Christmas In July Social Media Month – #CIJSocialMediaMonth

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are excited for the Christmas In July Social Media Month! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to celebrate the month of May with a virtual #CIJSocialMediaMonth event right here on our blog!

#CIJSocialMediaMonth

#CIJSocialMediaMonth

The month of May we will focus on the four social media platforms that the #EtsyCIJ team active on –Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. As I mentioned the team is international and we are excited to share with you the value of social media, how to develop a social media plan, how to interact with others on social media and so much more! The Christmas In July Social Media Leaders are from all over the world and will share their unique perspectives!

Facebook Leaders:
Patricia – USA  – www.etsy.com/people/away120
Lia – Italy – www.etsy.com/people/ghirlandiamo
Angie – USA –  www.etsy.com/people/CraftyMom75
Debbie – USA – www.etsy.com/people/License2Craft

Instagram Leaders:
Dawn – Australia – www.etsy.com/people/DawnWhitehand
Alicia – USA – www.etsy.com/people/aliciabell1

Pinterest Leaders:
Betty – USA –  www.etsy.com/people/LadySnooks
Nancy – USA –  www.etsy.com/people/eponascrystals
Kristy Jo -USA – www.etsy.com/people/KristyJo67
Barbara – Germany – www.etsy.com/people/minimixi

Twitter Leaders:
Karen – USA – www.etsy.com/people/Christspassion
Rheta – USA – www.etsy.com/people/reparziale
Mary – USA – www.etsy.com/people/lilfoxdesign

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved! Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics!

May – Social Media Month

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today!

Please use #CIJSocialMediaMonth on social media as you celebrate with us!

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to participate in a Social Media Month! A #CIJSocialMediaMonth!

October – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate October – New Arrivals.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I saw these so nice and so tiny pumpkins and immediately imagined them on a green meadow: it would be a nice contrast of colors!

So I prepared the base with some stabilized lichen (it means its real lichen treated, so that it remains always the same).

Some maple leaves with their stunning forms and shades completed my fall landscape.

I think it’s a colorful wreath to enhancing any front door in this beautiful period of the year.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

Decorative notebooks are something new I have added to my shop. I had the idea of making a pumpkin Notebook for the Fall season. Use for Journaling, writing something everyday that you are thankful for, or makes a fun gift for someone with a Fall Birthday!

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I love searching for discarded desk organizers at antique malls or flea markets and painting them with a fresh coat of Chalk Paint, voila NEW and improved desk organizer!

Then I hand rub WAX onto the piece, so nice!

WalterSilva

WalterSilva

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I just added this tablerunner/wallhanging to my shop today. I’ve been working on stocking my shop with table linens such as tablerunners and placemats. I had been working in a more neutral pallet, and also finished a quilt this summer using earth tones. I wanted to make something much more colorful, so chose these lovely turquoise, blue and teal batiks for a set of placemats and the runner. The bright colors made me smile each time I worked on the set. These pieces could bring a touch of the Caribbean to your decor all year long!

FabriArts

FabriArts

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Christmas is just around the corner, and I love the fun of the season…. I love to wear Christmas jewelry and I like to decorate my tree with unique decorations – this makes the occasion even more ‘special’ and ‘personal’!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby says:

Several  years ago I stumbled upon a similar big eared elf much like this one at a thrift shop – it was love at first sight! I have been obsessed with these elves ever since. ( Who am I kidding? I’m at the hording stage!) I soon discovered that these elves come in several sizes which range from large 7 inch ones, to tiny 2.25 inch pixies. The predominant outfit color is red, followed by white polka dot. There are a few blue and green outfits out there too, but not many. They were made in Japan, by a handful of manufacturers, who seemed to blatantly copy each other! All were made post World War II from the early 1950’s to the 1960’s. I haven’t been able to locate any locally of late and now engage in online bidding wars at estate sales.

To me this elf ( and the rest of his “cousins” in our shop) represent the quintessential nostalgic Christmas decoration. A little shabby, but bright, warmly conjuring up memories of bygone holidays. Guaranteed to bring a smile and lots Christmas cheer to any spot.

northandsouthshabby

northandsouthshabby

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

In honor of World Teacher’s Day, from a fellow teacher….a colorful apple keychain with recycled and repurposed vintage beads!

mscenna

mscenna

Ina from InaSudjana says:

This bolster style headbands holder was a special request from a lovely customer to match a personalized name banner that I made with this color combination.

It is always very rewarding to venture out of my comfort zone and work with different media.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

Just listed vintage 80’s black eel skin leather handbag. I found this lovely purse in a Palm Springs thrift store. It can be a great gift idea for her!

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

be Woolen from beWoolen says:

Just listed! I fell in love with the color when I saw this yarn. It is 100% superwash wool. really soft, not itchy so I decided to offer it in other colors as well. But this is my personal favorite.

beWoolen

beWoolen

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

Listed just now! I have made aprons with this same design before, but I found this fabric and fell in love! Such a great fall feel with the yellows and gray print really made me think of October afternoons and hanging out at craft fairs!

CraftyMom75

CraftyMom75

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

I love cooking for the holidays, and found this adorable pattern for a Thanksgiving Apron. I love it! Quirky, cute, and full of personality!

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says:

I love Swedish, Danish and Norwegian linens, but stopped buying and selling them when so many wonderful Scandinavian shops started up on Etsy. They have much better access to these amazing pieces than I. However, I couldn’t pass up this Scandi textile, because it has the sweetest printed graphics I’ve ever laid eyes upon…I love the playful children, the proud parents, the colorful dala horse and explosion of flowers!

NeatoKeen

NeatoKeen

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

My original art quilt depicts the South Shore in the little Lake Michigan Village of Arcadia were we make our home. The solitude found on this public beach is reflected in the quiet sky and water at sunset. Using my Lake Michigan sunset photos, I created this art quilt in my home studio.

SallyManke

SallyManke

 

September – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate September – New Arrivals.

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This fall arrangement is striking. The vase was given to me as a present for my shop and the fall flowers were purchased from a new store. The neutral colors in the vase are mirrored in the flowers and grasses. The arrangement includes a large sunflower, pumpkins, berries, fruit and grasses. I actually have two similar ones in different sizes for anyone who is looking for a set.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

My town is close to Naples, which beauties and traditions are well-known all over the world.

One of these is Pulcinella, a mask who deals with life difficulties with a philosophy of his own.

Another aspect of Naples (but more generally of all South Italy) are our balconies, where you can see long cloth lines always full of laundry and bunches of chili peppers, hanging from a nail, to get dried under the sun.

So I tried to re-create this view, putting a ceramic Pulcinella on an imaginary balcony.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Melissa R from missy69 says:

I love to paint, and I also love to recycle or upcycle products into something new and beautiful. These are ice coffee bottles that have been recycled into bride and groom Gothic or Halloween wine glasses. These were so much fun to make, and I intend to do more with other themes.

missy69

missy69

Tiffanie from FrivolousFunBoutique says:

This beautiful ornament was inspired by my three-year old who requested that I make her one of my cluster pendants with her beads though bigger! (lol) It turn out amazing and I liked them so much I made more to put in my shop. I bead the wire then crochet it into a circle to make a 3 inch ornament. When I look at this particular ornament I see a wonderful Christmas gift for a special little princess.

FrivolousFunBoutique

FrivolousFunBoutique

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

I’m a quilter and love to include the holiday’s in my work. This is my original design tree skirt with 200 pieces making up a homemade, handmade piece. Perfect to become a family heirloom or the ideal wedding gift. After showing the design at my local quilt guild, I’ve been called upon to teach the technique at quilt shops and guilds.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

I saw this vintage look print set and had to have it. It is a reprint, but totally brought back memories of my childhood and quilts that my mother had around the house that had been given to her. I had it in my collection for a while because I loved it so much, I could not bear to sew it. Then, one of my son’s asked about it, and I decided that it was too special to not share with others. I made one of these pillow cases for my house, and one for Etsy. Mine will be well-loved by two little boys at my house being dragged from room to room with them. I can’t wait to see where the other one will end up at!

CraftyMom75

CraftyMom75

Handmade Covers from HandmadeCovers says:

This is a zipper case for 13 inch Laptop or Mac Book 13. Recently I learned how to use faux leather with fabric to create more sturdy bags for laptops. So I had this cute paisley print in vibrant colors which I wanted to use as a pocket of the bag and a plain beige cloth for the back. When the bag was complete it looked attractive to me. Hope you will like it too!

HandmadeCovers

HandmadeCovers

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s my new item just listed.

A name plaque for little Owen in Geelong, Victoria (Australia) whose daddy is a Formula 1 Racer!

A special plaque it will be!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Meet Dax the sassy dachshund!

When I saw the pattern in a yarn store I knew that I had to knit this cute little dog. I chose a rust color and happily knitted along. The process reminded me of my needlework class in elementary school that I hated! At that time I was knitting a polar bear, and the teacher ripped the whole thing apart because my stitches were too loose. I was devastated (I was 8 years old at that time) and completely discouraged. It took many years until I picked up knitting needles again – and I love it. This dog is my first complete knitted animal since that needlework class! I see him as a comforting cuddle toy for a little child. He sure gives those cuddles back!

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Gigi from GigisBlueRose says:

I saw the turtle shell and thought, “I just have to make that.” I wanted the shell to stay on the baby as a costume so I decided to add straps and a diaper cover to make it a cute little Halloween costume.

GigisBlueRose

GigisBlueRose

Tracey Ghazal from TreasuresFoundShoppe says:

This is the first gift I ever bought for my now ex-husband when we were dating in the early 80’s. The handsome young man modeling it is our son. He wasn’t too happy about having to be my model especially when I told him we were taking the pictures outside…. its 90 degrees in Florida today!

TreasuresFoundShoppe

TreasuresFoundShoppe

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love turquoise and leather! I found these large flower shaped beads and thought they would be perfect for this tassel necklace. I added a touch of orange and a leather tassel. I think the look is definitely boho!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Lucy Clasen from LuDesignsCreations says:

I love making leather cuffs and have made many designs. Now I am making them to buckle in the back. This white leather is beautiful, thick and has ripples in it. I finished it off with a silver Tree of Life which has meaning for many cultures and religions. I like the symbolism.

The concept of a tree of life has been used in biology, religion, philosophy, and mythology. A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The term tree of life may also be also used as a synonym for sacred tree.

LuDesignsCreations

LuDesignsCreations

Kimberly Hanna Wallis from LaSouciqueStudio says:

We started working with sea glass when living on the island of Guernsey where we collected gads of it at Ladies Bay. Now we’re in Florida where we’re inspired by the sunshine.

The soft Aqua Blue color of this Hawaiian sea glass is calming, seeming to change in every shade of light much like the sea does; The natural, organic shape is not manipulated in any way, only top-drilled then wrapped them in the “crazy” style with 925 sterling silver to honor the history that these pieces have seen over the decades tossed in the sea.

LaSouciqueStudio

LaSouciqueStudio

Carrie Peninger from Carebarescreations93 says:

I made these to help earn money for my friends family. She passed away about 2 weeks ago and left a lot of doctor bills. She loved Lady Bug and was a wonderful woman. All the money made from these will go to her family.

Carebarescreations93

Carebarescreations93

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

It is spring time here in Australia. I love the flowers that come out this time of year and the beautiful scent in the air! I have not done quilling for a while and decided to get my quilling gear out. Being spring time I decided to make this set of floral gift tags, perfect for birthdays or to brighten someone’s day!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

 

 

 

Happy Christmas In July 2015 To All, And To All a Good Night!

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas In July 2015 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you to all the Etsy shop owners who participated this year.

The Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2015 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the CIJ leaders! Please take a moment to check out their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Angie from CraftyMom75

Ashley from FrenchSoulKnittery

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Betty from LadySnooks

Candy from TrueEarthDesigns

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Elizabeth from CottageCraftsOnline

Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads

Lia from Ghirlandiamo

Lin from rhodyart

Megha from byTheArtBug

Nancy from EponasCrystals

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

Sandra from Ankletknits

Tracy from LittleShopOfColor

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during CIJ!

We had many fun opportunities for you to be involved!

Thank you for joining us on Friday July 10th for the #CIJParty!

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Please continue to use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2015 season!

Facebook
www.facebook.com/EtsyChristmasInJuly

Twitter
twitter.com/EtsyCIJ 

Pinterest
pinterest.com/etsycij/

Happy Christmas In July to all, and to all a good night!

#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Turn Your Old Crayons Into New Fun

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Turn Your Old Crayons Into New Fun” by Angie from CraftyMom75

Introduction

This tutorial is super easy and quick, you can even do it with toddlers and Preschoolers!  We love to use these special upcycled/recycled crayons for class Christmas gifts, Valentine’s Day cards, Halloween treats, and end of year presents!  And the materials are probably already somewhere in your house!

The best crayons to use are the ones that have been colored with, broken, and are no longer usable to your kiddos!

The smaller and more broken up they are, the less work you have to do!CraftyMom751_tutorial

Materials Used

You will need:
1.  Crayons, preferably Crayola, cheaper brands do not melt as well, and smoke and stink while melting.
2.  A chocolate/food crafting mold in your desired shape.  I buy lots of these after the holiday at craft stores, or online.  Be careful that you choose quality molds, the cute ones in the Dollar spot at Target just melt in the oven.
3.  An old metal cookie sheet, the thickest you find.  Check out Goodwill or Garage sales, because this will no longer be usable for food when you are done. CraftyMom752_tutorial

Tutorial Directions

First, gather your supplies and preheat your over to 500 degrees F.

Next, peel all of the crayons you will need.  How many you will need will depend on the shape and size of your mold.  I usually like to start with around 10.  If they are broken and the paper torn off, all the better, as you will have less prep work to do.

A tip is you are using new crayons, get the paper a bit wet and it comes off easier.CraftyMom753_tutorial

Second, decide if you want to have a color theme.  Some people like to do lots of random colors on each crayon, others are more orderly, and want shades of the same color.  It is totally up to you and whoever is helping you.  Then, start breaking the crayons into pieces that fit the mold until the molds are full.  It is totally ok if they stick up out of the molds a bit, they will melt down into the mold.  Also, if they overflow a bit, that is what the old cookie sheet is for.  As you can see, you do not need to be professional or precise, the melting will help you out.CraftyMom754_tutorial

Third, put your mold onto the cookie sheet in the 500 degree oven.

Set a timer for 4 minutes and check every 15 seconds after that.

When each mold is liquid (and sometimes smoking), it is done.  Each batch varies due to the amount and size pieces of crayons used.

Remember when you take these out, they are 500 degree wax, no little ones and be careful!!CraftyMom755_tutorial

Finally, let these dry overnight or about 12 hours so they are hardened.  Then, carefully remove the crayons from the molds.  The best way to keep them from breaking that I have found is to pull the mold away from the crayon until it comes loose on all sides, then tip the crayon out. CraftyMom751_tutorial

Conclusion

These crayons are so fun, and a great craft with little ones.  There are so many great molds available, but remember that once you use your mold for crayons, they are no longer suitable for food, so choose wisely!

If you are interested in the Lego Minifigure mold, I bought mine from Lego, but they have discontinued them.  The molds are available on Etsy from several buyers, as low as $8.50.

Thanks!!

I hope you enjoy this project and please share your creations with me!  Tag me on Instagram @angieshandmade
or Facebook @angieshandmadegiftsandaprons

If you would like to follow me for other great ideas for family fun, kids stuff, and ways for vendors to have successful craft fairs, you can find me below!

Instagram-www.instagram.com/angieshandmade
Facebook-www.facebook.com/angieshandmadegiftsandaprons

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

#CIJParty 2015 – Welcome To The Christmas In July Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty here on the CIJ blog! We wanted a way to party with all of our team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2015, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to attend classes, enjoy guest blog articles and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!CIJFacebookAviGood

Classes

We’ll be having new classes posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule – all times in Eastern Standard Time:

5:00 am – Christmas In Soviet Latvia by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

5:30 am – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

6:00 am – Leather Bags and Accessories Designer Rina by Rina of RinartsAtelier

6:30 am – Summer Trends  by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

7:00 am – Christmas In July Team Member Blogs by Alicia of AliciasFindings

7:30 am – Collage Artist Lin by Lin of rhodyart

8:00 am – Tutorial: Shaun The Sheep by Megha of byTheArtBug

8:30 am – Jewelry Artist Betty by Betty of LadySnooks

9:00 am – Scuba Blue Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

9:30 am – 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities For Your Business by Gail of Atttention Getting

10:00 am – Tutorial: Motif Blanket by Becky of fantasticmio

10:30 am – Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way by Mary of StockLaneStudio

11:00 am – Marsala by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

11:30 am – Social Media Tips by Alicia of AliciasFindings

12:00 pm – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust by Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby

12:30 pm – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions by Molly of MollyFinds

1:00 pm – Designer Wendy by Wendy of WJDesigns

1:30 pm – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

2:00 pm – Five Minute Fireworks by Christina of lebeauchaton

2:30 pm – Creator And Designer Becky by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

3:00 – Tutorial: Turn Old Crayons Into New Fun by Angie of CraftyMom75

3:30 – Photographer Amanada by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

Swag Bags

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts for providing our swag bags today! Jen is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar simply put in Christmasinjuly (23,329 items) or CIJ (71,803 items). So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2015.

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

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ15 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle-

Spring Flowers

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Today is the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere! Enjoy the beauty of spring flowers from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team!

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

Ah, spring flowers – just the mere mention of spring flowers and my heart starts to race (I’m Canadian and our winters can be long). I have lily of the valley planted everywhere here on the farm and the ones by the doors and windows welcome visitors with their heady fragrance and graceful demeanor. Besides, they remind me that a fairy just might be lurking near by.

Metallic Print Pure White Lily Of The Valley Macro Photograph From TheOldBarnDoor

Metallic Print Pure White Lily Of The Valley Macro Photograph From TheOldBarnDoor

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

I have more Spring flowers in my shop than anything else. Spring is my favorite time of year after surviving long Minnesota winters. I spend time in the Spring assembling flower arrangements indoors while waiting for the temperature to warm up outside.

The yellow flowers in this arrangement are just so nice and sunny and are my partner’s favorite color. The lacy metal flower pot is my mom’s favorite. Ranunculus is my favorite flower so I’ve included one of those to dance with the tulips and daisies. And the butterfly, well, what could symbolize renewal of the seasons more than that?

Yellow Tulips And Daisies - Silk Flower Arrangement NauticoCreations

Yellow Tulips And Daisies – Silk Flower Arrangement NauticoCreations

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

In my shop I’ve many items made by spring flowers!

I adore them: so many kinds and colors, from the delicate peach blossom to the strong colors of tulips, buttercups, irises and others.

Here in South Italy, although never too cold in winter, it’s really soon warm in spring. And when you look around, everywhere you can see flowered trees and smell pleasant scents!

The most exciting smell for me is that coming from orange blossoms and effectively in my shop I also have some wreaths with those flowers.

I generally prefer strong colors but, at the same time, I love those timid flowers, not easy to see: delicate pansies and tremulous lilies of the valley.

In this my last wreath I put them together, creating a pleasant color contrast between white and many shades of lilac.

Pansies And Lilies Of The Valley Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Pansies And Lilies Of The Valley Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Becky from BirdsOnATwig says:

Nice cheerful sunflower, and vintage no less! I purchased this many moons ago at a wonderful handmade craft fair show… all of it’s “cousins” have found homes, this is the last of the bunch!

Wooden Sunflower Sign From BirdsOnATwig

Wooden Sunflower Sign From BirdsOnATwig

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

Funny you ask, I have been decoupaging with a lot of floral patterns in anticipating Spring!

More to come!

Floral Patterned Cross stitch Desk Organizer From WalterSilva

Floral Patterned Cross stitch Desk Organizer From WalterSilva

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

Big, bright, beautiful daisies! Spring & Summer is just around the corner and daisies are the perfect flower to lighten and brighten your home decor! Daisies are so friendly aren’t they?!

Vintage Daisy Tablecloth   From shabbyshopgirls

Vintage Daisy Tablecloth From shabbyshopgirls

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

I was so ready for spring craft shows and ready to make some different aprons for craft shows that are reflective of vendor’s attitude at Spring craft shows-ready to be back out, ready to start a new year and meet new people. Then, right in front of me in February appeared this fabulous floral print!

Spring Floral Pastel Apron From CraftyMom75

Spring Floral Pastel Apron From CraftyMom75

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says:

I seem to work with flowers no matter the season.

My first listing of March is this triple strand bracelet using glass beads in shades of white with off white roses. I like how it’s crisp but not too formal. That’s sort of how I feel the season of Spring to be. Crisp and new, but too young and carefree to be too serious. This coloring of this bracelet plays as a neutral so you can wear it with just about everything.

Shades of White- Rose Multi Strand Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Shades of White- Rose Multi Strand Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Betty Travell from LadySnooks says:

Can’t wait to see some real spring flowers. But, I made this bracelet to fill the void until we get some real ones. I’ve used the Czech Glass Flowers in blue and added some bright green beads and garden charms.

Spring Blue Garden Charm And Bead Bracelet From LadySnooks

Spring Blue Garden Charm And Bead Bracelet From LadySnooks

Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery says:

I love to watch spring unfold as the leaves and flowers unfurl I know that winter is finally over and warmth will soon follow, I created this particular watch from a selection of glass flowers and leaves it reminds me of my garden as the new season starts.

Springtime Statement Bracelet Watch From LSBJewellery

Springtime Statement Bracelet Watch From LSBJewellery

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I love roses, and mine generally arrive in mid-spring. This year, however, we’ve had a long hard winter so I thought a little hand lift was in order (to encourage good green and pink thoughts!).

Spring Rose Necklace From FirepanJewellery

Spring Rose Necklace From FirepanJewellery

candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns says:

Having found this carved gemstone, I began to think how to make it into a pendant necklace. With the lovely color, I found these beautiful pastel gemstone beads, together I knew they would make for a great jewelry piece.

Spring Blue Agate Necklace And Earring Set TrueEarthDesigns

Spring Blue Agate Necklace And Earring Set TrueEarthDesigns

Becky from LollysCubbyHole says:

I have spring flowers… some are found in the boutonnieres below. I also have vintage hankies with blossoms, buds and vines that make me just want to sing of spring!

Men's Burlap Boutonniere From LollysCubbyHole

Men’s Burlap Boutonniere From LollysCubbyHole

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

I love to garden and my friends always ask for seeds when spring arrives of the many wildflowers that pop up here in Texas. After requests and requests I started selling them in my shop too. I love to share TX color with my friends who have moved away from Texas and also with people who love to garden. Once I started listing many more people were asking for other seeds so I branched into the seed listings during the spring and summer months so I can save up corks for my projects. Check out my shop of the variety of seeds I have available.

Texas Wildflower Seeds From Corkycrafts

Texas Wildflower Seeds From Corkycrafts

February – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The new year continues to be the perfect time to add new arrivals to your Etsy shop! Our customers are looking forward to the upcoming season and we want to give them what they’re looking for. Here are February new arrivals from members of the Christmas In July team.

Sally Manke from SallyManke says

The art quilt is a result of me sprinting to complete quilts for a local quilt show I chair. We hang the show on Wednesday and each quilt displayed must me new. The image depicted is Arcadia Dunes Preserve, a continual source of inspiration for my art quilts.
Amazing stands of white birch flow through the preserve making the perfect backdrop to a forest floor filled with blooms. Catching this view during the annual fall color shows makes winter quilting feel a bit warmer.

Birch Trees And Forest Flowers Quilted Wall Hanging From SallyManke

Birch Trees And Forest Flowers Quilted Wall Hanging From SallyManke

Christine Parker from modernimpressionist says

The cardinal was painted from photos available on the Paint My Photo site. I love the bright red against the snow in February.

Cardinal In Snow Painting From modernimpressionist

Cardinal In Snow Painting From modernimpressionist

Bee Macneil and Caroline Pinnington from PaintedSongbird says

This chalk board has been saved, upcycled with love and turned sparkly new. We’ve selected a new paint colour for the frame, we’ve reused the original back board as the blackboard, used several coats of paint for extra durability, waxed and distressed the frame to give it an aged look. We love it and Annie Sloan’s gorgeous colour. We’ve photographed it in our English country lane showing the place it was created. We hope you like it too.

Medium Sized Blackboard From PaintedSongbird

Medium Sized Blackboard From PaintedSongbird

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

I’ve recently upgraded my printer and can now offer all my typography, photography and digital illustrations in 11 x 14in/A3 sizes!

This quote really spoke to me when I saw it… I have such a love of nature and the universe so I created this print to capture the quote as I saw it in my mind.

We Are All Made Of Stars Galaxy Print From ColourscapeStudios

We Are All Made Of Stars Galaxy Print From ColourscapeStudios

Wendy WN from WoodNotions says

I’ve just added two new handmade wood-cut ornaments to my shop!
These two new arrivals were inspired by one of my favorite customers. He hand-makes musical instruments, requiring sound hole covers or rosettes. It’s such an honor to have one of my designs featured on a beautiful handmade musical instrument. Rosette designs can be very challenging for me since they quite often start out at a tiny, 1-3/4 inch diameter. We seem to connect on the design concepts and are still working together,15 designs and 2 years later!
Once the rosettes are converted to an ornament, I add them to my shop. I love to add names, dates, places, etc. to ornaments to make them extra special for the recipients…or I can make them into rosettes, basket centers, or embellishments for other crafting projects.

Galloping Horse Wood Ornament From WoodNotions

Galloping Horse Wood Ornament From WoodNotions

Penguin Wooden Ornament From WoodNotions

Penguin Wooden Ornament From WoodNotions

Cindy and Alexis from PlethoraGifts says

Here’s a new favorite of mine. Just love the hot pink mixed with the vintage bronze wire and chain. I’ve combined repurposed floral beads and beads with a bit of bling to create this wirewrapped necklace. I scoured the internet to find a distinctive chain that would give the necklace a vintage look.

Pink And Bronze Necklace From PlethoraGifts

Pink And Bronze Necklace From PlethoraGifts

Sarah Black from SilkRoadNeedleArts

Irishman’s Cashmere Merino scarf

This yarn is a cashmere merino blend, and I dyed it in spring greens- I choose this crochet pattern because I liked the way the short stripes contrasted with the long, skinny scarf- I love a long scarf myself–so I can toss the ends over my shoulder!

Cashmere Scarf From SilkRoadNeedleArts

Cashmere Scarf From SilkRoadNeedleArts

beverly from designbcb says

I have a HUGE yarn stash – about 25 bins worth of yarn and since that’s a big investment in space and money, I want to make sure I use up as much of a ball of yarn that I can. Headbands are cute, fast and can be embellished and sized for form, fashion and function. I had the idea of making ski bands as a way of using leftover yarn. They can be made out of any yarn I have and are a quick, enjoyable knit that I can relax and do.

Orchid Knit Headband From Knit360five

Orchid Knit Headband From Knit360five

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

I love cowls, scarfs and all neck warmers! They give your outfit that finishing touch. I was looking for new Spring accessory which would be soft to touch, light but warm all in one. So I knitted this Lavender cowl from very soft to touch and light but warm baby Alpaca blend yarn. This cowl is wearable in any season and any holiday like Valentine’s day, Easter or Mother’s day.

Knitted Lavender Cowl From Ankleknits

Knitted Lavender Cowl From Ankleknits

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says

This product originally was just an idea I had for a gift for my Sister-in-law for her birthday. She is a lover of books, school principal, and has spent her life helping children with education, from her own to disadvantaged children in her school. After posting it on Instagram one evening, I had multiple requests for more, so I have just finished my first one to sell.

Book Lover Decorative Pillow Cover From CraftyMom75

Book Lover Decorative Pillow Cover From CraftyMom75

Angie from RusticHomespun says

I am a quilter and love traditional scrappy patchwork quilts. I have so many fabric strips and blocks left over from my previous quilt making that I used them to make cushion/pillow covers and other projects. I do not let my fabric scraps go to waste at all! The blocks are arranged in a very popular and traditional design setting called Rail Fence Block. The cushion covers come in two sizes and they are one-of-a-kind item in my shop.

Scrappy Patchwork Quilted Cushion Cover From RusticHomespun

Scrappy Patchwork Quilted Cushion Cover From RusticHomespun

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital

I didn’t have enough of my favorite color purple in my shop, so I rounded up papers I had already created and put them into one mega pack – 21 designs in varying shades of purple and lavender. Rather eclectic, but I like the way it turned out.

Purple Digital Paper From ButterflyFeetDigital

Purple Digital Paper From ButterflyFeetDigital

Csilla Molnar from STILLforSTYLE

I love vintage home decorations and I frequently go at flea markets for searching nice, vintage decor items. This coffee grinder mill is from such a market. After I bought it I reconditioned, painted cream and treated with varnish effect fine cracks. I decorated it with hand painted lace and handmade fabric flowers.
This object is decorative , but can also be used for storage of jewelry or memories.

Vintage Decorative Coffee Grinder Mill From STILLforSTYLE

Vintage Decorative Coffee Grinder Mill From STILLforSTYLE

Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams says

When I start making this wreath I was thinking about the colors. It was a really bad dark day outside, so I gave the color pink a look and here we go! Making the wreath brightened up my day, because the color pink always gives me a smile! Enjoy the day with a little bit of pink!

Pink Heart Wreath From KarlasWoodDreams

Pink Heart Wreath From KarlasWoodDreams

Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts says

Besides being here on Etsy, I’m also a member of several design teams. I came across this stamp from one of them and just HAD to use it! And so this anti-valentine full of sarcasm & snark was born!

Alone on Valentine's Day Anti-Valentine full Of Sadness and Snark From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Alone on Valentine’s Day Anti-Valentine full Of Sadness and Snark From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Top Tips for Cooking Light (Even during the Holidays)

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

The Holidays are all about indulgence, opulence, and spending time with the ones you love.  Our Team has come together to offer you suggestions for shaving off a few calories so that indulgence doesn’t go all to our hips!

1) Tisha from quiltytherapy says

 In an effort to get more fiber and heart healthy fats into our diet we almost always have avocado on Taco Tuesdays. We sub out the sour cream and cheese and use avocado to provide that creamy texture. We don’t miss the salt and excess fat.  Make sure to have napkins handy on Taco Tuesday, it can get really messy.
Napkins for Taco Night!

Napkins for Taco Night!

2) Angie from SucculentBathAndBody says

 Each year we have a large garden, and that alone inspires healthier eating with fresh veggies grown in our own soil, not over-farmed land depleted of minerals. It starts in the spring with homegrown lettuce for salads, and continues into late summer with tomatoes and peppers. I love to combine a 15 oz. can of chickpeas with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and a little onion for a quick salad that is low in calories and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Simply dress the salad with 4 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar and salt & pepper to taste. And, if you like to garden (or just know that fall yard and garden clean-up are coming up soon), you’ll need Succulent Bath & Body’s “Johna’s Garden” gardener’s soap, made with organic essential oils, activated charcoal for extra cleaning power, and magnesium-rich Epsom salts for scrubbing.
Great idea for gardeners!

Great idea for gardeners!

3) Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

 I was born in Europe. And when I was a child we had our own fruit and vegetable garden, so my mom always used fresh produce from garden all year long. And now I have 3 children and I am growing my own vegetables and strawberries so my kids would know how they grow and tastes. We often drink peppermint tea from our little garden and I always use coasters under the tea cups.
Coasters under healthy tea is a great idea for those cold winter evenings!

Coasters under healthy tea is a great idea for those cold winter evenings!

4) Elizabeth Wellburn from ElizabethLovesGlass says
A “build it yourself” salad is always fun and healthy at family gatherings. A big bowl of greens, then smaller dishes of sliced tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, etc. so guests can choose what they want. We tend to keep the dressings simple – often just a pair of shaker bottles for oil and balsamic vinegar. Goes with almost any meal!These crystal serving utensils could be a great part of such a mini salad bar.
Salad Bars are a great idea for holiday gatherings!

Salad Bars are a great idea for holiday gatherings!

5) Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says

 WE love pureeing and “hiding” veggies in our meals so our little guys will eat their veggies. For example, pumpkin puree blends magically into spaghetti sauce and no one knows it! Plus, always have a great helper to keep you on your toes!
Nothing says cooking like potholders!

Nothing says cooking like potholders!

6) Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

Growing my own herbs and veg has become one of the smartest things I decided to do. I have pots full of goodness, ranging from basil to strawberries, red onions to thyme! Our two year old thinks it’s awesome that we can go into the backyard and pick our food, and it’s really made her more interested in eating more, so it’s a win/win!
Great gift for the chef with everything!

Great gift for the chef with everything!

7) Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug says

Instead of buying ready-made Jams from the store why not make your own!

This way you can control and know the ingredients that go in. Here is a simple 3 ingredient home-made Strawberry Jam Recipe.
Ingredients:
1 Cup chopped Strawberries.
3/4 Cup Sugar.(or you can add more if needed)
1 Tsp Lemon Juice.
*both sugar and lemon juice act as natural preservatives.

Method:
Mix everything together and cook in a non stick pan till the mixture thickens and leaves the edges of the pan.
Cool and Store in an airtight glass container and refrigerate.
It would be good for 2-3 months. (Unless you like eating spoonfuls like me)

Warm jam and biscuits on Christmas morning sounds just lovely!

Warm jam and biscuits on Christmas morning sounds just lovely!

8) Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says

I love substituting oil or butter in cookie recipes with applesauce. My husband loves my applesauce raisin oatmeal cookies made this way. It takes some playing around with the amount, but it is well worth the effort! Any time I bake, I love my apron! Saves me laundry and stains on my clothes, and wearing it always reminds me of my grandmother.

Aprons are great holiday gifts for the health-conscious chef.

Aprons are great holiday gifts for the health-conscious chef.

Top Ten Tips for Busy Moms

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Welcome to our first “Top Ten Tips” blog entry! Each month, we will offer our readers ten tips and products to make a task easier, less expensive, or just more fun. This month’s Top Ten Tips is for all busy moms. We hope you walk away with some tips and products to save time and money and really maximize your time with your kids.

10) Sherry from treasuresRtimeless says “Get Organized”

School time is now upon us and mom’s will even be busier than before! They will have all those wonderful “after school activities ” to do, adding an even more hectic schedule! I thought perhaps, this listing article that I am presenting to you could be used two fold to help a busy mom get organized!

This wonderful lazy susan can be used as a quick supper station! The compartments can handle a quick supper before or after a school function. It could also be used to organize, keys, kids usv drives for school, pens, pencils, notes that needs to be returned to school, almost anything, just a little imagination is all that is needed! What do you think?

Get organized with this lovely Lazy Susan.  Add fun to a Taco Dinner or organize all those Back to School supplies.

Get organized with this lovely Lazy Susan. Add fun to a Taco Dinner or organize all those Back to School supplies.

 

9) UnexpectedTreasure says “Keep it Simple”

I think this 3-piece accessory set is perfect for the busy mom on the go. Key chain coin purse wristlet can replace a large purse or handbag so mom can carry just the essentials few folded dollar bills or twenties along with her credit cards or ATM cards.

Fill up the business card holder with your cards and have them at the ready to pass out to prospective customers.

The tea wallet carries four tea bags, sweetener and lemon juice. All mom needs to do is add the cup and hot water! She can sip a nice soothing beverage while she waits for the kids to come out the school building.

This three piece accessory kit has so many uses... First Aid Kit, Snack, or organization.  Great for a mom on the go!

This three piece accessory kit has so many uses… First Aid Kit, Snack, or organization. Great for a mom on the go!

8)  Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts says “Keep your memories close”.

For those of us who are crafty moms trying to fit in some scrapbooking time during naps or when the kiddos are at school, I’m busy playing “catch up” by using scrapbook layout kits! I can get one done in about an hour, so not only did I accomplish something crafty and fun but also relaxing.

Keep all those photos organized and turn them into a family keepsake with this adorable scrapbook page!

Keep all those photos organized and turn them into a family keepsake with this adorable scrapbook page!

7) Bar Shiff from kukiness says”Keep the Diaper Bag fully stocked and organized”.

 This stylish and functional accessory is the perfect solution for parents who are tired of losing pacifiers at the depth of their diaper bag.
This adorable pouch is perfect for keeping your baby's pacifier clean and easy to find in the diaper bag.

This adorable pouch is perfect for keeping your baby’s pacifier clean and easy to find in the diaper bag.

6) Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says “Take a little time for yourself…and when you can’t: Wear a hat!”

 My favorite time saver when I am on the go and in a hurry, a hat. Look good with out having to fuss with your hair. No one will ever know you didn’t take time to fix it . Just tuck it up or quick pony tails, and you look perfectly polished.
Pull your hair up under this darling hat for a great look when you are in a hurry to get the kids!

Pull your hair up under this darling hat for a great look when you are in a hurry to get the kids!

5)  Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says “Always be Thankful…no matter how busy you are”.

 As Mum’s/Mom’s, we’re all running around crazy and frantic getting everything sorted, people to places, meals cooked, the endless mountain of washing… and we sometimes forget to just sit down with our kids and just watch/play and interact. I have this print on my wall at home near my front door as a reminder each day to think of something I’m thankful of, and a lot of the time it ends up revolving around my daughter.
Lovely sign to remember to be thankful for the love and laughter in our life no matter how hectic our life becomes.

Lovely sign to remember to be thankful for the love and laughter in our life no matter how hectic our life becomes.

4) charlene c from CeeCeeandBee says “Always remember…wash your hands!”

 Back to school, or starting school for the first time… means coming home with germs and getting sick. I should know, I’m a single mom of two elementary school aged kids! Make sure everyone washes their hands when they get home – and all the other regular times.

I’ve made this non-toxic hand soap perfect for killing germs and bacteria without any of the crazy chemicals in other products. Stay well my friends!

Be sure to keep germs at bay so you can give your best to the people who depend on you.

Be sure to keep germs at bay so you can give your best to the people who depend on you.

3) Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says “Always remember…you are beautiful, too”.

 I think Mom’s on the go need a little magic in their lives (what this cool star Quartz crystal pendulum represents). Just something in their pocket to remind them remember to stay calm and hug the kids, because nothing else matters more.
A magical pendant to remind you how special you are to everyone around you.

A magical pendant to remind you how special you are to everyone around you.

2) Ifigeneia tsiltikli from fifirixtra says “Always remember the baby wipes”.

My tip ( as a new mam) is to have ALWAYS in your bag baby wipes! You can use all the time to clean any kind of mess that a baby can make! In my house i have 1 pack in every room!!!!

Keep your daughter's hairclips (or your clothespins) organized with this adorable holder.

Keep your daughter’s hairclips (or your clothespins) organized with this adorable holder.

1) Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says “Stay on track with an organized calendar and some treats for the toddler”.

Keep one calendar with separate colors of ink for each person to keep items all in one place.

Also, keeping a few small treats with you while running errands always can keep a toddler calm. Dollar store toys, crayons, goldfish all work well!

Keep goodies, toys, or other small items organized and within easy reach with this zipper bag.

Keep goodies, toys, or other small items organized and within easy reach with this zipper bag.

We look forward to more Top Ten Tips articles with advice and time savers from our Christmas in July Team.  Thank you, Busy Mom, for taking the time out of your day to read our Tips for You!