June – National Ocean Month

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Around the world June is celebrated as Ocean Month. Since Oceans make up approximately 70% of the Earth, is it any wonder that we celebrate it? There are many ways to participate in this holiday, including using the Sea as inspiration.

I wondered ” How do we in Christmas in July Team take inspiration from the Ocean, Sea Life and other such creatures?”

Wendy Joy of wjoydesigns said:

I grew up by the ocean in California.When I am homesick and missing the smell of salt air, the sound of waves gently rolling onto the sand and the call of the seagulls in the wind. I am inspired to make pieces that remind me of these feelings. I use blues and whites. I use things that are natural and the color of sand. Occasionally I will use found items from my many visits to the beach through my childhood, such as sea glass and shells from my personal collection!

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Lin Collette of rhodyart states:

I don’t have much occasion to incorporate the sea in my work, though I’ve done larger pieces that refer to the ocean and the life that thrives in it. The only real connection the items I sell in my shop have to the ocean is if they’re pirate themed, and thus I present one of those here.

Pirate themes are a tribute to my brother, Will, who has changed his birthday celebrations to Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.

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Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo says:

My town, Salerno, is on Mediterranean Sea, part of Atlantic Ocean. All my crafts are strongly influenced by this, as you can see from the colors l use. What l love living on the sea is that my view, at least in one direction, has no limits.

Furthermore, even in hot summer, the temperature is more bearable, because of the sea breeze. I think l couldn’t live anywhere else without sea.

This is my most recent item and I think it confirms all l said here.

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Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns states:

Currently I live  in a rural central Victoria about four hours from the ocean – which is a lot for me.

As a child I grew up on the coast in a sleepy country town, which is now a tourist metropolis!

This early influence, I think, influences a lot of the color choices I make in the glazes I apply to my works such as the blue on this ceramic bowl.

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios explains:
I adore the beach, it’s my go to place when I need a wander, a pick me up or a fun time! It features often in my work, my photography work seems to center around it often. Sunset at the beach brings me back to my inner self, it relaxes and enchants me with the colors, the sights and the sounds.
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Connie Lee of Bungalow42 tells me:
Growing up in Texas I spent a lot of time on Galveston Island as a child.
As a teenager I visited beaches all along the gulf coast. My high school boyfriend was an avid surfer who tried (in vain) to teach me to surf. I was generally happier walking the shoreline looking for shells, dashing in and out of the surf or napping on the sand.
As an adult I have been fortunate to live on both the east and west coast. The ocean continues to be a significant influence in my life and my work.
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Annie of DesignedbyAnneliese said:
I live in Australia and it takes at least 1.5 hours to get to the beach! When I was little we used it go on family holidays every year over Christmas (when it is summer holidays) and stay right near the beach. I loved it! While these gift tags do not feature anything from the ocean, the colors remind me of how lovely the sea and the beach are.
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 Katrina of BygoneAllure states:

I live in Hobart, Tasmania and a short distance from spectacular family friendly beaches. I get my exercise, breathe in the salt air, cleanse my senses and get direction and clarity by being close to the ocean. The ocean and nature oxygenate me. I feel so lucky to have this access to Nature.

The beauty of nature inspires me in my whole outlook. I love to beach comb and collect beautiful items like shells and driftwood. My favorite colors are Green and Blue which for me represent air, nature, earth. One of my favorite materials is Paua Shell / Abalone and I seek out fine Vintage Jewelry pieces with this natural material.

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Iefrenchgem told me:

I live less than a mile from the beach in Fort Myers Beach, FL in the winter, and SW France in the summer. I go for long walks on the beach here in France collecting sea glass for my one of a kind pieces that I sell at shows, and I find the most wonderful photo props right on the beach (like the driftwood props in the photos below). Even the crystals that I use remind me of the light dancing on the waters surface. I can’t imagine not living near the ocean. I am constantly in awe of it’s beauty and magnificence.

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Pauls and Daiga of ThreadsandPaintStudio states:
We live in Latvia, far, far away from Ocean, but very near to Baltic sea. I couldn’t imagine live without possibility to get into car and drive to beach. Many of our works are inspired from water theme. We tray to show our landscapes with sandy beach, but it could also be ocean view, sea view, lake view.
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Inga of FaufulisFashion explains:
I live in Latvia near to the sea. My all time favorite place to be is the beach!
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I would say that the water,especially the Ocean inspires many of us to create. It could be because of our love, awe or wonder at what it’s depths hold.

Get up, get out and let the water near you inspire your creations!

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June – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Amanda Jaeger from AlphabetArtPrints:

Kiss The Cook…even when the food is sub par, because being in the kitchen is hard!

I love creating alphabets from familiar items. This particular alphabet was created using items in my very own kitchen. This is one of my favorites I’ve done because the black and white kitchen themed photos can seriously go with pretty much any decor. “Kiss the Cook” speaks to me as I love being able to cook for my family, but darn it, sometimes getting a good meal on the table is just plain hard!

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AlphabetArtPrints

Katie from KLStudioArt:

I actually painted this piece in a class that was for enjoying a glass of wine while painting a specific piece of artwork. I decided to deviate from the painting that the class was doing and got caught up in this magical world I had begun creating. It was so fun and inspiring to be able to start this painting the same as many other people in this class, and then turn it into something different, new and beautiful!

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KLStudioArt

Beth Stephens from BethStephensArt:

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not… was inspired by childhood memories picking daisy petals. I painted this with gouache and a little imagination.

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BethStephensArt

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

New minimalist black and red cards in the shop.

I have but one request: KISS ME NOW

So romantic and fun! A card filled with passion. I had fun gathering inspiration from my husband.

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StockLaneStudio

Cindy from GraceNotesbyCindy:

Red geraniums are my favorite summer flower. I always have several pots of them on my porch. I love using this rubber stamp to make cards and coloring the design with watercolor pens.

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GraceNotesbyCindy

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese:

This is my newest listing. It is a handmade butterfly card for the ladies! It can be used for various occasions such as a birthday card, a thank you card, a get well soon card or a thinking of you card! I love using stickers on cards, especially butterfly ones. I particularly liked using this butterfly sticker as it is 3D and the butterfly is raised.

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DesignedbyAnneliese

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23:

I recently added decorative notebooks in my shop. I was at a birthday party and someone was writing down the gifts for thank you notes later, I thought it would be nice to have already decorated notebook for a bridal shower for the maid of honor to use to write down the gifts.

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BellaBoutique23

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection:

This is one of my newest items. I’ve loved wishing on dandelion seeds since I was very little and wanted to make a good luck pendant to share. The birthstone charm is an added touch of personalization.

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KestrelCollection

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads:

After surviving Lung Cancer, my priorities have changed. I am sadly aware of the need for research for cancers, and the one that reaches the deepest in my heart is childrens’ cancer – so I try to raise awareness, give a message of faith and hope, and maybe a smile. (I do any color).

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KrystalKlarityBeads

lefrenchgem from lefrenchgem:

Inspired by the myriad of blues that I see in the oceans where I live in Florida and France. I wanted an elegant looking ear wire to showcase these brilliant Swarovski crystals, so I created an original Le French Gem design. I imagine my customers wearing them as they browse the seaside shops and feel amazing when they wear them out to dinner with friends and loved ones.

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lefrenchgem

Linda Baze from GirlieGals:

These bright red, yellow, green and orange lampwork beads remind me of the swirling and twirling mexican style skirts at Fiesta’s and celebrations. Fun and colorful with lots of motion.

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GirlieGals

Kaycee from ParadiseJewelryofCP:

This is one of my newest items. Need help getting your little one ready to celebrate America’s Birthday! I have many great items in my shop!

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ParadiseJewelryofCP

be Woolen from beWoolen:

I found this red super soft merino wool yarn last week and as I touched it I knew I had to knit something loose and warm, easy to wear.

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beWoolen

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns:

I was inspired to make this out of love for the free spirit in each of us!
Pink is the most attracting of all the colors. Pink attracts attention and interest and allows the viewer of the color to feel warmth and comfort. Because of this,potential lovers will feel comfortable and confident enough to approach you and will not fear refusal. Wear these feathers in pink if you want to attract a potential love partner. Or just wear it when you are in need of de-stressing and are seeking calm.
Pink, along with the colour green, is linked with the Heart Chakra, and concerns higher consciousness and love. The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds.
Pink promotes a feeling of gentle warmth and nurturing. It lessens feelings of anger and irritability, surrounding us with a sense of love and protection. It also helps with feelings of loneliness, unhappiness, over sensitivity, and vulnerability.
Purple or violet assists those who seek the meaning of life and spiritual fulfillment – it expands our awareness, connecting us to a higher consciousness. For this reason it is associated with transformation of the soul and the philosophers of the world are often attracted to it.In the meaning of colors, purple and violet represent the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. They inspire and enhance psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.

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wjoydesigns

Juliette A-B. from LeTanuki:

When New Year comes in Japan, you see everywhere bouquets and pictures of pine, bamboo and plum blossoms. Those are 3 auspicious plantswhich bring hope and good luck. Nowadays, those “3 friends of winter” are also seen during weddings or graduations – they truly are of good omen!

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LeTanuki

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage:

Just listed a very cute little girl in blue with a jug!
Part of a larger collection I inherited. I love these collectible pieces but now I have so many.
This is a Zsolnay piece Made in Hungary in the 40-50s.
Just reminds me of summer somehow.

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PitzicatVintage

I saw this fabric and just love owl items, so it ties in well with the other ones I have.

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SuesAkornShop

I listed this new item, because it is so natural, I love the color and presents my shop for this affection for the nature. It remembers me of peaches, summer and long evenings outside in the nature!

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KarlasWoodDreams

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts:

Just listed! I wanted to add some sunshine to my garden and the medallion reminded me of a sunny sunflower and I knew I had to add it to my bird house and while it was drying in the sun the birds were checking it out.

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Corkycrafts

Susan Burton from SusieBDesigns:

I have a tremendous love for the beauty of nature and am especially drawn to the beach and the sea. I have collected seashells for years and so decided to incorporate them into my craft. My hope is that my Seashell Pillows will instill a sense of peace and beauty and become a treasured addition in the home.

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SusieBDesigns

Ana Rabiller from Quilterbell:

This is my new listing, I am just falling in love with charcoal colour at the moment, I just love the way allow colours to pop. Warning: you might see quite a few of this colour in my shop for the next few months!

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Quilterbell