April – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate April – New Arrivals.

sugararmy46 from sugararmy46 says:

For a long time I was wondering whether to start a collection dedicated to family and I decided that I will take my chances with this one. It’s not only a father and a son matching outfit – to me it is a showcase of the moments spent together, all the stories told and all shared emotions – family always come first!

sugararmy46

sugararmy46

Anna from ParisDecorPrints says:

This photograph was taken in France when I was in Mount St. Michael – beautiful place in Northern France in 2012.

ParisDecorPrintsANA

ParisDecorPrints

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is my newest item, listed yesterday. I had sold a few sets of printable journal pages, so I thought I would add another set in a different style. I used beach photographs from my own travels, so a bit nostalgic, and I added an overlay and the lines to write on.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Here’s a new photograph SLS listed April 1st. To me, it celebrates the sense of peace and hope that spring evokes. The photograph was taken at Berlin, Germany’s East Side Gallery. This is one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the world. Artists have painted murals on the remnants of the old Berlin Wall. Their art serves as social and political commentary over the years. Many murals reflect anguish and sadness, but other are signs of hope.

Dove of Peace – Berlin

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Rachel Elliott from flyingcheesetoastie says:

I’ve just launched a brand new range of glass creatures featuring beasts from the African Savannah. This little elephant is one of them and features a classic Paisley pattern which fills its silhouette shape. Usually I only make one new creature a year so to launch 3 in one go is a big step for me!

flyingcheesetoastie

flyingcheesetoastie

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

A couple of years ago I made a rectangle basket covered in corks. I have had several convos asking when I’d create another one so for the spring I added a new size “square” to my listings.

Corkycrafts

Corkycrafts

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says:

I recently moved and had to downsize of in which is why my shop is on Etsy. I have a large collection of toys from my childhood and have sold several on Etsy for others to enjoy, I opened my shop last year, my loss is your gain.

toysfrom70s

toysfrom70s

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Last week I had surgery and couldn’t really do very much afterwards. I wasn’t allowed to do any strenuous work or lifting – pretty much rest on the sofa. So I took out my knitting needles and knit up this three-piece summer outfit for 18 inch dolls – a dress with a matching beret and triangle shawl. I love to knit doll clothes – it’s fun, fast and a good way to use up all the yarn I have. Too bad that my daughter is too old to play with dolls!!

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

This little hat is new in my shop and I’ve included it here because I absolutely loved knitting it.

I originally made one for a friend as she was looking for something to wear whilst n a snowboarding holiday and hadn’t found anything like it, so I jotted down a pattern and made her one instead!

I chose a really lovely, soft and fluffy wool that was a real joy to work with (so much so that I went back to my local wool shop and bought 6 more balls of it!), but it’s also machine washable.

She absolutely loved it and snapped so many photos of herself wearing it on the snowy slopes of the French Alps! Lots of people there and back in the London asked where she got it and wanted one too, so I made some more for them after they ordered some (using up all of my 6 newly purchased balls of this wool!) and this last one I thought I’d put in my shop and let someone else buy and enjoy too.

It’s lovely to look at and even nicer to wear and I like to think it binds up friends together and keeps us warm whether just out and about in our neighborhoods on a chilly day or on top of a huge snowy mountain!

WoollyMomo

WoollyMomo

Cathy Hahn from CathysCraftWorld says:

My 85-year-old mom has been staying with me for a year now. She has moderate dementia and I am her sole caregiver. I have very little time to create anymore or concentrate on my shop but I try. I really try to do my best to everyone and everything in my life (including my two kittens)!

These rings came to life when my mom left most of her jewelry in Florida with her cousin. She likes her jewelry very plain and simple. I wanted her to wear something feminine and colorful. I looked into the making of polymer clay flowers as I thought they were simply gorgeous!

I was determined to give my mom some color!
I made this set of two, the larger for me, the smaller for her (I knew I could only push my luck so far)!

She loves her ring

I’ve made duplicate designs and sets since that my mum and I share so we both decided that, this , should be the first piece I sell as they were the first colors we loved and shared.

CathysCraftWorld

CathysCraftWorld

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

April showers bring May flowers! This button pendant features a flower in the center with a swirly design that makes me think of spring or gardens. I love to work with buttons and when I saw these vintage look buttons, I was inspired to put them into a necklace. The brown and white combination is great for spring or summer!

mscenna

mscenna

 HealingHorse SouthernLight from FourDirectionsLight says:

People ask me to make a special item for a special need they have. I am a Herbalist. I feel a way I can serve and help others is through finding just the right synergy formula for the individual’s life and body. This is a lavender sugar scrub. It is a combination of different sugars as well as jojoba and other carrier oils. It contains a wonderful lavender based synergy formula. I know this products helps my sensitive skin as well as my inner core being. It helps others, as well.

When one has autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, mental health disease or dysfunction in their family, most of the time, a little herbal synergy goes a long way as a coping mechanism for these issues.

Blessings to all!

FourDirectionsLight

FourDirectionsLight

March – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate March – New Arrivals.

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I love color, so the Pantone list is right up my alley! I had an opportunity to turn the kiln on and now have new enameled earrings inspired by the 2016 colors! This is a fun pair I made by combining two colors of enamel, resulting in “Rose quartz + Serenity” earrings. This is a fun and easy way to bring the new color trends into your wardrobe!

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

VeeVee from VeeVeesCreations says:

These flowers are a personal favorite. I created this flower to represent spring and Easter. I used high quality lavender and sea-foam green jump rings to create the flower.

When I finished this flower, I knew that it would be a perfect gift for my own mother. She has always loved spring and lavender is one of her favorite colors. When my nieces saw this necklace, they all wanted one. It is a necklace that can be loved by woman of all ages.

VeeVeesCreations

VeeVeesCreations

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I seem to be fascinated with pink at the moment. Although I don’t wear much pink myself, I find my self drawn to it. I made this bracelet with rose-pink nylon cord and pink pearls and Swarovski crystals. Very feminine and dainty.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

This colorful flower ornament and sun catcher features bright and fun colors like you might find in a spring garden or rainbow!

I began this ornament with the fun flower, a recycled clip-on earring. Looking at the colors, I quickly saw a rainbow of colors which made me think of spring flowers and rainbows, of course. The strand of colorful beads are a recycled and vintage mix with fun shapes and textures.

This would be a colorful accent for a window but wouldn’t it be a great accent in a garden too?

mscenna

mscenna

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

I keep this creation in my shop during wedding season, it’s a great alternative for floral and small enough the flower girl can walk down the aisle with. I made these for mistletoe at Christmas time and now presenting for wedding season.

Corkycrafts

Corkycrafts

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

New for March : this set of nesting bowls are handmade from clay using the pinching method giving them a beautiful textured rustic appearance. They are ideal for condiments, trinkets and candles – so versatile!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I made these lovely metallic envelopes with wedding season in mind! I love the colours and patterns on them. Apart from weddings, they can also be used for gift cards, money envelopes, snail mail, planner pockets…

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Having a full shop and selection of hot/cold therapy wraps & packs for all parts of the body, I realized and had several inquires about children’s packs. How did I miss this?

So, starting this month I have begun to start carrying packs with children especially in mind. It goes without saying that with children there will be bumps, bruises, skinned knees & elbows, fever, tummy aches and plan old “growing pains!” These Boo-Boo packs are all designed with fun, recognizable fabric patterns and sized just right for their tiny hands. They will want to use them…because they are just “so darned cute!” Making them a perfect gift for a new mom or to have on hand when the grand kids come to visit. These packs would also make a perfect children’s party favor.

Be prepared by keeping one in the freezer, and one on hand to pop in the microwave on a moments notice. You will be “the hero” with these packs for all their “Ouchies!”

License2Craft

License2Craft

February – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate February – New Arrivals.

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

I had a request a while back to make more birdhouses in a variety of colors, hence the yellow and green something bright cheerful and bold to remind me Spring is just around the corner…

Corkycrafts

Corkycrafts

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

ln these period here in Italy we are having many cloudy days, absolutely not cold, but so “grey”.

So, when l began new spring items, l needed cheery colors.
This is the first one l created: an orange flower arrangement in a natural wicker basket, to enhance a front door or decor a porch.

ln this decor l put the colors l need now: bright sun and green grass.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug says:

With this DIY tutorial you can make lovely real like paper Roses.

Perfect for weddings, Bouquets, decor, gift etc. and they will last for ever!

I have been making these flowers long before I opened my Etsy shop, after years of practice I am now sharing these with you, they look so real like and can be made in different colors according to the seasons. I have made these for almost everyone I know, all of my friends/Family members to whom I have gifted these had to touch them to believe they were not real! As soon as they get them they go on and grab the vase to fill will water and put them in ASAP!

byTheArtBug

byTheArtBug

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says:

This is a vintage Watt Pottery creamer. I found it this month in a thrift store in New Hampshire that I love to poke around in. I chose it because I love pottery and Watt is a great old American pottery company. I actually did my own blog post on Watt Pottery.

VintageEves

VintageEves

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I went to the shops the other day and found this bright, cheery set of papers. Being someone who finds it very hard to say no to new paper supplies I had to get a pack. I decided on making these colourful envelopes which will brighten anyone’s day!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I’ve been making little sets of fabric wallets for business/credit cards and tissue case holders. These would make a great gift for someone. They are both ways of “taming” what’s in your purse! The kleenex case holds either a travel tissue pack or can be used with folded tissues from a box. The card holder is great for many things – credit cards, business cards, library cards and especially to keep all those loyalty reward cards from making your regular wallet too full to close!

This set is made from a cute cotton print of brightly colored dogs on a black background, designed by Laurel Burch. Sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers!

FabriArts

FabriArts

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

This is a denim zip pouch with a vintage-style stationery appliqué on each side. I designed and made this bag in a unisex style in response to requests for original gifts for men.

It could be used as a pen holder or pencil case, a gadget bag, or a storage bag for the car, office or home.

ArabellaBlossoms

ArabellaBlossoms

Shar from SharPharMade says:

One of my Estate Sale finds … a rare Vintage Pattern. For Seamstress, sewer, etc. to make in the colors, and/or patterns, of their choice. A cute pattern.

SharPharMade

SharPharMade

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

As well as making ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also love to make jewellery from upcycled components. I believe reuse and recycling is very important for the planet and try to incorporate it into my daily life as much as possible.

Therefore I am always looking for new ways to make beads from used materials…. my latest foray is fabric beads.

This necklace is made from a bead using fabric from an old dress of mine form the 90s. The wire is recycled cake decorating wire, and the lariat is a repurposed jewellery finding.

All of my jewellery comes presented in a handmade jewellery pouch, also made from upcycled material.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I designed this brooch as my ironic take on the legend of amethyst. Ancient Greeks + Romans believed that amethyst protected you from drunkness (and either bejeweled their goblets or made goblets out of amethyst).

Absinthe is the storied alcoholic beverage, with an exaggerated reputation. The traditional way of serving it involves placing a sugar cube onto a specially designed absinthe spoon (with various piercings or slots). The spoon is placed over the glass with the absinthe in and water is dripped over the sugar cube until it is dissolved (and the absinthe is then diluted + sweetened).

So, I thought – what if you bring a legend to a reputation and have your own personal absinthe spoon with amethyst in it! Fun and ironic!

Of course, this is not a real absinthe spoon, and I would not recommend using is as such. However, it is a unique piece of jewellery that I designed, formed and hand pierced (with my jeweler’s saw) and includes a lovely amethyst cabochon! This brooch is very eye-catching!

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

January – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate January – New Arrivals.

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

A new year and a new craft! I’ve been working with buttons and recycled jewelry bits for a long time and decided to play around with something new. I began to think of brides and weddings…”something old and something new”….here’s a combination of both!

mscenna

mscenna

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

l have some very tiny wicker rings, so when l saw a doll house l thought a micro wreath could be a nice accessory!

l made this one thinking of Valentine’s Day, to add a romantic touch even to the doll house.

This miniature wreath may also be used for a diorama.

It’s completely handmade, as l personally made the clay hearts.

l left one of the hearts in its natural clay color, the other one l sprayed in red.

Either the two different colors and hearts position slightly remind the yin and yang idea. lt’s one-of-a-kind decor.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Ina from InaSudjana says:

With Valentine’s day approaching fast and a new year’s resolution to continuously practise a heart bursting with love, I created this…

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Shar from SharPharMade says:

This is a cute Vintage Pattern of dresses, for toddlers (Size 2, 4). Copyright 1992/1993. An Estate Find. Recycling. Pattern, although partially cut, in good condition.

SharPharMade

SharPharMade

Maha from MadeOnKailash says:

I listed this item yesterday and its new kind of stuff in my shop. Perfect as a small gift, stocking stuffer, or something to show off yourself to express your unique spirit! It consists of million knots and is made with love to bring you joy!

MadeOnKailash

MadeOnKailash

Rachel Elliott from flyingcheesetoastie says:

This is a new print onto my little glass hares featuring the night sky as can be seen in February in the northern hemisphere. It aligned itself so nicely to be printed onto my little shape, whilst still being accurate enough for a star-gazer!

flyingcheesetoastie

flyingcheesetoastie

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

I put this new item up today. I spent most of Christmas knitting (it was bliss!) and made this up at my In-Laws’ home. They really liked it and I hope you do too. Plus I got to use my new pom-pom maker (a present from my Hubs) to make the pom-pom!

I loved this wool because of the lovely black flecks that run all the way through it and so when it’s knit up, it gives a nice tweed effect (which the in-laws loved)!

It would make a nice gift to keep a loved one nice and warm and cosy and as it’s made with acrylic wool it’s also suitable for vegans too. It is a really thick and soft wool so it’s lovely to wear.

WoollyMomo

WoollyMomo

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Guitar string jewellery has been one of my most popular items since I introduced them about the middle of last year.

My partner is a guitar player and so there are always lots of worn strings lying around, and I hated the idea of throwing them away, so started experimenting.

Here’s my latest addition to the range!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Natalia from expressyourself says:

Just listed adorable vintage ring is made of 14k white gold with European cut diamond set. I have had it since around 1930 from my grandmothers collection.

expressyourself

expressyourself

suzyq1981 from ClassyGlassandJewels says:

I buy gems from various etsy shops and make them into bolo ties. When my latest two gems arrived I couldn’t wait to get them ready for Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day. Colin Farrell wore a bolo tie in several episodes of True Detective, so what guy wouldn’t want to wear one?

ClassyGlassandJewels

ClassyGlassandJewels

October – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate October – New Arrivals.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I saw these so nice and so tiny pumpkins and immediately imagined them on a green meadow: it would be a nice contrast of colors!

So I prepared the base with some stabilized lichen (it means its real lichen treated, so that it remains always the same).

Some maple leaves with their stunning forms and shades completed my fall landscape.

I think it’s a colorful wreath to enhancing any front door in this beautiful period of the year.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

Decorative notebooks are something new I have added to my shop. I had the idea of making a pumpkin Notebook for the Fall season. Use for Journaling, writing something everyday that you are thankful for, or makes a fun gift for someone with a Fall Birthday!

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I love searching for discarded desk organizers at antique malls or flea markets and painting them with a fresh coat of Chalk Paint, voila NEW and improved desk organizer!

Then I hand rub WAX onto the piece, so nice!

WalterSilva

WalterSilva

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I just added this tablerunner/wallhanging to my shop today. I’ve been working on stocking my shop with table linens such as tablerunners and placemats. I had been working in a more neutral pallet, and also finished a quilt this summer using earth tones. I wanted to make something much more colorful, so chose these lovely turquoise, blue and teal batiks for a set of placemats and the runner. The bright colors made me smile each time I worked on the set. These pieces could bring a touch of the Caribbean to your decor all year long!

FabriArts

FabriArts

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Christmas is just around the corner, and I love the fun of the season…. I love to wear Christmas jewelry and I like to decorate my tree with unique decorations – this makes the occasion even more ‘special’ and ‘personal’!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby says:

Several  years ago I stumbled upon a similar big eared elf much like this one at a thrift shop – it was love at first sight! I have been obsessed with these elves ever since. ( Who am I kidding? I’m at the hording stage!) I soon discovered that these elves come in several sizes which range from large 7 inch ones, to tiny 2.25 inch pixies. The predominant outfit color is red, followed by white polka dot. There are a few blue and green outfits out there too, but not many. They were made in Japan, by a handful of manufacturers, who seemed to blatantly copy each other! All were made post World War II from the early 1950’s to the 1960’s. I haven’t been able to locate any locally of late and now engage in online bidding wars at estate sales.

To me this elf ( and the rest of his “cousins” in our shop) represent the quintessential nostalgic Christmas decoration. A little shabby, but bright, warmly conjuring up memories of bygone holidays. Guaranteed to bring a smile and lots Christmas cheer to any spot.

northandsouthshabby

northandsouthshabby

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

In honor of World Teacher’s Day, from a fellow teacher….a colorful apple keychain with recycled and repurposed vintage beads!

mscenna

mscenna

Ina from InaSudjana says:

This bolster style headbands holder was a special request from a lovely customer to match a personalized name banner that I made with this color combination.

It is always very rewarding to venture out of my comfort zone and work with different media.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

Just listed vintage 80’s black eel skin leather handbag. I found this lovely purse in a Palm Springs thrift store. It can be a great gift idea for her!

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

be Woolen from beWoolen says:

Just listed! I fell in love with the color when I saw this yarn. It is 100% superwash wool. really soft, not itchy so I decided to offer it in other colors as well. But this is my personal favorite.

beWoolen

beWoolen

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

Listed just now! I have made aprons with this same design before, but I found this fabric and fell in love! Such a great fall feel with the yellows and gray print really made me think of October afternoons and hanging out at craft fairs!

CraftyMom75

CraftyMom75

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

I love cooking for the holidays, and found this adorable pattern for a Thanksgiving Apron. I love it! Quirky, cute, and full of personality!

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says:

I love Swedish, Danish and Norwegian linens, but stopped buying and selling them when so many wonderful Scandinavian shops started up on Etsy. They have much better access to these amazing pieces than I. However, I couldn’t pass up this Scandi textile, because it has the sweetest printed graphics I’ve ever laid eyes upon…I love the playful children, the proud parents, the colorful dala horse and explosion of flowers!

NeatoKeen

NeatoKeen

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

My original art quilt depicts the South Shore in the little Lake Michigan Village of Arcadia were we make our home. The solitude found on this public beach is reflected in the quiet sky and water at sunset. Using my Lake Michigan sunset photos, I created this art quilt in my home studio.

SallyManke

SallyManke

 

September – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate September – New Arrivals.

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This fall arrangement is striking. The vase was given to me as a present for my shop and the fall flowers were purchased from a new store. The neutral colors in the vase are mirrored in the flowers and grasses. The arrangement includes a large sunflower, pumpkins, berries, fruit and grasses. I actually have two similar ones in different sizes for anyone who is looking for a set.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

My town is close to Naples, which beauties and traditions are well-known all over the world.

One of these is Pulcinella, a mask who deals with life difficulties with a philosophy of his own.

Another aspect of Naples (but more generally of all South Italy) are our balconies, where you can see long cloth lines always full of laundry and bunches of chili peppers, hanging from a nail, to get dried under the sun.

So I tried to re-create this view, putting a ceramic Pulcinella on an imaginary balcony.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Melissa R from missy69 says:

I love to paint, and I also love to recycle or upcycle products into something new and beautiful. These are ice coffee bottles that have been recycled into bride and groom Gothic or Halloween wine glasses. These were so much fun to make, and I intend to do more with other themes.

missy69

missy69

Tiffanie from FrivolousFunBoutique says:

This beautiful ornament was inspired by my three-year old who requested that I make her one of my cluster pendants with her beads though bigger! (lol) It turn out amazing and I liked them so much I made more to put in my shop. I bead the wire then crochet it into a circle to make a 3 inch ornament. When I look at this particular ornament I see a wonderful Christmas gift for a special little princess.

FrivolousFunBoutique

FrivolousFunBoutique

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

I’m a quilter and love to include the holiday’s in my work. This is my original design tree skirt with 200 pieces making up a homemade, handmade piece. Perfect to become a family heirloom or the ideal wedding gift. After showing the design at my local quilt guild, I’ve been called upon to teach the technique at quilt shops and guilds.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

I saw this vintage look print set and had to have it. It is a reprint, but totally brought back memories of my childhood and quilts that my mother had around the house that had been given to her. I had it in my collection for a while because I loved it so much, I could not bear to sew it. Then, one of my son’s asked about it, and I decided that it was too special to not share with others. I made one of these pillow cases for my house, and one for Etsy. Mine will be well-loved by two little boys at my house being dragged from room to room with them. I can’t wait to see where the other one will end up at!

CraftyMom75

CraftyMom75

Handmade Covers from HandmadeCovers says:

This is a zipper case for 13 inch Laptop or Mac Book 13. Recently I learned how to use faux leather with fabric to create more sturdy bags for laptops. So I had this cute paisley print in vibrant colors which I wanted to use as a pocket of the bag and a plain beige cloth for the back. When the bag was complete it looked attractive to me. Hope you will like it too!

HandmadeCovers

HandmadeCovers

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s my new item just listed.

A name plaque for little Owen in Geelong, Victoria (Australia) whose daddy is a Formula 1 Racer!

A special plaque it will be!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Meet Dax the sassy dachshund!

When I saw the pattern in a yarn store I knew that I had to knit this cute little dog. I chose a rust color and happily knitted along. The process reminded me of my needlework class in elementary school that I hated! At that time I was knitting a polar bear, and the teacher ripped the whole thing apart because my stitches were too loose. I was devastated (I was 8 years old at that time) and completely discouraged. It took many years until I picked up knitting needles again – and I love it. This dog is my first complete knitted animal since that needlework class! I see him as a comforting cuddle toy for a little child. He sure gives those cuddles back!

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Gigi from GigisBlueRose says:

I saw the turtle shell and thought, “I just have to make that.” I wanted the shell to stay on the baby as a costume so I decided to add straps and a diaper cover to make it a cute little Halloween costume.

GigisBlueRose

GigisBlueRose

Tracey Ghazal from TreasuresFoundShoppe says:

This is the first gift I ever bought for my now ex-husband when we were dating in the early 80’s. The handsome young man modeling it is our son. He wasn’t too happy about having to be my model especially when I told him we were taking the pictures outside…. its 90 degrees in Florida today!

TreasuresFoundShoppe

TreasuresFoundShoppe

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love turquoise and leather! I found these large flower shaped beads and thought they would be perfect for this tassel necklace. I added a touch of orange and a leather tassel. I think the look is definitely boho!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Lucy Clasen from LuDesignsCreations says:

I love making leather cuffs and have made many designs. Now I am making them to buckle in the back. This white leather is beautiful, thick and has ripples in it. I finished it off with a silver Tree of Life which has meaning for many cultures and religions. I like the symbolism.

The concept of a tree of life has been used in biology, religion, philosophy, and mythology. A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The term tree of life may also be also used as a synonym for sacred tree.

LuDesignsCreations

LuDesignsCreations

Kimberly Hanna Wallis from LaSouciqueStudio says:

We started working with sea glass when living on the island of Guernsey where we collected gads of it at Ladies Bay. Now we’re in Florida where we’re inspired by the sunshine.

The soft Aqua Blue color of this Hawaiian sea glass is calming, seeming to change in every shade of light much like the sea does; The natural, organic shape is not manipulated in any way, only top-drilled then wrapped them in the “crazy” style with 925 sterling silver to honor the history that these pieces have seen over the decades tossed in the sea.

LaSouciqueStudio

LaSouciqueStudio

Carrie Peninger from Carebarescreations93 says:

I made these to help earn money for my friends family. She passed away about 2 weeks ago and left a lot of doctor bills. She loved Lady Bug and was a wonderful woman. All the money made from these will go to her family.

Carebarescreations93

Carebarescreations93

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

It is spring time here in Australia. I love the flowers that come out this time of year and the beautiful scent in the air! I have not done quilling for a while and decided to get my quilling gear out. Being spring time I decided to make this set of floral gift tags, perfect for birthdays or to brighten someone’s day!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

 

 

 

August – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate August – New Arrivals.

Judy from BestDressedBaby says:

I love this little boho chic sweater and matching headband! The colors are perfect together, and coordinate perfectly with any outfit. The ruffle along the yoke adds a girly feature. This sweater will take your favorite baby through any season. The matching headband has a nice stretch to fit easily on baby’s head and the flower can float along the headband to position on either side, or top, of the head.

BestDressedBaby

BestDressedBaby

Roberta Wills from SquishyHugsDesign says:

I really don’t want to make Santa hats for Christmas, so am making hats in Christmas colors that can be worn for more than a few days. This one is for under 6 months. I make most of my items for children from Caron simply soft wool since it has a sheen to it that I like, it is very soft and cuddly, and it is made in the USA.

SquishyHugsDesign

SquishyHugsDesign

Julia from Fabpatterns1015 says:

This is a Vintage pattern (NOT the finished product). It has to be sewn. This is a cute dress for someone’s young girl. This was a pattern given to me (there were a lot of them) by my friend’s family. They were getting the house ready for an estate sale.

Fabpatterns1015

Fabpatterns1015

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

This vintage blouse I found in a Palm Springs Thrift store. It has an awesome historical print of compass sometimes called a wind-rose, is a figure on a compass, map, nautical chart or monument used to display the orientation of the cardinal directions—North, East, South and West—and their intermediate points. Just amazing and one-of-a kind item!

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

In keeping with what is in my heart, I have been starting to make more things related to cancer awareness. I do not want to charge much for these things as I want them available to everyone – and so this is the part of the shop where my heart is at the most and where I am expanding and always looking for new products and ideas. I have many plans in the works for adding much to this section by early fall. This keeps me on the right path in life and grateful every day!

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

Lorraine from EyeGloArts says:

I have always been interested in actually being able to create the type of wonderful flowers I saw everyday growing up in a 10,000 square foot silk flower business. I have combined this with my love of all things that glow in the dark and 40 years of working with different clays to bring you this line of fun forever flowers to wear and share!

EyeGloArts

EyeGloArts

Andrea Mados from EveryKnotIsAPrayer says:

I love making friendship bracelets, they take my mind off my worries knot by knot, and I also love experimenting and trying out new patterns and color combinations. I consider that Every Knot is a Prayer, every purchase is a little contribution to my son’s treatment, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 2 years. He still undergoes chemotherapy, and thankfully responds well to it. He’s 6th birthday will be on the 18th of August!

EveryKnotIsAPrayer

EveryKnotIsAPrayer

Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet says:

Hi! I’d like to share my Yellow Duck Coffee Mug Cozy. I just created him this week. I’ve had owls, penguins and pandas for over a year now and since the owls and penguins are so popular I decided to add a yellow duck to my line! I am very happy with how he turned out, especially with the quacking beak. I think he would mainly be a gift for her but I could see him working for a man if I chose a more manly button to fasten him on with. He is a made to order item and I am able to customize him a bit like changing the background color if desired or using a different kind of button or even making the duck a different color. I could also give him sleepy eyes if someone preferred but I think ducks are usually though of as bright-eyed. Thanks for letting me share a little bit about Mr. Yellow Duck!!

LoveandPetFurCrochet

LoveandPetFurCrochet

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I started making little wallets like this to have some small items to sell at craft shows. Not everyone attending a craft show can afford to purchase a quilt! The little wallets are great for holding credit cards, business cards, gift cards, transit passes and more. I use them as an attractive way to present a gift card as a present to friends and family. They have proven to be a great seller both at craft shows and in my Etsy shop.

I’ve just started making coordinating tissue cases, so this is my first listing to offer shoppers either the set or individual pieces.

FabriArts

FabriArts

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Just in time for Back-to-School, this Keyboard & Mouse Wrist Pillow Rest is an excellent way to personalize that new dorm room and make sure your student is getting proper Ergonomic Relief from those hours of computer use doing homework.

Now offered individual or as a set. This set is filled with a combination of Flax seed & Rice for contour and comfort for any wrist. Use “as is”, or added comfort is easily achieved by heating in the microwave for soothing heat, or place in the freezer for cooling relief.

The Keyboard rest measures 16 x 3″ inches in Length & Width. This versatile size can adapt to either standard keyboard or across or in front of your laptop. Got a tense neck after hours of computer use? Just heat or cool this pack for instant relief!

The Mouse Rest measures 7 x 5″ inches in Length and Width (at its widest points). Unlike most on the market, this pack is designed with a curved indention allowing for added comfort and free mouse movement. When using it can either lay flat or “tip up” allowing the sides to come up around the wrist. Caution: You may not want to stop working at that computer – because “it feels so good!”
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This “New” fun Leopard fabric pattern has been requested several times, so that tells me it is time to add it to more products in my shop. We have several other patterns available and always enjoy working with buyers for special requests. Contact me today and let’s get to personalizing that work space!

License2Craft

License2Craft

Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams says:

I went with my dogs and my partner to the Irish sea and it was a wonderful day in the sun.

We all brought something in this decoration, even my one dog found one driftwood. So it is for us a wonderful memory at a beautiful day at the sea!

KarlasWoodDreams

KarlasWoodDreams

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s a new product from my shop. I’ve been meaning to create and add some wall hangings to my shop.

The idea came from some customised mini floral wreaths that I did for a customer. The directions that I decide to take from this wreath are endless.

I’ve chosen pastel floral this time as winter is soon to finish here in Australia and we’ll soon be welcoming spring. These butter yellow, pale pink and pale blue are just perfect for it.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

CartoCreative from CartoCreative says:

This was a really fun project that accidentally became a map. I was experimenting with different fonts and wanted to see what it would look like putting a whole bunch of them together. Obviously I’m obsessed with maps because that experiment turned into a map of the United States with each of the state initials in a different font.

CartoCreative

CartoCreative

kosmosa from GiftyTreasures says:

This summer I went to an art store I have not previously been to and discovered they had a selection of very interesting papers. Instantly I got a bunch of ideas on how I could use them. The person packing them for me asked what I’m planning to do with them, and I told her I paint with watercolors. She said those are not really suitable for watercolors (they have a texture that would make it very difficult to paint on), but having a poor art teacher in the past, I learned to ignore “advice” that limits creativity. I knew I’d come up with a way to make this stuff work for me, even if it took some trial and error first.

And here’s the result: you could call it a mixed media project, because that’s what a lot of people call this kind of collage technique these days. I only used my watercolor supplies, so I guess it is still technically a watercolor painting. One reason is I know those are high quality and will not fade or change color over time.

I see a lot of people endorsing bad quality art supplies for mixed media projects on the internet. I’m not sure the artists realize this, but I remember it’s very disappointing to see your artwork change appearance over time. It takes a bit of research and testing to find the good quality supplies, but it’s worth it when you look at your colorful artwork and know it’ll be just as beautiful in the future as it is now.

As you can see I love colors, and you might ask: What is this rainbow spill nonsense? Well this is abstract art, so you can look at it any way you want.

Some artists would advise to limit the color palette to just a couple of colors when creating artwork. But there’s that word again: limit. That’s not how I roll.

GiftyTreasures

GiftyTreasures

BeLuli Designer from BeLuliDesigns says:

This is my newest item, Apple Fabric Table Runner!

I use quite a lot of retro style fabrics & I love GREEN so this fabric is a definite favourite of mine. I also make co-ordinating placemats in sets of 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12. It’s certainly a gift for a woman & especially if she loves green or has a vintage decor theme in her home.

My most popular fabric is my ‘Retro Coffee’ & I sell so many placemats, table runners & sets.

BeLuliDesigns

BeLuliDesigns

Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

Every Saturday, my husband and I have started a tradition of hunting for wonderful one of a kind finds. objects of beauty and charm from years gone past.Yesterday, as I was picking this sweet bowl was hiding in the back of a nest of other bowls. I love the warmth and the rustic farmhouse feeling that it gives. The thought of those cold winter mornings, to come to breakfast with a breath of sunshine.

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals