Items Of The Week: Gems

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: 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 Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Trending Holiday Home Decor (The New Classics, Sophisticated Stockings, and Moody Tablescapes), Trending Holiday Gifts (Deluxe Pet Gifts, Cosmic Appeal, Hometown Pride and Treat Yo’self) and Trending Presentation Ideas (Creative Wrapping). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Trending Holiday Home Decor

The New Classics

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:.

I am a lover of nature and I know how important ecology is to our lives. Observing wild birds and animals in nature is what brings the most joy and relaxation. I want to share my impressions and love for wild nature and animals. But for me, ecology is also important and what we do to protect our planet. That’s why I’ve designed a series of home decorations that I make from waste materials. I use wood remnants from the production of other objects: small pieces of panels and frames, these pieces were going to be burned, and I give them a new life. It requires more of my time and work because everything is completely different. It took a lot of time to match those pieces to make them a nice composed whole. That’s why each of these objects is different and unique. and my decorations are made of 100% natural materials. I hope that my decorations bring joy and happiness and make a smile.

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Trending Holiday Gifts

Cosmic Appeal

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The stars are trending on Etsy this year and Stock Lane Studio has plenty of Cosmic appeal. Love is written in the stars in our SLS cosmic heart printable. This heart art is great year-round, but especially fitting as a holiday gift. Nursery decor, wall art or a card for a loved one, it’s very versatile. Since it’s digital, it can also be used electronically. Announce an engagement or send a message to a loved one using your downloaded art as a backdrop. Don’t have time to do it yourself? SLS LOVES to personalize, just send us a message and we can work with you. We also offer a printed version of this heart art, and have more Night Sky designs in our shop.

StockLaneStudio

Treat Yo’self

susannah raine-haddad from zouzousbasement says:

This desserts coloring book comes with markers/colored pencils or by itself.

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Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

Treat yourself to a pair of these unique handmade earrings – Only you will have a pair like them! They are great for the holidays!

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Treat yourself to a beautiful wrap bracelet with high quality Czech glass beads in tones of green, gold and brown with a golden lotus charm.

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Trending Presentation Ideas

Creative Wrapping

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says:

I just added this section to my shop for custom tags for holidays and all celebrations.

I have always loved to give homemade gifts to family. I think it started way before I became an adult! I was always making or creating something and it never stopped. The 1st year I was married -we had absolutely no money. My gift to my husband was all handmade ornaments for our 1st tree. I always love trying something new – sewing, knitting and now my Etsy shop. These tags will be perfect for some of my gifts this year. I added some for my personal homemade gifts and also baking tags which reminds me I need to start planning for cookies.

WellDressedCupcakes

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy board!

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

Items Of The Week: Girly

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Fabulous Flowers

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Fall is officially here, and it’s the time I plant some of my favorite bulbs so I can get that thrill of colorful flowers in the spring. It reminds me of all the joy planting, growing, viewing and displaying flowers brings to me. It makes me wonder about your flowery favorites. Our Christmas in July team members shared these items and stories.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I don’t like to plant or grow flowers, but I do love anything that is floral. I believe flowers brighten every day and anything that holds flowers or has flowers on it.

I found several vintage bottles at an estate sale. I kept looking at them and wondered what to do with them. I decided instead of selling them as is, I would paint flowers on them. This is what I came up with.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We pick fresh flowers from our yard throughout the year and use them in our photography for our bridal party and couple’s monogrammed gifts in our shop. We love the addition of the flowers in the images and love including a little part of our home in our work.

DesignstheLimit

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

We enjoy finding vintage items like vases or decor with a floral theme. I took the photo of this toothpick holder earlier in the year. The Forget-me-knot flowers grew in our garden.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

I definitely do not have a green thumb when it comes to flowers. However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them. I especially love the blooming flowers!

On the other hand, I also love faux flowers but I don’t want them to look like a cheap plastic floral decoration.

Allergies also run in the family so sometimes it’s a challenge to find just the right bouquet for our table.

That’s what inspired this neat item! It’s a combination floral and upcycled item all rolled up into one truly amazing conversation piece! The flower is made from pistachio nut shells! The finished bouquet is perfect for the table (if nobody in the family is allergic to nut trees)! The best part is, it can be custom made to match any decor theme!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I’m really fond of bulbs, particularly l do love irises. I liked the American Iris Society’s Facebook page, where I can see these wonderful flowers. And this is my homage to them.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love flowers! Spring is my best display. I have many perennial flower beds but they are a lot of back breaking work. If only it wasn’t for weeds! These tin canisters are bright and flowery!

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Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

Flowers are one of the favourite motifs I use when I embroider. I love them!

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Astrid Stenerud Prayag from RedNeedleQuilts says:

I love pansies. We always had pansies on the farm in Norway where I grew up. Every year, at the end of the cold and snowy winter, my late Mom bought seeds to grow for the garden. Among the several sachets with seeds, there was the pansies. I couldn’t wait for the seeds to grow, for the tiny plants to get big and strong enough to be planted in pots outside as well as in some of the flower beds. I love all the color variations the pansies have, so colorful and eye catching.

RedNeedleQuilts

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

Love flowers! I remember picking daisies as a child and making daisy chains, these daisy earrings remind me of that time.

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Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

I love fairy flower earrings. I make them in all different colors and styles and they are where most of the color resides on my shop.

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Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

It’s hard to imagine anyone that doesn’t love flowers. Hmmm… maybe those unfortunate folks with allergies. Well here’s a handful of flowers guaranteed to be pollen free!

Vintage lucite teal blue moonglow rounds and light blue Peruvian flowers – so pretty together. The clay fired hand painted flowers vary slightly from one to another adding a unique element to this sweet bracelet. These Peruvian beads have a folk art vibe that is a pleasing contrast to the luminescent vintage lucite moonglow.

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Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

I have a shop full of flowers! Here though is a piece made from recycled paper and featuring two roses. Here I’ve used paper from an old copy of Pride and Prejudice but as a custom order you can scan me a page from your favourite book, the sheet music from a special song or even a section of a map showing a favourite place and I can turn into a truly meaningful piece of jewellery.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Roses are my favorite! Especially the fragrant varieties. This is a real rose bud encased in resin.

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Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

Flowers!!I love flowers and used to be a florist till I retired this year. I usually try to incorporate flowers of some kind in my designs . Here I created a poinsettia pin for the holidays with just a touch of sparkle and holiday magic!

SSFDesigns

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

How about a hand knitted and felted bag with a flower on it? Recently I purchased a book on how to make real flowers other than this one and knitting and felting them has been a real treat. My last purse that I sold was my cover photo of a red purse with pansies. There are lots of flowers to knit and felt, it just takes time and patience.

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Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

No hat without flowers. Flowers determine the style of a hat. Depending on material and design. This hat from jeans fabric with crochet flowers and embroidered with pearls is reminiscent of the 70’s.

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I love making paper cut out flowers for diy creators. Tropical florals are a great way to decorate weddings and showers.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I love the idea of digital paper because once you purchase the file, you can keep it on hand and printout as many or few as you like. You don’t having to rush back to the store for more of the same when you run out.

This floral stationery is cheerful with beautiful autumn tones of warm reds and oranges. I captured the background photograph of straw flowers while shopping at a market in Montreal, Canada.

StockLaneStudio

Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE says:

A lot of my artwork focuses on flowers. I have recently become enamored with the the language of flowers. I am fascinated with the symbolic meanings attributed to flowers and love the lore of the Victorian age when flowers were purposefully and thoughtfully arranged so as to convey secret messages and nuanced thoughts.

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Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

I truly enjoy flowering trees, with the branches being just as extravagant to me as the floral explosions erupting along those limbs. I enjoy the light streaming throughout, showcasing shadowy depths and highlighted blossoms!

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Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Autumn is the last moment when I can paint flowers by nature. I like the colors of autumn flowers. They create strong accents and add joy when days are cloudy. I sketched pastel by nature. This is a classic still life.

CanisArtStudio

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I planted a special garden in the fall of 2016 so that I could show my Canadian pride in the spring of 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. This was a lavish display of red and white tulips. I couldn’t help but smile every time I walked past this part of the garden in the spring.

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Items Of The Week: Intriguing Patterns

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

No Tricks, Just Treats

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Here comes my FAVORITE holiday! (Yes I know I’m strange!) But I do enjoy it when all the little ghouls and goblins roam the streets in search of candy. We wanted to know what our teamies love about Halloween (and what they offer); here’s what they have to say about how they celebrate this special, spooky day!

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says

I love Halloween too! Love all the creepy decorations, costumes, etc.

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Zombie Necklace Horror Jewelry Walking Dead Inspired

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says

These vintage  Halloween cupcake wrappers are perfect for your treats.

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Vintage Halloween Cupcake Wrappers

I love it to see the kids dress up and search for candy not so much all the gory stuff though.

bandanas

Halloween Over The Collar Dog Bandana, Halloween Pet Neck Wear, Halloween Pet Clothing, Orange and Black Dog Bandana

Sue Kenny from SusySewandSew says

Love this cute day of the dead pups fabric…

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Cross body bag , Dog hipster bag, Dog handbag, Dog zipper bag, Cross body purse, Day of the Dead Pup bag

Halloween is my favorite holiday! This skull necklace would be perfect for Halloween or Dias de los Muertos!

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Skull Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Gothic Jewelry, Halloween Jewelry, Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead Jewelry, Skull Jewelry

A special mug for your special Halloween ‘Brew’…

Halloween is NOT just about getting candy.

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Mugs Cups Halloween Trick or Treat Hand Painted by ME Unique One of a Kind Awesome Gift Idea Holiday Decor Halloween Decor Kitchen Decor

Jump into fall with our spooky witch hat wine cork reindeer’s! We can also make you a whimsical cork moose featuring these handmade ribbon bows and bewitching hat.

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SPOOKY Halloween Wine Craft, DIY Whimsical Cork Reindeer, Wine Craft Kit, Witch Hat Reindeer, Fall Home Decor, Halloween Wine Party, Gift

YOKO from yokojewelry says

I love Halloween because you can enjoy unique outfit official :p
Here is little ghost for your 9-5 style!

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Halloween earrings, Ghost stud earrings, Gold studs, Raw brass studs, Color resistant, Hypoallergenic ear post, Unique gift

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Trick or treat time! I just love pumpkins so I chose a pumpkin cookie jar. Store candy or cookies in this treat pumpkin jar.

glass pumpkin

Vintage Clear Glass Pumpkin Cookie Jar Halloween Candy Jar Vintage 1980’s Holiday Cookie Jar Thanksgiving Fall Decor Jar Home Decor Gift

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

Trick or Treat! Our digital download quilt pattern features cute animals who are all dressed up for Halloween. Stock up on candy- they might be coming to your house!

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Halloween animals trick or treat applique PDF quilt pattern; whimsical skeleton or vampire or superhero or witch kid’s quilt pattern

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love decorating my house, inside and out, for Halloween! This colorful Halloween ornament features repurposed jewelry in orange and black and a cute black cat!

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Black Cat Ornament, Repurposed Orange Black Ornament, Upcycled Sun Catcher, Hanging Garden Art, Beaded Window Charm, Halloween Decoration

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop says

My favorites!

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Halloween Decor Cute Halloween ornament Halloween party favor Spooky Cute Felt Toy Ornaments Halloween Decorations

Kristen from KestrelCollection says

Halloween is my favorite holiday too. My Mad Max Fury Road inspired earrings are great for a fan of the film but also perfect for the spooky season.

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Mad Max Inspired Earrings- What a Lovely Day! One of a Kind- Steampunk

Many thanks to all who shared, and happy Halloween!

Until next time,

Sheila

Items Of The Week: October Finds

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium