Thank You For Visiting Team Members Workspaces – #EtsyCIJ

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us in visiting the workspaces of fellow team members and continue to enjoy the Etsy Christmas in July celebrations!

Here is a recap of the workspaces we visited today!

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee / Workspace 

Maureen Wood from MoCycled / Workspace

Ari from HoneysuckleandLime / Workspace

Leigh from MeriMakes / Workspace

Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts / Workspace

Ineke de Vries from InekedeVries / Workspace

Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals / Workspace

Elisa from Lukseh / Workspace

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks / Workspace

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Show Us Your Workspace: FeathandKee

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

The first workspace visit for today’s blitz is Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee. Their  primary focus is on re-purposing, recycling and up-cycling, so you are sure to find unique, well made, hand crafted items in their shop.

Products include jewellery, keychains, hats and phone stands. Be sure to visit their Etsy shop for some great gift ideas for others or yourself!

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Join Us For A Day Of Visiting Team Members Workspaces – #EtsyCIJ

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

In celebration of our Christmas in July event we are visiting some fabulous member’s workspaces and sneak a peek at where they work, and how their creative spaces inspire their art practice.

Please visit these stores and show your support by hearting some items. Most of them also have sales for the event, so why not start your Christmas shopping early !

The line up for the day is:

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee / Workspace 

Maureen Wood from MoCycled / Workspace

Ari from HoneysuckleandLime / Workspace

Leigh from MeriMakes / Workspace

Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts / Workspace

Ineke de Vries from InekedeVries / Workspace

Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals / Workspace

Elisa from Lukseh / Workspace

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks / Workspace

Thank you for joining us in visiting the workspaces of fellow team mates and continue to enjoy the Christmas in July celebrations!CIJFacebookAvi

Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2016 here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2016 was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Alison Kelly / DelanoDesignsHome / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Kelly / ColourscapeStudios / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Richard and Tatiana / DesignstheLimit / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Stock Lane Studio / StockLaneStudio / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Connie Lee / Bungalow42 / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Naomi Bell / BabaMoon / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Jessica and Bryan King / FeathandKee / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Tammie / Nashba / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. Kelly R. Williams / DaintyDotsBoutique / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Sue / SuesAkornShop / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Lisajoy Sachs / saxdsign / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. anniemae / AnniMaesCollectibles / #CIJPopUpMarket

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – FeathandKee

Contrributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – Jessica and Bryan from FeathandKee

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

Feath & Kee – Currently everything in our shop is handmade. Due to the materials that we work with, each item that we produce is unique and different in it’s own way. At least 85% – 90% of our materials are recycled.

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

We are located in a small, rural town in North Texas , called Olney. It is really hot here in July, so swimming is the most fun activity. Also about this time, it is nice to dream of the cold December weather. lol

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

I have always wanted to go to Ireland.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

Those that I admire most in my life, are the people who wake up everyday and work towards a better future for the world.

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

I would really like to work on metal casting. This is something that we dabbled with, but there are a lot of ideas bouncing around in my head that require the time to refocus on the casting. There is never enough time!

6. What are your social media sites?

Blog:  www.feathandkee.com

Polyvore: feathandkee.polyvore.com/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/feathandkee

Facebook: www.facebook.com/feathandkee

Instagram: www.instagram.com/feathandkee

Twitter: www.twitter.com/feathandkee

Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our second annual #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2016 – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2016 will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Alison Kelly / DelanoDesignsHome / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Kelly / ColourscapeStudios / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Richard and Tatiana / DesignstheLimit / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Stock Lane Studio / StockLaneStudio / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Connie Lee / Bungalow42 / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Naomi Bell / BabaMoon / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Jessica and Bryan King / FeathandKee / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Tammie / Nashba / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. Kelly R. Williams / DaintyDotsBoutique / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Sue / SuesAkornShop / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Lisajoy Sachs / saxdsign / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. anniemae / AnniMaesCollectibles / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1!

Gardening

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

I imagine some of us love to get our hands dirty with our gardens.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know all about what type of gardens you have,how long you have been gardening and anything else you wish to tell us that is related to the theme.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says we have a large vegetable garden where we grow tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers & a variety of melons. Gardening books are absolutely invaluable to us, which is why we keep on hand many different types. We also have many flower and garden inspired items.

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Round Vera Neumann Floral Tablecloth

Dawn Whitehand  from DeeDeeDeesigns said I am lucky enough to live on ten acres in rural Australia and we have a huge vegetable and fruit garden.

Spring/ Summer is our biggest harvest, and this year was particularly successful. I have spent the last month preserving, pickling and fermenting the rewards! This has however taken away time from managing my Etsy shop – but it has to be done while the produce is fresh!

After a big day in the kitchen I reward myself with wine!! But during the day I take the occasional coffee break and sit on the veranda and enjoy looking at the garden.

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Ceramic mug and coaster set

Melissa R from missy69 states I love gardening! I wouldn’t say I am great at it, but I am always learning. I home school my children, and one of the best ways to teach them Science is to try to grow something. My daughter and I currently have a 3 Sisters Garden, that is corn, squash and beans. This is from a History lesson on the Pilgrims and Native Americans. So far so good, lol. We live in sunny Florida, so usually by March we can start the veggie garden. I have peppers every year, and tomatoes. But, this year we tried something new. Plus the all the flowering plants, to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. BTW another great Science activity is to plant host plants for butterflies. They will lay their eggs on the host plant, and then you can watch the whole metamorphosis process. Very cool! I love to paint all the beautiful things in this world, and one of them is below. An absolute favorite, the ruby-throated hummingbird.

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Ruby throated hummingbird acrylic art painting

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says gardening is balm for my soul. I love it. When we moved in our home on a corner lot there was only lawn in front of the house. Using the sheet mulching technique I converted it to a garden that now, four years later, has become a real paradise for birds, butterflies and other critters. Unfortunately the deer like it, too, and treat it as their personal salad buffet. However, that doesn’t stop me to constantly work on it, weeding, cutting back, making space for new plants. I love every season in it. At the moment I’m working on my backyard to turn it into a similar sanctuary.

As a photographer I love to take pictures of the flowers – if there’s a little bug on the plants, even better!

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Ladybug in Lavender Photo Greeting Card

Jenya from Veddma discusses this week I take the first steps to start the garden, and it’s exciting as ever, since we have a new space to shape. I have met with Gavin from Edible Landscaping Ottawa to help us figure out what is feasible to do in our space, with considerations of sustainability, cost, and aesthetics, using permaculture principles wherever possible to maximize the food-growing potential. I’ve been experimenting with various garden designs, including vertical towers and spirals over the years. Quite a bit of it is documented on my blog, here is the latest post:

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Spring flower fine art photography gift card set

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby states I moved into a newly built home 6 years ago. Unfortunately, the builder had stripped all the vegetation and left a pretty blank slate. I have pushed, planted and prodded little spots to come to life. Every year gets better and a little bigger. An addition of a rain barrel has helped my flowers thrive. One storm can fill the 55 gallon barrel to capacity. My trusty watering can is my constant gardening tool, bringing the sweet rainwater to thirsty flowers.

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Vintage large round floral Toleware tray

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle discusses I always loved gardening from a very young age; I even had my own patch of ground at my granddad’s allotment. Although I realize now how little I actually did!

I used to be a full-time gardener in a local stately home before we had our eldest son but couldn’t return to the profession afterwards thanks to childcare restraints. I’ve settled for making my own garden, which is finally starting to look lovely after a lot of hard work. Hoping for a lot of veggies and flowers this year.

Lots of my pieces are inspired by the colours and forms of nature. The brooch featured here is an attempt to recreate the beautiful full blooms of the peony plants which are just budding up in my garden at the moment.

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Hand knitted flower brooch

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler states gardening is a challenge here in the desert southwest but very rewarding. My lavender loves the dry sunny climate. My other favorite flowers are Yellow Bells, which are tubular flowers that grow on tall vines. We are also on the path for Monarch butterflies. To encourage them we grow desert milkweed, a very plain plant but one that butterflies love. I combined my love for butterflies and flowers in these dangle earrings. But these are Swarovski butterflies — also beautiful.

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Flower and Butterfly Swarovski crystal dangle earrings

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says spring brings wildflower season in Texas. I love to garden and sell wildflower seeds to share the love of gardening with my clients and customers. Only during the spring/summer I sell my seeds to share the color of wildflowers across the USA.

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Nasturtium flower seeds,edible flowers

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discusses that I have loved being in the garden and helping my dad garden from a young age. However once I moved out of home I have not had my own garden. I do have a courtyard where I love to keep plants in pots and attempt to grow herbs and vegetables. Unfortunately the possums get to the herbs, veggie leaves and strawberries before we do!
I have included this set of envelopes which feature flowers and butterflies and remind me of spring and being in the garden.

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6 flower and butterfly envelopes set

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says Bryan and I both really like to grow things. Sometimes we have success, others not so much. I always get way to ambitious in the wonderful Spring weather, then when the heat of Summer hits….  I always have good luck with Okra, Zinnias, and Marigolds. This key chain was inspired by the pretty flowers of Spring and Summer.

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May Flowers Reclaimed Wood Key chain

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique states my garden is a constant work in progress. We have lived here for 6 years, and each year we work on one piece and making it our own. In the past we have taken down bushes, rearranged bulbs, and started a herb garden. This year we are excited to start growing strawberries and tomatoes! Next year we will be tearing up our existing deck and building a brand new one, so that we can better enjoy our outdoor living space.

I absolutely love being outside and being a part of nature. This tutu dress is the epitome of what I love about being outside.

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Green Fairy Tutu Costume

Peach Echo And Snorkle Blue – Pantone Fashion Colors For Spring 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color Inspiration is the theme of Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty 2016!

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone two of the top colors for Spring 2016 are Peach Echo and Snorkle Blue.

The fashion and design communities, and consequently, consumers, have been in love with orange for several seasons. Coming to the fore this Spring is PANTONE 16-1548, Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.
Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

A maritime -inspired blue, PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones.
Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™
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Members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the colors Peach Echo and Snorkle Blue! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Mary Avelis from LilFoxDesigns says:

Kitchen accent peach pot holders, are created with the home cook in mind. casual or serious cooks will love these high quality pot holders. Our juicy peach hot pads are certain to please all year around.

Each hot pad fits your hand and allows you to hold your item safely. Measures approximately 7 1/2 inches square. Each peach and green potholder is top stitched and quilted for durability. We used a heat resistant material, with 100% cotton batting. As well as high quality cotton fabric for durability.

As if the features for our peach pot holders weren’t enough; I am proud to say they are made in a smoke-free and pet-free studio; and is extremely easy to care for!

All you need to do to keep your hot pads clean, wash cold, tumble dry low.

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Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique says:

My best friend recently had boy/girl twins. I focus on items for girls, but really wanted to make something for her son, too. I decided on making a fabric mobile for their nursery that incorporated colors to go along with the jungle theme she picked. After completing her mobile, I wanted to make more to add to my shop. They are such a fun way to add color and texture to a room, and can transition to a great decor piece as the child grows. When looking for fabrics to create a new piece for my shop, I found these that had peach, mint, and grey and absolutely fell in love.

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LilybeanzBowtique

friedasophie from friedasophie says:

Peach always reminds me of summer, I got inspired in the wintertime, missing beach times when i came across this pretty stone.

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Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I grew up on the Canadian West Coast, and blue water surrounded the island! Just thinking about the ocean makes me happy! These pendants were inspired by the word ‘content’. To me being content is being by the water’s edge – the greenery behind you and your toes in the blue water!

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FirepanJewellery

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle says:

The variety of blues in sodalite reminds me of all the colours of the sea – perfect for sunny summer days.

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TheWoollyTangle

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Beautiful paua shell statement ring in a beachy snorkel blue shade. Sure to get lots of compliments!

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Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says:

I love all shades of blue. This pair of earrings were made from reclaimed wood. They are simple squares, and I wanted a restful color for them.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I love the colour blue – summer skies, Mediterranean seas – I guess that is why the Pantone Color Institute link the colour to a relaxing vacation and escape!

I also link relaxing and vacationing with good food, and good food deserves to be served in unique handmade bowls!

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

The colour blue is one of my favourites. My husband and I have a lot of blue in the house which we find relaxing!

I made this felt star blue for that reason. I made it with Christmas in mind, to be used as a Christmas tree decoration. Saying that, it could look nice hanging from a hook or door any time of the year!

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DesignedbyAnneliese

 

Organize your Files Week

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Organizing your files is a big part of what any business,school or organization must do.
There are always forms and the like to fill out and keep,especially for your taxes.
Here at Christmas in July Team we want to know how do you organize your files? What keeps you on track?

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Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says currently, I have a spreadsheet that I set up on Google Drive that I can access from computer or phone for inventory. As for keeping up with receipts, I have an file portfolio thing to hold them and other paperwork until they can get scanned and saved.

The spreadsheet is a lifesaver though! I don’t have to write product measurements down, then hope they are not lost before I get a chance to sit down at the computer.

 

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Alicia from AliciasFindings states that I have a file with all my receipts and  end up manually putting  them into a spreadsheet of my own making. I am thinking of switching to a pre-made spreadsheet designed for etsy sellers,for the ease of use and my own time.

The History of Crafting

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Crafting has always been a human activity.  We are driven to create for many different reasons sometimes by need, challenge, spiritual or the drive for artistic expression.

Early in the 19th century, decorative home crafts, as we recognize them today, came into being as a byproduct of the Industrial Revolution.  Craft ideas and instructions first appeared in women’s magazines during this time. Fabric crafts and needlework were principal, with home crafting being the main occupation of women.

By 1830, scrapbooking became a popular family pastime to record family histories.  Once photography became available in the last half of the century, its popularity reached new heights.

Thanks to an increased interest in natural materials and handcrafted quality, the arts and crafts movement experienced a 20th century revival.  Many craft guilds were reestablished, crafter organizations formed and craft industry associations  founded during the 1920’s – 50’s.  Today we live in a worldwide community of crafters and scrapbookers, aided in part by craft magazines and publications, instructional television programs and the internet.

According to the 1998 study by the Craft and Hobby Association:

  • More than 8 out of 10 American households have one family member engaged in crafting.
  • A staggering 97% of adult women (ages 55-64) surveyed had participated in a crafting activity in their lifetime.
  • The most popular crafts were cross-stitch/embroidery (45%), crocheting (29%), apparel/fashion sewing (26%), home decor painting/accessories (25%), craft sewing (24%), cake decorating/cake making (22%), needlepoint/plastic canvas (22%), art/drawing (21%), floral arranging (21%), home decor sewing (21%) and scrapbooking/memory crafts (20%).
  • The breakdown of how people used their craft projects was: gifts (71%), home decorating (69%), personal use (62%), holiday decorating (59%) and items to sell (16%).
  • The major sources from which craft/hobby participants get their ideas are magazines, books and catalogs. Family and friends are also an important source of ideas.

I have been an avid crafter all of my life.  The very first crafting technique that I learned was knitting. This skill was acquired participating in 4H.  I still have the first knitting projects that I created and the ribbons earned, lovingly packed away in my cedar chest.

I asked the members of the Christmas In July team the following questions:  What was the first craft technique that you ever learned? Do you still do this craft today and sell items made with this technique in your shop?

 

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots shared her story:

I can remember always being a crafty person – inspired by my mom and grandma – but the first craft I can remember wanting to pick up and learn was plastic canvas. My Aunt Arlys used to work plastic canvas projects all of the time, and I just had to work them too. She took me down to AC Moore and bought me some yarn, canvas and a book and gave me some pointers like carrying my yarn under stitches. That was almost 10 years ago – I have been hooked since, and have recently been inspired to think outside the box with it to work up quicker projects, and my own designs using the plastic canvas.

I wear my earrings all over the place, and get a lot of compliments on them. I have them listed in my shop, and have downloadable versions of my designs and tutorials available for purchase.

I have many favorite designs, but I suppose the one I love above all (for now) are my Two Tiny Hearts Dangle Earrings – inspired by Valentine’s Day. I love how lightweight they are, and that both hearts are visible when worn. I have created five pairs since working my first up – have to match each outfit I wear. Hehe.

I am really glad my aunt shared her passion with me, and that I can share it with others now.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns had this to say:

The first craft I learned was embroidery from my grandmother. I don’t do much of that anymore, however I still have her old embroidery box and some old threads and buttons. I also have some old metal winders she used to organize her cottons.

These days I use embroidery cotton and blanket stitch to make the jewelry gift pouches which all of my jewelry comes packaged in… not exactly embroidery, but inspired by this early experience, as opposed to machine sewing the pouches, for example.

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Upcycled Marble Choker

 

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee replied:

So the earliest thing that I remember is my grandmother doing the hook and loop kits – I guess that is what they are called. She taught me how to do those. Very close to that time, my great-grandmother taught me how to sew by hand – vital skill! Yes, this is something that I am still doing.

Fluttery Black Flower Headband