The Most Inspiring Wedding Trends of 2018: Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by The Most Inspiring Wedding Trends Of 2018 article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Style (Stackable Rings, Embroidered Embellishments, Statement Veils, Flirty Capes), Decor (Clear Acrylics, Guest Book Evolution, The New Rustic: Southwestern Style, Pet-Friendly Weddings) and 2019 Prediction: Puffed Sleeves. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

The New Rustic

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This wedding banner is a perfect example of The New Rustic Wedding Trend on Etsy. This has a great rustic look. It is great to hang at the reception or just about anywhere you would like to hang it in the wedding. I can put names or dates on it also.

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Pet Friendly Weddings

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This bling dog collar came about after some friends asked me about making one for their wedding. After creating one I thought how many people would love to have their pet in on their special moment and be dressed in a more formal collar.

So, my bling collection of pet collars is born. There are several colors choices available that could go perfectly well with your wedding theme.

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If you are on Pinterest here is The Most Inspiring Wedding Trends Of 2018: Etsy board!

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For The Pet Lover

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Pets come in all shapes and sizes. You may have a pet that is furry, scaly, a mammal or a rodent and so much more!
Those of us who are pet lovers tend to go wild for items that are all about our type of pet (think mug with a dog on it) or those items we can use for our pets (think pet mat).

We want to know what you have in your shop that pet lovers would want?

Marjorie from mscenna says I love cats and have a collection of cat themed items. Although I no longer have them as pets, I still enjoy them and love cat inspired trinkets. This repurposed jewelry ornament would be a fun gift for a cat lover!

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Black cat ornament

Lizzy from LizzysBibsandBobs said I guess it would not come as a surprise to anyone that I am a Cat Lover! I am also a great lover of glass – in particular Fenton Glass Animals, of which I have a small collection of 20 or so pieces. So a Fenton Glass Cat is the perfect gift for someone like me or someone who just loves Cats. This beautiful white opalescent Calender Cat is a fabulous gift for those Pet Lovers born in May!

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Fenton glass calendar cat

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states I love all animals and when I found this cut Cat and Dog fabric I thought it would be great for the pet lover / book reader as my newest in my new line of bookmarks.

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Cat and dog bookmark

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I personally am a dog person (allergic to cats) but I have a classy cat key ring that a lady cat lover could easily fall in love with! Not only is it cute, it also has a lot of sass! The jeweled body glistens in the sun AND moves separately from the head too. This cat just reminds me of spunk and so do a lot of ladies I know! It’s definitely an attention grabber and a fun accessory to own. You may even consider it a feline version of Betty Boop!

sexy cat keyring

Ilda from lililapt said I love rabbits. They are the Easter symbol. I embroidered rabbits in baby crosstitch diapers. They are lovely!

Cross stitched baby burp cloth

Marta from GottliebTextiles states this is an interior piece for a true cat person. The cat embroideries are made with acrylic thread which is then brushed with a stiff wire brush to create a textured effect. Therefore the embroideries have a lovely soft feeling, just as the cats should be.

Cat cushion cover

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I love cats and having a little bling on my journals and as a zip pull on my bags is such a great way to show that.

French cat zipper pulls

Przemila from CanisArtStudio said I’m a great animal lover. My whole shop is for pet lovers. I paint custom pet portraits from photos and especially dogs, cats, and horses. My favorite techniques are an oil painting on canvas and pastel drawings. I also make pencil drawings. The ordered portrait of your favorite pet will be framed in an elegant wooden frame. You can choose any image dimensions and the color of the frame. This is a wonderful gift idea for any occasion and a memory that will never lose its value. In my shop, you can also find painted clocks, wooden boxes and other items decorated with the image of your favorite pet.

Custom dog portrait

Heather from MooseintheMint states this sign is ideal for a cat lover (I also have a dog version) – the first design said ‘Crazy Cat Lady’, but some people didn’t think that was appropriate, so this is version 2! [other people just thought it funny!]

Crazy about cats sign

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says for some women having something leopard print is a must have item whether it be in clothing or accessories. So, my thought for this design was if you’re a dog lover who loves leopard prints then why not accessorize your pet in it as well.

Leopard print dog collar and leash

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba said I was very surprised that many people get attracted to this little birdie consider them as their pet. But hey, it doesn’t always have to be a cat or a dog, why can’t it be a robin? Most important is that the pet gives you a ton of positive emotions.

Robin fine art drawing

Mairi from mairidesign states ever since I did an oil pastel study of a stuffed owl in school, I’ve been fascinated by their soft plumage. Over time, I learned to design in a basic stylized manner and liked to simplify the bird’s forms and made these stained glass brooches especially for fellow owl lovers. I may not have my own owl pet as yet, but I can visit them in their huge cages in Wallenstein Palace Gardens, Prague, whenever I like.

Glass owl brooch

Great Teacher Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Teachers have to deal with so much in a day, that they deserve much praise and some great gifts.

Some great ideas for gifts are: Gift cards, gift baskets, volunteer your time and so much more.

What do you have in your shop that would make a great teacher gift.

Karen from timetalentjewels says small children enjoy giving teachers flowers, why not give their teacher a fun set of stacking bracelets (stacks of flowers). Beautiful colors of corals, melons and fuchsia along with silver what fun bracelets! Enjoy!

Set of 3 floral stacking bracelets

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said our zipper pouches are perfect teacher gifts. Perfect for holding all those little stickers that are passed out throughout the day. Durable and easy to wash, they’re the perfect take anywhere pouch for field trips or conferences. The perfect size for organizing electronic gadgets like memory sticky, SD cards and earphones. And they’re perfect for holding that gift card to be included with your teacher appreciation card.

Pencil pouch

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals states most teachers love to read a beautiful bookmark and a gift card to bookshop will make a great gift and can be used over and over again.

Pink gemstone bookmark

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says this is one of my biggest sellers and it’s bought by teachers themselves. Teachers can be a trusted source of advice for students weighing important life decisions. Educators can help their students pursue higher education, explore career opportunities and compete in events they might otherwise have not thought themselves able to. Students often look to their teachers as mentors with experience and knowledge, and, as an educator, you will almost definitely be asked for advice at some point during your career.

Teacher lanyard

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said every teacher needs a clipboard to keep organized! They constantly have some sort of list or pile of papers they need to keep in order or review. This decorated clipboard will stand out above all others! It’s a one-of-kind conversation piece that the teacher will be able to treasure, in her classroom, all year-long.

Decorated clipboard

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states our personalized pen sets make the perfect gift for teachers from our Etsy shop. Choose to include either a twist ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, mechanical pencil, or a letter opener to make your gift complete. Enter any text and choose any font we have available to make your gift unique. Gift wrap available for gift giving made easy @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized maplewood pen set

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says this framed cross-stitched ‘Teachers Are Special People’ wall art would make an awesome gift for that special teacher. I can see it hanging in the classroom near the teacher’s desk. It is a good reminder to students, parents, and other teachers.

Framed teacher cross stitch

Niatta from NiattaCrochet said searching for a great gift for teachers and baseball team moms my customer stopped on this listing. Ever since she became my most valued customer, gifting and stashing many colors of this design and even asking for variations with more colors, to match individual preferences. I loved it when she stashed 2 blue ones for her future daughters-in-law, having two boy kids, aged 8 and 10 years old!

Crochet coin purse

Marjorie from mscenna states this key chain is the perfect apple for the teacher! A retro inspired key chain featuring red and green vintage beads and an apple charm, a great gift for a fun loving teacher!

Red apple keychain

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says owl – a symbol of wisdom and science. Hand-painted wooden box – pencil case or glasses case.

Hand painted pencil case

Heather from MooseintheMint said this is a personalized thank you card, so you can chose the wording that suits, and it’s blank inside for you write an individual message. The initial key chain is a small personal gift – teachers must run out of space!

Thank you Initial key ring

Carrie from FantasyBubbles16 states every teacher should have soft lips. It’s hard to talk and teach when you’re lips are super dry. Our Lip Butter feels amazing and leaves lips silky smooth.

Root beer vegan lip butter

Marta from GottliebTextiles says this is a very practical gift that will fit in any home. So if you do not know your teacher well, you won’t go wrong with this one. Everyone washes dishes at home thus the dish cloths will be in use.  Moreover, pretty ones with floral embroideries on.

Embroidered kitchen tea towels

My Best Friend

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Bestie, BFF, pal, peep, soulmate, kitty or pup, best friends come in all forms. They make us laugh, help us cry, helped make us who we are, and will never be forgotten.   From your little furry tail-wagging pal, to your husband or wive, your perfect bridesmaid, or your bestie who is miles away, Etsy Christmas in July has a great selection of  best friend gifts.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The dog is the symbol of the best friend and many people love dogs and have their pets. Portrait of your favorite pet is a perfect gift to express friendship. This is a very good gift for every occasions and souvenir for many years. I paint oil paintings and draws as well. Today I want to present my offer of Pet portraits – large size pastel drawing the whole silhouette on the scenic background!

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

Best friends are always together near or far. I think the beauty of a best friend is being able to feel connected to them when you have not talked or seen them in a long time.

Candles are a great way to show your best friend you are thinking of them while you are not together! A bff candle allows the flame to still go strong when the other is not in the room and lets your friend know you are always there!

Gifts that can be both useful and appreciated are the best ways to express thoughtfulness in gift giving and an understanding of your friend’s needs. We have the perfect gifts to make a house a home, with personalization.
Choose any of the products we have available depending on your best friend’s needs and personalize your purchase using any of our designs, the fonts we have available, or submit your own images to turn your gift into a personalized keepsake to be treasured and put to good use in good company.
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Sand Carved Engraved Sangria Carafe

Thank you for this opportunity to share my bff craft.

We all need a friend or two whom we can call our ride or die. So to me friends are like flowers they grow with each passing day and when you find a gem like this, you end up picking them over and over again!

Best Friend Lanyard And Keychain

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

 My best friend loves dragonflies so I thought it was only fitting to let her inspire me to create this scarf pendant. Dragonflies have been a subject of intrigue going way back in time. I find this fitting for my best friend. She too intrigues me! I think all best friends seem to have an intriguing or fascinating quality that draws us together.

The fascinating thing about this scarf pendant though is that the floral button is interchangeable! Simply replace it with any other special snap button (which can be purchased separately in many jewelry stores) and you have a whole new look resting on top of the dragonfly! Now that is intriguing!

Interchangeable Dragonfly Scarf Pendant

Mairi from mairidesign says:

For many, their life-long best friend is their mother. When we sadly lose our best friend, she leaves a gap in our lives that can never be replaced. The butterfly is recognised as a symbol of hope, and with my iridescent butterfly plant decoration, I include this poem…

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it.”

Iridescent Butterfly Pot Plant Decoration

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Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

A Walk In The Park

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Parks are the fabric of small towns, big cities and everything in between.  They get us out, keep us active, bring us together and remind us that we’re part of something greater than our remote controls.  Parks come in all shapes, themes and sizes.  The smallest park in the world is only as big as the width of a telephone pole!  Do you know where that is?  Many of us have cherished memories of first bike rides, birthday parties and baseball games, barbecues, picnics, festivals, hikes and long walks with pets and loved ones.

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Our dog loves to go for walks, and play in the park! If there’s a squirrel, he’ll chase it! If there’s another dog, they’ll play! Throw a ball or a stick? He brings it right back, or not! A walk in the park is the highlight of his day.

When we created this quilt pattern, we got to thinking- What other activities would dogs enjoy at the park, if they had a choice? What if a dog could learn how to roller skate, or take a ride on his bicycle? This whimsical design is the end product of our creative thinking!

Puppy Dog Park Appliqué

Our local park is very close to our home. It’s not unusual to hear crowds of people cheering on the local school sports teams as they play their games or see children play on the various pieces of equipment that were placed there in the park for their enjoyment.

However, parks aren’t just about the children! Our dogs love the park too! It’s their chance to “socialize” and get the latest doggy news! In honor of all the other dogs who love to walk in the park, I’d like to show off my dog sewing pillow panel. Our dogs each have their own pillow they rest on after a long walk in the park!

Nautico Creations from Nauticaocreations  says:  

Nothing is better than a walk in the park. It helps ground me after time behind a computer, driving in traffic, etc. The calm of wooded areas and listening to the chirping of the birds is especially nice.

This arrangement with the twig vase reminds me of the woodlands and some flowers that might be growing there. unlike a formal arrangement, this one seems just a bit wild and natural to me.

Purple flowers in Twig Vase

Mairi from mairidesign says:  

A walk in the park brings to mind the wild meadow flowers that spring up wherever they like. The resilient poppy is one such flower that loves to display its gorgeous reds in our local park.  These stained glass poppies will cheer up even the dullest of days as they capture the light to share their ruby hues with you.

Poppies Suncatcher

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

The best memories of my childhood are related to the park. In the park, I started to ride my first bike and the park was a favorite meeting place with my friends. These were wonderful moments spent walking with the dog and friends “of the dog”. This is where my dreams about setters started and today I know that dreams come true. For all lovers of long walks, I have a hand-painted clock with one of my favorite dog breeds – Irish setter. Of course, it’s possible to order a similar clock with your favorite motif.

Wall Clock with Painted Dog

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:  

Since I’ve chosen to make walking in the park a daily part of my life for heart health I love seeing the flowers in particular daisies blooming and the birds chirping away.

With the weather in GA being so warm this enjoyment has come even earlier this year but the one thing my memory doesn’t like to recall is the pollen that comes with the blooming flowers. However, this hasn’t stopped me in fact it motivates to me get out more to explore different parks just to see the beautiful flowers and the sound of all God’s creation.

And oh, by the way, the Smallest Park in the World?   That’s Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, USA.  Concerned Portlanders decided to spruce up a lonely old telephone pole hole in the 1970’s and it’s been a fun city feature ever since.

Daisy Dog Collar

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

When I think of walking in a park I immediately think of birds and flowers and shades of green for grass and trees. This repurposed trinket dish combines a green bird and vintage floral tea cup in shades of pink, both reminiscent of things and colors you might see while walking in a park.

Bird Theme Trinket Dish

Rita Szollosi  from RitzySelection says:

In the most beautiful parks there is always a fishpond! In this small fishpond, an orphaned fish floats. But do not be sorry little fish, soon the other fish will come!

Decor Patchwork Throw Pillow

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

I love to walk in the park when Spring is blooming. Beautiful flowers and bright colors all over. Here is my newest tag set that reminds me of Spring flowers in the park that are so special to see when you take a walk.

the BEST ever / BFF / Mom / Gift Tag Set

Down On The Farm

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey:

It has been proven that working with animals is beneficial for coping skills! This post will deal with a special kind of animal, farm animals! Let’s get past counting the sheep, watching Wilbur and Charlotte become friends, and singing about Old McDonald and check out some neat farm animals grazing around the shops of members of the Etsy Christmas in July team.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

This is my favorite subject. I could add half of my shop here but I chose the oil painting of a horse portrait. Horses are my favorite animals and I also like the atmosphere of the farm. Many people love horses and I’m a horse lover too. The horse’s portrait looks good in the official interior as well as in a small corner of shabby chic style. The oil technique is noble and the image is impressive. In my shop, you can order a framed picture ready to hang on the wall.

I paint portraits of horses on order from photos so if you want to order a portrait of your favorite horse or another animal, send me your photos by e-mail: przemilak@gmail.com

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Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love horses and your Palomino oil painting, but I am afraid to ride them. My first try was traumatic for me.

I will stick to other farm animals, such as this sweet shelf-sitter cow that my dad made and painted before his passing. I spent one summer teaching him to decorative paint. He took my lessons and ran with them. My dad was a master carpenter by trade but was gifted with other capabilities such as playing the piano, knitting, square dance calling, woodworking, and then decorative painting. He went to craft shows with my mom to sell his ware and was very successful.

Love this SWEET cow.

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Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I was fortunate enough to take a vacation to Ireland about 7 years ago. The landscape was beautiful and we saw many historical and natural sites. Along the way we saw sheep…not a few sheep…easily thousands of sheep along our journey around the southern half of Ireland. It was winter so they all had full puffy woollen coats. I feel in love with them. So cute! This little fella was inspired by my trip.

WickedlyCreative

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Sharon & Susan from Ms P Designs USA were raised on our family farm in Montana, and we have many happy memories. We were inspired by by those happy times to create our “Down on the Farm” quilt pattern, which features all of our animal friends from the farm, plus a couple extra animals that we’d like to have known!

MisPDesignsUSA

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Have you ever been driving down those back country roads and pulled over to stretch your legs and while there caught a glimpse of a mama pig with her little baby pig?

Well, while taking my son back to school down south from the Christmas break we saw the cutest baby pig that looked like it was newly born standing next to it’s mama. Pigs are so cute when they’re little and running around the farm squealing at the top of their lungs.

I’m going to miss those long country back road drives because my son will graduate after the 2018 fall semester!

DesignsbyCristal

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

On the farm you will find ducks and lambs. Here are some cute buttons for crafting that will add a bit of the farm to your project.

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