Ultra Violet – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 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 Fall 2018 is Ultra Violet.

PANTONE 18-3838
Ultra Violet
Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team has been inspired by the color Ultra Violet! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!


1. Ultra Violet Drop Earrings by Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals

2. Ultra Violet Cushion Cover by Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann

3. Ultra Violet Pendant by Mairi from mairidesign 

4. Ultra Violet Socks by Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks

5. Ultra Violet Ring by friedasophie from friedasophie 

6. Ultra Violet Beaded Photo Holder by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey 


1. Ultra Violet Stuffed Snowman by Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom

2. Ultra Violet Brooch by Mairi from mairidesign 

3. Ultra Violet Bead Ornament by Marjorie Scenna from mscenna

4. Ultra Violet Appliqued Quilt Block by zizzybob from zizzybob

5. Ultra Violet Dangle Earrings by Kristen from KestrelCollection  

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ultra Violet board!

Are you a member of the Etsy Christmas In July team? Do you have Ultra Violet items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the #EtsyCIJ forums to participate!

Ceylon Yellow – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Ceylon Yellow.

PANTONE #15-0850
Ceylon Yellow
Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch.

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

zizzybob from zizzybob says the yellow ribbon, which is a symbol for Support of our Deployed Military Troops as well as; Bladder Cancer, Amber Alert, Endometriosis, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and General Symbol for Hope.


Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said these hand painted mugs are such happy mugs. They would be so pretty sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be filled with your favorite beverage. They are unique and one of a kind.


Mary from ByFreddismom states I have always enjoyed using non traditional colors in my holiday creations and Yellow is one of my favorites! This snowman in this color has been very popular over the last couple of years, I’ve shipped him as far away as Italy!


Mairi from mairidesign says this pendant, with a lovely butterfly which has wings of yellow and brown, would be just perfect to match your autumn tone fashions this fall. A hint of green, a touch of lavender, and a bronze setting, makes this jewelry set a must have.


Karen from timetalentjewels said in today’s fashions it is fun to capture the autumn tones in this beaded bracelet known as Ceylon Yellow, Chunky, One of A Kind, Fashion Bracelet. Fun,Fun,Fun!!


Nancy from EponasCrystals states this is a Goddess Necklace – Six strands of sari silk and other ribbons in tones of ceylon yellow, and moss green are adorned with beaded gemstone dangles and a handmade goddess pendant. The gemstone dangles include green rhyolite, butterscotch amber, cultured pearls, rutilated quartz, and green prehnite.


Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says I love the bumble bee print on this bandana and I even love the honey they produce but not the stings they give out. I’d say this is the perfect place you can enjoy them on a bandana and not moving!


spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said Ceylon yellow is a bright, happy color … this Painted Bunting song bird wood art sculpture features many beautiful colors, but it’s the yellow on its wing that really catches your eye!


Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo states Here’s your Autumn/Winter woolly fashion needs met! I hand knit this hat using pure Norwegian wool to keep out the chill and chose this color to remind me of of those long, lazy, hazy days of summer and to brighten up even the dullest of autumn and winter days!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ceylon Yellow board!

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

Nebulas Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Nebulas Blue!

PANTONE 18-4048
Nebulas Blue
Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue.

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

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says I love painting on glassware. Flowers seem to be my thing. This is such a sweet Nebulas blue floral vintage candy dish. I believe it would be lovely on anyone’s table filled with candy, pickles, cheese, crackers, etc. Someone has to love it as much as I do.


zizzybob from zizzybob said I made these airplane quilt blocks with the idea that they would be used to make a baby or small boy’s quilt. But I did have one lady who purchased a set to make a Quilt of Valor for an Air Force Veteran. You just never know where these things will end up.


mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 states this blue haired retro troll wears Nebulas Blue.


spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says I think the color blue is beautiful and serene, no matter what hue, and I love this blue jay bird wood sculpture because I think it shows that thought! … it was painted using a several washes of differing blue hues, which makes this blue bird really special!


Nancy from EponasCrystals said this is an ombre Tassel Necklace – Beautiful frosted glass beads in blue and grey tones with a triple ombre blue cotton tassel.


Mary from ByFreddismom states every year I try to incorporate as many colors as I can in my selection of ornaments. This pretty blue is one of my favorites this year.


Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says these under water sea creature are so cute and the different hues of blue are so vibrant. I absolutely love the color blue in any form!

If you love going to the aquarium and seeing all the sea creatures and the pretty ocean colors you’ll want this dog collar as part of your pets accessories.


Karen from timetalentjewels said what everyone wants or needs is something warm on their head in the wintertime is a hat! This Rolled Brimmed Hat is a beautiful color of blue with white highlights. A fun and attractive hat is the latest shade of Nebulas Blue!


Mairi from mairidesign states that these iridescent, flame patterned, fire polished, glass beads are so beautiful. They catch so many colors in different lighting and, as you can see, there is definitely some ‘Nebulas Blue’ in there. I made these earrings using, by far, my favorite Czech art glass beads made by a local company.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Nebulas Blue  board!

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

Items Of The Week: Stripes

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Items Of The Week: Friendship

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CIJ Favorite Holiday Recipe Exchange – My Mother’s Stuffing

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Let’s Make My Mother’s Stuffing – Recipe From Mary Bollinger OByFreddismom


1. What is your recipe?

“My Mother’s Stuffing”
Recipe from Mary

As far as the recipe goes, I never really measure (neither did mom) but I judge by texture and quantity (how full the bowl is as opposed to how big the bird is) but here goes!

What follows should be sufficient for a 12 – 15lb turkey.

Remove the giblet, neck and liver from the cavity ( I usually toss the liver).

In a medium sauce pan combine the giblet, neck, one stalk of celery chopped, one medium onion, salt and about 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until about half of the liquid is reduced. Remove from heat and let cool.

Chop 1 medium onion, 2 stalks celery and 1/2 green pepper, place In a large skillet in which you have melted approx. 1 -2 tablespoons butter. Saute’ lightly, just until soft then remove from heat.

I generally use at least 1 entire loaf of stuffing bread, which I have broken up the night before so that it can dry out a bit.

In a large mixing bowl combine:
the bread
1 beaten egg
the onions, celery and green pepper
a handful of chopped parsley
lightly salt & pepper
Start with approximately 1/2 cut of the broth that you prepared earlier
Mix all of the above together. You want the bread to be moist enough for it to hold together if you make a ball. If you need more broth add just a little at a time you don’t want the stuffing to be squishy just wet enough to hang together.

If you have any broth left over use it to add to your gravy base when your turkey is done baking.

Gently stuff you turkey, not too tightly but enough to fill the cavity. If I have any stuffing left I usually wrap it in foil and put it in the oven for about 45 mins to an hour while the turkey is cooking.

All of this is just trial and error over the last 48 years, just remember that you can add more of anything if you want to change the taste, texture or quantity. Bigger bird, more bread (more everything), or if you just want more stuffing……again more everything!

My goal was to try to recreate the good feeling and one of the fond memories of my childhood and in doing so we have a great meal!

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

I love this recipe because of the fond memories it brings to me of my family and my childhood.

3. How did you learn to make this recipe?

My interest in cooking was inspired by my mother’s ability to take so little and make it work for such a large family. There was never enough money for the fancy things and she was able to take the inexpensive ingredients and turn them into a fabulous meal. I learned by watching and helping and asking lots of questions!

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

I was the youngest of 7 children growing up in the Inlet section of Atlantic City in the 1950’s. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas my mother would be in the kitchen by 7:00 am working on the holiday meal. As she would saute’ the onions, celery and green pepper for the dressing for the turkey (birdzilla), which was large enough to feed our extended family, the smells from this fabulous combination would softly waft up to the second floor, gently nudging us awake. As an adult, I have been preparing my own holiday celebrations since I was 17 years old (my parents were both deceased by that time) and it isn’t a holiday until I get that skillet out and begin the prep for the holiday bird. The fragrance of the onions and celery are all I need to bring back those fond childhood memories. I know my mother is there with me every year, guiding and helping me in the kitchen.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: ByFreddismom
Pinterest: By Freddismom
Twitter: Mary Bollinger

Red, White And Blue – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Red, White and Blue are not only the colors used for patriotic holidays and flags, but are also used in a wide variety of other ways. We want to see all your Red, White and Blue items especially if they don’t have any patriotic meaning behind them. It really is more about the colors then anything.

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says my macramé comes in many colours, but this set of garden lights are red, white and blue



Mary from ByFreddisMom said my snowmen and holiday ornaments come in lots of colors and of course being snowmen, white is one of the colors and I try to use as many other colors that I think will shine. Red, White and Blue or Red & White or Blue & White…….I think you get the idea!



Pam from PamsPawsJewelry states I found this adorable teapot recently and think it is just so fun and cute!

It is Patriotic and a perfect gift for Independence, Flag, Veterans, Presidents Day or any other American themed holiday!

BUT, it is also a functional item for tea, cocoa, or coffee if made first then poured in, and it could be a cheerful addition to any 4th of July table decor – inside or out!

Could the gold star also be a Christmas star?



patontheback from patontheback says this is an easy patriotic table topper. I made my own in an evening. A simple and easy way to show your patriotic spirit without much fuss! Requires only a little knowledge, and sewing skills.



Gail from kensingtonminiatures said check out these Red, white, and blue cocktails for a pop of festive color in my shop!



Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states the perfect hand-painted red, white, and blue flower girl basket for the July 4th wedding.



Rita from RitzySelection says unfortunately, we Hungarians have no sea or ocean. This is what we want to do if we want to go to another country. Fortunately, however, we have a wonderful Lake Balaton and many thermal baths.



spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said living in Southeastern Louisiana, I am lucky because I get to see lots of beautiful birds as they pass through our area on their yearly migratory path … seeing these birds, as well as ducks and other assorted animals, inspire the artwork that we feature in our shop.

It was difficult to pick an item to feature, but I chose the Blue Jay bird because I love its vibrant blue color!



Mairi from mairidesign states Red White & Blue Sea Glass Earrings. Little glass jars filled with, genuinely, rare mini sea glass gems, which hang from silver-tone ear wires. Blue and, especially, red sea glass is very rare making these very limited edition pieces of jewellery. All these tiny chips were collected by my husband and I on the beaches of Spain, near Barcelona, washed ashore, after the Mediterranean Sea had worked its magic.


Deborah from RoseCottageKeepsakes says my true passion is quilting… and my journey and love of quilting has led me through many opportunities… for a few years I was the NJ state coordinator for Home of the Brave Quilt Project. I love to make large quilts to small quilting projects… one of my favorite small quilting projects are quilting ornaments. Below is one that demonstrates patriotism and reflects our historical colors.


mistycat from carolinagirlz2 said R & R Reproductions Star Spangled Banners is a fantastic cross stitch pattern to stitch anytime you wish to see the red white and blue in action!


Heather from MooseintheMint states a completely unique pendant! These are made from upcycled dominos with various gems and beads set into the resin, each one is different. A lovely little gift ideal as a stocking filler or a ‘just because’.


Rebecca from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says this Quilted Keepsake Fabric Ornament is perfect for the September birthday girl. You can just see this gorgeous quilted keepsake ornament light up her smile. September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers. This beautiful blue fabric is accented with Swarovski crystals.


zizzybob from zizzybob said I make quilt blocks for my shop, no, not quilts but the blocks that make up quilts. I am especially fond of making applique pieces that I know other quilters dont like to do. With the Quilts of Valor in mind, I always have a few red, white and blue blocks to sell.


Tillie from TilliesTreasury states I love vintage items especially if they are hand crocheted. This is part of the many vintage linens I have in my personal collection and the colors are so vibrant and pretty with the red, white, blue, green and yellow.


Mindi from MindisCustomCreation says My Blue submission. I used a grey and blue stain to give the sign a “Dirty Jeans” look. Laundry is a chore that not many of us enjoy. This sign is sure to liven up your laundry room and perhaps put a smile on your face at the same time.


Gail from QuiltSewPieceful said I live in Arizona, but I LOVE the ocean and the beaches. When I saw this fabric, I just couldn’t pass it up. I know that many others share these same loves. What fun to have these quilted pillows in your beach house (I wish!) or added to your beach decor.


Items Of The Week: Birds

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Sailor Blue – 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 Sailor Blue.

PANTONE 19-4034
Sailor Blue

The navy like Sailor Blue anchors the palette.

PANTONE 19-4034
Sailor Blue

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

Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

Celebrations, carnivals and parties inspired me to make these shiny blue and gold earrings. Just enough gold to sparkle and just enough shine for joy!


Mairi from mairidesign says:

Well, Hello Sailor! Yes, my blue yachts are ready to set sail to whichever sea or ocean you are partying on. These lightweight earrings dangle in the sea breeze, and glisten in the sunlight, and are sure to be the perfect sailing accessory this summer. Ahoy Cap’n, set sail, and let’s explore the ocean waves.


mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says:

This Nordic Needle Home for Christmas counted cross stitch pattern embodies the Sailor Blue color in an unexpected way in a series of yearly Christmas plates that devote each design to a season from the winter holidays.


Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom says:

I have been making snowmen and assorted ornaments for several years now. One of my goals each year is to try to use a great variety of colors with my snowmen’s hats and scarves. Of course, blue is a favorite!


patontheback from patontheback says:

One of my favorite colors is navy blue. It is a color that looks good on just about every skin color. It’s a classic. This particular fabric is organic, too, so you can feel good about our blue earth when you use it!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Sailor Blue board!

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

Items Of The Week: Plaid

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium