January Etsy Finds

Time for another Etsy round-up! A new year means a new Pantone Color of the Year, and this year’s pick – marsala – is MUCH better than last year’s. Marsala is actually pretty, and doesn’t hurt the eyes. Also, January tends to be the coldest month here in Austin, and I am already tired of it. I’m dreaming of tropical beaches and 80-degree weather. The second collection down below has colors that remind me of that.


Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015.

EARTHY MARSALA Infinity Scarf - Brick Red Eternity Scarf - Marsala Loop Scarf

Asymmetrical Rhodanite Beads and Multi Colored Glass Beads Necklace with Pewter Flower Toggle Clasp

Large cream and maroon flower pin  --- OOAK Fabric Flower Brooch ---  Fabric Jewlery --- TAGT team

Marsala / Maroonish Brown and Silvery Gold Brocade Vintage Sari Trim / Border Sold by Yard

Maroon Scarf, Scarves Maroon, Maroon Infinity Scarf, Infinity Scarf Maroon, Maroon Circle Scarf, Large Scarf, Scarf Maroon, Cowl, loop scarf

Carnelian Feather Earrings Vintage Hand Carved Swarovski Crystals Southwestern Red Brown Rust Coral Orange OOAK

Raspberry Mystery Semi-Precious Gem & Crystal Necklace

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 8x10 Floral Print - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Marsala Plate, Burgundy Dish, Lace Candy Dish, Jewelry Dish, Lace Plate, Cranberry Dish, Burgundy Decor, Burgundy Kitchen, Cranberry Kitchen

OOAK fashion HAIR STICK caramel amber rust copper wire wrapped maple wood Autumn fall chopstick updo hair accents accessory tagt rdtt

Marsala Two Tone Dusty Rose Crystal Cluster Earrings. Sterling Silver. Vintage Style Silver Cones,  White Pearl. Handmade in Canada

Marsala Floral Art, Giclee Print of Original Colored Pencil Drawing, Antique Red Flowers on Ivory Paper -14"X11" - "Rose Flower Arrangement"

Woman's Marsala Fleece Lined Driving Mittens Teen Marsala Lined Mittens Lightweight Warm Mittens Hand Knit Spiral Pattern

Gold Marsala Necklace Swarovski Crystal Burgundy Necklace Emerald Cut Layering Necklace Large Brown Red Pendant Wine Red Pantone 2015 Color

marsala boho chic bracelet / brown beaded stretch bracelet / agate burgundy jasper / earth tones ethiopian brass ethnic jewelry

Marsala Swallow Scarf Bird Scarf Pinup Scarf Rocker Scarf Wine Scarf


Beach Dreaming

It is far too cold out and I just want to be on a warm tropical beach right now. These colors make me think of that.

Teardrop hoops - Teardrop Chandeliers - Aqua and Ivory Teardrop Hoops - Dressy Hoops

Coffee Mug Cup ,large ceramic mugs with large Handle, turquoise,  wheel thown (20oz) -- Perfect Hot & Chocolate

Moss Aquamarine Gold Necklace Teardrop Silver Pisces March Birthday Gift for her Under 45 Boho Chic Vitrine March birthstone

Jewelry, pendant, large amazonite stone, gold plated brass leaves and chain ...  turquoise blue, brown .. TAGT  USD 55

turquoise beige sand bali textures photograph--  BLUE CROSS  abstract rocks pebbles concrete Bali travel Asia

SALE, Natural Turquoise, African Brass & Copper Choker

Feather Bobby Pin Verdigris Patina Nature Hair Accessories Teal Blue Turquoise Brass rustic woodland hair pins Garden Wedding Hair Slides

Hand Knit bird Green Yellow Turquoise Ombre Stuffed Tweet Toy 100% cotton

Nature Photography, tree branches wall art mint green print yellow gold teal turquoise decor blue light botanical photo, "Gentle Whisper"

Tan aqua white crocheted rag bag --- Fabric crocheted purse with wooden beads --- Fairy handbag --- tagt rdtt

Vintage Button Cuff Patina Brass Filigree Flower Button Swarovski Crystal Chatons Antique Bronze Gold Blue Turquoise Victorian Southwestern

Trio of Rustic Turquoise Stacking Rings in Antiqued Sterling Silver - Kingman Arizona Turquoise

Door Draft Stopper Golden Beige Turquoise floral, Draft Snake, Draft Excluder, Window draft stopper in Custom Size

On Sale- Limited Addition- Native American - Bar Necklace, Bullets - Minimalist - Turquoise Pendant

Blue Goose - Feather necklace Teal turquoise iridiscent rainbow blue glass Gift for her nature lover valentine under 25

6mm Round Druk Beads - Turquoise Beige Druk - Premium Czech Glass Beads


What does January make you think of?

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Color Theory: Orange


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Busy Little Bee

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Color Theory: Red

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Decoding Design: Color Lingo

CMYK vs. RGB vs. PMS

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All About the Polish

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