Tutorial – Glass-On-Glass Mosaics – The Basics

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Have you been collecting glass for awhile and are you ready to create a masterpiece? Then be inspired by the tutorial that Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass has on her Two Glassy Ladies blog! I recently started to collect glass and I’m going to bookmark this tutorial when I’m ready to create my masterpiece!

Thank you Christmas In July team member Elizabeth for sharing!

Enjoy the Glass-On-Glass Mosaics – The Basics tutorial and thank you Elizabeth for the inspiration!

Glass-On-Glass Mosaics - The Basics From ElizabethLovesGlass

Glass-On-Glass Mosaics – The Basics From ElizabethLovesGlass

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Valentine’s Day “Sweet” Treats

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and what does one think of but sweet decadent treats. Chocolate, flowers, romance, hearts and dinner for two!

I asked CIJ team members to show me their treats!

Elizabeth Welburn of ElizabethLovesGlass told me:

I think paper ephemera would be considered a true “vintage collectible”.
These cards are from the 1960’s and have Hallmark Canada markings on the back.
I found them in my grandmother’s belongings – she actually had a lot of unused cards and I guess she picked them up “just in case.”
The cards are fairly heavy paper. In my mind, the strangest one is a Valentine’s ‘wallet’. It’s intended to hold cash. I would not think to give money on Valentine’s day, but hey, you could put a handmade gift certificate in this wallet if you wanted. And the design is very pretty and retro.

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Myrna Neal of ShopOfCraftsByMyrna says:

I love hearts. That is and has always been an expression of love. I make hearts and send them anywhere from anyone with a message that they want to send…..or….I send the heart to the person and they give or send the heart themselves. Love is in the air!

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Marjorie Scenna of mscenna states:

I love vintage and holiday inspired vintage items are wonderful and make great gifts for any occasion! These Valentine inspired earrings were created from a mix of vintage beads that I received from a friend. The glass roses reminded me of Valentine’s Day and then when I discovered the silver hearts, I thought they made a perfect pairing! Vintage Valentine’s Day with a new touch!

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Kristen Sargent of KestrelCollection explains:

I wanted to provide an affordable but totally awesome gift ready to give so I created the Valentine Everlasting Rose Earrings. I will ship each order with chocolate, a card and gift wrap it all so Valentines’ Day can be special and not stressful.

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Ifigeneia tsiltikli of fifirixtra told me:

This is a costume vintage item that i specially made for my Aikido teacher!
He has a lovely family with 2 girls very elegant! I wanted to make something for him that he could put it at his home and i got it! i think the lace with the tulle made it really vintage and the off white felt colored it with cocoa to give a more vintage result!

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Adonis Lewis of jewelrybyadonis let me know:

My inspirations are these sweet soft pastel hearts. They’re so quietly stated with beauty. I wanted to do something special with them and show them off. So I created this wire wrapped bracelet in pink and gold. They are perfect for a Valentine sweetheart.

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Noel of MinkCouture said:

I love participating in A Month of Letters-every day in February, write a letter and mail one and get some mail back in return. This pin was inspired by that and the notion of love letters. Made from an old sweater, some vintage die cuts and images from a vintage postcard, this sweet little pin reminds us all that we wish out letters had wings to get to our loved ones faster!

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Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo states:

For me Valentine’s Day = heart, so when I saw that heart shape basis, I immediately imagined to put on it some other little ones, of different natural materials (wicker, bark, wood, cotton).

A so romantic and sweet item!

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Valerie Brown of FirepanJewellery says:

I love red, and I love Valentine’s day! When I saw the gorgeous reds that you can have in enamel, I knew I had to make hearts! I wanted a different take on the traditional heart, though, so I designed a heart that is a little off center and funky. The heart pendants are sweet because they are one of a kind, so you are giving a very individual gift to your sweetheart.

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Wendy WN of WoodNotions tells me:

I dressed up my little heart ornaments with rose pink ribbon to say “I give my heart to you!”
The lacy heart was inspired by a stained glass design. Combining the two classic designs, somehow created a fresh and cheerful look.

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Arlene of ThisandThatCrafter explains:

Here is a supply I sell… My inspiration is the challenge any ribbon has in getting a creative picture of that ribbon. Any ribbon is a challenge to get a creative picture of so I decided to take the ribbon and write a word. Since this is pink ribbon and Valentines is just around the corner I decided on the word Love. Love is a sweet word for the Valentine Holiday Season….

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Utary of Oyeta stated:

I love roses and red roses always reminds me of valentine days. Lately I’ve been so in love with vampire love story and this red roses in black clutch I create represent the darkness, the forbidden love, the broken heart and all that sad times when we love someone. No matter how dark it is, the red roses will remind you that love is still exist, to give you strength, power and hope

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Catherine Clifford of DesignsByCnC says:

I have always enjoyed both giving Valentine cards, as well as receiving them. When I was a young child I liked to make frilly and colorful Valentine cards for my family and friends.

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Jo Ann’s Angels of JoAnnsAngels states:

Red customarily symbolizes red and Valentines Day. I love that these angels are fitting for country/rustic tastes to more contemporary. Angels are so special and fitting for every occasion. It’s a great feeling to know angels are watching over those that we love.

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Sue and Misty of shabbyshopgirls explained:

We love vintage hankies, so every year my mom, sister and I exchange a vintage Valentine hankie with each other! It’s made for a wonderful tradition to show how much we appreciate each other and family!

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Sherri of ButterflyFeetDigital said:

I made this card for my husband a few years ago and then put the printable up for sale in my shop. It’s sweet, but not cute as in for kids, so it’s a perfect grown up valentine.

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Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby tells me:

The heart shaped bowls of these spoons, called to us at an estate sale. Once home and polished were discovered they were actually straw spoons! We think they would be perfect for the romantic at heart who love to set a pretty Valentine’s Day Table!

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Amy Spock of BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

We created these as a fundraiser for our local animal shelter, where we have adopted a wonderful cat and dog over the last year. They turned out so well, that we decided to list them in our Etsy shop, too!

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios explained:

I created this print as a simple yet heartfelt way to describe the love people have for one another. My inspiration as always is my family, love lives here in our home and I want to share that warmth with everyone else!

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Nancy Duncan of EponasCrystals said:

Wild Heart Earrings are hand stamped brass and reversible! You can turn the hooks around and get two completely different looks.Sweet! Perfect for Valentine’s Day for your sweetest!

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Sarah Johnson of BellaBoutique23 told me:

One of my favorite gifts from my husband for Valentine’s Day was a coupon book, it is such a fun, romantic gift so I made this Valentine Scrapbook Mini Album that has love coupons that can inspire some romantic gestures.
Besides the photo spots there are places to journal, to write poetry or love notes in this album and a secret note can slip into the front of the album. I really enjoy sweet love notes and that was another inspiration in this album.

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candy frizzell of TrueEarthDesigns states:

My inspiration for this piece was the color for Valentines Day. I also love the way the coral was cut into petals. Bamboo Coral is an organic gemstone with small lines and grooves.

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Desert Dabbler of DesertDabbler tells me:

I love red dresses, Swarovski crystals, and going out with my special Valentine, my husband of many years. This was the inspiration for me to make this red and crystal bracelet.

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This Valentine’s Day why don’t you celebrate your love to your special someone(or your mother, brother, etc.) by giving them one of these special “Sweets”

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.

Weddings

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Here are some beautiful Wedding Items from the Christmas In July team.

Elizabeth Wellburn from ElizabethLovesGlass says

This purse was given to my mother in the 1960s as an evening bag and she hardly used it. It was a gift from her brother who had visited Japan. I remember being a child in awe of it’s exotic beauty. With it’s delicate pearl-like beads it is a perfect wedding accessory. I have looked after it for many years, but it’s time for it to find a new home.

 

Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says

I started making wedding guest books for friends, matching the covers to the wedding colours. After a while of doing this, I asked myself ‘why not make these available on Etsy?’ I decided to list neutral and popular colours of journals on Etsy, with the option to request a custom book to match specific wedding colours. This way, memories of the special day which can be cherished for years to come!

An interesting fact about the florentine book, which I should probably mention, is that it was featured (as was I) in a recently published book, “The Little Book of Book Making” by Charlotte Rivers.

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Susan from SSFDesigns says

Pure and simple! I love vintage so I designed this 1920’s wedding dress . I can see it being worn in a vintage mansion, a garden wedding or even a beach wedding . The hat was made from a vintage straw hat , I used the cap for the base of the hat then added some ribbon and beads . It was a lot of fun to make.

1920s Flapper style old Hollywood look tunic dress , for wedding or party sheer white fabric in different textures

Barbara from SALENTOFELTSHOP says

A special original and nice wedding favor! Bride and groom bear finger puppets! I love them, I made it for the wedding of a friend of mine and they were very lovely! They are very original and every detail is hand cut and stitched with passion and care!

Finger puppets wedding felt favor

#CIJRoadTrip – Canada: Victoria BC

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s Travel to Canada – Victoria BC with Elizabeth Wellburn’s of ElizabethLovesGlass

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

Canada, Victoria BC. I think it’s special for many reasons including a wonderful artsy community, fabulous gardens, close to farmland and there are lots of old houses that have been restored.

Abkhazi Garden - Victoria Canada

Abkhazi Garden – Victoria Canada

The Butchart Gardens - Vancouver Island Canada

The Butchart Gardens – Vancouver Island Canada

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Canada is huge! Everyone who comes to Victoria should see Butchart Gardens. The west coast has many wonderful attractions including the Whistler resort and the bustling city of Vancouver. Traveling across the country is a lengthy process, but there are beautiful places in the Rockies, on the prairies, the big cities like Toronto and Montreal and the east coast is also amazing with folk music and much more.

French Beach Park - Vancouver Island Canada

French Beach Park – Vancouver Island Canada

Woodwynn Farm - Saanichton Canada

Woodwynn Farm – Saanichton Canada

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

I work with recycled glass and up cycled fibers and I think the beauty of nature is part of what inspires me to think “green” as much as possible. And I also have lots of vintage finds in my store – there is so much tradition here as people cherish their multi-cultural heritage and collect items from many parts of the world.

Windsor Pink Vintage Glass Plates From ElizabethLovesGlass

Windsor Pink Vintage Glass Plates From ElizabethLovesGlass

Custom Made Glass On Glass Mosaic From ElizabethLovesGlass

Custom Made Glass On Glass Mosaic From ElizabethLovesGlass

Two Wall Hooks From ElizabethLovesGlass

Two Wall Hooks From ElizabethLovesGlass

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

I’m in several small shops that feature local artists. Victoria is lucky to have made this a priority and it’s easy to get involved. There are lots of local holiday craft fairs as well! Almost too many to choose from.

5. What are your social media sites?

www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Glassy-Ladies/113744825341082
www.pinterest.com/ewellburn/
twitter.com/2glassyladies

Handmade Summer – Etsy Christmas in July

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

I love summer. I especially love all of the handmade items that are everywhere this warm and sunny season. There are so many talented artists that create beautiful handmade pieces that are perfect for the summer.

Summer is a perfect time for creativity and inspiration and in honor of the season, our Etsy Christmas in July team share their handmade items that beautifully represent the summer.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Starfish bead bracelet

I can picture wearing this bracelet while on the beach this summer, enjoying the summer breeze and the waves.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AliciasFindings

Alicia of AliciasFindings says, “I found these beads at a local store and fell in love! I love beachy things especially sea life,birds,sun,sand etc. This piece embodies all of that to me and I hope whoever buys it feels the same!”

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Stephanie from Busy Bella Boutique says, “My daughter needed somewhere to put her bows and headbands instead of in a drawer in her room. It was way too messy, and I could never find the bow I wanted for whatever outfit she was wearing. So, one day I thought I would just make a hair bow holder/organizer myself. So, I gathered supplies and let her pick out the color ribbon she liked, and I even let her help (She is 5, so this was a VERY big deal to her). Finally, after some trial and error, I made her one, and she LOVED it!! She just had to show everyone her new hair bow organizer hanging up in her room. So, I thought, “Why not share it with the world?”

 

This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeasideRoseCreations

This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeasideRoseCreations

 

Roselle from Seaside Rose Creations says, “I adore the beach, summer and vintage. These banners are so wonderful for weddings, holidays, events, etc. I love thinking up words and then using various colored ribbons to go with the vintage letter cards I have thrifted. They are so sweet and have a great vibe hanging from the ribbon by little wood clothespins! I take custom orders and am happy to make up any word for these DIY banners.”

 

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These earrings are great for any outfit. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

 

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says, “I have always disliked heavy jewelry, especially in the summer months, yet I love the look of chunky jewelry. It is so hot here in the summer! Some outfits, however, need a little something extra. So, I created these boho style earrings to wear on those hot summer days. They are feather light, and I chose neutral colors that you can wear with just about anything. Fun and flirty and eye catching, for sure!”

 

Doesn't this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BridgetsCollection

Doesn’t this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BridgetsCollection

 

Paula of Bridget’s Collection says, “I am fortunate to live in a warmer climate and a short drive to the beach. When I made this necklace, I thought of a day at the beach enjoying the sun, sand and surf. Then, home for a quick shower, change into a sun dress, and pop on this necklace and earring set before heading out for an al fresco dinner watching the setting sun.”

 

These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanysBest

These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanysBest

 

Brittany of Brittany’s Best says, “I wanted to make rings specifically for a beach wedding. I searched for weeks before finding the perfect color ribbon for these hand-wrapped napkin rings. I love the thought that these rings will match the color of the sea or sky on someone’s most special day. I can envision an all white tabletop with these rings adorning a white napkin and vases with sea shells and floating candles.”

 

How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngsanaSeedsPhoto

How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngsanaSeedsPhoto

 

Angsana of Angsana Seeds Photo says, “When I think of summer, I visualized rolling hills of wildflowers with bright brilliant colors. I am from Singapore and we lack the four seasons. Also, the weather is too hot and humid that we don’t usually see vibrant colorful flowers on the sidewalk. I saw this brilliant orange color Gerbera daisy when I went to the market one day. The color captured my eyes, and it is screaming summer! I’m so glad I bought it home.”

 

 

Laura of Chicken Jungle says, “I started sewing with fabric scraps from my aunts when I was a little kid, I like to experiment with many different fabrics, trims, buttons, beads and all kinds of unusual doodads, a little of this, a little of that. Lately I have been making these chicken doorstops. They all have quilted wings and tails that are like mini quilts in themselves. They are hand stitched, as it would be impossible to make the small curved seems on a machine. I make my own pattern for these chickens.”

 

How pretty is this dress? From https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyLizzys

How pretty is this dress?
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyLizzys

 

Elizabeth of LuckyLizzys says” I created this design for Summer because every little girl should have a colorful sundress to twirl in and feel special! It is a perfect dress for all your Summertime events!”

 

Isn't this pretty and fun!  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations

Isn’t this pretty and fun!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations

 

Sue of Greenbriar Creations says, “They are a unique one of a kind addition to your fairy garden. With a little care and no rogue squirrels (they ate one of my socks!) they could last a couple of years. I’ve recently added some miniature clothes garlands as laundry room decor to the shop too. The best part of making these miniatures is the ability to use up bits and pieces of my stash – whether it be fabric, lace or some of my vintage hankies. My shop is extremely eclectic. I don’t like to work on the same thing over and over. I’m always coming up with something new.”

 

Beautiful summer greeting card.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolaBartz

Beautiful summer greeting card.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolaBartz

 

Carola from Carola Bartz says, “When I think of summer I often think of the ocean, the beach – and of course sanddollars. Sun, bright colors, carefree days. I love to walk along the beach and look for shells. I especially love sanddollars, they are unique and it’s hard to find whole, unbroken ones. For me they mean something positive and beautiful. This beauty as well as the feeling of carefree light summer days I love to express in unique handmade cards that represent summer – and how thoughtful is it to send this beauty and positive emotion to someone we love and care about? That’s why I make these cards.”

 

Look at the digital, printable paper. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ButterflyFeetDigital

Look at the digital, printable paper.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ButterflyFeetDigital

 

Sherri from Butterfly Feet Digital says, “I love flowers and lady bugs, and summer just happens to be the best time to see both of those! I’ve always loved sunflowers – they are so country and pretty.
I enjoy creating flowers and bugs for digital download items such as these printable greeting card sets. These are in PDF printable format, and one of my goals is to make similar items in jpg format.”

 

How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.  From https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyeLoveKnots

How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyeLoveKnots

 

Alexandra from Eye Love Knots says, ” I fell in love with this bag the moment I saw it! I knew I had to create my own. First one made went to my cousin for her birthday. I filled it with a bunch of goodies needed to have a great day at the beach – magazines, sunscreen, beach towel, cooler/lunch bag, Gatorade, snack bars… It was a hit!”

 

 

Valerie of Bijoux Elkasa says, “‘m a classic lady when we talk about clothes so I started to do this kind of necklace to light up my little black dress or a classic top. This is my way to be more colorful 🙂 It can also be use with a nice gown for wedding or graduation.”

 

Such beautiful and unique glass art. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethLovesGlass

Such beautiful and unique glass art.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethLovesGlass

 

Elizabeth of Elizabeth Loves Glass says, “Fresh beachy colors and a love-the-ocean theme feel like summer to me. I don’t use actual sea glass in my mosaics because it’s too rare – but the kiln formed and tumbled glass that I do use gives a similar feeling and is definitely summer-holiday inspired.”

 

 

Kelly from Colourscape Studios says, “I created this print for the summer time girls! It just takes me back to my early years of spending all summer on the beach without a care in the world :D”

 

 

Denise from Quilts Herbs Paper 4 U says, ”

I have been quilting and working with herbs and fabrics since my late teens. I love it!! I want to help people feel good about themselves. Much of my inspiration comes from pockets of peaceful spirituality in the Rocky Mountains and Four Corners area. Some of my inspiration also comes from Alpine Europe.”

 

Jennifer from Repurposed Wool Studio says, “When I think of summer… I think of colorful and fun. This dress up/ pretend play costume is great for kids wanting to run around and be free as a bird during summer fun.”

 

 

Lia of Ghirlandiamo says, ” I live in a South Italy town, where sun and sea are my constant fellows. I love bright and strong colours as in this my wreath. Do you like it?”

 

Summer placemats, patriotic style. From https://www.etsy.com/shop/HolidayCreations4U

Summer place mats, patriotic style.
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/HolidayCreations4U

 

Martha from Holiday Creations 4 U says, “Summer place mats from my shop that can brighten up any summer time get together. I have a variety of summer themed mats plus a patriotic table runner.
I have been making these hand made place mats and table runners for over a year. They are a complement to my Christmas themed handmade stockings and tree skirts.”

 

Summer Bracelet - so cute! From https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodlandMarket

Summer Bracelet – so cute!
From https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodlandMarket

 

Melanie from Woodland Market says, “I live in a city that is on the edge of Lake Ontario, and I have totally gotten into the nautical theme with all the water around me. I really love the look of the different sailor knots, and I decided to turn them into some cute bracelets!”

These are great stories by great artists, creating pieces that express the theme of ‘Handmade Summer.”

Have a great summer! Share this time with your family and friends.

All the best,

Ashley from French Soul Knittery

 

 

 

#CIJParty – Dazzling Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2014

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Earlier today I shared my thoughts about trends with you.

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons! According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2014 is Dazzling Blue.

Dazzling Blue is a scintillating polar opposite of Placid Blue.

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Earlier this year we featured Placid Blue items from the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team here on the CIJ blog.

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Dazzling Blue items in their shops! Here are a few!

At the end of this post is a big reveal!

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy makes a gift every year for her students who work for her during one hour a day as her Teacher’s Aide. They help grade daily assignments, pass back papers, keep her organized, and that type of thing. This year, she created monogrammed purses for all of them. The young lady who received this one exclaimed, “You should sell these!” Amy held in the giggle, but absolutely loves these little pouch bags.

Dazzling Blue Women's Purse Monogrammed From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Dazzling Blue Women’s Purse Monogrammed From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Majorie from mscenna came upon these vintage chunky pearl beads and couldn’t quite decide what to make but had a necklace in mind. When Majorie found the blue vintage beads and all she could think of was “something borrowed and something blue”.  She put them together in hopes of finding a bride who wanted a vintage inspired necklace!

Dazzling Blue Necklace From mscenna

Dazzling Blue Necklace From mscenna

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios loves this quote… it suits Kelly perfectly as she has always been surrounded by a good set of friends who she is  blessed to have whether she 5 minutes or 5 days away from!

In Life, It's Not Where You travel, It's Who You Travel With - Inspirational Print From ColourscapeStudios

In Life, It’s Not Where You travel, It’s Who You Travel With – Inspirational Print From ColourscapeStudios

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass found a pair of dazzling blue buttons in a thrift store and fell in love with them. Elizabeth knew she had to add them to a project. Then she found blue roving wool that was a perfect match. The inspiration to make a felted collar was all in place. Elizabeth loves adding collars to simple outfits to add a bit of warmth and change the look. This collar is reversible, so it’s two looks in one.

Dazzling Blue Peter Pan Collar Scarflette From ElizabethLovesGlass

Dazzling Blue Peter Pan Collar Scarflette From ElizabethLovesGlass

Betty Travell from LadySnooks shares that this piece is one of the few remaining pieces of dichroic glass she has that her brother made. He hasn’t made any for some time due to health issues. Betty loves the center which looks almost like a window into the heart of the pendant. The blues are some of the most striking colors she has seen in glass.

Dazzling Blue Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Pendant From LadySnooks

Dazzling Blue Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Pendant From LadySnooks

Kazaa from TangerineToes  saw this little piece of the ’80s it was love at first sight – colourful, fun and oh so quirky.

Dazzling Blue Muppets Tea Towel  From TangerineToes

Dazzling Blue Muppets Tea Towel From TangerineToes

CartoCreative shares that Paris is one of the most interesting cities she has ever been to. Along with her boyfriend (the other half of CartoCreative) she went backpacking through Europe for several months after university and Paris was an amazing way to start and end to their trip. The beginning of their trip was a little rocky. When they arrived in Paris, her backpack did not, so all she had was the dress and heels she wore on the plane while they stayed at a hostel in one of the sketchiest neighborhoods in the city. Since she had to replace all of her things, they wound up exploring more native Parisian areas that they may not have seen otherwise. Ending the trip in the same city it started allowed them to do things they missed during the first week and was a perfect way to conclude their holiday. Their Paris map was a slightly later addition to their shop, but not for a lack of trying. Paris was one of the first maps they started working on, as it was one of the places they had spent the most time in, but Paris is enormous, so they had to put the map aside for a few months. After many, many requests, they finished this first version of the map and it became one of their most popular sellers, in no doubt due to the memories that city helps create.

Paris Map Print From CartoCreative

Paris Map Print From CartoCreative

Alicia from AliciasFindings bought this butterfly pendant from a fellow Etsian, because of her love of nature and butterflies. From there she searched for a blue bead to match and silver accent beads. Alicia feels this is a beautiful piece for anyone, who like her, loves butterflies.

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Pendant And Bracelet Set From AliciasFindings

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Pendant And Bracelet Set From AliciasFindings

Lisa from  InsomniacTreasures was enjoying the beautiful weather at the small town art walk she took part in recently. Lisa was stationed next to an artist who had recently been to Tahiti and was working on a bright tropical scenery painting. She decided to sit on the bench next to her booth and do a little creating of her own. This piece just came out – dazzling turquoise blue and a shell found at a local beach. Guess they were in sync.

Dazzling Blue Copper Wire Wrapped Necklace From InsomniacTreasures

Dazzling Blue Copper Wire Wrapped Necklace From InsomniacTreasures

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby share that as always, when “on the hunt” for treasures, their hearts always beats a bit faster when they  spy something they know will compliment their shop’s items. So it was when they spied this beautiful “dazzling blue” delft mug. The color was perfect, and the whaling ship, representing an industry so intricately embedded in the history of southern New England where Patricia resides, made it a perfect find!

Dazzling Blue Delft Mug From northandsouthshabby

Dazzling Blue Delft Mug From northandsouthshabby

Linda from umeone  has a vintage mixing bowl that is a beautiful Dazzling Blue. There is nothing better to whip up a batch of pancakes to coleslaw, than a heavy glazed ceramic bowl, perfect for serving and easy clean up.

Dazzling Blue Vintage Ceramic Pottery Mixing Bowl From umeone

Dazzling Blue Vintage Ceramic Pottery Mixing Bowl From umeone

Linda from ThingsUpcycled tells us that her washer pendants happened by accident. Linda loves vibrant colors and when she first started doing washer jewelry she didn’t put embellishments on them. One day she happened to have some laying on the table where she was working and one dropped out of the bag and fell on a washer. It landed in the perfect spot and she looked at it and a light bulb went off in her head. So this is how her creations came to be. Linda loves working with ink and the colors they create. What can she say except she’s always looking for other inspirations that include ink.

Dazzling Blue Flower Washer Necklace From ThingsUpcycled

Dazzling Blue Flower Washer Necklace From ThingsUpcycled

Shelia from hollyhillwreaths loves birdhouses. When she saw this birdhouse, she thought she could incorporate it into a patriotic hand made wreath. Sheila likes bright colors for summer and she thought the bright blues and reds were ideal for an American patriotic wreath.

Dazzling Blue Wreath From hollyhillwreaths

Dazzling Blue Wreath From hollyhillwreaths

Ingrida from feltinga wants to let your feet feel cozy and…. dazzling.

Dazzling Blue Hand Knitted Womens Socks From feltinga

Dazzling Blue Hand Knitted Womens Socks From feltinga

Ingrida from  LivePastVintage shares this Turtle, a hero of popular Soviet movie and book “Buratino” (“Pinocchio”).

Dazzling BlueTurtle Soviet Kid Toy From LivePastVintage

Dazzling BlueTurtle Soviet Kid Toy From LivePastVintage

Evelyn and Lucy from  artsyEVE wants us to know that Dazzling Blue isn’t just for adults. This baby quilt features hand-embroidered hearts on the solid white, with accents of a fabric that is a swirled combination of dazzling blues. Whether the blues remind you of water or sky, it’s a beautiful baby quilt–handmade by Mom.

Dazzling Blue Infant Quilt From artsyEVE

Dazzling Blue Infant Quilt From artsyEVE

Boriana from GermanistikArt has this wall clock that is for all who love flowers and have green thumbs. It was her first quilling clock. Blue is Boriana’s  favorite colour because it symbolizes freedom.

Dazzling Blue Quilled Flower Clock From GermanistikArt

Dazzling Blue Quilled Flower Clock From GermanistikArt

Jude from JudesTinyArt created this Dazzling Blue dolphin refrigerator magnet. Jude wanted a beach theme on her dolphin. She used the seagull for the eye of the dolphin. By the tail is a little island with palm trees. This little dolphin has a strong magnet to hold your important papers or display your children’s artwork with.

Dazzling Blue Dolphin Magnet From JudesTinyArt

Dazzling Blue Dolphin Magnet From JudesTinyArt

Wendy CN from CardNotions offers this 3D Butterfly card that depicts the red-spotted purple butterfly. The beautiful iridescent, dazzling blue color was imprinted in my mind many years ago when she saw one alight on one of their backpacks. Amazingly, the underside of the wings is a very different contrasting color, but just as beautiful, making this the perfect butterfly to apply her double sided printing and pop-up technique. There is also an original poem that was written specifically for this card, for Mothers Day: “Thank you for wonder, color, and light; For new beginnings and gentle touches; For wings that ride the morning air, and send my thoughts alight.”

3D Blue Butterfly pop-up Card From CardNotions

3D Blue Butterfly pop-up Card From CardNotions

Wendy Tyler from Windychimes made these beautiful earrings when a customer requested a pair of Blue Zircon post earrings, they sparkle in the sun and are a Dazzling Blue!

Dazzling Blue 14K Stud Earrings From Windychimes

Dazzling Blue 14K Stud Earrings From Windychimes

Sarah from LittleStickCreations made this scarf because she lives near the sea, and wanted to dye some yarn that was the same colour as the sea on a sunny day. The pattern was knitted to replicate the way that waves move towards the shore.

Dazzling Blue Scarf From LittleStickCreations

Dazzling Blue Scarf From LittleStickCreations

CarriageOnCherry shares that the saying on this box makes her smile. It describes a love that is almost endless, a love that goes beyond a day or a week. Perhaps the love between a mother and her child, a spouse or perhaps really good friends. The sayings we paint on our upcycled boxes, signs and trays come from our heart or an inspiration in our lives. This box is dedicated to their son. Hope this little box makes others smile as it does here in their  corner of the world at The Carriage House on Cherry!

Love You To The Moon And Back Box From CarriageOnCherry

Love You To The Moon And Back Box From CarriageOnCherry

Faith from QuinnsBin loves to create soft and cuddly blankets for little ones and their moms. Faith makes them on the large side to be versatile.

Dazzling Blue Large Receiving Blanket From QuinnsBin

Dazzling Blue Large Receiving Blanket From QuinnsBin

Susan from SUSIESSSUITCASE says that her favorite part of the process of making her tutus is coming up with pretty combinations of colors. They don’t usually like to do all one color. They want the little girl wearing it to be fun and colorful, the brighter, the better.

Dazzling Blue Tutu And Wand From SUSIESSUITCASE

Dazzling Blue Tutu And Wand From SUSIESSUITCASE

Jenni from DayDreamsSunshine created this gorgeous bag made from fabric reclaimed from a charity shop and the print reminds her of gorgeous sunny days wandering by the beach, discovering little markets and stopping for tea and cake. Jenni was inspired to make this bag big enough to carry all those essentials for a summers day!

Dazzling Blue Floral Tote Bag From DayDreamsSunshine

Dazzling Blue Floral Tote Bag From DayDreamsSunshine

Ken and Donna from WowWeeCreations share that this dazzling blue arrowhead pendant was knapped by Ken. Ken enjoys looking at old bottles to see what he can make from them. Glass is quite a challenge to make into an arrowhead. He always liked looking for arrowheads when he was a kid, so the arrowhead pendant was a fun and interesting piece to make. They think it turned out rather lovely and they hope you think so too!

Small Dazzling Blue Arrowhead Necklace From WowWeeCreations

Small Dazzling Blue Arrowhead Necklace From WowWeeCreations

Muttix asks the question what do you get when you make a hair accessory inspired by wildlife in the state of Texas? A BIG dazzling blue butterfly hair tie, of course! Everything IS bigger in Texas! She has been on a roll lately making butterfly hair ties for her shop. This dazzling blue addition is the latest in the line. The deep, navy blue center reminds her of a deep diving pool where hot summer days are passed hanging out and trying to cool off. The dazzling blue outer edge of the wings is the color of a clear blue Texas sky. All in all, something that captures the essence of the warmer months here in the heart of Texas!

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Hair Tie From muttix

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Hair Tie From muttix

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop feels that vintage items are so unique and this item has become a piece of collectible costume jewelry. Made by Coro, this item of vintage jewelry in her shop is from her family so she knows it’s truly vintage. Jeanne can remember my mother wearing it. She loves this shade of blue!

Dazzling Blue Moonstone Coro Brooch And Earrings From TheSandlapperShop

Dazzling Blue Moonstone Coro Brooch And Earrings From TheSandlapperShop

Mary from HodgePodgeBowtique loves the Dazzling Blue in these patriotic embellished military style dog tag necklaces.

Dazzling Blue Bling Embellished Necklace From HodgePodgeBowtique

Dazzling Blue Bling Embellished Necklace From HodgePodgeBowtique

Lilia from LiliaLy loves very much the nature and especially the details. This pendant is a close up view of a butterfly wing which is lovely to her and Dazzling Blue.

Dazzling Blue butterfly Wing Pendant Necklace From LiliaLy

Dazzling Blue butterfly Wing Pendant Necklace From LiliaLy

Wendy from WoodNotions loves colorful art glass, so for this wood-cut and stained glass piece, she started with the beautiful glass and designed the woodcut around it. The dazzling blue as well as other shades of blue makes the Sea Otter look so much at home, partially submerged in the sea of blue glass.

Dazzling Blue Sea Otter woodcut And Stained Glass Decoration From WoodNotions

Dazzling Blue Sea Otter woodcut And Stained Glass Decoration From WoodNotions

DeserDabbler tells us that these dazzling blue earrings are made from sodalite, a natural stone, and Czech glass. Her jewelry is inspired by nature and usually is made of only natural stones. However, these earrings combine the best of both natural stones and dazzling blue glass.

Dazzling Blue Wire Wrapped Dangle Earrings From DesertDabbler

Dazzling Blue Wire Wrapped Dangle Earrings From DesertDabbler

The Pantone fashion colors for fall 2014 have been revealed!

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Thank you for joining me to enjoy Dazzling Blue items this afternoon. Please be sure to check out the on the main party post for the schedule of events.