Fruit and Vegetables

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Let’s get healthy with our intake of Fruit and Vegetables!

Well, even if we don’t necessarily consume as much as we should, we can be reminded of these nutritious beauties through their imagery in paintings, kitchen crockery, crocheted toys and such like, and be encouraged to grab an apple instead of a biscuit.

The Christmas in July team have chosen their favourite fruit and veg items for you to decorate your homes.

zizzybob from zizzybob says

I’m not a big fan of fruits and vegetables but who doesn’t like watermelon. August is always the best time to purchase it, it’s the sweetest time of the year.

Watermelon Quilted Fabric Postcard

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

My family grew muscadine grapes in the back yard of our 1920s era home when I was growing up….

Cross Stitch Fruit Pattern

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

Fruit on the table is a good topic to decorate the walls in the kitchen or dining room. This is a classic still life painted on 3D canvas. The additional surface on the sides of the image is painted over. This picture is like a little anecdote. I paint on order, so you can choose the image dimensions. or another similar theme.


Still Life Fruit Oil Painting

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

I love growing (or at least attempting to grow) food in the garden. This year the miniature apple tree has bloomed wonderfully and in a few weeks there will be a dozen apples at their full size. There’s also been some tomatoes and strawberries, and wild strawberries that flourish every year so there’s plenty for wildlife to feast on too.

Foodie Kitchen Witch

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

Fruits and vegetables are my favorite food group!!! So, when I found this fabric it only seemed right to make it into a cute dog bandana to show off your favorite food and quest to eat healthy. What’s even sweeter is you get to show off more than one of your favorite fruits!!

Fruit Salad Dog Bandana

Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom says

I love fruits and vegetables! And since I am Vegan…that’s a good thing! Cherries are one of my most favorite fruits, so I put together these pretty little coasters to show them off!

Fabric Coasters with Cherries

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Eating your fruits and vegetables may be more fun with these colorful paper mache napkin rings at your table place setting! We love the colorful graphics and artistic element represented in each of these different designs – certainly a fun way to add some pizazz to your table decor!

Vintage Fruit and Veggie Napkin Rings



Valiant Poppy – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Valiant Poppy.

PANTONE 18-1549
Valiant Poppy
Brave and outgoing red shade effusive in its allure
Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Valiant Poppy! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Przemila K fromCanisArtStudio says:

Painted clock – A charming Yorkie painted on a clock face. Traditionally Yorkshire Terriers are presented during dog shows on red velvet cushions. So I painted this cute dog on a “Valiant Poppies” background. The red color corresponds to the cheerful and energetic temperament of this dog. Golden additions: roof, hands of the clock, and the heart give a little festive mood, so it will be a perfect home decoration for Christmas or a Christmas gift idea.


Mairi from mairidesign says:

This valiant poppy on a stick will stand proudly beside your evergreen plants, to inject a pop of bright red, as the sunlight catches its beauty. Use to decorate your plant pots, to keep your vases alive when your fresh flowers wilt, or use as a lasting memorial to loved ones who are no longer with you. Most of all, just enjoy its loveliness.


Lianne from LianneMarieArt says:

A very cute cardinal print from original artwork. This vibrant valiant poppy red cardinal art is perfect for beautiful bird lovers and would make a gorgeous addition to cosy home decor especially in the winter! It is said ‘when a cardinal appears a loved one in heaven is near’ so can also be a heartfelt gift or remembrance piece!


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

What a perfect color for the Fall and Winter Season is a shade of “red”! Valiant Poppy is captured in this Red Bamboo Chic Necklace. A fun little necklace to wear with dresses or go casual. 19″ with Pewter Round Beads mingled throughout. Matching Pierced Earrings. What fun!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Valiant Poppy board!

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Organic Materials

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Organic materials are pretty hot and in demand. They can be in anything handmade, vintage, supplies, furniture and so much more. Organic materials could be resin, plastic, wood, clay and more. We want to see your shop items made with organic materials.

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says this decorative jewelry box is 100% eco-friendly. It is made of natural full pine wood. The top of the box is hand-painted with artistic oil paints. The painting depicts a singing bird Meadowlark in a natural, spring scenery. A great gift idea for nature’s lover.


Meadowlark scenery painted wooden box

Betsy from Betsysbijoux said From the 1950’s, this hand carved wooden Christmas tree with a single flower ornament is a one of a kind piece and a unique take on the classic Christmas tree.


Wood Christmas tree brooch

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states this sign is an example of up-cycled and re-purposed fence slats. Once my new privacy fence was installed after Hurricane Irma, there were some slats left over. The fencing contractor gave them to me. I love how my fence slat signs turned out. What do you think?

Positive saying wood sign

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says living among the bayous and swamps in Southeastern Louisiana, nature and the environment are important elements in our shop and our lives. So we make every effort to use reclaimed and organic materials in creating our items. I chose to feature the cat wall hanging. I believe that showcases our commitment to the environment as it is made from reclaimed cypress wood from our area.

Cat wall hanging


Member Feature: WitchesLairWreaths

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Laurie of WitchesLairWreaths, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.

I am a 3rd generation Floridian born in Tampa, Florida raised in Brandon, Florida. I am 50 years old and currently reside in Palm Harbor, Florida with my amazing husband Jeff whom I’ve been married to now for 15 years. Without his love & support, this dream would not be possible!  I must mention our sweet corgi dog “Lady” who keeps me from becoming a work-a-holic as, she requires her daily walks and rides along with me to the post office every time a sale is made in my shop. We have raised two beautiful daughters, Tabatha 32 & Alisha 25. Tabatha has blessed me with two beautiful grandchildren Carley 12 & Grayson 8 months. Thank you Jesus as I couldn’t be any more fortunate & blessed than I am!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

My grand opening of The Witches Lair Wreaths was in September 2015. I decided to go into business for myself because I was tired of the rat race of working for someone else.  I am fortunate that my husband financially supports me. I am able to stay at home to run my business from my shop and commit to it as often as I need too.

Tell us a bit about your products.

In the beginning, I was making only wreaths and then I branched out and started making bows, centerpieces, swags & garlands in all sizes, for every Season, Theme & Team you can desire. My shop currently has over 250+ items in it. All hand made by me and are ready to ship out to you now. I have been collecting items for my art for many years. It could be a vase or a wooden tray, or a flower, a bumble bee pick, a ribbon, a gigantic pumpkin, a Marine plaque, etc. The next step is to do lots of research online for other items that coordinate with it and to help me to complete “the vision” that I have in my head of how my finished product is supposed to look. Once I have every piece in its place, I will assemble it to completion for my finished product.

What inspires your work?

My favorite Holiday’s are Halloween & Christmas! I was born on Halloween & that’s why I am “The Witch of The Witches Lair Wreaths”. I absolutely love the colors & themes of Halloween as, it keeps me young at heart.

I don’t usually make things too scary or gory but, I am proud of my Halloween vulture/skull centerpiece & my Fall/Fairy, pumpkin centerpieces. They are my original designs and are very unique.

My inspiration to open my Etsy shop is from becoming an empty nester & from the passion that I have from creating something beautiful with my own two hands.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

My future goals for my business is to downsize the merchandise that I use to create my art with by spending more time working and less time shopping!

I am also, working on promoting a Etsy sale “Out with the old & In with the new”. Anything more than 3 years old in my shop will be marked down.  This will keep me motivated to stay up with the current trends and help me to move out the outdated items to clients at a cheaper rate as, the craft world is always evolving and so am I.

My dream for this business is for me to continue to grow and to reach for the stars with my creativity so that I can produce irresistible products that are one of a kind unique!

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I try to be different and think outside of the box when I am searching for my materials to create something new. Sometimes, I purchase an item just to tear it apart so that I can use that “one unique piece” just to make it my own style. I use many elements. Like I might spray paint a wooden or ceramic candlestick just to turn around and glue it to a charger plate which allows me space for a beautiful flower scape at the base, for my centerpiece. I also, love hand painting and stenciling words to make my own plaques. I cut, stuff and sew material sometimes too for that finished touch. The key is to customize my work so that it stands out from others. I mostly use high end quality materials but occasionally I will find that “gently used” second hand piece that inspires me too. I do a lot of customization pieces for my clients because they know that I can deliver a product designed with their vision in mind that will look absolutely amazing! Please make sure to read all of my 5 star ratings from my happy clients whom I must thank as, none of this is possible without them!

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My amazing work space consists of a 25′ x 14′ room that is devoted entirely for storing some of my crafting items and also, for my every day work space. Located along the walls are 2 large industrial racks to support my inventory like my incomplete wreath & garland frames, centerpiece vases, plaques for my wreaths etc.

I had a carpenter customize to my drawings, 4 solid wood shelves to hold my every day and seasonal ribbons. There are shelves on the front & back sides easily accessible with the casters on the bottom to allow easy access as I turn it around to see what’s on the other side yet it stays flush against the wall to allow ample floor space in my work area. The rest of my ribbons are stored in jumbo ziploc bags and then placed inside of a rubber-made storage bin labeled for the appropriate season. Then I place out in our 3 car garage until needed again. In the center of the room is my work space area where I have placed two 6′ tables & two 4′ tables to make a large “U’ shape and my executive chair sits smack in the middle of it so, that I can access my work from many angles. I have a 4 drawer mesh organizer that holds my “go to” items like a hammer, saw-tooth hooks for my plaques. So many types of glue for all types of materials. Markers, pens, several types of tape, push pins, sewing pins, spray paints, latex gloves, brushes, more paints, stencils, paint tape, pain saucers to hold the water. I have glitter & glitter glue & raffia tie & twine in every color imagined.

I have a wooden table on wheels that I use solely for my shipping station. It homes my professional scale that accurately weighs my items, a measuring tape to measure the boxes for approximate height, length, width which is mandatory for accurate shipping rates for my website. There is a large solid wooden desk organizer that holds all of my VistaPrint mailing labels, Thank you cards, envelopes, instruction sheet on “How to rate your item on Etsy” that I print out and mail in every Thank you card with every purchase. Flyers for my art classes at Hobby Lobby which I leave in the store and hand out for publicity. Gift tags that coordinate with my merchandise that I tie either directly onto my merchandise or onto the ziploc bag that they are packed in for that extra, wow moment. Packing & Fragile tape for my boxes. I located

My desk in my bedroom with a printer, printer ink, printer paper, along with a multi leveled tray organizer to sort out all of my business paperwork. I find it hard to work with stacks of papers waiting to either be reviewed, sorted & filed that is why I separated my desk from my work space! On my U table which is my work station I have my journal which I list every single item in detail & price as I create a new item. This helps me stay organized & offer an accurate sale price in today’s market to my clients.  I have a connected adjoining room to my main work space that is my “Floral room”. It displays my daily floral & current Seasonal floral. I zip tie each color of flowers together for that Season and then I zip tie that to my 4 metal grate stands. Each stand has two sides and there is a season on each side of these metal grates. This allows me to visually see & pick the floral that I need immediately without disrupting my work flow.

Most of my completed wreaths are stored on 2 of my duo industrial clothes racks in my garage. Each wreath is stored in a sealed tight XXL ziploc bag and hung for easy viewing/access. These bags are great to protect your wreath from any insects while in storage. All of my items are shipped in sturdy corrugated boxes (some new & some recycled) as there is such a large fluctuation in the sizes & weights of the items that I ship therefore, I have committed an entire 1 car garage area & another industrial rack to store my boxes and other packing materials like, Styrofoam, butcher paper, popcorn to assure that your item does not break during shipment.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I have learned that creativity can not be forced! It has to come naturally or it just isn’t made with the same amount of  love & devotion that it deserves. I have learned that there is no such thing as an accident but, instead its a learning curve/experience. I have also learned that because of the size of my items, most people at the craft shows won’t purchase my items. They are too large or too heavy to carry around and most people are too tired to return to purchase an item even if their intentions are good. I no longer set up tent due to these reasons.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Go for it as, It is an amazing experience to be your own boss but, just know that like any business it is a lot of work! You really need to do a lot of research before you take the plunge. I found it very exciting but, tedious as, you have to stop creating to do this and that is hard for me. It took me months of research and also, studying Etsy’s website and learning about the “How to’s”. It all comes together in time and it is so worth it!!! I thank all of the shop owners out there on Etsy that helped me “problem solve” when I was unsure of something, without your help the process would have been daunting. Also, locate the customer service help area so, when you do run into a problem, you can get expert advise not just a hunch. Best of luck and reach out to me for help anytime.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy being around my family & friends, cooking baking, sharing memories together! I catch up on house work that  I neglected during that “never ending” craft project. I go through my recipes, plan my week & hit the grocery store. We spend a lot of time cooling off from this Florida heat in the pool & unwinding with a drink in hand in our heated Jacuzzi. We occasionally hit the beaches and take Lady to the dog beach. Occasionally attempt to read a book. Garden my plants & manicure my assortment of plants in my Succulent & herb gardens.

My favorite hobbies are crafting, scuba diving, horse back riding, jet skiing, boating, fishing, hiking in the mountains during Fall season, decorating/staging my home.

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t expect anything & you won’t get let down.”

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy: WitchesLairWreaths

Facebook: WitchesLairWreaths

Instagram: lkemp6133

Pinterest: lkemp6133

Twitter: lkemp6133

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

As an Entrepreneur, I enjoy teaching craft classes at my local Hobby Lobby store here in Clearwater, Florida. I have my flyer posted on my Etsy shop for all to view with the dates, time of classes and class information as well. If you live in my area, you can purchase my classes directly in my shop, just show up and have some fun crafting with “The Witch”!

Otherwise, come visit us in Florida and give me a call while your in town, to set up a private class anytime.


If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Items Of The Week: At The Beach

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Zodiac Finds

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The zodiac are the 12 astrology signs relating to your month of birth. There are different characteristics and meanings for each sign. Astrology is said to help show you what career you should follow,who you are compatible with or even where you should live.
We want to see your zodiac items from your shop.

Prezmila from CanisArtStudio says Chinese zodiac – The dog is the symbol of the year 2018.
What does The Horoscope say?
“Whoever was born in the year of the Dog is honest. He is not afraid to stand up for a just cause and defends people for whom he feels responsible. Thanks to his advantages, he has many friends. He wants to be well-informed because he believes that in this way he will be able to prevent unpleasantness and trouble. He gladly gives advice or even openly criticizes someone else’s behavior. He does it with good will, though some of his behavior seems irritating…”
I wonder if  Robin Hood was born in the year of the dog?
But the dog has many lovers and I made this pendant to celebrate the New Year and for those who just like dogs and especially the Beagle breed. A good idea to decorate the door for The New Year or Christmas. This ornament is in the cold winter colors, but you can order another similar one according to your wishes.


New Years Dog ornament

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said Danish Cross Stitch Zodiac Samplers from the Dover Needlework Series is a pattern book which offers Charted Designs for the Astrological Year by Jana Hauschild. Full color photos of each pattern and a thread conversion chart are included.

Danish cross stitch zodiac sampler


Red Pear – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Red Pear.

PANTONE 19-1536
Red Pear
Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices.

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

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The shield of this funny wall clock with a bulldog face is a red pear color. This is a deep, dark shade of red with the addition of bronze.

Small accessories in golden and brown color: numbers and the line of the “roof” make it a very decorative item. These colors create an atmosphere of coziness and warmth. A great idea for a gift and a Christmas decoration. I hope that a funny bulldog with a football ball will make you laugh.


spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love this “Red Pear” color … it’s a deep shade of red that I always associate with hearts and love. That is why I used this color to paint the heart in our “I Love Cats” wall hanging!


Margie Sarrao from FunNFiber says:

This fabulous yarn bowl is a great gift for any knitter, including yourself! It is hand-made on a pottery wheel, and fired twice. It is a delicious, earthy “red pear” color with a bit of blue towards the top. All materials are non-toxic, lead-free, and food safe. It is dishwasher-safe, as well.


Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

This lovely tea cosy has been handmade from Harris tweed fabric in natural cream and “Red Pear” deep red. Many of my cosies are in colourful tartans, but this simple two colour design is even more stylish.


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

Shades of red are always popular during the fall and winter season. Deep colors of burgundy red, cinnamon and wine of a pear capture an array of those shades. They can be shown in a stellar piece of jewelry such as this piece of Ruby Jade Beaded Necklace Set.


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Baltic Amber Necklace – Vintage red amber from the Baltics. The necklace is natural red amber chips in graduating sizes.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Red Pear  board!

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