International Chocolate Day

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Fantastic news! The 13th of September is International Chocolate Day!

“I love the pleasure of chocolate
As it melts upon my tongue
It dribbles all through my mouth
And squishes around my gums”
~ Chocolate Pleasure, Verse 1 – Poem by Marilyn Lott

Need I say any more?

I bet you can’t wait to see all our choccie goodies…scroll on down…

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Lizzie Kate Chocolate Lovers Chart Pack With Cookie Buttons is the perfect project when you need a pick me up without the calories:
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Chocolate Lovers Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

What can I say … I love chocolate! Milk Chocolate … Dark, semi-sweet Chocolate … White Chocolate! Anything is better with Chocolate, and there’s nothing that can’t be solved with a little bit of Chocolate! When I see this bracelet, I think of the different types of Chocolate all swirling together … a Chocolate delight without the calories!

Natural wooden bracelet

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Party Supplies

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When you are throwing a party you need so many things to make it a success. You need food,invites and party supplies to name a few. Party supplies can be table decor,banners,props and more.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says baby showers can be so much fun when you have a fun crowd and some snappy games to play! We love finding party supplies from the 50’s through the 80’s with their great vintage graphics and mix of games played way back when! Find some vintage party supplies and put your own twist on them for your next get together! Your friends and family will enjoy the mix of vintage and modern!

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Baby showers games

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said this is for your Halloween party. This pumpkin is great to add to your decorations for your Halloween party.

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spooky pumpkin decor

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 states what’s more fun for a party than a handmade mini party hat? Cheers everyone!

Fabric party hat

zizzybob from zizzybob says what’s party decorations without lots of candles? So what’s lots of candles without candle mats under them. I have lots to choose from but this one is especially designed for a party.

Fabric candle mat

Mairi from mairidesign said a little piece of the sea for your beach themed party. These little jars, filled with Mediterranean sea glass and shells, with added metal charms, can be used to decorate your dining tables or be given as favors. Each tiny piece of sea glass was collected from beaches near Barcelona, Spain, and I certainly got lots of exercise with all that bending down to pick them up.

Sea glass wedding or party favor bottle

Relaxation And Wellbeing

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

In preparation for the busy seasons of back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, wouldn’t it be nice to stock up on all the little treats that allow us to cope with the stresses of those times? Providing ourselves with moments of relaxation and improving our wellbeing can be very enjoyable when we know that we have already planned for them. Whether you hope to go to a countryside spa or just find an hour, here and there, to pamper yourself, let’s get through the next few months as stress-free as possible.

The Christmas in July team would like to present their items that will help our Relaxation and Wellbeing plans.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I don’t subscribe so much to relaxation and well-being, but I do know that “A Coke And A Smile” can go a long way towards making me feel better during the busy thirsty times!!
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Coca Cola Polar Bears Cross Stitch Book

Britney Wilkerson from LitByBrit says

My lavender soy wax melts smell amazing and are so relaxing!
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Soothing Lavender Wax Melts

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Perfumed hot oil lamps and candles have always been a way to add a calming and relaxing environment to a home, spa or work place! They help de-stress and energize a person! We love this adorable vintage spaghetti poodle hot oil lamp/night-light for its sweet design and multi purpose function! A sweet addition to any room in the house or workplace!
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Perfume Oil Warmer Lamp

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

Hand-painted colorful badge for marking the bathroom or yoga room door.
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Lotus Yoga Room Door Sign

Fruit and Vegetables

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Let’s get healthy with our intake of Fruit and Vegetables!

Well, even if we don’t necessarily consume as much as we should, we can be reminded of these nutritious beauties through their imagery in paintings, kitchen crockery, crocheted toys and such like, and be encouraged to grab an apple instead of a biscuit.

The Christmas in July team have chosen their favourite fruit and veg items for you to decorate your homes.

zizzybob from zizzybob says

I’m not a big fan of fruits and vegetables but who doesn’t like watermelon. August is always the best time to purchase it, it’s the sweetest time of the year.
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Watermelon Quilted Fabric Postcard

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

My family grew muscadine grapes in the back yard of our 1920s era home when I was growing up….
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Cross Stitch Fruit Pattern

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

Fruit on the table is a good topic to decorate the walls in the kitchen or dining room. This is a classic still life painted on 3D canvas. The additional surface on the sides of the image is painted over. This picture is like a little anecdote. I paint on order, so you can choose the image dimensions. or another similar theme.

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Still Life Fruit Oil Painting

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

I love growing (or at least attempting to grow) food in the garden. This year the miniature apple tree has bloomed wonderfully and in a few weeks there will be a dozen apples at their full size. There’s also been some tomatoes and strawberries, and wild strawberries that flourish every year so there’s plenty for wildlife to feast on too.
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Foodie Kitchen Witch

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

Fruits and vegetables are my favorite food group!!! So, when I found this fabric it only seemed right to make it into a cute dog bandana to show off your favorite food and quest to eat healthy. What’s even sweeter is you get to show off more than one of your favorite fruits!!

Fruit Salad Dog Bandana

Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom says

I love fruits and vegetables! And since I am Vegan…that’s a good thing! Cherries are one of my most favorite fruits, so I put together these pretty little coasters to show them off!
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Fabric Coasters with Cherries

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Eating your fruits and vegetables may be more fun with these colorful paper mache napkin rings at your table place setting! We love the colorful graphics and artistic element represented in each of these different designs – certainly a fun way to add some pizazz to your table decor!

Vintage Fruit and Veggie Napkin Rings

 

Organic Materials

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Organic materials are pretty hot and in demand. They can be in anything handmade, vintage, supplies, furniture and so much more. Organic materials could be resin, plastic, wood, clay and more. We want to see your shop items made with organic materials.

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says this decorative jewelry box is 100% eco-friendly. It is made of natural full pine wood. The top of the box is hand-painted with artistic oil paints. The painting depicts a singing bird Meadowlark in a natural, spring scenery. A great gift idea for nature’s lover.

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Meadowlark scenery painted wooden box

Betsy from Betsysbijoux said From the 1950’s, this hand carved wooden Christmas tree with a single flower ornament is a one of a kind piece and a unique take on the classic Christmas tree.

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Wood Christmas tree brooch

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states this sign is an example of up-cycled and re-purposed fence slats. Once my new privacy fence was installed after Hurricane Irma, there were some slats left over. The fencing contractor gave them to me. I love how my fence slat signs turned out. What do you think?

Positive saying wood sign

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says living among the bayous and swamps in Southeastern Louisiana, nature and the environment are important elements in our shop and our lives. So we make every effort to use reclaimed and organic materials in creating our items. I chose to feature the cat wall hanging. I believe that showcases our commitment to the environment as it is made from reclaimed cypress wood from our area.

Cat wall hanging

 

Thank You Michelle

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Thank you Michelle.

The CIJ team was started out of a love for all things Christmas in 2012. It then switched leadership to our very own Michelle in 2013. Michelle started off by building the team from a once a year event to a year round team. Michelle saw a need for the team to have a social media presence and she put the team into the big leagues when she created the blog, so all our articles and events were promoted there as well. There have been many changes along the way, but the team has been a constant with her at the helm.

Michelle has become a friend and a mentor for so many in this team. We imagine many will be sad to no longer have her as captain, but she always has a place on this team and in our hearts.

We want you to feel free to express your thanks and well wishes to her thru the link below!

https://www.etsy.com/teams/12798/christmas-in-july/discuss/18784959/?ref=team_page

You will be missed!!!!!!!!!

CIJ

International Friendship Day: August 5th, 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

International Friendship Day is on 5th August. What a wonderful way to celebrate the good times you’ve shared with your friends and to show them how much you appreciate them. Spend time with those who make you laugh and support you when you’re feeling low, or maybe it’s a time to re-connect with long lost friends from school. However you celebrate, wouldn’t it be nice to get some special gifts for those you appreciate?

The CIJ team have selected some gifts that they know your friends would love.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

The best friend is someone really important. This person deserves a large and valuable gift. But if you want to make a small surprise, I suggest a small oil painting. Perhaps your best friend is an animal lover or dreams about a pet or maybe not. But always a dog is a perfect symbol of friendship. A miniature oil painting will be perfect for this occasion. If you need another pet portrait, please visit my shop. You can also order a portrait from your own photos.
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Gordon Setter Dog Portait

zizzybob fromzizzybob  says

What better way to say Merry Christmas than a very unique, quilted fabric postcard for your Best Friend Forever.

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BFF Quilted Fabric Postcard

Margie Sarrao fromFunNFiber says

At <$15.00, any BFF can remember that you love her “to the moon and back” every time she dons this sparkling crystal heart necklace! It is adjustable from 17.5″ to 20″ long, making it versatile as well.

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I Love You to the Moon and Back Necklace

Cristal Hughes fromDesignsbyCristal says

Greatest Of All Time – G.O.A.T

The g.o.a.t of all times. Do you have a shero who you’d love to give a lanyard or key chain to? Well, this simple yet meaningful Greatest Of All Time accessory is just waiting to uplift her.

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G.O.A.T – Greatest Of All Time

Judy Merashoff fromJAMsCraftCloset says

This framed positive saying/affirmation wall art is the perfect gift for your BFF. Friends are Flowers in the Garden of Life says it all!

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Upcycled Cottage Chic Picture Frame