Chic Children

Contributor post from Cindy of Cynhumphrey

We often hear about chic clothing, chic ladies, and chic decorating. Seldom do we bring that down to a child’s level though. That is exactly what we’re going to do here at Christmas in July for this post.

According to the dictionary, the meaning of the word chic is fashionable style. What child does not have their own fashionable style? This is something that allows the child to show the world that they are an individual and this is what makes them happy.

I think the most important thing about being chic is not that it has to be elegant, but rather that it is remembered. It’s something stylish that the child likes. It could pertain to clothing, accessories and even decor. It doesn’t have to be strictly for the females either!

The members of Christmas in July know how to show off chic items for children! Here are a few treasures on display in some of our talented shops.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says

What could be chicer than my handmade and hand painted kids’ wall art? Girl Power…DIVA…I’m not Spoiled. I’m a Princess…

Pink Wooden Princess Wall Hanging

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Children love Tweety bird. I do too! This is a great pillow for a child’s room decor.

Tweety Bird Character Pillow

Martha from HolidayCreations4U says

Cute vintage looking Felt Christmas stocking for the children as well as adults. Also crocheted animal ornaments that kids will enjoy playing with or putting on the Christmas Tree.

Felt Christmas Stocking

Gari Anne from BeadLoversKorner says

Little girls will be excited to wear this chic bracelet with zoo animal beads and then have fun collecting and adding new beads to it. Just like adult charm bead bracelets, this children’s bracelet can be easily changed. The locker bead makes the bracelet adjustable as new beads are added or as the little girl grows.

Zoo Animal Bracelet

Nicole Bridge from MamasHookin says

A simple design dressed up with a vintage bead, this hat is perfect for the little girl who is subtle in her fashion statements.

Purple Butterfly Beanie Hat

Kaycee from ParadiseJewelryofCP says

Little girls red and green chic Christmas necklace. Perfect accessory for Christmas time!

Girl’s Christmas Necklace

Susan – Sharon  of MsPDesignsUSA says:

Little girls love all things chic, pink, and sparkly! Girls love to dress in pretty, frilly dresses, and twirl around pretending to be ballerinas. For bed time, this very feminine and chic quilt is the perfect place for a little girl to snuggle up and be cozy as she sleeps.

Check out this super-girly and super-chic ballet dancer quilt pattern!

Ballerina Quilt Pattern

Barbara of MermaidsHatbox says:

Little girls love hats. So, I sometimes make little hats for my shop or markets. That is always so much fun for me. This beautiful beige baby/toddler hat is a perfect accessory for any little girl. It has three hat bands for change. The hat bands are removable so it is possible to move the bow or flower into the correct position. Also the “bare” hat can be adorned with your own designs. It’s also possible to use the hat bands as head bands.

Baby/Toddler Hat

Sue   from Susy Sew and Sew says:

A bit of baby chic. My hairdresser was having a baby and as she had a huge dog she loved, I made her a bib with a cute appliqued dog on the front. She loved it and I loved making it so I made some for the shop. I love the process of seeing the faces get character as they are sewn. This one features a sweet brown bear face and is perfect for either a boy or a girl.

Unisex Baby Bib

Stock Lane Studio from Stock Lane Studio says:

Our Starry Night Sky wall art series makes for chic girls and boys room decor, and this Shine Bright Printable is one of our best sellers. Inspired by our frequent night dog walks, sitting in open fields gazing at meteor showers, and memories of glow-in-the-dark star decals on childhood ceilings, every twinkle and every inch of our Night Sky background was hand designed. SLS’s Shine Bright is offered as printed or printable art.


Night Sky Nursery Decor


Susan from SSFDesigns says:

A few years ago I was asked to make a dress for a little girl that matched the dress of her favorite vintage doll. This was so fun to make and the little girl was so happy to be dressed up like her doll!


Vintage Style Girls Dress

Home For All The Holidays

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Any holiday is the best excuse to gather the family and show how much we care.  Independence Day was always a big celebration in my mother’s family.  Generations have served in the Army, Air Force, and Marines, and it was always important to our family that their service be honored through our celebrations.  Our entire extended family would gather in a little town called Louviers, CO.  A large BBQ and back yard games would ensue.  What makes Holidays special for our CIJ families?  Read on.  Feel free to share your holiday memories in the comments section.  If you see something you like, just click on the pictures to shop our Etsy CIJ team!

1) Ina from InaSudjana says

For us it will be the Chinese New Year (CNY).
It is a big thing in our family, very much like Christmas to many Western countries except that it usually falls on either end of January or beginning of February. Every year has a different date according to the Chinese calendar.
We’re from Indonesia, but my family root is Chinese and my parents are ‘big’ on Chinese New Year.

It is the time to gather together as a big family and enjoying the CNY dinner.

Food is usually in abundance around this time, especially sweet treats like Pineapple tarts. Sweet treats symbolise sweet beginning to a new year.

The CNY dinner menu usually includes fish, tofu, noodle. They symbolise good fortune and long life. We usually wear anything red and the children will usually get red pockets from their parents and grandparents.

This red dolly felt hairclip organiser in my shop is inspired by the CNY:

Adorable felt hair clip from InaSudjana.

Adorable felt hair clip from InaSudjana.

2) Noel from MinkCouture says

I have a Christmas birthday and my parents would always get me a Christmas ornament and put it on my cake with my candles. Sometimes it was cats (I went through a cat phase), other times it was space capsules and moon landers. It morphed into a car for my 16th, a ballet shoe for a big recital…..

I still get an ornament each year, something to symbolize an event that happened.

This inspired most of my ornaments, but definitely this set of “his and hers” first Christmas stockings. Miniature stockings are hand cut from a up cycled felted sweater and sweet vintage pearly, white buttons are seen on the edge.

Lovely Christmas Stockings  from MinkCouture.

Lovely Christmas Stockings from MinkCouture.

3) Olga Creativ from Creativhook says

My favorite holiday is the day of birth. On this day, it’s nice to get the gifts. The best gift for a girl is a doll.

Great gift idea for little ones from Creativhook

Great gift idea for little ones from Creativhook

4) Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says

One of my preferred holidays is Mother’s Day.

My sons really love me and usually show me their love in different ways, but It’s so sweet having a particular attention on that day!

This year they were both away but they called me on the phone and on skype too.

When they want to be particularly tender with me, they don’t call me “mom” but “mamy” and I’m…..touched!

I created this decor just thinking it as a perfect gift not only on Mother’s Day, but to show every day love and thankfulness to every mom in any moment of the year.

Lovely heart wreath from Ghirlandiamo

Lovely heart wreath from Ghirlandiamo

5) Claire DeRosa from ToBeMeJewelry says

My favorite holiday is Christmas when family from far away come home to celebrate. Let’s face it, during the month of December we run around completing our energy. To replenish my energy after Christmas, what do I do? Go down to the beach to find sea glass. Although, finding sea glass is now hard to find at the Jersey shore, it’s not impossible. The best part during this “after Christmas” visit to the beach is to see all the Christmas trees along the beach. Bradley Beach, NJ uses the trees to recycle and build up the dunes. It’s so cool, to imagine all the memories these trees provided to families. It’s a cold little visit but so worth it. My energy is renewed and maybe a few pieces of sea glass in my pocket!

Stunning sea-glass bracelet from ToBeMeJewelry

Stunning sea-glass bracelet from ToBeMeJewelry

6) Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

Within my family we celebrate Christmas the most – usually everyone has time off work so everyone can get together.

My store has lots of handmade ceramic tablewares which are ideal for making a celebration special – what better than to share food presented in a unique piece of tableware made with love.

Beautiful Bowl from DeeDeeDeesigns

Beautiful Bowl from DeeDeeDeesigns

7) Martha from HolidayCreations4U says

The Christmas Tree Skirt is a big tradition in my family. I use the one my Grandmother made for me soon after I got married. I put it under our tree every year. My mother uses the one her mother made her soon after she married. My sisters also put out the tree skirts that were hand made for them by our Grandmother. It is a special time when I pull out that skirt and remember my Grandmother.
I thought it was a wonderful tradition to get started in any family. I hope that my customers are picking out a special handmade tree skirt from my shop and use it year after year.
Here is a sample of my home made felt tree skirts.

Stunning tree skirt from HolidayCreations4U

Stunning tree skirt from HolidayCreations4U

8)  Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

Mother’s Day is near and dear to my heart. Of course, because I’m a mother and I can feel the love my daughters have for me. And to me it’s a day to celebrate being a mother myself and what a great gift my children are. And lately though it’s bitter sweet since I am often so far away from my own mother that I can’t visit her on this day. And with her declining health and advancing age, I count each new Mother’s Day she celebrates as a gift. I was able to see her a year ago and captured her prize-winning roses in photo. I’ve turned some of them into greeting cards and overtime I look at them and relive so many sunny Mother’s Days I spend with my own mom.

Stunning greeting card from StockLaneStudio

Classic greeting card from StockLaneStudio

9) Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says

In our family while I was growing up almost any holiday turned into a big deal with large family get togethers and tons of great foods, fun, games and laughter. Our family is much smaller now, but the part that always means something to me no matter what is just – family. That bond that is there regardless of the holiday you are celebrating. I was so afriad I would not be here to celebrate more holidays with family when I was diagnosed with lung cancer at 44 years old. I lost my father to this disease, – it has been many years, but I thought much on the fact that those holidays, birthdays, Easter or any holiday – many families do not have very much laughter or are feeling lost, hopeless, lonely, or grieving. I wanted to provide a message of hope, and messages of inspiration – as a survivor I feel a need to pass that on. I also know that sometimes just having something to remember and honor those who lost this fight can be a special thing, and a healing thing. So I make things and hope that they bring a bit of happiness and hope – and healing. I want awareness to spread.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Miniature Handmade Hope Tree from KrystalKlarityBeads.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Miniature Handmade Hope Tree from KrystalKlarityBeads.

10)  Donna Zuk from SassyScrapsCrafts says

My holiday tradition is making handmade ornaments every year, whether its from paper, felt, tree limbs, or fabric. There is nothing you can’t use to make special memorable ornaments from. I would rather have handmade then store bought ornaments anyday because they are truely unique and special.
Charming Old World Santa Tags from SassyScrapsCrafts

Charming Old World Santa Tags from SassyScrapsCrafts

A parting thought…

We’re thinking of you this special holiday,
Sending our wishes for joy and happiness,
Hoping all good things will come your way:
Satisfaction, comfort, peace, success!
By Joanna Fuchs

Summer Activities

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Summer is right around the corner and with it all the activities of the season! Graduations, pool parties, beach time and so much more.

I asked Christmas in July members about their summer plans and I got varying answers.

Martha of HolidayCreations4U said:

In June my and my husband’s families have many birthdays, plus Father’s Day so we have one big picnic party for celebrate all.


AliciasFindings states:

I am having family over around Memorial Day – we are going to celebrate my brothers birthday. It shall be a great time, good food and time together.

We plan to visit my godparents sometime during the summer. I love visiting them for many reasons, but one is for the Friday fish fry. It is so good!


Sue and Misty of shabbyshopgirls says:

We usually have a big 4th of July party with fireworks and a day of swimming and picnic. Here are some fun trays for a great July 4th or picnic gathering!


Sarah of bellazahn tells:

Heading in to winter for us, so hoping to meet up with family at the mountain. This year I will be teaching my 4 year old how to ski.


Rhonda Tol of SimplyBeadifulDesign told me:

Hubby got bitten by the camping bug last year so we’re going to do as much of it as we can, and I am so excited about it!! I’m hoping to also get in a visit with my best friend at some point but we shall see about that!


Sounds like there will be lots of fun and trips, no matter what the season!

Handmade Summer – Etsy Christmas in July

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

I love summer. I especially love all of the handmade items that are everywhere this warm and sunny season. There are so many talented artists that create beautiful handmade pieces that are perfect for the summer.

Summer is a perfect time for creativity and inspiration and in honor of the season, our Etsy Christmas in July team share their handmade items that beautifully represent the summer.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Starfish bead bracelet

I can picture wearing this bracelet while on the beach this summer, enjoying the summer breeze and the waves.  From

Alicia of AliciasFindings says, “I found these beads at a local store and fell in love! I love beachy things especially sea life,birds,sun,sand etc. This piece embodies all of that to me and I hope whoever buys it feels the same!”


Stephanie from Busy Bella Boutique says, “My daughter needed somewhere to put her bows and headbands instead of in a drawer in her room. It was way too messy, and I could never find the bow I wanted for whatever outfit she was wearing. So, one day I thought I would just make a hair bow holder/organizer myself. So, I gathered supplies and let her pick out the color ribbon she liked, and I even let her help (She is 5, so this was a VERY big deal to her). Finally, after some trial and error, I made her one, and she LOVED it!! She just had to show everyone her new hair bow organizer hanging up in her room. So, I thought, “Why not share it with the world?”


This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From

This would be a beautiful addition to any summer wedding. From


Roselle from Seaside Rose Creations says, “I adore the beach, summer and vintage. These banners are so wonderful for weddings, holidays, events, etc. I love thinking up words and then using various colored ribbons to go with the vintage letter cards I have thrifted. They are so sweet and have a great vibe hanging from the ribbon by little wood clothespins! I take custom orders and am happy to make up any word for these DIY banners.”



These earrings are great for any outfit. From


Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says, “I have always disliked heavy jewelry, especially in the summer months, yet I love the look of chunky jewelry. It is so hot here in the summer! Some outfits, however, need a little something extra. So, I created these boho style earrings to wear on those hot summer days. They are feather light, and I chose neutral colors that you can wear with just about anything. Fun and flirty and eye catching, for sure!”


Doesn't this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!  From

Doesn’t this necklace and earring set remind you of the beach!


Paula of Bridget’s Collection says, “I am fortunate to live in a warmer climate and a short drive to the beach. When I made this necklace, I thought of a day at the beach enjoying the sun, sand and surf. Then, home for a quick shower, change into a sun dress, and pop on this necklace and earring set before heading out for an al fresco dinner watching the setting sun.”


These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.  From

These napkin rings would look perfect on the table of a beach wedding reception.


Brittany of Brittany’s Best says, “I wanted to make rings specifically for a beach wedding. I searched for weeks before finding the perfect color ribbon for these hand-wrapped napkin rings. I love the thought that these rings will match the color of the sea or sky on someone’s most special day. I can envision an all white tabletop with these rings adorning a white napkin and vases with sea shells and floating candles.”


How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly. From

How beautiful is this photo?! Represents summer perfectly.


Angsana of Angsana Seeds Photo says, “When I think of summer, I visualized rolling hills of wildflowers with bright brilliant colors. I am from Singapore and we lack the four seasons. Also, the weather is too hot and humid that we don’t usually see vibrant colorful flowers on the sidewalk. I saw this brilliant orange color Gerbera daisy when I went to the market one day. The color captured my eyes, and it is screaming summer! I’m so glad I bought it home.”



Laura of Chicken Jungle says, “I started sewing with fabric scraps from my aunts when I was a little kid, I like to experiment with many different fabrics, trims, buttons, beads and all kinds of unusual doodads, a little of this, a little of that. Lately I have been making these chicken doorstops. They all have quilted wings and tails that are like mini quilts in themselves. They are hand stitched, as it would be impossible to make the small curved seems on a machine. I make my own pattern for these chickens.”


How pretty is this dress? From

How pretty is this dress?


Elizabeth of LuckyLizzys says” I created this design for Summer because every little girl should have a colorful sundress to twirl in and feel special! It is a perfect dress for all your Summertime events!”


Isn't this pretty and fun!  From

Isn’t this pretty and fun!


Sue of Greenbriar Creations says, “They are a unique one of a kind addition to your fairy garden. With a little care and no rogue squirrels (they ate one of my socks!) they could last a couple of years. I’ve recently added some miniature clothes garlands as laundry room decor to the shop too. The best part of making these miniatures is the ability to use up bits and pieces of my stash – whether it be fabric, lace or some of my vintage hankies. My shop is extremely eclectic. I don’t like to work on the same thing over and over. I’m always coming up with something new.”


Beautiful summer greeting card.  From

Beautiful summer greeting card.


Carola from Carola Bartz says, “When I think of summer I often think of the ocean, the beach – and of course sanddollars. Sun, bright colors, carefree days. I love to walk along the beach and look for shells. I especially love sanddollars, they are unique and it’s hard to find whole, unbroken ones. For me they mean something positive and beautiful. This beauty as well as the feeling of carefree light summer days I love to express in unique handmade cards that represent summer – and how thoughtful is it to send this beauty and positive emotion to someone we love and care about? That’s why I make these cards.”


Look at the digital, printable paper. From

Look at the digital, printable paper.


Sherri from Butterfly Feet Digital says, “I love flowers and lady bugs, and summer just happens to be the best time to see both of those! I’ve always loved sunflowers – they are so country and pretty.
I enjoy creating flowers and bugs for digital download items such as these printable greeting card sets. These are in PDF printable format, and one of my goals is to make similar items in jpg format.”


How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.  From

How pretty is this bag? Perfect for summer.


Alexandra from Eye Love Knots says, ” I fell in love with this bag the moment I saw it! I knew I had to create my own. First one made went to my cousin for her birthday. I filled it with a bunch of goodies needed to have a great day at the beach – magazines, sunscreen, beach towel, cooler/lunch bag, Gatorade, snack bars… It was a hit!”



Valerie of Bijoux Elkasa says, “‘m a classic lady when we talk about clothes so I started to do this kind of necklace to light up my little black dress or a classic top. This is my way to be more colorful 🙂 It can also be use with a nice gown for wedding or graduation.”


Such beautiful and unique glass art. From

Such beautiful and unique glass art.


Elizabeth of Elizabeth Loves Glass says, “Fresh beachy colors and a love-the-ocean theme feel like summer to me. I don’t use actual sea glass in my mosaics because it’s too rare – but the kiln formed and tumbled glass that I do use gives a similar feeling and is definitely summer-holiday inspired.”



Kelly from Colourscape Studios says, “I created this print for the summer time girls! It just takes me back to my early years of spending all summer on the beach without a care in the world :D”



Denise from Quilts Herbs Paper 4 U says, ”

I have been quilting and working with herbs and fabrics since my late teens. I love it!! I want to help people feel good about themselves. Much of my inspiration comes from pockets of peaceful spirituality in the Rocky Mountains and Four Corners area. Some of my inspiration also comes from Alpine Europe.”


Jennifer from Repurposed Wool Studio says, “When I think of summer… I think of colorful and fun. This dress up/ pretend play costume is great for kids wanting to run around and be free as a bird during summer fun.”



Lia of Ghirlandiamo says, ” I live in a South Italy town, where sun and sea are my constant fellows. I love bright and strong colours as in this my wreath. Do you like it?”


Summer placemats, patriotic style. From

Summer place mats, patriotic style.


Martha from Holiday Creations 4 U says, “Summer place mats from my shop that can brighten up any summer time get together. I have a variety of summer themed mats plus a patriotic table runner.
I have been making these hand made place mats and table runners for over a year. They are a complement to my Christmas themed handmade stockings and tree skirts.”


Summer Bracelet - so cute! From

Summer Bracelet – so cute!


Melanie from Woodland Market says, “I live in a city that is on the edge of Lake Ontario, and I have totally gotten into the nautical theme with all the water around me. I really love the look of the different sailor knots, and I decided to turn them into some cute bracelets!”

These are great stories by great artists, creating pieces that express the theme of ‘Handmade Summer.”

Have a great summer! Share this time with your family and friends.

All the best,

Ashley from French Soul Knittery