Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings  and Mairi from mairidesign

We all have a favorite item that we have in our shop. It could be our favorite because of the process it took to make it, its color or any other reason.

Here, the team share their favorite Holiday item from their shop and tell us why they like it so much.

michael tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says

One of my favorite Xmas items is my Luminaria Bags. They are ceramic clay and have holes in them to let the candle light shine through. I crave out different designs on the bags. One of my favorite designs is the Corrales Old Church. I have several sizes available and over 20 different designs.
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Luminaria Bags

Dianna from HoneyMyrtleStudio says

One of my favourite items is my blue hand dyed cushion cover. It was one of the first items I made using hand dyed fabric that I had done myself.
Blue Throw Pillow

Blue Throw Pillow

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

I love my Harris tweed baubles. They bring the beauty of hand-woven fabric to something purely decorative. Lovely enough to be kept as heirloom pieces.
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Harris tweed Christmas tree decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says

Hands down this is my favorite item… This ornament has such a sweet story behind how it came to be… I have lived in my home since I was born and one of my neighbors that had been in her home since before I was born asked me to come down to her home to look at some things 3 years ago in the summer of 2015. She then gave me a piece of a sweater that she said was one of her favorites. It was her sweater many years ago when she was much younger. She said she had reused most of it but had this one side left and she wanted to give it to me as she knew I sewed and asked me to make something so that her favorite sweater could live on. The color reminded me of dirty snow. So I made the dirty snowman out of what was left of her special sweater… I gave one to her to put on her tree. I kept one and gave my daughter one and the rest are for sale… so far a total of 6 are living on in Christmas celebrations. I have one more made and enough to make 2 more beyond that. Then all the sweater will be gone. Sad to say that she passed away in 2016 and her granddaughters came to get me and told me I could have what ever I wanted out of her sewing room… one of the things I got was many buttons that were cut off of garments once the garment was done being used. I now am adding 2 of those buttons to each of the remaining snowmen.
My Dirty Snowman

My Dirty Snowman

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says

My favorite item is this Christmas card featuring Miss Abbie one of our collies on an early morning walk here on the farm just after a fresh snow fall. I was never certain what captured her interest in the trees but I like the feeling and colours of this card.

Entitled Happy Collie Days this one always makes me smile. This image has been featured by The Collie Rescue Network in their calendars and on a note card they use to raise funds.

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Happy COLLIE Days Christmas Card

This “I love cats” handcrafted wooden plaque is my favorite shop item because it declares my love of cats … I consider it to be a customer favorite as well since I have sold several of them to other cat lovers!

I think it’s a great gift idea for the cat lover on a gift list because it’s cute and inexpensive!

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Cat Wall Hanging

Mairi from mairidesign says

These Christmas bauble shaped tree decorations are my favourites because of the gorgeous iridescent glass I used and, also, that others also seem to really like them. I made some for my students and one of them ordered several for her colleagues. Then, my sister and my cousin ordered several each to hang as garlands in their windows. Then, more orders came. It was great! The little beads swing and tinkle in the breeze and add a chic touch to a festive display.
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Christmas Tree Decorations

I love this elegant set with 3 luxury glycerin soaps and a charm for good luck!

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Trendy Soaps Christmas Gift

My favorite is this new card I created last week. I like the simple design and message. It’s warm and inviting and speaks of home.

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Happy Holidays card

I love owls and these whimsical owls on a Christmas stocking are one of my favorites.

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Felt Owl Christmas Stocking

I loved making these waterless snow globes.

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Christmas Snow globes

This was hard! I love Christmas and keep several Christmas items in my shop year ’round, because I think holiday lovers shop whenever the mood hits them. Right now it was between my red-nosed reindeer (I’m also an avid animal lover) and this guy. I guess he won out because he’s a new addition, so I wanted to welcome him.

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Felted Santa Claus

This is my favorite piece for Christmas because it reminds me of ice crystals!

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Herkimer Diamond GF Ring

This ornament is one of my favs. It reminds me so much of growing up in Iowa and going sledding on my grandparents farm with all my cousins.

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Christmas Quilted Ornament

I have so many favorite Christmas items in my shop but this one stands out to me especially since I choose to use the ribbon on a dog collar. We all have that pet who is both naughty and nice which makes this Christmas dog collar even more cute, funny and true to their personality.

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Naughty or Nice Christmas Dog Collar

Wow, hard to choose just one. Don’t you find that when you make something new, it is almost always the favorite – until the next one! Anyway, here is my favorite. I love winter animal pictures, and my DH love penguins. When I saw these delightful guys, I just had to buy them, and I bought lots! Just couldn’t resist. I knew right away that some would be made into pillows. The rest are waiting for inspiration, and time.

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Quilted Pillow Covers

 

 

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Let’s Go Galactic

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Let’s go Galactic! The team is taking us on a journey into space with their celestial and sci-fi inspired beauties. You’re sure to become starry-eyed browsing this gift guide.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: 

Our galactic line of prints and party signs are out of this world! The background design was a labor of love and I really put my heart and soul into the multi layered twinkly sky.

At SLS we love to customize and our personalized night sky prints and printables are a big hit. They are often ordered for nursery decor or baby shower gifts and can include sweet quotes or the new baby’s name. Party planners and parents also love to purchase printable or printed table signs and posters for girl’s and boy’s space-themed birthday parties. We can add the child’s name, age and a big birthday wish.

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Custom Printable art

Robots and aliens in space! These fun wallets make a great gift for boys to keep their change, gift cards, or earbuds. Brightly colored prints make a very memorable gift for any space or sci-fi lover! Created especially for science and tech minded kids!

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Gift for Boys Robot Wallet Case

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

National Geographic says…”Compared with the billions of other stars in the universe, the sun is unremarkable. But for Earth and the other planets that revolve around it, the sun is a powerful center of attention. It holds the solar system together; pours life-giving light, heat, and energy on Earth; and generates space weather.”

People are drawn to the sun and moon for their decorating purposes. This sun candle holder was a great find and would brighten anyone’s galaxy.

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Candle Holder Glass Sun

Raised on SciFy, Star Trek and the like you can almost always find at least one UFO in my shop! These sterling silver earrings were made with miscellaneous beads, and in the words of David Childress “Could this be some kind of Alien Spacecraft?”
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UFO Earrings Spaceship Sterling Silver

A galaxy of stars for your wrist. Actual photo of a galaxy transferred to a brass cuff bracelet.
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Galaxy Brass Cuff Bracelet

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Starry skies were just catching my eyes – tv commercials etc. And of course for many years we have been fans – Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica, Star Trek – all fun stuff. So I decided to make a set of starry skies paper but instead of a full set of 12 x 12 inch papers, I decided to go with a few and make it stationery / journal pages instead.
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Stardust Printable Lined Journal Pages

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Three big pompoms make this cushion more sweet, making it a sympathetic alien spacecraft.

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Meditation Cushion, UFO pillow

Let’s Make It Personal

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

As special as a gift may be, it becomes even more special when it’s personalized. Personalized gifts show the recipient put some thought into the gift and those types of gifts also suit any occasion.

Our Christmas in July team members were asked to share a link to something in their shop that would qualify as a personalized gift. It could have been something that had a name added or boosted a personal connection to a special person.

Here are some special gift ideas that were shared.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Whether as partners or best friends, true soulmates don’t come around often, but when they do they can last a lifetime. Our custom ‘Sole’ Mate cards are a great way to reach out to your ‘Bestie’. Let SLS make it personal by adding your names and the date when your friendship began. Did you solidify your friendship on the shores of Camp Kawabunga during the summer of 6th grade? We can add that too!

Printable Personalized Quote

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

These little chalkboard buckets can be used as Table Numbers or fill with something special and give as a gift with their name written on it. I found a bunch of these at an Estate sale. At the time I had no idea what to do with them, but I had to have them. Then I thought…wedding or party…chalkboard paint…Voila! I now wish I had more of them. I only have this one set left and would love to make more.

Tin Pail with Oval Chalkboard

Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

The Baby Boy Burp Cloth is personalized and gives a much more personal touch to the Baby´s objects. It is unique and there isn’t any other like it.

Baby Boy Burp Cloth

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

This pillow which has the saying “always kiss goodnight” is personalized with names and wedding date to make it a perfect gift for a bride and groom.

Always Kiss Goodnight Pillow

Mairi from mairidesign says:

Personalized wedding horseshoe candle holder, with the couple’s initials. Made from gorgeous iridescent stained glass and curled wire, and comes with a display gift box-bag. Decorative, yet functional, this lucky horseshoe symbol can be a lasting keepsake of the happy couple’s big day, and they can light a candle each year, on their anniversary, in celebration of their love for one another.

Wedding Horseshoe Candle

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says:

I think that the best personalized gift is a portrait.Over time, this is a great memory that never loses value. I offer oil paintings of people and animals. So you can order a portrait of a person with her favorite pet. You can choose the dimensions that are best for you. The finished image can be sent framed.

Custom Dog Portrait

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We specialize in personalized gifts for every occasion and celebration. Turn your gift giving opportunities into a gift giving experience your recipient will never forget. We recommend our top shelf gifts including one of the newest to our shop, the Spiegelau lowball tumbler.

Choose from our designs, submit your own images, or have us create an inspired design for any idea you have in mind. We offer gift wrap and additional gift services to make your gift giving as unique as the personalized gifts we create @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized Spirit Tumblers

#CIJRoadTrip – Bosnia And Herzegovina: Banja Luka

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina – Banja Luka with Sonja from DeepSilence

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

I live in the town of Banja Luka, which has a lot of trees. The city is full of greenery and there is one river named Vrbas. Behind the river is an old castle from the Roman period.

Banja Luka - Bosnia And Herzegovina

Banja Luka – Bosnia And Herzegovina

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

Near my town is Andric city. This is very young city. Behind old city Visegrad is the birth place of our Nobel writer Ivo Andric. His novel describes the period from the Turkish empire in our country. Andric city is well known because of the very famous film director Emir Kusturica. His idea is to show many cultural period of our country in one place.

Andric City - Bosnia And Herzegovina

Andric City – Bosnia And Herzegovina

While in my country you should also see the old city Barscarsija in Sarajevo and old bridge in Mostar.

Barscarsija In Sarajevo

Barscarsija In Sarajevo

Old Bridge In Mostar

Old Bridge In Mostar

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

I have a lot of works inspired by our traditions. Some of them are in in the UNESCO book – Traditional Arts And Crafts In BiH.

Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina

Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina

Photographs By Norbert Heyll

Photographs By Norbert Heyll

Swinging Vases

Swinging Vases

Plesacice

Plesacice

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?

I have my own place in the spreading center where my work has a permanent exhibition and sale gallery. Here are some pictures.

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Circle Of Love And Life Wreath From DeepSilence

Circle Of Love And Life Wreath From DeepSilence

Dove - Bird Of Peace - Wall Sculpture From DeepSilence

Dove – Bird Of Peace – Wall Sculpture From DeepSilence

Pink Lotus Flower - Ceramic Candle Holder From DeepSilence

Pink Lotus Flower – Ceramic Candle Holder From DeepSilence

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lijepabanjaluka?ref=hl
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Galerija-Sonja-Bikic/309422182538930?ref=hl
Twitter: twitter.com/SonjaBikic