Pink Lavender – 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 Pink Lavender.

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Pink Lavender
Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.

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

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

This beautiful Scandinavian style rag rug is made by my mom. She doesn’t have an Etsy shop so I dared to add this fantastic handmade item to my textile shop hoping that it will be noticed by someone who appreciates one of a kind craft work and is in a need of a country style rag rug in trendy colors. I will be delighted if this fantastic lavender/pink/purple carpet finds its new home.


Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

When the spring comes I always want to work with pink and pastel colors. This original pink lavender macaroons drawing in soft and romantic shades will be a perfect addition to a kitchen interior.


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

I was inspired when I found these beads because the color was so different and the beads were so yummy. Pink Lavender is a lovely name for a beautiful bracelet, don’t you think?


Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

I wanted to make a pair of long earrings that combined my ‘pink lavender’ jasper square beads with crystals and pearls. The range of color and sparkle made me think of my grandmother’s beds of blooming flowers in the early morning dew.


Mairi from mairidesign says:

Pink Lavender is just the shade I’ve been looking for to describe the glass used for this pendant – otherwise, it’s dusky pinkish purplish with wispy cotton-candy-floss white.

Memories of that childhood treat inspired this pendant but sticky fingers are not a problem when you wear this necklace to the funfair or carnival.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Owls are very trending items. I think most of us know someone who loves owls in some form or another! Pair the popularity of the owl with a trending Pantone color of the year and you have an excellent gift idea! This adorable owl scarf slide can be worn all year long too!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Pink Lavender board!

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


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

Leader Spotlight: timetalentjewels

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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


Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I reside in Springfield, Illinois where I grew up. Today I am retired, married and a grandmother. I love color and my shop presents it in the things I made whether it is jewelry or knitting items. I have been knitting since I was a little girl and jewelry came along around the time I set up my Etsy shop back in 2012. At that time I was doing Kumihimo, we have now gone to other things which are of more interest.

What is your favorite leadership quote?

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
Leo Buscaglia

What leader in your life has most influenced you?

My leader/leaders that have most influenced me would be my parents. They always emphasized to get out and work hard and to do your very best and that is what I try to do, my very best. And if I didn’t get it I would have to figure it out.

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

Well, I have been on Boards before as a Secretary taking notes. It is a great skill to pay close attention and catch everything they are saying and come back next week and read the minutes. I was told I took excellent minutes. So I guess that would be my skill.

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

 On this team it would have to be the Blog as I am very unfamiliar with a Blog. That would be the leadership skill I would have the most challenge with, I believe.

What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.timetalentjewels
Twitter: www.twiter.timetalentjewel

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!

Complementing Colors That Also Contrast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green. These create a high contrast, so they are used when you want something to stand out. Artists are known to use these colors in their artwork to allow something to “pop” or “stand out” in whatever they are creating. One color will often be used as a background color while the other color will be used for accents.

Here are some wonderful items from team members of the Etsy Christmas in July team who have used this concept to create some beautiful items on display in their shops. Be sure to check them out and witness some talent in action!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Red Longhaired Dachshund on a dark green background. This cute dog is similar to a small fox. To paint him very realistic I put it on a dark green background. The strong contrast makes it very realistic and the whole composition is in autumn colors. You can choose the color of the frame, but I prefer gold because it slightly neutralizes the contrast and adds warm colors.


Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I designed this cross body bag around a piece of Japanese fabric featuring cranes. I love the contrast of green treetops against the red background and of course the metallic gold for a bit of bling. Definitely a stand out color combination!


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  says:

Blue and Gold – cool and warm, complimentary and contrasting.

This is all reflected in our Best Friends Card: Soul Sisters. Perfect for your childhood best friend, graduation buddies, or members of a bridal shower.


Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The contrasting colors in this Harris tweed tea cozy make it really eye-catching. Many traditional tartans use red and green, but I think this twist to brick and turquoise is rather unusual.



Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Bright pink has a fantastic contrast on a black background.


Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

Here you will see the contrasting decorative stitch in a golden yellow upon a terrific purple flannel backing of this baby bib set.

The yellow and purple are repeated in the painted Easter egg fabric. The contrasting yellow verses violet (and orange verses blue ) add to the excitement of the holiday! Feed your little golden egg with less mess and more style.


Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

I chose these contrasting colors when creating the label so that when you need light during an emergency situation, you can easily find this candle! This candle provides light and is very lite!


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Chunky jewel tones gemstone necklace in tones of blue, amber, bronze, brown, turquoise and gold. The gemstones included are African turquoise, amber, natural blue aquaterra jasper beads with a mixture of a fabulous blue and a sparkling gold quartz, red agate, pietersite and brown mookaite jasper.


Cristal Hughes from DesignsByCristal says:

Purple and gold are the colors of my favorite school. To me these colors represent strength, spirit and excellence. Purple is also so regal!


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

It is interesting to me how the orange will stand out differently with the shades of deep purples and then with the shades of teal greens. This makes a cool wool felted hot pad how it all came together after knitting and felting. Color is so fascinating, don’t you think?


Ultra Violet – Pantone Color Of The Year 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2018 PANTONE Color of the Year is Ultra Violet!

Pantone shares:

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

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

1. Ultra Violet Sunset Print by Aska Marzec from PaintingsGallery 

2. Ultra Violet Fantasy Illustration by Przemila K from CanisArtStudio 

3. Ultra Violet Digital Paper by Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital

4. Ultra Violet Basket by Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset

5. Ultra Violet Hand Knitted Headband by Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels

6. Ultra Violet Dog Bandana by Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal

7. Ultra Violet Cosmetic Purse by Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles

Here are a few Ultra Violet items from the Etsy Christmas In July team on Pinterest!

Are you a member of the Etsy Christmas In July team? Do you have Ultra Violet items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the #EtsyCIJ forums to participate!

Cozy Accessories

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Accessories are items that you can add to a wardrobe or to a room. During fall and winter, I tend to think of cozy items to add to my wardrobe.

What cozy accessories do you have for your wardrobe or household? Please tell us all about your item, how it can be used and so forth.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states there is nothing cozier than a hand knitted pair of socks made just for you from someone that loves and cares about you.

Knitting patterns for socks

Karen from timetalentjewels said everyone is looking for that nice warm scarf in the winter time and here is the one that will do it! Very stylish and yet warm! Beautiful colors too!

Women’s ruffled scarf

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states when you hear the word accessory, do you automatically think of jewelry or something to add to clothing? You can now change that!

There is nothing more cozy in the fall and winter months than either sitting by a crackling fire in a fire place or having a dim candle burning in a room. In fact, candles can be used all year long! Think about those candle light dinner dates for example! This adorable leopard print heart shaped candle accessory is a necklace specifically designed to fit around a large jar candle. It’s an easy way to make those romantic moments even more memorable!

Candle embellishment

Michael from BurntEarthHorseHair says when I hear accessory around Christmas time I think of ceramic clay luminary bags, horsehair fired that can be used for many purposes. You can put a candle in them, Original purpose, to light the way on Xmas eve, an office desk gift to put on a desk for pens, or with a larger bag in the kitchen to hold utensils or K-cups.

Luminaria clay bags or holders

Ilda from lililapt said there’s nothing like a set of soft, cozy and unique crosstitch bath towels, made of cotton and use them after a deserved hot shower.

That´s the best way to finish your hard and long working day!

Crosstitched bath towel set

Evgeniia from SecretStoneLab states cozy Crystal Mobile from natural wood and genuine gemstone -so warming & healing for house and soul!

Crystal and feather bohemian mobile

Tanya from socksandmittens says we knit these mittens with festive Christmas cheers in mind. They are warm, cozy and red! A perfect gift for a friend or co-worker! 100% merino wool.

100% merino wool knit mitts

Astrid from RedNeedleQuilts said to me, cozy household accessories mean a warm and cozy snuggle quilt. Snuggle up on the couch to keep warm while watching TV, listening to your favorite music, reading a book etc. This quilt is backed with soft flannel. It can also be used as a couch/sofa throw or wall hanging.

Christmas Lap Quilt

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox states always looking for good fabrics I’ve found a fleece fabric, that is extremely soft and cuddly, and ideal for my winter accessories.

One layer of this scarf is a blue sweatshirt with bright stylized reindeer antlers, the second layer is this super soft and warm natural white fleece fabric. The warm and cozy companion, in the cold season.

Infinity scarf cowl

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says being in southern Florida, we can’t get too terribly cozy with out winter attire, but I originally grew up in Texas, where we had a winter to speak of and could pull out our boots, sweaters, and scarves every year much to my excitement! To continue that warm and cozy trend and style in a new climate to me, I decided to go with sari silk (warm but very breathable) and an arm knitting method of production to give that cozy knitted texture with lots of air to keep cooler if needed. This scarf necklace is perfect for warm or cold climates. The silk and airy arm knit structure allow for both breeziness and trapping in warmth.


Knitted statement necklace