Items Of The Week: October Finds

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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Make It Metallic

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Metallic is defined as anything made of or looks like its made of metal. Different metals tend to be popular at different times. At this time silver seems to be the hot metallic. I know some who follow the trends, but truthfully its personal preference.

We want to see all your metallics. Tell us all about your metallic item. What is it? What does it do? And so on….

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says metallic means tin! I collect unique tins and I found this fantastic guitar tin. It’s clean, it shines and vibrates as it prepares to play for you! Rock and Roll!

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Electric guitar tin

Gillian from Gillisflowers said I like playing with different papers and often combine them in different ways. For this metallic looking hair comb I layered a VERY fine and delicate tissue paper in shades of blue on to a piece of silver foil paper. I love the finished effect and this hair comb really looks more like metal than paper.

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Rose hair clip

Linda from LazyYVintage states these lovely green metal angel candle holders are a favorite of mine. They have brass candle holder cups and are painted to look like tarnished copper.

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Green metal angel candle holder

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies says being a supplies shop I have lots of metal in my shop!! These swirly beads are my favourite at the moment … I love the way they capture and reflect light due to their flowing shape.

Because of this swirly reflective quality they are not only great for statement jewellery but would also be great for home decor design such as wind chimes!

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Silver swirl beads

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said a lightweight little bag to use for evening is great with a metallic touch! One of these has gold metallic accents with green and the other has silvery metallic with teal. Both make a great gift!

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Metallic evening bag

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we originally created this design for the Net Neutrality protest many years ago now, but we keep it listed to show our support for Net Neutrality. We encourage Etsy sellers to show your advocacy in your Etsy shop and social media. www.etsy.com/advocacy/net-neutrality

Personalization, using any combinations of the designs in our portfolio and fonts we have available in our selection, is included in the cost of the products in our Etsy shop, but we also offer and specialize in commissioned inspired designs including images submitted on request. Submit your own images, have us create an inspired design with your inspiration.

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Net neutrality stainless steel mug

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says this necklace is made from upcycled metal guitar strings wound with a thin metal jewellery wire. The memory wire necklace is also metal, and while the feature bead is plastic it has a statement metal presence.

This is a great gift for the music lover!

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Guitar string necklace with silver bead

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said here is gold gilt vintage 1950s electric alarm clock by Matson it has an ornate ormolu gilt frame with dogwood bird.

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Vintage matson gold gilt clock

Connie from Bungalow42 states the Mardi Gras rainbow of shimmering colors in these dangle earrings will literally go with any party attire. Check out all those cool iridescent colors. No glitter here but rather a metallic finish applied to these most unusual lightly ribbed vintage lucite beads.

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Mardi gras lightweight earrings

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says love I adore metallic … adds fantastic touch to mundane pieces. like the metallic finish on these oval beads –featured in my Christmas ornaments.

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Silver peacock Christmas tree ornament

Tovi from tovisorgaboutique said we print on leather and have a very unique range printing on metallic leather, so our products have a beautiful metallic feature, combined with rich, high-definition print design.

Some of our most popular products include metallic leather clutch bags, cuff wallets, bracelets and this particularly yummy Birds of Paradise tote bag – which features a toucan on one side and a cockatoo on the other.

Leather tote bag

Nancy from EponasCrystals states gold, gold and more gold! This statement ring has layers of golden ball chain and rhinestone cup chain, with Swarovski crystal chatons.

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Rhinestone statement ring

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says my sweet metallic silver flower girl basket will bring smiles to everyone as she walks down the aisle spreading her rose petals. The PERFECT accessory for the PERFECT wedding.

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Flower girl vintage basket

 

Beach Time

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

For some of us, August may be our last chance to hit the beach for the summer. What do you love most about the beach, and which/where is your favorite? We asked our teamies what they bring (or sell) related to BEACH TIME (!) and here’s what they said!

This photograph was captured on the Oregon Coast (I offer a printed and printable version). My children and their cousins were having a little beach therapy: sinking their feet in the sand. The wild natural beaches of the Pacific North West are my favorite. The chilly waters of the ocean along the Oregon coast can be too much for some, but with temperatures reaching 107°F (42°C) in much of the state for the first week of August, the Oregon beaches are the place to be.

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Beach House Print, Black White Children’s Room Wall Art, Play in sand nursery decor, ocean nature print, nautical kid’s art 5×7 8×10 11×14

At Design’s the Limit we have an entire section of our shop dedicated to Destination Themed Picture Frames including a number of Tropical, Carribean, & Beach Themed Destinations! We encourage beach goers and vacationers to take a picture and share your experiences with the world! Inspire others with your custom picture frame and the memories of the moments they contain @DesignstheLimit.

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Vacation to Remember Picture Frame with Font Selection (Select Size and Frame Orientation)

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:

Watching the water from the beach is a peaceful pastime! Nothing soothes like the sights and sounds of waves and blue water. Any coastal drive or town is a fun visit to the lovely ocean! Here is a sailboat scene on my little mini pocket. Perfect for a any sailing enthusiast.

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Sail Boats on the Water Credit Business or Frequent Shopper Card Holder Case

I can’t think of the beach without the sight and sound of waves breaking on the shore. If you explore beneath the waves, you might be surprised at the variety of sea creatures that inhabit the reefs. Our “Reef Buddies” quilt features pieced wave blocks along with colorful creatures from the shallow seas. Use this pattern to make a keepsake of your perfect beach vacation!

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Ocean animal applique PDF baby quilt pattern; paper pieced wave block; fish or shark quilt pattern; child’s quilt pattern; reef buddies

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 said:

My family started an annual beach trip and we went to the Oregon Coast this year. It was really cold there but I loved watching my nieces and nephews play, a couple of them had their first time seeing the ocean! I have this adorable beach theme scrapbook in my shop perfect for those cute photos of kiddos playing on the beach.

Beach Theme Scrapbook Album

Beach Theme Scrapbook Album

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

One glance at my shop will tell you that I am fond of the beach. I grew up near the Texas coast and spent many happy childhood days on the beach with my family. As I grew my love of the beach flourished. I learned to surf in high school though anyone familiar with the Texas coast knows that the waves are usually kinda lame short of an approaching hurricane. Storms aside catching a modest wave on my giant surf board (dating myself here) was always a thrill.

It is this love of the beach that inspires many of my designs but none more perhaps than my shell earrings. Each shell is spaced expressly to mirror the opposite earring. Given the unique nature of shells no two earrings are identical which is part of their charm. The shells sway gracefully on waxed linen thread and make a lovely sound that is so faint only the wearer will hear its whisper.

Get your beach on!

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Tiger Nassa and Mixed Shell Earrings

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

My favorite place to visit the ocean beaches is New Zealand. Not so much for white sand, but I love rocky coastlines, and NZ has lots and lots of that. I find beaches especially interesting when there are seashells to find and rocks to explore.

This stationery / printable journal set is from a variety of beaches – New Zealand and California, but I’m not sure to be honest where they all were. I sell scrapbooking items but I am pretty poor at actually finishing scrapbooking, and have lots of unlabeled travel photos in drawers and on the computer. I hate that I am so disorganized!

Beach Printable Art Journal Pages

Beach Printable Art Journal Pages

 

I was half brought up on the beach with spending all holidays at the family beach house! At this time it was a sleepy seaside town, now it is a commercial metropolis with corporate surf shops and fashion labels – needless to say I don’t go there anymore!

But I do still love the beach in summer. These beach themed charms are ideal for adding summer accents to your jewellery, bunting, handbags, and home decor.

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Gold Plastic Pendants Charms – Seahorse or Shell – 40mm – jewellery making, sewing, Crafts, Gift Wrapping & Costumes by DeeDeeSupplies

 

I was raised surf fishing and enjoying the beach, fishing, relaxing, and camping as a child, here in Florida.

Many of my pieces are beachy, but not typical in my opinion.
I prefer the early morning and the eveing and the night, which is reflected in my artwork and functional art pieces. I hope you enjoy this entry.

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Navy Peony, Beach house decor, set of 2, ocean cloth napkins, heavy, quality navy linens, hand painted original design, gift

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

This my absolute favorite item in our shop, and going to the beach is the most magical of all vacations. We really like Destin, FL and the Gulf of Mexico. I bring my beach chair, a good book, and an umbrella. I can spend all day there, watching the waves and just be still. There is a spirituality about it and peace just flows through you.

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Vintage Beach Art Ink Drawing, Honey I’m Home! Black and White Sea Gulls Building a Nest Ocean Beach House Home Decor Decor Birds Nests

JO from alustrousjewellery said:

The thing I love most about the beach is collecting sea shells. We have a lot of good beaches near by. I have a few beach inspired items, this is one of my favourites as I love seahorses.

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Seahorse, Seahorse Necklace, Sterling Silver Seahorse Necklace, Beach Necklace, Ocean Necklace, Sea Necklace, Marine Necklace, Fish Necklace

I am spending much of the summer on Cape Code shell collecting! Here’s a brass shell favorite from my own collection!

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Brass Sea Shell Wall Hanging Polished Solid Brass Nautical Wall Decor Sturdy Hook For Hanging Beach House Decor Gift Summer House Gift

Linda Britt from BrittDesign said:

I live in the desert and going to the beach usually means a trip to San Diego. I love walking the beach and finding artifacts. That gave me the idea for the polymer and angel skin coral necklace.

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Bohemian Necklace – Ivory Pendant – Angel Skin Coral Chain – Polymer Pendant

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

Who doesn’t like to see dolphins when they’re at the beach? Beach and dolphins go hand in hand for me! But since you can’t go to the beach every day to see these amazing creatures, this wine bottle stopper can bring back the happy memories of when you did!

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Dolphin Charm Interchangeable Beaded Wine Bottle Stopper / Decorative Wine Bottle Stopper Accessory

I remember our trips to Myrtle Beach and Tybee Island with our children when they were small. It was the best time ever just to see their little faces light up at the sight of all that water!! We always came back home with tons of beautiful sea shells with plans to create something special to remember our trip.
Although, I never liked the salty water on my skin I did however, love walking through the cool sand as the sun would set and at early morning sunrise!!

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Sea Shells On the Beach Dog Bandana, Gifts for Dogs, Dog Bandana with Shells, Gifts for Dog Lovers

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm said:

My favourite beach as a child was Air Papan Beach in Mersing, Malaysia. My family used to go there very often, and I remember making many various sand cakes (they don’t really count as castles) with the very white and very clean sand. The sand would squeak if you rubbed your feet in it the right way, which was a constant source of amusement for me as a young child.

I love collecting seashells on the beach! There are always so many different shapes and types of shells. This is a special piece of jewellery I made with a collected seashell and bead embroidery.

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Bead embroidery white seashell ring: Statement ring, bead embroidered ring, seashell ring, adjustable ring, nautical jewelry, mermaid gifts

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns said:

Nothing like the beach on a hot day! I love to read a book relax and watch the water and waves. My favorite times are when my children were small nothing like the joy on there faces as they played in the sand and water. Of course I loved having a cool swimsuit to wear too!

1950’s Style Swimsuit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated – fun items!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

Modern Marvels

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

We wanted to celebrate all things modern and trendy, so we asked our team mates what they offer (and love) that fits in that category — even if they were only modern once upon a time. Here’s what they shared.

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

You can’t get much more modern than cell phones and tablets! This adorable cell phone stylus/charm is a great idea for anyone who has trouble with big fingers and texting!

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Black Adjustable Mini Stylus Charm – Cell Phone Charm – Stylus Beaded Charm – Cell Phone Dust Plug – Technology Tablet Stylus

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

This train case may not appear to be a “modern marvel”, but back in the day, all traveling ladies carried a train case for their personal items such as cosmetics, hygiene/personal care, and prescriptions. Small enough to hold all essentials for travel and still fit on a small airplane, bus, or train compartment.

Today this train case has made a comeback for use by many types of artists. Makeup artists use these convenient train cases for storing their favorite cosmetics for use in the theater, movie sets, and on site filming locations. Painting artists love these cases for storing all their paint brushes, paint tubes and supplies. Ladies are even using their train cases as a handy storage for “handyman” items such as nails, screws, hammers and screwdrivers! So many clever ideas for such a small piece of luggage!

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Vintage Dark Gray Train Case by American Tourister with Tray and Pouch, Artist Cosmetics Makeup Travel Case, Carry On Luggage, Storage

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

Steel was something that once we had it … it took us into the future… high rise buildings… bridges and so much more… steel was a wonderful Modern Marvel that took us far into our modern times.

Here is some crafting corners that have the modern look of steel…

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Picture Corners / Brad Corners / Silver / Stripe Design/ Steel Look

I do not think people back in the days had purse charms! So this is my modern marvel!

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pink/ opalite /jade carved glass flower zipper pulls, journal- planner charms, add on gift bag , Buddha- Zen – lotus, wristlet clip, gift

Lia Altink from Lietjesmarket said:

I make hand made fly bonnets for horses. It started with one for my son and then the unicorns took a flight when I started making them. This is a long model fly bonnet — they are also very popular.

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Long fly bonnet brown, brown flybonnet, long model earbonnet pony, flyveil long brown pink, pink trim, soundless bonnet, fly bonnet horse

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

Mood beads were first seen as a modern miracle and popular fad in the late 1970’s and today mood jewelry is as popular as ever.

So, the idea behind mood jewelry is simple: worn on your wrist, neck or finger the changing color of mood beads reflect the state of your emotions. For example darker shades of blue indicates the wearer is calm or relaxed, purple signals happiness and black suggests stress or anxiety. The real deal? The beads change color in response to the body temperature of its wearer.

The bicone (long cone shape) mood bead in this bracelet utilizes the same tech (thermo-sensitive liquid crystal) as the 70’s mood rings. Since this groovy mood bead changes color with the varying temperature of your skin, this “modern miracle” bracelet is a kaleidoscopic of fun.

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Lightweight Bicone Mood Bead with Honey Hued Resin Boho Bracelet

The pen is still mightier than the sword and the invention of the ballpoint pen is one of the most empowering moments in history! Even in our now digital age, there is something majestic about a handwritten letter. We know the pen will never be outdated and our personalized pen set is making the pen new again as a wonderful gift for any recipient, occasion, and heartfelt moment. Encourage penmanship and inspire the world with your words!

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Personalized Rosewood Pen Set with Engraved Pen Case and Choice of Personalized Pen, Pencil, or Letter Opener (Each – Enter Name & Font)

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Music Boxes Were Popular Back In Time But Today They Are Combined With Glitter and Water. Shake and Play Music!

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Angels Water Globe Music Box I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing 2 Angels With Wings Rose Crowns Pink Heart Arrow Rainbow in Back

Thank you to everyone!

Until next time,

Sheila

Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Emma Kaufmann/ StudioEmmaKaufmann / Baltimore, MD / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Lucy / farmersattic / Springville, PA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Jean F. / LuckySeaGlassJewelry / Vienna, VA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Patty / PupcakesBowWowtique / Orlando, FL / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. marijean / MariMartiDesigns / West Palm Beach, FL / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Linda / LazyYVintage / Elgin, IL / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Connie Lee / Bungalow42 / Austin, TX / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Kristina / GriffinMaille / Austin, TX / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. Desert Dabbler / Desert Dabbler / Surprise, AZ / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Jennifer Leipis / MPALEDesigns / Yuma, AZ / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Mrs. A. / 2aEmporium / Duncan, OK / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Sarah / BellaBoutique23 / Umatilla, OR / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus!

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus: Bungalow42

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 Shop – Connie Lee from Bungalow42

Bungalow42

1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

The name of my shop is Bungalow42. I believe that inspiration can come from almost anywhere. For example I find myself inspired by the flowers, birds and butterflies that surround our home this spring. I also find inspiration from other diverse sources like music, art, photography, fashion and dream fragments. That said, people have always been a source of inspiration and endless fascination in my work and in my life. My hometown Austin, Texas whose motto is “Keep Austin Weird”, is truly a treasure trove of talented, creative, fun and weird (in a good way) people.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

The most obvious evolution would have to be the expansion of my inventory. Bungalow42 will have over 200 listings before the end of 2017. Perhaps not as obvious is the evolution of my photography skills. I have subsequently replaced all of my original listing photos so it isn’t really obvious to anyone but me how much they have improved in the last three years. This year I added professional model photos that provide a sense of scale and proportion that is difficult to convey in studio “product only” photos.

3. What do you love most about your work?

The continued joy of creating. I get just as excited today seeing a new design come to fruition as I did after completing my very first piece. My approach to design is more akin to doodles in a journal that somehow miraculously end up as an actual piece of jewelry.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

My playlist generally consists of random play in iTunes from our digital library of over 29K songs. My husband and I think of it as our own personal radio station. Our taste in music is diverse and can range from rhythm and blues, to jazz, rock and roll, reggae and singer/songwriters. As I’m writing this piece my studio has been filled with the sounds of Tom Waits, Teresa James, Irma Thomas and The White Stripes.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

At the moment I am between books. I just finished a science fiction book entitled Red Rising by Pierce Brown. More often than not my reading preference tends toward detective/crime novels. I am pretty sure that I inherited my love of reading and this genre in particular from my grandmother. She would go to the library every week and check out several books, mostly detective/crime novels and proceed to consume them voraciously.

Like my grandmother I can and do read almost anywhere. If I can scratch out some reading time I will take it wherever and whenever it comes…

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Bungalow42

Pinterest: Bungalow42

Twitter: Bungalow42

Website: Bungalow42

Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus! A party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #s 2017 – USA Focus will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Emma Kaufmann/ StudioEmmaKaufmann / Baltimore, MD / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Lucy / farmersattic / Springville, PA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Jean F. / LuckySeaGlassJewelry / Vienna, VA / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Patty / PupcakesBowWowtique / Orlando, FL / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. marijean / MariMartiDesigns / West Palm Beach, FL / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Linda / LazyYVintage / Elgin, IL / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Connie Lee / Bungalow42 / Austin, TX / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Kristina / GriffinMaille / Austin, TX / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. Desert Dabbler / Desert Dabbler / Surprise, AZ / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Jennifer Leipis / MPALEDesigns / Yuma, AZ / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Mrs. A. / 2aEmporium / Duncan, OK / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Sarah / BellaBoutique23 / Umatilla, OR / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus!