Summer 2015 Trend: Personalization

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 – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

During the #CIJParty 2015 I introduced you to the Summer 2015 Trends. Over the next few days I would like to share the CIJ team member trends in more detail!

The fifth summer trend we’re going to explore is Personalization. This article is inspired by the Trend Watch Summer 2015 on the Etsy blog.

rina from RinartsAtelier says:

Last year I met an artisan bookbinder who had a hot foil press she worked with to press names and symbols in the linen of the books she made.  She printed these hearts on leather for me.

I was so enthusiastic about the results, I bought a letter-press myself, and now I can do it myself. This is one of my first personalized items, but there are many to come!

I am experimenting with personalizing some of my items on Etsy.
I wrote about my experiences on my blog:
www.rinarts.nl/blog/personalizing-handmade-items

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

Michele from chelkay says:

I have designed several personalized pieces with a vintage, antique, retro style appearance. The characters have an imperfect rubber stamp like appearance from the days of old which matches the sepia antique color of the font.

The custom lettering is ‘fused’ to the glass at a high temperature of over 1200 degrees.

chelkay

chelkay

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

I love to make custom things to support cancer awareness – I am a 4 year survivor of lung cancer – and I love to offer as many different charms/customized colors, and more! I try to keep costs down on anything related to these type of listings also, as it is my way of giving something back.

I just got started with personalizing and you will see added personalization available very soon – especially with anything cancer related, awareness in general, or inspirational.

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

A good luck charm pendant that has a birthstone option for personalization. Make a wish!

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Rasa Nenart from Toyfifi says:

Big bear with big heart is so so cute! At least a lot of people say so! I hope it is true.

This bear was born in my drawing.

Firstly it was without heart and with no name on it, but I had another toy which was holding a heart in his hands, but still it had just a heart, but no name on it. One day a custom order came which said:

“I just love this bear, but I need a name on it, maybe it could be in a heart like another toy has?”

It was amazing Idea. I just loved final image of it.

Toyfifi

Toyfifi

Chinook Design from Customquiltsbyeva says:

I can personalize any item from my shop for you.

The owl pillows have the requested name on the tummy usually.
I can also embroider a name onto the quilt.

I wrote about how I create the owl pillows in my blog a little while ago. It’s not a full step by step blog, just some thoughts.
chinookdesign.blogspot.hu/2015_02_01_archive.html

Customquiltsbyeva

Customquiltsbyeva

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s one sweet felt name banner I made for my little girl.

Whilst her diet is mainly veggies and fruits as these are what we eat at home, she is our lollipop in the house. She’s bubbly, cheery and she talks non stop – well, most of the time!

And of course she loves her ice cream!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

I have been quilting for a long time, only last winter I decided to quilt this Christmas Stockings using the English Paper Pieced Technique, I fell in love with them immediately! These Christmas Stockings are to last forever so I thought that to personalized them would be a good idea. And here they are!

Quilterbell

Quilterbell

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

We offer custom embroidery on just about anything imaginable-even our customer’s own items. We created this one for a prize for a kid’s fishing tournament. We sponsor one of a very few High School Fishing Clubs in a high school in Colorado (Cyclone Anglers). We decided to list this item as a fund-raiser for our club, as we frequently take kids fishing for fun and for competition. We have taken kids to local events, state events, and to events as far away as Arizona and Arkansas.

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

We love vintage Monogrammed or Initialed Handkerchiefs! Wonderful wedding gifts as well as re purposing into an ingenious craft!

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Edita Mel from MONOFACES says:

We love dogs. And I believe we share this love with millions of people.

This is a personalized baby bodysuit we made for the human brother of Labrador Lilly. When baby arrives, we don’t want dogs to be forgotten! People send us photos and we create graphic image of the dog. We print them on ethnically sourced garments and use eco-friendly inks.

MONOFACES

MONOFACES

Jaclyn Machowicz from JacolinisCeramics says:

“Lets Eat” Turkey has always been a big hit at craft fairs! I tend to get orders on him to personalize the writing in his belly with the family’s last name or another Thanksgiving saying. It’s a great centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or a gift to bring the host/hostesses of your Thanksgiving dinner.

JacolinisCeramics

JacolinisCeramics

Design’s the Limit from DesignstheLimit says:

We specialize in personalized! With our inspired design listings customers can request any ideas they have in mind and even send us a picture of the photograph they want to frame. We create a custom design just for them.

A customer recently sent us a picture of her two boys dressed up like pirates and we created a pirate themed picture frame which we will be adding to our shop soon. Let us know if you need a personalized frame to display your picture perfect moments.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Inga from FaufulisFashion says:

Personalized button for a baby! This greeting card can be personalized with the baby’s name or birth date on the front of button! Write in the card a greeting, a wish or a poem, sign it and enjoy the pleasure of presentation!

FaufulisFashion

FaufulisFashion

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I created this bag tag as a thank you for my daughters 3rd birthday, and once I decided that I was going to create my first line of tags and cards to sell here, these were an obvious choice to include. I think having personalized tags on a party bag adds that extra personal touch, which people connect with.

ColourscapeStudios

ColourscapeStudios

Pauls and Daiga from ThreadandPaintStudio says:

This is the first personalized item from the personalized painting series, other items are coming soon. I love to make my customers happy and in the same time create something which is different, not the same like thousands of other copies, that’s why I love to also personalize my items, than I can imagine how would the new owner of the painting look like, it helps to also make the creation more intimate.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

As a former teacher, I know they are ALWAYS prepping for school, so even though school’s out, our personalized Welcome signs might be of interest. This Welcome Kindergarten printable sign is designed to be very simple so everyone can read and recognize it, parents, teachers and our youngest learners alike!

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Amanda Jaeger from AlphabetArtPrints says:

Everything in my shop is pretty much personalized/customized, and I love it! This in particular is one of my favorites. When my babies were born, one of my favorite things to do was to make sure they had something specific to them and their story for their rooms. I’d like to share this concept with my baby themed alphabet. Anyone can personalize any alphabet to read whatever they would like, but the baby themed alphabet is fun to write out baby’s name and include their birth date and measurements. So sweet!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Beth Stephens from BethStephensArt says:

Santa Bearing Gifts was painted by Beth Stephens and is offered as a personalized art print. We can add 6 or more names on the blank gift tags. You can add your children, pets, parents, friends, etc. We also can fill in the bottom three gift tags with words too.

Each print is printed on archival linen paper and is matted with a white, acid-free mat. The matted print is protected with a white foam core backing and sealed with a clear wrap bag.

BethStephensArt

BethStephensArt

If you are on Pinterest here is the Summer 2015 Trends board!

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

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June – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Amanda Jaeger from AlphabetArtPrints:

Kiss The Cook…even when the food is sub par, because being in the kitchen is hard!

I love creating alphabets from familiar items. This particular alphabet was created using items in my very own kitchen. This is one of my favorites I’ve done because the black and white kitchen themed photos can seriously go with pretty much any decor. “Kiss the Cook” speaks to me as I love being able to cook for my family, but darn it, sometimes getting a good meal on the table is just plain hard!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Katie from KLStudioArt:

I actually painted this piece in a class that was for enjoying a glass of wine while painting a specific piece of artwork. I decided to deviate from the painting that the class was doing and got caught up in this magical world I had begun creating. It was so fun and inspiring to be able to start this painting the same as many other people in this class, and then turn it into something different, new and beautiful!

KLStudioArt

KLStudioArt

Beth Stephens from BethStephensArt:

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not… was inspired by childhood memories picking daisy petals. I painted this with gouache and a little imagination.

BethStephensArt

BethStephensArt

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

New minimalist black and red cards in the shop.

I have but one request: KISS ME NOW

So romantic and fun! A card filled with passion. I had fun gathering inspiration from my husband.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Cindy from GraceNotesbyCindy:

Red geraniums are my favorite summer flower. I always have several pots of them on my porch. I love using this rubber stamp to make cards and coloring the design with watercolor pens.

GraceNotesbyCindy

GraceNotesbyCindy

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese:

This is my newest listing. It is a handmade butterfly card for the ladies! It can be used for various occasions such as a birthday card, a thank you card, a get well soon card or a thinking of you card! I love using stickers on cards, especially butterfly ones. I particularly liked using this butterfly sticker as it is 3D and the butterfly is raised.

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23:

I recently added decorative notebooks in my shop. I was at a birthday party and someone was writing down the gifts for thank you notes later, I thought it would be nice to have already decorated notebook for a bridal shower for the maid of honor to use to write down the gifts.

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection:

This is one of my newest items. I’ve loved wishing on dandelion seeds since I was very little and wanted to make a good luck pendant to share. The birthstone charm is an added touch of personalization.

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads:

After surviving Lung Cancer, my priorities have changed. I am sadly aware of the need for research for cancers, and the one that reaches the deepest in my heart is childrens’ cancer – so I try to raise awareness, give a message of faith and hope, and maybe a smile. (I do any color).

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

lefrenchgem from lefrenchgem:

Inspired by the myriad of blues that I see in the oceans where I live in Florida and France. I wanted an elegant looking ear wire to showcase these brilliant Swarovski crystals, so I created an original Le French Gem design. I imagine my customers wearing them as they browse the seaside shops and feel amazing when they wear them out to dinner with friends and loved ones.

lefrenchgem

lefrenchgem

Linda Baze from GirlieGals:

These bright red, yellow, green and orange lampwork beads remind me of the swirling and twirling mexican style skirts at Fiesta’s and celebrations. Fun and colorful with lots of motion.

GirlieGals

GirlieGals

Kaycee from ParadiseJewelryofCP:

This is one of my newest items. Need help getting your little one ready to celebrate America’s Birthday! I have many great items in my shop!

ParadiseJewelryofCP

ParadiseJewelryofCP

be Woolen from beWoolen:

I found this red super soft merino wool yarn last week and as I touched it I knew I had to knit something loose and warm, easy to wear.

beWoolen

beWoolen

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns:

I was inspired to make this out of love for the free spirit in each of us!
Pink is the most attracting of all the colors. Pink attracts attention and interest and allows the viewer of the color to feel warmth and comfort. Because of this,potential lovers will feel comfortable and confident enough to approach you and will not fear refusal. Wear these feathers in pink if you want to attract a potential love partner. Or just wear it when you are in need of de-stressing and are seeking calm.
Pink, along with the colour green, is linked with the Heart Chakra, and concerns higher consciousness and love. The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds.
Pink promotes a feeling of gentle warmth and nurturing. It lessens feelings of anger and irritability, surrounding us with a sense of love and protection. It also helps with feelings of loneliness, unhappiness, over sensitivity, and vulnerability.
Purple or violet assists those who seek the meaning of life and spiritual fulfillment – it expands our awareness, connecting us to a higher consciousness. For this reason it is associated with transformation of the soul and the philosophers of the world are often attracted to it.In the meaning of colors, purple and violet represent the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. They inspire and enhance psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Juliette A-B. from LeTanuki:

When New Year comes in Japan, you see everywhere bouquets and pictures of pine, bamboo and plum blossoms. Those are 3 auspicious plantswhich bring hope and good luck. Nowadays, those “3 friends of winter” are also seen during weddings or graduations – they truly are of good omen!

LeTanuki

LeTanuki

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage:

Just listed a very cute little girl in blue with a jug!
Part of a larger collection I inherited. I love these collectible pieces but now I have so many.
This is a Zsolnay piece Made in Hungary in the 40-50s.
Just reminds me of summer somehow.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

I saw this fabric and just love owl items, so it ties in well with the other ones I have.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

I listed this new item, because it is so natural, I love the color and presents my shop for this affection for the nature. It remembers me of peaches, summer and long evenings outside in the nature!

KarlasWoodDreams

KarlasWoodDreams

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts:

Just listed! I wanted to add some sunshine to my garden and the medallion reminded me of a sunny sunflower and I knew I had to add it to my bird house and while it was drying in the sun the birds were checking it out.

Corkycrafts

Corkycrafts

Susan Burton from SusieBDesigns:

I have a tremendous love for the beauty of nature and am especially drawn to the beach and the sea. I have collected seashells for years and so decided to incorporate them into my craft. My hope is that my Seashell Pillows will instill a sense of peace and beauty and become a treasured addition in the home.

SusieBDesigns

SusieBDesigns

Ana Rabiller from Quilterbell:

This is my new listing, I am just falling in love with charcoal colour at the moment, I just love the way allow colours to pop. Warning: you might see quite a few of this colour in my shop for the next few months!

Quilterbell

Quilterbell

Welcome New Team Members – May 2015

Contributor post by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

Wow, May has been a busy month with lots of new members joining the team – welcome!!

Read on to meet new members and learn a little about them and their shops!

Ildi from PitzicatVintage lives in Budapest Hungary but is returning to Canada next year.

Ildi has two shops – Pitzicat Vintage and Tulip Vintage, both born out of love.

Pitzicat Vintage is a shop selling vintage clothing and accessories and came into existence partially due to Ildi’s hoarding and partially due to her love of vintage clothing. She loves the styles from the 70s and these are the styles she likes to wear.

Tulip Vintage came about as Ildi fell in love with Hungarian embroideries. Her passion is going to the antique markets in the different small villages and finding beautiful old pillowcases or tablecloths. The antique and clothing markets have started for the summer season and so every weekend she will be on the prowl.
Ildi is very happy with her shops, and is looking forward to participating in the CIJ team activities.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

 

The owner of TheFormaClay has been working with arts since very she was little but has chosen different paths along the way. Cooking is one of them. Besides that, she has always been involved with art, and decided to start her shop last year. She usually works with clay, polymer clay and natural cork or any other material that amazes her. She is glad to be part of the team and is still getting to know the threads and the members. So far, she has seen a lot of talented people, and hopes we can help each other and increase our shops sales.

TheFormaClay

TheFormaClay

 

Carmen from Mipezluna says

“Hi, I have just joined the team some days ago.
I am happy because it seems very interesting. I still have a lot of reading threads pending…

My shop has all the things I love to make. Clothes for babies and girls, bags for me, nightgowns, amigurumi…
What I would like to incorporate next is cloths for boys. I have a boy and a girl and sometimes it is difficult to find nice clothing for him.
Also I would like to start making dolls.

I would love if you came to visit my shop.

Here you can find some samples, I hope you like them.

Mipezluna

Mipezluna

 

Von from PlanetVonnychops began her shop as a spin off from her hobby (cross stitch). She started making her own designs evolving from messing with leftover buttons. And the jewellery she sell is the result of her struggling to find earrings she can actually wear (having ridiculously sensitive ears).

PlanetVonnychops

PlanetVonnychops

 

Living in the Pine Tree State, Maine and working mostly with pine wood, it was logical for Jacinthe to call her shop ” ThePineTreeShop“.

Last October she opened her shop in hope to support her local Volunteer Fire Dept. During the first 6 months, I donated over $750.00 toward the purchase of a Fire/Rescue ATV. Now she is helping the Good Shepherd Food Bank feed Maine hungry children.

She is not sure what her next cause will be but is grateful to all the customers who have made her dream a success.

ThePineTreeShop

ThePineTreeShop

 

Leda from TinyFeltHeart is from Italy and opened her shop last December, but has been working on it intensely this last month. Her passion – as the title suggests – is Felt. Leda loves reading and most of her creations are bookmarks and gadgets linked to the world of books.

This Tiny Owl on the Moon is an example!

TinyFeltHeart

TinyFeltHeart

 

Jaclyn from JacolinisCeramics has only recently opened her new Etsy shop this month! Her shop features home decor pieces for holidays and every day living. Jaclyn was inspired to open her shop by her mom who is a wonderful ceramic arts teacher. She is hoping to make her first sale with one of her garden pieces this month.

JacolinisCeramics

JacolinisCeramics

 

Donna from SassyScrapsCrafts has been on Etsy a little over a year and makes greeting cards, gift tags, altered items and more.

Donna loves working with paper and all the wonderful things you can create with this material. Her motto is love what you do.

SassyScrapsCrafts

SassyScrapsCrafts

 

Staci from StinsonPaperCrafts says “Hello everyone! I’m glad to be here. I make journals, notebooks, note cards, gift tags, decorative magnets, and bookmarks. I’ve always loved paper and will be learning to make my own in the near future. In addition to selling here on Etsy, I also sell at craft shows and farmers markets (along with plants and concrete and hypertufa pots and leaf castings). Am looking forward to participating!”

StinsonPaperCrafts

StinsonPaperCrafts

 

Aphrodite is from Greece and views her shop as a great way to relieve stress while creating beautiful things for the whole world to see. Her shop, LuckyRatJewellery, is almost 2 years old and Aphrodite loves making jewellery.

LuckyRatJewellery

LuckyRatJewellery

 

Kristina, from FeltingLT, is a feltmaker. She started working with the wool felting process in 2008. Kristina loves felting not only because you can make practical, warm and quite often ethereal things, but also because it is a “fantasy field” made of threads, fabrics, decorative fibers. She sees felt also like a canvas for her drawings.

Kristina says “All sorts of images of flora and fauna are born with the help of colored wool. I use a handmade felt cloth or the whole product as a base for embroidery. I love to embroider floral motifs and patterns with animals. Therefore, felting is never boring. As a result working with felt is always interesting and is never predictable. When felting, I often feel myself as a sculptor. It is as if out of nothing you create something unusual and unique.”

FeltingLT

FeltingLT

 

Ana from Quilterbell lives in Ireland and I have opened her Etsy shop last year. She is a passionate quilter who loves to play with colour and fabric and designs.

Quilterbell

Quilterbell

 

Jessie is a a pre-service teacher and University student from the beautiful island state of Tasmania, Australia. When not designing, studying, or being swarmed by Primary Schoolers, she works on her epic novel saga!

Jessie says “In my shop, MaeveAndMarigold, I create unique printable downloads meant to become special additions to homes, dorms, studies, nurseries, and classrooms everywhere. I take the utmost pride in each and every design, and I love working on custom orders to create something particularly special just for you!”

MaeveAndMarigold

MaeveAndMarigold

 

Juliette is a new Etsy seller (though on Etsy buyer for years now). She has worked for years in Paris for Fashion and Home decor brands and is now happily living in the French Alps with her husband.

Juliette started her shop, LeTanuki, with Japan-inspired arts printed on scarves and pouches, which she hopes we will all like  and I’m sure we will!

LeTanuki

LeTanuki

 

What a busy month – bring on June new members!!