#CIJParty 2015 – Jewelry Artist Betty

Guest blog post by Betty of LadySnooks

Creating jewelry is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.  To see an idea in my mind and then draw it, perhaps, and then see if I can make it happen in metal and stone the way I envisioned is wonderful to me.  It did not start that way.

When I first thought about making jewelry, it did not appeal to me at all.  Eight years ago, my brother asked me to run the new section to his jewelry supply business, a bead section. I never touched a jewelry tool or knew what findings even were.  He said I would learn. I did.  But what caught me off guard was the beauty of the gem stones and glass beads.  There was Labradorite with its blue flash, Lapis Lazuli with the sparkles of silver as was the lighter blue, Kyanite, and all the rest along with the  lampwork glass beads.

LadySnooks

LadySnooks

And so it began….  I tried a simple necklace and I was hooked.  Then I took a class in wire wrapping which uses wire, usually silver or gold filled, to create a bezel and loop in a way that it holds a stone and can be hung from a necklace.  I learned a lot in the class, but didn’t really get motivated or did anything with it.  It was months later, when I read a book on wire wrapping that it all came together for me.  I found the stone cabochons (a flat stone without holes) like Larimar and Turquoise, but also discovered dichroic fused glass and fossils!  How wonderful they all were!!  I could now use them in jewelry!!

LadySnooks

LadySnooks

Wire wrapping is still my favorite, though I also enjoy making ice resin pendants, charm bracelets and sometimes just beading.  I am beginning to do wire weaving and piercing (sawing a design in the middle of a piece of metal) and want to devote time to these things too.

LadySnooks

LadySnooks

There are so many different ways to make jewelry, you can always find something new and different. After all the variety of arts and crafts in my life, making jewelry has and is the most gratifying for me.  Eight years have passed, and it has not been relegated into a closed box in the back of my craft closet like a lot of my other abandoned hobbies.  It is always new.

LadySnooks

LadySnooks

My social media sites:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ladysnooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BTravell

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lady-Snooks-Jewelry-on-Etsy/190660790953907

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJParty 2015 – Collage Artist Lin

Guest blog post by Lin of rhodyart

As a collage artist who specializes in vintage themes, I’m often asked, first, why I started doing collage, and second, why vintage?

Collage art came to my life in college, when I took an art history bloc for a term (a combination of courses that included history, art, art history, and social history). My supervisor for the term required all his students to do art. Since I can’t draw (I really can’t draw anything recognizable) and my painting isn’t something I boast about, I chose collage because I thought it was easy.

Nope. It became a challenge to do original, interesting collage that my supervisor thought was worth a grade and I realized that real collage art is difficult to do.

Fast forward 25 years, during which I forgot about making art and focused on writing. During a particularly stressful part of my life, I returned to art — and collage. Because my focus in college and grad school had been social history I was particularly interested in old papers and ephemera (items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity) because of its pop culture element.

Gradually I developed a style in which I paired vintage elements with a snarky sense of humor and became the Rhodyart I am today.

rhodyart

rhodyart

This is inspired by my intense dislike of eggplant and uses an image of a Victorian woman as its focal point. I’ve also used some netting in the background as well as handmade paper.

One of the things I’m fascinated by is pop culture of all kinds. I’m particularly fond of geeky stuff but also what many would consider trash (like reality TV for example).

rhodyart

rhodyart

Much to my amazement, one of my Kardashian themed items was featured in E! Online’s “Kardashian Fan Gift Guide.” I’m still not sure how that happened.

My work comments quite often on pop culture, but I also do more serious stuff – my wedding and engagement cards aren’t always silly or quirky.

This card, for example, is based on two characters from the PBS series “Downton Abbey,” Anna and Mr. Bates, and it’s how I imagine the two before taking a walk together.

rhodyart

rhodyart

And one thing I’m always on the lookout for is more stuff to use for my work. I have to admit that I have way too much stuff already that I probably am never going to use. The thing about my work, though, is that an interest in one style or type of ephemera can wane with another kind stepping up to the plate. For a while I used a lot of 3D elements – now I seem to be backing away from that.

I always try to source my materials from Etsy sellers, and it’s great when I can find some new shops with materials I haven’t seen before.

One shop that I love (and have already purchased a photo from) is The Old Barn Door, which sells photos and postcards and is run by Patricia in Picton, Ontario, Canada. One of the items I’m really interested in is this one.

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

This item actually has a personal connection to me. It’s the State Normal School in Providence, Rhode Island, which was actually a college for teachers. In later years, it became the Providence campus of the University of Rhode Island – AND I attended classes there from 1983-1986! Hence my interest.

I also love vintage 3-D pieces, and the Etsy shop Collectique  has a great selection of old game pieces that I’m trying to figure out how to work into my collage/assemblage art, including several types of Monopoly game pieces, as well as actual game sets that look really interesting. I was particularly drawn to the vintage Barbie dolls, which I recognize from my childhood, such as this one.

Collectique

Collectique

I know this would be sacrilege to Barbie collectors, but I’ve been thinking about using dolls in possible assemblage projects and these pique my interest.

Finally, Firepan Jewelry has a selection of items in its Destash section that look intriguing. I particularly like this collection of vintage paper pieces.

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

There’s also some vintage coins. My larger collages often feature coins and tokens as part of the piece, and as such I’m usually keeping a look out for such items.

These are only a few of the things that I look for when working on my collages. Doing vintage inspired work means that I can use items from across eras – and not be shy about combining them. My only limitation is how much I have in my wallet.

I love what I do and I hope to continue doing it for a very long time. Because I deal with a severe chronic illness (like many others), art has become therapy. I’m very glad to be able to share the work I love to do with people on Etsy.

My social media sites:

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rhodyart

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rhodyart

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rhodyart

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJ Party 2015 – CIJ Member Blogs

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Christmas in July Team is celebrating Christmas In July 2015 and we want to celebrate our members who have their own blogs!

We wanted to know what our team members blog about,what started them blogging and so much more.

Megha Silvano of byTheArtBug states:

I have a blog: theartbug

Here

is a glimpse about my blog

Make it Monday (Weekly) – DIYs- Sewing, Crafts, Art, Recycling, Recipes

Trendy Tuesday (Weekly) – Home, Fashion and Gifting Trends

What’s Up Wednesday (Weekly) – Find out what I have been Up to Lately

Thursday Talk-Fest (Monthly) – Get to know wonderful Etsy Sellers/ Bloggers. You could be next one featured! Just fill up this simple form: theartbug.blogspot.sg/p/get-featured-on-art-bug-blog.html

Freebie Friday (Weekly)- Lots of Freebies Every Week!

Weekend – Snapshot/ Cartoon of the Week

ALSO EXPLORE…

Globetrotting Diaries: Having lived in three Countries and traveled to 8 (So Far), I have tons of travel adventures to share. Read my “Globetrotting Diaries” to know more about the places we have Explored.

Check out the Downloads to Grab all the “Freebies” till date.

Sign Up for the Monthly Newsletter for the latest action and freebies.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to send me a message through the “Contact Form”.

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Ildi Garay of PitzicatVintage says:

I have a blog: Ildi Garay

That is my blog I started it after my cancer operation. It made the days easier as my mind was focused on something else.

After I felt better I stopped the blog and started on Etsy!

Still on Etsy and I love it .

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Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns explains:

I have a blog: DawnWhitehead

My blog has been going since September 2011, and includes lots of different stuff about me

– my general art practice

– work in progress

– exhibitions

– different making processes

– my Etsy shop

– my travel and photography

I began the blog as a means to have a solid base to refer people to – potential collectors, customers, curators – so that they could see a broad and diverse collection of my work and what I am “about”.

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Carolyn Eady of SproutsPressDesigns said:

I have a blog: SproutsPress

I’m in the midst of a 365 blogging project. It’s all about bookbinding, paper arts, being a creative entrepreneur and me sharing tips on using your hand bound journals!!

While I have a couple of posts that always run on certain days of the week (ie. Studio Sunday, Wordless Wednesday) I fill the rest of the week with goings-on in the studio, my inspirations, upcoming shows and workshops, etc.

I’m still fairly new to blogging and it’s always so fantastic when people leave a comment and start a discussion about book arts – so awesome!!

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Jennifer Loftfield of CaffeinatedPapercuts states:

I have a blog: CaffeinatedPaperCuts

I can honestly say that I don’t blog to the schedule others do around here (which I’m greatly impressed by!) but I do love sharing my card creations, tutorials, and video tutorials over on my blog: www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com

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Have you thought about starting a blog?

You could learn a thing or two from these Christmas In July team member blogs!

Enjoy!

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJParty 2015 – Leather Bags And Accessories Designer Rina

Guest blog post by Rina of RinartsAtelier

Personalizing an item is a wonderful service to offer and is absolutely fun to do! Customers who prefer handmade products are, more than other people, looking for something special, unique. Personalizing a handmade item turns it into the ultimate gift.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

I already had a branding tool  for branding my name  in my products, but I had no single letters for this machine. Therefore a handmade monogrammed item was not possible. Consequently I hand stamped the items with initials and colored them by hand. You can see examples of the luggage tags I made for my own suitcase below. But the possibilities in size and typeface were limited and it was a struggle to align the separate letters.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

Last year I met an artisan bookbinder who owned an amazing professional letterpress. I  became enthusiastic about the quality of her work with this machine and she did some examples in leather for me. In the time we worked together, I learned a lot from her.
A few months ago I bought a second-hand letterpress (a Marshall) and this hot foil machine is awesome! My husband searched the internet for weeks and found some very nice sets of letters  in upper and lower case.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

I looked for more colors hot foil (other than the silver and gold I had up till then) and set out experimenting with the Marshall.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

When the new colors hot foil arrived, I immediately tried them out on several of my items and with great results!

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

The results I yielded with the letterpress inspired me to use other shapes and forms than just the letters. It was a lot of fun print small rounds, hearts and stripes as decoration. I’m really getting the hang of it and look forward to offer i as an extra service to my customers. Especially for this years’ Christmas In July I will be offering a free monogrammed tag with all CJI 2015 orders.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

My social media sites:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rinarts/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rinartsbags

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RinartsBags

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJParty 2015 – Christmas In Soviet Latvia

Guest blog post by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Christmas in soviet Latvia

Hello, my name is Daiga and I am from shop ThreadandPaintStudio and I would like to share memories about the time spent in Soviet Union when my current country Latvia was a part of USSR. And precisely I would like to tell you about Christmas celebrations in Soviet Union.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

First of all there was no official Christmas, because as Christmas is religious celebration time it was simply forbidden. Instead of Christmas celebrations there were New Year celebrations, which of course are being celebrated much different as our ancestors used to celebrate Christmas. However the bravest ones on the Christmas morning headed for church and that might result in loosing job and destroying career or be disrespected in social life. Teachers, doctors and other profession workers were afraid of even mentioning Christmas however most people did celebrate Christmas at home, but just very silent, with no big Christmas trees, with no big Christmas presents packed in lovely shiny packing papers. Instead people did sing silently some Christmas songs and ate some cakes and they did that just in close family circles, because betrayal those times could hide anywhere.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Christmas Santa was replaced in USSR by “Ded Moroz” which means Frost Man or something like that and he visited children in New Year in their children gardens and he had always Snow White with him. Celebrations usually were telling poems to this Frost Man and getting present. Afterwards children performed some winter theme play and danced.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

New Year’s feast wasn’t that cheerful as it is now, because there was quite a food deficit in the stores and you mostly did get some gray colored “white bread” potatoes, flour, milk and sour cream, so people had to be creative to make that feast tasty and colorful. One thing you could present on that table in normal quantities was tangerine, which was grown inside USSR, so tangerine in Christmas is our tradition which is popular also now. Banana however was pretty rare fruit which could be acquired by someone who knows someone who can ask someone to get some.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Later at home people had always a New Year’s tree (same spruce as in Christmas now just was called New Year’s tree instead), but the problem was limited amount and variations of decorations in the stores, so people again got creative and made their own using anything that shines sometimes hanging some vegetables in the tree. The celebration was lighting paraffin candles and bengals, opening bottle of soviet champagne and watching the same movies every year.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

As that time not all people in the countryside had phone at home, so people sent loads of greeting cards.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Presents in Soviet times were also, like feast, very limited in variation and every kid normally got only one present or many smaller, like this rubber toy.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

That is how I remember so called Christmas time in USSR, but one thing that was good is that families did celebrate that time of year together in close family circles.

Our social media sites:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/paulssilins/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThreadArtStudio

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

Christmas In July 2015 – Begins 1 Week From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July 2015 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 12th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

We are excited to share unique and handmade items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

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To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2015! Please see the opportunitites below!

Last week we announced these opportunities for you to participate in! It’s not too late to share with us – then you will be featured on the Christmas In July blog.

Classic Childrens’ Toys

Color & Creativity

Localized Pieces

Luxury Materials, Contempory Designs

Marsala

Personalization

Problem Solving Products

Scuba Blue

Social Media Tips

Vintage Materials

What Does Teamwork Mean To You?

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2015 where you can get involved. Here are 2 of the upcoming events!

We are thrilled about our first #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Due to the overwhelming response we had to our #CIJPopUpMarket we have added a second day to this event!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 will be held on Thursday July 2nd, and #CIJPopUpMarket #2 will be held on Sunday July 5th.

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket #2 please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket #2

On July 10th we will host the #CIJParty 2015 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2014? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2014

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2015 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a tutorial or a guest blog article:

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Guest Blog Article

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

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2015!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

 

Christmas In July 2015 – Begins 2 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July 2015 begins 2 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 12th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2015! Please see the opportunitites below!

Classic Childrens’ Toys

Color & Creativity

Localized Pieces

Luxury Materials, Contempory Designs

Marsala

Personalization

Problem Solving Products

Scuba Blue

Social Media Tips

Vintage Materials

What Does Teamwork Mean To You?
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Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2015 by joining us on social media!

CIJ Team Facebook

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2015 where you can get involved. Here are 2 of the upcoming events!

We are thrilled about our first #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Due to the overwhelming response we had to our #CIJPopUpMarket we have added a second day to this event!

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket #2 please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket #2

On July 10th we will host the #CIJParty 2015 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2014? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2014

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2015 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a tutorial or a guest blog article:

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Guest Blog Article

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

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2015!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!