Welcome April New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Join us in welcoming new members that joined during April …. visit their Etsy shops, favourite some items and maybe even share some on social media!

Hi there,

We are a mother/daughter team that does various crafts. I’m Rita (the mom). I do most of the marketing/promotion stuff, quilted tote bags and purses, and quilting. Cindy (the daughter), does all the blogging, crocheting, woodwork, painting, and all the “high tech” stuff. We are still pretty new to this game, so any advice or help will be very much appreciated.

Multi colored crochet hobo bag

Hello! So glad to be joining this team and I can’t wait to work with you all!
I wish I could say my Etsy shop has a grand story behind it…but it was really a humble beginning (but sometimes aren’t those the best beginnings?). One day a few years ago my sister and I were crocheting and she spontaneously decided to help me start an Etsy store! It took a while to pick up speed, but now that it is steadily growing I couldn’t be happier to be part of this incredible Etsy community, making some money doing what I love. I have a blog where I post crochet patterns, and I sell some of my more advanced patterns, but my true passion is crocheting goods that my incredible customers can love and wear.
This pair of slippers is not only one of my best-selling items, but it has one of my favorite stories. I made this design because someone messaged me, asking if I could do a rush order of bow slippers in summery colors to give to her mom on Mother’s Day. Even though I had other projects at the time, I remember dropping everything to come up with this design and color scheme, and the result continues to be one of my favorite items in my shop. This story illustrates exactly what I love about Etsy – the real, personal interactions that can take place between sellers and customers. I like to think I played a part in blessing that dear mother whose daughter wanted to buy her slippers for Mother’s Day – and it is moments like these that make an Etsy shop rewarding.

Women’s bow slippers

Anne – Diane from LullabyQuiltsandMore says

Lullaby Quilts & more was created as a work of heart by college friends, Anne and Diane. We have been sharing our rag quilts with family, but wanted to include all of you in the fun!
Lullaby Quilts are handmade rag quilts designed especially for tots and toddlers. The quilts are constructed with three layers of flannel, sewn with the traditional X pattern, and then snipped and snipped and snipped. We machine wash and dry the quilts one time to initiate the ‘fuzzy’ ragging effect. New themes, colors, and patterns are incorporated into each project making each quilt a unique treasure.
Our young customers just love the snuggly softness of their Lullaby Quilts, which prompts them to become their ‘bed-time-buddies!’
We post new quilts designs often, so please check out our Etsy Shop & Facebook page frequently. Special orders are available upon request.
And what about the ‘& more’? We also love to embroider, monogram, and cross stitch, so look for bibs, burp cloths, placemats, dish towels, and golf towels.
Looking forward to getting to know you all!

Alphabet rag quilt

Katya from OrientGift says

Hi All,
I am Katya from Orient Gift. Me and my husband making nice Baby nests at home and some of our relatives are helping us to do more listings. I am Russian my husband is Turkish and we live in Turkey. We were working in tourism but I think you all know it’s a tough time for tourism in Turkey. So we lost our jobs and try to do something at home. This is how we met with Etsy family and you guys. This is how I open an Etsy Shop. You can see it is just a start but we are trying to learn. And Christmas in July Team is a good team to learn. I spend most of my time to read and learn more and so soon i d like to be more active team-mate. Best regards and here is the beautiful pink babynest that I made :

Pink chevron babynest

Lori Cain from KatsCurioCabinet says

My shop is Kat’s Curio Cabinet… named for my mother and filled with the items she, my step-dad, and my in-laws collectedthroughout their lives. As the curator of the beautiful and sometimes crazy items they chose save, I love Esty! The lifetime collection of four people does not fit in my house… through my Etsy shop these little treasures find new homes where they will be used and enjoyed. Beautiful things tucked away in boxes is such a shame. I enjoy sharing stories and have been fortunate to have wonderful customers which makes this a happy experience.Conservatively, it will take 3 years of sorting, researching, cataloging, and posting to get through all of the boxes.

I am sharing one of my more unusual items: A 3 dimensional gold outhouse charm. The door opens and inside is a man sitting on the pot reading with his pants around his ankles. The detail is amazing…and still it’s an outhouse! My step-dad loved to raise eyebrows, he bought it in Alaska in the 1950’s or 1960’s.

10K Gold Outhouse Charm

Hello from me. Looking forward to work with you. My shop is Gavriila. I make knitted jewelry, mostly one-of-a-kind pieces. I am sharing one of my latest products. This jewelry set I made as a custom request for necklace I have previously sold. It was impossible to make it the same once again since it was one only necklace, I came up with another idea, which arose two new necklaces, and in my opinion I made it even more beautiful than the previous one. But I came very late with the order so I decided to give it at very reduced price, and as a jewelry set,together with matching earrings and bracelets. Meanwhile customer changed his made and I decided to keep the same price. I would be very happy if someone likes at and wears it.

Knit and media statement necklace

Hi everybody! My name is Gabriela and I sell at my shop Round Bellies maternity wear. I do everything behind Round Bellies including the modelling I am looking forward to working with you all!
Thanks and see you!
Gabriela

Blue jeans sleeveless nursing top

Please join us welcoming our new team members!

Memories Of #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

During the month of April, the Etsy Christmas In July team hosted a Photo Challenge.

The Photo Challenge opened April 1st and ended April 30th! We saw lots of different photos from our team members!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

Many team members shared their photos of each of the challenges. Please join us as we celebrate the closing of our Photo Challenge! Watch for new opportunities to come!

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

Alicia and Dawn

 

Christmas In July 2017 – Let The Preparations Begin

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are excited to announce that Etsy Christmas In July 2017 will be held July 1st – July 10th!

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the months to come!

To start us off we have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Etsy Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

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Home Of Your Own

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Home is often thought of as where you lay your head,your permanent residence or where your family resides. There are many types of homes such as single family,town living,city and more.

Here at CIJ we want to know all about your items for the home. What would you have in your home?
Tell us a bit about what makes it useful for the home and so on..

Linda from LazyYVintage says home for me is where we meet for family gatherings and dinner parties with friends. I love to cook. And, people seem to love that I cook. And, when you are a cook who loves vintage items, you have to own some Pyrex. I use it all the time and have several sets from different eras. This one is from the 1960s.

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Vintage pyrex casserole dish

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said I have moved around a lot as a kid and as a mother. We always made a new place a home by adding our own art to bare walls, even when staying in hotels and motels for long periods of time. I found that it didn’t really matter how big or little the place was or how old or new, it’s what we DID in the place that turned it into our home. We’ve served birthday cakes on towels spread out on the floor while waiting for furniture, I’ve applied for jobs using a moving box as a desk, we’ve slept on blow up mattresses, shared beds and in sleeping bags on the floor. What made the place a home was how happy were and what fun we could have.

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Printable kitchen decor

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam discusses that I am lucky to have 2 homes: 1 in Cape Cod and 1 in Syracuse NY. We bought a place where we vacationed for years with our kids. We all Love The Cape!!
I am featuring my Flo Blue Plate as my Cape home is decorated with White and Blue. Doors and moldings Are white. My Syracuse home has dark wood and antiques.
We will Soon be visiting the Cape! This year my new grandson will come.

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Flo blue dinner serving plate

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said we do a lot of cooking in our home and so when it is time to take something off the stove or reach in the oven we use these wool felted hot pads. They are great! They can also be used as a trivet. Both my daughters have them and have used them for many years. They ask for them again and again. They even buy them for their friends for gifts. I just keep busy making them so there will be enough to go around.

Whimsical Wool Felted Hot Pads

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I love a pop of color in my indoor house plants. I really do not have a green thumb at all but every time I look at these adorable plant ornaments, I’m given a gentle reminder to show my plants some TLC! I have them in multiple colors and themes throughout the house, all matching the room decor they are placed in.

Beaded plant ornament

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA states home is a wonderful spot to prepare and enjoy a meal with friends! The occasion becomes more festive with the addition of colorful table linens. This pattern is for a set of place mats that can be easily created in colors that enhance your dinnerware and home decor!

Downloadable quilted place mats pattern

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

 

Minimalist Style

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

Leonardo da Vinci said:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

I define minimalist as a style that uses pared-down design elements. The artist strips everything down to its essential quality, to achieve simplicity.

We asked our CIJ Friends what they love and/or offer in the minimalist style; here’s what they sent in.

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

Finding a heart beach glass piece is rare.

So even though this beautiful brown piece is small, about dime sized,I decided to make a pendant from it

With as little wire as possible, I wrapped the piece so that the heart is the highlight.

TreasuresFromTheLake

Richard Darani from RichardDarani said:

These came from an idea I had to turn shapes into an illustration and was watching Robots with my kids at the time.

RichardDarani

Shilly Shally Jewelry from ShillyShallyjewelry said:

This simple chain necklace has a beautiful Tanzanite stone surrounded by a gold filled disc. This necklace looks great alone or paired with other chains!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

When I begin to knit this purse it is very simple, just a plain minimal little purse with very little character. As I continue to build upon it with its flower and beading it grows into a sophisticated clutch handbag that is one-of-a-kind. People who have these purses always share their compliments with me that they receive.

Imagine – a red handbag with little pansies – how fun could that be! And yes, it has be made and sold. “Simplicity is the ultimate of the form of sophistication.”

timetalentjewels

Maryann from gojjell said:

Simplicity and beauty speak for themselves. This choker features a trio of beautiful beads….vintage German lucite and champagne tubes. Beauty that stands the test of time and can be worn effortlessly!

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said:

Many of the items in my shop are simple or minimalist, as that is my own favourite style. I have chosen to showcase this Harris tweed tea cosy.

Far from the bright colours and bold tartans of some tweeds, this cosy is made from two almost-plain weaves. A cosy made from just one of them might even look dull. By joining them with a straight horizontal line, together they bring out the best of both pieces.

RosesWorkshop

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

Simple message for a positive idea: help kids celebrate who they are – give them goals and help them achieve success, but let them know they don’t have to change who they are to get there.

StockLaneStudio

Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:

I chose this vintage piece for it’s simple lines and understated character, discovering later that it is an early 20th century cemetery / funeral vase.

A nice way to remember …

Oldewoods

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says:

While I enjoy a lot of fancy, ornate, and unique items with pretty colors mostly, sometimes something simple with nice lines, unique simple shape, or something useful that will match or go with anything will touch my soul…..

This bracelet is pretty, simple, dainty, and yet it will go with most anything and white Pearls and black Onyx have a classic, timeless, and elegant appeal!

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I hope you enjoyed these wonderful treasures and stories as I did!

Until next time,

Sheila

Christmas In July 2017 – Save The Date

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are excited to announce that Etsy Christmas In July 2017 will be held July 1st – July 10th!

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the months to come!

To start us off we have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Etsy Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

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