Home For All The Holidays

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Any holiday is the best excuse to gather the family and show how much we care.  Independence Day was always a big celebration in my mother’s family.  Generations have served in the Army, Air Force, and Marines, and it was always important to our family that their service be honored through our celebrations.  Our entire extended family would gather in a little town called Louviers, CO.  A large BBQ and back yard games would ensue.  What makes Holidays special for our CIJ families?  Read on.  Feel free to share your holiday memories in the comments section.  If you see something you like, just click on the pictures to shop our Etsy CIJ team!

1) Ina from InaSudjana says

For us it will be the Chinese New Year (CNY).
It is a big thing in our family, very much like Christmas to many Western countries except that it usually falls on either end of January or beginning of February. Every year has a different date according to the Chinese calendar.
We’re from Indonesia, but my family root is Chinese and my parents are ‘big’ on Chinese New Year.

It is the time to gather together as a big family and enjoying the CNY dinner.

Food is usually in abundance around this time, especially sweet treats like Pineapple tarts. Sweet treats symbolise sweet beginning to a new year.

The CNY dinner menu usually includes fish, tofu, noodle. They symbolise good fortune and long life. We usually wear anything red and the children will usually get red pockets from their parents and grandparents.

This red dolly felt hairclip organiser in my shop is inspired by the CNY:

Adorable felt hair clip from InaSudjana.

Adorable felt hair clip from InaSudjana.

2) Noel from MinkCouture says

I have a Christmas birthday and my parents would always get me a Christmas ornament and put it on my cake with my candles. Sometimes it was cats (I went through a cat phase), other times it was space capsules and moon landers. It morphed into a car for my 16th, a ballet shoe for a big recital…..

I still get an ornament each year, something to symbolize an event that happened.

This inspired most of my ornaments, but definitely this set of “his and hers” first Christmas stockings. Miniature stockings are hand cut from a up cycled felted sweater and sweet vintage pearly, white buttons are seen on the edge.

Lovely Christmas Stockings  from MinkCouture.

Lovely Christmas Stockings from MinkCouture.

3) Olga Creativ from Creativhook says

My favorite holiday is the day of birth. On this day, it’s nice to get the gifts. The best gift for a girl is a doll.

Great gift idea for little ones from Creativhook

Great gift idea for little ones from Creativhook

4) Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says

One of my preferred holidays is Mother’s Day.

My sons really love me and usually show me their love in different ways, but It’s so sweet having a particular attention on that day!

This year they were both away but they called me on the phone and on skype too.

When they want to be particularly tender with me, they don’t call me “mom” but “mamy” and I’m…..touched!

I created this decor just thinking it as a perfect gift not only on Mother’s Day, but to show every day love and thankfulness to every mom in any moment of the year.

Lovely heart wreath from Ghirlandiamo

Lovely heart wreath from Ghirlandiamo

5) Claire DeRosa from ToBeMeJewelry says

My favorite holiday is Christmas when family from far away come home to celebrate. Let’s face it, during the month of December we run around completing our energy. To replenish my energy after Christmas, what do I do? Go down to the beach to find sea glass. Although, finding sea glass is now hard to find at the Jersey shore, it’s not impossible. The best part during this “after Christmas” visit to the beach is to see all the Christmas trees along the beach. Bradley Beach, NJ uses the trees to recycle and build up the dunes. It’s so cool, to imagine all the memories these trees provided to families. It’s a cold little visit but so worth it. My energy is renewed and maybe a few pieces of sea glass in my pocket!

Stunning sea-glass bracelet from ToBeMeJewelry

Stunning sea-glass bracelet from ToBeMeJewelry

6) Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

Within my family we celebrate Christmas the most – usually everyone has time off work so everyone can get together.

My store has lots of handmade ceramic tablewares which are ideal for making a celebration special – what better than to share food presented in a unique piece of tableware made with love.

Beautiful Bowl from DeeDeeDeesigns

Beautiful Bowl from DeeDeeDeesigns

7) Martha from HolidayCreations4U says

The Christmas Tree Skirt is a big tradition in my family. I use the one my Grandmother made for me soon after I got married. I put it under our tree every year. My mother uses the one her mother made her soon after she married. My sisters also put out the tree skirts that were hand made for them by our Grandmother. It is a special time when I pull out that skirt and remember my Grandmother.
I thought it was a wonderful tradition to get started in any family. I hope that my customers are picking out a special handmade tree skirt from my shop and use it year after year.
Here is a sample of my home made felt tree skirts.

Stunning tree skirt from HolidayCreations4U

Stunning tree skirt from HolidayCreations4U

8)  Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

Mother’s Day is near and dear to my heart. Of course, because I’m a mother and I can feel the love my daughters have for me. And to me it’s a day to celebrate being a mother myself and what a great gift my children are. And lately though it’s bitter sweet since I am often so far away from my own mother that I can’t visit her on this day. And with her declining health and advancing age, I count each new Mother’s Day she celebrates as a gift. I was able to see her a year ago and captured her prize-winning roses in photo. I’ve turned some of them into greeting cards and overtime I look at them and relive so many sunny Mother’s Days I spend with my own mom.

Stunning greeting card from StockLaneStudio

Classic greeting card from StockLaneStudio

9) Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says

In our family while I was growing up almost any holiday turned into a big deal with large family get togethers and tons of great foods, fun, games and laughter. Our family is much smaller now, but the part that always means something to me no matter what is just – family. That bond that is there regardless of the holiday you are celebrating. I was so afriad I would not be here to celebrate more holidays with family when I was diagnosed with lung cancer at 44 years old. I lost my father to this disease, – it has been many years, but I thought much on the fact that those holidays, birthdays, Easter or any holiday – many families do not have very much laughter or are feeling lost, hopeless, lonely, or grieving. I wanted to provide a message of hope, and messages of inspiration – as a survivor I feel a need to pass that on. I also know that sometimes just having something to remember and honor those who lost this fight can be a special thing, and a healing thing. So I make things and hope that they bring a bit of happiness and hope – and healing. I want awareness to spread.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Miniature Handmade Hope Tree from KrystalKlarityBeads.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Miniature Handmade Hope Tree from KrystalKlarityBeads.

10)  Donna Zuk from SassyScrapsCrafts says

My holiday tradition is making handmade ornaments every year, whether its from paper, felt, tree limbs, or fabric. There is nothing you can’t use to make special memorable ornaments from. I would rather have handmade then store bought ornaments anyday because they are truely unique and special.
Charming Old World Santa Tags from SassyScrapsCrafts

Charming Old World Santa Tags from SassyScrapsCrafts

A parting thought…

We’re thinking of you this special holiday,
Sending our wishes for joy and happiness,
Hoping all good things will come your way:
Satisfaction, comfort, peace, success!
By Joanna Fuchs

Tangerine – 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 Tangerine.

Pantone Spring 2015

Pantone Spring 2015

Spontaneous and gregarious, Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye. Versatile Tangerine is striking enough to stand on its own and adds vitality to a printed pattern. Good natured and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving color invites a smile.

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

CandyAppleCrafts from CandyAppleCrafts says:

I didn’t make this piece, but it caught my eye. It’s such a fun, carefree design! I can picture a lady wearing sandals and a scarf in her hair, carrying this with her on the way to a sunny brunch or afternoon at the beach!

CandyAppleCrafts

CandyAppleCrafts

Ina from InaSudjana says:

I wanted to do something that’s out there. And for a business card wallet, it needn’t be dull and boring. I need an edge – a fun yet practical, a pick me up yet serious. Tangerine it is! Just LOVE the combo with the dusty turquoise!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

This adorable kitten is just waiting for a new home in this gorgeous tangerine basket filled with flowers! Vintage linens are a wonderful way to brighten your Spring/Summer bedding!

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This multi-colored baby blanket is finished with a brightly colored tangerine edge. This blanket was made by my mom and the material was inspired from nature, showing creatures large and small. The colors are so vivid and the animals varied that it really does make you smile.

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NauticoCreations

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Birch Trees & Forest Flowers Original Art Quilt Wall Hanging created for your home or office decor.

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SallyManke

Noel from MinkCouture says:

A hand dyed silk scarf inspired by vintage couture. Dip dyed darker tangerine around a peachy background the scarf was then hand wrapped around a pole to get a lovely snake skin effect with black dye in the center!

I love using nature to inspire my scarf designs. Each one is unique and made by hand.

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MinkCouture

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

These scarves were inspired by full length shawls, which everyone loves the look of, but no one has the opportunity to wear.

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910woolgathering

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love the background tangerine color so perfect for spring.

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PitzicatVintage

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

It was all about the color! I saw this fabric and knew I had to make a skirt. It was bold, bright and beautiful!

SSFDesigns

SSFDesigns

N RAEDER from AThingOrTutu says:

Inspiration was a “red carpet” pageant theme…simple & elegant!

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AThingOrTutu

Betty Travell from LadySnooks says:

In the store where I buy beads, they had strings of hand blown glass beads of all colors. There was one string that caught my eye. It was multi-color with 11 beads per string. there were two of each color except the tangerine swirl with yellow. That was the bead I wanted. So, I had to buy two strands to get this one pair, but it was worth it. It is a gorgeous bright color that just invites fun.

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LadySnooks

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Much of my inspiration is organic colour and surface drawn from nature so I love this triple pendant necklace made from marbled clays designed to feature the inherent texture of the natural clay body – there is no glaze. The contrast of the orange tangerine and white colours are fresh and playful. This is a great necklace for day or night time wear.

It even comes packaged in a gorgeous tangerine drawstring jewellery pouch!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love the color in these coral beads! Reminds me of a sunset or a bright sunny marigold. Or a tangerine! All reminders of summer and warmer weather, which I am sure we all are wishing for.

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EponasCrystals

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says:

Aventurine is a semi-precious stone that comes in an orange tangerine color. It is said to bring bountiful goodness to those who wear it. It reminds me of orange sherbet. I hand beaded this bracelet with it by adding glass pearls and silver Delica seed beads.

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DesertDabbler

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

I have very little that’s orange or tangerine but here’s a Mother’s Day card that’s very bright.

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rhodyart

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I created this print as a “pick me up” for home, and then found a lot of people resonated with it! So I added it to my shop in bright tangerine, it really stands out and that’s what I’m striving to do!

ColourscapeStudios

ColourscapeStudios

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I had made a set of coasters for myself and they turned out well, so I decided to make some digital download coaster art. This set has a lovely tangerine chevron.

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ButterflyFeetDigital

Tracy from LittleShopofColor says:

This item is part of a rainbow collection of papers that I have been creating. I still have 5 more sets to post and I am also combining the papers into two large bundles of 5 sets. My inspiration – all the colors of the rainbow!!

The papers in this pack have a pretty “tone on tone” effect so the tangerine color is really pretty.

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LittleShopofColor

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

I was inspired to make this butterfly sun catcher in honor of the monarch butterflies that I loved so dearly as a child. I have been seeing them in their annual migration less and less over the last 10 years and it truly saddens me. I made this as a reminder to myself and others to remember these beautiful delicate creatures and to save them by not using pesticides. Also, as a reminder to plant butterfly attracting flowers in your yards to help them on their cross continent journey!

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wjoydesigns

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

This is not a proper wreath for spring time! But people love it in any period of the year and it’s one of the preferred ones.

I love using natural elements in my decors and dried oranges and dried whole tangerines always add cheerfulness and color.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

April – National Poetry Month

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

April is National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Today members of the Christmas In July team share their favorite poems.

Nancy from VictorianRosePrints

“Do what you have to, to be happy in this life.”

Bridges of Madison County

VictorianRosePrints

VictorianRosePrints

Lin Collette from rhodyart

“Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.”

“Easter 1916” by William Butler Yeats

rhodyart

rhodyart

Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery

“For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;”

Andrew Marvell’s to his coy mistress

LSBJewellery

LSBJewellery

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection

“Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

The Tyger by William Blake.

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering

“Wi’ sma’ to sell, and less to buy,
Aboon distress, below envy,
O wha wad leave this humble state,
For a’ the pride of a’ the great?
Amid their flaring, idle toys,
Amid their cumbrous, dinsome joys,
Can they the peace and pleasure feel
Of Bessy at her spinning-wheel?”

Bess and Her Spinning Wheel
Robert Burns

910woolgathering

910woolgathering

Noel from MinkCouture

“Nevermore”

Quoth the Raven

MinkCouture

MinkCouture

Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

byTheArtBug

byTheArtBug

Karen from KarenLovesAntiques

“When you’re up against a trouble, Meet it squarely, face to face; Lift your chin and set your shoulders, Plant your feet and take a brace.”

“See It Through” by Edgar Albert Guest

KarenLovesAntiques

KarenLovesAntiques

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

-Invictus
BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

“Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

“Secrets of the Sea” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

northandsouthshabby

northandsouthshabby

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns

“it was cold when you left this morning
hurriedly gathering up your belongings
and snapping on your expensive watch
an early mist had descended opaque white
casting a haunting blanket over the world
a moist cocoon into which you disappeared
leaving me inside
yet outside”
© Dawn Whitehand

Drawing I did for this poem written by myself on 27th Feb 2013!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

 

Top Ten Easter Gifts for Kids

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Hello, and welcome to Easter!  The bunnies are hopping, the eggs are popping, and the flowers are blooming!  Read on to find out the Top Ten Gifts on the Easter Bunny’s List this year, all from the Christmas in July Team on Etsy.

10) Cookie Cutters

The kids will love making Easter Cookies with these fun Easter Cookie Cutters! Decorate them up with all sorts of fun colors and embellishments for a sweet little treat, AND/OR, use them for fun creative arts & crafts projects for Easter decorating!  –Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls 
Adorable cookie cutters give the kids something yummy and create warm family memories.

Adorable cookie cutters give the kids something yummy and create warm family memories.

9) Easter Bunny Plush Animals

Hello, I have a bunny softie sewing pattern that comes with a lop-eared version too.  These make a great, memorable and lasting Easter gift for kids. –Lucy from MyFunnyBuddy

Adorable, easy to sew pattern for Easter Bunny Plush Animals.

Adorable, easy to sew pattern for Easter Bunny Plush Animals.

8) Tote Bags

This delightful little tote can be used for more than just a tote–it can be a reusuable Easter “basket.” Just add colorful “green grass” and lots of Easter eggs!  –Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE

Soft, lovely tote made with Easter in mind.

Soft, lovely tote made with Easter in mind.

7) Pillows

What little girl, or boy for that matter, doesn’t want their very own bunny.

Well, with this bunny soft velveteen pillow cover they can have their own cuddly soft snuggly bunny with no clean up required, vet bills, feeding or mess. –Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor

Soft, cuddly bunny without the mess!

Soft, cuddly bunny without the mess!

6) Baskets

If you want to give an Easter basket to a kid or a kid at heart, this floral Easter basket is just the ticket. It will last longer and will welcome Spring without adding calories or sugar. Inspired by old fashioned Easter baskets, faux flowers add a special twist and bring back memories to adults who haven’t been given an Easter basket for a long time. It includes a bunny and a couple of butterflies for a special touch. –Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations

Adorable bunny on a basket!

Adorable bunny on a basket!

5) Artwork

He’s a cute Schnauzer Easter bunny & he has plenty of colorful Easter eggs in a basket. For the kid who shares a home with a schnauzer or any adorable four legged friend! Inspired by my love of dogs and Easter. –Angie Ketelhut from petartbyangie

Original artwork...the gift that becomes a family heirloom.

Original artwork…the gift that becomes a family heirloom.

4) Choco-bunny

A chocolate bunny for people who can’t have (or hate-do they exist?) chocolate! This cute bunny also comes in many other colors (pink, blue, yellow) in my store.

A felt bunny pin ready for adoption with hand embroidered embellishments. A welcome addition to any Easter basket or spring outfit. –Noel from MinkCouture

Adorable chocolate bunny pin...works even if you're watching those calories!!!

Adorable chocolate bunny pin…works even if you’re watching those calories!!!

3) Personalized Candy Gifts

Check out our Easter personalized candy bar wrappers.

These make great favors for any Easter event. Great chocolate gifts for handing out at school or sticking in your child’s Easter basket. They can also be used as cards. Why send a regular card when you can send chocolate!

The Wrapper Press from TheWrapperPress

Add an Easter theme to regular candy bars…adorable!

Add an Easter theme to regular candy bars…adorable!

 

2) A bunny and an egg

Bunnies are a great addition to any Easter Basket! Or hide them for an Egg Hunt! Put goodies inside a plastic egg and put the plastic egg inside the tummy of the bunny (instead of an ice cube)! Boo-boo bunnies are great fun!
These are great for teenagers, too. I sent my kids on a scavenger hunt for the bunnies, each giving a clue to the next bunny. The final bunny had money inside. What a great surprise!

Have fun with Lots of Colored Easter Bunnies! –Jul from JulsSewCrazy

Adorable egg hidden inside a bunny...what says Easter more than this adorable little gift?

Adorable egg hidden inside a bunny…what says Easter more than this adorable little gift?

1) Cards

Here’s an Easter idea for a child that will bridge the distance; it folds into an envelop, can be mailed anywhere, and when opened to 180 degrees displays a 3D Green and Yellow Easter basket with two cute bunnies. I think adults would love this also! –Wendy CN from CardNotions

For the kiddos far away, the Easter Bunny uses the USPS!

For the kiddos far away, the Easter Bunny uses the USPS!

A final little poem to light up your Easter this year:

Even as the Earth turns into Spring,
Angling its torso towards the sun,
So like birds our hearts begin to sing,
Touched by time as tides by moonlight run,
Ebbing as faith faces the long night,
Returning with the laughter and the light.

-By Dimitri Shostakovich.

Mardi Gras – Christmas in July Style

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Mardi Gras is a wonderful festival of good times and even better food! It is a Holiday in many regions of the world, but in the United States it is only officially celebrated in Louisiana (New Orleans). It is celebrated February 17th!

I asked many CIJ members if they had any masks, costumes, hats or anything else to celebrate this festive holiday!

Noel of MinkCouture says:

This hand knitted fascinator not only features the Mardi Gras colors, but a crown and 3 hand-made tiny beaded necklaces!

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Connie Lee of Bungalow42  states:

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (“Let the good times roll”)

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Julie Siomacco of SouthernCharmWreaths:

Shows me her love of the holiday!

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Sue and Misty of shabbyshopgirls tells me:

We have these things that are for Mardi Gras and New Orleans!!
Start your Mardi Gras celebrations with these wonderful items to kick off the festivities!

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CottageCrafts of CottageCraftsOnline explains:

Here is a ribbon especially for Mardi Gras

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Marjorie Scenna of mscenna said:

Wine is great for celebrating and this ornament features a recycled wine cork with beads and a fleur de lis charm, perfect for Mardi Gras!

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Betty Travell of LadySnooks:

Lets me know of her love of the festive time!

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Susan Fowler of SSFDesigns:

Shows me what a party frock looks like!

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When Mardi Gras comes around you will be ready for it with all these festive goods!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Valentine’s Day “Sweet” Treats

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and what does one think of but sweet decadent treats. Chocolate, flowers, romance, hearts and dinner for two!

I asked CIJ team members to show me their treats!

Elizabeth Welburn of ElizabethLovesGlass told me:

I think paper ephemera would be considered a true “vintage collectible”.
These cards are from the 1960’s and have Hallmark Canada markings on the back.
I found them in my grandmother’s belongings – she actually had a lot of unused cards and I guess she picked them up “just in case.”
The cards are fairly heavy paper. In my mind, the strangest one is a Valentine’s ‘wallet’. It’s intended to hold cash. I would not think to give money on Valentine’s day, but hey, you could put a handmade gift certificate in this wallet if you wanted. And the design is very pretty and retro.

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Myrna Neal of ShopOfCraftsByMyrna says:

I love hearts. That is and has always been an expression of love. I make hearts and send them anywhere from anyone with a message that they want to send…..or….I send the heart to the person and they give or send the heart themselves. Love is in the air!

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Marjorie Scenna of mscenna states:

I love vintage and holiday inspired vintage items are wonderful and make great gifts for any occasion! These Valentine inspired earrings were created from a mix of vintage beads that I received from a friend. The glass roses reminded me of Valentine’s Day and then when I discovered the silver hearts, I thought they made a perfect pairing! Vintage Valentine’s Day with a new touch!

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Kristen Sargent of KestrelCollection explains:

I wanted to provide an affordable but totally awesome gift ready to give so I created the Valentine Everlasting Rose Earrings. I will ship each order with chocolate, a card and gift wrap it all so Valentines’ Day can be special and not stressful.

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Ifigeneia tsiltikli of fifirixtra told me:

This is a costume vintage item that i specially made for my Aikido teacher!
He has a lovely family with 2 girls very elegant! I wanted to make something for him that he could put it at his home and i got it! i think the lace with the tulle made it really vintage and the off white felt colored it with cocoa to give a more vintage result!

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Adonis Lewis of jewelrybyadonis let me know:

My inspirations are these sweet soft pastel hearts. They’re so quietly stated with beauty. I wanted to do something special with them and show them off. So I created this wire wrapped bracelet in pink and gold. They are perfect for a Valentine sweetheart.

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Noel of MinkCouture said:

I love participating in A Month of Letters-every day in February, write a letter and mail one and get some mail back in return. This pin was inspired by that and the notion of love letters. Made from an old sweater, some vintage die cuts and images from a vintage postcard, this sweet little pin reminds us all that we wish out letters had wings to get to our loved ones faster!

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Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo states:

For me Valentine’s Day = heart, so when I saw that heart shape basis, I immediately imagined to put on it some other little ones, of different natural materials (wicker, bark, wood, cotton).

A so romantic and sweet item!

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Valerie Brown of FirepanJewellery says:

I love red, and I love Valentine’s day! When I saw the gorgeous reds that you can have in enamel, I knew I had to make hearts! I wanted a different take on the traditional heart, though, so I designed a heart that is a little off center and funky. The heart pendants are sweet because they are one of a kind, so you are giving a very individual gift to your sweetheart.

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Wendy WN of WoodNotions tells me:

I dressed up my little heart ornaments with rose pink ribbon to say “I give my heart to you!”
The lacy heart was inspired by a stained glass design. Combining the two classic designs, somehow created a fresh and cheerful look.

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Arlene of ThisandThatCrafter explains:

Here is a supply I sell… My inspiration is the challenge any ribbon has in getting a creative picture of that ribbon. Any ribbon is a challenge to get a creative picture of so I decided to take the ribbon and write a word. Since this is pink ribbon and Valentines is just around the corner I decided on the word Love. Love is a sweet word for the Valentine Holiday Season….

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Utary of Oyeta stated:

I love roses and red roses always reminds me of valentine days. Lately I’ve been so in love with vampire love story and this red roses in black clutch I create represent the darkness, the forbidden love, the broken heart and all that sad times when we love someone. No matter how dark it is, the red roses will remind you that love is still exist, to give you strength, power and hope

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Catherine Clifford of DesignsByCnC says:

I have always enjoyed both giving Valentine cards, as well as receiving them. When I was a young child I liked to make frilly and colorful Valentine cards for my family and friends.

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Jo Ann’s Angels of JoAnnsAngels states:

Red customarily symbolizes red and Valentines Day. I love that these angels are fitting for country/rustic tastes to more contemporary. Angels are so special and fitting for every occasion. It’s a great feeling to know angels are watching over those that we love.

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Sue and Misty of shabbyshopgirls explained:

We love vintage hankies, so every year my mom, sister and I exchange a vintage Valentine hankie with each other! It’s made for a wonderful tradition to show how much we appreciate each other and family!

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Sherri of ButterflyFeetDigital said:

I made this card for my husband a few years ago and then put the printable up for sale in my shop. It’s sweet, but not cute as in for kids, so it’s a perfect grown up valentine.

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Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby tells me:

The heart shaped bowls of these spoons, called to us at an estate sale. Once home and polished were discovered they were actually straw spoons! We think they would be perfect for the romantic at heart who love to set a pretty Valentine’s Day Table!

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Amy Spock of BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

We created these as a fundraiser for our local animal shelter, where we have adopted a wonderful cat and dog over the last year. They turned out so well, that we decided to list them in our Etsy shop, too!

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios explained:

I created this print as a simple yet heartfelt way to describe the love people have for one another. My inspiration as always is my family, love lives here in our home and I want to share that warmth with everyone else!

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Nancy Duncan of EponasCrystals said:

Wild Heart Earrings are hand stamped brass and reversible! You can turn the hooks around and get two completely different looks.Sweet! Perfect for Valentine’s Day for your sweetest!

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Sarah Johnson of BellaBoutique23 told me:

One of my favorite gifts from my husband for Valentine’s Day was a coupon book, it is such a fun, romantic gift so I made this Valentine Scrapbook Mini Album that has love coupons that can inspire some romantic gestures.
Besides the photo spots there are places to journal, to write poetry or love notes in this album and a secret note can slip into the front of the album. I really enjoy sweet love notes and that was another inspiration in this album.

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candy frizzell of TrueEarthDesigns states:

My inspiration for this piece was the color for Valentines Day. I also love the way the coral was cut into petals. Bamboo Coral is an organic gemstone with small lines and grooves.

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Desert Dabbler of DesertDabbler tells me:

I love red dresses, Swarovski crystals, and going out with my special Valentine, my husband of many years. This was the inspiration for me to make this red and crystal bracelet.

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This Valentine’s Day why don’t you celebrate your love to your special someone(or your mother, brother, etc.) by giving them one of these special “Sweets”

Arm Party – July

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

An arm party is where you wear multiple bracelets on one arm! Start with a statement bracelet and add complimentary bracelets as you  go! Here is a collection of fantastic bracelets from the Etsy ChristmasInJuly team that celebrate the thick and big trend!

Thick And Big Pumpkin Orange Crochet Bracelet From WowWeeCreations

Thick And Big Pumpkin Orange Crochet Bracelet From WowWeeCreations

Thick And Big Bling Bangle Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Thick And Big Bling Bangle Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Thick And Big Blue Bracelet From frankideas

Thick And Big Blue Bracelet From frankideas

Thick And Big Blue And Green Beaded Bracelet From MinkCouture

Thick And Big Blue And Green Beaded Bracelet From MinkCouture