Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate May – New Arrivals.
Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says:
I’ve always wanted to design and craft a line of journals that are completely my own. I feel this series of Fancy Coptic Journals is a step in the right direction. The covers showcase paper that I hand-dyed, yielding unique results, making each book one of a kind. And while the coptic stitch is fairly common, I’ve amended it to show off the spine of the book.
Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:
One of my closest friends loves tea and many times as we spend time together she will offer me a cup of tea as we share, laugh, cry, or just enjoy each other in silence. As I made the card, I thought of her, “A cup of Tea warms the soul like a good friend”.
Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:
At the moment I have quite a few friends who are having babies! Havng 2 boys of my own (one of them a baby), thought why not make a baby boy card to welcome a new baby! The card is layered giving it a 3D effect.
Lin Collette from rhodyart says:
From a purely practical standpoint, I need to add more get well/encouragement cards to the shop, so that’s one reason I made this.
On a more creative level, though, I love to work with vintage photos and images of people from bygone times and imagine what they might be thinking, especially if their expression is very prim and proper.
This particular image, I think, is from a website called The Graphics Fairy and it’s one of a set of Victorian Shakespearean images of Shakespeare heroines. I did notice that Lady Macbeth is not included in this set (lol) and if you know the play, you’ll understand why.
I like to use vintage style patterned papers to evoke that mood of a time past, hence my choice of the red and white paper used here-the red pattern is actually flocked onto the paper so it’s raised and feels very nice. Adds a little extra touch.
Though I do other work that I don’t usually sell on Etsy, I always, always come back to doing these cards because I enjoy them.
Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:
I had this idea of including a compass on a graduation card. I like the idea of pointing to the right direction after graduation and finding a way through life. A graduation is a start for that, isn’t it? My daughter will graduate from high school next year, so this topic is currently close to me.
Cathy Hahn from CathysCraftWorld says:
I love making things for children. Although my shop is for everyone, I have a special love for creating things for babies and children. I love making frames that can either be picture frames or decorations all by themselves. I would love to have people come see what I do as I also love browsing other’s shops!
Tanya Hladovska from Unicard says:
With this set of postcards you will be able to congratulate all the members of your family or friends. Сolorful handmade card will please anyone. I make them in spring and summer and let all the warmth of this seasons be transferred to your close people on winter evenings.
Carmen from Mipezluna says:
Lately I have become an addict to make these pouches with amigurumi.
My little daughter loves them and uses the first one that I made to keep her “castañuelas” that she uses in Spanish dancing class. Now all her friends want one for themselves!
Theresa Holland from KraftyGrannysHome says:
I love creating these and they are so useful, always looking through my stash of fabric to find a combo that I like.
MissMinù from TinyFeltHeart says:
It’s very, very warm here, it seems Summer has already arrived! And I prefer rainy days and cold weather!
I’m always thinking about Christmas, especially in Spring-Summer.
It’s one of my Happy thoughts!
I’m sewing some Christmas items and I’m listening to ‘Have Yourself a merry Little Christmas’ sung by Judy Garland in ‘Meet me in St. Louis’.
Sarah from bellazahn says:
Don’t you just love the Scandinavian feel of all these stockings? They remind me of the handknitted jumpers my mother used to knit when we were kids. Sadly my knitting skills are not up to making them in wool so this advent calendar in cotton will have to be my new favourite instead!
Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:
I have started to ramp up my Christmas listings already. This charming pillow cover is made with a section of one of my antique postcards and adds just the right vintage touch to the upcoming holiday season decorating. Actually I think it is charming enough to leave out for the entire winter season. Soft and cuddly the pillow cover is made from velveteen – ahh, just perfect to cuddle with on those cold winter nights (yup, those cold nights will return).
Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:
I love vintage items and when I found this sweet honey bee pattern, I just had to embroider it! I picked a new fabric for the back that had a mod style to it which adds to the retro feel. It would be a lovely spring and summer decor item and would be a fabulous gift for a bee collector or gardener.
Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:
I love all vintage things and summer dresses are high on my list to love. This seersucker sundress is so typical of the 1950’s 1960’s .
Beautifully made and so perfect for summer.
Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:
I believe this skirt was a custom made piece, it’s so extremely well done. The fabric is so rich with eyelet ruffles and silver eagles. I found this skirt in Thrift store in Palm Spring, CA.
Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:
I love this soft organic cotton for spring and summer hats. I designed this hat using the common fan pattern striped in such a way to produce the ever popular chevron pattern. The muted colors complement each other and the style and texture remind me of Victorian era fashion.
Sally Manke from SallyManke says:
Newbie today: I have a new couching foot for my long arm sewing machine. My VAST stock (hoard is my hubby’s word for this pile) of sari silk ribbon works so well with it. The result of my silk and huge pile of pics of the local sunset over Lake Michigan.
Becky from LollysCubbyHole says:
Starting off the summer with some newly created wreaths. This one is a great way to honor the USA in your home!
Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry says:
I have had this ancient Roman coin showing the image of Roman empress Julia Domna on one side and Roman goddess Diana on the other. As I love to set ancient coins in my sterling silver rings, I have set it in a predesigned ring I made for the coin and decorated it with a hammered. silver thread. I believe that mainly women can wear it with pride.
Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:
There’s something about the quiet, yet elegant simplicity of antique white china bowls. Found recently in a Victorian estate sale, these beautiful bowls celebrated many a holiday meal with family.
Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:
This cute little bowl is made using the pinching method – I love making pinch pots because they are very intimate and hands on, and the shape of the finished bowl reflects the shape of the makers hand…. it is almost a document in clay!
I also love pinch pots because they are very organic, and the green glaze used on this bowl serves to heighten this natural feel.
Karen from KarenLovesAntiques says:
This is a rare 1st edition book that was recently found at a local
estate sale in Nevada County, Ca. Amazing find!
Valentina Cáceres from JuguetesEloisa says:
This was originally a custom order made for one of my regular customers. I was really happy when she asked me to do it. When I took the picture of the whole order I saw it and I thought, well that is a very good spring set!
Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:
This items was inspired by Fishing trips with granddad! It’s a great keepsake / valet box.