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

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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

 

Soft Furnishings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Soft furnishings can be any fabrics used in the home. For instance linens,bath towels,curtains,cushions,pillows and more. Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to see your Soft Furnishings!

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says I love Harris tweed cushions! There are now so many gorgeous colors and designs available, and yet every piece of this pure wool fabric is still hand-woven by the islanders. The one I have chosen here is a brightly colored large tartan design to really cheer up your room.

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Harris Tweed cushion cover

Karen from timetalentjewels said something that I have in the kitchen that is a must are my Wool Felted Hot Pads. They are soft and thick so you won’t burn yourself. Many people who I sell to, love to just have them as Art in their kitchens because of their bright colors. Each one is knitted and then felted in very hot water, after that process it wicks and retains its shape and becomes very soft and thick. This particular pair is 7 x 7. Some may vary in size.

What is really fun is to have friends decorate with them! How fun would that be?

True colors wool felted hot pads

Robyn from RobynFayeDesigns states these country-style coasters were made in mind for bowls of hot soup, so larger than a regular coaster but smaller than place mats. When not in use they look great stacked in the farmhouse kitchen.

Country style coasters/mug rugs

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says bedrooms are instantly spruced up with gorgeous textures, patterns and fabrics on your bed. We love this pattern by Ralph Lauren Chaps Home collection for its reversibility! A beautiful soft floral pattern on one side with a coordinating stripe pattern on the opposite side for an instant new look! Add some pillows and you have a luxurious boudoir!

Ralph Lauren comforter set

International Internet Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Where would we be without the internet? It’s so useful and handy to be a “click away” from whatever you need to accomplish. We want to celebrate this day by asking all of you to tell us about any memorable moments online.

Alicia from AliciasFindings says I love to read and was excited when I found kindle online. I do like the feel and smell of a real book,but its just as much fun to read online. You can find all the same genres you love to read, but no need to go to the library or bookstore (if you don’t want to).

Night Before Christmas Book earrings

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said my favorite thing on the internet is the NORAD Santa Tracker…it is so much fun for me, even as an adult. I really feel like I need to go to bed before Santa hits my country.

Leisure Arts Santa’s Great Book Counted Cross Stitch

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we have combined our efforts to combat the single use disposable bottle by purchasing a personalized travel mug with the battle for the internet and joined Etsy in advocating for Net Neutrality with our Net Neutrality Personalized Travel Mugs. Stay hydrated, social justice warriors, we need you now more than ever!

Etsy sellers support the basic principle of net neutrality and have voiced our opinion that the internet should be safeguarded. We encourage policymakers to adopt clear rules that allow any business, including micro-entrepreneurs, to compete on an even playing field online.

From Etsy: “The Internet is built on the principle of openness. For the price of an Internet connection, anyone can spread new ideas or start a business — even spark a new industry. It is this democratic access that makes the Internet so revolutionary. It is what allows Etsy sellers to compete with much bigger and more established brands. It is what allowed Etsy to grow from a tiny company in a Brooklyn apartment to a global platform that hosts over one million sellers worldwide.” Learn more at www.etsy.com/advocacy/net-neutrality

Net Neutrality Stainless steel travel mug

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says for me, the internet is where I found my husband! If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be where I am today and most likely would be known as someone else. Thank goodness though that I got to experience that 20 years ago instead of in today’s time when everyone has to be so careful on the internet!

So, in celebration, let’s toast another 20 years of true love!

Beaded wine glass heart charms

zizzybob from zizzybob said I joined several social media sites, back when I started my Etsy shop, in hopes of using them for self promotion. I read an article about Pinterest that said you should post some personal things not just items from your shop, to try to engage your audience. I created a board showing some of my favorite pictures from my family’s annual Disney vacation. One of my favorites is this one of my granddaughter,

This one pin went viral. It ended up on many, many websites in all sorts of languages with tons of likes and comments. Disney world was also thrilled and ended up giving us free passes.

Child Health Day

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

It’s Child Health Day on 1st October. When a child is ill, we may not always be able to ease their discomfort but, if we can bring out a smile or a giggle, we’ve helped a little. The Christmas in July team would like to share what they have in their shops that would make a child happy.

In the USA, Child Health Day is held on the first Monday of October, elevating the public’s knowledge and interest in children’s health.

Gari Anne from BeadLoversKorner says

Little girls love jewelry and this bracelet with a kitty cat and cute paw print beads is colorful and will put a smile on her face! She can then enjoy collecting charm beads to add to the bracelet making it a special and meaningful bracelet for her to wear.
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Cat Bracelet for Girls

Alicia from AliciasFindings says

I agree little girls love jewelry! They love Santa and Christmas even more so, which makes this necklace/earring set a real hit! Mom can even buy one so it’s a mommy & me set.
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Red Glittery Holiday Jewelry Set

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says

When teeth need to come out ….. the tooth fairy could bring this little treat and brighten their day.

 

Tooth fairy zipper pull

A great necklace to cheer up any little girl!

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Christmas Necklace for Girls