A Little Gift For Me

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

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

Meerkat – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Meerkat.

Pantone #16-1438
Meerkat
A highly adaptable toasty burnished brown

Meerkat

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

Nancy from EponasCrystals says this long tassel necklace with hand knotted toasty brown glass pearls. A stylish version of the trendy tassel necklace.

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mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said This Impulse Craft Iron On Transfer 00316 Matte Finish Brown Bears Love Is New In Package T Shirt Design would be a great craft project to capture the Meerkat color:

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Margie from ZenCatPottery states Pantone’s Fall/Winter color, “Meerkat,” is a lovely warm brown. It is a fabulous neutral. In fashion, especially, it will go with practically anything you have in your closet! These copper butterfly earrings will do just that – go with anything in your closet. They will bring warmth and movement to your face, as well.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Meerkat – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018 board!

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

Member Feature: Jhoomka

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

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

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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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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.

Quiet Gray – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Quiet Gray.

Pantone #14-4107
Quiet Gray
Unobtrusive and timeless soft gray.

Quiet Gray

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

zizzybob from zizzybob says quiet gray, dark gray and silver, its all in there.

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Margie from ZenCatPottery said these earrings are fabulous! They are neutral, so they will go with everything. They are also modern and will add a bit of bling to any outfit!

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Barbara from MermaidsHatbox states I love the roaring 20th and I love cloche hats.
This quiet gray jacquard fabric, slightly shimmering and the ribbon with metal beads and sequins gives the hat a noble touch that fits into the 20th. The velvet ribbon is up cycled from an old theater costume and ended in a smoky blue fan made of wild silk.

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Solvia from CuteGiftsforU says How fun are these cat coasters beautifully decorated with a pink satin bow.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Quiet Gray – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018 board!

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

Paper Crafts

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

With Autumn festivities and Christmas time approaching, spending more time indoors calls for creative crafting. The #EtsyCIJ team have gathered together their paper craft goodies for fun projects like scrapbooking and greeting card and gift tag making.

Do you have any kits, fancy downloadable prints, fun embellishments, or anything that could be useful for paper crafting, in you shop?

Marie from LoveNStuff14 says

These were part of a huge stash of supplies my daughter found among gifts to her daughter when she was ill with leukemia. She was blessed with so many crafty things, many she did not use.

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Chipboard Die Cut Crafting Supplies

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

Paper crafts always remind me of scrapbooks. I used to scrapbook for many years and my daughter and I love to look through the many scrapbooks I made over the years. A fun addition to any scrapbook layout are tags with seasonal images like my Autumn tags. These tags are easy to add on and make any scrapbook page with an inspirational theme very special.
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Autumn Tags with Inspirational Quote

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

When I was little, I always made handmade Christmas and Hanukkah cards for my classmates at the holidays. Here’s a beautiful kit that offers a chance for you to make some homemade Christmas cards for friends and family.
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Make Your Own Christmas Card Kit

Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft says

I’ve added digital downloads to my shop over the past few months. I have several printable recipe cards and matching gift tags that are great for Christmas cookie swaps and holiday gifts.

Christmas recipe cards instant download

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

This fabulous Nativity set is perfect for those who might be tight on space or prefer not to have breakables with little ones around. Made of paper and cardboard, it’s already prepunched so it can be easily put together and set up in a special place of honor. Add your own embellishments, hay, glitter, etc. Make this a project to do with the kids and teach them the story of the nativity this Christmas!

Vintage nativity set

 

Member Feature: LizPOriginals

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

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

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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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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.

Almond Buff – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Almond Buff.

PANTONE 14-1116
Almond Buff
Natural baby camel hue with understated appeal.

Almond Buff

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

Tami Wooliver from HannaHerbals says:

Our Amber Noir fragrance oil is a sweet and sultry fusion of creamy vanilla and rich amber with undertones of sandalwood and musk. Complex, intriguing and sensual. We have paired it with this lovely goats milk soap. The goat’s milk comes from a wonderful farm down the road. Full rich lather, lots of bubbles. Give your skin the wonderful glow of health and well-being by using the Reef Red Clay. It’s high iron content and essential minerals help to replenish and regenerate the epidermis of the skin to create soft and healthy glowing skin. This is a cold process soap. We use only certified organic oils and butters in our soaps.

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Lisa VH from PricklyPawWood says:

Happy Fall Y’all wooden banner is inspired by the hottest trending pantone color, Almond Buff. This understated hue is a long-lasting addition to your elegant seasonal home décor. Its neutral tones and warmth make this a banner a décor piece you will want to display prominently across your fireplace mantel, at your home entrance, or as an accent to a beautiful garland. It also stores so nicely into a square so it won’t take up lots of space after the season has passed!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Almond Buff – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018 board!

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

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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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: Global Nomad

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Tofu – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Tofu.

PANTONE 11-4801
Tofu
Creamy white staple.

Tofu

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

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says:

This White 14 Count Aida 27 x 28 Counted Cross Stitch Quality Heirloom Fabric captures the look and feel of the CIJ Patone color Tofu: you could use this to stitch a name, a holiday meme, or anything else you want to stitch from a pattern or your imagination:

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frances from supplysideeconomics says:

Here are two sheers.

One is tofu…fresh tofu right out of the big bulk bucket from Whole food Store.

On the right is tofu sautéed with a bit of tamari soy.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Tofu – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018 board!

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