Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Make Your Dreams Come True Day gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don’t come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know what your dreams are,especially in relation to your business.

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple says:

I love to have my cushions in living rooms, cars/vans, restaurants, cafe shops, resorts, man caves, business, of all descriptions all over the world, custom-made for peoples desires and tastes.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/257885811/blue-parrotdecorative-pillow-coverblue?ref=teams_post

Blue parrot Decorative pillow

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states:

My business dream come true is really to be so busy selling on Etsy that I can’t handle it. My short-term goal, I guess that would be a cat nap dream, is to sell one item a day. . . or more, of course! I hope to accomplish that by reaching my target market and revealing more of my personality and creativity so that I stand out from other artists. I think this printable reflects that: if you want to reach your goals you have to work at it – be active, celebrate life and be yourself – that always works best for me.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/259189102/blue-be-yourself-printable-8x10-wall-art?ref=teams_post

Positive digital art

 

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed:

My husband and I love to travel. It is harder to go overseas now with two young boys. We live in Australia in a spot where it never snows. It would be wonderful one day to go to the other side of the world and have a white Christmas! This card set is just that! Oh and I would love to build a snowman one day too.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/258437032/winter-christmas-card-set-with-envelopes?ref=teams_post

Winter Christmas card set with envelopes

 

Maha from MadeOnKailash stated:

My dream is to have long travel in South Asia. I admire India and already have been there for several times, that’s why my shop is named after great mountain Kailash. But my dream is to go there for a long time and also visit some neighbouring countries. And I always can take my micro macrame art with me and convert my impressions in new creations! Maybe one day I’ll have something which will be really made on Kailash in my shop!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/260898321/macrame-brooch-with-natural-gemstone?ref=teams_post

Macrame Brooch with Natural Gemstones

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I have been to Japan once for a two-week holiday and loved it. I have been to Japan once for a two holiday and loved it.  This wine/port/sake bottle is inspired by Japanese design…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216922101/ceramic-decanter-wine-oil-vinegar-sake?ref=teams_post

Ceramic Decanter

 

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

My Etsy dream would be to sell more than the 31 items I sold last year. It’s really nice to see people wearing and enjoying the knits I’ve made and I’d love more of that feeling!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/262578806/black-chunky-ribbed-beanie-hat-handmade?ref=teams_post

Chunky black ribbed beanie hat

 

Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts said:

My dream for my Etsy shop is to build it up so that I’m actually making money (instead of spending more than I make) by the time I retire from my grown up job. Then I can retire, and step into my shop full-time and already be making some income. I love making gifts. I’m so tickled when people ask me to send a gift set directly to their recipient. I even include a handmade, and handwritten card for them free of charge!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/260557032/bath-and-body-gift-set-spa-basket-womens?ref=teams_post

Bath and Body Gift Set

 

Patricia  from TheOldBarnDoor discussed:

Dreams often begin with a wish but only become reality when we take steps to work on them. That said, there is something magical about casting your dream into the wind and waiting for it to come back to you. When was the last time you made a wish with one of these?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/217824298/metallic-print-fluffy-white-seed-head?ref=teams_post

Metallic Print Fluffy White Seed Head

 

Laura from ChickenJungle said:

My 5-year goal for my shop is to sell enough to get my own place again… a tiny house, a big fenced yard for my dog, and a chicken yard.. But it has to be somewhere close to town with public transit….yeah I know that is going to be hard to find but I’m very frugal so I don’t need much.

A wider goal for my shop is to increase public appreciation of chickens. They’re wonderful animals, and deserve to be treated that way!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194074490/blue-valentine-chicken-doll-doorstop?ref=teams_post

Blue Valentine Chicken doll

Handmade Summer – Etsy Christmas in July

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

I love summer. I especially love all of the handmade items that are everywhere this warm and sunny season. There are so many talented artists that create beautiful handmade pieces that are perfect for the summer.

Summer is a perfect time for creativity and inspiration and in honor of the season, our Etsy Christmas in July team share their handmade items that beautifully represent the summer.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Starfish bead bracelet

I can picture wearing this bracelet while on the beach this summer, enjoying the summer breeze and the waves.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AliciasFindings

Alicia of AliciasFindings says, “I found these beads at a local store and fell in love! I love beachy things especially sea life,birds,sun,sand etc. This piece embodies all of that to me and I hope whoever buys it feels the same!”

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Stephanie from Busy Bella Boutique says, “My daughter needed somewhere to put her bows and headbands instead of in a drawer in her room. It was way too messy, and I could never find the bow I wanted for whatever outfit she was wearing. So, one day I thought I would just make a hair bow holder/organizer myself. So, I gathered supplies and let her pick out the color ribbon she liked, and I even let her help (She is 5, so this was a VERY big deal to her). Finally, after some trial and error, I made her one, and she LOVED it!! She just had to show everyone her new hair bow organizer hanging up in her room. So, I thought, “Why not share it with the world?”

 

This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeasideRoseCreations

This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeasideRoseCreations

 

Roselle from Seaside Rose Creations says, “I adore the beach, summer and vintage. These banners are so wonderful for weddings, holidays, events, etc. I love thinking up words and then using various colored ribbons to go with the vintage letter cards I have thrifted. They are so sweet and have a great vibe hanging from the ribbon by little wood clothespins! I take custom orders and am happy to make up any word for these DIY banners.”

 

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These earrings are great for any outfit. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

 

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says, “I have always disliked heavy jewelry, especially in the summer months, yet I love the look of chunky jewelry. It is so hot here in the summer! Some outfits, however, need a little something extra. So, I created these boho style earrings to wear on those hot summer days. They are feather light, and I chose neutral colors that you can wear with just about anything. Fun and flirty and eye catching, for sure!”

 

Doesn't this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BridgetsCollection

Doesn’t this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BridgetsCollection

 

Paula of Bridget’s Collection says, “I am fortunate to live in a warmer climate and a short drive to the beach. When I made this necklace, I thought of a day at the beach enjoying the sun, sand and surf. Then, home for a quick shower, change into a sun dress, and pop on this necklace and earring set before heading out for an al fresco dinner watching the setting sun.”

 

These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanysBest

These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanysBest

 

Brittany of Brittany’s Best says, “I wanted to make rings specifically for a beach wedding. I searched for weeks before finding the perfect color ribbon for these hand-wrapped napkin rings. I love the thought that these rings will match the color of the sea or sky on someone’s most special day. I can envision an all white tabletop with these rings adorning a white napkin and vases with sea shells and floating candles.”

 

How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngsanaSeedsPhoto

How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngsanaSeedsPhoto

 

Angsana of Angsana Seeds Photo says, “When I think of summer, I visualized rolling hills of wildflowers with bright brilliant colors. I am from Singapore and we lack the four seasons. Also, the weather is too hot and humid that we don’t usually see vibrant colorful flowers on the sidewalk. I saw this brilliant orange color Gerbera daisy when I went to the market one day. The color captured my eyes, and it is screaming summer! I’m so glad I bought it home.”

 

 

Laura of Chicken Jungle says, “I started sewing with fabric scraps from my aunts when I was a little kid, I like to experiment with many different fabrics, trims, buttons, beads and all kinds of unusual doodads, a little of this, a little of that. Lately I have been making these chicken doorstops. They all have quilted wings and tails that are like mini quilts in themselves. They are hand stitched, as it would be impossible to make the small curved seems on a machine. I make my own pattern for these chickens.”

 

How pretty is this dress? From https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyLizzys

How pretty is this dress?
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyLizzys

 

Elizabeth of LuckyLizzys says” I created this design for Summer because every little girl should have a colorful sundress to twirl in and feel special! It is a perfect dress for all your Summertime events!”

 

Isn't this pretty and fun!  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations

Isn’t this pretty and fun!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations

 

Sue of Greenbriar Creations says, “They are a unique one of a kind addition to your fairy garden. With a little care and no rogue squirrels (they ate one of my socks!) they could last a couple of years. I’ve recently added some miniature clothes garlands as laundry room decor to the shop too. The best part of making these miniatures is the ability to use up bits and pieces of my stash – whether it be fabric, lace or some of my vintage hankies. My shop is extremely eclectic. I don’t like to work on the same thing over and over. I’m always coming up with something new.”

 

Beautiful summer greeting card.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolaBartz

Beautiful summer greeting card.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolaBartz

 

Carola from Carola Bartz says, “When I think of summer I often think of the ocean, the beach – and of course sanddollars. Sun, bright colors, carefree days. I love to walk along the beach and look for shells. I especially love sanddollars, they are unique and it’s hard to find whole, unbroken ones. For me they mean something positive and beautiful. This beauty as well as the feeling of carefree light summer days I love to express in unique handmade cards that represent summer – and how thoughtful is it to send this beauty and positive emotion to someone we love and care about? That’s why I make these cards.”

 

Look at the digital, printable paper. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ButterflyFeetDigital

Look at the digital, printable paper.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ButterflyFeetDigital

 

Sherri from Butterfly Feet Digital says, “I love flowers and lady bugs, and summer just happens to be the best time to see both of those! I’ve always loved sunflowers – they are so country and pretty.
I enjoy creating flowers and bugs for digital download items such as these printable greeting card sets. These are in PDF printable format, and one of my goals is to make similar items in jpg format.”

 

How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyeLoveKnots

How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyeLoveKnots

 

Alexandra from Eye Love Knots says, ” I fell in love with this bag the moment I saw it! I knew I had to create my own. First one made went to my cousin for her birthday. I filled it with a bunch of goodies needed to have a great day at the beach – magazines, sunscreen, beach towel, cooler/lunch bag, Gatorade, snack bars… It was a hit!”

 

 

Valerie of Bijoux Elkasa says, “‘m a classic lady when we talk about clothes so I started to do this kind of necklace to light up my little black dress or a classic top. This is my way to be more colorful 🙂 It can also be use with a nice gown for wedding or graduation.”

 

Such beautiful and unique glass art. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethLovesGlass

Such beautiful and unique glass art.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethLovesGlass

 

Elizabeth of Elizabeth Loves Glass says, “Fresh beachy colors and a love-the-ocean theme feel like summer to me. I don’t use actual sea glass in my mosaics because it’s too rare – but the kiln formed and tumbled glass that I do use gives a similar feeling and is definitely summer-holiday inspired.”

 

 

Kelly from Colourscape Studios says, “I created this print for the summer time girls! It just takes me back to my early years of spending all summer on the beach without a care in the world :D”

 

 

Denise from Quilts Herbs Paper 4 U says, ”

I have been quilting and working with herbs and fabrics since my late teens. I love it!! I want to help people feel good about themselves. Much of my inspiration comes from pockets of peaceful spirituality in the Rocky Mountains and Four Corners area. Some of my inspiration also comes from Alpine Europe.”

 

Jennifer from Repurposed Wool Studio says, “When I think of summer… I think of colorful and fun. This dress up/ pretend play costume is great for kids wanting to run around and be free as a bird during summer fun.”

 

 

Lia of Ghirlandiamo says, ” I live in a South Italy town, where sun and sea are my constant fellows. I love bright and strong colours as in this my wreath. Do you like it?”

 

Summer placemats, patriotic style. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/HolidayCreations4U

Summer place mats, patriotic style.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/HolidayCreations4U

 

Martha from Holiday Creations 4 U says, “Summer place mats from my shop that can brighten up any summer time get together. I have a variety of summer themed mats plus a patriotic table runner.
I have been making these hand made place mats and table runners for over a year. They are a complement to my Christmas themed handmade stockings and tree skirts.”

 

Summer Bracelet - so cute! From https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodlandMarket

Summer Bracelet – so cute!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodlandMarket

 

Melanie from Woodland Market says, “I live in a city that is on the edge of Lake Ontario, and I have totally gotten into the nautical theme with all the water around me. I really love the look of the different sailor knots, and I decided to turn them into some cute bracelets!”

These are great stories by great artists, creating pieces that express the theme of ‘Handmade Summer.”

Have a great summer! Share this time with your family and friends.

All the best,

Ashley from French Soul Knittery

 

 

 

Christmas in July-Summer Trend Cacti and Bright Textiles

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Christmas in July is an Etsy community event that is a blast to participate in! The official dates this year are July 10th – July 20th.

The CIJ team even has all the latest trends, including Cacti and Bright Textiles! This trend is catching on and is so versatile.

Suzanne Love of MountainGoth says:

I started making hats years ago because I couldn’t find a jester hat to finish off my Halloween costume. Back then I never dreamed I’d turn it into a business. This one is made from neon colored cotton.

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Jennifer Watson of JenWatsonPhotography let me know:

I have a couple more cacti images soon ready to upload. Discovered in the Cacti & succulent garden at Mt. Cootha Botanical Gardens in Brisbane, Australia.

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Sue Green of GreenbriarCreations stated:

I found this great hanky in a box that I rescued from an estate sale. It just scream Kitchen Kitsch – perfect for summer to display on a shelf or in a frame.

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Laura of ChickenJungle tells me:

Around 15 years ago I got my first start of this wonderful thornless prickly pear cactus from a Hispanic American vendor at a flea market here in south Texas. She had put a single large pad into a pot, and was selling the pad in the pot for $2.00. Around here, this thorn less cactus is a popular ingredient in many Mexican dishes…it’s called nopales, nopalitos. I took it home and put it in my garden, just stuck it in the ground. That one single pad produced more and more pads, and now it has become a living fence around my garden….all clones of that first pad. It never needs watering, of course!

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These shops all have wonderful items that you just gotta see! It’s a fiesta for you eyes!

Christmas in July Shopping Guide – For the Home

Good morning everyone – Jen from Caffeinated Papercuts here with another fun shopping guide for you! Today we’ve got a great list of home accessories, perfect for the person who is always redecorating with the seasons, who carefully chooses each piece to add to the home, or just for yourself! I asked our team members to share their favorite home decor pieces and the story behind them; because really, what’s better than a piece with a story?

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Sherry from treasuresRtimeless

I have a real passion for vintage, and I love to sew! So with these thoughts in mind, I found the opportunity to re-purpose several vintage items by designing this wonderful handmade throw pillow! It is designed from a wonderful vintage linen tea towel, beautiful vintage cream lace, and finished off with of course, vintage buttons! It would be perfect for a young lady’s bedroom or sitting on a vintage porch swing! 

Lindsey from AddyluCandles

Lindsey from AddyluCandles

My candles are handmade and hand-poured nightly in my kitchen once my baby girl Addylu goes to bed. The candles are 100% soy, and smell wonderful!! I wanted to create candles that are beautiful to look at and smell, and that are safer to burn around my baby than store-bought candles. At affordable prices, my candles are a great gift choice for anyone on your list!

Angsana from AngsanaSeedsPhoto

Angsana from AngsanaSeedsPhoto

This photo was taken on a cold gloomy morning in Prague. I had planned to capture sunrise at the the famous Charles Bridge, unfortunately it started drizzling, the sky was grey and miserable. Just when I was packing my gears, this lady with a bright yellow umbrella walked past. Snapped! the bright and “sunny” umbrella really make our day!

Laura from ChickenJungle

Laura from ChickenJungle

My dad showed me how to do macrame plant hangers back in the 1970’s during the big macrame craze. He had learned to tie many knots while he was in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II. Then when he got into the big macrame craze during the 1970’s, he tied smaller versions of many of the same knots he had tied in the ship. Recently I re-read my father’s macrame books from the 1970’s, and now I have got started again on the macrame. I am very glad to continue something my father started so long ago.

For me macrame is very relaxing, especially making these hangers for the home. There is something very satisfying about turning a bunch of long loose ends into something useful! My hangers come with a clear round glass container. They would be great for holding air plants, or as candle holders. The hanger can also be used as a plant hanger for a 5 or 6 inch round pot. 

This is one we have on our walls! A wonderful, sunny reminder to take each day as it comes, and that we are the ones who choose what we feel each day, so it might as well be good stuff!

This image has been taken on Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. The Hebrides are perfect if you love the tropical sandy beaches, the azure coloured sea, but are not that keen on the tropical heat.

Earlier that day I have worked out that this would be the perfect view for the sunset – sun setting behind the mountains. Only this was the Hebrides. When I got to my spot the wind was blowing and the odd raindrop or two has hit me in the face. The evening was young and I didn’t have anything else planned, so I decided to sat down and watch the clouds what shapes they create. Miracle hasn’t even been on my mind.

Suddenly there was this lump cloud and I don’t even know why I just grabbed the camera, put it on the tripod, quickly focused on the grass clump in the front and took the shot. The wind was blowing strong and the clouds were moving fast. In the next shot the cloud is just a shapeless lump.

I’m so glad I have decided just to sit down and looked at the clouds.

Carola from CarolaBartz

Carola from CarolaBartz

The inspiration for this mixed media painting came from my love for poppies. In my native country Germany in the summer the meadows are full with mostly red poppies – it’s a stunning scene! After I had read about an interesting technique how to glue crumpled book or newspaper pages to a mixed media painting, I knew that I would try this technique and combine it with my love for poppies.

The painting evolved over a few days – the hardest part was attaching the crumpled paper at the bottom of the canvas. The word “bloom” was a natural consequence.

I can see this painting hanging in a living room over an old desk, in a teenage girl’s room or even in a nursery. How about a kitchen? It would light up any room and just give you some happy and sunny feelings. You can almost hear the humming of the bees!

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass

I love giving a new life to glass items that might otherwise have been discarded. In all my mosaics I work with chunks of recycled glass (chipped serving dishes, old stemware, nuggets and scraps of glass from any source I can access). I kiln-form many of the individual chunks to flatten, smooth and/or provide texture, and I use a crystal clear two-component epoxy to adhere the chunks to the base glass, which is often salvaged as well. Upcycled and repurposed, the stained glass effect of these mosaics will add sparkle to your home.

I found this vintage picnic basket, and freshened it up by painting the top of the basket turquoise. I love to use baskets for storage, and the unique sliding top on this one makes it a winner in my book!  In your home, it is both decorative and adds storage. Or, you can always use it to go on a picnic! 

While visiting Europe, I was amazed at their tea towels. They aren’t the cotton towels we use here, they are, in general, linen. Upon return, I was inspired to create my own. They don’t shed lint as other towels do. They don’t scratch the surfaces as other towels do. They have almost a patina when they come out of the laundry. Avoid fabric softener, and they are pretty absorbent. Only problem was finding linen towels. So, I made my own from quality linen from a local fabric shoppe.

Denise from QuiltsHerbsPaper4U

Denise from QuiltsHerbsPaper4U

 I have been quilting and working with herbs since my late teens. I make full size quilts; these items are samples of quilting aromatherapy into home decor sachet potpourri. I like knowing that I can do something to brighten or soothe someone’s day.

Kristin from Vamperstein

Kristin from Vamperstein

I’ve got various photography prints up for sale, mainly with landscape/nature in one way or another. For me, spending time in nature is kind of relaxing (at least hiking calm me down a bit) and you don’t always know when the next good shot comes up. 

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories. Be sure to check out their stores if something catches your eye, and search Etsy using ‘cij’ or ‘christmasinjuly’ for other sale items!