Items Of The Week: Fireworks And Sparkles

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

In the UK, Fireworks Night (Guy Fawkes Night) is celebrated at the beginning of November. Bonfires are built and huge displays of fireworks sparkle in the sky all night long. What better time to show off all our sparkling items as we head into the holiday season?

  1. Jewel Trim with Gold Acrylic Jewels by frances from supplysideeconomics
  2. Christmas Bell Ornaments by Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals
  3. Crystal Cat Earrings by Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery
  4. Iron On Pillowcase Kit by mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 
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For the Patio

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

As the summer continues and we get to sit on the patio enjoying our free time, we look to decorate these welcoming spaces with pretty handmade ornaments like a hand-painted portrait of your pet, maybe hang a sign for your visitors to read, or perhaps add to the serenity with a lantern or some candles.

The Christmas in July team have selected some items to make your patio the envy of the neighbours.

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Do you have candles on your patio? Then you’ll need a mat underneath it. I have several to choose from in a variety of colors and seasonal themes.
Do you want a specific color? Just ask, I can make one in any color to match your mood or decor.

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Coiled Fabric Candle Mat

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says

These vintage brass hurricane lanterns would be the perfect lighting for the outdoor patio. They would make a soft romantic glow on the patio for that special dinner with the love of your life. Sit them on a table or hang them from the ceiling or tree. No matter how you use them, they will provide an awesome atmosphere for whatever is happening on the patio.
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Vintage Brass Lantern

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

A colorful ornament hand-painted on a wooden board, secured with clear varnish, is perfect for decorating your patio. The picture is made on an oval board and it is very decorative. This one painting depicts a portrait of a little Westie dog, but you can also order a similar one with your favorite pet: dog, cat, horse, etc. If you would like to decorate the wall of your patio, you can choose a larger size.
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Westie Welcome Sign

Lisa VH from PricklyPawWood says

If it is customary to take off shoes before entering your home, this “Remove Your Shoes” sign is perfect for the patio to encourage others to do the same. The sign is primed and painted for outdoor use and then additionally painted by hand and tied with a silky cord.
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Please Remove Your Shoes Sign

 

A Walk In The Park

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Parks are the fabric of small towns, big cities and everything in between.  They get us out, keep us active, bring us together and remind us that we’re part of something greater than our remote controls.  Parks come in all shapes, themes and sizes.  The smallest park in the world is only as big as the width of a telephone pole!  Do you know where that is?  Many of us have cherished memories of first bike rides, birthday parties and baseball games, barbecues, picnics, festivals, hikes and long walks with pets and loved ones.

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Our dog loves to go for walks, and play in the park! If there’s a squirrel, he’ll chase it! If there’s another dog, they’ll play! Throw a ball or a stick? He brings it right back, or not! A walk in the park is the highlight of his day.

When we created this quilt pattern, we got to thinking- What other activities would dogs enjoy at the park, if they had a choice? What if a dog could learn how to roller skate, or take a ride on his bicycle? This whimsical design is the end product of our creative thinking!

Puppy Dog Park Appliqué

Our local park is very close to our home. It’s not unusual to hear crowds of people cheering on the local school sports teams as they play their games or see children play on the various pieces of equipment that were placed there in the park for their enjoyment.

However, parks aren’t just about the children! Our dogs love the park too! It’s their chance to “socialize” and get the latest doggy news! In honor of all the other dogs who love to walk in the park, I’d like to show off my dog sewing pillow panel. Our dogs each have their own pillow they rest on after a long walk in the park!

Nautico Creations from Nauticaocreations  says:  

Nothing is better than a walk in the park. It helps ground me after time behind a computer, driving in traffic, etc. The calm of wooded areas and listening to the chirping of the birds is especially nice.

This arrangement with the twig vase reminds me of the woodlands and some flowers that might be growing there. unlike a formal arrangement, this one seems just a bit wild and natural to me.

Purple flowers in Twig Vase

Mairi from mairidesign says:  

A walk in the park brings to mind the wild meadow flowers that spring up wherever they like. The resilient poppy is one such flower that loves to display its gorgeous reds in our local park.  These stained glass poppies will cheer up even the dullest of days as they capture the light to share their ruby hues with you.

Poppies Suncatcher

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

The best memories of my childhood are related to the park. In the park, I started to ride my first bike and the park was a favorite meeting place with my friends. These were wonderful moments spent walking with the dog and friends “of the dog”. This is where my dreams about setters started and today I know that dreams come true. For all lovers of long walks, I have a hand-painted clock with one of my favorite dog breeds – Irish setter. Of course, it’s possible to order a similar clock with your favorite motif.

Wall Clock with Painted Dog

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:  

Since I’ve chosen to make walking in the park a daily part of my life for heart health I love seeing the flowers in particular daisies blooming and the birds chirping away.

With the weather in GA being so warm this enjoyment has come even earlier this year but the one thing my memory doesn’t like to recall is the pollen that comes with the blooming flowers. However, this hasn’t stopped me in fact it motivates to me get out more to explore different parks just to see the beautiful flowers and the sound of all God’s creation.

And oh, by the way, the Smallest Park in the World?   That’s Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, USA.  Concerned Portlanders decided to spruce up a lonely old telephone pole hole in the 1970’s and it’s been a fun city feature ever since.

Daisy Dog Collar

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

When I think of walking in a park I immediately think of birds and flowers and shades of green for grass and trees. This repurposed trinket dish combines a green bird and vintage floral tea cup in shades of pink, both reminiscent of things and colors you might see while walking in a park.

Bird Theme Trinket Dish

Rita Szollosi  from RitzySelection says:

In the most beautiful parks there is always a fishpond! In this small fishpond, an orphaned fish floats. But do not be sorry little fish, soon the other fish will come!

Decor Patchwork Throw Pillow

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

I love to walk in the park when Spring is blooming. Beautiful flowers and bright colors all over. Here is my newest tag set that reminds me of Spring flowers in the park that are so special to see when you take a walk.

the BEST ever / BFF / Mom / Gift Tag Set

Surviving Cabin Fever

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

Crafting and developing new skills is a great way to survive the winter doldrums.

Here at the Christmas in July team, we thought there couldn’t be a better way to beat the winter blues than to share our respective ‘survival tips’ with each other. Here’s what some of our team members have done and created while ‘trapped’ inside.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is my new listing – and an example of what I LOVE about January. We have snow on top of snow, but I enjoy being inside and doing some creative doodling! I guess my only tip is that winter will last til it’s over, might as well do something you enjoy.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263300172/texture-digital-paper-printable?ref=teams_post

Texture Digital Paper, Printable Scrapbooking, 12 designs, I… ButterflyFeetDigital $2.25 USD

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When it’s cold and gray outside I love to cozy up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. Reading takes me in a different world. One book in particular, Eowyn Ivey’s “The Snow Child”, fascinated me very much. It takes place in the cold winters in Alaska and inspired me to create this painting that also has the title “Snow Child”. I really loved how my way to “survive” the winter blues took me to creating something new.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/123709182/snow-child-mixed-media-painting-original?ref=teams_post

Snow Child Mixed Media Painting, Original Artwork on 8 x 8 W…
CarolaBartz
$70.00 USD

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE say:
Snuggling up with a cup of tea, a quilt and a good book is a wonderful way to beat the blues!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/256204311/baby-quilt-pink-and-white-appliqued-with?ref=teams_post

BIG SALE Baby quilt, pink and white, appliqued with hearts
artsyEVE
$30.00 USD

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:
Knowing we’re into January and and Easter are right around the corner, I thought since there’s cold temps and lots of snow I’d stay inside and start work on Easter items.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/263377782/bunny-hand-towel-easter-towel-easter?ref=teams_post


Bunny Hand Towel, Easter Towel, Easter Decor, Easter Bunny …
SuesAkornShop
$8.00 USD

This winter is not too bad yet, but it’s far from over. Last year, though was a completely different story. Here is a photo of New England Blitz 2015.

So I over prepared for this winter season. Our Christmas stockings were full of warm fuzzy socks and presents under the tree included adult coloring books and needle point. We still have our ‘game table’ set up so we don’t have to move the Monopoly Game or puzzle around.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/186124616/new-hampshire-winter-photography-new?ref=teams_post

New Hampshire Winter Photography, New England snow travel ph…
StockLaneStudio
$7.00 USD

When it’s cold, gloomy, windy and the power has gone out, with all the snow and ice stacked up, pick up a pack of playing cards and learn how to play a new (old) game such as Canasta! A fun and entertaining way to spend the day with the family!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213751953/canasta-playing-cards-by-congress?ref=teams_post


Vintage Canasta Playing Cards by Congress – Pheasants Quails…
shabbyshopgirls
$19.99 USD

It is summer at the moment for me, so I tried to think back to what I made during the last winter. These pinwheels came to mind. I made them with bright coloured paper ready for spring and parties!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227997966/bright-paper-pinwheels-colourful-party?ref=teams_post

Bright paper pinwheels, colourful, party decor, card making,…
DesignedbyAnneliese
$9.22 USD

Wendy WN from WoodNotions says:
During the winter, after the holidays have passed, I spend my time designing. I have a list of requests/ideas that I create during the holidays. Since designing cards and ornaments is my passion, I look forward to these quiet times to relax and lose myself in the process.

I’ve just completed my first 2016 design project that I did for a pair of dog parents. I thought this one was particularly satisfying, during these winter months, because the dogs name was “Sunshine”, AKA “LMS” (Little Miss Sunshine). They sent me photos of their cute, cheerful and rambunctious, miniature Australian shepherd. It’s so nice to capture a happy face, that makes you smile every time you work on it. I made a large wood-cut for them to frame and display year round, and a smaller ornament, that they were happy to allow me to add to my shop offerings.

My survival tips for the winter doldrums: Dress warm and get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Start making plans for small and large projects, and figure out how to tackle those challenges of this past holiday season.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263730516/dog-ornament-wood-cut-dog-decoration?ref=teams_post

Dog ornament wood-cut dog decoration miniature Australian sh…
WoodNotions
$6.00 USD

Ina from InaSudjana says:

It’s summer here down under;  but when the cold hits hard I reckon nothing that a cuppa cannot heal. Here are my felt coasters all designed by me on one cold winter morning while thinking about summer (hence the bright happy colours) and looking forward to placing my cuppa on them.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/241748063/cactus-pure-wool-felt-coasters-set-of-2?ref=teams_post


Cactus – Pure wool felt Coasters (set of 2), tableware, thic…
InaSudjana
$14.19 USD

Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts says:
With a Bath & Body Gift Shop, I can always keep winter boredom at bay, because there is always soap to pour, bath salts to mix and lotion to make. And my house always smells like heaven! Winter is the perfect time to work on new recipes and combinations of ingredients for new product lines too! But what I really like to do is stock up my crochet items! Netflix, herbal tea and miles and miles of crochet cotton and I’m a happy girl. Let it snow!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/249530547/bright-mod-blue-soap-sack-crochet-soap?ref=teams_post


Bright Mod Blue Soap Sack, Crochet Soap Pouch, Soap Saver, M…
GwensHomemadeGifts
$6.00 USD

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says: 
After a relatively mild winter, it recently turned very cold in London and it’s freezing outside!

So this weekend that just passed I stayed in nice and warm and kept myself occupied within the same walls all day by knitting up this scarf.

I originally made this with orange pom poms for a friend at Christmas; it went down so well with her nursing colleagues who were working with her on Christmas Day that I thought I’d make another one, and last weekend was the perfect opportunity!

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263377478/navy-blue-merino-scarf-navy-blue-chunky?ref=teams_post


Navy Blue Merino Scarf. Navy Blue Chunky Knit Scarf. Navy …
WoollyMomo
$36.73 USD

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Only in Florida now for 2 years, my memories are still sharp as to life back in my home state of Maine with those long, cold winter months. Memories of harsh winters, days where it got dark so early, and “skating” on icy roads with the car! The worst winter I remember was when the “Great Ice Storm of 1998” hit Maine. It caused massive damage to our trees and electrical infrastructure all over the area, leading to widespread long-term power outages. Personally, the road that I lived on was without road access and power for 3 weeks! We stayed with our neighbor, passing the days playing games and telling stories in their home, as they had wood heat.

Just thinking of the hours of being in the cold and hours of shoveling snow makes be shiver! Nothing like curling up on the couch after, grabbing a hot pack and settling in for some snuggle time or a great book…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263726659/heat-therapy-rice-bag-microwave-heating?ref=teams_post


Heat therapy rice bag, Microwave heating pad, Rice bag, Heat…
License2Craft
$17.95 USD

And that’s how we do it! Thanks to everyone who contributed!

 

Aurora Red – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2014

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 Fall 2014 is Aurora Red.

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

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby found this cheery Santa at an estate sale. It is a beautiful example of hand carved folk art from the New England region. They love how each whittled cut is angled in the piece -it lends to the rustic charm! Beautifully carved, and gorgeously painted, featuring an earthy shade of red -or as Pantone calls it – aurora red! A wonderful shade that will not overpower your holiday decor!

Vintage New England Hand Carved  Santa From northandsouthshabby

Vintage New England Hand Carved Santa From northandsouthshabby

Lia from Ghirlandiamo says that creating this wreath, she liked using not the classic Christmas red but a bit different one. Lia wanted to create a particular contrast between the base color and the white snow flakes. What do you think about it?

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy loves deep red for the holidays. When she found these hand cut lead crystal beads at a bead store on their travels to Southern Colorado, she knew they were screaming “ornament”. Here is the result of that lovely trip!

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Christine from cwagenblass9 says this is an interesting shade of red – great for Christmas items.

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

G from PaperDraper shares This seems apt as she has what could be an aurora red in the sky! Her images for this collage were taken from a 1940’s newspaper and the lines behind signify a bomb blast with boy scouts cycling for their lives.

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Majorie from mscenna came upon these vintage chunky pearl beads and couldn’t quite decide what to make but had a necklace in mind. When Majorie found the blue vintage beads and all she could think of was “something borrowed and something blue”.  She put them together in hopes of finding a bride who wanted a vintage inspired necklace!

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Susan from SSFDesigns made this Aurora Red sequin evening dress for a custom order. She thought that the hardest part to making it would be getting the perfect fit and the boning detail , but it turns out that trying to get the picture taken with all the sequins was the hard part. Ordered as a custom order in her shop.

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

msmadmax from madmaxshop says that Julie Barne’s (Peggy Lipton) probably wore a bodysuit similar to this one being one of the hippest and first young undercover female detectives. Soft and stretchy and easy to wear. Dig it!!!

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says the yarn she used in the scarf was the inspiration. The separate colors all lend themselves to go together, that it is always fun to try new pairings that she never would have tried. The shine and the drape are also added bonuses.

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads shares that she made this because it has such depth and a more natural feel than many other stones. She kept thinking of fall colors and the depth that nature shows in, say – a red Maple tree. She had a necklace of this already and the stones are smooth and comfortable so she wanted a bracelet as well. Kristy Jo likes to look at bracelets (when we wear them they are more visible to us ourselves) and she tends to look from the color of what she is wearing to the colors in nature when she is outside.

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says that while red is not one of her favorite colors, carnelian is one of my favorite stones. It can be orange to red in color, and these beads were in that red zone. Red brings a warm energy and is a nice color for fall and winter.

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Noel from MinkCouture lets us know this chunky bangle bracelet is made with beads wrapped and knotted with a vintage men’s tie. The tie is cream, mauve and aurora red. A funky accessory that can compliment any outfit.

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Isabel from CozyDetailz says that a Christmas inspiration to make this bracelet, using several and different red tones and calling it an Aurora Red friendship bracelet for all her friends in the world.

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns says we usually think of the orange and yellows of fall, but look at a autumn tree and you see a deep brick red as well. This is her favorite time of year.

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Elizabeth Berry from feesfusions says she made this pendant with a technique called a pot melt. Several colors of glass are melted together in the kiln and the end result is always a surprise as you really never know what the end result will be. Elizabeth really likes the reds in this pendant with a touch of white and black.

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant  From feesfusions

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant From feesfusions

collectique from Collectique says nice Norwegian tole in these two hand painted Aurora Red wall hangings. Gives a bright enhancement to any room, but she pictures them hanging in the kitchen since one is a cutting board and the other is a wall pocket or a knife holder. Matching floral designs and the green swirling leaves really deepen the lovely red background color.

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique

 

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