Items Of The Week: Office Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

1. Blue Bird Air Plant Holder by Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery

2. Christmas Planner Clips by Marijean from MariMartiDesigns

3. Christmas Coiled Fabric Bowl by zizzybob from zizzybob

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Gifts For Makers

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When thinking up gifts for yourself or another “Maker” friend, do you often want something to help you in your crafting? I know I do! A good quarter of my “list” are tools,supplies or gift cards to craft stores.

Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to know what do you have in your shop that a “Maker” would want as a gift?

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says never let a good idea get away when you have a memo on hand! Include a personalized pen, pencil, or letter opener with your memo holder to give your creative friends a designated place to find a pen and take notes when they need to. We specialize in functional artwork which is useful and appreciated, but shop for your gift giving occasions, personalized and made to order gifts take time! Our personalized memo holder is the perfect gift for artists and makers alike and you can make your gift giving opportunity into a personalized gift giving experience by including any text using any font we have available in our selection. Shipping direct to your recipient, we also offer gift wrap and gift cards for the professional gift giving touch.

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Personalized desk memo holder

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said this Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Iron On Pillowcase Kit includes a 16 x 16 inch Pillowcase, a Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Iron On Pillowcase Kit with Iron On Designs saying You Sparkle You Shine in gold glitter.
An easy DIY gift idea for any time of year!

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Iron on pillowcase kit

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns states these adorable cat lover planner clips are the purrfect gift for your maker friends and family! These lovely planner charms add fun to your bullet journal and travelers notebook spreads! A wonderful way to stay organized this holiday season!

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Cat lover planner clips

Host(ess) Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Host(ess) Gifts are something you give to someone who invites you to their gathering,whether that be at a house,job gathering or weekend party.

Your gift of choice depends on many variables including; how well you know the host(ess),your finances and so much more.

Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to see all your Host(ess) Gifts. We want to see all price points!

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I think when going to a party a hostess would love a pretty candle and to make it more special add a candle garland to make it truly festive.

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Red candle garland

Joanna from JoannasScentedSoaps said would you like a stylish, glamorous, luxe, trendy and useful Hostess Gift to Bring to a Holiday Party?
Look at our luxury festive glycerin soaps inspired by Christmas spirit in captivating natural scents derived from France and festive wrapping to be provided as a little treat for your Hostess!

Burgundy luxe tree soap

Amy from FarmhouseDecorArt states this classically styled and elegantly hand painted welcome sign adds a personalized touch to gift giving. Perfectly proportioned at six feet tall and completely handcrafted, no doubt this would make an unforgettable host(ess) gift.

Custom door decor

Margie from ZenCatPottery says at $15, this whimsical handmade egg separator is the perfect hostess gift that she will actually use! It is stoneware pottery and dishwasher- and food-safe. and best of all? It REALLY works!

Whimsical egg separator

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said we love to personalize the party with a variety of hostess gifts available, but you can never go wrong with wine. Our personalized wine shaped cutting board is engraved with your choice of our monogram design options with custom order requests accepted. The cutting board has a removable glass top and is perfect for use as a cutting board or serving tray. We specialize in providing additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards as well. Give the gift that may be put to good use and which may be appreciated by your hostess.

Personalized wine shaped cutting board

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline states for the person hosting the planned event/party you will be going to this holiday season; whether they will enjoy this candle next to a fireplace or not, “Fireplace Cuddles” makes a great host or hostess gift! The woodsy tree bark smell of the Texas Cedarwood and Frankincense oils coming together with the warm undertone of the clove oil creates a candle scent that combines the warmth of a fire and the smokiness of what is being combusted. The host or hostess deserves nothing more than to cuddle up and relax with this candle at the end of the night!

Fireside soy candle

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says these lovely minimalist gold planner bookmarks are an excellently understated gift for the hostess of your next planner and scrap booking meetup. Inspired by nature these pine cone planner charm bookmarks are sure to impress.

Thanksgiving planner clips

Items Of The Week: All About Women

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Cozy Accessories

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Accessories are items that you can add to a wardrobe or to a room. During fall and winter, I tend to think of cozy items to add to my wardrobe.

What cozy accessories do you have for your wardrobe or household? Please tell us all about your item, how it can be used and so forth.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states there is nothing cozier than a hand knitted pair of socks made just for you from someone that loves and cares about you.

Knitting patterns for socks

Karen from timetalentjewels said everyone is looking for that nice warm scarf in the winter time and here is the one that will do it! Very stylish and yet warm! Beautiful colors too!

Women’s ruffled scarf

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states when you hear the word accessory, do you automatically think of jewelry or something to add to clothing? You can now change that!

There is nothing more cozy in the fall and winter months than either sitting by a crackling fire in a fire place or having a dim candle burning in a room. In fact, candles can be used all year long! Think about those candle light dinner dates for example! This adorable leopard print heart shaped candle accessory is a necklace specifically designed to fit around a large jar candle. It’s an easy way to make those romantic moments even more memorable!

Candle embellishment

Michael from BurntEarthHorseHair says when I hear accessory around Christmas time I think of ceramic clay luminary bags, horsehair fired that can be used for many purposes. You can put a candle in them, Original purpose, to light the way on Xmas eve, an office desk gift to put on a desk for pens, or with a larger bag in the kitchen to hold utensils or K-cups.

Luminaria clay bags or holders

Ilda from lililapt said there’s nothing like a set of soft, cozy and unique crosstitch bath towels, made of cotton and use them after a deserved hot shower.

That´s the best way to finish your hard and long working day!

Crosstitched bath towel set

Evgeniia from SecretStoneLab states cozy Crystal Mobile from natural wood and genuine gemstone -so warming & healing for house and soul!

Crystal and feather bohemian mobile

Tanya from socksandmittens says we knit these mittens with festive Christmas cheers in mind. They are warm, cozy and red! A perfect gift for a friend or co-worker! 100% merino wool.

100% merino wool knit mitts

Astrid from RedNeedleQuilts said to me, cozy household accessories mean a warm and cozy snuggle quilt. Snuggle up on the couch to keep warm while watching TV, listening to your favorite music, reading a book etc. This quilt is backed with soft flannel. It can also be used as a couch/sofa throw or wall hanging.

Christmas Lap Quilt

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox states always looking for good fabrics I’ve found a fleece fabric, that is extremely soft and cuddly, and ideal for my winter accessories.

One layer of this scarf is a blue sweatshirt with bright stylized reindeer antlers, the second layer is this super soft and warm natural white fleece fabric. The warm and cozy companion, in the cold season.

Infinity scarf cowl

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says being in southern Florida, we can’t get too terribly cozy with out winter attire, but I originally grew up in Texas, where we had a winter to speak of and could pull out our boots, sweaters, and scarves every year much to my excitement! To continue that warm and cozy trend and style in a new climate to me, I decided to go with sari silk (warm but very breathable) and an arm knitting method of production to give that cozy knitted texture with lots of air to keep cooler if needed. This scarf necklace is perfect for warm or cold climates. The silk and airy arm knit structure allow for both breeziness and trapping in warmth.

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Knitted statement necklace

Welcome June New Team Members – Part One

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during June …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

Hi there! I joined a few days ago and am very happy to be part of the promotions and collaboration! My name is Marijean! This item is near and dear to my heart as it is a symbol of the assurance that we are all well loved and looked after. Mary Star of the Sea bracelet is more than a pretty trinket inspired by the beautiful Florida coast and my faith; it is an encouraging reminder of familial love and faith and an homage to one of Mary’s most ancient titles. Three stacking strands of Mother of Pearl, blue Amazonite, and Freshwater Pearls conjure up images of the sea while an artisan-crafted Mary pendant, dangles gracefully near bracelet clasp closure–a reminder that heavenly help is always close at hand.

 

Hi everyone. The Etsy teams are such a great place to learn and meet such great people. I was referred to this team by another very supportive team and I look forward to getting to know more of you. I missed CIJ last year as I started my Etsy shop at the end of July but love the idea of some Xmas fun in the middle of the year. I have a new line in my shop of slip shorts. This is something I have had trouble finding here in Australia, so I decided to make my own. I have sourced lovely quality and soft on your skin fabrics as comfort is my number one aim. No sucking in of tummys, just comfort, modesty and a touch of pretty lace to show your feminine side. Whether the warm days put you off wearing your pretty frocks or you want to be active while wearing a skirt, these are the solution.

Hi my name is Liz and I just joined today–so exited to be part of this wonderful group. I love promoting others and one of my Etsy buddies from another group pointed you out to me. I have brand new item for this year: beaded charm ornaments for the Christmas tree, they make wonderful add on gifts for presents too, hang it on a wreath or door knob, for a little office bling /grab gift. I had so much fun designing them.

Narelle from FELTBYNARELLE says

Hi , My name is Narelle. I only joined a few days ago and put my entry into the CIJ but just realised I hadn’t introduced myself…I opened my shop 2 years ago in July I make my own felt and am addicted to wool and make almost anything I can think of that can be made from wool, Cats, Nurseries and Art are my main products so I will add my latest item I have just put in my shop this morning…Cat Caves, Toys, Collars and Brooches are only some of my varied items, and feel really happy to have found this CIJ Celebration!

Hi, My name is Valerie and I am very happy to be a part of this team. When I was a little girl, my aunt lived in Florida and always came to visit for the month of July. Since this was the only time of year we saw her, she always called it “Christmas in July”. My shop features vintage items that I have collected or inherited over the years. At the urging of friends and family, I added my own original photography and artwork. I am very happy to be a part of this team, and look forward to participating in Christmas in July. The following is on of my original fine art photos with a Christmas theme.

Hi! My Etsy shop is Gillisflowers and I’m really excited to be taking part in my first CIJ event. I design and make a unique range of mainly floral origami jewellery which goes beyond the more usual birds and fans. I research the traditional meanings of the flowers in my designs to add an extra dimension and to revive the idea of sending a message through flowers. As well as origami paper I also use paper from old books, music scores and maps. I found it hard to choose just one design so chose this one as it is a personal favourite.

I like when the people around me have a great mood! If your child is busy, what could be better? These little birds are ready to sing Christmas songs at least in July, even in December – and all for the joy of parents and their beloved baby!

Terry from MyLilCraftyRoom says
Hello, my name is Terry, and I am from Louisiana, USA. I am very excited to join your team. My shop features gift tags, address labels, thank you labels, gift card envelopes and a lot more. I love helping others promote their store and anything else I can do to help other shops.

Agnes Keh from DeStashAttic says

Hello everyone, I am Agnes from sunny island, Singapore. I have been making stuff including knitting and crochet since young. Jewelry making became my passion after I made a necklace for myself in 1996 and memadejewels is my jewelry shop. But I have stopped updating it because I am busy destashing! As I have been buying and collecting beads, especially vintage beads since I started making jewelry, I accumulated a huge stash of beads and supplies thus I am running out of storage space. So here is my destash shop to share my rare vintage finds. This is one of my rare find, vintage Miriam Haskell Baroque Glass Pearl Beads from Japan!

Hello Everyone! My name is Nikita and I am the owner and creator at ThatDreamYouDream. This is one of my Stocking Hanger designs. I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas decorating! If it could be Christmas all year long, I would be completely fine with that. So it’s been so great to be able to express my excitement about decorating with my stocking hangers. I’ve loved being able to tailor them to meet my clients styles! I’m excited to be a part of this team now as well. I’ve loved being able to learn from other Etsy sellers in the past.

maya from mayamade says

Hiya everyone! Thanks for letting me join! My shop is mayamade and my name is Maya and it is really nice to meet you all. This is my first Christmas in July and I am excited!

Louisa from OliveBella says

Hi Everyone! I’m new here and my name is Louisa from New York, NY. I just joined this team today! I make personalized jewelry and one of my favorite item to make and also my customer’s favorite is this zodiac necklace. It is special because this item is featured on this year’s 2017 Etsy Holiday Lookbook!

Roberta from FarfallaDorata says

My name is Roberta and I am a young girl who lives in the countryside, in a small village in the mountains of Tuscany, in Italy. I work mainly with the cold porcelain, but I also deal with paintings and portraits. After I started my small business on Etsy also I came my small but great successes, such as the publication of one of my products, specifically the earrings with the piglets, in a Dutch national magazine. My plan of work is my home where I cut a corner all to myself, to concentrate and give room for my creativity. My creations are inspired by the femininity but also by the nature that surrounds me. I attended a school of graphic design and I always used my free time to create and design. The realization of my small sculptures was born in the beginning thanks to some books that gave to me that showing how to create small works of art with just a few materials that could be found commonly in all our homes. At first I worked with salt paste. My creations were taking more and more lives, but with the passage of time, the yield of this paste did not make me happy. When I decided to get in the game I was looking for a more lasting modeling clay but always natural. Stumbled almost by accident in the cold porcelain is commonly called corn dough and since then I have not abandoned. I share my passion with my family who realized that I can not stay without creating and that when I go out of my room with dirty hands color, face floured and a slight smell of glue, the artist is at work! As well as my cat, the inspiration for some of my work, that keeps me company during processing.

Jessica Mancuso from GusandOllie says

Hi there Newbies! I am so happy to have found this group, what a hoot! My name is Jess and I am an Australian living in Hamburg, Germany – where I make toys and accessories for children under the name @GusandOllie. Mostly from socks, but also from fabric, both of which I collect all over the world. My shop features many sock monkeys, cats, rabbits, monsters and elephants as well as my best selling Taggy Giraffes for babies! I am hoping to add new Taggy toys to my line this Summer. I love living abroad, learning a new language and culture and spending my days discovering new things. I still take far too many photos, so you can find me on Instagram, where I post daily: www.instagram.com/gusandollie. I also have a blog : www.gusandollie.com, where I try to post 3 times a week, which doesn’t always work out. Another goal for this year. Thank you so much for letting me join your team. I look forward to contributing where I can and connecting with you all.

WOW – so many new June team members – but wait there’s more!! Stay tuned for Part Two … happy shopping!