Keeping Out The Chill

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

As the winter season settles in, it ushers in a dazzling display of glistening snowflakes and the chill of Jack Frost nipping at your nose.  In addition to going to work every day, during the Christmas Season, we are often out and about, even more attending parties and events.

When the objective is to stay warm, yet be fashionable how do we select an outfit that meets these requirements?

  • For a casual day, I like the look of pants, top, and jacket in neutral colors. Then spice it up with splashes of color from accessories like shoes, hats or scarves.

 

  • For a day at the office, pair up a colorful summer maxi dress with some tights. Accessorize with a pair of boots and leather jacket.

 

  • Another great look is a pastel colored maxi skirt combined with a dark-colored sweater. Complete the look with a coordinating dark jacket, oversized scarf and boots.

I posed the question “In the winter, how do you stay warm and fashionable?” to members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.  Here are their suggestions and a winter weather fashion accessory to help keep you in style.

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

With hats! I have always loved a good hat, and now that I make them myself, I have styles and colors for just about every outfit, season, and mood. Hats keep you warm and can also cure bad hair days. Got to run to the store before you have a chance to get tidied up? Not a problem with a good hat! I usually end up with the test model for new hats, so they can sometimes be a little quirky, but that’s fine because I am too. (And many thanks to my good friend for the excellent photograph and her lovely daughter modeling.)

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Gray Bucket Hat With Rolled Brim


 

Jennifer Acevedo from JennCrochetCreations adds:

This hat is perfect for those days you don’t wanna mess around styling your hair but want to be warm and stylish!!! You can keep your hair in that messy bun or ponytail and no one will know.

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Crochet Messy Bun Hat


 

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns responds:

There is nothing like a faux fur jacket to keep your warm and stylish on those cold winters nights when you have to go out.

I made this design for one of my daughters who had to go out a lot for dinners for work and she was always cold. She needed something to keep her warm while still looking good!

 

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Faux Mink Wedding Cape

 


 

Melissa R from missy69 replies:

Here in Florida, where I am, it does get cold, just not for long. A nice light shawl or sweater is perfect for most Winter days in the South. This lovely angel wing crochet shawl is all done in white. Perfect for evenings outdoors, church, parties, or just a light piece to wear around the house.

 

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Crochet White Lace Prayer Shawl

 


 

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam states:

These New Vintage Gloves Come From My Mother Pearl’s Glove Collection
They Are Warm BUT.. Soft as a BABY”S BOTTOM, Color of Soft Creamy Butter, Warm as Toast and Made of Deerskin Leather. My Mother worked at Martin’s Store in Great Neck NY selling Gloves!!  They are a treasure not yet purchased by a lucky buyer!

 

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Grandoe Deerskin Leather Gloves

 


 

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

Of course, you accessorize by proclaiming your love of snow! These pendants are about the joy of ‘swooshing’ down a snowy hill. Although, they still are an awesome winter jewel even if you are a terrible skier like me!

 

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Slalom Enamel Pendant

 


 

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign adds:

Oooh winter!!! What is winter without snow?  These little snowflake charms would be a great item to make a bracelet, necklace or earrings out of!

 

 

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Snowflake Charm Beads

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

Many men today sport the fashionable clean shaven head! Hard to keep that head warm without the extra layer of hair!! His fabulous wool cap is sure to keep any guys (or gals) head warm and be fashionable as well!

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz discusses:

I grew up in Germany where winters can be really cold – and long. Now I’m living in Northern California where winters are pretty mild. We have a few frosty nights and mornings, but compared what I used to experience this is nothing. However, a hand knit hat comes in handy when I go out for an early walk, and the leaves stitched on the hat remind of warmer days to come

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

 

 

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Easy Breezy – Cool Summer Clothes And Accessories

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

During these hot sultry days of summer it is often very difficult to keep ourselves cool and yet be able to dress both fashionably and stylishly.  We’ve all experienced that moment when we get ourselves put together in the morning to head out the door-perfect outfit, makeup and hair just right.  Then you step outside and the excessive humidity hits you.  All of a sudden you are transformed into a dripping wet mess.

So how can you stay cool and comfortable and still look great?  One suggestion is to keep your clothes loose.  The less fabric you have actually touching your body, the cooler you will be. This allows more airflow on your skin which will help cool you down.

I posed this question to the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.  Here are their suggestions along with stylish clothes and accessories to help you look your best during the dog days of summer.

beverly from designbcb says:

I am never without a glass of water when it’s hot in the summer. I have a 20 ounce travel mug that I fill with ice and then water and it gets filled again every hour. I stay very well hydrated and I do my photography before noon or after three. It’s been close to 100 for the past few days and even being outside and not moving around a lot brings on the sweat. The water is a necessity.

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Rainbow Cotton Halter Top

Melissa R from missy69 added:

We live in Florida, so the heat and humidity is awful this time of year. My best advice to beat the heat, is don’t do anything, lol. Just kidding, to keep cool we spend a lot of time at our local springs where the water is very cold and refreshing. It is 70 degrees all year, or 72, the springs water temp. For an awesome swim suit cover up, check out my item below.

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Girl’s Crochet Beach Cover Up

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns replied:

Summer here in Washington state is never as hot as some states but when we do have those lazy days of summer I love to take a nap in the shade and drift off listening to the sounds of the day, the breeze, birds and the sound of children playing in the sprinkler of pool

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Womens Vintage Summer Cotton Dress

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls answered:

Vintage Children’s clothing are extremely trendy right now! This adorable 2 pc. summer outfit is from the 1950s and is a cute and cool outfit made from a breezy seersucker material for those hot summer days!

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Vintage Two Piece Sunsuit

Time Management Tips

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Time management is a skill. This month we asked members of the Christmas In July team to share their time management tips with us!

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AngsanaSeedsPhoto

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Multitasking is one of best time savers. While I’m waiting for one thing to dry, I start another task. ( or clean!) I do this with everything I do. I can’t even sit down and watch TV without reading, beading, or checking my email!

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

Time, if only we could slow it down or stop it now and then.. My best time managment advice is to stay on target , don’t get distracted or overwhelmed keep moving forward with each step by step little by little and before you know it you have completed your project . Slow and steady always wins the race!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Time is the most precious of resources. The best way to accomplish your goals is to write them down. When we write down this is what I hope to accomplish Today, This Week, This Month, or This Year they are much more likely to get prompt attention. It is easy to say, “We need to do this,” or “We should try doing that,” but without writing it down it will always just be an idea instead of a goal.

In honor of the subject of Time Management, we would like to present our Personalized Desktop Clock and Nameplate from our Etsy Shop!

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DesignstheLimit

 

Floral Design Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Floral Design Day is the perfect day to appreciate and create floral arrangements.

Here at Christmas in July we want to see your floral design items. These could be a drawing of flowers,photographs,bouquets and so much more…

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says this is my made in Italy spring wreath: tender green and fuchsia! It’s one-of-a-kind gorgeous wreath, its colors are cheery and intense and create a vivid contrast against the dark base.

The crown is made by a multitude of gnarled twigs, woven together and closed in an invisible wire structure. It’s a so very beautiful twine that l decided to do not decorate all, just to let you appreciate its beauty.

Here and there l added some stabilized moss * : as you know, in the spring meadows get greener, and then l decorated with fuchsia hyacinth and green buttercups.

The color contrast is outstanding and the final sight impact is extremely pleasant.

This decorative wreath will never be unseen everywhere you put it: it’s perfect on your fireplace, in the entry room or in living room.

* stabilized = a natural product which sap has been substituted for glycerin and water. This process keeps it unchanged in colour and look for many years. The plants are alive but they need no further maintenance. If the moss should become too dry, just vaporize on it some water with a spray bottle: it will be soon soft again.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/266353209/spring-summer-flower-unique-wreath-made?ref=teams_post

Fuchsia and green floral wreath

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states this is a set of pretty flower card and envelopes. I loved the paper when I saw it and I think these make lovely cards! They can be used for many occasions like birthdays, thank you notes, get well soon, thinking of you…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/262850601/flower-card-set-with-envelopes-rose-card?ref=teams_post

Flower card and envelope set

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns discusses about how these handmade ceramic buttons are impressed with a daisy stamp while still soft and are glazed in a glaze specially designed to highlight the pattern.

They are ideal for sewing, crochet, knitting and jazzing up hats, scarves and bags.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252083044/handmade-ceramic-buttons-gunmetal-black?ref=teams_post

Gunmetal black ceramic buttons

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE states these tooth-fairy/learning pillows are so fun and there is a lovely dark floral print on each of the roofs.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/225108840/house-shaped-pillows-tooth-fairy-pillows?ref=teams_post

House shaped tooth fairy pillows

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says each flower is 100% silk in different bright colors . Purple, lime green, red, blue and a plaid in all the colors . First I cut out a simple floral shape then twist the fabric t make it more 3d  and then sew that and then sew them onto the neckline . Taking about 45- 1 hour for each flower.

The dress and its bright colors where inspired by an artist friend who makes these beautiful floral paintings in bright bold colored and  I was inspired to make a dress with bright bold flowers !

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119235659/retro-red-dressvintage-style-dress-red?ref=teams_post

Retro style red floral embellished dress

Jolanta Pietrzak from AlabamaStudio discusses about how this is an original, minimalist necklace with natural dried lavender flowers enclosed in a glass bottle, framed in wire wrapped sterling silver.

The necklace is perfect for spring-summer trends – remember SERENITY – one of the colors of the year 2016? I especially recommend for garden lovers.

The pendant comes from the collection “A piece of the garden,” which I created to keep for a long time a part of my home garden in the form of seeds and flowers that I dried in natural conditions for over a month. The collection is a bit sentimental – in every of its element is a little piece of my garden – the space that surrounds me every day, inspires, but also allows me to take a breath.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/250240978/a-piece-of-the-garden-lavandula?ref=teams_post

Lavender terrarium necklace

Trend Watch with Paul Lowe : Fur

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Trend watch with Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul’s Magazine

https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/trend-watch-with-paul-lowe-of-sweet-paul/29372476476

Fur

Real or fake, fur is on everything this season.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Fur and what the story behind the item is.

Christina Paul  from lebeauchaton says:

Love the faux fur trend for winter – Thought I’d add white faux fur to my ice skating fox with muff painting for a wintry touch.

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Susan Fowler  from SSFDesigns said:

Faux fur caplet, perfect for that evening out to keep the chill out. Made to order came comes in a variety of colors!

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Creative Halloween Costumes

Contributor post by Susie from GinnyPenny

It’s the one day of the year you get to dress up as silly, scary or sexy as you want. Halloween lets us just have some fun with expressing ourselves.

Etsy’s got you covered, as long as you plan ahead and order in time. Here are some unique finds to really set your costume apart from the rest.

As long as we are talking about planning ahead, why not sew your own costume?

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A black cape is a great way to start a costume. This one, with its beautiful clasp can transform you into a vampire, a witch or even a medieval lady.  With its versatility you will be able to use it for many years.

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If you are like me, you have at least one witch hat in your closet. You know, just in case you need an impromptu costume. If that’s the case add a cat and a broomstick pin and it doesn’t matter what else you wear, you’re set!

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Halloween themed jewelry can either add an understated touch to your everyday wear or take your costume to over-the-top levels. Check out these lovely pieces.

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these fake nails are great to complete a lot of Halloween costumes: zombies, vampires, witches, sexy nurses..

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These earrings feature Chinese bats, but could be worn all year round. Would be great on a witch or vampire outfit.

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You can find all sorts of fun and creative costumes for kids and babies as well, and don’t forget your pets!

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Have fun planning your unique Halloween costume!

Tangerine – 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 Tangerine.

Pantone Spring 2015

Pantone Spring 2015

Spontaneous and gregarious, Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye. Versatile Tangerine is striking enough to stand on its own and adds vitality to a printed pattern. Good natured and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving color invites a smile.

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

CandyAppleCrafts from CandyAppleCrafts says:

I didn’t make this piece, but it caught my eye. It’s such a fun, carefree design! I can picture a lady wearing sandals and a scarf in her hair, carrying this with her on the way to a sunny brunch or afternoon at the beach!

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CandyAppleCrafts

Ina from InaSudjana says:

I wanted to do something that’s out there. And for a business card wallet, it needn’t be dull and boring. I need an edge – a fun yet practical, a pick me up yet serious. Tangerine it is! Just LOVE the combo with the dusty turquoise!

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InaSudjana

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

This adorable kitten is just waiting for a new home in this gorgeous tangerine basket filled with flowers! Vintage linens are a wonderful way to brighten your Spring/Summer bedding!

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shabbyshopgirls

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This multi-colored baby blanket is finished with a brightly colored tangerine edge. This blanket was made by my mom and the material was inspired from nature, showing creatures large and small. The colors are so vivid and the animals varied that it really does make you smile.

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NauticoCreations

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Birch Trees & Forest Flowers Original Art Quilt Wall Hanging created for your home or office decor.

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SallyManke

Noel from MinkCouture says:

A hand dyed silk scarf inspired by vintage couture. Dip dyed darker tangerine around a peachy background the scarf was then hand wrapped around a pole to get a lovely snake skin effect with black dye in the center!

I love using nature to inspire my scarf designs. Each one is unique and made by hand.

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MinkCouture

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

These scarves were inspired by full length shawls, which everyone loves the look of, but no one has the opportunity to wear.

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910woolgathering

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love the background tangerine color so perfect for spring.

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PitzicatVintage

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

It was all about the color! I saw this fabric and knew I had to make a skirt. It was bold, bright and beautiful!

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SSFDesigns

N RAEDER from AThingOrTutu says:

Inspiration was a “red carpet” pageant theme…simple & elegant!

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AThingOrTutu

Betty Travell from LadySnooks says:

In the store where I buy beads, they had strings of hand blown glass beads of all colors. There was one string that caught my eye. It was multi-color with 11 beads per string. there were two of each color except the tangerine swirl with yellow. That was the bead I wanted. So, I had to buy two strands to get this one pair, but it was worth it. It is a gorgeous bright color that just invites fun.

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LadySnooks

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Much of my inspiration is organic colour and surface drawn from nature so I love this triple pendant necklace made from marbled clays designed to feature the inherent texture of the natural clay body – there is no glaze. The contrast of the orange tangerine and white colours are fresh and playful. This is a great necklace for day or night time wear.

It even comes packaged in a gorgeous tangerine drawstring jewellery pouch!

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love the color in these coral beads! Reminds me of a sunset or a bright sunny marigold. Or a tangerine! All reminders of summer and warmer weather, which I am sure we all are wishing for.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says:

Aventurine is a semi-precious stone that comes in an orange tangerine color. It is said to bring bountiful goodness to those who wear it. It reminds me of orange sherbet. I hand beaded this bracelet with it by adding glass pearls and silver Delica seed beads.

DesertDabbler

DesertDabbler

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

I have very little that’s orange or tangerine but here’s a Mother’s Day card that’s very bright.

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rhodyart

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I created this print as a “pick me up” for home, and then found a lot of people resonated with it! So I added it to my shop in bright tangerine, it really stands out and that’s what I’m striving to do!

ColourscapeStudios

ColourscapeStudios

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I had made a set of coasters for myself and they turned out well, so I decided to make some digital download coaster art. This set has a lovely tangerine chevron.

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ButterflyFeetDigital

Tracy from LittleShopofColor says:

This item is part of a rainbow collection of papers that I have been creating. I still have 5 more sets to post and I am also combining the papers into two large bundles of 5 sets. My inspiration – all the colors of the rainbow!!

The papers in this pack have a pretty “tone on tone” effect so the tangerine color is really pretty.

LittleShopofColor

LittleShopofColor

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

I was inspired to make this butterfly sun catcher in honor of the monarch butterflies that I loved so dearly as a child. I have been seeing them in their annual migration less and less over the last 10 years and it truly saddens me. I made this as a reminder to myself and others to remember these beautiful delicate creatures and to save them by not using pesticides. Also, as a reminder to plant butterfly attracting flowers in your yards to help them on their cross continent journey!

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wjoydesigns

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

This is not a proper wreath for spring time! But people love it in any period of the year and it’s one of the preferred ones.

I love using natural elements in my decors and dried oranges and dried whole tangerines always add cheerfulness and color.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo