Women And Jewelry Go Hand In Hand

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Jewelry and Women are just two of many categories you can search on Etsy to find that perfect item you cannot live without! Christmas in July team has outdone themselves with these spectacular and shiny finds! Whether your taste is vintage,boho,avant garde or classic…take a trip with me.

I am sure most of us have that one item that just makes our jaws drop to the floor in awe and wonder. It must be mine!

Rachel Palmer of 910woolgathering says:

This one of a kind shawl was made from hand dyed wool. I dyed it using natural golden rod flowers for the yellow. I then hand spun it into yarn and wove it on a triangle loom.

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Shannon of SimplyTwitterpated let me know:

I make ecofriendly jewelry from fallen trees or recycled lumber. A fallen cedar branch in my yard got a new life when I created these wood slice stud earrings. They include the live edge, giving them a very natural look!

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Patti of CrochetGiftsnThings said:

This is the reason I opened a shop on Etsy in the 1st place. I was low on money one Christmas so I made a pair for everyone in my family and they were a big hit. They are my best seller!!

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msmadmax of madmaxshop explained:

Throughout the decades, New York City has been a melting pot of exceptional style and unique outfits. As a result, it has become one of the ultimate resources for the finest in vintage fashion and accessories. This enchanting button front lace teddy by FORMFIT was an original 5th Avenue showroom sample.

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Nancy of jaysboutiquecrochet told me:

Basically half of my shop is targeted towards women (and the other half towards babies, so check out my “Women’s Slippers” section to see them all. Also, some gift sets for new moms that includes Mother/Daughter crochet slippers. Wonderful stocking stuffers or gifts for any time of the year!

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Nicki of OodlesofBling says:

My shop is dedicated to women… probably 98% of my listings are for women.  In the Victorian era, women made jewelry for themselves from shells and paper. There are some very intricate designs still around today.

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Amanda Sagarin of eclecticnesting stated:

It’s very hard to sell handmade jewelry here on Etsy because of all the wonderful selections folks have to choose from. I have a passion for making handmade earrings (I have many pairs I’ve made for myself and it brightens my day to wear them!) and would be so grateful and thrilled if a pair spoke to someone as a treat for themselves or a present….

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios shows me:

What women are made of!

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Laura of PLANETDIGS2 shows me:

My fav boho, hippie vibe bracelet brings back memories of always being a gypsy for Halloween! I’ve don’e other similar bracelets. There must be many ‘gypsy at heart’ people like me.

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Veddma of veddma tells me:

My love and I traveled across Ireland for our honeymoon. Embedded in a castle wall, at the Bunratty Castle, we discovered a black figure of a woman, opening herself up to the universe. We have learned that this figure is a Celtic fertility symbol, Sheela-na-gig, and her images are often found in the castles all over Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England.

Just over a year later, I got pregnant with my first baby. I looked for images of Sheela-na-gig to make myself an amulet. She was the representation of female power, openness, fertility, freedom, and bounty of the universe to me. I drew her and made collages for my birth, and then I have found a lovely pewter charm design. This is how my Sheela-na-gig necklaces were born. Her image filled me with strength and helped me focus to bring my baby into being.

The necklace below is bright green, inspired by the green fields of Ireland that brought this wonderful symbol into my life.

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Amy Spock of BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

As a plus size woman, I know how difficult it is for us to find larger bracelets that are fashionable and timeless. So, I set about creating this cuff. It fits a larger wrist beautifully, and looks great with blue jeans or evening gowns!

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Betty Travell of Lady Snooks explains:

An Ammonite is a creature that lived in the seas between 240 – 65 million years ago and are now extinct. Fossils have always fascinated me, but this one was unusual. I had never seen an ammonite where the bottom portion is a deep red like this. The rest of the fossil is the usual shades of brown and rust.
I wanted to make it special, so I added some very small tourmaline beads along the one edge. I feel this makes it stand out.

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Candy frizzell of TrueEarthDesigns states:

I love working with gemstones. I started around 8 years ago making jewelry. I now search for unique, patterns, character stones for my pieces. Like today, I received my order of gemstones and started putting colors and designs together. Beautiful Tigers Eye has so much movement (chatoyancy). All I can say is fun. Here are some of my newest design sets.

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I hope you enjoyed this stroll and found something you must have,whether it be for you or someone else!

Treasury Challenge Winner January – ColourscapeStudios

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The ChristmasInJuly team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The winner for January is Adam and Kelly of ColourscapeStudios!

Kelly and Adam are very into photography, illustrations and typography.

How did your shop come to be?

I opened Colourscape back in 2010 when we kept getting requests from people to purchase our photography when we posted it on Flickr.
We opened Colourscape Prints as our second store in late 2012 after having looked for Australian typography stores and didn’t find anyone doing the style we’d wanted.

Chrysanthemum Flower Art Print By ColourscapeStudios

Chrysanthemum Flower Art Print By ColourscapeStudios

What was it about photography and typography that inspired? did one build off the other one?

Photography is something I loved from afar for many years, and it wasn’t until I met Adam that the interest really sparked for me. He’d been shooting for years and it’s actually how we met (on a US based online art community site many many years ago). I love it, the way it makes you open your eyes to things people walk past everyday and take no notice of. I’m so much more aware of my surrounds than I ever was in life before photography.

The typography side came up as we noticed a big gap in the Australian market after looking around for a few prints to brighten up our home and we thought we could fill it. Adam’s knowledge of Illustrator through his work as an Industrial Designer helped us decide to go for it. Typography Design is so much more than just typing in a few words on a page, and it really is a craft all of it’s own. It’s not dis-similar to photography in some ways, when you get down to technical things like leading lines and focal points and the like.

I wondered if they enter their works into craft fairs or at markets?

I was doing several markets last year, but to get Adam’s business off the ground I’ve wound right back until he’s finished his course. Hoping to be back at my regular handmade market by mid year though as I miss the lovely fellow stallholders!

Beach Photography By ColourscapeStudios

Beach Photography By ColourscapeStudios

What inspires you to create?

Besides the gorgeous beach, we literally use the whole world as inspiration. For photography, I love using it to inspire people to get out and explore their world. To look a little harder and closer at things and see them in their best light! For our typography work we believe honesty and positivity are the best route through life, and we’ve had a world of negative to fight through in the last few years so it’s been a good way of reminding ourselves that it *will* get better eventually, we just have to keep moving forward!

Where do you create your illustrations and more?

Well for the photography it’s all outdoors. We don’t set up things in a studio… we love that our photography differs to most in that it has feeling and movement to it!
For our typography, it’s all created from initial concepts to finished design in the corner of our lounge room where the computer is set up, sometimes sketched into our trusted notepad, but mainly all done on the computer. We have a big cork-board inspiration board above us, and our printer sits right next to us so it’s a one stop work station!

Typography Print By ColourscapeStudios

Typography Print By ColourscapeStudios

Adam and Kelly make amazing works of art that inspire.

I say get yourself feeling good,while browsing their shop!