New Year – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

A new year is the perfect time to add new arrivals to your Etsy shop! Our customers are looking forward to the upcoming year and we want to give them what they’re looking for. Here are new arrivals from members of the Christmas In July team.

Julie Tarampi from JulemiJewelry says

Here is one of the few new beaded wire chain bracelets that I have launched this year. Although I do not have any autistic family members, I have worked closely with children in speech therapy in the past. During that period, I have learned so much about the disability and how speech therapy helps the children communicate. I had chosen pretty multi-colored tourmaline for the multi functional therapies that help autistic children.

Autism Beaded Bracelet From JulemiJewelry

Autism Beaded Bracelet From JulemiJewelry

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

There is one of my newest listings. I started to knit headbands for me and my daughter this winter. Everyone loves them because they are soft, warm, stretchy and easy to care for. And Ladies, headbands don’t mess up your hair. I got orders from my neighbors and from complete strangers from my town and now I am selling them in my Etsy shop.

Knitted Brown Headband From Ankleknits

Knitted Brown Headband From Ankleknits

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

Brand new this evening! I created this rainbow print for my daughter’s room, as she is absolutely loving them at the moment! If she could, she’d have rainbows on everything she owns. At the moment her print (and drawing them each day) is keeping her happy.

Rainbow Art Print From ColourscapeStudios

Rainbow Art Print From ColourscapeStudios

Patricia from RitzyandGlitzy says

This is my latest creation. I love anything Southwestern or Native American. I’ve used many different components for this bracelet because I wanted it to be outstanding. This piece is for women and makes a great gift.

Southwestern Triple Strand Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

Southwestern Triple Strand Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

Cindy and Alexis from PlethoraGifts says

I was so excited to find these beads. They remind me of a red velvet dress and I think they are perfect for a romantic candlelight dinner on Valentine’s Day!

Marsala Velvet Earrings From PlethoraGifts

Marsala Velvet Earrings From PlethoraGifts

While creating new bottle tags, a client asked for golden hues so I made these and she said they reminded her of suncatchers so I made more for the shop.

New Arrival Wine Bottle Gift Tag From Corkycrafts

New Arrival Wine Bottle Gift Tag From Corkycrafts

I also am starting my spring line – considering how cold it is in Texas I’m having a touch of cabin fever!

Red Poppy Seeds From Corkycrafts

Red Poppy Seeds From Corkycrafts

Scarlett Valo from ScarlettValo says

Here is one of my latest and favorite necklaces. The idea of this necklace came to me from my love to Shakespeare plays. This one is named “Ophelia’s End” because ever since I found the central brass piece of the pendant I couldn’t stop thinking this looked so much to what poor Ophelia’s body (from Shakespeare’s Hamlet) would have looked like after she drawn, flooding in the water in between flowers and weeds. The materials used are of course brass antiqued findings (different sizes and shapes) all of them in Art Nouveau Style and then I complimented this beautiful old gold metallic tone with colors that reminisce water from a clear creek and droplets reflecting the light of day (light sweet aquamarine and golden crystal drops).

Art Nouveau Necklace From ScarlettValo

Art Nouveau Necklace From ScarlettValo

Nat from TrendyEarth says

This is one of my newest iPhone 6/Samsung Galaxy s4/s5 wool sleeves. The wool sleeves/covers are made from wool sweaters that I purchase from thrift stores and then felted. Many of the sweaters have seen better days, and I’m giving them a new purpose! I love finding sweaters that have nice designs, and really liked this pink argyle design.

iPhone 6 - Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5 - Wool Sleeve From TrendyEarth

iPhone 6 – Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5 – Wool Sleeve From TrendyEarth

Jutta Green from GreenDesignsCS says

I had found some wonderful rough natural citrine nuggets and was dying to use them with one of my others stones. The rough crackle agate seemed a good match, but looked a bit dull. I found some Karen Hill Tribe silver beads in one of the drawers that I loved when I got them but never used in any of my bracelets. The bead gives a good focal point on the opposite side of the bracelet. Sometimes when I use heavy stones they slide on the wrist, this way there is something to look at on the other side.

Crude Black Crackle Agate Bracelet From GreenDesignsCS

Crude Black Crackle Agate Bracelet From GreenDesignsCS

Ramona Friggasdotter from UrdHandicrafts says

Here is my newest bracelet. Not only it is special to me because I planned making a torc like this for a long time, but I also love it because of its materials. It is made by recycling an old, broken vintage bangle, so it is an eco silver piece – it has its own history and was brought back to life in a historical form.

Sterling Silver Forged Torc Bracelet From UrdHandicrafts

Sterling Silver Forged Torc Bracelet From UrdHandicrafts

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Member Feature: RitzyandGlitzy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Patricia of RitzyandGlitzy, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.       

I am a Jersey girl. Actually, a Jersey Grandma, who loves designing and creating jewelry. I have always enjoyed expressing my creative side whether it be through ceramics, needlepoint, cross stitch or jewelry making. I stuck with jewelry since I love it so and opened an Etsy shop to share my creations with others.

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

I opened my business in April of 2013. After working in an office for many years, I felt suppressed. I needed to create and I wanted to have my own business. Where better than Etsy?!

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I am a perfectionist, so every piece I create has to be just right before I ship it to my customer. I like to have something for everyone, so I do have a variety of styles in my shop. I love using genuine gemstones, Swarovski crystals and pearls, silver, gold and sometimes bone, seeds, leather and wood. I love customer orders!RitzyandGlitzy2

What inspires your work?           

When I see beads or gemstones that I love, I just HAVE to make something with them. When I order online, I cannot wait until the beads are delivered. The freedom of owning my own business and being able to create is another big inspiration for me.

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

I would like to include more items for men. I would also like to spend more of my time creating my pieces instead of promoting them. I hope that one day I won’t have to promote much at all and I can spend my time doing what I love.

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

I think the fact that I have a large variety of styles from kids to boho to weddings and so on. I have something for every age group.RitzyandGlitzy3

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

Studio? I wish. I have a small office and I do everything there. I design, create, photograph and promote. Sometimes I use the outdoors for photos. Everything in my office is in order and neatly organized or I’d never find anything.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ritzy-and-Glitzy/124947854382278
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ritzyandglitzy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ritzyandglitzy

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs. buying mass-produced products from box stores?

Oh God, handmade is so much nicer. The designs are original and very well made. Some of the materials used won’t be found in stores.RitzyandGlitzy4

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

Great pictures! I wish I had known how to get those great pics when I first started.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Again, great pictures! Also, the importance of teams and social media.

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

I spend most of my time working, so when I’m not, it’s total chill. It’s the boob tube for me. I love the reality shows and good movie now and then.

What is your favourite quote?        

You teach people how to treat you. – Dr. Phil McGraw

Is there anything else you’d like to share?        

Quitters never win and winners never quit. Hang in there.RitzyandGlitzy5

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

June – Wedding Traditions

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Weddings have evolved over the years,just as the culture has. This year it may be that shabby chic decor is in,but one thing remains the same-Traditions and what remembrances we have of them.

Elizabeth Wellburn of ElizabethLovesGlass says:

The old rhyme is one of my favorites…
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…. and a tuppence in her shoe!”

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Sarah Johnson of  BellaBoutique23  lets me know:

My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary recently. I still look back on our wedding and picture the day as the perfect wedding. My favorite planning of the wedding was picking out the music since music is such a huge part of my life it was so much fun to find unique beautiful music for our special day. I still remember the emotional joy of the music as I walked down the aisle. Although the music was a huge part I think the most precious part of our wedding was at the beginning Aaron and I had both our parents come up as he and I knelt at the alter and the pastor and our parents prayed over us. Having God in the middle of our marriage was what he and I believed would make for a lasting marriage. Headed toward the 11 years and praying many more years to come!

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Megha Silvano of  byTheArtBug says:

One of the Wedding traditions that I love is “Throwing the Bouquet”, where the bride throws the bouquet over her shoulder to a group of single female guests, the one who catches is believed to be the next in line to get married. It is interesting to sometimes see them fight over it.

Well at my wedding I didn’t throw my own bouquet but, I threw a “toss bouquet” that was meant for throwing only.

I researched about it a bit and found an interesting origin of this tradition:
In Medieval times, brides typically were not expected to wear their wedding dress again, so the single women used to tear off the brides dress and collect as good fortune or lucky charm. But as time passed and dresses became more expensive, brides started throwing other inexpensive things like bouquet to keep the tradition going.

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Ingrida of feltinga taught me:

In old times in Lithuania a young lady in order to show that she is great and diligent hostess and will be a perfect wife, had to load full dowry chest with her handmade beauties. The most popular and pure Lithuanian fibers were linen (flax) and wool. So young girls had to spin, weave, crochet, knit, felt linen and wool items and place them into her chest, which was being carried to her and her husband’s house. The amber was most popular and pure Lithuanian gem. Amber jewelry was pride of Lithuanian women and was forwarded from generation to generation. It had a special place in the dowry chest. I think, that the items from my both shops – vintage and handmade – would look nicely in the dowry chest of modern girl too…

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Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyeBird explains:

I would want a non-traditional, exotic wedding – preferably in an exotic locale like Africa! If I could have that, I would want to wear these wonderful beads. Here they are, plus their story.This is a special African wedding necklace called “Don Don Sole”, and the tradition is to present it to Mali brides for their wedding day. Like many African Trade Beads, these multicolored, bulb shaped, glass beads were originally made in Czechoslovakia and later traded to Africa.

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios states:

Our personalised heart print is the only one of it’s kind on Etsy and we get requests often for it to be blown up and used as a guestbook alternative. I love that people can get it signed by all their loved ones and then framed and up on their wall!

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Patricia of RitzyandGlitzy tells me:

One of my customers is getting married in August and requested I make her a pearl necklace with a swallow on it. It came out beautiful! I thought it had a special meaning only to her, but when I looked it up I found out that the swallow symbolizes “hope for a new beginning.” I thought that was such a lovely meaning especially for a bride on her wedding day. So, I decided to add this item to my shop.

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Sophie and Paul Habberjam of TheWitchChandlery discusses:

We are pagan and our wedding ceremonies are called ‘Handfastings’ where the couples hands are symbolically tied together with decorative cords or ribbons. These are then kept safely by the couple to symbolise their union and are only cut if the partnership breaks down. The colour of the cords or ribbons are symbolic too and can be plaited or twisted together and decorated with charms, flowers or other symbols that have meaning to the couple.

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Jean Harbot of LittleMeBling says:

I love watching the little flower girls and ring bearers during the ceremony and while they party it up afterwards!

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Anna White of 2DayIChoose shares:

I paint custom portraits, and get many requests to paint these as wedding and anniversary gifts. Here’s an example of a portrait with a custom background. I’m working on one right now where the background is the lyrics of their wedding song and the portrait is a photo of the couple from their wedding.

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I hope you learned about a new tradition or at least had fun reading these CIJ members stories. Weddings are a wonderful experience, especially the traditions.

Arm Party – June Birthstone Bracelets

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

An arm party is where you wear multiple bracelets on one arm! Start with a statement bracelet and add complimentary bracelets as you go! Here is a collection of fantastic bracelets from the Etsy ChristmasInJuly team that celebrate the June birthstones which are Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone!

 June Birthstone White Freshwater Pearl Silver Turquoise Three Strand Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

June Birthstone White Freshwater Pearl Silver Turquoise Three Strand Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Birthstone Moonstone Menstrual Cycle Tracking Bracelet  From veddma

June Birthstone Moonstone Menstrual Cycle Tracking Bracelet From veddma

June Birthstone  Freshwater Pearls Beaded Watch Bracelet From GemeauxDesigns

June Birthstone Freshwater Pearls Beaded Watch Bracelet From GemeauxDesigns

June Birthstone Moonstone And Indigo Charm Bracelet in Silver From wjoydesigns

June Birthstone Moonstone And Indigo Charm Bracelet in Silver From wjoydesigns

 

June Birthstone Pearl Chunky Bracelet From mscenna

June Birthstone Pearl Chunky Bracelet From mscenna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Birthstone Pearl Felted Balls Bracelet From feltinga

June Birthstone Pearl Felted Balls Bracelet From feltinga

 

 

 

 

Arm Party – April

An arm party is where you wear multiple bracelets on one arm! Start with a statement bracelet and add complimentary bracelets as you go! Here is a collection of fantastic bracelets from the Etsy ChristmasInJuly team that celebrate Spring 2014!

Cross Bracelet From DevineEssence

Cross Bracelet From DevineEssence

 

Desert Sunrise Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Desert Sunrise Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Silver Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

Silver Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

White Beads Rope Bracelet  From RebekeJewelry

White Beads Rope Bracelet From RebekeJewelry

 

Chunky Button Bracelet From mscenna

Chunky Button Bracelet From mscenna

Tiny Beaded Handmade Bracelet  From ApachesWife

Tiny Beaded Handmade Bracelet From ApachesWife

Springtime Peridot and Amethyst Sterling Silver Dangle Bracelet From LadySnooks

Springtime Peridot and Amethyst Sterling Silver Dangle Bracelet From LadySnooks

From InsomniacTreasures

From InsomniacTreasures

Arm Party – November

An arm party is where you wear multiple bracelets on one arm! Start with a statement bracelet and add complimentary bracelets as you go! Here is a collection of fantastic bracelets from the Etsy ChristmasInJuly team that like to party!