Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Contributor  Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

A holiday always observed on January 31st of each year, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is set aside for us to explore our own feelings, and how art of any medium affects our heart-strings – and heart.

Art of all types is embraced and appreciated for a variety of reasons – the beauty, the message, the technique – what does your heart tell you?

According to the website set aside for this day, “Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that move us to tears or cause us to burst out in joyous laughter remain with us for a life time. Whether we are touched through music or see into an artist soul through their work, art has the power to change us, to inspire our hearts.”

The day encourages all of us to get Inspired about art while exploring the many genres of art that inspire us individually. How will you celebrate this day – Perhaps by a visit to an art gallery, reading a good book, music appreciation, Ballet and theatrical arts, starting that masterpiece you’ve been putting off – or what we do everyday – Share our art with others here on Etsy?

Looking forward to your thoughts and comments.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

I will probably celebrate this day with a good novel followed by – ideally – an art house film…. and these can only be enjoyed with a good handmade cup filled with quality fair trade coffee or tea!
Coffee Cup Soup Mug Ceramic Handmade Pottery Matte Black Neutral Tones Tea or Hot Chocolate Cup with Generous Handle by Dawn Whitehand

Coffee Cup Soup Mug

I definitely will be reading a good book – which could be one of the many beautiful coffee table books I have on my favorite artists! I am continually inspired by great artists use of color, and strive to use color well in my enamel work. This brooch was inspired by a photo of an artist friend of mine!

Stormy day brooch, champleve enamel, sterling silver, fine silver, kiln fired enamel, seaside bay, stormy sky, tropical, ooak, handmade

Stormy Day Brooch

Well, this day happens to be our wedding anniversary, so I like to make a hand-made card for my husband. This card is fitting in so many ways. Mixed-media hand cut candles and flames add warmth to a dark winter day. This signifies the steadfast light and love in our marriage. Making a wish and blowing out the candles so many years ago has produced my dream come true.

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Romantic Candle Card

I will make a trip to my local art museum. I love wandering around the contemporary art section; it’s such a constant source of inspiration. Hopefully, some of that inspiration will then be funneled into some new work of my own.

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Mixed Media Art

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Before tv, internet, cell phones and Twitter, people used to fill their evenings with mixed arts such music, painting, writing, or sewing – these were the Arts. This gorgeous hand embroidered double hearts pillowcase is a fine example of an art that is often overlooked today. We love to surround ourselves, and our shop, in these beautiful hand crafted linens.
Vintage Embroidered Pillowcase - Single - Pink Daisy Hearts - Love Valentines Day Sweethearts - Vintage Bedding Sheets Linens - Collectible

Vintage Embroidered Pillow case

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Hello friends, thank you for your submissions. Love all the creative and artful ideas to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

I am inspired everyday by the colors of my palette and will most likely enjoy this day by painting an artistic owl.

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Wooden Owl Paper Towel Holder

Thank you all this time around! Please watch for more #EtsyCIJ threads to share you thoughts and items.

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Celebrating National Braille Literacy Month through Textures

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

January is National Braille Literacy Month. Braille is something we are thankful for worldwide, but especially in my family as a few of my family members have been affected by Retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye – You can read more about this in my personal¬†About Me. Braille is all about the raised dots and touch/feel. I thought it’d be a neat twist on that to do a textured topic.

I invited my fellow Christmas in July Etsy team members to share items from their shops that were textured, and a short story about their items.

Usually, I try to narrow down the entries, but this time I couldn’t help but share them all! They are all great items, and a wide variety of them shared here. What fun!

She says, “This is some vintage burlap ribbon I got a hold of but it had damage all thru the roll because of a pin that was placed in it and the pin rusted so there were rust spots. I loved the ribbon and got it at a great deal because of the rust. When I got it home it sat for a few months til I noticed I could use the ribbon between the rust spots by cutting it and using it on gift tags, so I used this what would be an unusable ribbon in these wonderful tags. The tags are made out of a textured paper and the lace and burlap gives it even more texture in these OOAK [One of a Kind] tags.”


She says, “The pin hole design on the copper sleeve of this ceramic pot reminds me of the dots created by a brailler. I worked with visually impaired students before my retirement.”


She says, “As an artist, I love texture and much of my sculptural work is highly textured. This ring is made from upcycled buttons, the top blue button featuring raised dots, and certainly capturing the theme of this topic.”


She says, “This was the first item I knit using the Trinity Stitch and thought it was tough, but once I got the hang of the pattern I found myself whizzing through it and it was finished in no time! It was really satisfying seeing the finished scarf, and I was so glad I stuck with it to the end – now knitting the Trinity Stitch is a breeze! ¬†“


She says, “What a great way to bridge our work with awareness! The texture of this yarn is soft, and somewhat bumpy and then to add the twists to the fabric it makes gives a dimensional feel to the texture making the scarf soft and cuddly with a great feel.”


She says, “Having worked with a number of visually impaired students, I chose this leaf bowl. It has a serrated edge like a real leaf and the veins are the type that you would find in a real leaf. Tactile-wise, the dish is an interesting piece.”


She says, “I make crochet cotton wash cloths and soap sacks with raised “nubs” that massage and exfoliate for a spa-like experience. They are so popular I had to be sure to carry some “manly” colors for the menfolk, but the example shared here is for the ladies! These are fun to crochet as the “nubs” keep the feel of things interesting.”


This was such a fun topic to write on, and I love all of the wonderful items chosen by our fellow Christmas in July team members! They are all quite different from one another and have their own individual stories to them, but all have great texture that tie into our posed topic.

Have you created anything with exceptional texture that you think make it stand out above the rest of your items? Share your story with us!