Light And Reflection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Reflection is caused by a Light (source) bouncing off of another object. Light helps illuminate what we see.

Items like prisms, lights, glass, metal and glitter all reflect light. We want to see your Light and Reflection items.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says light and reflection show most naturally to me at a seaside lighthouse, like this cross stitch kit image.

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Dimensions The Gold Connection Rocky Point 3895 Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Margie from ZenCatPottery said the gorgeous goddess pendant on this necklace is raku fired, a special oxygen-reduction process that brings out metallic effects and iridescence in ceramic glazes. This beautiful pendant reflects hues of copper to mauve depending on how the light hits it!

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Fall Goddess Pendant Necklace

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states reflections in water fascinate me – so do sunsets. If you happen to see both its bliss – like a sunset at the Pacific Ocean, when the colorful evening sky is reflected in the water on the seashore. In this moment life is good.

Ocean Sunset Photo greeting card

Frances from supplysideeconomics says unless you have played with truly vintage rhinestones, you have no idea how different they are from more modern ones. They can given to the faceting can often be as magnificent as a fine jewel.

They do not just reflect the light, but plays with the light as it dances around each stone.

Vintage rhinestone buttons

Mairi from mairidesign said this dazzling angel sun catcher catches and reflects the light beautifully. It looks fabulous in the window, adding a touch of sparkle from the iridescent glass and diamond crystal, so you can enjoy its charm all year-long.

Guardian angel suncatcher

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states special attention to light and prism colors were applied in the making of this gorgeous Nativity scene handkerchief. As if looking at the Manger through a stained glass window, colors dance and play on this Holy Scene. A beautiful play on light!

Vintage nativity scene handkerchief

Mary from CharmedByWine says I made this with swarovski crystal beads that catch the light perfectly! Sparkly on your Christmas tree between all the lights, or displayed in a window.

Beaded snowflake ornament

 

Up In The Air

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Is your head always in the clouds? Do you dream of flying on a dragon’s back? Are you an aeroplane geek? Whatever takes your fancy, be it balloons, kites, birds or flying technology, get ready for lift off as we head up in the air.

The Christmas in July team share what items they have that are related to things ‘Up In The Air’.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Hot air balloons are a wonderful escape from the everyday.
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Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

There are many items in our shop that could be considered for the theme … Up in the Air. We have song birds, ducks, and butterflies that have been hand burned and/or carved and/or painted, depending upon the item. So, it was hard choosing which one to highlight. I chose this butterfly and floral sculpture because it is one of my favorite items. I love the contrast colors of yellow and black on the swallowtail butterfly. I also love its hues of pink on the hibiscus flower.
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Hibiscus with Swallowtail Wood sculpture

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

I have called this large oil painting the “Forest Spirit”. I painted a bird and a tree that are connected to the background of the blue sky and clouds. This is a little surrealistic picture and presents the tree in a somewhat abstract way, which is also the texture of the canvas and the tree leaf structure. All these elements intermingle. The colors of sky and nature are calming. The picture is very decorative and creates an atmosphere of relaxation. It will be a great decoration of the living room wall or another representative interior.
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Bird Tree Forest Oil Painting

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I take what nature provides and turn it into beautiful jewelry to wear and love. This bracelet has a buttery soft brown leather with sunflower yellow Czech glass flower beads, turquoise leaf beads, blue Czech glass bird beads, and tiny seed beads in coordinating colors.
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Flower and Bird Bracelet

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

While I’m afraid of heights I still love seeing the vast array of hot air balloons that come in so many colors and styles. So, when I came upon this fabric it screamed make me into a dog bandana!!
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Hot Air Balloons Dog Bandana

Mairi from mairidesign says

The dragonfly symbolizes change and the perspective of self realization, representing an emotional maturity of wisdom, transformation and adaptability. As a creature of the wind, it reminds us to go beyond what we see on the surface and look deeper into the implications and aspects of life – but to keep a light, positive outlook even in our darkest moments. Enjoy this stained glass dragonfly as it catches the sun in your room or garden.
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Dragonfly Stake for Flower Pot

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

The weather is turning cold here now in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, but I have a Butterfly Bush in my front yard. It is FILLED with butterflies all summer long. And, I already miss the summer. These porcelain earrings are handmade in my ceramic studio and fired 2 times, to temperatures over 6,000*F(0ver 1090*C).

Porcelain butterfly stud earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

When my head is in the clouds, I hope to come back and record the inspired thoughts before they disappear. Our folding nameplate includes a space to store a pen inside of the nameplate to keep it from walking off when you step away from your desk or it may be placed in a hole drilled in the top of the nameplate to have it ready at a moments notice. When you have your head in the clouds, have your pen at the ready, you never know what dreams may come. Personalization is included in the cost of our products with any of our designs, using any font we have available, and we also offer additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards for shipping directly to your gift recipient. Make every gift giving opportunity into an inspired gift giving experience in our shop @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized nameplate

 

International Seasons Conclusion – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

We spent September 2018 hearing from a few of our team members, here on our blog, during our Etsy Christmas In July International Seasons.

Our #EtsyCIJ team is international and it has been wonderful seeing your photographs and learning a bit more about you and where you are in the world.

Please join me as we conclude the #CIJSeasons

Here are the participating featured members we shared with you this month:

Mairimairidesign / #CIJSeasons

Carola / Carola Bartz#CIJSeasons

Przemila K / CanisArtStudio / #CIJSeasons

Margie / ZenCatPottery / #CIJSeasons

Cristal / DesignsbyCristal / #CIJSeasons

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJSeasons and thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s International Seasons blog theme.

CIJ

Ultra Violet – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

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 2018 is Ultra Violet.

PANTONE 18-3838
Ultra Violet
Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team has been inspired by the color Ultra Violet! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

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1. Ultra Violet Drop Earrings by Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals

2. Ultra Violet Cushion Cover by Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann

3. Ultra Violet Pendant by Mairi from mairidesign 

4. Ultra Violet Socks by Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks

5. Ultra Violet Ring by friedasophie from friedasophie 

6. Ultra Violet Beaded Photo Holder by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey 

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1. Ultra Violet Stuffed Snowman by Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom

2. Ultra Violet Brooch by Mairi from mairidesign 

3. Ultra Violet Bead Ornament by Marjorie Scenna from mscenna

4. Ultra Violet Appliqued Quilt Block by zizzybob from zizzybob

5. Ultra Violet Dangle Earrings by Kristen from KestrelCollection  

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ultra Violet board!

Are you a member of the Etsy Christmas In July team? Do you have Ultra Violet items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the #EtsyCIJ forums to participate!

Items Of The Week: Multifunctional

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

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International Seasons: mairidesign – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Summer Is The Favorite Season Of Mairi from mairidesign

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1. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer is my favourite season! At different times of my life, I’ve enjoyed each season. As a child, it was winter because playing in the snow was so much fun. At one time, it was Autumn because of the lovely colours of nature, but now, it makes me feel that time is slipping away and the dark nights are looming. For a while, spring made me happy and there was a freshness with new growth. But, summer, in Central Europe, is the best for me now. There’s little rain or wind and the sun shines for days on end, unlike in Scotland. For me, it’s a tonic.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We’re changing from summer to autumn and the leaves began to change colour, on some trees, at the end of July. The temperature has dropped and more leaves are browning. Other than a couple of rainy days, the sun is still shining.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This surfer’s necklace, with a piece of industrial safety glass, which had found its way into the sea, was tumbled around by the waves for years, and then washed ashore in the surf, is a perfect symbol of summer. Walking along the beach, watching the surfers dance with the waves, whilst I collect sea glass in the sun, is my happy place.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

The 28th September is the feast day of Svaty Vaclav (St. Wenceslas), the patron saint of Bohemia, and is a national holiday, Statehood Day, in the Czech Republic. This is the same Good King Wenceslas, who is mentioned in the Christmas carol. Around this time, there are folklore festivals with traditional craft demonstrations and battle reenactments, grape harvest festivals and burcak drinking (partly fermented young wine). So much fun!

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5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mairidesign1
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mairidesign1/
Pinterest: cz.pinterest.com/mairidesign/
Twitter: twitter.com/mairidesign
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/+MairiThompson

Fall Jewelry Trends – Back To the Classics: Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the Fall Jewelry Trends – Back to the Classics: Etsy article on the Etsy blog.

Gold Chains, Cocktail Rings, Hoop Earrings, Lockets, Pearls, and Charm Bracelets are the Fall Jewelry Trends – Back To Classic on Etsy! Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Hoops

Mairi from mairidesign says:

The article says, “When it comes to hoops, we’re not afraid to go big.” Well, here are a pair of big hoops with the most gorgeous rainbow thorn beads. Perfect for grabbing the limelight on the dance floor as the purply flames frame your face and sparkle like fireworks.

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Lockets

Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

Hi! This necklace was assembled piece by piece until it just felt “done.” Sort of like, “if you give a mouse a cookie” just keeps going… I started with a green organza ribbon and then this necklace just kept going.

I love the classic and simple charm of a good ribbon but it needed a little dressing up, so I decided to add a golden book locket for a pendant. The locket on a ribbon was beautiful on its own but a book that can hold a secret reminded me gardens so I added a piece of gold filigree that reminds me of sunshine and dangled some clay flowers to grow.

Wear this necklace and take the garden with you! Remember that anything can grow if you work on it.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fall Jewelry Trends – Back to the Classics: Etsy Pinterest board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Ceylon Yellow – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Ceylon Yellow.

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Ceylon Yellow
Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Ceylon Yellow! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

zizzybob from zizzybob says the yellow ribbon, which is a symbol for Support of our Deployed Military Troops as well as; Bladder Cancer, Amber Alert, Endometriosis, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and General Symbol for Hope.

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Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said these hand painted mugs are such happy mugs. They would be so pretty sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be filled with your favorite beverage. They are unique and one of a kind.

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Mary from ByFreddismom states I have always enjoyed using non traditional colors in my holiday creations and Yellow is one of my favorites! This snowman in this color has been very popular over the last couple of years, I’ve shipped him as far away as Italy!

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Mairi from mairidesign says this pendant, with a lovely butterfly which has wings of yellow and brown, would be just perfect to match your autumn tone fashions this fall. A hint of green, a touch of lavender, and a bronze setting, makes this jewelry set a must have.

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Karen from timetalentjewels said in today’s fashions it is fun to capture the autumn tones in this beaded bracelet known as Ceylon Yellow, Chunky, One of A Kind, Fashion Bracelet. Fun,Fun,Fun!!

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Nancy from EponasCrystals states this is a Goddess Necklace – Six strands of sari silk and other ribbons in tones of ceylon yellow, and moss green are adorned with beaded gemstone dangles and a handmade goddess pendant. The gemstone dangles include green rhyolite, butterscotch amber, cultured pearls, rutilated quartz, and green prehnite.

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Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says I love the bumble bee print on this bandana and I even love the honey they produce but not the stings they give out. I’d say this is the perfect place you can enjoy them on a bandana and not moving!

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said Ceylon yellow is a bright, happy color … this Painted Bunting song bird wood art sculpture features many beautiful colors, but it’s the yellow on its wing that really catches your eye!

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Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo states Here’s your Autumn/Winter woolly fashion needs met! I hand knit this hat using pure Norwegian wool to keep out the chill and chose this color to remind me of of those long, lazy, hazy days of summer and to brighten up even the dullest of autumn and winter days!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ceylon Yellow board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Party Supplies

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When you are throwing a party you need so many things to make it a success. You need food,invites and party supplies to name a few. Party supplies can be table decor,banners,props and more.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says baby showers can be so much fun when you have a fun crowd and some snappy games to play! We love finding party supplies from the 50’s through the 80’s with their great vintage graphics and mix of games played way back when! Find some vintage party supplies and put your own twist on them for your next get together! Your friends and family will enjoy the mix of vintage and modern!

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Baby showers games

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said this is for your Halloween party. This pumpkin is great to add to your decorations for your Halloween party.

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spooky pumpkin decor

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 states what’s more fun for a party than a handmade mini party hat? Cheers everyone!

Fabric party hat

zizzybob from zizzybob says what’s party decorations without lots of candles? So what’s lots of candles without candle mats under them. I have lots to choose from but this one is especially designed for a party.

Fabric candle mat

Mairi from mairidesign said a little piece of the sea for your beach themed party. These little jars, filled with Mediterranean sea glass and shells, with added metal charms, can be used to decorate your dining tables or be given as favors. Each tiny piece of sea glass was collected from beaches near Barcelona, Spain, and I certainly got lots of exercise with all that bending down to pick them up.

Sea glass wedding or party favor bottle

Nebulas Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Nebulas Blue!

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Nebulas Blue
Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Nebulas Blue! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says I love painting on glassware. Flowers seem to be my thing. This is such a sweet Nebulas blue floral vintage candy dish. I believe it would be lovely on anyone’s table filled with candy, pickles, cheese, crackers, etc. Someone has to love it as much as I do.

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zizzybob from zizzybob said I made these airplane quilt blocks with the idea that they would be used to make a baby or small boy’s quilt. But I did have one lady who purchased a set to make a Quilt of Valor for an Air Force Veteran. You just never know where these things will end up.

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mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 states this blue haired retro troll wears Nebulas Blue.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says I think the color blue is beautiful and serene, no matter what hue, and I love this blue jay bird wood sculpture because I think it shows that thought! … it was painted using a several washes of differing blue hues, which makes this blue bird really special!

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Nancy from EponasCrystals said this is an ombre Tassel Necklace – Beautiful frosted glass beads in blue and grey tones with a triple ombre blue cotton tassel.

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Mary from ByFreddismom states every year I try to incorporate as many colors as I can in my selection of ornaments. This pretty blue is one of my favorites this year.

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Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says these under water sea creature are so cute and the different hues of blue are so vibrant. I absolutely love the color blue in any form!

If you love going to the aquarium and seeing all the sea creatures and the pretty ocean colors you’ll want this dog collar as part of your pets accessories.

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Karen from timetalentjewels said what everyone wants or needs is something warm on their head in the wintertime is a hat! This Rolled Brimmed Hat is a beautiful color of blue with white highlights. A fun and attractive hat is the latest shade of Nebulas Blue!

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Mairi from mairidesign states that these iridescent, flame patterned, fire polished, glass beads are so beautiful. They catch so many colors in different lighting and, as you can see, there is definitely some ‘Nebulas Blue’ in there. I made these earrings using, by far, my favorite Czech art glass beads made by a local company.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Nebulas Blue  board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!