#CIJParty 2015 – Designer Wendy

Guest blog post by Wendy of WJoyDesigns

WJoyDesigns emerged out of a desire to simply design, (or manifest) simple joy back into my life.

WJoy Designs makes a variety of handcrafted candles, stained glass art, mosaic art and jewelry! From scented candles to stained glass ornaments and keepsakes, my original pieces make great gifts for any occasion.

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wjoydesigns

I am inspired by nature and our world. Bright colors are a favorite design element in my work. When I choose supplies for my pieces,those are always my main sources of inspiration.

My workshop is in Reno, NV. It is a dream to be just a short drive from such majestic mountains, endless forests and beautiful Lake Tahoe!

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wjoydesigns

Gigantic 2.68 LB. rainbow chunk square pillar candle scented in your choice! 9″ tall 3″ across. Smells AMAZING!! Such a bright and cheery candle to have in your home! Beautiful rainbow colors merge into one another in this scented rainbow square chunk pillar candle.

This candle is made in a 3 pour process, and has a core candle with the rainbow chunks set around it. This process creates a better quality, longer burning candle. Not sure of the total burning time, but I still have one that I light from time to time and its been with me for 11 yrs! Colors will vary slightly as each candle is hand made. Shown here unwrapped, it will come to you, wrapped in cello and tied with raffia/hemp cord.

This gorgeous rainbow candle would make a wonderful unity candle for a wedding, a great gift for a friend or loved one or a beautiful sentiment for a memorial service.

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. There are seven chakras in the body, located in a straight line with your spine; this line runs down the center of your body, from the top of your head to the base of your spine. Each chakra is an energy center and is represented with its unique color. Color meditation involves focusing on each of your chakras and their color vibration in order to bring about balance in your mind and body; promoting healing and peace of mind. Each of the chakras relates to the elements of Earth, air fire water, ether, spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

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wjoydesigns

A magical iridescent green dragonfly encircled with a silver hoop! These earrings are sure to get rave reviews! Total length is 2 inches.

The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.

Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.
This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Delicate iridescent green dragonfly pendant in shades of green and iridescence! This pendant is 2 inches long and comes with a 23 inch silver chain with lobster claw clasp.

The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.

Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.

This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

A single ray of light contains the seven colors of the rainbow and so does the human spirit, which reveals itself through seven degrees of consciousness.

The seven color rays are spiritual forces emanating from the white light. They are perpetually vibrating – not only on the surface of the earth – but also above and through it, encircling the globe in streams of endless energy.

Rainbow Aura activates all the energy centers in the body, clearing a path for the Life Force to manifest throughout the subtle bodies, bringing in a vibrant energy and zest for life. It is particularly supportive for those in dysfunctional relationships, by letting one see what lies ahead and helping to release negative emotions such as resentment or grief. It brings deep insights into one’s relationships at all levels, and aids letting go of karmic ties that may be hindering relationships in the current life. This transformed relationship then becomes vital and harmonious. Rainbow Aura is a master healer for any condition, and is highly beneficial in multidimensional cellular memory healing. It is an efficient receptor for programming and bringing the body into balance

This highly polished rainbow aura point is rainbow-licious! It is iridescence to the maximum with rainbows emanating from every surface! Hand wirewrapped with silverplated wire and comes with a nickel free silver chain with lobster claw clasp. total length is 24 inches.

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wjoydesigns

I find creative time in between to create my works when an idea comes to me.

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wjoydesigns

A single ray of light contains the seven colors of the rainbow and so does the human spirit, which reveals itself through seven degrees of consciousness.

The seven color rays are spiritual forces emanating from the white light. They are perpetually vibrating – not only on the surface of the earth – but also above and through it, encircling the globe in streams of endless energy.

Brilliant rainbows flash everywhere wearing this gorgeous prism crystal! Cut to refract and bend light to create rainbows!! It is hand wirewrapped in silver with a pretty swirl accent and comes with a 23 inch silver chain with lobster claw clasp.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

I work well into the wee hours. My days are longer than they were when I was working for somebody else. It is a labor of love though. That’s what makes it so meaningful.

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wjoydesigns

Soar like the free spirit you truly are wearing this tribal feather headband! Comfy, soft, stretchy suede is braided and adorned with a variety of feathers in natural browns,iridescent green/black, rusty oranges and fluffy plum ostrich feathers. Each feather is accented with a brown wooden bead and there are espresso finished hand carved wooden beads on the longest feathers. Feathers can be moved to any position on the headband for a customized look to fit your mood! It is completely adjustable and closes with a sliding bead.

There is an eagle in me and a spotted bird hurrying corn to grow
The eagle flies to the mountains of my dreams,
flies to the corners of my distant hopes.
But the spotted bird stands among the cornstalks telling me to hoe.
My hands are the tools of my soul.
They make the drum,
the bow,
the flute,
and stretch the skin of the deer.
They work the earth and care for the sheep and plant the corn.
They greet my homeland each morning that I awake.

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

I always make time for my customers and answer any messages or special requests promptly. I love to add a special touch to my orders by gift wrapping to create a special presentation. I am always happy to create something absolutely unique and love to make custom one of a kind orders.

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wjoydesigns

I create something new every day. Now I can share what brings me so much joy to create with you!

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wjoydesigns

My social media sites:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/wjoydesigns/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WJoyDesigns

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/W-Joy-Designs-Stained-Glass-Handcrafted-Art/353602301370206

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#CIJParty 2015 – Scuba Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Earlier today I shared my thoughts about trends with you.

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2015 is Scuba Blue.

An invigorating turquoise, PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue conveys a sense of carefree playfulness. Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.

Pantone Spring 2015 Scuba Blue

Pantone Spring 2015 Scuba Blue

 

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

At the end of this post is a big reveal!

Growing up on the far south coast of Victoria in Australia has been a great influence on the colours and textures I use in my creative life, including the glazes i formulate for my ceramic works and jewellery.

As a child, surfing and scuba diving were a normal part of life.

I have many tones of blues and greens in my Etsy shop, but love this pendant because of the random nature of the glaze which reminds me of the wild colours of the sea and of course scuba blue!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

msmadmax from madmaxshop says:

Cotton wrap around sash…wonderful accent to any vintage wardrobe. This item wrapped its way through a decade or more of exciting and fun events adding a burst of color everywhere it went…hmmmm STUDIO 54!!!!

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madmaxshop

Rasa Nenart from Toyfifi says:

Cloud hopper – this is the other name of my Easter bunny. When you look at white clouds in the blue sky you can imagine this bunny hoping on them. So blue ears and hands really suits him although you won’t find so much blue color in my shop, because my favorite colors are green, brown, pastel colors.

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Toyfifi

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop:

For years I’ve made this Christmas stocking for my immediate family members. The most recently made one was for a new granddaughter. Hers incorporates pink, gray, and white. However, this one was made in colors relating to the beach – fitting because my shop is TheSandlapperShop! I love turquoise (Scuba Blue) and was happy to give a new look to the traditional crocheted Granny Square pattern.

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TheSandlapperShop

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

This magical dreamcatcher has special powers! It not only looks fabulous by day, but at night it takes on an almost bio-luminescent glow! Hand woven in natural hemp, it has a glow flower encased in a clear glass cabochon in the center.It is accented with a turquoise and yellow feather that has a black and pink spotted guinea feather that glows hot pink under black or UV light!The second and subsequent pictures show how your necklace will look at a club under black light or a UV light. By absorbing ultraviolet light and other visible light, it can release the energy in the form of visible light for about an hour in the dark! This piece is reversible and can be worn with the glow flower showing or the intricate, enamel painted back showing. Closes with a nickel free lobster claw clasp. Necklace length is 24 inches .Total length from feather to top is 20 inches.Dreamcatcher is 3 x 3 inches round.

All the parts of this dream catcher have meaning.

To begin, the web represent the spider,our brother of life for ever repairing the eternal web of life.Thus weaving your life dreams and energy in the universe when you dream.

The ring represents the earth mother and the humble walk we do upon her.

The color blue represents Father Sky and all that lives in the sky; grandfather sun, grandmother moon, Star nation and Creation.The color yellow represents the direction of the East where the Yellow Nation is and we call upon their ancestors and the wisdom they carry to come in and teach us.It is also the direction of where the sun rises every day, therefore a new beginning. We put the Sacred Eagle in that direction and call upon the abilities to see far beyond what is in front of us and to focus on the task at hand.In the center is a yellow Sun which represents a new beginning each day!
Natives believe the night air is filled with good and bad dreams.The legend of the Dream Catcher is that it captures the bad Spirits and filters them.Protecting us from evil and letting through only the good dreams. It is believed that each carefully woven web will catch bad spirit dreams in the web and disappear by perishing with the first light of the morning sun.Wear it during the day and hang in above your bed before sleeping!

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wjoydesigns

Kristina Lauciuviene from FeltingLT says:

Blue…
Blue like sea…
Blue like blue eyes of sea…
Blue like sea and flowers…
Like flowers from him.
Sea… blue sea… and He with flowers.

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FeltingLT

Wendy CN from CardNotions says:

You gotta love Belugas! They’re cute, smart and great singers, and thus the nickname, sea canary! I added a background picture that I took, looking accross the bay, of the Olympic mouintains. I think it makes him look right at home in the scuba blue suroundings!

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CardNotions

Jolanta Pietrzak from AlabamaStudio says:

Unique, original necklace with turquoise enamel closed in geometric form topped with a cascade of silver swirls and chains. They look like wild, silver waterfall and complement with enamelled element.
A fantastic addition to the summer festival styling, ideal for your holidays by the sea!

The necklace was designed and made by me from scratch, using two very labor-intensive and precise techniques: wire-wrapping and enamelling. The materials are silver 925, 930 and 999 and two-components enamel based on epoxy resin in turquoise color. Silver heavily oxidized and polished, the frame around a rectangular piece rubbed. Under the enamel a sheet of hammered silver underlined by oxidation.

AlabamaStudio

AlabamaStudio

The Pantone fashion colors for fall 2015 have been revealed!

Please watch the CIJ forums for opportunities to share your fall 2015 fashion colors!

Thank you for joining me to enjoy Scuba Blue items this today.

Please be sure to check out the on the main party post for the schedule of events.

Colour and Creativity

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

I asked Christmas in July teamies what their favourite colour is, and how this influenced their creativity…. the question received a huge response, and all their secrets are revealed below ~~~~ grab a coffee and some cake, and put your feet up!!

My favourite colour is purple and whenever I see purple paper I want to buy it! I love this retro purple paper and decided to make some small card sets with it. I made them with thank you notes in mind.

Ivory is my fav as it reminds me of pureness, clearness, happiness, optimistic, freedom

WHITE

I’m a full time farmer and I enjoy winter on the farm – even going out to the barn for chores my camera is often in tow. Winter White brings a beautiful calm to the landscape and helps me see nature in a different light.

This was the first snow fall of the winter

Blue, any shade of it.

I’m a big fan of the seaside and so blue is a very obvious choice for me. The aqua blues and then darker blues of the ocean against the lighter blues of the sky make me feel happy and relaxed. I often use blue in my prints as I always associate the colour with the feelings of happiness and freedom.

I’m a sucker for rainbows. A beautiful end to a fierce storm, the full rainbow makes its way into my work at every opportunity. When you can’t choose just one colour, choose them all!

Gosh, it’s hard to choose ONE color because I love so many in all their hues and tones
I suppose purple is probably the one I like most, followed closely by blue and I was able to combine the two in this card, using an Italian paper that featured little lilac flowers with a rich blue card stock at the bottom. To tie the two together I used white lace.

The card is a birthday card and pokes gentle fun at forgetful memories of what we might have done before

G R E E N is my ultimate favourite colour. It has inspired me with so many product designs in my shop.

My favourite item is my Christmas Advent Calendar as so much time, creativity & love go into them. This one here is the very first one I made for my son.

Green and Blue are my absolute favourite colours.

If I had to separate them, my answer would be different each time! Tonight, I’d choose GREEN but ask me tomorrow and it could well be BLUE.

I find them equally beautiful, refreshing, enlivening and soulful.

For these reasons, I adore the peacock irridesence (perfect marriage of Green and Blue) of Paua Shell / Abalone and seek Vintage Jewellery Items in this glorious natural material.

well a deep teal light the twilight sky is my usual fav but latley I’m obsessed with coral!

Not for the shy!

Purple, always end up back at purple……the yarn is different in that it has to be beautiful, yet practical.

Purple and green is my favorite color combination. When I found this beautiful pansy fabric, I knew it was the perfect accent and I decided to incorporate it in this quilted centerpiece.

My favorite color is green…all shades! My line of art may not feature one color over another, but I would say my Fresh Alphabet Art is pretty green…both in the actual color and in the fresh sense of the word. In creating this alphabet, I knew I wanted fresh produce, but I also wanted vibrant greens. My favorite are the leafy stalks on the leeks!

My favorite color is blue. I love it because there are so many shades and nuances to it. It reminds me of sky, water, peace, and tranquility. I chose the beads in this ornament for that very reason. Peace and tranquility during the holiday hustle and bustle.

My favorite colour is purple …what’s not to like about it? There are so many beautiful shades to choose from and it goes really well with black which is also another favorite.

I love pink, it is soft, gentle and pretty. I love pink flowers which inspires many of my cards I make, this one is a Thinking of You card.

My favourite colour is blue and always has been. It is tranquil and calming. It is a large part of nature – the sky and the ocean.

My favourite colour is yellow. It reminds me of bumble bees and daisies and all things summer. I have a wall in my house painted ‘crazy daisy’ so even on a cold rainy day it cheers me up. I thought I needed to make something cute that gives a nice warm feeling with this little daisy print fabric, so I made a wee kitten.

Amath from Gomis says

Nothing beats Bold Gold!!!!

Gold has a universal, luxurious, and fundamental appeal. Having a gold colored item brightens my day, and those of the wearer!

Blue –

I love blue in any shade, if a take a look onto my shop, there can it been seen. From childhood I preferred blue colored clothing. It remembers me on blue summer sky, blue, wonderful Latvian sea and it also symbolizes hope, what we all need.

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says

I LOVE anything that is iridescent and especially in greens and purple! This piece was my first try at mosaic. I have been making stained glass for 15 years and had so much beautiful leftover art glass. I am a huge advocate for recycling in any and every form.I never wanted to part with the beautiful bits of leftover glass. I wanted to put them to good use! So in this piece, I made use of the scraps in a most beautiful way! Recycling at it’s finest!!

I love turquoise a lot, and especially in combination with bright colors like prange or a beautiful deep yellow. I also love birds, so I brought all of this together in this mixed media painting. These colors are happy colors for me, they put a smile on my face and make me feel better. I hope that others feel the same when they look at this painting.

Pink !

Anything girly and feminine , it has to be pink.

My latest design , is lovely in all shades of pink with a touch of maroons and greens

I say green is my absolute favorite color, however, as of late, I’ve been loving this turquoise color in a lot of my designs. It just looks so trendy and works with so many different color combos.

Well said, Katrina from BygoneAllure! I have more greens and blues in my personal fabric stash than any other color. Peacock blue or green attracts me, every time.

“Plume” is one of my fabric offerings that is viewed the most on Etsy:

As a jewelry designer, it’s no surprise that my favorite color is gold. Just the rich tone of gold, 14 karats or not, evokes a sense of elegance and class. That quality is essential to me as a creator of upcycled jewelry because it adds sophistication to an amalgamation of broken pieces.

Below is a great example of how luxurious the color gold is especially when paired with pearls and rhinestones. The Belle Bracelet was made with vintage scraps, but it looks unbelievably chic.

My absolute favorite color has got to be Pink! Pink reminds me of Flamingo’s which makes me think “Fun!” So, for me – Any fabric which involves pink somewhere in it and is fun… Let’s just say that get’s me every time! And if I have to be doing computer work – I might as well have a “Fun” pattern in my Wrist Pillows for Keyboard & Mouse Comfort. I choose to have 2 coordinating patterns with this set, so if your tired with one – Just flip in over or Mix & Match.

Vanilla White is my favorite color because it makes me feel calm and gives me clarity.

Blue, blue, blue. In any shade. Even my house is blue. The ocean is a big part of my life and a big part of my Etsy store.

My favorite color is this stunning sea green. I spent my entire childhood begging my parents to take me to the beach and, on those rare occasions we got to go, I loved the green reflecting off the sea foam. It makes me happy every time I see this color.

Carrie from madcapz says

My favorite color has always been blue but of late I am partial to purple. I find purple to be such a calming yet regal color. I like the softer shades of purple over the darker ones. I used pastel purple in this item:

Ioana from Soutacherie says

I love ALL colours and you can see that throughout the shop. If I were to choose, I’d choose the combination of orange and blue. A bit bold and unusual but very spectacular, cold and warm at the same time, serious and playful.

My favorite color is PINK. It’s soft, it’s feminine and joyful!

Christmas Stockings in any color you want. I do not discriminate with over 50 colors and patterns!

Green is my favorite color and I really like the color combo of my latest bracelet. It doesn’t really match anything I own, but I don’t care!

My favorite color is teal! It tends to appear in a lot of my work, sometimes totally unintentionally. I particularly love the fresh clean combo of teal and white in interior decor!

My favourite colour is teal, its not a colour I have stocked before in my shop but I love this pom pom hat.

The colors of the rainbow have a special meaning for me, every time I see one it’s like a sign from above that everything is going to be allright. My littlest son is undergoing leukemia treatment, and all the knots in my bracelets made during this hard period symbolise a prayer, and the rainbow is the good period that will come after the storm.

Ina from InaSudjana says

Praying for your little one and your family too Andrea – I DO LOVE rainbow myself. It is indeed a sign of hope.

I love my primary colours; blue mainly. But I also love all the red, yellow and green. A rainbow person I am.

My most favorite color is dark purple – the color of royalty. I looked up the significance of the color purple and found that it really did match my personality. It said that the people who like the color purple are sensitive, compassionate, understanding a supportive, peaceful and tranquil, introverted, creative, inspire others with their creative thinking, are intuitive and quite psychic.

I grew out of pink for a while, but now I think it’s safe to say it’s back on top for me! I think, growing up, I was limited in my idea of what you could really do with pink, but the newer trends of pairing shades of pink with shades of grey really inspired me with this piece. I think it softens the harshness pink can have sometimes, while also bringing that fantastic pop of colour that I’ve always loved pink for!

My favorite colors are blends of purples and greens. I look for yarns that allow me to blend these two color…when it works….it like magic…For me, that blend looks like the mountains of southeastern Kentucky where I grew up.

My “favorite” color tends to change with my mood (human mood ring?), but I always seem to come back to purple. I used a lavender shade for this batch of soap to match the scent, but also because I find lavender (both color and flower) soothing.

Love green and red and somehow keep buying beads in those colors. Bright greens and deep greens are tops on my list. Bit I also love black/white/gray combos.

Design’s the Limit from DesignstheLimit says

If clear is a color, it is my favorite. People have always said they can see right through me and I wear my heart on my sleeve. It is never too early to start designing your custom ornaments and we proudly offer Christmas ornaments year round!

Dina StyleKnits from DinaStyleKnits say

 my favorite color is pink. It’s a color of love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic. I used pink yarn in my knitting very often.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I reckon the winners were purple, blue and pink!!

Be sure to check out these great stores for some wonderful Christmas in July specials and start your Christmas shopping early!

My favorite color is green but I noticed that there is a lot of blues in my shop. Not to mention my shop name is Gigi’s Blue Rose. Well, this is a lovely blanket I made with turquoise. I just might have to change my favorite color. But honestly, I think calming colors are my favorite, colors that remind me of flowers, the ocean, sand, the sky, trees, etc. and this blanket is full of flowers with a hint of bright (like the sun).

My favourite colour… hmm… I like green, but even more I love BLUE! It’s the colour of the sky, it has hundreds of shades and it’s the colour of labradorite “flame”, which is absolutely amazing! That’s why I love using labradorites in my works!

I Love all shades of blue but especially the blues of the ocean. Water has always inspired me and I am drawn to it for its restorative powers and sense of peace and beauty. Water is essential to life.

So, what a fantastic collection of teamies and how colour informs their creativity!! Be sure to visit the stores & take advantage of the Christmas in July sales in their stores!

June – National Ocean Month

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Around the world June is celebrated as Ocean Month. Since Oceans make up approximately 70% of the Earth, is it any wonder that we celebrate it? There are many ways to participate in this holiday, including using the Sea as inspiration.

I wondered ” How do we in Christmas in July Team take inspiration from the Ocean, Sea Life and other such creatures?”

Wendy Joy of wjoydesigns said:

I grew up by the ocean in California.When I am homesick and missing the smell of salt air, the sound of waves gently rolling onto the sand and the call of the seagulls in the wind. I am inspired to make pieces that remind me of these feelings. I use blues and whites. I use things that are natural and the color of sand. Occasionally I will use found items from my many visits to the beach through my childhood, such as sea glass and shells from my personal collection!

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Lin Collette of rhodyart states:

I don’t have much occasion to incorporate the sea in my work, though I’ve done larger pieces that refer to the ocean and the life that thrives in it. The only real connection the items I sell in my shop have to the ocean is if they’re pirate themed, and thus I present one of those here.

Pirate themes are a tribute to my brother, Will, who has changed his birthday celebrations to Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.

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Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo says:

My town, Salerno, is on Mediterranean Sea, part of Atlantic Ocean. All my crafts are strongly influenced by this, as you can see from the colors l use. What l love living on the sea is that my view, at least in one direction, has no limits.

Furthermore, even in hot summer, the temperature is more bearable, because of the sea breeze. I think l couldn’t live anywhere else without sea.

This is my most recent item and I think it confirms all l said here.

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Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns states:

Currently I live  in a rural central Victoria about four hours from the ocean – which is a lot for me.

As a child I grew up on the coast in a sleepy country town, which is now a tourist metropolis!

This early influence, I think, influences a lot of the color choices I make in the glazes I apply to my works such as the blue on this ceramic bowl.

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios explains:
I adore the beach, it’s my go to place when I need a wander, a pick me up or a fun time! It features often in my work, my photography work seems to center around it often. Sunset at the beach brings me back to my inner self, it relaxes and enchants me with the colors, the sights and the sounds.
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Connie Lee of Bungalow42 tells me:
Growing up in Texas I spent a lot of time on Galveston Island as a child.
As a teenager I visited beaches all along the gulf coast. My high school boyfriend was an avid surfer who tried (in vain) to teach me to surf. I was generally happier walking the shoreline looking for shells, dashing in and out of the surf or napping on the sand.
As an adult I have been fortunate to live on both the east and west coast. The ocean continues to be a significant influence in my life and my work.
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Annie of DesignedbyAnneliese said:
I live in Australia and it takes at least 1.5 hours to get to the beach! When I was little we used it go on family holidays every year over Christmas (when it is summer holidays) and stay right near the beach. I loved it! While these gift tags do not feature anything from the ocean, the colors remind me of how lovely the sea and the beach are.
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 Katrina of BygoneAllure states:

I live in Hobart, Tasmania and a short distance from spectacular family friendly beaches. I get my exercise, breathe in the salt air, cleanse my senses and get direction and clarity by being close to the ocean. The ocean and nature oxygenate me. I feel so lucky to have this access to Nature.

The beauty of nature inspires me in my whole outlook. I love to beach comb and collect beautiful items like shells and driftwood. My favorite colors are Green and Blue which for me represent air, nature, earth. One of my favorite materials is Paua Shell / Abalone and I seek out fine Vintage Jewelry pieces with this natural material.

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Iefrenchgem told me:

I live less than a mile from the beach in Fort Myers Beach, FL in the winter, and SW France in the summer. I go for long walks on the beach here in France collecting sea glass for my one of a kind pieces that I sell at shows, and I find the most wonderful photo props right on the beach (like the driftwood props in the photos below). Even the crystals that I use remind me of the light dancing on the waters surface. I can’t imagine not living near the ocean. I am constantly in awe of it’s beauty and magnificence.

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Pauls and Daiga of ThreadsandPaintStudio states:
We live in Latvia, far, far away from Ocean, but very near to Baltic sea. I couldn’t imagine live without possibility to get into car and drive to beach. Many of our works are inspired from water theme. We tray to show our landscapes with sandy beach, but it could also be ocean view, sea view, lake view.
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Inga of FaufulisFashion explains:
I live in Latvia near to the sea. My all time favorite place to be is the beach!
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I would say that the water,especially the Ocean inspires many of us to create. It could be because of our love, awe or wonder at what it’s depths hold.

Get up, get out and let the water near you inspire your creations!

June – Great Outdoors Month

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

“Great Outdoors Month is a time for all to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors. Whether camping, fishing, rock climbing, or playing in a neighborhood park, nature offers each of us the opportunity to get active, explore, and strengthen our bonds with family and friends. This month, let us celebrate our natural heritage by experiencing it together.”

Carrie of madcapz says:

I’m getting ready to do some amazing hiking with my family!

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Wendy Joy of wjoydesigns states:

In June, our family begins to celebrate nature by going on many camping trips! This is where I get a lot of my inspiration for my creations and sometimes even items from our mother Earth to make them with! I look for unique stones along the rivers and lakes to use in my designs and pick flowers to press and use later on when they are dried. While camping, I have the time to slow down and connect with my inner voice. I bring my craft supplies with me in case I am inspired to create while in beautiful surroundings! I believe that this adds peaceful energy to my works and that those feelings can be passed to the wearer of my pieces

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Lin Collette of rhodyart said:

Gosh, I’m a dedicated city girl, I hate bugs, hate camping, and can’t build a campfire to save my life. I even hate S’mores. That said, when I have the chance to walk with my brother through Ninigret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island – its nature preserve – I am in awe at what I see, the wildflowers, the trees in fantastical shapes because they’re in a salt marsh and affected by the salt in some way, and so on. I love flowers and am always taking photos of flowers on my camera. I admire those who garden and those who go trekking.

Just don’t ask me to go along. This item is inspired by Downton Abbey’s Mr. Bates and Anna. I imagine that they love to go on long walks, in spite of Mr. Bates’ leg injury, and I would love to think they’re long romantic walks.

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Melissa R of missy69 discusses:

It starts getting really hot here in June, in Florida. We are in a heat advisory, already, for this weekend. We do have a pool, but we love to visit our local springs and ocean beaches. One of my favorite things is to turn pictures we take into paintings.

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios says:

We go into winter here in Australia, so for me it means wrapping myself up in several layers and heading out with my camera before dawn to one of my favorite photography spots to enjoy the sunrise. Watching the fog lift off the lake is a wonderful sight and I love capturing it every possible chance.

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Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns discussed:

I used to do a lot of camping many years ago – but these days like the comfort of my own bed!!

However, I have maintained an appreciation of the outdoors, especially while living on 10 acres in a rural part of Australia.

Many of my original art gift cards are inspired by the great outdoors, such as this one!

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Not only is there a lot of nature and beauty in our crafts, but there is so much more in the Great Outdoors!

Get up, get out and enjoy your time outdoors.

International Day For Yoga – June 21st

Contributor Post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

International Day for Yoga is June 21st, so I asked team members what products they had in their shops that are yoga related, or promote mediation, health and well-being.

Lia from Ghirlandiamo recently read a scientific article about the health benefits of the sun. The article explained the sun can be beneficial to the healing of many diseases, such as psoriasis and other skin diseases. A few minutes of sun every day may also help to prevent colds and Alzheimers disease. It is also a good medicine for our bones, not to mention the health benefits of vitamin D.

The problem can be that our modern style of life – artificial lights for the most part of the day and not enough walks in the open air – can decrease our exposure to natural sunlight. This modern lifestyle can also lead to stress, which yoga can be very beneficial in relieving.

So for our well-being Lia suggests we all have more sun throughout the year, not only in the summer when going on holidays to the sea.

 

 

Ildi from DLux2by1 specializes in Magnetic Hematite Jewelry and has first hand experience in the value of the healing properties of hematite after breaking her wrist; now she never takes it off! She believes the difference it makes is amazing and she would never have believed it if she did not try it herself. She believes this natural therapy to be so much better than pills for inflammation from arthritis.

 

Wendy from wjoydesigns makes a range of candles, jewellery and art inspired by the natural environment, often using recylced materials and designed to aid the healing properties of the environment and meditation.

This candle is ideal to hone the healing benefits of mediation, which together with the inner realisation that can be delivered through yoga, can be an holistic approach to inner and out er health.

 

June – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

Amanda Jaeger from AlphabetArtPrints:

Kiss The Cook…even when the food is sub par, because being in the kitchen is hard!

I love creating alphabets from familiar items. This particular alphabet was created using items in my very own kitchen. This is one of my favorites I’ve done because the black and white kitchen themed photos can seriously go with pretty much any decor. “Kiss the Cook” speaks to me as I love being able to cook for my family, but darn it, sometimes getting a good meal on the table is just plain hard!

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AlphabetArtPrints

Katie from KLStudioArt:

I actually painted this piece in a class that was for enjoying a glass of wine while painting a specific piece of artwork. I decided to deviate from the painting that the class was doing and got caught up in this magical world I had begun creating. It was so fun and inspiring to be able to start this painting the same as many other people in this class, and then turn it into something different, new and beautiful!

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KLStudioArt

Beth Stephens from BethStephensArt:

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not… was inspired by childhood memories picking daisy petals. I painted this with gouache and a little imagination.

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BethStephensArt

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

New minimalist black and red cards in the shop.

I have but one request: KISS ME NOW

So romantic and fun! A card filled with passion. I had fun gathering inspiration from my husband.

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StockLaneStudio

Cindy from GraceNotesbyCindy:

Red geraniums are my favorite summer flower. I always have several pots of them on my porch. I love using this rubber stamp to make cards and coloring the design with watercolor pens.

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GraceNotesbyCindy

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese:

This is my newest listing. It is a handmade butterfly card for the ladies! It can be used for various occasions such as a birthday card, a thank you card, a get well soon card or a thinking of you card! I love using stickers on cards, especially butterfly ones. I particularly liked using this butterfly sticker as it is 3D and the butterfly is raised.

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DesignedbyAnneliese

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23:

I recently added decorative notebooks in my shop. I was at a birthday party and someone was writing down the gifts for thank you notes later, I thought it would be nice to have already decorated notebook for a bridal shower for the maid of honor to use to write down the gifts.

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BellaBoutique23

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection:

This is one of my newest items. I’ve loved wishing on dandelion seeds since I was very little and wanted to make a good luck pendant to share. The birthstone charm is an added touch of personalization.

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KestrelCollection

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads:

After surviving Lung Cancer, my priorities have changed. I am sadly aware of the need for research for cancers, and the one that reaches the deepest in my heart is childrens’ cancer – so I try to raise awareness, give a message of faith and hope, and maybe a smile. (I do any color).

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KrystalKlarityBeads

lefrenchgem from lefrenchgem:

Inspired by the myriad of blues that I see in the oceans where I live in Florida and France. I wanted an elegant looking ear wire to showcase these brilliant Swarovski crystals, so I created an original Le French Gem design. I imagine my customers wearing them as they browse the seaside shops and feel amazing when they wear them out to dinner with friends and loved ones.

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lefrenchgem

Linda Baze from GirlieGals:

These bright red, yellow, green and orange lampwork beads remind me of the swirling and twirling mexican style skirts at Fiesta’s and celebrations. Fun and colorful with lots of motion.

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GirlieGals

Kaycee from ParadiseJewelryofCP:

This is one of my newest items. Need help getting your little one ready to celebrate America’s Birthday! I have many great items in my shop!

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ParadiseJewelryofCP

be Woolen from beWoolen:

I found this red super soft merino wool yarn last week and as I touched it I knew I had to knit something loose and warm, easy to wear.

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beWoolen

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns:

I was inspired to make this out of love for the free spirit in each of us!
Pink is the most attracting of all the colors. Pink attracts attention and interest and allows the viewer of the color to feel warmth and comfort. Because of this,potential lovers will feel comfortable and confident enough to approach you and will not fear refusal. Wear these feathers in pink if you want to attract a potential love partner. Or just wear it when you are in need of de-stressing and are seeking calm.
Pink, along with the colour green, is linked with the Heart Chakra, and concerns higher consciousness and love. The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds.
Pink promotes a feeling of gentle warmth and nurturing. It lessens feelings of anger and irritability, surrounding us with a sense of love and protection. It also helps with feelings of loneliness, unhappiness, over sensitivity, and vulnerability.
Purple or violet assists those who seek the meaning of life and spiritual fulfillment – it expands our awareness, connecting us to a higher consciousness. For this reason it is associated with transformation of the soul and the philosophers of the world are often attracted to it.In the meaning of colors, purple and violet represent the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. They inspire and enhance psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.

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wjoydesigns

Juliette A-B. from LeTanuki:

When New Year comes in Japan, you see everywhere bouquets and pictures of pine, bamboo and plum blossoms. Those are 3 auspicious plantswhich bring hope and good luck. Nowadays, those “3 friends of winter” are also seen during weddings or graduations – they truly are of good omen!

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LeTanuki

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage:

Just listed a very cute little girl in blue with a jug!
Part of a larger collection I inherited. I love these collectible pieces but now I have so many.
This is a Zsolnay piece Made in Hungary in the 40-50s.
Just reminds me of summer somehow.

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PitzicatVintage

I saw this fabric and just love owl items, so it ties in well with the other ones I have.

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SuesAkornShop

I listed this new item, because it is so natural, I love the color and presents my shop for this affection for the nature. It remembers me of peaches, summer and long evenings outside in the nature!

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KarlasWoodDreams

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts:

Just listed! I wanted to add some sunshine to my garden and the medallion reminded me of a sunny sunflower and I knew I had to add it to my bird house and while it was drying in the sun the birds were checking it out.

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Corkycrafts

Susan Burton from SusieBDesigns:

I have a tremendous love for the beauty of nature and am especially drawn to the beach and the sea. I have collected seashells for years and so decided to incorporate them into my craft. My hope is that my Seashell Pillows will instill a sense of peace and beauty and become a treasured addition in the home.

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SusieBDesigns

Ana Rabiller from Quilterbell:

This is my new listing, I am just falling in love with charcoal colour at the moment, I just love the way allow colours to pop. Warning: you might see quite a few of this colour in my shop for the next few months!

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Quilterbell