Show Us Your Workspace: BrittDesign

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Linda Britt from BrittDesign who makes a great range of handcrafted jewellery and accessories…  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

There is a long room in my house that once was a porch I think. It has windows on 3 sides and I get to use half of it for my studio. The light is wonderful and I get to watch the deer, squirrels and a variety of birds.

I’ve made a U-shaped work area with stations for polymer clay, metal clay and tools for finishing my jewelry. There are bookcases for my supplies on the one full wall.

I love working and playing in this space.

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September – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Linda from LazyYVintage says:

I kind of have a thing for green glass. I found this at an estate sale in Ringwood, IL He was gentleman farmer, and a great a collector of vintage and antiques for the house and barn. So, this piece and another vase are for the shop; the other pieces I’m not ready to part with yet!

LazyYVintage

LazyYVintage

Niatta from NiattaCrochet says:

These fibers were crocheted in rug a long time ago by me, on my early days of craftsmanship. It was too tensed (small hook) and with no technique in changing rows and colors, had never been used, was stored untouched. During this summer and after my present experience I decided to unravel it and this is my new addition to my carpet section.

NiattaCrochet

NiattaCrochet

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I love art dolls and Halloween so a zombie art doll is the perfect creation for me. I design my own patterns and I love to hunt for vintage findings such as buttons, keys, gears, nails, etc to be the perfect accent for each doll. I hand dyed and print my own fabrics to make each doll a truly unique work of art! Zombies can be a year round decoration…not only for Halloween!

WickedlyCreative

WickedlyCreative

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

In Austria we believe pigs are for good luck so we give each other pig related goodies for new year. When I saw these adorable pig charms I could not resist!

LizPOriginals

LizPOriginals

Maryann from gojjell says:

I love the colour combination of purple with gold! When I came across these raw brass settings, I just knew I had to create these glass opal dangle drops. Add some quality 14K gold filled ear wires and the earrings are a delight!

gojjell

gojjell

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

My favorite stone is turquoise and I incorporated many other types and styles of beads as well. This is a southwest style necklace with a feminine touch.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Anne Irene Angelshaug from angelshaug says:

Since the subject matter that I want to explore and communicate is so dark and melancholic, I like to play
around with a beautiful fairytale-like look to the image. I want to “draw” the onlooker in and then let them
discover that everything is not as it should be in this “beautiful” place. I love the uneasy pairing of innocence/
cute and ominousness.

angelshaug

angelshaug

New Team Members August

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined the Etsy Christmas In July team during August …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

Hi, just joined the team. Thank you for having me!

I am a crochet designer and recently quit my day job to focus on designing. My current favourite item in my shop – and it changes as each new design becomes my favourite! – is this shawl pattern.

I love it because it’s my favourite colour combination of mustard and blue and it’s perfect for this time of year. I’ve been wearing it a lot in the last couple of weeks.

Hi, my name is Natalia.

Here is my hand made earrings freshwater pearls teardrops wire wrapped in gorgeous ornate filigree sterling silver.

Mairi from mairidesign says

Hi, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s work.

I design stained glass home decor and jewellery and have been preparing my Christmas decorations for the upcoming months.

Here is a set of three flat glass baubles to hang on the festive tree or in the window. I made them as presents for students last Christmas and immediately received another three bulk orders for office gifts and window garlands.

The glass has a really beautiful iridescence.

Welcome New Team Members!

Show Us Your Workspace: TaDaaAccessories

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Jurgita from TaDaaAccessories who makes a great range of handcrafted jewellery and accessories…  Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what she says about her workspace:

I have my studio at my home. I use one room. When I start creating, it gets a little messy! Sometimes my work is travelling with me around the house!

#CIJVacation – Memories Of A Lifetime

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August traveling the world on the first Christmas In July vacation! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJVacation right here on our blog!

The Road Trip began on Friday – August 4th, 2017 and concluded on Thursday August 31st, 2017. As I mentioned the team is international and we went to visit many countries along the way!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our itinerary was filled as we traveled all over the world!

Each team member shared with us their favorite vacation spot. I personally made many new friends and the world feels smaller to me now! Please join me to enjoy vacation memories of a lifetime!

Here was our itinerary:

8/4: #CIJVacation – Valais, Switzerland With saxdsign
8/9: #CIJVacation – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA With WiReDBoutique
8/10: #CIJVacation – Corfu, Greece With DorothyLollipopKnits
8/11: #CIJVacation – Estes Park, Colorado, USA With ShellysSelectSalvage
8/16: #CIJVacation – Florida Keys, Florida, USA With 3DesignDimensions
8/17: #CIJVacation – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia With alustrousjewellery
8/18: #CIJVacation – Taos, New Mexico, USA With LilacHouseFlorals
8/23: #CIJVacation – Crater Lake, Oregon, USA With OnSiletzBay
8/24: #CIJVacation – 1770, Queensland, Australia With SusySewandSew
8/25: #CIJVacation – Banff, Alberta, Canada With DesertDabbler
8/30: #CIJVacation – Kythira, Greece With OnceUponJewelsCo
8/31: #CIJ Vacation – Glacier National Park, Montanna, USA With MsPDesignsUSA

Please use #CIJVacation on social media as you visit all the favorite vacation spots we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJVacation!

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#CIJVacation – Glacier National Park, Montana, USA With MsPDesignsUSA

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA

Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Our favorite vacation destination is Glacier National Park, Montana. Located in Northwest Montana, Glacier is home to mountains, lakes, a variety of wildlife, and (obviously) glaciers! It is a beautiful place, and is close to the town where we grew up.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Must-see spots in Glacier National Park include Lake McDonald, the Avalanche Creek Trail, the Weeping Wall, and the Logan Pass summit on the “Going to the Sun” highway. All of these places are easily accessible, so don’t miss them if you plan to visit Glacier! I’m sure that there are many other must-see places, since the park is huge, but I’ve listed the ones that I visit almost every time I go there.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Glacier National Park is filled with mountains, and the Continental Divide passes through it. The photo ops are amazing, so don’t forget to bring your camera! Please heed the warning signs regarding the local wildlife- they are totally serious about the dangers of the grizzly bear.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Campground and picnic areas are my favorite spots to enjoy a meal or snack, but you can also choose to dine at the Lake McDonald Lodge instead. There are also eating establishments inside or outside the park.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

When I was growing up, a trip to Glacier National Park was in order every time our cousins came to visit from out of town. We’d usually picnic at Lake McDonald and then take a quick hike along Avalanche Creek. I went to the Park this summer, with my brother, and I’ll go again next time I visit the area. It is gorgeous!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MsPDesignsUSA

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/mspdesignsusa/

Twitter: twitter.com/@mspdesigns

#CIJVacation – Kythira, Greece With OnceUponJewelsCo

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with KATERINA ILIAKI from OnceUponJewelsCo

Kythira Greece

Kythira Greece

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Kythira is small island in Greece opposite the south-eastern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula and near to Crete. It is traditionally listed as one of the seven main Ionian Islands, It is the island where my mother is coming from and the place I spent all summers of my childhood.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

It is a magic island and has so many places to go and things to see.

My personal favorite is Avlemonas village, a small fish village on the east side of the island, with scenic coves. A peaceful place with a beautiful seaside and seaside where you can swim like a pool!!

Mylopotamos is an other beautiful village…It has different personality from Avlemonas, with waterfalls and an amazing passage through the woods with 16 mini watermills that lead to an amazing beach.

Potamos village is the central village of the island with a traditional fair market every Sunday where locals sell their products and beautiful small bars and restaurants…

Chora is the capital of the island..Traditional island village with tiny white houses and a spectacular Venetian castle to dominate on the top!!

One of my favorite walking tours is the one for the Moudari Lighthouse,which is located at the northernmost point of the island, at Cape Spathi. It is a very well conditioned lighthouse which you can also visit inside and the view from up there is breathtaking!

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

To begin with,in Ancient Greek mythology, Kythira was considered to be the island of celestial Aphrodite, the Goddess of love.

Geographically, even it belongs to the Ionian islands, it is located at the southwestern exit from the Aegean Sea. This particularity, makes this island unique.. It has combines many different landscapes.. the green and rich in vegetation part of Ionian and at the same time the wild and without water landscape of Cyclades…A combination that every visitor can either love it or hate it. There is no middle situation in Kithira.

Near to Kithira, you can find a tiny tiny island, the Antikithira island.

Between these to islands, in April 1900 Antikythera mechanism was found by a group of Greek sponge divers. Antikithire MEchanism is an ancient Greek analogue computer and orrery used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes.It is consider to be a huge archeological discovery and the wreck that it is still at this location continues to reveal a lot of secrets to our archeologists.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

The best place to eat on this island is Kaleris restaurant. It is a tavern on Agia Pelagia village on the north-eastern part of the island. It is a family business and the son of the owner is a great chef..He worked for years in European restaurants with success and he decided to come back and cook for Kithirians and visitors of this island!

In Avlemonas village there are two traditional fish taverns, both of them have delicious and fresh food!
For drinks, Araxtopolio is what you are looking for! It is also located in Avlemonas, on the old harbor. Stavros is there for you to make the best cocktails.

At Potamos village you will find Astikon. it is a bar-cafe with life music most of the summer.It is very cosy and graphical.

If you are looking for something even more mystic, Amir Ali bar in Karavas is your choice. You will spot it on the side streets of the village as you are going to find the water springs of Amir Ali. Romantic and out of this world.

And of course you should stop at Karavas Bakery in the entrance of the village. This is were the famous Kithirian paximadia are made and distributed all over the world. Pavlos, the owner has renovated his family old mill and can give you a tour to his bakery with pleasure!

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I was living there for five years, working on my jewelry shop, spent all my childhood summers and revisiting every time I have the chance!

6. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/OnceUponJewelsCo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OnceUponJewelsCo

Twitter: twitter.com/OnceUponJewels

Instagram: www.instagram.com/onceuponjewels

Pinterest: gr.pinterest.com/OnceUponJewels

and

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BohemianSummerTales

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BohemianSummerTales