Treasury Challenge Winner October – BestDressedBaby

Guest post by Kristy from KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery composed of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or just about any idea you can imagine. These are usually done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those people who really enjoy making them. The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

Our winner for our last treasury challenge was Judy who opened BestDressedBaby on Etsy in 2009 after years of making things for others. When asked how she first got started and what first interested her in opening a store on Etsy, here is what Judy had to say: I’ve been crocheting on and off since high school. Being a lefty, I actually had to teach myself by turning a book upside down in order to have the pictures more accurately show a left-handed crochet. When my children were babies, I made some of the booties that are in my shop. Then, when my first grandchild was born, I picked up my crochet hook again. I started showing the booties to friends and coworkers, and the orders slowly trickled in. In 2009 I discovered Etsy and opened my shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/20772652/baby-basketball-high-tops-sneakers?

Hi-top baby sneakers

One thing that always seems to help is to ask people what the hardest or biggest challenge has been since starting your store here on Etsy – what, if anything, was your biggest challenge or something you would you say was something you wish you had known or been better prepared for?

I think the biggest challenge to opening up my shop was time management. When I opened my shop, I was working a full-time job. At first the orders were manageable, but as my shop became more well-known, I spent almost all my evenings and weekends filing orders. Now that I’m retired it’s easier to balance Etsy and household chores.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/67341854/baby-fireman-booties-boots-fire-fighter?

fireman booties

You have a variety of beautiful merchandise – what is your favorite part of having this store? What do you enjoy about it the most?

I love creating adorable accessories for babies. My favorites are the blankets and matching stuffed toy. The color combinations are endless, and I can make a set to coordinate with any nursery.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/222874021/baby-blanket-afghan-dragon-green-blue?

Dragon baby blanket

If you were to choose something else you are interested in doing or learning what would it be?

I would love to learn to knit. I’ve attempted some projects, but I don’t find it as easy, or relaxing as crochet. I’m sure that with some proper instruction I could expand the variety of items I’m able to offer in my shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152329277/baby-sweater-peach-green-buttons?

Peach baby sweater

Judy had one more interesting thing to share. She says; “Another interesting tidbit. While I was still working (in a public library) I would teach a class for the public interested in opening up their own Etsy shop. I usually did 3 or 4 of these classes a year. It was always interesting to hear what types of shop my students wanted to open.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/112029284/baby-cowboy-boot-booties-brown-pink?

Cowboy baby boots

I would like to say that it seems to me that the variety offered right now is stunning, and if Judy learns to crochet I have no idea how it could get any more beautiful and adorable, but maybe we will find out!

What are your social media sites?

My facebook page is www.facebook.com/bestdressedbaby

Become my fan on Facebook to receive updates on new items, seasonal gift suggestions and coupon codes!

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Aviation History Month

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Aviation History Month is a time to celebrate the history and achievements of aviation.

Here at Christmas in July we wanted to know if any of our members had any items reflecting this theme.

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Jul  from JulsSewCrazy says:

Embroidered Airplane Baby Blankets – Custom Words

My husband has worked with the airline for years. We love planes.

I also embroider “real” looking planes on t-shirts and aprons and all.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/254337902/personalized-fleece-baby-blanket?ref=teams_post

Judy from BestDressedBaby said:

I have an adorable aviator hat and boots for baby girls or boy

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Cashmere Rose – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2015

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 Fall 2015 is Cashmere Rose.

A play on the ’60s with a twist of today, PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose is a tactile and soft pink hue that renders exactly what it promises. Cultivated in its richness, Cashmere Rose is a gentle and composed pink that is more upscale than downtown.
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Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Cashmere Rose items in their shops! Here are a few!

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

These roses have been punched from ‘cashmere rose’ paper. When I chose the colour of these I had weddings, bridal showers and anniversaries in mind. I love flowers and thought these would look lovely spread over the table as confetti.

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This is an up cycled gift tag set… it has Cashmere rose in the pattern of colors. I make these tags out of cards that would just be thrown away with the hope of giving a product a second life instead of just throwing it away and by doing this helping the environment. I have many up cycled tags in my shop and will always be creating more. So please take a peek and often come back to see what is new.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is one of my earlier creations. I love it to this day and have used it in making my own greeting cards and other paper crafts. It still sells once in a while in my shop, particularly before Easter I think.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Judy from BestDressedBaby says:

I created this blanket and stuffed giraffe for my cousin’s granddaughter. The colors match the baby’s nursery.

BestDressedBaby

BestDressedBaby

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The subtle shade “Cashmere Rose” in this hairband shows that grown-ups can wear pink too!

I found this lovely yarn at “Woolfest” alongside other gentle muted colours, where the maker was creating a vintage palette. I find they work well with paler complexions of spring and autumn, and the pure wool yarn is deliciously soft too.

RosesWorkshop

RosesWorkshop

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Pink is not generally my “color”, being a redhead, but I like the soft muted tone of Cashmere Rose. This bracelet has the feminine colors of cashmere rose combined with edgy silver studs, and boho tassels and feathers. Something for everyone!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This ceramic platter is finished in only one glaze and obtains its duo colour due to the colourant ingredient in the glaze and the atmosphere inside the kiln – some chemistry magic!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

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!

August – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Judy from BestDressedBaby says:

I love this little boho chic sweater and matching headband! The colors are perfect together, and coordinate perfectly with any outfit. The ruffle along the yoke adds a girly feature. This sweater will take your favorite baby through any season. The matching headband has a nice stretch to fit easily on baby’s head and the flower can float along the headband to position on either side, or top, of the head.

BestDressedBaby

BestDressedBaby

Roberta Wills from SquishyHugsDesign says:

I really don’t want to make Santa hats for Christmas, so am making hats in Christmas colors that can be worn for more than a few days. This one is for under 6 months. I make most of my items for children from Caron simply soft wool since it has a sheen to it that I like, it is very soft and cuddly, and it is made in the USA.

SquishyHugsDesign

SquishyHugsDesign

Julia from Fabpatterns1015 says:

This is a Vintage pattern (NOT the finished product). It has to be sewn. This is a cute dress for someone’s young girl. This was a pattern given to me (there were a lot of them) by my friend’s family. They were getting the house ready for an estate sale.

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Fabpatterns1015

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

This vintage blouse I found in a Palm Springs Thrift store. It has an awesome historical print of compass sometimes called a wind-rose, is a figure on a compass, map, nautical chart or monument used to display the orientation of the cardinal directions—North, East, South and West—and their intermediate points. Just amazing and one-of-a kind item!

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

In keeping with what is in my heart, I have been starting to make more things related to cancer awareness. I do not want to charge much for these things as I want them available to everyone – and so this is the part of the shop where my heart is at the most and where I am expanding and always looking for new products and ideas. I have many plans in the works for adding much to this section by early fall. This keeps me on the right path in life and grateful every day!

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

Lorraine from EyeGloArts says:

I have always been interested in actually being able to create the type of wonderful flowers I saw everyday growing up in a 10,000 square foot silk flower business. I have combined this with my love of all things that glow in the dark and 40 years of working with different clays to bring you this line of fun forever flowers to wear and share!

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EyeGloArts

Andrea Mados from EveryKnotIsAPrayer says:

I love making friendship bracelets, they take my mind off my worries knot by knot, and I also love experimenting and trying out new patterns and color combinations. I consider that Every Knot is a Prayer, every purchase is a little contribution to my son’s treatment, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 2 years. He still undergoes chemotherapy, and thankfully responds well to it. He’s 6th birthday will be on the 18th of August!

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EveryKnotIsAPrayer

Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet says:

Hi! I’d like to share my Yellow Duck Coffee Mug Cozy. I just created him this week. I’ve had owls, penguins and pandas for over a year now and since the owls and penguins are so popular I decided to add a yellow duck to my line! I am very happy with how he turned out, especially with the quacking beak. I think he would mainly be a gift for her but I could see him working for a man if I chose a more manly button to fasten him on with. He is a made to order item and I am able to customize him a bit like changing the background color if desired or using a different kind of button or even making the duck a different color. I could also give him sleepy eyes if someone preferred but I think ducks are usually though of as bright-eyed. Thanks for letting me share a little bit about Mr. Yellow Duck!!

LoveandPetFurCrochet

LoveandPetFurCrochet

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I started making little wallets like this to have some small items to sell at craft shows. Not everyone attending a craft show can afford to purchase a quilt! The little wallets are great for holding credit cards, business cards, gift cards, transit passes and more. I use them as an attractive way to present a gift card as a present to friends and family. They have proven to be a great seller both at craft shows and in my Etsy shop.

I’ve just started making coordinating tissue cases, so this is my first listing to offer shoppers either the set or individual pieces.

FabriArts

FabriArts

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Just in time for Back-to-School, this Keyboard & Mouse Wrist Pillow Rest is an excellent way to personalize that new dorm room and make sure your student is getting proper Ergonomic Relief from those hours of computer use doing homework.

Now offered individual or as a set. This set is filled with a combination of Flax seed & Rice for contour and comfort for any wrist. Use “as is”, or added comfort is easily achieved by heating in the microwave for soothing heat, or place in the freezer for cooling relief.

The Keyboard rest measures 16 x 3″ inches in Length & Width. This versatile size can adapt to either standard keyboard or across or in front of your laptop. Got a tense neck after hours of computer use? Just heat or cool this pack for instant relief!

The Mouse Rest measures 7 x 5″ inches in Length and Width (at its widest points). Unlike most on the market, this pack is designed with a curved indention allowing for added comfort and free mouse movement. When using it can either lay flat or “tip up” allowing the sides to come up around the wrist. Caution: You may not want to stop working at that computer – because “it feels so good!”
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This “New” fun Leopard fabric pattern has been requested several times, so that tells me it is time to add it to more products in my shop. We have several other patterns available and always enjoy working with buyers for special requests. Contact me today and let’s get to personalizing that work space!

License2Craft

License2Craft

Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams says:

I went with my dogs and my partner to the Irish sea and it was a wonderful day in the sun.

We all brought something in this decoration, even my one dog found one driftwood. So it is for us a wonderful memory at a beautiful day at the sea!

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KarlasWoodDreams

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s a new product from my shop. I’ve been meaning to create and add some wall hangings to my shop.

The idea came from some customised mini floral wreaths that I did for a customer. The directions that I decide to take from this wreath are endless.

I’ve chosen pastel floral this time as winter is soon to finish here in Australia and we’ll soon be welcoming spring. These butter yellow, pale pink and pale blue are just perfect for it.

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InaSudjana

CartoCreative from CartoCreative says:

This was a really fun project that accidentally became a map. I was experimenting with different fonts and wanted to see what it would look like putting a whole bunch of them together. Obviously I’m obsessed with maps because that experiment turned into a map of the United States with each of the state initials in a different font.

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CartoCreative

kosmosa from GiftyTreasures says:

This summer I went to an art store I have not previously been to and discovered they had a selection of very interesting papers. Instantly I got a bunch of ideas on how I could use them. The person packing them for me asked what I’m planning to do with them, and I told her I paint with watercolors. She said those are not really suitable for watercolors (they have a texture that would make it very difficult to paint on), but having a poor art teacher in the past, I learned to ignore “advice” that limits creativity. I knew I’d come up with a way to make this stuff work for me, even if it took some trial and error first.

And here’s the result: you could call it a mixed media project, because that’s what a lot of people call this kind of collage technique these days. I only used my watercolor supplies, so I guess it is still technically a watercolor painting. One reason is I know those are high quality and will not fade or change color over time.

I see a lot of people endorsing bad quality art supplies for mixed media projects on the internet. I’m not sure the artists realize this, but I remember it’s very disappointing to see your artwork change appearance over time. It takes a bit of research and testing to find the good quality supplies, but it’s worth it when you look at your colorful artwork and know it’ll be just as beautiful in the future as it is now.

As you can see I love colors, and you might ask: What is this rainbow spill nonsense? Well this is abstract art, so you can look at it any way you want.

Some artists would advise to limit the color palette to just a couple of colors when creating artwork. But there’s that word again: limit. That’s not how I roll.

GiftyTreasures

GiftyTreasures

BeLuli Designer from BeLuliDesigns says:

This is my newest item, Apple Fabric Table Runner!

I use quite a lot of retro style fabrics & I love GREEN so this fabric is a definite favourite of mine. I also make co-ordinating placemats in sets of 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12. It’s certainly a gift for a woman & especially if she loves green or has a vintage decor theme in her home.

My most popular fabric is my ‘Retro Coffee’ & I sell so many placemats, table runners & sets.

BeLuliDesigns

BeLuliDesigns

Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

Every Saturday, my husband and I have started a tradition of hunting for wonderful one of a kind finds. objects of beauty and charm from years gone past.Yesterday, as I was picking this sweet bowl was hiding in the back of a nest of other bowls. I love the warmth and the rustic farmhouse feeling that it gives. The thought of those cold winter mornings, to come to breakfast with a breath of sunshine.

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals