Weather Forecast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey says:

The winter, spring, summer and fall seasons each have their own weather associated with them. What is your favorite? Do you like waking up to the sunshine? How about playing in the rain? Perhaps you are the type of person who loves a walk in the crisp fall air? Maybe the colder weather in winter is your favorite? Whichever it is, many of our daily life activities are affected by the weather forecast.

In this post we are going to be showing off some wonderful weather related items. I encourage you to check out these beautiful items and learn a little bit about the inspiration in creating them.

Judy Merashoff from Jam’s Craft Closet says:

This vintage resin thermometer was hanging outside the sun room of my first home overlooking the pool area. My pool was not heated, so I needed to know the temperature to be sure the pool water was warm enough to swim. The Florida sun does help in raising the water temperature pretty quickly. Even in Florida, the temperature does drop, especially at night. This unique and lovely thermometer helped me to decide if I was swimming or cleaning. Most of the time I was swimming.

Vintage Resin Thermometer

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Let it snow! These are round stud earrings with a sparkly snowflake pattern. Perfect for those holiday parties!

Snowflake Earrings

Gonet from Gonet Jewelry Designs says:

Brrrr.  Even though there is ice and snow, you can warm up with the ice princess earrings.

Crystal Quartz Earrings

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Let the sunshine in. One look at Bungalow42 and it’s pretty obvious that I am partial to sunshine.

This fondness for sunny days was most likely instilled from childhood. As a girl growing up in Texas, I only saw snow once in my childhood. There was barely enough slush to cobble together a miniature snowman.

Most of my childhood memories are bathed in sunlight; beach days at Galveston Bay and more than one Christmas day attired in shorts.

My shell earrings are an ode to those fond childhood memories of days spent walking sunbathed beaches collecting seashells.

Seashell Organic Earrings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

Let it snow.

Defy the rainy and snowy days with a lucky colored hat. The hat is made of coated cotton with an extra width brim, to protect again the wet and windy conditions.

Waterproof Women’s Hat

Stock Lane Studio from Stock Lane Studio says:

A low winter sun casts shadows on an old red dog house buried in deep winter snow.

What I love is a year full of all four seasons. I just love what every season brings to the outdoors. Being part Akita and mostly German Shepherd, my dog is not a big fan of the rain or the heat, but he LOVES the snow. The minute he steps outside he tries to bury his entire body in the snow. He is a great snowshoeing companion. We bought him a brand new fancy modern Igloo dog house for his back yard spread, but I rarely see him set paw in it. His preferred abode is this old crumbly red dog house. Sitting perched up on a hill, he is well protected and can survey the land and thinks he’s king of the county.

Winter Snow Photograph

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

What fascinates me in the phenomena of weather is light. Every region of the world and every country on earth has its own unique light. This is related to the unique conditions of this place on earth. I live in central Europe and gray misty mornings are often here. I like a fog. My friend, who moved to Australia, says he had a big problem to adapt to the strong sunlight in that country and he misses that gray.

For me, this is the experience that is associated with spring and autumn and the moments spent in the wild nature. Fog is also the subject of many works of art. I introduced wild birds in the scenery of a forest lake covered with autumn fog. This is a pastel drawing and this technique allows me to show many shades of colors and create a subtle mood.

Wild Birds Pastel Painting

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Let the fireworks began!

This dog bandana reminds me of the summer when we celebrate 4th of July to be exact! I absolutely love when it’s the perfect weather to actually wear flip flops and not get sick.  The colors of red, white and blue on the flip flops represent the 4th of July a summer holiday very well.

Red, White And Blue Flip Flop Dog Bandana

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Mythical Creatures

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Let us journey into a world of mythical creatures! Creep into the depths of your imagination and check out these examples on display in some Etsy shops. Many wonder and have questions as to whether some mythical creatures are real. One thing I can guarantee is that whether you believe or not, some talented people have been able to depict them in amazing and fun ways! Whether it be unicorns, dragons, mermaids, garden fairies or a phoenix, young and old alike are familiar with some sort of mythical creature. Here’s what I’m talking about.

Susan – Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Mermaids are the stuff of legends! Many ancient cultures’ folklore included tales of part-human & part-fish creatures, some who were good, and others who caused trouble for the humans who were unfortunate enough to encounter them.

Our little mermaid is a good creature. She has beautiful flowing hair, and a lovely singing voice. You might just hear her song, if you listen very closely.

Mermaid Applique Pattern

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Our cute little gnomes make everyone believe in the magic of Christmas and the joy of gift giving. SLS team member Ruby had fun designing this card, which is one of our most popular. Ruby drew inspiration from a childhood growing up exploring the woods and creek behind her home, peeking under rocks for elves and under ferns for magical gnomes.

Gnome Greeting Card

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

In addition to the personalized gifts we create in our Etsy shop, we also create beautiful glass artwork on commission for any design you can imagine using any size or type of glass or mirror for any application or installation. Contact us for a free estimate for any idea you have in mind.

Custom Glass Artwork

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Eye of the dragon. It looks a little scary, but it’s a mythical creature and should impress. I plan to develop this topic in my store and offer more on this subject soon.

Eye of the Dragon Abstract Drawing

Chic Children

Contributor post from Cindy of Cynhumphrey

We often hear about chic clothing, chic ladies, and chic decorating. Seldom do we bring that down to a child’s level though. That is exactly what we’re going to do here at Christmas in July for this post.

According to the dictionary, the meaning of the word chic is fashionable style. What child does not have their own fashionable style? This is something that allows the child to show the world that they are an individual and this is what makes them happy.

I think the most important thing about being chic is not that it has to be elegant, but rather that it is remembered. It’s something stylish that the child likes. It could pertain to clothing, accessories and even decor. It doesn’t have to be strictly for the females either!

The members of Christmas in July know how to show off chic items for children! Here are a few treasures on display in some of our talented shops.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says

What could be chicer than my handmade and hand painted kids’ wall art? Girl Power…DIVA…I’m not Spoiled. I’m a Princess…

Pink Wooden Princess Wall Hanging

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Children love Tweety bird. I do too! This is a great pillow for a child’s room decor.

Tweety Bird Character Pillow

Martha from HolidayCreations4U says

Cute vintage looking Felt Christmas stocking for the children as well as adults. Also crocheted animal ornaments that kids will enjoy playing with or putting on the Christmas Tree.

Felt Christmas Stocking

Gari Anne from BeadLoversKorner says

Little girls will be excited to wear this chic bracelet with zoo animal beads and then have fun collecting and adding new beads to it. Just like adult charm bead bracelets, this children’s bracelet can be easily changed. The locker bead makes the bracelet adjustable as new beads are added or as the little girl grows.

Zoo Animal Bracelet

Nicole Bridge from MamasHookin says

A simple design dressed up with a vintage bead, this hat is perfect for the little girl who is subtle in her fashion statements.

Purple Butterfly Beanie Hat

Kaycee from ParadiseJewelryofCP says

Little girls red and green chic Christmas necklace. Perfect accessory for Christmas time!

Girl’s Christmas Necklace

Susan – Sharon  of MsPDesignsUSA says:

Little girls love all things chic, pink, and sparkly! Girls love to dress in pretty, frilly dresses, and twirl around pretending to be ballerinas. For bed time, this very feminine and chic quilt is the perfect place for a little girl to snuggle up and be cozy as she sleeps.

Check out this super-girly and super-chic ballet dancer quilt pattern!

Ballerina Quilt Pattern

Barbara of MermaidsHatbox says:

Little girls love hats. So, I sometimes make little hats for my shop or markets. That is always so much fun for me. This beautiful beige baby/toddler hat is a perfect accessory for any little girl. It has three hat bands for change. The hat bands are removable so it is possible to move the bow or flower into the correct position. Also the “bare” hat can be adorned with your own designs. It’s also possible to use the hat bands as head bands.

Baby/Toddler Hat

Sue   from Susy Sew and Sew says:

A bit of baby chic. My hairdresser was having a baby and as she had a huge dog she loved, I made her a bib with a cute appliqued dog on the front. She loved it and I loved making it so I made some for the shop. I love the process of seeing the faces get character as they are sewn. This one features a sweet brown bear face and is perfect for either a boy or a girl.

Unisex Baby Bib

Stock Lane Studio from Stock Lane Studio says:

Our Starry Night Sky wall art series makes for chic girls and boys room decor, and this Shine Bright Printable is one of our best sellers. Inspired by our frequent night dog walks, sitting in open fields gazing at meteor showers, and memories of glow-in-the-dark star decals on childhood ceilings, every twinkle and every inch of our Night Sky background was hand designed. SLS’s Shine Bright is offered as printed or printable art.

 

Night Sky Nursery Decor

 

Susan from SSFDesigns says:

A few years ago I was asked to make a dress for a little girl that matched the dress of her favorite vintage doll. This was so fun to make and the little girl was so happy to be dressed up like her doll!

 

Vintage Style Girls Dress

Best Photos From the #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Etsy Christmas In July team hosted a 10 Photo Challenge during #EtsyCIJ 2017!

We invited team members to share their photos with us using the hashtags #CIJLovesJuly and #EtsyCIJ! We had so many fantastic submissions. Here are a few of our favorites!

Day 1: Christmas Cards And Tags

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Day 2: Indoor Christmas Decorations

ElizaGraceUK

ElizaGraceUK

Day 3: Favorite Family Traditions / Activities

Gillisflowers

Gillisflowers

Day 4: Cookies For Santa

TBJTheButtonJar

TBJTheButtonJar

Day 5: Tree Decorations

RowesFlyingNeedles

RowesFlyingNeedles

 Day 6: White Christmas

PupcakesBowWowtique

PupcakesBowWowtique

Day 7: Outdoor Christmas Decorations

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Day 8: Favorite Christmas Colors

beadloverskorner

beadloverskorner

Day 9: Christmas Lights / Candles

TheMakersRealm

TheMakersRealm

Day 10: Christmas Wrappings

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quirkyeleganceem

The Tradition Of The Halloween Costume

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Every year kids and some adults dress up in costume for a night of trick-or-treating and revelry.  We accept this as a normal behavior, but how did this tradition come to be?

Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Two thousand years ago, the Celts, who lived in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.   On October 31, they celebrated Samhain, the summer’s end, a day of celebration before the long cold days of winter, which brought the death of nature, life and the harvest.

During the 16th century, this festival included mumming and guising, in which people would go door-to-door dressed in costume and perform a song or recite a poem in exchange for food.  It is often thought that this tradition originally began with people impersonating the souls of the dead and received the offerings on their behalf.  It was believed that wearing a costume would offer protection from these dead souls.  It was thought that the mummers and guisers were the old spirits of winter and would give good fortune in exchange for a reward.

The first recorded incident of children trick-or-treating in North America occurred in 1911.  In order to conform to Victorian era morality, Halloween became more of a private holiday and only children celebrated the festival.  Halloween was considered to be a rather dark and gothic holiday with costumes made at home.  As trick-or-treating gained in popularity during the 1930’s the first mass-produced costumes became available.

Most often, Halloween costumes depict a scary monsters such as vampires, ghosts or witches.  Extremely popular are superhero characters and pop culture figures.  Another costume trend are characters from our favorite movie or television show.

My most memorable Halloween costume is Pammy Panda.  My oldest daughter absolutely loved the animated series “Shirt Tales”, which aired during the early 1980’s.  She simply just had to be Pammy Panda.  I was unable to find this costume in any store, and was only able to come up with a sewing pattern.  My skills as a seamstress have always been rather limited, but I gave it the old college try.  It was the most complicated sewing project and Halloween costume that I have ever encountered.  Lots of fake fur-lined with lined with silk for a head, shirt, pants, spats and mittens.  It turned out adorable and my daughter loved it.  She wore it every Halloween until she out grew it and still has it packed away.  Every Halloween we smile and reminisce about our sweet little Pammy Panda.

I asked the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team to share stories about their most memorable Halloween costume and feature a costume or accessory from their shop.

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts shared:

Halloween is my favourite holiday!

My favourite costume was a simple one – the Wicked Witch, but it meant my last little dog, Taz, got to be my Toto and went trick or treating with me.

I love making Halloween creations too. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I had great fun making these shrunken heads. They can be worn around your neck – great for any cannibals, warlocks or evil spirits.

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Cyclops Shrunken Halloween Decoration

 

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

When I was eight years old, I dressed as Raggedy Ann in a red checked dress and white pinafore. We purchased the outfit at a Hudson’s department store, near Detroit. It came with a matching doll that we recently sold in our Shop!

I’ve always loved the novelty candles made by Gurley. We found this fun Witch Candle at a recent antique show:

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1960’s Gurley Halloween Witch Candle

 

From Nancy Duncan Fellowship at EponasCrystals:

My favorite costume was last year when I dressed up as Janis Joplin. Well, it was an aging Janis Joplin! LOL Bell bottoms, beads. fur vest, huge round sun glasses, and a long streaming head band. Got lots of comments!

These are perfect for a gothic look on Halloween. Earrings with gold tone webs with a black widow spider in the center.

Golden Black Widow Spider Earrings

 

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore answered:

I love dressing up every year… but my favorite costume of all time had to be one that my beloved mother made for me when I was in the 3rd grade! My mom made a Raggedy Ann and Andy costume for me and my best friend to wear and we won first prize at school. Our “hair” was made out of red crepe paper that my mom had stitched into a wig. Later that night when we went out to do our trick or treating, it began to rain and the dye from the red crepe paper went streaming down our cheeks… the end result was a rather scary sight – we looked like we had blood running down our faces!

Halloween Witch Charm Necklace

 

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt commented:

As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved Halloween. I grew up along the bayou of Southeast Louisiana. When I was young, my family would celebrate Halloween with a bonfire. We would congregate by the bayou, dressed in our costumes, and light the bonfire. Then, we would spend the night eating, drinking and telling creepy tales. Looking back, I believe my favorite costume was my black cat outfit that my Mom had made for me. As you can see by my shop name and avatar, I love cats.

I chose to include this poetry art print because the cat is actually my cat/avatar and part of my family. And also she reminds me of my black cat costume.

Cat Art Poetry Print

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

My most memorable Halloween by far was when I was about 10. I had made my own green alien costume out of my older sister’s old Jazz dance costume. We had a Halloween party with lots of friends and had a blast complete with apple bobbing and pumpkin carving and costume contests and spooky decorations like a skeleton candle. Since there are 7 kids in our family and we all invited lots of friends, the place was pretty noisy and festive. At one point we forgot about that darn skeleton candle and the wooden dining room table caught on fire. The fire department came and quickly put it out while we were all standing outside. Which made it the most exciting Halloween party ever for all us kids and our friends, much to my mother’s dismay. It was interesting though how the skirt on my oldest teenage sister’s costume managed to get a little shorter when the fire department arrived.

Trick or Treat Halloween Printable Decor

Trick or Treat Halloween Printable Decor

 

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts added:

My parents bought a new refrigerator when I was 9, well guess what my costume that year ? I was a computer, I painted the box and gave out printed thank yous when candy was dropped into the slot. It was hard to see thru the holes I got tangled into tree limbs because the box was so tall. My parents love telling me that story of not losing sight of me because of a giant box walking down the street.

Every year our acreage becomes the haunted forest, and we don our headless horseman costume & ride the horses to greet our trick or treaters and the kids love it. It’s annual haunted festival. Each year I create mummy heads for my ghosts and goblin (nieces & nephews) when they come to visit – and now offer them in my shop. How can anybody refuse 1 night a year to be a kid again in costume?

Mummy Heads Bowl Filler - Set of 3

Mummy Heads Bowl Filler – Set of 3

Layered Perfection – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The last few days I have watching for layered trends as I have been out and about. I have seen so many beautiful stacked bracelets, stacked rings, layered necklaces, layered home items and more!

Members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team have many layered perfection items in their shops! Here are a few!

friedasophie from friedasophie says:

I handmade this piece for the summer time, the blue and white’s are complimenting each other in a subtle way.

friedasophie

friedasophie

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Purple and turquoise are two of my favorite colors. They accent each other perfectly. This necklace is a little bit boho and a little bit southwestern. Purple sugilite round beads and genuine turquoise nuggets are hand knotted with waxed cotton cord. The necklace is accented with beautiful ceramic seed beads in a turquoise hue, shiny brass beads and round antiqued verdigris beads. The closure is genuine leather cord with a spiral patterned golden brass toggle clasp.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

pamela from epicetera says:

This necklace was inspired by the beautiful blend of seed bead colors.

5 strands of mixed gemstones and pearls create a warm winter blend of deep burgundy, honey gold and crisp cucumber green..

I selected gemstones that complimented the seed beads, and created a holiday necklace rich with color. One strand of honey gold freshwater pearls, a strand of red Garnet, a strand of green Aventurine, and 2 strands of mixed seed beads create a colorful necklace that can be twisted before fastening or worn by allowing the layers to fall freely. A primitive red bird dangles from the bead work.

epicetera

epicetera

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This layered ring is made from four retro buttons from my personal collection I have been accruing for many years. I’m not really sure why i collect (and now make) buttons, but it certainly is a thing!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

This cutting board offers us the most flexibility for design and personalization of any of the products we have available. We can engrave the bottom of the glass cutting board, the top of the wood cutting surface, monogram the tool handles, and engrave a gift message or dedication on the bottom. The glass cutting board can be removed and used for cutting meats, the wood cutting board is food safe and perfect for slicing vegetables, and the set can be used for serving and entertaining with the cheese knife storage conveniently accessible. We add even more layers with gift wrap and gift cards available with any purchase in our shop.

We can include any of our picture frame designs on the glass, any of our monograms on the wood, and use a matching font to personalize the tool handles of the cheese tools.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique says:

One of my new favorite things to make for my shop is fabric tutus. I love layers different, yet complementing fabrics together to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece. In addition to the different prints, I also like to put different textures together for fun look.

LilybeanzBowtique

LilybeanzBowtique

Dina StyleKnits from DinaStyleKnits says:

This hand knit triangle shawl was designed by me under inspiration of boho and vintage styles. I’d like to make feminine wrap for modern lady. This shawl adds wedding, evening clothes and will be good for cold summer.
Bronze shawl pin with beige and coffee glass beads is included for shawl.

The shawl color is natural beige and it pass to any dress color.

So, this shawl is a detail, which will help you feel like a real woman.

DinaStyleKnits

DinaStyleKnits

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Here’s a layering of a different sort. Many many layers are involved in the creation of our ‘Galaxy’ art. I use several layers for text, more for the dark sky background and more for the stars. I add blurred layers and other artistic touches to stars and the ‘milky part of the Milky way to create depth. This was a fun and time-consuming process and I love the end result.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Pick Up Your Swag Bag – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good afternoon everyone! This is the third annual Etsy Christmas In July Party that we have a swag bag especially for you! What party is complete without a gift to take home with you to remember the day?

This year your swag bag is filled with printables that were created by Etsy Christmas In July team members Kelly of ColourscapeStudios, Megha of byTheArtBug, Christine of cwagenblass9, and Mary of StockLaneStudio!

It was curated by swag bag extraordinaire Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns!

Thank you for your collaboration!

Pick up your swag bag here:

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Click here for your Swag Bag!