Items Of The Week: Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium


Must Haves

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Oh I love that! I have to have it! I think we’ve all said that at one time or another.

Perhaps it was finding something in a department store. Maybe even at a craft fair! Wherever it may have been, I asked our team members what they were passionate about in their shop. The following items are a representation of what they love.

Karen Hafel from TimeTalentJewels says:

When browsing in my shop there are oodles of must haves but to me there is one that stands out the most and that is the “Lucky Strike Orange Wool Felted Clutch Handbag.” I find this little handbag to be so exquisite, knowing all the time it takes just to make one. This one especially has all the detail of the fine beading that not all my other purses have received.

What is most fun about this little handbag is the compliments you will receive and the people will wonder where did you get that. And you will just carry it with pride knowing you have that one of a kind and no other like it! That is what I like most about my little shop and my items that I make! Enjoy!

Wool Felted Clutch Handbag

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

One of the items that I believe is a must-have is a zipper purse for small things. How many of you ladies have tried to find something in your bag without success. Lipsticks, credit cards, coins, earphones and other stuff wondering around and making a big mess in your bag. What a nightmare! Now, this purse is a lovely solution for that mess. It will help you to keep your bag nice and tidy, therefore is a must have for sure.

Bicycle Makeup Bag

Richard and Tatiana from  DesignstheLimit says:

Just SHUT UP & TAKE MY MONEY is the response every seller wants to hear when making a pitch and we have a number of items which we will be listing throughout the year to make you say just that. We specialize in creating top shelf bar ware including deep sand carved decanters which never fail to amaze our customers and their gift recipients.

Choose any design in our portfolio, select any font we have available, or commission an inspired design for any occasion, destination, or celebration. We never include an invoice and offer additional gift services including gift wrap and elegant gift cards for shipping direct.

Bar Ware Decanter

Mairi from mairidesign says:

Everyone ‘Must Have’ beer! For those of us who love a refreshing glass of amber nectar while relaxing with friends and chatting about the week’s goings on, this is the most perfect catcher of the sun to behold. And it won’t add an extra bulge to your beer belly! Go on, you know must have it.

Beer Stained Glass Home Decor

StockLaneStudio from StockLaneStudio says:

So easy to print out yourself and keep on hand for whenever and wherever you need it, our PRINTABLE quiet sign is simple for it says it all. Customers love this sign for quick baby shower signs or cards for new moms, quiet signs for spas and boutiques or even digital announcements. Perfect teen room or dorm room door signs!

Printable Quiet Sign

Items Of The Week: Traveling In Style

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Little Boy Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Little Boy Blue.

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Little Boy Blue

With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.

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Little Boy Blue

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Little Boy Blue! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I love shades of blue. I wanted to put together a set of digital paper with blues and greens because I love love love the way they go together. Hence, this set:


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Strong, bright and energizing, Pantone’s ‘Little Boy Blue’ is definitely not just for little boys! We used a blue sky background for our funny, quirky quote art to evoke a positive vibe. This affordable printable word art makes a great addition to dorm rooms or first apartments, but since it’s digital, you can also send it as a cute text or email addition to artist friends or lovers. What color are you feeling today?


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love painting on glass. I also love taking something vintage and adding my personal touch to that item. Here is an example…vintage little boy blue mugs with hand painted floral accents. I also love having something unique as a decor accent in my home. Here’s yours…


Mairi from mairidesign says:

The Little Boy Blue hues in these sky coloured beads are definitely singing out for the season’s promise of new longer days that are fast approaching. I’m ready for spring, are you?


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

The beaded bracelet is made with aquamarine chip beads and golden Czech glass beads. The aquamarine stones are the color of the blue sky and is the birthstone for March. This blue is also one of Pantone’s colors of the year, Little Boy Blue.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Blue is one of my favorite colors, in case you couldn’t tell by some of my shop branding! This one-of-a-kind sun visor clip was inspired by my blue car and love for bling. I am a firm believer in “bling” everywhere.

The concept of this item is simple and fun. I chose the ohm symbol because that is associated with stress relief and peacefulness. Sometimes you need that while driving! Or, at least I do!


Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This ribbon is in the Little Boy Blue color. Great to add that wonderful Blue touch to many crafting projects or to add this fun blue to your package when gift giving. Will add a special touch to so many things.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Little Boy Blue board!

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

Leader Spotlight: StockLaneStudio

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders are an integral part of our success! Get to know leader Mary from StockLaneStudio today!


Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I have been heavily influenced by the artists in my family. The poets, writers, potters, painters, dancers and musicians from my past have made a mark on my creative process. I am also a bit of a vagabond, and my husband and I have passed that trait on to our daughters. We consider it remarkable when we have lived in one city for more than 4 years.

I am the ‘mother’ of the mother-daughter team that is Stock Lane Studio. Our cards and prints are partly inspired by the roles we play in our day-today lives. My days as a teacher and worn out young mother needing sleep prompted me to design our ‘quiet’ signs My daughters are older now and soon both will be off in college so we have affordable and inspiring word and photo art that make great dorm and apartment decor. One of my daughters is the artist behind our quirky cards and some watercolor art. All three of us are inspired by our travels, which has resulted in great photography and photo cards.

What is your favorite leadership quote?

One of my favorite authors, Maya Angelou is the source for these 2 quotes that I think relate to the creative souls selling on Etsy:

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
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“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

What leader in your life has most influenced you?

Two leaders have really made an impression on me are my mother and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Both women have shown me the importance of a good education, how to listen and think and then choose my words wisely, how to admit to your mistakes and learn from them and to constantly strive to improve the lives of those around me.

What is your greatest leadership skill and how did you attain it?

•Organization: A a single working mother of 7, my mother was super organized and I’ve carried that with me into adulthood, in parenting my own children and with my business. I am still no where near as organized as my mom though and have not yet reached her advanced level of labeling and ordering everything.

•Communication: In a past life I used to be a pretty decent teacher. Throughout the years I have taught a variety of subjects to a variety of age level and nationalities. This has really helped me learn how to communicate.

What leadership skill do you want to achieve and how will you attain it?

 I hope to develop greater personal and business confidence and improve my ability to work well with others by interacting with and working with #EtsyCIJ team members. I’m a mild introvert and I like to accomplish things on my own, but a leader doesn’t do everything on her own. I hope to improve my cooperative skills and learn to work better with others (ha!). Leaders need to be able to listen to others, communicate and delegate effectively and have the confidence to implement the right decisions on behalf of the team.

What are your social media sites?

You can find SLS on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @ stocklanestudio!


How To Relax After A Long Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Who doesn’t love to relax after a long day at work, school,etc? Not only is it nice to slow down and relax, but it has many health benefits as well. Relaxing helps slow heart rate, maintains normal blood sugar levels, reducing chronic pain and muscle tension and so much more.

There are so many ways to relax. Some include yoga, meditation, music, arts, crafts and so much more.

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says many people go fishing to relax… to just sit in the quite of nature is very relaxing to many.

Here are my fish buttons…


Set of 2 fish buttons

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said here in Florida, many people like to visit the beach to relax. Walking on the beach, listening to the waves, watching the birds fly in and out, collecting shells and sea glass, and watching the crabs come in and out of their hole are just a few of the relaxing things to do on the beach. A beach is a great place to just go to, sit, and think in such a peaceful atmosphere. I’ll bet many problems are being solved on the beach…


Vintage wire seashell basket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I’m sensing a nature theme here. My number one way to relax is to go for a long hike or walk. Getting my heart racing, strengthening my muscles, breathing in fresh air and letting my thoughts wander away from the fast-paced world and end up in a calm place where I can appreciate all the planet has to offer.


Printable travel art

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says relaxation is very important. There are many ways to regenerate the body and soul. There is currently a Zen-style interior trend that promotes body and mind harmony.

I have to offer large original paintings of earth and sky tones, inspired by nature. This painting is an affirmation of life and my vision of connecting with the world of plants and animals. I gave it the title “Forest Spirit” and it reminds me of old beliefs and rituals. People have always believed that nature has the power to heal and science now confirms this knowledge. This painting creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Very well suited to the interior in the Zen style.

In my shop, there are also large pastel paintings that bring nature. I also paint for orders. Just let me know.

Abstract oil painting

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said many people, myself included, love paper crafting – scrapbooking, card making, decoupage. When I have that down time to make something with paper, it really helps me let go of the stress and be just happy.

Pastel digital scrapbooking papers

Cerena from CerenaLevene states many folks enjoy camping among a natural setting to relax. For me a good set of cozy pajamas is quite enough ~ a bib would come in handy too for sad movie tears! Or for a catch all and mouth wipe after pizza.

Flannel pants and bib set

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says relaxation is very important for our overall mental awareness and well-being. I have been using candles as a method for relaxation over the years and recently started learning about the benefits of essential oils. Incorporating essential oils like 100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil has been shown to drive away anxious thoughts and promote positivity!

Lemongrass essential oil soy candle

Marta from GottliebTextiles said there is nothing more relaxing than a nice afternoon nap. Your sofa should be not only cozy but also stylish. Here is a nice set of two cushion covers to brighten up your relax zone.

Elephant cushion cover set

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states many people like to read to relax! Here’s a perfect metal bookmark designed just for that purpose! Created with a soft pink bead and a floral focal point hinting of a nice summer day, it doesn’t get much more relaxing than this!

Pink bead and flower accent bookmark

Meadowlark – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Meadowlark.

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The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Meadowlark! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

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First of all, Meadowlark is a beautiful spring bird, Its beautiful sunny yellow color is full of joy. This color announces that soon will be more light, warmth, and fun. I am waiting for spring and that’s why I have this spring bird here. In my shop, you will also find a painted clock, pastel drawings and other items with this motif.


Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Spring flowers give me this very special feeling. We have long winters here in North and the coltsfoots are the early flowers. They stand out very bright in the last years grey grass and give a hope that the proper spring will start soon.

This painting was done with watercolor at the early spring last year. We have snow outside the window and I am so waiting to see these precious little flowers soon again!


Aska Marzec from PaintingsGallery says:

Hi, my name is Aska and this is a limited edition print of 75. It is a print on canvas of my original painting entitled Lismore Lighthouse. The inspiration for this print was to try and capture dramatic sky during one of many Caledonian ferry crossing from Oban to the Isle of Mull- Scottish Island of the west coast of Scotland. Loving the colours and the game of light and shadows.


Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

The inspiration! The art for this printable lined / unlined stationery set actually is from an earlier set of little notecards I created. I love flowers and ladybugs, and I always loved the way the mini printable notecards turned out, and I got good feedback on them, and even used them myself on occasion. Could be end of story, but recently I got to thinking of other ways to use the same little art pieces. So, here it is as a set of letter size printable stationery.

Meadowlark Printable Stationery

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Who can resists this bright and sunny color? My mother used to have this phrase pinned to her refrigerator when we were growing up. She was just a cornucopia of wise words.

This sunny meadowlark yellow card is just perfect for someone needing motivation or a recent grad making his or her way in the world.


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

We Are Family, Dream, Imagine, Believe Framed Affirmation Wall Art is a great example of Meadowlark Yellow. We all need to be reminded that family is so important in our life. Family always has your back and are there through the good and bad to support you when you most need the support. It is also a reminder to Dream, Imagine, and Believe. This is one of my favorite affirmation wall art that is handmade by me!


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

This meadowlark yellow garment clip makes loose clothes such dresses, shirts, light jackets, and even shawls fit better. It also adds a touch of class to the outfit! This particular one has a bright yellow color that just can’t help but brighten a mood too.


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Czech glass beads in tones of blue, meadowlark yellow, cornflower blue, sunflower and silver, strung on steel memory wire. The yellow adds a pop of color to the bracelet and the blue goes great with jeans. It’s time to start wearing some spring colors to get us in the mood for warmer weather!


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

This necklace is a sure sign of spring with the colors of Meadlowlark Yellow Aqua, Coral and Chartreuse. As I enjoy working with color, one color may POP out more than all the rest. Don’t you just love the new colors of the season, I do! They are so refreshing!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Meadowlark board!

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