New Team Members July

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined the Etsy Christmas In July team during July …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

 

Hiya, I have been on Etsy for a few years now but this is the first year I have taken part #EtsyCIJ. I just love Christmas and to be able to make Christmas items in July, that’s a bonus! Here is my favourite Christmas make. I used mine for almost 6 years now.

 

Thank you I have an art shop in Etsy where you can find original paintings and prints. My shop has been accepted to the wholesale category. I am an artist working and living in Israel. Have exhibited word wide. For now I look for selling my art as my studio is full! I prepared some starter packs in my shop and some famed prints that could use as Christmas gifts …Please enter and see my art …hope you will like it. I will be glad to receive comments.

 

Hi, I’ve been an Etsy seller for many years! I create and design chakra gemstone jewelry! Thank you for accepting me into the team! Here’s one of my bracelets that I created with Murano glass that I purchased in Italy during my travels!

Dorothy Lollipop from DorothyLollipopKnits says

Hello I am Dorothy Lollipop…. my name is my brand! I market my knitted toys as ‘Unique’ because I design and write all the patterns myself. Having built up a range of unique hand-knitted toys over many years I began selling on Etsy in 2013 Some of my toys have been used to support charities in the UK and Australia. They have been used as props for professional photographers and for stage productions. I also do a variety of commission work and have designed two knitted characters for a Children’s book. Each of my toys can be custom made using any choice of colours and details. All my knitted toys have been professionally tested and CE labelled “safe and suitable for babies and children of all ages”. It’s so nice to have been accepted into the CIJ Team My favourite Christmas item is the knitted reindeer…. I love making them as each one has it’s own unique character and cheeky smile!

 

Hello everyone, My name is Jurgita and i am from Lithuania. I am making stone beaded jewelry and hair accessories. I love travelling, it inspires my creations. My brand name – “Ta-Daa Accessories”. I have my studio at home and sell my creations online. I am happy to be a part of CIJ and spread my creations around the world!

Hi my name is Mikshita and I’m from Surrey, U.K. I am owner and maker of Small special moments. We make unique message in a bottle and this is our first ever year doing Christmas in July. Thank you for letting us be a part of it. We started last year October(fairs only) and have now decided to concentrate on our Etsy shop this year.
There are plenty of message in a bottle on Etsy so what makes us so unique? We are the very few who hand foil each personalised message with customers chosen colour, have the message hanging perfectly with or without a charm. We offer our customers the chance to build their own bottle and offer option to have it freestanding, hanging or as a magnet. Last year’s best sellers over Christmas were these little beauties.

Summer Hobbies

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us have at least one hobby that we do in our down times. A hobby could be reading, crafting, biking and so much more.

What summer hobbies do you participate in? Are these solitary ventures or group events? What is it about them that you love? Tell us anything else you want to tell us about it.

Susan from SSFDesigns says my husband and I love to go bird watching ! We go for long walks with our binoculars and bird books in hand . We have started a life list and so far we have 115 birds on that list! Not only is it a wonderful way to spend time together get some exercise it also inspires me to crate seeing all the beautiful colors!

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Women’s floral maxie dress

Linda from LazyYVintage said I usually tackle do it yourself projects. This year, I sanded and repainted a round picnic table and its four benches. I wish I could post some pictures of it! I picked it up for $20 at a garage sale. It is a VandyCraft made by Edward Vandy from Oak Park, IL. He had a shop at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from 1956 to 1979. I didn’t know that until I started the sanding.

Next, 1950s aluminum couch glider and chair for the backyard…..should be interesting.

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Rattan vintage picnic basket

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal states that every summer my family and I try to find a different local farm to buy our summer fruits and veggies from. I have so many allergies and dietary issues that buying fresh and making the meal myself is the best but sometimes the stores don’t carry a decent selection of the types I want.

We love to see how the farmer marries different veggies to create somethings brand new and these are the ones I gravitate towards the most. I love coming home to unload my colorful finds and getting together with my daughter to decide what our next master piece will be. We recently made a sweet potato pie from purple yams (yummy)!

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Watermelon dog bandanna

 

Welcome June New Team Members – Part Two

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during June …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on your social media!

Hi guys! I joined the team a few weeks ago and am very excited about promoting the event and making it a huge success.

I create bright, vivid pet portraits that capture your pets personality. I also offer this unique item where your pets portrait is printed on a pillow. I also create lots of bright, fun animal home decor designs so do check out my shop.

I was born in London, England but hopped the pond 17 years ago to Baltimore, USA where I now live with my family and guinea pigs. Good luck to everyone on the team!

Hi, my name is Julia and I am from Birmingham, England. I’m new to teams so this is going to be a big learning curve for me and I hope I can keep up and keep track of everything I need to be doing. Feel free to kick me up the butt to get me back on track if I go astray or do something wrong.

I’ve had my shop a couple of years, slowly adding items to it. My main product are knitted or crocheted lace shawls but last year I added a range of crochet lace covered Christmas baubles as a lower-priced item to try to attract customers and I have recently started adding lace baby matinee jackets too, again to try to attract customers into my store whilst still staying with the theme of Lace.

Almost everything in my store is one-of-a-kind as I use a lot of vintage yarn, yarn from small indie yarn producers and hand spun yarn, yes I spin my own yarn too!

I’ve decided to show you this pure Shetland Wool shawl that I made some time ago now with yarn that I spun myself and it features over 5,000 beads, all individually placed over the stitches at the time of knitting, so that they can’t travel along the yarn and out of placement, using a tiny crochet hook and a lot of patience.

Hello, my name is Judy Tosh from Belton, MO. I am happy to be a part of this team. It is hard to believe that half of the year is over already!

My shop consists of repurposing items into unique home décor. Lately, I have been repurposing ceiling fan light shades and fan blades.

Hello Everyone!

My name is Katerina and I am the face behind OnceUponJewels. I create theatrical and romantic jewelry inspired in folktales and fairytales that I collect around the world. I believe that everyone has a little bit of magic inside so, that is why my moto is #spreadyourfairydust.

One of my favorite pieces from my shop is my illustrated fairy pair of earrings. It is my first jewel design and I am very attached to it. I designed it inspired in the Nordic atmosphere I am leaving in the last years. My Fairy on A Bottle is a solid silver earring, hand painted and hand carved and i think that she is joyful and sexy at the same time.

I hope you like it!

Sandra Huss from sandrahuss says

Hi I’m Sandra from Charleston, SC . My shop sells “Warrior Pets” I created this design four years ago primarily for children that have a CHD (Congenital heart defect) and require open heart surgery. I have also expanded the line for children that have other illnesses/syndromes such as down syndrome, epilepsy, cancer. I love to think that my warrior pets bring these children a little joy into their lives and something to cuddle up to when they are not feeling so good. Thanks for letting me join your team.

Olga Tanasiva from LOTpottery says

Hello. My name is Olga, I’m from the city of Dnipro, Ukraine. I have a small ceramic studio. Clay is a wonderful material for the embodiment of ideas. Some of my things I represent here in the store.
These are some of the beads that I made.

I’m Dana, an illustrator and watercolorist specializing in bright botanicals and vibrant nature scenes. Everyone needs some art in their life, so I strive to offer a little something in everyone’s price range, from stickers and painting tutorials to prints and mini originals.

This is one of my mini summer iris paintings. Find more of them in my shop!

Melody from OnSiletzBay says

Hi, I’m Melody living in the US, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. All of my life I have wanted to live by the ocean, and I feel so lucky that I am finally here and have been able to have my studio and create just steps from Siletz Bay. So my shop title reflects that, as do my choices of color and subject matter. I think this listing shows that.

I have been on Etsy as a sideline for many years with another shop, but am getting this one going as my main gig.

Hi everyone! I’m Elena from Belarus. My shop is knotandliving. This is my first Christmas in July. It is really nice to meet you all!

Our natural candles with crackling woodwick and beautiful cherry wood coaster are my favorite attribute for Christmas.

Hi I am Patricia Artist selling paintings. I am glad to be here and I sell paintings.

Hi everyone…I am rosiefreckles …..a fabric addict and particularly love making patchwork quilts from baby size up to massive wedding canopies or queen size bed quilts. Here is an example of what I sell both as ready made or on commission.

Hello, I’m Katrina from thepapercupboard.

I make Christmas crackers, decorations and books from Nepalese Lokta paper a handmade artisan paper indigenous to Nepal. I use this paper for it’s fibrous texture, sumptuous colours and beautiful patterns.

Take a look for yourself.

Hi! I’m Lauren from arizonadesignsco.

I make Word Templates, Planner Inserts and Stickers, and other things for bloggers. I started my shop as a sticker shop but found myself gravitating to wanting to help bloggers establish themselves.

I just found Christmas in July in the forums and I’m glad that I was able to jump in just in time.

Here is one of my Blogger Media Kits:

YOKO from WAYOKO says

Hi everyone! I’m Yoko from Wayoko. Actually this is second shop. I have another shop for jewelry (yokojewelry) and already a team member.

In this second shop, Wayoko, I’m selling kimono upcycle items, such as coin purse, cosmetic bag, key fobs and recent new items are eye pillows Also I’m selling jewelry for kimono as well. Such as obidome.

Chrystel Galea from TheMakersRealm says

Hi Everyone!
I make beeswax candles, ornaments and melts. This is my newest product, they are beeswax gift tags scented with essential oils.
These cute, natural ornaments make ideal gift tags adding a memorable and unique touch to gift wrapping. It’s an extra little present for your loved ones to enjoy.
WOW – what great new talented Teamies!! Happy Shopping!

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 – BlueWorldTreasures

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 Shop – Tara from BlueWorldTreasures

BlueWorldTreasures

BlueWorldTreasures

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

My shop is BlueWorldTreasures and my inspiration is all around me in nature. I am lucky to live beside a large lake in Alberta, Canada and have all of the birds, animals and flowers/plants to give me inspiration.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

I first started out making jewelry and just giving it away so that I had an excuse to make more! Then my niece suggested I try selling it at the local farmers market and people loved my unique take on jewelry pieces. From there a fellow crafter suggested I try Etsy and I have not looked back. I have been selling on Etsy for 3 years now and every year my shop grows.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love that I can express my individuality in a piece of jewelry and that someone else will love it as much as I do!

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

I actually don’t listen to music while working. I live by a lake and have the sounds of nature all around me, birds singing, waves crashing on the beach, wind in the trees around my house – this inspires me as well as soothes me.

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

My favourite place to read is right on my front deck, facing the lake. Right now I am reading the 3rd in a series of SF dystopian future books about how our world will look after an EMP event.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: BlueWorldTreasures

Instagram: BlueWorldTreasures

Pinterest: BlueWorldTreasures

Twitter: BlueWorldTreasures

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 – SilverTrove

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 Shop – Carol from SilverTrove

SilverTrove

SilverTrove

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

My shop name is SilverTrove and my inspiration comes from art, nature, architecture and other jewelry artist, past and present.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

My shop is always changing based on my inspiration, the gemstones I work with and, most of all, the desires of my customers. I have always included premade pieces but most of my work now comes from custom orders, which I love.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love working with my hands and pouring in a little of my heart to make each piece special and unique. Wire jewelry was my first love, but I’m also a silversmith and I really like combining the two. I also use leather, glass and other materials.

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

I listen to mostly Christian rock, especially bands like Project 86, Red, Crowder and Decyfer Down. I also listen to other music and my current favorite is Kaleo!

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

I read The Bible every day but I’m also reading a book called ‘Translating God’ by Shawn Bolz. I usually read at my computer desk, which is also where I do a lot of the hand work for my jewelry pieces.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: silvertrovedesigns

Instagram: silvertrove

Pinterest: SilverTroveDesigns

Twitter: Carol BradenWilliams

Blog: My Silver Trove

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 – TreasuresFromTheLake

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 Shop – Donna from TreasuresFromTheLake

TreasuresFromTheLake

TreasuresFromTheLake

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

My name is Donna and my shop is Treasures from the Lake. I make jewelry, bookmarks, and ornaments from beach glass. My inspiration comes from my husband and family. The design of the piece depends sometimes on the size and shape of the glass. Sometimes I get a design in my head and have to figure out how to make it come about.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

My wire working techniques have improved and have recently been dabbling in some drilling techniques. I am proud to have some regular customers and am constantly looking for new designs to add to the shop.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love that my work comes from nature. Imagine a bottle, vase, being tossed into the lake. And after decades of the waves tumbling it, it becomes a polished smooth piece that gets left on the shore. Then there is the joy of finding the piece and transforming it into a work of art.

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

Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going! I don’t usually have music on but that is a great idea.

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

My favorite place to read is by the pool and right now am reading Keys to Love. It is a wonderful romance book set in the Florida Keys.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: TreasuresFromTheLake

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 2017 – UniquelyWiredBeads

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 Shop – Leah from UniquelyWiredBeads

UniquelyWiredBeads

UniquelyWiredBeads

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

My shop is UniquelyWiredBeads and honestly, I think my biggest inspiration for my jewelry is clothes. I have made jewelry for every outfit I have in my closet. I love lots of color, unusual style, and just a different kind of look.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

Well, I started my little shop with a few plastic bins of beads spread out all over my bed. At the time, I was laid off from my full time job so each day I would get all my beads out and stare at them until I came up with ideas. Each night, I would pack them all up so that we had a place to sleep. Now I am setup with tables and a real work area. It’s not my dream craft room, but I am happy with it for now.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love it all. I love it from the time I go shopping for unique pieces, to when I get home and begin the creation process, to when I see it published online. But I guess most of all, I absolutely love to see my friends and family wearing my jewelry. That gives me such a sense of accomplishment.

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

Oh boy, I’m kind of weird when it comes to music. When I am making jewelry, I tend to listen to either Bluegrass, because that reminds me of my dad or my son turned me on to Iron and Wine, which I really like. When I am taking pictures, it is always Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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

Wow, I think the last book I read was The Eat-Clean Diet books. Love reading them but can’t seem to follow their lead. I have a ton of jewelry books that I flip through constantly but I can’t say that I read them. If I have a book in hand, it’s usually when I am sitting in bed.

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: UniquelyWiredBeads

Pinterest: Leah Watson