Welcome New Members for October

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for October to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!

My name is Rose Rombough. I believe I may have joined the team around the beginning of the month or the end of September but since I am still learning the ins and outs of Etsy and the various apps, I have been slow to participate. However, I am very enthusiastic to become an active participant.

Have a gift exchange on your gift list? This special Pan Holder is ideal!!

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White open basket potholder

We are couple that loves creating and exploring new things. Most of our inspiration comes from nature: Wild forests, beaches, rivers, ancient myths and magic. We use different techniques and materials to make our products. Most of our goods are collected from sandy beaches of Baltic sea, deep and dark forests in Lithuania, or recycled from other things to give them second life.
Items we make is unique and there will be no same item in the world, our shop is small and it is because we do not make huge amount of things. Each little piece first created in head, then drafted on paper and finally made by hands using lots of love and skills, such as pyrography, carving wood, engraving stone, leather working, flint knapping and more.

These three nalbinding needles are made from very special oak tree that has been hit by the lighting but still grows in biggest lake island in Lithuania called Astravos island. Oak is one of the sacred Baltic three.
Oak is associated with spells for protection, strength, success and stability, healing, fertility, health, money, potency, and good luck. Oak has been considered sacred by just about every culture that has encountered the tree, but it was held in particular esteem by the Indo-Europeans, Norse and Celts because of its size, longevity, and nutritious acorns.

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Wooden needles for nailbinding

Hello!
I’m new member to this team.
My name is Gülden Köylü. I joined in ETSY in 2012. I’m making handmade jewelry for women using all types of materials. I’ve been designing and producing handmade necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings using materials such as miyuki beads, handmade glass beads, leather, various fabrics, ribbons, semi-precious natural stones, gold and silver-plated metal, chains etc. I love and prefer Bohemian style for my designs. I’d love to show you one of my popular bracelets in Etsy as an example which is made of miyuki beads by peyote technique. An ideal boho style bracelet as a gift or for you.

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Tribal boho bracelet

DEMET from DEMET says

Hello everyone,
My name is Demet, I knit and crochet, I like working with yarns and fine threads, mostly make doilies, table covers, snow flakes small objects, also make wearable things with yarns.
Glad to be here !

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Crochet doily wild floral

Chaton Noir, is an accessory brand looking to express the love for animals in each and every one of their products.
Chaton was born out of my love for Mafalda, my cat.
Our designs come from here on and throughout the exploration of the pet universe, their mischief’s, gestures, games, elegance and all the feelings they generate in us.
All our pieces are carefully handcrafted, with the same love we profess to our little animals. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, purses and bags, all invite us to communicate that special bond.
Chaton Noir is therefore a different and delightful option in the accessories market, adapting and highlighting any look. It’s ideal for the laid back, audacious woman who is conscious of every detail and has her own style.

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Cat lovers long wallet and cosmetic bag

Welcome new members!

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Vintage pickins – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage sellers have a love of all things old and timeless.

The memories these items invoke are amazing.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know “How do you decide what to pick?” Are there certain items you love, that are more in demand. Why do you pick what you do?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says while I make ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also create upcycled jewellery, which I sometimes combine with original ceramic components.

The materials I choose are wide and varied, but I love vintage buttons, and have been collecting them for many years from many sources. Some I don’t re-purpose into jewellery because I want to keep them!!

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Upcycled Gray and Blue Button Ring

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts said I too love upcycling my vintage finds. I pick things up from charity shops and fairs – buckles are one of my favourite things right now.

I’ve made a few ‘fairy windows’ with them. They have gorgeous colours and designs that inspire what I felt in them. This pearlescent one had a fantasy/scifi feel about it.

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Alien UFO Fantasy Window- Miniature Painting-Needle felted brooch

Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllsion  states I almost always post vintage goodies that I would want to keep for myself (and often do…krikey!). I like to find things that I can re-purpose…give new life to…and could spend hours just browsing antique stores and garage sales for items that remind me of warm memories and simpler times. I recently found a cardboard puzzle from the 1950’s and fell IN DEEP LOVE with the graphics…knew I had to find a way to give it new life.

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Washington state puzzle piece magnet

msmadmax from madmaxshop says fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration. Especially today when the current forecast can be seen borrowing from a previous successful trend in fashion featured two decades ago, i.e. sequins and sparkle, romantic ruffled blouses, done up denim

Wearable fashion trends for 2016 have been inspired by the trendsetting fashions of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like to post vintage items that can easily blend in with current fashion but still evoke a trendy look and feel of yesterday…

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80s Vintage Blouse

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said I adore the vintage look. I love to use fabrics and designs that invoke this. Recently a friend requested a planner band to adorn a notebook she had. She wanted something “vintage-looking.” I found these vintage-style wooden buttons and knew they would be perfect. After I had created her one-of-a-kind piece, my creative juices kept flowing.

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Custom Fabric Tutus and headband set

Sue from MissIvyVintage discussed I have always loved vintage linens of all sorts…Embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and prints. I find a great deal of pleasure when I find a linen that at one time brought joy to a child. I find these linens especially charming and when I list, I hope the item will bring joy to another child. I have only this one.

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage states I have loved vintage items since I was a child. Their history calls to me and I think of all the hands it has passed through and how it was cherished before. Now I feel like I save them for others to enjoy.

I like looking for unusual items and miniatures, something that will catch the eye.

I personally collect vintage linens as I love the old smell, softness, and look. I have a huge vintage pillowcase collection and love using them on all my pillows.

I love this little guy – such a funny face.

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says My daughter and I are fans of Marie Kondo, so we are always looking for items that “Spark Joy!”

We love the graphics and idea behind this Balloon Pump.

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage said my love of vintage is rooted by my mother, many years of looking for and living with antiques. I love the 50’s through 70’s and fill my shop with items that catch my eye. I try to focus on items that are functional and fun!

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart discusses that my love for drawing began at a very young age. I have been enjoying creating custom design door decor for a few years now.
I also love working with pastels painting portraits, making jewelry, chalkboards and much more.

Old World Santa Door Art

Old World Santa Door Art

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns discussed that It’s in my nature to choose items that are unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, edgy. I love to bring eclectic offerings to the table. These boots are for a confident woman. A woman who isn’t afraid or apprehensive to wear something that stands out. They’re an outstanding pair of boots.

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says buttons are always popular with sewers and crafters. Vintage buttons hold a special attraction with their beauty, originality and craftsmanship from a bygone era.

I have gathered buttons for my stash for as long as I can remember. As children our Sunday afternoons were often spent playing with my mother’s button collection. She stored it in a large tartan painted biscuit tin. My stash is now much larger than that one and it is time for me to share the love-and my buttons!

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s said my wife and I recently downsized and as the old saying goes you can’t take it with you, we’re selling off our childhood memories. Sharing the love of 1970s toys and collectibles. We didn’t realize how many people also loved some of the items we have sold over the year, the notes they send tell us we’re not alone in cherishing memories and it is rather humbling knowing we’re spreading smiles across the USA with our items.

Just listed maybe it may bring back a smile to you of childhood.

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

Alicia Holman from MemaAntiques discussed that we love vintage items. We love the history regarding each item we obtained. This item for instance came from a home in Orangeburg SC. This was a wedding gift given to the family in the 1940’s. The female in the home kept it in her china cabinet and never used it. She wanted it to always be in perfect condition.

Her son told us how she would fuss at the children and the grandchildren if they came near this dish. Reminds me so much of my grand parents and their favorite items.

It is so much fun. All items in our shop has a story behind it or we can tell you were it came from.

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Cher Loose from LooseChipsWoodWork says when an item reflects a memory in my heart I pick it up and cherish it… we have a rule in gift giving and buying… it is if we like it ourselves then someone else will too! (and if they do not, they will return it to us and that is okay too!) example: My husband remembers the Western Electric Company in Reading PA, before it was bought out by AT&T and he even worked there for a few years, actually using a slide rule. So this is why I sell this, in hopes someone else will find someone who likes to collect slide rules or maybe put it in their pocket and show another generation how to use one for fun…. on Christmas Morning in December or in July!

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – Nashba

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – Tammie from Nashba

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Nashba

1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop is named Nashba. The unique thing about it is that it is all me. Nashba is my middle name and thus all items are made by me and are usually items that I’d like to keep for myself.

2. What is your favorite July activity where you live?

I come from St. Lucia, a beautiful little gem in the Caribbean. My favourite July activity over there is the carnival celebration. Very similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans but on a much larger scale. Weeks of fun, fun and more fun.

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere it would be to Africa. I have always loved African fashion and it would be an honor for me to partake in the culture, fashion, food, just general way of life of the African people. (Any country in Africa would be fine with me).

4. Who do you most admire in life?

I most admire my aunt. She has no kids but took care of my siblings and I like her own when our mother went to work and then subsequently moved to the US. I will forever be grateful for her love, support and sacrifice.

5. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I’d love to learn to ride a motorcycle. I just think it would be a thrilling experience even though I do it just once.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nashba-258860427782828/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nashbadesignz
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nashbadesignz

Treasury Challenge Winner June – madmaxshop

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 June winner is madmaxshop who loves vintage fashion of all kinds!

1 and 2. What made you start your shop on Etsy and what got you into Vintage?

A love for fashion. Upon realizing the younger generation’s appreciation and demand for vintage had increased in the last decade I decided to open a shop offering unique and one-of-a kind vintage items that could not be found anywhere else. New York is a great city and it is an ultimate resource for the finest in vintage fashion and accessories.

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3. What Era of Vintage appeals to you most?

Despite the hardships of WWII, the 1940’s were still a brilliant decade for fashion. Joan Crawford’s shoulder pads…Christian Dior’s New Look…statement jewels…power dressing.

Both men and women retailored outfits leftover from the 30’s. Remake what’s old (upcycle)…just like today. As more American men were being drafted, women at home remade their left behind clothing into slim-fitting pants, blouses, and jackets…Katherine Hepburn’s timeless style. Less was the norm and no more unnecessary undergarments. Shoulder pads added interest to the silhouette and as decades followed, 40s fashion made a repeat performance influencing fashion in the late 70s and early 80s…Joan Collins, Dynasty!

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4. What, if any crafts do you like to do or would love to try?

I would like to try jewelry design with inspiration evolving from the vintage mid-century statement jewels. Bare, curving bouquets, bows and fans of the 1940s and 1950s. This style is known as Retro Modern.

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5. What are your social media sites:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/madmaxshop/about/

#CIJ Party 2015 – CIJ Member Blogs

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Christmas in July Team is celebrating Christmas In July 2015 and we want to celebrate our members who have their own blogs!

We wanted to know what our team members blog about,what started them blogging and so much more.

Megha Silvano of byTheArtBug states:

I have a blog: theartbug

Here

is a glimpse about my blog

Make it Monday (Weekly) – DIYs- Sewing, Crafts, Art, Recycling, Recipes

Trendy Tuesday (Weekly) – Home, Fashion and Gifting Trends

What’s Up Wednesday (Weekly) – Find out what I have been Up to Lately

Thursday Talk-Fest (Monthly) – Get to know wonderful Etsy Sellers/ Bloggers. You could be next one featured! Just fill up this simple form: theartbug.blogspot.sg/p/get-featured-on-art-bug-blog.html

Freebie Friday (Weekly)- Lots of Freebies Every Week!

Weekend – Snapshot/ Cartoon of the Week

ALSO EXPLORE…

Globetrotting Diaries: Having lived in three Countries and traveled to 8 (So Far), I have tons of travel adventures to share. Read my “Globetrotting Diaries” to know more about the places we have Explored.

Check out the Downloads to Grab all the “Freebies” till date.

Sign Up for the Monthly Newsletter for the latest action and freebies.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to send me a message through the “Contact Form”.

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Ildi Garay of PitzicatVintage says:

I have a blog: Ildi Garay

That is my blog I started it after my cancer operation. It made the days easier as my mind was focused on something else.

After I felt better I stopped the blog and started on Etsy!

Still on Etsy and I love it .

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Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns explains:

I have a blog: DawnWhitehead

My blog has been going since September 2011, and includes lots of different stuff about me

– my general art practice

– work in progress

– exhibitions

– different making processes

– my Etsy shop

– my travel and photography

I began the blog as a means to have a solid base to refer people to – potential collectors, customers, curators – so that they could see a broad and diverse collection of my work and what I am “about”.

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Carolyn Eady of SproutsPressDesigns said:

I have a blog: SproutsPress

I’m in the midst of a 365 blogging project. It’s all about bookbinding, paper arts, being a creative entrepreneur and me sharing tips on using your hand bound journals!!

While I have a couple of posts that always run on certain days of the week (ie. Studio Sunday, Wordless Wednesday) I fill the rest of the week with goings-on in the studio, my inspirations, upcoming shows and workshops, etc.

I’m still fairly new to blogging and it’s always so fantastic when people leave a comment and start a discussion about book arts – so awesome!!

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Jennifer Loftfield of CaffeinatedPapercuts states:

I have a blog: CaffeinatedPaperCuts

I can honestly say that I don’t blog to the schedule others do around here (which I’m greatly impressed by!) but I do love sharing my card creations, tutorials, and video tutorials over on my blog: www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com

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Have you thought about starting a blog?

You could learn a thing or two from these Christmas In July team member blogs!

Enjoy!

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.