Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings
Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
I kind of have a thing for green glass. I found this at an estate sale in Ringwood, IL He was gentleman farmer, and a great a collector of vintage and antiques for the house and barn. So, this piece and another vase are for the shop; the other pieces I’m not ready to part with yet!
These fibers were crocheted in rug a long time ago by me, on my early days of craftsmanship. It was too tensed (small hook) and with no technique in changing rows and colors, had never been used, was stored untouched. During this summer and after my present experience I decided to unravel it and this is my new addition to my carpet section.
I love art dolls and Halloween so a zombie art doll is the perfect creation for me. I design my own patterns and I love to hunt for vintage findings such as buttons, keys, gears, nails, etc to be the perfect accent for each doll. I hand dyed and print my own fabrics to make each doll a truly unique work of art! Zombies can be a year round decoration…not only for Halloween!
In Austria we believe pigs are for good luck so we give each other pig related goodies for new year. When I saw these adorable pig charms I could not resist!
I love the colour combination of purple with gold! When I came across these raw brass settings, I just knew I had to create these glass opal dangle drops. Add some quality 14K gold filled ear wires and the earrings are a delight!
My favorite stone is turquoise and I incorporated many other types and styles of beads as well. This is a southwest style necklace with a feminine touch.
Since the subject matter that I want to explore and communicate is so dark and melancholic, I like to play
around with a beautiful fairytale-like look to the image. I want to “draw” the onlooker in and then let them
discover that everything is not as it should be in this “beautiful” place. I love the uneasy pairing of innocence/
cute and ominousness.
Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Ahh a subject dear to our hearts.. coffee! What do you carry in your shop that is coffee-colored or related – we’d just love to see it!
Show our readers your vintage coffee items, plus coffee and espresso colored listings – and of course, include your wonderful coffee related stories.
The sock color is light espresso. Dressed for the outdoors on those very cold mornings these all wool socks will keep your feet extra warm as you are out and on the go and when you need a quick pick me up, I find one of those Starbucks Frappuccino’s to be a great treat! Just enough espresso and you are charged and ready to run!
I’m posting this while drinking my fair trade organic coffee this morning. I love the smell of coffee, the look of it in a nice big mug. And, it does have to have plenty of cream in it. Doesn’t having a cuppa just make you take a moment to be grateful and mindful of the simple things in life? And, no dinner party is complete with a cup of coffee after dinner with a lovely dessert.
I love my cup of coffee in the morning ! Nothing better then that first sip. It has to be just the right color with the perfect amount of cream added, not too little not too much just the right ivory color.
As soon as I laid eyes on these handmade glass beads, I knew coffee and cream was the most apt description! Now the owner of this necklace can be reminded of the great brew each time the necklace is worn!
Leonardo da Vinci said:
“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
I define minimalist as a style that uses pared-down design elements. The artist strips everything down to its essential quality, to achieve simplicity.
We asked our CIJ Friends what they love and/or offer in the minimalist style; here’s what they sent in.
Finding a heart beach glass piece is rare.
So even though this beautiful brown piece is small, about dime sized,I decided to make a pendant from it
With as little wire as possible, I wrapped the piece so that the heart is the highlight.
These came from an idea I had to turn shapes into an illustration and was watching Robots with my kids at the time.
This simple chain necklace has a beautiful Tanzanite stone surrounded by a gold filled disc. This necklace looks great alone or paired with other chains!
When I begin to knit this purse it is very simple, just a plain minimal little purse with very little character. As I continue to build upon it with its flower and beading it grows into a sophisticated clutch handbag that is one-of-a-kind. People who have these purses always share their compliments with me that they receive.
Imagine – a red handbag with little pansies – how fun could that be! And yes, it has be made and sold. “Simplicity is the ultimate of the form of sophistication.”
Simplicity and beauty speak for themselves. This choker features a trio of beautiful beads….vintage German lucite and champagne tubes. Beauty that stands the test of time and can be worn effortlessly!
Many of the items in my shop are simple or minimalist, as that is my own favourite style. I have chosen to showcase this Harris tweed tea cosy.
Far from the bright colours and bold tartans of some tweeds, this cosy is made from two almost-plain weaves. A cosy made from just one of them might even look dull. By joining them with a straight horizontal line, together they bring out the best of both pieces.
Simple message for a positive idea: help kids celebrate who they are – give them goals and help them achieve success, but let them know they don’t have to change who they are to get there.
I chose this vintage piece for it’s simple lines and understated character, discovering later that it is an early 20th century cemetery / funeral vase.
A nice way to remember …
While I enjoy a lot of fancy, ornate, and unique items with pretty colors mostly, sometimes something simple with nice lines, unique simple shape, or something useful that will match or go with anything will touch my soul…..
This bracelet is pretty, simple, dainty, and yet it will go with most anything and white Pearls and black Onyx have a classic, timeless, and elegant appeal!
I hope you enjoyed these wonderful treasures and stories as I did!
Until next time,
You know that gorgeous, translucent, milky-colored stone filled with the light of a thousand colorful stars, shimmering like the aurora borealis? Opal, that is! We love it, and we know many of you do too. We asked what our CIJ Teamies what they might have/sell with opals or something similarly magnificent — and to tell us the story behind it. Here’s what they said.
I went to the Kane County Flea Market yesterday, and Jim says I must of picked up every piece of glass opalescent that I saw. In my head, I think, look how beautiful. My sons call it my “squirrel moment.” You know the movie, UP? The dog is talking and then suddenly goes, “squirrel” losing his focus and chasing the squirrel.
This is a piece of blue opalescent from Northwoods. Made in America Northwoods was founded by Harry Northwoods in PA in the early 1900s. I can never pass this ice blue color up without admiring it.
I’m a fan of Mr. Northwoods. His colors are amazing and his designs are unique and beautiful.
This set of six handmade ceramic dishes are glazed in a gorgeous luscious opalescent glaze and are ideal for the wedding table – for condiments, candles or as wedding favours.
This is Mother of Pearl yet it has an Opalescent Look. It is a great pin to Honor MOTHER. I opened my Etsy Shop in my Deceased Mother Pearl’s Name hence pearlsvintagebypam. I am hoping people will buy things to Honor Their Mother. Sometimes we just don’t know what to give our Moms.
I was drawn to the delicate design of this brooch! It took a little detective work, and the confirmation from another Etsy Shop owner, to identify the beads—they are Peking Glass.
Love, love, love opals! Their inherent dreamy colours always amaze me. I like to use man- made glass opals in my jewewllery designs and my latest earrings feature just the thing!
Many thanks to all who contributed! Lovely items!
Until Next Time,
Over Labor Day weekend, I attended our area’s largest flea market. As a handmade artist, I enjoy going from booth to booth to see the beautiful home decor pieces, furniture and outdoor sculptures all created using reclaimed materials.
The booths with the pallet art and furniture were extremely popular, with pieces ranging from decorative wall art to dining room tables, as well as outdoor furniture. We discovered a unique bench handcrafted using pallets and a tailgate from an old Chevrolet pickup truck. With our focus turning to autumn decor, I found myself drawn to the vintage framed screens hand painted with colorful scarecrows and pumpkins. One of my favorite booths is that of an artist that reclaims framed windows from old homes and paints beautiful landscape scenes on the glass with stunning results.
Products handcrafted using reclaimed materials are unique, artful and more sustainable than many of today’s mass produced items.
As I admired the creativity, I was reminded of the idiom “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”. Each year small businesses reclaim and salvage a significant amount of materials. This not only helps eliminate landfill waste but also preserves part of our past.
I posed the question, Does your business upcycle or use reclaimed, salvaged materials? to the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.
“They don’t make ’em like they used to”…. I grew up listening to my Dad make that statement time and time again and it’s true! I would rather repair, recycle or reuse something “old” than buy something new. I love to salvage bits and bobs, odds and ends – I have a stash of “trash” just waiting for a new purpose! This time of year, I love to give rusty old tart tins a new lease on life:
I grew up in Southeast Louisiana. When I was a young girl, my father taught me to respect nature as it is a finite part of our environment. We would go for walks along the waterways just talking about life and taking in the beauty of the sun setting over the marshlands. Sometimes we would come upon a unique piece of driftwood, which would end up in his workshop waiting for the perfect wood carving project to showcase its beauty.
Most of the items in my shop are made from reclaimed wood. I chose to feature my father’s hand carved woodpecker bird because I love its overall appearance, particularly the bird’s beautiful red head and its unique cypress driftwood perch!
I use a variety of games pieces to make a selection of items, from magnets to jewelry, scrapbooks to decorations. One box with an incomplete game can make a scrapbook or a clock with the board, a variety of cards and magnets from the cards, and some fun jewelry or key rings from the game’s pieces.
As a furniture maker, I have a deep and enduring respect, as well as appreciation, for the materials I work with. I despise waste and do whatever I can to reduce, reuse, upcycle, repurpose the offcuts I generate. I make bangles, pendants, earrings, brooches, and finger rings regularly. The one item I most enjoy is my Book Bird. A practical, functional item that I really do enjoy making. I love what I do!!
I repurpose wine corks in my shop. Hence the name Corky crafts. Guess what I promote wine drinking… HA HA HA….uh well least we have fun in our craft room.
My friends & family donate their corks and every cork creation gives life to a little cork that kept wine fresh. Speaking of fresh here is a new fresh item in our shop just in time for your Christmas planning….
I love this subject! I love to take garbage and turn it into something beautiful, or something old new again. I love glass, wood, and old or broken jewelry to reclaim/recycle/upcycle any of those terms work great. Below is a ring created from a broken pendant, and a broken ring that was just left as a band. I used wire to wire wrap them, and the result is beautiful and affordable. Nice small size to fit a small hand or pinky ring.
My shop is mainly ceramic homewares and jewellery, but I do love using repurposed materials to create some different jewellery pieces.
One of the materials I use are marbles – yes, my kids old marbles! The colours and patterns in them are truly beautiful and they are lightweight and lend themselves to necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pretty much anything!
This is great! Using reclaimed, salvaged materials is a perfect way to help save the environment. We offer recycled aluminum Nespresso capsule pods to crafters to make items out of. Interestingly enough, most of these get shipped overseas from the US. It is a great way to recycle and not let these go into the landfills. And the art and jewelry made out of them is really cool.
I love to re-purpose and recycle items into my handmade creations, but was getting tired of using the same old bottles, bottle caps, etc as my materials and wanted something new to work with. About 2 years ago I realized the possibility of re-purposing soda cans and quickly began making lots of ornaments and decorations with them. Today, the majority of my creations have some sort of ‘soda can ornament’ incorporated into them, and people are always shocked to find out that the item they are purchasing was made with a soda can!
My husband does wood turning as a hobby and I am frequently salvaging different types of timber off cuts or ‘non usable bits’! left on the workshop floor. From such finds, I weave my magic and create one of a kind jewellery, usually pendants or necklaces, featuring these re-purposed timber off cuts.
The necklace below features a fine silver heart and two round Tasmanian Oak beads prepared by me and incorporated into this creation.
I joined with the intention of participating the Christmas In July promo.
I am a self-taught woodworker/furniture maker who has spent a fair amount of time and effort refining a design for a folding stool/table. In time it will be available in three heights and will be available with a matching table.
What makes it special? While it has the appearance of simplicity, the accuracy required while making put it more in the reals of engineered rather than just made. The versatility of the item is one of its stand out features. A seat, a table, a bedside, this can be all these things and more. As you can gather, I’m quite proud of the design
I sell all sorts of vintage retro items. I love vintage jewellery and brooches in particular – they remind me of a time when things were more stylish and elegant. That’s why this pretty Aqua coloured brooch is so special to me!
Hi everyone! I joined the Team to participate in the Christmas in July promotion.
I love working with fine silver (amongst other mediums) and these earrings really appealed to me with their texture and patina.
I joined the team to take part in Christmas in July 2016, I am not sure how yet.
I sell vintage kokeshi doll, a subject that I am passionate about! I hunt them through antique markets, thrift stores etc in Japan, where I live.
I joined to participant in this year’s CIJ.
My shop is filled with great mid-century, Retro and Vintage finds that add glamour and style of yesteryear to your home.
Hello, I am looking forward to sharing like-minded people’s chat.
I am an established Potter / Ceramicist, I mainly throw on the wheel, and I produce one-off functional stoneware items.
I am glad to be a part of the team.
I’m not really new. My original shop Roses Workshop is still open, but I’ve opened a new shop just for my felt creations. I intend to add lots more items over the next week, and concentrate my CIJ promotion on this new shop.
Here’s a little taster:
Hello! I’m planning on adding more vintage items, including Holiday and Winter items, to my shop soon. So I’m happy to be part of this team! Thanks
Hi! I’ve just discovered and joined this team to be involved in the Winter .. Christmas in July Sale.
I create mostly ceramic pendants, also buttons, spoons, cups and bowls.
The aim of my shop to help people connect more with the earth by wearing jewellery made from the earth, eating from spoons and bowls handmade made from the earth. There is really something very nurturing about these things.
Hi I am a mixed media artist who lives in Kentucky. I’ve just started creating Christmas items for my shop and would love to participate in Christmas in July. This is a simple Christmas tree that makes me happy and I hope will make someone else happy, too.
Hello! I’m new to selling on Easy, and just joined the team today! My shop is filled with handmade goods, including holiday and party decorations, all made from repurposed materials. I am excited to be a new member of this community!
The ornaments I make are crafted from old greeting cards. I like taking materials that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill and turning it into something new and beautiful.
Hi, I’m Gillian and I’ve just joined the team! I have a vintage shop and already have quite a few Christmas items which I will be adding to the shop over the next few days in preparation for putting them on sale on July 1st.
First item is these beautiful vintage shiny plastic baubles from the former East Germany, still in their original box:
Looking forward to being part of your team and joining in.
I joined to take part in the Christmas in July event.
I sell fandom inspired jewellery at affordable prices. Like this expandable mermaid bangle. I’m in love with it. The resin fish scale cabochon (choose from 9 different colours) changes colour as light hits it and the crystal glass bead (choose from 16 colours) adds a touch of sparkle. Besides, who doesn’t love mermaids?!
Hello, I’m new to Christmas in July.
I make different kinds of wreaths and right now this is my favorite. Even if I cannot decide which one.
Only just discovered this team! We are two sisters who are also complementary therapists and beading is our creative passion. We make jewellery using semi-precious gemstones that are believed to have a beneficial effect on both body and mind.
Looking forward to getting involved!
I create pendant necklaces from recycled Scrabble tiles and have added glass dome pendants to my shoppe this year as well. Hoping to develop a following for the new style in order to have a great holiday season later this year!
HI! Carolyn from forpawsandhome creating mainly unique cat toys
Hi, I am Flora. Though I have had my Etsy shop for over a year now, the whole ‘team’ idea is very new to me. I feel like I’m living under a rock sometimes. This is also my first year of offering discount. I feel both excited and little bit of panic.
I sell handmade jewelry. Most of my inspiration comes from nature. Here is one of my latest creations. Peacock inspired earrings with genuine malachite beads.