Secret Santa – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are going to have a Secret Santa with a twist! Usually it involves picking a name and then giving them the gift, but since we’re virtual we are improvising!

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have chosen these Secret Santa gifts!

Mairi from mairidesign says:

A star for a star colleague, which can be hung in the window or on their tree. It can even be personalised with their name scrolled in wire. With this secret Santa gift, no-one need know from whence it came, only that they are your Christmas star.

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Joanna from Aromatika Sapounia from JoannasScentedSoaps says:

This would be a nice secret santa gift for anyone: a set with luxury glycerin soaps and a charm for good luck, a handmade glass ornament.

JoannasScentedSoaps

patontheback from patontheback says:

What a thoughtful way to cheer a co-worker and a practical gift. A handcrafted mug rug. Gender neutral, yet good looking.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I think this handmade natural bracelet would be a great Secret Santa gift for any female on your gift-giving list. I think it would be great for a friend, co-worker, family member because its shades of neutral, earth tones makes it a great jewelry accessory, and will work well with anyone’s wardrobe

This bracelet has 7 of the 3/4 inch fancy beads with swirls of earth-tone hues; each is separated by a 1/4 inch dark brown, oblong wood bead (8 wood beads in total). The length of this bracelet is approximately 8 inches in length, which should fit an average-sized wrist, and has a antique-gold toned, fancy toggle-style closure.

SpoiledFelinesArt

friedasophie from friedasophie says:

I would give this necklace to my friend Tatjana who is currently going through chemo-therapy, so that she will get energy & protection through the stone. And just to put a smile on her face!

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

This scarf features one of my own photographs (of birch bark). The colors and design are neutral enough to go with just about anything a lady has in her wardrobe and can accent a casual turtle neck, a fancy blouse even a spring coat. So soft and luxurious, the scarf is one of a kind and sure to surprise and delight the recipient. A great price point too!

TheOldBarnDoor

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says:

I would give a Bucilla Heart Felt Holiday ornament kit, an easy project that someone could make without major crafting skills!

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Rebecca Turkovics from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says:

I would give this vintage Santa ornament because… well, it is a secret “Santa” exchange.

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This lanyard would go to my daughter who I’m praying will start to study the Bible soon and give her life completely to God. I always try to instill the word of God into both my children and especially more so in today’s time.

I look at this scripture lanyard as a tool for her to carry around when times get hard to be faithful in God’s word. This lanyard has some very helpful scriptures to give a new or old Christian a boost when it’s needed. In my belief having this close and personal relationship with God is by far one of the most important and unconditional relationships one can ever have!

DesignsbyCristal

Carla from CarlasCraft says:

I would share this Secret Santa gift with one of my friends, Isis, who was laid off from her job in February and has been diligently interviewing since. I love the Peace theme and using the wooden letters for that 3-D effect. Also, the use of an old book cover embossed and then mounted on the canvas is a fun technique I so enjoy!

CarlasCraft

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Items Of The Week: Kids, Kids, Kids

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Coffee Colored Dreams

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Ahh a subject dear to our hearts.. coffee! What do you carry in your shop that is coffee-colored or related – we’d just love to see it!

Show our readers your vintage coffee items, plus coffee and espresso colored listings – and of course, include your wonderful coffee related stories.

Have fun!

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

I used to drink coffee by the gallon, but then one ran out milk (because the kids drank it all) so had a cup of black tea …. that was about ten years go and haven’t drank coffee since!! But I do love the colour and smell of coffee, especially fresh beans. These beads remind me of the shape and colour of fresh coffee beans, and are ideal for a range of jewellery making and craft projects.
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Plastic Barrel Beads – wood look!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Our stainless steel travel mugs are available in a variety of colors, can be personalized with any of our design and font combinations, and we offer engraving on both sides of the mug. We encourage everyone to stop using disposable cups! Personalize your mug and you never have to worry which cup is yours again. Choose the design and font to fit your personal. We love coffee, tea, wine, beer, & spirits and offer a number of monogramming options for any occasion or recipient. Ship direct with gift wrap and cards available, custom orders accepted for logos or inspired designs. Make your next gift a personalized gift experience @DesignstheLimit.
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Stainless Steel mug

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

I love my organic mild smooth blend cup of coffee a day. When I saw this fabric print I just knew coffee lovers whom were also dog lovers would totally love this dog bandanna. The bandanna shows off different styles of java, alternative names we use for coffee and there are a few coffee beans sprinkled around just making you want that coffee break just to inhale that freshness!
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Pet Coffee Time Bandanna

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

The best coffee is the first cup of coffee in the morning! I love to drink coffee in all variations: black, cappuccino, latte macchiato. This cap is made from a used coffee bean sac. I get the bags from a coffee trader and it is so interesting when I get them. I don’t know the lettering, some bags have the typical hole where the coffee is tested and when I cut out the seams to prepare the burlap for the project I find coffee beans inside.
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Up-cycled Burlap Coffee Bean Bag

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

This handmade mug not only holds a generous cup of coffee but the rim is also a sumptuous coffee colour. Being fired to stoneware temperature (1300C) this mug holds the heat of your hot beverage and is also oven safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe.
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Coffee Soup mug

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

What is the key to your ideal cup of coffee? Is a strong version that is dark in color like the dark brown on these beaded dangle earrings? Perhaps you’re the type who needs to add a little creamer? I’ve got that covered (in color) with the smaller seed beads too! Prepared just right, coffee resembles satin to the soul! Which by the way is the type of focal bead made to design these earrings! Start your morning right – take time to stop and smell the coffee!
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Skeleton Key Earrings

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

Instant coffee is fine when you’re rushing out to work on a weekday, but after dinner and at the weekend you deserve the real thing. If you’re the kind of person who makes a big cafetiere of coffee and settles down with the papers on a Sunday morning, then this is for you: a beautiful Harris tweed cosy to keep the rest of the coffee warm while you take your time enjoying the first cup.
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Tweed Cup Cozy

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Don’t forget the cream. In my house the creamer is just as important as the coffee. No skim milk for us! It has to be half and half with fat – no fat free. We want to enjoy the cup of coffee. Here is a large Mexican creamer so we can refill our coffee with good creamer.
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Mexican Pottery Pitcher

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

The sock color is light espresso. Dressed for the outdoors on those very cold mornings these all wool socks will keep your feet extra warm as you are out and on the go and when you need a quick pick me up, I find one of those Starbucks Frappuccino’s to be a great treat! Just enough espresso and you are charged and ready to run!

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Espresso Colored Socks

Ineke de Vries from InekedeVries says

I love coffee! Especially freshly brewed early in the morning. This coffee cup features one of my life drawing sketches.
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Sketch Drawn Unique Coffee Cup

Linda from LazyYVintage says

I’m posting this while drinking my fair trade organic coffee this morning. I love the smell of coffee, the look of it in a nice big mug. And, it does have to have plenty of cream in it. Doesn’t having a cuppa just make you take a moment to be grateful and mindful of the simple things in life? And, no dinner party is complete with a cup of coffee after dinner with a lovely dessert.

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Coffee Cart with Carafe

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says

I love my cup of coffee in the morning ! Nothing better then that first sip. It has to be just the right color with the perfect amount of cream added, not too little not too much just the right ivory color.

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Vintage 1950s Satin Wedding Dress

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says

I came to appreciate coffee in my 30’s, and gradually evolved from flavored instant varieties (the horror!) to custom blends brewed with a hint of cinnamon. But I still love going out for a hold-in-your-hands cafe-au-lait style mug, with the swirling designs made by an artistic barista. These earrings remind me of those lovely cafe trips.
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Agate and Howlite drop earrings

Carla from CarlasCraft says

I love when an author describes a character and uses names for skin color that immediately resonate with the visual artisit in me. So, when I saw the title of this thread, I immediately thought of my Turban Girl and the warm cafe au lait tones to her skin.
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Turban Girl Print

Maryann from gojjell says

As soon as I laid eyes on these handmade glass beads, I knew coffee and cream was the most apt description! Now the owner of this necklace can be reminded of the great brew each time the necklace is worn!

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Glass Lamp beaded necklace

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love coffee and love collecting fun and unique coffee mugs for myself and for repurposing. This colorful mug includes birds in the pattern so it lent itself to becoming a bird feeder! I combined it with a vintage saucer that features a coffee colored pattern too!
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Re-purposed Tea cup and saucer

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Well, I don’t drink coffee at all and am a cocoa and tea lover! I think that pretty gifts including gourmet coffees, teas, cocoas and snacks are a nice way to greet your host and or hostess when you are invited over for beverages, snacks and meals! This vintage ceramic basket is a nice coffee color and would be great to bring with you to a friend’s or relative’s home wrapped up with gourmet coffees and teas, etc. for a special, thoughtful gift!
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Vintage Brown White Slag Candy Basket

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I am a coffee addict. Well, I drink my honey and creme with coffee in it! This necklace is Red Creek jasper nuggets, accented with turquoise and coral beads, and genuine brass beads. Great fall colors or to accent turquoise and coral as a layering necklace.
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Bohemian Tribal Jewelry

 

Opportunity – #EtsyCIJ

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

When was the last time you took advantage of an opportunity?

Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as: an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done.

On July 1st, 2016 I offered an opportunity to all Etsy Christmas In July team members.

The opportunity was to be featured here on our blog and on a special Christmas In July Pinterest board – Etsy Christmas In July 2016.

I challenged the the team members to share themselves with us through an item from their shop.

I am a firm believer that taking advantage of an opportunity leads to another opportunity, that leads to another opportunity and so on.

Here are the Etsy Christmas In July team members who took advantage of this opportunity!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Cozy up next to the chimney with us and enjoy a glass of your favorite Christmas spirits with friends, family, and in style! If you are looking for the best combination of quality in both the product you are purchasing and the personalization you are including, look no further. If you are planning a personal gift giving experience or just shopping for yourself, use the Etsy Christmas in July team coupon code offer in our shop for the best offer available all year! We love Christmas and thank you for planning ahead!

At Design’s the Limit, we offer two distinct types of engraving on our glass and crystal products. Our crystal wine & distiller decanters are 100% lead-free crystal and we deep sand-carve them for the best personalization available. This is the most time consuming product to complete in our shop and is not available for Christmas delivery in December without additional fees. We believe that gift cards do not tell a story and that they make gift giving impersonal. Don’t tell your gift recipient that you were obligated to get them a gift. Show your gift recipient’s that they are worth taking the time to design a personalized gift giving experience for. Shop for a keepsake that will be treasured and which can be passed down for generations to come. Please drink responsibly and Merry Christmas in July from Design’s the Limit!

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says:

Hi, I am Pam from PamsPawsJewelry

I have been on Etsy as a seller since Feb. 2014. I opened my shop with my handmade gemstone and Sterling Silver jewelry but started to love and look for beautiful Vintage items too!

Everyone knows me as a friendly, crazy, cat mom!

My cats, Moses and Mirri model some of my items and have also modeled for a couple of other teamies’ shops, LOL!

I love animals and nature and recently started donating to causes that help animals.

One was the Shadow Fund in MA which assists people with money for pet emergency health issues who cannot pay up front. www.shadowfundne.org

Two others through Petco are a Cancer research fund and a drive to assist local animal shelters.

I would like to donate to more local shelters and some people related causes too when I get more sales!

Here is a Christmas item that reflects the beauty of nature, animals with the reindeer, Christmas theme and colors, and a Nordic design too!

PamsPawsJewelry

PamsPawsJewelry

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

Hello, my name is Shelly and I opened my vintage shop in 2014. I love vintage and antiques.

My absolute favorite piece in my shop is a set of Fostoria Electric Blue Plates. I found these when I picked a man’s storage units. He was downsizing, or trying to, and I got called to pick his units first.

Stuff in there had been there for decades, untouched, and placed haphazardly in boxes or totes. The color drew me instantly to them and I added to my boxes of great finds.

Later when I researched I found they were made by Fostoria in the late 1920’s. Who knows how long he had them. He told me he enjoyed spending his days at yard sales and would pack his finds away.

These appear to have been rarely, if ever, used and still have 8 plates.

ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Reading the novel “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey inspired me to this painting with the same title. It’s about a childless couple who is homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness. One day they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but a real young girl enters their life. This girl often has a little red fox by her side. It is a beautiful though heart breaking story that occupied my imagination and I felt the urge to paint it.

I chose a wood panel for this painting and used a molding paste for the foundation. I wanted a lot of texture in creating kind of a “rough” painting. This is not a smooth surface – you can not only see this painting, but feel it as well. It represents the harsh Alaskan environment and the dark color in the background is a symbol for the long, dark Northern winter.

This was the first time that a novel or written story inspired me to visualize it in my own way.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Carla from CarlasCraft says:

This past year had been a bit of a challenge for me, as it has for many of us. I see, for example, the last time I wrote on my blog (clisette.wordpress.com) was 2015 just after my brother passed away from complications of Type 1 Diabetes. Since then, I’ve focused on taking care of myself, because, really, who else is going to do that for me, better than I will? I had a knee replacement and have been doing water aerobics and swimming laps several times a week. What a joy it is to be back in the water (must be the Aquarian in me?)!

Along with improved health, I’ve lit a fire under my creative side and have been happily creating new mixed media projects, many of which you can see in my Etsy online shop and one I am sharing here with you now.

I created this textured canvas using extra coarse pumice gel to cover the wood panel surface. I recycled packaging material cutting it into seed shapes. Once the surface dried, I outlined the kiwi and then adhered the seed shapes using modeling paste. Shades of lime green acrylic paint made the inside of the one kiwi which has been cut in half. Then brown acrylic paint over the coarse pumice created the fuzzy skin of the kiwi fruit and mixing some of the brown with black I painted the outline and the seeds.

The background is a series of colorful complimentary rectangles painted in shades of light yellow, navy blue, lavender, pink, an orangey red, a rusty red, grey and white. Once the piece was finished I felt the background was too bright and distracted from the focus of the mixed media art, which is the kiwi fruit. I tested several shades of paint to tone down the brighter colors in the background until I settled on an Interference Blue, which created a lighter iridescence over the background.

I added a frame and now it is the first of three fruit mixed media pieces available in Carla’s Craft The other two are titled: 3 Little Figs and Ruby Red Grapefruit.

CarlasCraft

CarlasCraft

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Hi! I’m Sharon from Ms P Designs USA. My sister, Susan, and I have had our Etsy shop since August, 2015, and we design whimsical quilt patterns.

Our most recent endeavor is a line of animal applique patterns in which the animals are all dressed up for Christmas. We chose animals that aren’t normally associated with the holidays, and then had some fun making them “Christmas-y”.

My favorite design in the collection is the happy holiday horse. She’s dressed in her special saddle blanket, and waits beneath the mistletoe for her first Christmas kiss. The Christmas tree is bedecked with sparkly rhinestones.

I created a banner to feature the horse applique and also used several of my favorite piecing techniques to make pinwheels that remind me of Christmas goodies and a row of pieced trees. Since the horse looks so joyful, I added the word “JOY” to the banner.

I love it, and hope that this Christmas banner pattern will bring “JOY” to others as well.

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

Hi my name is Jackie my shop started out as wood door hanger shop.

I have added jewelry, Jewelry display shelves, chalkboard, sewn items and more.

I love to design my door decor I specializes in custom designs. All I need to know is what you have in mind or what team mascot you would like done.

My passion is painting pastel portraits I love working in pastels.

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.

Here is one of my favorite Snowman door hangers.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

My mom and I both contribute to my Etsy shop – Nautico Creations. I do all of the floral arrangements and other gifts including holiday ornaments and other items during the holidays, and my mom focuses on quilts and quilted gifts.

I chose to feature this fish wall hanging because it is the most complex piece that was created for the shop. It includes 30 different fabrics all pieced together to make this beautiful work of art.

Since we live in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, fishing is also a very popular past time – in winter and in summer. For a lot of us, summer is a much better time to highlight it though, when we can spend some quality time by the lake.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

This is the very first drawing that I completed in 2016. It is the very first drawing that I completed after I opened my Etsy shop.

The design is a five pointed star. This signifies the body – two arms, two legs and the head. It also signified the hands in particular – because we have five fingers.

Because it references the body it stands for the boundless possibilities of strength that we hold within us. Because it references the hands, it stands for our creativity and ability to make things that have never existed before.

I penciled in the basic design at the end of 2015. When I returned to complete it, about one week after David Bowie died, it just felt right that it should be dedicated to him. His final album is called Black Star and featured a similar five pointed star on the cover.

I held the legacy of Bowie and his creative exploration, adventure and risk taking in my mind while I chose and laid down the pigment colours for my own Black Star.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I chose to feature our Paris Love Locks photograph. These Cadenas Amoureux, or love padlocks have sprung up all over the world, but this photograph was taken from a bridge across the Seine River in Paris. Lovers have been binding their love with a padlock on a bridge and then throwing the key to their hearts into Seine below. Unfortunately, the bridges could not hold the weight of all that love and the padlocks had to be removed. But love lingers on in this golden photograph!

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I opened our Etsy Shop last September with some of my mother’s Renwal dollhouse furniture and a few other items.

We were thrilled when we made our first sale a couple weeks later!

It’s nice that we both share the appreciation of vintage items and we enjoy looking for treasures to fill Willow Valley Vintage.

This little dollhouse bed belonged to my mother and we thought it would look sweet on a dressing table repurposed as a jewelry box!

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Laetitia Hebert from Folkeshi says:

This is a Japanese wooden doll, called Kokeshi (I focused on kokeshi dolls with my vintage shop). These dolls have been handcrafted in Japan for the last 150 years, first as toys for girls, then as local hotspring village souvenirs, then as home decorations or collectibles.

This specific darling is a Sakunami doll, by Suzuki Shoji. Traditional kokeshi dolls are divised in 11 types, and Sakunami is one of them. This type enhances the elegance and shy beauty of northern Japanese girls.

Each kokeshi maker learns his trade along his master, often his father; painfully and slowly learning the lathe secrets, the brushes skills. The apprentice inherits the distinctive patterns or characteristics set by his master, and his own master before that, which means that each doll has a story build through generations.

When moving to Japan, I have fallen in love with these dolls. I like their cuteness, their uniqueness, and the idea of a craft built, taught, and learnt though generations. The wood ages very gracefully, the dyes fade with the years, and make the dolls all the more beautiful!

I go through local markets, antique fair, flea events to find them, select and identify them, and make them available to everyone.

Folkeshi

Folkeshi

Emily D from TwigandPosy says:

Hi there, I’m Em the daughter-half from Twig and Posy. My mother Deb is the other half. Welcome to our shop where vintage design meets Aussie Bush!

Our timeless and unique floral clothes and accessories for girls aged 0-6 years are made to celebrate the wonder of childhood. Sprinkle in a bit of mud and mix in equal parts outdoor adventure, play and party, there is so much to explore and it might as well be done wearing a flower crown!

We love clothing that is girly but does not restrict play, so the designs are simple and practical and can be mixed and matched. We focus on the small details that girls love, whether it be a lace cuff, a heart button, an embroidery panel, or hidden butterfly.

This size 5 (or 5T) dress is one of my favourites as it is an all seasons linen dress which can worn as is in summer or layered with a long top and tights in the winter (for those girls that never take off their dresses no matter how cold!). The dress has been made from a beautiful piece of floral vintage fabric and Deb has made some striking embroidered pockets to match, particularly good for leaf and stone collecting, or storing bits of birthday cake!

TwigandPosy

TwigandPosy

Janine from AlteredEcoDesigns says:

I started making these first as a party favor for my grand-daughter’s 2nd birthday party, it was a woodland theme, so I thought these would make a nice addition. They were such a big hit that I decided to make a few to sell in my shop, not long after introducing them, they were a chosen feature on Emmaline Bride blog. They are still a big hit for brides maids, flower girls or just for home decor, they look fantastic in galvanized vessels!

AlteredEcoDesigns

AlteredEcoDesigns

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