Show Us Your Holiday Table Settings – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Holidays are a time for festivity,fun and family(or friends)! Many of us decorate our house from the inside out. We especially love to decorate our tables so all of us gathered can ohh and ahh at the finery.

We want to see your Holiday Table Settings. Do you go all out or just do the basics? Either way its bound to be lovely to see!

zizzybob from zizzybob says I keep one of these on my Dining table with my Mom’s silver candle stick holders.

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Gail from QuiltSewPieceful states I couldn’t find a photo of my actual Christmas table! I will have to fix that this year. I have Christmas dishes that I love. However, here is a photo of one of my Etsy listings for a Christmas table.

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Where To Visit During Christmas – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Christmas is one of the biggest family related holidays and because of this some of us end up visiting family and sometimes friends (who are like family). Some of us even go some where’s just to get away. We want to know where you have been for Christmas and what it was like in the area.

I think New York City in the wintertime is a beautiful yet busy place, add in a holiday and its something else. Lights on buildings, trees and more line the busy streets. There is ice skating and also the amazing tree in Rockefeller Center. The store’s window displays are beyond stunning as you spend your day sightseeing before finally ending with a performance of the Nutcracker.

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On the other hand I imagine Nuremberg Germany to be quite amazing also. Just thinking about Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I can only imagine this 180 stall market of handmade wares. They have a Toy and a Railway Museum for your sightseeing pleasure. I also must admit thinking about all that gingerbread, bratwurst and strudel makes my mouth water.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that she loves to spend Christmas where she lives in Southeastern Louisiana. She has a small family, and everyone lives close by, so it’s easier to get everyone together for Christmas. She loves the fact that she never knows what to expect living so close to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes the weather is cold, and they have to bundle up wearing sweaters, etc. while other times they’re celebrating Christmas in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops (that’s her favorite)! But no matter what weather is like outside, there’s always something going on … the Christmas Light display in Audubon Park, the Christmas Fireworks display on the Mississippi River … just a few of the exciting activities that one can find going on in the area! One of the best activities is the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve … lighting the way for Papa Noel (Santa Claus) to come to the bayou area! Pictured below is her family Christmas tree and the 3 handmade mini stockings Christmas tree decorations … it’s an item that for sale in our shop!

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 talks about how she has been to DisneyWorld in Orlando Florida USA for Christmas, where every surface is covered in lights and sights and smells of the holidays.

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Mairi from mairidesign says how Badalona,near Barcelona,is her favorite Christmas destination. Christmas time for her, is about getting away from the cold weather and the norms of everyday life. She doesn’t have children, so it’s not about spending time with the family, but about relaxing. No work for a week, strolls and picnics on the beach, and collecting sea glass to make unique pieces of jewellery. This is the perfect Christmas for her.

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I think Mairi’s ideal destination sounds lovely, and there are all kinds of places for all kinds of people. Quebec is a great place to get away to if you are an outdoorsy type. There is snowshoeing, skiing, hiking and more. They have holiday programs for all types of people,nativity scenes from around the world and a Christmas village. Think of roasted chestnuts and sausage as you browse their German Christmas market. They even have a winter Carnival from January 26th to February 11th.

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I imagine most of us think cold or snow when we think of Christmas, but it doesn’t need to be so. Think about sun,sand and beaches to melt all your troubles away. This is what it is like on Bondi Beach Australia. They decorate the beach with trees and other festive touches. Most everyone comes dressed in something to do with antlers, santa or even an elf. There are also bands and dj’s on the Pavilion to help the party atmosphere.

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So there you have it folks a handful of places one can go on Christmas. Some are getaways while some are more family oriented. What ever your destination is this Christmas remember to have fun with those around you!

Welcome To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2018 – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty 2018 here on the Etsy Christmas In July blog!

I am Michelle, the captain of the Christmas In July team on Etsy!

Alicia, and Cindy, two of the leaders of the team will be your co-hosts for the day!

The Christmas In July leadership team wanted a way to party with team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2018, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to enjoy blog articles, guest blog articles, tutorials, shop, and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!

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Party Schedule

We’ll be having new blog articles, guest blog articles, and tutorials posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the party schedule!

Musical Introduction by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Food And Drink by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Photo Booth by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Photos From The #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Chinese Lucky Stars by Mairi of mairidesign

Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop by Mairi of mairidesign

Where To Visit For Christmas by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Secret Santa by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Show Us Your Holiday Table Settings by Alicia of AliciasFindings

The Christmas Tree by Mairi of mairidesign

Secrets of An Old Fashioned Christmas by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Tutorial: Christmas Paper Stars by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Fun Facts About Christmas by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour by Mike of burntearthhair

Getting Ready For Christmas by Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0

Christmas Memories Last Forever – Cutting Of The Tree by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Trending On Social by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Thank You Etsy On Sale by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today

Thank you Mairi of mairidesign for curating our swag bag today! Mairi is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert! The Swag Bag printables were created by CIJ team members Karen of timetalentjewels, Judy of PiecesOfMePaperCraft, Gina of ArigigPixel. As well as team leaders Megha of byTheArtBug and Mairi of mairidesign.

Click here for your Swag Bag! #EtsyCIJ 2018 Swag Bag

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see you! Be sure to use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Etsy Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar search Christmasinjuly or CIJ. So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2018.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ18 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle, Alicia & Cindy-

Holiday Goals For Your Shop – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

As a shop owner we all set goals to achieve, especially monetary. Some of us set ourselves goals of item listings,  time spent working each week and so on. Our holiday goals are usually much higher or grander in scale because of the amount of buyers out looking to buy at this time. We want to know what are your holiday goals for this year or for years past? What was your reasoning behind these goals?

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says I wish that I could say that my goals for the holidays is something grand … sure I’ve love to get lots of sales and make lots of money, but I hope that I get to create some custom order gifts for the holidays!

Most of my sales tend to be custom order wooden trinket boxes where I hand burn special sayings/sentiments on to the top of the wooden boxes …

While I do make and keep some “ready to ship” wooden boxes with special generic sayings already on them in my shop … it is the custom orders that I find special …

When a customer commissions me to create a gift for that special person in their life, I feel very honored to craft their item … and in past years I’ve gotten several custom orders where the customer was going to give the trinket box (with engagement ring) and propose to his/her significant other!

I guess as its said … “money can’t buy happiness”!

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Mairi from mairidesign said my goals, for this summer, are to master the art of getting found in Etsy to be able to make more sales. I need to identify who my customers are and what they would like to see me make. I’m also going to redesign my logo and banner and build collections of designs. Then, be ready for the festive season by September. Ultimately, I want to be able to go on holiday to the beach at Christmas time and collect more sea glass to make more jewellery.
I can do this!

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Britney from LitByBrit states I just recently opened my shop and am still trying to learn the ins and outs of Etsy. I hope that by the holiday season I will be more of an established shop. I am testing new fragrances for my soy wax melts and plan to have more listings (including holiday scents) in my shop by Christmas.

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Red, White And Blue – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Red, White and Blue are not only the colors used for patriotic holidays and flags, but are also used in a wide variety of other ways. We want to see all your Red, White and Blue items especially if they don’t have any patriotic meaning behind them. It really is more about the colors then anything.

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says my macramé comes in many colours, but this set of garden lights are red, white and blue

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Mary from ByFreddisMom said my snowmen and holiday ornaments come in lots of colors and of course being snowmen, white is one of the colors and I try to use as many other colors that I think will shine. Red, White and Blue or Red & White or Blue & White…….I think you get the idea!

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Pam from PamsPawsJewelry states I found this adorable teapot recently and think it is just so fun and cute!

It is Patriotic and a perfect gift for Independence, Flag, Veterans, Presidents Day or any other American themed holiday!

BUT, it is also a functional item for tea, cocoa, or coffee if made first then poured in, and it could be a cheerful addition to any 4th of July table decor – inside or out!

Could the gold star also be a Christmas star?

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patontheback from patontheback says this is an easy patriotic table topper. I made my own in an evening. A simple and easy way to show your patriotic spirit without much fuss! Requires only a little knowledge, and sewing skills.

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Gail from kensingtonminiatures said check out these Red, white, and blue cocktails for a pop of festive color in my shop!

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Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states the perfect hand-painted red, white, and blue flower girl basket for the July 4th wedding.

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Rita from RitzySelection says unfortunately, we Hungarians have no sea or ocean. This is what we want to do if we want to go to another country. Fortunately, however, we have a wonderful Lake Balaton and many thermal baths.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said living in Southeastern Louisiana, I am lucky because I get to see lots of beautiful birds as they pass through our area on their yearly migratory path … seeing these birds, as well as ducks and other assorted animals, inspire the artwork that we feature in our shop.

It was difficult to pick an item to feature, but I chose the Blue Jay bird because I love its vibrant blue color!

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Mairi from mairidesign states Red White & Blue Sea Glass Earrings. Little glass jars filled with, genuinely, rare mini sea glass gems, which hang from silver-tone ear wires. Blue and, especially, red sea glass is very rare making these very limited edition pieces of jewellery. All these tiny chips were collected by my husband and I on the beaches of Spain, near Barcelona, washed ashore, after the Mediterranean Sea had worked its magic.

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Deborah from RoseCottageKeepsakes says my true passion is quilting… and my journey and love of quilting has led me through many opportunities… for a few years I was the NJ state coordinator for Home of the Brave Quilt Project. I love to make large quilts to small quilting projects… one of my favorite small quilting projects are quilting ornaments. Below is one that demonstrates patriotism and reflects our historical colors.

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 said R & R Reproductions Star Spangled Banners is a fantastic cross stitch pattern to stitch anytime you wish to see the red white and blue in action!

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Heather from MooseintheMint states a completely unique pendant! These are made from upcycled dominos with various gems and beads set into the resin, each one is different. A lovely little gift ideal as a stocking filler or a ‘just because’.

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Rebecca from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says this Quilted Keepsake Fabric Ornament is perfect for the September birthday girl. You can just see this gorgeous quilted keepsake ornament light up her smile. September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers. This beautiful blue fabric is accented with Swarovski crystals.

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zizzybob from zizzybob said I make quilt blocks for my shop, no, not quilts but the blocks that make up quilts. I am especially fond of making applique pieces that I know other quilters dont like to do. With the Quilts of Valor in mind, I always have a few red, white and blue blocks to sell.

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Tillie from TilliesTreasury states I love vintage items especially if they are hand crocheted. This is part of the many vintage linens I have in my personal collection and the colors are so vibrant and pretty with the red, white, blue, green and yellow.

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Mindi from MindisCustomCreation says My Blue submission. I used a grey and blue stain to give the sign a “Dirty Jeans” look. Laundry is a chore that not many of us enjoy. This sign is sure to liven up your laundry room and perhaps put a smile on your face at the same time.

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Gail from QuiltSewPieceful said I live in Arizona, but I LOVE the ocean and the beaches. When I saw this fabric, I just couldn’t pass it up. I know that many others share these same loves. What fun to have these quilted pillows in your beach house (I wish!) or added to your beach decor.

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Must Have Stocking Fillers – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Stocking fillers, or stuffers, are the smaller sized gifts we all love to get for Christmas. For some its gift cards, makeup and jewelry while others prefer a handmade trinket, picture frame or key chains. We asked our members to show us the stocking stuffers they have in their shop and a little about them. I am sure there is something here for someone on your list to love!

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop told us here’s a useful little gift for the man in your life. This pocket change purse is 10cm (4 inches) square. I make them in various Harris Tweed designs; this one is olive herringbone. Currently retailing at just £10.50 for a quality treat. Men can be so hard to buy for, so I designed something both smart and useful that they will appreciate every day.

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Heather from MooseintheMint let us know about this initial bookmark and makes an ideal stocking filler.
It is three and half inches long. It makes a lovely personalised gift for a teacher or librarian, and great for a book lover. A unisex gift for all ages, that is a little different. It is just £4 and there is a choice of different finishes. This design comes from a variation of my personalized key rings.

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Rebecca from OrnamentsByRebeccaT states this is a 4” quilted fabric a great stocking stuffer. A grill master ornament to remind the guy in your life that even though it may be cold and snowy, his burgers are are the best. My inspiration for this was my dad. I can’t count the number of burgers he flipped for me and my friends and when winter came I missed that special time with him. Priced at $20.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt tells about how this bracelet is great gift/stocking stuffer for anyone who loves nature-inspired or earth-toned jewelry and accessories! It has 7 of the 3/4 inch fancy beads with swirls of earth-tone hues; each is separated by a 1/4 inch dark brown, oblong wood bead (8 wood beads in total). The length of this bracelet is approximately 8 inches, which should fit an average-sized wrist, and has a antique-gold toned, fancy toggle-style closure. The price of the bracelet is $20.00 and makes a great gift for any nature loving lady.

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Etsy Christmas In July Cross Promotion With The Australian Wandarrah Team

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Happy Christmas in July everyone! I’m Kelly of Colourscape Studios, and 2nd in charge over on Australia and New Zealand’s largest Etsy team, the Australian Wandarrah team. We’re back for another year joining forces with the Christmas in July team to share some of the fantastic makers and sellers we have on our team, while also featuring some of the CIJ teams best over on our blog too!
Firstly, I’d love to introduce to you our team captain Cat, of www.etsy.com/shop/musthavebeenthecat. Cat creates the cutest cat themed heat packs, therapy heat bags (larger in size and weighted for those with sensory issues) and softies,  as well as the occasional dog or fox thrown in for good measure. Her designs are made from high quality fabrics and being the proud owner of one of the cat shaped heat bags for the past 3 years myself, I can tell you they last much better than any commercially purchased heat pack! Cat is offering 20% all her products from July 1st to 10th.
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Lizzy of www.etsy.com/shop/lizzysbibsandbobs has joined in our crossover promotion for the last couple of years and is back with us this year offering 20% off all purchases over $10. Lizzy curates a fantastic collection of vintage goodies, ranging from Christmas decorations to jewellery, home decor to sewing and craft supplies and lots of things in between. Make sure you visit her shop as she currently has over 250 items available!
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Clara of www.etsy.com/shop/elliotsplayground is offering 25% off her pattern designs! Her Swallow pattern as shown below is an amazing piece of work and can be adapted in so many different ways… your imagination would be the only thing stopping you! My personal favourite has to be the axolotl, his little grin is too cute!
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Maryann of www.etsy.com/shop/gojjell creates modern and stylish jewellery pieces including necklaces, earrings, brooches, rings and accessories as well as some gorgeous art pieces and is offering 15% off storewide for the sale dates. She also makes a small range of mens jewellery items, which are well designed and perfect to gift for birthdays or Christmas.
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Dom and Lana of www.etsy.com/shop/kirrakai create fun and modern felt ball garlands and accessories for your home using ethically sourced pure wool felt balls and shapes and I’m personally quite the fan of their work, owning two garlands of my own (one in my daughter’s room, and one in my office!) Their garlands are a great idea for reusable Christmas or birthday decorations, to add a pop of colour to a small space or even just as something to make you smile as you enter your home at the end of the day! They are offering 20% to 30% off a large range of items in their store, so make sure you get across and check them out!
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Lucky last in my feature today would be me! My shop is www.etsy.com/shop/colourscapestudios and I’m going to be offering 10% off all orders over $20 for the duration of this years event dates. My shop includes a small range of typography prints, art prints, gift tags, handmade greeting cards, confetti/table scatters, cupcake/cake toppers and a whole heap more, so make sure you pop across and visit
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From all of us at the Australian Wandarrah team we wish you a very happy Christmas In July and look forward to shopping the sales too!