Holistichem – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Sharon and Lorraine from  Holistichem



1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

We are Sharon and Lorraine Pitman of Holistichem. We are sisters and make our own range of jewellery. We live in Erskine which is just outside Glasgow in Scotland, UK.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

As holistic therapists specialising in wellbeing and with a background in design, we have used our passion for creativity and wellbeing to create a range of wellbeing-inspired jewellery using quality semi-precious gemstones. Having co-founded Holistichem, we launched our Etsy shop in 2014. We are inspired by natural gemstones and their individual colours and incorporate these into our work.

3. What is your creative process?

Our creative process is always influenced by natural semi-precious gemstones. We take inspiration from colours and bead shapes. Our process can vary with each piece we make. Sometimes we will work with the gemstone and create something around its natural beauty. At other times, we may have a specific idea for a style and work around this using different types of beads and colours.


4. Where do your materials come from?

We always ensure that we use authentic semi-precious gemstones in our creations. We source our beads from a reliable supplier based in the UK that sells high-quality semi-precious gemstone beads. Where possible, we also use findings that are lead, nickel and cadium-free.

5. Do you take custom orders?

We are always happy to provide custom orders and enjoy making bespoke pieces of jewellery. We can create custom-made beaded jewellery using a variety of semi-precious gemstones, bead type, sizes and colours. On request, we can provide small-scale wholesale orders and are also able to make party/wedding favours and thank you gifts for wedding party members, etc.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Due to the unique nature of the gemstone beads we use, each jewellery piece is one of a kind. We use quality semi-precious gemstones, which as well as looking lovely, are also thought to have a wellbeing effect. We include a hand-written card with all of our jewellery stating the wellbeing meaning of each stone.

7. What are your social media sites?

Website: www.holistichem.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/holistichem
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/holistichem
Twitter: www.twitter.com/holistichem

Treasury Challenge Winner September – BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Guest Post By Kristy from KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery composed of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine. These are done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those that really enjoy making them.

The Christmas in July  team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

The September winner for our Back To School challenge is Amy Spock  who started BeadsandThreadsbyAmy. Amy enjoys several crafting areas; starting with beading and quilting it has led to a love for creating custom patterns for businesses and individuals. I asked Amy some questions about being on Etsy.

How long have you been creating and what first started your love for beading?

I have been beading for about 12 years now. A friend of mine is a beading fanatic, and put together a kit for me for Christmas several years ago. The kit was for a beaded ornament cover, and I have been making them ever since. I also create jewelry, but I always love those so much that I keep them for myself!


You also do embroidery. What got you started with your love for embroidery?

The embroidery side of Beads and Threads started with quilting. My small machine just wasn’t cutting it, so I started shopping around for a new machine. I got a great deal on a floor model, single needle embroidery machine. I loved it so much, that we ended up investing in a larger machine. Now, we are able to do hats, shirts, towels, bags, and just about anything else you can imagine!


 What do you think is most important for a new business owner to know; something that you wish you had known?

I think the hardest thing for me has been pricing items. I tried formulas and seeking advice from friends who also sell their crafts. At the end of the day, I had to decide for myself what profit margin I am comfortable with while still offering my customers reasonable prices and quality items. I would encourage new sellers to really scrutinize their costs and make sure they pay themselves a decent wage for their work.


 You do custom work also I see. What is the most rewarding thing about this for you?

We love custom orders! We have designed patterns for customers, digitized their business logos, and put together patterns for special occasions. It is so rewarding to work with our customers so closely to help them get exactly what they want.


 If you had to choose just one type of crafting, what do you think it would be?

Actually, if I could choose one type of crafting, it would be knit and crochet. My mother tried to teach me for years, and I have never been coordinated enough to actually do it. I would love to learn how.


What are your social media sites?




#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial For A Shabby Mermaid Bust” – Patricia And Rebecca from northandsouthshabby


Recently I was reviewing my Pinterest repins. A comment made on our vintage jewelry anchor caught my eye; “Beach decor-can’t decide if it’s tacky or cool! Shabby Beach/Coastal Cottage style may not be for everyone, but I love it. If you don’t love it, stop reading right here, because you’ll definitely won’t like this project!

DIY Shabby Mermaid Bust


My mom found this bust at a salvage shop. Pretty, but it sat there for a while before I decided what I wanted to do with it.


Then I thought, how cute would she be if I made her a mermaid?


Materials Used

A bust. This one was found at a salvage shop.

E6000 adhesive (Don’t even try this with another glue. You’ll have wasted a lot of time.)

A small paintbrush.

Judykin’s Diamond Glaze

Various shells, sea glass, coral

Glue gun/glue sticks

Aluminum foil

Tutorial Directions

Start by squeezing a bit of E6000 onto a piece of foil. Just dab a shell into the E6000, really just a little is all it takes. Squeeze a couple of dots of hot glue on top of the E6000. Press to your figurine for a few seconds. The E6000 forms the permanent bond, the hot glue forms the “fast bond”. Alone, the silicone based E6000 will slide around, but not when topped with the hot glue. Really, try it!

I started my figurine with one of my leftover Vintage Jewelry Starfish from my Christmas sale, and worked my way around her head. I realize not everyone has previously made Vintage Jewelry Starfish lying around, but get creative. An old brooch would look great, or a starfish covered in glass glitter.. or just leave it out. I like that it creates a unique focal point.


Add, layer, fill in the spots…


I added Limpet Shells at the bottom to create a “Mermaid Scale” look..



Next. You’ll have spider web strands of glue everywhere..anyone that’s ever used a glue gun knows what a pain they are! But did you know if you hit it with a blow dryer, pouf! They’re gone!


Lastly, add Judykin’s Diamond Glaze. I love this product so much! It’s a very thin, very clear(non-yellowing) adhesive/top coat. It just kind of insures it’ll all stay together. Drip some out of the bottle, and spread out with the paintbrush. Work in small areas, letting dry in between.



And she’s done! Just love how she came out! Now – to sell, or keep?


Thanks for looking and happy crafting! -Rebecca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthandSouthShabby

Twitter: twitter.com/noandsoshabby

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nandsshabby

Website: www.northandsouthshabby.com

Blog: vintagekeywest.wordpress.com

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – madcapz

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpMarket – Carrie from madcapz



1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop name is Madcapz. Madcapz are unique because they aren’t your normal sports or corporate logo’d baseball cap!

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in NY and UT and have to say my inspiration comes from both places – one busy, crazy, hectic and one serene and calm. Both affect me and how I do business.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

LOVE being my own boss and making my own decisions – good and bad! And having my time be my own – although it’s always on the business!

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Toss up between two: 1) seeing one of my Madcapz featured in O Magazine as a featured pink product, and 2) being on the Katie Couric show as a woman entrepreneur.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

Would love to see every woman wearing a Madcapz!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Madcapzfans

Instagram: www.instagram.madcapz

Twitter: twitter.com/madcapz

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/madcapz

Website: www.madcapz.net

#CIJArtGallery – modernimpressionist

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual Art Gallery – Christine from modernimpressionist

1. What is your work of art?

My work of art is an acrylic on acid free 9×12 inch paper titled Figurative Seascape.



2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

I love the Jersey shore and have taken lots of photos at all times of year of the beach. I was inspired from this summer photo with the colorful figures enjoying the summer day.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

Modern Impressionism– a combination of recognizable forms blended with some abstract qualities.

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Acrylic and oils are my favorite mediums. I also like to make collages from torn papers and canvases that are already painted and add more paint on top of that.

5. What fascinates you?

I am fascinated that an everyday object can become a piece of art and the endless ways different artists can interpret it through their mediums.

6. What are your social media sites?

Website: www.christineparkerart.com
Blog: christineparkerartblog.com
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/cmpArtist