Nature Gifts

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

Spring is nearly upon us followed by the lovely summer months. I love this time of year with the sun shining on our faces, it makes us all happy. But it is also a time to take notice of nature around us, nature can be of trees, flowers or nature animals themselves.

Here at CIJ we want to know what gifts you have that reflect the theme ‘nature’ and tell us a little about your gift.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says: This necklace is made from clay, which is from the Earth, and features two pendants in the shape of leaves. The leaves were smoke fired in a bonfire using tree branches, leaves and various other natural materials, such as pine cones.

So this necklace certainly is of and from nature!

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Clay Necklace

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: No matter how old I am, I’ll always love collecting rocks. The image for this zipper pouch was taken on a rock hunt on the coast of Maine. Perfect vessel for our skipping rocks.

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Zippered pouch

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says: This little hand embroidered ornament represents the nature of Spring in a fun colorful way. Flowers blooming and a bird (which I imagine chirping) brings thoughts of warmer weather.

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Hand Embroidered Ornament

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says: The spring time illustration is by Gertrud Mierendorff is pretty enough to frame!

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German postcard featuring a tabby cat in a field of flowers

Diana from JolieFemmeByDiana says: Forest Fun is the theme of this little tote with a plush squirrel and covered with mushrooms. Spring is a good time to get out and hike in nature and look at animals and plants in wild places.

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Plush squirrel covered with mushrooms

Flower Power Showers from FlowerPowerShowers says: I make outdoor showers that look like flowers and other metal flower yard stakes.

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Outdoor Showers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says: We are enjoying the first signs of spring and have a number of flowers blooming in the yard. Our magnolia has just bloomed and we picked all of the flowers in our newest bridal listings. Time to start gardening and the best way to relax after a hot day in the yard is with a cold ice tea!

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Sand-Carved Decanter

The perfect Mother’s Day gift, we sand-carve our decanters and this decanter is perfect for ice tea, sangria, or any beverage you wish to serve in style! Choose from our designs and available font selection and have your order gift wrapped for shipping direct to your recipient @DesignstheLimit

Debbie Haward from HollyBeeandCompany says: We make Wooden home decor. One of our favorite items is our Mountain pieces. We use an all natural homemade earth pigment stain. We also make these as custom order by size and design.

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Wooden Mountain Decor

Heatherleanne from MississippiMayhem says: Here at Mississippi Mayhem, I started creating floral anatomy embroideries. The most recent one I’ve completed is a lung piece.

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Floral Anatomy Embroideries

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says: I’m ready for warmer weather with flowers and butterflies! These butterfly earrings are made of turquoise magnesite with colorful bead accents.

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Butterfly Earrings

Stacy from LilacHouseFlorals says, Celebrate the beauty of spring with an elegant hydrangea wreath for your front door!

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Elegant Door Wreath

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says, For me, the ocean is one of the big forces of nature. I am lucky to live close by the Pacific Ocean and whenever I spend time at the coast I am captivated by its stunning beauty. A walk on the beach shows me all the treasures nature has to offer right here: driftwood, shells, sand dollars, algae, small crabs.

This mixed media painting was inspired by the interestingly shaped piece of driftwood I found at one of our beaches. Everything else evolved around it. I added some shells and a sea star as well. The quote by Kate Chopin was the final touch and fits perfectly.

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Painting of Driftwood

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says, Spring is time for trees to bloom new leaves and flowers.
It’s also a time for enjoying sunshine and warmer temps.
A time for planting flowers. Texas is known for wildflowers along the highways. We also offer them as wedding favors too.

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Beautiful Flowers

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says: Spring and Summer sees the emergence of Ladybirds, and these Ladybird charms are perfect for creating spring jewellery, keychains or a wide variety of crafts!

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Ladybird Charms

Holistichem from Holistichem says: Our bracelet features a natural Lava Stone charm. Lava Stone is formed from magma erupted from a volcano, so you can have a little bit of nature hanging from your wrist!

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Natural Lava Stone Charm Bracelet

Linda from LazyYVintage says: The life of a farmer is about nature. And, this cute Precious Moments plate is called, “I Believe in Miracles.” The miracle of life and nature are one in the same. As we continue through our lives and adventures remember to take the time to enjoy nature and all its wonders.

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Precious Moments plate; “I Believe in Miracles”

Christine from cwagenblass9 says; Things in nature have always been an inspiration to me like the patterns and colors of flowers and butterflies.

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Flowers and Butterflies

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; As a gift, one could print up a few of these ladybugs and flowers mini-notecards and tie them up with a ribbon. What says nature more than bugs and flowers?

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Ladybugs, Flowers Mini Notecards

Kristen from KestrelCollection says; Great as a gift or for yourself this red and pink floral motif necklace is a way to wear a little spring time nature. I love to see my floral jewelry worn by the fairies at the city renissance festival.

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Motif Necklace

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says; What more fun in the springtime than to go fishing down by the lake? I had the privilege when I was growing up to have my very own lake so boy oh boy the stories I can tell of the fish I caught!

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Spring time bracelet

Barbara from MermaidsHatBox says; I love the spring, when in my garden the flowers begin to sprout.
My garden is a little bit chaotic. I have hardly a plan and plant where I find place. So it is often a surprise in the spring, where some plants sprout from the soil.
The purse from pure new wool is hand-knitted and felted, then embroidered and decorated with beads. The bag will be closed by a button which colour suits the embroidery.

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Embroidered purse

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Memories Of Our Jewelry Artists – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August strolling the virtual Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJJewelryTrunkShow right here on our blog!

The CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show opened on Wednesday – August 17th, 2016 and closed on Friday – September 2nd, 2016. As I mentioned the team is international and we featured artists from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative artists!

Each artist shared with us their jewelry, as well as a little bit about themselves. Please join me as we close our CIJ Jewelry Trunk Show! Watch for new opportunities in the future!

Here are the featured artists:

1. August 17th – MaribelleCampa / MaribelleCampaVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
2. August 18th – Sheila and Shannon / BeadyEyedBirdVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
3. August 19th – Amanda / TheRedLotusDesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
4. August 23rd – Diana Sian Crafts / DianaSianCraftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
5. August 24th – Anisa Daud / QuiddityGiftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
6. August 25th – Carol Braden-Williams / SilverTroveVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
7. August 26th – Donna Schindler / TreasuresFromTheLakeVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
8. August 30th – Dawn Whitehand / DeeDeeDeesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
9. August 31st – Holistichem / holistichemVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
10. Septenber 1st – Linda B. / LinorStore / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show
11. September 2nd – Katrina Beck / DonBiuSilver / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Alicia of AliciasFindings
Catherine of DesignsByCnC
Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns
Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady
Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Please use #CIJJewelryTrunkShow on social media as you visit our virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJJewelryTrunkShow!

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Holistichem – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Sharon and Lorraine from  Holistichem

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Holistichem

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

We are Sharon and Lorraine Pitman of Holistichem. We are sisters and make our own range of jewellery. We live in Erskine which is just outside Glasgow in Scotland, UK.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

As holistic therapists specialising in wellbeing and with a background in design, we have used our passion for creativity and wellbeing to create a range of wellbeing-inspired jewellery using quality semi-precious gemstones. Having co-founded Holistichem, we launched our Etsy shop in 2014. We are inspired by natural gemstones and their individual colours and incorporate these into our work.

3. What is your creative process?

Our creative process is always influenced by natural semi-precious gemstones. We take inspiration from colours and bead shapes. Our process can vary with each piece we make. Sometimes we will work with the gemstone and create something around its natural beauty. At other times, we may have a specific idea for a style and work around this using different types of beads and colours.

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4. Where do your materials come from?

We always ensure that we use authentic semi-precious gemstones in our creations. We source our beads from a reliable supplier based in the UK that sells high-quality semi-precious gemstone beads. Where possible, we also use findings that are lead, nickel and cadium-free.

5. Do you take custom orders?

We are always happy to provide custom orders and enjoy making bespoke pieces of jewellery. We can create custom-made beaded jewellery using a variety of semi-precious gemstones, bead type, sizes and colours. On request, we can provide small-scale wholesale orders and are also able to make party/wedding favours and thank you gifts for wedding party members, etc.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Due to the unique nature of the gemstone beads we use, each jewellery piece is one of a kind. We use quality semi-precious gemstones, which as well as looking lovely, are also thought to have a wellbeing effect. We include a hand-written card with all of our jewellery stating the wellbeing meaning of each stone.

7. What are your social media sites?

Website: www.holistichem.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/holistichem
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/holistichem
Twitter: www.twitter.com/holistichem

Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to host a virtual Jewelry Trunk Show right here on our blog!CIJFacebookAvi

The virtual Jewelry Trunk Show begins on Wednesday – August 17th. As I mentioned the team is international and we are excited to share with you many talented artists from all over the world!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Wednesday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the following artists have submitted their work: MaribelleCampa, Sheila and Shannon, Amanda, Diana Sian Crafts, Anisa Daud, Carol Braden-Williams, Donna Schlinder, Dawn WhitehandHolistichemLinda B. and Katrina Beck. We’re looking for additional artists to join the jewelry trunk show!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until tomorrow to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJJewelryTrunkShow on social media as you enjoy the virtual trunk show with us!

Want a sneak peek of one of the artists who is going to be featured? Maribelle Campa from MaribelleCampa lives in Puerto Rico! Come meet Maribelle tomorrow! Thank you Maribelle for participating!

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MaribelleCampa

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to participate in a virtual Jewelry Trunk Show! A #CIJJewelryTrunkShow!

Welcome New Team Members For June – Part One

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
The team had many new members join during June in anticipation of the annual Christmas in July event.Please join us in welcoming them to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
And here are some of our new members for June!

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

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Folding stool or side table

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!

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Vintage gold and aqua rhinestone brooch

Maryann from gojjell says

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.

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Fine silver teardrop earrings

Hello,
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.

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kokeshi doll

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage says

Hi Team,
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.

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Vintage brass oval vanity tray

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.

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Hand painted wheel thrown stoneware bowl

Hi everyone,
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:

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Pink felt rosebud brooch

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

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Set of 2 Repro Christmas postcards

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.

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Small porcelain spoon

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.

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Rustic Christmas Tree Mixed media sign

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.

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Bright pink spherical upcycled greeting cards Christmas ornaments

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:

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Rare Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments

Lydia Stonely from PollyHadADolly says

Hello, I’m a doll maker from the UK, making Waldorf inspired natural fibre dolls for Christmas. I am currently developing some new dolls for Christmas which I hope to have ready for July but here is my best seller so far.
Looking forward to being part of your team and joining in.
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Waldorf baby doll

Hello!
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?!

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Mermaid bangle bracelet

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.

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Watermelon wreath

Hello,
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!

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Aquamarine bracelet

Aimee from SugarLaneShoppe says

 

I’ve been on Etsy since 2010, but am getting back into the promotional side of things (which I’ve not spent nearly enough time on lately). With the exception 2015, I’ve always participated in the CIJ sale – usually with great success!
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!
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Star Spangled Spirit Necklace

HI! Carolyn from forpawsandhome creating mainly unique cat toys

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Animal toys

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

My daughter and I opened our vintage shop in September, so this will be our first CIJ experience!We sell collectible toys and home decor, and have met so many wonderful people through Etsy!
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Deer Candle Gurley Fawn

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.

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Peacock Earrings , Azure-Malachite