Christmas crafts and holiday DIY projects

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Christmas crafts and DIY projects for the holidays are fun to make for yourself or to give as gifts. Click through the projects below for step-by-step directions and lists of materials needed.

The tutorials below can be followed exactly or use your imagination and creativity to make them a special custom creation.

Everyone loves handmade gifts, and these tutorials serve to fuel your inspiration.

DIY Holiday projects and Christmas crafts

Christmas Tree Earrings
Christmas Tree Earrings

Tutorial: Christmas Tree Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads

Super easy to make Christmas Tree earrings that can be made in any color! Also known as “Yule Trees”, they are a popular symbol for the Christmas holiday.

Dreidel Earrings
Dreidel Earrings

Tutorial: Sterling Silver and Swarovski Dreidel Earrings

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. These adorable sterling silver earrings are a great holiday jewelry project to make and share with others.

Snowflad ornament
Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Tutorial: Steel Snowflake Ornament

Make several of these beautiful snowflake Christmas ornaments to give as gifts to family and friends! Experiment with other beads and components to make a truly special holiday decoration.

Check out the great selection of beads, charms and components shown below to add to other Christmas crafts!

Shop below for holiday charms and components

Inspirational words for the hustle and bustle of Christmas

Inspirational words are sometimes all we need to change our thoughts. During this time of year life can be so hectic, people are busy shopping for Christmas gifts, decorating the tree, going to parties, etc. All while still going about the normal routines of life.

The hustle and bustle is double time during the Holiday Season, and sometimes it is hard to find the Joy that was meant to be felt by everyone.

I know that in the past I have personally sought the answers for how not to get lost during the hustle and bustle of the season.

Inspirational words can change your whole perception

I wanted to do one last blog post for this year, but didn’t think I would have time until I read the back of this new Green Girl Studios Pendant that I just received.

snail
Green Girl Studios Snail pendant

This Snail pendant and the inspirational words on the back are a reminder to slow down. Stop, focus and remember these words:

“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

I used to get all twisted up inside and these words of wisdom, along with the image of the snail are a reminder that everything will get done.

Another old saying that we had in the publishing business runs along the same lines:

There’s never enough time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over.

Strength
Green Girl Studios Strength jewelry link

Strength to keep going

This year so much has happened in the world. The TV, radio and social media bring us evidence of so many tragedies, much evil and events that can make you flat-out scared for the future. So where do you find strength?

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I can not tell you how many times this verse has saved me and given me the courage and the strength to continue during times of hardship or sorrow.

As this year comes to a close

I just want to say “Thank You so much” to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog, visited my website or Etsy shop. I thank everyone for their support and wish everyone a joyous Christmas and Happy New Year!

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.” Luke 2:14

2015 Holiday Gift Guide from The Aritisan Group

This Holiday Gift Guide is the ultimate guide to unique gifts that are handmade from the talented members of The Artisan Group.

This gift guide includes a variety of gift ideas for women which includes handcrafted jewelry, aromatherapy and bath gift sets, and even a Christmas bow for dog collars!

No matter who is on your gift list this year, find just the right gift for them at these Etsy Shops where each item is made from the heart!

‘Holiday Gifts for 2015 from The Artisan Group’ by beadloverskorner

Beautiful gift ideas from members of The Artisan Group


Green and Red Beaded Embroid…

$20

JOY – Leather Journal, Leath…

$35

Lemongrass Gift Set Goat Mil…

$32

Grey silver glass pearl wedd…

$35

5 Piece AROMATHERAPY GIFT BA…

$25

Christmas Collar Flower / Pi…

$14.99

iPhone 5 Case iPhone 4 Case …

$35

Silver Night Crystal Pendant…

$45

Sea Glass Jewelry green Chri…

$45

Red Stainless Steel Ring for…

$29.99

Earrings Rose Gold Swarovski…

$22

Golden Gate Sofa Pillow, San…

$45

Wide green bead embroidery b…

$183

Gatsby Flapper Girl Crochet …

$23

Rose gold necklace – pear s…

$31

Framed Clutch Purse in Silve…

$35

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Christmas in July sales on Etsy

Christmas in July sales
Image created by Bead Lovers Korner with clip art from mycutegraphics.com

Every summer we have Christmas in July sales, but this year we are also participating with other Etsy stores having sales on the Christmas in July Etsy team.

Get Christmas ideas and special savings by shopping during this special Christmas sale held from July 1-12, 2015! There are so many great gift ideas along with special prices and coupons!

Christmas in July Sales special coupon for blog readers

Special 20% off coupon code for our blog readers, good in our Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop only during the month of July:

ETSYCIJSC20 expires 7/31/2015

Check out our Etsy shop for great gift ideas and jewelry making supplies for creating your own gifts:

Christmas-in-July-elf
Image created by Bead Lovers Korner with clip art from mycutegraphics.com

Search Etsy for CIJ or ChristmasinJuly and you will find many shops involved in this summertime sale with special deals for shoppers! Even if you can’t buy now you can always bookmark the shop and return later!

Have an Etsy shop and want to get involved? It’s never too late to check out the Christmas in July Etsy team and get involved!

Florida Artists Together with Florida History

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The Florida Etsy Street Team

This last weekend modern Florida Artists mixed together with Florida History at the Florida Market Days Fundraiser and Holiday Party at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast, Florida. This was a fun event that featured many Florida Etsy Street Team artists. The Team Captain Rose did a terrific job of organizing and coordinating this event, and it was held in a spectacular rural setting at the Florida Agricultural Museum, which is rich with Florida History.

Florida Agricultural Museum
Florida Agricultural Museum

The Florida Agricultural Museum is a fully restored pioneer homestead from the 1890s with farm animals, hay ride tour, and a wealth of historical information of the early days and life in Florida.

Frosty the Snowman greeted everyone at the barn door

The weather was good on Sunday and the atmosphere was full of winter holiday fun, complete with Frosty the Snowman blowing snow to greet everyone at the barn door!

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus were there to see all of the kids, both big and small, to find out if they were naughty or nice throughout the year and what they wanted for Christmas!

Florida Etsy Street Team Members were among many crafters that attended to display and sell their art, crafts and Holiday creations.

GypSea Blue Bags

GypSea Blue Bags creates beautiful handmade bicycle accessories and hand bags that are a little bit of gypsy and a little bit of hippie mixed with a touch of shabby chic and a dash of diva!

Tesslie Textile

Tessie Textile features handmade pot holders and mug rugs as well as quilts and wall hangings for the home, all hand sewn with love!

Twisted K’s Jewelry

Twisted K’s Jewelry had a table full of beautiful handmade jewelry and gifts.

Santa’s Elves drawing numbers for the Raffle

Along with Shopping for gifts and visiting with Santa Claus, there were Raffle Drawings held every hour for prizes that were donated by the Florida Etsy Street team members from all over the state.

SWAG bags were given to all who attended

FEST Team members also sent in samples, business cards and discount coupons that filled the SWAG bags that were given out to everyone who attended.

Face Painting for kids
There was an area just for kids with different games to play and other fun activities including face painting by Santa’s Elves!! Holiday related games included ring toss and bean bag toss! They were not so easy, actually, but lots of fun!!
Craft Area for kids

A craft table was set up for children to make crafts or cards, and Florida Etsy Team members were available to assist the youngsters and encourage them with their handmade creations.

I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of a really fun Florida day and perhaps you will visit some of these Etsy shops and help support Florida Artists.

Go Team FEST on Etsy!
********** Special Thanks to Etsy for donating to this event! **********