Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Good morning everyone! Another new addition to our third annual Etsy Christmas In July Party this year is food and! What is a party without refreshments?
Actually is this one. Totally CIJ , right?
As you all see it’s Santa. And his belt.
Making it at first, I thought it would be one of my Xmas items, for those who want their cupcakes decorated in a Holiday gathering.
Well, although I have sold it for Xmas season, it has most sales-believe it or not!- in July! There are a lot of people who love Christmas and they don’t want to celebrate only in December, but all year round!
(I’m sending one set of those next week, that’s why it’s the first I thought).
Have a great #CIJ Party everyone! And a lovely summer!
A sweet cupcake to fill his tummy so yummy!
Dash away Dash away all.
And to all a good night.
In April I participated in “Creative Sprint (www.creativesprint.co/). Each day you are emailed a prompt and you make something in response to it.
The prompt for one day was “make something from a collection”. I went into the kitchen and saw my partner’s left over popcorn. I photographed a collection of them and drew them.
It was then that I realised that like snowflakes and finger prints, every piece of pop corn is a little bit different. I also enjoyed the way their forms looked when they are a bit abstracted. And thus, it became the basis of my first post it note design.
There is a coffee shop in Chelsea Market in NYC that has the best roasted coffee and it is such a treat to brew and drink a cup of steaming hot coffee at home. Here is a bag of their coffee in front of one of my paintings in the background and a floral still life waiting to happen!
I have always seen cups decorated with fabric here and there. I thought it was something that I would like to try to make and came up with this fabric cup sleeve. I thought it would be neat to make one for our holiday get together and then after they were used at the party the people could take home the one that they used for their drink. I put a few in the shop for various holidays as well.
My daughter and I found this milk bottle at an antique shop!
We love the graphics showing a woman displaying her archery skills!
It was made by the University of Wisconsin Dairy.
So, I love tea. And I have children, so I often get cold tea! Tea cosy’s seemed the way forward. Since this is my first year joining in with christmas in July I thought I’d get the ball rolling by starting with some fun festive silliness. Why not turn the tea pot into a Christmas pudding?! Just don’t cover it in brandy and set fire to it. Won’t make your tea taste better!
Fall and Winter holiday beverages from my favorite coffee shop are something I look forward to every year. My favorite, the Peppermint Mocha Latte, inspired this piece of holiday decor in my shop.
All of my signs are hand painted and designed by myself. I created this piece to look like a chalkboard to coordinate with rustic holiday decor. I use a stretched gallery canvas and permanent materials to make the sign. Lettering cannot be erased.
My shop opened in April, so this will be my first year participating in CIJ. I’m excited for the promotion! I’m still creating a few more items to add to my inventory to join this holiday piece!
Dinner’s Ready, it’s time to eat!
My mother would call all seven of us kids to the table with this French phrase. We might have been in the middle of what we thought was something very important, but we knew, if we heard our mother call that phase, we’d better hurry and wash up!
A perfect print or printable to accent any kitchen or dining room.
‘Twas the night before Christmas …You’ve heard this before !? Anyway Santa has been hard at work and needs some refreshments, so wouldn’t he love to find this sweet little plate filled with delicious Christmas Cookies waiting for him!
I love food and sharing food…. it is a great way to celebrate and feel close to family and friends.
I have lots of food and drink relate products in my shop, such as this set of nesting bowls which are great for condiments, olives, chutneys, dipping sauces – you get the idea!
Throwing a nice holiday party is almost as fun as throwing clay and making pottery. When I can incorporate both loves it’s a win win. This sea shell chip and dip plate I made really brings my two passions together.
When I think of food and drink I see my friends sitting around a big wooden table where we share a home cooked meal. The table is set beautifully which is an important part of the meal and the experience of eating (and laughing) together. Place cards are a nice and personal touch, and you can even take them home with you if you like.
Come, friends, come, eat and drink with Pulcinella!
Pulcinella is the old Naples character, he has a great personality and his own philosophy and ….is always hungry.
He’s aware of his problems, but always smiling.
He’s disrespectful and makes fun at powerful people.
I wanted to honor him with something non-conventional, so I created this centerpiece, in cooperation with a talented ceramics crafter from Vietri sul Mare*.
And so was born my Pulcinella, the Naples king of the table!
A piece for connoisseurs, who will be able to appreciate the creativity of the whole piece, the added value of ceramics from Vietri sul Mare*, the so thorough miniatures.
It’s one-of-a-kind centerpiece, where a fine ceramic Pulcinella, the Naples character, and so many incredible miniatures stand out.
This rustic Mediterranean centerpiece is a parade of typical Neapolitan food and Pulcinella stands in the middle, ready to enjoy them all.
In one hand he holds a glass of wine, from his arm a salami is hanging and he’s surrounded by a lot of many other local delights: anchovies, tomatoes, salami, bread, eggs, apples.
Couldn’t Pulcinella eat any pizza? No, definitely! He got three!
And with all this food, a good wine in a wicker bottle.
This centerpiece will be perfect in the middle of any table, bringing cheerfulness at the first glance and adding a touch of Neapolitan life.
* Vietri sul Mare is a small village on the Amalfi Coast, very close to my town Salerno.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
It’s famous in Italy and all over the world for ceramic tiles and all kinds of decorated crockery.
It’s ceramic traditions have their roots in the Etruscan period.