January – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate January – New Arrivals.

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

A new year and a new craft! I’ve been working with buttons and recycled jewelry bits for a long time and decided to play around with something new. I began to think of brides and weddings…”something old and something new”….here’s a combination of both!

mscenna

mscenna

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

l have some very tiny wicker rings, so when l saw a doll house l thought a micro wreath could be a nice accessory!

l made this one thinking of Valentine’s Day, to add a romantic touch even to the doll house.

This miniature wreath may also be used for a diorama.

It’s completely handmade, as l personally made the clay hearts.

l left one of the hearts in its natural clay color, the other one l sprayed in red.

Either the two different colors and hearts position slightly remind the yin and yang idea. lt’s one-of-a-kind decor.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Ina from InaSudjana says:

With Valentine’s day approaching fast and a new year’s resolution to continuously practise a heart bursting with love, I created this…

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Shar from SharPharMade says:

This is a cute Vintage Pattern of dresses, for toddlers (Size 2, 4). Copyright 1992/1993. An Estate Find. Recycling. Pattern, although partially cut, in good condition.

SharPharMade

SharPharMade

Maha from MadeOnKailash says:

I listed this item yesterday and its new kind of stuff in my shop. Perfect as a small gift, stocking stuffer, or something to show off yourself to express your unique spirit! It consists of million knots and is made with love to bring you joy!

MadeOnKailash

MadeOnKailash

Rachel Elliott from flyingcheesetoastie says:

This is a new print onto my little glass hares featuring the night sky as can be seen in February in the northern hemisphere. It aligned itself so nicely to be printed onto my little shape, whilst still being accurate enough for a star-gazer!

flyingcheesetoastie

flyingcheesetoastie

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

I put this new item up today. I spent most of Christmas knitting (it was bliss!) and made this up at my In-Laws’ home. They really liked it and I hope you do too. Plus I got to use my new pom-pom maker (a present from my Hubs) to make the pom-pom!

I loved this wool because of the lovely black flecks that run all the way through it and so when it’s knit up, it gives a nice tweed effect (which the in-laws loved)!

It would make a nice gift to keep a loved one nice and warm and cosy and as it’s made with acrylic wool it’s also suitable for vegans too. It is a really thick and soft wool so it’s lovely to wear.

WoollyMomo

WoollyMomo

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Guitar string jewellery has been one of my most popular items since I introduced them about the middle of last year.

My partner is a guitar player and so there are always lots of worn strings lying around, and I hated the idea of throwing them away, so started experimenting.

Here’s my latest addition to the range!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Natalia from expressyourself says:

Just listed adorable vintage ring is made of 14k white gold with European cut diamond set. I have had it since around 1930 from my grandmothers collection.

expressyourself

expressyourself

suzyq1981 from ClassyGlassandJewels says:

I buy gems from various etsy shops and make them into bolo ties. When my latest two gems arrived I couldn’t wait to get them ready for Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day. Colin Farrell wore a bolo tie in several episodes of True Detective, so what guy wouldn’t want to wear one?

ClassyGlassandJewels

ClassyGlassandJewels

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October – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate October – New Arrivals.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I saw these so nice and so tiny pumpkins and immediately imagined them on a green meadow: it would be a nice contrast of colors!

So I prepared the base with some stabilized lichen (it means its real lichen treated, so that it remains always the same).

Some maple leaves with their stunning forms and shades completed my fall landscape.

I think it’s a colorful wreath to enhancing any front door in this beautiful period of the year.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

Decorative notebooks are something new I have added to my shop. I had the idea of making a pumpkin Notebook for the Fall season. Use for Journaling, writing something everyday that you are thankful for, or makes a fun gift for someone with a Fall Birthday!

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I love searching for discarded desk organizers at antique malls or flea markets and painting them with a fresh coat of Chalk Paint, voila NEW and improved desk organizer!

Then I hand rub WAX onto the piece, so nice!

WalterSilva

WalterSilva

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I just added this tablerunner/wallhanging to my shop today. I’ve been working on stocking my shop with table linens such as tablerunners and placemats. I had been working in a more neutral pallet, and also finished a quilt this summer using earth tones. I wanted to make something much more colorful, so chose these lovely turquoise, blue and teal batiks for a set of placemats and the runner. The bright colors made me smile each time I worked on the set. These pieces could bring a touch of the Caribbean to your decor all year long!

FabriArts

FabriArts

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Christmas is just around the corner, and I love the fun of the season…. I love to wear Christmas jewelry and I like to decorate my tree with unique decorations – this makes the occasion even more ‘special’ and ‘personal’!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby says:

Several  years ago I stumbled upon a similar big eared elf much like this one at a thrift shop – it was love at first sight! I have been obsessed with these elves ever since. ( Who am I kidding? I’m at the hording stage!) I soon discovered that these elves come in several sizes which range from large 7 inch ones, to tiny 2.25 inch pixies. The predominant outfit color is red, followed by white polka dot. There are a few blue and green outfits out there too, but not many. They were made in Japan, by a handful of manufacturers, who seemed to blatantly copy each other! All were made post World War II from the early 1950’s to the 1960’s. I haven’t been able to locate any locally of late and now engage in online bidding wars at estate sales.

To me this elf ( and the rest of his “cousins” in our shop) represent the quintessential nostalgic Christmas decoration. A little shabby, but bright, warmly conjuring up memories of bygone holidays. Guaranteed to bring a smile and lots Christmas cheer to any spot.

northandsouthshabby

northandsouthshabby

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

In honor of World Teacher’s Day, from a fellow teacher….a colorful apple keychain with recycled and repurposed vintage beads!

mscenna

mscenna

Ina from InaSudjana says:

This bolster style headbands holder was a special request from a lovely customer to match a personalized name banner that I made with this color combination.

It is always very rewarding to venture out of my comfort zone and work with different media.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

Just listed vintage 80’s black eel skin leather handbag. I found this lovely purse in a Palm Springs thrift store. It can be a great gift idea for her!

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

be Woolen from beWoolen says:

Just listed! I fell in love with the color when I saw this yarn. It is 100% superwash wool. really soft, not itchy so I decided to offer it in other colors as well. But this is my personal favorite.

beWoolen

beWoolen

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

Listed just now! I have made aprons with this same design before, but I found this fabric and fell in love! Such a great fall feel with the yellows and gray print really made me think of October afternoons and hanging out at craft fairs!

CraftyMom75

CraftyMom75

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

I love cooking for the holidays, and found this adorable pattern for a Thanksgiving Apron. I love it! Quirky, cute, and full of personality!

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says:

I love Swedish, Danish and Norwegian linens, but stopped buying and selling them when so many wonderful Scandinavian shops started up on Etsy. They have much better access to these amazing pieces than I. However, I couldn’t pass up this Scandi textile, because it has the sweetest printed graphics I’ve ever laid eyes upon…I love the playful children, the proud parents, the colorful dala horse and explosion of flowers!

NeatoKeen

NeatoKeen

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

My original art quilt depicts the South Shore in the little Lake Michigan Village of Arcadia were we make our home. The solitude found on this public beach is reflected in the quiet sky and water at sunset. Using my Lake Michigan sunset photos, I created this art quilt in my home studio.

SallyManke

SallyManke

 

Show Us Your Workspace – Ina Sudjana

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we are visiting Ina from InaSudjana in her studio. Ina makes a wide range of artisan felted lovelies she personally designs for you and your little ones

We love Ina’s workspace and here is what she has to say about it:

my ‘workspace’ is more like a ‘hit-by-the-hurricane’ nook. I am sending you the photo via convo in a second. What you’re about to see is the truth. Nothing short of the reality. My reality!

I don’t have the luxury of having a proper study room just for stitching and storing my overflowing yardages of felt… So in the boxes they go & decorate my carpet around my sofa in my tiny living room.

You’re lucky to see the surface of the table – yes, it’s a coffee table.
And most of the time this table is a shared one too with my little one. She would leave all her drawings, half-done artworks as well as her crayons on here too.

Nope, nothing like the motivational workspace pinterest pictures.
I think I’ll decide to call mine ‘HOME’, where everything begins and finishes; with love.

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Don’t you love this! Please visit Ina’s shop and share some team love!

 

 

Member Feature: Ina Sudjana

Contributor post by Ashley of French Soul Knittery

Please join us in welcoming Ina Sudjana of Ina Sudjana, our featured member!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Tell us about yourself.       

I am an art geek, a self-taught crafter, a mom of one little girl and a wife to a very loving husband.

I was a cost analyst by training prior to baby days though my true passion is in art.

We live in suburban Perth, Western Australia, where the weather is just beautiful! I am originally from Indonesia and have been in Australia since 1991. Loving it!

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

I started making my felt creations when my little one was born in 2010; but didn’t commence an Etsy shop until June 2013.

I decided to not only try my hands at selling my work but also to share them with the world.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I love to draw. All my felt creations are 100% hand-drawn, hand-cut and hand-stitched.

My main focus is on customization because I believe every customer is special and deserves to enjoy exactly what they want.InaSudjanaF2

What inspires your work?           

My inspirations come from my little girl and the sunshine. I am a dreamer.

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

I’d love to be able to be versatile, spread my wings and learn a lot more from doing customization from my buyers.

My specific Etsy goal this year is to hit 100 sales. I am currently at 73 as of April 2015.InaSudjanaF1

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

My artwork is all about colors. The colors I use are quirky, unique and out there.

And also I should stand out as having one of the most prompt and best customer service with customization of products being my strength.

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

I work in my humble living room. I do not have a work space at all due to the small size of our home. But that’s the beauty of it. Hopefully my customers will feel the love shining through every item that is produced from this very homey living room.InaSudjanaF5

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

Joining active teams like CIJ and the Australian Wandarrah. For the support as well as for all the information and knowledge.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Go for it. You never know what and how much you’ll be learning! It’s amazing.

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

I love to daydream. This is my hobby. I love to spend time with my little family and cook and bake for them.

What is your favorite quote?

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”InaSudjanaF4

Where can people find out more about your business?  

www.InaSudjana.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/Ina.Sudjana.Felt.Artwork  

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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.