#CIJParty 2015 – Leather Bags And Accessories Designer Rina

Guest blog post by Rina of RinartsAtelier

Personalizing an item is a wonderful service to offer and is absolutely fun to do! Customers who prefer handmade products are, more than other people, looking for something special, unique. Personalizing a handmade item turns it into the ultimate gift.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

I already had a branding tool  for branding my name  in my products, but I had no single letters for this machine. Therefore a handmade monogrammed item was not possible. Consequently I hand stamped the items with initials and colored them by hand. You can see examples of the luggage tags I made for my own suitcase below. But the possibilities in size and typeface were limited and it was a struggle to align the separate letters.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

Last year I met an artisan bookbinder who owned an amazing professional letterpress. I  became enthusiastic about the quality of her work with this machine and she did some examples in leather for me. In the time we worked together, I learned a lot from her.
A few months ago I bought a second-hand letterpress (a Marshall) and this hot foil machine is awesome! My husband searched the internet for weeks and found some very nice sets of letters  in upper and lower case.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

I looked for more colors hot foil (other than the silver and gold I had up till then) and set out experimenting with the Marshall.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

When the new colors hot foil arrived, I immediately tried them out on several of my items and with great results!

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

The results I yielded with the letterpress inspired me to use other shapes and forms than just the letters. It was a lot of fun print small rounds, hearts and stripes as decoration. I’m really getting the hang of it and look forward to offer i as an extra service to my customers. Especially for this years’ Christmas In July I will be offering a free monogrammed tag with all CJI 2015 orders.

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

RinartsAtelier

My social media sites:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rinarts/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rinartsbags

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RinartsBags

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJParty 2015 – Christmas In Soviet Latvia

Guest blog post by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Christmas in soviet Latvia

Hello, my name is Daiga and I am from shop ThreadandPaintStudio and I would like to share memories about the time spent in Soviet Union when my current country Latvia was a part of USSR. And precisely I would like to tell you about Christmas celebrations in Soviet Union.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

First of all there was no official Christmas, because as Christmas is religious celebration time it was simply forbidden. Instead of Christmas celebrations there were New Year celebrations, which of course are being celebrated much different as our ancestors used to celebrate Christmas. However the bravest ones on the Christmas morning headed for church and that might result in loosing job and destroying career or be disrespected in social life. Teachers, doctors and other profession workers were afraid of even mentioning Christmas however most people did celebrate Christmas at home, but just very silent, with no big Christmas trees, with no big Christmas presents packed in lovely shiny packing papers. Instead people did sing silently some Christmas songs and ate some cakes and they did that just in close family circles, because betrayal those times could hide anywhere.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Christmas Santa was replaced in USSR by “Ded Moroz” which means Frost Man or something like that and he visited children in New Year in their children gardens and he had always Snow White with him. Celebrations usually were telling poems to this Frost Man and getting present. Afterwards children performed some winter theme play and danced.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

New Year’s feast wasn’t that cheerful as it is now, because there was quite a food deficit in the stores and you mostly did get some gray colored “white bread” potatoes, flour, milk and sour cream, so people had to be creative to make that feast tasty and colorful. One thing you could present on that table in normal quantities was tangerine, which was grown inside USSR, so tangerine in Christmas is our tradition which is popular also now. Banana however was pretty rare fruit which could be acquired by someone who knows someone who can ask someone to get some.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Later at home people had always a New Year’s tree (same spruce as in Christmas now just was called New Year’s tree instead), but the problem was limited amount and variations of decorations in the stores, so people again got creative and made their own using anything that shines sometimes hanging some vegetables in the tree. The celebration was lighting paraffin candles and bengals, opening bottle of soviet champagne and watching the same movies every year.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

As that time not all people in the countryside had phone at home, so people sent loads of greeting cards.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

Presents in Soviet times were also, like feast, very limited in variation and every kid normally got only one present or many smaller, like this rubber toy.

ThreadandPaintStudio

ThreadandPaintStudio

That is how I remember so called Christmas time in USSR, but one thing that was good is that families did celebrate that time of year together in close family circles.

Our social media sites:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/paulssilins/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThreadArtStudio

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

Christmas In July 2015 – Begins 1 Week From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July 2015 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 12th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

We are excited to share unique and handmade items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

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To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2015! Please see the opportunitites below!

Last week we announced these opportunities for you to participate in! It’s not too late to share with us – then you will be featured on the Christmas In July blog.

Classic Childrens’ Toys

Color & Creativity

Localized Pieces

Luxury Materials, Contempory Designs

Marsala

Personalization

Problem Solving Products

Scuba Blue

Social Media Tips

Vintage Materials

What Does Teamwork Mean To You?

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2015 where you can get involved. Here are 2 of the upcoming events!

We are thrilled about our first #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Due to the overwhelming response we had to our #CIJPopUpMarket we have added a second day to this event!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 will be held on Thursday July 2nd, and #CIJPopUpMarket #2 will be held on Sunday July 5th.

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket #2 please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket #2

On July 10th we will host the #CIJParty 2015 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2014? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2014

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2015 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a tutorial or a guest blog article:

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Guest Blog Article

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2015!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

 

Christmas In July 2015 – Begins 2 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July 2015 begins 2 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 12th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2015! Please see the opportunitites below!

Classic Childrens’ Toys

Color & Creativity

Localized Pieces

Luxury Materials, Contempory Designs

Marsala

Personalization

Problem Solving Products

Scuba Blue

Social Media Tips

Vintage Materials

What Does Teamwork Mean To You?
CIJFacebookAviGood

Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2015 by joining us on social media!

CIJ Team Facebook

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2015 where you can get involved. Here are 2 of the upcoming events!

We are thrilled about our first #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Due to the overwhelming response we had to our #CIJPopUpMarket we have added a second day to this event!

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket #2 please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket #2

On July 10th we will host the #CIJParty 2015 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2014? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2014

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2015 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a tutorial or a guest blog article:

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Guest Blog Article

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2015!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

 

Christmas In July 2015 – Begins 3 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July 2015 begins 3 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 12th!

Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2015 by joining us on social media!

CIJ Team Facebook

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team TwitterCIJFacebookAviGood

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2015 where you can get involved. Here are 2 of the upcoming events!

We are thrilled about our first #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket

On July 10th we will host the second annual #CIJParty 2015 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2014? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2014

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2015 creative and innovative!

For more information regarding the #CIJParty 2o15 please see this thread:

#CIJParty 2015

Please see the following links to submit a tutorial or a guest blog article:

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Guest Blog Article

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2015!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Christmas In July 2015 – Begins 4 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July 2015 begins 4 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 12th!

During #EtsyCIJ 2015 we will host our first #CIJPopUpMarket! We are thrilled about this event. It will be a party in the streets of our blog. The streets will be shut down and the tents will be up and ready for you to showcase your unique items for you!

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Space is limited for the #CIJPopUpMarket so please respond today to the following link:

Join Us For The #CIJPopUpMarket

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Last week we announced that on July 10th we will host the #CIJParty 2015 right here on our blog! This another great way to share your shop and your talents!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2014? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2014

To learn more about the ways you can participate this year here is the link:

Join Us for The #CIJParty2015

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2015 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a tutorial or a guest blog article:

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Guest Blog Article

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2015!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Christmas In July 2015 – Begins 5 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July 2015 begins 5 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 12th!

On July 10th we will host the #CIJParty 2015 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2014? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2014

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2015 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a tutorial or a guest blog article:

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2015: Submit A Guest Blog Article

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2015!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

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