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!

Trend Watch with Paul Lowe : Home Cooking

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Trend watch with Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul’s Magazine

www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/trend-watch-with-paul-lowe-of-…

Home Cooking

Eating out is out! Cooking at home is in.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Home Cooking and what the story behind the item is.

Dawn Whitehand  from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

My shop is all about home cooking, food presentation and sharing food with family and friends.

My ceramic wares are oven to table, and are microwave safe, oven safe & dishwasher safe – so you can cook a pie or casserole and serve it immediately to the table and then clean up in the dishwasher – easy and dinner party friendly!

This bowl is ideal for baking a pie, cooking casseroles, serving salads and anything else you can think of in the kitchen…

I have lots of other home cooking wares in my store so visit and take a peek

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

One of the things we LOVE to collect is vintage Cookbooks! We have many available, but this is one of our favorites and a classic that every bride must have received for her wedding from the 40’s to the 60’s and is still popular today! If you don’t have a copy of The Joy of Cooking, your kitchen is just not complete!

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Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

A classic and fun way to eat at home is to BBQ. It is a great way to have very tasty food and on hot days you don’t have to heat up the kitchen with cooking. A great way to eat at home instead of going out on a hot day. Here is a great vintage book on Betty Crocker Best Recipes for Grilling. This book is from 1989 and has lots of great recipes in it.

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If you make a cake at home, you have to be able to store it and why not in this vintage aluminum cake carrier. My mother had one similar to this and she used to bake a cake from scratch every Friday. This caught my eye at a yard sale and brought back all those good memories of fresh baked cakes.
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What could be more iconic of the days of home cooked meals then a piece of vintage Pyrex from the 1940’s?
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September – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This fall arrangement is striking. The vase was given to me as a present for my shop and the fall flowers were purchased from a new store. The neutral colors in the vase are mirrored in the flowers and grasses. The arrangement includes a large sunflower, pumpkins, berries, fruit and grasses. I actually have two similar ones in different sizes for anyone who is looking for a set.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

My town is close to Naples, which beauties and traditions are well-known all over the world.

One of these is Pulcinella, a mask who deals with life difficulties with a philosophy of his own.

Another aspect of Naples (but more generally of all South Italy) are our balconies, where you can see long cloth lines always full of laundry and bunches of chili peppers, hanging from a nail, to get dried under the sun.

So I tried to re-create this view, putting a ceramic Pulcinella on an imaginary balcony.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Melissa R from missy69 says:

I love to paint, and I also love to recycle or upcycle products into something new and beautiful. These are ice coffee bottles that have been recycled into bride and groom Gothic or Halloween wine glasses. These were so much fun to make, and I intend to do more with other themes.

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missy69

Tiffanie from FrivolousFunBoutique says:

This beautiful ornament was inspired by my three-year old who requested that I make her one of my cluster pendants with her beads though bigger! (lol) It turn out amazing and I liked them so much I made more to put in my shop. I bead the wire then crochet it into a circle to make a 3 inch ornament. When I look at this particular ornament I see a wonderful Christmas gift for a special little princess.

FrivolousFunBoutique

FrivolousFunBoutique

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

I’m a quilter and love to include the holiday’s in my work. This is my original design tree skirt with 200 pieces making up a homemade, handmade piece. Perfect to become a family heirloom or the ideal wedding gift. After showing the design at my local quilt guild, I’ve been called upon to teach the technique at quilt shops and guilds.

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SallyManke

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

I saw this vintage look print set and had to have it. It is a reprint, but totally brought back memories of my childhood and quilts that my mother had around the house that had been given to her. I had it in my collection for a while because I loved it so much, I could not bear to sew it. Then, one of my son’s asked about it, and I decided that it was too special to not share with others. I made one of these pillow cases for my house, and one for Etsy. Mine will be well-loved by two little boys at my house being dragged from room to room with them. I can’t wait to see where the other one will end up at!

CraftyMom75

CraftyMom75

Handmade Covers from HandmadeCovers says:

This is a zipper case for 13 inch Laptop or Mac Book 13. Recently I learned how to use faux leather with fabric to create more sturdy bags for laptops. So I had this cute paisley print in vibrant colors which I wanted to use as a pocket of the bag and a plain beige cloth for the back. When the bag was complete it looked attractive to me. Hope you will like it too!

HandmadeCovers

HandmadeCovers

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s my new item just listed.

A name plaque for little Owen in Geelong, Victoria (Australia) whose daddy is a Formula 1 Racer!

A special plaque it will be!

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InaSudjana

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Meet Dax the sassy dachshund!

When I saw the pattern in a yarn store I knew that I had to knit this cute little dog. I chose a rust color and happily knitted along. The process reminded me of my needlework class in elementary school that I hated! At that time I was knitting a polar bear, and the teacher ripped the whole thing apart because my stitches were too loose. I was devastated (I was 8 years old at that time) and completely discouraged. It took many years until I picked up knitting needles again – and I love it. This dog is my first complete knitted animal since that needlework class! I see him as a comforting cuddle toy for a little child. He sure gives those cuddles back!

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Gigi from GigisBlueRose says:

I saw the turtle shell and thought, “I just have to make that.” I wanted the shell to stay on the baby as a costume so I decided to add straps and a diaper cover to make it a cute little Halloween costume.

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GigisBlueRose

Tracey Ghazal from TreasuresFoundShoppe says:

This is the first gift I ever bought for my now ex-husband when we were dating in the early 80’s. The handsome young man modeling it is our son. He wasn’t too happy about having to be my model especially when I told him we were taking the pictures outside…. its 90 degrees in Florida today!

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TreasuresFoundShoppe

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love turquoise and leather! I found these large flower shaped beads and thought they would be perfect for this tassel necklace. I added a touch of orange and a leather tassel. I think the look is definitely boho!

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EponasCrystals

Lucy Clasen from LuDesignsCreations says:

I love making leather cuffs and have made many designs. Now I am making them to buckle in the back. This white leather is beautiful, thick and has ripples in it. I finished it off with a silver Tree of Life which has meaning for many cultures and religions. I like the symbolism.

The concept of a tree of life has been used in biology, religion, philosophy, and mythology. A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The term tree of life may also be also used as a synonym for sacred tree.

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LuDesignsCreations

Kimberly Hanna Wallis from LaSouciqueStudio says:

We started working with sea glass when living on the island of Guernsey where we collected gads of it at Ladies Bay. Now we’re in Florida where we’re inspired by the sunshine.

The soft Aqua Blue color of this Hawaiian sea glass is calming, seeming to change in every shade of light much like the sea does; The natural, organic shape is not manipulated in any way, only top-drilled then wrapped them in the “crazy” style with 925 sterling silver to honor the history that these pieces have seen over the decades tossed in the sea.

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LaSouciqueStudio

Carrie Peninger from Carebarescreations93 says:

I made these to help earn money for my friends family. She passed away about 2 weeks ago and left a lot of doctor bills. She loved Lady Bug and was a wonderful woman. All the money made from these will go to her family.

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Carebarescreations93

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

It is spring time here in Australia. I love the flowers that come out this time of year and the beautiful scent in the air! I have not done quilling for a while and decided to get my quilling gear out. Being spring time I decided to make this set of floral gift tags, perfect for birthdays or to brighten someone’s day!

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DesignedbyAnneliese

 

 

 

Welcome New Team Members – June 2015

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Wow – June certainly has been a boomer of a month for new membership!!

I suggest coffee and cake  to discover all the new shops and fantastic products to follow!

I’m new to the team, but can’t remember if I joined in late May or in June. I just know it was quite recently.

I’ve been crafting almost all my life. I got started by learning to knit at just 4 years old. I’m 59 now, and over the last 55 years have tried almost every type of craft there is. Some I loved and still do when I can, others I didn’t much care for and so never tried again. I started making jewellery 4 years ago and enjoyed it so much that I soon had way too much jewellery and realised that, if I wanted to continue making it, I would need to open a shop. So here I am.

I love working with beads, so most of the things I have in my shop are beaded. I’m keen to find other, non-jewellery, items that I can make using beading techniques, but so far I have only added beaded snowflake decorations to my shop. I have a large number of items ready to sell, but haven’t had time to list them yet as I’m also attempting to sell at as many craft fairs as possible. The craft fairs are fun but they take up sooo much time!

Here is an example of my work, a Kumihimo bracelet that is my most-viewed item:

Melissa R from missy69 says

I just joined a couple of days ago. A fellow member referred me to here. I am getting familiar with all the cool things you do on this team. About myself. I am a part time nurse, currently choosing to not work for a bit outside the home, mother of two children, 14 and 11. I have been homeschooling them both for the past 8 years.
I love to be creative. One of my newest things I am learning is plarn, wood burning, and upcycling. I hope to have some cool items soon. I love to draw, and paint, though I still have so much to learn. I began collecting gemstones when my son was a baby. After a while I figured I better do something with them, so I learned to make jewelry. I have expanded that learning into wire wrapping, and beading, along with my traditional gemstone jewelry. I also crochet, which is not new to me, but an old skill that I am relearning after many years of not doing it.
I have a hard working husband, and we live in the Sunshine State. I love to blog, write, take pictures, and learn all kinds of new things. I am an avid reader too. I guess that is enough, lol.

I am sharing one of my newest and most favorite paintings.

Well, hello there!

I have my Etsy shop since last September. I make original embroidery designs. I try adding listings as often as I can.
My recent Christmas-related one is this ornament design. I have a few of the kind, but this is my favorite from the lot:

I’m the busy tree rat behind “Nuttier Than A Squirrel”. I collect, create, photograph, and market my line of handmade acorn jewelry.

My shop sprouted in 2012 among the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. Last spring, I relocated to the Big Easy (New Orleans, Louisiana) to pursue art making on a full-time basis.

I keep my shop fresh with new stones offered in limited quantities, which change on a monthly basis. I am inspired by all things natural and love to spend my free time exploring new spaces with my old-school film camera. To find out more about my processes or shop, check out my “About Page“.

Here is a sample of Ruby Zoisite + Sterling Silver Acorn Earrings, which are a limited edition for July 2015.

I am the owner, designer, and metalsmith at Uruz Metals. My shop operates out of my home-based shop in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana.

I have been working with metal since 2004 as a student at Southern Illinois University. After college, I worked in the construction and pipe fitting industry with southern Illinois coalmines. In 2012, I was laid off from employment and jumped at the opportunity to invest my time into fine art production and developing my own business. To find out more, please check out my “About Page“.

My work gained quite a bit of notoriety in southern Illinois; so much so that I decided to take the leap into full-time art production in the art-loving Big Easy. I am currently working as an artist and freelance metalsmith, and enjoying every minute of it.

When I’m not working in my shop, I am enjoying all things New Orleans – art, food, and music!

This is one of my most recent postings – Black Pearl Drop Earrings inspired by the oysters of Louisiana.

I sell vintage items and wanted to have a Christmas in July sale in my shop this year. I have a few Holiday items and will be adding more this month. Been selling on Etsy since February 2013, retired from my librarian job after 38 years and love being retired and love selling on Etsy.
I just found this team as I was thinking about the prospect of Christmas in July. Someone mentioned the sale, and I started searching the forums, and this team was praised.
I started my shop, Of Mice and Elves, last June, and I sew aprons, including dress up aprons, and baby items. It was still in its infancy last July, so this will be my first year participating. In fact, I hadn’t even gotten my first sale until the middle of July! Since then, I have had almost 100 sales, which is a milestone in itself, and I am still thinking of new items to put in. I made fun presents for my nieces and nephews and everyone said I should sell them, so I decided to open shop. My busy season is usually Sept-Oct, as my dress up aprons make great Halloween costumes! I am in baby shower mode at the moment, and have had lots of opportunities to get my name out there with all the custom blanket and burp cloth bundles I’ve been making for family and friends’ new additions. I look forward to having some fun with the team in July at our event, and wish everyone happy sales!

This is my customizable baby shower bundle, which is my standard gift for any new mom, once I find out what her color scheme/nursery theme is. I have plans to add many more bundles with matching themed blankets and burp cloths over the next few months.

Epic Tees from EpicTees4You says

Hi everyone!

I’m Elitsa and me and my husband run a t-shirt shop on Etsy since last December.

We like to design matching t-shirts for best friends, married couples, parents and kids, etc.

We also have passion for funny quotes that go on apparel and reflect people’s personalities. We believe strong statements on your t-shirt can help you express yourself.

I’m happy to share one of our models here:

Amor Samson from VintageNook says

Hello everyone,

I am also new member, I am not familiar with this team. Maybe you can help me!

I am retired Restaurateur for 13 years now. I love to garden, make jewelry( took few lessons from our local Bead Store ). I became addicted with it. I also love vintage jewelry, home decor, vintage glassware and anything old. It fascinates me.

I hope you like my shop.

Karen from SilverTemptation says

Hi everyone,

My name is Karen and I’m new here. I’m from Malaysia. In case you don’t know where Malaysia is, we’re just right above Singapore!

My passion is designing and making jewelry. Lately I’ve added real butterfly wings to my designs. The butterfly wings are obtain from butterfly aviaries once their life has expired. No butterfly is harmed for my jewelry.

I’m also supporting an organisation called Primate Education Network. They have set up a shop on Shopify whereby for every monkey themed jewelry sold, I will contribute 15% of the proceeds to their organisation.

I love selling on Etsy. Do drop by my shop. Thank you.

Sandra from TheFeminineTouch says

Hello!

I’m Sandra from the UK , knitter and new knitting pattern designer.

Think I’ve been a member of CIJ for a few years but never ever posted on a thread before. I actively want to be involved this year.

Here’s my newest design created whilst on holiday. Was inspired by the lovely colours in the yarn and wanted to create something special that took advantage of all the summer colours and was pretty and feminine.

I’m Becky from Canada. I’m a yarn fanatic, and in my shop you’ll find crochet patterns, finished crochet items (mainly blankets and winter wear), and some knit items. I’ve got some weaving and locker-hooking items on my To Do list, too!

I just posted this pattern today. (As well as the sample, as a finished item for sale.)

I’m fairly new to selling on Etsy (I just opened up shop this February), so I’m very excited to be participating in this event! I’ve got my coupon code all set up and waiting to be activated. I can’t wait!

Hi I’m Jan from Queensland Australia. My passion is pottery and in particular crystal glazing. I made a variety of different items both functional and ornamental.

This is my first time in this team and am looking forward to the sale and joining in the rest of the year.

Hi Everyone – I am a jewelry artist. I enjoy many types of making jewelry including silversmith, wire wrapping, etc.

This is my latest design:

Laura from MajorLaura says

Hello,

I’m Laura Major, I’m making felted fashion accessories. Can look at my shop.

I live in Hungary, Europe.

I hope we’ll be together a good team.

Hi Everyone,

I’m Katrina from Tasmania, Australia.

I adore Vintage Jewellery and offer Vintage Jewellery in many different styles and eras. I look for individual and interesting pieces that show great condition and manufacture.

I’ve just joined The CIJ Team, (excited to have found you through my mothership team! – Australian Wandarrah) and my CIJ storewide promotion is from 19/6 to 16/7.

Hi, my name is Racheli. I am an illustrator. married and a mother of 2 from Israel.

I create a variety of items based on my original black and white illustrations. In my shop I have wood wall art, prints, printables, bowls and DIY kits.

I draw my images with pen and ink, and then print it on wood and paper, using a method called “Photo-transfer”.

Here is an example of my work:

Nadine Jalem from Love2quilt says

Hello everyone !

I love working with textiles and vibrant colors. I collect fabrics, fibers, threads and yarns to create unique pieces. It is sometimes a long process but, at the end, a very rewarding one. I also like to create small items for seasonal gifts giving.

You may follow me on :
Twitter : twitter.com/NadineFiberArt
Facebook : www.facebook.com/NadineFiberArt?ref=hl
Pinterest : www.pinterest.com/nadsoflo/

Here is one of my latest creations :

Hello everyone,

I learnt about this team through my Australian Wandarrah team & joined & set up my first CIJ sale this year!

Very excited to see how my sale goes & really happy to be a part of this team now too.

I’m sharing a picture of one of my favourite items to make, my fabulous Christmas Advent Calendars:

Hi, I’m Cat and heard about this team from Kelly at ColourscapeStudios over on AustralianWandarrah Team.

I’m from Australia ….way down the very bottom in Tasmania and I make quirky cat creations …mostly Flat Cat Heat Packs.

…and I have to admit to being a fabric addict.

Hello everyone.

I’m another Australian Wandarrah team member from Perth, WA.
I make bags, soft toys and recently tea cosys all from mostly cotton fabrics.

Looking forward to having my first Christmas in July sale and being a member of this team!

Hi everyone!

My name is Rasa (it means Dew) and I am the owner of Toyfifi shop, Shop of sweet and soft toys!

I sew toys for a few years now and I am loving it!

I love seeing how they become alive in kids hands, how much they are loved by little ones, I just can’t stop creating them. It is so much fun.

Here is my personalised Big bear:

Hi everyone!
I’m Rebecca and I am one of Mrs. Claus’s many elves around the world. I just joined the team and this is my first year for #EtsyCIJ. Very excited to get everything figured out and get up to speed.
I think I discovered the world of crafting in kindergarten when they handed me my first piece of paper and bottle of finger paints. I’ve been at it ever since.
I also have OCD, Obsessive Christmas Disorder which I thank my grandma for. When I was five she bought me my first little 3 foot aluminum tree with pink pine cone ornaments frosted in white. I haven’t stopped since. The crafting and Christmas became a natural extension of each other.
With Pinterest came a whole new world of crafting to explore and I became fascinated with the quilted Christmas ornaments. I made two and haven’t stopped since.

It didn’t take long to realize ornaments are a year round thing. I love the time and effort that goes into each one, from looking for just the right fabrics to go together, to the hand crafting of each unique one. I may use some of the same fabrics on several ornaments, but no two finished designs are ever the same. Each is created with love to hold memories for years to come and to be passed down from generation to generation. Mrs Claus and I would not accept anything less.

I am a Social Media Manager by day so if there is anything I can be a help with, just give me a shout out. This is my Frosty Winter Ornament.

Hello everyone,

My name is Chantale and I’m the owner of bijouchantalgelinas.
I’m been doing jewelry for about 8 years now.

I do craft show and festival here in Quebec and I have one in New Brunswick,

Just started last year’s to sell on Etsy. And I have my own website.

I’m looking forward to do the CIJ for the first time but got to read everything and join every social media. Thank you for this opportunity, I’m looking forward to it.

Hello, everybody.

I saw about CIJ on forums and thoughtt I would try doing it this year. I have had my shop since November 2013. I have sold my crafts for over 20 years at local shows.

I am 63 and had to finally learn to use a computer to do this! I have been sewing for 50 years now, and knitting and crocheting almost as long. Love working with fibers, yarns and fabrics. I sew most of my own modest clothes and have sewn for family and friends also. I enjoy making shawls to go with old fashioned style clothing.

I also love cats and dogs and nature themes. I have more ideas for things to make and sell than I have energy!

My husband helps with photos, computer training, and lifting and shipping. Here is a white bridal shawl I knitted:

Hello, from sunny Greece!

I’m Maria and also new member in this team.

I love to decorate a variety of different items with fabrics, flowers, papers and paint them with chalk paints for a romantic and shabby chic decor.

Here is one of my wreaths :

Hello and thank you for having me in the team !
I am a clothing designer and I am excited to show you some of my work:

Hi everyone!

My name is Jaquelina Verzino. I have been selling on Etsy for a few years now.

I am excited about this opportunity to get my name out there and glad to meet other artist through this event!

My shop is VolverbyJVerzino and I make hand carved Queen Anne style dolls and Santos dolls .

Hi, we joined today!

Our shop is quite new, but we are selling really unique items- from wrapped thread, we make small, framed landscapes for living or bedroom decoration, kids room decors from thread, greeting cards from thread, you would not find similar on etsy, gift sets and also small acrylic paintings for kids.

As we represent new technique, it would be great to get more popular and reach the costumer. Some of our works:

Hi everyone, just joined the team! I have been selling on Etsy since August of 2010. I make beaded jewelry and rosaries, and I also sell beads and jewerly supplies.

I created Bead Lovers Korner about 13 years ago and have been selling online ever since then. About 5 years ago I quit my full time day job to work at home operating my business. While it has it’s ups and downs, I love what I do and the flexibility of making my own hours!

I look forward to learning more on this team!

Hello Everybody.

My name is Roxana and I have been on Etsy for a few years. I live in Canada and grew up in Peru.

I crochet and knit all my products. I use a variety of yarn on my creations.

This is the first time participating in this event and I am looking forward to gain experience.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Ana Cravidao from acbeadsjewellery says

Hello everyone!

My name is Ana and I am based in Portugal. In my shop, that I’ve started about a year ago, I offer jewellery made with seed beads, pearls and crystals using the beadweaving technique, also called off-loom weaving, which means that just a needle and thread are used.

I have been making and designing jewelry for about 5 years. Before that my passion was photography and painting. I love arts and crafts so I love being here on Etsy where there are so many splendid artists.

This is the most exquisite and time-consuming piece I have for sale:

Hi and thanks for setting up this team and coordinating this great event! I’ve been on Etsy a little over a year and this is my first CIJ event – I’m excited to be a part of it!

I’ve been working with glass as a hobby for quite a while now, starting in the stained glass art and then moving into fusing glass. I enjoy the craft and spend as much time as I can in my home studio.

I sell my glass jewelry here on Etsy, but I’ve also been exploring making decorative and functional pieces as well, which I hope one day to sell too. Here’s a little sampling of my jewelry. I hope you like it!

Hi all

Very excited to be part of this team. I love the Christmas season.

My shop is chock full of vintage/antique items. I have always loved the designs and styles of long ago and so enjoy shopping (the best part) for new finds. What I find most rewarding is learning about older periods..so much history!

I look forward to my first year participating in Christmas in July.

Hello, everyone!

My name is Yvonne. I have been collecting Vintage jewelry for the past many years, and decided to turn my hobby into a business. I am new to Etsy, but have been selling on Ebay since 2007. My how time flies!! I am in the process of moving my inventory over to Etsy.

I specialize in Handmade vintage sterling silver jewelry, mostly Native American or Mexican mid-century designed. I am also interested in collectibles, also vintage. Please stop by my shop and say hello.

HelloY’All!

I am Debbie & opened my shop just this month and found this Team and LOVE the information already that is given by so many wonderful shops.

I am originally from Maine – born & raised. My husband Brian and I moved to Florida 1 1/2 years ago now, and love it! No more filling that outside wood boiler at midnight for heat or shoveling snow!

We owned a shop under another name – (Bib-Dazzle Me, LLC) specializing in Children’s Bibs, Blankets, Toys & more as I was running a day-care at that time and it seemed a logical choice.

In our “down-time” we both enjoy sailing and look forward to the day we can get our 25ft. Catilina sailboat down here from Maine and get back on the water! Enjoy spending time with our new 6 month old puppy Miss Bella, that we adopted 2 weeks ago at a local shelter.

And are avid Nascar fans.

I have Fibromyalgia and enjoy making my Natural Hot/Cold Wraps & Packs to help provide comfort and relief for many others. All specific designs are my very own, though I will never claim to have re-invented the wheel here as Hot/Cold Therapy as been around a long time. I do however know my product and strive to always provide quality product.

I look forward to “networking” with fellow shops and owners. So, please come on over to License 2 Craft, LLC and see for yourself what we are all about. I always give the “Love” back to any shop or social networking.

Hope to “meet ya’ll soon!” ~Debbie

Hello I am new to etsy (6 mos). I am a proprietor of a vintage shop. I collect and sell all things vintage. I pride myself on offering a wide array of vintage wares for every budget and taste. This is one of my favorite items from the shop.

Amath from Gomis says

Hi I’m the creator behind Gomis.

Whereby I travel around the world and work with local artisans to make wonderful and unique items that are hard to find in the States.

I’ve been to Brazil, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Mexico. I just came back from my recent trip to Brazil and these Soapstone pots are something I’m particularly proud about. They are Environmentally Friendly, make great gifts for cooks, and just look amazing!

Hello, I joined a couple of weeks ago and have set up my coupon code and also changed tags and headings to include CIJ or Christmasinjuly. I’m just wondering what else I should be doing? Pondering whether I should create a section for CIJ and just offer a percentage discount on the items in that section or apply the code to all the items in my shop. What do you all do?

I got this wonderful Christmas Harris Tweed last year from an independent weaver and my tweed coasters are selling well so thought I would feature these:

Hello

My name is Janine from NSW Australia, and I just joined this team today! I found this team as I was browsing my own team page and saw a post about Christmas in July. I’m not really sure how it works!

I recently opened up a natural soap store on Etsy and will be introducing Candles soon. One of my hopes as an Etsy seller is to contribute to my family, but also to give back something to those less fortunate than myself…that is why I support Compassion Australia’s Child Survival Programs.

Today I would like to post an item from my shop that could be repackaged to be a little more Christmassy…and that is my Pink Peppermint Soap…perhaps with some peppermint candy cane wrap…not sure.

Season’s Greetings!

I just joined this team yesterday, and although I have been selling on Etsy for a couple of years this is the first time my shop, Red Yucca Designs, will be part of Christmas in July.

I am from the Boston area originally, but relocated to southern Nevada in 1996. I have been painting and making things for decades (since I was a small child). I majored in visual arts in college many years ago (BFA in Painting), but I have gone in many different creative directions over the years, including 20 or so years doing graphic design and marketing communications, mostly for high-tech companies. I enjoyed that work but I am glad it is behind me now and I am spending my time making what I want to make, with no creative guidelines or restrictions. If someone likes what I make, great. If they like it enough to buy it, even better! It is fun being able to offer a variety of OOAK, handmade items in my Etsy shop, including jewelry, greeting cards and other assorted hand-painted goods.

Here is one of my newer items where it finally occurred to me (better late than never) to combine my painting with my jewelry making: one of my gemstone necklaces with hand-painted pendant.

I have just joined. My interests are in Vintage Wedding accessories. I hand make bridal head pieces. I also have vintage gift items and vintage jewelry.

Here are some samples in my shop.

Carrie from madcapz says

Hi Everyone – Can’t remember if I joined in May or June but glad to be here and excited for my first CIJ event!

I’m a mom to 2 great kids, wife to wonderful husband, and entrepreneur to Madcapz – my hat business started when I was sick and losing my hair and couldn’t find a fun feminine baseball cap!

Looking forward to Christmas in July and this is one of my fun caps that will be 20% off:

Hello I joined today and this is my first CIJ event not quite sure how it all works but willing too give it a go. I have enjoyed crafts most of my life, and had my own ceramic studio, many moons ago.

I love anything crafty, knitting sewing, jewelry, ceramics, stained glass and faberge style eggs.

Looking forward to the event.

Hello! Jewelry is my passion and I have been designing and creating pieces since I was a kid. Last year when my son was born prematurely and spent 33 days in the NICU I decided to quit my corporate job and become a stay at home mom. I opened my Etsy shop last month and am having such a blast making items to list, especially these fun up-cycled leather belt cuff bracelets.

It is so much fun! I used to sell at local craft fairs and trade shows but am excited to be part of the Etsy global community.

Allyson from USA! I picked up the rainbow loom when the craze swept last year and now as it becomes less popular I stick with it and amp it up a notch with unique items and beautiful color combinations! I also make friendship bracelets like you may have at summer camp as a child like I did, but I take them to the next level with intricate patterns and new styles.

Love the idea of Christmas in July because of how summery my shop is! Most of my items scream summer and the idea of a summer sale will hopefully lead to more sales and customers!

I just joined the team (better late than never).

I sell wall art, digital downloads, and stationery. Most of my items are Aviation or Nautical themed because my husband is a pilot and I grew up on the East coast.

Here is one of my newly listed items that I hope you like:

Well, that the new June members – visit their stores, fav some items and spread the love!