Thank You Michelle

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Thank you Michelle.

The CIJ team was started out of a love for all things Christmas in 2012. It then switched leadership to our very own Michelle in 2013. Michelle started off by building the team from a once a year event to a year round team. Michelle saw a need for the team to have a social media presence and she put the team into the big leagues when she created the blog, so all our articles and events were promoted there as well. There have been many changes along the way, but the team has been a constant with her at the helm.

Michelle has become a friend and a mentor for so many in this team. We imagine many will be sad to no longer have her as captain, but she always has a place on this team and in our hearts.

We want you to feel free to express your thanks and well wishes to her thru the link below!

https://www.etsy.com/teams/12798/christmas-in-july/discuss/18784959/?ref=team_page

You will be missed!!!!!!!!!

CIJ

Become An Etsy Christmas In July Team Leader – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Are you enjoying the Etsy Christmas In July event? The Christmas In July team is looking for talented and dedicated team members to become leaders!

If you are interested in becoming a social media leader please see the following threads:

Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter

If you are interested in becoming a blog leader please see the following thread:

Blog

Thank you for your consideration! It takes an entire year to plan the virtual Christmas In July event.

I sincerely appreciate all the time and energy the Etsy Christmas In July  team leaders devote all year long!

Please take a moment to get to know them now!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Today each Christmas In July team leader was individually introduced and featured so please get to know them and shop!

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

4. Lisa / SpoiledFelinesArt / Feature

5. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

6. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

7. Sherri / ButterflyFeetDigital / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!

Etsy Christmas In July Team Leaders – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Christmas In July team leaders are a talented and dedicated group.

Today each Christmas In July team leader will be individually introduced and featured so please check in throughout the day to get to know them and shop!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

4. Lisa / SpoiledFelinesArt / Feature

5. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

6. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

7. Sherri / ButterflyFeetDigital / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!

Become An Etsy Christmas In July Team Leader – #EtsyCIJ 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Are you enjoying the Etsy Christmas In July event? The Christmas In July team is looking for talented and dedicated team members to become leaders!

If you are interested in becoming a social media leader please see the following threads:

Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter

If you are interested in becoming a blog leader please see the following thread:

Blog

Thank you for your consideration! It takes an entire year to plan the virtual Christmas In July event.

I sincerely appreciate all the time and energy the Etsy Christmas In July  team leaders devote all year long!

Please take a moment to get to know them now!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Today each Christmas In July team leader was individually introduced and featured so please get to know them and shop!

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Catherine / DesignsByCnC / Feature

4. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

5. Debbie / NaturalBodyComfort / Feature

6. Karen / KraftyShop / Feature

7. Lia / Ghirlandiamo / Feature

8. MaryLilFoxDesigns / Feature

9. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

10. Nancy / EponasCrystals / Feature

11. Patricia / northandsouthshabby / Feature

12. Rheta / VintageEves / Feature

13. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!

Etsy Christmas In July Team Leaders – #EtsyCIJ 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Christmas In July team leaders are a talented and dedicated group.

Today each Christmas In July team leader will be individually introduced and featured so please check in throughout the day to get to know them and shop!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Catherine / DesignsByCnC / Feature

4. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

5. Debbie / NaturalBodyComfort / Feature

6. Karen / KraftyShop / Feature

7. Lia / Ghirlandiamo / Feature

8. MaryLilFoxDesigns / Feature

9. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

10. Nancy / EponasCrystals / Feature

11. Patricia / northandsouthshabby / Feature

12. Rheta / VintageEves / Feature

13. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!

Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party Prize Sponsors

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Today I want to share with you all of the wonderful prizes donated by members of the Etsy Christmas In July team for our #EtsyCraftParty. You can enter to win them via our main Craft Party post.  Here is #EtsyCIJ Rafflecopter Giveaway!

In no particular order:

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Crochet Angel Ornament by Corkycrafts

This crochet angel ornament makes a great 1st baby gift tag, small angel perfect for small angel tree topper too! Makes a great Christening gift and wine bottle tag! Makes a unique one of a kind gift! Made of white cotton thread.  Angel ornament measures 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.

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Gingerbread Men Dog Collar by The Doggie House

Colorful gingerbread men collar handmade with a ribbon sewn on the top of the webbing is adjustable, holds a dog 75lb. The bow is adjustable. Wide: 1″ Size: 16 adjustable 23.

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Ruby Red Dangle Earrings by ToBeMeJewelry

A wonderful design with Czech frosted Sea Glass look beads. The dagger beads have a beautiful matte finish giving the illusion of red sea glass. The color of the beads are Siam Ruby. Earrings are accented with dainty AB red Czech beads and silver metallic beads on sterling silver wire.  Length from ear wire is approximately 3/4 inches.

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Gingerbread Charm Bracelet by timetalentjewels

A festive gingerbread charm beaded Christmas bracelet.

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Halloween Bracelet by timetalentjewels

Just for Halloween a witches brew along with pumpkin beads and silver daisy spacers on a stretch elastic band.  A one of a kind Halloween charm bracelet!

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Rainbow Tutu Set by LilybeanzBowtique

Handmade no sew tutu skirt in a rainbow of colors. Designed to fit infant up to 3 years old. Will come with a matching headband.

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Three pairs of 6 1/2″ Needle Nose Pliers by Evies Tool Emporium

New, imported 6-1/2″ needle nose pliers. They are made of high carbon steel and have a double dipped handle to ensure comfortable grip. The jaws are serrated for gripping and have a wire cutter for convenience.

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Purple and Teal Knit Fingerless Gloves by Medley of Colors

Unisex hand knit fingerless mitten with a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn. These mittens or gloves are sized to fit most preteen to medium adult hands. When stretched, the mittens measure approximately 8 inches long.

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Personalized Stemless Champagne Flutes by DesignstheLimit

Perfect for Weddings, Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and any other cause for celebration! Toast with a personal touch and make your stemware perfect for your special occasion when you choose a combination of our designs and available fonts.

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A $25 Gift Certificate from KraftyGirlCreations

A$25 gift certificate from KraftyGirlCreations, specializing in handcrafted fabric ornaments, gifts & housewares.

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Wasabi Dark Teal and Avocado Flower Earrings by Bungalow42

Cascading three petal flowers are hand-knotted on walnut waxed linen thread creating these dangle earrings. The Czech pressed glass beads are wasabi, dark teal and avocado creating a mod retro vibe.  These earrings are 2″ long. All findings are sterling silver.

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Green Hanging Microfibre Towel by SuesAkornShop

This microfiber towel is made to hang around a stove handle or dishwasher handle. The towel is covered with green octagons and circles and the topper is as well. This hand towel measures 12 1/2 inches wide by 15 inches long.

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Dark Blue Fingerless Mitts by  MermaidsHatBox

A pair of fingerless mitts hand knitted with dark blue Merino/Polyester yarn.  Every size.

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A $20 Gift Certificate from DiMaryboutique

A $20 gift certificate from DiMaryboutique , home of crochet and knitted things, jewelry, art and vintage.

Hot/Cold Therapy Neck Wrap and Matching Eye Pillow from NaturalBodyComfort

This Spa Set will include… One Neck Wrap: Measuring 30 x 5” inches in Length and Width, providing ample coverage for the neck and upper chest area. Along with a matching Eye Pillow to provide you with the perfect relaxation combo.

                                                          Knit Cup Cozy from socksandmittens

Wrap this reusable cup cozy around your cup and help keep your fingers protected from the heat!  It designed to fit 9 to 11oz mug or cup, about 3″ in diameter. It is stretchy and has a loop and a button to fit your mug (if not, just move that button over).

 

Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party – One Day To Go

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The last couple of weeks Alicia from AliciasFindings, Catherine from DesignsbyCnC and Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns have been working behind the scenes for the Christmas In July version of the Etsy Craft Party! Since the Christmas In July team is worldwide we thought it would be fun to hold a virtual #EtsyCraftParty!

Tomorrow – June 17th 2016 – you will be able to join them  here on the Christmas In July blog for tutorials, swag bags and prizes all day long!

To join in the fun get your FREE ticket at our Craft Party event page! You can also stop in throughout the day and see what is happening!

Be sure to use #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty on social media! We appreciate your shout outs!

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This years theme is Color Inspiration! The Christmas In July team will have virtual classes all day long centered around the Color Inspiration theme. We have step-by-step color inspired tutorials…it’s going to be a blast. Let’s not forget the sweet swag bags for attending and the prizes throughout the day.

Want a sneak peek? Megha from byTheArtBug is doing a tutorial!

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#CIJParty 2015 – Welcome To The Christmas In July Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty here on the CIJ blog! We wanted a way to party with all of our team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2015, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to attend classes, enjoy guest blog articles and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!CIJFacebookAviGood

Classes

We’ll be having new classes posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule – all times in Eastern Standard Time:

5:00 am – Christmas In Soviet Latvia by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

5:30 am – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

6:00 am – Leather Bags and Accessories Designer Rina by Rina of RinartsAtelier

6:30 am – Summer Trends  by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

7:00 am – Christmas In July Team Member Blogs by Alicia of AliciasFindings

7:30 am – Collage Artist Lin by Lin of rhodyart

8:00 am – Tutorial: Shaun The Sheep by Megha of byTheArtBug

8:30 am – Jewelry Artist Betty by Betty of LadySnooks

9:00 am – Scuba Blue Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

9:30 am – 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities For Your Business by Gail of Atttention Getting

10:00 am – Tutorial: Motif Blanket by Becky of fantasticmio

10:30 am – Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way by Mary of StockLaneStudio

11:00 am – Marsala by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

11:30 am – Social Media Tips by Alicia of AliciasFindings

12:00 pm – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust by Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby

12:30 pm – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions by Molly of MollyFinds

1:00 pm – Designer Wendy by Wendy of WJDesigns

1:30 pm – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

2:00 pm – Five Minute Fireworks by Christina of lebeauchaton

2:30 pm – Creator And Designer Becky by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

3:00 – Tutorial: Turn Old Crayons Into New Fun by Angie of CraftyMom75

3:30 – Photographer Amanada by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

Swag Bags

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts for providing our swag bags today! Jen is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar simply put in Christmasinjuly (23,329 items) or CIJ (71,803 items). So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2015.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ15 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle-

Holiday 2014 Trends In Review

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

Holiday Trend Watch With Nordstrom’s Tanner Moxcey was released on August 26th, 2014.
https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/holiday-trend-watch-with-nordstroms-tanner-moxcey/

Here are a few Holiday 2014 trends that unite the CIJ team on Pinterest!

Customization

Cancer Survivor Charm Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Cancer Survivor Charm Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

DIY Kits

Deluxe 3mm Chalkboard Upper & Lowercase Punch 54Pc. Set -Steel Bench Block with Rubber Base – Brass Hammer Stamping Kit From EviesToolEmporium

Deluxe 3mm Chalkboard Upper & Lowercase Punch 54Pc. Set -Steel Bench Block with Rubber Base – Brass Hammer Stamping Kit From EviesToolEmporium

Humor And Wordplay

The Fox says Congrats Greeting Card From CaffeinatedPapercuts

The Fox says Congrats Greeting Card From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Local Pride

Trinity Bellwoods Map - Toronto Neighbourhood Art Print From CartoCreative

Trinity Bellwoods Map – Toronto Neighbourhood Art Print From CartoCreative

Metallics

Velvet Rope Necklace Sterling Pendant From KestrelCollection

Velvet Rope Necklace Sterling Pendant From KestrelCollection

Nostalgia

Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree Wall Art From northandsouthshabby

Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree Wall Art From northandsouthshabby

Gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly Leaders

Hi All.  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u again.

I have been featuring gifts from our team members in previous posts.  These include:

Gifts Under $20
Gifts Under $50
Gifts/Stocking Stuffers Under $10 

Today I want to feature gifts from our leaders and blog contributors – it’s a small way to express our thanks for the extra time and effort they put in to keep the team running.

First, we need to say a big thank you to our tireless and super organized team leader, Michelle of EviesToolEmporium.   Michelle’s shop specializes in metal stamping sets, drill bit sets, jewelry pliers, manners, vises, metalworking tools, jewelry tools, craft tools and hobby tools.  You can also find tutorials in their shop using the tools that are sold.  Check out this 36 piece 1/16″ (1.5mm) Letter and Number Metal Stamping Set with Case, Steel Bench Block, and Hammer.  It’s perfect for anyone on your list who has a passion for metal stamping.

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Because of their love of nature, AGiftOfNature features adorable miniature landscapes and aquaecapes.  These mini terrariums bring the beauty of nature to you in your home or office.  This Birds Nest Air Plant Aviary is a DIY Kit and features a festive airplant with natural woodland decor!

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Alicia of AliciasFindings creates jewelry through her thoughts, ramblings, and current trends.  This beautiful kumihimo necklace has a dichroic glass leaf pendant.  It’s a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.

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Paula of ilPiccoloGiardino enjoys making preserves, jams and jellies this time of year.  I’m drooling over these homemade Fig and Orange Jam Sweet and Savory Jellies.  It’s a great spread for holiday cheese platters and is a super fantastic hostess gift!!

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Jente of KnittingHedgehog has a rocking chair and a secret little garden that provides her with inspiration to knit and create her unique and luxurious knitwear.  Her attention to detail sets her apart from others.  This eco friendly, 100% pure new wool Owl Hat is a prime example of her workmanship!

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Natalie of whenshuttersclick is a fun-loving, crafting girl who fell in love with photography at a very early age.  She combines her love of crafting and her love of photography in creating beautiful pieces featuring both old and new photos.  You will find necklaces, cards, gift tags, bookmarks, key chains, tie clips, money clips and more in her shop.  This blank Photo Note Card is but one of her many creations.

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And I guess I need to toot my own horn too.  I’m a craftaholic for sure.  I have dabbled in many different kinds of crafts and still have the urge to go out and buy supplies for any new one I see.  My first love though is working with fabric.  I recently started making Cathedral Window Pincushions.  I have a couple listed in my HandmadeBits4u shop and am working on a few more for the shop and for upcoming fall craft fairs.

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So thank you to our EtsyChristmasInJuly leaders and contributors!  You are appreciated for sure.  Watch for more posts for gifts ideas from our team members in the near future.