Try A Little Leather

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Leather can be used in so many ways; clothing, furniture, accessories and so much more. Do you use leather in the items you create?

We want to know what you have that is leather or has a little bit of leather in it. Tell us all about your item. How is it used, who is it for, etc.

Nancy from EponasCrystals says I use a lot of leather in my jewelry. The soft deerskin leather strips are particularly useful for finishing necklaces, like this turquoise necklace. I also like using them in bracelet cuffs.

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Chunky turquoise necklace with leather strap

msmadmax from madmaxshop said vintage smooth red leather novelty belt…Prominently sized gold buckle. Shiny hardware…gold oriental medallion coins.

This is an authentic vintage (made from real leather) accessory to enhance your wardrobe. It is classic piece…unique, retro, one-of-a-kind gem that cannot be found anyplace else.

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vintage novelty red leather belt

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says a leather vintage purse is a perfect accessory to your fall wardrobe. A purse, like shoes, you just can’t get enough of…

Leather vintage purse

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler said I love the feel of soft leather and use it a lot to make bracelets. For this one I drew a pattern and cut out a creamy beige leather cuff. I cut a strip of turquoise leather and stitched a turquoise and silver medallion to it. The result is a OOAK leather bracelet that feels as good as it looks.

Cream and turquoise leather snap bracelet

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states at Design’s the Limit, we specialize in design and personalization of wood, glass, crystal, stone, and other materials including leatherette. In addition to being a more moral choice, it has a number of additional advantages to leather and does not crack or fade. Choose any of our designs or submit your own, leatherette engraves clearly and is available in a variety of colors. We have added wallets, business card holders, and luggage tags of leatherette in our shop and have received a great response for our clients. Leatherette requires little maintenance in comparison to leather and does not contain animal products, and is therefore seen as an ethical alternative to leather by vegans and animal rights enthusiasts.

Personalized luggage tag

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says this necklace is a warm pop of happy orange sari silk in tassel form! The handmade tassel hangs from long, supple leather cord as a necklace that can be tied to any length your heart desires! Wonderful and cheerful gift for any teen, wife, or you can even TREAT YO’SELF!

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Long tassel necklace

Plaids

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Plaid is a fabric that is usually checkered or tartan and usually made from wool. You usually see this in Scottish kilts,men’s shirts and many other textiles.

Here at CIJ we want to see all your plaids. It can be clothes,furniture and so much more.

msmadmax from madmaxshop says seersucker checkered patterned jacket with padded shoulders.
A wonderful vintage holiday gift item for that special someone on your list. Thin, soft, seersucker-like mini checkered plaid shirt in white, pink, blue, light green and black.

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90’s Vintage Plaid Shirt

Sue from SuesAkornShop said this plaid half apron is ideal for a man and yet a woman would look great in it as well. It’s great for anyone who works in the kitchen or it can be worn when eating to catch any lap spills.

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Red Plaid Half Apron

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states Ralph Lauren is a master of mixing plaids, solids and patterns! This decorator pillow pattern is called Garrison Plaid, and is extremely versatile with an assortment of jewel toned colors!

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Ralph Lauren decorator throw pillow

Lanashane Robert from ICreationsBoutique says this green and blue plaid fabric makes this clutch unique. The stripe and checks on the pattern allows the clutch to be used with either side facing out and thereby creating a different look to compliment the outfit with the featured colors.

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Striped Clutch Checked Print

Draco N. Knut from DragoninKnots said this 12″ plaid fabric tree is a touch retro, but charmingly timeless. It’s made with vintage green and red cotton plaid. Great for offices, apartments, or other small spaces where you want to add a bit of instant Christmas cheer!

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Plaid Christmas Tree 12 inches

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop states there are a wonderful range of plaid patterns available in the renowned Harris Tweed hand-woven fabric. I discovered this gorgeous blue and purple last year and have used it several times. Here it is as a comfy cushion (accent pillow) to brighten your room.

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Harris Tweed Cushion cover in a blue and purple check

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital discusses that this Printable PDF set of papers has several pink and green plaid designs. I think the colors make it especially good for card making and scrapbooking for little girls. I really want to make more plaid papers, this time in jpg format. We will see if I find the time!

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Pink Plaid Digital Paper – Printable PDF – Pink, Green, Yellow – Plaid, Stripes, Dots – Scrapbooking

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this fun vintage tape tin features a bright red and green plaid design.

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Red and Green Litho Tin Container

DIY Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

For the Holiday Season I buy some gifts, but I also make quite a few of them. I love creating a special piece for my loved ones and friends. In order to make these DIY gifts I need supplies.

Do you have supplies in your shop that someone like me can use to make our handmade DIY gift?

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls  say every little girl needs clothes for her Barbie and handmade Barbie clothes are extra special! My mom used to make Barbie clothes for my sister and I from scraps of fabric she had left over from making clothes for us! Not only did we have special outfits, Barbie had one to match! This particular pattern gets Barbie all dolled up for a special dance or ball! Perfect for the Holidays!

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Barbie Doll Outfit Patterns

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said supplies are my specialty. I cater to the DIY’er. Most of my shop are supplied for makers.

How much fun are these Multi colored natural gemstone beads to make earrings, bracelets and Necklaces. I am sure there are other ways to use these great beads in your creations.

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Multi colored Gemstones

Julie Herbert from  EveryoneLovesGiftsO states I have a kids DIY kit, there are other two different kids available. Great for the holiday season to kick start the crafter in children.
This particular one is made with faux pearls, sparkly rhinestone beads and acrylic beads.

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DIY kids bracelet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA said quilting is our favorite DIY activity! Our Etsy shop features quilt patterns for every skill level, from novice to experienced quilters.

This is our most recent pattern, featuring animal ballerinas. This is a fun & girly quilt pattern, intended to help other DIY quilters create a very special gift for a birthday, baby shower, or for Christmas!

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Ballerina animal applique PDF baby girl quilt pattern

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks discusses I am a socks knitter. I have always enjoyed knitting and love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the socks that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.
This is “Elize” Superwash Yarn, made in Turkey.
“Alize” is a beautifully soft, variegated, fingering / 4ply sock yarn full of color! The sturdy blend of 75% Superwash wool and 25% of nylon means your socks will last, and be easy to care for! The beautiful painted colors are perfect for almost any pattern.
If you love knitting socks then you will love this yarn!

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Destash yarn

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says I love finding NOS packages!

Lee Wards was a wonderful craft store, I remember looking through all their racks of bagged figures and supplies when I was a girl!

These little bottle brush trees are perfect for dioramas or fairy gardens!

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Bottle brush Christmas trees

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I especially love making holiday gifts with little ones. But now my kids are older and their arts and crafts needs are getting more ‘sophisticated’, especially my daughter who wants to major in art in college. Glad there is a large variety of supplies right here at my fingertips on Etsy.

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Printable book marks

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said I have some really cool beads and findings for other beaders and jewelry designers. My favorites are items from Green Girl Studios, they make lead free pewter in some of the coolest designs. This particular one is a focal bead with lips on one side and “Besame Mucho” on the other side.

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Hot lips pewter beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says these ceramic buttons are handmade by me in my studio. The clay is rolled out and texture applied while the clay is still soft. Each button is individually glazed in a glaze I mix up myself – truly unique! Because these buttons are unique they are ideal to incorporate into a special gift for family or friends.
They can be used to accent knits, hats, bags, bunting, hair accessories – pretty much anything you can think of!!

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Handmade ceramic buttons

msmadmax from madmaxshop said Bali style vintage silver beads and spacers.
Soft pink, yellow and white plexi crystals.

Perfect for that special restoration project or vintage couture garment…
create your own custom belt, necklace, earrings or bracelet.

Enhance your restoration project…accent an accessory…create earrings or give a vintage sweater an authentic look.

90's Vintage Beads

90’s Vintage Beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies states these flat back sew on beads are available in red, green and blue – ideal colours for the holiday season!

Add a unique touch with sparkle, bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects. The beads can be sewn onto fabric, canvas, leather and vinyl.

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red

 

 

Favorite Fashion Trends

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Fashion can be considered as our most popular form of expression.  Our fashion style varies greatly over a period of time.  Several factors such as our social class, age, occupation and location also affects our style sense.

Fashion is influenced by pop culture, and the ever-changing style of clothes worn by celebrities.  A trend in fashion occurs when others mimic or emulate this clothing style.

My favorite fashion trend is the styles of the 1940’s.  This time period was long before I was born, but I have always loved the more tailored style which highlighted the hour-glass silhouette.  With the start of   WWII, and a strict rationing on fabric, dresses in the 1940’s became shorter.  During this time the two piece suit known as a victory or utility suit became popular.  Women could mix and match skirts, blouses, and jackets for a new outfit every day. After the war ended, the suit style remained popular due to its comfort and practicality.

After the war ended, a new fashion style began to emerge which embraced femininity, with rounded shoulders, shapely bust lines, closely defined waistlines, slightly padded skirts, and full, billowing skirts that hung just below the calves.  Fashion in the 1940’s was a good mix of comfort and glamour.

I asked the members of Etsy’s Christmas In July Team to share their favorite fashion trends and to highlight a fashion item from their shop.

msmadmax from madmaxshop says:

Fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration.

The shop has been gearing up for spring and a great deal of fashion trends for each season borrow from decades past.

SPRING 2016 FASHION TREND Romantic Ruffles
This season, wear your ruffles soft and loose, cascading in tiers and falling in gathers. Whether in suede, silk, or raffia, let the fabric dictate the shape.

Sheer Delight…Hints of 80s nostalgia…

This sheer black and white secretary blouse with matching fabric-covered buttons has triple tiered panels enhanced by a very fashionable ruffle collar. Cuffs on sleeves are elongated with three buttons. Made by COLLARS n’ CUFFS.

80’s Ruffle Collar Vintage Blouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns responded:

Here in Australia we are heading into Autumn and according to Pantone the fashion trend colour for Autumn 2016 is Riverside – a cool, calming and stable force in the palette. It gives a sense of vibrancy and excitement, while maintaining consistency …. it is a blue tone by the way!!

Classic Blue Ceramic Beaded Necklace and Earring Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls had this response:

Trending is swing and square dancing! We have been selling out of every vintage swing and square dancing dresses we find. Here is a fun vintage dress with lots of ruffle and skirt – perfect for twirling!

Vintage Women’s Swing Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet mentioned:

Skinny jeans and leggings are still in fashion and women love to wear them with boots! One of the latest fashions is to wear boot cuffs over the jeans/leggings and under the boots to accessorize the outfit. I crochet these fashionable Brooklyn Boot Cuffs the buyer’s choice of color.

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Creative Halloween Costumes

Contributor post by Susie from GinnyPenny

It’s the one day of the year you get to dress up as silly, scary or sexy as you want. Halloween lets us just have some fun with expressing ourselves.

Etsy’s got you covered, as long as you plan ahead and order in time. Here are some unique finds to really set your costume apart from the rest.

As long as we are talking about planning ahead, why not sew your own costume?

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A black cape is a great way to start a costume. This one, with its beautiful clasp can transform you into a vampire, a witch or even a medieval lady.  With its versatility you will be able to use it for many years.

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If you are like me, you have at least one witch hat in your closet. You know, just in case you need an impromptu costume. If that’s the case add a cat and a broomstick pin and it doesn’t matter what else you wear, you’re set!

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Halloween themed jewelry can either add an understated touch to your everyday wear or take your costume to over-the-top levels. Check out these lovely pieces.

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these fake nails are great to complete a lot of Halloween costumes: zombies, vampires, witches, sexy nurses..

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These earrings feature Chinese bats, but could be worn all year round. Would be great on a witch or vampire outfit.

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You can find all sorts of fun and creative costumes for kids and babies as well, and don’t forget your pets!

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Have fun planning your unique Halloween costume!

Etsy August Wedding Season

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

There are so many weddings during the summer and on Etsy Augst wedding items are in high demand, no matter the season.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what does your shop have for sale that is wedding related and what is the story behind it?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These handcrafted beaded earrings are inspired by my own wedding which was only a couple of years ago, where I created my own jewellery set.

These earrings are available in a range of colours, so are suitable for the bride or any hue of bridesmaid gown colours – matching necklaces or other jewellery pieces are also available as custom orders, and can be made within days.

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Sue  and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

We love vintage cake toppers! My mom had one like this on her cake in the 1950s. Here is one of our favorites!

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msmadmax from madmaxshop says:

Get him to the church on TIME with this fantastic vintage set!madmaxshop

 

Treasury Challenge Winner June – madmaxshop

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The June winner is madmaxshop who loves vintage fashion of all kinds!

1 and 2. What made you start your shop on Etsy and what got you into Vintage?

A love for fashion. Upon realizing the younger generation’s appreciation and demand for vintage had increased in the last decade I decided to open a shop offering unique and one-of-a kind vintage items that could not be found anywhere else. New York is a great city and it is an ultimate resource for the finest in vintage fashion and accessories.

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3. What Era of Vintage appeals to you most?

Despite the hardships of WWII, the 1940’s were still a brilliant decade for fashion. Joan Crawford’s shoulder pads…Christian Dior’s New Look…statement jewels…power dressing.

Both men and women retailored outfits leftover from the 30’s. Remake what’s old (upcycle)…just like today. As more American men were being drafted, women at home remade their left behind clothing into slim-fitting pants, blouses, and jackets…Katherine Hepburn’s timeless style. Less was the norm and no more unnecessary undergarments. Shoulder pads added interest to the silhouette and as decades followed, 40s fashion made a repeat performance influencing fashion in the late 70s and early 80s…Joan Collins, Dynasty!

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4. What, if any crafts do you like to do or would love to try?

I would like to try jewelry design with inspiration evolving from the vintage mid-century statement jewels. Bare, curving bouquets, bows and fans of the 1940s and 1950s. This style is known as Retro Modern.

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5. What are your social media sites:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/madmaxshop/about/

#CIJParty 2015 – Scuba Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Earlier today I shared my thoughts about trends with you.

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2015 is Scuba Blue.

An invigorating turquoise, PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue conveys a sense of carefree playfulness. Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.

Pantone Spring 2015 Scuba Blue

Pantone Spring 2015 Scuba Blue

 

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Scuba Blue items in their shops! Here are a few!

At the end of this post is a big reveal!

Growing up on the far south coast of Victoria in Australia has been a great influence on the colours and textures I use in my creative life, including the glazes i formulate for my ceramic works and jewellery.

As a child, surfing and scuba diving were a normal part of life.

I have many tones of blues and greens in my Etsy shop, but love this pendant because of the random nature of the glaze which reminds me of the wild colours of the sea and of course scuba blue!

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DeeDeeDeesigns

msmadmax from madmaxshop says:

Cotton wrap around sash…wonderful accent to any vintage wardrobe. This item wrapped its way through a decade or more of exciting and fun events adding a burst of color everywhere it went…hmmmm STUDIO 54!!!!

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madmaxshop

Rasa Nenart from Toyfifi says:

Cloud hopper – this is the other name of my Easter bunny. When you look at white clouds in the blue sky you can imagine this bunny hoping on them. So blue ears and hands really suits him although you won’t find so much blue color in my shop, because my favorite colors are green, brown, pastel colors.

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Toyfifi

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop:

For years I’ve made this Christmas stocking for my immediate family members. The most recently made one was for a new granddaughter. Hers incorporates pink, gray, and white. However, this one was made in colors relating to the beach – fitting because my shop is TheSandlapperShop! I love turquoise (Scuba Blue) and was happy to give a new look to the traditional crocheted Granny Square pattern.

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TheSandlapperShop

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

This magical dreamcatcher has special powers! It not only looks fabulous by day, but at night it takes on an almost bio-luminescent glow! Hand woven in natural hemp, it has a glow flower encased in a clear glass cabochon in the center.It is accented with a turquoise and yellow feather that has a black and pink spotted guinea feather that glows hot pink under black or UV light!The second and subsequent pictures show how your necklace will look at a club under black light or a UV light. By absorbing ultraviolet light and other visible light, it can release the energy in the form of visible light for about an hour in the dark! This piece is reversible and can be worn with the glow flower showing or the intricate, enamel painted back showing. Closes with a nickel free lobster claw clasp. Necklace length is 24 inches .Total length from feather to top is 20 inches.Dreamcatcher is 3 x 3 inches round.

All the parts of this dream catcher have meaning.

To begin, the web represent the spider,our brother of life for ever repairing the eternal web of life.Thus weaving your life dreams and energy in the universe when you dream.

The ring represents the earth mother and the humble walk we do upon her.

The color blue represents Father Sky and all that lives in the sky; grandfather sun, grandmother moon, Star nation and Creation.The color yellow represents the direction of the East where the Yellow Nation is and we call upon their ancestors and the wisdom they carry to come in and teach us.It is also the direction of where the sun rises every day, therefore a new beginning. We put the Sacred Eagle in that direction and call upon the abilities to see far beyond what is in front of us and to focus on the task at hand.In the center is a yellow Sun which represents a new beginning each day!
Natives believe the night air is filled with good and bad dreams.The legend of the Dream Catcher is that it captures the bad Spirits and filters them.Protecting us from evil and letting through only the good dreams. It is believed that each carefully woven web will catch bad spirit dreams in the web and disappear by perishing with the first light of the morning sun.Wear it during the day and hang in above your bed before sleeping!

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wjoydesigns

Kristina Lauciuviene from FeltingLT says:

Blue…
Blue like sea…
Blue like blue eyes of sea…
Blue like sea and flowers…
Like flowers from him.
Sea… blue sea… and He with flowers.

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FeltingLT

Wendy CN from CardNotions says:

You gotta love Belugas! They’re cute, smart and great singers, and thus the nickname, sea canary! I added a background picture that I took, looking accross the bay, of the Olympic mouintains. I think it makes him look right at home in the scuba blue suroundings!

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CardNotions

Jolanta Pietrzak from AlabamaStudio says:

Unique, original necklace with turquoise enamel closed in geometric form topped with a cascade of silver swirls and chains. They look like wild, silver waterfall and complement with enamelled element.
A fantastic addition to the summer festival styling, ideal for your holidays by the sea!

The necklace was designed and made by me from scratch, using two very labor-intensive and precise techniques: wire-wrapping and enamelling. The materials are silver 925, 930 and 999 and two-components enamel based on epoxy resin in turquoise color. Silver heavily oxidized and polished, the frame around a rectangular piece rubbed. Under the enamel a sheet of hammered silver underlined by oxidation.

AlabamaStudio

AlabamaStudio

The Pantone fashion colors for fall 2015 have been revealed!

Please watch the CIJ forums for opportunities to share your fall 2015 fashion colors!

Thank you for joining me to enjoy Scuba Blue items this today.

Please be sure to check out the on the main party post for the schedule of events.

Toasted Almond – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2015 is Toasted Almond.

Pantone Spring 2015

Pantone Spring 2015

A suntanned neutral, Toasted Almond offers comforting warmth and is indicative of a spontaneous spring, summer feeling. Timeless and versatile, Toasted Almond is an organic shade that speaks to authenticity and all that is natural.

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Toasted Almond items in their shops! Here are a few!

Becky from LollysCubbyHole has so much in her shop that is considered a neutral she doesn’t know where to begin! Let’s start with her ruffled burlap table runner, with a shabby cottage feel. Unbleached muslin ruffles, in ivory hues, hand rolled roses in burlap, muslin & linen like fabric showcase this rustic table runner along with a scattering of buttons. A statement piece for your special event, showcase your Cake & Dessert or Guest Sign In Table.

Toasted Almond Burlap Table Runner From LollysCubbyHole

Toasted Almond Burlap Table Runner From LollysCubbyHole

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy tells us that her kitchen is different colors of black and tan, so she created this little gem for herself. Loved it, so she decided to list it. The chickadee is one of her favorite little birds….they are darling!

Embroidered Toasted Almond Chickadee Bird Hanging Kitchen Towel From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Embroidered Toasted Almond Chickadee Bird Hanging Kitchen Towel From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations shares that this chick’s spotted shell is a beautiful color of toasted almond and makes a nice neutral for your kitchen. The whimsical design was chosen for the shop by her mom because it made her laugh. The hot pad includes special batting to protect your table from heat, just as the shell is protecting this chick from the elements.

Toasted Almond Chick Hot Pad From NauticoCreations

Toasted Almond Chick Hot Pad From NauticoCreations

msmadmax from madmaxshop lets us know that appropriate for everyday wear, this toasted almond colored pleated skirt accented with an eggplant square grid pattern along with coco colored embellishments is the perfect casual piece. Cool and breezy rayon fabric with an elasticized waist band for added comfort and deep side pockets for carrying those special found treasures from your travels – by Paul Ropp.

Toasted Almond Pleated Skirt From madmaxshop

Toasted Almond Pleated Skirt From madmaxshop

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads shares this Succor Creek Jasper Leaf Pendant is a Toasted Almond color, hand carved and simple design. Kristy Jo may end up using this in something if it does not sell right away as she can see the potential despite a simplistic design. Sometimes simplicity is refreshing!

Toasted Almond Color Handcarved Leaf Succor Creek Jasper Pendant From KrystalKlarityBeads

Toasted Almond Color Handcarved Leaf Succor Creek Jasper Pendant From KrystalKlarityBeads

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals likes the neutral colors for accessories because they go with almost anything. And they are great for layering with other colorful jewelry. These picture jasper beads are the perfect match for Pantone’s color Toasted Almond.

Toasted Almond Color Picture Jasper Leather Necklace From EponasCrystals

Toasted Almond Color Picture Jasper Leather Necklace From EponasCrystals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns feels that this is a tricky colour – she thinks this ring is perfect! This toasted almond chunky ceramic rose ring is handmade and glazed with a beautiful glossy glaze, it is designed to accentuate the detail of this piece of statement jewellery.

Toasted Almond Ceramic Rose Ring From DeeDeeDeesigns

Toasted Almond Ceramic Rose Ring From DeeDeeDeesigns

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls have this wonderful vintage edition cookbook from Woman’s Home Companion, which dates back to 1945 during the war and has a rare postscript explaining the food rationing of the times and different recipes to try using ingredients that were available. Sugar was hard to come by, so many recipes in this book used other ways to sweeten food without the precious use of sugar. This book’s cover comes in a shade of toasted almond! Perfect for this years trending colors!

Toasted Almond Color Vintage Womans Home Companion Cookbook From shabbyshopgirls

Toasted Almond Color Vintage Womans Home Companion Cookbook From shabbyshopgirls

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital mentions that someone suggested some beige, neutral tones as new designs in her shop, so this is what she came up with. Sherri added just a bit of pale dusty pink and pale green which she likes. Some of the designs are more textured than others.

Toasted Almond Printable PDF Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

Toasted Almond Printable PDF Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby love the shabby look all the items we have collected for their shop, but the history behind each piece, makes them all the more special.This holds true for this item as well. Sitting among cast off collections, and discarded memories in a thrift shop, this plaque caught their eye. The beautiful Madonna and child intrigued us, as well as the unique look of the material from which it was made. Patricia and Rebecca soon discovered that it was made from volcanic ash collected after the eruption of Mt Pinatubo in the Philippines which occurred in 1991. Their research located other volcanic ash pieces from the same year, but they could not find another plaque like this one. Perhaps they still grace the walls of other homes. They are just glad they found this one!

Toasted Almond Color Vintage Madonna and Child Religious Plaque From northandsouthshabby

Toasted Almond Color Vintage Madonna and Child Religious Plaque From northandsouthshabby

 

Aurora Red – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2014

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons! According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2014 is Aurora Red.

Aurora Red is a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark.FCR_FALL2014_Home_Banner_Img

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Aurora Red items in their shops! Here are a few!

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby found this cheery Santa at an estate sale. It is a beautiful example of hand carved folk art from the New England region. They love how each whittled cut is angled in the piece -it lends to the rustic charm! Beautifully carved, and gorgeously painted, featuring an earthy shade of red -or as Pantone calls it – aurora red! A wonderful shade that will not overpower your holiday decor!

Vintage New England Hand Carved  Santa From northandsouthshabby

Vintage New England Hand Carved Santa From northandsouthshabby

Lia from Ghirlandiamo says that creating this wreath, she liked using not the classic Christmas red but a bit different one. Lia wanted to create a particular contrast between the base color and the white snow flakes. What do you think about it?

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy loves deep red for the holidays. When she found these hand cut lead crystal beads at a bead store on their travels to Southern Colorado, she knew they were screaming “ornament”. Here is the result of that lovely trip!

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Christine from cwagenblass9 says this is an interesting shade of red – great for Christmas items.

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

G from PaperDraper shares This seems apt as she has what could be an aurora red in the sky! Her images for this collage were taken from a 1940’s newspaper and the lines behind signify a bomb blast with boy scouts cycling for their lives.

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Majorie from mscenna came upon these vintage chunky pearl beads and couldn’t quite decide what to make but had a necklace in mind. When Majorie found the blue vintage beads and all she could think of was “something borrowed and something blue”.  She put them together in hopes of finding a bride who wanted a vintage inspired necklace!

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Susan from SSFDesigns made this Aurora Red sequin evening dress for a custom order. She thought that the hardest part to making it would be getting the perfect fit and the boning detail , but it turns out that trying to get the picture taken with all the sequins was the hard part. Ordered as a custom order in her shop.

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

msmadmax from madmaxshop says that Julie Barne’s (Peggy Lipton) probably wore a bodysuit similar to this one being one of the hippest and first young undercover female detectives. Soft and stretchy and easy to wear. Dig it!!!

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says the yarn she used in the scarf was the inspiration. The separate colors all lend themselves to go together, that it is always fun to try new pairings that she never would have tried. The shine and the drape are also added bonuses.

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads shares that she made this because it has such depth and a more natural feel than many other stones. She kept thinking of fall colors and the depth that nature shows in, say – a red Maple tree. She had a necklace of this already and the stones are smooth and comfortable so she wanted a bracelet as well. Kristy Jo likes to look at bracelets (when we wear them they are more visible to us ourselves) and she tends to look from the color of what she is wearing to the colors in nature when she is outside.

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says that while red is not one of her favorite colors, carnelian is one of my favorite stones. It can be orange to red in color, and these beads were in that red zone. Red brings a warm energy and is a nice color for fall and winter.

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Noel from MinkCouture lets us know this chunky bangle bracelet is made with beads wrapped and knotted with a vintage men’s tie. The tie is cream, mauve and aurora red. A funky accessory that can compliment any outfit.

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Isabel from CozyDetailz says that a Christmas inspiration to make this bracelet, using several and different red tones and calling it an Aurora Red friendship bracelet for all her friends in the world.

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns says we usually think of the orange and yellows of fall, but look at a autumn tree and you see a deep brick red as well. This is her favorite time of year.

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Elizabeth Berry from feesfusions says she made this pendant with a technique called a pot melt. Several colors of glass are melted together in the kiln and the end result is always a surprise as you really never know what the end result will be. Elizabeth really likes the reds in this pendant with a touch of white and black.

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant  From feesfusions

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant From feesfusions

collectique from Collectique says nice Norwegian tole in these two hand painted Aurora Red wall hangings. Gives a bright enhancement to any room, but she pictures them hanging in the kitchen since one is a cutting board and the other is a wall pocket or a knife holder. Matching floral designs and the green swirling leaves really deepen the lovely red background color.

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique