has been for shoppers to spend more online during the holiday season. So I plan to list as much new inventory as possible by October 31st so buyers will have lots of delightful gifts to choose from and also to allow plenty of time for shipping and, hopefully, on time delivery.

What do you enjoy about team CIJ?

I love that it’s a year-round team instead of just a seasonal one.


How and what are your plans for this holiday season? Shop wise and home wise (only if you wish to tell us about family part).

My plans for the holiday season shop-wise were probably best answered by question #3. But to add to that I’ve already stocked up on plenty of shipping supplies and plan to offer lots of priority mail shipping, especially using the regional rate boxes whenever possible.
My family plans for the holiday include lots of sewing gifts, cookie baking, eggnog drinking, playing Christmas carols beginning on Thanksgiving day, and generally just taking the time to savor the spirit of the holiday.

This shop is filled with a mix of crochet, sewing and so much other unexpected treasure.