A Little Gift For Me

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All too often, we spend our time thinking of others and buying gifts for family and friends and, we all know, the next few weeks are going to be hectic. Perhaps now, is the time for a little self-indulgence before the chaos. The Christmas In July team would like to share all their fabulous items with those who are looking to buy themselves a little gift.

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

At only $11.00, these small earrings are a perfect way to gift yourself! Featuring lampwork glass and Czech glass beads, they will add a pop of color to your day. The beads are wired separately, so they will sway prettily as you move.
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Red Czech Glass & Silver Dangle Earrings

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

My treat would be a cute little bracelet! This little bracelet is made of Turquoise Russian Amazonite which has Silver Plated Shells between the beads. I feel like I am ready for the beach and but I live in the Midwest, which is about 3000 miles from the ocean. Maybe some day! But this one is for sale!

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Turquoise Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says

My treat would be a nice book mark to go with a great book for relaxing times.
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Pink Gemstone Bookmark

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I think any crafter would love a new pack of purple beads to stitch up into something wonderful…maybe peyote, cross stitch, jewelry, or something else?
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Antique Glass Beads

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Give the gift of personalization, especially when shopping for yourself. It is better to enjoy a glass of wine less often and in style, than to overindulge. At Design’s the Limit, we encourage the responsible enjoyment of spirits from the safety of your own home. Design a wine glass which suits your personality, we have a variety of glass and crystal stemware and stemless glasses to choose as a canvas for our designs. Once you have selected a glass, choose the font and design which suits your tastes and include any text you wish to including name, monogram, single initial, or popular sayings in the public domain!
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Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Enjoy some “me” and “family” time by reading your favorite verses from The Bible and sitting down with the family to fill out the numerous pages for recording wedding information, birth records and your family tree! A great way to spend some down time before the Holiday season arrives!
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Precious Moments Bible Family Edition

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

All of us experience the concept of the yin and yang in our daily lives. It always seems there is something positive pulling against the forces of something negative and we are forced to pull it together in unity and “work things out”. I also think that “making it through” whatever comes your way on any given day largely depends on your frame of mind and attitude about life in general. So, with this little butterfly yin and yang compact (pill) storage jar, you would have the constant reminder that no matter what happens, things do get better and can become beautiful, just as the bling this item offers!
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Pill Storage Box

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

I would buy a hand knitted hat to keep me warm in winter. It’s such a nice accessory.
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Hand Knitted Slouch Beanie

Member Feature: Jhoomka

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Please join us in welcoming Geneviere of Jhoomka, our featured member!

Jhoomka

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a bit of a gypsy, was born and raised in South Africa, spent ten years in Canada and now I live in beautiful Australia. I’ve traveled quite a bit too. I’m a mom and I have my chef qualifications. I started Jhoomka to stay at home with my little one.

When did you open your business and what made you decide to do so?

I opened my business 2 years ago and in the beginning it was more of a hobby but I have been working really hard on making it grow and I am now a mom so I work from home to spend time with my little one.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make earrings upcycled from doily cloths. Sustainable fashion at its brightest! I paint and stiffen the earrings to make them bright and firm. The doilies are light and bright and unique. I also make glass bead earrings from beads I have found at op shops and in my travels as well as felt ball earrings.

What inspires your work?

Nature in all its glorious colors.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

My goal is to keep growing until this becomes my full-time job!

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My earrings are bright and bold and pretty unique.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I have a space set up in the sunroom of my house. It’s the best as it gets lots of natural light.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I have learnt a lot along the way! Its been such an incredible journey so far! I don’t think there is anything I’d wished I’d known beforehand.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Concentrate on your SEO and join a support group! They help a lot!

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I love to walk, read and ride horses.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is by Bob Marley
“Love the life you live, Live the life you love ”

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can find me on instagram @jhoomka or on Facebook myjhoomka.

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Items Of The Week: Thank You Gifts

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1. Thanksgiving Quilted Fabric Postcard by zizzybob from zizzybob

2. Pearl Wine Charms by Mary from CharmedByWine

3. Red Heart Beaded Bookmark by Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals

4. Hot and Cool Eye Pillow by YOKO from WAYOKO

5. Floral Thank You Cards by Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft

Member Feature: LizPOriginals

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Elisabeth of LizPOriginals, our featured member!

LizPOriginals

Tell us about yourself.

Hello , My name is Elisabeth Perez and I am from Austria, Europe.  I moved to the USA in 1988 after getting married to my husband who is from Miami, FL. I have 2 children and a hedgehog named Oliver.

I have always (even as a child) loved to do crafts with different mediums. Be it painting on stones found in rivers, playing with clay, painting on silk. But after visiting Florence Italy I fell in love with beads and have created jewelry & beaded home decor now for over 30 years.

When did you open your business and what made you decide to do so?

I opened my business on Etsy in 2015 after friends and customers told me about it.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love designing sun catchers for homes, fun jewelry, Christmas decor and my newest item the agate wings for many causes.

The world has so many wonderful beads and charms to offer I just cannot stop using them in my designs. I am branching out with adding pet loss ornaments and Christmas decor  for pet owners.

What inspires your work?

Color and textures all around me. Be it in nature or other artists work, like quilts or photography.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

I really hope to grow my online business and hope to be seen by more shoppers.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I think it’s the way I use beads and unique components and my personal touch with my add-on gift bags. I want them to be as unique and not mass made as possible.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

After my oldest son moved out I reclaimed his room for my work yet again. I have a wonderful couch and table that I use as my shipping station. I have a desk  to bead and a shelf to store all the items listed on Etsy. And another table and chair in my living room by a window to take my pictures.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I think is the knowledge that online selling is so different from in person and direct sales. Pictures matter  the most in attracting customers.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do your homework !! As in make sure the market in what you like to sell is not totally over saturated and then rethink what you like to make that will bring a fresh approach to that product. Also awesome pictures and great descriptions.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I love to read and see Korean movies on drama fever, travelling, spending time with family, cooking and baking.

What is your favorite quote?

“Who will guard the guards?”

Where can people find out more about your business?

My Etsy shop : https://www.etsy.com/shop/LizPOriginals

On Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/LizPjewelry/

On Twitter : https://twitter.com/austriagirl625

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Enjoy your crafting and make the most of it!

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Items Of The Week: Fireworks And Sparkles

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In the UK, Fireworks Night (Guy Fawkes Night) is celebrated at the beginning of November. Bonfires are built and huge displays of fireworks sparkle in the sky all night long. What better time to show off all our sparkling items as we head into the holiday season?

  1. Jewel Trim with Gold Acrylic Jewels by frances from supplysideeconomics
  2. Christmas Bell Ornaments by Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals
  3. Crystal Cat Earrings by Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery
  4. Iron On Pillowcase Kit by mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 

Soft Furnishings

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Soft furnishings can be any fabrics used in the home. For instance linens,bath towels,curtains,cushions,pillows and more. Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to see your Soft Furnishings!

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says I love Harris tweed cushions! There are now so many gorgeous colors and designs available, and yet every piece of this pure wool fabric is still hand-woven by the islanders. The one I have chosen here is a brightly colored large tartan design to really cheer up your room.

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Harris Tweed cushion cover

Karen from timetalentjewels said something that I have in the kitchen that is a must are my Wool Felted Hot Pads. They are soft and thick so you won’t burn yourself. Many people who I sell to, love to just have them as Art in their kitchens because of their bright colors. Each one is knitted and then felted in very hot water, after that process it wicks and retains its shape and becomes very soft and thick. This particular pair is 7 x 7. Some may vary in size.

What is really fun is to have friends decorate with them! How fun would that be?

True colors wool felted hot pads

Robyn from RobynFayeDesigns states these country-style coasters were made in mind for bowls of hot soup, so larger than a regular coaster but smaller than place mats. When not in use they look great stacked in the farmhouse kitchen.

Country style coasters/mug rugs

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says bedrooms are instantly spruced up with gorgeous textures, patterns and fabrics on your bed. We love this pattern by Ralph Lauren Chaps Home collection for its reversibility! A beautiful soft floral pattern on one side with a coordinating stripe pattern on the opposite side for an instant new look! Add some pillows and you have a luxurious boudoir!

Ralph Lauren comforter set

Member Feature: Baby Nest Bed

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Please join us in welcoming Katerina of Baby Nest Bed, our featured member!

Baby Nest Bed

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Russia and I was graduated from University Tourism Economics and Management . I was working in Turkey as a tour guide and I met the person of my life.
We got married and have a lovely boy in 2012. We were working in tourism but something happened in 2015. There were no more people coming to visit Turkey because of the terrorist attacks and the Coupe attempt.
We lost our jobs but it was a gift because I started to do something I like.
I love to make nests, pillows and toys for babies. I did it for a long time as a hobby for my friends and family. And now I am making nests for babies and sending to all over the world.
Just a few days ago I have sent the 1000th baby nest to over seas.
It is wonderful to think about 1000 babies are sleeping comfortably and their parents are having a better sleep!

When did you open your business and what made you decide to do so?

I started my business in 2016. After me and my husband lost our jobs. We were working in tourism and there were terrorist attacks in Turkey. But everything is really good now here. We don’t have that kind of problem anymore.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Baby nest bed is a portable bed, a play mat and even a changing table !
I use only organic cotton for my products. It s so comfortable, super soft and breathable material. They are all certificated material.
I have 3 sizes. Newborn size, medium size and the ones for toddlers.

What inspires your work?

Happy moms are inspiring my work. I know how difficult to be a mom of a newborn. You need to wake up a few times every night and walk to the baby room and nurse. it is exhausting. With my product they nurse their babies right in their bed and get more sleep.
Your little one sleep more, you sleep more!

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

My future goal is to grow my brand and make it known all over the world.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

The difference is Me I guess. I check every details by myself.I make the quality control and I don’t ship any item with a mistake. Handmade with love.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I work in a little room upstairs in my house.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I wish I knew it’s not the end of the world when my suppliers were not keeping their promise and my customers were waiting for that product.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Please do not panic. Everything is gonna be alright.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I am a movie lover. I am watching movies for relaxing.

What is your favorite quote?

“Everything’s gonna be alright”

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can find out more in https://babynestbed.com/ and I have beautiful prints and fabrics on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babynestbed.

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Items Of The Week: Global Nomad

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Member Feature: SightStraps

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Please join us in welcoming Susanne of SightStraps Eyewear Accessories, our featured member!

SightStraps Eyewear Accessories

Tell us about yourself.

I have always been interested in the arts and self employment.  I have formally been trained in the culinary arts and worked many years in this field until my employer closed the kitchen.  Having enjoyed working with my hands and a love for animals, I went back to school and became professionally trained as a groomer operating my own mobile dog grooming business. Sadly I wasn’t able to continue working in this field due to a back injury. Needing to keep busy and enjoying being creative, I picked up some jewelry making tools, wire, semi precious gemstones and beads and started designing accessories.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened my business in 2014 on Etsy with my shop BeachandButterfly listing a small collection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. I started making eyeglass lanyards because I was at that lovely age now where I was starting to need readers.  I kept losing them and thought to myself, there must be something out there that I could wear that will keep them always handy.  I searched the internet but I found nothing that caught my eye and was quite what I was looking for.  I started creating some designs and tested them on friends and family, finally listing them in the shop. The lanyards started selling really well and so I decided to work on building a new line and branding.  I opened a new shop in 2016 – SightStraps Eyewear Accessories that now offers unique high quality eyeglass lanyards, chains and necklaces for men and women.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My eye wear lanyards are made with high quality materials.  I use premium Greek leather certified lead free and enjoy designing with copper, silver, brass, pearls and gemstones.  The lanyards are in styles ranging from modern to rustic and most are adjustable in length and versatile to wear as a stand alone necklace or to hang your readers or sunglasses on. Every order is sent in lovely packaging ready to receive as a gift.

What inspires your work?

My inspiration comes from all around me.  I enjoy spending my time outside hiking and camping and find I am drawn to rustic colors found in nature.  I also enjoy vintage styles, textures and time-worn patina on metals and draw inspiration from these too.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

My goals this year is to expand my product line to include vegan faux leather and more one of a kind pieces.  I also would like to see my brand expand into gift shops and boutiques.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I feel my brand of artisan handcrafted eyewear accessories are very affordable and versatile making them unique gifts for both women and men. I also strive for excellent customer service and have had many happy customers who return to buy these lanyards from me as gifts for friends.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My studio work area is located in my home in a small corner of my dining room.  I have a beautiful old solid wood desk that I work on and some shelving and storage located nearby.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

What I have learned since opening my business is that I wish I could have started sooner.  I absolutely love what I do.  Since starting the jewelry design business I have taken a few workshops on silver-smithing as well as Lapidary.  I hope to add more metalsmithing courses in the near future.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t wait !  Open up a shop and start.  The old saying stands true…”Do something you love and you will never work a day in your life” It is so rewarding when you hear positive feedback that your jewelry design has been noticed and appreciated by someone.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

When I am not working I love to spend time with my fiancee and our two fur babies, Annie a miniature poodle and Zoey a border collie puppy going for nice long walks.  I also enjoy gardening, photography, road trips, camping, hiking, rockhounding and riding our dirt bikes and atv’s

What is your favorite quote?

My favourite quote is “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”

Where can people find out more about your business?

I can be found on Etsy using this link:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SightStraps

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Items Of The Week: Southwestern

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