Welcome June New Team Members – Part Two

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during June …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

Hi guys! I joined the team a few weeks ago and am very excited about promoting the event and making it a huge success.

I create bright, vivid pet portraits that capture your pets personality. I also offer this unique item where your pets portrait is printed on a pillow. I also create lots of bright, fun animal home decor designs so do check out my shop.

I was born in London, England but hopped the pond 17 years ago to Baltimore, USA where I now live with my family and guinea pigs. Good luck to everyone on the team!

Hi, my name is Julia and I am from Birmingham, England. I’m new to teams so this is going to be a big learning curve for me and I hope I can keep up and keep track of everything I need to be doing. Feel free to kick me up the butt to get me back on track if I go astray or do something wrong.

I’ve had my shop a couple of years, slowly adding items to it. My main product are knitted or crocheted lace shawls but last year I added a range of crochet lace covered Christmas baubles as a lower-priced item to try to attract customers and I have recently started adding lace baby matinee jackets too, again to try to attract customers into my store whilst still staying with the theme of Lace.

Almost everything in my store is one-of-a-kind as I use a lot of vintage yarn, yarn from small indie yarn producers and hand spun yarn, yes I spin my own yarn too!

I’ve decided to show you this pure Shetland Wool shawl that I made some time ago now with yarn that I spun myself and it features over 5,000 beads, all individually placed over the stitches at the time of knitting, so that they can’t travel along the yarn and out of placement, using a tiny crochet hook and a lot of patience.

Hello, my name is Judy Tosh from Belton, MO. I am happy to be a part of this team. It is hard to believe that half of the year is over already!

My shop consists of repurposing items into unique home décor. Lately, I have been repurposing ceiling fan light shades and fan blades.

Hello Everyone!

My name is Katerina and I am the face behind OnceUponJewels. I create theatrical and romantic jewelry inspired in folktales and fairytales that I collect around the world. I believe that everyone has a little bit of magic inside so, that is why my moto is #spreadyourfairydust.

One of my favorite pieces from my shop is my illustrated fairy pair of earrings. It is my first jewel design and I am very attached to it. I designed it inspired in the Nordic atmosphere I am leaving in the last years. My Fairy on A Bottle is a solid silver earring, hand painted and hand carved and i think that she is joyful and sexy at the same time.

I hope you like it!

Sandra Huss from sandrahuss says

Hi I’m Sandra from Charleston, SC . My shop sells “Warrior Pets” I created this design four years ago primarily for children that have a CHD (Congenital heart defect) and require open heart surgery. I have also expanded the line for children that have other illnesses/syndromes such as down syndrome, epilepsy, cancer. I love to think that my warrior pets bring these children a little joy into their lives and something to cuddle up to when they are not feeling so good. Thanks for letting me join your team.

Olga Tanasiva from LOTpottery says

Hello. My name is Olga, I’m from the city of Dnipro, Ukraine. I have a small ceramic studio. Clay is a wonderful material for the embodiment of ideas. Some of my things I represent here in the store.
These are some of the beads that I made.

I’m Dana, an illustrator and watercolorist specializing in bright botanicals and vibrant nature scenes. Everyone needs some art in their life, so I strive to offer a little something in everyone’s price range, from stickers and painting tutorials to prints and mini originals.

This is one of my mini summer iris paintings. Find more of them in my shop!

Melody from OnSiletzBay says

Hi, I’m Melody living in the US, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. All of my life I have wanted to live by the ocean, and I feel so lucky that I am finally here and have been able to have my studio and create just steps from Siletz Bay. So my shop title reflects that, as do my choices of color and subject matter. I think this listing shows that.

I have been on Etsy as a sideline for many years with another shop, but am getting this one going as my main gig.

Hi everyone! I’m Elena from Belarus. My shop is knotandliving. This is my first Christmas in July. It is really nice to meet you all!

Our natural candles with crackling woodwick and beautiful cherry wood coaster are my favorite attribute for Christmas.

Hi I am Patricia Artist selling paintings. I am glad to be here and I sell paintings.

Hi everyone…I am rosiefreckles …..a fabric addict and particularly love making patchwork quilts from baby size up to massive wedding canopies or queen size bed quilts. Here is an example of what I sell both as ready made or on commission.

Hello, I’m Katrina from thepapercupboard.

I make Christmas crackers, decorations and books from Nepalese Lokta paper a handmade artisan paper indigenous to Nepal. I use this paper for it’s fibrous texture, sumptuous colours and beautiful patterns.

Take a look for yourself.

Hi! I’m Lauren from arizonadesignsco.

I make Word Templates, Planner Inserts and Stickers, and other things for bloggers. I started my shop as a sticker shop but found myself gravitating to wanting to help bloggers establish themselves.

I just found Christmas in July in the forums and I’m glad that I was able to jump in just in time.

Here is one of my Blogger Media Kits:

YOKO from WAYOKO says

Hi everyone! I’m Yoko from Wayoko. Actually this is second shop. I have another shop for jewelry (yokojewelry) and already a team member.

In this second shop, Wayoko, I’m selling kimono upcycle items, such as coin purse, cosmetic bag, key fobs and recent new items are eye pillows Also I’m selling jewelry for kimono as well. Such as obidome.

Chrystel Galea from TheMakersRealm says

Hi Everyone!
I make beeswax candles, ornaments and melts. This is my newest product, they are beeswax gift tags scented with essential oils.
These cute, natural ornaments make ideal gift tags adding a memorable and unique touch to gift wrapping. It’s an extra little present for your loved ones to enjoy.
WOW – what great new talented Teamies!! Happy Shopping!

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”.

KNOTandLiving

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.

kensingtonminiatures

kensingtonminiatures

Christmas Decor – #CIJParty 2017

Guest Contributor post by Judith from FabriArts
The Christmas season is my favourite time of year to decorate. I usually start on December 1st and when my kids were small, we had a game to identify which new decoration I placed out each day. Combined with Advent calendars where they could add a decoration each day, the excitement built each day until the big events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots of ideas to help with your holiday decorating. Whether you want handcrafted original items for your tree, your walls, your sofa, shelves or tables, cards, prints or paper goods or vintage finds, the members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots for you to choose from. We even have Christmas accessories for your pets! Buy now, and ensure that you’ll have everything ready for that special time of year – no waiting around, hoping that your items will arrive in time!

Here are just a few items available. Visit these Etsy shops to discover more treats in store for your holiday decorating!

These bright, colorful, fun and positive dolls are very similar to small Christmas dwarfs or fairies. Each of them could represent you or a family member! Nice, cute figurines will decorate your Christmas tree and make it unique and cozy! This is especially important if there are children in the house. My family and I have received a lot of positive emotions from the process of working on these dolls, and I hope I can convey the mood to you. The toys are made entirely of natural materials: wood beads, cork, cotton yarn, jute yarn. Those doll faces are decorated using a wood burning tool.

KrugerShop

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake says:

These beach glass ornaments will brighten up any Christmas tree. I have an indoor, large palm tree that I put them on and it brings back memories of my Family Florida Christmas’s.

TreasuresFromTheLake

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These decorations are beautiful one of a kind Christmas ornaments, and as such are a perfect keepsake for family and friends. They are also great memory gifts for teachers.

DeeDeeDeesigns

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

This year I fell in love with charms and then it was just a small step to design Christmas ornaments with them–rich reds and bright greens with creamy pearls and whimsical charms compliment any tree. Use them on your wreath as well or add charm to your gift bags for the holidays!

LizPOriginals

These Christmas stars are all custom made to order.  They are great for children with unusual names, ideal for toddlers who are just starting to recognize their initials, and can have the year stamped on the back (perhaps for a first Christmas). It’s lovely to be able to make matching decorations for a whole family.

MooseintheMint

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love Christmas decorations, especially handmade ones. The reason that I like “handmade decorations” is because each one is unique … not mass produced … a lot of love and attention to detail goes into making handmade items … and that’s important to me!

SpoiledFelinesArt

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Christmas ornaments aren’t the biggest seller in June, but we keep them listed all year long because we Love Christmas! Just when the thoughts of Christmas are so far away, we are thankful for the Etsy CIJ Team bringing Christmas Joy in July (and all year long)!

We engrave our crystal ornaments with any design option we have available, any font in our selection, and accept custom order requests. Christmas ornaments make the best gifts for Baby Showers and Newborns, Newlyweds and Anniversary Gifts, and to Commemorative Any Special Event!

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

These minimalist wooden Christmas decorations were hand painted carefully with love. I’m always inspired by minimalism and these alternative Xmas decorations are just perfect for the modern homes: Scandinavian, Minimalistic, Neutral Pastel interiors.

KNOTandLiving

KNOTandLiving

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a fun sock monkey teeny tote! Makes a fun decoration for table or mantel and also makes a great gift! The bright colors and fun little sock monkey with a Santa outfit will make you smile!

joliefemmebydiana

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Every time is possible, I love to craft using natural materials. And I think that so many kinds of nuts and a red bow can very well represent a handmade and unique Christmas decoration!

Ghirlandiamo

 

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of Christmas in my childhood I always remember the drives in the evening through the snowy landscape of Germany (my dad was a veterinarian and had to go out to the farms, being it Christmas or not, and I often accompanied him). It was dark, but the car’s headlights would illuminate the snow laden trees at the side of the country roads. Those memories inspired me to make a mini canvas that can be used as an Christmas ornament. I added the moose because the forest is their habitat and it creates a serene atmosphere.

CarolaBartz

Linda from LazyYVintage says:

This Enesco ornament is one of my favorites as it is part of the save the Earth collection and promotes recycling with a elf sitting on top of a recycling bin. At Christmas we do our very best to enjoy the season in a green way by keeping the wrappings to a minimum and making gifts for each other and our love ones.

LazyYVintage

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love Christmas decor. As A child I did not celebrate Christmas nor decorate. I was always a collector. When my daughter was a child I collected music boxes. Sadly most of them broke in storage. I found this Christmas music box at a benefit flea market fair. So I helped others, collected another music box and got an Etsy item to sell.

PearlsVintagebyPam

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

I have always loved everything Christmas ever since I was a little girl. One of my favourite things are Snowmen – which is funny, since I live in Australia and we celebrate Christmas in the Summer! Over the years I have collected many different Snowmen in many forms, so have decided to share some of my collection with someone else who loves them as much as me! This sweet little fellow would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s Christmas Decor!

LizzysBibsandBobs

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I love finding Christmas items at estate sales! Most of the time they are in fantastic condition and carefully stored. My daughter and I recently found this Sad Elf. He’s not wearing traditional Christmas colors and we thought that made him “unique.”

WillowValleyVintage

Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts says:

 A cute snowman to bring Christmas love and cheer in your home. He will bring a smile to everyone’s face for the holidays

BlueButterflyCrafts

Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest says:

This is one of my miniature dollhouse / fairy garden Christmas decor collections featuring a mini stocking, tree skirt and ornaments. Each of my designs are original and handmade by me with the intent of spreading a bit of the joy and happiness that went into their creation!

TheLittleEmptyNest

Jennie Clark from FromBasementToArt says:

Heirloom was my Pfaltzgraff pattern when I married a looong time ago. Finding these holiday candlestick holders was a joy.

FromBasementToArt

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have found that taking images from my antique postcard collection and turning them into decorative pillow covers a wonderful way to combine two of my favorite things. I tend to favor Christmas decor with an old-style feeling as it brings warm memories flooding back.  Nothing quite like a sleigh ride on a frosty day to fill the air with laughter!

TheOldBarnDoor

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

Something I always put up at Christmas time are my Advent calendars. Last year, I had 3 of them on the go at the holiday season. I make quilted Advent calendars, which can be used year after year. They all have little pockets that can be filled with treats, toys, messages or small gifts that can be treasured each day in December to count down to Christmas. This modern design is one of my favorites!

FabriArts

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

I love Christmas anything! My friends call me Cristal Christmas! For me it’s not about the gifts under the tree it’s about what’s on the tree and all the loving festivities that come with the holiday. At my house I have something Christmas related in every room so this got me to thinking why not create some Christmas decor for pets. I’m sure there are some lovers of Christmas out there just like me! If I could afford it I’d let all my Christmas decor stay up all year long.

DesignsbyCristal

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These large gold flickering sequins are ideal for adding your own flair to your Christmas decor … glittery and shiny they dd sparkle and pizzazz to Christmas wreaths, bunting, cards and any Christmas craft you may have in mind!

DeeDeeSupplies

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I think receiving a handmade Christmas card shows that the sender has put a little more care into his card giving. Each card is cutout and hand assembled. Red foil is used on the ornament background.

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Valerie from Samanthasunshineshop says:

This photo is of my Christmas Tree decorated with my grandmother’s vintage ornaments. The ornaments were handed down to me. They are from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Being able to decorate my tree with these family ornaments, makes it feel like everyone is still together and brings back great memories of Christmas past. In processing the photo, I added a “vintage feel” to accent the ornaments.

Samanthasunshineshop

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The first Christmas together as a couple is so special, it deserves a party all its own. More often than not, those first few years are lean ones financially, and Stock Lane Studio has affordable, printable holiday decorations that will turn any place into a Christmas home.

StockLaneStudio

Dana Martin from IllCallYouFromParis says:

This wintery Snow Birds watercolor print is a festive holiday decoration that you can keep up all year long!

IllCallYouFromParis

IllCallYouFromParis