May – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says:

I’ve always wanted to design and craft a line of journals that are completely my own. I feel this series of Fancy Coptic Journals is a step in the right direction. The covers showcase paper that I hand-dyed, yielding unique results, making each book one of a kind. And while the coptic stitch is fairly common, I’ve amended it to show off the spine of the book.

SproutsPressDesigns

SproutsPressDesigns

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

One of my closest friends loves tea and many times as we spend time together she will offer me a cup of tea as we share, laugh, cry, or just enjoy each other in silence. As I made the card, I thought of her, “A cup of Tea warms the soul like a good friend”.

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

At the moment I have quite a few friends who are having babies! Havng 2 boys of my own (one of them a baby), thought why not make a baby boy card to welcome a new baby! The card is layered giving it a 3D effect.

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

From a purely practical standpoint, I need to add more get well/encouragement cards to the shop, so that’s one reason I made this.
On a more creative level, though, I love to work with vintage photos and images of people from bygone times and imagine what they might be thinking, especially if their expression is very prim and proper.

This particular image, I think, is from a website called The Graphics Fairy and it’s one of a set of Victorian Shakespearean images of Shakespeare heroines. I did notice that Lady Macbeth is not included in this set (lol) and if you know the play, you’ll understand why.

I like to use vintage style patterned papers to evoke that mood of a time past, hence my choice of the red and white paper used here-the red pattern is actually flocked onto the paper so it’s raised and feels very nice. Adds a little extra touch.

Though I do other work that I don’t usually sell on Etsy, I always, always come back to doing these cards because I enjoy them.

rhodyart

rhodyart

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

I had this idea of including a compass on a graduation card. I like the idea of pointing to the right direction after graduation and finding a way through life. A graduation is a start for that, isn’t it? My daughter will graduate from high school next year, so this topic is currently close to me.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Cathy Hahn from CathysCraftWorld says:

I love making things for children. Although my shop is for everyone, I have a special love for creating things for babies and children. I love making frames that can either be picture frames or decorations all by themselves. I would love to have people come see what I do as I also love browsing other’s shops!

CathysCraftWorld

CathysCraftWorld

Tanya Hladovska from Unicard says:

With this set of postcards you will be able to congratulate all the members of your family or friends. Сolorful handmade card will please anyone. I make them in spring and summer and let all the warmth of this seasons be transferred to your close people on winter evenings.

Unicard

Unicard

Carmen from Mipezluna says:

Lately I have become an addict to make these pouches with amigurumi.
My little daughter loves them and uses the first one that I made to keep her “castañuelas” that she uses in Spanish dancing class. Now all her friends want one for themselves!

Mipezluna

Mipezluna

Theresa Holland from KraftyGrannysHome says:

I love creating these and they are so useful, always looking through my stash of fabric to find a combo that I like.

KraftyGrannysHome

KraftyGrannysHome

MissMinù from TinyFeltHeart says:

It’s very, very warm here, it seems Summer has already arrived! And I prefer rainy days and cold weather!

I’m always thinking about Christmas, especially in Spring-Summer.

It’s one of my Happy thoughts!

I’m sewing some Christmas items and I’m listening to ‘Have Yourself a merry Little Christmas’ sung by Judy Garland in ‘Meet me in St. Louis’.

TinyFeltHeart

TinyFeltHeart

Sarah from bellazahn says:

 Don’t you just love the Scandinavian feel of all these stockings? They remind me of the handknitted jumpers my mother used to knit when we were kids. Sadly my knitting skills are not up to making them in wool so this advent calendar in cotton will have to be my new favourite instead!

bellazahn

bellazahn

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have started to ramp up my Christmas listings already. This charming pillow cover is made with a section of one of my antique postcards and adds just the right vintage touch to the upcoming holiday season decorating. Actually I think it is charming enough to leave out for the entire winter season. Soft and cuddly the pillow cover is made from velveteen – ahh, just perfect to cuddle with on those cold winter nights (yup, those cold nights will return).

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I love vintage items and when I found this sweet honey bee pattern, I just had to embroider it! I picked a new fabric for the back that had a mod style to it which adds to the retro feel. It would be a lovely spring and summer decor item and would be a fabulous gift for a bee collector or gardener.

WickedlyCreative

WickedlyCreative

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love all vintage things and summer dresses are high on my list to love. This seersucker sundress is so typical of the 1950’s 1960’s .
Beautifully made and so perfect for summer.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

I believe this skirt was a custom made piece, it’s so extremely well done. The fabric is so rich with eyelet ruffles and silver eagles. I found this skirt in Thrift store in Palm Spring, CA.

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

I love this soft organic cotton for spring and summer hats. I designed this hat using the common fan pattern striped in such a way to produce the ever popular chevron pattern. The muted colors complement each other and the style and texture remind me of Victorian era fashion.

910woolgathering

910woolgathering

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Newbie today: I have a new couching foot for my long arm sewing machine. My VAST stock (hoard is my hubby’s word for this pile) of sari silk ribbon works so well with it. The result of my silk and huge pile of pics of the local sunset over Lake Michigan.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Becky from LollysCubbyHole says:

Starting off the summer with some newly created wreaths. This one is a great way to honor the USA in your home!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry says:

I have had this ancient Roman coin showing the image of Roman empress Julia Domna on one side and Roman goddess Diana on the other. As I love to set ancient coins in my sterling silver rings, I have set it in a predesigned ring I made for the coin and decorated it with a hammered. silver thread. I believe that mainly women can wear it with pride.

rioritajewelry

rioritajewelry

Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

There’s something about the quiet, yet elegant simplicity of antique white china bowls. Found recently in a Victorian estate sale, these beautiful bowls celebrated many a holiday meal with family.

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This cute little bowl is made using the pinching method – I love making pinch pots because they are very intimate and hands on, and the shape of the finished bowl reflects the shape of the makers hand…. it is almost a document in clay!
I also love pinch pots because they are very organic, and the green glaze used on this bowl serves to heighten this natural feel.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Karen from KarenLovesAntiques says:

This is a rare 1st edition book that was recently found at a local
estate sale in Nevada County, Ca. Amazing find!

KarenLovesAntiques

KarenLovesAntiques

Valentina Cáceres from JuguetesEloisa says:

This was originally a custom order made for one of my regular customers. I was really happy when she asked me to do it. When I took the picture of the whole order I saw it and I thought, well that is a very good spring set!

JuguetesEloisa

JuguetesEloisa

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

This items was inspired by Fishing trips with granddad! It’s a great keepsake / valet box.

WalterSilva

WalterSilva

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April – National Poetry Month

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

April is National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Today members of the Christmas In July team share their favorite poems.

Nancy from VictorianRosePrints

“Do what you have to, to be happy in this life.”

Bridges of Madison County

VictorianRosePrints

VictorianRosePrints

Lin Collette from rhodyart

“Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.”

“Easter 1916” by William Butler Yeats

rhodyart

rhodyart

Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery

“For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;”

Andrew Marvell’s to his coy mistress

LSBJewellery

LSBJewellery

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection

“Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

The Tyger by William Blake.

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering

“Wi’ sma’ to sell, and less to buy,
Aboon distress, below envy,
O wha wad leave this humble state,
For a’ the pride of a’ the great?
Amid their flaring, idle toys,
Amid their cumbrous, dinsome joys,
Can they the peace and pleasure feel
Of Bessy at her spinning-wheel?”

Bess and Her Spinning Wheel
Robert Burns

910woolgathering

910woolgathering

Noel from MinkCouture

“Nevermore”

Quoth the Raven

MinkCouture

MinkCouture

Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

byTheArtBug

byTheArtBug

Karen from KarenLovesAntiques

“When you’re up against a trouble, Meet it squarely, face to face; Lift your chin and set your shoulders, Plant your feet and take a brace.”

“See It Through” by Edgar Albert Guest

KarenLovesAntiques

KarenLovesAntiques

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

-Invictus
BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

“Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

“Secrets of the Sea” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

northandsouthshabby

northandsouthshabby

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns

“it was cold when you left this morning
hurriedly gathering up your belongings
and snapping on your expensive watch
an early mist had descended opaque white
casting a haunting blanket over the world
a moist cocoon into which you disappeared
leaving me inside
yet outside”
© Dawn Whitehand

Drawing I did for this poem written by myself on 27th Feb 2013!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

 

April – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

April is the month of celebrations! Celebrate new arrivals from members of the Christmas In July team.

KistaT from KistaTJewelry says:

This is a spring jewelry set in bright purple blue.
Some time ago I made my first bead embroidered butterfly. I used drop shape glass cabachons that I color myself and seed beads. Technique I use is bead embroidery, so all these beads are stitshed by hand one by one. This one is my 9´th butterfly. Design is the same, as I love this so much, but colors and beads varie every time.
I made also two pairs of matching earrings. Bigger ones are luxury, also bead embroidered and suitable for some special occasions. The other pair is simple lever back cameo earrings.

Tanzanite Butterfly Brooch From KistaTJewelry

Tanzanite Butterfly Brooch From KistaTJewelry

Tanzanite Earrings From  KistaTJewelry

Tanzanite Earrings From
KistaTJewelry

Tanzanite Earrings From  KistaTJewelry

Tanzanite Earrings From
KistaTJewelry

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says:

This lovely bracelet is natural fresh water pearls in a light pink shade. With silver plated details like spacer beads, clasp, and wing charms.

I made this 9 inches long as I know some plus size ladies would like a little extra length in a bracelet so it drapes nicely. This size also means it could fit as an ankle bracelet for a teenager. I am also happy to adjust it as needed for the buyer.

Pink Freshwater Pearl Angel Wing Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Pink Freshwater Pearl Angel Wing Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Karen from KarenLovesAntiques says:

What a treasure by Wedgwood! This is an absolutely beautiful small oval trinket dish in Jasper ware. This was just recently found at a local Estate sale.

Wedgwood  Small Oval Trinket Tray From KarenLovesAntiques

Wedgwood Small Oval Trinket Tray From KarenLovesAntiques

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

I’ve been making small crates for years for gifts using barn wood it wasn’t until I decided to build one and add corks to it that it came together.
Makes a great planter, napkin holder, hostess gift too!

Wine Cork Wood Crate From Corkycrafts

Wine Cork Wood Crate From Corkycrafts

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

The story behind this particular magnet is that one of the very first magnets I ever made was a mustard themed one. A buyer asked me if I could make her a ketchup themed magnet and of course I said yes. I made an additional one and sold that, but didn’t add a new one until now. Actually I just added another besides this particular magnet. Of the two this is my favorite just because of the little girl’s expression

I actually don’t like either mustard or ketchup all that much myself but I just love the thought of someone liking something so much that they add it to everything.

Food Art Fridge Magnet for Ketchup Lovers From rhodyart

Food Art Fridge Magnet for Ketchup Lovers From rhodyart

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

I love to spend time at the ocean, and I love to journal. Nothing better than sitting at the beach, listening to the waves and writing down my thoughts – perhaps after some beach combing and finding all those lovely treasures like shells, sanddollars, seastars, interestingly shaped driftwood. All of this inspired me to make this journal.

Blue And Pink Seashells Journal From CarolaBartz

Blue And Pink Seashells Journal From CarolaBartz