Thank You For Coming To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2017 – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CIJParty 2017 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 host for the day! 

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

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

Tutorial: Wooden Christmas Ornaments by Megha of byTheArtBug

Christmas Back To Front And Upside Down by Jessica of GusandOllie

Christmas Decor by Judith of FabriArts

Greenery – Pantone Color Of The Year 2017 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas Movie Ideas by Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0

Tutorial: Travel Utensilo by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

What #EtsyCIJ Means To You by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tree Decorations by Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0

Holiday Jewelry by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Christmas Around the World by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial: Boho Christmas Tassel Swag by Marijean of MariMartiDesigns

Christmas Wish List by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Thank You Etsy On Sale: EOS by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

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 – EtsyCIJ17 – 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-

Thank You Etsy On Sale: EOS – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I want to take a moment today to thank Mitsu, Jason and Cameron from Etsy On Sale!

They have been a tremendous partner during our annual Etsy Christmas In July event for the past several years!

Etsy On Sale has been helping Etsy shops easily run sales and promote their shops since 2010.

Please check out their site to support them!

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Etsy On Sale

Christmas Around the World – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Christmas is one of those holidays in which there are so many little pieces that combine that make this one day so amazing! One thing that we love to focus on in this team is that we are international.

For our #CIJParty we want to know all about Christmas in your part of the world! What are the traditions or customs in your part of the world?

Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

Hello everyone! I will be happy to tell you about Christmas in Belarus and other Eastern European countries as it is a little bit different from other places.

Christmas in our country is normally celebrated on January 7th. This is simply due to a difference in calendars.

This is very intimate holiday in our country. People celebrate it only with family and close friends.

Some people fast (don’t eat anything) on Christmas Eve, until the first star has appeared in the sky. People then eat ‘sochivo’ or ‘kutia’ a porridge made from wheat or rice served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit (especially berries and dried fruit like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies! Kutia is sometimes eaten from one common bowl, this symbolizes unity.

There are special Christmas cookies called Kozulya which are made in the shape of a sheep, goat or deer.

In some areas, children will go carol singing round the homes of friends and family and wish people Happy Christmas. They are normally rewarded with cookies, sweets and money. This tradition is called “Svyatki”.

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KNOTandLiving

Gail Gismondi from kensingtonminiatures says:

I have always loved hearing about the ways people celebrate holidays across the world. Although there are many differences, the thing that joins us all as a world community is the spirit of camaraderie and warmth. Thank you for your interesting post, Elena.

In America, children traditionally leave out cookies and milk or hot chocolate for Santa in anticipation of his arrival on Christmas Eve.

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Holiday Jewelry – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Holidays in the winter season, including Christmas, can be an opportunity for such happy times. And those of us who like to decorate ourselves as well as our homes and trees often do this with special jewelry. We asked our teamies to share their favorites in this regard, so we can draw inspiration from their holiday jewelry celebrations!

For all those “little black dress” occasions around the holidays, I love to throw on a long, graceful statement necklace that adds a festive, swingy pop of color and sparkle to the clean look of the little black dress! This one pairs FABULOUSLY with a pencil shaped black dress to add a swingy, slimming line of shimmer in festive greens and golds! The tassel screams party while still maintaining a polished and put-together look!

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Green Beaded Fringe Necklace with Tassel, Jewelry Long Necklace Lucky Green Tassel Necklace Gold Green Tassel, Sari silk tassel jewelry

How about some ” fire and ice ” earrings for the holidays with creamy crystals and wonderful red tassels in leather:

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Red faux leather tassel gold tone earrings – creamy crystals dangles – light weight – classic design – 2 inch long – vacation -resort wear

I love Christmas (it is summer at Christmas for me!). These drop bead earrings are great to wear out to parties!

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Blue bead earrings, two tone dangle earrings, green, Birthday gift idea, pierced earrings, hook earrings

I love to decorate myself at Christmas as well as my house/tree, and green is my favourite Christmas colour. These earrings made with upcycled buttons and beads are a great festive accessory, and can be custom made in different colours.

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Earrings Green and Silver Upcycled Dangle – Button Jewellery – Christmas Jewellery – St Patricks Jewelry – Vegan Jewellery

Christmas for me is about shiny & sparkling things, like golden glitter in the x-mas tree or sparkly decorations on the table. This piece from my store is the most sparkly of all and it makes a lovely Christmas gift!

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SALE Spirit Quartz Druzy Gold Dipped Necklace

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers said:

I love Christmas carols and I always love to listen to the Carol service from Kings College. I used to sing in a choir and one year had the priviledge of doing the solo first verse of Once in Royal David’s City so it has to be these musical angel earrings.

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Musical christmas angel earrings, angel earrings, guardian angel, origami angel earrings, recycled paper, vintage sheet music, Christmas

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said:

It would be a wonderful Christmas Gift for women these gorgeous Vintage 40s crystal neckalce and bracelet set.

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Vintage 1940s Necklace and Bracelet Set Crystal and Ruby Art Deco Wediing Jewelry

Carol Braden-Williams from SilverTrove said:

How about a renaissance style ruby statement ring for all those holiday parties and gatherings!

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Renaissance Style Lab Ruby Ring, Sterling Silver Ruby Ring, Size 6 Ring, Ornate Gemstone Ring, Ruby Engagement Ring, July Birthstone Ring

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler said:

To celebrate CIJ I made two holiday bracelets. I used Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique, and seed beads. Here’s one of them:

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Christmas Bracelet – CIJ – Kumihimo Braided Bracelet – Red Gold Green Bracelet – Holiday Jewelry – Christmas in July – Long Bracelet

Batul from GalantaJewels said:

I would choose this elegant green onyx necklace. I think it’s both fun and glamorous and is a perfect compliment to the season!

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Green Onyx Necklace, Statement Necklace, Green and Gold, Mother of the Bride Gift, Emerald Green Necklace, Gemstone Necklace, Gift for Mom

Well, this pin isn’t for everyone, but we think it’s funny! (Don’t wear it to Grandma’s house!)

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Vintage Suggestive Pinback Button Metal “Wanna Make Me Merry?” Funny Gag Gift Unisex Holiday Jewelry Retro Pin

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

The perfect earrings for that little black holiday dress!

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Vintage Black Aluminum Snake Skin Hoop Earrings

JO from alustrousjewellery said:

I love angels, there is some thing reassuring about them, one of my favourite songs is Amy Grant, Angels watching over me.

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Angel, Sterling Silver Angel Necklace, Sterling Silver Christmas Necklace, Sterling Silver Angel Heart Necklace, Gold Angel Necklace

Until next time,

Sheila

Tree Decorations – #CIJParty 2017

Post contributor from Julie at EveryoneLovesGifts0

When it comes to Christmas time everyone loves to decorate their tree. I know when I was younger I was not allowed to decorate the tree as that was my Mum’s job and something she loved to do. More so the tree had to be prefect so no little fingers are allowed.

Now I have my own daughter, she decorates the tree with my husband but they always need my approval to see if I like it!

With this blog I thought it would be a good idea to get a feel of other Christmas tree decorations out there, let your imagination run wild and have fun with it. After all, Christmas is a time to family and fun.

First up is my Christmas Tree (pleas excuse the background this was before we decorated). I have always had a fake green tree yet I liked the look of a black tree. It is usual and not something you would consider at Christmas, yet I love the look of a black tree.
That being said as it is black I wanted silver and white to go with the tree so the decorations stand out. So that being said I went with silver glitter decorations and white feather boas to make it look like snow as falling. To complete the look I went with white twinkle lights. (PS, excuse the Christmas hat at the top, my daughter insisted that stays).

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My Christmas Tree Decoration

I love this Christmas tree, it looks classic yet modern at the same time with twists of ‘snow’ at the bottom. I love all the different Christmas decorations that hang off the branches, this tree feels magical to me.

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Fun Tree Decoration

Although this is a real Christmas tree, the decorations are simple, to the point while looking classy at the same time. The colour scheme stays the same with gold and red decorations while you can see the twinkling white light in the tree.

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Classic Tree Decoration

Decorations that feel fun and magical for the Children. I love this look of decoration, I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if your children have a little Christmas tree themselves, why not look for a decoration like this? With lights behind this decoration it is sure to make a magical tree for them.

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Fun Decorations for Kids

I love decorations like this. On a Christmas tree you can see it is bright colours, yet with glitter snowflakes on the balls it gives it a warm/cool feeling inside as well. This on a tree with similar decorations would go perfect together.

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Glitter Snowflake Tree Balls

What #EtsyCIJ Means To You – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

For this years #EtsyCIJ event we want to know what this team means to you.
We know this team has meant a lot to some,has been a stepping stone to others and their main focus to a few.

What do you think of when this team comes to mind? What does this team mean to you?

Patty from PupcakesBowWowtique says to me this team means a chance. Since I started on Etsy a year ago I have had a few sales trickle in. In joining this team I am hoping that my shop will have a chance to grow. I also see this as an opportunity to get to know other team members and help each other along the way as we are a team after all.

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Lavender and Chamomile dog shampoo

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said being part of many other teams I value and appreciate what teams can do for me and I for them.
Making new friends, brain storm with other artists I love that very much .
so joining this team is a wonderful opportunity for me–never belonged to a Christmas team before-I look forward to faving all of you and hope we have great season 2017.

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Rustic boho christmas tree ornaments

Christmas Movie Ideas – #CIJParty 2017

Post contributor from Julie at EveryoneLovesGifts0

When it comes to Christmas time everyone loves a good Christmas move that they can share with the family. Below I have added some classic and best Christmas film that are good to watch time and time again and those you may not have seen before.

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Home Alone (PG)
I don’t know anyone who does not love a good Home Alone movie. I can not remember how many times I have seen these films but they never get old.

The first Home Alone came out in 1990! It is about an eight year old that get’s in trouble at home while his whole family has gone on holiday. Because of such a big family and the rest to get to the airport in the morning they forgot about him.
Unfortunately he is left home alone to protect his family house from want-to-be burglars.

A Christmas Carol (PG)
Again, a Christmas movie that is a classic.
The re-make was made in 2009, A Christmas Carol is an animated movie from Charles Dickens. A Victorian-era miser takes on a journey of self-redemption. However, with several mysterious Christmas apparitions it is a journey he wont forget.

This Christmas (PG)
A Christmas-time drama that is centered around the Whitfield family’s first holiday together in four years. Do you think the family’s holiday will go without a hitch?

Arthur Christmas (PG)
Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. What could possible happen? A funny film that is great for all the family.

Love the Coopers (PG 13)
The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve.