Supplies – All Things

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies. Just say the word and all things supplies come to mind. Inspiring supply items from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Veronica Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies shares that when she had her son she  spent a lot of time at home because he was sick. To fill that time she took a lot of pictures of their son. Veronica would then scrapbook them into a large scrapbook. It was a nice time filler. It was something she could pick up and put down easily. They had lots of stickers, paper, and ton of imagination. She drew a lot of their decorations and cut out random shapes. Friends and family would pick up stickers or supplies at yard sales or from friends who didn’t need them. She personally think it kept her sane for that first year!

1st Birthday Scrapbook Stickers From AVAArtsSupplies

1st Birthday Scrapbook Stickers From AVAArtsSupplies

Carolyn Eady from SproutPressDesigns has Journal Adventure Kits in her shop. This kit was designed originally as a way to use up her off cuts of fancy papers, but ended up being much more. Since there’s a hand bound notebook, tags and envelope with little surprises included, it’s more of a prompt or starting point of inspiration for crafty folk or those on the outskirts of creativity, wanting to join in.

Journal Adventure Kit From SproutsPressDesigns

Journal Adventure Kit From SproutsPressDesigns

Barb from barbsheartstrokes has a few stamping supplies. One of the crafts she thought “YES” I can do this! But for her it was a bit of a challenge getting the right colors, paper, stamps to look good together. It is harder then it looks and some out there make it look so easy! It is it’s own “talent”. She is  going to sell all the stamping supplies and try her hand at something different. Barb is not sure what it will be though! Maybe needle felting, knitting, or crocheting? So many options!

Stampin Up Two Step Stampin Flash Florals From barbsheartstrokes

Stampin Up Two Step Stampin Flash Florals From barbsheartstrokes

Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations a few years ago made up some DIY Kid’s Personalized Necklace Kits for a friend’s birthday party and they were a huge success! She decided to start selling them in her Etsy shop and she has been thrilled at the response she has received about them. Jeanne tries to find charms to suit any themed children’s party she can think of.

DIY Kids Party Favor Princess Crown Personalized Necklace From CedarwoodCreations

DIY Kids Party Favor Princess Crown Personalized Necklace From CedarwoodCreations

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital has been creating her own digital printable supplies for card making and scrap booking for several years now. It’s so fun to make backgrounds and clip art to match! Sherri has made birthday cards and even Christmas cards for friends and family for several years now. She absolutely love paper crafting, and being able to make her own printable papers makes it that much better!

Butterfly, Dragonfly, Flowers Clip Art From ButterflyFeetDigital

Butterfly, Dragonfly, Flowers Clip Art From ButterflyFeetDigital

Apryl from MaddieBsCreations inherited large quantities of this beautiful lace. Although she does a lot of sewing, she hasn”t found a good use for tons of lace. Apryl is still trying to come up with a “brilliant” craft that will utilize all this lace. In the mean time she is offering it in her shop in a variety of colors.

Purple Lace From MaddieBsCreations

Purple Lace From MaddieBsCreations

Tracy from LittleShopofColor has lots of digital papers in her store and she’s working on adding more alphabets, frames, and clip art. The brighter and bolder the colors the better. Tracy loves these pretty stars papers because of the variation in color and texture. She is always experimenting and learning new techniques! These papers were just one experiment that came out beautiful.

Bright Abstract Painted Stars Digital Paper Pack From LittleShopofColor

Bright Abstract Painted Stars Digital Paper Pack From LittleShopofColor

Bella Vida from Hope Printables shares the specifics on this digital download. This is a little bit product and a little bit kit. These are 4 digital download prints. They can be framed and hung anyway the buyer chooses. They can even be separated and put in various rooms of the house for more inspiration. They were originally inspired by the peaceful, hopeful and spiritual words of the advent season and the colors softened and adapted for the nursery.

Peace Love Hope Joy Inspirational Word Art HopePrintables

Peace Love Hope Joy Inspirational Word Art HopePrintables

Sarah from TheFeltCollector has been collecting felt for a long time, first for herself and then to share with others. Some printed felt is hard to find. She enjoys hand dying felt, especially animal printed felt sheets, to get really cool or pretty colors. The blue paisley was inspiration for her shop banner, it’s such a nice design.

Blue paisley Felt From TheFeltCollector

Blue paisley Felt From TheFeltCollector

Oksana from LaFiabaRussa really loves working with natural materials and making toys.

Extra Virgin Wool From LaFiabaRussa

Extra Virgin Wool From LaFiabaRussa

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass envisions flowers for you to incorporate into your crafts.

3D Felt  FlowersFrom ElizabethLovesGlass

3D Felt FlowersFrom ElizabethLovesGlass

Heike from Belambolo offers some easy to follow patterns for doll clothes – sewing, knitting, crocheting in her shop belambolo.

Pattern For Knitted Doll Sweater From Belambolo

Pattern For Knitted Doll Sweater From Belambolo

For Dad

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.  -Jim Valvano

I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.  -Hedy Lamarr

The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad! — Author Unknown

Join our Christmas in July Team in celebrating dad this Father’s Day (June 15, 2014)!  Below, our artists share their favorite stories of their own fathers and items from their shop that would be perfect gifts.  What story will you share?

Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies says

My dad taught me a lot. He taught me to catch a ball, fix a flat, build a birdhouse, and make mac and cheese (out of the box, but hey he tried!). I think the biggest and most important thing he taught me was that just because I’m girl doesn’t mean that it should limit me! I remember a couple of months ago a home improvement store employee (male) asked what I was doing. After looking puzzled for a minute, I told him I was looking for the right piece of wood for my project. He preceded to ask what I was building. I told him a bed frame. He laughed! He told me good luck and he hoped my husband was around to help. I told the manager who apologized, but I was angry. I called my Dad and he said with skills I’ve got I probably build any type of furniture around the guy while baking awesome cookies. He was super impressed when I sent the pictures later and told me how proud he was and how much he loved me. I’ll always be a daddy’s girl, and my dad made sure I was a well-prepared daddy’s girl!

My dad is a pretty down-to-earth guy who taught me everything I know about video games, comic books, and sci-fi novels. He’s one of those guys who doesn’t necessarily want ‘stuff’ when holidays roll around, he wants gift cards so he can fill up his Kindle! Seeing as it’s hard to wrap a gift card, I came up with these little pocket shirt cards – it’s a pretty, ah, manly card and gift card holder all in one! Now he can stock up on books and I can borrow them…hehehe…

My Dad was the kind of guy who woke in the morning either singing, humming or whistling. He was always happy, always had a smile on his face and always appreciated everything.

One day I came home from school and had to make a car as a homework project. My dad took me to his workshop in the basement. Using old cans, pieces of wood, screws and anything we could find, we worked for hours. Nailing, painting and sanding my new mini car I had a blast. I was only around 5 at the time, needless to say I had the best project in the class! Aldo my Dad passed away when I was younger I am glad that I can cherish this memory forever.

My dad is such an amazing man. He is gentle spirited, kind, loving, and a devoted father. One of my most special memories is him reading to me and my two brothers. We would cuddle up before bedtime and my dad would read us stories by Walt Morey, like Gentle Ben. He loved to read sweet stories about animals. My dad would pray with us as well before tucking us in bed. I am thankful for sweet childhood memories. Love my Dad!

My dad is one of those dad’s that didn’t have to be. I was five when I was adopted and lead a very troubled childhood. I am grateful for his support even when it was a challenge. Though I may not always love all of the choices he made along the way, especially after my mother passed away he is still my dad. If you were to ask me what the very definition of a father was it would be this…. A man who loves his child with all his heart, stands by and gives guidance but not judgement and supports you to the day he is no longer here on earth, blood has nothing to do with it. Sorry for the sappy story but I will proudly tell it til the day I die!

My dad was a quiet, easy going man, who worked hard, and was constantly remodeling our home-before it was trendy on the home and garden network! Being an only child I was definitely Daddy’s girl until the day he died.

My fondest memory was when his first grandchild was born. Being “Boston Irish” he loved St Patrick’s Day, but alas I couldn’t hold out and he received his first grandchild two days before St Paddy’s day. Mom gave him the task of ordering flowers to be sent to the hospital. To my surprise the nurses came giggling into my room and asked me if I had given birth to a martian – for low and behold he had sent me me a green bouquet, not the tradition blue, to celebrate his grandson’s birth.

May Holidays – National Teacher Day – May 6th

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.

Most celebrate this holiday by holding a celebration,an awards ceremony or having sales for teachers. There is so much we can all do to show the teachers of the world we appreciate them and their hard work and dedication to  teaching our young ones.

Candy Rauber of WickedlyCreative let me know:

As a child I moved frequently and therefore went to many different schools in several different states. I don’t remember the names of a lot of my teachers but I do remember what I loved about my favorite teachers. They engaged you in class, encouraged free speech and really listened to what you had to say. They pushed you to think about things in a different way, expected a lot of you and in response you stepped up to that challenge. To all of my wonderful teachers I would give them an A+!


Cindy Ely of cecrafts said:

I was always a very shy little girl. I had one teacher that showed me it was ok to be just me. A red haired overweight child. She gave me all the confidence I needed to go on to succeed.
I would give her this.


Jeanne of CedarwoodCreations told me that:

In 8th grade my History Teacher acted like no other teacher I had ever seen. He would get on his desk sometimes to make a speech like a famous historical figure. He would get ‘in character’ by changing his voice and act like a war hero from the past. You never knew what he would do. He made learning fun for our class and kept us all interested. Here’s to you Mr. W—–.


Amy Spock of  BeadsandThreadsbyAmy stated:

Ms. Cummins was my high school math teacher as a freshman and then again in calculus as a senior. I had the privilege of having some very good teachers, but she holds a special place in my heart. As a sophomore, I had a very troubling summer and decided to drop my honors class in math. While she clearly expressed what a ridiculous idea this was, she also supported me the following year, spending hours helping me get caught back up. As a result of her help and her confidence in me, I was able to get through that class. When she presented me an award at Baccalaureate, we were both tearing up. When she found out I couldn’t afford a calculator for college (they were really expensive back in the day), she said she needed some help around the house. I washed her car and found a new calculator in the back seat. I only hope I am as inspirational to my students as she was to me. You see, she is the reason I became a teacher. Science, though, not math.

Here’s to you, Ms. Cummins! Congratulations on helping me through! I hope I make you proud!


Karen Crisp of APaperParadise says:

I went to high school in England, and for both my O levels and A levels I had the same teacher for maths. He was patient, passionate and talented. Maths soon became my favorite subject. I stayed on at school for an extra few weeks after the end of school to prepare for the entrance exams for the university I wanted to attend, once again, he was there to help me. It was during this time that he revealed to the class of 4 or 5 students that while he was at college he had worked as a grave digger.

Now, 30 some years on, I think of him every time I write the phrase ‘thank you for your interest in my coffins’ in response to a convo about my coffins.


Veronica and Andy Fritsch of AVAArtsSupplies said that they:

 loved science. My favorites were biology, chemistry (1 and 2), and physics! I had great teachers for all of them, but my favorite was an older gentleman who volunteered to help us. He worked on the atom bombs when he was younger, after he retired he wanted to still be involved in science so he contacted our high school to volunteer. He was always there to praise us, help explain stuff to us, or to tell us stories. He was super patient with us when we didn’t quite get it. He was strict if we gave him attitude, but you could tell he still cared. He came to the school Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and was there from my freshman to senior year. His love of science made it come alive to me. 


WalterSilva of WalterSilva discussed:

My freshman year in college I had a wonderful intro to literature instructor. She was so down to earth, in touch with what was going on in the world and super smart . She was so passionate about teaching and that was evident. I learned so much from her and always got excited for the next class. Dr. C gave me the confidence to embrace difficulties and challenges, twenty years later I still remember how influential she was and still is… I would not be who I am if it was not for her! I would gift her this anchor pill box, perfect since she was my anchor during a time I had no confidence or idea of what or whom I was … Good teachers make an impact and that she did!


Amanda Marie of JoiedeVivreCrafts relates that:

I am a teacher, and I know I wouldn’t be half the teacher I am without my wonderful mentor and professor, Dr. Foster. He inspired me to think outside the box. He challenged me to question how to teach close reading. He showed me that plays are meant to be performed, not read for homework. He helped me see how to teach classic literature and young adult literature. I know I owe most of my career to him. He was still so in touch with what happens in the classroom. This wreath reminds me of him. It’s bright and vibrant, just like his teaching. He always loved things that were a little wacky!
He still teaches at my university, and we keep in touch via Facebook.


I hope wherever you are that you give a little something back to those that have done so much!

May Holidays – Cinco de Mayo – May 5th

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. The battle was fought at Puebla and is considered a minor holiday inside Mexico. In the U.S. however, Cinco de Mayo not only celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla, but a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Mexican people.

Most celebrate this holiday in the U.S. by holding parades and parties at which they serve tacos and other such foods. It is a day to let loose and enjoy! It is also a day to learn about the culture and what brought about this event.

Veronica and Andy Fritsch of AVAArtsSupplies told me:

When we lived in Florida, I taught students with severe autism. A large part of our curriculum was life skills. So when a holiday came up we would work on cooking (we were lucky enough to have a stove in our classroom). For Cinco De Mayo we would find all sorts of recipes and have the kids whip them up. We did some more traditional items and many more Americanized versions. All the kids loved the candy skulls my aide brought in! 


That sounds like a really fun and educational time! I love the designs of  candy skulls, such craft work!

My family has decided to celebrate this holiday by having our own little party, full of traditional foods and drink. We might even decorate with the traditional colors of red, green and white.  My hope is that we all have a wonderful and fun time. Maybe we will make this an annual event!!!


I hope that whatever you all do on Cinco de Mayo that it is fun and rewarding!


For All the Moms Out There

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

With Mother’s Day coming up, I decided to give our team members the chance to share their favorite stories about their Moms.  I was hoping to create a moving blog with lovely gift ideas for Moms.  I was surely not disappointed in the wonderful stories shared by our team.  And to all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope you have time with the ones you love on this very special day.

1) Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says

My Mother struggled to have a child of her own and so she and my father chose to adopt. When I was born at the last minute the adoption agency called saying they no longer had a girl for her but a boy, she had her heart set on me and her family doctor at the time fought for her to be able to adopt me. My mom often would tell me this story of how God provided a baby for her. I thank God that I was adopted and he chose my Mom for me. I think of how we are adopted by Jesus and how thankful I am to have had the Lord bless me with such an amazing Mother who loves the Lord and demonstrated His love to me.

My album for Mother’s Day is 10 Ways I love you:
1 You are an example of God’s love
2 You give your whole heart to your children
3 You are caring and selfless
4 You taught me to be gracious
5 You have a strength of character
6 You are supportive
7 You encourage me
8 You are generous
9 I Love your sense of humor
10 You are my best friend
Thanks Mom for all you are and all you do.

2) Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

When I was little, my Mom and I sometimes played “tea party”. We both would dress up (she in some fancy clothes, I in some of her clothes and, of course, high heels!), she would make hot chocolate (our “tea”) and we would sit down in our living room at a carefully set table and pretend drinking tea, making “upper class” conversation and smoking fake cigarettes (it was the 60’s after all!). I remember that there were always fresh flowers in a vase on the table. I loved how my Mom played with me, and we had so much fun together.

When I grew much older, I once gave my Mom a blank notebook, asking her to write down her memories of her childhood and as a young woman. Now that she is gone I am so thankful that I have these handwritten memories of her. My gift idea, therefore, is a journal for a mother to remember her childhood so that these memories can be kept for future generations.

3) Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

My mum had me in the kitchen with her from early on, mixing cake batter and the like! I’ve always loved being in the kitchen and I’m so thankfully she gave me that love so early on!

4) Eleni from LenasCakes says

Things I love about my mom…
– She says “get an umbrella, it will rain” (sun is shining outside,btw)…I don’t get one…it rains! I get one, it keeps sunny all day!
– She asks ” what’s wrong?” when I did nothing to show it…..just understands the sigh behind my words….
– She never-never-never liked my 1st husband….never told me a single bad thing about him….only when the divorce was final she was” ok, he was NOT for you, ok”?
What terrifies me (!) is that as years go by…I’m turning into her! Spooky

5) Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies says

Our son does not believe in sleep, ever! We spent the first 3 years of his life singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” 2-3 times before bed to get him to sleep. He’s 8 now and it still brings a smile to all our faces when we hear it!

6) Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations says

When I was 20 years old my girlfriend asked me to fly away for the weekend THAT evening. I had to work the following day so I said no. My mother, hearing this, asked why I wouldn’t go. She suggested that I call my boss and ask for the following day off as a vacation day, which I did and my boss said ‘yes’. Off to FL for the weekend I went and had the time of my life.  I’ll never forget that. My mother taught me my good work ethic and how to balance work and fun. Here’s to you, Mom!

Collection of Gift Ideas for Moms....

Collection of Gift Ideas for Moms….

CIJ Team Shares a recipe and a shop item to go with it

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

I thought it would be a great idea to share some new recipes with our CIJ friends, along with an item from our shops to help serve it, clean it up, or make it even more memorable!  Without further adieu, here are our recipes and items.  Just click on the pictures for a link to the recipes and featured items.

1) Carolyn T from Butterflykilns I have found the BEST recipe for lemon bars at which would look great served on my sunflower plate!

lemon bars

Yummy Lemon Bars!

sunflower platter

Stunning Sunflower Platter from Butterflykilns.

2) Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations says Keeping it delicious and healthy with these No Bake Bars from Baking Blonde served with a side of the Symbol for Health from my shop.


No-Bake Bars (my idea of making dessert)!


health symbol

Health Sign Paperweight to hold down that lovely recipe from CedarwoodCreations!

3) Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says I’m making pavlova for my dad’s birthday with this failsafe recipe from and serving it with his favorite coffee.


Pavlova Recipe from Lovely!



Coffee Photography from ColourscapeStudios.

4) Tree Southfox from BlessBeadTheTies says:

No sugar Lemonade

1 cup fresh lemon juice

2/3 cup agave nectar ( low glycemic sweetener)

6 cups water ice

Serve it with this tie on…..


Lemonade Tie from BlessBeadTheTie.

5) Tanya from socksandmittens shares a lemon rosemary chicken and protects her Kindle in the kitchen with this cover…


Rosemary Chicken from



Kindle Cover from socksandmittens. Keep that Kindle clean while reading recipes in the kitchen.

6) Dossie Garvey from petzoup shares her favorite recipe…

Blameless squares –

3 mashed bananas

1/3 cup apple sauce

2 cups oats

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes

egg less, flour less, dairy less and no added sugar

And says they are sweet like her friend here:


Custom Portrait Ornament from petzoup.

7) Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies says We love this pretzel recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but use all purpose flour instead of whole wheat, just like mom used to make!


Mom’s Pretzels from Sally’s Baking Addiction.



Mom charms from AVAArtsSupplies. Great for a mother’s day project!

8) Alicia Salazar from SleepSchedule suggests a picnic for Easter with her Mustard Roasted Lamb wrapped up in a do-it-yourself tote kit.


Mustard Roasted Lamb and Potatoes.


Tote Bag Kit from SleepSchedule.

9) Include these cupcakes in your picnic shared by Karen Crisp from APaperParadise.  A Martha Stewart Recipe.


Vanilla Cupcakes from


Cupcake wrapper and topper from APaperParadise.

10) And, last but not least, for those lingering winter days and cool spring evenings, Jessica Chong from CrochetNature shares her recipe for S’Mores served with the perfect S’More eating gloves! Place a graham cracker on a microwave safe plate. Place a marshmallow or mini marshmallows on the cracker, and chocolate on top of the marshmallow. Microwave for about 10-15 seconds. Place second graham cracker on top. Eat and enjoy!


FIngerless Gloves for S’Mores from CrochetNature.


Organizing the Craft Room

Contributor post by BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

I don’t know about you, but I find organization of all of my supplies to be very challenging.  In fact, my craft room is currently so far gone that All the Kings Men will have a hard time piecing it back together!  I find that my desire to create (and visit my local fabric and bead shops) surpasses my storage capability.  So, I turned to our CIJ team for some inspiration.  I was not disappointed.

Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies have really struggled with organization. With thousands of little beads we needed something. We started with manila envelopes labeled and organized by type (i.e. NFL, European beads…) in milk crates. Then grew to a filing cabinet and breaking our items into smaller groups (i.e. NFL 1 & 2, European animal beads, European colored beads…). From there we have grown to a peg board for the few items we can hang, bins, and the bins that hang on the wall. The ones that hang on the wall have been life savers! They are the type/style that you normally use to store nails and screws in. We can fit a ton of beads in each drawer and the space that they suck up are limited. We buy some new, but have bought several from yard sales. We purchased a label maker and have been working on getting more information on the items and in our listings so we can easily locate the items quickly.

Storage for hundreds of beads

AVAArtsSupplies Storage Solutions

To keep the area clear we have really been working on putting items away quickly. If we leave them out they end up shuffled all over and the mess builds. My tips for storage and organization are to a) look at your space and see what you have to work with, b) don’t be afraid to change!, and c) make sure everything has a place and that you know where that space is.”

Lots of Beads!

Wow…what a collection!

Be sure to visit AVAArtsSupplies on Etsy for your beading needs!

Ellen from thechillydog on Etsy shared these wonderful ideas for a small craft room:

“My craft room is tiny (10ft x 10ft) so organization is an absolute must. I utilize my wall space to store the tools and materials I use most. My secret weapon, peg board, like the kind you would use in the garage. I painted mine to make it look cute, though. I even did a blog post about the project,”  Ellen specializes in crochet, knitting and yarn craft essentials on Etsy at

PegBoard Blog Picture

Great storage solution for small spaces!

Ellen also offers a great way to store your crochet hooks or knitting needles…

Organize those Hooks!

Great way to keep your crochet hooks protected, organized, and ready for travel!

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling the itch to get into my craft room to start organizing!  Please share any of your organization tips with us, and happy crafting!