Etsy Christmas In July Cross Promotion With The Australian Wandarrah Team

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

As some team members may know, as part of this years Christmas in July event we are joining in a cross promotion with members of the Australian Wandarrah Team on Etsy. As two different Etsy teams we have many mutual members, and this is the third year we have teamed up for a cross promotion.

So, have a browse through some of these great shops, and remember they all have sales on in their shops specially for the event.

Here’s an introduction to some of the shops from Kelly of ColourscapeStudios, who is a member of the Christmas in July team and also a team leader of Australian Wandarrah ~~~ take it away Kelly!

Hiya everyone!

My name is Kelly, and I’m the 2nd in command of the Australian Wandarrah team on Etsy. We are so thrilled to join forces with the Christmas in July team for the third year running to share some of the fantastic talent we have down here in the southern hemisphere! For those of you who don’t know us, we are Australia and New Zealand’s largest Etsy team and we are made up sellers of handmade, vintage and supplies, as well as Etsy shoppers.

Today I’d love to share with you just a taste of the amazing sellers we have taking part in this years event:




For the full list of our sellers discount offers, you can visit our team blog at

From all of us at the Wandarrah’s we hope you have a fantastic Etsy CIJ campaign in 2017!

Eco Friendly Ideas

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

Here at CIJ we wanted to know what Eco Friendly Ideas you have and share with others.

I would like to know what do you do for the economy? Do you have any eco-friendly idea to share? This can be if you recycle around the home? This could be something you do to help the environment, anything that you do that consists with Eco Friendly Ideas.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandamo says; My one-of-a-kind ring holder is eco-friendly and really suggested for a rustic wedding. It will for sure be amazing for a bride who is organizing a green wedding and loves eco-friendly accessories. Almost all the ring pillow components are natural. The basis is a nice birch slice, covered by real moss, decorated with a bunch of micro white flowers.


Rustic Moss Ring Pillow

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says; It sure is ecofriendly not to use electricity to make coffee. When camping make coffee over an open fire. You can even do it at home on your fire pit in the back yard. Here’s my great enamel coffee pot with all the implements.


Enamel Coffee Pot Blue Speckled Pot

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says; As a ceramic artist I do use a lot of water, electricity and gas. So I try to offset my carbon footprint in other areas such as growing my own food, recycling waste, and reusing rather than disposing as much as possible. In my shop most of my products are ceramic, but I also have a range of jewellery made from upcycled materials created from a range of materials such as buttons, beads and fabric. I also make jewellery from up-cycled guitar strings. My partner plays guitar and is frequently changing the strings and they are such a shame to throw away, so I make jewellery from them – earrings, necklaces and bracelets!


Guitar String Ring Eco Friendly

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says; I make “Eco Friendly” gift tags… These save me money because I do not have to buy gift tags… I just make them from old cards OR the cardboard backing in a package that would just be thrown away I use in tags. These are great for anyone who wants to buy Up Cycled or Eco Friendly because they are made of things that would normally be put in the trash. I am reusing sources instead of buying new.


Mom Gift Tag Sets

Linda from LazyYVintage says; I remember when they village started to offer recycling bins. The whole family was excited and thankful to stop throwing away things into a landfill. It made us feel useful and definitely was one thing you could do that would lower your carbon footprint on the earth. From that started a love a nature and natural areas. We volunteer in the fall to pick prairie seed, spring Jim loves to go on a good prescribed burn as a volunteer. I’ve written grants that have helped local communities and environmental groups restore, repair, and purchase prairie lands (as well as wetlands with endangered species located there). Our hobby is hiking and we try to hit as many natural areas, state and national state parks as we can. With all that, vintage is a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our home is full furniture that I have refinished or am reusing. With that said, my favorite color is green. So this vintage dinnerware set really appeals to me, and is a our pleasure to be able to save it and pass it on.


Frosted Green Glass Cups and Saucers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says; At Design’s the Limit, we specialize in a number of Eco-Friendly products including glass, bamboo, and rubberwood. We are extremely concerned about the planet, the direction of humanity, and future. We encourage our customers to stop using disposable anything and get personal with your gifts and the planet. Travel mugs reduce disposables, glass can be recycled indefinitely, rubberwood is harvested and repurposed instead of being burned, and bamboo is renewable, long-lasting, and anti-bacterial!


Design your Stemless Wine Flutes

Prezemila K from CanisArtStudio says; I am also concerned about the planet. Recently in my country legislation has been enacted permitting the destruction of trees. Many people protested and we signed petitions to stop it. In my paintings and drawings I’m immortalize animals and plants by nature. Sometimes my work is the creation of documentation or reconstruct the image of animals or plants which no longer exist. I have designed and produced painted clocks made of wooden waste materials. These pieces of wood were intended to be burned. So my clocks are made of recycled materials. I want to share my passion and love for nature.


Little Bird Hand Painted Clock

Thank you to everyone who took part in Eco Friendly Ideas. Julie

Leadership Spotlight – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.


Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns is our next honoree

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

I joined the team as I saw a call out for blog writers (I can’t remember where) and joined to become more involved with that aspect of Etsy.

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I became a leader after applying to be a blog writer via Michelle, so became a leader almost straight away. I enjoy interacting with other shop owners and also the other leaders…. it is good to development closer relationships with people even though you have never met them.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I think my style is friendly and easy-going – no pressure. Most people with a shop have ‘other’ jobs, so the last thing they want is pressure which also takes away the enjoyment of Etsy.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I have been a practising artist for about eighteen years and have exhibited widely, including internationally. I have also written a lot about art and have been published. My exhibition work is mainly sculpture and my Etsy shop is where I sell the tablewares and jewellery which I also enjoy making between exhibitions and other projects.

5. What are your social media sites?




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Trend Watch with Paul Lowe : Florals

Trend watch with Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul’s Magazine…


Granny florals are making a comeback.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Florals and what the story behind the item is.

Ina from InaSudjana says:

This made-to-match floral headband was designed originally to match Jennifer Paganelli’s Caravale Arcade fabric series.

It was designed as part of the Facebook Collaboration for a Cause 2015 Auction where handmade sellers formed groups to donate money raised to selected charities.


Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns states:

I have lots of floral themed products in my shop, but I particularly like this daisy necklace. It is breezy and great for spring – and very hippie!! Maybe that’s why I like it!


Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital discusses:

I was experimenting with creating vases in my digital art, and added flowers and a few ladybugs, and created this fun, colorful set of printable mini note cards with the designs. I still use them myself once in a while when I need a mini note card.


Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

There are so many uses for floral sheets! We picked these up as we thought that they would be really pretty used as multi layered among other florals on a bed or re-purposed into pillows, slip covers, curtains, or clothing! We deal in textiles mainly, and love to purchase floral items!


Ginny C from GRCTreasures stated:

Saw this great table cover at a yard sale, the woman selling it said lots of family members had used this for years but it was time to pass it on. It reminded me so much of my kitchen decor in the late seventies when my daughter was born. Lots of happy memories there and there is something so cheerful about the colors, still bright after all this time.


Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love flowers and floral things! When I saw a paper pad of florals I just could not resist getting it. I then had to think of something to make with it and thought these envelopes would be perfect!


Trend Watch with Paul Lowe : Home Cooking

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Trend watch with Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul’s Magazine…

Home Cooking

Eating out is out! Cooking at home is in.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Home Cooking and what the story behind the item is.

Dawn Whitehand  from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

My shop is all about home cooking, food presentation and sharing food with family and friends.

My ceramic wares are oven to table, and are microwave safe, oven safe & dishwasher safe – so you can cook a pie or casserole and serve it immediately to the table and then clean up in the dishwasher – easy and dinner party friendly!

This bowl is ideal for baking a pie, cooking casseroles, serving salads and anything else you can think of in the kitchen…

I have lots of other home cooking wares in my store so visit and take a peek


Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

One of the things we LOVE to collect is vintage Cookbooks! We have many available, but this is one of our favorites and a classic that every bride must have received for her wedding from the 40’s to the 60’s and is still popular today! If you don’t have a copy of The Joy of Cooking, your kitchen is just not complete!


Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

A classic and fun way to eat at home is to BBQ. It is a great way to have very tasty food and on hot days you don’t have to heat up the kitchen with cooking. A great way to eat at home instead of going out on a hot day. Here is a great vintage book on Betty Crocker Best Recipes for Grilling. This book is from 1989 and has lots of great recipes in it.

If you make a cake at home, you have to be able to store it and why not in this vintage aluminum cake carrier. My mother had one similar to this and she used to bake a cake from scratch every Friday. This caught my eye at a yard sale and brought back all those good memories of fresh baked cakes.
What could be more iconic of the days of home cooked meals then a piece of vintage Pyrex from the 1940’s?

#EtsyCIJBusinessExpo – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#EtsyCIJBusinessExpo – DeeDeeDeesigns



1. What item in your shop drives your Etsy business and what makes it special?

Ceramic Tablewares

My Ceramic Tablewares drive my business on Etsy. My other items are also popular, however the tablewares are a unique product that draws the customer into the store. This is because all products are one of a kind and of a high quality. They are made with care and creativity, and the option to customise products with different surfaces and glazes is appealing to the consumer.
The fact that I emphasize sustainability in my packaging is also a concept that appeals to many people.

2. How would you like to see your business evolve?

Recently I reached a milestone of 100 sales, so of course I would love that to evolve to 200 sales. I would love to approach more magazines and lifestyle blogs for features to help grow and expand my Etsy profile and business.

3.How have your peers influenced your work?

My peers in both ceramic and jewellery design are very influential from a developmental perspective. I love looking at their work and learning new methods that help trigger new ideas. they also help to keep me motivated!

4. What business class(es) have you taken that have impacted your business?

I have completed a cert 4 in small business management which was great in setting up a business plan, setting goals and also learning about tax and the more ‘legal’ aspects of running a business.

I also participated in the Etsy Revolution course offered by Etsy earlier in the year, which was also great for learning specific things about things like SEO and product descriptions.

Recently I have enrolled in the new Etsy course Creative Courage Challenge, and am looking forward to participating.

5. Have you achieved Brand Awareness?

It is hard to say…. i think I have through my tablewares range – this is something feedback would be great for – am I recognizable?

6. What is one unique idea you came up with to market your business?

That is an interesting question, and I will have to think of something unique – but for now most of my marketing is via social media and networking.

7. What are your social media sites?




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Etsy August Wedding Season

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

There are so many weddings during the summer and on Etsy Augst wedding items are in high demand, no matter the season.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what does your shop have for sale that is wedding related and what is the story behind it?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These handcrafted beaded earrings are inspired by my own wedding which was only a couple of years ago, where I created my own jewellery set.

These earrings are available in a range of colours, so are suitable for the bride or any hue of bridesmaid gown colours – matching necklaces or other jewellery pieces are also available as custom orders, and can be made within days.


Sue  and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

We love vintage cake toppers! My mom had one like this on her cake in the 1950s. Here is one of our favorites!


msmadmax from madmaxshop says:

Get him to the church on TIME with this fantastic vintage set!madmaxshop


#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

 “Tutorial for Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet” by Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns


As an Etsy seller I love making jewellery and am passionate about upcycling, so this project combines both – we are making a cuff bracelet from plastic bottles decoupaged with newspaper, decorative papers and whatever extra adornments inspire you.dawn-whitehand_002

Materials Used




craft knife/scalpel


PVA/craft glue

shallow dish for PVA

container of water

(for the above two I use a takeaway container – I use the lid for the PVA & the base for the water)


stiff bristled paint brushes – a range of small to medium sizes

varnish – acrylic, spray, polyurethane

plastic bottles – a range of sizes and textures


AND a SELECTION of coloured paper, tissue paper, paper doilies, gift paper, stamps, calendars, maps, greeting cards, original drawings, children’s drawings, photocopies (not inkjet prints as they may run) and anything else you may think of!

Optional Adornments







wool offcuts

embroidery cotton offcuts

and whatever else inspires you!!



Tutorial Directions

Got all your ‘ingredients’? What’s next….

Choose a plastic bottle that, when cut, will fit around your wrist – be creative – it doesn’t have to be a round bottle, and if it is too big this could be an opportunity to add fasteners (buttons, etc) at the end.

Using your craft knife carefully cut (away from yourself) a portion of the bottle depending on how wide your want your cuff bracelet to be. If you want your end to be rounded or curved use some scissors to trim the square ends. I kept mine square as this is easier to fold your decoupage ends neatly and tightly.



The first three layers of your cuff will be built up using newspaper strips – use newsprint as this will be covered up – unless of course you want newsprint or certain words to feature in your bracelet – in this case reserve those pieces of newspaper for later layers.

Tear the newspaper layers using a ruler, rather than scissors, or simply go with the grain of the paper and tear them manually in about 2 cm wide strips although you won’t see these initial layers in the final product it does lend a textured surface beneath your final layer which will add to the final textural finish.

As you tear the newspaper look at both sides in case there are any colours or patterns you would like to reserve for the final layer.

Next pour a small amount, about the size of a ten-cent piece, of PVA into a shallow dish. Put your brush (approximately size 8) into the container of water and then place the brush in the PVA and mix.



Apply a generous amount to strips of paper, individually, and wrap diagonally around the plastic cuff until the entire surface is covered. (the water makes the paper more flexible and more easy to slide along the plastic). If there are any stubborn edges of paper that won’t lie flat use a small stiff bristled brush dipped in the water/pva mix to encourage it into place – until it does what it is told! The skewer can also be used as a mini rolling-pin to rill any bubbles and surface irregularities out; it can also be used to reinforce any patterns or lines in the bottle (see above picture of plastic bottle with indented lines). If you want to retain these lines they will have to be reinforced by pushing each layer of paper while still wet into the grooves. Use the entire length of the skewer to do this by holding it in the groove and turning the cuff.


Allow to dry – it won’t take very long, but you could use a hair dryer or heater if you are feeling impatient!

Repeat the previous step three times, allowing each layer to dry, and on the final third layer we will finish off the ends of the cuff.


To do this tear a larger square of newspaper that can be folded around the cuff end, tucked in and then folded over the ends – like a square envelope.

As before, apply the water/PVA mix generously and if need be, use a small stiff bristled brush to coax it into place.


Now it is time to think about the final layer we want on the cuff – gather together any reserved bits of patterned newspaper you have, coloured paper, paper doilies, stamps, maps – whatever your vision entails – I have used coloured and patterned newspaper to finish my cuff, positioning the paper in strategic spots to attain the finish I desire.

Use the same method as above to diagonally wind your cuff with strips of paper and finish the ends with enveloped squares as above also…. you can repeat this multiple times in various parts of your cuff till you get the design / colour combination that you like. You can also finish with a final feature of a picture or row of stamps, etc across the centre of the cuff as a feature. Don’t worry about uneven layers as this adds to the textural feel of the cuff (unless you want a less textured look, then you can be more particular about your layers and the layout of paper strips).

Allow this final layer to dry.

To seal the decoupaged surface apply 4-5 layers of the water/PVA mix, allowing each layer to dry, with a final sealing of an acrylic, spray or polyurethane varnish – the reason this project only requires one layer of varnish is so that your cuff will remain flexible enough to put on and off.



Once your cuff is finished you can adorn it with blingy bits….my cuff was a little big for my wrist so I sewed buttons and leather thong onto it as fasteners to fit my wrist – or any size wrist – it is adjustable!


Below are pics of other examples where the bottles I used fitted my wrist so no fasteners were needed. I also made a choker and ring …. the ring was made from the screw top part of the button which I removed using a hack saw as it is thicker than the body of the bottle.



I hope you enjoyed this crafty tutorial, and have a great day with many more to come!




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#CIJPopUpMarket – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpmarket – Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns



1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop name is DeeDeeDeesigns. My shop is unique because everything I create is handmade and one of a kind – so you are guaranteed a unique piece of wearable art or home art.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in a semi rural area of central Victoria, Australia. This environment influences the colours and textures of my creations.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

I am a night person so don’t do the 9-5 very well, so having my own small business, especially one I can run from home, suits my bodies natural rhythms.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Writing a book about ceramics and having it published.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would like to continue growing my business and achieve more regular sales through my Etsy shop.

6. What are your social media sites?




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Garden Crafts Found On Social Media

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Have you ever found a craft on You.TubePinterest and other social media that you just had to make?

What garden crafts have you made or thought of making?

Barbara of MermaidsHatbox says:

Today I found this video on Youtube. I never see something like that before and I will make it and find out if it work. It’s a “Teelichtofen”.


Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns states:

I have a couple of things I have found on Pinterest, but I haven’t made any of them yet.

Succulent brick wall:

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Wine cork plant markers:


AliciasFindings said:

My mom found this real cute plant marker craft on Pinterest and we decided to make some for the fun of it.

We like to come together at times and have craft times, even if we are working on separate crafts.

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So get online find something fun to do and do it!!!