#CIJPopUpMarket #3 2017 – timetalentjewels

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 Shop – Karen from timetalentjewels


1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

The name of my shop in “timetalentjewels” and the name was inspired that I had the time, the talent and my creations were my jewels. My inspirations just flow within me as if they were God sent.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

My shop has evolved overtime by hard work and inspiration of learning new techniques. My love of knitting and crocheting throughout the years have helped me in the shop. The Wire Crochet of the beaded Necklaces is very fascinating to me especially when shopping for the gemstones, what a treat! Knitting too has its specialties of hunting for the beautiful wool to make the right pair of hiking socks or knitting the wool hot pads and then felting them several times to get them to their proper shape.

3. What do you love most about your work?

What I love about my work is I can do it whenever I want as I am retired. When the shop needs something I can sit down and go to work on it. I don’t feel rushed. I do it when I feel it needs it. It is my hobby.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I love Country Music – Alan Jackson is my favorite “Livin On Love”, “Remember When”, “Good Time”, “She’s Got the Blues and I’ve Got the Rhythm”, “Jim and Jack and Hank”, Luke Bryan, “Kick Up The Dust” Blake Shelton “Honey Bee”, ”God Gave Me You”, ”The Boy’s Around Here”, George Strait “Amarillo by Morning”, Brad Paisley, “River Bank”, and all the popular ones on the radio. The recent Voice – second winner – Lauren Duski, “Ghost In My House” and “Déjà Vu”. Just too many to list and the list goes on! I never get tired of listening to this music. Just listen to it over and over again!

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I am not much of a reader, I am more of a doer – I like to keep busy! Never could sit down and read.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Timetalentjewels

Instagram: timetalentjewels

Twitter: Karen Hafel

Spring Palette: Colors Of Spring

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

It’s a time people around the globe hold their breath for – in anticipation of the fresh arrival -…… ahhhhh – wonderful beautiful Spring Time., new beginnings, babies being born.. it’s great! And the blooms everywhere are breath taking in central California where we live, the wildflowers and yards all colorful and inviting.

Springtime colors are fantastic – What springtime story do you have to tell, what glorious spring time palette items do you have to share? We want to hear and see them!

Nancy from jaysboutiquecrochet says

Spring is one of my favorite seasons because of its lovely color scheme! Most of my favorite (and best-selling!) products feature a spring color palette, such as these baby slouch boots. Because I knew these would be worn as the weather starts warming up, I made the shaft a bit shorter and the colors a bit brighter and lighter! No better baby shower or new mom gift, am I right?


Baby Spring Ankle Boots

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says

I absolutely love spring – so much so that I got married in spring and just had a spring baby! The colours around this time of year are so pretty from bold and vibrant colours, to more subtle and delicate hues – it’s all so inspiring for my knits! My absolute favourite tree comes into bloom this season too – the Cherry Blossom. It’s beautiful pink shades were the colour inspiration for this lovely and long, pure wool chunky knit scarf, which is handy because if your springtime is anything like ours here in the UK, you may still need some woolly warmers handy!

Pure Wool Scarf

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

We are getting some rain – those lovely April showers that bring May flowers! This is one of my newer paper packs, and I love the colors and the polka dots. I think they would be good for making spring birthday cards, or Easter egg hunt scrapbooking pages.

Digital Paper Pack

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

My favorite time of the year is spring. I love to see the colorful flowers popping out and watch the trees become their vibrant green again. Spring washes away the dark winter colors and brings a fresh new palette that one can’t help but fall in love with and feel a sense of revival. The spring weather also is something I enjoy if it doesn’t bring endless days of rain. It seems warmer than winter but cooler than summer. It’s like a paradise I can get lost in.

Beaded Wine Glass Charms

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

Everyone just loves spring because of the beauty you see each day and yes I must agree it is a beautiful time of year, but it is also a destructive time too. What I enjoy about spring is all the beautiful colors I see each day around my home. This evening while I was out watering the azaleas I managed to enjoy the whiff that I got of the lily of the valley or could it of been the lilacs that were in bloom too? So many beautiful bushes are blooming earlier than expected this year, just like some of the peonies. All their colors are represented in my multi-strand necklace. It is made up of seed beads with a variety of small beads. This necklace can be worn draped or twisted and yes, let the compliments begin.

Colorful crochet wire necklace

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Spring Has Finally Sprung
My Favorite Time of Year Hands Down
The First Flowers
My Favorites Are Lavender and Purples Like In This Asian Wall Hanging
Grape Hyacinths and Hyacinths Are in Bloom
Soon My Favorite Flower Will Grow Tall-LUPINES
I Hope My Lavender Plant Will Have New Growth or It’s Off to the Farmer’s market to Buy More


Japanese Geisha Girl Textile Art

Nancy from EponasCrystals says

Our purple iris are blooming right now. We have purple on purple, white on purple, and some very dark almost black purple iris. Very beautiful and they smell wonderful! This necklace mimics the colors of the white on purple variety.

Quartz bubbles braided necklace

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

I love spring , when the garden season begin. The fresh colors of the tulips, narcissus and hyacinth.
A few years ago I created a vegetable garden. I can not wait to plant the vegetables which I have grown in the house from seeds into the garden.

Colorful infinity scarf

PrzemilaK from CanisArtStudio says

Spring is the time when I can paint flowers. I paint flowers by nature, not from photographs and I’m waiting all year for it. Now so lush everything is blooming and daylight is best for painting. I use natural daylight so colors are so real and juicy. I make a lot of quick sketches on specially primed paper and also paint large flower arrangements on canvas. Flowers are so inspirational!

Original flower painting

Suzanna from tabbiestone says

It’s Autumn all the way down here (Australia!), but it’s so nice to see the beautiful Spring colours and flowers you’re all sharing.
Przemila – how nice that you paint your flowers from nature – knowing that makes them even more lovely!
This turquoise glaze always reminds me of a fresh morning in Spring. It always brightens my day to wear such a happy colour.

Turquoise leaf print aromatherapy pendant necklace


Treasury Challenge Winner October – timetalentjewels

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 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 the like.

The October winner is timetalentjewels who loves wire crochet,felted creations and so many more craft creations.

What made you decide to start an Etsy Shop?

One day while visiting with a friend at Panera, we were talking about all my jewelry I make and the things I knit and she suggested that I try Etsy. She thought I would do well. At that time I specialized in Kumihimo (the Japanese Art of Beading and Braiding at the same time) Bracelets and Necklaces. She just thought that would be the way to go, to get me out there and to be seen. And so this is how my little shop “Timetalentjewels” came about. The name has always been interesting to me as I have lots of “time” since I am retired, I have lots of “talent” to share and my treasures are my “jewels”. And so on July 8, 2012 my little Etsy shop became a reality.


How did you get into Wire crochet and felting?

I had taken a class here in Springfield on Wire Crochet and at first I wasn’t fond of it but like anything I find it was challenging and then before you knew it, I love it. My biggest thing I like about Wire Crochet is shopping for the right beads. I love color and I feel you can see that in my necklaces. It takes time shopping for beads, finding the right ones, seeing what goes good with a particular bead. Sometime you can have one certain bead and from that bead pull out all the other colors from just one bead. I lot of people tell me I have a gift when it comes to choosing colors. I feel it comes naturally. Either it POPS or it doesn’t.

We have a local Bead Store in Springfield, LaBead Oh, and sometimes I travel to St. Louis to Lady Bug Bead. I love to go to Trunk Shows and this is where I can pick up some unusual and interesting types of beads. There are so many fascinating beads to be found. My most interesting travels this year was to a bead store in Minneapolis, MN and there I found a bead that no one else has had. Of course, you can ask about it but they never get them in or have them available. I just keep looking and hoping that I see them again.

The most fun is naming the necklaces when they are finished. I love music and as you can see some of my necklaces have some very interesting titles.

Knitting and Felting is a wonderful process. I have knitted for many years and when visiting our daughter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, years ago, we visited a knitting store called “Depth of Field Yarn” and this is where I got my first taste of felting. I found it to be an interesting process. There were so many beautiful items that could be felted. So my first venture of trying to felt was to knit a hat and then felt it. Knitting was a breeze but the felting process was to be done very carefully as too much felting could cause the hat to be too small. So you have to watch how many times you wash this item in the washing machine in the hot sudsy water. The first time was very tricky for me. Granted the hat came out a tad too small. Well, that was my challenge to make another and get it right. So I did and have made many others. From there I went onto purses and the more fancy ones with the flowers the hand clutch bags that are unlined. Hot Pads have made their debut, whether they are solid, stripe or variegated, they have been a hit. All my items are colorful, as I love color.


What do you love most about the Holidays?

The holidays, a time when it brings most families together, in our family we have them traveling from Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Kentucky and they all come to my house from Thanksgiving Dinner. Of course, they all have a plan of what they are shopping/hunting for (now the evening after vs. Black Friday). It’s a grand celebration! And this year we have an extra little person at our table, our new little grandson (Raymond Matthew). A busy weekend of visiting and catching up with my sisters and their families, shopping, eating out and/or taking in a movie, it is a great celebration! Of course, then there is Christmas, decorating the tree and baking those special treats. Planning Christmas Eve who’s coming and who is not and the same goes Christmas Day. Who travels back for Christmas and the celebration begins again! Enjoying each other’s company. A very special time of year!


What are you doing for Black Friday, etc. in your shop?

I have had sales off and on all year and nothing ever happens. So I feel everything that is in the shop is pretty much reasonable priced and it will probably ride the wave just as it did last year.

What advice do you have for new shop owners?

For new shop owners, I believe they should take really good pictures – Pictures are worth a thousand words! Give good descriptions too.

If you are involved on teams, work with the teams. The more you do the more you are noticed. Get involved, promote.

Also get to know some of the people on the teams, they are full of knowledge and can be very helpful if you get stuck.


What are you social media links?

Twitter: twitter.com/tkleh4853
Facebook: facebook.com/hafel.karen
Shop Website: www.etsy.com/shop/timetalentjewels

This shop has amazingly colorful wire crochet and felted works! Come and check these beauties out!