Memories Of #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

During the month of April, the Etsy Christmas In July team hosted a Photo Challenge.

The Photo Challenge opened April 1st and ended April 30th! We saw lots of different photos from our team members!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

Many team members shared their photos of each of the challenges. Please join us as we celebrate the closing of our Photo Challenge! Watch for new opportunities to come!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge!

Alicia and Dawn

 

Home Of Your Own

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Home is often thought of as where you lay your head,your permanent residence or where your family resides. There are many types of homes such as single family,town living,city and more.

Here at CIJ we want to know all about your items for the home. What would you have in your home?
Tell us a bit about what makes it useful for the home and so on..

Linda from LazyYVintage says home for me is where we meet for family gatherings and dinner parties with friends. I love to cook. And, people seem to love that I cook. And, when you are a cook who loves vintage items, you have to own some Pyrex. I use it all the time and have several sets from different eras. This one is from the 1960s.

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Vintage pyrex casserole dish

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said I have moved around a lot as a kid and as a mother. We always made a new place a home by adding our own art to bare walls, even when staying in hotels and motels for long periods of time. I found that it didn’t really matter how big or little the place was or how old or new, it’s what we DID in the place that turned it into our home. We’ve served birthday cakes on towels spread out on the floor while waiting for furniture, I’ve applied for jobs using a moving box as a desk, we’ve slept on blow up mattresses, shared beds and in sleeping bags on the floor. What made the place a home was how happy were and what fun we could have.

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Printable kitchen decor

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam discusses that I am lucky to have 2 homes: 1 in Cape Cod and 1 in Syracuse NY. We bought a place where we vacationed for years with our kids. We all Love The Cape!!
I am featuring my Flo Blue Plate as my Cape home is decorated with White and Blue. Doors and moldings Are white. My Syracuse home has dark wood and antiques.
We will Soon be visiting the Cape! This year my new grandson will come.

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Flo blue dinner serving plate

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said we do a lot of cooking in our home and so when it is time to take something off the stove or reach in the oven we use these wool felted hot pads. They are great! They can also be used as a trivet. Both my daughters have them and have used them for many years. They ask for them again and again. They even buy them for their friends for gifts. I just keep busy making them so there will be enough to go around.

Whimsical Wool Felted Hot Pads

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I love a pop of color in my indoor house plants. I really do not have a green thumb at all but every time I look at these adorable plant ornaments, I’m given a gentle reminder to show my plants some TLC! I have them in multiple colors and themes throughout the house, all matching the room decor they are placed in.

Beaded plant ornament

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA states home is a wonderful spot to prepare and enjoy a meal with friends! The occasion becomes more festive with the addition of colorful table linens. This pattern is for a set of place mats that can be easily created in colors that enhance your dinnerware and home decor!

Downloadable quilted place mats pattern

Light And Bright

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are many things that can be defined as light and bright.

There are bright eyes, bright lights, bright colors..

There are light of the sun,illuminate an area,radiate an area..

Here at CIJ we want to see all your light and bright items. Please tell us all about it. The why, what, how and so on.

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies says these light and bright coloured beads are great for embellishing bunting, cards, jewelry, clothing, scrapbooking and more!

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Loose tube bugle beads

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this is a vintage Christmas light bulb.

I imagine this angel looked “heavenly” on the tree! The beams of light would have shown from the cut out circles and stars on her gown! Wow!

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Angel Christmas decoration vintage bulb

Diana from joliefemmebydiana states laughter is light hearted! Colors are bright! This funny print has both with some happy funny faces and bright pink and orange print! It is a unique print that will make you smile!

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Alegria Happy funny faces tote

Traci from mytoffeeapple discussed the beautiful, bright and fresh with botanical white flowers, ” I love you forever mom” art print.

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Mother’s Day digital download

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said stunning shimmery Eisenberg Original fur clip
rhinestones are light and amber stones are like the sun
Old and bright vintage jewelry to brighten up dress attire.

Eisenberg Original Dress Clip Signed 1930s

Cut It Out

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many items that have cut outs in them, some by accident and some by design.

Holes in jeans, paper snowflakes and so much more.

Here at EtsyCIJ we want to see all your items that are cut out. Please tell us something about your item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says a beautiful find! A cutout pottery bowl. It is a signed pottery bowl with a cutout and etched design glazed a wonderful blue green on the inside of the bowl. The bowl would look lovely on a shelf, or as a coffee table bowl. I keep moving it around the house to see how it looks here and there…..just so pretty.

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Brown cutout pottery bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said here are hand punched paper hearts. Great for scrap booking, table scatter or party confetti. This would make a great present for a language teacher.

In a previous life I was an English teacher and had the opportunity to teach students from all over the world. Although I encouraged everyone to speak English most of the time for the sake of learning, my Japanese English dictionary came in handy when talking to brand new struggling students or visiting parents. I used it a lot when traveling to Japan as well.

Scrapbooking hearts

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios states I created these tags for last year’s Etsy/Plan Australia Make For Good fundraiser, which had the theme of “Making brighter futures”. My idea was to use bright coloured card and featured little cutout hearts to bring colour and love to those less fortunate. Collectively, the Australian and New Zealand sellers involved raised over $38,000 together to help young women in Sri Lanka build a better life for themselves.

Heart gift tags,set of 10

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this is a unique vase in 3D carved relief.

I imagine the artist enjoyed creating this miniature scene inside.

Made in Japan in the 50’s or 60’s.

Blue Bud 3D relief vase

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said In knitting, we usually use a yarn-over (or yarn forward) to create holes & spaces. When done with very fine yarns, you get those ethereal cobweb shawls. When done with a thicker yarn, you get a lot more structure holding the “cut-outs” together – like this:

Pink fringe shawl

 

Christmas In July Photo Challenge – #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Good Thursday afternoon everyone!

I’m super excited to share with you that the month of April the Christmas In July team is going to focus on a photo challenge.

Please use the hashtags #EtsyCIJ and #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Please share the article on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

Please follow the team!

#EtsyCIJ Facebook: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Instagram: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Pinterest: EtsyCIJ

#EtsyCIJ Twitter: EtsyCIJ

Be sure to check on our social media sites every day!

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

Alicia and Dawn

Leadership Spotlight – TheMarchingBee

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.

 

Carrie from TheMarchingBee is our next honoree!

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

Honestly, I don’t really remember exactly. I believe that I was searching the groups and stumbled across it. All I remember is that it didn’t take long for me to love the idea of it. Everything is just so organized and alive. That’s really what I love about the group. It’s not dead and drab, but fun and alive.

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I was approached by the captain and was honored. She noticed I retweeted a lot and asked if I was interested in being a leader. It took a little while to get my ducks in a row, but I’m happy to help. I enjoy seeing progress. If I see any improvement in retweets and sales to others, that makes me happy. It makes me feel like I’m paying it forward.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I’ve never been super strict on any leadership role I’ve had, but I do expect everyone to give something. I know that it’s not always easy, or possible, when you manage a large group of people such as Etsy groups, but I am always encouraging. The more I get wrapped up in my leadership roles and projects, the more I encourage others to do the same. I try to do a lot of one-on-one. I find that it works best when you create a bond with your members, not to mention you make new friends along the way.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I am a happily married mommy from the country in West Virginia USA. I love to read, write, blog, and do pretty much anything that has to do with words in general, including talking. I enjoy crocheting, which is why I opened my shop Little Cotton Tail back in… 2010 I think? It quickly was changed to Stitchy Little Witch and stuck for quite a few years. Then, in 2016, I decided it was time for a revamp. I needed a name that said less “Halloween” and more “kids” because my shop is now mainly for babies and children. My son came up with the name The Marching Bee, and I couldn’t have been happier with it since I love honeybees and was in Marching Band in high school. I used to take a lot of custom orders, but I have decided that life is too short and that my son needed more attention, so I mostly sell in-stock now. It seems like a perfect balance now.

5. What are your social media sites?

I am a member of many, many social media sites, but I mainly use Pinterest and Twitter. I am working on my Facebook page more lately as well. I have given up on Instagram for my shop though. Here are my links:
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TheMarchingBee/
Twitter: twitter.com/TheMarchingBee/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themarchingbee/

Leadership Spotlight – EveryoneLovesGifts0

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.

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Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0 is our next honoree!

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

I first came across CIJ on Facebook, I posted a few times for their blogs. I was hooked from there. I love the whole idea of shopping all year round (even though I never get there myself).

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I decided to join the team when Alicia asked if I would like to join. I love the idea of being more involved in not only my business but others as well. As small businesses I think it is important to all work together.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I am friendly in leadership but get to the point. I play fair, friendly approachable.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

My shop started after I found out I had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am unable to work in a normal employment fashion, but the thought of staying at home twiddling my thumbs all day is enough to drive me mad. I had always wanted to start my own jewellery business and thought it was a good time than any.
Within my shop I love to make awareness jewellery but especially Fibromyalgia awareness jewellery. When a piece sells a percentage goes to FMAUK.com, which is a Fibromyalgia Research charity based in UK.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: facebook.com/EveryoneLovesGifts
Instagram: instagram.com/everyonelovesgifts
Twitter: @every1lovesgift
Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/everylovesgifts