What’s In Your Bag

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

I don’t know about you but I love having a nosey in other people’s bags, I don’t know why but I have always found it interesting to see what people carry around with them.
So that being said for a chance to be featured in this blog post we at CIJ would love to see pictures and know what you carry in your bag.

* What do you class as your essential items and why?
* Why do you carry what you do?
* Do you carry anything sentimental in your bag?
* Do you carry something for good luck?
* Do you carry anything that is handmade?

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says; The bag itself is handmade and is sentimental because I made it with my own two hands. It is just the right size and best of all no one else has one like it. It is one-of-a-kind. It is felted wool with flower buttons. A fun purse to carry and have people say “where did you get that purse.”

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One of a kind bag

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says; I always have a small journal or notebook and a pen in my bag. Whenever I find inspiration I can jot it down and work with that later. It can function as a sketchbook as well. I can write down phone numbers and email addresses, make notes about places I want to photograph etc. A journal never needs recharging and it never “freezes” or shuts down unexpectedly – and it’s smaller than some smart phones.

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Journal

Stock Lane Studio’s from StockLaneStudio says; Yay its spring and I have officially removed the pair of hand knit gloves from my bag. So happy the weather is warming up. With that in mind, I always carry sunglasses and a bit of sun block in my bag. Snow can be blinding, so those essentials are in my bag even in the winter.
Believe it or not, I still carry real old-fashioned books. I like to read and feel this is giving my eyes a break from electronics.

I also carry a mini bag that can fold up to nothing and I can whip out when needed. Do not need anymore plastic bags!
I keep 2 zippered pouches in my bag, one for electronics and writing essentials and one for toiletries/cosmetics. What’s not in my bag: a comb or brush. Hmm, what does that say about me?

My sentimental items are the photos of my family in my wallet. And the bag itself. I’ve had it for 20 years and its been around the world with me. It’s really well made and I just love it.

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Mini Bag – fold into nothing

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says; I cannot survive without my reading glasses so I always carry it in my glasses case. It is padded to protect the glasses and makes it easy to find.

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Glass case

Cindy Blakesiee from AllThatCraftyJazz says; This is a very large bag. Would be great as a weekender bag or just to carry all the stuff you need to go to the beach!

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Large Pink Quilted Tote Bag

I would like to thank all who took part in this blog post, it was great to read all about What’s in your Bag.

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

Welcome January New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for January to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
I recently joined the team so I take this opportunity to introduce myself!

After spending 3 weeks in the Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand) during October/November 2016, I learnt that many European and American Christmas traditions revolve around “our” winter season such as hot drinks, roasts and other cold-weather fare. These drinks/food are not so tempting to drink/eat during a hot Summer Day such as New Zealand during December.

I now fully understand the meaning of “Christmas in July” so that also people living southern hemisphere can enjoy Christmas, during their winter time.

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Vintage Swedish Christmas wall hanging

My name is Larisa.
Creating jewelry is my passion, my life.. that I give myself completely and with great love.
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red berry sandalwood bracelets

Mi H from MCART30 says

Hi, my name is Mi. I joined a week ago. I’m very excited that I finally can do what I love to do. I self-taught beading about four years ago and can never stop!

I respect art and creativity

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3d beaded elephant

Hello all, I am Julie and owner and designer of EveryoneLovesGifts. I love making all kinds of jewellery but my passion is for awareness jewellery such as Fibromyalgia (which is an illness that I have). I think it is important to raise awareness also 10% of my Fibromyalgia Jewellery goes to Fibromyalgia Research via my JustGiving page. This piece is an Invisible Awareness Necklace as Fibromyalgia is called  ‘invisible’ to others.
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Invisible illness charm necklace

Welcome everyone.

Warm Taupe And Dusty Cedar – Pantone Fashion Colors For Fall 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone two of the top colors for Fall 2016 are Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar.

WARM TAUPE PANTONE 16-1318

PANTONE 16-1318 Warm Taupe is a hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top 10 shades of the Fall 2016 season.

  • Suggests reassurance and stability
  • Trusted, organic and grounded
  • Departs slightly from the foundations of the Fall 2016 palette
  • Timeless

Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Warm Taupe

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board
Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Warm Taupe

Members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the colors Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore says

I love old bottles and lace…when blended together, they tell a story.
Warm Taupe Altered Glass Bottle

Warm Taupe Altered Glass Bottle

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I love color and always await the Pantone annual color report with interest. I also enjoy combining enamel and gemstones together. This year, I designed and made earrings based on the 2016 colors. These earrings are a nice neutral to add to any wardrobe!
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FirepanJewellery

Linda Yunker from LazyYCrochet says:

The yarn was a gorgeous, a chunky multi-shaded brown wool blend that I just couldn’t resist. I could just imagine how warm and pretty this yarn would be in one of my hat and scarf sets. So, here it is in all its warm glory.

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LazyYCrochet

The simplicity and beauty of nature have always inspired me as an artist and as a human being, and I believe that this baby deer wall art embody those moral values. The baby deer was hand burned onto a bass wood plaque, which was left in its natural state, to show off the beauty of the wood and the wood burning arts.

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SpoiledFelinesArt

Sue from ZozannaCeramics says:

Warm Taupe is a gorgeous warm neutral colour. I haven’t looked at the Pantone colours since I worked in graphics years ago. Thanks for re-introducing me. I think this pendant fits.
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ZozannaCeramics

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Neutral colours are great because they are so versatile, and can, therefore, be called upon in any wardrobe emergency!! And I love rings!

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

I am fond of using neutrals for decor and sewing because they are timeless.

This apron I have designed and made using classic chintz cotton has a background of Warm Taupe that highlights the dainty floral posies. It combines my love of cooking with gardening and nature-even to photographing the apron in the outdoors!

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DUSTY CEDAR PANTONE 18-1630

Like Airy Blue, PANTONE 18-1630 Dusty Cedar gives a nod to the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz.

  • A fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring
  • Dustier rose-toned Pink shade with some complexity
  • Exudes warmth and welcome

Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Dusty Cedar

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board
Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Dusty Cedar

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Love this Pantone Color – it seems like a lighter version of Pantone’s Marsala. Still nice and warm and velvety for the fall. I see myself sitting by a fire with a cup of warmth and a bit of chocolate.
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Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGifts0 says:

Hi everyone-

I have a piece of jewellery with ‘some’ Dusty Cedar in it.

The inspiration for this piece is Morse Code. I see so many Morse Code items that I fell in love straight away and wanted to make my version with pearls and silver beads. Morse Code can have such a meaning to the person buying the item that they can personalise it in anyway they want, the item has great meaning to them and memorable to the person who wears it. Perfect for all occasions and ages.

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EveryoneLovesGifts0

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This is such a warm comforting colour! This set of salt & pepper dishes are equally comforting when it comes to sharing food with family and friends!

The dishes are a soft dappled dusty cedar & mint green – opposite colours on the colour wheel and a natural outcome of the ceramic firing process!

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Tami Wooliver from HannaHerbals says:

This is one of my favorite soaps. I love the splash of dusty warm pink in the whiteness of the soap. The dusty pink was created by using Australian pink clay, which is so good for your skin. It is a castille brine soap, Castille Brine soap has traditionally been made in France. This is not a traditional castille brine, because we did add red clay and french lavender eo to the soap. We use only certified organic oils and salts in this soap.

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HannaHerbals

Melissa R from missy69 says:

I guess my inspiration for all my jewelry, is that I love jewelry. I started collecting gemstones for a few years, and then taught myself how to set them in castings and semi mounts. The semi mount was purchased from a jewelry supplier, and then I set one of my lovely Rhodolite Garnets into the setting. It is a size 6, and will match all your Dusty Cedar outfits.

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missy69

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

There are certainly a lot of natural gemstones out there in this amazing world we live in. Finding a Dusty Cedar colored stone was a challenge but I think I found one in Thulite.

Thulite was first discovered at a place called Sauland in Telemark, Norway in 1820. It is named after the mythical island of Thule in the belief that the island is Norway.

Thulite is also sometimes called rosaline it is an opaque, massive pink manganese-bearing variety of the mineral zoisite. Thulite is often mottled with white calcite and occurs as veins and fracture fillings transecting many types of rock. In mineralogical literature, thulite may sometimes refer to any pink zoisite.

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saxdsign

rosenthorn2001 from CrochetArtETC says:

When I saw the Dusty Cedar color featured, I had to share my Fluted White doily in which this color stands out amid a multicolored pattern on white. The unique design was crocheted by me and is one of my favorites. The doily is crafted with size 10 cotton thread into varied texture stitches. It is 14″ Round and the contemporary Dusty Cedar color blended with the other colors in the doily’s palette makes this piece ideal for many decors. Even though creating fiber art is my joy, I especially loved working this stunning color palette into this most interesting pattern design.

CrochetArtETC

CrochetArtETC

Member Feature: EveryoneLovesGifts0

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.       

I am Julie, the Founder and Jewellery Designer of EveryoneLovesGifts0.

I have always been creative but never found my real passion until I started with making jewellery, after that I was hooked.

I love that you can create all different styled pieces that are unique to the customer and myself. I personally think you can not compare a handmade piece of jewellery to what you can find on the highstreet.

I am a mother to a very active eight year old, who keeps me on me toes, a wife and housewife.e1

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

The idea for my jewellery business started when I had my daughter. I went through a lot of trauma, different operations and recovering over the years as she was growing up. It was and still is difficult.

Because of all the trauma I received I developed Fibromyalgia, which is classed as wide spread pain, which required a great deal of mediations for the rest of my life. This was finally diagnosed one New Years Eve that saw me being admitted to hospital at 12am. I stayed there for three weeks while they tried to control my pain.

As well as Fibromyalgia I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The two combined can wipe me out a lot of the time but I have had to learn to pace myself.

Even though I have a business, busy with family life I try not to let my conditions define me or my business.e2

Tell us a bit about your products.           

Due to my conditions I made a range of Fibromyalgia jewellery with a percentage going to a charity called FMAUK.org. This charity concentrates on research and development in Fibromyalgia in the UK, which is greatly needed.

I love to make Fibromyalgia jewellery as well as other awareness conditions that are associated with it.

As well as Fibromyalgia I like to make other awareness jewellery as I believe it is important to keep the awareness going for different illness as not all are recognised.

I have a passion for pearls, I love that you can make different pieces of jewellery with pearls yet the jewellery that is designed all has its own uniqueness. At the moment I work with glass pearls, in the future I want to expand into freshwater pearls.

As well as pearls I love working with resin, you can make so much different pieces that each and everyone is unique.e3

What inspires your work?           

I like to look into new jewellery trends coming up, I love seeing all the different colours. However this does not always inspire into what I thought I would make. I can have an idea in my mind of what I am going to make yet the piece ends up looking different and sometimes better.

Life in general inspires me but the biggest one is my customers. I like to build a relationship with each customer I have, they are not a number to me, they are a person with a story. I like to have a ‘friendship’ approach to my customers. With a handmade business I feel this is important. Within the highstreet for buying from bigger business customers don’t get to see the ‘friendship’ side so I feel this inspired me more than anything.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

Dreams for any business is great but I am more of a goal person, when you have a goal you are more likely to achieve it.

I like to bring new editions to my jewellery line with new materials.

Communication with my customers has always been a priority to me, bring the friendliness into buying and making the process easy that brings my customers back for more.

A milestone I would like to achieve next is 100 sales!

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

With handmade business everyone has a reason why they stand out, which makes every business unique.

With EveryoneLovesGifts I believe I stand out due to my illness (Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue), I can relate to my customers with the same illness. This started my awareness range as people have different illness and daily struggles. If they can wear a piece of jewellery that helps to promote a particular awareness I feel this is priceless.

With my other pieces of jewellery I stand out with the range I have, I love to work with pearls, they are so versatile for all ages. Resin and other materials.e4

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My studio happens to be my bedroom floor. Not pretty or unique to look at but it is place for me at the moment. I would love to have my own workspace in the future where I can retreat. I also love to work in my conservatory. Opening up all the blinds, seeing the outside world through the glass is inspiring in itself.e5

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

knew selling a piece of jewellery and having a customer say how much they love it and wear it all the time would make me feel. Yet I did not know how happy this would actually make me feel. It really brings a warm glow to my heart that I have made someone else happy with a piece that I have made.

The other is to be patient, nothing happens without hard work and keeping your goal in sight. I believe if you lose sight of your goal you can go off track.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Don’t give up on your dream or goals. If you put in the work, enjoy what you do anything is possible.

Selling is rewarding in every way, if you feel like giving up, don’t as your goal is closer than you think.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I love to read, I have a range of books in different genes. Although I cannot read as much as I would like due to Chronic Fatigue, when I do I find you can relax into a book and shut out the world for a bit.

I also love to watch movies with my daughter, the cuddles while watching a film is priceless.e6

What is your favorite quote?

If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can follow me at:

Etsy: everyonelovesgifts0.etsy.com
Facebook: facebook.com/everyonelovesgifts
Instagram: instagram.com/everyonelovesgifts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/every1lovesgift
Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/everylovesgifts

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

Don’t let others ruine your dreams/goals. We are all different with different goals, they’re goals are not yours.

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Christmas In July – Savings Weekend

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The Etsy Christmas in July Team has come together with some awesome savings from over 20 shops. There are many types of shops for you to receive savings on during this Black Friday through Cyber Monday! To see what discounts the shops are offering, please click on each banner.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

ACCESSORIES

BellaBolsaDesigns

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Coupon Code: BLCKFRI2016

10% off  everything

Valid Dates: Good through 11/27

DesignsbyCristal

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Spend $25.00 or more

Valid Dates: 11/24 – 11/27

Metaville

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29 (NZ time)

Melissas Menagerie of Stuff

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Coupon Code: No code needed

Free shipping on all domestic orders of 35 dollars or more

Valid Dates: Now until 1/1

CARDS & MORE

 BellaBoutique

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Coupon Code: Holiday16

15% off in stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 11/30

ColourscapeStudios

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Coupon Code: No code needed

30% off all prints, 10% off all gift tags and mini cards.

Valid Dates: Now until midnight 11/27(Brisbane, Australia local time)

DesignsbyCnC

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Coupon Code: No code needed

15% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/21 – 11/29

StockLaneStudio

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Coupon Code: 1FreeCARD

Buy 4 CARDS get 1 Free ($4.50 off)

Valid Dates: No expiration

CLOTHING

EthicalInfant

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Coupon Code: Thankful2016

20% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/23 − 11/30

and

Coupon Code: Cyber20

20% off everything

Valid Dates:  11/29

Knitwoolsocks

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Coupon Code: FREESH16

free shipping for orders over $45.00

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

HOME DECOR

Corkycrafts

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Coupon Code: Clauscostcutter1

10% off any $10.00 purchase

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/25

DesignstheLimit

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/22 – 11/27

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

12% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/27 – 11/30

SpoiledFelinesArt

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Coupon Code: Coupon1

10% off In-stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

SuesAkornShop

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Coupon Code: TENOFF

10% off storewide

Valid Dates: No expiration

and Coupon Code: 10OFF

Save 10% on orders over $10

Valid Dates: No expiration

TheGiftBasketry

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Coupon Code: MCDEC2016

20% off orders over $50

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/1

JEWELERY

acbeadsjewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

50% off everything

Valid Dates: Good thru 1/1

AliciasFindings

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% off

Valid Dates: Valid til 11/26

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

10 % off

Valid Dates: valid til 11/29

beadloverskorner

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Coupon Code: CYBERSALE

30% off

Valid Dates: 11/24/2016-12/1/2016

epicetera

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Coupon Code: BF2016

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25 – 11/29

EponasCrystals

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Coupon Code:  SHIPFORFREE50

Free shipping on orders over $50

Valid Dates: No expiration

EveryoneLovesGifts0

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: No expiration

and

Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: 11/29

LSBJewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29

VINTAGE

LazyYVintage

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Coupon Code: CHRISTMASSALE20

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/23-12/24

LBscrapboutique

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Coupon Code: CYBER20

20% off

11/25-11/29

Happy Thanksgiving to all from all of us!