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2017 Holiday Trends On 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, and 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 2017 Holiday Merchandising Guide article on the Etsy blog.

2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy are: All The Greetings, Greenery, Modern Farmhouse, A Fragrant Season, Pawsitively Great, Gingerbread Everything, Win The Gift Exchange, Naughty Is The New Nice, Just For Them, and Moody Hues (Nordic Snowfall and Deep Jewels).

All The Greetings

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I actually have a Merry Merry Everything Christmas Card featuring a rather dashing gargoyle.

TheOldBarnDoor

Greenery

Mairi from mairidesign says:

I created the above design after I had been using beads, made here in the Czech Republic, with my glass jewellery and knew that they would enhance a stylised evergreen tree. I had sketched several Christmas themed ornaments in this simple, swish-curve style and chose the perfect green and iridescent glass for my final design. Topping it off with a glass crystal is, simply, the cherry on the cake – or rather the diamond on the tree.

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A Fragrant Season

Tanya from socksandmittens says:

I wrote this Holiday potpourri Ball DIY post on my blog a while ago and it fits the 2017 holiday trend theme “A Fragrant Season”! It is a very easy and enjoyable project.

socksandmittens

socksandmittens

Pawsitively Great

Nicole Bridge from MamasHookin says:

Your puppy’s on the nice list! (Was there ever any doubt?) Make sure Santa Paws has someplace to leave the treats and toys on the big day for your furry friend. This Christmas stocking was made just for dogs (although, dog lovers can also enjoy it)!

MamasHookin

MamasHookin

Gingerbread Everything

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

For the holidays l created two small wreaths dedicated to children, because they are decorated with clay family members (crafted by me), shaped as ginger bread. But not only for children: l thought this decor could also be a fun way to announce a new baby is arriving. I have two of these decors: with one and two kids. I hope this item will work also in this way, not only as Christmas decor.

Ghirlandiamo

Win The Gift Exchange

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

A bead embroidered seashell pin is the last thing anyone would expect to find in a gift exchange, and in a very good way at that! Perfect for someone who really wishes it were summer and can’t wait for the sunny weather to come around again.

QuirkyEleganceEm

Tanya from socksandmittens says:

Win the gift exchange with this handmade crochet bath pouf! Great idea for stocking stuffer, too

socksandmittens

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Did you draw names for holiday gifts? Did you draw the hip retro/mod one in your gift exchange group? We’ve got you covered! No worries about sizing. No worries about duplicate gifts.

The wasabi, dark teal and avocado three petal flowers engender a mod retro vibe in these dangle earrings. The hand knotted flowers sway softly on the waxed linen thread creating a floating effect, particularly fun against a backdrop of tresses.

Bungalow42

Naughty Is The New Nice

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Show the world you know how to be “naughty” in a nice way by taking a step back in retro time with this sexy cartoon pin up girl scarf pendant! Perfect way to warm up those cold winter days… or evenings!

Cynhumphrey

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says:

Cheer up your cozy evenings at home with these fun socks made to look like Santa’s socks.

Knitwoolsocks

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Of course SLS has a Christmas card for the ‘naughty’ one on your list. This card is funny without stepping too far over the line and makes a great card for a husband or wife. As an interactive card, the mirror inside always gets a fun reaction and it’s one of our biggest hits at holiday craft fairs. Merry Christmas everyone!

StockLaneStudio

Loranesss from TurquoiseNature says:

My extremely Naughty Santa! He lives in Ukraine now but he can leave me anytime and go to another county soon!

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Just For Them

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Did someone say Monogram! We specialize in creating personalized gifts for every occasion and monogrammed gifts make the perfect touch to any celebration. We are ready for the holidays and hope you make every gift giving opportunity into a personalized gift giving experience.

Choose from our selection of products to use as a canvas, select any combination of our available designs and available fonts from our selections, include gift wrap and gift card for shipping directly to your gift recipient, and send us your custom order requests!

DesignstheLimit

Moody Hues (Nordic Snowfall and Deep Jewels)

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

These jeweled scarves are done in jewel tones of red, purple, green and blue.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

These handmade earrings feature gorgeous sapphire blue vintage lamp work beads set off by sparkling silver accents. The spider-web lace like detail on these glass cage beads remind me a bit of frost, and the colour simply takes my breath away!

QuirkyEleganceEm

Linda B. from lindab142 says:

This deep jewels bracelet combines metallic blue with silver and a white tassel to top it off.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the 2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy board!

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

Neutral Gray – 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 Neutral Gray.

PANTONE 17-4402 Neutral Gray

The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.

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 Neutral Gray! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I knew I didn’t have much in my shop that could be considered “wedding colors” but I thought silver gray and white would be great for that – so this is the printable paper pack I created.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Yay for Gray!

I love the neutral background of our printable party poster because the cement gray makes the bright pink stand out even more and it’s a nice fit for some party planners who are sick of mundane white backgrounds. I’ve used this digital design for sending congratulatory emails to friends and family on many occasions. I’ve changed the font color from pink to Red and Blue and I can do the same for our customers. I love custom designs.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Gray is an amazing neutral! These cases are made for protecting your eye wear and the gray with black is just right for any age or gender! Great for everyday elegance!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

YOKO from yokojewelry says:

This gray stone is labradorite. It’s my favorite stone. It’s stylish and has mysterious look! you can match with any color!

yokojewelry

yokojewelry

Linda B. from lindab142 says:

The pink and gray tassel component inspired me to create this feminine gemstone necklace.

The pink rhodonite gemstones have neutral gray in them and they’re a perfect combination with the pink rose quartz gemstones. Imagine this gemstone necklace worn with a smart white top and a gray skirt.

lindab142

lindab142

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This neutral gray ring is the ideal fashion accessory. Made from upcycled vintage buttons it is sure to create a conversation!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Neutral Gray board!

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

Navy Peony – 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 Navy Peony.

PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony

A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.

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 Navy Peony! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

These luxurious cloth napkins were inspired by my love of natural things around me. I live where huge Loblolly pine cones fall seasonally and make great fire starters for the fireplace, terrific decorations in baskets and fun projects for children during the winter season.

Navy Peony and a rich chocolate brown partners well with the the look of glistening snow- whether it is your white dinner set, milk glass, crystal goblets- or even tin!

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Navy Peony is a classic color perfect when combined with white. This bag is just right for any occasion from a dinner date to a casual wedding! Navy peony is great for all seasons and goes with so many colors as an alternative to black.

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Navy blue is a perfect back drop to display the pink ribbons for Breast Cancer. In this print it’s no wonder they paired navy peony with the pink ribbons because a Breast Cancer survivor or fighter is strong (solid), faithful (dependable), and secure (stable) in this battle.

I have both friends and family whom have battled this illness and I’ve seen how each one was solid, stable, and dependable for their families even though they were in a fight to live!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Navy Peony: A dependable and anchoring shade. That’s a great way to describe what a home means to me. Our little family has seen our fair share of planes, trains, suitcases and hotel rooms, but as long as we are together, we can make any place a home. We offer printed and printable ‘HOME’ art, and SLS is happy to customize the map to show where you’ve made your home.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Navy peony color
Reminder of the ted, white and blue!
Patriotism
Hurray for the red, white and blue!
Go USA!

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I had started work on a new paper pack – I wanted to do something in navy or denim blue and make it look a bit old and worn – so, navy peony seems a perfect color for this set. I love how it contrasts with the beige to give it a classic old denim look.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

When choosing a color for my paper cut card the navy color was my first choice as it makes the design really stand out against the white parchment paper. It can be used for any occasion and any season.

cwagenblass9

cwagenblass9

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Designing with the color blue is like second nature to me. I love the color. This elegant lapel pin is not only beautiful but it can also add color and conversation to any dull outfit. It’s versatile enough to be added to a hat, purse, or tote bag too!

Cynhumphrey

Cynhumphrey

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Navy Peony is a super cool colour for summer! And this sparkly ring is ideal for summer night parties! Made from upcycled buttons the ring makes a great fashion statement!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Linda B. from lindab142 says:

Navy Peony blue is one of the colors in the Israeli flag and I use it in my Jewish jewelry designs. This charm bracelet can be worn year round since it features Jewish symbols and Jewish charms representing different holidays.

lindab142

lindab142

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Blue goes perfectly with jeans, which are my favorite wardrobe choice! Gypsy style chandelier earrings in tones of blue. Swarovski crystals , iridescent blue seed beads, and tiny gold beads.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

One of the most coveted colors in the universe is navy. It is fitting that Navy Peony is a featured Pantone color for the Etsy Christmas July Team. Since we are a solid and stable team of creative souls. I am featuring one of my beautiful natural blue sapphire cabochons. This stone is a slice cut from a larger blue sapphire crystal.

saxdsign

saxdsign

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

I love navy peony blue tones. This agate pendant caught my eye when shopping for stones. The rich deep blue is so wonderful and it almost begged to be a suncatcher!

LizPOriginals

LizPOriginals

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Navy Peony board!

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

Pastel Sparkle

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Pastel Sparkle

Okay who has some pastel sparkle We want to hear about it!

If you have Pastel items, sparkle items and a story to match, please share.

We’d love to see your Etsy items as you share the glitter, sparkle, dazzle and shine with us

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

 I love sparkly things! What woman doesn’t? These are round sparkly glittered glass domes set in antiqued brass crown settings. Turquoise is my favorite color too! Perfect for an evening out with friends or just for a weekend trip.
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Turquoise Sparkle Earrings

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 Oh yes do I have sparkle!

These sequins are gold and feature an amazing shimmer surface that sparkles in the light.

They are great for adding bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories, handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects, including jewellery. The sequins can be sewn onto fabric, canvas, leather and vinyl.

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Long Gold Sequins – craft supply

Debra Stgeorge from ItsAbracadebra says

 I definitely love sparkle!! I also love bohemian leather wrap bracelets. But, being the sparkle lover that I am, I just had to make mine shine. I am loving the light blue pastel glass pearls in this bracelet. The shiny silver toned button clasp adds extra sparkle, too. This bracelet is perfect for the Bohemian Princess who wants to shine lol!
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Beaded Leather Cuff

Carol Hansen from GardenBarn says

 Soft yellow is a perfect spring color. This is a vintage candy holder made of paper mache! Great Easter Spring decoration!
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Antique Easter Rabbit Candy Container

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

 My daughter and I love the charm of vintage Gurley candles!

Fun novelty decor for the table or Spring vignettes.

This cutie is a soft pastel pink with a glittery sheen:

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Easter Bunny Candle in Basket

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

 Perfect for springtime! This sparkly necklace features an eclectic mix of repurposed vintage and new beads to give it a unique look. The colors are great for accenting this spring’s shades of greenery and pale dogwood. The touch of sparkle makes it a fun everyday accessory or sparkling accent for a special occasion or spring wedding!
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Pink Crystal Beaded Necklace

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 This digital paper pack was fun to create! Not only did I get to make bubbles, but I got to add sparkle! Bubble art seems to be popular these days, and so is anything with glitter or sparkle. It would be fun to use this paper for greeting cards, invitations or scrapbooking!
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Digital Paper Pack

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

What is so enchanting about this Pastel Sparkle Necklace is all the interesting beads that catch your eyes – whether they are the Freshwater Pearls or Glass Pearls, Citrine, Aqua Table Glass, Seed Beads or Sea Glass, Glass Chips, Rose Quartz or even Amber Beads all have a unique feel and glow! Multi Strands of One of A Kind Fun!

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Sandy Beaches Wire Crochet Necklace Set

Christine from cwagenblass9 says

 In creating celebration items for birthdays, graduations etc.,

glitter papers and foil add that special sparkle that makes the
cake toppers, centerpieces stand out.

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Gold Happy Birthday Cake Topper

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

 Pastel pops up in window displays at clothing stores. As the sun warms up the grounds, bluebonnets start to bloom across Texas along with the birds, bees and jackrabbits bouncing about here in the country.

Easter is just around the corner. Enjoy a pretty in pink Easter bunny to your table decor with some pastel spring pink!

Easter bunny shelf sitter

Shilly Shally Jewelry from Shilly Shally Jewelry says

The sparkle and contrast of silver faceted beads against the gold hoops exemplifies understated elegance.

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Gold Filled Hoops

Cher from LooseChipsWoodWork says

 Brides and grooms sparkle when they turn around and face their loved ones for the first time as man and wife! The children on this little plate exemplify this truth with their sweet young faces filled with love in their hearts for each other and the world around them! The pastels are perfectly displayed in baby blues and pinks.

How young we are when we first fall in love!

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Precious Moments Wedding Plate

Linda B. from lindab142 says

 Druzy gemstones are hundreds of sparking little gemstones that catch the light. I’ve chosen a minimalist necklace design to let the druzy be the focal point.

Blue is such a bright and happy color for Spring/Summer and all year round. There are 2 styles for you to choose from.

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Druzy Gemstone Necklace

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says

 Pink is soft but this cute sparkly print is strong too! Sparkly skulls and stars and crossbones for the cool rocker personality! Makes a great gift for teens or edgy moms!
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Sparkle Skulls Card Case

Connie from Bungalow42 says

Anklets are so flattering and flirtatious. This pastel peach chain is a delightful spring color. Add some sparkly freshwater peach pearls, light blue vintage Lucite Moonglow and tiny frosted Aurora Borealis seed beads for beach worthy perfection.

Aurora Borealis is a trade name used to describe a kind of finish that was introduced in the mid-fifties. Named after the spectacular play of the northern lights, this innovation became a success worldwide and started a fashion trend of coating stones in a variety of colors with shimmering effects.

Lucite appeared in many forms, colors and styles in jewelry as early as the 1940s. It is an acrylic resin, and one type of thermoset plastic, Bakelite is another. One of the most popular forms of Lucite, Moonglow pieces look as if lit from within.

It is this quirky combination of materials that makes this a truly unique piece.

Peach pearl anklet

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says

This cute little wristlet is all dressed in her pastel colors of pink and blue. I’ve gotten so many request for anything with cute, adorable pigs and finally found a print I love.

This little beauty in all it’s pastel glory would be the highlight in your little girls eye or anyone who has a love of those colors and pigs. At least with these pigs there are no smells and you can indeed carry them anywhere you go without leaving behind a mess.

Baby pigs fabric wristlet

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says

These pastel earrings feature handmade paper beads and pastel pink seed beads which shimmer in the light. They are a beautiful summer accessory for any outfit!

Triangle earrings

 

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 Thank you everyone – a very impressive collection of sparkly pastel items.

Our frames are sometimes painted in sparkly glitter paint (that does not rub off, it’s in the paint.) This board is a good example of bright fabric paired with a turquoise glitter frame for that sparkle effect we all love.

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Sparkly Skulls Bulletin Board

Memories Of Our Jewelry Artists – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August strolling the virtual Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJJewelryTrunkShow right here on our blog!

The CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show opened on Wednesday – August 17th, 2016 and closed on Friday – September 2nd, 2016. As I mentioned the team is international and we featured artists from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative artists!

Each artist shared with us their jewelry, as well as a little bit about themselves. Please join me as we close our CIJ Jewelry Trunk Show! Watch for new opportunities in the future!

Here are the featured artists:

1. August 17th – MaribelleCampa / MaribelleCampaVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
2. August 18th – Sheila and Shannon / BeadyEyedBirdVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
3. August 19th – Amanda / TheRedLotusDesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
4. August 23rd – Diana Sian Crafts / DianaSianCraftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
5. August 24th – Anisa Daud / QuiddityGiftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
6. August 25th – Carol Braden-Williams / SilverTroveVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
7. August 26th – Donna Schindler / TreasuresFromTheLakeVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
8. August 30th – Dawn Whitehand / DeeDeeDeesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
9. August 31st – Holistichem / holistichemVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
10. Septenber 1st – Linda B. / LinorStore / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show
11. September 2nd – Katrina Beck / DonBiuSilver / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Alicia of AliciasFindings
Catherine of DesignsByCnC
Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns
Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady
Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Please use #CIJJewelryTrunkShow on social media as you visit our virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJJewelryTrunkShow!

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Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to host a virtual Jewelry Trunk Show right here on our blog!CIJFacebookAvi

The virtual Jewelry Trunk Show begins on Wednesday – August 17th. As I mentioned the team is international and we are excited to share with you many talented artists from all over the world!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Wednesday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the following artists have submitted their work: MaribelleCampa, Sheila and Shannon, Amanda, Diana Sian Crafts, Anisa Daud, Carol Braden-Williams, Donna Schlinder, Dawn WhitehandHolistichemLinda B. and Katrina Beck. We’re looking for additional artists to join the jewelry trunk show!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until tomorrow to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJJewelryTrunkShow on social media as you enjoy the virtual trunk show with us!

Want a sneak peek of one of the artists who is going to be featured? Maribelle Campa from MaribelleCampa lives in Puerto Rico! Come meet Maribelle tomorrow! Thank you Maribelle for participating!

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MaribelleCampa

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to participate in a virtual Jewelry Trunk Show! A #CIJJewelryTrunkShow!