#CIJParty 2015 – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy

Guest blog post by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

Christmas is about memories and memories are what we make of them.  We often share these with our children and our loved ones because they are part of us; part of our past, part of the history of our families – and often a vital part of who we are.

I know we come from all over – all places, races and religions – and that is just something else that I love about being here on Etsy! I know that we do not all celebrate Christmas – and those of us who do may do it in many different ways.

For those of you who do celabrate this time of year in whatever your way – I would so love to show how we are linked to those memories we have made and are making with our families and friends and how we are reminded by what we sell, see and or buy here on Etsy!
Sometimes our memories are about something touching, something treasured, or even just hilarious.  It can also be about remembering those who may not be here with us physically, but have left their imprint on our hearts and are remembered in a special way at holidays.

Here are a few stories from our Christmas in July Team that I would like to share with you during the Etsy CIJ2015 celebration.

Betsysbijoux

Betsysbijoux

Betsy Keep from Betsysbijoux shares:

In my house Christmas was always a time of mass decoration. We had mantles, swags, tree – even a decorated lantern beside the door. And boxers everywhere – there was much food involved and where there is food, there are boxers. The lantern brooch reminds me of our decorated light and the dog reminds me of friends gone.

As for memories – you should have seen our house the year I tied 2 adult boxers to the christmas tree. They ran upstairs and got the tree wedged in the staircase with 2 boxers stuck under the tree and 3 year old wailing at the foot of the stairs.

Amazing that I made it to 63 – when she was alive my Mum never let me forget that one.

Hugs,

Betsy

You can find these and other wonderful things at Betsysbijoux  store on Etsy.

Betsysbijoux

Betsysbijoux

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit shares:

We have personalized hundreds of ornaments, but a few stand out to memory. We do not remember most of the Our First Christmas Together, Babies First Christmas, or Family Christmas ornaments we have created. Unfortunately, the ones we remember the most are the Baby Memorial Gifts.

We are proud to help our customers show their loved ones how much they care and are saddened by their loss. We believe that personalized memorial gifts are a great way to show your affection towards loved ones suffering from loss.

We have never advertised for memorial gifts and we are troubled by the number of companies that do actively advertise specifically for memorial gifts. We only share this story because after reading the posted topic, it was the first thing that came to mind.

When customers place an order for an ornament or enquire if we can complete an order for a memorial gift, we wish that we could work for free. On more than one occasion, tears have been shared completing and packaging memorial ornaments.

These are not the orders we look forward to, but when you celebrate your Christmas with your children remember to hug them, kiss them, and remember how blessed you are to have them.

Christmas is a time of high emotions, even in July!

You can find these and other wonderful things at the DesignstheLimit store on Etsy.

Go here to find out about how this store donates to different charities  and how you can help when you make a purchase: Donation Match – Design’s The Limit And You Can Make A Difference Together.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Thank you, Betsy and a special thanks to DesignstheLimit, as I do understand that this was to share your story.

I am a lung cancer survivor and as such, I try my best to live each day like it is Christmas because it is!  For each of us every day is a chance to make memories with those we love.

I hope that your year is wonderful and that this Christmas 2015 is a great celebration for you and yours.

—Sincerely; Kristy Jo

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#CIJParty 2015 – Designer Wendy

Guest blog post by Wendy of WJoyDesigns

WJoyDesigns emerged out of a desire to simply design, (or manifest) simple joy back into my life.

WJoy Designs makes a variety of handcrafted candles, stained glass art, mosaic art and jewelry! From scented candles to stained glass ornaments and keepsakes, my original pieces make great gifts for any occasion.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

I am inspired by nature and our world. Bright colors are a favorite design element in my work. When I choose supplies for my pieces,those are always my main sources of inspiration.

My workshop is in Reno, NV. It is a dream to be just a short drive from such majestic mountains, endless forests and beautiful Lake Tahoe!

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Gigantic 2.68 LB. rainbow chunk square pillar candle scented in your choice! 9″ tall 3″ across. Smells AMAZING!! Such a bright and cheery candle to have in your home! Beautiful rainbow colors merge into one another in this scented rainbow square chunk pillar candle.

This candle is made in a 3 pour process, and has a core candle with the rainbow chunks set around it. This process creates a better quality, longer burning candle. Not sure of the total burning time, but I still have one that I light from time to time and its been with me for 11 yrs! Colors will vary slightly as each candle is hand made. Shown here unwrapped, it will come to you, wrapped in cello and tied with raffia/hemp cord.

This gorgeous rainbow candle would make a wonderful unity candle for a wedding, a great gift for a friend or loved one or a beautiful sentiment for a memorial service.

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. There are seven chakras in the body, located in a straight line with your spine; this line runs down the center of your body, from the top of your head to the base of your spine. Each chakra is an energy center and is represented with its unique color. Color meditation involves focusing on each of your chakras and their color vibration in order to bring about balance in your mind and body; promoting healing and peace of mind. Each of the chakras relates to the elements of Earth, air fire water, ether, spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

A magical iridescent green dragonfly encircled with a silver hoop! These earrings are sure to get rave reviews! Total length is 2 inches.

The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.

Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.
This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Delicate iridescent green dragonfly pendant in shades of green and iridescence! This pendant is 2 inches long and comes with a 23 inch silver chain with lobster claw clasp.

The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.

Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.

This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

A single ray of light contains the seven colors of the rainbow and so does the human spirit, which reveals itself through seven degrees of consciousness.

The seven color rays are spiritual forces emanating from the white light. They are perpetually vibrating – not only on the surface of the earth – but also above and through it, encircling the globe in streams of endless energy.

Rainbow Aura activates all the energy centers in the body, clearing a path for the Life Force to manifest throughout the subtle bodies, bringing in a vibrant energy and zest for life. It is particularly supportive for those in dysfunctional relationships, by letting one see what lies ahead and helping to release negative emotions such as resentment or grief. It brings deep insights into one’s relationships at all levels, and aids letting go of karmic ties that may be hindering relationships in the current life. This transformed relationship then becomes vital and harmonious. Rainbow Aura is a master healer for any condition, and is highly beneficial in multidimensional cellular memory healing. It is an efficient receptor for programming and bringing the body into balance

This highly polished rainbow aura point is rainbow-licious! It is iridescence to the maximum with rainbows emanating from every surface! Hand wirewrapped with silverplated wire and comes with a nickel free silver chain with lobster claw clasp. total length is 24 inches.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

I find creative time in between to create my works when an idea comes to me.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

A single ray of light contains the seven colors of the rainbow and so does the human spirit, which reveals itself through seven degrees of consciousness.

The seven color rays are spiritual forces emanating from the white light. They are perpetually vibrating – not only on the surface of the earth – but also above and through it, encircling the globe in streams of endless energy.

Brilliant rainbows flash everywhere wearing this gorgeous prism crystal! Cut to refract and bend light to create rainbows!! It is hand wirewrapped in silver with a pretty swirl accent and comes with a 23 inch silver chain with lobster claw clasp.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

I work well into the wee hours. My days are longer than they were when I was working for somebody else. It is a labor of love though. That’s what makes it so meaningful.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Soar like the free spirit you truly are wearing this tribal feather headband! Comfy, soft, stretchy suede is braided and adorned with a variety of feathers in natural browns,iridescent green/black, rusty oranges and fluffy plum ostrich feathers. Each feather is accented with a brown wooden bead and there are espresso finished hand carved wooden beads on the longest feathers. Feathers can be moved to any position on the headband for a customized look to fit your mood! It is completely adjustable and closes with a sliding bead.

There is an eagle in me and a spotted bird hurrying corn to grow
The eagle flies to the mountains of my dreams,
flies to the corners of my distant hopes.
But the spotted bird stands among the cornstalks telling me to hoe.
My hands are the tools of my soul.
They make the drum,
the bow,
the flute,
and stretch the skin of the deer.
They work the earth and care for the sheep and plant the corn.
They greet my homeland each morning that I awake.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

I always make time for my customers and answer any messages or special requests promptly. I love to add a special touch to my orders by gift wrapping to create a special presentation. I am always happy to create something absolutely unique and love to make custom one of a kind orders.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

I create something new every day. Now I can share what brings me so much joy to create with you!

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/WJoyDesigns

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/W-Joy-Designs-Stained-Glass-Handcrafted-Art/353602301370206

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#CIJParty 2015 – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions

Guest blog post by Molly of MollyFinds

When my husband and got engaged we were given a gift certificate to purchase something from a catalog. I knew immediately I wanted a light up angel for our first Christmas tree.  We will be married 20 years this December with 2 children. Every year our family has continued the tradition that my parents started with my sister and I. Our kids take turns being the one lifted up to place and light her. It gets more amusing every year, as our son is now the same size as his daddy.

Vintage Christmas angels are something I try to collect for my Etsy shop, MollyFinds every time I find them.

This Paramount Electric Tree Topper Angel from the 1940s was one of the coolest I had ever collected and sold.

MollyFinds

MollyFinds

And I got the most heartwarming message from the lady who purchased her:

Molly, I received my order and it arrived safely. Thanks for packaging it so securely. My family had this angel tree topper (still has it) since before I can remember (I’m in my 60’s) and all my siblings fight over who will ultimately become heir to her. Now I’ve found the solution and can give a duplicate for one of them to cherish. Thanks! Linda 

Traditions are part of what make memories so special and build anticipation not only for children but also the adults each year.

Here are some Christmas angels I have available for Christmas in July

MollyFinds

MollyFinds

Choir Angel Light up Christmas Tree Topper

MollyFinds

MollyFinds

And this sweet table top Christmas Angel night light

Angels are not the only vintage holiday theme decorations that I have! Click the ornaments to go to my vintage holiday section!

MollyFinds

MollyFinds

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MollysMuses

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MollyOBryonWelpottPhotography

Instagram: https://instagram.com/mollyfinds

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#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial For A Shabby Mermaid Bust” – Patricia And Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

Introduction

Recently I was reviewing my Pinterest repins. A comment made on our vintage jewelry anchor caught my eye; “Beach decor-can’t decide if it’s tacky or cool! Shabby Beach/Coastal Cottage style may not be for everyone, but I love it. If you don’t love it, stop reading right here, because you’ll definitely won’t like this project!

DIY Shabby Mermaid Bust

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My mom found this bust at a salvage shop. Pretty, but it sat there for a while before I decided what I wanted to do with it.

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Then I thought, how cute would she be if I made her a mermaid?

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Materials Used

A bust. This one was found at a salvage shop.

E6000 adhesive (Don’t even try this with another glue. You’ll have wasted a lot of time.)

A small paintbrush.

Judykin’s Diamond Glaze

Various shells, sea glass, coral

Glue gun/glue sticks

Aluminum foil

Tutorial Directions

Start by squeezing a bit of E6000 onto a piece of foil. Just dab a shell into the E6000, really just a little is all it takes. Squeeze a couple of dots of hot glue on top of the E6000. Press to your figurine for a few seconds. The E6000 forms the permanent bond, the hot glue forms the “fast bond”. Alone, the silicone based E6000 will slide around, but not when topped with the hot glue. Really, try it!

I started my figurine with one of my leftover Vintage Jewelry Starfish from my Christmas sale, and worked my way around her head. I realize not everyone has previously made Vintage Jewelry Starfish lying around, but get creative. An old brooch would look great, or a starfish covered in glass glitter.. or just leave it out. I like that it creates a unique focal point.

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Add, layer, fill in the spots…

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I added Limpet Shells at the bottom to create a “Mermaid Scale” look..

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Next. You’ll have spider web strands of glue everywhere..anyone that’s ever used a glue gun knows what a pain they are! But did you know if you hit it with a blow dryer, pouf! They’re gone!

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Lastly, add Judykin’s Diamond Glaze. I love this product so much! It’s a very thin, very clear(non-yellowing) adhesive/top coat. It just kind of insures it’ll all stay together. Drip some out of the bottle, and spread out with the paintbrush. Work in small areas, letting dry in between.

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Conclusion

And she’s done! Just love how she came out! Now – to sell, or keep?

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Thanks for looking and happy crafting! -Rebecca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthandSouthShabby

Twitter: twitter.com/noandsoshabby

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nandsshabby

Website: www.northandsouthshabby.com

Blog: vintagekeywest.wordpress.com

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#CIJParty 2015 – Marsala – Pantone Color Of The Year

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2015 PANTONE Color of the year is Marsala. Pantone defines Marsala: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Here are a few Marsala items from the CIJ team on Pinterest!

Marsala

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Are you a member of the CIJ team? Do you have Marsala items that you like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the CIJ forums to participate!

Soon we’ll change the Pinterest boards to the 2016 PANTONE color of the year! Leave your guess here what the color will be!

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#CIJParty 2015 – Christ kindle Markt: Christmas Markets The German Way

Guest blog post by Mary of StockLaneStudio

Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way

Glänzend:  Glittery shiny German Christmas markets!

Germany has some of the best Christmas markets in the world.  Often crowded (überfüllt),  with well over millions of visitors, Christmas markets usually spring up all over Germany (and other parts of Europe) on the Friday before Advent and close up before Christmas Eve.  Known as a Christkindle Markt  or Weihnachtsmarkt or some variation of the two, each village market has something special to make it unique, but all are teaming with warm food and beverage, handmade holiday gifts, arts and crafts, twinkling lights and holiday cheer that last well into the evening.  Beverage booths offer ceramic mugs to fill with steaming hot chocolate or glühwein (grog or mulled wine) to warm our bellies while we walk around and mix and mingle with the smells and sounds and colors of visitors and vendors that have set up to celebrate the holiday season.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Schrullig:  whimsical and quirky

Bavaria is the southeastern region of Germany and boasts charming villages and cities.  Restaurants still maintain outdoor seating in the winter, often between walls of snow banks, just making sure heaters and warm blankets are part of the service.   The village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber can’t be missed, if only for the sake of their Schneeballen (my kids called them brain cakes).  Sort of like a funnel cake fried into the shape of a ball, these yummy treats are usually sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Schneeballen found at the Rothenburg market:

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

The Christmas market in the Bavarian town of Nuremberg market has its fair share of typical German Christmas booths, selling intricate and delightful ornaments or handmade scarves, traditional candies and chocolates that melt in you hands if you don’t eat them soon enough.  And the delightful collectable Rauchermen, or incense burning wooden ‘smoker’ figures that are carefully carved and decorated to depict all the members of society that you can think of:  the doctor, optician, toy seller, woodsman, mushroom picker, beer brewer, the list goes on and on.  But the booths of delightfully quirky prune people are what make you take a second look.  Yes, Zwetschgenmännle are little dolls made of prunes, nuts and figs: it’s a fruitcake and a doll all in one!  What better use of a prune can there be?  Placed in a windowsill facing out, these figures are said to ward off evil.  The comical figures are not unique to Germany, and can be found in many parts of Europe, but when I think of Christmas in Nuremburg, I think of Prune People.

Lebhaft:  animated

The market in Aschaffenburg, Germany takes place in the Johannisburg Castle Square and boasts a mini train carrying gleeful children to a giant two-story tall wooden Christmas pyramid.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Handcrafted Mini versions of this pyramid are sold in wooden stalls in most village markets  and for me, these charming pyramids have become another symbol of Christmas in Germany, ranging from simple and small to tall and elaborate.  All rotate magically by the heat of one or more strategically placed candles.

Blendend unt Schön:  sparkling and beautiful

Frankfurt’s Chriskindlemark  takes place on and around the Römerberg, the square that is the heart of the city.  Beautifully rebuilt and restored half-timbered houses are bathed in lights and trees and simple wooden craft stalls for the holiday.  A fun way to tour the market is through a horse-drawn carriage, clopping along with bells and warm blankets.  The Frankfurt market has its own version of ‘prunepeople’.  They call them Quetschemännchen.  Yes, still made with prunes and nuts, these are far more romantic.  Tradition has it that love-sick men used to send these off to girls they fancied.  I can’t think of a more romantic gesture!!

Köln Cathedral Spire:

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Currywurst, liebekuchen, kartoffelpuffer and apfel-pfannkuchen

In Cologne (Köln), climb the 509 stone steps of the spire of the Gothic Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom, and look down on the twinkling lights, red canopied booths and throng of shoppers snacking on warm apfel-pfannkuchen (apple fritters) or  potato pancakes.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Once you descend the spire, treat yourself to currywurst (a curry-sausage sandwich) and heart-shaped lebkuchen.  These giant gingerbread cookies are a Christmas Market staple, decorated with frosty wishes like:  Frohe Weihnacht (Merry Christmas) and Ich Liebe Dich (I love you).  The frosting can be quite sugary and hard sometimes, making these giant heart cookies best suited for hanging up as Christmas decorations than eating in my opinion.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

There is another more traditional lebkuchen that is delicate and just slightly sweet and flavored with honey, spices and nuts that suits my palate.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

There are just too many famous and continuously traditional markets to list here– I feel like I’ve done a disservice not having mentioned Trier or Munich (Glockenspiel on the Marienplatz), or Berlin or Dresden or. . . .What is certain, is the tradition and cheer and warmth of bright lights and good conversation found in all of Germany’s Christmas markets, keeping tourists and locals coming back year after year.

Snow frosted bikes in Munich:

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

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