Man Made

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We usually want to know about handmade items, as this is a site where handmade tends to rule (with a few exceptions), but this blog post is all about men. Yes men!

If you are a male #EtsyCIJ seller/creator we want to know about you, your shop and a few things about what got you started.
For example:
1. Was it a hobby that turned into a job?
2. How did you get started on etsy?
3. How did you discover your passion for the craft,etc?
and so on……………..

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says my furniture / homewares making business grew from an opportunity and has developed into a passion for both the materials I work with as well as the design process. It all started from a humble timber bathmat. I made one, from material that would otherwise ended up in landfill. I got asked to make another, then another and soon I was making and selling the product at weekend markets. 20 years later, I still attend markets as I so enjoy the interaction with customers.

Selling on Etsy came about as a result of reading a newspaper article and I decided to open a shop and see how it would go. It has taken some time to develop products that are best suited to online global trading, and I still have more work to do in that regard.

My true passion for what I do came about from browsing design references at the library and coming across a design for a folding stool. I made one, saw that there were inherent flaws in the design, but loved the product. It then became my personal mission to resolve the design. Many prototypes later I have a unique design for a folding stool / side table that is functional, strong, unique, versatile, and most importantly stunningly beautiful. Simplicity in appearance, but technically difficult to easily replicate. The devil is indeed in the detail.

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Folding stool or side table

Flame – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

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 2017 is Flame.

PANTONE 17-1462 Flame

A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun-loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the color Flame! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Here’s a fun way to keep halls quiet and motivate students during testing season (coming up for lots of High School students right now). It’s printable, so it’s quick and easy and always at your finger tips. Would make a great teacher gift or home school decor.
StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Linda from LazyYVintage says:

I just love this vase. The geometric designed and the wonderful color. Although it is a flower vase, it is beautiful and unique just as it is.

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LazyYVintage

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I always wanted to wear cowboy boots. This Amberino flame glass boot makes me want to wear cowboy boots!

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PearlsVintagebyPam

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

As orange can be such a warm and fiery color, it always fascinates me how colors come together. When knitting this hot pad with Noro Kureyon yarn the colors just worked up beautifully to create a fun little piece.

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timetalentjewels

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a cool idea! I love color! These are hot as flame!

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joliefemmebydiana

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

When I made these earrings, I was taken by the contrast between the flame orange of the bottom bead and the cool orange of the center one. The faceted bead on top brings back the fire with a bit a sparkle. Just like a real flame, the colors shift & blend into each other.

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9ElizabethStreet

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says:

These earrings are a brilliant orange and with the black fleck throughout are reminiscent of the dancing flames in a campfire. I am always inspired by the beauty of the materials I am blessed to work with.

TimberDimensions

TimberDimensions

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

These pendants were inspired by lava flowing from a volcano! The original flame orange! These make nice gifts for men or women, who like unique jewellery.

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Vintage sari silk wrap bracelet in burnt orange and lavender. A golden heart charm hangs in the center. I love sari silk and the vibrant color of this silk begs to be seen! Perfect for Valentine’s Day too!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

I love the combination of flame orange and purple – and marbling is the perfect way to capture both!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Retirement Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Retirement comes about after we have worked for many years. It is a time for going on to the next chapter,whether that be moving to another location,part time working on getting to all those projects you put aside and more….

Here at CIJ we want to know what kind of gifts you have in your shop for retirees.

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says retirement can mean the opportunity to travel, often in a caravan or camper. My folding stool is ideal for storing in small spaces and provides a stylish alternative to mass produced items

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Folding stool

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this is a fun idea for retirees who like to fish.

It is sturdy and in working condition, with plenty of “vintage” charm!

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Fishing scale measuring tool

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks discusses one more idea as a retirement gift. I can offer a pair of cosy socks. It is ideal for a lazy afternoon at home.

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hand knit mens socks

Michael Tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says for those who serve in the thin blue line. I make a custom wall hanging ceramic clay tiles with images of their badge or their department shoulder patch, framed or not. Military and private company logos can also be done.

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Personalized memorial patches

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves states when you retire, you will now have time to enjoy that Martini poolside. Here is the perfect mixing set with a Mid-Century Modern flair!

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Martini drink mixer with stirrer

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said for the man in your life that is retiring why not this vintage piece of Art to put up in his special space….

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Framed painted bowl art

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns states that these tropical caravan coasters would make cute gifts for the traveling retiree.

Pineapple caravan coasters

Pineapple caravan coasters

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we are always honored to complete an order for a retirement gift and have a number of products to start the next chapter of life. Our new pen, letter opener, and magnifying glass set offers the perfect opportunity to include a gift message engraved on the case and you can have each handle engraved with the recipient’s name or monogram.
Gift wrap and cards available for shipping directly to your recipient, make every gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to remember!

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set

Homemade Goodness For The Season

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

If you’re like me, now is the time of year you get that irresistible urge to buy, make (and eat) special treats not common at other times of the year. For me, it’s Christmas cookies and candies, ‘comfort soups’, fancy pastries and pies….well, you get the idea.

What are your treasured homemade treats of the holiday season? Our teamies shared some of their favorites and also some items from their shops related to holiday baking, cooking, candy-making, or eating!!

Melissa R from missy69 said:
My Grandma used to make the best Magic Cookie Bars, and they are still my favorite She made something called Jumbo cookies too, but I can not find a proper recipe anywhere for them. The recipe for Magic Cookie Bars, is www.eaglebrand.com/recipe-detail/magiccookiebars-3934 here. Of course you will need a giving plate to give them to friends and family. I am glad to help you there.
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Believe Nativity Christmas Painted Plate the Giving Plate Faith Beautiful Gift Idea Friend Hostess Church Party Plate Luke 2 Bible

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

This recipe is a family favorite! Makes a great hostess gift too!

Candy-Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 dash vanilla extract
4 cups whole pecans

Preheat over to 275 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat egg white until stiff. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Pour nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until browned, about 10-15 min.

Store in a tin to keep fresh.

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Chef Figurine Hanging Yellow Scoop Wall Pocket Vintage 50s Kitchen Hollywood Ceramic Art Pottery Planter Kitschy Decor Retro Gag Gift

Tanya from socksandmittens said:

My friend gave me this recipe several years ago. These are simple hazelnut butter cookies but they taste so good. We bake them every Christmas since then.

Here is a recipe or if you’d like to see the full version with photographs please visit my blog socksandmittens.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-butter-cookies.html

Hazelnut butter cookies:

Ingredients:
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tea-spoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
Powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Fold in nuts. Knead a dough to make it smooth. Place the dough ball in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350’F. Line the baking sheet with foil. If your dough is too hard cut it with knife to form a strips and then cut it to even pieces. Roll the pieces into balls about the same size and place on ungreased foil about 1″ apart.

Bake at 350’F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Let them cool completely and dust them with the powdered sugar.

One item from my second shop related to baking is this vintage glass rolling-pin.

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Vintage glass Roll-Rite baker’s rolling-pin Good Housekeeping USA collectible baking memorabilia

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Cheese biscuits are a favourite between courses in my house. I think the clean the palate in preparation for the next delicious dish.

Cheese Biscuits

1 Cup plain flour
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
125 gram butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
20 gram blue cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup parmesan extra

Preheat oven to 200C / 400F

place flours curry powder and butter in a food processor till crumbly
Stir in cheeses
Bring mixture together into a ball
Roll into a log. Chill for 1 hr
Cut 5 mm slices and arrange on tray lined with baking paper leaving room between.
Sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake for 15 min
Enjoy

Here is something to serve them on.

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Serving Platter. wooden, Queensland Walnut

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love to make homemade gifts for Christmas and include the recipes! This gorgeous Angel Shortbread mold is perfect for making shortbread or cookies to give as gifts AND it comes with its own recipe book! Whether you make your own gift or want to give a gift to someone who likes to bake – this is the perfect Holiday themed present!

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Vintage Flying Angel Shortbread Cookie Mold by Brown Bag Cookie Art – 1987 Design Cookie Cutter – Wall Art Plaque – Baking Crafts Supplies

Many thanks for all the great shares! Happy Noshing & Holidays, Everyone!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Member Feature: TimberDimensions

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Bevan of TimberDimensions, our featured member!

TimberDimensions

TimberDimensions

Tell us about yourself.

“A maker with passion” is how I have been described. I am self-employed and have been for over 15 years. What I do, and what I sell helps me to put food on my table. I have lived in Brisbane Australia since my birth 53 years ago, although I have travelled quite extensively. I love to create. I remember as a small child making simple toys like swords and bows and arrows and using them to play out fantasy with my friends. A swashbuckling pirate, an explorer, the leader of an Indian tribe, I was many things during my childhood play. The fascination with making has stayed with me into my adulthood. The difference, I suppose, is that now I make pieces that are imbued with my own style and made with the care and accuracy of a craftsman.td1

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

About 20 years ago an opportunity arose for me to make use of a large amount of timber that was going to be disposed of by a company I worked for. I took the material, turned it into a product and went to a weekend market. I sold out in a couple of weeks. I took the profits from that venture and invested in better tools and equipment. And so it began. For a number of years I had a day job and traded at the markets on the weekends.

Some years later I took the leap and decided to register a business name and apply myself more deeply in developing my products. In 2012 I saw an opportunity in ETSY to introduce my products to a global audience. I love they way that ETSY operates as a community and gives access to wonderful products from all over the world.td2

Tell us a bit about your products.

My signature item is my folding stool/side table. This item is the result of many, many hours of product development and prototyping. A truly unique item that is very well made, functional, versatile, beautiful and excellent value of money.

I make a wide range of other products that are both beautiful and functional. I also like to make things from off cuts of material that would otherwise be thrown away. My jewellery is a good example of this. It pleases me greatly that I can use small pieces of beautiful material to make items that enhance the wearers appearance. Because of the nature of the materials I use each piece is unique and individual.td3

What inspires your work?

The shapes you see in nature are a constant inspiration to me. I’m not a fan of hard looking, square forms. I have a distinct preference for more fluid, curvy forms that are soft and sensuous, both to the eye, and the touch.

My sleigh bed is a good example. Hardly a straight line exists within the piece. Completely made from solid timber, the technical difficulties and challenges of the make are difficult to overstate.

Architecture often inspires me as well. Both ancient and modern architecture contain line and form which can translate into beautiful furniture.td4

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

The commercialization of my stool is my main goal. My Book Birds are soon to be available in a range of independent bookstores and galleries. I am working toward having my Book Birds and Jewellery range available in a variety of gift shops and bookstores.td5

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

Quality and originality.

There is more to making furniture than nailing a few bits of wood together or screwing together a few sheets of veneered board. Even the smallest of my items are made to last generations. I encourage people to change the way they look at things they purchase. Globally, we have become quite wasteful and often have a disposable outlook toward the things we buy. I try to encourage people to ” buy once and buy right”. Great design is timeless, great making ensures that those designs carry on to be the antiques of the future. Things of value that can be proudly passed on to the children or the children’s children.

Good design + Great making = sustainable futuretd6

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I work from a small shed / workshop on my property that I like to call my “shedudio”. Whilst it is jam-packed with tools and equipment as well as my timber stock, it is a comfortable environment to work within. There is always music playing and places for friends and visitors to sit and chat. Often I work late into the night doing quiet work like carving or applying finish to products, sometimes with a glass of red wine in hand.

My “shedudio” is both a workspace and a place to relax.td7

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I have learned how difficult it is to develop a complex product from scratch. A valuable lesson that I have taken forward in my design language.

I have also learnt to not impose deadlines on the design process. Sometimes it is better to walk away from a design problem so the mind can be free to think. I find it quite amazing how many times the resolution for a problem springs to mind when you are not thinking about it.td8

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you craft or make or draw or paint you should get your products onto a global platform so the world can see, and buy. ETSY provides the opportunity to do that at a very reasonable cost. What have you got to lose?td9

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

Sometimes I ride my motorcycle far away into the hills, visit friends or go to an art show. Live music of all kinds gives me great joy and I like to get out and see new bands. Cooking is something that I enjoy greatly. I love to entertain friends with lavish feasts of food from all over the world. Indian food is a bit of a favourite at the moment.

My work is my release. I’m pretty lucky that the thing that puts food on my table is the thing that gives me enormous pleasure.td10

What is your favorite quote?

“My life is my message” Mahatma Ghanditd11

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a web site under development at the moment and that should be live before the end of the year. In the mean time I can be contacted directly through ETSY or send me an email at timberdimensions@ymail.com.

Facebook: Timber Dimensions

Twitter: Timber Dimensionstd12

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Reclaimed Materials – A Gateway To Creativity

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Over Labor Day weekend, I attended our area’s largest flea market.  As a handmade artist, I enjoy going from booth to booth to see the beautiful home decor pieces, furniture and outdoor sculptures all created using reclaimed materials.

The booths with the pallet art and furniture were extremely popular, with pieces ranging from decorative wall art to dining room tables, as well as outdoor furniture. We discovered a unique bench handcrafted using pallets and a tailgate from an old Chevrolet pickup truck.   With our focus turning to autumn decor, I found myself drawn to the vintage framed screens hand painted with colorful scarecrows and pumpkins.  One of my favorite booths is that of an artist that reclaims framed windows from old homes and paints beautiful landscape scenes on the glass with stunning results.

Products handcrafted using reclaimed materials are unique, artful and more sustainable than many of today’s mass produced items.

As I admired the creativity, I was reminded of the idiom “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”.  Each year small businesses reclaim and salvage a significant amount of materials.  This not only helps eliminate landfill waste but also preserves part of our past.

I posed the question, Does your business upcycle or use reclaimed, salvaged materials? to the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.

 

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore answered:

“They don’t make ’em like they used to”…. I grew up listening to my Dad make that statement time and time again and it’s true! I would rather repair, recycle or reuse something “old” than buy something new. I love to salvage bits and bobs, odds and ends – I have a stash of “trash” just waiting for a new purpose! This time of year, I love to give rusty old tart tins a new lease on life:

Christmas Star Ornament Tart Tin

Christmas Star Ornament Tart Tin

 

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt had this response:

I grew up in Southeast Louisiana. When I was a young girl, my father taught me to respect nature as it is a finite part of our environment. We would go for walks along the waterways just talking about life and taking in the beauty of the sun setting over the marshlands. Sometimes we would come upon a unique piece of driftwood, which would end up in his workshop waiting for the perfect wood carving project to showcase its beauty.

Most of the items in my shop are made from reclaimed wood. I chose to feature my father’s hand carved woodpecker bird because I love its overall appearance, particularly the bird’s beautiful red head and its unique cypress driftwood perch!

Red Headed Woodpecker Bird Carving

Red Headed Woodpecker Bird Carving

 

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint shared:

I use a variety of games pieces to make a selection of items, from magnets to jewelry, scrapbooks to decorations. One box with an incomplete game can make a scrapbook or a clock with the board, a variety of cards and magnets from the cards, and some fun jewelry or key rings from the game’s pieces.

Scrapbook From Upcycled London Monopoly Board

Scrapbook From Upcycled London Monopoly Board

 

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions commented:

As a furniture maker, I have a deep and enduring respect, as well as appreciation, for the materials I work with. I despise waste and do whatever I can to reduce, reuse, upcycle, repurpose the offcuts I generate. I make bangles, pendants, earrings, brooches, and finger rings regularly. The one item I most enjoy is my Book Bird. A practical, functional item that I really do enjoy making. I love what I do!!

Book Bird Page Holder

Book Bird Page Holder

 

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts added:

I repurpose wine corks in my shop. Hence the name Corky crafts. Guess what I promote wine drinking… HA HA HA….uh well least we have fun in our craft room.

My friends & family donate their corks and every cork creation gives life to a little cork that kept wine fresh. Speaking of fresh here is a new fresh item in our shop just in time for your Christmas planning….

Wine Cork Snowman Ornament

 

Melissa R from missy69 stated:

I love this subject! I love to take garbage and turn it into something beautiful, or something old new again. I love glass, wood, and old or broken jewelry to reclaim/recycle/upcycle any of those terms work great. Below is a ring created from a broken pendant, and a broken ring that was just left as a band. I used wire to wire wrap them, and the result is beautiful and affordable. Nice small size to fit a small hand or pinky ring.

 

Upcycled Blue Topaz Marquise Silver and Gold Wire Wrapped Ring

Upcycled Blue Topaz Marquise Silver and Gold Wire Wrapped Ring

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns remarked:

My shop is mainly ceramic homewares and jewellery, but I do love using repurposed materials to create some different jewellery pieces.
One of the materials I use are marbles – yes, my kids old marbles! The colours and patterns in them are truly beautiful and they are lightweight and lend themselves to necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pretty much anything!

Upcycled Marble Earrings

Upcycled Marble Earrings

 

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign had this response:

This is great! Using reclaimed, salvaged materials is a perfect way to help save the environment. We offer recycled aluminum Nespresso capsule pods to crafters to make items out of. Interestingly enough, most of these get shipped overseas from the US. It is a great way to recycle and not let these go into the landfills. And the art and jewelry made out of them is really cool.

Nespresso Pod Empties

Nespresso Pod Empties

 

Chris Preiser from CreativeChris000 responded with:

I love to re-purpose and recycle items into my handmade creations, but was getting tired of using the same old bottles, bottle caps, etc as my materials and wanted something new to work with. About 2 years ago I realized the possibility of re-purposing soda cans and quickly began making lots of ornaments and decorations with them. Today, the majority of my creations have some sort of ‘soda can ornament’ incorporated into them, and people are always shocked to find out that the item they are purchasing was made with a soda can!

 

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Upcycled Aluminum Butterfly and Flower Set

 

Maryann from gojjell said:

My husband does wood turning as a hobby and I am frequently salvaging different types of timber off cuts or ‘non usable bits’! left on the workshop floor. From such finds, I weave my magic and create one of a kind jewellery, usually pendants or necklaces, featuring these re-purposed timber off cuts.
The necklace below features a fine silver heart and two round Tasmanian Oak beads prepared by me and incorporated into this creation.

Fine silver heart necklace

Fine silver heart necklace

 

Welcome New Team Members For June – Part One

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
The team had many new members join during June in anticipation of the annual Christmas in July event.Please join us in welcoming them to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
And here are some of our new members for June!

I joined with the intention of participating the Christmas In July promo.
I am a self-taught woodworker/furniture maker who has spent a fair amount of time and effort refining a design for a folding stool/table. In time it will be available in three heights and will be available with a matching table.
What makes it special? While it has the appearance of simplicity, the accuracy required while making put it more in the reals of engineered rather than just made. The versatility of the item is one of its stand out features. A seat, a table, a bedside, this can be all these things and more. As you can gather, I’m quite proud of the design

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Folding stool or side table

I sell all sorts of vintage retro items. I love vintage jewellery and brooches in particular – they remind me of a time when things were more stylish and elegant. That’s why this pretty Aqua coloured brooch is so special to me!

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Vintage gold and aqua rhinestone brooch

Maryann from gojjell says

Hi everyone! I joined the Team to participate in the Christmas in July promotion.
I love working with fine silver (amongst other mediums) and these earrings really appealed to me with their texture and patina.

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Fine silver teardrop earrings

Hello,
I joined the team to take part in Christmas in July 2016, I am not sure how yet.
I sell vintage kokeshi doll, a subject that I am passionate about! I hunt them through antique markets, thrift stores etc in Japan, where I live.

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kokeshi doll

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage says

Hi Team,
I  joined to participant in this year’s CIJ.
My shop is filled with great mid-century, Retro and Vintage finds that add glamour and style of yesteryear to your home.

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Vintage brass oval vanity tray

Hello, I am looking forward to sharing like-minded people’s chat.
I am an established Potter / Ceramicist, I mainly throw on the wheel, and I produce one-off functional stoneware items.
I am glad to be a part of the team.

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Hand painted wheel thrown stoneware bowl

Hi everyone,
I’m not really new. My original shop Roses Workshop is still open, but I’ve opened a new shop just for my felt creations. I intend to add lots more items over the next week, and concentrate my CIJ promotion on this new shop.
Here’s a little taster:

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Pink felt rosebud brooch

Hello! I’m planning on adding more vintage items, including Holiday and Winter items, to my shop soon. So I’m happy to be part of this team! Thanks

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Set of 2 Repro Christmas postcards

Hi! I’ve just discovered and joined this team to be involved in the Winter .. Christmas in July Sale.
I create mostly ceramic pendants, also buttons, spoons, cups and bowls.
The aim of my shop to help people connect more with the earth by wearing jewellery made from the earth, eating from spoons and bowls handmade made from the earth. There is really something very nurturing about these things.

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Small porcelain spoon

Hi I am a mixed media artist who lives in Kentucky. I’ve just started creating Christmas items for my shop and would love to participate in Christmas in July. This is a simple Christmas tree that makes me happy and I hope will make someone else happy, too.

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Rustic Christmas Tree Mixed media sign

Hello! I’m new to selling on Easy, and just joined the team today! My shop is filled with handmade goods, including holiday and party decorations, all made from repurposed materials. I am excited to be a new member of this community!
The ornaments I make are crafted from old greeting cards. I like taking materials that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill and turning it into something new and beautiful.

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Bright pink spherical upcycled greeting cards Christmas ornaments

Hi, I’m Gillian and I’ve just joined the team! I have a vintage shop and already have quite a few Christmas items which I will be adding to the shop over the next few days in preparation for putting them on sale on July 1st.
First item is these beautiful vintage shiny plastic baubles from the former East Germany, still in their original box:

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Rare Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments

Lydia Stonely from PollyHadADolly says

Hello, I’m a doll maker from the UK, making Waldorf inspired natural fibre dolls for Christmas. I am currently developing some new dolls for Christmas which I hope to have ready for July but here is my best seller so far.
Looking forward to being part of your team and joining in.
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Waldorf baby doll

Hello!
I joined to take part in the Christmas in July event.
I sell fandom inspired jewellery at affordable prices. Like this expandable mermaid bangle. I’m in love with it. The resin fish scale cabochon (choose from 9 different colours) changes colour as light hits it and the crystal glass bead (choose from 16 colours) adds a touch of sparkle. Besides, who doesn’t love mermaids?!

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Mermaid bangle bracelet

Hello, I’m new to Christmas in July.
I make different kinds of wreaths and right now this is my favorite. Even if I cannot decide which one.

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Watermelon wreath

Hello,
Only just discovered this team! We are two sisters who are also complementary therapists and beading is our creative passion. We make jewellery using semi-precious gemstones that are believed to have a beneficial effect on both body and mind.
Looking forward to getting involved!

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Aquamarine bracelet

Aimee from SugarLaneShoppe says

 

I’ve been on Etsy since 2010, but am getting back into the promotional side of things (which I’ve not spent nearly enough time on lately). With the exception 2015, I’ve always participated in the CIJ sale – usually with great success!
I create pendant necklaces from recycled Scrabble tiles and have added glass dome pendants to my shoppe this year as well. Hoping to develop a following for the new style in order to have a great holiday season later this year!
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Star Spangled Spirit Necklace

HI! Carolyn from forpawsandhome creating mainly unique cat toys

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Animal toys

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

My daughter and I opened our vintage shop in September, so this will be our first CIJ experience!We sell collectible toys and home decor, and have met so many wonderful people through Etsy!
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Deer Candle Gurley Fawn

Hi, I am Flora. Though I have had my Etsy shop for over a year now, the whole ‘team’ idea is very new to me. I feel like I’m living under a rock sometimes.  This is also my first year of offering discount. I feel both excited and little bit of panic.
I sell handmade jewelry. Most of my inspiration comes from nature. Here is one of my latest creations. Peacock inspired earrings with genuine malachite beads.

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Peacock Earrings , Azure-Malachite