Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour – #CIJParty 2018

Guest Contributor Post By Mike Of BurntEarthHorseHair

New Mexico’s early Spanish colonists made little bonfires of burning pinon to light the way for the Christ child’s visit on Christmas Eve. These small farolitos brightened processional routes to midnight mass in the village/ pueblo church. They were placed along pathways to homes, and a little fire in front of each home was kept burning throughout the night.

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Modern New Mexicans continue this traditional luminaria lure, by using commercial candles, sand, and paper bags. Candles flickering in these ceramic clay horsehair fired luminarias bags made by BURNTEARTH HORSEHAIR FIRED POTTERY continue this festive Christmas customs. I cut into the front of the bag and leave open spaces to show the light of the candles.

Luminarias today are still lit by simple folk whose hearts believe the Christ child wanders softly through the night and blesses all who set a guiding light.

When I escaped from Kansas at a very young age to New Mexico that first year was learning about the customs and traditions of New Mexico. One that we truly fell in love with was setting up luminaria bags on Christmas Eve. It became so popular that 10’s of thousands of people would come to Albuquerque to stay on Christmas Eve and tour the city viewing the lights. It became so commercialized that after I became a traffic cop I spent too many years to remember directing traffic or leading tours of buses full of people enjoying the view. We have done this in my family for years and have pasted it on to the grandchildren. In the 22 years of doing this, it only snowed once on Christmas Eve and that night it was the most beautiful and memorable Christmas Eve I had.

I offer different size bags and prices range from $5-$50. Along with a wide variety of patterns including a Southwestern Adobe Home with drying chiles, a Native American turtle symbol and several NM pueblo churches are drawn on the front along with first American symbols.

Here is a great photo of our luminaria’s in Los Angeles, CA! No snow and they use electric lights!

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Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings  and Mairi from mairidesign

We all have a favorite item that we have in our shop. It could be our favorite because of the process it took to make it, its color or any other reason.

Here, the team share their favorite Holiday item from their shop and tell us why they like it so much.

michael tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says

One of my favorite Xmas items is my Luminaria Bags. They are ceramic clay and have holes in them to let the candle light shine through. I crave out different designs on the bags. One of my favorite designs is the Corrales Old Church. I have several sizes available and over 20 different designs.
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Luminaria Bags

Dianna from HoneyMyrtleStudio says

One of my favourite items is my blue hand dyed cushion cover. It was one of the first items I made using hand dyed fabric that I had done myself.
Blue Throw Pillow

Blue Throw Pillow

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

I love my Harris tweed baubles. They bring the beauty of hand-woven fabric to something purely decorative. Lovely enough to be kept as heirloom pieces.
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Harris tweed Christmas tree decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says

Hands down this is my favorite item… This ornament has such a sweet story behind how it came to be… I have lived in my home since I was born and one of my neighbors that had been in her home since before I was born asked me to come down to her home to look at some things 3 years ago in the summer of 2015. She then gave me a piece of a sweater that she said was one of her favorites. It was her sweater many years ago when she was much younger. She said she had reused most of it but had this one side left and she wanted to give it to me as she knew I sewed and asked me to make something so that her favorite sweater could live on. The color reminded me of dirty snow. So I made the dirty snowman out of what was left of her special sweater… I gave one to her to put on her tree. I kept one and gave my daughter one and the rest are for sale… so far a total of 6 are living on in Christmas celebrations. I have one more made and enough to make 2 more beyond that. Then all the sweater will be gone. Sad to say that she passed away in 2016 and her granddaughters came to get me and told me I could have what ever I wanted out of her sewing room… one of the things I got was many buttons that were cut off of garments once the garment was done being used. I now am adding 2 of those buttons to each of the remaining snowmen.
My Dirty Snowman

My Dirty Snowman

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says

My favorite item is this Christmas card featuring Miss Abbie one of our collies on an early morning walk here on the farm just after a fresh snow fall. I was never certain what captured her interest in the trees but I like the feeling and colours of this card.

Entitled Happy Collie Days this one always makes me smile. This image has been featured by The Collie Rescue Network in their calendars and on a note card they use to raise funds.

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Happy COLLIE Days Christmas Card

This “I love cats” handcrafted wooden plaque is my favorite shop item because it declares my love of cats … I consider it to be a customer favorite as well since I have sold several of them to other cat lovers!

I think it’s a great gift idea for the cat lover on a gift list because it’s cute and inexpensive!

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Cat Wall Hanging

Mairi from mairidesign says

These Christmas bauble shaped tree decorations are my favourites because of the gorgeous iridescent glass I used and, also, that others also seem to really like them. I made some for my students and one of them ordered several for her colleagues. Then, my sister and my cousin ordered several each to hang as garlands in their windows. Then, more orders came. It was great! The little beads swing and tinkle in the breeze and add a chic touch to a festive display.
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Christmas Tree Decorations

I love this elegant set with 3 luxury glycerin soaps and a charm for good luck!

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Trendy Soaps Christmas Gift

My favorite is this new card I created last week. I like the simple design and message. It’s warm and inviting and speaks of home.

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Happy Holidays card

I love owls and these whimsical owls on a Christmas stocking are one of my favorites.

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Felt Owl Christmas Stocking

I loved making these waterless snow globes.

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Christmas Snow globes

This was hard! I love Christmas and keep several Christmas items in my shop year ’round, because I think holiday lovers shop whenever the mood hits them. Right now it was between my red-nosed reindeer (I’m also an avid animal lover) and this guy. I guess he won out because he’s a new addition, so I wanted to welcome him.

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Felted Santa Claus

This is my favorite piece for Christmas because it reminds me of ice crystals!

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Herkimer Diamond GF Ring

This ornament is one of my favs. It reminds me so much of growing up in Iowa and going sledding on my grandparents farm with all my cousins.

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Christmas Quilted Ornament

I have so many favorite Christmas items in my shop but this one stands out to me especially since I choose to use the ribbon on a dog collar. We all have that pet who is both naughty and nice which makes this Christmas dog collar even more cute, funny and true to their personality.

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Naughty or Nice Christmas Dog Collar

Wow, hard to choose just one. Don’t you find that when you make something new, it is almost always the favorite – until the next one! Anyway, here is my favorite. I love winter animal pictures, and my DH love penguins. When I saw these delightful guys, I just had to buy them, and I bought lots! Just couldn’t resist. I knew right away that some would be made into pillows. The rest are waiting for inspiration, and time.

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Quilted Pillow Covers

 

 

Cozy Accessories

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Accessories are items that you can add to a wardrobe or to a room. During fall and winter, I tend to think of cozy items to add to my wardrobe.

What cozy accessories do you have for your wardrobe or household? Please tell us all about your item, how it can be used and so forth.

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states there is nothing cozier than a hand knitted pair of socks made just for you from someone that loves and cares about you.

Knitting patterns for socks

Karen from timetalentjewels said everyone is looking for that nice warm scarf in the winter time and here is the one that will do it! Very stylish and yet warm! Beautiful colors too!

Women’s ruffled scarf

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states when you hear the word accessory, do you automatically think of jewelry or something to add to clothing? You can now change that!

There is nothing more cozy in the fall and winter months than either sitting by a crackling fire in a fire place or having a dim candle burning in a room. In fact, candles can be used all year long! Think about those candle light dinner dates for example! This adorable leopard print heart shaped candle accessory is a necklace specifically designed to fit around a large jar candle. It’s an easy way to make those romantic moments even more memorable!

Candle embellishment

Michael from BurntEarthHorseHair says when I hear accessory around Christmas time I think of ceramic clay luminary bags, horsehair fired that can be used for many purposes. You can put a candle in them, Original purpose, to light the way on Xmas eve, an office desk gift to put on a desk for pens, or with a larger bag in the kitchen to hold utensils or K-cups.

Luminaria clay bags or holders

Ilda from lililapt said there’s nothing like a set of soft, cozy and unique crosstitch bath towels, made of cotton and use them after a deserved hot shower.

That´s the best way to finish your hard and long working day!

Crosstitched bath towel set

Evgeniia from SecretStoneLab states cozy Crystal Mobile from natural wood and genuine gemstone -so warming & healing for house and soul!

Crystal and feather bohemian mobile

Tanya from socksandmittens says we knit these mittens with festive Christmas cheers in mind. They are warm, cozy and red! A perfect gift for a friend or co-worker! 100% merino wool.

100% merino wool knit mitts

Astrid from RedNeedleQuilts said to me, cozy household accessories mean a warm and cozy snuggle quilt. Snuggle up on the couch to keep warm while watching TV, listening to your favorite music, reading a book etc. This quilt is backed with soft flannel. It can also be used as a couch/sofa throw or wall hanging.

Christmas Lap Quilt

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox states always looking for good fabrics I’ve found a fleece fabric, that is extremely soft and cuddly, and ideal for my winter accessories.

One layer of this scarf is a blue sweatshirt with bright stylized reindeer antlers, the second layer is this super soft and warm natural white fleece fabric. The warm and cozy companion, in the cold season.

Infinity scarf cowl

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says being in southern Florida, we can’t get too terribly cozy with out winter attire, but I originally grew up in Texas, where we had a winter to speak of and could pull out our boots, sweaters, and scarves every year much to my excitement! To continue that warm and cozy trend and style in a new climate to me, I decided to go with sari silk (warm but very breathable) and an arm knitting method of production to give that cozy knitted texture with lots of air to keep cooler if needed. This scarf necklace is perfect for warm or cold climates. The silk and airy arm knit structure allow for both breeziness and trapping in warmth.

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Knitted statement necklace

Retirement Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Retirement comes about after we have worked for many years. It is a time for going on to the next chapter,whether that be moving to another location,part time working on getting to all those projects you put aside and more….

Here at CIJ we want to know what kind of gifts you have in your shop for retirees.

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says retirement can mean the opportunity to travel, often in a caravan or camper. My folding stool is ideal for storing in small spaces and provides a stylish alternative to mass produced items

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Folding stool

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this is a fun idea for retirees who like to fish.

It is sturdy and in working condition, with plenty of “vintage” charm!

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Fishing scale measuring tool

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks discusses one more idea as a retirement gift. I can offer a pair of cosy socks. It is ideal for a lazy afternoon at home.

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hand knit mens socks

Michael Tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says for those who serve in the thin blue line. I make a custom wall hanging ceramic clay tiles with images of their badge or their department shoulder patch, framed or not. Military and private company logos can also be done.

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Personalized memorial patches

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves states when you retire, you will now have time to enjoy that Martini poolside. Here is the perfect mixing set with a Mid-Century Modern flair!

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Martini drink mixer with stirrer

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said for the man in your life that is retiring why not this vintage piece of Art to put up in his special space….

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Framed painted bowl art

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns states that these tropical caravan coasters would make cute gifts for the traveling retiree.

Pineapple caravan coasters

Pineapple caravan coasters

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we are always honored to complete an order for a retirement gift and have a number of products to start the next chapter of life. Our new pen, letter opener, and magnifying glass set offers the perfect opportunity to include a gift message engraved on the case and you can have each handle engraved with the recipient’s name or monogram.
Gift wrap and cards available for shipping directly to your recipient, make every gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to remember!

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set

Welcome New Members For June – Part Two

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

The team had many new members join during June in anticipation of the annual Christmas in July event.Please join us in welcoming them to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
And here are some of our new members for June!

HI. I’m Rosalia. I found out about Christmas in July team last year but I was working full-time and just didn’t have the energy to join. This year I am not working and decided it is a perfect time to join and participate. Me and my best friend Linda are potters. We make functional earthenware pottery. I also make jewelry and Linda crochets.
This is a great opportunity to get to know and network with some wonderful shops. Merry Christmas In July everyone.

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Sea shell serving dish

Hi I am Madhura I am new to team and joined some days back. I opened my shop for handcrafted quilts and bags some months back. This is going to be my first Christmas in July, and I am very excited!
The unique part about my shop is the design patterns are my own creations. I have even listed some of my art quilts which have been selected and shown in international quilt competitions.

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Moon reflection quilt

Waving hi – just found this info and team. Thanks for putting it together! This sparkly necklace is one I’ll feature. Following all social media as well. I’m glad you put this together. I remember when Etsy promoted CIJ – glad to participate.

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Sparkly green crystal necklace

Crystal W from AtomicSeabassDesigns says

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m totally excited for CIJ! I’ve seen it in past years, but have never participated. This this I definitely am!
Here’s my newest print:
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Digital Donut Worry Summers Here

I just joined the team and look forward to participating. I sell vintage clothing such as this.

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Vintage dress

So looking forward to CIJ. I’ve been crafting for over 40 years, I have sold my ornaments here in Chicago at most of the major shows. I love the ease of Etsy, no more lugging tables and large totes to and from craft shows.

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hand embroidered multi designs

Hi I’m kind of new to the team, I joined last week, but have been incredibly busy listing new items, and now editing many for the CIJ Event. New for me this year will be Christmas ornaments – I have ordered supplies but they haven’t come yet – I am hopeful that they arrive before the event kicks off.
I sell mostly supplies, but I am also a jeweler and a Lapidary. I cut most of my own stones in my studio, and have recently purchased a diamond drill press so that I can make beads from my cabochons.
Etsy is my “Full Time” job now for three years, and I’ll never go back to working the grind, I LOVE it!!!

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Opal ring size 7

Hi Just joined, I sell VINTAGE from Jewelry to Tools…something for everyone!

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Vintage cookie cutters

Hi Everyone!
I joined a few days ago and have been busy reading everything and getting my shop setup for this EtsyCIJ Sales Event.
I love going picking and finding neat treasures from our past than reselling them; well those that I can part with.

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Tiara Chantilly Green Sandwich Serving Platter

Mallori Packer from MGPCreations says

Hello! I joined a couple of weeks ago and am very excited about Christmas in July this year.
My favourite item in my shop is my made to order mermaid tail blankets. I love-making them and love that I can help make someone feel like they could be a mermaid, cos let’s admit it everyone at some stage in their life has thought about what it could be like to be a mermaid!
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Made to Order Mermaid Tail

Hello
I joined the team early in the month, but have been on holidays before I had a chance to introduce myself.
I opened my Etsy Shop 3 years ago. initially I only sold handmade jewellery, but over the years I have added original art and art prints to my shop.
Presently I have a great range of products available.
My latest additions are art prints from ink drawings. These black and white drawings are dynamic and capture the movement of the subject.
This drawing of two girls dancing is one of my favourites.

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Dancing Girls Modern Art Print

Hi all,
We’re so looking forward to taking part in our first ever Christmas In July (decking the halls as we type).
At Tread & Pedals we (Em and Ivan) handcraft fun and functional designs through re-purposing old bicycle parts. One of our favourite items would have to be our Cog & Chain Bottle Opener.
Our Bicycle Cog & Chain Bottle Opener is an essential for any bike or beer loving man’s pocket. The bike chain is silver soldered to the cog to form an extremely strong bottle opener. The bike chain is still movable so it easily fits inside your pocket, attach it to your key chain – so you are always ready to enjoy beer o’clock and pop open those ice-cold drinks.

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Bike Bottle Opener

Lukseh from Lukseh says

Hi, I’m a new member, and I’m from Italy. I’m very interested in the opportunity to promote my shop. I’m new in this universe of social marketing and I’ve so much to learn!!
I work with metals: lost wax castings in silver and bronze, fire enamels and a lot of new projects which are going to be realized…everything inspired by the Norse tradition and by Nature. This is one of my creation and my shop is Lukseh. Thank you!

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Plaque collar Fire enameled celtic collier pendant

Hi there, we have joined and will participate in this EtsyCIJ event for the first time. Our store specializes in girls clothing and accessories for ages 0-6. This upcycled strip skirt below is special to us because it represents a merging of our ideas. My design and my mother’s talented sewing and machine embroidery. We love working together to realize our creative ideas, with the aim of being just a little bit different.

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Girls floral skirt

Hello Everyone,
I just heard about the ChristmasinJuly event and decided it would be fun to participate. I grew up in an old farmhouse filled with antiques and have grown to love and appreciate these age-old items that have stood the test of time. Now that my husband and I own our farmhouse, we are busy filling it with all kinds of antique and vintage treasures! My love for collecting however is causing us to run out of room, and so I have opened my Etsy shop to share my lovely items with you!

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Antique Large Apple Butter Copper Kettle

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns says

Hi everybody, I’m new to the Team as well. I’ve gotten my Shop together for the CIJSale beginning tomorrow. I sell Handmade items and everything Vintage, i.e. Clothing, Home Decor and Jewelry. Still trying to do something Christmassy for my Banner. It either will or won’t happen. I definitely want to be involved in everything. I’m not the savviest when it comes to Social Media but I’ll do the best I can. Happy to be here with you. My best to all for an amazing CIJSALE.
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Reversible necklace from MOMA

Hello I just joined a few days ago, I’m really excited about this group And CIJ.
My shop is about finding old things and making them into something new. I make a little bit of everything, jewelry, home decor, wall art, stationary etc.

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Landscape Large print

Hi CIJ team! I just joined today and have my shop all ready for the sale starting tomorrow. Everything will be 25% off, no coupon code needed. This is my best-selling item on Etsy!

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Custom name necklace

Hi Everyone – We just joined and wanted to introduce ourselves.
My husband Jerry is the woodworker, I paint and do the wreaths and listings. I have joined because we are participating in the Christmas in July 2016 event.
Any advice for newbies, I’m all ears! – Opal
Our shop offers mostly owls, but a lot of beautiful wreaths, nautical decor items and fun, whimsy items also.

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Nautical decor

Tammie from Nashba says

Hello. My name is Tammie from the shop Nashba.
I’ve always been a lover of African fashion and this beauty is one that I am really proud of.

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Orange dashiki tote bag

Hi! I don’t know why I didn’t think to look for this sooner… MysticOaksPatches is a new shop for me. I wanted my patches separate from my other items. I’ll be joining from my main shop as well (CocoaDragonfly). All items in my shop are marked 20% off for CIJ.
I just love this patch. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan anyway, but this just sums up motherhood for me. Protection and love all in one.

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Dragon embroidered felt patch

I’ll post my favorite Christmas ornament  I’m making everything 20% off for the CIJ sale. Some items are already marked down. I need to go back and add hashtags though.

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Bacon santa ornament

Joined today and I do horsehair fired ceramic clay art.

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Ceramic clay crosses