Goodbye To The Etsy Christmas In July Team

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Goodbye

Over 5 years ago I welcomed all of you to the new Etsy Christmas In July blog! Today it’s time to say goodbye! Until we meet again!

Thank you

Thank you to the current Etsy Christmas In July leaders! Their time and talents are greatly appreciated! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Lisa from SpoiledFelinesArt

Mairi from mairidesign

Megha from byTheArtBug

Misty from carolinagirlz2

International Seasons Introduction – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

This September we have International Seasons – #CIJSeasons planned!

Seasons begin on the first day of the months that includes the equinoxes and solstices. While one hemisphere is in one season, the other hemisphere will be in the opposite one. Everyone has their favorite season, even if the reason for loving the season is different.

Throughout September, Etsy Christmas In July team members will be sharing their thoughts, traditions, photos and Etsy items all about their favorite seasons.

Follow the team’s seasons articles here on the blog and find us on social media using the hashtag  #CIJSeasons.

Thank you to Alicia from AliciasFindings for organizing this month’s theme.

Now let’s check out the shows!

Mairimairidesign / #CIJSeasons

Carola / Carola Bartz#CIJSeasons

Przemila K / CanisArtStudio / #CIJSeasons

Margie / ZenCatPottery / #CIJSeasons

Cristal / DesignsbyCristal / #CIJSeasons

Please use #CIJSeasons on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops this month!

Thank you so much for joining us as we enjoy our #CIJSeasons!

Future Of The Etsy Christmas In July Team

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join me in welcoming the Etsy Christmas In July leaders who have graciously stepped forward to be Co-Captains of the team! Alicia of AliciasFindings and Mairi of mairisdesigns! Please take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

I have enjoyed being the Captain of the team for the past 5 years! It is time for me to move on! I leave you in Alicia’s and Mairi’s capable hands! They are up to speed on what we have accomplished over the years and I look forward to see where they take the team next!

Enjoy your journey!

Michelle-

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!

ThisandThatCrafter

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!

PamsPawsJewelry

A CIJ Year in Review – Conclusion – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

We spent the day getting to know a few of our team members during our Etsy Christmas In July Year in Review! Since the #EtsyCIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJYearInReview “Getting To Know You” right here on our blog!

The Year in Review was held today, July 6th. As I mentioned the team is international and we got to know members from multiple countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative shop owners!

Each team member shared some of their background information with us, as well as a little bit about their experience on the Christmas in July team. Please join me as we conclude the #CIJYearInReview!

Here are the participating featured members we shared with you today:

1. Alicia from AliciasFindings
2. Mairi from mairidesign
3. Spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJYearInReview!

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A CIJ Year in Review – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

We are getting excited for an Etsy Christmas In July Year in Review!

The #EtsyCIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJ Year in Review right here on our blog!

The Year in Review will be held today, July 6th!

Join us throughout the day today as we introduce you to a few team members and share some of their achievements!

Invite your friends, and get ready to learn some things about our team members! A #CIJYearInReview!

Memories Of A Lifetime – CIJ Favorite Holiday Recipe Exchange – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the day sharing our recipes during the first Etsy Christmas In July Favorite Holiday Exchange! Since the #EtsyCIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange right here on our blog!

The recipe exchange was held today, July 5th. As I mentioned the team is international and we received recipes from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative chefs!

Each team member shared with us their recipe, as well as a little bit about their memories of holiday cooking and baking. I personally look forward to making a few of these new recipes this season! I added them to the assortment I bake each year! Please join me as we conclude the #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange!

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Here are the recipes:

1. Old Fashioned Apple Cake / Misty from carolinagirlz2
2. Mississippi Mud Cake / Karen from timetalentjewels
3. Apple Pie / Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy
4. Hungarian Lesco / Rita from RitzySelection
5. My Mothers Stuffing / Mary from ByFreddismom
6. Fattigmanns (Poor Man’s Cookies) / Clara from elliottsplayground
7. Scottish Tablet / Mairi from Mairidesign

Please use #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange on social media as you visit all the delicious recipes we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange!

 

CIJ Favorite Holiday Recipe Exchange – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first Etsy Christmas In July Holiday Recipe Exchange!

The #EtsyCIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange right here on our blog!

The Recipe Exchange will be held today, July 5th!

Join us throughout the day today for holiday inspired recipes!

Invite your friends, and get ready to participate in a recipe exchange! A #CIJFavoriteHolidayRecipeExchange!

Items Of The Week: Fitness

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Down On The Farm

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey:

It has been proven that working with animals is beneficial for coping skills! This post will deal with a special kind of animal, farm animals! Let’s get past counting the sheep, watching Wilbur and Charlotte become friends, and singing about Old McDonald and check out some neat farm animals grazing around the shops of members of the Etsy Christmas in July team.

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

This is my favorite subject. I could add half of my shop here but I chose the oil painting of a horse portrait. Horses are my favorite animals and I also like the atmosphere of the farm. Many people love horses and I’m a horse lover too. The horse’s portrait looks good in the official interior as well as in a small corner of shabby chic style. The oil technique is noble and the image is impressive. In my shop, you can order a framed picture ready to hang on the wall.

I paint portraits of horses on order from photos so if you want to order a portrait of your favorite horse or another animal, send me your photos by e-mail: przemilak@gmail.com

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Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I love horses and your Palomino oil painting, but I am afraid to ride them. My first try was traumatic for me.

I will stick to other farm animals, such as this sweet shelf-sitter cow that my dad made and painted before his passing. I spent one summer teaching him to decorative paint. He took my lessons and ran with them. My dad was a master carpenter by trade but was gifted with other capabilities such as playing the piano, knitting, square dance calling, woodworking, and then decorative painting. He went to craft shows with my mom to sell his ware and was very successful.

Love this SWEET cow.

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Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I was fortunate enough to take a vacation to Ireland about 7 years ago. The landscape was beautiful and we saw many historical and natural sites. Along the way we saw sheep…not a few sheep…easily thousands of sheep along our journey around the southern half of Ireland. It was winter so they all had full puffy woollen coats. I feel in love with them. So cute! This little fella was inspired by my trip.

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Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Sharon & Susan from Ms P Designs USA were raised on our family farm in Montana, and we have many happy memories. We were inspired by by those happy times to create our “Down on the Farm” quilt pattern, which features all of our animal friends from the farm, plus a couple extra animals that we’d like to have known!

MisPDesignsUSA

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Have you ever been driving down those back country roads and pulled over to stretch your legs and while there caught a glimpse of a mama pig with her little baby pig?

Well, while taking my son back to school down south from the Christmas break we saw the cutest baby pig that looked like it was newly born standing next to it’s mama. Pigs are so cute when they’re little and running around the farm squealing at the top of their lungs.

I’m going to miss those long country back road drives because my son will graduate after the 2018 fall semester!

DesignsbyCristal

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

On the farm you will find ducks and lambs. Here are some cute buttons for crafting that will add a bit of the farm to your project.

ThisAndThatCrafter