Let’s Go Galactic

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Let’s go Galactic! The team is taking us on a journey into space with their celestial and sci-fi inspired beauties. You’re sure to become starry-eyed browsing this gift guide.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: 

Our galactic line of prints and party signs are out of this world! The background design was a labor of love and I really put my heart and soul into the multi layered twinkly sky.

At SLS we love to customize and our personalized night sky prints and printables are a big hit. They are often ordered for nursery decor or baby shower gifts and can include sweet quotes or the new baby’s name. Party planners and parents also love to purchase printable or printed table signs and posters for girl’s and boy’s space-themed birthday parties. We can add the child’s name, age and a big birthday wish.

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Custom Printable art

Robots and aliens in space! These fun wallets make a great gift for boys to keep their change, gift cards, or earbuds. Brightly colored prints make a very memorable gift for any space or sci-fi lover! Created especially for science and tech minded kids!

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Gift for Boys Robot Wallet Case

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

National Geographic says…”Compared with the billions of other stars in the universe, the sun is unremarkable. But for Earth and the other planets that revolve around it, the sun is a powerful center of attention. It holds the solar system together; pours life-giving light, heat, and energy on Earth; and generates space weather.”

People are drawn to the sun and moon for their decorating purposes. This sun candle holder was a great find and would brighten anyone’s galaxy.

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Candle Holder Glass Sun

Raised on SciFy, Star Trek and the like you can almost always find at least one UFO in my shop! These sterling silver earrings were made with miscellaneous beads, and in the words of David Childress “Could this be some kind of Alien Spacecraft?”
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UFO Earrings Spaceship Sterling Silver

A galaxy of stars for your wrist. Actual photo of a galaxy transferred to a brass cuff bracelet.
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Galaxy Brass Cuff Bracelet

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Starry skies were just catching my eyes – tv commercials etc. And of course for many years we have been fans – Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica, Star Trek – all fun stuff. So I decided to make a set of starry skies paper but instead of a full set of 12 x 12 inch papers, I decided to go with a few and make it stationery / journal pages instead.
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Stardust Printable Lined Journal Pages

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Three big pompoms make this cushion more sweet, making it a sympathetic alien spacecraft.

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Meditation Cushion, UFO pillow

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Vintage Charm

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Remember that? We’re focusing on the something old today! Our Christmas in July team members shared these charming vintage items and stories.

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

These are handmade earrings made from vintage spider web lamp-work glass beads! They were made in the 1950’s in Japan, and are an enchanting and very rare find from the good old days. I’ve made these gorgeous works of art into wearable jewelry, perfect for the lover of vintage style and also the modern fashionista.

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Hilary from FabFloridaFinds says:

Well, I have something inherited and blue! This bottle was in my mother’s dining room curio cabinet. I always remember it as a child and when she passed away, it’s one of the things I kept. Well, for this entire time, I thought it was a cruet, but wasn’t sure of the Maker or pattern. I asked in one of my FB Etsy Groups and it ends up being an antique Barber bottle for hair tonic, etc. Goes to show, in the world of vintage and antiques, you are always learning something new.

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

I adore vintage buttons and crystals and when I find the right box I love to decorate with them! The pewter buttons are from Austria and used to be on folk outfits there my grandmother had a huge button box and I loved playing with them as child.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

That is what my house is all about as I have collected vintage items for 40 years. It started when my sister in law bought me a Fenton Bell for College Graduation. From there it went viral to cookie jars, tea pots, milk glass and you name it. A few years after my mom died and I found her purses I opened my Etsy Shop. I have chosen this art deco hall tea pot for my charming vintage item.

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Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

When I lived in West Virginia I opened a craft store in my home – JAMs Hobby Shop. I sold my handmade items, painting supplies, and taught painting classes. Upon moving to Florida, I had to try the craft show outlet, because my Florida home was not big enough to house my craft store. Thirty years ago I gave my dad a 1 1/2 inch picture of a wooden cash register to use at the shows. From that small picture, he made the cash register, which I stained and painted. He could make anything. I sure do miss him very much.

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Linda Britt from BrittDesign says:

Many years ago I started collecting vintage clothing. I fell in love with this gown with the faded blue fabric showing through the exquisite lace. I love the crisp cotton fabric and the tucks in the hem Most of all I love the sleeves and the lace that folds back at the wrist. I was never the right size to wear this but it was enough just opening the closet to look at it. But the time comes when it needs to be shared. I bet that ‘s the way a lot of us feel about vintage clothing!

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Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: 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 Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Trending Holiday Home Decor (The New Classics, Sophisticated Stockings, and Moody Tablescapes), Trending Holiday Gifts (Deluxe Pet Gifts, Cosmic Appeal, Hometown Pride and Treat Yo’self) and Trending Presentation Ideas (Creative Wrapping). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Trending Holiday Home Decor

The New Classics

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:.

I am a lover of nature and I know how important ecology is to our lives. Observing wild birds and animals in nature is what brings the most joy and relaxation. I want to share my impressions and love for wild nature and animals. But for me, ecology is also important and what we do to protect our planet. That’s why I’ve designed a series of home decorations that I make from waste materials. I use wood remnants from the production of other objects: small pieces of panels and frames, these pieces were going to be burned, and I give them a new life. It requires more of my time and work because everything is completely different. It took a lot of time to match those pieces to make them a nice composed whole. That’s why each of these objects is different and unique. and my decorations are made of 100% natural materials. I hope that my decorations bring joy and happiness and make a smile.

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Trending Holiday Gifts

Cosmic Appeal

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The stars are trending on Etsy this year and Stock Lane Studio has plenty of Cosmic appeal. Love is written in the stars in our SLS cosmic heart printable. This heart art is great year-round, but especially fitting as a holiday gift. Nursery decor, wall art or a card for a loved one, it’s very versatile. Since it’s digital, it can also be used electronically. Announce an engagement or send a message to a loved one using your downloaded art as a backdrop. Don’t have time to do it yourself? SLS LOVES to personalize, just send us a message and we can work with you. We also offer a printed version of this heart art, and have more Night Sky designs in our shop.

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Treat Yo’self

susannah raine-haddad from zouzousbasement says:

This desserts coloring book comes with markers/colored pencils or by itself.

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Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

Treat yourself to a pair of these unique handmade earrings – Only you will have a pair like them! They are great for the holidays!

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Treat yourself to a beautiful wrap bracelet with high quality Czech glass beads in tones of green, gold and brown with a golden lotus charm.

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Trending Presentation Ideas

Creative Wrapping

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says:

I just added this section to my shop for custom tags for holidays and all celebrations.

I have always loved to give homemade gifts to family. I think it started way before I became an adult! I was always making or creating something and it never stopped. The 1st year I was married -we had absolutely no money. My gift to my husband was all handmade ornaments for our 1st tree. I always love trying something new – sewing, knitting and now my Etsy shop. These tags will be perfect for some of my gifts this year. I added some for my personal homemade gifts and also baking tags which reminds me I need to start planning for cookies.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fresh Holiday Trends for 2017: Etsy board!

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

The Great Outdoors

Contributor Post by  Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors! We asked our Teamies what they love to do outside, and what their shops offer so others can do the same. Here’s what they told us:

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

Nature is such a great source of inspiration for me. The starry night sky, the greenery of the forest and the salt of the sea all snap my creativity into production. I really love my visits to the sea. My kids can be as loud as they want with the ocean waves crashing around them. They can run and get dirty, bury themselves in the sand and then wash it all off in the water. They remind me that I once did that too and coax me out into the wild. We all feel the forces of nature that are greater than us, wind on our faces and salt on our tongues and powerful waves stinging our skin. There is no better place to make me feel so grateful to be alive. This inspirational quote is a reminder of that. And yes, those are my kids and their cousins, doing what kids do best, making their mark on the sandy beaches of the Oregon Coast.

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Kids room Home Decor, Inspirational Art Print, Motivational Quote, Beach House Decor, Children’s art, Get OUT there, feet in sand photo art

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

We spent many vacations with our kids and dog at Southwick Beach on Lake Ontario. We stayed in Our Red Coleman Tent. When my Premie Daughter was born and the hospital told us to take a break for a weekend we stayed on an electric camp site so I could Pump my Milk to keep it going for my return. She is now 30 and in excellent health.

Well we used Sleeping Bags. I am selling a new but vintage Marlboro Sleeping Bag that my sister gave ma as a Gift. She was an Avid Smoker and collected Marlboro gifts.

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New Gift Marlboro Sleeping Bag Unused Camping Plaid Red & Black Checkered Fleece Roll Up Warm Carry Tote Bag Marlboro Cigarette’s Label

Sharon Moore from MooreThanBags said:

This cheery sunhat with daisy trim reminds me of summer days at the beach.

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Sun Hat, Crochet Sun Hat, Floppy Hat, Summer Hat

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My son and husband built a pond in our backyard 12 years ago.

I can see it out my kitchen window and enjoy watching how it changes through the seasons.

We have fish and “resident” frogs that are fun to watch.

The frogs are highly intelligent and are famous for posing in silly positions for my camera!

These miniature frogs remind me of the characters by our pond:

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Frog Miniature Plastic Fairy Garden Animal 3 Tiny Green Frogs Craft Supply Figurine Set Vintage Hong Kong Novelty Retro Fun Gift Idea

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

 A big part of spring is planting flowers for many… here is a great vintage planter to plant some fun flower in or any of many options… to take this planter outside to plant all your fun plants in it…
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Vintage Ceramic Turtle Planter

Richard and Tatiana from Designs the Limit said:

It’s time to get grilling! @DesignstheLimit we have a propane grill and charcoal smoker which we use year round, but now that the weather is getting warmer it is time to get outside and start grilling!

We have a number of different personalized barbecue sets in our shop featuring canvas or wood storage cases and offer personalization in a wide variety of fonts and styles. Make every gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience and give a gift that can be useful and appreciated @DesignstheLimit.

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Personalized BBQ Tool Set Engraved with Font Selection including Three Piece Tool Set in Case (Each)

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said:

I love nature, period. Whether it’s working in my garden, watching birds at the lake or hiking in the wilderness — I enjoy it and couldn’t live without it. And then in the evening we sit around the campfire (yes, I do love to camp and sleep in a tent) and write into my journal. This is when inspiration hits and I can write about nature, my thoughts, my feelings and adventures in a beautiful handmade journal.

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Purple Walnut Tree Journal, Nature Notebook with Inspirational Quote by Vincent Van Gogh, Altered Composition Book with Lined Pages

Cynthia from StraylightVintage said:

I’m not a skier but love the outdoors and belong to a hiking group. We hike in the New Mexico desert every week.

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Vintage 70s Obermeyer Ski Jumpsuit, Womens Retro Black Bib Overalls, Skateboard Sportswear Zip-up Front Ski Pants

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Once Spring and Summer arrive I love to wander around my garden and enjoy all the flowers and insect life that suddenly emerge.

These charms, once made in jewellery, keychains or craft projects, can remind us of the garden during the Winter months.

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Silver Rhinestone Metal Charms – ladybird or fruitfly – jewellery making, sewing, making Crafts, Gift Wrapping and Costumes

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

We love to visit Florida and go down to the keys. It is always a peaceful, relaxing time. The ocean around us never fails to amaze us and provide us with spiritual and mindfulness times. To sit and watch the waves, hear its wonderful sounds and know that there is such beauty in the world is all I need.

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Vintage Sea Art A Frigate Afternoon Oil Painting Ocean Key West Picture Beach House Home Decor Nautical Themed Ships Original Painting

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

The Great Outdoors calls for a pair of warm Men’s Wool Socks that fit in the boots for hiking, working outdoors or sitting in that deer stand waiting for that first deer to stroll by. If the sock should get damp it would still keep the foot warm and dry. What a wonderful way to be outside and yet still be warm! Women’s sizes are available too!

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Men’s All Wool Boot Socks great for Hunting/Hiking, Hand Knit, Size 11. Charcoal – Three Gold Stripes, Casual Socks, Socks & Hosiery

Kristen from KestrelCollection said:
I am looking forward to spring flowers and getting outside to plant my garden. These blue flower earrings are great for this March weather…Blue like ice but with the promise of blooms to come.

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Dazzling Blue & Gold Trumpet Lily- Long Flower Earrings

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEve said:

Spring is a beautiful time to be outdoors and nothing is more fun with children than an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. My little child-size tote is perfect for collecting those sweet Easter candies!

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Green Tote Bag

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts said:

Gardening! In Texas wildflower season is here along the roadsides and prairies the wildflowers emerge with colorful heads to say hello to Texans! I love to share our colors with you! Color your garden this spring with some Texas native wildflowers!

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Texas Wildflower Seeds

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

 Everything that I make has been either created by nature or found outside

The piece has earth toned beads to go with the amber brown beach glass. It is a boho like piece to call out your inner hippie.

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Lariat beach glass and bead pendant/Boho Hippie jewelry

Brenda from BetterThanBellows said:

Camping season is in full swing and what’s camping without a campfire?! This fire tool makes fire starting easy and fun! It works great for the fire pit, indoor fire place or your weber BBQ too! A unique gift idea for Father’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays, Christmas, etc.

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Play It By Ear

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Earrings are such a fun way to dress up any outfit! You can have so many styles-stud, dangle, drop, chandelier, threader and so many more.

Here at Christmas in July we want you to show us one of your earrings and tell us a bit about the type of earring, what makes it special and so on.

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I make earrings from a variety of materials, but one of my favorites is using enamel to give a pop of color! I do traditional kiln fired enameling, which is using a (very) hot kiln to fuse powdered glass onto metal. One of the fun aspects of this technique, for me, is that you can’t control the process completely. All sorts of wonderful surprises come out of the kiln! These earrings are part of my “Colors of white” line. Of course, white light is made up of many different colors, so there are many to choose from!

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Colors of white Enamel earrings

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said one of my favorite pairs of earrings, purchased years ago before I ever dreamed of making jewelry were made from shells. I found them while on vacation in Mexico on Isla Mujeres, an island off the Yucatán Peninsula coast. It is the memory of these long-lost earrings that inspires my shell earring designs.

One of my initial goals for my jewelry was to work with unique materials. Given the unique nature of the patterns and color variations in shells no two earrings are identical which I think is part of their charm. The shells sway gracefully and make a sweet sound that is so faint only the wearer gets to hear its whisper.

These coral and white shell earrings are a combination of several different shell varieties. Nautilus cone shells in a coral spotted pattern, peachy conical top shells, white natural Nassau shells and small strawberry conch shell rounds create a lovely coral and peachy-white palate.

I hand tie the seashells that I use to make my shell earrings to waxed Irish linen thread in an array of colors. For these earrings I chose a dark rust color to create a contrast to the lighter coral, peach and white colors in the shells. Each shell is spaced expressly to mirror the opposite earring.

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Coral and white shell earrings

Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGiftsO states one of my favourite earrings are made by resin. Each earring I make with resin is different but these have beautiful purple glitter in them for extra sparkle, especially in day light. There are four shapes to choose from, flowers, circles, square and love heart.
Each earring can have a different meaning to the wearer. With the glitter although great for the day they can also be incorporated into night wear.
The other special thing about these earring are you don’t just have to have purple, you can choose from a range of different colored glitters to make it even more personal.

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Purple glitter resin earrings

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals discusses that she  loves dangle earrings. I guess it’s because my hair is long and I must have something of substance or you can’t see them. These unique earrings from my shop combine two of my favorite colors, turquoise and golden tones. Tiny cathedral windows with a verdigris wash, feather charms (another favorite), and small brass and gemstone beads.

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Cathedral window earrings

Melissa R from missy69 says I don’t make a ton of earrings, but I have been trying to convince myself to do more. I am a ring, and bracelet kind of girl, but all the ladies know earrings make your outfit. I love dangle earrings, the most. Flirty, fun, and feminine is what I call dangles. This pair was made with neutral colors for Fall outfits. Perfect for professional wear, or a fun night out.

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Brown and white glass dangle earrings

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint states I like to make fun novelty earrings, so they are often a mixture of Lego bricks, games pieces and other bits and pieces.
These are made from Lego plates and vintage buttons to give a slight retro look.

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Button and plate dangle earrings, upcycled lego part earrings

Pam Maggio from PamPawsJewelry says these earrings are in a rose color which is trending this year.

They are made from Rose Quartz and Rhodochrosite semi-precious gemstone beads and all Sterling Silver.

They are fancy so would be great for evenings out, festivals, weddings, or as shower or bridal gifts!

The cute flower ear wires give them a Woodland or Boho touch!

Pink and Rose fancy Drop Earrings

Pink and Rose fancy Drop Earrings

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs states I adore these beautiful clear rhinestone clip on earrings from the 1950’s. These sparkly little crescents have an Art Deco feel, and would add a bit of vintage bling to any outfit!

Vintage Gold and Rhinestone crescent shaped clip on earrings

Vintage Gold and Rhinestone crescent-shaped clip on earrings

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – Bungalow42

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpMarket – Connie from Bungalow42

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1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

Bungalow42

My “seriously whimsical adornments” pair sterling silver findings, gemstones, seashells, pearls, vintage and handcrafted beads from around the world with delicate but sturdy plastic chain, silk thread and waxed linen.

I have always been drawn to fun, whimsical pieces but the quality of the findings and the workmanship was always important.

Weight and humor is a major focus in my work. I strive to create lightweight pieces that won’t weigh you down but will hopefully make you smile.

An instructor who was reviewing my work summed it up stunningly. She said that the pairing of sterling silver findings with vintage beads, shells, freshwater pearls and plastic chain conveyed a “take me seriously” element. I was struck by how easily she succinctly described what I was trying, albeit unknowingly, to achieve.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

Austin, Texas

I have to admit this is not something to which I have given much thought… but I think that people are a primary source of inspiration and endless fascination in my work and in my life. Austin, whose motto is “Keep Austin Weird”, is truly a treasure trove of talented, creative, fun and weird (in a good way) people.

Also known as the “Music Capital of the World”, Austin has a seemingly endless well of gifted musicians whose music ranges widely and delivers daily inspiration. When I am lucky enough to carve out some bench time in my day, music is always playing and much of that soundtrack is peppered with Texas flavor.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

The pure joy derived from the creative process and the ability to share my offbeat vision. In deciding to open my Etsy shop, to take that next step or giant leap off a cliff, depending on the day’s mind set, I thought about how intriguing it would be to make pieces for people I do not know and will likely never know.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Opening my Etsy shop. While that may seem a bit low on the “GREAT” meter, it was a huge achievement to me. I spent well over a year researching successful Etsy shops, working on my photography skills and copy writing techniques before launching the shop.

Getting the shop open and having total strangers purchase and appreciate my work is my greatest achievement thus far in this relatively short journey. I am eager to see what the future holds.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

My goals for the business are modest. My pieces are mostly made from vintage and/or limited stock. I have no desire to create the same piece over and over again. My work is not going to appeal to a massive audience. Not everybody is going to intuit plastic or bookbinding thread as serious jewelry components. My goal is to find that niche group of people with similar sensibilities.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bungalow42

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/Bungalow42

Webstite: www.bungalow42.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Bungalow_42

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – BlueQuailCrafts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket Shop – Kate from BlueQuailCrafts

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BlueQuailCrafts

1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

Blue Quail Crafts. I use old and new materials to make one of a kind handmade earrings.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

New Mexico — stunning sunsets, beautiful mountains and awesome wildflowers, so nature always has a palette to inspire me.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

I love the idea that something that is fun for me to create can bring a smile to someone else.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Making custom pieces for customers.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would love to be able to spend more time on my shop and make it a larger focus of my career.

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bluequailcrafts/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Quail-Crafts/225788107463105
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueQuailCrafts