Member Feature: MadeOnKailash

Contributor post by EyeLoveKnots of EyeLoveKnots

Please join us in welcoming Maria of MadeOnKailash, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.       

Hi, my name is Maria. I’m from Russia, I’m 31 years old. I’m a graphic designer and work in a magazine full-time. I like my work as it’s connected with creation in every instant! My job is to organize pictures and texts to create a harmonic layout and as a result a harmonic magazine to make readers interested in every article. Isn’t it fascinating?

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

I have been trying different kinds of handicrafts since my childhood. I always liked to receive and to present handmade gifts as they kept a piece of the creator’s heart and soul and they are more expressive than mass trading goods. My granny as well as my mother encouraged me a lot – they are really great handmade crafters! They taught me to sew, crochet, knit, but later I decided to impress them with learning new ways of creating handmade items. I succeeded then, and now they are the main fans of my crafts projects! As I’ve been creating since my young age, I’ve collected a lot of pretty handmade goods at home. Every friend was already been gifted with something from me, so I was wondering what should I do with so many cute goods? One of my good friend advised me to try selling on Etsy, and everything spun so fast!

Tell us a bit about your products.           

Recently I’ve become very fond of making jewelry because there I can combine different craft skills and materials, such as, weaving and beading, working with metal and gemstone and so on. Now, you’ll find different types of jewelry and accessories in my shop. I’m always crazy about details making sure every item is as good as it’s possible. I never sell an item if I don’t like it by myself and if I’m not satisfied with its quality!

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What inspires your work?           

In my free time, I practice hatha yoga (besides crafting). I’ve been practicing already for 4 years and yoga influences me even in my creation process. I love yoga so much, it brings me tranquility and helps my mind to catch new ideas. Also, yoga brought me great love for India. I’ve been there three times as backpacker and hope to go back there again for a long time. For me, India is an incredible country with its music culture, religious traditions, joyful people and of course masters of yoga!

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

As I’m so fond of India, my secret dream (or crazy idea) is to earn enough money for a new trip only by selling my crafts! I know it’ll take a lot of time, but it would be great to succeed! But to be serious, I really enjoy getting feedback from my customers! I want to share the joy of creating with whole the world!

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

All of my items are one of a kind products of my imagination. Every piece is full of good vibes and positive energy, which I send in every parcel with my items to my buyers!

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

My flat is my workspace. It becomes a little bit messy from time to time as sometimes I work behind my computer watching z movie or listening to lectures about everything on TED, than I move to another room to paint my packaging boxes! Later, I have to gather everything around in my special storage boxes, otherwise my pretty cat will take everything she likes! Sometimes she manages to steal a bead or a rope!

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

As for me I think selling is not easy, especially in Russia where it’s difficult to take part in local markets and fairs because of high participant fees – that’s why I decided to sell online. I can say that in the very beginning I was more optimistic about selling my goods, but later realized that it took a lot of time and the only thing I needed was patience.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Everyone who decides to sell online really needs a lot of patience because it will probably be longer than expected before you get your first sale, than another one and so on. You shouldn’t expect big profit, but when someone finds you among other amazing artists and likes your creation so much that decide to buy it, it’s the most wonderful thing about selling your handmade! It’s worth the wait to get this experience! Every sale for me is a little celebration!

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

Aside from yoga, in my free time I help in an orphan house for children with mental disorders in Moscow. It’s not an ordinary orphan house, where walls are grey and nurses don’t smile. It’s really the Home for little ones whose lives are not easy. Recently, I decided to donate 20% of each purchase from my shop to help this little home for special children to evolve. Also I’m always happy to watch good movies in cinema or attend some interesting exhibitions.

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What is your favorite quote?

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” – Oscar Wilde

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can find me on different social media:

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/mmalakhova/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mahafromkailash/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MahaFromKailash

Sometimes you can find special offers from MadeOnKailash on my social media, so make sure you follow me!

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

As I’ve already mentioned, it was my mother who instilled the love of handmade to me, so here is her little shop on etsy: Pellmellshop.etsy.com. All are welcome to stop and take a look around. My granny’s items are coming soon there also!

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January – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate January – New Arrivals.

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

A new year and a new craft! I’ve been working with buttons and recycled jewelry bits for a long time and decided to play around with something new. I began to think of brides and weddings…”something old and something new”….here’s a combination of both!

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mscenna

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

l have some very tiny wicker rings, so when l saw a doll house l thought a micro wreath could be a nice accessory!

l made this one thinking of Valentine’s Day, to add a romantic touch even to the doll house.

This miniature wreath may also be used for a diorama.

It’s completely handmade, as l personally made the clay hearts.

l left one of the hearts in its natural clay color, the other one l sprayed in red.

Either the two different colors and hearts position slightly remind the yin and yang idea. lt’s one-of-a-kind decor.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Ina from InaSudjana says:

With Valentine’s day approaching fast and a new year’s resolution to continuously practise a heart bursting with love, I created this…

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InaSudjana

Shar from SharPharMade says:

This is a cute Vintage Pattern of dresses, for toddlers (Size 2, 4). Copyright 1992/1993. An Estate Find. Recycling. Pattern, although partially cut, in good condition.

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SharPharMade

Maha from MadeOnKailash says:

I listed this item yesterday and its new kind of stuff in my shop. Perfect as a small gift, stocking stuffer, or something to show off yourself to express your unique spirit! It consists of million knots and is made with love to bring you joy!

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MadeOnKailash

Rachel Elliott from flyingcheesetoastie says:

This is a new print onto my little glass hares featuring the night sky as can be seen in February in the northern hemisphere. It aligned itself so nicely to be printed onto my little shape, whilst still being accurate enough for a star-gazer!

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flyingcheesetoastie

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

I put this new item up today. I spent most of Christmas knitting (it was bliss!) and made this up at my In-Laws’ home. They really liked it and I hope you do too. Plus I got to use my new pom-pom maker (a present from my Hubs) to make the pom-pom!

I loved this wool because of the lovely black flecks that run all the way through it and so when it’s knit up, it gives a nice tweed effect (which the in-laws loved)!

It would make a nice gift to keep a loved one nice and warm and cosy and as it’s made with acrylic wool it’s also suitable for vegans too. It is a really thick and soft wool so it’s lovely to wear.

WoollyMomo

WoollyMomo

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Guitar string jewellery has been one of my most popular items since I introduced them about the middle of last year.

My partner is a guitar player and so there are always lots of worn strings lying around, and I hated the idea of throwing them away, so started experimenting.

Here’s my latest addition to the range!

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Natalia from expressyourself says:

Just listed adorable vintage ring is made of 14k white gold with European cut diamond set. I have had it since around 1930 from my grandmothers collection.

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expressyourself

suzyq1981 from ClassyGlassandJewels says:

I buy gems from various etsy shops and make them into bolo ties. When my latest two gems arrived I couldn’t wait to get them ready for Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day. Colin Farrell wore a bolo tie in several episodes of True Detective, so what guy wouldn’t want to wear one?

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ClassyGlassandJewels

Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Make Your Dreams Come True Day gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don’t come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know what your dreams are,especially in relation to your business.

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple says:

I love to have my cushions in living rooms, cars/vans, restaurants, cafe shops, resorts, man caves, business, of all descriptions all over the world, custom-made for peoples desires and tastes.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/257885811/blue-parrotdecorative-pillow-coverblue?ref=teams_post

Blue parrot Decorative pillow

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states:

My business dream come true is really to be so busy selling on Etsy that I can’t handle it. My short-term goal, I guess that would be a cat nap dream, is to sell one item a day. . . or more, of course! I hope to accomplish that by reaching my target market and revealing more of my personality and creativity so that I stand out from other artists. I think this printable reflects that: if you want to reach your goals you have to work at it – be active, celebrate life and be yourself – that always works best for me.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/259189102/blue-be-yourself-printable-8x10-wall-art?ref=teams_post

Positive digital art

 

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed:

My husband and I love to travel. It is harder to go overseas now with two young boys. We live in Australia in a spot where it never snows. It would be wonderful one day to go to the other side of the world and have a white Christmas! This card set is just that! Oh and I would love to build a snowman one day too.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/258437032/winter-christmas-card-set-with-envelopes?ref=teams_post

Winter Christmas card set with envelopes

 

Maha from MadeOnKailash stated:

My dream is to have long travel in South Asia. I admire India and already have been there for several times, that’s why my shop is named after great mountain Kailash. But my dream is to go there for a long time and also visit some neighbouring countries. And I always can take my micro macrame art with me and convert my impressions in new creations! Maybe one day I’ll have something which will be really made on Kailash in my shop!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/260898321/macrame-brooch-with-natural-gemstone?ref=teams_post

Macrame Brooch with Natural Gemstones

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I have been to Japan once for a two-week holiday and loved it. I have been to Japan once for a two holiday and loved it.  This wine/port/sake bottle is inspired by Japanese design…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216922101/ceramic-decanter-wine-oil-vinegar-sake?ref=teams_post

Ceramic Decanter

 

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

My Etsy dream would be to sell more than the 31 items I sold last year. It’s really nice to see people wearing and enjoying the knits I’ve made and I’d love more of that feeling!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/262578806/black-chunky-ribbed-beanie-hat-handmade?ref=teams_post

Chunky black ribbed beanie hat

 

Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts said:

My dream for my Etsy shop is to build it up so that I’m actually making money (instead of spending more than I make) by the time I retire from my grown up job. Then I can retire, and step into my shop full-time and already be making some income. I love making gifts. I’m so tickled when people ask me to send a gift set directly to their recipient. I even include a handmade, and handwritten card for them free of charge!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/260557032/bath-and-body-gift-set-spa-basket-womens?ref=teams_post

Bath and Body Gift Set

 

Patricia  from TheOldBarnDoor discussed:

Dreams often begin with a wish but only become reality when we take steps to work on them. That said, there is something magical about casting your dream into the wind and waiting for it to come back to you. When was the last time you made a wish with one of these?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/217824298/metallic-print-fluffy-white-seed-head?ref=teams_post

Metallic Print Fluffy White Seed Head

 

Laura from ChickenJungle said:

My 5-year goal for my shop is to sell enough to get my own place again… a tiny house, a big fenced yard for my dog, and a chicken yard.. But it has to be somewhere close to town with public transit….yeah I know that is going to be hard to find but I’m very frugal so I don’t need much.

A wider goal for my shop is to increase public appreciation of chickens. They’re wonderful animals, and deserve to be treated that way!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194074490/blue-valentine-chicken-doll-doorstop?ref=teams_post

Blue Valentine Chicken doll

Rose Quartz And Serenity – Pantone Color Of The Year 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2016 PANTONE Color of the Year is Rose Quartz and Serenity. Pantone shares:

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern-day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

Here are a few Rose Quartz and Serenity items from the CIJ team on Pinterest!

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Rose Quartz Necklace And Earring Set by VintageJoolsandMore

Rose Quartz Necklace by FirepanJewellery

Rose Quartz Triangle Pendant Necklace by LilyandFern

Rose Quartz Bead Necklace by Zeppola

Rose Quartz Sphere Pendant Necklace by beadloverskorner

Rose Quartz Delight Necklace by FirepanJewellery

Rose Quartz Bath Salt by GwensHomemadeGifts

Rose Quartz And Serenity Adjustable Bracelet by ClassyGlassAndJewels

Rose Quartz And Serenity Boho Bracelet by MadeOnKailash

Rose Quartz Handmade Chunky Beanie Hat by WoolyMomo

Rose Quartz Extra Soft Scarf by ClassyGlassAndJewels

Rose Quartz Girls Handbag by RobynFayeDesigns

Landscape Photography Blank Card by TheOldBarnDoor

Serenity Soap Sack by GwensHomemadeGifts

Serenity Cashmere Scarf by ClassyGlassAndJewels

Are you a member of the CIJ team? Do you have Rose Quartz and Serenity items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the CIJ forums to participate!

International Thank you Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This Day is all about Thanking the people in your life. Send a thank you card,do someone a favor and so much more…

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to see what you have in your shops that relate to this date and a little about the item.

Annie  from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

When I made this set of owl cards, I had thank you cards in mind! I think they make sweet little cards and who doesn’t like owls?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/231978655/owl-cards-mini-gift-cards-small-cards?ref=teams_post

Owl Thank you cards

 

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor states:

Finding an actual handwritten thank you card in your mail box is now one of life’s pleasant and not often occurring events. I was brought up to write a short thank you note after receiving a gift or a dinner out with friends – it was just the right thing to do.

These set of thank you cards featuring one of my photos would be perfect for just about any type of thank you that should be sent.

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/222045665/lily-of-the-valley-thank-you-note-cards?ref=teams_post

Set of 10 Lily of the Valley Thank you cards

 

Alexandra  from EyeLoveKnots discusses:

These decoupaged jewelry boxes started out as a “thank you” to a client of mine that ordered some Halloween Themed earrings. They can easily be made with any themed paper for any type of thank you desired.

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/253219727/halloween-themed-decoupaged-jewelry?ref=teams_post

Custom Themed jewelry boxes

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Here’s a teacher thank you gift pack. An ‘I love school’ card, sticky notes and an envelope seal. Just a few extra touches really show your appreciation.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/260384328/gift-set-for-teacher-thank-you-card?ref=teams_post

Teacher gift set

 

Maha  from MadeOnKailash states:

When I visited the capital of yoga Rishikesh, India for my first time I’ve found this glass beads in one little rather dirty shop on the street. They have been unused in my jewelry box for a long time and recently I’ve created this unique bracelet with great feeling of THANK YOU to Rishikesh and the whole India for its unique culture. philosophy and yoga!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/254360861/namaste-rishikesh-antique-bronze-yogi?ref=teams_post

Yogi glass bracelet

 

Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts says:

I have a lady I work with who has created hand-made cards, several of them “Thank You” cards that are designed to hold a small bath and body gift, making an expression of appreciation a pampering gesture!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/246053601/appreciation-thank-you-greeting-card?ref=teams_post

Thank you card with Bath Salts insert

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:

Nothing says thank you more than sending some love – and these love heart earrings are the perfect way to send thank yous anywhere in the world.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/178083771/drop-earrings-ceramic-delicate-love?ref=teams_post

Red ceramic heart drop earrings

 

Christine from cwagenblass9 states:

These were the first cards I made that I thought would be nice to send or to receive.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/44259241/thank-you-cards?ref=teams_post

Thank you cards