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/

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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

 

#CIJDeckTheHalls – Artpixie Art

Contributor post by Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Let’s visit artpixies home 

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

When I was a freshman in college I went to a fancy dinner at the home of one of the adult sorority sponsors. It was a Christmas wonderland (she had 3 trees!) yet, tasteful and she had made so many of the items. It still inspires me today. I just wish I’d had a camera phone then.

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

I decorate just about everywhere, except my husband’s office. He wants one Christmas free room.

3. When do you start decorating?

I change decorations for each holiday, and I love my thanksgiving stuff just as much so, I don’t change it until after thanksgiving dinner. Then we put up the tree and break out the Christmas CDs for singing together.

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4. How does where you live influence your decorating?

I used to have a “bear-y cute” Christmas tree when I lived up north where bears were all the rage. But since moving into the southwest, I’ve moved to the red rock colors – sort of; deep red, chocolate and old gold.

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5. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: artpixie

SketchFest: Ellen Million Graphics

Pinterest: AmyArtPixie

Instagram: artpixieart

Twitter: AmyArtPixie

Facebook: ArtpixieArt

#CIJDeckTheHalls – VintageEves

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Let’s visit VintageEves  home 

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

I have an eclectic style of decorating. I don’t go all-out but I put a few things out that I have collected or been given over the years. Even as kids, the tree went up but we did not do a lot of holiday decorating. A little red and green here and there and the tree.

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

The decorating usually starts in the living room with the tree and the village that goes underneath. I love the look of a natural tree but prefer my artificial tree for sustainability – and it’s pretty much paid for itself over the last 10 years. The decorations then expand into the kitchen and then outside with a wreath and some poinsettia. I live in an apartment so I can only do so much outside decorating.

3. When do you start decorating?

When my kids were little, the tree went up the day after Thanksgiving, sometimes that very day. But as teenagers, the date has been pushed back. This year it will probably go up about 2 weeks from Christmas.

4. How does where you live influence your decorating?

We live in New England and the weather has been unusually warm this year. That may be what is influencing the lack of decorating spirit this year. We are focusing on ways to help others during this holiday season, though. There are many people who need help when the wind really starts to blow around here.

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5. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/vintageeves/

My blog: vintageeves.wordpress.com/

and Twitter: twitter.com/reparziale

Leadership Spotlight – GinnyPenny

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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Susie Lee from GinnyPenny is our next honoree.

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

I joined because I knew some of the members and because my Christmas season is busy and I wanted to get some marketing ideas to spread the sales through the rest of the year. I had a lot of fun promoting this past July and have made new friends on Instagram through the team.

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

Well I was just asked to join, so I am looking forward to helping where I can and learning from the other leaders.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I think the best in people comes out when they are given creative freedom and positive direction. I am pretty laid back and always do well under leaders that are as well.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I make plush robots. They are lots of fun and I have great customers. I am also moving into making more patterns. GinnyPenny is my nickname for my daughter, and I named my shop after her. I am married and have two kids, a 3-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. We live in Utah. I just recently went from full-time to only working two days a week at my job so I can focus more on my Etsy store. It’s a leap of faith and will be an adventure.

5. What are your social media sites?

blog: www.ginnypenny.com/

twitter: twitter.com/ginny_penny/

Instagram: instagram.com/ginny_penny/

Pinterest www.pinterest.com/ginnypenny/

Leadership Spotlight – CaffeinatedPapercuts

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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Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts is our first honoree

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

Oh my, I think originally it was to find out more about the CIJ sale each year and then I stayed for the business tips and constructive chatter. I like that we’re a judgement-free zone that works towards helping our members, not just pushing promotion after promotion.

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

I believe my promotion happened when the CIJ blog was in its infancy; regular contributors were needed and it sounded like fun. I enjoy interacting with our members and seeing what talents they have. One of my favorite series so far was Christmas Around the World, remember that one? So many beautiful places to visit and experience through our members. My fellow leaders are so easy to work with as well; we all understand that sometime ‘real life’ gets in the way and then everyone moves in to pick up the slack. It’s a true team around here.

3. What is your style of leadership?

Is passive-aggressive a style? LOL I’ll passively put out a topic that requires member input, then aggressively demand answers when the deadline gets close. Hand me a task and I’ll run with it, and I’m always happy to help out the team.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I’m an engineer, mom, wife, and coffee-drinker by day and a crafter by night. Yes, with more coffee; it is my blood type. My shop is a paper lover’s paradise filled with handmade goodies – greeting cards, coasters, gift tags, invitations…anything I can create with paper and ink.

5. What are your social media sites?

Oh, there’s a bunch, because I do love social media!

Blog – www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/caffeinatedpapercuts

Twitter – www.twitter.com/caffpapercuts

Instagram – www.instagram.com/caffeinatedpapercuts

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/caffeinatedpapercuts

Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/caffpapercuts

Periscope – www.periscope.tv/caffpapercuts