New Team Members: October 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who recently joined! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Gytautė from Baggagehouse says

Creating leather bags has been my hobby for almost 5 years but, only one year ago, I decided to open the shop and offer my bags to a wider audience. Travelling is my other hobby, so my brand name is very closely related to it. Most of my bags were created by thinking about how would they fit for travelling, other ones by thinking about how to make life more convenient or stylish. If possible, I like to create adjustable items that could be worn in a few different ways and be practical. I am very grateful for your accepting me to your team.
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Brown Leather Belt Bag

lilibet design from lilibetdesign says

My specialty is vintage Christmas ornaments and decor! I’ve come to love it over the years and my area of focus is German and Scandinavian. This Swedish piece isn’t necessarily Christmas, but these little Swedish figures look great with Christmas decor.
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Vintage Swedish Pine Cone Ornament

Gabrielle BARBIER from frenchjewelryvintage says

I create unique handmade model jewelry at home on my dining table. I started with pearl necklaces, then I wanted to do special things according to my feelings and I’m constantly moving in my head, so my creations follow my ideas. I love to make big breastplates, a unique model of a design that will never be redone identically but in the spirit. I am passionate about Greek or Roman mythology as well as ancient Egypt. When I go into the Native American phase I make crazy jewelry that can take almost a month but I love!

I love the mysterious steampunk, romantic gothic, Victorian, retro and vintage universes as I incorporate vintage supplies into my creations whenever I can. I love fairies, unicorns, the Renaissance, cities and everything that inspires me.

I have a tricolor Collie dog who sleeps with us in my arms and I hope to have a baby kitten again next year. I love nature, lace and everything that makes you dream. I registered in Christmas in July several years ago but I was afraid to start, that’s done and thank you for accepting me.

I present you a jewel that I love and that asked a lot of time of me to realize.

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Native American Necklace

My Etsy shop is DianeDCrochet. You can find crocheted items like Afghans, hats, scarves, bags and shawls.
As we are heading into the winter months (at least in my neck of the woods), scarves and hats will be needed to help keep us warm. Shawls are great to wear in cool evenings.

My crocheted bags are good for the Farmer’s Market, the beach, the pool, or storage. If you are taking a winter vacation to someplace warm, the bags are packable and don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage.

I also do crafts fairs in November and early December.

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Crochet Triangle Shawl

I’m Anrusa, a digital artist, photographer and designer based in France. My store is FairyMagicChest and is inspired by fairy tales, adventures and also in old and charming times. I love my work because I think it makes people happy , mostly children, and this is so beautiful!

In the store, you can find digital backgrounds and overlays to create art from your own photographs, especially for children. These final creations can become magical prints, you can get from them fine wall art, greeting cards or just photographs to save as a treasures for a lifetime.

I am also introducing photographs that I take from charming places in Paris and other places from France.

I love all my items, but I chose this one because is about Christmas, like the team’s name!

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Christmas Digital Background

My shop is Joanna’s Scented Soaps, where you can find handmade Soap Art!
This means
– One-of-A-Kind Soap Cake as home décor,
– Soaps gift set ties with a jewelry, a charm for Good Luck, a Christmas decorative ornament, a glass decorative, a scarf, a keyring – a gift for everyone, any occasion on every budget!
– Seasonal items for holidays and all occasions – especially for Festive Table Decoration.

This holiday season, I propose that you to decorate and style up your dining table with something different – a small gift box to show your guests you care, to surprise them and say “We’re glad you were here!.

Each very beautifully packed box contains a luxury scented soap, organza cloth, ribbons matching the soap’s color, and a small festive decorative.

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Luxury Decorative Soap

I am a lover of the jewels of the theater, it is with my art that I create sacred ornaments, such as votive hearts, relics, crosses.

I like to immerse myself in the distant past, imagining the jewels of those times that we read in history books. My true love is the painting and restoration of old furniture, but not having much space at home, I found another way to occupy my hands with tools, which is silverware in jewelry.

I create the past of jewels from nothing, with elements that I find in flea markets.

And, living in Italy, there is a world yet to be discovered of old things with stories to tell.

I have such a great passion for markets and stuff from the past, that my house has become a museum, so, along with my pets and my husband, we are looking for a bigger house, maybe near the sea, which is another element that makes me feel good.

I like to represent, in each creation, an emblem of myself: there’s so much of me in the past.

I am very grateful for your accepting me into your team. Here is one of my most recent articles.

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Sacred Heart necklace with Byzantine cross

I’m Bianca and I live in the countryside, the beautiful “Westerwald” in Germany. I studied architecture and design and absolutely love design “with humor”. So I try to create playful and humorous products which are able to raise a smile.
In the beginning, I started making gifts for my family and friends. In 2009, I decided to try to share my work with more people and thus the brand “blanc” was born. Since then, I sell, under this name, cute bookmarks, magnets, key chains and other things for a beautiful home.

Thank you so much for accepting me into your team!

Here’s one of my bookmarks.

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Elephant Bookmark

Relaxation And Wellbeing

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

In preparation for the busy seasons of back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, wouldn’t it be nice to stock up on all the little treats that allow us to cope with the stresses of those times? Providing ourselves with moments of relaxation and improving our wellbeing can be very enjoyable when we know that we have already planned for them. Whether you hope to go to a countryside spa or just find an hour, here and there, to pamper yourself, let’s get through the next few months as stress-free as possible.

The Christmas in July team would like to present their items that will help our Relaxation and Wellbeing plans.

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I don’t subscribe so much to relaxation and well-being, but I do know that “A Coke And A Smile” can go a long way towards making me feel better during the busy thirsty times!!
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Coca Cola Polar Bears Cross Stitch Book

Britney Wilkerson from LitByBrit says

My lavender soy wax melts smell amazing and are so relaxing!
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Soothing Lavender Wax Melts

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Perfumed hot oil lamps and candles have always been a way to add a calming and relaxing environment to a home, spa or work place! They help de-stress and energize a person! We love this adorable vintage spaghetti poodle hot oil lamp/night-light for its sweet design and multi purpose function! A sweet addition to any room in the house or workplace!
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Perfume Oil Warmer Lamp

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

Hand-painted colorful badge for marking the bathroom or yoga room door.
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Lotus Yoga Room Door Sign

Items Of The Week: Outside Fun

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

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  1. Large Forest Animal Mug by Margie Sarrao from FunNFiber
  2. Vintage 80s Dress by Natalia from KMalinkaVintage
  3. Custom Pet Portrait by Przemila K from CanisArtStudio
  4. Hearts Football Dog Collar by Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal

For the Patio

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

As the summer continues and we get to sit on the patio enjoying our free time, we look to decorate these welcoming spaces with pretty handmade ornaments like a hand-painted portrait of your pet, maybe hang a sign for your visitors to read, or perhaps add to the serenity with a lantern or some candles.

The Christmas in July team have selected some items to make your patio the envy of the neighbours.

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Do you have candles on your patio? Then you’ll need a mat underneath it. I have several to choose from in a variety of colors and seasonal themes.
Do you want a specific color? Just ask, I can make one in any color to match your mood or decor.

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Coiled Fabric Candle Mat

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says

These vintage brass hurricane lanterns would be the perfect lighting for the outdoor patio. They would make a soft romantic glow on the patio for that special dinner with the love of your life. Sit them on a table or hang them from the ceiling or tree. No matter how you use them, they will provide an awesome atmosphere for whatever is happening on the patio.
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Vintage Brass Lantern

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says

A colorful ornament hand-painted on a wooden board, secured with clear varnish, is perfect for decorating your patio. The picture is made on an oval board and it is very decorative. This one painting depicts a portrait of a little Westie dog, but you can also order a similar one with your favorite pet: dog, cat, horse, etc. If you would like to decorate the wall of your patio, you can choose a larger size.
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Westie Welcome Sign

Lisa VH from PricklyPawWood says

If it is customary to take off shoes before entering your home, this “Remove Your Shoes” sign is perfect for the patio to encourage others to do the same. The sign is primed and painted for outdoor use and then additionally painted by hand and tied with a silky cord.
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Please Remove Your Shoes Sign

 

Back In Time

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

The Etsy CIJ team is full of vintage and retro treasures.  From Art Deco mirrors and vintage recipe boxes to finely preserved antique music programs. Adorn bright retro dresses with brooches and pendants that brings us back to the ‘good ol’ days’ or evoke cherished memories.

Mairi from mairidesign says

Pop ‘back in time’ each day as you put your make-up on in this Art Deco style mirror. A century ago this style captured the hearts of our grandparents and, with bold geometric patterns, it continues to add a touch of decadence in today’s modern homes.
Those reminiscing about the “good old days” can’t help but remember how popular this pin up girl was back in her day! This adorable scarf pendant slide is the perfect gift for a gal who knows how to have fun. It adds a touch of whimsical class to any accessory collection!

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says

Brooches were once popular items of jewellery to enhance an outfit. As with all things they seem to be making a resurgence, My timber brooches are made from offcuts of rare and beautiful timbers. These will last for eons. The finding is screwed, not glued to the timber and I use findings of the highest quality that I can find. Truely a beautiful thing that takes you back to a time gone by.

I found this lovely and unique recipe basket at an estate sale. Inside were some blank recipe cards, but no old recipes. To find some old recipes would have been the icing on the cake…but this cake would have to go without icing for now…Do people still use recipe boxes or do they just save recipes on their social media or their computers, iPads, or Smart Phones? The recipe box may be a thing of the past.
From a time when travelling by ship was the only way to get to where you wanted to be. From the Cunard Steamship Gallia. this 1883 this shipboard concert program speaks to the entertainment of the day and the fund raising efforts of the time. That it has been preserved and survived all these years fascinates me.
I love fashion ! But fashions from the past has such a wonderful story to be told. Although this dress is not vintage it is inspired from the times of the past 1950 I call it my “I Love Lucy” dress. I remember watching that show with my family and laughing so much!

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love all things vintage and each of my creations starts with a vintage piece or two. This repurposed picture frame has fun retro style and features a collection of vintage buttons and jewelry parts. It’s the perfect way to display a photo or keepsake with special memories!

It happened 40 years ago. My parents went to my brother in Switzerland at Christmas. I was left alone on a holy night. When they came home with a nice woolen bed blanket as a gift.This cushion is made of this bed cover. It is a retro style.

The Year Of The Dog

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

According to the Chinese astrological calendar, each year is related to an animal. February 16th, 2018 marked the beginning of the Earth Dog Year.

Were you born in a Dog Year?  Here are a few more:  1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and the next will be in 2030.  Sorry, that doesn’t mean you get to count your age in dog years, but it does mean that your lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9 and your lucky colors are red, green and purple.

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You share good fortune with these famous dogs:  Justin Bieber (a wood dog – 1994);  Michael Jackson (an earth dog, 1958), Steven Spielberg (a fire dog, 1946); Elvis Presley (a wood dog, 1935); and Mother Theresa (a gold dog 1910).

From Quilts and Pillow Panels to bookmarks and decorations, the EtsyCIJ team offers loads of lucky items to celebrate the Chinese New Year and our Earth Dog friends.  Feeling retro?  Check out the pottery dog dish or read through a vintage Ken-L-Ration booklet.  Have a look at some of these great finds.

Marta Gotliba from Gottliebtextiles says:  

The lace decor dog’s paw initially was sold as a Christmas tree decor. But after the season was over, my clients still kept buying them. I asked what for and turned out that this paw looked beautiful hung on the rear-view mirror of the clients’ cars.

Lace Paw Print Decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:  

Year of the Dog.  My Dog Bookmark is great for this as it is earthy in color and has the red Fire Hydrant. A fun way to mark your page in the book you are reading.

Dog Bookmark

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

As someone who is “owned” by two collies, I have always found stories of their loyalty and humor intriguing and heartwarming. You may remember this wonderful book from your own childhood and if not, it’s time to get reacquainted.

Buff A Collie and Other Dog Stories

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:  

This is a pillow for those who have a border collie. It makes a nice statement on your sofa or bed. The Year of the Dog is a chance to show how important these dedicated creatures are in our lives.

Argyle and Pup Mini Lumbar Pillow

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:  

Perfect gift for a dog lover or to use as a decorative prop.  Helpful hints, dog care advice, kitschy drawings – 31 pages of fun!

Vintage Ken-L-Ration Dog Care Booklet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

We just love dogs at Ms P Designs! Our dogs are part of the family, and we love that this is the “Year of the Dog” to honor our very special friends. We have several nursery quilt patterns that feature dogs, but this is our new favorite. These cute Huskies are so happy to have the chance to play outside on a cold winter day.

Husky Dogs PDF Appliqué

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

I paint portraits of dogs to order and in my shop, you can find a lot of different breeds of dogs. But especially to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog, I prepared these small, hand-painted home decorations with dogs. Of course, ten want to present Pekingese. If you don’t find your favorite breed in my shop, you can order the similar decoration with your pet.

Pekingese dog Decoration

Pekingese DOG New Year Ornament

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:  

This sewing panel can be used as pillows, a wall hanging, a tote bag front, and much more. Dog lovers love to show off their pets and show them love so the Year of the Dog is right up their alley!

Dog Pillow Panel

Elizabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Cherish your Fur baby –
Dog memory gifts will put peace in our hearts.

Pet Loss Gift

Geometric

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Geometrics are decorative patterns or designs based on geometric shapes. They can be used in home decor, supplies and so much more.

Here at CIJ we want you to show us all your geometric items. Please tell us about your item, including what geometric shape it is.

Gillian from Gillisflowers says this earring features 2-D and 3-D geometric shapes, two triangles a kite and a cuboid bead to finish it off. Although my jewellery is mainly floral, it all starts with a geometric shape usually a square.

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Art deco earrings

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said these are vintage earrings with cool green geometric shapes! They have a very modern abstract design!

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that math is the universal language of thinking minds and Geometry is its functions. If you see math everywhere you go, you may enjoy this elegant wine bottle stopper and its geometric shape! Our tapered optic crystal wine bottle stopper is a geometric delight. We always get great feedback from this item as the picture does not do it justice at all and we plan on retaking the pictures, but never seem to find the time! The bottle stopper itself is all crystal and we need to add a picture of it without the bottle in the future. An Etsy sellers work is never done…..

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Wine bottle stopper

Linda from LazyYVintage says cuff links are finding their way back into the mainstream for men’s accessories and jewelry. This set is triangular in design with the shape of the cuff links as well as the atomic design embossed on them.

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mid century cuff links

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies said these geometric faceted beads are ideal for a wide range of craft projects, including jewellery making, costume design, scrapbooking, bunting and more!!

They are available in various colours and quantities.

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Tear drop acrylic sew on beads

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital states that this is a digital paper pack. The design has various shapes and sizes in rounded corner squares and rectangles. Fun squares in fun color combinations. Great for creating invitations or party decor, scrapbooking or card making.

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Geometric digital paper pack

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says this is a geometric lid, pretzel criss cross design cookie jar. This clear glass cookie jar features vintage geometric patterned glass.

geometric shaped glass canister

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said I love playing around with different shapes when designing my jewelry. This is a cute pair of light weight earrings using ovals and circles. The colors are perfect for summer but can certainly be worn with many different outfits throughout the entire year.

Blue and white geometric shaped earrings

NauticoCreations states this is a handmade quilt featuring octagon shaped pieces in oranges and greens. The fabric is a batik pattern and the colors make a great fall statement.

Batik fabric quilt

Linda from LindaBrittDesign says the geometry of repeated shapes to form a circle make this a unique pendant. My high school geometry teacher would be proud!

Nature pendant