International Seasons: CarolaBartz – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fall Is The Favorite Season Of Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz

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 1. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is fall. I love how nature changes and the colorful display I enjoy every day. The light is warmer and not as harsh as in summer. I absolutely love the earthy color palette of fall. The fog returns and it’s not as hot anymore, but the days have lovely temperatures that still allow to walk around without a jacket and in sandals.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We have summer right now, but already I can see the first yellow, orange and red leaves on some of the Chinese Pistaches. They are usually the first to turn and in October they are spectacular.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This journal represents the warm and earthy colors of fall. I personally love to journal and I especially like the smooth paper of composition books. Their sure are other people who share this and with them in mind I created this journal.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

There are two big celebrations in fall in my part of the world: Halloween and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Here, in wine country, the harvest of the grapes is also very important and often accompanied by small festivals with music, food and, of course, wine.

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5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarolaBartzPhotoArt
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/carolabartz/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/carolabartz/
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/+CarolaBartz

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Homemade Goodness For The Season

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

If you’re like me, now is the time of year you get that irresistible urge to buy, make (and eat) special treats not common at other times of the year. For me, it’s Christmas cookies and candies, ‘comfort soups’, fancy pastries and pies….well, you get the idea.

What are your treasured homemade treats of the holiday season? Our teamies shared some of their favorites and also some items from their shops related to holiday baking, cooking, candy-making, or eating!!

Melissa R from missy69 said:
My Grandma used to make the best Magic Cookie Bars, and they are still my favorite She made something called Jumbo cookies too, but I can not find a proper recipe anywhere for them. The recipe for Magic Cookie Bars, is www.eaglebrand.com/recipe-detail/magiccookiebars-3934 here. Of course you will need a giving plate to give them to friends and family. I am glad to help you there.
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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

This recipe is a family favorite! Makes a great hostess gift too!

Candy-Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 dash vanilla extract
4 cups whole pecans

Preheat over to 275 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat egg white until stiff. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Pour nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until browned, about 10-15 min.

Store in a tin to keep fresh.

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Tanya from socksandmittens said:

My friend gave me this recipe several years ago. These are simple hazelnut butter cookies but they taste so good. We bake them every Christmas since then.

Here is a recipe or if you’d like to see the full version with photographs please visit my blog socksandmittens.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-butter-cookies.html

Hazelnut butter cookies:

Ingredients:
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tea-spoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
Powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Fold in nuts. Knead a dough to make it smooth. Place the dough ball in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350’F. Line the baking sheet with foil. If your dough is too hard cut it with knife to form a strips and then cut it to even pieces. Roll the pieces into balls about the same size and place on ungreased foil about 1″ apart.

Bake at 350’F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Let them cool completely and dust them with the powdered sugar.

One item from my second shop related to baking is this vintage glass rolling-pin.

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Vintage glass Roll-Rite baker’s rolling-pin Good Housekeeping USA collectible baking memorabilia

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Cheese biscuits are a favourite between courses in my house. I think the clean the palate in preparation for the next delicious dish.

Cheese Biscuits

1 Cup plain flour
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
125 gram butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
20 gram blue cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup parmesan extra

Preheat oven to 200C / 400F

place flours curry powder and butter in a food processor till crumbly
Stir in cheeses
Bring mixture together into a ball
Roll into a log. Chill for 1 hr
Cut 5 mm slices and arrange on tray lined with baking paper leaving room between.
Sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake for 15 min
Enjoy

Here is something to serve them on.

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Serving Platter. wooden, Queensland Walnut

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love to make homemade gifts for Christmas and include the recipes! This gorgeous Angel Shortbread mold is perfect for making shortbread or cookies to give as gifts AND it comes with its own recipe book! Whether you make your own gift or want to give a gift to someone who likes to bake – this is the perfect Holiday themed present!

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Vintage Flying Angel Shortbread Cookie Mold by Brown Bag Cookie Art – 1987 Design Cookie Cutter – Wall Art Plaque – Baking Crafts Supplies

Many thanks for all the great shares! Happy Noshing & Holidays, Everyone!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

June – National Ocean Month

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Around the world June is celebrated as Ocean Month. Since Oceans make up approximately 70% of the Earth, is it any wonder that we celebrate it? There are many ways to participate in this holiday, including using the Sea as inspiration.

I wondered ” How do we in Christmas in July Team take inspiration from the Ocean, Sea Life and other such creatures?”

Wendy Joy of wjoydesigns said:

I grew up by the ocean in California.When I am homesick and missing the smell of salt air, the sound of waves gently rolling onto the sand and the call of the seagulls in the wind. I am inspired to make pieces that remind me of these feelings. I use blues and whites. I use things that are natural and the color of sand. Occasionally I will use found items from my many visits to the beach through my childhood, such as sea glass and shells from my personal collection!

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Lin Collette of rhodyart states:

I don’t have much occasion to incorporate the sea in my work, though I’ve done larger pieces that refer to the ocean and the life that thrives in it. The only real connection the items I sell in my shop have to the ocean is if they’re pirate themed, and thus I present one of those here.

Pirate themes are a tribute to my brother, Will, who has changed his birthday celebrations to Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.

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Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo says:

My town, Salerno, is on Mediterranean Sea, part of Atlantic Ocean. All my crafts are strongly influenced by this, as you can see from the colors l use. What l love living on the sea is that my view, at least in one direction, has no limits.

Furthermore, even in hot summer, the temperature is more bearable, because of the sea breeze. I think l couldn’t live anywhere else without sea.

This is my most recent item and I think it confirms all l said here.

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Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns states:

Currently I live  in a rural central Victoria about four hours from the ocean – which is a lot for me.

As a child I grew up on the coast in a sleepy country town, which is now a tourist metropolis!

This early influence, I think, influences a lot of the color choices I make in the glazes I apply to my works such as the blue on this ceramic bowl.

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios explains:
I adore the beach, it’s my go to place when I need a wander, a pick me up or a fun time! It features often in my work, my photography work seems to center around it often. Sunset at the beach brings me back to my inner self, it relaxes and enchants me with the colors, the sights and the sounds.
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Connie Lee of Bungalow42 tells me:
Growing up in Texas I spent a lot of time on Galveston Island as a child.
As a teenager I visited beaches all along the gulf coast. My high school boyfriend was an avid surfer who tried (in vain) to teach me to surf. I was generally happier walking the shoreline looking for shells, dashing in and out of the surf or napping on the sand.
As an adult I have been fortunate to live on both the east and west coast. The ocean continues to be a significant influence in my life and my work.
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Annie of DesignedbyAnneliese said:
I live in Australia and it takes at least 1.5 hours to get to the beach! When I was little we used it go on family holidays every year over Christmas (when it is summer holidays) and stay right near the beach. I loved it! While these gift tags do not feature anything from the ocean, the colors remind me of how lovely the sea and the beach are.
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 Katrina of BygoneAllure states:

I live in Hobart, Tasmania and a short distance from spectacular family friendly beaches. I get my exercise, breathe in the salt air, cleanse my senses and get direction and clarity by being close to the ocean. The ocean and nature oxygenate me. I feel so lucky to have this access to Nature.

The beauty of nature inspires me in my whole outlook. I love to beach comb and collect beautiful items like shells and driftwood. My favorite colors are Green and Blue which for me represent air, nature, earth. One of my favorite materials is Paua Shell / Abalone and I seek out fine Vintage Jewelry pieces with this natural material.

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Iefrenchgem told me:

I live less than a mile from the beach in Fort Myers Beach, FL in the winter, and SW France in the summer. I go for long walks on the beach here in France collecting sea glass for my one of a kind pieces that I sell at shows, and I find the most wonderful photo props right on the beach (like the driftwood props in the photos below). Even the crystals that I use remind me of the light dancing on the waters surface. I can’t imagine not living near the ocean. I am constantly in awe of it’s beauty and magnificence.

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Pauls and Daiga of ThreadsandPaintStudio states:
We live in Latvia, far, far away from Ocean, but very near to Baltic sea. I couldn’t imagine live without possibility to get into car and drive to beach. Many of our works are inspired from water theme. We tray to show our landscapes with sandy beach, but it could also be ocean view, sea view, lake view.
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Inga of FaufulisFashion explains:
I live in Latvia near to the sea. My all time favorite place to be is the beach!
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I would say that the water,especially the Ocean inspires many of us to create. It could be because of our love, awe or wonder at what it’s depths hold.

Get up, get out and let the water near you inspire your creations!