A Little Gift For Me

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

All too often, we spend our time thinking of others and buying gifts for family and friends and, we all know, the next few weeks are going to be hectic. Perhaps now, is the time for a little self-indulgence before the chaos. The Christmas In July team would like to share all their fabulous items with those who are looking to buy themselves a little gift.

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

At only $11.00, these small earrings are a perfect way to gift yourself! Featuring lampwork glass and Czech glass beads, they will add a pop of color to your day. The beads are wired separately, so they will sway prettily as you move.
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Red Czech Glass & Silver Dangle Earrings

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

My treat would be a cute little bracelet! This little bracelet is made of Turquoise Russian Amazonite which has Silver Plated Shells between the beads. I feel like I am ready for the beach and but I live in the Midwest, which is about 3000 miles from the ocean. Maybe some day! But this one is for sale!

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Turquoise Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says

My treat would be a nice book mark to go with a great book for relaxing times.
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Pink Gemstone Bookmark

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I think any crafter would love a new pack of purple beads to stitch up into something wonderful…maybe peyote, cross stitch, jewelry, or something else?
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Antique Glass Beads

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Give the gift of personalization, especially when shopping for yourself. It is better to enjoy a glass of wine less often and in style, than to overindulge. At Design’s the Limit, we encourage the responsible enjoyment of spirits from the safety of your own home. Design a wine glass which suits your personality, we have a variety of glass and crystal stemware and stemless glasses to choose as a canvas for our designs. Once you have selected a glass, choose the font and design which suits your tastes and include any text you wish to including name, monogram, single initial, or popular sayings in the public domain!
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Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Enjoy some “me” and “family” time by reading your favorite verses from The Bible and sitting down with the family to fill out the numerous pages for recording wedding information, birth records and your family tree! A great way to spend some down time before the Holiday season arrives!
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Precious Moments Bible Family Edition

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

All of us experience the concept of the yin and yang in our daily lives. It always seems there is something positive pulling against the forces of something negative and we are forced to pull it together in unity and “work things out”. I also think that “making it through” whatever comes your way on any given day largely depends on your frame of mind and attitude about life in general. So, with this little butterfly yin and yang compact (pill) storage jar, you would have the constant reminder that no matter what happens, things do get better and can become beautiful, just as the bling this item offers!
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Pill Storage Box

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

I would buy a hand knitted hat to keep me warm in winter. It’s such a nice accessory.
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Hand Knitted Slouch Beanie

Up In The Air

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Is your head always in the clouds? Do you dream of flying on a dragon’s back? Are you an aeroplane geek? Whatever takes your fancy, be it balloons, kites, birds or flying technology, get ready for lift off as we head up in the air.

The Christmas in July team share what items they have that are related to things ‘Up In The Air’.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Hot air balloons are a wonderful escape from the everyday.
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Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

There are many items in our shop that could be considered for the theme … Up in the Air. We have song birds, ducks, and butterflies that have been hand burned and/or carved and/or painted, depending upon the item. So, it was hard choosing which one to highlight. I chose this butterfly and floral sculpture because it is one of my favorite items. I love the contrast colors of yellow and black on the swallowtail butterfly. I also love its hues of pink on the hibiscus flower.
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Hibiscus with Swallowtail Wood sculpture

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

I have called this large oil painting the “Forest Spirit”. I painted a bird and a tree that are connected to the background of the blue sky and clouds. This is a little surrealistic picture and presents the tree in a somewhat abstract way, which is also the texture of the canvas and the tree leaf structure. All these elements intermingle. The colors of sky and nature are calming. The picture is very decorative and creates an atmosphere of relaxation. It will be a great decoration of the living room wall or another representative interior.
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Bird Tree Forest Oil Painting

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I take what nature provides and turn it into beautiful jewelry to wear and love. This bracelet has a buttery soft brown leather with sunflower yellow Czech glass flower beads, turquoise leaf beads, blue Czech glass bird beads, and tiny seed beads in coordinating colors.
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Flower and Bird Bracelet

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

While I’m afraid of heights I still love seeing the vast array of hot air balloons that come in so many colors and styles. So, when I came upon this fabric it screamed make me into a dog bandana!!
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Hot Air Balloons Dog Bandana

Mairi from mairidesign says

The dragonfly symbolizes change and the perspective of self realization, representing an emotional maturity of wisdom, transformation and adaptability. As a creature of the wind, it reminds us to go beyond what we see on the surface and look deeper into the implications and aspects of life – but to keep a light, positive outlook even in our darkest moments. Enjoy this stained glass dragonfly as it catches the sun in your room or garden.
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Dragonfly Stake for Flower Pot

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

The weather is turning cold here now in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, but I have a Butterfly Bush in my front yard. It is FILLED with butterflies all summer long. And, I already miss the summer. These porcelain earrings are handmade in my ceramic studio and fired 2 times, to temperatures over 6,000*F(0ver 1090*C).

Porcelain butterfly stud earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

When my head is in the clouds, I hope to come back and record the inspired thoughts before they disappear. Our folding nameplate includes a space to store a pen inside of the nameplate to keep it from walking off when you step away from your desk or it may be placed in a hole drilled in the top of the nameplate to have it ready at a moments notice. When you have your head in the clouds, have your pen at the ready, you never know what dreams may come. Personalization is included in the cost of our products with any of our designs, using any font we have available, and we also offer additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards for shipping directly to your gift recipient. Make every gift giving opportunity into an inspired gift giving experience in our shop @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized nameplate

 

Child Health Day

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

It’s Child Health Day on 1st October. When a child is ill, we may not always be able to ease their discomfort but, if we can bring out a smile or a giggle, we’ve helped a little. The Christmas in July team would like to share what they have in their shops that would make a child happy.

In the USA, Child Health Day is held on the first Monday of October, elevating the public’s knowledge and interest in children’s health.

Gari Anne from BeadLoversKorner says

Little girls love jewelry and this bracelet with a kitty cat and cute paw print beads is colorful and will put a smile on her face! She can then enjoy collecting charm beads to add to the bracelet making it a special and meaningful bracelet for her to wear.
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Cat Bracelet for Girls

Alicia from AliciasFindings says

I agree little girls love jewelry! They love Santa and Christmas even more so, which makes this necklace/earring set a real hit! Mom can even buy one so it’s a mommy & me set.
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Red Glittery Holiday Jewelry Set

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says

When teeth need to come out ….. the tooth fairy could bring this little treat and brighten their day.

 

Tooth fairy zipper pull

A great necklace to cheer up any little girl!

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Christmas Necklace for Girls

Aurora Red – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2014

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 2014 is Aurora Red.

Aurora Red is a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark.FCR_FALL2014_Home_Banner_Img

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Aurora Red items in their shops! Here are a few!

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby found this cheery Santa at an estate sale. It is a beautiful example of hand carved folk art from the New England region. They love how each whittled cut is angled in the piece -it lends to the rustic charm! Beautifully carved, and gorgeously painted, featuring an earthy shade of red -or as Pantone calls it – aurora red! A wonderful shade that will not overpower your holiday decor!

Vintage New England Hand Carved  Santa From northandsouthshabby

Vintage New England Hand Carved Santa From northandsouthshabby

Lia from Ghirlandiamo says that creating this wreath, she liked using not the classic Christmas red but a bit different one. Lia wanted to create a particular contrast between the base color and the white snow flakes. What do you think about it?

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy loves deep red for the holidays. When she found these hand cut lead crystal beads at a bead store on their travels to Southern Colorado, she knew they were screaming “ornament”. Here is the result of that lovely trip!

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Christine from cwagenblass9 says this is an interesting shade of red – great for Christmas items.

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

G from PaperDraper shares This seems apt as she has what could be an aurora red in the sky! Her images for this collage were taken from a 1940’s newspaper and the lines behind signify a bomb blast with boy scouts cycling for their lives.

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Majorie from mscenna came upon these vintage chunky pearl beads and couldn’t quite decide what to make but had a necklace in mind. When Majorie found the blue vintage beads and all she could think of was “something borrowed and something blue”.  She put them together in hopes of finding a bride who wanted a vintage inspired necklace!

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Susan from SSFDesigns made this Aurora Red sequin evening dress for a custom order. She thought that the hardest part to making it would be getting the perfect fit and the boning detail , but it turns out that trying to get the picture taken with all the sequins was the hard part. Ordered as a custom order in her shop.

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

msmadmax from madmaxshop says that Julie Barne’s (Peggy Lipton) probably wore a bodysuit similar to this one being one of the hippest and first young undercover female detectives. Soft and stretchy and easy to wear. Dig it!!!

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says the yarn she used in the scarf was the inspiration. The separate colors all lend themselves to go together, that it is always fun to try new pairings that she never would have tried. The shine and the drape are also added bonuses.

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads shares that she made this because it has such depth and a more natural feel than many other stones. She kept thinking of fall colors and the depth that nature shows in, say – a red Maple tree. She had a necklace of this already and the stones are smooth and comfortable so she wanted a bracelet as well. Kristy Jo likes to look at bracelets (when we wear them they are more visible to us ourselves) and she tends to look from the color of what she is wearing to the colors in nature when she is outside.

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says that while red is not one of her favorite colors, carnelian is one of my favorite stones. It can be orange to red in color, and these beads were in that red zone. Red brings a warm energy and is a nice color for fall and winter.

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Noel from MinkCouture lets us know this chunky bangle bracelet is made with beads wrapped and knotted with a vintage men’s tie. The tie is cream, mauve and aurora red. A funky accessory that can compliment any outfit.

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Isabel from CozyDetailz says that a Christmas inspiration to make this bracelet, using several and different red tones and calling it an Aurora Red friendship bracelet for all her friends in the world.

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns says we usually think of the orange and yellows of fall, but look at a autumn tree and you see a deep brick red as well. This is her favorite time of year.

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Elizabeth Berry from feesfusions says she made this pendant with a technique called a pot melt. Several colors of glass are melted together in the kiln and the end result is always a surprise as you really never know what the end result will be. Elizabeth really likes the reds in this pendant with a touch of white and black.

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant  From feesfusions

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant From feesfusions

collectique from Collectique says nice Norwegian tole in these two hand painted Aurora Red wall hangings. Gives a bright enhancement to any room, but she pictures them hanging in the kitchen since one is a cutting board and the other is a wall pocket or a knife holder. Matching floral designs and the green swirling leaves really deepen the lovely red background color.

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique

 

#CIJRoadTrip – Croatia: Varaždin

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Croatia – Varaždin with Zlatka from Laurelisjewelry

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

I live in Varaždin, Croatia. There is a lot special stuff about this little town, these are just a few of them:

Varaždin is a small historical town which first written reference was on 20 August 1181, when King Béla III mentioned it in a legal document.

It was declared a free royal borough in 1209 by the Hungarian King Andrew II. The town became the economic and military centre of northern Croatia. Due to Turkish raids, the town was structured defensively around the old fortress, and acquired the shape of a typical medieval Wasserburg. In 1756, the Ban Francis Nadásdy chose Varaždin as his official residence, and Varaždin became the capital of all of Croatia. It hosted the Croatian Sabor and the Royal Croatian Council founded by Empress Maria Theresa.The fire of 1776 destroyed most of the town, resulting in the administrative institutions moving back to Zagreb.

By the 19th century Varaždin had been completely rebuilt and expanded, with flourishing crafts and trade, and later the manufacture of silk and bricks. The theatre, music school, and fire department were founded.

In the 20th century Varaždin developed into the industrial centre of Northwestern Croatia
Varaždin represents the best preserved and richest urban complex in continental Croatia.

The Old Town (fortress) is an example of medieval defensive buildings. Construction began in the 14th century, and in the following century the rounded towers, typical of Gothic architecture in Croatia, were added. Today it houses the Town Museum.

The Old and Contemporary Masters Gallery is located in the Sermage Palace, built in the rococo style in 1750.

In 1523, Margrave Georg of Brandenburg built the town hall in late baroque style, with the Varaždin coat of arms at the foot of the tower, and it has continued in its function until the present day. There is a guard-changing ceremony every Saturday.

There are many baroque and rococo palaces and houses in the town. Worth particular mention is Varaždin’s Croatian National Theatre, built in 1873
A baroque music festival has been held annually in Varaždin since 1971, and attracts some of the finest musicians and their fans from Croatia and the world. Recommended to visitors is also the historical street festival Špancir fest every September.

The city features its old city guard, named Purgari, in various city ceremonies as well as the weekly ceremony of the ‘change of the guards’ in front of the city hall. Additionally, Varaždin police officers patrol on bicycles in the warmer months.

Varaždin’s cemetery date back to 1773 and it was long time an ordinary place until 1905, when Herman Haller had an idea to make it more beautiful and park-like with large trees and alleys for citizens to stroll through. The reconstruction of the cemetery was done between 1905 and 1947 when it got the form for which it later became one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. It is an outstanding example of landscape architecture and protected cultural and natural park.

Today Varaždin is a popular destination for the summer holidays. The city has numerous areas of interests ranging from cultural areas (reflected by many museums, galleries and theaters in the area), shopping centers in the downtown core, various sports and recreation facilities, also a rich history in cuisine. The close of the tourist season is marked by two annual festivals. he annual ŠpancirFest begins at the end of August and ends in September (lasts for 10 days). At this time. the city welcomes artists, street performers, musicians and vendors for what is called “the street walking festival”.

The city also hosts the Varaždin Baroque Evenings festival, first held in 1971. The festival honours baroque music and culture, both of which hold a special place in Varaždin’s identity.

Varaždin is also the host of the Radar Festival, which hosts concerts at the end of summer. It has already hosted various popular artists as Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, The Animals, Manic Street Preachers, Solomon Burke and many others

Herzer Palace - Varaždin - Croatia

Herzer Palace – Varaždin – Croatia

Varaždin Civil Guard - Croatia

Varaždin Civil Guard – Croatia

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

Varaždin!
Zagreb
Zadar
Trakošćan
Plitvica Lakes
Islands

Varaždin Main Square With City Hall - Croatia

Varaždin Main Square With City Hall – Croatia

Varaždin Old Castle - Croatia

Varaždin Old Castle – Croatia

Varaždin Streets - Croatia

Varaždin Streets – Croatia

Varaždin Špancirfest - Festival In Late August - Croatia

Varaždin Špancirfest – Festival In Late August – Croatia

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

Not very much. I am mainly inspired by fantasy and Gothic, but sometimes I find inspiration in medieval history of my town.

Varaždin Cemetary - Croatia

Varaždin Cemetary – Croatia

Varaždin Cemetary - Croatia

Varaždin Cemetary – Croatia

Croatian National Theatre In Varaždin - Croatia

Croatian National Theatre In Varaždin – Croatia

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?

Not this fall! I usually had a place in Spancirfest, but now, with a little baby and job, I just don’t have time.

Gothic Victorian Earrings From LAURELISjewelery

Gothic Victorian Earrings From LAURELISjewelery

Victorian Gothic pendant From LAURELISjewelery

Victorian Gothic pendant From LAURELISjewelery

Black Punk Rock Faux Leather BraceleFrom LAURELISjewelery

Black Punk Rock Faux Leather BraceleFrom LAURELISjewelery

5. What are your social media sites?

www.facebook.com/LAURELISjewelery
twitter.com/laurelisjewlery
laurelis.deviantart.com/