Host(ess) Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Host(ess) Gifts are something you give to someone who invites you to their gathering,whether that be at a house,job gathering or weekend party.

Your gift of choice depends on many variables including; how well you know the host(ess),your finances and so much more.

Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to see all your Host(ess) Gifts. We want to see all price points!

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I think when going to a party a hostess would love a pretty candle and to make it more special add a candle garland to make it truly festive.

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Red candle garland

Joanna from JoannasScentedSoaps said would you like a stylish, glamorous, luxe, trendy and useful Hostess Gift to Bring to a Holiday Party?
Look at our luxury festive glycerin soaps inspired by Christmas spirit in captivating natural scents derived from France and festive wrapping to be provided as a little treat for your Hostess!

Burgundy luxe tree soap

Amy from FarmhouseDecorArt states this classically styled and elegantly hand painted welcome sign adds a personalized touch to gift giving. Perfectly proportioned at six feet tall and completely handcrafted, no doubt this would make an unforgettable host(ess) gift.

Custom door decor

Margie from ZenCatPottery says at $15, this whimsical handmade egg separator is the perfect hostess gift that she will actually use! It is stoneware pottery and dishwasher- and food-safe. and best of all? It REALLY works!

Whimsical egg separator

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said we love to personalize the party with a variety of hostess gifts available, but you can never go wrong with wine. Our personalized wine shaped cutting board is engraved with your choice of our monogram design options with custom order requests accepted. The cutting board has a removable glass top and is perfect for use as a cutting board or serving tray. We specialize in providing additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards as well. Give the gift that may be put to good use and which may be appreciated by your hostess.

Personalized wine shaped cutting board

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline states for the person hosting the planned event/party you will be going to this holiday season; whether they will enjoy this candle next to a fireplace or not, “Fireplace Cuddles” makes a great host or hostess gift! The woodsy tree bark smell of the Texas Cedarwood and Frankincense oils coming together with the warm undertone of the clove oil creates a candle scent that combines the warmth of a fire and the smokiness of what is being combusted. The host or hostess deserves nothing more than to cuddle up and relax with this candle at the end of the night!

Fireside soy candle

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says these lovely minimalist gold planner bookmarks are an excellently understated gift for the hostess of your next planner and scrap booking meetup. Inspired by nature these pine cone planner charm bookmarks are sure to impress.

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My Best Friend

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Bestie, BFF, pal, peep, soulmate, kitty or pup, best friends come in all forms. They make us laugh, help us cry, helped make us who we are, and will never be forgotten.   From your little furry tail-wagging pal, to your husband or wive, your perfect bridesmaid, or your bestie who is miles away, Etsy Christmas in July has a great selection of  best friend gifts.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The dog is the symbol of the best friend and many people love dogs and have their pets. Portrait of your favorite pet is a perfect gift to express friendship. This is a very good gift for every occasions and souvenir for many years. I paint oil paintings and draws as well. Today I want to present my offer of Pet portraits – large size pastel drawing the whole silhouette on the scenic background!

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

Best friends are always together near or far. I think the beauty of a best friend is being able to feel connected to them when you have not talked or seen them in a long time.

Candles are a great way to show your best friend you are thinking of them while you are not together! A bff candle allows the flame to still go strong when the other is not in the room and lets your friend know you are always there!

Gifts that can be both useful and appreciated are the best ways to express thoughtfulness in gift giving and an understanding of your friend’s needs. We have the perfect gifts to make a house a home, with personalization.
Choose any of the products we have available depending on your best friend’s needs and personalize your purchase using any of our designs, the fonts we have available, or submit your own images to turn your gift into a personalized keepsake to be treasured and put to good use in good company.
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Sand Carved Engraved Sangria Carafe

Thank you for this opportunity to share my bff craft.

We all need a friend or two whom we can call our ride or die. So to me friends are like flowers they grow with each passing day and when you find a gem like this, you end up picking them over and over again!

Best Friend Lanyard And Keychain

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

 My best friend loves dragonflies so I thought it was only fitting to let her inspire me to create this scarf pendant. Dragonflies have been a subject of intrigue going way back in time. I find this fitting for my best friend. She too intrigues me! I think all best friends seem to have an intriguing or fascinating quality that draws us together.

The fascinating thing about this scarf pendant though is that the floral button is interchangeable! Simply replace it with any other special snap button (which can be purchased separately in many jewelry stores) and you have a whole new look resting on top of the dragonfly! Now that is intriguing!

Interchangeable Dragonfly Scarf Pendant

Mairi from mairidesign says:

For many, their life-long best friend is their mother. When we sadly lose our best friend, she leaves a gap in our lives that can never be replaced. The butterfly is recognised as a symbol of hope, and with my iridescent butterfly plant decoration, I include this poem…

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it.”

Iridescent Butterfly Pot Plant Decoration

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Let’s Have A Tea Party

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

As a kid and even an adult it is so much fun to have a tea party with friends and others. There are many types of foods, desserts and more that go into a tea party.

I love having the finger sandwiches, scones, different types of teas and using such beautiful tea services at the tea parties I have gone to.

What do you have in your shop that can be used in a tea party?

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba says decorate your living room with a nice, food theme art piece, it will help you to set up the right atmosphere for your indoor tea party.

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Dessert drawing of macaroons

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this antique cup and saucer would look lovely on the table and it’s pretty enough to leave on display when the guests have departed.

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Vintage china cup

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states  this vintage Noritake creamer and sugar bowl with lid was only manufactured during the years of 1979-1986. It would make a wonderful addition or replacement piece to your Fine China collection.

Noritake cream and sugar bowl

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says while your guests are already calm and comfy from the tea and fixings, a candle with Lemon Essential Oil may be the perfect addition to your tea party. Lemon Essential Oil has been shown to help promote positivity.

Lemon soy candle

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said wonderful gift favors with adorable charms.
English garden tea comes to mind–I can see it added to the place settings and see the lush garden around it.

Tea party zipper pulls

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam states tea parties are great fun. When I went to Ireland we had lots of tea and scones. I am sharing One of my favorites from my personal Tea pot collection!!

Vintage Cronin blue teapot

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says nothing sets the tone of a tea party better than having a nice table setting. Linens can make it even more special. My mom has made so many great table runners that I’ve used throughout the seasons. It makes the place settings even nicer. Here’s one that combines turquoise and brown with a rich floral and paisley pattern.

Quilted table runner

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said if you’re going to have a tea party, then you need to keep the tea warm while you chat! A stylish Harris tweed tea cosy is just the thing. The lovely fabric is hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides islands, and any item made from it is a little bit special.

Harris Tweed tea cosy

Mairi from mairidesign states I’d say we all need butterflies at our tea parties. Pop a colorful butterfly into an empty iced-tea bottle with a few wild flowers from the park, lay down the gingham picnic blanket, and nibble on your Scotch eggs, cucumber sandwich triangles and sip some chilled iced-tea from a china cup.

Butterfly stained glass pot decoration

Amanda from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says my strawberry tea cosy is perfect for any tea-party. It is my best seller and is popular across the globe including Europe, America, Hong Kong and Australia. It was originally created for a 50th birthday tea party and was the highlight of the day!

Strawberry knitted tea cosy

Marta from GottliebTextiles said your kitchen also deserves to be decorated for the tea party. These dish cloths have lovely pastel color tea party themed embroideries. Not only a perfect kitchen decor but also will become handy when washing dishes after the party.

Dessert tea towels

 

How To Relax After A Long Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Who doesn’t love to relax after a long day at work, school,etc? Not only is it nice to slow down and relax, but it has many health benefits as well. Relaxing helps slow heart rate, maintains normal blood sugar levels, reducing chronic pain and muscle tension and so much more.

There are so many ways to relax. Some include yoga, meditation, music, arts, crafts and so much more.

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says many people go fishing to relax… to just sit in the quite of nature is very relaxing to many.

Here are my fish buttons…

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Set of 2 fish buttons

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said here in Florida, many people like to visit the beach to relax. Walking on the beach, listening to the waves, watching the birds fly in and out, collecting shells and sea glass, and watching the crabs come in and out of their hole are just a few of the relaxing things to do on the beach. A beach is a great place to just go to, sit, and think in such a peaceful atmosphere. I’ll bet many problems are being solved on the beach…

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Vintage wire seashell basket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I’m sensing a nature theme here. My number one way to relax is to go for a long hike or walk. Getting my heart racing, strengthening my muscles, breathing in fresh air and letting my thoughts wander away from the fast-paced world and end up in a calm place where I can appreciate all the planet has to offer.

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Printable travel art

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says relaxation is very important. There are many ways to regenerate the body and soul. There is currently a Zen-style interior trend that promotes body and mind harmony.

I have to offer large original paintings of earth and sky tones, inspired by nature. This painting is an affirmation of life and my vision of connecting with the world of plants and animals. I gave it the title “Forest Spirit” and it reminds me of old beliefs and rituals. People have always believed that nature has the power to heal and science now confirms this knowledge. This painting creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Very well suited to the interior in the Zen style.

In my shop, there are also large pastel paintings that bring nature. I also paint for orders. Just let me know.

Abstract oil painting

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said many people, myself included, love paper crafting – scrapbooking, card making, decoupage. When I have that down time to make something with paper, it really helps me let go of the stress and be just happy.

Pastel digital scrapbooking papers

Cerena from CerenaLevene states many folks enjoy camping among a natural setting to relax. For me a good set of cozy pajamas is quite enough ~ a bib would come in handy too for sad movie tears! Or for a catch all and mouth wipe after pizza.

Flannel pants and bib set

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says relaxation is very important for our overall mental awareness and well-being. I have been using candles as a method for relaxation over the years and recently started learning about the benefits of essential oils. Incorporating essential oils like 100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil has been shown to drive away anxious thoughts and promote positivity!

Lemongrass essential oil soy candle

Marta from GottliebTextiles said there is nothing more relaxing than a nice afternoon nap. Your sofa should be not only cozy but also stylish. Here is a nice set of two cushion covers to brighten up your relax zone.

Elephant cushion cover set

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states many people like to read to relax! Here’s a perfect metal bookmark designed just for that purpose! Created with a soft pink bead and a floral focal point hinting of a nice summer day, it doesn’t get much more relaxing than this!

Pink bead and flower accent bookmark

Complementing Colors That Also Contrast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green. These create a high contrast, so they are used when you want something to stand out. Artists are known to use these colors in their artwork to allow something to “pop” or “stand out” in whatever they are creating. One color will often be used as a background color while the other color will be used for accents.

Here are some wonderful items from team members of the Etsy Christmas in July team who have used this concept to create some beautiful items on display in their shops. Be sure to check them out and witness some talent in action!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Red Longhaired Dachshund on a dark green background. This cute dog is similar to a small fox. To paint him very realistic I put it on a dark green background. The strong contrast makes it very realistic and the whole composition is in autumn colors. You can choose the color of the frame, but I prefer gold because it slightly neutralizes the contrast and adds warm colors.

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Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I designed this cross body bag around a piece of Japanese fabric featuring cranes. I love the contrast of green treetops against the red background and of course the metallic gold for a bit of bling. Definitely a stand out color combination!

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  says:

Blue and Gold – cool and warm, complimentary and contrasting.

This is all reflected in our Best Friends Card: Soul Sisters. Perfect for your childhood best friend, graduation buddies, or members of a bridal shower.

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The contrasting colors in this Harris tweed tea cozy make it really eye-catching. Many traditional tartans use red and green, but I think this twist to brick and turquoise is rather unusual.

 

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Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Bright pink has a fantastic contrast on a black background.

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Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

Here you will see the contrasting decorative stitch in a golden yellow upon a terrific purple flannel backing of this baby bib set.

The yellow and purple are repeated in the painted Easter egg fabric. The contrasting yellow verses violet (and orange verses blue ) add to the excitement of the holiday! Feed your little golden egg with less mess and more style.

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Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

I chose these contrasting colors when creating the label so that when you need light during an emergency situation, you can easily find this candle! This candle provides light and is very lite!

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Chunky jewel tones gemstone necklace in tones of blue, amber, bronze, brown, turquoise and gold. The gemstones included are African turquoise, amber, natural blue aquaterra jasper beads with a mixture of a fabulous blue and a sparkling gold quartz, red agate, pietersite and brown mookaite jasper.

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsByCristal says:

Purple and gold are the colors of my favorite school. To me these colors represent strength, spirit and excellence. Purple is also so regal!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

It is interesting to me how the orange will stand out differently with the shades of deep purples and then with the shades of teal greens. This makes a cool wool felted hot pad how it all came together after knitting and felting. Color is so fascinating, don’t you think?

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