Welcome New Members January – March 2015

Contributor post by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

Welcome new members from January to March…. in the future this will be a monthly member introduction.

Rebecca from BroomHildasCloset joined the team on February 25th, 2015. Although feeling a little overwhelmed Rebecca loves the team and is finding her fellow teamies ‘wonderful’.

Rebecca and her creative team make all sorts of items, from Stockings to Day of the Dead Masks. They design and make each item and no two items are ever alike. They are constantly adding new hand created items to the store, so keep on the look out!

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Angie also joined in February and is looking forward to participating in the team. Her passion is creating pet paintings with colorful character & a touch of whimsy. With each painting Angie strives to capture the energetic and lively personality of cats and dogs. Angie is also happy to do custom pet portraits, so if you have a special furry (or feathered) friend visit her store PetArtByAngie and let her know.

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I am also a new member, having joined in March. I came in as a team leader so that I could contribute to the blog, as well as participate in the team generally, and this is my first post. My shop is DeeDeeDeesigns, and I make unique one of a kind ceramic tableware and jewellery, and original art gift cards. I also make jewellery from upcycled components. I am also happy to fulfill custom orders, so if you can’t see what you need, just let me know.

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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!

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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.

Classic Blue – 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 Classic Blue.

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Pantone Spring 2015

Classic Blue inspires calm, confidence and harmony. Serving as an anchor to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette Classic Blue is a shade that is strong and reliable. Just as the sea, because of its waterborne qualities, this Classic Blue is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.

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

Oksana from SanaGem loves classic dark blue color, and she loves the sea. This eastern statement necklace was inspired by her favorite place in Crimea, Foilent cape:stock-footage-cloudy-sky-over-the-mountains-and-the-sea-cape-fiolent-crimea-russia-full-hd
There is no other place like that in the world. The sea turns all hues of blue, every wave is different in the sunlight. And each agate bead in the necklace has its unique patters, waves and foam.

Cape Fiolent is a strong energetic place, with the old monastery. Stone caves are carved in the rocks, and the church is standing high on the cliff.

The monastery was found by sailors, when their ship avoided crush, by God’s blessing. This is why the giant cross marks the rock standing separately in the sea.

Crimea is always Oksana’s inspirational place, even though she lives far away. If you are looking at the photos, please say a prayer in your heart for the people there, suffering in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

P.S. Her husband likes this necklace so much that does not want her to sell it.

Classic Blue Agate Cascade Collier Dangle Statement Necklace From SanaGem

Classic Blue Agate Cascade Collier Dangle Statement Necklace From SanaGem

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns loves blues and greens as you may have noticed when you visit her shop.

She grew up on the coast in Australia so this may be the reason why!

Much of Dawn’s inspiration stems from organic colours and textures from my childhood – blues, greens, sandy colours and textures.

She loves to incorporate these feelings for colour and texture into her artwork.

So this jewellery set is a deep swelling blue with textures of the landscape featured by the specially selected glaze.

Classic Blue Ceramic Necklace On Memory Wire And Beaded Earrings From DeeDeeDeesigns

Classic Blue Ceramic Necklace On Memory Wire And Beaded Earrings From DeeDeeDeesigns

 Marjorie Scenna from mscenna feels that blue is a classic look! This repurposed and recycled vintage inspired necklace is a great combination of faux pearls and classic blue accents. Perfect accent for a spring outfit or something blue for a wedding!

Classic Blue Recycled Necklace From mscenna

Classic Blue Recycled Necklace From mscenna

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals shares a beautiful classic blue vintage glass ring. The color of this glass is mesmerizing. It draws you in like the waters of the ocean.  And blue is my favorite color!

Classic Blue Glass Oval Cabochon Adjustable Ring From EponasCrystals

Classic Blue Glass Oval Cabochon Adjustable Ring From EponasCrystals

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads loves real stones, and this type of thing has inspired her to begin working with raw stones and offering unpolished, earthy stones. She still loves these spheres though, as they come in almost all stones and they are almost always gorgeous!

Classic Blue Sodalite 30mm Gemstone Sphere From KrystalKlarityBeads

Classic Blue Sodalite 30mm Gemstone Sphere From KrystalKlarityBeads

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor tells us that there is nothing more classic than the true blue found in nature and none more so than forget-me-nots. Here on this decorative pillow cover the forget-me-nots team up with lily of the valley and provide the perfect romantic setting for a love letter.

Love Letter Amidst Classic Blue Forget-me-Nots And Lily Of the Valley - Velveteen Decorative Pillow Cover From TheOldBarnDoor

Love Letter Amidst Classic Blue Forget-me-Nots And Lily Of the Valley – Velveteen Decorative Pillow Cover From TheOldBarnDoor

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy started making these as a gift for her niece for her birthday, and she loves them. They are so versatile: makeup, passports, cameras, “necessities”, etc. and they have become a great seller in her shop. Amy picked up this stunning fabric in Missouri at a lovely little quilting shop near the Bass Pro Shops (where she dropped off my husband for a bit!) in Springfield. Amy fell in love with the fabric, and love the colors and patterns in the print.

Classic Blue Women's Monogrammed Purse From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Classic Blue Women’s Monogrammed Purse From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Angie from RusticHomespun explains that blue represents both the sky and the sea. It is associated with freedom, intuition, intelligence, inspiration, loyalty and has positive affects on the mind and the body. Combining the color blue with other colors, will create a color palette that represents other meanings associated with it.

This then inspire me to create a one-of-a-kind patchwork wall hanging, featuring hearts in different shades of color blue and combining the colors of red and white. The hearts cut out were fused and appliqued onto homespun background squares and then machine quilted all around. It would look wonderful in any homes.

Classic Blue Applique Quilt Wall Hanging From RusticHomespun

Classic Blue Applique Quilt Wall Hanging From RusticHomespun

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet feels that blue is such a classic color that calling it “Classic Blue” is almost redundant. She love blue because it’s so flattering on almost everyone. And this color is wonderful for bringing out blue eyes. The inspiration was the yarn itself – it is so soft, squishy and touchable. Marie-Antoinknit wanted to use it for cowls because of that softness.

Classic Blue Handknit Cowl From 9ElizabethStreet

Classic Blue Handknit Cowl From 9ElizabethStreet

Becky from LollysCubbyHole loves blue, always has. The blue sky always holds such wonder, the ocean endless with the colors of blue, washing in and over us. Becky sees the bright blue in her Granddaughters eyes and it makes her smile beyond any other blue there is!

Classic Blue Painted Mason Jars From LollysCubbyHole

Classic Blue Painted Mason Jars From LollysCubbyHole

Angie Ketelhut from petartbyangie loves blue & she thought this would be the perfect color for a custom portrait of a cat named Bella. It is a color Angie uses often in custom work.

Custom Pet Portrait Painting Of One Cat From petartbyangie

Custom Pet Portrait Painting Of One Cat From petartbyangie

CartoCreative from CartoCreative shares that Florence was one of the first map prints they created for their shop because it is a place so dear to their hearts. Steve and Mel spent their first “grown up” Christmas in Florence while Steve was attending university there. It’s such a beautiful city that’s full of history and a lot of great memories.

Central Florence Map Art Print From CartoCreative

Central Florence Map Art Print From CartoCreative

Wendy CN from CardNotions found the inspiration for this card from a customer, wanting a pop-up drum set card for a birthday invitation. Wendy made it in the classic blue color and made sure to include a bass drum, floor Tom, rack Toms, and snare drum, with cymbals in the background. If you peek behind the drum set you will see an empty chair waiting for the special birthday drummer to start the celebration!

Pop Up Classic Blue Drum Set Birthday Card You Rock From CardNotions

Pop Up Classic Blue Drum Set Birthday Card You Rock From CardNotions

Lin Collette from rhodyart uses a lot of blue in my work – she just did a search for blue and it turned up 4 pages! She thinks this comes the closest to classic blue (which is one of her favorites, only she calls it cobalt or sapphire). It’s one of the oldest listings in her shop but is still one of her favorites. Most of Lin’s work is inspired by pop culture, and this guy definitely is a part of pop culture – he wants to be a wrestler – he used to want to be part of the WWE but now she is thinking he may want to be a traditional wrestler, as in sumo or perhaps greco-roman. Not sure if there’s a pro league for greco-roman!

Mixed Media Fine Art Wrestling Theme Collage From rhodyart

Mixed Media Fine Art Wrestling Theme Collage From rhodyart