DIY And Tutorial Month – Fairy Door

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Fairy Door” by Christina from lebeauchaton

Introduction

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Welcome the wee folk with an easy DIY Fairy door created with popsicle sticks, basic craft supplies and odds and ends.

Materials Used

  • Craft sticks
  • Paper
  • White glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Craft moss
  • Faux flowers
  • Buttons or accents

Tutorial Directions

  1. Glue sticks to band of paper (excess can be trimmed off later).

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2. Paint or Stain your choice of color.

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3. For a weathered look you can use a quick crackle technique. Start by painting the door the base coat (this will be the color that shows through the cracks).

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4.  Once dry brush with a coat of white glue. While glue is still tacky coat with another layer of paint in contrasting color (I use a “throwaway” brush for this).

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5. As the layers dry, the finish will crackle magically creating an aged look.

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6. Then have fun decorating by adding craft moss and a button doorknob.

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7. Or paint a cheery greeting for our garden gate we simply staggered the sticks rather than gluing straight across. Glue a craft stick on back as a stake to pop into a planter so it stands straight.

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8. Doors can be created to suit a variety of themes and colors and styles – note they can be fragile and are not a toy.

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9. A winter theme makes fun holiday decor perfect for elves.

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10. Or they can be popped onto a flower-pot for a gnome home.

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Conclusion

11.  Have fun displaying your tiny doors or add as an accent to a potted plant as a unique gift.

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Social Media Sites

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/PennywiseFunfrivolousAndFrugalCelebrations/

Hometalk – http://www.hometalk.com/christina11/posts

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CIJ Blog – DIY And Tutorial Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

March is National Craft Month! The Christmas in July team thought it would be fun to celebrate by promoting DIY items and Tutorials on the #EtsyCIJ blog!

We want to showcase your DIY and Tutorials, so please send them to us here.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says DIY Crafts, such as knitting, sewing, embroidery and needlepoint are fantastic ways to create something homemade. We love this embroidery craft kit called “Sweet Treats”. It comes with everything in it needed to make this picture and, when finished, it can be a pillow or picture! Crafts are fun and can be very therapeutic!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/254849424/sale-sweet-treats-needlepoint-craft-kit?ref=teams_post

Sweet Treats Needlepoint Craft Kit

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said this a snail mail set which includes a blank card and plenty of bits and pieces to decorate with! It is Easter themed with Easter being at the end of March. I am sure a friend would love to receive your own handmade card in the mail!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/267075935/easter-snail-mail-kit-diy-inspiration?ref=teams_post

Easter Snail Mail DIY Kit

These are just a sample of what our team members have in terms of DIY and the Tutorials will be coming soon!

Here are the Tutorials!

Re – Purposed Jelly Jar

Recycled Bird Water Feeder

Fairy Door

Stamped Metal Bar Tags

Fabric Button Earrings

Trend Watch with Paul Lowe : Fur

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Trend watch with Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul’s Magazine

https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/trend-watch-with-paul-lowe-of-sweet-paul/29372476476

Fur

Real or fake, fur is on everything this season.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Fur and what the story behind the item is.

Christina Paul  from lebeauchaton says:

Love the faux fur trend for winter – Thought I’d add white faux fur to my ice skating fox with muff painting for a wintry touch.

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Susan Fowler  from SSFDesigns said:

Faux fur caplet, perfect for that evening out to keep the chill out. Made to order came comes in a variety of colors!

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10 Years of Trends – Owls

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

This month Etsy celebrates 10 years as a global community of makers, inventors, and collectors.Today, we’re turning our attention to 5 memorable trends that have made their mark over the years.

http://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/10-years-of-etsy-trends/

“Since most owls are active at night, they have a mysterious quality that we associate with the elusive.”

We wanted to know if any of our CIJ members had any Owl items in their shop and the story behind the item.

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner  says:

I carry a wonderful line of pewter beads and findings by Green Girl Studios in my shop, and this is one of my favorites of their owl beads! Bubo was the owl that Athena sent to help Perseus in The Clash of the Titans movie. Bubo is also a genus made up of Horned owls and Eagle owls.

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Ina from InaSudjana states: 

There was a time when Owls dominated most girls nursery decorations. Truly. I think it’s because they appear in many children books, they’re whimsical, and they mostly live in children’s imaginary world as we don’t see owls very often especially if we live in suburban streets and we’re not nocturnal…With their popularity comes many requests for them in my shop. Here is one

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Melissa R from missy69 explains:

Owls are fascinating, and some people find them creepy, and maybe even scary. As a new, and constantly learning artist, I find abstract art sometimes creepy, and fascinating, much like owls. As part of an Art challenge to create Abstract Art, I created this beautiful doodle owl. Her eyes are a little creepy, lol.

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Carola Bartz  discusses:

I think I have the love for owls in my genes! My mom loved owls and collected little owl trinkets. Ever since my family and I witnessed the upbringing of two owlets in one of our regional parks I have created little owls as well. This particular print of my original mixed media painting is my favorite since I combined it with my love for the American Southwest. The original painting is not for sale as it is so close to my heart.

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Christina Paul from lebeauchaton said:

I frequently feature owls in my shop – and have a blog with an owl logo I love how expressive their faces can be – they seem always to be thinking and feeling thoughts.

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states:

I love little cute owls like the ones on these cards. Actually I really like any fluffy animal and the little white fluffy owls are so cute. I have been fortunate to see an owl in the wild one night when visiting a friend’s house. It was a lovely moment!

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Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I love owls and enjoyed seeing a big one in our back yard years ago. I have quite a few owl items in my shop because I really like them.

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Lorraine from EyeGloArts said:

A wise old owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?The origins and history of ‘A wise old owl’ are vague, however its meaning isn’t, basically it would be told to children in an attempt to teach the child the virtue of being quiet! The lyrics of ‘A wise old owl’ poem are derived from the saying ‘a wise old owl’ based on an owl’s behavior of watching and patiently waiting when hunting its prey. Legends concerning the owl are recorded in Greek, Celtic, Native American and Aborigine mythology. The owl is especially associated with wisdom in Greek mythology being linked with Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. Athens is named from the Goddess Athena and its emblem is the owl. The owl was, for many years, viewed as a sinister bird only hunting at night when only evil spirits and witches were abroad – hence the connection with as a Witches Familiar! A wise old owl – “Children should be seen and not heard!

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Sara Wyatt from CustomCrayonsbySara stated:

I love owls – they peek out here and there in various decor in my home, including my girls’ room. Until now, I have never really thought about why I like them. Owls make me think of a forest, and forests make me thing of Autumn. I LOVE autumn. The year could be composed of 11 months of fall and the other seasons could cram into the other 1 month and I would be perfectly happy. So I added these little cuties to my shop!

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Lucy Clasen from LuDesignsCreations says:

Owls were my Mom’s favorite so now I love them too! They are so neat with their large eyes and the ability to swivel their head. Wonderful birds.

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Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts states:

I find owls so cute and adorable. I had so many people asking me at craft shows if I had anything owl I simply *had* to add something! The magnets I created are such a big hit that this year I added key chains to the mix as well.

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This is one of my most popular items in my shop, the Owl Mug Cozy. I started crocheting these when a friend requested one after seeing the crochet pattern online. It was one of the first crochet patterns I actually spent money on and I am glad I did. It is very intricate with a lot of weaving of ends and I did not like making these at first. But, after many orders of them I have become quite proficient at creating them and actually enjoy it! And they are oh so cute with so much personality. I’ve even branched out from this pattern to create a panda bear and a penguin and will soon offer a duck model so keep an eye out. Thanks for letting me share this here.
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Personally I love owls and visit the “Audubon Center for Birds of Prey” whenever I can. I wanted to design an owl that was unique and whimsical for a hand embroidered pillow. I infused a nature theme within my owl design, by making his wings “leaves” and placing flowers on his chest. I wanted to offer a handmade item that would bring joy to an owl lover.
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I think my true love of owls started from growing up reading Harry Potter and being in love with his pet, Hedwig. Snowy owls are definitely my favorite, and one of my favorite of all birds.
One of my favorite ‘owl facts’ is that a historical favorite of mine, Florence Nightingale, kept an owl she named Athena as a pet.
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I loved Owls since I was a child. They always seemed so wise, gracious and mysterious at the same time. Owls to me associate with school, books and Winnie Pooh story. I remember how my teacher put the wooden Owl statue on her desk at the beginning of the class.

Now with Fall season coming I made these honey mustard color boot cuffs and attached the wise Owl from the 1970’s as accessory.

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Ginny C from GRCTreasures discussed:
I too am drawn to owls when I am out “hunting”, in fact this Saturday I bought another one at a yard sale. I said to my husband I may have to keep this one for myself. The vintage owl is from the 70’s and I took the picture outside on my back patio to show how it would look in its proper environment so to speak.
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The Owl fabric in this listing is what I bought to create my very 1st Nappy Wallet for my first-born son. 4 years ago. I now make many Nappy/Diaper wallets & am happy to present one of my newest creations!
This Owl design will find its new owner soon enough.
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I find owls somewhat mysterious – often heard and seldom seen. We have many types here around our farm and frankly my chickens could do without them but I quite like their single steady focus on things – although a bit aloof.

I managed to capture this handsome fellow one nasty winter day. He was actually perched on the deck railing right outside my bedroom window hunkered down against the elements.

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Owls are found in legends among many cultures, as well as many other reasons are why the Owl is one of the 10 Year of Trends for Etsy.

#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Five Minute Fireworks

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

“Tutorial for Five Minute Fireworks” by Christina Paul from lebeauchaton

Introduction

They say fireworks were invented over two thousand years ago and it seems we’ve been fascinated with them ever since. This year while most of us will trek, blanket and snacks in hand to the nearest public fireworks display to ooh and ahh, why not also add some spark to your own backyard with some scaled down, super simple, and far less dangerous, glow stick decor.

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Materials Used

You’ll need

small pieces of foam used for flower arranging (Dollar store has the best buy on these)

black spray paint

assorted color and sized glow sticks (I got a few packs)

sparkly ribbon, tinsel or clear fishing line

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Tutorial Directions

I first sprayed the foam lightly with black paint – sometimes this causes certain types of foam to shrivel a bit so test a small area first and let dry

Poke hole through center of foam (I used a chopstick for easy threading) and run tinsel ribbon or line through, securing with a knot

Insert glow sticks firmly placing evenly around foam for balance.

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For maximum glow time, start and insert glow sticks shortly before displaying and then simply hang outside when the sun goes down.

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Display with mini flags if desired

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For an indoor/outdoor version give a lantern some faux firework flare with a festive  balloon weight adorned with glow sticks set on a craft moss ground for an outdoorsy feel

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Conclusion

Hoping everyone had a Wonderful Fourth! And a Merry Christmas in July!

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You can find more at:

Blog: http://pennywiseblog.blogspot.com/

Pennywise – fun, frivolous and frugal celebrations

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJParty 2015 – Welcome To The Christmas In July Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty here on the CIJ blog! We wanted a way to party with all of our team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2015, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to attend classes, enjoy guest blog articles and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!CIJFacebookAviGood

Classes

We’ll be having new classes posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule – all times in Eastern Standard Time:

5:00 am – Christmas In Soviet Latvia by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

5:30 am – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

6:00 am – Leather Bags and Accessories Designer Rina by Rina of RinartsAtelier

6:30 am – Summer Trends  by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

7:00 am – Christmas In July Team Member Blogs by Alicia of AliciasFindings

7:30 am – Collage Artist Lin by Lin of rhodyart

8:00 am – Tutorial: Shaun The Sheep by Megha of byTheArtBug

8:30 am – Jewelry Artist Betty by Betty of LadySnooks

9:00 am – Scuba Blue Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

9:30 am – 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities For Your Business by Gail of Atttention Getting

10:00 am – Tutorial: Motif Blanket by Becky of fantasticmio

10:30 am – Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way by Mary of StockLaneStudio

11:00 am – Marsala by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

11:30 am – Social Media Tips by Alicia of AliciasFindings

12:00 pm – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust by Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby

12:30 pm – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions by Molly of MollyFinds

1:00 pm – Designer Wendy by Wendy of WJDesigns

1:30 pm – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

2:00 pm – Five Minute Fireworks by Christina of lebeauchaton

2:30 pm – Creator And Designer Becky by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

3:00 – Tutorial: Turn Old Crayons Into New Fun by Angie of CraftyMom75

3:30 – Photographer Amanada by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

Swag Bags

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts for providing our swag bags today! Jen is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar simply put in Christmasinjuly (23,329 items) or CIJ (71,803 items). So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2015.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ15 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle-

Friday Is The Christmas In July Party – #CIJParty 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We have been working behind the scenes for the second annual Christmas In July Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we thought it would be fun to hold a virtual #CIJParty here on our blog!

Friday – July 10th, 2015 – please join us here on the CIJ blog for classes and fun all day long!

As a member of the CIJ team there are several ways for you to get involved today before the fun begins Friday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Friday to see what we have planned!

To join in the event stop in throughout the day and see what is happening! We will be all over social media! #CIJParty

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We’ll have virtual classes, discuss trends and so much more all day long. A schedule of the tutorials and special features will be available on Friday morning. There will also be swag bags for attending.

Want a sneak peek? Christina from LeBeauChaton is doing a tutorial! In the comment section leave a guess to what she will be making!ChristinaTutorialTeaser

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get ready to party #CIJParty style!