How’s Your Creative Journey Going? – #CIJ Party 2016

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

I love the book The Artist’s Journey by Julia Cameron. Amidst other great advice, she reminds us that when we nurture our creativity, it often leads to breakthroughs in problem-solving. The form of artist-brain ‘mulling’ cracks open our normal rigid ‘point a to point b’ thinking. As we serve a hobby, such as gardening, pottery, or cooking, we reap spiritual benefits never previously imagined. We are freed from the demands of the ego — allowing us to have a perspective that is lost in the everyday world of work.

We asked our great CIJ colleagues to tell us how their creative journey was going, and to share some items that represented the experience — here’s what they shared with us.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

 I usually find that if I work on my digital art any given day I learn something new. I can’t quit because not only is this fun but I haven’t yet stopped learning new things.

I’ve been trying some of the new things lately and love the way some of my paper packs are turning out. Too much fun. I am inspired by color combinations, and mint seems to be popular these days, so I have tried it out with a couple of combinations – this one is coral and mint.

paper pack

Coral and Mint Digital Paper Pack, 14 Printable Papers, Scrapbooking, Card Making, DIY Invitations, Paper Crafting, Instant Download

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

 True to form, we have been learning the hard way and continue to constantly evolve the products in our shop and the design options in our portfolio. We are working on adding even more options for all of our favorite spirits and for every spirited occasion. We get rid of design options no one selects and create new designs to give our customers a variety of options. We also accept custom design requests!
We originally offered stemless wine glasses or stemware and have now grown our product selection to include heavy bottom stemless wine glasses and a more traditional stemless wine glass offering both in either red or white wine. We have added a diamond-shaped wine glass in addition to our other glass and crystal stemware. We have added a few additional monogram options, expanded our font lists, and updated our listings with calculated international shipping options as well. We hope our customers appreciate our work and look forward to working with them to make every gift giving occasion a personalized experience.
wine

Design Your Own Monogrammed Stemware Personalized with Our Monogram Design Options & Font Selection (Each)

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

 I seem to have lots of ideas of things to create running around my head nearly all of the time! I really need to just sit down and write them all down in a book. At the moment, I am enjoying making different envelopes and cards using Japanese origami papers. I think they are lovely! So here are some bird themed envelopes I have done. I just love to see how they turn out!
bird

Bird envelopes, bird stationery, snail mail japanese style, handmade envelopes, set of 6, patterned, spring

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

 I am in love with the world around me and I’m proud of how our shop photography reflects that, but I am equally excited about the graphic design I have been creating lately. I have so much fun learning and discovering new ways to reflect feelings or concepts. Our ‘Milky Way’ prints and printables have been a labor of love. So many layers were used to create the starry sky background!
sweet

Sweet Dreams Milky Way Printed nursery decor, 8×10 blue galaxy typography, space art for boys girls, baby shower gift nursery decor wall art

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots  says:

A recent break up forced me to step back and re-evaluate where I stand as a crafter and designer, and has left me without inspiration and motivation. To keep my mind off of things, I have tried my best to keep up with my crocheting, which is currently in the form of working Crochet Pattern Reviews of others patterns – one of those being the Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug, designed by my good friend Rhelena of Crochet n Crafts. A beautiful piece that has also brought me much comfort in both the crocheting of it, and in being able to wear it around.

Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug-Sage and Ivory

Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug-Sage and Ivory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

Reading “The Artist’s Way” revolutionized my artist’s practice. It represents the point where I made a conscious decision to turn towards creativity. It gave me the confidence to call myself an artist and cemented by commitment to pursuing a creative life.

Things were happening in my life and I could have participated in one of the other twelve step programs where the focus is on recovery from the addiction. I decided instead to do Julia’s program due to its focus on creativity.

It felt right for me to put the energy into building something, rather than to step into a maze of self-reflection. I’d done a lot of that. What I needed was to redirect the energy to making and developing and growing.

I am by nature pretty enthusiastic and get excited easily! I choose to use this force to bring new things and positive energy into the world. Joining etsy and offering my art for sale is a part of this.

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ORIGINAL art – Ink drawing – Hand drawn – Unique artwork – Abstract – Collectible – Colorful – Detailed – Line art – Pattern – Quality

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states sometimes I wonder myself how my creative journey is going. It seems it is mainly going detours!

I fell in love with photography very early in life, before I was ten years old. However, I never truly thought to pursuit it seriously. I took the typical travel and landscape pictures, and that was it.

When I moved to the States at the age of 41 I finally realized that there is an artistic side in me that has been dormant since 10th grade when I had my last inspiring art teacher. I started to scrapbook and make greeting cards, quickly moved on to stamping and then started to paint. I love painting, but I often lack the time to do – I always seem to be pre-occupied with something else.

I also re-discovered my love for knitting and have become quite the expert knitter by now.

However, throughout these years I have always come back to photography. When I got my first digital camera it was quite a change after having shot film for 35 years. But I quickly saw all the possibilities of digital photography and the immediate learning from mistakes. I took classes in Photoshop and Lightroom and use both of these programs frequently. Altering photos is a special pleasure. This photograph of an old barn in our county was processed by layering textures and giving it a distressed, old world look. It is a very popular item in my shop.

Old Barn Photography -Fine Art

Old Barn Photography -Fine Art

Susan Burton from SusieBDesigns says my creative journey has been a life long process. As a child my Mother sewed all of my clothes and even though I didn’t appreciate it at the time, she instilled a creativity in me that has never stopped growing.

During my college years and young adulthood, I turned to sewing out of necessity so I could afford to have the latest styles. I would go to department stores and examine garments to see how they were made and then buy bargain priced fabric and make my own pattern.

When I got married and became a Mother, I of course made my own maternity clothes but discovered a new creative outlet when designing my baby’s nursery. Soon I started making pillows and quilts and the sky became the limit. Home decor design and creation became my new passion.

I never lost my creative desires but the demands of raising a family and a demanding day job left little time for creativity. Things got put on hold and the only sewing I did was the occasional special outfit or gift for a friend or family member.

Fast forward 30 years. My kids are grown and thankfully employed and my husband and I recently moved to a new city and bought a very old house where I have my own design studio. I have a new and still demanding day job but I try to find time to create each day. It is my happy place! When I am designing and creating I can leave the world behind and become completely absorbed. It is great therapy!

I opened my Etsy shop in 2010 and had no clue what I was doing; it just felt like something I needed to do. Recently I have become interested in painting fabric and have made some pillows from my designs. This is my current favorite.

Abstract Hand Painted Pillow

Abstract Hand Painted Pillow

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Many thanks to all who contributed — awesome creations and talent here!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

June – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate June – New Arrivals.

Amanda Jaeger from AlphabetArtPrints:

Kiss The Cook…even when the food is sub par, because being in the kitchen is hard!

I love creating alphabets from familiar items. This particular alphabet was created using items in my very own kitchen. This is one of my favorites I’ve done because the black and white kitchen themed photos can seriously go with pretty much any decor. “Kiss the Cook” speaks to me as I love being able to cook for my family, but darn it, sometimes getting a good meal on the table is just plain hard!

AlphabetArtPrints

AlphabetArtPrints

Katie from KLStudioArt:

I actually painted this piece in a class that was for enjoying a glass of wine while painting a specific piece of artwork. I decided to deviate from the painting that the class was doing and got caught up in this magical world I had begun creating. It was so fun and inspiring to be able to start this painting the same as many other people in this class, and then turn it into something different, new and beautiful!

KLStudioArt

KLStudioArt

Beth Stephens from BethStephensArt:

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not… was inspired by childhood memories picking daisy petals. I painted this with gouache and a little imagination.

BethStephensArt

BethStephensArt

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

New minimalist black and red cards in the shop.

I have but one request: KISS ME NOW

So romantic and fun! A card filled with passion. I had fun gathering inspiration from my husband.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Cindy from GraceNotesbyCindy:

Red geraniums are my favorite summer flower. I always have several pots of them on my porch. I love using this rubber stamp to make cards and coloring the design with watercolor pens.

GraceNotesbyCindy

GraceNotesbyCindy

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese:

This is my newest listing. It is a handmade butterfly card for the ladies! It can be used for various occasions such as a birthday card, a thank you card, a get well soon card or a thinking of you card! I love using stickers on cards, especially butterfly ones. I particularly liked using this butterfly sticker as it is 3D and the butterfly is raised.

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23:

I recently added decorative notebooks in my shop. I was at a birthday party and someone was writing down the gifts for thank you notes later, I thought it would be nice to have already decorated notebook for a bridal shower for the maid of honor to use to write down the gifts.

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection:

This is one of my newest items. I’ve loved wishing on dandelion seeds since I was very little and wanted to make a good luck pendant to share. The birthstone charm is an added touch of personalization.

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads:

After surviving Lung Cancer, my priorities have changed. I am sadly aware of the need for research for cancers, and the one that reaches the deepest in my heart is childrens’ cancer – so I try to raise awareness, give a message of faith and hope, and maybe a smile. (I do any color).

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

lefrenchgem from lefrenchgem:

Inspired by the myriad of blues that I see in the oceans where I live in Florida and France. I wanted an elegant looking ear wire to showcase these brilliant Swarovski crystals, so I created an original Le French Gem design. I imagine my customers wearing them as they browse the seaside shops and feel amazing when they wear them out to dinner with friends and loved ones.

lefrenchgem

lefrenchgem

Linda Baze from GirlieGals:

These bright red, yellow, green and orange lampwork beads remind me of the swirling and twirling mexican style skirts at Fiesta’s and celebrations. Fun and colorful with lots of motion.

GirlieGals

GirlieGals

Kaycee from ParadiseJewelryofCP:

This is one of my newest items. Need help getting your little one ready to celebrate America’s Birthday! I have many great items in my shop!

ParadiseJewelryofCP

ParadiseJewelryofCP

be Woolen from beWoolen:

I found this red super soft merino wool yarn last week and as I touched it I knew I had to knit something loose and warm, easy to wear.

beWoolen

beWoolen

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns:

I was inspired to make this out of love for the free spirit in each of us!
Pink is the most attracting of all the colors. Pink attracts attention and interest and allows the viewer of the color to feel warmth and comfort. Because of this,potential lovers will feel comfortable and confident enough to approach you and will not fear refusal. Wear these feathers in pink if you want to attract a potential love partner. Or just wear it when you are in need of de-stressing and are seeking calm.
Pink, along with the colour green, is linked with the Heart Chakra, and concerns higher consciousness and love. The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds.
Pink promotes a feeling of gentle warmth and nurturing. It lessens feelings of anger and irritability, surrounding us with a sense of love and protection. It also helps with feelings of loneliness, unhappiness, over sensitivity, and vulnerability.
Purple or violet assists those who seek the meaning of life and spiritual fulfillment – it expands our awareness, connecting us to a higher consciousness. For this reason it is associated with transformation of the soul and the philosophers of the world are often attracted to it.In the meaning of colors, purple and violet represent the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. They inspire and enhance psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Juliette A-B. from LeTanuki:

When New Year comes in Japan, you see everywhere bouquets and pictures of pine, bamboo and plum blossoms. Those are 3 auspicious plantswhich bring hope and good luck. Nowadays, those “3 friends of winter” are also seen during weddings or graduations – they truly are of good omen!

LeTanuki

LeTanuki

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage:

Just listed a very cute little girl in blue with a jug!
Part of a larger collection I inherited. I love these collectible pieces but now I have so many.
This is a Zsolnay piece Made in Hungary in the 40-50s.
Just reminds me of summer somehow.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

I saw this fabric and just love owl items, so it ties in well with the other ones I have.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

I listed this new item, because it is so natural, I love the color and presents my shop for this affection for the nature. It remembers me of peaches, summer and long evenings outside in the nature!

KarlasWoodDreams

KarlasWoodDreams

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts:

Just listed! I wanted to add some sunshine to my garden and the medallion reminded me of a sunny sunflower and I knew I had to add it to my bird house and while it was drying in the sun the birds were checking it out.

Corkycrafts

Corkycrafts

Susan Burton from SusieBDesigns:

I have a tremendous love for the beauty of nature and am especially drawn to the beach and the sea. I have collected seashells for years and so decided to incorporate them into my craft. My hope is that my Seashell Pillows will instill a sense of peace and beauty and become a treasured addition in the home.

SusieBDesigns

SusieBDesigns

Ana Rabiller from Quilterbell:

This is my new listing, I am just falling in love with charcoal colour at the moment, I just love the way allow colours to pop. Warning: you might see quite a few of this colour in my shop for the next few months!

Quilterbell

Quilterbell