#CIJ Party 2015 – CIJ Member Blogs

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Christmas in July Team is celebrating Christmas In July 2015 and we want to celebrate our members who have their own blogs!

We wanted to know what our team members blog about,what started them blogging and so much more.

Megha Silvano of byTheArtBug states:

I have a blog: theartbug


is a glimpse about my blog

Make it Monday (Weekly) – DIYs- Sewing, Crafts, Art, Recycling, Recipes

Trendy Tuesday (Weekly) – Home, Fashion and Gifting Trends

What’s Up Wednesday (Weekly) – Find out what I have been Up to Lately

Thursday Talk-Fest (Monthly) – Get to know wonderful Etsy Sellers/ Bloggers. You could be next one featured! Just fill up this simple form: theartbug.blogspot.sg/p/get-featured-on-art-bug-blog.html

Freebie Friday (Weekly)- Lots of Freebies Every Week!

Weekend – Snapshot/ Cartoon of the Week


Globetrotting Diaries: Having lived in three Countries and traveled to 8 (So Far), I have tons of travel adventures to share. Read my “Globetrotting Diaries” to know more about the places we have Explored.

Check out the Downloads to Grab all the “Freebies” till date.

Sign Up for the Monthly Newsletter for the latest action and freebies.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to send me a message through the “Contact Form”.


Ildi Garay of PitzicatVintage says:

I have a blog: Ildi Garay

That is my blog I started it after my cancer operation. It made the days easier as my mind was focused on something else.

After I felt better I stopped the blog and started on Etsy!

Still on Etsy and I love it .


Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns explains:

I have a blog: DawnWhitehead

My blog has been going since September 2011, and includes lots of different stuff about me

– my general art practice

– work in progress

– exhibitions

– different making processes

– my Etsy shop

– my travel and photography

I began the blog as a means to have a solid base to refer people to – potential collectors, customers, curators – so that they could see a broad and diverse collection of my work and what I am “about”.


Carolyn Eady of SproutsPressDesigns said:

I have a blog: SproutsPress

I’m in the midst of a 365 blogging project. It’s all about bookbinding, paper arts, being a creative entrepreneur and me sharing tips on using your hand bound journals!!

While I have a couple of posts that always run on certain days of the week (ie. Studio Sunday, Wordless Wednesday) I fill the rest of the week with goings-on in the studio, my inspirations, upcoming shows and workshops, etc.

I’m still fairly new to blogging and it’s always so fantastic when people leave a comment and start a discussion about book arts – so awesome!!


Jennifer Loftfield of CaffeinatedPapercuts states:

I have a blog: CaffeinatedPaperCuts

I can honestly say that I don’t blog to the schedule others do around here (which I’m greatly impressed by!) but I do love sharing my card creations, tutorials, and video tutorials over on my blog: www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com


Have you thought about starting a blog?

You could learn a thing or two from these Christmas In July team member blogs!


For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

May – New Arrivals

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.



Fun In The Sun From Team CIJ

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Summer is fast approaching.  Kids will be home from school with extra time on their hands.  Why not take some tips from the Christmas in July tips for picnicking and family fun!  This post is full of great ideas for outdoor eating and for entertaining the kiddos this summer.

1) Kelly from ColourscapeStudios

Well, we’re heading into Autumn here, but the thing I found most fun with my daughter over Spring and Summer was baking! At Christmas we make cookies, and I plan on doing it again for Easter to take to our family get together!

Here’s the recipe:

185g butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups plain flour (the cake/biscuit/pastry version if you have that available)

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan-forced. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.
3. Add egg. Beat until combined.
4. Sift flour over butter mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir to combine.
5. Cut cookies.
6. Place cookies 4cm apart on prepared trays. Bake for 10-12 minutes until light golden.

I then let her loose with a couple of different coloured icings, and some icing gel pens to decorate with. I think she enjoys that part the best!

2) Becky from LollysCubbyHole says

The calendar says it is SPRING, and I certainly could feel the change; however for the last few days, we have been in the low 40’s here in N. Florida, making for some very chilly nights.

Since you might be peeling potatoes anyway, here is a way to keep little hands busy and out of the way while you cook. I would put a big plastic table cloth down , loads of scrap paper destined for the shredder and some potatoes with paint! Have fun making stamps!  We use them for Easter Eggs, but they are great any time of year!

3) Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

A great way to keep the boys active is to get them involved with the Boy Scouts! Kids learn many ways to survive in the wilderness and they learn about the Native American Indians and their skills. This book is all about the different tribes, with amazing pictures of how to do things such as build a tepee, tie knots and build a fire!

4) Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says

 How about for the girls (and boys can do this to… just use a PJ pant pattern for the boys) to learn to sew! A great little PJ set pattern for kids!
5) currynpepper from CurrynPepper says
A fun activity with kids – make a doggie treat with your kids for happy kids and happy paws!



3-4 pieces Curry n Pepper Veggie Paw-paddum (any flavor)
2-3 tsp canned organic black/red kidney beans (no salt added)
1-2 organic curly kale leaves finely chopped and lightly steamed
2 tsp organic diced carrots
1-2 pieces organic finely chopped strawberries
1 tsp organic, non fat plain yogurt or cottage cheese
1 tsp Curry n Pepper immunity boosting oil (optional)


1. Lay 4-5 pieces of paw-paddums flat on a plate
2. In a bowl mix rinsed beans and immunity boosting oil well
3. Top each paw-paddum with beans
4. Garnish with steamed kale, diced carrots, strawberries and a tiny dollop of yogurt/cheese

Serve and watch your pooch gobble it up!

(Tip: Substitute beans with any meat.)

Remember always serve with a bowl of fresh water.

6) Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says

What about Journal Adventure Kits?! As a kid I was always making little books and filling them with my ‘adventures’ over summer break! Great for summer camp, vacations, road trips and time spent at the cottage!

7) Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says

Well, I’m not quite sure if anyone would actually purchase a new quilt to lay down for a picnic lunch, but this one has a nice dark colored back that would help hide the dirt and would fit nicely in the car.

Picnics almost seem like they have gone by the wayside these days with everyone’s busy schedules and fast food at every corner. Actually taking time to pack up some lunch and go to a park is good for the soul and a great chance to take a break and unwind.

My family used to carry a blanket in the car at all times just in case we made it to the park. This could become a new tradition with your family too.

8) Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio

Keep cutlery protected from your heavy containers and food items with these washable pouches. Great for holding small jars of condiments or even first aid supplies.

Also great for holding a deck of cards and pencil and paper for playing games while you watch the birds.

9) Sally Manke from SallyManke says

 My picnic tip is to be as green as you possibly can. Pick up all your trash and put reusable packaging to use. These sandwich bags can be used over and over without contributing to the landfill!

10) Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls

Your outdoor picnic or sea side clam bake is sure to be a hit with a brightly colored vinyl tablecloth which features a convenient zipper and a round hole in the middle for a round patio table and umbrella!

11) Becky from LollysCubbyHole says

With Independence Day just around the corner, I think my patriotic candles might look good on that picnic table!
Just click on the pic to be taken to this lovely collection shared by CIJ members.

Just click on the pic to be taken to this lovely collection shared by CIJ members.

Spring Weddings – Favors And Supplies From Team CIJ

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Spring is all about renewal and the circle of life. What better way to celebrate spring than with a wedding. This blog is all about what wedding items our team mates have created and what made them do so.

Evelyn and Lucy of artsyEVE says:

Many of my little 4 inch square pillows, similar to this one, have been used by several people as a sweet little ring bearers pillow!


Megha Silvano of byTheArtBug states:

This lovely wedding decor is perfect for anyone who wants a DIY wedding or is planning to do it on a budget.
With this easy to follow tutorial give your Spring Wedding a perfect handmade touch!
I have been making these flowers long before I opened my Etsy shop, after years of practice I am now sharing the tutorial.


Natasha J of TheCrochetBug let me know:

This is a pastel wedding jewelry perfect for a spring wedding. This barefoot sandal is inspired by beautiful spring butterflies.
Who does not love beautiful butterflies in the spring season so why not wear a delicate jewelry inspired by the them.


Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo tells me:

This is not a typical item of mine, it’s very different from wreaths!

One year ago a dear friend of mine was getting married and asked me some decors. for her wedding.

I created some ornaments with fresh ivy for her flat and I thought to sew also a ring pillow.
I had the occasion to buy some precious silk, produced by an ancient and famous silk firm and sewed this ring pad.

It was so much appreciated by her, her family and friends that they suggested me to insert this item in my shop.

The ring pad model and the silk are the same, but, being handmade, every bride will have her unique pillow!


Carolyn Eady of SproutsPressDesigns stated:

I wanted to make a wedding guest book that appealed to the senses. Meaning, something that has a tangible memory, what better than paper and fabric together?

This is a neutral, down to earth wedding guest book. The hard covers are wrapped with my handmade bookcloth, giving so many more options for fabrics and colours in a book. But the beauty lies in the details: an ocean blue ribbon bookmark keeps your place while a half map page will surprise and delight!

I love the size of this book; not too big or too small. And once it’s filled, it’ll look good on your bookshelf or coffee table as a cherished keepsake.


Csilla Molnar of STILLforSTYLE says:

My favorite season was always Spring. I love to watch apple trees blooming in my little garden and smell the air. I love drinking my coffee every morning among spring flowers and research how they grown. This experience is inspiring me to create this decorative hair comb. I hope that it will bring spring in our hearts.


Nancy Duncan of EponasCrystals told me:

Beautiful teardrop crystal earrings perfect for the bride. The crystals sparkle with a rainbow of colors and will compliment any color theme. I love the color play as they dangle in the light. They are sure to get noticed by all!


Kelly of ColourscapeStudios let me know:

I created this print as I wanted something different on my wall here at home than what others were offering. I love it in the minty green, the colour reminds me of the way the world wakes up when Spring arrives!


Sarah Johnson of BellaBoutique23 stated:

I made these button bobby pins and think they would be beautiful for a bride to give as a gift to her bridesmaids to wear at the wedding. I love wearing beautiful bobby pins in my hair and think it would be a great gift and accessory for a Spring Wedding.


Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy shares:

I created these as a gift for a friend’s wedding. Their honeymoon was in Mexico, so I suggested they actually use these for travel laundry bags. She loved them so much that I added them to my shop. They make great wedding gifts, especially for young newlyweds. Paired with a set of sheets, and available in any color you can imagine, these totally customized pillowcases are a great gift!






Any bride would be fortunate to have these favors and supplies for their wedding! Why don’t you see what else Christmas in July Team has in store for your wedding?

St. Patrick’s Day Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

St. Patrick’s Day inspired supply items from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls share that this adorable vintage Leprechaun is waiting to spread his Irish Luck in a fabulous table centerpiece display at any St. Paddy’s Day gathering!

Vintage Beistle St Patricks Day Table Decoration From shabbyshopgirls

Vintage Beistle St Patricks Day Table Decoration From shabbyshopgirls

KathysHeart from KathysHeartCreations loves the idea of dressing up your canning jars with these pretty Green St. Patrick’s Day Variety Pack Canning Jar Bonnets! Jar Bonnets actually look like little “bonnets” that are placed over the lids of regular sized canning jars. Elastic sewn on to give a snug fit.

St. Patrick's Day Variety Pack Canning Jar Bonnets From KathysHeartCreations

St. Patrick’s Day Variety Pack Canning Jar Bonnets From KathysHeartCreations

Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns put this is bookbinding kit together in St. Patrick’s Day colours: Green and Grey! For a bit of fun on the holiday, learn to bind your own book! You can give them as gifts or keep them for yourself as jotters or little journals.

Carolyn loves teaching bookbinding and wants a way to offer what she has learned to others outside her locale. The answer is her series of bookbinding kits for beginners. Enjoy!

St. Patty's Day Grey & Green DIY Bookbinding Kit From SproutsPressDesigns

St. Patty’s Day Grey & Green DIY Bookbinding Kit From SproutsPressDesigns




Aquamarine – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2015 is Aquamarine.

Pantone Spring 2015

Pantone Spring 2015

Aquamarine is cool, calming and ethereal. Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel. Open and expansive, this restful blue also acts as a stress reliever.

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Aquamarine items in their shops! Here are a few!

Carolyn from SproutsPressDesigns presents her screen printed pouch, with images depicting thistles; a plant commonly found here in Ontario. Carolyn sketched the thistles outdoors, on a glorious summer day. She hand printed the fabric with aquamarine ink as she felt it best captured that perfect summer day: blue skies with the odd fluffy white cloud.

Crisp White Linen Pouch Screenprinted With Thistles In Aquamarine From SproutsPressDesigns

Crisp White Linen Pouch Screenprinted With Thistles In Aquamarine From SproutsPressDesigns

Merri from from ShoreItUp is inspired by the ocean and this aquamarine clutch is one of the first clutches she made. It embodies the cool calm waters of a far away tropical paradise. Aquamarine is truly one of her favorite colors.

Aquamarine Beach Clutch From ShoreItUp

Aquamarine Beach Clutch From ShoreItUp

Utary from Oyeta says that when she sees or hears the color aquamarine, it always reminds her of the white sandy beach and the color of the ocean sparkling as the suns shine on it. The serene sound of the waves and the warm breeze of the wind. She found this beautiful linen fabric in aqua and make this clutch with starfish brooch to remind you of the beautiful beaches and ocean and the beautiful memories left.

Aquamarine Starfish Clutch From Oyeta

Aquamarine Starfish Clutch From Oyeta

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox shares that when she colored the silk in this color, she wanted to sew something for herself from this. Then the silk get lost in her fabric stash. As she was digging it out again, the idea came spontaneously to create a summer hat / beach hat from this, which reflects the colors of the sea. As a contrast, she chose white denim. To represent the sparkle of the sea she embroidered the silk with beads and sparkling paillettes.

Aquamarine Sun Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Aquamarine Sun Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby crafted these bowl filler ornaments, looking to capture the hues of the Caribbean Sea. They think the shade is a perfect color to compliment any coastal cottage or shabby beach decor. The attached fishing net adds an authentic nautical feel. Their customers agree, as these ornaments remain one of the most popular items in our shop!

Beach Ornament From northandsouthshabby

Beach Ornament From northandsouthshabby

Susan from SSFDesigns shares that this corset and boy short was inspired by its color. Shes loved how the satin fabric shimmered and changed colors like the sea. She thought it would make a cute and sexy corset with a French vintage look!

Aquamarine Corset And Boy Shorts - Plus Size From SSFDesigns

Aquamarine Corset And Boy Shorts – Plus Size From SSFDesigns

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads loves the natural look of beads with the natural inclusions that you expect. Kristy Jo is more about nature than she is about bling. And more about passion than she is about things being really expensive and making her money. Kristy Jo just love rocks! She loves this simple, uncomplicated design because the pieces have some brown inclusions and imperfections – and that is life, and nature! This piece feels calming to her when she is looking at it or holding it while thinking of a spring or summer sky – that is why she made it and kept it simple.

Aquamarine Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Aquamarine Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns mentioned that she wanted to use two contrasting blues, but still complementary in color. She chose Amazonite and Aquamarine and loves the heart shaped gemstones.

Amazonite Necklace And Heart Shaped Aquamarine Gemstone Sterling Silver and Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Amazonite Necklace And Heart Shaped Aquamarine Gemstone Sterling Silver and Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Natalya from GlassNatalyaDarlin loves the cool color of aquamarine. This set was created in very hot days. Really there was a wish for cool! And it such turned out. She added to aquamarine pink and purple color, the necklace reminds her of “Polar lights”.

Aquamarine Necklace And Bracelet Set From GlassNatalyaDarlin

Aquamarine Necklace And Bracelet Set From GlassNatalyaDarlin

Aquamarine Bracelet From GlassNatalyaDarlin

Aquamarine Bracelet From GlassNatalyaDarlin

Arek from ARPELC creates jewelry from the heart. He loves the combination of rose gold and beauty of the blue aquamarine stone. He treasures simplicity in design. Arek thinks this ring combines all these features.

Aquamarine Ring From ARPELC

Aquamarine Ring From ARPELC

Top Ten Tips: How to say I Love You

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Valentine’s Day is the perfect way to share your “I Love You’s” with all of those you truly care about.  Our Christmas in July Team on Etsy share some ways to extend that I Love You into the rest of the year.

10) My daughter loves the jewelry I make. A jewelry gift is always a way to show someone they are special. Place it in a beautiful box with a handmade card or note. We always think of red, but it can be a color she loves. My daughter loves purple. –candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns

9) My husband and I have been together for over 30 years, and my top tip would be don’t forget “special occasions” like Valentine’s day. It actually becomes more important, as the years together grow longer, to show you’ve made an effort to pick out a gift just for your sweetheart!  – Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery

8) I believe we should show others we care for them EVERYDAY!! I love putting together gift baskets for my loved ones. The items don’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful. For example, manicure supplies, DVDs with popcorn and candle or a nice book, assorted teas and a nice sturdy mug. Thoughtful always trumps expensive. –Jo Ann’s Angels from JoAnnsAngels
7) For me loving someone is all about surprise. Making life fun by making gifts all the more because there is no official occasion. –oppning from oppning
6) I believe in telling those that you love that “you love them”. I have always lived what I believe but I do understand that many have a hard time doing just that. I have created a send a heart in a cascade of fabrics that can be sent for any occasion. It can be scented and mailed to the person you want to send a message to. –Myrna Neal from ShopOfCraftsByMyrna
5) I want to give EVERYONE handmade gifts, but realistically, that doesn’t always happen. For teachers, sisters, mom, I like making zipper pouches. They’re useful and can’t have enough of them. I also give animal pillows to adults as well as kids. They’re kind of a nice travel size and still fit in my useful/handmade category. Happy Valentine’s Day! –Lucy from MyFunnyBuddy
4)  I am a giver so I think the best way is to tell someone you love him with words, hugs and kisses, my husband and my daughter at least they appreciate it. For all the other parts of my life, a handmade gift is my way to saw them that I love them, a piece of me!  Happy Valentines day to everyone!! –Ifigeneia tsiltikli from fifirixtra
3) The sweetest thing I’ve heard at a craft show was about these mini book necklaces. A man bought one and was going to write something on each page that he loved about his wife. He planned on giving it to her as a special token, filled with his words of love! Aw!!! So sweet! –Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns
2) I love to give gifts to the one’s I love to show them I care. A gift doesn’t have to cost a lot either. One year my husband gave me coupons to redeem and it is such a fun, romantic, and inexpensive gift you can give. I chose to create a card for Valentine’s Day that includes coupons to give to a special someone. –Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23
1) I’m married for many years and in this kind of relations often wife and husband take everything for granted.

I think it would be very nice to me to be invited by my husband go visiting one of the beautiful Italian towns: Naples, Venice, Rome, just like tourists!  Will it occur?  Perhaps if I show him my last Valentine’s Day decor, he will understand! –Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo

Alas, our Ten Tips is at an end.  How better to say “I Love You” than a poem…

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

….and a few gifts from our Top Ten Contributors and other members of our CIJ Family.

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