Of The Moment Wedding Trends

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Over the years,months and weeks different wedding trends emerge.
Wedding dresses with puffy sleeves, candy bars, photo booths, birdcage veils and so much more…

Some of the Fall’s Wedding Trends are plum and burgundy as color choices, clean textured cakes with few tiers, personalized signage of all kinds, wild-looking fresh bouquets, creative food and drink stations, metallics, elements of hometown,romantic touches, custom monograms and cool fonts, DIY touches, epic action shots and so much more…

Here at CIJ we want to know what do you have that is a wedding trend of the moment?

Valerie Brown  from FirepanJewellery says this dainty pearl necklace is right on trend, with burgundy pearls! It would make nice accent for the bride, or be the perfect finishing touch for the bridesmaids outfits. It is also perfect as a gift for the Mother of the Bride or Groom.

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Dainty marsala freshwater pearl necklace, wedding jewellery

 

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said vintage theme weddings are always in fashion!

We love the spunky haircut and pensive expression on this Honeycomb Bride Centerpiece made in Japan.

Bride and Groom Wedding Centerpiece-Vintage 50's

Bride and Groom Wedding Centerpiece-Vintage 50’s

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states our shop sells a variety of romantic cards for proposals, newlyweds, anniversaries and ‘just because I love you’. I do personalize a some of them. We also have printed and printable car signs and even decor that brings a laugh or just shows how much two people love one another. These signs can be personalized which makes them very popular.

Bride to Be Printed wedding sign

Bride to Be Printed wedding sign

 

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says my shop sells wine cork kissing balls which is also a great floral alternative and its small enough that children can carry it plus it can be a lasting memento from the big day. Its’ versatile I’ve had clients use them as a substitute for mistletoe at Christmas time. It’s one of my main stay one of a kind items in my shop. I do personalize by coordinating flower girls dress color with ribbon upon request.

Wine cork kissing ball

Wine cork kissing ball

 

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry said this is a lovely vintage Goebel Artis Orbis Masters Collection lidded small trinket dish with a lovely couple dancing at their wedding on it!

It is from a painting originally done by A. Renoir called Danse En Ville!

The classic and traditional colors and style will go with any wedding style! The vintage box is perfect for a vintage style wedding!

Black and white are always in and it has a touch of dark green and a mauve pink too!

It’s a very romantic piece with 24K gold gilt paint around the edges!

It can be used to hold the bride’s wedding rings or an engagement ring for the proposal!

Wedding couple vintage trinket box

Wedding couple vintage trinket box

 

Melissa R from missy69 states I truly love being creative. I have recently taught myself to wood burn. This is one of my favorite items I have done so far. This is a wedding keepsake, card or gift box. It can all be to store a family Bible or other heirloom. I hand drew the roses, and ribbons onto the box, then wood burned them with my tool. Rustic, wood and natural items are all the rage right now. This can be stained and personalized. Check it out!

Wedding gift card/keepsake wooden box

Wedding gift card/keepsake wooden box

 

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls discusses vintage embroidered items is trending now in the wedding scene. We love the detailed work that has gone into this set of His & Hers pilllowcases! Beautiful embroidery meant to last a lifetime!

Vintage His and Hers Pillowcases

Vintage His and Hers Pillowcases

 

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said by far the most popular line I have within my Wedding range are these personalized tags, which customers have used for their invites, their wedding favors and as decorative touches on candle jars on the guests tables. I love that by customizing the names and date that my customers are getting a one of a kind touch to their special day.

Personalized Wedding Favor Tags

Personalized Wedding Favor Tags

Play It By Ear

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Earrings are such a fun way to dress up any outfit! You can have so many styles-stud, dangle, drop, chandelier, threader and so many more.

Here at Christmas in July we want you to show us one of your earrings and tell us a bit about the type of earring, what makes it special and so on.

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I make earrings from a variety of materials, but one of my favorites is using enamel to give a pop of color! I do traditional kiln fired enameling, which is using a (very) hot kiln to fuse powdered glass onto metal. One of the fun aspects of this technique, for me, is that you can’t control the process completely. All sorts of wonderful surprises come out of the kiln! These earrings are part of my “Colors of white” line. Of course, white light is made up of many different colors, so there are many to choose from!

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Colors of white Enamel earrings

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said one of my favorite pairs of earrings, purchased years ago before I ever dreamed of making jewelry were made from shells. I found them while on vacation in Mexico on Isla Mujeres, an island off the Yucatán Peninsula coast. It is the memory of these long-lost earrings that inspires my shell earring designs.

One of my initial goals for my jewelry was to work with unique materials. Given the unique nature of the patterns and color variations in shells no two earrings are identical which I think is part of their charm. The shells sway gracefully and make a sweet sound that is so faint only the wearer gets to hear its whisper.

These coral and white shell earrings are a combination of several different shell varieties. Nautilus cone shells in a coral spotted pattern, peachy conical top shells, white natural Nassau shells and small strawberry conch shell rounds create a lovely coral and peachy-white palate.

I hand tie the seashells that I use to make my shell earrings to waxed Irish linen thread in an array of colors. For these earrings I chose a dark rust color to create a contrast to the lighter coral, peach and white colors in the shells. Each shell is spaced expressly to mirror the opposite earring.

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Coral and white shell earrings

Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGiftsO states one of my favourite earrings are made by resin. Each earring I make with resin is different but these have beautiful purple glitter in them for extra sparkle, especially in day light. There are four shapes to choose from, flowers, circles, square and love heart.
Each earring can have a different meaning to the wearer. With the glitter although great for the day they can also be incorporated into night wear.
The other special thing about these earring are you don’t just have to have purple, you can choose from a range of different colored glitters to make it even more personal.

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Purple glitter resin earrings

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals discusses that she  loves dangle earrings. I guess it’s because my hair is long and I must have something of substance or you can’t see them. These unique earrings from my shop combine two of my favorite colors, turquoise and golden tones. Tiny cathedral windows with a verdigris wash, feather charms (another favorite), and small brass and gemstone beads.

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Cathedral window earrings

Melissa R from missy69 says I don’t make a ton of earrings, but I have been trying to convince myself to do more. I am a ring, and bracelet kind of girl, but all the ladies know earrings make your outfit. I love dangle earrings, the most. Flirty, fun, and feminine is what I call dangles. This pair was made with neutral colors for Fall outfits. Perfect for professional wear, or a fun night out.

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Brown and white glass dangle earrings

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint states I like to make fun novelty earrings, so they are often a mixture of Lego bricks, games pieces and other bits and pieces.
These are made from Lego plates and vintage buttons to give a slight retro look.

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Button and plate dangle earrings, upcycled lego part earrings

Pam Maggio from PamPawsJewelry says these earrings are in a rose color which is trending this year.

They are made from Rose Quartz and Rhodochrosite semi-precious gemstone beads and all Sterling Silver.

They are fancy so would be great for evenings out, festivals, weddings, or as shower or bridal gifts!

The cute flower ear wires give them a Woodland or Boho touch!

Pink and Rose fancy Drop Earrings

Pink and Rose fancy Drop Earrings

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs states I adore these beautiful clear rhinestone clip on earrings from the 1950’s. These sparkly little crescents have an Art Deco feel, and would add a bit of vintage bling to any outfit!

Vintage Gold and Rhinestone crescent shaped clip on earrings

Vintage Gold and Rhinestone crescent-shaped clip on earrings

What One Tip Do You Have For Those Starting An Online Business?

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

We asked our CIJ ‘veterans’ to share their most important advice for starting a new online business — to help out anyone who’s just getting started. Here’s what they said.

Well, I am certainly still learning, but I see improvements and more sales in my shop every day, so I will add something that has helped me along the way (just one??!!):
Have a good and creative VOCABULARY.
With an online business, getting found in the great wide web is essential, and great SEO is key. Once you have a product that people want to buy, you have to bring them to your shop. Use key words that shoppers use.

Sometimes that means thinking like a shopper, not an artist. For example, for paintings or fine art photography, save an artistic title for the listing description and use descriptors, style and shopping terms for the titles and tags. My carousel photograph reminds me of my childhood, so I could title it: Return to childhood. I would use that in a gallery show or as part of the photograph signature. But that title is too abstract so I would not put that in the title or tags because most people don’t use ‘return’ to search for fine art photography or carousels. Instead I try to think like a buyer: Who wants the photo and what would they use it for? I had one shopper comment that they found one photograph by searching for ‘picture’ instead of using ‘photography’ or photo.

I like to use phrases that combine highly used words with words specific to the listings. Designers and new parents, for example, would search for ‘nursery decor’ or apartment decor’, 2 highly used phrases. But then using ‘red nursery decor’ or ‘girls boys nursery decor’ would increase my chances of getting found.

I like to use EtsyRank (etsyrank.com) to get keyword help (use the KEYWORD TOOL)
The site has a list of the most popular colors at the moment COLOR TREND). (the word ‘gold’ is clearly the most searched color word according to EtsyRank with 6 million+). I would use ‘red’ as a key title and tag word because that has 2+ million searches). Then I would also add more specific terms like the specific location of the carousel .
I would also use the synonyms for carousel like merry-go-round or merrygoround.

 

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Carousel photograph, Red nursery decor, carnival ride picture, Paris France merry-go-round photo, apartment dorm art, children’s kids room

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Cynthia from StraylightVintage said:

The number one tip I would say is to do your best to give excellent customer service.

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Aubrey Campie from Videnda says

 My number one tip is to treat it as you would a regular 9-5 job. Put in the hours, but don’t over do it. Have goals in mind and have a friend, spouse, etc. keep you accountable to that goal. Working for yourself, by yourself, in your own home can be a big challenge, but once you have a work routine and goals set in mind, you will see the results start coming in.
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Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said:
My biggest tip would be to set time boundaries early. Having an internet business means that you will be accessible to people all over the world, at any given time of the day. For the most part people are patient and understand that life goes on outside of your business. But there are a few people out there that try to monopolize your time.

Be nice, be bold, be brave! And let the fun begin!

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ChristmasInJuly Opal Ring size 7 Stacking Stackable Sterling Silver 925 5mm Australian Doublet Rainbow Handmade Lisajoy Sachs

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Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals said:

My one tip… 
Create a Business Plan – jotting it all down on paper makes it real – stick to the plan and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. As a part of this be sure to create a list of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and with a Timeline). Refer back to these goals and be sure to pat yourself on the back as you achieve them. Remember to set the bar high – you’ll be surprised how high you can jump.

Oh and one more… believe in yourself.

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Large Wall Clock, Bicycle Wheel Clock, Bike Wheel Clock, Bicycle Clock, Bike Wall Clock, Unique Wall Clock, Gifts for Cyclists, Gift for Him

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Diana Voisin from GalleryTwelve said:

My biggest tip is something that was learned after taking a business class.

When creating your items and starting a business, look at the market and see what’s already out there and ask yourself “what can I make that is (somewhat) unique?”

The reason why I recommend you ask this question is because I didn’t and it cost me time and money to figure out what I wanted to sell on Etsy.

When I first started out, I wanted to make wine charms. While I was able to make some cute sets, I really had no plan on how to SELL those wine charms.

They were not unique in any way. I didn’t make the charms myself, everything was bought and assembled, which means that my wine charms, while cute, were not really breaking through an already saturated market.

Then I moved on to jewelry. Again, an already saturated market on Etsy meant that I was going to have to really come up with something spectacular in order to get some sales. And while I did manage to get an item sold here and there, nothing about my jewelry was interesting and creative enough to devote my entire shop to. It is something that took a long time to admit was a failure and that’s okay.

What I realized is that I was chasing my tail, essentially, by making products that were just like everyone else. It wasn’t until I started incorporating graphic design and eventually moving over to mostly digital design and art that I really found success in selling things that were TRULY my own.

It all took a simple question from my business professor that changed everything. When I explained my business plan of selling generic crafts on Etsy, she turned to me, without hesitation and said, “wine charms are a pretty common item that you can find just about everywhere. So why would I buy wine charms from you?”

I didn’t have an answer.

Unless you can answer that question, keep working and you will find your niche. Everyone has the space on Etsy to be creative as you want to be, it’s just a matter of finding that one thing that you excel at above the rest.

While I’m not a great artist, it is nice finding success at selling things that are definitely more my style.

Good luck and don’t worry! It’s rough but it all comes together with time and experience.

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Space Needle Seattle Art Poster Print Iconic Simple Giclee Large Wall Art Print Home Room Décor

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Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said:

My tip is ~ Be flexible!

When I first started I was listing old books without covers and adding lace or ribbon ~ it wasn’t an original idea , but I was selling them and they were so pretty and I took pride in each set. Well, there is so much of that here now, its hard to stand out !

Then I had a request for the books to have COLOR ~ I was flexible and have developed my own way of painting and distressing them instead ~ Sure, those are being duplicated by others now too .

BUT, it just means I need to once again , be flexible and change things up !

Always be willing to evolve and push past the comfort zone of what you know and HAVE FUN!

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Fantasy Wedding, Baby Shower, Repurpose Book, Pastel Wedding, Fairy Tale Wedding, Bookshelf Decor, Centerpiece, Pastel Party, Tea Party

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Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry said:

I have learned that a good work, life, and creativity balance is important. Keeping things in perspective keeps you from getting frustrated, LOL!

Promoting , etc. can take up a lot of time and if you allow it to, take away from what you enjoy doing if you make handmade items!

Taking good, clear photos so customers can really get a look at your items and what they might buy is important!

I see a lot of fuzzy, far away, small, and fake looking photos on Etsy. I will still buy something that I like but others might not.

I think it’s OK to have some color and something pretty in the background to offset the item and make your shop interesting to shop in for customers is good too.

If, for instance, I walk into a store and it’s all white and boring I would probably not want to stay as long and look around!

Some items need white backgrounds but it’s OK to be creative and have fun with photos!

I recently ordered some natural shampoos, lotions, etc. from a teamie and really enjoyed her shop as she has her products in settings that remind you of a lovely spa rather than just plain bottles against a white background!

Being friendly and having great customer service is really key too! Thanking customers and letting them know shipping details, etc. and that you acknowledge that they have ordered from you.

And, tags and titles are important for you to be found. First 4 tags should reflect what is in title.

The first phrase is important and should be simply what the item is such as a red ball, not cute or vintage, or on sale red ball. Then after you can say something like red ball with fringe or Smith’s vintage fringed red ball, etc.

People tend to search for simply what an item is.

Make your shop more interesting by filling it all out such as photos, icons, policies, about, and a bit about yourself and what you do!

Hope some of this helps!

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Tan Carved Bone Butterfly Bracelet Aqua Terra Jasper Yellow Citrine and Pearl Hand Made Beaded Gemstone Bohemian Style Jewelry Gift For Her

Kelly from ColourcapeStudios says:

The one tip I would give is to be proud of what you’re making and stand behind it! If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, then nobody else will. Last year I took a leap of faith and starting creating gift tags and mini greeting cards after 3 years of working on typography prints and photography, and now they are my best-selling section.

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Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart states:

My tip is follow your heart if you love what your creating others will also.

I love doing custom designs and my shop is like no other on Etsy. My door decor is unique and one of kind designs.

Each one will be your alone even if I paint a 100 of the same design it will be a bit different from the one before it.

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Easter Cross door hanger

Thanks so much to all who contributed!

Until Next Time,

Sheila