International Friendship Day: August 5th, 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

International Friendship Day is on 5th August. What a wonderful way to celebrate the good times you’ve shared with your friends and to show them how much you appreciate them. Spend time with those who make you laugh and support you when you’re feeling low, or maybe it’s a time to re-connect with long lost friends from school. However you celebrate, wouldn’t it be nice to get some special gifts for those you appreciate?

The CIJ team have selected some gifts that they know your friends would love.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

The best friend is someone really important. This person deserves a large and valuable gift. But if you want to make a small surprise, I suggest a small oil painting. Perhaps your best friend is an animal lover or dreams about a pet or maybe not. But always a dog is a perfect symbol of friendship. A miniature oil painting will be perfect for this occasion. If you need another pet portrait, please visit my shop. You can also order a portrait from your own photos.

Gordon Setter Dog Portait

zizzybob fromzizzybob  says

What better way to say Merry Christmas than a very unique, quilted fabric postcard for your Best Friend Forever.


BFF Quilted Fabric Postcard

Margie Sarrao fromFunNFiber says

At <$15.00, any BFF can remember that you love her “to the moon and back” every time she dons this sparkling crystal heart necklace! It is adjustable from 17.5″ to 20″ long, making it versatile as well.


I Love You to the Moon and Back Necklace

Cristal Hughes fromDesignsbyCristal says

Greatest Of All Time – G.O.A.T

The g.o.a.t of all times. Do you have a shero who you’d love to give a lanyard or key chain to? Well, this simple yet meaningful Greatest Of All Time accessory is just waiting to uplift her.


G.O.A.T – Greatest Of All Time

Judy Merashoff fromJAMsCraftCloset says

This framed positive saying/affirmation wall art is the perfect gift for your BFF. Friends are Flowers in the Garden of Life says it all!


Upcycled Cottage Chic Picture Frame


Contributor post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

Who doesn’t love luxury items? Those little (or big) things that say, “I deserve this, and I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it!” Such things are different for all of us, and can range from an exotic scented shampoo to a BMW. But however we define them, they make us feel rewarded, special and happy. We asked our CIJ team members to tell us about the luxury items they treasure or crave, and about things they sell that say “LUXURY”.

Here’s what they said —

Melissa R from missy69 said:

I love gemstones, and have been collecting them for years. So, to me a luxury item would be a flawless, perfect color 3 ct Tanzanite, Or Blue Diamond. I don’t have any of those in my store, lol. I have created my own blue diamond wedding band, and I wear it all the time. Below is a picture of a lovely 16x10mm golden yellow citrine pear shape gemstone, set in sterling silver basket style prong pendant. November babies, this is your gemstone. It is on clearance sale right now, with free shipping to domestic addresses.


Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

I suppose because I spend my days in making jewellery in my studio, wearing old clothes that are okay to potentially get ruined, luxury items for me would be beautiful handmade clothes! Then I would accessorize with one of my favorite forms of jewellery – a brooch! Brooches are trending right now, but I’ve always loved them. In the past (before I was a goldsmith), if I was to splurge on a piece of handmade jewellery it would be a unique brooch.

This brooch is one of a kind. I designed this brooch based on a photo of a beach in Spain. It is champleve enamel, which is an intensive process, where you first saw out the scene and solder it to the backing and then begin the enameling process. The enamel is built up through many layers and firings in the kiln, which is how you get the various colors showing through.


Stormy day brooch, champleve enamel, sterling silver, fine silver, kiln fired enamel, seaside bay, stormy sky, tropical, ooak, handmade

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo said:

I think luxury items are anything that look good whilst also keeping me warm – I really feel the cold at this time of year so being cosy tops the luxury list for me! However, I truly believe luxury does not have to mean expensive – it’s more about the feeling it gives you, both inside and out, rather than the price.

As woollies season is well and truly upon us, I thought this hat would be a good example of a luxury item. Not only is the design really on trend for the season, it is the softest hat I sell in my little shop.

Its so warm that I even made one for myself and then in turn got asked by my Hubs to make one for him too (he’s bald and so needs something soft but extra warm to keep his brain from freezing this time of year!)

Our hats have kept us both lovely and warm and everyone who touches them is amazed at how silky soft and cosy they feel!


Pure Wool and Silk Ribbed Beanie Hat. Angora, Sheep Wool & Silk Slouchy and Chunky Wool Ribbed Hat. Unisex Pure Wool Ribbed Hat. Warm Beanie

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

The Gold Scroll Design with Chain Strap Spells Luxury For Me. I Love Brass Items and Purse Accessories, Plus Dresser and Vanity Décor. This Make Up Case is Luxurious. I Bought it at an Antique Fair and Paid More Than I Should Have But I Was in Love.
There Are 3 Compartments- Like a 3 Car Garage. Lots of Room: A Compartment For Money, Make Up, Tissues, and the Like. PLUS THERE’S a MIRROR.


Cosmetic Case-Art Deco Powder & Make Up Compact Vtg 1950’s Brass Cigarette Holder Lipstick Case Gold Chain Handle Antique-Gift-Idea

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

 We love a beautiful set of sheets! Many people don’t treat themselves to sheet sets – instead gifting them usually as wedding or shower presents. Treat yourself with this gorgeous set featuring lovely lavender Irises!

4 Piece Queen Sheet Set by Martex – Purple Irises Beige Stripes- Queen Flat Fitted 2 Pillowcases – Vintage Floral Bedding Linens Sheets

Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals said:

Beautiful golden rutilated quartz teardrop statement ring. The setting is a vintage bali style with swirls and balls in antiqued sterling silver. This is definitely a statement piece!

Golden Rutilated Quartz Teardrop Statement Ring Sterling Silver Vintage

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

When it comes to luxury items, Design your next gift to have a Personalized touch! We specialize in providing gifts for every gift recipient for any giving occasion, but when you are buying a gift for the Top Shelf gentleman we recommend our 100% lead-free crystal wine and distiller decanters which are provided with your choice of any design and font combination deep-sand carved into the decanter and stopper for the best combination of quality in both the product and artistic services. Say ‘No More’ to impersonal gift cards and make every gift a personalized gift giving experience with gift wrap and cards available when shipping directly to your recipient or home during the busy holiday season.

Connoisseur Distiller’s Decanter and Stopper with Deep-Sand Carved Personalization with Choice of Design & Font from Our Selection (Each)

Lauren Vanhemert from BellaBolsaDesigns said:

For me, I agree with Richard and Tatiana that anything personalized is a luxury, especially when you can use personal items and mementos as part of the artistic design. I put together this customized photo wristlet wallet using love letters and photos to commemorate a 50th Anniversary. I can’t think of a better or more luxurious Wedding, Anniversary, or holiday gift than something personal to carry day after day.

Personalized Gift with Photo, Custom Photo Wristlet, Personalized Wristlets, Wristlets, Wedding Gift, Anniversary Gift, Birthday Gift

Nirit and Avi Berman from BermanDesigners said:

We have some luxury items. This one is an aquamarine that sits at the center of the ring, surrounded by a distinctive pattern of diamonds. The ring is made out from 18 karat gold, in a traditional jewelry technique to create a piece of jewelry that is tactile, soft, unique and affordable. We created it for these times when you want to wear a powerful ring. The ring is durable for lifetime wear. It is made, like all our jewelry, with best attention to details and quality.

Round Bezel Ring Aquamarine Diamonds Pave Ring | Fine Jewelry, 18k Solid Gold Ring, Round Aquamarine Facet Aqua Marine Engagement ring

Many thanks to those who participated — such lovely stories and items!

Until Next Time,






Dare To Be Different

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

We asked our CIJ Teamies if they offered anything daring & different — and here’s what they shared with us.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My daughter and I found this figurine vase at an estate sale. Normally, I would not buy an outhouse to list in our Shop! But, I thought it was funny that the bear was surprising the man inside and suspected someone else might appreciate the humor. I spent hours on-line researching and trying to find out when and where it was made–with no luck. Then it hit me–the guy inside looked like Teddy Roosevelt in his Rough Rider days! Bingo! The vase was made in Germany during the 1920s–vintage political humor!


Teddy Roosevelt Rare Memorabilia Bear Figurine “US Guard House” 20s German Collectible Green Outhouse Antique Political Potty Humor Art Gift

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

My pod pendant is definitely different + daring! It is my interpretation of a milkweed pod when it bursts open to release its seeds. It is a piece jewellery for a woman who isn’t afraid of bold statements and likes artisan work!


Pod pendant – fine silver, copper and jade, milkweed pod, handmade, one of a kind, nature inspired, bold, green, earth tones

Pam Maggio of PamsPawsJewelry said:

This necklace is a one of a kind handmade piece of jewelry made by me. The lovely large orange Carnelian and yellow Citrine faceted rondelle gemstone beads make it look elegant! But I also think the bright, cheerful colors accented by the Sterling Silver sun pendant and clasp look somewhat tribal!  The suns remind me of jewelry that the ancient Aztecs would have worn as they ascended the many steps of their stone temples to lead their tribe in worship ceremonies! There are also matching earrings in my shop with small Sterling Silver sun charms! This is definitely a statement piece for the woman looking for something unique and bright to give her outfit that special pop of color!


Carnelian and Citrine Necklace with Sterling Silver Sun Pendant, Orange Necklace, Carnelian Necklace, Summer Necklace, Bridal Gift

Melissa R from Missy69 said:

I think all my items are unique. Everyone is so creative. If you live in the USA, then you know this is an election year. So, some time back I decided to make a variety of red, white and blue items to show my patriotic side. This is an acrylic painting, with an eagle, all done in red, white and blue. Perfect for a boy’s room, nursery or playroom. It is on sale too!


Clearance Sale Custom Truck Acrylic Painting Abstract Red White and Blue with Bald Eagle Boys Room Nursery Patriotic Gift for Boys

Lisajoy Sachs from Saxdsign said:

 Oh how much fun! I kind of dare to be different with all my jewelry but this one sort of put me a little over the top. This is an anatomically correct bleeding human heart. The heart is made out of PMC and I used natural cut rubies in the ends of all the veins and arteries to make it look like blood. This is a really unique one of a kind piece of art.

Anatomical Heart Necklace Ruby 999 Fine Silver Recycled Silver One Of A Kind Handmade by Lisajoy Sachs PMC Metal Clay Valentines Day

ArtsyLady from WeirdVanity said:

My hand painted  glass jewelry is one of a kind. The designs are laid in very carefully and painstakingly. Takes hours to make but is very rewarding! Take a look:


Fall Halloween pumpkin eerie glass painted jewelry – handmade Halloween jewelry

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

This fabric design is not one that I usually work with. However, with Halloween approaching it has been featured on my sewing table recently!

Halloween Travel Tissue Cases

Halloween Travel Tissue Cases

Many thanks to everyone for sharing these very cool items!

Until Next Time,


Gift Set Ideas For Holiday Gift Giving

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

During the holiday season it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your Christmas list. There are many times when I simply cannot decide on just one single gift.  With several small gifts combined together, you can give a spectacular gift set.

I love the fact that a gift set can be themed to the interests or hobby of the recipient.  We have a hunter in the family so naturally camouflage comes to mind.  For the hunter, a gift set including camouflage soap and towels.

Extremely popular for the ladies are spa gift sets that often include lotions and bath salts.  It gives her the gift of relaxation after a long stressful day.

My favorite type of gift sets are those that are food themed.  For a morning treat, combine a gourmet coffee blend with a unique handmade mug.  An epicurean delight is a cheese board and tools along with a fancy cheese.

To help you with your holiday gift giving, the Etsy Christmas In July Team offers these gift set ideas:


Suggested by Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

This set of four dishes is ideal for holiday gift giving – the dishes are perfect to hold candles to decorate the holiday table or equally suitable for condiments such as mustards, chutneys and dipping sauces.



Ceramic Condiment Dish Set


Linda  from LazyYVintage recommends:

A set of Mikasa Christmas crystal for your holiday table setting. Two adorable Mikasa candle holders to enhance your centerpiece will be included in your gift set. Then the matching Mikasa Holiday Bells serving bowl and small crystal tray adds beauty and usefulness for your serving needs. Order all three and receive a 25% discount with the coupon code Mikasa25. The crystal trio makes a lovely hostess gift or a gift for your holiday table.


Mikasa Crystal Serving Bowl

Mikasa Crystal Serving Bowl


An idea from Julie Herbert at EveryoneLovesGifts0:

Combine these elegant crystal earrings with our coordinating bracelet to create the perfect gift set for teenagers and adults alike. Faceted Rondelle Crystal comes with three different colours to choose from. A great gift for all occasions to put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Preciosa Faceted Crystal Earrings

Preciosa Faceted Crystal Earrings


Valerie Brown  from FirepanJewellery adds:

My Colors of White pendants and earrings work well as gifts sets (and have happy recipients as fans!). You have the opportunity to choose a color that the recipient will like. These pieces of enamel jewellery are modern in style and unique, which really is appreciated when it comes to gifts!



Colors of White Enamel Pendants



Suggested by pam colangelo  from PearlsVintagebyPam:

This is a Men’s Suspender and Neck Tie Set! It is very retro. The colors and paisley design make this set unique. Men’s gifts are difficult to find. A man who wears suspenders and a tie that appreciates wearing stylish and daring clothes will love this gift. This is a gift for all aged men. Bright colors create perfect wear for the holidays.


Men’s Paisley Tie and Suspenders Set


NeatoKeen  from NeatoKeen recommends:

A complete set of vintage cocktail napkins makes a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life. Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief? Doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief? Lots of fun discussion will ensue after he opens this unusual gift set that dates from the Mid Century.


Vintage Cocktail Napkins


Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls says:

For the person who has everything!
These delightful little poodle dogs are here to help out with passing out the hand towels to your guests. Whether they are actually used, or just displayed in a bathroom, guests will certainly enjoy these charming towels!



Vintage Poodle Dogs Hand Towels


Mother’s Day – Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and here are some lovely gift ideas to celebrate this special occasion.

As well drawing my inspiration from the natural environment I also use recycled products to create some of my jewellery (because of my love of the environment and the need to minimize waste)

This necklace has been created using recycled buttons and beads and makes a great statement for those mums who love to care for the environment and make a fashion statement at the same time!

Bar Necklace Upcycled Buttons and Beads Jewellery on Silver Chain Eco-friendly in Handmade Felt Envelope

Bar Necklace Upcycled Buttons and Beads

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says,

When I was little, I loved to play dress up with my Mother’s clothes. She had beautiful high heeled shoes and lots of great hats. This is my favorite card in my shop, because it reminds me of her.

Happy Mother's Day Card, Greeting Card, Little Girl Dress Up, Lavender and Chartreuse

Happy Mother’s Day Card

Generally all necessary little things to sew something are collected, at worst, in a drawer or, in the best case, in an old cakes tin box.
For this reason I thought to create a nice basket specifically dedicated to sewing.

I hope my cheerful decorate basket will be a nice gift for a beloved mom!

Decorated sewing basket, knitting basket made in Italy, nice gift idea for Mother's Day or grandma, lined string case, sewing topped basket

Decorated sewing basket

Arek from ARPELC says,

Mother’s birthstone necklace in 14k gold- the precious gift for wonderful Mothers with heart and birthstone set inside.

Diamond gold necklace with heart, Mother's birthstone necklace, gift for mom,  solid 14k gold jewelry, handmade

Diamond gold necklace with heart

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says,

I made a Mother & Daughter matching bracelet set. This is something sweet that can connect the two, like a sophisticated friendship bracelet. It would make a great gift for mom from a daughter of any age.

Pink Pearl & Gold - Mother Daughter Bracelet Set - One of a Kind- OOAK Hand Made

Pink Pearl & Gold – Mother Daughter Bracelet Set

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says,

I knitted this delicate Baby Alpaca cowl scarf thinking of all of the women’s in my life: my mom, grandma and sisters. They all live to far from me. I imagined how they would wear this soft and cozy cowl everyday to work, to store, to beach in a cool day or just to be warm and stylish. This and other cowls in my store would be perfect gift for them!

Knitted Cowl Scarf, Scarves and Wraps, Women's Accessories, Clothing, Light Neck warmer for Women.

Knitted Cowl Scarf

Sharon from SharPharMade says,

For the mom that sews …

Butterick 3677 Sewing Craft Pattern Supply Misses Proportioned Pants

Butterick 3677 Sewing Craft Pattern

This is a gift for the really offbeat mom who loves zombies!

Ideal for fans of American Horror Story and the Walking Dead, it’s a mini collage on canvas that can be displayed in small niches, on a desk, or a shelf. What’s special about the piece, if only to me, is that the woman on the piece is my mother when she was expecting my oldest brother way back in 1949. So it truly is honoring Mother’s Day.

Zombie Inspired Small Art for Lovers of the Undead Vintage Style Collage Art  -- She's Got Brains

Zombie Inspired Small Art for Lovers of the Undead

I am so thankful that I can call my Mom my best friend. She is always there for me to love and support, she is the one person I want to share my joys and sorrows, and she stands by me through it all. This beautiful little card says just that with a simple greeting, “My Mother, My Friend” and is also a gift with 4 tea light candles to give a special Mom.

Mother's Day Greeting Card, paper handmade greeting card, Mother's Day Card My Mother My Friend, tea light candle card

Mother’s Day Greeting Card

Pretty for Mom or Mom-To-Be! I love the fact that I can bring my grandma’s garden into my house with a wreath or two… ah, memories..they are the best!
Ivory Burlap Wreath with Peach/Pink Hydrangeas & Rose  Burlap Summer Wreath with Pastel Flowers Mother's Day Burlap Wreath Round Wreath

Ivory Burlap Wreath

My mother had a little girls tea set to play with when she was just a girl, which my sister and I also played with. To this day she loves to collect cups & saucers! This is a gorgeous Lefton set with dainty little Violets! Perfect size for just a spot of tea!

Vintage Lefton Demitasse Cup and Saucer - Violets Purple Flowers Gold Trim - Entertaining - Fine China - Collectible - Mothers Day Gift

Vintage Lefton Demitasse Cup and Saucer

 OldBookSmith from OldBookSmith says,

Everyone knows how many roles a mother is called upon to fill, and how many different hats she wears over the years of parenting. We wanted to honor these many responsibilities in a lighthearted way, and created this dictionary print as the perfect gift to show mom her many talents have not gone unnoticed!

MOTHER Dictionary Print, Quote about Mother, Gift for Mother, New Mother Gift, Mother Quote Printed from old dictionary page on canvas panel

MOTHER Dictionary Print

CIJ – Under $50

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Here are some lovely Gift options from CIJ Team Members, all Under $50!

Corkscrew and stopper in one. Dymond Wanut Wood corkscrew and stopper. T-handle corkscrew. Wine lover.
Don Bauman from DJwoodcrafts says ,”This item makes a great gift because it is two items in one. The types of wood all are very unique and no two pieces are alike. As it is hand turned on a lathe it takes shape and the colors of the wood start to emerge. The T-Handle shape makes a sturdy corkscrew. The corkscrew unsrews from the stopper and is stored in the stopper. The stopper is perfect for keeping that unfinished bottle fresh. It has graduated rubber rings makes a good seal. This is truly a work of craftsmanship.”

Christmas In July Sale Women's Small Clutch Bag Passport Purse Quilted Monogrammed Custom Personalized black and white

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says ,”My favorite gift to receive is a personalized one…something that someone took some time and thought to give. Even something very small. I love to travel, and I love small bags for my passport, wallet, and camera. This bag is the perfect size for that, and it is customizable. I can even create it in different color palettes. These make great gifts-for makeup bags, travel bags, or small purses. I am a teacher, and made one of these for each of my teacher’s aides with an Amazon gift card in them. They were a big hit. I made one for my niece, and put non-toxic fingernail polish, lip gloss, and hair ties in it. She loved it!”

Genealogy or Family History Research Set: Pen, Sticky Notes and Acid-free Journal

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop says, “One of my favorite hobbies is genealogy which is researching family history. It’s interesting and educational. I put this gift set together for someone who also has that interest or perhaps to get a person started on a new hobby. The pen and notepad have fun quotes on them and the acid-free notebook is useful to store information or photos. I hope this listing gets someone interested in a new hobby!”

Couple necklaces - red and blue crescent moon necklace - anniversary gift wedding gift - porcelain jewelry - statement necklaces fashion

Der Musensohn from dermusensohn2000 says, “In China, the moon is regarded as a symbol of love and reunion, and it is supposed to deliver all our longings to those we’re thinking of, family members, lovers, friends….We made this necklace and hope that by sharing these necklaces with someone you love, and your minds will always be connected!”

20% Off CIJ Sale You make me so happy fine art archival print two deer CIJ

Louise van Terheijden from LouiseArtStudio says, “I’ve made this little painting of two deer telling each other they are happy. It is a nice gift for a dear friend, lover or husband. It is an open edition fine art print on a beautiful archival paper.”

Quilling / Paper Quilling /Set of 5 quilled gift tags/ Quilled Christmas gift tags/ Christmas Cards

Monisha Jain from DreamsByTheRiver says, “I made these as gifts for my entire extended family for Christmas 2013. I’d made 50 of them (one for each family member), and I’d made them with a lot of love. They all liked it so much that they grilled me as to why I wasn’t selling these and all my other cards. Their wonderful comments encouraged me to set up my first Etsy store less than 2 months later. It was also part of the first order I received on my Etsy store. Thus, this set is one of my favorite items on Etsy.”

christmasinjuly Vintage style Sun Hat with fabric flowers

Susan from SSFDesigns says, “I first designed this hat for a co workers wife who had cancer and was upset about losing her hair. I made it for her so she could look and feel pretty when she went out.”

SALE Wedding Accessory  - Vintage Art Deco Hair Comb - Frosted Gold Celluloid and Royal Blue Rhinestones - Great Gatsby, Flapper Girl, Jazz

Amanda Sagarin from eclecticnesting says, “I found this hair comb in a box with many other Art Deco treasures at a living Estate Sale. The owner is an artist and was picking up her life and moving from the east coast to New Mexico – she had the most interesting life. I felt a real connection to her and I adored her stuff – both to find a new home and to keep for myself. “

CIJ Lightning Glass Earring Studs Sterling Silver 925 Enamel Custom ChristmasinJuly Discount

Rachel Elliott from flyingcheesetoastie says, “I love making quirky little stud earrings and this latest collection was inspired by retro weather symbols from the forecast on TV. It’s just a shame that most of the symbols are for bad weather!”

Black Victorian necklace, French Lace Statement Lace Bib Necklace, Gothic, Floral necklace, Gothic, Fashion Designer Jewelry, FREE SHIP

Ebru HAREM from HAREMDESIGN says, “Do you have a love for both feminine and edgy fashion trends.? If you do then this embellished flower collar/necklace is just for you. The lace necklace features a gorgeous floral design in black. Each piece is personally designed to create a one of a kind, unique gift for yourself or someone special..! It’s like receiving a little piece of wearable art. Look at the details of this gorgeous piece of black crocheted bib lace…Silver color clasp and chain. This stunning work of Art is the only accessory needed to add an intense eye catching for an unforgettable outfit.”

CIJ Sale CHILEAN BIRDS Set, Chilean mockingbird, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic woodpecker, Woodland set / Handmade wooden toy waldorf i

Valentina Cáceres from JuguetesEloisa says, “I just love this collection of three chilean birds. I thought it will be nice to do some animals that were representative from where I come and that may refer to specific ones, not only as a “bird” but as a particular one. I think is important to teach children to value their surroundings, so which better way than by playing?”

ChristmasinJuly Sale Red White Striped Stocking Cap Cotton Sleep Hat Night Cap Elf Hat to Sleep In

Suzanne Love from MountainGoth says, “This hat is very popular as a photo prop for Christmas photos. It’s being used in a commercial for one of the top video game systems. More importantly, it looks like a candy cane.”

Crochet Baby Blanket, Knit Blanket, Stroller Afghan, Car Seat Blanket, Unisex Blanket, Chevron Blanket, Baby Shower Gift, Lap Blanket

Faith McCathern from QuinnsBin says, “This is one of my favorite blankets! it was very challenging at first as this is my first chevron blanket. I chose the colors so that it would work for a boy or girl.”

CHRISTMAS IN JULY cij Lemon Mason Jar Tumbler, Crochet Mug Cozy With Cup, Drinking Glass Set, Lemonade Smoothie Jar, Party Pint Glass, House
Amanda Jayne from MsAmandaJayne says, “For me, I started making these mason jars after having one at a friends baby shower. But there was no cozy on it so they made a big old mess because of the condensation. So I got to think of what would be a good way to make a cute cup cozy and cup… thus this was born.”

Mola Amaryllis tote, Panamanian art, flower tote bag, machine embroidered, beach bag, book bag, customizable tote, shopping bag

Alanna Whitestar from StarLadyEmbroidery says, “I love browsing the Internet for designs to embroider onto tote bags. My favorite designs come from various world cultures. There are Suzani designs from Uzbekistan; Wycinanki from Poland; and Mola designs from Panama, an example of which is below, of an Amaryllis flower. Mola means shirt or blouse, and are usually made by the women of the Kuna (sometimes spelt Guna) indians of Panama. The designs are usually very colorful. I chose to embroider this design on a black tote because the colors really go zing! against the dark material.”

25% off Double Gear Dangle Earrings Steampunk

Jennifer Mccarthy from artsix says, “I love to mix new and vintage things. I had all these charms laying around and decided to incorporate some subway tokens as well. I started doing some steampunk/industrial pieces for an upcoming show and have listed a few on etsy.”

Abstract Photography, Abstract Water, Ocean Photography, Bokeh, Silver, Blue, LIMITED EDITION Circle Photo, Open Edition 8 x 8 Square Photo
Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says, “This shot holds a special place for me, it was shot on an afternoon when things hadn’t gone our way that day and so we decided a beach walk was in order. We were rewarded with a gorgeous sparkling sea which cheered us up immensely!”

Fine Art Christmas Card UK, White Winter Wonderland, Handmade Photo Greeting Card UK Christmasinjuly CIJ

Ren a from renphotographycouk says, “I live across Europe away from my family and do not get a chance to see them as much as I would like to. I have always send them high end cards, to let them know how much they mean to me. When I took up photography, I started to send them my prints in cards. My memories of searching for really stunning cards for my family has made me decide to offer my cards for sale to the whole wide world. This is one of my favourite Christmas cards, because the whole of north Wiltshire looked magical and sugar coated for one day when I took it. Also taking it I had to be a bit of an “outlaw” and ignore a sign “do not climb on the wood”. For law abiding citizen like me, it was quite an adrenalin.”

ChristmasinJulySALE Swirly, twirly red glitter Merry Christmas on Sultana burlap pillow

Belinda Speights from MyPillowShoppe says, “I design custom pillows that make a statement in your home. I place my pillows at a reasonable price point which makes it easy to mix up your décor. They are perfect for a chair, bed, or front porch, my pillows make a perfect gift- even if it’s just to yourself.”

CIJ/ Multi Strand Jasper Gemstone Necklace/ Sundance Style/ Natural Stone Necklace/ Boho/ Rustic/ Earthy Organic Necklace

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says, “I made this necklace to reflect the colors and feel of the southwest, my new home. I’m a mid-west transplant who gave up lush, green grass when I moved away from the ice and snow. The desert is hot and dry, but it is filled with its own beautiful, earthy colors.”

Girls Unicorn and Rainbows Princess Toddler Dress Boutique Clothing by Lucky Lizzy's

Elizabeth Scheffler from LuckyLizzys says, “I created this dress because my 3 year old loves unicorns. Add in some rainbows, a Princess carriage, and little bit of sunshine and you have the perfect little girls dress. It was an instant hit in my house and it will be in yours as well!”

13 inch Laptop Sleeve, Mac Book 13 cover, Mother's Day Gift,  Handmade Padded Cover for MacBook, High Quality Cotton Zipper Case

Handmade Covers from HandmadeCovers says, “I have made this sleeve using an Italian fabric, it looked attractive to me and thought of turning it into a laptop cover. When done, it turned out nice and I proudly put it up my shop for sale.”

Fabric Paper Dolls  Soft Book  Quiet Toy  Easter Gift   Ready to Ship
Sally Manke from SallyManke says, “I made these fabric paper dolls because I have such happy childhood memories for the Betsy McCall paper dolls that came each month in my great aunt’s magazine. Today’s kids are tuned into so many battery operated electronic toys with little exposure to true creative play. These simple toy provide that. What a great “church” quiet toy or travel activity for a trip to grandma’s house this summer.”

Christmas in July SALE-- Sunflower Serving Platter, Sunflower Plate, Sunflower Serving Dish, Sunflower Pottery, may gifts, june, summe

Carolyn T from Butterflykilns says, “This lovely platter is a piece I designed for Spring 2014. I have always adored sunflowers, as I am influenced by Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ series. I first saw his work displayed at the Louvre in Paris, then again in the National Gallery of Art in DC. I love his work of dynamic brushstrokes with bright colors juxtaposed together. His work is a true inspiration for me, and that makes this piece pretty special, too.”

Crochet Dishcloths  Crochet WashCloths Orange Tones 100% Cotton Eco Friendly

Jennifer Acevedo from JennCrochetCreations says, “These beautiful 100% cotton eco friendly washcloth/dishcloths come in a variety of colors to fit any kitchen or bathroom. Perfect for housewarming, wedding, Christmas and birthdays or just to say thank you.”

TRIM THE TREE! Handmade Upcycled Christmas Holiday c-9 Lightbulb Ornaments Holiday Decor

Paula Rodriguez from BridgetsCollection says, ”I crafted these little ornaments with thoughts of family time through the holidays. They are made from C-9 lightbulbs, which we used to decorate the tree. They carry little sprigs of spruce, and their happy, smiling faces remind me of the joy and excitement I felt about the holiday season.These ornaments are made to just sit on a branch of your tree… and make you smile.”

Gift for her - Handbag with felted front panel "Flower infusion" + leather + cotton

Natali from DizzySheepUK says, “In my designs I am using a soft vibrant feltings and leather. I use only natural materials. All my felted pictures are hand made from merino wool tops 64’s (23 micron) quality. I am using only real leather, high quality linen and cotton.Every item designed and made by me.I am introducing something new to every item I make, no two the same, everyone is unique.”

Southwestern Mixed Media Painting with Antelope Canyon Photo

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says, “Quite some of my art is inspired by the American Southwest. I am fascinated by the landscape – the desert and the red rocks. I love the colors that I associate with the Southwest – everything from yellow over ochre and all kinds of shade of red to burnt sienna. I love the legends and art of the Native Americans who live in this area. All of this comes together in this photo mixed media painting. I took the photo in lower Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ. Antelope Canyon is one the most fascinating slot canyons located on tribal land. You can only get there if guided by a Native American. While the painting’s colors remind of the hues of the American Southwest I also included some characters I associate with Native American culture, like Kokopelli. This for me symbolizes the American Southwest in all its mystery and beauty.”

Tole Christmas Dog Ornament

Catherine Lee from LeeArt says, “Everyone loves their dog, so it was fun to paint a lovely dog ornament for the holidays.”

Handmade Greeting Card Set, Merry Christmas, Pine Trees, Candy Apple Red And Evergreen, Embossed

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says, “I have been creating handmade Christmas greeting cards for many years to send out to family and friends. In 2006, I was given the opportunity to design and create 300 Christmas cards for my employer to send out to clients. This was so successful that it became an annual event! Family, friends and co-workers have given me support and encouragement to begin selling my greeting cards. After retiring from my day job, I was able to spend more time in my card studio and opened my Etsy shop in May 2011. “

Ladybug Ladybug handbag

Sandy from MiladyCreations says, “I believe the handbags and totes we carry should reflect our personality, hobbies and/or interests whether it be palm trees, sports, flowers, pets, favorite video games, etc. The possibilities are endless. In my case, I’m fascinated with ladybugs and wanted to create a bag that reflected this, was fun to carry, yet maintained a sophisticated look. Custom personalized bags make wonderful gifts for any occasion. If I can’t find the perfect fabric, the personalized look can always be created through machine embroidery.”

Ireland Sign Photograph Landscape Irish Old Road Signs Cork Limerick Killarney Sepia Fine Art 8 x 10 Photograph Print Christmas In July

Celtic Cat Photos Mary Catherine Campbell from Celticcatphotos says, “I took this photograph on my first trip to Ireland. It was back in 1985, for DH and I it was the trip of a life time, that I will never forget. I have been back to the Emerald Isle, but the first one is the one I always think about and love the most. It was a few years later when I decided to print some of the photographs to sell at Art Shows.”

CHRISTMAS in July - CIJ -Necklace with purple and white flower, perfect for graduation, wedding or night out

Valérie Bijoux Elkasa from BijouxElkasa says, “I do this kind of necklace to light up all the little black dress we have in our closet!! Yes this is the classic to have this black dress but why not make it different and give a touch of color and have the “wow” effect with this necklace! This is also the perfect necklace to wear for graduation or wedding.”

Root Beer Bottle Cap Charm and Multi-Color Bead Necklace

Noel from MinkCouture says, “Necklace made with a vintage soda pop charm. I love vintage advertising and graphics-things were so much more colorful and well designed! This has every color of the rainbow in it and will go well with everything-perfect for the summer and its the only one like it!”

Pink & Grey wet-felted bowl adorned with beads and vintage buttons. Handmade using recycled Pendleton and new roving wool. 5 inches wide.

Elizabeth Wellburn from ElizabethLovesGlass says, “When I experimented with Pendleton selvedge wool and found that it could be mixed with roving wool to create a sturdy, structural type of felt, I was delighted. I started making bowls of various types and I love to adorn them with vintage buttons and beads. They are light in weight so they’re easy to ship and the total of bowl and shipping to anywhere in the world is under $50.”

Santa Bag, Santa Sack, Burlap Christmas Stocking, Express Mail Service with Reindeer, Personalized gift bag for christmas

Santa Bags from santabags says, “I first made these for my boys for Christmas. They were a huge hit.Then make your child feel that Santa Claus delivered their gift straight from the North pole with this personalized burlap bag. It would also be a wonderful way to package a gift to a niece, nephew, grandchild, or family.”

Christmas In July- Tiger's Eye Dainty Necklace & Earring Set- Gold Plated Sterling

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says, “Often jewelry is a “go big or go home” world, especially for romantic gifts. Big price tag and big jewels are often the must haves. For this set I had in mind the lady who likes to wear natural colors and wants fine jewelry quality but not the diamonds or price tag. With this necklace and earring set I’ve created a high quality gift full of natural beauty that the reciever is sure to love without emptying your wallet. The Tiger’s Eye stones are extremely well matched and have no flaws. The delicate marbling and facets shimmer honey to amber to latte in the light. Both the necklace chain and earring hooks are gold plated sterling. Hypo-allergenic, tarnish resistant, and far less prone to flaking than gold over base metal.”

Violet Skies: Braided Black Suede, Purple Crazy Lace Agate, and Amethyst  Nugget Necklace

Melanie from WoodlandMarket says, “I decided to make these necklaces for myself, and since they worked out I decided to sell them for a reasonable price so that others could enjoy this style as well! I love boho style, and these gemstone and suede necklaces are something I have had on my mind for a while, so I’m glad I finally got to make them!”

Flashlight Hat~ Whimsical Gift for Dog Lovers~ Cute Dog Accessories~ Dog Walking Safety~ Gifts for Best Friends, Girlfriends, Boyfriends

Barbara Snyder from VividDogStudios says, “Ever struggle when walking your dog at night with the leash in one hand, flashlight in the other and needing and extra hand to pick up? I did. So I set out and found a Hat with Headlights then designed and stitched this fun design on the front. And Oh how many ways this hat can be used… so I designed more and stitched more…. take a look through my shop and see…”

Felt Hand puppet Little Red Riding Hood

Barbara from SALENTOFELTSHOP says, “I like too much to tell fairy tales to my daughters and I love to use puppets to make them happy! I made these puppet because they like little red riding hood! I like to work with felt and make puppets, I like to model the smiles and the faces of the characters of my puppets, it seems that a piece of fabric can live thanks to my hands… like Geppetto with Pinocchio…”

CIJ SALE Fused Glass Art Plate, Decorative Fused Glass Plate, Recycled Eco Friendly Glass, Unique Glass Art

Rose LAbbate from rosepetalsjewelry says, “This display plate was made from the broken top of a coffee table. After we resized the table the top no longer fit so I broke it up. Thinking about the kiln I had at home I decided (much to my husband’s dismay) to pack it up and bring it home from the Caribbean with us. I think TSA is still shaking their heads.”

ON SALE Gothic Victorian Earrings - metal copper light gray oxeye vampire romantic flower gray wedding earrings

Zlatka Minđek from LAURELISjewelery says, “This earrings are a part of my non silver simple collection of earrings – I tried to be true to my style, and quite frankly, I like them. They are not exclusive and complex, but simple and maybe already seen, but affordable and pretty!”

Hope you will find something special from this lovely Under$50 collection!