Red, White And Blue – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Red, White and Blue are not only the colors used for patriotic holidays and flags, but are also used in a wide variety of other ways. We want to see all your Red, White and Blue items especially if they don’t have any patriotic meaning behind them. It really is more about the colors then anything.

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says my macramé comes in many colours, but this set of garden lights are red, white and blue

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Mary from ByFreddisMom said my snowmen and holiday ornaments come in lots of colors and of course being snowmen, white is one of the colors and I try to use as many other colors that I think will shine. Red, White and Blue or Red & White or Blue & White…….I think you get the idea!

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Pam from PamsPawsJewelry states I found this adorable teapot recently and think it is just so fun and cute!

It is Patriotic and a perfect gift for Independence, Flag, Veterans, Presidents Day or any other American themed holiday!

BUT, it is also a functional item for tea, cocoa, or coffee if made first then poured in, and it could be a cheerful addition to any 4th of July table decor – inside or out!

Could the gold star also be a Christmas star?

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patontheback from patontheback says this is an easy patriotic table topper. I made my own in an evening. A simple and easy way to show your patriotic spirit without much fuss! Requires only a little knowledge, and sewing skills.

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Gail from kensingtonminiatures said check out these Red, white, and blue cocktails for a pop of festive color in my shop!

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Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states the perfect hand-painted red, white, and blue flower girl basket for the July 4th wedding.

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Rita from RitzySelection says unfortunately, we Hungarians have no sea or ocean. This is what we want to do if we want to go to another country. Fortunately, however, we have a wonderful Lake Balaton and many thermal baths.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said living in Southeastern Louisiana, I am lucky because I get to see lots of beautiful birds as they pass through our area on their yearly migratory path … seeing these birds, as well as ducks and other assorted animals, inspire the artwork that we feature in our shop.

It was difficult to pick an item to feature, but I chose the Blue Jay bird because I love its vibrant blue color!

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Mairi from mairidesign states Red White & Blue Sea Glass Earrings. Little glass jars filled with, genuinely, rare mini sea glass gems, which hang from silver-tone ear wires. Blue and, especially, red sea glass is very rare making these very limited edition pieces of jewellery. All these tiny chips were collected by my husband and I on the beaches of Spain, near Barcelona, washed ashore, after the Mediterranean Sea had worked its magic.

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Deborah from RoseCottageKeepsakes says my true passion is quilting… and my journey and love of quilting has led me through many opportunities… for a few years I was the NJ state coordinator for Home of the Brave Quilt Project. I love to make large quilts to small quilting projects… one of my favorite small quilting projects are quilting ornaments. Below is one that demonstrates patriotism and reflects our historical colors.

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 said R & R Reproductions Star Spangled Banners is a fantastic cross stitch pattern to stitch anytime you wish to see the red white and blue in action!

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Heather from MooseintheMint states a completely unique pendant! These are made from upcycled dominos with various gems and beads set into the resin, each one is different. A lovely little gift ideal as a stocking filler or a ‘just because’.

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Rebecca from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says this Quilted Keepsake Fabric Ornament is perfect for the September birthday girl. You can just see this gorgeous quilted keepsake ornament light up her smile. September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers. This beautiful blue fabric is accented with Swarovski crystals.

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zizzybob from zizzybob said I make quilt blocks for my shop, no, not quilts but the blocks that make up quilts. I am especially fond of making applique pieces that I know other quilters dont like to do. With the Quilts of Valor in mind, I always have a few red, white and blue blocks to sell.

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Tillie from TilliesTreasury states I love vintage items especially if they are hand crocheted. This is part of the many vintage linens I have in my personal collection and the colors are so vibrant and pretty with the red, white, blue, green and yellow.

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Mindi from MindisCustomCreation says My Blue submission. I used a grey and blue stain to give the sign a “Dirty Jeans” look. Laundry is a chore that not many of us enjoy. This sign is sure to liven up your laundry room and perhaps put a smile on your face at the same time.

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Gail from QuiltSewPieceful said I live in Arizona, but I LOVE the ocean and the beaches. When I saw this fabric, I just couldn’t pass it up. I know that many others share these same loves. What fun to have these quilted pillows in your beach house (I wish!) or added to your beach decor.

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Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Emily / QuirkyEleganceEm / Singapore, SG / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Antonia / SueEllenDreamland / Athens, GR / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Roberta / FarfallaDorata / Florence, IT / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jessica / GusandOllie / Hamburg, DE / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Julie / EveryoneLovesGifts0 / Sheffield, UK / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Gail / kensingtonminiatures / New York, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Cindy / Cynhumphrey / Virgina, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Cerena / CerenaLevene / Florida, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. Leah / UniquelyWiredBeads / Ohio, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Donna / TreasuresFromTheLake / Ohio, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Carol / SilverTrove / Missouri, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Tara / BlueWorldTreasures / Grande Prarie, CA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017!

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 – kensingtonminiatures

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 Shop – Gail from kensingtonminiatures

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1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

My shop is Kensington Miniatures. I look to real-life in order to create my miniatures… Often I will take photos of things that catch my eye, and I keep a notebook filled with ideas for scenes and items. As a collector since childhood, I have always been fascinated with tiny creations that mirror full-size things.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

It was my daughter who encouraged me to sell my creations. One Mother’s Day her surprise for me was to set up a shop on Etsy so that I would have a start in business. I added my profile, philosophy, and photos to begin. At first I only listed a few items, but as I continued to gain confidence, I added more miniatures and branched out with more variety of product choices.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love creating miniatures; it is a passion, not a job for me. It has also offered me an outlet when life hands me challenges. I am happiest listening to show tunes and popular music. Often I will pop in a favorite movie while I am working.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I listen to show tunes and popular music of the 60’s and 70’s. I don’t currently have a specific playlist. The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Carly Simon get me motivated.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I have many interests-reading being one of them. I read many genres. I just finished a James Patterson novel, but I also love biographies, family histories, and how-to books. Reading in bed is a must before falling off to sleep every night.

6. What are your social media sites?

I am currently on Instagram and love seeing new followers every day, as well as seeing other artists’ work. I find it all so varied and inspirational, and get to make new friends too!

Instagram: kensingtonminiatures

Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017!! A party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Emily / QuirkyEleganceEm / Singapore, SG / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Antonia / SueEllenDreamland / Athens, GR / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Roberta / FarfallaDorata / Florence, IT / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jessica / GusandOllie / Hamburg, DE / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Julie / EveryoneLovesGifts0 / Sheffield, UK / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Gail / kensingtonminiatures / New York, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Cindy / Cynhumphrey / Virgina, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Cerena / CerenaLevene / Florida, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. Leah / UniquelyWiredBeads / Ohio, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Donna / TreasuresFromTheLake / Ohio, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Carol / SilverTrove / Missouri, USA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Tara / BlueWorldTreasures / Grande Prarie, CA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

 

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017!

Christmas Around the World – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Christmas is one of those holidays in which there are so many little pieces that combine that make this one day so amazing! One thing that we love to focus on in this team is that we are international.

For our #CIJParty we want to know all about Christmas in your part of the world! What are the traditions or customs in your part of the world?

Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

Hello everyone! I will be happy to tell you about Christmas in Belarus and other Eastern European countries as it is a little bit different from other places.

Christmas in our country is normally celebrated on January 7th. This is simply due to a difference in calendars.

This is very intimate holiday in our country. People celebrate it only with family and close friends.

Some people fast (don’t eat anything) on Christmas Eve, until the first star has appeared in the sky. People then eat ‘sochivo’ or ‘kutia’ a porridge made from wheat or rice served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit (especially berries and dried fruit like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies! Kutia is sometimes eaten from one common bowl, this symbolizes unity.

There are special Christmas cookies called Kozulya which are made in the shape of a sheep, goat or deer.

In some areas, children will go carol singing round the homes of friends and family and wish people Happy Christmas. They are normally rewarded with cookies, sweets and money. This tradition is called “Svyatki”.

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KNOTandLiving

Gail Gismondi from kensingtonminiatures says:

I have always loved hearing about the ways people celebrate holidays across the world. Although there are many differences, the thing that joins us all as a world community is the spirit of camaraderie and warmth. Thank you for your interesting post, Elena.

In America, children traditionally leave out cookies and milk or hot chocolate for Santa in anticipation of his arrival on Christmas Eve.

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Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Once again this year we kick off our Etsy Christmas In July Party this year with food and dink! What is a party without refreshments?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their Christmas Inspired food and drink items.

Barbara from HometownUSA says:

I have a spot on my kitchen wall where I hang a special crocheted pot holder which is always being changed to coincide with the current holiday or season. This one is for Christmas.

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HometownUSA

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

My kids love homemade gingerbread cookies and the smell floating throughout the house is delightful! I found some cute fabric for a pet Christmas bandana that has gingerbread cookies on it.

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DesignsbyCristal

Rebecca Turkovics from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says:

I have a quilted fabric ornaments in what I call The Grillmaster Series. The were inspired by my best friends, both of which have passed away. The one I’m giving the link for immediately made me think of him. He was such a “Grillmaster”. And an exceptionally good one I might add. All four of the series brought back so many good memories of summer barbques with our families. The ornament would look great on stand for summer as well as on a Christmas tree because ornaments are #NotJustForChristmas.

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OrnamentsByRebeccaT

KATERINA ILIAKI from OnceUponJewelsCo says:

In some religions they do not eat meat during a long period until the final week of Christmas. Fish is a very important dish for them as it is the only kind of meat they can consume and that is on certain days.

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OnceUponJewelsCo

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Christmas colours for me are red, gold, white and green!!

This handmade ceramic bowl in green would make a gorgeous centrepiece for the Christmas table. Fired to stoneware temperature this bowl is suitable for oven to table to dishwasher, so is perfect for saving time in the kitchen so that you can spend more time with family and friends during the festive season.

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Avedona Lucero from the2911plan says:

Because Angels are Christmas!! So these ones guard your liquid cheer – often called “wine!” Who wouldn’t want to toast at a Christmas party with a lovely angel charm to mark their glass?!

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Linda from LazyYVintage says:

Drop on by any time and I’ll offer you a drink. Ice tea, wine, coffee? But drop by during the Christmas season, and I’ll offer you those some drinks in a lively, colorful Christmas glass. I can’t resist them. So much so that now my friends drop in and bring me a glass, or two, and if I’m really lucky, a set of holiday designed glassed. So, my set is a bit mismatched; but used often and full of memories.

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LazyYVintage

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop says:

Any time in winter, but especially for the holidays, bring out the hot chocolate! These Raffiaware mugs are designed to keep hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold and definitely bring a touch of nostalgia to your home.

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TheSandlapperShop

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

I live in South Texas and we rarely have a white Christmas; so I like to make a big pot of homemade hot cocoa. We might have the a/c on, but having that hot cup of cocoa makes it feel like the holidays.

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NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says:

There is nothing more festive than a cocktail during the holidays and this vintage tea towel supplies a dozen recipes for mixed drinks such as a Singapore Sling and an Orange Blossom. The graphics are lively and colorful. This would be a great gift for a mixologist or a handy reference at your bar!

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NeatoKeen

Gail Gismondi from kensingtonminiatures says:

Gathering with friends and family during the holidays is such a joyful time. Food and drink add to the fun and enjoyment of the season. I invite you to my shop to see the many choices for spreading warmth and good cheer.

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kensingtonminiatures

Gail Gismondi from kensingtonminiatures says:

What would holidays be without the cookies, candy canes, sweet drinks, and delicious aromas?

When creating my Christmas items, I was reminded of the many family and friend parties we have had over the years and the excitement of seeing festive food and decorations all around the house. I hope that my cocktail punch reflects this joy.

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kensingtonminiatures