Thank You For Coming To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2016 – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CIJParty 2016 here on the Etsy Christmas In July blog!! It was a really fun day in the sun!

I am Michelle, the captain of the Christmas In July team and I was your co – host for the day! Alicia was my co – host. Thank you Alicia for an amazing day!

 

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Here is a brief recap of the days activities!

Party Schedule

We’ll be having new blog articles, guest blog articles, and tutorials posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the party schedule!

Musical Introduction by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Food And Drink by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Mini Gift Ornaments by Megha of byTheArtBug

The Christmas Play by Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady

Top Home Decor Trends To Watch In 2016 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

What Makes A House A Home by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Vintage Pickins by Alicia of AliciasFindings

How’s Your Creative Journey Going by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Tutorial: Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Layered Perfection by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Seasons In Different Hemispheres by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Custom Orders by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

What Makes You Want To Make Supplies And Printables by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Christmas In Tropical Singapore by Megha of byTheArtBug

Ginny Penny Won A Geeky Award by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Preview Of Workspaces by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Musical Conclusion by Michelle Emma Kay of EmmaKayInks

Swag Bag

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns for curating our swag bag today! Dawn is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert! The Swag Bag printables were created by CIJ team members Kelly of ColourscapeStudios, Megha of byTheArtBug, Christine of cwagenblass9, and Mary of StockLaneStudio.

There is a swag bag waiting for you!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

Even though we’re wrapping (Christmas wrapping) up our day the great benefit of a blog is that this day will forever be on our blog!

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see you! Be sure to use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Etsy Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar search Christmasinjuly or CIJ. So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2016.

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

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ16 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, I’M JUMPING IN THE POOL!

Michelle-

Musical Conclusion – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Guest Blog Article: “Musical Conclusion” by Michelle Emma Kay of EmmaKayInks

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Christmas. The part I loved the most about it was singing Christmas carols. My mum played the piano and I sung the songs. We would practice for months in advance. Then on Christmas eve we would put on a performance for the family. I would often make and give out Christmas carol themed crafts at this time.

Musical Conclusion

I’d like to share three of my favourite Christmas songs:

‘Little drummer boy’ is one of the songs that my mum and I perfected together. She practiced it over and over to get the riff right. I practiced over and over to the par rum pa pum pum parts right.

I love that ‘Peace on earth’ is also included because this to me is one of the main messages of Christmas.

Here is the David Bowie and Bing Crosby version of the song.

Another favourite Christmas song of mine is ‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’. It’s also one that we performed for the family together.

One part of my Christmas obssession was learning the lyrics to every verse of every Christmas song. I can tell you that this one is a difficult one to remember with lots of verses.

I really like the melody of the song, the way that it dances along, up and then down again. I like that it references being saved and that gives me hope.

The last line of the chorus “tidings of comfort and joy” really does encapsulate Christmas doesn’t it?

The final song I would like to share is ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ by Mariah Carey.

Being a child of the 1990’s, I remember when it was released. I was a big fan of Mariah at the time and it is first and favourite Christmas pop song.

In particular, reminds me of the Christmas holidays after I finished high school (In Australia we have a long 5 week holiday over summer that includes Christmas). Each year when I hear it, it brings back on the excitement of Christmas.

It’s not just about whichever crush I have that year. It’s really expresses the celebration of that time of year for me.

I asked other Etsy sellers who are participating in Christmas In July what their favourite Christmas songs are and here are their answers.

Katrina from BygoneAllure says:

This got me thinking whether ‘Hallelujah’ (by Leonard Cohen) is a Christmas Song. And I concluded whilst I love it – it is less of a Christmas tune for me than ‘Amazing Grace’.

Bono singing it is mighty fine and he sings the heart of it in this short piece.

Mallori from MGPCreations says:

I would say my favourite Christmas song is ‘O Holy Night’. I love the lyrics and love singing it every Christmas. Just brings the meaning of Christmas out and is such a powerful song.

So many good versions out on YouTube but you can’t go past a good Celine Dion cover.

Melissa from 89stitches says:

I would have to say my favourite christmas song is ‘All I want for Christmas is you’. It is from one of the sweetest and funniest movies “Love Actually”!

CarolaBartz from CarolaBartz says:

My favorite song is The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole.

I love it because it is kind of old fashioned and has a beautiful atmosphere – I can picture the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the anticipation and the very special non-commercial Christmas mood. Plus, Nat King Cole’s voice is just delicious!

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

My favourite song is ‘Silent Night’ and I love this version.

Christmas is more than just gifts and this song is a reminder of all Christmas is.

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I think it has to be ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’!

I love this version of the song sung by Australian children’s band The Wiggles because they came to fame when my (now adult) children were young – yes I have been to several concerts.

I also love it because it is an empowering song for children in terms of its overcoming ‘bullies’ message. It always brings a smile to my lips.

Flora from Littlegiftsofnature says:

‘God Bless Us Everyone’ is my favourite Christmas song.

Lovely the beautiful melody and meaningful lyrics. Mr. Bocelli’s voice is amazing. ‘Christmas Carol’ is always my favourite novel.

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ (Merry Christmas) by Bing Crosby.

It reminds me of being in Hawaii on Christmas day fond memories.

 

Alicia from AliciasFindings says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘Feliz Navidad’.

I have loved this song since my middle school days (junior high). It is so upbeat and fun, which is what the season is to me.

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas’.

I like this song, but it’s actually my husband’s favorite, which I think is so cute since he is a big burly guy that adores this song. On our first Christmas I found (on Etsy) a vintage Christmas ornament that plays this song. We keep it on a shelf year round.

Preview Of Workspaces – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

As we get close to concluding our Etsy Christmas In July #CIJParty 2016 tonight I want to give you a quick preview of the big day we have planned for you tomorrow, Thursday July 7th!

Blog leader Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns frequently shares “Show Us Your Workspace” features on our blog.

Tomorrow she will feature the workspace of several Etsy Christmas In July team members.

Here is a sneak peek!

Can you guess who creates here? No fair if you are Dawn, or the team member! Leave your guess in the comment section and if you win you will get a special prize from me!Workspace

 

 

Christmas in Tropical Singapore – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Guest Blog Article: “Christmas in Tropical Singapore” by Megha of byTheArtBug

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What is your Christmas Inspiration?

Christmas has always been a Winter time for us whether back in India or in USA. The cold wear, cozy hats and blankets, heater and fireplace, with something hot to drink…all this was a usual thing at Christmas time! But when we moved to Singapore it suddenly struck me, Oh! It is going to be hot during Christmas!! At first it was a little strange and we had no idea how it would be like during the Holiday Season back here in Singapore.

But as you get used to the place where you stay we kept an open mind about it and let me tell you we were really surprised by the Christmas decoration, celebration and activities here in Sunny Singapore!

So much to do and so much to explore that one season is not enough to see it all!

You will see a Christmas tree in every store and mall and even the offices. Each Mall decorated with a different theme along with events like Carol singing, activities for kids and charity events and so on.

It is so much fun here in Lion City, from shopping to cultural and religious events!

Although it is not cold but the weather is quite pleasant much cooler than the other months so you can always layer with a light cardigan to get the wintry feel.

People from all cultures come together to participate in this festive occasion. The decorations begin in early November and last through the New Year.

Introduction

Let me take you on a ride of “Singapore’s Christmas Spectacular” through these pictures…

–The Famous Orchard Street–

The Famous Orchard Street explodes with Light, stretching about two miles the whole street is dressed up in lights; they even have a pedestrian night when you can walk freely on the street to enjoy the decoration. This Christmas wonderland is a must see.1

–Gardens By The Bay–

The beautiful gardens transform into a lovely Christmas wonderland with unique light displays, indoor decorations and various festivities.2

–Christmas Lights and Trees–
There are light installations and Christmas trees everywhere in the city.3

–Church Services–
There are so many beautiful Churches of various denominations here in Singapore.4

–Decoration in the Malls–
With Carol Singing, extended Hours and different themes and lots of sales and deals there is so much to do and explore!5

–Christmas Bazaars–
You may find some cute treasures here, especially in the handmade markets.6

With so much warmth we did not miss the Cold at all!

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Tutorial: Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Tutorial: How To Make Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus” by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Santa

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

Santa Claus is my inspiration!

Introduction

Sitting on the Edge Santa Claus

This is a sitting on the edge Santa Claus. It is very simple to sew. The size of my pattern is variable, so you can sew it smaller or bigger.

You can make him with felt or paper and instead of sewing , you can glue the pieces with your kids.
On one side of the coat you can sew a little pocket, for a money present . You can give him legs. Or what you want.

It’s a nice Christmas decoration.

Materials Used

Red Cotton 30 x 40 cm
White Cotton (little piece)
Rough white Cotton for the beard
2 Buttons for the Eyes or something other
Maybe a little pompon or bell for the hat
Filling material

Tutorial Directions

The Pattern:

You need two Triangles, both have the same size.

Please work two Triangles by the instructions you see on the pictures. Transfer it on a cardboard.

One of them is for the 3 triangles for the solid sides of the Santa.

Before you cut it out, draw a seam allowance of 0,5cm to the triangle.

The second triangle:

Cut out the different pieces. The coat and the beard have the same sizes. This pieces need  +seam allowance!

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The Work:

Cut out:

– Red Fabric: The big triangle 3 pieces for the sides and the bottom

Think of the seam allowance!!!

– Red Fabric: The pattern for the hat, and 2 x for the coat

– Rough fabric: the beard

– White fabric: the eyepieceA5

Sew:

Sew the coat and the beard together

Sew the hat and the eyepiece together

Sew the top and the lower part together

Now the front side is ready!

Sew the red triangles on the sides of the front and close it on the back to a pyramid.

The last solid triangle is for the bottom. You can fix it with pins and sew.

Let a part of 3 cm open!

Pull it on the right side and fill it with your filling material

Close the open seam- sew by hand

Now you can glue eyes or stitch it, or sew little buttons.

On the hat you can fix a pompom or bell.

Ready!!!

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Conclusion

Extras:
Pocket: –  Cut out a 4 x 6 cm piece of fabric
– Iron the seam allowance on on small side ca 0,5cm
– Iron the seam allowance on the  both length sides ca 0,5cm
– Sew the both length sides on the front of the Santa

Legs:   – you can take cord or other materials like felt or a rope ca 2x  15 cm
-Beads for the feet
– sew the feet on the base side of the front, sew the base triangle like the description  aboveA11

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The Christmas Play – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Guest Blog Article: “The Christmas Play” by Opal of ApronStingsOwlLady

The Christmas Play

Opal

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

I lived a childhood filled with fun, fishing, family vacations and inspiration from a wonderful Christian family. This Christmas memory stands out as one of the best.

Introduction

Hello! My name is Opal Leasure, my husband Jerry and I run the Apron Strings Owl Lady Shop, and also Jerry’s Vintage Depot. I am grateful for this opportunity to share a Christmas memory with you today. Christmas in July is a wonderful Etsy experience and I hope all of you are enjoying it.

The Christmas Play

In the little Pentecostal church of my childhood, the sanctuary always felt just right, especially at Christmastime.

It was a place where you felt good when you walked in and inspired when you left. Looking back, I now realize the people emanated the warmth more than the radiator, and Christmas was alive in their hearts year round.

In second grade, it was with great pride and enthusiasm that I was accepted into the Christmas play to recite scripture in a white gown and gossamer angel wings.

Mother had meticulously glued every white feather with love and I was to look truly radiant as I pronounced God’s word with love and Christmas cheer.

The night of the Christmas play things weren’t going real smoothly at our home, where five children (angels and apostles), Jesus (my dad) and the song leader (mom) readied themselves for the service – all with parts in the Christmas play and wanting to look just right for their appearances.

We arrived and lo and behold, (church not the play), had begun without us.

By my 7 year old calculations we were not late enough for someone else to be already be wearing my gown and wings – but to my horror, upon entering the side door with mom, there stood someone else’s cousin from out of town – proudly wearing my iridescent, wonderfully made celestial wings.

To me they were not just pieces of cardboard covered with fluff. They were the very essence of every word in my condensed scripture reading, carefully memorized word for word to honor our Savior’s birth.

I saw my mother with the women in charge of the play, their voices grew louder then lower, as they pointed first to me, then to the delighted little newcomer in my wings.

“Which heart do you break?” was reflected in their faces.

And then the decision.

As the house lights were dimmed and Away In a Manger softly played by the organist, I was asked to say my piece.
Wingless and robeless, with a starched white blouse and red plaid Christmas skirt my only outfit, little Opal Kay was placed between the velvet drapes, spotlight shining, all eyes in the church upon her face.

Heartbroken, I remember blinking back the tears as best I could and with the bright lights shining on me, deep breath, I was resolved to do my very best.

Except for slight coughs, muffled chair shifting and babies babbling, I couldn’t see the audience but knew my family and church family watched in the darkness.

My folded card held in a sweaty palm, I began my recital. I did not realize that news of my costume misappropriation had already spread like wildfire through the tiny church filled with numerous elders and others who loved and called me “Phillips baby girl.”

There was no microphone, but you could hear a pin drop as hot tears streamed down rosy cheeks and my tiny voice sent the message to the people.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise, when as His Mother, Mary, was espoused to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

As I spoke the tears began to leave and my voice grew louder and bolder with each word. “Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying ‘Joseph, thou son of David, fear not! Mary shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.”

As the house lights went up I saw a congregation of smiling, supportive faces, applauding in standing ovation for a wingless child standing alone on the stage.

After the play I was hugged unmercifully by every matriarch in the church, my curly top ruffled by all and felt God’s love that Christmas season like never before.

No matter how old I get – on winged or wingless days – one of the most important things my never-ending-childhood continues to show me is that Jesus is truly without a doubt, the greatest gift of all.

Remembering the reason for the season – Much love and Merry Christmas in July to all! – Opal

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Tutorial: Mini Gift Ornaments – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Tutorial: How To Make Mini Gift Ornaments” by Megha of byTheArtBug

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What is your Christmas Inspiration?

Everyone loves cute tree ornaments and they become more special if they are handmade! I was inspired to make something for my tree this year that was cute and traditional, so decided to do these “Mini Gift Ornaments” with some recycled boxes.

Introduction

Make these cute mini Gift Ornaments in a few simple steps with toothpaste boxes!!
Cover with any type of Paper you like…glittery, shiny or minimal!

Materials Used

Toothpaste Boxes OR you can use any of those Cosmetic boxes!
Gift Wrap
Scissors
Tape
Ribbon/TwineO2

Tutorial Directions

Take your toothpaste box,O3

Cut it into desired size/no.of pieces,O4

Cover the open side of Top and Bottom piece with tape, don’t worry no one will know as we will wrap it up!O5

For the middle parts cover both open sides with tape,O6

Cover them as you wold wrap the normal gifts, tape and tie with ribbon /twine,O7

Attach a loop/hook to hang the ornament,O8

Make as many as you like!O9

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Conclusion

That’s it, Happy Decorating!O12

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