New Team Members: October 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who recently joined! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Gytautė from Baggagehouse says

Creating leather bags has been my hobby for almost 5 years but, only one year ago, I decided to open the shop and offer my bags to a wider audience. Travelling is my other hobby, so my brand name is very closely related to it. Most of my bags were created by thinking about how would they fit for travelling, other ones by thinking about how to make life more convenient or stylish. If possible, I like to create adjustable items that could be worn in a few different ways and be practical. I am very grateful for your accepting me to your team.

Brown Leather Belt Bag

lilibet design from lilibetdesign says

My specialty is vintage Christmas ornaments and decor! I’ve come to love it over the years and my area of focus is German and Scandinavian. This Swedish piece isn’t necessarily Christmas, but these little Swedish figures look great with Christmas decor.

Vintage Swedish Pine Cone Ornament

Gabrielle BARBIER from frenchjewelryvintage says

I create unique handmade model jewelry at home on my dining table. I started with pearl necklaces, then I wanted to do special things according to my feelings and I’m constantly moving in my head, so my creations follow my ideas. I love to make big breastplates, a unique model of a design that will never be redone identically but in the spirit. I am passionate about Greek or Roman mythology as well as ancient Egypt. When I go into the Native American phase I make crazy jewelry that can take almost a month but I love!

I love the mysterious steampunk, romantic gothic, Victorian, retro and vintage universes as I incorporate vintage supplies into my creations whenever I can. I love fairies, unicorns, the Renaissance, cities and everything that inspires me.

I have a tricolor Collie dog who sleeps with us in my arms and I hope to have a baby kitten again next year. I love nature, lace and everything that makes you dream. I registered in Christmas in July several years ago but I was afraid to start, that’s done and thank you for accepting me.

I present you a jewel that I love and that asked a lot of time of me to realize.


Native American Necklace

My Etsy shop is DianeDCrochet. You can find crocheted items like Afghans, hats, scarves, bags and shawls.
As we are heading into the winter months (at least in my neck of the woods), scarves and hats will be needed to help keep us warm. Shawls are great to wear in cool evenings.

My crocheted bags are good for the Farmer’s Market, the beach, the pool, or storage. If you are taking a winter vacation to someplace warm, the bags are packable and don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage.

I also do crafts fairs in November and early December.


Crochet Triangle Shawl

I’m Anrusa, a digital artist, photographer and designer based in France. My store is FairyMagicChest and is inspired by fairy tales, adventures and also in old and charming times. I love my work because I think it makes people happy , mostly children, and this is so beautiful!

In the store, you can find digital backgrounds and overlays to create art from your own photographs, especially for children. These final creations can become magical prints, you can get from them fine wall art, greeting cards or just photographs to save as a treasures for a lifetime.

I am also introducing photographs that I take from charming places in Paris and other places from France.

I love all my items, but I chose this one because is about Christmas, like the team’s name!


Christmas Digital Background

My shop is Joanna’s Scented Soaps, where you can find handmade Soap Art!
This means
– One-of-A-Kind Soap Cake as home décor,
– Soaps gift set ties with a jewelry, a charm for Good Luck, a Christmas decorative ornament, a glass decorative, a scarf, a keyring – a gift for everyone, any occasion on every budget!
– Seasonal items for holidays and all occasions – especially for Festive Table Decoration.

This holiday season, I propose that you to decorate and style up your dining table with something different – a small gift box to show your guests you care, to surprise them and say “We’re glad you were here!.

Each very beautifully packed box contains a luxury scented soap, organza cloth, ribbons matching the soap’s color, and a small festive decorative.


Luxury Decorative Soap

I am a lover of the jewels of the theater, it is with my art that I create sacred ornaments, such as votive hearts, relics, crosses.

I like to immerse myself in the distant past, imagining the jewels of those times that we read in history books. My true love is the painting and restoration of old furniture, but not having much space at home, I found another way to occupy my hands with tools, which is silverware in jewelry.

I create the past of jewels from nothing, with elements that I find in flea markets.

And, living in Italy, there is a world yet to be discovered of old things with stories to tell.

I have such a great passion for markets and stuff from the past, that my house has become a museum, so, along with my pets and my husband, we are looking for a bigger house, maybe near the sea, which is another element that makes me feel good.

I like to represent, in each creation, an emblem of myself: there’s so much of me in the past.

I am very grateful for your accepting me into your team. Here is one of my most recent articles.


Sacred Heart necklace with Byzantine cross

I’m Bianca and I live in the countryside, the beautiful “Westerwald” in Germany. I studied architecture and design and absolutely love design “with humor”. So I try to create playful and humorous products which are able to raise a smile.
In the beginning, I started making gifts for my family and friends. In 2009, I decided to try to share my work with more people and thus the brand “blanc” was born. Since then, I sell, under this name, cute bookmarks, magnets, key chains and other things for a beautiful home.

Thank you so much for accepting me into your team!

Here’s one of my bookmarks.


Elephant Bookmark

Sewing Machine Day

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Sewing Machine Day,September 10th, celebrates a very important invention —– the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s.

Here at Christmas in July we want you to share any sewing items and the story behind it!

Cyndi Dragonflyz Dreams from frstyfrolk says:

These 6 inch Knitted Bullion Trims are available in any color you desire and any length! Use them in sewing a Hassock, Poof or Tuffett Foot Stools along the Bottom Border. You may also surround and cover the edging of a pillow to show more ambiance! Embellishment for Handbags, and other Home Decor or Costumes. Get with it, I have several kinds and sizes available!

It might be Bohemian, Shabby Chic, Traditional, Victorian, Romantic, Edwardian, Renaissance, etc.

Please see my Shop section called Buttons, Notions, Fabrics for other similar listings.


Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations said:

Where would we be without the sewing machine? We certainly would have less clothes, blankets, quilts, etc. Hand sewing these items would take far too long!

The checkerboard baby blanket is a great example of an item that would be hard to hand sew. With so many pieces stitched together it would be a very intricate process. The blanket is super soft though so the sewer at least would have a great fabric to hold while working on the project.

Viva la France! Thanks for such a great invention to help make our lives easier.


LeAnn Frobom from pasqueflower states:

This item celebrates Sewing Machine Day in two ways. Many of us learned to sew with guidance from our grandmothers. And sewing machines have advanced in the past century far beyond straight stitches. We are now able to make sturdy buttonholes, decorative stitches and machine-embroidered designs.


Becky from LollysCubbyHole discusses:

I was inspired as a little girl listening to the hum and clackety clack of my grandmother’s 1950’s Necchi machine, upon which she created all my clothes! ( my girlfriend still owns the machine!)

I make so many things on sewing machines, and I own 3 plus a serger( which I have not mastered).


Rina from RinartsAtelier said:

I have several sewing machine, and none of them I can miss. Most of them I use every day.

Yet I donated one of the oldest machines, I did not use for a long time (A hand driven Singer 19K58 ) to a foundation that rescues tools and machines for projects in third world countries.

I hope the people there will have a lot of Sewing Machine Days with my old machine.

You can read more about this in my blog here:

Judith Messenger from FabriArts states:

Most of the items in my shop were created on a sewing machine! I make quilts, baby blankets, quilted table linens, aprons, fabric accessories, framed fiber art and fabric cards and postcards. I do lots of embellishment by hand, especially on my fiber art and postcards, but there is usually some machine stitching on these projects as well.

This is one of my favorite quilts – the bright fabrics and colors really make stitching quilts like this fun!


Chinook Design from Customquiltsbyeva says:

My sewing machine is my silent partner in business. There’s five different specialized sewing machines in my workshop to help me create my quilts day by day. Without these guys the production time would be so much longer. I love my little helpers.


Nancy from FredsDiscoveries tells me:

 quilt making can be done on the sewing machine or by hand. Here are some great gift ideas for the quilter in your family. Yes, I love to make quilts.





#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – LeTanuki

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 Shop – Juliette from LeTanuki



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

I run “Le TANUKI”, a colorful shop holding my Japan inspired creations. I have been a Japan enthusiast and kimono collector for a long time. While searching for cute accessories for my everyday outfits, I have realized that items often presented a very “classical” feeling –showing nothing of Japan’s modern and dynamic patterns. So, I have decided to create them… using my own arts! People around me have been super receptive, and so here I am starting on Etsy!

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in France and have worked for a few years in Paris. There, I joined several fashion and home decor brands –including a Japanese group. Those jobs experiences taught me a lot about fashion and clothes – from design to production. Le Tanuki has permitted me to associate this knowledge with my artistic side, as I create all my motifs myself!

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

It’s both thrilling and frightening! You’re on the boat alone and never truly now what the next wave will bring. But working on your own projects and connecting with fellow creators and art lovers is absolutely amazing. It is really rewarding as it makes me grow up as both an artist and person!

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Le TANUKI is a very young shop so for the moment: definitely my first sale! But I connect more and more with incredible people, so business put aside, meeting artists from all over the world is getting very precious to me.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would love to be able to create and sell 2 collections per year – as classical store brands do. Creating new articles (like stationery or linen and cushions) would also be great. Be you know, Le TANUKI is still a toddler, so I am going one step at a time!

6. What are your social media sites?

I run a Japan & Kimono oriented tumblr >

and also have a Facebook >

Feel free to join and/or stop to chat!

#CIJRoadTrip – France: Lannilis

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to France – Lannilis with Sandra from SandraOvono

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live in Lannilis, a small village of approximately 6000 inhabitants, nestled in the Pays des Abers aka the Coast of Legends. This is an area of Brittany, France’s westernmost region, known for its fjord-like rocky inlets. The «Abers» (a Celtic word meaning estuary) are in fact old coastal valleys submerged by the sea at high tide. The Abers have a strong cultural identity and their environment, totally unspoilt and preserved, is the home for unique species of birds and flora. They are a fabulous destination to discover.

The Old Customs Officers’ Path Passes Along The Abers’ Coast And Offers You Outstanding Views - France - Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Old Customs Officers’ Path Passes Along The Abers’ Coast And Offers You Outstanding Views – France – Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Phare de l’ile Vierge (Virgin Island Lighthouse) Is The Highest European Dressed-Stone Lighthouse, The Sentinel Of the Abers Coast - France - Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Phare de l’ile Vierge (Virgin Island Lighthouse) Is The Highest European Dressed-Stone Lighthouse, The Sentinel Of the Abers Coast – France – Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Dunes Of Sainte Maguerite Overlook An Ocean Dotted With Rocky Islets - France - Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Dunes Of Sainte Maguerite Overlook An Ocean Dotted With Rocky Islets – France – Photo By Sandra Ovono

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

There are so many amazing places to visit! You will be charmed no matter which part of France you select.

Here are my favorite destinations:

– If you plan a romantic getaway, Paris, the City of Love, is the perfect destination
– If you are a nature lover, Brittany’s unique natural splendours are guaranteed to take your breath away
– If you’re a gourmet, you can escape to the Wine Routes or discover the full range of flavors of Provencal cuisine in the French Riviera
– If you like cultural visits, you will be enchanted by the Châteaux of the Loire Valley







3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

The subjects I find inspirational are the sea and the natural world. Brittany is a land of inspiration. I draw inspiration from the beautiful seascapes, the dramatic light of ocean storms, the myriad of tiny treasures found along the seashores. My paintings and illustrations include boats, beaches, misty islands, seaweeds, as well as fauna and flora.

Boat Painting - Original Watercolor - From SandraOvono

Boat Painting – Original Watercolor – From SandraOvono

Watercolor Seascape Card From SandraOvono

Watercolor Seascape Card From SandraOvono

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

As a watercolorist, I’m a member of the “Brittany Watercolor Society”. This fall, we will exhibit our watercolor paintings in the Château de Pont l’Abbé.

As a mother of 3 (my main job!), this fall I would like to learn sewing, because I want to take part on a collective project: with other mothers of my community, we will sew a reading rug for the kids of the nursery!

I’m also a leader of the Etsy Team Bretagne, a community of Etsy sellers based in Brittany. I wish we could see each other more often, but it’s hard to find a time when we can all meet up.

Home Is Where The Heart Is - Printable Wall Art From SandraOvono

Home Is Where The Heart Is – Printable Wall Art From SandraOvono

ACEO - Set Of 3 Original Mini Watercolor Painting From SandraOvono

ACEO – Set Of 3 Original Mini Watercolor Painting From SandraOvono

5. What are your social media sites?