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…


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…


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.


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


Pass The Bottle

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many types of bottles in the world. Decorated ones, rustic ones, baby bottles, glass and plastic and so many more.

We want to see all your bottles and all about them here. Please tell us what it’s for, who would use it and more.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says I love old bottles. I found this one at an estate sale. At first, I thought it was a huge (4×4 Inches) old ink bottle. Later, I thought it could also be the bottom of a hurricane lamp. Right now, it is still a mystery to me what type of bottle it really is. To make it even more unique I decorated it by hand painting a floral design around it. I think it would make a lovely bud vase. Can you help in deciding what this bottle was used for back in the day?


Ink bottle

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says this vintage spice jar was found among my mother’s thing after she passed. It is probably from the 60’s. I thought it would be nice to repurpose it.

Beautiful golden vintage spice jar decorated with sari ribbons, burlap, jewels and altered art. The bottle is colored with golden and maroon shades. The top opens and closes with a locking mechanism. Place your treasures inside or just use for home decoration.


Gypsy bottle

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we specialize in creating top shelf gifts and our deep sand-carved decanters make the perfect gift for the top shelf recipient! Enter your last name on the decanter, include a single initial on the stopper, and include a set of monogrammed ice stones or tumblers for the ultimate bar set available @DesignstheLimit


Decanter set

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says pass the bottle please! Oh wait, it looks like this upcycled wine bottle has already been passed around and is now a beautiful flower vase! It would look great in the kitchen, dining room, entry way, or office!

Green altered bottle

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said what better way to christen a New Year than with a pop of the cork of a bottle of champagne? Our gold and black printable art is quick and easy to print and perfect for DIY party decor. This instant downloadable art can be printed out to table sizes on up to large posters and since it’s digital, it can even be used as New Year electronic greetings. SLS is more than happy to customize this gold champagne bottle too!

New Year Printable

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says so, this is a set of two cotton dish cloths, a perfect gift for a couple who shares their love for wine and/or beer. And as we know, both beverages live in the bottles.

Beer and Wine Towels

Patterns Of All Kinds

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

A pattern is a repeated decorative design or a model used as a guide for some crafting project. They help us create a set look to our work. There are patterns for quilts, needlework, jewelry and more.

We want to know what kind of patterns you have in your shop. Tell us anything and everything about the pattern, including what type of pattern it is.

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says there is no need to have a boring clipboard in this day and age! This upcycled toile inspired decoupaged print pattern is eye candy whether you have it sitting on a desk or walking around a room with it in your hard. it’s got the toile pattern on both sides! An excellent choice for teachers, students, and anyone who loves an organized office.

Decorated clipboard

Barbara from MinimixMaterial said this wee village houses are applique pattern, use to made an applique quilt or pillows or something else.

I have six Applique Blocks on offer, which can be put together to a quilt.

The designer of this blocks are Margo Rose, who made a lot of this blocks, one cuter than the other. It’s possible to set this blocks as single blocks on the quilt, like I do on the photo montage or you can set the houses separately so you get a cute landscape scene. Be creative!!!

Applique pattern for quilting

Cozy Accessories

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Accessories are items that you can add to a wardrobe or to a room. During fall and winter, I tend to think of cozy items to add to my wardrobe.

What cozy accessories do you have for your wardrobe or household? Please tell us all about your item, how it can be used and so forth.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states there is nothing cozier than a hand knitted pair of socks made just for you from someone that loves and cares about you.

Knitting patterns for socks

Karen from timetalentjewels said everyone is looking for that nice warm scarf in the winter time and here is the one that will do it! Very stylish and yet warm! Beautiful colors too!

Women’s ruffled scarf

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states when you hear the word accessory, do you automatically think of jewelry or something to add to clothing? You can now change that!

There is nothing more cozy in the fall and winter months than either sitting by a crackling fire in a fire place or having a dim candle burning in a room. In fact, candles can be used all year long! Think about those candle light dinner dates for example! This adorable leopard print heart shaped candle accessory is a necklace specifically designed to fit around a large jar candle. It’s an easy way to make those romantic moments even more memorable!

Candle embellishment

Michael from BurntEarthHorseHair says when I hear accessory around Christmas time I think of ceramic clay luminary bags, horsehair fired that can be used for many purposes. You can put a candle in them, Original purpose, to light the way on Xmas eve, an office desk gift to put on a desk for pens, or with a larger bag in the kitchen to hold utensils or K-cups.

Luminaria clay bags or holders

Ilda from lililapt said there’s nothing like a set of soft, cozy and unique crosstitch bath towels, made of cotton and use them after a deserved hot shower.

That´s the best way to finish your hard and long working day!

Crosstitched bath towel set

Evgeniia from SecretStoneLab states cozy Crystal Mobile from natural wood and genuine gemstone -so warming & healing for house and soul!

Crystal and feather bohemian mobile

Tanya from socksandmittens says we knit these mittens with festive Christmas cheers in mind. They are warm, cozy and red! A perfect gift for a friend or co-worker! 100% merino wool.

100% merino wool knit mitts

Astrid from RedNeedleQuilts said to me, cozy household accessories mean a warm and cozy snuggle quilt. Snuggle up on the couch to keep warm while watching TV, listening to your favorite music, reading a book etc. This quilt is backed with soft flannel. It can also be used as a couch/sofa throw or wall hanging.

Christmas Lap Quilt

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox states always looking for good fabrics I’ve found a fleece fabric, that is extremely soft and cuddly, and ideal for my winter accessories.

One layer of this scarf is a blue sweatshirt with bright stylized reindeer antlers, the second layer is this super soft and warm natural white fleece fabric. The warm and cozy companion, in the cold season.

Infinity scarf cowl

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says being in southern Florida, we can’t get too terribly cozy with out winter attire, but I originally grew up in Texas, where we had a winter to speak of and could pull out our boots, sweaters, and scarves every year much to my excitement! To continue that warm and cozy trend and style in a new climate to me, I decided to go with sari silk (warm but very breathable) and an arm knitting method of production to give that cozy knitted texture with lots of air to keep cooler if needed. This scarf necklace is perfect for warm or cold climates. The silk and airy arm knit structure allow for both breeziness and trapping in warmth.


Knitted statement necklace

Show Us Your Workspace: PatriciaARTShop

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of PatriciaART from PatriciaARTShop who makes a great range of abstract and realist paintings for your home …  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

I work in a room in my apartment. I have there a big number of oils and about 100 watercolor paintings. I feel very good in my studio room and love to be there working or just arranging the place. I am a visual artist and exhibit word wide. Lately work in the fashion design too and have a manufacturer which I work with as a designer. We make scarves and kimono printed from my aquarelles.

Show Us Your Workspace: BrittDesign

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Linda Britt from BrittDesign who makes a great range of handcrafted jewellery and accessories…  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

There is a long room in my house that once was a porch I think. It has windows on 3 sides and I get to use half of it for my studio. The light is wonderful and I get to watch the deer, squirrels and a variety of birds.

I’ve made a U-shaped work area with stations for polymer clay, metal clay and tools for finishing my jewelry. There are bookcases for my supplies on the one full wall.

I love working and playing in this space.

New Team Members August

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined the Etsy Christmas In July team during August …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

Hi, just joined the team. Thank you for having me!

I am a crochet designer and recently quit my day job to focus on designing. My current favourite item in my shop – and it changes as each new design becomes my favourite! – is this shawl pattern.

I love it because it’s my favourite colour combination of mustard and blue and it’s perfect for this time of year. I’ve been wearing it a lot in the last couple of weeks.

Hi, my name is Natalia.

Here is my hand made earrings freshwater pearls teardrops wire wrapped in gorgeous ornate filigree sterling silver.

Mairi from mairidesign says

Hi, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s work.

I design stained glass home decor and jewellery and have been preparing my Christmas decorations for the upcoming months.

Here is a set of three flat glass baubles to hang on the festive tree or in the window. I made them as presents for students last Christmas and immediately received another three bulk orders for office gifts and window garlands.

The glass has a really beautiful iridescence.

Welcome New Team Members!