Gifts For The Wrist

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Gifts for the wrist from members of the Christmas In July team!

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I had this wheel left over from pair of earrings I made, and the inspiration suddenly popped into my head to use it as the centerpiece for this leather wrap bracelet. I think it worked out nicely and really makes the colors pop!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

It all started with a trip to Paris! The only “souvenirs” I brought back were some beads! The large blue bead in this bracelet is one of them. I love the funky, casual, boho feel to this bracelet. With the mix of colors I put together for the braided stranded this bracelet would go well with many outfits – making it a great gift for someone.

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery says:

I’ve always loved the sea, and as a child we’d always visit Cornwall in the summer, my Grandad has always been one for telling stories and one in particular stuck with me. At Perranporth there are a set of steps down the cliff that end next to high rock pool that is partially cut off by the remaining rocks. He told me that this was a mermaids lagoon and that I should always look for the mermaids, it’s a tradition I keep even now, and was the inspiration behind this particular piece.

LSBJewellery

LSBJewellery

Ramona Friggasdotter from UrdHandicrafts says:

I’ve decided to share this bracelet because it is special for me. I have dreamed about making a sterling chakra bracelet for a long time before this idea became reality. Not only I can feel its energy, but it was also one of my first silversmithing works and I am very proud of it.

UrdHandicrafts

UrdHandicrafts

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

One day early last fall I began working on new designs that featured more fall/winter colors without success. My thoughts and eyes were drawn to brighter colors as I doodled in my notepad and culled through materials seeking inspiration.

Just a few weeks earlier I discovered a source in Peru for locally made clay fired – hand painted beads. This coral-red fish in particular just kept popping into my head. My original plan was to save these for spring but, well, I just couldn’t wait…

By the time this piece made its debut the weather here in the states was quite nippy. Despite the chilly temps the bracelet quickly became a shop favorite. I think many of us were daydreamin’ of summer at the time.

Vintage aqua Lucite Moonglow rounds, a coral-red hand painted Peruvian fish and vintage Lucite translucent rounds with a hit of sea green converge to create this aquatic themed bracelet. I love how the pale rounds look like floating bubbles in a sea of aqua.

An ideal “gift for the wrist” for your favorite water sprite!

Bungalow42

Bungalow42

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

Striking indigo mixed with iridescence! These purple-amethyst colored glass beads really strike a visual punch! Alternating with natural cut and polished chunks of magical moonstone as the “charms”. Hand wrapped in silver plated wire and finished with a silverplated lobster claw clasp.

As ancient as the moon itself, Moonstone holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil, and with them, our own hidden truths. Only within its reflected light can we begin to understand what it has to teach us. Moonstone is foremost a talisman of the inward journey, taking one deep into the self to retrieve what is missing, the parts of the soul left behind or forgotten, then brought to light.

Rainbow Moonstone acts as a prism, diffusing energy throughout the aura. It provides psychic protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in lucid dreaming and calm sleep. It deflects negativity and eases emotional trauma. Aligned with the Goddess, Rainbow Moonstones connect with the energies and spirits of Nature, from plant devas to galactic consciousness.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says:

This bracelet is both new and old. I rescued some glass beads from a vintage necklace with broken string and put them together in a new way. This multi-strand bracelet has just the right amount of sparkle. I think it’s a great gift for the girl who is hard to buy for because it is one of a kind, fashionable with today’s trends, will look great with everything, and it’s recycling!

KestrelCollection

KestrelCollection

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

This was made by my daughter (the other part of our shop!) Camille. I fell in love with this bracelet as it is so dainty looking and beautifully made. I mention in the description that Camille has OCD and that it can come in handy with prescision in jewelry like this. I also love that she makes things in different sizes as I know personally it can be so hard to find something in a small or a large size as I have been both. She loves working with smaller beads and especially with anything carved and I think this is a really beautiful springtime and summertime bracelet that would be a great gift!

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

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New Year – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

A new year is the perfect time to add new arrivals to your Etsy shop! Our customers are looking forward to the upcoming year and we want to give them what they’re looking for. Here are new arrivals from members of the Christmas In July team.

Julie Tarampi from JulemiJewelry says

Here is one of the few new beaded wire chain bracelets that I have launched this year. Although I do not have any autistic family members, I have worked closely with children in speech therapy in the past. During that period, I have learned so much about the disability and how speech therapy helps the children communicate. I had chosen pretty multi-colored tourmaline for the multi functional therapies that help autistic children.

Autism Beaded Bracelet From JulemiJewelry

Autism Beaded Bracelet From JulemiJewelry

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

There is one of my newest listings. I started to knit headbands for me and my daughter this winter. Everyone loves them because they are soft, warm, stretchy and easy to care for. And Ladies, headbands don’t mess up your hair. I got orders from my neighbors and from complete strangers from my town and now I am selling them in my Etsy shop.

Knitted Brown Headband From Ankleknits

Knitted Brown Headband From Ankleknits

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

Brand new this evening! I created this rainbow print for my daughter’s room, as she is absolutely loving them at the moment! If she could, she’d have rainbows on everything she owns. At the moment her print (and drawing them each day) is keeping her happy.

Rainbow Art Print From ColourscapeStudios

Rainbow Art Print From ColourscapeStudios

Patricia from RitzyandGlitzy says

This is my latest creation. I love anything Southwestern or Native American. I’ve used many different components for this bracelet because I wanted it to be outstanding. This piece is for women and makes a great gift.

Southwestern Triple Strand Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

Southwestern Triple Strand Bracelet From RitzyandGlitzy

Cindy and Alexis from PlethoraGifts says

I was so excited to find these beads. They remind me of a red velvet dress and I think they are perfect for a romantic candlelight dinner on Valentine’s Day!

Marsala Velvet Earrings From PlethoraGifts

Marsala Velvet Earrings From PlethoraGifts

While creating new bottle tags, a client asked for golden hues so I made these and she said they reminded her of suncatchers so I made more for the shop.

New Arrival Wine Bottle Gift Tag From Corkycrafts

New Arrival Wine Bottle Gift Tag From Corkycrafts

I also am starting my spring line – considering how cold it is in Texas I’m having a touch of cabin fever!

Red Poppy Seeds From Corkycrafts

Red Poppy Seeds From Corkycrafts

Scarlett Valo from ScarlettValo says

Here is one of my latest and favorite necklaces. The idea of this necklace came to me from my love to Shakespeare plays. This one is named “Ophelia’s End” because ever since I found the central brass piece of the pendant I couldn’t stop thinking this looked so much to what poor Ophelia’s body (from Shakespeare’s Hamlet) would have looked like after she drawn, flooding in the water in between flowers and weeds. The materials used are of course brass antiqued findings (different sizes and shapes) all of them in Art Nouveau Style and then I complimented this beautiful old gold metallic tone with colors that reminisce water from a clear creek and droplets reflecting the light of day (light sweet aquamarine and golden crystal drops).

Art Nouveau Necklace From ScarlettValo

Art Nouveau Necklace From ScarlettValo

Nat from TrendyEarth says

This is one of my newest iPhone 6/Samsung Galaxy s4/s5 wool sleeves. The wool sleeves/covers are made from wool sweaters that I purchase from thrift stores and then felted. Many of the sweaters have seen better days, and I’m giving them a new purpose! I love finding sweaters that have nice designs, and really liked this pink argyle design.

iPhone 6 - Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5 - Wool Sleeve From TrendyEarth

iPhone 6 – Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5 – Wool Sleeve From TrendyEarth

Jutta Green from GreenDesignsCS says

I had found some wonderful rough natural citrine nuggets and was dying to use them with one of my others stones. The rough crackle agate seemed a good match, but looked a bit dull. I found some Karen Hill Tribe silver beads in one of the drawers that I loved when I got them but never used in any of my bracelets. The bead gives a good focal point on the opposite side of the bracelet. Sometimes when I use heavy stones they slide on the wrist, this way there is something to look at on the other side.

Crude Black Crackle Agate Bracelet From GreenDesignsCS

Crude Black Crackle Agate Bracelet From GreenDesignsCS

Ramona Friggasdotter from UrdHandicrafts says

Here is my newest bracelet. Not only it is special to me because I planned making a torc like this for a long time, but I also love it because of its materials. It is made by recycling an old, broken vintage bangle, so it is an eco silver piece – it has its own history and was brought back to life in a historical form.

Sterling Silver Forged Torc Bracelet From UrdHandicrafts

Sterling Silver Forged Torc Bracelet From UrdHandicrafts

Freesia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2014

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 2014 is Freesia.

Freesia is a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate this season.

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Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Freesia items in their shops! Here are a few!

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy made these as party favors for her niece’s spa-day sleepover party. They were a big hit with all the girls so she decided to list them. They have been a popular item, mostly for use in spa packages and the like. It’s an adorable little pattern, and the microfiber towel is perfect for facials and manicures.

Extra Large Spa Girls Washcloth Towel From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Extra Large Spa Girls Washcloth Towel From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Majorie from mscenna created these funny dice earrings that are a mix of vintage, re-purposed beads that she acquired from a friend. Roll into spring!

Freesia Dice Earrings From mscenna

Freesia Dice Earrings From mscenna

Camille and Susan Thorton from upCdooZ wonder what little girl would not want to look sassy with her tweety bird dress and matching shorties? They feel that the coordinating colors make the ‘freesia’ really pop. Girls of all ages should have fun clothing with maybe a little attitude.

Girls 4/5/6 Upcycled Tweety T-shirt Panel Dress With Triple Ruffles And Matching Shorties From upCdooZ

Girls 4/5/6 Upcycled Tweety T-shirt Panel Dress With Triple Ruffles And Matching Shorties From upCdooZ

Karen from APaperParadise shares that her business began with her making cards for friends and family. As her business grows she feels the need to go ‘above and beyond’ the cards in her shop when designing for her family. She made this for her daughter who urged her to list it immediately. Now all Karen has to worry about is how to beat this for her graduation!

3D Birthday Card With BalloonsFrom APaperParadise

3D Birthday Card With BalloonsFrom APaperParadise

Ramona from UrdHandicrafts was thinking about making a nice spring piece, so freesia was a natural choice when it comes to color. Spring jewelry should look fresh and vibrant, just like this ring.

Sterling Silver Stacking Ring From UrdHandicrafts

Sterling Silver Stacking Ring From UrdHandicrafts

Barbara from AuntBsAttic shares that seldom does a detailed story of inspiration get included in her listing descriptions, but like her Cherokee listings, Secret Garden haunted the Attic until she was willing to share it’s story. Barbara lives in a very rural area, nestled in the rolling foothills and surrounded by endless acres of pastures and woods surrounded by mountains. Bordering, dissecting, or appearing as islands in the middle of pastures are wooded areas, generally left because they are protecting small cemeteries from long ago. Some have broken, decaying split rail fences, while others have rusted wrought iron. Secret Garden pays tribute to these reverent places protected by the fences and sheltered by the woods, which are havens for their natural vegetation and breeding grounds for their wildlife. The white ruffled fabric holds the skeleton keys. If you sit quietly, those keys unlock the recorded history of our land, as well as open your mind to untold stories of days long past. They also unlatch the windows to the future as you catch a glimpse of the well being of our natural wildlife. What better depiction of past, present and future living together – paloma, and all the shades of gray to black in wrought iron scrolls representing the past – and freesia – in the butterflies and wildflowers climbing the fences, representing the present and future.

Freesia Crossbody Bag From AuntBsAttic

Freesia Crossbody Bag From AuntBsAttic