International Internet Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Where would we be without the internet? It’s so useful and handy to be a “click away” from whatever you need to accomplish. We want to celebrate this day by asking all of you to tell us about any memorable moments online.

Alicia from AliciasFindings says I love to read and was excited when I found kindle online. I do like the feel and smell of a real book,but its just as much fun to read online. You can find all the same genres you love to read, but no need to go to the library or bookstore (if you don’t want to).

Night Before Christmas Book earrings

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said my favorite thing on the internet is the NORAD Santa Tracker…it is so much fun for me, even as an adult. I really feel like I need to go to bed before Santa hits my country.

Leisure Arts Santa’s Great Book Counted Cross Stitch

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we have combined our efforts to combat the single use disposable bottle by purchasing a personalized travel mug with the battle for the internet and joined Etsy in advocating for Net Neutrality with our Net Neutrality Personalized Travel Mugs. Stay hydrated, social justice warriors, we need you now more than ever!

Etsy sellers support the basic principle of net neutrality and have voiced our opinion that the internet should be safeguarded. We encourage policymakers to adopt clear rules that allow any business, including micro-entrepreneurs, to compete on an even playing field online.

From Etsy: “The Internet is built on the principle of openness. For the price of an Internet connection, anyone can spread new ideas or start a business — even spark a new industry. It is this democratic access that makes the Internet so revolutionary. It is what allows Etsy sellers to compete with much bigger and more established brands. It is what allowed Etsy to grow from a tiny company in a Brooklyn apartment to a global platform that hosts over one million sellers worldwide.” Learn more at www.etsy.com/advocacy/net-neutrality

Net Neutrality Stainless steel travel mug

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says for me, the internet is where I found my husband! If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be where I am today and most likely would be known as someone else. Thank goodness though that I got to experience that 20 years ago instead of in today’s time when everyone has to be so careful on the internet!

So, in celebration, let’s toast another 20 years of true love!

Beaded wine glass heart charms

zizzybob from zizzybob said I joined several social media sites, back when I started my Etsy shop, in hopes of using them for self promotion. I read an article about Pinterest that said you should post some personal things not just items from your shop, to try to engage your audience. I created a board showing some of my favorite pictures from my family’s annual Disney vacation. One of my favorites is this one of my granddaughter,

This one pin went viral. It ended up on many, many websites in all sorts of languages with tons of likes and comments. Disney world was also thrilled and ended up giving us free passes.

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Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Contributor  Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

A holiday always observed on January 31st of each year, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is set aside for us to explore our own feelings, and how art of any medium affects our heart-strings – and heart.

Art of all types is embraced and appreciated for a variety of reasons – the beauty, the message, the technique – what does your heart tell you?

According to the website set aside for this day, “Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that move us to tears or cause us to burst out in joyous laughter remain with us for a life time. Whether we are touched through music or see into an artist soul through their work, art has the power to change us, to inspire our hearts.”

The day encourages all of us to get Inspired about art while exploring the many genres of art that inspire us individually. How will you celebrate this day – Perhaps by a visit to an art gallery, reading a good book, music appreciation, Ballet and theatrical arts, starting that masterpiece you’ve been putting off – or what we do everyday – Share our art with others here on Etsy?

Looking forward to your thoughts and comments.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

I will probably celebrate this day with a good novel followed by – ideally – an art house film…. and these can only be enjoyed with a good handmade cup filled with quality fair trade coffee or tea!
Coffee Cup Soup Mug Ceramic Handmade Pottery Matte Black Neutral Tones Tea or Hot Chocolate Cup with Generous Handle by Dawn Whitehand

Coffee Cup Soup Mug

I definitely will be reading a good book – which could be one of the many beautiful coffee table books I have on my favorite artists! I am continually inspired by great artists use of color, and strive to use color well in my enamel work. This brooch was inspired by a photo of an artist friend of mine!

Stormy day brooch, champleve enamel, sterling silver, fine silver, kiln fired enamel, seaside bay, stormy sky, tropical, ooak, handmade

Stormy Day Brooch

Well, this day happens to be our wedding anniversary, so I like to make a hand-made card for my husband. This card is fitting in so many ways. Mixed-media hand cut candles and flames add warmth to a dark winter day. This signifies the steadfast light and love in our marriage. Making a wish and blowing out the candles so many years ago has produced my dream come true.

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Romantic Candle Card

I will make a trip to my local art museum. I love wandering around the contemporary art section; it’s such a constant source of inspiration. Hopefully, some of that inspiration will then be funneled into some new work of my own.

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Mixed Media Art

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Before tv, internet, cell phones and Twitter, people used to fill their evenings with mixed arts such music, painting, writing, or sewing – these were the Arts. This gorgeous hand embroidered double hearts pillowcase is a fine example of an art that is often overlooked today. We love to surround ourselves, and our shop, in these beautiful hand crafted linens.
Vintage Embroidered Pillowcase - Single - Pink Daisy Hearts - Love Valentines Day Sweethearts - Vintage Bedding Sheets Linens - Collectible

Vintage Embroidered Pillow case

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Hello friends, thank you for your submissions. Love all the creative and artful ideas to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

I am inspired everyday by the colors of my palette and will most likely enjoy this day by painting an artistic owl.

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Wooden Owl Paper Towel Holder

Thank you all this time around! Please watch for more #EtsyCIJ threads to share you thoughts and items.

Hobby Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

January is Hobby Month, which is a great time to teach a class, get together with others to craft or even learn a new one!

Here at CIJ we want to know about your hobby. What about it satisfies you? When did you first start doing it? Anything else you want to tell us about it?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says well, way back years ago, pottery was my hobby… I got into it as “time out” from young kids (who are now adults) and over time it has – gratefully – developed into a profession.
As a professional, not only do I make and sell on Etsy, I also exhibit and teach classes and workshops in my studio – so I am very fortunate!!
And it is fantastic to think that I make home decor items that people can use and engage with everyday – it is a great feeling.

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Ceramic oval speckled blue bowl

Mi H from MCART30 discusses that I would say I love working with paper and beads. I’ve always been making greeting card for friends on their birthday. I started beading couple years ago and can never stop!
I’m very excited to start my shop this year and work on things I love to do. No more 9-5 office job, yay!

Easter gift tags

Easter gift tags

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said as a creator I love to make jewellery and over time this ‘hobby’ has developed into selling my jewellery and, now, also selling jewellery and craft supplies. A lot of the supplies I sell are manufactured, but some I also make myself such as these organic polymer marbled beads.

 

Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says my hobby (and current profession) is supporting my talented jewelry designer daughter. In the process, I’ve followed in her footsteps and now I’m in love with gemstones and jewelry-making too. She’s still the one with all the talent, though. Here’s one of her creations featured in our shop.

Turquoise bead necklace

Turquoise bead necklace

Diana from joliefemmebydiana states that I love embroidery! I started teaching myself from kits at age 10 and now I draw my own designs and add them to my products when I can. I have also taught beginning embroidery at my local quilt shop to both adults and kids and it’s so fun to share! Embroidery is soothing and engrossing and a great hobby for me!

Mini hand embroidered tote

Mini hand embroidered tote

Alicia from AliciasFindings said that I have quite a few hobbies and most of them are craft related. My jewelry started out as a hobby, with me getting together with friends to create. I sell online and at craft shows. I also love to read, loom knit, color and so much more.

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam discusses that her hobby is reading. She especially loves the movie Titanic
since it makes you feel very emotional. What a tragedy, such a beautiful ship and people-such a sad history.

Titanic hardcover book

Titanic hardcover book