Goodbye To The Etsy Christmas In July Team

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Goodbye

Over 5 years ago I welcomed all of you to the new Etsy Christmas In July blog! Today it’s time to say goodbye! Until we meet again!

Thank you

Thank you to the current Etsy Christmas In July leaders! Their time and talents are greatly appreciated! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Lisa from SpoiledFelinesArt

Mairi from mairidesign

Megha from byTheArtBug

Misty from carolinagirlz2

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Gifts For Makers

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When thinking up gifts for yourself or another “Maker” friend, do you often want something to help you in your crafting? I know I do! A good quarter of my “list” are tools,supplies or gift cards to craft stores.

Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to know what do you have in your shop that a “Maker” would want as a gift?

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says never let a good idea get away when you have a memo on hand! Include a personalized pen, pencil, or letter opener with your memo holder to give your creative friends a designated place to find a pen and take notes when they need to. We specialize in functional artwork which is useful and appreciated, but shop for your gift giving occasions, personalized and made to order gifts take time! Our personalized memo holder is the perfect gift for artists and makers alike and you can make your gift giving opportunity into a personalized gift giving experience by including any text using any font we have available in our selection. Shipping direct to your recipient, we also offer gift wrap and gift cards for the professional gift giving touch.

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Personalized desk memo holder

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said this Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Iron On Pillowcase Kit includes a 16 x 16 inch Pillowcase, a Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Iron On Pillowcase Kit with Iron On Designs saying You Sparkle You Shine in gold glitter.
An easy DIY gift idea for any time of year!

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Iron on pillowcase kit

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns states these adorable cat lover planner clips are the purrfect gift for your maker friends and family! These lovely planner charms add fun to your bullet journal and travelers notebook spreads! A wonderful way to stay organized this holiday season!

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Cat lover planner clips

Host(ess) Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Host(ess) Gifts are something you give to someone who invites you to their gathering,whether that be at a house,job gathering or weekend party.

Your gift of choice depends on many variables including; how well you know the host(ess),your finances and so much more.

Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to see all your Host(ess) Gifts. We want to see all price points!

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I think when going to a party a hostess would love a pretty candle and to make it more special add a candle garland to make it truly festive.

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Red candle garland

Joanna from JoannasScentedSoaps said would you like a stylish, glamorous, luxe, trendy and useful Hostess Gift to Bring to a Holiday Party?
Look at our luxury festive glycerin soaps inspired by Christmas spirit in captivating natural scents derived from France and festive wrapping to be provided as a little treat for your Hostess!

Burgundy luxe tree soap

Amy from FarmhouseDecorArt states this classically styled and elegantly hand painted welcome sign adds a personalized touch to gift giving. Perfectly proportioned at six feet tall and completely handcrafted, no doubt this would make an unforgettable host(ess) gift.

Custom door decor

Margie from ZenCatPottery says at $15, this whimsical handmade egg separator is the perfect hostess gift that she will actually use! It is stoneware pottery and dishwasher- and food-safe. and best of all? It REALLY works!

Whimsical egg separator

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said we love to personalize the party with a variety of hostess gifts available, but you can never go wrong with wine. Our personalized wine shaped cutting board is engraved with your choice of our monogram design options with custom order requests accepted. The cutting board has a removable glass top and is perfect for use as a cutting board or serving tray. We specialize in providing additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards as well. Give the gift that may be put to good use and which may be appreciated by your hostess.

Personalized wine shaped cutting board

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline states for the person hosting the planned event/party you will be going to this holiday season; whether they will enjoy this candle next to a fireplace or not, “Fireplace Cuddles” makes a great host or hostess gift! The woodsy tree bark smell of the Texas Cedarwood and Frankincense oils coming together with the warm undertone of the clove oil creates a candle scent that combines the warmth of a fire and the smokiness of what is being combusted. The host or hostess deserves nothing more than to cuddle up and relax with this candle at the end of the night!

Fireside soy candle

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says these lovely minimalist gold planner bookmarks are an excellently understated gift for the hostess of your next planner and scrap booking meetup. Inspired by nature these pine cone planner charm bookmarks are sure to impress.

Thanksgiving planner clips

A Little Gift For Me

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

All too often, we spend our time thinking of others and buying gifts for family and friends and, we all know, the next few weeks are going to be hectic. Perhaps now, is the time for a little self-indulgence before the chaos. The Christmas In July team would like to share all their fabulous items with those who are looking to buy themselves a little gift.

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

At only $11.00, these small earrings are a perfect way to gift yourself! Featuring lampwork glass and Czech glass beads, they will add a pop of color to your day. The beads are wired separately, so they will sway prettily as you move.
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Red Czech Glass & Silver Dangle Earrings

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

My treat would be a cute little bracelet! This little bracelet is made of Turquoise Russian Amazonite which has Silver Plated Shells between the beads. I feel like I am ready for the beach and but I live in the Midwest, which is about 3000 miles from the ocean. Maybe some day! But this one is for sale!

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Turquoise Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says

My treat would be a nice book mark to go with a great book for relaxing times.
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Pink Gemstone Bookmark

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I think any crafter would love a new pack of purple beads to stitch up into something wonderful…maybe peyote, cross stitch, jewelry, or something else?
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Antique Glass Beads

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Give the gift of personalization, especially when shopping for yourself. It is better to enjoy a glass of wine less often and in style, than to overindulge. At Design’s the Limit, we encourage the responsible enjoyment of spirits from the safety of your own home. Design a wine glass which suits your personality, we have a variety of glass and crystal stemware and stemless glasses to choose as a canvas for our designs. Once you have selected a glass, choose the font and design which suits your tastes and include any text you wish to including name, monogram, single initial, or popular sayings in the public domain!
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Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Enjoy some “me” and “family” time by reading your favorite verses from The Bible and sitting down with the family to fill out the numerous pages for recording wedding information, birth records and your family tree! A great way to spend some down time before the Holiday season arrives!
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Precious Moments Bible Family Edition

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

All of us experience the concept of the yin and yang in our daily lives. It always seems there is something positive pulling against the forces of something negative and we are forced to pull it together in unity and “work things out”. I also think that “making it through” whatever comes your way on any given day largely depends on your frame of mind and attitude about life in general. So, with this little butterfly yin and yang compact (pill) storage jar, you would have the constant reminder that no matter what happens, things do get better and can become beautiful, just as the bling this item offers!
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Pill Storage Box

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

I would buy a hand knitted hat to keep me warm in winter. It’s such a nice accessory.
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Hand Knitted Slouch Beanie

Light And Reflection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Reflection is caused by a Light (source) bouncing off of another object. Light helps illuminate what we see.

Items like prisms, lights, glass, metal and glitter all reflect light. We want to see your Light and Reflection items.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says light and reflection show most naturally to me at a seaside lighthouse, like this cross stitch kit image.

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Dimensions The Gold Connection Rocky Point 3895 Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Margie from ZenCatPottery said the gorgeous goddess pendant on this necklace is raku fired, a special oxygen-reduction process that brings out metallic effects and iridescence in ceramic glazes. This beautiful pendant reflects hues of copper to mauve depending on how the light hits it!

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Fall Goddess Pendant Necklace

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states reflections in water fascinate me – so do sunsets. If you happen to see both its bliss – like a sunset at the Pacific Ocean, when the colorful evening sky is reflected in the water on the seashore. In this moment life is good.

Ocean Sunset Photo greeting card

Frances from supplysideeconomics says unless you have played with truly vintage rhinestones, you have no idea how different they are from more modern ones. They can given to the faceting can often be as magnificent as a fine jewel.

They do not just reflect the light, but plays with the light as it dances around each stone.

Vintage rhinestone buttons

Mairi from mairidesign said this dazzling angel sun catcher catches and reflects the light beautifully. It looks fabulous in the window, adding a touch of sparkle from the iridescent glass and diamond crystal, so you can enjoy its charm all year-long.

Guardian angel suncatcher

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states special attention to light and prism colors were applied in the making of this gorgeous Nativity scene handkerchief. As if looking at the Manger through a stained glass window, colors dance and play on this Holy Scene. A beautiful play on light!

Vintage nativity scene handkerchief

Mary from CharmedByWine says I made this with swarovski crystal beads that catch the light perfectly! Sparkly on your Christmas tree between all the lights, or displayed in a window.

Beaded snowflake ornament

 

Paper Crafts

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

With Autumn festivities and Christmas time approaching, spending more time indoors calls for creative crafting. The #EtsyCIJ team have gathered together their paper craft goodies for fun projects like scrapbooking and greeting card and gift tag making.

Do you have any kits, fancy downloadable prints, fun embellishments, or anything that could be useful for paper crafting, in you shop?

Marie from LoveNStuff14 says

These were part of a huge stash of supplies my daughter found among gifts to her daughter when she was ill with leukemia. She was blessed with so many crafty things, many she did not use.

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Chipboard Die Cut Crafting Supplies

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

Paper crafts always remind me of scrapbooks. I used to scrapbook for many years and my daughter and I love to look through the many scrapbooks I made over the years. A fun addition to any scrapbook layout are tags with seasonal images like my Autumn tags. These tags are easy to add on and make any scrapbook page with an inspirational theme very special.
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Autumn Tags with Inspirational Quote

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

When I was little, I always made handmade Christmas and Hanukkah cards for my classmates at the holidays. Here’s a beautiful kit that offers a chance for you to make some homemade Christmas cards for friends and family.
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Make Your Own Christmas Card Kit

Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft says

I’ve added digital downloads to my shop over the past few months. I have several printable recipe cards and matching gift tags that are great for Christmas cookie swaps and holiday gifts.

Christmas recipe cards instant download

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

This fabulous Nativity set is perfect for those who might be tight on space or prefer not to have breakables with little ones around. Made of paper and cardboard, it’s already prepunched so it can be easily put together and set up in a special place of honor. Add your own embellishments, hay, glitter, etc. Make this a project to do with the kids and teach them the story of the nativity this Christmas!

Vintage nativity set

 

Up In The Air

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Is your head always in the clouds? Do you dream of flying on a dragon’s back? Are you an aeroplane geek? Whatever takes your fancy, be it balloons, kites, birds or flying technology, get ready for lift off as we head up in the air.

The Christmas in July team share what items they have that are related to things ‘Up In The Air’.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Hot air balloons are a wonderful escape from the everyday.
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Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

There are many items in our shop that could be considered for the theme … Up in the Air. We have song birds, ducks, and butterflies that have been hand burned and/or carved and/or painted, depending upon the item. So, it was hard choosing which one to highlight. I chose this butterfly and floral sculpture because it is one of my favorite items. I love the contrast colors of yellow and black on the swallowtail butterfly. I also love its hues of pink on the hibiscus flower.
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Hibiscus with Swallowtail Wood sculpture

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

I have called this large oil painting the “Forest Spirit”. I painted a bird and a tree that are connected to the background of the blue sky and clouds. This is a little surrealistic picture and presents the tree in a somewhat abstract way, which is also the texture of the canvas and the tree leaf structure. All these elements intermingle. The colors of sky and nature are calming. The picture is very decorative and creates an atmosphere of relaxation. It will be a great decoration of the living room wall or another representative interior.
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Bird Tree Forest Oil Painting

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I take what nature provides and turn it into beautiful jewelry to wear and love. This bracelet has a buttery soft brown leather with sunflower yellow Czech glass flower beads, turquoise leaf beads, blue Czech glass bird beads, and tiny seed beads in coordinating colors.
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Flower and Bird Bracelet

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

While I’m afraid of heights I still love seeing the vast array of hot air balloons that come in so many colors and styles. So, when I came upon this fabric it screamed make me into a dog bandana!!
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Hot Air Balloons Dog Bandana

Mairi from mairidesign says

The dragonfly symbolizes change and the perspective of self realization, representing an emotional maturity of wisdom, transformation and adaptability. As a creature of the wind, it reminds us to go beyond what we see on the surface and look deeper into the implications and aspects of life – but to keep a light, positive outlook even in our darkest moments. Enjoy this stained glass dragonfly as it catches the sun in your room or garden.
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Dragonfly Stake for Flower Pot

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

The weather is turning cold here now in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, but I have a Butterfly Bush in my front yard. It is FILLED with butterflies all summer long. And, I already miss the summer. These porcelain earrings are handmade in my ceramic studio and fired 2 times, to temperatures over 6,000*F(0ver 1090*C).

Porcelain butterfly stud earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

When my head is in the clouds, I hope to come back and record the inspired thoughts before they disappear. Our folding nameplate includes a space to store a pen inside of the nameplate to keep it from walking off when you step away from your desk or it may be placed in a hole drilled in the top of the nameplate to have it ready at a moments notice. When you have your head in the clouds, have your pen at the ready, you never know what dreams may come. Personalization is included in the cost of our products with any of our designs, using any font we have available, and we also offer additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards for shipping directly to your gift recipient. Make every gift giving opportunity into an inspired gift giving experience in our shop @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized nameplate