Back To School

Contributor Post by Mairi From mairidesign

Ah, it’s that time of year again, where the children are excited to be starting or returning to a new year of education. Most likely, they’re sad that the holidays are ending but happy to be seeing their friends and meeting new ones on their first day. It’s a very special time for all and what better way to keep the memories, than with items from our talented team? And, let’s not forget the teachers! It’s a huge day for them too. Have a browse through the selection below and click on the photo to buy in Etsy.

We all send our good luck wishes for the little ones’ first day back to school.

Now that my daughter is grown and out of school, I don’t have to worry about the back to school craziness. Can’t say that I miss it either! Finding the perfect binder, the perfect notebooks and let’s not forget that some schools even have “recommendations” of what to buy that you must follow. That is not my idea of a fun time.

I do however, have a recommendation for you to consider! Back to school isn’t just about the students! How about the teacher too? Many teachers are seen carrying clipboards during the school year and here is a UNIQUE one that could be the envy of all the other clipboard carrying teachers! It features unique muted purple colors, a sense of nostalgia, is durable AND can even be hung on the wall when not in use. If your desk looks anything like mine, you’ll appreciate this!

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Decorated Clipboard

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This is a big seller amongst my teachers because of the inspirational words it speaks to them. I worked in the public school system and would see 90% of the teachers with lanyards around their necks that held keys to opening the classroom and cabinets where important belongings or school supplies were. This lanyard would be perfect. It can come as a one piece or a detachable (the key section comes apart). Either way it’ll be useful, yet fun and versatile.

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Inspirational Teacher lanyard

Going back to school and having to remember so many things, and sometimes being stressed, I think this would make a bright and happy add on to Planners/journals and Backpacks.

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Sun moon charm zipper pull

Being a teacher, I know I needed lots of things to begin the school year, just as my students did…

I loved my magnetic handmade decoupaged mousetrap note holder that was on my whiteboard. It held reminders, papers to pass back, certificates, etc. I knew right where to go each period to grab what I needed without wasting time looking for something that I thought I put in a safe and handy place…not…

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Noteholder Mouse Trap

This reusable shopping bag will serve well for a good while. This handmade market bag will make a great back to school gift idea for a book fan. Without a doubt, it will be a perfect gift to a student.

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Student Tote Bag

Back to School theme crafts are fun to create with these fun School House Buttons.

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School House Buttons

As a teacher, I see that organization is truly one of the keys to students being successful and confident in their abilities. I love love love pencil cases, and create personalized cases for students.

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Pencil Case

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Quilters are always looking for ideas to make their next quilt. Let’s suppose you wish to make a quilt for your child’s favorite teacher. Here’s a quilt block to get you started on your next teacher quilt, wall hanging or table topper.

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Schoolhouse Appliqued Quilt Block

This stone apple is a vintage find. When I found it, I thought that this will be an excellent traditional gift for a teacher. You can use it as a paperweight or just put on a shelf for display. A sweet and useful gift.

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Green Apple Paperweight

Hard to believe I’ve been making these over 20 years, but these are great for the walk or ride to school, and have an adjustable strap (or removable), a clip that can attach to a backpack, and insulate for hours. Several standard sizes, and custom sizes available. One woman returned to replace hers after a year on the playground! It had been dragged across asphalt, swung around by elementary school kids, and generally bullied!!! They’re great for keeping on a desk, kept near a lunch, fit into an auto cup holder, and if you keep your beverage in here with a tight fit, it won’t have condensation.

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Insulated Tote

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all the way to school! Our fun to make foundation paper pieced school bus pattern could become part of a quilt, a homework folder, a tote bag, or a mug rug for the teacher’s desk. Just use your imagination!

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School Bus Quilt Block Pattern

Memories Of A Lifetime – CIJ Favorite Holiday Recipe Exchange – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the day sharing our recipes during the first Etsy Christmas In July Favorite Holiday Exchange! Since the #EtsyCIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange right here on our blog!

The recipe exchange was held today, July 5th. As I mentioned the team is international and we received recipes from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative chefs!

Each team member shared with us their recipe, as well as a little bit about their memories of holiday cooking and baking. I personally look forward to making a few of these new recipes this season! I added them to the assortment I bake each year! Please join me as we conclude the #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange!

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Here are the recipes:

1. Old Fashioned Apple Cake / Misty from carolinagirlz2
2. Mississippi Mud Cake / Karen from timetalentjewels
3. Apple Pie / Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy
4. Hungarian Lesco / Rita from RitzySelection
5. My Mothers Stuffing / Mary from ByFreddismom
6. Fattigmanns (Poor Man’s Cookies) / Clara from elliottsplayground
7. Scottish Tablet / Mairi from Mairidesign

Please use #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange on social media as you visit all the delicious recipes we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange!

 

CIJ Favorite Holiday Recipe Exchange – Apple Pie

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s Make Apple Pie – Recipe From Amy Of BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

1. What is your recipe?

“Apple Pie”
Recipe from Amy

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3-4 pats butter
6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled red delicious apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed (to taste)

Mix ingredients except butter. Pour in pie crust. Add pats of butter. Cover with lattice or full top crust. Vent crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes. For extra crispy crust, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar during last 20-30 minutes of baking.

During the holidays, I save time by using refrigerated pie crusts and bake according to the package directions.

2. What is it about this recipe that you love?

My grandmother loved apple pies, but never used tart apples. Instead, she used red delicious apples sliced very thin. The lemon juice adds just a hint of tartness, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.

3. How did you learn to make this recipe?

From my grandmother….she loved to bake. She was the best cook and baker, and I think of her each time I make this pie.

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the recipe.

My first Christmas as a married woman, I tried my grandmother’s recipe for “never fail” pie crust. Hers never did fail. I remember her teaching me how to reach the perfect consistency. Apparently, something changes from the age of 12 to 25. I tried three, yes, three times to duplicate her pie crust. The first two never even rolled out. The third tasted, well, like flour. Not like crust, but flour. From then on, I started a new tradition. My pie crusts come from the refrigerated section of the grocery store next to biscuits, cookies, and cinnamon rolls!

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

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Spring Crocus – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Spring Crocus.

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Witty and expressive, Spring Crocus is a flamboyant and tantalizing fuchsia shade that summons you in with its beguiling charm.

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Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Spring Crocus! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

A beautiful color for springtime and summer too! Spring crocus is a rich pink that goes great with this sweet panel with the Virgin of Guadalupe on this cross body bag. A style that shows off your unique taste!

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Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

I always look for gifts for my hairdresser and nail techs, particularly around the holidays! After much searching, I decided to add my own. These towels, available for nail techs or hair dressers, make a great gift and have been a hit for sure!

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Wild Heart Earrings – Wild Heart Earrings are hand stamped brass and reversible! You can turn the hooks around and get two completely different looks. Sweet!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Spring Crocus board!

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

Shop Best-Sellers

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

A best-seller can be defined as a product that is extremely popular and has sold in very large numbers.

One of the most important requirements of a product is that it must fulfill a need or want.  The product should make life easier, better or fulfill a dream.  Another aspect to consider is the market for the product.  Are you targeting a mass- market or a niche market?  Sometimes targeting a mass-market can be beneficial if you want your product featured on television and want everyone to be your potential customers.  It is easier to sell your products to a niche market because there is often less competition, plus you are able to focus your marketing and advertising on a pre-determined demographic group.

The products that we sell in our Etsy shops are a huge factor in whether or not we succeed.  Creating the right product will greatly increase our profits.  I asked members of Etsy’s Christmas In July Team to share the best-selling product from their shop and to explain why it appeals to their target market.

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

My best selling item for awhile now has been the (usually color enhanced) pendant beads I sell as a supply. I have hardly been able to keep up lately. I think people find the different types, colors, shapes and also decent pricing to be a reason to come back.

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I would like to say that the focus of my shop is supposed to be for cancer awareness and I have had a hard time keeping enough stock lately. I hope to be able to grow this side of our store this spring and summer to offer more, so that I can donate a percentage of sales, which is my goal. As a cancer survivor who could not ever find the colors I wanted I would love to offer more support, positive messages, faith and inspirational things that are also affordable.

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Teal Cancer Awareness Bracelet

 

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit shared this:

There is one product that we offer that we have sold more than any other and it is our personalized cheese board set. We complete orders for our cheese boards for weddings, anniversaries, showers, birthdays, Mother’s Day, housewarming, and any gift giving occasion. We also have multiple design options for couple’s monograms and family monograms depending on the occasion. Custom orders accepted for any design, bulk pricing available for any quantity, and International shipping available for any location. Make every gift you give a personal experience at Design’s the Limit!

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Personalized Cheese Board and Tool Set

 

Stock Lane Studio had this to share:

It may not be in season now, but this ‘Bikes in Snow” card sells all year long!

I think it appeals to lots of different shoppers: students, travelers, bike enthusiasts, environmentalists, and lovers of snow!  I captured this image in Munich, Germany while strolling around this city with my husband and children.

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Bike Christmas Card

 

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital responded:

My printable calendars have sold more than any other item, in particular the portrait orientation chevron calendar.  I started making my own printable calendars a few years ago, but I didn’t start selling them here until 2013. I was surprised how many I sold, but it seems a lot of people love to print at home. I love paper crafting of any sort, so for me it’s fun to make and print them myself.

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2016 Printable Chevron Calendar

 

AnacDesigns from anacdesigns said this:

I guess my one of my best sellers is the fimo fruit rosary. I have custom made some too with fruits of their choice. I love customising!
They have been given for christening gifts to be used as a wall decoration. I don’t think they are suitable for small children though. The fimo is too tempting to chew.

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Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy had this to say:

My best-selling item is a very simple, useful item for bowlers. These little towels are great quality and reasonably priced, which I believe is responsible for their popularity. We have made these for individuals, bowling teams, and entire bowling leagues. They are a great and fun little gift!

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Kelly from ColourscapeStudios had this response:

My all time best seller is my personalised heart print. It’s perfect as a housewarming, wedding, civil union, commitment ceremony or engagement party gift. It’s a print that can be personalised however you like, over the years I’ve added children’s names, wedding/important dates and commitment ceremony vows along the bottom of the print. I truly believe this print is my best seller simply because I live by the words love is love.

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Ginny C from GRCTreasures replied:

With vintage you don’t have any one particular item that sells but you can get people buying the same type of item every time you list something like it. In my case, I have sold many refrigerator dishes. First produced in 1925, they came in bright primary colors, clear glass and colored glass. People like them today because they last, if you don’t drop them of course. I have also had people tell me they don’t like to store food in plastic and that the refrigerator dish is safer storage option and good for the environment.

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October – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

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

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

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

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

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Ghirlandiamo

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

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

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BellaBoutique23

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

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

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

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Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

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

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

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

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Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby says:

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

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

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Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

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

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Ina from InaSudjana says:

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

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

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Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

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

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be Woolen from beWoolen says:

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

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Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

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

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CraftyMom75

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

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

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BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says:

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

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NeatoKeen

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

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

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SallyManke

 

Creative Halloween Costumes

Contributor post by Susie from GinnyPenny

It’s the one day of the year you get to dress up as silly, scary or sexy as you want. Halloween lets us just have some fun with expressing ourselves.

Etsy’s got you covered, as long as you plan ahead and order in time. Here are some unique finds to really set your costume apart from the rest.

As long as we are talking about planning ahead, why not sew your own costume?

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A black cape is a great way to start a costume. This one, with its beautiful clasp can transform you into a vampire, a witch or even a medieval lady.  With its versatility you will be able to use it for many years.

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If you are like me, you have at least one witch hat in your closet. You know, just in case you need an impromptu costume. If that’s the case add a cat and a broomstick pin and it doesn’t matter what else you wear, you’re set!

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Halloween themed jewelry can either add an understated touch to your everyday wear or take your costume to over-the-top levels. Check out these lovely pieces.

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these fake nails are great to complete a lot of Halloween costumes: zombies, vampires, witches, sexy nurses..

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These earrings feature Chinese bats, but could be worn all year round. Would be great on a witch or vampire outfit.

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You can find all sorts of fun and creative costumes for kids and babies as well, and don’t forget your pets!

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Have fun planning your unique Halloween costume!