Favourite Items You Have Made

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0.

Everyone has a favourite item that they have made, you pride yourself over it and customers love it.

We at CIJ love to see pictures and know what Favourite Items You Have Made? Why is it your favourite? Below are some favourite items.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says: This is a new design, and one of my favorites because I just love the way the little flowers and vase turned out. I used the same image in a birthday card as well but with dots for the background. I’m having fun with new design techniques and this is one example.

Printable Mother’s Day card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard and Tatiana’s from DesignstheLimit says: Most of the decanters in our shop are 100% lead-free crystal and safe for storage, but we have one flint glass or lead crystal decanter available. Originally discovered by Englishman George Ravenscroft in 1674, the technique of adding lead oxide improved the appearance of the glass and made it easier to melt. The use of the term lead crystal remains popular for historical and commercial reasons. Lead crystal glassware was formerly used to store and serve drinks, but due to the potential health risks of lead, this has become rare. They are still beautiful works of art to be appreciated for their beauty and we have only one available while supplies last. We specialize in sandcarved wine and spirit decanters and offer a selection of design and font choices accepting custom order requests.

If you are looking for the ultimate gift for the men and women in your life, give a personalized gift that will be treasured and can be put to good use! We have a number of lead-free decanters available and look forward to working with you to build the wet bar of your dreams. Ship direct to your gift recipient with gift wrap and gift cards available!

Deep Carved Crystal Decanter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lida Pereira from lililapt says: This towel set of three pieces (small, medium and big) is my favourite, although I love all the pieces I embroider and/or crochet.

In my opinion, they are beautiful, the colours are fantastic and the quality of the material is exceptional. They were made WITH lots of LOVE!!!

Bathroom towel sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says: Why is this stool my favourite? Probably because I am a fan of seemingly simplistic design. This stool operates like a finely tuned watch. The engineering involved to make the item work as intended is quite involved. I have, over time, evolved the making process to enable me to offer the item at a reasonable price with a high level of build quality. Soon to be available in three different height. Each change of height requires the reengineering of 4 elements to ensure that the item operates as intended. The devil is in the detail. I love it!!

Folding stool or side table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: I would have to say that my favorite part of being an Etsy seller is the chance I get to make custom art and signs. I really love helping make an event special. And I take pride in the fact that I work really closely with each customer to get their personalized print or printable just right.

Custom quote digital sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all who has took part in this blog, it was lovely reading about your Favourite Items.

Julie

Christmas In July 2017 – Save The Date

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are excited to announce that Etsy Christmas In July 2017 will be held July 1st – July 10th!

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the months to come!

To start us off we have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Etsy Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

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Show Us Your Workspace : RareBathandBody

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Savannah Griffith from RareBathandBody who makes Handmade Bath, Body & Beauty Products for Women & Men. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

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

I recently moved, and so I have an entirely new studio space! I still work out of my home, but my studio is now in our second bedroom. It’s been great because the space is more organized, larger, and I can close the door on it at the end of the day, allowing me some much needed separation between home-life and work-life!

I’ve split the space into different workstations, so my desk, my shipping area, my product making and packaging area, my photography area and my two storage areas (wet and dry storage), are all separate and organized with all of the supplies needed to keep my workflow running smoothly!

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Neon

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

What’s your neon ‘bag’? Whether you sell (or love) neon art, supplies, signs or nail polish, we want to celebrate it! We asked our teamies to share items from their shops that are (or remind them of) neon; check them out below. We hope all you out there in WordPress-Land will respond to tell us about your own fond memories of your first or most memorable sighting/use of NEON!

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

This phone was a gift to my Son in the 90’s when he was a teen. He used it and we painted his walls black. When he left for college then moved permanently to Virginia we put the phone in storage. I unpacked it when I was searching for his baby items when he and his wife were expecting their first child. I am using the phone until it sells!!

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Coke Phone Coca Cola Disc Telephone Red Coke Sign Phone Rings Lights Flash & Coke Song Plays 1996 Retro Coke Phone Collectible Coke Gift

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said:

This is a brown sorrel genuine horse hair tassel necklace with neon pink Swarovski pearls and silver beads.

I love neon signs. When I went to Las Vegas I was in heaven! It just makes me feel happy with the bright colors and otherworldly glow.

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Horse Hair Tassel Necklace, Layering Necklace, Pearl Necklace, Bohemian Jewelry,Boho Jewelry

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

I think my first memory of neon is watching a movie as a child – but I don’t remember the name of the film!!

Neon signs never seem to go out of fashion, I guess because they are so bright and outstanding.

Bright colours are also great for jewellery design and costumes, bunting, scrapbooking – anything actually. And these bugle beads are ideal for any of these projects, plus more.

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Bugle Beads Loose – Tube – Barrel – Assorted Colours – 30mm – Jewellery and Craft Supplies – 25 pcs – DeeDeeSupplies

Many thanks to those who participated!

Until next time,

Sheila

 

Make (Or Buy!) Your Own Valentine Gift

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

What a grand holiday Valentine’s Day can be — especially when it’s a chance to express yourself to a dear one (or secret beloved)! How do you express yourself on this special day? Here’s what our CIJ teamies do —

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts said:

My Valentine is usually my dog (who gives great cuddles and makes me laugh so very happy with that), but I love making soppy romantic felts knowing people give them to their loved ones.

Right now I’m working on some zombie Valentine themed felts (for the awesome geeky couples) but for fellow readers I have this sweet bookmark –

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Love Heart Bookmark – Needle Felted Bookmark – Valentines – Girlfriend Gift – Cute Gift for Book Lovers – Unique Bookmark – Literary Gift

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

I usually make a card, and we often go out to dinner, but other than that … not much. This year maybe I’ll use this paper pack – lots of pretty pink for valentines.

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Pink Digital Paper – 14 Printable Designs – Scrapbooking, Card Making, Paper Crafting, Instant Download

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Valentines Day is all about LOVE!! My partner & I share bubbles and food to celebrate this special day.

Usually I make a card too, and these handmade ceramic love hearts are a great way to personalise and embellish your LOVE card

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Handmade Ceramic Heart Focal Bead – Fused Glass Pottery Pendant – 30x22mm – Jewellery and Craft Supplies – 3 available – DeeDeeSupplies

Robot Monster from RobotMonsterClothing said:

We agree, V Day is all about love. Significant others, our kids, friends, immediate and extended families, etc…

Here is one of several items we make expressing such love.

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Valentines, I Love My Crazy Aunt Funny Novelty Toddler Kids Youth T-Shirt, Kids T Shirt, Funny Toddler Kids T Shirt, FREE Shipping

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks said:

Valentine’s Day is all about Love!
Hand knitted pillow is the perfect gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day.

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Decorative Pillow, Heart cushion, HeHand knit pillow, Valentines gift, Two sided pillow, Wool Knit Pillow, Moms day

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

I usually decorate with lots of Hearts… I will be having the older group of kids in the Wacky Wednesday Fun Club make a banner to take home. I have been teaching them sewing and crafts for the older group of kids…

This is a sample of the banner that they will be making (they can make it their own way as far as the hearts go)…

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Valentine Hearts Banner… all hand-stitched. Hearts made of fun Strips and polka dot fabric. A fun festive addition to your holiday fun

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said:

I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking something Sweet for my Loved ones…usually special cupcakes!!

I think someone would love to receive this beautiful vintage Heart Brooch for Valentine’s Day —

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Vintage Gold Heart Brooch/Pink and White Gemstones/Aurora Borealis Rhinestones/ Heart Pin – 1980’s

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

Valentines Day is about love hearts so heart-shaped chocolates, especially foil wrapped ones, seem to be a welcome gift.

For those who want to give a love hearts gift that will last longer than chocolate, this red and white zip bag is a useful cosmetic purse, gadget bag or pen and pencil-case. A thoughtful gift and a pretty symbol of love and affection —

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Heart Zip Bag, Pencil Case, Zip Pouch, Love Hearts Handmade Bag, Red White Cosmetic Purse, Fabric Clutch, Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Romantic candlelight dinners with a nice bottle of bubbly, we really like Martini and Rossi’s Asti Spumanti. We stay home and make a special dinner and spend some time together, either watching a nice movie or playing a few rounds of Scrabble —

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Hearts Candlestick Holder Square Crystal Candlestick Holder Valentines Day Home Decor Vintage Lighting Candles Centerpiece

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I usually give little gifts or treats to our (adult) children. Just to let them know they still hold a special place in their mom’s heart.

My daughter (and Shop partner) searches out vintage Valentine cards when we go antiquing. It’s fun to read the messages and see the “old-fashioned” names. Sometimes we are able to determine the time frame of the card, if last names were signed.

Here’s one of her recent finds:

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Fairy Tale Card Girl & Boy Castle Crown Book Velvet Flocked Hearts Mid Century Classroom Valentine Card Scrapbook Craft Paper Decor Art

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations said:

Valentine’s Day has always symbolized love, whether single or in a relationship. We are all connected to each other and have love in our lives. For me, I have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the traditional flowers and chocolates and have given my family cards over the years. I especially love the little cards given in school. It’s such a simple way to show you care. It’s also a way to start the tradition for kids to express love to others.

These forever flowers contain long stem red and white roses. These silk flowers will outlast Valentine’s week and are simply beautiful.

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Valentine Rose Bouquet, Red Roses, Faux Flowers, Valentine’s Flowers, Red and White Rose Floral, Red and Pink Flower Arrangement, Red Vase

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

To me, February 14th is not just a romantic love day. It’s about showing the love to moms, dads, brothers, sisters, new and old friends, and yes, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. Valentine’s Day is all about love, hearts, hugs and kisses. This lovely linen-textured card encompasses all of that.

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Romantic Card Valentine Card XOXO with hearts, 5×7 love you card for husband wife, extra 25 confetti hearts boyfriend girlfriend anniversary

Helen from MagicPatternShop said:

Sometimes I am doing the gifts with their own hands, but sometimes I buy.

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PDF Felt heart ornaments pattern Kawaii Valentine’s Day Ornament Pattern Wedding Christmas ornament pattern Baby mobile garland heart

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop said:

After her husband’s death, it’s sad holiday.

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Mini Bunny felt with heart , Valentines day gift, Easter decor, miniature bunny, little woodland rabbit, white felt mini plushie

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

We LOVE Valentine’s Day and have more listings in our shop specifically for this holiday than any other! We have a number of picture frame designs and created a special Valentine’s Day design sheet for our glassware and other products. Have your order gift wrapped and shipped to meet your schedule @DesignstheLimit  We love making gift giving personal all year round, but Valentine’s Day is your opportunity to plan the perfect personal gift giving moment, JUST ADD WINE!

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Valentines Day Personalized Wine Glasses with OPTIONAL Monogrammed Glass Carafe with Stopper

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE said:

Children deserve little Valentine’s Day gifts too–how about a sweet doll quilt for your favorite little girl?

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Doll quilt, pink and white, pink hearts, doll blanket

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said:

I make; my fiance and I always have a lovely meal with something special for dessert (as I love to bake!) and a couple of quiet drinks after we’ve got our daughter to bed.

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Love Is Sweet, Round Gift Tag, 2 inch gift tag, Valentines Day, Wedding Favor Tag, Pack of 10, 20, 50, 100 or custom sized packs available

Thanks to everyone for their SWEET contributions! Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Welcome New Members for November

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for November to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!

Lauren Vanhemert from BellaBolsaDesigns says

My name is Lauren and I am a designer in Raleigh, NC. I live in Raleigh with my two teenage children and wonderful husband (with whom I celebrate 20 years of marriage with at the end of this month). I am new to etsy and hoping to build up my business here. I used to have a studio in Downtown Raleigh in a co-op surrounded by other wonderful creatives. I know work out of my home studio and have missed the fellowship of other artists, so I am thrilled to have found this wonderful, supportive, fabulous community! I am inspired by ephemera and love to incorporate ephemeral items (like the 1915 Alice in Wonderland movie poster on my original fabric designs). I think the fabrics make my bags the most special, since most of my fabrics are designed by me. Thanks for including me on this team!
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Alice in Wonderland clutch

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

I am not a new team member but have recently opened a new shop and my new shop has joined the team! I am selling supplies for jewellery making, crafts, fashion design, scrapbooking, quilting – the limits are the imagination!

I opened this shop because I make jewellery and have lots of bits and pieces in my studio and wanted to share them … hopefully they will come in handy for some of your craft projects!

The beads I am sharing come in red, pink and purple and have a beautiful oil slick shimmer to them when reflecting light – they are a lovely bead!

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Loose teardrop acrylic beads

Hi,

My name is Nico from Japanese Rubber Stamps.

My friend is joining this team and team leader pick her shop up on the blog post.

The team activity really impressed me.

I make cute and unique rubber stamps by hand.

I would like to spread Kawaii things all over the world!

I make custom stamps as well.

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Christmas tree rubber stamp

Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique says

My name is Maia and my husband name is Valentin. We are new to Etsy and we hope to build our business here. Our passion for sewing and modern home decor fabrics determined us to start creating decorative pillow covers.

We know that original and high quality pillow covers can bring not only color to any room of a house, but texture and design as well. We create decorative pillow covers that we would like to buy. As well we take custom orders.

We are glad to be part of this wonderful team.

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Dark brown pillow cover

Hi, my name is Heather, and I have recently opened up shop as youngbloodMADE. I create richly layered, mixed media artwork that aims to celebrate the strength of the female spirit. I’ve been out of the art scene for quite some time, but I am excited to be actively creating again.

Thanks for letting me join the team; it’s awesome to find a team that is so active and supportive.

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Original mixed media painting

Hi I’m Misty from Killeen, TX. I am new to Etsy and trying to figure this whole thing out! I turned to crochet after someone very near to my heart was diagnosed with breast cancer and crochet became my therapy. I originally donated all of my hats to our local cancer centers. After a lot of persuading from friends and family I decided to open my shop. I still donate hats on a monthly basis and try to engage children in the fiber arts. There are some AMAZING people here on Etsy that will take us newbies under their wing like LoveandPetFurCrochet!

My Snow Princess Hat is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it!

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Snowflake princess crochet hat

Welcome new team members!

Novel Writing Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Novel Writing Month is in November and it is when participants are encouraged and supported to write the novel they have always wanted to do.

I think it’s a great way for like-minded individuals to come together!

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what you have that is related to novels,books and other such related items.

Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says I was surprised and pleased to see this topic, as I hope to be a successful novelist someday. I wrote a book called The Road From La Cueva (link below) that was published and had some wonderful reviews on Amazon.com but was really not successful in terms of readership or sales. It’s a Southwest-based literary novel about a woman living in rural poverty. I have some other works in progress, including a mystery novel called The Boundary Waters, a historical novel about Acadians, and a comedy/romance novel. All have been put on the back burner while I deal with ailing family members and loved ones.

My first novel suffered from not having the best editors/agents, I believe. So if anyone has any connections, please pass them along! Also if anyone needs advice on writing, I have been through it all — workshops, self-teaching, many great books on writing, both instructional and inspirational, etc., and I would be happy to share what I know.

Thanks, Alicia, for posting this. Sort of a blast from the past at this point, as the book was written/published seven years ago.

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Sheila’s published book

Lanashane Robert from ICreationsBoutique states I have written almost 4 fiction novels but have not gotten around to publishing. As you well know, one goes through the process of editing..re- editing..then doubt creeps in as to whether your creative expression will be well received.
My plans for the New year is to start publishing. My first novel doesn’t fit into any specific genre, but its inspirational/spiritual/ romance. It’s about twinsouls who battle through life’s journey as do their human assignments. The story revolves around 4 main characters.
The novel has been written in 3 parts and is yet to be published.

Lauren Vanhernet from BellaBolsaDesigns said this past summer my husband and I took our children to Scotland. We found Edinburgh to be quite a magical city, not to mention a literary one. My children were thrilled to trace JK Rowling’s steps to see her inspiration for the Harry Potter books and movies. My latest handbag is inspired by The Elephant House, the small cafe where she reportedly wrote the first book. Fans from all over the world have put their mark (literally) on the bathroom walls and it is a photo of the bathroom graffiti that serves as the inspiration for the print used on this bag. Enjoy and thanks for posting this topic!

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Cell phone wallet made with Harry Potter inspired fabric