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.

ThisandThatCrafter

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.

DesignsbyCristal

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

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

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Member Feature: Vadjutka

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming Judit Wild of Vadjutka, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.

I am Judit Wild, a Hungarian jewelry designer, but I wasn’t born as a jewelry designer. I studied photography, journalism and sociology. I was working as a journalist and a market researcher for 15 years in total, and I slowly changed to making and designing jewelry.

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

I opened my Etsy shop 10 years ago, in February, 2008.  At that time I was already making jewelry for 6 years, as a hobby, and I wanted to have a consistent online presence.

 

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design and make jewelry. You can see my sterling silver work in my Etsy shop.  I love to combine all sorts of materials. My newest love is plexiglass, and it goes with sterling silver very well. Back in the time of opening my Etsy shop I was using glass beads, fused glass pendants, later fabric, and then wood.

What inspires your work?

My greatest inspiration is the sea / ocean, and the sky above.  My main aim is to express feelings via my jewelry, so anything can inspire me from food to buildings and nature.

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

I have a small shop in Budapest (capital of Hungary, my home) and my plan for this year is to have only silver jewelry in my shop. Currently I have the fabric / wooden jewelry as well as the silver ones.

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

Honestly, I have no idea. I haven’t seen too many people so far combining sterling silver and plexi.

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

Yeah, I have a shop in the heart of Budapest, and I make my jewelry there. For the sterling silver jewelry line I work in a different studio, that is suitable for silver smithing.

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

Many-many things. Actually it is a constant learning process. I will try to highlight a few.
1) Being persistent and patient.
2) One should really mind his/her own business, and not look at others too much.
3) Balancing between my own way (artistically) and what people like / want.
4) Listening to my gut feeling. Rational decisions are important, but one cannot neglect the gut feeling.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I think that being active on 1-2 social platforms is essential for any online businesses. I chose Instagram and Facebook for myself, because they suit me the best. Others may prefer other platforms. The main point is, that the platform you use, suits your skills. (I am strong in photography, but not in 160 characters texts, so Twitter is not for me.

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

Photography, dance and cooking.

What is your favorite quote?

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. (Oprah Winfrey)

You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference. (Steve Jobs)

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a website: http://vadjutka.hu/eng/about-myself/
A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vadjutka.design/ (mostly in Hungarian)
An Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/vadjutka/ (mostly in English)

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you for reading this through!

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Items Of The Week: To The Moon

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Arcadia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

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 Spring 2018 is Arcadia.

PANTONE 16-5533
Arcadia

Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green that with its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

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

Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Succulent drawing in arcadia and purple shades – a little accent to your home in very trendy colors. This botanical drawing is made with color pencils on an A5 size landscape paper, and is recommended to be displayed with a passe partout.

ArtByMartaGotliba

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

A fun little bead which I found interesting to work with shares a real treat as the color is Arcadia a cool, clean take on green but has a little blue along with hints of browns. How fun is that? As I sat at my table I contemplated what to put with it and there it was some of Jenna’s beads. She was there to help me out. Just like an angel on my shoulder to help me to complete my necklace. The glass beads and the Czech crystals were hers and as many of them that I have had, are now all gone. Jenna passed away a couple years ago. She dedicated her life to nursing. This is a final goodbye to her and her beads. The necklace measures 28 inches and pierced earrings to match.

timetalentjewels

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Gemstone accessories are so fun, to not only work with, but to wear too! This cute striped agate clothing clip is perfect for year round use and is a great eye catcher when being worn! It’s a one-of-a-kind treasure that turns slightly baggy clothes into a more form fitting style. This not only is a perfect compliment to Pantone’s Spring Colors but it will also compliment you!

Cynhumphrey

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Arcadia board!

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

Items Of The Week: Clocks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium 

Blooming Dahlia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

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 Spring 2018 is Blooming Dahlia.

PANTONE 15-1520
Blooming Dahlia
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.

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

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

A few years ago I found beautiful yarn made from Navajo Churro sheep, a blend of wool and Mohair. I knitted owl hats with it for my nieces and they liked them so much that I decided to make them for the shop as well. This yarn is soft and very warm, perfect to keep your head and ears toasty during those chilly windy days.

CarolaBartz

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Spring wind floods water
my darling, my darling
Spring wind floods water
my darling, my darling

Every bird chooses a partner
my darling, my darling
Every bird chooses a partner
my darling, my darling

Well, who should I choose
my darling, my darling?
Well, who should I choose
my darling, my darling?

You choose Me, I choose You
my darling, my darling
You choose Me, I choose You
my darling, my darling

Perhaps this is the most beautiful Hungarian folk song. The beautiful “Blooming dahlia” will open in the garden, like this cushion!

RitzySelection

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Rich coral pink silk ribbon with blue and salmon colored beads dangle from gold bead caps. The perfect addition to your boho jewelry collection.

EponasCrystals

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Blooming Dahlia board!

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

Show Us Your Workspace: RitzySelection

Contributor post by Cindy from Cynhumphrey

Today we visit the workspace of Rita Szollosi  from RitzySelection who sells cushions and home textiles for the harmony of your home. Please take a moment to get to know Rita!

Here’s what Rita has to say about her workspace:

I’m Rita Szöllősi, a Hungarian artist. In Budapest there is a studio room and my carpet gallery. Nice hills and green gardens around us. There is always good air. We’ve lived here since we got home from Iran, where I lived with my family for 6 years. I make my pillows from my old handmade kilims. We have a cute dog, Pakoca, who is always in my studio with me. In this picture there the dog is sleeping in front of my fireplace.