Welcome New Team Members – May 2015

Contributor post by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

Wow, May has been a busy month with lots of new members joining the team – welcome!!

Read on to meet new members and learn a little about them and their shops!

Ildi from PitzicatVintage lives in Budapest Hungary but is returning to Canada next year.

Ildi has two shops – Pitzicat Vintage and Tulip Vintage, both born out of love.

Pitzicat Vintage is a shop selling vintage clothing and accessories and came into existence partially due to Ildi’s hoarding and partially due to her love of vintage clothing. She loves the styles from the 70s and these are the styles she likes to wear.

Tulip Vintage came about as Ildi fell in love with Hungarian embroideries. Her passion is going to the antique markets in the different small villages and finding beautiful old pillowcases or tablecloths. The antique and clothing markets have started for the summer season and so every weekend she will be on the prowl.
Ildi is very happy with her shops, and is looking forward to participating in the CIJ team activities.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

 

The owner of TheFormaClay has been working with arts since very she was little but has chosen different paths along the way. Cooking is one of them. Besides that, she has always been involved with art, and decided to start her shop last year. She usually works with clay, polymer clay and natural cork or any other material that amazes her. She is glad to be part of the team and is still getting to know the threads and the members. So far, she has seen a lot of talented people, and hopes we can help each other and increase our shops sales.

TheFormaClay

TheFormaClay

 

Carmen from Mipezluna says

“Hi, I have just joined the team some days ago.
I am happy because it seems very interesting. I still have a lot of reading threads pending…

My shop has all the things I love to make. Clothes for babies and girls, bags for me, nightgowns, amigurumi…
What I would like to incorporate next is cloths for boys. I have a boy and a girl and sometimes it is difficult to find nice clothing for him.
Also I would like to start making dolls.

I would love if you came to visit my shop.

Here you can find some samples, I hope you like them.

Mipezluna

Mipezluna

 

Von from PlanetVonnychops began her shop as a spin off from her hobby (cross stitch). She started making her own designs evolving from messing with leftover buttons. And the jewellery she sell is the result of her struggling to find earrings she can actually wear (having ridiculously sensitive ears).

PlanetVonnychops

PlanetVonnychops

 

Living in the Pine Tree State, Maine and working mostly with pine wood, it was logical for Jacinthe to call her shop ” ThePineTreeShop“.

Last October she opened her shop in hope to support her local Volunteer Fire Dept. During the first 6 months, I donated over $750.00 toward the purchase of a Fire/Rescue ATV. Now she is helping the Good Shepherd Food Bank feed Maine hungry children.

She is not sure what her next cause will be but is grateful to all the customers who have made her dream a success.

ThePineTreeShop

ThePineTreeShop

 

Leda from TinyFeltHeart is from Italy and opened her shop last December, but has been working on it intensely this last month. Her passion – as the title suggests – is Felt. Leda loves reading and most of her creations are bookmarks and gadgets linked to the world of books.

This Tiny Owl on the Moon is an example!

TinyFeltHeart

TinyFeltHeart

 

Jaclyn from JacolinisCeramics has only recently opened her new Etsy shop this month! Her shop features home decor pieces for holidays and every day living. Jaclyn was inspired to open her shop by her mom who is a wonderful ceramic arts teacher. She is hoping to make her first sale with one of her garden pieces this month.

JacolinisCeramics

JacolinisCeramics

 

Donna from SassyScrapsCrafts has been on Etsy a little over a year and makes greeting cards, gift tags, altered items and more.

Donna loves working with paper and all the wonderful things you can create with this material. Her motto is love what you do.

SassyScrapsCrafts

SassyScrapsCrafts

 

Staci from StinsonPaperCrafts says “Hello everyone! I’m glad to be here. I make journals, notebooks, note cards, gift tags, decorative magnets, and bookmarks. I’ve always loved paper and will be learning to make my own in the near future. In addition to selling here on Etsy, I also sell at craft shows and farmers markets (along with plants and concrete and hypertufa pots and leaf castings). Am looking forward to participating!”

StinsonPaperCrafts

StinsonPaperCrafts

 

Aphrodite is from Greece and views her shop as a great way to relieve stress while creating beautiful things for the whole world to see. Her shop, LuckyRatJewellery, is almost 2 years old and Aphrodite loves making jewellery.

LuckyRatJewellery

LuckyRatJewellery

 

Kristina, from FeltingLT, is a feltmaker. She started working with the wool felting process in 2008. Kristina loves felting not only because you can make practical, warm and quite often ethereal things, but also because it is a “fantasy field” made of threads, fabrics, decorative fibers. She sees felt also like a canvas for her drawings.

Kristina says “All sorts of images of flora and fauna are born with the help of colored wool. I use a handmade felt cloth or the whole product as a base for embroidery. I love to embroider floral motifs and patterns with animals. Therefore, felting is never boring. As a result working with felt is always interesting and is never predictable. When felting, I often feel myself as a sculptor. It is as if out of nothing you create something unusual and unique.”

FeltingLT

FeltingLT

 

Ana from Quilterbell lives in Ireland and I have opened her Etsy shop last year. She is a passionate quilter who loves to play with colour and fabric and designs.

Quilterbell

Quilterbell

 

Jessie is a a pre-service teacher and University student from the beautiful island state of Tasmania, Australia. When not designing, studying, or being swarmed by Primary Schoolers, she works on her epic novel saga!

Jessie says “In my shop, MaeveAndMarigold, I create unique printable downloads meant to become special additions to homes, dorms, studies, nurseries, and classrooms everywhere. I take the utmost pride in each and every design, and I love working on custom orders to create something particularly special just for you!”

MaeveAndMarigold

MaeveAndMarigold

 

Juliette is a new Etsy seller (though on Etsy buyer for years now). She has worked for years in Paris for Fashion and Home decor brands and is now happily living in the French Alps with her husband.

Juliette started her shop, LeTanuki, with Japan-inspired arts printed on scarves and pouches, which she hopes we will all like  and I’m sure we will!

LeTanuki

LeTanuki

 

What a busy month – bring on June new members!!

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May – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate May – New Arrivals.

Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says:

I’ve always wanted to design and craft a line of journals that are completely my own. I feel this series of Fancy Coptic Journals is a step in the right direction. The covers showcase paper that I hand-dyed, yielding unique results, making each book one of a kind. And while the coptic stitch is fairly common, I’ve amended it to show off the spine of the book.

SproutsPressDesigns

SproutsPressDesigns

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

One of my closest friends loves tea and many times as we spend time together she will offer me a cup of tea as we share, laugh, cry, or just enjoy each other in silence. As I made the card, I thought of her, “A cup of Tea warms the soul like a good friend”.

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

At the moment I have quite a few friends who are having babies! Havng 2 boys of my own (one of them a baby), thought why not make a baby boy card to welcome a new baby! The card is layered giving it a 3D effect.

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

From a purely practical standpoint, I need to add more get well/encouragement cards to the shop, so that’s one reason I made this.
On a more creative level, though, I love to work with vintage photos and images of people from bygone times and imagine what they might be thinking, especially if their expression is very prim and proper.

This particular image, I think, is from a website called The Graphics Fairy and it’s one of a set of Victorian Shakespearean images of Shakespeare heroines. I did notice that Lady Macbeth is not included in this set (lol) and if you know the play, you’ll understand why.

I like to use vintage style patterned papers to evoke that mood of a time past, hence my choice of the red and white paper used here-the red pattern is actually flocked onto the paper so it’s raised and feels very nice. Adds a little extra touch.

Though I do other work that I don’t usually sell on Etsy, I always, always come back to doing these cards because I enjoy them.

rhodyart

rhodyart

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

I had this idea of including a compass on a graduation card. I like the idea of pointing to the right direction after graduation and finding a way through life. A graduation is a start for that, isn’t it? My daughter will graduate from high school next year, so this topic is currently close to me.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Cathy Hahn from CathysCraftWorld says:

I love making things for children. Although my shop is for everyone, I have a special love for creating things for babies and children. I love making frames that can either be picture frames or decorations all by themselves. I would love to have people come see what I do as I also love browsing other’s shops!

CathysCraftWorld

CathysCraftWorld

Tanya Hladovska from Unicard says:

With this set of postcards you will be able to congratulate all the members of your family or friends. Сolorful handmade card will please anyone. I make them in spring and summer and let all the warmth of this seasons be transferred to your close people on winter evenings.

Unicard

Unicard

Carmen from Mipezluna says:

Lately I have become an addict to make these pouches with amigurumi.
My little daughter loves them and uses the first one that I made to keep her “castañuelas” that she uses in Spanish dancing class. Now all her friends want one for themselves!

Mipezluna

Mipezluna

Theresa Holland from KraftyGrannysHome says:

I love creating these and they are so useful, always looking through my stash of fabric to find a combo that I like.

KraftyGrannysHome

KraftyGrannysHome

MissMinù from TinyFeltHeart says:

It’s very, very warm here, it seems Summer has already arrived! And I prefer rainy days and cold weather!

I’m always thinking about Christmas, especially in Spring-Summer.

It’s one of my Happy thoughts!

I’m sewing some Christmas items and I’m listening to ‘Have Yourself a merry Little Christmas’ sung by Judy Garland in ‘Meet me in St. Louis’.

TinyFeltHeart

TinyFeltHeart

Sarah from bellazahn says:

 Don’t you just love the Scandinavian feel of all these stockings? They remind me of the handknitted jumpers my mother used to knit when we were kids. Sadly my knitting skills are not up to making them in wool so this advent calendar in cotton will have to be my new favourite instead!

bellazahn

bellazahn

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have started to ramp up my Christmas listings already. This charming pillow cover is made with a section of one of my antique postcards and adds just the right vintage touch to the upcoming holiday season decorating. Actually I think it is charming enough to leave out for the entire winter season. Soft and cuddly the pillow cover is made from velveteen – ahh, just perfect to cuddle with on those cold winter nights (yup, those cold nights will return).

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I love vintage items and when I found this sweet honey bee pattern, I just had to embroider it! I picked a new fabric for the back that had a mod style to it which adds to the retro feel. It would be a lovely spring and summer decor item and would be a fabulous gift for a bee collector or gardener.

WickedlyCreative

WickedlyCreative

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love all vintage things and summer dresses are high on my list to love. This seersucker sundress is so typical of the 1950’s 1960’s .
Beautifully made and so perfect for summer.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

I believe this skirt was a custom made piece, it’s so extremely well done. The fabric is so rich with eyelet ruffles and silver eagles. I found this skirt in Thrift store in Palm Spring, CA.

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

I love this soft organic cotton for spring and summer hats. I designed this hat using the common fan pattern striped in such a way to produce the ever popular chevron pattern. The muted colors complement each other and the style and texture remind me of Victorian era fashion.

910woolgathering

910woolgathering

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Newbie today: I have a new couching foot for my long arm sewing machine. My VAST stock (hoard is my hubby’s word for this pile) of sari silk ribbon works so well with it. The result of my silk and huge pile of pics of the local sunset over Lake Michigan.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Becky from LollysCubbyHole says:

Starting off the summer with some newly created wreaths. This one is a great way to honor the USA in your home!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry says:

I have had this ancient Roman coin showing the image of Roman empress Julia Domna on one side and Roman goddess Diana on the other. As I love to set ancient coins in my sterling silver rings, I have set it in a predesigned ring I made for the coin and decorated it with a hammered. silver thread. I believe that mainly women can wear it with pride.

rioritajewelry

rioritajewelry

Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

There’s something about the quiet, yet elegant simplicity of antique white china bowls. Found recently in a Victorian estate sale, these beautiful bowls celebrated many a holiday meal with family.

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This cute little bowl is made using the pinching method – I love making pinch pots because they are very intimate and hands on, and the shape of the finished bowl reflects the shape of the makers hand…. it is almost a document in clay!
I also love pinch pots because they are very organic, and the green glaze used on this bowl serves to heighten this natural feel.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Karen from KarenLovesAntiques says:

This is a rare 1st edition book that was recently found at a local
estate sale in Nevada County, Ca. Amazing find!

KarenLovesAntiques

KarenLovesAntiques

Valentina Cáceres from JuguetesEloisa says:

This was originally a custom order made for one of my regular customers. I was really happy when she asked me to do it. When I took the picture of the whole order I saw it and I thought, well that is a very good spring set!

JuguetesEloisa

JuguetesEloisa

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

This items was inspired by Fishing trips with granddad! It’s a great keepsake / valet box.

WalterSilva

WalterSilva