Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Another new addition to our third annual Etsy Christmas In July Party this year is food and! What is a party without refreshments?

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

Eleni from LenasCakes says:

Actually is this one. Totally CIJ , right?

As you all see it’s Santa. And his belt.

Making it at first, I thought it would be one of my Xmas items, for those who want their cupcakes decorated in a Holiday gathering.

Well, although I have sold it for Xmas season, it has most sales-believe it or not!- in July! There are a lot of people who love Christmas and they don’t want to celebrate only in December, but all year round!

(I’m sending one set of those next week, that’s why it’s the first I thought).

Have a great #CIJ Party everyone! And a lovely summer!

LenasCakes

LenasCakes

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

A sweet cupcake to fill his tummy so yummy!

Dash away Dash away all.

And to all a good night.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

In April I participated in “Creative Sprint (www.creativesprint.co/). Each day you are emailed a prompt and you make something in response to it.

The prompt for one day was “make something from a collection”. I went into the kitchen and saw my partner’s left over popcorn. I photographed a collection of them and drew them.

It was then that I realised that like snowflakes and finger prints, every piece of pop corn is a little bit different. I also enjoyed the way their forms looked when they are a bit abstracted. And thus, it became the basis of my first post it note design.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Christine Parker from modernimpressionist says:

There is a coffee shop in Chelsea Market in NYC that has the best roasted coffee and it is such a treat to brew and drink a cup of steaming hot coffee at home. Here is a bag of their coffee in front of one of my paintings in the background and a floral still life waiting to happen!

modernimpressionist

modernimpressionist

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I have always seen cups decorated with fabric here and there. I thought it was something that I would like to try to make and came up with this fabric cup sleeve. I thought it would be neat to make one for our holiday get together and then after they were used at the party the people could take home the one that they used for their drink. I put a few in the shop for various holidays as well.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I found this milk bottle at an antique shop!

We love the graphics showing a woman displaying her archery skills!

It was made by the University of Wisconsin Dairy.

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle says:

So, I love tea. And I have children, so I often get cold tea! Tea cosy’s seemed the way forward. Since this is my first year joining in with christmas in July I thought I’d get the ball rolling by starting with some fun festive silliness. Why not turn the tea pot into a Christmas pudding?! Just don’t cover it in brandy and set fire to it. Won’t make your tea taste better!

TheWoollyTangle

TheWoollyTangle

Ashley Babula from ABStudio62 says:

Fall and Winter holiday beverages from my favorite coffee shop are something I look forward to every year. My favorite, the Peppermint Mocha Latte, inspired this piece of holiday decor in my shop.

All of my signs are hand painted and designed by myself. I created this piece to look like a chalkboard to coordinate with rustic holiday decor. I use a stretched gallery canvas and permanent materials to make the sign. Lettering cannot be erased.

My shop opened in April, so this will be my first year participating in CIJ. I’m excited for the promotion! I’m still creating a few more items to add to my inventory to join this holiday piece!

ABStudio62

ABStudio62

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

“À Table”

Dinner’s Ready, it’s time to eat!

My mother would call all seven of us kids to the table with this French phrase. We might have been in the middle of what we thought was something very important, but we knew, if we heard our mother call that phase, we’d better hurry and wash up!

A perfect print or printable to accent any kitchen or dining room.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

‘Twas the night before Christmas …You’ve heard this before !? Anyway Santa has been hard at work and needs some refreshments, so wouldn’t he love to find this sweet little plate filled with delicious Christmas Cookies waiting for him!

LizzysBibsandBobs

LizzysBibsandBobs

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I love food and sharing food…. it is a great way to celebrate and feel close to family and friends.

I have lots of food and drink relate products in my shop, such as this set of nesting bowls which are great for condiments, olives, chutneys, dipping sauces – you get the idea!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Rosalia and Linda from Doublemuse says:

Throwing a nice holiday party is almost as fun as throwing clay and making pottery. When I can incorporate both loves it’s a win win. This sea shell chip and dip plate I made really brings my two passions together.

Doublemuse

Doublemuse

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of food and drink I see my friends sitting around a big wooden table where we share a home cooked meal. The table is set beautifully which is an important part of the meal and the experience of eating (and laughing) together. Place cards are a nice and personal touch, and you can even take them home with you if you like.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Come, friends, come, eat and drink with Pulcinella!

Pulcinella is the old Naples character, he has a great personality and his own philosophy and ….is always hungry.

He’s aware of his problems, but always smiling.

He’s disrespectful and makes fun at powerful people.

I wanted to honor him with something non-conventional, so I created this centerpiece, in cooperation with a talented ceramics crafter from Vietri sul Mare*.

And so was born my Pulcinella, the Naples king of the table!

A piece for connoisseurs, who will be able to appreciate the creativity of the whole piece, the added value of ceramics from Vietri sul Mare*, the so thorough miniatures.

It’s one-of-a-kind centerpiece, where a fine ceramic Pulcinella, the Naples character, and so many incredible miniatures stand out.

This rustic Mediterranean centerpiece is a parade of typical Neapolitan food and Pulcinella stands in the middle, ready to enjoy them all.

In one hand he holds a glass of wine, from his arm a salami is hanging and he’s surrounded by a lot of many other local delights: anchovies, tomatoes, salami, bread, eggs, apples.

Couldn’t Pulcinella eat any pizza? No, definitely! He got three!
And with all this food, a good wine in a wicker bottle.

This centerpiece will be perfect in the middle of any table, bringing cheerfulness at the first glance and adding a touch of Neapolitan life.

* Vietri sul Mare is a small village on the Amalfi Coast, very close to my town Salerno.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

It’s famous in Italy and all over the world for ceramic tiles and all kinds of decorated crockery.

It’s ceramic traditions have their roots in the Etruscan period.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

For All the Moms Out There

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

With Mother’s Day coming up, I decided to give our team members the chance to share their favorite stories about their Moms.  I was hoping to create a moving blog with lovely gift ideas for Moms.  I was surely not disappointed in the wonderful stories shared by our team.  And to all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope you have time with the ones you love on this very special day.

1) Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says

My Mother struggled to have a child of her own and so she and my father chose to adopt. When I was born at the last minute the adoption agency called saying they no longer had a girl for her but a boy, she had her heart set on me and her family doctor at the time fought for her to be able to adopt me. My mom often would tell me this story of how God provided a baby for her. I thank God that I was adopted and he chose my Mom for me. I think of how we are adopted by Jesus and how thankful I am to have had the Lord bless me with such an amazing Mother who loves the Lord and demonstrated His love to me.

My album for Mother’s Day is 10 Ways I love you:
1 You are an example of God’s love
2 You give your whole heart to your children
3 You are caring and selfless
4 You taught me to be gracious
5 You have a strength of character
6 You are supportive
7 You encourage me
8 You are generous
9 I Love your sense of humor
10 You are my best friend
Thanks Mom for all you are and all you do.

2) Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

When I was little, my Mom and I sometimes played “tea party”. We both would dress up (she in some fancy clothes, I in some of her clothes and, of course, high heels!), she would make hot chocolate (our “tea”) and we would sit down in our living room at a carefully set table and pretend drinking tea, making “upper class” conversation and smoking fake cigarettes (it was the 60’s after all!). I remember that there were always fresh flowers in a vase on the table. I loved how my Mom played with me, and we had so much fun together.

When I grew much older, I once gave my Mom a blank notebook, asking her to write down her memories of her childhood and as a young woman. Now that she is gone I am so thankful that I have these handwritten memories of her. My gift idea, therefore, is a journal for a mother to remember her childhood so that these memories can be kept for future generations.

3) Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

My mum had me in the kitchen with her from early on, mixing cake batter and the like! I’ve always loved being in the kitchen and I’m so thankfully she gave me that love so early on!

4) Eleni from LenasCakes says

Things I love about my mom…
– She says “get an umbrella, it will rain” (sun is shining outside,btw)…I don’t get one…it rains! I get one, it keeps sunny all day!
– She asks ” what’s wrong?” when I did nothing to show it…..just understands the sigh behind my words….
– She never-never-never liked my 1st husband….never told me a single bad thing about him….only when the divorce was final she was” ok, he was NOT for you, ok”?
What terrifies me (!) is that as years go by…I’m turning into her! Spooky

5) Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies says

Our son does not believe in sleep, ever! We spent the first 3 years of his life singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” 2-3 times before bed to get him to sleep. He’s 8 now and it still brings a smile to all our faces when we hear it!

6) Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations says

When I was 20 years old my girlfriend asked me to fly away for the weekend THAT evening. I had to work the following day so I said no. My mother, hearing this, asked why I wouldn’t go. She suggested that I call my boss and ask for the following day off as a vacation day, which I did and my boss said ‘yes’. Off to FL for the weekend I went and had the time of my life.  I’ll never forget that. My mother taught me my good work ethic and how to balance work and fun. Here’s to you, Mom!

Collection of Gift Ideas for Moms....

Collection of Gift Ideas for Moms….

CIJ’s Most Popular Items

So what makes an item on Etsy sell like hotcakes?  I posed that question to our team, and the answer is…talent, hard-work and great customer service!  Hear what our members have to say about their favorite and most popular items.

1)  Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations shares…..

“I have sold several mini zen gardens when I came across these shatterproof polymer dishes in vibrant colors. My mind immediately went to children and how fun it would be for them to pick their own charm and to be able to make a zen garden all by themselves. I have sold quite a few of these!”

Kids' Zen Garden
Kids’ Zen Garden

2)  Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby tells this item’s story….

“We were looking to craft something special for Christmas and beyond that had a shabby and nautical feel. After investigating what were popular pins on Pinterest, we came up with an idea to mimic fishing balls, which followed the theme of popular pins, but at the same time was different and unique. After much trial and error, we came up with a design we loved. It has proved to be our most popular items with a very broad appeal. To date we have sent sets to Texas, Georgia, California, Oregon and Hawaii.”

nautical ornaments
Nautical Theme Ornaments for home decor

3) Carolyn from butterflykilns shares her best seller….

“This sweet little owl mug has been the most popular item in my shop!
I had been doing owl designs when I first started but wanted to create something special for the fall season. I did some research and found out that owls are everywhere! On t-shirts, on mugs, on stationery, etc. I sketched a few rough designs at first and decided to go with this one in particular, because I love the two owls sitting in the branches looking at each other with a curious glance. I had made a previous owl mug using summer colors so I thought, why not revive the same design, but use bright, colorful fall hues? And, it worked! I have received so many wonderful comments on this mug. It has also been featured in several treasury lists and blogs.”

owl mug
Ceramic Owl Mug

4) Eleni from LenasCakes chose this item to share….

“This is my most popular item so far. I had the same shells put on round base toppers, but leaving them “free” gave everyone who planned a sea themed party the opportunity to place them wherever they wished. Cake, cupcake or mini tart, it was eligible!
What impressed me most is that even in the middle of winter(at least in northern hemisphere, lol!) there were many search views and favs for this particular- absolutely-talk to me about summer- decor!”

fondant cupcake toppers
Fondant Sea Creatures

5) Carola from CarolaBartz shares…

 “This cat’s card is my most favorite item in my store, especially around Valentine’s Day. I had to make it so many times – and I still like it very much!  I actually created this card as a sample for a class I was teaching. My students loved it so much that I thought to give it a try and listed it in my shop. Good thing I did!!!”
Love kitty card
Love Kitty Card

6) Dossie Garvey from petzoup ……

“This is the first window I ever created. I found a shredded Xerox copy of a photo in an old album and was told that it was the first home of my great grandfather after he came to America from Ireland in the 1890’s. I wanted to preserve the image and decided to use an old recycled window sash to paint the home on. That way, when I look at it, I feel like my ancestors are close to me, almost like having them across the street. I have since created many different windows but this will always be my “best seller”.”

Window Art
Custom Original Art Painting Home Memorial Recycled Window

7) KathysHeart from KathysHeartCreations shares the personal story behind her best-seller….

“The first one of these kitties I made was created from an old pattern I had from the 90’s … with one exception … I made it a black and white cat … This adorable tuxedo kitty was made in honor of my cat, “Snookums” … my constant companion. I even had a photo of him sitting on my quilted cushions of my wicker sofa in my craft room posted on my About page … (which I have recently taken down when I made changes to my About page)”

Grey Tabby Cat
Painted Kitty Home Decor

8) Rosario Uriarte from inspirebynancy shares…

“Hi, my most popular item in my shop are these Legs Warmers. I knitted them for my daughter, to keep her little legs warm in the winter days and I sold a lot of them here in Etsy .”

legwarmers
Girl’s Legwarmers

9) Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says….

“I needed a card to celebrate my son-in-law’s upcoming birthday. Since he is an avid hunter and enjoys all things camouflage, I designed the Buck Silhouette Camouflage Birthday Card. Decided to make a couple extra for the store and, lo and behold, it turned out to be the best selling card in my entire shop! It also led to an complete line of camo cards. ”

buck card
Birthday Card for a Hunter….

10) Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 “My most popular item is my chevron banner printable calendar. I had been making calendars for myself for years, finally thought I should make one to sell. I had also recently figured out how to make a chevron design – it took some trial and error, believe me! But I finally got it and created paper packs with it, and then decided to use it for a calendar. I was surprised at how well it sold starting with the one for 2013. Some people bought both the 2013 and 2014 at the same time.”
calendar
Downloadable Calendar Pages

11) Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns shares the story of one of her first (and most popular) items…

“I started making rainbow candles back in 1990 when I was stuck at home in the last few months of my first pregnancy. I was looking for something new to do. I decided to get some candle making supplies at my local craft store and got set up in a little work space in my garage and started making candles! I have always loved bright, cheery colors and have loved rainbows since I was a little girl. I started experimenting with color combinations with my first few candles and my first rainbow candle emerged after a few tries and I have been happily making them ever since! I still have one of my original rainbow candles from way back when that I burn from time to time. Can you believe that it has been with me for all these years and has never faded and still smells amazing to this day??”

rainbow candle
Rainbow Candle

12) Tola Laseinde from AnkaraLampshades shares her best selling pillow…

“This is a very popular design within African Circles especially west Africa. The design has been around for a very long time and is continuously reproduced.  It is made out of a rare PREMIUM Dutch wax cotton. This so because it has an extra intricate gold honeycomb lattice design on it which makes it stand out from the crowd.”

pillow
African Bullseye Pillow

13) koolstuff2 from koolstuff2 says

“I created the Pinky Promise charm when my daughter was going off to college. She and I always did our “Pinky Promises” throughout her life and I wanted to create something she could take with her that would remind her of home.   I first drew the image on paper, then digitally using Illustrator. I then sculpted the hands in clay and cut the bottom half off to make a flat charm. I made a relief mold after I joined two halves together to make the charm 2 sided.  The hardest part was finding a supplier who could cast the part economically. I found a foreign supplier who would cast it and make the charms.  My charms are in numerous publications and have been praised worldwide. ”

pinky promise
Pinky Promise Pendants-Pair

14) Last, but not least, Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE shares our final story…

“We have sold many baby quilts with applliqued hearts and they seem to sell soon after we post them. The hearts seem to tug at our “heart-strings” just like our sweet babies do! All the quilts we’ve sold so far have had pink hearts or hearts filled with little rosebuds or flowers–kinda girly! My mom is the quilter and she told me that the next one she makes will have either blue or green appliqued hearts–for those sweet, little baby boys.”

baby quilt
Heart Baby Quilt
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know some of CIJ’s artists and the stories behind their items.  Please feel free to visit any of our shops….you never know when you’ll find the perfect little treasure!

Tutorial – Bicolor Fondant Mini Pinwheels

Eleni from LenasCakes has a fantastic shop on Etsy.  Her shop is filled with quality cupcake, cookie, and cake handmade fondant toppers for your special event. Eleni lives in the beautiful country of Greece!

Eleni also has a fantastic blog, Lena’s Cakes And More. Eleni shares her love for fondant toppers with her Δίχρωμα φουρφουράκια από ζαχαρόπαστα tutorial!

In Greek, English or any other language this tutorial translates to fun!