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Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

How To Relax After A Long Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Who doesn’t love to relax after a long day at work, school,etc? Not only is it nice to slow down and relax, but it has many health benefits as well. Relaxing helps slow heart rate, maintains normal blood sugar levels, reducing chronic pain and muscle tension and so much more.

There are so many ways to relax. Some include yoga, meditation, music, arts, crafts and so much more.

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says many people go fishing to relax… to just sit in the quite of nature is very relaxing to many.

Here are my fish buttons…

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Set of 2 fish buttons

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said here in Florida, many people like to visit the beach to relax. Walking on the beach, listening to the waves, watching the birds fly in and out, collecting shells and sea glass, and watching the crabs come in and out of their hole are just a few of the relaxing things to do on the beach. A beach is a great place to just go to, sit, and think in such a peaceful atmosphere. I’ll bet many problems are being solved on the beach…

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Vintage wire seashell basket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I’m sensing a nature theme here. My number one way to relax is to go for a long hike or walk. Getting my heart racing, strengthening my muscles, breathing in fresh air and letting my thoughts wander away from the fast-paced world and end up in a calm place where I can appreciate all the planet has to offer.

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Printable travel art

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says relaxation is very important. There are many ways to regenerate the body and soul. There is currently a Zen-style interior trend that promotes body and mind harmony.

I have to offer large original paintings of earth and sky tones, inspired by nature. This painting is an affirmation of life and my vision of connecting with the world of plants and animals. I gave it the title “Forest Spirit” and it reminds me of old beliefs and rituals. People have always believed that nature has the power to heal and science now confirms this knowledge. This painting creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Very well suited to the interior in the Zen style.

In my shop, there are also large pastel paintings that bring nature. I also paint for orders. Just let me know.

Abstract oil painting

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said many people, myself included, love paper crafting – scrapbooking, card making, decoupage. When I have that down time to make something with paper, it really helps me let go of the stress and be just happy.

Pastel digital scrapbooking papers

Cerena from CerenaLevene states many folks enjoy camping among a natural setting to relax. For me a good set of cozy pajamas is quite enough ~ a bib would come in handy too for sad movie tears! Or for a catch all and mouth wipe after pizza.

Flannel pants and bib set

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says relaxation is very important for our overall mental awareness and well-being. I have been using candles as a method for relaxation over the years and recently started learning about the benefits of essential oils. Incorporating essential oils like 100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil has been shown to drive away anxious thoughts and promote positivity!

Lemongrass essential oil soy candle

Marta from GottliebTextiles said there is nothing more relaxing than a nice afternoon nap. Your sofa should be not only cozy but also stylish. Here is a nice set of two cushion covers to brighten up your relax zone.

Elephant cushion cover set

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states many people like to read to relax! Here’s a perfect metal bookmark designed just for that purpose! Created with a soft pink bead and a floral focal point hinting of a nice summer day, it doesn’t get much more relaxing than this!

Pink bead and flower accent bookmark

Complementing Colors That Also Contrast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green. These create a high contrast, so they are used when you want something to stand out. Artists are known to use these colors in their artwork to allow something to “pop” or “stand out” in whatever they are creating. One color will often be used as a background color while the other color will be used for accents.

Here are some wonderful items from team members of the Etsy Christmas in July team who have used this concept to create some beautiful items on display in their shops. Be sure to check them out and witness some talent in action!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Red Longhaired Dachshund on a dark green background. This cute dog is similar to a small fox. To paint him very realistic I put it on a dark green background. The strong contrast makes it very realistic and the whole composition is in autumn colors. You can choose the color of the frame, but I prefer gold because it slightly neutralizes the contrast and adds warm colors.

CanisArtStudio

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I designed this cross body bag around a piece of Japanese fabric featuring cranes. I love the contrast of green treetops against the red background and of course the metallic gold for a bit of bling. Definitely a stand out color combination!

RobynFayeDesigns

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  says:

Blue and Gold – cool and warm, complimentary and contrasting.

This is all reflected in our Best Friends Card: Soul Sisters. Perfect for your childhood best friend, graduation buddies, or members of a bridal shower.

StockLaneStudio

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The contrasting colors in this Harris tweed tea cozy make it really eye-catching. Many traditional tartans use red and green, but I think this twist to brick and turquoise is rather unusual.

 

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Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Bright pink has a fantastic contrast on a black background.

GottliebTextiles

Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

Here you will see the contrasting decorative stitch in a golden yellow upon a terrific purple flannel backing of this baby bib set.

The yellow and purple are repeated in the painted Easter egg fabric. The contrasting yellow verses violet (and orange verses blue ) add to the excitement of the holiday! Feed your little golden egg with less mess and more style.

CerenaLevene

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

I chose these contrasting colors when creating the label so that when you need light during an emergency situation, you can easily find this candle! This candle provides light and is very lite!

SoyCandlesByCaroline

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Chunky jewel tones gemstone necklace in tones of blue, amber, bronze, brown, turquoise and gold. The gemstones included are African turquoise, amber, natural blue aquaterra jasper beads with a mixture of a fabulous blue and a sparkling gold quartz, red agate, pietersite and brown mookaite jasper.

EponasCrystals

Cristal Hughes from DesignsByCristal says:

Purple and gold are the colors of my favorite school. To me these colors represent strength, spirit and excellence. Purple is also so regal!

DesignsByCristal

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

It is interesting to me how the orange will stand out differently with the shades of deep purples and then with the shades of teal greens. This makes a cool wool felted hot pad how it all came together after knitting and felting. Color is so fascinating, don’t you think?

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Fabulous Flowers

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Fall is officially here, and it’s the time I plant some of my favorite bulbs so I can get that thrill of colorful flowers in the spring. It reminds me of all the joy planting, growing, viewing and displaying flowers brings to me. It makes me wonder about your flowery favorites. Our Christmas in July team members shared these items and stories.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I don’t like to plant or grow flowers, but I do love anything that is floral. I believe flowers brighten every day and anything that holds flowers or has flowers on it.

I found several vintage bottles at an estate sale. I kept looking at them and wondered what to do with them. I decided instead of selling them as is, I would paint flowers on them. This is what I came up with.

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JAMsCraftCloset

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We pick fresh flowers from our yard throughout the year and use them in our photography for our bridal party and couple’s monogrammed gifts in our shop. We love the addition of the flowers in the images and love including a little part of our home in our work.

DesignstheLimit

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

We enjoy finding vintage items like vases or decor with a floral theme. I took the photo of this toothpick holder earlier in the year. The Forget-me-knot flowers grew in our garden.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

I definitely do not have a green thumb when it comes to flowers. However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them. I especially love the blooming flowers!

On the other hand, I also love faux flowers but I don’t want them to look like a cheap plastic floral decoration.

Allergies also run in the family so sometimes it’s a challenge to find just the right bouquet for our table.

That’s what inspired this neat item! It’s a combination floral and upcycled item all rolled up into one truly amazing conversation piece! The flower is made from pistachio nut shells! The finished bouquet is perfect for the table (if nobody in the family is allergic to nut trees)! The best part is, it can be custom made to match any decor theme!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I’m really fond of bulbs, particularly l do love irises. I liked the American Iris Society’s Facebook page, where I can see these wonderful flowers. And this is my homage to them.

Ghirlandiamo

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love flowers! Spring is my best display. I have many perennial flower beds but they are a lot of back breaking work. If only it wasn’t for weeds! These tin canisters are bright and flowery!

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Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

Flowers are one of the favourite motifs I use when I embroider. I love them!

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Astrid Stenerud Prayag from RedNeedleQuilts says:

I love pansies. We always had pansies on the farm in Norway where I grew up. Every year, at the end of the cold and snowy winter, my late Mom bought seeds to grow for the garden. Among the several sachets with seeds, there was the pansies. I couldn’t wait for the seeds to grow, for the tiny plants to get big and strong enough to be planted in pots outside as well as in some of the flower beds. I love all the color variations the pansies have, so colorful and eye catching.

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JO from alustrousjewellery says:

Love flowers! I remember picking daisies as a child and making daisy chains, these daisy earrings remind me of that time.

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Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

I love fairy flower earrings. I make them in all different colors and styles and they are where most of the color resides on my shop.

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Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

It’s hard to imagine anyone that doesn’t love flowers. Hmmm… maybe those unfortunate folks with allergies. Well here’s a handful of flowers guaranteed to be pollen free!

Vintage lucite teal blue moonglow rounds and light blue Peruvian flowers – so pretty together. The clay fired hand painted flowers vary slightly from one to another adding a unique element to this sweet bracelet. These Peruvian beads have a folk art vibe that is a pleasing contrast to the luminescent vintage lucite moonglow.

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Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

I have a shop full of flowers! Here though is a piece made from recycled paper and featuring two roses. Here I’ve used paper from an old copy of Pride and Prejudice but as a custom order you can scan me a page from your favourite book, the sheet music from a special song or even a section of a map showing a favourite place and I can turn into a truly meaningful piece of jewellery.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Roses are my favorite! Especially the fragrant varieties. This is a real rose bud encased in resin.

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Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

Flowers!!I love flowers and used to be a florist till I retired this year. I usually try to incorporate flowers of some kind in my designs . Here I created a poinsettia pin for the holidays with just a touch of sparkle and holiday magic!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

How about a hand knitted and felted bag with a flower on it? Recently I purchased a book on how to make real flowers other than this one and knitting and felting them has been a real treat. My last purse that I sold was my cover photo of a red purse with pansies. There are lots of flowers to knit and felt, it just takes time and patience.

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Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

No hat without flowers. Flowers determine the style of a hat. Depending on material and design. This hat from jeans fabric with crochet flowers and embroidered with pearls is reminiscent of the 70’s.

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I love making paper cut out flowers for diy creators. Tropical florals are a great way to decorate weddings and showers.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I love the idea of digital paper because once you purchase the file, you can keep it on hand and printout as many or few as you like. You don’t having to rush back to the store for more of the same when you run out.

This floral stationery is cheerful with beautiful autumn tones of warm reds and oranges. I captured the background photograph of straw flowers while shopping at a market in Montreal, Canada.

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Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE says:

A lot of my artwork focuses on flowers. I have recently become enamored with the the language of flowers. I am fascinated with the symbolic meanings attributed to flowers and love the lore of the Victorian age when flowers were purposefully and thoughtfully arranged so as to convey secret messages and nuanced thoughts.

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Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

I truly enjoy flowering trees, with the branches being just as extravagant to me as the floral explosions erupting along those limbs. I enjoy the light streaming throughout, showcasing shadowy depths and highlighted blossoms!

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Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Autumn is the last moment when I can paint flowers by nature. I like the colors of autumn flowers. They create strong accents and add joy when days are cloudy. I sketched pastel by nature. This is a classic still life.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I planted a special garden in the fall of 2016 so that I could show my Canadian pride in the spring of 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. This was a lavish display of red and white tulips. I couldn’t help but smile every time I walked past this part of the garden in the spring.

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Navy Peony – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

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 2017 is Navy Peony.

PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony

A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

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

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

These luxurious cloth napkins were inspired by my love of natural things around me. I live where huge Loblolly pine cones fall seasonally and make great fire starters for the fireplace, terrific decorations in baskets and fun projects for children during the winter season.

Navy Peony and a rich chocolate brown partners well with the the look of glistening snow- whether it is your white dinner set, milk glass, crystal goblets- or even tin!

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Navy Peony is a classic color perfect when combined with white. This bag is just right for any occasion from a dinner date to a casual wedding! Navy peony is great for all seasons and goes with so many colors as an alternative to black.

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joliefemmebydiana

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Navy blue is a perfect back drop to display the pink ribbons for Breast Cancer. In this print it’s no wonder they paired navy peony with the pink ribbons because a Breast Cancer survivor or fighter is strong (solid), faithful (dependable), and secure (stable) in this battle.

I have both friends and family whom have battled this illness and I’ve seen how each one was solid, stable, and dependable for their families even though they were in a fight to live!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Navy Peony: A dependable and anchoring shade. That’s a great way to describe what a home means to me. Our little family has seen our fair share of planes, trains, suitcases and hotel rooms, but as long as we are together, we can make any place a home. We offer printed and printable ‘HOME’ art, and SLS is happy to customize the map to show where you’ve made your home.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Navy peony color
Reminder of the ted, white and blue!
Patriotism
Hurray for the red, white and blue!
Go USA!

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I had started work on a new paper pack – I wanted to do something in navy or denim blue and make it look a bit old and worn – so, navy peony seems a perfect color for this set. I love how it contrasts with the beige to give it a classic old denim look.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

When choosing a color for my paper cut card the navy color was my first choice as it makes the design really stand out against the white parchment paper. It can be used for any occasion and any season.

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cwagenblass9

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Designing with the color blue is like second nature to me. I love the color. This elegant lapel pin is not only beautiful but it can also add color and conversation to any dull outfit. It’s versatile enough to be added to a hat, purse, or tote bag too!

Cynhumphrey

Cynhumphrey

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Navy Peony is a super cool colour for summer! And this sparkly ring is ideal for summer night parties! Made from upcycled buttons the ring makes a great fashion statement!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Linda B. from lindab142 says:

Navy Peony blue is one of the colors in the Israeli flag and I use it in my Jewish jewelry designs. This charm bracelet can be worn year round since it features Jewish symbols and Jewish charms representing different holidays.

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lindab142

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Blue goes perfectly with jeans, which are my favorite wardrobe choice! Gypsy style chandelier earrings in tones of blue. Swarovski crystals , iridescent blue seed beads, and tiny gold beads.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

One of the most coveted colors in the universe is navy. It is fitting that Navy Peony is a featured Pantone color for the Etsy Christmas July Team. Since we are a solid and stable team of creative souls. I am featuring one of my beautiful natural blue sapphire cabochons. This stone is a slice cut from a larger blue sapphire crystal.

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saxdsign

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

I love navy peony blue tones. This agate pendant caught my eye when shopping for stones. The rich deep blue is so wonderful and it almost begged to be a suncatcher!

LizPOriginals

LizPOriginals

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Navy Peony board!

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

Butterrum – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

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 2017 is Butterrum.

PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum

This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

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

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

Thank you for considering this two sided chip board door sign that has original art on both sides.

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This handmade ceramic bowl is a gorgeous Butterum colour, and is great for entertaining. It is the ideal size for olives, dips, tapenades and any condiment in general!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

My horse themed lanyard is picture perfect on a butterum background. The butterum backdrop makes the color of each horse pop even more.

I have so many horse lovers as friends who love nature and life on the farm. Well when I found this print it seemed to fit right in with what my gal pals suggested trying to search for. So, off to the races we went with what has become one of my best selling lanyards thus far!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These beads would be great to make accessories for your 2017 wardrobe – and are equally suitable for bunting, scrapbooking, cardmaking and all your craft projects in general!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Deborah Ruggiero from 3DesignDimensions says:

Warm, cozy and mellow…the perfect fall neutral!

3DesignDimensions

3DesignDimensions

Deborah Ruggiero from BaubleandaButterfly says:

These butterum freshwater blister pearls are the perfect compliment to all skin types, neutral in color to be worn will all of falls fabulous deep hues.

BaubleandaButterfly

BaubleandaButterfly

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Butterrum board!

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

Ballet Slipper – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

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 2017 is Ballet Slipper.

PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper

Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

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

Cerena Levene Studio Make Believe from CerenaLevene says:

I believe in using cloth napkins for many reasons, but elegance is certainly one of them. I use my “fancy” glass and pottery daily, for serving food and beverages, and of course. I find the luxury of cloth napkins quite ironic, as they are frugal as well…like me! Elegant and frugal!

CerenaLevene

CerenaLevene

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

These sweet foxes love pink! The sweet feminine color of ballet slipper pink makes a great background for these fun foxes!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

The stone of love and compassion. Rose quartz gemstone necklace with a petite antiqued sterling silver chain.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

A dainty necklace featuring tiny (1 cm) origami flowers with the tiniest touch of iridescent glitter in their centres and then finished with Swarovski crystals. Matching earrings are also available in a separate listing.

Gillisflowers

Gillisflowers

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These pretty ballet slipper pink earrings are so feminine and would be ideal earrings for sweet 16, debutante and bridemaids earrings….they feature handmade paper beads and seed beads.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

This upcycled ivory tea pot mobile features a delicate floral pattern accented with recycled jewelry strands in shades of pale ballet slipper pink and touches of gold. A perfect gift idea for the vintage and romance lover!

mscenna

mscenna

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

SLS’s ballet slipper pink Dorm Sweet Dorm printable is bubbly and sweet. Digital art is so affordable and offers so many flexible uses, it’s the perfect choice for college students on a budget.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ballet Slipper board!

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