My Best Friend

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Bestie, BFF, pal, peep, soulmate, kitty or pup, best friends come in all forms. They make us laugh, help us cry, helped make us who we are, and will never be forgotten.   From your little furry tail-wagging pal, to your husband or wive, your perfect bridesmaid, or your bestie who is miles away, Etsy Christmas in July has a great selection of  best friend gifts.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The dog is the symbol of the best friend and many people love dogs and have their pets. Portrait of your favorite pet is a perfect gift to express friendship. This is a very good gift for every occasions and souvenir for many years. I paint oil paintings and draws as well. Today I want to present my offer of Pet portraits – large size pastel drawing the whole silhouette on the scenic background!

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

Best friends are always together near or far. I think the beauty of a best friend is being able to feel connected to them when you have not talked or seen them in a long time.

Candles are a great way to show your best friend you are thinking of them while you are not together! A bff candle allows the flame to still go strong when the other is not in the room and lets your friend know you are always there!

Gifts that can be both useful and appreciated are the best ways to express thoughtfulness in gift giving and an understanding of your friend’s needs. We have the perfect gifts to make a house a home, with personalization.
Choose any of the products we have available depending on your best friend’s needs and personalize your purchase using any of our designs, the fonts we have available, or submit your own images to turn your gift into a personalized keepsake to be treasured and put to good use in good company.
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Sand Carved Engraved Sangria Carafe

Thank you for this opportunity to share my bff craft.

We all need a friend or two whom we can call our ride or die. So to me friends are like flowers they grow with each passing day and when you find a gem like this, you end up picking them over and over again!

Best Friend Lanyard And Keychain

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

 My best friend loves dragonflies so I thought it was only fitting to let her inspire me to create this scarf pendant. Dragonflies have been a subject of intrigue going way back in time. I find this fitting for my best friend. She too intrigues me! I think all best friends seem to have an intriguing or fascinating quality that draws us together.

The fascinating thing about this scarf pendant though is that the floral button is interchangeable! Simply replace it with any other special snap button (which can be purchased separately in many jewelry stores) and you have a whole new look resting on top of the dragonfly! Now that is intriguing!

Interchangeable Dragonfly Scarf Pendant

Mairi from mairidesign says:

For many, their life-long best friend is their mother. When we sadly lose our best friend, she leaves a gap in our lives that can never be replaced. The butterfly is recognised as a symbol of hope, and with my iridescent butterfly plant decoration, I include this poem…

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it.”

Iridescent Butterfly Pot Plant Decoration

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Items Of The Week: Art

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Show Us Your Workspace: EmmaKayInks

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks who creates hand drawn original ink artwork. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what Michelle has to say about her workspace:

I dreamed of having an art studio ever since I was a child. True story. I used to love hanging out and making things in my Nanna’s small but separate and comfy studio shed that overlooked the beautiful Tuggerah Lakes of Australia.

I used to work in my bedroom and had to unpack it and then pack it away every time I made something.

Now I’m grateful every day that I have a home studio of my very own.

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Who’s afraid of a blank canvas? Not me. Ok, maybe it is a little daunting. But I find the best thing to do is just jump right and get started.

I truly believe, like Viginia Woolf, that we need a room of one’s own. You can make it work in a smaller space, but having a studio just makes things that much better. I can leave things out to dry. I can spread things out and move them around and see how they look in different combinations. I can dedicate a particular space for photography.

Having more space physically allows more space creatively!

I don’t mind making do with an old bed sheet as a curtain. I’m just happy to have a whole room, just for my own creativity!”

Dorm Decor with Major Style: Astronomy and more

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Dorm Decor with Major Style: Astronomy, History, Art and Biology

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Astronomy

You’ll be seeing stars (and looking like an outer-space insider) when you hang an arty wall decal showing off a lesser-known constellation. A handmade moon phase pennant is a cool twist on school spirit, and you’ll want to study (okay, nap) next to this moon-shaped salt-rock nightlight. And for those galaxy-gazers with an appreciation for interiors, there’s a vintage mid-century chair inspired by Atomic Age design.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Astronomy and what the story behind the item is.

Ina from InaSudjana says:

What better way to hang this pastel Star dream catcher in the dorm OR anywhere in your hallway really.

With 3 stars hanging down from the hoop, it’ll just be perfect for your reading corner (of course for reading and/or napping)

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

Who isn’t in awe of the stars, moon, planets & night sky? The “space race” was such a dream for so many to be involved in! This Men’s Tie features all those fun things, including UFO’s! Watch out! One may be headed to your neck of the woods!

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states:

I remember back in my uni days going to a ‘out of space’ dress up party. These paper star confetti would have been great to use to decorate the table. So if you are having a dorm party, why not use this star confetti!!

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History

Get inspired by history’s greats: Write a treatise — or just a term paper — under a lamp modeled on those Abe Lincoln owned and prop up a pint-sized portrait of ground-breaker Eleanor Roosevelt for daily motivation. Come sundown (or later, if you insist on using electric lights), bed down under an antique quilt made from upcycled sports banners or an embroidered patchwork throw featuring the faces of all the U.S. Presidents who governed before you were born (it only goes through Reagan).

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

This is a pencil pouch/gadget bag created from a photograph we took of the remnants of the Berlin Wall that was dismantled in 1989. Artists have expressed their feelings about freedom, politics and culture on the remaining sections of the wall. It is now called the East Side Gallery and makes up the largest open-air art gallery in the world.

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Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love old books that deal with History – especially Presidents! This is a fun graphic book about Abe Lincoln. Thumb through the pages and reacquaint yourself with our 16th President!

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Art

We know, you’d rather paint your own mural on those bland beige walls, but that’s not going to fly with the RA. Instead, try a watercolor-inspired wallpaper mural that you can (carefully!) tack up and remove at year’s end. Complement it with an abstract bud vase, a vibrant visual guide to the world’s great art museums, and color-splashed bedding worthy of Jackson Pollock.

Stock Lane Studio  from StockLaneStudio says:

Here is a water fountain photograph set in Paris. It is one of my favorite spots to rest, have a coffee and people watch. Nikki De St. Phalle created the bold and bright modern art water fountain sculpture in Place Igor Stravinsky.

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Biology

A microscope-turned-lamp will shed some light on your first-semester exams, while a botany-illustration pillow is cute on the cellular level. You can even experiment with small space gardening in your free time, thanks to a repurposed-beaker terrarium set.

Amy Spock  from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

You can never have too many towels when you are off to college. Why not show off your interest in Biology and Ocean Life with a personalized, embroidered ocean theme towel set?

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Art Is A Treasured Part Of Home And Living

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Etsy has many categories from which to search for that perfect item! The two I am going to focus on now are: Home and Living and Art. The team is full of artists of all types,  but these categories are just breathtaking and unique!

Come take a journey with me!

Rachel Palmer of 910woolgathering states:

My grand mother used to crochet pot holders. Hers were unfortunately made from acrylic yarn and sadly melted. I create mine from wool yarns, which will not melt or flame up. The are also machine washable on cold, lay flat to dry, so are easy to care for, and will be long lasting.

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Barbara of SalentoFeltShop explains:

Cartapesta Leccese is the ancient art used in Salento (last land of Italy) to make religious statues, but not only. I love to make wonderful roses with this simple material! Every detail is hand cut and molded with passion and care!

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios says:

A homely touch for the walls, our home doesn’t run unless we’re fueled up in the morning with the sweet taste of coffee!

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Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo mentions:

I do love magnolia leaves (either fresh and dried ones), so I often use them for my creations.
Even leaves are already dried, they go on slightly modifying, as time goes by and they constantly take new shapes.
So you have a “living” decor at your home!

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Hopefully you learned something new or found something you must have for your Home!

Fine Art Finds

Growing up in Rhode island, one of the biggest events of the year for me was the Scituate Art festival. I loved living 5 minutes away from the biggest craft show and fine art display that I knew. Wouldn’t you know it, I grew up and now live in walking distance of the festival! Needless to say I spent the entire weekend there, mulling over the various artisans producing items from crafts I may never learn, and of course, taking in all of the gorgeous fine art New England has to offer.

In honour of my wonderful weekend experience, here is some fine art from our own CIJ team members!

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Illustration is one art form that I enjoy very much. I love the expression and stories told through illustration in often (but not always!) simplistic styles. I can already get a feel for this little crab’s personality and have thoroughly enjoyed browsing some more of his life. Though I’d still like to know what it is that he’s staring at.

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Where in illustration we are often given the expression set forth by a character, photography is an art form where a subject with no expressive features can speak volumes. I have no talent for capturing moments myself, so I admire it greatly.

The stark contrast between black and white is powerful and deafening, a surprise in and of itself since we generally see flowers to be such delicate entities, soft and feminine. Yet through that solid confidence of the lily, we see a small wisp off the end of the petal, whispering gently amidst the booming message. What does it say to you?

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Painting, yet another art that leaves me totally clueless when I make an attempt. Abstract paintings are probably my favourite in that they are completely open to the viewers’ interpretation which is a beautiful thing. There is movement, contrast, and a definite sense of mystery that we don’t get in photography or realism.

Aside from original paintings, Kirsten offers prints of her work to suit smaller budgets or perhaps, smaller spaces.

Stay inspired!

Frenchie