Member Feature: MedleyofColors

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Debra of MedleyofColors, our featured member!

MedleyofColors

MedleyofColors

Tell us about yourself.       

I am a person who has been on an incredible life journey.  I am a native of Eastern Kentucky.  I spend much of my childhood with my grandmother who taught me about color and texture.  My grandmother was an amazing quilter and created these rich, colorful pieces out of scraps.  I akin my own knitted creations to her love of scraps and colors.  I sit down with a basket of scrap yarns in similar color tones and just begin to mix and match colors and textures.

I am a Special Education/Intervention Specialist teacher.  I spend my days with students who are considered to have behavioral issues.  I love my day job – never boring.  Often, I find these students the most interesting students and when successful can just blossom to incredible adults.

I love flower gardening.  My favorites are heirloom flowers such as zinnias, cleome, cosmos….I just love pondering color tones ….for me, it’s the creation of a tapestry in the garden.

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

I opened my Business in January of 2015. I have knitted for over 40 years and used knitting as a Winter creative outlook for my love of playing with colors.  As my transition into empty nester occurred, I found myself knitting more and began to create new designs for my knitted goods.  After creating and selling to friends throughout the past few years, I decided that it was time to embark on a knitting business.  As a longtime Etsy customer, an Etsy store seemed to be the right move for my new business.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I create knitted hats, scarves and gloves – blending yarns and color tones to create what I often term Medley creations.  My scarves can include 12 or more yarns and my gloves or hats might add vintage buttons or recycled yarns.  My newest design is a Ponytail hat.  I had seen several Ponytail hats but many looked pretty but not functional.  I live in the country and we snow sled; shovel snow and often ride four wheelers out in the cold.  Our gals need a warm hat that keeps our head warm; allows us to keep our hair up in a ponytail and doesn’t come off when we are out riding four-wheelers in our fields.  Of course, I felt a little pretty needed to be included and thus, my cable knit ponytail hat.    My infinity scarves are my tribute to women my age who like something colorful and natural looking.  Of course, my Judi hats are my favorite – my friend, Judi is a world traveler who always looks good so the bulky knit Judi hat is functional and fashionable and folds up and travels well.m1

What inspires your work?           

My work is inspired by flower gardens, quilts, and textures.  I love color but I couldn’t create if I couldn’t feel the texture of the yarns.  It’s about touch and just feeling what yarn needs to be together.  Sometimes, I will pull 3 different yarns to create a row …blending the colors and texture to create its own texture.m2

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

In 2017, I want to design more custom pieces.  For example,  new hats – I believe that one’s hat can be his/her signature piece.  I want to think about hats – especially hats for middle age to elderly folks.  Recently, my father, age 80 years, asked me create a hat just for him.  As he is bald, one of his needs was that the hat keep his head warm and fit tightly.  Image my delight, when his fellow breakfast mates requested that I make them a hat also.   I want to create scarves that meet a person’s sense of colors and gloves that meet the need of the wearer.  I love that interaction between my creation and the wearer.

My dream for my business is to grow to add one more knitter into the business.  I would like to provide an opportunity for my daughters or daughter in law or son to spend more time at home with family and knit for supplementary income.  Plus, it is so important in this rush, rush world that we take time to create.  It is what makes us human.

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

My knitted creations are one of a kind.  I create my own patterns and blend my own color tones.  I have looked at many knitting online stores, and my work is very different from others creations.m3

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

I have a small studio in my house where I work during Spring and Summer.  During the Winter, I tend to carry my work wherever I go…

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

Marketing on Social Media.  I wish I had learned more about this venue before I opened my business.  It has taken me about a year to understand how Social Media Marketing works.m4

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Social Media Marketing is a key to success.  Etsy forums are a must to learn about what’s going on out there.  Instagram is the biggest avenue to market your work.

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

When I am not working, I am grazing seed catalogs; dreaming of new flower gardens and when warm enough, out digging in the dirt.

What is your favorite quote?

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Instagram: @medleyofcolors
Facebook:  Friends Who Like Medley of Colors
Etsy: medleyofcolors

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Announcing Christmas in July’s Etsy Craft Party Prize Winners!

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

I had so much fun co-hosting our party with Alicia from Alicia’s Findings and Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns.  The tutorials were all so cute and creative – gave me some great ideas for Christmas gifts!

Without further ado, I would like to announce the winners of the wonderful goodies from Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty. They’ve all been contacted and will soon be receiving their prizes.

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Crochet Angel donated by Corkycrafts – Hannah Contino

Dark Blue Fingerless Mitts donated by MermaidsHatbox – Dawn Whitehand

Christmas Themed Dog Collar donated by thedoggiehouse – Linda Welcome

Rainbow Tutu Set donated by LilybeanzBowtique – Corky

Red Dagger Earrings donated by ToBeMeJewelry – Kay Loeber

Halloween Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Ellen Thomas

Gingerbread Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Gwen Jones

Personalized Stemless Champagne Flutes donated by DesignstheLimit – Jolie Webb

Microfiber Towel donated by SuesAkornshop – Tricia Bertrand

$25 Gift Certificate donated by KraftygirlCreations – Cat

Purple and Teal Fingerless Gloves donated by MedleyOfColors – Sue Koran

Teal and Avocado Earrings donated by Bungalow42 – Claire DeRosa

$20 Gift Certificate donated by DiMaryboutique – Yuliana

Hot/Cold Therapy Neck Wrap Set donated by NaturalBodyComfort – Catherine Clifford

Knit Cup Cozy donated by socksandmittens – Alicia

Thank you to everyone that donated, organized and participated in the #EtsyCraftParty2016!

Don’t forget our next big event, Christmas in July 2016  will be held July 1st – July 10th!

Colour and Creativity

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

I asked Christmas in July teamies what their favourite colour is, and how this influenced their creativity…. the question received a huge response, and all their secrets are revealed below ~~~~ grab a coffee and some cake, and put your feet up!!

My favourite colour is purple and whenever I see purple paper I want to buy it! I love this retro purple paper and decided to make some small card sets with it. I made them with thank you notes in mind.

Ivory is my fav as it reminds me of pureness, clearness, happiness, optimistic, freedom

WHITE

I’m a full time farmer and I enjoy winter on the farm – even going out to the barn for chores my camera is often in tow. Winter White brings a beautiful calm to the landscape and helps me see nature in a different light.

This was the first snow fall of the winter

Blue, any shade of it.

I’m a big fan of the seaside and so blue is a very obvious choice for me. The aqua blues and then darker blues of the ocean against the lighter blues of the sky make me feel happy and relaxed. I often use blue in my prints as I always associate the colour with the feelings of happiness and freedom.

I’m a sucker for rainbows. A beautiful end to a fierce storm, the full rainbow makes its way into my work at every opportunity. When you can’t choose just one colour, choose them all!

Gosh, it’s hard to choose ONE color because I love so many in all their hues and tones
I suppose purple is probably the one I like most, followed closely by blue and I was able to combine the two in this card, using an Italian paper that featured little lilac flowers with a rich blue card stock at the bottom. To tie the two together I used white lace.

The card is a birthday card and pokes gentle fun at forgetful memories of what we might have done before

G R E E N is my ultimate favourite colour. It has inspired me with so many product designs in my shop.

My favourite item is my Christmas Advent Calendar as so much time, creativity & love go into them. This one here is the very first one I made for my son.

Green and Blue are my absolute favourite colours.

If I had to separate them, my answer would be different each time! Tonight, I’d choose GREEN but ask me tomorrow and it could well be BLUE.

I find them equally beautiful, refreshing, enlivening and soulful.

For these reasons, I adore the peacock irridesence (perfect marriage of Green and Blue) of Paua Shell / Abalone and seek Vintage Jewellery Items in this glorious natural material.

well a deep teal light the twilight sky is my usual fav but latley I’m obsessed with coral!

Not for the shy!

Purple, always end up back at purple……the yarn is different in that it has to be beautiful, yet practical.

Purple and green is my favorite color combination. When I found this beautiful pansy fabric, I knew it was the perfect accent and I decided to incorporate it in this quilted centerpiece.

My favorite color is green…all shades! My line of art may not feature one color over another, but I would say my Fresh Alphabet Art is pretty green…both in the actual color and in the fresh sense of the word. In creating this alphabet, I knew I wanted fresh produce, but I also wanted vibrant greens. My favorite are the leafy stalks on the leeks!

My favorite color is blue. I love it because there are so many shades and nuances to it. It reminds me of sky, water, peace, and tranquility. I chose the beads in this ornament for that very reason. Peace and tranquility during the holiday hustle and bustle.

My favorite colour is purple …what’s not to like about it? There are so many beautiful shades to choose from and it goes really well with black which is also another favorite.

I love pink, it is soft, gentle and pretty. I love pink flowers which inspires many of my cards I make, this one is a Thinking of You card.

My favourite colour is blue and always has been. It is tranquil and calming. It is a large part of nature – the sky and the ocean.

My favourite colour is yellow. It reminds me of bumble bees and daisies and all things summer. I have a wall in my house painted ‘crazy daisy’ so even on a cold rainy day it cheers me up. I thought I needed to make something cute that gives a nice warm feeling with this little daisy print fabric, so I made a wee kitten.

Amath from Gomis says

Nothing beats Bold Gold!!!!

Gold has a universal, luxurious, and fundamental appeal. Having a gold colored item brightens my day, and those of the wearer!

Blue –

I love blue in any shade, if a take a look onto my shop, there can it been seen. From childhood I preferred blue colored clothing. It remembers me on blue summer sky, blue, wonderful Latvian sea and it also symbolizes hope, what we all need.

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says

I LOVE anything that is iridescent and especially in greens and purple! This piece was my first try at mosaic. I have been making stained glass for 15 years and had so much beautiful leftover art glass. I am a huge advocate for recycling in any and every form.I never wanted to part with the beautiful bits of leftover glass. I wanted to put them to good use! So in this piece, I made use of the scraps in a most beautiful way! Recycling at it’s finest!!

I love turquoise a lot, and especially in combination with bright colors like prange or a beautiful deep yellow. I also love birds, so I brought all of this together in this mixed media painting. These colors are happy colors for me, they put a smile on my face and make me feel better. I hope that others feel the same when they look at this painting.

Pink !

Anything girly and feminine , it has to be pink.

My latest design , is lovely in all shades of pink with a touch of maroons and greens

I say green is my absolute favorite color, however, as of late, I’ve been loving this turquoise color in a lot of my designs. It just looks so trendy and works with so many different color combos.

Well said, Katrina from BygoneAllure! I have more greens and blues in my personal fabric stash than any other color. Peacock blue or green attracts me, every time.

“Plume” is one of my fabric offerings that is viewed the most on Etsy:

As a jewelry designer, it’s no surprise that my favorite color is gold. Just the rich tone of gold, 14 karats or not, evokes a sense of elegance and class. That quality is essential to me as a creator of upcycled jewelry because it adds sophistication to an amalgamation of broken pieces.

Below is a great example of how luxurious the color gold is especially when paired with pearls and rhinestones. The Belle Bracelet was made with vintage scraps, but it looks unbelievably chic.

My absolute favorite color has got to be Pink! Pink reminds me of Flamingo’s which makes me think “Fun!” So, for me – Any fabric which involves pink somewhere in it and is fun… Let’s just say that get’s me every time! And if I have to be doing computer work – I might as well have a “Fun” pattern in my Wrist Pillows for Keyboard & Mouse Comfort. I choose to have 2 coordinating patterns with this set, so if your tired with one – Just flip in over or Mix & Match.

Vanilla White is my favorite color because it makes me feel calm and gives me clarity.

Blue, blue, blue. In any shade. Even my house is blue. The ocean is a big part of my life and a big part of my Etsy store.

My favorite color is this stunning sea green. I spent my entire childhood begging my parents to take me to the beach and, on those rare occasions we got to go, I loved the green reflecting off the sea foam. It makes me happy every time I see this color.

Carrie from madcapz says

My favorite color has always been blue but of late I am partial to purple. I find purple to be such a calming yet regal color. I like the softer shades of purple over the darker ones. I used pastel purple in this item:

Ioana from Soutacherie says

I love ALL colours and you can see that throughout the shop. If I were to choose, I’d choose the combination of orange and blue. A bit bold and unusual but very spectacular, cold and warm at the same time, serious and playful.

My favorite color is PINK. It’s soft, it’s feminine and joyful!

Christmas Stockings in any color you want. I do not discriminate with over 50 colors and patterns!

Green is my favorite color and I really like the color combo of my latest bracelet. It doesn’t really match anything I own, but I don’t care!

My favorite color is teal! It tends to appear in a lot of my work, sometimes totally unintentionally. I particularly love the fresh clean combo of teal and white in interior decor!

My favourite colour is teal, its not a colour I have stocked before in my shop but I love this pom pom hat.

The colors of the rainbow have a special meaning for me, every time I see one it’s like a sign from above that everything is going to be allright. My littlest son is undergoing leukemia treatment, and all the knots in my bracelets made during this hard period symbolise a prayer, and the rainbow is the good period that will come after the storm.

Ina from InaSudjana says

Praying for your little one and your family too Andrea – I DO LOVE rainbow myself. It is indeed a sign of hope.

I love my primary colours; blue mainly. But I also love all the red, yellow and green. A rainbow person I am.

My most favorite color is dark purple – the color of royalty. I looked up the significance of the color purple and found that it really did match my personality. It said that the people who like the color purple are sensitive, compassionate, understanding a supportive, peaceful and tranquil, introverted, creative, inspire others with their creative thinking, are intuitive and quite psychic.

I grew out of pink for a while, but now I think it’s safe to say it’s back on top for me! I think, growing up, I was limited in my idea of what you could really do with pink, but the newer trends of pairing shades of pink with shades of grey really inspired me with this piece. I think it softens the harshness pink can have sometimes, while also bringing that fantastic pop of colour that I’ve always loved pink for!

My favorite colors are blends of purples and greens. I look for yarns that allow me to blend these two color…when it works….it like magic…For me, that blend looks like the mountains of southeastern Kentucky where I grew up.

My “favorite” color tends to change with my mood (human mood ring?), but I always seem to come back to purple. I used a lavender shade for this batch of soap to match the scent, but also because I find lavender (both color and flower) soothing.

Love green and red and somehow keep buying beads in those colors. Bright greens and deep greens are tops on my list. Bit I also love black/white/gray combos.

Design’s the Limit from DesignstheLimit says

If clear is a color, it is my favorite. People have always said they can see right through me and I wear my heart on my sleeve. It is never too early to start designing your custom ornaments and we proudly offer Christmas ornaments year round!

Dina StyleKnits from DinaStyleKnits say

 my favorite color is pink. It’s a color of love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic. I used pink yarn in my knitting very often.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I reckon the winners were purple, blue and pink!!

Be sure to check out these great stores for some wonderful Christmas in July specials and start your Christmas shopping early!

My favorite color is green but I noticed that there is a lot of blues in my shop. Not to mention my shop name is Gigi’s Blue Rose. Well, this is a lovely blanket I made with turquoise. I just might have to change my favorite color. But honestly, I think calming colors are my favorite, colors that remind me of flowers, the ocean, sand, the sky, trees, etc. and this blanket is full of flowers with a hint of bright (like the sun).

My favourite colour… hmm… I like green, but even more I love BLUE! It’s the colour of the sky, it has hundreds of shades and it’s the colour of labradorite “flame”, which is absolutely amazing! That’s why I love using labradorites in my works!

I Love all shades of blue but especially the blues of the ocean. Water has always inspired me and I am drawn to it for its restorative powers and sense of peace and beauty. Water is essential to life.

So, what a fantastic collection of teamies and how colour informs their creativity!! Be sure to visit the stores & take advantage of the Christmas in July sales in their stores!