New Team Members: October 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who recently joined! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Gytautė from Baggagehouse says

Creating leather bags has been my hobby for almost 5 years but, only one year ago, I decided to open the shop and offer my bags to a wider audience. Travelling is my other hobby, so my brand name is very closely related to it. Most of my bags were created by thinking about how would they fit for travelling, other ones by thinking about how to make life more convenient or stylish. If possible, I like to create adjustable items that could be worn in a few different ways and be practical. I am very grateful for your accepting me to your team.

Brown Leather Belt Bag

lilibet design from lilibetdesign says

My specialty is vintage Christmas ornaments and decor! I’ve come to love it over the years and my area of focus is German and Scandinavian. This Swedish piece isn’t necessarily Christmas, but these little Swedish figures look great with Christmas decor.

Vintage Swedish Pine Cone Ornament

Gabrielle BARBIER from frenchjewelryvintage says

I create unique handmade model jewelry at home on my dining table. I started with pearl necklaces, then I wanted to do special things according to my feelings and I’m constantly moving in my head, so my creations follow my ideas. I love to make big breastplates, a unique model of a design that will never be redone identically but in the spirit. I am passionate about Greek or Roman mythology as well as ancient Egypt. When I go into the Native American phase I make crazy jewelry that can take almost a month but I love!

I love the mysterious steampunk, romantic gothic, Victorian, retro and vintage universes as I incorporate vintage supplies into my creations whenever I can. I love fairies, unicorns, the Renaissance, cities and everything that inspires me.

I have a tricolor Collie dog who sleeps with us in my arms and I hope to have a baby kitten again next year. I love nature, lace and everything that makes you dream. I registered in Christmas in July several years ago but I was afraid to start, that’s done and thank you for accepting me.

I present you a jewel that I love and that asked a lot of time of me to realize.


Native American Necklace

My Etsy shop is DianeDCrochet. You can find crocheted items like Afghans, hats, scarves, bags and shawls.
As we are heading into the winter months (at least in my neck of the woods), scarves and hats will be needed to help keep us warm. Shawls are great to wear in cool evenings.

My crocheted bags are good for the Farmer’s Market, the beach, the pool, or storage. If you are taking a winter vacation to someplace warm, the bags are packable and don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage.

I also do crafts fairs in November and early December.


Crochet Triangle Shawl

I’m Anrusa, a digital artist, photographer and designer based in France. My store is FairyMagicChest and is inspired by fairy tales, adventures and also in old and charming times. I love my work because I think it makes people happy , mostly children, and this is so beautiful!

In the store, you can find digital backgrounds and overlays to create art from your own photographs, especially for children. These final creations can become magical prints, you can get from them fine wall art, greeting cards or just photographs to save as a treasures for a lifetime.

I am also introducing photographs that I take from charming places in Paris and other places from France.

I love all my items, but I chose this one because is about Christmas, like the team’s name!


Christmas Digital Background

My shop is Joanna’s Scented Soaps, where you can find handmade Soap Art!
This means
– One-of-A-Kind Soap Cake as home décor,
– Soaps gift set ties with a jewelry, a charm for Good Luck, a Christmas decorative ornament, a glass decorative, a scarf, a keyring – a gift for everyone, any occasion on every budget!
– Seasonal items for holidays and all occasions – especially for Festive Table Decoration.

This holiday season, I propose that you to decorate and style up your dining table with something different – a small gift box to show your guests you care, to surprise them and say “We’re glad you were here!.

Each very beautifully packed box contains a luxury scented soap, organza cloth, ribbons matching the soap’s color, and a small festive decorative.


Luxury Decorative Soap

I am a lover of the jewels of the theater, it is with my art that I create sacred ornaments, such as votive hearts, relics, crosses.

I like to immerse myself in the distant past, imagining the jewels of those times that we read in history books. My true love is the painting and restoration of old furniture, but not having much space at home, I found another way to occupy my hands with tools, which is silverware in jewelry.

I create the past of jewels from nothing, with elements that I find in flea markets.

And, living in Italy, there is a world yet to be discovered of old things with stories to tell.

I have such a great passion for markets and stuff from the past, that my house has become a museum, so, along with my pets and my husband, we are looking for a bigger house, maybe near the sea, which is another element that makes me feel good.

I like to represent, in each creation, an emblem of myself: there’s so much of me in the past.

I am very grateful for your accepting me into your team. Here is one of my most recent articles.


Sacred Heart necklace with Byzantine cross

I’m Bianca and I live in the countryside, the beautiful “Westerwald” in Germany. I studied architecture and design and absolutely love design “with humor”. So I try to create playful and humorous products which are able to raise a smile.
In the beginning, I started making gifts for my family and friends. In 2009, I decided to try to share my work with more people and thus the brand “blanc” was born. Since then, I sell, under this name, cute bookmarks, magnets, key chains and other things for a beautiful home.

Thank you so much for accepting me into your team!

Here’s one of my bookmarks.


Elephant Bookmark

Do You Want to Build A Snowman?

The time has come for snow, snow, and more snow! Up here in the Northeast US, at least. What better way to spend a snow day than building a snowman? (That and I recently saw Disney’s Frozen!)

First, and most importantly, we need snow.

Lets give him some eyes and a cheeky smile!

A carrot nose…

And a nice red scarf to keep him warm!

What’s your favourite snow day activity?


Tutorial – Decorate Your Tree With Photo Ornaments This Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of the year. One of the best gifts you can ever receive is being able to spend it with your family and friends.  Here’s a wonderful Christmas tradition perhaps you’d be interested in having for your family :

“Growing up, we loved going to a tree farm and picking out the perfect Christmas tree. (Or not so perfect. I have fond memories or trudging through the snow with my brothers, cutting down a tree, and dragging it through the field. It’s a good thing I had strong brothers. After the tree thawed, it was time to decorate it. We covered it in decorations that my parents collected through the years. In a way, the Christmas tree became a “scrapbook” of sorts.

My family’s tree (as I was growing up) was filled with ornaments from “baby’s first Christmases”, trips that we took, activities that we did, like music, dance, and sports ornaments. My parent’s liked having photograph ornaments made. They had a wedding one made of themselves, and had photo one’s made for each of the children for our first Christmases. My mother also always made it a point to keep every ornament we ever made. The Christmas tree had beautiful glass ornaments on it, along with a few popsicle stick snowflakes. She still hangs our handmade photo ornaments that we made in grade school. Both of my parents also kept ornaments from when they were kids as well.

Both my family and my husband’s family always got together Christmas morning. Now that we are grown and have kids of our own, we love to visit our families and share breakfast with them, the same we had done when we were kids. I enjoy watching my kids share in the festivities the same way I had when I was a child.”

Learn how to make your very own photo ornaments with your kids this Christmas!

Tutorial for Jar Lid Christmas Ornament” by Ida Herter

Step One: Gather Supplies

  • Washed and dried jar lids
  • Ribbon
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue, or some other strong glue
  • Photos or cards
  • Beads, stickers, any other decorative item you wish to add
  • Nail (or something else to poke a hole through the lid)


Step Two: Poke hole in Lids

Make a hole by hammering a nail through the lid. Do this on a safe surface (I used a craft board) so as not to damage floors or tables. *SAFETY* Do not let children do this step. Keep the little ones away when making the holes in the lids.

Step Three: (optional) Add Paper or Paint to Back

If you wish to add paper to the back of the ornament, this is the best time to do it. Simply trace the lid on the paper you wish to add to the back and glue it to the back of the lid. After the paper is added, poke a hole through the paper in the same spot the hole is on the lid.


Step Four: Add Hanger

You can use a number of materials to make your hanger. I chose to use ribbon for one of my ornaments, and a string of beads for another.

String the hanger through the hole in the lid. Tie a knot, and glue it in place on the inside of the lid.



Step Five: Decorate the Inside of the Lid

Trace the lid on a card, a photo, or colored paper. For my Santa ornament, I first added some dark red scrapbooking paper inside the lid; then I used the Santa card to cut a smaller circle. You can layer paper, or you can cut out just the picture and add it to the lid.


Step Six: Finishing

Now, add any extra embellishments that you wish. I used some tiny star stickers to add to my Santa ornament. I think it gave him a little extra sparkle and charm.

If you were making a paper covered lid, cut a long thin strip of paper and glue it to the outside edge of the lid.

Don’t forget to add dates to the back!


Many thanks to Ida from HerterCrochetDesigns for sharing her family’s Christmas tradition with us and for the wonderful tutorial ! Please send some love to our fellow teammie and visit Ida’s shop at :