Active Wear

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

The Etsy Christmas In July team wants to know about Active Wear.

We had one CIJ team member submit a creative Active Wear item from her shop! It’s wonderful to be active even on a rainy day!

Barbara from MermaidsHatBox says; To be active on the rainy and foggy days, I sew hats that keep dry when you are outside. For a walk, a bike tour or work outside it is a good protection. The hats are handmade according my patterns. I take coated cotton, which are waterproof. The seams are mostly sealed. Inside the hats are lined with cotton, To prevent sweating. I work mainly for women, but the hat pattern would also be suitable for men.


Cotton Women’s Rain Hat

Nature Gifts

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

Spring is nearly upon us followed by the lovely summer months. I love this time of year with the sun shining on our faces, it makes us all happy. But it is also a time to take notice of nature around us, nature can be of trees, flowers or nature animals themselves.

Here at CIJ we want to know what gifts you have that reflect the theme ‘nature’ and tell us a little about your gift.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says: This necklace is made from clay, which is from the Earth, and features two pendants in the shape of leaves. The leaves were smoke fired in a bonfire using tree branches, leaves and various other natural materials, such as pine cones.

So this necklace certainly is of and from nature!


Clay Necklace

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: No matter how old I am, I’ll always love collecting rocks. The image for this zipper pouch was taken on a rock hunt on the coast of Maine. Perfect vessel for our skipping rocks.


Zippered pouch

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says: This little hand embroidered ornament represents the nature of Spring in a fun colorful way. Flowers blooming and a bird (which I imagine chirping) brings thoughts of warmer weather.


Hand Embroidered Ornament

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says: The spring time illustration is by Gertrud Mierendorff is pretty enough to frame!


German postcard featuring a tabby cat in a field of flowers

Diana from JolieFemmeByDiana says: Forest Fun is the theme of this little tote with a plush squirrel and covered with mushrooms. Spring is a good time to get out and hike in nature and look at animals and plants in wild places.


Plush squirrel covered with mushrooms

Flower Power Showers from FlowerPowerShowers says: I make outdoor showers that look like flowers and other metal flower yard stakes.


Outdoor Showers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says: We are enjoying the first signs of spring and have a number of flowers blooming in the yard. Our magnolia has just bloomed and we picked all of the flowers in our newest bridal listings. Time to start gardening and the best way to relax after a hot day in the yard is with a cold ice tea!


Sand-Carved Decanter

The perfect Mother’s Day gift, we sand-carve our decanters and this decanter is perfect for ice tea, sangria, or any beverage you wish to serve in style! Choose from our designs and available font selection and have your order gift wrapped for shipping direct to your recipient @DesignstheLimit

Debbie Haward from HollyBeeandCompany says: We make Wooden home decor. One of our favorite items is our Mountain pieces. We use an all natural homemade earth pigment stain. We also make these as custom order by size and design.


Wooden Mountain Decor

Heatherleanne from MississippiMayhem says: Here at Mississippi Mayhem, I started creating floral anatomy embroideries. The most recent one I’ve completed is a lung piece.


Floral Anatomy Embroideries

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says: I’m ready for warmer weather with flowers and butterflies! These butterfly earrings are made of turquoise magnesite with colorful bead accents.


Butterfly Earrings

Stacy from LilacHouseFlorals says, Celebrate the beauty of spring with an elegant hydrangea wreath for your front door!


Elegant Door Wreath

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says, For me, the ocean is one of the big forces of nature. I am lucky to live close by the Pacific Ocean and whenever I spend time at the coast I am captivated by its stunning beauty. A walk on the beach shows me all the treasures nature has to offer right here: driftwood, shells, sand dollars, algae, small crabs.

This mixed media painting was inspired by the interestingly shaped piece of driftwood I found at one of our beaches. Everything else evolved around it. I added some shells and a sea star as well. The quote by Kate Chopin was the final touch and fits perfectly.


Painting of Driftwood

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says, Spring is time for trees to bloom new leaves and flowers.
It’s also a time for enjoying sunshine and warmer temps.
A time for planting flowers. Texas is known for wildflowers along the highways. We also offer them as wedding favors too.


Beautiful Flowers

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says: Spring and Summer sees the emergence of Ladybirds, and these Ladybird charms are perfect for creating spring jewellery, keychains or a wide variety of crafts!


Ladybird Charms

Holistichem from Holistichem says: Our bracelet features a natural Lava Stone charm. Lava Stone is formed from magma erupted from a volcano, so you can have a little bit of nature hanging from your wrist!


Natural Lava Stone Charm Bracelet

Linda from LazyYVintage says: The life of a farmer is about nature. And, this cute Precious Moments plate is called, “I Believe in Miracles.” The miracle of life and nature are one in the same. As we continue through our lives and adventures remember to take the time to enjoy nature and all its wonders.


Precious Moments plate; “I Believe in Miracles”

Christine from cwagenblass9 says; Things in nature have always been an inspiration to me like the patterns and colors of flowers and butterflies.


Flowers and Butterflies

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; As a gift, one could print up a few of these ladybugs and flowers mini-notecards and tie them up with a ribbon. What says nature more than bugs and flowers?


Ladybugs, Flowers Mini Notecards

Kristen from KestrelCollection says; Great as a gift or for yourself this red and pink floral motif necklace is a way to wear a little spring time nature. I love to see my floral jewelry worn by the fairies at the city renissance festival.


Motif Necklace

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says; What more fun in the springtime than to go fishing down by the lake? I had the privilege when I was growing up to have my very own lake so boy oh boy the stories I can tell of the fish I caught!


Spring time bracelet

Barbara from MermaidsHatBox says; I love the spring, when in my garden the flowers begin to sprout.
My garden is a little bit chaotic. I have hardly a plan and plant where I find place. So it is often a surprise in the spring, where some plants sprout from the soil.
The purse from pure new wool is hand-knitted and felted, then embroidered and decorated with beads. The bag will be closed by a button which colour suits the embroidery.


Embroidered purse

Garden Crafts Found On Social Media

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Have you ever found a craft on You.TubePinterest and other social media that you just had to make?

What garden crafts have you made or thought of making?

Barbara of MermaidsHatbox says:

Today I found this video on Youtube. I never see something like that before and I will make it and find out if it work. It’s a “Teelichtofen”.


Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns states:

I have a couple of things I have found on Pinterest, but I haven’t made any of them yet.

Succulent brick wall:

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Wine cork plant markers:


AliciasFindings said:

My mom found this real cute plant marker craft on Pinterest and we decided to make some for the fun of it.

We like to come together at times and have craft times, even if we are working on separate crafts.

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So get online find something fun to do and do it!!!

#CIJRoadTrip – Germany: Berne

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Germany – Berne with Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

My hometown is Berne and is a part of Lower Saxony. Berne is a very little Town near Bremen and Oldenburg. I live with my family a little bit outside near the river Weser. At night I can hear the ferry and this is a homeland sound for me. The ferry connect our region with the City of Bremen. The landscape around Berne is called “Wesermarsch” and characterized by meadows and pastures. The landscape is very flat It called: you can see on Friday, who’s coming to lunch on Sunday! In Berne we have also a Stork Station where injured storks be maintained healthy. There are now so many storks, that everywhere to find them on the meadows. Normally, the storks fly to Africa during the winter months, but now the winter doesn’t get so cold and they find their feed here, most of them spend the winter in the Stork Station.

Weser mit Wesermarsch - Germany

Weser mit Wesermarsch – Germany

Weser - Germany

Weser – Germany

Bremerhaven - Germany

Bremerhaven – Germany

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Germany has many different landscapes.
The oceans Baltic Sea and the North Sea with the Frisian Islands and the very special Wadden Sea in the North.

Frisian Iland Borkum - Germany

Frisian Iland Borkum – Germany

Borkum - Germany

Borkum – Germany

Borkum - Germany

Borkum – Germany

The mountains (Alpen) in the south and between many highlands, forest areas, rivers, some with wine growing areas. Many nice old Towns with a great tradition.
If you come to Germany spend a few days on the Frisian Islands and the Wadden Sea National Park.
Go to the Harz a Highland in the middeleast region of Germany and visit historical towns like Goslar, Einbeck, Hameln.Goslar

In Bayern you find many cute cityies like Bamberg and don’t forget to spend time on Rhine and Mosel and visit places like Koblenz, and Bingen to taste the wine by the winemaker.

Bamberg - Germany

Bamberg – Germany

Bamberg - Germany

Bamberg – Germany

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Now here in Northern Germany we have many stormy days with cold winds from the sea. I began to sew accessories for myself, then for family and friends. Now I sell my items at the market.

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

In September my market season begins. Right now I do markets every other weekend. Near Christmas it will be every weekend. I work for the autumn / winter season the whole year.
Most shows are on very nice and historical places and buildings. For example: Burg Blomendahl in Bremén oder ” Gut Varrel” in Stuhr.

Burg Blomendahl Bremen

Burg Blomendahl Bremen

Gut Varrel Stuhr

Gut Varrel Stuhr

Scheunenviertel Harpstedt

Scheunenviertel Harpstedt

Womens Boiled Wool Handmade Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Womens Boiled Wool Handmade Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Girls Crochet Floral Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Girls Crochet Floral Hat From MermaidsHatbox

5. What are your social media sites?