Thank You For Coming To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2018 – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CIJParty 2018 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 on Etsy!

Alicia, and Cindy, two of the leaders of the team were your co-hosts for the day! 

Here is a brief recap of the days activities!

Party Schedule

We had 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

Photo Booth by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Photos From The #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Chinese Lucky Stars by Mairi of mairidesign

Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop by Mairi of mairidesign

Where To Visit For Christmas by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Secret Santa by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Show Us Your Holiday Table Settings by Alicia of AliciasFindings

The Christmas Tree by Mairi of mairidesign

Secrets of An Old Fashioned Christmas by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Tutorial: Christmas Paper Stars by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Fun Facts About Christmas by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour by Mike of burntearthhair

Getting Ready For Christmas by Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0

Christmas Memories Last Forever – Cutting Of The Tree by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Trending On Social by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Thank You Etsy On Sale 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 Mairi of mairidesign for curating our swag bag today! Mairi 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 Karen of timetalentjewels, Judy of PiecesOfMePaperCraft, Gina of ArigigPixel. As well as team leaders Megha of byTheArtBug and Mairi of mairidesign.

There is a swag bag waiting for you!

Click here for your Swag Bag! #EtsyCIJ 2018 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 2018.

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 – EtsyCIJ18 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

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

Now, WE’RE JUMPING IN THE POOL!

Michelle, Alicia & Cindy-

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Where To Visit During Christmas – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Christmas is one of the biggest family related holidays and because of this some of us end up visiting family and sometimes friends (who are like family). Some of us even go some where’s just to get away. We want to know where you have been for Christmas and what it was like in the area.

I think New York City in the wintertime is a beautiful yet busy place, add in a holiday and its something else. Lights on buildings, trees and more line the busy streets. There is ice skating and also the amazing tree in Rockefeller Center. The store’s window displays are beyond stunning as you spend your day sightseeing before finally ending with a performance of the Nutcracker.

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On the other hand I imagine Nuremberg Germany to be quite amazing also. Just thinking about Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I can only imagine this 180 stall market of handmade wares. They have a Toy and a Railway Museum for your sightseeing pleasure. I also must admit thinking about all that gingerbread, bratwurst and strudel makes my mouth water.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that she loves to spend Christmas where she lives in Southeastern Louisiana. She has a small family, and everyone lives close by, so it’s easier to get everyone together for Christmas. She loves the fact that she never knows what to expect living so close to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes the weather is cold, and they have to bundle up wearing sweaters, etc. while other times they’re celebrating Christmas in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops (that’s her favorite)! But no matter what weather is like outside, there’s always something going on … the Christmas Light display in Audubon Park, the Christmas Fireworks display on the Mississippi River … just a few of the exciting activities that one can find going on in the area! One of the best activities is the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve … lighting the way for Papa Noel (Santa Claus) to come to the bayou area! Pictured below is her family Christmas tree and the 3 handmade mini stockings Christmas tree decorations … it’s an item that for sale in our shop!

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 talks about how she has been to DisneyWorld in Orlando Florida USA for Christmas, where every surface is covered in lights and sights and smells of the holidays.

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Mairi from mairidesign says how Badalona,near Barcelona,is her favorite Christmas destination. Christmas time for her, is about getting away from the cold weather and the norms of everyday life. She doesn’t have children, so it’s not about spending time with the family, but about relaxing. No work for a week, strolls and picnics on the beach, and collecting sea glass to make unique pieces of jewellery. This is the perfect Christmas for her.

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I think Mairi’s ideal destination sounds lovely, and there are all kinds of places for all kinds of people. Quebec is a great place to get away to if you are an outdoorsy type. There is snowshoeing, skiing, hiking and more. They have holiday programs for all types of people,nativity scenes from around the world and a Christmas village. Think of roasted chestnuts and sausage as you browse their German Christmas market. They even have a winter Carnival from January 26th to February 11th.

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I imagine most of us think cold or snow when we think of Christmas, but it doesn’t need to be so. Think about sun,sand and beaches to melt all your troubles away. This is what it is like on Bondi Beach Australia. They decorate the beach with trees and other festive touches. Most everyone comes dressed in something to do with antlers, santa or even an elf. There are also bands and dj’s on the Pavilion to help the party atmosphere.

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So there you have it folks a handful of places one can go on Christmas. Some are getaways while some are more family oriented. What ever your destination is this Christmas remember to have fun with those around you!

Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Once again this year we kick off our Etsy Christmas In July Party this year with a photo! What is a party the opportunity to take goofy photos in a booth?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their Christmas Inspired photo booth items.

Gina from ArigigiPixel says: 

This is a red, green and white MERRY CHRISTMAS party banner – DIY flag garland. This digital product is perfect for your holiday party! See additional details in Gina’s shop!

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Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I started making little knitted socks and mitten ornaments when a friend gave the patterns she had developed. I used the leftover yarn from the socks that my Mom knits for the whole family. At first they were just for gifts for my friends and family, but they are fun to knit out of self-striping yarn, so I kept going, eventually selling them at local craft fairs and here on Etsy. Soon, the ends that Mom supplied weren’t enough, so I started haunting the yarn stores for more colours of wool (my yarn stash is growing now to rival my stash of quilting fabric)! Then I started knitting more little mitts and socks and stringing them in a row to make a garland.

When I make pairs of socks or mitts, I like to make sure that they match. The self-patterning yarn usually has a “repeat”….once I’ve knit 3 or 4 socks/mitts, I get back to the same place so I can knit the matching sock or mitten. Occasionally, the repeat is very hard to find, or there’s not enough yarn to make another, and I end up with a sock or mitt that doesn’t have a match. That’s when I came up with concept of the mis-matched garlands. It reminds me of the times when my kids always lost just one of their mittens and didn’t have a match…..or the “sock monster” ate one of a pair in the dryer (do the socks ever go missing in pairs?).

Now I have a stash of little single socks and single mitts ready to be strung on a garland when I get enough that I think coordinate.

I also make garlands of socks or mitts that all coordinate – a single colour or from a single ball of yarn. More of those will be available in my FabriArts shop in the fall.

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Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Once again this year we kick off our Etsy Christmas In July Party this year with food and drink! What is a party without refreshments?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their Christmas Inspired food and drink items.

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I distinctly remember as the holiday season approached, my Mom buying small gifts of candy for folks like our mailman, milkman, bread delivery guy, pharmacist, even our garbage man. It was a traditional part of the holiday season and it made we realize, even as a child, that it was important to say thank you to everyone at that time of year (and throughout of course).

Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive this gift of chocolate – okay, perhaps not our dentist.

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Once I started my business of making accessories for everyone including your pets my desire to use unique patterns was strong. So, when I found this hot chocolate ribbon I knew it would make a great print for my dog collar! I mean if you’re a dog lover and love Christmas then you’ve got to love hot chocolate too!!

There’s nothing like a cup of rich hot chocolate piled high with marshmallows on a cold winters night!! Who can resist right?

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Mairi from mairidesign says:

Cheers! A bottle of wine to hang on your tree or in your window. The first one of these that I made was for a couple of friends who own a wine shop. I couldn’t buy them a bottle of wine for Christmas but, hey, I could make them a bottle. They loved it and have it on display the whole year.

This would make a great gift for your party host or for a couple sharing their first Christmas together and it’s perfect for year round décor not just for Christmas Also available in red wine colour and different bottle shapes.

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Musical Introduction – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Once again this year we kick off our Etsy Christmas In July Party with a musical introduction! What is a party without music?

I would like to introduce you to The Choraleers Acappella Singing Group! They discovered our Christmas In July Party while searching the internet – it indeed is a small world! I invited Damon, the representative of group and the singers to join us!

The sextet was established over 35 years ago at Texas Southern University and performs Doo Wop, Gospel, Holiday and Motown hits. We have performed at private parties, weddings and at country clubs.

They are based out of Houston, Texas USA! Please contact Damon if you are in the area and are looking for performers!thechoraleersphoto

We also invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their Christmas Inspired musical items.

Gail from QuiltSewPieceful says:

This item is not music themed, but it is a Christmas runner sized to fit a Piano! There are not very many runners on Etsy that are sized to fit an upright piano. I think it’s fun to switch them out for every holiday or season.

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Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

Music is always a big hit… everyone can relate to music in some way. So in my shop I decided to make a line of music themed items… I have bookmarks, banners, ornaments, and pillows and hope to add more soon. The item I decided to include in your music theme is one of my music pillows!

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

There is something about Christmas music that brings out the best in people and always seems to make me smile. Pair that feeling with a winter bird and some cheerful holly and you have everything you need to make the holidays bright.

This charming antique postcard captures that feeling perfectly. Attach a bit of fancy ribbon to the card and hang it on your tree for a festive vintage touch or tuck it into your table centerpiece.

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Pam from PamsPawsJewelry says:

This is a Vintage Sol D’Or Miracle Lyre Pin from the 1970’s Made In the United Kingdom and is a traditional Anglo-Saxon piece of jewelry.

Sol D’ Or means Sun of Gold and is found on some Miracle jewelry which was distributed in Ireland. This hallmark belongs to the Solvar company of Dublin though Miracle manufactured most of this jewelry. Originally in 1946, the A. Hill & Company Ltd. began producing Miracle jewelry in Birmingham, England.

These designs were taken from original Celtic, Irish, Scottish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking jewelry. Miracle has always produced very high quality jewelry. It was recently acquired by the British St. Justin jewelry company. It is not clear whether or not St. Justin will continue the Miracle line.

Celtic harp and violin cultural music has influenced our American Country music since the first Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants came to this country in the 1600s to 1800s.

This brooch would make a lovely Christmas or any time gift for anyone who plays and loves the harp, loves Celtic culture and or it’s musical heritage!

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Welcome To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2018 – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty 2018 here on the Etsy Christmas In July blog!

I am Michelle, the captain of the Christmas In July team on Etsy!

Alicia, and Cindy, two of the leaders of the team will be your co-hosts for the day!

The Christmas In July leadership team wanted a way to party with team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2018, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to enjoy blog articles, guest blog articles, tutorials, shop, and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Etsy Christmas In July Team

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

Photo Booth by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Photos From The #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Chinese Lucky Stars by Mairi of mairidesign

Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop by Mairi of mairidesign

Where To Visit For Christmas by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Secret Santa by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Show Us Your Holiday Table Settings by Alicia of AliciasFindings

The Christmas Tree by Mairi of mairidesign

Secrets of An Old Fashioned Christmas by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Tutorial: Christmas Paper Stars by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Fun Facts About Christmas by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour by Mike of burntearthhair

Getting Ready For Christmas by Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0

Christmas Memories Last Forever – Cutting Of The Tree by Rebecca of OrnamentsByRebeccaT

Trending On Social by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Thank You Etsy On Sale 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 Mairi of mairidesign for curating our swag bag today! Mairi 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 Karen of timetalentjewels, Judy of PiecesOfMePaperCraft, Gina of ArigigPixel. As well as team leaders Megha of byTheArtBug and Mairi of mairidesign.

Click here for your Swag Bag! #EtsyCIJ 2018 Swag Bag

Tell Your Friends

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 2018.

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 – EtsyCIJ18 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

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

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle, Alicia & Cindy-

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-