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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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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Christmas In July Photo Challenge – #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Good Thursday afternoon everyone!

I’m super excited to share with you that the month of April the Christmas In July team is going to focus on a photo challenge.

Please use the hashtags #EtsyCIJ and #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Please share the article on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

Please follow the team!

#EtsyCIJ Facebook: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Instagram: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Pinterest: EtsyCIJ

#EtsyCIJ Twitter: EtsyCIJ

Be sure to check on our social media sites every day!

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

Alicia and Dawn

Leadership Spotlight – TheMarchingBee

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.

 

Carrie from TheMarchingBee is our next honoree!

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

Honestly, I don’t really remember exactly. I believe that I was searching the groups and stumbled across it. All I remember is that it didn’t take long for me to love the idea of it. Everything is just so organized and alive. That’s really what I love about the group. It’s not dead and drab, but fun and alive.

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

I was approached by the captain and was honored. She noticed I retweeted a lot and asked if I was interested in being a leader. It took a little while to get my ducks in a row, but I’m happy to help. I enjoy seeing progress. If I see any improvement in retweets and sales to others, that makes me happy. It makes me feel like I’m paying it forward.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I’ve never been super strict on any leadership role I’ve had, but I do expect everyone to give something. I know that it’s not always easy, or possible, when you manage a large group of people such as Etsy groups, but I am always encouraging. The more I get wrapped up in my leadership roles and projects, the more I encourage others to do the same. I try to do a lot of one-on-one. I find that it works best when you create a bond with your members, not to mention you make new friends along the way.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I am a happily married mommy from the country in West Virginia USA. I love to read, write, blog, and do pretty much anything that has to do with words in general, including talking. I enjoy crocheting, which is why I opened my shop Little Cotton Tail back in… 2010 I think? It quickly was changed to Stitchy Little Witch and stuck for quite a few years. Then, in 2016, I decided it was time for a revamp. I needed a name that said less “Halloween” and more “kids” because my shop is now mainly for babies and children. My son came up with the name The Marching Bee, and I couldn’t have been happier with it since I love honeybees and was in Marching Band in high school. I used to take a lot of custom orders, but I have decided that life is too short and that my son needed more attention, so I mostly sell in-stock now. It seems like a perfect balance now.

5. What are your social media sites?

I am a member of many, many social media sites, but I mainly use Pinterest and Twitter. I am working on my Facebook page more lately as well. I have given up on Instagram for my shop though. Here are my links:
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TheMarchingBee/
Twitter: twitter.com/TheMarchingBee/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themarchingbee/

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