Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Another new addition to our third annual Etsy Christmas In July Party this year is food and! What is a party without refreshments?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July members to share their food and drink items.

Eleni from LenasCakes says:

Actually is this one. Totally CIJ , right?

As you all see it’s Santa. And his belt.

Making it at first, I thought it would be one of my Xmas items, for those who want their cupcakes decorated in a Holiday gathering.

Well, although I have sold it for Xmas season, it has most sales-believe it or not!- in July! There are a lot of people who love Christmas and they don’t want to celebrate only in December, but all year round!

(I’m sending one set of those next week, that’s why it’s the first I thought).

Have a great #CIJ Party everyone! And a lovely summer!

LenasCakes

LenasCakes

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

A sweet cupcake to fill his tummy so yummy!

Dash away Dash away all.

And to all a good night.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

In April I participated in “Creative Sprint (www.creativesprint.co/). Each day you are emailed a prompt and you make something in response to it.

The prompt for one day was “make something from a collection”. I went into the kitchen and saw my partner’s left over popcorn. I photographed a collection of them and drew them.

It was then that I realised that like snowflakes and finger prints, every piece of pop corn is a little bit different. I also enjoyed the way their forms looked when they are a bit abstracted. And thus, it became the basis of my first post it note design.

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EmmaKayInks

Christine Parker from modernimpressionist says:

There is a coffee shop in Chelsea Market in NYC that has the best roasted coffee and it is such a treat to brew and drink a cup of steaming hot coffee at home. Here is a bag of their coffee in front of one of my paintings in the background and a floral still life waiting to happen!

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modernimpressionist

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I have always seen cups decorated with fabric here and there. I thought it was something that I would like to try to make and came up with this fabric cup sleeve. I thought it would be neat to make one for our holiday get together and then after they were used at the party the people could take home the one that they used for their drink. I put a few in the shop for various holidays as well.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I found this milk bottle at an antique shop!

We love the graphics showing a woman displaying her archery skills!

It was made by the University of Wisconsin Dairy.

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle says:

So, I love tea. And I have children, so I often get cold tea! Tea cosy’s seemed the way forward. Since this is my first year joining in with christmas in July I thought I’d get the ball rolling by starting with some fun festive silliness. Why not turn the tea pot into a Christmas pudding?! Just don’t cover it in brandy and set fire to it. Won’t make your tea taste better!

TheWoollyTangle

TheWoollyTangle

Ashley Babula from ABStudio62 says:

Fall and Winter holiday beverages from my favorite coffee shop are something I look forward to every year. My favorite, the Peppermint Mocha Latte, inspired this piece of holiday decor in my shop.

All of my signs are hand painted and designed by myself. I created this piece to look like a chalkboard to coordinate with rustic holiday decor. I use a stretched gallery canvas and permanent materials to make the sign. Lettering cannot be erased.

My shop opened in April, so this will be my first year participating in CIJ. I’m excited for the promotion! I’m still creating a few more items to add to my inventory to join this holiday piece!

ABStudio62

ABStudio62

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

“À Table”

Dinner’s Ready, it’s time to eat!

My mother would call all seven of us kids to the table with this French phrase. We might have been in the middle of what we thought was something very important, but we knew, if we heard our mother call that phase, we’d better hurry and wash up!

A perfect print or printable to accent any kitchen or dining room.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

‘Twas the night before Christmas …You’ve heard this before !? Anyway Santa has been hard at work and needs some refreshments, so wouldn’t he love to find this sweet little plate filled with delicious Christmas Cookies waiting for him!

LizzysBibsandBobs

LizzysBibsandBobs

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I love food and sharing food…. it is a great way to celebrate and feel close to family and friends.

I have lots of food and drink relate products in my shop, such as this set of nesting bowls which are great for condiments, olives, chutneys, dipping sauces – you get the idea!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Rosalia and Linda from Doublemuse says:

Throwing a nice holiday party is almost as fun as throwing clay and making pottery. When I can incorporate both loves it’s a win win. This sea shell chip and dip plate I made really brings my two passions together.

Doublemuse

Doublemuse

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of food and drink I see my friends sitting around a big wooden table where we share a home cooked meal. The table is set beautifully which is an important part of the meal and the experience of eating (and laughing) together. Place cards are a nice and personal touch, and you can even take them home with you if you like.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Come, friends, come, eat and drink with Pulcinella!

Pulcinella is the old Naples character, he has a great personality and his own philosophy and ….is always hungry.

He’s aware of his problems, but always smiling.

He’s disrespectful and makes fun at powerful people.

I wanted to honor him with something non-conventional, so I created this centerpiece, in cooperation with a talented ceramics crafter from Vietri sul Mare*.

And so was born my Pulcinella, the Naples king of the table!

A piece for connoisseurs, who will be able to appreciate the creativity of the whole piece, the added value of ceramics from Vietri sul Mare*, the so thorough miniatures.

It’s one-of-a-kind centerpiece, where a fine ceramic Pulcinella, the Naples character, and so many incredible miniatures stand out.

This rustic Mediterranean centerpiece is a parade of typical Neapolitan food and Pulcinella stands in the middle, ready to enjoy them all.

In one hand he holds a glass of wine, from his arm a salami is hanging and he’s surrounded by a lot of many other local delights: anchovies, tomatoes, salami, bread, eggs, apples.

Couldn’t Pulcinella eat any pizza? No, definitely! He got three!
And with all this food, a good wine in a wicker bottle.

This centerpiece will be perfect in the middle of any table, bringing cheerfulness at the first glance and adding a touch of Neapolitan life.

* Vietri sul Mare is a small village on the Amalfi Coast, very close to my town Salerno.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

It’s famous in Italy and all over the world for ceramic tiles and all kinds of decorated crockery.

It’s ceramic traditions have their roots in the Etruscan period.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

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International Day For Families – May 15th

Contributor Post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

International Day for Families is May 15th and I asked team members what family means to them and what item from their Etsy shop reflected this sentiment.

Sue and Misty from Shabbyshopgirls says:

When we were small we would always have a family game night – Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry, or our all time favorite – OLD MAID! Game night is a great way for the family to interact and have a good time doing something fun together!

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Christine Parker from ModernImpressionist says:

Our family loves going to the Jersey shore in the summertime. These beach cottages were steps from the boardwalk in Pt. Pleasant Beach. There is a lot of fun for families of all ages to swim and do games at the boardwalk and try some tasty summertime treats.

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Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says:

I have an aunt that is good at every craft. Name something and she probably does it.

I have fond memories of summer days spent at her house making wreathes from honey suckle gathered in her backyard. One summer we harvested beautiful china from thrift stores to break it and make a mosaic table top.

In winter she would teach me crafts indoors like crochet and painting. Crochet was the hardest and my little hands just couldn’t seem to make it work.

Just this year I started trying again and finally (!) figured it out. I made these earrings in celebration and feel that the wearer will always have a piece of my Aunt’s heart for sharing and creating traveling with them.

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Ina from InaSudjana says:

This family of bears – dad, mom and baby bear – basically represents our household. With our parents living in Indonesia, we only have each other and we take care of each other – my husband and I and our little girl. We do things as a family, we go as a family, we decide as a family and NO ONE gets left behind…

I cannot imagine though if we suddenly see ‘Goldilock’ sleeping in our little one’s bed…

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

When I was younger, my sister and I like to play a little game. When we were both in our bedrooms having ‘rest time’ or doing school work, we would write little notes to each other or make little things out of paper on our desks. We would slip these under each other’s bedroom doors. It was a lot of fun seeing what she would write / make next! These mini envelopes would be perfect for this fun game! They would also make great little lunch box notes for children for school!

I am so very thankful to have my sister! We have had a lot of fun times together and we are always there for each other.
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DesignedbyAnneliese

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

As a collector of vintage and antique ephemera, I come across many old photos of families and often am left wondering about their lives. Many of the photos are set in a portrait studio so you just know the moment in time was important enough to capture and preserve. These family photos hold a special place for those interested in genealogical research and they capture and preserve our past in such a special way.

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Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

I’m aware that this might be a controversial choice. I thought long and hard about how to answer the question posed in this thread with an item, as I grew up in a very dysfunctional, disturbed family and I really don’t have many positive family memories that I can reflect via any of my creations. I’ve also never had a family of my own, never raised a child, although I do have relatives.

However, I believe that families are important and that families come in all manners and types. And towards that end I’ve started creating cards that celebrate gay parents, such as this mother’s day card.rhodyart

rhodyart

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

When I was a little child I lived with my family in a village and we often had a walk in the country.

With many little friends of mine in spring we rolled over where we thought was only grass. But they were indeed ….still green cornfields !

And once a farmer has been really near to shoot us! ahahahah

I have a lot of nice memories about those first years of my childhood, memories that inspired me to create this cheerful summer country landscape; looking it I can even hear cicadas singing!Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Memories Of Our Artists – #CIJArtGallery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the months of January, February and March strolling the first Christmas In July Art Gallery! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJArtGallery right here on our blog!

The CIJ Art Gallery opened on Wednesday – January 28th, 2015 and closed on Tuesday – March 31st. As I mentioned the team is international and we featured artists from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative artists!

Each artist shared with us their art, as well as a little bit about themselves. Please join me as we close our CIJ Art Gallery! Watch for new opportunities in the future!

Here are the featured artists:

1. January 28th – ColourScapeStudios/Kel
2. February 6th – hjmArtGallery/Helen
3. February 10th – modernimpressionist/Christine
4. February 12th – GraciousArt/Pamela
5. February 17th – SSFDesigns/Susan
6. February 24th – GinaWaltersdorfArt/Gina
7. February 26th – AngsanaSeedsPhoto/Ivy
8. March 3rd – Angelshaug/Anne Irene
9. March 10th – StockLaneStudio/Mary
10. March 13th – LeeArt/Catherine
11. March 19th – CarmensArt/Carmen
12. March 31st – DeeDeeDeesigns/Dawn

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the CIJ Art Gallery!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJArtGallery on social media as you visit our virtual art gallery!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJArtGallery!

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February – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The new year continues to be the perfect time to add new arrivals to your Etsy shop! Our customers are looking forward to the upcoming season and we want to give them what they’re looking for. Here are February new arrivals from members of the Christmas In July team.

Sally Manke from SallyManke says

The art quilt is a result of me sprinting to complete quilts for a local quilt show I chair. We hang the show on Wednesday and each quilt displayed must me new. The image depicted is Arcadia Dunes Preserve, a continual source of inspiration for my art quilts.
Amazing stands of white birch flow through the preserve making the perfect backdrop to a forest floor filled with blooms. Catching this view during the annual fall color shows makes winter quilting feel a bit warmer.

Birch Trees And Forest Flowers Quilted Wall Hanging From SallyManke

Birch Trees And Forest Flowers Quilted Wall Hanging From SallyManke

Christine Parker from modernimpressionist says

The cardinal was painted from photos available on the Paint My Photo site. I love the bright red against the snow in February.

Cardinal In Snow Painting From modernimpressionist

Cardinal In Snow Painting From modernimpressionist

Bee Macneil and Caroline Pinnington from PaintedSongbird says

This chalk board has been saved, upcycled with love and turned sparkly new. We’ve selected a new paint colour for the frame, we’ve reused the original back board as the blackboard, used several coats of paint for extra durability, waxed and distressed the frame to give it an aged look. We love it and Annie Sloan’s gorgeous colour. We’ve photographed it in our English country lane showing the place it was created. We hope you like it too.

Medium Sized Blackboard From PaintedSongbird

Medium Sized Blackboard From PaintedSongbird

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

I’ve recently upgraded my printer and can now offer all my typography, photography and digital illustrations in 11 x 14in/A3 sizes!

This quote really spoke to me when I saw it… I have such a love of nature and the universe so I created this print to capture the quote as I saw it in my mind.

We Are All Made Of Stars Galaxy Print From ColourscapeStudios

We Are All Made Of Stars Galaxy Print From ColourscapeStudios

Wendy WN from WoodNotions says

I’ve just added two new handmade wood-cut ornaments to my shop!
These two new arrivals were inspired by one of my favorite customers. He hand-makes musical instruments, requiring sound hole covers or rosettes. It’s such an honor to have one of my designs featured on a beautiful handmade musical instrument. Rosette designs can be very challenging for me since they quite often start out at a tiny, 1-3/4 inch diameter. We seem to connect on the design concepts and are still working together,15 designs and 2 years later!
Once the rosettes are converted to an ornament, I add them to my shop. I love to add names, dates, places, etc. to ornaments to make them extra special for the recipients…or I can make them into rosettes, basket centers, or embellishments for other crafting projects.

Galloping Horse Wood Ornament From WoodNotions

Galloping Horse Wood Ornament From WoodNotions

Penguin Wooden Ornament From WoodNotions

Penguin Wooden Ornament From WoodNotions

Cindy and Alexis from PlethoraGifts says

Here’s a new favorite of mine. Just love the hot pink mixed with the vintage bronze wire and chain. I’ve combined repurposed floral beads and beads with a bit of bling to create this wirewrapped necklace. I scoured the internet to find a distinctive chain that would give the necklace a vintage look.

Pink And Bronze Necklace From PlethoraGifts

Pink And Bronze Necklace From PlethoraGifts

Sarah Black from SilkRoadNeedleArts

Irishman’s Cashmere Merino scarf

This yarn is a cashmere merino blend, and I dyed it in spring greens- I choose this crochet pattern because I liked the way the short stripes contrasted with the long, skinny scarf- I love a long scarf myself–so I can toss the ends over my shoulder!

Cashmere Scarf From SilkRoadNeedleArts

Cashmere Scarf From SilkRoadNeedleArts

beverly from designbcb says

I have a HUGE yarn stash – about 25 bins worth of yarn and since that’s a big investment in space and money, I want to make sure I use up as much of a ball of yarn that I can. Headbands are cute, fast and can be embellished and sized for form, fashion and function. I had the idea of making ski bands as a way of using leftover yarn. They can be made out of any yarn I have and are a quick, enjoyable knit that I can relax and do.

Orchid Knit Headband From Knit360five

Orchid Knit Headband From Knit360five

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

I love cowls, scarfs and all neck warmers! They give your outfit that finishing touch. I was looking for new Spring accessory which would be soft to touch, light but warm all in one. So I knitted this Lavender cowl from very soft to touch and light but warm baby Alpaca blend yarn. This cowl is wearable in any season and any holiday like Valentine’s day, Easter or Mother’s day.

Knitted Lavender Cowl From Ankleknits

Knitted Lavender Cowl From Ankleknits

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says

This product originally was just an idea I had for a gift for my Sister-in-law for her birthday. She is a lover of books, school principal, and has spent her life helping children with education, from her own to disadvantaged children in her school. After posting it on Instagram one evening, I had multiple requests for more, so I have just finished my first one to sell.

Book Lover Decorative Pillow Cover From CraftyMom75

Book Lover Decorative Pillow Cover From CraftyMom75

Angie from RusticHomespun says

I am a quilter and love traditional scrappy patchwork quilts. I have so many fabric strips and blocks left over from my previous quilt making that I used them to make cushion/pillow covers and other projects. I do not let my fabric scraps go to waste at all! The blocks are arranged in a very popular and traditional design setting called Rail Fence Block. The cushion covers come in two sizes and they are one-of-a-kind item in my shop.

Scrappy Patchwork Quilted Cushion Cover From RusticHomespun

Scrappy Patchwork Quilted Cushion Cover From RusticHomespun

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital

I didn’t have enough of my favorite color purple in my shop, so I rounded up papers I had already created and put them into one mega pack – 21 designs in varying shades of purple and lavender. Rather eclectic, but I like the way it turned out.

Purple Digital Paper From ButterflyFeetDigital

Purple Digital Paper From ButterflyFeetDigital

Csilla Molnar from STILLforSTYLE

I love vintage home decorations and I frequently go at flea markets for searching nice, vintage decor items. This coffee grinder mill is from such a market. After I bought it I reconditioned, painted cream and treated with varnish effect fine cracks. I decorated it with hand painted lace and handmade fabric flowers.
This object is decorative , but can also be used for storage of jewelry or memories.

Vintage Decorative Coffee Grinder Mill From STILLforSTYLE

Vintage Decorative Coffee Grinder Mill From STILLforSTYLE

Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams says

When I start making this wreath I was thinking about the colors. It was a really bad dark day outside, so I gave the color pink a look and here we go! Making the wreath brightened up my day, because the color pink always gives me a smile! Enjoy the day with a little bit of pink!

Pink Heart Wreath From KarlasWoodDreams

Pink Heart Wreath From KarlasWoodDreams

Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts says

Besides being here on Etsy, I’m also a member of several design teams. I came across this stamp from one of them and just HAD to use it! And so this anti-valentine full of sarcasm & snark was born!

Alone on Valentine's Day Anti-Valentine full Of Sadness and Snark From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Alone on Valentine’s Day Anti-Valentine full Of Sadness and Snark From CaffeinatedPapercuts

#CIJArtGallery – modernimpressionist

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual Art Gallery – Christine from modernimpressionist

1. What is your work of art?

My work of art is an acrylic on acid free 9×12 inch paper titled Figurative Seascape.

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modernimpressionist

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

I love the Jersey shore and have taken lots of photos at all times of year of the beach. I was inspired from this summer photo with the colorful figures enjoying the summer day.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

Modern Impressionism– a combination of recognizable forms blended with some abstract qualities.

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Acrylic and oils are my favorite mediums. I also like to make collages from torn papers and canvases that are already painted and add more paint on top of that.

5. What fascinates you?

I am fascinated that an everyday object can become a piece of art and the endless ways different artists can interpret it through their mediums.

6. What are your social media sites?

Website: www.christineparkerart.com
Blog: christineparkerartblog.com
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/cmpArtist

Wednesday The Art Gallery Opens – #CIJArtGallery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the Christmas In July Art Gallery! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to open a virtual #CIJArtGallery right here on our blog! CIJAvi

The art gallery opens on Wednesday – January 28th. As I mentioned the team is international and we are excited to share with you many talented artists from all over the world!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Wednesday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the following artists have submitted their work: Kel from ColourscapeStudios, Helen from hjmArtGallery, Christine from modernimpressionist, Pamela from GraciousArt and Susan from SSFDesigns! We’re looking for additional artists to join the art gallery!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Wednesday to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJArtGallery on social media as you enjoy the art gallery with us!

Want a sneak peek of one of the artists who is going to be featured? Kel from ColourscapesStudios lives in Australia! Come meet Kel on Wednesday! Thank you Kel for participating!

ColourscapeStudios

ColourscapeStudios

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to participate in an art gallery! A #CIJArtGallery!