Member Feature: Gillisflowers

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Gillian of Gillisflowers, our featured member!

Gillisflowers

Gillisflowers

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Gilli, I’m 56 years old divorced and I have a wonderful daughter, son-in-law and three gorgeous grandchildren.

I love creating, designing and I love making my jewellery and seen the pleasure it gives to other people.
About four years ago I was diagnosed with quite serious arthritis in my neck together with damaged discs and had to undergo surgery. Although it was successful, I have developed some other problems as a result including mobility problems and chronic pain in my neck shoulders and my arms right down to my fingers. Because of this I had to initially change my job role and go part time but I am now seeking early retirement.

As well as my family and my faitcrafting taking up origami and gradually developing its to where it is now has been really positive for me. It’s almost like therapy. When I’m designing folding or making jewellery I am completely focused on that and it brings a great sense of achievement. It brings me into contact with the new people both in the real world and on websites and developing my skills and knowledge of social media etc stimulates my brain will stop it is also a really good Rachel and press a seven-year-old grandson when you share a video you have made with him and then tell him you have your very own website!

The ironic thing is, that if it wasn’t for having become disabled and having to give up what I was doing I would not have the business that I have today. There are times when it’s difficult, when I’m too exhausted or in too much pain to make anything but even then I can sit and workout designs in my head or watch a video linked to selling on Etsy and online marketing.

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

I am Gilli and I set up my businessGilli’s flowers about 15 months ago now. I I sold through local designer markets initially and although I opened my Etsy shop in the latter half of 2016 it’s really been since January this year that I’ve been putting more effort into it and been working on it and my brand more.
I took up origami about three years ago after I was told by physiotherapists that I had to give up my previous hobby of cruelty and patchwork due to arthritis in my neck which also affects my shoulders and arms. I was advised by occupational therapy to find a way of exercising my fingers and after trying several things I discovered origami. I gradually found that it was easier for me to fold small items with dinner paper (although even with this I am limited in how much I can actually fold in a day) and so this led to me into making jewellery. I particularly love flowers and so this became central to my brand and while I do make the more standard origami jewellery fans, leaves and birds I also want to really push the boundaries. I decided to open my business because as I’d had to go part time at work some extra money was useful and because of the best will in the world there are only so many piece of jewellery any one person can wear. I also love what I make and create and I wanted to share this with other people.

Tell us a bit about your products.

Although I obviously have to use bought jewellery findings as well as the occasional bead or crystal in my designs the bulk of them is traditional origami folded from paper. I use lots of different kinds of papers, pearlescent paper, Mulberry tissue paper and a range of specialist origami papers as well is also recycling old books, sheets music and vintage maps.

I sometimes customised paper either by layering its are or adding additional colour or texture to it. Most of my pieces are made folded squares of paper measuring between 1 to 2 inches although for some designs such as the lily of the valley flowers in the next picture I folded squares of paper measuring just 3/4 inch and had to use precision tipped jewellery tweezers to help with this.

I use good quality waterproof varnish – either liquid or aerosol depending on the design when finishing my pieces and typically apply around 5 coats of varnish. This not only adds to the finish of the piece but also adds strength, durability and water resistance.

Due to the materials used and drying time it can take me up to 5 days to get a piece completed and an individual pair of earrings can easily take up to an hour to make once the time taken to fold, varnish and assemble the piece is added together.

What inspires your work

Nature is probably my biggest inspiration not just the flowers themselves but natures colour combinations which are also inspirational. I always seem to have more ideas to things I want to make than I have time to make. In many ways although the bulk of it is themed around flowers my inspiration takes in Victorian and vintage jewellery as well as Art Deco and is even a touch of Gothic thrown in.

Sometimes the inspiration comes from the paper itself which wants to be used in a particular way. Film and television period dramas are also a rich source of inspiration and the next photo is of a piece that was inspired by some Victorian mourning jewellery worn by one of the characters in a recent BBC television series, Taboo.

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

My immediate goals for this year are to sell consistently on Etsy and raise my profile on social media. I am now having to take early retirement and so to have an additional regular (-ish) source of income would help me continue to buy the occasional treat not so much to myself as for my grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law. I’ve had some very positive response to my jewellery, for example this year II am one of the winners of the #small business Sunday competition run byTheo Paphitis (former TV Dragon and owner of Ryman’s), and I sell well at markets. The next stage is to transfer this success to online marketing.

My dream is for this to become a shared business with my daughter, we are very close in many ways and it would be wonderful for us eventually to be able to develop Gilli’s flowers together.

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

My unique designs. I take traditional origami folds and use of a new ways as well as modifying them and developing my own folds. In seeking to recreate vintage bone china flower jewellery to the use of origami I’m doing something very different and pushing the boundaries of this form of jewellery making. The row use colour and a variety of papers I use also makes me stand out as does the fact that my work is mainly about flowers. As part of that I link my floral designs to the traditional language of flowers as well as to folklore adding a meaningful aspect to my jewellery and including information about this with each piece that I sell.

I also got permission from the William Morris Gallery in London to use original designs from their collection in my pieces, something else which makes my jewellery stand out.

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

I use what used to be my daughter’s bedroom. It’s a lovely light room,( although it does get very hot in the summer) which is perfect when trying to fold small piece of paper or assemble jewellery. I have set up so that I have four main work areas for photography, paper storage and cutting, varnishing and folding and assembling.I store my finished pieces in the kind of disposable plastic containers used by take-aways. They are cheap, it’s easy to see what is inside and they stack neatly. Downstairs I have what I term my office area with my laptop, printer records and so on.

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

That the designing and making elements is the easy part and in many ways the fun part. However like everything else in life you won’t succeed unless you put time and hard work into the background work, reviewing and updating Etsy listings, networking and making good use of social media. It’s like an iceberg, the part you see is the finished items on sale at a Designer Market or on a site such as Etsy, but underneath them is the hours of not so exciting work which is needed to make any business successful.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

It’s not enough just to have a good product and some decent pictures. There’s lots to learn about how to make sure listings standout and are noticed so I would recommend joining one of the many Etsy help groups that are based on social media sites such as Facebook. And from most sellers it would take a while to get noticed and get regular orders so stick with it. To make it work you have to put the effort in.

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

Because of my particular situation in terms of my disability I can only work for around three hours a day and these have to be spaced out. At other times, and when I’m not resting I enjoy watching dramas, reading or listening to audio books and best of all spending time with my family.

My main hobby has become my business so it’s just as well I enjoy it.

What is your favorite quote?

He did not say “You will not be tempest-tossed, you shall not me work-weary, you shall not be discomforted.” He said “You shall not be overcome”
Dame Julian of Norwich

Where can people find out more about your business?

Facebook: @Gillisflowers
Twitter: @Gillisflowers
Instagram: @gillisflowers
Website: gillisflowers

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Always be open to new challenges and new opportunities.

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Fabulous Flowers

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Fall is officially here, and it’s the time I plant some of my favorite bulbs so I can get that thrill of colorful flowers in the spring. It reminds me of all the joy planting, growing, viewing and displaying flowers brings to me. It makes me wonder about your flowery favorites. Our Christmas in July team members shared these items and stories.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I don’t like to plant or grow flowers, but I do love anything that is floral. I believe flowers brighten every day and anything that holds flowers or has flowers on it.

I found several vintage bottles at an estate sale. I kept looking at them and wondered what to do with them. I decided instead of selling them as is, I would paint flowers on them. This is what I came up with.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We pick fresh flowers from our yard throughout the year and use them in our photography for our bridal party and couple’s monogrammed gifts in our shop. We love the addition of the flowers in the images and love including a little part of our home in our work.

DesignstheLimit

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

We enjoy finding vintage items like vases or decor with a floral theme. I took the photo of this toothpick holder earlier in the year. The Forget-me-knot flowers grew in our garden.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

I definitely do not have a green thumb when it comes to flowers. However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them. I especially love the blooming flowers!

On the other hand, I also love faux flowers but I don’t want them to look like a cheap plastic floral decoration.

Allergies also run in the family so sometimes it’s a challenge to find just the right bouquet for our table.

That’s what inspired this neat item! It’s a combination floral and upcycled item all rolled up into one truly amazing conversation piece! The flower is made from pistachio nut shells! The finished bouquet is perfect for the table (if nobody in the family is allergic to nut trees)! The best part is, it can be custom made to match any decor theme!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I’m really fond of bulbs, particularly l do love irises. I liked the American Iris Society’s Facebook page, where I can see these wonderful flowers. And this is my homage to them.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love flowers! Spring is my best display. I have many perennial flower beds but they are a lot of back breaking work. If only it wasn’t for weeds! These tin canisters are bright and flowery!

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Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

Flowers are one of the favourite motifs I use when I embroider. I love them!

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Astrid Stenerud Prayag from RedNeedleQuilts says:

I love pansies. We always had pansies on the farm in Norway where I grew up. Every year, at the end of the cold and snowy winter, my late Mom bought seeds to grow for the garden. Among the several sachets with seeds, there was the pansies. I couldn’t wait for the seeds to grow, for the tiny plants to get big and strong enough to be planted in pots outside as well as in some of the flower beds. I love all the color variations the pansies have, so colorful and eye catching.

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JO from alustrousjewellery says:

Love flowers! I remember picking daisies as a child and making daisy chains, these daisy earrings remind me of that time.

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Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

I love fairy flower earrings. I make them in all different colors and styles and they are where most of the color resides on my shop.

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Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

It’s hard to imagine anyone that doesn’t love flowers. Hmmm… maybe those unfortunate folks with allergies. Well here’s a handful of flowers guaranteed to be pollen free!

Vintage lucite teal blue moonglow rounds and light blue Peruvian flowers – so pretty together. The clay fired hand painted flowers vary slightly from one to another adding a unique element to this sweet bracelet. These Peruvian beads have a folk art vibe that is a pleasing contrast to the luminescent vintage lucite moonglow.

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Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

I have a shop full of flowers! Here though is a piece made from recycled paper and featuring two roses. Here I’ve used paper from an old copy of Pride and Prejudice but as a custom order you can scan me a page from your favourite book, the sheet music from a special song or even a section of a map showing a favourite place and I can turn into a truly meaningful piece of jewellery.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Roses are my favorite! Especially the fragrant varieties. This is a real rose bud encased in resin.

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Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

Flowers!!I love flowers and used to be a florist till I retired this year. I usually try to incorporate flowers of some kind in my designs . Here I created a poinsettia pin for the holidays with just a touch of sparkle and holiday magic!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

How about a hand knitted and felted bag with a flower on it? Recently I purchased a book on how to make real flowers other than this one and knitting and felting them has been a real treat. My last purse that I sold was my cover photo of a red purse with pansies. There are lots of flowers to knit and felt, it just takes time and patience.

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Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

No hat without flowers. Flowers determine the style of a hat. Depending on material and design. This hat from jeans fabric with crochet flowers and embroidered with pearls is reminiscent of the 70’s.

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I love making paper cut out flowers for diy creators. Tropical florals are a great way to decorate weddings and showers.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I love the idea of digital paper because once you purchase the file, you can keep it on hand and printout as many or few as you like. You don’t having to rush back to the store for more of the same when you run out.

This floral stationery is cheerful with beautiful autumn tones of warm reds and oranges. I captured the background photograph of straw flowers while shopping at a market in Montreal, Canada.

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Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE says:

A lot of my artwork focuses on flowers. I have recently become enamored with the the language of flowers. I am fascinated with the symbolic meanings attributed to flowers and love the lore of the Victorian age when flowers were purposefully and thoughtfully arranged so as to convey secret messages and nuanced thoughts.

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Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

I truly enjoy flowering trees, with the branches being just as extravagant to me as the floral explosions erupting along those limbs. I enjoy the light streaming throughout, showcasing shadowy depths and highlighted blossoms!

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Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Autumn is the last moment when I can paint flowers by nature. I like the colors of autumn flowers. They create strong accents and add joy when days are cloudy. I sketched pastel by nature. This is a classic still life.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I planted a special garden in the fall of 2016 so that I could show my Canadian pride in the spring of 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. This was a lavish display of red and white tulips. I couldn’t help but smile every time I walked past this part of the garden in the spring.

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Make It Metallic

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Metallic is defined as anything made of or looks like its made of metal. Different metals tend to be popular at different times. At this time silver seems to be the hot metallic. I know some who follow the trends, but truthfully its personal preference.

We want to see all your metallics. Tell us all about your metallic item. What is it? What does it do? And so on….

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says metallic means tin! I collect unique tins and I found this fantastic guitar tin. It’s clean, it shines and vibrates as it prepares to play for you! Rock and Roll!

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Electric guitar tin

Gillian from Gillisflowers said I like playing with different papers and often combine them in different ways. For this metallic looking hair comb I layered a VERY fine and delicate tissue paper in shades of blue on to a piece of silver foil paper. I love the finished effect and this hair comb really looks more like metal than paper.

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Rose hair clip

Linda from LazyYVintage states these lovely green metal angel candle holders are a favorite of mine. They have brass candle holder cups and are painted to look like tarnished copper.

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Green metal angel candle holder

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies says being a supplies shop I have lots of metal in my shop!! These swirly beads are my favourite at the moment … I love the way they capture and reflect light due to their flowing shape.

Because of this swirly reflective quality they are not only great for statement jewellery but would also be great for home decor design such as wind chimes!

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Silver swirl beads

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said a lightweight little bag to use for evening is great with a metallic touch! One of these has gold metallic accents with green and the other has silvery metallic with teal. Both make a great gift!

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Metallic evening bag

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we originally created this design for the Net Neutrality protest many years ago now, but we keep it listed to show our support for Net Neutrality. We encourage Etsy sellers to show your advocacy in your Etsy shop and social media. www.etsy.com/advocacy/net-neutrality

Personalization, using any combinations of the designs in our portfolio and fonts we have available in our selection, is included in the cost of the products in our Etsy shop, but we also offer and specialize in commissioned inspired designs including images submitted on request. Submit your own images, have us create an inspired design with your inspiration.

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Net neutrality stainless steel mug

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says this necklace is made from upcycled metal guitar strings wound with a thin metal jewellery wire. The memory wire necklace is also metal, and while the feature bead is plastic it has a statement metal presence.

This is a great gift for the music lover!

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Guitar string necklace with silver bead

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said here is gold gilt vintage 1950s electric alarm clock by Matson it has an ornate ormolu gilt frame with dogwood bird.

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Vintage matson gold gilt clock

Connie from Bungalow42 states the Mardi Gras rainbow of shimmering colors in these dangle earrings will literally go with any party attire. Check out all those cool iridescent colors. No glitter here but rather a metallic finish applied to these most unusual lightly ribbed vintage lucite beads.

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Mardi gras lightweight earrings

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says love I adore metallic … adds fantastic touch to mundane pieces. like the metallic finish on these oval beads –featured in my Christmas ornaments.

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Silver peacock Christmas tree ornament

Tovi from tovisorgaboutique said we print on leather and have a very unique range printing on metallic leather, so our products have a beautiful metallic feature, combined with rich, high-definition print design.

Some of our most popular products include metallic leather clutch bags, cuff wallets, bracelets and this particularly yummy Birds of Paradise tote bag – which features a toucan on one side and a cockatoo on the other.

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Nancy from EponasCrystals states gold, gold and more gold! This statement ring has layers of golden ball chain and rhinestone cup chain, with Swarovski crystal chatons.

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Rhinestone statement ring

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says my sweet metallic silver flower girl basket will bring smiles to everyone as she walks down the aisle spreading her rose petals. The PERFECT accessory for the PERFECT wedding.

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Flower girl vintage basket

 

Ballet Slipper – 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 Ballet Slipper.

PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper

Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.

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 Ballet Slipper! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

I believe in using cloth napkins for many reasons, but elegance is certainly one of them. I use my “fancy” glass and pottery daily, for serving food and beverages, and of course. I find the luxury of cloth napkins quite ironic, as they are frugal as well…like me! Elegant and frugal!

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CerenaLevene

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

These sweet foxes love pink! The sweet feminine color of ballet slipper pink makes a great background for these fun foxes!

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

The stone of love and compassion. Rose quartz gemstone necklace with a petite antiqued sterling silver chain.

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EponasCrystals

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

A dainty necklace featuring tiny (1 cm) origami flowers with the tiniest touch of iridescent glitter in their centres and then finished with Swarovski crystals. Matching earrings are also available in a separate listing.

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Gillisflowers

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These pretty ballet slipper pink earrings are so feminine and would be ideal earrings for sweet 16, debutante and bridemaids earrings….they feature handmade paper beads and seed beads.

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

This upcycled ivory tea pot mobile features a delicate floral pattern accented with recycled jewelry strands in shades of pale ballet slipper pink and touches of gold. A perfect gift idea for the vintage and romance lover!

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

SLS’s ballet slipper pink Dorm Sweet Dorm printable is bubbly and sweet. Digital art is so affordable and offers so many flexible uses, it’s the perfect choice for college students on a budget.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ballet Slipper board!

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

Geometric

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Geometrics are decorative patterns or designs based on geometric shapes. They can be used in home decor, supplies and so much more.

Here at CIJ we want you to show us all your geometric items. Please tell us about your item, including what geometric shape it is.

Gillian from Gillisflowers says this earring features 2-D and 3-D geometric shapes, two triangles a kite and a cuboid bead to finish it off. Although my jewellery is mainly floral, it all starts with a geometric shape usually a square.

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Art deco earrings

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said these are vintage earrings with cool green geometric shapes! They have a very modern abstract design!

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Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that math is the universal language of thinking minds and Geometry is its functions. If you see math everywhere you go, you may enjoy this elegant wine bottle stopper and its geometric shape! Our tapered optic crystal wine bottle stopper is a geometric delight. We always get great feedback from this item as the picture does not do it justice at all and we plan on retaking the pictures, but never seem to find the time! The bottle stopper itself is all crystal and we need to add a picture of it without the bottle in the future. An Etsy sellers work is never done…..

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Wine bottle stopper

Linda from LazyYVintage says cuff links are finding their way back into the mainstream for men’s accessories and jewelry. This set is triangular in design with the shape of the cuff links as well as the atomic design embossed on them.

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mid century cuff links

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies said these geometric faceted beads are ideal for a wide range of craft projects, including jewellery making, costume design, scrapbooking, bunting and more!!

They are available in various colours and quantities.

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Tear drop acrylic sew on beads

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital states that this is a digital paper pack. The design has various shapes and sizes in rounded corner squares and rectangles. Fun squares in fun color combinations. Great for creating invitations or party decor, scrapbooking or card making.

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Geometric digital paper pack

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says this is a geometric lid, pretzel criss cross design cookie jar. This clear glass cookie jar features vintage geometric patterned glass.

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Cindy from Cynhumphrey said I love playing around with different shapes when designing my jewelry. This is a cute pair of light weight earrings using ovals and circles. The colors are perfect for summer but can certainly be worn with many different outfits throughout the entire year.

Blue and white geometric shaped earrings

NauticoCreations states this is a handmade quilt featuring octagon shaped pieces in oranges and greens. The fabric is a batik pattern and the colors make a great fall statement.

Batik fabric quilt

Linda from LindaBrittDesign says the geometry of repeated shapes to form a circle make this a unique pendant. My high school geometry teacher would be proud!

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Dreamy Details

Contributor post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

What do you like to accessorize with, and why? Our teammates shared their favorites with us — and here they are.

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

I love to accessorize with scarf pendants! They can be worn with any scarf and can really add a little character to an outfit.

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Statement Scarf Pendant

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Leaf brooches, vintage leaf brooches are what I wear on all my jackets and coats. I’m just so attracted to them. I guess that is why they end up in the Lazy Y. I have so many!

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Leaf Brooch Gold Toned Costume Jewelry B.S.K Gold Lapel Pin Fall Accessories Vintage Jewelry Stocking Stuffers Circa 1940s Autumn Pin

friedasophie from friedasophie said:

i like to accessorize with very simple pieces that i can sleep in like this piece I made:

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Saturn Oval Open Gold Ring

Bracelets are my preferred accessory. If you have a bold bracelet and earrings to match, you don’t really need much more!

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Wrap Bracelet, Red Bracelet, Beaded Bracelet, Crystal Bracelet, Memory Bracelet, Tassel Bracelet, Bohemian Jewelry

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:

Easy everyday accessories are light and brightly colored! Like this matching set of earrings and wrist cuff in fabric. Very comfy and casual for a variety of looks.

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Matching Gift Set For Her Wrist Cuff and Fabric Covered Button Earrings Your Choice of One

JO from alustrousjewellery said:

I love gemstones, smoky quartz is one of my favorites!

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Smoky Quartz, Quartz, Sterling Silver Smoky Quartz Necklace, Gemstone Necklace, 8mm Smoky Quartz Necklace, Quartz Necklace, Brown Necklace

 

I love the trendy long necklaces, and quite often I include two necklaces that layer. My favorite is the quartz crystal ball!

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Crystal Ball Necklace Fortune Teller Wire Wrapped Pendant

We love to kick up an outfit a notch or two with a bright and vibrant scarf! This vintage scarf by Vera Neumann is sure to be a topic of conversation with it’s bold graphic design and playful color scheme!

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Vera Neumann Garden Vegetables Large Scarf Wrap Shawl – 1960s Red Black Checks – Womens Fashions Accessories Collectible – Mothers Day Gift

I love jewelry of all types, styles, and colors, trendy, old, Victorian, or modern!

I think a pretty necklace and earrings especially accents outfits nicely!

I make jewelry but also love what others make too and vintage jewelry!

It’s great to add a pop of color to an outfit with some wild jewelry!

Nature themed jewelry is fun, modern, chic, Boho, etc. and can be dressed up or down!

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Butterfly Necklace Hand Made Boho Carved Butterfly Focal Pendant, Rose and Gold Freshwater Pearls, and Sterling Silver Leaf Clasp Woodland

Earrings! I don’t feel dressed without them. I first designed these to replace a pair made from wood my daughter bought me about 10 years ago but which had lost their colour.

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Fuchsia flower earrings,origami flower earrings, flower earrings fuchsia, origami earrings, fuchsia earrings, meaningful jewellery, flowers

I love to add a little bling and functionality to my scarfs with these pretty scarf clips. Not only are they pretty they also hold my scarfs in place.

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5 1/2″ Sweater or Shawl clip with elegant multi-faceted openwork silver and gold tone gold beads. resort-swim wear clip art, unique gift

It’s Time to Feel Dreamy. Get Dressed Up For Wedding or Other Formal Affair and Wear This Silver Rhinestone Wrist Cuff Bracelet. It Shines Like Diamonds. Wedding Are So Much Fun! Especially Dancing. Dance The Night Away Wearing This Dreamy Bracelet!

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Silver Rhinestone Cuff Bracelet Front Opening Floral Design Inch Wide Spring Opening and Closing Statement Bracelet Wedding Attire Gift

Many thanks to all who contributed!

Until next time,

Sheila

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!