Welcome New Members for October

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for October to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!

My name is Rose Rombough. I believe I may have joined the team around the beginning of the month or the end of September but since I am still learning the ins and outs of Etsy and the various apps, I have been slow to participate. However, I am very enthusiastic to become an active participant.

Have a gift exchange on your gift list? This special Pan Holder is ideal!!

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White open basket potholder

We are couple that loves creating and exploring new things. Most of our inspiration comes from nature: Wild forests, beaches, rivers, ancient myths and magic. We use different techniques and materials to make our products. Most of our goods are collected from sandy beaches of Baltic sea, deep and dark forests in Lithuania, or recycled from other things to give them second life.
Items we make is unique and there will be no same item in the world, our shop is small and it is because we do not make huge amount of things. Each little piece first created in head, then drafted on paper and finally made by hands using lots of love and skills, such as pyrography, carving wood, engraving stone, leather working, flint knapping and more.

These three nalbinding needles are made from very special oak tree that has been hit by the lighting but still grows in biggest lake island in Lithuania called Astravos island. Oak is one of the sacred Baltic three.
Oak is associated with spells for protection, strength, success and stability, healing, fertility, health, money, potency, and good luck. Oak has been considered sacred by just about every culture that has encountered the tree, but it was held in particular esteem by the Indo-Europeans, Norse and Celts because of its size, longevity, and nutritious acorns.

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Wooden needles for nailbinding

Hello!
I’m new member to this team.
My name is Gülden Köylü. I joined in ETSY in 2012. I’m making handmade jewelry for women using all types of materials. I’ve been designing and producing handmade necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings using materials such as miyuki beads, handmade glass beads, leather, various fabrics, ribbons, semi-precious natural stones, gold and silver-plated metal, chains etc. I love and prefer Bohemian style for my designs. I’d love to show you one of my popular bracelets in Etsy as an example which is made of miyuki beads by peyote technique. An ideal boho style bracelet as a gift or for you.

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Tribal boho bracelet

DEMET from DEMET says

Hello everyone,
My name is Demet, I knit and crochet, I like working with yarns and fine threads, mostly make doilies, table covers, snow flakes small objects, also make wearable things with yarns.
Glad to be here !

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Crochet doily wild floral

Chaton Noir, is an accessory brand looking to express the love for animals in each and every one of their products.
Chaton was born out of my love for Mafalda, my cat.
Our designs come from here on and throughout the exploration of the pet universe, their mischief’s, gestures, games, elegance and all the feelings they generate in us.
All our pieces are carefully handcrafted, with the same love we profess to our little animals. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, purses and bags, all invite us to communicate that special bond.
Chaton Noir is therefore a different and delightful option in the accessories market, adapting and highlighting any look. It’s ideal for the laid back, audacious woman who is conscious of every detail and has her own style.

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Cat lovers long wallet and cosmetic bag

Welcome new members!

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World Wide Knit in Public Day

kip4Guest post by Beverly of designbcb

Later this week, knitters across the globes will emerge from their nests and hives and go proudly into parks, malls and any other place where they can spread their yarn and knit in public.

While this may not be as controversial as breast-feeding in public, knitting in public has been known to cause more than just a discussion on which came first, purl one or knit two.

World Wide Knit in Public Day is June 18th and is part of World Wide Knit in Public Week because one day isn’t enough when yarn is your passion. yarnbombThe week will be filled with a variety of different knitting events: knitting in public is the main thing but there will also be yarn bombings – where a section of a town is covered with yarn graffiti. There will be free lessons to teach folks how to knit (or crochet) and there will be plenty of laughter and fun. (And food. Because knitters have made an art form out of eating and knitting.)

Though WWKIP is an organized event, each individual town or group organizes their own event(s). The magic comes with knowing there will be people all over the world knitting at the same time at least at some point during the 24 hours of the day.

kip3World Wide Knit in Public started way back in 2005 as a way to take a solitary hobby and make it more connective. Knit groups abound around the country and they got a big boost thanks to bringing knitting out of the house and putting it on a park bench or museum steps.

Believe it or not, there are some who do have a problem with people knitting in public. I take my knitting everywhere I go, even before it was my job. I’ve been known to knit in restaurants like Panera Bread where people have noted that I am taking up room where people could be having their lunch before going back to work. I’ve stitched during concerts – where people thought I was being disrespectful to the artist because I wasn’t paying attention to them. That conversation soon ended when I pointed out that my quiet knitting could not possibly be more rude than their talking to me about it during said concert.

The vast majority of conversations are positive and there are lots of stories about how someone’s mother, aunt, great-grandmother or second cousin twice removed on their father’s side, knit and crocheted marvelous things and if only they had learned or could learn, the tradition would live on. Knitting in public is a true ice breaker and invites people to connect and talk with each other.

Even if you aren’t a knitter, finding where the KIP events are going on in your area and attending one can make for a fun time. Depending on how passionate the local knitting community is, there’s more to it than just sticks and string. Where I will be attending will have a petting zoo, yarn related games and is in the courtyard of a library where there will be children’s time.

It’s also a great time to get a lesson or two as many events will have free lessons included on the day. kip2The more the merrier, you know. You want to be on the right side of things when knitters take over the world. The world will be happier. And in the end you get a hat.

 

Treasury Challenge Winner May – Ankleknits

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The May winner is Ankleknits who loves knitting and crocheting everything from cowls to gloves.

1. What made you start your shop?

I started my shop “Ankleknits” as a hobby for crochet and knit. I’ve been knitting for years for my self, for friends, neighbors and my family.

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2. What got you into crochet?

My Grandma thought basics of knitting and crochet skills when I was about 6 years old. And I’ve been improving those skills since then in school and in craft classes.

I grew up in country where we didn’t have a big choice of clothing and much money either. So every girl should had skills to knit, crochet, sow, cook and also garden.

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3. What do you like to do outdoors and the ocean?

And gardening is still one of my favorite thing to do. I planted and harvested strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and flowers. I think it’s a great experience for my children also, because they know where food comes from, how it tastes, and how to make delicious food from their own vegetables.

My family and I always take vacation once a year where we go as a family to ocean to relax or to mountains for hiking and biking together. It’s always so much fun.

I am getting inspired for new design ideas or for my next project from these trips because I observe what people like to wear or what they use for every day. Like ladies love wearing headbands in cold weather or they like to use cup or cold can sleeve in Summer.

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4. Are you ready for Christmas in July? Are you doing a coupon code, etc?

This is going to be my first year of doing CIJ (Christmas In July), I’m so excited about it!

I will be making a special coupon code for this event: CIJ10

This code will only be valid for this event (July 1st – July 12th).

I will gladly accept custom orders as well.

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5. What are your social media sites:

Twitter

Facebook

Treasury Challenge Winner August – UnexpectedTreasure

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The August winner is UnexpectedTreasure who loves sewing,crocheting and anything crafty.

What got you started on etsy?

Family and friends had been telling me for years that I should be selling online. I’d been selling locally for about ten years. In the November of 2009 I saw a Martha Stewart segment featuring an Etsy seller who had the cutest onesies. It was the first time I had ever heard of Etsy but I decided I had nothing to lose. So I spent two months whipping up some inventory and opened my shop, Unexpected Treasure, in January 2010.

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What do you love about fall/autumn?

I love just about everything about autumn; the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, apple and pumpkin picking then baking delicious pies with them, hay rides, corn mazes, etc. The only thing I don’t like about autumn is that winter comes right on its heels. LOL

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Do you plan to use the holiday trends of 2014 in your shop and if so how?

I’m not really a trend follower. However, there are two trends I was reading about recently and I plan to follow them. The first: According to Money magazine, people will shop online earlier to avoid last year’s shipping nightmare. The second kind of goes right along with the first: According to e-commerce intelligence, the trend for the past two years has been for shoppers to spend more online during the holiday season. So I plan to list as much new inventory as possible by October 31st so buyers will have lots of delightful gifts to choose from and also to allow plenty of time for shipping and, hopefully, on time delivery.

What do you enjoy about team CIJ?

I love that it’s a year-round team instead of just a seasonal one.

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How and what are your plans for this holiday season? Shop wise and home wise (only if you wish to tell us about family part).

My plans for the holiday season shop-wise were probably best answered by question #3. But to add to that I’ve already stocked up on plenty of shipping supplies and plan to offer lots of priority mail shipping, especially using the regional rate boxes whenever possible.
My family plans for the holiday include lots of sewing gifts, cookie baking, eggnog drinking, playing Christmas carols beginning on Thanksgiving day, and generally just taking the time to savor the spirit of the holiday.

This shop is filled with a mix of crochet, sewing and so much other unexpected treasure.

#CIJRoadTrip – Turkey: Istanbul

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Turkey – Istanbul with Zeynep from BloomedFlower

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

Türkiye, İstanbul.

I’m in a wonderful city. Istanbul Strait, one of the world’s unique beauty.

Worth seeing Istanbul Bosphorus.

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Istanbul – Türkiye

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Türkiye is a beautiful old country with an ancient history.

It is a country that is lush – celebrating 4 seasons.

Türkiye is a rapidly developing and modern country.

Also depends on tradition and is historic.

My country, the Black Sea, Mediterranean, Marmara and the Aegean Sea coast there are several.

Black Sea

Black Sea

Aegean Sea

Aegean Sea

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

All yarns and fabrics that I use in my products, my country is produced.

I am inspired by the vivid colors of my country. I love the authentic and modern design

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

This fall I’m new to crochet and knitting products. New scarves and neck warmers made products and doing various gloves.

In my country there is a very nice fall, I miss the smell of rain!

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

5. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/goldscrochet/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zeynep.bloomed
Tweet: twitter.com/bloomedflower1
Wehartit: weheartit.com/zeynep_bloomed
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BloomedFlower