Ceylon Yellow – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Ceylon Yellow.

PANTONE #15-0850
Ceylon Yellow
Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Ceylon Yellow! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

zizzybob from zizzybob says the yellow ribbon, which is a symbol for Support of our Deployed Military Troops as well as; Bladder Cancer, Amber Alert, Endometriosis, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and General Symbol for Hope.


Judy from JAMsCraftCloset said these hand painted mugs are such happy mugs. They would be so pretty sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be filled with your favorite beverage. They are unique and one of a kind.


Mary from ByFreddismom states I have always enjoyed using non traditional colors in my holiday creations and Yellow is one of my favorites! This snowman in this color has been very popular over the last couple of years, I’ve shipped him as far away as Italy!


Mairi from mairidesign says this pendant, with a lovely butterfly which has wings of yellow and brown, would be just perfect to match your autumn tone fashions this fall. A hint of green, a touch of lavender, and a bronze setting, makes this jewelry set a must have.


Karen from timetalentjewels said in today’s fashions it is fun to capture the autumn tones in this beaded bracelet known as Ceylon Yellow, Chunky, One of A Kind, Fashion Bracelet. Fun,Fun,Fun!!


Nancy from EponasCrystals states this is a Goddess Necklace – Six strands of sari silk and other ribbons in tones of ceylon yellow, and moss green are adorned with beaded gemstone dangles and a handmade goddess pendant. The gemstone dangles include green rhyolite, butterscotch amber, cultured pearls, rutilated quartz, and green prehnite.


Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says I love the bumble bee print on this bandana and I even love the honey they produce but not the stings they give out. I’d say this is the perfect place you can enjoy them on a bandana and not moving!


spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said Ceylon yellow is a bright, happy color … this Painted Bunting song bird wood art sculpture features many beautiful colors, but it’s the yellow on its wing that really catches your eye!


Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo states Here’s your Autumn/Winter woolly fashion needs met! I hand knit this hat using pure Norwegian wool to keep out the chill and chose this color to remind me of of those long, lazy, hazy days of summer and to brighten up even the dullest of autumn and winter days!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ceylon Yellow board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

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Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Chili Oil – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Chili Oil.

PANTONE 18-1440
Chili Oil

Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.

PANTONE 18-1440
Chili Oil

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Chili Oil! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Those driving a VW Beetle for sure have colorful personalities. One can say that they are like a chili oil for the food. Here’s a market bag for a sparkly person in an earthy brown based red shade with brighter red spot pattern. This grocery bag is trendy and will make you stand out in the crowd.


Jane and Kate from ShopPoePoe says:

Within the last year we added these cute short skinny scarves. These skinny scarves are a great finishing touch to any outfit. You can wrap this mini scarf around your neck once and tie it loosely or wrap around your neck twice and tie it in a small knot. There are also a multitude of other ways this scarf can be used… such as, hair scarf, purse scarf, wrist scarf or ankle scarf. What a great accessory to add to a wardrobe.


Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

I am an accessory type of gal! I love wearing them year round and love finding items that can easily transition into any season of the year. This enamel painted butterfly (hosting the hot Pantone color of the year, chili oil) can do just that! It’s a fun scarf pendant to wear and an attention grabber for sure!


Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

With the freezing temperatures and snow we have been experiencing in London, I thought there could be nothing better than to knit this chunky hat to not only keep someone looking and feeling hot, but also show off the hot new Pantone colour, ‘Chili Oil’!

It’s such a beautiful deep colour and a shade that will look great with almost any colour, ensuring it is a staple in your wardrobe for years to come!

I used a pure sheep wool to create this lovely hand knitted ribbed, which is both incredibly warm and soft, whilst also giving excellent stitch definition to really show off the pattern beautifully.

So, if you’re feeling chilly, this ‘Chili Oil’ inspired hat will soon get you feeling the heat!


If you’re on Pinterest here is the Chili Oil board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Spring Palette: Colors Of Spring

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

It’s a time people around the globe hold their breath for – in anticipation of the fresh arrival -…… ahhhhh – wonderful beautiful Spring Time., new beginnings, babies being born.. it’s great! And the blooms everywhere are breath taking in central California where we live, the wildflowers and yards all colorful and inviting.

Springtime colors are fantastic – What springtime story do you have to tell, what glorious spring time palette items do you have to share? We want to hear and see them!

Nancy from jaysboutiquecrochet says

Spring is one of my favorite seasons because of its lovely color scheme! Most of my favorite (and best-selling!) products feature a spring color palette, such as these baby slouch boots. Because I knew these would be worn as the weather starts warming up, I made the shaft a bit shorter and the colors a bit brighter and lighter! No better baby shower or new mom gift, am I right?


Baby Spring Ankle Boots

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says

I absolutely love spring – so much so that I got married in spring and just had a spring baby! The colours around this time of year are so pretty from bold and vibrant colours, to more subtle and delicate hues – it’s all so inspiring for my knits! My absolute favourite tree comes into bloom this season too – the Cherry Blossom. It’s beautiful pink shades were the colour inspiration for this lovely and long, pure wool chunky knit scarf, which is handy because if your springtime is anything like ours here in the UK, you may still need some woolly warmers handy!

Pure Wool Scarf

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

We are getting some rain – those lovely April showers that bring May flowers! This is one of my newer paper packs, and I love the colors and the polka dots. I think they would be good for making spring birthday cards, or Easter egg hunt scrapbooking pages.

Digital Paper Pack

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

My favorite time of the year is spring. I love to see the colorful flowers popping out and watch the trees become their vibrant green again. Spring washes away the dark winter colors and brings a fresh new palette that one can’t help but fall in love with and feel a sense of revival. The spring weather also is something I enjoy if it doesn’t bring endless days of rain. It seems warmer than winter but cooler than summer. It’s like a paradise I can get lost in.

Beaded Wine Glass Charms

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

Everyone just loves spring because of the beauty you see each day and yes I must agree it is a beautiful time of year, but it is also a destructive time too. What I enjoy about spring is all the beautiful colors I see each day around my home. This evening while I was out watering the azaleas I managed to enjoy the whiff that I got of the lily of the valley or could it of been the lilacs that were in bloom too? So many beautiful bushes are blooming earlier than expected this year, just like some of the peonies. All their colors are represented in my multi-strand necklace. It is made up of seed beads with a variety of small beads. This necklace can be worn draped or twisted and yes, let the compliments begin.

Colorful crochet wire necklace

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Spring Has Finally Sprung
My Favorite Time of Year Hands Down
The First Flowers
My Favorites Are Lavender and Purples Like In This Asian Wall Hanging
Grape Hyacinths and Hyacinths Are in Bloom
Soon My Favorite Flower Will Grow Tall-LUPINES
I Hope My Lavender Plant Will Have New Growth or It’s Off to the Farmer’s market to Buy More


Japanese Geisha Girl Textile Art

Nancy from EponasCrystals says

Our purple iris are blooming right now. We have purple on purple, white on purple, and some very dark almost black purple iris. Very beautiful and they smell wonderful! This necklace mimics the colors of the white on purple variety.

Quartz bubbles braided necklace

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

I love spring , when the garden season begin. The fresh colors of the tulips, narcissus and hyacinth.
A few years ago I created a vegetable garden. I can not wait to plant the vegetables which I have grown in the house from seeds into the garden.

Colorful infinity scarf

PrzemilaK from CanisArtStudio says

Spring is the time when I can paint flowers. I paint flowers by nature, not from photographs and I’m waiting all year for it. Now so lush everything is blooming and daylight is best for painting. I use natural daylight so colors are so real and juicy. I make a lot of quick sketches on specially primed paper and also paint large flower arrangements on canvas. Flowers are so inspirational!

Original flower painting

Suzanna from tabbiestone says

It’s Autumn all the way down here (Australia!), but it’s so nice to see the beautiful Spring colours and flowers you’re all sharing.
Przemila – how nice that you paint your flowers from nature – knowing that makes them even more lovely!
This turquoise glaze always reminds me of a fresh morning in Spring. It always brightens my day to wear such a happy colour.

Turquoise leaf print aromatherapy pendant necklace



Contributor post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

Who doesn’t love luxury items? Those little (or big) things that say, “I deserve this, and I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it!” Such things are different for all of us, and can range from an exotic scented shampoo to a BMW. But however we define them, they make us feel rewarded, special and happy. We asked our CIJ team members to tell us about the luxury items they treasure or crave, and about things they sell that say “LUXURY”.

Here’s what they said —

Melissa R from missy69 said:

I love gemstones, and have been collecting them for years. So, to me a luxury item would be a flawless, perfect color 3 ct Tanzanite, Or Blue Diamond. I don’t have any of those in my store, lol. I have created my own blue diamond wedding band, and I wear it all the time. Below is a picture of a lovely 16x10mm golden yellow citrine pear shape gemstone, set in sterling silver basket style prong pendant. November babies, this is your gemstone. It is on clearance sale right now, with free shipping to domestic addresses.


Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

I suppose because I spend my days in making jewellery in my studio, wearing old clothes that are okay to potentially get ruined, luxury items for me would be beautiful handmade clothes! Then I would accessorize with one of my favorite forms of jewellery – a brooch! Brooches are trending right now, but I’ve always loved them. In the past (before I was a goldsmith), if I was to splurge on a piece of handmade jewellery it would be a unique brooch.

This brooch is one of a kind. I designed this brooch based on a photo of a beach in Spain. It is champleve enamel, which is an intensive process, where you first saw out the scene and solder it to the backing and then begin the enameling process. The enamel is built up through many layers and firings in the kiln, which is how you get the various colors showing through.


Stormy day brooch, champleve enamel, sterling silver, fine silver, kiln fired enamel, seaside bay, stormy sky, tropical, ooak, handmade

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo said:

I think luxury items are anything that look good whilst also keeping me warm – I really feel the cold at this time of year so being cosy tops the luxury list for me! However, I truly believe luxury does not have to mean expensive – it’s more about the feeling it gives you, both inside and out, rather than the price.

As woollies season is well and truly upon us, I thought this hat would be a good example of a luxury item. Not only is the design really on trend for the season, it is the softest hat I sell in my little shop.

Its so warm that I even made one for myself and then in turn got asked by my Hubs to make one for him too (he’s bald and so needs something soft but extra warm to keep his brain from freezing this time of year!)

Our hats have kept us both lovely and warm and everyone who touches them is amazed at how silky soft and cosy they feel!


Pure Wool and Silk Ribbed Beanie Hat. Angora, Sheep Wool & Silk Slouchy and Chunky Wool Ribbed Hat. Unisex Pure Wool Ribbed Hat. Warm Beanie

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

The Gold Scroll Design with Chain Strap Spells Luxury For Me. I Love Brass Items and Purse Accessories, Plus Dresser and Vanity Décor. This Make Up Case is Luxurious. I Bought it at an Antique Fair and Paid More Than I Should Have But I Was in Love.
There Are 3 Compartments- Like a 3 Car Garage. Lots of Room: A Compartment For Money, Make Up, Tissues, and the Like. PLUS THERE’S a MIRROR.


Cosmetic Case-Art Deco Powder & Make Up Compact Vtg 1950’s Brass Cigarette Holder Lipstick Case Gold Chain Handle Antique-Gift-Idea

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

 We love a beautiful set of sheets! Many people don’t treat themselves to sheet sets – instead gifting them usually as wedding or shower presents. Treat yourself with this gorgeous set featuring lovely lavender Irises!

4 Piece Queen Sheet Set by Martex – Purple Irises Beige Stripes- Queen Flat Fitted 2 Pillowcases – Vintage Floral Bedding Linens Sheets

Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals said:

Beautiful golden rutilated quartz teardrop statement ring. The setting is a vintage bali style with swirls and balls in antiqued sterling silver. This is definitely a statement piece!

Golden Rutilated Quartz Teardrop Statement Ring Sterling Silver Vintage

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

When it comes to luxury items, Design your next gift to have a Personalized touch! We specialize in providing gifts for every gift recipient for any giving occasion, but when you are buying a gift for the Top Shelf gentleman we recommend our 100% lead-free crystal wine and distiller decanters which are provided with your choice of any design and font combination deep-sand carved into the decanter and stopper for the best combination of quality in both the product and artistic services. Say ‘No More’ to impersonal gift cards and make every gift a personalized gift giving experience with gift wrap and cards available when shipping directly to your recipient or home during the busy holiday season.

Connoisseur Distiller’s Decanter and Stopper with Deep-Sand Carved Personalization with Choice of Design & Font from Our Selection (Each)

Lauren Vanhemert from BellaBolsaDesigns said:

For me, I agree with Richard and Tatiana that anything personalized is a luxury, especially when you can use personal items and mementos as part of the artistic design. I put together this customized photo wristlet wallet using love letters and photos to commemorate a 50th Anniversary. I can’t think of a better or more luxurious Wedding, Anniversary, or holiday gift than something personal to carry day after day.

Personalized Gift with Photo, Custom Photo Wristlet, Personalized Wristlets, Wristlets, Wedding Gift, Anniversary Gift, Birthday Gift

Nirit and Avi Berman from BermanDesigners said:

We have some luxury items. This one is an aquamarine that sits at the center of the ring, surrounded by a distinctive pattern of diamonds. The ring is made out from 18 karat gold, in a traditional jewelry technique to create a piece of jewelry that is tactile, soft, unique and affordable. We created it for these times when you want to wear a powerful ring. The ring is durable for lifetime wear. It is made, like all our jewelry, with best attention to details and quality.

Round Bezel Ring Aquamarine Diamonds Pave Ring | Fine Jewelry, 18k Solid Gold Ring, Round Aquamarine Facet Aqua Marine Engagement ring

Many thanks to those who participated — such lovely stories and items!

Until Next Time,






Best Friends

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Do you love the Beatles’ song ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’ as I do? It’s so true, because as we all know, it’s tough to be successful without the love, support and help of others. What does this theme mean to you in the context of your Etsy shop? Some of our CIJ Teamies shared some wonderful Friends stories and items with us.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I started chatting with Pam at Giddies over some vintage beauty salon “Hairstyle of the month” art in her shop.

She told me the story of the art–how she had bought one in a frame and later found a stack of prints inside–a nice surprise! She’s a Team Leader and invited me to join Teamkitsch. We’ve chatted nearly every day since. I was new to social media, so she told me step by step how to post and participate on the threads. She encourages me, gives expert advice and always has fun stories to share!

Little Red Riding Hood’s cheery face, along with her basket of treats and flower bouquet, represents sweet gifts shared with a friend.

Little Red Riding Hood Doll Keychain Vintage 60s 70s Novelty Toy Key Ring Molded Rubber Figural Girl Retro Collectible Gift

Little Red Riding Hood Doll Keychain Vintage 60s 70s Novelty Toy Key Ring Molded Rubber Figural Girl Retro Collectible Gift

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” in my case that would be my ‘Hubstar’ who is also my best friend.

I do the all the designing, knitting and photography for the items in my shop, but it is the ever helpful and endlessly patient Mr Woolly Momo who is the powerhouse behind the scenes. He’s always there to be my personal Post Office mail boy, expert-technology-trouble-shooter and all round assistant extraordinaire when needed. He even doubles as a somewhat reluctant model for some of my handmade items, as you can see in the picture I included!

Woolly Momo wouldn’t exist without him as he encouraged me to sell my handmade knits by opening my little Etsy shop and has been right there with shouts of encouragement from the sidelines ever since.

So here’s to the fantastic Mr Woolly Momo and all other loved ones everywhere who give so much for us to follow our creative dream and never get the credit they truly deserve. Hip hip hooray!

Knitted Beard available in all colours and sizes. Handmade and Knitted Beard for Viking and Santa Fancy Dress and Cosplay. Made to Order.

Knitted Beard available in all colours and sizes. Handmade and Knitted Beard for Viking and Santa Fancy Dress and Cosplay. Made to Order.

Linda from LazyYVintage says:

Jim is my husband and best friend. He is also our shipping department. I wanted to show a picture of a beat up box (see below) that was sent to me by a customer last Christmas. Even though the box was thoroughly battered, the 1940s glass bread pan arrived in perfect condition. But the system would not let me copy a .jpg here. It is amazing and I plan to do a shop update with it before the Christmas season this year. Most of our reviews mention how great the packaging was.And, that is what Jimmy brings to the shop. Integrity of doing a good job and making sure our glass items arrive safely and in good condition. And with over 25 years of knowledge in the shipping industry he has done it all; truck driving, loading, unloading, packaging, and distribution. He is a real asset to the Lazy Y.

And he has my back. In all parts of our life together. He is always trying to make me laugh and lightens the stress load daily. I truly love working with him on shop. It has added a new adventure in our lives together.


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I’ll have to say I’m really grateful for social media. It’s helped me feel connected to family and friends as I travel around from one country and state to the next. I remember writing long letters and waiting forever to get one back – now, with email and texting and Facebook and cheap phone calls and the like, it’s so easy to just say hi and tell my friends and family what is going on. And forget about phone calls back then – anything long distance was so expensive.

My best friend and I have been through it all – we have known each other for 40 + years and the coincidences in our lives makes it seem like we were destined to be best friends. We were born in the same hospital the same year in California, but didn’t need each other until we were 10 and living in another state! We both studied and lived in France and Germany, but didn’t really decide on doing that together, it just happened. She married a man from New York and I ended up living there. The list going on and on. Those are just little details though that make our friendship interesting. What keeps us best friends is the support we give one another the long talks and motivation and laughs. We’ll always have that no matter where we are.

Polkadot flower card blank inside, 4x6 floral modern art photo note card for her, fun French travel greeting friendship card for girl

Polkadot flower card blank inside, 4×6 floral modern art photo note card for her, fun French travel greeting friendship card for girl

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Tatiana uses her skills as a graphic designer and artist to provide the best combination of quality in both products and services. I love to be able to share her talents with the world and to provide customer service for all of our wonderful customers here on Etsy. As our friendship turned to marriage, our efforts to business, and our love into parenthood we “Drink to Good Health in Good Company!”
We are blessed to be able to operate our Etsy shop as a full-time job and working together has made us closer than ever before. From graphic design to gift wrap, the Etsy messaging system allows us to work with our customers to create uniquely designed gifts and provide the gift services are customers need to be able to ship their gifts in style. We offer our customers the option of choosing from our portfolio, submitting their own images, or having us create an inspired design for any custom order request. We also offer additional gift services including gift cards, gift wrap, and more!
Design Your Own Monogrammed Stemware Personalized with Our Monogram Design Options & Font Selection (Each)

Design Your Own Monogrammed Stemware Personalized with Our Monogram Design Options & Font Selection (Each)

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

Until Next Time,


April – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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

sugararmy46 from sugararmy46 says:

For a long time I was wondering whether to start a collection dedicated to family and I decided that I will take my chances with this one. It’s not only a father and a son matching outfit – to me it is a showcase of the moments spent together, all the stories told and all shared emotions – family always come first!



Anna from ParisDecorPrints says:

This photograph was taken in France when I was in Mount St. Michael – beautiful place in Northern France in 2012.



Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is my newest item, listed yesterday. I had sold a few sets of printable journal pages, so I thought I would add another set in a different style. I used beach photographs from my own travels, so a bit nostalgic, and I added an overlay and the lines to write on.



Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Here’s a new photograph SLS listed April 1st. To me, it celebrates the sense of peace and hope that spring evokes. The photograph was taken at Berlin, Germany’s East Side Gallery. This is one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the world. Artists have painted murals on the remnants of the old Berlin Wall. Their art serves as social and political commentary over the years. Many murals reflect anguish and sadness, but other are signs of hope.

Dove of Peace – Berlin



Rachel Elliott from flyingcheesetoastie says:

I’ve just launched a brand new range of glass creatures featuring beasts from the African Savannah. This little elephant is one of them and features a classic Paisley pattern which fills its silhouette shape. Usually I only make one new creature a year so to launch 3 in one go is a big step for me!



Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

A couple of years ago I made a rectangle basket covered in corks. I have had several convos asking when I’d create another one so for the spring I added a new size “square” to my listings.



toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says:

I recently moved and had to downsize of in which is why my shop is on Etsy. I have a large collection of toys from my childhood and have sold several on Etsy for others to enjoy, I opened my shop last year, my loss is your gain.



Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Last week I had surgery and couldn’t really do very much afterwards. I wasn’t allowed to do any strenuous work or lifting – pretty much rest on the sofa. So I took out my knitting needles and knit up this three-piece summer outfit for 18 inch dolls – a dress with a matching beret and triangle shawl. I love to knit doll clothes – it’s fun, fast and a good way to use up all the yarn I have. Too bad that my daughter is too old to play with dolls!!



Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

This little hat is new in my shop and I’ve included it here because I absolutely loved knitting it.

I originally made one for a friend as she was looking for something to wear whilst n a snowboarding holiday and hadn’t found anything like it, so I jotted down a pattern and made her one instead!

I chose a really lovely, soft and fluffy wool that was a real joy to work with (so much so that I went back to my local wool shop and bought 6 more balls of it!), but it’s also machine washable.

She absolutely loved it and snapped so many photos of herself wearing it on the snowy slopes of the French Alps! Lots of people there and back in the London asked where she got it and wanted one too, so I made some more for them after they ordered some (using up all of my 6 newly purchased balls of this wool!) and this last one I thought I’d put in my shop and let someone else buy and enjoy too.

It’s lovely to look at and even nicer to wear and I like to think it binds up friends together and keeps us warm whether just out and about in our neighborhoods on a chilly day or on top of a huge snowy mountain!



Cathy Hahn from CathysCraftWorld says:

My 85-year-old mom has been staying with me for a year now. She has moderate dementia and I am her sole caregiver. I have very little time to create anymore or concentrate on my shop but I try. I really try to do my best to everyone and everything in my life (including my two kittens)!

These rings came to life when my mom left most of her jewelry in Florida with her cousin. She likes her jewelry very plain and simple. I wanted her to wear something feminine and colorful. I looked into the making of polymer clay flowers as I thought they were simply gorgeous!

I was determined to give my mom some color!
I made this set of two, the larger for me, the smaller for her (I knew I could only push my luck so far)!

She loves her ring

I’ve made duplicate designs and sets since that my mum and I share so we both decided that, this , should be the first piece I sell as they were the first colors we loved and shared.



Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

April showers bring May flowers! This button pendant features a flower in the center with a swirly design that makes me think of spring or gardens. I love to work with buttons and when I saw these vintage look buttons, I was inspired to put them into a necklace. The brown and white combination is great for spring or summer!



 HealingHorse SouthernLight from FourDirectionsLight says:

People ask me to make a special item for a special need they have. I am a Herbalist. I feel a way I can serve and help others is through finding just the right synergy formula for the individual’s life and body. This is a lavender sugar scrub. It is a combination of different sugars as well as jojoba and other carrier oils. It contains a wonderful lavender based synergy formula. I know this products helps my sensitive skin as well as my inner core being. It helps others, as well.

When one has autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, mental health disease or dysfunction in their family, most of the time, a little herbal synergy goes a long way as a coping mechanism for these issues.

Blessings to all!



In The Company Of Women – Celebrating Womens History Month

Contributor post by Beverly from designbcb 

I love the company of women. When my girlfriends and I get together or when I am meeting with members of women to do social justice work, there is something profound and moving in being with those of my gender.  I imagine it is the same, in its fashion, for men when they get together with one another without women folk present. There is a different kind of sharing that goes on when it’s just us girls and we know no boys will bounce into the room.

My Mom was the first person that made me a couple. And as Women’s History Month comes to a close, I remember times with my mom and my sisters without my father and brothers and how those moments have kept my sisters and me close even after my mother passed.

My mother tried her very best to be crafty but without a lot of success. She was a wonderful cook and she kept a mean house but she was not the best gardener or seamstress. Still, she gave me an appreciation for crafting. I, alas, am not from the seamstresses myself but I am a good cook, terrible housekeeper but a whiz at knitting and crochet. Mom never got the hang of those either but she did encourage me and that was a stone on the pathway to me and my Etsy shop.

From Woolly Momo:

I would like to celebrate my Mum who taught me how to knit as a child and set me on my path to where I am now and people actually want to buy what I have made.


Stripped wool ribbed beanie

From that very first pink scarf I knit, with the wobbly edges, variable stitch tension, knits where there should have been purls and vice-versa and holes in it from accidentally dropped stitches or yarn overs to this item, which is the latest item I have made, she’s always been there with nothing but encouragement to keep going and endless praise for everything that has ever come off my knitting needles.

I come from a long line of knitters, my Grandma taught my Mum, my Great-Grandmother taught my Grandma and back and back it goes – a long line of women linked by love, blood and a very long strand of wool!

So, thank you my Mama Bear, for teaching me a skill I love and adding me to this very long family line of crafting women.

My sisters and I often conference call with each other and within the last year or so, our brothers have noted we have left them out of our conversations. So now all usw conference call but my sisters and I still manage time together on our own because there are things to discuss about the inner keepings of the hearts of women. I would be able to discuss them with Mom if she were still here. She would be in our conference calls. Over the years, we grew from being her children to being friends though she never let us forget she was first and always a mother.  And she never gave up her pursuit of crafting.

From EthicalInfant:


Organic baby jumper

I’d love to celebrate my mom. She is the queen of diy. She instilled in all of us (my brothers and I), a love and appreciation for all things hand-made, and ethically made. She always says that the best way to show someone who you love them is with your time. Thus, a handmade gift is so very valuable, not only did someone love you by thinking of you, they loved you by putting their time and talent into your gift. I just love my mom.
Strong, sweet, and silly. As a woman she has always inspired me to be adventurous – she has given me the encouragement that I needed to be confident in creating a business that I can be proud of. The quote and artwork on the shirt below are dedicated to her.

Though my mom encouraged my craftiness, it was my sister who brought me my first yarn and needles and really lit that fire. Years later, after dabbling in the craft, I decided to plunge full on and it was one woman, Marilyn, who told me I could no longer just do scarves, I had to branch out and do other things. It was another woman, Vicki, who showed me the errors of my ways when I attempted granny squares and ended up with granny cups because I didn’t know how to execute a proper increase. I learned granny squares from her and went on the sell a number of afghans.

There is something magical, wonderful and fulfilling about the company of women. When we have that group of people we can go to and be more ourselves than we can out in the world, it makes us better people no matter where we are.

From Stock Lane Studio:


White rose photography

We all love our moms, and I am no exception. I have to celebrate her and all that she has done. She was a successful business owner, nurse, loving grandmother, and mother of 7 children.
 As a single mother of 7 she was super organized, semi strict and always fun. She kept on making the world a better place up until the last years of her life. Even in her 70’s, she traveled alone to Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. She was also an avid gardener with a prize-winning rose garden, and this white rose photograph is from her garden.

I celebrate the women in my life who have helped me be a better writer and crafter but also a better woman and a better human being. The blessing of their legacy is only exceeded by the opportunity to be a legacy to the next generation of daughters and nieces and female friends coming behind us.

Chinese New Year

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Chinese New Year for 2016 is the year of the monkey and celebrated on February 8th.
“Monkeys” are witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality.
The New Year is celebrated by wishing for profits and success.

Here at Christmas in July we wanted to know what items you have that relate to the theme and a little about the item.

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says I was born in 1980, which was also the year of the monkey!

Red is a very lucky colour within the Chinese culture and is seen everywhere on auspicious occassions and festivals. In London, the China Town is covered in red lanterns above you and red, gift envelopes are handed out to family and friends. It’s always such a great sight and atmosphere, year on year.

Inspired by this, I made this red, chunky knit scarf. It’s always so cold here at this time of year, but people still want to go out and celebrate, so not only is the scarf in keeping with the colour of the theme of this great day, but it will also keep you nice and warm and you join in the fun on the streets!

I made it out of a chunky red wool, which is really soft so feels great against the skin and keeps that cold winter wind out.


Red wool chunky knit scarf


Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states that Chinese New Year is such a fun time in the Asian cultures and in places like Hawaii and California!
This Astrology hankie is filled with information pertaining to zodiac, astrology, horoscopes, birth months, flowers, symbols, etc! You name it and it’s on this clever red hankie!


Astrology and Horoscope Hankie

Surviving Cabin Fever

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

Crafting and developing new skills is a great way to survive the winter doldrums.

Here at the Christmas in July team, we thought there couldn’t be a better way to beat the winter blues than to share our respective ‘survival tips’ with each other. Here’s what some of our team members have done and created while ‘trapped’ inside.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is my new listing – and an example of what I LOVE about January. We have snow on top of snow, but I enjoy being inside and doing some creative doodling! I guess my only tip is that winter will last til it’s over, might as well do something you enjoy.


Texture Digital Paper, Printable Scrapbooking, 12 designs, I… ButterflyFeetDigital $2.25 USD

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When it’s cold and gray outside I love to cozy up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. Reading takes me in a different world. One book in particular, Eowyn Ivey’s “The Snow Child”, fascinated me very much. It takes place in the cold winters in Alaska and inspired me to create this painting that also has the title “Snow Child”. I really loved how my way to “survive” the winter blues took me to creating something new.

Snow Child Mixed Media Painting, Original Artwork on 8 x 8 W…
$70.00 USD

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE say:
Snuggling up with a cup of tea, a quilt and a good book is a wonderful way to beat the blues!

BIG SALE Baby quilt, pink and white, appliqued with hearts
$30.00 USD

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:
Knowing we’re into January and and Easter are right around the corner, I thought since there’s cold temps and lots of snow I’d stay inside and start work on Easter items.

Bunny Hand Towel, Easter Towel, Easter Decor, Easter Bunny …
$8.00 USD

This winter is not too bad yet, but it’s far from over. Last year, though was a completely different story. Here is a photo of New England Blitz 2015.

So I over prepared for this winter season. Our Christmas stockings were full of warm fuzzy socks and presents under the tree included adult coloring books and needle point. We still have our ‘game table’ set up so we don’t have to move the Monopoly Game or puzzle around.


New Hampshire Winter Photography, New England snow travel ph…
$7.00 USD

When it’s cold, gloomy, windy and the power has gone out, with all the snow and ice stacked up, pick up a pack of playing cards and learn how to play a new (old) game such as Canasta! A fun and entertaining way to spend the day with the family!


Vintage Canasta Playing Cards by Congress – Pheasants Quails…
$19.99 USD

It is summer at the moment for me, so I tried to think back to what I made during the last winter. These pinwheels came to mind. I made them with bright coloured paper ready for spring and parties!

Bright paper pinwheels, colourful, party decor, card making,…
$9.22 USD

Wendy WN from WoodNotions says:
During the winter, after the holidays have passed, I spend my time designing. I have a list of requests/ideas that I create during the holidays. Since designing cards and ornaments is my passion, I look forward to these quiet times to relax and lose myself in the process.

I’ve just completed my first 2016 design project that I did for a pair of dog parents. I thought this one was particularly satisfying, during these winter months, because the dogs name was “Sunshine”, AKA “LMS” (Little Miss Sunshine). They sent me photos of their cute, cheerful and rambunctious, miniature Australian shepherd. It’s so nice to capture a happy face, that makes you smile every time you work on it. I made a large wood-cut for them to frame and display year round, and a smaller ornament, that they were happy to allow me to add to my shop offerings.

My survival tips for the winter doldrums: Dress warm and get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Start making plans for small and large projects, and figure out how to tackle those challenges of this past holiday season.


Dog ornament wood-cut dog decoration miniature Australian sh…
$6.00 USD

Ina from InaSudjana says:

It’s summer here down under;  but when the cold hits hard I reckon nothing that a cuppa cannot heal. Here are my felt coasters all designed by me on one cold winter morning while thinking about summer (hence the bright happy colours) and looking forward to placing my cuppa on them.


Cactus – Pure wool felt Coasters (set of 2), tableware, thic…
$14.19 USD

Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts says:
With a Bath & Body Gift Shop, I can always keep winter boredom at bay, because there is always soap to pour, bath salts to mix and lotion to make. And my house always smells like heaven! Winter is the perfect time to work on new recipes and combinations of ingredients for new product lines too! But what I really like to do is stock up my crochet items! Netflix, herbal tea and miles and miles of crochet cotton and I’m a happy girl. Let it snow!

Bright Mod Blue Soap Sack, Crochet Soap Pouch, Soap Saver, M…
$6.00 USD

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says: 
After a relatively mild winter, it recently turned very cold in London and it’s freezing outside!

So this weekend that just passed I stayed in nice and warm and kept myself occupied within the same walls all day by knitting up this scarf.

I originally made this with orange pom poms for a friend at Christmas; it went down so well with her nursing colleagues who were working with her on Christmas Day that I thought I’d make another one, and last weekend was the perfect opportunity!



Navy Blue Merino Scarf. Navy Blue Chunky Knit Scarf. Navy …
$36.73 USD

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Only in Florida now for 2 years, my memories are still sharp as to life back in my home state of Maine with those long, cold winter months. Memories of harsh winters, days where it got dark so early, and “skating” on icy roads with the car! The worst winter I remember was when the “Great Ice Storm of 1998” hit Maine. It caused massive damage to our trees and electrical infrastructure all over the area, leading to widespread long-term power outages. Personally, the road that I lived on was without road access and power for 3 weeks! We stayed with our neighbor, passing the days playing games and telling stories in their home, as they had wood heat.

Just thinking of the hours of being in the cold and hours of shoveling snow makes be shiver! Nothing like curling up on the couch after, grabbing a hot pack and settling in for some snuggle time or a great book…


Heat therapy rice bag, Microwave heating pad, Rice bag, Heat…
$17.95 USD

And that’s how we do it! Thanks to everyone who contributed!