Paper Crafts

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

With Autumn festivities and Christmas time approaching, spending more time indoors calls for creative crafting. The #EtsyCIJ team have gathered together their paper craft goodies for fun projects like scrapbooking and greeting card and gift tag making.

Do you have any kits, fancy downloadable prints, fun embellishments, or anything that could be useful for paper crafting, in you shop?

Marie from LoveNStuff14 says

These were part of a huge stash of supplies my daughter found among gifts to her daughter when she was ill with leukemia. She was blessed with so many crafty things, many she did not use.

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Chipboard Die Cut Crafting Supplies

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

Paper crafts always remind me of scrapbooks. I used to scrapbook for many years and my daughter and I love to look through the many scrapbooks I made over the years. A fun addition to any scrapbook layout are tags with seasonal images like my Autumn tags. These tags are easy to add on and make any scrapbook page with an inspirational theme very special.
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Autumn Tags with Inspirational Quote

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

When I was little, I always made handmade Christmas and Hanukkah cards for my classmates at the holidays. Here’s a beautiful kit that offers a chance for you to make some homemade Christmas cards for friends and family.
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Make Your Own Christmas Card Kit

Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft says

I’ve added digital downloads to my shop over the past few months. I have several printable recipe cards and matching gift tags that are great for Christmas cookie swaps and holiday gifts.

Christmas recipe cards instant download

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

This fabulous Nativity set is perfect for those who might be tight on space or prefer not to have breakables with little ones around. Made of paper and cardboard, it’s already prepunched so it can be easily put together and set up in a special place of honor. Add your own embellishments, hay, glitter, etc. Make this a project to do with the kids and teach them the story of the nativity this Christmas!

Vintage nativity set

 

International Seasons Conclusion – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

We spent September 2018 hearing from a few of our team members, here on our blog, during our Etsy Christmas In July International Seasons.

Our #EtsyCIJ team is international and it has been wonderful seeing your photographs and learning a bit more about you and where you are in the world.

Please join me as we conclude the #CIJSeasons

Here are the participating featured members we shared with you this month:

Mairimairidesign / #CIJSeasons

Carola / Carola Bartz#CIJSeasons

Przemila K / CanisArtStudio / #CIJSeasons

Margie / ZenCatPottery / #CIJSeasons

Cristal / DesignsbyCristal / #CIJSeasons

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJSeasons and thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s International Seasons blog theme.

CIJ

International Seasons: DesignsbyCristal – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fall Is The Favorite Season Of Cristal From DesignsbyCristal

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 1. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall is my favorite season. I love fall because after the hot and humid summers in GA this cool and crisp weather is a welcome feeling. I also love the fall because I can visit Stone Mountain Park or any of the mountains to see the beautiful colors in different hues of red, yellow and orange from all the trees changing.
There is one mountain my kids and I walk up called Kennesaw Mountain National Park and you can stand on top of the look out station and view all the beautiful colors for miles and miles with the city of Atlanta in the backdrop!

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

Right now in GA we are still in the summer season. Although in 12 days Fall is supposed to start but with 91 degree temps expected over the next 10 days it would be hard to tell. The only thing that tells me Fall is upon us is the morning sun is coming up earlier than before and a few mornings have been kind of cool which I love.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This dog bandana is one of my items that represents the fall for me. In GA everybody seems to love this season as you can see many places already putting out their decor. I have friends who are even decorating the inside of their homes with fall decor! I can’t wait to start driving around neighborhoods to see their beautiful fall displays of pumpkins, hay,scarecrows and all the pretty foliage that represents our fall season.

4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

In GA we celebrate with fall/harvest festivals every single weekend!! You will find them at churches, parks, and even quite a few farms. I attend about 3 or 4 as a vendor and get my booth dressed up in fall decor to go along with the warm atmosphere. The others we just go as a family to enjoy all the festivities each one has to offer.

5. What are your social media sites?

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/creativedesignsbycristal
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/creativedesignsbycristal
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/dsignsbycristal
PINTEREST: www.pinterest.com/dsignsbycristal

International Seasons: CanisArtStudio – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Spring Is The Favorite Season Of Przemila K from CanisArtStudio

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1. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season of the year is spring. I like it when the day is getting longer and nature wakes up. For me, this is the time when the best light for painting is. I paint with nature and I always look forward to painting flowers when they are in the greatest bloom. I love when birds sing because I also paint birds and I like to watch them.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

I live in central Europe and I am currently in summer. This year is very hot and August is the time when there is a lot of fruit, and farmers harvest. This year there is a lot of fruit, especially apples and plums. This is the first sign of the coming autumn. Today, I also noticed a cold morning – it is also a sign that the end of summer is approaching.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

In my shop, there are many items representing different seasons, because I paint nature: animals, birds, flowers, etc. You can also find a lot of spring paintings and painted clocks with birds. But today I chose this pastel painting to tell the story of a little flower. This is the “Golden Lily” (Lilium Martagon). This plant is very rare and, in my country, it is under legal protection.
In the place where I live, are steep limestone rocks and on one of them is an old castle. There is also a legend. The owner of this castle hunted in this area together with his servant. This servant – a young knight candidate found the entrance to a cave full of treasures. The jealous ruler knocked him off the rock. When he came back home, a viper bit him. He could not be saved and after his death, the castle was ruined. No one else found the treasure…
One day, I was walking with my dogs in this forest and I found this little flower. This picture is my interpretation and illustration of the legend.
The painting was presented during my own exhibition and I attach to the parcel a catalog from this exhibition.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

I live in Poland and in my country, at this time of year, there are two traditional feasts: Our Lady of the Herb (15 August) and Harvest Festival.
On that day, people make bouquets of flowers and herbs. This day is an official celebration and a day off from work.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canisartstudio/
Twitter: twitter.com/przemilak
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/canisartstudio
Pinterest: pl.pinterest.com/canisart/
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/b/101702500030425500831/+Canis-artBlogspot

International Seasons: CarolaBartz – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fall Is The Favorite Season Of Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz

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 1. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is fall. I love how nature changes and the colorful display I enjoy every day. The light is warmer and not as harsh as in summer. I absolutely love the earthy color palette of fall. The fog returns and it’s not as hot anymore, but the days have lovely temperatures that still allow to walk around without a jacket and in sandals.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We have summer right now, but already I can see the first yellow, orange and red leaves on some of the Chinese Pistaches. They are usually the first to turn and in October they are spectacular.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This journal represents the warm and earthy colors of fall. I personally love to journal and I especially like the smooth paper of composition books. Their sure are other people who share this and with them in mind I created this journal.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

There are two big celebrations in fall in my part of the world: Halloween and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Here, in wine country, the harvest of the grapes is also very important and often accompanied by small festivals with music, food and, of course, wine.

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5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarolaBartzPhotoArt
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/carolabartz/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/carolabartz/
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/+CarolaBartz

International Seasons: mairidesign – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Summer Is The Favorite Season Of Mairi from mairidesign

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1. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer is my favourite season! At different times of my life, I’ve enjoyed each season. As a child, it was winter because playing in the snow was so much fun. At one time, it was Autumn because of the lovely colours of nature, but now, it makes me feel that time is slipping away and the dark nights are looming. For a while, spring made me happy and there was a freshness with new growth. But, summer, in Central Europe, is the best for me now. There’s little rain or wind and the sun shines for days on end, unlike in Scotland. For me, it’s a tonic.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We’re changing from summer to autumn and the leaves began to change colour, on some trees, at the end of July. The temperature has dropped and more leaves are browning. Other than a couple of rainy days, the sun is still shining.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This surfer’s necklace, with a piece of industrial safety glass, which had found its way into the sea, was tumbled around by the waves for years, and then washed ashore in the surf, is a perfect symbol of summer. Walking along the beach, watching the surfers dance with the waves, whilst I collect sea glass in the sun, is my happy place.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

The 28th September is the feast day of Svaty Vaclav (St. Wenceslas), the patron saint of Bohemia, and is a national holiday, Statehood Day, in the Czech Republic. This is the same Good King Wenceslas, who is mentioned in the Christmas carol. Around this time, there are folklore festivals with traditional craft demonstrations and battle reenactments, grape harvest festivals and burcak drinking (partly fermented young wine). So much fun!

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5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mairidesign1
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mairidesign1/
Pinterest: cz.pinterest.com/mairidesign/
Twitter: twitter.com/mairidesign
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/+MairiThompson

Items Of The Week: Bright Shapes

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

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International Seasons Introduction – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

This September we have International Seasons – #CIJSeasons planned!

Seasons begin on the first day of the months that includes the equinoxes and solstices. While one hemisphere is in one season, the other hemisphere will be in the opposite one. Everyone has their favorite season, even if the reason for loving the season is different.

Throughout September, Etsy Christmas In July team members will be sharing their thoughts, traditions, photos and Etsy items all about their favorite seasons.

Follow the team’s seasons articles here on the blog and find us on social media using the hashtag  #CIJSeasons.

Thank you to Alicia from AliciasFindings for organizing this month’s theme.

Now let’s check out the shows!

Mairimairidesign / #CIJSeasons

Carola / Carola Bartz#CIJSeasons

Przemila K / CanisArtStudio / #CIJSeasons

Margie / ZenCatPottery / #CIJSeasons

Cristal / DesignsbyCristal / #CIJSeasons

Please use #CIJSeasons on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops this month!

Thank you so much for joining us as we enjoy our #CIJSeasons!

Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am blessed to live in Minnesota where there are all four distinct seasons. Winter brings the snow and warm nights in front of the fireplace. Spring is filled with longer days and gardening. Summer is family time at the lake and dining outdoors. Fall brings refreshing mornings and glorious leaves! I don’t have one favorite season – I love them all!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are creative all year long and since we are a global team our seasons are different depending on the hemisphere! Here are favorite winter, spring, summer and fall inspired items from members of the #EtsyCIJ team!

SPRING

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

I love Spring, when all the flowers start to bloom and vibrant colours start to appear. This natural Amethyst gem stone which I have set into a Sterling Silver pendant will add vibrant spring colour to your outfit.

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Spring is my favorite season after a long winter and all colors being just white and gray–the first green and bloom is so exiting like these agate pendants in beautiful pink hues.

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

Hello, my favourite season is spring. I absolutely love the flowers this time of year! The lovely perfume from jasmine, roses, freesias, lavender and more! These cards remind me of spring time!

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Summer

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love summer! We vacation on Cape Cod. This year we retired so we spent most of the summer at the Cape. In 10 days we return to New York state. Summer means clamming at the beach, crabbing, fishing, pool time and walking. What a good life!! Of course it included shopping, listing and teaming On Etsy. Here’s the sun at the Cape.

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FALL

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Fall is by far one of my favorite season!

You get to open some windows and let the fresh air just pour in around you. The leaves begin to change colors and this prompts us to take a drive through the north GA mountains or through Stone Mountain park to get close to Gods handy work!!! My morning walks are even more enjoyable!

While we are true sweet potato lovers we do love the smell of things pumpkin spice!

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Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors of leaves and the migration of birds. I love the drop in temperatures and the big cozy sweaters.

These earrings speak fall to me because they might be leaves changing to those beautiful bronze colors or they might be bird feathers sparkling in a fall sunset.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Autumn is both my favorite and least favorite season of the year! Allergy season is in full effect, but the beauty of the season makes it glorious. We love the changing of the leaves and hope everyone has the opportunity to visit Virginia at least once to experience our fall foliage.

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Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

My favorite season is fall! I love the leaves changing color and the mild weather! Harvest time and Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! Just a wonderful season! This Scare Crow pillow cover is just right to capture the fall feeling!

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Treasury Challenge Winner September – pasqueflower

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The September winner is pasqueflower who loves sewing, home and family decorations and so much more.

What made you start a shop on Etsy?

The Recession. With a mandatory 30-day unpaid furlough looming on my horizon in February of 2011, I decided to spend that down time setting up an Etsy shop. I love to sew and I love new challenges, and I am SO grateful to have the supplemental income my little Etsy shop provides.

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What is your favorite fall thing to do?

When my kids were little, we always enjoyed trips to the pumpkin patch and apple orchards. Now I enjoy taking walks on cool fall days, and enjoying all the beautiful colors of fall foliage.

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What one thing has been the hardest about running your shop?

Photography! I am rarely happy with my listing photos.

How did you overcome the thing in #3?

Although I still have a LOT to learn about photography, I have taken advantage of free resources on Etsy with photo tips. I also took a photography class at our local community college, and I recently invested in a better camera. I’ve learned a lot about editing and cropping to compensate in part for my lackluster photography skills

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Do you like Halloween? Do you do anything special for it?

I do like Halloween!! I especially enjoy seeing the little trick-or-treaters come to the door in their cute costumes. I also enjoy making fun things for Halloween to sell at local craft fairs – whimsical stuffed witches, buntings, and finger puppets. I’m also making a BIG batch of finger puppets to hand out at our office trick-or-treat day, when coworkers and students bring their children and grandchildren to work to trick-or-treat.

This shop is filled with lovely fabric goodies and I am sure you will find something you will love!