#CIJParty 2015 – Thank You For Coming To The Christmas In July Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CIJParty here on the CIJ blog! It was a really fun day in the sun!CIJFacebookAviGood

Here is a brief recap of the days activities!

Classes

We had new classes posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule – all times in Eastern Standard Time:

5:00 am – Christmas In Soviet Latvia by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

5:30 am – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

6:00 am – Leather Bags and Accessories Designer Rina by Rina of RinartsAtelier

6:30 am – Summer Trends  by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

7:00 am – Christmas In July Team Member Blogs by Alicia of AliciasFindings

7:30 am – Collage Artist Lin by Lin of rhodyart

8:00 am – Tutorial: Shaun The Sheep by Megha of byTheArtBug

8:30 am – Jewelry Artist Betty by Betty of LadySnooks

9:00 am – Scuba Blue Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

9:30 am – 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities For Your Business by Gail of Atttention Getting

10:00 am – Tutorial: Motif Blanket by Becky of fantasticmio

10:30 am – Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way by Mary of StockLaneStudio

11:00 am – Marsala by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

11:30 am – Social Media Tips by Alicia of AliciasFindings

12:00 pm – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust by Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby

12:30 pm – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions by Molly of MollyFinds

1:00 pm – Designer Wendy by Wendy of WJDesigns

1:30 pm – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

2:00 pm – Five Minute Fireworks by Christina of lebeauchaton

2:30 pm – Creator And Designer Becky by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

3:00 – Tutorial: Turn Old Crayons Into New Fun by Angie of CraftyMom75

3:30 – Photographer Amanada by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

 

Swag Bags

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 Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts for providing our swag bags today! Jen is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, 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 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 simply put in Christmasinjuly (23,329 items) or CIJ (71,803 items). So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2015.

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 – EtsyCIJ15 – so please watch for coupons before you check out.

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

Now, I’m jumping into the pool!

Michelle-

 

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#CIJParty 2015 – Photographer Amanda

Guest blog post by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

When I first started making alphabet art, I was simply looking for a way to keep up with my photography while business was slow. It was winter, and my body tends to hate being in weather under 40 degrees, so I stood in my kitchen and pondered on what I could photograph that would be interesting. Now, if you know my kitchen, you know that it holds at max, one adult person. You throw in anything else, including a dslr and speedlite, and things get a little tight. But I grabbed a few things and away I went snapping photos. Within a few hours, I created my first draft of an alphabet, and I was in love.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Since my first go-round with an alphabet art, I’ve created almost a dozen alphabets in several themes. I continue to create new themes as they’re suggested to me…or as my little brain lights up with a new idea. Once that light bulb turns on, the only way to turn it off is to get those 26 shot and edited. Sometimes, I get a little frantic trying to pull together materials in a short period of time to get it all done. But my family bears with me, and my 3-year-old even tags along with her little camera, rearranging materials going, “Mommy, look! I made an O with this!”

I’d like to take you “backstage” on how one of these little creations come together. Let me show you my newest alphabet: HolyJollyABCS.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

I wanted to create something colorful, something festive, something that OOZES of red and green jollies. So I grabbed my 3 month old and we braved the shelves in our 2 story shed to find our boxes of Christmas stuff. And because I think you need a visual, this is me and my 3 month old, Eleanor, strapped to me. This is pretty much the only way I can get anything done around here (peacefully). So yes, I photograph many things while baby-wearing. My back hates me for it, but she sure loves it.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Anyway, it’s important to have all your materials together in a photo shoot. For this project, my loot consisted of 2 large bins of Christmas stuff. One filled with ornaments and one filled with Christmas decor. And yes, that includes that lazy elf that ends up sitting in the same spot for 31 days in December. Yes, she does make an appearance in the HollyJollyABCs. I challenge you to take a look at the full alphabet later to see if you can spot her.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

I also have about a dozen red and green squares cut from card stock. These serve as backgrounds for a festive alphabet. It also happens to be my favorite way of getting an all-color alphabet. To make things easy, I put all my card stock down in our big bay window. Want to know a great photography tip? Natural sunlight is best when it’s filtered a little bit, so this bay window is a perfect spot in the morning before the sun is beaming down through it. There’s just enough shade to keep it from being too harsh. Another tip: It doesn’t hurt to have a little extra light to keep shadows from forming. In my case, I bounced my speedlite off of the ceiling. I didn’t do it for ALL the photos, but it really helped in the ones that I felt needed it.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Now, the fun part is always going through supplies and taking a good look at them. Sometimes, I can pick up an item I’ve seen a million times before and find a way to look at it through a new perspective. For example, there’s this rocking horse ornament I’ve had for years. My grandmother gave it to me when I was a kid. It’s been on my Christmas tree for years. For this project, I needed to see it not as a rocking horse, but as shapes that could form a letter. That’s sort of the question I ask myself whenever I sit down with an alphabet project: What shapes does this object have? And will these shapes look like a letter in a photograph? I picked up this ornament and found that the underside of the horse has two long parallel lines and one in the middle connecting them. Ta-da…an H!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

And here’s something fun: a miniature Christmas tree. I bought this little guy last year for my daughter to use as her tree. Using my “ABC eyes,” I found that the branches can bend into all kinds of shapes. Leave one up, Bend most down, and a couple catty cornered: There’s a K. Circle the topmost branch around: And a G.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

While I like to let objects sit as natural as possible, sometimes they need a little coaxing to actually read as a letter. In the middle of my Christmas stash, I found a craft project my 3-year-old never finished last Christmas. Truth be told, I couldn’t figure it out. Inside the zip lock bag, there was Christmas ribbon and a few bells. This kind of Hodge Podge is the perfect way to create letters when I’m just brain-dead looking at everything else. For example, I found a beautiful Angel ornament that had glass lines I tried to create an E with. After placement and editing, it still looked…weird…and I had to scrap it. There’s no point in using something if no one is able to read a letter. So instead, I cut up some of the ribbon and “drew” myself an E. Innovative? Not really. But it is resourceful and gets the job done. The bells and the strings attached to them got me a B and an N when “drawn” into the right shapes.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

And then there’s this beauty. Growing up, we always had an Angel on the top of our tree in lieu of a star. Somehow, I ended up with two angels in my box ‘o Christmas, and this is one of them. At first glance, you see her as a whole: a beautiful angel tree topper. But an alphabet project like this calls to look at the details as separate pieces that can be manipulated. Take a look. -Really- look at what she has to offer: She has two different strands of beads (Take a look at my “U” and “Y”) and she has a long golden wired ribbon. (Hello “M”!) This angel provided 3 individual letters just by what she’s holding! I really wanted to do something with those wings…all fury and such… but I think that’ll have to be for a different project. They weren’t working out for me this time.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

So there you have it: A little peek into how my alphabet arts are created with everyday items. It takes a little space, some good lighting, and some imagination in “reading” items, but it’s always a fun adventure in these little projects. The best part about it? The end result is so fun to share, and I can use it to personalize ANY print for ANY person. I can’t wait to hear from YOU to create a one of a kind print you would love to decorate your home with this holiday season!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

My social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaJaegerRichmondPhotography?pnref=lhc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJaegerPhotos

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#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Turn Your Old Crayons Into New Fun

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Turn Your Old Crayons Into New Fun” by Angie from CraftyMom75

Introduction

This tutorial is super easy and quick, you can even do it with toddlers and Preschoolers!  We love to use these special upcycled/recycled crayons for class Christmas gifts, Valentine’s Day cards, Halloween treats, and end of year presents!  And the materials are probably already somewhere in your house!

The best crayons to use are the ones that have been colored with, broken, and are no longer usable to your kiddos!

The smaller and more broken up they are, the less work you have to do!CraftyMom751_tutorial

Materials Used

You will need:
1.  Crayons, preferably Crayola, cheaper brands do not melt as well, and smoke and stink while melting.
2.  A chocolate/food crafting mold in your desired shape.  I buy lots of these after the holiday at craft stores, or online.  Be careful that you choose quality molds, the cute ones in the Dollar spot at Target just melt in the oven.
3.  An old metal cookie sheet, the thickest you find.  Check out Goodwill or Garage sales, because this will no longer be usable for food when you are done. CraftyMom752_tutorial

Tutorial Directions

First, gather your supplies and preheat your over to 500 degrees F.

Next, peel all of the crayons you will need.  How many you will need will depend on the shape and size of your mold.  I usually like to start with around 10.  If they are broken and the paper torn off, all the better, as you will have less prep work to do.

A tip is you are using new crayons, get the paper a bit wet and it comes off easier.CraftyMom753_tutorial

Second, decide if you want to have a color theme.  Some people like to do lots of random colors on each crayon, others are more orderly, and want shades of the same color.  It is totally up to you and whoever is helping you.  Then, start breaking the crayons into pieces that fit the mold until the molds are full.  It is totally ok if they stick up out of the molds a bit, they will melt down into the mold.  Also, if they overflow a bit, that is what the old cookie sheet is for.  As you can see, you do not need to be professional or precise, the melting will help you out.CraftyMom754_tutorial

Third, put your mold onto the cookie sheet in the 500 degree oven.

Set a timer for 4 minutes and check every 15 seconds after that.

When each mold is liquid (and sometimes smoking), it is done.  Each batch varies due to the amount and size pieces of crayons used.

Remember when you take these out, they are 500 degree wax, no little ones and be careful!!CraftyMom755_tutorial

Finally, let these dry overnight or about 12 hours so they are hardened.  Then, carefully remove the crayons from the molds.  The best way to keep them from breaking that I have found is to pull the mold away from the crayon until it comes loose on all sides, then tip the crayon out. CraftyMom751_tutorial

Conclusion

These crayons are so fun, and a great craft with little ones.  There are so many great molds available, but remember that once you use your mold for crayons, they are no longer suitable for food, so choose wisely!

If you are interested in the Lego Minifigure mold, I bought mine from Lego, but they have discontinued them.  The molds are available on Etsy from several buyers, as low as $8.50.

Thanks!!

I hope you enjoy this project and please share your creations with me!  Tag me on Instagram @angieshandmade
or Facebook @angieshandmadegiftsandaprons

If you would like to follow me for other great ideas for family fun, kids stuff, and ways for vendors to have successful craft fairs, you can find me below!

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#CIJParty 2015 – Creator And Designer Becky

Guest blog post by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

I was born in Huntington, West Virgina in 1951.  I think that officially makes me old, but I am fighting against that for now!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

I loved Christmas always. I grew up in my grandparents home, and Christmas meant lots of good smells from the kitchen, prickly pine trees that we picked out at the Christmas Tree Stand next to the local Dairy Queen and a good holiday argument always!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Mostly the arguments seemed to come from standing the tree in just the right corner of our tiny living room and putting the lights on. I think of that now, as we easily put up a lighted tree, right out of the box!  The slinky silver “icicles” blew around every time the door opened and landed on the sofa and I would get the job of collecting them and placing them ever so gingerly back on the tree!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

I come from a family of crafters, sewers and artistic people so I have dabbling in paints, glue and fabric forever it seems. We always had some sort of project and the holidays were no exception.

One of my delicious memories was getting to snip the sugared gumdrops with an old black-handled pair of scissors for the “Pork Cake” otherwise known to most people as “Fruitcake”. I don’t remember it being the dreaded Fruitcake of the Chevy Chase standards, it was moist, with gooey fruit inside and nice crunch on the top. The secret was a piece of pork fat that was used in place of lard, butter or Crisco. My Grandmother made it every year for as long as she was able to cook.  I would love to have a piece of it today!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Another tradition was the Turkey with Oyster Stuffing INSIDE the turkey…YIKES!  Some folks really frown at that process today, but oh, was it delicious! The extra stuffing that would not fit into the the 24 lb. ( or more ) Turkey were shaped into patties and placed around the Turkey in the pan…they were crispy and soaked in the juice of the baked Turkey…my choice of the entire meal.

And who could forget making Snow Ice Cream during the winter…even if it was late at night, when the snow would fall, ever so silently for hours, we were allowed to run outside, sometimes in our pajamas, to scoop up a metal bowl full of clean snow. ( no yellow snow, please!)  Add to that some sugar, vanilla and a little milk and it was the most delightful treat ever!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

For your own Christmas, maybe you would like to try the Oyster Stuffing!

GRANNY’S OYSTER STUFFING ( as written by me in 1971 over the telephone w/Granny)

Approx. 2 loaves of white bread, cubed & toasted
1/2 stick of butter ( melted )
1/3 C chopped celery
1/4 C chopped onion
1 tsp of salt
dash black pepper
1 can of oysters
1 C of milk
“Crumble” 1 tsp of dried sage

Wash inside & out of Turkey
Turn upside to drain
salt & pepper the inside of Turkey

Cube & Toast your bread under the oven broiler and set aside to cool
Place in a large bowl
Pour the milk over the bread cubes, add your melted butter, celery, onion, salt, pepper and oysters.  Mix well with your hands.

Stuff the cavities with your stuffing mix.

Place the turkey legs back in place and secure with baker’s twine. ( today they have clips)
If you have extra stuffing, make patties and place around the Turkey in the baking pan.

Wrap the whole Turkey & pan with aluminum foil uncovering to brown for the last 20 minutes.

BAKE 20 min. per lb. in a 325 oven or until turkey leg juice runs clear when pierced with a fork.

Allow to stand for 15-20 minutes before carving!

If I breathe in deeply I am certain I can smell that Turkey baking now!

No need to wait for December, Happy CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2015!

Blessings,

Becky

My social media sites:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beckybsb

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lollyscubbyhole

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

Instagram: https://instagram.com/lollyscubbyhole

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#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Five Minute Fireworks

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

“Tutorial for Five Minute Fireworks” by Christina Paul from lebeauchaton

Introduction

They say fireworks were invented over two thousand years ago and it seems we’ve been fascinated with them ever since. This year while most of us will trek, blanket and snacks in hand to the nearest public fireworks display to ooh and ahh, why not also add some spark to your own backyard with some scaled down, super simple, and far less dangerous, glow stick decor.

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Materials Used

You’ll need

small pieces of foam used for flower arranging (Dollar store has the best buy on these)

black spray paint

assorted color and sized glow sticks (I got a few packs)

sparkly ribbon, tinsel or clear fishing line

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Tutorial Directions

I first sprayed the foam lightly with black paint – sometimes this causes certain types of foam to shrivel a bit so test a small area first and let dry

Poke hole through center of foam (I used a chopstick for easy threading) and run tinsel ribbon or line through, securing with a knot

Insert glow sticks firmly placing evenly around foam for balance.

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For maximum glow time, start and insert glow sticks shortly before displaying and then simply hang outside when the sun goes down.

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Display with mini flags if desired

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For an indoor/outdoor version give a lantern some faux firework flare with a festive  balloon weight adorned with glow sticks set on a craft moss ground for an outdoorsy feel

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Conclusion

Hoping everyone had a Wonderful Fourth! And a Merry Christmas in July!

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You can find more at:

Blog: http://pennywiseblog.blogspot.com/

Pennywise – fun, frivolous and frugal celebrations

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#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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Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KristyRoetter4KrystalKlarityBeads/posts

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kristyroetter/wwwetsycomshopkrystalklaritybeads/

Tumbler: http://kj4krystalklaritybeads.tumblr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristyRoetter

Etsy: KrystalKlarityBeads

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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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