CIJ’s Most Popular Items

So what makes an item on Etsy sell like hotcakes?  I posed that question to our team, and the answer is…talent, hard-work and great customer service!  Hear what our members have to say about their favorite and most popular items.

1)  Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations shares…..

“I have sold several mini zen gardens when I came across these shatterproof polymer dishes in vibrant colors. My mind immediately went to children and how fun it would be for them to pick their own charm and to be able to make a zen garden all by themselves. I have sold quite a few of these!”

Kids' Zen Garden
Kids’ Zen Garden

2)  Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby tells this item’s story….

“We were looking to craft something special for Christmas and beyond that had a shabby and nautical feel. After investigating what were popular pins on Pinterest, we came up with an idea to mimic fishing balls, which followed the theme of popular pins, but at the same time was different and unique. After much trial and error, we came up with a design we loved. It has proved to be our most popular items with a very broad appeal. To date we have sent sets to Texas, Georgia, California, Oregon and Hawaii.”

nautical ornaments
Nautical Theme Ornaments for home decor

3) Carolyn from butterflykilns shares her best seller….

“This sweet little owl mug has been the most popular item in my shop!
I had been doing owl designs when I first started but wanted to create something special for the fall season. I did some research and found out that owls are everywhere! On t-shirts, on mugs, on stationery, etc. I sketched a few rough designs at first and decided to go with this one in particular, because I love the two owls sitting in the branches looking at each other with a curious glance. I had made a previous owl mug using summer colors so I thought, why not revive the same design, but use bright, colorful fall hues? And, it worked! I have received so many wonderful comments on this mug. It has also been featured in several treasury lists and blogs.”

owl mug
Ceramic Owl Mug

4) Eleni from LenasCakes chose this item to share….

“This is my most popular item so far. I had the same shells put on round base toppers, but leaving them “free” gave everyone who planned a sea themed party the opportunity to place them wherever they wished. Cake, cupcake or mini tart, it was eligible!
What impressed me most is that even in the middle of winter(at least in northern hemisphere, lol!) there were many search views and favs for this particular- absolutely-talk to me about summer- decor!”

fondant cupcake toppers
Fondant Sea Creatures

5) Carola from CarolaBartz shares…

 “This cat’s card is my most favorite item in my store, especially around Valentine’s Day. I had to make it so many times – and I still like it very much!  I actually created this card as a sample for a class I was teaching. My students loved it so much that I thought to give it a try and listed it in my shop. Good thing I did!!!”
Love kitty card
Love Kitty Card

6) Dossie Garvey from petzoup ……

“This is the first window I ever created. I found a shredded Xerox copy of a photo in an old album and was told that it was the first home of my great grandfather after he came to America from Ireland in the 1890’s. I wanted to preserve the image and decided to use an old recycled window sash to paint the home on. That way, when I look at it, I feel like my ancestors are close to me, almost like having them across the street. I have since created many different windows but this will always be my “best seller”.”

Window Art
Custom Original Art Painting Home Memorial Recycled Window

7) KathysHeart from KathysHeartCreations shares the personal story behind her best-seller….

“The first one of these kitties I made was created from an old pattern I had from the 90’s … with one exception … I made it a black and white cat … This adorable tuxedo kitty was made in honor of my cat, “Snookums” … my constant companion. I even had a photo of him sitting on my quilted cushions of my wicker sofa in my craft room posted on my About page … (which I have recently taken down when I made changes to my About page)”

Grey Tabby Cat
Painted Kitty Home Decor

8) Rosario Uriarte from inspirebynancy shares…

“Hi, my most popular item in my shop are these Legs Warmers. I knitted them for my daughter, to keep her little legs warm in the winter days and I sold a lot of them here in Etsy .”

legwarmers
Girl’s Legwarmers

9) Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says….

“I needed a card to celebrate my son-in-law’s upcoming birthday. Since he is an avid hunter and enjoys all things camouflage, I designed the Buck Silhouette Camouflage Birthday Card. Decided to make a couple extra for the store and, lo and behold, it turned out to be the best selling card in my entire shop! It also led to an complete line of camo cards. ”

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Birthday Card for a Hunter….

10) Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 “My most popular item is my chevron banner printable calendar. I had been making calendars for myself for years, finally thought I should make one to sell. I had also recently figured out how to make a chevron design – it took some trial and error, believe me! But I finally got it and created paper packs with it, and then decided to use it for a calendar. I was surprised at how well it sold starting with the one for 2013. Some people bought both the 2013 and 2014 at the same time.”
calendar
Downloadable Calendar Pages

11) Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns shares the story of one of her first (and most popular) items…

“I started making rainbow candles back in 1990 when I was stuck at home in the last few months of my first pregnancy. I was looking for something new to do. I decided to get some candle making supplies at my local craft store and got set up in a little work space in my garage and started making candles! I have always loved bright, cheery colors and have loved rainbows since I was a little girl. I started experimenting with color combinations with my first few candles and my first rainbow candle emerged after a few tries and I have been happily making them ever since! I still have one of my original rainbow candles from way back when that I burn from time to time. Can you believe that it has been with me for all these years and has never faded and still smells amazing to this day??”

rainbow candle
Rainbow Candle

12) Tola Laseinde from AnkaraLampshades shares her best selling pillow…

“This is a very popular design within African Circles especially west Africa. The design has been around for a very long time and is continuously reproduced.  It is made out of a rare PREMIUM Dutch wax cotton. This so because it has an extra intricate gold honeycomb lattice design on it which makes it stand out from the crowd.”

pillow
African Bullseye Pillow

13) koolstuff2 from koolstuff2 says

“I created the Pinky Promise charm when my daughter was going off to college. She and I always did our “Pinky Promises” throughout her life and I wanted to create something she could take with her that would remind her of home.   I first drew the image on paper, then digitally using Illustrator. I then sculpted the hands in clay and cut the bottom half off to make a flat charm. I made a relief mold after I joined two halves together to make the charm 2 sided.  The hardest part was finding a supplier who could cast the part economically. I found a foreign supplier who would cast it and make the charms.  My charms are in numerous publications and have been praised worldwide. ”

pinky promise
Pinky Promise Pendants-Pair

14) Last, but not least, Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE shares our final story…

“We have sold many baby quilts with applliqued hearts and they seem to sell soon after we post them. The hearts seem to tug at our “heart-strings” just like our sweet babies do! All the quilts we’ve sold so far have had pink hearts or hearts filled with little rosebuds or flowers–kinda girly! My mom is the quilter and she told me that the next one she makes will have either blue or green appliqued hearts–for those sweet, little baby boys.”

baby quilt
Heart Baby Quilt
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know some of CIJ’s artists and the stories behind their items.  Please feel free to visit any of our shops….you never know when you’ll find the perfect little treasure!

What Inspires You? See what inspires these Etsians!

January 20th is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, where we remember and celebrate his legacy.  Dr. King had a dream for the future and a vision for a country that would be unified and not racially divided.

Thanks to MLK, my dreams are much more selfish and much closer to home.  I started working on a set of digital papers with inspirational quotes and phrases and I finished two of them and they just sat on my desk top mocking me.

I finally decided that these two papers would be freebies to celebrate the new year and to inspire others to “dream big”, “never give up”, etc.

Eventually, I was able to come up with a whole set of papers to post in my store.  The thing that inspires me to create has a lot to do with colors or textures that I come across.  Nature, such as trees and birds chirping and green grass all inspire me to create new things and give me peace to continue on my path.  See this pretty and inspirational papers below.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174271080/dream-inspirational-words-and-quotes?ref=shop_home_active_18

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Several other sellers on the Etsy Christmas in July team would like to share their inspirations with you.  Inspiration comes from many places and in many forms.  Please check out these wonderful shops and their items.

Elisabeth from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says that she gets inspired when “Someone likes what I make.”  When something sells she makes another using the same colors or changing it up a bit!  Just look at her Red Vintage Inspired Necklace.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/175171578/red-vintage-inspired-crochet-red?ref=teams_post

Red_Vintage_Inspired_Necklace

Laura from VintagePlusCrafts likes to make people smile.  She does her hand embroidery and finishes it off with an encouraging or inspirational word such as smile.  See her pretty embroidery on her Springtime Flowers Hoop Art.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/152658551/springtime-flowers-embroidered-hoop-art?ref=teams_post

Springtime_Flowers_Embroidered_Hoop

Erika from littlebigtopstudio was inspired by the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes as well as her own daughter who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.

 This is the story of a Japanese girl who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. As a result she is diagnosed with leukemia and, at age 12 after spending a significant amount of time in a nursing home, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand, inspired by the Senbazuru legend. The school where I teach folded 1,000 paper cranes in support of my daughter and as a way to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Ever since we completed that project I have been fascinated with the crane as a symbol of health, hope, and peace.  Please see Erika’s beautifully inspired Baby Mobile Origami Cranes.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/174662737/baby-mobile-origami-cranes-gender?ref=teams_post

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Jeanne from CedarWoodCreations was inspired by friendship when making this current item.  While on FB I saw a picture of a friend taken in childhood and memories came flooding back of our time together. It was right around the time I found the charms shown in this pic. That’s what prompted me to make two rock cairns and sell them as a set ~ Keep one and give the other to a friend…Check out her beautiful Pinky Swear Pinky Promise Rock Cairn Minis.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/174158452/pinky-swear-pinky-promise-rock-cairn?ref=teams_post

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Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts finds her inspiration by “stopping to smell the roses” so to speak.  She says, “So many things inspire me, usually when I’m not looking for it; a stamp, a piece of pretty paper, nature, a color…I’ve learned to stop and look at things twice to see how it affects me.

One piece that was a nk-brainer was this adorable owl paper. I *knew* I had to get it, but it took a while to decide what to do with it!”  Check out her beautiful Fun and Funky Owls Handmade Tile Coasters.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/102892918/fun-and-funky-owls-handmade-tile?ref=teams_post

Fun_and_Funky_Owls_Coasters

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE gets her inspiration from nature.  She says, “I love color–color from rainbows, fresh grass, shadows in the snow, leaves and flowers–you name it–beautiful colors from all around us…and that inspiration leads me to create colorful items for everyone to enjoy!”  See her cute Soft Baby Book, Baby’s First Book.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/173640819/soft-baby-book-babys-first-book?ref=teams_post

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Betty Travell from LadySnooks is inspired by a creature right where she lives.  She says, “Deep in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay running right up the middle of the little state of Maryland, lives a creature that is known as the king of all shell fish. This creature is the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab. If you live in Maryland, you know what I mean. They are eaten with a mallet and “picked” down to the last morsel. Their delicious meat sometimes appears as a “Maryland Crab Cake” which is fantastic too. A big cold glass of beer is usually close at hand.

Living most of my life in Maryland, this was one inspiration that was easy to connect with the under-water Tagua Nut Resin pendants that I make. The inspiration was right there for me.”  Be sure to check out her Tagua Nut Chesapeake Blue Crab Under the Sea 3D Pendant.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/126703287/on-sale-tagua-nut-chesapeake-blue-crab?ref=teams_post

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Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy is inspired by nature as well.  She says, “The most inspiring thing to me is Nature. I have always been fascinated by the living world around us. I owe that to my grandmother, I think. My first summer trip to her house by myself was full of wonder. We caught tadpoles in the creek near her house, and watched them develop into frogs. We brought caterpillars in and watched them morph into beautiful..well…moths, but they were still beautiful. In much of my work, you will see colors, textures, and patterns inspired by walks in the woods…”  Be sure to check out her Embroidered Tan and Black Chickadee Bird Hanging Cotton Kitchen Towel.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/173182827/embroidered-tan-and-black-chickadee-bird?ref=teams_post

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I’d like to thank all of the shops that shared their inspirations and items above.  Thank you also to everyone reading this post.  Inspiration is all around you so take the time to be inspired!!  ~Tracy from Little Shop of Color