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

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Light And Reflection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Reflection is caused by a Light (source) bouncing off of another object. Light helps illuminate what we see.

Items like prisms, lights, glass, metal and glitter all reflect light. We want to see your Light and Reflection items.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says light and reflection show most naturally to me at a seaside lighthouse, like this cross stitch kit image.

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Dimensions The Gold Connection Rocky Point 3895 Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Margie from ZenCatPottery said the gorgeous goddess pendant on this necklace is raku fired, a special oxygen-reduction process that brings out metallic effects and iridescence in ceramic glazes. This beautiful pendant reflects hues of copper to mauve depending on how the light hits it!

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Fall Goddess Pendant Necklace

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states reflections in water fascinate me – so do sunsets. If you happen to see both its bliss – like a sunset at the Pacific Ocean, when the colorful evening sky is reflected in the water on the seashore. In this moment life is good.

Ocean Sunset Photo greeting card

Frances from supplysideeconomics says unless you have played with truly vintage rhinestones, you have no idea how different they are from more modern ones. They can given to the faceting can often be as magnificent as a fine jewel.

They do not just reflect the light, but plays with the light as it dances around each stone.

Vintage rhinestone buttons

Mairi from mairidesign said this dazzling angel sun catcher catches and reflects the light beautifully. It looks fabulous in the window, adding a touch of sparkle from the iridescent glass and diamond crystal, so you can enjoy its charm all year-long.

Guardian angel suncatcher

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states special attention to light and prism colors were applied in the making of this gorgeous Nativity scene handkerchief. As if looking at the Manger through a stained glass window, colors dance and play on this Holy Scene. A beautiful play on light!

Vintage nativity scene handkerchief

Mary from CharmedByWine says I made this with swarovski crystal beads that catch the light perfectly! Sparkly on your Christmas tree between all the lights, or displayed in a window.

Beaded snowflake ornament

 

Paper Crafts

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

With Autumn festivities and Christmas time approaching, spending more time indoors calls for creative crafting. The #EtsyCIJ team have gathered together their paper craft goodies for fun projects like scrapbooking and greeting card and gift tag making.

Do you have any kits, fancy downloadable prints, fun embellishments, or anything that could be useful for paper crafting, in you shop?

Marie from LoveNStuff14 says

These were part of a huge stash of supplies my daughter found among gifts to her daughter when she was ill with leukemia. She was blessed with so many crafty things, many she did not use.

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Chipboard Die Cut Crafting Supplies

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

Paper crafts always remind me of scrapbooks. I used to scrapbook for many years and my daughter and I love to look through the many scrapbooks I made over the years. A fun addition to any scrapbook layout are tags with seasonal images like my Autumn tags. These tags are easy to add on and make any scrapbook page with an inspirational theme very special.
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Autumn Tags with Inspirational Quote

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

When I was little, I always made handmade Christmas and Hanukkah cards for my classmates at the holidays. Here’s a beautiful kit that offers a chance for you to make some homemade Christmas cards for friends and family.
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Make Your Own Christmas Card Kit

Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft says

I’ve added digital downloads to my shop over the past few months. I have several printable recipe cards and matching gift tags that are great for Christmas cookie swaps and holiday gifts.

Christmas recipe cards instant download

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

This fabulous Nativity set is perfect for those who might be tight on space or prefer not to have breakables with little ones around. Made of paper and cardboard, it’s already prepunched so it can be easily put together and set up in a special place of honor. Add your own embellishments, hay, glitter, etc. Make this a project to do with the kids and teach them the story of the nativity this Christmas!

Vintage nativity set

 

International Seasons Conclusion – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

We spent September 2018 hearing from a few of our team members, here on our blog, during our Etsy Christmas In July International Seasons.

Our #EtsyCIJ team is international and it has been wonderful seeing your photographs and learning a bit more about you and where you are in the world.

Please join me as we conclude the #CIJSeasons

Here are the participating featured members we shared with you this month:

Mairimairidesign / #CIJSeasons

Carola / Carola Bartz#CIJSeasons

Przemila K / CanisArtStudio / #CIJSeasons

Margie / ZenCatPottery / #CIJSeasons

Cristal / DesignsbyCristal / #CIJSeasons

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJSeasons and thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s International Seasons blog theme.

CIJ

International Seasons: CarolaBartz – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fall Is The Favorite Season Of Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz

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 1. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is fall. I love how nature changes and the colorful display I enjoy every day. The light is warmer and not as harsh as in summer. I absolutely love the earthy color palette of fall. The fog returns and it’s not as hot anymore, but the days have lovely temperatures that still allow to walk around without a jacket and in sandals.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We have summer right now, but already I can see the first yellow, orange and red leaves on some of the Chinese Pistaches. They are usually the first to turn and in October they are spectacular.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This journal represents the warm and earthy colors of fall. I personally love to journal and I especially like the smooth paper of composition books. Their sure are other people who share this and with them in mind I created this journal.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

There are two big celebrations in fall in my part of the world: Halloween and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Here, in wine country, the harvest of the grapes is also very important and often accompanied by small festivals with music, food and, of course, wine.

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5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarolaBartzPhotoArt
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/carolabartz/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/carolabartz/
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/+CarolaBartz

Russet Orange – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Russet Orange.

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Russet Orange
This forest floor orange speaks to earthen warmth.

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

zizzybob from zizzybob says there are very few sellers on Etsy selling handmade quilt blocks. Most of those who are, are selling vintage blocks. I make blocks that I would use if I were making a quilt. Most of mine are appliqued, something that a lot of quilters don’t like to do. Here is a set of blocks just in time for fall.

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 said this russet orange kitty cat would be a fun item to stitch this fall. I love striped tabbies like this beauty!

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Gari from BeadLoversKorner states I have very fine, flyaway hair and many times need bobby pins or hair accessories to keep the stray hairs in place. I also have tons of beads – so decided to put some beads on bobby pins! I loved them so much that I started making them to sell. These russet orange bobby pins, made with Carnelian, and perfect for fall colors and Halloween!

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Nancy from EponasCrystals says perfect colors for fall in this lightweight stretchy beaded bracelet. Orange and yellow tones with bright turquoise tassels as accents.

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Karen from timetalentjewels said these sweet pumpkin beads are a wonderful reminder that fall/autumn is upon us. Russet Oranges, Golds and Browns greet us this fall. Pumpkins, Gourds and Corn-husks along with the fall breezes. Bonfires and Wiener Roasts, oh what fun,we will have!

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Cristal from DesignsbyCristal states fall is all about seeing the old go into hibernation and waiting for the new to come out in the spring. I love driving up to the mountains in GA and seeing the tree-lined back drop of the amazing colors that fall brings such as the many hues of orange, red, and yellow.

The russet color mixed in with the brown really makes this dog collar pop and is a great add-on for your dogs fall fashion.

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Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says after thinking Fall and wishing for the leaves to change and pumpkin time I designed this cute set today!

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor said there is such a feeling of warmth to this color (and makes me think of apple pie because I use maple syrup) Our maple trees willingly put on a show for us in the early autumn.

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop states this gorgeous toiletries bag combines a lovely Russet Orange with a paler tangerine in a traditional herringbone pattern. The result is a zingy, eye-catching Harris Tweed fabric that I have used for the outside of this useful washbag.

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Margie from Zen Cat Pottery says Wow! The name “Russet Orange” is deceiving. When I go to the Pantone page, it’s really more of what I would call “pumpkin orange.”

This wheel-thrown ceramic spoon rest has a beautiful “Russet Orange” underside that will add a hint of color to your kitchen! This piece is hand painted and hand carved. All materials are non-toxic, food-safe and lead-free. This is also dishwasher safe.

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Marie from LoveNStuff14 said my daughter Terese collected vintage hats for years and only recently has decided to thin out her collection. This is one of my favorites

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Tami from HannaHerbals states this gorgeous bar of soap is scented with Patchouli, Lavender and Black Pepper, the color is from Paprika. It comes packaged in an adorable kraft jar.

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says I wouldn’t have called that shade of orange “russet” orange.

Orange always reminds me of the warm and earthen colors of autumn. And of pumpkins. Time spent at the pumpkin patch is one of the most beautiful things I remember doing with my family. Let the kids wear hand knitted pumpkin hats, sit on a big pumpkin surrounded by other pumpkins and you have the perfect photo shoot!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Russet Orange board!

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

Measuring Up

Blog Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We think of being good enough or things meeting ones expectations when we think of measuring up to someone or something. For our purposes we want all of our items to measure up to 10 inches tall.

What items do you have in your shop that measure up to 10 inches tall?

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says two of my passions are vintage items and green glass. With that said, these vintage green glass pasta canisters hit both my passions in one swoop…I had two sets of these canisters and am down to one. therefore, I believe someone else out there has my same two passions. Does anyone else love vintage green glass?

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Vintage green glass canister

Becky from CottonPickingFolkArt said these are the epitome of summer. When we spend more time outside, it ‘s nice to come have some light, season inspired decor on the inside.I enjoy creating my own patterns, and bringing them to life. I love to eat local strawberries, and with their limited season,these serve as a reminder of summer goodness!

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Strawberry bowl fillers

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states the red poppies always remind me of my native country Germany. In early summer they seemed to pop up everywhere. There were entire meadows filled with red poppies and blue bachelor buttons. Sometimes it looked like a field of red, green and blue stretching out to the horizon. I loved it so much and I miss this sight!

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Red poppies mixed media painting

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says I have always enjoyed knitting. I love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy. My socks are knitted with love from the heart and positive thoughts. My goal is to make you smile and bring you Joy.

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Knitted men socks

Mairi from mairidesign said you can make sure you meet all expectations by checking yourself in this classic beauty, with a stylized rose in your choice of colours – purple or pink are clear favourites. Measuring 26.3 x 20.3 cm (10+3/8″ x 8+1/4″), my Glasgow Rose, Mackintosh style mirror is based on the work of the artist, designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who has inspired many artists from Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.

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Art Nouveau Mirror 10×8″ Purple Glasgow Mac Rose wall mirror

Sandra from SDDigitalDesign states this 8” x 10” digital print was inspired by all the fond memories I have climbing trees as a child. To me a tree symbolizes balance, strength and growth. I felt as tall and as beautiful as the tree itself. Although I’m not climbing trees these days I will continue to cherish those times when I did. I hope the tree in my design inspires you as it did for me.

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