For the Patio

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

As the summer continues and we get to sit on the patio enjoying our free time, we look to decorate these welcoming spaces with pretty handmade ornaments like a hand-painted portrait of your pet, maybe hang a sign for your visitors to read, or perhaps add to the serenity with a lantern or some candles.

The Christmas in July team have selected some items to make your patio the envy of the neighbours.

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Do you have candles on your patio? Then you’ll need a mat underneath it. I have several to choose from in a variety of colors and seasonal themes.
Do you want a specific color? Just ask, I can make one in any color to match your mood or decor.

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Coiled Fabric Candle Mat

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says

These vintage brass hurricane lanterns would be the perfect lighting for the outdoor patio. They would make a soft romantic glow on the patio for that special dinner with the love of your life. Sit them on a table or hang them from the ceiling or tree. No matter how you use them, they will provide an awesome atmosphere for whatever is happening on the patio.
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Vintage Brass Lantern

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

A colorful ornament hand-painted on a wooden board, secured with clear varnish, is perfect for decorating your patio. The picture is made on an oval board and it is very decorative. This one painting depicts a portrait of a little Westie dog, but you can also order a similar one with your favorite pet: dog, cat, horse, etc. If you would like to decorate the wall of your patio, you can choose a larger size.
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Westie Welcome Sign

Lisa VH from PricklyPawWood says

If it is customary to take off shoes before entering your home, this “Remove Your Shoes” sign is perfect for the patio to encourage others to do the same. The sign is primed and painted for outdoor use and then additionally painted by hand and tied with a silky cord.
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Please Remove Your Shoes Sign

 

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Imagination Station

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Remember the old Sesame Street fun about using your imagination? If not, here’s a little reminder: m.youtube.com/watch?v=QZawTyARxp0.

What do you like to imagine? Our teamies shared these items that trigger their imagination. We hope you’ll share your thoughts on this subject too.

Great idea! “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”- Einstein

I paint animals and flowers, but in my shop occasionally I have something special. This pastel painting I painted for an exhibition titled “Fairy tales of gold”. In many cultures, there is a theme of mythical dragon that guards the treasure. This dragon is scary and the only real hero can get the treasure…

This pastel drawing was presented at my exhibition 2014. I attach a catalog from the exhibition to the image shipment.

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Gold dragon eye ABSTRACT Fine Art PASTEL DRAWING on green paper Large Original Animal Fantasy Realistic Modern Art Living room Wall decor

I think that as children we all start out with loads of imagination and somewhere along the way we stuff it in a drawer and become grown ups. Opening up that drawer again and letting it out frees a sense of spirit and joy.

I used to teach creative thinking and I found it was a wonderful way to loosen up the brain, sort of like brain floss. While doing farm chores I often let my mind wander and create stories in my mind – mental gymnastics if you will. The same thing happens when I bring my camera up to my eye (sorry, no cell phone in my house) – I try to see what others might not.

Come on, aren’t you just waiting for a little fairy to pop out of one of these while bells?

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Metallic Print Pure White Lily of the Valley Macro Photograph ~ Metallic Print 16 x 20

I love babies and children. I used to teach in an occupational therapy setting in schools for learning disabled children. Many prospered to go on to regular education as parents imagined they would with a little jump start. I have one grand baby and one on the way. I imagine a house full of grand babies!! I dreamed of one last night!

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Child’s Face Plate 8 Inch Dish Shaped as a Child’s Head Light Brown Curly Yellow Head Band Blue Eyes Child’s Room Decor Display Gift

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said:

Imagination is what makes the world go round. Well, it does in my life. here is a piece that I made using precious metal clay. it is strung on pink rubies and has a flower in the hand and a small golden bee.

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Ruby Necklace Fine Silver Recycled Silver 999 One Of A Kind Handmade by Lisajoy Sachs – PMC

Until next time,

Sheila

Dare To Be Different

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

We asked our CIJ Teamies if they offered anything daring & different — and here’s what they shared with us.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My daughter and I found this figurine vase at an estate sale. Normally, I would not buy an outhouse to list in our Shop! But, I thought it was funny that the bear was surprising the man inside and suspected someone else might appreciate the humor. I spent hours on-line researching and trying to find out when and where it was made–with no luck. Then it hit me–the guy inside looked like Teddy Roosevelt in his Rough Rider days! Bingo! The vase was made in Germany during the 1920s–vintage political humor!

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Teddy Roosevelt Rare Memorabilia Bear Figurine “US Guard House” 20s German Collectible Green Outhouse Antique Political Potty Humor Art Gift

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

My pod pendant is definitely different + daring! It is my interpretation of a milkweed pod when it bursts open to release its seeds. It is a piece jewellery for a woman who isn’t afraid of bold statements and likes artisan work!

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Pod pendant – fine silver, copper and jade, milkweed pod, handmade, one of a kind, nature inspired, bold, green, earth tones

Pam Maggio of PamsPawsJewelry said:

This necklace is a one of a kind handmade piece of jewelry made by me. The lovely large orange Carnelian and yellow Citrine faceted rondelle gemstone beads make it look elegant! But I also think the bright, cheerful colors accented by the Sterling Silver sun pendant and clasp look somewhat tribal!  The suns remind me of jewelry that the ancient Aztecs would have worn as they ascended the many steps of their stone temples to lead their tribe in worship ceremonies! There are also matching earrings in my shop with small Sterling Silver sun charms! This is definitely a statement piece for the woman looking for something unique and bright to give her outfit that special pop of color!

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Carnelian and Citrine Necklace with Sterling Silver Sun Pendant, Orange Necklace, Carnelian Necklace, Summer Necklace, Bridal Gift

Melissa R from Missy69 said:

I think all my items are unique. Everyone is so creative. If you live in the USA, then you know this is an election year. So, some time back I decided to make a variety of red, white and blue items to show my patriotic side. This is an acrylic painting, with an eagle, all done in red, white and blue. Perfect for a boy’s room, nursery or playroom. It is on sale too!

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Clearance Sale Custom Truck Acrylic Painting Abstract Red White and Blue with Bald Eagle Boys Room Nursery Patriotic Gift for Boys

Lisajoy Sachs from Saxdsign said:

 Oh how much fun! I kind of dare to be different with all my jewelry but this one sort of put me a little over the top. This is an anatomically correct bleeding human heart. The heart is made out of PMC and I used natural cut rubies in the ends of all the veins and arteries to make it look like blood. This is a really unique one of a kind piece of art.
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Anatomical Heart Necklace Ruby 999 Fine Silver Recycled Silver One Of A Kind Handmade by Lisajoy Sachs PMC Metal Clay Valentines Day

ArtsyLady from WeirdVanity said:

My hand painted  glass jewelry is one of a kind. The designs are laid in very carefully and painstakingly. Takes hours to make but is very rewarding! Take a look:

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Fall Halloween pumpkin eerie glass painted jewelry – handmade Halloween jewelry

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

This fabric design is not one that I usually work with. However, with Halloween approaching it has been featured on my sewing table recently!

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Halloween Travel Tissue Cases

Many thanks to everyone for sharing these very cool items!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

Contributor post by Jessica of CrochetNature

Thankfulness is on all of our minds this week, but there is so much to be thankful for all year long, including the beauty of nature. Today, I want to share just a couple of ways you can bring natural beauty to your table with some tips on how to make your Thanksgiving eco-friendly!

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DECOR

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Why not decorate your table with nature’s delights? You might be able to find acorns like these in your backyard, but if not, you can find them in Cyndi’s shop By Light Of Moon. They would look lovely spread across the table….

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…or in a candle or napkin rings.

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FOOD

Thanksgiving food can be even more delicious if it be organic and as natural as possible. Have you ever tried to make pumpkin pulp from scratch? It’s actually not that hard (my daughter did it with her Kindergarten class) and makes your pie sooo delicious! Here’s how:

Cut a pumpkin in half.
Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff.
Lie face down on a recycled foil lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350•F until soft, about 45 min to 1 hour.
Cool, scoop out the flesh.
Use immediately or freeze for future use.

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Above all, enjoy the days spent with family, friends, and beauty!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We’d love to hear your comments and your own ways of celebrating an Eco-friendly Thanksgiving!

~jc~