My Best Friend

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Bestie, BFF, pal, peep, soulmate, kitty or pup, best friends come in all forms. They make us laugh, help us cry, helped make us who we are, and will never be forgotten.   From your little furry tail-wagging pal, to your husband or wive, your perfect bridesmaid, or your bestie who is miles away, Etsy Christmas in July has a great selection of  best friend gifts.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The dog is the symbol of the best friend and many people love dogs and have their pets. Portrait of your favorite pet is a perfect gift to express friendship. This is a very good gift for every occasions and souvenir for many years. I paint oil paintings and draws as well. Today I want to present my offer of Pet portraits – large size pastel drawing the whole silhouette on the scenic background!

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

Best friends are always together near or far. I think the beauty of a best friend is being able to feel connected to them when you have not talked or seen them in a long time.

Candles are a great way to show your best friend you are thinking of them while you are not together! A bff candle allows the flame to still go strong when the other is not in the room and lets your friend know you are always there!

Gifts that can be both useful and appreciated are the best ways to express thoughtfulness in gift giving and an understanding of your friend’s needs. We have the perfect gifts to make a house a home, with personalization.
Choose any of the products we have available depending on your best friend’s needs and personalize your purchase using any of our designs, the fonts we have available, or submit your own images to turn your gift into a personalized keepsake to be treasured and put to good use in good company.
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Sand Carved Engraved Sangria Carafe

Thank you for this opportunity to share my bff craft.

We all need a friend or two whom we can call our ride or die. So to me friends are like flowers they grow with each passing day and when you find a gem like this, you end up picking them over and over again!

Best Friend Lanyard And Keychain

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

 My best friend loves dragonflies so I thought it was only fitting to let her inspire me to create this scarf pendant. Dragonflies have been a subject of intrigue going way back in time. I find this fitting for my best friend. She too intrigues me! I think all best friends seem to have an intriguing or fascinating quality that draws us together.

The fascinating thing about this scarf pendant though is that the floral button is interchangeable! Simply replace it with any other special snap button (which can be purchased separately in many jewelry stores) and you have a whole new look resting on top of the dragonfly! Now that is intriguing!

Interchangeable Dragonfly Scarf Pendant

Mairi from mairidesign says:

For many, their life-long best friend is their mother. When we sadly lose our best friend, she leaves a gap in our lives that can never be replaced. The butterfly is recognised as a symbol of hope, and with my iridescent butterfly plant decoration, I include this poem…

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it.”

Iridescent Butterfly Pot Plant Decoration

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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!

 

Fine Art Finds

Growing up in Rhode island, one of the biggest events of the year for me was the Scituate Art festival. I loved living 5 minutes away from the biggest craft show and fine art display that I knew. Wouldn’t you know it, I grew up and now live in walking distance of the festival! Needless to say I spent the entire weekend there, mulling over the various artisans producing items from crafts I may never learn, and of course, taking in all of the gorgeous fine art New England has to offer.

In honour of my wonderful weekend experience, here is some fine art from our own CIJ team members!

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Illustration is one art form that I enjoy very much. I love the expression and stories told through illustration in often (but not always!) simplistic styles. I can already get a feel for this little crab’s personality and have thoroughly enjoyed browsing some more of his life. Though I’d still like to know what it is that he’s staring at.

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Where in illustration we are often given the expression set forth by a character, photography is an art form where a subject with no expressive features can speak volumes. I have no talent for capturing moments myself, so I admire it greatly.

The stark contrast between black and white is powerful and deafening, a surprise in and of itself since we generally see flowers to be such delicate entities, soft and feminine. Yet through that solid confidence of the lily, we see a small wisp off the end of the petal, whispering gently amidst the booming message. What does it say to you?

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Painting, yet another art that leaves me totally clueless when I make an attempt. Abstract paintings are probably my favourite in that they are completely open to the viewers’ interpretation which is a beautiful thing. There is movement, contrast, and a definite sense of mystery that we don’t get in photography or realism.

Aside from original paintings, Kirsten offers prints of her work to suit smaller budgets or perhaps, smaller spaces.

Stay inspired!

Frenchie