Announcing Christmas in July’s Etsy Craft Party Prize Winners!

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

I had so much fun co-hosting our party with Alicia from Alicia’s Findings and Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns.  The tutorials were all so cute and creative – gave me some great ideas for Christmas gifts!

Without further ado, I would like to announce the winners of the wonderful goodies from Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty. They’ve all been contacted and will soon be receiving their prizes.

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Crochet Angel donated by Corkycrafts – Hannah Contino

Dark Blue Fingerless Mitts donated by MermaidsHatbox – Dawn Whitehand

Christmas Themed Dog Collar donated by thedoggiehouse – Linda Welcome

Rainbow Tutu Set donated by LilybeanzBowtique – Corky

Red Dagger Earrings donated by ToBeMeJewelry – Kay Loeber

Halloween Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Ellen Thomas

Gingerbread Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Gwen Jones

Personalized Stemless Champagne Flutes donated by DesignstheLimit – Jolie Webb

Microfiber Towel donated by SuesAkornshop – Tricia Bertrand

$25 Gift Certificate donated by KraftygirlCreations – Cat

Purple and Teal Fingerless Gloves donated by MedleyOfColors – Sue Koran

Teal and Avocado Earrings donated by Bungalow42 – Claire DeRosa

$20 Gift Certificate donated by DiMaryboutique – Yuliana

Hot/Cold Therapy Neck Wrap Set donated by NaturalBodyComfort – Catherine Clifford

Knit Cup Cozy donated by socksandmittens – Alicia

Thank you to everyone that donated, organized and participated in the #EtsyCraftParty2016!

Don’t forget our next big event, Christmas in July 2016  will be held July 1st – July 10th!

Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party Prize Sponsors

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Today I want to share with you all of the wonderful prizes donated by members of the Etsy Christmas In July team for our #EtsyCraftParty. You can enter to win them via our main Craft Party post.  Here is #EtsyCIJ Rafflecopter Giveaway!

In no particular order:

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Crochet Angel Ornament by Corkycrafts

This crochet angel ornament makes a great 1st baby gift tag, small angel perfect for small angel tree topper too! Makes a great Christening gift and wine bottle tag! Makes a unique one of a kind gift! Made of white cotton thread.  Angel ornament measures 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.

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Gingerbread Men Dog Collar by The Doggie House

Colorful gingerbread men collar handmade with a ribbon sewn on the top of the webbing is adjustable, holds a dog 75lb. The bow is adjustable. Wide: 1″ Size: 16 adjustable 23.

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Ruby Red Dangle Earrings by ToBeMeJewelry

A wonderful design with Czech frosted Sea Glass look beads. The dagger beads have a beautiful matte finish giving the illusion of red sea glass. The color of the beads are Siam Ruby. Earrings are accented with dainty AB red Czech beads and silver metallic beads on sterling silver wire.  Length from ear wire is approximately 3/4 inches.

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Gingerbread Charm Bracelet by timetalentjewels

A festive gingerbread charm beaded Christmas bracelet.

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Halloween Bracelet by timetalentjewels

Just for Halloween a witches brew along with pumpkin beads and silver daisy spacers on a stretch elastic band.  A one of a kind Halloween charm bracelet!

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Rainbow Tutu Set by LilybeanzBowtique

Handmade no sew tutu skirt in a rainbow of colors. Designed to fit infant up to 3 years old. Will come with a matching headband.

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Three pairs of 6 1/2″ Needle Nose Pliers by Evies Tool Emporium

New, imported 6-1/2″ needle nose pliers. They are made of high carbon steel and have a double dipped handle to ensure comfortable grip. The jaws are serrated for gripping and have a wire cutter for convenience.

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Purple and Teal Knit Fingerless Gloves by Medley of Colors

Unisex hand knit fingerless mitten with a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn. These mittens or gloves are sized to fit most preteen to medium adult hands. When stretched, the mittens measure approximately 8 inches long.

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Personalized Stemless Champagne Flutes by DesignstheLimit

Perfect for Weddings, Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and any other cause for celebration! Toast with a personal touch and make your stemware perfect for your special occasion when you choose a combination of our designs and available fonts.

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A $25 Gift Certificate from KraftyGirlCreations

A$25 gift certificate from KraftyGirlCreations, specializing in handcrafted fabric ornaments, gifts & housewares.

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Wasabi Dark Teal and Avocado Flower Earrings by Bungalow42

Cascading three petal flowers are hand-knotted on walnut waxed linen thread creating these dangle earrings. The Czech pressed glass beads are wasabi, dark teal and avocado creating a mod retro vibe.  These earrings are 2″ long. All findings are sterling silver.

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Green Hanging Microfibre Towel by SuesAkornShop

This microfiber towel is made to hang around a stove handle or dishwasher handle. The towel is covered with green octagons and circles and the topper is as well. This hand towel measures 12 1/2 inches wide by 15 inches long.

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Dark Blue Fingerless Mitts by  MermaidsHatBox

A pair of fingerless mitts hand knitted with dark blue Merino/Polyester yarn.  Every size.

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A $20 Gift Certificate from DiMaryboutique

A $20 gift certificate from DiMaryboutique , home of crochet and knitted things, jewelry, art and vintage.

Hot/Cold Therapy Neck Wrap and Matching Eye Pillow from NaturalBodyComfort

This Spa Set will include… One Neck Wrap: Measuring 30 x 5” inches in Length and Width, providing ample coverage for the neck and upper chest area. Along with a matching Eye Pillow to provide you with the perfect relaxation combo.

                                                          Knit Cup Cozy from socksandmittens

Wrap this reusable cup cozy around your cup and help keep your fingers protected from the heat!  It designed to fit 9 to 11oz mug or cup, about 3″ in diameter. It is stretchy and has a loop and a button to fit your mug (if not, just move that button over).

 

Home For All The Holidays

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Any holiday is the best excuse to gather the family and show how much we care.  Independence Day was always a big celebration in my mother’s family.  Generations have served in the Army, Air Force, and Marines, and it was always important to our family that their service be honored through our celebrations.  Our entire extended family would gather in a little town called Louviers, CO.  A large BBQ and back yard games would ensue.  What makes Holidays special for our CIJ families?  Read on.  Feel free to share your holiday memories in the comments section.  If you see something you like, just click on the pictures to shop our Etsy CIJ team!

1) Ina from InaSudjana says

For us it will be the Chinese New Year (CNY).
It is a big thing in our family, very much like Christmas to many Western countries except that it usually falls on either end of January or beginning of February. Every year has a different date according to the Chinese calendar.
We’re from Indonesia, but my family root is Chinese and my parents are ‘big’ on Chinese New Year.

It is the time to gather together as a big family and enjoying the CNY dinner.

Food is usually in abundance around this time, especially sweet treats like Pineapple tarts. Sweet treats symbolise sweet beginning to a new year.

The CNY dinner menu usually includes fish, tofu, noodle. They symbolise good fortune and long life. We usually wear anything red and the children will usually get red pockets from their parents and grandparents.

This red dolly felt hairclip organiser in my shop is inspired by the CNY:

Adorable felt hair clip from InaSudjana.

Adorable felt hair clip from InaSudjana.

2) Noel from MinkCouture says

I have a Christmas birthday and my parents would always get me a Christmas ornament and put it on my cake with my candles. Sometimes it was cats (I went through a cat phase), other times it was space capsules and moon landers. It morphed into a car for my 16th, a ballet shoe for a big recital…..

I still get an ornament each year, something to symbolize an event that happened.

This inspired most of my ornaments, but definitely this set of “his and hers” first Christmas stockings. Miniature stockings are hand cut from a up cycled felted sweater and sweet vintage pearly, white buttons are seen on the edge.

Lovely Christmas Stockings  from MinkCouture.

Lovely Christmas Stockings from MinkCouture.

3) Olga Creativ from Creativhook says

My favorite holiday is the day of birth. On this day, it’s nice to get the gifts. The best gift for a girl is a doll.

Great gift idea for little ones from Creativhook

Great gift idea for little ones from Creativhook

4) Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says

One of my preferred holidays is Mother’s Day.

My sons really love me and usually show me their love in different ways, but It’s so sweet having a particular attention on that day!

This year they were both away but they called me on the phone and on skype too.

When they want to be particularly tender with me, they don’t call me “mom” but “mamy” and I’m…..touched!

I created this decor just thinking it as a perfect gift not only on Mother’s Day, but to show every day love and thankfulness to every mom in any moment of the year.

Lovely heart wreath from Ghirlandiamo

Lovely heart wreath from Ghirlandiamo

5) Claire DeRosa from ToBeMeJewelry says

My favorite holiday is Christmas when family from far away come home to celebrate. Let’s face it, during the month of December we run around completing our energy. To replenish my energy after Christmas, what do I do? Go down to the beach to find sea glass. Although, finding sea glass is now hard to find at the Jersey shore, it’s not impossible. The best part during this “after Christmas” visit to the beach is to see all the Christmas trees along the beach. Bradley Beach, NJ uses the trees to recycle and build up the dunes. It’s so cool, to imagine all the memories these trees provided to families. It’s a cold little visit but so worth it. My energy is renewed and maybe a few pieces of sea glass in my pocket!

Stunning sea-glass bracelet from ToBeMeJewelry

Stunning sea-glass bracelet from ToBeMeJewelry

6) Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

Within my family we celebrate Christmas the most – usually everyone has time off work so everyone can get together.

My store has lots of handmade ceramic tablewares which are ideal for making a celebration special – what better than to share food presented in a unique piece of tableware made with love.

Beautiful Bowl from DeeDeeDeesigns

Beautiful Bowl from DeeDeeDeesigns

7) Martha from HolidayCreations4U says

The Christmas Tree Skirt is a big tradition in my family. I use the one my Grandmother made for me soon after I got married. I put it under our tree every year. My mother uses the one her mother made her soon after she married. My sisters also put out the tree skirts that were hand made for them by our Grandmother. It is a special time when I pull out that skirt and remember my Grandmother.
I thought it was a wonderful tradition to get started in any family. I hope that my customers are picking out a special handmade tree skirt from my shop and use it year after year.
Here is a sample of my home made felt tree skirts.

Stunning tree skirt from HolidayCreations4U

Stunning tree skirt from HolidayCreations4U

8)  Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

Mother’s Day is near and dear to my heart. Of course, because I’m a mother and I can feel the love my daughters have for me. And to me it’s a day to celebrate being a mother myself and what a great gift my children are. And lately though it’s bitter sweet since I am often so far away from my own mother that I can’t visit her on this day. And with her declining health and advancing age, I count each new Mother’s Day she celebrates as a gift. I was able to see her a year ago and captured her prize-winning roses in photo. I’ve turned some of them into greeting cards and overtime I look at them and relive so many sunny Mother’s Days I spend with my own mom.

Stunning greeting card from StockLaneStudio

Classic greeting card from StockLaneStudio

9) Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says

In our family while I was growing up almost any holiday turned into a big deal with large family get togethers and tons of great foods, fun, games and laughter. Our family is much smaller now, but the part that always means something to me no matter what is just – family. That bond that is there regardless of the holiday you are celebrating. I was so afriad I would not be here to celebrate more holidays with family when I was diagnosed with lung cancer at 44 years old. I lost my father to this disease, – it has been many years, but I thought much on the fact that those holidays, birthdays, Easter or any holiday – many families do not have very much laughter or are feeling lost, hopeless, lonely, or grieving. I wanted to provide a message of hope, and messages of inspiration – as a survivor I feel a need to pass that on. I also know that sometimes just having something to remember and honor those who lost this fight can be a special thing, and a healing thing. So I make things and hope that they bring a bit of happiness and hope – and healing. I want awareness to spread.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Miniature Handmade Hope Tree from KrystalKlarityBeads.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Miniature Handmade Hope Tree from KrystalKlarityBeads.

10)  Donna Zuk from SassyScrapsCrafts says

My holiday tradition is making handmade ornaments every year, whether its from paper, felt, tree limbs, or fabric. There is nothing you can’t use to make special memorable ornaments from. I would rather have handmade then store bought ornaments anyday because they are truely unique and special.
Charming Old World Santa Tags from SassyScrapsCrafts

Charming Old World Santa Tags from SassyScrapsCrafts

A parting thought…

We’re thinking of you this special holiday,
Sending our wishes for joy and happiness,
Hoping all good things will come your way:
Satisfaction, comfort, peace, success!
By Joanna Fuchs