Minimalist Style

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

Leonardo da Vinci said:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

I define minimalist as a style that uses pared-down design elements. The artist strips everything down to its essential quality, to achieve simplicity.

We asked our CIJ Friends what they love and/or offer in the minimalist style; here’s what they sent in.

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

Finding a heart beach glass piece is rare.

So even though this beautiful brown piece is small, about dime sized,I decided to make a pendant from it

With as little wire as possible, I wrapped the piece so that the heart is the highlight.

TreasuresFromTheLake

Richard Darani from RichardDarani said:

These came from an idea I had to turn shapes into an illustration and was watching Robots with my kids at the time.

RichardDarani

Shilly Shally Jewelry from ShillyShallyjewelry said:

This simple chain necklace has a beautiful Tanzanite stone surrounded by a gold filled disc. This necklace looks great alone or paired with other chains!

ShillyShallyjewelry

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

When I begin to knit this purse it is very simple, just a plain minimal little purse with very little character. As I continue to build upon it with its flower and beading it grows into a sophisticated clutch handbag that is one-of-a-kind. People who have these purses always share their compliments with me that they receive.

Imagine – a red handbag with little pansies – how fun could that be! And yes, it has be made and sold. “Simplicity is the ultimate of the form of sophistication.”

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Maryann from gojjell said:

Simplicity and beauty speak for themselves. This choker features a trio of beautiful beads….vintage German lucite and champagne tubes. Beauty that stands the test of time and can be worn effortlessly!

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said:

Many of the items in my shop are simple or minimalist, as that is my own favourite style. I have chosen to showcase this Harris tweed tea cosy.

Far from the bright colours and bold tartans of some tweeds, this cosy is made from two almost-plain weaves. A cosy made from just one of them might even look dull. By joining them with a straight horizontal line, together they bring out the best of both pieces.

RosesWorkshop

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

Simple message for a positive idea: help kids celebrate who they are – give them goals and help them achieve success, but let them know they don’t have to change who they are to get there.

StockLaneStudio

Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:

I chose this vintage piece for it’s simple lines and understated character, discovering later that it is an early 20th century cemetery / funeral vase.

A nice way to remember …

Oldewoods

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says:

While I enjoy a lot of fancy, ornate, and unique items with pretty colors mostly, sometimes something simple with nice lines, unique simple shape, or something useful that will match or go with anything will touch my soul…..

This bracelet is pretty, simple, dainty, and yet it will go with most anything and white Pearls and black Onyx have a classic, timeless, and elegant appeal!

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I hope you enjoyed these wonderful treasures and stories as I did!

Until next time,

Sheila

Primrose Yellow – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

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 2017 is Primrose Yellow.

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the color Primrose Yellow! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Positively primrose. An uplifting quote to help anyone make it through the day. My mother used to say this to me and I think it’s a great motto to live by. Passing on a little kindness, a little laughter can do wonders.
StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Yellow is a bit of a contrary color when you create digital art. If it’s too dark it can look like tangerine or butterscotch, if it’s too light it can not show up well against white. But I wanted to include it as a summery set – so I think the yellow and lime citrus conjures up images of lemonade in the summer shade. Fun paper pack to make!

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

Yellow always adds a lot of sparkle and brightness to anything its matched with and it coordinates well with other colors. The sunflower is the best example of the vibrant color.

cwagenblass9

cwagenblass9

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says:

Primrose yellow! I love this color because it is the color of springtime and daffodils! This flower and it’s vibrant color were the inspiration for my own shop name! My first memory of loving this color was as a small child in my Grandmother’s kitchen…pale yellow walls, Gma making caramel icing for a birthday cake and beautiful primrose yellow daffodils overflowing a milk glass vase on the kitchen table! Such a happy color!

DaffodilLaneStudio

DaffodilLaneStudio

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

Yellow happens to be my boyfriend’s favorite color, so naturally I am surrounded by a lot of it. Yellow by nature is such a happy color evoking images of sunshine and summer. What could tie together better with Primrose Yellow and sunshine than a yellow sunflower basket?

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Ginny C from GRCTreasures says:

This pretty primrose yellow tea cup reminds us all that Spring is on the way and winter is mostly behind us.

The tea cup was made in England by Ridgway Potteries. Ridgway Potteries was a British pottery manufacturer of Stoke-on-Trent that produced high quality earthenware from 1790’s through to the mid twentieth century.

GRCTreasures

GRCTreasures

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

We used to go camping in our red Coleman tent. We brought food in coolers. Along with dishware, pots, pans and a propane stove. We cooked pasta fagioli and ate the meal with spoons in Melmac bowls. Now we stay in hotels and eat out!

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

Easter is just around the corner! Get the kids together and whip up a dozen beautifully decorated baby Chick cookies with this brightly colored Hallmark cookie cutter in this year’s Pantone color – Primrose Yellow!

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

This is a fun retro find!

A heavy-duty Scotch tape dispenser in working condition!

Primrose yellow with Lady & the Tramp details!

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These yellow Bicone faceted beads are available loose in quantities of 20 and are ideal for a wide range of craft projects , including jewellery making, dress/costume design, journals, jewellery, party favours, garlands and bunting.

Being faceted, these beads easily add shimmer, sparkle and shine to all your projects!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says:

Love springtime it’s beautiful.

It brings us primrose yellow flowers, bright spring colours all around, baby lambs and so much more!

A time to buy accessories to match an item or give something cheerful to brighten someones day.

MaryJaneCreations

MaryJaneCreations

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Tagua – rhymes with agua, the Spanish word for water.

This unique bracelet is an earthy combination of primrose yellow tagua nut hollow triangle slice, Czech green apple Picasso seed beads, brown wooden tubes and lightweight primrose lemon resin rounds hand knotted on walnut silk thread.

Bungalow42

Bungalow42

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

Sometimes I see some wool or fabric and think “I just have to make something from that!” This gorgeous glowing Donegal tweed was one of those moments, and the pretty clutch purse was the final result.

RosesWorkshop

RosesWorkshop

Lanashane Robert from ICreationsBoutique says:

This colorful primrose yellow clutch purse is perfect for Spring or Summer parties or just to be carried around as a casual clutch purse. The brightness of the yellow is an automatic mood lifter as is Spring.

The colorful stripe combination print, allows for its proud owner to mix and match with several colors.

The clutch purse has a luxurious touch and feel to it, and has ample space to carry a mobile phone, keys, small credit card purse, make up essentials even a small perfume.

ICreationsBoutique

ICreationsBoutique

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Sweet spring pastels just perfect for a sweet Easter basket treat!

Primrose yellow headband set brings a happy smile!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Primrose yellow just makes you smile as it reminds one of the bright warm rays of the sun especially if it’s winter or a rainy season. It also sets your mind into motion on how you can incorporate yellow into your spring time flower bed or pots because know it’ll give your space that pop of color.

The yellow on this dog bandana is the perfect back drop to build upon for the bumble bee’s flying around just minding their own business. In all actuality this is about the only time I would say aww aren’t these bumble bee’s so cute!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

January 2017 – New Year – New You!

Contributor Post Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Welcome to January 2017 – It’s January 1st and I’m already thinking about exercise routines, being more organized, less procrastination maybe, maybe finally getting my Etsy arranged as I want it .

How about your – Has the new year got you thinking about any -it’s a new year, new you – scenarios?

Did you sign up for a marathon, plan a diet, or reflecting on better choices this year- Are you saving for a dream vacation or a new home?

Do any items in your shop relate to the theme, New Year, New You? We’d love to hear your comments and see your items.

Beach Art Ink Drawing, Honey I'm Home! Black and White Sea Gulls Building a Nest Ocean or Beach Art Beach House Decor Home Decor Birds Nests

Beach Art Ink Drawing

A new us this year. We celebrate our 40th anniversary and we move towards semi-retire. Me going full time on my Etsy shops, and Jimmy moving into environmental restoration. Prescribed burns, wetlands, forests, tall grass prairies. But first, a trip to the beach and some time looking at real estate in warmer climates.

Victoria Webb from Furiousdreams says

 On my second week of full retirement! So excited to be able to devote time to my Etsy shop again and to be painting full-time. Looking forward to exhibiting more and adding new work here.

For now, one of my recent small paintings can enhance anyone’s art collection.

Study 1 Original Abstract Painting 6 x 6 fuschia, blue, aqua, pink, cobalt blue, lavender

Original Abstract Painting

2017 is here and I’m going to more of a participant to all my teams one of my goals for the new year. Last summer we cleaned out my in-laws house over 50+ yrs of stuff to clean out and finally cleaning out totes, came across many fond memories and the wife said post this so now the shop is offering Barbie memories for the ladies who grew up in the 1970s…..

Vintage Mattel Barbie furniture collection early 1970s great addition for your Barbie collection

1970 Mattel Barbie Furniture

I’m still thinking about my new choices for 2017 – is that a form of procrastination or just considered thought?
Oh well…. to help me think there is nothing better than a cup of coffee – or tea, or hot chocolate!!

Coffee Cup Soup Mug Ceramic Handmade Pottery Black Tea Cup Dawn Whitehand on Etsy

Coffee Cup Soup Mug

Once again I face doing the whole of my annual accounts in one go before the dreaded January deadline

I am trying to figure out ways to bribe myself / force myself somehow to do it in sensible monthly chunks, and how can I make this a resolution that lasts past February!

I want to just curl up in bed with this hot water bottle in it’s lovely cosy.

British wool hot water bottle cover wine red handknit soft bottle cosy hottie cover

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Our New Year’s resolution is to drink Red Wine and Be Happy! As science is now confirming what we already knew to be true, Red Wine is the Best!

Personalized Wine Decanter and Stemware with His, Hers, and Ours Design with Font Selection (Set including Decanter, Stopper, and Stemware)

Personalized Wine Decanter

At Design’s the Limit, we have a whole section of our shop devoted to Wine and we encourage our customers to drink to good health, in good company, in moderation, and in style with a monogrammed glass! The perfect gift for any occasion and the best gift to give to yourself for all of your hard work in 2016!

I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store for me! I am working on a whole new set of paintings that I can’t wait to share with everyone.. I am also getting a certification in deciphering Heiroglypics – so that’s going to fun too. I would also like to take this opportunity to thanks the Etsy CIJ team for being the best and always including me in their posts and blogs. It’s really wonderful to be part of such an amazing community! Here is my entry : the colors I chose for this Cat Painting are also inspired by Egyptian Art. I have always felt cats make the perfect muse!

Cat painting - abstract - blue black gold cat - on 8x10 inch canvas

Abstract Cat Painting

Here’s to a golden 2017!

Looking forward to spending more time on creativity and creating in 2017! Learning new skills, improving my process and being ready for seasonal and holiday trends is what I have on my plate for the new year. We will see what time and life will allow but it’s great to have lofty goals!

Cozy Stitching Lady on Pocket of Turquoise Blue with White Dot Floral Mini Tote

 

My birthday is on the 8th January!

Friendship Bracelet Zigzag Macrame Knotted Wristband

Macrame Friendship Bracelet

I have to get started on cleaning out the closets and all that stuff that gets routinely ignored. Fun. but I am looking forward to making new stuff for my shop! Also, crafty stuff that I don’t sell – some sewing and some paper crafting – feeding paper to my Cricut!

I use my own calendars to help keep me organized. I have this one printed out and sitting on my desk:

Watercolor Printable 2017 Desk Calendar, 4 x 6 inch, Watercolor Splash Art Style, Home or Office Calendar, Instant Download

Watercolor Printable Calender

After the wind not blowing my way for the second half of last year, this year I’ve adjusted the sails and am heading in a better direction! The new me is looking after herself more, learning some new skills and remembering to take some time out to recharge the batteries!

She Stood In The Storm, Inspirational Quote, Typography Print, Nautical Print, Inspirational Print, Motivational Quote, 8 x 10 Print

Inspirational Quote

Wonderful submissions, thank you!

My New Year, New You is thinking more outside the box in my paintings and colors that I choose. I’ve started with this colorful Hippie Owl Paper Towel Holder and I invested in a new water color set to expand my business into even more creative ventures.

Owl Paper Towel Holder, Wooden Owl Kitchen Decor, Owl Kitchen, Owl Gifts, Owl Decorations, Custom Owl Gifts, Cute Owl, Hand painted Owl

Handcrafted Owl Paper Towel Holder

Sue from SuesAkornShop says

I’m hoping to become better organized this year. These small, cute mercury glass vanity jars and help me keep paper clips, buttons or things like cotton balls all in one area. They work well for small spaces and are cute, so it’s nice to display them.

Ornate Vanity Jar, Mercury Glass Jars, Mothers Day, Lidded Jars, Glass Container, Metallic Glass, Silver in Color, Decorative Jars, Storage

Ornate Mercury Glass Jars

Organization is always at the top of my list of things to do…As a crafter and maker of things my studio always seems to be a cluttered mess. I am also a list maker, and that seems to help me stay on track, but the most important thing for me is to be on time. This is a goal that can be easily attained by anyone, with the right equipment. On Etsy, I am a supply seller, so this year I am trying a couple new items, this is one of them:

Watch Face for DIY projects Silver tone Round with white face celestial stars moons

DIY Project supply -Watch Face

 

 

Plaids

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Plaid is a fabric that is usually checkered or tartan and usually made from wool. You usually see this in Scottish kilts,men’s shirts and many other textiles.

Here at CIJ we want to see all your plaids. It can be clothes,furniture and so much more.

msmadmax from madmaxshop says seersucker checkered patterned jacket with padded shoulders.
A wonderful vintage holiday gift item for that special someone on your list. Thin, soft, seersucker-like mini checkered plaid shirt in white, pink, blue, light green and black.

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90’s Vintage Plaid Shirt

Sue from SuesAkornShop said this plaid half apron is ideal for a man and yet a woman would look great in it as well. It’s great for anyone who works in the kitchen or it can be worn when eating to catch any lap spills.

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Red Plaid Half Apron

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states Ralph Lauren is a master of mixing plaids, solids and patterns! This decorator pillow pattern is called Garrison Plaid, and is extremely versatile with an assortment of jewel toned colors!

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Ralph Lauren decorator throw pillow

Lanashane Robert from ICreationsBoutique says this green and blue plaid fabric makes this clutch unique. The stripe and checks on the pattern allows the clutch to be used with either side facing out and thereby creating a different look to compliment the outfit with the featured colors.

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Striped Clutch Checked Print

Draco N. Knut from DragoninKnots said this 12″ plaid fabric tree is a touch retro, but charmingly timeless. It’s made with vintage green and red cotton plaid. Great for offices, apartments, or other small spaces where you want to add a bit of instant Christmas cheer!

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Plaid Christmas Tree 12 inches

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop states there are a wonderful range of plaid patterns available in the renowned Harris Tweed hand-woven fabric. I discovered this gorgeous blue and purple last year and have used it several times. Here it is as a comfy cushion (accent pillow) to brighten your room.

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Harris Tweed Cushion cover in a blue and purple check

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital discusses that this Printable PDF set of papers has several pink and green plaid designs. I think the colors make it especially good for card making and scrapbooking for little girls. I really want to make more plaid papers, this time in jpg format. We will see if I find the time!

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Pink Plaid Digital Paper – Printable PDF – Pink, Green, Yellow – Plaid, Stripes, Dots – Scrapbooking

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this fun vintage tape tin features a bright red and green plaid design.

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Red and Green Litho Tin Container

Secret Pal or Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Opal from Apron Strings Owl Lady 

They are used as a fun way to honor co-workers, to surprise other’s at holidays, birthdays and other events – even secretly sent in the mail – have you ever participated in a secret pal gift give-a-way?

Most are conducted by just leaving the gift on the person’s desk or workplace. Some of my friends call these Amigo Secreto (secret friend) or Amigo Invisible (invisible friend). What is this called in your country?

With Etsy, it’d be very simple to send secret gifts to special people in our lives. Thank you Alicia of AliciasFindings for thinking of this topic. Do you have items in your shop that would be perfect for this type of small gift giving? We’d love to see them and hear your story.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 I love Secret Santa gift exchanges at work! And trying to guess who the gift-giver was. The game often helps break the ice, solidify friendships and spark new ones!

Here’s a fun Secret Santa Gift great for the office – a mousepad adorned with Love Locks that used to adorn bridges that spanned the Seine River in Paris. The topic of the love locks will certainly bring out conversations and it’s perfect for a traveling buddy or to send a subtle romantic message. . . .

Computer Mousepad christmas gift, Gold Paris Love office Mouse pad, Mousepad Teacher Present desk accessory Romantic Holiday Geek Nerd Gift

Computer Mouse Pad Gift

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says

This is a fun and decorative gift for a secret santa. It’s fun to draw names and then see what cute little thing or funny thing you can find to make someone else smile. It’s always a fun surprise!

Winter Mittens Mini Sac Tote with Snowman Plushie

Winter Mittens Mini Sack Tote

Suzi TC from Oldewoods says

In my last office we had a Kris Kringle where all of our names were written down and went into a bucket. We each chose a slip (keeping it secret of course!) then bought a gift with a value up to $20 for our special colleague. All the pressies went into the Santa Sack and were given out at our Christmas Party. The Banksia Bomb was especially created with affordable festive giving in mind 🙂

Gift Pack - Natural Essential Oil Diffuser with Banksia Bomb Festive Oil Blend

Gift Pak – Banksia Bomb

Melissa R from missy69 says

Secret Santa is always so much fun! Most gift items are given a price of 25 dollars or less, or it used to be when I was in the working force. This leather wrap bracelet, is perfect as a friend or Secret Santa gift. Versatile, and affordable, in neutral colors for Fall and Winter wear. Free shipping, right now, until Jan 1, 2017 on all orders of 35 dollars or more.

Boho Chic Brown Glass Beads and White Glow Beads Single Leather Wrap Bracelet Fall Neutral Tones Handmade Jewelry Gift for Her

Boho Chic Brown Glass Beads

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 I always loved being the giver or the recipient on these Santa and secret pal gifting days. So much fun!

I would probably just make them something like this if it was for a church friend, or even a co worker that I knew what she liked. It’s a take on a country bird bath theme, a little rustic then turned into an inspirational white Dove gift.

Give God The Praise Inspirational Dove Gift, Secret Pal Secret Santa Gift, Country Bird Bath, Rustic haybale gift, Thank you Friendship gift

Inspirational White Dove Gift

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint says

 At work when we did Secret Santa, it tended to be the secretary who organised who got their exchange – I think it involved lots of sealed envelopes!

I think this would be a lovely gift for a dog loving colleague, especially those who often have their pet photos on their desk. Or alternatively, it is suitable if you are in a group who posts their gift to their exchange partner

Dog lover gift, Dogaholic sign, Wooden hanging plaque, Humorous birthday gift, Animal lover present, Funny family sign

Dog Lover Sign

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

 I love Secret Santas, they are fun and just create joy. We did it back in college and my daughter did it with her friends while they were still in school. It was always very enjoyable to find a little gift. I have chosen a little holiday ornament on a 3×3 canvas that is not necessarily specific for Christmas but is perfect for any lover of nature, wild animals like moose and wolves, and just for winter in general. It can be hung in a tree, on a mantelpiece or wherever is space.
Mixed Media Christmas Ornament, Winter Landscape with Trees, Moose and Wolf, Full Moon Scene, Holiday Decoration, Original Canvas Artwork

Mixed Media Christmas Ornament

Circular Sarah Coventry Fire and Ice Lapel Pin Winter Holiday Wreath Gold and Silver Brooch Vintage Jewelry Stocking Stuffers Gift for Her

Circular Fire & Ice Brooch

For the co-worker or friend who loves holiday jewelry this Sarah Coventry fire and ice brooch is a perfect secret Santa gift; small, beautiful, and thoughtful.
If I didn’t already have one from a secret Santa friend, I might not of shared this one.

In college, we did a Secret Santa and it was loads of fun. It was a great way to get to know the other girls in my dorm and to relieve some of the stress from final exams.

One of the gifts that I received was an adorable stuffed hippo wearing a stocking cap nestled inside a small Christmas stocking. I still have him today and each year we place him under our Christmas tree.

For a sweet and easy gift for a Secret Santa gift exchange, this Christmas Cocoa Holder is perfect. Just add a packet of cocoa and a peppermint stick and your gift is ready to go.

Christmas Cocoa Holder - Hot Chocolate Favor - Stocking Stuffer - Gift For Coworker - Secret Santa Gift

Christmas Cocoa Holder

ay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Secret Santa is especially fun when it’s HARD to figure out who gave what!! I like the Secret Santa game that involves SWAPPING! A gift is opened and the next person can choose to “keep or swap” for someone else’s already opened gift! It keeps the game going just a little bit longer! ( A favorite for my family – but then I have some ruthless swappers living at my house! )

Wouldn’t it be fun to choose a “vintage” Secret Santa gift for your next office exchange? This little cutie is a great choice because it works with any holiday décor. Perfect on your desk too! Vintage reindeer NEVER get thrown away! They just keep delighting young and old for years to come!

Plastic Christmas Deer Vintage Rudolph Reindeer Kitsch Retro 50s Christmas Holiday Decoration

Vintage Plastic Christmas Deer

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 We love secret Santa gifts that are both fun and functionable! These adorable Christmas carolers candles will sing their way into your hearts and decorate your home at the same time!
Christmas Carolers Candles Figurines - Set of 2 - Merry Christmas Carols - New Unused - Christmas Holiday Decor - Gift Idea

Christmas Carolers Candle Figurines

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

 Most of the gifts in our shop are individually personalized for the recipient, but we have the perfect gift for the stressed out coworker or anyone who needs to drink to their good health and for wellness. Available in Red or White stemless wine glasses or on any product in our shop.
Now "LOADING" Design Personalized Stemless Wine Glasses with Option to Include a Monogram in Choice of Font from Our Selection (Each)

Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

We originally created this design for the Net Neutrality movement, but decided to keep it around for love of the good fight and the humor of the double meaning which it invokes when engraved on a wine, whiskey, or coffee mug!

Artsy Lady from WeirdVanity says

 I love Secret Santa! Its a tradition i have been part of since my days in grad school. In school we were on a limited budget, so most of the presents were handmade, which was even more amazing! One of the gifts i received was a handmade Ganesha statue , another time i got a pencil sketch (which was super cool!). at work the budget was higher so that meant store bought presents like scented candles or mugs.

A really cool Secret Santa present would be this handmade custom pet portrait for that colleague or friend who loves his/ her pet!

Custom Pet Portrait Necklace - holiday gift - watercolor handmade- pet memorial -Custom Pet jewelry - Gift dog lovers- personalized gift

Custom Pet Portrait Necklace

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

 Secret Santa brings back many fun memories of grammar school. Our teacher would ask us to bring ornaments into school handmade and give them to her in a brown lunch bag and she would distribute to students by hiding them in your locker or in your desk while you were at lunch or recess, which means you never know who got your ornament until they opened it. Secret was you couldn’t tell who got yours or who had you unless somebody squealed. One year in 4th grade I got a handmade wood bell ornament and many decades later its still displayed on my tree.

This would make a great Secret Santa gift for work or school or even for your child’s teacher.

Crochet angel, Christmas ornament, small tree topper, baptism gift, door prize

Crochet Christmas Angel Ornament

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says

 A Secret Santa gift exchange is all about the mystery and fun plus sharing the Christmas spirit. This small bear could sit on somebody’s desk at work and its festive and fun decor throughout the holidays.
Teddy bear figurine collectible/ Secret Santa gift, gifts for coworkers

Collectible Teddy Bear Figurine

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 These Christmas coloured beads would make the ideal secret santa gift for the craft lover in your life! They are ideal for adding sparkle, bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects.
Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red Jewellery and Craft Supplies 1.8 cm x 1.1cm - quantity 20

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Beads

Sue from SuesAkornShop says
 Secret Santa’s are so much fun and it’s always a fun time trying to guess who the Santa is!

This vase is great for a co workers desk or for their home. Change the flowers with the seasons or occasions or keep your favorites in this gorgeous mercury glass vase.

Silver Mercury Glass Vase, Lined Glass Vase, Wedding , Anniversary, Silver Vase, Rounded Vase, Table Centerpiece, Flower Holder

Silver Mercury Glass Vase

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 We love Secret Santa gift exchanges! Whether it’s for a man or woman, just about everyone would love a great deck of Christmas playing cards! Host an office party or family gathering with a friendly game bridge or poker! A great way to kick start the Holiday season!
Vintage Hallmark Double Deck Christmas Playing Cards - Red Poinsettias - Holiday Poker Bridge Card Games - Card Party - Stocking Stuffer

Vintage Christmas Playing Cards

Julia from Fabpatterns1015 says

 A perfect Secret Santa gift; especially, for that favorite teacher! Stuffed, fabric apple, for ornament, shelf, curio, or where ever you wish to use it. Customizable, too!
Apple Fabric Smiles Handmade

Apple Fabric Smiles Ornament

Christa from WintergreenDesign says

 Secret Santa exchanges have always been a great holiday tradition. Most of the secret Santa exchanges I have been apart of have included the exchanging of Christmas Ornaments… I think they are a thoughtful gift and whether you know someone well or not you are likely to find an ornament that will fit the person and your budget.

For a Secret Santa exchange I would definitely go with an ornament. In my shop I have dozen of designs that can be customized by color or hair style making an ornament perfect for your recipient.

Bearded Elf Ornament, Elf Decoration, Striped Elf Christmas Paper Quilled Ornament in Crimson Red, Customizable Beard, Stocking Stuffer

Bearded Elf Ornament

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I loved being apart of the Secret Santa type parties they were so much fun!!!. As the bag was being passed around for you to choose a name you could tell everyone was hoping somebody who was a great gift giver pulled their name. So, I think getting something the person has listed on their wish list would be a pleasant surprise especially if this were there only gift.
Horses lanyard, badge holder or keychain

Horses Lanyard

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 These colourful earrings would make a gorgeous secret santa gift for the jewelery lover. Imprinted with a flower decoration, these handmade earrings are lightweight and an easy transition from day wear to night attire.
Ceramic Earrings Handmade Jewellery Matte Light Blue Purple Oval with Flower design Imprint Comes in Handmade Gift Pouch

Handmade Ceramic Jewelry

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

 I have had several customers recently saying their purchase was for a Secret Santa gift. Since I already wrap all my items in tissue tied up with a simple satin ribbon, they are ready for giving. Here’s an idea that is even useful around the office:
British wool mug cosy / cup cover hand knitted in lichen green wool with wooden button

British Wool Mug Cosy

Esther-Nicole Designs from TheENDboutique says

 Perfectly Unique Holiday or Christmas Gift idea for your Secret Santa, or Holiday Christmas Party 35+ COLOR CHOICES

3pc Rose Pen Holiday Gift Set

3pc Rose Pen CHRISTMAS GIFT SET Holiday Christmas Party Gift Idea~Office Christmas Party Secret Santa Gift Mom Christmas gift idea Set Mom

Rose Pen Set

Pen Flower Bouquet Gift Set Perfect Gift to Co-worker, Best Friend or Floral bouquet/Flower Alternative for your Girlfriend, Wife or Mom.
Create a Custom Centerpiece for Home or Office Desk Décor.

Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says

 I think secret santa is a lovely idea. Here is one for the ladies… If not your choice, I’ve other charmed items too.
Moon Charm Pendant, Christmas Present, Crystal and Bead Pendant, Ladies Pendant Gift, Gifts for Her, Moon Pendant, Blue Bead Pendant, Et 153

Moon Charm Pendant

Outdoor Living

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

With spring finally starting to arrive, we are beginning our preparations for the warm summer days ahead.  For my family this means cleaning the patio and getting the barbecue grill, smoker and patio furniture set up.  During the summer we cook and eat most of our meals outdoors on the patio.  I particularly enjoy breakfast cooked on the grill and sipping my morning coffee while watching the sunrise.

A few years ago, a quiet revolution started in the backyard. Homeowners discovered that they could transform their outdoor spaces into something more than an afterthought by simply bringing the same types of amenities they enjoyed inside the home to the outside.

An outdoor room can be anything that you imagine from a simple chair placed in a secluded spot in your back yard to an elaborate outdoor kitchen and patio installed by a professional landscaping company.  Whether attached to the house or freestanding, sheltered or open to the elements, these rooms are extensions of a homeowner’s personality and style.  Our outdoor living spaces are quickly becoming the place where family and friends prefer to gather for conversation and good times.

The members of the Etsy Christmas In July team share their ideas for outdoor living along with items from their shops that will enhance your outdoor space.

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns shared this idea:

For me outdoor living is about BBQs and picnics with family and friends – but I am not into throwaway plates and cutlery and cups. I like to bring the inside outside for these events and have nice plates, salad bowls, mugs and knifes and forks and, of course, also include the gorgeous handmade picnic blanket!

Dark Blue Ceramic Oval Bowl

 

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique had this reply:

I find outdoor living peaceful and about bringing nature into the home. I love nothing better than to sit in the warm breeze while I work on my crafts and new items for my shop. One of my favorite new items that I love to create while sitting on my porch is my yarn wrapped wreaths with handmade felt flowers.

Felt Flower Wreath

 

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE responded:

One of my favorite things to do is to spread a big quilt out on the lawn in the backyard and have a picnic! A basket filled with sandwiches, fruit and bottled juice or water makes for a great summertime picnic!

Tumbling Blocks Patchwork Quilt

 

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop answered:

What you need is a big squishy cushion for your favourite garden chair.

Pink Shetland Chunky Cushion

 

 

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls shared:

Everyone loves to entertain in the Summer – BBQ’s, Picnics, Outdoor Cookoffs! So, clear off the picnic table and set it with a fun and cheerful tablecloth that’s sure to get the party going!

Vintage BBQ Theme Tablecloth

 

 

Memories from our #LocalMarketSeries

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We spent the month of April at Local Market Series! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #LocalMarketSeries right here on our CIJ blog!

The Local Market Series opened April 1st and ends April 29th!  We saw a few styles of Market spaces!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! Our team members have amazing Market spaces!

Each artist shared with us their Market space,as well as a little about themselves. Please join me as we close our Local Market Series! Watch for new opportunities to come!

Here are the featured Markets:

SummerStarsMasonJars/Jessica

AliciasFindings/Alicia

RosesWorkshop/Roses Workshop

Please use #LocalMarketSeries on social media as you visit our virtual Market Series!

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

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