Hobby Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

January is Hobby Month, which is a great time to teach a class, get together with others to craft or even learn a new one!

Here at CIJ we want to know about your hobby. What about it satisfies you? When did you first start doing it? Anything else you want to tell us about it?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says well, way back years ago, pottery was my hobby… I got into it as “time out” from young kids (who are now adults) and over time it has – gratefully – developed into a profession.
As a professional, not only do I make and sell on Etsy, I also exhibit and teach classes and workshops in my studio – so I am very fortunate!!
And it is fantastic to think that I make home decor items that people can use and engage with everyday – it is a great feeling.

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Ceramic oval speckled blue bowl

Mi H from MCART30 discusses that I would say I love working with paper and beads. I’ve always been making greeting card for friends on their birthday. I started beading couple years ago and can never stop!
I’m very excited to start my shop this year and work on things I love to do. No more 9-5 office job, yay!

Easter gift tags

Easter gift tags

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said as a creator I love to make jewellery and over time this ‘hobby’ has developed into selling my jewellery and, now, also selling jewellery and craft supplies. A lot of the supplies I sell are manufactured, but some I also make myself such as these organic polymer marbled beads.

 

Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says my hobby (and current profession) is supporting my talented jewelry designer daughter. In the process, I’ve followed in her footsteps and now I’m in love with gemstones and jewelry-making too. She’s still the one with all the talent, though. Here’s one of her creations featured in our shop.

Turquoise bead necklace

Turquoise bead necklace

Diana from joliefemmebydiana states that I love embroidery! I started teaching myself from kits at age 10 and now I draw my own designs and add them to my products when I can. I have also taught beginning embroidery at my local quilt shop to both adults and kids and it’s so fun to share! Embroidery is soothing and engrossing and a great hobby for me!

Mini hand embroidered tote

Mini hand embroidered tote

Alicia from AliciasFindings said that I have quite a few hobbies and most of them are craft related. My jewelry started out as a hobby, with me getting together with friends to create. I sell online and at craft shows. I also love to read, loom knit, color and so much more.

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam discusses that her hobby is reading. She especially loves the movie Titanic
since it makes you feel very emotional. What a tragedy, such a beautiful ship and people-such a sad history.

Titanic hardcover book

Titanic hardcover book

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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