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!

September – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate September – New Arrivals.

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This fall arrangement is striking. The vase was given to me as a present for my shop and the fall flowers were purchased from a new store. The neutral colors in the vase are mirrored in the flowers and grasses. The arrangement includes a large sunflower, pumpkins, berries, fruit and grasses. I actually have two similar ones in different sizes for anyone who is looking for a set.



Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

My town is close to Naples, which beauties and traditions are well-known all over the world.

One of these is Pulcinella, a mask who deals with life difficulties with a philosophy of his own.

Another aspect of Naples (but more generally of all South Italy) are our balconies, where you can see long cloth lines always full of laundry and bunches of chili peppers, hanging from a nail, to get dried under the sun.

So I tried to re-create this view, putting a ceramic Pulcinella on an imaginary balcony.



Melissa R from missy69 says:

I love to paint, and I also love to recycle or upcycle products into something new and beautiful. These are ice coffee bottles that have been recycled into bride and groom Gothic or Halloween wine glasses. These were so much fun to make, and I intend to do more with other themes.



Tiffanie from FrivolousFunBoutique says:

This beautiful ornament was inspired by my three-year old who requested that I make her one of my cluster pendants with her beads though bigger! (lol) It turn out amazing and I liked them so much I made more to put in my shop. I bead the wire then crochet it into a circle to make a 3 inch ornament. When I look at this particular ornament I see a wonderful Christmas gift for a special little princess.



Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

I’m a quilter and love to include the holiday’s in my work. This is my original design tree skirt with 200 pieces making up a homemade, handmade piece. Perfect to become a family heirloom or the ideal wedding gift. After showing the design at my local quilt guild, I’ve been called upon to teach the technique at quilt shops and guilds.



Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

I saw this vintage look print set and had to have it. It is a reprint, but totally brought back memories of my childhood and quilts that my mother had around the house that had been given to her. I had it in my collection for a while because I loved it so much, I could not bear to sew it. Then, one of my son’s asked about it, and I decided that it was too special to not share with others. I made one of these pillow cases for my house, and one for Etsy. Mine will be well-loved by two little boys at my house being dragged from room to room with them. I can’t wait to see where the other one will end up at!



Handmade Covers from HandmadeCovers says:

This is a zipper case for 13 inch Laptop or Mac Book 13. Recently I learned how to use faux leather with fabric to create more sturdy bags for laptops. So I had this cute paisley print in vibrant colors which I wanted to use as a pocket of the bag and a plain beige cloth for the back. When the bag was complete it looked attractive to me. Hope you will like it too!



Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s my new item just listed.

A name plaque for little Owen in Geelong, Victoria (Australia) whose daddy is a Formula 1 Racer!

A special plaque it will be!



Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Meet Dax the sassy dachshund!

When I saw the pattern in a yarn store I knew that I had to knit this cute little dog. I chose a rust color and happily knitted along. The process reminded me of my needlework class in elementary school that I hated! At that time I was knitting a polar bear, and the teacher ripped the whole thing apart because my stitches were too loose. I was devastated (I was 8 years old at that time) and completely discouraged. It took many years until I picked up knitting needles again – and I love it. This dog is my first complete knitted animal since that needlework class! I see him as a comforting cuddle toy for a little child. He sure gives those cuddles back!



Gigi from GigisBlueRose says:

I saw the turtle shell and thought, “I just have to make that.” I wanted the shell to stay on the baby as a costume so I decided to add straps and a diaper cover to make it a cute little Halloween costume.



Tracey Ghazal from TreasuresFoundShoppe says:

This is the first gift I ever bought for my now ex-husband when we were dating in the early 80’s. The handsome young man modeling it is our son. He wasn’t too happy about having to be my model especially when I told him we were taking the pictures outside…. its 90 degrees in Florida today!



Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love turquoise and leather! I found these large flower shaped beads and thought they would be perfect for this tassel necklace. I added a touch of orange and a leather tassel. I think the look is definitely boho!



Lucy Clasen from LuDesignsCreations says:

I love making leather cuffs and have made many designs. Now I am making them to buckle in the back. This white leather is beautiful, thick and has ripples in it. I finished it off with a silver Tree of Life which has meaning for many cultures and religions. I like the symbolism.

The concept of a tree of life has been used in biology, religion, philosophy, and mythology. A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The term tree of life may also be also used as a synonym for sacred tree.



Kimberly Hanna Wallis from LaSouciqueStudio says:

We started working with sea glass when living on the island of Guernsey where we collected gads of it at Ladies Bay. Now we’re in Florida where we’re inspired by the sunshine.

The soft Aqua Blue color of this Hawaiian sea glass is calming, seeming to change in every shade of light much like the sea does; The natural, organic shape is not manipulated in any way, only top-drilled then wrapped them in the “crazy” style with 925 sterling silver to honor the history that these pieces have seen over the decades tossed in the sea.



Carrie Peninger from Carebarescreations93 says:

I made these to help earn money for my friends family. She passed away about 2 weeks ago and left a lot of doctor bills. She loved Lady Bug and was a wonderful woman. All the money made from these will go to her family.



Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

It is spring time here in Australia. I love the flowers that come out this time of year and the beautiful scent in the air! I have not done quilling for a while and decided to get my quilling gear out. Being spring time I decided to make this set of floral gift tags, perfect for birthdays or to brighten someone’s day!






Self Improvement Month – September

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

September is a month with lots of changes, new beginnings and hopefully a great start to a new you!

There are many ways we can self improve whether it be physical, emotional or mentally.

Here at Team Christmas in July we wish to know how your craft has improved you and show a picture of one of your items that improved your skills.

Candy Frizzell of TrueEarthDesigns told me:

How my craft has improved is sourcing and the choosing of higher grade gemstones and working with different types of bails to make the Y necklace styles. My design style is mostly in the classic gallery with a mixture of tribal.


Valentina Caceres of JuguetesEloisa explained:

Every time I make one of my toys I think my craft improves. Also, learning of new tool to use has improve it a lot!. If I have to choose one item that has improved my craft it will possible be this one. This castle set has help me going on a next level of toys, allowing to experiment in size, colors, different shapes and adding something else, in this case the drawbridge. It was a real challenge, both doing the castle and the dragons!


Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads stated:

I came into this with no real experience so I know I have learned and improved. I have made changes in grade of materials, quality of our supplies that we use and the ones we sell. I think I have made the most improvement on expressing myself in classic, almost minimalist pieces like this. I also have improved on allowing myself to make what I feel and not always think it has to be like everyone elses’ to sell.


Arlene of ThisandThatCrafter said:

Getting more into my upcycling… Trying to recreate instead of throw away…

Here are some of my up-cycled tags and ribbons….

I am going to start cutting strips of plain sheets and stamping them for the holidays… Will post some once I get them done.


Walter Silva of WalterSilva mentioned:

Lately, I have been drawing a lot on deconstructed cardboard boxes with Sharpies.
I just draw and have fun… Now I am developing these doodles to the next level with Caran d’ache crayons and importing them into Photoshop and voila, very cool doodles on new items. Learning that a simple fun drawing can be developed with other materials is so rewarding. You can follow these steps on my instagram, where I post them.

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There is so much you can improve on both big and small…so start a Self Improvement Revolution!