Homemade Goodness For The Season

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

If you’re like me, now is the time of year you get that irresistible urge to buy, make (and eat) special treats not common at other times of the year. For me, it’s Christmas cookies and candies, ‘comfort soups’, fancy pastries and pies….well, you get the idea.

What are your treasured homemade treats of the holiday season? Our teamies shared some of their favorites and also some items from their shops related to holiday baking, cooking, candy-making, or eating!!

Melissa R from missy69 said:
My Grandma used to make the best Magic Cookie Bars, and they are still my favorite She made something called Jumbo cookies too, but I can not find a proper recipe anywhere for them. The recipe for Magic Cookie Bars, is www.eaglebrand.com/recipe-detail/magiccookiebars-3934 here. Of course you will need a giving plate to give them to friends and family. I am glad to help you there.
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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

This recipe is a family favorite! Makes a great hostess gift too!

Candy-Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 dash vanilla extract
4 cups whole pecans

Preheat over to 275 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat egg white until stiff. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Pour nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until browned, about 10-15 min.

Store in a tin to keep fresh.

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Tanya from socksandmittens said:

My friend gave me this recipe several years ago. These are simple hazelnut butter cookies but they taste so good. We bake them every Christmas since then.

Here is a recipe or if you’d like to see the full version with photographs please visit my blog socksandmittens.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-butter-cookies.html

Hazelnut butter cookies:

Ingredients:
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tea-spoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
Powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Fold in nuts. Knead a dough to make it smooth. Place the dough ball in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350’F. Line the baking sheet with foil. If your dough is too hard cut it with knife to form a strips and then cut it to even pieces. Roll the pieces into balls about the same size and place on ungreased foil about 1″ apart.

Bake at 350’F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Let them cool completely and dust them with the powdered sugar.

One item from my second shop related to baking is this vintage glass rolling-pin.

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Vintage glass Roll-Rite baker’s rolling-pin Good Housekeeping USA collectible baking memorabilia

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Cheese biscuits are a favourite between courses in my house. I think the clean the palate in preparation for the next delicious dish.

Cheese Biscuits

1 Cup plain flour
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
125 gram butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
20 gram blue cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup parmesan extra

Preheat oven to 200C / 400F

place flours curry powder and butter in a food processor till crumbly
Stir in cheeses
Bring mixture together into a ball
Roll into a log. Chill for 1 hr
Cut 5 mm slices and arrange on tray lined with baking paper leaving room between.
Sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake for 15 min
Enjoy

Here is something to serve them on.

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Serving Platter. wooden, Queensland Walnut

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love to make homemade gifts for Christmas and include the recipes! This gorgeous Angel Shortbread mold is perfect for making shortbread or cookies to give as gifts AND it comes with its own recipe book! Whether you make your own gift or want to give a gift to someone who likes to bake – this is the perfect Holiday themed present!

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Vintage Flying Angel Shortbread Cookie Mold by Brown Bag Cookie Art – 1987 Design Cookie Cutter – Wall Art Plaque – Baking Crafts Supplies

Many thanks for all the great shares! Happy Noshing & Holidays, Everyone!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Grandparents Gifts

Contributor post by Opal from Apron Strings Owl Lady 

What do you give to established persons such as grand parents for a special gift, birthday or holiday? They seem to have everything they want already – or maybe you’ve sent a little spy to ask them what they want this year, or perhaps need?

Tell us your stories, we want to hear, about the special grand parents and what you have for them this year! I’d love to hear about the – lovely, useful, whimsical or other – grandparent gifts you have in your shop, those you’ve given in the past, and why you think they are the best!

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Grandparents usually do an extraordinary amount of hosting family gatherings during the Holiday season! Drinks and food galore, there are usually accidents! Take along a set of fun tartan plaid cocktail napkins, as a hostess gift, so everyone has a place to set their beverage down without ruining the furniture!
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Tartan Plaid Holiday Napkins

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

 Grandparents!

I had a Grandfather when I was very small(under 5). He was mostly in the hospital so I barely remember him.
But who I consider Grandparents Are My Children’s Grandparents! MY PARENTS. Pearlsvintagebypam began as a TRIBUTE to MY Mother PEARL.
Pearl Was a Master Cook and Everything to Anyone Who Knew Her!!
THIS IS HER VINTAGE WOODEN BOWL. IT Can Replace Grandma’s Cracked Bowl. This One is Pristine.

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Vintage Dough Bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 This is a great topic and dear to my heart. Our family has traveled around a lot and our children have missed out on so many Christmases and Birthdays with grandparents that it breaks my heart. But we have relied heavily on video and old-fashioned cards in the mail.

I’ve designed a printable DIY gift from grandkids to grandma that even the youngest ones can contribute to. Our signs read: ‘Some of my favorite people call me Grandma’ and look great as is with a black chalkboard-style background with white and blue text and border. But it looks even better when grandkids add their special touch of coloring magic. Then grandma will know her grandchild really put her heart and soul into that gift. Our printable package includes a 5×7 file for creating a coloring postcard, an 8×10 sign, or a 14×18 inch poster that all the grandkids can help color.

We also have this sign for Grandpa, and soon to come: Grandmother, Grandfather, Oma, Opa, Abuela, Abuelo, Nana, Papa, Mamie, Papie, and more!

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Printable DIY project for Grandma

Linda from LazyYVintage says

Is Grandpa a railroad collector? This is a Rock Island Railroad red globe lantern from the 1920s. In very good condition and sure to please those that love the stories and memorabilia of railroads.

Jim’s great-grandfather Pappy Grote was an engineer on the Chicago, Elgin, Aurora line in the late 20s and 30s. His grandfather Grote worked at the Elgin Watch Factory, so Jimmy would spend his time with Grandpa Grote walking to Lord’s Park in Elgin listening to him tell stories of the railroads. One of Jim’s favorite stories was during the depression, Grandma Ruby and Great Grandma Lizzie would bring soup and bread to the rail lines to feed the men who traveled the rails looking for work. And how Pappy would try to talk them out of doing it for their own safety, but they refused. Pappy ended up adding Lizzie’s homemade cookies to the food stuffs and walked down there every evening to keep them safe. Ends up, that Pappy would end up staying and talking to the men while Lizzie and Ruby made their way back home.

Jim always drifts towards anything doing with railroads or watches. He loved his grandparents and misses them. He does his very best to be a good grandpa to his 13 grandbabies. He knows that they will also remember the stories and their life with Papa.

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Rock Island Lantern

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

Stock lane – me too yes on the ice cream machine, my siblings and I would fight on who could crank the fastest.

I was raised by my grandparents and parents in a wonderful large extended family. I learned all about birds from my grandmother. This would make a wonderful gift to a grandparent who appreciates handmade items and one of a kind gifts.

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Wine Cork Bird House

Melissa R from missy69 says

 Grandparents are so special in our lives. My Grandma loved to watch the birds, then my Mom did, and now so do I love Humming-birds. I love to watch them all, but these little creatures are so delicate and beautiful. Maybe Grandma, or Grandpa can’t see the birds outside so well anymore. Why not give them a beautiful painting?
Ruby-Throated Humming Bird Painting Acrylic Art Wrapped Canvas Home Decor Nature Signed Dated Original Gift for Him or Her Hostess Housewarm

Hummingbird Painting

Mariya Mukha from MariyaMukhaembroeder says

 Granny deserves an exclusive embroidery on soft eco-fabric made especially for her! These colorful and reach embroidery threads would delight your beloved grandmom for sure…All her friends would ask where did she get this. And she will be proud her grandchildren gave her such a unique gift with lots of love and care!)

Ukrainian ethnic embroidery is a traditional way to show love, to protect relatives from negative things and just to feel that someone cares much for you!

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Embroidered Women’s Shirt

Robyn from BigTRanchSoap says

 Grandparents in our family are the ones who take the time to play games with the younger ones. The time spent together over a board game or a game of Yahtzee is always very special with lots of laughs. What better way to remember these times than a set of dice soaps?
DICE SOAP - Bunco - Gambling - Vegas - Bunco Gifts - Set of 6 - Bunco Party Favors - Gift Under 10 - You Choose Scent and Color

Dice Shaped Soap

Vaishali Chudasama from NVillustration says

 I guess they like something customize here I am sharing customize gift this is fridge magnet you can get their portrait fridge magnet
Customized Character Fridge magnet / Wall Frame - Handmade - Hand painted - Laser cut - nvillustration

Customized Fridge Magnet

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says

 I think this pillow cover will be a perfect gift for a grandmother who loves roses. Most grandparents like gardening and roses happen to be their favourite flower so this I believe would be a fitting gift this Christmas or Birthday. What’s also great about this pillow cover is that these roses will never wilt. It is also padded and quilted hence extra comfort. It is a pillow cover for colour, charm and comfort.
Red Roses Patchwork Pillow Cover Size 16" by 16" Roses Cushion Cover, Cushion Covers Australia, Red Decorative pillow cover, Christmas Gifts

Red Roses Patchwork Pillow

Christmas In July – Savings Weekend

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The Etsy Christmas in July Team has come together with some awesome savings from over 20 shops. There are many types of shops for you to receive savings on during this Black Friday through Cyber Monday! To see what discounts the shops are offering, please click on each banner.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

ACCESSORIES

BellaBolsaDesigns

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Coupon Code: BLCKFRI2016

10% off  everything

Valid Dates: Good through 11/27

DesignsbyCristal

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Spend $25.00 or more

Valid Dates: 11/24 – 11/27

Metaville

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20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29 (NZ time)

Melissas Menagerie of Stuff

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Coupon Code: No code needed

Free shipping on all domestic orders of 35 dollars or more

Valid Dates: Now until 1/1

CARDS & MORE

 BellaBoutique

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Coupon Code: Holiday16

15% off in stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 11/30

ColourscapeStudios

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Coupon Code: No code needed

30% off all prints, 10% off all gift tags and mini cards.

Valid Dates: Now until midnight 11/27(Brisbane, Australia local time)

DesignsbyCnC

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Coupon Code: No code needed

15% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/21 – 11/29

StockLaneStudio

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Coupon Code: 1FreeCARD

Buy 4 CARDS get 1 Free ($4.50 off)

Valid Dates: No expiration

CLOTHING

EthicalInfant

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Coupon Code: Thankful2016

20% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/23 − 11/30

and

Coupon Code: Cyber20

20% off everything

Valid Dates:  11/29

Knitwoolsocks

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Coupon Code: FREESH16

free shipping for orders over $45.00

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

HOME DECOR

Corkycrafts

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10% off any $10.00 purchase

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/25

DesignstheLimit

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/22 – 11/27

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Coupon Code: CM2016

12% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/27 – 11/30

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Coupon Code: Coupon1

10% off In-stock items

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SuesAkornShop

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Coupon Code: TENOFF

10% off storewide

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and Coupon Code: 10OFF

Save 10% on orders over $10

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TheGiftBasketry

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Coupon Code: MCDEC2016

20% off orders over $50

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/1

JEWELERY

acbeadsjewellery

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50% off everything

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AliciasFindings

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% off

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Coupon Code: CM2016

10 % off

Valid Dates: valid til 11/29

beadloverskorner

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Coupon Code: CYBERSALE

30% off

Valid Dates: 11/24/2016-12/1/2016

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Coupon Code: BF2016

20% off

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EponasCrystals

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Coupon Code:  SHIPFORFREE50

Free shipping on orders over $50

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EveryoneLovesGifts0

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: No expiration

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Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: 11/29

LSBJewellery

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VINTAGE

LazyYVintage

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Coupon Code: CHRISTMASSALE20

20% off

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11/25-11/29

Happy Thanksgiving to all from all of us!

DIY Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

For the Holiday Season I buy some gifts, but I also make quite a few of them. I love creating a special piece for my loved ones and friends. In order to make these DIY gifts I need supplies.

Do you have supplies in your shop that someone like me can use to make our handmade DIY gift?

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls  say every little girl needs clothes for her Barbie and handmade Barbie clothes are extra special! My mom used to make Barbie clothes for my sister and I from scraps of fabric she had left over from making clothes for us! Not only did we have special outfits, Barbie had one to match! This particular pattern gets Barbie all dolled up for a special dance or ball! Perfect for the Holidays!

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Barbie Doll Outfit Patterns

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said supplies are my specialty. I cater to the DIY’er. Most of my shop are supplied for makers.

How much fun are these Multi colored natural gemstone beads to make earrings, bracelets and Necklaces. I am sure there are other ways to use these great beads in your creations.

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Multi colored Gemstones

Julie Herbert from  EveryoneLovesGiftsO states I have a kids DIY kit, there are other two different kids available. Great for the holiday season to kick start the crafter in children.
This particular one is made with faux pearls, sparkly rhinestone beads and acrylic beads.

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DIY kids bracelet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA said quilting is our favorite DIY activity! Our Etsy shop features quilt patterns for every skill level, from novice to experienced quilters.

This is our most recent pattern, featuring animal ballerinas. This is a fun & girly quilt pattern, intended to help other DIY quilters create a very special gift for a birthday, baby shower, or for Christmas!

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Ballerina animal applique PDF baby girl quilt pattern

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks discusses I am a socks knitter. I have always enjoyed knitting and love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the socks that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.
This is “Elize” Superwash Yarn, made in Turkey.
“Alize” is a beautifully soft, variegated, fingering / 4ply sock yarn full of color! The sturdy blend of 75% Superwash wool and 25% of nylon means your socks will last, and be easy to care for! The beautiful painted colors are perfect for almost any pattern.
If you love knitting socks then you will love this yarn!

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Destash yarn

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says I love finding NOS packages!

Lee Wards was a wonderful craft store, I remember looking through all their racks of bagged figures and supplies when I was a girl!

These little bottle brush trees are perfect for dioramas or fairy gardens!

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Bottle brush Christmas trees

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I especially love making holiday gifts with little ones. But now my kids are older and their arts and crafts needs are getting more ‘sophisticated’, especially my daughter who wants to major in art in college. Glad there is a large variety of supplies right here at my fingertips on Etsy.

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Printable book marks

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said I have some really cool beads and findings for other beaders and jewelry designers. My favorites are items from Green Girl Studios, they make lead free pewter in some of the coolest designs. This particular one is a focal bead with lips on one side and “Besame Mucho” on the other side.

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Hot lips pewter beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says these ceramic buttons are handmade by me in my studio. The clay is rolled out and texture applied while the clay is still soft. Each button is individually glazed in a glaze I mix up myself – truly unique! Because these buttons are unique they are ideal to incorporate into a special gift for family or friends.
They can be used to accent knits, hats, bags, bunting, hair accessories – pretty much anything you can think of!!

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Handmade ceramic buttons

msmadmax from madmaxshop said Bali style vintage silver beads and spacers.
Soft pink, yellow and white plexi crystals.

Perfect for that special restoration project or vintage couture garment…
create your own custom belt, necklace, earrings or bracelet.

Enhance your restoration project…accent an accessory…create earrings or give a vintage sweater an authentic look.

90's Vintage Beads

90’s Vintage Beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies states these flat back sew on beads are available in red, green and blue – ideal colours for the holiday season!

Add a unique touch with sparkle, bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects. The beads can be sewn onto fabric, canvas, leather and vinyl.

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red

 

 

Gift Set Ideas For Holiday Gift Giving

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

During the holiday season it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your Christmas list. There are many times when I simply cannot decide on just one single gift.  With several small gifts combined together, you can give a spectacular gift set.

I love the fact that a gift set can be themed to the interests or hobby of the recipient.  We have a hunter in the family so naturally camouflage comes to mind.  For the hunter, a gift set including camouflage soap and towels.

Extremely popular for the ladies are spa gift sets that often include lotions and bath salts.  It gives her the gift of relaxation after a long stressful day.

My favorite type of gift sets are those that are food themed.  For a morning treat, combine a gourmet coffee blend with a unique handmade mug.  An epicurean delight is a cheese board and tools along with a fancy cheese.

To help you with your holiday gift giving, the Etsy Christmas In July Team offers these gift set ideas:

 

Suggested by Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

This set of four dishes is ideal for holiday gift giving – the dishes are perfect to hold candles to decorate the holiday table or equally suitable for condiments such as mustards, chutneys and dipping sauces.

 

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Ceramic Condiment Dish Set

 

Linda  from LazyYVintage recommends:

A set of Mikasa Christmas crystal for your holiday table setting. Two adorable Mikasa candle holders to enhance your centerpiece will be included in your gift set. Then the matching Mikasa Holiday Bells serving bowl and small crystal tray adds beauty and usefulness for your serving needs. Order all three and receive a 25% discount with the coupon code Mikasa25. The crystal trio makes a lovely hostess gift or a gift for your holiday table.

 

Mikasa Crystal Serving Bowl

Mikasa Crystal Serving Bowl

 

An idea from Julie Herbert at EveryoneLovesGifts0:

Combine these elegant crystal earrings with our coordinating bracelet to create the perfect gift set for teenagers and adults alike. Faceted Rondelle Crystal comes with three different colours to choose from. A great gift for all occasions to put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Preciosa Faceted Crystal Earrings

Preciosa Faceted Crystal Earrings

 

Valerie Brown  from FirepanJewellery adds:

My Colors of White pendants and earrings work well as gifts sets (and have happy recipients as fans!). You have the opportunity to choose a color that the recipient will like. These pieces of enamel jewellery are modern in style and unique, which really is appreciated when it comes to gifts!

 

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Colors of White Enamel Pendants

 

 

Suggested by pam colangelo  from PearlsVintagebyPam:

This is a Men’s Suspender and Neck Tie Set! It is very retro. The colors and paisley design make this set unique. Men’s gifts are difficult to find. A man who wears suspenders and a tie that appreciates wearing stylish and daring clothes will love this gift. This is a gift for all aged men. Bright colors create perfect wear for the holidays.

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Men’s Paisley Tie and Suspenders Set

 

NeatoKeen  from NeatoKeen recommends:

A complete set of vintage cocktail napkins makes a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life. Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief? Doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief? Lots of fun discussion will ensue after he opens this unusual gift set that dates from the Mid Century.

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Vintage Cocktail Napkins

 

Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls says:

For the person who has everything!
These delightful little poodle dogs are here to help out with passing out the hand towels to your guests. Whether they are actually used, or just displayed in a bathroom, guests will certainly enjoy these charming towels!

 

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Vintage Poodle Dogs Hand Towels

 

Sharing Santa Traditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leadership Spotlight – License2Craft

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.

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Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft is our honoree today

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

I originally joined this team as after opening my new shop I started to hear all this “buzz” about an upcoming Christmas In July event and came across this team in search and wanted to know more. So far I love the fact that people are willing to network,uplift each other and celebrate the fact that we are each here with different businesses and idea’s but all with a common goal of success.

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I was invited to join by Michelle from Evies Tool Emporium and was very intrigued by all she wrote. I have just recently become a “leader” and am still learning the “ropes” of the responsibility and enjoy the networking aspect of it all so far.

3. What is your style of leadership?

Hmmmm, never thought about this before. Guess I would like to think Transformational in that I would like to encourage the group to pursue their innovative and creative ideas and actions. And assist to motivate the group by strengthening team optimism, enthusiasm, and commitment.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I am originally from a small town in Bryant Pond, Maine. I grew up on a farm and worked as a teen at the local Phone Company as a switchboard operator. Now if you haven’t ever heard of Bryant Pond Tel. Co. , it was the last Hand Crank Telephone system in North America! Just think of the Andy Griffith show and them talking on the candle stick phones and that was us. My husband and I moved to Florida just 2 years ago to escape the cold & snow of the north and to be able to enjoy sailing 12 months a year instead of 3-4. I opened my shop June 1st of this year that features Natural Hot/Cold Therapy Wraps & Packs. Having been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia back in 1993, I feel I can honestly say I know my product and am personally aware of the benefits it can bring.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/License2Craft

Twitter: twitter.com/License2Craft

Google+:plus.google.com/u/0/b/100747231702195158169/+License2craftLLC/posts

With the intention of adding more as I progress.