Leadership Spotlight – EveryoneLovesGifts0

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.

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Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0 is our next honoree!

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

I first came across CIJ on Facebook, I posted a few times for their blogs. I was hooked from there. I love the whole idea of shopping all year round (even though I never get there myself).

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

I decided to join the team when Alicia asked if I would like to join. I love the idea of being more involved in not only my business but others as well. As small businesses I think it is important to all work together.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I am friendly in leadership but get to the point. I play fair, friendly approachable.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

My shop started after I found out I had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am unable to work in a normal employment fashion, but the thought of staying at home twiddling my thumbs all day is enough to drive me mad. I had always wanted to start my own jewellery business and thought it was a good time than any.
Within my shop I love to make awareness jewellery but especially Fibromyalgia awareness jewellery. When a piece sells a percentage goes to FMAUK.com, which is a Fibromyalgia Research charity based in UK.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: facebook.com/EveryoneLovesGifts
Instagram: instagram.com/everyonelovesgifts
Twitter: @every1lovesgift
Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/everylovesgifts

Man Made

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We usually want to know about handmade items, as this is a site where handmade tends to rule (with a few exceptions), but this blog post is all about men. Yes men!

If you are a male #EtsyCIJ seller/creator we want to know about you, your shop and a few things about what got you started.
For example:
1. Was it a hobby that turned into a job?
2. How did you get started on etsy?
3. How did you discover your passion for the craft,etc?
and so on……………..

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says my furniture / homewares making business grew from an opportunity and has developed into a passion for both the materials I work with as well as the design process. It all started from a humble timber bathmat. I made one, from material that would otherwise ended up in landfill. I got asked to make another, then another and soon I was making and selling the product at weekend markets. 20 years later, I still attend markets as I so enjoy the interaction with customers.

Selling on Etsy came about as a result of reading a newspaper article and I decided to open a shop and see how it would go. It has taken some time to develop products that are best suited to online global trading, and I still have more work to do in that regard.

My true passion for what I do came about from browsing design references at the library and coming across a design for a folding stool. I made one, saw that there were inherent flaws in the design, but loved the product. It then became my personal mission to resolve the design. Many prototypes later I have a unique design for a folding stool / side table that is functional, strong, unique, versatile, and most importantly stunningly beautiful. Simplicity in appearance, but technically difficult to easily replicate. The devil is indeed in the detail.

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Folding stool or side table

Wedding Party Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When you are getting married you have so much to plan and so many people needed to help you get it together. There are caterers,photographers and more, but some of the most special people helping you will be your “wedding party”.

For being right there with you, most couples buy their special people gifts or tokens of remembrance of the day. These could be anything personalized, glassware, candy, apparel, jewelry and more.

Here at CIJ we want to know what “wedding party” gifts do you have and to tell us something about them.

Joanna Marzec from PaintingsGallery says I love the idea of having a painting or a print which feature where the couple was married. It would brings back this special memories from the wedding day every time they look at it.

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Scottish Island Art

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint said I’ve made up personalized cuff links for the wedding party before – sometimes just as a special gift to groom from the bride, and sometimes for the whole party – groom, fathers, ushers, as a lovely memento of the day.

They are all individually packaged with labels with the initials of each on.

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Personalized wooden letter tile cuff link

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states that this is a pair of vintage earrings that would be great for the Bride if she is going for a Vintage look OR for either of the Mothers in the wedding party. A great gift for a mom to give her daughter that is being married OR for a daughter to give her mom to wear at her wedding.

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Vintage gold rhinestone earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we offer a number of gifts and favors for weddings and create personalized toasting and ceremony sets for the bride and groom. Our personalized stemless champagne flutes are one of our most popular items and we are now offering the additional option of having the bottom sand-frosted as well! We are a Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award Winner again in 2017 and have four sections of our shop devoted to Weddings for the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Registry Gifts, & Ceremony Essentials @DesignstheLimit

Frosted stemless champagne glass

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said sweet and whimsical bridal cards to ask those near and dear to be a part of the wedding party. fun interactive mirror cards for bridesmaids, maid and matron of honor, flower girl, and ring bearer.

Will you be my bridesmaid card set

Show Us Your Workspace : Oppning

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of oppning from oppning who stocks vintage & home decor. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what Oppning has to say about her workspace:

Our Studio is a small desk in our living room, close to the window where we can enjoy the view when working.

We installed our photography studio on the sideboard next to it. Most of the time we can use the window light for photos

I really love working here because it is a big and bright room
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The Secret Gardener

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

The Secret Gardener

Spring, flowers and planting/garden time.. will be here before we know it! Of all the seasons I think Spring is my favorite, the new flowers and grass – the birds singing in the trees, but planting and gardening can go on year round.

What kind of idea’s – gifts for others or yourself – does this topic bring to mind? It can be indoor gardening as well.

Practical, whimsical, down and dirty (in the dirt planting), or garden design, while wearing your favorite white outfit? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your items.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

 Here in Michigan, spring is a welcome season! We have many gardens and a fish pond in our yard to enjoy. I can’t wait for the bulbs to bloom, signaling the end of winter.

A fairy garden in my kitchen window brings a pop of green to our dreary landscape. We have many tiny items in our Shop that are perfectly sized for fairy gardens.

This little bird bath is one of them:

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Birdhouse Dollhouse Miniature Fountain

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

 Spring is a noisy time of the year in our garden. The birds are competing for mates, building nests, and raising babies. The bees are buzzing in the flowers, and the frogs are singing their croaking chorus in the evening. We love to sit outdoors in the cool evening, enjoying the sights and sounds of Nature!

Our downloadable quilt block pattern features a little frog who isn’t quite sure whether the bumblebee is tasty or dangerous. This would be a fun decoration for a kitchen towel, mug rug, or spring wall hanging.

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Frog PDF Quilt Pattern

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

 Secret Garden

I love the spring season in my garden, when all plants grow up and every day we discover something new.
This year will be the third year in which I will be working intensively on a vegetable garden to provide ourselves with the whole year.
I look forward to do this.
I spend much time in my garden, and love to protect myself with one of my Sun Hats.

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Summer hat-Garden Hat

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I’m knee-deep in seed catalogs and writing in my garden journal. In addition to my vegetable garden, we plant Impatiens, vinca, geraniums, and other annuals in colorful and vintage pots. My perennial gardens are full of wildflowers that run the gamut of color and height. Butterfly gardens full of bergamot, sawtooth sunflower, shooting stars, turk cap lilies, day lilies, Easter lilies, bearded iris, and on and on.

Gardening to me is about feeding us and creating a beautiful peaceful place to relax and reconnect with yourself and your spiritual guide.

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Garden Decor Sap Bucket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 My mother was an award-winning rose gardener. The photo below was taken in her garden a year before she passed away. I’ve always wanted to grow the abundant, fragrant and colorful roses she tended in our garden growing up. I have given in to the fact that mine will never be like hers! Not enough time and too many garden animals. I want to devote more time to an edible garden. We have gorgeous wild roses growing in our garden, along with a good amount of other forest greenery that provide food for wild animals. I’m hoping that will be enough to distract them from eating the edible garden for MY table. Even with fences, though, I’m not too confident. With more than a foot of snow on the ground now in February, the deer and rabbits and fox and woodchucks will be hungry this spring.
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Pink Rose Photograph

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says

 Unfortunately I have no garden, since l live in a building.

But, as l love gardening anyway, each one of the four balconies of my home is full of plants.

On the kitchen balcony l have aromatic plants, herbs, used for cooking and seasoning: basil, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, and so on.

On the other ones, a wonderful hibiscus and many succulents, as in South Italy there is always enough sun for them, even in winter.

So, to celebrate mine passion and the next spring coming, l created a wreath, completely dedicated to gardening lovers.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Gardener Wreath

Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says

 I adore the small spring bulbs, whether growing wild, in a garden, or even in a window-box. Snowdrops and crocuses bring such a joyful splash of colour after the dark monochrome of winter.

By creating flowers from felt I allow small reminders of that joyful moment to be kept through the year.

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Felt Flowers Snowdrops Purse

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium says

 I love springtime! Everything is fresh and new. I like the green grass and trees and all the colorful flowers…and they always look the prettiest against the blue skies of a Oklahoma day. Sadly, my nose and eyes don’t share in this enjoyment! So I celebrate springtime inside.

We made this whimsical floral pillow cover with spring in mind. The pink and yellow flowers are just so “happy”. Our pillow cover would fit perfectly in just about any home decor setting.

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Whimsical Floral Pillow Cover

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says

 Here in Orlando, the seasons are not as defined by weather as they are in other parts of the country. You have to depend on decor to help your mind get into the spirit of the season. I created this hand embroidered Spring ornament to celebrate the flowers and birds that best represent Spring.
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Spring Hand Embroidered Pillow Ornament

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Whether you love to garden indoors or out, this adorable little water spike will help out with the amount of water needed in your house plants! We love collecting these little critters and have found them in lots of different shapes. This little guy is just in time for Easter and Spring – an adorable bunny rabbit who would like to help with your watering instead of eating your plants!
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Ceramic Bunny Water Soaker

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

I really love Spring with its promise of new life both in the plant world and in the animal kingdom!

It is such a joy to see all of the beautiful and colorful flowers growing and the leaves coming back on the trees!

Gardening indoors and out is one of my favorite things to do and I enjoy planting all manner of flowers, veggies, and small ornamental trees!

It refreshes your spirit, is good exercise, and beautifies your surroundings.

Outside of a small apartment out in the country, in Lancaster, MA, I had 3 gardens which were all different color schemes!

My neighbors loved them and my pots of pansies, golden chain and weeping Japanese ornamental trees!

I used to do experiments with growing and pollinating, and even had a corn-stalk in the house!

One garden was all peach and white, another purples and blues, and the third was red, orange, and yellow.

It was so much fun planting unique varieties of roses, tulips, irises, lilies, hyacinths, phlox, Alaskan poppies, and lots more with various natural stone garden decorations!

It is definitely something I look forward to through the long Winters in the Northeast!

Happy Gardening!

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Gardening Angel Brooch

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 Thank you everyone for your wonderful submissions! I love them all.

To me outside gardening is more for my husband but I love flowers, colors and all things springtime. I made outdoor birdhouses this month, of course, with owl lady owls hand painted on them.

Springtime and gardens are so lovely! When I worked at a local college back in my teaching days, I would visit the student gardens and spend my breaks they’re walking amidst the blooms.

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Outdoor Spring Owls Theme Birdhouse

 

Welcome February New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Joanna Marzec from PaintingsGallery says

 Hi my name is Aska, I work from my airy studio ON Isle of Mull from where I can look outside into the distance and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and sea.I gain inspiration from nature colours & all the beauty in the ever-changing landscape which I want to capture in my canvases and share it with other people.
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Three piece wall art

Hello!
Anne & I would like to introduce you all to Lullaby Quilts & more! We have attached one of our rag quilts & would love for each of you to check out our shop for more treasures. Each project is truly a work of heart . . . and every new quilt becomes a new favourite. Enjoy!

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Rag quilt

Please visit our new members and help them feel welcome!

Show Us Your Workspace : RareBathandBody

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit the workspace of Savannah Griffith from RareBathandBody who makes Handmade Bath, Body & Beauty Products for Women & Men. Please visit her shop and favourite some items, maybe even buy something!!

Here’s what Savannah has to say about her workspace:

I recently moved, and so I have an entirely new studio space! I still work out of my home, but my studio is now in our second bedroom. It’s been great because the space is more organized, larger, and I can close the door on it at the end of the day, allowing me some much needed separation between home-life and work-life!

I’ve split the space into different workstations, so my desk, my shipping area, my product making and packaging area, my photography area and my two storage areas (wet and dry storage), are all separate and organized with all of the supplies needed to keep my workflow running smoothly!

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