Member Feature: AllSortsofsoaps

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Janine of AllSortsofsoaps, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

I am a mum with 5 children, 6 grandchildren and 7 sponsor children. I live in Camden, NSW which is a lovely area South West of Sydney. I like to make soap! I am also an Advocate for women and children living in poverty and a part of the sales from my soaps helps to support Compassion Australia’s Child Survival Program.

I love art, music, poetry, drama, singing and dancing in my kitchen, and good literature.

I also have another lovely Etsy Shop called InCandleEssence. I would love you to take a look!

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InCandleEssence

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

I opened my business in March of this year. This site has grown out of my personal necessity due to my own skin concerns, and also a desire to participate in the Natural Skincare and Etsy community. I also hope that through the creation and sale of my soaps, candles and skincare products, I will also be able to give back to those people in need in our world. There are many wonderful and worthwhile charities and organisations that do a fantastic job in helping others and one of those is Compassion International.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I have a few different products as my shop has gradually evolved from only selling soaps to now making Certified Organic skin care and candles. My soaps are both cold and hot processed using moisturizing oils and no animal lard or Palm Oil. I have two distinct ranges of soap: natural soaps which only contain all natural products and no fragrance oil other than essential oils, and Handmade soaps which may contain a skin friendly fragrance oil.AllsortsofSoaps1AllsortsofSoaps2

I also create Certified organic lip balm and Certified Organic Antioxidant Radiance Oil. I love both these products as I am a firm believer in only using products on my skin that will not do any harm and that promote skin health.AllsortsofSoaps3AllsortsofSoaps4

My candles, in both shops, are hand poured using eco soy wax, lead free wicks and skin friendly phthalate free fragrance oil. The candles in my InCandleEssence shop come in a hand decorated gift box.AllsortsofSoaps5AllsortsofSoaps6

I am very pleased with the development of my products from just a few soaps to now include a more diverse range.

What inspires your work? 

I am inspired by skin health. I now know, that healthy skin is happy skin, and so achieving healthy skin inspires me. I love fragrance, flowers, art, and sculpture, and really wish with all my heart that I was gifted in these areas!

Basically, life is inspiring and to be able to give something back to others while trying to make a living for myself also inspires me.

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

I hope to expand my organic skin care range and find a way to ship body butters without the risk of them melting! Please message me if you have discovered the secret!AllsortsofSoaps7

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

I believe that AllSorts of Soap stands out because of its mission. To create skin healthy products and to give back to others who are not as fortunate as myself. I am an advocate for Compassion and their mission to release children from poverty all around the world. In my small way, AllSorts of Soap is a part of this.

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

My work space is common to all women! It is my kitchen.

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

I have learned that working late into the night is part and parcel of owning my own small business. I have also learned  to let go of my need for a completely tidy home! Juggling home, children, school runs, sport, and all the other time constraints on a Mum…has opened my eyes to the effort involved in not only my shop, but in every shop on Etsy!

I have also learned that I don’t like book-keeping and that I am terrible at it!AllsortsofSoaps8

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Go for it! And join a team.

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

I love to read.

What is your favorite quote?

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can find more about my business on the following pages-

Etsy Store – Allsortsofsoaps

Website – Allsortsofsoaps 

Facebook – AllsortsofsoapsAllsortsofSoaps9

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

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Christmas In July Team Members Who Blog

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

January is the time to relax and enjoy quiet time in front of my wood burning fireplace. One of my favorite pastimes when I’m sitting in front of the fireplace is reading blogs.

There are many Christmas In July team members who are bloggers. Please take a few moment with me as you sit in front of your fireplace tonight to read their blogs.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Savannah Griffith from RareRusticCrafts says:

I host my blog on my website: www.rarerusticcrafts.com/rare-rustic-crafts-blog

My favorite article was from a few months ago. I sell two different kinds of clay masks and one of my most frequent questions is how to use them. I wrote an article with instructions on how to use them. The blog relates back to a post card and an instagram post. Between the three items, I’ve been able to hand out instructions at markets and refer people back to my blog and the video clip on my instagram. It’s been a great tool for not only helping to answer my most frequent question as thoroughly as I can, but for getting my customers on my website and my instagram.

You can read the blog post here: www.rarerusticcrafts.com/rare-rustic-crafts-blog/how-to-acne-treatm…

Rare Rustic Crafts Blog

Rare Rustic Crafts Blog

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

My blog can be found here www.beadloverskorner.com/blog
and I have lots of favorite posts, but one I think I have already posted here a while back. So my next favorite would be the one I did to try to help other Etsy sellers by telling the process I use for tagging my items and how it increased my sales. www.beadloverskorner.com/blog/how-to-use-tags-to-improve-sales-on-e…

Bead Lovers Korner Blog

Bead Lovers Korner Blog

Janine from AllsortsofSoaps says:

I have a blog on my website www.allsortsofsoap.com.au.

I have so many favourite posts and they are all so different from each other…some are recipes, others are about daily life experiences, some are about soap, and others range from anzac day to my experience teaching in Mongolia. It is not a blog that deals specifically with Etsy…however I do have one post that deals with #makeforgood. The blog I have chosen is the second part of a two-part blog. I think it is a piece that most parents could relate to…the deadline for an impending school assignment and nothing done! Here is the link-
www.allsortsofsoap.com/allsorts-of-conversations/science-101-for-mu…

All Sorts Of Soap Blog

All Sorts Of Soap Blog

rina from RinartsAtelier says:

I have a few favorite blog posts on my blog (www.rinarts.nl/blog), but a recent blog post was about a part of crafting you do not think enough about when you start selling on the internet. At least I did not!

It is a blog about wrapping your order. In this post I describe the way I walked to where I am now.

Here is the link:
www.rinarts.nl/blog/put-a-ribbon-on-it

Rinarts Blog

Rinarts Blog

 

#CIJDeckTheHalls – AllsortsofSoaps

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Let’s visit AllsortsofSoaps home

1. What got you started decorating in the manner that you do?

As Christmas is very, very hot, I don’t decorate very much outside (I don’t want anything to melt!). A lot of people now decorate the outside of their homes with lights and because the nights are so warm, families walk around the streets looking at the lights. It is really very pleasant and friendly. Coming up to Christmas, the town where I live, holds Carols by Candlelight in the park, and lots and lots of people gather to sing carols, have a picnic, and other family activities. The children love it when Santa arrives just after the Christmas story. It is a lovely community event.

I will begin making my Christmas fruit cake soon and that is about the only real cooking I do for Christmas…Cooking in the heat makes the house too hot!

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2. Where in or outside your house do you decorate?

I always put out our ceramic Nativity scene, and handmade decorations that my children have made over the years are usually hung off the door knobs going into each room. I love our warm Christmas…salads, a barbecue, and swimming. Sometimes though it is just too hot to go outside, especially if there are bush fires.

On my front veranda, I usually place my potted apple tree and decorate it so that the front of the house looks inviting. I also place a very simple wreath on the front door, but mine is looking a little shabby this year, so I think that I will have to update. Also this year, I will have to put my potted wild orange tree on the front veranda, as I have planted the apple tree.

 

3. When do you start decorating?

I don’t have any pictures as yet. We don’t usually put the tree up until the 1st of December. Most people in Australia wait until the 1st to put up their Christmas tree. We put up the tree while listening to Christmas Carols on the radio or a CD and each year my sons fight as to whose turn it is to put the star on the top of the tree.

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4. How does where you live influence your decorating?

Anyway, I keep my decorations simple and definitely energy friendly, as we don’t have the outside of our home lit up like a Christmas tree! I reserve the lights for our tree and back veranda where the barbecue setting is, as it is warm from about September until the end of May, we often eat outside and so I keep the lights up. So decking the halls is quite simple in my home!

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5. What are your social media sites?

https://www.facebook.com/allsortsofsoap

http://www.allsortsofsoap.com/

 

 

 

 

Etsy CIJ Australian Sellers #Makeforgood

Guest Post By Janine from AllsortsofSoaps

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This is an exciting year for Australian CIJ Etsy Sellers! We, along with other Australian artisans, have pooled our creative resources and produced some amazing products that can be purchased up until the 24th of December.

Christmas is just around the corner and while we are busy buying food, gifts and decorating our homes, Millions of girls around the world are facing eight (8) enormous obstacles: child marriage, gender based violence, no access to education, poor health and nutrition, domestic work, poverty, poor sexual health and gender based discrimination.

Until Christmas Eve, Etsy Australia has partnered with Plan International to raise awareness of the plight of girls, and to raise much-needed funds through the #makeforgood campaign. The Makeforgood campaign is a wonderful initiative whereby Australian sellers create products especially to raise money for the ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. Each seller, donates a minimum of 20% of the sale price to the ‘Because I am a Girl’ initiative. The theme for our #makeforgood campaign is ‘Silver Linings’ and you will love the work that has been produced!

This is where CIJ members can help! Your Christmas gift shopping can make such a huge difference with a gift that keeps on giving this year. Even if you do not shop for Christmas…Shop for a girl or a woman somewhere else in the world before the 24th December, and know that your purchase will ‘do good’!

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One such Australian CIJ member is Dawn Whitehand from Ballarat Victoria. Dawn is the owner of Dee Dee Deesigns. She is a ceramic artist who makes abstract sculptures and mixed media works. She has developed a range of unique handmade tableware and jewellery for her Etsy shop. Dawn has created some beautiful jewellery that is just perfect for this ‘girly’ campaign.

 

 

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paper bead memory wire necklace

Another Australian member of CIJ is Debbie O’Shea from Albury, NSW. Debbie owns Aberrant Ginger which is a shop specializing in chain mail jewellery. She has created a lovely ‘Silver Linings’ bracelet.

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Cloud bracelet

Azalea Cottage Craft from the Gold Coast in Queensland has made a selection of garlands to help raise funds for Plan’s Because I Am a Girl’

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Monochrome garland

Another talented Australian is Robyn Campbell of Robyn Faye Designs. Robyn has always liked to sew, whether it be clothes, patchwork or bags. She started making the bags as gifts and really enjoyed designing them. Here are some of her bags designed especially for ‘Because I am a Girl’.

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Jute clutch

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Patterned jute clutch

Cat, from Hobart, Tasmania. Cat’s shop is aptly named, ‘Must Have Been The Cat‘, where she creates and sells quirky handmade cat creations and all things cat!. She has made some fabulous cat heat/cold packs which I think are fabulous!

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Neck heat pad

As you can see there is some wonderful and creative and practical gifts that are available for purchase over here in Australia! It is also a great incentive to know that your purchase is helping so many others!

Heather, from Arabella Blossoms lives in Melbourne and she loves to create and design fabric items for you or for gifts. Most are one-offs and include glasses and sunglasses cases, aprons, zip bags, totes and accessories. Heather has made some delightful fabric items for #makeforgood.

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Christmas stocking

Australian Etsy sellers have been so enthusiastic in getting behind this and our Etsy community is so happy to be a part of this. You can check out so many beautiful products by entering #makeforgood in your search when browsing Etsy. You will be products by entering #makeforgood in your search when browsing Etsy. You will be sale.

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Star candle

If you want to create a ‘Silver Lining’ for a young girl in Cambodia this year…then check out the #makeforgood collection in Etsyau. You will be so glad that you did!

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Because I am a Girl poem

We look forward to creating the best gift ever this year…the gift of hope! We are glad that you can be a part of it!

 

World Peace Day

 Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots
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World Peace Day (November 17th) appears to be a grass root effort made by curator, Don Morris. It is just one example of how one person can make a huge difference in the world.

World Peace Day encourages us to be kind and share peace through our daily activities. The easiest and most unique way to spread the peace (I think) seems to be by folding some origami cranes and leaving them around your city or town for all to see.
I reached out to some of my fellow Christmas in July members for some Peace Themed items to share today.
Nancy of EponasCrystals chose this Peace Heart Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet. She says, “What could represent peace better than the peace sign! In the 1950s the “peace sign”, as it is known today, was designed as the logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and adopted by anti-war and counterculture activists in the United States and elsewhere. The CND, headed by philosopher Bertrand Russell, was planning an Easter march to Canterbury Cathedral to protest the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston. By the end of the 1960’s, the symbol had been adopted as a generic peace sign, crossing national and cultural boundaries in Europe and other regions. The sign really became popular in the US during the 1960s and 70s, when it became associated with anti-Vietnam protests. Today the sign is a universal symbol of peace worldwide.”
Owner of StockLaneStudio chose this Peace Typography Print. She says, “In light of what’s going on in the world right now, especially this week in Paris, this is an important event! Just breathe some fresh air and relax everybody!!”
Samantha of DahlbyDesigns chose this Black Fused Glass Plate with White Daisy. She says, “A wonderful topic! This fused glass plate has a cheerful daisy at its center with captivating dichroic frit glass used as the stem. I have often visualized a field of daisies gently swaying in the breeze during stressful times, and I find that the movement and soothing color palette is very calming. The color changing stem in this piece adds a bit of surprise and invites us to look a little closer, to really notice the beauty in something delicate and peaceful.”
Janine of AllSortsOfSoaps chose this #makeforgood Christmas Candle. She says, “Peace is such a beautiful word and so hard to achieve. My #makeforgood Christmas Candle is especially made to give peace and support women and girls living in poverty in Cambodia through Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. For me, the candle flame represents hope, courage and peace in a world that sorely needs all three.”
Owner of EthicalInfant chose this Organic Cotton Baby Blue Onesie. She says, “Our item features the quote – “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa. These are words that we must all remember, especially now. Some will tell us to “be on the lookout” for those who wish us harm. Other may say to hunker down and not go out to where we could be venerable. We hope to challenge those sentiments. By looking at each other, kindly, embracing our differences and our similarities, and beginning a conversation with a smile, there is hope for all who wish to have it. Peace truly does begin with a smile.”
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Becky of LollysCubbyHole  chose this Joy Pallet Christmas Sign. She says “With Peace comes Joy. I wish for both; for the nation of France and the rest of our trouble strewn nations.”

I had a lot of fun putting this post together, and loved reading all the great stories that pair with these items that are all unique representations of peace.
How will you be celebrating and spreading the peace today? Please share your story below!

Show Us Your Workspace – All Sorts of Soaps

Contributor Post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we are visiting the studio of fellow team member Janine from All Sorts of Soaps.

Janine makes natural handmade soaps that are kind to your skin. No harsh chemicals. She has two soap ranges: Natural Handmade soaps which contain nothing artificial and Handmade soaps which contain a skin safe fragrance oil. She does not market these as natural unless the fragrance is an essential oil. These soaps are paraben and sodium laurel sulphate free and contain no petrochemicals. 10% of sales supports Compassion Australia’s Child Survival Projects.

As you can see Janine’s workplace is her Kitchen and her kitchen table is where she wraps her soaps. Janine stores her soaps, creams and supplies wherever she can find a space!

Welcome New Team Members – June 2015

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Wow – June certainly has been a boomer of a month for new membership!!

I suggest coffee and cake  to discover all the new shops and fantastic products to follow!

I’m new to the team, but can’t remember if I joined in late May or in June. I just know it was quite recently.

I’ve been crafting almost all my life. I got started by learning to knit at just 4 years old. I’m 59 now, and over the last 55 years have tried almost every type of craft there is. Some I loved and still do when I can, others I didn’t much care for and so never tried again. I started making jewellery 4 years ago and enjoyed it so much that I soon had way too much jewellery and realised that, if I wanted to continue making it, I would need to open a shop. So here I am.

I love working with beads, so most of the things I have in my shop are beaded. I’m keen to find other, non-jewellery, items that I can make using beading techniques, but so far I have only added beaded snowflake decorations to my shop. I have a large number of items ready to sell, but haven’t had time to list them yet as I’m also attempting to sell at as many craft fairs as possible. The craft fairs are fun but they take up sooo much time!

Here is an example of my work, a Kumihimo bracelet that is my most-viewed item:

Melissa R from missy69 says

I just joined a couple of days ago. A fellow member referred me to here. I am getting familiar with all the cool things you do on this team. About myself. I am a part time nurse, currently choosing to not work for a bit outside the home, mother of two children, 14 and 11. I have been homeschooling them both for the past 8 years.
I love to be creative. One of my newest things I am learning is plarn, wood burning, and upcycling. I hope to have some cool items soon. I love to draw, and paint, though I still have so much to learn. I began collecting gemstones when my son was a baby. After a while I figured I better do something with them, so I learned to make jewelry. I have expanded that learning into wire wrapping, and beading, along with my traditional gemstone jewelry. I also crochet, which is not new to me, but an old skill that I am relearning after many years of not doing it.
I have a hard working husband, and we live in the Sunshine State. I love to blog, write, take pictures, and learn all kinds of new things. I am an avid reader too. I guess that is enough, lol.

I am sharing one of my newest and most favorite paintings.

Well, hello there!

I have my Etsy shop since last September. I make original embroidery designs. I try adding listings as often as I can.
My recent Christmas-related one is this ornament design. I have a few of the kind, but this is my favorite from the lot:

I’m the busy tree rat behind “Nuttier Than A Squirrel”. I collect, create, photograph, and market my line of handmade acorn jewelry.

My shop sprouted in 2012 among the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. Last spring, I relocated to the Big Easy (New Orleans, Louisiana) to pursue art making on a full-time basis.

I keep my shop fresh with new stones offered in limited quantities, which change on a monthly basis. I am inspired by all things natural and love to spend my free time exploring new spaces with my old-school film camera. To find out more about my processes or shop, check out my “About Page“.

Here is a sample of Ruby Zoisite + Sterling Silver Acorn Earrings, which are a limited edition for July 2015.

I am the owner, designer, and metalsmith at Uruz Metals. My shop operates out of my home-based shop in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana.

I have been working with metal since 2004 as a student at Southern Illinois University. After college, I worked in the construction and pipe fitting industry with southern Illinois coalmines. In 2012, I was laid off from employment and jumped at the opportunity to invest my time into fine art production and developing my own business. To find out more, please check out my “About Page“.

My work gained quite a bit of notoriety in southern Illinois; so much so that I decided to take the leap into full-time art production in the art-loving Big Easy. I am currently working as an artist and freelance metalsmith, and enjoying every minute of it.

When I’m not working in my shop, I am enjoying all things New Orleans – art, food, and music!

This is one of my most recent postings – Black Pearl Drop Earrings inspired by the oysters of Louisiana.

I sell vintage items and wanted to have a Christmas in July sale in my shop this year. I have a few Holiday items and will be adding more this month. Been selling on Etsy since February 2013, retired from my librarian job after 38 years and love being retired and love selling on Etsy.
I just found this team as I was thinking about the prospect of Christmas in July. Someone mentioned the sale, and I started searching the forums, and this team was praised.
I started my shop, Of Mice and Elves, last June, and I sew aprons, including dress up aprons, and baby items. It was still in its infancy last July, so this will be my first year participating. In fact, I hadn’t even gotten my first sale until the middle of July! Since then, I have had almost 100 sales, which is a milestone in itself, and I am still thinking of new items to put in. I made fun presents for my nieces and nephews and everyone said I should sell them, so I decided to open shop. My busy season is usually Sept-Oct, as my dress up aprons make great Halloween costumes! I am in baby shower mode at the moment, and have had lots of opportunities to get my name out there with all the custom blanket and burp cloth bundles I’ve been making for family and friends’ new additions. I look forward to having some fun with the team in July at our event, and wish everyone happy sales!

This is my customizable baby shower bundle, which is my standard gift for any new mom, once I find out what her color scheme/nursery theme is. I have plans to add many more bundles with matching themed blankets and burp cloths over the next few months.

Epic Tees from EpicTees4You says

Hi everyone!

I’m Elitsa and me and my husband run a t-shirt shop on Etsy since last December.

We like to design matching t-shirts for best friends, married couples, parents and kids, etc.

We also have passion for funny quotes that go on apparel and reflect people’s personalities. We believe strong statements on your t-shirt can help you express yourself.

I’m happy to share one of our models here:

Amor Samson from VintageNook says

Hello everyone,

I am also new member, I am not familiar with this team. Maybe you can help me!

I am retired Restaurateur for 13 years now. I love to garden, make jewelry( took few lessons from our local Bead Store ). I became addicted with it. I also love vintage jewelry, home decor, vintage glassware and anything old. It fascinates me.

I hope you like my shop.

Karen from SilverTemptation says

Hi everyone,

My name is Karen and I’m new here. I’m from Malaysia. In case you don’t know where Malaysia is, we’re just right above Singapore!

My passion is designing and making jewelry. Lately I’ve added real butterfly wings to my designs. The butterfly wings are obtain from butterfly aviaries once their life has expired. No butterfly is harmed for my jewelry.

I’m also supporting an organisation called Primate Education Network. They have set up a shop on Shopify whereby for every monkey themed jewelry sold, I will contribute 15% of the proceeds to their organisation.

I love selling on Etsy. Do drop by my shop. Thank you.

Sandra from TheFeminineTouch says

Hello!

I’m Sandra from the UK , knitter and new knitting pattern designer.

Think I’ve been a member of CIJ for a few years but never ever posted on a thread before. I actively want to be involved this year.

Here’s my newest design created whilst on holiday. Was inspired by the lovely colours in the yarn and wanted to create something special that took advantage of all the summer colours and was pretty and feminine.

I’m Becky from Canada. I’m a yarn fanatic, and in my shop you’ll find crochet patterns, finished crochet items (mainly blankets and winter wear), and some knit items. I’ve got some weaving and locker-hooking items on my To Do list, too!

I just posted this pattern today. (As well as the sample, as a finished item for sale.)

I’m fairly new to selling on Etsy (I just opened up shop this February), so I’m very excited to be participating in this event! I’ve got my coupon code all set up and waiting to be activated. I can’t wait!

Hi I’m Jan from Queensland Australia. My passion is pottery and in particular crystal glazing. I made a variety of different items both functional and ornamental.

This is my first time in this team and am looking forward to the sale and joining in the rest of the year.

Hi Everyone – I am a jewelry artist. I enjoy many types of making jewelry including silversmith, wire wrapping, etc.

This is my latest design:

Laura from MajorLaura says

Hello,

I’m Laura Major, I’m making felted fashion accessories. Can look at my shop.

I live in Hungary, Europe.

I hope we’ll be together a good team.

Hi Everyone,

I’m Katrina from Tasmania, Australia.

I adore Vintage Jewellery and offer Vintage Jewellery in many different styles and eras. I look for individual and interesting pieces that show great condition and manufacture.

I’ve just joined The CIJ Team, (excited to have found you through my mothership team! – Australian Wandarrah) and my CIJ storewide promotion is from 19/6 to 16/7.

Hi, my name is Racheli. I am an illustrator. married and a mother of 2 from Israel.

I create a variety of items based on my original black and white illustrations. In my shop I have wood wall art, prints, printables, bowls and DIY kits.

I draw my images with pen and ink, and then print it on wood and paper, using a method called “Photo-transfer”.

Here is an example of my work:

Nadine Jalem from Love2quilt says

Hello everyone !

I love working with textiles and vibrant colors. I collect fabrics, fibers, threads and yarns to create unique pieces. It is sometimes a long process but, at the end, a very rewarding one. I also like to create small items for seasonal gifts giving.

You may follow me on :
Twitter : twitter.com/NadineFiberArt
Facebook : www.facebook.com/NadineFiberArt?ref=hl
Pinterest : www.pinterest.com/nadsoflo/

Here is one of my latest creations :

Hello everyone,

I learnt about this team through my Australian Wandarrah team & joined & set up my first CIJ sale this year!

Very excited to see how my sale goes & really happy to be a part of this team now too.

I’m sharing a picture of one of my favourite items to make, my fabulous Christmas Advent Calendars:

Hi, I’m Cat and heard about this team from Kelly at ColourscapeStudios over on AustralianWandarrah Team.

I’m from Australia ….way down the very bottom in Tasmania and I make quirky cat creations …mostly Flat Cat Heat Packs.

…and I have to admit to being a fabric addict.

Hello everyone.

I’m another Australian Wandarrah team member from Perth, WA.
I make bags, soft toys and recently tea cosys all from mostly cotton fabrics.

Looking forward to having my first Christmas in July sale and being a member of this team!

Hi everyone!

My name is Rasa (it means Dew) and I am the owner of Toyfifi shop, Shop of sweet and soft toys!

I sew toys for a few years now and I am loving it!

I love seeing how they become alive in kids hands, how much they are loved by little ones, I just can’t stop creating them. It is so much fun.

Here is my personalised Big bear:

Hi everyone!
I’m Rebecca and I am one of Mrs. Claus’s many elves around the world. I just joined the team and this is my first year for #EtsyCIJ. Very excited to get everything figured out and get up to speed.
I think I discovered the world of crafting in kindergarten when they handed me my first piece of paper and bottle of finger paints. I’ve been at it ever since.
I also have OCD, Obsessive Christmas Disorder which I thank my grandma for. When I was five she bought me my first little 3 foot aluminum tree with pink pine cone ornaments frosted in white. I haven’t stopped since. The crafting and Christmas became a natural extension of each other.
With Pinterest came a whole new world of crafting to explore and I became fascinated with the quilted Christmas ornaments. I made two and haven’t stopped since.

It didn’t take long to realize ornaments are a year round thing. I love the time and effort that goes into each one, from looking for just the right fabrics to go together, to the hand crafting of each unique one. I may use some of the same fabrics on several ornaments, but no two finished designs are ever the same. Each is created with love to hold memories for years to come and to be passed down from generation to generation. Mrs Claus and I would not accept anything less.

I am a Social Media Manager by day so if there is anything I can be a help with, just give me a shout out. This is my Frosty Winter Ornament.

Hello everyone,

My name is Chantale and I’m the owner of bijouchantalgelinas.
I’m been doing jewelry for about 8 years now.

I do craft show and festival here in Quebec and I have one in New Brunswick,

Just started last year’s to sell on Etsy. And I have my own website.

I’m looking forward to do the CIJ for the first time but got to read everything and join every social media. Thank you for this opportunity, I’m looking forward to it.

Hello, everybody.

I saw about CIJ on forums and thoughtt I would try doing it this year. I have had my shop since November 2013. I have sold my crafts for over 20 years at local shows.

I am 63 and had to finally learn to use a computer to do this! I have been sewing for 50 years now, and knitting and crocheting almost as long. Love working with fibers, yarns and fabrics. I sew most of my own modest clothes and have sewn for family and friends also. I enjoy making shawls to go with old fashioned style clothing.

I also love cats and dogs and nature themes. I have more ideas for things to make and sell than I have energy!

My husband helps with photos, computer training, and lifting and shipping. Here is a white bridal shawl I knitted:

Hello, from sunny Greece!

I’m Maria and also new member in this team.

I love to decorate a variety of different items with fabrics, flowers, papers and paint them with chalk paints for a romantic and shabby chic decor.

Here is one of my wreaths :

Hello and thank you for having me in the team !
I am a clothing designer and I am excited to show you some of my work:

Hi everyone!

My name is Jaquelina Verzino. I have been selling on Etsy for a few years now.

I am excited about this opportunity to get my name out there and glad to meet other artist through this event!

My shop is VolverbyJVerzino and I make hand carved Queen Anne style dolls and Santos dolls .

Hi, we joined today!

Our shop is quite new, but we are selling really unique items- from wrapped thread, we make small, framed landscapes for living or bedroom decoration, kids room decors from thread, greeting cards from thread, you would not find similar on etsy, gift sets and also small acrylic paintings for kids.

As we represent new technique, it would be great to get more popular and reach the costumer. Some of our works:

Hi everyone, just joined the team! I have been selling on Etsy since August of 2010. I make beaded jewelry and rosaries, and I also sell beads and jewerly supplies.

I created Bead Lovers Korner about 13 years ago and have been selling online ever since then. About 5 years ago I quit my full time day job to work at home operating my business. While it has it’s ups and downs, I love what I do and the flexibility of making my own hours!

I look forward to learning more on this team!

Hello Everybody.

My name is Roxana and I have been on Etsy for a few years. I live in Canada and grew up in Peru.

I crochet and knit all my products. I use a variety of yarn on my creations.

This is the first time participating in this event and I am looking forward to gain experience.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Ana Cravidao from acbeadsjewellery says

Hello everyone!

My name is Ana and I am based in Portugal. In my shop, that I’ve started about a year ago, I offer jewellery made with seed beads, pearls and crystals using the beadweaving technique, also called off-loom weaving, which means that just a needle and thread are used.

I have been making and designing jewelry for about 5 years. Before that my passion was photography and painting. I love arts and crafts so I love being here on Etsy where there are so many splendid artists.

This is the most exquisite and time-consuming piece I have for sale:

Hi and thanks for setting up this team and coordinating this great event! I’ve been on Etsy a little over a year and this is my first CIJ event – I’m excited to be a part of it!

I’ve been working with glass as a hobby for quite a while now, starting in the stained glass art and then moving into fusing glass. I enjoy the craft and spend as much time as I can in my home studio.

I sell my glass jewelry here on Etsy, but I’ve also been exploring making decorative and functional pieces as well, which I hope one day to sell too. Here’s a little sampling of my jewelry. I hope you like it!

Hi all

Very excited to be part of this team. I love the Christmas season.

My shop is chock full of vintage/antique items. I have always loved the designs and styles of long ago and so enjoy shopping (the best part) for new finds. What I find most rewarding is learning about older periods..so much history!

I look forward to my first year participating in Christmas in July.

Hello, everyone!

My name is Yvonne. I have been collecting Vintage jewelry for the past many years, and decided to turn my hobby into a business. I am new to Etsy, but have been selling on Ebay since 2007. My how time flies!! I am in the process of moving my inventory over to Etsy.

I specialize in Handmade vintage sterling silver jewelry, mostly Native American or Mexican mid-century designed. I am also interested in collectibles, also vintage. Please stop by my shop and say hello.

HelloY’All!

I am Debbie & opened my shop just this month and found this Team and LOVE the information already that is given by so many wonderful shops.

I am originally from Maine – born & raised. My husband Brian and I moved to Florida 1 1/2 years ago now, and love it! No more filling that outside wood boiler at midnight for heat or shoveling snow!

We owned a shop under another name – (Bib-Dazzle Me, LLC) specializing in Children’s Bibs, Blankets, Toys & more as I was running a day-care at that time and it seemed a logical choice.

In our “down-time” we both enjoy sailing and look forward to the day we can get our 25ft. Catilina sailboat down here from Maine and get back on the water! Enjoy spending time with our new 6 month old puppy Miss Bella, that we adopted 2 weeks ago at a local shelter.

And are avid Nascar fans.

I have Fibromyalgia and enjoy making my Natural Hot/Cold Wraps & Packs to help provide comfort and relief for many others. All specific designs are my very own, though I will never claim to have re-invented the wheel here as Hot/Cold Therapy as been around a long time. I do however know my product and strive to always provide quality product.

I look forward to “networking” with fellow shops and owners. So, please come on over to License 2 Craft, LLC and see for yourself what we are all about. I always give the “Love” back to any shop or social networking.

Hope to “meet ya’ll soon!” ~Debbie

Hello I am new to etsy (6 mos). I am a proprietor of a vintage shop. I collect and sell all things vintage. I pride myself on offering a wide array of vintage wares for every budget and taste. This is one of my favorite items from the shop.

Amath from Gomis says

Hi I’m the creator behind Gomis.

Whereby I travel around the world and work with local artisans to make wonderful and unique items that are hard to find in the States.

I’ve been to Brazil, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Mexico. I just came back from my recent trip to Brazil and these Soapstone pots are something I’m particularly proud about. They are Environmentally Friendly, make great gifts for cooks, and just look amazing!

Hello, I joined a couple of weeks ago and have set up my coupon code and also changed tags and headings to include CIJ or Christmasinjuly. I’m just wondering what else I should be doing? Pondering whether I should create a section for CIJ and just offer a percentage discount on the items in that section or apply the code to all the items in my shop. What do you all do?

I got this wonderful Christmas Harris Tweed last year from an independent weaver and my tweed coasters are selling well so thought I would feature these:

Hello

My name is Janine from NSW Australia, and I just joined this team today! I found this team as I was browsing my own team page and saw a post about Christmas in July. I’m not really sure how it works!

I recently opened up a natural soap store on Etsy and will be introducing Candles soon. One of my hopes as an Etsy seller is to contribute to my family, but also to give back something to those less fortunate than myself…that is why I support Compassion Australia’s Child Survival Programs.

Today I would like to post an item from my shop that could be repackaged to be a little more Christmassy…and that is my Pink Peppermint Soap…perhaps with some peppermint candy cane wrap…not sure.

Season’s Greetings!

I just joined this team yesterday, and although I have been selling on Etsy for a couple of years this is the first time my shop, Red Yucca Designs, will be part of Christmas in July.

I am from the Boston area originally, but relocated to southern Nevada in 1996. I have been painting and making things for decades (since I was a small child). I majored in visual arts in college many years ago (BFA in Painting), but I have gone in many different creative directions over the years, including 20 or so years doing graphic design and marketing communications, mostly for high-tech companies. I enjoyed that work but I am glad it is behind me now and I am spending my time making what I want to make, with no creative guidelines or restrictions. If someone likes what I make, great. If they like it enough to buy it, even better! It is fun being able to offer a variety of OOAK, handmade items in my Etsy shop, including jewelry, greeting cards and other assorted hand-painted goods.

Here is one of my newer items where it finally occurred to me (better late than never) to combine my painting with my jewelry making: one of my gemstone necklaces with hand-painted pendant.

I have just joined. My interests are in Vintage Wedding accessories. I hand make bridal head pieces. I also have vintage gift items and vintage jewelry.

Here are some samples in my shop.

Carrie from madcapz says

Hi Everyone – Can’t remember if I joined in May or June but glad to be here and excited for my first CIJ event!

I’m a mom to 2 great kids, wife to wonderful husband, and entrepreneur to Madcapz – my hat business started when I was sick and losing my hair and couldn’t find a fun feminine baseball cap!

Looking forward to Christmas in July and this is one of my fun caps that will be 20% off:

Hello I joined today and this is my first CIJ event not quite sure how it all works but willing too give it a go. I have enjoyed crafts most of my life, and had my own ceramic studio, many moons ago.

I love anything crafty, knitting sewing, jewelry, ceramics, stained glass and faberge style eggs.

Looking forward to the event.

Hello! Jewelry is my passion and I have been designing and creating pieces since I was a kid. Last year when my son was born prematurely and spent 33 days in the NICU I decided to quit my corporate job and become a stay at home mom. I opened my Etsy shop last month and am having such a blast making items to list, especially these fun up-cycled leather belt cuff bracelets.

It is so much fun! I used to sell at local craft fairs and trade shows but am excited to be part of the Etsy global community.

Allyson from USA! I picked up the rainbow loom when the craze swept last year and now as it becomes less popular I stick with it and amp it up a notch with unique items and beautiful color combinations! I also make friendship bracelets like you may have at summer camp as a child like I did, but I take them to the next level with intricate patterns and new styles.

Love the idea of Christmas in July because of how summery my shop is! Most of my items scream summer and the idea of a summer sale will hopefully lead to more sales and customers!

I just joined the team (better late than never).

I sell wall art, digital downloads, and stationery. Most of my items are Aviation or Nautical themed because my husband is a pilot and I grew up on the East coast.

Here is one of my newly listed items that I hope you like:

Well, that the new June members – visit their stores, fav some items and spread the love!