Supplies – All Things

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies. Just say the word and all things supplies come to mind. Inspiring supply items from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Veronica Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies shares that when she had her son she  spent a lot of time at home because he was sick. To fill that time she took a lot of pictures of their son. Veronica would then scrapbook them into a large scrapbook. It was a nice time filler. It was something she could pick up and put down easily. They had lots of stickers, paper, and ton of imagination. She drew a lot of their decorations and cut out random shapes. Friends and family would pick up stickers or supplies at yard sales or from friends who didn’t need them. She personally think it kept her sane for that first year!

1st Birthday Scrapbook Stickers From AVAArtsSupplies

1st Birthday Scrapbook Stickers From AVAArtsSupplies

Carolyn Eady from SproutPressDesigns has Journal Adventure Kits in her shop. This kit was designed originally as a way to use up her off cuts of fancy papers, but ended up being much more. Since there’s a hand bound notebook, tags and envelope with little surprises included, it’s more of a prompt or starting point of inspiration for crafty folk or those on the outskirts of creativity, wanting to join in.

Journal Adventure Kit From SproutsPressDesigns

Journal Adventure Kit From SproutsPressDesigns

Barb from barbsheartstrokes has a few stamping supplies. One of the crafts she thought “YES” I can do this! But for her it was a bit of a challenge getting the right colors, paper, stamps to look good together. It is harder then it looks and some out there make it look so easy! It is it’s own “talent”. She is  going to sell all the stamping supplies and try her hand at something different. Barb is not sure what it will be though! Maybe needle felting, knitting, or crocheting? So many options!

Stampin Up Two Step Stampin Flash Florals From barbsheartstrokes

Stampin Up Two Step Stampin Flash Florals From barbsheartstrokes

Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations a few years ago made up some DIY Kid’s Personalized Necklace Kits for a friend’s birthday party and they were a huge success! She decided to start selling them in her Etsy shop and she has been thrilled at the response she has received about them. Jeanne tries to find charms to suit any themed children’s party she can think of.

DIY Kids Party Favor Princess Crown Personalized Necklace From CedarwoodCreations

DIY Kids Party Favor Princess Crown Personalized Necklace From CedarwoodCreations

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital has been creating her own digital printable supplies for card making and scrap booking for several years now. It’s so fun to make backgrounds and clip art to match! Sherri has made birthday cards and even Christmas cards for friends and family for several years now. She absolutely love paper crafting, and being able to make her own printable papers makes it that much better!

Butterfly, Dragonfly, Flowers Clip Art From ButterflyFeetDigital

Butterfly, Dragonfly, Flowers Clip Art From ButterflyFeetDigital

Apryl from MaddieBsCreations inherited large quantities of this beautiful lace. Although she does a lot of sewing, she hasn”t found a good use for tons of lace. Apryl is still trying to come up with a “brilliant” craft that will utilize all this lace. In the mean time she is offering it in her shop in a variety of colors.

Purple Lace From MaddieBsCreations

Purple Lace From MaddieBsCreations

Tracy from LittleShopofColor has lots of digital papers in her store and she’s working on adding more alphabets, frames, and clip art. The brighter and bolder the colors the better. Tracy loves these pretty stars papers because of the variation in color and texture. She is always experimenting and learning new techniques! These papers were just one experiment that came out beautiful.

Bright Abstract Painted Stars Digital Paper Pack From LittleShopofColor

Bright Abstract Painted Stars Digital Paper Pack From LittleShopofColor

Bella Vida from Hope Printables shares the specifics on this digital download. This is a little bit product and a little bit kit. These are 4 digital download prints. They can be framed and hung anyway the buyer chooses. They can even be separated and put in various rooms of the house for more inspiration. They were originally inspired by the peaceful, hopeful and spiritual words of the advent season and the colors softened and adapted for the nursery.

Peace Love Hope Joy Inspirational Word Art HopePrintables

Peace Love Hope Joy Inspirational Word Art HopePrintables

Sarah from TheFeltCollector has been collecting felt for a long time, first for herself and then to share with others. Some printed felt is hard to find. She enjoys hand dying felt, especially animal printed felt sheets, to get really cool or pretty colors. The blue paisley was inspiration for her shop banner, it’s such a nice design.

Blue paisley Felt From TheFeltCollector

Blue paisley Felt From TheFeltCollector

Oksana from LaFiabaRussa really loves working with natural materials and making toys.

Extra Virgin Wool From LaFiabaRussa

Extra Virgin Wool From LaFiabaRussa

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass envisions flowers for you to incorporate into your crafts.

3D Felt  FlowersFrom ElizabethLovesGlass

3D Felt FlowersFrom ElizabethLovesGlass

Heike from Belambolo offers some easy to follow patterns for doll clothes – sewing, knitting, crocheting in her shop belambolo.

Pattern For Knitted Doll Sweater From Belambolo

Pattern For Knitted Doll Sweater From Belambolo

Homes And Gardens – All Things

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Homes and gardens. Just say the words and all things homes and gardens come to mind. Inspiring home and garden items from members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios shares that she’s just gotten back into gardening recently. It’s her escape from the daily mummy routine! She has started growing herbs and a few pot plants, hoping to expand out soon to more flowers and eventually a veggie garden as well!

Rosemary Fine Art PhotographyFrom ColourscapeStudios

Rosemary Fine Art PhotographyFrom ColourscapeStudios

Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts loves butterflies (or flutter-bys as she always called them) and looks forward to their return to her garden every year. So when she found this fun butterfly paper, it immediately made her think of my seasonal visitors in all their glorious colors perched atop her flowers. And hey, this means she can see butterflies year round!

Multicolored Butterflies Handmade Tile Coasters From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Multicolored Butterflies Handmade Tile Coasters From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Veronica from AVAArtsSupplies loves these red flower acrylic rhinestones because she doesn’t have a green thumb for flowers! She has tried and tried and yet her flowers always die. She can keep a garden full of veggies growing, but those flowers… she may as well plant plastic flowers. At least those would last a little!

Red Flower Acrylic Rhinestones  From AVAArtsSupplies

Red Flower Acrylic Rhinestones From AVAArtsSupplies

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy wonders what says garden more than a lovely little lady bug? She used to love capturing them at her grandmother’s house. She would give her an old Tupperware container with grass in it and holes cut out of the lid. Amy would proceed to fill it up with ladybugs and carry it around all day. The next day, they all miraculously escaped, and her grandmother would send her on her way again. Pretty sure her motivation was a) extra lady bugs in her garden from everyone else’s yard and b) to keep Amy busy! When Amy found this pattern, she thought of her. One of these towels hangs in her kitchen every spring, and it makes her smile!

Red And Black Ladybug Embroidered Hanging Kitchen Towel Potoholder Combo From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Red And Black Ladybug Embroidered Hanging Kitchen Towel Potoholder Combo From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Candy from WickedlyCreative loves vintage items and fell in love with this bee gardener pattern! She loved embroidering the flowers and think it would be a perfect gift for a mother or grandmother who loves gardening.

Bee And Flowers Hand Embroidered Pillow Decor From WickedlyCreative

Bee And Flowers Hand Embroidered Pillow Decor From WickedlyCreative

Jeanne from CedarwoodsCreations observes there are all types of bugs and bees around a garden. Dragonflies have always fascinated her. They intrigue and scare her at the same time. Jeanne doesn’t think they sting but whenever one gets close to her she flinches and get spooked. They are very cool to look at though!

Dragonfly Rock Cairn From CedarwoodCreations

Dragonfly Rock Cairn From CedarwoodCreations

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital loves sunflowers and lady bugs! This was a fun clip art set to make, and she has used it for making greeting cards for late summer/early fall.

PDF Clip Art Sunflowers With Lady Bugs Printable Digital Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

PDF Clip Art Sunflowers With Lady Bugs Printable Digital Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

Majorie from mscennaa acquired this little vintage flower shaped jewelry embellishment and has been saving it for a creation this spring. Looking at flowers outside and thinking about picking flowers inspired her to make it into a ring!

Red Flower Ring From mscenna

Red Flower Ring From mscenna

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass is a store that is partly vintage, partly handmade. This item is is a vintage treasure and is perfect for the gardener whose flowers are blooming. When it’s time to start arranging flowers and creating beautiful indoor arrangements, a flower frog will help keep those stems in place!

Pale Blue Flower Frog   From ElizabethLovesGlass

Pale Blue Flower Frog From ElizabethLovesGlass

Laura from VintagePlusCrafts finds joy growing these in her flower garden and what to spread them all over the world!

Hollyhock Seeds From VintagePlusCrafts

Hollyhock Seeds From VintagePlusCrafts

Karen from APaperPardise believes that cannot be a girl in the world who hasn’t at some stage in her early life, proudly presented her mother with a bunch of daisies picked from the lawn – how fitting then to announce her birth with a daisy cupcake.

10 Pink Daisy Cupcake Baby Announcements, Shower or Birthday Party Invitations with Custom Wording From APaperParadise

10 Pink Daisy Cupcake Baby Announcements, Shower or Birthday Party Invitations with Custom Wording From APaperParadise

Kazaa from TangerineToes feels this beautiful Sanderson fabric is already inspired and she fell in love with it instantly. Kazaa created this sweet little accent pillow showing off pink roses and lilac growing and glowing happily together!

Cushion Cover Throw Pillow Soft Pink And Green Floral Roses Lilac Shabby Chic English Garden Pillow Cover From TangerineToes

Cushion Cover Throw Pillow Soft Pink And Green Floral Roses Lilac Shabby Chic English Garden Pillow Cover From TangerineToes

Sarah from TheFeltCollector feels this felt fabric is definitely garden inspired. She likes the colors of the pretty flowers. What would you create? She is thinking an owl would be super cute.

Garden Floral Felt MaterialFrom TheFeltCollector

Garden Floral Felt MaterialFrom TheFeltCollector

Watler from WalterSilva is fascinated by the way roses are grown and loves gardening!

Rose Bouquet Pill Box From WalterSilva

Rose Bouquet Pill Box From WalterSilva

Sarah from BellaBoutiqe23 designed this card originally for her Mom to give to her 3 girlfriends from high school. They have been friends for over 50 years! Sarah loved the saying for them “Plant a Seed of Friendship, Reap a Bouquet of Happiness”! The paper line is from Graphic 45 secret garden line and she loves the flowers. Sarah designed each card to be a different flower to represent her Mom and her three girlfriends, each beautiful and each unique.

Tealight Candle Friendship Card From BellaBoutique23

Tealight Candle Friendship Card From BellaBoutique23

DickensKnits added a special touch to this rather plain sun top by embroidering a flower on it!

Flower Baby Sun Top, From DickensKnits

Flower Baby Sun Top, From DickensKnits

National Pet Month from CIJ Team

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  -Anatole France

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” -Orphan Pamuk, My Name is Red

“Being able to feel love, loyalty, gratitude and happiness means you have a soul? Then all my pets are bound for heaven.” -Jury Nel

Who doesn’t love a furry friend greeting them after a long day at work?  Those big eyes, warm kisses, and devotion are some of our greatest gifts!  For the Christmas in July Team, our pets aren’t just animals but members of our family.  Please enjoy some stories of unconditional love and some lovely items to pamper the special friend in your life!

1) Sarah Lust from TheFeltCollector says

Hello cold kitty

When I was little my dad was in the navy and we got to live in Okinawa for awhile. I remember playing with Hello Kitty toys with my neighbor Trish. I must of been around five. We also had a cat named Nekosan which means pussy cat. Some of my earliest memories involved cats. I guess that’s when I started to love cats.
Well, when I was older we had a stray cat come in during winter. She was pregnant and we worried about her out in the cold. She ended up having six kittens! All of them were “oh so cute”. The problem was everyone wanted one. We ended up keeping three. I named my cute grey kitten Ewok. Now they are grown, happy, and still kind of cute.

2) Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says

Before my sweet golden retriever Bella came into my life, I had a black lab Ebony who got every favorite pair of slippers, favorite shoes, tore up a blanket given to me by my grandma, was an escape artist. She put a hole in a wall trying to get a mouse. This is just part of the list:) She ran away the night before my husband deployed to Iraq and i shed tears of joy as she bounded toward the house at midnight! Despite all this I loved her so much. She helped me get through the deployment and when I would cry she would rest her head on my lap. She was a lover of music and would lay at my feet as I played the piano and rest her head on my feet as I tried to pedal. She would look at me with this special mischievous look before running at me full speed and tackling me and laying on kisses. There was such a bond between us. When my husband deployed the second time I thought Ebbie and I would be there for each other again but 6 months before he left she got a chronic liver disease at age nine. One of the hardest things was making the decision to put her to sleep. I miss her so much so four months into the deployment I went to pick out a puppy and this is where my Bella enters the story. I had planned on getting the runt but Bella was the largest girl and came over and curled up in my lap and fell asleep. So it is one of those times where she picked me and she helped me heal from the loss of my Ebbie. She brings such joy, she is goofy and keeps both my husband and I laughing. I think God knew I needed the laughter again. Bella kept me busy as a puppy while I waited for Aaron to come home from Iraq. She chewed the door frame and tore up a wool hook rug but never chewed the shoes, though she does steel them and wants me to chase her and get them. She is not an escape artist and wants me to move things that are in her way. She won’t jump over them. She loves football, likes to grab my arm in her mouth and take me for walks mostly to the treat room, she jumps off the bed like a frog, she lays her head on my shoulder as i pet her while we watch TV together. She loves watching dancing with the stars. She loves to snuggle all 75 lbs of her. She sneaks up onto the bed in the morning and I catch her staring at me to wake up which is so funny because I did this to my mom as a child. Sometimes she will take one paw and hit the bed with it hard so I will wake. Then she comes and lays on the pillow beside me for morning snuggle time. Okay so I spoil my dogs just a little! She is my baby and a huge part of my life, she is beautiful and a blessing from God and brings me joy so I named my shop after her…BellaBoutique23.

3)  Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies says

We have 12 pets. 9 of them are featured on out about page if you want to see the crew. We rescued most of them. Here’s their stories.

First came Chevy. She’s a pit mix we got from the shelter. We’ve had her for 9 years now and she’s still going strong.

Next, was Rintu. He’s a Newfie/Lab mix as far as we can tell. We got him from an old lady who thought for some crazy reason a hyper puppy was a good idea. It was us or a shelter. So AJ (our son) got a hyper puppy who has quickly become a great guardian. We’ve had him for about 4.5 years. When AJ is playing outside he howls if he leaves his line of sight!

Then came Phineas. We wanted a new kitten to help fill the hole of Lil’E, our Calico who had past. We saw Phineas and Isabella in a local shelter. They got sick before we were able to get them home and Isabella did pass away. Phineas who is now about 4 years old is doing great. He looks like a Bombay with those funky eyes that they have. Bombay’s are known as Parlor Panthers and seeing him go you can tell it! He’s slinks and slides just like a mini panther.

The next is Optimus Prime, AKA Primer or Cakes (no clue why). He came from our kitty portal under our deck that spits out a cat every two years. Andy heard him crying and spent several hours well after mid-night saving him. We think he’s a Bengal/Tabby mix. He’s has awesome spots on his sides and belly.

Then we got a White’s Dumpy Tree Frog. Her name is Dumpy, not very original. She was my birthday present 2 years ago.

Next came Daffy and Si, they are Pekin Ducks. We got them so we didn’t need to buy eggs, which is silly because eggs are cheap and we live 2 minutes from Wal-Mart. But whatever. They are a great source of entertainment! Si is the one with the broken wing, but not sure how it happened. He does fine with it though.

Annie Oakley is our third kitty. She too came from the magical cat portal. She was originally Pistol Pete, but after a vet visit we found out he was a she. We found Annie 4th of July weekend 2013. She’s quite noisy and refuses to jump on the counter to eat. She has trained us well to pick her up whenever she “meows!”

Then came Rafiki. Rafiki means friend in Swahili. He is a Ball Python, also known as a Royal Python (pretty much everywhere but America). We got him in February 2014. He was a Valentines/Anniversary present. When he actually moves around and investigates it’s very interesting to watch him flick his tongue sniffing the world out! But he is just as happy sleeping in a ball under a cracker box.

Finally and not pictured, we have Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and Sandy. They are hermit crabs which we got from a friend who no longer wanted them. They are AJ’s and I really have little to do with them.

That’s our crew, sorry it’s so long but we love animals. We are hoping to use Etsy to help us buy some property and get a few more like a goat, a chicken (I want to name her Ms. Kay), a bearded dragon, and a miniature donkey. In our shop we do carry a lot of animal related items from various animals we love. Some of them are ones we own or owned (horse items) or could never own (jaguars, pandas, and cheetahs, how cool would that be though!).

4)  Annie from anniekdesigns say

It hasn’t been quite a year since Cody crossed over the rainbow bridge. He was a big Black Lab/Weimaraner mix. Long and lean like a Weinaraner, a bit of lab huskiness with short black fur and the Lab’s soulful eyes.

Cody was a typical big happy dog and very intelligent. He loved people and dogs and running and playing. He was also a bit of a Houdini. He wanted to come inside while I was at work one day. I came home to find the window air conditioner on the ground and Cody in the house as he jumped through the now empty window!

But this is my favorite story. One day I was running a little late getting ready for work and a friend was picking me up. Since I wasn’t ready, I told Cody to go say hello to her. Cody started his usual trot to the car, jumped through the window, licked my girlfriend’s face and sat down in the back seat as if to say, I am ready to go. Everyone in the complex was roaring with laughter!

I also have a black and white English Springer Spaniel. His favorite thing to do is toilet paper the house. Yep, on many ocassions. Fortunately he has outgrown that phase. He is a fun loving and funny boy. I would be lost without him.

5)  Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

We adopted a gorgeous little black bundle of a cat just over 9 years ago from a shelter. She’d had a rough start and they didn’t know whether she’d be able to handle family life. One of the carers had taken her home to rehabilitate and ended up staying for 5 weeks before they attempted to rehome her. Adam and I had only gone out to the shelter to get some info and as soon as we spotted her we fell in love. Apparently we were the first people she’d approached since going up for adoption of her own accord. So we did a “meet and greet” with her in a room and she snuggled up to Adam straight away! That was it, we put a deposit down, and ran off to the local pet shop to get everything we needed! She’s still a bit skittish and nowhere near a lap cat, but she’s moved across the country with us, and welcomed our daughter home, when bubs cried, Shelly would be there to help calm and comfort her! We’d be lost without her now.

6) Michelle from craftslady2008 says

Having had animals since as far back as I can remember I have a hard time picking just one thing. My furry friends have helped me through thick and thin and show love when I have needed it the most.

I have always adopted my pets, some just not the traditional way. We have 3 cats and 2 dogs. Each one has an issue, literally! Shady has OCD cleaning issues, she has given herself a permanent Brazilian wax. Gabby binges and purges, she is on a strict diet of measured amounts to keep her healthy. Jezzie has neurological issues and has the grace of a drunken skunk. Chloe is just Chloe, you would have to meet her to understand. Last but not least is Casey, he cannot help himself, squirrels drive him crazy! He has caught a few in his years of chasing but the worst was when he ran straight into a tree thinking he could magically “climb” it I guess.

They all are crazy but too dang cute to get mad at them for long. I am always endeared when Jezzie purrs herself to sleep on my arm and drools. I love to watch Casey chase his squirrels in his sleep. Gabby is a hoot always hanging out and yapping to let us know that she is hungry. Shady does leave us with a small amount of fear because she like to purr and bite at the same time. And poor Chloe, one day she may just finally eat that one thing that will kill her, thankfully it hasn’t happened yet.

I always say I love my animals more than people. They treat you the way you treat them.

6) Linda from ThingsUpcycled says

We had a wonderful cat named Whiskers. My son was 2 when we got him and those two became inseparable. He lugged that cat around everywhere and Whiskers just let him. Of course he immediately became a part of our family. He loved to snuggle up to us and we treated him like a king. He became my personal alarm clock as he would sneak up on my bed at the same time every morning and ever so lightly wipe is paw on my cheek to wake me up. As soon as he saw my eyes open he snuggled in next to me. We loved him so much. We had the privilege of loving him until he turned 12 then he parted with us suddenly. My son is now 16 and still talks about stories about our beloved Whiskers. They are happy memories which will be with us forever. When i was making some new pendants this one for whatever reason brought me back to when he was a kitten and full of life.

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