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Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium 

Primrose Yellow – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2017 is Primrose Yellow.

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the color Primrose Yellow! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Positively primrose. An uplifting quote to help anyone make it through the day. My mother used to say this to me and I think it’s a great motto to live by. Passing on a little kindness, a little laughter can do wonders.
StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Yellow is a bit of a contrary color when you create digital art. If it’s too dark it can look like tangerine or butterscotch, if it’s too light it can not show up well against white. But I wanted to include it as a summery set – so I think the yellow and lime citrus conjures up images of lemonade in the summer shade. Fun paper pack to make!

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

Yellow always adds a lot of sparkle and brightness to anything its matched with and it coordinates well with other colors. The sunflower is the best example of the vibrant color.

cwagenblass9

cwagenblass9

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says:

Primrose yellow! I love this color because it is the color of springtime and daffodils! This flower and it’s vibrant color were the inspiration for my own shop name! My first memory of loving this color was as a small child in my Grandmother’s kitchen…pale yellow walls, Gma making caramel icing for a birthday cake and beautiful primrose yellow daffodils overflowing a milk glass vase on the kitchen table! Such a happy color!

DaffodilLaneStudio

DaffodilLaneStudio

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

Yellow happens to be my boyfriend’s favorite color, so naturally I am surrounded by a lot of it. Yellow by nature is such a happy color evoking images of sunshine and summer. What could tie together better with Primrose Yellow and sunshine than a yellow sunflower basket?

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Ginny C from GRCTreasures says:

This pretty primrose yellow tea cup reminds us all that Spring is on the way and winter is mostly behind us.

The tea cup was made in England by Ridgway Potteries. Ridgway Potteries was a British pottery manufacturer of Stoke-on-Trent that produced high quality earthenware from 1790’s through to the mid twentieth century.

GRCTreasures

GRCTreasures

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

We used to go camping in our red Coleman tent. We brought food in coolers. Along with dishware, pots, pans and a propane stove. We cooked pasta fagioli and ate the meal with spoons in Melmac bowls. Now we stay in hotels and eat out!

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

Easter is just around the corner! Get the kids together and whip up a dozen beautifully decorated baby Chick cookies with this brightly colored Hallmark cookie cutter in this year’s Pantone color – Primrose Yellow!

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

This is a fun retro find!

A heavy-duty Scotch tape dispenser in working condition!

Primrose yellow with Lady & the Tramp details!

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These yellow Bicone faceted beads are available loose in quantities of 20 and are ideal for a wide range of craft projects , including jewellery making, dress/costume design, journals, jewellery, party favours, garlands and bunting.

Being faceted, these beads easily add shimmer, sparkle and shine to all your projects!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says:

Love springtime it’s beautiful.

It brings us primrose yellow flowers, bright spring colours all around, baby lambs and so much more!

A time to buy accessories to match an item or give something cheerful to brighten someones day.

MaryJaneCreations

MaryJaneCreations

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Tagua – rhymes with agua, the Spanish word for water.

This unique bracelet is an earthy combination of primrose yellow tagua nut hollow triangle slice, Czech green apple Picasso seed beads, brown wooden tubes and lightweight primrose lemon resin rounds hand knotted on walnut silk thread.

Bungalow42

Bungalow42

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

Sometimes I see some wool or fabric and think “I just have to make something from that!” This gorgeous glowing Donegal tweed was one of those moments, and the pretty clutch purse was the final result.

RosesWorkshop

RosesWorkshop

Lanashane Robert from ICreationsBoutique says:

This colorful primrose yellow clutch purse is perfect for Spring or Summer parties or just to be carried around as a casual clutch purse. The brightness of the yellow is an automatic mood lifter as is Spring.

The colorful stripe combination print, allows for its proud owner to mix and match with several colors.

The clutch purse has a luxurious touch and feel to it, and has ample space to carry a mobile phone, keys, small credit card purse, make up essentials even a small perfume.

ICreationsBoutique

ICreationsBoutique

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Sweet spring pastels just perfect for a sweet Easter basket treat!

Primrose yellow headband set brings a happy smile!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Primrose yellow just makes you smile as it reminds one of the bright warm rays of the sun especially if it’s winter or a rainy season. It also sets your mind into motion on how you can incorporate yellow into your spring time flower bed or pots because know it’ll give your space that pop of color.

The yellow on this dog bandana is the perfect back drop to build upon for the bumble bee’s flying around just minding their own business. In all actuality this is about the only time I would say aww aren’t these bumble bee’s so cute!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Bird Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This day is mostly about the plight of captive birds, but also about celebrating birds. This day is on 1/5.

There are so many birds in this world and so much to know about them. Here at CIJ we want to know what you have in your shop related to birds.

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts says I love birds, and they’re great fun to felt. Some of my favourites are curlews, pigeons and robins.

There’s not many come into my garden but I love all the ones that do and always have seeds and water available so they feel welcome.

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Red robin on spade decoration

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said birds are so cute, I love to watch them and birds singing is the best sound in the morning. I planted my garden in such a way that it provides food, water and shelter for them, and I’m so happy that there is quite a variety of birds hanging out there.

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watercolor bird mini journal

Sue from SuesAkornShop states I love the spring time and when the birds are everywhere. I enjoy hearing the ships they make as they talk to and with each other. There are so many different kinds flying about and eating from the feeder and I love watching each and every one of them. I love owls, cardinals and robins are everywhere.

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Owl kitchen towel

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA discusses that I love to hear the cardinals in my back yard as they “talk” with each other about building their nest, raising their babies, and finding food to eat! Cardinals live in our area year-round, and enjoy feasting on berries from our flowering shrubs or the insects that they catch. The male cardinal has brilliant red feathers, but his mate is better equipped to blend into the foliage where they raise their young.

 

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Linda from LazyYVintage says is it spring yet? Robins are always one of my favorites as they mean the winter is leaving and spring has began. I participate in the winter bird count, where with the Audubon Society you take a day to track the birds in your yard or local nature areas. We feed the birds and document the ones we see on that day. Unfortunately, Robins are not on our list as they migrate and will only be back in the spring.

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple said this original painting in ochre red oils.The Emu is an Australian native flightless bird the size of an Ostrich.
I love to see these characters the Emu running around in the bush and the open space where the Banksia trees grow in my coastal village located on the East coast of Australia.

Emu cushion cover

Emu cushion cover

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms states when I am in the garden or enjoying a walk in the neighbourhood I enjoy the sight and sound of the birds. We have had some hot days in Melbourne, Australia recently. In fact so hot (mid-30’s in ºCelcius) that we missed the sounds of the birds some days. They must have temporarily found a cooler and shadier place to hide from the sun and heat.

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discussed that I am a bird lover! We have lots of feeders around the yard and enjoy the songs and activity of many feathered friends. Winters can be brutal in Michigan, so we have a de-icer in the birdbath. On especially cold winter days—Bluebirds come to enjoy the warm water!

Girl and bluebird figurine

Girl and bluebird figurine

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I am a bird lover, bird watcher, and bird feeder! In my previous career I work in animal welfare, so I am well aware of the sad state of affairs for captive birds. This includes birds in the pet industry and birds in the food industry.

I made this brooch (and her companions) to bring attention to the lives of battery hens who are used and abused in the egg industry. It may seem counter intuitive to make a beautiful piece of jewelry about a subject like this. However, it is different and eye-catching; and I’ve always found that people are more willing to listen about an issue if you approach the subject nicely. You can definitely speak out for the birds with my Hen brooch!

Chicken brooch

Chicken brooch

Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE said I did a series of illustrations in October of girls wearing various types of masks. This is my “bird girl” – because who wouldn’t love to be a bird for a day?

Bird girl illustration

Bird girl illustration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter discussed that we love hearing the birds in our yard. We don’t have bird feeders in the trees because we have cats but we are having a feeder built on a pole that we will place away from the trees so our cats can not get them.

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says we are bird lovers and are fortunate to have swallows come back to our yard and nest every summer. They make multiple nests underneath our deck and we get to see their babies. It’s a nice close up of nature.

This quilt is a celebration of all animals and includes special rows of birds, butterflies and ladybugs, along with different birds in trees surrounded by the animal kingdom.

Animal print baby quilt

Animal print baby quilt

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said I love waking up every morning to the sounds of birds calling out and talking in the trees behind my house! Sometimes I lay in bed wondering what they are talking about.

Blue porcelain bird

Blue porcelain bird

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed that I love going on bushwalks. Today I went on a walk around a lake and I loved to hear the birds singing.

These are some paper birds I have made that can be used for craft, card making, buntings…

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Christmas bird cutouts

Ginny C from GRCTreasures said love birds, for the last two summers I have had house sparrows nest in the wreath on my front door. I get to see the whole nesting, egg laying, hatching and fledgling up close!

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that I love birds … and we have a couple of owl plaques in our shop!

I live in an area that’s rich with birds … and many species migrate through our area …

In fact, every year St. Bernard Parish hosts an annual bird festival in the spring … Artists & artisans, such as ourselves, show their finished works as well as demonstrating their various techniques …

At the bird festival, the LA Audubon Society capture, tag & release birds to gather info on their migration patterns … this is my favorite part of the festival because I get to help release the birds and watch them fly off!

Wooden owl wall art

Wooden owl wall art

Bislet from MerryXmasfromSweden wishes everyone a Happy Bird Day!

My favorite bird is the bullfinch. I even have a bullfinch picture on my mailbox! Bullfinches are extremely shy birds so it can take years until I see them in the garden. On very harsh winter days I might find them at my garden feeders.

Then I am happy for many days!

Did you know that the bullfinch has a special food sac? They have developed special food sacs which are positioned in the floor of the mouth, allowing the parents to bring back food to their chicks.

They are the only species of finch to have such sacs. Amazing birds!

Enjoy my Christmas table cloth showing bullfinches eating rowan berries so that you can admire them!

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

Heralding the Arrival of Spring with Beautiful Bursts of Color

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

During the dark days of winter, I look forward eagerly to the first burst of spring color.  Nothing signals the arrival of spring like seeing the colorful crocus peeking up through the snow.

There are many different varieties of spring flowers with daffodil, crocus, tulip and hyacinth being some of the most common ones.  To enjoy colorful year-round blooms in your garden, select plants with different blooming times such as the daffodil, the earliest narcissi appear in early spring, especially small cultivars like Tete-a-Tete.  For mid –spring color, the tulip which is just starting their long period of bloom is an all-time favorite. My personal favorite is the peony.  These colorful shrubs carry the garden from late spring to early summer.

Featured are the favorite spring flowers from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team along with an item from their shop that celebrates the colorful blooms of spring.

You might just discover a new variety of spring flower to try out in your own garden!

Nancy Duncan  from  EponasCrystals shared this:

My favorite spring flower is lilac. We have several in our yard and the scent is amazing! It was also my mother’s favorite and it reminds me of her.

These earrings are the lilac color I prefer:

Bell Flower Earrings

Dana Hamant  from  LilybeanzBowtique had this response:

My favorite flower of Spring is a Lily. It is my birth month flower (Lily of the Valley) and the name of my middle daughter and namesake of my shop.

This item comes with handmade felt flowers that remind me of all the beauty of Spring.

Yarn Wrapped Felt Floral Wreath

Tetiana  from DiMaryboutique said:

Dandelion – is spring flower, especially in Kiev this year…. blossoming dandelions and my little daughter inspired me to hand make my ECO dresses with crochet flowers!

Dandelion ECO-dress

Valerie Brown  from FirepanJewellery added:

My garden is full of Spring flowers, and I am very inspired by them! One of my favorites is the Forget-me-not. They “came with the yard” and love my garden so much they spring up everywhere. I know Spring is really here when I see these little blue blossoms all over. Another reason I like Forget-me-not is that there are very few true blue flowers, but they are one of them!

Forget Me Not Sterling Silver Flower Necklace

Corkycrafts  from Corkycrafts remarked:

We plant sunflowers in a wide array of colors all year, the most popular are the yellow ones for the kids love to imagine they are in the land of Jack & the giant bean stalk when the yellow heads pop out in colors. I share my love of gardening with my customers and now sell the seeds during planting season to share a smile.

 

Texas Size Sunflower Seeds

Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls answered:

What could be more refreshing in the cold of winter than an arrangement of tiger lilies, snap dragons and iris in wonderful muted pastel colors of purple, pink, blue, green and white? These flowers are so beautiful they will take the damp and dark out of any Winter day and signal Spring to pop its cheery head!

 

ESCADA Silk Floral Scarf

Annie  from DesignedbyAnneliese commented:

I absolutely love Freesias in Spring! They smell so lovely and fragrant. My parents have them in their front yard and I love to pick some and take them home. They also remind me of warmer weather.  I have made some floral envelopes which remind me of Spring!

Floral Envelope Set

Solveiga  from Solviashop added:

My favorite flower of Spring is a Rose. Also I have my favorite song:  “Roses” is a song from American DJ duo The Chainsmokers. It was released as the second single from their debut EP, Bouquet on June 16, 2015. The song was written by and features vocals from American singer Elizabeth Roze Mencel, better known by her moniker Rozes.

Here is a crochet flower key ring made with a yellow wool yarn:

Yellow Flower Keychain

Marjorie Scenna  from mscenna related:

I love spring flowers and look forward to seeing things pop up in my yard. I’m inspired by flowers and love finding ways to incorporate them into crafts. This vintage earring and button pendant reminds me of white peonies.

Pearl Gold Necklace

Rachel Placek  from LoveandPetFurCrochet told me this:

My favorite spring flowers are the Hydrangea. I love the different shades of blue and purple found in these blooms. They also keep well in a vase inside which makes them even more valuable. Here is a crochet coffee mug cozy I made depicting the beauty of their bloom:

Hydrangea Flower Coffee Cup Cozy

Lia Russo  from Ghirlandiamo offered:

So many flowers evoke spring, but for me the most representative ones are daffodils.   It’s so nice to see them sprouting out from the soil not yet covered by green grass.  The most common are like these I used in my wreath: white petals and yellow heart and all completely yellow.  Sincerely I don’t know if other varieties exist, but these two ones are really fresh and lovely and they can perfectly be identified with spring.

Daffodil Heart Wreath

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Goodness, my favourite spring flower – that is a tough one!

Here in Australia I love our native flora – so enjoy the multitude of gum blossoms that dominate my natural garden …. I don’t have any items inspired by this (something I will have to look into), so will share a daisy pendant instead – another popular spring flower.

 

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Ceramic Daisy Boho Pendant Necklace

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts commented:

I love it when dandelions, buttercups, clovers and daisies start popping up all over the grass.  Then there’s nothing better than laying out on a blanket with a dog, some cool drinks and a book.

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Daisy Needle Felted Bookmark

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots added this:

I designed these gloves for the Happily Hooked Magazine for a Lace and Openwork theme. I have since worked many different colorways, but the initial piece was in this Rosy Cheeks colorway and the first thing I thought of as I worked through the design was Cherry Blossoms.

The magazine took a small poll on my gloves and found that people were between flowers and stars in the design. What do you see?

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Ginny C from GRCTreasures said:

Roses are one of my favorite Spring flowers and these pretty yellow roses just drew me right to the tablecloth. I love vintage linens and I saw this one in a church thrift shop and just had to have it. I would love to keep it for myself but I can’t keep everything I buy and I am happy to pass it on to someone who can appreciate its beauty.

Vintage Wilendur Yellow Roses Tablecloth and napkins

Vintage Wilendur Yellow Roses Tablecloth and napkins

 

Member Feature: GRC Treasures

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ginny of GRCTreasures, our featured member!

GRCTreasures

GRCTreasures

Tell us about yourself.     

I am a librarian and worked in public libraries for 38 years before retiring in May of 2014. I received my Masters Degree in Library Science but always loved yard sales, flea markets and antique stores. I have two grown children and my husband is a retired teacher. I live in a suburban town of 70,000 in south Jersey. I have lived here my entire life.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I actually started selling books online in 2003 and started selling on Etsy in March 2013. I had managed to accumulate wonderful vintage items and thought I was going to wait until I retired to sell on Etsy but I couldn’t wait any longer…my small storage area in my house was bursting at the seams. You see my husband also likes antiques and collectibles so I had his things too.GRCTreasures1

Tell us a bit about your products.

Most of my items are vintage kitchen ware , china, home decor items and sewing patterns. Something about beautiful china just really attracts me. And as most vintage sellers know….sell what you love. Sometimes it is hard to part with my vintage items and truth be told, I have kept a few things for myself.

What inspires your work? 

I am inspired by other Etsy sellers and their beautiful vintage items. The whole Etsy community is very inspirational, there are so many wonderful craft and vintage shops.GRCTreasures2

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business? 

This year I have set some goals for myself. Scout out inventory at least one day a week, be it at thrift stores or estate sales. Spruce up my photographs and learn to make better use of my 35 mm camera for better pictures. Be more consistent about posting on social media. Try to set up a blog with articles on vintage items.

My dream – being retired I am living my dream to sell online, be my own boss and set my own hours. I just want to give my customers a great Etsy experience.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I think great customer service helps me stand out, being willing to work with the customer. Try to make sure their items get to their destination safely and as quickly as possible. Sell great items in good condition and abide by Etsy’s definition of vintage…research and find out as much as you can about your item.GRCTreasures3

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I have an office dedicated to my business. It has my computer, packing station, and storage shelves for supplies.

I have my guest room set up for picture-taking and can easily remove it when guests are staying with me.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Package very carefully, air pillows are the best! Read the seller help…lots of information there.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Learn as much as you can about Etsy, set up your shop but make sure you read the seller handbook. Join a few teams that will help you promote and gain knowledge. Have a well designed Etsy shop banner and avatar, something that distinguishes you from other shops.GRCTreasures5

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I like to read and belong to a book club. In the summer I love going to our pool or heading to the  beach. One of my favorite things is walking on the sand and looking for shells and beach glass. And I must confess…playing Candy Crush relaxes me.

What is your favorite quote?

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”  Groucho Marx

Where can people find out more about your business?

Etsy: GRCTreasures
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/GRCTreasures/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GRC-Treasures-256576337763120/
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/GRCTreasures

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

If you are thinking of selling online, Etsy is the best, it’s a great community with great people.GRCTreasures4

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Happy Thanksgiving

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Thanksgiving is an American holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November… read on to learn more about this holiday and check out team shops who have items to help celebrate this day.
Like many holidays, Thanksgiving means different things to different people.

It usually centers on being grateful for the many wonderful things in our lives, sort of like a family harvest celebration, enjoying the bounty from the growing season. Along with the thank you’s , the holiday revolves around Food, Family, football and US history (the Pilgrim kind).

It is one of the most travelled holidays of the year in the US, when college students, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and grandparents come together for a large dinner featuring turkey and pie.

That’s why I have included this Home Sweet Home printable:

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Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

Thanksgiving day for our family has been more like coming together day. All our family would come together ( we are about 20 people) on that day, everyone brings some food like: mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, salad, drinks, fruits. We pray before food and say our thank you for all we have. Then we would eat, talk, have fun. It’s usually very noisy. Kids running around the house, dogs are having fun also. It’s just one big fun day.

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It is tradition in our family to have a centerpiece, such as this turkey planter, that we all spend a few moments of reflection and write what we are thankful for on a piece of paper and put it in the planter.

When it is time to sit down together for Thanksgiving dinner, our family says grace and then we each take one of the pieces of paper and read what each of our family members are thankful for.

We’ve had different centerpieces over the years and different people at the dinner table. It is a wonderful way to involve all those who join us at Thanksgiving and a way to give thanks!

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Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says

Thanksgiving has great historic value but for me it has become a time to gather with family members and remember how blessed we are and to be thankful for everything.

We have a blended family: my husband has two boys and I have two boys. When they were young he and I met and married and blended the two families together. There were many challenges over the years, and to say that the boys were a handful growing up would be an understatement.

Now when we gather at this time we see these young men as they start their own families, reminisce over the times when they were younger, laugh and enjoy special foods and dishes that we only have once or twice a year. It is a blessing that we had the courage and strength to blend the group into a family and I am so proud of the men they have become!

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I have a small family and Thanksgiving for me means having them for a Turkey dinner, of course. Sides of a corn casserole, home-made cranberry sauce from fresh Jersey cranberries, mashed potatoes because my daughter loves them and a few more sides. Dessert is usually my home-made pumpkin pie. Enough food for an army even though I usually only have 6 at the most. It also means getting out my good china which I got in 1972 and still love it. You need a big platter for the turkey, like this vintage one from my shop.

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I am from Australia too and am interested in what others have to say about Thanksgiving! I made these place cards / name cards with the idea of families sitting around the dinning table enjoying a yummy meal together as they talk about what they are thankful for.

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Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, celebrate each other and all the blessings that God has given us. There is so much to be grateful for in our lives. It is so easy to get busy and not be able to see family members and it is so nice when we are able to get all the family together. We have turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top, cranberries, relishes, rolls, jello salad with whip cream, yams and for dessert usually pumpkin pie and pecan pie. The table is set with the best china and my father will say a prayer of thanksgiving before we eat and then in the evening we usually play board games and card games.

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Melissa R from missy69 says

Thanksgiving, here in the USA, started because the Pilgrims were truly thankful that they had survived the long hard winter, even though many of them had died. They were thankful for the assistance of the local Native Americans for teaching them how to grow food, and what food was safe to eat. They were just plain thankful. That is how it started, and it became a tradition.

I for one believe we should be thankful every day, not just one day, but it is still fun to get together with family, and friends. Eat a huge meal until you can’t move, then lie on the couch and watch football. Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday, go figure food and football, lol. It is also the day that my Christmas prep begins. Our tree goes up, and it is decorated, all on Thanksgiving evening. This is a tradition from my childhood, and one I carry on to this day. I am new to wood burning, and I love how the piece below came out. I got this pineapple wood candy dish at the thrift store. I hand draw all my designs onto my wood pieces, and then I burn the picture on. Since I love to paint, this is just a new form of art for me. I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!

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On Thanksgiving day, we are thankful so we handcrafted this plaque that tells our story. The plaque also is a positive statement that we believe is a good thing.

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Thanksgiving is one of the most interesting holidays of the year. Growing up in the U.S.A. you love Easter candy and Halloween candy and if you are lucky you can make the candy stretch from one holiday to the other. Christmas and birthdays are for presents, but children do not understand or have a deep appreciation of Thanksgiving until they get older. A couple of years living on campus or in your first apartment and suddenly Thanksgiving has shot up to the top of your list of favorite holidays of the year! Forgetting the history, in modern society the shared cultural experience of Thanksgiving is a profound appreciation to our creator and a genuine thankfulness for the life which we are granted. It is the most humble, most simple, most inclusive, and most endearing holiday our the American way! Invite a stranger, a soldier, or anyone who can’t make it home for the holidays to dine with you!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM DESIGN’S THE LIMIT!

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This year I am celebrating with my best friend’s (mainly) Italian family. That means there is not even a mediocre cook in the bunch. However, it falls to me to carve the turkey! They assume because my father was a professional chef I should know these things, and since I only do this once a year, I have to review technique for the next few days so I won’t embarrass myself!

As my shop primarily focuses on sewing patterns, I don’t have much to offer, but I do include here one of my favorites: an overlooked pattern with lots of potential. I think the table runner, fabric leaf bowl, and fabric leaf garland have a ton of decorating potential for the table at Thanksgiving. I can see the garland wending it way down a table covered with the runner, and the bowl full of nuts ready to be shelled. I also see this pattern made up in Christmas fabrics as well, especially a garland made of metallic fabric: gold, copper, silver and bronze.

Can you tell I love decorating for the holidays?

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ETSY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!

Black Friday Holiday Promotions from the CIJ team

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

The season is upon us!  A time for family and friends.  A time for caring, sharing, and giving.  Why not let the Christmas in July team help you find that special gift that shows just how much you care?  Just be careful, or you may wind up in Ken Nesbitt’s predicament!

December I went shopping
for presents for my friends.
I bought a bunch of knickknacks
and a lot of odds and ends.

I picked the kinds of presents
that everyone enjoys:
Computer games and candy
and a wagon-load of toys.

I brought them home and wrapped them.
I placed them near the tree,
but liked them all so much
that I unwrapped them just for me.

Would it be wrong to keep them?
I guess it just depends.
Can someone loan me money
to go shopping for my friends?

–Kenn Nesbitt

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1) Natalia from KMalinkaVintage is offering 25% discount in her entire shop of lovely vintage clothing and accessories.

Vintage party dress

Vintage party dress

2) Lisa Neal Behrens from sparkklejar will be promoting her adorable jar lid ornaments starting on Black Friday.  She has a variety of shabby chic gifts in her shop.

Adorable handmade ornament.

Adorable handmade ornament.

3) Linda Yunker from LazyYCrochet is offering a 15% discount with the Coupon code: CHRISTMASSALE2015  She offers a variety of crochet items to keep you and yours warm and cozy!

Sample scarf set on sale!

Sample scarf set on sale!

4) Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says “Being an Australian we don’t do the Black Friday thing as we don’t do thanksgiving – but I am happy to offer my USA friends and customers a coupon code for the occasion …. and the USA dollar is strong against the Aussie dollar at the moment – all the more reason to take advantage of my custom coupon code Blackfriday2015 for 10% off.”  Check out her lovely ceramic work.

Lovely ceramic ornament for gift giving.

Lovely ceramic ornament for gift giving.

5)  Ginny C from GRCTreasures will have all items in her shop on sale during the Thanksgiving weekend starting midnight on Thursday through cyber Monday.  She has a variety of vintage items in her shop, like this one…

Lovely party tray for the holidays!

Lovely party tray for the holidays!

6) FrameYourStory from Frameyourstory offer lovely personalized frames and home decor.  They have started their holiday coupon code now, so buyers can get their orders in.

Active now is code HOLIDAY2013 – $10.00 off of a $50.00 purchase.

Starting  Blackfriday until December 4th is code BLACKFRIDAY for 20% off.

Personalized holiday frame....what a great family gift!

Personalized holiday frame….what a great family gift!

7) Tami Wooliver from HannaHerbalFarms, specializing in herbal infused skin care and home scent items, will offer a coupon code “Christmastime” for 15% off.  In addition, they will be featuring several items in their “sale” category for extra savings this holiday season.
Herbal home scents.

Herbal home scents.

8) Barbara Ann from BarbaraAnnsCreations has a coupon code for her vintage dishes.  Just type in YOURAREALDISH at checkout for a 15% discount on any dish item, like this one….
Christmas dessert dishes.

Christmas dessert dishes.

9) Sue from SuesAkornShop is also offering a coupon code.  Enter 10OFF at checkout to enjoy a 10% discount on a variety of hand-sewn crafts for the home, like this one…

A hand-made, old fashioned Christmas stocking.

A hand-made, old fashioned Christmas stocking.

10) Miss Shelley from SouthernJamsandJelly says,  “We will be offering our 2oz jam jars for the same price as our 1.5oz jars…Plus, our 8oz jam jars will be 3 for $15!”

Handcrafted jelly for Christmas morning.

Handcrafted jelly for Christmas morning.

11) Ethical Infant from Ethicalinfant offers a selection of baby clothing and is offering Free Shipping with the code ShipFree at checkout.  They will also be doing a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale.  Just check out their banner for more details.

Toddler and baby clothing for gift giving!

Toddler and baby clothing for gift giving!

12) Gari Anne from beadloverskorner offers a variety of beaded jewelry and beads.  She is also offering a 30% discount with the code CYBERSALE at checkout.

Jewelery is a timeless gift.

Jewelery is a timeless gift.

13) Melissa R from missy69, who offers a variety of jewelry and hand crafted items says, “Starting November 1, 2015, and lasting all the way until January 1, 2016, I will be kicking off the holidays with a BOGO event. That is right, buy one item, get the second item, of equal or lesser value free. You will put the first item in your cart, then in the comments tell me the item you want for free. It is as easy as that. Please be aware that if you pick a made to order item, then both items will be shipped when the second item is completed. It is still always best to ask questions first, and avoid issues later. Free USA shipping will still apply. If, by chance two people want the same item, then it will be first come first serve. All invoices are dated, and timed, so this shouldn’t be an issue. Start making your list now!”

BOGO is every bargain hunter's dream!

BOGO is every bargain hunter’s dream!

14) Eric from VinylStandard will be discounting his entire shop 10% for Black Friday.  He carries a variety of records spanning decades of music.

Santa LP...great for the record collector!

Santa LP…great for the record collector!

15) Lori from SpokeNwheelz will be doing mystery packs of 2 T-shirts with bicycles or cars (you choose, and specify size) for $20.  Use coupon code XMAS15 in her shop at checkout for a Free Shipping bonus!

Custom shirts make great gifts!

Custom shirts make great gifts!

16) stfne9 from CustomCraftsbyStef has a coupon code SAVE25 to save 25% on her entire selection of custom baby and toddler clothing sets like this one…

Adorable gift for kids at Christmas!

Adorable gift for kids at Christmas!

Many more shops will be offering special sales this Holiday Season.  Just search “CIJ” or “Christmas in July” to check out our entire team’s items!

Wishing you good cheer, good times, and good shopping this holiday season!

Trend Watch with Paul Lowe : Florals

Trend watch with Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul’s Magazine

www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/trend-watch-with-paul-lowe-of-…

Florals

Granny florals are making a comeback.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Florals and what the story behind the item is.

Ina from InaSudjana says:

This made-to-match floral headband was designed originally to match Jennifer Paganelli’s Caravale Arcade fabric series.

It was designed as part of the Facebook Collaboration for a Cause 2015 Auction where handmade sellers formed groups to donate money raised to selected charities.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns states:

I have lots of floral themed products in my shop, but I particularly like this daisy necklace. It is breezy and great for spring – and very hippie!! Maybe that’s why I like it!

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Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital discusses:

I was experimenting with creating vases in my digital art, and added flowers and a few ladybugs, and created this fun, colorful set of printable mini note cards with the designs. I still use them myself once in a while when I need a mini note card.

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

There are so many uses for floral sheets! We picked these up as we thought that they would be really pretty used as multi layered among other florals on a bed or re-purposed into pillows, slip covers, curtains, or clothing! We deal in textiles mainly, and love to purchase floral items!

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Ginny C from GRCTreasures stated:

Saw this great table cover at a yard sale, the woman selling it said lots of family members had used this for years but it was time to pass it on. It reminded me so much of my kitchen decor in the late seventies when my daughter was born. Lots of happy memories there and there is something so cheerful about the colors, still bright after all this time.

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love flowers and floral things! When I saw a paper pad of florals I just could not resist getting it. I then had to think of something to make with it and thought these envelopes would be perfect!

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Trend Watch with Paul Lowe : Home Cooking

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Trend watch with Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul’s Magazine

www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/trend-watch-with-paul-lowe-of-…

Home Cooking

Eating out is out! Cooking at home is in.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Home Cooking and what the story behind the item is.

Dawn Whitehand  from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

My shop is all about home cooking, food presentation and sharing food with family and friends.

My ceramic wares are oven to table, and are microwave safe, oven safe & dishwasher safe – so you can cook a pie or casserole and serve it immediately to the table and then clean up in the dishwasher – easy and dinner party friendly!

This bowl is ideal for baking a pie, cooking casseroles, serving salads and anything else you can think of in the kitchen…

I have lots of other home cooking wares in my store so visit and take a peek

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

One of the things we LOVE to collect is vintage Cookbooks! We have many available, but this is one of our favorites and a classic that every bride must have received for her wedding from the 40’s to the 60’s and is still popular today! If you don’t have a copy of The Joy of Cooking, your kitchen is just not complete!

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Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

A classic and fun way to eat at home is to BBQ. It is a great way to have very tasty food and on hot days you don’t have to heat up the kitchen with cooking. A great way to eat at home instead of going out on a hot day. Here is a great vintage book on Betty Crocker Best Recipes for Grilling. This book is from 1989 and has lots of great recipes in it.

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If you make a cake at home, you have to be able to store it and why not in this vintage aluminum cake carrier. My mother had one similar to this and she used to bake a cake from scratch every Friday. This caught my eye at a yard sale and brought back all those good memories of fresh baked cakes.
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What could be more iconic of the days of home cooked meals then a piece of vintage Pyrex from the 1940’s?
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10 Years of Trends – Owls

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

This month Etsy celebrates 10 years as a global community of makers, inventors, and collectors.Today, we’re turning our attention to 5 memorable trends that have made their mark over the years.

http://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/10-years-of-etsy-trends/

“Since most owls are active at night, they have a mysterious quality that we associate with the elusive.”

We wanted to know if any of our CIJ members had any Owl items in their shop and the story behind the item.

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner  says:

I carry a wonderful line of pewter beads and findings by Green Girl Studios in my shop, and this is one of my favorites of their owl beads! Bubo was the owl that Athena sent to help Perseus in The Clash of the Titans movie. Bubo is also a genus made up of Horned owls and Eagle owls.

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Ina from InaSudjana states: 

There was a time when Owls dominated most girls nursery decorations. Truly. I think it’s because they appear in many children books, they’re whimsical, and they mostly live in children’s imaginary world as we don’t see owls very often especially if we live in suburban streets and we’re not nocturnal…With their popularity comes many requests for them in my shop. Here is one

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Melissa R from missy69 explains:

Owls are fascinating, and some people find them creepy, and maybe even scary. As a new, and constantly learning artist, I find abstract art sometimes creepy, and fascinating, much like owls. As part of an Art challenge to create Abstract Art, I created this beautiful doodle owl. Her eyes are a little creepy, lol.

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Carola Bartz  discusses:

I think I have the love for owls in my genes! My mom loved owls and collected little owl trinkets. Ever since my family and I witnessed the upbringing of two owlets in one of our regional parks I have created little owls as well. This particular print of my original mixed media painting is my favorite since I combined it with my love for the American Southwest. The original painting is not for sale as it is so close to my heart.

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Christina Paul from lebeauchaton said:

I frequently feature owls in my shop – and have a blog with an owl logo I love how expressive their faces can be – they seem always to be thinking and feeling thoughts.

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states:

I love little cute owls like the ones on these cards. Actually I really like any fluffy animal and the little white fluffy owls are so cute. I have been fortunate to see an owl in the wild one night when visiting a friend’s house. It was a lovely moment!

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Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I love owls and enjoyed seeing a big one in our back yard years ago. I have quite a few owl items in my shop because I really like them.

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Lorraine from EyeGloArts said:

A wise old owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?The origins and history of ‘A wise old owl’ are vague, however its meaning isn’t, basically it would be told to children in an attempt to teach the child the virtue of being quiet! The lyrics of ‘A wise old owl’ poem are derived from the saying ‘a wise old owl’ based on an owl’s behavior of watching and patiently waiting when hunting its prey. Legends concerning the owl are recorded in Greek, Celtic, Native American and Aborigine mythology. The owl is especially associated with wisdom in Greek mythology being linked with Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. Athens is named from the Goddess Athena and its emblem is the owl. The owl was, for many years, viewed as a sinister bird only hunting at night when only evil spirits and witches were abroad – hence the connection with as a Witches Familiar! A wise old owl – “Children should be seen and not heard!

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Sara Wyatt from CustomCrayonsbySara stated:

I love owls – they peek out here and there in various decor in my home, including my girls’ room. Until now, I have never really thought about why I like them. Owls make me think of a forest, and forests make me thing of Autumn. I LOVE autumn. The year could be composed of 11 months of fall and the other seasons could cram into the other 1 month and I would be perfectly happy. So I added these little cuties to my shop!

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Lucy Clasen from LuDesignsCreations says:

Owls were my Mom’s favorite so now I love them too! They are so neat with their large eyes and the ability to swivel their head. Wonderful birds.

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Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts states:

I find owls so cute and adorable. I had so many people asking me at craft shows if I had anything owl I simply *had* to add something! The magnets I created are such a big hit that this year I added key chains to the mix as well.

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This is one of my most popular items in my shop, the Owl Mug Cozy. I started crocheting these when a friend requested one after seeing the crochet pattern online. It was one of the first crochet patterns I actually spent money on and I am glad I did. It is very intricate with a lot of weaving of ends and I did not like making these at first. But, after many orders of them I have become quite proficient at creating them and actually enjoy it! And they are oh so cute with so much personality. I’ve even branched out from this pattern to create a panda bear and a penguin and will soon offer a duck model so keep an eye out. Thanks for letting me share this here.
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Personally I love owls and visit the “Audubon Center for Birds of Prey” whenever I can. I wanted to design an owl that was unique and whimsical for a hand embroidered pillow. I infused a nature theme within my owl design, by making his wings “leaves” and placing flowers on his chest. I wanted to offer a handmade item that would bring joy to an owl lover.
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I think my true love of owls started from growing up reading Harry Potter and being in love with his pet, Hedwig. Snowy owls are definitely my favorite, and one of my favorite of all birds.
One of my favorite ‘owl facts’ is that a historical favorite of mine, Florence Nightingale, kept an owl she named Athena as a pet.
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I loved Owls since I was a child. They always seemed so wise, gracious and mysterious at the same time. Owls to me associate with school, books and Winnie Pooh story. I remember how my teacher put the wooden Owl statue on her desk at the beginning of the class.

Now with Fall season coming I made these honey mustard color boot cuffs and attached the wise Owl from the 1970’s as accessory.

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Ginny C from GRCTreasures discussed:
I too am drawn to owls when I am out “hunting”, in fact this Saturday I bought another one at a yard sale. I said to my husband I may have to keep this one for myself. The vintage owl is from the 70’s and I took the picture outside on my back patio to show how it would look in its proper environment so to speak.
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The Owl fabric in this listing is what I bought to create my very 1st Nappy Wallet for my first-born son. 4 years ago. I now make many Nappy/Diaper wallets & am happy to present one of my newest creations!
This Owl design will find its new owner soon enough.
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I find owls somewhat mysterious – often heard and seldom seen. We have many types here around our farm and frankly my chickens could do without them but I quite like their single steady focus on things – although a bit aloof.

I managed to capture this handsome fellow one nasty winter day. He was actually perched on the deck railing right outside my bedroom window hunkered down against the elements.

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Owls are found in legends among many cultures, as well as many other reasons are why the Owl is one of the 10 Year of Trends for Etsy.