We at Etsy Christmas In July love to see pictures and know what is your Daily Inspiration? Why do you make the items you make? What gives you the inspiration to make it? Your inspiration can be anything that gives you the creative bug and we want to know.
Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says; Sunshine brings me happiness and inspiration. Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of sun in Syracuse. That’s why we spend time in Cape Cod. This is a happy plate! Sunshine and rainbows inspire me to push through life!
Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says; Inspiration from your senses come to mind. Sense of smell, sight fragrant flowers colors comes to my mind. How can anybody not see inspiration in crafting from colorful flowers? I love to share things that can bring smiles to others. Especially with flowers. I like to share them with my friends.
Cindy Blakeslee from AllThatCraftyJazz says; This pattern is for a cute crochet fox phone cozy/case. It’s perfect to keep your cell phone in or to make as a gift for someone special. He has button eyes and a big button nose for the closure.
Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; A lot of my inspiration comes from seeing color combinations while watching TV or leafing through a magazine. Sometimes a new color combination will stick in my head and I will start to see it more – in a commercial even, on the new! I don’t remember exactly where I first saw this color combo but I began to see it more and more, so I had to make a new paper pack.
Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says; Inspiration to wear! The word “Soul” in fancy script on a turquoise blue background is set under round glass domes. The glass dome magnifies the words underneath.
Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says; I love finding new pretty papers to use in my creations! My inspiration comes from the designs on the paper as well as my surroundings like the garden. These gift tags are made with gorgeous Japanese papers that I love!
Dorota from YORNAMENTS says; My garden is my inspiration. It is not huge but it is VERY full. It is full of trees, evergreen shrubs, perennial plants, tall grasses and colorful flowers. The garden is full of rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and of course birds. They are my favorite, as they sing beautifully and visit me often on my patio. I keep watching these birds from my kitchen window, while I wash the dishes. It is truly better then TV for me. It makes me really happy creating imaginary birds. I love when they come to life in my hands. I have so many bird ornament plans to create for my shop. Here is just the beginning – Birds Gift for Her`
Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says; Inspiration is very important to me. I’m a painter and a great lover of animals and nature. I have two beautiful English Setters and daily I walk with my dogs in the meadows. Sometimes I meet wild animals and it is a wonderful experience. I also love to ride a horse. Horses are my great love and that is why they are important for my creativity. Every day I bring to my house a new bouquet of wild flowers that I then sketch or paint on canvas. I also love watching how my dogs play. I have many friends who have dogs and sometimes I go to the dog shows to meet them and share our passion. It inspired me to paint their portraits and capture our pets. We would love to have them always with us …
Thank you for all of you who took part in Daily Inspirations.
Guest post by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots
When I decided to open a shop and start my blog, I knew I wanted to raise awareness for Retinoblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the retina (in the eye) that has affected a few members of my family so to incorporate it, I came up with EyeLoveKnots. I don’t have many eye related or inspired items, but I do have a number of children’s items created for my little cousin’s affected by this cancer.
I grew up with my Aunt who battled depression and I’ve lost family members to depression. There was a brief moment in my life when I was spiraling towards depression. It was after my husband’s brain surgery to remove a tumour. I had to quit my job in order to take care of him and my son which affected my confidence. So when I opened my shop I wanted to create colourful items that inject energy. Adding tastefully designed colourful items can be a great mood lifter. Especially in winter when is it is gloomy and grey here in Melbourne. Imagine how nice it would be to come home and find a room that is inviting.
Delano is a family name and when I was having trouble thinking of what to call my business my daughter suggested Delano Designs. The Delano part of the family was very creative so it seemed like a great way to honor my family and I like how it sounds. Here is one of my newer blankets.
Hi, I’m Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA! My sister, Susan, and I design whimsical and unique quilt patterns
Our shop name came from our maiden name “Passmore”, along with the nickname that my brother-in-law used for my sister, “Ms P”. When we decided to pursue our dream of having a quilt pattern design business, we added the word “Designs” to her nickname, and then “USA” to the end of our name.
When we first started out our business name was Ivy & Em (our nicknames). We make jewelry, home wares and accessories through re-purposing old bicycle parts into fun and functional designs – we’re also (as you’ve probably already guessed) slightly obsessed with bicycles.
As our business grew we felt we needed to have something that reflected our brand, the products we make and our story a little more… we decided on Tread & Pedals.
We use the tread of bicycle tyres to make our belts and we pedal our wares – we also make wheelie cool clocks (and love puns, especially cycling related).
Emma Kay is actually my middle name. The Kay comes from my Aunty – it is also her middle name. My mum gave it to me when I was born.
I chose the Emma part. I chose it when I was 8 years old. My step dad was adopting me legally. Mum asked me if I wanted to change anything about my name, since we were going through all the paper work anyway. I asked to add Emma.
Singer-songwriter Bon Iver made an album called ‘For Emma, Forever Ago‘. I heard it for the first time on a friend’s old Toyota’s car stereo during a road trip from Sydney to Canberra during autumn – clear blue skies, multi-coloured leaves, a chance to get to know one another better.
I’ve listened to the album many times since then, but could barely tell you what the lyrics are. I listen to the melodies and the slow rhythms. Its an album I put on when I need to sooth myself.
One of the songs on the album is called ‘For Emma’. Bon Iver has described Emma as “an elusive subject… Emma is a statement, a sentiment and a closing of my own history.”
He elaborated further in another interview: “Emma isn’t a person…Emma is a place that you get stuck in. Emma’s a pain that you can’t erase.”
His words resonate with me. I agree that Emma is a feeling. But Emma to me is not pain so much as sentiment. Longing and loss. A moment from childhood that flashes through your mind before you can catch it all.
I don’t want to erase Emma. I want to keep it. Hold it close. I want to curl up with it on the lounge while I gaze out of the window and reflect on days past.
Jack Jack’s Wayart came to be in part my nick name is Jack Jack the Way art come as my style of art. So I put the two words a one Wayart.
It took me some time to decide on a name one day it just came to me. I like my shop name it just fits
My shop offers custom design one of a kind door decor. Me.
We developed our concept before we chose a name for our business and when it came to choosing our name it was difficult. When you specialize in offering designs and accepting custom orders for inspired designs, we needed a name which described the concept of our endeavor. Combining The Sky is the Limit with Graphic Design Artwork, Design’s the Limit was born. We couldn’t find any other businesses with our name, so we purchased the domain and registered a trademark for our business. We welcome custom design requests and as we say, “We can design for any ideas you have in mind!”
My shop name came about because after earning my Doctorate in 2009 my partner started calling me DD (Doctor Dawn), so this eventually translated into DeeDee, ergo DeeDeeDeesigns!
My animal rescue is called Castawayacres that is what I named my shop to start out with. As I use a lot of my profits from the shop to help buy food and pay vet bills on the animals I rescue.
I have a few months back changed the name to VintageCastaways to give it more of a feel for what I sell.
That is how I became VintageCastaways.
I have an antique booth that I started out with first, so I really didn’t have a name for it.
I decided I wanted to go online and really try this avenue and make it a success.
My husband came up with my shop name. He used my name and said since I search out items for my shop then I am selecting vintage items and salvaging them from garage sales, estate sales, and others.
I really like it and the alliteration, he loves alliterations so go figure.
I named my shop after my father in law who passed away. I opened it to help me deal with my grief and to keep his memory alive. He was a special guy.
I’m not sure I like it anymore, but “CocoaDragonfly” comes from our first rabbit, Cocoa, and our many dragonflies here. I like it, until I say it out loud!
First it was Zathura. I was thinking of a catchy name but i realized I had to make something that can relate to my handmade jewelry.
So, one evening i was Just Having Fun With Beads And Findings and so JHFWBeadsAndFindings was born!
And this was the necklace i was making that evening.
This is going to totally sound corny compared to all your stories, because all of you have put such important meaning into your shop names, and mine was sort of an accident.
My legal business name has been Sachs Design since 1999 – hence my last name is Sachs (pronounced SAX) I really wanted to get vanity tags for my car one year with my business name on them but I couldn’t fit all the letters so I figured out that I could do:
SAX D SIGN
and squished them all together – and there ya go – it evolved into Saxdsign
I have since moved (13 years ago) and those old tags had to be turned in. Maryland doesn’t offer that many spaces on their plates so I have different tags now, but kept SAXDSIGN as a brand now.
See not very exciting!
When we first opened everything listed was toys and all were from the 1970’s easy way to find us. Since then we’ve added some collectibles. Seems easy to remember when searching online too. Pretty oldies but goodies available for a fun era in history.
Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Tell us about yourself.
Hello my name is Liesbeth and I am from Zwolle, The Netherlands and I am an artist and jewelry designer. I am a mother of two. A daughter and a son.
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
I have always worked in a shop, but since my youngest son was diagnosed with classic autism, I started working at home. This gave me the opportunity to develop my talents more. When I once saw a program on television about Etsy.
Then everything went very fast.
Tell us a bit about your products
My jewelry is really my style jewelry. I never work with patterns. I once tried to design my jewelry in advance, but this does not work for me. I start with a bead and the rest always comes naturally. Most of my collection is therefore Bohemian style fashion.
What inspires your work?
I get inspired by nature. Taking walks along the country side. It gives such a great relaxation and all ideas comes into my head. Than I can not wait to be home to get started. Yes, after relaxation, I am a restless one.
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
Part of my dream has come true: People are wearing my creation or creations. My dream is to see my creation in a tv series or movie.
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
Because the creations are al my own and not made by pattern, it gives a personal touch. I also like to do something extra. So I do my jewelry in homemade jewelry gift bags made of felt and I pack the envelopes with gift and wrapping paper. I find those blank envelopes so boring.
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
I do not have a separate work area. When everybody is at school or work, I get my supplies and I go to work.
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
Planning and promotion. For example, last year I was busy with summer while it was almost autumn. Or I was late with Father’s Day. This kind of scheduling are very important.
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
es. Believe in yourself and what you can. Keep up your own way. Many beautiful new things created by people who think differently. Out of the box so to speak. Follow your feelings. A lot of people want to help. Well intentioned or not, listen to them. But, do not forget to go and follow your feel your own way. Help each other with tips and advice. When you help someone who needs it, gives a lot of good.
Do not give up and look around to get some inspiration.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I love to cycle. In Zwolle we have a lake that is called “The Wijthemerplas”. It is very beautiful there. I bike there around the lake and I make pictures.
What is your favorite quote?
Where can people find out more about your business?
I think people who want to know more of my company which is on the Aparticle.nl webpage. Furthermore, I am an open book and I want to help people with tips and ideas.
I try to be very open on Etsy, but people might still want to know more, they can always contact me.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Then I would still sit here tomorrow.
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.
January 20th is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, where we remember and celebrate his legacy. Dr. King had a dream for the future and a vision for a country that would be unified and not racially divided.
Thanks to MLK, my dreams are much more selfish and much closer to home. I started working on a set of digital papers with inspirational quotes and phrases and I finished two of them and they just sat on my desk top mocking me.
I finally decided that these two papers would be freebies to celebrate the new year and to inspire others to “dream big”, “never give up”, etc.
Eventually, I was able to come up with a whole set of papers to post in my store. The thing that inspires me to create has a lot to do with colors or textures that I come across. Nature, such as trees and birds chirping and green grass all inspire me to create new things and give me peace to continue on my path. See this pretty and inspirational papers below.
Several other sellers on the Etsy Christmas in July team would like to share their inspirations with you. Inspiration comes from many places and in many forms. Please check out these wonderful shops and their items.
Elisabeth from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says that she gets inspired when “Someone likes what I make.” When something sells she makes another using the same colors or changing it up a bit! Just look at her Red Vintage Inspired Necklace.
Laura from VintagePlusCrafts likes to make people smile. She does her hand embroidery and finishes it off with an encouraging or inspirational word such as smile. See her pretty embroidery on her Springtime Flowers Hoop Art.
Erika from littlebigtopstudio was inspired by the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes as well as her own daughter who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.
This is the story of a Japanese girl who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. As a result she is diagnosed with leukemia and, at age 12 after spending a significant amount of time in a nursing home, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand, inspired by the Senbazuru legend. The school where I teach folded 1,000 paper cranes in support of my daughter and as a way to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Ever since we completed that project I have been fascinated with the crane as a symbol of health, hope, and peace. Please see Erika’s beautifully inspired Baby Mobile Origami Cranes.
Jeanne from CedarWoodCreations was inspired by friendship when making this current item. While on FB I saw a picture of a friend taken in childhood and memories came flooding back of our time together. It was right around the time I found the charms shown in this pic. That’s what prompted me to make two rock cairns and sell them as a set ~ Keep one and give the other to a friend…Check out her beautiful Pinky Swear Pinky Promise Rock Cairn Minis.
Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts finds her inspiration by “stopping to smell the roses” so to speak. She says, “So many things inspire me, usually when I’m not looking for it; a stamp, a piece of pretty paper, nature, a color…I’ve learned to stop and look at things twice to see how it affects me.
One piece that was a nk-brainer was this adorable owl paper. I *knew* I had to get it, but it took a while to decide what to do with it!” Check out her beautiful Fun and Funky Owls Handmade Tile Coasters.
Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE gets her inspiration from nature. She says, “I love color–color from rainbows, fresh grass, shadows in the snow, leaves and flowers–you name it–beautiful colors from all around us…and that inspiration leads me to create colorful items for everyone to enjoy!” See her cute Soft Baby Book, Baby’s First Book.
Betty Travell from LadySnooks is inspired by a creature right where she lives. She says, “Deep in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay running right up the middle of the little state of Maryland, lives a creature that is known as the king of all shell fish. This creature is the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab. If you live in Maryland, you know what I mean. They are eaten with a mallet and “picked” down to the last morsel. Their delicious meat sometimes appears as a “Maryland Crab Cake” which is fantastic too. A big cold glass of beer is usually close at hand.
Living most of my life in Maryland, this was one inspiration that was easy to connect with the under-water Tagua Nut Resin pendants that I make. The inspiration was right there for me.” Be sure to check out her Tagua Nut Chesapeake Blue Crab Under the Sea 3D Pendant.
Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy is inspired by nature as well. She says, “The most inspiring thing to me is Nature. I have always been fascinated by the living world around us. I owe that to my grandmother, I think. My first summer trip to her house by myself was full of wonder. We caught tadpoles in the creek near her house, and watched them develop into frogs. We brought caterpillars in and watched them morph into beautiful..well…moths, but they were still beautiful. In much of my work, you will see colors, textures, and patterns inspired by walks in the woods…” Be sure to check out her Embroidered Tan and Black Chickadee Bird Hanging Cotton Kitchen Towel.
I’d like to thank all of the shops that shared their inspirations and items above. Thank you also to everyone reading this post. Inspiration is all around you so take the time to be inspired!! ~Tracy from Little Shop of Color