Back In Time

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

The Etsy CIJ team is full of vintage and retro treasures.  From Art Deco mirrors and vintage recipe boxes to finely preserved antique music programs. Adorn bright retro dresses with brooches and pendants that brings us back to the ‘good ol’ days’ or evoke cherished memories.

Mairi from mairidesign says

Pop ‘back in time’ each day as you put your make-up on in this Art Deco style mirror. A century ago this style captured the hearts of our grandparents and, with bold geometric patterns, it continues to add a touch of decadence in today’s modern homes.
Those reminiscing about the “good old days” can’t help but remember how popular this pin up girl was back in her day! This adorable scarf pendant slide is the perfect gift for a gal who knows how to have fun. It adds a touch of whimsical class to any accessory collection!

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says

Brooches were once popular items of jewellery to enhance an outfit. As with all things they seem to be making a resurgence, My timber brooches are made from offcuts of rare and beautiful timbers. These will last for eons. The finding is screwed, not glued to the timber and I use findings of the highest quality that I can find. Truely a beautiful thing that takes you back to a time gone by.

I found this lovely and unique recipe basket at an estate sale. Inside were some blank recipe cards, but no old recipes. To find some old recipes would have been the icing on the cake…but this cake would have to go without icing for now…Do people still use recipe boxes or do they just save recipes on their social media or their computers, iPads, or Smart Phones? The recipe box may be a thing of the past.
From a time when travelling by ship was the only way to get to where you wanted to be. From the Cunard Steamship Gallia. this 1883 this shipboard concert program speaks to the entertainment of the day and the fund raising efforts of the time. That it has been preserved and survived all these years fascinates me.
I love fashion ! But fashions from the past has such a wonderful story to be told. Although this dress is not vintage it is inspired from the times of the past 1950 I call it my “I Love Lucy” dress. I remember watching that show with my family and laughing so much!

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love all things vintage and each of my creations starts with a vintage piece or two. This repurposed picture frame has fun retro style and features a collection of vintage buttons and jewelry parts. It’s the perfect way to display a photo or keepsake with special memories!

It happened 40 years ago. My parents went to my brother in Switzerland at Christmas. I was left alone on a holy night. When they came home with a nice woolen bed blanket as a gift.This cushion is made of this bed cover. It is a retro style.

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Keeping Out The Chill

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

As the winter season settles in, it ushers in a dazzling display of glistening snowflakes and the chill of Jack Frost nipping at your nose.  In addition to going to work every day, during the Christmas Season, we are often out and about, even more attending parties and events.

When the objective is to stay warm, yet be fashionable how do we select an outfit that meets these requirements?

  • For a casual day, I like the look of pants, top, and jacket in neutral colors. Then spice it up with splashes of color from accessories like shoes, hats or scarves.

 

  • For a day at the office, pair up a colorful summer maxi dress with some tights. Accessorize with a pair of boots and leather jacket.

 

  • Another great look is a pastel colored maxi skirt combined with a dark-colored sweater. Complete the look with a coordinating dark jacket, oversized scarf and boots.

I posed the question “In the winter, how do you stay warm and fashionable?” to members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.  Here are their suggestions and a winter weather fashion accessory to help keep you in style.

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

With hats! I have always loved a good hat, and now that I make them myself, I have styles and colors for just about every outfit, season, and mood. Hats keep you warm and can also cure bad hair days. Got to run to the store before you have a chance to get tidied up? Not a problem with a good hat! I usually end up with the test model for new hats, so they can sometimes be a little quirky, but that’s fine because I am too. (And many thanks to my good friend for the excellent photograph and her lovely daughter modeling.)

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Gray Bucket Hat With Rolled Brim


 

Jennifer Acevedo from JennCrochetCreations adds:

This hat is perfect for those days you don’t wanna mess around styling your hair but want to be warm and stylish!!! You can keep your hair in that messy bun or ponytail and no one will know.

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Crochet Messy Bun Hat


 

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns responds:

There is nothing like a faux fur jacket to keep your warm and stylish on those cold winters nights when you have to go out.

I made this design for one of my daughters who had to go out a lot for dinners for work and she was always cold. She needed something to keep her warm while still looking good!

 

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Faux Mink Wedding Cape

 


 

Melissa R from missy69 replies:

Here in Florida, where I am, it does get cold, just not for long. A nice light shawl or sweater is perfect for most Winter days in the South. This lovely angel wing crochet shawl is all done in white. Perfect for evenings outdoors, church, parties, or just a light piece to wear around the house.

 

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Crochet White Lace Prayer Shawl

 


 

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam states:

These New Vintage Gloves Come From My Mother Pearl’s Glove Collection
They Are Warm BUT.. Soft as a BABY”S BOTTOM, Color of Soft Creamy Butter, Warm as Toast and Made of Deerskin Leather. My Mother worked at Martin’s Store in Great Neck NY selling Gloves!!  They are a treasure not yet purchased by a lucky buyer!

 

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Grandoe Deerskin Leather Gloves

 


 

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

Of course, you accessorize by proclaiming your love of snow! These pendants are about the joy of ‘swooshing’ down a snowy hill. Although, they still are an awesome winter jewel even if you are a terrible skier like me!

 

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Slalom Enamel Pendant

 


 

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign adds:

Oooh winter!!! What is winter without snow?  These little snowflake charms would be a great item to make a bracelet, necklace or earrings out of!

 

 

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Snowflake Charm Beads

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

Many men today sport the fashionable clean shaven head! Hard to keep that head warm without the extra layer of hair!! His fabulous wool cap is sure to keep any guys (or gals) head warm and be fashionable as well!

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz discusses:

I grew up in Germany where winters can be really cold – and long. Now I’m living in Northern California where winters are pretty mild. We have a few frosty nights and mornings, but compared what I used to experience this is nothing. However, a hand knit hat comes in handy when I go out for an early walk, and the leaves stitched on the hat remind of warmer days to come

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

 

 

Write A Friend In December

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

December has been designated as Write A Friend Month, which I find totally appropriate.  With Christmas being in December, it provides a wonderful opportunity to send Christmas letters and cards  to friends and family. I always enjoy sending out my yearly Christmas greetings to say hello, I’m thinking of you.

When I was young I had several boxed stationery sets with coordinating envelopes and a beautiful writing pen.  I was fortunate to have several different pen pals across the USA and also one from Germany.  We would write back and forth each month sharing thoughts and stories about our lives.  Learning about life in different places was very educational.  It was always a thrill for me to go out to the mailbox and discover a letter waiting inside with my name on it.

When separated by distance, a letter in the sender’s own handwriting is more personal than an email.  You can touch and treasure a letter.  It’s kind of like you are holding a little piece of them right there in your hands.

Over the years, I have noticed that letter writing and sending out Christmas cards is on the decline and becoming a lost art.  With the advent of faster communication methods such as emails, texts, and social media, letter writing has become a quaint old-fashioned habit.

Our society has become so fast-paced, and we are so busy with our lives that we often lose touch with friends and family.  During the month of December, I encourage everyone to take a moment and slow down.  Take time to give the greatest gift of all, part of yourself.  Write a letter or send a card to a friend, say hello and catch up on old times.

“We are only given today and never promised tomorrow, so make sure you tell the people who are special in your life you love them.” ~ Unknown

The members of the Etsy Christmas in July Team share their thoughts on letter writing along with an item from their shop that will aid us in crafting the perfect letter.


 

Lauren Vanhemert from BellaBolsaDesigns adds:

I love handwritten letters and have used personal, vintage and even famous love letters in my work. For me, I am saddened on what I view as the lost art of letter writing. Tweets and texts just don’t have the same feel as a handwritten note. I feel so strongly about this I just blogged about it on my own web blog, bellabolsa.com. In any case, here is a custom bag I designed for a 50th anniversary using love letters from the husband to his wife.

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Custom Photo Purse


 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I don’t care what anybody says, I love getting cards and letters in the mailbox and I don’t think I’m alone. In our electronic day and age, hand-written letters are rare and so they become gifts in and of themselves. I still write letters to my best friend, my childhood friend. We have known each other longer than I care to mention, and have lived in the same town, but also far apart. Sure we Skype and Facetime, and text and talk on the phone, but once or twice a year I send out a long letter.

When you receive a hand written letter, it is just for you, it hasn’t been mass-produced or copied and pasted. That someone took the time to do that, it makes you feel so special!

I always wonder, 500 years from now, when technology is probably going to be vastly different from today, will we be able to access all our electronic documents? Will we be able to go back and find records of our lives in emails and so many different types of files? Hand-written letters on actual paper are still a way to preserve our history.

 

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Christmas Writing Paper


 

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit shares this thought:

The artistic expression of bringing pen to paper, chasing concepts and building constructs, in search of an alluding original thought being lost to the void of eternity beyond reach. Defying singularity with a moment of concrete definition with elusive insight, the pen wielder swaying a tenacious fight. But alas the might that fights a never-ending fight must stop to rest for the night. Then lost to vivid imagination of the abyss, the secret to writing is to write! We can’t wait to read about your flights of fancy!

Make a note to take the time to write just for the pleasure of creation.

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Design’s Desktop Memo Holder With Design Options


 

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter answers:

I have always sent cards… I love sending cards with a special note in them when they are not expected… such as Thinking of You cards. I sent one to a friend once and she called in tears as she was having a hard day and she said the card lifted her spirit and helped her get through the day. I still LOVE hanging Christmas cards around the house. We don’t seem to get as many and I do truly miss them but the few I do get I cherish. Here is a vintage card that is great for sending that card that is special that no one else will be sending.

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Vintage Christmas Card Set


 

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital replies:

I think there is something special about receiving an actual letter or card in the mail these days. You know someone was really thinking about you if they took the time to do that.

I love printable paper crafts anyway, so when I create a new stationery set I can’t help but think ‘who could I send a letter to?’ Like most people, I don’t get it done very often, but I do believe it’s appreciated.

Lately, I have been creating new abstract art prints – and this stationery set I created with three of my new art prints by adding a transparent overlay and lines to write on.

 

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Printable Abstract Art Stationery

 

Fashion Accessories

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fashion accessories can be so much fun! You can mix and match styles, patterns and so much more. You can play up an outfit or let the outfit shine. It’s all up to you!

Fashion accessories can be jewelry, bags, scarves, eye wear, jackets, boots…

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what fashion accessories do you have in your shop?

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says this gorgeous piece of vintage bling would be sure to add the right amount of sparkle to any formal outfit – Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, School Prom etc. It’s big , its bold and most of all it SPARKLES!!

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Vintage star shaped rhinestone brooch

 

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said I found this antique jewelry box in local thrift store. It is a unique item with a hand engraved floral and such a beautiful snow frosted design on glass. I just love it!

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Antique French Beveled Glass Trinket Box

 

Nancy Duncan  from EponasCrystals states Vintage Native American Turquoise Pin Pendant with beautiful blue turquoise set in sterling silver. The pin is signed on the back by the artist. It could be used as a sweater pin, on your lapel, wear as a pendant, so many possibilities!

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Vintage Native American Turquoise Pendant

 

Gari Anne  from beadloverskorner says these Eternal Reflection Earrings are a wonderful accessory in a two-tone silver and gold, which goes with nearly everything! These earrings were worn by Elena Gilbert (played by Actress Nina Dobrev) on “The Vampire Diaries” in season 5 episode 2. They were gifted in consideration for use to the costume stylist of the CW Network series “The Vampire Diaries”, in a collaborative gift bag from The Artisan Group®.

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The Vampire Diaries Eternal Reflection Earrings As Seen On TV

 

Linda Yunker from LazyYVintage states how about for men? This 100% wool winter hat and scarf set is created in an Irish-inspired design with a beanie hat in navy blue trimmed in pale gray. It will make a wonderful Christmas gift as well as keep them warm with a subtle style (as if the Irish were subtle).

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Men’s scarf and hat set