The Jewelry Lover’s Guide to Birthstones: Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the The Jewelry Lover’s Guide to Birthstones: Etsy article on the Etsy blog.

Explore birthstone jewelry on Etsy! January: Garnet, February: Amethyst, March: Aquamarine, April: Diamond, May: Emerald, June: Pearl, July: Ruby, August: Peridot, September: Sapphire, October: Opal, November: Citrine and December: Turquoise. Here are a few trend birthstone items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

February – Amethyst

YOKO from yokojewelry says:

I used raw amethyst in this pendant. Amethyst is birthstone of February. And it’s popular stone all year around in my shop!

All raw amethyst stones has different shades of light to deep purple. I love all. The stone in this pendant has lavender color which is very soft and easy to much with any other color of your wardrobe.

I simply wrapped the stone so that stone speaks itself.

yokojewelry

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February – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

I had a request a while back to make more birdhouses in a variety of colors, hence the yellow and green something bright cheerful and bold to remind me Spring is just around the corner…

Corkycrafts

Corkycrafts

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

ln these period here in Italy we are having many cloudy days, absolutely not cold, but so “grey”.

So, when l began new spring items, l needed cheery colors.
This is the first one l created: an orange flower arrangement in a natural wicker basket, to enhance a front door or decor a porch.

ln this decor l put the colors l need now: bright sun and green grass.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug says:

With this DIY tutorial you can make lovely real like paper Roses.

Perfect for weddings, Bouquets, decor, gift etc. and they will last for ever!

I have been making these flowers long before I opened my Etsy shop, after years of practice I am now sharing these with you, they look so real like and can be made in different colors according to the seasons. I have made these for almost everyone I know, all of my friends/Family members to whom I have gifted these had to touch them to believe they were not real! As soon as they get them they go on and grab the vase to fill will water and put them in ASAP!

byTheArtBug

byTheArtBug

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says:

This is a vintage Watt Pottery creamer. I found it this month in a thrift store in New Hampshire that I love to poke around in. I chose it because I love pottery and Watt is a great old American pottery company. I actually did my own blog post on Watt Pottery.

VintageEves

VintageEves

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I went to the shops the other day and found this bright, cheery set of papers. Being someone who finds it very hard to say no to new paper supplies I had to get a pack. I decided on making these colourful envelopes which will brighten anyone’s day!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I’ve been making little sets of fabric wallets for business/credit cards and tissue case holders. These would make a great gift for someone. They are both ways of “taming” what’s in your purse! The kleenex case holds either a travel tissue pack or can be used with folded tissues from a box. The card holder is great for many things – credit cards, business cards, library cards and especially to keep all those loyalty reward cards from making your regular wallet too full to close!

This set is made from a cute cotton print of brightly colored dogs on a black background, designed by Laurel Burch. Sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers!

FabriArts

FabriArts

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

This is a denim zip pouch with a vintage-style stationery appliqué on each side. I designed and made this bag in a unisex style in response to requests for original gifts for men.

It could be used as a pen holder or pencil case, a gadget bag, or a storage bag for the car, office or home.

ArabellaBlossoms

ArabellaBlossoms

Shar from SharPharMade says:

One of my Estate Sale finds … a rare Vintage Pattern. For Seamstress, sewer, etc. to make in the colors, and/or patterns, of their choice. A cute pattern.

SharPharMade

SharPharMade

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

As well as making ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also love to make jewellery from upcycled components. I believe reuse and recycling is very important for the planet and try to incorporate it into my daily life as much as possible.

Therefore I am always looking for new ways to make beads from used materials…. my latest foray is fabric beads.

This necklace is made from a bead using fabric from an old dress of mine form the 90s. The wire is recycled cake decorating wire, and the lariat is a repurposed jewellery finding.

All of my jewellery comes presented in a handmade jewellery pouch, also made from upcycled material.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I designed this brooch as my ironic take on the legend of amethyst. Ancient Greeks + Romans believed that amethyst protected you from drunkness (and either bejeweled their goblets or made goblets out of amethyst).

Absinthe is the storied alcoholic beverage, with an exaggerated reputation. The traditional way of serving it involves placing a sugar cube onto a specially designed absinthe spoon (with various piercings or slots). The spoon is placed over the glass with the absinthe in and water is dripped over the sugar cube until it is dissolved (and the absinthe is then diluted + sweetened).

So, I thought – what if you bring a legend to a reputation and have your own personal absinthe spoon with amethyst in it! Fun and ironic!

Of course, this is not a real absinthe spoon, and I would not recommend using is as such. However, it is a unique piece of jewellery that I designed, formed and hand pierced (with my jeweler’s saw) and includes a lovely amethyst cabochon! This brooch is very eye-catching!

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

National Weddings Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

February is National Weddings Month due to many wanting their wedding on Valentines Day or on the Leap Year.

Here at Christmas in July we want to feature your Wedding items along with a story about your item.

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says these tags are perfect for the couple (like my fiance and I) who have taken a bit longer to get themselves down the aisle! My gift tags are personalized with the couples name and date of their special day and are perfect to be used on table decor like candles or on guest’s bonbonnieres.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/256822336/personalised-wedding-favor-tag-we?ref=teams_post

Personalized wedding gift tags

Richard and Tatiana from DesignsTheLimit states that  they specializes in weddings year round and have been waiting for the arrival of spring wedding season. We specialize in providing happy couples with the perfect gifts to add to their gift registries and we often include a link for interested couples to start a registry on Etsy as well.

n addition to offering toasting flutes, unity candles, sand ceremony sets, and registry gifts, we specialize in toasting sets for the entire wedding party. We have an entire section of our shop devoted to groomsman and bridal party favors. As with any product in our shop, customers have the option of choosing from our designs, submitting their own, or having us create a custom theme design for them.

If you are getting married soon or will be attending a wedding this year, stop by our shop and message us so we can make your gift giving experience as personal as the unique monogrammed gifts we provide.

Start your Etsy Wedding Registry Today at www.etsy.com/registry

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174538168/black-tie-affair-personalized-wedding?ref=teams_post

Wedding Champagne Flutes

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio discussed that We offer wonderfully romantic confetti hearts hand punched from vintage French language book pages. These would make a fun addition to the wedding plan. Slip one into each wedding invitation or use as reception table decorations.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/265722141/french-love-paper-heart-confetti-2-inch?ref=teams_post

French Love paper heart confetti

Amy Hills from SkyPixieCornhole says they specialize in wedding cornhole bags. Many couples incorporate a special game of cornhole (bean bag toss) into their weddings. We personalize their bags with the colors of their wedding along with anything from a simple monogram to custom logos. SKP offers general wedding designs, as well as customized designs. Couples have even used their cornhole bags to announce their engagement! Need an engagement gift, wedding gift or bridal shower gift? We truly enjoy working with each client to create a personalized gift /memory.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/248653471/wedding-cornhole-bags-mr-mrs-cornhole

Custom Embroidered Cornhole Bags

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states Who doesn’t like roses at a wedding. They might be in the bouquet, the flower arrangements or maybe rose petals down the aisle! These pretty rose punches are perfect to add to invitations, thank you notes or to the tables as confetti and can be made in any colour!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/229025552/50-pink-rose-white-rose-paper-punches?ref=teams_post

50 pink rose paper punches

February – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The new year continues to be the perfect time to add new arrivals to your Etsy shop! Our customers are looking forward to the upcoming season and we want to give them what they’re looking for. Here are February new arrivals from members of the Christmas In July team.

Sally Manke from SallyManke says

The art quilt is a result of me sprinting to complete quilts for a local quilt show I chair. We hang the show on Wednesday and each quilt displayed must me new. The image depicted is Arcadia Dunes Preserve, a continual source of inspiration for my art quilts.
Amazing stands of white birch flow through the preserve making the perfect backdrop to a forest floor filled with blooms. Catching this view during the annual fall color shows makes winter quilting feel a bit warmer.

Birch Trees And Forest Flowers Quilted Wall Hanging From SallyManke

Birch Trees And Forest Flowers Quilted Wall Hanging From SallyManke

Christine Parker from modernimpressionist says

The cardinal was painted from photos available on the Paint My Photo site. I love the bright red against the snow in February.

Cardinal In Snow Painting From modernimpressionist

Cardinal In Snow Painting From modernimpressionist

Bee Macneil and Caroline Pinnington from PaintedSongbird says

This chalk board has been saved, upcycled with love and turned sparkly new. We’ve selected a new paint colour for the frame, we’ve reused the original back board as the blackboard, used several coats of paint for extra durability, waxed and distressed the frame to give it an aged look. We love it and Annie Sloan’s gorgeous colour. We’ve photographed it in our English country lane showing the place it was created. We hope you like it too.

Medium Sized Blackboard From PaintedSongbird

Medium Sized Blackboard From PaintedSongbird

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

I’ve recently upgraded my printer and can now offer all my typography, photography and digital illustrations in 11 x 14in/A3 sizes!

This quote really spoke to me when I saw it… I have such a love of nature and the universe so I created this print to capture the quote as I saw it in my mind.

We Are All Made Of Stars Galaxy Print From ColourscapeStudios

We Are All Made Of Stars Galaxy Print From ColourscapeStudios

Wendy WN from WoodNotions says

I’ve just added two new handmade wood-cut ornaments to my shop!
These two new arrivals were inspired by one of my favorite customers. He hand-makes musical instruments, requiring sound hole covers or rosettes. It’s such an honor to have one of my designs featured on a beautiful handmade musical instrument. Rosette designs can be very challenging for me since they quite often start out at a tiny, 1-3/4 inch diameter. We seem to connect on the design concepts and are still working together,15 designs and 2 years later!
Once the rosettes are converted to an ornament, I add them to my shop. I love to add names, dates, places, etc. to ornaments to make them extra special for the recipients…or I can make them into rosettes, basket centers, or embellishments for other crafting projects.

Galloping Horse Wood Ornament From WoodNotions

Galloping Horse Wood Ornament From WoodNotions

Penguin Wooden Ornament From WoodNotions

Penguin Wooden Ornament From WoodNotions

Cindy and Alexis from PlethoraGifts says

Here’s a new favorite of mine. Just love the hot pink mixed with the vintage bronze wire and chain. I’ve combined repurposed floral beads and beads with a bit of bling to create this wirewrapped necklace. I scoured the internet to find a distinctive chain that would give the necklace a vintage look.

Pink And Bronze Necklace From PlethoraGifts

Pink And Bronze Necklace From PlethoraGifts

Sarah Black from SilkRoadNeedleArts

Irishman’s Cashmere Merino scarf

This yarn is a cashmere merino blend, and I dyed it in spring greens- I choose this crochet pattern because I liked the way the short stripes contrasted with the long, skinny scarf- I love a long scarf myself–so I can toss the ends over my shoulder!

Cashmere Scarf From SilkRoadNeedleArts

Cashmere Scarf From SilkRoadNeedleArts

beverly from designbcb says

I have a HUGE yarn stash – about 25 bins worth of yarn and since that’s a big investment in space and money, I want to make sure I use up as much of a ball of yarn that I can. Headbands are cute, fast and can be embellished and sized for form, fashion and function. I had the idea of making ski bands as a way of using leftover yarn. They can be made out of any yarn I have and are a quick, enjoyable knit that I can relax and do.

Orchid Knit Headband From Knit360five

Orchid Knit Headband From Knit360five

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

I love cowls, scarfs and all neck warmers! They give your outfit that finishing touch. I was looking for new Spring accessory which would be soft to touch, light but warm all in one. So I knitted this Lavender cowl from very soft to touch and light but warm baby Alpaca blend yarn. This cowl is wearable in any season and any holiday like Valentine’s day, Easter or Mother’s day.

Knitted Lavender Cowl From Ankleknits

Knitted Lavender Cowl From Ankleknits

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says

This product originally was just an idea I had for a gift for my Sister-in-law for her birthday. She is a lover of books, school principal, and has spent her life helping children with education, from her own to disadvantaged children in her school. After posting it on Instagram one evening, I had multiple requests for more, so I have just finished my first one to sell.

Book Lover Decorative Pillow Cover From CraftyMom75

Book Lover Decorative Pillow Cover From CraftyMom75

Angie from RusticHomespun says

I am a quilter and love traditional scrappy patchwork quilts. I have so many fabric strips and blocks left over from my previous quilt making that I used them to make cushion/pillow covers and other projects. I do not let my fabric scraps go to waste at all! The blocks are arranged in a very popular and traditional design setting called Rail Fence Block. The cushion covers come in two sizes and they are one-of-a-kind item in my shop.

Scrappy Patchwork Quilted Cushion Cover From RusticHomespun

Scrappy Patchwork Quilted Cushion Cover From RusticHomespun

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital

I didn’t have enough of my favorite color purple in my shop, so I rounded up papers I had already created and put them into one mega pack – 21 designs in varying shades of purple and lavender. Rather eclectic, but I like the way it turned out.

Purple Digital Paper From ButterflyFeetDigital

Purple Digital Paper From ButterflyFeetDigital

Csilla Molnar from STILLforSTYLE

I love vintage home decorations and I frequently go at flea markets for searching nice, vintage decor items. This coffee grinder mill is from such a market. After I bought it I reconditioned, painted cream and treated with varnish effect fine cracks. I decorated it with hand painted lace and handmade fabric flowers.
This object is decorative , but can also be used for storage of jewelry or memories.

Vintage Decorative Coffee Grinder Mill From STILLforSTYLE

Vintage Decorative Coffee Grinder Mill From STILLforSTYLE

Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams says

When I start making this wreath I was thinking about the colors. It was a really bad dark day outside, so I gave the color pink a look and here we go! Making the wreath brightened up my day, because the color pink always gives me a smile! Enjoy the day with a little bit of pink!

Pink Heart Wreath From KarlasWoodDreams

Pink Heart Wreath From KarlasWoodDreams

Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts says

Besides being here on Etsy, I’m also a member of several design teams. I came across this stamp from one of them and just HAD to use it! And so this anti-valentine full of sarcasm & snark was born!

Alone on Valentine's Day Anti-Valentine full Of Sadness and Snark From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Alone on Valentine’s Day Anti-Valentine full Of Sadness and Snark From CaffeinatedPapercuts