Up In The Air

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Is your head always in the clouds? Do you dream of flying on a dragon’s back? Are you an aeroplane geek? Whatever takes your fancy, be it balloons, kites, birds or flying technology, get ready for lift off as we head up in the air.

The Christmas in July team share what items they have that are related to things ‘Up In The Air’.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Hot air balloons are a wonderful escape from the everyday.
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Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

There are many items in our shop that could be considered for the theme … Up in the Air. We have song birds, ducks, and butterflies that have been hand burned and/or carved and/or painted, depending upon the item. So, it was hard choosing which one to highlight. I chose this butterfly and floral sculpture because it is one of my favorite items. I love the contrast colors of yellow and black on the swallowtail butterfly. I also love its hues of pink on the hibiscus flower.
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Hibiscus with Swallowtail Wood sculpture

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

I have called this large oil painting the “Forest Spirit”. I painted a bird and a tree that are connected to the background of the blue sky and clouds. This is a little surrealistic picture and presents the tree in a somewhat abstract way, which is also the texture of the canvas and the tree leaf structure. All these elements intermingle. The colors of sky and nature are calming. The picture is very decorative and creates an atmosphere of relaxation. It will be a great decoration of the living room wall or another representative interior.
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Bird Tree Forest Oil Painting

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I take what nature provides and turn it into beautiful jewelry to wear and love. This bracelet has a buttery soft brown leather with sunflower yellow Czech glass flower beads, turquoise leaf beads, blue Czech glass bird beads, and tiny seed beads in coordinating colors.
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Flower and Bird Bracelet

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

While I’m afraid of heights I still love seeing the vast array of hot air balloons that come in so many colors and styles. So, when I came upon this fabric it screamed make me into a dog bandana!!
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Hot Air Balloons Dog Bandana

Mairi from mairidesign says

The dragonfly symbolizes change and the perspective of self realization, representing an emotional maturity of wisdom, transformation and adaptability. As a creature of the wind, it reminds us to go beyond what we see on the surface and look deeper into the implications and aspects of life – but to keep a light, positive outlook even in our darkest moments. Enjoy this stained glass dragonfly as it catches the sun in your room or garden.
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Dragonfly Stake for Flower Pot

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

The weather is turning cold here now in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, but I have a Butterfly Bush in my front yard. It is FILLED with butterflies all summer long. And, I already miss the summer. These porcelain earrings are handmade in my ceramic studio and fired 2 times, to temperatures over 6,000*F(0ver 1090*C).

Porcelain butterfly stud earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

When my head is in the clouds, I hope to come back and record the inspired thoughts before they disappear. Our folding nameplate includes a space to store a pen inside of the nameplate to keep it from walking off when you step away from your desk or it may be placed in a hole drilled in the top of the nameplate to have it ready at a moments notice. When you have your head in the clouds, have your pen at the ready, you never know what dreams may come. Personalization is included in the cost of our products with any of our designs, using any font we have available, and we also offer additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards for shipping directly to your gift recipient. Make every gift giving opportunity into an inspired gift giving experience in our shop @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized nameplate

 

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Items Of The Week: Multifunctional

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

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International Chocolate Day

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Fantastic news! The 13th of September is International Chocolate Day!

“I love the pleasure of chocolate
As it melts upon my tongue
It dribbles all through my mouth
And squishes around my gums”
~ Chocolate Pleasure, Verse 1 – Poem by Marilyn Lott

Need I say any more?

I bet you can’t wait to see all our choccie goodies…scroll on down…

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

Lizzie Kate Chocolate Lovers Chart Pack With Cookie Buttons is the perfect project when you need a pick me up without the calories:
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Chocolate Lovers Cross Stitch Pattern

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says

What can I say … I love chocolate! Milk Chocolate … Dark, semi-sweet Chocolate … White Chocolate! Anything is better with Chocolate, and there’s nothing that can’t be solved with a little bit of Chocolate! When I see this bracelet, I think of the different types of Chocolate all swirling together … a Chocolate delight without the calories!

Natural wooden bracelet

Ceylon Yellow – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Ceylon Yellow.

PANTONE #15-0850
Ceylon Yellow
Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch.

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

zizzybob from zizzybob says the yellow ribbon, which is a symbol for Support of our Deployed Military Troops as well as; Bladder Cancer, Amber Alert, Endometriosis, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and General Symbol for Hope.

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Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said these hand painted mugs are such happy mugs. They would be so pretty sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be filled with your favorite beverage. They are unique and one of a kind.

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Mary from ByFreddismom states I have always enjoyed using non traditional colors in my holiday creations and Yellow is one of my favorites! This snowman in this color has been very popular over the last couple of years, I’ve shipped him as far away as Italy!

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Mairi from mairidesign says this pendant, with a lovely butterfly which has wings of yellow and brown, would be just perfect to match your autumn tone fashions this fall. A hint of green, a touch of lavender, and a bronze setting, makes this jewelry set a must have.

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Karen from timetalentjewels said in today’s fashions it is fun to capture the autumn tones in this beaded bracelet known as Ceylon Yellow, Chunky, One of A Kind, Fashion Bracelet. Fun,Fun,Fun!!

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Nancy from EponasCrystals states this is a Goddess Necklace – Six strands of sari silk and other ribbons in tones of ceylon yellow, and moss green are adorned with beaded gemstone dangles and a handmade goddess pendant. The gemstone dangles include green rhyolite, butterscotch amber, cultured pearls, rutilated quartz, and green prehnite.

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Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says I love the bumble bee print on this bandana and I even love the honey they produce but not the stings they give out. I’d say this is the perfect place you can enjoy them on a bandana and not moving!

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said Ceylon yellow is a bright, happy color … this Painted Bunting song bird wood art sculpture features many beautiful colors, but it’s the yellow on its wing that really catches your eye!

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Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo states Here’s your Autumn/Winter woolly fashion needs met! I hand knit this hat using pure Norwegian wool to keep out the chill and chose this color to remind me of of those long, lazy, hazy days of summer and to brighten up even the dullest of autumn and winter days!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ceylon Yellow board!

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Nebulas Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Nebulas Blue!

PANTONE 18-4048
Nebulas Blue
Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue.

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

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says I love painting on glassware. Flowers seem to be my thing. This is such a sweet Nebulas blue floral vintage candy dish. I believe it would be lovely on anyone’s table filled with candy, pickles, cheese, crackers, etc. Someone has to love it as much as I do.

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zizzybob from zizzybob said I made these airplane quilt blocks with the idea that they would be used to make a baby or small boy’s quilt. But I did have one lady who purchased a set to make a Quilt of Valor for an Air Force Veteran. You just never know where these things will end up.

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mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 states this blue haired retro troll wears Nebulas Blue.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says I think the color blue is beautiful and serene, no matter what hue, and I love this blue jay bird wood sculpture because I think it shows that thought! … it was painted using a several washes of differing blue hues, which makes this blue bird really special!

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Nancy from EponasCrystals said this is an ombre Tassel Necklace – Beautiful frosted glass beads in blue and grey tones with a triple ombre blue cotton tassel.

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Mary from ByFreddismom states every year I try to incorporate as many colors as I can in my selection of ornaments. This pretty blue is one of my favorites this year.

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Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says these under water sea creature are so cute and the different hues of blue are so vibrant. I absolutely love the color blue in any form!

If you love going to the aquarium and seeing all the sea creatures and the pretty ocean colors you’ll want this dog collar as part of your pets accessories.

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Karen from timetalentjewels said what everyone wants or needs is something warm on their head in the wintertime is a hat! This Rolled Brimmed Hat is a beautiful color of blue with white highlights. A fun and attractive hat is the latest shade of Nebulas Blue!

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Mairi from mairidesign states that these iridescent, flame patterned, fire polished, glass beads are so beautiful. They catch so many colors in different lighting and, as you can see, there is definitely some ‘Nebulas Blue’ in there. I made these earrings using, by far, my favorite Czech art glass beads made by a local company.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Nebulas Blue  board!

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

Matte Finish

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Matte Finish is free of shine,resulting in muted tones and colors. There are many paints,stains and such that can be used in making our items.

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says this original oil painting is painted impasto and knife technique. The image surface is matte and traces of the brush and knife are visible. It is a very noble and decorative technique. The coloring of the image is toned down. Green and shades of gray create an atmosphere of peace and rest. This modern painting will be a perfect complement to modern furniture in your living room, office or other representative interiors. The color of the frame can be chosen according to your preferences.

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Nude Original Oil Painting

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said the 1960s and 70’s brought a wave of shiny metal and plastics into the home and workplace. Prior to that, many objects were natural or flat finish painted wood. These charming wooden snack plates from the 1940s were painted in pastel colors and used in the home or taken on fancy picnics. We love the shape and calming color palette of these highly collectible plates!

Set of 4 vintage wood snack trays

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states all of the items in our shop, whether burned, carved, or painted, are finished using a matte sealant. The reason that we use a matte sealant rather than a glossy one is that we want the focus to be on the natural highs and lows of the wood, and a matte finish achieves that goal. I chose to showcase the hand burned owl plaque to illustrate the beauty of that can be achieved when using matte sealant on natural wood!

Woodburned owl decor

Mairi from mairidesign says the Mediterranean Sea finished off this piece of teal green glass to a perfect matte finish. I collected this piece of glass from a beach near Barcelona and chose it to be my first item of jewelry made from my beloved sea glass collection. Did you know that sea glass is also known as Mermaid’s Tears? So beautiful! Click the photo to read more about the legend of Neptune and the Mermaid.

Teal Green Sea Glass Pendant

Organic Materials

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Organic materials are pretty hot and in demand. They can be in anything handmade, vintage, supplies, furniture and so much more. Organic materials could be resin, plastic, wood, clay and more. We want to see your shop items made with organic materials.

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says this decorative jewelry box is 100% eco-friendly. It is made of natural full pine wood. The top of the box is hand-painted with artistic oil paints. The painting depicts a singing bird Meadowlark in a natural, spring scenery. A great gift idea for nature’s lover.

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Meadowlark scenery painted wooden box

Betsy from Betsysbijoux said From the 1950’s, this hand carved wooden Christmas tree with a single flower ornament is a one of a kind piece and a unique take on the classic Christmas tree.

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Wood Christmas tree brooch

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states this sign is an example of up-cycled and re-purposed fence slats. Once my new privacy fence was installed after Hurricane Irma, there were some slats left over. The fencing contractor gave them to me. I love how my fence slat signs turned out. What do you think?

Positive saying wood sign

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says living among the bayous and swamps in Southeastern Louisiana, nature and the environment are important elements in our shop and our lives. So we make every effort to use reclaimed and organic materials in creating our items. I chose to feature the cat wall hanging. I believe that showcases our commitment to the environment as it is made from reclaimed cypress wood from our area.

Cat wall hanging