Floral Fantasy

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Don’t you just love flowers! This is a lovely topic with all the gorgeous great smelling flowers in the world.

Along with the flowers we grow in our gardens, those that get presented to us in beautiful bouquets and the flowers we admire in someone else’s garden – we also have the plentiful array of life-like faux flowers, from silks to succulents.

I’d love to hear your stories about the wonderful Floral Fantasy creations you’ve encountered throughout the years – and of course, see the corresponding items in your shops.

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

 Who doesn’t love flowers? The allergy prone aside…

I tend to be drawn to the minimalist approach in flower arrangements. A great example of this minimalist approach is Ikebana. This Japanese art of flower arranging has inspired many florists to create fresh, natural creations with an emphasis on balance and imbalance, as well as graceful lines.

These earrings composed of cascading three petal flowers hand-knotted on walnut waxed linen are an Ikebana inspired design.

The flowers sway softly as you move creating a graceful floating effect, particularly fun against a backdrop of tresses.

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Wasabi Flower Earrings

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 I love flowers! This set of three premade scrapbook pages is meant to be a bit abstract and ethereal, with the flowers almost blending in to the background. I added swirls and I think the effect is rather elegant, yet rustic – a bit messy even! So fun to create like this!
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Floral Scrapbook Page Download

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

 I love flowers, gardening and all that lovely nature has to offer. I’m always inspired by the colours and patterns of plants and flowers I see when I’m gardening or walking the dog.

My needle felted gnomes have all had green fingers and I love discovering their personalities and giving them flower stories too. This fella may look a little grumpy but a fresh bloom will always put a smile on his face.

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Needle Felted Gnome

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I too love flowers. And, I also love florist ware. All those vases and planters that are full of flowers, and memories of the flowers that were once there. I’ve been truly blessed with a husband and sons who know how much I do love flowers. Now instead of sending me another vase from the florist shop (of which I have numerous colors, size, and styles of) they go out of their way to find me a unique vintage vase or planter. My personal collection of florist ware is growing with each birthday or Mothers’ Day.

This bowl is from FTD in 1979. Back in the day when unique, quality florist ware was used to create their beautiful bouquets.

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Vintage Milk Glass Bowl

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I love daisies!!

Daisies are so dainty and just flow in the wind with such grace. I picture myself standing in a field of them and thinking how nice it is to not have a care in the world.
I’d bet you have a fur child with the name daisy and she’d love this adorable dog collar.

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Daisy Dog Collar

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Flowers are great – they are colourful and bring the bees into my vegetable garden!! I also love cutting them for inside the house!

This flower ring is handmade from clay and features an adjustable ring shank, so almost anyone can wear it!

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Ceramic Flower Ring

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

 Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! That means flowers will be popping up everywhere! Why not wrap these adorable (folk art) floral wine glass charms around your favorite glass of wine as you sit on the deck and enjoy the season?
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Beaded Wine Glass Charms

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

 I love wearing floral dresses. Last week I wore a black dress with large yellow sunflowers to a school presentation opening. I noticed everyone wearing muted grey and blue office clothes and felt a little bit out there! I kinda wished I’d worn my plain navy dress but still I would have accessorised with a colourful tote abundant with flowers just like this one!
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Floral Tote Bag

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Is there anyone who does not love flowers? No, l cannot think so!

My love for flowers began when l was a child, as my mother was used to have a lot of flowered plants and l always took care of them together with her.

I love almost all flowers, but my preferred are the orange ones, as you can clearly see in my shop.

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Gorgeous Peony Wreath

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Love flowers!! Especially the flowers on my vegetables that attract the bees for fertilizing so that I get great fruit and veggies in my garden!!
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Green Ceramic Earrings

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Living in Massachusetts in the Northeast we have long, cold Winters, and I say every year how I cannot wait for Spring!

I love flowers, plants, and trees, planting them and watching them grow!

I plant indoors, outdoors, and also do experiments with pollinating them and attracting bees and butterflies with certain plants!

I am inspired by nature and enjoy adding flowers and items from nature into my item photos and some of my creations!

This handmade bracelet has lovely blue glass and lamp work beads with pretty flowers, birds, and is even accented with a Sterling Silver clasp with leaves!

Blue and White Flowered Brace

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Lovely items everyone! I love how floral and flowers and all things flowery are being represented in many forms. Thank you

In my owl shop I tend to add a flower to everything, or find a colorful floral fabric to match whatever mood I’m in, and for that particular item.

Since I am owl oriented, we choose this pretty owl floral plush for my bulletin boards.

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Colorful Owl Plush Bulletin Board

The Secret Gardener

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

The Secret Gardener

Spring, flowers and planting/garden time.. will be here before we know it! Of all the seasons I think Spring is my favorite, the new flowers and grass – the birds singing in the trees, but planting and gardening can go on year round.

What kind of idea’s – gifts for others or yourself – does this topic bring to mind? It can be indoor gardening as well.

Practical, whimsical, down and dirty (in the dirt planting), or garden design, while wearing your favorite white outfit? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your items.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

 Here in Michigan, spring is a welcome season! We have many gardens and a fish pond in our yard to enjoy. I can’t wait for the bulbs to bloom, signaling the end of winter.

A fairy garden in my kitchen window brings a pop of green to our dreary landscape. We have many tiny items in our Shop that are perfectly sized for fairy gardens.

This little bird bath is one of them:

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Birdhouse Dollhouse Miniature Fountain

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

 Spring is a noisy time of the year in our garden. The birds are competing for mates, building nests, and raising babies. The bees are buzzing in the flowers, and the frogs are singing their croaking chorus in the evening. We love to sit outdoors in the cool evening, enjoying the sights and sounds of Nature!

Our downloadable quilt block pattern features a little frog who isn’t quite sure whether the bumblebee is tasty or dangerous. This would be a fun decoration for a kitchen towel, mug rug, or spring wall hanging.

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Frog PDF Quilt Pattern

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

 Secret Garden

I love the spring season in my garden, when all plants grow up and every day we discover something new.
This year will be the third year in which I will be working intensively on a vegetable garden to provide ourselves with the whole year.
I look forward to do this.
I spend much time in my garden, and love to protect myself with one of my Sun Hats.

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Summer hat-Garden Hat

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I’m knee-deep in seed catalogs and writing in my garden journal. In addition to my vegetable garden, we plant Impatiens, vinca, geraniums, and other annuals in colorful and vintage pots. My perennial gardens are full of wildflowers that run the gamut of color and height. Butterfly gardens full of bergamot, sawtooth sunflower, shooting stars, turk cap lilies, day lilies, Easter lilies, bearded iris, and on and on.

Gardening to me is about feeding us and creating a beautiful peaceful place to relax and reconnect with yourself and your spiritual guide.

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Garden Decor Sap Bucket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 My mother was an award-winning rose gardener. The photo below was taken in her garden a year before she passed away. I’ve always wanted to grow the abundant, fragrant and colorful roses she tended in our garden growing up. I have given in to the fact that mine will never be like hers! Not enough time and too many garden animals. I want to devote more time to an edible garden. We have gorgeous wild roses growing in our garden, along with a good amount of other forest greenery that provide food for wild animals. I’m hoping that will be enough to distract them from eating the edible garden for MY table. Even with fences, though, I’m not too confident. With more than a foot of snow on the ground now in February, the deer and rabbits and fox and woodchucks will be hungry this spring.
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Pink Rose Photograph

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says

 Unfortunately I have no garden, since l live in a building.

But, as l love gardening anyway, each one of the four balconies of my home is full of plants.

On the kitchen balcony l have aromatic plants, herbs, used for cooking and seasoning: basil, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, and so on.

On the other ones, a wonderful hibiscus and many succulents, as in South Italy there is always enough sun for them, even in winter.

So, to celebrate mine passion and the next spring coming, l created a wreath, completely dedicated to gardening lovers.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Gardener Wreath

Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says

 I adore the small spring bulbs, whether growing wild, in a garden, or even in a window-box. Snowdrops and crocuses bring such a joyful splash of colour after the dark monochrome of winter.

By creating flowers from felt I allow small reminders of that joyful moment to be kept through the year.

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Felt Flowers Snowdrops Purse

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium says

 I love springtime! Everything is fresh and new. I like the green grass and trees and all the colorful flowers…and they always look the prettiest against the blue skies of a Oklahoma day. Sadly, my nose and eyes don’t share in this enjoyment! So I celebrate springtime inside.

We made this whimsical floral pillow cover with spring in mind. The pink and yellow flowers are just so “happy”. Our pillow cover would fit perfectly in just about any home decor setting.

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Whimsical Floral Pillow Cover

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says

 Here in Orlando, the seasons are not as defined by weather as they are in other parts of the country. You have to depend on decor to help your mind get into the spirit of the season. I created this hand embroidered Spring ornament to celebrate the flowers and birds that best represent Spring.
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Spring Hand Embroidered Pillow Ornament

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Whether you love to garden indoors or out, this adorable little water spike will help out with the amount of water needed in your house plants! We love collecting these little critters and have found them in lots of different shapes. This little guy is just in time for Easter and Spring – an adorable bunny rabbit who would like to help with your watering instead of eating your plants!
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Ceramic Bunny Water Soaker

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

I really love Spring with its promise of new life both in the plant world and in the animal kingdom!

It is such a joy to see all of the beautiful and colorful flowers growing and the leaves coming back on the trees!

Gardening indoors and out is one of my favorite things to do and I enjoy planting all manner of flowers, veggies, and small ornamental trees!

It refreshes your spirit, is good exercise, and beautifies your surroundings.

Outside of a small apartment out in the country, in Lancaster, MA, I had 3 gardens which were all different color schemes!

My neighbors loved them and my pots of pansies, golden chain and weeping Japanese ornamental trees!

I used to do experiments with growing and pollinating, and even had a corn-stalk in the house!

One garden was all peach and white, another purples and blues, and the third was red, orange, and yellow.

It was so much fun planting unique varieties of roses, tulips, irises, lilies, hyacinths, phlox, Alaskan poppies, and lots more with various natural stone garden decorations!

It is definitely something I look forward to through the long Winters in the Northeast!

Happy Gardening!

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Gardening Angel Brooch

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 Thank you everyone for your wonderful submissions! I love them all.

To me outside gardening is more for my husband but I love flowers, colors and all things springtime. I made outdoor birdhouses this month, of course, with owl lady owls hand painted on them.

Springtime and gardens are so lovely! When I worked at a local college back in my teaching days, I would visit the student gardens and spend my breaks they’re walking amidst the blooms.

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Outdoor Spring Owls Theme Birdhouse

 

Housewarming Gifts

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Hello Everyone –

Housewarming gifts, we’ve all had to come up with one and we’ve all probably received one at some time – what do you think are the best gifts?

Scenario – A customer has been invited to the big party – their son has a new home and they’d like nothing better than to bring the very best Housewarming gift! You’ve been asked to create a Housewarming Gift as a unique and wonderful custom order.

Or – you’ve already got it listed in your shop! Whatever the case, please talk about and list your awesome housewarming gift items.

Housewarming Gift Idea – Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady:

I think this would be a good housewarming gift for my neighborhood in central California.

Warm colors and seasonal theme to liven up their wall or door.

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Autumn or Thanksgiving Wreath

Housewarming Gift Idea  – willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage:

This would be great in a retro kitchen!

Fill with nuts or candy, wrap in cellophane and pop on a bow!

The recipient can either unwrap and share or keep it sealed to enjoy later!

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Chrome divided dish with Bakelite Red Handle

Viola–a perfect gift!

Housewarming Gift Idea – Linda from LazyYVintage:

All homes need a good crystal flower vase. In the original box or full of flowers.

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Mikasa Reflections Vase

Housewarming Gift Idea – Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

Affordable and fun, our printable art makes great housewarming gifts, especially for those just starting out. This is what our home is all about: Song and dance turn any place into a lively home, and this sign makes it happen!

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Printable Wall Art

Housewarming Gift Idea – Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo:

Is there anything better to celebrate a housewarming than a wreath?

Seeing this twigs twist and falling in love with it was all in one!
I must have and decorate it with uncommon flowers!

Its base is made by woven twigs, where the rustic look of the twigs twist perfectly marries to the sophisticated flowers.

It’s a completely handmade home accent, that for sure cannot be unnoticed, a moment of pleasure at every glance.

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Elegant Italian Welcome Wreath

Housewarming Gift Idea- Richard and Tatianafrom DesignstheLimit:

Make a house into a home with personalization! Turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience when you present your recipients with a gift that was designed for them. We can even ship your order directly to the recipients with gift wrap and including a gift card! Take the time to shop online and give an unexpected gift that will be appreciated and put to good use!

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Couple’s Monogrammed Cutting Board & Tray

We specialize in housewarming gifts with a number of cutting boards, serving trays, barware, and other home goods. We work with real-estate professionals and can include a company logo or personalized gift message on the bottom of many of our products so your thoughtfulness will always be remembered. When you have the opportunity to give a gift, make it personal! We offer our customers the option of choosing from our designs, submitting their own, or having us create an inspired design for any theme or occasion.

Housewarming Gift Idea – Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry:

Ok, the plates below are pretty vintage and kind of Edwardian or old fashioned.

They have poetry and flowers on them too which is unique!

They would make a nice gift for someone who loves these sort of items, poetry, floral dishes, etc.

There is a trend now that when you are invited or go to someone’s home you can bring a homemade treat such as cake, cupcakes, pastries, or other condiments wrapped up on pretty vintage plates!

Then when you leave you can leave your hostess with a nice gift of pretty plates rather than having also to worry about bringing the dishes home!

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Dogwood Rose Noritake Plates

Housewarming Gift Idea – Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllison:

I’m all about Christmas and what better time to have a house-warming fiesta? I would bring this sweetie…a little decor for the upcoming holiday and something vintage and homey.

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Vintage Red Kitchen Scale with Holiday Pinecones

Housewarming Gift Idea’s – Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns

I have coasters scattered through out my house, on the table, the arm chairs and bedside drawers – you can never have too many. I think they make a great house warming gift, something useful and a little piece of unobtrusive art as well!

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Mountain Coasters

Housewarming Gift Idea’s –  Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

There is nothing better to make a house a home than sharing food with family and friends – and handmade tablewares make these celebrations even more special!!

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Housewarming Gift Idea’s – Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady:

If the guest knows the hostesses’ design favorites (for example, owls) a paper towel holder might really make her day.

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Owl Paper Towel Holder

What lovely housewarming gift ideas, just wonderful! Thank you for posting your thoughts and Etsy items in the CIJ Housewarming Gifts thread.

Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2016 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2016 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you to all the Etsy Christmas In July team members who participated this year.

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2016 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the Christmas In July leaders! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Catherine from DesignsByCnC

Debbie from NaturalBodyComfort

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Karen from KraftyShop

Lia from Ghirlandiamo

Mary from LilFoxDesigns

Megha from byTheArtBug

Nancy from EponasCrystals

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

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The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during #EtsyCIJ 2016!

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What Makes A House A Home – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There is so much that makes a house a home…the people, the ambiance and most especially the decor. One piece can change the whole flavor of a room.

Here at Christmas in July we want to see your home decor items and a little bit about them.

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says when i think of house decor, I think or pictures or ornaments. These birds are a little different. I made these felt birds which originally I had as house decor at Christmas. But they could be used to decorate the house any time just by hanging them on a door handle or a hook!

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Felt bird decorations

Angara Seeds from AngsanaSeedsPhoto said when I think of home decor, I think of the decorative throw pillows that complement the rooms.

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Floral throw pillow

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that personalization turn a house into Your Home! We love to personalize everything and believe every home has to have a monogrammed cutting board. We offer different design options for newlyweds and families and custom orders are accepted! Make every gift you give a personal experience and Just Say No Giftcards! @Designsthelimit we offer glassware, coasters, cutting boards, picture frames, and a number of other items perfect for any recipient or gift giving occasion.

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Personalized Famly Monogram Bamboo Cutting Board

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says for students heading off to college or young adults starting out in their first apartments, making a dorm, studio or apartment into a home can be challenging. Along with our higher priced fine art photography, we offer prints and printables that are fun and interesting, but won’t break the bank.

Our ‘Enter at your own Bliss” printable sets a welcoming tone for any home.

The photograph for this typographical art was taken while visiting the gorgeously medieval Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz), nestled in the hills above the Moselle River in Germany.

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Printable Welcome sign

Ingrida from LivePastVintage states that neutral minimalist kitchen set will make cozy each home… Linen is highly valued fabric all over the world! Vintage set in great condition – the best choice for price and value!

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Vintage Swedish Fruit print potholder and doily set

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says I think each home has a particular accent, which expresses the woman’s personality living there: furniture, colors, accessories and decor, all that talks about her.

For this reason almost all my crafts are one of a kind, they are unique as each woman is.
For example, this decor, that can be used either as wreath and as centerpiece, talks about a simple woman, loving open air, nature and tiny meadow flowers. Doesn’t it?

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Daisy flowering spring wreath

Julie Siomacco from SouthernCharmWreaths states lanterns have become very popular in home decor over the past couple of years. You can use lanterns in your staging on places like fireplace mantles, kitchen counters, tables, pianos, etc. Not only can you put candles inside the lantern but try filling them with other things such as pine cones, bird’s nest, small plants, Easter eggs, etc. There are so many styles of lanterns to choose from these days and finding one to fit your decor shouldn’t be a problem. To add seasonal flair to your lantern, try attaching a lantern swag (flower arrangement made for lanterns). This adds a special touch to your home decor throughout the season or holiday.

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Spring Lantern Swag

Silvia Webel from Givemeyourphoto discussed when I think of home, I think of photos! What is a home without your memories? In “givemeyourphoto” I design personalized photo books from your travels and adventures, that will make your home really cozy!

Check them out here! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @givemeyourphoto_ for the latest previews and sneak peeks!

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Travel Photo Book 8×8 Hard Cover

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns states that I believe a large part of making a house a home is the sharing and caring of the family members, and one of the best ways to encourage this is through food. And unique, handmade vessels can make the family meal even more special.

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Ceramic Salad or Fruit Bowl

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says you really do not want to lose your keys! This key rack was made from re-purposed oak that came from a chair past it’s prime.

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Wooden cloud key rack

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique says I think the most important part of a home is a first impression. I switch out the wreath on my front door with each season. I want my home to be welcoming to others. I love having people over and entertaining. What better way to impress them when they first walk in the door!

Made to Order Wreath- Rag Wreath

Made to Order Wreath – Rag Wreath

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks discusses that there are many historic Art Deco buildings in my home town of Katoomba, Australia. When I get off at the train station and walk up the ramp to step out onto the street, I always feel strongly “ahhh it’s so good to be home”. I’ve only been living here for 2 years, but we used to visit a lot when I was a child.

This drawing is very much influenced by both the feeling and aesthetic of Art Deco. I think buildings with these features feel more homely because they speak of endurance and have built up an energy as people have used them over time.

In this colder climate, one can just be grateful for having a roof over your head and a fire in the corner. The light shining through the stained glass windows is a bonus!

Hand drawn Original Ink Drawing

Hand drawn Original Ink Drawing

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said there are many things that make a house a home, and the most important ones you can’t buy – it’s the people who live here. However, we can set up a certain atmosphere. That for me is often expressed in the wall decoration – which color is your wall, is there wall paper, wood? What hangs on the wall? I personally love to hang photographs that speak to me. That can be an old barn, a beautiful sunset, a dramatic landscape, an animal.

This 8 x 10 photo print of a sunset on the Oregon Coast is a favorite of mine. It holds a special moment and atmosphere. It can set the mood of a room. I see this in a masters bedroom or a quiet corner in a family room. A meditation room if you are lucky to have one. I even see it in a cozy breakfast nook.

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Sunset Photograph, Cow Parsnip Before Setting Sun, Sunset at the Coast, Nature Fine Art Photography, 8 x 10

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns said I have had these candles in my home for years. Literally. Yes, they still light. There are all colors here, sizes and beeswax too. I used to love eat dinner by candlelight with or without company. Maybe others can enjoy them the way I once did and still do!

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Lot of 60 unused candles

Sue from MissIvyVintage says I think a house becomes a home when family and friends gather around the dining table, relaxed and having lots of fun! I have so many memories of these times! I imagine these gracing such a festive occasion and making memories.

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Vintage 70s Set of 8 Handmade Felt Napkin Rings

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discusses that having vintage “treasures” around my home makes me happy!

Even if they are chipped or worn, they tell a story and remind me of days past or beloved relatives who once owned them.

This sweet teapot looks cute, even when not in use!

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Cottage Teapot Vintage Pottery 40s 50s English Tudor Decor Gift Serveware

Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Another new addition to our third annual Etsy Christmas In July Party this year is food and! What is a party without refreshments?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July members to share their food and drink items.

Eleni from LenasCakes says:

Actually is this one. Totally CIJ , right?

As you all see it’s Santa. And his belt.

Making it at first, I thought it would be one of my Xmas items, for those who want their cupcakes decorated in a Holiday gathering.

Well, although I have sold it for Xmas season, it has most sales-believe it or not!- in July! There are a lot of people who love Christmas and they don’t want to celebrate only in December, but all year round!

(I’m sending one set of those next week, that’s why it’s the first I thought).

Have a great #CIJ Party everyone! And a lovely summer!

LenasCakes

LenasCakes

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

A sweet cupcake to fill his tummy so yummy!

Dash away Dash away all.

And to all a good night.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

In April I participated in “Creative Sprint (www.creativesprint.co/). Each day you are emailed a prompt and you make something in response to it.

The prompt for one day was “make something from a collection”. I went into the kitchen and saw my partner’s left over popcorn. I photographed a collection of them and drew them.

It was then that I realised that like snowflakes and finger prints, every piece of pop corn is a little bit different. I also enjoyed the way their forms looked when they are a bit abstracted. And thus, it became the basis of my first post it note design.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Christine Parker from modernimpressionist says:

There is a coffee shop in Chelsea Market in NYC that has the best roasted coffee and it is such a treat to brew and drink a cup of steaming hot coffee at home. Here is a bag of their coffee in front of one of my paintings in the background and a floral still life waiting to happen!

modernimpressionist

modernimpressionist

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I have always seen cups decorated with fabric here and there. I thought it was something that I would like to try to make and came up with this fabric cup sleeve. I thought it would be neat to make one for our holiday get together and then after they were used at the party the people could take home the one that they used for their drink. I put a few in the shop for various holidays as well.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I found this milk bottle at an antique shop!

We love the graphics showing a woman displaying her archery skills!

It was made by the University of Wisconsin Dairy.

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle says:

So, I love tea. And I have children, so I often get cold tea! Tea cosy’s seemed the way forward. Since this is my first year joining in with christmas in July I thought I’d get the ball rolling by starting with some fun festive silliness. Why not turn the tea pot into a Christmas pudding?! Just don’t cover it in brandy and set fire to it. Won’t make your tea taste better!

TheWoollyTangle

TheWoollyTangle

Ashley Babula from ABStudio62 says:

Fall and Winter holiday beverages from my favorite coffee shop are something I look forward to every year. My favorite, the Peppermint Mocha Latte, inspired this piece of holiday decor in my shop.

All of my signs are hand painted and designed by myself. I created this piece to look like a chalkboard to coordinate with rustic holiday decor. I use a stretched gallery canvas and permanent materials to make the sign. Lettering cannot be erased.

My shop opened in April, so this will be my first year participating in CIJ. I’m excited for the promotion! I’m still creating a few more items to add to my inventory to join this holiday piece!

ABStudio62

ABStudio62

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

“À Table”

Dinner’s Ready, it’s time to eat!

My mother would call all seven of us kids to the table with this French phrase. We might have been in the middle of what we thought was something very important, but we knew, if we heard our mother call that phase, we’d better hurry and wash up!

A perfect print or printable to accent any kitchen or dining room.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

‘Twas the night before Christmas …You’ve heard this before !? Anyway Santa has been hard at work and needs some refreshments, so wouldn’t he love to find this sweet little plate filled with delicious Christmas Cookies waiting for him!

LizzysBibsandBobs

LizzysBibsandBobs

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I love food and sharing food…. it is a great way to celebrate and feel close to family and friends.

I have lots of food and drink relate products in my shop, such as this set of nesting bowls which are great for condiments, olives, chutneys, dipping sauces – you get the idea!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Rosalia and Linda from Doublemuse says:

Throwing a nice holiday party is almost as fun as throwing clay and making pottery. When I can incorporate both loves it’s a win win. This sea shell chip and dip plate I made really brings my two passions together.

Doublemuse

Doublemuse

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of food and drink I see my friends sitting around a big wooden table where we share a home cooked meal. The table is set beautifully which is an important part of the meal and the experience of eating (and laughing) together. Place cards are a nice and personal touch, and you can even take them home with you if you like.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Come, friends, come, eat and drink with Pulcinella!

Pulcinella is the old Naples character, he has a great personality and his own philosophy and ….is always hungry.

He’s aware of his problems, but always smiling.

He’s disrespectful and makes fun at powerful people.

I wanted to honor him with something non-conventional, so I created this centerpiece, in cooperation with a talented ceramics crafter from Vietri sul Mare*.

And so was born my Pulcinella, the Naples king of the table!

A piece for connoisseurs, who will be able to appreciate the creativity of the whole piece, the added value of ceramics from Vietri sul Mare*, the so thorough miniatures.

It’s one-of-a-kind centerpiece, where a fine ceramic Pulcinella, the Naples character, and so many incredible miniatures stand out.

This rustic Mediterranean centerpiece is a parade of typical Neapolitan food and Pulcinella stands in the middle, ready to enjoy them all.

In one hand he holds a glass of wine, from his arm a salami is hanging and he’s surrounded by a lot of many other local delights: anchovies, tomatoes, salami, bread, eggs, apples.

Couldn’t Pulcinella eat any pizza? No, definitely! He got three!
And with all this food, a good wine in a wicker bottle.

This centerpiece will be perfect in the middle of any table, bringing cheerfulness at the first glance and adding a touch of Neapolitan life.

* Vietri sul Mare is a small village on the Amalfi Coast, very close to my town Salerno.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

It’s famous in Italy and all over the world for ceramic tiles and all kinds of decorated crockery.

It’s ceramic traditions have their roots in the Etruscan period.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo