Valentine’s Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Valentine’s Day is all about love, lovers, cards and so much more…

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what offerings you have to Cupid and a little about the item.

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop  says I love roses, but they don’t bloom naturally in February in the UK. I have created one that will last all year long, and packaged it in a perfect little heart-shaped gift box.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176737895/valentine-rose-handmade-red-rose-brooch?ref=teams_post

Felted red rose brooch

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  said To me, chocolate is a big part of Valentine’s day. It’s a must-have all year long, every day!! (in my dreams). Dangle a good piece of chocolate in front of me and I have been known to change my mind.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/248446588/chocolate-valentine-card-funny-valetines?ref=teams_post

Chocolate Valentine Card

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states red hearts are symbolic of Valentine’s Day and a heart shaped gift is perfect. This red one of a kind glass beaded key chain is a great gift idea!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252324998/valentines-day-gift-heart-keychain-red?ref=teams_post

Red Heart Key chain

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo discusses how On Valentine’s Day people generally buy gifts or flowers: that’s very nice, but l think there are also other ways to celebrate this romantic day.

l prepared these tiny wreaths with hearts thinking of an intimate romantic dinner and a smart table set with little, particular accents, like napkin holders.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/220063435/valentines-romantic-napkin-holders?ref=teams_post

Felted red rose brooch

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says I love to remember my daughter when she still went to elementary school and each child brought little Valentines for the classroom Valentine party. I always made mini cards and then my daughter would sit at the table and write the names of her classmates on the cards. She was so concentrated on the job, the tip of her tongue wandered from one corner of her mouth to the other. She was happy when she was done and hadn’t messed up.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263811025/classroom-valentines-with-giraffes?ref=teams_post

Classroom Valentines with Giraffes

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle states I love this since it’s one of the first items I made that looked how I saw it in my head! Hangs on a lovely quirky angle and moves wonderfully with you.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/218858906/beaded-wire-heart-necklace-valentine?ref=teams_post

Beaded wire heart necklace

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns  discussed how I have lots of Valentine gift ideas in my shop for him and her….necklaces, rings… and even tableware for that romantic dinner!!

I especially have lots of ‘heart’ jewellery

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176802795/ceramic-necklace-love-heart-scuba-blue?ref=teams_post

Ceramic heart necklace

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says I had fun putting together these Valentines day themed mini cards.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/242944001/heart-mini-cards-valentines-day-cards?ref=shop_home_active_3

Heart mini cards

Ina from InaSudjana states that Love should be celebrated every.single.day. So we should really have valentines day every day! Appreciating our loved ones daily, appreciating our friends and appreciating everything that we have really.
Here’s one wall hanging that can help us remember to celebrate love!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/262443256/baby-elephant-pure-wool-felt-cloud?ref=teams_post

Pure wool Cloud Mobile with hearts and elephant

Melissa R from missy69 says I am still very new to wood burning, but I wanted to make a few things for Valentines Day. This is just a simple wooden picture block, with Calla Lilies, Roses, and hearts wood burned to the block. There is a spot for personalizing, too.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263641663/love-joy-happiness-wood-burned-spinning?ref=teams_post

Wood burned spring flowers/hearts spinning block picture frame

Wendy CN from CardNotions discusses that this is a humorous Valentine’s Day card inspired by a Fushia and Chartruse sea anemone photo I took years ago. Just a little Photoshopping created a lovely anemone heart for the front of the card! (Did you notice the little hermit crab in the front photo?)

Next, I thought about how other sea creatures might say “I Love You”. Surely, they would need to spell it out with their bodies. So, when the card is opened, a jelly fish in the shape of an “I”, an octopus holding a red heart, and an eel in the shape of an “U” pop forth in bright colors to say “I love you”.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120994641/3d-i-heart-you-card-with-anemone-octopus?ref=teams_post

3D I heart you card

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEve states I think this quilt would be perfect for Valentine’s day–perhaps for a February baby or for an older friend to use as a lap quilt. It’s beautifully made with appliqued hearts–perfect for Valentine’s Day!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/256204311/baby-quilt-pink-and-white-appliqued-with?ref=teams_post

Pink and white baby quilt appliqued with hearts

Mandi Leighs from leighswiccanboutique says Love is in the air and valentines day is just around the corner fast approaching. Why not go out of the normal and get her something that not only smells fantastic but is equally beautiful as well. This candle holder was created from found materials to create this unique piece adorn with crystal Quartz, Emerald, Black Onyx and Agate. Filled with a unique of Dragons Blood and Wine. The best part is once this candle is gone the holder is reusable with your favorite tealights or votive candles. A gift that can be used over and over again.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263555673/dragons-blood-and-wine-blood-magick?ref=teams_post

Dragons Blood and Wine Candle,Protection Candle

 

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo  states that I think giving your loved one the gift of warmth and comfort is once of the nicest things you can give them.

Valentine’s Day is always so cold here in London and so, in keeping with the red theme of Valentine’s Day, I knit this lovely red hat in a soft and cozy wool to keep a lover warm as the go out and about to celebrate with their much loved other half!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/254343158/red-side-cable-beanie-hat-handmade-and?ref=teams_post

Red side cable Beanie Hat

 

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls state we love vintage Valentine’s Day cards and postcards! The sayings/greetings are so sweet and creative from years past. This is one of our favorites featuring a huge heart with a lid! Hope she finds some LOVE in there!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/265424737/valentine-greetings-postcard-little-girl?ref=teams_post

Antique Valentine Greeting Postcard

 

Surviving Cabin Fever

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

Crafting and developing new skills is a great way to survive the winter doldrums.

Here at the Christmas in July team, we thought there couldn’t be a better way to beat the winter blues than to share our respective ‘survival tips’ with each other. Here’s what some of our team members have done and created while ‘trapped’ inside.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is my new listing – and an example of what I LOVE about January. We have snow on top of snow, but I enjoy being inside and doing some creative doodling! I guess my only tip is that winter will last til it’s over, might as well do something you enjoy.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263300172/texture-digital-paper-printable?ref=teams_post

Texture Digital Paper, Printable Scrapbooking, 12 designs, I… ButterflyFeetDigital $2.25 USD

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When it’s cold and gray outside I love to cozy up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. Reading takes me in a different world. One book in particular, Eowyn Ivey’s “The Snow Child”, fascinated me very much. It takes place in the cold winters in Alaska and inspired me to create this painting that also has the title “Snow Child”. I really loved how my way to “survive” the winter blues took me to creating something new.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/123709182/snow-child-mixed-media-painting-original?ref=teams_post

Snow Child Mixed Media Painting, Original Artwork on 8 x 8 W…
CarolaBartz
$70.00 USD

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE say:
Snuggling up with a cup of tea, a quilt and a good book is a wonderful way to beat the blues!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/256204311/baby-quilt-pink-and-white-appliqued-with?ref=teams_post

BIG SALE Baby quilt, pink and white, appliqued with hearts
artsyEVE
$30.00 USD

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:
Knowing we’re into January and and Easter are right around the corner, I thought since there’s cold temps and lots of snow I’d stay inside and start work on Easter items.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/263377782/bunny-hand-towel-easter-towel-easter?ref=teams_post


Bunny Hand Towel, Easter Towel, Easter Decor, Easter Bunny …
SuesAkornShop
$8.00 USD

This winter is not too bad yet, but it’s far from over. Last year, though was a completely different story. Here is a photo of New England Blitz 2015.

So I over prepared for this winter season. Our Christmas stockings were full of warm fuzzy socks and presents under the tree included adult coloring books and needle point. We still have our ‘game table’ set up so we don’t have to move the Monopoly Game or puzzle around.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/186124616/new-hampshire-winter-photography-new?ref=teams_post

New Hampshire Winter Photography, New England snow travel ph…
StockLaneStudio
$7.00 USD

When it’s cold, gloomy, windy and the power has gone out, with all the snow and ice stacked up, pick up a pack of playing cards and learn how to play a new (old) game such as Canasta! A fun and entertaining way to spend the day with the family!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213751953/canasta-playing-cards-by-congress?ref=teams_post


Vintage Canasta Playing Cards by Congress – Pheasants Quails…
shabbyshopgirls
$19.99 USD

It is summer at the moment for me, so I tried to think back to what I made during the last winter. These pinwheels came to mind. I made them with bright coloured paper ready for spring and parties!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227997966/bright-paper-pinwheels-colourful-party?ref=teams_post

Bright paper pinwheels, colourful, party decor, card making,…
DesignedbyAnneliese
$9.22 USD

Wendy WN from WoodNotions says:
During the winter, after the holidays have passed, I spend my time designing. I have a list of requests/ideas that I create during the holidays. Since designing cards and ornaments is my passion, I look forward to these quiet times to relax and lose myself in the process.

I’ve just completed my first 2016 design project that I did for a pair of dog parents. I thought this one was particularly satisfying, during these winter months, because the dogs name was “Sunshine”, AKA “LMS” (Little Miss Sunshine). They sent me photos of their cute, cheerful and rambunctious, miniature Australian shepherd. It’s so nice to capture a happy face, that makes you smile every time you work on it. I made a large wood-cut for them to frame and display year round, and a smaller ornament, that they were happy to allow me to add to my shop offerings.

My survival tips for the winter doldrums: Dress warm and get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Start making plans for small and large projects, and figure out how to tackle those challenges of this past holiday season.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263730516/dog-ornament-wood-cut-dog-decoration?ref=teams_post

Dog ornament wood-cut dog decoration miniature Australian sh…
WoodNotions
$6.00 USD

Ina from InaSudjana says:

It’s summer here down under;  but when the cold hits hard I reckon nothing that a cuppa cannot heal. Here are my felt coasters all designed by me on one cold winter morning while thinking about summer (hence the bright happy colours) and looking forward to placing my cuppa on them.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/241748063/cactus-pure-wool-felt-coasters-set-of-2?ref=teams_post


Cactus – Pure wool felt Coasters (set of 2), tableware, thic…
InaSudjana
$14.19 USD

Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts says:
With a Bath & Body Gift Shop, I can always keep winter boredom at bay, because there is always soap to pour, bath salts to mix and lotion to make. And my house always smells like heaven! Winter is the perfect time to work on new recipes and combinations of ingredients for new product lines too! But what I really like to do is stock up my crochet items! Netflix, herbal tea and miles and miles of crochet cotton and I’m a happy girl. Let it snow!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/249530547/bright-mod-blue-soap-sack-crochet-soap?ref=teams_post


Bright Mod Blue Soap Sack, Crochet Soap Pouch, Soap Saver, M…
GwensHomemadeGifts
$6.00 USD

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says: 
After a relatively mild winter, it recently turned very cold in London and it’s freezing outside!

So this weekend that just passed I stayed in nice and warm and kept myself occupied within the same walls all day by knitting up this scarf.

I originally made this with orange pom poms for a friend at Christmas; it went down so well with her nursing colleagues who were working with her on Christmas Day that I thought I’d make another one, and last weekend was the perfect opportunity!

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263377478/navy-blue-merino-scarf-navy-blue-chunky?ref=teams_post


Navy Blue Merino Scarf. Navy Blue Chunky Knit Scarf. Navy …
WoollyMomo
$36.73 USD

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Only in Florida now for 2 years, my memories are still sharp as to life back in my home state of Maine with those long, cold winter months. Memories of harsh winters, days where it got dark so early, and “skating” on icy roads with the car! The worst winter I remember was when the “Great Ice Storm of 1998” hit Maine. It caused massive damage to our trees and electrical infrastructure all over the area, leading to widespread long-term power outages. Personally, the road that I lived on was without road access and power for 3 weeks! We stayed with our neighbor, passing the days playing games and telling stories in their home, as they had wood heat.

Just thinking of the hours of being in the cold and hours of shoveling snow makes be shiver! Nothing like curling up on the couch after, grabbing a hot pack and settling in for some snuggle time or a great book…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263726659/heat-therapy-rice-bag-microwave-heating?ref=teams_post


Heat therapy rice bag, Microwave heating pad, Rice bag, Heat…
License2Craft
$17.95 USD

And that’s how we do it! Thanks to everyone who contributed!

 

National Bird Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

National Bird Day  was established by bird activists. It calls upon people to recognize the plight of captive birds. It also draws attention to exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. On this day, organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity.

Here at Christmas in July we want to see your bird items and the story behind your piece.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

We love this hankie by Pat Prichard that features “Birds in Bird Cages”. We’re sure that these birds singing about how they love their home and bird-cage! They do seem to have some pretty fancy cages!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/254676503/vintage-pat-prichard-bird-cages?ref=teams_post

Vintage “Birds in Cages” Handkerchief

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I made this set of bird cards with weddings, anniversaries, valentines day and other happy occasions in mind. These birds are free from captivity and happy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/253227115/bird-cards-gift-cards-anniversary?ref=teams_post

Bird Gift Cards

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor said:

This handsome fellow spent most of the year in our hardwoods, much to the annoyance of my chickens. This lovely moment of repose was captured on a blustery winter day just outside my bedroom window. Just look at those eyes!

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/129304823/barred-owl-in-soft-focus-nature?ref=teams_post

Barred Owl Photography Card

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

I have always enjoyed the sound of the birds singing to greet the morning and twittering their evening song. These birds on a wire remind me of those musical moments and the joys of nature.

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176284872/market-tote-handmade-fabric-shopping-bag?ref=teams_post

Retro Bird Paisley Market Tote

Ina from InaSudjana states:

These little bird charms were designed as a collaboration with an Etsyian, Piggledee. I personally love bright colours. They bring joy and being a charm they ‘pop’ in an otherwise ordinary bag.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/234844683/little-birdie-pure-wool-felt-zipper-pull?ref=teams_post

Pure wool felt birdie zipper pull

Sharing Santa Traditions

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots
 
Santa Claus… Saint Nicholas… Sinter Klaas… Pere Noel… Father Christmas… Because Santa is viewed so differently in different countries and cultures, I turned to my Christmas in July Team Members to learn more about their Santa and Holiday Traditions.

Personally, I make a point every year to visit with Santa and get my picture taken. When I think of Christmas, that is definitely one of the things I get really excited about! And though I have a grown up Christmas list, I always ask for the same thing – Peace and Happiness. I chose to feature the Santa suit in my Santa Bauble Ornaments (shown above) because it was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of my visit with him. How soft the red velvety suit is, with the fun, fluffy white trim. I had a lot of fun working up these bauble ornaments for gifting and have since made a few for my own tree.

Let’s see what other Christmas in July Members are sharing with us about their Santa and Holiday Traditions!

Megha of byTheArtBug shared this Felt Santa Figurine and Tree Sculpture. She says, “I remember how we used to wait for Santa during Christmas. In our home town Santa used to come with the Carolers and bring gifts and chocolates for kids! Everyone loves Santa and so I made this cute felt Santa to add a special touch to anyone’s Holiday Decor!”

Ina of InaSudjana shared these Set of 5 White Christmas Wool Finger Puppets. She says, “Here’s my Santa in finger puppet form. I came up with this idea last year, and am loving the snowy chill feeling as it is a very hot Christmas here in Australia.”

Patricia of TheOldBarnDoor shared this Jolly Victorian Santa Claus Christmas Pillow. She says, “This image never fails to make me smile – it is taken from one of my antique postcards. It conjures up all those feelings of anticipation I had as a young child.”

NauticoCreations shared these Hand Painted Santa Ornaments. They say, “One of our traditions is to give homemade gifts. These Santa cinnamon sticks are something that can be made and treasured for years to come. If you don’t like making things or don’t have time, these can be purchased to give you the handmade feel in YOUR home.”

Nan of ShabbyShopGirls shared this Vintage Corn Husk Santa Claus. She says, “This unusual Christmas Santa is made from actual corn husks by Nan Anderson. One of many collectible Santa’s from her Christmas santa series of corn husk dolls. We like this one in particular, as he resembles different Santa’s from Germany and Europe with his Christmas tree and bag full of toys. A lovely addition to any collection of primitive Santa’s!”

Do you have a special holiday item that represents your Santa or Holiday Tradition? Maybe you make a special type of Christmas Cookie for Santa, or leave out a treat for the Reindeer. I would love to hear about it! Share your story below.

Pinterest Gift Guides: Rose Gold And Sweater Parties

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2015 Etsy Holiday Merchandising Guide was released on October 6th, 2015.

The Christmas In July team turned the Holiday Merchandising Guide Into Pinterest Gift Guides.

Let’s enjoy the trends : Rose Gold and Sweater Parties.

Rose Gold

Arek from ARPELC says:

Delicate red sapphire ring handcrafted in 14k rose gold. Simple, beautiful and very romantic with tiny heart cut out in the back. It might be a perfect gift for wife, daughter, sister or just for you!

ARPELC

ARPELC

Natalia from expressyourself says:

This vintage 14K rose gold from my personal collection. Lovely gold ring with fine detail.

expressyourself

expressyourself

Sandy from TesoroDelSol says:

Most of my designs are inspired by ethnic styles derived by my travels to exotic places. I created a simple bangle from rose gold filled metal and gave it a subtle Moroccan look by forging this scroll pattern into it.

TesoroDelSol

TesoroDelSol

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I have taken a slightly different twist to Rose Gold and have these rose punches that are gold in colour! I imagined these to be used as confetti at a wedding, wedding anniversary or engagement party!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Oh I LOVE rose gold. It is the sweet and soft reddish tinge that makes it stand out as oppose to stark gold.

I use it in almost all of my items that have ‘gold’ in it… including this headband.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Sweater Parties

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

What is so special about this ornament is that a piece of a vintage sweater was given to me to use in a creation from a 92-year-old neighbor of mine. She was a seamstress for many years and is trying to find places for her items to go and be used instead of just being thrown away. She came from an era where you did not just throw away items… once an item was done being used in its original state you would reuse it in something else. She only had a small piece of the sweater left so this ornament is very limited. I am making one for her family and one for our family the rest will be for sale. Her piece of sweater will go on to bring many joy as they hang these unique and special snowmen on their trees.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

In the 90’s, when my husband and I went out for Christmas shopping in the city we traditional went also to the Christmas market, to a special restaurant and to the Laura Ashley store to look for winter warm sweaters.

The fashion of Laura Ashley was not really my style, but the sweaters are special. This was the only Ugly Christmas sweater in my collection.

Now I have only two of this collection. Those that I found the most beautiful and the ‘Ugly’ which I bought 1993. It was long, long ago that I wear this sweater, but I’m fascinated by the variety of knitting and embroidery every time I saw it.

MermaidsHatbox

MermaidsHatbox

Pinterest Gift Guides: Fitness And Wearable Tech And Personalized Touches

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2015 Etsy Holiday Merchandising Guide was released on October 6th, 2015.

The Christmas In July team turned the Holiday Merchandising Guide Into Pinterest Gift Guides.

Let’s enjoy the trends : Fitness And Wearable Tech and Personalized Touches.

Fitness And Wearable Tech

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

With more and more of us relying on computers, cell phones and gaming now, it is causing an all time high effect on wrist & hand problems. Problems including but certainly not limited to tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel, Texting Thumb and more.

Heat or Cold is a natural, common way to relieve the pain associated with these problems. I have two products designed with just this in mind. Each are filled with a combination of Flax Seed & Rice, and can be used either Hot or Cold, depending upon what is preferred or needed. They can even be worn while using your phone, computer or while gaming! Offering relief, comfort and support for the hand and wrist.

License2Craft

License2Craft

Personalized Touches

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

We love Christmas Stocking kits – especially these made by Bucilla. They are craft kits that, when completed, have loads of sequins and detail and can be personalized with any name while you are making it! A wonderful craft kit for the ultimate Christmas crafter.

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Most of my items are personalized in my shop.. and I love doing them for my customers as I think everyone is special and deserves non-mass-produced items. Something that is made just for them!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

CartoCreative from CartoCreative says:

All of the pieces in our shop can be personalized, the default options to choose from are size and color, but customers can also add their names, heart a place, and much more.

Our Boston marathon print was created after a close friend of mine ran in the 2014 race. I was so proud of her and wanted to do something to commemorate all of her hard work. The print includes the date, name, and miles of the marathon, and underneath customers can include the runner’s finish time, name, and bib number.

I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, but for now, I just have to be in awe of people who do. I hope our prints can help runners’ memorialize their success.

CartoCreative

CartoCreative

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Our shop is the complete opposite of a gift card and Everything we sell is personalized! When shopping at Design’s the Limit, we give our customers three options for personalizing the products we sell.

First, you can choose from any of our designs and substitute any font from our selection. We try to provide a selection of design options to suit every taste and by changing the font, you give the design a unique feel. We submit proofs on request for customers if they have any concerns. We have a large variety of monogram designs to choose from, more fonts than we can count in our system, and the desire to make each item personal and unique.

We also offer Inspired Designs where customers can select a product and provide us with an inspiration for personalization. Whether it be custom text, a desired themes, or a specific image we work with our customers to create unique and inspired gifts for any occasion. These are the most memorable orders and typically the most thankful of our customers. Several of our Inspired Designs have ended up being listed in our shop for other customers to purchase and the others are in our portfolio in case the need arises again.

For businesses, we offer to use logos submitted and for individuals we accept images submitted as long as they are in the public domain. This aspect of our business is the most difficult as we have received more requests than we can count for copyrighted images. To provide customer service as personal as the gifts we sell, we have on several occasions gone as far as to contact companies and other organizations to receive permission for one-time use of a copyrighted image and have been able to successfully complete a few.

We have completed many orders for our Inspired Design frames for customers who have provided a travel destination, a housewarming location, a theme or interest, or have provided the photograph they wish to frame for us to create the design around. At Design’s the Limit, the only limitation is our customers desires and imagination. If you know what you want, let us help you bring your ideas to life.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

 

Story Time Listing Blitz

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Here at Christmas in July we decided to do a Listing Blitz a bit differently! We made the blitz become a story revolving around the blitz listings.

There were specific rules to follow, but mostly the purpose was to blitz (promote) the other members listings as much as possible.

Alicia from AliciasFindings states:

Autumn is a wonderful time of changing colors and harvests. There are many items to be harvested here at team CIJ including jewelry,wood crafts,card notions and more. Come and experience the bounty of the teams harvest…

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Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

….where you can surround yourself with your favorite things. Shop at your leisure from home. It is easy here in an Etsy Autumnland to find all those gifts for the upcoming celebrations and…

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Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

My BE THANKFUL banner gives a wonderful message during the Thanksgiving season. My granddaughter last year made one for her teacher to hang in the classroom… when I gave her 3 choices… HAPPY THANKSGIVING, GIVE THANKS, BE THANKFUL… she choice BE THANKFUL and she said that a lot of the kids in her class need to BE THANKFUL for what they have and are not. A good rule for all of us.

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AliciasFindings states:

Yes we all need to Be Thankful during Harvest Season! Some are thankful for friends, family or health. I am thankful for my ability to still create…

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Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

I am thankful for all of those things and also the cooler weather and the beautiful color changes around us. Leaves are falling and the landscape takes on the beautiful colors of the fall.

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Ina from InaSudjana said:
Let these colours fill the Northern hemisphere. Absorb the gorgeous orange hues and let the pretty season begin…

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MOJEART from MOJEART states:

 We all need an Angel. This Angel use to be out every year a top a Christmas Tree. The past two Seasons she has not been on display. The crown is just for fun.
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Rheta Parziale from VintageEves said:
And as the angel looked down from the tree, the family gathered round the table for a Christmas feast. The ham was cooked, the bread was broken and the good china came out of the cabinet ….
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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:
Sharing a meal as a family and enjoying each other’s company is the best part of every holiday and something to be truly thankful for. Set your table with a personalized touch and invite others.
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World Kindness Day

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

According to the World Kindness Movement website, World Kindness Day is intended to “build a kinder and more compassionate world”.

www.theworldkindnessmovement.org/

Ethical Infant from EthicalInfant says:

HI! We have a lovely Mother Theresa onesie. The quote says “Kindness begins with a smile”. All of our onesies are 100% organic cotton, and Fair Trade certified (which means that they are produced in an ethical manner – providing a living wage for all involved in the production process, safe working conditions, access to medical care for employees, etc.)  #kindnesswins

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Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 states:

“When hands reach out in friendship hearts are touched with joy” This candle tea light card makes a sweet gift for a friend and is a great reminder that we should reach out to friends, family, even strangers to spread kindness. The result of joy happens not only for those we help but our hearts will be full of joy as we love others.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:

This pair of earrings is made using recycled paper, and as such is kind as it leaves a small footprint on the environment.

The earrings are one of four products I designed specifically for the MakeForGood campaign which is about spreading awareness and fund-raising for the education of girls in developing countries.

The campaign is a joint initiative of Etsy Australian and Plan International and involves Australian Etsy shops. I think this campaign is very appropriate for World Kindness Day

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Ina from InaSudjana says:
made with love for the etsy makeforgood campaign. Everything about this dreamer spells love and kindness to me: the pillowy cloud gives hope, the stars illuminate the paths we choose in life, and the pastel colours soften the heart.
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Printables are kind to the earth – you can download them and then use as you want. They are also kind to your wallet – you can re-use your instant download art as often as you want. This Woodland Word Art is a favorite of mine because it reflects the true power of just one good friend. I love Abraham Lincoln’s quote.

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Kindness is essential in this world. I have always loved this quote…
“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”
We all must take care of ourselves in order to spread “kindness” to others. Getting a great night sleep is so important. Use our Hot or Cold Eye Pillows to block out room light and soothe and revive those tired eyes.
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Dorm Decor with Major Style: Astronomy and more

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Dorm Decor with Major Style: Astronomy, History, Art and Biology

https://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/dorm-decor-with-major-style/

Astronomy

You’ll be seeing stars (and looking like an outer-space insider) when you hang an arty wall decal showing off a lesser-known constellation. A handmade moon phase pennant is a cool twist on school spirit, and you’ll want to study (okay, nap) next to this moon-shaped salt-rock nightlight. And for those galaxy-gazers with an appreciation for interiors, there’s a vintage mid-century chair inspired by Atomic Age design.

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

Ina from InaSudjana says:

What better way to hang this pastel Star dream catcher in the dorm OR anywhere in your hallway really.

With 3 stars hanging down from the hoop, it’ll just be perfect for your reading corner (of course for reading and/or napping)

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

Who isn’t in awe of the stars, moon, planets & night sky? The “space race” was such a dream for so many to be involved in! This Men’s Tie features all those fun things, including UFO’s! Watch out! One may be headed to your neck of the woods!

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states:

I remember back in my uni days going to a ‘out of space’ dress up party. These paper star confetti would have been great to use to decorate the table. So if you are having a dorm party, why not use this star confetti!!

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History

Get inspired by history’s greats: Write a treatise — or just a term paper — under a lamp modeled on those Abe Lincoln owned and prop up a pint-sized portrait of ground-breaker Eleanor Roosevelt for daily motivation. Come sundown (or later, if you insist on using electric lights), bed down under an antique quilt made from upcycled sports banners or an embroidered patchwork throw featuring the faces of all the U.S. Presidents who governed before you were born (it only goes through Reagan).

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

This is a pencil pouch/gadget bag created from a photograph we took of the remnants of the Berlin Wall that was dismantled in 1989. Artists have expressed their feelings about freedom, politics and culture on the remaining sections of the wall. It is now called the East Side Gallery and makes up the largest open-air art gallery in the world.

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Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love old books that deal with History – especially Presidents! This is a fun graphic book about Abe Lincoln. Thumb through the pages and reacquaint yourself with our 16th President!

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Art

We know, you’d rather paint your own mural on those bland beige walls, but that’s not going to fly with the RA. Instead, try a watercolor-inspired wallpaper mural that you can (carefully!) tack up and remove at year’s end. Complement it with an abstract bud vase, a vibrant visual guide to the world’s great art museums, and color-splashed bedding worthy of Jackson Pollock.

Stock Lane Studio  from StockLaneStudio says:

Here is a water fountain photograph set in Paris. It is one of my favorite spots to rest, have a coffee and people watch. Nikki De St. Phalle created the bold and bright modern art water fountain sculpture in Place Igor Stravinsky.

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Biology

A microscope-turned-lamp will shed some light on your first-semester exams, while a botany-illustration pillow is cute on the cellular level. You can even experiment with small space gardening in your free time, thanks to a repurposed-beaker terrarium set.

Amy Spock  from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

You can never have too many towels when you are off to college. Why not show off your interest in Biology and Ocean Life with a personalized, embroidered ocean theme towel set?

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World Teachers Day

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

 

The United Nations’ (UN) World Teachers’ Day, October 5th, celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. Some celebrations are focused on a single teacher, while others celebrate the teaching community as a whole.

www.worldteachersday.org/map/

Here at Christmas in July we wanted to know what you have that relates to this and the story behind the item.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I have a number of printed and printable art and signs that are great for teachers.

They are utilitarian and motivating!

Here’s an orange quiet sign perfect for October. Teachers can post this earning on the front of their doors or even in the classroom. It warns hall traffic to keep it down and lets everyone know great achievements are being made inside. As a student, I’d rather look at this sign when I’m taking a test.

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Melissa R from missy69 states:

I am not for sure if this is what you are looking for, but I started a series of painted mugs called, Halloween for Heroes, and teachers is one of those heroes. You can see each mug says you can’t scare me I’m a teacher, nurse or fireman. Those are the ones I have done so far. Teachers are vital to our youth. In conjunction with parents, and other members of society they hold the future of the world in their hands, and hearts.

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Ann from QuiltingFrenzy said:

For a teacher that does any sewing or quilting or any kind of craft.

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love the  graphic 45 paper range and made these cute matchbook notes with it. These would make lovely little teacher appreciation presents for the end of the year! They are perfect for keeping in a handbag (or on the teacher’s desk) for jotting notes. Teachers always need stationery!!

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Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

A Teacher needs a School House to teach in…. Many of my buttons are finds of discontinued buttons. These are a great find of mine and I was able to get several sets of these. A great button to use on a gift you are making for that special teacher.

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Ina from InaSudjana says:

I made this pair of coasters especially for my 5 year old Pre-Primary teacher as a thank you gift at the end of this year.

Apples for the teacher to brighten up her days — practical too for that cuppa

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Donna Zuk from SassyScrapsCrafts states:

Teachers always need to be thanked for the hard work they do!

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