Thank You For Coming To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2016 – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CIJParty 2016 here on the Etsy Christmas In July blog!! It was a really fun day in the sun!

I am Michelle, the captain of the Christmas In July team and I was your co – host for the day! Alicia was my co – host. Thank you Alicia for an amazing day!

 

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Here is a brief recap of the days activities!

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

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Mini Gift Ornaments by Megha of byTheArtBug

The Christmas Play by Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady

Top Home Decor Trends To Watch In 2016 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

What Makes A House A Home by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Vintage Pickins by Alicia of AliciasFindings

How’s Your Creative Journey Going by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Tutorial: Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Layered Perfection by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Seasons In Different Hemispheres by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Custom Orders by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

What Makes You Want To Make Supplies And Printables by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Christmas In Tropical Singapore by Megha of byTheArtBug

Ginny Penny Won A Geeky Award by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Preview Of Workspaces by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Musical Conclusion by Michelle Emma Kay of EmmaKayInks

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 Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns for curating our swag bag today! Dawn 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 Kelly of ColourscapeStudios, Megha of byTheArtBug, Christine of cwagenblass9, and Mary of StockLaneStudio.

There is a swag bag waiting for you!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

Even though we’re wrapping (Christmas wrapping) up our day the great benefit of a blog is that this day will forever be on our blog!

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 2016.

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 – EtsyCIJ16 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

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

Now, I’M JUMPING IN THE POOL!

Michelle-

Musical Conclusion – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Guest Blog Article: “Musical Conclusion” by Michelle Emma Kay of EmmaKayInks

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Christmas. The part I loved the most about it was singing Christmas carols. My mum played the piano and I sung the songs. We would practice for months in advance. Then on Christmas eve we would put on a performance for the family. I would often make and give out Christmas carol themed crafts at this time.

Musical Conclusion

I’d like to share three of my favourite Christmas songs:

‘Little drummer boy’ is one of the songs that my mum and I perfected together. She practiced it over and over to get the riff right. I practiced over and over to the par rum pa pum pum parts right.

I love that ‘Peace on earth’ is also included because this to me is one of the main messages of Christmas.

Here is the David Bowie and Bing Crosby version of the song.

Another favourite Christmas song of mine is ‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’. It’s also one that we performed for the family together.

One part of my Christmas obssession was learning the lyrics to every verse of every Christmas song. I can tell you that this one is a difficult one to remember with lots of verses.

I really like the melody of the song, the way that it dances along, up and then down again. I like that it references being saved and that gives me hope.

The last line of the chorus “tidings of comfort and joy” really does encapsulate Christmas doesn’t it?

The final song I would like to share is ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ by Mariah Carey.

Being a child of the 1990’s, I remember when it was released. I was a big fan of Mariah at the time and it is first and favourite Christmas pop song.

In particular, reminds me of the Christmas holidays after I finished high school (In Australia we have a long 5 week holiday over summer that includes Christmas). Each year when I hear it, it brings back on the excitement of Christmas.

It’s not just about whichever crush I have that year. It’s really expresses the celebration of that time of year for me.

I asked other Etsy sellers who are participating in Christmas In July what their favourite Christmas songs are and here are their answers.

Katrina from BygoneAllure says:

This got me thinking whether ‘Hallelujah’ (by Leonard Cohen) is a Christmas Song. And I concluded whilst I love it – it is less of a Christmas tune for me than ‘Amazing Grace’.

Bono singing it is mighty fine and he sings the heart of it in this short piece.

Mallori from MGPCreations says:

I would say my favourite Christmas song is ‘O Holy Night’. I love the lyrics and love singing it every Christmas. Just brings the meaning of Christmas out and is such a powerful song.

So many good versions out on YouTube but you can’t go past a good Celine Dion cover.

Melissa from 89stitches says:

I would have to say my favourite christmas song is ‘All I want for Christmas is you’. It is from one of the sweetest and funniest movies “Love Actually”!

CarolaBartz from CarolaBartz says:

My favorite song is The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole.

I love it because it is kind of old fashioned and has a beautiful atmosphere – I can picture the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the anticipation and the very special non-commercial Christmas mood. Plus, Nat King Cole’s voice is just delicious!

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

My favourite song is ‘Silent Night’ and I love this version.

Christmas is more than just gifts and this song is a reminder of all Christmas is.

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I think it has to be ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’!

I love this version of the song sung by Australian children’s band The Wiggles because they came to fame when my (now adult) children were young – yes I have been to several concerts.

I also love it because it is an empowering song for children in terms of its overcoming ‘bullies’ message. It always brings a smile to my lips.

Flora from Littlegiftsofnature says:

‘God Bless Us Everyone’ is my favourite Christmas song.

Lovely the beautiful melody and meaningful lyrics. Mr. Bocelli’s voice is amazing. ‘Christmas Carol’ is always my favourite novel.

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ (Merry Christmas) by Bing Crosby.

It reminds me of being in Hawaii on Christmas day fond memories.

 

Alicia from AliciasFindings says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘Feliz Navidad’.

I have loved this song since my middle school days (junior high). It is so upbeat and fun, which is what the season is to me.

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas’.

I like this song, but it’s actually my husband’s favorite, which I think is so cute since he is a big burly guy that adores this song. On our first Christmas I found (on Etsy) a vintage Christmas ornament that plays this song. We keep it on a shelf year round.

Preview Of Workspaces – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

As we get close to concluding our Etsy Christmas In July #CIJParty 2016 tonight I want to give you a quick preview of the big day we have planned for you tomorrow, Thursday July 7th!

Blog leader Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns frequently shares “Show Us Your Workspace” features on our blog.

Tomorrow she will feature the workspace of several Etsy Christmas In July team members.

Here is a sneak peek!

Can you guess who creates here? No fair if you are Dawn, or the team member! Leave your guess in the comment section and if you win you will get a special prize from me!Workspace

 

 

Ginny Penny Won A Geeky Award – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

A round of applause for #EtsyCIJ team member Susie Lee of Ginny Penny who won a Geeky Award!

Click on her fabulous robot to hear all about it!

GinnyPenny

GinnyPenny

 

Christmas in Tropical Singapore – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Guest Blog Article: “Christmas in Tropical Singapore” by Megha of byTheArtBug

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What is your Christmas Inspiration?

Christmas has always been a Winter time for us whether back in India or in USA. The cold wear, cozy hats and blankets, heater and fireplace, with something hot to drink…all this was a usual thing at Christmas time! But when we moved to Singapore it suddenly struck me, Oh! It is going to be hot during Christmas!! At first it was a little strange and we had no idea how it would be like during the Holiday Season back here in Singapore.

But as you get used to the place where you stay we kept an open mind about it and let me tell you we were really surprised by the Christmas decoration, celebration and activities here in Sunny Singapore!

So much to do and so much to explore that one season is not enough to see it all!

You will see a Christmas tree in every store and mall and even the offices. Each Mall decorated with a different theme along with events like Carol singing, activities for kids and charity events and so on.

It is so much fun here in Lion City, from shopping to cultural and religious events!

Although it is not cold but the weather is quite pleasant much cooler than the other months so you can always layer with a light cardigan to get the wintry feel.

People from all cultures come together to participate in this festive occasion. The decorations begin in early November and last through the New Year.

Introduction

Let me take you on a ride of “Singapore’s Christmas Spectacular” through these pictures…

–The Famous Orchard Street–

The Famous Orchard Street explodes with Light, stretching about two miles the whole street is dressed up in lights; they even have a pedestrian night when you can walk freely on the street to enjoy the decoration. This Christmas wonderland is a must see.1

–Gardens By The Bay–

The beautiful gardens transform into a lovely Christmas wonderland with unique light displays, indoor decorations and various festivities.2

–Christmas Lights and Trees–
There are light installations and Christmas trees everywhere in the city.3

–Church Services–
There are so many beautiful Churches of various denominations here in Singapore.4

–Decoration in the Malls–
With Carol Singing, extended Hours and different themes and lots of sales and deals there is so much to do and explore!5

–Christmas Bazaars–
You may find some cute treasures here, especially in the handmade markets.6

With so much warmth we did not miss the Cold at all!

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What Makes You Want To Make Supplies And Printables – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Supply shops help provide us handmade shops with the items we need to create.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what got you interested in making supplies and printables?

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says SLS sells printables along with prints, photography and cards. I decided to offer printables for a number of reasons.

Having printables increases the number of listings and adds more exposure for my shop. I am able to reach a wider audience.

Printables offer a more affordable alternative for owning art and I keep that in mind when deciding what to sell as a printable. Our instant download art is directed toward a younger buyer: typography, dorm decor or teen room decor or that first apartment. Other printables are more about function: Open/closed signs, and Do Not Disturb signs.
Many of these signs are also offered in print as well.

Our family moves frequently, and I knew that I could at least keep selling printables even while we were moving households.

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Teacher appreciation Printable

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said my hobby of making my own greeting cards grew as I began to learn how to create digital art. I’ve been at it a few years now and still keep learning new things, and still enjoy the craft, so that’s how I’m still here. I enjoy knowing that someone is using my printable papers to create their own scrapbook pages or elements, or greeting cards, because I enjoy paper crafting myself. So many pretty color combinations and designs to try, so little time!

This is one of my newest creations, and I love the colors! I think I may use it for upcoming cards for my own granddaughters.

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Lavender Mint Digital Paper Pack,Scrapbooking,Card Making

Custom Orders – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

Those of us who do custom orders can appreciate what a special gift a custom order can be — to the buyer or to the person the buyer is giving it to. It’s not just any old thing — something mass-produced that anybody could find or buy. Instead, it’s something that incorporates the unique spirit of the artist, perhaps even something that is designed with a particular person in mind.

We asked our friends at Christmas In July what kind of customized item/s they offer, and their experience has been with designing/producing for particular clients. Here’s what they said.

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots said:

One of the first orders for my shop was a custom order for some ceramic tile coasters in hot pink with bunnies on it. I did some digging for bunny clip art and found the cutest one! My client loved the idea, and ordered a set, and has since been back to put in several different custom orders.
It is so wonderful being able to work so closely with clients to make their visions come to life, and it’s even more wonderful when you hear from them about how they use their item, how they gifted it or what they like about it.
It takes lots of time and patience to put together custom orders, and sometimes you have to step outside your comfort area and get creative and resourceful, but in the end, I think it’s way worth it. Not only do you produce a new item for your client, but I also feel like the flood gates open up with similar ideas or different ways to approach the idea.
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Hot pink bunny ceramic tile coasters

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:
 I definitely do custom orders! Making a range of table wares I can custom make sets of plates or cups or bowls, in custom sizes and custom colours.

I can also custom make jewellery. I have had many custom orders for specific ring sizes, which can be tricky given the shrinkage that occurs with clay, however, I have worked out all my shrinkage rates and regularly create successful orders.

I usually make a few rings, and the spares I list in my shop!

My most recent custom order was for a set of earrings. the customer was replacing a set of broken earrings and wanted a set as close as possible to the originals. I think they turned out wonderfully!

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Blue ceramic earrings -custom order

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Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said:

 A majority of my items are custom items. I originally stocked my shop with ready to ship items. Almost all of the orders I have received since opening in February of 2015 have been custom items. I love when I get a custom request. Some customers have a very specific idea in mind and want me to produce it exactly. I find these to be the most challenging, yet rewarding. I love seeing their vision come to life in my hands. Most of my customers have an idea of what they want and tell me to “have fun with it.”

The cover picture in this listing is my most recent custom order. This was for a local customer. She wanted a fabric wreath in her local school’s colors: Red, White, & Black. I had so much fun going to the craft store and matching up the fabrics to create this piece.

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Made-to-Order Wreath, Holiday Decorations, Country Style Decor, Scrap Fabric Wreath, Rag Wreath for Door, Fabric Wall Wreath, Outdoor Wreath

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Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

I definitely do custom orders, ranging from enamel earrings (the client wanted each earring to be a different color), one of a kind silver pendants, gemstone jewellery, and of course engagement + wedding rings!

I just recently had the pleasure of making the wedding rings for my friends. I had made her engagement ring four years ago. We collaborated on the initial design which incorporated elements that were meaningful for the both of them. We used diamonds and sapphires from her Grandma’s Art Deco cocktail ring and I carved a lotus into the gold at the bottom of the ring as a very personal reminder of his Buddhist beliefs. When it came time to make their wedding rings, she just wanted a simple, plain band and he got the custom design ring. His wedding ring is a very wide band with a lotus cut out (this is meant to be on the bottom of the ring, to mirror hers). Aside from being able to incorporate very personal elements into their rings, they were able to choose different materials for their rings. Hers is 18K white gold, and his is 18K yellow gold (this was done to suit their skin tones better).

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Custom wedding ring set

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Wendy from wendysuniquecreation said:
I accept custom orders on everything I make except for upcycled glass pieces. Even with some of them I’d accept custom orders since some pieces may be customizable to an extent or if the customer wants a specific theme.

My most memorable custom order started when a Facebook game neighbor posted they had excess game resources I needed. From there we became game partners and then friends. We’d chat daily and one day I noticed her sending me lots of minion characters in Facebook chat. I proceeded to say she must love minions and she responded by saying she’s a minion nut. Well, I mentioned that I have a minion slipper pattern for ladies and when looking for that pattern, I found a minion hat pattern as well for sizes 0 – adult. She ended up buying a minion hat, minion slippers, and minion purse that I enjoyed making for her since I too love minions. My favorite part was where we would joke around and laugh, resulting in me making a blue tongue for both her slippers and hat instead of the usual pink tongue. Since then she has placed 2 more custom orders with me and she loves everything I make her.

I believe a happy customer brings repeat customers and word of mouth is the best free advertising.

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Many thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us!

Until Next Time,

Sheila