Pick Up Your Swag Bag – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! This is the fifth annual Etsy Christmas In July Party that we have curated a swag bag especially for you! What party is complete without a gift to take home with you to remember the day?

Once again this year your swag bag is filled with Christmas inspired printables that were created by Etsy Christmas In July team members!

Megha of byTheArtBug:

Christmas Inspiration –

Inspiration for these festive tags are the simple Christmas decorations and symbols.

Megha of byTheArtBug:

Christmas Inspiration – Everyone loves decorating the “Christmas Tree” and that is the inspiration for this printable!

Karen of timetalentjewels:

Christmas Inspiration – All Shapes and Sizes of Christmas Trees Along with Presents under the trees!

Christine of cwagenblass9:

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas baking is a wonderful tradition and especially the cookie exchanges that are shared with friends.

Mairi of mairdesign:

Christmas Inspiration – Mini lavender filled organza bags, instead of bows, for Christmas present wrapping.

Judy of PiecesOfMePaperCraft:

Christmas Inspiration – Food, Lights, Pretty Decorations!

Gina of ArigigPixel:

Christmas Inspiration – Free ugly sweaters party printable decoration!

The swag bag was curated by swag bag extraordinaire Mairi of mairidesign!

Thank you for your collaboration!

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Etsy Christmas In July Cross Promotion With The Australian Wandarrah Team

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Happy Christmas in July everyone! I’m Kelly of Colourscape Studios, and 2nd in charge over on Australia and New Zealand’s largest Etsy team, the Australian Wandarrah team. We’re back for another year joining forces with the Christmas in July team to share some of the fantastic makers and sellers we have on our team, while also featuring some of the CIJ teams best over on our blog too!
Firstly, I’d love to introduce to you our team captain Cat, of www.etsy.com/shop/musthavebeenthecat. Cat creates the cutest cat themed heat packs, therapy heat bags (larger in size and weighted for those with sensory issues) and softies,  as well as the occasional dog or fox thrown in for good measure. Her designs are made from high quality fabrics and being the proud owner of one of the cat shaped heat bags for the past 3 years myself, I can tell you they last much better than any commercially purchased heat pack! Cat is offering 20% all her products from July 1st to 10th.
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Lizzy of www.etsy.com/shop/lizzysbibsandbobs has joined in our crossover promotion for the last couple of years and is back with us this year offering 20% off all purchases over $10. Lizzy curates a fantastic collection of vintage goodies, ranging from Christmas decorations to jewellery, home decor to sewing and craft supplies and lots of things in between. Make sure you visit her shop as she currently has over 250 items available!
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Clara of www.etsy.com/shop/elliotsplayground is offering 25% off her pattern designs! Her Swallow pattern as shown below is an amazing piece of work and can be adapted in so many different ways… your imagination would be the only thing stopping you! My personal favourite has to be the axolotl, his little grin is too cute!
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Maryann of www.etsy.com/shop/gojjell creates modern and stylish jewellery pieces including necklaces, earrings, brooches, rings and accessories as well as some gorgeous art pieces and is offering 15% off storewide for the sale dates. She also makes a small range of mens jewellery items, which are well designed and perfect to gift for birthdays or Christmas.
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Dom and Lana of www.etsy.com/shop/kirrakai create fun and modern felt ball garlands and accessories for your home using ethically sourced pure wool felt balls and shapes and I’m personally quite the fan of their work, owning two garlands of my own (one in my daughter’s room, and one in my office!) Their garlands are a great idea for reusable Christmas or birthday decorations, to add a pop of colour to a small space or even just as something to make you smile as you enter your home at the end of the day! They are offering 20% to 30% off a large range of items in their store, so make sure you get across and check them out!
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Kirraki

Lucky last in my feature today would be me! My shop is www.etsy.com/shop/colourscapestudios and I’m going to be offering 10% off all orders over $20 for the duration of this years event dates. My shop includes a small range of typography prints, art prints, gift tags, handmade greeting cards, confetti/table scatters, cupcake/cake toppers and a whole heap more, so make sure you pop across and visit
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ColourscapeStudios

From all of us at the Australian Wandarrah team we wish you a very happy Christmas In July and look forward to shopping the sales too!

Items Of The Week: Kids, Kids, Kids

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Lucky In Love

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Did you get lucky and find your significant other, soul mate or spouse? We all have our own word (s) for our second half, but what matters is how they make us feel. Some would say if we found our one, we were Lucky In Love!

What Lucky In Love items do you have in your shop?

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says as a child of divorced parents I always felt unlucky and rejected. But I got lucky. Met my husband as a freshman in college and got married as a sophomore. I have 2 children: 1 boy and 1 girl. That’s pretty lucky. I am featuring my plaster elephant bank with upward facing trunk for luck.

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Elephant coin bank

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said to be “lucky in love” and found one’s soul mate, many celebrate the date of their union with special gifts to their beloved. Wood represents the 5th anniversary, so I get a lot of custom orders to memorize that milestone. It’s an honor to create an item that marks such a special occasion!

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Personalized wooden jewelry box

Linda from LazyYVintage states that oh, yes. I ‘m lucky in love. I met Jim when we were 19 years old. We have been together for 40 years. He is corny and romantic and although it makes me roll my eyes sometimes; he makes me happy all the time. We have 6 kids, 4 in-law kids, and 13 grand babies. He has touched so many hearts (okay, now I’m being corny).

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Precious Moments ceramic girl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I ~LOVE~ reading the sweet stories above, of romance that has endured! I do consider myself lucky. I know I’m lucky to have found my soul mate, but I also know that it is our patience and forgiveness and humor and adventurous spirit that has helped us take what we were given and make it last.

The printable art I’ve include includes a background of SLS’s original photograph of love padlocks attached to a bridge over the Seine River in Paris. I’ve strolled over that bridge many times with my honey, and eventually also with our children. The golden padlocks are no longer there (the weight of all that love was too much for the bridge and they had to be removed), so this photograph reminds me of how lucky I am to have found someone as magical as my husband!

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Romantic love printable quote

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said after having enough of MEN –I went on a special ski vacation with my girlfriend in Austria ( where I lived at the time and I am from ) and guess what –I met my husband on the last day at the hotel farewell party. @e have been married for 29 years and love each other like on day one, he gives me the cutest cards for all events of the year.

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Red heart beaded bookmark

Betsy from Betsysbijoux stated I was lucky to have my soul mate with me for 38 years before he passed away Now in my 3rd year of new normal I am lucky to be moving into an artist’s commune filled with love. Sending this to wish all luck and a life filled with love.

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18K yellow gold horseshoe charm

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we are blessed to work and live the dream creating personalized gifts and living life to its fullest. When we started our Etsy shop, we did not know at the time that it would grow to allow us to ‘Quit Our Day Jobs’ and be able to spend time together and with our kids. Our cups run over and we have the wonderful community of buyers and sellers on Etsy to thank and want to say Thank You and Merry Christmas in July! The perfect gift for Weddings, Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, & Christmas in July! We have stemless champagne flutes, trumpet-shaped champagne flutes, and crystal flutes available in our shop with any combination of our available design and font combinations. Make your gift giving personal and ship your package direct to the recipient with gift wrap and gift card services available in our shop!

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Personalized trumpet champagne flute

Richard from RichMakes said I always feel lucky in Love! have been with my partner for 9 years now! we met in Soho London. He’s an Aussie so as Kylie says! his favourite artist naturally “It was Love at First Sight”

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Hanging concrete gold leaf decor

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor states that I found my dear husband in a garbage pail!

We used to work at the same place although in different departments and on Fridays we did a 50/50 draw – you would write your name on a $2 bill and pop it into the draw bin (which was a garbage pail). I was the one selected to draw the winning bill and out popped the bill with his name on it. I had no idea who he was (he has a unique first name) so I set off to let him know he had won the prize that Friday. When I met, I realized I had found my prize. Married 36 years now I still have the bill I drew that day with his name on it.

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Romantic vintage postcard

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says Lucky In Love is loving someone so much that you love them to the moon and back… My children and my grandchildren are the one who I feel so much love for that I truly love them to the moon and back.

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Love you to the Moon fabric bookmark

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said I’ve been with my partner for 13 years now, and we just clicked from the first moment we met. We’d known each other online for a couple of years beforehand before meeting in the flesh, wishing I’d done it sooner now!

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Personalized love story print

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies states that I have been third time lucky in love for me!! Yes, third hubby, but it has been worth the wait – he’s a keeper!! Cooks, cleans, grows food – what more could a girl want?!

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Blue ceramic hearts

Susan and Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA says even animals can be lucky in love! Cardinals choose a mate, and then stay together through the nesting season, and sometimes for several years. The male shows off his physical attributes, such as the markings on his face and bill, during mating season. He sings to his potential mate, and even brings her delicious morsels of food.

I met my husband in college. I wouldn’t say that it was love at first sight, but he got my attention then and he still has it after almost 35 years together. Like the cardinals, we take care of each other.

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Cardinals pdf applique quilt block pattern

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said well, I cannot say I was lucky in love but many people are!

Lovely stories here and love the Cardinal story of love! There are many animals who stay together for their whole lives, so sweet!

Many people give their mates or potential mates gifts to mark special occasions such as anniversaries, or on Valentine’s Day to show their love to their special person.

Many of these gifts have hearts in or on them as symbols of love too and here is a lovely handmade heart necklace which would be a great romantic gift!

Purple lamp work heart necklace

 

Pick Up Your Swag Bag – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good afternoon everyone! This is the fourth annual Etsy Christmas In July Party that we have a swag bag especially for you! What party is complete without a gift to take home with you to remember the day?

This year your swag bag is filled with Christmas Inspired printables that were created by Etsy Christmas In July team members!

Claire of CrochetHomeStudio:

Christmas Inspiration: Here is the start of my new Christmas collection patterns to crochet and knit. I decided to start from the top with this fantastic star design. Festive green lights behind to help make the star pop out. This would make a lovely festive gift when made up. I have chosen the full word guide and instruction sheet. Hoping I am not to late to join the party Happy Crafting to you all!

Emma of StudioEmmaKaufmann:

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas Guinea Pig

Gina of ArigigiPixel:

Christmas Inspiration – Long winter nights with show!

Kelly of ColourscapeStudios:

Christmas Inspiration – I’ve been inspired to create this International Christmas gift tag by the CIJ team members who spread across the globe.

Mary of StockLaneStudio:

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas means sparkles and lights as family and friends gather to celebrate and feast. SLS’s printable JPG NOËL design ads the right amount of pink and sparkle. Perfect for email and social media messages, but prints out to 11×14 inches or smaller and looks crisp and beautiful for cards, tags and wall art. C

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas Candle light printable stationery.

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas-themed customer appreciation tags: thank you for your order wreath.

Megha of byTheArtBug:

Christmas Inspiration = Inspired by my favourite Christmas Decor “Christmas Baubles”!

Patty of  PupcakesBowWowtique:

Christmas Inspiration – My family has always been my Christmas inspiration. We have traditions that I remember as a child and have continued with my own children. It’s a season of giving and selflessness. A very peaceful time of year.

It was curated by swag bag extraordinaire Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns!

Thank you for your collaboration!

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Musical Introduction – #CIJParty 2017

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

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

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint says:

This music pendant would be lovely for a young chorister or musician to wear in a Christmas concert, these are all completely unique.

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MooseintheMint

Expressyourself with Jewelry from expressyourself says:

This Musical pendant is a great idea for the musicians and music-lovers as a Christmas gift.

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expressyourself

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

These beautiful sterling silver musical notes would be great to wear while singing Christmas carols.

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alustrousjewellery

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

A number of items in my shop are made from old paper, including old sheet music. Here’s a Christmas themed example.

Gillisflowers

Gillisflowers

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

My music tree ornament is one of my best sellers… everyone seems to love this little music tree. The colors pop on your Christmas tree.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Erin Gille from GilleCelebrations says:

Musicians or guitarist will love receiving this bright red glass ornament. It is embellished with a handcut, glitter, black guitar.

GilleCelebrations

GilleCelebrations

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I love finding Gurley candles!

This sweet Choir Girl Candle is perfect for a music themed Christmas vignette!

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WillowValleyVintage

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop says:

This listing includes instructions on how to make a crocheted bell ornament. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is listening to hand bells and who can resist harness bells as horses dash across the snow pulling a sleigh?

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TheSandlapperShop

Sheila from hollyhillwreaths says:

I am always looking for unique items to add interest to my wreaths. I found this cherub angel with trumpet while on vacation. I loved the antique gold Old World feel of it. I created a wreath around it and love the peacock blue with the gold.

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hollyhillwreaths

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I loved Jingle Bells as a kid, and this tag brings a smile to my face, as I think “making spirits bright” is a wonderful thing to do during the holidays!

ColourscapeStudios

ColourscapeStudios

Cut It Out

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many items that have cut outs in them, some by accident and some by design.

Holes in jeans, paper snowflakes and so much more.

Here at EtsyCIJ we want to see all your items that are cut out. Please tell us something about your item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says a beautiful find! A cutout pottery bowl. It is a signed pottery bowl with a cutout and etched design glazed a wonderful blue green on the inside of the bowl. The bowl would look lovely on a shelf, or as a coffee table bowl. I keep moving it around the house to see how it looks here and there…..just so pretty.

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Brown cutout pottery bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said here are hand punched paper hearts. Great for scrap booking, table scatter or party confetti. This would make a great present for a language teacher.

In a previous life I was an English teacher and had the opportunity to teach students from all over the world. Although I encouraged everyone to speak English most of the time for the sake of learning, my Japanese English dictionary came in handy when talking to brand new struggling students or visiting parents. I used it a lot when traveling to Japan as well.

Scrapbooking hearts

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios states I created these tags for last year’s Etsy/Plan Australia Make For Good fundraiser, which had the theme of “Making brighter futures”. My idea was to use bright coloured card and featured little cutout hearts to bring colour and love to those less fortunate. Collectively, the Australian and New Zealand sellers involved raised over $38,000 together to help young women in Sri Lanka build a better life for themselves.

Heart gift tags,set of 10

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this is a unique vase in 3D carved relief.

I imagine the artist enjoyed creating this miniature scene inside.

Made in Japan in the 50’s or 60’s.

Blue Bud 3D relief vase

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said In knitting, we usually use a yarn-over (or yarn forward) to create holes & spaces. When done with very fine yarns, you get those ethereal cobweb shawls. When done with a thicker yarn, you get a lot more structure holding the “cut-outs” together – like this:

Pink fringe shawl