Must Haves

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Oh I love that! I have to have it! I think we’ve all said that at one time or another.

Perhaps it was finding something in a department store. Maybe even at a craft fair! Wherever it may have been, I asked our team members what they were passionate about in their shop. The following items are a representation of what they love.

Karen Hafel from TimeTalentJewels says:

When browsing in my shop there are oodles of must haves but to me there is one that stands out the most and that is the “Lucky Strike Orange Wool Felted Clutch Handbag.” I find this little handbag to be so exquisite, knowing all the time it takes just to make one. This one especially has all the detail of the fine beading that not all my other purses have received.

What is most fun about this little handbag is the compliments you will receive and the people will wonder where did you get that. And you will just carry it with pride knowing you have that one of a kind and no other like it! That is what I like most about my little shop and my items that I make! Enjoy!

Wool Felted Clutch Handbag

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

One of the items that I believe is a must-have is a zipper purse for small things. How many of you ladies have tried to find something in your bag without success. Lipsticks, credit cards, coins, earphones and other stuff wondering around and making a big mess in your bag. What a nightmare! Now, this purse is a lovely solution for that mess. It will help you to keep your bag nice and tidy, therefore is a must have for sure.

Bicycle Makeup Bag

Richard and Tatiana from  DesignstheLimit says:

Just SHUT UP & TAKE MY MONEY is the response every seller wants to hear when making a pitch and we have a number of items which we will be listing throughout the year to make you say just that. We specialize in creating top shelf bar ware including deep sand carved decanters which never fail to amaze our customers and their gift recipients.

Choose any design in our portfolio, select any font we have available, or commission an inspired design for any occasion, destination, or celebration. We never include an invoice and offer additional gift services including gift wrap and elegant gift cards for shipping direct.

Bar Ware Decanter

Mairi from mairidesign says:

Everyone ‘Must Have’ beer! For those of us who love a refreshing glass of amber nectar while relaxing with friends and chatting about the week’s goings on, this is the most perfect catcher of the sun to behold. And it won’t add an extra bulge to your beer belly! Go on, you know must have it.

Beer Stained Glass Home Decor

StockLaneStudio from StockLaneStudio says:

So easy to print out yourself and keep on hand for whenever and wherever you need it, our PRINTABLE quiet sign is simple for it says it all. Customers love this sign for quick baby shower signs or cards for new moms, quiet signs for spas and boutiques or even digital announcements. Perfect teen room or dorm room door signs!

Printable Quiet Sign


Let’s Make It Personal

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

As special as a gift may be, it becomes even more special when it’s personalized. Personalized gifts show the recipient put some thought into the gift and those types of gifts also suit any occasion.

Our Christmas in July team members were asked to share a link to something in their shop that would qualify as a personalized gift. It could have been something that had a name added or boosted a personal connection to a special person.

Here are some special gift ideas that were shared.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Whether as partners or best friends, true soulmates don’t come around often, but when they do they can last a lifetime. Our custom ‘Sole’ Mate cards are a great way to reach out to your ‘Bestie’. Let SLS make it personal by adding your names and the date when your friendship began. Did you solidify your friendship on the shores of Camp Kawabunga during the summer of 6th grade? We can add that too!

Printable Personalized Quote

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

These little chalkboard buckets can be used as Table Numbers or fill with something special and give as a gift with their name written on it. I found a bunch of these at an Estate sale. At the time I had no idea what to do with them, but I had to have them. Then I thought…wedding or party…chalkboard paint…Voila! I now wish I had more of them. I only have this one set left and would love to make more.

Tin Pail with Oval Chalkboard

Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

The Baby Boy Burp Cloth is personalized and gives a much more personal touch to the Baby´s objects. It is unique and there isn’t any other like it.

Baby Boy Burp Cloth

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

This pillow which has the saying “always kiss goodnight” is personalized with names and wedding date to make it a perfect gift for a bride and groom.

Always Kiss Goodnight Pillow

Mairi from mairidesign says:

Personalized wedding horseshoe candle holder, with the couple’s initials. Made from gorgeous iridescent stained glass and curled wire, and comes with a display gift box-bag. Decorative, yet functional, this lucky horseshoe symbol can be a lasting keepsake of the happy couple’s big day, and they can light a candle each year, on their anniversary, in celebration of their love for one another.

Wedding Horseshoe Candle

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says:

I think that the best personalized gift is a portrait.Over time, this is a great memory that never loses value. I offer oil paintings of people and animals. So you can order a portrait of a person with her favorite pet. You can choose the dimensions that are best for you. The finished image can be sent framed.

Custom Dog Portrait

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We specialize in personalized gifts for every occasion and celebration. Turn your gift giving opportunities into a gift giving experience your recipient will never forget. We recommend our top shelf gifts including one of the newest to our shop, the Spiegelau lowball tumbler.

Choose from our designs, submit your own images, or have us create an inspired design for any idea you have in mind. We offer gift wrap and additional gift services to make your gift giving as unique as the personalized gifts we create @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized Spirit Tumblers

Let’s Have A Tea Party

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

As a kid and even an adult it is so much fun to have a tea party with friends and others. There are many types of foods, desserts and more that go into a tea party.

I love having the finger sandwiches, scones, different types of teas and using such beautiful tea services at the tea parties I have gone to.

What do you have in your shop that can be used in a tea party?

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba says decorate your living room with a nice, food theme art piece, it will help you to set up the right atmosphere for your indoor tea party.


Dessert drawing of macaroons

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this antique cup and saucer would look lovely on the table and it’s pretty enough to leave on display when the guests have departed.


Vintage china cup

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states  this vintage Noritake creamer and sugar bowl with lid was only manufactured during the years of 1979-1986. It would make a wonderful addition or replacement piece to your Fine China collection.

Noritake cream and sugar bowl

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says while your guests are already calm and comfy from the tea and fixings, a candle with Lemon Essential Oil may be the perfect addition to your tea party. Lemon Essential Oil has been shown to help promote positivity.

Lemon soy candle

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said wonderful gift favors with adorable charms.
English garden tea comes to mind–I can see it added to the place settings and see the lush garden around it.

Tea party zipper pulls

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam states tea parties are great fun. When I went to Ireland we had lots of tea and scones. I am sharing One of my favorites from my personal Tea pot collection!!

Vintage Cronin blue teapot

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says nothing sets the tone of a tea party better than having a nice table setting. Linens can make it even more special. My mom has made so many great table runners that I’ve used throughout the seasons. It makes the place settings even nicer. Here’s one that combines turquoise and brown with a rich floral and paisley pattern.

Quilted table runner

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said if you’re going to have a tea party, then you need to keep the tea warm while you chat! A stylish Harris tweed tea cosy is just the thing. The lovely fabric is hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides islands, and any item made from it is a little bit special.

Harris Tweed tea cosy

Mairi from mairidesign states I’d say we all need butterflies at our tea parties. Pop a colorful butterfly into an empty iced-tea bottle with a few wild flowers from the park, lay down the gingham picnic blanket, and nibble on your Scotch eggs, cucumber sandwich triangles and sip some chilled iced-tea from a china cup.

Butterfly stained glass pot decoration

Amanda from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says my strawberry tea cosy is perfect for any tea-party. It is my best seller and is popular across the globe including Europe, America, Hong Kong and Australia. It was originally created for a 50th birthday tea party and was the highlight of the day!

Strawberry knitted tea cosy

Marta from GottliebTextiles said your kitchen also deserves to be decorated for the tea party. These dish cloths have lovely pastel color tea party themed embroideries. Not only a perfect kitchen decor but also will become handy when washing dishes after the party.

Dessert tea towels


Down On The Farm

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey:

It has been proven that working with animals is beneficial for coping skills! This post will deal with a special kind of animal, farm animals! Let’s get past counting the sheep, watching Wilbur and Charlotte become friends, and singing about Old McDonald and check out some neat farm animals grazing around the shops of members of the Etsy Christmas in July team.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

This is my favorite subject. I could add half of my shop here but I chose the oil painting of a horse portrait. Horses are my favorite animals and I also like the atmosphere of the farm. Many people love horses and I’m a horse lover too. The horse’s portrait looks good in the official interior as well as in a small corner of shabby chic style. The oil technique is noble and the image is impressive. In my shop, you can order a framed picture ready to hang on the wall.

I paint portraits of horses on order from photos so if you want to order a portrait of your favorite horse or another animal, send me your photos by e-mail:


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love horses and your Palomino oil painting, but I am afraid to ride them. My first try was traumatic for me.

I will stick to other farm animals, such as this sweet shelf-sitter cow that my dad made and painted before his passing. I spent one summer teaching him to decorative paint. He took my lessons and ran with them. My dad was a master carpenter by trade but was gifted with other capabilities such as playing the piano, knitting, square dance calling, woodworking, and then decorative painting. He went to craft shows with my mom to sell his ware and was very successful.

Love this SWEET cow.


Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I was fortunate enough to take a vacation to Ireland about 7 years ago. The landscape was beautiful and we saw many historical and natural sites. Along the way we saw sheep…not a few sheep…easily thousands of sheep along our journey around the southern half of Ireland. It was winter so they all had full puffy woollen coats. I feel in love with them. So cute! This little fella was inspired by my trip.


Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Sharon & Susan from Ms P Designs USA were raised on our family farm in Montana, and we have many happy memories. We were inspired by by those happy times to create our “Down on the Farm” quilt pattern, which features all of our animal friends from the farm, plus a couple extra animals that we’d like to have known!


Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Have you ever been driving down those back country roads and pulled over to stretch your legs and while there caught a glimpse of a mama pig with her little baby pig?

Well, while taking my son back to school down south from the Christmas break we saw the cutest baby pig that looked like it was newly born standing next to it’s mama. Pigs are so cute when they’re little and running around the farm squealing at the top of their lungs.

I’m going to miss those long country back road drives because my son will graduate after the 2018 fall semester!


Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

On the farm you will find ducks and lambs. Here are some cute buttons for crafting that will add a bit of the farm to your project.


How To Relax After A Long Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Who doesn’t love to relax after a long day at work, school,etc? Not only is it nice to slow down and relax, but it has many health benefits as well. Relaxing helps slow heart rate, maintains normal blood sugar levels, reducing chronic pain and muscle tension and so much more.

There are so many ways to relax. Some include yoga, meditation, music, arts, crafts and so much more.

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says many people go fishing to relax… to just sit in the quite of nature is very relaxing to many.

Here are my fish buttons…


Set of 2 fish buttons

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said here in Florida, many people like to visit the beach to relax. Walking on the beach, listening to the waves, watching the birds fly in and out, collecting shells and sea glass, and watching the crabs come in and out of their hole are just a few of the relaxing things to do on the beach. A beach is a great place to just go to, sit, and think in such a peaceful atmosphere. I’ll bet many problems are being solved on the beach…


Vintage wire seashell basket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I’m sensing a nature theme here. My number one way to relax is to go for a long hike or walk. Getting my heart racing, strengthening my muscles, breathing in fresh air and letting my thoughts wander away from the fast-paced world and end up in a calm place where I can appreciate all the planet has to offer.


Printable travel art

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says relaxation is very important. There are many ways to regenerate the body and soul. There is currently a Zen-style interior trend that promotes body and mind harmony.

I have to offer large original paintings of earth and sky tones, inspired by nature. This painting is an affirmation of life and my vision of connecting with the world of plants and animals. I gave it the title “Forest Spirit” and it reminds me of old beliefs and rituals. People have always believed that nature has the power to heal and science now confirms this knowledge. This painting creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Very well suited to the interior in the Zen style.

In my shop, there are also large pastel paintings that bring nature. I also paint for orders. Just let me know.

Abstract oil painting

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said many people, myself included, love paper crafting – scrapbooking, card making, decoupage. When I have that down time to make something with paper, it really helps me let go of the stress and be just happy.

Pastel digital scrapbooking papers

Cerena from CerenaLevene states many folks enjoy camping among a natural setting to relax. For me a good set of cozy pajamas is quite enough ~ a bib would come in handy too for sad movie tears! Or for a catch all and mouth wipe after pizza.

Flannel pants and bib set

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says relaxation is very important for our overall mental awareness and well-being. I have been using candles as a method for relaxation over the years and recently started learning about the benefits of essential oils. Incorporating essential oils like 100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil has been shown to drive away anxious thoughts and promote positivity!

Lemongrass essential oil soy candle

Marta from GottliebTextiles said there is nothing more relaxing than a nice afternoon nap. Your sofa should be not only cozy but also stylish. Here is a nice set of two cushion covers to brighten up your relax zone.

Elephant cushion cover set

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states many people like to read to relax! Here’s a perfect metal bookmark designed just for that purpose! Created with a soft pink bead and a floral focal point hinting of a nice summer day, it doesn’t get much more relaxing than this!

Pink bead and flower accent bookmark

Complementing Colors That Also Contrast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green. These create a high contrast, so they are used when you want something to stand out. Artists are known to use these colors in their artwork to allow something to “pop” or “stand out” in whatever they are creating. One color will often be used as a background color while the other color will be used for accents.

Here are some wonderful items from team members of the Etsy Christmas in July team who have used this concept to create some beautiful items on display in their shops. Be sure to check them out and witness some talent in action!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Red Longhaired Dachshund on a dark green background. This cute dog is similar to a small fox. To paint him very realistic I put it on a dark green background. The strong contrast makes it very realistic and the whole composition is in autumn colors. You can choose the color of the frame, but I prefer gold because it slightly neutralizes the contrast and adds warm colors.


Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I designed this cross body bag around a piece of Japanese fabric featuring cranes. I love the contrast of green treetops against the red background and of course the metallic gold for a bit of bling. Definitely a stand out color combination!


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  says:

Blue and Gold – cool and warm, complimentary and contrasting.

This is all reflected in our Best Friends Card: Soul Sisters. Perfect for your childhood best friend, graduation buddies, or members of a bridal shower.


Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The contrasting colors in this Harris tweed tea cozy make it really eye-catching. Many traditional tartans use red and green, but I think this twist to brick and turquoise is rather unusual.



Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Bright pink has a fantastic contrast on a black background.


Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

Here you will see the contrasting decorative stitch in a golden yellow upon a terrific purple flannel backing of this baby bib set.

The yellow and purple are repeated in the painted Easter egg fabric. The contrasting yellow verses violet (and orange verses blue ) add to the excitement of the holiday! Feed your little golden egg with less mess and more style.


Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

I chose these contrasting colors when creating the label so that when you need light during an emergency situation, you can easily find this candle! This candle provides light and is very lite!


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Chunky jewel tones gemstone necklace in tones of blue, amber, bronze, brown, turquoise and gold. The gemstones included are African turquoise, amber, natural blue aquaterra jasper beads with a mixture of a fabulous blue and a sparkling gold quartz, red agate, pietersite and brown mookaite jasper.


Cristal Hughes from DesignsByCristal says:

Purple and gold are the colors of my favorite school. To me these colors represent strength, spirit and excellence. Purple is also so regal!


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

It is interesting to me how the orange will stand out differently with the shades of deep purples and then with the shades of teal greens. This makes a cool wool felted hot pad how it all came together after knitting and felting. Color is so fascinating, don’t you think?


Make My Life Easier

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When you think of getting organized for yourself, your family, your business and your life in general what comes to mind?

Lists, storage containers, bottles, boxes, planners etc.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says what a pretty way to organize your papers, magazines, etc., then this gold wire Cottage Chic beaded wall organizer? I love when I find something unique at estate sales and this is one of them.


Metal organizer

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said I happen to be a lady who has a lot of rings and stud earrings. The earrings really don’t store well in the homemade earring frame I made so they often would get thrown into a bowl and sit in a muddled mess on my counter.

This unique koi designer shoe solved the problem! Not only can I use it to store rings, it also works for my stud earrings! All I have to do is simply slide the jewelry I want to store in between two of the cushioned rows and I’m organized!


Koi fish patterned high heel ring holder

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I love cooking, and I have loads of coffee and flour stained cookbooks. But many of my family recipes are scattered on loose papers and frequently lost or overlooked. My Mother’s beloved handwritten recipe booklet is getting worn and tattered.

Printable recipe papers for a family recipe binder has solved that problem. My sisters and I are gradually transcribing my Mother’s book for future chefs, and we’re adding our own new recipes as well. Since the recipe papers are digital, we can print out at home, but also email recipes to share with family and friends.

Our SLP customers love these printable recipe pages. This black and white version is especially popular because cooks can print out as many as needed but they don’t have to use up a lot of their home computer printer ink in doing so. The papers can be printed out in black and white, or used with standard American letter-sized colored paper.

We have a Deluxe version as well, with many more options, and more designs available in our ~Recipe~ section. SLP even offers an recipe transcription service! Happy baking.


Printable recipe binder

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says I prepared a series of wooden painted boxes with natural themes. Here is a natural wooden box for jewelry with the theme of spring bird and apple blossom. It’s very good also to hold credit cards or other treasures. This is something for those people who like to have a lot of small things and can hide this little mess into a nice, colorful box that will decorate your bedroom or desk.

Decorated wooden jewelry box

Marta from GottliebTextiles said a makeup bag is a very big helper to keep your bag nice and tidy. All your lipsticks, credit cards, coins, keys, or any other small items can fit in this practical purse. No more desperate digging in your bag.

Bicycle makeup bag

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states the perfect personalized gift for the owner of a disorganized desk is only a click away, we permanently engrave all of the products in our shop and specialize in creating personalized gifts using any of the designs in our portfolio, fonts we have available from our selection, and also offer additional design services for logo conversion, gift wrap, and gift cards for shipping directly to your recipient.

Personalized pen holder