Organic Materials

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Organic materials are pretty hot and in demand. They can be in anything handmade, vintage, supplies, furniture and so much more. Organic materials could be resin, plastic, wood, clay and more. We want to see your shop items made with organic materials.

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says this decorative jewelry box is 100% eco-friendly. It is made of natural full pine wood. The top of the box is hand-painted with artistic oil paints. The painting depicts a singing bird Meadowlark in a natural, spring scenery. A great gift idea for nature’s lover.

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Meadowlark scenery painted wooden box

Betsy from Betsysbijoux said From the 1950’s, this hand carved wooden Christmas tree with a single flower ornament is a one of a kind piece and a unique take on the classic Christmas tree.

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Wood Christmas tree brooch

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states this sign is an example of up-cycled and re-purposed fence slats. Once my new privacy fence was installed after Hurricane Irma, there were some slats left over. The fencing contractor gave them to me. I love how my fence slat signs turned out. What do you think?

Positive saying wood sign

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says living among the bayous and swamps in Southeastern Louisiana, nature and the environment are important elements in our shop and our lives. So we make every effort to use reclaimed and organic materials in creating our items. I chose to feature the cat wall hanging. I believe that showcases our commitment to the environment as it is made from reclaimed cypress wood from our area.

Cat wall hanging

 

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#CIJParty 2015 – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy

Guest blog post by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

Christmas is about memories and memories are what we make of them.  We often share these with our children and our loved ones because they are part of us; part of our past, part of the history of our families – and often a vital part of who we are.

I know we come from all over – all places, races and religions – and that is just something else that I love about being here on Etsy! I know that we do not all celebrate Christmas – and those of us who do may do it in many different ways.

For those of you who do celabrate this time of year in whatever your way – I would so love to show how we are linked to those memories we have made and are making with our families and friends and how we are reminded by what we sell, see and or buy here on Etsy!
Sometimes our memories are about something touching, something treasured, or even just hilarious.  It can also be about remembering those who may not be here with us physically, but have left their imprint on our hearts and are remembered in a special way at holidays.

Here are a few stories from our Christmas in July Team that I would like to share with you during the Etsy CIJ2015 celebration.

Betsysbijoux

Betsysbijoux

Betsy Keep from Betsysbijoux shares:

In my house Christmas was always a time of mass decoration. We had mantles, swags, tree – even a decorated lantern beside the door. And boxers everywhere – there was much food involved and where there is food, there are boxers. The lantern brooch reminds me of our decorated light and the dog reminds me of friends gone.

As for memories – you should have seen our house the year I tied 2 adult boxers to the christmas tree. They ran upstairs and got the tree wedged in the staircase with 2 boxers stuck under the tree and 3 year old wailing at the foot of the stairs.

Amazing that I made it to 63 – when she was alive my Mum never let me forget that one.

Hugs,

Betsy

You can find these and other wonderful things at Betsysbijoux  store on Etsy.

Betsysbijoux

Betsysbijoux

DesignstheLimit

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DesignstheLimit shares:

We have personalized hundreds of ornaments, but a few stand out to memory. We do not remember most of the Our First Christmas Together, Babies First Christmas, or Family Christmas ornaments we have created. Unfortunately, the ones we remember the most are the Baby Memorial Gifts.

We are proud to help our customers show their loved ones how much they care and are saddened by their loss. We believe that personalized memorial gifts are a great way to show your affection towards loved ones suffering from loss.

We have never advertised for memorial gifts and we are troubled by the number of companies that do actively advertise specifically for memorial gifts. We only share this story because after reading the posted topic, it was the first thing that came to mind.

When customers place an order for an ornament or enquire if we can complete an order for a memorial gift, we wish that we could work for free. On more than one occasion, tears have been shared completing and packaging memorial ornaments.

These are not the orders we look forward to, but when you celebrate your Christmas with your children remember to hug them, kiss them, and remember how blessed you are to have them.

Christmas is a time of high emotions, even in July!

You can find these and other wonderful things at the DesignstheLimit store on Etsy.

Go here to find out about how this store donates to different charities  and how you can help when you make a purchase: Donation Match – Design’s The Limit And You Can Make A Difference Together.

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DesignstheLimit

Thank you, Betsy and a special thanks to DesignstheLimit, as I do understand that this was to share your story.

I am a lung cancer survivor and as such, I try my best to live each day like it is Christmas because it is!  For each of us every day is a chance to make memories with those we love.

I hope that your year is wonderful and that this Christmas 2015 is a great celebration for you and yours.

—Sincerely; Kristy Jo

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For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

Colour and Creativity

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

I asked Christmas in July teamies what their favourite colour is, and how this influenced their creativity…. the question received a huge response, and all their secrets are revealed below ~~~~ grab a coffee and some cake, and put your feet up!!

My favourite colour is purple and whenever I see purple paper I want to buy it! I love this retro purple paper and decided to make some small card sets with it. I made them with thank you notes in mind.

Ivory is my fav as it reminds me of pureness, clearness, happiness, optimistic, freedom

WHITE

I’m a full time farmer and I enjoy winter on the farm – even going out to the barn for chores my camera is often in tow. Winter White brings a beautiful calm to the landscape and helps me see nature in a different light.

This was the first snow fall of the winter

Blue, any shade of it.

I’m a big fan of the seaside and so blue is a very obvious choice for me. The aqua blues and then darker blues of the ocean against the lighter blues of the sky make me feel happy and relaxed. I often use blue in my prints as I always associate the colour with the feelings of happiness and freedom.

I’m a sucker for rainbows. A beautiful end to a fierce storm, the full rainbow makes its way into my work at every opportunity. When you can’t choose just one colour, choose them all!

Gosh, it’s hard to choose ONE color because I love so many in all their hues and tones
I suppose purple is probably the one I like most, followed closely by blue and I was able to combine the two in this card, using an Italian paper that featured little lilac flowers with a rich blue card stock at the bottom. To tie the two together I used white lace.

The card is a birthday card and pokes gentle fun at forgetful memories of what we might have done before

G R E E N is my ultimate favourite colour. It has inspired me with so many product designs in my shop.

My favourite item is my Christmas Advent Calendar as so much time, creativity & love go into them. This one here is the very first one I made for my son.

Green and Blue are my absolute favourite colours.

If I had to separate them, my answer would be different each time! Tonight, I’d choose GREEN but ask me tomorrow and it could well be BLUE.

I find them equally beautiful, refreshing, enlivening and soulful.

For these reasons, I adore the peacock irridesence (perfect marriage of Green and Blue) of Paua Shell / Abalone and seek Vintage Jewellery Items in this glorious natural material.

well a deep teal light the twilight sky is my usual fav but latley I’m obsessed with coral!

Not for the shy!

Purple, always end up back at purple……the yarn is different in that it has to be beautiful, yet practical.

Purple and green is my favorite color combination. When I found this beautiful pansy fabric, I knew it was the perfect accent and I decided to incorporate it in this quilted centerpiece.

My favorite color is green…all shades! My line of art may not feature one color over another, but I would say my Fresh Alphabet Art is pretty green…both in the actual color and in the fresh sense of the word. In creating this alphabet, I knew I wanted fresh produce, but I also wanted vibrant greens. My favorite are the leafy stalks on the leeks!

My favorite color is blue. I love it because there are so many shades and nuances to it. It reminds me of sky, water, peace, and tranquility. I chose the beads in this ornament for that very reason. Peace and tranquility during the holiday hustle and bustle.

My favorite colour is purple …what’s not to like about it? There are so many beautiful shades to choose from and it goes really well with black which is also another favorite.

I love pink, it is soft, gentle and pretty. I love pink flowers which inspires many of my cards I make, this one is a Thinking of You card.

My favourite colour is blue and always has been. It is tranquil and calming. It is a large part of nature – the sky and the ocean.

My favourite colour is yellow. It reminds me of bumble bees and daisies and all things summer. I have a wall in my house painted ‘crazy daisy’ so even on a cold rainy day it cheers me up. I thought I needed to make something cute that gives a nice warm feeling with this little daisy print fabric, so I made a wee kitten.

Amath from Gomis says

Nothing beats Bold Gold!!!!

Gold has a universal, luxurious, and fundamental appeal. Having a gold colored item brightens my day, and those of the wearer!

Blue –

I love blue in any shade, if a take a look onto my shop, there can it been seen. From childhood I preferred blue colored clothing. It remembers me on blue summer sky, blue, wonderful Latvian sea and it also symbolizes hope, what we all need.

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says

I LOVE anything that is iridescent and especially in greens and purple! This piece was my first try at mosaic. I have been making stained glass for 15 years and had so much beautiful leftover art glass. I am a huge advocate for recycling in any and every form.I never wanted to part with the beautiful bits of leftover glass. I wanted to put them to good use! So in this piece, I made use of the scraps in a most beautiful way! Recycling at it’s finest!!

I love turquoise a lot, and especially in combination with bright colors like prange or a beautiful deep yellow. I also love birds, so I brought all of this together in this mixed media painting. These colors are happy colors for me, they put a smile on my face and make me feel better. I hope that others feel the same when they look at this painting.

Pink !

Anything girly and feminine , it has to be pink.

My latest design , is lovely in all shades of pink with a touch of maroons and greens

I say green is my absolute favorite color, however, as of late, I’ve been loving this turquoise color in a lot of my designs. It just looks so trendy and works with so many different color combos.

Well said, Katrina from BygoneAllure! I have more greens and blues in my personal fabric stash than any other color. Peacock blue or green attracts me, every time.

“Plume” is one of my fabric offerings that is viewed the most on Etsy:

As a jewelry designer, it’s no surprise that my favorite color is gold. Just the rich tone of gold, 14 karats or not, evokes a sense of elegance and class. That quality is essential to me as a creator of upcycled jewelry because it adds sophistication to an amalgamation of broken pieces.

Below is a great example of how luxurious the color gold is especially when paired with pearls and rhinestones. The Belle Bracelet was made with vintage scraps, but it looks unbelievably chic.

My absolute favorite color has got to be Pink! Pink reminds me of Flamingo’s which makes me think “Fun!” So, for me – Any fabric which involves pink somewhere in it and is fun… Let’s just say that get’s me every time! And if I have to be doing computer work – I might as well have a “Fun” pattern in my Wrist Pillows for Keyboard & Mouse Comfort. I choose to have 2 coordinating patterns with this set, so if your tired with one – Just flip in over or Mix & Match.

Vanilla White is my favorite color because it makes me feel calm and gives me clarity.

Blue, blue, blue. In any shade. Even my house is blue. The ocean is a big part of my life and a big part of my Etsy store.

My favorite color is this stunning sea green. I spent my entire childhood begging my parents to take me to the beach and, on those rare occasions we got to go, I loved the green reflecting off the sea foam. It makes me happy every time I see this color.

Carrie from madcapz says

My favorite color has always been blue but of late I am partial to purple. I find purple to be such a calming yet regal color. I like the softer shades of purple over the darker ones. I used pastel purple in this item:

Ioana from Soutacherie says

I love ALL colours and you can see that throughout the shop. If I were to choose, I’d choose the combination of orange and blue. A bit bold and unusual but very spectacular, cold and warm at the same time, serious and playful.

My favorite color is PINK. It’s soft, it’s feminine and joyful!

Christmas Stockings in any color you want. I do not discriminate with over 50 colors and patterns!

Green is my favorite color and I really like the color combo of my latest bracelet. It doesn’t really match anything I own, but I don’t care!

My favorite color is teal! It tends to appear in a lot of my work, sometimes totally unintentionally. I particularly love the fresh clean combo of teal and white in interior decor!

My favourite colour is teal, its not a colour I have stocked before in my shop but I love this pom pom hat.

The colors of the rainbow have a special meaning for me, every time I see one it’s like a sign from above that everything is going to be allright. My littlest son is undergoing leukemia treatment, and all the knots in my bracelets made during this hard period symbolise a prayer, and the rainbow is the good period that will come after the storm.

Ina from InaSudjana says

Praying for your little one and your family too Andrea – I DO LOVE rainbow myself. It is indeed a sign of hope.

I love my primary colours; blue mainly. But I also love all the red, yellow and green. A rainbow person I am.

My most favorite color is dark purple – the color of royalty. I looked up the significance of the color purple and found that it really did match my personality. It said that the people who like the color purple are sensitive, compassionate, understanding a supportive, peaceful and tranquil, introverted, creative, inspire others with their creative thinking, are intuitive and quite psychic.

I grew out of pink for a while, but now I think it’s safe to say it’s back on top for me! I think, growing up, I was limited in my idea of what you could really do with pink, but the newer trends of pairing shades of pink with shades of grey really inspired me with this piece. I think it softens the harshness pink can have sometimes, while also bringing that fantastic pop of colour that I’ve always loved pink for!

My favorite colors are blends of purples and greens. I look for yarns that allow me to blend these two color…when it works….it like magic…For me, that blend looks like the mountains of southeastern Kentucky where I grew up.

My “favorite” color tends to change with my mood (human mood ring?), but I always seem to come back to purple. I used a lavender shade for this batch of soap to match the scent, but also because I find lavender (both color and flower) soothing.

Love green and red and somehow keep buying beads in those colors. Bright greens and deep greens are tops on my list. Bit I also love black/white/gray combos.

Design’s the Limit from DesignstheLimit says

If clear is a color, it is my favorite. People have always said they can see right through me and I wear my heart on my sleeve. It is never too early to start designing your custom ornaments and we proudly offer Christmas ornaments year round!

Dina StyleKnits from DinaStyleKnits say

 my favorite color is pink. It’s a color of love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic. I used pink yarn in my knitting very often.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I reckon the winners were purple, blue and pink!!

Be sure to check out these great stores for some wonderful Christmas in July specials and start your Christmas shopping early!

My favorite color is green but I noticed that there is a lot of blues in my shop. Not to mention my shop name is Gigi’s Blue Rose. Well, this is a lovely blanket I made with turquoise. I just might have to change my favorite color. But honestly, I think calming colors are my favorite, colors that remind me of flowers, the ocean, sand, the sky, trees, etc. and this blanket is full of flowers with a hint of bright (like the sun).

My favourite colour… hmm… I like green, but even more I love BLUE! It’s the colour of the sky, it has hundreds of shades and it’s the colour of labradorite “flame”, which is absolutely amazing! That’s why I love using labradorites in my works!

I Love all shades of blue but especially the blues of the ocean. Water has always inspired me and I am drawn to it for its restorative powers and sense of peace and beauty. Water is essential to life.

So, what a fantastic collection of teamies and how colour informs their creativity!! Be sure to visit the stores & take advantage of the Christmas in July sales in their stores!