Tomorrow Is The Christmas In July Party – #CIJParty 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first second annual Christmas In July Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJParty right here on our blog!

Friday – July 10th, 2015 – please join us here on the CIJ blog for classes and giveaways all day long!

As a member of the CIJ team there are several ways for you to get involved today before the fun begins tomorrow. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until tomorrow to see what we have planned!

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We’ll have virtual classes, discuss trends and so much more all day long. A schedule of the tutorials and special features will be available on Friday morning. There will also be swag bags for attending.

Want a sneak peek of one of the guest blog articles? Amanda from AlphabetArtPrints is sharing her HolyJollyABCS! Thank you Amanda for participating!AmandaArticleTeaser

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get ready to party #CIJParty style!

Friday Is The Christmas In July Party – #CIJParty 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We have been working behind the scenes for the second annual Christmas In July Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we thought it would be fun to hold a virtual #CIJParty here on our blog!

Friday – July 10th, 2015 – please join us here on the CIJ blog for classes and fun all day long!

As a member of the CIJ team there are several ways for you to get involved today before the fun begins Friday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Friday to see what we have planned!

To join in the event stop in throughout the day and see what is happening! We will be all over social media! #CIJParty

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We’ll have virtual classes, discuss trends and so much more all day long. A schedule of the tutorials and special features will be available on Friday morning. There will also be swag bags for attending.

Want a sneak peek? Christina from LeBeauChaton is doing a tutorial! In the comment section leave a guess to what she will be making!ChristinaTutorialTeaser

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get ready to party #CIJParty style!

Tomorrow is the Christmas In July Party – #CIJParty

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first annual Christmas In July Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJParty right here on our blog!

Friday – July 18th, 2014 – please join us here on the CIJ blog for classes and giveaways all day long!

As a member of the CIJ team there are several ways for you to get involved today before the fun begins tomorrow. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until tomorrow to see what we have planned!

CIJFacebookAviGood

We’ll have virtual classes, discuss trends and so much more all day long. A schedule of the tutorials and special features will be available on Friday morning. There will also be swag bags for attending and giveaways throughout the day.

Want a sneak peek of one of the tutorials? Tisha from quiltytherapy is doing a tutorial! Thank you Tisha for participating!

Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial By quiltytherapy

Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial By quiltytherapy

Want a sneak peek of one of the giveaways? Amanda from CuteNCurlyBowtique is giving away a hair bow from her shop valued at $6.00 – $10.00. Thank you Amanda for participating!

Hair Bow By CuteNCurlyBowtique

Hair Bow By CuteNCurlyBowtique

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get ready to party #CIJParty style!

Friday is the Christmas In July Party – #CIJParty

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We have been working behind the scenes for the first annual Christmas In July Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we thought it would be fun to hold a virtual #CIJParty here on our blog!

Friday – July 18th, 2014 – please join us here on the CIJ blog for classes and giveaways all day long!

To join in the fun stop in throughout the day and see what is happening! We will be all over social media! #CIJParty

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We’ll have virtual classes, discuss trends and so much more all day long. A schedule of the tutorials and special features will be available on Friday morning. There will also be swag bags for attending and giveaways throughout the day.

Want a sneak peek? Megha from byTheArtBug is doing a tutorial!

Origami Star Garland Tutorial By byTheArtBug

Origami Star Garland Tutorial By byTheArtBug

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get ready to party #CIJParty style!

Tomorrow is the Etsy Christmas In July Craft Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The last couple of weeks Jennifer from CaffeinatedPaperCuts and Alicia from AliciasFindings have been working behind the scenes for the Christmas In July version of the Etsy Craft Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we thought it would be fun to hold a virtual Craft Party!

Tomorrow – June 6th, 2014 – you will be able to join them  here on the CIJ blog for classes and giveaways all day long!

To join in the fun register at our Craft Party event page! You can also stop in throughout the day and see what is happening! Only those who have registered will be eligible to win so it will be worth the moment it takes to register!

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This year’s theme is Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs so we’ll have virtual classes all day long centered around that theme. Video tutorials, step-by-step tutorials…it’s going to be a blast. Let’s not forget the sweet swag bags for attending and the giveaways throughout the day.

Want a sneak peek? Jessica from CrochetNature is doing a tutorial!

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So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get crafty!

Etsy Craft Party Coming June 6th to the CIJ Blog!

Contributor Post By Jennifer from CaffeinatedPaperCuts

Hi everyone! Every year Etsy holds a Craft Party day around the globe, inviting everyone to arrange a local party and craft the day away. This year the #craftparty (official hashtag of 2014!) will be held on Friday, June 6th and you’re all invited!

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What’s that? You can’t fly in that day? No worries, the Christmas In July team will be holding classes and giveaways all day long right here on the blog! To join in, just register at our event page for your ticket to fun.

This year’s theme is Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs so we’ll have virtual classes all day long centered around that theme. Video tutorials, step-by-step tutorials…it’s going to be a blast. Let’s not forget the sweet swag bags for attending and the giveaways throughout the day.

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get crafty!

Easter Traditions and Crafts go hand in hand

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

With Easter coming up this weekend, I thought why not do a piece on the holiday, the traditions of our families and our crafts.

The stories reminded me of my childhood, as I believe they will for you.

Sarah Johnson of BellaBoutique23 says:

I remember dying Easter eggs the night before. The morning of Easter, my mom would hide big baskets full of goodies that we would search for and I remember one of the times that mine was hidden in the laundry closet! She was such an amazing gift giver. We would go to church that morning and after get together with family. It was so nice living so close to my grandparents and all the cousins would get together at my grandparents house and we would have a big Easter egg hunt. Lots of fun memories! 

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Karen Crisp of AParadisePaper told me about:

I remember spending Easter with my Grandmother (when I was very small, probably about 5 years old). She give them to my sister and I to draw patterns on with a candle. When we were done, they were boiled in water with food coloring and they came out pastel colors with white patterns. Just like the eggs on this treat box well, okay, not quite as pretty as these, but we liked them anyway!

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Carola Bartz of CarolaBartz explained her memories:

I lived in Germany for 40 years, and on Easter night (Saturday->Sunday, in some regions Sunday->Monday) it is a tradition to have a huge Easter fire. The wood for the fire would have been collected over several weeks and piled up high. On Easter night after dark, people would come together around the pile and the fire would be started. We watched and sang and just felt the magic of this special night. When Easter was early in the year, it was pretty cold!

I don’t have any special Easter items in my store, except for a few Easter cards.

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Kathy of KomebackKitsch lets me know:

I remember Sunrise service at church, my Mom being in the choir and my Dad taking on getting 4 little girls dressed in Easter finery and to church by 6am….quite a feat. Breakfast at the church, two services and a Sunday school, then home for the dreaded “Easter picture” – bonnets, corsages – the works. Finally, after the Easter picture, we could change into our play clothes, have lunch, an Easter egg hunt and dig into the candy in the Easter baskets! We always had one “special” egg which contained a $2 bill that my Uncle would provide. 

One later Easter, when I was about 12, on a whim, we all travelled to my Grandparents a couple hours south to spend Easter with them topped off with a fireworks show – of all things – in the evening. That whim turned out to be my last memory of my Grandpa, as he died in an accident before we could see him again, so we were all so glad that whim was acted upon.

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I hope you all have an amazingly blessed Easter surrounded by your friends, family and your craft.

‘Tis a Gift to be Simple

Ideas for bringing back simplicity to gift giving.
This time of year, it is so crazy and many people ask “What can I give?”
I always tell people, something from your heart is best.  Ah, but what and where to start brings angst to so many people.

The shaker tune “Simple Gifts”  comes to mind.Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right
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Let’s keep everything in perspective if we can.
Pay attention to your friends and family, listen to what they like and mention during the year.  You’ll be surprised at what
comes off in normal conversations or text that can be useful when it comes to gift giving. 
To keep it simple, think of what the person likes and go from there.  Keep a secret pinterest board to keep track of things.Then, think of what you like and your talents and gifts.  Is there something that meshes?  If they like music and you cansew, then you have many options.  If you are pressed for time…Here’s a few ideas for young adults and over.  Hard to buy for people create anxiety in many gift givers, but it need not be that way.  Just keep it simple.
For instance, a last minute but meaningful gift for a sister, brother, aunt, cousin, uncle….anyone really that is related.  In your family, I’m sure there is a recipe that is treasured by most.Okay, so Aunt Millie never really cooked much, but she made a great potato salad that everyone loved at family gatherings.  Do you have the recipe?  Or, perhaps Uncle Bill made an awesome hot sauce, maybe your cousin Dale made a fabulous cake, and your sister made old-fashioned gnocci from scratch.So, you have one or many of those treasured recipes as your own heirloom legacy,but much of your family does not…..why not give them a lasting memento that will be in the family for many more decades and centuries.  It is simple way to keep the memory of your loved ones alive and the tradition of the recipe alive.  Most often the loved recipes, besides tasting delicious are reminiscent of good family times, a priceless treasure.  Young adults will also appreciate some family recipes, as will newlyweds and those just starting out on their own.
Not a unique idea, but a simple one nonetheless and very much appreciated by all.————–
Making a recipe card ornament or framed recipe. 
You can make a chalkboard recipe, print and frame.
Powerpoint has a great chalkboard template.

chalkboard recipe

chalkboard recipe

I didn’t use the chalkboard font even, but it still
looks great printed out.  Then, just frame for
a great easy simple gift.

If you are not digitally inclined, then use the real recipe….
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Making a recipe card ornament

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Gifts from the Heart

Gifts from the Heart

If you use as a refrigerator magnet, you do not even need the
ribbon, could not be simpler and it’s so much appreciated.

You will receive smiles.

Remember, simple gifts are gifts from the heart.