Memories Of A Lifetime – #CIJRoadTrip

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August traveling the world on the first Christmas In July Road Trip! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJRoadTrip right here on our blog!

The Road Trip began on Friday – August 1st, 2014 and concluded on Sunday – August 31st. As I mentioned the team is international and we went to visit many countries along the way!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our itinerary was filled as we traveled all over the world!

Each team member shared with us their country, as well as a little bit about themselves and their shops. I personally made many new friends and the world feels smaller to me now! Please join me to enjoy the memories of a lifetime!

Here was our itinerary:

1. August 1 – Canada / ElizabethLovesGlass – Elizabeth
2. August 2 – Chile / JuguetesEloisa – Valentina
3. August 3 – US / ClaudiaMarieFelt – Claudia Marie
4. August 4 – Australia / ColourscapeStudios – Kel
5. August 5 – UK / DetolaAndGeek – Tola
6. August 6 – Greece / fifirixtra – Ifigeneia
7. August 7 – Singapore / byTheArtBug – Megha And AngsanaSeedsPhoto – Ivy
8. August 8 – New Zealand / TangerineToes – Kaz
9. August 9 – Lithuania / feltinga – Ingrida
10. August 10 – Norway / Vamperstein – Kristin
11. August 11 – Israel / liatib – Liat
12. August 12 – Russia / KittyAprilHandmade – Katya
13. August 13 – Italy / Ghirlandiamo – Lia
14. August 14 – India / byTheCrochetBug – Natasha And bytheArtBug – Megha
15. August 15 – Belgium / cyberwezz – Wezz 
16. August 16 – Indonesia / DonBiuBali – Katrina
17. August 17 – Dominican Republic / TheLarimarShop – Angie
18. August 18 – Ireland / Gigi82Knits – Gigi
19. August 19 – Malaysia / whimsywhimsical – Yee Von
20. August 20 – Croatia / LAURELISjewelry – Zlatka
21. August 21 – Ukraine / 100Crochetnecklaces – Svitlana
22. August 22 – France / Sandra Ovono – Sandra
23. August 23 – Bulgaria / ElegantJewelryRMM – Rositza
24. August 24 – Estonia / Nalmandra – Astrida
25. August 25 – The Netherlands (Holland) / LizKnijnenburg – Anneleis
26. August 26 – Japan / KimonoPonchoCom – Yukiko
27. August 27 – Sweden / ReDesignedandRecycled – Linda
28. August 28 – Bosnia and Herzegovina / DeepSilence – Sonja
29. August 29 – Spain / Divantias – Patricia
30. August 30 – Germany / MermaidsHatBox – Barbara
31. August 31 – Turkey / Bloomed Flower – Zeynep

A special thank you to the blog contributors who escorted us on our travels!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Jessica from CrochetNature
Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJRoadTrip on social media as you visit all the lovely countries we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJRoadTrip!

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#CIJRoadTrip – Chile: Santiago

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel to Chile- Santiago with Valentina Cáceres’ of JuguetesEloisa

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special? 

Hi! I am from Chile. I live in the capital, Santiago.
Chile is known for its wine and also for some touristic places such as Torres del Paine and Isla de Pascua (where the Moais come from). Here we have the Andes, a mountain range that goes from nort to almost the southesnmost part of our country.

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

I think Chile is a really beautiful country where you can travel to different climates and cities. In the north we have great beaches and a beautiful desert that blooms in winter! It is called the flowering desert.

Santiago

Santiago

At the center of the country, where Santiago is, you have also Viña del Mar and other places, with great beaches, and beautiful countryside little towns. Also here is the main area where the vinyards are.

Santiago-La Moneda

Santiago in particular is the bigest city in the country, and with more population. Here you find from lot of shopping areas, to beautiful historical buldings and also great natural parks near the city.

Green-backed Firecrown

Finally, the south of the country is all very green and with lot of gorgeous little towns. I particularly Love the Chiloé Island, full of little mountains and isles!

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3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Well, obviously, some of my work is embeded with my origin. For example I have some products that depict natural fauna from Chile, and also a great number of ocean animals (Chile is long but thin, so every city is rather on the coast or a few hours away from it!). I also love farm animals, so I did a few of them too. In Santiago you do not see farm animals, but in the countryside and on little towns is very common to see hens and their chickens on a lot of houses.

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

This Fall (Spring for us really!) I am trying to get closer to the community. The first days of August I am going to participate in some artisans fairs where I will show my prodcuts. Also, on August 10th we celebrate Children´s day, so I hope it will be a good month for me and my toys!

Chilean Birds Set From JuguetesEloisa

Chilean Birds Set From JuguetesEloisa

Handmade Wooden Whale From JuguetesEloisa

Handmade Wooden Whale From JuguetesEloisa

Hen, Rooster And Chicken Farm Set From JuguetesEloisa

Hen, Rooster And Chicken Farm Set From JuguetesEloisa

5. What are your social media sites?

The social media sites I use are facebook ,twitter, pinterest and here etsy! The first two are focused on local customers (in Chile) and the last two are focused on international customers.
I leave you the links of them:
www.facebook.com/jugueteseloisa
twitter.com/JuguetesEloisa
www.pinterest.com/jugueteseloisa/
www.etsy.com/shop/JuguetesEloisa

Friday The Road Trip Begins – #CIJRoadTrip

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first Christmas In July Road Trip! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJRoadTrip right here on our blog!

The Road Trip begins on Friday – August 1st, 2014. As I mentioned the team is international and we are going to visit many countries along the way!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Friday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the countries we are going to visit are Canada, Chile, United States Of America and Australia! Where will we go next?

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Friday to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJRoadTrip on social media as you road trip with us!

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Want a sneak peek of one of the countries we will be visiting? Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass lives in the amazing country of Canada! Come meet Elizabeth on Friday and learn about her Etsy shop and her country. Thank you Elizabeth for participating!

ElizabethLovesGlass From Canada

ElizabethLovesGlass From Canada

Abkhazi Garden - Victoria Canada

Abkhazi Garden – Victoria Canada

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to go on a Road Trip! A #CIJRoadTrip!