October – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I have just finished making this flip book! I was inspired by Instagram, seeing many posts on flip books and junk journals that I decided to make one. It has many pages and is great for keeping papers, tickets, tags, cards, photos and other memorabilia in or finish decorating it and send it to a penpal!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop says:

Miniature snowmen are made of New Zealand wool. Decorated with hand-embroidered. The scarfs are made of felt. The story of their appearance is a little sad. My little son is sick. And I decided to please the child. He likes to play with small toys. I made 1 snowman with a blue scarf. My son really liked the nice little snowman. He said let’s make him friends. After all, he is bored to walk alone. So there was the cheerful company of snowmen.

Rainbowsmileshop

Rainbowsmileshop

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

Here is a new arrival, it just appeared today along with several other pairs. Wool felted hot pads/trivets are wonderful to have in the kitchen when lifting out those hot casserole dishes from the oven or just a hot pot from the stove. These are soft and thick so you won’t feel the heat. This is just one, they also come in pairs. They make wonderful housewarming gifts!

timetalentjewels

timetalentjewels

Barbara from HometownUSA says:

The fall colors are so beautiful this time of year in my neck of the woods. I wanted to create something, that in some way, would reflect those colors. I do mostly home decor so I decided to create a pot holder. I saw this neat color pattern for a granny square that I really liked so I made a granny square pot holder using fall colors. I loved how it turned out. I liked it so much I thought it would be nice to have some matching coasters.

HometownUSA

HometownUSA

Stitch Cottage Stephanie Claussen from stitchcottage says:

My new arrival is a new digitizing technique I tried in making this raised satin embroidered monogrammed towel. The hunter green thread really leaps up off the fabric in this method of embroidering the monogrammed M. I also had fun adding variegated dark red to soft pink fall leaves around the M too. I love taking custom orders and give each customer a design draft to approve their custom design, fabrics, and thread colors. Many of my customers love having their own ideas designed into a finished product showcasing their ideas. Stop by and take a peak at some of the crafts I make.

stitchcottage

stitchcottage

Deborah Jayne from PJsandMore says:

I started making special Christmas Eve/Christmas morning PJ”s for all my family members a few years back. Everyone always takes tons of pictures for Christmas and they make them look so much more put together. They just add color & cheer to all your pictures. Everyone loved the idea, so I decided to make them to sell also.

This set is fairly tall, but the colors & pattern make them appropriate for men or women.

PJsandMore

PJsandMore

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I’m sad summer is over but exited about the holidays coming soon. Here is a plaid beret just in time for holiday attire! Perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years! This beret is red and black wool plaid with a cute covered black button.

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

I found a fabulous long black necklace with chunk big beads at an estate sale. The daughter selling it estimated it was her mom’s in the early 1960’s. The beads have such a deep and shiny color you could fall right in. I upcycled them into a classic graduated pearl style necklace that is an adjustable 17-20 inches long. The look is modern and retro together I think and suits the beads well.

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

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Member Feature: JewelryByREffa

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Rachel Effa of JewelryByREffa, our featured member!

JewelryByREffa

JewelryByREffa

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Columbus, Nebraska, USA. I am married with one child, a daughter. I’ve lived in this town my entire life. Crafts and art have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

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

I have always loved crafts. I got a seed bead loom at the age of 10 or so. My grandma also did beading and worked in craft store in Arizona. I would order beads from her store and make all sorts of things. At some point, I lost the desire and it was all put away.

I visited my grandparents in February 2011. While there, we looked at all her beading stuff and I was sent home with a lot of her extras and such that she didn’t need. In March of 2011, my home was robbed. I had most of my things that entertain me stolen. While waiting around for insurance and such, I dug out my seed beads that had been all mixed up and sorted them. From there, the desire to make jewelry once again
sprung up.

I started with the extras from my grandma and purchased some on my own. It just grew from there. I have now built up enough made pieces where I can start selling and keep up with demand if successful.

I would definitely say my grandma is the inspiration behind this. When they visited last summer, I showed her all the pieces I had made to that point. Her opinion on them meant the most to me.

I love jewelry and hope that shows in each piece that I have made.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I make, one of a kind, handmade jewelry pieces. They are made from stone, glass, and other materials from around the world.

What inspires your work

Many things inspire me. Sometimes it is a color palette. Or a scene from nature. Most of the time, it comes from the beads themselves. I choose what I want to work with and then lay them out in different patterns until I get something I like. Certain beads are bought with a certain idea in mind, but most are purchased without such thoughts.

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

My main goal for the year is to make enough profit to finally register my business name in my state. This also gives me time to try and come up with a catchier name, if possible. I also do craft shows throughout the state. My goal for 2017 is to get a stable set of shows to try and attend each year. My overall dream would be to make this a full-time career. My sister has experience in the jewelry industry, and to open a store with her would be an ultimate goal for me.

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

My biggest stand out feature is that no two pieces are the same. There may be two with a similar pattern, but the metal or stones would be different. One thing I find appealing about a handmade item is that even when replicated, there are no two that are exactly alike.

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

At present, my work and storage space are where ever I can find space. I do have plans to clean out the computer room in my home to make a small work and storage space for myself.

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

Keeping up on promoting is more time consuming that I would have realized. I knew this whole venture would be lots of hard work, but just how much caught me off guard.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t give up and don’t let yourself fall into a promotion slump. Set up a set schedule on when you promote your store and stick with it. If you only have time to do it once a week, then just focus on making sure you do that. If able to promote 3 times a day, then stick with it. If you find that something doesn’t work, then don’t be afraid to make changes. Tweak items titles to improve SEO results. If able, study your views to see what people like, what they search for, how they found you, etc and work on improving that. Don’t let yourself get discouraged.

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

I like to read, write, paint/color to relax. I’m also a gamer, and often use my various types of videos games to relieve the stresses of life.

What is your favorite quote?

“Do or do not. There is no try.”- Yoda, Star Wars

Where can people find out more about your business?

I’m on a variety of social media sites. You can search for “jewelry by rachel effa” on the following: Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr.

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Items Of The Week: October Finds

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Golden Lime – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2017 is Golden Lime.

PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime
Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Golden Lime! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Golden Lime and retro! This great color is on my newly listed daisy design thermo serv tumblers.

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

The golden lime is a nice accent color on this pink and black dog bandana!

When picking out this fabric I wanted something pink but not all pink so as I was browsing through the fabric store this cute design stood out amongst the others’.

The golden lime really does pair well on this stylish over the collar dog bandana!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Golden Lime board!

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Fall’s Hottest Jewelry Trends – 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, and 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 Fall’s Hottest Jewelry Trends article on the Etsy blog.

Fall’s Hottest Jewelry trends are: Clear concepts, Anklets Come Around Again, Sculpted Statement Pieces, Not-Your-Grandma’s Pearls, Grown-Up Friendship Bracelets, Everyday Opal, & Mix-And-Match Earrings.

Sculpted Statement Pieces

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love these wide band cuff bracelet. It has 3 silver tone bands. This cuff is adjustable for all wrists and is perfect for all occasions.

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Not-Your-Grandma’s Pearls

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

Not-your-grandma’s pearls are a hot trend and these faux pearls are ideal to create statement jewellery pieces for the coming season!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Grown-Up Friendship Bracelets

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Grown up friendship bracelets are one of Fall’s hottest jewelry trends. This set of two fabric bracelets is a perfect gift to share with your bestie! Both are the same pink and white fabric but each has a different trim, one has spikes and the other ruffles. Super fun!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Everyday Opal

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

An opal ring for everyday! Beautiful genuine Welo Ethipian opal stone set in a high quality Nunn design sterling silver plated ring band.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Mix-And-Match Earrings

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

My jewellery trend is mix and match earrings! These handmade paper bead earrings feature contrasting tassel colours in bright colours to contrast the hues of Autumn!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fall’s Hottest Jewelry Trends board!

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Member Feature: Lorilan

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Lori of Lorilan, our featured member!

Lorilan

Lorilan

Tell us about yourself.

My longtime love for jewelry became a career when I began to wholesale bridge jewelry from Italy in 1989. In the summer of 2010, my desire to have more control over the designs led me to delve further into the industry with Lori Kaplan Jewelry Design. My BFA from Moore College of Art is put to work with colorful designs exhibiting unexpected shapes and textures. I am solely the life force of the brand and do it all from designing to creation to final photography.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Colorful stones are the focus of my line and influence the unique designs. Many of my pieces feature semi-precious stones and recent pieces incorporate precious sapphires and emeralds. My classic, sophisticated yet understated jewelry is crafted from precious and semi-precious metals including sterling silver, 14K gold fill, 10-18K gold and 22K gold vermeil. New pieces will feature additional precious metals and stones and an expansion of the 18K gold line. I also offers limited edition pieces and one-of-akind creations.

What inspires your work

To keep growing and learning. I will never know enough.

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

I have a studio in my apartment. It’s small and cozy but has everything that I need.

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

How to go about sourcing materials.

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

This is what I love to do. oh, and watch movies.

What is your favorite quote?

quote the raven never more ….. no idea why. just love edgar allen poe

Where can people find out more about your business?

Website: lorikaplanjewelry

Twitter: LoriKaplanJewel

Facebook: LoriKaplanJewelry

Instagram: LoriJewelry

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Items Of The Week: Halloween Mood

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium