Memories Of A Lifetime – #CIJRoadTrip

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August traveling the world on the first Christmas In July Road Trip! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJRoadTrip right here on our blog!

The Road Trip began on Friday – August 1st, 2014 and concluded on Sunday – August 31st. As I mentioned the team is international and we went to visit many countries along the way!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our itinerary was filled as we traveled all over the world!

Each team member shared with us their country, as well as a little bit about themselves and their shops. I personally made many new friends and the world feels smaller to me now! Please join me to enjoy the memories of a lifetime!

Here was our itinerary:

1. August 1 – Canada / ElizabethLovesGlass – Elizabeth
2. August 2 – Chile / JuguetesEloisa – Valentina
3. August 3 – US / ClaudiaMarieFelt – Claudia Marie
4. August 4 – Australia / ColourscapeStudios – Kel
5. August 5 – UK / DetolaAndGeek – Tola
6. August 6 – Greece / fifirixtra – Ifigeneia
7. August 7 – Singapore / byTheArtBug – Megha And AngsanaSeedsPhoto – Ivy
8. August 8 – New Zealand / TangerineToes – Kaz
9. August 9 – Lithuania / feltinga – Ingrida
10. August 10 – Norway / Vamperstein – Kristin
11. August 11 – Israel / liatib – Liat
12. August 12 – Russia / KittyAprilHandmade – Katya
13. August 13 – Italy / Ghirlandiamo – Lia
14. August 14 – India / byTheCrochetBug – Natasha And bytheArtBug – Megha
15. August 15 – Belgium / cyberwezz – Wezz 
16. August 16 – Indonesia / DonBiuBali – Katrina
17. August 17 – Dominican Republic / TheLarimarShop – Angie
18. August 18 – Ireland / Gigi82Knits – Gigi
19. August 19 – Malaysia / whimsywhimsical – Yee Von
20. August 20 – Croatia / LAURELISjewelry – Zlatka
21. August 21 – Ukraine / 100Crochetnecklaces – Svitlana
22. August 22 – France / Sandra Ovono – Sandra
23. August 23 – Bulgaria / ElegantJewelryRMM – Rositza
24. August 24 – Estonia / Nalmandra – Astrida
25. August 25 – The Netherlands (Holland) / LizKnijnenburg – Anneleis
26. August 26 – Japan / KimonoPonchoCom – Yukiko
27. August 27 – Sweden / ReDesignedandRecycled – Linda
28. August 28 – Bosnia and Herzegovina / DeepSilence – Sonja
29. August 29 – Spain / Divantias – Patricia
30. August 30 – Germany / MermaidsHatBox – Barbara
31. August 31 – Turkey / Bloomed Flower – Zeynep

A special thank you to the blog contributors who escorted us on our travels!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Jessica from CrochetNature
Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJRoadTrip on social media as you visit all the lovely countries we shared with you!

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

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#CIJRoadTrip – Turkey: Istanbul

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Turkey – Istanbul with Zeynep from BloomedFlower

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

Türkiye, İstanbul.

I’m in a wonderful city. Istanbul Strait, one of the world’s unique beauty.

Worth seeing Istanbul Bosphorus.

Istanbul - Türkiye

Istanbul – Türkiye

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Türkiye is a beautiful old country with an ancient history.

It is a country that is lush – celebrating 4 seasons.

Türkiye is a rapidly developing and modern country.

Also depends on tradition and is historic.

My country, the Black Sea, Mediterranean, Marmara and the Aegean Sea coast there are several.

Black Sea

Black Sea

Aegean Sea

Aegean Sea

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

All yarns and fabrics that I use in my products, my country is produced.

I am inspired by the vivid colors of my country. I love the authentic and modern design

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

This fall I’m new to crochet and knitting products. New scarves and neck warmers made products and doing various gloves.

In my country there is a very nice fall, I miss the smell of rain!

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

5. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/goldscrochet/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zeynep.bloomed
Tweet: twitter.com/bloomedflower1
Wehartit: weheartit.com/zeynep_bloomed
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BloomedFlower

 

#CIJRoadTrip – Germany: Berne

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Germany – Berne with Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

My hometown is Berne and is a part of Lower Saxony. Berne is a very little Town near Bremen and Oldenburg. I live with my family a little bit outside near the river Weser. At night I can hear the ferry and this is a homeland sound for me. The ferry connect our region with the City of Bremen. The landscape around Berne is called “Wesermarsch” and characterized by meadows and pastures. The landscape is very flat It called: you can see on Friday, who’s coming to lunch on Sunday! In Berne we have also a Stork Station where injured storks be maintained healthy. There are now so many storks, that everywhere to find them on the meadows. Normally, the storks fly to Africa during the winter months, but now the winter doesn’t get so cold and they find their feed here, most of them spend the winter in the Stork Station.

Weser mit Wesermarsch - Germany

Weser mit Wesermarsch – Germany

Weser - Germany

Weser – Germany

Bremerhaven - Germany

Bremerhaven – Germany

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Germany has many different landscapes.
The oceans Baltic Sea and the North Sea with the Frisian Islands and the very special Wadden Sea in the North.

Frisian Iland Borkum - Germany

Frisian Iland Borkum – Germany

Borkum - Germany

Borkum – Germany

Borkum - Germany

Borkum – Germany

The mountains (Alpen) in the south and between many highlands, forest areas, rivers, some with wine growing areas. Many nice old Towns with a great tradition.
If you come to Germany spend a few days on the Frisian Islands and the Wadden Sea National Park.
Go to the Harz a Highland in the middeleast region of Germany and visit historical towns like Goslar, Einbeck, Hameln.Goslar

In Bayern you find many cute cityies like Bamberg and don’t forget to spend time on Rhine and Mosel and visit places like Koblenz, and Bingen to taste the wine by the winemaker.

Bamberg - Germany

Bamberg – Germany

Bamberg - Germany

Bamberg – Germany

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Now here in Northern Germany we have many stormy days with cold winds from the sea. I began to sew accessories for myself, then for family and friends. Now I sell my items at the market.

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

In September my market season begins. Right now I do markets every other weekend. Near Christmas it will be every weekend. I work for the autumn / winter season the whole year.
Most shows are on very nice and historical places and buildings. For example: Burg Blomendahl in Bremén oder ” Gut Varrel” in Stuhr.

Burg Blomendahl Bremen

Burg Blomendahl Bremen

Gut Varrel Stuhr

Gut Varrel Stuhr

Scheunenviertel Harpstedt

Scheunenviertel Harpstedt

Womens Boiled Wool Handmade Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Womens Boiled Wool Handmade Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Girls Crochet Floral Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Girls Crochet Floral Hat From MermaidsHatbox

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FraumitHut
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fraumithut.11
Pinterest: de.pinterest.com/fraumithut/
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/MermaidsHatbox

 

#CIJRoadTrip – Spain: Barcelona

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Spain – Barcelona with Patricia from Divanitas

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live in Barcelona, ​​in Catalonia, a region of Spain. And what makes it special is you can watch the sea and mountains at the same time. Also you are able to walk through a modern and cosmopolitan city!

Divanitas - At The Sea

Divanitas – At The Sea

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Everyone should see the Mediterranean sea, beautiful mountains, great monuments as Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell.

Spain

Spain

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

They are a strong inspiration to me, its forms, people, and what surrounds me made my designs part of the city where I live, cosmopolitan and modern as my city.

Divanitas - Cosmopolitan

Divanitas – Cosmopolitan

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

I am part of the group Etsy Bcn and we have created a craft market called Fantàstic Handmade Market, a great event with designers from Barcelona.

Twitter: twitter.com/fantastic_bcn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FantasticBCN?fref=ts

Fantàstic Handmade Market

Fantàstic Handmade Market

Divanitas At Fantàstic Handmade Market

Divanitas At Fantàstic Handmade Market

Camel Clutch From Divanitas

Camel Clutch From Divanitas

Blue Polka Dots Denim Bag From Divanitas

Blue Polka Dots Denim Bag From Divanitas

Deer Cross Body Bag From Divanitas

Deer Cross Body Bag From Divanitas

5. What are your social media sites?

Blog: www.divanitas.blogspot.com.es/
Etsy: www.etsy.com/es/shop/Divanitas
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Divanitas?ref=tn_tnmn
Twitter: twitter.com/DivanitasHandma

 

#CIJRoadTrip – Bosnia And Herzegovina: Banja Luka

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina – Banja Luka with Sonja from DeepSilence

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live in the town of Banja Luka, which has a lot of trees. The city is full of greenery and there is one river named Vrbas. Behind the river is an old castle from the Roman period.

Banja Luka - Bosnia And Herzegovina

Banja Luka – Bosnia And Herzegovina

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Near my town is Andric city. This is very young city. Behind old city Visegrad is the birth place of our Nobel writer Ivo Andric. His novel describes the period from the Turkish empire in our country. Andric city is well known because of the very famous film director Emir Kusturica. His idea is to show many cultural period of our country in one place.

Andric City - Bosnia And Herzegovina

Andric City – Bosnia And Herzegovina

While in my country you should also see the old city Barscarsija in Sarajevo and old bridge in Mostar.

Barscarsija In Sarajevo

Barscarsija In Sarajevo

Old Bridge In Mostar

Old Bridge In Mostar

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

I have a lot of works inspired by our traditions. Some of them are in in the UNESCO book – Traditional Arts And Crafts In BiH.

Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina

Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina

Photographs By Norbert Heyll

Photographs By Norbert Heyll

Swinging Vases

Swinging Vases

Plesacice

Plesacice

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

I have my own place in the spreading center where my work has a permanent exhibition and sale gallery. Here are some pictures.

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Circle Of Love And Life Wreath From DeepSilence

Circle Of Love And Life Wreath From DeepSilence

Dove - Bird Of Peace - Wall Sculpture From DeepSilence

Dove – Bird Of Peace – Wall Sculpture From DeepSilence

Pink Lotus Flower - Ceramic Candle Holder From DeepSilence

Pink Lotus Flower – Ceramic Candle Holder From DeepSilence

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lijepabanjaluka?ref=hl
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Galerija-Sonja-Bikic/309422182538930?ref=hl
Twitter: twitter.com/SonjaBikic

#CIJRoadTrip – Sweden: Göteborg (Gothenburg)

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel to Sweden : Göteborg (Gothenburg) with Linda Winroth from ReDesignandReCycled

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?
I live in Göteborg (Gothenburg) on the Swedish west coast. I think it´s special that we have water in the city center! We have a lot of cafées, actually we have the most cafees per capita in our city, maybe you´ve heard the swedish word “Fika”? The word “Fika” I would say means having a coffee break with friends, often accompanied by something sweet. Fika is is an important part of our culture.

coffe at the best cafe in town da maetto

coffe at the best cafe in town da maetto

coffe at home, yes I'm addicted

coffe at home, yes I’m addicted

me at a photoshoot with my procuts

me at a photoshoot with my procuts

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
The archipelago either on the west or the east coast. Up in the north with the midnigh sun during the summer. And the beautiful iceland Gotland.

archipelago

archipelago

archipelago

archipelago

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?
I´m very inspired by my grandma. I grew up in the countryside and learnt from her how to take care of nature, dont wast anything and craftmanship. She´s the one who tought me to how to weave rag rugs. Ever since I was little I’ve had a keen interest in fashion, design and environmental issues. ReThink Design gives me the opportunity to combine this and at the same time devote myself to something that feels meaningful. My philosophy is that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something!

my grandma

my grandma

on our way to our summerhouse

on our way to our summerhouse

our small boat

our small boat

our summer cabin

our summer cabin

sunset at our summer cabin

sunset at our summer cabin

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?
I attended Formex Design Fair – The largest meeting place for Nordic Interior Design. I will also sell my products at our amusement park Liseberg during November and December.

my stand at formex

my stand at formex

close up Formex

close up Formex

close up Formex

close up Formex

Cushion Cover Made Of Vintage Fabric With Blue Stripes From ReDesignandReCycled

Cushion Cover Made Of Vintage Fabric With Blue Stripes From ReDesignandReCycled

Saddle Cover Made Of Recycled Oilcloth From ReDesignandReCycled

Saddle Cover Made Of Recycled Oilcloth From ReDesignandReCycled

Party Bunting - Pennant Banner Made Of Vintage Fabrics For Kids From ReDesignandReCycled

Party Bunting – Pennant Banner Made Of Vintage Fabrics For Kids From ReDesignandReCycled

5. What are your social media sites?
Webb: www.rethinkdesign.se/en
Etsy: www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/ReDesignandReCycled
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lindawinroth/
Twitter: twitter.com/ReThinkDesign
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReThinkDesign
Instagram: instagram.com/rethinkdesign

#CIJRoadTrip- Japan: Ōtsu

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel to Japan:  Ōtsu with Yukiko Tanaka from KimonoPonchoCom

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?
My name is Yukiko Tanaka , from Japan .
I’m living in Ōtsu . Ōtsu is very near Kyoto .
Ōtsu is located in Shiga Prefecture . Shiga is famous for Lake Biwa . Lake Biwa is the biggest lake in Japan .

Ōtsu - Japan

Ōtsu – Japan

Ōtsu - Japan

Ōtsu – Japan

Saikyoji Temple - Ōtsu - Japan

Saikyoji Temple – Ōtsu – Japan

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
Kyoto is the best place to sightseeing . Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 1200 years ago to 400 years ago . There are many beautiful traditional old temples , shrines , houses and gardens in Kyoto . My recommendation is Kurama Temple .

Kiyomizu Temple - Kyoto - Japan

Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto – Japan

Kurama Temple - Kyoto - Japan

Kurama Temple – Kyoto – Japan

Gion Matsuri Festival - Kyoto - Japan

Gion Matsuri Festival – Kyoto – Japan

Nara is also very old town . Many temples and shrines there .
Izumo City is famous for Izumo Shrine . Izumo Shrine is one the oldest Shrines in Japan . Majestic !

Kasuga Taisha Shrine - Nara - Japan

Kasuga Taisha Shrine – Nara – Japan

Izumo Taisha Shrine - Izumo City - Japan

Izumo Taisha Shrine – Izumo City – Japan

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?
Kimono is beautiful . No doubt . Beauty exists in kimono . If you wear a kimono, you will be fascinated by it .
However , wearing kimono is very difficult . So , I created kimono poncho .
Kimono poncho is made of kimono fabrics . You can easily wear it .

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?
I will attend ” Kimono de Jack ” meetup event this fall . ” Kimono de Jack ” is meetup event by kimono lovers .
www.facebook.com/kimonojack
There are several Kimono de Jack groups in the world now .
www.facebook.com/kdj.international
I attended a Kimono de Jack meetup in the Netherlands last month . It was so fun !!

Kids Yukata Poncho And Shorts Set  From KimonoPonchoCom

Kids Yukata Poncho And Shorts Set From KimonoPonchoCom

Yukata Poncho And Short Pants Set  From KimonoPonchoCom

Yukata Poncho And Short Pants Set From KimonoPonchoCom

Silk Indigo Blue Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Silk Indigo Blue Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

5. What are your social media sites?
Facebook : www.facebook.com/kimonoponcho
Tumblr : kimonoponcho.tumblr.com/
Pinterest : www.pinterest.com/kimonoponcho/
Twitter : twitter.com/okinusan
Instagram : instagram.com/kimonoponchocom