Little Boy Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Little Boy Blue.

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With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.

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Little Boy Blue

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Little Boy Blue! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I love shades of blue. I wanted to put together a set of digital paper with blues and greens because I love love love the way they go together. Hence, this set:


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Strong, bright and energizing, Pantone’s ‘Little Boy Blue’ is definitely not just for little boys! We used a blue sky background for our funny, quirky quote art to evoke a positive vibe. This affordable printable word art makes a great addition to dorm rooms or first apartments, but since it’s digital, you can also send it as a cute text or email addition to artist friends or lovers. What color are you feeling today?


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love painting on glass. I also love taking something vintage and adding my personal touch to that item. Here is an example…vintage little boy blue mugs with hand painted floral accents. I also love having something unique as a decor accent in my home. Here’s yours…


Mairi from mairidesign says:

The Little Boy Blue hues in these sky coloured beads are definitely singing out for the season’s promise of new longer days that are fast approaching. I’m ready for spring, are you?


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

The beaded bracelet is made with aquamarine chip beads and golden Czech glass beads. The aquamarine stones are the color of the blue sky and is the birthstone for March. This blue is also one of Pantone’s colors of the year, Little Boy Blue.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Blue is one of my favorite colors, in case you couldn’t tell by some of my shop branding! This one-of-a-kind sun visor clip was inspired by my blue car and love for bling. I am a firm believer in “bling” everywhere.

The concept of this item is simple and fun. I chose the ohm symbol because that is associated with stress relief and peacefulness. Sometimes you need that while driving! Or, at least I do!


Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This ribbon is in the Little Boy Blue color. Great to add that wonderful Blue touch to many crafting projects or to add this fun blue to your package when gift giving. Will add a special touch to so many things.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Little Boy Blue board!

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Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Meadowlark – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Meadowlark.

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The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Meadowlark! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

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First of all, Meadowlark is a beautiful spring bird, Its beautiful sunny yellow color is full of joy. This color announces that soon will be more light, warmth, and fun. I am waiting for spring and that’s why I have this spring bird here. In my shop, you will also find a painted clock, pastel drawings and other items with this motif.


Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Spring flowers give me this very special feeling. We have long winters here in North and the coltsfoots are the early flowers. They stand out very bright in the last years grey grass and give a hope that the proper spring will start soon.

This painting was done with watercolor at the early spring last year. We have snow outside the window and I am so waiting to see these precious little flowers soon again!


Aska Marzec from PaintingsGallery says:

Hi, my name is Aska and this is a limited edition print of 75. It is a print on canvas of my original painting entitled Lismore Lighthouse. The inspiration for this print was to try and capture dramatic sky during one of many Caledonian ferry crossing from Oban to the Isle of Mull- Scottish Island of the west coast of Scotland. Loving the colours and the game of light and shadows.


Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

The inspiration! The art for this printable lined / unlined stationery set actually is from an earlier set of little notecards I created. I love flowers and ladybugs, and I always loved the way the mini printable notecards turned out, and I got good feedback on them, and even used them myself on occasion. Could be end of story, but recently I got to thinking of other ways to use the same little art pieces. So, here it is as a set of letter size printable stationery.

Meadowlark Printable Stationery

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Who can resists this bright and sunny color? My mother used to have this phrase pinned to her refrigerator when we were growing up. She was just a cornucopia of wise words.

This sunny meadowlark yellow card is just perfect for someone needing motivation or a recent grad making his or her way in the world.


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

We Are Family, Dream, Imagine, Believe Framed Affirmation Wall Art is a great example of Meadowlark Yellow. We all need to be reminded that family is so important in our life. Family always has your back and are there through the good and bad to support you when you most need the support. It is also a reminder to Dream, Imagine, and Believe. This is one of my favorite affirmation wall art that is handmade by me!


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

This meadowlark yellow garment clip makes loose clothes such dresses, shirts, light jackets, and even shawls fit better. It also adds a touch of class to the outfit! This particular one has a bright yellow color that just can’t help but brighten a mood too.


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Czech glass beads in tones of blue, meadowlark yellow, cornflower blue, sunflower and silver, strung on steel memory wire. The yellow adds a pop of color to the bracelet and the blue goes great with jeans. It’s time to start wearing some spring colors to get us in the mood for warmer weather!


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

This necklace is a sure sign of spring with the colors of Meadlowlark Yellow Aqua, Coral and Chartreuse. As I enjoy working with color, one color may POP out more than all the rest. Don’t you just love the new colors of the season, I do! They are so refreshing!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Meadowlark board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Complementing Colors That Also Contrast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green. These create a high contrast, so they are used when you want something to stand out. Artists are known to use these colors in their artwork to allow something to “pop” or “stand out” in whatever they are creating. One color will often be used as a background color while the other color will be used for accents.

Here are some wonderful items from team members of the Etsy Christmas in July team who have used this concept to create some beautiful items on display in their shops. Be sure to check them out and witness some talent in action!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Red Longhaired Dachshund on a dark green background. This cute dog is similar to a small fox. To paint him very realistic I put it on a dark green background. The strong contrast makes it very realistic and the whole composition is in autumn colors. You can choose the color of the frame, but I prefer gold because it slightly neutralizes the contrast and adds warm colors.


Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I designed this cross body bag around a piece of Japanese fabric featuring cranes. I love the contrast of green treetops against the red background and of course the metallic gold for a bit of bling. Definitely a stand out color combination!


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  says:

Blue and Gold – cool and warm, complimentary and contrasting.

This is all reflected in our Best Friends Card: Soul Sisters. Perfect for your childhood best friend, graduation buddies, or members of a bridal shower.


Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The contrasting colors in this Harris tweed tea cozy make it really eye-catching. Many traditional tartans use red and green, but I think this twist to brick and turquoise is rather unusual.



Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Bright pink has a fantastic contrast on a black background.


Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

Here you will see the contrasting decorative stitch in a golden yellow upon a terrific purple flannel backing of this baby bib set.

The yellow and purple are repeated in the painted Easter egg fabric. The contrasting yellow verses violet (and orange verses blue ) add to the excitement of the holiday! Feed your little golden egg with less mess and more style.


Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

I chose these contrasting colors when creating the label so that when you need light during an emergency situation, you can easily find this candle! This candle provides light and is very lite!


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Chunky jewel tones gemstone necklace in tones of blue, amber, bronze, brown, turquoise and gold. The gemstones included are African turquoise, amber, natural blue aquaterra jasper beads with a mixture of a fabulous blue and a sparkling gold quartz, red agate, pietersite and brown mookaite jasper.


Cristal Hughes from DesignsByCristal says:

Purple and gold are the colors of my favorite school. To me these colors represent strength, spirit and excellence. Purple is also so regal!


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

It is interesting to me how the orange will stand out differently with the shades of deep purples and then with the shades of teal greens. This makes a cool wool felted hot pad how it all came together after knitting and felting. Color is so fascinating, don’t you think?


Weather Forecast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey says:

The winter, spring, summer and fall seasons each have their own weather associated with them. What is your favorite? Do you like waking up to the sunshine? How about playing in the rain? Perhaps you are the type of person who loves a walk in the crisp fall air? Maybe the colder weather in winter is your favorite? Whichever it is, many of our daily life activities are affected by the weather forecast.

In this post we are going to be showing off some wonderful weather related items. I encourage you to check out these beautiful items and learn a little bit about the inspiration in creating them.

Judy Merashoff from Jam’s Craft Closet says:

This vintage resin thermometer was hanging outside the sun room of my first home overlooking the pool area. My pool was not heated, so I needed to know the temperature to be sure the pool water was warm enough to swim. The Florida sun does help in raising the water temperature pretty quickly. Even in Florida, the temperature does drop, especially at night. This unique and lovely thermometer helped me to decide if I was swimming or cleaning. Most of the time I was swimming.

Vintage Resin Thermometer

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Let it snow! These are round stud earrings with a sparkly snowflake pattern. Perfect for those holiday parties!

Snowflake Earrings

Gonet from Gonet Jewelry Designs says:

Brrrr.  Even though there is ice and snow, you can warm up with the ice princess earrings.

Crystal Quartz Earrings

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Let the sunshine in. One look at Bungalow42 and it’s pretty obvious that I am partial to sunshine.

This fondness for sunny days was most likely instilled from childhood. As a girl growing up in Texas, I only saw snow once in my childhood. There was barely enough slush to cobble together a miniature snowman.

Most of my childhood memories are bathed in sunlight; beach days at Galveston Bay and more than one Christmas day attired in shorts.

My shell earrings are an ode to those fond childhood memories of days spent walking sunbathed beaches collecting seashells.

Seashell Organic Earrings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

Let it snow.

Defy the rainy and snowy days with a lucky colored hat. The hat is made of coated cotton with an extra width brim, to protect again the wet and windy conditions.

Waterproof Women’s Hat

Stock Lane Studio from Stock Lane Studio says:

A low winter sun casts shadows on an old red dog house buried in deep winter snow.

What I love is a year full of all four seasons. I just love what every season brings to the outdoors. Being part Akita and mostly German Shepherd, my dog is not a big fan of the rain or the heat, but he LOVES the snow. The minute he steps outside he tries to bury his entire body in the snow. He is a great snowshoeing companion. We bought him a brand new fancy modern Igloo dog house for his back yard spread, but I rarely see him set paw in it. His preferred abode is this old crumbly red dog house. Sitting perched up on a hill, he is well protected and can survey the land and thinks he’s king of the county.

Winter Snow Photograph

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

What fascinates me in the phenomena of weather is light. Every region of the world and every country on earth has its own unique light. This is related to the unique conditions of this place on earth. I live in central Europe and gray misty mornings are often here. I like a fog. My friend, who moved to Australia, says he had a big problem to adapt to the strong sunlight in that country and he misses that gray.

For me, this is the experience that is associated with spring and autumn and the moments spent in the wild nature. Fog is also the subject of many works of art. I introduced wild birds in the scenery of a forest lake covered with autumn fog. This is a pastel drawing and this technique allows me to show many shades of colors and create a subtle mood.

Wild Birds Pastel Painting

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Let the fireworks began!

This dog bandana reminds me of the summer when we celebrate 4th of July to be exact! I absolutely love when it’s the perfect weather to actually wear flip flops and not get sick.  The colors of red, white and blue on the flip flops represent the 4th of July a summer holiday very well.

Red, White And Blue Flip Flop Dog Bandana

Hearts On Fire

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Hearts are all around us, especially around Valentine’s Day. Hearts are used to show affection, love and friendship.

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says love is in the air and we hope it is here to stay. May the spirit of Valentine’s Day be with you everyday. May you love the way you may to make love stay and we hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Personalized Young Love Custom Picture Frame

Nancy from EponasCrystals said I love pearls and hearts! Here they are combined to make a leather, pearl and tassel necklace. The connector says “Love is the answer”. That says it all!


Pearls and Leather Tassel Necklace

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states you may wear your heart on your sleeve but now you can show off a heart on your wine glasses too! These are fun wine accessories to show off your love for wine and add a touch of romance to a candle lit dinner.


Beaded heart wine charm

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says these Hearts are great for the everyday Music Lover in all of us or to use as a unique Valentine Decor. Great for everyday Decor also. Express your love of Music and hang this fun Banner in a special place.


Hearts banner

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset  said these are hand painted mugs by ME…My son and I always leave our conversations with ‘Love You More’. I made the mugs for my son and his wife then made a couple extra for my Etsy shop.

Love you more heart mug

Mairi from MairiDesign states like all our hearts, this fiery-red glass heart is strong yet fragile, treat it kindly and it’ll last a lifetime. Beautiful glass for the sunshine to catch and remind us how much we are loved.

Red glass heart suncatcher

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says we were thrilled to find this set of angel candle huggers complete with their original box!

These were intended to be Christmas decorations, but could easily be placed in other candle holders and “hug” pink or white candles for Valentine’s Day. Each angel holds a puffy pink heart. They were made by Dansan in Japan Circa 40’s.

Vintage angel candle hugger

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says we have all met those teachers who just keep giving and giving. We’ve designed our ‘Big Hearts Little Minds’ art in honor of all those educators who always have more love, patience and wisdom to share. Since this item is digital it’s really versatile and can be used as a digital greeting, inserted in a blog or email, or printed out at home or professionally to give as a gift.

‘Big Hearts Little Minds’ Art

Astrid Stenerud Prayag from RedNeedleQuilts says love in the air and St Valentine’s Day should be celebrated every day. Decorate your table with these unique place mats and enjoy a romantic dinner for two. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Quilted Placemats

Pass The Bottle

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many types of bottles in the world. Decorated ones, rustic ones, baby bottles, glass and plastic and so many more.

We want to see all your bottles and all about them here. Please tell us what it’s for, who would use it and more.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says I love old bottles. I found this one at an estate sale. At first, I thought it was a huge (4×4 Inches) old ink bottle. Later, I thought it could also be the bottom of a hurricane lamp. Right now, it is still a mystery to me what type of bottle it really is. To make it even more unique I decorated it by hand painting a floral design around it. I think it would make a lovely bud vase. Can you help in deciding what this bottle was used for back in the day?


Ink bottle

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says this vintage spice jar was found among my mother’s thing after she passed. It is probably from the 60’s. I thought it would be nice to repurpose it.

Beautiful golden vintage spice jar decorated with sari ribbons, burlap, jewels and altered art. The bottle is colored with golden and maroon shades. The top opens and closes with a locking mechanism. Place your treasures inside or just use for home decoration.


Gypsy bottle

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we specialize in creating top shelf gifts and our deep sand-carved decanters make the perfect gift for the top shelf recipient! Enter your last name on the decanter, include a single initial on the stopper, and include a set of monogrammed ice stones or tumblers for the ultimate bar set available @DesignstheLimit


Decanter set

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says pass the bottle please! Oh wait, it looks like this upcycled wine bottle has already been passed around and is now a beautiful flower vase! It would look great in the kitchen, dining room, entry way, or office!

Green altered bottle

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said what better way to christen a New Year than with a pop of the cork of a bottle of champagne? Our gold and black printable art is quick and easy to print and perfect for DIY party decor. This instant downloadable art can be printed out to table sizes on up to large posters and since it’s digital, it can even be used as New Year electronic greetings. SLS is more than happy to customize this gold champagne bottle too!

New Year Printable

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says so, this is a set of two cotton dish cloths, a perfect gift for a couple who shares their love for wine and/or beer. And as we know, both beverages live in the bottles.

Beer and Wine Towels