A Little Gift For Me

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

All too often, we spend our time thinking of others and buying gifts for family and friends and, we all know, the next few weeks are going to be hectic. Perhaps now, is the time for a little self-indulgence before the chaos. The Christmas In July team would like to share all their fabulous items with those who are looking to buy themselves a little gift.

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

At only $11.00, these small earrings are a perfect way to gift yourself! Featuring lampwork glass and Czech glass beads, they will add a pop of color to your day. The beads are wired separately, so they will sway prettily as you move.
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Red Czech Glass & Silver Dangle Earrings

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

My treat would be a cute little bracelet! This little bracelet is made of Turquoise Russian Amazonite which has Silver Plated Shells between the beads. I feel like I am ready for the beach and but I live in the Midwest, which is about 3000 miles from the ocean. Maybe some day! But this one is for sale!

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Turquoise Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says

My treat would be a nice book mark to go with a great book for relaxing times.
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Pink Gemstone Bookmark

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I think any crafter would love a new pack of purple beads to stitch up into something wonderful…maybe peyote, cross stitch, jewelry, or something else?
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Antique Glass Beads

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Give the gift of personalization, especially when shopping for yourself. It is better to enjoy a glass of wine less often and in style, than to overindulge. At Design’s the Limit, we encourage the responsible enjoyment of spirits from the safety of your own home. Design a wine glass which suits your personality, we have a variety of glass and crystal stemware and stemless glasses to choose as a canvas for our designs. Once you have selected a glass, choose the font and design which suits your tastes and include any text you wish to including name, monogram, single initial, or popular sayings in the public domain!
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Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Enjoy some “me” and “family” time by reading your favorite verses from The Bible and sitting down with the family to fill out the numerous pages for recording wedding information, birth records and your family tree! A great way to spend some down time before the Holiday season arrives!
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Precious Moments Bible Family Edition

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

All of us experience the concept of the yin and yang in our daily lives. It always seems there is something positive pulling against the forces of something negative and we are forced to pull it together in unity and “work things out”. I also think that “making it through” whatever comes your way on any given day largely depends on your frame of mind and attitude about life in general. So, with this little butterfly yin and yang compact (pill) storage jar, you would have the constant reminder that no matter what happens, things do get better and can become beautiful, just as the bling this item offers!
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Pill Storage Box

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

I would buy a hand knitted hat to keep me warm in winter. It’s such a nice accessory.
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Hand Knitted Slouch Beanie

Up In The Air

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Is your head always in the clouds? Do you dream of flying on a dragon’s back? Are you an aeroplane geek? Whatever takes your fancy, be it balloons, kites, birds or flying technology, get ready for lift off as we head up in the air.

The Christmas in July team share what items they have that are related to things ‘Up In The Air’.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Hot air balloons are a wonderful escape from the everyday.
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Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

There are many items in our shop that could be considered for the theme … Up in the Air. We have song birds, ducks, and butterflies that have been hand burned and/or carved and/or painted, depending upon the item. So, it was hard choosing which one to highlight. I chose this butterfly and floral sculpture because it is one of my favorite items. I love the contrast colors of yellow and black on the swallowtail butterfly. I also love its hues of pink on the hibiscus flower.
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Hibiscus with Swallowtail Wood sculpture

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

I have called this large oil painting the “Forest Spirit”. I painted a bird and a tree that are connected to the background of the blue sky and clouds. This is a little surrealistic picture and presents the tree in a somewhat abstract way, which is also the texture of the canvas and the tree leaf structure. All these elements intermingle. The colors of sky and nature are calming. The picture is very decorative and creates an atmosphere of relaxation. It will be a great decoration of the living room wall or another representative interior.
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Bird Tree Forest Oil Painting

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I take what nature provides and turn it into beautiful jewelry to wear and love. This bracelet has a buttery soft brown leather with sunflower yellow Czech glass flower beads, turquoise leaf beads, blue Czech glass bird beads, and tiny seed beads in coordinating colors.
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Flower and Bird Bracelet

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

While I’m afraid of heights I still love seeing the vast array of hot air balloons that come in so many colors and styles. So, when I came upon this fabric it screamed make me into a dog bandana!!
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Hot Air Balloons Dog Bandana

Mairi from mairidesign says

The dragonfly symbolizes change and the perspective of self realization, representing an emotional maturity of wisdom, transformation and adaptability. As a creature of the wind, it reminds us to go beyond what we see on the surface and look deeper into the implications and aspects of life – but to keep a light, positive outlook even in our darkest moments. Enjoy this stained glass dragonfly as it catches the sun in your room or garden.
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Dragonfly Stake for Flower Pot

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

The weather is turning cold here now in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, but I have a Butterfly Bush in my front yard. It is FILLED with butterflies all summer long. And, I already miss the summer. These porcelain earrings are handmade in my ceramic studio and fired 2 times, to temperatures over 6,000*F(0ver 1090*C).

Porcelain butterfly stud earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

When my head is in the clouds, I hope to come back and record the inspired thoughts before they disappear. Our folding nameplate includes a space to store a pen inside of the nameplate to keep it from walking off when you step away from your desk or it may be placed in a hole drilled in the top of the nameplate to have it ready at a moments notice. When you have your head in the clouds, have your pen at the ready, you never know what dreams may come. Personalization is included in the cost of our products with any of our designs, using any font we have available, and we also offer additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards for shipping directly to your gift recipient. Make every gift giving opportunity into an inspired gift giving experience in our shop @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized nameplate

 

Items Of The Week: Hollywood Glam

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Martini Olive – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons! According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Martini Olive.

PANTONE 18-0625
Martini Olive
Smooth, sophisticated and urbane green adds depth to the Fall/Winter 2018 palette.
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Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Martini Olive! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

zizzybob from zizzybob says 1/2 yard cut Teal and Green 100% cotton fabric. It is new, unused and unwashed. Selvage edge says Graceful Geisha by Rossi for Andover Fabric Patt #3267
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zizzybob

 

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says This lovely cross stitch pattern by Michele Johnson uses Martini Olive in a traditional way.
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carolinagirlz2

 

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says Cross Necklace and Earrings – Green and brown magnesite beads are dyed a blue-green color with brown matrix. The accent beads are brass crosses, magnesite teardrop beads, and brass heishi beads.
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EponasCrystals

 

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says I was so fascinated with these coin like beads and the color of ceramic beads I already had the name picked out! Yes, “Martini Olive!” What a fun name and these colors are definitely captured in the fall line up. One of A Kind!!!

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timetalentjewels

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

These copper hoop earrings feature olive lampwork glass beads. The beads are handmade and have a wonderful rustic look to them! They are smooth, but they look textured. Their color and rustic-textured look make them perfect for Fall!
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ZenCatPottery

 

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Martini Olive board! While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Items Of The Week: Tea or Coffee

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International Chocolate Day

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Fantastic news! The 13th of September is International Chocolate Day!

“I love the pleasure of chocolate
As it melts upon my tongue
It dribbles all through my mouth
And squishes around my gums”
~ Chocolate Pleasure, Verse 1 – Poem by Marilyn Lott

Need I say any more?

I bet you can’t wait to see all our choccie goodies…scroll on down…

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Lizzie Kate Chocolate Lovers Chart Pack With Cookie Buttons is the perfect project when you need a pick me up without the calories:
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Chocolate Lovers Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

What can I say … I love chocolate! Milk Chocolate … Dark, semi-sweet Chocolate … White Chocolate! Anything is better with Chocolate, and there’s nothing that can’t be solved with a little bit of Chocolate! When I see this bracelet, I think of the different types of Chocolate all swirling together … a Chocolate delight without the calories!

Natural wooden bracelet

Relaxation And Wellbeing

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

In preparation for the busy seasons of back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, wouldn’t it be nice to stock up on all the little treats that allow us to cope with the stresses of those times? Providing ourselves with moments of relaxation and improving our wellbeing can be very enjoyable when we know that we have already planned for them. Whether you hope to go to a countryside spa or just find an hour, here and there, to pamper yourself, let’s get through the next few months as stress-free as possible.

The Christmas in July team would like to present their items that will help our Relaxation and Wellbeing plans.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I don’t subscribe so much to relaxation and well-being, but I do know that “A Coke And A Smile” can go a long way towards making me feel better during the busy thirsty times!!
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Coca Cola Polar Bears Cross Stitch Book

Britney Wilkerson from LitByBrit says

My lavender soy wax melts smell amazing and are so relaxing!
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Soothing Lavender Wax Melts

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Perfumed hot oil lamps and candles have always been a way to add a calming and relaxing environment to a home, spa or work place! They help de-stress and energize a person! We love this adorable vintage spaghetti poodle hot oil lamp/night-light for its sweet design and multi purpose function! A sweet addition to any room in the house or workplace!
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Perfume Oil Warmer Lamp

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

Hand-painted colorful badge for marking the bathroom or yoga room door.
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Lotus Yoga Room Door Sign

Fruit and Vegetables

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Let’s get healthy with our intake of Fruit and Vegetables!

Well, even if we don’t necessarily consume as much as we should, we can be reminded of these nutritious beauties through their imagery in paintings, kitchen crockery, crocheted toys and such like, and be encouraged to grab an apple instead of a biscuit.

The Christmas in July team have chosen their favourite fruit and veg items for you to decorate your homes.

zizzybob from zizzybob says

I’m not a big fan of fruits and vegetables but who doesn’t like watermelon. August is always the best time to purchase it, it’s the sweetest time of the year.
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Watermelon Quilted Fabric Postcard

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

My family grew muscadine grapes in the back yard of our 1920s era home when I was growing up….
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Cross Stitch Fruit Pattern

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

Fruit on the table is a good topic to decorate the walls in the kitchen or dining room. This is a classic still life painted on 3D canvas. The additional surface on the sides of the image is painted over. This picture is like a little anecdote. I paint on order, so you can choose the image dimensions. or another similar theme.

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Still Life Fruit Oil Painting

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

I love growing (or at least attempting to grow) food in the garden. This year the miniature apple tree has bloomed wonderfully and in a few weeks there will be a dozen apples at their full size. There’s also been some tomatoes and strawberries, and wild strawberries that flourish every year so there’s plenty for wildlife to feast on too.
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Foodie Kitchen Witch

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

Fruits and vegetables are my favorite food group!!! So, when I found this fabric it only seemed right to make it into a cute dog bandana to show off your favorite food and quest to eat healthy. What’s even sweeter is you get to show off more than one of your favorite fruits!!

Fruit Salad Dog Bandana

Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom says

I love fruits and vegetables! And since I am Vegan…that’s a good thing! Cherries are one of my most favorite fruits, so I put together these pretty little coasters to show them off!
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Fabric Coasters with Cherries

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Eating your fruits and vegetables may be more fun with these colorful paper mache napkin rings at your table place setting! We love the colorful graphics and artistic element represented in each of these different designs – certainly a fun way to add some pizazz to your table decor!

Vintage Fruit and Veggie Napkin Rings

 

The Hunt Is On – Vintage From Us To You

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Yet another of Etsy’s categories is Vintage and it is a hot one! There are so many people getting into going “treasure” hunting to find some great pieces for their home or someone else’s. Here is one of Etsy Christmas in July’s offerings.

Come browsing with me!

Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby explains:

Whenever I am out and about “treasure hunting” I am always drawn to vintage cross stitch pictures. As a “retired” cross stitcher, I know the countless hours lovingly and meticulously put into creating this beautiful embroidered art. No cross stitcher would ever send their work to a thrift shop – there’s just too much “love” in all the stitches! I always feel sad to see a cross stitch picture looking so lost among the cast offs. I imagine that they most likely come from an estate, with the present owners having no idea of what went into their creation. So, I feel the need to rescue these beauties whenever I can.

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I hope you had fun on the hunt with me and maybe even got “the bug” to go looking for some treasure.