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.
The trends are: are Home Decor (Wabi – Sabi), Jewelry (Choker Revamp, Mix-And-Match Earrings), Weddings (Jumpsuits) and Hot Hue (Ultra Violet). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.
Monochrome + mother of pearl + brass wire-wrap = a pair of fashion forward and special handmade earrings.
I enjoy making wire wrapped earrings, and have been experimenting using this particular herring bone wrap with non-round beads. I chose these teardrop mother of pearl beads for their luster and decided it would be interesting and very modern to have one side white and the other black. Wire wrap can be associated with fanciful and heady designs but I find these wonderfully simple and yet bold.
I’ve been thought earrings should be exact same pair. But not anymore! I love to design asymmetrical jewelry. It gives you sassy look!
This Amethyst is a beautiful deep violet shade. This would make a lovely gift for some one special.
I set this natural Amethyst 8 x 6 mm oval gem, into a back set pendant setting, I choose to hang it on a diamond curb chain to complement the shape of the oval Amethyst. I have threaded the chain through the pendant setting so it hangs and slides along the chain.
I love creating home and garden decor items with colorful beads. This hanging pendant features bright shades of blue and purple and a fun moon and stars theme in ultra violet!
Hot Hues…Ultra Violet…Yes! I have the perfect hand-painted serving plate for this…It seemed to be the perfect plate for painting using one of my favorite colors. Ultra violet and yellow are such ‘happy’ colors, so I now have a ‘happy’ plate!
If you are on Pinterest here is the Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018 board!
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The Victorian era was a time of hard work and building for the future but, also, a time of opulence and heightened interest in the arts. Refined sensibilities, romanticism and mysticism influenced our fashions and home decorations to create an expression of the time. With this inspiration, our team have gathered their Victorian style items to celebrate such an innovative period of our history.
When I think of Victorian, I think of doves, hearts (love), soft colors, intricate patterns, has a romantic feel, and is classy. This heart wreath was made and painted by me forty plus years ago from a kit. I’m not sure how ‘classy’ it is, but it does bring out the feeling of love and romance. It would be beautiful on a door or wall.
I was drawn to the triangular stones on this beautiful Victorian brooch. Another Shop owner, who specializes in jewelry, shared her knowledge and proof read my description. She told me it is Czech Glass and was able to determine the age of the piece by the style of the clasp.
The Lily of Valley Tea Cup and Saucer belonged to my husband’s grandmother. The colors of the set complimented the brooch.
In 1846 John Livesey made a curtain machine based on Heathcoat. The XIX. In the second half of the century, Victorian UK products are highly popular. The bobinet curtain is an upgraded version of lace upholstery that provides a more diverse base structure and greater patterning options. My lace cushion is made with this technique!
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Linda Britt, a creative person who has always made things with my hands. I am an artist, a creator of handmade jewelry and a retired interior designer.
I grew up in the Midwest (Missouri), got my graduate degree in Housing and Interior Design and married my teenage sweetheart. We moved to California where I taught home economics and art in high schools.
Eventually we moved to Tucson Arizona and I started my interior design business. 22 years later my husband died and several years later I met Peter. It was one of those ‘online’ meetings!
We now live in Prescott Arizona, a charming community founded in 1863 with over 500 historic landmark homes. (Lots of Victorians)
My home is at the edge of the Prescott National Forest and I get to create among the pine trees with big black ravens doing daily patrols through the trees. Lots of birds, deer, javelinas and other wildlife visit us.
I love nature and photography and keeping busy!
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
I dabbled in making jewelry for years but when my husband died, I needed to focus my energy on something besides my interior design business. My dad and brothers mined a stone in the Mojave Desert in the 1970’s so I had some background. When my dad died I received many of the cabochons he cut from the stone. It made sense to get serious about making jewelry. I discovered the fun of creating with metal clay, took classes and became certified to teach. I kept taking classes and experimenting and learning.
When I retired about 10 years ago and moved to Prescott Arizona, I started my jewelry design business – really as a hobby. Now I just can’t stop creating!
Tell us a bit about your products.
My handcrafted jewelry is designed for the woman who wants something unique to show her individuality. Each piece of my jewelry is handmade by me and there are no two pieces exactly alike. My choice of materials range from metal clays, sheet metal, wire, polymer clay and beads. I love designing and creating to enhance an individual’s personality.
What inspires your work?
Nature inspires me. The colors of a birds feather, the wind on grasses in a lake, the patterns of insects, the petals of a flower. You name it. I love to find the line and structure of plants. Looking closely as I go on walks or listening to classical music or playing with my lizards give me time to let my mind wander for ideas to come.
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
I’ve started working with the idea of collections – 10 related items in a collection. I am going to tell a story in those 10 items and it is exciting to build that idea. I’m more focused and I think more creative.
This year I am building a website (it is almost done) and that is a challenge I’m enjoying. I hope everyone who sees it will also enjoy it! At the beginning I will have 2 collections and will be adding more as I get the photos taken. I’m surprised at how many hours this takes!
I also want to add men’s jewelry to my lineup.
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
My business reflects my desire to make jewelry for the individual woman. I make one of a kind pieces and use a variety of materials. Quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are very important to me.
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
My studio is half of a long room that was once a porch. It is enclosed with lots of windows where I can see the pine trees sway and the birds visit on the feeders. The squirrels romp on the railing and I’m very entertained! The other half of the room is Peter’s office where he works on his computers and builds harpsichords.
I have a U shaped arrangement in my half of the long room where I work with various materials in different areas. It gets a little crowded if I don’t clean up often!
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
Balancing fun things to do with the doing of business (record keeping, inventory, etc) is often difficult and takes planning. Some days I just want to play!
I also have a 4′ display space in a local art market and keeping the inventories separate from Etsy has been a learning experience.
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
Don’t expect instant success. There is lots of competition and a method to succeeding. Take some classes on SEO’s – I found Renee Christine’s to be most helpful (look her up online). Also Marmalead.com is a good tool. Be prepared to spend time getting to success.
Seeing and hearing from people around the world is fascinating and exciting. Explore that with Etsy.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I love to read mystery novels and occasionally practice the keyboard. I’m an avid birder, love my bearded dragon and take daily walks.
In the evenings Peter and I listen to classical music with a glass of wine and a fire in the fireplace in winter. Our cabin in the woods feels like a vacation home! Actually I love being retired.
What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t be afraid to go where you’ve never gone before or do what you’ve never done. Because both are necessary to have what you have never had or be who you’ve never been.” The Universe
Where can people find out more about your business?
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Finding something that I love doing whether I sell it or not was my key to success.
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Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Today we visit the workspace of Linda Britt from BrittDesign who makes a great range of handcrafted jewellery and accessories… Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!
Here’s what she says about her workspace:
There is a long room in my house that once was a porch I think. It has windows on 3 sides and I get to use half of it for my studio. The light is wonderful and I get to watch the deer, squirrels and a variety of birds.
I’ve made a U-shaped work area with stations for polymer clay, metal clay and tools for finishing my jewelry. There are bookcases for my supplies on the one full wall.
I love working and playing in this space.