Colorful Creations

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Spring is in full swing, which means summer is on its way! No one is in a hurry to skip past the beautiful spring pastels, but neither will anyone complain when it is time to break out the bright summer color scheme either! Colorful creations are appropriate any time of the year, but especially so as we are breaking out the popsicles for kids and the fireworks for 4th of July. Summer is all about colors!

With that in mind, I asked our Christmas in July team for the most colorful creations in their shops. So here are some of the best of the best in terms of colorful Etsy items!

Karen from TimeTalentJewels shared this absolutely stunning crochet wire necklace, fraught with summer colors! I just love the shapes and sizes of these beads, as well. Don’t they remind you of summer fruits or flourishing gardens? PLUS this listing includes both the necklace and an earrings set! Karen says: “What got me started on this particular Wire Crochet Necklace was a very small bead by the name of “”Dyed Jade”. The colors were just beautiful within that tiny bead and what colors popped out were Corals, Yellows, Aqua, and Chartreuse. I had a lot of fun trying to get the exact colors for this necklace and it finally all came together. There are even little yellow butterflies in the necklace which gives me hope that summer is approaching with the warmer weather that I absolutely love.”

(Pro tip: check out the rest of Karen’s shop! It is filled with equally beautiful and colorful pieces of jewelry!)

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Now here is a piece that everyone who wears sunglasses needs – and who doesn’t wear sunglasses in the sunny summer months?! I just love the bright colors and designs on the fabric, and I envision these being a perfect gift this summer season! Here is what Diana, owner of JolieFemme, says:

“My shop is always filled with colorful items. I love color and fun prints! I chose this fabric because the flowers are so bright against the white background and it has little skulls too. This item is easy to find in your bag and keeps your glasses safe and scratchfree. #colorfulisfun Bright color is great to bring a smile and good for any time of the year! #happycolor”.

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And now, an item that is rather unique for what you might expect on Etsy – but we love unique here! CorkyCrafts offers an array of seeds for flowers so that your garden can flourish this summer. The owner says:

“What is summer without sunflowers? A garden should make you smile, plus it is a great teaching tool with children too. In Texas sunflowers are king during the hot Texas summer months. We enjoy sharing our TX size flowers with our clients. My shop is filled with cork crafts and when I’m saving up corks for projects during the spring and summer we also offer our flower seeds to help spread a wide array of color in flowers to our customers to enjoy gardening to

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

At the time I created this, we were living in our first house we purchased. My husband loves to spend time outdoors in the summer so we built a huge deck on the back of the house and put in a koi pond right on the side of the deck. I love to take objects and turn them into something entirely different so when I came across these designer koi shoes I just had to make a ring or earring stud organizer out of them. They are also perfect for craft show displays!

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Any new moms out there? We’ve got you covered with this uber-cute diaper clutch! No longer does changing diapers have to be a dreaded task, because this colorful creation from artsyEVE is there to brighten up the task. Here is what the owners, Evelyn and Lucy, have to say:

“This little diaper clutch is the perfect little bag for taking a diaper, a small wipe and perhaps a pacifier with you–when you don’t want to carry a large diaper bag! Colorful and fun!”

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Georgie from littlecrowdesign says:

When Pantone announced the 2017 colour of the year was ‘Greenery’ it was no surprise to me! Green has always been my favourite colour – it can be bright and cheerful, or serene and calming. This original print features another favourite of mine – succulents! The combination of colour and design makes this pillow cover a special one.

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Izabela Gveroska from Gavriila says:

Love this necklace,it is so colorful,I enjoyed making it, I started to make it as a bib necklace,but I ended up as a crochet pendant. It is unique,only one piece, it was so complicated during the process of knitting, so it is impossible to repeat it once again.

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Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is a confetti clip art oval frame set. Photography transparent overlay or solid white background are both included in this set. I used my favorite colors to make the confetti sprinkles – starting with purple! Then on to pink. Couldn’t leave out blue. Blue and orange is a favorite combination. I really love pink and green. So many reasons to love this colorful clipart!

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This charm bracelet is part of the ‘stripe delight’ range created specifically for the vibrant colours of Spring! The range also has earrings and a necklace available in my shop!

The beads are individually handmade made from colourful paper joined together by hand formed findings.

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Victoria Evrard from StarryNightTrees says:

I love mixing lots of different colors together. This is my Celebration tree and I use every bead color I have access to. This is my favorite tree and I have mine out all year and use it as a night light.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Multi colored beads and gorgeous carved rainbow fluorite pendant depicting the goddess Kwan Yin. The necklace is beaded with turquoise beads, rainbow fluorite beads, purple river stone, turquoise quartz, orange bone beads, pink, blue and turquoise seed beads, and silver plated pewter spacer beads.

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And last but not least…another stunning necklace! I hesitated to include two pieces of jewelry in the same post, but let’s be honest, we can never have too many necklaces – especially when they are as bright, colorful, and unique as this beauty from Bungalow42. Connie Lee, owner of this shop, shared the backstory behind this piece:

“There is a folk art vibe to these hand painted fish. Their history is a bit of a mystery. The original statement necklace was a vintage piece that belonged to a family member but no one seems to know its origins. Happy to report that all of the fish are in good vintage condition. It is obvious that they were handmade and hand painted with love. This was the first time that I got to deconstruct a vintage piece for new designs. It was big fun. #happycolor #fishjewelry”.

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If these colors didn’t remind you that life should be filled with color and joy, I don’t know what else could! Be sure to share your brightest pieces in the comments below. Let’s spread some color love throughout this Etsy community!

Welcome May New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during May …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on social media!

Dorota from YORNAMENTS says

Hi Everyone , My name is Dorota and I am thrilled to join this team.
I did join in April actually… but did not have a chance to introduce myself yet. So.. here I am in May.
I am fairly new to Etsy – started my shop last November with so many ideas, but so little time. I think this is everyone’s challenge here.
This July will be my first “Christmas in July” event. I am very eager to learn what to expect and will be very thankful for all your pointers.
My passion is to “play” with beautiful fabrics, felt and various embellishments to create unique ornaments.
Here is an example `- The family of cats – “coordinated, colorful and happy”. They can be personalized too.

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Hi! My name is Przemila (rz reads like ch) – Many people ask how it is possible to read so many consonants together  I am a painter and I offer paintings in my shop. My favorite topics are animals and flowers. I’m crazy for dogs and horses but cats are often guests at me too
I also make funny clocks.

Thank you for your very warm welcome on the team. Very glad I joined.

Custom dog portrait

silverrovadesign0308 from SilverRovaDesign says

Hello All!
Silver Rova Design is named after the street where we live. But the story is actually more than just that. In Dec 2015 my wife and I had a catastrophic house fire resulting a total loss of the house and items inside. For the last year and a half we have been rebuilding back to what it once was. We would out that all of the wood was being thrown right into the local dump. Some of it was not affected by the fire or smoke but still was destined to the dump. My wife and I started using that wood to make into art. Our first pieces were from our actual house! Anyways now we have moved back in and started using any reclaimed wood we can find locally. From the ashes Silver Rova has risen!

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Welcome New Team Members!

Show Us Your Workspace – LMHolidayCreations

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Letecia from LMHolidayCreations who makes beautiful Wreaths and Garland for the holidays…  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

Hello everyone! I work in a storage room located in the lower level of my home. The room is unfinished, no drywall and flooring, but is the perfect space for creating my wreaths and garlands.

Let Wedding Season Begin

Contributor post by Nancy from JaysBoutiqueCrochet

Wedding season is just around the corner! Whether it is your big day or you are helping a friend or family member plan their wedding, we know how overwhelming the details can be. Luckily, your Christmas in July team is here to help, with this compilation of beautiful and unique products that can be the perfect finishing touch for that memorable day.

We would love to hear what Etsy items you have used in the past for weddings, or what wedding-geared items you have in your shop! But in the meantime, here are some products from our team members that will make your wedding that much more beautiful and meaningful!

It all starts long before the actual wedding day, of course, and StockLaneStudio has you covered. What better way to ask your bridal party to be a part of your special day than with these fun invitations? The owner says:

“I absolutely love weddings – just a wonderful feeling of hope and happiness and giddy blissful love. I really enjoyed designing SLS’s pink bubbly wedding party cards. I think they present a fun way to ask loved ones to be party of the wedding party. And apparently I’m not the only one. Here’s a nice comment from one happy bride:

“Loved this! Such a cute, different way to ask my best friend to play an important role in my wedding. Thank you!!!”‘

 

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam offers us the perfect petticoat – an old-fashioned yet undeniably fun touch! This particular petticoat is made for a slim bride but seems to be adjustable and flexible regarding the amount of flare! She says:

“This is a great Slip/Petticoat Undergarment for the Bride. It Flares as much or little as need be. It has never been worn!”

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Petticoat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies suggested her flower acrylic beads as the perfect supply to have on hand during wedding season, and how right is she! These beads are not only inexpensive, but they are versatile and match just about everything! She says:

“These clear flower beads are perfect to embellish wedding or bridesmaids dresses, table decor, wedding bunting, bouquets and jewelry….”

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WillowValleyVintage offers many beautiful decorations for your wedding day, including figurines, tissue paper novelties, and more! I love that all of these items are not necessarily expected to be at a wedding (no one would notice if they were not there) but they are a surprising and lovely touch that show a particular attention to detail and a true desire to make this day perfect. The owner shared with us this lovely stereoview card:

“This is a stereoview card from the early 1900s. It has a 3D effect when used with a stereoscope–similar to View-Master toys of today. We love all the pretty details and guests waiting in the background of the scene!”

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Antique wedding stereoview

No discussion of weddings would be complete without a mention of the wedding dress itself! Cynthia from StraylightVintage offers an absolutely stunning array of clothes, but obviously the shop section we are most interested in here is the Vintage Wedding Dress section! Cynthia shared this darling (and incredibly affordable!!) wedding dress with a personal story:

“Sweet wedding dress worn one time ….by my aunt in the early 1950’s.”

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1950s wedding dress

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs thinks every bride should have a beautiful pair of Vintage Faux Pearl Clip Earrings, an ideal accessory for the retro Bride! These lovely earrings remind me of the ones worn by my Aunt on her wedding day back in 1962 – I was her Flower Girl!

Pair of vintage faux pearl earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every bride and groom want something extra special to gift to their flower girl, bridesmaids and other special people and Richard and Tatiana of DesignstheLimit have four shop sections devoted to Weddings Year Round! Our Wedding Registry Gifts also make great Anniversary Gifts and we can include an established date or any other requests! We have one section for groomsman, one for bridesmaids, and a section devoted to toasting flute and ceremony sets. We specialize in graphic design to gift wrap comprehensive wedding gift services and gifts for every gift giving opportunity! Get social @DesignstheLimit & Keep us in mind for all of your gift giving occasions! At Design’s the Limit, we find our niche and scratch it! We wanted to offer a gift option for junior bridesmaids and flower girls and have created our Personalized Juice Glass listing so that everyone can be included! These seven ounce juice glasses also make the best first glass for children and can be engraved with any name, monogram, or other request @DesignstheLimit.

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Love birds are often given to brides and grooms as a symbol of true love. Dorota from YOrnaments explains how

Love Birds marry for life – that is why they are a perfect symbol of harmonious marriage.

I love watching the birds nesting in my garden. They inspire me to create my Love Birds Ornaments. I am hoping that a pair of my birds will fly to decorate some rustic wedding table … and maybe later become a little ornamental keepsake for Bride and Groom.

I use beautiful textiles to inject patterns and colors into my felt creations. The photos were taken in my garden. Happy Nesting!

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Some couples who are religious in nature might think about giving their special people these Love Scripture Cards made by Sarah from BellaBoutique23. They have been used by several brides that have given them to guests for their wedding favors. They include scriptures about love and on the back they have a special prayer that goes with the scripture. They also make a nice gift for the Bride and Groom. I have Faith, Hope, and Love themed scripture cards and put together they would make a lovely unique gift. “And Now Abideth Faith, Hope, and Love, these three, but the Greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

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There is always a need for  ceramic square white dishes made by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns. These are ideal for weddings in many ways…. they can be used as candle holders on tables, bridesmaids gifts, parents of the bride & groom gifts, guest gifts and even name holders.

As gifts they will be a lasting reminder to the recipient and can be personalized if desired.

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We must not forget our destination wedding loving couples! Connie from Bungalow42 says Beach wedding perfect!

It is said that the color coral gives a sense of calm and warmth. Two things I would definitely recommend for all brides!

These lightweight pearl earrings are so light and airy that they appear be floating. The luminous light coral freshwater nugget pearls will make any bride glow with happiness on her special day.

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Hand knotted freshwater pearl earrings

And finally, one of the items in my own shop, JaysBoutiqueCrochet, that I can’t resist sharing because of its sweet story! A few years ago a soon-to-be bride approached me asking if I would make her some ivory slippers to wear in her wedding! I was absolutely honored to have my creations featured on her special day – but it got even better! She loved the slippers I sent her, and messaged me again asking if I would make slippers for each of her bridesmaids, with buttons to match their bridesmaid dresses. Of course, I was thrilled and sent off eight more pairs of ivory slippers! Here are some of them (can you pick out the ones meant for the bride?)

We dearly love seeing your wedding-themed products, and especially hearing your personal stories! Thank you to all who contributed, and please feel free to comment with wedding products in your store or stories of how Etsy products were featured in weddings that you have been part of!

Welcome April New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during April …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on social media!

Hi there,

We are a mother/daughter team that does various crafts. I’m Rita (the mom). I do most of the marketing/promotion stuff, quilted tote bags and purses, and quilting. Cindy (the daughter), does all the blogging, crocheting, woodwork, painting, and all the “high tech” stuff. We are still pretty new to this game, so any advice or help will be very much appreciated.

Multi colored crochet hobo bag

Hello! So glad to be joining this team and I can’t wait to work with you all!
I wish I could say my Etsy shop has a grand story behind it…but it was really a humble beginning (but sometimes aren’t those the best beginnings?). One day a few years ago my sister and I were crocheting and she spontaneously decided to help me start an Etsy store! It took a while to pick up speed, but now that it is steadily growing I couldn’t be happier to be part of this incredible Etsy community, making some money doing what I love. I have a blog where I post crochet patterns, and I sell some of my more advanced patterns, but my true passion is crocheting goods that my incredible customers can love and wear.
This pair of slippers is not only one of my best-selling items, but it has one of my favorite stories. I made this design because someone messaged me, asking if I could do a rush order of bow slippers in summery colors to give to her mom on Mother’s Day. Even though I had other projects at the time, I remember dropping everything to come up with this design and color scheme, and the result continues to be one of my favorite items in my shop. This story illustrates exactly what I love about Etsy – the real, personal interactions that can take place between sellers and customers. I like to think I played a part in blessing that dear mother whose daughter wanted to buy her slippers for Mother’s Day – and it is moments like these that make an Etsy shop rewarding.

Women’s bow slippers

Anne – Diane from LullabyQuiltsandMore says

Lullaby Quilts & more was created as a work of heart by college friends, Anne and Diane. We have been sharing our rag quilts with family, but wanted to include all of you in the fun!
Lullaby Quilts are handmade rag quilts designed especially for tots and toddlers. The quilts are constructed with three layers of flannel, sewn with the traditional X pattern, and then snipped and snipped and snipped. We machine wash and dry the quilts one time to initiate the ‘fuzzy’ ragging effect. New themes, colors, and patterns are incorporated into each project making each quilt a unique treasure.
Our young customers just love the snuggly softness of their Lullaby Quilts, which prompts them to become their ‘bed-time-buddies!’
We post new quilts designs often, so please check out our Etsy Shop & Facebook page frequently. Special orders are available upon request.
And what about the ‘& more’? We also love to embroider, monogram, and cross stitch, so look for bibs, burp cloths, placemats, dish towels, and golf towels.
Looking forward to getting to know you all!

Alphabet rag quilt

Katya from OrientGift says

Hi All,
I am Katya from Orient Gift. Me and my husband making nice Baby nests at home and some of our relatives are helping us to do more listings. I am Russian my husband is Turkish and we live in Turkey. We were working in tourism but I think you all know it’s a tough time for tourism in Turkey. So we lost our jobs and try to do something at home. This is how we met with Etsy family and you guys. This is how I open an Etsy Shop. You can see it is just a start but we are trying to learn. And Christmas in July Team is a good team to learn. I spend most of my time to read and learn more and so soon i d like to be more active team-mate. Best regards and here is the beautiful pink babynest that I made :

Pink chevron babynest

Lori Cain from KatsCurioCabinet says

My shop is Kat’s Curio Cabinet… named for my mother and filled with the items she, my step-dad, and my in-laws collectedthroughout their lives. As the curator of the beautiful and sometimes crazy items they chose save, I love Esty! The lifetime collection of four people does not fit in my house… through my Etsy shop these little treasures find new homes where they will be used and enjoyed. Beautiful things tucked away in boxes is such a shame. I enjoy sharing stories and have been fortunate to have wonderful customers which makes this a happy experience.Conservatively, it will take 3 years of sorting, researching, cataloging, and posting to get through all of the boxes.

I am sharing one of my more unusual items: A 3 dimensional gold outhouse charm. The door opens and inside is a man sitting on the pot reading with his pants around his ankles. The detail is amazing…and still it’s an outhouse! My step-dad loved to raise eyebrows, he bought it in Alaska in the 1950’s or 1960’s.

10K Gold Outhouse Charm

Hello from me. Looking forward to work with you. My shop is Gavriila. I make knitted jewelry, mostly one-of-a-kind pieces. I am sharing one of my latest products. This jewelry set I made as a custom request for necklace I have previously sold. It was impossible to make it the same once again since it was one only necklace, I came up with another idea, which arose two new necklaces, and in my opinion I made it even more beautiful than the previous one. But I came very late with the order so I decided to give it at very reduced price, and as a jewelry set,together with matching earrings and bracelets. Meanwhile customer changed his made and I decided to keep the same price. I would be very happy if someone likes at and wears it.

Knit and media statement necklace

Hi everybody! My name is Gabriela and I sell at my shop Round Bellies maternity wear. I do everything behind Round Bellies including the modelling I am looking forward to working with you all!
Thanks and see you!
Gabriela

Blue jeans sleeveless nursing top

Please join us welcoming our new team members!

Show Us your Workspace: SewStephStudios

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Stephanie Howarth from SewStephStudios  who makes a range of quilts suitable for many aspects of your home. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what Steph has to say about her workspace:

I have a wonderful sewing room with a large cutting table and design wall where I create my quilts! It is bright and sunny or at least as much as can be here in WA state. The room has a large closet where all of my fabrics are stored. Oh and the cutting table has storage for even more fabric!
My husband did most of the work setting up this fantastic room for me!

Welcome March New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during March…. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on social media!

Vicky and Julian from KNOTSANDSPARKLEZ says
I am a micro macrame artist I hand knot jewelry and accessories with colorful, tiny cords, and incorporate other materials in my pieces to make it more contemporary. My pieces range from classy and elegant to everyday wear, and I often work with custom orders.It is different from regular jewelry as its main component are cords, and glass beads which allow those with metal sensitivities to wear it with no problems. My earrings are also extremely light weight so those who love larger earrings can do so without the added strain on their lobes.In addition I also write tutorials for those who wish to learn. I am sharing is my David Bowie tribute wrap bracelet in black and silver which I designed myself.

Davod Bowie tribute bracelet

I am an illustrator and visual artist from Chile and I sell my illustrations here.
For now I have a lot of notebooks/sketchbooks for sale. Printed and handmade ones. I hope within time I can upload more products.
What makes my notebooks specials? I thinks it is that the handmade ones are painted directly on the covers, so when you buy one, you are also buying an original painting. I also try to paint a lot of local fauna, so people can learn to identify them, and as most of the buyers here are from the United States, I have a few birds from there.

Robin notebook

Hi! My name is Debbie I am the creator of HollyBee and Company! We make Wooden home decor! We have a new item in our shop that is very special to us and hope that we will get to share its beauty and meaning with others. It is a wooden triangle, representing faith, love and peace. The Triangle can hang on the wall as a simple piece of art work or you can use it to offer a hearts desire to. Offering your hearts desire into the Triangle with the intention that the universe will help you bring it into manifestation. The Triangle can represent anything you like and we will customize the words in each corner to your liking. What ever you choose our hope is that it will bring a sense of joy to whom ever brings it into their home  space.

Reclaimed wooden triangle

Welcome new team members and looking forward to your involvement!