Member Feature: MadeOnKailash

Contributor post by EyeLoveKnots of EyeLoveKnots

Please join us in welcoming Maria of MadeOnKailash, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.       

Hi, my name is Maria. I’m from Russia, I’m 31 years old. I’m a graphic designer and work in a magazine full-time. I like my work as it’s connected with creation in every instant! My job is to organize pictures and texts to create a harmonic layout and as a result a harmonic magazine to make readers interested in every article. Isn’t it fascinating?

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

I have been trying different kinds of handicrafts since my childhood. I always liked to receive and to present handmade gifts as they kept a piece of the creator’s heart and soul and they are more expressive than mass trading goods. My granny as well as my mother encouraged me a lot – they are really great handmade crafters! They taught me to sew, crochet, knit, but later I decided to impress them with learning new ways of creating handmade items. I succeeded then, and now they are the main fans of my crafts projects! As I’ve been creating since my young age, I’ve collected a lot of pretty handmade goods at home. Every friend was already been gifted with something from me, so I was wondering what should I do with so many cute goods? One of my good friend advised me to try selling on Etsy, and everything spun so fast!

Tell us a bit about your products.           

Recently I’ve become very fond of making jewelry because there I can combine different craft skills and materials, such as, weaving and beading, working with metal and gemstone and so on. Now, you’ll find different types of jewelry and accessories in my shop. I’m always crazy about details making sure every item is as good as it’s possible. I never sell an item if I don’t like it by myself and if I’m not satisfied with its quality!


What inspires your work?           

In my free time, I practice hatha yoga (besides crafting). I’ve been practicing already for 4 years and yoga influences me even in my creation process. I love yoga so much, it brings me tranquility and helps my mind to catch new ideas. Also, yoga brought me great love for India. I’ve been there three times as backpacker and hope to go back there again for a long time. For me, India is an incredible country with its music culture, religious traditions, joyful people and of course masters of yoga!


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

As I’m so fond of India, my secret dream (or crazy idea) is to earn enough money for a new trip only by selling my crafts! I know it’ll take a lot of time, but it would be great to succeed! But to be serious, I really enjoy getting feedback from my customers! I want to share the joy of creating with whole the world!

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

All of my items are one of a kind products of my imagination. Every piece is full of good vibes and positive energy, which I send in every parcel with my items to my buyers!


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

My flat is my workspace. It becomes a little bit messy from time to time as sometimes I work behind my computer watching z movie or listening to lectures about everything on TED, than I move to another room to paint my packaging boxes! Later, I have to gather everything around in my special storage boxes, otherwise my pretty cat will take everything she likes! Sometimes she manages to steal a bead or a rope!

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

As for me I think selling is not easy, especially in Russia where it’s difficult to take part in local markets and fairs because of high participant fees – that’s why I decided to sell online. I can say that in the very beginning I was more optimistic about selling my goods, but later realized that it took a lot of time and the only thing I needed was patience.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Everyone who decides to sell online really needs a lot of patience because it will probably be longer than expected before you get your first sale, than another one and so on. You shouldn’t expect big profit, but when someone finds you among other amazing artists and likes your creation so much that decide to buy it, it’s the most wonderful thing about selling your handmade! It’s worth the wait to get this experience! Every sale for me is a little celebration!

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

Aside from yoga, in my free time I help in an orphan house for children with mental disorders in Moscow. It’s not an ordinary orphan house, where walls are grey and nurses don’t smile. It’s really the Home for little ones whose lives are not easy. Recently, I decided to donate 20% of each purchase from my shop to help this little home for special children to evolve. Also I’m always happy to watch good movies in cinema or attend some interesting exhibitions.


What is your favorite quote?

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” – Oscar Wilde

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can find me on different social media:




Sometimes you can find special offers from MadeOnKailash on my social media, so make sure you follow me!

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

As I’ve already mentioned, it was my mother who instilled the love of handmade to me, so here is her little shop on etsy: All are welcome to stop and take a look around. My granny’s items are coming soon there also!


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.

Member Feature: 19Designs

Contributor post by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

Please join us in welcoming Jodi of 19Designs, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.       

I am a mom, wife, and a paralegal by trade. I have been married for 29 years to my best friend and together we have three beautiful, smart, and creative children. I retired when our youngest was three so that I could stay home and raise them. We also have three rescue doggies who are a huge source of joy in our lives.

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

I started my shop in June of 2010. I had no intention of opening a shop, but my eldest had just left for college and I found I needed something to help keep my mind occupied. I had been scrapbooking as a hobby for years creating albums for both family and friends. So, I decided to use that creative outlook and started selling cards, albums, and other handmade items on Etsy.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

My cards, mini albums, and bookmarks are all handmade by me. I choose every piece of card stock, sentiment, ribbon, and embellishment that I use in or on each item to make it as personal a piece as possible for each buyer.

What inspires your work?           

My work is inspired by the prints, textiles, and patterns that I see in the world around me, whether it is from the latest trends on-line to the flowers in my garden. There are so many color schemes everywhere and it makes me think about using color combinations in my work that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

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

My future goals for my shop are to implement new techniques and mediums in my products to expand my creations even further. For instance, I was recently introduced to copic markers and the artists Sherri Baldy and Stamping Bella. I am addicted to this medium. I have now begun creating reading bookmarks using both of these artists images. They are so cute….they make me happy!


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

I think my shop stands out because I pay a lot of attention to details that can be easily seen through my distinct trademarks such as my finishing ribbons, delicate embellishments, and unique pattern combinations.


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

I actually have two work spaces; my home and on our family boat. The contrasting environments help to change-up my creativity, especially when I feel a bit of artistic block.


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

Before opening my Etsy shop, I wish I knew how important the role of social media would be to help promote my work. I now know the ins and outs of Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest which greatly affects my sales. I wish I had jumped on the social media train sooner!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

PATIENCE! You must have patience if you are going to have an Etsy shop. It takes time and patience to build your shop and for people to find you. Etsy is a huge umbrella of shops and you need to do something that stands out. You need to know who your target audience is and promote directly to them. Promoting does not have to be expensive; it does not even have to cost a dime. Social media is a great way to get your name and products out there.

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

When I am not working on my shop, I am usually down at our boat in the marina with the family. I love to read, scrapbook, cross-stitch, garden, and take photographs of my kids and doggies. I am a die-hard hockey fan of the Los Angeles Kings (Drew Doughty is my favorite player) and can be found in front of the t.v. watching every Kings game if I am not at the Staples Center watching it live.

What is your favorite quote?

I actually have two favorite quotes:

1. Everything happens for a reason; and,

2. What’s meant to be, will be.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can find out more about my business by following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I post both new and current listings regularly. I also had a blog on WordPress called “Paper and Pucks” (my nod to hockey), but due to the exorbitant amount of time I spend on my shop, I had to put that aside for the time being. I hope to one day go back to it.

You can find the links to my shop on these sites below:




  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

I think if you are truly passionate about your work, it will show and you will do well on Etsy. It does take a lot of time and hard work, but you can make it what you want it to be with drive and determination. Getting another sale and making new friends on Etsy never gets old. It’s what keeps me driven to do better and offer my customers cards and albums that they wouldn’t otherwise find in a regular store.


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.


Member Feature: Robyn Faye Designs

Contributor post by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

Please join us in welcoming Robyn of RobynFayeDesigns, our featured member!


Tell us about yourself.       

My name is Robyn. I am married to Bruce and we have three wonderful teenage sons. We also have a little dog named Pipi. We live about 60 kilometers east of Perth, Western Australia on a large bush block in Gidgegannup. I was born in New Zealand, but moved to Australia 30 years ago. I spent 11 years in Darwin, Northern Territory where I completed an apprenticeship in tropical horticulture. From this comes my love for anything floral.


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

My Mum and sister suggested selling my bags at the markets, which I found pretty hard going with the boys’ weekend sporting commitments and a fly-in fly-out husband. I was already buying supplies through Etsy when eventually the thought came to me to open a shop online, and so I did in February of 2014.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I make all sorts of bags – cross body, handbags, clutches, totes, hobo’s, beach and shopping bags. I mainly use cotton quilting and home decor fabrics. I also make tea cosies and soft toys. Lately, I have been making coasters in the shape of caravans and VW’s. I have other ideas in mind also!


What inspires your work?           

I am inspired by retro style, my garden and of course bright colour. Ideas usually come to me when I’m trying to get to sleep at night.


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

My goals are to get more involved with social media. I love Instagram, but need to start using other platforms. At the same time, I need to try to balance social media with crafting. Ultimately, the big dream for my business – to be known as ‘the’ place people come to for quirky, original, one of a kind, functional pieces.


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

I think my products stand apart because they are so colourful. They are certainly not made to blend, rather they are the bold accessories to add that bit of a pop!


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

Because I’ve always been a crafter, when we built our house, we made sure I had my own craft room. I’m an early riser, so my room is well away from the bedrooms so I can sew away happily in the early hours. I can also close the door and hide the mess when visitors arrive.

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

Don’t expect instant sales the day or weeks following the opening of your shop, it takes time. I used to worry when I had no sales for a while. Now, I know there are quiet times and things pick up again. Oh, and don’t store your finished bags in new plastic bins, they pick up a chemical musty smell. I now use linen laundry baskets.


Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you are a new seller, my advice to you would be take the best photos you can to show off your work. I know I have a few I need to redo. Also, join a team. Not only do they help you to get seen, but they are very supporting, knowledgeable and friendly.


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

I like to spend time with my family, whether that be talking around the table or going for bike rides, playing golf, squash, ping pong, frisbee or watching movies. I like to keep active through kick boxing, which I do with one of my boys. I also like gardening. While driving (at least two hours a day) I love to sing along to the radio and embarrass my kids with the lyrics I get wrong.


What is your favorite quote?

“To the world you just may be one person, but to one person you just may be the world.” – Unknown.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can find out more about Robyn Faye Designs on Instagram @RobynFayeDesigns, and on the RobynFayeDesigns Facebook.

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

I also have an Etsy shop called the Berry Road Boutique.

My old high school motto which I live by and share with you “Keep on striving”.

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.

Member Feature: Solviashop

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

Please join us in welcoming, Solveiga of Solviashop, our featured member!



Tell us about yourself.
My name is Solveiga. I live in Vilnius, which is the capital of Lithuania. I am a preschool teacher. I love my job and spending time with children. In my free time I like knitting, sewing, crocheting and making crafts.

When did you open your business, and what made you decide to do so?
I opened my little shop almost 8 months ago, and I am enjoying it enormously! I love to be in touch with customers and working products especially for them.

Tell us a bit about your products.
At Solviashop you can find expertly handmade knitted items such as socks, slippers, neck warmers, hats, pillows, blankets and more. All items in my shop are handmade using different types of yarn. Many of the items are knitted using several yarns to show and accent their design. I love different and modern designs for my handcrafts!

What inspires your work?
I love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
I would like to knit 50 more pairs of socks, for a total of 160 items.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
My goal is to make my customers Smile and bring them Joy. All my Art is handmade, one of a kind, and from the Heart.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
Usually I knit in my living room.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known beforehand?
I wish I would have known more about SEO.

Any advice for those thinking of selling on Etsy?
Don’t be afraid of any challenge.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I like working in my garden.

Where can people find out more about your business?
People can find out more by visiting solveiga 1 on Pinterest, or @solveigakiran1 on Twitter.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for visiting Solviashop and have a great day!

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.

Craft Booth Advice, Tips and Suggestions

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots
This month I will be starting my journey into the beginnings of a storefront business with opening a booth at my local flea market on the weekends. I know I am not alone when I say, “HELP!” Hehe.

I reached out to my fellow Christmas in July Etsy Team members for some advice. I wanted to know things like what they’ve found easy to make and good sellers, suggestions for merchandising/displaying the goods, and how packaging and custom orders were handled.

Here are some great words of advice!


Owner of StockLaneStudio says, “I participated in a few local fairs last year and was really frustrated with the results. It’s a lot of work so it has to be worth it. I decided to rethink my craft fair approach. I first scouted out local fairs and markets to see if they were worth it for me and then decided on which ones to return to next year. I feel bad resolving to not participate in some of my local fairs, but I actually lost money, and felt depressed.

I had a pretty cool looking set up that was a lot of work to haul and took a lot of time to set up, so I am rethinking my booth space also to make it easier on me, yet still look polished and professional, unique and attention grabbing.

You really have to check out the venue to make sure:
– it is well attended and advertised and geared toward your niche market
– will you make more than your booth fee
– is it a ‘vendor market’ or a craft fair
– are they attenders buyers or gawkers (or cheese and wine samplers)

I have also decided not to do any outdoor markets for the moment because I can’t afford a tent. I have printed material that I just don’t want to risk getting damaged.

I do still think it’s worth it though. It’s a good way to advertise and network and fun to meet locals and support the economy.”


Belinda of BillieMakes says, “I am a newbie to the craft markets. I signed up for several at the same venue last year. I had a pretty successful time there, although turning out every Saturday from October to December got very tiring in the end. I picked up quite a few custom orders, which were really what I made the most on. Not sure I will do the same again this year though, as the football coming up to Christmas was very poor.

Best seller was children’s reversible waistcoats and machine embroidered grandparents house rules.

I had merchandise priced from low to high and there was a huge amount of publicity, but would have liked to have sold much more than I did. Looking around at the other sellers, jewelry did reasonably well as did candles and chocolate items.

I tried varying my table each week, but I didn’t find an exact science to what sold and what didn’t.

The table space was quite expensive, so I’ve looked at other events this year at a far cheaper rate and have my fingers crossed that these may be well attended and I sell lots of things. First is next week.”


Alicia of AliciasFindings says, “Most shows I do are $50 and under for a table, and have had very good sales. I don’t always find that more expensive venues equal better sales. I would say, make sure and have a wide array of price points – high to low. This will mean you have the potential for more sales.
I also have a wide range of items (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc).

I would also try to make sets, kits of the like for those interested. I would say my most widely bought items are earrings and sets.

Make sure your items are clearly priced (either tags or on boards) as well as different heights for visual interest. You can achieve height by using boxes covered in fabric, picture frames, risers, etc.

Since I sell jewelry, I package in an organza bag, but I do bring boxes of varying sizes (just in case). I would say keep it easy in terms of packaging, but also branded (if possible). 

I always bring a pad for keeping track of sales as well as custom orders. I also started using one for people to sign up for my email list.

Get yourself a checklist so you don’t forget anything. My first show I had all kinds of things, but no paper or pen. Having business cards and signage is a great thing to have also. Even if they don’t buy, you still have another potential sale.

I do accept custom orders at shows. I make sure to get their info and exactly what they want. I will go so far as to send photos in stages to make sure it is how they want it to be. I also let them know the timeline for completion.

There are so many awesome finds on Pinterest about craft shows (case in point my whole board on show ideas) and these really did help me and I feel I am still learning.

I also don’t do them every other or every weekend as I feel it is just too much for me.”


Alison of Mettaville says, “I usually visit the craft fair at least once before deciding if I wish to apply, that way you get to have a look and feel of the place and see how the set up of stall holders, especially to get the table size so you can at least know how much stock to bring along. Do a mock up a home (I did this before my very first craft market). If you have a table to do it, great! If not, clear away a space in the house, tape it with masking tape the table size and display up your wares.  Saves the panic on the day.

Have a list of “stuff to bring” and check them off the day before the fair so all is in order. Don’t forget some snacks and water.”


Rose from RosesWorkshop says, “I have a regular summer stall, and some days I sell nothing priced over £10, then sometimes people are buying multiples of my top-end products. As a result, I tend to take everything. Last year, I sold more woolly hats in July and August than in the rest of the year combined!

I would recommend making yourself a stall essentials kits, whether it’s a biscuit tin or a briefcase, so everything is ready to grab as you run out the door.

Into your kit put obvious stuff like a change purse, receipt book and pens, UV note tester, credit card machine, business cards, as well as mini tools and fixing stuff such as scissors, sellotape, blu-tack, safety pins, maybe a spare screwdriver or allen key if appropriate to your display. A few personal items such as tissues and painkillers might help too.

Try to top-up anything that’s running low as soon as you get home because you’ll forget by next week.”


Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says, “Your thread takes me back to my first market where I had endless lists, too much product but a desire to learn from the experience! All was well, and I am pleased to say I very much enjoy the few markets I attend. I am selective and check out requests to attend, and other opportunities thoroughly before participating as markets are a lot of work before, during and afterwards!

I cannot advise about your product range as I make fabric gifts from bags to spectacle holders and lots in-between. My range is ever-changing, and my customers sometimes return to ask what new items I have been designing and creating which is appreciated. I have items available in a wide price range to cater for those who wish to spend from $5 (sometimes less). The Holiday Season (Christmas), especially is when larger-value items sell better.
An example of one of my most popular item is the Cosmetic Bag/Pencil Case Pouch seen above.

I offer to package a purchase in a bag for my customers. Many politely decline as they have their own.

Smaller denomination coins and notes for change are important as some people may call past an ATM on the way to the market and the machine may issue only large value notes. My stall essentials kit is in a small carry bag and I sometimes add to it and up-date it.

Have a safe place to carry your phone and money (preferably on you). A waist bag, neck bag or a large pocket helps to save any extra worries. It is also a good idea to have a notebook and pen. You can record transactions (so you know what sells well), items as you de-list them from Etsy after they are sold, record custom orders, etc.

I sometimes take a photo of my display if I am setting one up at home so that it’s on my phone as a memory jogger when the pressure is on! I also take a photo of my display at the market, as soon as I have it set up and before the market starts to share on social media.

I am selective with markets but I look upon each on as the most cost-effective form of marketing. A market stall provides great public relations and promotional opportunities. I’ve met some delightful and supportive people including organizers, customers and fellow stallholders. Each market is a learning experience even when takings may have been less than expected.

A business card is a good memory prompt for customers and it’s amazing how your handmade message can be spread and the people can find you months later (sometimes via your Etsy shop).

Have fun and I hope you enjoy your local market!”

So much awesome advice and stories shared here! 

I also reached out to a friend of mine, not part of this team but with great advice and a cute set up idea! 
Rachel says,
1.) Promote! Don’t leave it in the hands of those running the craft show.

2.) Display. “A hat that’s propped up is way more likely to sell than one laying flat on the table.” I relate this to sales online – people want to see what the piece looks like on, versus just a flat product.”

3.) Have “universally eye catching pieces”. Even if you think the pieces won’t sell – bring them anyway! You need items that will bring people to your table.

I just love the set up found in the above image. Though the craft fair is over, this image is a fantastic example of table set up. Check out more in her Craft Fair Recap.

If you have any tips or suggestions to share, we’d LOVE to hear them! Drop us a line in the comments below.

Good luck in YOUR craft booth from the Christmas in July Etsy Team!

Cupid Has Us ‘Struck in Love’

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots


For as long as I can remember, Cupid has been an iconic part of my Valentine’s celebrations as Santa Claus has been an iconic part of my Christmas celebration. There are many other love-gods such as Juno Februata, and Eros as well as Saint Valentine. I reached out to my fellow Christmas in July team members to see how they celebrate and what kinds of traditions were out there.

Wendy from CardNotions shared this Pop Up Valentine Card with Cupids.

She says, “I loved growing up with the tradition of sharing those little die-cut Valentines Day cards with classmates. A few days before, the art project in every classroom would be to decorate a shoe box with everything Valentines – hearts, lace, etc – with a slot in the top to receive cards. We then would exchange silly cards that we spent hours picking out and even longer deciding the appropriate message to send each recipient. It was a pretty subtle way to let someone know that you had a crush on them… or not… since all of the cards we basically cute and silly with a similar message. I loved that it allowed everyone to connect, laugh and share.
With that in mind, I decided to create a pop-up card that was cute and silly with a couple of cupids and subtle message of love.
“Please by my Valentine!” request is on the front of the card, which becomes much more persuasive when the card opens to two cupids shooting arrows into a large pop-up heart. Hidden inside the heart you will see one arrow has found its mark and the words, “…a little cupid persuasion…” Maybe a little darker humor than you might expect to find in the Valentine’s shoe boxes.”

Richard and Tatiana from DesignsTheLimit shared this Personalized ‘Struck by Love’ Picture Frame.

They say, “We love to study the history of ancient Greece and Rome with a great fascination for the polytheistic religions of the ancient world. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we introduced this ‘Struck by Love’ Picture Frame which also makes a great wedding, anniversary or birthday gift for your significant other. 
Although not as popular as the other custom picture frames in our portfolio, the story of Cupid is one of our favorites and we were happy to see it persevere into the modern age. We are happy to post this listing all year long for anyone who is struck by Cupid’s arrow. We also have several other Valentine’s Day picture frame designs and will be accepting orders right up until the last minute!”

Have you been struck by one of those arrows? Do you have any projects you’ve designed inspired by Cupid, Valentine’s Day or Love in general? We would love to see them and hear YOUR story!

Celebrating National Braille Literacy Month through Textures

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

January is National Braille Literacy Month. Braille is something we are thankful for worldwide, but especially in my family as a few of my family members have been affected by Retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye – You can read more about this in my personal About Me. Braille is all about the raised dots and touch/feel. I thought it’d be a neat twist on that to do a textured topic.

I invited my fellow Christmas in July Etsy team members to share items from their shops that were textured, and a short story about their items.

Usually, I try to narrow down the entries, but this time I couldn’t help but share them all! They are all great items, and a wide variety of them shared here. What fun!

She says, “This is some vintage burlap ribbon I got a hold of but it had damage all thru the roll because of a pin that was placed in it and the pin rusted so there were rust spots. I loved the ribbon and got it at a great deal because of the rust. When I got it home it sat for a few months til I noticed I could use the ribbon between the rust spots by cutting it and using it on gift tags, so I used this what would be an unusable ribbon in these wonderful tags. The tags are made out of a textured paper and the lace and burlap gives it even more texture in these OOAK [One of a Kind] tags.”

She says, “The pin hole design on the copper sleeve of this ceramic pot reminds me of the dots created by a brailler. I worked with visually impaired students before my retirement.”

She says, “As an artist, I love texture and much of my sculptural work is highly textured. This ring is made from upcycled buttons, the top blue button featuring raised dots, and certainly capturing the theme of this topic.”

She says, “This was the first item I knit using the Trinity Stitch and thought it was tough, but once I got the hang of the pattern I found myself whizzing through it and it was finished in no time! It was really satisfying seeing the finished scarf, and I was so glad I stuck with it to the end – now knitting the Trinity Stitch is a breeze!  “

She says, “What a great way to bridge our work with awareness! The texture of this yarn is soft, and somewhat bumpy and then to add the twists to the fabric it makes gives a dimensional feel to the texture making the scarf soft and cuddly with a great feel.”

She says, “Having worked with a number of visually impaired students, I chose this leaf bowl. It has a serrated edge like a real leaf and the veins are the type that you would find in a real leaf. Tactile-wise, the dish is an interesting piece.”

She says, “I make crochet cotton wash cloths and soap sacks with raised “nubs” that massage and exfoliate for a spa-like experience. They are so popular I had to be sure to carry some “manly” colors for the menfolk, but the example shared here is for the ladies! These are fun to crochet as the “nubs” keep the feel of things interesting.”

This was such a fun topic to write on, and I love all of the wonderful items chosen by our fellow Christmas in July team members! They are all quite different from one another and have their own individual stories to them, but all have great texture that tie into our posed topic.

Have you created anything with exceptional texture that you think make it stand out above the rest of your items? Share your story with us!

Genealogy with the Christmas in July Team

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots  

I absolutely love the idea of Genealogy! Researching and celebrating where you’ve come from and the family members/ancestors who helped you get there is so fun and exciting! I invited members of the Christmas in July Etsy Team to share an item from their shop that represented family, and a story about their item or what Roots meant to them.

Rheta from Vintage Eves shared these Vintage Italian Baldelli Salt and Pepper Shakers.

She says, “I am Italian. Everything we do centers around family and tends to be around a table eating awesome food and enjoying life. We are loud, loving and animated. I love that about my family. These salt and pepper shakers represent a few things; Italy, food, fun and of course a little spice to life.”

Patricia from The Old Barn Door shared this Cabinet Card of an Aristocratic Couple in Watertown New York.

She says, “With the renewed interest in where we came from and our ancestors, people have started looking for old records and photos. I adore this antique photo of a rather aristocratic couple – I wonder what became of them, the life they led and those that came after them.” 

Evelyn from Artsy Eve shared this Quilt with Matching Shams.

She says, “My German ancestors were very frugal and nothing was wasted. Even small scraps of fabric were always saved and eventually used in a scrap quilt such as this one my mother [Lucy] made.”

Patricia and Rebecca from North and South Shabby shared this Wild Shamrock Salad Plate.

They say, “Our paternal ancestors immigrated to the US from Ireland, and established our family homestead in the mid 1800’s. We grew up surrounded by the warm influence of his love of the “old country” and cherish the Irish roots that he gave us. To this day, a shamrock adorned find is hard to resist. So much so that we have a vintage Irish section in our shop!”

I’m sharing Custom Made Handwritten Letter from my EyeLoveKnots Shop.

I love to write old fashion letters and send them off to my family and friends! It is and has always been a great way of sharing a little bit of myself with those that I don’t regularly keep up with in email/by phone or on Facebook. You can also send fun little trinkets or photos along with it. This is much like they used to do generations back as they didn’t have internet, computers and cell phones. While men were off at war, I can picture my aunts, great-aunts, grandmother and great-mothers jumping for joy with a letter received from their loves.

Lots of things can represent family and for many different reasons. I’d love to hear your stories!

Sharing Santa Traditions

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots
Santa Claus… Saint Nicholas… Sinter Klaas… Pere Noel… Father Christmas… Because Santa is viewed so differently in different countries and cultures, I turned to my Christmas in July Team Members to learn more about their Santa and Holiday Traditions.

Personally, I make a point every year to visit with Santa and get my picture taken. When I think of Christmas, that is definitely one of the things I get really excited about! And though I have a grown up Christmas list, I always ask for the same thing – Peace and Happiness. I chose to feature the Santa suit in my Santa Bauble Ornaments (shown above) because it was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of my visit with him. How soft the red velvety suit is, with the fun, fluffy white trim. I had a lot of fun working up these bauble ornaments for gifting and have since made a few for my own tree.

Let’s see what other Christmas in July Members are sharing with us about their Santa and Holiday Traditions!

Megha of byTheArtBug shared this Felt Santa Figurine and Tree Sculpture. She says, “I remember how we used to wait for Santa during Christmas. In our home town Santa used to come with the Carolers and bring gifts and chocolates for kids! Everyone loves Santa and so I made this cute felt Santa to add a special touch to anyone’s Holiday Decor!”

Ina of InaSudjana shared these Set of 5 White Christmas Wool Finger Puppets. She says, “Here’s my Santa in finger puppet form. I came up with this idea last year, and am loving the snowy chill feeling as it is a very hot Christmas here in Australia.”

Patricia of TheOldBarnDoor shared this Jolly Victorian Santa Claus Christmas Pillow. She says, “This image never fails to make me smile – it is taken from one of my antique postcards. It conjures up all those feelings of anticipation I had as a young child.”

NauticoCreations shared these Hand Painted Santa Ornaments. They say, “One of our traditions is to give homemade gifts. These Santa cinnamon sticks are something that can be made and treasured for years to come. If you don’t like making things or don’t have time, these can be purchased to give you the handmade feel in YOUR home.”

Nan of ShabbyShopGirls shared this Vintage Corn Husk Santa Claus. She says, “This unusual Christmas Santa is made from actual corn husks by Nan Anderson. One of many collectible Santa’s from her Christmas santa series of corn husk dolls. We like this one in particular, as he resembles different Santa’s from Germany and Europe with his Christmas tree and bag full of toys. A lovely addition to any collection of primitive Santa’s!”

Do you have a special holiday item that represents your Santa or Holiday Tradition? Maybe you make a special type of Christmas Cookie for Santa, or leave out a treat for the Reindeer. I would love to hear about it! Share your story below.

World Peace Day

 Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

World Peace Day (November 17th) appears to be a grass root effort made by curator, Don Morris. It is just one example of how one person can make a huge difference in the world.

World Peace Day encourages us to be kind and share peace through our daily activities. The easiest and most unique way to spread the peace (I think) seems to be by folding some origami cranes and leaving them around your city or town for all to see.
I reached out to some of my fellow Christmas in July members for some Peace Themed items to share today.
Nancy of EponasCrystals chose this Peace Heart Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet. She says, “What could represent peace better than the peace sign! In the 1950s the “peace sign”, as it is known today, was designed as the logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and adopted by anti-war and counterculture activists in the United States and elsewhere. The CND, headed by philosopher Bertrand Russell, was planning an Easter march to Canterbury Cathedral to protest the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston. By the end of the 1960’s, the symbol had been adopted as a generic peace sign, crossing national and cultural boundaries in Europe and other regions. The sign really became popular in the US during the 1960s and 70s, when it became associated with anti-Vietnam protests. Today the sign is a universal symbol of peace worldwide.”
Owner of StockLaneStudio chose this Peace Typography Print. She says, “In light of what’s going on in the world right now, especially this week in Paris, this is an important event! Just breathe some fresh air and relax everybody!!”
Samantha of DahlbyDesigns chose this Black Fused Glass Plate with White Daisy. She says, “A wonderful topic! This fused glass plate has a cheerful daisy at its center with captivating dichroic frit glass used as the stem. I have often visualized a field of daisies gently swaying in the breeze during stressful times, and I find that the movement and soothing color palette is very calming. The color changing stem in this piece adds a bit of surprise and invites us to look a little closer, to really notice the beauty in something delicate and peaceful.”
Janine of AllSortsOfSoaps chose this #makeforgood Christmas Candle. She says, “Peace is such a beautiful word and so hard to achieve. My #makeforgood Christmas Candle is especially made to give peace and support women and girls living in poverty in Cambodia through Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. For me, the candle flame represents hope, courage and peace in a world that sorely needs all three.”
Owner of EthicalInfant chose this Organic Cotton Baby Blue Onesie. She says, “Our item features the quote – “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa. These are words that we must all remember, especially now. Some will tell us to “be on the lookout” for those who wish us harm. Other may say to hunker down and not go out to where we could be venerable. We hope to challenge those sentiments. By looking at each other, kindly, embracing our differences and our similarities, and beginning a conversation with a smile, there is hope for all who wish to have it. Peace truly does begin with a smile.”

Becky of LollysCubbyHole  chose this Joy Pallet Christmas Sign. She says “With Peace comes Joy. I wish for both; for the nation of France and the rest of our trouble strewn nations.”

I had a lot of fun putting this post together, and loved reading all the great stories that pair with these items that are all unique representations of peace.
How will you be celebrating and spreading the peace today? Please share your story below!