#CIJVacation – Florida Keys, Florida, USA With 3DesignDimensions

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Deborah Ruggiero from 3DesignDimensions

Florida Keys, Florida, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

I’m a landscape artist by trade, jewelry maker by hobby and avid, deep sea fisher “lady” enthusiast by sport! “One if by land 2 if by sea”! My favorite vacation is driving down to the Florida Keys, the southern-most part of this great country. The Keys are small islands surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. The quaint, laid-back atmosphere creates a year-round vacation setting, away from the hustle and bustle. The air is different and super clean thanks to the cross winds over the crystal clear waters surrounding the islands.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

A ride on a glass bottom boat is a must for all visitors. It’s a fascinating view into another world with beautiful reefs, exotic looking fish and multi colored corals. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a beautiful place to visit. The evening sunset party in Key West on Duval Street happens 365 eves a year and sets the mood for the evening till dawn festivities. Throughout the Keys are intriguing little boutiques and shipwreck shops but my favorite place is the Rain Barrel, a great spot comprised of a group of local artists showing their wares. I never miss it or leave empty handed!

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The Florida Keys are known as the fishing capital of the world and there is always a fishing tournament going on someplace. Most of the Keys are still left wild with undeveloped area landscapes of native Florida trees and plants. Bird life is abundant and two of the rarest butterflies make the Keys their home. The vistas are beautiful as you cross the countless bridges and the endless sky is a beautiful clear blue. Diving or snorkeling John Pennekamp, Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is a perfect place to swim among the fishes, down in Tavernier, Harry Harris Park is the perfect place to explore trails and fish for the illusive Bonefish…catch and release…naturally.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

For the foodies, there really isn’t anyplace where the freshest fish is not served. For me, breakfast begins at “Harriet’s” for the best pile of pancakes ever. Some other places to eat and enjoy are “Snappers”, “Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen” and the “LoriLei”. The best part of the Keys is there is always a party going on if that’s what you’re looking for. Personally, coming from Miami Beach…the “25 / 7” party city, I love the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and fabulous fishing.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I’m always escaping to the Keys…close enough to go fishing for just the day! It’s the favorite spot of my entire family and we head down at least once a month. The natural beauty, relaxing atmosphere, fabulous food and fun-filled days keep us all going back for more!

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/deborahdd3

Twitter: twitter.com/DeborahPvi73

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ruggierodeborah/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebRuggiero

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeborahDesigns3/?pnref=lhc

Polyvore: deborah-ruggiero.polyvore.com/

Summer Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies are the beginning to summer time creative moments!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are sharing their summer supplies with us! Seize the inspiration!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Flowers are everywhere in summer! I love bringing in the flowers for vases this time of year. This printable paper pack is just cheerful, colorful and useful for creating summer greeting cards or scrap booking those summer events.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love summer time, the warmth, flowers and having some time off to relax. I have these journal cards which are summery colours. They can be used for anything paper crafty including scrapbooking, journaling, card making or other crafts!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

These hearts are so versatile. As a teacher, I used to hand out paper heart cut outs to students at the end of the day, with little messages written on the back for each student. Customers have purchased these 2-inch single-sided hearts for table scatter or to add to greeting cards. And they’re always practical for scrapbooking.

StockLanePaper

StockLanePaper

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

One of my favorite Summer Supply is this fun Fruit Ribbon. I use it on gifts for those with summer birthdays and also to make a summer meal more festive by wrapping around the bowls filled with summer fruits. I also used a bright yellow or lime green table cloth and wrapped this fun ribbon around the table with a bow to give the table a festive fun summer look.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Summer is such a great time for outdoor entertaining! Colorful decorations will enhance the ambiance of dining in the garden. Our new “Jungle Flower Table Runner” pattern features colorful flowers to create a vibrant setting for your next dinner party. This project is easy to make using your choice of colorful fabrics.

Happy quilting!

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

Everyone loves to go to the beach or dreams of a vacation to a tropical paradise! This little button can be used in sewing, jewelry making or other crafts to enhance a summer vacation inspired design.

beadloverskorner

beadloverskorner

Member Feature: Treasures From The Lake

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Donna of Treasures From The Lake, our featured member!

Treasures From The Lake

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Donna and I live in NE Ohio. close to Lake Erie. I am married, and have one daughter who is an RN at a big Children’s Hospital. And I have two grandchildren (4 and 8 months), who I watch a few days a week. We have been collecting beach glass and other items for around 4 years. Prior to that we used to collect shells when we vacationed in South Florida. I have always loved the beach.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened shop two years ago in June. After collecting all the beach glass in many containers, my husband said that i should do something with the glass. So I began looking at tutorials on the internet, youtube, and other crafting sites. I self taught myself wire wrap techniques, that I am always trying to refine. My family encouraged me to sell the creations So after being persuaded, I decided to give it a try.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I design jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) from genuine Beach glass that I collect from Lake Erie. There are rare colors (blues, reds etc) that I will on occasion purchase from very trusted sources. I also make bookmarks, keychains and specialize in keepsake Christmas ornaments including trees, bells, and angels.

What inspires your work?           

I take inspiration from many things. Sometimes it is the shape of the glass and sometimes a design pops into my head. Other times I have no idea, and the wire seems to take over and have a life of its own I work best at night when most people are sleeping Other times, the customer tells me what they have in mind as I welcome special orders.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

 Continue to refine and expand my wire techniques and expand into drilled pieces. I hope to increase sales and my customer base My goal is to have my first show this year.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My glass is genuine beach glass Most of it I have collected myself. But since some colors are very rare, I will purchase them from trusted sea glass seller sites to ensure quality and genuineness. Customer service is very important to me and I want each and every customer to be completely satisfied with my work. I treat customers they way I would want to be treated, and keep them informed in the order from start to finish. When I send a package, I want the customer to feel like they are opening a present, and package my designs creatively. Every purchase is accompanied with a Thank you Card and many times I send extra free gifts. You never know when they turn into extra orders.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I do not have a studio. That would be a dream for the business. The design table is the dining room table and my supplies and glass are in a hutch. There is also a card table with tools and beads and other supplies. Packaging supplies are under the card table in plastic bins.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I wish I had learned more about social media as that is a constant challenge. I am getting better at it, but being 60 puts me behind the learning curve (lol) And learn how to take better pictures. Learn about SEO. I still struggle with it.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Learn as much as you can about setting up your shop, tag words, seo, taking pictures Don’t expect immediate success. Although oddly, I sold an item the first night, so I did think it would be. Then I waited months. I wouldn’t wait to think you know it all though, as if you did that,you might never start up. It’s a work in progress constantly.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

In the summer I love swimming at the pool And I love reading by the pool or beach. Walking the beach of course. Spending time with my dog, Abby

What is your favorite quote?

Live Laugh Love

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasuresFromTheLake/

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#CIJVacation – Estes Park, Colorado, USA With ShellysSelectSalvage

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage

Estes Park, Colorado, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My husband and I have a goal to visit all US 50 states by the time we are 50. So far we have 27 and will have over 30 by the end of this year. So far, my favorite place has been Estes Park, Colorado USA. I love the mountains, Mary’s Lake, the elk, and the beautiful night sky.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

The roaming elk, lake, mountains, and the peak to peak route.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Beautiful mountain terrain, lots of hiking trails, lake activities, small town with quaint boutique shops.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

We had a condo and went to the local grocery store to make all our meals and drinks.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

Only once, but I am excited to return.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shellysselectsalvages

Instagram: instagram.com/shellyssalvages

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/shellyssalvages/

Twitter: twitter.com/ShellysSalvages

#CIJVacation – Corfu, Greece With DorothyLollipopKnits

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Dorothy Lollipop from DorothyLollipopKnits

Corfu Greece

Corfu Greece

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My best & most recent holiday destination was Corfu. We visited in May, at the very beginning of the holiday season. We had a beautifully quiet and gorgeously sunny holiday. Lots of lazing around the pool, peaceful walks along the beach and plenty of time for knitting!

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Amazing scenery, great beach-side restaurants & Corfu Town, itself for the markets and night-life.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The coastline is lovely and the mountains are very dramatic too.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Best fish restaurants are right on the edge of the beach.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We have been to Corfu twice and will definitely go again!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DorothyLollipopKnits
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/DorothyLollipopKnits
Twitter: twitter.com/DorothyLollipop
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dorothylollipop
Email: www.dorothy.lollipop@yahoo.co.uk

#CIJVacation – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA With WiReDBoutique

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Pam from WiReDBoutique

Louisiana, USA

Louisiana, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Traveling is my weakness, and I love finding new places. While I’ve been to Mexico, Germany and France along with lots and lots of places in the U.S., I’m still a southern girl at heart and Louisiana trips always stand out. Recently I took a bicycling trip just northwest of New Orleans. I was able to visit my aunt and cousins who live in New Orleans, too.

After we left the Garden District in New Orleans, we bicycled through White Castle, Donaldsonville, Darrow and Napoleonville. We stayed in beautiful and majestic plantations. We traveled on small roads through gorgeous scenery and historic cemeteries. Right before our trip, Louisiana had experienced some flooding due to heavy rains. While this didn’t interfere with our biking, it did make some of the countryside even more interesting.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Besides the above-ground cemeteries that are rich with history, the plantations in this region are numerous. Some have been abandoned and those bring their own sense of wonder. We bicycled along the Mississippi River for a stretch and I loved watching the gigantic container ships and barges.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

I wish I could set out just one or even two customs, traditions or geography but there are so many. Since this part of the state is below sea level, a lot of the back roads have swampy areas on the sides. The bayous that we visited were amazing. At one point, we rode on a boat and saw several alligators.

The customs of the locals we encountered along the way were long and plentiful, and unbelievably amazing. Many of the plantations we stayed overnight with had museums or local museums were nearby. We were there early in the sugar cane season, so these plants were only about 1 feet high.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Eating and drinking in Louisiana is not just something you do; it’s part of the culture. We never ate better than we did during our trip. Everywhere we ventured, the food was incredible – spicy, textured, and usually involved shrimp. One of our favorites was Stella’s Kitchen in Napoleonville, Louisiana. We would order variations of gumbo, crab cakes and Etoufee to share because it was all so good.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I have been to New Orleans lots of times to visit my aunt and cousins that live there. But this was my first time bicycling across Louisiana. I would definitely want to do something like this again. Time seemed to slow down during this trip. I loved that we were out of the big city and rubbing shoulders with small-town locals.

6. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.wiredboutique.etsy.com
Website: www.wiredboutique.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/wiredboutique
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wiredboutique
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/wiredboutique

New Team Members July

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined the Etsy Christmas In July team during July …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

 

Hiya, I have been on Etsy for a few years now but this is the first year I have taken part #EtsyCIJ. I just love Christmas and to be able to make Christmas items in July, that’s a bonus! Here is my favourite Christmas make. I used mine for almost 6 years now.

 

Thank you I have an art shop in Etsy where you can find original paintings and prints. My shop has been accepted to the wholesale category. I am an artist working and living in Israel. Have exhibited word wide. For now I look for selling my art as my studio is full! I prepared some starter packs in my shop and some famed prints that could use as Christmas gifts …Please enter and see my art …hope you will like it. I will be glad to receive comments.

 

Hi, I’ve been an Etsy seller for many years! I create and design chakra gemstone jewelry! Thank you for accepting me into the team! Here’s one of my bracelets that I created with Murano glass that I purchased in Italy during my travels!

Dorothy Lollipop from DorothyLollipopKnits says

Hello I am Dorothy Lollipop…. my name is my brand! I market my knitted toys as ‘Unique’ because I design and write all the patterns myself. Having built up a range of unique hand-knitted toys over many years I began selling on Etsy in 2013 Some of my toys have been used to support charities in the UK and Australia. They have been used as props for professional photographers and for stage productions. I also do a variety of commission work and have designed two knitted characters for a Children’s book. Each of my toys can be custom made using any choice of colours and details. All my knitted toys have been professionally tested and CE labelled “safe and suitable for babies and children of all ages”. It’s so nice to have been accepted into the CIJ Team My favourite Christmas item is the knitted reindeer…. I love making them as each one has it’s own unique character and cheeky smile!

 

Hello everyone, My name is Jurgita and i am from Lithuania. I am making stone beaded jewelry and hair accessories. I love travelling, it inspires my creations. My brand name – “Ta-Daa Accessories”. I have my studio at home and sell my creations online. I am happy to be a part of CIJ and spread my creations around the world!

Hi my name is Mikshita and I’m from Surrey, U.K. I am owner and maker of Small special moments. We make unique message in a bottle and this is our first ever year doing Christmas in July. Thank you for letting us be a part of it. We started last year October(fairs only) and have now decided to concentrate on our Etsy shop this year.
There are plenty of message in a bottle on Etsy so what makes us so unique? We are the very few who hand foil each personalised message with customers chosen colour, have the message hanging perfectly with or without a charm. We offer our customers the chance to build their own bottle and offer option to have it freestanding, hanging or as a magnet. Last year’s best sellers over Christmas were these little beauties.