Member Feature: FELTBYNARELLE

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Narelle of FELTBYNARELLE, our featured member!

FELTBYNARELLE

Tell us about yourself.

I am retired and living at our favourite beach where I grew up and after an active working and travelling life I needed something??? thus with the magic of computers, Pinterest and Youtube, I became engrossed in the fiber art of felting and fascinated with wool and all the amazing things that were possible to make from it.

 

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

I opened my Etsy shop 3 years ago and needed an outlet for my work, I loved the process of making felt from wool then adding needle felted designs, with different challenges each time.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My products have been wide and varied from fiber art wall art, felted heat packs, cat caves, to baby mobiles and whilst making these I got engrossed with the beautiful beads and added a jewelry range, which I found to be stretching too far, so have now decided to revert back to my original love of working with wool.

 

What inspires your work?

Pinterest gives me inspiration, NOT to copy but what I could make “my way” and this year I decided not to leave it ’til too late and make a range of Christmas tree decorations, which I am really pleased with and am still making.

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

I have decided that I am going to specialize in my first love of felting and that is Needle Felting of wool sculptures…That is using special barbed needles to condense dry wool into sculptured shapes and 3D paintings, like Xmas decorations, Easter eggs, cat toys and my mini vegetable range.

 

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

Well I find that actually needle felting the products do that as a lot of my competitors are using cut felt and stitching it together and using filler… so my products are completely hand-made originals!

 

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

My work space is now all done in my favorite arm-chair as my items are small and I have a movable chair set up beside me with all my instant needs. I also have a computer room with a shelf set up for photos and my computers ready for editing… this is a never-ending process and takes so much more time than I ever imagined.

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

Etsy SEO is the first thing you REALLY need to learn, I am still learning this after 3 years, and I also have learned not to spread yourself too thin, by this I mean try not to add too many different items, find the ones that work for you and have fun with them.

 

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do not be afraid to try, we all have to start somewhere, try to make your things different so that you develop your own style and just go for it!

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

My hobby Is ETSY! I love my work but other than that movies and music and photography which is all included in Etsy as well.

What is your favorite quote?

Never say die! never give up on your dream…

Where can people find out more about your business?

http://pinterest.com/feltbynarelle

http://instagram.com/narellehorsley

http://twitter.com/HorsleyNarelle

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you Alicia for the choice to be featured.

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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.

Tawny Port – 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 Tawny Port.

PANTONE 19-1725 Tawny Port

Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful.

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 Tawny Port! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Sheila from hollyhillwreaths says:

Tawny Port colored hydrangeas, daisies and apples complement this fall wreath with XL purple and green mums and XL moss green Gerber daisies. I just love these color combinations for late summer and fall.

hollyhillwreaths

hollyhillwreaths

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

Tawny Port in this beautiful ribbon which can be used for gift giving for a Birthday, a wedding or many more ideas to use the for. It is a wired ribbon so you can make these fun hearts on the top of any box.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a lovely color for fall but really just an elegant shade overall. This pink and tawny port pillow has a screen printed kitty skeleton for remembrance and dia de los muertos too!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

I saw this yarn in my yarn store and I couldn’t resist. I love the color range from the warm Tawny Port to the light pink. It made much fun to knit, and to see how the colors evolved.

MermaidsHatbox

MermaidsHatbox

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Glamorous wine red rectangular garnet beads with Bali style sterling silver beads and clasp. Multiple strands of garnets hang from the silver beads in a fringe. Hot tassel trend!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Narelle from FELTBYNARELLE says:

This poodle is a reminder of my most loved pet EVER, lest we forget!

FELTBYNARELLE

FELTBYNARELLE

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This ring features Vintage buttons, and the band is made from copper wire wrapping. The tawny port button in offset by a yellow button – I love these two colours together!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

 

If you are on Pinterest here is the Tawny Port board!

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

Welcome June New Team Members – Part One

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during June …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

Hi there! I joined a few days ago and am very happy to be part of the promotions and collaboration! My name is Marijean! This item is near and dear to my heart as it is a symbol of the assurance that we are all well loved and looked after. Mary Star of the Sea bracelet is more than a pretty trinket inspired by the beautiful Florida coast and my faith; it is an encouraging reminder of familial love and faith and an homage to one of Mary’s most ancient titles. Three stacking strands of Mother of Pearl, blue Amazonite, and Freshwater Pearls conjure up images of the sea while an artisan-crafted Mary pendant, dangles gracefully near bracelet clasp closure–a reminder that heavenly help is always close at hand.

 

Hi everyone. The Etsy teams are such a great place to learn and meet such great people. I was referred to this team by another very supportive team and I look forward to getting to know more of you. I missed CIJ last year as I started my Etsy shop at the end of July but love the idea of some Xmas fun in the middle of the year. I have a new line in my shop of slip shorts. This is something I have had trouble finding here in Australia, so I decided to make my own. I have sourced lovely quality and soft on your skin fabrics as comfort is my number one aim. No sucking in of tummys, just comfort, modesty and a touch of pretty lace to show your feminine side. Whether the warm days put you off wearing your pretty frocks or you want to be active while wearing a skirt, these are the solution.

Hi my name is Liz and I just joined today–so exited to be part of this wonderful group. I love promoting others and one of my Etsy buddies from another group pointed you out to me. I have brand new item for this year: beaded charm ornaments for the Christmas tree, they make wonderful add on gifts for presents too, hang it on a wreath or door knob, for a little office bling /grab gift. I had so much fun designing them.

Narelle from FELTBYNARELLE says

Hi , My name is Narelle. I only joined a few days ago and put my entry into the CIJ but just realised I hadn’t introduced myself…I opened my shop 2 years ago in July I make my own felt and am addicted to wool and make almost anything I can think of that can be made from wool, Cats, Nurseries and Art are my main products so I will add my latest item I have just put in my shop this morning…Cat Caves, Toys, Collars and Brooches are only some of my varied items, and feel really happy to have found this CIJ Celebration!

Hi, My name is Valerie and I am very happy to be a part of this team. When I was a little girl, my aunt lived in Florida and always came to visit for the month of July. Since this was the only time of year we saw her, she always called it “Christmas in July”. My shop features vintage items that I have collected or inherited over the years. At the urging of friends and family, I added my own original photography and artwork. I am very happy to be a part of this team, and look forward to participating in Christmas in July. The following is on of my original fine art photos with a Christmas theme.

Hi! My Etsy shop is Gillisflowers and I’m really excited to be taking part in my first CIJ event. I design and make a unique range of mainly floral origami jewellery which goes beyond the more usual birds and fans. I research the traditional meanings of the flowers in my designs to add an extra dimension and to revive the idea of sending a message through flowers. As well as origami paper I also use paper from old books, music scores and maps. I found it hard to choose just one design so chose this one as it is a personal favourite.

I like when the people around me have a great mood! If your child is busy, what could be better? These little birds are ready to sing Christmas songs at least in July, even in December – and all for the joy of parents and their beloved baby!

Terry from MyLilCraftyRoom says
Hello, my name is Terry, and I am from Louisiana, USA. I am very excited to join your team. My shop features gift tags, address labels, thank you labels, gift card envelopes and a lot more. I love helping others promote their store and anything else I can do to help other shops.

Agnes Keh from DeStashAttic says

Hello everyone, I am Agnes from sunny island, Singapore. I have been making stuff including knitting and crochet since young. Jewelry making became my passion after I made a necklace for myself in 1996 and memadejewels is my jewelry shop. But I have stopped updating it because I am busy destashing! As I have been buying and collecting beads, especially vintage beads since I started making jewelry, I accumulated a huge stash of beads and supplies thus I am running out of storage space. So here is my destash shop to share my rare vintage finds. This is one of my rare find, vintage Miriam Haskell Baroque Glass Pearl Beads from Japan!

Hello Everyone! My name is Nikita and I am the owner and creator at ThatDreamYouDream. This is one of my Stocking Hanger designs. I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas decorating! If it could be Christmas all year long, I would be completely fine with that. So it’s been so great to be able to express my excitement about decorating with my stocking hangers. I’ve loved being able to tailor them to meet my clients styles! I’m excited to be a part of this team now as well. I’ve loved being able to learn from other Etsy sellers in the past.

maya from mayamade says

Hiya everyone! Thanks for letting me join! My shop is mayamade and my name is Maya and it is really nice to meet you all. This is my first Christmas in July and I am excited!

Louisa from OliveBella says

Hi Everyone! I’m new here and my name is Louisa from New York, NY. I just joined this team today! I make personalized jewelry and one of my favorite item to make and also my customer’s favorite is this zodiac necklace. It is special because this item is featured on this year’s 2017 Etsy Holiday Lookbook!

Roberta from FarfallaDorata says

My name is Roberta and I am a young girl who lives in the countryside, in a small village in the mountains of Tuscany, in Italy. I work mainly with the cold porcelain, but I also deal with paintings and portraits. After I started my small business on Etsy also I came my small but great successes, such as the publication of one of my products, specifically the earrings with the piglets, in a Dutch national magazine. My plan of work is my home where I cut a corner all to myself, to concentrate and give room for my creativity. My creations are inspired by the femininity but also by the nature that surrounds me. I attended a school of graphic design and I always used my free time to create and design. The realization of my small sculptures was born in the beginning thanks to some books that gave to me that showing how to create small works of art with just a few materials that could be found commonly in all our homes. At first I worked with salt paste. My creations were taking more and more lives, but with the passage of time, the yield of this paste did not make me happy. When I decided to get in the game I was looking for a more lasting modeling clay but always natural. Stumbled almost by accident in the cold porcelain is commonly called corn dough and since then I have not abandoned. I share my passion with my family who realized that I can not stay without creating and that when I go out of my room with dirty hands color, face floured and a slight smell of glue, the artist is at work! As well as my cat, the inspiration for some of my work, that keeps me company during processing.

Jessica Mancuso from GusandOllie says

Hi there Newbies! I am so happy to have found this group, what a hoot! My name is Jess and I am an Australian living in Hamburg, Germany – where I make toys and accessories for children under the name @GusandOllie. Mostly from socks, but also from fabric, both of which I collect all over the world. My shop features many sock monkeys, cats, rabbits, monsters and elephants as well as my best selling Taggy Giraffes for babies! I am hoping to add new Taggy toys to my line this Summer. I love living abroad, learning a new language and culture and spending my days discovering new things. I still take far too many photos, so you can find me on Instagram, where I post daily: www.instagram.com/gusandollie. I also have a blog : www.gusandollie.com, where I try to post 3 times a week, which doesn’t always work out. Another goal for this year. Thank you so much for letting me join your team. I look forward to contributing where I can and connecting with you all.

WOW – so many new June team members – but wait there’s more!! Stay tuned for Part Two … happy shopping!

Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Narelle / FELTBYNARELLE / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Dawn / DeeDeeSupplies / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Vaishali / NVillustration / India / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jovita / alabatis / Lithuania / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5.  Przemila / CanisArtStudio / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Luiza / MinkuLUL / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Veronika / TapsikDesign / Slovakia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Anne Irene Angelshaug / Angelshaug / Norway / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. RosesWorkshop /RosesWorkshop / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Diana / DianaSianCrafts / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Judith / FabriArts / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. CartoCreativeCartoCreative / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

 

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – International Focus!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus: FELTBYNARELLE

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – Narelle from FELTBYNARELLE

FELTBYNARELLE

1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

The name of my shop came from a very simple place of wanting to have something that people found related to what my shop produced, and that was wool and felt ,hence FELT by NARELLE, and my Inspiration ORIGINALLY came from all the exciting things I saw on Pinterest but now I find that Inspirations *now find me!* I have so many things in my head that I wish to make that they are all lined up waiting for me to choose which one do I go to Next?

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

My work has evolved with the amount of expertise…..I started making my own felt and making small pouches, sleeves and purses and putting needle felting designs onto these. Now I have learned bigger and better. So my range goes from CAT’S their cat caves/ toys/ collars and brooches.

I started doing baby mobiles then getting all the attachments like cot attachments, music boxes and making Montages for nurseries as well.

I also found I love the needle felting side if this craft so much I have been making stand alone Art…doing unframed pictures and using needle felting on most of my items.

My shop is so varied that basically anything I can make from wool I do!

3. What do you love most about your work?

What I love most is CREATING things that others enjoy and are mostly *one off* so that I have the challenge of new ideas each time.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I have put all my favourite music artists onto a long list and put these on random play but my loves are Michael Buble’, Rod Stewart, Dean Martin, Bee Gees maybe showing my age!

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

ETSY has really ruined my reading…all my life I have been unable to go to sleep without reading, but now this is my time to update my Etsy shop and do all the required things on the computer that we all knows take so much time…but my favourite author was John Grisham…absolutely loved everything he has ever written!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Feltbynarelle

Instagram: narellehorsley

Pinterest: Felt By Narelle

Twitter: Narelle Horsley

Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus! A party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Narelle / FELTBYNARELLE / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Dawn / DeeDeeSupplies / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Vaishali / NVillustration / India / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jovita / alabatis / Lithuania / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5.  Przemila / CanisArtStudio / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Luiza / MinkuLUL / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Veronika / TapsikDesign / Slovakia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Anne Irene Angelshaug / Angelshaug / Norway / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. RosesWorkshop /RosesWorkshop / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Diana / DianaSianCrafts / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Judith / FabriArts / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. CartoCreativeCartoCreative / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus!