International Seasons Conclusion – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

We spent September 2018 hearing from a few of our team members, here on our blog, during our Etsy Christmas In July International Seasons.

Our #EtsyCIJ team is international and it has been wonderful seeing your photographs and learning a bit more about you and where you are in the world.

Please join me as we conclude the #CIJSeasons

Here are the participating featured members we shared with you this month:

Mairimairidesign / #CIJSeasons

Carola / Carola Bartz#CIJSeasons

Przemila K / CanisArtStudio / #CIJSeasons

Margie / ZenCatPottery / #CIJSeasons

Cristal / DesignsbyCristal / #CIJSeasons

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJSeasons and thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s International Seasons blog theme.

CIJ

International Seasons: CanisArtStudio – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Spring Is The Favorite Season Of Przemila K from CanisArtStudio

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1. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season of the year is spring. I like it when the day is getting longer and nature wakes up. For me, this is the time when the best light for painting is. I paint with nature and I always look forward to painting flowers when they are in the greatest bloom. I love when birds sing because I also paint birds and I like to watch them.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

I live in central Europe and I am currently in summer. This year is very hot and August is the time when there is a lot of fruit, and farmers harvest. This year there is a lot of fruit, especially apples and plums. This is the first sign of the coming autumn. Today, I also noticed a cold morning – it is also a sign that the end of summer is approaching.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

In my shop, there are many items representing different seasons, because I paint nature: animals, birds, flowers, etc. You can also find a lot of spring paintings and painted clocks with birds. But today I chose this pastel painting to tell the story of a little flower. This is the “Golden Lily” (Lilium Martagon). This plant is very rare and, in my country, it is under legal protection.
In the place where I live, are steep limestone rocks and on one of them is an old castle. There is also a legend. The owner of this castle hunted in this area together with his servant. This servant – a young knight candidate found the entrance to a cave full of treasures. The jealous ruler knocked him off the rock. When he came back home, a viper bit him. He could not be saved and after his death, the castle was ruined. No one else found the treasure…
One day, I was walking with my dogs in this forest and I found this little flower. This picture is my interpretation and illustration of the legend.
The painting was presented during my own exhibition and I attach to the parcel a catalog from this exhibition.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

I live in Poland and in my country, at this time of year, there are two traditional feasts: Our Lady of the Herb (15 August) and Harvest Festival.
On that day, people make bouquets of flowers and herbs. This day is an official celebration and a day off from work.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canisartstudio/
Twitter: twitter.com/przemilak
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/canisartstudio
Pinterest: pl.pinterest.com/canisart/
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/b/101702500030425500831/+Canis-artBlogspot

International Seasons: mairidesign – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Summer Is The Favorite Season Of Mairi from mairidesign

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1. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer is my favourite season! At different times of my life, I’ve enjoyed each season. As a child, it was winter because playing in the snow was so much fun. At one time, it was Autumn because of the lovely colours of nature, but now, it makes me feel that time is slipping away and the dark nights are looming. For a while, spring made me happy and there was a freshness with new growth. But, summer, in Central Europe, is the best for me now. There’s little rain or wind and the sun shines for days on end, unlike in Scotland. For me, it’s a tonic.

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

We’re changing from summer to autumn and the leaves began to change colour, on some trees, at the end of July. The temperature has dropped and more leaves are browning. Other than a couple of rainy days, the sun is still shining.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This surfer’s necklace, with a piece of industrial safety glass, which had found its way into the sea, was tumbled around by the waves for years, and then washed ashore in the surf, is a perfect symbol of summer. Walking along the beach, watching the surfers dance with the waves, whilst I collect sea glass in the sun, is my happy place.

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4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

The 28th September is the feast day of Svaty Vaclav (St. Wenceslas), the patron saint of Bohemia, and is a national holiday, Statehood Day, in the Czech Republic. This is the same Good King Wenceslas, who is mentioned in the Christmas carol. Around this time, there are folklore festivals with traditional craft demonstrations and battle reenactments, grape harvest festivals and burcak drinking (partly fermented young wine). So much fun!

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5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mairidesign1
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mairidesign1/
Pinterest: cz.pinterest.com/mairidesign/
Twitter: twitter.com/mairidesign
Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/+MairiThompson

International Seasons Introduction – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

This September we have International Seasons – #CIJSeasons planned!

Seasons begin on the first day of the months that includes the equinoxes and solstices. While one hemisphere is in one season, the other hemisphere will be in the opposite one. Everyone has their favorite season, even if the reason for loving the season is different.

Throughout September, Etsy Christmas In July team members will be sharing their thoughts, traditions, photos and Etsy items all about their favorite seasons.

Follow the team’s seasons articles here on the blog and find us on social media using the hashtag  #CIJSeasons.

Thank you to Alicia from AliciasFindings for organizing this month’s theme.

Now let’s check out the shows!

Mairimairidesign / #CIJSeasons

Carola / Carola Bartz#CIJSeasons

Przemila K / CanisArtStudio / #CIJSeasons

Margie / ZenCatPottery / #CIJSeasons

Cristal / DesignsbyCristal / #CIJSeasons

Please use #CIJSeasons on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops this month!

Thank you so much for joining us as we enjoy our #CIJSeasons!

Seasons

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate the different seasons of members. Since we are a global team the seasons are as varied as our members – the months of May and June are our focus.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo:

May is the month I absolutely prefer for many reasons. First of all my birthday is in May and it’s nice to be celebrated by family and friends!

This month by us has the perfect temperature: not too hot as in summer but warm enough to go to the beach, a few minutes from my home.

Consider that in one hour I can reach Amalfi and in a bit more Positano, so if I want to spend a day in paradise, I just have to go there! In May they are even more beautiful!

My town, Salerno, in South Italy, is on the sea, but we are surrounded by hills and country, where you can see as spring has sprung out in all its beauty and richness.

Balconies of any buildings are full of flowers, as they have the right sun and temperature.

Even in town you can hear a lot of birds singing and you can see the incredible work of swallows, flying forth and back to prepare their nest under houses roof.

In Italy we call May “the roses month”.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Becky from LollysCubbyHole:

I live in the Sunshine State…that about sums it up! Although I am now in the northern part of Florida, we go back and forth to Miami a lot. Summer brings lots of storms to South Florida and a good deal of rain for most of the state. It is hot, it is muggy at times but it is SUNNY MOST OF THE TIME! Trees, grass and landscapes grow like “weeds” literally and figuratively!

I see itsy bitsy lemons and oranges already on the tips of the trees!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Hungary is warmer than Toronto Canada where I am from . The summer comes earlier and winter means 1-2 days of maybe snow.
The grass stays green.May to me means the poppies are out. Every year the bright color just takes my breath away.
The one thing we loved about living here is the weather. In may especially all the trees have dropped their flowers and the almonds, peaches etc are on coming to life. The garden is filled with birds and bees.
I have a big fig tree and there are so many baby figs on it already.
The feral cats I feed are pregnant and so double food is always needed from now on.
May probably is the nicest month here in Hungary.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

CandyAppleCrafts from CandyAppleCrafts:

May is the height of tornado season in the US Midwest, in the midway point of spring. My hometown of Moore, Oklahoma, tends to make it into the national and international news each year with natural disasters. On May 20, 2013, we had one of the worst tornadoes in our history, which destroyed a big part of the town (and it isn’t a small town). If you don’t believe me, just Google that date and check out the Wikipedia article about it.

So far, we’ve had daily, flooding rains and a few tornado scares since the month began. Most people in this area have a storm shelter (a small, underground room with a flat lid) or know where to find one. We also are intimately familiar with the high, droning call of the tornado siren, and the chartreuse color the sky turns when the clouds are full of hail.

I can safely say that I hate the weather in May and tend to wish the month would end quickly, but I do love how everything turns green (intensified against the gray skies, wet-black bark of the plants, and orange-red clay). All the roses and peonies in my yard bloom brightly, and the air is filled with sweet bird calls and the flitting wings and long, forked tails of Scissortail Flycatchers (my state bird).

CandyAppleCrafts

CandyAppleCrafts

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

Well, here in Australia it is the first month of Autumn…. many in the northern hemisphere associate Autumn with the falling of leaves, but in Australia we don’t have deciduous trees because we are a much warmer drier climate, even down south closer to the Antarctic.

So, for me Autumn is about the Autumn season flowers, and the forming of new gum nuts on gum trees which will eventually flower in the Spring…

Practically, it is about planting winter veggie seedlings in the garden and also about gathering lots of firewood for the Winter – I live in a particularly cold part of Australia and wood heating is my only form of warmth for both my house and studio.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Char Tyger from TygerDoveDesign:

The geese came home! “April showers bring May flowers.” That’s what my Grandmother used to say. Not only has the times changed, that my Grandmother is no longer with us, I have noted that times (seemingly) have changed the seasons as well. This year, it should be, “May showers bring June flowers.” It has been quite rainy this year; however the trees are bringing out their greens. It’s a wonderful time of year when all around you, you see what has been in slumber proclaim, “I am here! I am alive!” It’s a great thing to see, yet it makes all wonder what Summer will bring. We live by Lake Erie, so what that normally leads to is a muggy, humid, damp air. It only lasts about 3 months, before Fall begins to set in and the leaves begin their grande final with a great color display before they fall off for the winter. The geese fly South and the snow begins to fly. Everything goes back to slumber.

TygerDoveDesign

TygerDoveDesign

Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery:

 Here in the England May is a mixed month so far this year we’ve had everything from torrential rain, to bright sunshine and hailstones, and that’s just in one day! For me though May is a month where everything is coming into blossom or bloom and the garden suddenly grows fast, but more importantly it is the month I always wait for as the oil rapeseed flowers in the fields and turns the green grass of England to a patchwork of yellow framed by green hedgerows; perfect!

LSBJewellery

LSBJewellery