Items Of The Week: Twists And Turns

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium


Let’s Make It Personal

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

As special as a gift may be, it becomes even more special when it’s personalized. Personalized gifts show the recipient put some thought into the gift and those types of gifts also suit any occasion.

Our Christmas in July team members were asked to share a link to something in their shop that would qualify as a personalized gift. It could have been something that had a name added or boosted a personal connection to a special person.

Here are some special gift ideas that were shared.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Whether as partners or best friends, true soulmates don’t come around often, but when they do they can last a lifetime. Our custom ‘Sole’ Mate cards are a great way to reach out to your ‘Bestie’. Let SLS make it personal by adding your names and the date when your friendship began. Did you solidify your friendship on the shores of Camp Kawabunga during the summer of 6th grade? We can add that too!

Printable Personalized Quote

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

These little chalkboard buckets can be used as Table Numbers or fill with something special and give as a gift with their name written on it. I found a bunch of these at an Estate sale. At the time I had no idea what to do with them, but I had to have them. Then I thought…wedding or party…chalkboard paint…Voila! I now wish I had more of them. I only have this one set left and would love to make more.

Tin Pail with Oval Chalkboard

Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

The Baby Boy Burp Cloth is personalized and gives a much more personal touch to the Baby´s objects. It is unique and there isn’t any other like it.

Baby Boy Burp Cloth

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

This pillow which has the saying “always kiss goodnight” is personalized with names and wedding date to make it a perfect gift for a bride and groom.

Always Kiss Goodnight Pillow

Mairi from mairidesign says:

Personalized wedding horseshoe candle holder, with the couple’s initials. Made from gorgeous iridescent stained glass and curled wire, and comes with a display gift box-bag. Decorative, yet functional, this lucky horseshoe symbol can be a lasting keepsake of the happy couple’s big day, and they can light a candle each year, on their anniversary, in celebration of their love for one another.

Wedding Horseshoe Candle

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says:

I think that the best personalized gift is a portrait.Over time, this is a great memory that never loses value. I offer oil paintings of people and animals. So you can order a portrait of a person with her favorite pet. You can choose the dimensions that are best for you. The finished image can be sent framed.

Custom Dog Portrait

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We specialize in personalized gifts for every occasion and celebration. Turn your gift giving opportunities into a gift giving experience your recipient will never forget. We recommend our top shelf gifts including one of the newest to our shop, the Spiegelau lowball tumbler.

Choose from our designs, submit your own images, or have us create an inspired design for any idea you have in mind. We offer gift wrap and additional gift services to make your gift giving as unique as the personalized gifts we create @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized Spirit Tumblers

Little Boy Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Little Boy Blue.

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Little Boy Blue

With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.

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Little Boy Blue

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Little Boy Blue! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I love shades of blue. I wanted to put together a set of digital paper with blues and greens because I love love love the way they go together. Hence, this set:


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Strong, bright and energizing, Pantone’s ‘Little Boy Blue’ is definitely not just for little boys! We used a blue sky background for our funny, quirky quote art to evoke a positive vibe. This affordable printable word art makes a great addition to dorm rooms or first apartments, but since it’s digital, you can also send it as a cute text or email addition to artist friends or lovers. What color are you feeling today?


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love painting on glass. I also love taking something vintage and adding my personal touch to that item. Here is an example…vintage little boy blue mugs with hand painted floral accents. I also love having something unique as a decor accent in my home. Here’s yours…


Mairi from mairidesign says:

The Little Boy Blue hues in these sky coloured beads are definitely singing out for the season’s promise of new longer days that are fast approaching. I’m ready for spring, are you?


Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

The beaded bracelet is made with aquamarine chip beads and golden Czech glass beads. The aquamarine stones are the color of the blue sky and is the birthstone for March. This blue is also one of Pantone’s colors of the year, Little Boy Blue.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Blue is one of my favorite colors, in case you couldn’t tell by some of my shop branding! This one-of-a-kind sun visor clip was inspired by my blue car and love for bling. I am a firm believer in “bling” everywhere.

The concept of this item is simple and fun. I chose the ohm symbol because that is associated with stress relief and peacefulness. Sometimes you need that while driving! Or, at least I do!


Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This ribbon is in the Little Boy Blue color. Great to add that wonderful Blue touch to many crafting projects or to add this fun blue to your package when gift giving. Will add a special touch to so many things.


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Little Boy Blue board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Cherry Tomato – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Cherry Tomato.

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Cherry Tomato

Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored, shade is viscerally alive.

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Cherry Tomato

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Cherry Tomato! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The red color emanates energy and is a symbol of life in many cultures. It is associated with an appetizing tomato and also with the blood that revives our bodies. In the winter, when it’s gray and dark, we need colors and we enjoy them more than ever. Perhaps this is why the Chinese recognize this color as lucky and they chose it as the symbol of the New Year.

I made home decorations for the New Year 2018 with a dog symbol and I used a red background to accent the meaning of this symbol. Both the dog and the color of the red tomato carry the message of joy.


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

Cherry Red, just love the Pantone name for this lucky and energizing red! A perfect color for our dynamic popcorn bar sign.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

This cherry tomato red handmade glass basket was purchased at an estate sale. It wasn’t that I just saw it and picked it up to purchase. Another lady saw it first and picked it up. I followed her around for a good 30 minutes hoping she would change her mind…and she did. Once she put it down, I immediately picked it up. I didn’t give her a chance to change her mind again.

I displayed this basket in my kitchen for a while holding my wooden spoons. At Christmas time I would move it to the living room coffee table and add some holiday picks. I even had it in the bathroom holding toothbrushes. Yes, this is a very unique and versatile basket for use in any room to add a little spice to the decor.


Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

I may have just that in my shop … love bright orange reds that remind me of fire!

These cherry tomato colored earrings will add a splash of color to dreary winter days -just looking at them makes me happy!


Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

I use a lot of red in my items because I think it’s a dynamic color that adds the “pop” accessories should bring to a person’s look. These cloche hats were inspired by the 20’s style, but simplified for today’s fast-fashion trends and busy lives. No need to find a dry cleaner or hat block for this one, and you’ll still look great!


Evan from VamptVintageDesign says:

I am a vintage lover, and this is one of my cherished treasures. This classic Chanel inspired vintage bag will naturally attracts attention whether you carry it day or night!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Cherry Tomato board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Down On The Farm

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey:

It has been proven that working with animals is beneficial for coping skills! This post will deal with a special kind of animal, farm animals! Let’s get past counting the sheep, watching Wilbur and Charlotte become friends, and singing about Old McDonald and check out some neat farm animals grazing around the shops of members of the Etsy Christmas in July team.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

This is my favorite subject. I could add half of my shop here but I chose the oil painting of a horse portrait. Horses are my favorite animals and I also like the atmosphere of the farm. Many people love horses and I’m a horse lover too. The horse’s portrait looks good in the official interior as well as in a small corner of shabby chic style. The oil technique is noble and the image is impressive. In my shop, you can order a framed picture ready to hang on the wall.

I paint portraits of horses on order from photos so if you want to order a portrait of your favorite horse or another animal, send me your photos by e-mail:


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love horses and your Palomino oil painting, but I am afraid to ride them. My first try was traumatic for me.

I will stick to other farm animals, such as this sweet shelf-sitter cow that my dad made and painted before his passing. I spent one summer teaching him to decorative paint. He took my lessons and ran with them. My dad was a master carpenter by trade but was gifted with other capabilities such as playing the piano, knitting, square dance calling, woodworking, and then decorative painting. He went to craft shows with my mom to sell his ware and was very successful.

Love this SWEET cow.


Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I was fortunate enough to take a vacation to Ireland about 7 years ago. The landscape was beautiful and we saw many historical and natural sites. Along the way we saw sheep…not a few sheep…easily thousands of sheep along our journey around the southern half of Ireland. It was winter so they all had full puffy woollen coats. I feel in love with them. So cute! This little fella was inspired by my trip.


Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Sharon & Susan from Ms P Designs USA were raised on our family farm in Montana, and we have many happy memories. We were inspired by by those happy times to create our “Down on the Farm” quilt pattern, which features all of our animal friends from the farm, plus a couple extra animals that we’d like to have known!


Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Have you ever been driving down those back country roads and pulled over to stretch your legs and while there caught a glimpse of a mama pig with her little baby pig?

Well, while taking my son back to school down south from the Christmas break we saw the cutest baby pig that looked like it was newly born standing next to it’s mama. Pigs are so cute when they’re little and running around the farm squealing at the top of their lungs.

I’m going to miss those long country back road drives because my son will graduate after the 2018 fall semester!


Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

On the farm you will find ducks and lambs. Here are some cute buttons for crafting that will add a bit of the farm to your project.


Items Of The Week: Butterflies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

How To Relax After A Long Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Who doesn’t love to relax after a long day at work, school,etc? Not only is it nice to slow down and relax, but it has many health benefits as well. Relaxing helps slow heart rate, maintains normal blood sugar levels, reducing chronic pain and muscle tension and so much more.

There are so many ways to relax. Some include yoga, meditation, music, arts, crafts and so much more.

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says many people go fishing to relax… to just sit in the quite of nature is very relaxing to many.

Here are my fish buttons…


Set of 2 fish buttons

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said here in Florida, many people like to visit the beach to relax. Walking on the beach, listening to the waves, watching the birds fly in and out, collecting shells and sea glass, and watching the crabs come in and out of their hole are just a few of the relaxing things to do on the beach. A beach is a great place to just go to, sit, and think in such a peaceful atmosphere. I’ll bet many problems are being solved on the beach…


Vintage wire seashell basket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I’m sensing a nature theme here. My number one way to relax is to go for a long hike or walk. Getting my heart racing, strengthening my muscles, breathing in fresh air and letting my thoughts wander away from the fast-paced world and end up in a calm place where I can appreciate all the planet has to offer.


Printable travel art

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says relaxation is very important. There are many ways to regenerate the body and soul. There is currently a Zen-style interior trend that promotes body and mind harmony.

I have to offer large original paintings of earth and sky tones, inspired by nature. This painting is an affirmation of life and my vision of connecting with the world of plants and animals. I gave it the title “Forest Spirit” and it reminds me of old beliefs and rituals. People have always believed that nature has the power to heal and science now confirms this knowledge. This painting creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Very well suited to the interior in the Zen style.

In my shop, there are also large pastel paintings that bring nature. I also paint for orders. Just let me know.

Abstract oil painting

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said many people, myself included, love paper crafting – scrapbooking, card making, decoupage. When I have that down time to make something with paper, it really helps me let go of the stress and be just happy.

Pastel digital scrapbooking papers

Cerena from CerenaLevene states many folks enjoy camping among a natural setting to relax. For me a good set of cozy pajamas is quite enough ~ a bib would come in handy too for sad movie tears! Or for a catch all and mouth wipe after pizza.

Flannel pants and bib set

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says relaxation is very important for our overall mental awareness and well-being. I have been using candles as a method for relaxation over the years and recently started learning about the benefits of essential oils. Incorporating essential oils like 100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil has been shown to drive away anxious thoughts and promote positivity!

Lemongrass essential oil soy candle

Marta from GottliebTextiles said there is nothing more relaxing than a nice afternoon nap. Your sofa should be not only cozy but also stylish. Here is a nice set of two cushion covers to brighten up your relax zone.

Elephant cushion cover set

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states many people like to read to relax! Here’s a perfect metal bookmark designed just for that purpose! Created with a soft pink bead and a floral focal point hinting of a nice summer day, it doesn’t get much more relaxing than this!

Pink bead and flower accent bookmark