Memories Of A Lifetime – CIJ Favorite Holiday Recipe Exchange – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the day sharing our recipes during the first Etsy Christmas In July Favorite Holiday Exchange! Since the #EtsyCIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange right here on our blog!

The recipe exchange was held today, July 5th. As I mentioned the team is international and we received recipes 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 chefs!

Each team member shared with us their recipe, as well as a little bit about their memories of holiday cooking and baking. I personally look forward to making a few of these new recipes this season! I added them to the assortment I bake each year! Please join me as we conclude the #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange!

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Here are the recipes:

1. Old Fashioned Apple Cake / Misty from carolinagirlz2
2. Mississippi Mud Cake / Karen from timetalentjewels
3. Apple Pie / Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy
4. Hungarian Lesco / Rita from RitzySelection
5. My Mothers Stuffing / Mary from ByFreddismom
6. Fattigmanns (Poor Man’s Cookies) / Clara from elliottsplayground
7. Scottish Tablet / Mairi from Mairidesign

Please use #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange on social media as you visit all the delicious recipes we shared with you!

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

 

CIJ Favorite Holiday Recipe Exchange – Hungarian Lesco

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Let’s Make Hungarian Lesco – Recipe From Rita Szollosi  Of RitzySelection

Hungarian lecso (lecsó) is a typical Hungarian dish that consists of tomatoes, peppers, and onions. How lecso turns out can differ, depending on the type of pepper used. Some swear by the bitingly hot bogyiszlói (banana chili), others prefer the sweet, mild varieties. However, there is always room for compromise by adding a few hot ones to the milder ones. However, care should be taken when adding very hot peppers, since just a single one can ruin a dish for an unaccustomed palate.

Hungarian Lesco (Photo Source: Pixabay.com)

1. What is your recipe?

“Hungarian Lesco”
Recipe from Rita

Ingredients

2 1/4 lbs/1 kg bell peppers (capsicum)

Generous I lb/500 g tomatoes

1 large onion

4 tbsp oil

1 heaped tbsp ground paprika

Salt

Remove the stalks and the seeds from the peppers, and cut into finger-width strips or rings. Remove the stalks from the tomatoes, and squash or slice them. Finely chop the onion and fry in the hot oil, stirring continuously, until translucent. Remove from the heat and stir in the paprika.

Add the peppers and salt, and cover with a lid. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook until soft.

2. What is it about this recipe that you love?

The “lecsó” is a super food! Light, delicious with many delicious vegetables.

3. How did you learn to make this recipe?

I got this recipe from my mother when I was a little girl.

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the recipe.

They are made with sausages and eggs, but there are those who make zucchini. The lecsó is a Hungarian dish, but it is very similar to French
Ratatouille.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: RitzyJewelleryDesign
Facebook: RitzySelection

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Red, White And Blue – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Red, White and Blue are not only the colors used for patriotic holidays and flags, but are also used in a wide variety of other ways. We want to see all your Red, White and Blue items especially if they don’t have any patriotic meaning behind them. It really is more about the colors then anything.

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says my macramé comes in many colours, but this set of garden lights are red, white and blue

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Mary from ByFreddisMom said my snowmen and holiday ornaments come in lots of colors and of course being snowmen, white is one of the colors and I try to use as many other colors that I think will shine. Red, White and Blue or Red & White or Blue & White…….I think you get the idea!

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Pam from PamsPawsJewelry states I found this adorable teapot recently and think it is just so fun and cute!

It is Patriotic and a perfect gift for Independence, Flag, Veterans, Presidents Day or any other American themed holiday!

BUT, it is also a functional item for tea, cocoa, or coffee if made first then poured in, and it could be a cheerful addition to any 4th of July table decor – inside or out!

Could the gold star also be a Christmas star?

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patontheback from patontheback says this is an easy patriotic table topper. I made my own in an evening. A simple and easy way to show your patriotic spirit without much fuss! Requires only a little knowledge, and sewing skills.

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Gail from kensingtonminiatures said check out these Red, white, and blue cocktails for a pop of festive color in my shop!

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Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states the perfect hand-painted red, white, and blue flower girl basket for the July 4th wedding.

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Rita from RitzySelection says unfortunately, we Hungarians have no sea or ocean. This is what we want to do if we want to go to another country. Fortunately, however, we have a wonderful Lake Balaton and many thermal baths.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said living in Southeastern Louisiana, I am lucky because I get to see lots of beautiful birds as they pass through our area on their yearly migratory path … seeing these birds, as well as ducks and other assorted animals, inspire the artwork that we feature in our shop.

It was difficult to pick an item to feature, but I chose the Blue Jay bird because I love its vibrant blue color!

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Mairi from mairidesign states Red White & Blue Sea Glass Earrings. Little glass jars filled with, genuinely, rare mini sea glass gems, which hang from silver-tone ear wires. Blue and, especially, red sea glass is very rare making these very limited edition pieces of jewellery. All these tiny chips were collected by my husband and I on the beaches of Spain, near Barcelona, washed ashore, after the Mediterranean Sea had worked its magic.

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Deborah from RoseCottageKeepsakes says my true passion is quilting… and my journey and love of quilting has led me through many opportunities… for a few years I was the NJ state coordinator for Home of the Brave Quilt Project. I love to make large quilts to small quilting projects… one of my favorite small quilting projects are quilting ornaments. Below is one that demonstrates patriotism and reflects our historical colors.

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 said R & R Reproductions Star Spangled Banners is a fantastic cross stitch pattern to stitch anytime you wish to see the red white and blue in action!

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Heather from MooseintheMint states a completely unique pendant! These are made from upcycled dominos with various gems and beads set into the resin, each one is different. A lovely little gift ideal as a stocking filler or a ‘just because’.

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Rebecca from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says this Quilted Keepsake Fabric Ornament is perfect for the September birthday girl. You can just see this gorgeous quilted keepsake ornament light up her smile. September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers. This beautiful blue fabric is accented with Swarovski crystals.

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zizzybob from zizzybob said I make quilt blocks for my shop, no, not quilts but the blocks that make up quilts. I am especially fond of making applique pieces that I know other quilters dont like to do. With the Quilts of Valor in mind, I always have a few red, white and blue blocks to sell.

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Tillie from TilliesTreasury states I love vintage items especially if they are hand crocheted. This is part of the many vintage linens I have in my personal collection and the colors are so vibrant and pretty with the red, white, blue, green and yellow.

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Mindi from MindisCustomCreation says My Blue submission. I used a grey and blue stain to give the sign a “Dirty Jeans” look. Laundry is a chore that not many of us enjoy. This sign is sure to liven up your laundry room and perhaps put a smile on your face at the same time.

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Gail from QuiltSewPieceful said I live in Arizona, but I LOVE the ocean and the beaches. When I saw this fabric, I just couldn’t pass it up. I know that many others share these same loves. What fun to have these quilted pillows in your beach house (I wish!) or added to your beach decor.

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Tree Of Life

Blog Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When I think of a tree I think of something long-lasting,sturdy and ever-changing. The tree of life symbols are air, water, fire and earth and combine to create the life-giving power of the tree of life. The tree of life is said to have powers of healing, rejuvenation and sustenance.

What Tree of Life items do you have in your shop?

Rita from RitzySelection says the Tree of Life means foremost power. The first man-made objects made by nature’s treasures. Such is animal skin and wool. A Secret: The craftsmen, the ancient tribal culture, will continue to move into today’s urbanized, mechanized world. It is a tremendous treasure that we create day by day for the happiness of others! My advice is as follows: Let us plant a Tree of Life every day as much as possible!

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Leather phone case

Sandra from SDDigitalDesign said family – the roots of the tree of life. The tree symbolizes generations of families which begins simply as a seed. The seed sprouts, grows and branches out all the while giving life to many generations to come. It is a visual metaphor representing your life and the various elements that make it up–past, present, and future.

Tree printable art

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states Tree of Life…Air to Breathe…Air to Sail…Air for Life…Without air, the colors of the world are gone. Air is needed for a beautiful life on earth.

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Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I love trees–the branches tend to go up –like prayer to heaven and charms with tree of life are reminders that life is precious.

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Nancy from EponasCrystals said the Tree of Life Earrings – We live in the country, so we have LOTS of trees. They are homes to numerous animals, provide shade and shelter, and are just magnificent to sit under! These earrings feature the tree of life symbol and are a luscious orange red color.

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Mairi from mairidesign states a vibrant botanical illustration of a silhouette tree with colourful flowers and birds. The tree of life represents how we are connected to the world around us, as well as providing food, shelter and warmth for people, it is also a home for many animals and insects. With that, this pendant would make an ideal birthday gift, to mark the coming of age for teens and women who appreciate nature.

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Deborah from BaubleandaButterfly says the Tree of Life symbolism has a long history, crossing many cultures as universal symbol found in many spiritual traditions. The tree has always been a symbol of life, renewal and energy. It stands for many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption, symbolic of the Creator as it sustains creation with its abundant fruit, protection and regeneration. Turquoise is considered a stone of friendship. It absorbs negativity, promotes honest & clear communication from the heart & is an excellent grounding stone. Good for healing the spirit & soul and it is known as a master healer stone.

Tree of Life metal necklace

Marta from GottliebTextiles said the embroidery on these bags are a Latvian ethnic sign Austras koks (shortly: tree of life) embroidered on the front of the bag. Austras koks also called Saules koks, which means the dawn or sun tree, protects the family and gives strength and counsel. The roots of the tree are associated with the underworld, the middle – the earth on which people, animals and other living things exist. But the crown of the tree is connected to the spiritual heaven. Usually this tree is an oak and symbolizes the sun’s path and the order of the world.

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Camouflage

Posted by Mairi from mairidesign

Whether this disguise is used to conceal ones presence in the greenery or purely to make a fashion statement, we can all agree that camouflage is here to stay. It’s so versatile that it’s suitable for accessories for both sexes and for all ages as well as for home furnishings. Take walk through our hidden treasures and click on the photos to buy in Etsy.

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Once upon a time …… there was once a couple of beautiful cushions. Time passed over and worn, they were old. But hipp-hopp charmed the cushions of the good fairy and new cushions were given to the old pillows. This is my camouflage story!

Sleep well, on your beautiful new cushion covers, dear children!

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Linen Camouflage Cushion covers

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Animals are masters of camouflage. I was fascinated by patterns and colors of lizards and snakes. A large pastel drawing depicting protected European reptiles and amphibians for those who are passionate about these unusual animals.

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Snake Lizard Frog Pastel Painting

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

Camouflage Yarn… Great to make many wonderful creations with…
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Variegated Green Brown Beige / Camouflage Yarn

Kristal Leigh from KLeighVintage says:

My shop features camouflage jackets, cargo pants and sometimes bags. Each item is collected from estate sales from retired military families. They make a wonderful fashion statement or gifts for friends who have had dear love ones serve.

My favorite story was from a man who bought a WW1 camouflage medical bag for his wife as a Christmas gift. Her father had served and passed away when she was a child. He wanted to buy her something with meaning and to remind her of her father. This story brought me to tears and made me so thankful that the items we do sell can make such a big impact on someone else’s life.

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Camouflage Army Pants

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I have always been fascinated with most, but not all Camouflage Patterns. I was approached by a customer who asked if I could make a camouflage Fine Pen Box for a veteran, loved the final result! So I decided to add this as a regular item.

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Camouflage Fine Pen Wood Storage Box

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I didn’t actually think of camouflage when I created this set – but I’ve often thought that’s how the colors turned out. I just liked the yellow, green and brown combination, so it’s been lurking about in my shop ever since.

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Digital Paper Pack Yellow Green

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I was thinking about Fathers Day when I came up with this. The camouflage pattern is very masculine, combined with the shape of a motor home makes a unique coaster fit for a man cave.
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Camo RV coaster

Beth Morgan from FromBeths says:

A personal favorite from my Etsy shop. Girls love camo too! Celebrate with camo ! Made with love for my niece.

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16th Birthday Party Decorations

Lisa van Heerden from PricklyPaw says:

I had been making a lot of original art and it reminded me of an abstract camouflage. Since I work in multiple mediums like original paintings, digital art on blankets and hand painted shoes, I thought it made sense to make some camo military themed shoes. I am also influenced because in NC we have several military bases like marines Camp LaJeune and Fort Bragg which is an Army base. This is a traditional army camo (and by the way, apparently the top selling camouflage is Mossy Oak for hunters…) so I decided to put their motto on the shoe. As I have done this I realize I have stirred so many political questions. I am sure my Army clientele will love these shoes, but I think so will anyone wanting to make a political statement and spark a dialogue when there is none.

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Custom Military Shoes

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says:

I have a son-in-law who is a duck hunter and loves all things camouflage. A couple of years ago I created this birthday card in his honor.

This went over so well that I received more requests for camouflage themed greeting cards. So my camouflage collection was born. I now offer birthday, baby, wedding, anniversary and Christmas cards with a camouflage theme. This also includes pink camo for the ladies!

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Camo Birthday Card

Blooming Dahlia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

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 2018 is Blooming Dahlia.

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Blooming Dahlia
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Blooming Dahlia! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

A few years ago I found beautiful yarn made from Navajo Churro sheep, a blend of wool and Mohair. I knitted owl hats with it for my nieces and they liked them so much that I decided to make them for the shop as well. This yarn is soft and very warm, perfect to keep your head and ears toasty during those chilly windy days.

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Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Spring wind floods water
my darling, my darling
Spring wind floods water
my darling, my darling

Every bird chooses a partner
my darling, my darling
Every bird chooses a partner
my darling, my darling

Well, who should I choose
my darling, my darling?
Well, who should I choose
my darling, my darling?

You choose Me, I choose You
my darling, my darling
You choose Me, I choose You
my darling, my darling

Perhaps this is the most beautiful Hungarian folk song. The beautiful “Blooming dahlia” will open in the garden, like this cushion!

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Rich coral pink silk ribbon with blue and salmon colored beads dangle from gold bead caps. The perfect addition to your boho jewelry collection.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Blooming Dahlia board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Let’s Go Galactic

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Let’s go Galactic! The team is taking us on a journey into space with their celestial and sci-fi inspired beauties. You’re sure to become starry-eyed browsing this gift guide.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: 

Our galactic line of prints and party signs are out of this world! The background design was a labor of love and I really put my heart and soul into the multi layered twinkly sky.

At SLS we love to customize and our personalized night sky prints and printables are a big hit. They are often ordered for nursery decor or baby shower gifts and can include sweet quotes or the new baby’s name. Party planners and parents also love to purchase printable or printed table signs and posters for girl’s and boy’s space-themed birthday parties. We can add the child’s name, age and a big birthday wish.

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Custom Printable art

Robots and aliens in space! These fun wallets make a great gift for boys to keep their change, gift cards, or earbuds. Brightly colored prints make a very memorable gift for any space or sci-fi lover! Created especially for science and tech minded kids!

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Gift for Boys Robot Wallet Case

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

National Geographic says…”Compared with the billions of other stars in the universe, the sun is unremarkable. But for Earth and the other planets that revolve around it, the sun is a powerful center of attention. It holds the solar system together; pours life-giving light, heat, and energy on Earth; and generates space weather.”

People are drawn to the sun and moon for their decorating purposes. This sun candle holder was a great find and would brighten anyone’s galaxy.

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Candle Holder Glass Sun

Raised on SciFy, Star Trek and the like you can almost always find at least one UFO in my shop! These sterling silver earrings were made with miscellaneous beads, and in the words of David Childress “Could this be some kind of Alien Spacecraft?”
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UFO Earrings Spaceship Sterling Silver

A galaxy of stars for your wrist. Actual photo of a galaxy transferred to a brass cuff bracelet.
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Galaxy Brass Cuff Bracelet

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Starry skies were just catching my eyes – tv commercials etc. And of course for many years we have been fans – Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica, Star Trek – all fun stuff. So I decided to make a set of starry skies paper but instead of a full set of 12 x 12 inch papers, I decided to go with a few and make it stationery / journal pages instead.
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Stardust Printable Lined Journal Pages

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Three big pompoms make this cushion more sweet, making it a sympathetic alien spacecraft.

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Meditation Cushion, UFO pillow