What Makes Christmas Special: GoodThingsSmallBoxes – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

What makes Christmas special? – Arlene and Gabriel Pitts from GoodThingsSmallBoxes

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1. What makes Christmas special to you?

The majority of people’s Spirits are transformed for a little while. People are a little happier, lighter, more polite, generous, sharing, aware of each other, affectionate. (I’m not talking the crowded malls before Christmas, that’s an entirely different thing, but you CAN find it there.) Places are transformed and seem magical. Traditions and memories come alive.

2. How do you make Christmas as special to others?

I either know or find out what other’s ultimate Christmas wishes may be. I try to make one of them come true. I also work at embodying the Spirit of Christmas wherever I go. I look people in the eyes, wish them a Happy Holiday, hand out candy or other treats wherever I go. Buy a stranger coffee or a soda. Sometimes I even drop glitter where I walk just to make it a little brighter in a small way. (not in houses or stores, its a pain to clean up) Where ever I work or live, I decorate. Those I am around daily, I gift personal gifts. I try to make sure that people are not alone at Christmas. Be they close family, friends or someone in dire straits, They are welcomed into my home and celebrations.

3. What are three words that best describe Christmas to you?

Spirit, Giving, Christ

4. What are you most looking forward to for Christmas 2018?

Finding a new place to live where I can freely be that Spirit of Christmas, where my family feels comfortable, relaxed and happy to be there, and those who don’t care about the season will have no influence on how I celebrate.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: facebook.com/mariepitts

Pinterest: pinterest.com/mariepitts

Instagram: instagram.com/carpediem5790

YouTube: youtube.com/carpediem5790

Linkin: linkin.com/arlenepitts

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What Makes Christmas Special: AliciasFindings – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

What makes Christmas special? – Alicia from AliciasFindings 

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1. What makes Christmas special to you?

Spending time with family and friends is what makes Christmas special for me. I love to go out to eat with friends and share some time together as our gifts to each other.

2. How do you make Christmas as special to others?

I love to help my family with anything they need. I will help with food prep or even wrapping packages. I also try and get them gifts they have asked for.

3. What are three words that best describe Christmas to you?

Family, food and fun!

4. What are you most looking forward to for Christmas 2018?

I am hoping that my uncle can come for Christmas this year as he had to miss last year. I am also looking forward to all kinds of good food.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AliciasFindings

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/AliciasFindings

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AliciasFindings

Instagram: www.instagram.com/aliciasfindings

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Posted by Mairi from mairidesign

My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in june;
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune:

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas run dry.

By Robert Burns, 1794

We each hold a favourite colour of rose and we may also attach some sentimental meaning to particular colours, but ultimately, the rose is seen as a timeless symbol of love.

The team have selected their rose flower items to share with you today, enjoy!

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

 

This hand-painted, heart-shaped glass serving tray would make the perfect gift, especially with the pink roses, which symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy. Share the LOVE…

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Hand Painted Pink Roses Platter

Sandra Darlene from SDDigitalDesign says:

 

Roses are my favorite flowers. They are beautiful and elegant and are an effective way to communicate without having to say a word. Roses send a clear message of love and whisper what words cannot say. They speak volumes in their own language.

I designed this floral print for those times we need to express ourselves but aren’t exactly sure what to say. Who will you share a rose with today?

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Printable Wall Art

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

 

Roses are one of my favorite flowers. I had red roses in my wedding bouquet and white roses were given to me the day before my wedding by my now husband. I still get my favorite red ones here and there during the year.
I love them so much that they are used in my aroma therapy machine. It smells so good in my home!!

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Pink Rose Martingale Dog Collar

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

 

Roses mean a lot to me because they remind me of my Dear Sweet Mother – both the sight and smell of them will always evoke fond memories of her. She spent many happy hours in her garden tending to her Roses and there was always a vase full of these beautiful flowers sitting on her sideboard or dining table! I love this beautiful gold Rose pin and I know my mother would have too…

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Long Stem Gold Rose Brooch

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

 

Pink Rose Stud Earrings – Pink roses are my favorite! Light Pink roses represent gentleness and admiration.

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Pink Rose Earrings

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

 

For Kids who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis — the kids cannot pronounce it and call is 65 roses–this charm is to support that cause.

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65 Roses cystic fibrosis key chain

As the rose is seen as a timeless symbol of love, I wanted to design something that not only symbolized love but also a showed off of a few of the things I love. My favorite color is blue and my favorite bead to work with resembles a satin bead.

These elegant dangle earrings are perfect for that lady who likes simple but classy accessories. They are light-weight and so easy to wear for a long period of time. A perfect gift idea! She’ll love them! You have to see them to appreciate them.

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Elegant Rose Stud Blue Silver Dangle Earrings

 

 

 

Photographers – Favorite Image

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Photography is a beautiful art and it captures so much…nature, still life, advertising, landscape and more…

We here at CIJ want to know a little about your favorite image. Tell us what made you take it, what it means to you, etc.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says so many favorite photos! Many of them have deep personal meaning but this photograph seems to be a worldwide favorite. In Carennac, France, the Priory’s Stone columns caste in shadows create a frame for the crumbling stone streets and buildings in the background. So many layers of doors and windows, so many stories to tell. I look at this photo and I long to explore. It is neutral enough, though, to fit nicely on any office, home or apartment wall.

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French Landscape Photography

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this was the first photograph my daughter and I found for our shop. It is a studio portrait taken in Detroit. Someone wrote the children’s names on the back, so we were able to do some research and learn more about them.

They are siblings Florence and Elmer Neeb, Their parents were German immigrants. The photo was taken in the early 1900s.

This type of photo is called a cabinet card. They were usually purchased to send to distant relatives, as they were sturdier and could survive the trip.

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1900’s Detroit German siblings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we love to travel and spend countless hours studying photographs and reading about the vacation destinations around the world to create the perfect frame designs for our fellow travelers and customers around the world. We specialize in creating custom designed framing for our clients and love to assist our customers in displaying the moments they will cherish forever in style.

Choose from our selection of designs, submit your own images, or commission an inspired design for any destination or occasion. Send us an image of the picture you wish to frame and we can create a frame design to compliment your best photography.

At Design’s the Limit, we serve individuals and industry professionals including photographers, travel agents, real-estate agents, and wedding planners! Whether you a shopping for a gift for someone else or framing your picture perfect moments for eternity, we can design for any ideas you have in mind.

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Designs “Vine Appetite” Personalized Vacation Picture Frame

Vintage pickins – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage sellers have a love of all things old and timeless.

The memories these items invoke are amazing.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know “How do you decide what to pick?” Are there certain items you love, that are more in demand. Why do you pick what you do?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says while I make ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also create upcycled jewellery, which I sometimes combine with original ceramic components.

The materials I choose are wide and varied, but I love vintage buttons, and have been collecting them for many years from many sources. Some I don’t re-purpose into jewellery because I want to keep them!!

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Upcycled Gray and Blue Button Ring

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts said I too love upcycling my vintage finds. I pick things up from charity shops and fairs – buckles are one of my favourite things right now.

I’ve made a few ‘fairy windows’ with them. They have gorgeous colours and designs that inspire what I felt in them. This pearlescent one had a fantasy/scifi feel about it.

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Alien UFO Fantasy Window- Miniature Painting-Needle felted brooch

Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllsion  states I almost always post vintage goodies that I would want to keep for myself (and often do…krikey!). I like to find things that I can re-purpose…give new life to…and could spend hours just browsing antique stores and garage sales for items that remind me of warm memories and simpler times. I recently found a cardboard puzzle from the 1950’s and fell IN DEEP LOVE with the graphics…knew I had to find a way to give it new life.

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Washington state puzzle piece magnet

msmadmax from madmaxshop says fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration. Especially today when the current forecast can be seen borrowing from a previous successful trend in fashion featured two decades ago, i.e. sequins and sparkle, romantic ruffled blouses, done up denim

Wearable fashion trends for 2016 have been inspired by the trendsetting fashions of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like to post vintage items that can easily blend in with current fashion but still evoke a trendy look and feel of yesterday…

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80s Vintage Blouse

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said I adore the vintage look. I love to use fabrics and designs that invoke this. Recently a friend requested a planner band to adorn a notebook she had. She wanted something “vintage-looking.” I found these vintage-style wooden buttons and knew they would be perfect. After I had created her one-of-a-kind piece, my creative juices kept flowing.

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Custom Fabric Tutus and headband set

Sue from MissIvyVintage discussed I have always loved vintage linens of all sorts…Embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and prints. I find a great deal of pleasure when I find a linen that at one time brought joy to a child. I find these linens especially charming and when I list, I hope the item will bring joy to another child. I have only this one.

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage states I have loved vintage items since I was a child. Their history calls to me and I think of all the hands it has passed through and how it was cherished before. Now I feel like I save them for others to enjoy.

I like looking for unusual items and miniatures, something that will catch the eye.

I personally collect vintage linens as I love the old smell, softness, and look. I have a huge vintage pillowcase collection and love using them on all my pillows.

I love this little guy – such a funny face.

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Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says My daughter and I are fans of Marie Kondo, so we are always looking for items that “Spark Joy!”

We love the graphics and idea behind this Balloon Pump.

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage said my love of vintage is rooted by my mother, many years of looking for and living with antiques. I love the 50’s through 70’s and fill my shop with items that catch my eye. I try to focus on items that are functional and fun!

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart discusses that my love for drawing began at a very young age. I have been enjoying creating custom design door decor for a few years now.
I also love working with pastels painting portraits, making jewelry, chalkboards and much more.

Old World Santa Door Art

Old World Santa Door Art

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns discussed that It’s in my nature to choose items that are unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, edgy. I love to bring eclectic offerings to the table. These boots are for a confident woman. A woman who isn’t afraid or apprehensive to wear something that stands out. They’re an outstanding pair of boots.

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says buttons are always popular with sewers and crafters. Vintage buttons hold a special attraction with their beauty, originality and craftsmanship from a bygone era.

I have gathered buttons for my stash for as long as I can remember. As children our Sunday afternoons were often spent playing with my mother’s button collection. She stored it in a large tartan painted biscuit tin. My stash is now much larger than that one and it is time for me to share the love-and my buttons!

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s said my wife and I recently downsized and as the old saying goes you can’t take it with you, we’re selling off our childhood memories. Sharing the love of 1970s toys and collectibles. We didn’t realize how many people also loved some of the items we have sold over the year, the notes they send tell us we’re not alone in cherishing memories and it is rather humbling knowing we’re spreading smiles across the USA with our items.

Just listed maybe it may bring back a smile to you of childhood.

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

Alicia Holman from MemaAntiques discussed that we love vintage items. We love the history regarding each item we obtained. This item for instance came from a home in Orangeburg SC. This was a wedding gift given to the family in the 1940’s. The female in the home kept it in her china cabinet and never used it. She wanted it to always be in perfect condition.

Her son told us how she would fuss at the children and the grandchildren if they came near this dish. Reminds me so much of my grand parents and their favorite items.

It is so much fun. All items in our shop has a story behind it or we can tell you were it came from.

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Cher Loose from LooseChipsWoodWork says when an item reflects a memory in my heart I pick it up and cherish it… we have a rule in gift giving and buying… it is if we like it ourselves then someone else will too! (and if they do not, they will return it to us and that is okay too!) example: My husband remembers the Western Electric Company in Reading PA, before it was bought out by AT&T and he even worked there for a few years, actually using a slide rule. So this is why I sell this, in hopes someone else will find someone who likes to collect slide rules or maybe put it in their pocket and show another generation how to use one for fun…. on Christmas Morning in December or in July!

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

What Makes A House A Home – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There is so much that makes a house a home…the people, the ambiance and most especially the decor. One piece can change the whole flavor of a room.

Here at Christmas in July we want to see your home decor items and a little bit about them.

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says when i think of house decor, I think or pictures or ornaments. These birds are a little different. I made these felt birds which originally I had as house decor at Christmas. But they could be used to decorate the house any time just by hanging them on a door handle or a hook!

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Felt bird decorations

Angara Seeds from AngsanaSeedsPhoto said when I think of home decor, I think of the decorative throw pillows that complement the rooms.

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Floral throw pillow

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that personalization turn a house into Your Home! We love to personalize everything and believe every home has to have a monogrammed cutting board. We offer different design options for newlyweds and families and custom orders are accepted! Make every gift you give a personal experience and Just Say No Giftcards! @Designsthelimit we offer glassware, coasters, cutting boards, picture frames, and a number of other items perfect for any recipient or gift giving occasion.

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Personalized Famly Monogram Bamboo Cutting Board

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says for students heading off to college or young adults starting out in their first apartments, making a dorm, studio or apartment into a home can be challenging. Along with our higher priced fine art photography, we offer prints and printables that are fun and interesting, but won’t break the bank.

Our ‘Enter at your own Bliss” printable sets a welcoming tone for any home.

The photograph for this typographical art was taken while visiting the gorgeously medieval Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz), nestled in the hills above the Moselle River in Germany.

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Printable Welcome sign

Ingrida from LivePastVintage states that neutral minimalist kitchen set will make cozy each home… Linen is highly valued fabric all over the world! Vintage set in great condition – the best choice for price and value!

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Vintage Swedish Fruit print potholder and doily set

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says I think each home has a particular accent, which expresses the woman’s personality living there: furniture, colors, accessories and decor, all that talks about her.

For this reason almost all my crafts are one of a kind, they are unique as each woman is.
For example, this decor, that can be used either as wreath and as centerpiece, talks about a simple woman, loving open air, nature and tiny meadow flowers. Doesn’t it?

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Daisy flowering spring wreath

Julie Siomacco from SouthernCharmWreaths states lanterns have become very popular in home decor over the past couple of years. You can use lanterns in your staging on places like fireplace mantles, kitchen counters, tables, pianos, etc. Not only can you put candles inside the lantern but try filling them with other things such as pine cones, bird’s nest, small plants, Easter eggs, etc. There are so many styles of lanterns to choose from these days and finding one to fit your decor shouldn’t be a problem. To add seasonal flair to your lantern, try attaching a lantern swag (flower arrangement made for lanterns). This adds a special touch to your home decor throughout the season or holiday.

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Spring Lantern Swag

Silvia Webel from Givemeyourphoto discussed when I think of home, I think of photos! What is a home without your memories? In “givemeyourphoto” I design personalized photo books from your travels and adventures, that will make your home really cozy!

Check them out here! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @givemeyourphoto_ for the latest previews and sneak peeks!

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Travel Photo Book 8×8 Hard Cover

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns states that I believe a large part of making a house a home is the sharing and caring of the family members, and one of the best ways to encourage this is through food. And unique, handmade vessels can make the family meal even more special.

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Ceramic Salad or Fruit Bowl

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says you really do not want to lose your keys! This key rack was made from re-purposed oak that came from a chair past it’s prime.

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Wooden cloud key rack

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique says I think the most important part of a home is a first impression. I switch out the wreath on my front door with each season. I want my home to be welcoming to others. I love having people over and entertaining. What better way to impress them when they first walk in the door!

Made to Order Wreath- Rag Wreath

Made to Order Wreath – Rag Wreath

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks discusses that there are many historic Art Deco buildings in my home town of Katoomba, Australia. When I get off at the train station and walk up the ramp to step out onto the street, I always feel strongly “ahhh it’s so good to be home”. I’ve only been living here for 2 years, but we used to visit a lot when I was a child.

This drawing is very much influenced by both the feeling and aesthetic of Art Deco. I think buildings with these features feel more homely because they speak of endurance and have built up an energy as people have used them over time.

In this colder climate, one can just be grateful for having a roof over your head and a fire in the corner. The light shining through the stained glass windows is a bonus!

Hand drawn Original Ink Drawing

Hand drawn Original Ink Drawing

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said there are many things that make a house a home, and the most important ones you can’t buy – it’s the people who live here. However, we can set up a certain atmosphere. That for me is often expressed in the wall decoration – which color is your wall, is there wall paper, wood? What hangs on the wall? I personally love to hang photographs that speak to me. That can be an old barn, a beautiful sunset, a dramatic landscape, an animal.

This 8 x 10 photo print of a sunset on the Oregon Coast is a favorite of mine. It holds a special moment and atmosphere. It can set the mood of a room. I see this in a masters bedroom or a quiet corner in a family room. A meditation room if you are lucky to have one. I even see it in a cozy breakfast nook.

Sunset Photograph, Cow Parsnip Before Setting Sun, Sunset at the Coast, Nature Fine Art Photography, 8 x 10

Sunset Photograph, Cow Parsnip Before Setting Sun, Sunset at the Coast, Nature Fine Art Photography, 8 x 10

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns said I have had these candles in my home for years. Literally. Yes, they still light. There are all colors here, sizes and beeswax too. I used to love eat dinner by candlelight with or without company. Maybe others can enjoy them the way I once did and still do!

Lot of 60 unused candles

Lot of 60 unused candles

Sue from MissIvyVintage says I think a house becomes a home when family and friends gather around the dining table, relaxed and having lots of fun! I have so many memories of these times! I imagine these gracing such a festive occasion and making memories.

Vintage 70s Set of 8 Handmade Felt Napkin Rings

Vintage 70s Set of 8 Handmade Felt Napkin Rings

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discusses that having vintage “treasures” around my home makes me happy!

Even if they are chipped or worn, they tell a story and remind me of days past or beloved relatives who once owned them.

This sweet teapot looks cute, even when not in use!

Cottage Teapot Vintage Pottery 40s 50s English Tudor Decor Gift Serveware

Cottage Teapot Vintage Pottery 40s 50s English Tudor Decor Gift Serveware

Giving Thanks

We’ve been through the mad rush of Black Friday weekend and what a whirlwind it was! But wait a minute… didn’t we just celebrate being thankful for what we already have? Our team got together to share what they are thankful for as well!

Children & Family:

I am thankful for the precious gift of children God has entrusted us with. I am always humbled by the miracle and the beauty of a delicate new life born into this world. ”
~ Rita

I’m thankful for all the special moments I have with family and friends.

Being thankful for the sound of happy healthy children.”

I’m thankful for my my angels (ages 4 and 1) that light up my day and remind me to laugh more, hug more, cuddle more and enjoy the small things.”

ART:

I am thankful for the ability to interact with kids and share the gift of art and science (together when possible). I typically have several pieces in my shop where all or a portion of the sale helps me to buy supplies for these projects.

I am thankful for the fact that there was art in our school when I was a child. I believe that it has made me appreciate art so much more.”

Life, Health, & Home:

I’m thankful I have a warm home to live in as many around the world have no place to live or very inadequate housing.

What says home more than a quilt?? These painted diamonds papers have a quilted feel to them ~ just like home. I love quilts!

I’m thankful that the future comes one day at a time.

The older I get I realize just how important health is… This charm represents health and well being.”

As we go through the crazy hustle and bustle of the fast approaching holidays, let’s not wait for November to come back around to reflect on what we are thankful for.

Stay Thankful!

Frenchie