Write A Friend In December

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

December has been designated as Write A Friend Month, which I find totally appropriate.  With Christmas being in December, it provides a wonderful opportunity to send Christmas letters and cards  to friends and family. I always enjoy sending out my yearly Christmas greetings to say hello, I’m thinking of you.

When I was young I had several boxed stationery sets with coordinating envelopes and a beautiful writing pen.  I was fortunate to have several different pen pals across the USA and also one from Germany.  We would write back and forth each month sharing thoughts and stories about our lives.  Learning about life in different places was very educational.  It was always a thrill for me to go out to the mailbox and discover a letter waiting inside with my name on it.

When separated by distance, a letter in the sender’s own handwriting is more personal than an email.  You can touch and treasure a letter.  It’s kind of like you are holding a little piece of them right there in your hands.

Over the years, I have noticed that letter writing and sending out Christmas cards is on the decline and becoming a lost art.  With the advent of faster communication methods such as emails, texts, and social media, letter writing has become a quaint old-fashioned habit.

Our society has become so fast-paced, and we are so busy with our lives that we often lose touch with friends and family.  During the month of December, I encourage everyone to take a moment and slow down.  Take time to give the greatest gift of all, part of yourself.  Write a letter or send a card to a friend, say hello and catch up on old times.

“We are only given today and never promised tomorrow, so make sure you tell the people who are special in your life you love them.” ~ Unknown

The members of the Etsy Christmas in July Team share their thoughts on letter writing along with an item from their shop that will aid us in crafting the perfect letter.


 

Lauren Vanhemert from BellaBolsaDesigns adds:

I love handwritten letters and have used personal, vintage and even famous love letters in my work. For me, I am saddened on what I view as the lost art of letter writing. Tweets and texts just don’t have the same feel as a handwritten note. I feel so strongly about this I just blogged about it on my own web blog, bellabolsa.com. In any case, here is a custom bag I designed for a 50th anniversary using love letters from the husband to his wife.

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Custom Photo Purse


 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I don’t care what anybody says, I love getting cards and letters in the mailbox and I don’t think I’m alone. In our electronic day and age, hand-written letters are rare and so they become gifts in and of themselves. I still write letters to my best friend, my childhood friend. We have known each other longer than I care to mention, and have lived in the same town, but also far apart. Sure we Skype and Facetime, and text and talk on the phone, but once or twice a year I send out a long letter.

When you receive a hand written letter, it is just for you, it hasn’t been mass-produced or copied and pasted. That someone took the time to do that, it makes you feel so special!

I always wonder, 500 years from now, when technology is probably going to be vastly different from today, will we be able to access all our electronic documents? Will we be able to go back and find records of our lives in emails and so many different types of files? Hand-written letters on actual paper are still a way to preserve our history.

 

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Christmas Writing Paper


 

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit shares this thought:

The artistic expression of bringing pen to paper, chasing concepts and building constructs, in search of an alluding original thought being lost to the void of eternity beyond reach. Defying singularity with a moment of concrete definition with elusive insight, the pen wielder swaying a tenacious fight. But alas the might that fights a never-ending fight must stop to rest for the night. Then lost to vivid imagination of the abyss, the secret to writing is to write! We can’t wait to read about your flights of fancy!

Make a note to take the time to write just for the pleasure of creation.

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Design’s Desktop Memo Holder With Design Options


 

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter answers:

I have always sent cards… I love sending cards with a special note in them when they are not expected… such as Thinking of You cards. I sent one to a friend once and she called in tears as she was having a hard day and she said the card lifted her spirit and helped her get through the day. I still LOVE hanging Christmas cards around the house. We don’t seem to get as many and I do truly miss them but the few I do get I cherish. Here is a vintage card that is great for sending that card that is special that no one else will be sending.

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Vintage Christmas Card Set


 

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital replies:

I think there is something special about receiving an actual letter or card in the mail these days. You know someone was really thinking about you if they took the time to do that.

I love printable paper crafts anyway, so when I create a new stationery set I can’t help but think ‘who could I send a letter to?’ Like most people, I don’t get it done very often, but I do believe it’s appreciated.

Lately, I have been creating new abstract art prints – and this stationery set I created with three of my new art prints by adding a transparent overlay and lines to write on.

 

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Printable Abstract Art Stationery

 

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National Aviation Day

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

National Aviation Day is in honor of the birthday of aviator Orville Wright. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were pioneer aviators in the United States. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This inaugural flight was soon to change the skies forever. This special day was created by a presidential proclamation by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939.

Here at Christmas in July we want you to share any aviation items and the story behind it!

Sue Panzer from DesignsBySuzze says:

I have a gold-plated bangle in my shop with a really nice biplane. I love this style of plane.

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Judy from BestDressedBaby states:
I have created this cozy aviator hat and matching mukluks for all the aspiring pilots, or for babies of anyone in the aviation field. This set is also available with pink trim for any future Amelia Earhart’s out there! Guaranteed to keep baby warm during their first flight.
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Flying! What an awesome experience to travel the globe in a matter of hours! Those Wright Brothers had a dream and made it happen. Today’s technology has provided us with such aircraft as the 747 and 787 Dreamliner! Wear a piece of aviation history in this amazing tie!
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It is simpley amazing, when you think about it, that these big heavy metal contraptions can get off the ground, It really is a celebration the Wright Brothers achievement! Today we can travel around the world and even into space!
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Outdoor Activities

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Outdoor activities are something most of us love to do, no matter the season. There are many different activities we can participate in including: skiing, walking, swimming and many more.

Christmas in July Team wanted to know what do you like to do outside?

Here is what some of our members told us!

Gari Anne  from beadloverskorner says:

One of the activities I always loved when I was younger (and still do love) is going to the beach and hunting for shells, sand dollars, sharks teeth, and any other treasures of the sea. I created these earrings to portray the many gifts of the sea and emote the feeling of calm that can be felt while walking along the beach hunting for treasure from the ocean.

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There is nothing quite like being on or near the water on a summer’s day. Stick your toes in the water, breathe in the fresh cool air or jump in a boat (with approval and a life vest of course) and off you go to an adventure. You see things differently from the water.
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Ina from InaSudjana explains:
With spring approaching here in Australia, we can find more and more butterflies on clear days. They are such gentle creatures and oh-so-free. My little girl loves chasing her butterflies every time we have the chance to go outdoors – even as simple as having our picnic lunch at the front lawn!
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BBQing! My husband is a master in this field and always looks forward to the summer and warmer weather for smoking & grilling different food for outdoor picnics and family gatherings.
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No matter where you live it looks like there are many types of activities to get you outdoors and active!!

Homes And Gardens – All Things

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Homes and gardens. Just say the words and all things homes and gardens come to mind. Inspiring home and garden items from members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios shares that she’s just gotten back into gardening recently. It’s her escape from the daily mummy routine! She has started growing herbs and a few pot plants, hoping to expand out soon to more flowers and eventually a veggie garden as well!

Rosemary Fine Art PhotographyFrom ColourscapeStudios

Rosemary Fine Art PhotographyFrom ColourscapeStudios

Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts loves butterflies (or flutter-bys as she always called them) and looks forward to their return to her garden every year. So when she found this fun butterfly paper, it immediately made her think of my seasonal visitors in all their glorious colors perched atop her flowers. And hey, this means she can see butterflies year round!

Multicolored Butterflies Handmade Tile Coasters From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Multicolored Butterflies Handmade Tile Coasters From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Veronica from AVAArtsSupplies loves these red flower acrylic rhinestones because she doesn’t have a green thumb for flowers! She has tried and tried and yet her flowers always die. She can keep a garden full of veggies growing, but those flowers… she may as well plant plastic flowers. At least those would last a little!

Red Flower Acrylic Rhinestones  From AVAArtsSupplies

Red Flower Acrylic Rhinestones From AVAArtsSupplies

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy wonders what says garden more than a lovely little lady bug? She used to love capturing them at her grandmother’s house. She would give her an old Tupperware container with grass in it and holes cut out of the lid. Amy would proceed to fill it up with ladybugs and carry it around all day. The next day, they all miraculously escaped, and her grandmother would send her on her way again. Pretty sure her motivation was a) extra lady bugs in her garden from everyone else’s yard and b) to keep Amy busy! When Amy found this pattern, she thought of her. One of these towels hangs in her kitchen every spring, and it makes her smile!

Red And Black Ladybug Embroidered Hanging Kitchen Towel Potoholder Combo From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Red And Black Ladybug Embroidered Hanging Kitchen Towel Potoholder Combo From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Candy from WickedlyCreative loves vintage items and fell in love with this bee gardener pattern! She loved embroidering the flowers and think it would be a perfect gift for a mother or grandmother who loves gardening.

Bee And Flowers Hand Embroidered Pillow Decor From WickedlyCreative

Bee And Flowers Hand Embroidered Pillow Decor From WickedlyCreative

Jeanne from CedarwoodsCreations observes there are all types of bugs and bees around a garden. Dragonflies have always fascinated her. They intrigue and scare her at the same time. Jeanne doesn’t think they sting but whenever one gets close to her she flinches and get spooked. They are very cool to look at though!

Dragonfly Rock Cairn From CedarwoodCreations

Dragonfly Rock Cairn From CedarwoodCreations

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital loves sunflowers and lady bugs! This was a fun clip art set to make, and she has used it for making greeting cards for late summer/early fall.

PDF Clip Art Sunflowers With Lady Bugs Printable Digital Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

PDF Clip Art Sunflowers With Lady Bugs Printable Digital Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

Majorie from mscennaa acquired this little vintage flower shaped jewelry embellishment and has been saving it for a creation this spring. Looking at flowers outside and thinking about picking flowers inspired her to make it into a ring!

Red Flower Ring From mscenna

Red Flower Ring From mscenna

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass is a store that is partly vintage, partly handmade. This item is is a vintage treasure and is perfect for the gardener whose flowers are blooming. When it’s time to start arranging flowers and creating beautiful indoor arrangements, a flower frog will help keep those stems in place!

Pale Blue Flower Frog   From ElizabethLovesGlass

Pale Blue Flower Frog From ElizabethLovesGlass

Laura from VintagePlusCrafts finds joy growing these in her flower garden and what to spread them all over the world!

Hollyhock Seeds From VintagePlusCrafts

Hollyhock Seeds From VintagePlusCrafts

Karen from APaperPardise believes that cannot be a girl in the world who hasn’t at some stage in her early life, proudly presented her mother with a bunch of daisies picked from the lawn – how fitting then to announce her birth with a daisy cupcake.

10 Pink Daisy Cupcake Baby Announcements, Shower or Birthday Party Invitations with Custom Wording From APaperParadise

10 Pink Daisy Cupcake Baby Announcements, Shower or Birthday Party Invitations with Custom Wording From APaperParadise

Kazaa from TangerineToes feels this beautiful Sanderson fabric is already inspired and she fell in love with it instantly. Kazaa created this sweet little accent pillow showing off pink roses and lilac growing and glowing happily together!

Cushion Cover Throw Pillow Soft Pink And Green Floral Roses Lilac Shabby Chic English Garden Pillow Cover From TangerineToes

Cushion Cover Throw Pillow Soft Pink And Green Floral Roses Lilac Shabby Chic English Garden Pillow Cover From TangerineToes

Sarah from TheFeltCollector feels this felt fabric is definitely garden inspired. She likes the colors of the pretty flowers. What would you create? She is thinking an owl would be super cute.

Garden Floral Felt MaterialFrom TheFeltCollector

Garden Floral Felt MaterialFrom TheFeltCollector

Watler from WalterSilva is fascinated by the way roses are grown and loves gardening!

Rose Bouquet Pill Box From WalterSilva

Rose Bouquet Pill Box From WalterSilva

Sarah from BellaBoutiqe23 designed this card originally for her Mom to give to her 3 girlfriends from high school. They have been friends for over 50 years! Sarah loved the saying for them “Plant a Seed of Friendship, Reap a Bouquet of Happiness”! The paper line is from Graphic 45 secret garden line and she loves the flowers. Sarah designed each card to be a different flower to represent her Mom and her three girlfriends, each beautiful and each unique.

Tealight Candle Friendship Card From BellaBoutique23

Tealight Candle Friendship Card From BellaBoutique23

DickensKnits added a special touch to this rather plain sun top by embroidering a flower on it!

Flower Baby Sun Top, From DickensKnits

Flower Baby Sun Top, From DickensKnits