Summer 2015 Trend: Personalization

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

During the #CIJParty 2015 I introduced you to the Summer 2015 Trends. Over the next few days I would like to share the CIJ team member trends in more detail!

The fifth summer trend we’re going to explore is Personalization. This article is inspired by the Trend Watch Summer 2015 on the Etsy blog.

rina from RinartsAtelier says:

Last year I met an artisan bookbinder who had a hot foil press she worked with to press names and symbols in the linen of the books she made.  She printed these hearts on leather for me.

I was so enthusiastic about the results, I bought a letter-press myself, and now I can do it myself. This is one of my first personalized items, but there are many to come!

I am experimenting with personalizing some of my items on Etsy.
I wrote about my experiences on my blog:
www.rinarts.nl/blog/personalizing-handmade-items

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

Michele from chelkay says:

I have designed several personalized pieces with a vintage, antique, retro style appearance. The characters have an imperfect rubber stamp like appearance from the days of old which matches the sepia antique color of the font.

The custom lettering is ‘fused’ to the glass at a high temperature of over 1200 degrees.

chelkay

chelkay

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

I love to make custom things to support cancer awareness – I am a 4 year survivor of lung cancer – and I love to offer as many different charms/customized colors, and more! I try to keep costs down on anything related to these type of listings also, as it is my way of giving something back.

I just got started with personalizing and you will see added personalization available very soon – especially with anything cancer related, awareness in general, or inspirational.

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

A good luck charm pendant that has a birthstone option for personalization. Make a wish!

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Rasa Nenart from Toyfifi says:

Big bear with big heart is so so cute! At least a lot of people say so! I hope it is true.

This bear was born in my drawing.

Firstly it was without heart and with no name on it, but I had another toy which was holding a heart in his hands, but still it had just a heart, but no name on it. One day a custom order came which said:

“I just love this bear, but I need a name on it, maybe it could be in a heart like another toy has?”

It was amazing Idea. I just loved final image of it.

Toyfifi

Toyfifi

Chinook Design from Customquiltsbyeva says:

I can personalize any item from my shop for you.

The owl pillows have the requested name on the tummy usually.
I can also embroider a name onto the quilt.

I wrote about how I create the owl pillows in my blog a little while ago. It’s not a full step by step blog, just some thoughts.
chinookdesign.blogspot.hu/2015_02_01_archive.html

Customquiltsbyeva

Customquiltsbyeva

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s one sweet felt name banner I made for my little girl.

Whilst her diet is mainly veggies and fruits as these are what we eat at home, she is our lollipop in the house. She’s bubbly, cheery and she talks non stop – well, most of the time!

And of course she loves her ice cream!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

I have been quilting for a long time, only last winter I decided to quilt this Christmas Stockings using the English Paper Pieced Technique, I fell in love with them immediately! These Christmas Stockings are to last forever so I thought that to personalized them would be a good idea. And here they are!

Quilterbell

Quilterbell

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

We offer custom embroidery on just about anything imaginable-even our customer’s own items. We created this one for a prize for a kid’s fishing tournament. We sponsor one of a very few High School Fishing Clubs in a high school in Colorado (Cyclone Anglers). We decided to list this item as a fund-raiser for our club, as we frequently take kids fishing for fun and for competition. We have taken kids to local events, state events, and to events as far away as Arizona and Arkansas.

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

We love vintage Monogrammed or Initialed Handkerchiefs! Wonderful wedding gifts as well as re purposing into an ingenious craft!

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Edita Mel from MONOFACES says:

We love dogs. And I believe we share this love with millions of people.

This is a personalized baby bodysuit we made for the human brother of Labrador Lilly. When baby arrives, we don’t want dogs to be forgotten! People send us photos and we create graphic image of the dog. We print them on ethnically sourced garments and use eco-friendly inks.

MONOFACES

MONOFACES

Jaclyn Machowicz from JacolinisCeramics says:

“Lets Eat” Turkey has always been a big hit at craft fairs! I tend to get orders on him to personalize the writing in his belly with the family’s last name or another Thanksgiving saying. It’s a great centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or a gift to bring the host/hostesses of your Thanksgiving dinner.

JacolinisCeramics

JacolinisCeramics

Design’s the Limit from DesignstheLimit says:

We specialize in personalized! With our inspired design listings customers can request any ideas they have in mind and even send us a picture of the photograph they want to frame. We create a custom design just for them.

A customer recently sent us a picture of her two boys dressed up like pirates and we created a pirate themed picture frame which we will be adding to our shop soon. Let us know if you need a personalized frame to display your picture perfect moments.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Inga from FaufulisFashion says:

Personalized button for a baby! This greeting card can be personalized with the baby’s name or birth date on the front of button! Write in the card a greeting, a wish or a poem, sign it and enjoy the pleasure of presentation!

FaufulisFashion

FaufulisFashion

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I created this bag tag as a thank you for my daughters 3rd birthday, and once I decided that I was going to create my first line of tags and cards to sell here, these were an obvious choice to include. I think having personalized tags on a party bag adds that extra personal touch, which people connect with.

ColourscapeStudios

ColourscapeStudios

Pauls and Daiga from ThreadandPaintStudio says:

This is the first personalized item from the personalized painting series, other items are coming soon. I love to make my customers happy and in the same time create something which is different, not the same like thousands of other copies, that’s why I love to also personalize my items, than I can imagine how would the new owner of the painting look like, it helps to also make the creation more intimate.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

As a former teacher, I know they are ALWAYS prepping for school, so even though school’s out, our personalized Welcome signs might be of interest. This Welcome Kindergarten printable sign is designed to be very simple so everyone can read and recognize it, parents, teachers and our youngest learners alike!

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Amanda Jaeger from AlphabetArtPrints says:

Everything in my shop is pretty much personalized/customized, and I love it! This in particular is one of my favorites. When my babies were born, one of my favorite things to do was to make sure they had something specific to them and their story for their rooms. I’d like to share this concept with my baby themed alphabet. Anyone can personalize any alphabet to read whatever they would like, but the baby themed alphabet is fun to write out baby’s name and include their birth date and measurements. So sweet!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Beth Stephens from BethStephensArt says:

Santa Bearing Gifts was painted by Beth Stephens and is offered as a personalized art print. We can add 6 or more names on the blank gift tags. You can add your children, pets, parents, friends, etc. We also can fill in the bottom three gift tags with words too.

Each print is printed on archival linen paper and is matted with a white, acid-free mat. The matted print is protected with a white foam core backing and sealed with a clear wrap bag.

BethStephensArt

BethStephensArt

If you are on Pinterest here is the Summer 2015 Trends board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

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Summer 2015 Trend: Classic Children’s Toys

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

During the #CIJParty 2015 I introduced you to the Summer 2015 Trends. Over the next few days I would like to share the CIJ team member trends in more detail!

The first summer trend we’re going to explore is Classic Children’s Toys. This article is inspired by the Trend Watch Summer 2015 on the Etsy blog.

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Mine would be the 3 Little Pigs finger puppets.

I always prefer old school children toys against technology these days, as I find that there’s a lot more potential to learn than just watching a screen. Nurturing children’s imagination at an early age is a very crucial part of growing healthy.

I create many classic children stories finger puppets and one of them is the 3 Little Pigs and the big bad wolf. We’re going back to the importance of hard-work against minimal effort for instant result.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

Old Maid was (and still is) such a classic game for kids of every age! We grew up playing this game and now the grandchildren play it too! These cards are also being used today for artwork in children’s rooms & nurseries – great way to add playfulness and color as inexpensive wall art.

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Who doesn’t remember getting the McCall’s Magazine in your childhood household. Each issue had a Betsy McCall paper doll complete with a new wardrobe. Each doll and outfit was carefully cut out and glued to cardboard. These “paper” doll sets are created with fabric for long life.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Rasa Nenart from Toyfifi says:

I think a lot of you will agree that ragdoll is one of the Classic Children’s Toys. As for me ragdoll is a plush toy which is handmade from natural materials (linen, cotton), embroidered by hand and made with a lot of love! So my shop is full with that kind of toys. One of my favorite is Bignose greeny:

Toyfifi

Toyfifi

Amanda Jaeger from AlphabetArtPrints says:

What’s more classic than rubber ducks??

I had a customer request an alphabet entirely made of rubber ducks. It’s a little different than my typical, abstract alphabets, but I love how colorful the letters are! I found these rainbow colored ducks and my 3 year old helped me “draw” letters with them. Such a fun way to decorate any kid’s room!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

If you are on Pinterest here is the Summer 2015 Trends board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

#CIJParty 2015 – Photographer Amanda

Guest blog post by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

When I first started making alphabet art, I was simply looking for a way to keep up with my photography while business was slow. It was winter, and my body tends to hate being in weather under 40 degrees, so I stood in my kitchen and pondered on what I could photograph that would be interesting. Now, if you know my kitchen, you know that it holds at max, one adult person. You throw in anything else, including a dslr and speedlite, and things get a little tight. But I grabbed a few things and away I went snapping photos. Within a few hours, I created my first draft of an alphabet, and I was in love.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Since my first go-round with an alphabet art, I’ve created almost a dozen alphabets in several themes. I continue to create new themes as they’re suggested to me…or as my little brain lights up with a new idea. Once that light bulb turns on, the only way to turn it off is to get those 26 shot and edited. Sometimes, I get a little frantic trying to pull together materials in a short period of time to get it all done. But my family bears with me, and my 3-year-old even tags along with her little camera, rearranging materials going, “Mommy, look! I made an O with this!”

I’d like to take you “backstage” on how one of these little creations come together. Let me show you my newest alphabet: HolyJollyABCS.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

I wanted to create something colorful, something festive, something that OOZES of red and green jollies. So I grabbed my 3 month old and we braved the shelves in our 2 story shed to find our boxes of Christmas stuff. And because I think you need a visual, this is me and my 3 month old, Eleanor, strapped to me. This is pretty much the only way I can get anything done around here (peacefully). So yes, I photograph many things while baby-wearing. My back hates me for it, but she sure loves it.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Anyway, it’s important to have all your materials together in a photo shoot. For this project, my loot consisted of 2 large bins of Christmas stuff. One filled with ornaments and one filled with Christmas decor. And yes, that includes that lazy elf that ends up sitting in the same spot for 31 days in December. Yes, she does make an appearance in the HollyJollyABCs. I challenge you to take a look at the full alphabet later to see if you can spot her.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

I also have about a dozen red and green squares cut from card stock. These serve as backgrounds for a festive alphabet. It also happens to be my favorite way of getting an all-color alphabet. To make things easy, I put all my card stock down in our big bay window. Want to know a great photography tip? Natural sunlight is best when it’s filtered a little bit, so this bay window is a perfect spot in the morning before the sun is beaming down through it. There’s just enough shade to keep it from being too harsh. Another tip: It doesn’t hurt to have a little extra light to keep shadows from forming. In my case, I bounced my speedlite off of the ceiling. I didn’t do it for ALL the photos, but it really helped in the ones that I felt needed it.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Now, the fun part is always going through supplies and taking a good look at them. Sometimes, I can pick up an item I’ve seen a million times before and find a way to look at it through a new perspective. For example, there’s this rocking horse ornament I’ve had for years. My grandmother gave it to me when I was a kid. It’s been on my Christmas tree for years. For this project, I needed to see it not as a rocking horse, but as shapes that could form a letter. That’s sort of the question I ask myself whenever I sit down with an alphabet project: What shapes does this object have? And will these shapes look like a letter in a photograph? I picked up this ornament and found that the underside of the horse has two long parallel lines and one in the middle connecting them. Ta-da…an H!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

And here’s something fun: a miniature Christmas tree. I bought this little guy last year for my daughter to use as her tree. Using my “ABC eyes,” I found that the branches can bend into all kinds of shapes. Leave one up, Bend most down, and a couple catty cornered: There’s a K. Circle the topmost branch around: And a G.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

While I like to let objects sit as natural as possible, sometimes they need a little coaxing to actually read as a letter. In the middle of my Christmas stash, I found a craft project my 3-year-old never finished last Christmas. Truth be told, I couldn’t figure it out. Inside the zip lock bag, there was Christmas ribbon and a few bells. This kind of Hodge Podge is the perfect way to create letters when I’m just brain-dead looking at everything else. For example, I found a beautiful Angel ornament that had glass lines I tried to create an E with. After placement and editing, it still looked…weird…and I had to scrap it. There’s no point in using something if no one is able to read a letter. So instead, I cut up some of the ribbon and “drew” myself an E. Innovative? Not really. But it is resourceful and gets the job done. The bells and the strings attached to them got me a B and an N when “drawn” into the right shapes.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

And then there’s this beauty. Growing up, we always had an Angel on the top of our tree in lieu of a star. Somehow, I ended up with two angels in my box ‘o Christmas, and this is one of them. At first glance, you see her as a whole: a beautiful angel tree topper. But an alphabet project like this calls to look at the details as separate pieces that can be manipulated. Take a look. -Really- look at what she has to offer: She has two different strands of beads (Take a look at my “U” and “Y”) and she has a long golden wired ribbon. (Hello “M”!) This angel provided 3 individual letters just by what she’s holding! I really wanted to do something with those wings…all fury and such… but I think that’ll have to be for a different project. They weren’t working out for me this time.

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

So there you have it: A little peek into how my alphabet arts are created with everyday items. It takes a little space, some good lighting, and some imagination in “reading” items, but it’s always a fun adventure in these little projects. The best part about it? The end result is so fun to share, and I can use it to personalize ANY print for ANY person. I can’t wait to hear from YOU to create a one of a kind print you would love to decorate your home with this holiday season!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

My social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaJaegerRichmondPhotography?pnref=lhc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJaegerPhotos

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJParty 2015 – Welcome To The Christmas In July Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty here on the CIJ blog! We wanted a way to party with all of our team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2015, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to attend classes, enjoy guest blog articles and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!CIJFacebookAviGood

Classes

We’ll be having new classes posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule – all times in Eastern Standard Time:

5:00 am – Christmas In Soviet Latvia by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

5:30 am – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

6:00 am – Leather Bags and Accessories Designer Rina by Rina of RinartsAtelier

6:30 am – Summer Trends  by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

7:00 am – Christmas In July Team Member Blogs by Alicia of AliciasFindings

7:30 am – Collage Artist Lin by Lin of rhodyart

8:00 am – Tutorial: Shaun The Sheep by Megha of byTheArtBug

8:30 am – Jewelry Artist Betty by Betty of LadySnooks

9:00 am – Scuba Blue Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

9:30 am – 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities For Your Business by Gail of Atttention Getting

10:00 am – Tutorial: Motif Blanket by Becky of fantasticmio

10:30 am – Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way by Mary of StockLaneStudio

11:00 am – Marsala by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

11:30 am – Social Media Tips by Alicia of AliciasFindings

12:00 pm – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust by Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby

12:30 pm – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions by Molly of MollyFinds

1:00 pm – Designer Wendy by Wendy of WJDesigns

1:30 pm – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

2:00 pm – Five Minute Fireworks by Christina of lebeauchaton

2:30 pm – Creator And Designer Becky by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

3:00 – Tutorial: Turn Old Crayons Into New Fun by Angie of CraftyMom75

3:30 – Photographer Amanada by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

Swag Bags

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts for providing our swag bags today! Jen is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar simply put in Christmasinjuly (23,329 items) or CIJ (71,803 items). So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2015.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ15 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle-

Tomorrow Is The Christmas In July Party – #CIJParty 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first second annual Christmas In July Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJParty right here on our blog!

Friday – July 10th, 2015 – please join us here on the CIJ blog for classes and giveaways all day long!

As a member of the CIJ team there are several ways for you to get involved today before the fun begins tomorrow. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until tomorrow to see what we have planned!

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We’ll have virtual classes, discuss trends and so much more all day long. A schedule of the tutorials and special features will be available on Friday morning. There will also be swag bags for attending.

Want a sneak peek of one of the guest blog articles? Amanda from AlphabetArtPrints is sharing her HolyJollyABCS! Thank you Amanda for participating!AmandaArticleTeaser

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get ready to party #CIJParty style!

What Does Teamwork Mean To You?

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Teamwork is defined as being a cooperative or combined effort on the part of a group of persons acting together for a common cause.

We wanted to know what our CIJ members say Teamwork means to them.

Lin Collette of rhodyart  says:

Hmmm. Teamwork is obviously working together for a common goal but you have to determine what that common goal is and who’s working for the team and not just for themselves.

Teamwork is helping each other without any thought of personal gain, but at the same time not sacrificing what makes you unique. Bringing your special skills to help your teammates, your peers. Giving advice and not picking fights. Although the cliché is that there’s “no I in team,” that’s not really true. Team leaders have to appreciate the I’s on their team and appreciate and properly use their talents to help the team. Not be a dictator. Understand their teammates’ unique qualities and work with them.

Teamwork is having a sense of humor about what goes wrong, and being able to laugh at yourself and not take oneself too seriously. But it also means not ridiculing other members of the team and belittling them, their efforts, and their products.

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Amanda Jaeger of AlphabetArtPrints states:

Teamwork means a group of people using their individual talents to achieve a common goal. Each person much use his/her own strengths not to shine above others, but to allow their goal to shine through.

It’s lifting up your teammates when they struggle with a concept and accepting help when you yourself are struggling.

It’s problem solving at its finest.

It’s putting personal differences aside and working professionally even if you don’t enjoy working on a personal level.

It’s chiming in when you have ideas on how to achieve goals.

It’s listening and acknowledging others’ ideas when they share them.

It’s understanding that the end goal is bigger than you and each individual.

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Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio explains:

Teamwork means for me working equally on creating ideas, putting them into live and solve problems. Our shop is my teamwork with my husband. We share our ideas, discuss what would be better, what kind of material can we use, what kind of design, sometimes he starts an artwork and I finish, sometimes he gives an idea and I turn it into something new. We work shoulder to shoulder and it is nice, because it shows our talents, it makes us joy and helps know better each other. I always loved to work alone, but just know I know how much fun it is to share my happiness and also problems with someone!

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Kimberly of FarrallyPaperie said:

Teamwork is a group of people working toward a similar end goal. A team will support each other, lean on each other and work with each other. Sometimes a team member may fall behind or fall out due to unforseen complications or struggle. But, as a team that works well together, the other members will help pick up that slack to ensure the end goal is still met and in a timely manner. A team member is willing to call out someone who isn’t putting forth their level of effort, and in reciprocal a team member can receive constructive criticism and learn from it and push forward. This doesn’t mean being rude, rather find out if maybe that member is struggle because they don’t know how to do something, etc and are too afraid to speak up. So bringing this to light, means the rest of the members can help. A team isn’t always perfect, and things will happen every now and then to cause conflict or concern. But, a good team can work through these issues and come out at the end with a smile on their face and approval and satisfaction of a job well done.

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Alicia of AliciasFindings states:

I think Teamwork is what happens when a group of people are working towards a goal. I believe if you get into something, you should follow-up to the best of your ability. Stuff happens, but teamwork means someone else can help lighten the load of another. I think teamwork is being able to bat ideas off one another to come up with some idea even better than the original. I think teamwork is something we do for most of our lives, in many different settings. I think teamwork is putting aside differences and getting the goal met.

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Teamwork is part of what we do every day at Christmas in July Team and I think we wear it well, don’t you?

Colour and Creativity

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

I asked Christmas in July teamies what their favourite colour is, and how this influenced their creativity…. the question received a huge response, and all their secrets are revealed below ~~~~ grab a coffee and some cake, and put your feet up!!

My favourite colour is purple and whenever I see purple paper I want to buy it! I love this retro purple paper and decided to make some small card sets with it. I made them with thank you notes in mind.

Ivory is my fav as it reminds me of pureness, clearness, happiness, optimistic, freedom

WHITE

I’m a full time farmer and I enjoy winter on the farm – even going out to the barn for chores my camera is often in tow. Winter White brings a beautiful calm to the landscape and helps me see nature in a different light.

This was the first snow fall of the winter

Blue, any shade of it.

I’m a big fan of the seaside and so blue is a very obvious choice for me. The aqua blues and then darker blues of the ocean against the lighter blues of the sky make me feel happy and relaxed. I often use blue in my prints as I always associate the colour with the feelings of happiness and freedom.

I’m a sucker for rainbows. A beautiful end to a fierce storm, the full rainbow makes its way into my work at every opportunity. When you can’t choose just one colour, choose them all!

Gosh, it’s hard to choose ONE color because I love so many in all their hues and tones
I suppose purple is probably the one I like most, followed closely by blue and I was able to combine the two in this card, using an Italian paper that featured little lilac flowers with a rich blue card stock at the bottom. To tie the two together I used white lace.

The card is a birthday card and pokes gentle fun at forgetful memories of what we might have done before

G R E E N is my ultimate favourite colour. It has inspired me with so many product designs in my shop.

My favourite item is my Christmas Advent Calendar as so much time, creativity & love go into them. This one here is the very first one I made for my son.

Green and Blue are my absolute favourite colours.

If I had to separate them, my answer would be different each time! Tonight, I’d choose GREEN but ask me tomorrow and it could well be BLUE.

I find them equally beautiful, refreshing, enlivening and soulful.

For these reasons, I adore the peacock irridesence (perfect marriage of Green and Blue) of Paua Shell / Abalone and seek Vintage Jewellery Items in this glorious natural material.

well a deep teal light the twilight sky is my usual fav but latley I’m obsessed with coral!

Not for the shy!

Purple, always end up back at purple……the yarn is different in that it has to be beautiful, yet practical.

Purple and green is my favorite color combination. When I found this beautiful pansy fabric, I knew it was the perfect accent and I decided to incorporate it in this quilted centerpiece.

My favorite color is green…all shades! My line of art may not feature one color over another, but I would say my Fresh Alphabet Art is pretty green…both in the actual color and in the fresh sense of the word. In creating this alphabet, I knew I wanted fresh produce, but I also wanted vibrant greens. My favorite are the leafy stalks on the leeks!

My favorite color is blue. I love it because there are so many shades and nuances to it. It reminds me of sky, water, peace, and tranquility. I chose the beads in this ornament for that very reason. Peace and tranquility during the holiday hustle and bustle.

My favorite colour is purple …what’s not to like about it? There are so many beautiful shades to choose from and it goes really well with black which is also another favorite.

I love pink, it is soft, gentle and pretty. I love pink flowers which inspires many of my cards I make, this one is a Thinking of You card.

My favourite colour is blue and always has been. It is tranquil and calming. It is a large part of nature – the sky and the ocean.

My favourite colour is yellow. It reminds me of bumble bees and daisies and all things summer. I have a wall in my house painted ‘crazy daisy’ so even on a cold rainy day it cheers me up. I thought I needed to make something cute that gives a nice warm feeling with this little daisy print fabric, so I made a wee kitten.

Amath from Gomis says

Nothing beats Bold Gold!!!!

Gold has a universal, luxurious, and fundamental appeal. Having a gold colored item brightens my day, and those of the wearer!

Blue –

I love blue in any shade, if a take a look onto my shop, there can it been seen. From childhood I preferred blue colored clothing. It remembers me on blue summer sky, blue, wonderful Latvian sea and it also symbolizes hope, what we all need.

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says

I LOVE anything that is iridescent and especially in greens and purple! This piece was my first try at mosaic. I have been making stained glass for 15 years and had so much beautiful leftover art glass. I am a huge advocate for recycling in any and every form.I never wanted to part with the beautiful bits of leftover glass. I wanted to put them to good use! So in this piece, I made use of the scraps in a most beautiful way! Recycling at it’s finest!!

I love turquoise a lot, and especially in combination with bright colors like prange or a beautiful deep yellow. I also love birds, so I brought all of this together in this mixed media painting. These colors are happy colors for me, they put a smile on my face and make me feel better. I hope that others feel the same when they look at this painting.

Pink !

Anything girly and feminine , it has to be pink.

My latest design , is lovely in all shades of pink with a touch of maroons and greens

I say green is my absolute favorite color, however, as of late, I’ve been loving this turquoise color in a lot of my designs. It just looks so trendy and works with so many different color combos.

Well said, Katrina from BygoneAllure! I have more greens and blues in my personal fabric stash than any other color. Peacock blue or green attracts me, every time.

“Plume” is one of my fabric offerings that is viewed the most on Etsy:

As a jewelry designer, it’s no surprise that my favorite color is gold. Just the rich tone of gold, 14 karats or not, evokes a sense of elegance and class. That quality is essential to me as a creator of upcycled jewelry because it adds sophistication to an amalgamation of broken pieces.

Below is a great example of how luxurious the color gold is especially when paired with pearls and rhinestones. The Belle Bracelet was made with vintage scraps, but it looks unbelievably chic.

My absolute favorite color has got to be Pink! Pink reminds me of Flamingo’s which makes me think “Fun!” So, for me – Any fabric which involves pink somewhere in it and is fun… Let’s just say that get’s me every time! And if I have to be doing computer work – I might as well have a “Fun” pattern in my Wrist Pillows for Keyboard & Mouse Comfort. I choose to have 2 coordinating patterns with this set, so if your tired with one – Just flip in over or Mix & Match.

Vanilla White is my favorite color because it makes me feel calm and gives me clarity.

Blue, blue, blue. In any shade. Even my house is blue. The ocean is a big part of my life and a big part of my Etsy store.

My favorite color is this stunning sea green. I spent my entire childhood begging my parents to take me to the beach and, on those rare occasions we got to go, I loved the green reflecting off the sea foam. It makes me happy every time I see this color.

Carrie from madcapz says

My favorite color has always been blue but of late I am partial to purple. I find purple to be such a calming yet regal color. I like the softer shades of purple over the darker ones. I used pastel purple in this item:

Ioana from Soutacherie says

I love ALL colours and you can see that throughout the shop. If I were to choose, I’d choose the combination of orange and blue. A bit bold and unusual but very spectacular, cold and warm at the same time, serious and playful.

My favorite color is PINK. It’s soft, it’s feminine and joyful!

Christmas Stockings in any color you want. I do not discriminate with over 50 colors and patterns!

Green is my favorite color and I really like the color combo of my latest bracelet. It doesn’t really match anything I own, but I don’t care!

My favorite color is teal! It tends to appear in a lot of my work, sometimes totally unintentionally. I particularly love the fresh clean combo of teal and white in interior decor!

My favourite colour is teal, its not a colour I have stocked before in my shop but I love this pom pom hat.

The colors of the rainbow have a special meaning for me, every time I see one it’s like a sign from above that everything is going to be allright. My littlest son is undergoing leukemia treatment, and all the knots in my bracelets made during this hard period symbolise a prayer, and the rainbow is the good period that will come after the storm.

Ina from InaSudjana says

Praying for your little one and your family too Andrea – I DO LOVE rainbow myself. It is indeed a sign of hope.

I love my primary colours; blue mainly. But I also love all the red, yellow and green. A rainbow person I am.

My most favorite color is dark purple – the color of royalty. I looked up the significance of the color purple and found that it really did match my personality. It said that the people who like the color purple are sensitive, compassionate, understanding a supportive, peaceful and tranquil, introverted, creative, inspire others with their creative thinking, are intuitive and quite psychic.

I grew out of pink for a while, but now I think it’s safe to say it’s back on top for me! I think, growing up, I was limited in my idea of what you could really do with pink, but the newer trends of pairing shades of pink with shades of grey really inspired me with this piece. I think it softens the harshness pink can have sometimes, while also bringing that fantastic pop of colour that I’ve always loved pink for!

My favorite colors are blends of purples and greens. I look for yarns that allow me to blend these two color…when it works….it like magic…For me, that blend looks like the mountains of southeastern Kentucky where I grew up.

My “favorite” color tends to change with my mood (human mood ring?), but I always seem to come back to purple. I used a lavender shade for this batch of soap to match the scent, but also because I find lavender (both color and flower) soothing.

Love green and red and somehow keep buying beads in those colors. Bright greens and deep greens are tops on my list. Bit I also love black/white/gray combos.

Design’s the Limit from DesignstheLimit says

If clear is a color, it is my favorite. People have always said they can see right through me and I wear my heart on my sleeve. It is never too early to start designing your custom ornaments and we proudly offer Christmas ornaments year round!

Dina StyleKnits from DinaStyleKnits say

 my favorite color is pink. It’s a color of love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic. I used pink yarn in my knitting very often.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I reckon the winners were purple, blue and pink!!

Be sure to check out these great stores for some wonderful Christmas in July specials and start your Christmas shopping early!

My favorite color is green but I noticed that there is a lot of blues in my shop. Not to mention my shop name is Gigi’s Blue Rose. Well, this is a lovely blanket I made with turquoise. I just might have to change my favorite color. But honestly, I think calming colors are my favorite, colors that remind me of flowers, the ocean, sand, the sky, trees, etc. and this blanket is full of flowers with a hint of bright (like the sun).

My favourite colour… hmm… I like green, but even more I love BLUE! It’s the colour of the sky, it has hundreds of shades and it’s the colour of labradorite “flame”, which is absolutely amazing! That’s why I love using labradorites in my works!

I Love all shades of blue but especially the blues of the ocean. Water has always inspired me and I am drawn to it for its restorative powers and sense of peace and beauty. Water is essential to life.

So, what a fantastic collection of teamies and how colour informs their creativity!! Be sure to visit the stores & take advantage of the Christmas in July sales in their stores!