Floral Fantasy

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Don’t you just love flowers! This is a lovely topic with all the gorgeous great smelling flowers in the world.

Along with the flowers we grow in our gardens, those that get presented to us in beautiful bouquets and the flowers we admire in someone else’s garden – we also have the plentiful array of life-like faux flowers, from silks to succulents.

I’d love to hear your stories about the wonderful Floral Fantasy creations you’ve encountered throughout the years – and of course, see the corresponding items in your shops.

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

 Who doesn’t love flowers? The allergy prone aside…

I tend to be drawn to the minimalist approach in flower arrangements. A great example of this minimalist approach is Ikebana. This Japanese art of flower arranging has inspired many florists to create fresh, natural creations with an emphasis on balance and imbalance, as well as graceful lines.

These earrings composed of cascading three petal flowers hand-knotted on walnut waxed linen are an Ikebana inspired design.

The flowers sway softly as you move creating a graceful floating effect, particularly fun against a backdrop of tresses.

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Wasabi Flower Earrings

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 I love flowers! This set of three premade scrapbook pages is meant to be a bit abstract and ethereal, with the flowers almost blending in to the background. I added swirls and I think the effect is rather elegant, yet rustic – a bit messy even! So fun to create like this!
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Floral Scrapbook Page Download

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

 I love flowers, gardening and all that lovely nature has to offer. I’m always inspired by the colours and patterns of plants and flowers I see when I’m gardening or walking the dog.

My needle felted gnomes have all had green fingers and I love discovering their personalities and giving them flower stories too. This fella may look a little grumpy but a fresh bloom will always put a smile on his face.

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Needle Felted Gnome

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I too love flowers. And, I also love florist ware. All those vases and planters that are full of flowers, and memories of the flowers that were once there. I’ve been truly blessed with a husband and sons who know how much I do love flowers. Now instead of sending me another vase from the florist shop (of which I have numerous colors, size, and styles of) they go out of their way to find me a unique vintage vase or planter. My personal collection of florist ware is growing with each birthday or Mothers’ Day.

This bowl is from FTD in 1979. Back in the day when unique, quality florist ware was used to create their beautiful bouquets.

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Vintage Milk Glass Bowl

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I love daisies!!

Daisies are so dainty and just flow in the wind with such grace. I picture myself standing in a field of them and thinking how nice it is to not have a care in the world.
I’d bet you have a fur child with the name daisy and she’d love this adorable dog collar.

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Daisy Dog Collar

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Flowers are great – they are colourful and bring the bees into my vegetable garden!! I also love cutting them for inside the house!

This flower ring is handmade from clay and features an adjustable ring shank, so almost anyone can wear it!

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Ceramic Flower Ring

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

 Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! That means flowers will be popping up everywhere! Why not wrap these adorable (folk art) floral wine glass charms around your favorite glass of wine as you sit on the deck and enjoy the season?
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Beaded Wine Glass Charms

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

 I love wearing floral dresses. Last week I wore a black dress with large yellow sunflowers to a school presentation opening. I noticed everyone wearing muted grey and blue office clothes and felt a little bit out there! I kinda wished I’d worn my plain navy dress but still I would have accessorised with a colourful tote abundant with flowers just like this one!
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Floral Tote Bag

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Is there anyone who does not love flowers? No, l cannot think so!

My love for flowers began when l was a child, as my mother was used to have a lot of flowered plants and l always took care of them together with her.

I love almost all flowers, but my preferred are the orange ones, as you can clearly see in my shop.

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Gorgeous Peony Wreath

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Love flowers!! Especially the flowers on my vegetables that attract the bees for fertilizing so that I get great fruit and veggies in my garden!!
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Green Ceramic Earrings

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Living in Massachusetts in the Northeast we have long, cold Winters, and I say every year how I cannot wait for Spring!

I love flowers, plants, and trees, planting them and watching them grow!

I plant indoors, outdoors, and also do experiments with pollinating them and attracting bees and butterflies with certain plants!

I am inspired by nature and enjoy adding flowers and items from nature into my item photos and some of my creations!

This handmade bracelet has lovely blue glass and lamp work beads with pretty flowers, birds, and is even accented with a Sterling Silver clasp with leaves!

Blue and White Flowered Brace

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Lovely items everyone! I love how floral and flowers and all things flowery are being represented in many forms. Thank you

In my owl shop I tend to add a flower to everything, or find a colorful floral fabric to match whatever mood I’m in, and for that particular item.

Since I am owl oriented, we choose this pretty owl floral plush for my bulletin boards.

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Colorful Owl Plush Bulletin Board

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Make (Or Buy!) Your Own Valentine Gift

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

What a grand holiday Valentine’s Day can be — especially when it’s a chance to express yourself to a dear one (or secret beloved)! How do you express yourself on this special day? Here’s what our CIJ teamies do —

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts said:

My Valentine is usually my dog (who gives great cuddles and makes me laugh so very happy with that), but I love making soppy romantic felts knowing people give them to their loved ones.

Right now I’m working on some zombie Valentine themed felts (for the awesome geeky couples) but for fellow readers I have this sweet bookmark –

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Love Heart Bookmark – Needle Felted Bookmark – Valentines – Girlfriend Gift – Cute Gift for Book Lovers – Unique Bookmark – Literary Gift

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

I usually make a card, and we often go out to dinner, but other than that … not much. This year maybe I’ll use this paper pack – lots of pretty pink for valentines.

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Pink Digital Paper – 14 Printable Designs – Scrapbooking, Card Making, Paper Crafting, Instant Download

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Valentines Day is all about LOVE!! My partner & I share bubbles and food to celebrate this special day.

Usually I make a card too, and these handmade ceramic love hearts are a great way to personalise and embellish your LOVE card

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Handmade Ceramic Heart Focal Bead – Fused Glass Pottery Pendant – 30x22mm – Jewellery and Craft Supplies – 3 available – DeeDeeSupplies

Robot Monster from RobotMonsterClothing said:

We agree, V Day is all about love. Significant others, our kids, friends, immediate and extended families, etc…

Here is one of several items we make expressing such love.

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Valentines, I Love My Crazy Aunt Funny Novelty Toddler Kids Youth T-Shirt, Kids T Shirt, Funny Toddler Kids T Shirt, FREE Shipping

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks said:

Valentine’s Day is all about Love!
Hand knitted pillow is the perfect gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day.

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Decorative Pillow, Heart cushion, HeHand knit pillow, Valentines gift, Two sided pillow, Wool Knit Pillow, Moms day

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

I usually decorate with lots of Hearts… I will be having the older group of kids in the Wacky Wednesday Fun Club make a banner to take home. I have been teaching them sewing and crafts for the older group of kids…

This is a sample of the banner that they will be making (they can make it their own way as far as the hearts go)…

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Valentine Hearts Banner… all hand-stitched. Hearts made of fun Strips and polka dot fabric. A fun festive addition to your holiday fun

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said:

I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking something Sweet for my Loved ones…usually special cupcakes!!

I think someone would love to receive this beautiful vintage Heart Brooch for Valentine’s Day —

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Vintage Gold Heart Brooch/Pink and White Gemstones/Aurora Borealis Rhinestones/ Heart Pin – 1980’s

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

Valentines Day is about love hearts so heart-shaped chocolates, especially foil wrapped ones, seem to be a welcome gift.

For those who want to give a love hearts gift that will last longer than chocolate, this red and white zip bag is a useful cosmetic purse, gadget bag or pen and pencil-case. A thoughtful gift and a pretty symbol of love and affection —

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Heart Zip Bag, Pencil Case, Zip Pouch, Love Hearts Handmade Bag, Red White Cosmetic Purse, Fabric Clutch, Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Romantic candlelight dinners with a nice bottle of bubbly, we really like Martini and Rossi’s Asti Spumanti. We stay home and make a special dinner and spend some time together, either watching a nice movie or playing a few rounds of Scrabble —

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Hearts Candlestick Holder Square Crystal Candlestick Holder Valentines Day Home Decor Vintage Lighting Candles Centerpiece

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I usually give little gifts or treats to our (adult) children. Just to let them know they still hold a special place in their mom’s heart.

My daughter (and Shop partner) searches out vintage Valentine cards when we go antiquing. It’s fun to read the messages and see the “old-fashioned” names. Sometimes we are able to determine the time frame of the card, if last names were signed.

Here’s one of her recent finds:

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Fairy Tale Card Girl & Boy Castle Crown Book Velvet Flocked Hearts Mid Century Classroom Valentine Card Scrapbook Craft Paper Decor Art

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations said:

Valentine’s Day has always symbolized love, whether single or in a relationship. We are all connected to each other and have love in our lives. For me, I have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the traditional flowers and chocolates and have given my family cards over the years. I especially love the little cards given in school. It’s such a simple way to show you care. It’s also a way to start the tradition for kids to express love to others.

These forever flowers contain long stem red and white roses. These silk flowers will outlast Valentine’s week and are simply beautiful.

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Valentine Rose Bouquet, Red Roses, Faux Flowers, Valentine’s Flowers, Red and White Rose Floral, Red and Pink Flower Arrangement, Red Vase

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

To me, February 14th is not just a romantic love day. It’s about showing the love to moms, dads, brothers, sisters, new and old friends, and yes, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. Valentine’s Day is all about love, hearts, hugs and kisses. This lovely linen-textured card encompasses all of that.

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Romantic Card Valentine Card XOXO with hearts, 5×7 love you card for husband wife, extra 25 confetti hearts boyfriend girlfriend anniversary

Helen from MagicPatternShop said:

Sometimes I am doing the gifts with their own hands, but sometimes I buy.

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PDF Felt heart ornaments pattern Kawaii Valentine’s Day Ornament Pattern Wedding Christmas ornament pattern Baby mobile garland heart

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop said:

After her husband’s death, it’s sad holiday.

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Mini Bunny felt with heart , Valentines day gift, Easter decor, miniature bunny, little woodland rabbit, white felt mini plushie

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

We LOVE Valentine’s Day and have more listings in our shop specifically for this holiday than any other! We have a number of picture frame designs and created a special Valentine’s Day design sheet for our glassware and other products. Have your order gift wrapped and shipped to meet your schedule @DesignstheLimit  We love making gift giving personal all year round, but Valentine’s Day is your opportunity to plan the perfect personal gift giving moment, JUST ADD WINE!

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Valentines Day Personalized Wine Glasses with OPTIONAL Monogrammed Glass Carafe with Stopper

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE said:

Children deserve little Valentine’s Day gifts too–how about a sweet doll quilt for your favorite little girl?

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Doll quilt, pink and white, pink hearts, doll blanket

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said:

I make; my fiance and I always have a lovely meal with something special for dessert (as I love to bake!) and a couple of quiet drinks after we’ve got our daughter to bed.

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Love Is Sweet, Round Gift Tag, 2 inch gift tag, Valentines Day, Wedding Favor Tag, Pack of 10, 20, 50, 100 or custom sized packs available

Thanks to everyone for their SWEET contributions! Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Bird Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This day is mostly about the plight of captive birds, but also about celebrating birds. This day is on 1/5.

There are so many birds in this world and so much to know about them. Here at CIJ we want to know what you have in your shop related to birds.

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts says I love birds, and they’re great fun to felt. Some of my favourites are curlews, pigeons and robins.

There’s not many come into my garden but I love all the ones that do and always have seeds and water available so they feel welcome.

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Red robin on spade decoration

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said birds are so cute, I love to watch them and birds singing is the best sound in the morning. I planted my garden in such a way that it provides food, water and shelter for them, and I’m so happy that there is quite a variety of birds hanging out there.

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watercolor bird mini journal

Sue from SuesAkornShop states I love the spring time and when the birds are everywhere. I enjoy hearing the ships they make as they talk to and with each other. There are so many different kinds flying about and eating from the feeder and I love watching each and every one of them. I love owls, cardinals and robins are everywhere.

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Owl kitchen towel

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA discusses that I love to hear the cardinals in my back yard as they “talk” with each other about building their nest, raising their babies, and finding food to eat! Cardinals live in our area year-round, and enjoy feasting on berries from our flowering shrubs or the insects that they catch. The male cardinal has brilliant red feathers, but his mate is better equipped to blend into the foliage where they raise their young.

 

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Linda from LazyYVintage says is it spring yet? Robins are always one of my favorites as they mean the winter is leaving and spring has began. I participate in the winter bird count, where with the Audubon Society you take a day to track the birds in your yard or local nature areas. We feed the birds and document the ones we see on that day. Unfortunately, Robins are not on our list as they migrate and will only be back in the spring.

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple said this original painting in ochre red oils.The Emu is an Australian native flightless bird the size of an Ostrich.
I love to see these characters the Emu running around in the bush and the open space where the Banksia trees grow in my coastal village located on the East coast of Australia.

Emu cushion cover

Emu cushion cover

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms states when I am in the garden or enjoying a walk in the neighbourhood I enjoy the sight and sound of the birds. We have had some hot days in Melbourne, Australia recently. In fact so hot (mid-30’s in ºCelcius) that we missed the sounds of the birds some days. They must have temporarily found a cooler and shadier place to hide from the sun and heat.

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discussed that I am a bird lover! We have lots of feeders around the yard and enjoy the songs and activity of many feathered friends. Winters can be brutal in Michigan, so we have a de-icer in the birdbath. On especially cold winter days—Bluebirds come to enjoy the warm water!

Girl and bluebird figurine

Girl and bluebird figurine

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I am a bird lover, bird watcher, and bird feeder! In my previous career I work in animal welfare, so I am well aware of the sad state of affairs for captive birds. This includes birds in the pet industry and birds in the food industry.

I made this brooch (and her companions) to bring attention to the lives of battery hens who are used and abused in the egg industry. It may seem counter intuitive to make a beautiful piece of jewelry about a subject like this. However, it is different and eye-catching; and I’ve always found that people are more willing to listen about an issue if you approach the subject nicely. You can definitely speak out for the birds with my Hen brooch!

Chicken brooch

Chicken brooch

Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE said I did a series of illustrations in October of girls wearing various types of masks. This is my “bird girl” – because who wouldn’t love to be a bird for a day?

Bird girl illustration

Bird girl illustration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter discussed that we love hearing the birds in our yard. We don’t have bird feeders in the trees because we have cats but we are having a feeder built on a pole that we will place away from the trees so our cats can not get them.

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says we are bird lovers and are fortunate to have swallows come back to our yard and nest every summer. They make multiple nests underneath our deck and we get to see their babies. It’s a nice close up of nature.

This quilt is a celebration of all animals and includes special rows of birds, butterflies and ladybugs, along with different birds in trees surrounded by the animal kingdom.

Animal print baby quilt

Animal print baby quilt

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said I love waking up every morning to the sounds of birds calling out and talking in the trees behind my house! Sometimes I lay in bed wondering what they are talking about.

Blue porcelain bird

Blue porcelain bird

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed that I love going on bushwalks. Today I went on a walk around a lake and I loved to hear the birds singing.

These are some paper birds I have made that can be used for craft, card making, buntings…

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Christmas bird cutouts

Ginny C from GRCTreasures said love birds, for the last two summers I have had house sparrows nest in the wreath on my front door. I get to see the whole nesting, egg laying, hatching and fledgling up close!

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that I love birds … and we have a couple of owl plaques in our shop!

I live in an area that’s rich with birds … and many species migrate through our area …

In fact, every year St. Bernard Parish hosts an annual bird festival in the spring … Artists & artisans, such as ourselves, show their finished works as well as demonstrating their various techniques …

At the bird festival, the LA Audubon Society capture, tag & release birds to gather info on their migration patterns … this is my favorite part of the festival because I get to help release the birds and watch them fly off!

Wooden owl wall art

Wooden owl wall art

Bislet from MerryXmasfromSweden wishes everyone a Happy Bird Day!

My favorite bird is the bullfinch. I even have a bullfinch picture on my mailbox! Bullfinches are extremely shy birds so it can take years until I see them in the garden. On very harsh winter days I might find them at my garden feeders.

Then I am happy for many days!

Did you know that the bullfinch has a special food sac? They have developed special food sacs which are positioned in the floor of the mouth, allowing the parents to bring back food to their chicks.

They are the only species of finch to have such sacs. Amazing birds!

Enjoy my Christmas table cloth showing bullfinches eating rowan berries so that you can admire them!

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

The Tradition Of The Halloween Costume

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Every year kids and some adults dress up in costume for a night of trick-or-treating and revelry.  We accept this as a normal behavior, but how did this tradition come to be?

Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Two thousand years ago, the Celts, who lived in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.   On October 31, they celebrated Samhain, the summer’s end, a day of celebration before the long cold days of winter, which brought the death of nature, life and the harvest.

During the 16th century, this festival included mumming and guising, in which people would go door-to-door dressed in costume and perform a song or recite a poem in exchange for food.  It is often thought that this tradition originally began with people impersonating the souls of the dead and received the offerings on their behalf.  It was believed that wearing a costume would offer protection from these dead souls.  It was thought that the mummers and guisers were the old spirits of winter and would give good fortune in exchange for a reward.

The first recorded incident of children trick-or-treating in North America occurred in 1911.  In order to conform to Victorian era morality, Halloween became more of a private holiday and only children celebrated the festival.  Halloween was considered to be a rather dark and gothic holiday with costumes made at home.  As trick-or-treating gained in popularity during the 1930’s the first mass-produced costumes became available.

Most often, Halloween costumes depict a scary monsters such as vampires, ghosts or witches.  Extremely popular are superhero characters and pop culture figures.  Another costume trend are characters from our favorite movie or television show.

My most memorable Halloween costume is Pammy Panda.  My oldest daughter absolutely loved the animated series “Shirt Tales”, which aired during the early 1980’s.  She simply just had to be Pammy Panda.  I was unable to find this costume in any store, and was only able to come up with a sewing pattern.  My skills as a seamstress have always been rather limited, but I gave it the old college try.  It was the most complicated sewing project and Halloween costume that I have ever encountered.  Lots of fake fur-lined with lined with silk for a head, shirt, pants, spats and mittens.  It turned out adorable and my daughter loved it.  She wore it every Halloween until she out grew it and still has it packed away.  Every Halloween we smile and reminisce about our sweet little Pammy Panda.

I asked the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team to share stories about their most memorable Halloween costume and feature a costume or accessory from their shop.

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts shared:

Halloween is my favourite holiday!

My favourite costume was a simple one – the Wicked Witch, but it meant my last little dog, Taz, got to be my Toto and went trick or treating with me.

I love making Halloween creations too. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I had great fun making these shrunken heads. They can be worn around your neck – great for any cannibals, warlocks or evil spirits.

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Cyclops Shrunken Halloween Decoration

 

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

When I was eight years old, I dressed as Raggedy Ann in a red checked dress and white pinafore. We purchased the outfit at a Hudson’s department store, near Detroit. It came with a matching doll that we recently sold in our Shop!

I’ve always loved the novelty candles made by Gurley. We found this fun Witch Candle at a recent antique show:

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1960’s Gurley Halloween Witch Candle

 

From Nancy Duncan Fellowship at EponasCrystals:

My favorite costume was last year when I dressed up as Janis Joplin. Well, it was an aging Janis Joplin! LOL Bell bottoms, beads. fur vest, huge round sun glasses, and a long streaming head band. Got lots of comments!

These are perfect for a gothic look on Halloween. Earrings with gold tone webs with a black widow spider in the center.

Golden Black Widow Spider Earrings

 

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore answered:

I love dressing up every year… but my favorite costume of all time had to be one that my beloved mother made for me when I was in the 3rd grade! My mom made a Raggedy Ann and Andy costume for me and my best friend to wear and we won first prize at school. Our “hair” was made out of red crepe paper that my mom had stitched into a wig. Later that night when we went out to do our trick or treating, it began to rain and the dye from the red crepe paper went streaming down our cheeks… the end result was a rather scary sight – we looked like we had blood running down our faces!

Halloween Witch Charm Necklace

 

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt commented:

As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved Halloween. I grew up along the bayou of Southeast Louisiana. When I was young, my family would celebrate Halloween with a bonfire. We would congregate by the bayou, dressed in our costumes, and light the bonfire. Then, we would spend the night eating, drinking and telling creepy tales. Looking back, I believe my favorite costume was my black cat outfit that my Mom had made for me. As you can see by my shop name and avatar, I love cats.

I chose to include this poetry art print because the cat is actually my cat/avatar and part of my family. And also she reminds me of my black cat costume.

Cat Art Poetry Print

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

My most memorable Halloween by far was when I was about 10. I had made my own green alien costume out of my older sister’s old Jazz dance costume. We had a Halloween party with lots of friends and had a blast complete with apple bobbing and pumpkin carving and costume contests and spooky decorations like a skeleton candle. Since there are 7 kids in our family and we all invited lots of friends, the place was pretty noisy and festive. At one point we forgot about that darn skeleton candle and the wooden dining room table caught on fire. The fire department came and quickly put it out while we were all standing outside. Which made it the most exciting Halloween party ever for all us kids and our friends, much to my mother’s dismay. It was interesting though how the skirt on my oldest teenage sister’s costume managed to get a little shorter when the fire department arrived.

Trick or Treat Halloween Printable Decor

Trick or Treat Halloween Printable Decor

 

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts added:

My parents bought a new refrigerator when I was 9, well guess what my costume that year ? I was a computer, I painted the box and gave out printed thank yous when candy was dropped into the slot. It was hard to see thru the holes I got tangled into tree limbs because the box was so tall. My parents love telling me that story of not losing sight of me because of a giant box walking down the street.

Every year our acreage becomes the haunted forest, and we don our headless horseman costume & ride the horses to greet our trick or treaters and the kids love it. It’s annual haunted festival. Each year I create mummy heads for my ghosts and goblin (nieces & nephews) when they come to visit – and now offer them in my shop. How can anybody refuse 1 night a year to be a kid again in costume?

Mummy Heads Bowl Filler - Set of 3

Mummy Heads Bowl Filler – Set of 3

Vintage pickins – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage sellers have a love of all things old and timeless.

The memories these items invoke are amazing.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know “How do you decide what to pick?” Are there certain items you love, that are more in demand. Why do you pick what you do?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says while I make ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also create upcycled jewellery, which I sometimes combine with original ceramic components.

The materials I choose are wide and varied, but I love vintage buttons, and have been collecting them for many years from many sources. Some I don’t re-purpose into jewellery because I want to keep them!!

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Upcycled Gray and Blue Button Ring

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts said I too love upcycling my vintage finds. I pick things up from charity shops and fairs – buckles are one of my favourite things right now.

I’ve made a few ‘fairy windows’ with them. They have gorgeous colours and designs that inspire what I felt in them. This pearlescent one had a fantasy/scifi feel about it.

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Alien UFO Fantasy Window- Miniature Painting-Needle felted brooch

Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllsion  states I almost always post vintage goodies that I would want to keep for myself (and often do…krikey!). I like to find things that I can re-purpose…give new life to…and could spend hours just browsing antique stores and garage sales for items that remind me of warm memories and simpler times. I recently found a cardboard puzzle from the 1950’s and fell IN DEEP LOVE with the graphics…knew I had to find a way to give it new life.

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Washington state puzzle piece magnet

msmadmax from madmaxshop says fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration. Especially today when the current forecast can be seen borrowing from a previous successful trend in fashion featured two decades ago, i.e. sequins and sparkle, romantic ruffled blouses, done up denim

Wearable fashion trends for 2016 have been inspired by the trendsetting fashions of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like to post vintage items that can easily blend in with current fashion but still evoke a trendy look and feel of yesterday…

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80s Vintage Blouse

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said I adore the vintage look. I love to use fabrics and designs that invoke this. Recently a friend requested a planner band to adorn a notebook she had. She wanted something “vintage-looking.” I found these vintage-style wooden buttons and knew they would be perfect. After I had created her one-of-a-kind piece, my creative juices kept flowing.

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Custom Fabric Tutus and headband set

Sue from MissIvyVintage discussed I have always loved vintage linens of all sorts…Embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and prints. I find a great deal of pleasure when I find a linen that at one time brought joy to a child. I find these linens especially charming and when I list, I hope the item will bring joy to another child. I have only this one.

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage states I have loved vintage items since I was a child. Their history calls to me and I think of all the hands it has passed through and how it was cherished before. Now I feel like I save them for others to enjoy.

I like looking for unusual items and miniatures, something that will catch the eye.

I personally collect vintage linens as I love the old smell, softness, and look. I have a huge vintage pillowcase collection and love using them on all my pillows.

I love this little guy – such a funny face.

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says My daughter and I are fans of Marie Kondo, so we are always looking for items that “Spark Joy!”

We love the graphics and idea behind this Balloon Pump.

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage said my love of vintage is rooted by my mother, many years of looking for and living with antiques. I love the 50’s through 70’s and fill my shop with items that catch my eye. I try to focus on items that are functional and fun!

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart discusses that my love for drawing began at a very young age. I have been enjoying creating custom design door decor for a few years now.
I also love working with pastels painting portraits, making jewelry, chalkboards and much more.

Old World Santa Door Art

Old World Santa Door Art

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns discussed that It’s in my nature to choose items that are unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, edgy. I love to bring eclectic offerings to the table. These boots are for a confident woman. A woman who isn’t afraid or apprehensive to wear something that stands out. They’re an outstanding pair of boots.

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says buttons are always popular with sewers and crafters. Vintage buttons hold a special attraction with their beauty, originality and craftsmanship from a bygone era.

I have gathered buttons for my stash for as long as I can remember. As children our Sunday afternoons were often spent playing with my mother’s button collection. She stored it in a large tartan painted biscuit tin. My stash is now much larger than that one and it is time for me to share the love-and my buttons!

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s said my wife and I recently downsized and as the old saying goes you can’t take it with you, we’re selling off our childhood memories. Sharing the love of 1970s toys and collectibles. We didn’t realize how many people also loved some of the items we have sold over the year, the notes they send tell us we’re not alone in cherishing memories and it is rather humbling knowing we’re spreading smiles across the USA with our items.

Just listed maybe it may bring back a smile to you of childhood.

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

Alicia Holman from MemaAntiques discussed that we love vintage items. We love the history regarding each item we obtained. This item for instance came from a home in Orangeburg SC. This was a wedding gift given to the family in the 1940’s. The female in the home kept it in her china cabinet and never used it. She wanted it to always be in perfect condition.

Her son told us how she would fuss at the children and the grandchildren if they came near this dish. Reminds me so much of my grand parents and their favorite items.

It is so much fun. All items in our shop has a story behind it or we can tell you were it came from.

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Cher Loose from LooseChipsWoodWork says when an item reflects a memory in my heart I pick it up and cherish it… we have a rule in gift giving and buying… it is if we like it ourselves then someone else will too! (and if they do not, they will return it to us and that is okay too!) example: My husband remembers the Western Electric Company in Reading PA, before it was bought out by AT&T and he even worked there for a few years, actually using a slide rule. So this is why I sell this, in hopes someone else will find someone who likes to collect slide rules or maybe put it in their pocket and show another generation how to use one for fun…. on Christmas Morning in December or in July!

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

Creative Halloween Costumes

Contributor post by Susie from GinnyPenny

It’s the one day of the year you get to dress up as silly, scary or sexy as you want. Halloween lets us just have some fun with expressing ourselves.

Etsy’s got you covered, as long as you plan ahead and order in time. Here are some unique finds to really set your costume apart from the rest.

As long as we are talking about planning ahead, why not sew your own costume?

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A black cape is a great way to start a costume. This one, with its beautiful clasp can transform you into a vampire, a witch or even a medieval lady.  With its versatility you will be able to use it for many years.

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If you are like me, you have at least one witch hat in your closet. You know, just in case you need an impromptu costume. If that’s the case add a cat and a broomstick pin and it doesn’t matter what else you wear, you’re set!

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Halloween themed jewelry can either add an understated touch to your everyday wear or take your costume to over-the-top levels. Check out these lovely pieces.

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these fake nails are great to complete a lot of Halloween costumes: zombies, vampires, witches, sexy nurses..

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These earrings feature Chinese bats, but could be worn all year round. Would be great on a witch or vampire outfit.

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You can find all sorts of fun and creative costumes for kids and babies as well, and don’t forget your pets!

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Have fun planning your unique Halloween costume!

Book Lovers Day is August 9th 2015

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Book Lovers Day is August 9th, and is  “A day for those who love to read, Book Lovers Day encourages you to kick back and relax with a great book. From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked up warm in bed, there’s no better way to celebrate Book Lovers Day than to while the hours away lost in a book.”

I LOVE reading and always have a pile of books on my bedside table – I wish I had more time to read!

I asked Christmas in July team members if they had any items in their store that captured the spirit of Book Lovers Day – here’s what they had to say:

I have several book marks or book thongs in my shop. I love to read and have made several different types of book marks over the years. Today so many people read on their portable computer devices, but there is nothing like having a good book to read and this bookmark will hold your place and is decorative too!

I just started making bookmarks and they’re becoming one of my favorite things to do.
I love reading, and have a personal goal to have a bookmark to go with every book I own. Book, reading and writing are a massive part of my life, so it’s great for me that I’ve found a way to bring my crafting into it as well.

These days reading physical books seem to be somewhat phased out for some, with the norm of e-books, kindle and the likes.
But truth be told, reading physical books has no comparison with technology. I created these heart-shaped bookmarks to prove this point exactly. Reading a book is a form of relaxation. You have a book in one hand, a cuppa in the other, away from any form of technology, be in the present. This is much more indulging than reading from a screen.
Sometimes going back to basic is just what we need.
I love my books!

My Brother used to love having the different stories about Lowly Worm, by Richard Scarry, read to him at bedtime. A classic author for Children’s Story books, Richard Scarry, is well-loved to this day with his charming and colorful graphics and fun tales of animals doing human things!

I have a friend who is an absolute lover of Alice in Wonderland! I saw the rabbit charms and thought man these are so her! I made her a pair and also have these in my shop thinking she cannot be the only one who is gaga over this story.

I love to read – real books. I’m certainly not the Kindle person – I like the feel and smell of a book, the excitement of opening a new book, getting lost in a good story. Reading is an important part of my day, I always take time for it, at least before I go to sleep, but preferably more often. I always have a book (or something to knit) with me. And of course you can never have too many bookmarks!

I love reading and the way it transports me to another world. And what do I also love while curled up on the couch reading? A nice hot cup of tea, and it always tastes better in a handmade cup or mug!

I absolutely love to read! I have enjoyed creating various bookmarks for those book lovers out there! I love to collect bookmarks whenever I go on holidays (and ask my family to bring back bookmarks for me when they go away) and I have a growing collection.

Angsanaseeds from Angsanaseedsphoto says

I love to read and I love photography. Reading brings me to a quiet place that is just me, and the book, of course. This photograph of the two books remind me of the treasures and pleasures that I find while reading.

What a great list – I hope this inspires you curl up on the couch on book day – and also to visit all these great team shops!