A Walk In The Park

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Parks are the fabric of small towns, big cities and everything in between.  They get us out, keep us active, bring us together and remind us that we’re part of something greater than our remote controls.  Parks come in all shapes, themes and sizes.  The smallest park in the world is only as big as the width of a telephone pole!  Do you know where that is?  Many of us have cherished memories of first bike rides, birthday parties and baseball games, barbecues, picnics, festivals, hikes and long walks with pets and loved ones.

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Our dog loves to go for walks, and play in the park! If there’s a squirrel, he’ll chase it! If there’s another dog, they’ll play! Throw a ball or a stick? He brings it right back, or not! A walk in the park is the highlight of his day.

When we created this quilt pattern, we got to thinking- What other activities would dogs enjoy at the park, if they had a choice? What if a dog could learn how to roller skate, or take a ride on his bicycle? This whimsical design is the end product of our creative thinking!

Puppy Dog Park Appliqué

Our local park is very close to our home. It’s not unusual to hear crowds of people cheering on the local school sports teams as they play their games or see children play on the various pieces of equipment that were placed there in the park for their enjoyment.

However, parks aren’t just about the children! Our dogs love the park too! It’s their chance to “socialize” and get the latest doggy news! In honor of all the other dogs who love to walk in the park, I’d like to show off my dog sewing pillow panel. Our dogs each have their own pillow they rest on after a long walk in the park!

Nautico Creations from Nauticaocreations  says:  

Nothing is better than a walk in the park. It helps ground me after time behind a computer, driving in traffic, etc. The calm of wooded areas and listening to the chirping of the birds is especially nice.

This arrangement with the twig vase reminds me of the woodlands and some flowers that might be growing there. unlike a formal arrangement, this one seems just a bit wild and natural to me.

Purple flowers in Twig Vase

Mairi from mairidesign says:  

A walk in the park brings to mind the wild meadow flowers that spring up wherever they like. The resilient poppy is one such flower that loves to display its gorgeous reds in our local park.  These stained glass poppies will cheer up even the dullest of days as they capture the light to share their ruby hues with you.

Poppies Suncatcher

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

The best memories of my childhood are related to the park. In the park, I started to ride my first bike and the park was a favorite meeting place with my friends. These were wonderful moments spent walking with the dog and friends “of the dog”. This is where my dreams about setters started and today I know that dreams come true. For all lovers of long walks, I have a hand-painted clock with one of my favorite dog breeds – Irish setter. Of course, it’s possible to order a similar clock with your favorite motif.

Wall Clock with Painted Dog

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:  

Since I’ve chosen to make walking in the park a daily part of my life for heart health I love seeing the flowers in particular daisies blooming and the birds chirping away.

With the weather in GA being so warm this enjoyment has come even earlier this year but the one thing my memory doesn’t like to recall is the pollen that comes with the blooming flowers. However, this hasn’t stopped me in fact it motivates to me get out more to explore different parks just to see the beautiful flowers and the sound of all God’s creation.

And oh, by the way, the Smallest Park in the World?   That’s Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, USA.  Concerned Portlanders decided to spruce up a lonely old telephone pole hole in the 1970’s and it’s been a fun city feature ever since.

Daisy Dog Collar

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

When I think of walking in a park I immediately think of birds and flowers and shades of green for grass and trees. This repurposed trinket dish combines a green bird and vintage floral tea cup in shades of pink, both reminiscent of things and colors you might see while walking in a park.

Bird Theme Trinket Dish

Rita Szollosi  from RitzySelection says:

In the most beautiful parks there is always a fishpond! In this small fishpond, an orphaned fish floats. But do not be sorry little fish, soon the other fish will come!

Decor Patchwork Throw Pillow

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

I love to walk in the park when Spring is blooming. Beautiful flowers and bright colors all over. Here is my newest tag set that reminds me of Spring flowers in the park that are so special to see when you take a walk.

the BEST ever / BFF / Mom / Gift Tag Set

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Seasons

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate the different seasons of members. Since we are a global team the seasons are as varied as our members – the months of May and June are our focus.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo:

May is the month I absolutely prefer for many reasons. First of all my birthday is in May and it’s nice to be celebrated by family and friends!

This month by us has the perfect temperature: not too hot as in summer but warm enough to go to the beach, a few minutes from my home.

Consider that in one hour I can reach Amalfi and in a bit more Positano, so if I want to spend a day in paradise, I just have to go there! In May they are even more beautiful!

My town, Salerno, in South Italy, is on the sea, but we are surrounded by hills and country, where you can see as spring has sprung out in all its beauty and richness.

Balconies of any buildings are full of flowers, as they have the right sun and temperature.

Even in town you can hear a lot of birds singing and you can see the incredible work of swallows, flying forth and back to prepare their nest under houses roof.

In Italy we call May “the roses month”.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Becky from LollysCubbyHole:

I live in the Sunshine State…that about sums it up! Although I am now in the northern part of Florida, we go back and forth to Miami a lot. Summer brings lots of storms to South Florida and a good deal of rain for most of the state. It is hot, it is muggy at times but it is SUNNY MOST OF THE TIME! Trees, grass and landscapes grow like “weeds” literally and figuratively!

I see itsy bitsy lemons and oranges already on the tips of the trees!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Hungary is warmer than Toronto Canada where I am from . The summer comes earlier and winter means 1-2 days of maybe snow.
The grass stays green.May to me means the poppies are out. Every year the bright color just takes my breath away.
The one thing we loved about living here is the weather. In may especially all the trees have dropped their flowers and the almonds, peaches etc are on coming to life. The garden is filled with birds and bees.
I have a big fig tree and there are so many baby figs on it already.
The feral cats I feed are pregnant and so double food is always needed from now on.
May probably is the nicest month here in Hungary.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

CandyAppleCrafts from CandyAppleCrafts:

May is the height of tornado season in the US Midwest, in the midway point of spring. My hometown of Moore, Oklahoma, tends to make it into the national and international news each year with natural disasters. On May 20, 2013, we had one of the worst tornadoes in our history, which destroyed a big part of the town (and it isn’t a small town). If you don’t believe me, just Google that date and check out the Wikipedia article about it.

So far, we’ve had daily, flooding rains and a few tornado scares since the month began. Most people in this area have a storm shelter (a small, underground room with a flat lid) or know where to find one. We also are intimately familiar with the high, droning call of the tornado siren, and the chartreuse color the sky turns when the clouds are full of hail.

I can safely say that I hate the weather in May and tend to wish the month would end quickly, but I do love how everything turns green (intensified against the gray skies, wet-black bark of the plants, and orange-red clay). All the roses and peonies in my yard bloom brightly, and the air is filled with sweet bird calls and the flitting wings and long, forked tails of Scissortail Flycatchers (my state bird).

CandyAppleCrafts

CandyAppleCrafts

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

Well, here in Australia it is the first month of Autumn…. many in the northern hemisphere associate Autumn with the falling of leaves, but in Australia we don’t have deciduous trees because we are a much warmer drier climate, even down south closer to the Antarctic.

So, for me Autumn is about the Autumn season flowers, and the forming of new gum nuts on gum trees which will eventually flower in the Spring…

Practically, it is about planting winter veggie seedlings in the garden and also about gathering lots of firewood for the Winter – I live in a particularly cold part of Australia and wood heating is my only form of warmth for both my house and studio.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Char Tyger from TygerDoveDesign:

The geese came home! “April showers bring May flowers.” That’s what my Grandmother used to say. Not only has the times changed, that my Grandmother is no longer with us, I have noted that times (seemingly) have changed the seasons as well. This year, it should be, “May showers bring June flowers.” It has been quite rainy this year; however the trees are bringing out their greens. It’s a wonderful time of year when all around you, you see what has been in slumber proclaim, “I am here! I am alive!” It’s a great thing to see, yet it makes all wonder what Summer will bring. We live by Lake Erie, so what that normally leads to is a muggy, humid, damp air. It only lasts about 3 months, before Fall begins to set in and the leaves begin their grande final with a great color display before they fall off for the winter. The geese fly South and the snow begins to fly. Everything goes back to slumber.

TygerDoveDesign

TygerDoveDesign

Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery:

 Here in the England May is a mixed month so far this year we’ve had everything from torrential rain, to bright sunshine and hailstones, and that’s just in one day! For me though May is a month where everything is coming into blossom or bloom and the garden suddenly grows fast, but more importantly it is the month I always wait for as the oil rapeseed flowers in the fields and turns the green grass of England to a patchwork of yellow framed by green hedgerows; perfect!

LSBJewellery

LSBJewellery

 

Tangerine – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 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 Spring 2015 is Tangerine.

Pantone Spring 2015

Pantone Spring 2015

Spontaneous and gregarious, Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye. Versatile Tangerine is striking enough to stand on its own and adds vitality to a printed pattern. Good natured and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving color invites a smile.

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

CandyAppleCrafts from CandyAppleCrafts says:

I didn’t make this piece, but it caught my eye. It’s such a fun, carefree design! I can picture a lady wearing sandals and a scarf in her hair, carrying this with her on the way to a sunny brunch or afternoon at the beach!

CandyAppleCrafts

CandyAppleCrafts

Ina from InaSudjana says:

I wanted to do something that’s out there. And for a business card wallet, it needn’t be dull and boring. I need an edge – a fun yet practical, a pick me up yet serious. Tangerine it is! Just LOVE the combo with the dusty turquoise!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

This adorable kitten is just waiting for a new home in this gorgeous tangerine basket filled with flowers! Vintage linens are a wonderful way to brighten your Spring/Summer bedding!

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This multi-colored baby blanket is finished with a brightly colored tangerine edge. This blanket was made by my mom and the material was inspired from nature, showing creatures large and small. The colors are so vivid and the animals varied that it really does make you smile.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Birch Trees & Forest Flowers Original Art Quilt Wall Hanging created for your home or office decor.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Noel from MinkCouture says:

A hand dyed silk scarf inspired by vintage couture. Dip dyed darker tangerine around a peachy background the scarf was then hand wrapped around a pole to get a lovely snake skin effect with black dye in the center!

I love using nature to inspire my scarf designs. Each one is unique and made by hand.

MinkCouture

MinkCouture

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

These scarves were inspired by full length shawls, which everyone loves the look of, but no one has the opportunity to wear.

910woolgathering

910woolgathering

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love the background tangerine color so perfect for spring.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

It was all about the color! I saw this fabric and knew I had to make a skirt. It was bold, bright and beautiful!

SSFDesigns

SSFDesigns

N RAEDER from AThingOrTutu says:

Inspiration was a “red carpet” pageant theme…simple & elegant!

AThingOrTutu

AThingOrTutu

Betty Travell from LadySnooks says:

In the store where I buy beads, they had strings of hand blown glass beads of all colors. There was one string that caught my eye. It was multi-color with 11 beads per string. there were two of each color except the tangerine swirl with yellow. That was the bead I wanted. So, I had to buy two strands to get this one pair, but it was worth it. It is a gorgeous bright color that just invites fun.

LadySnooks

LadySnooks

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Much of my inspiration is organic colour and surface drawn from nature so I love this triple pendant necklace made from marbled clays designed to feature the inherent texture of the natural clay body – there is no glaze. The contrast of the orange tangerine and white colours are fresh and playful. This is a great necklace for day or night time wear.

It even comes packaged in a gorgeous tangerine drawstring jewellery pouch!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love the color in these coral beads! Reminds me of a sunset or a bright sunny marigold. Or a tangerine! All reminders of summer and warmer weather, which I am sure we all are wishing for.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says:

Aventurine is a semi-precious stone that comes in an orange tangerine color. It is said to bring bountiful goodness to those who wear it. It reminds me of orange sherbet. I hand beaded this bracelet with it by adding glass pearls and silver Delica seed beads.

DesertDabbler

DesertDabbler

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

I have very little that’s orange or tangerine but here’s a Mother’s Day card that’s very bright.

rhodyart

rhodyart

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I created this print as a “pick me up” for home, and then found a lot of people resonated with it! So I added it to my shop in bright tangerine, it really stands out and that’s what I’m striving to do!

ColourscapeStudios

ColourscapeStudios

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I had made a set of coasters for myself and they turned out well, so I decided to make some digital download coaster art. This set has a lovely tangerine chevron.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Tracy from LittleShopofColor says:

This item is part of a rainbow collection of papers that I have been creating. I still have 5 more sets to post and I am also combining the papers into two large bundles of 5 sets. My inspiration – all the colors of the rainbow!!

The papers in this pack have a pretty “tone on tone” effect so the tangerine color is really pretty.

LittleShopofColor

LittleShopofColor

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

I was inspired to make this butterfly sun catcher in honor of the monarch butterflies that I loved so dearly as a child. I have been seeing them in their annual migration less and less over the last 10 years and it truly saddens me. I made this as a reminder to myself and others to remember these beautiful delicate creatures and to save them by not using pesticides. Also, as a reminder to plant butterfly attracting flowers in your yards to help them on their cross continent journey!

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

This is not a proper wreath for spring time! But people love it in any period of the year and it’s one of the preferred ones.

I love using natural elements in my decors and dried oranges and dried whole tangerines always add cheerfulness and color.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo