Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2018 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2018 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you

Thank you to all the Etsy Christmas In July team members who participated this year.

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2018 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the Christmas In July leaders! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Cindy from Cynhumphrey

Lisa from SpoiledFelinesArt

Mairi from mairidesign

Megha from byTheArtBug

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during #EtsyCIJ 2018!

Thank you for joining us on Monday July 9th for the #CIJParty 2018.

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Schedule

Here was the schedule of our events!

July 1st – Welcome To Etsy Christmas In July 2018 – #EtsyCIJ 2018
July 2nd – CIJ Team & Wandarrah Team Cross Promotion
July 3rd – Must Have Stocking Fillers
July 4th – Red, White And Blue
July 5th – Favorite Holiday Recipes
July 6th – A CIJ Year In Review
July 7th – Holiday Goals
July 8th – What Makes Christmas Special
July 9th – #CIJParty 2018
July 10th – Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2018 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Social Media

Please continue to use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2018 season!

Facebook
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Instagram
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Twitter
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Thank You For Coming To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2018 – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CIJParty 2018 here on the Etsy Christmas In July blog!! It was a really fun day in the sun!

I am Michelle, the captain of the Christmas In July team on Etsy!

Alicia, and Cindy, two of the leaders of the team were your co-hosts for the day! 

Here is a brief recap of the days activities!

Party Schedule

We had new blog articles, guest blog articles, and tutorials posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the party schedule!

Musical Introduction by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Food And Drink by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Photo Booth by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Photos From The #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Chinese Lucky Stars by Mairi of mairidesign

Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop by Mairi of mairidesign

Where To Visit For Christmas by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Secret Santa by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Show Us Your Holiday Table Settings by Alicia of AliciasFindings

The Christmas Tree by Mairi of mairidesign

Secrets of An Old Fashioned Christmas by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Tutorial: Christmas Paper Stars by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Fun Facts About Christmas by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour by Mike of burntearthhair

Getting Ready For Christmas by Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0

Christmas Memories Last Forever – Cutting Of The Tree by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Trending On Social by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Thank You Etsy On Sale by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Mairi of mairidesign for curating our swag bag today! Mairi is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert! The Swag Bag printables were created by CIJ team members Karen of timetalentjewels, Judy of PiecesOfMePaperCraft, Gina of ArigigPixel. As well as team leaders Megha of byTheArtBug and Mairi of mairidesign.

There is a swag bag waiting for you!

Click here for your Swag Bag! #EtsyCIJ 2018 Swag Bag

Tell Your Friends

Even though we’re wrapping (Christmas wrapping) up our day the great benefit of a blog is that this day will forever be on our blog!

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see you! Be sure to use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Etsy Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar search Christmasinjuly or CIJ. So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2018.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ18 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, WE’RE JUMPING IN THE POOL!

Michelle, Alicia & Cindy-

Thank You Etsy On Sale: EOS – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I want to take a moment today to thank Mitsu, Jason and Cameron from Etsy On Sale!

They have been a tremendous partner during our annual Etsy Christmas In July event for the past several years!

Etsy On Sale has been helping Etsy shops easily run sales and promote their shops since 2010.

Please check out their site to support them!

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Trending On Social – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

Today during the #CIJParty 2018 let’s discover what the team has trending on social media!

Follow The Etsy Christmas In July Team On Facebook

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Follow The Etsy Christmas In July Team On Pinterest

Follow The Etsy Christmas In July Team On Twitter

Tutorial: Christmas Paper Stars – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas Paper Stars by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

These Paper Stars are quick to make and you need a minimum of material. The effect is fantastic. I made this tutorial in May and looked for Christmas inspired papers in my stash. If you would love to make these stars for your Christmas decoration, Christmas tree, or very small to embellish your Christmas presents, look for papers at Christmas time. I am sure you find truly beautiful papers.

Materials Used

Paper / Cardstock Paper – not to strong Scissor /Cutter Glue Ruler Clips or Needles

Tutorial Directions

1. You need 12 Stripes of Paper. Cut it in 1 cm x 15 cm Stripes.

2. Wove 6 Stripes together in the middle.

3. The distance between the stripes are about 4- 5 mm.

4. Where the stripes crossed, fix it with glue. Take the same with the other six stripes. Be sure that the glue is dry, before you take the next step.

5. Wire the outside Stripe a half and glue it together with the other 90° outside stripe. Clip it together with a clip or a needle and let it dry very well. Do it also with the other three edges, and also with the second woven piece.

6. Now you have two shells.

7. If all is dry, bring the two shells together.

8. Glue the three stripes together. And clip it with a clip or a needle. Let it dry very well.

9. If all is dry you can cut the tips in shape.

10. Now you need always a needle, to punch a hole for a thread in one tip, to hang the star up in your Christmas tree.

Conclusion

Enjoy!

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The Christmas Tree – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

One cold winter’s night, Martin Luther was walking through a pine forest near his home in Wittenberg when he looked up and saw thousands of stars glinting jewel-like among the branches of the trees. This wondrous sight inspired him to set up a candle-lit fir tree in his house that Christmas.

Long before Christianity, however, people in the Northern Hemisphere used evergreen plants to decorate their homes to celebrate the Winter Solstice. This was celebrated by the Egyptians, the Celts, the Vikings and the Romans, who decorated their homes and temples with green palm rushes or evergreen boughs in honour of their gods and to symbolise everlasting life.

The modern tradition of decorating trees indoors began in Germany in the 16th century. Open-air plays, telling the story of creation, were performed on Adam and Eve day, where the Garden of Eden was symbolised by a ‘paradise tree’ hung with fruit. The church banned these practices, considering them acts of heathenry, so people collected evergreen branches or trees and brought them, secretly, into their homes. On these, families would hang lit candles, gingerbread, gold covered apples, roses made from coloured paper, wafers and sweets.

This eventually reached the shores of the United Kingdom, when Queen Charlotte, the German wife of George III, set up the first known British tree in 1800. She held a large Christmas party for the children of all the principal families in Windsor and set up a yew tree in the middle of the drawing-room, illuminated by small wax candles, and decorated with baubles, fruit and presents. Christmas trees then became fashionable in English upper-class circles, where they formed the focal point at children’s gatherings.

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It wasn’t until half a century later, that the tradition took hold. In 1840, Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, imported several spruce firs from his native Coburg. Each year, magazines would describe the royal Christmas tree and print illustrations of the Royal Family around it, popularising the custom of setting up trees, which became commonplace in British homes.

Over the Atlantic, in the 1880s, Woolworth brought the magic of Christmas tree decorating into American homes. After a visit to Europe, F.W. Woolworth began importing holiday ornaments from Lauscha, Germany, the small village where hand-blown glass ornaments originated.

Response to the affordable, miniature glass toys was tremendous. More than 250 million ornaments were being imported to the United States from Germany, Japan and Czechoslovakia. But, as war broke out, it became difficult to export ornaments from Germany. In 1939, the American company Corning began producing ornaments on a larger scale, using a machine originally designed to produce glass bulbs.
Nowadays, in the U.S.A., 35 million Christmas trees are sold annually, with an additional 10 million artificial trees, and 300 million Christmas trees are grown in farms around the world.

So, each Christmas, as you decorate your tree, you can recall the origins of this festive custom and delight your family with stories full of holiday spirit.

Sources:

https://www.zmescience.com

https://www.historytoday.com

https://www.whychristmas.com

http://www.peopleticker.com

Show Us Your Holiday Table Settings – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Holidays are a time for festivity,fun and family(or friends)! Many of us decorate our house from the inside out. We especially love to decorate our tables so all of us gathered can ohh and ahh at the finery.

We want to see your Holiday Table Settings. Do you go all out or just do the basics? Either way its bound to be lovely to see!

zizzybob from zizzybob says I keep one of these on my Dining table with my Mom’s silver candle stick holders.

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Gail from QuiltSewPieceful states I couldn’t find a photo of my actual Christmas table! I will have to fix that this year. I have Christmas dishes that I love. However, here is a photo of one of my Etsy listings for a Christmas table.

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Secret Santa – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are going to have a Secret Santa with a twist! Usually it involves picking a name and then giving them the gift, but since we’re virtual we are improvising!

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have chosen these Secret Santa gifts!

Mairi from mairidesign says:

A star for a star colleague, which can be hung in the window or on their tree. It can even be personalised with their name scrolled in wire. With this secret Santa gift, no-one need know from whence it came, only that they are your Christmas star.

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Joanna from Aromatika Sapounia from JoannasScentedSoaps says:

This would be a nice secret santa gift for anyone: a set with luxury glycerin soaps and a charm for good luck, a handmade glass ornament.

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patontheback from patontheback says:

What a thoughtful way to cheer a co-worker and a practical gift. A handcrafted mug rug. Gender neutral, yet good looking.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I think this handmade natural bracelet would be a great Secret Santa gift for any female on your gift-giving list. I think it would be great for a friend, co-worker, family member because its shades of neutral, earth tones makes it a great jewelry accessory, and will work well with anyone’s wardrobe

This bracelet has 7 of the 3/4 inch fancy beads with swirls of earth-tone hues; each is separated by a 1/4 inch dark brown, oblong wood bead (8 wood beads in total). The length of this bracelet is approximately 8 inches in length, which should fit an average-sized wrist, and has a antique-gold toned, fancy toggle-style closure.

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friedasophie from friedasophie says:

I would give this necklace to my friend Tatjana who is currently going through chemo-therapy, so that she will get energy & protection through the stone. And just to put a smile on her face!

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

This scarf features one of my own photographs (of birch bark). The colors and design are neutral enough to go with just about anything a lady has in her wardrobe and can accent a casual turtle neck, a fancy blouse even a spring coat. So soft and luxurious, the scarf is one of a kind and sure to surprise and delight the recipient. A great price point too!

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mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says:

I would give a Bucilla Heart Felt Holiday ornament kit, an easy project that someone could make without major crafting skills!

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Rebecca Turkovics from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says:

I would give this vintage Santa ornament because… well, it is a secret “Santa” exchange.

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This lanyard would go to my daughter who I’m praying will start to study the Bible soon and give her life completely to God. I always try to instill the word of God into both my children and especially more so in today’s time.

I look at this scripture lanyard as a tool for her to carry around when times get hard to be faithful in God’s word. This lanyard has some very helpful scriptures to give a new or old Christian a boost when it’s needed. In my belief having this close and personal relationship with God is by far one of the most important and unconditional relationships one can ever have!

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Carla from CarlasCraft says:

I would share this Secret Santa gift with one of my friends, Isis, who was laid off from her job in February and has been diligently interviewing since. I love the Peace theme and using the wooden letters for that 3-D effect. Also, the use of an old book cover embossed and then mounted on the canvas is a fun technique I so enjoy!

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Where To Visit During Christmas – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Christmas is one of the biggest family related holidays and because of this some of us end up visiting family and sometimes friends (who are like family). Some of us even go some where’s just to get away. We want to know where you have been for Christmas and what it was like in the area.

I think New York City in the wintertime is a beautiful yet busy place, add in a holiday and its something else. Lights on buildings, trees and more line the busy streets. There is ice skating and also the amazing tree in Rockefeller Center. The store’s window displays are beyond stunning as you spend your day sightseeing before finally ending with a performance of the Nutcracker.

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On the other hand I imagine Nuremberg Germany to be quite amazing also. Just thinking about Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I can only imagine this 180 stall market of handmade wares. They have a Toy and a Railway Museum for your sightseeing pleasure. I also must admit thinking about all that gingerbread, bratwurst and strudel makes my mouth water.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that she loves to spend Christmas where she lives in Southeastern Louisiana. She has a small family, and everyone lives close by, so it’s easier to get everyone together for Christmas. She loves the fact that she never knows what to expect living so close to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes the weather is cold, and they have to bundle up wearing sweaters, etc. while other times they’re celebrating Christmas in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops (that’s her favorite)! But no matter what weather is like outside, there’s always something going on … the Christmas Light display in Audubon Park, the Christmas Fireworks display on the Mississippi River … just a few of the exciting activities that one can find going on in the area! One of the best activities is the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve … lighting the way for Papa Noel (Santa Claus) to come to the bayou area! Pictured below is her family Christmas tree and the 3 handmade mini stockings Christmas tree decorations … it’s an item that for sale in our shop!

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 talks about how she has been to DisneyWorld in Orlando Florida USA for Christmas, where every surface is covered in lights and sights and smells of the holidays.

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Mairi from mairidesign says how Badalona,near Barcelona,is her favorite Christmas destination. Christmas time for her, is about getting away from the cold weather and the norms of everyday life. She doesn’t have children, so it’s not about spending time with the family, but about relaxing. No work for a week, strolls and picnics on the beach, and collecting sea glass to make unique pieces of jewellery. This is the perfect Christmas for her.

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I think Mairi’s ideal destination sounds lovely, and there are all kinds of places for all kinds of people. Quebec is a great place to get away to if you are an outdoorsy type. There is snowshoeing, skiing, hiking and more. They have holiday programs for all types of people,nativity scenes from around the world and a Christmas village. Think of roasted chestnuts and sausage as you browse their German Christmas market. They even have a winter Carnival from January 26th to February 11th.

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I imagine most of us think cold or snow when we think of Christmas, but it doesn’t need to be so. Think about sun,sand and beaches to melt all your troubles away. This is what it is like on Bondi Beach Australia. They decorate the beach with trees and other festive touches. Most everyone comes dressed in something to do with antlers, santa or even an elf. There are also bands and dj’s on the Pavilion to help the party atmosphere.

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So there you have it folks a handful of places one can go on Christmas. Some are getaways while some are more family oriented. What ever your destination is this Christmas remember to have fun with those around you!

Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings  and Mairi from mairidesign

We all have a favorite item that we have in our shop. It could be our favorite because of the process it took to make it, its color or any other reason.

Here, the team share their favorite Holiday item from their shop and tell us why they like it so much.

michael tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says

One of my favorite Xmas items is my Luminaria Bags. They are ceramic clay and have holes in them to let the candle light shine through. I crave out different designs on the bags. One of my favorite designs is the Corrales Old Church. I have several sizes available and over 20 different designs.
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Luminaria Bags

Dianna from HoneyMyrtleStudio says

One of my favourite items is my blue hand dyed cushion cover. It was one of the first items I made using hand dyed fabric that I had done myself.
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Blue Throw Pillow

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

I love my Harris tweed baubles. They bring the beauty of hand-woven fabric to something purely decorative. Lovely enough to be kept as heirloom pieces.
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Harris tweed Christmas tree decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says

Hands down this is my favorite item… This ornament has such a sweet story behind how it came to be… I have lived in my home since I was born and one of my neighbors that had been in her home since before I was born asked me to come down to her home to look at some things 3 years ago in the summer of 2015. She then gave me a piece of a sweater that she said was one of her favorites. It was her sweater many years ago when she was much younger. She said she had reused most of it but had this one side left and she wanted to give it to me as she knew I sewed and asked me to make something so that her favorite sweater could live on. The color reminded me of dirty snow. So I made the dirty snowman out of what was left of her special sweater… I gave one to her to put on her tree. I kept one and gave my daughter one and the rest are for sale… so far a total of 6 are living on in Christmas celebrations. I have one more made and enough to make 2 more beyond that. Then all the sweater will be gone. Sad to say that she passed away in 2016 and her granddaughters came to get me and told me I could have what ever I wanted out of her sewing room… one of the things I got was many buttons that were cut off of garments once the garment was done being used. I now am adding 2 of those buttons to each of the remaining snowmen.
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My Dirty Snowman

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says

My favorite item is this Christmas card featuring Miss Abbie one of our collies on an early morning walk here on the farm just after a fresh snow fall. I was never certain what captured her interest in the trees but I like the feeling and colours of this card.

Entitled Happy Collie Days this one always makes me smile. This image has been featured by The Collie Rescue Network in their calendars and on a note card they use to raise funds.

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Happy COLLIE Days Christmas Card

This “I love cats” handcrafted wooden plaque is my favorite shop item because it declares my love of cats … I consider it to be a customer favorite as well since I have sold several of them to other cat lovers!

I think it’s a great gift idea for the cat lover on a gift list because it’s cute and inexpensive!

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Cat Wall Hanging

Mairi from mairidesign says

These Christmas bauble shaped tree decorations are my favourites because of the gorgeous iridescent glass I used and, also, that others also seem to really like them. I made some for my students and one of them ordered several for her colleagues. Then, my sister and my cousin ordered several each to hang as garlands in their windows. Then, more orders came. It was great! The little beads swing and tinkle in the breeze and add a chic touch to a festive display.
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Christmas Tree Decorations

I love this elegant set with 3 luxury glycerin soaps and a charm for good luck!

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Trendy Soaps Christmas Gift

My favorite is this new card I created last week. I like the simple design and message. It’s warm and inviting and speaks of home.

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Happy Holidays card

I love owls and these whimsical owls on a Christmas stocking are one of my favorites.

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Felt Owl Christmas Stocking

I loved making these waterless snow globes.

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Christmas Snow globes

This was hard! I love Christmas and keep several Christmas items in my shop year ’round, because I think holiday lovers shop whenever the mood hits them. Right now it was between my red-nosed reindeer (I’m also an avid animal lover) and this guy. I guess he won out because he’s a new addition, so I wanted to welcome him.

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Felted Santa Claus

This is my favorite piece for Christmas because it reminds me of ice crystals!

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Herkimer Diamond GF Ring

This ornament is one of my favs. It reminds me so much of growing up in Iowa and going sledding on my grandparents farm with all my cousins.

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Christmas Quilted Ornament

I have so many favorite Christmas items in my shop but this one stands out to me especially since I choose to use the ribbon on a dog collar. We all have that pet who is both naughty and nice which makes this Christmas dog collar even more cute, funny and true to their personality.

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Naughty or Nice Christmas Dog Collar

Wow, hard to choose just one. Don’t you find that when you make something new, it is almost always the favorite – until the next one! Anyway, here is my favorite. I love winter animal pictures, and my DH love penguins. When I saw these delightful guys, I just had to buy them, and I bought lots! Just couldn’t resist. I knew right away that some would be made into pillows. The rest are waiting for inspiration, and time.

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Quilted Pillow Covers