Favourite Items You Have Made

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0.

Everyone has a favourite item that they have made, you pride yourself over it and customers love it.

We at CIJ love to see pictures and know what Favourite Items You Have Made? Why is it your favourite? Below are some favourite items.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says: This is a new design, and one of my favorites because I just love the way the little flowers and vase turned out. I used the same image in a birthday card as well but with dots for the background. I’m having fun with new design techniques and this is one example.

Printable Mother’s Day card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard and Tatiana’s from DesignstheLimit says: Most of the decanters in our shop are 100% lead-free crystal and safe for storage, but we have one flint glass or lead crystal decanter available. Originally discovered by Englishman George Ravenscroft in 1674, the technique of adding lead oxide improved the appearance of the glass and made it easier to melt. The use of the term lead crystal remains popular for historical and commercial reasons. Lead crystal glassware was formerly used to store and serve drinks, but due to the potential health risks of lead, this has become rare. They are still beautiful works of art to be appreciated for their beauty and we have only one available while supplies last. We specialize in sandcarved wine and spirit decanters and offer a selection of design and font choices accepting custom order requests.

If you are looking for the ultimate gift for the men and women in your life, give a personalized gift that will be treasured and can be put to good use! We have a number of lead-free decanters available and look forward to working with you to build the wet bar of your dreams. Ship direct to your gift recipient with gift wrap and gift cards available!

Deep Carved Crystal Decanter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lida Pereira from lililapt says: This towel set of three pieces (small, medium and big) is my favourite, although I love all the pieces I embroider and/or crochet.

In my opinion, they are beautiful, the colours are fantastic and the quality of the material is exceptional. They were made WITH lots of LOVE!!!

Bathroom towel sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says: Why is this stool my favourite? Probably because I am a fan of seemingly simplistic design. This stool operates like a finely tuned watch. The engineering involved to make the item work as intended is quite involved. I have, over time, evolved the making process to enable me to offer the item at a reasonable price with a high level of build quality. Soon to be available in three different height. Each change of height requires the reengineering of 4 elements to ensure that the item operates as intended. The devil is in the detail. I love it!!

Folding stool or side table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: I would have to say that my favorite part of being an Etsy seller is the chance I get to make custom art and signs. I really love helping make an event special. And I take pride in the fact that I work really closely with each customer to get their personalized print or printable just right.

Custom quote digital sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all who has took part in this blog, it was lovely reading about your Favourite Items.

Julie

Leadership Spotlight – ApronStringsOwlLady

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

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

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Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady is our next honoree!

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

I didn’t know about the CIJ team until this year when one of my other teams, Picking Paradise, ran a CIJ post and I saw this team for the first time.

I love that this team is so upbeat and enthusiastic! It’s great. I decided to join and see what it was all about – I love Christmas!

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

I decided to become a leader because it sounded like total fun and an unexpected blessing coming my way!I haven’t been a leader very long – but I’m enjoying learning all about it and having access to the leader realms, and getting to know everyone.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I like to give other’s room to expand, grow, express and be creative. I am not an authoritarian yet can be, but have always loved being around people and seeing all their creativity and learning from them.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

My shop is the Apron Strings Owl Lady Shop. The name was chosen because years ago I ran a brick and mortar store and a in-home party plan craft and floral business with my mom, Lilly – thus, Apron Strings.
We were very successful and it was a lot of fun.

5. What are your social media sites?

www.facebook.com/apronstringslady
www.pinterest.com/oleasure/
twitter.com/JerryandOpal
www.instagram.com/opalleasure/

DeeDeeDeesigns – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

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DeeDeeDeesigns

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hello, my name is Dawn Whitehand, and my shop is DeeDeeDeesigns. I live on a ten-acre property in a semi rural town in regional Victoria, Australia. It is a beautiful spot and inspires me everyday.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I began making jewellery after an injury to my hand in 2011. The injury meant I couldn’t make larger sculptural works or go on the potter’s wheel for quite some time. So I began making pendants and beads from clay, mostly inspired by the textures and organic colours within my environment..
Since then my jewellery design has expanded to include recycled materials, such as buttons, paper and discontinued beads.

I like the idea of repurposing as it fits within my overall ethical principles – recycling is something I do in every aspect of my life, from gardening to art!

3. What is your creative process?

My creative process varies. Sometimes I have a specific idea in mind an other times I sit down as my jewellery bench and just let the design flow freely – this can sometimes result in some beautiful designs, or at the least can inform future design ideas.

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DeeDeeDeesigns

4. Where do your materials come from?

My ceramic pendants and beads come from the Earth – this is one of the aspects I love about clay! My recycled components come from anywhere I come across something I think would make a jewellery contribution.

5. Do you take custom orders?

Yes, I enjoy custom orders, although sometimes they can be scary … there is always that nagging “what if” feeling, but so far my custom orders have all worked out in happy customers.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I have never taken any formal training in jewellery making…. While I have a strong formal design background I have learnt the ‘technicalities’ of jewellery making from tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest and various other channels.

7. What are your social media sites?

You can follow me at:

Facebook www.facebook.com/Deedeedeesignsaustralia-590665754357532/
Twitter twitter.com/deedeedeesigns
Blog dawnwhitehand.wordpress.com/
Pinterest pinterest.com/dawnwhitehand
Instagram instagram.com/dawnwhitehand

QuiddityGifts – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Anisa from  QuiddityGifts

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QuiddityGifts

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hiya!

Anisa here…the creative magic behind QuiddityGifts, an online handmade jewellery shop with my studio based in Wistaston, Cheshire, England. Mustn’t forget my miniature dachshund Maya…lap warmer and model for the QuiddityGifts’ logo!

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

This is a hard question as I’m inspired by everything!

My passion for jewellery was born from my love of travelling as jewellery souvenirs are small, lightweight, and guaranteed to remind me of trips with family, friends, or even solo adventures. My goal is to make jewellery that holds special memories for those who wear it.

I’m lucky to have lived all over the world, so I’ve been influenced by Arabic architecture, bright colours of Mexican traditional clothing, abstract images of nature from Native Canadian tribes, and the nature of the English countryside.

My bestselling line of Morse Code jewellery was inspired by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada. It is a striking building with the outside covered in Morse Code. It reminded me of passing secret messages on notes in school and I love the idea of wearing messages hidden in jewellery. It brings out the kid in me, I guess!

3. What is your creative process?

My first lines of motivational jewellery started with the feeling that I wanted people to have when they wore it, and I worked backwards from that.

People may say that I’m a wee bit messy…I have a tendency of starting lots of projects at once and maybe not finishing them until weeks later when I’ve finally tracked down the perfect bead or charm.

4. Where do your materials come from?

I use a variety of different materials, most of which are sourced locally in England; however, some of my beads have come from markets in South America and Spain.

My most prized material is the vintage lace made by my great-grandmother which I use to texture paper-clay pendants for extra-special 1st anniversary gifts.

Although the wood used in my pendants is sustain-ably grown, plans for future projects include recycling and up cycling metals and woods to create more environmentally friendly collections.

5. Do you take custom orders?

The definition of “Quiddity” is the essence of what makes someone or something unique, the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes it special. I chose this as the name for my business as I believe that giving a handmade gift that has been created as a custom, personalized, or one-of-a-kind piece turns it into a treasured possession.

Most of my sales are custom orders, and I especially enjoy working with clients to create something that is personal and unique to them. I love wedding jewellery…but anniversary gifts are my favourite!

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Quiddity Gifts was created after an unexpected change in my life caused me to end a 13 year long career in education, and my initial focus was on motivational pieces to remind me that “every cloud has a silver lining” and I should “turn over a new leaf”. You might be able to tell…I was an English teacher and love my idioms!

7. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.QuiddityGifts.etsy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuiddityGifts

Instagram: www.instagram.com/QuiddityGifts

Twitter: www.twitter.com/QuiddityGifts

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/QuiddityGifts

Blog: www.QuiddityGifts.wordpress.com

Website: www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk

Leadership Spotlight – LilFoxDesigns

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

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

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Mary Avelis from LilFoxDesigns is our next honoree!

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

Wanting to expand my knowledge of running a successful shop on Etsy.

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

I was asked by Michelle, It sounds like something that I can get into, and share ideas!

3. What is your style of leadership?

Listening to all opinions, every one has good ideas, why not use them all!

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I’m Mary. I am recently married and a home owner. My husband and I spend our days off working to improve out 116 year old home. As well as working together to build a better business. He is my moral support, and I could send him to the quilt store any time, and know he would come back alive! I love my little shop! Li’l Fox Designs. I have been attending craft shows for about 8 years. I have been working on my Etsy shop for 2 years, last year has been picking up and I have over come obstacles and hit the goals I have set for myself. I will soon be expanding my cotton line to clothing, and hopefully go to part time, at my day job. And start a family in August.

5. What are your social media sites?

twitter.com/lilfoxdesigns
www.instagram.com/lilfoxdesigns/
www.facebook.com/lilfoxdesigns/
www.facebook.com/groups/455399141326937/
lilfoxdesigns.blogspot.com/

Leadership Spotlight – VintageEves

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

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

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Rheta Parziale from VintageEves is our next honoree

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

When I first joined Etsy, I began looking for a way to promote my business. I ran across the CIJ team and took a look at their threads. I liked that they were different in that they were promoting each other on other social media sites, not just Etsy.

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

I became a team leader because I like helping others. The position allows me to promote others on social media while also helping my own business. I liked that the team understands that I have a lot going on outside of Etsy and can only devote so much time.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I like to help from behind the scenes. I think it is important to be the foundation and let others fly.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I am a single mom, a special education teacher and I have a love of vintage. I started the shop to earn a little extra income and to basically support my love of buying vintage. Eve is my middle name which is where the name of the shop comes from.

5. What are your social media sites?

Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/VintageEves
Twitter: twitter.com/reparziale
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/vintageeves/
Blog: vintageeves.wordpress.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vintageeves

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